Middle School
COURSE CATALOG
2017 - 18

Dear Clover Park School District Students,

Welcome to your planning guide for the school year!

Your middle school coursework will need to prepare you for careers that haven’t yet been created. In addition to providing coursework that will ensure you meet middle school requirements and have the skills needed for the transition to high school; we want you to pursue your interests and tap into your unique talents. This course catalog includes many exciting options for you to explore whether you pursue a military vocation, training for a technical field or a four-year college degree.

Clover Park School District (CPSD) offers a variety of educational offerings and options for middle school students. You can earn high school credits while attending middle school.

The mission of CPSD is to ensure each child learns what he or she needs to know to succeed and contribute to the community. There are no limits to what you can accomplish through perseverance, making good choices and taking advantage of the diverse course offerings available to ensure you are prepared for college, career and life.

Sincerely,

Debbie LeBeau
Superintendent

GENERAL INFORMATION

This course guide gives you information about all courses that may be offered in Clover Park’s middle schools. Students are to enroll in and maintain a full 6-period schedule throughout the middle school years. We hope this guide will answer all of your questions as you decide what middle school courses to register for next year. If you cannot find the answers you need, or if you would like to have individual help in planning your program, please contact an administrator or counselor at your school.

Hudtloff Middle School - (253) 583-5400

Lochburn Middle School - (253) 583-5420

Mann Middle School - (253) 583-5440

Woodbrook Middle School - (253) 583-5460

The Harrison Preparatory (HP) School currently offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) for students in grades 6 to 10. The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally-minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. Implementation of the program empowers students to inquire into wide ranges of significant local, national and global issues. The goal is to cultivate young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. Please call the school directly, if you are interested in information.

Harrison Preparatory School - (253) 583-5418

INFORMATION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Middle school courses are explained on the following pages. Use the planning sheets to map out your threeyear middle school plan (on page 5) for the required 6-period day. We also encourage you to think ahead about the sequence of courses you might want to take in high school. This way you will know what courses to choose in middle school to be prepared for the high school courses that interest you.

MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE PROGRAMS

  • Three years of Language Arts and Social Studies taken in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.
  • Three years of Mathematics taken in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.
  • Three years of Science taken in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.
  • Three semesters of Physical Education (one semester taken in 6th, 7th and 8th grade).
  • One semester of Career and Technical Educationoffered in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.
  • Two semesters of Performing and Visual Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts) are offered in 6th, 7th or 8th grade.
  • Up to three years of assigned Learning Strategies course in either Reading and/or Math, if past performance indicates that the student needs to improve his/her math and/or English language skills and comprehension. Students who demonstrate proficiency in ELA and/or math are not required to register for any of these courses.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT FOR COURSES TAKEN IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

District policy allows students to receive high-school credit for some middle school courses.

High school credit for designated middle school courses may be requested once the student is in high school by completing the high school credit for middle school course request form. Please note that once the grades and credit are recorded on the high school transcript, they cannot be removed and are included in the computation of the student’s grade point average. Designated courses include:

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • World Language course 1 in Spanish. One credit is awarded for the completion of courses 1A and 1B. This course is only available at Harrison Prep.
  • If you have questions about this, please see a counselor at your high school.

MIDDLE SCHOOL GRADING: REPORTING STUDENT PROGRESS

Teachers will provide to parents a written report of each student’s progress at the end of the quarter. The student’s work and study habits and academic progress will be reported. Letter grades will be provided for all students. In the interval between the quarterly reports, interim progress reports of a student’s outstanding or inadequate progress may be provided to parents. At a minimum, an interim progress report is required when a student’s achievement in a subject is known by the teacher to be unsatisfactory (failing) during the second quarter of a semester. This report will be issued as early in the quarter as practicable to allow the student time to improve before the end of the semester. In addition, parents/guardians and students are able to access attendance and grade reports online throughout the year on the district’s learning management system, Skyward.

STUDENTS HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR MIDDLE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

Successful completion of middle school coursework occurs when a student meets the academic expectations of the course. Students who experience difficulty in doing this will be assigned to tutorial and/or placed in an academic support course that runs either during the school day or after school so that they can receive additional assistance and help in achieving academic success. See below for further information on tutorial and academic support.

LEARNING STRATEGIES PROGRAMS

The intent of the learning strategies programs is to provide targeted, structured intervention to students who need ongoing support to succeed in language arts and mathematics. Additional academic support could take the form of in-class support during the period when the student is having difficulty, after-school support, and/or a summer school program to prepare the student for the following year. Every school coordinates its own support program allocating available resources (staffing, building budget, Title I funds, LAP, etc.) to the areas of need.

COUNSELING PROGRAM

Students should contact a counselor if they have questions about transitions between schools, registration, course selection, interpretation and use of test results, or other requirements. Visit or call the Counseling Center to make an appointment with your counselor. Each middle school Counseling Center provides assistance in the following ways:

  • Coordinates with elementary schools prior to entry into middle school to plan meetings with students to provide a smooth transition from elementary school to middle school;
  • Assists students in planning, selecting and successfully completing middle school courses that prepare them for a secondary education plan;
  • Works with students, parents and families on addressing personal problems that are or may be interfering with student success;
  • Monitors students’ academic progress and develops plans to support students so that they are successful in resolving problems to do well in school and classes;
  • Provides a program to prepare students for an education beyond high school;
  • Helps students complete their High School and Beyond Plan; and
  • Assists with student testing. Contact your school counselor for information about annual testing.

