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COURSE

CATALOG

2013-2014

PALO ALTO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Jane Lathrop Stanford

Middle School


PALO ALTO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Jane Lathrop Stanford

Middle School

COURSE

CATALOG

2013-2014

Grades 6, 7, 8

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................................................... 1

6 th Grade Program .................................................................................................................................................................... 3

7 th Grade Required Courses ...................................................................................................................................................... 5

8 th Grade Required Courses ...................................................................................................................................................... 6

SUPPORT PROGRAMS .................................................................................................................. 7

After School Support Programs ................................................................................................................................................ 9

Schoolwide Portfolios & Exit Interviews .................................................................................................................................... 9

MASTER LIST OF SELECTIVES ...................................................................................................... 10

Full-Year Selectives ................................................................................................................................................................ 11

Semester Selectives ............................................................................................................................................................... 13

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English/Language Arts

History/Social Studies

Mathematics

Science

Physical Education/Music

(alternate days)

Exploratory Wheel

INTRODUCTION

MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE OVERVIEW

REQUIRED COURSES

Guidance Department: 856-5182

COURSES

Grade 6* Grade 7* Grade 8*

English/Language Arts

History/Social Studies

Mathematics

Science

Physical Education

Elective

Elective

* All students will have Wednesday Instructional Period (WIP).

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English/Language Arts

History/Social Studies

Mathematics

Science

Physical Education

Elective

Elective

PLEASE NOTE: This catalog must be produced before decisions about budget and staffing are made for the 2013-2014 school year.

Although we hope to offer all of these classes, we may have to cancel some. We will cancel any which do not have sufficient enrollment

(24 students in most cases.) It is very important that students indicate their first seven choices in the order desired.

NOTE: Students and their parents have several important decisions to make in planning a school program. No catalog can answer all

your questions, so don’t hesitate to speak to your teacher or counselor to get more information or assistance. Students are assigned a

counselor based on grade level.

Choice Options

Connections 6 th , 7 th , and 8 th Grade

While we hope all students are in this program for all three years, you may apply for this program at all three grade levels. A lottery is

held for open spots at each grade level.

The Connections program focuses on project-based learning and stresses student choice and responsibility. Through innovative and

progressive teaching practices, students are challenged and actively engaged in their education.

We Believe

1. Teaching for Thinking: Connecting Hearts and Minds

Through project-based learning, students gain and practice the higher order and critical thinking skills necessary for analyzing,

creating and problem solving. Students have opportunities to choose topics of interest and follow their passions.

2. Teachers as Coaches/Mentors: Connecting Students and Teachers

Teachers act as coaches or facilitators and provide personalized feedback and written evaluations. Students take responsibility for

their own work and progress.

3. Meaningful, Challenging Curriculum: Connecting the Curriculum

Using differentiated curriculum that follows the state and district guidelines, students solve problems using real world applications.

Topics of study are enhanced with relevant field trips, guest speakers and current events. Research projects and units focus on

depth vs. breadth.


4. Collaboration and Cooperation: Connecting the Learning Community

Students work in self-directed groups fostering collaborative learning and positive social interactions. Students develop their skills

as leaders, facilitators and collaborators.

5. Parent/Teacher/Child/Community: Connecting Home and School

Parents are encouraged to participate in the program. Teachers are open and accessible to parents.

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6 TH GRADE PROGRAM

Sixth grade core (five periods of the day) covers the subjects of English/Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Science, and Math.

Teachers are grouped in two- or three-member teams. These teams share responsibilities for curriculum in different ways.

English 6

Sixth grade students build their English and Language Arts skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking within the

context of core literature units including novels, short stories, poetry, and mythology. Teachers use a variety of texts to develop literature

units focusing on literary elements, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and response to literature. Students practice the

conventions of language (grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc.) in required writing assignments, teacher developed writing

lessons, and grammar text lessons. Writing domains emphasized include Autobiographical Incident, Report of Information, and

Persuasive Essay. Teachers develop writing units from selected materials including the PAUSD Writing Binder and focus on the

development of the traits of good writing. Students practice speaking and listening skills through formal speeches, presentations

(individual and group), discussions, and conversations.

History / Social Science 6

Students will be introduced to ancient world history and will study significant periods of history that have altered and shaped human society,

such as the Agricultural Revolution that transformed our pre-historic humans’ hunter-gatherer societies into settled farming-herding cultures.

Students will learn about the foundational elements that formed civilizations and will specifically study ancient world civilizations of Africa,

Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Through the use of textbooks, teacher selected materials, and research, students will learn about the geographical, social, political,

religious, and economic systems of these cultures, and how various societies developed these systems.

