NISD Middle School Course Selection

 
NISD Middle School Course Selection
NISD Middle School
     Course Selection

                                                                                                                                                                         2021-2022

Please be advised that this Course Catalog is contingent on future decisions of the Texas Education Agency, State Board of Education, Texas Legislature and/or Northside Independent
School District. If changes occur, the online catalog will be updated.
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Welcome to Northside
        Middle Schools
Welcome to Northside Independent School District,
where we pride ourselves on our outstanding
educators and our superior instructional and
extracurricular programs. Whether this will be your
first experience at a Northside middle school campus
or you are returning for another great school year,
we are excited about the opportunities available at
each of our Northside schools.
Northside is one of the largest and most diverse school districts in the state. We are the fourth
largest school district in Texas and the 24th largest school district in the United States. Despite our
size, we still maintain a cohesive, family-friendly atmosphere that places the utmost importance on
student success, community involvement, and fiscal responsibility.
Northside truly is San Antonio’s premier school district of choice and we will continue to maintain
our tradition of academic excellence for every student. Middle school course offerings are based on
student interest and alignment to high school program opportunities.

                         Questions or Need Help?
The process for students/parents to make course selections for the following school year typically
begins in early spring. Each middle school campus will communicate with both 5th grade parents (of
future 6th grade students) and to current 6th and 7th grade parents about their specific processes
and timelines.
For more information about registering for middle school classes or to learn about any of Northside’s
programs, feel free to contact the counseling department at any of our middle schools using the
contact information found on the next page in this catalog.

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Campus Contact Information
Bernal Middle School                    Jones Magnet School                           Ross Middle School
(210) 398-1900                          (210) 397-2230                                (210) 397-6350
14045 Bella Vista Place, 78253          1256 Pinn Road, 78227                         3630 Callaghan Road, 78228

Briscoe Middle School                   Jordan Middle School                          Rudder Middle School
(210) 398-1100                          (210) 397-6150                                (210) 397-5000
4265 Lone Star Parkway, 78253           1725 Richland Hills Drive, 78251              6558 Horn Boulevard, 78240

Connally Middle School                  Luna Middle School                            Stevenson Middle School
(210) 397-1000                          (210) 397-5300                                (210) 397-7300
8661 Silent Sunrise, 78250              200 N. Grosenbacher Road, 78253               8403 Tezel Road, 78254

Folks Middle School                     Neff Middle School                            Stinson Middle School
(210) 398-1600                          (210) 397-4100                                (210) 397-3600
9855 Swayback Ranch, 78254              5227 Evers Road, 78238                        13200 Skyhawk Drive, 78249

Hector Garcia Middle School             Pease Middle School                           Straus Middle School
(210) 397-8400                          (210) 397-2950                                (210) 298-2550
14900 Kyle Seale Parkway, 78255         201 Hunt Lane, 78245                          8092 Talley Road, 78253

Hobby Middle School                     Rawlinson Middle School                       Vale Middle School
(210) 397-6300                          (210) 397-4900                                (210) 397-5700
11843 Vance Jackson Road, 78230         14100 Vance Jackson Road, 78249               2120 N. Ellison Drive, 78251

Jefferson Middle School                 Rayburn Middle School                         Zachry Middle School
(210) 397-3700                          (210) 397-2150                                (210) 397-7400
10900 Shaenfield Road, 78254            1400 Cedarhurst Drive, 78227                  9410 Timber Path, 78250

Jones Middle School                                                                   Zachry Magnet School
(210) 397-2100                                                                        (210) 397-7490
1256 Pinn Road, 78227                                                                 9410 Timber Path, 78250
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Table of Contents
                                                                 General Information
                                                Welcome to Northside Middle Schools ..........................2
                                                Campus Contact Information.......................................3
                                                Using the Course Catalog............................................5
                                                How to Read Course Descriptions ................................5

                                                                Advanced Academics
                                                Gifted/Talented Program ............................................6
                                                High School Credit Courses ......................................7-8
                                                Advanced Courses ......................................................9

                                                      Comprehensive Middle School
                                                         Course Descriptions
                                                Program Overview and Required Courses .............. 11-12
                                                6th Grade Required Courses ................................ 13-14
                                                6th Grade Electives .................................................. 15
                                                7th Grade Required Courses ................................ 16-17
                                                7th Grade Electives ............................................. 18-21
                                                8th Grade Required Courses ................................ 22-23
                                                8th Grade Electives ............................................. 24-28

                                                                Jones Magnet School
                                                                 Course Descriptions
                                                Program Overview and Required Courses ................... 30
                                                6th Grade Required Courses ................................ 31-32
                                                6th Grade Electives .................................................. 33
                                                7th Grade Required Courses ................................ 34-35
                                                7th Grade Electives ............................................. 36-38

                                                               Zachry Magnet School
                                                                Course Descriptions
                                                Program Overview and Required Courses ................... 39
                                                6th Grade Required Courses ................................ 40-41
                                                6th Grade Electives .................................................. 42

                                                              Additional Information
                                                High School Graduation Toolkit ............................ 43-49

Please be advised that this Course Catalog is contingent on future decisions of the Texas Education Agency, State Board of Education, Texas Legislature and/or Northside Independent
School District. If changes occur, the online catalog will be updated.

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Using the Course Catalog
The Middle School Course Catalog provides course information for required courses and electives. Courses have been
organized by grade level. If you have questions about the information included for each course, please refer to the
information below.
EXPLANATION OF ABBREVIATIONS
    ELA: English Language Arts
    MS: Middle School
    HS: High School
    PR: Prerequisite
    SEM: Semesters
    CR: High School Credit

                             How to Read Course Descriptions
This course selection booklet contains information about each course offered at NISD middle schools. Courses are
grouped by grade level and content area. Each course description contains the following basic information:

                                                                     Course title

                                                                     The course number is unique to each course and is used to simplify the
   Intermediate Art MS 2 (#6911)                                     course selection process.
   Intermediate Art MS 2 is concept-based and curriculum
   units build student skills developed in Beginner Art MS 1.
   Curriculum includes drawing, painting, printmaking, three         The course description provides a short explanation of the course content.
   -dimensional art forms, fiber, and digital art.
   Development of artistic originality, creativity, and study of
   artists and art periods is incorporated.                          Prerequisites are classwork or other conditions that are required before a
   Prerequisite (PR): Beginner Art MS 1                              student can sign up for a specific course. “None” indicates a course is
   Semesters: 2             HS Credit (CR): 0                        available to all students at that grade level.

