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7th Grade Course Descriptions: 2018-2019

English

English 7
(4070) Year

Students will focus on writing, reading, and language skills via direct instruction and activities. There is a heavy emphasis on writing in this class and students will write for multiple purposes. Students will read grade level literature and make text-to-world and text-to-text connections as well as focus on literary structure. In this class, students can expect to present work individually and in small groups.  Critical thinking will be developed through research and analysis of literature and writing.

English 7 Honors
(4073) Year

In addition to all of the components of English 7, this class focuses on nonfiction and multi-genre writing with an emphasis on research and the writing process. The texts chosen for this class have a humanistic or multi-cultural focus. We will develop our critical thinking skills through research, discussion, and analysis. To sign up for this class, be sure to complete the honors application.

Mathematics

On the green course request form, we have enrolled all students in Math 7. Students will be placed in Accelerated or Honors Math 7 classes based on 5th and 6th grade SAGE scores as well as teacher recommendation. This placement will not happen until June 2018. We will notify parents regarding math placement in June.

Grade 7 Mathematics
(5110) Year

This is the course that most seventh grade students will be enrolled in and it covers all of the DESK standards in a seventh grade math course. On this track, students can take CE Math 1050 in 12th grade and earn college credit. 

Grade 7 Mathematics Honors
(5111) Year

This section of the required 7th grade math class is for students who love math and who earned a "highly proficient" rating in 6th grade math. An honors math class covers all of the DESK standards for a seventh grade student plus additional depth into concepts and enrichment opportunities. On this track, students can take CE Math 1050, AP Calculus or AP Statistics in 12th grade and earn college credit.

Grade 7 Mathematics Accelerated
(5122) Year

(By invitation only.) This course covers all of the 7th and 8th grade math DESK standards in a single year and moves very fast with minimal repetition. Acceleration provides an opportunity to take additional AP math courses in high school. On this track, students can take AP Calculus in 11th grade and AP Statistics in 12th grade and earn college credit.

Science

Integrated Science 7
(3300) Year

Students enter the wonderful world of Newton's laws: push and pull factors, collisions, and much more will be fully investigated.  Next, students discover the mysteries of the earth's interior and how matter is cycled. Lastly, students learn about the unseen world of cells and genetic influences. 

Integrated Science 7 Honors
(3303) Year

Students in this class cover subjects in greater depth and with more independence.  Students learn to use science as a process of obtaining knowledge and analyzing outcomes based on observable evidence. Students will discuss topics at a deeper level, learn without scaffolding, and complete high-level projects during the elaboration phase of each unit. To sign up for this class, be sure to complete the honors application.

Social Studies

Utah Studies
(6100) Semester

Foundations of Social Studies/Utah Studies is the introductory course for social studies in Davis School District. Curricular content consists of key themes and concepts drawn from the social sciences of geography, history, economics, and government. This course focuses on the reading of both informational text and authentic or primary source material.

Honors Classes

You must decide if an honors class is an appropriate fit for you child. Please be aware that we will look over your child’s test scores, reading scores, and teacher recommendations to help determine if an honors class would be appropriate. We will inform you in April or May if we have concerns with your choices. (If you don’t hear from us, all is well.) To sign up for an honors class: (1) Circle the choice on your class choice form. (2) Read over and complete the honors application and turn it in with your class choice form.

Physical Education

Beginning Fitness 7
(7600) Semester

Beginning Fitness 7 is a required class for ALL students. Students learn to develop lifetime attitudes regarding physical activity and healthy lifestyles. They will improve flexibility, strength, agility, balance, speed and endurance. They will develop skills in volleyball, basketball, soccer, flag football, and other team sports. This class can be taken BOTH semester for students who love P.E.

P.E. Advanced Team Sport- Basketball
(7670) Semester

This class is for the ultimate basketball fan! The course is for all levels of basketball players, from novice to advanced, who want to improve their skills. Students master essential skills through a variety of advanced drills used at the college and professional levels. Students play in a variety of tournament style basketball games (1:1, 2:2, 3:3, 5:5). Students also create their own competition shooting games for the class to compete in. Both boys and girls in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades are encouraged to enroll.

P.E. Advanced Team Sport- Volleyball
(7670) Semester

This class is for the ultimate volleyball fan! The course is for all levels of volleyball players who want to improve their skills. Class is for all levels of volleyball player from novice to advanced. Students master essential skills through a variety of advanced drills used at the college and professional levels. Students play in a variety of tournament style volleyball games. Both boys and girls in 7th, 8th and 9th grades are encouraged to enroll.

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

CCA: College and Career Awareness
(8050) Year

This is an exploratory Career and Technical Education (CTE) program which includes study in three CTE content areas: Technology and Engineering/Agriculture/ Information Technology, Business Education/ Marketing, and Family and Consumer Science/ Health Occupations.  It is required in 7th grade.

Keyboarding I
(8560) Semester

Keyboarding skills are essential life skills for today’s students. Junior high students need to type at least 35 words per minute consistently on a two-minute timing. If they cannot do this, they should take Keyboarding 1 in the 7th or 8th grade.  In this beginning, semester-long Keyboarding class, the student will master touch operation on the computer keyboard. Correct fingering by touch and good techniques will receive primary emphasis. Second term will focus on speed and accuracy as well as basic computer skills. There is a $5.00 fee for this class.

Exploring Tech 1
(8601) Semester

This course is available to 7th and 8th grade students. This is an activity oriented class that incorporates STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles throughout the course. The engineering design process is taught as the students explore technologies in communications, manufacturing, construction, transportation, and power and energy. This is a great class for a student considering engineering or a technical trade as a career. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Fine Arts

Students are required to take at least one semester of fine arts credit in 7th grade.  

