current 7TH GRADers


TECHNOLOGY

ARTS

WORLD LANGUAGE

LITERACY

8th grade elective options

Innovative Minds II

*Pre-requisite Innovative Minds I
This course is an extension of Innovative Minds I. Students use the Argyle Design Process to investigate, plan, design, create and evaluate original solutions to real world problem through the use of emerging technologies. Students are encouraged to display ingenuity and creativity in finding solutions to a variety of engineering tasks and challenges. Students practice innovative problem solving with a variety of tools and applications. Students produce a myriad of modern technology products such as 3D printed parts for NASA prototypes, robotics and circuits.

introduction to digital media

Course Description Video Link

Students learn the skills and knowledge needed to understand how to create and operate in the digital media industry, and its impact on our society. Students learn how to pitch, write, develop, and produce content for various digital and social media platforms. Students gain insight through a variety of projects ranging from; oral presentations to interactive presentations, audio and video podcasting, audio recording and editing, and video production basics.

Students in the class will assist in the production of the school's student-run television news program in our digital media suite. Students will have the opportunity to also write, develop, and produce public service announcements, documentaries, and other video projects that are used on the school's website and the student- run news. This is a great way for students to work in both front and behind the camera, in a collaborative setting that provides opportunities for leadership and teamwork.

Programming fundamentals

Course Description Video Link

Students will spend a semester learning and developing basic programming skills and incorporating it towards the development of games and programming robots. This is a great course for students who want to learn how to code and also with basic programming experience.

Intro to Programming

*Pre-requisite Programming Fundamentals OR Computer Apps w/Analysis: A.I. and Engineering


This is an advanced level course in which students focus on coding and programming skills through the design and development of video games. Students explore components of a well designed game.

technology systems: Cybersecurity ii

In this course, we focus on global technology systems and security. Students will take an in-depth look into cybersecurity, examining current threats on the news and explore possible careers in the field. Students will learn about advanced digital threats and learn about prevention and mitigation strategies including: firewalls, encryptions and cyphers, ethical hacking, and preventive network policies.

Intro to engineering design
course descripton video link

This is a High School Credit Course


This high school course is for Grade 8 students who are concurrently taking Algebra I and is part of the PLTW Engineering Pathway. This course develops students’ problem-solving skills, with emphasis on visualization and communication skills, using a computer and a 3-D solid modeling software. This course emphasizes the development of a design using computer software to produce, analyze, and evaluate models of projects and solutions. Students will study the design concepts of form and function and then use state-of-the-art technology to translate conceptual design into reproducible products.

foundations of
computer science

This is a High School Credit Course

This course provides an engaging introduction to computing concepts through a nationally developed curriculum, offered through a unique partnership with Code.org®. The course focuses on the conceptual ideas of computing so that students understand why tools and languages are used to solve problems. This is done through a study of human computer interaction, problem solving, web design, programming, data analysis, and robotics.

This is a High School Credit Course


Students learn Web design from storyboard to a finished online Web page and develop actual sites from customers' specifications using HTML, Java Script, Cold Fusion, Web composers, and object-oriented programming languages. Skills in streaming media and server applications and 3-D animation are developed. Project management provides students with skills to lead teams through projects from inception to completion.

french language level i

This is a High School Credit course.

Students begin to learn to communicate orally and in writing in a culturally appropriate manner about topics related to daily life. They interpret basic information when listening and reading. Vocabulary and basic grammatical structures are taught within the context of these familiar topics. Culture is embedded throughout the course.

french language level ii

This is a High School Credit course. Pre-requisite: French Language I

Students will continue their journey into the French language and culture by expanding and building on their previous learning during French I. Students will expand their practice in the French language, communicating orally and in writing using more complex syntax, vocabulary and grammar.

Spanish language level i

This is a High School Credit course.

Students begin to learn to communicate orally and in writing in a culturally appropriate manner about topics related to daily life. They interpret basic information when listening and reading. Vocabulary and basic grammatical structures are taught within the context of these.

spanish language level ii

This is a High School Credit course.

Pre-requisite: Spanish Language I

Students will continue their journey into the Spanish language and culture by expanding and building on their previous learning during Spanish I. Students will expand their practice in the Spanish language, communicating orally and in writing using more complex syntax, vocabulary and grammar.

spanish language level iiI

This is a High School Credit course.

Pre-requisite: Spanish Language II

Students will expand their knowledge and skill journey into the Spanish language and culture. This advance course will provide experience in using higher level vocabulary and syntax that were introduced during Spanish II. Students will expand their ability to use the Spanish language in various scenarios, communicating primarily in the target language and writing using complex vocabulary and sentence structures.

spanish for spanish speaker I

This is a High School Credit course.

Pre-requisite: *Students must complete a language assessment for placement in this course.

Spanish for Spanish Speakers courses provide language instruction for students with some proficiency in Spanish, either because it is their first language or it is spoken in their home. Each course integrates history, culture, language, and connections related to the Spanish-speaking world. *Students must complete a language assessment for placement in this course.

spanish for spanish speaker II

This is a High School Credit course.

