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    7th and 8th grade Electives

    These are year-long options.

     

    Art 7:  (Available grade 7)

    This trimester long course covers the process of making classic art studio projects and allows students to transfer them online with three powerful graphic design tools using YouiDraw. Students will be allowed to explore visual design to draw, paint, and create logos online as well as using traditional tools for creating original art such as pencils and tempera paints. Students will study the lives of artists throughout art history. This course will also cover the fundamentals of design such as balance, color, proportion, texture, and space.
     
    Broadcast (Homeroom only- 7/8 grades)

    The Los Coches Creek Middle School (LCC) Broadcast program is responsible for producing and publishing a daily news Broadcast that is upload to a YouTube channel for all of the students and staff of LCC, this is a publicly viewable channel as well. The students that participate in the program learn a variety of skills related to news broadcasting including; news research, teamwork, public speaking, video production, video technical equipment usage, and a range of other skills. Students must apply in late May for the next year's Broadcast class. Please email to karanfils@cajonvalley.net for questions.

    Beginning Band: ​Yearlong (Available Grades 6 and 7)

    Band class is a wonderful opportunity to learn to read music, play an instrument and perform for an audience. This class is open to students who have limited experience with music, as well as those who know nothing about music. All you really need is to have an interest in playing an instrument.

    Robotics:  (Available grade 7)

    The objective of this course is to introduce students to basic programming and problem solving strategies as they​ assemble, program, maintain, and repair robotic devices.
      

    Concert Band: Yearlong (Available Grades 7 and 8) Prerequisites:​ ​Completion of Beginning Band, or with audition, at least one year of instrumental lessons.

    Concert Band is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn music theory, improve their ability to learn to read music, play an instrument, and perform for an audience. This is a yearlong class for brass, woodwind, and percussion musicians who have at least one year of instrumental lessons or have completed the beginning band class.

    Coding 1 (Computer Science 1) 

    Students in full-year Computer Science 1 class will be introduced to computer science as a vehicle for problem-solving, communication, personal expression. Students will be encouraged to see where computer science exits around them and how they can engage with it as a tool for exploration and expression. They will learn to create websites using HTML and CSS, develop animations and games by using JavaScript.

    Coding 2 (Computer Science 2)

    The full-year Computer Science 2 includes JavaScript programming language to explore the relationship between hardware and software with Adafruit Circuit Playground, and learn sophisticated computer programming advancing upon students previous knowledge gained in Computer Science 1 class. They will also explore problems that help develop understanding of and sensitivity to the use of three-dimensional design fundamentals by using Sketchup which allows users to imagine anything and then design it in minutes.

    In this course students will learn a variety of skills centered on computer programming and fundamental software engineering applications. A globally responsible approach is part of the core values taught in the course. These global responsibility elements include social media etiquette and responsible use, energy efficient technology approaches, and environmental respect. The courses have many individual, partner, and group learning activities that encourage many different aspects of the student’s development and prepare the students for more enhanced subject matter and computer science disciplines.

    The full year Advanced Computer Science includes;

    • Advanced website development where students will be creating dynamic websites
    • Introduction to database programming including SQL querying and database management
    • Sophisticated computer programming advancing upon students previous knowledge gained in the 7th grade Intermediate Computer Science classes.

    Advanced Robotics​: Yearlong (Available Grades 7 and 8)

    The objective of this course is to expand upon students’ programming and problem solving skills as they work in teams to ​assemble, program, maintain, and repair robotic devices. It includes instruction in the history and development of robotic devices; the types of robotic devices used in industry and their component makeup; computer control systems and robot computer language programming as well as troubleshooting techniques​. Students will work in teams to design, build, and program robots developing a clear understanding of motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, decision-making, timing sequences, and propulsion systems.

    *ASB (Associated Student Body):​ Yearlong (Available Grades 7 and 8) Prerequisites:​ Must apply and have teacher approval.

    Description:​ In this class students will organize and implement school-wide leadership activities that support student development as Globally Responsible Citizens including school and community service projects. In addition, they will sponsor activities such as dances, assemblies, spirit days, and Friday lunch activities, intended to build a cohesive, enjoyable learning community. Students will develop skills in leadership, writing, speaking, organization, and responsibility. Students are expected to serve as model for other students and maintain at least average grades in both academics and citizenship in order to participate in the class. Four 7th and 8th grade members of this class will serve as ​Student Council Officers​. The leadership class is a year-long elective.​ (Entry into ASB is by letter of interest and interview process.)

    *Yearbook: Yearlong (Available Grades 7 and 8) Prerequisites:​ Must apply and have teacher approval. GPA of 3.0 or above.

    This course is responsible for documenting the student body and events of their school lives. Using online design, students create a quality journalistic yearbook. Students will learn skills such as interviewing, photography and caption writing.

    S​tudents are asked to participate in LCCs events from behind the lens of the camera or journalism pad​. This course provides the further study of and practice in gathering and analyzing information, interviewing, and photography for the purpose of writing, editing and publishing the school's yearbook. ​This class emphasizes team work, where students are expected to work collaboratively, learning the process of publishing a yearbook and school newsletters with accuracy, effective photography, design layout, fair and equal student representation, successful advertising, professional communication skills and time management. A web-based yearbook program is utilized to create and design portions of the yearbook, along with Publisher to create newsletters. Students will also learn important advertising techniques to help promote yearbook sponsorship and sales.

     

    *Sports Leadership: Yearlong (Available Grades 7 and 8) Prerequisites:​ Must apply in Counseling Office and maintain B or above in citizenship across all classes and GPA of 2.0 or higher.

    If you like to be outside and in charge, this is the elective for you. Sports Leadership organizes the lunch games; runs lunch time tournaments, and are able to have a classroom without walls.

     

    Robotics:  (Available Grade 8) 

    The objective of this course is to introduce students to basic programming and problem solving strategies as they​ assemble, program, maintain, and repair robotic devices. 
     

    iArt 8: ​Wheel (Available in Grade 8)

     This course covers the process of making classic art studio projects and allows students to transfer them online with three powerful graphic design tools using YouiDraw. Students will be allowed to explore visual design to draw, paint, and create logos online as well as using traditional tools for creating original art such as pencils and tempera paints. Students will study the lives of artists throughout art history. This course will also cover the fundamentals of design such as balance, color, proportion, texture, and space.  

     

    Drama: (7/8)

    This class will learn how to tell stories through dialogue, characters, dance, music, sets, and costumes. They will put on a musical production in the Spring.  Participation in the Spring production is a mandatory piece of the class.