Course Descriptions

Course Of Study Catalog 2019-20

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Elective options for 2019-20

ADVANCED ART: (Grade 8)
**Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Exploring Art and/OR permission from the art instructor.

This year-long class will build on the student’s foundation in art and basic skills, allowing them to explore favorite mediums in depth. Students will expand upon the elements of art and the principles of design with continued exploration of art media and techniques such as drawing, painting, and ceramics. Students are expected to present their personal point of view and think critically about the process while creating unique works of art.  Recommended donation*: $75 for supplies for student projects which student will take home.

 

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA:  (Grade 7/8)
**Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Chamber Orchestra is by audition and/or Sierra Vista teacher approval. *There are three orchestras:  Concert, Symphonic, and Chamber.

Chamber Orchestra is a full-year elective for string students of the highest caliber.  Participation is available to students by audition or music director invitation, for those interested in performing and studying high school level music literature. Class activities include performing in three concerts, IUSD Honor Orchestra audition preparation, the Instrumental Music Festival, and a field trip to Disneyland. Performing in concerts is an integral part of the course.

 

CHORUS: (Grade 7/8)

Chorus is designed for students who have a desire to sing and participate in choral performance.  Choir students will learn to sing in a choral ensemble while improving competence in sight-singing, musicianship, and vocal skills.  A great deal of class time is spent on vocal/musical techniques and performance standards. These skills will be demonstrated in several mandatory performances throughout the school year.  Students will learn and perform a wide variety of high quality choral literature that is appropriate for middle school performers and that adheres to the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards.  Choir students are eligible and encouraged to audition for the IUSD Middle School Honor Chorus.

 

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: (Grade 7/8)

The functional communication program focuses on developing communication skills needed for success in school, work, and community settings. Class discussions, role playing, use of scripts, and solving daily problems. Continual improvement of communication skills in relation to peers, family, and the community will be focused on. An individualized program is developed based on each student’s individual needs and IEP goals and objectives.

 

CONCERT BAND:  (Grade 7/8)
*There are two bands: Concert and Symphonic

Concert Band is a full-year elective that offers instruction on piccolo, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba and percussion. This class is open to any student who wishes to begin a new instrument as well as to those who want to better their skills. There are three performances each year, the IUSD Band Spectacular, as well as potential field trips to the Instrumental Music Festival, and Disneyland. Performing in concerts is an integral part of the course. A limited number of school-owned instruments are available for use.

 

CONCERT ORCHESTRA:  (Grade 7/8)
*There are three orchestras:  Concert, Symphonic, and Chamber

Concert Orchestra is a full-year elective that offers instruction on violin, viola, cello, and string bass as well as a piano accompanist for performances. This class is open to any student who wishes to begin a new instrument, or for students who want to better their skills. There are three performances each year, as well as potential field trips to the Instrumental Music Festival, and Disneyland. Performing in concerts is an integral part of the course. A limited number of school-owned instruments are available for use.

 

DIRECTED STUDIES: (Grade 7/8)

This course is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction, offered to support general education curriculum. In this class, students review daily assignments, organize and prioritize assignments, clarify directions, study for tests, retake or finish tests, learn study skills and receive assistance with long term projects. This class is designed to support IEP goals in the areas of organization, study skills, homework completion, classwork completion or overall executive functioning deficits. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate.  

 

ELECTIVE WHEEL: (Grade 7/8)

This course is a full-year course in which students take the following three classes for one trimester each.   

  • ART: This trimester course is for students who would like to gain basic experience in art such as drawing , painting, and sculpture making. NO PREVIOUS ART EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Recommended donation*:$20 for supplies for student projects which student will take home. 

  • ROBOTICS: Students will develop their skills in computational thinking and problem solving, begin to become literate in multiple coding languages, and learn to program robotics and 3D printers to solve specific design challenges.

  • DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY:  Students will be instructed in the art and principles (lighting, framing, etc.) of digital photography and how to use original photography to tell a story or communicate a message.  Students will learn a variety of different software applications, including PhotoShop and PhotoStory. Special effects features of these programs will also be explored.  Students should be proficient in using computers, and have some experience with or interest in using photo editing and or publishing software.  This course requires that students are creative, work well in a self-directed classroom, and are able to meet established timelines for completion of work.

 

EXPLORE TECH: (Grade 7/8)

This course is a full-year course designed to expose students to a variety of emerging technologies with an emphasis on collaboration and innovative technology. Students will learn various coding languages, build and code various robots, and utilize CAD software to create and print designs on 3D printers.  Skills learned include to coding in multiple computer languages, building robots, and design and create objects with 3D printer. Extensive group work required.

