Middle School Course Descriptions

6th Grade Course Descriptions of Required Classes

math

In grade six, instructional time focuses on six critical areas: (1) number concepts; (2) integers and the coordinate plane; (3) expressions and equations; (4) ratios; (5) geometry; and (6) statistical analysis. Students in grade six also build on a strong foundation of basic math skills to prepare for higher mathematics.

GATE/Challenge: Various challenge opportunities will be offered in this course during class, tutorial, and at home. All students completing 6th grade will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate readiness for the enhanced math pathway beginning in 7th grade.

social studies

Using the California Social Studies Framework and Common Core Standards, the Irvine School District History/Social Science Content Standards, we offer students the chance to begin to expand their understanding of history by studying the birth of the major western and non-western ancient civilizations. Emphasis is placed on the geography, religion, achievements, political system, economy, and social structures of each unique culture. The goal is to learn the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred around the world during this time period. Videos, art, symbolism, language, performance and simulations are incorporated at every turn to involve students more fully. Document Based Question writing strategies are incorporated. Assignments are tailored to encourage the development of note-taking, organization, critical thinking skills, and expression and are designed to prepare the students for success in the next level of classes.

GATE/Challenge: Embedded into the above curriculum are constant challenges by choice opportunities for motivated students to extend, deepen and connect their understandings through open ended assignments present in every unit, such as interdisciplinary projects. This opportunity enables differentiation for the GATE identified and high performing student to develop higher level thinking skills that are specific to social science, for example: thinking skills such as chronological thinking, examining evidence, and consideration on multiple perspectives through interpretation and analysis of historical/geographical significance. Cross-curricular projects performing are encouraged and supported by tutorial.

language arts / reading

Classes are literature based and are aligned with the social studies curriculum. The program incorporates significant literary works and emphasizes not only the integration of thinking, listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, but also a multidisciplinary integration of the total sixth-grade curriculum. Students encounter literature from many genres and receive a mixture of culturally diverse works. Reading instruction includes novel studies, anthologies, and expository texts. Writing instruction will follow the writing process and will take students from pre-writing through revision and ultimate publications. Spelling and language mechanics are taught through direct instruction. Students are accountable for spelling and mechanics in all written assignments. Student assessment will include written assignments, research-based projects, comprehension questions, and open-ended projects. Students will be provided opportunities to integrate technology through word-processing and use of the Internet.

GATE/Challenge: GATE identified student curriculum is differentiated and accelerated though a variety of practices. Students work inside and outside the classroom on enrichment projects using cluster grouping, individual research, and a pull-out program. Most assignments require investigation, project creation, and presentation components and are based on the current literary or cultural topic of the classroom curriculum. Projects include a deeper analysis of the content being studied with links between reading and writing. Although most teaching is done in a heterogeneous environment, GATE instruction is individualized based on the skills and abilities presented by each child.

science

The sixth grade curriculum is aligned with the NGSS science framework. Emphasis is on making the connections and seeing the relationships between concepts and ideas. Scientific thinking processes are stressed and staff strives to help students develop critical thinking skills with problem solving, decision-making, and research and inquiry. As students move through the program, they tackle more sophisticated thinking processes using experimental manipulative and other laboratory oriented projects that are related to current scientific issues. Computer technology is used as a tool to support student projects. Sixth graders are required by the district to complete a science fair project. Curriculum was designed using two instructional models: Project Based Learning and the 5Es. Each unit will be centered on a Culminating Project in which students use their growing body of science content knowledge as well as the science and engineering practices to solve a real world problem. Subunits are broken down into 5 parts, in which students engage in, explore, explain, elaborate on, and evaluate their understanding of the science content.

Students begin the fall semester with a focus on energy. They investigate how it is transferred between substances and the effects that energy transfers have on the macroscopic and particle scales of substances. Students will then study how human activity has impacted carbon cycling throughout earth’s systems. They will use this understanding as well as science and engineering practices to explore how we can monitor and minimize our impact on the environment.

In the spring semester, the focus shifts from looking at human impact on Earth’s systems to the systems within living organisms. Students will investigate the interconnected functions of the human body systems, as well as the organization of living organisms (cell -> tissue -> organ -> organ system -> organism). Finally, students will look at the reproduction and behavior of organisms while investigating the basics of genetic inheritance.

