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7th GRADE REGISTRATION COURSE DESCRIPTION
2018-2019


The Davis County School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex or race in the educational programs or activities which it operates, as required by Federal Regulation, Title IX.
Advisory/Panther Time (Full Year): During Advisory/Panther time, students will work on honing literacy skills, participate in character education and have the opportunity to get help from their teachers for understanding concepts or work completion.


MATHEMATICS


7th Grade Mathematics (Full Year): This course instruction will focus on four critical areas: (1)developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships;(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 shapers to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume: and (4)drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

7th Grade Honors Mathematics (Full Year): This course will cover the four critical areas listed in the Grade 7 Mathematics Course and add extra topics that would interest an advanced Middle School student. Concepts will be explored to a greater depth with increased use of contextual situations. The course will have increased rigor and advanced content that will challenge the minds of high ability students.

Accelerated 7th Grade Math Honors (Full Year): Only those with extremely high scores are recommended for the Accelerated 7th grade math course. Students must be recommended for this course. from their CogAT test score and 5th and 6th grade CRT scores. This course is not a self-select course. This course will compact the mathematics concepts rather than skipping concepts. It will move at a faster pace than the Honors classes, and students will be able to study four courses of math while in junior high. They will complete 7th Honors Math, 8th Honors Math, Secondary I Honors Math, and Secondary II Honors Math. Acceleration should be so that students can take more advanced math courses while in high school rather than complete the requirements early. There is a negative effect on mathematical knowledge when students miss a year of math classes before high school graduation.

ENGLISH


English 7 (Full Year): English 7 students will practice reading, writing, and discussion skills. Reading strategies will be used to increase comprehension and enable students to write more complex texts. Students will especially focus on inquiry, argument, and informational writing.

English 7 Honors (Full Year): Honors English 7 students will practice reading, writing and discussion skills. Students will especially focus on inquiry, argument, and informational writing. Honors students are expected to handle rapid pacing, increased rigor, and greater complexity in learning situations.

SOCIAL STUDIES


Foundations of Social Studies (Semester): An introductory course for social studies in Davis School District. Curricular content consists of key themes and concepts drawn from the social sciences of geography, history, economics, and government. Each of the concepts is explored through the use of Utah- specific examples, or Utah Studies. Literacy, historical thinking, and spatial skills are developed through the study of the concepts in the abstract and real-world Utah examples. The course focuses on the reading of both informational text and authentic, or primary source, material.

Foundations of Social Studies Honors (Full Year): Same course description as the semester Foundations of Social Studies. The Honors course (year-long), however, studies approximately 40 concepts drawn from across the social sciences compared to 20 concepts studied in the semester non-honors course.

SCIENCE


Integrated Science 7 (Full Year): Seventh Grade Integrated Science focuses on a theme of structure to help students understand the world around them. Five main concepts relating to structure will be covered including: (1) the structure of matter as atoms and molecules, (2) density and how it affects the structure of Earth, (3) the structure of life including cells, organs and organ systems, (4) the structure of genes and how traits are passed from parent to offspring, and (5) how structure is used to develop classification systems, particularly for living things. Seventh grade science will also provide a foundation for students to learn about the nature of science through hands-on inquiry, laboratory experiments and projects.

Integrated Science 7 Honors (Full Year): Seventh Grade Honors Integrated Science will focus on the same themes and objectives as traditional Seventh Grade Science. However, in Honors Science, students will be further challenged to discover and achieve through increased creativity, rigor, inquiry, and reflection. For example, students will develop ideas through more inquiry-based learning activities such as asking questions and writing their own experimental procedures to find answers to those questions. Students will also use a science journal throughout the year to record observations, inferences, experimental designs, and conclusions. Honors students will also be required to complete a science fair project and will have the option of competing in the district science fair.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION


Beginning Fitness (Semester): Students in grade 7 will develop lifetime attitudes regarding physical activity and healthy lifestyles. The movement and fitness curriculum is based upon the assumption that (1) skill development is ongoing and progressive, (2) lifetime activity attitudes are internalized by continued practice, (3) students incorporate principles of fitness into their daily lives.
The programis a sequence of experiences in a number of activities that challenge all ability levels. It focuses on social interaction and cognitive learning, as well as skill development, with progressive levels of difficulty. A standard dress will be required. Physical Education is required for all students.

FINE ARTS


7th Grade Choir (Semester or Full Year): Students will be taught beginning vocal concepts and music skills related to singing including music theory and sight singing. Performances outside of regular school time are a requirement of the course.

Foundation ART I (Semester): This class will have special emphasis on introductory exploration of the world of art. Projects will introduce the student to art principles and elements such as line, balance, value, proportion, etc. Projects may include but are not limited to collage, cartooning, shading and perspective.

Beginning Brass (Full Year): This class is for all students who are interested in learning to play a brass
instrument. No musical experience is necessary; just bring a desire to learn an instrument. Beginning brass incorporates the following instruments: trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone, and tuba.
Most parents obtain an instrument by renting with the option to buy from a music store. In the past, the cost has been approximately $15.00 per month. A limited number of larger band instruments are sometimes available through the school for rent. The school has French horns, baritones, trombones and tubas to rent for $95.00 for the year.

