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Alvin ISD Junior High Course Planning Guide 2020-2021 Alvin Junior High Fairview Junior High Harby Junior High Manvel Junior High McNair Junior High Nolan Ryan Junior High Rodeo Palms Junior High Campus Information Alvin Junior High
2300 W. South Alvin, TX 77511 Phone: 281-245-2770 Leroy Castro, Principal Fairview Junior High 2600 CR 190 Alvin, TX 77511 Phone: 281-245-3100 Greg Bingham, Principal Harby Junior High 1500 Heights Road Alvin, TX 77511 Phone: 281-585-6626 Elizabeth Gracia, Principal Manvel Junior High 7302 McCoy Rd. Manvel, TX 77578 Phone: 281-245-3700 Robert Ford, Principal Nolan Ryan Junior High 11500 Shadow Creek Pkwy. Pearland, TX 77584 Phone: 281-245-3210 Ashley Marquez, Principal Rodeo Palms Junior High 101 Palm Desert Dr. Manvel, TX 77578 Phone: 281-245-2078 Tonya Patterson, Principal McNair Junior High 2950 Kingsley Pearland, TX 77578 Phone 281-814-7200 Craig Rhodes, Principal DISCLAIMER The listing of courses contained in the Alvin ISD Course Planning Guide is by way of announcement only and shall not be regarded as an offer of contract. The district expressly reserves the right to (1) add or delete courses from its offerings; (2) change or cancel any course for insufficient enrollment; or (3) revise or change courses, pathway suggestions and any other policy affecting course offerings. General Information The Student/Parent Handbook and Code of Conduct is located on the Alvin ISD website. Updates to this
document will be provided on the first day of school. It includes information about district procedures, district services, student dress code, behavioral expectations, and student consequences for rule violations. Class Information Required classes are offered in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Fine Arts. The Alvin ISD Pathway to Advancement (APA - Formerly PAP) is offered in the core courses, and it is designed to stimulate and challenge students to perform at an advanced academic level. Junior High APA courses are great preparation for the Dual Credit and Advanced Placement (AP) courses that are offered at the high school campuses. Students who register for APA courses need to carefully consider the demands of these classes and their personal schedules outside of school. Please carefully review the expectations located in the APA Contract. On selected campuses, students who do not pass STAAR assessments may be placed in an intervention class. Course Requirements 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade 1 ELA Writing 1 ELA Writing 1 ELA 1 Reading 1 Reading 1 Math 1 Math 1 Math 1 Science 1 Science 1 Science 1 Social Studies 1 Social Studies 1 Social Studies 3 Electives 1 PE 1 PE or Athletics 1 Elective 1 Electives Please note: specific courses may be counted as a high school level course. These courses will be marked as ***HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT in the course guide. English Language Arts Reading (6th and 7th grade student must take both an English Language Arts Writing course and a Reading course) English Language Arts Writing 6 (6ELA) or APA (6ELAH) Reading 6 (6READ) or APA (6READH) MAP Humanities Reading / 6th grade World Cultures (6READM)
English Language Arts Writing 7 (7ELA) or APA (7ELAH) Reading 7 (7READ) or APA( (7READH) MAP Humanities Reading / 7th grade Texas History (7ELAM) Language Arts 8 (8ELA) or APA (8ELAH) MAP Humanities Language Arts 8 / 8th grade American History (8ELAM) 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade On Level Progression ELA Writing 6 ELA Writing 7 LA Writing/Reading 8 Reading 6 Reading 7 APA Progression ELA Writing 6 APA ELA Writing 7 APA LA Writing/Reading 8 Reading 6 APA Reading 7 APA APA MAP Progression ELA Writing 6 APA ELA Writing 7 APA MAP Humanities MAP Humanities MAP Humanities (Writing/Reading & (Reading & World (Reading & Texas American History) Cultures) History) Mathematics Math 6 (6MAT) Math 6 Accelerated (7th grade math curriculum) (6MATH) Math 6 MAP (7th and 8th grade curriculum) (6MATM) Math 7 (7MAT) Math 7 Accelerated (Pre-algebra 8th grade curriculum) (7MATH) Math 8 Pre-Algebra (8MAT) Algebra I APA (0ALG1H) Pre-requisite: Pre-Algebra (8th grade math) - 1.0 high school math credit Geometry APA (0GEOMH) - Pre-requisite: Algebra I - 1.0 high school math credit 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade On Level Progression Math 6 Math 7 Math 8 APA Progression 6th Accelerated (7th 7th Accelerated (8th Algebra 1 curriculum) curriculum) MAP Progression MAP 6 (7th and 8th Algebra I Geometry curriculum) Science Science 6 (6SCI) or APA (6SCIH) Science 6 MAP (6SCIM) Science 7 (7SCI) or APA (7SCIH) Science 7MAP (7SCIM) Science 8 (8SCI) or APA (8SCIH) Science 8 MAP (8SCIM)
6th grade 7th grade 8th grade On Level Progression Science 6 Science 7 Science 8 APA Progression Science 6 APA Science 7 APA Science 8 APA MAP Progression Science 6 MAP Science 7 MAP Science 8 MAP Social Studies 6th grade World Cultures (6SS) or APA (6SSH) 7th grade Texas History (7SS) or APA (7SSQH) 8th grade American History (8SS) or APA (8SSH) MAP Humanities Social Studies 6-8 See Language Arts Section 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade On Level Progression World Cultures Texas History American History APA Progression World Cultures APA Texas History APA American History APA MAP Progression MAP Humanities MAP Humanities MAP Humanities (Reading & World (Reading & Texas (Writing/Reading & Cultures) History) American History)
Physical Education Electives Please note: Junior high students are required to complete 2 years (4 semesters) of physical education. 6th and 8th grade students must take one year of physical education or equivalent. Athletics, Grades 7-8 (7BATH, 7GATH, 8BATH, 8GATH) Prerequisite: Campus Approval, signed Athletic Permission form Required: Physical examination offered in Spring at HS campuses Athletics develops the overall athlete physically, mentally, and socially. Sports offered include football, volleyball, basketball, track, tennis, soccer and swimming. Tennis, soccer, and swimming are after school sports and do not require that the student be in an Athletics class to participate. Students wanting to be in Athletics must plan to try-out for a fall and spring sport). Dance Foundation 1-3, Grades 6-8 (Available for 6th grade at selected campuses) (0DAN1, 0DAN2, 0DAN3) Prerequisite: Dance foundations 2&3 require dance foundations 1 and teacher approval Required: Up to $50 fee per year Students will discover the fundamentals of dance through exploration of various styles of movement. Genres studied include but are not limited to: ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop, strength and flexibility. Students will also be required to perform to earn credit established by the TEKS. Performances will be scheduled in advance by the instructor(s). This course will satisfy the physical education requirement Kickstart Karate, Grades 6-8 (Available on selected campuses) (6PEKIC, 7PEKIC, 8PEKIC) Required: $25 annual equipment fee The goal of this karate program is to build strong moral character in students through martial arts. The class helps them to succeed by mentoring with role models and developing discipline through physical and mental conditioning. Most importantly, KICKSTART KIDS gives students hope for their futures and an opportunity to believe in themselves. This course will satisfy the physical education requirement. PE Pals, Grades 6-8 (6PEPAL, 7PEPAL, 8PEPAL) Prerequisite: Campus Approval/Application This course is designed to give students excellent small group experiences working in the field of special education as a peer tutor and role model in the adapted physical education setting. Students will have the opportunity for hands on experiences in the teaching process, learn more about disabling conditions, and develop knowledge and skills that promote wellness, sports training, and community recreation activities for all abilities that can be incorporated into a physically active lifestyle. Physical Education, Grades 6-8 (6BPEY, 6GPEY, 7BPEY, 7GPEY, 8BPEY, 8GPEY) Physical Education is designed specifically to promote the wellness of the individual both physically and mentally. Other concepts, such as teamwork and sportsmanship, are also stressed, with the emphasis on lifetime fitness and having fun. Fine Arts Electives Art 6 (6ART)
1 semester (paired with Theatre Arts 6) Required: $10 fee per semester Students will learn the basic principles of color, drawing, print making, crafts, and painting to give them a better understanding of art. They will experiment in the areas of two and three dimensional design and be exposed to a variety of media that will enhance their cultural and aesthetic growth. Art I, Grades 7-8 (0ART1) Required: $10 fee per semester Students will learn basic principles of color, drawing, print making, crafts, and painting to give them a better understanding of art. They will experiment in the areas of two and three dimensional design and be exposed to a variety of media that will enhance their cultural and aesthetic growth. Art II, Grades 7-8 (0ART2) Required: $20 fee per semester Prerequisite: Art I or teacher approval This class is designed for students who have already taken Art I. Students will be able to apply previously learned art principles and skills to more advanced art projects. Students will be working with 2-D and 3-D designs and will be using a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and