Lakeridge Junior High Curriculum Guide 2018-2019

  • Lakeridge Junior High School
    4700 Jean Rd
    Lake Oswego, OR 97034

    Phone (503) 534-2343
    Fax (503) 534-2276
    http://ljh.loswego.k12.or.us
    Twitter: @LJHSLightning

    LAKE OSWEGO SCHOOL DISTRICT

Quick Reference Guide

  • Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Phone 503-534-2343
    Fax 503-534-2276 
    Attendance 503-534-2083

    Administration
    Kurt Schultz, Principal
    Jennie Knapp, Assistant Principal

    Counseling
    Callie Charon
    Emily Gillard
    Marcy Watts

    Support Staff
    Administrative Secretary: Jessica Easterly 
    Attendance & Bookkeeper: Susan Steger
    Secretary: Laura Gustaff

    Lake Oswego School District Office:
    503-534-2000

    Lake Oswego School District Special Services
    Patrick Tomblin, Director 503-534-2359

    LOSD Food Services
    Christie Hogan, Director 503-534-2104

    First Student Bus Transportation
    503-534-2332

    Data Processor
    Marian Kahler

    Athletic Coordinator
    Stephen Elske

Letter from Principal

  • Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

    Welcome to Lakeridge Junior High where our mission is to be a nurturing and safe learning community that embraces the uniqueness of middle school and challenges everyone to become thoughtful and respectful learners and citizens. In support of that mission, we are proud to offer a rigorous core academic program aligned to the Common Core State Standards enriched by numerous elective course choices. Electives include full-year music and world language programs and trimester-long courses in drama, world languages, science, technology, engineering, art, math, communication, writing, reading, and social studies. The courses in this catalog represent LJHS’s continuing commitment to a strong middle level program for all students. We ask that parents and children review the catalog together and make selections that best fit current and future interests, talents, and goals.

    Please note that in the initial stages of the forecasting process, there is no way of predicting which classes will fill to capacity and which classes may have to be cancelled due to insufficient interest. It is, therefore, extremely important that you and your child fill in all of the spaces provided on forecasting forms for class choices including all alternate selections as these may be the classes to which a student is assigned. Additionally, while we strive to place all students in their requested courses, the constraints of staffing and master schedule building sometimes limit the ability to offer sections of all courses listed at times that work in every student’s schedule. We are fortunate to have alternatives that are rigorous and engaging for students and are committed to crafting the best possible schedule for each student.

    If you have any questions about our forecasting process or these offerings, please call our counseling department at 503-534-2343.

    We look forward to an exciting school year together!

    Sincerely,
    Kurt Schultz
    Principal

Lakeridge Junior High

  • To All Students: Welcome to Lakeridge Junior High! We are excited that you are going to be a student here. We offer an instructional program that stresses academic achievement and growth through a variety of interesting classes. This curriculum guide has been prepared to assist you and your parents in planning your academic program. We hope that it will be helpful for you as you make your scheduling decisions.

    To All Parents: Lakeridge Junior High has developed a program that takes into consideration the transition from childhood to adolescence. In looking at the characteristics of middle-level students, we realize they are undergoing many intellectual, physical, social, and emotional changes at this time. Our program of instruction includes a specified program of required courses with elective options. We hope this curriculum guide will help you assist your child in making decisions about classes for the year.

    Lakeridge Junior High’s instructional program is primarily focused around the core subjects of Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math. All students are expected to take a required curriculum at each grade level. Students must also choose elective courses to complete their individual schedules.

Eighth Grade

Seventh Grade

Sixth Grade

Required and Elected Courses

  • Required Courses

    • Language Arts: 3 years
    • Social Studies: 3 years
    • Math: 3 years
    • Science: 3 years
    • Physical Education: 2 trimesters per year
    • Health: 1 trimester per year
    • Modern Communications: 1 trimester, 6th grade only

    Full Year Electives

    • French 1: 7th/8th Grade Only
    • French 2: 8th Grade Only
    • Spanish 1: 7th/8th Grade Only
    • Spanish 2: 8th Grade Only
    • Beginning Band
    • Intermediate Band
    • Advanced Band
    • Orchestra
    • Choir
    • Theatre Production: 8th Grade Only 

Sixth Grade Elective Options

  • Trimester-long                                               

    • Art Exploration                                               
    • Drama Exploration                                         
    • Music Exploration                                          
    • World Language Exploration                                                      
    • STEM Exploration

    Year-Long

    • Beginning Band
    • Intermediate Band
    • Orchestra
    • Sixth Grade Choir

    The Exploration electives are broken into five separate, high-interest courses. The five disciplines available for students to explore as they move through the course of the school year are Art, Drama, World Language, Music and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Each of these separate courses is designed to provide introductory insight and begin to hone future interest. Students taking band or orchestra will select their year-long music class, then be scheduled into two trimester courses to complete their schedules.

