Spring 2022 Cluster Choices

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What is SEM?

The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) is widely implemented as an enrichment program [with]... a magnet theme/enrichment approach for all schools interested in high-end learning and developing the strengths and talents of all students. The major goal of the SEM is the application of gifted education pedagogy to total school improvement. The SEM provides enriched learning experiences and higher learning standards for all children through three goals; developing talents in all children, providing a broad range of advanced-level enrichment experiences for all students, and providing advanced follow-up opportunities for young people based on their strengths and interests. The SEM focuses on enrichment for all students through high levels of engagement and the use of enjoyable and challenging learning experiences that are constructed around students’ interests, learning styles, and preferred modes of expression.

All grade 6 and 8 students spend one period per week (Friday period 6) in a self-selected cluster based on their strengths and interests. Students are asked to read the descriptions of all clusters and select their top choices.  Students will be placed in clusters on a first come, first serve basis.  

Anime and Manga

On a scale of 1-10, how much do you enjoy anime and manga?  If your answer is OVER 9000, then Toonami in every Friday as we immerse ourselves into the lives of heroes, villains, and the adventurous journey that awaits.

Interested in learning a new sport? Do you like tennis? Badminton is very similar! Join Badminton to get some exercise and learn this fun backyard game!


Do you like playing or watching baseball? Join us in our discussions about our favorite teams, favorite players, and favorite stadiums! We will analyze different plays and coaching strategies, as well as look at some of America's greatest past time's most amazing moments.

Basic Spanish

This basic Spanish class offers short lessons that cover the fundamentals of the Spanish language in the present tense and the most common Spanish words and phrases.


Board Games and Cards

Are you good at life? Do you want to be a real estate mogul? How about a detective? Do you know a lot about pop culture? Do you play cards? If you answered yes to any of these questions or are interested in learning a new game come  join us in playing "The Game of Life", "Monopoly", "Clue", "Trivial Pursuit" and many other fun and challenging board/card games. Get ready for some friendly competition and possibly learn some fun new facts in the process. 


Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. Each player begins with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each piece type moves differently, with the most powerful being the queen and the least powerful the pawn. The objective is to checkmate the opponent's king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. To this end, a player's pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent's pieces, while supporting each other. 

Want to play chess? Don’t know how? Sign up!

Do you already know how to play chess and want to increase your skill level? Sign up!


You will begin by learning the fundamentals of database design and programming. Next, you will learn Structured Query Language (SQL), and generate reports using SQL. Once you have mastered SQL, you will be able to create a database of your own choosing and generate reports. Suggestions for your own database include stock market analysis, sports statistical analysis, and statistics related to history, science, fashion and film.



Looking for an activity to get your mind off everyday worries? Crochet is a perfect activity to unwind after a long school week. Learn the basics of crochet. Then, we will learn to make amigurumi plushies (crochet in the round).

Crossword Puzzles

Do you like trivia, puzzles and teamwork? Join the Crossword SEM class!! Each week we will try to work on and complete one or more crossword puzzles from various sources around the nation!

You will need a pencil with a good eraser for this SEM Class.

Fitness for All
Make sure those shoes are tied nice and tight! Take a break from the screen and join us for some physical activities and a chance to move those feet. Bring back that competitive side in you to challenge friends and other students in sports and other games.


Flight Simulators
The flight simulators along with appropriate charts and our flight computers give students opportunities to plan and execute flight plans with different aircraft and complete planned trips from takeoff to landing.


Friendship Bracelets
Would you like to share something special with your friends? We will be dedicating time to creating friendship bracelets in different colors and styles! Your finished product could be a great gift, and can show the special bonds you have with your friends!

History of Rock and Roll

Do you love music? Would you like to learn more about Rock and Roll? We will be listening to different rock and roll music throughout the decades, and will be talking about it. We will be discussing topics such as musicians, instruments, and influences.

History of the NBA

Join us to learn more about the NBA from a life-long fan! We will be discussing the NBA from its founding up to present day. We will discuss famous players and coaches, different strategies, and important plays that helped these teams!

How to Graffiti Style Font

Do you ever try to doodle your name or a certain word, and make it look awesome? In this course, you will acquire the skills needed to create a three-dimensional font, straight letter font, block letter font, bubble font, and more. We will practice color combination and blending techniques, to really give your letters pop. You will also learn how to create special effects for your fonts such as shiny light reflections, drips, shadows, and more! 

Italian Language and Culture

Beginner Italian will focus on communicative skills of listening and speaking comprehension. Students will learn high frequency vocabulary, basic constructions and common phrases. Additionally, students will explore Italian culture; and be able to identify basic facts and traditions associated with Italy. 