 

EXPLORING ART: (Grade 7/8)

This course is a full-year course in which students learn the elements and principles of art and the basic skills and knowledge necessary to communicate in each art form, including clay work.  By experiencing various art activities, students will exercise their powers of observation, test their problem-solving skills, and use their creative imagination. This course is intended for students who enjoy art and wish to expand their artistic horizons by working with varied mediums and exploring the history of art and various artists. NO PREVIOUS ART EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Recommended donation*: $75 for supplies for student projects which student will take home.

 

FULL S.T.E.A.M. AHEAD: (Grade 7/8)

S-Science T-Technology E-Engineering A-Arts M- Math is a full-year course in which students work to reach a common goal.  Students will work collaboratively in groups to work on common goals associated with the focus each year. Some of the possible activities include: working with various types of media and techniques of art, performing engineering design challenges, creating web sites and videos, using digital photography, conducting hands-on lab activities and research projects. This year’s focus is on space and space travel.  All activities will be school and age appropriate. All activities will relate to the focus. We will be learning about the universe and beyond. We will discover what is required for life and where extraterrestrial life may exist. We will evaluate the surface of Mars, getting to Mars, habitats and vehicles on Mars, survival, food and nutrition on Mars, and many other topics. Students need to work well with other students.  Some work at home may be required. Recommended donation*: $150 includes all art and lab supplies required for the projects.

 

GUITAR:  (Grade 7/8)

This course is designed to teach the subject of music using the six-string classical guitar as the medium. It consists of students with varying abilities and experiences, including students who are beginners as well as repeating the course as advanced musicians.  The guitar class offers a comprehensive approach that will allow students to learn to read music; play solos and in ensembles; learn to apply music theory; develop self-discipline and a motivation to learn; and above all, gain a lifelong interest and participation in music.

 

LIFE SKILLS:  (Grade 7/8)

This course is a special education course whose purpose is to learn essential independent living skills, community safety skills and the ability to make healthy life choices.  Daily living skills, such as cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking and mobility training, social skills, self advocacy skills as well various recreation/leisure activities will be emphasized to improve each student’s quality of life.  

 

MUSICAL THEATRE:  (Grade 7/8)

This course is designed for students with developing to advanced skills in musical theatre.  This class will provide students the opportunity to explore acting exercises, movement for musical theatre, and vocal music.  A great deal of class time is spent on creative drama, solo/ensemble singing, and performance standards. These skills will be demonstrated in several mandatory performances throughout the year, including a major musical production in the spring.  Students will experience all aspects of musical theatre and acquire the necessary skills to succeed in the subject area according to the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards. A major component of this class is experiencing the concept of ensemble and emphasizing the roles of all performers as a whole, rather than star performances. Musical theatre students are eligible and encouraged to audition for the IUSD Middle School Honor Chorus.  

 

                                                          

PHOTOJOURNALISM: (Grade 7/8)
Prerequisite:  “B” or better in Language Arts and all “S’s” or “O’s” in citizenship, work habits, & effort in grade 6/7.  Grade 6 Teacher or Grade 7 Language Arts teacher signature is required.

This course is a full-year course which will provide instruction in the art and principles (lighting, framing, etc.) of digital photography and how to use original photography to tell a story or communicate a message. Students will learn different software applications, including Photo Shop and Studio Works.  Special effects features of these programs will also be explored. With the help of publishing software, students will use their photography and writing skills to create the design, layout and content of our annual yearbook. Students should be proficient in using computers, and have some experience with or interest in using photo editing and/or publishing software.  This course requires that students are creative, work well in a self-directed classroom, and are able to meet established timelines for completion of work. Recommended donation*: $10   

 

SCHOOL SUCCESS: (Grade 7/8)  
Prerequisite: Recommendation from grade-level School Counselor.

This course is a full-year study skills course for those students who require additional support in order to be successful at SVMS.  This class is comprised on 7th and 8th grade students and provides support with organization, study skills, test-taking, and assignment completion.

 

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD: (Grade 7 & 8)
Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation and passing score on the Science Olympiad Test.

Students will work together to prepare for the regional Science Olympiad competition in March. Science Olympiad is comprised of 23 different events including study events and building events. Following the Science Olympiad competition, all students will participate in advanced Science Workshop activities that are highly engaging and hands-on.   Recommended donation*:$90

 

SPANISH 1:  (Grade 8)
Prerequisite:  A passing grade in all core academic areas required.

