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    COURSE CATALOG 2019-20


    6th Grade

    REQUIRED COURSE FOR SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS

    LANGUAGE ARTS 6
    In accordance with the Common Core Standards, 6th grade Language Arts will focus on reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Specifically, students will study author craft, plot, character development, and theme. As well, students will explore text structures through narrative, persuasive, and informational genres. In addition, teachers will provide opportunities to improve student writing by focusing on parts of speech, grammar and conventions, and building vocabulary. Instruction will include a variety of best practice teaching/ learning techniques so that students will develop skills and strategies to grow as independent and passionate readers and writers. The four major units of study include: Identity through Culture, Courage, Equity and Fairness, and Perspective.
    Throughout these units, students will study a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and film/video.
    Prerequisites: None Donations: Students will need to have a "class novel" sometime during the school year. ​

    SOCIAL STUDIES 6
    In 6th grade social studies, students will meet Common Core Standards through a yearlong study of ancient civilizations and their legacies. Students will develop skills related to the work of real social scientists, including conducting research, examining primary sources, and writing research reports.
    Throughout the year, students will address the following essential questions:

    • How do social scientists study the world’s civilizations and cultures
    • What do primary sources and artifacts reveal about the ancient world?
    • What are the main characteristics of civilizations?
    • What are the vital resources that civilizations depend on to survive?
    • What challenges do civilizations face?
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations:
    None

    MATH 6
    Instructional time will focus on four critical areas:
    (1) connecting ratios to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems;
    (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers and use of the coordinate plane;
    (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and
    (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking. Students in Grade 6 also build on their work in elementary school by reasoning about relationships among new shapes to determine area, surface area, and volume.
    Prerequisites: None
    Special Supplies: Basic Function Calculator (Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide)--Rulers, Protractors and Compasses are helpful, to have access to at home

    SCIENCE 6
    6th Grade Science is a one-year introductory course in Chemistry and Physics taught through a lens of sustainability that integrates concepts of Biology, Earth Science and Engineering. The class is designed to engage students through meaningful hands-on, minds-on learning experiences enabling students to make personal sense of the physical world around them and apply that knowledge to make a difference in the world. Emphasis will be placed on Next Generation Science Standards and will also include Eckstein Academic Practices to emphasize the importance of gathering, representing, and applying scientific data to solve problems, as well as how to better communicate scientific research and data through discourse, modeling, drawing and writing. We recognize that students enter our classrooms with varying levels of science experience and academic skills so we have designed this class to benefit both the novice as well as the eager the scientist. We set goals and, through effort, practice, and self-evaluation, we measure our level of success. As teachers and coaches we believe that the amount of effort students put forth is directly linked to the level of achievement- the more times one practices the better he/she gets. We strive to build an exciting and encouraging learning environment where student curiosity and a love of learning can be fostered and maintained for life.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: The science department at Eckstein asks for a lab donation of $10.00 to help us cover the cost of lab equipment and supplies

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION 6 (REQUIRED FOR 6TH GRADE)
    This semester-long course is designed to develop and educate students on the importance of health and fitness, giving the tools to achieve and maintain optimum health and fitness. Individual fitness levels are measured in the beginning and the end of the Semester. Developmentally appropriate sports and activities are taught to increase strength, coordination, skills and fitness. Seattle Public Schools is in its 9th year of implementing the Five for Life Physical Education Curriculum. We use this curriculum in our Physical Education classes at Eckstein. Our program incorporates traditional aspects of Physical Education (development of fitness, motor skills, and social/emotional well-being). Students will be continually encouraged to reflect on the value of their own health and fitness, as well as to act to maximize both in and out of class. The Physical Education Staff at Eckstein are excited about presenting this program to our students.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: $5.00 for an Eckstein PE Shirt. Students will be expected to change out of their “regular” school clothes into his/her P.E. clothes. This includes an Eckstein P.E. T-shirt, shorts/sweats, socks and proper athletic footwear. If there are any concerns about obtaining any of these items, please let me know so we can make arrangements (all support will be confidential).

    UNIFIED PE (ALL GRADES)
    This semester-long course is designed to develop and educate students on the importance of health and fitness, giving the tools to achieve and maintain optimum health and fitness. The purpose of this class is to provide a modified physical education class to students with disabilities where students with and without disabilities come together in an inclusive cooperative learning environment that is set up towards modified curriculum outcomes. Physical Education partners of differing skill ability come together as classmates. Classmates of higher abilities act as mentors to assist teammates of lower abilities in developing sport-specific skills, and in successfully participating in a cooperative team environment. In this model peer partners without disabilities move between two roles; mentor and classmate. In the mentor role the peer partner can be instrumental in helping students practice and master foundational skills, and transition successfully to game play opportunities. As a teammate, students collaborate together to learn skills or play games as equal members of the class. for making skills accessible.
    Prerequisites: None

    COMPUTER SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY 6
    Introduction to Technology A (REQUIRED):  This semester-long course introduces essential computer applications, skills, and concepts. Coursework includes application of Microsoft Office tools; introduction to hardware/software, file structure and management, introduction to digital safety and security; exploration of basic video production.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations appreciated
    Special Supplies: Students will need to bring a USB/flash drive and earbuds

    ELECTIVE COURSES FOR SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS

    Tech Ed B (Optional, semester-long course)
    This semester-long course builds on the skills students learn in Tech A. The main focus of this course is problem solving, critical thinking, and effective group work using different forms of technology. Coursework includes intermediate programming skills and application, Video planning and production, pillars of graphic design, and an intro to CAD/3D Printing.
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Tech 6A
    Donations appreciated
    Special Supplies: Earbuds, various fun toys or items to be used in video production

    VISUAL ARTS 6 (year-long course)
    Students will experiment with a variety of art tools and mediums while exploring and learning the basics of Fine Art. Students will be introduced to the elements and principals of art as well as the classic artists.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: $10.00/semester, $20.00 year appreciated to help us cover the cost of supplies.

