Electives

Choosing Electives for 2016-2017

It is time for current 6th and 7th graders to begin considering which elective classes they would like to take at Kraemer for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. 

 

Current 7th graders received copies of the elective cards in their classes during the second week of March. Students who have misplaced theirs can download an additional copy here

 

Current 6th graders attending Ruby, Morse, Tynes, Van Buren, Woodsboro, and Golden will receive theirs when the Kraemer counselors visit your schools during the week of April 25th. Students attending Kraemer from all other schools in PYLUSD or outside of the district*** may download their form here

 

Additionally, students wishing to apply for Yearbook (7th or 8th graders), ASB Leadership (8th only), Peer Leadership (7th only), or Video Productions (7th or 8th graders) must complete the online applications by Friday, May 6th. 

 

 

***Please note that students seeking to attend Kraemer from outside of PYLUSD may apply for elective classes, but this does not guarantee placement into Kraemer Middle School. Placement for non-PYLUSD students  is pending space available, per the district's Student Services Department. 

7th Grade Electives

Elective Descriptions

Art Elective 7/8 This year long class is geared for 8th grade students that have demonstrated exceptional talents and abilities in Art. Students are chosen for this class by Mrs. Blank. Students will learn about various artists, and their techniques. We will also learn about artistic periods in history and make art using a variety of materials.
Adv. Orchestra*** 7 and 8 An audition with the orchestra conductor is required for enrollment in this course. Advanced Orchestra will build left-hand skills such as shifting and vibrato, as well as advanced bow techniques. An in depth study of musical styles will be realized through challenging orchestral literature. Several rehearsals and performances outside of normal school hours are required as part of this course.
     
ASB Leadership*** 8 The Kraemer ASB Leadership Program serves the school as the student council while providing representation and activities for the entire student body. Six ASB Officers are elected into the class and 66 additional students are selected to the class through an application process and through teacher evaluation. The program instructs students on planning techniques, decision-making skills, problem solving, organizational skills, group dynamics, and principles of communication, budgeting and issues of public relations. It focuses on skill building, planning, implementation evaluation and experiential learning for the purpose of growing the individual students in the areas of respect, responsibility, service and initiative. An outgrowth of the program is the promotion and enhancement of a positive school climate. Responsibilities include planning lunchtime activities, dances, fundraising, recognition programs, special events and helping with the various programs of the school. Students selected to the program must be willing to give up portions of their time to serve the other students of the school.
AVID*** 7 and 8 AVID is a program designed to help average (2.5 - 3.5 GPA) middle and high school students prepare for and succeed in colleges and universities. Students in the program learn a system of note taking that helps them record, analyze and evaluate course concepts. The AVID program in middle school is focused on organization, focused note taking, critical reading and writing skills. AVID offers a rigorous program of instruction in academic “survival skills” and students are expected to take at least one honors class in preparation for high school rigor. Students receive support in their content classes by participating in collaborative study groups or tutorials led by college tutors who use skillful questioning to bring students to a higher level of understanding.

Students are required to complete and submit an application for this class.
Beginning Band 7 and 8 For students who have had little or no previous experience in instrumental music. Beginning band classes are composed of 7th and 8th graders who were recommended by the elementary band staff to repeat beginning band or for true beginners that have never been enrolled in an instrumental music class. Students will choose one of the five basic instruments for study: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba or percussion.
Chinese 1*** 8 Prerequisite: Grade "B" or better in Language Arts. Meets at Valencia
Computer Applications 7 and 8 The students will practice the correct operation of computer hardware, proper digital etiquette, and learn and apply the following software applications: Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel and PowerPoint. In addition, the students will learn and apply Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets within the Google Classroom setting. They will create a variety of projects which include: formal and informal business letters, a resume, a flyer, a brochure, a newsletter, spreadsheets, and web pages.  In the Spring, they will develop basic coding skills during a 3 week course via code.org. During the last 6 weeks of this year long course, they will choose 2 modules that most relate to their chosen career and rotate through them in the STEM lab.
French 1*** 8 French 1 is a one year course designed to develop foreign language skills and to prepare students for living in a global society. Classroom instruction is designed to develop the ability to communicate in a second language by involving students in communicative tasks. Classroom instruction includes listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Students will learn French in a contemporary cultural context.

Prerequisite: Grade "B" or better in Language Arts. Meets at Valencia
     
Intro to Art 8 Also known as Introduction to Art 8 and Crafts are overview classes for 8th grade students. In Introduction to Art 8 we look at various times in Art History from Ancient Egypt to the 20th century in art. In the Crafts class, we look at cultures around the world and make art using the techniques of those cultures. These classes are one semester only. Students do not need to take art in 7th grade to take these classes in 8th grade.
Japanese 1*** 8 Japanese 1 is designed to develop world language skills and to prepare students for living in a global society. Classroom instruction is designed to develop the ability to communicate in a second language by involving students in communicative tasks. Classroom instruction includes reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Students will learn to converse and write (hiragana and katakana) during the first year. Students will learn Japanese in a contemporary cultural context.

