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7th and 8th Grade Elective Class Summary


Music Classes

Band - Students will learn to play an instrument, beginning with either the flute, clarinet, trumpet, or trombone and progressing to other instruments including the oboe, bassoon, alto sax, tenor sax, French horn, baritone horn, and tuba. Students will play in five performances during the year. Yearlong course.


Orchestra - Students learn how to play a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, and bass), read music and learn in a cooperative setting. Determination and a good work ethic provide many opportunities to the students. Students perform at concerts and festivals, some work together at clinics and retreats. Previous experience required.Yearlong course.


Choir - Choir is a class where you can learn to be a part of a singing team, learn to sing well, and perform as a group in required concerts. It will teach you how to be a musician as well as a singer. If you love to sing or ever wish you could learn to be a great singer, this is the class for you! Yearlong course.


PE Classes

Lifetime Sports - This class may be split between the classroom and the gym. Students may learn about fitness and conditioning from the health textbook and firsthand experience. Students may take written tests, do worksheets and activities just like other classroom classes. Expect to leave this class in better shape than when you came in. Different types of fitness testing may be done. Semester long course.


8th Grade Athletic Fitness - This class is designed for students who also participate in at least two school or community sports. Students will get an introduction to the weight room learning proper lifting techniques and develop speed, coordination, and agility through a variety of different drills. Maximum enrollment for this class each semester will be 40-45 students. May be taken for one or two semesters. Open to 8th graders only.


Adaptive PE Assistant - In this class you will help students who have disabilities participate in and enjoy physical education. You must be kind and patient to take this class. Semester long course.


Outdoor Adventure - Outdoor education is designed to introduce students to the multitude of opportunities Idahoans have to enjoy life outdoors. Units on snow sports, fishing, camping, survival skills, hiking, and others are covered in the class. Most notably, students take Hunter's education and are certified through the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to be eligible to hunt in the state of Idaho.  Semester long course.




STEM Classes

Computer Tech 2 -In this class you will become proficient in using word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. The programs that will be used are: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You will also use the Internet to accomplish various tasks. Required class for 8th graders (unless taken in 7th grade as an elective). Semester long course.


Pre-Engineering: Design & Modeling and Automation & Robotics - Pre-Engineering- Pre-Engineering is a middle school course intended to prepare 8th Grade students to prepare for high school STEM electives. Design & Robotics; Modeling and Automation; Robotics are each semester long courses and in this 8th grade elective we will be focused on the engineering design process. It is intended that the students can then continue learning in more depth in the high school electives if they so desire. Students will demonstrate:

-A desire to: apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology; identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems; desire to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; and desire to work individually as well as in cooperative groups

-An ability to communicate effectively and appropriately, and appropriately use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice 8th grade students need to come ready to work hard, solve challenging problems, work together with an open mind, and have fun.

-A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning. 

Aside from a pencil and composition (GRAPH RULED) notebook, all supplies needed for this course will be provided for your student.


App Creator - This unit will expose students to computer science as a means of computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development, and will convey the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society. Semester long course.


Medical Detectives - Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they collect and analyze medical data to diagnose disease. They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, measure and interpret vital signs, dissect a sheep brain, investigate disease outbreaks, and explore how a breakdown within the human body can lead to dysfunction. Semester long course


C.S. Innovator - Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development, allowing students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Semester long course.


Art Classes

Art I - Students will be introduced to and use the elements and principles of design to create works of art in drawing, ceramics, color theory, and painting units. Semester long course.

Art II - Students will continue using the elements and principles of design, with an emphasis on completing and displaying works of art in drawing, ceramics, printmaking, and painting media. Pre-requisite: Passing grade in Art I. Semester long course.