This course is considered a first year, high school honors level course.  Students will study Spanish a high school pace through, reading, writing, listening and speaking. They will also explore the rich and varied Spanish cultures around the world. The course will be conducted in Spanish as much as possible. Students who complete this course successfully with a 80% or higher in all three trimesters and pass the End of Course Assessment with an 83% or higher will be recommended for Spanish 2 as freshman in high school. A minimum of two years is generally required for four-year college entrance and three years is highly recommended (for UC colleges).  
 

SYMPHONIC BAND:  (Grade 7/8)
**Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Symphonic Band is by audition and/or Sierra Vista teacher approval. *There are two bands: Concert and Symphonic.

Symphonic Band is a full-year elective for wind and percussion students whose playing is of the highest caliber. It is open to all students who are interested in performing the most challenging music available to middle school students. Class activities include performing in three concerts, the IUSD Band Spectacular, IUSD Honor Orchestra audition preparation, the Instrumental Music Festival, and a field trip to Disneyland. Performing in concerts is an integral part of the course.  
 

SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA:  (Grade 7/8)
**Prerequisite: Enrollment in Symphonic Orchestra is by audition and/or Sierra Vista teacher approval. *There are three orchestras:  Concert, Symphonic, and Chamber.

Symphonic Orchestra is a full-year elective for string students whose playing is of a high caliber. Participation is available to students by audition or music director invitation, for those interested in performing the most challenging music available to middle school students.  Class activities include performing in three concerts, IUSD Honor Orchestra audition preparation, the Instrumental Music Festival, and a field trip to Disneyland. Performing in concerts is an integral part of the course.  

 

VIDEO PRODUCTION: (Grade 7/8)
Prerequisite: must have all “S’s” or “O’s” in citizenship, work habits, & effort in grade 6/7.  Grade 6 Teacher or Grade 7 Elective teacher signature is required.

This course is a full-year course focused on learning and utilizing the technology to create, produce, direct and edit short videos through hands-on learning.  Student learning activities will include montages, parodies, public announcements, commercials, interviews, industry standards and more. Extensive group work required.

 

VOCATIONAL SKILLS: (Grade 7/8)

This course is a special education course designed to help students develop employability skills and to help them get ready to work. Pre-vocational activities will be worked on in a classroom setting. Depending on each student’s individual needs and skill level the course offers students the opportunity to gain basic understanding of essential job skills both social and academic.

 

Course of study catalog 2018-19

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • LANGUAGE ARTS: Both 7th and 8th grade classes are literature based and thematically organized.  The program incorporates significant literary works and emphasizes not only the integration of thinking, listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, but also an interdisciplinary collaboration with the history department.  Students encounter literature from many genres and read a mixture of both American and culturally diverse works.  Writing instruction follows the University of California Writing Project model stages from pre-writing through revision and ultimately publication.  Student assessment includes multi-modal presentations and research-based projects.  Technology will be used to enrich students' learning experiences by engaging them in collaborative activities using Google apps and other tools to create student driven projects and interactive presentations.
  • DIRECTED LANGUAGE ARTS: Directed Language Arts is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction, focused on the principles of language: reading, writing, listening, speaking and language. Students read novels, short stories, and real world documents to increase their reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and word analysis skills. Students write informative/explanatory, argumentative and narrative compositions to improve their structure, coherence and mechanics. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

  • SOCIAL SCIENCE: Seventh grade students study World Cultures and Geography as they learn about Medieval and Early Times.  The goal is for students to learn about democracy, civic values, social participation, content knowledge, cultural understanding and skill attainment.  Study units include the growth of Islam, Sub-Sahara Africa, Japan, Imperial China, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, Age of Exploration, and the Enlightenment Period.  Eighth grade students study US History and Geography as they learn about growth and conflict, the goal being for students to learn about democracy, achieving cultural understanding, social participation, content knowledge, and civic values. Units include our Colonial Heritage, the American Revolution, the Constitution, the divergent paths of the American people (1800-1850), the Civil War, and Industrial America.

 

MATHEMATICS

  • MS Math 7 (Grade 7 ONLY):

    In grade seven instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships, including percentages; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples. Students also work towards fluently solving multi-step equations with rational coefficients.

