Valley View Middle School 

Course Catalog

(Revised 4/16/19)

 

 

“Do the Right Thing”

 

“Strive for Excellence”

https://www.vvms.simivalleyusd.org/

Index:

  1. Honors and Accelerated Math Classes Information.
  2. Medical Science Technology (MST) Cohorts.

      2-3. 6th Grade Electives.

      4-5. Math Flowcharts and Placement Recommendations 

      5-9. 7th Grade Electives.

      9.  Special 8th Grade English classes.

      10-14. 8th Grade Electives. 

      15-17. New Student Orientations

HONORS and ACCELERATED MATH CLASSES INFORMATION

 

Valley View Middle School offers Honors classes in English, science, and social studies for students who are excelling academically.  Valley View also offers Accelerated Math classes for students who excel in mathematics. Honors classes have distinct features in terms of differentiated content and prepare middle school students for the rigor of high school Honors classes and beyond.  The program is designed for students who have demonstrated not only above average academic ability but motivation and diligence as well.  

To read more about Valley View Honors classes go to:          Valley View Middle School Honors Courses

To read more about more about Accelerated Math Courses go to:  Accelerated Math Courses 

IMPORTANT!

 

Students who apply for placement in an Honors English, social studies, and/or science class will be screened using an evaluation process.  The evaluation takes into account the following:  

•           classroom grades for the 1st semester and 3rd quarter.

•           work habits for the 1st semester and 3rd quarter.

•           Students who apply for Accelerated Math courses (Accelerated Math Courses) will be screened using the latest state testing scores* as well as classroom grades for 1st semester and 3rd quarter and work habits for the 1st semester and 3rd quarter.  

 

Honors and Accelerated Math classes will be filled with qualified students until a limited number of classes have been filled.  Consideration will be given to grades and work habits from the previous academic year.

 

*CAASPP (state testing) scores

 

 

Memorandum of Understanding

 

I understand that if I am accepted into the Honors Program or an Accelerated Math class, I will be expected to adhere to high standards and expectations.  These expectations include, but are not limited to:

•          Working responsibly in class and adhering to rules.

•          Passing with a “C” or better

•          Being on time for class daily with appropriate materials.

•          Maintaining good attendance.

•          Turning assignments in on time.

•          Producing quality work.

The Medical Science Technology (MST) Academic Cohort

The MST cohort is being offered to 7th grade and 8th Grade students who may be interested in pursuing  careers in the medical or engineering career fields.  The cohort consists of English, science, and social studies and meets state standards just as our non-cohort classes. The cohort classes will differentiate in that certain projects,  assignments, and topics will emphasize MST disciplines.  Students who request MST cohort classes must take MST classes in all three disciplines: English,science, and social studies. In other words, one cannot “pick and choose” which courses they want to be designated MST. See MST Cohort

NOTE: Enrollment is subject to seats available.

6th GRADE ELECTIVE COURSES 

All 6th grade students are required to take English, math, science and social studies.  If a student is GATE identified he/she will be placed in the GATE classes for academics.

All 6th grade students may select their elective from the following choices:

Beginning Band* MN2014 MN2015

This course provides an opportunity for students to learn to play an instrument and perform with a group.  Most instruments are offered by the school free of charge, but some students may need to rent an instrument from an outside source.  The class is designed to give students the necessary skills and training for their advancement into Concert Band.  This is a one year course with limited enrollment.

Beginning Orchestra* MN2016 MN2017

This course provides an opportunity for students to learn to play a string instrument and perform with a group. Most instruments are offered by the school free of charge, but some students may need to rent an instrument from an outside source.  The class is designed to give students the necessary skills and training for their advancement into Concert Orchestra.  This is a one year course with limited enrollment. 

Mixed Chorus* MN2084 MN2085

This course is for students who enjoy singing and performing.  Basic singing techniques and music theory will be studied in the class.  The students will showcase their skills at performances and choral festivals throughout the year.  Previous musical experience is not necessary and both boys and girls are encouraged to take this course. This is a one year course and students are expected to remain in the course all year. 