    ADDITIONAL SEMESTER OF PE

    LEADERSHIP A (semester-long course)
    Leadership A is a one semester class open to responsible, service minded 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students wishing to make a difference at Eckstein Middle School.  Students will learn about important characteristics of leaders and how to develop those same characteristics in themselves. Class will use the Character Strong curriculum.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None

    MUSIC ENSEMBLES
    All music ensembles will focus on preparing music to perform at school concerts, music festivals and public performances. The ensembles work to develop the skills of tuning, rhythm, tonal production and rehearsal and performance discipline. Students will work as individual, section & as an ensemble to prepare for performances. Students are expected to participate in all music events & concerts.
    If you do not know the instrument you would like to play we can make suggestions. Eckstein has some instruments to loan.
    Learn more about Eckstein Music

    7th GRADE

    REQUIRED COURSES FOR SEVENTH GRADE STUDENTS

    LANGUAGE ARTS 7
    This course is designed to develop students as writers, readers, public speakers, critical thinkers and responsible, informed citizens. The Language Arts curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards in writing, reading (literature and informational), and speaking. Students will study elements of literature, analyzing both fiction and informational text, expository writing, argument writing, creative writing, poetry, public speaking, grammar and writing conventions. The four major units of study include: Personal Beliefs and Identity, Power, Justice and Privilege, Conflict, and Transformation.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None 

    SOCIAL STUDIES 7
    7th grade SS consists of two components: 1st semester World Medieval History; 2nd semester Washington State History (required .5 credit for high school graduation). We often employ project-based learning for most of our teaching and will expect students to come prepared every day to participate.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None

    MATH 7
    We use the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to guide our instruction. Grade 7 math focuses on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) continuing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.
    Prerequisites: Completion of 6th grade mathematics.
    Special Supplies: Basic Function Calculator (Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide)--Rulers, Protractors and Compasses are helpful, to have access to at home

    SCIENCE 7
    Life Science - The Study of Life
    Topics for this course are as follows:

    • Ecology
    • Diversity of Life (Cell Theory and Living Organisms)
    • Genetics
    • Human Body Systems
    • FLASH
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: The science department at Eckstein asks for a lab donation of $10.00 to help us cover the cost of lab equipment and supplies.

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION 7/8: TEAM SPORTS (SEMESTER)
    This semester-long course is designed to develop and educate students on the importance of health and fitness, giving the tools to achieve and maintain optimum health and fitness. Individual fitness levels are measured in the beginning and the end of the Semester. Developmentally appropriate sports and activities are taught to increase strength, coordination, skills and fitness.
    Seattle Public Schools is in its 9th year of implementing the Five for Life Physical Education Curriculum. We use this curriculum in our Physical Education classes at Eckstein. Our program incorporates traditional aspects of Physical Education (development of fitness, motor skills, and social/emotional well-being). Students will be continually encouraged to reflect on the value of their own health and fitness, as well as to act to maximize both in and out of class. The Physical Education Staff at Eckstein are excited about presenting this program to our students.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: $5.00 for an Eckstein PE Shirt. Students will be expected to change out of their “regular” school clothes into his/her P.E. clothes. This includes an Eckstein P.E. T-shirt, shorts/sweats, socks and proper athletic footwear. If there are any concerns about obtaining any of these items, please let us know so we can make arrangements (all support will be confidential).

    PE WAIVERS: Students in grades 7 or 8 are required to participate in at least 60 hours of directed athletic activity each school year (equal to one semester of PE instruction) unless such participation is waived. Blank forms are in the Main Office or are available online.

    Completed forms need to be turned in by no later than December 1. Don’t wait until the last minute. On December 2, students on these lists will be pulled out of one of their electives 2nd semester and be assigned Team Sports. Questions, contact the Eckstein registrar.

    UNIFIED PE (ALL GRADES)
    This semester-long course is designed to develop and educate students on the importance of health and fitness, giving the tools to achieve and maintain optimum health and fitness. The purpose of this class is to provide a modified physical education class to students with disabilities where students with and without disabilities come together in an inclusive cooperative learning environment that is set up towards modified curriculum outcomes.

