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8th Grade Electives

Choir (year-long)
7th & 8th Graders

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Fee: $10.00

Choir is a year-long elective for 7th and 8th grade boys and girls – no prior experience needed. Students learn to sing in a fun, energetic working environment. Students perform throughout the year in school concerts, festivals and contests. Attendance at concerts and activities outside of the regular classroom setting and school day are part of being in the choir program. Curriculum focuses on developing proper technique and singing skills in a variety of musical styles. After school opportunities are available to students through audition, including participation in the school musical, Jefferson County Honor Choir, and Colorado Middle All-State Choir. Choir uniform shirt is included in the course fee.


Choir (1 trimester)
7th & 8th Graders

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Fee: $10.00

Offered 1st trimester, this 12-week version of Choir is for 7th and 8th grade boys and girls. No experience necessary to join. Students learn to sing in a fun, energetic working environment. Students perform in 1-2 concerts outside of the school day. Attendance at concerts and activities outside of the regular classroom setting and school day are part of being in the choir program. Curriculum focuses on developing proper technique and singing skills in a variety of musical styles, and really building confidence in singing. Students have the option to sign up for choir for the rest of the year. Choir uniform shirt is included in the course fee.


Composition
7th & 8th Graders

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No Fee

The focus of Composition is to develop the non-fiction writing skills of each student. This course enables students to explore and practice describing, explaining, and arguing topics, with a focus on real world application. In this class students will compose paragraphs as well as multi- paragraph papers.


Computer Applications 7
7th & 8th Graders

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No Fee

This trimester course is designed to develop skills in many different areas of computer applications.  Some projects include programming, stop motion movies, robot obstacle course and digital citizenship.  Typing will be practiced when students are between assignments.  Grades are based on projects, work habits and a short projects list.  Students must provide their own headphones.


Computer Graphics
8th Graders

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No Fee

Students will learn how to manipulate photographs using Adobe Photoshop Elements software and create comic books using Comic Life software. Other topics will include copyrights, keyboard shortcuts and digital photography. Grades will be based on projects, work habits and a short projects list.


Concert Band
7th & 8th Graders

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Fee: $30.00

Concert Band is available to students who play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument at an intermediate level. Students must have at least 1 year of experience on their instrument to join, or have approval from the director. Students will be playing middle school level repertoire, suitable for students that are currently in 7th and 8th grade. Attendance at concerts and activities outside of the regular classroom setting and school day are required as being a member in the band program. Students must also be willing to consistently practice and improve fundamental skills on their instrument. For more information, please visit www.deercreekmusic.com.


Creative Writing
7th & 8th Graders

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No Fee

The Creative Writing course provides students an opportunity to develop their technique and style in the genre of fictional writing. Assignments could include: fictional narratives, short stories, picture books, plays, and poetry.


Cultural Cooking (FACS ll)
8th Graders

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Fee: $20.00

After learning the basics of food preparation, we will choose a new country each week to study. Students will spend a few days learning about the country, their food-related customs, and foods for which they are famous. After their learning, students will choose a recipe to cook from that country.


Cultures & Commerce
7th & 8th Graders

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Fee: $28.00

Cultures & Commerce is a class partially sponsored through the Young Americans Center for Financial Education. For those familiar with the Ameritowne program in 5th grade, this is the next step... International Towne! The class teaches about different cultures and how they affect global trade. Also addressed will be the concepts of interdependence between nations, economics, supply and demand, and basic business skills in the context of global cultures.


Digital Design 1
8th Graders

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No Fee

Students will use applications such as Adobe Soundbooth for audio editing and Adobe Premiere Elements for video editing. Other topics will include copyrights, career possibilities and digital citizenship. Grades will be based on projects, work habits and a short projects list. Students must provide their own headphones.


Engineering & Technology
7th & 8th Graders

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Fee: $15.00

Based on applied learning in which students not only read, visualize, and discuss topics, students also design, build, and test results. Utilizing the Engineering Design Process and enhancing motor skills are the objectives for this class. Possible projects include: rockets, gliders, CO2 dragsters, mouse-trap cars, and bridges. This course is repeatable: Because projects change each year, students who take Pre-Engineering or Engineering & Technology in 7th grade may take Engineering & Technology as 8th graders.