Throughout the year students will develop historical analysis skills, research, note-taking, multiple perspectives, and presentation skills,

as well as participate in a variety of classroom activities such as Socratic discussions and simulations

Students will investigate past to present connections as they learn that contemporary cultures are the descendants of earlier civilizations

and are influenced by historical events. By studying the characteristics of these civilizations, students will become more aware of, and

learn to appreciate and value, the ethnic and cultural diversity in our own society and the contributions these diverse civilizations have

made to our modern world.

Science 6

This one-year, activity based course follows the California State Science and District Standards for 6 th grade. This is a hands-on curriculum

emphasizing earth science, ecology, and botany. Units taught may include: landforms (processes of erosion and deposition), earth history

(earth’s interior, convection, plate tectonics, volcanic activity, earthquakes), ecology, and “Fast Plants” experiments with miniature mustard

plants with supporting instruction about plant biology. A variety of field trip experiences enhance the curriculum. Students will be mentored

and encouraged to extend their science activities beyond the classroom at the annual JLS Science Fair.

Math

All students study the mathematical strands recommended by the California Framework of number sense, measurement, geometry,

patterns and functions, statistics and probability, logic and language, and algebra. Focus is placed on problem-solving, conceptual

understanding, building connections throughout the strands, and developing computational skills. Students solve problems,

communicate ideas in both oral and written form, analyze and organize information, evaluate alternative mathematical approaches, and

interpret results. Students use mental math, estimation, paper and pencil computation, manipulative models, calculators, computers,

and other technology as appropriate. Students are heterogeneously grouped in 6 th grade and work both independently and in

cooperative group situations with instruction that is differentiated to appropriately challenge students. Extension and enrichment

opportunities are available to all students.

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Music / Physical Education

During one period, sixth grade students spend alternate days in Music and Physical Education. Sixth grade music students continue to

develop as musicians and performers. There is a focus on building a strong foundation using proper posture, breath control, tone

production, and reading music. In addition, students perform several times a year. Physical Education consists of a program of

activities that are designed to develop good basic motor skills, nutrition, physical fitness, and fundamental movement patterns.

Emphasis is placed on the importance of positive sportsmanship and cooperation, including respect for one another.

Exploratory Wheel

The remaining period for 6 th graders is the Exploratory Wheel. Students receive approximately six weeks of instruction in Art,

Computer Applications, Drama, Home Economics, Industrial Technology, and the Language Transfer Program. These courses

will provide students an introduction to courses which they may choose as electives in 7 th and 8 th grade.

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English 7

7 TH GRADE REQUIRED COURSES

Seventh grade students continue to build their English and Language Arts skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

These abilities are developed within the context of core literature units including novels, short stories, poetry, and a play. Core literature at

this level includes The Diary of Anne Frank, and The House on Mango Street. Extended core is Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and several

teachers are currently piloting Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science. Teachers develop other literature units

from a variety of supplemental texts, including novels, short stories, and poetry, as well as the McDougal Littell anthology. Students

practice the conventions of language (grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc.) in required writing assignments, teacher

developed writing lessons, and grammar text lessons. Students practice speaking and listening skills through formal speeches and

conversations, individual and group presentations, and small group discussion. Our students learn to view multi-media resources with a

critical eye; they are also given opportunities to create and present their own multi-media projects. Teachers develop writing units from

selected materials including the PAUSD Writing Binder and focus on the development of the traits of good writing.

History / Social Science 7

Students will connect their past studies of world history to new studies of medieval world history in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe,

and the Americas from approximately 100 A.D. through 1700 A.D.

Through the use of textbooks, teacher selected primary and secondary source materials, and research, students will learn about the

social, political, religious, and economic systems of these cultures, and how various societies developed these systems.

Throughout the year students will develop historical analysis skills, research, note-taking, multiple perspectives, and presentation skills,

as well as participate in a variety of classroom activities such as Socratic discussions and simulations.

Students will investigate past to present connections as they learn that contemporary cultures are the descendants of earlier civilizations

and are influenced by historical events. By studying the historical, political, economic, religious, and social implications of these world

cultures, students will become more aware of, and learn to appreciate and value, the ethnic and cultural diversity in our own society and

the modern world.

Mathematics 7 Pre-Algebra, Pre-Algebra Advanced

Students in grade seven study the mathematical strands recommended by the California Framework: Number Sense, Algebra and

Functions, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics, Data Analysis and Probability, and Mathematical Reasoning.

Students will solve problems, communicate ideas in both oral and written form, analyze and organize information, evaluate alternative

mathematical approaches, and interpret results. Students will compute using paper and pencil, mental arithmetic, computers, and

calculators.

By the end of 7 th grade, students are expected to be adept at manipulating numbers and basic equations. Students will be placed in

Pre-Algebra or Pre-Algebra Advanced based on their achievement in Math 6.

