Exploratory \ Connections

Art

Art class at Camden Middle School is a product-based class that provides opportunities for students to learn and use techniques specific to creating artwork. Along with the techniques and skills that are learned in order to produce art come life skills such as observing, envisioning, innovation through exploration, reflective self-evaluation, and the ability to experiment and learn from mistakes. Critical thinking and problem solving skills learned through the production of artworks are skills that will benefit students throughout their academic careers.
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Band

For more information about grading, performance uniform policies, equipment rental and fundraising please contact Mr. Rogowski.
 

Computer

Course Description: This course is designed as a foundation course. It is designed to develop skills entering information (both alpha and numeric) on a keyboard using the touch system. Students will learn the general parts of a computer as well as proper keyboarding techniques. In addition, this course introduces students to practical computer applications. Students will learn about word processing, spreadsheets, databases, Internet usage, multimedia, as well as architectural and graphic design


Course Goals/Objectives:
Keyboarding using the touch system (4 1/2 weeks)
Master proper keyboarding techniques using the touch system
Develop speed and accuracy
Develop a basic understanding of Microsoft Word
Edit and determine proper format for documents
Manipulate text within and between documents

Computer Application (4 1/2 weeks)
Develop a basic understanding of Microsoft Word
Create business and personal letters
Create tables
Manipulate toolbars and functions

Develop a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel

Change the appearance and organize the worksheet
Create formulas
Chart worksheet data

Develop a basic understanding of Microsoft PowerPoint

Create a PowerPoint presentation
Use multimedia within PowerPoint presentation

Develop a basic understanding of Microsoft Publisher
Design web page integrating academic topic
Design brochure integrating academic topic

Develop a basic understanding of Windows Internet Explorer
Manipulate search engines to locate appropriate information

Develop a basic understanding of Microsoft Office commands
Manipulate folders and views
Manipulate document handling, copying, moving and saving features
 

Health

Course designed to provide knowledge, skills and opportunities students need to make decisions that lead to an optimal level of well being and healthy living.

Sex education and AIDS prevention. Notification Form.
 

Math Connections

Course is designed to provide students with additional assistance in understanding and being able to use mathematical concepts and operations, solve problems, and analyze and draw conclusions.

The Academic Math Exploratory class is designed to address any areas of unsuccessful academic progress as identified through the EOGs and mastery assessment tests. Students are placed in the program at their individual ability level. Various programs are used to improve academic progress.
 

Physical Education

Course designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn the information and skills necessary to be active and healthy for their entire lives. Students also learn cooperation and teamwork skills that can be applied in family, school, work, and community situations.

Students are expected to bring appropriate clothing and footwear for athletic activities. Athletic clothing items are not to be worn to their other classes.

Grades are earned by participation which includes dressing out for PE activities daily.
 

Reading Connections

The goal of this class is to teach students to become more fluent readers by using systematic classroom-based instructional assessments to monitor student progress in both rate and accuracy.

Why is Fluency Important? Because non-fluent readers focus much of their attention on figuring out words, they have less attention to devote to comprehension. Fluent readers are able to focus their attention on understanding text.

This class is designed to help students improve their reading fluency and reading comprehension skills. Fluency is the ability to read text accurately and quickly. Fluency bridges word decoding and comprehension. Comprehension is understanding what has been read.
 

Technology

Technology at Camden middle school provides a learning environment were students will be introduced to the principles of Technology.

This course will help students to use technological systems effectively in their lives, thus providing a foundation for successfully integrating their own interests with potential careers with the resources of a technological society.

Our assignments reinforce the areas of math, science, social studies, and language arts through practical application and/or hands-on activities. Exposure to various technologies and related careers, work ethics and employability skills are important components in this course.

Students will use a variety of books available in the classroom along with computer based instructions.

Students will be introduced to basic features of several computer programs and be required to show proficiency of attention to detail in their work.

At the end of this course, students will understand how technology impacts them and the world around them and careers available to them in the field.