Raymond J. Fisher Middle School

California Distinguished School

Electives

Online elective registration is now open for students entering 7th & 8th grade for the 2013-2014 school year.

All parents of 6th & 7th grade students were mailed instructions explaining how to complete the online Elective registration for their student. Parents must setup a PowerSchool account to complete the selection of elective courses for their child. Click here for PowerSchool Parent Portal setup instructions.

Dance for PE Credit
Students in this class will study in depth the elements of hip-hop and jazz dance. In this class, students will advance in their dance technique, strength, flexibility, and artistry, and the curriculum will be tiered to meet varying levels of ability. Classes consist of a warm-up, center work, traveling progressions, and choreography. There is a large creative component of this class in which students will learn to choreograph and improvise dances as well. These students will perform several times in the year to showcase their talent.

Open Dance
Students will study the elements of hip-hop and jazz dance. The jazz dance component will expose students to the many forms that make up this diverse genre of dance, such as classic jazz technique, lyrical jazz, and contemporary jazz movement. Hip-hop is an upbeat, high-energy street-style dance that incorporates some technical jazz elements. Classes consist of a warm-up, center work, and traveling progressions, which are all designed to increase flexibility, strength, and technique. Students will also learn and create pieces of choreography and develop performance confidence and expression.

World Language Electives

** Spanish & French
Both Spanish and French are designed for students with limited or no experience with the language. These courses develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a culturally appropriate context. At the end of these academic courses, students will be able to converse with others by using appropriate greetings and talking about school subjects, family and friends, foods and cultural activities, and much more!
For entry into Spanish 2 or French 2 at Los Gatos High School, a two-year commitment at Fisher, with a grade of B or better in the 8th grade year, is required. In addition, students who intend to begin Level 2 as freshmen will take a placement test in the spring. Placement will be determined by the results of these tests and teacher recommendation.

Students wanting to enroll in a world language at Fisher must meet the following requirements:

Minimum overall 2.5 GPA
Minimum grade of a B- in English for the first three quarters of 6th grade

These are academic courses, and students who enroll will be challenged with rigorous course work. Students should anticipate 20 to 30 minutes of homework on a daily basis. This is in addition to homework given in core classes.

If you do not meet the criteria but would like to take a world language, you may still sign up and be placed on a space-available basis. Before the school year is over, you will receive a waiver form in the mail, which will need to be signed and returned to school. Space will be filled on a first-come-first served basis.

Yearbook
Students will work together to produce the school yearbook. Class experiences include writing, editing, interviewing, and photography but focus on using eDesign and Photoshop to create layouts and design concepts. See Mr. Fanderl for more information.
Requires submission of a student application and acceptance into the program.

Art 7/8
If you like to draw and paint and you also like to create sculptures, this class is for you. You will learn to create drawings using your imagination as well as copying from reality. You will learn to mix colors and paint with watercolor, tempera, and acrylic paint. You will also spend a lot of time creating sculpture with paper-mache, cardboard, aluminum, and other materials. If you want to make art in a safe and relaxing atmosphere, please join us.

Digital Arts
In our digital arts class, students are introduced to various means of integrating art with technology. Students complete projects such as: stop motion, claymation, digital scenery, architectural design,
presentation, digital photography and photo editing, digital drawing, film, and animation. They become highly skilled in applications such as Keynote, Garageband, iMovie, Scratch, and Google SketchUp. This is a great class for anyone who is interested in merging their creativity with technology.

Teacher's Assistant (TA)
TA positions are available for students on a year-long basis and can be taken in lieu of a year-long elective course. These positions are graded pass/fail and are not counted towards GPA.

Music Electives

** Open Band (6th-8th)
This course is open to 6th-8th grade students that have basic music reading skills and instrument knowledge on a band instrument. Previous playing experience is required. Students will focus on developing individual skills as well as refining their ensemble playing. This class will perform at school concerts, assemblies, community events and music festivals throughout the year. Emphasis is placed on developing skills that prepare the student for advanced level ensemble class.

** Open Strings (6th-8th)
This course is open to 6th-8th grade students that have basic music reading skills and instrument knowledge on a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass). Previous playing experience is required. Students will focus on developing individual skills as well as refining their ensemble playing. This class will perform at school concerts, assemblies, community events and music festivals throughout the year. Emphasis is placed on developing skills that prepare the student for advanced level ensemble class

** Open Choir (6th-8th)
This class is open to all students. The class will focus on basic performance skills, singing two and three part music, vocal technique and musicianship. If you are new to Fisher or would like to improve your singing skills in a group setting, this is a great class for you. We will attend performances throughout the school year as well as perform a wide variety of music for the school and community.

** Audition Choir (7th-8th)
This class is for students who have had prior experience singing in a choral ensemble, take private voice, or are active in community/school musical theatre productions. An enthusiastic attitude and a great work ethic are a must! Choir auditions are held in the spring. The choir will perform often at an advanced level.
Membership in this choir is contingent upon auditions.

** Audition Band (Concert or Symphonic) (6th-8th)
These classes are for students who have had prior experience playing in a band class, take private lessons, or have an intermediate to advanced proficiency on their instrument. An enthusiastic attitude and a great work ethic are a must! Band auditions are held in the spring. These classes will perform often at an advanced level. Membership in these classes is contingent upon auditions.

** Audition Strings (6th-8th)
This class is for students who have had prior experience playing in an orchestra class, take private lessons, participate in a local youth symphony, or have an intermediate to advanced proficiency on their instrument. An enthusiastic attitude and a great work ethic are a must! Strings auditions are held in the spring. This class will perform often at an advanced level.
Membership in this class is contingent upon auditions.

KRJF Broadcast

(Video Production)
This year-long course introduces seventh and eighth grade students to the pre-production, production and editing process of creating digital movies. Students are responsible for creating the 10-minute daily KRJF morning broadcast, a weekly talk show, sports broadcasts, and short films. Students have hands-on experience with digital photo and video equipment, audio gear, and software such as Final Cut Pro X. Creative students who like to act, tell stories, and work in small groups are encouraged to sign-up.
This course is limited to 20 students per year.

PowerSchool Parent Portal Access:

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Parents with an active Parent Portal Account can easily add a new student.

Adding a new student to your Student List:

Login to the Parent Portal
On the left side click Account Preferences
Click the Students tab (right next to the Profile tab)
Click the Add+ button
Use the Access ID & Password mailed to you (each student's access info is unique)
Click the Submit button

Setting up your PowerSchool Parent Account: