Welcome to the connections preference process for the 2022-2023 school year! This page will be updated as new information comes.
Please remember that when you submit your electronic form, you are not registering for Connections classes, you are communicating your preferences for your yearlong Connections course so we can begin preparing next year's schedule.
At Trickum Middle School, our students are scheduled for two Connections courses in addition to the four academic content areas of Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Some of the Connections courses may change year to year. New courses are added according to needs and interests of students. All students will not necessarily take all of the Connections courses listed below. Descriptions of the Connections courses Trickum Middle School plans to offer during the 2022-2023 school year can be found below.
Note – courses marked with (*) may be selected by students as yearlong preferences on the Connections Preferences Survey. Every Trickum Middle School will be enrolled in at least one yearlong Connections course. Due to a limited number of seats for each yearlong course, your child’s preference may not be selected for their enrollment. We do make every effort to place your child in their 1st, 2nd or 3rd preference for yearlong courses.
Please sit down with your parents and look over the information below to see all of the different options so you are ready to provide us with your preference for next school year.
If you have any questions, please contact James Williamson.
Health/Physical Education* (Available to rising 6th graders)
This yearlong course exposes the students to both health & physical education concepts in an integrated manner. The students in the course will attend both health class & physical education class on a rotating basis. The instructors of the course work together as a collaborative team to ensure that all students are provided with essential life skills to help them make smart decisions & develop strong refusal skills. At the end of the physical education course, the students should be able to meet national physical education standards for physical literacy as well as the state & district standards.
Junior Leadership Corps (JLC)* (Available to rising 6th graders)
The mission of Gwinnett County Public Schools' Junior Leadership Corps program is to influence students to be motivated to achieve their academic goals and to be successful, productive leaders who make a difference in their communities. We encourage cadets to work hard as they “Enter to Learn and Leave to Lead.” Lessons are designed to enhance students' leadership skills including: time and money management, goal setting, healthy relationships, working with groups, health and physical fitness, community service initiatives, and leadership in a diverse world. Additionally, there are opportunities for the students to participate in extracurricular activities such as color guard, flag detail, exhibition drill team, regulation drill team, and Raider’s team. These teams compete against other Gwinnett County Middle Schools. Future world leaders are in the JLC class, and we are changing tomorrow by educating today’s youth.
This semester course is composed of activities in a planned program that provides students the opportunity to develop healthier bodies and attitudes toward physical fitness. There is a focus on improved physical fitness of all students.
Advanced Physical Education*
This yearlong course introduces students to the benefits of weight lifting and cardiovascular exercise to gain strength, speed, agility and endurance. We will focus on and improve our muscular fitness and cardiovascular endurance using light to moderate weights.
Introduction to Business Technology (8th Grade)*
This yearlong course is the introductory course for the Business Accounting pathway. Students will be provided an overview of business and technology skills required for today's business environment and will learn business principles, the impact of financial decisions, and technology proficiencies demanded by business. Emphasis is placed on developing proficient fundamental computer skills required for all career pathways. Students will also learn essentials for working in a business environment, managing a business, and owning a business. Students who successfully complete this course can earn a Carnegie Unit (high school credit).
The semester-long course is an introduction to the Latin language and Greek and Roman mythology. Students learn to read and speak Latin in a low-stress environment. They also learn how to read and communicate about daily topics animals, colors and clothing and make comparisons between the ancient and modern world.
The year-long Latin course is taken during both 7th and 8th grades. Students learn the Latin language, Greek and Roman mythology, and Roman history. The curriculum is aligned with that of Latin I at Parkview HS and provides students the opportunity to earn a Carnegie Unit (high school credit) upon successful completion of the course.
Students are invited to start learning one of the world's most spoken languages. They can do so by studying the language in one of two Spanish course formats:
Yearlong: Students who choose to enroll in the year-long Spanish course will not only gain an incredible foundation, correlated with a higher likelihood of lifelong fluency, but will also earn a Carnegie Unit that will allow them to jump straight to Spanish 2 in high school if they pass Spanish 1 over the course of 7th and 8th grade. Students will learn to have basic conversations in Spanish, as well as delve into one of the most beautiful cultures on planet earth. This class is sure to create lifelong global citizens with a passion for languages, culture and life! Current 6th graders can select this option in the Connections Preference Survey.
Semesterlong: In this exploratory course, students will learn how to have brief written and oral exchanges in Spanish and dive into all facets of the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. The goal of this course is to give students an opportunity to be exposed to the language and culture, in hopes they will choose to enroll in Spanish 1 in high school and continue on with it into their higher education experience.