MUSIC
Beginning Band (Level 1): Brass
(1645) Year

The following instruments are played in this class: tuba, trombone, French horn, baritone and trumpet.  Students will learn basic musicianship skills and theory concepts, such as major scales, basic notes, and rest values.  All students participate in the Christmas and Spring Concerts.  Tubas, baritones and French horns are available to rent from the school for $95.00 per school year. This fee is to be paid during registration in the fall. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Beginning Band (Level 1): Percussion
(1647) Year

Note names, note values, and rhythms are learned, using a mallet keyboard and shared drum practice pad. Two years of piano experience required. Entrance tests will be given on Thurs, March 8th at 4:00 p.m. in room 106 for seven slots. This is NOT a playing test, but a written theory test.  There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Beginning Band (Level 1): Woodwinds
(1646) Year

Students choose from the following woodwind instruments: oboe, bassoon, clarinet and flute. Students who desire to play the saxophone begin on the clarinet; and auditions are held in January for a few students who wish to switch to saxophone and/or bass clarinet. Oboe, bassoon and bass clarinets are available to rent from the school for $95.00 per year. The rental fee is paid during registration in the fall. Students will learn basic musicianship skills and theory concepts such as major scales and basic note & rest values. All beginning students participate in the Christmas & Spring Concerts.  There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Beginning Orchestra (Level 1)
(1660) Year

The following instruments are played in this class: violin, viola, cello and bass. Cellos and Basses are available to rent from the school for $95.00 per year. This fee should be paid during registration in the fall. Students should have had previous experience with their instruments prior to enrolling, through 6th grade orchestra or private lessons. Students with no prior experience may enroll, but will need private lessons or extra practice outside of class and extra instruction in class to catch up. This course is designed to give students the skills to perform music levels 1-2. These levels include basic musicianship skills and theory concepts. All beginning orchestra students will participate in the Fall, Christmas and Spring concerts. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Music Exploration
(1600) Semester

Music Exploration is a half music concepts/half choral singing class. Students spend their time in this semester course exploring musical concepts like note values, pitch, rhythm, and music history (instruments, composers, and musical time periods). After investigating music’s history, culture and connection to the community around them, students then begin applying their skills and learning to read choral music. Students in this course get to be a part of two choir concerts, one at the end of each term.

VISUAL ARTS
Art Foundations 1
(1100) Semester

Students will have experiences creating art using a variety of mediums. They will become more fluent with the principles and elements of art. Students will grow in their abilities to create and appreciate art. This class is required before students take advanced art classes. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

2-D Art
(1103) Semester
Pre-requisite - Art 1

This course builds on the concepts taught in Art Foundations. Art projects focus on mediums such as charcoal, graphite, scratchboard, oil pastels, watercolors and more. Each year this semester-long course is taught, the projects are different. This enables students to take 2-D Art once as an 8th grader and once as a 9th grader, if they wish. There is a $10.00 fee for this class. Pre-requisite class is Art Foundations 1.

3-D Design
(1105) Semester
Pre-requisite - Art 1

This course builds on the concepts taught in Art Foundations. Art projects focus on creating three-dimensional works of art using a variety of mediums (i.e. ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, wire sculpture and more). Each year this semester-long course is taught, the projects are different. This enables students to take 3D Design once as an 8th grader and once as a 9th grader, if they wish. There is a $10.00 fee for this class. Pre-requisite class is Art Foundations 1.

Electives

Theater
(1600) Semester

Students in this course will study basic play analysis, stage directions, acting techniques from vocal and physical warm-ups, concentration, improvisation, movement through memorized scenes, vocal techniques, and audition prep. Theater history and the basics of playwriting will also be covered. This course will have a focus on musical theatre and the production process. There is a class fee of $10.00 for this course.

Creative Writing
(4146) Semester

Students will have the chance to flex their creative muscle as they discover, develop, and demonstrate skills related to writing. The attention is focused on different writing strategies, while writing everything from short stories to poetry. Near the end, students will experiment with a wide variety of genres to really showcase students' own writing styles.
the production process. There is a class fee of $10.00 for this course.

Spanish 1
(4620) Year

This course gives an intro to the Spanish Language and the many cultures in which Spanish is spoken. The students will participate in activities and do work in order to be at the Novice-Mid Level of Proficiency which is measured by ACTFL. By the end of the year, students will be able to use a limited number of words and phrases about basic actions and objects in Spanish. Students will also be able to understand basic questions about personal information in Spanish. Preference given to 8th graders. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

If a student earns an A or B in a first or second year language class, it fulfills the World Language requirement for the University of Utah. This can be done 7th through 12th grade. No other state college requires a world language for entrance.  The state sponsored Regents’ scholarship requires two years of a world language in grades 9 – 12. 

Civics
(6210) Semester

Introductory class on the basic principles of government and leadership. Students will explore the different types of government, economies, and branches of the government, political systems, elections, as well as current local and world events. Students will be prepared for future government and citizen classes. Class will be discussion and lecture based, with guest speakers and activities.

Creative Coding
(8674) Semester

This course allows students to discover and develop coding concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects.

Special Education

Resource

Resource classes are offered in the areas of Language Arts and Math. Students with IEP goals for social skills and/or study skills will have these services addressed during the school day but it is not necessary to register for a specific class for these services. Both Language Arts and Math offer an applied class which mimics general education, teaching all of the grade level standards but with smaller class sizes and additional support in order to prepare them for a more inclusive educational setting. In addition, students with IEPs will be enrolled in a lab class associated with the academic core goals on their IEP. All students on an IEP will be enrolled in a lab class that pertains to their academic goals; however, enrollment in an applied class or the corresponding general education class will be determined by the IEP team and school counselors per the student's current academic scores and IEP goal achievement. Only those students who qualify for Special Education Resource services take Resource classes.

Functional Skills

The Functional Skills class is for students in special education who qualify for more concentrated one-on-one and small group instruction. The class is geared toward teaching skills necessary for functioning independently in typical day-to-day activities and to prepare students for both community and work experiences at the high school level. Students receive specialized instruction in either some or all of the following areas depending on the services for which they qualify: language arts, math, science, social studies, and social skills.

