Electives

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In order for students to use their hearts and minds to their fullest potential, Quimby Oak offers Art, Music, Leadership, Digital Media Arts and 21st Century Project Based Learning (PBL) to enrich their academic and personal learning. Creativity and presentation are two incredibly valuable skills in the modern world. In these classes, students are challenged to learn a variety of skills, learn more about themselves and their fellow students, and learn the rich histories of art, music, or technology. We look forward to a wonderful and exciting year with all of our students.

Art

Students will explore the elements of art and the fundamentals of design through various 2D and 3D projects. Students will make journals to record art history notes and drawings. Paper-mache masks, fabric and paper collage, plaster cloth action figures, a technology project, and much more await students in the Art Studio!AVID

Music (only year-long elective)

  • Concert Band is a beginning/intermediate level group, though no prior experience is necessary. New members join this band on a yearly basis with recent or no experience and leave seasoned and ready for the more advanced Symphonic Band. Membership is for 7th and 8th graders with a strong interest in learning a wind instrument, growing their performance skills, and learning more about music through the band curriculum. Students learn how to read music, play an instrument to an intermediate level, and perform in several concerts throughout the year. Students gain the performing ability necessary to play music at a level difficult enough for preparation and performance in school concerts and to audition into the Symphonic Band. The ensemble performs in our two big concerts, the big Elementary Concert in May, and other special events throughout the year.
  • Symphonic Band is an intermediate/advanced level group and is for those 7th and 8th grade students who have mastered their first method book or beyond. Students enrolled in this class have either been auditioned or met the requirements from previous enrollment based on teacher recommendation. This ensemble travels for local music festivals and receives consistent high marks in festival performance, having received Unanimous Superior and Excellent ratings the past two years. The goal of this class is high school preparation, honing ensemble performance skills, and continued development of individual instrumental technique and musical knowledge. The ensemble performs in two concerts a year in addition to performing at many school functions, including: Spirit Rallies, Elementary Visits, School Carnival, and more. Students are expected to engage in outreach and mentorship with our feeder elementary bands and community. Students in this ensemble may also wish to audition for California All-State and regional Honor groups.
  • Chorus is a vocal performing ensemble that is open to all students, regardless of their previous musical background and vocal experience. Students with no experience are encouraged to join! A strong desire to learn vocal music of all kinds, learning to read music, and a positive attitude are essential requirements for this class. Students gain a strong foundation in music fundamentals, as well as vocal technique, and progress to full ensemble performances by the end of each semester. Students can expect to sing in small and large groups, perform in public, engage in new music listening, dance, and learn to sing melodies and up to three part harmony.

Leadership

Quimby Leadership is an elective class for 8th graders during the fall semester and for 7th and 8th grade during the spring semester. Seventh grade students are recommended by their 7th grade teacher team. About 60 students participate in Leadership each semester. Students are committed to making school a positive and spirited place for all the students attending Quimby.

Each year during late winter, 7th grade students are elected to be the ASB president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and historian for the following school year.

The Leadership class coordinates several activities for our students including running the lunch program, spirit rallies, noontime activities, fundraisers, spirit days, sports events, and dances.

Peer Advisory

While at Quimby Oak, all students will participate in peer advisory. This class is designed as a place for students to further develop study skills, life skills, participate in service-learning and to build developmental assets. Students need to be equipped with the tools to cope and function in the real world, including developing relationships with peers and adults as well as resisting peer pressure and solving personal conflicts.

Service Learning

19-20 Course Description: This introductory class focuses on the relationships between the student, their school, and their community. Students are taught how to identify community needs, select projects that are meaningful to them, apply practical skills, reflect on their learning experiences, and behave responsibly as a service provider. Students will be empowered to be a positive influence in their community and at school by designing and conducting a service-learning project where they contribute for a greater good.

Discovering Coding

19-20 Course Description: Are you interested in the mathematical skills and coding behind websites, games and applications? Discovering Coding empowers students to create authentic artifacts using creativity, communication, problem-solving, and fun! Discovering Coding will help build your math reasoning and application skills. Students will learn code, use logic, and Boolean Statements to discover the impact that coding has on design effectiveness. Students will experience interactive games and animations and learn the code behind them. Through a series of design challenges, students will learn how to better understand the needs of users while developing a solution to a problem.

Yearbook Arts

19-20 Course Description: Students will design and create the Quimby Oak Middle School yearbook. Course topics will include principles of creating content, publishing, editing, editorials, production, marketing problems, distribution methods, and impact of content within the Quimby and Evergreen communities. Students will also develop the leadership and social skills needed to work in a highly collaborative production environment.

Hip Hop Dance

19-20 Course Description: Students will learn dance routines, steps, and movements set to hip-hop music. There is no experience necessary to participate in this course just an interest in dance and a love of hip-hop music! The class is differentiated into two levels of choreography so that beginning and experienced dancers can participate together! The goal of the course is to use the power of dance to build endurance and cardiovascular fitness.

Weight Training

19-20 Course Description: This class is intended to teach students how to use “free weights” and weight machines correctly to enhance strength, physical fitness, decrease body fat, increase lean muscle mass and mental discipline through weight training. This course is designed for students who wish to learn about this area of fitness. It will also help all students to gain a better understanding of equipment used in order to become more knowledgeable and safer in a weight room and gym type setting. Experience isn’t required.

Volleyball

19-20 Course Description: Do you have a love for volleyball? This course is designed all around building the techniques, skills, and strategies to increase success on the court and at the net! Students will participate in scrimmages and volleyball tournaments. The goal is to increase knowledge about the game and the overall skills to be a confident competitor. No experience required, just a passion for having fun and a drive to learn more about volleyball as a sport!

Wrestling

19-20 Course Description: Are you interested in wrestling? This course is designed to reinforce the conditioning, fundamental holds, and mat skills needed to be a wrestler. Safety and overall wrestling concepts will be introduced. Students will participate in matches and tournaments. This course is open to all students and experience isn’t required.


Teachers

Teachers Elective

Mark Stolan

Gary Ortega

Mosey Gill

Mark Fujimoto

Mark Fujimoto

Mandy Stracke

Melody Sutton

Kerry Ferrari

Jennifer Jackson

Sam Spengler

Dean Askanas

Leadership

Band/Chorus

Art

Service Learning

Peer Advisory

Yearbook Arts

Discovering Coding

Hip Hop Dance

Volleyball

Wrestling

Weight Training


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  • San Jose, CA 95148-3022
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