Beginning Woodwinds (Full Year): This class is for all students who are interested in learning to play a woodwind instrument. No musical experience is necessary; just bring a desire to learn an instrument.
Beginning woodwinds incorporates the following instruments: flute, clarinet, and oboe. Those who desire to play piccolo must first play the flute for at least two years. Those who desire to play saxophone must first play the clarinet.
Most parents obtain an instrument by renting with the option to buy from a music store. In the past, the cost has been approximately $15.00 per month. A limited number of larger band instruments are sometimes available through the school for rent.

Beginning Percussion (Full Year): Percussion is beginning instruction in playing percussion instruments. Emphasis is on rhythm and note reading. No drum set playing is taught. Students must have one or more years of successful piano lessons to be considered for the percussion section. Interested students should contact the Band Director in the spring.

7th Grade Orchestra (Full Year): This course is for all students who want to learn, or continue learning a stringed instrument: violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students who have participated in the Davis County Elementary Strings program during sixth grade or have taken at least six months of private instruction on a string instrument can register for this class. Students who have no prior string experience are welcome to participate, but must contact the Orchestra Instructor for acceptance into the class. Framework for this class follows the Utah Music Core Curriculum and the National Standards for the Arts Education. Emphasis will be placed on note reading, listening, proper positioning, creating, evaluation, and performance.

WORLD LANGUAGES


World Language DLI (Dual Language Immersion) French III Honors (Full Year): French IIIHonors DLI is a coursed designed to facilitate the continuing development of French Immersion students progressing from a recognized French Immersion program within the State of Utah. The course will emphasize listening, specking, writing and reading French through 6 thematic units of instruction.
French I (Full Year): French 1 is an introduction to the four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is on the use of simple vocabulary in real life situations. Basic grammar is also introduced. The culture, history, and geography of the French speaking countries and areas are introduced.

Spanish I (Full Year): What do you want to do when you grow up? No matter what it is, knowing a second language can be very helpful - especially if that language is Spanish. Join us as we embark on a great adventure, learning about the language and culture of the Spanish -speaking world. Hear it, speak it, read it and write it in a supportive environment using many different methods and activities! Viva el Espanola?

Spanish II (Full Year): Second year Spanish takes up where the first year left off. By the end of this year students should be able to carry on basic conversations on several topics, building on their knowledge from the previous year. Students will be able to show off skills in creative ways using stories, skits, games, and activities. Students will continue to broaden cultural horizons as they learn about the people and places where Spanish is spoken. Students are also eligible to participate in the BYU Language Fair this year. Vamos!

DLI Chinese III Honors (Full Year): This Course continues the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Narratives and dialogues are used to teach structure and vocabulary. Culture and geography of the native country are taught through reading selections.

CAREER and TECHNICAL EDUCATION


College and Career Awareness (Full Year): College and Career Awareness offers exploration and preparation in college and career pathways focusing on jobs that are high skill and high demand, as well as satisfying and financially rewarding. The College and Career Awareness course is designed to help students identify their interests, abilities, and skills. With appropriate developmental information related to careers, educational pathways, and self-knowledge, students are able to begin to make college and career goals for the future. College and Career Awareness is designed to acquaint students with the Utah labor market and the employment opportunities for which they can prepare by defining a College and Career Ready Plan.

Exploring Technology 1 (Semester): This course is a comprehensive action-based educational program that explores and introduces the knowledge to develop skills related to the following topics: technology, manufacturing, flight, electronics, engineering and applied physics. The course includes hands-on projects like: boomerangs, thermal casting, electrical circuits and hot air balloons. The emphases of this class is on taking note and test. There is a lab fee attached to this class.

FACS Careers Explorations (Semester): This course provides students the opportunity to develop essential skills in the various career pathways 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 and merchandising, consumerism, entrepreneurship, family relationships, personal responsibility, and career and job-related tasks. This course will strengthen comprehension of concepts and standards outlined in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.

Keyboarding I (Semester): (Available only in 7th and 8th grade) - The student will master touch operation on a computer keyboard. Correct fingering by touch and good technique will receive primary emphasis; speed and accuracy will be given secondary emphasis. Numbers and 10-keypad will also be included. The student will use basic work processing functions on a variety of document types. This course is a prerequisite for all computer classes in Junior and Senior High (or 35 wpm).

 

ELECTIVES


Creative Writing (Semester): Students will focus on the art of storytelling, for both fiction and non-fiction, in several genres. Principles of plot structure, characterization, voice, dialogue, description, and point of view will be studied and practiced, with the end goal of producing polished prose, poetry, and dramatic writing. At the end of the course, students should enjoy writing and composing, and be looking to improve their ability to bring their ideas to life on paper. This course is not designed to remediate basic skills in grammar and spelling.

