8th Grade Registration
Dear 8th graders & families,
It's your last year of middle school! We are looking forward to an amazing year of growing and learning together!
Information about course offerings and instructions for registration for the 2022-2023 school year will be presented to students during PE classes on April 5, 2022. Information will also be provided in a recorded video format for review with families at home. Review the elective course offerings below, then complete the registration form. If you have any questions, or if you need any assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in education,
Ms. Luz Lozano
All students are required to take the following courses:
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8th grade students are required to take one (1) elective course. Some students may be eligible to take zero period in order to make room for an additional elective, but space is extremely limited and preference is given to students enrolling in application or audition based courses.
Explore the descriptions and links below for more information about 8th grade elective options!
This class is designed to support students with a grade point average between 2.0 and 3.5 to be more successful in their classes through study skills, critical thinking, note taking, and tutorials. This class is designed to challenge students to attempt more rigorous classes. There are required prerequisites for this course and student selection is already underway.
Students in this class will develop skills in basic journalistic techniques, photography, and layout. They will plan, design, and create a yearbook that represents all students from various grades and social groups, and that celebrates highlights from the school year. Application is required.
This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn motor skills, and techniques while building knowledge about exercise. Students will learn methodology for improving muscular strength and endurance, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning (cardiovascular endurance), and flexibility of the human body. Emphasis on these elements will provide students the knowledge needed to live a healthy life. This course will also expand and focus on the components of health-related fitness while building on existing knowledge of athletics. Students will learn through multiple instructional methods, including, but not limited to physical activity.
Refresh and continue to develop skills from your previous strings experience or try something new. Beginners are welcome! You will learn a variety of fun and challenging music and build your knowledge of improvisation, composition, music theory, music history, and world music. Individual growth and achievement will be encouraged through activities in rhythm recognition, scales, and ensemble skills with a focus on posture, tone, and bowing technique. Students will perform in at least three concerts with additional off-campus performances possibly at a theme park or festival. Orchestra is a great place to build friendships and connect with your school community.
Placement into Advanced Orchestra is by teacher approval and for string musicians with 3-5 years of experience. Intermediate Orchestra is best for beginners and those playing less than 3 years.
Peer tutors provide subject-area knowledge and serve as a model for students in the techniques, strategies, attitudes, and beliefs that successful learners employ as they acquire new knowledge, solve problems, and complete academic tasks. Peer Tutors should be responsible, trustworthy and reliable.
This is a year-long advanced studio course primarily for students who have previously taken Art 7. Since projects depend upon skills learned in Art 7, the units of study are focused on developing a student’s personal style and experimentation with new media and techniques. Topics include drawing, painting, sculpture, technology, and design. All lessons and projects adhere to the California State Visual and Performing Arts Standards for eighth grade.
Students enrolled in the ASB elective will participate in activities designed to encourage and empower them to lead by example. Throughout the course, students will think critically and work collaboratively with elected ASB Cabinet members to plan, implement, and evaluate campus activities for the betterment of the school community. The ASB elective is a service-based course with required participation in service projects in the school and community. This elective is a year-long course with eligibility requirements. Students must maintain satisfactory grades, citizenship, and attendance.
Golden Notes is Sandburg Middle School's Show Choir and is open to students of all ages and skill levels. In Golden Notes you will not only learn how to be a singer, performer, and dancer, but you will also develop a lifelong love of music. Golden Notes is a participation based class where students will learn to prepare and perform music from a variety of different genres, styles, and time periods. There will also be opportunities for students to compete in show choir competitions around Southern California as well as collaborations with students from Glendora High School's show choirs. Golden Notes is a place where you can feel free to be your authentic self without fear of judgement, and where you are encouraged to be the best version of yourself. Above all else, Golden Notes is a place for you to have fun making music with your friends! If you have any questions about Golden Notes, contact Mr.Davis (email@example.com).
Please note: for the 2022-2023 school year, Golden Notes will meet during zero period, allowing students to take two electives.
Teacher's Aide (T.A.)
Teacher’s Aide (T.A.) is a year-long elective for 8th grade students only. T.A.’s will be trained by the teacher for their role in the classroom. Students will develop their leadership skills while supporting their peers. T.A.’s should be responsible, trustworthy and reliable.
Office Aides interact with many members of the school community and therefore must be responsible, reliable, and respectful at all times. Office Aides assist office personnel by taking phone messages, taking out call slips, making copies on the copy machine, collating materials, filing, folding letters, stuffing envelopes for mail-outs, and any other job that arises. Strong communication skills are required for this position.
This foreign language course is a high school equivalent course, designed for non-native speakers. While the course is aligned with the Spanish I class at GHS, high school credit will not be awarded upon completion. Students signing up for this class will have a seven period day to accommodate Spanish and another elective. If a zero period day is scheduled, class will meet daily from 7:15 – 8:00 a.m., pending funding. Placement is based upon multiple measures including, but not limited to, English grade, GPA, state test scores, attendance, discipline, and teacher recommendation.
This year-long course will consist of students learning many components of graphic design, photography, and videography. Students will achieve moderate to mastery level of editing, manipulating, and creating original work with photo editing softwares, Vector, video editing software, and apps.
The Intermediate Band is made up primarily of 6th and 7th grade brass and woodwind players. Students have usually had one to two years of experience on their instruments and can demonstrate basic skills to keep up with their required learning activities.
The Advanced Band is made up of a selected number of brass and woodwind players who have had several years experience on their instruments and who have passed the audition and approval of the director. This class is designed to meet the needs of the more advanced musicians by teaching and implementing complex musical concepts. Students will be tested regularly, have a more active performance schedule, and are expected to practice more.
All students will be tested regularly, and will learn several music pieces for performances.
Library Aides assist the school librarian with the daily operations of the school library. This can include checking out materials, reshelving books, monitoring students' use of resources, and assisting teachers in finding materials.
Environmental Horticulture is the art and science of growing plants either edible or ornamental. This class is a hands-on experience in developing, building, planting, and maintaining the Spartan Garden, a 1/2 acre farm we are creating on campus. The instructor will present lessons on soil preparation, planting techniques, plant life cycles, the garden habitat, harvesting, composting, and farm-to-table nutrition. In addition to the scientific hands-on-experiences, students, under the direction of the instructor, will work as a collaborative team to draft proposals for potential financial grants and create digital marketing material to help promote the Spartan Garden and healthy eating throughout our community. Sample projects include various presentations, lunchtime and weekend workshops, a garden journal and monthly recipe cards.