Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School

PK3 through 8th Grade

Middle School Electives

Electives are an essential element of the middle school experience at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Students have the opportunity to choose from a wide selection of interesting electives that are both challenging and fun!

Created to inspire and encourage these bright young minds, electives are also wonderful springboards for exploring new interests and applying learning in unique ways.

Middle School students in each grade level have the opportunity to take up to two electives offered in a school year; as well as the opportunity to repeat some of their favorites. The curriculum is built to grow and expand with the students who are passionate to be challenged if they want to take a class twice.

Electives offered include:

Crafts

Crafts is a hands-on Art course intended for the students who are interested in the creative process. Students will learn about the art and craft of various cultures while creating works of art. Students will get to experience working with a variety of different mediums such as knitting, yarn, etc. while learning multiple techniques.

Visual Arts

Students will study a wide range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, including drawing, painting, sculpture. It is designed to expand the traditional knowledge of Fine Art and Design, providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to use different mediums to create original artwork.

Public Speaking

The purpose of this class is for students to improve speaking skills. Students will learn basic delivery skills of volume, projection, rate, expression, and eye contact in short, fun personal speeches. Throughout the course students will give a variety of speeches such as an informative speech, persuasive speech. All speeches are prepared in class using a step-by-step process as we learn to choose speech topics, prepare outlines, and revise speeches. We practice our speeches many times before the final presentation as we learn various fun practice methods.

Broadcasting / Journalism

Students will be taught the skills and knowledge on how to deal with the many challenges of producing news stories at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School. Students will research, gather, and analyze information that will be used to create audio and video productions for broadcast to a variety of audiences. Throughout this course students will learn basic journalistic skills, video production skills, and technological skills.

Yearbook

In this course, students will compile, organize, and complete the OLOL yearbook under the careful observation of the yearbook advisor. Students will take pictures, create layouts, write text, sell advertisements, create the 2021-2022 yearbook, and plan the yearbook signing party at the end of the school year, etc. Students may be asked to attend after school sports and/or activities to photograph these events.

Coding

Students will experiment confidently and have fun with coding. They will understand the common, foundation level concepts that apply in most programming languages before they go on to learning a dedicated programming language, such as Scratch, Python, JavaScript, Ruby, etc. Students will be introduced to a whole new world of digital creativity!

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts is a semester course that provides the opportunity to explore the basic fundamentals and principles of the art of cooking. Students will be given opportunities to explore and experience the varieties of fruits, vegetables, and recipes from around the world.

STEM

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications. Students in this course will be using hands-on experiments to discover these disciplines.