Areas of Study

English

  • ENGLISH (7 & 8)
    Focus is on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as measured by the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. Each class studies the core literary and informational texts chosen. Reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language skills are taught through the texts studied. Students learn critical thinking and the academic English needed to be successful.

English Language Development

  • ENGLISH TRANSITIONAL (TR)
    The classes focus is on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as measured by the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. This class is an in depth study of literature, including novels, short stories, poems, and dramas. The class stresses listening, speaking, writing, spelling, grammar, and reading with an emphasis on critical, logical, and creative thinking.

    ENGLISH CORE REPLACEMENT (CR)
    Open to all middle school students who are concurrently enrolled in Language Arts Intensive) This year-long course addresses literacy and English language development to provide accelerated and extensive instruction that complements and supports reading/language arts instruction through the use of SDAIE strategies. 

    READ 180 
    (Open to students who are concurrently enrolled in an English Development class as an additional hour of English language support). This course offers an additional period of language support that emphasizes listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. Curriculum is set according to individual student needs.

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (ELD)
    This course is designed to teach the English language to non-native speakers. The goals are to increase the ability to communicate with native speakers, to function successfully in society, and to achieve fluency in oral and written expression as established in the State English Language Learner Standards.

     

     

     

Science

  • When appropriate, each of the following courses may be taught in the “Transitional” or “Sheltered” mode of instruction or in Spanish.

    SCIENCE 7
    Science 7 is aligned to the California State Content Standards. The areas of study for 7th grade science will include cells, genetics, evolution, human reproduction, and physical principles in living systems. The course will include hands-on activities, experimentation and investigation.

    SCIENCE 8
    Science 8 is aligned to the California Sate Content Standards. The areas of study for 8th grade science will include physics (forces, motion, density, and buoyancy), chemistry, and astronomy. The course will include hands-on activities, experimentation and investigation.

Exploratory and Electives

  • ACADEMIC TUTORIAL (7 & 8)

    AVID (7 & 8)
    Advancement Via Individual Determination The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program is a motivational and academic program with two major components: Student skills for lifelong learning and academic instruction. Students begin their preparation of skills needed to advance to college after high school. (Requires teacher approval)

    BUSINESS COMPUTER FOUNDATIONS
    Students learn basic computer skills, including keyboarding, software applications and internet literacy. Major concepts include:  Computer literacy  Networks and the Internet  Touch method of keyboarding  Word processing

    DRAMA (7 & 8)
    I.  This class is open to 
    II. This class is open to all students who have an interest to learn about theater. Emphasis is on pantomime, short scenes, vocal training and performance.

    JOURNALISM / YEARBOOK
    Students organize, writes articles, and distribute the school publications. (Teacher approval is needed to enroll in this class)

    LEADERSHIP
    Leadership provides academic, practical and lifelong skills such as initiative, cooperation, public speaking, and accounting. Students learn to plan, organize and maintain an effective co-curricular program designed to actively involve the school/community. It promotes communication between administrators, faculty and students. Emphasis is on individual responsibility, performance, and student input. (Teacher approval needed to enroll in this class)

    OFFICE AIDE (8)
    An elective for students who have demonstrated superior citizenship and above average academic progress. Aides in the office have many opportunities to develop responsibility and leadership. Practice in recordkeeping and other routine office procedures are provided.

    TEACHER AIDE (8)
    Duties may include helping teachers with assigned class work, giving make-up tests, individual or small group drill, reading to one or more students, or giving help in special skill areas. The position is one of responsibility. The aide is required to set an example to the class through good citizenship and willingness to contribute to the welfare of all students. (Students are expected to show responsibility by remaining with this elective)

    BEGINNING BAND (Year) (W - 7 & 8)
    If a student has never played a band instrument, but would like to learn, this is the class. Students will learn to play an instrument; learn the fundamentals of music; and take part in performances through an ensemble experience. As a performing group, some attendance is required outside of school hours for concerts. Schools instruments are available, but students are encouraged to provide his/her own instrument to facilitate in home practice. Instruments include flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, baritone, trombone, tube, and percussion.

