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7th Grade Curriculum Info


Required Course of Study
Social Science
Shorecliffs Middle School Electives  7th Grade
Advanced Orchestra    This is a year long class is for 7th and 8th graders. String students that demonstrate a special ability. Students will gain an increasing knowledge of music notation and symbols, and increasing ability in aural discrimination, and expanded awareness and understanding of music from a variety of stylistic periods, in addition to gaining increased proficiency and techniques on their instruments. The orchestra will perform throughout the school year. Attendance at extra rehearsals and all performances are required.
ART This is a year long class that introduces a variety of media techniques: pen and ink, drawing, painting, lettering, two and three dimensional design, printing, and pastels. As
students become acquainted with the elements and principles of art, they gain understanding of
Art concepts pertinent to our present-day society as well as the past.
ASB This is a year long class for 7th and 8th graders that teaches the principles and dynamics of leadership to selected students. Students who are elected/appointed to Associated Student Body (ASB) positions will be enrolled in this class. Student body officers will perform a variety of services throughout the school year such as planning an A.S.B. budget, organizing student activities, conducting meetings, learning leadership techniques, and community services. Prerequisite: Application and Teacher Recommendation Required.
Advancement Via Individual Determination  
This is a year long class for 7th graders. Advancement Via Individual Determination (A.V.I.D.) is a course designed to guide the average and above average student towards achieving entrance to a four-year college. The program involves commitment by parents, students, tutors and teachers. Prerequisite: Application, Interview, and Teacher Approval Required.
Career and Technology Investigation  This is a year long class for 7th graders. Students will explore six modules that take 12 days to complete. Modules will include Video Production, Digital Photography, Digital Audio Production, Computer Animation, Graphic Design, and Presentation Technology.

Drama This is a year long class for 7th and 8th graders. This class is for students who want to learn the dynamics of performance. Performance participation will constitute a large component of the course grade. Students will study all aspects of theatre including , but not limited to, acting, technical theatre skills, stagecraft, stage management, script writing, dance, vocals, characterization, and pre/post production planning. Critiques of movies and plays will be included in addition to instruction in critiquing oneself and one’s peers. Students will perform scenes,improvisation, and skits as well as participate in a full-length play or musical evening performance. Students are required to attend after school rehearsals prior to evening performances.
Peer Assistance Leadership    (PAL)  This is a year long class  for 7th and 8th graders. This is
a program that teaches students to be resources to one another and to create a supportive environment that promote healthy, positive decision making. This class will perform student centered activities and events, community work and outreach. The PAL class teaches leadership skills, interpersonal communication skills, problem solving techniques, critical thinking skills, and community service. Prerequisite: Application and Teacher recommendation
Spanish 1 A This year long  class provides students the opportunity, to study Spanish grammar, pronunciation, simple conversation, and practical expression. Spanish 1 A is paved to allow for building a strong foundation for future foreign language learning. This course is the first of a two year sequence. Students enrolling in Spanish 1A are making a commitment to continue in Spanish 1 B in their 8th grade year.  Students are enrolled in this class by a lottery selection.
String Ensemble This year long class is for  7th and 8th graders. It is designed for students who have mastered the music skills and concepts of the orchestra class and wish to develop advanced musical understanding and mastery of their instrument. Student will be challenged by the performance of advanced middle school music requiring more sophisticated understanding of rhythms, key signatures, and musical terminology. Students will gain an increasing ability in aural discrimination and expanded awareness in understanding of music from a variety of stylistic periods, in addition to gaining increased proficiency and technique on their instruments. The String Ensemble is a performing group and attendance is required for concerts.

Wind Ensemble   This year long class is for 7th and 8th grade wind, brass and percussion students.  This class will prepare students for music study at a more advanced level. A more varied repertoire and technical ability will be the result of practicing and performing. Attendance at after school performances are required.

Yearbook This is a year long class for 7th and 8th grade students that will learn the aspects of yearbook design and production. These aspects include, but are not limited to publication design, journalistic writing, organizational skills, and teamwork. These assignments could include: collecting and taking photographs, conducting interviews, writing captions, and stories, organizing the information into well designed page - layouts, meeting deadlines, and editing. No experience is needed but is helpful.
 Placement Guidelines

 Placement Guidelines

Seventh Grade
All GATE students are automatically placed. Additional students will be placed into
Accelerated Classes if they meet both requirements noted below from 6th grade.
1) Smarter Balance Scaled Score on ELA portion of  2711 or higher.
2) 3.5 GPA in English 6 Accelerated or
4.0 GPA in English 6.