7th & 8th Grade Electives


What is AVID?

AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills needed to be successful in their college & future careers, but it is the student’s determination that creates such success. AVID is NOT an intervention or remedial course; rather, it is a course to fast-track students to advanced courses and is especially beneficial for students who have not previously been in advanced courses.

In middle school, AVID is offered as an elective class in 7th and 8th grade and takes the place of a student's APS (Academic and Personal Success) class. All students at HMS are in one-two academic enrichment courses, which includes AVID, APS, or QUEST. While all students are exposed to AVID strategies at HMS, there are two sections of the AVID elective class for 7th grade and two sections for 8th grade.

AVID is...

  • a place for students that have the common goal of going to college
  • a class that begins preparing students to be college ready upon high school graduation
  • AVID combines rigor with support that includes each student's own individual determination and the support of teachers, other AVID students, family members, the AVID teacher(s), and college tutors
  • a place that sets high expectations for students including that they maintain at least grades of B or higher
  • a class that pushes kids to reach their potential own individual potential, regardless of how it compares to one another
  • a community of students that become more of a family that grow together
  • a privilege and honor to be a part of in our community

AVID is not...

  • NOT a one size fits all program; students in AVID have all been placed there for very different reasons
  • AVID is not an "at-risk" program. It is designed to support students, who would otherwise not attend a four-year university, to attend and graduate from a four-year school.
  • AVID is not for students who fail to complete any of their homework.
  • AVID is not for students who consistently receive grades of "D" or "F".
  • AVID is not for unmotivated students. They must have individual determination.

Gateway to Technology

Enrollment in the Gateway to Technology course is not automatic. In order to be considered for the 2 year course commitment Gateway program, 7th grade students must submit a completed GTT Application to the counseling office!

    • Please note, the application includes 2 GTT Teacher Recommendation Forms.

2 years of Gateway in middle school = 1 total elective high school credit!


Computer Apps

Comp Apps: Coding and/or Comp Apps: Graphics

  • Open to any 7th/8th grader
  • 1 semester course
  • No prerequisites
  • Can be taken in any order
  • Can be taken both in one school year or as a stand alone course!
Apr 5, 2017 5:00 PM.webm

Art 1

  • 1/2 year (1 semester) elective course
  • Open to all 7th/8th graders
Art 1.mp4

Theatre Arts 1

  • 1/2 year (1 semester) elective course
  • Open to all 7th/8th graders
Theatre arts 1.mp4

Advanced Art

  • Full year (2 semester) elective course
  • Open 8th graders ONLY
  • Application required: found in D508
  • Parent Permission form required:found in D508
Advanced Art-

Advanced Theatre

  • Full year (2 semester) elective course
  • Open to 7th or 8th graders
  • Application/audition required: can be found in H700!
Advanced theatre.mp4


CHOIR - 5thgradeinfo.pdf

Dance Drill Team (Black Diamonds)

  • Full year course
  • Beginner - advanced level course
  • Extracurricular activity
  • Students work on strengthening dance technique and skills, polishing routines for performances, and they also learn intermediate-advanced level principles of Choreography.
  • Techniques of study include: contemporary, lyrical, modern, jazz, pom, high kick, hip hop, and choreography.
  • Success on dance team comes from students who are: prepared for class each day with necessary materials, dedicated to improving their dance ability, and from students who respond to feedback and critiques from Mrs. Herrera and from members of the dance team officer line. .
  • Students should sign up for dance team because it is a challenging, positive learning environment. Being on dance team will help prepare students with tools needed to be successful in the dance programs they enter into when they move on to high school.
  • In order to reserve a spot on the roster for dance team, students must complete a membership process in March that includes: attendance at “Diamond Shine” and turning in the required membership forms.


  • Full year elective choice for 7th/8th graders only!
  • Application required: found in D503.

Office Aide

  • Applications due to the counseling office by April 25th, 2017!
  • Late applicants will NOT be considered for student aide positions.

Office Aide.mp4

Library Aide

  • To get a Library Aide application, please see Ms. Daves in the Library.

Library Aide.webm

Hawk Squad

  • To join the Hawk Squad, please fill out this application and turn it in to Ms. Daves in the Library.
Hawk Squad.MP4

Study Hall

Study hall.mp4