Sequoyah Enrollment: 7th Grade

Dear Families,

Sequoyah enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is here! Our enrollment procedure is VIRTUAL this year and will be completed from home, allowing students and families time to discuss the enrollment options and enter course requests together.

All information pertaining to elective course options is below. Please take time to review the course descriptions and watch the videos so you can make informed decisions about what electives to take next school year. Once you are ready to complete the online enrollment form, click the link at the bottom of this newsletter.

If you have further questions, please contact the 7th Grade Counselor via email at molly.larrison@edmondschools.net or by phone at (405)726-5806.

Sincerely,

Molly Larrison, 7th Grade Counselor


7th Grade Elective Course Descriptions

Videos

Around the World

Are you curious about the way other people around the globe live? Why do people act the way they do? Around the World is a class that allows students to gain a global perspective of why cultures are unique by exploring current events, art, holidays and religions. This is a fun opportunity to get better connected to the world!

Around the World.mp4

Art

*Students will be provided a Complete Art Kit with a $15 Art Fee

Art students will focus on exploring graphite drawings, blendable colored pencils, printmaking, ink, watercolor painting, graphic design, clay, bookbinding, sketchbooks, and origami. Students will learn and apply the 7 Elements of Art & 7 Principals of Design into their own artwork. Scholastic Art is used for Art History by connecting Master Artists to Contemporary and integrating knowledge of history into projects. Students will grow their art skills by learning to apply numerous new art techniques, write an individual Artist Statement, understand new ways to look at art and talk about art, and will be given opportunities to enter Art and Writing Contests. Students will enjoy an end-of-semester field trip to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art complete with a museum tour.

Art.mp4

Band

*Students who did not play an instrument in 6th grade have the option to begin in 7th grade for 2021-2022 and a Band uniform is required

The 7th-grade band combines instruments into the 3 instrument families—Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion. Students will continue to progress from their beginning band year as they prepare and perform various styles of music at concerts and festivals throughout the year. Students have the opportunity to perform solos and small ensembles at contests, as well as travel out of Edmond to a band festival in the spring. Emphasis will be placed on furthering technique and enhancing musicianship.

Click this link to complete the following steps:

  1. Watch short videos that demonstrate each beginning band instrument and interviews with beginning band students and parents.
  2. Complete the Instrument Matching Tool, which will help match you with the right instrument! At the end, you will be asked to list your instrument preferences in priority order.
  3. Fill out a short interest form to get more information about our band program.
Band - Incoming 7th Grade Beginning Band Video 2.0.mp4

Challenge

This is a project-based, hands-on class. Students will develop skills in problem-solving, various types of thinking, inquiry, creativity, communication, and leadership. In makerspace themed projects, students will research, design, create and build as well as solve problems and puzzles using critical thinking. Projects will cover a wide range of topics using high tech and low tech tools sure to address the interests of all students.

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Chorus

*A choral uniform is required.

 

The overall goals are to expand and refine musical skills while developing quality in performance. Emphasis is placed on sight-reading literacy and two and three-part harmony. Each class will have exposure to all music styles and periods. The choir performs in the OSSAA District choir and ensemble contests. Additional opportunities are afforded by optional solo preparation and performance at District Contest, auditioning for Junior High All-State Choir and COCDA Honor Choir. At least four performances are scheduled during the year.

Chorus.mp4

Computer Science 7: Innovators and Makers

This Computer Science elective teaches students that programming goes beyond the virtual world into the physical world. Students are challenged to creatively use sensors and actuators to develop systems that interact with their environment. While designing algorithms and using computational thinking practices, students code and upload programs to microcontrollers that perform a variety of authentic tasks. Teams will select and solve a personally relevant problem related to wearable technology, interactive art, or mechanical devices.

 Innovators & Makers Video

Drama

In this class, students will learn how to prepare and present a variety of material for performances such as speeches, monologues, duets, group scenes, infomercials, lip syncs, and end the semester with a one-act play. They will participate in activities and acting games that promote characterization, concentration, and creativity. Students will learn effective strategies for both verbal and nonverbal communication that will enhance overall social/self-awareness. They will also learn about the technical side of theater in the area of costuming, lighting, and/or sound.