 “Semesters” describes the length of a course. Courses                      This shows the high school credit (if any) that a student will earn by
 that require two semesters will meet all year long.                        successfully completing this course. A “0” indicates no high school credit,
 Courses that are one semester long will meet for half                      and “1” indicates a full-year credit (2 semesters). More information about
 of the school year (in either the fall or the spring).                     high school credit courses can be found on pages 7-8.

Course listings in this catalog are grouped by grade level. Courses for students at each grade level can be found in the
following sections:
         Courses for incoming 6th grade students:        Pages 13-15
         Courses for incoming 7th grade students:        Pages 16-21
         Courses for incoming 8th grade students:        Pages 22-28
         Courses for Jones Magnet School:                Pages 31-39
         Courses for Zachry Magnet School:               Pages 42-44

At each grade level, required courses are listed first, followed by elective course offerings.

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Gifted/Talented Program
Identified GT students may choose one GT content course each year in English Language Arts, Science or Social Studies.
Each year’s course selection is independent of the previous year. GT courses emphasize strategies such as depth and
complexity, creative problem solving, and critical thinking. These strategies are integrated throughout the curriculum in
order to foster leadership and maximize opportunities for independent thinking. GT students are expected to complete a
Middle School Innovative Project (MSIP) in the selected GT content course. The MSIP requires in-depth research on a
topic of choice aligned to the TEKS of the course. The MSIP will culminate in a presentation to the public over what the
student has learned through their course of study.
In addition to GT content courses, students may also select accelerated math courses in which both enrichment and
acceleration opportunities are available. Students may also choose to earn credit for high school courses (see pages 7-8
for more information).
Course selection is not guaranteed due to campus enrollment and staffing. Please give careful consideration to GT
content selection.

                Middle School Advanced Academics Course Opportunities
                               for Identified GT Students
   Identified GT students may select the courses listed below. Students may choose one GT content course each year.

               6TH GRADE                                           7TH GRADE                                                        8TH GRADE
  Accelerated Math 6 (#2062)                          Accelerated Pre-Algebra (#2072)*                                Advanced MS Algebra I (#2121)*
                                  content course.

                                                                                                  content course.
                                  Choose one GT

                                                                                                  Choose one GT

                                                                                                                                                               content course.
                                                                                                                                                               Choose one GT
  Advanced ELA 6 GT (#1067)                           Advanced ELA 7 GT (#1077)                                       Advanced ELA 8 GT (#1088)
  World Cultures 6 GT (#4062)                                                                                         Advanced US History 8 GT (#4085)
  Science 6 GT (#3062)                                Advanced Science 7 GT (#3072)                                   Advanced Science 8 GT (#3082)
  Advisory GT*

* Available at some campuses                        * For students who successfully complete                        * High school credit course for students who
                                                    Accelerated Math 6                                              successfully complete Accelerated Pre-Algebra

                                                                                                                                                         
            In addition to a GT content course, students also have multiple opportunities to earn high school
            credit while still enrolled in middle school. Find more information about these courses, see
            Advanced Academics: High School Credit Courses on pages 7 and 8.

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       High School Credit Courses in Middle School

                Ensuring Student Success                                            Increasing Student Access
             High school credit courses enhance student                         Completed high school credit courses increase
          confidence during their time in middle school and                    student opportunity to enroll in high-interest or
               set them up for success in high school.                        advanced courses during their time in high school.

                   Northside ISD Middle School students have opportunities to earn high school credit while still
               enrolled in middle school. High school credit opportunities may vary by campus, but courses include:
                  Advanced MS Algebra I              Methodology for Academic and Personal Success (MAPS)*
                  Spanish (any level)                Communication Applications*
                  AVID 1                             Principles of Human Services
                  Art                                Principles of Applied Engineering
            * indicates a one-semester course

               Attendance
                                          +                                                      =
                                                                                               Students
                                                               Grades                       must obtain a              Credit
 Student absences in high school credit                                                     final grade of
  courses cannot exceed the following                          Average of each                  70% or         The final grade earned in
              numbers:                             80%
                                                               quarter’s grades                above to         each high school credit
   8 absences for fall semester courses                                                     receive credit       course counts toward
 10 absences for spring semester courses           20%                                                          high school Grade Point
                                                                Semester Exam                                       Average (GPA)
    18 absences for year-long courses
                                                                         Semester exams are
                                                                       administered the last week
                                                                          of each semester.

                    HIGH SCHOOL GRADE POINT AVERAGE & TRANSCRIPTS

         High school credit courses taken at the middle school will be included in a
      student’s high school transcript, and the grade will become part of the student’s
                          High School Grade Point Average (GPA).

          The High School Grade Point
        Average (GPA) is a sum m ary                                                                   GPA is weighted with additional
         of a student’s grades across all
           high school credit courses.               GPA is used to determine high                    +5 points for Advanced courses.
                                                    school class rank and is issued at                Spanish 4AP (8th grade only) is
                                                       the end of the 6th and 7th                     weighted with an additional +8
                                                     semester of the student’s high                              points.
           Please reference the                               school career.
          Student Handbook for                                                                        (Note: Weighted points are only
          additional information.                                                                     awarded once a minimum grade
                                                                                                       of 70 is earned in the course.)

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Advanced Academics
       High School Credit Courses in Middle School

                                            SUPPORTING STUDENT SUCCESS

                              Attendance                                                         Grades
              If students exceed the allowed absence                            Opportunities for additional academic support
           numbers, campuses offer attendance recovery                          are available and encouraged. Please connect
           opportunities before or after the school day for                      with your classroom teacher for assistance.
           students to meet the attendance requirement.

            REPEATING A COURSE FOR STRENGTH
            If a student earns a passing grade in a high
            school credit course, the student may retake
            the course for strength within one year
            (12 months) at a Northside ISD school.                                       RETAKING A FAILED COURSE:
            Both grades are posted to the transcript, but                       For students who earn a failing grade in a high
               only the highest grade is used for GPA                           school credit course, the failing grade is posted
                            calculation.                                        on the high school transcript. When the student
                                                                                 retakes the course, the grade will not replace
                                                                                  the prior failed grade but will be shown as a
                                                                                     separate grade and credit completion.
                                                                                    Both grades are used for GPA calculation.

                                             ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT

            The Minimum Attendance for Class Credit Law (section 25.092) states, "A student m ay not
             be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90% of the days the class is
                offered." If a student accrues more than eighteen (18) absences in a year-long course, without
            attending Attendance Recovery or having extenuating circumstances, he or she will receive NO CREDIT
                                                         for that course.