GATE/Challenge: The science curriculum is differentiated and accelerated though a variety of practices. Although most teaching is done in a heterogeneous environment, GATE instruction is individualized based on the skills and abilities presented by each child.

6th-8th Grade Physical Education

The Physical Education Department at Vista Verde has developed a co-educational based instructional program aligned with the California State Standards and designed to encourage lifetime involvement in physical activity. Students participate in a curriculum which includes a variety of individual and team sports. The curriculum may include: basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball, softball, floor hockey, team handball, frisbee, recreational games, and cardiovascular and resistance training activities. Students also receive instruction in a variety of health and fitness related concepts.

 

7th Grade Course Descriptions of Required Classes

MS Math

In grade seven instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships, including percentages; (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. Students also work towards fluently solving multi-step equations with rational coefficients.

MS Enhanced Math 7/8

This course contains content from both the Math 7 and Math 8 courses. This course is intended for the student who is able to move through the mathematics quickly and still master the full range of mathematical practices, content and skills. Instructional time in the Math 7/8 course focuses on the following grade 7 critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships, including percentages; (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. In addition, the following critical areas from Grade 8 will be included: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations; (2) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence

social studies

Using Common Core State Standards and the Irvine School District History/Social Science Content Standards, our program offers students opportunities to expand their understanding of history by studying the cultural universals that ushered in the dawn of the major western and non-western ancient civilizations. Continued emphasis is placed on the circumstances that influenced events, on the problems and achievements of people, on the development of social, economic, and political structures, and on the spreading ideas that transformed the world. Students develop higher levels of thinking by considering why civilizations developed and declined, by analyzing the interactions between peoples and cultures, and by recognizing the enduring contributions of the past to the present.

GATE/Challenge: In addition to the above curriculum optional challenge assignments are offered to all students. Challenge assignments consist of opportunities for students to learn at an accelerated pace, work on advanced curriculum and explore the curriculum in a manner that supports abstract thinking, problemsolving, use of higher order thinking skills such as synthesis, analysis and evaluation, and critical thinking. This opportunity enables a gifted student to experience open-ended learning and to explore areas of passionate interest. Examples of challenge assignments during our African unit would be for students to investigate the diamond/tanzanite trade, exotic diseases of the Sudan, and/or royal gold of the Asante.

science

The science program consists of two trimesters of an integrated life science curriculum that is aligned with the state’s framework and standards and one quarter of health of a district approved health and family-life curriculum. The scientific method and scientific thinking processes are used to help students develop logical thinking skills. Projects in which students apply the scientific principles learned in class are intended to develop critical thinking skills. Many strategies are used to enhance the curriculum such as science labs, computer technology, reports, oral presentations, cooperative learning activities, and optional science projects.

GATE/Challenge: The science curriculum is differentiated and accelerated through a variety of practices. Although most teaching is done in a heterogeneous environment, GATE instruction is individualized based on the skills and abilities presented by each child. Opportunities to participate in Science Olympiad and Science Fair are offered as well. GATE/Challenge: The science curriculum is differentiated and accelerated though a variety of practices. Although most teaching is done in a heterogeneous environment, GATE instruction is individualized based on the skills and abilities presented by each child. Opportunities to participate in Science Olympiad and Science Fair are offered as well.

language arts

The seventh grade language arts curriculum prepares students to master the Common Core Standards by building skills in reading comprehension, literary response and analysis, and vocabulary development. Etymology is an important component of vocabulary instruction. Students grow to understand how different structures are used to communicate meaning through the reading of culturally and historically significant literary works. Students read novels, short stories, essays, and poetry. Reading skills, literary analysis, and higher-level comprehension work are incorporated, using the Common Core Standards as a guide. The writing component of the language arts curriculum focuses on different kinds of writing, such as narration, informational, argument, persuasion, research, and response to literature. Students choose the form of writing best suited to the purpose, develop strategies for organizing support for their main ideas or theses, and learn strategies for evaluating, revising, and using word-processing programs to refine and publish their work. Spelling, grammar, and language mechanics are taught through direct instruction.

