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Incoming 7th Grade Elective Registration 2019-2020
If your child is coming to Kraemer from Woodsboro, Golden, Tynes, Van Buren, Ruby Drive, or Morse, the counselors will be visiting your schools to provide information about the electives at Kraemer. If you are coming from any other school, please download this form and submit it to the Kraemer Middle School office by April 8 or email it to dparis@pylusd.org or aplouffe@pylusd.org.

*Asterisk indicates that classes require teacher recommendation, may require prerequisite.

Elective Name Grade Level Description
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. Masone. 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* 7/8 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* 7/8 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 7/8 The Computer Applications class develops and enriches computer, communication, collaboration, and creativity skills through the development and utilization of various applications: Google Docs, Google Forms, Google Sheets, Google Photos, Google Slides, as well as Microsoft Excel. In addition, the students will be learning basic coding skills and the computational thinking process. Examples of class projects are: designing a flyer, writing a resume and cover letter, creating a brochure, making various spreadsheets, designing a computer graphic and/or computer game, and building a student ePortfolio webpage.
Computer Science 7/8
This course is an intermediate computer science course which provides opportunities for students to develop computer science skills and empowers them to create artifacts. The students will expand their communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration skills by designing and creating websites, games, animations, computer apps, and physical computing devices. In addition, the students will explore the impact of computer applications on society. Specifically, they will explore the user-centered design process, how data is used to address problems, and how physical computing with bare circuit boards is used to collect input and export output in various ways.
 
If you had the year long Computer Applications class as a 7th grader, you cannot take this class.
 
Note: To apply to this class, you must fill out the following application: https://goo.gl/fXE5E6
Robotics 8 In addition to acquiring mathematical, science, and communication skills, students are introduced to the use of the engineering process to solve technological problems and to the use of selected software and hardware tools. In a hands-on environment students solve assigned by creating solutions that require mechanical, electrical, and/or software elements. Students must demonstrate that their solutions are adequate through demonstrations and oral and written reports.
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 7/8 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 ​Library 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.​
Mixed Chorus 7/8 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 7/8 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 7/8 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 7/8 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* 7/8

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 7/8 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) 7/8
The STEM Lab course is a semester class that promotes science inquiry and math practices along with engineering design as each student rotates through 3-4 STEM “Expeditions.” The STEM Expeditions are: Ahead of the Game, Beyond Earth, Building Bridges, Communications, Dragster Design, Electric Tech, and Rolling Robots. Through the combination of destinations, tasks, and resource activities, the students will partner to collaboratively solve an “Essential Question” through discovery, design, construction, and/or experimentation.
Video Productions 7/8 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* 7/8 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 7/8 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.