                                         ALGEBRA I STAAR END-OF-COURSE TEST

     Students in Algebra I will take                 There is an EOC requirement
     the STAAR End-of-Course test                  for high school graduation, and
      (EOC). This test is a rigorous                 if a student fails to meet the
         and timed assessment.                         EOC passing standard, the                    The Algebra I EOC is not
                                                   student will receive accelerated                calculated into a student’s
                                                   instruction and retake the EOC.                  semester grade or GPA.

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Advanced Academics
                   Advanced and Accelerated Courses
Northside offers many advanced courses to middle school students. Participation in advanced academic courses is a foundation of
college readiness. Students who participate in advanced coursework such as advanced, Advanced Placement (AP), and dual credit
classes are more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree in college and typically have higher grades in college.
Northside ISD recognizes the value of student participation in rigorous academic coursework and encourages students to graduate
from high school with at least one advanced academic course credit such as Advanced Placement. Our collective purpose is to ensure
student success in middle school advanced courses and provide opportunities for higher levels of learning in future grades.
Advanced courses are intended to develop students’ literacy, problem-solving skills, and analysis. These middle school classes are
designed to challenge students through rigorous instruction and complex learning tasks in order to prepare them for success in future
advanced classes, AP classes, dual credit classes, and college courses.

This chart summarizes the advanced academic course offerings for middle school students in Northside. These courses lay the
foundation for a variety of high school courses.

    * Prerequisite Required
    High School courses in BOLD represent a typical 9th grade offering, but availability is determined by campus staffing.

          6th Grade                          7th Grade                              8th Grade                   High School

        Advanced ELA 6
                                         Advanced ELA 7
                                                                                Advanced ELA 8
                                                                                                            Advanced English I

      Accelerated Math 6
                                     Accelerated Pre-Algebra*
                                                                                                           Advanced Algebra II*
                                                  or                         Advanced MS Algebra I*
                                                                                                                    or
                                                                                                            Advanced Geometry*
                                           Math Bridge I*
                                           (90-Minute block)        

                                         Advanced Science 7
                                                                              Advanced Science 8
                                                                                                             Advanced Biology

                                                                                                            AP Human Geography
                                      Advanced Texas History 7
                                                                             Advanced US History 8
                                                                                                                    or
                                                                                                          Advanced World Geography

                                                                                                            Advanced Spanish 3*
                                            Spanish 1 MS
                                                                            Advanced Spanish 2 MS*
                                                                                                                    or
                                                                                                          Advanced Spanish 3 Dual*

      Advanced Spanish 2             Advanced Spanish 3 Spanish
     Spanish Speakers MS*
       (Dual Language
       Students Only)
                                          Speakers MS*
                                         (Dual Language
                                          Students Only)
                                                                               Spanish 4 AP MS*
                                                                                                               Spanish 5 AP*

A typical schedule* for a 9th grade Advanced student may include:
     Advanced English I
     Advanced Algebra II or Advanced Geometry
     Advanced Biology
     AP Human Geography or Advanced World Geography
     Advanced Spanish 3 or Advanced Spanish 3 Dual (for students wishing to continue enrollment in World Languages)
*All considerations should reflect individual student needs and goals.

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NISD Comprehensive Middle Schools

   Northside ISD is home to 21 comprehensive middle school campuses, each offering a wide
   range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities for all students. Students in Northside
   participate in a wide variety of academic, athletic, and fine arts activities.
   Details about Northside’s comprehensive middle schools and course offerings can be found
   on pages 11—28 of this catalog.

                       Jones Magnet School
           Engineering • Robotics • Biotechnology • Computer Science
 Jones Magnet School offers a STEM-focused (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
 program of study strongly aligned academically with John Jay Science and Engineering
 Academy. Unique Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses will provide students with
 extra opportunities to earn high school credits. The Jones Magnet School is housed on the
 Jones Middle School campus and transportation is provided to eligible NISD students who
 apply and are admitted to the Jones Magnet School.
 Details about the Jones Magnet School and its unique programs can be found on pages 30—
 38 of this catalog.

                       Zachry Magnet School
         Global Communications • Cybersecurity • Information Technology

 The school will enroll its inaugural 6th grade class in the fall of 2021. Details about the Zachry
 Magnet School and its unique programs can be found on pages 39—42 of this catalog.

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            Rich Opportunities in Your Community

                                                                                                                   Northside Comprehensive
                                                                                                                        Middle Schools
                              Northside ISD is home to 20 comprehensive middle
                              school campuses. Each school serves its community,
                              offering rich academic and extra-curricular opportunities
                              for all students.
                              Current Northside 5th grade students will register for
                              classes in early spring with the help of counseling staff
                              from the elementary and middle schools.
                              Current 6th and 7th grade students will register on
                              campus in mid to late spring.
                              Families with questions about middle school courses or
                              registration can contact the counseling office at any
                              Northside middle school.

Bernal Middle School                  Jones Middle School                           Ross Middle School
(210) 398-1900                        (210) 397-2100                                (210) 397-6350

Briscoe Middle School                 Jordan Middle School                          Rudder Middle School
(210) 398-1100                        (210) 397-6150                                (210) 397-5000

Connally Middle School                Luna Middle School                            Stevenson Middle School
(210) 397-1000                        (210) 397-5300                                (210) 397-7300

Folks Middle School                   Neff Middle School                            Stinson Middle School
(210) 398-1600                        (210) 397-4100                                (210) 397-3600

Hector Garcia Middle School           Pease Middle School                           Straus Middle School
(210) 397-8400                        (210) 397-2950                                (210) 398-2550

Hobby Middle School                   Rawlinson Middle School                       Vale Middle School
(210) 397-6300                        (210) 397-4900                                (210) 397-5700

Jefferson Middle School               Rayburn Middle School                         Zachry Middle School
(210) 397-3700                        (210) 397-2150                                (210) 397-7400

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                               Required Courses
               6TH GRADE                                     7TH GRADE                                        8TH GRADE
Students will enroll in one course in each    Students will enroll in one course in each      Students will enroll in one course in each of
of the following content areas:               of the following content areas:                 the following content areas:
   English Language Arts (ELA)                   English Language Arts (ELA)                     English Language Arts (ELA)
   Math                                          Math
   World Cultures                                Texas History                                   Communication Applications*
   Science                                       Science                                         Math
   PE                                            PE or Athletics                                 US History
   Advisory                                                                                      Science
                                                                                                 PE or Athletics
                                                                                              * see page 22 for more information

Students will select one elective course to   Students will select elective courses to fill   Students will select elective courses to fill
fill the remainder of the school day.         the remainder of the school day.                the remainder of the school day.
Note: In place of an elective, students       Note: In place of an elective, students         Note: In place of an elective, students may
may be enrolled in an intervention class      may be enrolled in an intervention class        be enrolled in an intervention class based
based on academic need.                       based on academic need.                         on academic need.

