8th Grade

PE 8

This course is designed for 7th and 8th grade students. The purpose of this course is to build on previously acquired knowledge, skills, and values necessary for the implementation and maintenance of a physically active lifestyle. The course content provides exposure to a variety of movement opportunities and experiences which include, but is not limited to: Outdoor Pursuits/Aquatics, Individual/Dual Sports and Alternative/Extreme Sports. The integration of fitness concepts throughout the content is critical to student success in this course and in the development of a healthy and physically active lifestyle.

 

Research 3

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop basic knowledge and skills in the research process with emphasis on determining and refining research questions. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: research process; experimental, descriptive, and historical research; research design and methodology; legal and ethical issues in research; research questions and hypotheses: review of literature and other resources: data collection, analysis, and statistics; report formats, styles, and content; investigations and critical analysis of research.  Students will encounter 3D design software, tolerances and design limitations, and the study of physics and math formulas as they relate to engineering.

 

Digital Art & Design 1

Students explore the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques, and applications of digital imaging to create original work. Students produce digital still and/or animated images through the single or combined use of computers, digital cameras, digital video cameras, scanners, photo editing software, drawing and painting software, graphic tablets, printers, new media, and emerging technologies. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers to measure artistic growth. This course incorporates hands-on activities, the use of technology, and consumption of art materials. 

 

Digital Art & Design 2

(Prerequisite: Digital Art and Design 1)

Students develop and refine concepts, terminology, techniques, and applications of digital imaging to create original work. Students produce digital still and/or animated images through the single or combined use of computers, digital cameras, digital video cameras, scanners, photo editing software, drawing and painting software, graphic tablets, printers, new media, and emerging technologies. Through the critique process, students evaluate and respond to their own work and that of their peers to measure artistic growth. This course incorporates hands-on activities, the use of technology, and consumption of art materials. 

 

Introduction to Technical Theatre

Students are introduced to the elements of technical theatre, which includes costumes, lighting, makeup, properties (props), publicity, scenery, and sound.  Also important is students' technical knowledge of safety procedures and demonstrated safe operations of theatre equipment, tools, and raw materials.  Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.  Students may be required to attend or participate in technical work, rehearsals, and/or performances beyond the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. Supports Odyssey of the Mind teams

 

Technical Theatre: Design and Production (Prerequisite: Intro to Tech Theater)

Students’ work focuses on learning the elements of technical theatre, which includes costumes, lighting, makeup, properties (props), publicity, scenery, and sound.  Also important is students' technical knowledge of safety procedures and demonstrated safe operations of theatre equipment, tools, and raw materials.  Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals.  Students may be required to attend or participate in technical work, rehearsals, and/or performances beyond the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. Supports Odyssey of the Mind teams

 

Speech and Debate 1

The purpose of this course is to develop students' beginning awareness, understanding, and application of language arts as it applies to oral communication concepts and strategies in a variety of given settings. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:  learning and practicing a variety of speech formats, learning and demonstrating appropriate formal and informal public speaking techniques for audience, purpose, and occasion, using research and writing skills to support selected topics and points of view, collaboration amongst peers, especially during the drafting and practicing stages.

Creative Writing 1

The purpose of this course is to enable students to learn and use writing and language skills for creative expression in a variety of literary forms. Emphasis will be on development of a personal writing style. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: a study of a variety of short literary collections, including poetry, one-act plays, the short story, and memoir to determine and practice. Writing for varied purposes and in varied genres. Effective listening, speaking, and viewing strategies with emphasis on the use of evidence to support or refute a claim in multimedia presentations, class discussions, and extended text discussions. Collaboration amongst peers, especially regarding peer reviews of multiple drafts.

ICT 1

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the computer, digital, and information technology skills necessary for success in their future academic and occupational goals. In addition to fundamental computer information, the content includes but is not limited to digital technologies associated with web development, multimedia, word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet communications, cybersecurity, and computer programming. Students may earn industry certifications while in this course.

ICT 3

(Prerequisit ICT 1)

This course builds on the previous course and provides greater depth and more complex concepts and the skills/knowledge to master these concepts. In addition to working with the network concepts, students will be provided opportunities to further extend their skills with various software applications by creating more complex documents and using more complex functions and technologies. Students will continue their exposure to computer programming and the creation of more complex computer programs. 

.NET Application Development Foundation (for High School Credit)

(Prerequisite ICT 1,2 and teacher recommendation)

This course provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Information Technology career cluster: provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Information Technology career cluster.  The content includes but is not limited to the fundamentals of programming and software development; procedural and object-oriented programming; creating .NET –based applications, including testing, monitoring, debugging, documenting, and maintaining .NET applications.

Music Technology

Students investigate the fundamental applications, tools, history, and aesthetics of music technology. Student musicians explore traditional, current, and emerging technologies, including personal devices; and use them to explore, capture, create, arrange, manipulate, reproduce, and distribute music. 

 

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