MS Electives

Grade 6 Life Skills

All grade 6 students do not have electives. Instead, they have a full year of Life Skills classes.

As the course title implies, this is class is all about “Life Skills” as students enter into the world of Secondary education.

The expectations and required level of responsibility have increased dramatically for students as they move to sixth grade.

When you add to that the BYOD, it’s clear that anybody, but especially sixth graders, would need some guidance with the transition. That is where “Life Skills” comes in.

It is a combination of Personal, Social, Health Education, Digital Literacies, and support for core classes as needed throughout the year.

Band

The MS Band elective is designed to give musically interested students a chance to play/perform in ensemble, while developing instrumental skills & theoretical knowledge.

Students can also bring their own or use the school’s (lead/acoustic guitar, bass, drums, marimba, saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet and piano/keyboard) instruments.

Learning how to create new arrangements for familiar songs and styles is the challenge. This is a unique approach of this course. MS Band is open to all levels, including beginners.

Having mentioned the above, for grade 8 students, it is preferable for them to some previous experience in playing an instrument.
It is recommended that students select Band for 2 or 3 consecutive trimesters to allow time skill development.

Offered Trimester 1, 2 and 3

Video Production

The Video Production class explores video as a medium for artistic expression. The class concentrates on the process of creating, presenting, collaborating, and analyzing video creations.

Students are introduced to the concepts and technical skills associated with the video production process; editing, composition, storyboarding, the art of storytelling, and stop-motion.

A core aspect of this class is participating in sharing and critiquing each other’s work as well as presenting work for the middle school community.

Course Length (1 Trimester)
Offered Trimester 1, 2 and 3

Creative Writing

This elective will give you the time, space, and guidance to master your creative writing and share it with authentic audiences. In this trimester long course, students will explore 8 story writing genres that include drama, poetry, comedy, romance, action, horror, science fiction, and fantasy.

In addition to reading model texts by established authors, students will be viewing 20-minute short movies on Fun Film Fridays. The various writing processes used will be brainstorming, developing, revising, and ultimately publishing your completed works.

Students will get instruction and support regarding the content, organization, style, and conventions of writing.

This will be a workshop model class, where students will be encouraged to pursue individual projects and write in various formats.

Course Length (1 Trimester)
Offered Trimester 1, 2 and 3

Drama Skills

Students in the Drama Skills elective will explore improvisation, storytelling and broaden their theatre experience.

This class will focus on building your confidence as performers and improve your skills while having fun.

Bring your creativity, imagination and zeal, and be prepared to try out lots of new theatre games and activities to stretch you as a performer.

Course length: (1 Trimester)
Offered Trimester 1, 2 and 3

Global Issues & Debate

This trimester long elective will give students a chance to explore a variety of global issues and to debate others, based on your own opinions and views, and those of a country you will represent through role play.

Not only will students get to explore topics of their choice, and take part in interactive debates and role play scenarios, they will also learn through field trips and guest speakers.

This elective is guaranteed to help students be more aware of the world, and develop skills that are needed for success in areas such as Speech and Debate and MUN.

Course Length (1 Trimester)
Offered Trimester 1, 2 and 3

Hands on Green Stuff (HOGS)

During this trimester length course students will learn and apply some environmental sustainable practices; composting, growing your own food, recycling, conserving natural resources.

Our base will be the AAS school garden, but we will also collaborate and visit local farms and gardens.

We will explore and evaluate the current AAS school garden project and find ways to expand it, to incorporate new activities, as well as to inspire and educate others in the community to safeguard our natural resources.

Course Length (1 Trimester)
Offered Trimester 1, 2 and 3

MakerSpace: Cardboard Construction & 3D Printing

The collaborative design process of: Discovery, Interpretation, Ideation, Experimentation, and Evolution means you’ll be working with others to design solutions to problems, test those solutions, redesign and adapt and then finalise your product.In this module we’ll explore additive fabrication processes through cardboard construction and 3D printing.

We’ll learn cardboard construction techniques, how to create cardboard slices of 3D printing designs and create designs for actual 3D printing.

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including self-assessments, using a portfolio, peer-assessments and feedback, and teacher feedback.

Course Length (1 Trimester)
Trimester 1 only

MakerSpace: Microcontrollers & Electronics

The collaborative design process of: Discovery, Interpretation, Ideation, Experimentation, and Evolution means you’ll be working with others to design solutions to problems, test those solutions, redesign and adapt and then finalise your product.

In this module we’ll complete four projects using Makey Makeys, Bare Conductive Boards, Arduino and Chibitronics including making an arduino LED POV Air Writer.

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including self-assessments, using a portfolio, peer-assessments and feedback, and teacher feedback.

Course Length (Trimester)
Trimester 2 only

MakerSpace: Robotics, Lego + Hummingbird

The collaborative design process of: Discovery, Interpretation, Ideation, Experimentation, and Evolution means you’ll be working with others to design solutions to problems, test those solutions, redesign and adapt and then finalise your product. In this module we’ll learn EV3 programming basics, Lego building techniques and explore the missions from the Hydro Dynamics FLL challenge (yes, this is well after the competition but all the reasoning and problem solving for the missions is still relevant).

If time permits we’ll also explore the Hummingbird robotics (an arduino based robotics kit).
Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including self-assessments, using a portfolio, peer-assessments and feedback, and teacher feedback.

Course Length (Trimester)
Trimester 3 only

Student Leadership and Service

The Student Leadership and Service class is a course designed for students who want to grow and develop their sense of leadership, responsibility, creativity and desire to help others.

Each trimester students will have the opportunity to create and deliver events within the AAS school community.

They will also be involved in fundraising and service oriented work outside of the school into the greater community of Sofia and beyond.

As the seasons change throughout the trimesters, so will the work the students are involved in. Efforts will change based on needs of the school and community related to the seasons and holidays.

This class is a chance for students to empower their voice, work to make change as well as make new friends and have fun.

Course Length (1 Trimester)
Offered Trimester 1, 2 and 3