Sequoyah Enrollment: 8th Grade

2021-2022

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Dear Families,

Sequoyah enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is here! Our enrollment procedure is VIRTUAL this year and will be completed from home, allowing students and families time to discuss the enrollment options and enter course requests together.

All information pertaining to elective course options is below. Please take time to review the course descriptions and watch the videos so you can make informed decisions about what electives to take next school year. Once you are ready to complete the online enrollment form, click the link at the bottom of this newsletter.

If you have further questions, please contact the 8th Grade Counselor via email at cara.combs@edmondschools.net or by phone at (405)726-5805.

Sincerely,

Cara Combs, 8th Grade Counselor


8TH GRADE ELECTIVE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Videos

Agrisciences Exploration

*Course is offsite and transportation will be provided by the district from Sequoyah.

*This class is only offered one hour per day.

This class focuses on developing student awareness for the agricultural industry through the seven pathways. Content will include the role of food production and processing, careers, relationships in natural resources, agricultural safety, and the strong undergirding science provides in the study of agriculture. Personal development, opportunities in the student organization FFA, and individual student projects called SAEs will also be initiated.

FFA Promotional Video 2021.mp4

Around the World

Are you curious about the way other people around the globe live? Why do people act the way they do? Around the World is a class that allows students to gain a global perspective of why cultures are unique by exploring current events, art, holidays and religions. This is a fun opportunity to get better connected to the world!

Around the World.mp4

Art

*Students will be provided a Complete Art Kit with a $15 Art Fee

Art students will focus on exploring graphite drawings, blendable colored pencils, printmaking, ink, watercolor painting, graphic design, clay, bookbinding, sketchbooks, and origami. Students will learn and apply the 7 Elements of Art & 7 Principals of Design into their own artwork. Scholastic Art is used for Art History by connecting Master Artists to Contemporary and integrating knowledge of history into projects. Students will grow their art skills by learning to apply numerous new art techniques, write an individual Artist Statement, understand new ways to look at art and talk about art, and will be given opportunities to enter Art and Writing Contests. Students will enjoy an end-of-semester field trip to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art complete with a museum tour.

Art.mp4

Band

*Students must have taken Band previously and a Sequoyah band uniform is required

8th Grade Band combines all instruments into one large ensemble. Students will prepare and perform various styles of music, from grand overtures, to festive holiday tunes, to exciting patriotic marches! The band plays at multiple concerts, contests, and festivals throughout the year, including one trip to a festival out of Edmond, as well as several activities that help the transition to the high school band. Emphasis will be placed on furthering technique, enhancing musicianship, and improving ensemble skills. Band is available to students who have been in band the previous 2 years.

N/A

Challenge

This is a project-based, hands-on class. Students will develop skills in problem-solving, various types of thinking, inquiry, creativity, communication, and leadership. In maker space-themed projects, students will research, design, create and build as well as solve problems and puzzles using critical thinking. Projects will cover a wide range of topics using high tech and low tech tools sure to address the interests of all students.

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Chorus

*A choral uniform is required.

 

The overall goals of this course are expanding and refining musical skills while developing quality performances. Emphasis is placed on sight-reading literacy and three and four-part harmony, with exposure to all music styles and periods. Previous singing experience is not a prerequisite. The choir performs in the OSSAA District choir and ensemble contests. Additional opportunities are afforded by optional solo preparation and performance at District contest and Junior High All-State plus COCDA Honor Choir auditions in the fall. At least three evening performances are scheduled during the year.

Chorus.mp4

Computer Science 8: App Creators

This unit will expose students to computer science as a means of computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development, and will convey the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society.
Computer Science 8 - App Creators.mp4

Drama

Students will learn how to prepare and present speeches, monologues, duets, group scenes, lip syncs, and end the semester with a one-act play. Students will participate in activities that promote characterization, concentration, and creativity. They will learn effective strategies for both verbal and nonverbal communication that will enhance overall social/self-awareness. Students will also learn about the technical side of theater, costuming, lighting, and/or sound

Drama.mp4

Engineering 8 (Formerly GTT: Gateway to Technology)

Designed to engage students in learning how to use engineering skills and concepts to solve everyday problems. Through hands-on and problem-based learning projects, students will use scientific principles and math concepts to solve real-world problems. Students will focus their studies on these three concepts: Engineering Design Process, Mechanisms, and Automation & Robotics (with coding).