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Sixth Grade Required Courses
                                                                                                                                     6 th

                                                                                                                                                                                    Northside Comprehensive
The courses listed in this section are available to current 5th grade
students who are incoming 6th graders. Available programs will vary

                                                                                                                                                                                         Middle Schools
slightly by campus. Students will select one course in each of the                                                                         REQUIRED COURSES
required subject areas (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, PE, and
Advisory). Contact campus counselor for course availability.

 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA)                                                MATHEMATICS                                                SOCIAL STUDIES
ELA 6 (#1061)                                              Math 6 (#2060)                                               World Cultures 6 (#4060)
Middle School English Language Arts is aligned with        The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation        In 6th grade World Cultures, students will study
the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).           for students to solve problems using number and              people, places, and societies of the contemporary
Strategies for listening, speaking, reading, writing,      operations; proportionality; expressions, equations,         world. In addition they will study the influence of
and thinking using multiple texts are integrated daily     and relationships; and measurement and data. The             individuals and groups on historical and contemporary
to create a literacy-rich classroom which promotes         students will utilize process standards in order to          events in those societies and identify the locations and
engaging, student-centered learning. Through the           weave knowledge and skills together so that they may         geographic        characteristics       of        various
communication of ideas, orally and in writing,             be successful problem solvers and use mathematics            societies. Students will learn the different ways of
students continue to develop the knowledge and skills      efficiently and effectively in daily life.                   organizing economic and governmental systems. They
necessary to become independent readers, writers,          Prerequisite (PR): None                                      will study the concepts of limited and unlimited
and thinkers. The primary goals of this course are to      Semesters: 2          HS Credit (CR): 0                      government and describe the nature of citizenship in
cultivate independent learning, encourage in-depth                                                                      various societies. Students will compare institutions
inquiry, and exploration of the content, and develop       Accelerated Math 6 (#2062)                                   common to all societies such as government,
the habits necessary for academic success.                                                                              education, and religious institutions. Students will also
                                                                                                                        learn how the level of technology affects the
Prerequisite (PR): None                                                                                                 development of various societies.
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
                                                           This course is designed to extend the 6th Math               Prerequisite (PR): None
                                                           curriculum into aligned 7th grade TEKS with an               Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
Advanced ELA 6 (#1066)
                                                           emphasis on complex problem solving through the
This course is designed to prepare and motivate
                                                           lens of number and operations; proportionality;              World Cultures 6 GT (#4062)
middle school students for Advanced and Advanced
                                                           expressions, equations, and relationships; and               Note: Available only to identified NISD GT students.
Placement (AP) courses in high school. This is in
                                                           measurement and data. The students will utilize
addition to the grade-level expectations of the Middle                                                                  This course follows the framework of World Cultures 6
                                                           process standards in order to weave knowledge and
School English Language Arts classroom. Students                                                                        while integrating GT strategies such as depth and
                                                           skills together so that they may be successful problem
have multiple opportunities to develop communication                                                                    complexity, creative problem solving, and critical
                                                           solvers and use mathematics efficiently and effectively
and analytical skills in an academically challenging                                                                    thinking. Students in this course will complete a
                                                           in daily life. This course will build a foundation for the
course of study. As a preparation for Advanced                                                                          Middle School Innovative Project (MSIP), culminating
                                                           Accelerated Pre-Algebra course.
Placement English courses in high school, this course                                                                   in a presentation to the public over what the student
adds a focus on literary analysis in reading, writing,     Prerequisite (PR): None                                      has learned.
and speaking.                                              Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
                                                                                                                        Prerequisite (PR): Identified NISD GT Student
Prerequisite (PR): None                                                                                                 Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0

Advanced ELA 6 GT (#1067)
Note: Available only to identified NISD GT students.
This course follows the framework of Advanced ELA 6
while integrating GT strategies such as depth and
complexity, creative problem solving, and critical
thinking. Students in this course will complete a
Middle School Innovative Project (MSIP), culminating
in a presentation to the public over what the student
has learned.
Prerequisite (PR): Identified NISD GT Student
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0

 GT courses are offered in Language Arts, Science, and
 Social Studies. Enrollment in these courses is open to                                                                  Please note course selection(s) may change due to ARD
 identified NISD GT students. Students may select only                                                                   committee placement decisions for students receiving
 one GT course each academic year.                                                                                       special education services.

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Sixth Grade Required Courses
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The courses listed in this section are available to current 5th grade
students who are incoming 6th graders. Available programs will vary

                                                                                                                                                                                         Middle Schools
slightly by campus. Students will select one course in each of the                                                                         REQUIRED COURSES
required subject areas (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, PE, and
Advisory). Contact campus counselor for course availability.