Pre-requisite: Spanish for Spanish Speakers I

Spanish for Spanish Speakers II will provide language instruction for students with intermediate proficiency in Spanish language, having learned it as their first language or regularly spoken in their home. Level II course integrates more history, culture, language, and connections related to the Spanish-speaking world.

innovative art & design 3

Intermediate middle school art class will allow students to build on their prior learning from Studio Art I and design art using various mediums. The developed skills will be used to provide opportunities of self expression. Students will be able to use their digital skills to create artworks illustrating their viewpoints about personal experiences via digital media and/or digital photography.

Intro to digital publishing:
yearbook

In this course, students will design and develop the annual Argyle Middle School Yearbook both digitally and on paper. This course will develop students ability to collaborate with their peers to compile and process pictures for the yearbook, leveraging their experience in formatting and manipulating digital photos.

Theatre

In this beginning level course, students will explore how the theater is a space that both creates and challenges community. Theatre artists create an ensemble amongst themselves which functions as a safe space for risk-taking and creating. A sustained investigation of community in this intermediate level course engages students to study a variety of dramatic works, participate in the creation and enhancement of ensemble, and question the role of theatre within their community.

general music in the
digital space

Course Description Video Link

This course is designed as an overview of digital music. Students will use the GarageBand application via iOS devices to explore music production, sequencing, recording, mixing, and basic post-production techniques, creating original music projects. This course is open to all students regardless of musical background.

This course is for students with no prior instrumental music experience. Basic instrumental skills are developed by performing a variety of music. Students are taught the elements of musical form, terms and symbols, tone production, instrument care and maintenance, and the importance of consistent practice habits. Emphasis is placed on developing formal rehearsal decorum, following a conductor, and developing pitch and rhythmic security in preparation for performing an independent part in the traditional band ensemble. Students also learn melodic form and construction as they examine and perform more complex folk melodies and melodies from master composers.

Pre-requisite: Students must have completed Band 1

This course is for students who have taken Band 1 and has prior instrumental music experience. Intermediate instrumental skills are developed by performing a variety of music. Students expand their understanding of musical form, terms and symbols, tone production, instrument care and maintenance, and the importance of consistent practice habits. Emphasis is placed on developing formal rehearsal decorum, following a conductor, and developing pitch and rhythmic security in preparation for performing an independent part in the traditional band ensemble. Students also learn melodic form and construction as they examine and perform more complex folk melodies and melodies from master composers.

Pre-requisite: Students must have completed Band 1

This course is for students with advance instrumental music experience. Advance instrumental skills are developed by performing a variety of music. Students are taught advance elements of musical form, terms and symbols, tone production, instrument care and maintenance, and the importance of consistent practice habits. Emphasis is placed on developing formal rehearsal decorum, following a conductor, and developing pitch and rhythmic security in preparation for performing an independent part in the traditional band ensemble.

This course is for students with no prior instrumental music experience. Basic instrumental skills are developed by performing a variety of music. Students are taught the elements of musical form, terms and symbols, tone production, instrument care and maintenance, and the importance of consistent practice habits. Emphasis is placed on developing formal rehearsal decorum, following a conductor, and developing pitch and rhythmic security in preparation for performing an independent part in the traditional orchestra ensemble. Students also learn melodic form and construction as they examine and perform more complex folk melodies and melodies from master composers.

Pre-requisite: Students must have completed Orchestra 1

This course is for students who have taken Orchestra 1 and has prior instrumental music experience. Intermediate instrumental skills are developed by performing a variety of music. Students expand their understanding of musical form, terms and symbols, tone production, instrument care and maintenance, and the importance of consistent practice habits. Emphasis is placed on developing formal rehearsal decorum, following a conductor, and developing pitch and rhythmic security in preparation for performing an independent part in the traditional orchestra ensemble. Students also learn melodic form and construction as they examine and perform more complex folk melodies and melodies from master composers.

Pre-requisite: Students must have completed Orchestra 2

This course is for students with advance instrumental music experience. Advance instrumental skills are developed by performing a variety of music. Students are taught advance elements of musical form, terms and symbols, tone production, instrument care and maintenance, and the importance of consistent practice habits. Emphasis is placed on developing formal rehearsal decorum, following a conductor, and developing pitch and rhythmic security in preparation for performing an independent part in the traditional orchestra ensemble.

dIGITAL LITERACY 3

The Digital Literacy 3 curriculum focuses on increasing critical and creative thinking through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing through an integrated approach. By participating in a problem-based process, students learn to define, analyze, and evaluate real-world problems of interest related to standards-based curriculum topics. Students will use research skills to investigate problems using real-time global texts and then create solutions to address the problems. Students will participate in sustained inquiry, analysis, and evaluation of text through reading complex informational, expository, and argumentative texts in a technology-rich medium. Students will hone their communication, collaboration, research, and problem-solving skills and learn to give, receive, and use feedback to improve their process and products during complex tasks. Digital Literacy creates authentic work for students to engage in by allowing for presentation of their solutions beyond the walls of the classroom.

8TH GRADE CORE TEAM

Mr. Matthew Lilja
Counselor
Email: Matthew_J_Lilja@mcpsmd.org

Mr. Sean Randall-Jones
Counselor
Email: Sean_M_Randall-jones@mcpsmd.org


Ms. Elizabeth Sandall
Administrator
Email: Elizabeth_A_Sandall@mcpsmd.org