OJH Program of Study

Statement of Purpose

The educational program of Oakwood Junior High School is designed and developed to: 1) provide for a common education in basic knowledge and skills; 2) stimulate diversified interests; 3) assist students in making intelligent decisions concerning their future; 4) meet the various individual needs of the students; 5) provide satisfactory developmental social experiences; and 6) provide a gradual transition from preadolescent education to learning experiences suited to the needs and interests of adolescents.

Information for Parents

The purpose of this program of study is to provide information to both students and parents concerning the curricular and co-curricular offerings of the seventh and eighth grade years at Oakwood Junior High School.

Although many of the seventh and eighth grade courses are required for all students, opportunities for selecting a variety of elective subjects are available. Parents play an important role in guiding their seventh or eighth grader toward a strategic selection of these courses. School personnel are ready to assist the student and his or her parents as they make these important decisions.

The School Counselor is available to answer any questions you might have which are not adequately addressed by this bulletin. We invite you to contact the School Counselor (297-5328) with any concerns that you have about the program of studies or registration for classes.

Table of Contents

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Course Load

The seventh and eighth grade program operates within a seven period day, thus providing thirty-five periods per week in which to schedule both required and elective courses.

Junior high classes are offered in five different formats:  full year, quarter, semester, two days per week for a semester, and two to three days per week for a full year.  The full-year class meets one period every day for the entire school year, a quarter course meets one period every day for nine weeks, and the two or three day-per-week classes meet two or three periods per week for a semester or the entire school year.  The combination of these five types of classes gives students the flexibility to choose from a variety of courses during their two years of junior high school.

Honors Courses

Honors classes offered include Math 7H, Honors Algebra I, English 7H, and English 8H.

Factors used in selecting students for these classes include standardized achievement test scores, previous grades in the subject, general academic performance and teacher recommendations.  Primary emphasis is on enrichment in the English course and on vertical content acceleration in the Mathematics courses. Placement in these groups is not static from year to year, but there are specific summer requirements for students wishing to move from non-honors to honors in either area. For more information on these requirements, please contact the School Counselor at 297-5328.

Specialized Education Programs and Services

Oakwood Junior/Senior High School offers a continuum of program options under the umbrella of IDEA and ADA for students with special needs as outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEPs) or 504 Plans.  All students with disabilities are included in general education classes as much as appropriate.  Supports and services for students with identified needs are offered in the general education classroom, resource room, and through community-based learning designed to teach skills leading to adult independence.  The OJHS/OHS Intervention Specialists serve in several capacities for identified students:  as a coordinator for vocational training within the community, as resource room teachers to provide direct instruction to qualifying students, and as collaborative teachers present with a general educator in the classroom to provide necessary modifications and accommodations for students.  Resource classes in math, English, science, social studies, and academic transitions, are available for students with IEPs.  Academic transitions instruction is provided through a Transitions Learning Center, a semester class where students can earn a .5 elective credit.  Class instruction focuses on one’s transition goals outlined in his/her IEP to include:  identifying learning styles, study skills, organizational strategies, memory skills strategies, goal setting, beginning the career assessment process, etc.  Students will also be given the opportunity to complete homework, and study for tests/quizzes.

Speech and language services, hearing intervention services, vision intervention services, orientation and mobility services, adaptive physical education, physical therapy and occupational therapy are also available for students with identified needs.  In addition, oral interpreters and aides assist students when appropriate.  Support services that best meet the needs of limited English proficient (LEP) students are available to English Learner (EL) students whose primary or home language is other than English who need special language assistance in order to effectively participate in school instructional programs.  Students must be evaluated and qualify as limited English proficient (LEP) and needing special language help and services through an assessment process.   Upon enrollment, families complete a Home Language Survey.  Students whose home language is other than English are assessed by the English as a Second Language (SL) Instructor.  Results are shared with families, and EL support is offered if the student qualifies.  For more information concerning special education programs and services, contact our Special Education Supervisor at 297-7803.

Gifted Identification and Services

The Oakwood Board of Education has adopted a policy, in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 3324.01-3324.07 and Ohio Administrative Code, for identifying children who are gifted. The state mandates that all students have the opportunity to be assessed for possible "giftedness" based on the state's specific definition of giftedness, which follows:   

Children who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment and who are identified in the areas of superior cognitive domain, specific academic domain (math, science, social studies, reading/writing), creative thinking domain, and/or visual/performing arts domain (visual arts, music, dance, drama).