HONORS PROGRAM

Honors courses in math and language arts are taught at an accelerated pace with an advanced level of challenge at Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann and Woodbook Middle Schools. The Honors curriculum is aligned with state learning standards and provides opportunities for extended critical and higher level thinking in research and problem solving. Students qualify for Honors placement based on their ability to perform at an advanced level as indicated through nationally normed academic testing. Contact your school counselor for information about annual testing for this program.

MIDDLE SCHOOL HONORS ENROLLMENT PROCEDURE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

Course eligibility ELA honors:

  • Student is in CPSD gifted program (Non-provisional status) OR
  • Student earns a reading MAP RIT minimum score
    • Score ≥ 228 for Grade 6 ELA Honors
    • Score ≥ 232 for Grade 7 ELA Honors
    • Score ≥ 235 for Grade 8 ELA Honors

Course eligibility mathematics honors:

  • Student is in CPSD gifted program (Non-provisional status) OR
  • Student earns a math MAP RIT minimum score
    • Score ≥ 235 for Grade 6 Compacted Math Honors
    • Score ≥ 240 for Grade 7 Algebra Honors
    • Score ≥ 245 for Grade 8 Geometry Honors

Students will be evaluated on a yearly basis and are expected to maintain minimum RIT scores and keep up with the rigorous classwork to maintain course eligibility. Students may be exited from the program or moved to provisional status based on their annual progress (as needed).

If a student is moved from fully-gifted status to provisional status, it is a one time/one school year opportunity for the student to bring up course work and/or minimum RIT to maintain course eligibility. Should the student not attain the required eligibility by either meeting the RIT score or a new CoGAT score greater than the 95th percentile, they will be exited from the Highly Capable Program and will no longer be eligible to participate in the middle school honor program.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM

Program (IBMYP) is available to all students in grades 6-8 enrolled at Harrison Preparatory School. This program offers a challenging academic curriculum that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. Communication, international mindedness, and critical thinking skills are emphasized throughout all core and electives subject areas. Contact Harrison’s school counselor for more information about this program.

GIFTED/HIGHLY CAPABLE CLUSTERS

To meet the needs of students identified as gifted, Highly Capable Clusters are available at each middle school. Gifted students at Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann, and Woodbrook Middle Schools are clustered in Honors classes; gifted students at Harrison Preparatory School are clustered within International Baccalaureate Middle Year Program (MYPIB) classes. In these Highly Capable Clusters, students have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with other identified students on accelerated coursework that has been differentiated for their unique learning needs. Students qualify for Highly Capable Clusters based on their ability to perform at an exceptional level as indicated through nationally normed cognitive and academic testing. Contact your school counselor for information about annual testing for this program.

LOOKING AHEAD TO HIGH SCHOOL

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 60 semester courses (30 credits) are required for high school graduation in the Clover Park School District. Each semester class is worth 0.5 credit. Specific graduation requirements are listed below.

  • Students must earn a minimum of twenty (20) hours of community service.
  • Students must meet requirements established by the State Board of Education, OSPI, and CPSD School Board.

CPSD HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION COURSE-TAKING REQUIREMENTS

Subject Career- & College-Ready
Graduation Requirements for the
Class of 2019 & Beyond
English 4
Math 3
Science 3 (2 labs)
Social Studies 3.5
Career and Technical Education1 2
Health and Fitness 2 (.5 Health)
Arts 2 (1 can be PPR)
General Electives 8.5
World Language (or)
Personalized Pathway Requirement (PPR)
2 (both can be PPR)
Total Credits 30

Personalized Pathway Requirements (PPR) are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the student’s interests and High School and Beyond Plan, that may include Career and Technical Education, and are intended to provide a focus for the student’s learning.

1 Or 1 Occupational Education credit, as defined in WAC 180-51-067.

MIDDLE SCHOOL – THREE-YEAR EDUCATIONAL PLAN

Below is an important worksheet to help you plan the courses you will take during 6th, 7th and 8th grades. You must enroll in six courses every year. Use the middle school course descriptions in this book to plan your schedule. Call your middle school for help, if you need further information.

6TH GRADE 7TH GRADE 8TH GRADE
6th Grade English Language Arts 7th Grade English Language Arts 8th Grade English Language Arts
6th Grade Social Studies 7th Grade Social Studies 8th Grade Social Studies
6th Grade Mathematics 7th Grade Mathematics 8th Grade Mathematics
6th Grade Science 7th Grade Science 8th Grade Science
P.E. (semester) / Elective P.E. (semester) / Elective P.E. (semester) / Elective
In addition, choose 2 semester courses or a year-long course:
1st Semester
2st Semester
Year-long
1st Semester
2st Semester
Year-long
1st Semester
2st Semester
Year-long

CTE COURSES

MIDDLE SCHOOL STEM

Middle School Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are semester-long exploratory courses for 7th and 8th grade students that provide a hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The program’s curriculum integrates the STEM academic content and the CTE exploratory vocational component. The courses are conducted in a manner that meets the standards for Career and Technical Education as defined by the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Information Technology Career Pathway

DIGITAL COMMUNICATION TOOLS

One Semester
Course Number: 67007A/B (7th Grade)
67008A/B (8th Grade)

Digital Technology is a course that introduces 7th and 8th grade students to current computer-based training required for success in today’s digital communication world. Instruction includes digital camera, internet-based software training in the basics of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet safety and research tools. This foundational course integrates skills in the core academic content of math and science with technology. Students use technology to collaborate, communicate, generate innovative ideas, investigate and solve problems. These skills will continue to be used throughout the students’ school experiences.

Engineering and Technology Career Pathway

INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS

One Semester
Course Number: 98007A/B (7th Grade)
98008A/B (8th Grade)

Introduction to Robotics is a semester course that allows students to explore and apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in developing and using robotics. The course includes instruction in the principles of robotics, programming, design and testing and applications to industry.

