8th Grade

Elective class offerings are subject to change and NOT GUARANTEED

Anatomy & Physiology Semester                      

This fast paced, challenging class is designed for students who desire a more in depth understanding of human anatomy and physiology. We will begin the semester with an in-depth review of cells and their functions followed by the principles of form following function and homeostasis. Next we will launch into an examination of histology, body systems and functions, biomechanics and conclude with an in-depth study of human disease through the examination of case studies. Are you considering a career in human health services?  This class if for you!

Avid Readers Semester

Read! Read! Read! This course is designed for a community of readers to share and explore their love of reading with other students. We will explore stories from different perspectives and engage in community conversation through blogs, social media, and discussion boards. Come and share your passion for reading- -come and read!

Broadcasting Technology (Patriot TV)    Semester

This course uses modern computer applications and video production techniques to examine and create multiple video presentations and a weekly school-wide broadcast. Students will have the opportunity to work with studio equipment and other media software and hardware. An application process is required for placement into this class.

Choir Semester or Full Year

Eighth grade choir is a performance-based class open to any 8th grader at Dunstan. Students who enjoy or are curious about singing in an ensemble are welcome to try choir. Choir members not only sing songs from different historic time periods and genres, they learn a variety of musical content knowledge, including how to read and write music. There is one mandatory concert per semester.

Computer Science Semester

In Computer Science, students will develop skills in topics such as programming, building websites, animation, 3D modeling, digital photo editing, and multimedia production.

Creative Art Ceramics 8 Semester

Students will uncover different ways in creating art through clay. Students will create utilitarian and/or artistic sculptures through various hand-building techniques such as coil, slab, and modeling.

Creative Art Sculpture/Jewelry Semester

This course is an introduction to basic Jewelry which is considered a small scale three dimension form of art. In class with hands-on experiences, students will learn different techniques used in metal and wire jewelry with a concentration on design. This class will appear as "Creative Art Sculpture" on your schedule.

Creative Writing Semester

Do you have a passion for writing? This course is designed for a community of writers to experience various genres and styles of creative writing. Frequent writing exercises, often inspired by the readings, will provide students with the opportunity to explore a variety of ideas, structures, styles, and other elements of creative writing in order to develop a unique writing style and hone their craft. Much of class time is devoted to workshop, in which students write, share and respond to each other's writing.

Family and Consumer Sciences 8 Semester

This course includes managing individual, family, career, and community roles and responsibilities. Students will expand their basic knowledge through more advanced project-based learning. Students will explore and practice Career Exploration, Foods/Nutrition, Personal Development and Management, Consumer Literacy through advertising, and Technical Reading/Production Standards/Sewing. The curriculum is based on the FACS national standards as well as academic standards from the core areas.

Computer Programming Semester

Pre-requisite: Computer science or computer apps. The Computer Programming class introduces students to procedural scripting and object-oriented programming using the languages such as Python, Java, JavaScript, and XHTML. The course builds on many of the main ideas from Computer Science class and presents students with common programming problems, includes computational and critical thinking skills, and engages students in the creative aspects of the field.

Journalism (Yearbook) Full Year

Students in publications will learn about and publish Dunstan's annual yearbook and an online student newspaper. This will include photography skills and cropping, placing and digitally editing photos, desktop publishing, layout and design, writing captions, headlines and other text, time management and meeting deadlines, and cooperative decision making.

Lifetime Fitness Semester

Students will develop an understanding of personal wellness through current fitness information and individual fitness activities such as: cardio activities and weight lifting.  

Orchestra Full Year

Orchestra is a performance-oriented ensemble that is open to students who have had one or more years' experience in playing a stringed instrument. The group will perform 4-5 concerts throughout the year, including a tour of local elementary schools, and will play both classical and popular music.

Photography  8      Semester

Students will explore the fundamentals of photography. The students will learn good composition, basic computer manipulation, history of photography and the influence of photography in today's world. With this class, students will develop skills that will last a life time.

Physical Education Semester or Full Year

Physical Education is an activities class. Activities will include, but are not limited to: individual and team athletics and personal fitness testing. The goal is to develop the fitness level of the student using a variety of activities. Grades are figured according to individual improvement, not athletic ability.

Pre-Engineering Technology Semester

Students will explore the engineering design process used by actual engineers. Students will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through various hands-on projects that place emphasis on math, science, and technology. This course comes fully equipped with a computer lab and machine shop where students get to use their creativity and imagination to design, draft prototype, and manufacture their own projects. Students must pass (100%) a general shop, tool, and machine safety test and demonstrate proper behavior to use the lab facilities, including computers and power tools.

Spanish 102      Full Year

This course is a continuation of Spanish 101 that prepares students for the transition to the next level in high school. Teacher signature and passing grade in 101 is required. Together Spanish 101 and 102 are equal to Spanish I.

Smart Fit Girls       Semester

Smart Fit Girls is a program that teaches young ladies how to love their bodies by embracing their own strength. During our program, young ladies participate in exciting activities aimed at improving their self-esteem and body image, and are introduced to resistance training exercises in a fun, group environment. We’ve been there and know what it’s like to be a young lady. We want to do everything in our power to ensure that young ladies learn to love themselves by embracing their personal strengths.

Stagecraft Semester two only

Stagecraft requires an active, creative student willing to work at a variety of tasks in a hands-on environment. Students will explore technical aspects of theater including lighting, sound, costumes, set design, and stage managing. Safety and responsibility are learned and are essential elements in this class. Students will design and build the set for the school musical.

Symphonic Band Full Year

This class is for students who have 2-3 years' experience playing their instrument and have mastered advanced instrumental skills. Symphonic Band members will perform 3-4 concerts during the school year including 1-2 festival concerts outside of school. All Jefferson County Music Content Standards are part of everyday class and students will be expected to improve on these throughout the full year course. If you are new to the area and wish to be in the class please contact Mr. Cavaliere @ before enrolling.

Teacher Assistant Semester

This course provides students the opportunity to work in the various offices and departments throughout the school. Those selected will be individuals whose scholastic standing has been stable in middle school, whose personality is warm and friendly and whose ability to assume responsibility is well established. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for student assistants. Teacher signature is required.

Theater Arts                Semester

Theater Arts is a performance based class focusing on the basics of acting. The class is designed to help students express themselves and gain confidence while working on skills such as improvisation, characterization, and how to effectively audition and perform. Whether you have experience in theater or not, theater is a fun way to work on performing, public speaking, and memorization techniques.

Video Game Design Semester

Pre-requisite: Computer science or computer apps. The Video Game Design class will provide students with the opportunity to design, program, and create functional video games. The course builds on many of the main ideas from Computer Science class and will build on proficiencies that are essential to developing a video game. Knowledge and skills are developed through interactive software, text, pictures, animations, digital video. This class is highly interactive where students are assisted through the exciting world of video game design.

Visual Arts 8               Semester

Art classes for the 8th grade provide students with two and three dimensional art experiences. A wide variety of media will be used to discover avenues for personal expression ranging in scope from drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry, and beading to sculpture. Learn to create art that will make you feel proud and surprise those around you

Weight Training                  Semester

Advanced weights and conditioning class taught by our very own professional athlete Mr. Romero. Students will learn the value of working out properly as well as the importance of nutrition. Strong interest in weight lifting, conditioning, and physical activity required.

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