Physical Education

Physical Education consists of a program of activities that are designed to develop good basic motor skills, nutrition, physical fitness and

fundamental movement patterns. Emphasis is placed on the importance of positive sportsmanship and cooperation, including respect

for one another. Students are provided an introductory exposure to a wide variety of activities, including team sports, individual and

dual sports, rhythms and aquatics.

Science 7

This one-year activity-based course follows the California State and District Science Standards for 7 th grade. The standards include the

following broad topics: Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution, Earth and Life History, Structure and Function in Living Systems, Physical

Principals in Living Systems, Investigation and Experimentation.

Scientific aspects of human life are incorporated with study of structure and function in living systems. While exploring the various Life

Science concepts, students will be engaged in class and homework activities that also stress writing, reading, and math skills.

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English 8

8 TH GRADE REQUIRED COURSES

Eighth grade students continue to build their English and Language Arts skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

These abilities are developed within the context of core literature units including novels, short stories, and poetry. Core literature in the

eighth grade includes The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Pearl. Teachers develop other literature units using a variety of

supplemental texts, including novels, short stories, poetry, and the McDougal Littell anthology. Students practice the conventions of

language (grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc.) in required writing assignments, teacher developed writing lessons, and

grammar text lessons. Students practice speaking and listening skills through formal speeches and conversations, individual and group

presentations, and small group discussion. Our students learn to view multi-media resources with a critical eye; they are also given

opportunities to create and present their own multi-media projects. Teachers develop writing units from selected materials including the

PAUSD Writing Binder and focus on the development of the traits of good writing.

History / Social Science 8

Students will connect their past studies of American history to new studies of the foundations of the United States including the social,

economic, religious, political, and geographical growth of the nation from the mid-1700's to the turn of the 20th century.

Through the use of textbooks, teacher selected materials, and research, students will learn about the causes of the Revolutionary War,

creation and implementation of the Constitution, formation of political parties, foreign policies and conflict between nations, the Westward

Movement (Manifest Destiny), slavery and the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Industrial Revolution. The students will learn about the

diverse peoples who immigrated to America and their profound influence in America's development.

Throughout the year students will develop historical analysis skills, research, note-taking, multiple perspectives, and presentation skills,

as well as participate in a variety of classroom activities such as Socratic discussions and simulations.

Students will investigate past to present connections as they learn that contemporary society has been influenced by historical events.

By studying the ethical, social, political, and economic questions Americans have dealt with historically, students will be more aware of,

and sensitive to, the issues facing America today.

Mathematics 8: Introduction to Algebra, Algebra 1

Students continue their study of the strands recommended by the California Framework: Number Sense, Algebra and Functions,

Measurement and Geometry, Statistics, and Mathematical Reasoning.

Students continue to use and improve their skills in problem-solving, communicating mathematical ideas in oral and written form, analyzing

complex situations, organizing information, using computers and graphing calculators, and working independently and in groups.

By the end of 8th grade, Intro to Algebra students have begun to develop an understanding of symbolic reasoning and calculations with

symbols. Algebra 1 students are expected to have a deeper understanding of the symbolic language of mathematics, algebraic skills,

concepts, and problem solving.

Physical Education

Physical Education consists of a program of activities that are designed to develop good basic motor skills, nutrition, physical fitness and

fundamental movement patterns. Emphasis is placed on the importance of positive sportsmanship and cooperation, including respect

for one another. Students are provided an introductory exposure to a wide variety of activities, including team sports, individual and

dual sports, rhythms and aquatics.

Science 8

This one-year activity-based course follows the California State and District Science Standards for 8th grade. The standards include the

following broad topics: Investigation and Experimentation, Motion, Forces, Energy, Structure and Properties of Matter, Periodic Table,

Chemical Reactions, Chemistry of Living Things, Stars and Star Cycles, and the Solar System.

While exploring the various Physical Science concepts, students will be engaged in classroom and homework activities that also stress

writing, reading, and math skills.

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SUPPORT PROGRAMS

JLS offers a variety of programs designed to assist students to reach their full academic potential and ensure academic success in high

school and beyond. Students are placed in these courses through consultation with counselors, parents, and teachers.

Academic Enhancement

This class is a comprehensive reading/language arts program designed to bring students up to proficiency in literacy skills. The program

includes three comprehensive teaching models: whole group, small group and one-on-one instruction with adaptive technology. This

class meets in blocks of two periods, four times a week. Parents should consult with their child’s counselor for more information.

Academic Language Development (ALD)

This course is designed to support reclassified (students who have exited the ELL program) English Learners in narrative and expository

reading and writing, vocabulary development, and use of spoken language in the core content areas. Effective organization and study

skills will be integrated into the curriculum. This course will prepare Redesignated English Learners for success in using listening,

speaking, reading and writing in preparing for high school. This class takes the place of one elective course.