The district uses an approach of assessment and identification to identify students who perform, or show potential for performing, at high levels of accomplishment in these domains. To be identified as "gifted" a student must achieve the requisite cutoff score on an assessment instrument authorized by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), which sets cutoff scores.  Children may participate in either whole-grade assessment or referral-based assessment. Whole-grade level assessment occurs at grades 2, 4, and 6 in Oakwood City School District. For referral-based assessment, children may be referred for possible gifted identification on an ongoing basis based upon child request (self-referral), teacher recommendation, parent/guardian request, child referral of peer, or other referral. Referral forms are available in the school offices, Gifted Intervention Specialists’ offices, and counselors’ offices.

While the State of Ohio requires that students have the opportunity to be assessed for giftedness, it does not require districts to provide services for students who are identified as gifted. Through local tax dollars, Oakwood employs three (3) Gifted Intervention Specialists (GIS) who assist teachers at Lange, Harman, Smith, and the Junior/Senior High Schools in working with students identified as gifted.

The gifted services revolve around instructional activities for students who have been identified in each of the four domains of giftedness defined by the state of Ohio. The district ensures equal opportunity for all students identified as gifted to receive services offered by the district. Additionally, students who participate in gifted services are guided by the development and implementation of Written Education Plans (WEPs) that document student data, goals, and progress.   Differentiated instruction in the classroom is the linchpin of the program. Differentiated instruction requires modifying process, content, or product according to student need, readiness, and interest, and it is often performed in consultation with the Gifted Intervention Specialist. Our instructional program at all levels continues to evolve in order to meet the needs of our learners, and annually revised gifted services matrices are available from the Gifted Intervention Specialists.

At the secondary level, we offer services to students identified as gifted through curricular offerings, including enrichment electives, honors and Advanced Placement courses, cluster-grouping, co-teaching models, and educational options. For more information regarding this program, contact the Gifted Intervention Specialist at 297-5328.

Library Media Center

The mission of the Library Media Center is to encourage students to be responsible and ethical information users by providing instruction and equitable access to information and technology in order to prepare them for the post-secondary world.  The library media program also strives to promote reading by maintaining a current and diverse collection that reflects students’ curriculum needs and interests. The LMC endeavors to meet the needs of students and staff by affording the following: professional, fiction and nonfiction books, and audio books that supplement the curriculum; magazine subscriptions; databases for research; 36 computers for class and drop-in use; information literacy instruction; events to promote reading for pleasure; and assistance with technology and multimedia.

Hours of Operation:  8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (exceptions posted outside the LMC)

Attendance Procedure: Students should have a pass from a classroom teacher and must check in with the study hall teacher before reporting the to LMC. Students must sign in to the LMC upon arrival and sign out when leaving.

Borrowing Procedures: Students may borrow up to 10 items at a time. All materials circulate for three weeks and may be renewed up to three times each by bringing the materials to the LMC. A fine of $0.05 per school day will be charged for each overdue item.

Behavioral Expectations: Students should visit the LMC with an academic purpose: studying, reading, researching, checking out or returning a book, etc. Students who misuse the facility or its resources may have their use of the facility limited, according to the established guidelines.

Math Pathways

See here for the various options of progression in Mathematics classes from grades 7 through 12.  Please note the following:

  • Successful completion (grade of A or B) of an online Math 8 course is required for transfer to the honors pathway after Math 7.
  • Students moving from Honors Algebra I to College Prep will be placed into Geometry.
  • Summer college precalculus course would be taken at UD, WSU, or Sinclair.  The UD Summer Precalculus admission is based on application to UD.  There is no cost for the UD program.
  • A grade of A or B is necessary to move forward in Honors courses. Students with a grade of C in the previous course must secure teacher approval before enrolling in an Honors course. Students earning a grade of D or F in a prerequisite course may not enroll in Honors or AP courses.

Core Requirements

The State of Ohio has revised the requirements for high school graduation. This affects junior high students because some of the fine arts Core Requirement may be earned during the 7th and 8th grades.

While students will not earn a high school grade or credit in junior high fine arts, they must receive a passing grade to meet the Core Requirement.   Any grade earned will not count in a student's high school GPA.  Students may earn part of this requirement in junior high and part in high school.