    Physical Education partners of differing skill ability come together as classmates. Classmates of higher abilities act as mentors to assist teammates of lower abilities in developing sport-specific skills, and in successfully participating in a cooperative team environment. In this model peer partners without disabilities move between two roles; mentor and classmate. In the mentor role the peer partner can be instrumental in helping students practice and master foundational skills, and transition successfully to game play opportunities. As a teammate, students collaborate together to learn skills or play games as equal members of the class. for making skills accessible.
    Prerequisites: None

    ELECTIVE COURSES FOR SEVENTH GRADE STUDENTS

    WORLD LANGUAGES

    SPANISH 1A
    Spanish 1A is a yearlong introductory course for seventh- and eighth-graders.  This course undertakes the study of basic structures that allow students to express themselves in simple sentences.  Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, photographs, and projects.  This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish at a basic level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of Spanish-speaking people.  Competency in Spanish is measured by the oral use of the language, written vocabulary/grammar exams, and projects.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None. E.A.C. purchases workbooks for students

    FRENCH 1A
    French 1A is an introductory level course to the French language and French-speaking culture. The course will provide a rounded approach to the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will participate in a range of activities to immerse themselves in the cultural context of the French language while gaining skills to communicate in the language. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of structures (grammar), participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts while exploring the French-speaking world.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None

    COMPUTER SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY C Semester 1 (7/8)
    Available 2019-2020: Courses are on a rotating schedule, so specific courses will be on course selections sheets in Spring 2019.

    Problem Solving/Web Development/JavaScript
    The first semester of CS Discoveries introduces students to computer science as a vehicle for problem solving, communication, and personal expression. Semester 1 focuses on the visible aspects of computing and computer science, and encourages students to see where computer science exists around them and how they can engage with it as a tool for exploration and expression.
    Students learn the problem-solving process, the input-output-store-process model of a computer, and how computers help humans solve problems. Students end the unit by proposing their own app to solve a problem. Students learn to create websites using HTML and CSS inside Code.org’s Web Lab environment. Throughout the unit students consider questions of privacy, and ownership on the Internet. Students develop a personal website throughout the unit. Students learn many fundamental programming constructs and practices in the JavaScript programming language while developing animations and games in Code.org’s Game Lab environment. Students end the semester by designing their own animations and games.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None required, but always appreciated.

    COMPUTER SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY C Semester 2 (7/8)
    Available 2019-2020: Courses are on a rotating schedule, so specific courses will be on course selections sheets in Spring 2019

    App Development/Data & Society/Physical Computing
    Students apply the problem solving process to the problems of others, learning to empathize with the needs of a user and design solutions to address those needs. During the second half of the unit, students form teams to prototype an app of their own design.
    Students explore different systems used to represent information in a computer and the challenges and tradeoffs posed by using them. In the second half of the unit, students learn how collections of data are used to solve problems and how computers help to automate the steps of this process.
    Students use Code.org’s App Lab environment, in conjunction with the Adafruit Circuit Playground, to explore the relationship between hardware and software. Throughout the unit, students develop prototypes that mirror existing innovative computing platforms, before ultimately designing and prototyping one of their own.
    Prerequisites: Completion of Computer Science C, Semester 1
    Donations: None required, but always appreciated

    COMPUTER SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY B (7/8)
    Available 2020-2021: Courses are on a rotating schedule, so specific courses will be on course selections sheets in Spring 2020.

    Graphic Design/Advanced Programming/Circuits
    This course is a semester-long course that introduces Photoshop, the Python coding language, and circuits. Students will explore various topics that emphasize problem solving, design, and computational thinking throughout the course. Students will be creating and editing images using basic Photoshop tools, programming using Python, and connecting their software programs to hardware components. They will also explore, design, and create original images using the Photoshop program Pixlr. Students will be introduced to the Python coding language using the Minecraft Pi curriculum. They will practice programming skills and concepts while integrating hardware using a Raspberry Pi. Coursework will include: project development, creating programs, marketing, and prototyping of basic circuits.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None required, but always appreciated.

    COMPUTER SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY D (7/8)
    Available 2020-2021: Courses are on a rotating schedule, so specific courses will be on course selections sheets in Spring 2020.

    3D Design/3D Printing/Robotics
    This course is a semester-long introduction to 3D design, 3D printing, inputs/outputs, electricity, and Robotics. Students will explore various topics that emphasize problem solving, design, and computational thinking. Students will investigate, plan, and create basic circuits while also designing 3D models using CAD software to fabricate products on a 3d printer. Students will investigate the principles of electricity and how computers rely on electricity to communicate and operate. They will learn about sensors while programming inputs and outputs using Lego Mindstorms. Coursework will include project design, programming, robotic competitions, and fabrication of original products.
    Prerequisites: Completion of CS/Tech B (Semester 1)
    Donations: None required, but always appreciated.

    VISUAL ARTS 7/8
    Semester courses are on a rotating schedule, so specific courses will be on course selections sheets in Spring.
    Visual Arts (semester 1) Fall
    The class will focus on drawing and painting taught classically.  Students will experiment with more advanced materials such as charcoal, acrylic paint and pastel, while gaining a more in-depth knowledge of technique. 