crafts. Art 1 for High School Credit (0ART1H) Prerequisite: Completion of Art I with a B or better and teacher approval Credit: 1.0 high school art credit Required: $20 fee per semester This is an advanced art class designed to prepare students to take AP Art in high school. This is a hands- on studio art course emphasizing drawing, design, color theory, and 3-dimensional art. Students will work with a variety of media, such as, printmaking, acrylic paint, oil and chalk pastels, paper mache, paper making, fibers, watercolor and clay. Students will participate in Jr. VASE and various other experiences aligned with this course. Art Pals / Music Pals, Grade 7-8 (0CHBP) Prerequisite: Campus approval/application/interview This course is designed to give students excellent small group experiences working in the field of special education as a peer tutor and role model in the adapted musical setting. Students will have the opportunity for hands on experiences in the teaching process, learn more about disabling conditions, and develop knowledge and skills including listening, playing, movement, and singing. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), Grades 7-8 (7AVID, 8AVID) Prerequisite: Campus Approval AVID is a course designed to prepare students for college. AVID has a specific curriculum that teaches Cornell note-taking, organization, time management, and college preparation and includes mandatory built-in structured tutorials. Application and interview are required for selection. Beginner Band 6 (0BNDB6) Prerequisite: None; Interview with director for placement of instrument Required Fee: Sixth-grade students taking band will be placed in beginning band. All interested sixth graders should select “band” on the course selection card. The students may be participating in individual and group
competitions. After school rehearsals are limited to special times of year before contests and/or concerts. Band 7 Prerequisite: Director’s approval; placement by director into type of band Required Fee: Seventh-grade students taking band will be in a class determined by the band directors’ recommendation. This is based on previous year’s performance, dedication and work ethic. All interested seventh graders should select band on the course selection card. Students will participate in individual and group concerts and competitions. Band 8 Prerequisite: Director’s approval; placement by director into type of band Required Fee: Eighth-grade students taking band will be in a class determined by the band directors’ recommendation. This is based on previous year’s performance, dedication and work ethic. All interested eighth graders should select band on the course selection card. Students will participate in individual and group concerts and competitions. Orchestra I - Beginning Strings (Available at Nolan Ryan JH) (0ORCH1)) Prerequisite: Audition required Approximate Fee: Not to exceed $80 for instrument rental; Additional fees for materials or uniform. Beginning string orchestra provides the student with basic training in the proper care of stringed instruments, fundamentals of musicianship, and instrumental performance. Orchestra students may be required to purchase the appropriate instrument. (Instruments also may be obtained through a rental/purchase agreement.) (Students from any AISD Junior High may request Orchestra. Enrolling in Orchestra may require a transfer to NRJH. Parents are responsible for transportation). Orchestra II - Intermediate Strings (Available at Nolan Ryan JH) (0ORCH2) Prerequisite: Orchestra I or approval of orchestra director Approximate Fee: Not to exceed $80 for instrument rental; Additional fees for materials or uniform Orchestra II continues the development of instrumental musicianship. Leadership, responsibility, cooperation, self-discipline, and concentration are stressed. Placement is by audition only. Orchestra III - Advanced Strings (Available at Nolan Ryan JH) (0ORCH3) Prerequisite: Orchestra II or approval of orchestra director Approximate Fee: Not to exceed $80 for instrument rental; Additional fees for materials or uniform. Orchestra III continues the development of instrumental musicianship. Leadership, responsibility, cooperation, self-discipline, and concentration are stressed. Placement is by audition only. Choir 6 (OCHBB, OCHBG) Required fee: Up to $30 fee This course offers an opportunity for students who are beginning voice instruction. Students may have an opportunity to compete in UIL Solo and Ensemble, UIL concert and Sight-Reading Contest, and Region Contest. Students will also perform 3-4 concerts, and additional performances may include festivals, and various invitations to perform. Scheduled extra rehearsals and performances are mandatory.