Current Issues (Semester): Become an advocate of public policy and a voice of reason by learning about current events with your peers. In our current event class, students will learn how events in their community, state, nation, and from around the world relate to them and impact their lives. We will identify issues, compare viewpoints about each issue, and understand how each event influences the world in which we live. Students will be expected to have access to a daily local newspaper, local and national news broadcasts, and the internet. Together we will learn that responsible citizenship is not only a privilege but a civic duty.

French Culture, History & Media (must be enrolled in French Immersion Program) Semester: French Culture and Media is designed as a single semester companion course to French DLI. Students will study the related 6 thematic units of DLI and in addition incorporate French culture and media using a wide range of technological resources. This course has strong elements of Pre-Advanced Placement methodology and is considered preparatory to the AP French Course that will be offered in the 9thgrade.

Read 180 (Full Year): This course is for students who have been identified by test scores and teacher recommendations as below grade level in reading and/or language scores. This course is taught for two (2) consecutive periods incorporating English with the READ 180 program.

Study Skills (Semester): This is a comprehensive positive youth development, organization, and study skills program. The program focuses on young adolescent’s life and citizenship skills within a caring and consistent environment. Work completion is an emphasis.

DLI Chinese Culture & Media (Semester): The Culture & Media course builds skills in cultural-linguistic competencies necessary for successful communication with native speakers. Students utilize media and authentic texts to learn about the diverse cultural products, practices, and perspectives of countries. The topics and task for the 7th and 8th grade years, along with careful support for students to reach proficiency targets, lead intentionally to the Chinese AP Language & Culture course content.

7th Grade Course Request Form

8th Grade

8th GRADE REGISTRATION COURSE DESCRIPTION
2018-2019


The Davis County School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex or race in the educational programs or activities which it operates, as required by Federal Regulation, Title IX.
Advisory/Panther Time (Full Year): During Advisory/Panther time, students will work on honing literacy skills, and will have the opportunity to get help from their teachers for understanding concepts or work completion.

ENGLISH


English (Full Year): Eighth grade students develop reading comprehension through word analysis, vocabulary development, and informational and literary text analysis. Students write informational and literary text to recreate experiences, report observations, and persuade others using the writing process. Students revise and edit using the six analytical traits. Students use the process of inquiry in research to focus thinking toward understanding an idea or concept and give information in conversations, group discussions, written reports, and oral presentations.

English Honors (Full Year): This course focuses on the enrichment and development of higher level critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Honors English is an accelerated course that will focus on the mastery of literary analysis, written expression, and language structure. Usage, mechanics, vocabulary, oral presentation, and research skills will also be taught in context with literature and language-based units. Materials, assignments and activities will be more challenging and students will be expected to dig deeper.

SOCIAL STUDIES

U.S. History (Full Year): This course will center on the development of the United States from the exploration and colonization of North America to the development of the Western U.S. to 1890. The cause and effect of events on the beliefs and attitudes of American citizens and the contributions of the various national, religious, ethnic, and gender groups will be analyzed. Students will focus on improving their skills in the areas of writing, research, organizing and analyzing information.

U.S. History Honors (Full Year): Focusing on depth and breadth, U.S. History Honors students will demonstrate their knowledge of U.S. History through written and verbal communication. Research methods and reliable resources will be discussed specific to historical topics. By studying current events, students will be better prepared to recognize historical patterns. Students will have the opportunity to present a personal history and to record an oral history. Students will analyze and articulate the difference between cause, effect and events leading to major wars and battles. In addition, students will keep a weekly reflection journal by recording meaningful knowledge gained and its relevance to historical events.

MATHEMATICS

8th Grade Mathematics (Full Year): Instruction will 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.

8th Grade Mathematics Honors (Full Year): This course will cover the three critical areas listed in 8th Grade Mathematics Course and add extra topics and concepts that would interest an advanced middle school student. Concepts will be explored in greater depth with increased use of contextual situations. This course will have increased rigor and advanced content that will challenge the minds of high ability students.

Secondary Math I Honors (Full Year): This will cover all of the concepts in the Secondary Mathematics I course. Concepts will be explored in greater depth with increased use of contextual situations. In addition it will include concepts dealing with vectors and quantities of vectors and matrix operations and their applications. This course will include elements that will prepare students to take calculus in high school. This course will have increased rigor and advanced content that will challenge the minds of high ability students.

SCIENCE

Integrated Science 8 (Full Year): Eighth grade integrated science focuses on the theme of change. Earth, physical, and life sciences content are integrated in a curriculum with two primary goals: (1) students will value and use science as a process of obtaining knowledge based upon observable evidence, and (2) students will develop an understanding of change as an organizing concept common to all content areas. Core concepts will be taught using integrated instruction of science and skills from other curriculum areas. The nature of science and its issues relating to technology have been infused into the core. The personal relevance of science is an important part of the core. Hands-on, student-centered approaches to instruction with student as scientist will be emphasized.