    Visual Arts (semester 2) Spring
    This course will focus on 3-dimensional projects in both traditional and nontraditional mediums such as found in object sculpture, paper mache, and clay. 
    Prerequisite: None
    Donations: $20.00/year appreciated to help us cover the cost of supplies

    Advanced Visual Arts (full year) 
    Students will participate in competition and will create 2- and 3-dimensional pieces that further develop the elements of art and principles of design.  Students in this course will obtain foundation knowledge of a series of different artistic mediums.  Students will be asked to complete a number of projects that follow detailed steps, familiarizing them with techniques that will be used in higher level art classes.
    Prerequisites: Experience recommended, but not required
    Donations: $20.00/year appreciated to help us cover the cost of supplies

    LEADERSHIP A (semester-long course)
    Leadership A is a one semester class open to responsible, service minded 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students wishing to make a difference at Eckstein Middle School.  Students will learn about important characteristics of leaders and how to develop those same characteristics in themselves. Class will use the Character Strong curriculum.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None

    GUITAR (semester)
    Guitar is a semester class where students will learn on a traditional nylon string classical guitar. This class is structured so that students of different levels can progress at their own pace. Every student will be expected to demonstrate their improvement in class recitals. Emphasis will be placed on note and rhythm reading with a graded series of songs. Students will not play by ear in this class.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None

    ADDITIONAL SEMESTER OF PE (Team Sports) or Unified PE

    MUSIC
    All music ensembles will focus on preparing music to perform at school concerts, music festivals and public performances. The ensembles work to develop the skills of tuning, rhythm, tonal production and rehearsal and performance discipline. Students will work as individual, section and as an ensemble to prepare for performances. Students are expected to participate in all music events and concerts.
    Learn More about Eckstein Music Programs

    EIGHTH GRADE

    REQUIRED COURSES FOR EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS ​

    SUMMER READING
    Language Arts

    • The Summer between 7th and 8th grades, general education students are required to read a minimum of two books and Spectrum students are required to read three books at their current reading level. Graphic novels are not recommended.
    • Students are required to provide their own books via the library or purchase.
    • Students will choose one of these books for an LA project at the start of their 8th grade year.
    • Students may include the Social Studies book for their LA reading.
    Social Studies
    • The summer between 7th and 8th grades, students are required to read a biography (or auto-biography) of an American.
    • Students should choose a biography (or auto-biography) of a person who lived in the United States between Colonial times and the Progressive Era (early 1900’s).
    • Students will need to acquire their own books (either purchased or from library).
    • The book will be shared through a project at the beginning of eighth grade.

    LANGUAGE ARTS 8
    This course is designed to develop students as writers, readers, public speakers, critical thinkers and responsible, informed citizens as they transition to high school. The Language Arts curriculum is aligned with the Common Core Standards in writing, reading, and speaking. Students will study elements of literature through the whole class novels The Outsiders and To Kill a Mockingbird, short stories, film, and personal choice novels. The writing curriculum includes the writing process, narrative fiction, literary analysis, poetry, grammar and conventions. We expect students to come prepared every day to participate. 
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None

    SOCIAL STUDIES 8
    History is the study of the human past. Historians study records of conditions or events of a particular time and place. The United States of America is at once a very new nation and a very old nation. This nation is made up of groups and individuals. The first settlers reached North America about 30,000 years ago. However, the United States of America did not come into being until 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. The history of the United States is the story of many different peoples who together compose the nation. There are two main lenses for this course. One is, of course, a multi-cultural lens through which we will examine history through the varied experiences of groups and individuals as they find their place in the United States, build new lives and create their own American identities. The second lens is looking at history over time. We will be helping students find their own connections between the experiences of those who have gone before to the places, experiences and identities we both internalize and see around us today.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: $2.00/year donations suggested for supplies used in classroom

     

    MATH 8
    Eighth Grade Mathematics is a full year course aligned with the Common Core State Standards for eighth grade math.  Three critical areas will be emphasized:  (1) Formulating and reasoning about expressions & equations (includes solving linear equations and systems of linear equations, and modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation);  (2) Grasping the concept of a function & using functions to describe quantitative relationships;  (3) Analyzing 2- and 3-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, congruence, and the Pythagorean Theorem. Prerequisites: Completion of 7th grade mathematics Special Supplies: A calculator that can find square roots and cube roots (suggestion: TI-30X IIS) 

    SCIENCE 8
    8th Grade Science is a one-year course in Earth and Space Science, which integrates Physics, Chemistry, and Life Science throughout the year. The class is designed to actively engage students through hands-on learning experiences, which enable students to solve real-world problems.
    Units of Study

    • Weather and Climate
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Geology
    • Earth History and Evolution
    • Seasons
    • Phases of the Moon/Eclipses
    • Science Project
    • FLASH
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: The science department at Eckstein asks for a lab donation of $10.00 to help us cover the cost of lab equipment and supplies.

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION 7/8 (SEMESTER)
    This semester-long course is designed to develop and educate students on the importance of health and fitness, giving the tools to achieve and maintain optimum health and fitness. Individual fitness levels are measured in the beginning and the end of the Semester. Developmentally appropriate sports and activities are taught to increase strength, coordination, skills and fitness.
    Seattle Public Schools is in its 9th year of implementing the Five for Life Physical Education Curriculum. We use this curriculum in our Physical Education classes at Eckstein. Our program incorporates traditional aspects of Physical Education (development of fitness, motor skills, and social/emotional well-being). Students will be continually encouraged to reflect on the value of their own health and fitness, as well as to act to maximize both in and out of class. The Physical Education Staff at Eckstein are excited about presenting this program to our students.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: $5.00 for an Eckstein PE Shirt. Students will be expected to change out of their “regular” school clothes into his/her P.E. clothes. This includes an Eckstein P.E. T-shirt, shorts/sweats, socks and proper athletic footwear. If there are any concerns about obtaining any of these items, please let me know so we can make arrangements (all support will be confidential).

