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Exploratory Classes at Tucker Creek Middle School
Tucker Creek's exploratory team works hard to ensure that through our program offerings we offer a variety of courses to enrich each student's global awareness and allow them to explore a variety of interests and passions. Middle school is a time for students to explore their interests before they are required to start making hard decisions at the high school and college levels. We encourage students to take a variety of course offerings, and work diligently to meet the needs of each individual student.
As a general rule, all students are expected to take one semester of PE each year. Exceptions to this due to conflicting course registrations (such as year long band and year long chorus) will be made on a case by case basis.
Students take four exploratories each year. Students that choose band, year-long chorus, or yearbook use two of their exploratory offerings and then can choose two additoional classes each year.
Current Exploratory Course Offerings:
Health and Physical Education (offered 6, 7, 8): Coach Sloan and Coach Turnage
Welcome to Tucker Creek Physical Education, where we always strive to make our mark by working each day to be better than we were yesterday!
We open the semester with some exciting strategic throwing and catching games such as Ultimate, Team Handball, and Wall Ball. Then we enter into our sport education model with basketball, net games, softball and soccer. Tucker Creek Physical Education recently won a grant to provide our program with the introduction of Pickle Ball into our curriculum! In addition we will mix in some introductions into the weight room, incorporate life skills and health instruction, and ensure you learn healthy habits for a successful life!
All parents are welcome to visit our gym and see the exciting things going on in your child's PE class.
For Sports Information, including physical forms, click here.
Multimedia Art Class (offered 6, 7, 8): Ms. Jennifer Bowden
In Multimedia Art classes students explore a variety of media as they build their skills in drawing, painting, graphics, sculpture, pottery, modeling, and more. Some themes that will be taught and discussed are artists, artwork, culture, history, vocabulary and different techniques and applications of media. Students will learn about critique, art appreciation and art criticism; as well as problem-solving and critical thinking skills. With each grade level, students will build upon knowledge gained, develop art skills, and be able to better express themselves creatively.
Students complete weekly sketchbooks and create projects in class each week. Projects are tied into our core content curriculum and the state art standards. Skills that are taught are progressive from sixth through eighth grade, however students can usually jump in at any level and be successful!
CTE-Computer/Technology: Mrs. Ann Frazier
6th Grade Keyboarding and Basic Word Processing
This course is composed of instructional modules designed to provide hands-on instruction in basic keyboarding skills, computer concepts and software applications. Students will learn the proper finger position when typing using the alpha and numeric keyboard. This module is also designed to teach basic keying skills, consisting of fluent manipulation of all alphabetic letters and numbers.
7th Grade Introduction to Office Productivity
This course is designed to teach the basic skills in spreadsheets and utilizing formulas for everyday use in the business community. Emphasis is on daily use of a computer system and appropriate software to provide integrated training through a learn/practice/sustain/assess plan of skill building. This module is designed to teach the creation, manipulation of charts, and using advanced features in spreadsheet software. Students will also learn presentation basics and techniques along with reviewing the word processing modules.
8th Grade- Exploring Personal Character and Careers
This course is designed to provide an orientation to the world of work. Experiences are designed to introduce students to the technical nature of today’s world and the role of productive workers. Activities enable students to increase self-awareness and make wise educational and occupational decisions as they plan for careers.
CTE-TED (Technology, Engineering and Design) aka STEM Class:
TCMS Career & Technology Education / Technology and Engineering Design courses utilize project-based Pitsco STEM Expeditions® curriculum that are rooted in the engineering design process. Online instruction is delivered in a multimedia environment as well as through teacher-directed mini-lessons. Expeditions enable students to practice collaboration and problem-solving, test ideas, and develop a growth-oriented mind-set that will serve them well no matter their career path.
Students will also experience design challenges and explore the basics of computer programming through block coding. We will explore global issues and the Sustainable Development Goals. We will discuss how technology and engineering can help to alleviate societal problems by providing solutions and consider the ethics of engineering design and how technology has developed over time, as well as the possibilities for the use of innovative technologies into the future. Students will also explore careers related to topics we are learning about in class.
Finally, students will utilize the Microburst EMPLOYability Soft Skills program to complete interactive, online modules in up to ten soft skills categories, as well participate in activities that teach and strengthen employability skills that will help them both in the classroom and on their future job sites.
6th Grade - Exploring Technology
Specific Pitsco STEM Expeditions planned for use by 6th grade include Design Time and Making Waves. In Design Time, students will work through the design process to design a make their own working clock as well as learn about how to market their product to potential customers. In Making Waves, students learn about sound waves and learn about different types of instruments. As a final project, they will design and create their own tunable instrument!
7th Grade - Exploring Engineering and Design
Specific Pitsco STEM Expeditions planned for use by 7th grade include Contraptions and Building Bridges. In Contraptions, students will learn about the mechanical advantages that simple machines provide in our everyday lives. As a final project, they design and construct a siege machine that will knock over a teacher-built castle wall. In the Building Bridges expedition, students will design and construct Beam Bridges from balsa wood. They will learn about civil engineering and the construction of bridges and other structures. The project will culminate as we test their designs with increasing loads using precise measurement tools that will compute the force their bridge is capable of handling.
8th Grade - Introduction to Computer Science
New for Fall 2020! Students in this course will have an introduction to computer science. The course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as problem solving, programming, website development (HTML), user centered design, and data. Students will be empowered to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving and fun.
8th Grade - Introduction to Technological Systems
8th grade students will explore technological systems with emphasis on Flight Dynamics. Students will learn about the forces controlling the flight of fixed-wing aircraft and rotary-wing aircraft. We will learn about the science behind rockets and the rising use of UAS/drone technology in many industries world-wide. Students will learn to use coding to control their drones and fly through a given path. As opportunities allow, students will be able to visit the MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East to see how these technologies are used in our area.
