1/29/2014 9:47:00 AM Electives offer new dimension to education
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St. Cecilia sixth graders Zoey Van Vleet, Grace Schuhmann and Bennett Kwiecinski work on watercolor art.
BEAVERTON — In keeping with St. Cecilia School’s goals of educating the whole person and providing unique enrichment opportunities, electives are offered each trimester. Topics covered include service-leadership, physical education mentoring and science lab assistantship. Through service-leadership, students learn the importance of being charitable, focused and by doing service. P.E. mentoring provides the opportunity to work and interact with primary grade students during gym class. As a science lab assistant, students recognize how much time and effort the teacher spends preparing for labs.
There are other options. Book Club provided the forum for students to read and discuss books from different genres. They explored setting, character development, lessons offered and intent of the author.
Like stretching before exercising, students in the choir elective learned about the importance of vocal warm-up exercises and breathing to protect their voices and confidently control their singing. The students enjoyed singing with classmates in rounds, overlapping lyrics, and different verses simultaneously — harmonizing.
Students enrolled for the High School Readiness elective took three different tests to determine their learning style. The students were then exposed to note-taking styles, study tips for tests, and public speaking opportunities as key ingredients for their success.
Connectedness to God was the overriding theme for the Spiritual Journey elective. Students learned journaling, meditation, prayer, relaxation and retreats as ways to center their beings and appreciate God’s beauty.
Here are middle school electives being offered during trimester two: watercolor, drama, podcasts, blogs, public speaking; and trimester three: creative writing, digital animation, making math real, spring musical.