    PE WAIVERS
    Students in grades 7 or 8 are required to participate in at least 60 hours of directed athletic activity each school year (equal to one semester of PE instruction) unless such participation is waived. Blank forms are in the Main Office or are available online. Completed forms need to be turned in by no later than December 1. Don’t wait until the last minute. On December 2, students on these lists will be pulled out of one of their electives 2nd semester and be assigned Team Sports. Questions, contact the Eckstein registrar.

    UNIFIED PE (ALL GRADES)

    This semester-long course is designed to develop and educate students on the importance of health and fitness, giving the tools to achieve and maintain optimum health and fitness. The purpose of this class is to provide a modified physical education class to students with disabilities where students with and without disabilities come together in an inclusive cooperative learning environment that is set up towards modified curriculum outcomes.
    Physical Education partners of differing skill ability come together as classmates. Classmates of higher abilities act as mentors to assist teammates of lower abilities in developing sport-specific skills, and in successfully participating in a cooperative team environment. In this model peer partners without disabilities move between two roles; mentor and classmate. In the mentor role the peer partner can be instrumental in helping students practice and master foundational skills, and transition successfully to game play opportunities. As a teammate, students collaborate together to learn skills or play games as equal members of the class. or making skills accessible
    Prerequisites: None

    ELECTIVE COURSES FOR EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS

    WORLD LANGUAGES
    Spanish 1A

    Spanish 1A is a yearlong introductory course for seventh- and eighth-graders.  This course undertakes the study of basic structures that allow students to express themselves in simple sentences.  Cultural enrichment is offered to students through videos, current events, readings, photographs, and projects.  This course not only aims to teach students to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish at a basic level, but also to interest them in the life and culture of Spanish-speaking people.  Competency in Spanish is measured by the oral use of the language, written vocabulary/grammar exams, and projects.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None. E.A.C. purchases workbooks for students

    Spanish 1B
    Spanish 1B is a yearlong course for eighth-graders.  This course reviews as well as builds on the basic skills acquired in the seventh grade.  Spanish 1B aims to fully prepare students to enter a second-year Spanish class in high school.  In this course students will work on improving their language control, vocabulary and grammar use, comprehension as well as comprehensibility, communication strategies and overall cultural awareness. Competency in Spanish will be measured by oral use of the language in class, overall participation, completion and correction of homework and classwork assignments, vocabulary quizzes and exams (oral and written), and projects.  Passing this class allows students to place into Spanish II in the ninth grade as well as apply for one high school credit.
    Prerequisites: Students must pass both semesters of Spanish 1A in order to register for Spanish 1B.
    Donations: None. E.A.C. purchases workbooks for students

    French 1A
    French 1A is an introductory level course to the French language and French-speaking culture. The course will provide a rounded approach to the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will participate in a range of activities to immerse themselves in the cultural context of the French language while gaining skills to communicate in the language. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of structures (grammar), participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts while exploring the French-speaking world.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None

    French 1B
    French 1B is a year-long course for eighth grader students that will build on the basic skills acquired in French 1A. French 1B aims to prepare students to enter second year French in high school and allows students to apply for one high school credit. The course will provide a rounded approach to the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will participate in a range of activities to immerse themselves in the cultural context of the French language while gaining skills to communicate in the language. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning to build upon their comprehension and communication strategies while continuing their exploration of the French-speaking world.
    Prerequisites: Students must pass both semesters of French 1A in order to register French 1B
    Donations: None

    COMPUTER SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY C Semester 1 (7/8)
    Available 2019-2020: Courses are on a rotating schedule, so specific courses will be on course selections sheets in Spring.

    Problem Solving/Web Development/JavaScript
    The first semester of CS Discoveries introduces students to computer science as a vehicle for problem solving, communication, and personal expression. Semester 1 focuses on the visible aspects of computing and computer science, and encourages students to see where computer science exists around them and how they can engage with it as a tool for exploration and expression.
    Students learn the problem-solving process, the input-output-store-process model of a computer, and how computers help humans solve problems. Students end the unit by proposing their own app to solve a problem. Students learn to create websites using HTML and CSS inside Code.org’s Web Lab environment. Throughout the unit students consider questions of privacy, and ownership on the Internet. Students develop a personal website throughout the unit. Students learn many fundamental programming constructs and practices in the JavaScript programming language while developing animations and games in Code.org’s Game Lab environment. Students end the semester by designing their own animations and games.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None required, but always appreciated.

    COMPUTER SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY B (7/8)
    Available 2020-2021: Courses are on a rotating schedule, so specific courses will be on course selections sheets in Spring.