Intervention Classes

Enriched Reading 7
(4134) Semester

This is an intervention reading class. Students will work on their comprehension skills using functional texts and novels. Students will read some works as a class as well as outside reading. There is an emphasis on nonfiction text and understanding reading strategies. Students are placed in this class by counselors.

REading Lab (1 period class)
(4132) Year

This course is designed to strengthen reading skills and will use READ 180, a research-based reading intervention program, designed to raise the reading levels and test scores of struggling readers. The class is divided into sections: whole group instruction, small group/individualized instruction, independent and modeled reading, and content based reading. Students are placed in this class by counselors.

Read 180 (2 period class)
(4132) Year

This course is designed to strengthen reading skills. READ 180 is a research-based reading intervention program designed to raise the reading levels and test scores of struggling readers. While strengthening these skills, the English core will also be addressed and taught. The class is divided into sections: whole group instruction, small group/individualized instruction, independent and modeled reading, and content based reading. Students are placed in this class by counselors.

Study Skills
(2400) Semester

Students will be given this time to complete homework and study for their classes. Students are graded on class participation (working in class), planner usage, and assignment completion is ALL classes. Students are placed in this class by the counselors.

8th Grade

Registration Materials

8th Grade Course Request Form

Incoming 8th Grade Registration PowerPoint

8th Grade Course Descriptions: 2018-2019

English

English 8
(4080) Year

This is a required course which focuses on literary and informational reading, writing, speaking, and research skills, which are taught within literature-themed units.

English 8 Honors
(4083) Year

Like a traditional class, Honors English focuses on literary and informational reading, writing, speaking, and research skills, which are taught within literature-themed units. However, this course is taught with increased depth and pacing; furthermore, the text used in class is more often above grade level, and writing and research is considerably more in-depth. Students must turn in an honors application with their course request form to enroll in this class.

Mathematics

All incoming 8th grade students enroll in Grade 8 Math until their proficiency level has been determined in the spring.

Grade 8 Mathematics
(5120) Year

This is the required 8th grade math class. Instruction will focus on three critical areas: 1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations 2) functions 3) analyzing 2- and 3-dimensional space and figures and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

Grade 8 Mathematics Honors
(5121) Year

This section of the required 8th grade math class is for students who love math and who earned a "highly proficient" rating in 7th grade math. This class covers the three critical areas listed in the Grade 8 math course, as well as extra topics for an advanced middle school student.

Secondary Mathematics I Honors
(5131) Year

(This class is only for 8th graders who have shown proficiency in the Accelerated Math Program in 7th grade.)

This section of the required 9th grade math class is for students who earned a "highly proficient" rating in 8th grade math, who love math, and who plan to take calculus during their junior year. Generally, these are students who plan on a career in a math-related field such as engineering. Students in this section complete an extra unit on matrices and vectors.

Science

Integrated Science 8
(3330) Year

This course investigates changes in matter and energy as observed in the various sciences. Concepts are integrated to demonstrate that the different branches of science and technology are interdependent. Subjects approach each scientific concept from a research and discovery angle with emphasis on a hands-on approach to learning. Students will develop their skills of observation and behaviors of analyzing and understanding data from the scientist point of view. They will be collaborating with other students and contribute to experimentation and processes.

Integrated Science 8 Honors
(3333) Year

The honors science curriculum is identical to the regular science curriculum. However, it is approached from a research and discovery angle. Honor students should be curious and demonstrate a willingness to stretch, think and make science connections to other areas of life and learning. They must be willing to develop a variety of science skills and behaviors, read other sources of information, case studies and current events, make connections and apply their new knowledge in an unfamiliar setting. They must be dependable, willing to be a contributing member of a team and meet hard deadlines. Students must complete an honors application for this class and turn it in with their course request form.

Social Studies

U.S. History
(6120) Year

United States History, for grade 8, explores events and issues from the early American inhabitants through the Reconstruction and the Western Movement, emphasizing the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics include, but are not limited to indigenous people, exploration, colonization, Revolutionary War, constitutional issues, nation building, Civil War, Reconstruction Era, and the Western Movement. Although the emphasis of this course is on the 18th and 19th centuries, additional content may be covered as time permits.

U.S. History Honors
(6123) Year

Although this course includes the same topics as U.S. History, the honors level U.S. history course is MUCH more rigorous, with a stronger emphasis on reading, writing, and the development of research and analytical skills using primary and secondary source materials. Students are expected to maintain a grade of C- or better. Failure to do so will result in a strong recommendation to withdraw and enroll in U.S. History 6120. Students must complete an honors application for this class and turn it in with their course request form.

Physical Education

Physical Education 8
(7650) Semester

This is a required class for all 8th graders. This course is designed to develop more advanced lifetime skills and attitudes regarding physical activity, wellness, and healthy lifestyles.

P.E. Advanced Team Sport- Basketball
(7650) Semester

This class is for the ultimate basketball fan! The course is for all levels of basketball players, from novice to advanced, who want to improve their skills. Students master essential skills through a variety of advanced drills used at the college and professional levels. Students play in a variety of tournament style basketball games (1:1, 2:2, 3:3, 5:5). Students also create their own competition shooting games for the class to compete in. Both boys and girls in 7th, 8th and 9th grades are encouraged to enroll.

P.E. Advanced Team Sport- Volleyball
(7650) Semester

This class is for the ultimate volleyball fan! The course is for all levels of volleyball players who want to improve their skills. Class is for all levels of volleyball players from novice to advanced. Students master essential skills through a variety of advanced drills used at the college and professional levels. Students play in a variety of tournament style volleyball games. Both boys and girls in 7th, 8th and 9th grades are encouraged to enroll.

Health

Health Education 1
(7100) Semester

This is a required class for all 8th graders. In this course, students examine their current health habits and choices, increase their knowledge, and develop skills necessary for better lifetime wellness.