SCI-MA-TECH

One Semester
Location: Mann
Course Number: 88007A/B (7th Grade)
88008A/B (8th Grade)

This course will provide opportunities for 7th and 8th grade students to make connections among various technologies, math, engineering, and science. This course enables students to demonstrate their understanding of the Standards for Technological Literacy from the International Technology Education Association (ITEA). Students explore current computer applications including animation, video graphics, special effects, digital art production, the engineering computer-aided design, and robotics.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

One Semester
Location: Mann
Course Number: 91000A/B

Design and Technology is a middle school 8th grade enrichment course for the Engineering and Technology Career Pathway. This course introduces students to the design process, computer automated design software, reverse engineering, structural analysis, and more! It is a program focusing on the integration of math, science and technology concepts using hands-on experiences.

STEM TECHNOLOGY

One Semester
Location: Hudtloff
Course Number: 88127A/B (7th Grade)
88128A/B (8th Grade)

STEM Technology is a course that introduces 7th and 8th grade students to the nature of manufacturing and the design process using current technology. The course prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills to layout and shape stock; assemble articles; mark, bind, saw, carve, and sand products; repair articles, and use a variety of hand and power tools. This foundational course integrates skills in the core academic content of math, science, and engineering into the manufacturing process.

Health and Human Services Career Pathway

INTRODUCTION TO PERSONAL CHOICES

One Semester
Location: Mann
Course Number: 88207A/B (7th Grade)
88208A/B (8th Grade)

Introduction to Personal Choices is an introductory course for students using the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Standards. The content represents the concerns and interests of younger students as they face the challenge of understanding themselves, the people around them and managing their own lives and resources. Making connections between family, school, and community, as well as using the planning process of problem solving and decision making is a major focus of the course. Students learn about textiles and apparel, family health, food, and nutrition.

FOOD AND MANAGEMENT

One Semester
Location: Mann
Course Number: 80347A/B (7th Grade)
80348A/B (8th Grade)

Foods and Management focuses on the role of food in students’ lives. The learning targets represent the concerns or interests of younger students as they face the challenge of understanding themselves, the people around them, and managing their own lives and resources. Areas of study include demonstration of nutrition and wellness practices that enhance individual and family well-being across the life span. Concepts include factors which influence nutrition needs, acquiring, handling and using foods, food safety and the impact of science and technology.

EXPLORING INDEPENDENT LIVING

One Semester
Location: Mann
Course Number: 866101A/B

Exploring Independent Living, an enrichment course for 7th and 8th grade students, is designed to prepare students for responsible decision making in a variety of areas. The primary focus of Independent Living is the development of financial planning for living on their own, in a family, or with others.

GENERAL COURSES

ART

6TH GRADE ART

One Semester: May be repeated
Other info: Fulfills 1 semester middle school fine arts requirement
Location Hudtloff, Lochburn, Woodbrook
Course Number: 10116A

Develop your creative skills through sampling a variety of experiences that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, fiber arts, glass, book arts, and clay. Investigate the elements of art and principles of design and learn techniques to improve your art skills. Resources from art history, cultures, and other artists will inspire your work.

7TH GRADE ART

One Semester: May be repeated
Other info: Fulfills 1 semester middle school fine arts requirement
Location Hudtloff, Lochburn, Woodbrook
Course Number: 10117A

Develop your creative skills through sampling a variety of experiences that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, fiber arts, glass, book arts, and clay. Investigate the elements of art and principles of design and learn techniques to improve your art skills. Resources from art history, cultures, and other artists will inspire your work.

8TH GRADE ART

One Semester: May be repeated
Other info: Fulfills 1 semester middle school fine arts requirement
Location Hudtloff, Lochburn, Woodbrook
Course Number: 10118A

Develop your creative skills through sampling a variety of experiences that may include drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, fiber arts, glass, book arts, and clay. Investigate the elements of art and principles of design and learn techniques to improve your art skills. Resources from art history, cultures, and other artists will inspire your work.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

6TH GRADE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Full Year
Course Number: 20216A/B

6th Grade Language Arts is aligned with the Washington State Learning Standards which include College and Career Readiness standards. Reading, writing, listening, speaking, language, and collaborative strategies are used purposefully to build knowledge and skills to help students become independent readers, writers, and thinkers as they continue to progressively build the skills necessary for academic success in middle school. The primary goals of the course are to foster independent learning, encourage in-depth exploration of the content, and develop academic habits of mind. Outside reading is required.

6TH GRADE HONORS ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Full Year
Course Eligibility: Student is in CPSD gifted program or Language Arts MAP score of 228 or greater
Location: Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann, Woodbrook
Course Number: 20266A/B

This course is aligned with the Washington State Learning Standards which include College and Career Readiness standards. In addition to the entire essential skills requisite to 6th-grade Language Arts, the curriculum of this course demands deeper, more complex thinking and reasoning. Students are required to produce work that exemplifies a highly developed understanding of the curriculum. Advanced reading, writing, listening, speaking, language, and collaborative strategies are used purposefully to build knowledge and skills to help students become independent readers of above-grade-level texts, writers with advanced composition skills, and analytical thinkers as they continue to progressively build the skills necessary for academic success. Students who qualify for gifted services are placed in this course.

7TH GRADE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Full Year
Course Number: 20217A/B

This course is aligned with the Washington State Learning Standards which include College and Career Readiness standards. Reading, writing, listening, speaking, language, and collaborative strategies are used purposefully to build knowledge and skills to help students become independent readers, writers, and thinkers as they continue to progressively build the skills necessary for academic success. The primary goals of the course are to foster independent learning, encourage in-depth exploration of the content, and develop academic habits of mind. Outside reading is required.

