Instrumental Music Course Descriptions:
6thGrade Band/Orchestra:This yearlong class is open to 6thgrade students who wish to continue playing their band/string instrument they started in 5thgrade. Students will continue to learn music concepts in a performance based ensemble setting. The 6thGrade band and string ensembles will perform 2 concerts, one in the winter and one in the spring.
Advanced Orchestra: This yearlong class is open to 7thand 8thgrade students who have a year or more of playing experience on their string instrument. Students will continue to learn music concepts in a performance based ensemble setting. The Advanced Orchestra will perform 4 concerts throughout the year as well as an adjudicated performance at the CMEA Orchestra festival.
Advanced Band: This yearlong class is open to 7thand 8thgrade students who have a year or more of playing experience on their band instrument. Students will continue to learn music concepts in a performance based ensemble setting. The Advanced Band will perform 4 concerts throughout the year as well as an adjudicated performance at the CMEA Band festival.
Technology Course Descriptions
Digital Media: This class creates the Friday Video and other productions throughout the trimester. It involves online collaboration, casting, scripting, visual, audio, editing, and production aspects of presentations. Students create productions to be used on campus and within the district.
This yearlong course provides opportunity for students to create the yearbook for the school. This involves taking and editing digital photos, designing pages using an online program, and individually and collaboratively creating a final product for the school.
How to purchase yearbooks:
- Purchase 2018-2019 yearbooks at Josten's Yearbook for $35 - CHEAPEST PRICE FOR THE YEAR
- 8th Grade parents/guardians/family members - may also purchase 8th grade "Celebration" ads at that website too!
Art Course Descriptions:
Intro to Art - This class is primarily for 6th graders. The students will learn the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. They will be exposed to different genres and art mediums.
3D Design - This class teaches the basics in design in three dimensional forms. The students will master technical skills while building upon creativity. Areas that will be covered are paper mache', ceramics, and the use of functional and non-functional forms.
Crafts - This class will focus on the creative process. Students will learn about the art and craft of various cultures while creating works of art. Examples are: weaving, paper quilling, and stitchery.
Art Survey - This class will focus on a variety of methods and processes in two and three dimension art forms. Students will combine art history with studio production.
Animation Course Description:
Rotoscoping/ animation allows students who are behind on their beginning animation and pixel classes, to get caught up; while allowing new students to learn a basic step in animation so they can create fun animations in a video like format.
Students learn correct posture and hand placement to build typing proficiency. The end of the trimester goals are as follows: 6th grade students, 30 wpm; 7th grade students, 35 wpm; and 8th grade students, 40 wpm. All students should be typing at 98% or higher accuracy.
This class is an introductory computer course that follows the California Common Core State Standards technology scope and sequence for each grade level. It includes using Google Classroom to communicate with each other and the teacher. Projects are individual and collaborative through Google Docs. During the trimester, students gain knowledge in basic computer skills, correct keyboarding skills, Excel spreadsheet calculations, Powerpoint presentations, and Digital Citizenship awareness.
Introduction to computer coding using anonline game that teaches programming in a real programming language called CoffeeScript. In the game, users control a monkey and help him catch bananas by writing lines of code. They learn to manipulate objects, function calls, arguments, loops, variables, arrays, for loops, function definitions, boolean conditions, until loops, if and if-else conditions, boolean operators, keyboard and mouse events.By the end of the trimester there is opportunity to design your own game.