Jordan Middle School
7th grade Guide
7th grade Course Selections
6th graders will enroll in the following courses for 7th grade:
- ELA or ELA Advanced or ELA GT
- Math or Math Accelerated (Must have taken Accelerated Math in 6th grade) or **Math Bridges
- Science or Science Advanced or Science GT
- Texas History or Texas History Advanced or Texas History GT
- PE or Dance 1 or ***Dance 2 or ****Athletics
- Elective Course
- Elective Course
**Math Bridges is a course designed for 7th grade students who want to take Algebra 1 (HS) in 8th grade but did NOT take Accelerated Math in 6th grade. This is a 90 minute course and will take the place of ONE elective.
***Students must have already taken Dance 1 in order to be in Dance 2
****Students must have a coach's approval in order to be in Athletics.
Students in Athletics must have a completed physical form. The form can be found below:
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 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, and college courses.
***If you would like for your student to earn high school Algebra 1 credit in 8th grade, your student must follow the sequence below:
Gifted and Talented
Identified GT students may choose ONE GT content course each year in:
- English Language Arts or
- 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.
In addition to GT content courses, students may also select Math Advanced courses in which both enrichment and acceleration opportunities are available.
Course selection is not guaranteed due to campus enrollment and staffing. Please give careful consideration to GT content selection.
***To request for your child to be GT tested in 6th grade, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
7th grade Electives
7th Grade Elective Options:
- Beginning Band or Intermediate Band
- Beginning Orchestra or Intermediate Orchestra or Advanced Orchestra
- Beginning Choir or Intermediate Choir
- Beginning Theatre or Intermediate Theatre
- Dance 1 or Dance 2 (Must not be in P.E. course)
- Beginning Art or Intermediate Art
- PBS Future Lab 7
- STEM Future Lab 7
- AVID (Application required & must be enrolled in 1 advanced academic course)
- Spanish 1 (High School Credit)
Band Beginner Level is designed to teach students how to play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. No prior music experience or knowledge is required. Students will learn to read music, produce good tone quality, learn rhythm skills, and perform music. Students can develop skills at their own pace. Band concerts allow students to experience live performance. Students earn awards for individual outstanding skill mastery.
Instructor: Chris Esparza- email@example.com
***Prerequisite: Beginner Band
Instructor: Sarah Hayter- firstname.lastname@example.org
Orchestra Intermediate Level is designed for students to continue developing music fundamentals on violin, viola, cello, and string bass instruments introduced in
the beginner level class. Orchestra literature is more advanced and promotes increased teamwork, kinesthetic development, expression, leadership, and problem-solving skills. Orchestra concerts include music of all styles. Students earn awards for individual and ensemble mastery of skills.
***Prerequisite: Beginner Orchestra
Beginning Treble Choir or Beginning Tenor/Bass
Instructor: Patricia Balmer- email@example.com
Intermediate Treble Choir or Intermediate Tenor/Bass
***Prerequisite: Beginner Treble Choir or Beginner Tenor/Bass Choir
Instructor: Priscilla Villanueva- firstname.lastname@example.org
***Prerequisite: Beginner Theatre
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.
*Middle School Dance may be taken as an elective, or as a fulfillment of the PE requirement. Students who wish to use MS Dance to fulfill the PE requirement should NOT enroll in this course, but should rather enroll in Dance MS 1 PE (#5091)
***Prerequisite: Dance MS 1
*Middle School Dance may be taken as an elective, or as a fulfillment of the PE requirement. Students who wish to use MS Dance to fulfill the PE requirement should NOT enroll in this course, but should rather enroll in Dance MS 2 PE (#5092)
***Prerequisite: Beginner Art MS 1
PBS Future Lab 7
STEM Future Lab 7
This course provides the study of current print and digital trends in yearbook design, layout, and publishing in order to develop and produce the school yearbook. Coursework includes gathering and analyzing information, photography, and specialized writing.
AVID 7 is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities, and academic success skills. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to support their academic growth.
***Prerequisite: Application and Interview and must be in one Advanced academic course.
Spanish 1 (High School Credit)
Students who successfully complete Spanish 1 will earn 1.0 high school credit.
6th grade Counselor
7th grade Counselor
8th grade Counselor
Counseling & Grade Reporting Secretary