Integrated Science Honors (Full Year): A comprehensive course that focuses on learning with activities and problem solving labs. Students are expected to be motivated, know and use safe lab procedures and be able to set-up and conduct inquiry labs. The course of study will include topics in chemistry, physics, geology, technology and energy. In addition to the content topics, research, scientific inquiry/process learning will be utilized.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH

Intermediate Fitness (Semester): Students in level 8 will develop lifetime attitudes regarding physical activity and healthy lifestyles. The movement and fitness curriculum is based upon the assumptions that (1) skill development is ongoing and progressive, (2) lifetime activity attitudes that are best internalized by continued practice, (3) students need to incorporate principles of fitness into their daily lives. The program is a sequence of experiences in a number of activities to challenge all ability levels. It focuses on social interaction and cognitive learning, as well as skill development, with progressive levels of difficulty.

Personal Health (Semester): A course to help students become aware of a complete idea of health. This idea includes physical, mental and social health. Physical health is about yourself and how you handle relationships. To make the best decisions you need sound accurate information and how to apply this information to your own life. The following areas will be covered in the course, mandated by state law: alcohol, tobacco, drugs, STDs, HIV or AIDS, physical changes of adolescence, human reproduction, fetal development, the family unit, and decision making.

WORLD LANGUAGES

French I (Semester): French 1 is an introduction to the four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is on the use of simple vocabulary in real life situations. Basic grammar is also introduced. The culture, history, and geography of the French speaking countries and areas are introduced.

French II (Full Year): French II continues to develop the oral skills with added emphasis on reading and writing skills. Expansion of vocabulary and grammatical structures continues. Contrast between English and French strengthens the language-learning process. Culturally related activities of selected French-speaking countries or regions will be explored. The goal of this course is to produce speakers with an intermediate-low proficiency.

French IV DLI Honors (CORE ELECTIVE): This course continues the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Narratives and dialogues are used to teach structure and vocabulary. Culture and geography of the native country are taught through reading selections. For dual immersion students only (8th grade).

Spanish I (Full Year): What do you want to do when you grow up? No matter what it is, knowing a second language can be very helpful - especially if that language is Spanish. Join us as we embark on a great adventure, learning about the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Hear it, speak it, read it and write it in a supportive environment using many different methods and activities. ¡Viva el español!

Spanish II (Full Year): Second year Spanish takes up where the first year left off. By the end of this year students should be able to carry on basic conversations on several topics, building on their knowledge from the previous year. Students will be able to show off skills in creative ways using stories, games, and activities. Students will continue to broaden cultural horizons as they learn about the people and places where Spanish is spoken. Students are also eligible to participate in the BYU Language Fair this year. ¡Vamos!

Spanish III (Full Year): Students have put in all the effort to learn the basics. They have realized the importance of knowing a second language. Spanish III, they will be refining speaking skills and learning the fine points of the language structure. Students will delve into some art and literature along with the language. There may be an opportunity to attend the festivities at the BYU Foreign Language Fair (a nice pay-off for all your hard work). We may act out plays, write our autobiographies, or learn to do the salsa. ¡Fantástico!

CAREER and TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Digital Literacy (Semester): This course is an introduction to computer literacy. Students will have opportunities to develop innovative products and processes using technology that encourages creativity, critical thinking, productivity, and collaboration in the classroom and day-to-day life. Students will demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems and operations. Students will understand human, cultural and societal issues relating to technology, digital lifestyles, and practice legal
and ethical behavior. Skills will be demonstrated by creating a project for a different content area. This course is aligned with national and international standards and the Utah Core to prepare students across multiple levels of skills.

Exploring Technology II (Semester): This course incorporates math, science, and technology to solve everyday problems. Exploring Tech II is Design and Modeling. The students will be using 3-D modeling to introduce the design process. Students will learn how 3-D modeling has influenced their lives and they will create models to solve problems. The course includes hands-on projects like: air rockets, air-racers, boomerangs and CO2 dragsters. The emphases of this class is on technological read and follow instructions. There is a lab fee attached to this class.

FACS Career Explorations (Semester): An instructional course that prepares individuals to understand the principles of nutrition and food preparation including the selection, preparation and care of food; meal management; creative cookery; food economics; and optimal use of the food dollar. Food labs include: bread sticks, pizza, crepes, enchiladas, blender drinks, cookies, and other favorites. A restaurant (free enterprise) simulation will be included in the food unit. This class also gives students the opportunity to study units in color, design principles, clothing selection and care, basic techniques of clothing construction, including care and use of the sewing machine. Students will purchase fabric to make shorts/pajamas and a patchwork pillow. Additional sewing projects such as tote bags and small clothing items might be completed by highly-skilled students who need a challenge. This class also provides instruction in “life skills”. Life skills training will include: decision making, manners and etiquette, making friends, making a good first impression, job interview skills, and financial literacy.

MUSIC/FINE ARTS

Band Percussion (Full Year): Percussion is beginning instruction in playing percussion instruments. Emphasis is on rhythm and note reading. No drum set playing is taught. Students must have one or more years of successful piano lessons to be considered for the percussion section. Interested students should contact the Band Director in the spring.