Separately, some math offerings and 8th grade world language courses are considered high school classes and count toward both a student’s high school GPA and his or her graduation requirements. These courses include Algebra I, Geometry, Spanish 8, and French 8.
 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Class of 2014 and beyond*

English: 4 credits
Mathematics: 4
Science: 3
Social Studies: 4
Health: .5
P.E.: .5
Additional Electives: 6    

Total Minimum:  22

*All students must earn 18 points on end of course exams to receive a diploma and to participate in commencement.

*Ohio Core Requirements for Class of 2014 and Beyond According to Senate Bill 311:

  • All students must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy during grades 9-12.
  • Students must complete at least one year of fine arts taken any time in grades 7-12.  If taken during the 7th and 8th grades, student will meet the CORE requirement, however, they will not earn high school credit.
  • Science units must include 1 unit of physical sciences, 1 unit of life sciences and 1 unit advanced study in one or more of the following sciences: chemistry, physics, or other physical science; advanced biology or other life science; astronomy, physical geology, or other earth or space science.
  • One sequence or any combination of world language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies courses not otherwise required, for a total of six units.
  • Mathematics units must include 1 unit of Algebra II or the equivalent of Algebra II.

Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring is available to students who may need extra academic help in a class. OHS National Honor Society students tutor other students in grades Kindergarten through twelve.  There is no charge for the student receiving tutoring. For more information about this program, contact the School Counselor through the Junior High Office (297-5328).

Required Curriculum

SEVENTH Grade Program

Required Common Curriculum
English: Meets 5 periods per week

Reading Writing Connections: Meets 1 quarter per year
Mathematics: Meets 5 periods per week
Science: Meets 5 periods per week
Early World History: Meets 5 periods per week
Gateway 7: Meets 1 quarter per year or 

                       2 periods per week for one semester
Physical Education & Health:  Meets 1 semester per year
Computer Applications:
Meets 1 quarter per year or 
                       2 periods per week for one semester

Required:  At least one from this cluster:
Drawing and Painting I:  Meets 1 quarter per year
Sculpture I:  Meets 1 quarter per year

Required:  At least one from this cluster:
A Cappella Choir:  Meets 3 periods per week
Band 7:  Meets 3 periods per week
Choir:  Meets 2 periods per week
Intro to Guitar:  Meets 1 quarter per year
Music History:  Rock and Roll:  Meets 1 quarter per year
Orchestra:  Meets 3 periods per week

Electives
French: Meets 5 periods per week
for one semester
Spanish: Meets 5 periods per week for one semester
Basic Web Design: Meets 1 quarter per year
Video Production: Meets 1 quarter per year
Critical Thinking: Meets 1 quarter per year
Study Skills: Meets 1 quarter per year
Gateway to Tech – Energy & the Environment: Meets 1 quarter per year

Drawing and Painting I: Meets 1 quarter per year
Sculpture I: Meets 1 quarter per year
Drawing and Painting II: Meets 1 quarter per year
Sculpture II: Meets 1 quarter per year
Jazz Band: Meets 2 periods per week during Zero Period
Real Skills: Meets 1 quarter per year
Prepare. Cook. Eat. Repeat.: Meets 1 quarter per year
Sew Anyway: Meets 1 quarter per year
Beginning Robotics: Meets 1 quarter per year  
History on Display: Meets 1 quarter per year   

Study Hall

Eighth Grade Program

Required Common Curriculum
English: Meets 5 periods per week
Mathematics: Meets 5 periods per week
Science: Meets 5 periods per week
Early American History: Meets 5 periods per week
Gateway to Technology 8: Meets 1 quarter per year
Physical Education & Health:  Meets 1 semester per year
Composition & Communication: Meets 2 periods per week or 1 semester per year

Electives
French: Meets 5 periods per week all year
Spanish: Meets 5 periods per week all year
Basic Programming Skills: Meets 1 quarter per year
Computer Science: Meets 1 quarter per year
Basic Web Design: Meets 1 quarter per year
Video Production: Meets 1 quarter per year
Critical Thinking: Meets 1 quarter per year
Study Skills: Meets 1 quarter per year
Gateway to Tech – Energy & the Environment: 
Meets 1 quarter per year
STEM Exploration: Meets 1 quarter per year
Drawing and Painting I: Meets 1 quarter per year
Sculpture I: Meets 1 quarter per year
Drawing and Painting II: Meets 1 quarter per year
Sculpture II: Meets 1 quarter per year
Band 8: Meets 3 periods per week
Jazz Band: Meets 2 periods per week during “0” Period
A Cappella: Meets 3 periods per week
Choir: Meets 2 periods per week
Intro to Guitar: Meets 1 quarter per year
Music History: Rock and Roll: Meets 1 quarter per year
Orchestra: Meets 3 periods per week
Real Skills: Meets 1 quarter per year
Prepare. Cook. Eat. Repeat.: Meets 1 quarter per year
Sew Anyway: Meets 1 quarter per year
Beginning Robotics: Meets 1 quarter per year  
History on Display: Meets 1 quarter per year   

