Electives

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  • Duran (s.duran@bonita.k12.ca.us)
  • Johnson (j.johson@bonita.k12.ca.us)
  • Markese (j.markese@bonita.k12.ca.us)
  • McDonald (c.mcdonald@bonita.k12.ca.us)
  • Parra (l.parra@bonita.k12.ca.us)
  • Shaw (c.shaw@bonita.k12.ca.us)
  • Tolan (h.tolan@bonita.k12.ca.us)
  • Webb (e.webb@bonita.k12.ca.us)
  • Weismair (k.weismair@bonita.k12.ca.us)
  • Williamson (b.williamson@bonita.k12.ca.us)

*Elective options are subject to change based on staffing, student needs, and other factors

 

6th Grade Elective Rotation

(Semester-long courses)

Keyboarding 6In this one semester course, 6th grade students will primarily practice typing skills on a traditional keyboard, emphasizing speed and accuracy.  Students will be required to reach certain words-per-minute benchmarks during the course of the semester.  Students who excel at meeting these typing standards will have opportunities to be introduced to Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.), picture and video editing.  Skills learned in this course will prepare students to be successful in future technology classes, as well as all of their core classes, which are increasingly utilizing technology to communicate and collaborate.

Art 6 – This is a semester-long project based class allowing students to experience a variety of art materials. The program is based on standards for visual arts using the elements of design. Included are assignments to support the social studies curriculum and community art exhibits. Art 6 (6th grade Art) is not a prerequisite for Art 7 (7th grade Art).  Also, assignments and projects are completely different from those in Art 7

Character Ed 6 –Through gardening and “The Second Step” character education program, students learn and practice the following skills and concepts: active listening, empathy, respect, personal responsibility, practicing simple acts of kindness, being a helpful bystander in bullying situations, and learning how to build trusting relationships.  Students will regularly work closely together in groups, will dialogue and reflect on their learning, and be given leadership and task-oriented responsibilities throughout the semester.  This is also a semester-long course. 

Drama 6 – This class is an introduction to theater. In the semester-long class students will acquire theater skills, develop a confidence in speaking to audiences, prepare and present performances, and compare and contrast live theater, film, and television, and learn to enjoy and appreciate performing arts

 

7th Grade Elective Rotation

(Semester-long courses)

Art 7 – This is semester-long project based class allowing students to experience a variety of art materials. The program is based on standards for visual arts using the elements of design. Included are assignments to support the social studies curriculum and community art exhibits.  Art 6 (6th grade Art) is not a prerequisite for Art 7 (7th grade Art).  Also, assignments and projects are completely different from those in Art 6. 

Quest 7 – This semester class focuses on how to deal with the many challenges faced by today's middle school students. Topics include: how to improve self-confidence, anti-bullying, successful goal making, managing stress, and knowing the risks associated with alcohol and drugs.  Students will also be introduced to community service opportunities such as raising funds via recycling.

Drama 7 – This class is an introduction to theater. In the semester-long class students will acquire lifelong theater skills (listening, interpreting, theater manners), develop a confidence in speaking to audiences, prepare and present a proficient performance, understand theater in all media formats, compare and contrast live theater, film, and television, and learn to enjoy and appreciate theatrical performances

Technology 7This class is designed to give students skills that will help them with future academic pursuits.  Students will be using various forms of technology such as desktop computers, iPads, and cameras. Students will develop an expertise using Google Classroom and saving files in Google Drive.  Students will also practice typing skills, and create documents, images and videos with various applications. Digital citizenship will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will have daily assignments as well as larger projects.  6th grade keyboarding is not a prerequisite for this elective, nor is 7th grade Technology a prerequisite for an 8th grade technology elective.

 

8th Grade Electives

(Open to all 8th graders)

Technology 8This class is a full-year course for both new and continuing tech students. New students will learn foundational typing skills. Students will be introduced to MS Office, Google Docs (to create documents, slideshows, spreadsheets, etc.), basic PC management, advanced internet use, programming, image/video editing, 3D imaging, game development, and technology discussions

Digital Media - This year-long class is split into three parts. First, students learn how to operate digital cameras, save, and transfer information. Second, students explore photography and use various techniques. Finally, students learn photo manipulation & create work showcasing their skills

Engineering Tech. 8This year-long course is modeled after modern engineering and tech.-driven industries, students develop skills in computer repair and construction, coding, computer networking, and more. Students learn how these skills apply in various industries, and even daily life

Personal Fitness – This year-long class combines strength training, speed & agility work, cardio endurance, nutrition, and character development. All exercises are designed to challenge students and help them reach their fitness goals

Baseball/Softball – This course covers fundamentals of the game.  Curriculum includes skills on the field and analysis of game scenarios and film.