Beginning Brass (Full Year): This class is for all students who are interested in learning to play a brass instrument. No musical experience is necessary; just bring a desire to learn an instrument. Beginning brass incorporates the following instruments: trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone, and tuba.
Most parents obtain an instrument by renting with the option to buy from a music store. In the past, the cost has been approximately $15.00 per month. A limited number of larger band instruments are sometimes available through the school for rent. The school has French horns, baritones, trombones and tubas to rent for $95.00 for the year.

Beginning Woodwinds (Full Year): This class is for all students who are interested in learning to play a woodwind instrument. No musical experience is necessary; just bring a desire to learn an instrument. Beginning woodwinds incorporates the following instruments: flute, clarinet, and oboe. Those who desire to play piccolo must first play the flute for at least two years. Those who desire to play saxophone must first play the clarinet.
Most parents obtain an instrument by renting with the option to buy from a music store. In the past, the cost has been approximately $15.00 per month. A limited number of larger band instruments are sometimes available through the school for rent.

Intermediate Band (Full Year): This course is for band students who have played an instrument in beginning band for one year and have demonstrated the ability to play their instrument at an intermediate level. Students must have the approval of the band instructor.

Advanced Band (Full Year): This course is for outstanding band students who have excelled musically and who are technically proficient with their instrument(s). Students must have the approval of the band instructor.

Intermediate Orchestra (Full Year): Intermediate orchestra is intended to be a continuing course for students who have completed at least two years in an orchestra program, or who have had at least two years of private string instruction. Students who have not completed this requirement may not register for this class with out prior consent from the orchestra instructor. This class is primarily a performance class with several opportunities to perform individually and as a group. The group will participate in several community concerts and in adjudicated festivals throughout the year. Framework for this class follows the Utah Music Core Curriculum and the National Standards for the Arts Education. Emphasis will be placed on note reading, listening, proper positioning, creating, evaluation, and performance.

Art Foundation I (Semester): This class will have special emphasis on introductory exploration of the world of art. Projects will introduce the student to art principles and elements such as line, balance, value, proportion, etc. Projects would include but not be limited to collage, cartooning, shading and perspective.

Art Foundation II (Semester): This is a continuation of Foundation I with increased emphasis on the elements and principles of line, balance, value, proportion, etc. Projects will include working with pastels, watercolors, colored pencil, print making and lettering.

Choir II S/A-Girls (Semester):
This course will emphasize proper vocal technique along with the basics of music theory. Students will develop active listening skills and an appreciation for a variety of genres. Students will learn to sing accurately by reading music notation, producing acceptable tones, using proper diction and responding to the interpretations of the music.

Choir II T/B-Boys (Semester):
This course will emphasize proper vocal technique along with the basics of music theory. Students will develop active listening skills and an appreciation for a variety of genres. Students will learn to sing accurately by reading music notation, producing acceptable tones, using proper diction and responding to the interpretations of the music.

Choir II Mixed (Semester): This course will emphasize proper vocal technique in a four part voice setting, along with the basics of music theory. Students will develop active listening skills and an appreciation for a variety of genres. Students will learn to sing accurately by reading music notation, producing acceptable tones, using proper diction and responding to the interpretations of the music.
Hand Bell Choir (Semester): Students will have an opportunity to learn how to read notes, music and play in a bell choir.

ELECTIVES

Creative Writing (Semester): Students will focus on the art of storytelling, for both fiction and non-fiction, in several genres. Principles of plot structure, characterization, voice, dialogue, description, and point of view will be studied and practiced, with the end goal of producing polished prose, poetry, and dramatic writing. At the end of the course, students should have the student who enjoys writing and composing, and is looking to improve their ability to bring their ideas to life on paper. This course is not designed to remediate basic skills in grammar and spelling.

French Culture, History & Media (must be enrolled in French Immersion Program) Semester: French Culture and Media is designed as a single semester companion course to French DLI. Students will study the related 6 thematic units of DLI and in addition incorporate French culture and media using a wide range of technological resources. This course has strong elements of Pre-Advanced Placement methodology and is considered preparatory to the AP French Course that will be offered in the 9th grade.

Current Issues (Semester): Become an advocate of public policy and a voice of reason by learning about current events with your peers. In our current event class, students will learn how events in their community, state, nation, and from around the world relate to them and impact their lives. We will identify issues, compare viewpoints about each issue, and understand how each event influences the world in which we live. Students will be expected to have access to a daily local newspaper, local and national news broadcasts, and the internet. Together we will learn that responsible citizenship is not only a privilege but a civic duty.

Study Skills (Semester): This is comprehensive positive youth development, organization, and study skills program. The program focuses on young adolescent’s life and citizenship skills with a caring and consistent environment.

Yearbook (Semester): Welcome to the yearbook staff! The yearbook course is designed to introduce, strengthen, and eventually apply technical and photo taking skills through the actual production of the school yearbook. Students will build skills in teamwork, brainstorming, content management, responsibility, writing, graphic design, photography and distribution. The final product of this class will be the school yearbook which will reflect the standard of excellence that Muller Park Junior High continually strives to meet. I look forward to a fantastic year working with you.