AVID

This course is designed to assist 7th and 8th grade students in achieving at their full academic potential. Students will work on

enhancing their study skills with the goal of successfully participating in college preparatory classes and eventually attending a four-year

university. In addition, students will learn how to advocate for themselves in academic and non-academic situations. Curriculum includes

tutorial sessions, study skills, curricular enrichment, and personal empowerment to feel validated and recognized in the school setting.

This class takes the place of one elective course.

Special Education

Special Education services are coordinated with middle school instructional programs. Information about middle school programs and

schedules is available from the JLS Special Education staff. Special Education students and their parents should consult with their

current Special Education teachers prior to submitting registration materials for the 2013-2014 school year.

English Language Learners (ELL)

Students who register in the Palo Alto Unified School District must complete a home language survey. If that document indicates that

English is not the student’s primary language, the student must take a state mandated language exam. Those who demonstrate fluency

in speaking, listening, reading and writing are designated fluent and will follow the same schedule as all other mainstream students.

Non-English fluent students receive English language instruction according to the following model.

Sixth grade students in the 6A class of the English Language Learners Program will have two periods of ELL daily for English language

acquisition. The 6B and 6C classes will have only one period of ELL daily. (See chart on the following page.)

Seventh and eighth grade students in the beginning, intermediate, and early advanced range take English Language Learner classes in

place of mainstream English and social studies courses. Some early advanced level students will only be enrolled in an EL English class.

ELL classes will account for two periods of required course work. All other course selections will be made following instruction for all

other 7th and 8th graders.

Please consult with the English Language Development Coordinator if further clarification is necessary.

Math Workshop

This class is intended for students who would like extra help in order to be successful in their math classes. In a supportive environment

with no more than 15-18 students and a math teacher who is familiar with their respective grade level program, students will learn how

to succeed in math through individual and small group tutoring, organizational help, projects, games, and computer programs. This class

is intended for students who are performing below grade level in math and have been recommended by their teacher or guidance

counselor.

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ELL 6A

! Beginning proficiency level.

! ELL substitutes for mainstream English

and social studies classes.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT CLASSES

ELL 6B

6 TH Grade

! Intermediate proficiency level.

! Replaces social studies class.

* Depending on enrollment, ELL 6A and ELL 6B may be combined

ELL 1 (two periods)

! Beginning proficiency level.

! ELL substitutes for mainstream English

and grade level social studies classes.

7 TH / 8 TH Graders

ELL 2 (two periods)

! Intermediate proficiency level.

! ELL substitutes for mainstream English

and grade level social studies class.

* Depending on enrollment, ELL 1 and ELL 2 may be combined

! ELL World History: 7 th grade ELL 1,

ELL 2. ELL 3 students who are not at

grade level can be recommended.

OR

! ELL U.S. History: 8 th grade ELL 1, ELL 2,

and ELL 3 students who are not at

grade level can be recommended.

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ELL 6C

! Early Advanced proficiency level.

! Students will work on academic writing

and receive homework support.

ELL 3 (one/two periods)

! Early Advanced proficiency level.

! ELL substitutes for the mainstream

English class and possibly the grade

level social studies class.

! ELL World History: 7 th grade ELL 1,

ELL 2, ELL 3 students who are not at

grade level can be recommended.

OR

! ELL U.S. History: 8 th grade ELL 1, ELL 2,

and ELL 3 students who are not at

grade level can be recommended.


AFTER SCHOOL SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Homework Habitat

Homework Habitat meets in the library from 3:15–4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. It is a quiet place for students to do

their homework and receive academic support from JLS staff and volunteers. Computers for research and word processing are available.

Students are to remain in Homework Habitat until they are ready to leave campus.

SCHOOLWIDE PORTFOLIOS & EXIT INTERVIEWS

The Portfolio Program at JLS provides students with the opportunity to reflect on how they have progressed as learners during their

three years at JLS. Schoolwide portfolios contain samples of student work from all subject areas, including PE and electives. Twice a

year, students choose and reflect on pieces of work they would like to include in their schoolwide portfolios. As a result, these portfolios

are examples of students’ academic development ranging over their respective middle school careers, and they serve as supporting

evidence for each student’s focused conversations during exit interviews.

At the end of Eighth Grade, each student prepares for and participates in an Exit Interview, using their schoolwide portfolio. The

interview provides a real world opportunity for students to share their work with an adult in a student-friendly environment. This

experience allows students to practice valuable interpersonal communication skills. In addition, the interview encourages students to

reflect on and showcase their work at JLS.

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MASTER LIST OF SELECTIVES

FULL-YEAR SELECTIVES SEMESTER SELECTIVES

MUSIC

Band, Advanced+

Band, Symphonic++

Choir

Orchestra

WORLD LANGUAGES

French 1A

French 1B*

German 1A

Japanese 1A

Japanese 1B*

Mandarin 1A

Spanish 1A

Spanish 1B*

Spanish for Spanish Speakers

UNIQUE OFFERING

Yearbook

* Prerequisite

** Permission of staff required

+ 7 th grade only

++ 8 th grade only

! Application required

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ART

Art 1A

Art 1B (Advanced)*

Art – Multimedia+

COMPUTERS

Broadcast Media (KJLS) *!

