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.

    PLEASE NOTE: Once scheduled, choice classes can only be dropped during the first week of school or at the end of each quarter, with approval from a parent/guardian, teacher and administration. If a student is enrolled in two every-other-day music/elective classes and chooses to drop an music/elective, the remaining music class will switch to every day – not a study hall.

    Questions?  Contact Jan Neumann at 835-4810 or jmneumann@OregonSD.org

    Grade 8 Chart

Action Steps for Families

    1. Review class options below.
    2. Select the English course your student would like to take.
    3. Select the PE course your student will take. 
    4. Select "choice" classes. Students may select up to four (4) "choice" classes.  Remaining period(s) will be filled with a study hall.
    5. Complete the course selection form (formulario de selección) by Monday, February 13.

Grade 8 Class Options Descriptions

  • You are encouraged to review course descriptions and options below before making your selections.  Additionally, you may notice students have the choice of English 8 or Enriched English 8.  Please read the course descriptions and talk with your student to make the selection you believe to be the best fit.  After course selections are in, there will be a review of data and an interview process component.  

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 8 
    Students in grade 8 will continue to develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  Preparation and participation is utilized for small group and class discussions.   Overall, students will be able to read and comprehend a variety of complex literacy and informational texts for many purposes (including enjoyment), including texts that reflect one’s experiences and experiences of others.  This includes independently and proficiently understanding grade-level text.

    English 8 Course Description:
    Throughout the year, we focus on evaluating information, thinking critically, and using and citing evidence.  Students will engage with a variety of texts, including short stories, infographics, nonfiction articles, investigative journalism pieces, poems, and novels.  Students will design and conduct research projects based on real world issues and their interests.   Students will engage in writing for a variety of purposes and will pay  attention to audience, information, and grammar.  This curriculum is designed to help students increase their confidence in critical thinking by supporting their inferences using evidence.

    Enriched English 8 Course Description:
    Throughout the year, we focus on evaluating information, thinking critically, and using and citing evidence.   Students will engage with a variety of texts, including short stories, infographics, nonfiction articles, investigative journalism pieces, poems, and novels.  Students will design and conduct research projects based on real world issues and their interests.  Students will engage in writing for a variety of purposes and will pay  attention to audience, information, and grammar.   This curriculum is designed to help students increase their confidence in critical thinking by supporting their inferences using evidence.

    Because this is an Enriched English course, there will be additional required reading  and more active engagement in the writing process.  The curriculum often moves at a faster pace, and there is an increased level of independence expected.

    Selecting this option does not ensure placement in the class.  All interested students will take part in interviews the week of February 27th.  Student interviews and a data review will be used to make final decisions regarding student placement.  Confirmation letters will be sent to families the week of March 6.  

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE) 8

    Team Activities
    The focus in the class will be on students developing the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to successfully participate in team activities with some fitness-based skills (functional training and aerobic training) incorporated throughout the class. 

    This class would give students the opportunity to become physically literate students while participating in team-based activities such as football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, etc. Student learning will include knowledge of fitness concepts, game rules and strategies as well as communication, cooperation, problem solving and other social emotional skills. 

    Lifetime Fitness
    The focus in the class will be on students developing the skills and confidence necessary to complete their own personalized workout and activities with some sport-based skills incorporated throughout the class. 

    This class is an introduction to a fitness lifestyle that would give students the opportunity to become physically literate students while participating in physical activities such as functional training, outdoor activities, and individual activities. Student learning will include knowledge of fitness concepts, goal-setting, personal program planning as well as communication, cooperation, problem solving and other social emotional skills. 

    ART

    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. Drawing and Painting meets every other day for a full year.

    Ceramics and Sculpture
    Students will explore art concepts and ways of creating using a variety of 3D sculpting techniques while developing good studio habits. This class will include sketching, hand-built clay projects, pottery wheel, and the use of other materials such as cardboard, plaster, wire, paper mache, etc. to create 3D forms. Ceramics and Sculpture meets every other day for a full year.

    MUSIC

    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 choir 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 home adult contact the teacher to discuss the curriculum as well as instrument rental. Participation in the summer school band/orchestra small group learning is strongly 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/elective classes and chooses to drop the elective, the remaining music class will switch to everyday – not a study hall.

    STEAM

    STEAM 8
    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. STEAM 8 meets every other day for a full year.

    STEAM Naturally
    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. STEAM Naturally meets every other day for a full year.

    WORLD LANGUAGE

    German
    German meets every other day for a full year. The focus is to introduce students to the German language and culture in a fun and engaging style and to start to build a student’s confidence and ability to communicate freely in German. There is an emphasis on listening, reading, and speaking as well as cultural understanding. There is no prerequisite of German 7 for this class.

    Students will develop skills by learning topics such as describing self and others, free time interests, and cultural products, practices and perspectives. Students will also create with the language. 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
    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, and planning/shopping for a dinner.  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 watch two Spanish language films, one from Mexico and one from Puerto Rico as well as read a 10-chapter story about an exchange student from Argentina.  Students will also engage in cultural activities throughout the year in order to compare and contrast cultures.

    Bilingual Spanish
    Open to students currently enrolled in the Bilingual Spanish Program.