Choir 7 Prerequisite: Director’s approval/placement Required fee: up to $30 fee This course offers students an opportunity to use their voice in a non-threatening environment. Students will be placed in a choir based on the previous year’s performance, dedication, and work ethic by their directors. Emphasis is on sight-reading and vocal techniques as well as the opportunity to compete in TMEA All-Region Choir and UIL Solo and Ensemble competition. This group will also compete at the UIL concert and Sight- Reading competition. Choir 8 Prerequisite: Director’s approval/placement Required fee: Up to $30 fee This group is made up primarily of returning choir students. Students will be placed in a choir based on the previous year’s performance, dedication, and work ethic by their directors. Literature performed by this group is more challenging. UIL Solo & Ensemble competition is strongly suggested, as members of this group have the skills to be highly successful at competition. This group will also compete at the UIL Concert and Sight- Reading Competition. Theater Arts 6 (6THA) 1 semester (paired with Art 6) Required: $10 fee per semester Emphasis is placed on enhancing self-confidence as well as improving vocal and physical self awareness. Basic stage movement and acting techniques are stressed. Students learn vocabulary terms and concepts related to the theater, as well as create and perform scenes. Theater Arts I 7-8 (0THAR1) Required: $10 fee per semester This course especially designed for the beginner. Emphasis is placed on enhancing self-confidence. Basic stage movement and acting techniques are stressed. Students will learn theater history and vocabulary, explore genres of theater, as well as create and perform scenes in class. Theater Arts II 7-8 (0THAR2) Required: $20 fee per semester Prerequisite: Theater Arts I or teacher approval This is an advanced class, which emphasizes the production aspect of the theater. Well-developed stage movement and acting techniques including characterization are stressed. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in UIL One-Act Play Competition. Theater Arts II TECH 7-8 (0THAT) Prerequisite: 6th gr Theatre Arts or Theater Arts I and teacher approval Required: $20 fee per semester Students in this class continue their journey in theatre from a technician's point of view. Students will learn set design and construction, costume design, possible career opportunities in technical theatre, stage management, lighting, and much more. This class is very hands on! STEM Electives
Gateway To Technology I 7-8 Design & Modeling (DM) & Automation & Robotics (AR) (0GTT1) Credit: 2 semester/0.5 elective high school credit In the automation and robotics (AR) module, they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Students use a robust robotics platform to design, build and program a solution to solve an existing problem. Design and modeling (DM) introduces students to and requires them to use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions. Gateway To Technology II 7-8 Green Architecture (GA) and Medical Detectives (MD) (0GTT2) Credit: 2 semester/0.5 elective high school credit In the Green Architecture unit, students are introduced to architectural plans, construction styles, alternative materials and processes, dimensioning, measuring and architectural sustainability. Students use a 3D architectural software program to create an environmentally friendly home using shipping containers. Medical Detectives explore the biomedical sciences through hands-on projects and labs that require students to solve a variety of medical mysteries. Students investigate medical careers, vital signs, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, as well as human body systems such as the nervous system. Genetic testing for hereditary diseases and DNA crime scene analysis put the students in the place of real life medical detectives App, Game and Web Design (0FCS) 2 semesters / 1 HS credit in Fundamentals of Computer Science Do you want to design websites, apps, or video games? The skills necessary for those awesome endeavors all start here! In this course you will learn the basics of computing, digital product creation, and peer collaboration. Key concepts include: identifying, applying, and troubleshooting hardware/software; exploring Google Suite and Microsoft Office; acquiring proper keyboarding techniques; and learning the basics of coding. A revolving theme of this course is digital citizenship with many lessons and projects incorporating aspects of the topic into their content. Digital Art and Animation (0DAA) 2 semesters / 1 HS credit (meets HS FA requirement) Digital Art and Animation consists of computer images and animations created with digital imaging software. Digital Art and Animation has applications in many careers, including graphic design, advertising, web design, animation, corporate communications, illustration, character development, script writing, storyboarding, directing, producing, inking, project management, editing, and the magazine, television, film, and game industries. Students in this course will produce various real-world projects and animations. Foreign Language Spanish I, Grade 8 (0SP1) Prerequisite: Campus Recommendation Credit: 1.0 high school Spanish credit Spanish I is an introduction to basic spoken and written Spanish with emphasis on vocabulary, reading, writing and speaking. It includes Spanish pronunciation, phonetics, grammatical concepts, verbs, most common and basic vocabulary, and an introduction to the Spanish culture.