Trimester Elective Courses

  • Art Electives

    • 2 D Art
    • 3 D Art
    • Studio Art

    Language Arts

    • Advanced Writing
    • Publications

    Performing Arts/Music Electives

    • Advanced Theater
    • Drama
    • Guitar
    • Drumming
    • Stagecraft

    STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Electives

    • Architectural Design
    • Extreme Engineering
    • Robotics
    • Advanced Robotics
    • Science Myth Busters
    • Web Site Design
    • STEM 2

    Social Studies Electives

    • Civics / Contemporary Issues
    • Leadership
    • Psychology in Your Life
    • Speech and Debate

    World Language Electives

    • World Language Exploration

     

     

     

     

Required Courses

  • LANGUAGE ARTS - Full Year Required Course

    The English Language Arts curriculum is planned to reflect the specific needs and ability levels of all students, with each successive year building upon the program of the previous year. In meeting the personal challenges of growing up, students form insights from exploring the universal aspects of human experience through literature and self-discovery and refinement through writing. The following basic skills are developed and improved:

    • Reading
    • Critical thinking and comprehension
    • Literary analysis
    • Vocabulary and spelling
    • Grammar
    • Speaking
    • Writing- argumentative, narrative, explanatory/informative, creative, and reflective

    The study of English Language Arts includes both content (literature and language) and performance skills (reading, listening, thinking, writing, and speaking). Based upon the premise that performance skills are most effectively learned through an integrated instructional approach, our primary goals are to provide expert instruction in language and literature and to create a positive learning environment. All students are given the opportunity to achieve to their fullest potential in all areas of English Language Arts:

    • to read critically and perceptively
    • to listen with understanding and openness
    • to think critically and creatively
    • to write with clarity and confidence, and to speak precisely and effectively

    As students practice and apply language skills, they read a variety of literary pieces, including short stories, poems, novels, and plays, from which the writing work is derived. Writing lessons at all three levels include integrated grammatical study and use of techniques appropriate to mode, purpose, and audience.

Grade Six - Full Year Required Course

  • Language Arts Curricular Concepts

    Discovering culture and the separation from childhood are central themes of the 6th grade curriculum. Building listening, speaking, writing and academic discussion skills, while using evidence and reasons to defend our ideas are essential skills taught and practiced. Students build writing skills through the process of planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing.

Grade Seven - Full Year Required Course

  • Language Arts Curricular Concepts

    At grade seven, the central concepts are understanding oneself in adolescence, including the separation from childhood, with its loss of innocence and certainty and commensurate gain of understanding, perspective, and autonomy; the need to find personal acceptance from one’s peers; and the necessity of meeting the challenges presented by conflict and fear. In addition, students identify others’ perspectives and begin to recognize empathy, compassion, and tolerance through characters in literature and individuals in nonfiction texts. In addition to academic writing, students at grade seven also learn to craft figurative language through the writing of poetry.

Grade Eight - Full Year Required Course

  • Language Arts Curricular Concepts

    Eighth grade students form insights from exploring the universal aspects of human experience through literature and develop a self-understanding through writing. At 8th grade, the thematic concepts are derived from the egocentric self: meeting challenges; seeing others’ perspectives; developing empathy, compassion, and respect; and acknowledging and dealing with ambiguity.

Social Studies

  • Grade 6 – Full Year Required Course

    World History and Civilizations

    Sixth Grade Social Studies examines the origin and formation of early world civilizations. Studying these cultures provides an understanding of the lasting influence and impact these civilizations had on world development. As students learn about those who have come before them, they understand more about themselves in this modern age and their connections with past human activity. Throughout this course, students will recognize patterns and themes that connect our modern world to the past. This course will integrate geography, economics and financial literacy, civics and governement, and perspectives on current events. It includes the following instructional units:

    • Geography and Historical Thinking
    • Agricultural Revolution and Mesopotamia
    • Ancient Egypt
    • Financial Literacy and Economics
    • Ancient Greece
    • Age of Exploration
    • Canada
    • Latin America 

     

    Grade 7 – Full Year Required Course

    World Civilizations: Eastern Hemisphere

    Students will examine the historical impact of civilizations from ancient times through the Reformation in the Eastern Hemisphere. Throught this course, students will recognize patterns and themes that connect our modern world to the past. This course will integrate geography, economics, civics and government, and perspectives on current events. Major areas of study will include:

    • The Roman Empire
    • Middle Ages in Europe and the Byzantine Empire
    • Islamic Civilizations and the Culture and Kingdoms of Africa
    • Asian Civilizations
    • European Renaissance and the Reformation

     

    Grade 8 – Full Year Required Course

    United States History

    The 8th grade U. S. History course examines the development of our nation from the Revolutionary War to the industrialization of the American economy in the 1800’s. Major areas of study include:

    • The American Revolution
    • Formation of the Federal Government
    • The US Constitution
    • The Early American Republic
    • Westward Expansion
    • Development of North-South Divisions and Differences
    • Civil War and Reconstruction
    • Industrialization of the American Economy

    Economic, political, and cultural perspectives will provide different views of each period in American history. A focus is also placed on current events as students are encouraged to use their understanding of history and government to help them deliberate on contemporary issues.

Math Full Year Required Course

  • Math Course Placement:

    Students are placed in math classes commensurate with their ability and performance. Math placement decisions are based on a multi-faceted District process. Teachers compile information on study and work habits, grades, state test scores, and placement test scores, and then a placement recommendation is made. Every effort is made to assure that each student will learn as much as possible and find the most success with the math course in which he/she is placed.

    Math 6 – Full Year Course

    The Math 6 course addresses the mathematical needs of the middle grade student with a variety of learning styles through concrete and visual models. Topics to be covered include various models for all of the content strands (fractions & decimals, ratios, rates, statistics and introductory algebra). Students will experience real-life applications. Calculators will be integrated throughout the various strands when appropriate. This course is aligned with the 6th grade common core state standards for math.

    Math 7 – Full Year Course

    The Math 7 course addresses the mathematical needs of the middle grade student with a variety of learning styles through concrete and visual models. Topics to be covered include various models for all of the content strands (rational numbers & equations, proportions and probability, and middle school Geometry). Students will experience real-life applications. Basic calculators will be integrated throughout the various strands when appropriate. This course is aligned with 7th grade common core state standards for math.

    Compacted Math 7 – Full Year Course

    Prerequisite: Placement based on District screening process.

    This course is a fast-paced combination of Math 7 and key portions of 8th grade common core state standards, including Linear Equations and Geometry.

    Pre-Algebra – Full Year Course

    In this course, students will develop powerful skills for visualizing and interpreting the mathematical world. With their introduction to algebra, students will learn to better recognize and generalize patterns. This will improve their problem solving skills and efficiency. Essential “foundation skills” will be strengthened in order to prepare students for Algebra 1. Students will better appreciate how mathematics explains and allows for greater understanding of his or her world. Topics to be covered include linear equations, geometry, and functions and data. Scientific calculators will be integrated throughout the various strands when appropriate.

    Algebra 1 – Full Year Course

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Compacted Math 7, or Middle School Geometry course, or Pre-Algebra, as well as the District screening process.

    This course covers the remaining common core state standards for 8th grade, as well as high school level Algebra 1. The course covers the study of patterns and functions from pre-algebra while introducing the language and basic properties of algebra. Students will experience real-life applications of linear, quadratic, polynomial, and exponential functions and will be expected to solve equations and systems of linear equations. Connections between graphic, numerical, and symbolic representations of functions will be emphasized to build a conceptual understanding of algebra. Students will be introduced to graphing calculators, and data analysis will be used to study the various functions. Successful completion counts as one high school elective credit and is a prerequisite for high school Geometry.