Concert Choir* MN2028 MN2029

Concert Choir is an auditioned group for students who have some singing experience or sing at an intermediate level.  Students are encouraged to take mixed chorus before this class, but it is not required.  Intermediate singing techniques and music theory will be studied in this class.  The students will use these skills for rehearsals, performances, and choral festivals throughout the year. This is a one year course with limited enrollment.  Ms. Mildram’s approval is required for this class.  Auditions to be announced. For more information, Ms. Mildram can be contacted by email at mackenzie.mildram@simivalleyusd.org.

*Some additional time outside of class may be required for the instrumental and choir classes.

Exploratory Program MN2046 MN2047 MN2048 MN2049

This course provides an opportunity for the students to take four (4) randomly selected quarter classes.  A variety of classes will be offered dependent upon the expertise of our staff.  Subjects may include: Oceanography, Introduction to Speech, Introduction to the Visual Arts, Computer Applications, Conversational Languages, and Nutrition,.  Selection is done randomly by the school’s student information system (Aeries).

Peer Mediation, Mentoring, and Peer Panel MN2121 MN2122

Are you good at helping people fix their problems?  In this class, you will learn how to help other students by being a mentor, mediator, or peer panel jury member.  Students who take this class learn to help others resolve problems peacefully and learn valuable life skills.  These skills can help prepare you for a career in law, medicine, counseling, or psychology.  Join our Peer Student Support Team today and make a difference for the future. An application is is required:  Click here for application.  See videos for more information: Peer Mentor Video

The basketball game The emojis The lunch table Making friends Student Support.

NEW!  

Mock Trial  MN2074

Students that like to discuss, debate, and negotiate will love Mock Trial. This class will teach students strategies to negotiate and win! During this course, students develop their written and oral advocacy skills, while they prepare for a mock trial competition.

7TH GRADE MATH PLACEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

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In order to better understand the math sequencing and ensure families are requesting the best placement for their child we have also included Simi Valley High School’s math sequencing so you as a family can understand the long-term math potential.

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7TH GRADE YEAR-LONG ELECTIVE COURSES

Annual MN2008 MN2009

If you enjoy photography, are creative, like to play with color and design, and have a strong work ethic, then this class is for you.  Those enrolled in this class have the privilege of planning, designing, and producing the school yearbook.  Extra hours after school may be necessary.  Qualifications include minimum grade and citizenship requirements. This is a one year course.

Leadership MN2075 MN2076

This class is designed to develop individual and group leadership skills.  Students plan for, participate in, and evaluate school activities, projects and programs as well as serve the community.  They also serve in the student council.  Qualifications include minimum grade and citizenship requirements in addition to teacher recommendations and an interview with Mrs. Schwieger. This is a one year course. An application is available by clicking here: Leadership Application .

Beginning Band* MN2014 MN2015

This course provides students with the necessary skills and understanding to enter one of the performing groups. Most instruments are offered by the school free of charge, but some students may need to rent an instrument from an outside source.  This is a one year course with limited enrollment.

Beginning Orchestra* MN2016 MN2017

Beginning Strings provides an opportunity for students interested in learning to play a string instrument and for string players with experience.  The class is designed to give students the necessary skills and training for their advancement into Concert Strings.  Most of the instruments are provided by the school.  This is a one year course with limited enrollment.

Concert Band* MN2026 MN2027 OR  Concert Orchestra* MN2030 MN2031

These are one year courses which are open to current Valley View 6th graders who satisfactorily completed the beginning courses.  Concert Band and Concert Strings provide an opportunity for students with a musical training background to further their musical skills.  Participation in evening activities is a part of the grade for these courses.  The bands have an active performance calendar including formal concerts, festivals and special events.  Mr. Schuster’s approval is required for these classes.

Mixed Chorus* MN2084 MN2085

Mixed Chorus is for students who enjoy singing and performing.  Basic singing techniques and music theory will be studied in the class.  The students will use their musical skills for performances and choral festivals throughout the year.  Previous musical experience is not necessary.  Both boys and girls are encouraged to take this course.  This is a one year course and students are expected to remain in the class all year.