Computer Keyboarding/Applications

Computer Programming

Video Production

Web Design 1A

Web Design 1B*

DRAMA

Back Stage Production

Drama 1A

Drama 1B*

Musical Theater

HOME ECONOMICS

Gourmet Cooking (Advanced)*

Skills for Living

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY

Industrial Technology 1A

Industrial Technology 1B (Advanced)*

UNIQUE OFFERINGS

Creative Writing

Leadership**++!

Public Speaking

School Service++

! "

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Every effort is made to schedule your first “Selective” preferences, but often that is not possible. It is important that

you fill out all seven of the selectives in rank order so that your final schedule does include selectives

of your choice.

Please note that only those classes with sufficient enrollment are offered (24 students in most cases).


FULL-YEAR SELECTIVES

MUSIC

Advanced Band Course Number 6882

7 th Grade / Year

The 7 th grade Advanced Band performs at formal concerts, the May Fete Parade, and various assembly programs. In addition, Advanced

Band students are eligible to audition for Jazz Ensemble. Daily rehearsals are spent working on the development of music fundamentals

and building ensemble skills. Students will perform music from a variety of genres and styles. Students will be expected to attend

possible after school rehearsals and all performances.

Symphonic Band Course Number 6884

8 th Grade / Year

The 8 th grade Symphonic Band performs at formal concerts, assembly programs, parades, festivals and other special events. Students in

Symphonic Band also have the opportunity to travel with the group on an overnight performance tour. Symphonic Band students are

also eligible to audition for Jazz Band. Daily rehearsals are spent working on the development of music fundamentals and building

ensemble skills. Students will perform music from a variety of genres and styles. Students will be expected to attend possible after school

rehearsals and all performances.

Choir 1A Course Number 6876

7 th and 8 th Grade / Year

In Mixed Choir, Girls Choir, and Boys Choir, students will develop and improve their voices, and learn about music through performance.

Students will perform a wide variety of choral music. Opportunities exist for those who wish to sing solos or participate in small

ensembles. The Choirs will perform in concerts, assembly programs, community events and festivals. Students will be expected to attend

possible after school rehearsals and all evening performances.

Orchestra Course Number 6886

7 th and 8 th Grade / Year

In Orchestra class students work on expanding their string technique, knowledge, and ensemble skills while performing a wide variety of

music of differing styles and genres. The Orchestra performs in formal concerts as well as other activities that have included attending a

CMEA music festival, a tour to elementary schools, performances and activities with the Gunn HS Orchestra, master classes, and possibly

an overnight performance tour. Students enrolled in orchestra are eligible to play in the Chamber Orchestra and String Chamber Music

Club. Students will be expected to attend possible after school rehearsals and all evening performances.

WORLD LANGUAGES

(Formerly Foreign Languages)

FRENCH, GERMAN, JAPANESE, MANDARIN, SPANISH

French 1A

German 1A

Japanese 1A

Mandarin 1A

Spanish 1A

Spanish for Spanish Speakers

French 1B

Japanese 1B

Spanish 1B

IMPORTANT NOTE: Level 1A and 1B classes are designed for students who have NO prior knowledge or exposure to the target

language.

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Five languages are currently available to students – French, German, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. The number of students enrolled

will determine whether the class ultimately will be available. With a pre-enrollment of at least 24 students, beginning language courses

(the 1A series) will be offered.

Each world language course develops self-confidence through the study of a second language and fosters an appreciation for that

language and its culture. Capable students who wish to study more than one language at a time may do so. Homework in world language

classes is given regularly.

Seventh graders enroll in the course numbered 1A. As eighth graders, they continue with the course numbered 1B. This two-year

sequence in middle school is equivalent to the first year of high school study, allowing students to enter level two as freshmen. This is

a great way to get a jump start on the new A-G requirements needed to graduate from high school.

NOTE: Eighth graders are welcome to sign up for 1A classes as preparation for entering level one as freshmen in high school.

General Course Descriptions

Students of French, German, Japanese*, Mandarin and Spanish will develop growing proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking,

reading, and writing, and gain understanding of the structure of the language appropriate to the level of instruction. They will also gain a

familiarity with and appreciation of the culture of the linguistic community.

*NOTE: The Japanese writing systems (Hiragana and Katakana) are introduced gradually during the first year course and Kanji (Chinese

characters) throughout each year.