    Geometry – Full Year Course

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra and recommendation of math teacher

    In this course, students will begin to truly appreciate the geometry that surrounds them each and every day, and in places they have yet to discover. Students will develop powerful skills for visualizing and interpreting the mathematics around them in a whole new light. Geometry will develop their reasoning skills in ways other math classes have yet to touch. Students will become stronger problem solvers because of their added knowledge and enhanced perception of the geometric world’s properties and principles. This course is aligned with high school Geometry common core state standards for math.

Math Course Progression Lakeridge Junior High and Lakeridge High School

  • Note: Math placements are based on ability not grade level. Students taking courses beyond Geometry while enrolled at LJHS may take some classes at the high school. Algebra 1 and Geometry are high school level classes and will appear on the high school transcript.

Science Full Year Required Course

  • Middle level Science plays an important role in the K-12 experience. Elementary school instruction deals with the process of science, such as observation and measurement. The high school setting emphasizes academic content and the product of science while to some extent encouraging specialization. The transition years at the middle level are vital to students as people and as science students.

    Students learn that scientists are problem solvers. In seeking solutions to problems, scientists employ scientific methods, which insure reliability and repeatability. This approach to science instruction dictates inquiry, a lab, and demonstration-oriented curriculum since science is doing. The middle level program includes a survey of the major science disciplines while promoting student awareness and an appreciation of the product of science.

    Grade 6 Science

    In 6th grade Science, students are introduced to the process of scientific inquiry and apply the process as they engage in lab experiences. The topics covered include ecology, weather, variables, environmental issues, watershed, landforms and soils. The science curriculum will feature an outdoor school experience.

    Grade 7 Science

    In 7th grade Science, students continue to strengthen their scientific inquiry skills while also applying those skills to problem solve. Engineering is a major focus as students explore the topics of forces and motion, evolution, and introduction to chemistry. Students also study geology and astronomy. 

    Grade 8 Science

    In 8th grade Science, students build on the skills and information established in grade seven. Topics include cells, human body systems, heredity, periodic table, atomic structure, energy, compounds, and measuring matter.

    9th Grade Biology Placement Information for Students and Families

    Are you wondering if an advanced science placement in high school is right for you? Curious about whether you meet the requirements? Read through this information to help you decide:

    All 8th grade students will be automatically placed in the 9th grade science class named Geological Science at Lakeridge High School and Lake Oswego High School.

    The Geological Science curriculum will be tested by the state in 11th grade. A biology student should have mastered the earth science material covered in their 7th grade course so that skipping this material should not greatly affect their state test score. They should also be comfortable studying earth science material on their own in preparation for the state test.

    It is recommended that students in biology have already completed algebra.

    The Biology class is a rigorous, challenging environment set at a demanding pace with a large amount of homework and difficult tests.

    Any student recommended for biology may choose to remain in Geological Science.

    Students that take biology as 9th graders have the option of taking more AP science classes for college credit during their junior and senior years than students that do not take biology as a 9th grader. Every student at Lakeridge High School has the option of taking specialized and advanced science classes their junior and senior year, but students that start with biology in 9th grade often have more opportunities for advanced classes before graduating.

Required Courses Continued

  • Physical Education

    Physical Education at the middle level integrates both the physical and social aspects of healthy living. The physical component emphasizes participation in a variety of activities that include both individual and team sports, as well as lifetime activities. Fitness concepts and activities are incorporated during all units of instruction. Attention is given to developing and polishing the fundamental skill sets within each activity prior to implementing their use in game situations. The development of positive social behaviors within small and large group settings is also an integral component of the program.

    Health

    Health at all levels includes a comprehensive age appropriate curriculum which focuses on wellness in the mental, social and physical aspects of health. Units of study will include positive mental health, healthy interpersonal relationships, and communication skills, problem-solving and decision-making skills. A significant part of each trimester will concentrate on physiological health, including the benefits of physical activity, harmful effects of environmental factors, unintentional injury prevention, tobacco prevention / awareness, and sexual health focusing on puberty, abstinence and HIV/AIDS prevention.

    MODERN COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Grade 6

    In this offering students will develop vocabulary, knowledge, and skills to use throughout their education and beyond. Essential learning and application activities from this course will form the foundation for future student work through high school and college.