Prerequisite: Grade "B" or better in Language Arts. Meets at Valencia
Jazz Band 7 and 8 The class consists of 18-25 band members that are also members of a Performing Band class. Students must have a minimum of 2 years experience in music classes and/or private instruction. The jazz band consists of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, drum set and auxiliary percussion. The band participates in most all of the concert band performances as well as additional performances: our elementary Jazz Band tour, Jazz concert with VHS and an additional performance at Disneyland or Knott’s.
Jazz Band is by audition only and meets ‘0’ period
Library Aides 8 ‚ÄčLibrary Aide is a year-long elective. Students will shelve books using the Dewey Decimal System; help keep the library in good order; deliver books and call slips; and help with many diverse library projects.‚Äč
Mixed Chorus 7 and 8 Mixed Chorus is a great place for students who like to sing! This class performs 3-4 each year and sings a great variety of music while learning how to be better singers and more knowledgeable musicians.
Office Aide*** 8 Office Aide is a year-long elective where students help the Kraemer office staff with special projects, filing, delivering call slips, etc.
Online Newspaper 7 and 8 The Cub Reporters are in charge of running Kraemer's on-line newspaper. Editors and reporters work together to write and publish timely and interesting articles. All articles are student written, edited and published. Each cycle runs two weeks, so there are many opportunities to explore and write about a variety of topics.
Orchestra 7 and 8 Students in Orchestra work on refining skills such as tone production, music reading, and accuracy of pitch. A variety of musical styles will be studied through the playing of orchestra literature. Several rehearsals and performances outside of normal school hours are required as a part of this course. Previous participation in orchestra for at least one year, and/or an audition for the conductor is required.
PEER Leadership 7 The class will develop leadership skills which will be applied while serving peers and the Kraemer community in activities that enhance our positive school climate. Members of the program will share responsibilities that include planning and implementing lunchtime activities, student recognition programs, and special events. Students selected to the program must be willing to give up portions of their time to serve the school community.
Students are required to complete and submit an application for this class.
Percussions 7 and 8 Percussions class students are part of the marching band during the first quarter of the school year. The marching band participates in the two local parades/band reviews and a performance at Disneyland or Knott’s. During the second quarter, the percussions class students are part of the concert Band. The concert band participates in a Winter Concert, the SCSBOA Concert Festival, the PYLUSD Area Festival, and up to four additional concert performances for the school and the community.
Minimum of 2 years experience and a recommendation for their elementary or beginning band teacher.
Performing Band*** 7 and 8 The Performing Band forms the marching band during the first quarter of the school year. The marching band participates in the two local parades/band reviews and a performance at Disneyland or Knott’s. During the second quarter, the performing band forms the concert Band. The concert band participates in a Winter Concert, the SCSBOA Concert Festival, the PYLUSD Area Festival, and up to four additional concert performances for the school and community.
Minimum of 2 years experience and a recommendation for their elementary or beginning band teacher.
Spanish 1A 7 The first year of a 2 year commitment. Students complete the first ½ of Spanish 1 in 7th grade, and the 2nd ½ of Spanish 1 in 8th grade. This class introduces the Spanish language to students in the areas of reading, writing, and conversation.
Spanish 1B*** 8 The second year of Spanish 1. Students complete the first ½ of Spanish 1 in 7thgrade, and the 2nd ½ of Spanish 1 in 8th grade. This class continues teaching students the Spanish language in the areas of reading, listening, writing, and conversation.
Prerequisite: Grade "C" or better in Spanish 1A
Speech/Drama 7 and 8 This course focuses on acting & public speaking. Through skits, plays, speeches and activities, students gain the confidence and courage needed to perform or speak in front of others. Students learn the basics of theater from vocabulary & history to character building and performing.
Tech Lab (STEM Lab) 7 and 8 Techhnology Lab is a semester course is designed to allow the students to explore various technologies and their impact on their daily life. The technology lab is made up of a lab area that has 17 modules. The students will rotate through an orientation and 4 of the modules. During the 8 days that the students are in their specific technology module, they collaborate with a partner and use, apply, and further develop their critical thinking, creativity, and communications skills. In addition, the students will interact with robotic equipment, rockets, a CNC mill, video and audio production equipment, and other technical equipment
Video Productions 7 and 8 This class will provide a unique opportunity to learn to create high-quality videos using state-of-the-art digital editing products. Students will learn digital filming, audio editing, non-linear digital video editing using iMovie, green-screen, title and credit creation, and more.
Vocal Ensemble*** 7 and 8 Vocal Ensemble (Advanced Choir) are for experienced singers who are committed to learning challenging music for various performance settings. There are about 8-10 performances each year. A formal uniform and audition are required. Class will be held at Valencia High School.
Yearbook 7 and 8 Yearbook is the only class that is also a real business. We will be creating Kraemer’s yearbook and selling it with the profits going to help fund ASB programs. Students in this class will learn about photography, creative writing, marketing, graphic design and more! Students interested in this class must submit an application in the Spring for the following school year. This class is a year long class.

 

***Classes require teacher recommendation, may require prerequisite.