8th Grade Course Registration Form 2017-18
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Social Science (1.0)
U.S. History 8 (1.0) (8410A-semester 1, 8410B-semester 2)
This course covers events and issues from the Age of Exploration through post-Civil War Reconstruction and the Westward movement, emphasizing the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to exploration, colonization, the Revolutionary War, Constitutional issues, nation building, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Westward movement.
U.S. History is Required Please Select Below *
Language Arts (1.0)
Language Arts 8 (1.0) (8210A-semester 1, 8210B-semester 2)
This course, based on the 8th Grade Utah English Language Arts (ELA) Core Standards, is designed for grade-level instruction reading comprehension, writing, methods of inquiry, and the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication.

Language Arts 8 H (1.0) (8220A-semester 1, 8220B-semester 2)
Prerequisite: Application is required and available online. Availability will be based on past grades, SRI (Reading Scores), and instructor approval. Current SRI testing will not be done until April 2017. Please select honors now and a screening process will occur after current SRI results come in. Latest SRI scores are available through current language art teacher. This course, based on the 8th Grade Utah English Language Arts (ELA) Core Standards, is designed for students who qualify for more advanced instruction in reading comprehension, writing, methods of inquiry, and the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication.
Please Select Language Arts Preference *
Math (1.0)
8th Grade Mathematics (1.0) (8120A-semester 1, 8120B-semester 2)
Prerequisite: 7th Grade Mathematics In 8th Grade Mathematics students will focus on 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; grasping the concepts of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; and analyzing two- and three dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean theorem.

8th Grade Mathematics Honors (1.0) (8130A-semester 1, 8130B-semester2)
Prerequisite: 7th Grade Mathematics. Application Required. Application Required. Application available online. Decisions are based on past grades, and Teacher Recommendation.
In 8th Grade Mathematics Honors students will focus on 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; 17 grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; and analyzing two- and three dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. The Honors course includes extra depth and additional topics such as: 3-D graphing and graph theory, fair division and apportionment, sets, and voting theory.

Secondary Math I Honors (9130 – semester 1, 9130B – semester 2)
Application is required and available online. Decisions are based on past grades, and Teacher Recommendation.
The fundamental purpose of Mathematics I Honors is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. The critical areas, organized into units, deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Mathematics 1 Honors uses properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from prior grades. The final unit in the course ties together the algebraic and geometric ideas studied. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. Mathematics I Honors covers additional concepts in more depth and at a faster pace then the Mathematics I course.

Secondary Math II Honors (9120 – semester 1, 9120B – semester 2)
Application is Required and available online. Enrollment is based on previous grades and instructor approval.
The focus of Mathematics II is on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions; comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Mathematics I as organized into 6 critical areas, or units. The need for extending the set of rational numbers arises and real and complex numbers are introduced so that all quadratic equations can be solved. The link between probability and data is explored through conditional probability and counting methods, including their use in making and evaluating decisions. The study of similarity leads to an understanding of right triangle trigonometry and connects to quadratics through Pythagorean relationships. Circles, with their quadratic algebraic representations, round out the course. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.
Mathematics II Honors covers additional concepts in more depth and at a faster pace then the Mathematics II course.

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Science (1.0)
Integrated Science 8 (1.0) (8300A-semester 1, 8300B-semester 2)
The eighth grade science course focuses on science and engineering as a way to practice science in a classroom setting. It is a tour through many topics in science. We will explore how matter is arranged into either simple or complex substances. We emphasize how substances store and transfer energy, which can cause them to interact physically and chemically, provide energy to living organisms, or be harnessed and used by humans. We take a look at how matter and energy cycle and change in ecosystems through processes that occur during photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Additionally, we consider the way that substances that provide a benefit to organisms, including humans, are unevenly distributed on Earth due to geologic and atmospheric systems. Some resources form quickly, allowing them to be renewable, while other resources are nonrenewable. We examine evidence which reveals that Earth systems change and affect ecosystems and organisms in positive and negative ways.
Integrated Science 8 is Required. Please select below. *
Digital Literacy (0.5)
Digital Literacy 8th (0.5) 8607- Students learn the skills necessary to use computers comfortably, while improving learning, productivity, and performance. This course offers a thorough introduction to computers, networks, and computer peripherals such as printers, digital cameras, and more, such as understanding an operating system, working on a laptop versus a desktop, printing and understanding five traits almost all applications share. In addition, basic procedures with software applications, e-mail, the Internet and Internet security, privacy, and ethics are covered.
Digital Literacy is Required. Please select Below
Physical Education (.50)
Fitness 8 (.50) Female (8710FA-semester 1, 8710FB-semester 2) Male (8710MA-semester 1, 8710MB-semester 2)
This is a physical education course with emphasis on skills, knowledge, and participation in a variety of team sports, conditioning, and recreational activities.
PE 8 is Required. Please select your PE below. *
Health (.50)
Health 1 (.05) 8th Female (8800FA-semester 1, 8800FB-semester 2) Male (8800MA-semester 1, 8800MB-semester 2)
This course develops the skills needed to improve the quality of life by helping students to cope with and solve problems, develop positive self-image, and make healthy decisions. The students will explore positive life styles, disease prevention, emergency procedures, media literacy, and alcohol and drug abuse prevention.
Health is Required. Please select your health class below. *
Phoenix Pride
PHOENIX PRIDE – Leadership/Homeroom (.25) (PH)
Students will earn elective credit for this course. It covers character education and leadership. Some of the curriculum that may be used: Leader in Me, Love and Logic, Second Steps. This is a required course here at ELA. Students will have the same pride teacher from 7-9th grade. Students cannot choose their pride teacher.