    • Students will understand and use technologies to access and process information.
    • Students will understand technology systems, their influence, and their development.
    • Students will speak effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences.
    • Students will plan, design, and complete presentations with multiple components.

Year Long Electives

  • French 1 (7th/8th Grade Only) / Spanish 1 (7th/8th Grades)

    The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are introduced in this class. These language skills are taught in the context of basic French/Spanish grammar and syntax using a wide range of vocabulary. Daily activities include speaking and understanding the spoken language; writing simple sentences; reading and analyzing short, authentic texts; and practicing grammar through drills and embedded activities. Lessons on culture are taught in conjunction with each unit. Students earn high school credit for successful completion of a full-year language course.

    French 2/Spanish 2 (8th Grade Only)

    Students continue to increase their language skills by using the target language more in class. Students expand their vocabulary and ability to use different tenses. They improve their comprehension and speaking proficiency. Students continue to expand their understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. (Prerequisite: French 1 or Spanish 1)

    Beginning Band

    Beginning Band is comprised of mostly 6th graders but is available to any student who would like to learn a band instrument. This class is designed to teach the fundamentals of performing music including individual instrument methods, music-reading, basic music theory, culture and history. Students will perform several concerts throughout the year. Students will also have the opportunity to perform solos and in small ensembles.

    Intermediate Band

    Intermediate Band is open to 7th and 8th grade students with at least one year of playing experience. This class emphasizes the continued development of each student on his or her instrument. Students will broaden their understanding of music theory, culture and history, as well as practice performing more difficult music. Intermediate Band also includes a solo and/or small ensemble component, and performs several concerts throughout the year.

    Advanced Band

    Advanced Band is open to 7th and 8th grade students who demonstrate a high level of musicianship and responsibility. This class is designed to challenge students with an advanced repertoire in both large and small ensemble settings. Advanced Band performs several concerts throughout the year, including a possible concert band festival in the Portland area. They will advance in music theory and continue to learn about music of different styles, historical periods and cultural contexts.

    Orchestra

    Orchestra is open to students who have had previous experience playing the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. The orchestras rehearse and perform different styles of music while continuing to develop their skills on their instrument.  Home practice is expected of all members. Performance opportunities include concerts, the solo and small ensemble festival, a school tour.  Continue your musical journey with us next year!

    Choir

    Choir is designed for students who want to learn to sing. Students will develop confidence in their singing, while improving their individual voices and ability to sing well in a group. In addition, students will learn fundamentals of reading music. The choir will give one concert during the trimester. Choral experience and an audition are not required for this class; it is open to all interested students.

     

    Theatre Production

    Students in Theatre Production will learn the process of mounting a theatrical production from start to finish. In this course the students will act in and produce a one-act play each trimester. Production responsibilities will include scenery, costumes, props and stage management. Administrative aspects will consist of securing royalties, marketing and publicity, playbill design and house management. (Pre-Requisite: Drama) Class is for 8th graders only. 

Trimester Long Electives

  • Art Electives

    2-D Art

    Create, collaborate, and investigate! 2-D Art journeys into the visual elements along with drawing, painting, printmaking, fashion design, graphic design, cartooning, collage, calligraphy, and more. This creative class allows you to have a hands-on opportunity to make several works of art while learning about many different materials and methods. This class is fun, exciting, and will help you explore your creative side!

    3-D Art

    Get your hands dirty! 3-D Art dives into all things clay, crafts, and sculpture. In this class you will explore many sculpture and craft making techniques, as well as the amazing world of ceramics. You will learn the ceramic building methods of slab, pinch, coil, wheel, and glazing, along with trying out many forms of sculpture and earth art. This class is hands-on, exciting, and will help you to explore your creative side!