    Graphic Design/Advanced Programming/Circuits
    This course is a semester-long course that introduces Photoshop, the Python coding language, and circuits. Students will explore various topics that emphasize problem solving, design, and computational thinking throughout the course. Students will be creating and editing images using basic Photoshop tools, programming using Python, and connecting their software programs to hardware components. They will also explore, design, and create original images using the Photoshop program Pixlr. Students will be introduced to the Python coding language using the Minecraft Pi curriculum. They will practice programming skills and concepts while integrating hardware using a Raspberry Pi. Coursework will include: project development, creating programs, marketing, and prototyping of basic circuits.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None required, but always appreciated.

    COMPUTER SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY D (7/8)
    Available 2020-2021: Courses are on a rotating schedule, so specific courses will be on course selections sheets in Spring.

    3D Design/3D Printing/Robotics
    This course is a semester-long introduction to 3D design, 3D printing, inputs/outputs, electricity, and Robotics. Students will explore various topics that emphasize problem solving, design, and computational thinking. Students will investigate, plan, and create basic circuits while also designing 3D models using CAD software to fabricate products on a 3d printer. Students will investigate the principles of electricity and how computers rely on electricity to communicate and operate. They will learn about sensors while programming inputs and outputs using Lego Mindstorms. Coursework will include project design, programming, robotic competitions, and fabrication of original products.
    Prerequisites: Completion of CS/Tech B (Semester 1)
    Donations: None required, but always appreciated.

    COMPUTER SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY C Semester 2 (7/8)
    Available 2020-2021: Courses are on a rotating schedule, so specific courses will be on course selections sheets in Spring.

    App Development/Data & Society/Physical Computing
    Students apply the problem solving process to the problems of others, learning to empathize with the needs of a user and design solutions to address those needs. During the second half of the unit, students form teams to prototype an app of their own design.
    Students explore different systems used to represent information in a computer and the challenges and trade-offs posed by using them. In the second half of the unit, students learn how collections of data are used to solve problems and how computers help to automate the steps of this process.
    Students use Code.org’s App Lab environment, in conjunction with the Adafruit Circuit Playground, to explore the relationship between hardware and software. Throughout the unit, students develop prototypes that mirror existing innovative computing platforms, before ultimately designing and prototyping one of their own.
    Prerequisites: Completion of Computer Science C, Semester 1
    Donations: None required, but always appreciated

    VISUAL ARTS 7/8
    Semester courses are on a rotating schedule, so specific courses will be on course selections sheets in Spring.

    Visual Arts (semester 1) Fall
    The class will focus on drawing and painting taught classically.  Students will experiment with more advanced materials such as charcoal, acrylic paint and pastel, while gaining a more in-depth knowledge of technique. 
    Visual Arts (semester 2) Spring
    This course will focus on 3-dimensional projects in both traditional and nontraditional mediums such as found in object sculpture, paper mache, and clay. 
    Prerequisite: None
    Donations: $20.00/year appreciated to help us cover the cost of supplies

    Advanced Visual Arts (full year) 
    Students will participate in competition and will create 2- and 3-dimensional pieces that further develop the elements of art and principles of design.  Students in this course will obtain foundation knowledge of a series of different artistic mediums.  Students will be asked to complete a number of projects that follow detailed steps, familiarizing them with techniques that will be used in higher level art classes.
    Prerequisites: Experience recommended, but not required
    Donations: $20.00/year appreciated to help us cover the cost of supplies

    LEADERSHIP A (semester-long course)
    Leadership A is a one semester class open to responsible, service minded 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students wishing to make a difference at Eckstein Middle School.  Students will learn about important characteristics of leaders and how to develop those same characteristics in themselves. Class will use the Character Strong curriculum.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None

    LEADERSHIP B (Full Year course)
    Leadership B is a full year class open to responsible, service minded 7th and 8th grade students wishing to make a difference at Eckstein Middle School.  Students will learn about important characteristics of leaders and how to develop those same characteristics in themselves, using the Character Strong curriculum. Leadership B students will be responsible for designing and executing projects and activities that benefit the student body at Eckstein. 
    Examples of these activities could be lunchtime basketball tournaments, Spirit Weeks, assemblies, dances and other student activities that foster an environment of inclusion.  Many of these endeavors require a strong work ethic, the ability to work successfully as a group, and public speaking techniques.  Students who are interested in developing their character & bringing new ideas to Eckstein are invited to join Leadership. Class can be repeated.
    Note: ASB Officers are required to be in this class.
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least one semester of Leadership A or by teacher permission only.
    Donations: None

    ADDITIONAL SEMESTER OF PE (Team Sports) or Unified PE

    TEACHER ASSISTANTS (Yearlong or Semester Teacher Assistant)
    TA’s are carefully chosen based on responsibility, organization and confidentiality. Students applying for a TA position need to have a desire to help and flexibility to work with any teacher or office. Students must submit a completed application for review. This application must be fully complete including parent/guardian approval & appropriate staff signatures (where required).
    Prerequisites: Complete TA application form with parent/guardian approval & staff signature
    Donations: None

    GUITAR (semester)
    Guitar is a semester class where students will learn on a traditional nylon string classical guitar. This class is structured so that students of different levels can progress at their own pace. Every student will be expected to demonstrate their improvement in class recitals. Emphasis will be placed on note and rhythm reading with a graded series of songs. Students will not play by ear in this class.
    Prerequisites: None
    Donations: None

    MUSIC
    All music ensembles will focus on preparing music to perform at school concerts, music festivals and public performances. The ensembles work to develop the skills of tuning, rhythm, tonal production and rehearsal and performance discipline. Students will work as individual, section and as an ensemble to prepare for performances. Students are expected to participate in all music events and concerts.
    Learn More about Eckstein Music

    ​ACADEMIC INTERVENTION/SUPPORT CLASSES

    Math Improvement
    A supplemental math class only available to qualifying students: Math skills below grade level; below standard scores on SBA/Benchmark Assessments; and in need of math support to be successful when in school.