  • MS Enhanced Math 7/8 (Grade 7 ONLY):

    This course differs from the standard Math 7 and Math 8 courses above in that it contains content from both courses. This course is intended for the student who is able to move through the mathematics quickly and still master the full range of mathematical practices, content and skills. Instructional time in the Math 7/8 course focuses on the following grade 7 critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships, including percentages; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples. In addition, the following critical areas from Grade 8 will be included: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations; (2) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence.

  • MS Math 8 (Grade 8 ONLY):

    In grade eight, instructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. Students also work towards fluency with solving simple sets of two equations with two unknowns by inspection.

  • MS Enhanced Math I:

    In Enhanced Math I, students continue their work with expressions and modeling and analyzing situations at an accelerated pace. Students will informally define, evaluate, and compare functions, and use them to model relationships between quantities. (critical area from Grade 8 Math) Students will learn function notation and develop the concepts of domain and range. They move beyond viewing functions as processes that take inputs and yield outputs and start viewing functions as objects that can be combined with operations They explore many examples of functions, including sequences. They interpret functions represented graphically, numerically, symbolically, and verbally, translate between representations, and understand the limitations of various representations. They work with functions given by graphs and tables, keeping in mind that, depending upon the context these representations are likely to be approximate and incomplete. Their work includes functions that can be described or approximated by formulas as well as those that cannot. When functions describe relationships between quantities arising from a context, students reason with the units in which those quantities are measured. Students build on and informally extend their understanding of integer exponents to consider exponential functions. They compare and contrast linear and exponential functions, distinguishing between additive and multiplicative change. They interpret arithmetic sequences as linear functions and geometric sequences as exponential functions. In Enhanced Math I, students build on their prior experiences with data, developing more formal means of assessing how a model fits data. Students use regression techniques to describe approximately linear relationships between quantities. They use graphical representations and knowledge of the context to make judgments about the appropriateness of linear models. With linear models, they look at residuals to analyze the goodness of fit. In Enhanced Math I, students will understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem and will establish triangle congruence criteria, based on analyses of rigid motions and formal constructions. They solve problems about triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons. They apply reasoning to complete geometric constructions and explain why they work. Finally, building on their work with the Pythagorean Theorem in the grade eight standards to find distances, students use a rectangular coordinate system to verify geometric relationships, including properties of special triangles and quadrilaterals and slopes of parallel and perpendicular lines.

 

