Middle School Electives

St. Catherine School offers an array of electives for our sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Courses include:

Drama

An introduction to theatre arts. This class will include theatre games as well as individual and ensemble performances that focus on character creation. The goal for this elective is to build confidence as well as acting skills, theatre vocabulary, stage presence, and vocal projection and articulation. This class will meet once a week.

7th and 8th Grade Leadership

Designed for 7th and 8th grade students. Focus is on providing experiences to help build character and leadership skills by working collaboratively to plan and organize various activities. Students are responsible for planning numerous assemblies and school-wide events throughout each trimester. This is a fast paced and fun opportunity to learn and apply speaking and presentation skills, as well as script writing. This class meets twice a week.

Sports and Games

Provides opportunities to enjoy a variety of sports and activities. Focus is on building interpersonal communication skills and cooperation among team members. Popular options are dodgeball, kickball, wiffle ball, basketball, and open to suggestions This class can be taken more than once each week and may be offered several times a week depending on student interest.

Board and Card Games

Students will be exposed to a variety of board and card games designed to promote verbal or spatial intelligence. Students will rotate through games to become familiar with them and play with different partners and groups. This class will meet once a week.

Yoga

Aims to promote a lifelong love of exercise and mindfulness. Students will learn poses and postures designed to develop flexibility, strength, balance, and body awareness. This class will meet once a week. *Students will need to bring their own yoga mat to class each week.

Academic Resource Class

Provides additional time and instructional support for students to maximize their academic success in any content area. Class size is limited to ensure individualized student support is available as needed. This course may be recommended by teachers, or self-selected by students or parents. This class can be taken more than once and may be offered several times a week depending on student interest.

Yearbook

Join the 2021/22 yearbook team! Students will learn principles and techniques required to create the St. Catherine yearbook—including photography, layout, design, and shooting photos to be used in the book. This class meets once a week.

Math Support

Provides additional support for students in their current mathematics course. Provides extra time for assignments and assessments to be completed and individual attention to help students build a stronger foundation for success in their current mathematics courses. This course may be recommended by teachers, or self-selected by students or parents.

Recreation in the Park

Provides students a wide variety of activities to enjoy while at Maple Leaf Park upper lid. Equipment will be provided for interests like football, soccer, basketball, pickleball, frisbee, or other activities as approved by the school. This class can be taken more than once and may be offered several times a week depending on student interest.

Walk! Jog! Run!

Emphasis on walking, jogging, and/or running as a means to improve one's overall health and happiness. This class will meet outdoors. Students must be prepared to be outside even during a typical day in Seattle, i.e. it might be raining and cold! This class can be taken more than once and may be offered several times a week depending on student interest.

Beginner Guitar

This class is designed for students who have not had prior experience playing guitar. It will provide an opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of guitar such as how to strum and play chords. This class will meet once a week. 

World Music

Students will learn about music and instruments from across the globe! They will get the chance to learn how to play instruments from other countries and play traditional folk songs from around the world. This class will meet once a week.