LIA Leadership- Latinos in Action (Semester or Full Year): The mission of the Latinos in Action class is to empower our Latino youth through culture, service, leadership and excellent education with the sole purpose of graduating from college. This class trains students as paraprofessionals who visit and tutor local elementary school children. LIA students also learn and improve their leadership skills through their roles with LIA. LIA students organize activities and initiate service projects together. In order to participate in the Latinos In Action class, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher and submit an application.

8th Grade Course Request Form

9th Grade

9th GRADE REGISTRATION COURSE DESCRIPTION
2018-2019

The Davis County School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex or race in the educational programs or activities, which it operates, as required by Federal Regulation, Title IX. Advisory/Panther Time (Full Year): During Advisory/Panther time, students will work on honing literacy skills, and have the opportunity to get help from their teachers for understanding concepts or for work completion.

ENGLISH

English 9 (Full Year): English 9 students will continue to develop skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking through a variety of activities. Usage, mechanics, vocabulary, and composition practice will be taught in context with literature-based units. Ninth grade students will improve their research skills with an in-depth research project that requires a multimedia base and adherence to standard research procedures.

Honors English 9 (Full Year): Honors English 9 students will have the opportunity to practice higher level thinking, reading, and writing skills. The course will include exposure to multiple genres, argumentative writing strategies, research techniques, and oral presentation. Honors students are expected to be independent learners, read above ninth grade level, and have superior writing ability. Students can expect rapid movements through course materials, which will often require homework. Reading will be required outside of class.

SOCIAL STUDIES

World Geography (Full Year): Over the course of the year, students will study each of the world’s cultural regions and how they are interconnected. In addition to learning place-name geography (countries, cities, and physical features), they will learn about culture and traditions that make each region unique. Map literacy will be emphasized along with global connections.

AP Human Geography (Full Year): AP Geography will serve as the honors level geography class for 9th graders. The ultimate goal for students in the class will be to prepare to take and pass the Advanced Placement Geography Test; however, students may opt to take the course without taking the exam. In addition to the regional study, AP students will also study how issues such as population, economics, government systems, conflict, and movement patterns affect us on both a global and local scale. This is an advanced course and will require above average reading and writing skills.

MATHEMATICS

Secondary Math I (Full Year): This course will focus on developing a solid understanding of function, and use that understanding to explore many examples of functions, including sequences. It will deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships and connect that understanding to exponential functions. It will build on prior experiences with data to develop formal methods of data analysis. Students will use properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge. Algebraic and geometric ideas will be tied together.

Secondary Math 1 Lab (Full Year): Math Lab is to improve and deepen student’s understanding of essential skills and concepts needed to be successful in the core math class. This is accomplished by providing additional help, support, and time to learn math from the core curriculum. Students will be given supplemental activities to help generalize the math concepts and connect the math to real-world applications.

Secondary Math I Honors (Full Year): This course will cover all of the concepts in the Secondary Mathematics I course. Concepts will be explored in greater depth with increased use of contextual situations. In addition it will include concepts dealing with vectors and quantities of vectors and matrix operations and their applications. This course will include elements that will prepare students to take calculus in high school. This course will have increased rigor and advanced content that will challenge the minds of high ability students.

Secondary Math II Honors (Full Year): This course is a deep analysis of functions, along with statistics, congruence, proof and connecting geometry and algebra through coordinates is included in this course. Concepts will be explored in greater depth with increased use of contextual situations. In addition they will study complex numbers and their operations on the complex plane, solve systems of equations, prove and apply trigonometric identities, express conic sections algebraically, and solve problems using volume measurements.

SCIENCE

Earth Systems (Full Year): Students will learn about a diverse range of topics, including Astronomy, Plate Tectonics, Oceanography, Meteorology, and Natural Disasters. These topics all focus on the interconnectedness of all Earth systems and the Earth’s place in the solar system and the Milky Way galaxy. The course has a laboratory component that encourages hands-on learning and requires analytical thinking. Technology has been integrated into all aspects of the course, allowing students to receive immediate feedback on assessments and to learn independently at their own pace.

Biology (Full Year): Biology covers a wide range of biology content including biochemistry, cells, cell division, genetics, DNA, evolution, ecology, and comparative anatomy. Students enrolled in this class must possess advanced reading and writing skills. The class will move at a fast pace, including a high volume of class notes and independent study by the student. There will be a significant laboratory focus, which will require hands-on work by the student. The labs will encourage analytical thinking and scientific reasoning skills.

WORLD LANGUAGES

French I (Full Year): French 1 is an introduction to the four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is on the use of simple vocabulary in real life situations. Basic grammar is also introduced. The culture, history, and geography of the French speaking countries and areas are introduced.

French II (Full Year): French II continues to develop the oral skills with added emphasis on reading and writing skills. Expansion of vocabulary and grammatical structures continues. Contrast between English and French strengthens the language-learning process. Culturally related activities of selected French-speaking countries or regions will be explored. The goal of this course is to produce speakers with an intermediate-low proficiency.

