Granada Middle School Electives: What You Need To Know
In the art room, students create hands on projects that are tied to an artist (for ex. Keith Haring) or art movement (for ex. pop art) while at the same time exploring a different media with each project. The different media include: pencil, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, three-dimensional sculptures, tempera paint, metal embossing, collage, soft pastels, printmaking, scratchboard and mixed media. The semester-long art curriculum is new every year so that returning students are exposed to new artists and medias. To see what we are up to check us out on facebook.com/ mrswillesartroom and on our classroom website, http://mrswillesartroom.blogspot.com/. Students may also apply to be a part of the Advanced Art year-long elective course which takes the visual arts a step further!
This semester-long beginning Spanish elective course aims to expose students to the beautiful Spanish language and Latin culture. Taking a fun and interactive approach where students drive the learning enables students to practice the language within the comforts of their own classroom. This course focuses on the basics of the Spanish language stemming from the essential elements of language acquisition: 1) Vocabulary, 2) Exposure, 3) Repetition, and 3) Practice. Students will not only learn the basics of vocabulary using interactive experiences and a variety of educational tools (especially catchy songs and video clips), but they will also be exposed to the vast array of cultures and traditions set forth by different Spanish-speaking countries from around the world! Students who apply should be committed to overcoming the challenges of learning a new language. Students who already speak basic Spanish should not take this course.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
The goal of STEM is to foster a learning environment in which students are guided to produce original ideas, objects, and structures according to certain specifications using concepts and skills from math, science, and technology. Students who are show an interest in science, technology, engineering, or math would want to have this elective!
Language Development Technology (LD Tech) will increase proficiency of language acquisition for English learners in the area of oral language, listening, speaking, reading and writing as dictated by the ELD standards. ELD Tech was designed to provide additional support for success in the LA core classes, and additionally, to offer the students quality time focused on language acquisition via technology use.
Our Ambassadors Program allows students the opportunity to work with teachers and students from our neighboring school, Scott Avenue Elementary. Ambassadors report to Scott Avenue in the morning and remain there for the first period of the day. They work one-on-one with elementary school teachers and students to provide similar services as Granada’s teacher’s aides. Students who apply for this elective should enjoy working with younger kids and be willing to help as much as possible.
ASB (Student Council)
This elected student-led group on campus, made up of highly motivated student leaders who care about our school, represents the entire Associated Student Body and works to create a fun and interactive environment for all students as they attend middle school. The ASB Cabinet is responsible for putting together a variety of traditional school events and activities such as dress-up days, dances, spirit rallies, and theme weeks and play an integral role in approving and allocating funds collected by the student body and campus organizations through formal monthly meetings. Students learn how to manage projects from start to finish and are committed to turning ideas into reality! Students who apply for this elective should be natural-born leaders who are outgoing and enthusiastic, highly imaginative and creative, have a strong work ethic, demonstrate awesome school spirit, and just love being a Matador!
INSPIRE Mentors Program
The INSPIRE Mentors Program – Inspiring New Students with Purpose, Involvement, Responsibility, and Encouragement – is Granada’s version of high school “Link Crew”. It focuses on helping 6th graders transition into middle school as well as helping to bridge the gap between all grade levels through the introduction of such programs as the Kindness Matters Campaign, The Next InSTALLment Newsletter, #iCANHELP Delete Negativity on Social Media Program, and the DUDE. be nice Project. Students learn how to mentor our newest students on campus and work to plan meaningful events and activities that focus on kindness, wellness, and bettering our overall school culture and climate. It is a class for those who want to tackle the ‘bigger issues’ affecting our school, believe themselves to be truly positive role models, and want to make a difference during their years here at Granada Middle School. INSPIRE Mentors are highly regarded by their teachers and peers and exhibit true leadership – the kind that exists when no one is watching! Students who apply for this elective should be hard-working individuals who enjoy helping others and love making a difference on our campus.
Peer Mentor positions allow students the opportunity to help teachers and students with disabilities during the school day. Students who apply for this elective should be willing to work with all students and excited about making a difference in the lives of others!
Teacher Aide positions allow students the opportunity to help teachers within the classroom. Most aides assist with general tasks such as checking homework, grading assignments, filing paperwork, etc. Office Aide positions are secured through the front office and allow for students to deliver passes, place mail into staff cubbies, sort and organize paperwork, and more. Students interested in becoming an aide must talk to the particular teacher s/he would want to be an aide for and obtain that teacher’s/administrator’s approval signature by the deadline. Students who apply for this elective should be responsible, trustworthy, and self-motivated.
Granada Video Production creates a weekly Matador TV Show for our students. Matador TV showcases weekly happenings at Granada and important information. Students are introduced to the art of storytelling, journalism, and script-writing through the use of video media. Students learn the basics of filming regarding digital, audio, and video camera usage. Students also create their own graphic designs and backdrops utilizing their Google Drive. Students who apply for this elective should be responsible, creative, team players who love technology and are able to multitask.
Yearbook is a year-long elective in which students produce the Granada Middle School yearbook. In this fun and rewarding class, students will learn skills in photography, copywriting and design. Students also gain valuable life skills that will benefit them in high school and college, all while creating the Yearbook and recording school memories and events. Students who apply for this elective should dependable, organized, creative and work well with others. Be a part of the team and come join Yearbook!
Advanced Art allows students the opportunity to experience art all year long (see Art on other side for more information)! Students who apply for this elective should enjoy creating and learning about 2D and 3D art.
Band & Orchestra (Strings)
The Granada Middle School Band and Orchestra offers year-long instrumental music classes available to any 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student. Students with no prior musical training or students who are new to our music program can choose Beginning Band or Beginning Strings as their elective for next year. Students who have previous musical background need to complete an audition with Mr. Silva for Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, or Concert Orchestra, and will be enrolled in the appropriate class based on the results of the audition. Choosing band or orchestra allows you to make new friends, experience new things, and travel to put on stellar performances. Our program is very active throughout the school year. We perform a lot and we travel locally (to Knott's Berry Farm, for example), representing our school through the art of music-making. Students who apply for this elective should be ready to work hard to learn a new instrument and strive to be the best musician you can be! This is an elective that requires daily practice on your instrument, and at times, after school practice is needed. Most students in this program stay in the program throughout their three years at Granada Middle School.
Steel Drums is a year-long elective which introduces students to the world of Caribbean music. Students learn the art of playing the steel drums, including the reading of music and more! Offers opportunities to advance and thrive in the program. Students who apply for this elective should show a strong interest in learning how to play steel drums and be willing to participate in all scheduled performances.