Drama.mp4

Engineering 7 (Formerly GTT: Gateway to Technology)

Designed to engage students in learning how to use engineering skills and concepts to solve everyday problems. Through hands-on and problem-based learning projects, students will use scientific principles and math concepts to solve real-world problems. Students will focus their active learning to help strengthen S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) inquiry skills while focusing on Design & Modeling and Magic of Electrons.

Engineering (formerly GTT - Gateway to Technology).mp4

FACS Tween Life

This course is designed to assist students in developing essential skills for healthy growth and problem-solving abilities. The course offers students the opportunity to explore learning through hands-on activities in the areas of relationships, physical development, money management, child care, sustainability, and career exploration. The skills gained at this early age will assist in creating a work and family life balance in the future. Student leadership through Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is an integral part of this course.

FACS- Promo vidoes (1).mp4

GATE (Enrichment)

*Students must meet district criteria requirements to qualify

Students describe this class as interesting, challenging, creative, informative, and FUN! We brainstorm and create (in class) projects that may include TV commercials, inventions, 3D design and printing, stocks market investments, ACT preparation. We will explore medieval times and other areas of individual interests. Through hands-on activities, students develop skills in problem-solving, various types of thinking, creativity, inquiry, leadership, and communication. A frequently heard question is “what if?” as we expand our imagination as well as knowledge.

GATE (Enrichment).mp4

ITeach

Students will examine the world of education while learning by serving. As they serve in placement sites around the school and help in the community, students will gain an understanding of what it takes to make a school day run smoothly. They will examine educational trends by reading various articles and journals. They will discover various types of learning and how disabilities can affect the process. They will understand the multitude of careers offered in education. They will learn to serve and serve to learn!

ITeach.mp4

Multimedia

This class will focus on a broad range of computer applications and experiences for the student. The dynamic nature of the computers will allow students to pursue a level of work based on their knowledge and experience. With the exposure to the wide variety of computer applications and projects, this class will develop in students a foundation of experience that will be built upon throughout their educational careers.

Multimedia Promo Video.mp4

Orchestra

*Students who did not play an instrument in 6th grade have the option to begin in 7th grade for 2021-2022 and an Orchestra uniform is required

Students will participate in contests, festivals, and concerts as an orchestra group member. They will also have the opportunity to perform solos and small ensembles in a contest situation. Contest orchestra will be composed of those students who perform with the musicianship and have the discipline required to represent their school in a competitive situation.

Orchestra.mp4

Physical Education

* Tennis shoes are required. This class can be taken one semester per school year.

 

The P.E. class is co-educational with an emphasis on team and lifetime activities and noncompetitive, organized games. Units of study include kickball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, cage ball, ultimate football, speedball, and badminton. There will be quizzes over weekly lessons in addition to written unit tests at the end of each unit.

Physical Education.mp4

Publications (Newspaper)

This class involves creating the school’s newspaper. Students will learn interviewing techniques that they will practice monthly. They will then write and edit articles for our monthly newspaper, The Sequoyah Times. Team building activities will help them work together as one staff. Students who love to write and see their work published will enjoy this class.

Journalism_ Publications promotional video.mp4

Athletics: 7th & 8th Grade Only

Students may begin participating in school athletics in 7th grade. As extracurricular events, all athletic practices occur after school, and in some rare instances before school. More information will be sent later in the spring, but it is important for families with children interested in athletics to be familiar with the Rank One website. All student-athletes must have a current physical (dated July 2021 or later) on file to participate.

Fall Sports include Volleyball, Cross Country, Softball, and Football. Volleyball tryouts typically occur in late July. Softball and Football typically begin the beginning of August, and Cross Country is given a voluntary run schedule before the summer months.

Winter Sports include Basketball and Wrestling.

Spring Sports include Baseball, Track, Golf, and Tennis.

Please visit the Sequoyah website/athletics for more information.