ELECTIVES

  • ADVANCED ART: (Grade 8) This year-long class will build on the student’s foundation in art and basic skills, allowing them to explore favorite mediums in depth. Ceramic projects, larger paintings, an introduction to silk painting and more 3-dimensional work than Exploratory Art will be part of the curriculum, as well as exploring careers in art and public art forms, such as school murals. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Exploring Art and/OR permission from the art instructor. Recommended donation*: $75 for supplies for student projects which student will take home.
  • BAND: (Grade 7/8) there are two bands: Concert and Symphonic
    • Concert Band is a full-year elective that offers instruction on piccolo, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba and percussion.  This class is open to any student who wishes to begin a new instrument as well as to those who want to better their skills.  There are three performances each year, as well as potential field trips to a music festival and Disneyland. Performing in concerts is an integral part of the course.  A limited number of school-owned instruments are available for use.
    • Symphonic Band is a full-year elective for wind and percussion students whose playing is of the highest caliber.  It is open to all students who are interested in performing the most challenging music available to middle school students.  Class activities include performing in three concerts plus the IUSD Band Spectacular, IUSD Honor Orchestra audition preparation and performance at the Instrumental Music Festival, and a field trip to Disneyland.  Performing in concerts is an integral part of the course.  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Symphonic Band is by audition and/or Sierra Vista teacher approval.
  • CHORUS: (Grade 7/8) is designed for students who have a desire to sing and participate in choral performance.  Choir students will learn to sing in a choral ensemble while improving competence in sight-singing, musicianship, and vocal skills.  A great deal of class time is spent on vocal/musical techniques and performance standards.  These skills will be demonstrated in several mandatory performances throughout the school year.  Students will learn and perform a wide variety of high quality choral literature that is appropriate for middle school performers and that adheres to the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards.  Choir students are eligible and encouraged to audition for the IUSD Middle School Honor Chorus.
  • DIRECTED STUDIES: (Grade 7/8) ) is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction, offered to support general education curriculum. In this class, students review daily assignments, organize and prioritize assignments, clarify directions, study for tests, retake or finish tests, learn study skills and receive assistance with long term projects. This class is designed to support IEP goals in the areas of organization, study skills, homework completion, classwork completion or overall executive functioning deficits. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate.
  • SPEECH AND DEBATE:  Students will cover public speaking skills and conclude with debating strategies. The speeches that will be required are: Speech to Inform, Speech to Persuade, Demonstrative Speech, Entertaining Speech, Impromptu Speech, Special Occasion Speech, Historical Interpretation Speech, and Debate.
  • EXPLORE TECH: (Grade 7/8) is a full-year course designed to expose students to a variety of emerging technologies with an emphasis on collaboration and innovative technology. Students will have an opportunity to learn various coding languages, build and code various robots, and utilize CAD software to create and print designs on 3D printers.  Skills may include learning to code in multiple computer languages, building robotics, and design and create objects with 3D printer.
  • FULL S.T.E.A.M. AHEAD: (Grade 7/8) - S-Science T-Technology E-Engineering A-Arts M- Math is a full-year course in which students work to reach a common goal.  Students will work collaboratively in groups to work on common goals associated with the focus each year.  Some of the possible activities include: working with various types of media and techniques of art, broaden their experience and deepen appreciation of the arts, create web sites and videos, use digital photography, conduct hands-on lab activities and projects.  This year’s focus is on The Martian.  All activities will be school and age appropriate.  All activities will relate to the focus.  We will be looking at the surface of Mars, getting to Mars, habitats and vehicles on Mars, survival, food and nutrition on Mars, possibly solving mini crimes (missing food, vehicles moved, etc.) on Mars, and many other topics.  Students need to work well with other students.  Some work at home may be required.  Recommended donation*: $150 includes all art and lab supplies required for the studio projects which the student may take home.
  • GUITAR: (Grade 7/8) is designed to teach the subject of music using the six-string classical guitar as the medium. It consists of students with varying abilities and experiences, including students who are beginners as well as repeating the course as advanced musicians.  The guitar class offers a comprehensive approach that will allow students to learn to read music; play solos and in ensembles; learn to apply music theory; develop self-discipline and a motivation to learn; and above all, gain a lifelong interest and participation in music.
  • MUSICAL THEATER: (Grade 7/8) is designed for students with developing to advanced skills in musical theatre.  This class will provide students the opportunity to explore acting exercises, movement for musical theatre, and vocal music.  A great deal of class time is spent on creative drama, solo/ensemble singing, and performance standards.  These skills will be demonstrated in several mandatory performances throughout the year, including a major musical production in the spring.  Students will experience all aspects of musical Theatre and acquire the necessary skills to succeed in the subject area according to the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards.  A major component of this class is experiencing the concept of ensemble and emphasizing the roles of all performers as a whole, rather than star performances. Musical Theatre students are eligible and encouraged to audition for the IUSD Middle School Honor Chorus. 
  • ORCHESTRA: (Grade 7/8) There are three orchestras:  Concert, Symphonic, and Chamber
    • Concert Orchestra is a full-year elective that offers instruction on violin, viola, cello, and string bass as well as a piano accompanist for performances.  This class is open to any student who wishes to begin a new instrument, or for students who want to better their skills.  There are three performances each year, as well as potential field trips to a music festival and Disneyland.  Performing in concerts is an integral part of the course.   A limited number of school-owned instruments are available for use.
    • Symphonic** Orchestra is a full-year elective for string students whose playing is of a high caliber.  By audition or music director invitation, it is open to all students who are interested in performing the most challenging music available to middle school students.  Class activities include performing in three concerts, IUSD Honor Orchestra audition preparation and performance at the Instrumental Music Festival, and a field trip to Disneyland. Performing in concerts is an integral part of the course. 
    • Chamber** Orchestra is a full-year elective for string students of the highest caliber.  The orchestra will perform challenging music and study high school level music literature.  Students are selected by audition or by music director invitation.  Class activities include performing in three concerts, IUSD Honor Orchestra audition preparation and performance at the Instrumental Music Festival, and a field trip to Disneyland.  Performing in concerts is an integral part of the course.
    • **PrerequisiteEnrollment in the Chamber and Symphonic Orchestras is by audition and/or Sierra Vista teacher approval.
  • PHOTOJOURNALISM: (Grade 7/8) is a full-year course which will provide instruction in the art and principles (lighting, framing, etc.) of digital photography and how to use original photography to tell a story or communicate a message. Students will learn different software applications, including Photo Shop and Studio Works.  Special effects features of these programs will also be explored.  With the help of publishing software, students will use their photography and writing skills to create the design, layout and content of our annual yearbook.  Students should be proficient in using computers, and have some experience with or interest in using photo editing and/or publishing software.  This course requires that students are creative, work well in a self-directed classroom, and are able to meet established timelines for completion of work.  Recommended donation*: $10   Prerequisite: “B” or better in Language Arts and all “S’s” or “O’s” in citizenship, work habits, & effort in grade 6/7.  Grade 6 Teacher or Grade 7 Language Arts teacher signature is required
  • SCIENCE OLYMPIAD: (Grade 7/8) Students will work together to prepare for the regional Science Olympiad competition in March. Science Olympiad is comprised of 23 different events including study events and building events. Following the Science Olympiad competition, all students will participate in advanced Science Workshop activities that are highly engaging and hands-on.  Pre-requisites:  Teacher recommendation and passing score on the Science Olympiad Test. Recommended donation*:$90