Study Hall

Course Descriptions

English

Math

English 7

This course is centered around Ohio Learning Standards in English Language Arts.  The class is thematically organized and includes a variety of genres.  Students learn academic vocabulary, comprehension strategies, and literary terms and concepts with a special emphasis on analysis of text.   Vocabulary development generates from word lists taken from fiction and informational text with additional concentration on Greek and Latin Roots.  Fundamentals of grammar and usage are examined through the texts students read and enhanced through differentiated instruction. Students will practice a variety of writing styles such as argumentative and informational.

English 7H

This course will cover the same Learning Standards as English 7, but will challenge students through depth and complexity in analysis of selected literary and informational texts, advanced vocabulary, and more complex writing projects. Additionally, an emphasis will be placed upon a more mature expression through writing and speaking.  Summer reading is required for this course.

Reading Writing Connections (Required)

This quarter length course will allow seventh grade students an opportunity to be exposed to additional reading and writing instruction and practice.  During this course, students will incorporate the skills and strategies learned in English to analyze a variety of texts and refine their writing.  This class will utilize a workshop approach in which the teacher uses extensive modeling, peer discussion, thinking strategies reflected in graphic organizers, and publishing tools to helps students to become more critical readers and competent writers. 

English 8

This course continues the development of reading skills and strategies to become critical readers and thinkers. Students are introduced to the main genres and themes of literature.  In addition, the course familiarizes students with literary terms and devices.  Students will be able to write evidence-based informative and argumentative essays. Students will be exposed to grammar conventions that help students develop strong and accurately written sentences. Vocabulary lessons will incorporate text-generated word selections and academic-related vocabulary.

English 8H

This course will cover the same Learning Standards as English 8, which are centered around the Ohio English Language Arts Standards and its five categories: Reading Literature; Reading Informational Text; Language; Speaking/Listening; and Writing. The course is differentiated from English 8 Regular through pace, depth, and complexity. The curriculum provides academically talented students an enhanced and enriched learning experience by extending beyond the core topics and placing additional emphasis on independence of learning, critical thinking, and advanced research skills. Students in this course will be encouraged to cultivate habits of independent thinking, creativity, collaboration, leadership, and advanced intellectual skills.

Composition and Communication 8 (required)

This course will expose students to a variety of genres in composition and speech.  Students will write narrative, informative, persuasive, and research pieces and then create speaking opportunities based on their writing and thinking in these areas.  Students will learn how to develop and organize multi-paragraph essays and implement revision strategies. Students will also develop speaking ability by focusing on verbal and nonverbal communication skills.  This class will utilize a workshop approach in which the teacher uses extensive modeling, peer discussion, thinking strategies reflected in graphic organizers, and publishing tools to helps students to become more competent writers and effective speakers. 

Math 7

In this course, basic arithmetic skills are learned in context as other topics are explored.  A heavy emphasis is placed on problem solving and recognizing relationships.  Topics to be explored include integers, probability, statistics, estimation, area and volume, measurement and scale, ratio and percent, geometry, and algebra.  Purchase of a TI-84 Plus calculator is required. If a student is unable to obtain the required calculator, the parent may contact the OJH Office for assistance.

Math 7H

This course bridges the gap between elementary school Mathematics and high school mathematics. The focus of this course is on higher mathematical thinking and problem solving, with a heavy emphasis on algebra.  Other topics include ratios and rates, geometry, area and volume, probability, and statistics.  Students are expected to be proficient in basic arithmetic skills (fraction and decimal operations) before entering seventh grade.  Purchase of a TI-84 Plus calculator is required.

Math 8

The overall goal of this course is to help students develop sound mathematical habits.  A strong emphasis is placed on the relationships between variables.  The students will study linear, exponential and inverse relationships through experiences with tables, graphs, equations and real-life situations.  Other topics to be explored are the Pythagorean Theorem, data and statistics, and symbolic reasoning.  This course will utilize technology, especially the graphics calculator.  Purchase of a TI-84 Plus calculator is required. If a student is unable to obtain the required calculator, the parent may contact the OJH Office for assistance.