GATE/Challenge: Challenge opportunities are provided through enrichment projects for each unit of study. Novels such as John Steinbeck’s The Pearl and plays such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet are assigned. Students are encouraged to do extensive free choice reading in addition to the assigned reading and extra credit is given for classics.

6th-8th Grade Physical Education

The Physical Education Department at Vista Verde has developed a co-educational based instructional program aligned with the California State Standards and designed to encourage lifetime involvement in physical activity. Students participate in a curriculum which includes a variety of individual and team sports. The curriculum may include: basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball, softball, floor hockey, team handball, frisbee, recreational games, and cardiovascular and resistance training activities. Students also receive instruction in a variety of health and fitness related concepts.

 

8th Grade Course Descriptions of Required Classes

MS Math 8

In grade eight, instructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. Students also work towards fluency with solving simple sets of two equations with two unknowns by inspection.

MS Enhanced Math I

In Enhanced Math I, students continue their work with expressions and modeling and analyzing situations at an accelerated pace. Students will informally define, evaluate, and compare functions, and use them to model relationships between quantities. Students will learn function notation and develop the concepts of domain and range. They move beyond viewing functions as processes that take inputs and yield outputs and start viewing functions as objects that can be combined with operations. They explore many examples of functions, including sequences. They interpret functions represented graphically, numerically, symbolically, and verbally, translate between representations, and understand the limitations of various representations. They work with functions given by graphs and tables, keeping in mind that, depending upon the context these representations are likely to be approximate and incomplete. Their work includes functions that can be described or approximated by formulas as well as those that cannot. When functions describe relationships between quantities arising from a context, students reason with the units in which those quantities are measured. Students build on and informally extend their understanding of integer exponents to consider exponential functions. They compare and contrast linear and exponential functions, distinguishing between additive and multiplicative change. They interpret arithmetic sequences as linear functions and geometric sequences as exponential functions. In Enhanced Math I, students build on their prior experiences with data, developing more formal means of assessing how a model fits data. Students use regression techniques to describe approximately linear relationships between quantities. They use graphical representations and knowledge of the context to make judgments about the appropriateness of linear models. With linear models, they look at residuals to analyze the goodness of fit. In Enhanced Math I, students will understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem and will establish triangle congruence criteria, based on analyses of rigid motions and formal constructions. They solve problems about triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons. They apply reasoning to complete geometric constructions and explain why they work. Finally, building on their work with the Pythagorean Theorem in the grade eight standards to find distances, students use a rectangular coordinate system to verify geometric relationships, including properties of special triangles and quadrilaterals and slopes of parallel and perpendicular lines.

social studies

Using the Common Core State Standards and the Irvine School District History/Social Science Content Standards, our program offers students opportunities to expand their understanding of American history with emphasis on the development of America's social, economic, and political structures. Continued emphasis is placed on the circumstances that influenced events, the problems and achievements of people, and the spreading of humanist’s ideas that transformed the United States and the World.

GATE/Challenge: In addition to the above curriculum optional challenge assignments are offered to all students. Challenge assignments enable students to experience open-ended learning and to explore areas of passionate interest.

science

Eighth-grade science consists of three trimesters of an integrated curriculum comprised of life science, earth & space science, physical science, engineering, technology and applications of science that is aligned with the California state framework and Next Generation Science standards. Students continue to build upon scientific skills and concepts introduced in 6th and 7th grades. This is a hands-on science course designed to give students a strong background in all areas of science and technology. Projects in which the students apply the scientific principles learned in class are intended to develop critical thinking skills. Students wishing to be placed into Honors Science at the high school level need to maintain and A average throughout the year, pass an end-of-year cumulative Exam with an 85% or higher and also demonstrate the traits of an honor’s science student.. Curriculum is differentiated and accelerated through a variety of practices to meet the needs of all students.

language arts

The 8 th grade language arts program is organized so that students build the skills needed to master the content required by the Common Core Standards. Reading instruction covers standards in vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and literary analysis and response. Students read a variety of genres including short stories, essays, novels, and poetry. Direct instruction is provided for spelling, grammar, and language mechanics. Etymology is an important component of the program.

