• Electives





    Year- long courses:
    Advanced Academics (students must be staffed into the Gifted program to take this course.)
    The gifted program in middle school is an enrichment program which advances the learning and expands the experiences of gifted students exposing them to topics grade levels ahead of the regular course work. Throughout the three years of middle school the class focuses on thematic units such as psychology, archaeology, sociology, inventions, advertising, mythology, history, mystery, literature and creative thinking using a wide range of technology and media.

    Art education - 8th Grade only
    Students will further strengthen their art skills through extensive art projects while working in a wide variety of mediums. They will also be required to keep a sketchbook with ongoing practice assignments throughout the year.

    Choral music program
    • Concert Choir - This is an advanced chorus class. You must have two years of chorus, recommendation of the teacher, or by audition. This is the top performing chorus at Carwise. Students compete at the National, State and District levels.
    • Carwise Ladies (7th or 8th grade) (Females only) - This is an intermediate to advanced class. You must have one year of chorus experience, recommendation of the teacher, or by audition.
    • Beginning Chorus (all grades) - No experience necessary.

    Drama – 7th and 8th graders
    This class will build on the basic skills from the semester elective and further develop acting skills. Although the semester-long elective is not a prerequisite, students without previous experience should have a strong commitment to the performing arts. This class will produce and perform an annual production each Spring.


    Instrumental music program
    Do you play a musical instrument? Do you want to learn one? Do you want to be part of a consistently award winning music program? Sign up for band or strings!!
    Band: Woodwinds: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone
    Brass: trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba
    Percussion: snare and bass drums, bells, xylophone, timpani, etc…
    • Band 1 – (all grades)
    • Band 2 - (7th or 8th grade)
    • Band 3 - (7th or 8th grade)
    • Jazz Band - (7th or 8th grade) Must be in band 2 or 3 with recommendation of the teacher.
    • Orchestra (strings): violin, viola, cello, string bass
    Any experience is great, but not necessary. We will teach you everything you need to know. This includes reading music as well as how to hold and play your instruments.
    Select school instruments are available to rent. No student will be denied if they have the desire to learn and the commitment to practice.
     

    Introduction to Information Technology (8th Grade only)
    Students will create a career research portfolio and will work towards industry certification in Microsoft Office products.  This course is designed to provide an introduction to information technology concepts and careers as well as the impact information technology has on the world, people, and industry and basic web design concepts.  This course is a High School credit.


    Library Assistant
    Learn what it takes to organize and run a library. Library assistants run the circulation desk, fix and deliver technology equipment, shelve, organize and inventory books, and help students with computer usage.

    Musical Theatre music program (Students must also be enrolled in band, chorus or orchestra in order to be considered for this year long performing class.)
    This class will produce and perform the annual dinner theater in May.

    Year-long Physical Education (2 semesters of PE rather than the State required semester)
    P.E. class all year long

    Spanish I (students are required to have an FCAT Reading level 3 or higher and no final grade lower than a B in 6th grade)
    Spanish 1 is an introduction to Spanish class for students who are just beginning to learn the language. This class will establish a foundation for future success in Spanish by developing the four essential skills of learning Spanish: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

    Spanish II
    A class for students who will continue to develop language skills in the four areas of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This class builds on the foundation set in Spanish I. Students will learn how to communicate in everyday situations. They will learn key grammatical principles including reflexive verbs, direct and indirect pronouns and the preterite tense.

    Spanish Intermediate
    This class is designed for students that have completed the Spanish I course, but did not receive high school credit, or students that already completed an Introduction to Spanish course. The class will reinforce grammatical principles, including conjugation of regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, prepositions and a variety of vocabulary to be used in writing and speaking.


    Student Assistant – (application required and available in the grade level offices.)
    Student assistants work in the various school offices and facilities. They run errands, help with filing, alphabetizing and organizing. Applications are accepted for main office, grade level offices (6, 7, 8) and P.E. and Science assistants. Students must be responsible.
     
     
    Web Design
    Students in Web Design class learn the fundamentals of coding an HMTL  and CSS documents.  They will learn how to maneuver and create web pages using DreamWeaver in Adobe Creative Cloud and also touch on the basics of Photoshop Creative Cloud.

    Semester-long courses
    Art education
    This is a creative class where students work in a variety of mediums, including pencil, paint, clay and sculpture.
     

    Computer Technology
    All students need to know technology.  Learn about computers and use Microsoft Office computer programs. If you want to improve your keyboarding and technology skills, take this class.


    Debate (8th graders only)
    Not for the shy type, the debate elective is open to all eighth grade students willing to speak out in a crowd. Offered as a one semester opportunity, debate will allow you to explore many controversial and conversation-worthy topics dealing with politics, social issues, as well as issues that affect teens and young people all over the world. While honing your research skills, you will become well versed in the art of argumentation and debate. Students will learn a variety of speaking strategies and will work alone and on teams to prepare and deliver debate points and rebuttal rounds. We will finish off the semester with a debate tournament in the LIC where you can show off your newfound skills to your peers, your teachers and even your parents. Sign up for the class your classmates are talking about.

    Introductory Drama (6th grade)
    This class will include improvisation exercises, acting games, and short in-class performances. It is designed to improve verbal expression, enhances speaking and listening skills, builds body awareness, increases interpersonal intelligence, and boosts self-confidence.
     

    FACS (Family and Consumer Science) - 6th grade

    This course is designed to allow students to explore the different Family & Consumer Science subjects taught in Pinellas County. This semester we will learn how toys are used to improve children’s development and students will have the opportunity to write and illustrate a children’s book. They will also learn the elements of design and apply them to an interior design project, as well as learn basic hand sewing techniques. They will learn about nutrition and food preparation as they work within a group to prepare an assortment of recipes. This class is geared towards creativity and allowing students to explore the many practical and exciting FACS courses that will be open to them in the coming years.

    FACS Careers in Education - 7th grade

    This class teaches students an array of useful topics all centered around how children develop. As many teens begin to babysit at this point in their life, this class teaches them how children develop in the four stages of childhood and guides them to selecting appropriate toys for each age group. They will use their creativity to invent a children’s toy as well as set up activity stations preschoolers could use. They will learn about special needs which many children are either born with or develop later on, and how they can maximize those children’s experiences. They’ll learn about common dietary needs and how the My Plate food guide can assist them in making healthy food choices. During this time they’ll get to work within groups to prepare recipes that are both nutritious and fun. This class offers practical life skills students will carry with them for the rest of their lives, and is a much needed opportunity to apply what they learn in class to their everyday life.  

    FACS Culinary Careers Semester - 8th grade

    This class gives students the opportunity to acquire and implement culinary skills to use both at home and later on in a professional setting. Students work within groups to prepare recipes as they learn standards such a measurement techniques, food preparation methods, nutrition and basic knife skills. Students have the chance to express their creativity and personal interests as they complete a menu planning project and plan a dinner party with guests. As the semester progresses students get to experience all the different responsibilities of a professional kitchen as they rotate through positions such as head chef, prep chef, server and dishwasher. A creative and immensely practical class, sign up early as spots fill up quickly. 

    P.E. (Physical Education) – Note: State required, unless opting to waiver out. Do not select this elective if you are selecting the year-long P.E. elective.
    P.E. class for one semester onlyy will learn how to maneuver and create web pages using DreamWeaver in Adobe Creative Cloud and also touch on the basics of Photoshop Creative Cloud.