    Reading Support Class
    A supplemental reading and writing class only available to qualifying students: Reading skills below grade level on standard reading assessment, struggling in ELA class, and not meeting standard on ELA SBA/Benchmark. Course focuses on fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills.

    Study Skills/Organization
    A supplemental class targeting study skills, organization, and homework planning. Students who qualify for this class are struggling in two or more academic areas and need assistance in developing these skills for success.

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING (ELL)

    Eckstein’s vision is that ELL students are all of our students and that they positively contribute to the classroom environment. After all, students from all over the world come to study with us!

    • We implement both sheltered instruction (ESL classes) and inclusion for Language Arts (LA) and Social Studies/History.
    • Students are placed in ESL classes if they are new to the country and in a Reading Support Class if they have been in the US five years or longer.
    • Level 5 students are also supported through Reading Support Class when needed.
    In ESL class, students will develop their English language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking by using the Inside: Language, Literacy, and Content curriculum. Our focus is on vocabulary, reading strategies, comprehension and critical thinking, literary analysis, oral and written grammar and sentence structure, listening comprehension and writing strategies.
    • Some students will be working in Level B (reading level 2.0 to 3.5), some in Level C (reading level 3.5 to 5.0), and others in Level D (reading level 4.5 to 6.0).
    • Our first goal is for all students to increase their reading levels by two years by June. Our second goal is that they will be able to write a three to five-paragraph essay independently by June.
    • Since we also work with students during their regular Language Arts, Social Studies, Math and Science classes, some of the ESL class time will be devoted to re-teaching or practicing skills taught in those classes.
    • It is important for our students to learn to work independently and to learn to ask questions if they are unsure what to do.
    For more information, please contact Ann Ioannides at afioannidesb@seattleschools.org

    SPECIAL EDUCATION

    Eckstein is a comprehensive middle school, an inclusive community, and supports a continuum of special education services. As stated in our mission, staff at Eckstein work as a collaborative team to plan and provide services to ensure the academic, social, and emotional growth and success of each student. We strive to create a community where each student known, nurtured and challenged. To that end, students are scheduled based on individual need, as determined by each student’s IEP.

    RESOURCE

    • Resource services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students with mild to moderate intensity in their special education instructional needs.
    • These services support students who benefit from spending most of their instructional time in general education settings with targeted support. However, services may be provided in any setting, based on the individual IEP. Instructional content varies, based on each student’s IEP. Access
    • Access services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students with moderate to intensive academic and functional special education needs.
    • These services support students who are able to make progress on their IEP goals while spending most of their instructional time, in general education settings with a range of supports.
    • These students may also benefit from a variety of specialized instruction, including smaller group instruction and intervention, for part of the day.
    • However, services may be provided in any setting, based on the individual IEP. Instructional content varies, based on each student’s IEP.
    FOCUS (SM2)
    • Focus services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students with more intensive academic and functional special education needs.
    • These services support students who benefit from spending most of their instructional time, including specially designed instruction, in a smaller group setting as their least restrictive environment.
    • These students also benefit from elective classes in the general education setting with a range of supports.
    • However, services may be provided in any setting, based on the individual IEP.
    • Instructional content provides students opportunities to participate at their present level of performance. It also varies, based on each student’s IEP.
    SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL SERVICES
    • Social/Emotional services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students with more intensive academic and functional special education needs.
    • These services support students who benefit from spending most of their instructional time, including specially designed instruction, in a smaller group setting as their least restrictive environment. However, services may be provided in any setting, based on the individual IEP.
    • Instructional content supports development of the student’s social/emotional skills, function and understanding. It also varies, based on each student’s IEP.
    SM4 (DISTINCT)
    • SM4 (distinct) services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students with intensive academic and functional special education needs.
    • These services support students who benefit from spending most of their instructional time in a smaller group setting as their least restrictive environment. However, services may be provided in any setting, based on the individual IEP.
    • Instructional content includes a curriculum that significantly differs from the general education curriculum. These services may include academic, communication, life and functional skill components. It also varies, based on each student’s IEP.

    ADVANCED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

    SPECTRUM LA
    Students need to qualify for the Advanced Learning Spectrum Program through district assessment. More information can be found on the district's advanced learning page: https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=14554

    ADVANCED MATH
    Students need to qualify for Advanced Math Courses via teacher recommendation, parent recommendation, and/or passing a skills content assessment. To remain in Advanced Math Courses, students are expected to consistently complete assignments and maintain an academic grade of B or higher.