                     SCIENCE                                          PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                                    ADVISORY
Science 6 (#3060)                                          PE 6 (#5069)                                                  Advisory (#9006)
In 6th grade Science, the content focus is on physical     In sixth grade PE, students will gain awareness and           This course supports students as they transition to
science. Throughout this course, students conduct          understand of the relationship between physical               middle school. Advisory is designed to encourage
laboratory and field investigations to analyze data        activity and health while developing the knowledge            students to develop intellectually and strive for
using critical thinking and scientific problem solving.    and skills for both team and individual sports.               personal excellence through goal setting, character
Students will study a variety of topics that include       Students will enhance their skills through various            education, and academic support.
elements and compounds, evidence of chemical               activities that will prepare them for football, volleyball,   Prerequisite (PR): None
change, physical properties of elements, energy            basketball, and other UIL sports. Students will also be       Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
(potential/kinetic,    transformations,      Law     of    exposed to a variety of recreational and outdoor
Conservation of Energy, Earth’s resources), forces         sports such as rock climbing, fencing, fishing, and
(unbalanced forces, speed, changes in motion,              mountain biking. All students receiving PE credit will
inclined planes), Earth’s structure, rock cycle,           take the Fitnessgram to assess cardiovascular fitness,
geological events, characteristics of organisms, levels    flexibility, upper body strength, abdominal strength,
                                                                                                                                       HEALTHY HABITS
and classification of organisms, interactions of           trunk extension, and body mass.
organisms within an ecosystem, components of the                                                                         Healthy Habits (#5020)
                                                           Prerequisite (PR): None                                       Note: This 9-week course may be integrated as
solar system, and space exploration.                       Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                      part of a PE rotation or an Advisory rotation.
Prerequisite (PR): None
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                                                                                 Healthy Habits is a nine-week course designed to
                                                                                                                         empower 6th grade students to maintain and improve
                                                           Middle School Dance may be taken as an                        their health and wellness by developing skills,
Science 6 GT (#3062)                                       elective or as a fulfillment of the PE
Note: Available only to identified NISD GT students.                                                                     attitudes, and knowledge necessary to improve quality
                                                           requirement.                                                  of life. Students will learn the process of goal setting
This course follows the framework of Science 6 while       Students who wish to use MS Dance as an                       and decision making as well as interpersonal
integrating GT strategies such as depth and                elective should NOT enroll in this course, but                communication, self-management, and self-advocacy.
complexity, creative problem solving, and critical         should rather enroll in Dance MS 1 (#6810)                    Students will explore how behaviors influence their
thinking. Students in this course will complete a          listed on page 15.                                            health and well-being and demonstrate skill
Middle School Innovative Project (MSIP), culminating                                                                     application and acquire knowledge to build and
in a presentation to the public over what the student      Students who wish to use MS Dance to fulfill
                                                                                                                         maintain a healthy lifestyle.
has learned.                                               the PE requirement should enroll in Dance MS 1
                                                           PE (#5091) listed below. These students must                  Prerequisite (PR): None
Prerequisite (PR): Identified NISD GT Student              also choose an elective from page 15 in this                  Semesters: 9 weeks HS Credit (CR): 0
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                   catalog.

                                                           Dance MS 1 PE (#5091)
                                                           Note: This course serves as a substitute for
                                                           Physical Education. To take this course as an
                                                           elective only, see the course listing on page 15.
                                                           The first dance course in middle school is designed to
                                                           give students the opportunity to develop and execute
                                                           beginner skills in ballet, jazz, tap, modern dance,
                                                           musical theatre dance, and world dance forms.
                                                           Various dance genres and styles will be explored while
                                                           improving students’ technique, self-confidence,
                                                           creative ability, and concept of wellness. Dance
                                                           students      will   have    ensemble     performance
                                                           opportunities. No prior dance experience is required.
                                                           All students receiving PE credit will take the
                                                           Fitnessgram to assess cardiovascular fitness,
                                                           flexibility, upper body strength, abdominal strength,
                                                           trunk extension, and body mass.
                                                           Prerequisite (PR): None
                                                           Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0

 GT courses are offered in Language Arts, Science, and
 Social Studies. Enrollment in these courses is open to
 identified NISD GT students. Students may select only
 one GT course each academic year.

 Please note course selection(s) may change due to ARD
 committee placement decisions for students receiving
 special education services.

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Sixth Grade Electives

                                                                                                                                  6 th

                                                                                                                                                                               Northside Comprehensive
The courses listed in this section are available to current 5th grade
students who are incoming 6th graders. Students may be enrolled in

                                                                                                                                                                                    Middle Schools
intervention classes in lieu of an elective, according to academic need.                                                                              ELECTIVES

Elective offerings are based on enrollment, staffing, and availability. Not all electives are
offered at all middle school campuses. Please contact the campus counseling department
for a complete list of specific elective offerings.

                  ORCHESTRA                                                      CHOIR                                                     DANCE
Beginner Orchestra (#6079)                                 Beginner Treble (Girls) Choir (#6401)                     Middle School Dance may be taken as an
Orchestra Beginner Level is designed to teach              This course is designed to teach students how to sing     elective, or as a fulfillment of the PE
students how to play a violin, viola, cello, or string     properly. No prior music experience or knowledge is       requirement.
bass instrument. No prior music experience or              required. Girls are assigned to the Treble Choir and      Students who wish to use MS Dance to fulfill
knowledge is required. Students will learn to read         boys are assigned to the Tenor Bass Choir. Students       the PE requirement should NOT enroll in this
music, produce good tone quality, learn rhythm skills,     learn to read music, produce good tone quality, learn     course, but should rather enroll in Dance MS 1
and perform music. Students can develop skills at          rhythm skills, and perform. Students can develop skills   PE (#5091) listed on page 14.
their own pace. Orchestra concerts allow students to       at their own pace. Choir concerts allow students to
experience live performance. Students earn awards          experience live performance. Students earn awards
for individual outstanding skill mastery.                  for individual outstanding skill mastery.
Prerequisite (PR): None                                    Prerequisite (PR): None
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                   Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
                                                                                                                     Dance MS 1 (#6810)
                                                           Beginner Tenor/Bass (Boys) Choir (#6402)                  Note: This course serves as an elective only. To
                                                           This course is designed to teach students how to sing     take this course as a substitute for PE, see the
Orchestra for 5th Grade Strings Students                   properly. No prior music experience or knowledge is       course listing on page 14.
Note: Students who have successfully completed a           required. Girls are assigned to the Treble Choir and      The first dance course in middle school is designed to
5th grade after-school string program may be eligible      boys are assigned to the Tenor Bass Choir. Students       give students the opportunity to develop and execute
for placement in an intermediate orchestra class           learn to read music, produce good tone quality, learn     beginner skills in ballet, jazz, tap, modern dance,
pending a review of the student’s skill abilities by the   rhythm skills, and perform. Students can develop skills   musical theatre dance, and world dance forms.
middle school orchestra director. Parents should           at their own pace. Choir concerts allow students to       Various dance genres and styles will be explored while
contact the middle school orchestra director               experience live performance. Students earn awards         improving students’ technique, self-confidence,
immediately for an appointment.                            for individual outstanding skill mastery.                 creative ability, and concept of wellness. Dance
                                                           Prerequisite (PR): None                                   students     will   have     ensemble     performance
                                                           Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                  opportunities. No prior dance experience is required.
                                                                                                                     Prerequisite (PR): None
                                                                                                                     Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
                       BAND                                                    THEATRE
Beginner Band (#6017)
Band Beginner Level is designed to teach students
                                                           Beginner Theatre (#6609)
                                                           Beginning Theatre is an introductory theatre course
                                                                                                                              SPANISH—HS CREDIT
how to play a woodwind, brass, or percussion               designed for the student to experience the basic                  (DUAL LANGUAGE ONLY)
instrument. No prior music experience or knowledge is      elements of drama. No previous theatre or drama
required. Students will learn to read music, produce       experience is required. Beginning acting and technical    Advanced Spanish 2
good tone quality, learn rhythm skills, and perform        theatre techniques will be explored along with the        Spanish Speakers MS (#5739) - HS Credit
music. Students can develop skills at their own pace.      basic skills needed to create a theatrical performance.   This course is for students currently enrolled in the
Band concerts allow students to experience live                                                                      elementary Dual Language Program. I t offers
performance. Students earn awards for individual           Prerequisite (PR): None
                                                           Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                  students opportunities to expand their knowledge of
outstanding skill mastery.                                                                                           Spanish using special materials and activities designed
Prerequisite (PR): None                                                                                              for Spanish speakers. Students will continue to
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                                                                             develop and refine their Spanish skills in speaking,
                                                                                   ART                               listening, reading, and writing through an enriched
                                                                                                                     curriculum concentrating on Hispanic culture, customs,
                                                           Art 1 MS (#6910)
                   MARIACHI                                Art 1 MS is concept-based. Curriculum units include
                                                                                                                     heritage, and history.
                                                           drawing, painting, printmaking, three-dimensional art     Prerequisite (PR): Identified NISD Dual-Language
Beginner Mariachi (#6083)                                  forms, fiber, and digital art. Content will include       student
Music, Middle School 1, Instrumental Ensemble is           student originality and creativity.                       Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 1
available on only those campuses where district-
approved mariachi programs are offered (Rayburn,           Prerequisite (PR): None
Jones, Ross, Neff). This is a beginner level course for    Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
students to learn to play guitar, vihuela, and guitarrón
only. Vocal, trumpet, and violin beginner students
develop their music fundamentals in beginner choir,
band, and orchestra classes. Students learn to read
music, produce good tone quality, learn rhythm skills,
and perform. Mariachi concerts allow students to
experience live performance. Students earn awards
for individual outstanding skill mastery.
Prerequisite (PR): None
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                                                                             Please note course selection(s) may change due to ARD
                                                                                                                     committee placement decisions for students receiving
                                                                                                                     special education services.