  • SPANISH 1: (Grade 8) is considered a first year, high school honors level course. Criteria include: strong math and English grammar skills, excellent work habits, and A/B+ grades. Students who complete this course successfully with a solid B or better grade all three trimesters AND teacher appraisal will be recommended for Spanish 2 in ninth grade. A minimum of two years is generally required for four-year college entrance and three years is highly recommended (for UC colleges).  Prerequisite: “B” or better in 7th Grade Language Arts - signature from Language Arts teacher required.

  • VIDEO TECHNOLOGY/PRODUCTION: (Grade 7/8) is a full-year course focused on learning and utilizing the technology to create, produce, direct and edit short videos through hands-on learning.  Student learning activities will include montages, parodies, public announcements, commercials, interviews, industry standards and more.  Extensive group work required. Prerequisite: must have all “S’s” or “O’s” in citizenship, work habits, & effort in grade 6/7.  Grade 6 Teacher or Grade 7 Elective teacher signature is required.

 

blended learning

Students interested in the Blended Learning Program, please see the linked information packet and World Languages FAQs document. If you have questions or wish to register, please see your school counselor. 

 

*Note Regarding Suggested Donations: While State law does not allow school districts to charge fees to students for educational activities, many of our elective courses rely heavily on financial contributions from participating families. Please know that a donation is not required to participate, and families that choose to contribute may do so at any amount. However, the suggested donation indicated for such courses will provide the amount necessary to sustain our programs at their current level. Conversely, insufficient enrollment and/or insufficient funding will negatively impact these educational opportunities.

 

*Nondiscrimination Statement

The Irvine Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities including membership in student clubs shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, ethnic group identification, immigration status, age, religion, actual or potential parental, family, or marital status, or the exclusion of any person because of pregnancy or related conditions, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

The District does not discriminate in enrollment in or access to any of the activities and programs available. Admission to these programs is based on age appropriateness, class space, interest, aptitude, and prerequisite coursework where applicable. The lack of English skills shall not be a barrier to admission to or participation in the District’s activities and programs. The Irvine Unified School District also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.

This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the California Code of Regulations Title 5, Chapter 5.3 Nondiscrimination. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the District’s designated compliance coordinators.

Section 504 Coordinator: Sunghie Okino, Ed.D., Coordinator, Prevention and Intervention; 3387 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92606, (949)936-7523

CTE Coordinator: Patsy Janda, 5050 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604, (949)936-5000

Title IX, Title 5, CCR Coordinator: Keith Tuominen, Director of Secondary Education, 5050 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604, (949)936-5047

Title II, Title VI Coordinator: Tammy Blakely, Coordinator of Student Services, 5050 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604, (949)936-5000

For assistance in translating this document, contact Language Minority Programs at (949)936-8500 or Lang-Minority@iusd.org

 

 

***Sexual Harassment – Students    Board Policy 5145.7

The Board of Education is committed to maintaining a learning environment free from harassment, intimidation or insult, student-to-student or adult-to-student, on the basis of an individual's actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression. Positive action will be taken when necessary to eliminate such practices or remedy their effects.

Sexual harassment, as defined and otherwise prohibited by state and federal statutes, constitutes an unlawful form of sex discrimination in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In addition, sexual harassment constitutes violation of the California Education Code, regulations of the State Board of Education, and District Policy. As such, sexual harassment may constitute just cause for discipline pursuant to applicable Education Code Sections. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries and complaints regarding the sexual harassment policy:

Sierra Vista Middle School: Lynn Matassarin, Principal, 2 Liberty, Irvine CA 92620, (949) 936-6600.

District Office: Title IX Coordinator – Keith Tuominen, Director, Secondary Education, 5050 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604, (949)936-5047.