Phoenix Pride Is Required. Please Select Below. *
Optional Electives Offered for 8th Grade
Fine Arts Elective Course Options (.50)

Boys Choir I (0.5 or 1.0) 7th, 8th, 9th (7510MA-Semester 1, 7510MB-Semester 2
Prerequisite: None
$ fee required
Don’t miss out on BOYS CHOIR! This class will be packed with energy and FUN! Yes, choir is FUN! We will sing songs from all over the world, from Bach to Rock! We will build powerful, amazing, healthy voices that can’t be stopped! You will not have another class like it!

Girls Choir I (0.5 or 1.0) 7th, 8th, 9th (7510FA-Semester 1, 7510FB-Semester 2
Prerequisite: None
$ fee required
Girls just wanna have fun? YES! We do! This first ever all girls choir is an amazing opportunity for ELA girls to kick it up a notch! We will work to create amazing, strong, healthy voices and great musicianship! You are not going to want to miss signing up for this class!

Choir II Spotlights Co-Ed (1.0) 8th or 9th Grade (8520A – semester 1, 8520B – semester 2)
Prerequisite: Choir I
$ fee required
If you want to be involved in an amazing class, this is a must for your schedule! In Spotlight Singers we study the care and cultivation of a beautiful vocal tone, aesthetic sensitivity, increasing the ability to read music, building technical vocal skills, team spirit, and responsible rehearsal habits.

Theatre II (0.5 or 1.0) 8th (8530A-Semester 1, 8530B-Semester 2)
Prerequisite: None
In this class, students will improve their acting prowess through the study of advanced improv, musical theatre, play production, POW! (Phoenix Original Works) and more!

Stage Crew (.50) 8th, 9th (8920A-semester 1, 8920B- semester 2)
Prerequisite: None
Application required, tryouts will be January of the school year prior.
In this class you will learn the art of technical theatre (lights, sound, costumes, stage management, etc.). Stage Crew will be running all technical events happening at ELA. Part of your grade will be running crew outside of class. Prepare to work hard and have the time of your life!

Advanced Running Crew (2.0) 8th & 9th (8925A- semester 1, 8925B-semester 2)
Prerequisite: None
Application required, tryouts will be January of the school year prior. This class will be double blocked. Course for 9th graders will be counted as Audio Visual Team and Stage Craft Tech.
In this class you will continue to learn the art of technical theatre (lights, sound, costumes, stage management, etc.). ELA Crew will be running all technical events happening in the theatre areas of ELA. Part of your grade will be running crew outside of class. Prepare to work hard and have the time of your life!

Beginning Orchestra (0.5 or 1.0) 7th, 8th, 9th (8510A – semester 1, 8510B semester 2)
This course is for students who are interested in playing violin, viola, cello, and bass and have 5 months experience or less. Taking String Tech in Semester 1 is encouraged, but not required. 3 to 4 evening performances outside of class are part of this course. Practice time outside of school is required. An instrument for use at home and school is required.

Advanced Orchestra (1.0) 7th, 8th, 9th (8511 – semester 1, 8511B semester 2)
Prerequisite: 1 year of playing experience (either in ensembles or private lessons) An application is required. Instructor may request an audition to see if the student can handle the difficulty of the music.
$10 Fee Required
This course is for students who are interested in playing violin, viola, cello, and bass and have played for one year or more. 3 to 4 evening performances outside of class are part of this course. Practice time outside of school is required. An instrument for use at home and school is required.

