An option for both 7th and 8th grades. Unless enrolled in an intervention class or year long elective, students will be enrolled in an elective rotation. The options may include visual arts, performing arts, music appreciation, or computer technology. The options change each year depending on the AEMS staff.
Annual (Yearbook) (zero period only)
Students work together in all phases of planning and preparation of the school’s yearbook. This course includes page layout and design, photojournalism, artwork, page assembly, printing procedures, sales/promotion, and distribution. Use of up-to-date software and computer technology is emphasized. After the yearbook is completed, a student communication/sales project is developed. Only responsible students should apply. See Mrs. Priebe, room 504 for more information.
Chorus (one year)
Chorus is for students who enjoy singing and would like to be a part of a very active singing group. Students wear a performance outfit.
Band (one year)
Students who wish to play a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument and would like to be a part of a very active music program may elect to register for band. Most students provide their own instruments; however, there are a limited number of instruments available for student use at no cost.
Office Aide/Library Aide*
8th grade students will work in the office under the direction of the counselor or office personnel. Duties may include: delivering passes, messages, and assisting the campus aide.
Teacher Aide/Tech Aide*
8th grade students will work as helpers under the direction of a teacher in doing those tasks that are required in a classroom situation. Students will be responsible to follow directions, perform clerical tasks, use copy machines, correct papers and assist other students.
*Students with a disciplinary record or poor attendance will not be considered.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) – one year
AVID is a college preparatory elective in which students become the facilitators of their own academic success. AVID provides study groups directed by adult tutors, a structure for note taking and organization skills aimed at refining those techniques necessary for success in middle, high school and college, and an arena for expanding the college-level entry skills of students focused on a higher education. The AVID curriculum includes seminars note taking, time management, test-taking strategies and writing development. Guest speakers, field trips, and interaction in community and cultural activities enhance the AVID program. Enrollment in AVID is a privilege reserved for a select group of students. Selection, application and interviews are held with students prior to placement.
This 8th grade course is designed to present the basic structure of the language and the culture of the Spanish-speaking people.It will introduce the student to comprehension through listening, speaking, reading and writing. A grade of B or better each trimester is required in this course for entering Spanish II in high school.