7TH GRADE HONORS ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Full Year
Course Eligibility: Student is in CPSD gifted program or Language Arts MAP score of 232 or greater
Location: Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann, Woodbrook
Course Number: 20267A/B

This course is aligned with the Washington State Learning Standards which include College and Career Readiness standards. In addition to the entire essential skills requisite to 7th-grade Language Arts, the curriculum of this course demands deeper, more complex thinking and reasoning. Students are required to produce work that exemplifies a highly developed understanding of the curriculum. Advanced reading, writing, listening, speaking, language, and collaborative strategies are used purposefully to build knowledge and skills to help students become independent readers of above-grade-level texts, writers with advanced composition skills, and analytical thinkers as they continue to progressively build the skills necessary for academic success. Students who qualify for gifted services are placed in this course.

8TH GRADE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Full Year
Course Number: 20281A/B

This course is aligned with the Washington State Learning Standards which include College and Career Readiness standards. Reading, writing, listening, speaking, language, and collaborative strategies are used purposefully to build knowledge and skills to help students become independent readers, writers, and thinkers as they transition into high school. The primary goals of the course are to foster independent learning, encourage in-depth exploration of the content, and develop academic habits of mind. Outside reading is required.

8TH GRADE HONORS ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Full Year
Course Eligibility: Student is in CPSD gifted program or Language Arts MAP score of 235 or greater
Location: Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann, Woodbrook
Course Number: 20268A/B

This course is aligned with the Washington State Learning Standards which include College and Career Readiness standards. In addition to the entire essential skills requisite to 8th-grade Language Arts, the curriculum of this course demands deeper, more complex thinking and reasoning. Students are required to produce work that exemplifies a highly developed understanding of the curriculum. Advanced reading, writing, listening, speaking, language, and collaborative strategies are used purposefully to build knowledge and skills to help students become independent readers of above-grade-level texts, writers with advanced composition skills, and analytical thinkers as they continue to progressively build the skills necessary for academic success. Students who qualify for gifted services are placed in this course.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS LEARNING STRATEGIES A

One Semester
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Other Info: This class will be assigned to students who scored below standard on the most recent State Assessment. Placement in this class may also be determined by teacher assessment using other measures.
Location: Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann, Woodbrook
Course Number: 20761A

Students will receive explicit, intensive instruction in order to improve reading vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and the ability to read a variety of text types. Students will study, develop, and apply a variety of specific reading strategies they can employ when reading fiction and non-fiction texts.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS LEARNING STRATEGIES B

One Semester
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Location: Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann, Woodbrook
Course Number: 20761B

Students will learn specific, efficient fiction and non-fiction reading strategies as well as organizational skills that will support academic success in middle school. Students will study, develop, and apply critical thinking skills to summarize, analyze and evaluate a variety of text selections, This class focuses on Washington State requirements for reading proficiency as measured on the state Reading Assessment. 8

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER (ELL) PROGRAM

The Clover Park School District provides rigorous and challenging ELL English Language Arts that align with the Washington State Learning Standards and College and Career Readiness standards used in mainstream courses. ELL English Language Arts instruction includes grade level specific reading and writing assignments. All course work is differentiated based on the level of English ability. The ELL program is aligned with Clover Park School District curriculum. All ELL classes emphasize reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

6TH GRADE ELL LANGUAGE ARTS

Full Year
Prerequisite: 6th grade ELL Designation
Course Number: 25116A/B

This course is designed to parallel the 6th grade Language Arts mainstream course. Students will work with districtadopted curriculum in ELA with the scaffolding necessary for an English Language Learner. An additional emphasis is placed on learning the structure of the English language as well as the forms of writing necessary for success in mainstream Language Arts classes.

7TH GRADE ELL LANGUAGE ARTS

Full Year
Prerequisite: 7th grade ELL Designation
Course Number: 25117A/B

This course is designed to parallel the 7th grade Language Arts mainstream course. Students will work with district adopted curriculum in ELA with the scaffolding necessary for an English Language Learner. An additional emphasis is placed on learning the structure of the English language as well as the forms of writing necessary for success in mainstream Language Arts classes.

8TH GRADE ELL LANGUAGE ARTS

Full Year
Prerequisite: 8th grade ELL Designation
Course Number: 25118A/B

This course is designed to parallel the 8th grade Language Arts mainstream course. Students will work with districtadopted curriculum with the scaffolding necessary for an English Language Learner. An additional emphasis is placed on learning the structure of the English language as well as the forms of writing necessary for success in mainstream Language Arts classes.

MATH

6TH GRADE MATHEMATICS

Full Year
Course Number: 30446A/B

This course addresses the Washing State Learning Standards for Mathematics by developing students’ abilities to problem solve, reason, and communicate like mathematicians through the Standards for Mathematical Practice and focusing deeply on the Grade 6 and selected Grade 7 Standards for Mathematical Content.

In Grade 6, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.

6TH GRADE HONORS COMPACTED MATH PROGRAM

Full Year
Course Eligibility: Student is in CPSD gifted program and/or Math MAP score of 235 or greater
Course Number: 30456A/B

This course addresses the Washington State Learning Standards for Mathematics by developing students’ abilities to problem solve, reason, and communicate like mathematicians through the Standards for Mathematical Practice and focusing deeply on the Grade 6 and selected Grade 7 Standards for Mathematical Content. The goal of this course is to prepare students for possible entry into 7th Grade Algebra. Students who qualify for gifted services are placed in this course.