The writing curriculum covers instruction in strategies and applications. Instruction focuses on different kinds of writing such as narration, informational, argument, research, and response to literature. Students choose the form of writing best suited to the purpose, develop strategies for organizing support for their main ideas or theses, and learn strategies for evaluating, revising and using word-processing programs to refine and publish their work.

GATE/Challenge: Challenge opportunities are provided through enrichment projects for each unit of study. Novels such as Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, and Fahrenheit 451 are assigned. Additional novels assigned are George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Howard Fast’s April morning, and Michael Shaara’s Killer Angels. Students work independently in a high school literature book that corresponds to the social studies curriculum. Advanced work in etymology is provided. Students are encouraged to do extensive free choice reading in addition to the assigned reading, and extra credit is given for reading classics.

6th-8th Grade Physical Education

The Physical Education Department at Vista Verde has developed a co-educational based instructional program aligned with the California State Standards and designed to encourage lifetime involvement in physical activity. Students participate in a curriculum which includes a variety of individual and team sports. The curriculum may include: basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball, softball, floor hockey, team handball, frisbee, recreational games, and cardiovascular and resistance training activities. Students also receive instruction in a variety of health and fitness related concepts.

 

Sixth - Eighth Grade Core Exploratory Classes

These classes provide students with an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of enjoyable and challenging activities in a structured and positive environment. Students experience an assortment of intellectual, creative, artistic, and physical forms. Please note that not all of these classes are offered every year. Check the current registration card for this year’s exploratory choices.

Year-Long Electives

Concert Band: 
(6-8) The Concert Band class is a one-year course of study that offers instruction on flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone,baritoneand percussion. This class is designed for sixth-grade students who have received at least one year of instruction, for seventh or eighth grade students who want to better their skills, or for any student who would like to begin a new instrument. The class includes at least three evening performances. Concepts and curriculum are aligned with the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework.

Symphonic Band:
(6-8) The Symphonic Band is an ensemble for wind and percussion students who are of the highest caliber at Vista Verde School. It is opentoeighth grade students, advanced seventh grade students, and a limited number of sixth grade students that may enter by permission of the instructor only. Besides our three evening performances, class activities include Honor Orchestra audition preparation and possibly off-campus field trips. Concepts and curriculum are aligned with the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework.

Concert Orchestra:
(6-8) The Concert Orchestra is a year-long course comprised of students whohavebeginning and intermediate experience on a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or string bass). In the Concert Orchestra, students will continue to work towards mastering string skills such as tuning, shifting, and vibrato. More advanced bowing articulations and rhythmic patterns will be introduced. A wide variety of repertoire and concepts will be learned and performed in accordance with the California Visual and Performing Arts Frameworks. Those students with no experience are welcome but should see Mr. Kroesen for approval.

Symphonic Orchestra:
(6-8) The Symphonic Orchestra is a year-long course comprised of advanced musicians who playviolin, viola, cello, or string bass. This orchestra is for the dedicated musician, interested in excelling in their art form. Entrance into symphonic orchestra is by audition only. A wide variety of repertoire and concepts will be learned and performed in accordance with the California Visual and Performing Arts Frameworks.

ASB Leadership:
(6-8) required class for all elected student government members. This class is a full year experience where students learn about leadership, community service, and effective public speaking. Students in this class meet during an exploratory/elective period, before/after school (periodically), andduringlunch periods to plan and organize student activities for the school year such as assemblies, spirit activities, and dances.

Spanish I:
Spanish 1 is a full year elective course for 8th grade students. The class is a high school level course, taught at an accelerated pace. Students will begin to study Spanish through speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as well as develop a cultural awareness of many diverse Spanish-speaking countries. Criteria include excellent work habits and a desire to learn a new language. Students who complete this course successfully will be recommended for Spanish 2 in 9th grade.

Trimester Exploratory Electives

This is our course catalog of our trimester exploratory elective offerings. All courses may not be offered each year or each trimester.

ASB (Associated Student Body):
Students in this class meet during an exploratory/elective period, before/after school (periodically), and during lunch periods to plan, organize student activities, and assist elected ASB leaders for the school year in assemblies, spirit activities, and dances.

