Four-Day Electives (Year-long)
We have a diverse offering of electives for our students to pursue all their different passions, ranging from yearbook to robotics. These courses meet four times per week for a semester:
The Mirman School Concert Singers is offered to all Upper School students who desire to further their musical knowledge and vocal skills. The Concert Singers assist in numerous school-wide performances, such as the Winter Program, the Pops Concert, Open House, and Graduation, as well as traveling to perform in state/country-wide choral festivals.
The competitive debate class is open to all students including those without previous speech & debate experience. The focus will be on policy debate which is a two-member team event but students choosing to do LD (one-person debate) or Public Forum (two-person) are also encouraged to enroll. This year's policy topic is on Immigration. Students will learn basic round mechanics (putting together speech documents, time management, strategic positioning of arguments, cross-examination methods) and argumentation fundamentals. Students taking this class are expected to attend the two league tournaments per semester and strongly encouraged to attend at least two additional invitational tournaments. #debate goals- Middle School Tournament of Champions in Kentucky, the California Middle School State Championships and NSDA Middle School Nationals in Dallas.
Students create the Mirman School yearbook using Adobe InDesign. The yearbook staff determines the theme for the year, establishes the ladder and creates style guides for layout, graphics and copy. Using this information, students work in pairs to develop individual spreads and learn to interface with parents, teachers, Lower School students, and administrators as they develop the page content. They are responsible for all elements on the page, including photography, layout and copy, and they must meet specific deadlines four times during the year. Yearbook also provides leadership opportunities for returning students selected to fill editorial positions. Students must be willing to commit to a four-day per week elective, in addition to a possibly one or two other class periods (LEAP, etc). They may not participate in any other electives or help out in other electives during the production of the book.