SOUTH POINTE MIDDLE SCHOOL
8th Grade Electives
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The purpose of electives is to allow all students to discover and pursue their passions and talents while developing skills in leadership, empathy and teamwork helping them to grow as global humans and prepare for their future.
Semester Electives-Students will be enrolled in each elective for one-semester
LANGUAGE SAMPLER & ART 1
- Introduction to Foreign Language: ¡Hola! Bonjour! Students in a language sampler class get to learn French the first half of the semester and Spanish the second! Both languages are learned through natural conversational activities, total physical response storytelling (TPRS), music and games. Students learn to speak on a variety of topics and are able to tell fun stories in French and Spanish. You will be amazed at how much you will be able to say and understand. ¡Olé! Allons-y!
- Art I: This class is designed to review and continue the student's’ knowledge that was gained in Intro to Art. All information that was covered throughout Intro to Art will be reviewed again at the beginning; so don’t worry if you have not taken Intro to Art. The students will work on the Principles and Elements of Design through a series of projects and art lessons. This class is designed to show that art is the common thread to all other subjects. The students will begin to create complex 2D art works, use paint, watercolor and learn how to work in groups, etc. If you enroll this coming year as a 7th grader, this class may be taken again in 8th grade.
DIGITAL ART I & STEAM II
- STEAM II: This class is an integration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in a fun, creative, and innovative way. Students learn about digital citizenship, google apps commonly used in the classroom, coding, electronics, robotics, and creating 3-D images much more than in STEAM 1. This class gives you an opportunity to create with your imagination. Students will also be involved in multimedia projects that include information and communication skills such as creating storyboards, learning camera angles, writing scripts, and editing stop motion animation and short stories with iMovie.
- DIGITAL ART I: This class is designed to review and continue the student's’ knowledge that was gained in Intro to Art. All information that was covered throughout Intro to Art will be reviewed again at the beginning; so don’t worry if you have not taken Intro to Art. The students will work on the Principles and Elements of Design through a series of projects and art lessons. This class is designed to show that art is the common thread to all other subjects. The students will begin to create complex 2D art works, use paint, watercolor and learn how to work in groups, etc. If you enroll this coming year as a 7th grader, this class may be taken again in 8th grade.
INTERNATIONAL COOKING/CULTURE & MUSICAL THEATER
- International Cooking and Culture: Understanding culture is sometimes just as powerful as knowing a language. In this class we will study various customs and values from different Spanish speaking countries, and other countries. We will also create projects and do some cooking, and course… eating! Some Spanish and French will be taught but this class is taught in English.
- Musical Theater 1: Learn the basics of pantomime, vocal production, stage presence, and character development. Will perform skits for other classes produce commercials for KSPS. Will also learn the basics of singing and movement.
YEAR LONG ELECTIVES
8th Grade Band: This ensemble is comprised of ALL 8th grade students in the South Pointe music program. 8th Grade Band is an in-depth approach to instrumental music making. Students wanting to try band for the first time should contact Ms. W to pick an instrument. There are 14 different instruments to chose from. Students will learn how to read and write music, as well as perform and express musical thoughts through their chosen instrument. Students will work in small groups with professional players to help to promote their accelerated proficiency and will perform on several concerts throughout the year. This group takes off campus trips to Disney’s California Adventure, the high school football games, festivals and more.
Wind Ensemble: This is a zero period class which students must audition for. Wind Ensemble is an advanced instrumental music ensemble open to all woodwind, brass and percussion students with outstanding musical skills and understanding. Audition requirements include proficiency in all major scales, a full range chromatic scale and a short solo piece on their instrument. The South Pointe Wind Ensemble has been to Carnegie Hall in New York several times over, Boston, Chicago Symphony Hall, Florida, Seattle and Europe and has won numerous awards for their musical endeavors. It is recommended for students to be studying privately to maintain the technical demand of this group.