Ceramics:
This course will include basic hand building and slab rolling techniques. Multiple surface decoration and glazing techniques will be included. Advanced students will be given instruction in throwing on the wheel. Materials fee, if students will be taking home finished products, will be approximately $20.00 (scholarships are available).

Culinary Arts:
Students will learn basic and advanced cooking skills as well as menu planning. Recipes from around the world will be highlighted. Students will choose a country to research, create a PowerPoint presentation, and teach a recipe indigenous to that country which the class will then cook.

Digital Arts:
Students will learn Microsoft Office applications and a variety of alternative programs. Students will also learn Internet research skills, web page building, and presentation skills. Teaching will include both a graphic and artistic approachtocomputer application. Software applications may include content specific applications such as mathematics, science, art, and social science. Final project is student created based on in class learning.

Film Making:
In thisclass you will learn the basic techniques used in making a quality film. During the course you will be responsible for making at least two short films that incorporate a variety of audio and video techniques. The school will provide digital video cameras, laptop computers for editing and other equipment to make your work look professional. Materials fees may be charged

Fine Arts:
In the fundamentals of art exploratory, students look at various artists and their contribution to the art world. Students will study some of the basic principal elements in the artist designs. Those elements include color, perspective, fundamental drawing concepts and compositional elements portraiture. By using a variety of materials students will apply the information to a series of art studio assignments.

Graphic Design:
This is a hands on class designed to create 2-d projects that are then moved into a 3-d project. Architectural, tessellation, logo design are some of the curriculum that students are exposed to. Because it is an exacting art, the area of math and drafting will be investigated

Jewelry/Silver Chain Making/Bronze Clay Art:
If you are artistic and work well with your hands, you will love this class. You will make your own silver chains and create and form bronze clay designs for necklaces and bracelets. You will learn techniques for silver linked chains with a minimal amount of tools and equipment. Mrs. Stoldt will provide step-by-step guidance. Materials fee, if students will be taking home finished products, will be approximately $30.00 (scholarships are available).

Middle School Chorus:
(6-8) The Middle School Chorus is a two trimester course that is for students that have previous singing experience, as well as for students new to singing. The course will focus on learning sight singing, rhythm, and listening skills, while developing healthy tone production and good stage presence. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of classical, musical theatre, and multi-cultural music. Concepts and curriculum are aligned with the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework.

Musical Theatre/Stage Production:
One trimester class where students will participate in a full musical theatre production including light, sound, and stage production. Students will incorporate song, dance and choreography to perform a selected Broadway play for the Vista Verde community. Auditions are required for performers. Some weekend rehearsals may occur based on the needs of the production.

Newspaper/Journalism:
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of journalism and newspaper writing techniques. Students will write, edit, and layout issues of the school newspaper, both in print and in an online version. Students in this course do all the work for publication of each issue of the paper. Students will develop their writing abilities and editing skills by creating several articles for the school paper. Students will also develop skills in photography and comic drawing. This course is a great way for students to explore journalism through their own creativity and process of publication of the school paper.

Office Assistant/Teacher Aide:
Students will learn clerical and receptionist “skills on the job.” Students may also be assigned a teacher to assist with classroom management such as bulletin boards, filing, copying, etc. Attention to detail is a must! This class requires a teacher recommendation or office interview. For 7th & 8th Grade Only.

Portraiture:
This is a fine arts class where instruction includes structural underpinnings of facial construction. Students will draw with pencil, pen and ultimately create multi-media portraits using collage.

Quilt Making & Crafts:
Students will learn basic quilt making. Students will create a variety of projects. In this class, students will study cultural heritage and the connection of quilting from Americana to Hawaiian quilting. Materials fee, if students will be taking home finished products, will be approximately $20.00 (scholarships are available).

SPHERO:
This course focuses on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics disciplines are blended in order for students to learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Participants will be introduced to coding through websites, such as code.org and scratch.mit.edu. Necessary 21st century skills will be built while learning how to program and code a robotic device called a Sphero. Students will love discovering and creating in this hands-on course!