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Digital Literacy 
(8517) Semester

This course is a state requirement for 8th grade. This course is an introduction to computer literacy (the ability to use computers and related technology efficiently). Students are given opportunities to use technology and develop skills that encourage creativity, critical thinking, productivity, and collaboration in the classroom and day-to-day life. Students demonstrate skills by creating projects in the areas of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Digital Media, and Web Page Design. Students will also learn about the Internet and Internet Safety. This course is aligned with national and international standards and the Utah Core to prepare students across multiple levels of skills. This course is a prerequisite to move into high school computer literacy courses.

Exploring Technology 1
(8605) Semester

This course in available to 7th and 8th grade students. This is an activity oriented class that incorporates STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles throughout the course. The engineering design process is taught as the students explore technologies in communications, manufacturing, construction, transportation, and power and energy. This is a great class for a student considering engineering or a technical trade as a career. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Exploring Technology 2
(8602) Semester

This course follows Exploring Technology 1 and is taught second semester. This class also incorporates STEM principles, and the engineering design process. In this class, students learn about communication through activities in screen printing, computer programming and video production. Students learn about manufacturing through several wood working projects, and they learn about transportation through an activity in rocketry. Prerequisite is Exploring Technology 1. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

FACS Exploration
(8403) Semester

This Family and Consumer Science course provides individuals the opportunity to develop essential skills in various career pathways related to nutrition, food preparation, parenting, early childhood education, interior design, apparel design and construction, fashion merchandising, consumerism, entrepreneurship, family relationships, and personal responsibility. This course is designed to strengthen comprehension of concepts and standards outlined in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Keyboarding I
(8560) Semester

Keyboarding skills are essential life skills for today’s students. Any students who cannot type at least 35 words per minute consistently on 3 one-minute timings should take Keyboarding 1 in the 7th and/or 8th grade. This semester-long class, requires that students master touch operation on the computer keyboard with a primary emphasis on correct fingering by touch and good techniques. The second term of the semester class emphasizes speed and accuracy. There is a $5.00 fee for this class.

Fine Arts

MUSIC
Beginning Band (Level 1): Brass
(1645) Year

The following instruments are played in this class: tuba, trombone, French horn, baritone and trumpet. Students learn basic musicianship skills and theory concepts, such as major scales, basic notes, and rest values. All students participate in the Christmas and Spring Concerts. Tubas, baritones and French horns are available to rent from the school for $95.00. This fee is to be paid during registration in the fall. There is also a $10.00 fee for this class.

Beginning Band (Level 1): Woodwinds
(1646) Year

Students choose from the following woodwind instruments: oboe, bassoon, clarinet and flute. Students who desire to play the saxophone begin on a clarinet; then auditions are held in January for a few to switch to saxophone & bass clarinet. Students learn basic musicianship skills and theory concepts such as major scales and basic note and rest values. All beginning students participate in the Christmas and Spring Concerts. Oboe, bassoon and bass clarinets are available to rent from the school for $95.00 per year. The rental fee is paid during registration in the fall. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Beginning Band (Level 1): Percussion
(1647) Year

Note names, note values, and rhythms are learned using a mallet keyboard. Two years of piano experience is required. An entrance exam will be given on Thursday, March 8th at 4:00 in room 106 to fill seven slots. This is NOT a playing test. It is a written theory test. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Concert Band (Grades 7-9)
(1740) Year

In this course, students continue to master basic musicianship skills. Concert band students are split into two bands that combine for concerts. The students participate in four concerts during the year. All students participate in combined summer concert band camp, July 23rd - August 16th. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Jazz Band
(1748) Year

Auditions for Jazz Band are held in May. All students are invited to audition, but one pre-requisite is a year-long commitment to the class. In addition, students must also be enrolled in band or orchestra. A participation fee is assessed by the district each term. The student also receives a grade and arts credit for Jazz Band.

Jazz Band 1          M, W, F          7:10-7:55 a.m.          $30 per term
Jazz Band 2         T, TH              7:10-7:55 a.m.          $25 per term

Beginning Orchestra (Level 1)
(1660) Year

This course is designed to give students the skills to perform music levels 1-2 including basic musicianship and theory. All Beginning Orchestra students participate in Fall, Christmas, and Spring concerts. The following instruments are played in this class: violin, viola, cello, and bass. Cellos and basses are available to rent from the school for $95.00 per year, and should be paid during registration in the fall. Students should have previous experience with their instrument prior to enrolling for Beginning Orchestra (6th grade orchestra or private lessons). Students with no prior experience may enroll, but will need private lessons or extra practice outside of class to catch up. There is a $10.00 class fee for this class.

Intermediate Orchestra (Level 2)
(1760) Year

This class is a continuation of Beginning Orchestra. Students develop more advanced skills through performance of orchestral literature. Students should have completed Beginning Orchestra or should speak with the instructor to determine whether their skill level is adequate for Intermediate Orchestra. There are many performance opportunities in this class. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Men’s Choir (Level 1)          or          Women’s Choir (Level 1)
(1626) Semester Year                         (1625) Semester or Year

The courses (choirs) listed above are separate men’s and women’s choirs. This class is for students to develop their singing voice and to become more musically literate. Students sing music from a variety of musical styles and perform in at least two concerts per semester. No prior experience is required. There is a $10.00 fee for the class.

VISUAL ARTS
Art Foundations I
(1100) Semester

In this course, students experience creating art in a variety of media. They grow in their abilities to create and appreciate art as they become more fluent with the principles and elements of art. This class is required before students take other art classes. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

2-D Art
(1103) Semester

This course builds on the concepts taught in Art Foundations. Art projects focus on media such as acrylics, charcoal, graphite, scratchboard, oil pastels, watercolors and more. Each year this semester-long course is taught, the projects are different. This enables students to take 2-D Art once as an 8th grader and once as a 9th grader, if they wish. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

3-D Design
(1105) Semester

This course builds on the concepts taught in Art Foundations. Art projects focus on creating three-dimensional works of art using a variety of media (i.e. ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, wire sculpture and more). Each year this semester-long course is taught, the projects are different. This enables students to take 3-D Art once as an 8th grader and once as a 9th grader, if they wish. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Electives

If a student earns an A or B in a first or second year language class, it fulfills the World Language admissions requirement for the University of Utah. This can be done 7th through 12th grade. No other state college requires a World Language for entrance. The state sponsored Regents’ Scholarship requires 2 years of a foreign language in grades 9 – 12.