Family and Consumer Science
7th & 8th Graders

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Fee: $20.00

Family and Consumer Science is an activity-oriented class that focuses on helping students develop and apply important practical skills for independent living. There are two units during this class, Cooking and Sewing. Students will learn how to be safe in the kitchen and be able to cook delicious food throughout the unit. During the sewing unit, students will learn how to hand sew, sew buttons onto clothing, and use a sewing machine.


Fashion and Interior Design (FACS III)
8th Graders

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Fee: $20.00

Fashion and Interior Design is an activity-oriented class that introduces students to the design areas of fashion and interior decorating. During the Interior Design unit, students will draw their dream room in one-point perspective as well as designing their dream house on a computer program. During the Fashion Design unit, students will learn about the history of fashion and how to hand and machine sew, as well as creating their own clothing.


Fitness/Conditioning
7th & 8th Graders

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Fee: $11.00

Fitness/Conditioning is a course that will primarily focus on personal and physical wellness. Students will be provided an environment that includes teacher-led bodyweight exercises, cardio workouts, and an introduction to weight training. Game play and team sports may also be included to provide another outlet to improve the fitness level of students within the course.


Foods & Nutrition 8
8th Graders

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Fee: $20.00

Foods & Nutrition is an introductory course in food preparation and nutrition. Throughout foods lab experiences, students will be learning the principles of cooking and preparing a variety of foods. Students will also learn the importance of healthy eating habits, safety and sanitation, measurement equivalents, and basic kitchen equipment use.  Students will also participate in a classroom food competition modeled after Chopped or Cupcake Wars.


French 1
7th & 8th Graders

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No Fee

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be prepared to take French 2 in high school. Games, stories and songs as well as simple conversations are used to meet the standards of listening, speaking, reading and writing on topics which include numbers, colors, weather, food, family, places, transportation and pastimes. Students will also learn about the culture of French-speaking countries.


French 2
8th Graders

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No Fee

Building upon the vocabulary and structures learned in French 1, students will learn to communicate authentically about travel, shopping for food and clothing, their daily routines and cultural celebrations. Students will be able to speak, read, and write in past, present, and future tenses, showing an understanding of sentence structure and grammar and comprehend the language when it is spoken slowly. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to take French 3 in high school if they wish to pursue a third year of language.


Literature and Film
7th & 8th Graders

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Fee: $15.00

In this trimester course students will examine films with books as their source. Students will read a variety of texts including short stories and novels and then analyze the film versions of them. Parent permission is required to participate in this elective for PG-13 rated films.


Mentorship
8th Graders


“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” ― Mandy Hale

Mentorship provides support to Deer Creek students who have significant disabilities. As a mentor, you will assist in supporting students as they learn social, vocational, and academic skills. Mentors will need to demonstrate kindness and patience, be willing to learn, be flexible and adaptive, follow directions and take initiative. Mentors will need to be willing to consistently be positive role models in our school community. This elective teaches students strategies for helping make lasting connections between students with and without disabilities in the school community. During mentorship, you might work with students in their SSN classroom or in one of their electives classes. For the 2018-2019 school year, we are hoping to provide students in our SSN program with elective classes that are created to maximize their learning while supporting their needs. Mentors will be asked to write reflections about their learning and experiences. Interested students must complete an application form expressing their interest and applicable skills. Students selected will be notified the trimester before they are enrolled in Mentorship.


Metal Jewelry 
8th Graders

(Creative Art Sculpture/Jewelry)
Fee: $15.00
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Students will learn how to saw, enamel, cold connect, polish, engrave and mold metal into jewelry pieces, working with nickel, copper and brass. Grades will be based on projects, work habits and a portfolio list.


Orchestra
7th & 8th Graders

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Fee: $30.00

Orchestra is a year-long elective open to students who have previous experience with a string instrument (i.e. violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano). Students who wish to begin a new instrument must discuss this option with Mr. Sudano and strongly consider private lessons. Students perform throughout the year in school concerts, regional contests and an overnight trip every other year. Attendance at concerts and activities outside of the regular classroom setting and school day are part of being in the orchestra program. Students must also be willing to practice consistently and improve fundamental skills on their instrument.


Piano Keyboarding (Music)
7th & 8th Graders

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Fee: 13.00

This course is designed for beginners who have always wondered if they would like to try piano lessons but just weren’t sure. However, because the class is largely student-paced, students with experience are also welcome. The instructor will assess the student’s level and give assignments at their own level and pace.


Publication: Yearbook
7th & 8th Graders


In this two-trimester course, students will learn layout methods, graphic design, photography skills, and basic computer technology in designing the Deer Creek Yearbook. In addition, students will gain a foundation of basic journalism through researching, interviewing, and writing for publication. Interested students must complete an application form expressing their interest and applicable skills.