French III (Full Year): French III is an advanced course. Students coming into French III should expect to be speaking French most of the time in class. Thematic units include talking about health, relationships
and the arts. In French III there is an increased emphasis on proficiency and accuracy. Students will improve skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Opportunities to cook authentic French food and explore worldwide French cultures will be given to students of French III.

Spanish I (Full Year): What do you want to do when you grow up? No matter what it is, knowing a second language can be very helpful - especially if that language is Spanish. Join us as we embark on a great adventure, learning about the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Hear it, speak it, read it and write it in a supportive environment using many different methods and activities. ¡Viva el español!

Spanish II (Full Year): Second year Spanish takes up where the first year left off. By the end of this year students should be able to carry on basic conversations on several topics, building on their knowledge from the previous year. Students will be able to show off skills in creative ways using stories, games, and activities. Students will continue to broaden cultural horizons as they learn about the people and places where Spanish is spoken. Students are also eligible to participate in the BYU Language Fair this year. ¡Vamos!

Spanish III (Full Year): Students have put in all the effort to learn the basics. They have realized the importance of knowing a second language. Spanish III, they will be refining speaking skills and learning the fine points of the language structure. Students will delve into some art and literature along with the language. There may be an opportunity to attend the festivities at the BYU Foreign Language Fair (a nice pay-off for all your hard work). We may act out plays, write our autobiographies, or learn to do the salsa. ¡Fantástico!

MUSIC/FINE ARTS

Band Percussion (Full Year): Percussion is beginning instruction in playing percussion instruments. Emphasis is on rhythm and note reading. No drum set playing is taught. Students must have one or more years of successful piano lessons to be considered for the percussion section. Interested students should contact the Band Director in the spring.

Beginning Brass (Full Year): This class is for all students who are interested in learning to play a brass instrument. No musical experience is necessary; just bring a desire to learn an instrument. Beginning brass incorporates the following instruments: trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone, and tuba.
Most parents obtain an instrument by renting with the option to buy from a music store. In the past, the cost has been approximately $15.00 per month. A limited number of larger band instruments are sometimes available through the school for rent. The school has French horns, baritones, trombones and tubas to rent for $95.00 for the year.

Beginning Woodwinds (Full Year): This class is for all students who are interested in learning to play a woodwind instrument. No musical experience is necessary; just bring a desire to learn an instrument. Beginning woodwinds incorporates the following instruments: flute, clarinet, and oboe. Those who desire to play piccolo must first play the flute for at least two years. Those who desire to play saxophone must first play the clarinet.
Most parents obtain an instrument by renting with the option to buy from a music store. In the past, the cost has been approximately $15.00 per month. A limited number of larger band instruments are sometimes available through the school for rent.

Intermediate Band (Full Year): This course is for band students who have played an instrument in Beginning Band for one year and have demonstrated the ability to play their instrument at an intermediate level. Students must have approval of band instructor.

Advanced Band (Full Year): This course is for outstanding musicians who have excelled musically and who are technically proficient on their instrument. Students must have approval of band instructor.

Concert Choir (Full Year): This course is for those students that have demonstrated ability in choral music. Students will continue to learn vocal techniques that will enhance their singing ability. Performances outside of regular school time are required. This class is open to all 9th grade students.

Intermediate Ladies Choir (Full Year): Students will be taught to improve their vocal techniques and increase their musical skills. Students will be taught to sing in two and three parts. Performances outside of regular school time are a requirement of the course. This class is for 8th and 9th grade girls who have not previously taken choir.

Hand Bell Choir (Semester): Students will have an opportunity to learn how to read notes, music and play in a bell choir.

Advance Orchestra (Full Year): Open to all 9th Grade Orchestra Students who have previously enrolled in MPJ 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra or by audition. This class focuses on advanced shifting, vibrato, music theory, and all major and minor two octave scales. Opportunities for participation in Solo/Ensemble, District, and State Orchestra Festival will be available. School performances include, four concerts, Winter Assembly, Panther Preview performance, and 9th Grade Recognition night.

3D Design (Semester): This course is an introductory course designed to expose the student to basic processes or techniques relating to hand-built, mold and wheel thrown ceramic art, graphic design, mask making, book making and glass etching. A basic understanding of the relevant aesthetic concepts and principles will be built into every lesson.

Painting (Semester): Enrollment is limited. Painting is an extension of the Foundation I and II courses and contains instruction on techniques and skills relating to the use of watercolor and/or acrylic paint. Painting may also include mixed media, E.G. collage and various combinations of painting materials. An understanding of the relevant aesthetic concepts and principles will be built into every lesson. Painting is an advanced course.

CAREER and TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Exploring Computer Science (Semester): Exploring Computer Science is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. The goal of Exploring Computer Science is to develop in students the computational thinking practices of algorithm development, problem solving and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s students. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers and societal and ethical issues.

