Grade 8 Class Registration Information
Eighth grade OMS students have an 8-period daily schedule that includes both required and “choice” classes. Some classes meet every day, while others meet on alternating days. While certain classes meet for the entire school year, others meet for half of the year.
Action Steps for Families
Please complete the following by Monday, February 8, 2021
- Review class options (descriptions below)
- Select "choice" classes (choose 1-4)
- Complete the selection form (formulario de selección) by Monday, February 8
PLEASE NOTE: Once scheduled, choice classes can only be dropped the first two weeks of school or at the end of each quarter, with approval from parent/guardian and administration.
Questions? Contact Jan Neumann at 835-4810 or jmneumann@OregonSD.org
Grade 8 Choice Class Options
Drawing and Painting
Students will explore art concepts and ways of creating using a variety of drawing and painting techniques. Media may include pencil, colored pencil, marker, ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic paint on canvas, etc.
Ceramics and Sculpture
Students will explore art concepts and ways of creating using a variety of 3D sculpting techniques. This class will include sketching, hand-built ceramic projects, pottery wheel, and the use of other materials such as cardboard, plaster, wire, paper mache, etc. to create 3D forms.
Band, Choir, and Orchestra
These academic classes offer students the opportunity to learn and collaborate in large and small ensemble settings through the exploration of National and State Music Standards of Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting. Students will learn and develop technique and expression through the study of voice and/or instruments and build on their understanding of music’s relationships to history and culture.
Students who join band, orchestra or chorus are expected to participate in all concerts/performances unless illness or family emergency causes a conflict.
Students who wish to join band or orchestra but have not been previously enrolled must have a parent/guardian contact the teacher to discuss the curriculum as well as instrument rental. Participation in the summer school band/orchestra small group learning is encouraged.
Music classes meet five days/week; however, students who choose to take two or more music classes will have one or two of their music classes every other day. For example, if Chris selects both choir and orchestra, Chris might have orchestra every day and choir every other day (students will be able to choose which of the music classes they have more frequently).
NOTE: If a student is enrolled in two every-other-day music classes and chooses to drop, they will have remaining class every day – not a study hall.
This course will allow students to continue to use concepts and skills from science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. STEAM will integrate inquiry-based learning, creative expression, problem solving, technology and engineering processes, and understanding of relevant societal realities and issues. Students will participate in standards-based learning activities in a collaborative setting.
This course will allow students to continue to use concepts and skills from science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. STEAM will integrate inquiry-based learning, creative expression, problem solving, technology and engineering processes, and understanding of relevant societal realities and issues. Students will participate in standards-based learning activities in a collaborative setting. All topics in this course will be taught with an environmental science / natural resource focus.
German meets every day for a full year. The focus is to build a student’s confidence and improve their ability to communicate freely in German. There is an emphasis on reading and speaking as well as cultural understanding.
Students will develop skills by studying topics such as describing self and others, free time interests, clothing, popular music, and cultural identity. Students will practice skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking through fun and engaging activities.. They will also examine the concept of culture and engage in cultural activities in order to better understand their own experience of culture and be able to compare and contrast cultures.
Spanish meets every day for a full year. Eighth Grade Spanish is a continuation of 7th grade Spanish. The focus is to increase our vocabulary base as well as learn about and apply grammar concepts in order to communicate more effectively in Spanish. In addition, there is an emphasis on reading Spanish text and understanding spoken Spanish.
Students will develop skills through a series of unit topics such as describing one’s family, explaining activities and pastimes, navigating a city, shopping in a marketplace, and daily routines. Each unit will focus on a specific language standard such as: stating personal preferences, asking and answering questions, and creating and presenting skits and dialogue. Students will also engage in cultural activities throughout the year in order to compare and contrast cultures.
Open to students currently enrolled in the Bilingual Spanish Program.