7TH GRADE HONORS ALGEBRA

Full Year
Course Eligibility: Student is in CPSD gifted program and/or 6th grade Compacted Math, Math MAP score of 240 or greater
Course Number: 30000A/B

This course is a first year algebra course that covers the content of the Washington State Learning Standards for Mathematics. Highlights of the course include:

  • Number & Quantity
  • Expressions, Equations and Inequalities
  • Functions
  • Statistics

This course also addresses select 7th and 8th grade standards where appropriate to minimize gaps in the accelerated course sequence. Qualifying students may receive HS credit with parent request. Students who qualify for gifted services are placed in this course. This course qualifies for high school credit. See your school counselor.

7TH GRADE MATH PROGRAM

Full Year
Course Number: 30457A/B

This course addresses the Washington State Learning Standards for Mathematics by developing students’ abilities to problem solve, reason, and communicate like mathematicians through the Standards for Mathematical Practice and focusing deeply on the Grade 7 and selected Grade 8 Standards for Mathematical Content.

In the 7/8 Compacted Curriculum, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

8TH GRADE PRE-ALGEBRA

Full Year
Course Number: 30008A/B

This course addresses the Washington State Learning Standards for Mathematics by developing students’ abilities to problem solve, reason, and communicate like mathematicians through the Standards for Mathematical Practice and focusing deeply on the Grade 8 Standards for Mathematical Content.

In 8th Grade Pre-Algebra, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) deepening knowledge of the number system to include irrational numbers and rational approximations; (2) expressions and equations work with radicals and integer exponents along with proportional relationships, linear equations and systems of equations; (3) evaluation, comparison, and modeling of functions, and (4) geometry, including congruency, similarity, cylinders, cones, spheres, and the Pythagorean Theorem.

8TH GRADE ALGEBRA

Full Year
Course Eligibility: Math MAP score of 235 or greater
Course Number: 3ALG0A/B

This course is a first year algebra course that covers the content of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Highlights of the course include:

  • Number & Quantity
  • Expressions, Equations and Inequalities
  • Functions
  • Statistics

This course also addresses select 8th grade standards where appropriate to minimize gaps in the accelerated course sequence. Qualifying students may receive HS credit with parent request. This course qualifies for high school credit. See your school counselor.

8TH GRADE HONORS GEOMETRY

Full Year
Course Eligibility: Student is in CPSD gifted program and completed 7th Grade Algebra, Math MAP score of 245 or greater
Course Number: 3GEOMA/B

This course covers the content of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Highlights of the course include:

  • Plane Geometric Figures
  • Reasoning and Proof
  • Similarity
  • Geometric Measurement
  • Transformational Geometry

This course also addresses select 8th grade standards where appropriate to minimize gaps in the accelerated course sequence. Qualifying students may receive HS credit with parent request. Students who qualify for gifted services are placed in this course. This course qualifies for high school credit.See your school counselor.

MATH LEARNING STRATEGIES A

One Semester
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Location: Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann, Woodbrook
Course Number: 20762A

Math Learning strategies is designed to be a second math class where students who struggle with mathematics can get additional help. Teachers strengthen student understanding through skill-building, pre-teaching, and re-teaching. Topics covered in the class will vary depending on the needs of the students.

MATH LEARNING STRATEGIES B

One Semester
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Location: Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann, Woodbrook
Course Number: 20762B

Math Learning strategies is designed to be a second math class where students who struggle with mathematics can get additional help. Teachers strengthen student understanding through skill-building, pre-teaching and re-teaching. Topics covered in the class will vary depending on the needs of the students.

MUSIC

MUSIC APPRECIATION

One Semester
Prerequisite: None
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Location: Hudtloff, Lochburn, Woodbrook
Course Number: 34031

This course provides students with a broad understanding of music. Students will learn to read and notate music, understand music vocabulary and terminology, and identify instruments by sight and sound. They will also learn about the history of music (from classical to current styles) and experience music from different cultures.

6TH GRADE CHOIR

Full Year
Prerequisite: None
Location: Harrison Prep, Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann
Course Number: 35616A/B

Love to sing? Want to learn? Join us! This class provides an introduction to choral music. Students will learn to sing a variety of choral literature and styles from around the world in unison, and in two- or three-part harmony. Musical concepts are taught in daily rehearsals with an emphasis on correct breathing and vocal techniques. This is a performance-based course which requires day and evening performances as an extension of the classroom activities.

7TH GRADE CHOIR

Full Year
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 6th Grade Choir or equivalent, as determined by the director.
Location: Harrison Prep, Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann
Course Number: 35617A/B

Students continue their musical growth as ensemble singers with more opportunities for small group and solo singing. Musical concepts are taught in daily rehearsals with an emphasis on correct breathing and vocal techniques (diction, blend, balance, phrasing, intonation, articulation and tone quality), and music reading. This is a performance-based course which requires day and evening performances as an extension of the classroom activities.

8TH GRADE CHOIR

Full Year
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 7th Grade Choir or equivalent, as determined by the director. Auditions may be necessary.
Location: Harrison Prep, Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann
Course Number: 35618A/B

Students continue their development of choral singing. 8th Grade Choir requires a commitment to more performances than 6th or 7th grade choirs. Students become more independent as singers and participate in solo and small ensemble singing. The vocal technique and performance skills taught will lead students toward self-confidence and growth as ensemble singers. Students perform more advanced and challenging literature and continue to develop music reading skills.