Band Classes that are Offered: Mrs. Blair Dyal
Beginning Band (6th Grade)
Sixth Grade band is split into two classes based upon the instrument that you are assigned/chose to play. In sixth grade band students learn to produce an appropriate sound on their instrument with proper technique. In sixth grade students are introduced to rhythms in common time and the expressive elements of music. They begin learning how to improvise and arrange music while learning how use their perceptual skills. Students analyze examples of music using appropriate terminology and begin learning how to evaluate performances and musical ideas, and apply this process to their own performing. They relate music to all other core content areas including geography, history, and world civilizations. Students in the sixth grade are taught the health and wellness issues that directly relate to musicians such as caring for their instrument properly, and how to keep themselves healthy by not sharing instruments/supplies.
Seventh Grade Band-Intermediate or Advanced
Seventh grade band students are assigned to one of two ensembles based upon their performance skills at the end of sixth grade. This decision will be made by Mrs. Dyal based on end of year assessments.
Students in the Seventh Grade Band I (Intermediate Ensemble) are working on defining their sound and demonstrating fundamental techniques on their instrument. Students in the Seventh Grade Band II (Advanced Ensemble) have demonstrated that they are able to produce a characteristic sound on their instrument and are able to model the use of fundamental techniques. Both ensembles are expected to begin using expressive elements in their music and identify these musical elements. Students begin writing musical examples using a variety of sources including technology as a resource. Students learn to follow a conductor and continue to grow in their ability to analyze musical examples from a variety of genres, styles, and cultures. Students evaluate their own performances and that of others for quality and effectiveness. Music in relationship to other areas is expanded and students are introduced to the function that music serves in our community and around the world. Students in the Seventh Grade Advanced Band will compete at MPA in the spring. Advanced Band Students will also be invited to participate in the yearly overnight band trip. Intermediate students may be asked to fill spots in the advanced band if needed. Students may be moved into the advanced ensemble after the first semester if the band’s instrumentation and the student’s instrument proficiency dictate the move.
Eighth Grade Band
Students in the Eighth Grade Band are combined into one full band ensemble. Students are expected to perform at a level of proficiency on their instrument individually and collaboratively while demonstrating characteristic tone and consistent pitch, on a variety of music. They are expected to model and guide their peers in demonstrating fundamental techniques, expressive elements, technical accuracy and both common and duple time signatures. Students are expected to use appropriate musical terminology when analyzing and evaluating performances and a variety of music, using the principles of music including rhythm, tonality, intervals, chords, and harmonic progressions, balance, blend, intonation, etc. They should understand the beginnings of compositional structure using 21st century technology. The Eighth Grade band students take a focus on the role of music in North Carolina and the United States, making connections between music and concepts from around the world. They also are taught the key laws and principles behind the access, use and protection of music. This ensemble performs at the state MPA competition in March and will travel on an overnight band trip in the spring.
Jazz Band (8th Grade Only)
Students in the Eighth Grade Jazz Band class will work together to learn about jazz music and it's role in our world both past and present. They will learn to play the various styles of jazz music including swing, bebop, hiphop, fusion, latin, and others while learning about the cultural relevancy of each time and style of music. These students will learn the basics of performing jazz music and have masterclasses and clinics from jazz musicians. Students in jazz band will be expected to participate in community performances and support our school events as needed. This class is a year long class, some exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
Choral Performance Classes
All chorus students are expected to participate in the concerts and events for the semester that they are enrolled in for their course. Students will be required to purchase a polo as their choral uniform. Band and chorus do have identical uniforms, so if your student is in both classes they will only be required to purchase one!
Sixth Grade Vocal Music Ensemble
This class for students in 6th Grade which will serve as an introduction to basic music theory, solfege, and focus on the developing voice. Students will learn to sing in two to three-part harmony as well as master basic musicianship skills to foster independent musicianship and ensemble building. In the sixth grade students will take chorus as a single semester class (1/2 a year). Students will be grouped in either GIRLS VOCAL ENSEMBLE or BOYS VOCAL ENSEMBLE to help with teaching the changing middle school voice.
Seventh Grade Vocal Music Ensemble
This choral class will focus on 7th Grade students and further develop musicianship skills with more advanced music theory, sight-singing skills. These students will work at singing 3-part harmonies and move into 4 parts. We will address the changing voice and meet each student at their individual vocal development. As each student progresses, we will focus a lot on acapella singing. These students will work in different styles and genres of music that have emphasis on Latin and Afro-Andean Music. All seventh graders will be registered in a year-long chorus class and grouped again by BOYS or GIRLS to help with the changing voices.
Eighth Grade Vocal Music Ensemble
The eighth grade choral class will focus on 8th Grade students and further develop musicianship skills with more advanced music theory, sight-singing skills. Students will work more independently in quartets and octets to These students will work at singing harmonies within 4 parts. We will talk about style, timbre, music history and meet each student at their individual vocal development. Students will be expected to take all their music theory and harmony skills to compose and perform original music. Singers will continue to develop choral acapella singing. These students will work in different styles and genres of music that have emphasis on foreign languages i.e. Latin, French, German, Italian as well as more difficult Afro-Andean Music Styles. Eighth Grade students will be grouped together and take this course as a year long class.
Eighth Grade Chamber Music Class
This chorus class will be for our chorus students who would like a more focused class to grow their individual skills. These students will focus on small ensemble (chamber) music that allows them to display their advanced musical abilities. Students will also use the keyboard lab and learn about composition and creative music writing in this class. Students in this class will be chosen to perform at key school and community events throughout the year, along with our other chorus classes. This class will meet as a year long course, some exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.