• Tequesta Trace offers many electives for students to choose from. The following is an overview of each elective:

    • Physical Education - Available to 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students. Students in Physical Education learn the rules and play various sports, such as flag football, soccer, kickball, basketball, and neucomb.

     

    • Band - Beginning, Advanced, Symphonic - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. Have you ever wanted to play a musical instrument? Do you know how to play an instrument but want to join others and take the experience to a whole new level? If so, there is a band class for you. Students of all levels of musical ability from beginner to the most advanced are invited to be part of this elective. Students who join the band will learn all the basics of music while learning to play really exciting music from their favorite movies, video games, songs as well as traditional musical works. Students will have performance opportunities at school funcions, field trip performances, community events and Florida Bandmasters Association Events. You do not need to have any experience to join the band, however, if you already know how to play an instrument and are not currently in a band class, you will need to play a short audition so that you can be placed in the band colosest to your ability level.

     

    • Jazz/Rock Band - Available to 7th & 8th graders who have advanced musical experience on Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Drums and Drum Set. Advanced musicians who do not play one of these instruments may take course if they wish to learn one of these instruments as a secondary instrument. The Tequesta Trace "Rockin Jazz Catz" practice and learn to Jazz, Rock, Salsa and other contemporary styles of music. There is a strong emphasis in learning chords, feeling and playing swing, and Improvisation. Students will be expected to work independently in small combos and sections. Students will have performance opportunities at school functions, field trip performances, community events and Florida Bandmasters Association Events. Students must also be enrolled in a traditional band course in order to take this course, unless they only play an approved rhythm instrument such as a Bass and Guitar. Students must be pre-approved to take this course.

     

    • Choir/Show Choir - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. Do you love to sing or just want to learn how to sing and sound great? There is a chorus class for you! Students of all levels are welcome. Students will study proper singing technique, and learn to apply proper vocal technique while learning and performing traditional choral music as well as popular songs from Broadway Musicals and Popular Recording Artists. Students taking a choir elective will have performance opportunities at school functions, feild trip performances, community events and Florida Vocal Association Events.

     

    • Drama 1 - Available to 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students. Never taken a drama class before? Fear no more! Everything you need to know will be taught here. From learning the basics, areas of the stage, all the way to experiencing musical theatre, Drama 1 provides a great beginning step into the drama world. Back again?! Great! Every year we try to incorporate something new that brings a little challenge! :) Get excited!

     

    • Art/Drama - Available to 6th grade students. This class is an opportunity to explore two of our top electives and decide which fits you best. Students will learn the basics during the semester in each class, including many hands-on projects and fun activities!

     

    • Code - Available to 6th grade students. In this hands-on coding class, students will learn basic computer science, basic code programing, algorithms, computer languages, and computer vocabulary. Students will learn how to become good digital citizens. The many interactive learning opportunities will help nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. Students will be using Google Drive, Slides, and Pixlr. There is an exam at the end of the quarter. Upon passing, students receive a certificate saying they earned a multi-essential tool. This helps for preparedness for high school and college.

     

    • Digital Communications - Available to 6th grade students. This elective course incorporates literacy through digital avenues. Students will implement writing, speaking, listening, and reading skills using current and relevant texts. Navigation of digital platforms such as Canvas, Google Doc, One Drive, Office 365, etc., will be explored. Additionally, topics such as digital citizenship and electronig communication will be integrated.

     

    • Thinking Studio - Available to 6th grade students. In this elective, 6th graders become self-reliant problem solvers. Thinking outside of the box, students will design projects and solve problems using complex reading selections, including classic, contemporary, and informational texts. Students implememnt and practice thinking skills in an interactive environment. During independent reading time, students will excercise readers' choice and voice as they actively pursue their interests and passions.

     

    • Speech & Debate - Available to 6th grade students. The purpose of this course is to increase student's understanding of the communication process, argument construction, and research as it applies to oral communication concepts and strategies for debate in a variety of settings. Students learn the foundations of competitive speech and debate, with the opportunity to compete with other middle school students in Broward County. This course sets the foundation for students who wish to take Speech I and High School Debate I in 7th and 8th grade.

     

    • Math Skills - "We Like Pi" - Available to 6th grade students. This elective is an additional course taken to compliment the 6th grade regular Math course and to assist students with basic Math skills in a creative and engaging environment.

     

    • Web Design - Available to 7th grade students. Are you interested in designing web pages or creating flyers?  If so, technology class is for you!  Through web design training, you will learn the basics of creating and designing your own web page by using web page elements, color, HTML coding, graphical user interface tools, integration of multimedia and more.  Through Microsoft Office Word and its tools, you will learn how to create new documents such as flyers, menus, posters and invitations.  This course is a great introduction to web design and the Microsoft Office suite. 

     

    • Nutrition - Available to 7th grade students. Did you know that an avocado has more than twice as much potassium as a banana, and that broccoli contains twice the Vitamin C of an orange? Come learn about improving your nutrition, metabolism and muscles.  Learn how to make healthy snacks and take a balanced approach to overall wellness.

     

    • Life Skills - Available to 7th grade students. Do you find yourself wanting to learn more about basic skills to help you get through daily life?  Have you ever wondered how to sew on a button, create a scrap book, or bake cookies from scratch?  If so, this is the elective for you.  We will learn all different basic and exciting life skills to help make your day to day living easier and more effective.  Join us for a course that will provide you with skills to be successful for the rest of your life.

     

    • Florida & Beyond - Available to 7th grade students. Did you know that Australia is wider than the moon, or that Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, can fit inside the Marianas Trench, which is the deepest part of the ocean? Do you want to travel the world? Come learn more about the world's fascinating facts, cultures and different societies in this Geography elective. We will start with our home state of Florida and work our way around the world.