Woodwind Ensemble (1.0) 7th, 8th, & 9th (7524A-semester 1, 7524B-semester 2)
Prerequisite: Taking Woodwind Tech is highly encouraged before joining this ensemble or proof that the student has had at least 5 months of prior instruction on their chosen instrument.
$10 Fee Required, Application Required
This course is for students who are interested in playing flute, clarinet, and saxophone as part of an ensemble. 3 to 4 evening performances outside of class are part of this course. Practice time outside of school is required. An instrument for use at home and school is required.

Acoustic Guitar (.50) 8th & 9th (8910A – semester 1, 8910B – semester 2)
This is an intro class for beginners who have little to no guitar experience. Acoustic only. Come learn how to play or improve your budding skills!
*Student must provide his/her own acoustic guitar.

Art II Materials (0.5) 8th (8540-semester 1, 8540B-semester 2)
Prerequisite: None
$ 10 fee required
This is a secondary course designed to give students higher mastery over a variety of media and develop further personal style, and concept. We will perfect drawing skills in graphite, charcoal, printmaking, and pastels, improve our painting skills in water colors, acrylic paints, and mixed-media, and start a knowledge base in bookbinding. Additionally, we will examine several contemporary artists, and art movements, and learn how to critique and appreciate their work while also examining ourselves for self-improvement.

Digital Photography 1(0.5) 8 & 9th (8560 & 8560B)
Can be offered as a CTE credit or fine art elective credit. Photography includes the inventive use of light and photographic equipment to create art. This is a fundamental course covering camera mechanics, film types, lighting, and composition. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking skills and art-related technology skills. Some art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

*Other Electives Offered*

Tier II Reading (0.5 or 1.0) 9th (7950A-semester 1, 7950B-semester 2)
Prerequisite: Instructor approval. Students will be placed automatically in this course if their SRI Lexile score is below grade level. This course, based on the 8th Grade Utah English Language Arts (ELA) Core Standards, is designed for students requiring basic instruction with targeted intervention in reading comprehension, vocabulary, and reading skills, to assist striving readers with literary, informational, and functional texts.

Yearbook/Graphic Design (1.0) 8th & 9th (8230A – semester 1, 8230B – semester 2)
Are you a whiz on the computer? Do you have strong writing skills and want to be a part of history? If you work well with others, are good at meeting deadlines, and are willing to give 100% to every assignment, then apply to be part of the Yearbook Staff and help create the book that showcases our awesome school life at ELA.

School News (1.0) 7th, 8th, & 9th (8600)
Are you outgoing and confident? Are you tech savvy and deadline driven? Apply to be part of the weekly podcast team. Must be self-motivated and able to work independently with positive results.

STEM (1.0) (7350 – semester 1, 7350B – semester 2)
STEM is a science elective which integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This class is a hands on exploration of topics that allow students to build, create, explore and learn. The topics covered in STEM include units on the science of flight and aeronautics, engineering towers and bridges ,CSI crime solving, Electronic Circuits, Coding and Alternative Energy. We build rockets, four foot towers, paper dragsters clocked at 90 mph, electric cars and even drop eggs off the sky ride at Lagoon, Come explore, learn and have fun in STEM!

Team Sports (0.5) 7th, 8th, & 9th (8720A-semester 1, 8720B-semester 2)
This course is designed to teach sports which require group participation and cooperation. (This class cannot be substituted for Participation Skills and Techniques).

Spanish I (1.0) 8th & 9th (8240 – semester 1, 8240B – semester 2)
¡Bienvenidos a español I!
This is an introductory class with focus on basic comprehension and speaking in the Spanish language. Students will experience Spanish through storytelling and skits, daily interactive games, songs, and more! We will discover countries around the globe, learn about unique customs, learn dances, etc.! We also have fiestas, enjoying authentic Mexican and other cuisine! Please join our room of fun and laughter! Students love the atmosphere because they “get to play games” in class!

Student Aide (0.5-1.0) (9910 – semester 1, 9910B – semester 2)
Application is required. Students will need to go to Mrs. Kuglar's website and click on student aide. They will be required to fill out the forms to receive a passing grade.
Do you like to help others? Do you like to organize things? Do you enjoy working with children? Do you like to keep busy and interact with others? If so, then being an aide might be just the elective choice for you. Aide positions are available for elementary, junior high, library, and office.

