Students have 4 Exploratory classes per year on a 9-week rotation. For further information on your student's current Exploratory, please use the Canvas link on the left. To check current grades for your student, please use the PowerSchool link.


Mrs. Novak’s Visual and Graphic Arts curriculum involves cultural connections, exposure to different ideas, and visually communicating ideas through diverse media.  In this class, students will focus on openness in trying new art materials, methods and approaches to making works of art and design. They will explore concepts of design, manipulate media in both 2-D and 3-D. In addition, classes will utilize Adobe Photoshop Elements on the computer to appropriate imagery lawfully and creatively. 

TaftArtpage  Examples of student work can be found here. 

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Computer Science

Computer Science is a nine week exploratory class for all CRCSD students at the middle school level. Students in this class will learn to utilize computer applications to enhance their learning and production. Specific computer applications include keyboarding, word-processing, presentation, spreadsheet, database, web design, graphic design, image and video editing, modeling and animation, publishing, and critical thinking simulation software. These tools will enable all students to present and share knowledge in a digital environment. In addition to computer applications, students will learn online research techniques and explore their responsibilities in the social, ethical and cultural issues that accompany the privilege of online learning.

Engineering Technology/Project Lead the Way

Engineering Technology is an activity-oriented middle school curriculum program designed to help students in grades six through eight explore math, science, and technology. This curriculum makes math and science relevant for students. By engaging in hands on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life. This approach is called activities-based learning, project-based learning, and problem-based learning or APPB-learning. Activities are a method of instruction that involves directed teaching of a particular process or procedure. Activities engage students in learning skills that are later applied in more complex situations. Activities lead students to higher levels of learning. Project-based learning is a comprehensive approach to instruction that presents a project or relevant activity that enables students to synthesize knowledge and to individually resolve problems in a curricular context.

Wellness Consumer Science

Wellness is designed to establish, promote and support health-enhancing behaviors for students in grades 6, 7, 8.  A variety of concepts are taught in wellness class such as: self-esteem, decision-making, goal-setting, substances, nutrition, mental health, physical health, relationships/bullying, safety and human growth and development.