Concert Choir* MN2107 MN2108

Concert Choir is an auditioned group for students who have some singing experience or sing at an intermediate level.  Students are encouraged to take mixed chorus before this class, but it is not required.  Intermediate singing techniques and music theory will be studied in this class.  The students will use these skills for rehearsals, performances, and choral festivals throughout the year. This is a one year course with limited enrollment.  Ms. Mildram’s approval is required for this class.  Auditions to be announced. For more information, Ms. Mildram can be contacted by email at mackenzie.mildram@simivalleyusd.org.

Vocal Ensemble* MN2001 MN2002

Vocal Ensemble is an auditioned group of 7th and 8th grade students.  This class is for the student with musical experience and the desire to perform throughout the school year.  There is a minimum requirement of a 2.5 GPA and satisfactory or above in citizenship.  This is a one year course with limited enrollment.  Ms. Mildram’s approval is required for this class.  Auditions to be announced.   Vocal Ensemble Call-backs to be announced. For more information, Ms. Mildram can be contacted by email at mackenzie.mildram@simivalleyusd.org.

*Additional time outside of school hours may be required for all choral and instrumental classes. 

MST Elective Program MN2133 and M7716

 

The Seventh grade MST elective program consists of two courses that are one-semester each: Crime Scene Investigation and Biotechnology.  The chronological order in which a student takes each course is randomly sorted by the school’s student information system (Aeries).

Peer Mediation, Mentoring, and Peer Panel MN2121 MN2122

Are you good at helping people fix their problems?  In this class, you will learn how to help other students by being a mentor, mediator, or peer panel jury member.  Students who take this class learn to help others resolve problems peacefully and learn valuable life skills.  These skills can help prepare you for a career in law, medicine, counseling, or psychology.  Join our Peer Student Support Team today and make a difference for the future. An application is is required:  Click here for application. (or click the Peer Mediators graphic to the right under Applications) A short video is available by clicking:  Peer Mentor Video

New! More videos available:The basketball game The emojis The lunch table Making friends Student Support.

                                                     

7TH GRADE SEMESTER ELECTIVE CHOICES

Acting and Stage Craft  MN2037

This class is designed to offer students an opportunity to become experienced and comfortable in speaking and performing in front of a group.  No previous acting experience is required.  Students will rehearse and perform comedy and serious scenes and short plays in small groups, pairs and monologues, as well as produce a full-class play which will be performed for the entire school. This is a one semester course.  Be sure to choose a second elective. 8th grade students will have priority if enrollment capacity is exceeded. 

Art I MN2010                                                

The major emphasis of this course is building the foundations of artistic skills and vocabulary.  The assignments will be based on the principles of art (line, shape, form, color, and texture), and perspective.  In addition to acquiring basic skills, students will be learning about various artists (and their styles) who took those same basic skills and created masterpieces.  Possibilities may include: Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keefe, Ms. Esher, and Frida Kalo. This is a one semester course. Be sure to choose a second  elective.

8th grade students will have priority if enrollment capacity is exceeded. 

Crafts I MN2012

The major emphasis of this course is building the foundations of artistic skills and vocabulary.  The assignments will be based on the principles of art (line, shape, form, color, and texture).  Students will be working with a wide variety of media.  Possibilities may include wax, construction paper, clay, linoleum blocks, wood, and found objects. This is a one semester course. Be sure to choose a second  elective.

8th grade students will have priority if enrollment capacity is exceeded. 

 Coding/Robotics MN2094  

Learn the basics of Python and Javascript. Create animations, computer games, and interactive projects. Work hands-on in teams to design, build, and program a VEX IQ robot using blocks and Robot C (based on the C language).

Entrepreneurship MN2023             

This is a project based class where students create and promote a mock business idea. They will learn financial responsibility, leadership, and teamwork skills. Students will learn Microsoft Office/Google Docs applications to business. This is a one semester course. Be sure to choose a second  elective.

8th grade students will have priority if enrollment capacity is exceeded.