6TH GRADE BAND

Full Year
Other Info: This course can be multi-graded
Location: Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann, Woodbrook
Course Number: 35016A/B

6th Grade Band is a performance-based course which requires student participation in day and evening performances. Through large and small ensemble experiences, students will learn basic theory and performance skills such as articulation, embouchure, hand position and posture. Through their participation in an ensemble, the students will be introduced to blend, balance, intonation (playing in tune) and instrumentation. Students will learn self-discipline through home practice and rehearsal sessions. Students new to band who have not had an opportunity to learn an instrument need to meet with the director for assistance in selecting an instrument, beginning materials, and to discuss an accelerated learning plan to help the student to catch up with the experienced students.

7TH GRADE BAND

Full Year
Prerequisite: This course is designed for students who have successfully completed 6th Grade Band or the equivalent. Placement will be determined by the instructor. Auditions may be necessary.
Other Info: This course can be multi-graded
Location: Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann, Woodbrook
Course Number: 35017A/B

7th Grade Band is a performance-based course which requires student participation in day and evening performances. Band students will be provided the opportunity to learn accountability and commitment to a team. During their ensemble experience, students will be exposed to intermediate-level music theory, articulation patterns, rhythmic patterns, and a variety of musical styles. Students will continue their quest to improve tone, breath support, blend, balance, and intonation. Listening and critical-thinking skills will be enhanced as students analyze their individual and group performances.

8TH GRADE CONCERT BAND

Full Year
Prerequisite: This course is designed for students who have successfully completed 7th Grade Band or the equivalent. Placement will be determined by the instructor. Auditions may be necessary.
Other Info: This course can be multi-graded
Location: Hudtloff, Lochburn, Mann, Woodbrook
Course Number: 35018A/B

Concert Band is a performance-based course which requires student participation in day and evening performances. Through large and small ensemble work, students will be provided the opportunity to learn self-discipline, accountability, group cohesiveness, and commitment. New information the students will acquire include compound meters, advanced articulation patterns, and form. Students will experience further development in tone, rhythm, balance, blend, and music history. Through the study of different time periods and styles, students will understand music as a form of communication which will expand their ability to listen, analyze, and discuss concepts.

6TH GRADE ORCHESTRA

Full Year
Prerequisite: This course is designed for students with one year of experience on a stringed instrument. Placement will be determined by the instructor. Auditions may be necessary.
Other Info: This course can be multi-graded
Location: Mann
Course Number: 35416A/B

6th Grade Orchestra is a performance-based course which requires student participation in day and evening performances. The basic skills and concepts presented in the class include: basic music theory, history, tone production, string technique, and ear training. In addition, students will study home-practice strategies and the role of self-discipline in achieving high standards. (Students new to the district who have not had an opportunity to learn an instrument need to meet with the director for assistance in selecting an instrument, beginning materials, and to discuss an accelerated learning plan to help the student to catch up with the experienced students).

7TH GRADE ORCHESTRA

Full Year
Prerequisite: This course is designed for string students who have successfully completed 6th Grade Orchestra or the equivalent. Placement will be determined by the instructor. Auditions may be necessary.
Other Info: This course can be multi-graded
Location: Mann
Course Number: 35417A/B

7th Grade Orchestra is a performance-based course which requires student participation in day and evening performances. In addition to further instruction in the basic skills, more complex keys and rhythms will be introduced as students read more difficult music (two- or three-part harmony). By the end of the year, students should be independent players, meaning they can read and perform age-appropriate music without prompting from a teacher or a peer. Listening and critical-thinking skills will be enhanced as students analyze their individual and group performances.

8TH GRADE ORCHESTRA

Full Year
Prerequisite: This course is designed for string students who have successfully completed 7th Grade Orchestra or the equivalent. Placement will be determined by the instructor. Auditions maybe necessary.
Other Info: This course can be multi-graded
Location: Mann
Course Number: 35418A/B

8th Grade Orchestra is a performance-based course which requires student participation in day and evening performances. This class requires a commitment to more performances than 6th and 7th grade levels. Through appropriate literature, students will increase their ability to apply the fundamentals of music. Students will learn vibrato, advanced rhythms, and bowings. Students will understand music as a form of communication which will expand their ability to listen, analyze, discuss, and appreciate this art form.

JAZZ BAND A

One Semester
Grades: 7, 8
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed a minimum of one year in Band and must be currently enrolled in Band.
Location: Hudtloff
Course Number: 34020A

Jazz Band is a performance-based course which requires student participation in day and evening performances. Students play and perform to the basic instrumental ensemble styles of jazz, blues, rock, and stage band. Emphasis is placed on each student’s individual playing and musical skills. Students develop their skills in the art of improvisation.

JAZZ BAND B

One Semester
Grades: 8
Prerequisite: Student must have successfully completed a minimum of two years in Band and must be currently enrolled in Band. Placements will be determined by the instructor. Auditions may be necessary.
Location: Hudtloff
Course Number: 34020B

Jazz Band is a performance-based course which requires student participation in day and evening performances. Students play and perform to advanced instrumental ensemble styles of jazz, blues, rock, and stage band. Emphasis is placed on each student’s individual playing and musical skills. Students develop their skills in the art of improvisation.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

6TH GRADE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

One Semester
Course Number: 50616A (1st Semester)
50616B (2nd Semester)

Students in grade six will combine fundamental skills into more complex movement forms in modified game, rhythmic activities, and recreational activities. The goal of this class is for students to improve their fitness and further develop fundamental sports skills to allow them to successfully participate in various games and activities. Highlights of the course include:

  • Fitness Development
  • Skill Development
  • Fitness & Health Education
  • Social Skill Development

7TH GRADE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

One Semester
Course Number: 50617A (1st Semester)
50617B (2nd Semester)

In grade seven, students continue to develop competence in modified versions of various games, and recreational activities. They can apply similar concepts from one sport or movement setting to another. Students continue to develop responsible personal and social behaviors by demonstrating decisionmaking skills, conflict-resolution skills, appropriate etiquette, and respect for others. Highlights of the course include:

