Exploratory Offerings 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 the student's global awareness and allows 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.
Students are able to select 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 Course Offerings:
Art Class (offered 6, 7, 8)
In Visual Art classes students explore a variety of media as they build their skills in drawing, painting, graphics, sculpture, 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.
Exploratory Spanish-Novice Level (offered 6, 7, 8)
Bienvenidos! The material covered in this course includes:
Beginning basic vocabulary terms
Videos in Spanish (target language)
Cultures of peoples in the Spanish speaking world
Global awareness and appreciation of diversity and culture in Hispanic countries
Integration of technology to enhance/augment learning: Keynote, Kahoot, Duolingo, Actively Learn, Internet research & Scavenger hunts, Quizlet & Quizlet Live, Quizizz, etc.
Physical Education (offered 6, 7, 8)
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.
Next 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.
All parents are welcome to visit our gym and see the exciting things going on in your child's PE class.
6th Grade Office Productivity
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 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- Personal Characteristics & 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
TCMS Career & Technology Education/ Technology, Engineering & Design courses utilize the Pitsco STEM Expeditions® curriculum. STEM Expeditions® are project-based and student-directed. Instruction is delivered in a cloud-based multimedia environment and is accompanied by corresponding hands-on projects and student collaboration. They use an iterative project-based approach rooted in the engineering design process, STEM Expeditions enable students to own their learning, to practice collaboration and creative problem-solving, to test ideas, and to develop a growth-oriented and resilient mind-set that will serve them well for a lifetime – no matter their college or career path.
This course also utilizes the Microburst Learning EMPLOYability Soft Skills program in which students complete interactive, online modules in up to ten soft skills categories, as well participate in activities that teach and strengthen these skills. Students who complete all ten modules successfully and demonstrate the required behaviors may earn the Achievement Award.
Students will also be exposed to coding and robotics.
Music Classes that are Offered:
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-I or II
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.
Small Ensemble Class (8th Grade)
Students in the Eighth Grade Small Ensembles class are Eighth Grade band students who are learning to perform in ensembles with like and varying instruments. All eighth grade music standards will be taught in this class as it is an expansion on the eighth grade band program. Students will be given the opportunity to form their own learning teams and choose appropriate literature to rehearse and perform. Students will demonstrate their ability to analyze and apply the expressive elements of music to the fundamental techniques of playing their instrument both alone and with others, using a variety of small ensemble and solo literature. Students will learn to conduct and lead their own ensembles. Performance skills will be expanded by exploring Small Ensemble literature through listening and aural analysis, using appropriate terminology and ensuring students are exposed to a variety of styles of music. All Small Ensemble Class students will be expected to perform for both Solo and Ensemble MPA and at an end of year concert for their peers and community.
Jazz Band and Pep Band
These extra-curricular classes are offered as an extension of the band program and meet before and/or after school throughout the year. Students with one year of experience in band my join either ensemble.
Eighth Grade World Music
Any eighth grade student at Tucker Creek may elect to take the World Music Explorations class. Students in this class will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the foundations of music while having fun! We will play instruments and do some singing while we explore the role of music in our world both past and present. We will learn about how music was written in the beginning of musical explorations and evaluate how that has evolved into the technology that is used to write and compose music today. This class will be largely project based with the opportunity to learn about a variety of cultures and time periods, making connections to the past and the future while learning about the foundations of the music that we enjoy today. Students will be given some choice on the exact topics that will be covered while meeting the eighth grade music standards. If you enjoy music and want to learn more about it, but are not in band then this is the class for you!
Choral Performance Classes:
Vocal Music Ensemble 1A and 1B are 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.
Vocal Music Ensemble 2A and 2B 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.
Vocal Music Ensemble 3A and 3B 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.
This is an Auditioned Group composed of the best Singers and Dancers from each Chorus 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Vocal Students. These students will rehearse outside of class time and are expected to attend all rehearsals each week be it before or after school. The schedule is to be announced. This is an extra-curricular performance group that will perform for special events in and out of school. Students should see Mr. Angoco if they are interested and audition times will be announced as soon as possible. Students must also wear the uniforms appropriate for the Show Choir’s Show and learn their vocal parts and choreography to the best of their ability. The Mustang Musicality Show Choir is always looking for new energetic performers.