Yearbook – This class designs our school yearbook. Students will be using an online page designer to create the pages of the approximately 150-page book. Every page is student created. Students spend the year around campus, sporting events, and in classrooms capturing all of the exciting moments that happen here at Ramona

Math Intervention – This trimester class strengthens and improves math skills. The class focuses on basic concepts taught in the year-long math classes using a variety of methods in a small class setting

 

8th Grade Electives

(Based on applications)

Drama 8 – This is a year-long advanced theater performance class. Via major performances, students will develop confidence in speaking to audiences, perform memorized character scripts, understand and use theater terminology, design and build sets, learn the skills necessary for effective theatrical sound and lighting, and create costume plots and stage makeup specific to each show. A successful audition is required

Advanced Video This course provides students with artistic, creative and historical background in video, broadcasting, and film. The focus of the class will be digital video artwork and storytelling. Students will write, direct, act, shoot, and edit short videos. Students will learn camera operation, script writing, sketch writing, lighting, audio production, video editing and video performance. Students are required to spend time outside of the classroom to videotape projects and complete group work.

W.E.B. – Where Everybody Belongs (W.E.B.), is a year-long class that mentors the incoming sixth graders for the year as they transition into middle school. The class focuses on leadership and character development topics and has four main modules: middle school orientation, academic and social follow-ups, and leader initiated contacts. The goal of the class is to increase student achievement, enhance character development and create an anti-bullying environment at school

ASB – The leadership class at Ramona is an opportunity for students interested in developing the qualities and behaviors of a good leader. Acceptance into ASB is dependent on applications and possibly interviews. While developing personal leadership skills, students will have hands-on experiences such as planning, coordinating, executing and evaluating student activities (rallies, dances, action activities, etc.). Students will participate in fund-raising, working the student store, and approving ASB budgets

 

Choir/Chorus

(Available to all grades)

 

Vikings Chorale - This choir is a boys-only performance ensemble. The course goal is prepare students with performance, vocal, music theory, sight-singing and general musicianship skills allowing students to succeed in Encore. No audition is necessary to be in Vikings Chorale however the class is limited to the first 30 boys that sign up

Treble Clef - This choir is a girls-only performance ensemble. The course goal is prepare students with performance, vocal, music theory, sight-singing and general musicianship skills allowing students to succeed in Bella Voce or Encore. No audition is necessary to be in Treble Clef however the class is limited to the first 70 girls that register

Bella Voce - This show choir is an audition, girls only performance ensemble for 7th and 8th graders. The course goal is prepare students with performance, vocal, music theory, sight-singing and general musicianship skills allowing students to succeed in Encore, Troubadours or high school ensembles. A successful audition is required to participate in Bella Voce and the class is limited to 50 students

Encore - This choir is an audition only, performance ensemble. The course goal is prepare students with performance, vocal, music theory and general musicianship skills allowing singers succeed in Troubadours. A successful audition is required to participate in Encore and the class is limited to 65 students

Troubadours - Zero period, audition only choir for 8th graders. The course goal is prepare students with performance, vocal, music theory and general musicianship skills allowing singers succeed in high school choir. A successful audition is required to participate in Troubadours and the class is limited to 60 students

 

Band

(Available to all grades)

6th Grade Band - Band for students who have played an instrument in elementary school. No audition is necessary to be in 6th Grade Band. 

Prep Band - Band for students who have never played an instrument before. Beginners may choose to play flute, clarinet, trumpet, or trombone. No audition is necessary to be in Prep Band

Symphonic Band - For 7th and 8th grade students who have one or two years of playing experience. No audition is necessary to be in Symphonic Band

Wind Ensemble - Band for 7th and 8th grade students with two or more years of playing experience. A successful audition is required to participate in Wind Ensemble

Jazz Band - Zero period band for students interested in jazz music. A successful audition is required to participate in Jazz Band. Jazz band students must be in Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble.

Rock Band – A class for students interested in playing traditional rock instruments (e.g. electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, vocals, etc.).  This class is occasionally offered, depending on student interest during a given school year.  No audition is necessary to be in Modern Band.

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  • Webb
  • Williamson