Elective Program

TRMS Elective Program

The Elective program at TRMS provides our students with an opportunity to explore subjects outside of the core classes. Students are allowed to have some choice in what classes they would like to take. Those choices can reflect their personal interests or broaden their knowledge and appreciation of the world outside their comfort zone. We have two types of Elective Class Offerings: Yearlong classes and 18-week classes, referred to as “The Mix”. Students participating in "The Mix" take two classes a year. Each class is 18 weeks long. Students begin their first class in August and their second one in January.

Elective Classes:

  • Art: Learn how to draw, paint and make three dimensional (3d) art. We are offering five sections of art classes for 2015-16 school year. In three (3) of the sections we will experiment with various materials like: soft pastel, watercolors, acrylic paints, paper mache’, clay and more. In two (2) sections we will focus on making 3d art. In every art class you’ll learn to turn your innovative thoughts into works of art! This year-long elective is based in the California State Standards…but you won’t realize how much you are learning because you’ll be having too much fun! Email: jnorris@musd.org
  • AVID: AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a course that aims to empower students to enroll in and graduate from 4-year colleges/universities. The course will focus on organizational skill, Cornell note-taking, study groups, and other effective academic techniques. In addition, students will go on field trips and academic workshops. There are two classes of AVID: one for 7th graders and one for 8th graders. 2.5 GPA requirement. Students must not need intensive support in math to participate.
  • Band : You must have at least one year of experience to join. There are 3 levels of this class for all wind and percussion instruments. Piano players are encouraged to also learn a string instrument and should contact Ms. Poulin, npoulin@musd.org for more information. Flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass, clarinet, oboe,bassoon, alto/tenor/baritone sax, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, percussion. CLICK HERE for more info and to sign up.
  • Intervention: The intervention class was designed to support and motivate students. The focus this year is on supporting students in the math curriculum. The intention is to be support to the math classroom. Students qualify for this class based on math achievement data not limited to district benchmarks, teacher recommendations, and state test scores. When students are no longer need the support in math, they are exited from the class and are placed in Quest of Art for the remainder of the school year.
  • Leadership: This class is open to students who are highly motivated to improve their leadership skills by their involvement in school activities and events, student government, student and staff recognition programs, and other forms of service that benefit the students and staff of Thomas Russell Middle School. Leadership skills are developed through lessons on goal setting, communication, decision-making, leadership styles, and parliamentary procedures.
  • String Orchestra: You must have at least one year of experience to join. There are 3 levels of this class for all strings (violin, viola, cello, bass). Piano players are encouraged to also learn a string instrument and should contact Ms. Poulin, npoulin@musd.org for more information. CLICK HERE for more info and to sign up.
  • Quest: Quest for Success is a year-long elective class with lessons in basic hand-sewing skills, beginning cooking and baking, recycling for a better world, awareness of the deaf culture with an introduction into American sign language. Other areas that may be covered, but not limited to, are improving study habit skills, interpersonal relationships and improving higher thinking skills.
  • Yearbook: Students will learn the basics of yearbook, photojournalism, graphic design, writing journalistic stories, writing captions, interviewing, learning organizational skills, marketing, sales, and deadlines. They will have a lot of fun and forget that they are learning so many new skills! Contact Ms. Norris at jnorris@musd.org for questions.

Quest Elective - Too Good for Drugs Workshop

The Quest Elective offers a 10-week workshop in the fall to support students prevention and support as they potentially encounter destructive substances. The following content will provide you with an overview of what is made available to parents and students prior to the workshop beginning. Parents do need to consent to their child's participation in the workshop.

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Too Good for Drugs Objectives