Sierra Middle School
Douglas County School District RE 1
Course Selection Guide
2009-2010 School Year
All who enter here, strive to be responsible citizens who contribute to our society by:
demonstrating ethical principles, self-motivation, and resourcefulness;
developing and demonstrating leadership skills;
taking ownership and responsibility for their well-being; and
demonstrating essential skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and numeracy.
First Day of School For All Students
Monday, August 10, 2008
School Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:47 p.m.
Michelle Davis, Principal
6651 Pine Lane Avenue, Parker, CO 80138 (303) 387-3800
7th GRADE REQUIRED COURSES
Health education provides students with knowledge and skills that are essential and enduring to promote
healthy choices throughout their lives. This course introduces age-appropriate components of physical,
emotional, and social health.
LANGUAGE ARTS 7
7th grade Language Arts introduces the middle school standards, and students are expected to be
progressing appropriately towards meeting these standards. The curriculum focuses on building literacy
skills, reading, and writing through the study of nonfiction, fiction, short stories, and poetry.
Math 7 - Math 7 introduces students to the middle school standards, and students are expected to be
progressing appropriately toward these standards. The investigations, problems, and practice
exercises are designed to develop the students' logical and mathematical reasoning skills. The
sequence of problems leads to understanding the reasoning behind the mathematical concepts.
Students complete guided investigations that explore and develop ideas, then practice them along with
procedural skills in subsequent chapters. Many problems use the mathematics in situations like those
encountered by students and adults in their daily activities and business settings. District essential
learnings for 7th grade are the core of this program.
Math Pre Algebra 7 - Pre Algebra challenges the student that has exceeded grade level standards and
focuses on preparing students for Algebra I. The investigations, problems, and practice exercises are
designed to develop the students' logical and mathematical reasoning skills. The sequence of problems
leads to understanding the reasoning behind the mathematical concepts. Students complete guided
investigations that explore and develop ideas, then practice them along with procedural skills in
subsequent chapters. Many problems use the mathematics in situations like those encountered by
students and adults in their daily activities and business settings. District essential learnings for Pre
Algebra are the core of this program.
This course is a fitness-based program with emphasis on improving health related fitness components of
muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular stamina. Students will be exposed to a
variety of traditional and nontraditional team, partner, and/or individual activities and will be introduced to
the health benefits of these activities while incorporating fun, sportsmanship, and lifelong wellness.
SCIENCE 7 - LIFE SCIENCE
Through scientific investigations and the study of life science topics, students will learn the basic concepts
of living systems, the structure and function of living things, cell biology, genetics, earth and life history, and
human body systems. Throughout the course students will apply this knowledge through inquiry
SOCIAL STUDIES 7 - GEOGRAPHY
The geography of the Eastern Hemisphere is the focus of 7th grade Social Studies. Throughout this course,
students will demonstrate an understanding of the Districtʼs essential learnings for middle school geography.
This yearlong course is for 7th grade students with at least one yearʼs experience reading music and playing
a band instrument (flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone,
tuba, or percussion). Students will begin to explore band literature and learn new skills on their instrument.
No audition is required. This band performs regularly.
This yearlong course is for 7th grade students who like to sing and are interested in learning more about
music and singing. Unison, two-part and three-part music of various styles is used to learn the basics of
good musical skills. This choir performs regularly.
This yearlong class is for 7th grade students with at least one yearʼs experience reading music and playing
an orchestra instrument (violin, viola, cello or string bass). Students will begin to explore orchestra literature
and learn new skills on their instrument. No audition is required. This orchestra performs regularly.
WORLD LANGUAGES 7
These courses are designed for students who have very little or no previous experience in a world
language. Students will learn the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as being
introduced to different world cultures.
Level 1A is the first course in a two-year sequence. Levels 1A and 1B are equivalent to level 1 at the high
school. Level 1B is offered in 8th grade. In order to take 1B as an 8th grader, a student must
demonstrate proficiency in the 1A course. Successful completion of 1B in middle school allows a
student to go on to Chinese II, French II, or Spanish II in high school. In addition, parents and students
should be aware that if students wish to reach the Advanced Placement level in any world language by their
senior year, their study of the language must start in 7th grade.
Each 7th grade elective has a corresponding 8th grade elective.
This course provides experiences in basic art media including drawing, painting, graphic design, color
pencil, and sculpture.
This course is open to all 7th grade students. This project-based class focuses on using the computer as a
tool to gather, organize, create, and present information. Topics may include: keyboarding, desktop
publishing, spreadsheets, multimedia presentations, and Internet research. Internet permission is
required for this class.
CONDITIONING AND WELLNESS / LIFE 7
This course is to help all students become informed decision makers about their personal fitness. Emphasis
will be on the health related components of physical fitness (cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular
strength, and muscular endurance). Some topics covered are: Benefits of Exercise, Muscle Identification,
Nutrition, and Target Heart Rate. This course is taken in addition to the required PE course.
CONSUMER AND FAMILY STUDIES 7**
In this course, 7th graders will explore and develop a variety of life skills for daily living. Topics include:
career exploration, food for health and fitness, consumer issues, basic cooking techniques (Safety &
Sanitation), basic sewing techniques, and advertising.
This computer-based class uses computers and other technology to create visual media projects. This class
will teach students to use software including the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator),
iMovie, and iPhoto. Students will use digital cameras, video cameras, and drawing tablets as they learn
digital photography, graphic design, and video production. Students selecting this class should have the
ability to work independently and as part of a team and should be comfortable with basic computer skills
(creating and saving documents, keyboarding). Internet permission is required for this class.
In Drama, students will learn how to use their voice, body, and imagination to create characters. They will
perform improvisation, pantomime, a radio show, short skit, and a play. Students will also write and present
two short speeches. Class time is given for writing and rehearsing their speeches and rehearsing drama
EXPLORING WORLD CULTURES 7
Did you know that Chinese kids often canʼt date until they go to college? Did you know that the French have
over 365 kinds of cheese? In Exploring World Cultures students learn about different people and their
culture. Students will study a variety of topics, such as tourism, sports, education, holidays, food, and basic
language as we virtually travel the world. This course is for students who have never studied a foreign
language, as well as for students who are studying a language and want to learn more about the people in
TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION 7**
In this course students are introduced and gain an understanding of how technological skills are used within
our real world. Instruction is delivered through the use of multimedia in project oriented, hands-on, student
centered modules. Throughout the semester long course students will have the opportunity to explore a
variety of technological topics (as individuals and in small groups) such as: Laser Technology, Robotics,
Rockets, Desktop Publishing, Audio Communications, Pneumatics, Animation, and Structural Engineering.
This module-learning environment brings to life real world applications of math, science, reading, writing,
and applying research skills, complementing the national technology standards.
**These courses charge a fee for participation.