Jazz Piano

Can you not survive without music? Does the enchanting sound of the piano touch your very soul? Are you passionate about jazz? Have you ever wondered when and where it began? AMERICA-The motherland of jazz has birthed a tremendous number of talented jazz musicians, composers and performers. No other country in the world can hold this claim. If you are interested in learning about the history and culture of jazz, as well as becoming a jazz performer. this cluster would be a perfect jump-start on your journey! You will learn the fundamentals of this complex style of music through famous jazz piano pieces by celebrated American composers and will learn to play them while grouped with peers according to your level. Possible surprise guests and class field trips will enrich your jazz introduction.

Korean Culture

Who’s the next KPop star? Do you like K-pops or Korean shows? Would you like to visit Korea one day? This would be more enjoyable if you know some basic language and culture. Come to the Korean Class on (Fridays)/once a week to learn more about the language and culture. In the program, you will be involved in various activities, including Korean calligraphy, dance, food preparation (and tasting!) and lots more. You may also have a chance to participate in a cultural program run by a Korean community. Be active, take the challenge, get into the action!


Literary Magazine

Writers Welcome!  Join your fellow students on a writing adventure.  Original stories, poems, news articles, and any other ideas you would like to see published in our school magazine are encouraged.  Let the creativity flow!

Magic: The Gathering

What is Magic: The Gathering? ​

Each game of Magic represents a battle between wizards known as planeswalkers (the players) who cast spells, use artifacts, and summon creatures as depicted on individual cards in order to defeat their opponents. You can think of it as a cross between chess and playing-card games. Magic shares some similarities with chess, but also features some very key differences. Both are one-on-one (or team based) strategy games; at its simplest level, your creatures are you chess pieces and your spells are simply one extra layer of support for them. Both games require strategic thinking, long-term planning, and an eye for advantageous openings. However, in chess, the whole game is laid out clearly on the table, where in Magic

there is uncertainty.


 Marvel vs. DC

Want to learn more about your favorite superheroes? Join Marvel vs DC to enjoy clips and discussions about the Marvel and DC Universes. Help us to make an argument on whether Marvel heroes are better or DC.

Math Games

Have a blast practicing math skills with some of your favorite games! You will be provided with opportunities to practice with manipulatives to demonstrate operations and thinking in a visual and physical fashion. From Mancala, Connect 4, Adsumudi  and 24 Math, these hands on games use logic and reasoning to help you think critically, identify patterns and create useful strategies.  

Math Puzzles

Do you like puzzles, riddles, and math? Do you like challenges? Every week you will receive a riddle and various puzzles such as Sudoku, Hitori, match puzzle, KenKen, Kakuro, and others.

Movie Critics

Movie critics evaluate and rate movies and share their critiques in print and broadcast media. If you're thinking about a career as a movie critic this is the SEM for you. We will watch many different films ranging from classic to modern and review them in a blog style format.

Movie Literary Analysis

We will be watching movies and discussing how each film:
-develops characters (actions and dialogue)
-uses plot devices (conflict and tension)
-creates setting for context (time, place)
-expresses theme(s)
-reviewing and judging the film’s effectiveness in accomplishing these elements

Peace Studies

What does it mean to have peace at home or school and how do we create peace at home or in your school community? What does it mean to be a peaceful person? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Mahatma Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Linus Pauling, Rigoberta Menchu and Malala are the names of people were or are advocates for human rights and peace. What are their stories? What can we do as individuals to contribute to peace in our lives and the global community? Who are the leading thinkers today in peace studies?

In this class we will take time to study these topics through dialogue, written word, and music.


Students will be able to chronicle important events and special moments in their lives spent with family and friends. Each week students will work on themed pages that will accumulate into a memorable keepsake scrapbook.


Join sewing to learn about designing appliques and sewing beads on material for applying to clothes, hair scrunchies, and hair bands.

Sports History

Learn about sports history, trivia, and current news regarding the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and Soccer. We will also have discussions in a podcast format, discuss sports in 2021, and have a game show format with trivia!




Interested in engineering? Do you like building and creating things? If you love science and math,  join us for STEM, which focuses on different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! 

Tattoo Art

Think tattoos are cool? There’s actually a lot more than meets the eye! In Tattoo Art, not only will we be designing tattoos, but learning about the deep-rooted historical, cultural, and personal significance of tattoos, one the world’s oldest traditions.


Do you enjoy seeing Broadway plays? Do you have favorite TV shows or actors? Learn some of the basics of acting! We will play improv games and learn about play acting.


Want to get some exercise and have fun at the same time? Do you like being part of a team? Join Volleyball to learn how to set, serve, and spike! Volleyball is perfect for indoors and at the beach.

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