STEAM wheel:
(Science Technology Engineering Art Math) The STEM portion of the course will cover engineering careers and topics as well as explore technology and use the engineering design process to solve problems. The goal is to foster a learning environment in which students are guided to produce original ideas, objects and structures according to specifications using concepts and technology. Activities include discovering the principles of flight by designing kites, creating games or projects that are task based, designing buildings to withstand earthquakes, designing bridges to withstand weight bearing loads, and various other STEM based activities. Science Olympiad students can use this course to work on bottle rockets, simple machines, rocket launched gliders, robotics and technology involved in competing in Science Olympiad.

Study Skills:
This course focuses on consistent student use of the planner. Assignments are verified daily. Planners are frequently checked. Teachers are consulted about assignments and due dates. General principles of organization and study habits are discussed and demonstrated. Students will discover their style of learning and come up with specific strategies to improve their effectiveness as learners. Students are given the opportunity to complete assignments in class and on the computer. By teacher recommendation only.

Taking Sides/Debate:
A Speaker’s Workshop. Learn to persuade others! In a supportive environment, students will improve oral skills through various speaking and debating opportunities.

Vocal Ensemble:
(6-8) The Vocal Ensemble is a two trimester class designed for the student with previous choral experience. Entrance into Vocal Ensemble is by audition only. The course will further develop sight singing, rhythm, and listening skills, while students continue to work towards mastering healthy tone production and stage presence. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of advanced classical, musical theatre, and multi-cultural music. Concepts and curriculum are aligned with the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework.

VVTV:
(6-8) Students will learn basic story boarding, script writing, and video production while working on the student developed weekly newscast “Thor Report” broadcast on our own VVTV school news channel. Students will also learn to use a variety of video editing programs including iMovie.

Yearbook:
Students will photography skills, layout, design and publishing for publication. This is a student generated book from theme to actual photographic layout. Students will also learn Photoshop Elements of basic photographic arts. This is a one trimester course offered only during the first trimester.

OTHER MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT PROGRAMS:

Tutorial Description:
Vista Verde’s Tutorial program is part of our middle school academic interventions program. Four days a week, teachers reserve a portion of the instructional day for a thirty-minute “tutorial” period. Teachers create tutorial class content based on current assessment data and post tutorial topics on a calendar available to students and parents. Students may choose which tutorial to attend based on need, or if students have not demonstrated proficiency on recent assessments, teachers may require them to attend a tutorial for specific remediation. Other tutorial options include Homework Hall staffed by administration where students work in a silent, distraction-free environment, as well as a more casual Study Hall in the media center. Students who are currently failing any core academic course must attend Homework Hall or a class that a teacher has “stamped” them to attend. Tutorial allows for a focused intervention program that has an increased focus on data, the monitoring of student progress, and identifying students in need of additional support.

Advisement:
(6-8) is a full year experience for all our middle school students. Advisement meets twice a week. The program is designed to assist students in all aspects of life during the middle school years. The emphasis of the Advisement Program is developing a one-to-one relationship between advisor and student. The goal of the program is to develop skills for social interaction, personal assessment, educational planning, life skill awareness, study skills and time management, universal values/ethics, and decision-making. Advisement includes goal-setting conferences with the advisor, the parent(s), and the student to establish mutual academic and school goals. Advisement meetings foster a sense of belonging to a particular group, and also serve as a source of intra-school spirit competitions. The advisor’s goal is to maintain strong communication between home and school regarding all aspects of the child’s experience at school.

Club Viking:
(6-8) is a full year experience for students who have been selected by staff to be a Club Viking volunteer. Students in this program work with elementary students during physical education as facilitators. Students meet with the Club Viking Advisor periodically to train, plan, and organize student physical education activity programs for the school year.

Conflict Mediation:
(6-8) is a full year experience for students who have been recommended by staff. Conflict Managers meet as a class within our advisement program. Students are trained in active communication, problem-solving and decision-making. Students implement conflict management strategies while working with elementary students during recess or lunch. They also assist in the coordination of a school-wide project.

Outdoor Education Science Camp:
(6th) Each year, the sixth grade class spends a week with the Orange County Department of Education sponsored Science Camp in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Toyon Honors Science Camp:
(7-8) Honor students from eighth grade and, if space allows, seventh grade are invited to attend a hands-on Science Camp at Catalina Island’s Camp Toyon. Participation is based on honor rolls for the year in addition to teacher recommendation.