Theater
(1775) Semester

Students in this course will study basic play analysis, stage directions, acting techniques from vocal and physical warm-ups, concentration, improvisation, movement through memorized scenes, vocal techniques, and audition prep. Theater history and the basics of playwriting will also be covered. This course will have a focus on musical theatre and the production process. There is a class fee of $10.00 for this course.

Creative Writing
(4146) Semester

This course allows students to flex their creative muscles as they discover, develop, and demonstrate skills related to writing. The class explores different writing strategies and students write everything from plays to poetry as they showcase their own writing style through a variety of genres.

Yearbook
(4190) Semester

Class work is focused on projects that support growth in visual design and layout skills. Students design the school’s yearbook. Students must complete an application. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Spanish 1
(4620) Year

This course gives an intro to the Spanish Language and the many cultures in which Spanish is spoken. The students will participate in activities and do work in order to be at the Novice-Mid Level of Proficiency which is measured by ACTFL. Students are introduced to Spanish speaking cultures. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Spanish 2
(4630) Year

The students will participate in activities and do work in order to be at the Novice-High Level of Proficiency which is measured by ACTFL. Students continue to build skills and prepare for advanced level course work. An A or B grade fulfills entrance requirements for most universities. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

American Sign Language I
(4850) Year

This class introduces students to basic conversational sign, beginning American Sign Language vocabulary, and Deaf culture and history. The focus of this course is to achieve novice proficiency. Students are expected to demonstrate their abilities through a variety of classroom experiences including quizzes, student activities, teacher-student conversations, and student-student conversations. Students will be expected to stand in front of the class and sign in front of their peers. This course qualifies as a level 1 World Language credit. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Civics
(6210) Semester

Introductory class on the basic principles of government and leadership. Students prepare for future government and citizen classes by exploring different types of government, economies, branches of government, political systems, elections, as well as current local and world events. The class is discussion and lecture based, with occasional guest speakers and activities.

Creative Coding
(8674) Semester

This course allows students to discover and develop coding concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable.
 



The following courses require students to complete an application. These are available in the counseling center. (These classes MUST be listed as alternate classes.) 9th graders have preferred status for these classes. If there is a need for more students, the classes are then open to 8th graders.
Office Assistant
(2212) Semester

Students work in the main office, assisting the secretaries. They are required to answer incoming phone calls. Students must have good attendance and grades to be an office assistant. There is limited enrollment. Students are selected through an application process, and an interview.

Copy Assistant
(2214) Semester

Students assist the office in running a copy center for teachers. They prioritize, complete, and deliver paper copies for teachers. Student application required.

Teacher Assistant
(2214) Semester

Students assist teachers in typing, filing, bulletin boards, tutoring, etc. Student application required.

Library Assistant
(2230) Semester

Students learn basic media skills by assisting in the day-to-day operation of the MJH media center. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to apply. Student application required.

Peer Tutoring
(2252) Semester

Students help other students by assisting them with their school-work. Peer tutors are expected to be role models, trainers, and advocates for the students they tutor. Student application, satisfactory citizenship, and counselor approval required.

Peer Tutor – Special Needs Students
(2252) Semester

Students help other students who have special needs. Responsibilities may include accompanying them to general education classes such as Art and PE, working in a small group setting, or helping a student one-on-one with individual academic goals. Students who know they will be missing classes frequently due to responsibilities with extra-curricular activities, should make arrangements to not be a tutor 4th or 8th periods. Student application, satisfactory citizenship, and counselor approval required.

Special Education

Resource

Classes are offered with more structured curriculum that supports core standards, and specialized instruction is provided based on individual students’ needs. Emphasis is placed on assisting each student to improve skills in core curriculum areas. Resource Education teachers, in collaboration with administrators and counselors, arrange student schedules as per the current IEP and as per available services that address current IEP goals. Only those students who qualify for Special Education Resource services take Resource classes.

Functional Skills

The Functional Skills class is for students in special education who qualify for more concentrated one-on-one and small group instruction. The class is geared toward teaching skills necessary for functioning independently in typical day-to-day activities and to prepare students for both community and work experiences at the high school level. Students receive specialized instruction in either some or all of the following areas depending on the services for which they qualify: language arts, math, science, social studies, and social skills.

Intervention Classes

Enriched Reading 8
(4134) Semester

This is an intervention reading class for students to improve their reading comprehension skills of functional, informational, and literary texts. Students read some works as a class as well as reading independently, outside of class. There is an emphasis on nonfiction text and understanding reading strategies. Students are selected for placement in this class by counselors.

Read 180
(4132) Year

This course is designed to strengthen reading skills. READ 180 is a research-based reading intervention program designed to raise the reading levels and test scores of struggling readers. While emphasizing the improvement of reading skills, the English core is also taught. The class is divided into sections: whole group instruction, small group/individualized instruction, independent and modeled reading, and content based reading. Students are selected for placement in this class by counselors.

9th Grade

Registration Materials

9th Grade Course Request Form

Incoming 9th Grade Registration PowerPoint

9th Grade Course Descriptions: 2018-2019

English

English 9
(4090) Year

This is a required course which focuses on literary and informational reading, writing, speaking/listening, language, and research skills. English 9 students develop understanding and demonstrate competency in writing and in reading a variety of informational texts and literary works, including drama and poetry.

English 9 Honors
(4093) Year

This accelerated course has an emphasis on depth, complexity, rigor, and higher-order thinking skills as students develop understanding and demonstrate competency in reading, writing, speaking/listening, language, and research skills.

Mathematics

Secondary Mathematics I
(5130) Year

This is the required 9th grade math class. It will focus on developing a solid understanding of functions, and using that understanding to explore many examples of functions, including sequences. It will build on prior experiences with data to develop formal methods of data analysis. Students will use properties and theorems to extend understanding of geometric knowledge.

