Proposed Electives for 2020-2021 for Grades 7 and 8
ELECTIVE SHEETS (WITH PARENT SIGNATURE) ARE DUE TO YOUR HOMEROOM TEACHER ON
FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2020.
Please keep in mind there is no guarantee that the student will receive the courses they prefer. The computer will randomly select students until class is filled. Courses marked
with asterisks (*) require prerequisite or an application.
Students who qualify for intervention will be placed in an intervention English or Math class in lieu of an elective.
If you receive an annual elective as one of your preferences, it is a year-long commitment; students are expected to remain for BOTH fall and spring semesters. A few classes do require a teacher’s signature to enroll in the class as indicated on this sheet, however that does not guarantee enrollment in the class.
Advanced Art * (PREREQUISITE: Prior Art Class/Experience)
The Advanced Art Class at Nobel is designed for students who are passionate about art, love to create, and are interested in a hands-on experience using many different mediums. It will continue the development of student abilities as they learn to understand and appreciate art through creative means. It will be planned as a yearlong class, with comprehensive standards-based curriculum, providing meaningful and significant experiences that foster creative self-expression, and will encourage a lifelong appreciation of the arts. It will emphasize making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision making. Students will engage in various forms of communication, utilizing a variety of art media, vocabulary and resources. Students will also make connections between art and other disciplines. They will utilize technology, community resources and explore career opportunities and community involvement in the visual arts.
Advanced Band * (Previous Instrumental Experience Required)
The major emphasis of this course is to develop student achievement through the study of more
difficult band music. The course develops the ability to perform on an instrument with considerable
skill, accuracy and aesthetic sensitivity, provides opportunities for increasing skill in ensemble
playing, and provides acquaintance with the standards repertory of band that is technically and
qualitatively advanced. The student is provided with opportunities to examine and study the
fundamental arts components including, where applicable, the perceptual, creative, historical, and
critical. The course also develops skills in score reading.
Participation in concerts is required
Advanced Orchestra * (Previous Instrumental Experience Required)
The major emphasis of this course is to develop student achievement through the study of
advanced orchestra music. The course develops the ability to perform on an instrument with
considerable skill, accuracy, and aesthetic sensitivity, and develops skills in score reading. The
course provides opportunities for increasing skill in ensemble playing, and also provides
acquaintance with the standard repertory of orchestra that is technically and qualitatively advanced. The student is provided with opportunities to examine and study the fundamental arts components including, where applicable, the perceptual, creative, historical, and critical. Participation in concerts is required.
AVID * APPLICATION SELECTION REQUIRED – DO NOT NUMBER THIS AS A CHOICE
The AVID Elective targets students in the academic middle – B, C, and even D students – who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These students are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Often times, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from socio-economically disadvantaged families.
Teachers, administrators and/or other faculty typically recommend students, and the selection process usually involves an interview. Though AVID provides guidelines and expectations, final selections and processes are left to the schools.
- Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
- Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
- Creates a positive peer group for students
- Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination
- Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
As a result, policymakers and educators now consider AVID's mission to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students.
Leadership* (Room 46 - APPLICATION AND TEACHER SELECTION REQUIRED) – DO NOT NUMBER THIS AS A CHOICE.
The major emphasis of this course is to provide students who have leadership ability the opportunity to organize worthwhile school activities, to conduct these activities democratically, to build school morale, and to perform other services of value both to themselves and to their school.
Life Skills/Peer Counseling
The Peer Mediation Program is designed to help keep the peace at school and will teach students various skills to aid them in conflict management and resolution. Students learn how to become sensitive to the needs of their peers, create a supportive and caring school environment and improve the quality of life in the school community. They will reduce and prevent acts of frustration and occasional violence in school through the training of peer mediation. Students will participate in district meetings with other neighboring schools representing Nobel. The second semester will include a community based service learning project where they will earn volunteer hours helping out a non-profit organization of their choice.
Marine Science (Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in core Science course)
The major purpose of this course is to provide experiences in the process by which scientific knowledge is gained, acquisition of skills for using inquiry and research in the scientific method and interpretation of natural phenomena in relation to the marine environment. Emphasis is placed on Investigation and Experimentation and the integration of Science Content Standards.
Music Lab Drum Line/Percussion
The major emphasis of this course is to develop student achievement through the study and
performance of instrumental music in a variety of combinations. The course offers a flexible, laboratory approach to performance while incorporating cultural and historic influences on
music. Students are given additional opportunities to develop criteria to make informed judgements
of the music they perform or study and to examine connections between music and other content
areas. It may include areas of music not covered in regular music classes including specialized
ensembles (i.e. drumming). This course emphasizes development of student achievement through the study and performance of percussion instruments. Students have the opportunity to learn about participation in a marching drum line and playing a percussion instrument. Participation in concerts is required.