AP Spanish Grade 8 (at select campuses) (OSPAP) Prerequisite: Campus Placement Test Credit: 1.0 high school Spanish credit AP Spanish is a pre-approved college level class for advanced, fluent Spanish speakers. With successful completion of the College Board Advanced Placement exam at the end of the school year, students have the potential of earning college credit pending their test results. One to four high school Spanish credit can also be earned pending a passing of above yearly grade average and the score on the AP exam. Campus approval will include a diagnostic exam. There is a $30 fee for the AP test. Other Programs AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), Grades 7-8 (7AVID, 8AVID) Prerequisite: Campus Approval AVID is a course designed to prepare students for college. AVID has a specific curriculum that teaches Cornell note-taking, organization, time management, and college preparation and includes mandatory built-in structured tutorials. Application and interview are required for selection. Yearbook (Selected Campuses) (0YRBKY) Prerequisite: Campus Approval This course is designed for students to use their skills in creative design, photography, writing, and teamwork to create both the annual yearbook and the web-based school newspaper. Students will be required to attend some after school events and must be able to meet strict deadlines. Selection for the class will include an application, an interview, and teacher recommendations. Dual Language Students - Please note that there is a specific course offering and course sequence for students who have been in dual language programs at the elementary level. 6th - Spanish 6 DL (6SPDL) 7th - Spanish I (0SP1) 8th - Spanish II PAP (0SP2) STEM Academy - Please note that there is a specific course offering and course sequence for students who qualify for the AISD STEM Academy. Math - MAP Math Progression Science/Engineering 6th - MAP Science / LJ Create Engineering Science/Engineering 7th - MAP Science / Minds-i Robotics Science/Engineering 8th - APA Physics / STEM Computer Science Fundamentals (At the end of this course students will take the College Board exam for AP Computer Science Principles) Student Aide (Selected Campuses) (0AIDEO) Prerequisite: Campus Approval - For 8th grade students only 1 or 2 semesters - Counselors, librarians and teachers will make placement decisions. Intervention Classes Based on the district analysis of students’ math and reading resdata and progress in classes, students may be placed in intervention classes which would take the place of an elective and be in addition to students’ Math and Language Arts Class. These classes are designed to meet students’’ needs by ability level rather than by grade-level groups. A campus may also recommend placement.
High School Credit Courses & 90 Percent Attendance Requirement for Credit Except for extenuating circumstances, a student shall not be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance 90 percent of the days the class is offered. All absences shall be considered in determining whether a student has attended the required percentage of days. This restriction does not affect a student’s right to excused absences to observe religious holy days. [Alvin ISD Policy Online: FEC-Local and Legal] HS Credit and GPA Beginning with the class of 2025, the district shall include in the calculation of class rank semester grades earned in high school credit courses taken in grades 9–12 only. Junior High courses taken for high school credit will receive credit but no points towards GPA. (EIC local)
Alvin Athletic Department Athletic Permission Form Student Name ___________________________________ Student ID ________________ To participate in athletics, seventh and eighth grade students must meet the following requirements: 1. All students enrolled in Athletics are expected to remain in Athletics the entire year, however continuous failures and or discipline problems will result in removal from Athletics. 2. All7th and 8th grade student-athletes must be approved by the JH Athletic Coordinators to be enrolled in athletics. 3. Student athletes will participate in the off-season program when their team is not active. 4. Student athletes will receive a grade for Athletics. 5. Alvin Independent School District requires that a student who participates in Athletics have a physical examination each year that he or she participates. That physical must be completed no later than the first full week of school on the AISD athletic participation physical form. Physicals will be offered at a HS campus in the spring. 6. All students in Athletics must participate in two sports. They must participate in at least one Fall sport; football, volleyball, and/or basketball to remain in the class during the spring semester. They must also participate in one Spring sport; tennis, track, soccer or swimming in the spring semester. 7. All athletes must sign and adhere to the athletic code of conduct. 8. Athletics is not a requirement, it is a privilege. Sport 1 (choose 1) _____ Football _____Volleyball _____Basketball Sport 2 (choose 1) _____Basketball _____Tennis _____ Track _____ Swimming _____ Soccer Student Signature ___________________________________________ Date ___________________ Parent Signature____________________________________________ Date ___________________ Coach Signature_____________________________________________ Date ___________________
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