Photoshop MN2032

Enter the exciting world of graphic design. Design a T-shirt, make a gift box, and other hands-on projects. Express your creativity as you learn to add special effects to photos. Learn how to create a smoke effect, warp photos, swap heads, and much more.  Basic knowledge of computers and keyboarding skills required.

Video Production MN2109

Lights, Camera, Action! If you are interested in script writing writing, directing, videography, or just love being in front of the camera, then enter the world of video production and use your creativity to make videos. This class uses Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018 as the video editing software. You will receive training in the pre-production and post-production phases of project development.  

NEW!  

Mock Trial  MN2074

Students that like to discuss, debate, and negotiate will love Mock Trial. This class will teach students strategies to negotiate and win! During this course, students develop their written and oral advocacy skills, while they prepare for a mock trial competition.

8TH GRADE YEAR-LONG ENGLISH OPTIONS

(These would take the place of the regular English 8 class)

 

English 8 (Film Emphasis) ME2023 ME2024

In addition to meeting the 8th grade standards during this year long English course, students will learn to express themselves as individuals and as active participants in society.  They will sharpen their critical thinking skills and artistic sensibility as they analyze a variety of print and digital texts in order to identify and interpret an author’s, artist’s, and/or designer’s message, and to determine how a specific audience drives a creator’s decision making process.  Students will evaluate and successfully use visual design principles and elements to enhance, distribute and increase visibility of a message or cause, create video projects, and write critical analysis papers.  Throughout the course, students will use collaboration processes, oral communication, presentation and creative problem solving to strengthen and apply their knowledge of written and visual messaging.

English 8 (Journalism Emphasis) ME2021 ME2022

In addition to meeting the 8th grade standards during this year long English course, students will examine all modes of media – written and visual, print and digital – in order to understand the choices artists and authors make while delivering a message in a particular context or for a particular audience.  Through reading writing, and research, students develop proficiency in speaking, listening and conveying information in a variety of authentic analytical and persuasive tasks.  As a result, students show a breadth of proficiency in their skills when writing their own school newspaper (digital or print).

 

8TH GRADE YEAR-LONG ELECTIVE CHOICES

Annual MN2008 MN2009

If you enjoy photography, are creative, like to play with color and design, and have a strong work ethic, then this class is for you.  Those enrolled in this class have the privilege of planning, designing, and producing the school yearbook. Qualifications include minimum grade and citizenship requirements. Extra hours after school may be necessary. This is a one year course.

The Ceramics 1-Year Program: Ceramics MN2018 and Advanced Ceramics MN2019

This is a two semester class.  The student will complete MN2018 in the first semester and MN2019 in the second semester.   MN2018: The major emphasis of this course is building the foundations of artistic skills and clay vocabulary.  The assignments will be based on the hand building techniques of pinch, coil and slab, and sculpture.  Knowledge of clay and its various states and how to manipulate those states will be stressed. MN2019:  Further expands on the basics of beginning handbuilding ceramics. Students will be focusing more on sculpture and functional ware.  Students will have the opportunity to be more self-directed for project designs. Advanced glazing and firing techniques will also be emphasized. Students will assist in kiln loading and unloading as needed.

Concert Band* MN2026 MN2027 

Concert Band is an advanced performing ensemble comprised of band students who have completed at least one year of musical training on their band instrument.  Participation in all performances such as evening school concerts, festivals, Disney Magic Music Days, and other special events is mandatory.

 

*MR. SCHUSTER’S APPROVAL IS REQUIRED. ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED. PREREQUISITE: BEGINNING BAND

 

Concert Strings* MN2030 MN2031

Concert Strings is an advanced performing ensemble comprised of students who have completed at least one year of musical training on their instrument.  Participation in all performances such as evening school concerts, festivals, Disney Magic Music Days, and other special events is mandatory.

 

*MR. SCHUSTER’S APPROVAL IS REQUIRED. ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED. PREREQUISITE: BEGINNING STRINGS

MST Elective Programs MN2125 and MN2096  

 

The 8th grade MST elective program consists of two courses that are one-semester each: Makerspace and Developmental Psychology.  The chronological order in which a student takes each course is randomly sortedby our student information system (Aeries).