Spanish for Spanish Speakers is designed for students who are native speakers of Spanish and is composed of 7th and 8th graders. It is

to give students knowledge and appreciation of Spanish-American culture. They will learn to distinguish and value the difference between

colloquial and academic language. They will perfect their writing as well as their speaking ability in Spanish. Placement at the high school

level for Spanish Speakers 2 is determined by the teacher. A grade of “C” is generally necessary to advance to the next level.

Student Outcomes

The expected student outcomes in the five areas of language acquisition are:

LISTENING: To understand the language as it is spoken by a native speaker at a normal conversational rate with the vocabulary

and grammatical structures appropriate to the level of instruction.

SPEAKING: To communicate with reasonable fluency in real-life situations at a level commensurate with the vocabulary and

structure appropriate to the level of instruction.

READING: To read materials appropriate to the level of instruction; both silently and aloud with understanding.

WRITING: To write clearly and correctly within the limits imposed by the vocabulary and grammatical structures at the level of

instruction.

CULTURE: To gain familiarity and appreciation of the culture and to learn differences and similarities in world views, customs,

beliefs, and social conventions of the linguistic community.

UNIQUE OFFERING

Yearbook Course Number 6166

7 th and 8 th Grade / Year

Prerequisite: None

This class is designed for highly motivated students who wish to contribute to creating our school yearbook. The majority of the class

will focus exclusively on the design and content of the yearbook. Students will develop skills in digital photography, Web-based design,

and layout.

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SEMESTER SELECTIVES

Art 1A Course Number 6492

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: None

Art 1A is a semester course which may be taken multiple times as the content varies each semester. Students explore the Elements of Art and

basic techniques in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects. They learn to appreciate different styles and gain an appreciation

for a variety of artists from various historical periods and cultures. Lessons are in accordance with PAUSD Standards as well as California

Standards for Visual Art. Homework is assigned occasionally and museum visits are encouraged. Some examples of the areas of study

include cartooning, basic drawing and painting techniques, printmaking, collage, and sculpture utilizing clay and wire.

Art 1B (Advanced) Course Number 6493

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: Teacher and/or Counselor Approval

With the permission of the above, students are eligible for this more accelerated general art class that will introduce the Principles of

Design. As in Art 1A there will be both two and three-dimensional projects. Students are expected to show an increased level of

commitment and ability in their work. In addition to classroom assignments, all students maintain an individual sketch journal that is

regular homework with guidance and teacher feedback. This course is designed in alliance with the California State Standards for Visual

Art which encompass technique, historical significance, cultural heritage and career connections. This semester course can be taken

multiple times.

Art - Multimedia Course Number 6356

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: Art 1A

Do you like using technology for art and design purposes? In this digitally-based art class, you will learn how to use computer software

to create, manipulate, and transform originals works of art. We will explore techniques used by professional photographers, graphic

designers, animators and illustrators. By the semester's end, you can expect to have designed your own logo, drastically altered a

photograph, and created an original book illustration.

Back Stage Production Course Number 6899

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: None (Drama 1A is highly recommended)

Students in this class create or expand on their existing theatrical portfolios by exploring Drama from a production standpoint. Working

“behind the scenes,” students draw, sketch and render designs in Google Sketchup. Students may repeat this class if desired, as the

curriculum will change each semester depending on enrollment and shows to produce but will always include opportunities to sew, paint,

hammer, drill, run lights and sound, apply makeup, manage crews and build sets and props for school plays. Some of their work will

appear onstage as part of the JLS Drama program. Some after-school and weekend work will be required. Students will create a

reflective portfolio at the end of the semester showcasing all the work they produced including their pre-production designs and finished

show artifacts.

Broadcast Media (KJLS) Course Number 6649

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th and 8th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: Video Production & Approved Application

Students in this class will learn to produce a live broadcast of the morning announcements. In our own studio, students will use

journalism and video production skills to create news and educational programming including preproduction (planning and preparation

of logos, jingles, public service announcements, and special reports), and production (a variety of jobs both in the studio and control

room). Announcements and special segments are broadcast from KJLS to the school and to local access television. This is a

collaborative, project-based, and technology-oriented real world learning experience. May be repeated with instructor approval.


Computer Programming Course Number 6515

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: Some keyboarding skills are very helpful

This is a beginning broad based fundamental course in computers designed to encourage both boys and girls to explore computer

basics in an encouraging and safe environment. Students use computers everyday, but what do they really know about them? Units of

study may include major people and events in the development of the modern computer, the major parts and functions of the computer

and its most common peripherals, a robotics unit, basic computer history, the 5 generations of computers and job categories related to

computer programming. Students will develop their problem solving skills using fun software designed to introduce students of all levels

to programming in a 3D environment. Students will create a story by programming (giving instructions) to the 3D characters. No

previous knowledge of computer programming is necessary however some keyboarding skills are very helpful.

