Welcome to the connections preference process for the 2023-2024 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 2023-2024 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 student 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) - Yearlong* (Available to rising 6th graders)
We encourage cadets to work hard as they “Enter to Learn and Leave to Lead.”
This yearlong course prepares students for responsible leadership roles, while making them aware of their individual responsibilities. The JLC program is designed to teach leadership concepts that will enhance the student’s ability to interact with other students, school faculty, and individuals within the local community. Leadership lab and physical training are integral components of the Junior Leadership Corps. Cadets in the yearlong course are expected to participate in the activities. Additionally, the students in the yearlong class participate in extracurricular activities such as color guard, flag detail, exhibition drill team, regulation drill team, and Raider team. These teams compete against other Gwinnett County Middle Schools. Besides being productive and winning awards at competitions, JLC Cadets are involved in community service. Yearlong Cadets also participate in the Annual Veteran’s Day celebrations, parades, canned food drives, Toys for Tots and many other community service projects. Future world leaders are in the JLC class, and we are changing tomorrow by educating today’s youth.
Junior Leadership Corps (JLC) - Semester (Available to rising 6th graders)
The semester course teaches minimum leadership traits and skills to help students be successful in their academics.
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 weightlifting 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.
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.
This year-long course focuses on thoughtful and purposeful reading necessary for a student to interpret, comprehend, and extend understanding of the author’s intent and meaning. The students will read and examine multiple texts from different authors in a wide range of genres. There will be an explicit focus on teaching students evidence-based comprehension strategies such as before, during and after reading strategies through intentional selections of high-quality, rigorous, and culturally relevant curriculum across disciplines and genres.
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:
Year Long: 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.
Semester long course: 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.
Dual Language Immersion: Students that come from the 5th grade DLI program will be enrolled in the year-long DLI Spanish course in 6th grade. There is also the opportunity to select a semester-long course focused on Media Literacy and Culture/History. The students will continue to advance their speaking, reading, writing, reading proficiency and literacy. Once in 7th grade, they will be placed in Spanish 3 (a high school level course), and will earn a Carnegie Unit that will allow them to jump straight to Spanish 4 Honors in high school, provided they pass Spanish 3 over the course of 7th and 8th grade.
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 of 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 - 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).
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 recommendation to be considered for the class.
STEM 6th Grade* (Available to rising 6th graders)
The goal of this STEM Cohort course is to provide all students with an introduction to the principles of Engineering and Computer Science. Students will explore Engineering & Technology as they work through the engineer design process, while looking at technological impacts on society. Students will explore STEM related careers, work ethics, and leadership skills. Students will explore the foundations of Computer Programming concepts, physical computing and the problem solving process. In 6th grade we also explore programming concepts and languages like Scratch and Python and work with MicroBits. 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 and design challenges. 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 7th Grade*
This STEM Cohort course is designed to introduce students to the world of invention and innovation along with the Engineering Design Process & Foundations of Secure Information Systems. Students will examine the impacts of invention and innovation on society, and solve problems through research, design, and experimentation in one or more of the areas of Engineering and Technology. The course content includes an introduction to Engineering and Computer Science careers, Computer Hardware and Networking Components, Cybersecurity, Digital Citizenship, Robotics and Animatronics. Students complete several hands-on design challenges throughout the year in STEM. 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 - Foundations of Engineering (8th Grade)*
The Foundations of Engineering and Technology is the introductory course for the Engineering and Technology Education pathways. This STEM driven course provides the students with an overview of engineering and technology, including the different methods used in the engineering design process, developing fundamental technology and engineering literacy. Students will demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned through various project-based activities while using an engineering design process to successfully master the “E” in STEM.
This course is a Carnegie Unit course which will offer these students an opportunity to earn high school credit for this course. Students who take this course can move onto the next level in the Engineering pathway in their first year in high school.
STEM - Foundations of Interactive Design & Digital Media Arts (Computer Science) (8th Grade)*
TMS is offering new 8th grade computer science courses for students in 2023-2024*. This new course will have students explore the foundations of design and development of websites while they build their own websites. This course will also explore the design approach to how video games are created and has students learning to code their own video game. Along with opportunities to apply employability skills and to research possible career options in information technology. The Media Arts curriculum in this course expands students’ critical thinking abilities, creativity and curiosity. Students will develop their unique creativity and problem solving skills through technology based projects. Students will explore multiple digital art platforms, such as animation, graphic design/illustration, storyboarding, and digital design. Students who successfully complete these courses will be prepared to choose from the following pathways upon entering high school: Web & Digital Design, Computer Science Principles and Game Design.
*The Intro to Digital Technology course has been retired by the State of Georgia as of 6/30/2023.
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.
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 Arts*
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)
Trickum Chorus is a three-year journey where students learn to sing in a large group setting. Solo singing is not required. 6th-grade is Beginning Chorus which requires no prior experience. Students then move to 7th-grade Intermediate Chorus and finally 8th-grade Advanced Chorus. Select students will participate in Honor Chorus and Georgia All-State Chorus. In three years, students develop their unique voices by singing a large variety of songs. Join Chorus and grow in confidence as you learn to use your voice while meeting new friends and gaining a strong foundation for a lifetime of healthy singing. Every voice matters!
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 6th grade. Guitar students will have the opportunity to perform at school and district level concerts like Giocoso. In addition, students with experience can join Guitar Clubs like Honors Guitar and Rock 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. In 8th Grade, returning students are placed in Advanced orchestra. 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 multiples 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)*
Students will need to apply for the course. No experience is necessary, but students accepted in the course must commit to developing their artistic expressions skills in the production of a short play. 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 opportunities to participate in a variety of optional extra-curricular Theatre festivals and activities.
*Students and parents should be aware that there are required fees associated with this course to offset production costs.
Advanced Theatre Production (8th grade)*
This is an advanced level course and students must apply to participate. Space is limited, and though no experience is necessary, students are expected to demonstrate a high level of commitment to the production of a full length play in the Spring Semester. 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 (though not required) to participate in extracurricular theatre festivals and workshops as available.
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 2023-2024 school year
The Connections Preference Survey will be available in late March.
I will be in 7th grade for the 2023-2024 school year
The rising 7th grade connections survey closed on Sunday, March 19.
I will be in 8th grade for the 2023-2024 school year
The rising 8th grade connections survey closed on Sunday, March 19.
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 2023-2024 school year, their top 3 year-long preferences, and their anticipated date of enrollment.