*Possible Electives Soon to Come 2017-18 Depending on Need*

Creative Writing (0.5) 8th & 9th (9220)
This semester course, based on the Utah English Arts (ELA) Core Writing Standards, is designed as an introduction to imaginative writing of personal experiences, character sketches, short fiction, and poetry. It provides students with the opportunity to prepare manuscripts for publication, awards, and scholarships.

Exploring Business and Marketing (0.5 CTE) 8th & 9th (8600B)
Business and Marketing Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities through technical instruction in the classroom. The area of study places an emphasis on accounting, finance, administrative and technical support, entrepreneurship, management, hospitality and tourism, human resources management and marketing.

Creative Coding (0.5) 8th (8605)
Creative coding is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. We will start by exploring computer science as a way humans try to solve problem. We will then learn to create using the programming languages that power the internet as well as those that power games and animations.

Music Composition and Connections (0.5) 7th, 8th, & 9th (7521)
Prerequisite: None
$10 Fee Required
This course is for students who would like to learn how to notate music, both freehand and with notational software. Instruments are not required for this course. Students will learn the basics of piano and music theory and how to notate music for different instruments. Final project will be a “Composer’s Alive!” recital, where students’ works will be performed by live musicians.

Woodwind Tech (1.0) Semester 1 or Full Year 7th, 8th, & 9th, (7522A-semester 1, 7522B-semester 2)
Prerequisite: None
$100 Fee Required
This course is for students who would like to learn skills on several different wind instruments. It will include instruction on alto, tenor, and bass recorders, clarinet, flute, and alto saxophone. Teton Music and Summerhays Music will provide the instruments for this class and will deliver and pick up all supplies needed at the beginning and end of each instructional unit. Students are allowed and encouraged to take instruments home to practice. (This is a great deal, as a single instrument rental for the same amount of time would typically cost $120-180.) There will be one required performance outside of school hours.

String Tech-(7523A-semester 1, 7523B-semester 2)
Prerequisite: None
$100 Fee Required
This course is for students who would like to learn skills on several different string instruments. It will include instruction on violin, viola, cello, and bass. Teton Music will provide the instruments for this class and will deliver and pick up all supplies needed at the beginning and end of each instructional unit. Students are allowed and encouraged to take instruments home to practice, with the exception of the bass. (This is a great deal, as a single instrument rental for the same amount of time would typically cost $120-180.) There will be one required performance outside of school hours.

Dance 1 (0.5 or 1.0) 7th, 8th, and 9th (7728)
This course offers basic dance techniques, fitness fundamentals, movement qualities, and rhythm with an emphasis on creativity, sequencing, and problem solving.

Weight Training (.50) 7th, 8th, & 9th (7726)
This course is designed as an introduction to proper weight lifting techniques and includes the development of individual programs that develop body tone, muscle strength, and physical conditioning.

Yoga (0.5) 8th & 9th (7725)
This class focuses on structural alignment, increase of strength and flexibility. It will deepen student’s awareness of breath and the role it has in generating energy and stamina in one’s mind and body. The course will also incorporate techniques for stress relief, and enhance one’s physical performance by teaching students how to connect breath, organ systems, physiology and anatomy all together.

Aerobic Fitness (.5) 7th, 8th, & 9th (7727)
Start your day with a cardio high! This fast paced class combines high and low impact exercises to really work your heart and lungs. This course is designed to help individuals become physically fit through continuous movement activities. ( ex. aerobic dance, step aerobics, kickboxing, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Push yourself to the next level!

Please Select Your Elective Choice Preference #1-8 with #1 Being Most Desired. This form must be submitted by March 9th. Honors applications also needs to be submitted online. Available at (https://earlylightacademy.org/register-for-classes) A parent signed confirmation page needs to be returned to Mrs. Turley by March 9th.
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#1- I understand that an e-mail confirmation will be sent to the e-mail address provided above that my student and I have filled out this form. *
#2- I need to print the "first" page e-mail confirmation (the page with my student's name) and sign it somewhere on the page. I understand a hard copy signature reaffirms that I am agreeing with my student's course selections, and not all courses are guaranteed. *
#3-The signed e-mail confirmation page needs to be returned to Mrs. Turley (Room 503) by March 9th. Course signups will be first come first served. If my student turns in the confirmation page with a signature late they may not receive their top course selections. New students will return forms to Mrs. Watt in the front office. *
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