Encore registration has closed for the 2020-21 school year! Please email your student's school counselor if you and your student did not submit encore requests for next year. Please keep in mind that while we try our best to accommodate student preferences, we are unable to guarantee a final schedule due to student needs and seat/class availability. Please reach out to your student's counselor with questions regarding scheduling.

Seventh Grade Schedule Information

Student schedules are made up of four core classes (Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math); PE; Advisory (which acts as a homeroom) and Career Investigations (a semester long class that helps students explore potential career options). Additionally, students have the opportunity to take encore classes. The number of encore classes a student takes is dependent upon whether the classes are year or semester long, and whether the student may need to take reading or math support classes. See encore descriptions below:

Year Long Courses:

  • Band 7 - "Intermediate Band" - a continuation of 6th grade band. You will learn how to play more difficult music as well as new notes and rhythms on your selected instrument. 7th Grade band members have the opportunity to audition for the Jazz/Pep Band. This group plays at various events including sports games and pep rallies and will also participate in the 8th grade theme park trip at the end of the year.
  • Orchestra (must have taken in Grade 6)-- continuation of 6th grade Orchestra. Students will learn more challenging music and have the opportunity to participate in performances during the school year.
  • Chorus 7-- a continuation of Chorus 6. Builds confidence in vocal musical abilities while having fun learning to sing in a choir
  • Spanish (must have taken in Grade 6)-- students begin to develop communicative competence in Spanish and expand their understanding of the culture(s) of Spanish-speaking countries. They learn to communicate in real-life contexts about topics that are meaningful to them. To develop students’ communicative competence, emphasis is placed on use of Spanish in the classroom as exclusively as possible and on use of authentic materials to learn about the language and culture. Grammar is integrated into instruction according to the vocabulary and structures needed in the various situations
  • French (must have taken in Grade 6)-- students begin to develop communicative competence in French and learn to communicate in real-life contexts about topics that are meaningful to them. Emphasis is placed on use of French in the classroom as exclusively as possible and on use of authentic materials to learn about the language and culture. Grammar is integrated into instruction according to the vocabulary and structures needed in the various situations in which students are required to communicate.

Semester Long Courses:

  • Art-- An eighteen week exploratory class designed to help improve students’ basic art skills; drawing, painting and sculpting. Students will design artwork using a variety of media and techniques, develop creativity and self-expression, and explore art history from past to present.
  • Drama/Theatre Arts-- focused on acting, performance aspects of Italian theatre, & technical theatre.
  • Family and Consumer Science 7 (Life Management) - Students focus on individual development, maintain their personal environments, apply nutrition and wellness practices, manage consumer and family resources, create textile, fashion, and apparel products, and explore careers related to Family and Consumer Sciences such as child care.
  • Engineering Innovations and Inventions - This course focuses on the engineering design process. Students learn about the design process, complete a engineering design challenge, 3D model and print a prototype, and learn to use various tools in the workshop.

Eighth Grade Scheduling Information:

Student schedules are made up of four core classes (Language Arts, Science, Civics, and Math); PE; and Advisory (which acts a homeroom). Additionally, students have the opportunity to take encore classes. The amount of encore classes a student takes is dependent upon whether the classes are year or semester long, and whether the student may need to take reading or math support classes. See encore descriptions below:

Year Long Courses:

  • Band 8 - Advanced Band - a continuation of 7th grade band. You will prepare more difficult music in in more varied styles. You will also participate in band assessment where our band will play for a group of judges and earn a rating. 8th grade band members have the opportunity to audition for the Jazz/Pep Band. This group plays at various events including sports games and pep rallies. All 8th grade band members have the opportunity to participate in a trip to a theme park at the end of the year!
  • Orchestra 8 (must have taken in Grade 7)-- continuation of 7th grade Orchestra. Students will learn more challenging music and have the opportunity to participate in performances during the school year.
  • Chorus 8-- a continuation of Chorus 7. Builds confidence in vocal musical abilities while having fun learning to sing in a choir
  • Spanish I -- students begin to develop communicative competence in Spanish and expand their understanding of the culture(s) of Spanish-speaking countries. They learn to communicate in real-life contexts about topics that are meaningful to them. To develop students’ communicative competence, emphasis is placed on use of Spanish in the classroom as exclusively as possible and on use of authentic materials to learn about the language and culture. Grammar is integrated into instruction according to the vocabulary and structures needed in the various situations
  • Spanish II (must have taken Spanish in 6th and 7th grade)-- Students continue to learn the language through its use in realistic contexts with more complex grammatical structures. Additional listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills are acquired through practice with authentic materials and in real-life situations. The study of customs and culture is an integral part of the course.
  • Spanish for Fluent Speakers-- Spanish for fluent/heritage speakers reinforces literacy skills and fill in gaps in cultural knowledge. Most heritage speakers may be fluent speakers of the target language, but often have underdeveloped literacy skills. Therefore, Spanish for fluent speakers aims to support students reading comprehension and writing ability. This is open to fluent speakers who have never taken Spanish in a class before, OR to students who are fluent speakers who took Spanish Ia and Ib in sixth and seventh grades.
  • French I -- students begin to develop communicative competence in French and learn to communicate in real-life contexts about topics that are meaningful to them. Emphasis is placed on use of French in the classroom as exclusively as possible and on use of authentic materials to learn about the language and culture. Grammar is integrated into instruction according to the vocabulary and structures needed in the various situations in which students are required to communicate.
  • French II (must have taken Spanish in 6th and 7th grade)-- Students continue to learn the language through its use in realistic contexts with more complex grammatical structures. Additional listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills are acquired through practice with authentic materials and in real-life situations. The study of customs and culture is an integral part of the course.
  • German I-- students learn to communicate in real-life contexts about topics that are meaningful to them. To develop students’ communicative competence, emphasis is placed on use of German in the classroom as exclusively as possible and on use of authentic materials to learn about the language and culture. Grammar is integrated into instruction according to the vocabulary and structures needed in the various situations in which students are required to communicate

Semester Long Courses:

  • Art-- An eighteen week exploratory class designed to help improve students’ basic art skills; drawing, painting and sculpting. Students will design artwork using a variety of media and techniques, develop creativity and self-expression, and explore art history from past to present.
  • Drama/Theatre Arts-- focuses on acting, play writing, scene development, play analysis, & directing.
  • FACS 8th Grade (Life and Career Planning) - Students experience in-depth studies of nutrition and wellness, food preparation, relationships, personal environments, textiles, fashion and apparel, consumer resources, child development and care, and leadership service in action.
  • Technological Systems 8 - This course focuses on technological systems. Students learn about mechanisms, electronics, and how with computers these work together to create automated systems. Students use the engineering design process to complete a robotic design challenge and learn to use various tools in the workshop.
  • STEM Application: This foundation course introduces the use of relevant and emerging technologies, tools, and applications to prepare students for current workplace practices and everyday life. Students will demonstrate information processing using a variety of hardware and software and Internet-based tools to produce and integrate data in various formats. This course is designed for students wishing to progress through more advanced business and information technology coursework.