  • Fitness Development
  • Skill Development
  • Fitness & Health Education
  • Social Skill Development

8TH GRADE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

One Semester
Course Number: 50618A (1st Semester)
50618B (2nd Semester)

In grade eight, students demonstrate competence in skillful movement in modified game situations and a variety of recreational activities. They transition from modified versions of movement forms to more complex applications across all types of activities. Students set goals, track progress, and participate in activities to improve h

  • Fitness Development
  • Skill Development
  • Fitness & Health Education
  • Social Skill Development

SCIENCE

6TH GRADE SCIENCE

Full Year
Course Number: 40706A/B

In this year-long course, students will focus on some of the key disciplinary core ideas in Physical, Earth and Space, and Life Science concepts and processes as outlined in the Washington State Science Learning Standards. Students will have the opportunity to explore the science and engineering practices, as well as the cross cutting concepts, that allow us to answer questions and solve problems. Students will be provided hands-on activities in the laboratory, class discussions, individual and group projects and activities, and opportunities to investigate science topics of relevance to their own lives to enhance their understanding of essential learning in science.

7TH GRADE SCIENCE

Full Year
Course Number: 40771A/B

In this year-long course, students will focus on some of the key disciplinary core ideas in Physical, Earth and Space, and Life Science concepts and processes as outlined in the Washington State Science Learning Standards. Students will have the opportunity to explore the science and engineering practices, as well as the cross cutting concepts, that allow us to answer questions and solve problems. Students will be provided hands-on activities in the laboratory, class discussions, individual and group projects and activities, and opportunities to investigate science topics of relevance to their own lives to enhance their understanding of essential learning in science.

8TH GRADE SCIENCE

Full Year
Course Number: 40788A/B

In this year-long course, students will focus on some of the key disciplinary core ideas in Physical, Earth and Space, and Life Science concepts and processes as outlined in the Washington State Science Learning Standards. Students will have the opportunity to explore the science and engineering practices, as well as the cross cutting concepts, that allow us to answer questions and solve problems. Students will be provided hands-on activities in the laboratory, class discussions, individual and group projects and activities, and opportunities to investigate science topics of relevance to their own lives to enhance their understanding of essential learning in science.

The course is supported by students’ concurrent enrollment in mathematics that includes fundamentals of algebra. While algebraic treatment is not the focus, students have an opportunity to apply the math they are learning to the physics concepts studied. Computer simulators of systems to study the laws of physics are used extensively.

SOCIAL STUDIES

6TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES: ANCIENT WORLD

Full Year
Course Number: 45666A/B

In sixth grade, students deepen their understanding of the Earth and its peoples through the study of history, geography, politics, culture, and economic systems. Students begin their examination of the world by exploring the location and spatial organization of the world’s major regions. This exploration is then followed by looking at world history from its beginnings. Students are given an opportunity to study a few ancient civilizations deeply. In this way, students develop higher levels of critical thinking by considering why civilizations developed where and when they did and why they declined. Students analyze the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link between the contemporary and ancient worlds.

7TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES: MEDIEVAL WORLD

One Semester
Course Number: 45777A

In seventh grade, students become more proficient with the core concepts in social studies. The first part of the year is focused on a continuation of world history from sixth grade as students look at the geography, civics, and economics of major societies up through 1450. The purpose of studying these different regions and eras is the same: to develop enduring understandings of the core concepts and ideas in civics, economics, geography, and history.

7TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES: WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY

One Semester
Course Number: 45777B

In seventh grade, the second part of the year asks students to bring their understanding to their world today as they examine Washington State from 1854 to the present. The study of Washington State includes an examination of the state constitution and key treaties. While these two contexts may be very different, the purpose of studying these different regions and eras is the same: to develop enduring understandings of the core concepts and ideas in civics, economics, geography, and history.

8TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES: U.S. HISTORY – DISCOVERING OUR PAST

Full Year
Course Number: 45418A/B

In eighth grade, students develop a new, more abstract level of understanding of social studies concepts during their study of U.S. history and government, 1776 to1900. Students explore the ideas, issues, and events from the framing of the Constitution up through Reconstruction and industrialization. After reviewing the founding of the United States, particularly the Constitution, students explore the development of politics, society, culture, and economy in the United States to deepen conceptual understandings in civics, geography, and economics. In particular, studying the causes and consequences of the Civil War helps them to comprehend more profoundly the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a culturally diverse democracy.

WORLD LANGUAGES

6TH GRADE SPANISH

Full Year
Prerequisite: Required for all 6th graders
Location: Harrison Prep
Course Number: 25716A/B

Foundations Spanish 6 is a full year course to introduce sixth grade students to the Spanish language, culture and best practices for language acquisition study skills.

Students will learn an overview of the countries and cultures of the Spanish speaking world in conjunction with basic vocabulary and sentence structure. Class will be conducted in both English and Spanish with the goal of helping students become aware of the vast and diverse world in which we live and how we are interconnected.

SPANISH 1A

Full Year
Prerequisite: Students should be in 7th grade. 8th graders are not advised to take Spanish 1A, but are instead advised to wait until high school to take Spanish 1.
Location: Harrison Prep
Course Number: 25717A/B

The 1A-1B-2 sequence of courses is recommended as the best path for middle school students who would like prepare for the International Baccalaureate Exams in high school.

Students begin to communicate in the target language through interpersonal speaking and writing, presentational speaking and writing, and interpretive reading and listening. Class will be conducted primarily in Spanish with a goal of helping each student become a competent communicator. They practice basic conversations in Spanish about what they want, need, plan, and know how to do, as well as describe people, places and events. This course qualifies for high school credit. See your school counselor.