Honors Algebra I

This course derives mathematical concepts from real life situations.  It incorporates topics from discrete mathematics, geometry, data analysis, and algebra.  Students will use a variety of resources to solve problems.  They will present and defend their solutions to problems.  This course is offered to a select group of students who have successfully completed Mathematics 7H. The pace of the course is accelerated and covers topics beyond the scope of a freshman algebra course.  The course will utilize technology, especially the graphics calculator.  Students are required to own a graphics calculator such as a TI-84 Plus.  Students successfully completing this course and the final exam will receive one unit of high school mathematics credit. Grades earned in the course will appear on their high school transcript and will be used in calculating their overall high school grade point average.  Students should maintain a B average or higher to continue in the honors program.

    

Geometry H

An honors math course may follow the same or similar general topics as a non-honors math course of the same title, but the course is a different course due to the pace, sequence and depth of contents. Honors math courses proceed at a swifter pace and expect a greater depth of understanding. Geometry Honors provides students with experiences that deepen their understanding of two and three-dimensional objects and their properties. Deductive and inductive reasoning as well as investigative strategies in drawing conclusions are stressed. Properties and relationships of geometric objects include the study of: (1) points, lines, angles and planes; (2) polygons, with a special focus on quadrilaterals, triangles, right triangles including trigonometry; (3) circles; and (4) polyhedra and other solids. An understanding of proof and logic is mastered.  Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion (A or B) of Algebra I H.

Science

Social Studies

Science 7

This course features an integrated science curriculum that offers the student learning experiences in the areas of earth and space science (Earth/Moon/Sun relationships and the hydrologic cycle in the atmosphere and ocean), life science (energy transfers through populations and biomes), and physical science (matter and the periodic table, conservation of mass and energy, and transformations of energy).  Students are given opportunities to learn basic science skills (inference/observation, graph/table/chart making and analyzing, and more!), expand their understanding of scientific concepts, solve problems and extend their critical thinking skills, and to work cooperatively with their fellow students.

Science 8

Science 8 features an integrated science curriculum that offers learning experiences in three major areas of study: earth science (Earth’s history and inner workings), life science (genetics and natural selection/evolution), and physical science (forces and motion). Building on past science curriculum, each content area provides opportunities for expanding students’ basic science processing skills, improving students’ understanding of scientific concepts and misconceptions, and refining students’ critical thinking and data compilation and analysis skills. Students are frequently provided the opportunity to creatively solve problems while working cooperatively with their peers through a variety of classroom activities and laboratories in an inquiry and application setting.

 

Early World History 7

This course seeks to emphasize the effect that people, groups, and civilizations had on each other through cultural diffusion. It will focus on the enduring impacts and the cultural, economic, and political legacies of the early civilizations of Greece, Rome, and West Africa, as well as the Muslim Empires and significant Asian civilizations. This course will also emphasize feudalism within Asia and Europe and military conquests during the Middle Ages, including the Crusades and the Mongol Invasions. The impact of new ideas from the Renaissance and Reformation will be examined, as well as the importance of European Exploration after 1400. Topics in geography, including location, places and regions, human/environmental interaction, and movement will be covered. In addition, economics (scarcity, resource allocation, and markets), systems of government, civic participation, and social studies skills/methods will all be emphasized. Where applicable, the long lasting effects of historical events will be connected to current events.

 

Early American History 8

This course will provide students with a comprehensive study of America’s history from colonization through reconstruction.  It will review the political, social, cultural, geographic, and economic growth of our nation.  An emphasis will be placed on responsible citizenship, and on the formation of the U.S. Constitution and how its fundamental principles were challenged during its first one hundred years.  The students will be engaged in various activities and research projects.  The students will be expected to relate past events and political decisions to current national affairs.

 

World

Fine Arts

French 7

This semester course introduces students to the French-speaking world and culture. Students become acquainted with a variety of themes and topics based on Ohio’s Learning Standards. Students will learn to speak, read, write and listen at Novice Level according to American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages standards. Students who successfully complete the 7th grade World Language Program with a course grade average of a B or higher will be enrolled in the 8th grade program. Any student who has not achieved a B average will need teacher permission to progress to the next level.

*Note: Junior High World Language is a 2-year commitment beginning in 7th grade.