STEAM (6th grade)* (Available to rising 6th graders)
In this yearlong course, one semester focuses on broadcast journalism skills. This communication-centered course exposes students to a variety of media formats, including script-writing, storyboarding, videography, photography and podcasting. The other semester provides an exploratory foundation in business office administration and support. Through interactive activities, students will have opportunities to apply employability skills and to research career options in the business administration area. They will also complete many technology-based activities to build a strong foundation in integrated software applications and standard office procedures. Electronic portfolio projects will be updated at the completion of all units.
STEAM (7th grade)*
In this yearlong course, one semester focuses on broadcast journalism skills. This communication-centered course exposes students to a variety of media formats, including script-writing, storyboarding, videography, photography and podcasting. This course builds on the skills learned in 6th grade STEAM, but new students may also apply. The other semester provides an exploratory foundation in business management operations. Through interactive activities, students will have opportunities to apply employability skills and to research career options. They will also complete many hands-on activities to build a strong foundation in integrated software applications, financial literacy, web design, and standard office procedures. Electronic portfolio projects will be updated at the completion of all units.
STEAM - Photography (8th grade)*
This course is a year-long pathway that’s part of the STEAM program at Trickum. Students will spend one semester exploring photojournalism, learning basic photo composition and digital editing related to reporting, and visual storytelling that may incorporate audio, video, or other multimedia components. Students will spend the other semester learning the basics of photography as an art form. This part of the course will address alternative photo processes and aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light and color. Both semesters will be taught as hand-on, project-based workshops. Student cameras are not required but highly recommended (cell phone cameras are acceptable). Students must complete the STEAM/Photography Interest Form and secure a minimum of one teacher's recommendation to be considered for the class.
Yearbook (8th grade)*
In this yearlong course, the Yearbook Staff participates in the complete production of the Trickum yearbook. Our team of students works together to photograph, design, produce, and sell a book for printing that will capture our school’s memories. The focus will be on producing both the yearbook and student-made documentaries on various topics. An application is required to be selected for this course.
STEM/Computer Science (6th and 7th Grade)* (Available to rising 6th graders)
This course covers a variety of topics including computer hardware, computer software, cybersecurity, software testing, debugging, digital citizenship, video games, web design and programming. Students will explore careers in information technology as well as develop procedures to solve problems current to everyday life through computational thinking. Students will also design a variety of digital products that reveal a professional layout and look by applying design principles. Computer Science and Engineering are combined into one yearlong in our STEM program. Students who select this course as a preference will have completed both courses by the end of the year.
STEM/Engineering and Technology (6th and 7th Grade)* (Available to rising 6th graders)
This course covers the nature of engineering and technology, the impact of engineering and technology on society, the engineering design process and exploring the technological world. Students will have an opportunity to apply the engineering design process to solve real world problems, analyze data to make data-driven decisions and demonstrate concepts they learn through hands-on projects. Computer Science and Engineering are combined into one yearlong in our STEM program. Students who select this course as a preference will have completed both courses by the end of the year.
Foundations of Engineering (8th Grade)*
This yearlong course is the first course in the Engineering and Technology pathway. This course covers the History and Evolution of Engineering, the Engineering Design Process, and the application of S.T.E.M. to solve real-world problems. Students will develop employability skills through research and project-based learning activities. Students will demonstrate and adhere to safety, health and environmental standards related to STEM workplaces. Students who successfully complete this course can earn a Carnegie Unit (high school credit).
Introduction to Digital Technology (8th Grade)*
This yearlong course is the foundational course for Web and Digital Design, Programming, Computer Science, Information Support and Services and Networking pathways. This course is designed for the motivated 8th grade students to understand, communicate and adapt to a digital world as it impacts their personal life, society and the business world. Exposure to foundational knowledge in hardware, software, programming, web design, IT support and networks are all taught in a computer lab with hands-on activities and project-focused tasks. Students will not only understand the concepts, but will apply their knowledge to situations and defend their actions/decisions/choices through the knowledge and skills acquired in this course. Students who successfully complete this course can earn a Carnegie Unit (high school credit).
Art and Performing Arts Courses
This semester course offers the students an opportunity to express emotions and feelings and connect art with academic classes through drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics while learning to appreciate art as a creative vehicle both personally and for others. Students will learn about the elements and principles of art as well as art history.
Advanced Visual Art*
This course will dive deeper into all mediums of art as well as artist studies and the foundations of art creation. Students must submit a portfolio of 3 pieces to be considered for the course. Completion of previous visual art courses at Trickum MS is not a prerequisite. Upon completion of this course, students may receive a recommendation to exempt Intro to Art and move to a higher level art course as a 9th grader at Parkview HS.