Recreation Sports
8th Graders

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Fee: $11.00

Recreation Sports focuses on lifetime games that are generally individual or partner-based. Students will be introduced to a variety of games and provided the opportunity to develop and hone their skills within each game. In addition, students will have an opportunity to evaluate and improve their individual health and fitness levels. Units may include disc golf, park games, and a variety of net games such as badminton and pickleball.


Robotics and Electronics
8th Graders

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No Fee

Students will explore the fundamentals of robotics design, construction and programming through the engineering design process. VEX IQ robots and the SeaPerch can be designed for a multitude of challenges and tasks, including regional and state competitions. In addition, students will explore the fundamentals of electronics by constructing and testing various circuit designs utilizing components such as switches, capacitors, resistors, and motors in both parallel and series configurations.


Short Stories
7th & 8th Graders

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No Fee

Short Stories gives students the time to read and write short stories. Students will analyze and then write a wide variety of fiction genres that could include mysteries, realistic fiction, fantasies, action/adventure, and science fiction.


Spanish 1
7th & 8th Graders

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No Fee

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be prepared to take Spanish 2 in high school. Games, stories and songs as well as simple conversations are used to meet the standards of listening, speaking, reading and writing on topics which include numbers, colors, weather, food, family, places, transportation and pastimes. Students will also learn about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries.


Spanish 2
8th Graders

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No Fee

Building upon the vocabulary and structures learned in Spanish 1, students will learn to communicate authentically about travel, shopping for food and clothing, their daily routines and cultural celebrations. Students will be able to speak, read, and write in past, present, and future tenses, showing an understanding of sentence structure and grammar and comprehend the language when it is spoken slowly. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to take Spanish 3 in high school if they wish to pursue a third year of language.


Symphonic Band
7th & 8th Graders

Audition only
Fee: $30.00

Symphonic Band is available to students who play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument at an advanced level. Students must be able to perform music consistent with late middle school/early high school curriculum. Students will be considered for this ensemble based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to: playing ability, tone production, sight reading capabilities, access to private lessons, and instrumentation needs of the band. Auditions will be held during March for next year’s Symphonic Band. In order to meet instrumentation needs, additional auditions may be offered during the school year. Attendance at concerts and activities outside of the regular classroom setting and school day are required as being a member in the band program. Students must also be willing to consistently practice and improve fundamental skills on their instrument. For more information, please visit www.deercreekmusic.com.


Teacher Aide
8th Graders


Students may work with a teacher, counselor, or member of the office staff.Tasks could include clerical work, answering phones, delivering passes, or helping other students. Teacher Aide is a Pass/Fail class and does not count toward GPA. Interested students must complete an application form expressing their areas of interest.


Team Sports 
7th & 8th Graders

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Fee: $11.00

In Team Sports, students will be provided a competitive environment to learn, practice, and perfect their skills in a variety of team-based sports.  The class will use the platform of team-based athletics to help students work on their fitness, sport-based knowledge, and sportsmanship.  Sports to be played may include soccer, volleyball, floor hockey, lacrosse, and flag football.


Theatre Arts
7th & 8th Graders

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Fee: $16.00

This course allows students to develop self-confidence while learning the basics of acting and directing. Students will explore different theatre styles, including improvisation, and present a short play during the trimester. Because activities change each year, students who took Beginning Acting in 7th grade may take Theatre Arts as 8th graders.


Visual Arts 1
7th & 8th Graders

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Fee: $10.00

This trimester class will focus on two- and three-dimensional art. Some of the projects will include drawing, painting or printmaking, ceramics/clay, sculpture, fibers, and mixed media. Grades will be based on projects, work habits and the portfolio list. Because the projects change each year, students may repeat Visual Arts 1 as 8th graders.


Visual Arts 2
8th Graders

Fee: $10.00

This is an Art Independent Study class. Students must be able to prove that they are focused on the study of Art and can create their own projects within a framework. Visual Arts 1 is a prerequisite for this class. Only 2 students per trimester will be allowed to do this Independent Study class. 


World Languages & Cultures
7th & 8th Graders

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No Fee

This exploratory language class will introduce students to French, Spanish, German and Mandarin Chinese. Students will learn basic greetings, numbers, colors, objects, people, animals and food as well as celebrations and customs of the people who speak the languages.
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