Students choose from the electives below:
Music - Mrs. Rautenberg, Mr. Dabach
7th and 8th Grade General Electives
Spanish - Mrs. Yelavich-Wade
Music - Mrs. Rautenberg, Mr. Dabach
Robotics I (7th only) 2016-2017
7th and 8th Grade Service Electives
Eagle Service - Mrs. Reynolds
Leadership (application required) - Ms. Dickinson
Student Aide (8th only)
Yearbook - Ms. Dickinson
Computers/Technology (trimester) Mr. Johnson
Computers is a hands-on applications-based class that will focus on a variety of media and technology while developing the technology skills needed for college and career readiness. Students will experience the many facets of computer-generated presentations and applications.
Discovery Rotation (6th grade only)
The discovery rotation gives sixth grade students a chance to sample many types of electives in a rotating format . There are rotations to classes in art, music, theater, and computers.
Eagle Service (year) Ms. Reynolds
Students will engage in a variety of school-oriented services. Class activities will include button making, poster making, assisting with the food drive, escorting school visitors, and much more. This is the class our school depends on to do all the "extras" for school activities. This class is limited in enrollment to thirty students with teacher approval. Prerequisite: 2.0 overall GPA and no "U"s or "N"s on previous report card.
Fine Art (trimester) Ms. Witham
Scheduled projects are designed to build and develop skills and techniques in a variety of media while allowing for individual creative expression. Elements and principles of design and related art history will be addressed in class. The curriculum is designed to meet the goals outlined in the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools. Please ask to see your child’s work at the end of the semester. The creativity these students show is wonderful!
Leadership (year) Ms. Dickinson
The A. C. Stelle Leadership Class is an elective class designed for 7th and 8th grade students who are leaders in our school. Students will meet daily, planning, organizing, and managing a wide variety of school activities. In addition, students will acquire and develop leadership skills such as communication, how to run a meeting, goal setting, public relations, running the student store, gross and net profits, and more. Students enrolled in this class will be assigned commissioned positions and will assist the elected officers in promoting school service and spirit. Students in leadership must meet high academic and citizenship standards and show good school spirit. Prerequisite: 2.0 overall GPA and no "D"s, "F"s, "U,"s or "N"s.
Music Electives (1 year) Mrs. Rautenberg, Mr. Dabach
Beginning Band is designed for the beginning music student. The course will cover the basic elements of tone production, instrument care, musicianship, and reading music. The specific selection of instruments will be made by the instructor during the first week of school. The Beginning Band experience will culminate in an evening concert performance during the fourth quarter of the school year.
Wind Ensemble is for students who successfully complete one year in the Beginning Band program and have not received a "U" in citizenship. This high level performing group performs frequently representing A. C. Stelle in the community.
"Stellar Voices" Vocal Ensemble is for students who have a desire to sing. These students will learn the fundamentals of reading music and vocal production. Members will develop confidence by performing in public several times a year. These performances will count as a major part of their grade. Stellar Voices performs frequently representing A. C. Stelle in the community.
Beginning Strings is for students interested in learning to play string instruments. The course will cover the basic elements of tone production, instrument care, musicianship, and reading music. There will be a fourth quarter performance.
Jazz Lab is for motivated students who want to learn improvization and jazz techniques. Performances are expected.
Robotics I (year) Mrs. Kaminski
Students will work together to build robots and animatronics such as robitic characters as seen at Disneyland. In addition, students will learn programming and 3-D modeling skills in preparation for a future in Engineering or 3-D Design. As part of this course, students will develop problem solving and collaboration skills. Furthermore, this course will prepare students to compet in Redional, State, and National VEX IQ competiions at the middle school level should they choose. This is the perfect class for anyone who loves technology, computers, solving problems, and making objects come alive!
Spanish 1A and 1B (year) Mrs. Yelavich-Wade
Spanish 1 is a highly academic course taught at the high school level which is offered to motivated A. C. Stelle students. Seventh grade students take Spanish 1A and eighth grade students take Spanish 1B. Students need to maintain a B- or better in order to stay enrolled in the class. There are no extra credit assignments offered as your grade must reflect your academic ability necessary for high school level achievement.
Student Aide (year -- 8th grade only)
Students will be assigned as an aide in either the classroom or office: Office aides will perform clerical work such as alphabetizing and learning general office procedures. Students will serve as helpers in the middle school offices. Classroom aides will have the opportunity to help middle school teachers with preparation of teaching materials and room presentations.
Theater (trimester) Ms. Wildman
In this class, students work on a variety of theater projects designed to develop self-confidence, creativity, and communication and listening skills. No special acting talent is required - our explorations of theater take place in a supportive environment where everyone can succeed. Students engage in acting games, reader's theater, monologues, puppetry, improvisation, and scene work, using both original and adapted materials. They learn to critique performances using appropriate theater vocabulary. In addition, students learn about the historical and cultural dimensions of theater by performing in different styles.
Yearbook (year) Ms. Dickinson
Students in this course will be responsible for the production of the school yearbook. Students will learn basic photography and digital imaging. They will be exposed to publishing software such as Adobe InDesign and Adobe PhotoShop. Students will also learn journalism skills and interviewing techniques. They will research and write copy for the yearbook. Students will create a year-end slide show. After the completion of the yearbook, students will work on advancing their knowledge of Photoshop and video production. They will learn video editing software. Students must be independent and able to meet deadlines. Occasional lunchtime and after school work may be required. The class is limited to 30 students. Prerequisite: 3.0 overall GPA and no "U"s or "N"s on previous report card.