ASB Leadership MN2075 MN2076  

 

This class is designed to develop individual and group leadership skills.  Students plan for, participate in, and evaluate school activities, projects and programs as well as serve the community.  They also serve in the student council.  Qualifications include minimum grade and citizenship requirements in addition to teacher recommendations and an interview with Mrs. Schwieger.  An application is available by clicking here: Leadership Application .

Mixed Chorus* MN2084 MN2085

Mixed Chorus is a beginning choral class and is for students who enjoy singing and performing.  Basic singing techniques and music theory will be studied in class.  The students will use their musical skills for performances and choral festivals throughout the year.  Previous musical experience is not necessary.  Both boys and girls are encouraged to take this course.

Concert Choir* MN2107 MN2108  

Concert Choir is an auditioned group for students who have some singing experience or sing at an intermediate level.  Students are encouraged to take mixed chorus before this class, but it is not required.  Intermediate singing techniques and music theory will be studied in this class.  The students will use these skills for rehearsals, performances, and choral festivals throughout the year. This is a one year course with limited enrollment.  Ms. Mildram’s approval is required for this class.   Auditions to be announced. For more information, Ms. Mildram can be contacted by email at mackenzie.mildram@simivalleyusd.org.

Vocal Ensemble* MN2001 MN2002

Vocal Ensemble is an auditioned group of 7th and 8th grade students. This class is for the student with musical experience and the desire to perform throughout the school year. There is a minimum requirement of a 2.5 GPA and satisfactory or above in citizenship. This is a one year course with limited enrollment. Ms. Mildram’s approval is required for this class. Auditions to be announced. Vocal Ensemble Call-backs to be announced. For more information, Ms. Mildram can be contacted by email at mackenzie.mildram@simivalleyusd.org.

*Some additional time outside of class may be required for instrumental and vocal classes.

Peer Mediation, Mentoring, and Peer Panel MN2121 MN2122

Are you good at helping people fix their problems?  In this class, you will learn how to help other students by being a mentor, mediator, or peer panel jury member.  Students who take this class learn to help others resolve problems peacefully and learn valuable life skills.  These skills can help prepare you for a career in law, medicine, counseling, or psychology.  Join our Peer Student Support Team today and make a difference for the future. An application is is required:  Click here for application. (or click the Peer Mediators graphic to the right under Applications ) A short video is available by clicking:  Peer Mentor Video

New! More videos available:The basketball game The emojis The lunch table Making friends Student Support.

8TH GRADE FOREIGN LANGUAGES

1-Year Courses

 

French I ML2005 ML2006 OR Spanish I ML2009 ML2010  

 

These courses are the first year French I or Spanish I courses offered at all SVUSD high schools using the same textbooks and methods.  The courses are designed to develop skills in understanding, speaking, reading, writing, and cultures of the French/Spanish speaking world.  Students will learn to greet each other, order a meal, ask and give directions, discuss the weather, tell time, talk about school, classes, friends, family, clothes, sports, and more.  Students will taste the food, see videos, and hear music from French/Spanish speaking countries.  A final grade of C or above enables a student to enroll in French

II/Spanish II in high school.

 

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS BE AT GRADE LEVEL IN ENGLISH AND MATH WITH AT LEAST A “C” AVERAGE.  HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS ARE NOT AWARDED FOR THESE COURSES.

8TH GRADE SEMESTER ELECTIVE CHOICES

 

Acting and Stage Craft  MN2037

This class is designed to offer students an opportunity to become experienced and comfortable in speaking and performing in front of a group.  No previous acting experience is required.  Students will rehearse and perform comedy and serious scenes and short plays in small groups, pairs and monologues, as well as produce a full-class play which will be performed for the entire school.

Art I MN2010                                                 

The major emphasis of this course is building the foundations of artistic skills and vocabulary.  The assignments will be based on the principles of art (line, shape, form, color, and texture), and perspective.  In addition to acquiring basic skills, students will be learning about various artists (and their styles) who took those same basic skills and created masterpieces.  Possibilities may include: Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keefe, Ms. Esher, and Frida Kalo.

