Electives

  • Band

    Teacher: Michele Purcell  Michele.Purcell@dpsnc.net

    The band program is a yearlong course that does not require previous musical experience. Students will learn to read, write, and play music on one of a variety of musical instruments. The band program offers multiple extra-curricular opportunities including jazz band and individual solo opportunities. The bands have a spring trip for 7th and 8th graders each year to various locations, including Carowinds or Kings Dominion. Students must begin band at the beginning of their 6th grade year. All students who are interested in learning new and exciting ways to express themselves through playing a musical instrument is encouraged to sign up for band!

     

    General Music

    Teacher: Michele Purcell  Michele.Purcell@dpsnc.net

    In general music students learn music basics.

     

    Orchestra

    Teacher: Wendy Davidson Wendy.Davidson@dpsnc.net

    The orchestra program is a yearlong course that does not require previous musical experience. Students will learn to read, write and play music on one of a variety of musical instruments. All students who are interested in learning new and exciting ways to express themselves through playing a musical instrument are encouraged to sight up for orchestra! 

     

    6th Grade Chorus

    Teacher: Corinne Huber  Corinne.Huber@dpsnc.net

    Chorus has opportunities for everyone! Students have performed at Hornets games, Durham Bulls Games and other university performances. Those that enjoy singing should definitely sign up for chorus!!

     

    Fine Arts

    Teacher: Jackie Kennedy Jackie.Kennedy@dpsnc.net

    Students enrolled in art class explore different art materials, learn about important artists, and make beautiful art. Brogden offers many opportunities for students to display their artwork such as the North Carolina State Fair, the News and Observer, Durham’s Finest at North Carolina Central University, Durham Public Schools Channel 4, and the Spring Art Show at Northgate Mall. Student work is also featured in the Brogden Gallery and throughout the school.

     

    Healthful Living

    Teachers: Zoe Smith Zoe.Smith@dpsnc.net

    Kenneth Broadway Kenneth.Broadway@dpsnc.net

    Students will be exposed to a total education of their physical, mental, social and nutritional well-being.  This will be achieved through a combination of Physical Education and Health Education classes throughout the entire semester.

    Physical Education:  The major focus of Physical Education is to instill the lesson of cooperation, participation, and good sportsmanship.  Students will learn the basic skills and rules needed to participate in various teams and lifetime sports:  Softball, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Volleyball, Tennis, and Dance.  There will be skills tests measuring the mastery of basic skills in each sport.  Each student will also complete a personal Physical Fitness Test.

    Requirements for Physical Education:  Students are required to dress out daily for physical education classes.  They must wear a white t-shirt, black or green shorts, sweat pants or wind pants, white socks and tennis shoes.  Clothes worn to school may not be worn as your PE class clothes.  Only you tennis shoes can be worn for both.

    Health Education:  Students will be educated in the areas of Adolescent Development, including the mental, physical, and social changes they are experiencing.  Character development, the development of a positive self-image, alcohol, drugs, tobacco resistance, communicable and non-communicable diseases, personal hygiene, abstinence, nutrition, and other current health issues will be discussed in this class. 

    The Durham Public Schools standard grading scale is used.  Physical Education 60%, Health Education 40%

     

    Spanish

    Teacher: Taylor Holthouse Taylor.Holthouse@dpsnc.net

    Exploratory Language (6th, 7th, 8th)  

    This Beginning Spanish class is a semester course. We develop basic skills such as introducing yourself, talking about likes and dislikes, describing your family and discussing the weather in Spanish. Apart from developing language skills, we also learn about Spanish speaking countries and how our culture differs from theirs.

     

    PLTW

    Teachers: Ashley Eason Ashley.Eason @dpsnc.net; Brandi Summey Brandi.Summey@dpsnc.netShakir Brooks Shakir.Brooks@dpsnc.net

    Project Lead The Way is an engineering class that focuses on computer programming, building websites, and computer coding. Students will have the opportunity to do hands on building activities and will learn about energy resources.