Middle School Exploratory Department Course Summary


  • Non-Performing Classes

    Music 7 

    • Music Literacy and the Elements of Music (keyboards and Garageband) 
    • Music Theater Unit: Storytelling and Music 
    • Music in our Daily Lives 

    Music 8 

    • History and the Evolution of Music 
    • Music Appreciation (analyze elements of jazz, popular, and rock music) 
    • Music Literacy and the Elements of Music (guitars) 

    Performing Classes 

    (designed for students who participate in chorus, band, and/or orchestra) 

    Vocal Techniques 7 and 8 

    • Singing skills for various music styles 
    • Reading music skills 
    • Basic Keyboarding 

    String Techniques 7 and 8 

    (student-provided instruments) 

    • Music skills for traditional bowed instruments 
    • Reading music skills 

    Brass/Woodwind/Percussion Techniques 7 and 8 

    (student-provided instruments) 

    • Technical skills for traditional brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments 
    • Reading music skills 


  • Twenty-first century Information Literacy Skills are integrated into curricular content areas and include locating, accessing and evaluating information; developing searching techniques; learning a research process; and using information ethically.

Family and Consumer Science

  • These courses are offered in alternating years at the middle school. 

    Year 1: Foods and Nutrition 

    • Safety and Sanitation 
    • Fundamentals of Cooking/Dining 
    • Diet and Nutrition 
    • Consumer Rights and Responsibilities 

    Year 2: Consumerism and Sewing 

    • • Consumer Education 
    • • Clothing Selection and Care 
    • • Fibers and fabrics 
    • • Laundry 
    • • Sewing 

Technology Education

  • Technology education involves hands-on problem solving in the following areas: communication, construction, manufacturing, energy/power, transportation, biotechnology

    7th Grade: Exploring Technology

    • Evolution of Technology
    • Programming using Lego Mindstorms

    8th Grade: Applying Technology

    • Design and build CO2 Dragster
    • Search and Rescue Challenge with EV3 Robot
  • 7th Grade

    Students will create, present and respond to works of art—both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional.  Units of study include the following:

    • Elements and Principles of Art
    • Seeing and Observing
    • Ideas and Meanings

    8th Grade

    Students will expand on basics taught in 7thgrade to continue creative-problem-solving and critical thinking as they deepen their understanding in these areas:

    • Color Theory
    • Multicultural units

Health and Physical Education

  • 7th Grade Health 

    • Healthy Lifestyles and Responsible Choices 
    • Body Systems 
    • Nutrition 
    • Emergency Responses 

    8th Grade Health 

    • Health Wellness 
    • Mental Health 
    • Eating Disorders 
    • Impact of tobacco, alcohol, and other substance abuse on the body 
    • Communicable and Non-communicable diseases 

    7th and 8th Grade Physical Education 

    • Team and Individual Sports 
    • Lifelong Activities 
    • Cardio Activities 
    • Sportsmanship and Fair Play 
    • Cooperation and Teamwork 
  • Students taking Advanced ELA 8 may choose from the following World Language Options: 

    • FRENCH 
    • GERMAN 
    • SPANISH 

    Each course stresses verbal proficiency and includes the following areas: 

    • Pronunciation and recitation 
    • Comprehension 
    • Vocabulary 
    • Grammar 
    • Related cultures and basic geography of respective countries 

    These courses appear on students’ high school transcripts. Students who successfully complete one of these courses may move to the second year of the course at the high school. 

Business, Computer, and InformationTechnology

  • 7th Grade 

    • Introduction to business marketing 
    • Design concepts 
    • Microsoft Office 365 
    • Video podcast project 

    8th Grade 

    • Microsoft Office 365 
    • Mobile App design skills 
    • Marketing projects and presentations 

PA Department of Education

  • Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction at the Hempfield School District are correlated to the standards provided by Pennsylvania Department of Education. These standards can be found at https://www.pdesas.org/standard/ 

    Information regarding state assessments including PSSA and Keystone Exams can be found at http://www.pdesas.org/assessment/ 

Middle School Contact Information

  • Centerville Middle School 

    865 Centerville Road
    Lancaster, PA 17601 

    Landisville Middle 

    340 Mumma Drive
    Landisville, PA 17538 

    Supervisor of Secondary Curriculum 

    Mrs. Katherine Deisley
    (717) 898-5550

Department Coordinator Contacts