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Seventh Grade Required Courses
                                                                                                                                    7 th

                                                                                                                                                                                 Northside Comprehensive
  The courses listed in this section are available to current 6th grade
  students who are incoming 7th graders. Available programs will vary

                                                                                                                                                                                      Middle Schools
  slightly by campus. Students will select one course in each of the                                                                    REQUIRED COURSES
  required subject areas (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and PE/
  Athletics). Contact campus counselor for course availability.

 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA)                                              MATHEMATICS                                                SOCIAL STUDIES
ELA 7 (#1071)                                            Math 7 (#2070)                                                Texas History 7 (#4070)
Middle School English Language Arts is aligned with      This course builds on student understanding of
the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).         number and operations; proportionality; expressions,
Strategies for listening, speaking, reading, writing,    equations, and relationships; and measurement and
and thinking using multiple texts are integrated daily   data. Students will utilize process standards in order
to create a literacy-rich classroom which promotes       to weave knowledge and skills together so that they
engaging, student-centered learning. Through the         may be successful problem solvers and use
communication of ideas, orally and in writing,           mathematics efficiently and effectively in daily life.
students continue to develop the knowledge and skills
                                                         Prerequisite (PR): None
necessary to become independent readers, writers,
                                                         Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
and thinkers. The primary goals of this course are to
cultivate independent learning, encourage in-depth
                                                         Accelerated Pre-Algebra (#2072)
inquiry, and exploration of the content, and develop                                                                   Prerequisite (PR): None
                                                         This course connects components from the 7th grade
the habits necessary for academic success.                                                                             Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
                                                         math TEKS into the 8th grade math curriculum with
Prerequisite (PR): None                                  an emphasis on complex problem solving through the
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                 lens of proportionality; expressions, equations,              Advanced Texas History 7 (#4071)
                                                         relationships, and foundations of functions; and              In 7th grade Texas History, students study the history
Advanced ELA 7 (#1076)                                   measurement and data. Students will utilize process           of Texas from early times to the present. Students will
This course is designed to prepare and motivate          standards to weave knowledge and skills together so           learn about the regions of Texas and the distribution
middle school students for Advanced and Advanced         they may be successful problem solvers and use                of population within and among the regions. They will
Placement (AP) courses in high school. This is in        mathematics efficiently and effectively in daily life.        also study the factors that caused Texas to change
addition to the grade-level expectations of the Middle   This course will build a foundation for the Advanced          from an agrarian to an urban society. Students will
School English Language Arts classroom. Students         MS Algebra I course.                                          learn about the structure and functions of municipal,
have multiple opportunities to develop communication                                                                   county, and state governments, explain the influence
                                                         Prerequisite (PR): Accelerated Math 6
and analytical skills in an academically challenging                                                                   of the U.S. Constitution on the Texas Constitution, and
                                                         Semesters: 2            HS Credit (CR): 0
course of study. As a preparation for Advanced                                                                         examine the rights and responsibilities of Texas
Placement English courses in high school, this course                                                                  citizens. *Students enrolled in Advanced courses
adds a focus on literary analysis in reading, writing,                                                                 should expect a more rigorous class, faster pace,
and speaking.                                                                                                          more in-depth classroom discussions, intensified
Prerequisite (PR): None                                                                                                vocabulary, an increased amount of reading and
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                                                                               writing assignments, and the need for effective time
                                                                                                                       management.
Advanced ELA 7 GT (#1077)                                                                                              Prerequisite (PR): None
Note: Available only to identified NISD GT students.                                                                   Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
This course follows the framework of Advanced ELA 7
while integrating GT strategies such as depth and                                                                      Advanced Texas History 7 GT (#4075)
complexity, creative problem solving, and critical                                                                     Note: Available only to identified NISD GT students.
thinking. Students in this course will complete a        Math Bridge I (#2083)
Middle School Innovative Project (MSIP), culminating     This course integrates the 7th grade and 8th grade
in a presentation to the public over what the student    math curriculum with an emphasis on complex
has learned.                                             problem solving through the lens of proportionality;
                                                         expressions, equations, relationships, and foundations
Prerequisite (PR): Identified NISD GT Student            of functions; and measurement and data. Students
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                 will utilize process standards in order to weave
                                                         knowledge and skills together so they may be
                                                         successful problem solvers and use mathematics                Prerequisite (PR): Identified NISD GT Student
                                                         efficiently and effectively in daily life. This course will   Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
                                                         build a foundation for the Advanced MS Algebra I
                                                         course.
                                                         Prerequisite (PR): Math 6
                                                         Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0

                                                          GT courses are offered in Language Arts, Science, and
                                                          Social Studies. Enrollment in these courses is open to
                                                          identified NISD GT students. Students may select only
                                                          one GT course each academic year.