Creative Writing Course Number 6541

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: None

Students will keep a journal of unique writing exercises that encourages both an enjoyment of writing as well as practice in various

writing skills, such as point of view, characterization, sensory detail, free association, effective dialogue, creating suspense and much

more. In addition to daily writing, students will learn to read as writers, studying technique and craft by great writers. All students receive

personalized feedback through peer evaluation and group workshops, in addition to teacher commentary, which addresses the efficacy

of the writing. The atmosphere is a fun, safe community of writers, who honor each other’s attempt to capture their world in words. Three

main genres of creative writing – creative non-fiction, short fiction, and poetry – will be deeply explored, culminating in a portfolio of at

least four fully developed, finished projects: one from each genre and one of free choice.

Drama 1A Course Number 6512

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: None

Drama 1A is a beginning theater course that will encourage students to develop communication and performance skills, self-confidence, and

the ability to work well with others. Expanding on the concept of CROW (Character, Relationship, Objective and Where) explored during the

Drama Wheel, students will work in groups and as soloists in a variety of performance styles. These styles include: pantomimes,

improvisational scene work, character study, short monologues, writing and performing scenes, and producing scripted scenes. Very little

outside rehearsal time is required. There will be one evening performance for students to present some of their work for families and friends.

Drama 1B Course Number 6513

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: Drama 1A

Drama 1B is advanced drama study for those motivated students who wish to continue developing their theater skills and expand on

their theatrical portfolios through more sophisticated and challenging activities and performances. Students may repeat this class if

desired, as the curriculum will change each semester depending on enrollment and class experiences, but will always include frequent

opportunities for classroom performance and a final production for the school community as well as family and friends. Some afterschool

and weekend rehearsals will be required.

Home Economics:

Course Number 6619

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Gourmet Cooking (Advanced)

th and 8th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: Skills for Living

This class offers the opportunity to research recipes from cookbooks, magazines and the Internet. The class will try out student selected

recipes in our JLS test kitchens. Students will build on their prior knowledge of working with a small group in a cooperative kitchen, learning

the proper use of equipment, kitchen safety rules, good manners, table setting, kitchen organization techniques, and keeping your kitchen

clean. Students will learn how to analyze a recipe, evaluate its nutritional content, determine how to prepare it efficiently, make adjustments to

fit number of people being fed, figure out how much it will cost to prepare, make a shopping list and prepare recipes of their own choosing.

On some occasions this class will open and run "Miss Jane's Café," a classroom restaurant, serving lunch to staff. Fall semester includes

the construction of an edible gingerbread house. Each semester covers different topics and course may be repeated.

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Home Economics:

Skills for Living

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Course Number 6589

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: None

Skills for Living is a broad based exploratory course designed for both boys and girls to explore the seven areas of Home

Economics. The class is designed to help you prepare for your future by teaching some basic life skills. Units of study may include the

skills needed to select and prepare foods, making nutritious food choices, construct a simple sewing project, learn to do your laundry,

hair, skin and nail care, personal hygiene, cleaning your room and starting a babysitting business. Fall semester includes the

construction of an edible gingerbread house and in the spring classes learn basic cake decorating skills.

This class utilizes fun, hands-on, activities to explore many of the areas of consumer and homemaking education. Students will spend

one quarter exploring an area of Home Economics and complete a sewing project. The next quarter will be spent in the cooking lab,

learning the proper use of equipment, kitchen safety rules, good manners, table setting, kitchen organization techniques, how to read

and prepare a recipe.

This course is taught in a two-year cycle. Each semester covers different topics and may be repeated.

Industrial Technology 1A Course Number 6625

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: None

Industrial Technology is a broad-based exploratory experience designed for both girls and boys. The program seeks to acquaint

students with technology through hands-on experiences. The areas of study will focus on the constant technological changes in our

society and include a broad base of career awareness.

In a modular environment of workstations, students working in cooperative pairs will have the opportunity to study: Visual

Communications (which include Computer Aided Drafting and Design), Video Production, Audio Communication, Multimedia, Engineering

and Structures, Transportation, Robotics, Telecomputing, Flight, Electronics, Lasers and Optics, Research and Development, Material

Processes, Tool Processes, and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM). In addition, students will be challenged with exciting engineering

experiences that require group problem solving, prototype building and testing. Digital photography, and voice recognition are presently

being added. Each student will manufacture a custom writing pen using various hardwoods.

Students should be able to integrate analytical thinking, scientific applications, math processes and writing skills as an end result of

working in a module.

Students are allowed to take this class more than once.

Industrial Technology 1B

Course Number 6626

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(Advanced)

th and 8th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: Teacher and/or Counselor Approval

Here students may either work in modules that they have not experienced or do advanced work in a previous module in which they have

a special interest. (In Technology 1, students have studied only half of the areas of study.) In addition, students will be challenged with

new exciting engineering experiences that require group problem solving, prototype building and testing. This course introduces

students to skills which can lead to related jobs and academic pursuits. Each student will manufacture a pepper mill using selected

hardwoods.

