Exploration and Enrichment

 6th Grade Enrichment Classes Descriptions

   Bias & Society – Teacher will promote a safe, respectful, and inclusive learning environment by helping students learn to reflect on identity. Students will understand and appreciate differences, explore societal issues arising from bias and discrimination, improve critical-thinking skills, examine diverse viewpoints, and learn strategies to promote justice and equity in schools, communities, and society at large.

   Journalism – The Journalism course is designed to give students a wide variety of writing and interpersonal experiences with the satisfaction of “getting published.” In addition to researching, interviewing, and writing articles, students will enjoy learning to design and create comics and jokes, report on local events, and track local weather.

 MakerSpace – The MakerSpace is an arena for project-driven learning. Students work individually and collaboratively to design and create finished projects. Supplies used include plastic, metal, gears, robotics supplies, wood, textiles, batteries, and solar panels.

 STEM – Students will engage in and create projects using basic programing concepts with block coding and robotics.

 Technology - Over the course of one trimester, Tech students will develop the skills necessary to produce one scene from the original Star Wars movie. Each student will direct, film & edit their scene, and even create animations for their segment.

 6th Grade Exploration Courses

Art

Chorus

Drama

Spanish Language and Culture

Band (year long)

 

7th Grade Enrichment Classes Rotation

 

 Health & Leadership – Health and Leadership is a trimester course, which will guide students through the many dimensions of wellness while also learning about nutrition and sexual health. Students will practice the necessary refusal skills when confronting difficult situations. They will develop techniques that will help them establish a knowledge of what is required for a solid, healthy mind and body. The course covers alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education, including vaping. Students also plan schoolwide spirit days and create positive posters to be displayed throughout the campus.

 MakerSpace – The Makerspace is an arena for project-driven learning. Students work individually and collaboratively to design and create finished projects. Supplies used include plastic, metal, gears, robotics supplies, wood, textiles, batteries, and solar panels. Seventh Grade MakerSpace will build on the learning from the previous year and will feature more in-depth projects.

 STEM – Be a problem solver, inventor, logical thinker, and a good communicator. This STEM class will teach you to be all of these through project-based learning. All of these skills will be integrated into one class to introduce you to STEM and certain jobs that use STEM.

 Technology – Students will learn a variety of professional multimedia applications and skills. They will utilize these skills to produce a weekly school video magazine called “Devil’s Digest.” It is broadcast each week to the school and the St. Helena community over the internet.

 

7th Grade Exploration Courses

Art

Chorus

Drama

Spanish - Beginning

Spanish - Heritage

Band (year long)

 

8th Grade Enrichment Classes

  

Creative Writing – Creative writing is all about story telling- how to create different plot lines, creating and describing different characters, and exploring a variety of different genres of stories. We also examine words and how they can be used to influence and manipulate. It’s very fun, full of variety, discussion, teamwork and of individual expression.

  Science nd Society – S&S provides an opportunity for students to explore how science relates to their lives and the world around them. We discuss current events in science, explore the science of science fiction, provide an opportunity for students to investigate their own scientific interest and engage in collaborative projects. For example, in our “Food Truck: Science and Sustainability” unit, students work collaboratively and use information from their research to design a menu which: follows nutritional guidelines, explains the science behind the preparation of the items and describes the sustainable practices followed throughout the process. After presenting their projects, we decide on one menu item that best meets the criteria and share a meal together.

Technology - Over the course of one trimester, the 8th Graders will design and engineer a vehicle/robot that will incorporate motors, a computer chip and sensors so that they can program it to successfully complete a range of tasks.

 8th Grade Year Long Elective Courses

Art

Chorus

Drama

Spanish 1

Heritage Spanish

Band