 Please note course selection(s) may change due to ARD
 committee placement decisions for students receiving
 special education services.

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Seventh Grade Required Courses
                                                                                                                                     7 th

                                                                                                                                                                                  Northside Comprehensive
The courses listed in this section are available to current 6th grade
students who are incoming 7th graders. Available programs will vary

                                                                                                                                                                                       Middle Schools
slightly by campus. Students will select one course in each of the                                                                        REQUIRED COURSES
required subject areas (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and PE/
Athletics). Contact campus counselor for course availability.

                     SCIENCE                                          PHYSICAL EDUCATION                                                   ATHLETICS
Science 7 (#3070)                                           PE 7 (#5070)                                                Athletics Boys 7 (#5072)
In 7th grade Science, the content focus is on               In seventh grade PE, students will learn to apply           Athletics is for students who are interested in
organisms and the environment. Throughout this              movement concepts to a variety of activities such as        participating in competitive sports. When not in
course, students conduct laboratory and field               fencing, lacrosse, spinning, recreational volleyball, and   season, students will train in a physically challenging
investigations to analyze data using critical thinking      soccer. Students will also be exposed to a variety of       off-season program. Physicals should be completed by
and scientific problem solving. Students will study a       recreational and outdoor sports such as rock climbing,      the first day of school.
variety of topics that include cell theory, structure and   fencing, fishing, and mountain biking. All students         Prerequisite (PR): None
function of organelles, human body systems, inherited       receiving PE credit will take the Fitnessgram to assess     Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
traits, adaptations, natural selection, stimulus and        cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, upper body strength,
response, energy transformations, biodiversity and          abdominal strength, trunk extension, and body mass.         Athletics Girls 7 (#5076)
sustainability, the impact of catastrophic events on
                                                            Prerequisite (PR): None                                     Athletics is for students who are interested in
ecosystems, the impact of weathering, erosion and
                                                            Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                    participating in competitive sports. When not in
deposition on the ecoregions of Texas, and the effects
                                                                                                                        season, students will train in a physically challenging
of human activity on watersheds.
                                                                                                                        off-season program. Physicals should be completed by
Prerequisite (PR): None                                     Middle School Dance may be taken as an                      the first day of school.
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                    elective, or as a fulfillment of the PE                     Prerequisite (PR): None
                                                            requirement.                                                Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
Advanced Science 7 (#3071)
                                                            Students who wish to use MS Dance as an
In 7th grade Science, the content focus is on
                                                            elective, should NOT enroll in this course, but
organisms and the environment. Throughout this
                                                            should rather enroll in Dance MS 1 (#6810) or
course, students conduct laboratory and field
                                                            Dance MS 2 (#6820) (listed on page 19).
investigations to analyze data using critical thinking
and scientific problem solving. Students will study a       Students who wish to use MS Dance to fulfill
variety of topics that include cell theory, structure and   the PE requirement should enroll in Dance MS 1
function of organelles, human body systems, inherited       PE (#5091) or Dance MS 2 PE (#5092) listed
traits, adaptations, natural selection, stimulus and        below. These students must also choose
response, energy transformations, biodiversity and          electives from page 18-21 in this catalog.
sustainability, the impact of catastrophic events on        Dance MS 1 PE (#5091)
ecosystems, the impact of weathering, erosion and           Note: This course serves as a substitute for
deposition on the ecoregions of Texas, and the effects      Physical Education. To take this course as an
of human activity on watersheds. Students enrolled in       elective only, see the course listing on page 19.
Advanced courses should expect a more rigorous
                                                            The first dance course in middle school is designed to
class, faster pace, more in-depth classroom
                                                            give students the opportunity to develop and execute
discussions, intensified vocabulary, an increased
                                                            beginner skills in ballet, jazz, tap, modern dance,
amount of reading and writing assignments, and the
                                                            musical theatre dance, and world dance forms.
need for effective time management.
                                                            Various dance genres and styles will be explored while
Prerequisite (PR): None                                     improving students’ technique, self-confidence,
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                    creative ability and concept of wellness. Dance
                                                            students      will   have    ensemble     performance
Advanced Science 7 GT (#3072)                               opportunities. No prior dance experience is required.
Note: Available only to identified NISD GT students.        All students receiving PE credit will take the
This course follows the framework of Advanced               Fitnessgram to assess cardiovascular fitness,
Science 7 while integrating GT strategies such as           flexibility, upper body strength, abdominal strength,
depth and complexity, creative problem solving, and         trunk extension, and body mass.
critical thinking. Students in this course will complete
                                                            Prerequisite (PR): None
a Middle School Innovative Project (MSIP),
                                                            Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
culminating in a presentation to the public over what
the student has learned.
                                                            Dance MS 2 PE (#5092)
Prerequisite (PR): Identified NISD GT Student               Note: This course serves as a substitute for
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                    Physical Education. To take this course as an
                                                            elective only, see the course listing on page 19.
                                                            The second of three sequential dance courses, Dance
                                                            MS 2 is designed to give students the opportunity to
                                                            develop and execute intermediate skills in ballet, jazz,
                                                            tap, modern dance, musical theatre dance, and world
                                                            dance forms. Various dance genres and styles will be
                                                            explored while improving students’ technique, self-
                                                            confidence, creative ability and concept of wellness.
                                                            Dance students will have ensemble performance
                                                            opportunities. All students receiving PE credit will take
                                                            the Fitnessgram to assess cardiovascular fitness,
                                                            flexibility, upper body strength, abdominal strength,
  GT courses are offered in Language Arts, Science, and     trunk extension, and body mass.                             Please note course selection(s) may change due to ARD
  Social Studies. Enrollment in these courses is open to
                                                            Prerequisite (PR): Dance MS 1                               committee placement decisions for students receiving
  identified NISD GT students. Students may select only
                                                            Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                    special education services.
  one GT course each academic year.

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Seventh Grade Electives
The courses listed in this section are available to current 6th grade

                                                                                                                                     7 th

                                                                                                                                                                                   Northside Comprehensive
students who are incoming 7th graders. Students may be enrolled in

                                                                                                                                                                                        Middle Schools
intervention classes in lieu of an elective, according to academic need.                                                                                  ELECTIVES

Elective offerings are based on enrollment, staffing, and availability. Not all electives are
offered at all middle school campuses. Please contact the campus counseling department
for a complete list of specific elective offerings.