Keyboarding Course Number 6510

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: None

Students and adults use computers everyday for work and for pleasure. Competent touch typing keyboarding skills are an important 21 st

century skill that is becoming a necessity for students in course work, personal use as well as in the workplace. This is a structured

touch typing course for motivated individuals looking to develop their touch typing and accuracy skills. Emphasis will be placed on touch

typing, accuracy and using the keyboard with consistent safe ergonomic techniques. Possible enrichment activities are available to the

motivated student who first achieves touch typing and accuracy proficiency. Students are expected to work the entire class period.

Homework is usually not assigned. The end of the week is celebrated with typing games while students listen to their own music.


leadership Course Number 6635

8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: Application with Teacher and Counselor Approval

The Leadership class is designed to create a community of student leaders who organize, craft, and lead student activities at JLS. Students

seek to create enjoyable and meaningful activities that enhance the community environment on campus and contribute to student growth.

Students will be expected to spend time beyond the class period and outside the school day to perform these tasks. Additionally, students

are expected to maintain adequate grades in all their classes and to demonstrate behavior commensurate with a leader.

Leadership students will learn to concurrently manage multiple projects with varied amounts of lead time. Practice with organization,

initiative, and problem solving skills and the ability to work as a team will be crucial components of the course. Special emphasis will be

placed on developing student’s leadership skills and service learning. Students will participate in at least one community service project

per semester.

Musical Theater Course Number 6890

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: None (Drama 1A is highly recommended)

Students in this class will be a part of the JLS Middle School Musical while learning about the uniquely American form of theatre known as

the Broadway Musical. More than just a training ground for actors, singers and dancers, Musical Theatre introduces students to the

history of this relatively new form of theatre and shows how it has evolved from its early vaudeville origins to multi-million dollar

productions like The Lion King, Wicked, and Spider-Man. The class requires some after school rehearsals and evening and weekend

performances.

Public Speaking Course Number 6647

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: None

Do you want to gain confidence and skills in your ability to present your ideas to others? If so, Public Speaking is the class for you.

Students will learn how to effectively prepare and present speeches and presentations. By emphasizing such skills as research, writing,

organization, listening, and presentation techniques, the class helps reinforce skills students will also use in other academic subjects. In

addition to traditional speech training, students will participate in a debate, create and sell an original product in an advertising unit,

learn how to make a podcast in a digital storytelling unit, and practice other effective public speaking skills.

School Service Course Number 8385

8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: None; can only be an alternate choice

Students in School Service work in school offices, in the library, or serve as department or teacher assistants. School Service students

must be reliable and able to work with a minimum of supervision.

Library School Service students learn library circulation, shelving, and filing. They also learn customer service, computer, and business

machine skills. Guidance, Attendance, Main Office, and teachers’ offices rely on students to deliver messages, do record keeping, filing,

and help with a variety of office duties.

The need for school services varies from year to year and therefore is not a reliable choice.

Video Production Course Number 6648

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: None

Join us in Video Production and learn the basics of how to plan, film, and edit your own movies! Students will learn how to use video

equipment, as well as a variety of techniques used in producing digital films. Working alone and in small teams, students share ideas

through storyboards, then use cameras and tripods to set up and film a variety of shots. Students will import the footage onto the

computer for editing, creating special effects and adding sound. Projects vary each semester, but may include commercials and public

service announcements, dramas, comedies, documentaries, special effects, and animations.

This course is a pre-requisite for Broadcast Media. May be repeated with instructor approval.

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Web Design 1A Course Number 6670

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: Some keyboarding skills are very helpful

Students use the internet for research and enjoyment, but what do they know about designing and creating for the internet? In this fun,

hands on course, students will have the opportunity to create webpages and websites using HTML coding. Previous knowledge of web

design or coding is not required. Topics covered may include features that make a page attractive, easy to navigate and that will attract

visitors.

Planning a webpage, basic design, layout, construction, visual design using the principles of art and good navigation. Students may have

the opportunity to use Adobe Photoshop, Flash, Inspiration, PhotoBooth or other software that will extend extend their learning. This

course is taught in a Mac environment, but all skills are transferable to the PC environment.

Students who grasp the concepts presented in this class will have the opportunity to extend their own learning through the use of

software, online resources or classroom resources.

Web Design 1B Course Number 6671

7 th and 8 th Grade / Semester

Prerequisite: Web Design 1A

The Advanced Web Design course is designed for the motivated student who wants to continue to extend their web design

skills. Students will have the opportunity to use HTML coding as well as Dreamweaver. This course will offer opportunities to explore

animation using Flash, original music using GarageBand and graphics using Adobe Photoshop. This course encourages students to

seek out real world applications for their work, possibly for the JLS website, teacher websites or outside community members.

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