 

Spanish 7

This semester course introduces students to the Spanish-speaking world and culture. Students become acquainted with a variety of themes and topics based on Ohio’s Learning Standards. Students will learn to speak, read, write and listen at Novice Level according to American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages standards. Students who successfully complete 7th grade World Language Program with a course grade average of a B or higher will be enrolled in the 8th grade program. Any student who has not achieved a B average will need teacher permission to progress to the next level.

*Note: Junior High World Language is a 2-year commitment beginning in 7th grade.

French 8

This one-year course is a continuation of the 7th grade program about the French-speaking world and culture. Students become acquainted with a variety of themes and topics based on Ohio’s Learning Standards. Students will learn to speak, read, write and listen at Novice Level according to American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages standards. Students who earn a minimum of an A will have the opportunity to pursue the language at an Honors II level as a freshman. A minimum of a C is required to progress to the Level II program as a freshman.

Students successfully completing this course will receive one unit of high school world language credit. Grades earned in the course will appear on their high school transcript and will be used in calculating their overall high school grade point average.

*Note: Junior High World Language is a 2-year commitment beginning in 7th grade.

Spanish 8

This one-year course is a continuation of the 7th grade program about the Spanish-speaking world and culture. Students become acquainted with a variety of themes and topics based on Ohio’s Learning Standards. Students will learn to speak, read, write and listen at Novice Level according to American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages standards. Students who earn a minimum of an A will have the opportunity to pursue the language at an Honors II level as a freshman. A minimum of a C is required to progress to the Level II program as a freshman.

Students successfully completing this course will receive one unit of high school world language credit. Grades earned in the course will appear on their high school transcript and will be used in calculating their overall high school grade point average.

*Note: Junior High World Language is a 2-year commitment beginning in 7th grade.

Drawing and Painting I (7-8)

This course is designed as an introductory course for the 7th or 8th grade student with an interest in exploring drawing and painting techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the production of art while also learning associated vocabulary, art history, and criticism.  Students will be given an opportunity to experiment and explore a wide variety of media associated with drawing and painting.  This course is a prerequisite for Drawing and Painting II  

Drawing and Painting II (7-8)

This course is designed for 7th or 8th grade students who have completed Drawing and Painting I, and wish to develop their skills further.  Emphasis will be placed on the expression of ideas and concepts through a variety of media.  Students will continue to build on previously learned vocabulary, art history, and criticism.  More choice and individualized instruction will be given in this course for the student who is serious about developing their drawing or painting skills to the next level.

Sculpture I (7-8)

This course is designed as an introductory course for the 7th or 8th grade student with an interest in exploring the use of mixed media for the production of sculpture.  Emphasis will be placed on learning basic sculpture techniques, while learning associated vocabulary, art history and criticism.  This course is a prerequisite for Sculpture II

Sculpture II (7-8)

This course is designed for 7th or 8th grade students who have completed Sculpture I and wish to develop their skills further.  Emphasis will be placed on the expression of ideas and concepts through a variety of media.  Students will continue to build on previously learned vocabulary, art history, and criticism.  More choice and individualized instruction will be given in this course for the student who is serious about developing their sculpting skills to the next level.

Band 7

This ensemble is for seventh grade students who have satisfactorily completed sixth grade band and would like to continue their instrumental music learning. There are required performances outside the school day that are part of the students' quarter grades. These include the high school varsity homecoming football game; the Fall Festival at the Oakwood Community Center; the junior high band winter and spring concerts; and Oakwood's That Day in May parade. 

Students who do not have at least one year of experience on a band instrument should enroll in an alternative music course. Students with no prior experience may wish to take private lessons outside the school during their seventh grade year, and then be assessed for readiness by the band teacher for participation their 8th grade year.

Band 8

This ensemble is for eighth grade students who have satisfactorily completed seventh grade band (or an equivalent level through private lessons) and would like to continue their instrumental music learning by performing advanced junior high music. There are required performances outside the school day that are part of the students' quarter grades. These include the high school varsity homecoming football game; the Fall Festival at the Oakwood Community Center; winter and spring concerts; and That Day in May community parade.

    Students who do not have at least two years of prior participation in band, or an equivalent experience through private lessons on a band instrument should enroll in an alternative music course.

Choir (7-8)

Fundamentals of voice, choral singing, theory, harmony, and music appreciation are taught. Ensemble and solo work begins. Participants are expected to perform in public. This class will meet 2 periods per week throughout the school year.