     

    • Broadcasting - Media Production - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. Be a part of the team that is responsible for preparing and delivering the TTMS News to your school.  Learn presentation techniques, broadcast preparation, power point presentations and camera techniques.  Become an anchorperson, camera technician or a special reporter for the clubs, teams, and activities at school.  A 2.0 GPA is required and no office referrals.  An application will be handed out at the meeting and you will be required at a later time to produce a 2 –5minute taped introduction.

     

    • Climatology and Weather - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. This class is designed for students to learn about weather events and climate change. Students will learn how weather forecasts are made, and what information is gathered and analyzed to determine how storm watches and warnings are issued. The role of government and technology and how it relates to the topic of weather and climate will be discussed. Students will be able to apply knowledge for significant weather and climate events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc. This class will explore how atmospheric changes affect weather patterns on our planet. Expert guest speakers, multimedia, and possible field trips are planned to provide students opportunities to deepen their knowledge of weather systems and resources in our local community.

     

    • Aides-Office & Teacher - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. Students assist eachers and/or office staff with various tasks. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and satisfactory conduct (No U's or N's). An application needs to be filled out that requires teacher recommendations.

     

    • Media Aides - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. Are you a teen helper? Do you want to know your way around the media center? Are you comfortable trouble shooting technology? How about working in the media center helping students and teachers with research? We are looking for students that are organized, responsible, team players, and creative. Does this describe you? Then being a media aide may be for you!

     

    • Peer Counseling I & II - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. *PEER COUNSELING II IS A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSE AND IT WILL AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA) To be a peer counselor you must have a 3.0 GPA. Through classroom instruction, role-playing, and skill building activities, peer counselors are trained to help their fellow students. Peer counselors help by peer tutoring, peer mediating, and peer counseling. Along with daily peer activities students will participate in several field trips doing community projects enhancing your overall learning experience. In order to be a peer counselor you MUST be a person who enjoys helping.

     

    • Advanced Drama - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. This course is designed for the serious Drama student. Students at this level are required to participate in the activities associated with the Junior Thespian Society, and are also expected to produce a full scale production in their course of study. Additionally, these young actors and actresses will be expected to work independently on both small group and individual scenes, developing characters and consistently raising the bar on their own performances. A serious approach to the craft is expected from the students in Advanced Drama.

     

    • Advanced Art - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. The Advanced Art student is one who has a strong desire to develop his/her interest in all types of visual arts. The year long class includes portfolio as well as group projects. Students must be able to work independently, as well as in small group settings.

     

    • Yearbook - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. In this course, students will be involved in the entire yearbook process (print layouts, photography, print copy, design and advertising). Students should be available to work outside of the normal school day when deadlines are approaching. Student GPA, behavior and teacher recommendations will be considered when determining who will be selected for this class.

     

    • Speech (7th) & Debate (8th)- Availabe to 7th & 8th grade students. These classes are an introduction to the world of Speech and Debate, and are offered for HS credit. A variety of speaking skills and techniques will be covered, from the basic to the complex. Students should be prepared to participate in both speech presentations and formal/informal debates in class and in district tournaments. They should be comfortable working in small groups, researching different topics, and memorizing material.

     

    • Film - Available to 8th grade students. Students explore the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques, and applications of digital imaging to create original work. The instructional focus will be on film. Students produce digital animated images through the single or combined use of computers, digital cameras, digital video cameras, scanners, photo editing software, drawing and painting software, graphic tablets, printers, new media, and emerging technologies. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers to measure artistic growth. The course incorporates hands-on activities, the use of technology, and consumption of art materials. This course will meet graduation requirement for Performing Fine Arts graduation credit. THIS IS A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSE AND IT WILL AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA.

     

    • Technology - Available to 8th grade students. THIS IS A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSE AND IT WILL AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPADigital Information and technology is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. Explore the problem-solving process and the different ways humans and computers solve problems. Discover the languages powering the web. Build your own websites in HTML and CSS. Learn the powerful constructs underlying programming languages. Build interactive games in JavaScript. you’ll build on your coding experience as you program animations, interactive art, and games. Class projects also include 3D Design and printing and LEGO Mindstorm Robotics, Simple Machines and Flight.

     

    • Spanish 1 - Available to 7th & 8th grade students. This course provides students with a general introduction to the Spanish language, pronunciation, vocabulary related to everyday activities, basic grammatical structure, and cultural information. The student will develop communicative skills in all 3 modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and cross-cultural understanding. Emphasis is placed on proficient communication in the language. An introduction to reading and writing is also included as well as culture connections, comparisons, and communities. THIS IS A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSE AND IT WILL AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA.

     

    • Spanish 2 - Available to 8th grade students. Prerequisite-Spanish 1. This course reinforces the fundamental skills acquired by students in Spanish 1: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course further develops communicative skills in all 3 modes of communication and cross-cultural understanding. Reading and writing receive more emphasis, while oral communication remains the primary objective. The cultural survey of the Spanish-speaking people is continued. THIS IS A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSE AND IT WILL AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA.

     

    • Spanish for Spanish Speakers - Available to 8th grade students. This course enables students whose heritage language is Spanish to master their language skills across the three communicative modes as they develop knowledge of the Spanish language. Specific content includes, but is not limited to: 1) reinforcement of the students' communication skills: their ability to express ideas, feelings, and opinions in oral and written forms 2) further development of vocabulary and grammar skills 3) reading and interpretation of works of target language writers and 4) awareness and appreciation of the culture of the Spanish speaking people. THIS IS A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSE AND IT WILL AFFECT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GPA.