Panther Academics

KNMS Elective Course Descriptions

6th Grade Electives
6th Grade Electives are an A/B rotation schedule and equal a semester class (spread out through the school year).

Art 6 - 6th grade art is a hands-on multimedia class with an emphasis on observation and technical skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital art and various other art mediums. Students will be made aware of the creative process, which includes brainstorming, problem solving, and analyzing and evaluating art. Students will begin to see how the creative process relates to all disciplines, and come to know art as a tool of communication and self expression. Studio assignments will develop a deep connection to art history and the art elements and principles of design. Through whole class critiques and written reflections, students learn how to analyze their own art and the work of others. They begin to understand the value of reflection and critical judgment in creative work.
Choir 6 - This mixed grade level class explores the basics of ensemble technique, music literacy, composition, expression, and performance.  Students will participate in multiple choral concerts.
Band 6 - Students will learn how to hold, put together, make sound, and read music on a band instrument.  Students will participate in multiple band concerts.
Entrepreneurship & Basic Cooking Skills - During the first semester we will focus on Entrepreneurship.  Emphasis will be placed on the introduction and application of business terminology, basic entrepreneurship concepts and fundamental business principles. Students will design, establish and operate the concession stand used for KNMS activities.

During the second semester we will focus on basic cooking skills. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of food preparation and good nutrition.  After learning procedures for measuring, food and equipment safety and cleanliness in the kitchen, students will have the opportunity to prepare a variety of simple recipes. Students will be required to pay a $15 course fee for supplies.
Career Exploration 6 - This course will provide students with opportunities to identify interests, abilities, aptitudes, values, and personality traits as they relate to career planning, to develop a keen understanding of the value and benefit of work, and to differentiate between jobs and careers.

Makerspace 6 - This is a beginning course designed to introduce 6th graders to the Makerspace in the library. This is a project based class where students may work with others to innovate, build, code or create with a wide variety of materials ranging from tech to crafts.
Science of Technology 6 - Students will use science to engineer and solve problems, creating dragsters, roller coasters, Rube Goldberg machines, and multiple other creations using applied physics concepts with the help of CAD software. This class also explores applied chemistry and environmental engineering with ice cream creation, making adhesives, cleaning up oil spills, and more.
7th/8th Grade Electives