Secondary Mathematics I Honors
(5131) Year

This section of the required 9th grade math class is for students who earned a “highly proficient” rating in 8th grade math, who love math, and who are planning on taking calculus during their senior year. Generally, these are students who plan on a career in a math-related field such as engineering. Students in this section complete an extra unit on matrices and vectors.

Secondary Mathematics II Honors
(5141) Year

***Prerequisites: Secondary Mathematics I Honors proficiency. Secondary II Honors is for students who enjoy math and plan on a career in a math-related field such as engineering. The purpose of this course is to continue preparing students to take calculus during their junior year of high school. For this reason, this class moves at a quick and rigorous pace in order to cover the six honors units, in addition to the other Secondary II material.

This course focuses on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions; comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Secondary I. Real and complex numbers are introduced. The link between probability and data is explored through conditional probability and counting methods. The study of similarity leads to an understanding of right triangle trigonometry and connects to quadratics through Pythagorean relationships. Circles, with the quadratic representations, round out the course.

Science

Earth Science
(3400) Year

Earth science includes many different disciplines that come together to explain the ways in which the world operates around us. In Earth science, students study astronomy, geology, oceanography, meteorology and environmental science. Students learn skills in this class that equip them with an understanding for a world filled with natural disasters, changing climate, and new discoveries. In Earth Science, students learn to conduct internet research on topics such as global warming, water shortages, earthquakes, ozone depletion, and natural disasters which are pertinent to the world in which they live.

Biology
(3520) Year

Biology, a 10th grade curriculum, is a challenge for the 9th grade student. The main topics include: ecology, cell chemistry, genetics and DNA, evolution, biodiversity, and classification. Space is limited for this class.  Students will be selected based on SAGE proficiency scores, grades, teacher recommendation, and enrollment in Secondary Math I Honors. Students must turn in an honors application request form to enroll in this class.

Social Studies

World Geography
(6200) Year

This course explores how the study of geography helps us to better understand our world by examining each region’s unique characteristics. Students learn to evaluate, and question the “why of where,” based on the earth’s physical and human attributes. World Geography addresses the physical environments, places, people, history, events, and cultures within each global region.

AP Human Geography
(6204) Year

This is a college level course and is for the accelerated, motivated student to introduce the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, interactions, and alteration of Earth’s surface. It requires additional reading, writing and study time. Students are expected to prepare for and take the AP Human Geography test in May, potentially earning them college credit. There is a $15.00 class fee.

Physical Education

P.E. Participation, Skills & Techniques 9
(7700) Semester

In this course, students create and implement the multifaceted benefits of physical activity including enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and interaction. Although it is not required that students take a PE class in ninth grade, a total of three semesters of 9th-12th grade PE credit is required for graduation. It is highly recommended that students earn their PE credit as soon as possible, to make room in their 11th and 12th grade schedules for more elective opportunities that are offered in high school.

P.E. Team Sports - Basketball
(7670) Semester

This class is for the ultimate basketball fan! The course is for all levels of basketball players, from novice to advanced, who want to improve their skills. Students master essential skills through a variety of advanced drills used at the college and professional levels. Students play in a variety of tournament style basketball games (1:1, 2:2, 3:3, 5:5). Students also create their own competition shooting games for the class to compete in. Both boys and girls in 7th, 8th and 9th grades are encouraged to enroll.

P.E. Team Sports - Volleyball
(7670) Semester

This class is for the ultimate volleyball fan! The course is for all levels of volleyball players who want to improve their skills. This class is for all levels of volleyball players from novice to advanced. Students master essential skills through a variety of advanced drills used at the college and professional levels. Students play in a variety of tournament style volleyball games. Both boys and girls in 7th, 8th and 9th grades are encouraged to enroll.

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Apparel Design and Production 1 (Sewing)
(8475) Semester

This course introduces students to basic apparel design and construction skills. These skills prepare students for the exciting global apparel industry and entrepreneurial opportunities. Students sew apparel and accessory projects like back sacks, quilts, wallets, aprons, and projects of their own choice. This course strengthens comprehension of concepts and standards outlined in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Exploring Technology 2
(8604) Semester

This course follows Exploring Technology 1 and is taught second semester. This class also incorporates STEM principles, and the engineering design process. In this class students learn about communication through activities in screen printing, computer programming and video production. Students learn about manufacturing through several wood working projects, and they learn about transportation through an activity in rocketry. Prerequisite is Exploring Technology 1.  There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Food and Nutrition I
(8421) Semester

This exciting course is designed for students who are interested in understanding the principles of nutrition and ways the body uses food. Attention is given to the selection and preparation of food as well as personal health and well-being. Lab work offers students hands-on experience in food safety, and in the preparation of a variety of recipes and techniques. Learning is enhanced through an optional activity i.e. testing manners at an exclusive restaurant. This course strengthens comprehension of concepts and standards outlined in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. There is a $15.00 fee for this class.

Introduction to Communication Technology/Photography
(8610) Semester

Students learn the basics of communication technology with a heavy emphasis on digital photography. The class includes engineering design, solid modeling, film and digital photography, photo editing using Photoshop, animation, video production, and graphic design. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Pinterest to Projects Manufacturing
(8618) Semester

This is a hands-on, activity-based course that introduces students to the research, design, documentation, and production of various types of projects found on Pinterest. The course exposes students to various manufacturing processes in wood, plastic, metals, and other raw materials. Lab fee $10.00. This course may require additional project fees.

Fine Arts

MUSIC
Symphonic Band (8th- 9th grade)
(1840) Year

Students work on advanced rhythm skills and develop quality ensemble skills. This is the top band at MJH. There are many performances throughout the year which provide opportunities for students to showcase their talents & abilities. All students participate in Summer Band from July 23rd - August 16th. There is a $10.00 class fee for this class.

