8th Grade

Registration Steps

  1. Fill out the blue registration form
  2. Log into the Power School
  3. Click Class Registration on the left
  4. Complete the form (There are descriptions of the classes below)
  5. Please return the blue for and any applications to your advisor

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Required Courses

  • Language Arts 8
  • Integrated Science 8
  • US History
  • 8th Grade Mathematics
  • Student Advisory
  • Physical Education or Weights
  • Digital Literacy

Fine Art Electives (Must take one of the following)

Art Foundations I

  • Students will create works of art by experiencing a variety of art mediums and by learning basic art elements and principles. Studies will include Drawing, Cultural Art, Careers and Contests. Fees: $15 Credit 0.5

Art Foundations 2D

  • Open to students who successfully passed Art Foundations I. Art Foundations 2D is a continuation of Art Foundations I. This class will be more challenging and will explore the elements and principles of art through new projects. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of art mediums, art styles and art history. They will get a chance to try exciting new media such as mosaic, painting, and ceramics.  Fees: $15 Credit 0.5

Art Foundations 3D

  • Open to students who successfully passed Art Foundations I. Art Foundations 3D will focus on 3 dimensional art through the use of multiple mediums. Students will get to try their hand at sculpture forms including paper, wire, found objects, ceramics, paper mache, and many more. This is a great class for students to explore new art forms.  Fees: $15 Credit 0.5

Chorus I-Mixed (Year or semester)

  • This course is an introduction to vocal music at the middle school level. Vocal techniques and music reading are emphasized, and students are given the opportunity to explore various musical sources and styles. Students will have some performance opportunities. Credit 0.5 or 1.0

Musical Theatre

  • Students will become familiar with drama, theatrical art and design, music and dance. Students will learn some basic history of each area and will do projects in each area of focus. Much of this class will be production based. Participation is very important for those wishing to enroll in performing arts Fees: $15 Credit 0.5

Theatre Foundations

  • This class develops the student as participant, listener, observer and critique. By having students create characters and learn to respond through improvisation to new situations and genres of theatre. All students are required to perform and participate with all assignments. The four main elements of theatre (audience, script, performer, technical) will be touched on. Fees: $15 Credit 0.5

Band (Warrior, JV, Concert or Symphonic)

  • Band students have fun learning how to play a band instrument while building self-discipline, teamwork skills, and self-esteem through individual and group rehearsal settings. Band students are able to progress at their own pace based on their individual work ethics. All band students are placed in appropriate band classes based on their ability to reach predetermined levels of proficiency. It is expected that students registering for band will remain in the class for the duration of the school year. Band students will have at least one required evening performance per quarter. Fee: No fees. Students are, however, expected to provide their own band instrument for the class. The school has a few older used instruments reserved for students who qualify for fee-waivers. All band students will be required to purchase a technique book for their particular band class ($10) Credit 1.0

Orchestra (Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced)

  • Audition with instructor is required. Orchestras are ensemble classes with limited individual instruction and maximum group instruction. Students will study string techniques, note reading, scales, tuning, theory ear-training and music history. Students will play a variety of orchestra music and perform in several concerts throughout the year. Fees: Students are required to have their own instrument. A limited number of cellos and basses are available from the district for rent. Violins and violas are not offered for rent; it is expected that students rent these instruments from local music stores. Orchestra shirts are required as part of concert dress. Credit 1.0

Other Electives

Chinese

  • An introduction to Chinese language and culture. This class is taught through a partnership with SUU Confucius Institute. This is a good basic introduction for Chinese in the high school setting. Credit 1.0

Spanish

  • Students will learn to speak, understand, read and write basic Spanish. Students will be introduced to the cultures of several countries in which Spanish is spoken. Spanish is learned through speaking, reading, writing, singing, dancing, etc. Credit 0.5

Creative Coding

  • This course is designed to introduce middle school students to basic computer science and basic programming.  In this course they will use HTML and Java Script along with other coding formats to create Websites, projects, animations, simple games, and more.  Students will be expected to use problem solving skills, collaboration with other students, and share their projects with the class. This is a Web-based class and students will be able to work on much of the content at home as well as school. Credit 0.5

American Sign Language

  • This is a beginning course, teaching students the basics of American Sign Language within a cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic expressive and receptive skills. Credit 0.5

8th Grade Elective Physical Education

  • An advanced PE course that focuses on conditioning and endurance as well as understanding skills to keep you healthy throughout life. Weekly schedule includes a lesson out of the Fitness For Life in Middle School textbook, weightlifting, crossfit, and HIIT-high intensity interval training. Credit 0.5

STEM Concepts

  • A computer module hands on based class under the direction of a certified teacher that focuses on technology and engineering careers. Examples of some of the modules are wiring, building a bridge, automotive and EMT.  Credit 0.5

Tech I

  • Exploring Technology is an action-based course to introduce students to agriculture, energy and power, transportation, manufacturing and construction. There will be a variety of activities for each area. We build several small projects in the shop after a safety unit is completed. Students will be able to take home each project. Fees: $15 Credit 0.5

Tech II

  • Technology I is required before taking Technology II. Technology II will reinforce and expand the principles taught in Technology I. Students will have an opportunity to complete more in-depth woodworking and metalworking projects. (This is the class for creating longboards, for the students that desire to.) Fees: $15 Credit 0.5

FACS Exploration

  • This course provides students the opportunity to develop essential skills in the various areas related to Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS). Students will explore and cultivate skills in food and nutrition sciences, childcare, interior design, clothing and textile construction, fashion design, entrepreneurship, family relationships, personal responsibility, and career and job-related tasks.  Fees: $15 Credit 0.5

Journalism (Poetry)

  • This  semester class focuses on the craft of poetry. It will cover poetry form and analyses. Students will  write and analyze poetry and read the work of established poets. We will publish a poem portfolio/journal  at the end of the semester. Credit 0.5

Humanities/Autobiography

  • This year-long course is designed to develop a personal history based on life experiences which will turn into a fifteen chapter “Autobiography” with a hard-cover book-binding. We will also study fairy tales, folklore, fables, myths, legends to discover where tradition and cultural practices may have started.  Because it is NOT an introductory writing class, this rigorous academic experience is intended for students who are ambitious, intellectually curious, highly self-motivated, and proficient in the writing process. Project emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, intensive writing, inquiry, and research processes.  Level of Challenge: 3.5  on a 5-point scale with 5 being most difficult Credit: 1.0 

Creative Writing I

  • This is a semester class where we explore many different types of writing including the following:  short story, one-act play, poetry, character sketch, Porquoi, show don’t tell, sense of place, 6-word memoirs, free-write and much more. IF YOU DON’T LIKE TO WRITE, PLEASE DO NOT CHOOSE THIS CLASS. In order to be successful in this class, you must be reading at grade level or preferably higher, have a desire to write, and have an open mind to try new things in writing! We move quickly, so being able to keep up and turn assignments in on time is required. NOTE:  This is not an introductory writing class. You will need to be at a proficient writing level in order to complete this course. Credit 0.5

Peer Tutor

  • No N, or U in citizenship. Students will have an opportunity to work with students with disabilities. Students will assist in the process of these students developing the ability to learn essential life skills to function more effectively in the community. Credit 0.5

Office/Teacher Aide

  • Must have above a 3.0 GPA and no D, F, N, or U. Students will assist teachers of office staff with various assignments. Students may be assigned to specific teachers to tutoring students who need extra help in a specific class. Application required. Credit 0.5