Nobel Yearbook /Personal Magazine
The major emphasis of this course is to provide students with opportunities to participate in the planning, preparation, writing, production, and sale of the school yearbook. During the spring semester, students will write stories and poems, produce artwork, and write about current interests. Students will produce their own magazine.
During the course of the year, students will follow the Engineering Design Cycle to create/build, test and iterate, if necessary, different projects to understand Physics and Engineering concepts. This is a hands on project based class which focuses on group work and exposes students to real world challenges that Engineers face when designing new products. Students will also have an opportunity to design and build a Robot using VEX kits and program the robot to accomplish certain task in accordance with the challenge guidelines. Students will work in teams and can participate in completion.
Spanish 1AB (8th grade only)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to effective develop a basic proficiency in communicating in the Spanish language according to the cultural practices of the countries and regions where Spanish is spoken: Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, the United States, and others.
Technology Squad (Room 47 - TEACHER SIGNATURE REQUIRED)
This course provides the opportunity for students with intermediate to advanced computer skills to apply their knowledge and skills in real world situations. Students will troubleshoot computer issues in classrooms as they arise. Students will be taught how to network computers, set up network printers, fix broken computers, update and upgrade operating systems, and much more. To submit your application online, go to nobelms.com/techsquad/
The Ceramics program explores three-dimensional design concepts while creating both functional and sculptural forms. Basic hand-building techniques, modeling, surface treatment, glaze application, and wheel throwing for interested students will be covered. Students will learn the art and craft of pinch, coil, slab, and modular construction, with focus on the basic aspects of three-dimensional design. In addition, the aesthetics of form, visual thinking, and the history of ceramics will become an intergraded part of our class discussions. Students will design and construct original work with an emphasis on idea development.
In this elective, you will first be working online to learn critical thinking skills in a game called Zoombinis. Then you will learn “block coding” online, which is an easy way to get familiar with computer programming. Students who succeed at these two levels will go on to learn either Java or Python computer language!
Culinary Chemistry (Energy & Environment)
The elective of Energy and Environment will focus on “Culinary Chemistry”. Students will participate in several fun and interactive labs and activities to learn basic Chemistry skills. This course is designed to look at physical and chemical changes that take place in our kitchens. Students will perform edible experiments and look at the science behind how it all works.
Learn about the environment through hands-on experiences in the Nobel Learning Garden. Discover how soil, plants, insects, and animals interact by growing your own plants, caring for existing plants and trees, and eating garden produce.
Forensic Science – Crime Scene Investigation Techniques
This course will enable students to see science through the eyes of a crime scene investigator. Several hands on lab activities are done throughout the semester such as: finger printing, crime scene sketching, forensic anthropology, trace evidence analysis with microscopes, blood spatter analysis and forensic chemistry. Students will have the opportunity to test their skills at the end of the semester with a mock crime scene activity.
This course is a basic introduction to creative art activities and techniques. Students will acquire skills in drawing, painting and crafts while exploring fine art, hands-on activities, color, art history, art vocabulary, note taking, organizational skills, and the principles of good design. This class is suitable for all students.
Computer Science/ Digital Media
Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries) is an introductory computer science course that
empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium
Library Practice / Media Center * (8th grade only)
Do you enjoy helping people? Do you love books? Do you have computer skills? If so, consider Library Practice for your elective. Responsibilities include: helping students and staff find information, shelving books, using the computer to check in/out books, repairing books, assisting with library activities. The requirements for Library Practice are the same as the Service Class below.
If you would like to get creative and have some fun while learning about theatre, then Theatre Basics is the class for you! We will explore various different acting styles for the theatre in addition to creating and performing scenes. Get ready for a fun-filled semester of Pantomime, improvisation, Monologue, Ancient Greek theatre and more! Gain more confidence on stage and overcome shyness as you find new and creative ways to express yourself.
Theatre Essentials will cover all aspects of a theatre production. Students will explore various acting techniques, in addition to aspects of technical theatre, directing, adaptation, playwriting, scene study, costume design and much more. This semester class is jam packed with projects that will expose students to wonderful world of theatre.
Service Class * (8th grade only)
Students work in offices or assist teachers in classrooms.
Both Library Practice and Middle School Service must meet the District Policy listed below to enroll in the class. These classes are one semester only and the following semester the student will receive one of the other semester courses.
Student must have A’s and B’s, and NO “U’s” on the 20-week marks.
- Student is not in need of academic intervention.
- SBAC scores of “Met” or “Exceeds”
- Student meets the attendance goal for LAUSD.
- Student is in good standing with the Nobel Charter Middle School and the district Code of Conduct.
Approved: Cornelia Romey, Assistant Principal,SCS