Intro to Guitar (7-8)

Through this class, students will receive the tools necessary to play the guitar at a basic-to-intermediate level.  This will be done through a hands-on approach that incorporates a significant amount playing along with popular recordings that emphasize fundamental guitar chords and techniques.  Although emphasis will be placed on practicality for the non-“formally trained” musician, basic music theory concepts will be explored, such as note names and simple rhythms.  In addition to learning existing songs, students will have the opportunity to create their own chord progressions and rhythmic patterns.   A general history of popular guitarists will also be covered.

A Capella Choir (7-8)

Fundamentals of voice, choral singing, theory, harmony, and music appreciation are taught. Ensemble and solo work begins. In addition, students will also perform in the contemporary a cappella style. This group will perform at concerts and possibly community functions throughout the year. This class will meet 3 periods per week throughout the school year.

Junior High Jazz Band (7-8)

Students selected by audition must have the desire to participate in a jazz band of disciplined, committed, focused, and hard-working jazz learners. Students will study and perform music found in the standard big band jazz repertoire.  Students selected for the Junior High Jazz Band will be expected to be warmed up and ready to play by 7:30 a.m. Students will also be expected to practice on their own as necessary to be a contributing member of the ensemble.

Enrollment: Audition.

Additional requirements: Students must be concurrently enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade band, choir, or orchestra.

Two periods per week, “0” period, (7:30 – 8:10 a.m.), November – May.

Music History: Rock and Roll (7-8)

In this course, students will learn about the styles of music, including Gospel, Jazz, Ragtime, and Country, that led to the explosion of Rock and Roll in the 1950’s.  Students will study the development of Rock and Roll over the last 60 years, tracing its trends and changes. Students will also study the social and historical events that have greatly shaped the popular music they listen to today.

Orchestra 7

This course is open to string students who have played the violin, viola, cello, or bass for at least one year/or are proficient enough for ensemble playing. Emphasis is on appreciation of orchestral repertoire through study and performance. The junior high orchestra program provides a foundation of basic skills seeking to develop a mature musician through ensemble and solo performance. Students are expected to perform in public and practice assigned music at home. Seventh grade orchestra meets three periods per week. Essential Elements 2000, Book II is the method book used in seventh grade.

 

Orchestra 8

 This course is open to string students who have played the violin, viola, cello, or bass for at least two years/or are proficient enough for ensemble playing. Emphasis is on appreciation of orchestral literature through study and performance. The junior high orchestra program provides a foundation of basic skills seeking to develop a mature musician through ensemble and solo performance. Students are expected to perform in public and practice assigned music at home. Eighth grade orchestra meets three periods per week. Essential Elements 2000, Book III is the method book used in eighth grade.

Other Required Courses

General Elective Courses

Computer Applications 7 (required)

This highly differentiated course includes keyboarding using the touch method, word processing (Word/Google Docs), presentation design and function (PowerPoint/Google Slides Prezi), spreadsheets (Excel/Google Sheets), and databases (FileMaker). The class will also cover digital citizenship, which includes online safety, ethics, etiquette and appropriate behaviors for online use. All students will complete an electronic portfolio of their work. Parent's permission to use the Internet is required for participation in this course. This course will be required of all 7th graders.

Gateway 7 (required)

Design and Modeling This quarter course uses solid modeling (a sophisticated mathematical technique for representing solid objects) to introduce students to the design process.  Utilizing this design approach, students understand how solid modeling has influenced their lives.  Students also learn sketching techniques and use descriptive geometry as a component of design, measurement, and computer modeling.  Using the design process, students brainstorm, research, develop ideas, create models, test and evaluate design ideas, and communicate their solution to solve problems.

Physical Education and Health (7-8) (required)

This is a semester program in which students will engage in 6 weeks of health education instruction and 12 weeks of physical education instruction. 

The physical education portion will provide a clear focus on students’ health needs while allowing them to improve their level of physical fitness.  Students will demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.  Students will exhibit responsible personal behavior and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.  Students will learn teamwork, skillful play, and responsible behavior through team sport activities and will value physical activity for health, enjoyment, self-expression and social interaction. 

 The health portion of the course is designed to provide current health information that will provide students with the education and skills necessary to make healthy life choices.  Students will learn about the interrelationship of mental, emotional, social, and physical health during adolescence.  Also, students will analyze how individuals, family, and community values influence health-related decisions.  Finally, students will apply various health strategies and skills needed to attain personal health goals. 