    ADVANCED BAND (Year) (W - 7 & 8)
    This class is open to students who have successfully completed at least one year of instruction on a band instrument (or two years of piano instruction). Placement is by teacher approval. Students develop proficiency in phrasing, articulation, and musicianship. As a performing group, some attendance is required outside of school hours for concerts. School instruments are available, but students are encouraged to provide his/her own to facilitate home practice.

    CHORUS (Year) (H, W - 7 & 8)
    If a student likes to sing or would like to learn how to sing, he/she should enroll in Chorus. Students will learn the basics of good vocal sound, breathe support, and note reading. As a performing group, some attendance is required outside of school hours for concerts. Chorus includes high, medium, and low voices.

    GUITAR (H, W – 7 & 8)
    Semester – Exploratory Program This course offers beginning techniques on guitar. Strum technique and basic chord progressions are taught. Also included are practices in music and work in ensembles. Performance at the Winter OR Spring concert are required.

    MUSIC APPRECIATION (W – 7 & 8)
    Semester – Exploratory Program This course has the students learn about different types of music. Students will be introduced to the components that make up music and be able to identify those components in different styles and eras. The students’ enjoyment of music  will be enhanced through listening, discussion, and demonstration of classical, jazz, and rock music. 

    SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSES
    (Open to qualifying 7th and 8th graders) Classes for children with exceptional needs are available to students for whom an Individualized Education Program (I.E.P) has been written. Students who qualify for placement may be scheduled into either a Special Day Class Program or a Resource Specialist Program following appropriate Individualized Education Program Team action. Emphasis is placed on transitioning students into regular education classes and preparing for high school.

     

Mathematics

  • COMMON CORE MATH 7
    All grade 7 students will transition to the Integrated Math program in alignment with the Common Core State Standards. The entry point is the Common Core Math (CC7) course that will prepare students for the progression towards college and career readiness in mathematics. The CC7 course will integrate the 8 Mathematical Practices within the following areas: ratios and proportional relationships, the number system, expressions and equations, geometry and statistics and probability.

    COMMON CORE MATH 8 
    This second course in the Integrated Common Core middle school sequence will build on mastery of the following CC7 course concepts: the number system, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics and probability. This course will also introduce students to functions for the first time. Throughout the course students will continue to apply the 8 Mathematical Practices.

Social Studies

  • When appropriate, each of the following courses may be taught in the “Transitional” or “Sheltered” mode of instruction or in Spanish.

    SOCIAL STUDIES 7
    World History/Geography Students study World History and Geography from the fall of the Roman Empire through the 18th century (the Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment, and the Age of Reason), including the study of world religions and the history of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. An emphasis is placed on historical and social science analysis skills as well as geographic literacy.

    SOCIAL STUDIES 8
    United Stated History This course includes a study from the framing of the Constitution up to the transformation of American in response to the Industrial Revolution. This course includes a brief review of the American Revolution. Students will develop geographic literacy and study the impact of history on today's world.

Physical Education

  • Physical Education is an integral part of the school’s educational program and is required for all students.

    HEALTH
    Health encourages the development of self-awareness, life skills and prevention practices. Students examine the ever-changing relationships of physical, mental, emotional, and social forces that affect their growth to maturity. Subjects included: Personal Health; Family Life Health; Nutrition; Drug, Alcohol, Tobacco Prevention; Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD’s), HIV/Aids Prevention; Safety and First Aid.

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION 7
    In 7th grade, the content standards emphasize meeting challenges and making decisions. The focus of this course is the application of movement skills and knowledge to individual and dual physical activities; the assessment and maintenance of physical fitness to improve health and performance.

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION 8
    In 8th grade, the content standards emphasize working as a team to solve problems. The focus of this course is the application of movement skills and knowledge (including defensive and offensive strategies) to team physical activities. 

    PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST
    All 7th grade students are required by state mandate to take the California Physical Fitness test, a criterion-referenced test, which measures the student’s progress toward achieving the Healthy Fitness Zone in the five components of health-related fitness: cardiorespiratory endurance; muscular strength; muscular endurance; flexibility; and body composition.