Panther Choir: Introduction to singing including vocal production, note and rhythm reading, and stage presence. A variety of music genres including musical theater, pop and concert choir. Will sing at a Disneyland Festival, SCVA Festival, Thriller Concert, and Spring Concert. No audition necessary. Costume: T-shirt and jeans
Chamber Singers: Advanced Choir made up of 8th and possibly 7th graders. Audition only. Will sing 3-4 part harmony. Intermediate to advanced levels of vocal production including concert choir, folk, pop, acapella (Pentatonix, etc…), jazz, and musical theater (Hamilton, etc.…) This group takes part in the Thriller Concert and several other performances. Will travel with Showtime to a festival 2nd semester. Past destinations have included San Francisco, San Diego, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, and Universal Studios. We also sing at a local festival.
Musical Theater 2/Showtime: 7th & 8th Grade: This class is audition only. Please see Mrs. Wadsworth if interested. This class will be comprised mostly of the cast of the December musical (Elf), although not all Showtime will be Elf cast. First semester students will be working on the musical and Thriller, then become a show choir 2nd semester. All students involved in the production of “Elf” will be included in this class; actors, dancers, singers and stage and tech crew. This group has gone, along with Chamber Singers, to San Francisco, San Diego, Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Knott’s Berry Farm. Other performances include local festivals, school concerts, district performances and the Thriller Concert.
8th Grade Spanish: Eighth Grade Spanish at South Pointe follows the same curriculum as Diamond Bar High School and Walnut High School. The language is learned through natural conversational activities, Total Physical Response Storytelling (TPRS), music and games. Students learn to speak by learning stories and creating their own. You will be amazed at how much you will be able to say, read and write.
*Students earning an “A,” or a “B,” may enter Spanish 2 as freshman. Many students test into Spanish 2 honors.
8th Grade PLTW: Project Lead the Way is a hands-on project based curriculum that integrates math, science, engineering, arts, and technology. Student will learn about the different types of engineering careers and how the design process is used for projects to develop solutions to problems through such fields like aerodynamics and flight. The students will learn to use technology like a Computer Aided Design program to create 3D objects and design their own playground/obstacle course. Students will be exposed to the world of robotics by creating mechanical gears and coding their own robots to complete certain tasks. In addition to learning code for robots, students will develop and code apps for Android devices. Must also be enrolled in PLTW Science (Advanced) and Geometry. Students may also enroll in a “0” period class.
KSPS Morning News: Create and broadcast a live daily morning news show using state of the art equipment and a green screen similar to ones used for live studios. This is a 0-Period class requiring an interview.
STEAM III/Robotics - This is for 8th graders only and is similar to Project Lead the Way but will require to be blocked with your science class. This class is a hands-on project based curriculum that integrates math, science, engineering, arts, and technology. This is a year long class where students will learn to use a Computer Aided Design program to create 3-D objects, coding language for program apps, and overall, focus on Automation and Robotics where students will learn the mechanical and electrical functions of robots.
Honors & Digital Art (year): This is an application class that will offer advanced art students the opportunity to explore the creative and critical thinking approach to art through lectures, projects and field trips.This class is design for the students who have a great interest in the field of art. This class will focus fine art and have the opportunity to explore computers as a medium through a introduction to Photoshop and Illustrator. The students will be given projects that will challenge their drawing, computer and thinking abilities, while exploring mediums and techniques that will help them to create a portfolio ready piece. The main emphasis will be on problem solving and art experimentation. This class is available to 7th and 8th grade students.
Student Aide/T.A. SSRA (requires application from your SSRA) In this course the student is the student aide for the teacher/staff member helping to file and organize papers, create charts and bulletin boards and further supplement classroom/office tasks. Independence, accuracy, maturity and responsibility are of the utmost importance for success in this course. Due to the limited number of spaces, not all students who indicate an interest will be placed. Students must complete an application which includes teacher recommendations.