Basic Programming Skills Using Alice 8

Are you familiar with Google, Facebook, and eBay? Without computer programmers, none of these would exist.  This course introduces students to Alice, an object-oriented program that allows you to learn the basic programming principles (planning, analysis, design, implementation, and end-user documentation) that are involved in programming everything from video games to 3D movies. In this class you will code and develop a project to share with your peers. Parent's permission to use the Internet is required for participation in this course.  (Must have completed Computer Applications with a passing grade)

 

Basic Web Design (7-8)

This course will introduce what it takes to create and maintain a web page. Basic HTML will be covered as well as using a wysiwyg (What You See Is What You Get) program. Students will plan and create a site that they create and post on the Internet.  Parent's permission to use the Internet is required for participation in this course.

Beginning Robotics (7-8)

Students will create and program robots using hands-on, student-friendly materials. Topics of study will include programming, simple engineering, research skills, project defense, teamwork, and current events. This course is only open to those students identified as gifted (in any domain of giftedness). 

Computer Science 8

Are you fascinated by computers and wonder how they do what they do?  This course will introduce students to the history of computers, cyber-security, hardware, and computer networking. Parent's permission to use the Internet is required for participation in this course.

Prerequisite: Must have completed Computer Applications with a passing grade.

Critical Thinking (7-8)

Students will discover more effective ways of thinking through this discussion-based class using the Philosophy for Children resources.  Students will engage in philosophical discussions, improve listening skills, and develop reasoning/thinking skills.  The focus of the junior high course is on ethical reasoning, reasoning through writing, and social issues. 

Gateway to Technology- Energy and the Environment (Elective) (7-8)

In this course, students will investigate the importance of energy in our lives and the impact that using energy has on the environment. Students will design and model alternative energy sources and then participate in an energy fair to demonstrate ways to solve the energy crisis. Students will evaluate ways to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions through energy efficiency and waste management techniques.

History on Display (7-8)

Students will study a theme in history and will create a product that draws conclusions about an event in American and/or world history. Students will learn about historical research; accessing primary and secondary sources; creating exhibits; and visual design. This course is only open to those students identified as gifted (in any domain of giftedness).

Prepare. Cook. Eat. Repeat. (7-8)

This quarter course includes units on foods and nutrition while giving students hands-on experience in the kitchen.  Students will learn to identify utensils and tools, and use them properly and safely while preparing a variety of foods.  Students will become more aware of the marketing techniques used to persuade their buying decisions, particularly in a grocery store.  This course is offered to students in seventh or eighth grade who have successfully completed Real Skills.

Real Skills (7-8)

Real Skills for Real People with Real Lives.  This quarter course is designed to help YOU take care of YOU.  Students will learn how to use sewing tools and operate a sewing machine while creating their own gym bag.  Also, students will learn the basics of working in a kitchen, kitchen tools, and safety while preparing and eating a variety of foods. Learn to develop eating habits that enable you to put your best foot forward in all aspects of your life. 

Sew Anyway (7-8)

In this quarter course students will expand upon the sewing skills already learned in Real Skills. Students will develop a clothing product of their choice while learning techniques on the sewing machine.  Additionally, they will work to develop their hand sewing skills.  Students will also sew on buttons, repair hems and seams, and much more! This course is offered to students in seventh or eighth grade who have successfully completed Real Skills.

STEM Exploration 8

This class is open to 8th graders.  This will be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) based class that will apply engineering principles through designing, discovering, problem solving, and creating projects such as a model glider, and pinewood derby cars. Students may also have the opportunity to explore basic forensic science through crime scene investigation including fingerprints, shoeprints, and tool marks.

Study Hall (7-8)

A quiet, supervised area is provided during each block of time during the school day when a student is not scheduled for a class. During this time, students are expected to exercise a high degree of self-direction in going about the business of class preparation. Frequently, this unstructured time provides students with an opportunity to visit the library for browsing or research.

Study Skills (7-8)

Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice study skills that should enable them to find increased success in the classroom.  Some of the areas of study will include organization, goal setting, note taking, listening skills, time management, studying a reading assignment, and test taking.

Video Production (7-8)

Do you like to make videos? In this class learn what it takes to make quality movies by creating your own films. Learn what the different camera angles show, how to plan a script, how to edit a movie, and how to tell a good story.  All students will create a digital portfolio of their work.  Parent's permission to use the Internet is required for participation in this course.

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