Two-Day Electives (Semester-long)
We have a diverse offering of electives for our students to pursue all their different passions, ranging from debate to programming and politics. These courses meet twice per week for a semester:
This class will continue to improve students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Mandarin. The teacher will also focus on developing students’ higher level reading and writing processes. In addition, students will learn deeper understanding of Chinese culture, and build global competence.
Advanced Mechanics and Engineering Design
Advanced Mechanics and Engineering Design is a STEAM elective for anyone interested in the structure for designing and building with materials of your choice (e.g. cardboard, wire, pulleys, LEGOs, VEX Robotics). If you ever wanted to be experimental with engineering, this is the class for you. All you need is your curiosity and a mind for problem-solving. You will receive basic industrial and mechanical engineering practices for building out your deliverable. The use of computer programming, 3D modeling, soldering, and manual tools are optional to the course.
Students will have the opportunity to read a variety of genres and openly discuss major themes, characters, plot development, and symbolism present in the novels they are reading. We will also discuss ways in which particular works of literature apply to our lives today.
MATHCOUNTS is a nationally recognized middle school mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging ''bee'' style contests. It is a two-day year long elective open for all upper school students. In order to participate in the actual competition, one must be in US2, US3 or US4.
This elective course provides materials and sources necessary to prepare for the competition, and teaches you technical skills as well as how to have fun in math!
Current Events is a course based upon experiencing and understanding the world we live in; we will analyze and discuss the news that rocks the world, whether it be politics, sports, entertainment, weather events, state and local matters or foreign affairs. Utilizing all media sources available to us, including video, newsprint, etc, those who take this course will be well-informed on all world events. If you are fascinated by how the world works and all the news makers and shakers that run it, sign up and stay clued in.
Exploring Spanish Culture and Language Through Media
Curricular description coming soon!
Instrumental Combo Band
This elective provides an exciting opportunity for students with prior instrumental and/or vocal experience to come together to play a variety of live music. We will explore different genres — from folk to rock, pop, blues, and jazz — with an eye to learning melodic, comping, and improvisation skills. The goal is to work hard in applying advanced music concepts, while having a blast jamming good on groovy music. This is an audition-based class. Students will be accepted based on instrument availability, playing and reading skill, work ethic, and commitment.
Introduction to Marine Biology
In this class, we'll explore the way the ocean works, ocean habitats, the life in the ocean and how our oceans are changing. There may be opportunities for field trips, to practice how ocean scientists learn about the wonders of our water world.
Introduction to Microcontrollers
Do you want to make a robot? Have you wanted to make a device that interacts and/or responses to the environment? Join this elective and learn how microcontrollers open the world of robotics.
Introduction to Python
Learn the basics of programing with the Python language. All skill levels are welcome!
Apply to join year 4 of Mirman's revolutionary "startup accelerator." In MirmanX, we take ambitious projects and make them business realities. Work alongside other passionate and talented students on one of three selected projects—maybe yours! 3 student projects per year are selected. Join MirmanX, and Go Beyond!
Music Performance and Songwriting
In this course, students will learn basic skills around general music theory, write original songs and play them as a group. There will be opportunities for students to write original music individually and compose a few songs as a collaborative group. Students will study song structure, musical elements and analyze lyrics throughout the semester. Students need to have prior knowledge and experience on at least one instrument (including voice).
The Many Facets of the Music Business
In this new installment of Music Production, we will be working with professionals in the local music industry to explore the different facets of the music business. This will include talent development and live performance, sound engineering and recording, and marketing and branding. Students will participate in mini-projects exploring these different areas before separating into groups to accomplish producing a record and performing a showcase of songs during field day. Prior interest in music performance, production, and promotion preferred.
The Twilight Zone
In this class we will be using the television series “The Twilight Zone” to inspire creativity in thought, story-telling, and short story writing. A typical class will be a brief preview, an episode of “The Twilight Zone” (mostly if not completely from the original series), and an analytical discussion or follow-up activity thereafter.
Tolkien in the Trenches
Tolkien in the Trenches is a class focusing on the film, literature and lore of Lord of the Rings and how the military service of LOTR's creator, J.R.R Tolkien, shaped its development. Those in this class will learn the history of World War One and the British Isles, explore Scandinavian mythology and medieval combat and dive into an in-depth analysis of Lord of the Rings and the roots of fantasy fiction. Come ready to "nerd out" more than you ever have in your life.
An elective for students to work on creative writing pieces. Activities will include: teacher and student led mini-lessons, independent writing time, peer editing, and small and large group sharing.