Engineering (formerly GTT - Gateway to Technology).mp4

FACS Basic

Family and Consumer Sciences Basic is designed to provide students with basic information and skills needed to function effectively within the family and within a changing, complex society. Emphasis is given to the development of competencies related to health and safety procedures related to child care; family and individual health; nutrition and food selection; meal planning, preparation, and service; and career skills. Upon completion of this course, the student should have developed basic life skills that promote a positive influence on the quality of life. Student leadership through Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is an integral part of this course.

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GATE (Enrichment)

*Students must meet district criteria requirements to qualify

A class paced for students who wish to develop real-life skills in a low-pressure atmosphere with high interest, hands-on activities. Projects develop skills in problem-solving, various types of thinking, inquiry, creativity, communication, and leadership in a fun and relaxed environment. The curriculum may include: Architecture (business design), debate, Vikings, 20% project, college & ACT/SAT prep, history, and other topics of individual interest. Projects are normally completed at school.

GATE (Enrichment).mp4

ITeach

Students will examine the world of education while learning by serving. As they serve in placement sites around the school and help in the community, students will gain an understanding of what it takes to make a school day run smoothly. They will examine educational trends by reading various articles and journals. They will discover various types of learning and how disabilities can affect the process. They will understand the multitude of careers offered in education. They will learn to serve and serve to learn!

ITeach.mp4

Leadership

The goal of this class is to equip you for the battles that lay before all middle school students by motivating and enabling you to rise above the status quo. The key to becoming a leader is your character. Leadership rocks will help you develop important traits and become the person people will want to follow. You will participate in a variety of service projects and have an opportunity to practice key traits of leading others.

Leadership.mp4

Multimedia

This class will focus on a broad range of computer applications and experiences for the student. The dynamic nature of the computers will allow students to pursue a level of work based on their knowledge and experience. With the exposure to the wide variety of computer applications and projects, this class will develop in students a foundation of experience that will be built upon throughout their educational careers.

Multimedia Promo Video.mp4

Orchestra

8th-grade Orchestra is available to students who have successfully completed seventh-grade Orchestra. Techniques will be learned that will prepare the students for high school orchestra. Students will participate in concerts, contests, and festivals as an orchestra. Opportunities to perform solos, duets, and small ensembles in a contest situation will be provided. Contest Orchestra will be composed of those students who perform with the musicianship and have the discipline required to represent their school in a competitive situation. (Completion of this class is mandatory for enrollment in high school orchestra.)

N/A

Physical Education

* Tennis shoes are required. This class can be taken one semester per school year.

 

P.E. is co-educational with an emphasis on team and lifetime activities and noncompetitive, organized games. Units of study include kickball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, cage ball, ultimate football, speedball, and badminton. There will be quizzes over weekly lessons in addition to written unit tests at the end of each unit.

Physical Education.mp4

Publications (Yearbook)

*This class is a full-year commitment

Students will participate in all parts of creating the school’s yearbook—from taking photos to designing layouts and from marketing their final product to understanding copyright rules. Team building activities will help them to learn to work together as one staff. Upon completion of the yearbook, they will plan the distribution event and learn how to successfully interview for jobs.

Journalism_ Publications promotional video.mp4

Athletics: 7th & 8th Grade Only

Students may begin participating in school athletics in 7th grade. As extracurricular events, all athletic practices occur after school, and in some rare instances before school. More information will be sent later in the spring, but it is important for families with children interested in athletics to be familiar with the Rank One website. All student-athletes must have a current physical (dated July 2021 or later) on file to participate.

Fall Sports include Volleyball, Cross Country, Softball, and Football. Volleyball tryouts typically occur in late July. Softball and Football typically begin the beginning of August, and Cross Country is given a voluntary run schedule before the summer months.

Winter Sports include Basketball and Wrestling.

Spring Sports include Baseball, Track, Golf, and Tennis.

Please visit the Sequoyah website/athletics for more information.