    MATH 7 (for 6th graders)
    Prerequisites: Prior to enrollment students should be able to:

    • Add, subtract, multiply and divide positive fractions, decimals and percents FLUENTLY.
    • Understand negative number values and the absolute value of a number.
    • Understand how letters (variables) are used to represent numbers in a variety of situations.
    • Solve one variable equations and inequalities
    • Use multiplication and division reasoning to solve real-world ratio and rate problems.
    MATH 8 (for 6th and 7th graders)
    Prerequisites: Prior to enrollment students should be able to:

  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide positive and negative numbers.
  • Solve problems involving ratios, percents, and proportions.
  • Solve one and two-step algebra equations.
  • Represent proportional relationships with equations, graphs, and tables.

  • ALGEBRA 1
    The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. Because it is built on the middle grades standards, this is a more ambitious version of Algebra I than has generally been offered. The critical areas deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend, and students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions.

    The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Math 8 and/or beginning of year assessment of math 8 concepts.
    Special Supplies: Composition Book (Graph Paper style), At minimum- a scientific calculator. (Optional alternative would be a graphing calculator. They will be used extensively in coming years. Recommend the TI 84.)
    Donations: None

    GEOMETRY
    Geometry is a full year, high school level course that teaches students how to use, prove, and apply the properties and theorems related to 2-D and 3-D figures. Students will use formalized reasoning skills, deductively find and justify solutions, use tools to construct geometric figures, and communicate findings using precise mathematical language and logic. Successful completion of Algebra 1 is a prerequisite for Geometry. Although the focus of this course is not on algebra, the ability to use those previously learned algebra skills will be needed and expected.
    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra 1.
    Special Supplies: Compass (with an adjustment center wheel), protractor, composition notebook, calculator.
    Donations: None

    MUSIC PROGRAMS

    ORCHESTRA
    Students will advance their level of play based on experience and skill.

    Prerequisites:

    • Beginning orchestra-no pre-requisite.
    • Junior orchestra: 2 years in elementary school orchestra and interview
    • Intermediate orchestra: 1-year Middle School orchestra
    • Senior orchestra: by audition
    Special Supplies: Depending on instrument, you will need: guitars, strings for guitars, violins, violas, cellos, basses and harp. Sheet music.
    Donations: $50 voluntary donation Eckstein Orchestra Interviews: Please contact Mr. Smith to set-up an interview. bwsmith@seattleschools.org
    Orchestra News: http://orchestra.ecksteinms.seattleschools.org

    BAND
    All music ensembles will focus on preparing music to perform at school concerts, music festivals and public performances. The ensembles work to develop the skills of tuning, rhythm, tonal production and rehearsal and performance discipline. Various styles of music literature are explored and performed. Students will work as individual, section and as an ensemble to prepare for performances. Students are expected to participate in all events and concerts.

    Prerequisites:

    • Beginning Band: None
    • Junior Concert Band (all grades, mostly 6th): interview/teacher rec (email Mr. Escobedo)
    • Intermediate Band (all grades, mostly 7th): audition
    • Intermediate Jazz Band (all grades, mostly 7th): audition
    • Wind Ensemble (all grades, mostly 8th): audition
    • Senior Jazz and Combos: (all grades, mostly 8th): audition
    Special Supplies: Supplies for your instrument, sheet music, pencils. If you do not know the instrument you would like to play we can make suggestions. Eckstein has some instruments to loan.
    Donations: Not only will students sing at performances and travel to festivals, there will be associated costs. Families will be asked to support their student’s activities through positive reinforcement, volunteering, fundraising, and by paying for travel, food and overnight costs.
    Prerequisites: Eckstein Band Interviews.Please contact Mr. Escobedo to set-up an interview. cuescobedo@seattleschools.org
    Band News: http://eckstein-band.ecksteinms.seattleschools.org

    VOCAL JAZZ
    As a member of the premier jazz vocal ensemble at Eckstein, your student may miss school work and tests to attend performances, they will need to make these up and keep their school work current and in good standing. Your child will also be a role model to other students in the program and must possess exemplary behavior. Students will need to increase their level of practicing, singing time and commit to events while performing music at the highest level.
    Pre-requisites for Vocal Jazz: audition
    Donations: Not only will students sing at performances and travel to festivals, there will be associated costs. Families will be asked to support their student’s activities through positive reinforcement, volunteering, fundraising, and by paying for travel, food and overnight costs.

    CHOIR

    BEGINNING CHOIR
    All treble choir of students who are ready to gain experience singing at the Middle School level. Students may have sung at their elementary schools or in their community and are now excited about learning more about singing together. Students sing in three full concerts, as well as at numerous assemblies and school events.
    Prerequisite: None
    Special Supplies: Binder with tabs for sheet music and theory.
    Donations: $40 enrichment donation requested

    ADVANCED CHOIR
    Mixed-choir of students who have previous singing and music theory or music experience. Advanced Choir students are encouraged to learn music on their own, sing solos, and expand their knowledge of choral music. Students sing in three full concerts, as well as at numerous assemblies and school events.
    Prerequisites: Audition
    Special Supplies: Binder with tabs for sheet music and theory.
    Donations: $40 enrichment donation requested
    Eckstein Choir Interviews: Please contact Owen Fox to set-up an interview. owfox@seattleschools.org