Concert Band (7th - 9th grade)
(1740) Year

In this course, students continue to master basic musicianship skills. Concert band students are split into two bands that combine for concerts. The students participate in four concerts during the year. All students participate in combined summer concert band camp, July 23rd - August 16th. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Beginning Band (Level 1): Brass
(1645) Year

The following instruments are played in this class: tuba, trombone, French horn, baritone & trumpet. Students learn basic musicianship skills and theory concepts, such as major scales, basic notes, and rest values. All students participate in the Christmas and Spring Concerts. Tubas, baritones & French horns are available to rent from the school for $95.00. This fee is to be paid during registration in the fall. There is also a $10.00 fee for this class.

Beginning Band (Level 1): Woodwinds
(1646) Year

Students choose from the following woodwind instruments: oboe, bassoon, clarinet & flute. Students who desire to play the saxophone begin on a clarinet; then auditions are held in January for a few to switch to saxophone & bass clarinet. Students learn basic musicianship skills & theory concepts such as major scales & basic note & rest values. All beginning students participate in the Christmas & Spring Concerts. Oboe, bassoon & bass clarinets are available to rent from the school for $95.00 per year. The rental fee is paid during registration in the fall. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Jazz Band
(1748) Year

Auditions for Jazz Band are held in May. All students are invited to audition, but one pre-requisite is a year-long commitment to the class. In addition, students must also be enrolled in band or orchestra. A participation fee is assessed by the district each term. The student also receives a grade and arts credit for Jazz Band.

Jazz Band 1          M, W, F          7:10-7:55 a.m.          $30 per term
Jazz Band 2         T, TH              7:10-7:55 a.m.          $25 per term

Beginning Orchestra (Level 1)
(1660) Year

This course is designed to give students the skills to perform music levels 1-2 including basic musicianship and theory. All Beginning Orchestra students participate in Fall, Christmas, and Spring concerts. The following instruments are played in this class: violin, viola, cello, and bass. Cellos and basses are available to rent from the school for $95.00. This fee should be paid during registration in the fall. Students should have previous experience with their instrument prior to enrolling for Beginning Orchestra (6th grade orchestra or private lessons). Students with no prior experience may enroll, but will need private lessons or extra practice outside of class to catch up. There is a $10.00 class fee for this class.

Orchestra Level 2
(1760) Year

This class is designed as a continuation of Beginning Orchestra. Students will develop more advanced skills through performance of orchestral literature. Students should have completed Beginning Orchestra or should speak with the instructor to see what skill level is adequate for Concert Orchestra. There will be many performance opportunities in this class. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Men’s Choir (Level 1)          or          Women’s Choir (Level 1)
(1626) Semester Year                         (1625) Semester or Year

The courses (choirs) listed above are separate men’s and women’s choirs. This class is for students to develop their singing voice and to become more musically literate. Students sing music from a variety of musical styles and perform in at least two concerts per semester. No prior experience is required. There is a $10.00 fee for the class.

Mustang Choir (Level 2)
(1720) Year

Students interested in being in Mustang Choir must have been previously enrolled in choir, orchestra, or band. Students need Mrs. Rhodes’ signature to enroll in this choir.  If a student has not been in any of the above course but wants to be in this class, they must set up a time to audition with Mrs. Rhodes. Students learn to sing in preparation for concerts, district festivals, and other performances. The focus is on advanced vocal skills, sight reading, and development of a quality ensemble. Each student is responsible to purchase a uniform. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

VISUAL ARTS

Art Foundations I
(1190) Semester

Students will have experiences creating art in a variety of media. They will become more fluent with the principles and elements of art. Students will grow in their abilities to create and appreciate art. This class is required before students take other art classes. There is a $15.00 fee for this class.

2-D Design (Art II)
(1191) Semester

This course builds on the concepts taught in Art Foundations. Art projects focus on media such as charcoal, graphite, scratchboard, oil pastels, watercolors and more.  Each year this semester-long course is taught, the projects are different.  This enables students to take 2-D Art as an 8th grader and again as a 9th grader, if they wish. There is a $15.00 fee for this class.

3-D Design
(1130) Semester

This course builds on the concepts taught in Art Foundations. Art projects focus on creating three-dimensional works of art using a variety of media such as sculptures, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, wire sculpture and more. Each year this semester-long course is taught, the projects are different. This enables students to take 3-D Art as an 8th grader and again as a 9th grader, if they wish. There is a $15.00 fee for this class.

Art 2 (Honors)
(1193) Semester

This course is designed for students to build a portfolio of their own artwork and individual style. Exercises will include both 2-D and 3-D projects such as figure drawing and figurative sculpture, drawing techniques to further the student’s personal drawing style, illustrations, art critique sessions to expose students to vocabulary used in college art courses, and more. Prerequisites to this course are successful completion of a 2-D or 3-D Art course with a citizenship grade of an “H” (for “Honors).  There is a $15.00 fee for this class.

Electives

If a student earns an A or B in a first or second year language class, it fulfills the World Language requirement for the University of Utah. This can be done 7th through 12th grade. No other state college requires a world language for entrance. The state sponsored Regents’ Scholarship requires two years of a foreign language in grades 9 – 12.

Released Time (Seminary)
(810) Year

Students are released for a course taught by teachers employed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Theater
(1775) Semester

Students in this course will study basic play analysis, stage directions, acting techniques from vocal and physical warm-ups, concentration, improvisation, movement through memorized scenes, vocal techniques, and audition prep. Theater history and the basics of playwriting will also be covered. This course will have a focus on musical theatre and the production process. There is a class fee of $10.00 for this course.

Creative Writing
(4146) Semester

This course allows students to flex their creative muscles as they discover, develop, and demonstrate skills related to writing. The class explores different writing strategies and students write everything from plays to poetry as they showcase their own writing style through a variety of genres.

Yearbook
(4190) Semester

Yearbook class work is focused on projects that support growth in visual design and layout skills. Students design the school’s yearbook. There is an application required for this class. There is a $10.00 fee for this class.