                  ORCHESTRA                                                       BAND                                                     MARIACHI
Beginner Orchestra (#6079)                                 Beginner Band (#6017)                                       Beginner Mariachi (#6083)
Orchestra Beginner Level is designed to teach              Band Beginner Level is designed to teach students           Music, Middle School 1, Instrumental Ensemble is
students how to play a violin, viola, cello, or string     how to play a woodwind, brass, or percussion                available on only those campuses where district-
bass instrument. No prior music experience or              instrument. No prior music experience or knowledge is       approved mariachi programs are offered (Rayburn,
knowledge is required. Students will learn to read         required. Students will learn to read music, produce        Jones, Ross, Neff). This is a beginner level course for
music, produce good tone quality, learn rhythm skills,     good tone quality, learn rhythm skills, and perform         students to learn to play guitar, vihuela, and guitarrón
and perform music. Students can develop skills at          music. Students can develop skills at their own pace.       only. Vocal, trumpet, and violin beginner students
their own pace. Orchestra concerts allow students to       Band concerts allow students to experience live             develop their music fundamentals in beginner choir,
experience live performance. Students earn awards          performance. Students earn awards for individual            band, and orchestra classes. Students learn to read
for individual outstanding skill mastery.                  outstanding skill mastery.                                  music, produce good tone quality, learn rhythm skills,
Prerequisite (PR): None                                                                                                and perform. Mariachi concerts allow students to
                                                           Prerequisite (PR): None
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                                                                               experience live performance. Students earn awards
                                                           Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
                                                                                                                       for individual outstanding skill mastery.
Intermediate Orchestra (#6086)                             Intermediate Band 2 (#6024)                                 Prerequisite (PR): None
Orchestra Intermediate Level is designed for students      Band Intermediate Level is designed for students to         Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
to continue developing music fundamentals on violin,       continue    developing    music    fundamentals    on
viola, cello, and string bass instruments introduced in    woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments                 Intermediate Mariachi (#6084)
the beginner level class. Orchestra literature is more     introduced in the beginner level class. Students build      This course is designed for students to build upon the
advanced and promotes increased teamwork,                  skills at their own pace. Band literature is more           mariachi fundamentals acquired previously.           The
kinesthetic development, expression, leadership, and       advanced and promotes increased teamwork,                   course is available at Ross, Jones, Neff, and Rayburn
problem-solving skills. Orchestra concerts include         kinesthetic development, expression, leadership, and        only. Students will increase technical, musical, and
music of all styles. Students earn awards for individual   problem solving skills. Band concerts include music of      expressive elements needed to perform more
and ensemble mastery of skills.                            all styles. Students earn awards for individual and         challenging literature in a variety of mariachi styles.
Prerequisite (PR): Beginner Orchestra                      ensemble mastery of skills.                                 This course is for intermediate level guitar, vihuela,
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                                                                               guitarrón, vocal, trumpet, and violin students.
                                                           Prerequisite (PR): Beginner Band
                                                                                                                       Trumpet, violin, and vocal students should be
                                                           Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
Advanced Orchestra (#6089)                                                                                             concurrently enrolled in band, orchestra, or choir in
Orchestra Advanced Level is designed for students to                                                                   order to continue detailed development of sound
                                                           Jazz Band 1 (#6081)
apply strong music fundamentals on violin, viola, cello,                                                               music fundamentals. Guitar, vihuela, and guitarrón
                                                           This course is designed for intermediate or advanced
and string bass instruments to music of all styles.                                                                    students will receive this instruction during their class
                                                           level students interested in an enrichment opportunity
Students build skills at their own pace. Orchestra                                                                     periods and may not be concurrently enrolled in
                                                           to learn how to play jazz literature. All jazz styles and
literature is advanced and promotes extensive                                                                          another music class. Mariachi concerts are extensive
                                                           genres of music are explored and an introduction to
collaboration, expression, creativity, and problem-                                                                    and students earn awards for individual outstanding
                                                           improvisation is provided. No prior knowledge of jazz
solving techniques. Orchestra concerts are extensive.                                                                  skill mastery.
                                                           is required. Students participating in this course are
Students earn awards for individual and ensemble           concurrently enrolled in band class to ensure               Prerequisite (PR): Beginner Mariachi
mastery of skills.                                         continued development of music fundamentals.                Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
Prerequisite (PR): Intermediate Orchestra                  Prerequisite (PR): Concurrent enrollment in
Semesters: 2            HS Credit (CR): 0                                                                              Advanced Mariachi (#6085)
                                                           Intermediate or Advanced Band
                                                                                                                       This course is designed for advanced music students
                                                           Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0
Chamber Ensemble 1 (#6087)                                                                                             to develop extensive performance skills in mariachi
This course is designed for string students at an                                                                      literature. The course is available at Ross, Jones,
                                                           Band Cultural Ensemble 1 (#6018)
intermediate or advanced level to explore various                                                                      Neff, and Rayburn only. Performance opportunities
                                                           This course is designed as an enrichment opportunity
applications of string performance in "non-traditional"                                                                are extensive and promote strong understanding of
                                                           for intermediate or advanced level music students to
ensembles and literature. Students connect unique                                                                      collaboration, expression, and creativity required for
                                                           study and perform in "non-traditional" ensembles
string applications to various cultures and music                                                                      stage performance. Trumpet, violin, and vocal
                                                           other than jazz.        World cultures and music
genres. Student inquiry, exploration, and innovation is                                                                students should be concurrently enrolled in band,
                                                           applications in steel drums and "world drumming
developed. Students participating in this course are                                                                   orchestra, or choir in order to continue detailed
                                                           groups" are included in this course.
concurrently enrolled in choir class to ensure                                                                         development of sound music fundamentals. Guitar,
                                                           Prerequisite (PR): Concurrent Enrollment in                 vihuela, and guitarrón students will receive this
continued development of music fundamentals.               Intermediate or Advanced Band                               instruction during their class periods and may not be
Prerequisite (PR): Concurrent enrollment in                Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                    concurrently enrolled in another music class. Students
Intermediate or Advanced Orchestra                                                                                     earn awards for individual and ensemble mastery of
Semesters: 2           HS Credit (CR): 0                                                                               skills.
                                                                                                                       Prerequisite (PR): Intermediate Mariachi
                                                                                                                       Semesters: 2            HS Credit (CR): 0

                                                                                                                        Please note course selection(s) may change due to ARD
                                                                                                                        committee placement decisions for students receiving
                                                                                                                        special education services.

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Revised on 4/15/2021                               Northside ISD Middle School Course Catalog 2021-2022                                                                     18
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