    Animation

    This course will introduce students to the history and current technology behind the art of animation. Students will learn to use state of the art computers software combined with traditional hand drawing techniques. Companies nationwide, including local companies like Laika Studios, Deep Sky and Bent Image Labs hire creative people with animation degrees in this highly competitive career field. (Prerequisite: 2D Art)

    Graphic Design

    Students will be introduced to the career of the Graphic Design profession through this introductory course. Industry standard skills such as typography, design, and color theory will be combined with both computer and traditional project creation. The typical duties of a graphic designer will be discussed, along with the history of and future direction of this career. Projects will reflect real life graphic design projects such as package design, print material posters and logo creation for example. (Prerequisite: 2D Art)

    Studio Art

    Take your art skills even further with this advanced level art class! This class combines both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art making processes. Art students will engage and explore drawing, illustration, graphic design, painting, ceramics, sculpture, crafts, and more. Art Studio is exciting and fun and will take your creativity to a whole new level! (Prerequisite:  2D or 3D Art, preferably both)

    Language Arts Electives

    Advanced Writing

    Advanced writing is an elective class designed to meet the needs and interests of students who love to write and have demonstrated above-average writing skills. Students have the opportunity to try new modes of writing, seek publication (if desired), and learn workshop skills.

    Publications

    Students will plan, organize, and produce the school yearbook as well as other school publications. Students will be responsible for designing pages, writing captions, and taking pictures. To be successful in this course, a student must have excellent writing skills. Word processing skills and desktop publishing knowledge are essential. Knowledge of digital photography is a plus. Students must be able to work independently.

    Performing Arts/Music Electives

    Drama

    This course is an introduction to the many aspects of acting and theater. Students will explore both performing and technical activities including: acting, character development, improvisation, theater history, performance, and mask making. This class promotes the appreciation of theater as an art form, and emphasizes creative and artistic expression.

    Advanced Theater

    Drama is highly recommended prior to this course. A continuation of concepts and skills introduced in Drama, this course will focus on theater production. Students have an opportunity to further develop acting and performance skills. Fundamentals of directing and theater history will also be explored. Projects include playwriting, set and costume design and construction. Students in this class put on a workshop performance of scenes or plays at the end of the term. (Prerequisite: Drama)

     Stagecraft

    This course is heavy in hands on learning as well as practical application of skills and set construction knowledge. In this class students will learn to work with wood, power tools and hand tools. Students will learn to paint, build and design a variety of set pieces. 

     Guitar

    Learn to play guitar! In this class we will learn many familiar songs, including melodies and chord accompaniment, using pick and finger style guitar techniques. We will also learn to read standard music notation with rhythms and chord symbols, along with some basic music theory. Students will perform beginner level guitar duets and quartets, and more advanced players will have the opportunity to continue to improve their skills and advance their musical knowledge and experience. *Each student needs to have his/her own guitar for this class.

    World Drumming

    In this course, students will learn techniques for and practice playing various drums and percussion instruments from diverse cultures. World Drumming is designed to help students create drum ensembles in the styles of different drumming traditions, improvise new drumming patterns, and create songs with percussion and other instruments. This class is for students who have fun creating and performing music, or who want to explore a new musical experience. No previous experience is necessary. Please note: This class does NOT teach drum set techniques for band.

    STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Electives

    Architecture Design

    Architecture Design students will develop an idea for a new structure and turn their ideas into a design using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. After refining their designs, students will build a 3-D model complete with textures and landscapes to bring their ideas to life. Students also gain an understanding of the history of architecture and study some outstanding local examples of quality design.

    Extreme Engineering

    Engineering is an elective class for the students who are fascinated by how things work, are built, tested, and are improved. Students will learn engineering fundamentals as well as how to analyze and apply mechanical engineering strategies. Just as scientists and engineers often work in teams, students will work together to design and create projects. Students will also be designing a prototype that will solve an everyday problem to be completed at home and presented at the end of the term.

    Robotics

    Students in this class will design and program robots. This hands-on class will provide students with an opportunity to learn about mechanical engineering principles and to build a robot using Mindstorm Lego Engineering Kits. They will identify tasks to be completed, build a robot to complete the task and program its software to get the desired behavior.

    Advanced Robotics

    Students need to have completed Robotics before entering this course. This course uses Lego Robotics to teach principles of programming. Students will build small robots and program them to perform specific tasks. Students in this class will already be familiar with the software and will continue to improve their robot programming skills. (Prerequisite: Robotics)

    Science Myth Busters

    Science Myth Busters is a rigorous academic class for students interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the scientific inquiry process. Students will choose areas of scientific interest around which to form hypotheses, design investigations, collect and present data, and analyze and interpret their results. This class consists of hands-on lab-based activities and Myth Busters clips and will culminate with an independent Final Lab busting or confirming a myth of their choice.

