The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program at Granada is designed to provide students with appropriately challenging learning experiences and to assist them with the achievement of academic excellence. This is accomplished through maintaining academic rigor in each classroom as well as through our honors and enriched classes in both Language Arts and Mathematics.
Along with the standard coursework, we offer both Honors Language Arts and Honors (Accelerated & Enriched) Mathematics at all three grade levels. We rely on a number of measures to identify students for placement into these programs including: a placement test, SBAC scores, teacher recommendation, and district benchmark results. The placement test for these courses is typically offered at Granada in the spring of each school year.
This elected student-led group on campus, made up of highly motivated 7th and 8th grade 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. Making up just half of our extensive Leadership Program at Granada (along with the INSPIRE Mentors Program), ASB 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 clubs and organizations.
ASB is an excellent group to join to strengthen leadership skills and build confidence. It is for those who believe themselves to be role models for other students and for those who want to make a difference during their years here at Granada Middle School. General ASB elections and application process for the following school year begin in February/March.
INSPIRE Mentors Program
The INSPIRE Mentors Program – Inspiring New Students with Purpose, Involvement, Responsibility, and Encouragement – makes up the second half of our Leadership Program at Granada (along with our ASB Cabinet) and 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 Olweus Anti-Bullying Program, Kindness Matters Campaign, #iCANHELP Delete Negativity on Social Media Campaign, and the DUDE. be nice Project. These 7th and 8th grade students act as mentors to the newest students on our campus and work to plan meaningful events and activities that focus on kindness, wellness, and bettering our overall school culture and climate.
INSPIRE Mentors are highly regarded by their teachers and peers and exhibit true leadership – the kind that exists when no one is watching. General INSPIRE elections and application process for the following school year begin in February/March.
6th Grade Wheel Electives
Our 6th graders have the opportunity to survey a variety of topics in the quarter-long wheel of electives. They explore technology, STEM, speech, and art with the goal of expanding their knowledge in these areas and piquing their interest.
Students at will develop their physical fitness by participating in cardiovascular activities, flexibility exercises, sports units, strength training and wellness education. All Activities emphasize the importance of daily exercise, social skills, sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation and the enjoyment of physical activity. Some of the activities include: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bocce, Boxing, Capture the Flag, Cardio/Core Workouts, Circus Skills, Cricket, Cooperative Games, Dance, Dodgeball, Fitness Circuits, Flag Football, Floor Hockey, Frisbee Games, Golf, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Lacrosse, Melon ball, PaddleTennis, Nutrition, Rugby, Soccer, Socci, Softball, Speedminton, Spin Cycles, Tchoukbal and Track & Field.
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 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 http://mrswillesartroom.blogspot.com/.
Video Production Elective
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.
Spanish for Beginners
This semester-long elective course aims to expose students to the beautiful Spanish language. 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 a variety of educational tools (especially catchy songs and video clips) and interactive experiences, 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!
Yearbook is a yearlong elective in which students produce the Granada Middle School yearbook. In this class students will develop skills in page design, copy writing, editing and digital photography all while producing a creative yearbook which records school memories and events. Students also gain valuable real world skills in time management, marketing, teamwork and design principles. In order to be considered for yearbook an application must be submitted. Students must be willing and available to take pictures at on-campus activities both during and after school.
Model United Nations
Our award-winning Model United Nations club encourages students to expand their research skills, develop public speaking competence, promote negotiating skills with respect, broaden their perspective, and engage in solving world problems. They participate in conferences throughout the year to hone their skills.
Think Pink Club
This is a non-profit philanthropic club serving Granada's students, staff, families and community. Through various "fun"draising activities, we have donated over $578.00 to Making Strides against Breast Cancer, and $2,300.00 to the American Cancer Society--all just since last May. We have donated approximately 20 Jared Boxes www.thejaredbox.com to nearby hospital pediatric units for kids who have to stay in the hospital for extended periods of time. We started off as a club by walking in Whittier's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in August. In December, our club participated in Uptown's Christmas Parade, and our club (and anyone else who would like to join us) are entered in to both Relay for Life venues in Whittier and La Mirada. We are busy, but we have fun!
No Stress Chess Club
6th Grade lunchtime club on Tuesdays. Bring a friend and your lunch. Don't know how to play? No stress! Players of all levels gather and brush up on their skills and mentor one another.
Our 7th & 8th grade students have the opportunity to try-out for our after-school sports teams. These are teams that compete against other middle schools in the area in the following sports: Fall – Flag Football & Volleyball, Winter – Boys Basketball & Girls Soccer, Spring – Girls Basketball & Boys Soccer.