TPMS has a number of fine electives that allow students to expand their middle school horizons. Course content will vary according to grade level.
Each semester art elements, principles, and art history/art appreciation will vary with differing assignments, projects, and media. Students will work with a variety of media such as paint, pencil, ink. foil, clay, fibers, and paper. Students will learn about art appreciation and art history, while creating their own art. This class is a fun, hands-on experience. Students may enroll in art for one semester or the entire year.
Students will be assigned to teachers at Tierra Bonita Elementary School to assist with a variety of tasks throughout the semester. Due to the small number of spaces available each semester (8-10 students), selection is based on outstanding citizenship grades and strong work habits. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
This is a full-year course and is open to all students regardless of prior musical training. Students must provide their own instruments, with the exception of tubas or other large instruments. Daily practice is required. Students will perform in concerts and festivals. Two higher levels of band are offered for 7th and 8th grade students. The band director will determine the level of placement by audition. The Twin Peaks Band Student Handbook was developed to answer the most common questions of students and parents involved in our program. If you have further questions please see Andrew Moreau, Director or Gerard Nolan, Music Assistant. See the Band website.
TPMS offers two levels of Orchestra. Sixth grade Orchestra is a full year course that is open to all students regardless of prior musical training. Students must provide their own violins and violas. The school will provide cellos and basses for school use only. Advanced Orchestra is open to 7th and 8th grade students with at least one year of experience with a stringed instrument. Please visit the Orchestra website for complete information: Orchestra Website.
TPMS offers two courses in Spanish.
Exploring Spanish - This is a one-semester class for the student who would like to explore a foreign language. It focuses on some beginning concepts and principles of basic Spanish. The class includes some cultural components that highlight some of the differences between American and Hispanic culture. Exploring Spanish helps prepare students to take Spanish in 8th grade or in high school.
Spanish 1-2 is a first year high school level foreign language course. This course offers students an opportunity to develop their skills in listening, reading, speaking, writing, and their sensitivity to cultural differences. This course contributes to meeting college entrance requirements. Enrolling students need strong basic skills in English, as well as good study habits as a prerequisite for success in this class.
Students will perform a variety of responsibilities particular to their assignment. Students are placed in the following settings: the administration office, library, computer lab, or individual teacher classrooms. Students who exhibit above average citizenship, are capable of operating independently, and are self-starters do well in this position. A student assistant position fosters positive character traits necessary for success in the world of work.
Video Production introduces students to the fundamentals of video production and broadcasting through a daily school television show called TPMS TV. In this introductory course, students will learn how to create a storyboard, write a script and learn basic camera techniques such as: zooming in and out, camera angles, back lighting and the rule of thirds. Students will develop an understanding of proper lighting techniques and be able to select the appropriate audio equipment to achieve the best sound quality. Students will learn how to use basic video editing software like iMovie and Movie Maker to edit their video clips. During the post production stage, students will understand how to edit video clips by adding voiceovers, music and text to their videos. During the distribution stage, students will learn how to burn their completed videos to a DVD format and other various file types. Students will have the opportunity to be a part of the TPMS TV morning broadcast and perform the basic broadcast roles of camera and lighting operator, computer technician, teleprompter, video technician, title maker, and floor manager. Students will work together to produce the highest quality student television broadcast production in an exciting, hands-on environment that requires critical thinking to real world skills.