SPANISH 1B

Full Year
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 1A or equivalent
Location: Harrison Prep
Course Number: 25718A/B

The 1A-1B-2 sequence of courses is recommended as the best path for middle school students who would like prepare for the International Baccalaureate Exams in high school.

Students continue to communicate in the target language through interpersonal speaking and writing, presentational speaking and writing, and interpretive reading and listening. This class is conducted in Spanish as much as possible. Students expand their understanding of culture by studying about the countries of the Hispanic world. This course qualifies for high school credit. See your school counselor.

ADDITIONAL COURSES

INTRODUCTION TO WORLD CULTURES

One Semester
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Location: Hudtloff
Course Number: 457831

Students will study and analyze cultural and historical concepts through thematic units. This course focuses on developing critical reading, listening, thinking, research, speaking, and academic and creative writing skills by exploring various cultural, historic, economic, geographic, and literary perspectives.

6TH GRADE COLLEGE READINESS THROUGH AVID I

Full Year
Prerequisite: Application and Interview
Location: Lochburn
Course Number: 61110A/B

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a rigorous course designed for motivated and determined students who intend to pursue a four-year college degree. AVID students work through peer study groups and collaborate with college academic coaches to deepen their content knowledge, practice questioning strategies, and lead discussions.

7TH GRADE COLLEGE READINESS THROUGH AVID II

Full Year
Prerequisite: Application and Interview
Location: Lochburn
Course Number: 61210A/B

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a rigorous course designed for motivated and determined students who intend to pursue a four-year college degree. AVID students work through peer study groups and collaborate with college academic coaches to deepen their content knowledge, practice questioning strategies, and lead discussions.

8TH GRADE COLLEGE READINESS THROUGH AVID III

Full Year
Prerequisite: Application and Interview
Location: Lochburn
Course Number: 61310A/B

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a rigorous course designed for motivated and determined students who intend to pursue a four-year college degree. AVID students work through peer study groups and collaborate with college academic coaches to deepen their content knowledge, practice questioning strategies, and lead discussions.

6TH GRADE APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

One Semester
Location: Mann, Hudtloff
Course Number: 87776A/B

This course will provide opportunities for 6th grade students to make connections among various technologies, math, engineering, and science. This course enables students to explore the engineering design process and apply their understanding of technology standards using hands-on tools and equipment.

6TH GRADE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

One Semester
Course Number: 62006A/B

Information Technology is a course that introduces 6th grade students to current computer-based programs. Instruction includes keyboarding, internet-based software training in the basics of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet safety and research tools.

6TH GRADE FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE

One Semester
Location: Mann
Course Number: 80406A/B

Family and Consumer Sciences course makes connections between family, school, and community. Students learn about textiles and apparel, family health, food, and nutrition. Planning processes of problem solving and decision making is a major focus of the course.

CONNECTIONS

Full Year
Course Number: 45600A/B

Connections is designed to advise students in academic, career and social mindsets that prepare students for high school and beyond. The lessons help students develop college and career readiness knowledge and skills through topics such as goal setting, career exploration and college planning. Students acquire a range of skills that directly prepare them to plan for and then succeed at the next stage in their lives. This course is taken in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.

6TH GRADE DRAMA

One Semester
Location: Hudtloff
Course Number: 20100A

This is a beginning course in which students engage in create theatre exercises to develop observation, concentration, and imagination. Students are introduced to drama through activities such as storytelling, pantomime, puppet performances, characterization and scene work. This is a collaborative class that is both challenging and fun.

DRAMA

One Semester
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Prerequisite: Successful course completion of 6th Grade Drama
Location: Hudtloff
Course Number: 20100B

This is a more advanced theatre course where students will engage in in-depth movement, voice, and character development. They will experience many opportunities for inclass performances. This course includes the basic elements of dramatic production.

ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS

ACADEMIC SEMINAR

One Semester
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation or self-referral when appropriate; may be required
Course Number: 62000A/B

Students will work on assignments to make up incomplete work, as well as on current assignments, in Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science. They will also learn organizational and study skills. Students will study for, and take tests, will practice reading, and will complete other assigned tasks to positively impact their academic progress. Students may be matched with Peer Tutors when available to assist them in all of the above tasks.

LEADERSHIP

One Semester
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Other Info: Students elected to ASB office are expected to enroll in this course
Course Number: 45903A

This year course is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who want to serve the school community while developing their own leadership skills. Leadership skills are both learned in the classroom and refined through practice. Therefore, this course will include two parts: classroom lessons and school projects. Leadership skills such as goal setting, time management, decision making, meeting procedures, communication, organization, public speaking and interpersonal relations will be developed through instructional activities and assessments. Students will put these skills into practice through direct planning and implementation of school projects. Students will reflect on their skill development to identify growth and areas for improvement.

OFFICE ASSISTANT

One Semester
Grades: 8
Other Info: This class will be graded with Pass (P)/Fail (F). No letter grade will be recorded.
Prerequisite: 8th grade standing. Permission from attendance secretary, counselor, parent, and an excellent attendance record.
Course Number: 66OFFN

The Attendance Office offers on-the-job training in general office skills and public relations. Students will deliver messages, file, assist with mailings, and help students and staff in a polite and courteous manner. Students will collect attendance records from classrooms.

YEARBOOK

One Semester
Course Number: 20302A

Publishing Introduction - Yearbook: Develops technology skills for print, including the planning, designing, and development of publications. Application of pagination, layout and design concepts, using industry-standard graphic design and publishing software. Final project is producing the school yearbook.