Encore & Exploratory Classes

Encore classes ensure that students experience additional hands-on, participatory, meaningful, and engaging curriculum experiences that are challenging, integrative, and exploratory. Encore and exploratory classes include health, physical education (PE), music, art, Spanish, second language, Family and Consumer Science (FACS), Career and Technical Education (CTE), Information, Communication, Technology (ICT), and humanities.

Encore & Exploratory Classes

6th Grade CTE 1

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7th Grade CTE 2

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8th Grade CTE 3

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Computer Technology

6th Grade

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7th Grade

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8th Grade

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Family and Consumer Science (FACS)

6th/7th Grade Even Years (Fall)

This exploratory course is divided between the classroom and kitchens, exposing students to topics including personal finance, career exploration, interior design, and healthy preparation and consumption of foods.

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6th/7th Grade Odd Years (Fall)

This exploratory course is divided between the classroom and kitchens, exposing students to topics including relationships, career exploration, textiles, and healthy preparation and consumption of foods.

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8th Grade

This exploratory semester-long course is divided between the classroom and kitchens, exposing students to topics including kitchen safety and sanitation, knife skills, nutrients, cultural foods, food science and entrepreneurship,  personal finance, and career exploration. This enhances the skills learned from Year 1 and Year 2 Family and Consumer Science courses.

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Fine Arts

Gifted Education

6th through 8th Grades

The Sioux Falls Gifted Program is designed to respond to the needs and special characteristics of gifted students by providing the opportunity for them to pursue and develop their potential for excellence. Students participate in an academic pull-out program that follows a curriculum designed to develop collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving. The curriculum focuses on STEAM units designed to specifically challenge the gifted learner. This program serves identified gifted students according to the Sioux Falls School District guidelines.

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Health

The middle school sexual health curriculum can be viewed at the Instructional Planning Center (IPC) during business hours. If you feel it is better for your child not to participate in the sexual health unit, please contact your middle school building principal for other arrangements during the time when your child’s health class is studying this topic. For more information, please call the middle school curriculum coordinator at (605) 367-7871.

6th Grade

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7th Grade

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8th Grade

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Očéti Šakówiŋ Owáuŋspe (OSO)

All 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students enroll in a year-long OSO class, that introduces students to our services that are designed to connect students to Native American Culture.

6th Grade

Essential Understanding: The origin, thought and philosophy of the Oceti Sakowin continues in the contemporary lifestyles of tribal members. Tribal cultures, traditions, and languages are incorporated and are observed by many tribal members both on and off the reservations.

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7th Grade

Essential Understanding: The origin, thought and philosophy of the Oceti Sakowin continues in the contemporary lifestyles of Tribal members. Tribal cultures, traditions, and languages are incorporated and are observed by many Tribal members both on and off the reservations.

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8th Grade

Essential Understanding: Federal policies and treaties put into place throughout American history have affected Oceti Sakowin people adversely. Tribes as sovereign nations have the authority to enter into government-to-government relationships. Currently, the relationships with the State are not the same for each tribe.

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Physical Education (PE)

The Sioux Falls School District’s middle school physical education curriculum is guided by national and state standards in physical education. These standards outline for students what they must demonstrate, value, and maintain in order to lead a physically active lifestyle. Physical Education class is every other day, all year, at each grade level.

6th Grade

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7th Grade

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8th Grade

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PRO-Time

All 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students participate in PRO-Time every day. PRO-Time is a structure to ensure that every student in the building is known well by at least one adult. Teachers and small groups of students meet every day to strengthen relationships between students and a significant adult who will provide support and direction for each student.

World Language

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