Spanish 1
(4620) Year

This course introduces the Spanish language and the many cultures in which Spanish is spoken. The students will participate in activities and do work in order to be at the Novice-Mid Level of Proficiency, which is measured by ACTFL. There is a $10.00 class fee for this class.

Spanish 2
(4630) Year

The students will participate in activities and do work in order to be at the Novice-High Level of Proficiency which is measured by ACTFL. There is a $10.00 class fee for this class.

Spanish 3
(4640) Year

The students will participate in activities and do work in order to be at the Intermediate-Low Level of Proficiency which is measured by ACTFL. There is a $10.00 class fee for this class.

American Sign Language I
(4850) ASL Year

This class introduces students to basic conversational sign, beginning American Sign Language vocabulary, and Deaf culture and history.  The focus of this course is to achieve novice proficiency.  Students are expected to demonstrate their abilities through a variety of classroom experiences including quizzes, student activities, teacher-student conversations, and student-student conversations.  Students will be expected to stand and sign in front of their peers.  It qualifies as a level 1 World Language if taken for a full year. There is a $10.00 class fee for this class.

CIVICS
(6210) Semester

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of government and leadership. Students prepare for future government and citizen classes by exploring different types of government, economies, branches of government, political systems, elections, as well as current local and world events. The class is discussion and lecture based, with occasional guest speakers and activities.
 



The following courses require students to complete an application. These are available in the counseling center. (These classes MUST be listed as alternate classes.) 9th graders have preferred status for these classes. If there is a need for more students, the classes are then open to 8th graders.

Office Assistant
(2212) Semester

Students work in the main office, assisting the secretaries. They are required to answer incoming phone calls. Students must have good attendance and grades to be an office assistant. There is limited enrollment. Students are selected through an application process, and an interview.

Copy Assistant
(2214) Semester

Students assist the office in running a copy center for teachers. They prioritize, complete, and deliver paper copies for teachers. Student application required.

Teacher Assistant
(2214) Semester

Students assist teachers in typing, filing, bulletin boards, tutoring, etc. Student application required.

Library Assistant
(2230) Semester

Students learn basic media skills by assisting in the day-to-day operation of the MJH media center. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to apply. Student application required.

Peer Tutoring
(2252) Semester

Students help other students by assisting them with their schoolwork. Peer tutors are expected to be role models, trainers, and advocates for the students they tutor. Student application, satisfactory citizenship, and counselor approval required.

Peer Tutoring – Special Needs Students
(2252) Semester

Students help other students who have special needs. Responsibilities may include accompanying them to general education classes such as art and PE, working in a small group setting, or helping a student one-on-one with individual academic goals. Students who know they will be missing classes frequently due to responsibilities with extra-curricular activities, should make arrangements to not be a tutor 4th or 8th periods. Student application, satisfactory citizenship, and counselor approval required.

Special Education

Resource

Classes are offered with more structured curriculum that supports core standards, and specialized instruction is provided based on individual students’ needs. Emphasis is placed on assisting each student to improve skills in core curriculum areas. Resource Education teachers, in collaboration with administrators and counselors, arrange student schedules as per the current IEP and as per available services that address current IEP goals. Only those students who qualify for Special Education Resource services take Resource classes.

Functional Skills

The Functional Skills class is for students in special education who qualify for more concentrated one-on-one and small group instruction. The class is geared toward teaching skills necessary for functioning independently in typical day-to-day activities and to prepare students for both community and work experiences at the high school level. Students receive specialized instruction in either some or all of the following areas depending on the services for which they qualify: language arts, math, science, social studies, and social skills.

Intervention Classes

Enriched Reading 9
(4133) Semester

This is an intervention reading class for students to improve their reading comprehension skills of functional, informational, and literary texts. Students read some works as a class as well as reading independently, outside of class. There is an emphasis on nonfiction text and understanding reading strategies. Students are selected for placement in this class by counselors.

Read 180
(4132) Year

This course is designed to strengthen reading skills. READ 180 is a research-based reading intervention program designed to raise the  reading levels and test scores of struggling readers. While emphasizing the improvement of reading skills, the English core is also taught. The class is divided into sections: whole group instruction, small group/individualized instruction, independent and modeled reading, and content based reading. Students are selected for placement in this class by the counselors.

High School Registration

10th Grade Registration Form

New Student Registration

Welcome to Sunset Junior High School!
 

Call 801-402-6700 to schedule an appointment with a counselor to register your new or transferring student. If your student is a Foster Child, a Ward of the State or in the custody of DCFS or DYC you must first meet with the district Case Management Team. They can be reached at 801-402-0496.

The following items are required by the Davis School District and SJH before registering for school and we CAN NOT register your student without these items:

  • Birth Certificate*
  • Picture ID (Driver's license or passport)
  • Immunization Record- All shots must be up to date
  • Proof of Residency in LJH boundaries**
  • Transcripts of past grades/report cards
  • Copy of IEP (Individual Education Plan) if student has received special education services

Registration Documents
 
Class Registration Forms (link to come)
 
 
It is helpful for the registration process if you also have:

  • Check-out papers from the last school attended, with the school's complete address and phone number


*PARENTS: You must have legal guardianship (from a court of law, signed by a judge) of your student in order to register him or her in school. If you do not, please process through the Student Services Department at the District Office first. The Student Services Director is Brad Christensen at 801-402-5160.


**Examples of a document that could be used as "Proof of Residency" are: water bill, gas bill, power bill, contract to build or rent an apartment with your name and new address on it. P.O. boxes are not acceptable. If you are using a utility bill as proof of residency, you must bring two separate bills; i.e. cable bill and a power bill.  We must have this information for the auditor.

Registration Checklist

Current Immunization Card - Immunization Requirements

Guardian Status Form

Proof of Residency- This should be a picture ID and a mortgage, or rental agreement, with a bill with your name and address on it.

IEP "Individual Education Plan" (only need if applicable) - If you were ever in special education classes, we must have a copy of your IEP. We cannot place students with IEPs into classes without it.

Release of Records- This will give us a copy of records from previously attended school.

Birth Certificate - Please bring a copy