Food and Nutrition Science (Semester): This course is designed for students who are interested in understanding the principles of nutrition and in maintaining a healthy life style. Attention will be given to the selection and preparation of food and personal health and well-being. A state skills test will be given at the end of the semester. You will receive one semester credit towards high school graduation and
Career and Technology Education. There is a Lab fee attached to this class.

Electronic Engineering (Semester): This is a cutting-edge program that addresses the interest and energy of middle school students while incorporating national standards in mathematics, science, and technology. Engineering has an “activity-oriented” curriculum that shows students how technology is used to solve everyday problems. The two units we will cover are:
Electrons: Through hands-on projects, students explore the science of electricity, the movement of atoms, circuit design, and sensing devices. The unit includes, up to, 28 basic electrical circuits like: photocells, alarms, timing, LED’s, electronic metronome, railroad lights, electronic police siren and electronic organ.
Micro controllers (Arduinos): are open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - lights on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, or publishing something online. The unit includes hands on projects like: Spaceship Interface, Color Mixing Lamp, Light Theremin, Instrument, Hourglass, Knock Lock, Tweak the Arduino Logo and Hacking Button.
The emphasis on this class is on reading schematics, basic electronic components, and coding. There is a lab fee attached to this class. Mechanical Engineering (Semester): This is a cutting-edge program that addresses the interest and energy of middle school students while incorporating national standards in mathematics, science, and technology. Engineering has an “activity-oriented” curriculum that shows students how technology is used to solve everyday problems. The two units we will cover are: Gears and Automation: Students trace the history and development of automation and robotics. Students will learn about gears, levers, machine automation and computer-controlled systems. It includes hands on projects like simple motors, soldering a circuit board, simple levers and pulleys and automation of robots. Robotic: Robotics is a platform designed for learning for students. Connect any combination of up to 12 motors and sensors to the IQ Brain. Built in Smart Motors- quadrature encoders are built into all motors, creating interactive objects or environments. The emphasis of this class is on gears, transfer of energy, automation, and coding. Students will build robots and control them autonomously through a series of challenges. There is a lab fee attached to this class.

Interior Design (Semester): This course explores aspects of decorative and structural interior design, including furniture arrangement basics, floor plan rendering, color schemes, and area planning to scale. Design presentation projects include incorporation of the elements and principles of design through: color and lighting effects, texture and pattern through sample fabrics and flooring materials, and professional experience through presentation techniques.

Sports Sewing (Semester): Students learn basic design and sewing construction skills using technical fabrics to make projects for the outdoor/sports industry. The skills will introduce and prepare students for employment opportunities in the outdoor/sports industry. This course follow standards outlined in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.

ELECTIVES

Creative Writing (Semester): Students will focus on the art of storytelling, for both fiction and non-fiction, in several genres. Principles of plot structure, characterization, voice, dialogue, description, and point of view will be studied and practiced, with the end goal of producing polished prose, poetry, and dramatic writing. At the end of the course, students should have the basic skills needed to take ideas and turn them into written work. This course is designed for the student who enjoys writing and composing, and is looking to improve their ability to bring their ideas to life on paper. This course is not designed to remediate basic skills in grammar and spelling.

Journalism (Semester): The journalism course will introduce students to journalistic informational writing. During the course, students will study past written examples and produce their own written articles, with attention given to the differences between journalistic writing and other forms of literature. Students
will also study the current methods of disseminating news, including print and digital venues. The course goal will be regular publication of student news articles.

Participation Skills and Techniques (Semester): This one-semester course will develop participation skills and techniques in a variety of team sports, with emphasis on leadership, courtesy, respect, and fairness (sportsmanship). This course also provides instruction aimed at improving and maintaining physical fitness and continuing team sports participation.

Study Skills (Semester): This is comprehensive positive youth development, organization, and study skills program. The program focuses on young adolescent life and citizenship skills with a caring and consistent environment. Work completion is an emphasis.

Yearbook (Semester): The yearbook staff is open to 8th and 9th grade students who are interested in creating the school yearbook. Students must be independent workers who manage their time effectively and efficiently and will be willing to spend the extra time and effort needed to produce a quality product. Yearbook deadlines must be met and will be an integral part of the grading in this class. Students must also have excellent writing and organizational skills. Keyboarding and computer skills are necessary because we will be using desktop publishing software to produce the yearbook. Students will build skills in teamwork, brainstorming, content management, responsibility, writing, graphic design, photography and distribution. The final product of this class will be the school yearbook which will reflect the standard of excellence that Mueller Park Junior High continually strives to meet. I look forward to a fantastic year working with you.

LIA Leadership- Latinos in Action (Semester or Full Year): The mission of the Latinos in Action class is to empower our Latino youth through culture, service, leadership and excellent education with the sole purpose of graduating from college. This class trains students as paraprofessionals who visit and tutor local elementary school children. LIA students also learn and improve their leadership skills through their roles with LIA. LIA students organize activities and initiate service projects together. In order to participate in the Latinos in Action class, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher and submit an application.

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