Band* (Available to rising 6th graders)
The Trickum Middle School Band Program is a comprehensive program for all students in 6th-8th grade who want to learn how to play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. Our program focuses on the development of students as individuals, as well as musicians, by providing multiple avenues for musical exploration and expression while also teaching skills such as cooperation, responsibility, confidence, and leadership. The TMS Band is often referred to as a “band family,” and once you experience it for yourself, it is easy to understand why. We take pride in being a place where students from all walks of life come together to make music. Whether you enjoy learning an instrument in class, swinging with the jazz band, or having fun cheering on the basketball team with the pep band, the Trickum Band family has a place for you!
Chorus* (Available to rising 6th graders)
This yearlong course offers the students an opportunity to incorporate a variety of aspects of music, vocal singing, score reading, live performance, and musical drama in grades 6, 7, and 8.
Guitar* (Available to rising 6th graders)
This yearlong course offers students the opportunity to develop, enhance, and express a passion for music through the instrumental art form of guitar. Students do not need any prior experience to join in the 6th grade. Guitar students will have the opportunity to perform at school and district level concerts, as well as, join a Guitar Club like Honor Guitar and Modern Guitar. In 7th and 8th grade, students will also have the opportunity to learn the ukulele and electric bass. Stay strong and rock on!
Orchestra* (Available to rising 6th graders)
This is a yearlong course where students will have the opportunity to play the violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students do not need any prior experience to join in the 6th grade. In 7th grade, returning students are placed in Intermediate orchestra. Any rising 7th grader that did not sign up in 6th grade is invited to sign up for the beginning 7th grade orchestra class. All Orchestra students will get to showcase their talents at concerts throughout the year. For advanced 6th, 7th, and 8th grade orchestra students, there is an honor orchestra that performs multiple times during the school year.
This one-semester course offers students the opportunity to explore the basic facets of Drama including literature, technical theatre and performing techniques. We focus on creating, writing, responding, and connecting to the world around us through the medium of theatre. Students will learn a variety of theatre games and skills to broaden their confidence in public speaking and artistic expression.
Advanced Theatre Arts (7th Grade)*
The year-long 7th Grade Advanced Theatre Ensemble is called THE TIGER PLAYERS! Students may request placement in this group by application or instructor approval. No experience is necessary, but students in Tiger Players must commit to developing their artistic expression skills in the production of several short plays twice per year (Fall and Spring). Rehearsal and production activities will comprise 50% of the overall grade in the course and are a required component. Students are expected to participate actively in the production process and should be prepared for some extracurricular rehearsals in the two weeks leading up to the productions. Students in this course are offered the opportunity to participate in DRAMARAMA (GCPS Middle School Theatre Festival) and GA Jr. Thespian Conference (the statewide Middle School Theatre Festival).
*Students and parents should be aware that there are required fees associated with this course to offset production costs.
Advanced Theatre Production (8th grade)*
The year-long course 8th Grade Advanced Theatre Ensemble is called THE RISING STARS! Students may request placement in this group by application or instructor approval. No experience is necessary, but students in RISING STARS are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment to the production of our fall and spring shows at Trickum. Special attention and training will be presented during the course in audition techniques and portfolio preparation for those who wish to apply to SOTA (School of the Arts), advanced courses at the high school level, and county and/or state competitions for theatre. Rehearsal and production activities will comprise 50% of the overall grade in the course and are a required component. Students are expected to participate actively in the production process and should be prepared for some extracurricular rehearsals in the two weeks leading up to the productions. Students in this course are actively encouraged to participate in DRAMARAMA (GCPS Middle School Theatre Festival), and GA Jr. Thespian Conference (the statewide Middle School Theatre Festival).
*Students and parents should be aware that there are required fees associated with this course to offset production costs.
Choose the appropriate grade level below to access your preference links. You'll need to be logged in with your GCPS Google account to access the link. Remember you can log in to your account by using your first name, a period, your last name, the last four digits of your ID and then "@g.gcpsk12.org" (e.g. email@example.com). The MUCH easier way to login is to click the Google Workspace for Education button found on your My eClass portal.
I will be in 6th grade for the 2022-2023 school year
Before submitting your preferences, please take a moment to view this short video from Mr. Williamson.
I will be coming to Trickum from outside of GCPS next year and do not have a GCPS Google account
If your child will be new to Trickum Middle School, you may email your child's preferences to the assistant principal responsible for scheduling, James Williamson. Please include your child's name, their grade level for the 2022-2023 school year, their top 3 year-long preferences, and their anticipated date of enrollment.