7th/8th Grade Electives are semester-only classes, except Choir (year), Band (year), and Art (can be taken as year or semester). Multimedia Art & Design - Multimedia Art & Design is a daily 7th and 8th grade art exploratory. This course is offered as a semester class but can be taken year round, especially for those interested in the professional field of art or art education. Students will explore both 2D and 3D art, many styles and periods in the form of illustrations, painting, sculpture, digital art and mixed media. Art & Design students will develop a wide range of skills that will help them develop career readiness skills in many fields such as independent artist, education, book/comic book illustrator, graphic design, animation, baker,  architect/architecture, dentistry, clothing and apparel fashion designer, product and label design, makeup and hair artist, costume designer among others.
Choir 7/8 - A non-auditioned ensemble available to students in grades 7-8 that prepares students for a lifetime of singing. In addition to learning the repertoire, students will learn proper vocal technique and music theory. Mixed Choir will sing a varied repertoire of selected literature in two-part, and three-part.  Students will participate in multiple concerts.
Band 7 - This is the 2nd year of instruction of learning to play an instrument in band. Students will participate in multiple band concerts.
Band 8 - This is the 3rd year of instruction of learning to play an instrument in band. Students will participate in multiple band concerts.
Jazz Band - This course is offered to 7th and 8th grade students. Students will explore jazz styles such as swing, rock, Latin and blues through the big band and/or combo settings.  Instruction will also include jazz history, jazz listening, basic improvisation, and big band and/or combo music. Based on class enrollment, this group may or may not perform publicly.  PREREQUISITE: Students should have a minimum of one year of playing experience and must possess basic music reading and group participation skills as approved by the instructor.
Sewing Basics - In Sewing Basics students will develop sewing skills while creating easy-to-sew projects. Projects may include pajama pants/shorts, a drawstring bag and hand sewn felt monsters. Students will be introduced to beginning sewing skills such as sewing terminology, hand sewing techniques, sewing machines, patterns and construction techniques. Students will be required to pay a $20 course fee for supplies.
Child Development - Child Development will build a positive understanding of children’s growth and development and a solid foundation of parenting skills. Child Development students learn theories of development and growth as well as techniques to use when working with children through class activities, projects (ex. Egg Baby Project), presentations, discussions, and videos. Child Development is a beneficial class for anyone interested in being a teacher, day care provider, nurse, doctor, and especially a parent.
Intro to Foods - This course provides the fundamental knowledge and understanding of food preparation from purchasing to consumption. Students will develop introductory food preparation skills while preparing simple recipes. Essential skills we will focus on include: Food safety, kitchen safety and sanitation, lab procedures, measuring techniques, basic kitchen math skills and international cooking.  Students will be required to pay a $20 course fee for supplies.
Financial Skills for Life - This course will provide students with financial skills needed for personal resource management now and in the future. The course addresses a wide range of topics including: goal setting and planning for major purchases, banking, checking, savings, handling credit, purchasing insurance, making housing and rental payments, paying bills, budgeting, preparing, preventing common consumer complaints, and selecting investment options.
Housing & Interior Design - This course will cover units in housing choices, architectural styles of homes and furnishings, examination of floor plans for efficiency and safety, and the use of the elements and principles of design in decorating and furnishing a home. Career paths within the housing, interiors, and furnishing industry will be discussed.
Google Applications - This course introduces the student to Google tools and focuses on collaboration, communication, and productivity through the completion of real-world, student-centered activities and projects.  Emphasis on Gmail, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Sites, and Google Calendar.
Spanish - Students will learn basic conversation and vocabulary while learning about the Spanish culture.
Exploring Agriculture - Students will get a brief look at agriculture in the world, America, Missouri and our local community.  We will cover the basics of animal and plant sciences and the products derived from the agricultural industry.
Business Basics 7/8 - Students will be introduced to business concepts including developing a budget for finance and accounting, using their creative skills to learn about graphic design/marketing and practicing business ethic situations. Also, students will learn a variety of computer applications and keyboarding skills as well as explore career opportunities in the business area.
Photography - In this class students will study the technology and art behind Photography and Screen printing. Through hands on experiences students will create and develop pictures as well as t-shirts.  In both areas students will study and learn today's latest techniques with modern equipment. $20 lab fee for materials.
Woodworking - Semester course designed to give students knowledge of processes that include designing, manufacturing, and producing projects made from wood while using woodworking machines and hand tools. $20 lab fee for materials.
Metal Working - Semester course designed to give students knowledge of processes that include designing, manufacturing, and producing projects made from metal. Through hands on application students will use welders and sheet metal tools $20 lab fee for materials.
Home and Bridge Building - Semester course where students will study the architectural design history of buildings and bridges and learn modern concepts to the building and framing of both. Students will be able to visually express their ideas through their designs. $10 lab fee for materials.
Advanced Woods and Metals - Semester Course designed for students who have taken woods or metals class and would like to design and build a more advanced project. Prerequisite is Woods or Metals class. Lab fee depends on project built.

Coding and Robotics - Students will use the VEX Robotics platform to design, build, and code real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms. Students will use the design process to engineer a mini hole golf course with robotic obstacles.
Med Detectives - Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they collect and analyze medical data to diagnose disease. They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, measure and interpret vital signs, dissect a sheep brain, investigate disease outbreaks, and explore how a breakdown within the human body can lead to dysfunction. Students will also work on basic first aid/survival skills as well as explore how technology is advancing medicine.
Flight & Space - Students become engineers as they design, prototype, and test models to learn about the science of flight and what it takes to travel and live in space. They solve real-world aviation and space challenges and plan a mission to Mars.

STEMavations - This is a project based class where students will use the design process to innovate, build, code or create with a wide variety of materials ranging from technology to crafts. Makers will dig deeper into more advanced individual projects and learn basic entrepreneurial skills to sell creations. Learn how to build a computer, use 3-D printers, create virtual reality worlds, code, design/create, explore AI, produce green screen videos, and more!