Ceramics MN2018 

The major emphasis of this course is building the foundations of artistic skills and clay vocabulary.  The assignments will be based on the hand building techniques of pinch, coil and slab, and sculpture.  Knowledge of clay and its various states and how to manipulate those states will be stressed.

 Coding/Robotics MN2094  

Learn the basics of Python and Javascript. Create animations, computer games, and interactive projects. Work hands-on in teams to design, build, and program a VEX IQ robot using blocks and Robot C (based on the C language).

Crafts I MN2012

The major emphasis of this course is building the foundations of artistic skills and vocabulary.  The assignments will be based on the principles of art (line, shape, form, color, and texture).  Students will be working with a wide variety of media.  Possibilities may include wax, construction paper, clay, linoleum blocks, wood, and found objects.

 Entrepreneurship MN2023     

This is a project based class where students create and promote a mock business idea. They will learn financial responsibility, leadership, and teamwork skills. Students will learn Microsoft Office/Google Docs applications to business.

Food Science MN2054  

Food, is it a science or an art?  Maybe it’s a bit of both!  This course will explore both the chemistry and artistry behind the foods we eat, as we learn how to think and cook like a chef in the kitchen.

 

Library Practice** MN2077

This is a lab type course.  It provides practical experiences in library procedures and organization, develops skills and maturity in working with the public, and helps students develop effective reference skills. Limited Enrollment.

**STUDENTS’ GRADES, CITIZENSHIP, AND ATTENDANCE WILL BE CHECKED.  STUDENTS WITH HIGH MARKS IN THESE AREAS WILL HAVE PRIORITY. PLACEMENT IS PENDING ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL.

Office Practice** MN2086

 

This course provides training and practice in daily office tasks such as filing, collating, and distributing teacher notes or student passes. Limited Enrollment.

 

**STUDENTS’ GRADES, CITIZENSHIP, AND ATTENDANCE WILL BE CHECKED.  STUDENTS WITH HIGH MARKS IN THESE AREAS WILL HAVE PRIORITY. PLACEMENT IS PENDING ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL.

Peer Tutoring MN2087

This course offers students training and practice in providing assistance and support to students with disabilities.

Photoshop MN2032

Enter the exciting world of graphic design. Design a T-shirt, make a gift box, and other hands-on projects. Express your creativity as you learn to add special effects to photos. Learn how to create a smoke effect, warp photos, swap heads, and much more.  Basic knowledge of computers and keyboarding skills required.

 

Teacher’s Aide  MN2104 

**TEACHER’S AIDE REQUIREMENTS**

Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or above, no “N’s or ‘U’s” in citizenship, have good attendance, and must have administrative approval.  You may only be a T.A. for 1 semester.  Students who request to be a T.A. are not guaranteed a position.  If students want to request a specific teacher they must complete the application available in the Counseling Office. Limited Enrollment

Video Production MN2109

Lights, Camera, Action! If you are interested in script writing writing, directing, videography, or just love being in front of the camera, then enter the world of video production and use your creativity to make videos. This class uses Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018 as the video editing software. You will receive training in the pre-production and post-production phases of project development.  

NEW!

Mock Trial  MN2074

Students that like to discuss, debate, and negotiate will love Mock Trial. This class will teach students strategies to negotiate and win! During this course, students develop their written and oral advocacy skills, while they prepare for a mock trial competition.

  

 Choose your electives CAREFULLY.  The entire school’s master schedule is developed based on the choices that each student makes.  There is NO “try it to see if I like it” option.  

Students will be expected to fulfill their commitment to the class or classes they choose. 

If one chooses a semester elective, he/she must remain in the class for the entire semester.

If he/she chooses a year-long elective, he/she must remain

in the class for the entire school year.

See information about New Student Orientation Pages 15-17.

Orientation Dates:

April 23,2019 6 P.M.

April 30,2019 P.M.

May 8,2019 P.M.

https://www.vvms.simivalleyusd.org/

WEB orientation for Incoming 6th graders:

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 from 8 am until 1pm

The students will meet other 6th grade peers and mentors from the 7th and 8th grade to do some team building and receive lockers and textbooks.