    Web Site Design

    Students in the Web Site Design class will learn to design, develop and publish their own web site. They will add text, graphics, photographs and special effects to pages to make them interesting and informative. Students will learn how to link pages together and to use navigation tools.

    Stem 2

    This course expands on what students experienced as sixth graders in STEM Exploration. This classs is a project-based, problem-solving, student-centered learning environment which incorporates personal relevance and intrinsic motivation; essential for higher-order thinking. This class provides a hands-on STEM project-based curriculum which is challenging and engaging with access to technology applying real-world skilss in an academic context. 

     

    Social Studies Electives

    Civics / Contemporary Issues

    In this course, students will participate in mock trials and build an understanding of the issues, events, and people that shape our global society. Topics include examining mass media, environmental concerns, recent major world events, and key contemporary debates and cultural trends. In addition to studying the law and mock trials, the course also focuses on debate of past and present public policy issues.  The goals of this class are to raise awareness of contemporary issues in the wider world, instill tolerance of others (including other countries and cultures) and tie together themes from multiple disciplines. 

    Leadership

    This class is designed for the student interested in developing leadership skills in a variety of practical school situations – with an emphasis on community involvement and service. Students will be required to complete community service outside of the classroom and prepare a written reflection about this experience. This class has academic and activity components, giving students the opportunity to develop skills in organization, communication, problem solving, and group process. Students should be dependable, industrious, responsible, and have an established record of good citizenship. Note: Leadership is NOT student government; it is a graded class.

    Psychology in Your Life

    Psychology in Your Life introduces students to the inner workings of the human mind. The course is designed to teach fundamental psychological theories primarily through a combination of reflection, discussion, and hands on participation in fun and engaging experiments, surveys, and projects. The topics studied include: Personality, the Brain, Adolescent Development, Sensation & Perception, Learning & Memory, Social Behavior, and Media. Each unit will focus on helping students understand how knowledge of themselves can facilitate positive change and personal growth.

    Speech and Debate

    Do you like to speak your mind? Win an argument? Research and discuss current events? Or do you simply want to improve your confidence in public speaking? This speech and debate course will offer a number of speech and debate activities that will get you researching engaging topics, thinking critically, working in groups, and speaking with eloquence and persuasion. You will never fear a class presentation again!

    World Language Electives

    World Language Exploration (WLE) – French and Spanish

    Students get an introduction to studying a second language. They will acquire basic vocabulary for talking about themselves and their families, food, travel, sports, and activities. The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) will be included.

World Language Progression

  • Note: World Language is not a pre-requisite to Spanish 1 or French 1.

    World Language Exploration (trimester), then:

    French 1 or Spanish 1, then:

    French 2 or Spanish 2

Student Support Services

  • Student support begins in the classroom and through partnerships between teachers and families. Sometimes students need more intervention than can be provided during regular class time. We use our advisory time on Thursday’s each week flexibly to address many of these needs along with contact time, and before and after school times.

    When these initial interventions are unsuccessful we have additional supports as well. The classes listed below are designed to provide students support in specific areas of academic concern as the need arises during their middle school career. A team made up of counselors, teachers, parents and administrators determine placement in these classes and students can move in and out of these classes based on mastery of skills or changes in an identified need for support. These classes are not open for forecasting. *Students, parents, teachers or counselors can initiate the discussion about placement in these classes as specific needs become apparent at any time throughout a school year.

    Academic Support Center

    Students are assigned to an academic support center class for an identified academic need. This is a class designed to teach students the strategies necessary to become successful and independent learners. Through direct instruction, guided practice within the class and the application of strategies in one or more core classes, students in this class will develop a set of skills which will enhance academic progress. Topics such as organization for success, test-preparation and test-taking skills, note-taking, and course-specific material will be taught and applied. The skills taught in this class are designed to supplement instruction on subject-specific studying and organization already included in core classes and in advisory.

    Math 180/Read 180

    Math 180 and Reading 180 are designed to address the needs of students who need extra help in mathematics and reading or who have gaps in their math or reading knowledge and skills by providing the additional instruction, time, and attention they need in order to successfully complete their regular grade-level math and language arts class. These courses are taught concurrently with a student’s regular math and language arts classes. These courses are highly recommended for students who do not meet state standards.