The Lewis Middle School elective program allows students to expand their talents and explore new interests!
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Sixth grade students have the opportunity to choose between Band/Orchestra and the Discovery Wheel Electives. The Band/Orchestra elective is assigned for the whole year. If you choose Discovery Wheel, you will be assigned 2 different courses for the year. Students who choose the Discovery Wheel will benefit from elective exploration in two areas: Visual Performing Arts (VAPA) and Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The first elective will meet first semester starting in August and ending in January. The second elective begins at the second semester and ends in June.

Students may also be assigned to a Study Skills elective or to Step Up to Middle School Math, based upon individual need. Listed below are our Sixth Grade Elective Course options.

Discovery Wheel Classes

  1. Pre-Engineering (Exploring Technology): Students explore how engineers solve problems through computer research and hands on tasks. During the semester, students tackle construction engineering problems, basic web design, and a study of energy topped by building and testing windmills.

  2. Exploring Technology/Coding: A computer science course which helps nurture problem solving, logic and creativity. This course will teach basic computer science skills and de-mystify code, showing anyone can learn the basics.

  3. Introduction to Art/Music Grades 6-8: This course is designed to give student exposure to the Secondary Curriculum of Visual and Performance Art Standards.

  4. Step Up to Middle School Math: An elective support course for students in grades 6-8 and is taken concurrently with their grade-level math course, at the recommendation of the teacher. It is designed for students whose placement indicators show a need for targeted support to ensure success. The course provides remediation for gaps in students' learning, front loads crucial concepts, and provides parallel lessons to build prerequisite skills. This course replaces the district's math Advancement Academy courses. l Math.

  5. Study Skills: Students will spend the semester working on middle school study skills development. Study Skills programs and services are offered for students who need extra support in academic areas. Students are identified and assigned for this program based upon tests scores, academic grades, individual need, or specialized academic programs.


This one-year music class concentrates on the performance of the following instruments; flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello and string bass. Students enrolled in music will not be placed in the Exploration Wheel classes.

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