2022 – 2023 Churchill Classes in Alphabetical Order:
Art Foundations-6th Grade Rotation (501009):
Sixth grade rotation serves as an introduction to the elements and principles of art. In class, students will explore each element of art and how they play an important role in creating art. Students will also create different projects including: The Art Elements Square, Watercolor Landscapes, Optical Illusions and others to help gain an appreciation and love for creating their own artwork. Students will also look at various artists to begin understanding different styles and themes of artwork they may be exposed to.
Advanced Art 3D – Ceramics (501321):
Ceramics is an introductory course for students who want to learn the basic techniques for working with clay. Students will learn hand-building techniques including pinch, slab, and coil. Students will also be introduced to a variety of artists including current and historical ceramicists as well as other artists from different mediums to gain inspiration. In addition to learning about ceramics, students will also have the opportunity to discuss and write about their artwork. Students are expected to adhere to classroom policies and safety regulations if they want a successful semester in ceramics.
Advanced Art 3d-Mixed Media (501322):
This course is designed to introduce students to various art making practices and materials. Students will explore various mediums including 3D materials, photo editing software, drawing mediums, etc. and discover ways to create artwork with several different mediums. Students will also explore both traditional and non-traditional approaches to creating art, as well as create a blended approach between the two. Projects students may create include cardboard sculptures, blended drawing and painting projects, collages, ceramics etc.
Advanced Art 2D-Digital Photography & Graphic Design (501311):
Digital Photography & Graphic Design is a blended course designed to introduce students to the basics of photography and the basics of graphic design. Students will learn how to capture different types of photographs and learn how to develop themes in their work. Students will also look at how graphic design and photography are interconnected and begin developing projects blended between the two. Students will also learn basic photo editing skills with editing software like Adobe and/or Pixlr (online). Students will create various projects, some of which include zines, photo collages, pixel art, magazine/album covers, and more.
Advanced Art Foundation -Painting & Watercolors (501002):
Beginning painting is designed to introduce students to various methods of painting including traditional and non-traditional painting techniques. Students will learn how to work with acrylic, watercolors, and other non-traditional painting materials. Students will also explore different types of canvases to paint on. Some projects may include self-portraits, collages, landscapes, etc. Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively on art projects to develop larger artworks, with one project potentially being a mural.
Ballroom Dance Team (500300):
Ballroom Dance Company is a full year class. Placement in this class is determined by auditions.
This is a performing class and students are given several opportunities to perform.
Emphasis will be placed on: Learning social dance skills, social dance etiquette, developing choreographic and performance skills, and how to lead and follow. Students will learn tango, waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, swing, and rumba.
Beginning Social Dance (500301):
In this Social Dance class, students will gain a basic understanding of ballroom dance and proper social dance etiquette. Students will learn a variety of social dances to include: Tango, waltz, swing and foxtrot, Students will learn basic footwork, lead and follow, styling and partnering. Students will be involved with a variety of social interactions. Various social activities and games will be part of this class.
Cadet Orchestra (509601):
In this class you learn how to play a string instrument and read music from knowing nothing up to method book 2. There are 2 concerts per semester that you are required to perform in. You have the option to take this class first semester only or full year if you are able to enter into the Concert Orchestra class for second semester.
College and Career Awareness /CCA (706500):
College and Career Awareness offers exploration and preparation in college and career pathways focusing on jobs that are high skill and high demand, as well as satisfying and financially rewarding. The College and Career Awareness course is designed to help students identify their interests, abilities, and skills. Through application-based lessons, College and Career Awareness allows students to utilize technology, develop foundational skills, and explore careers.
Concert Band (509410):
Students with 1-5 years of previous band instruction learn more advanced techniques and how to blend their sound with others in the band. There are 5-6 concerts per year.
Concert Orchestra (509810):
Students with 1-7 years of previous string instruction learn more advanced techniques and how to blend their sound with others in the orchestra. There are 5-6 concerts per year.
Creative Coding (706621):
Students learn how to code through real software development environment to design, program, and publish mobile apps and games.
Dance Company (500460):
Dance Company provides students with many opportunities to develop performance and choreographic skills, present demonstrations of their work, learn and improve teamwork. Students will explore many different dance styles.
Digital Literacy (706571):
The course provides a broad understanding of key applications, computing fundamentals, and living online. Students will have the opportunity to use technology and develop skills that promote creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration in the classroom and day-to-day living.
Drama 6th (520001):
Sixth graders have the opportunity to take a drama class that is longer then exploratory drama that they have to take as part of the elective rotation. In this class we get students ready to take theatre 1 or 2 by having fun with puppets, plays and theatre games/improv. This is the most popular theatre class for the 6th grade so join us, and we will have so much fun!
Exploratory Drama (690039):
Drama can be intimidating, but in this class 6th graders get to experience what is drama in a short time frame. Remember these electives are for 6th graders to try everything their first year so they know what to explore in more depth later! We explore public speaking, emotional development and being creative. It is made for kids of all abilities to have fun exploring what theatre is all about.
English 6 (565900/565910):
Sixth grade English classes are focused on the Utah Core Curriculum Standards, as we practice academic, thinking, social, and life-long learning skills in preparation for being successful in the 21st century. English students are encouraged to read, think, and write creatively and critically. This course meets the Utah Core requirement of intensive formal instruction for reading comprehension strategies as well as comprehensive instruction in argument (supporting claims), narrative and informative writing. We will be reading and writing throughout the year utilizing short stories, poetry, plays, and various novels.
English 7 (566000/566100):
Seventh grade English classes are focused on the Utah Core Curriculum Standards, as we practice academic, thinking, social, and life-long learning skills in preparation for being successful in the 21st century. English students are encouraged to read, think, and write creatively and critically. This course meets the Utah Core requirement of intensive formal instruction for reading comprehension strategies as well as comprehensive instruction in argument (supporting claims), narrative and informative writing. We will be reading and writing throughout the year utilizing short stories, poetry, plays, and various novels. Honors English will provide a challenge to highly motivated students who are ready for an accelerated pace of learning. The course work will help students to develop individual autonomy and independence. Students will acquire critical thinking skills through activities, projects, and extensions. Academic excellence and appropriate behavior are expected for the rigorous reading schedule and extensive practice in writing.
English 8 (566400/566500):
Welcome to 8th grade English! English at Churchill is focused on the Utah Core Curriculum Standards, as we practice academic, thinking, social, and life-long learning skills in preparation for being successful in the 21st century. English students are encouraged to read, think, and write creatively and critically. Our main focus is on argumentative and informational writing; however, we do read various types of texts throughout the year as well. 8th grade will continue to build on the skills you have learned in 6th and 7th period and prepare you for the rigors of high school.
Engineering Technology (706821):
This is a capstone course taken in conjunction with Honors 8th Grade Science. Students will use their skills learned in STEM and Exploring Tech and apply them to solve science questions, engineering challenges, and creating their own creative projects. This class will give lifelong hands-on skills.
Exploring Technology (706801):
Exploring Technology students will expand on the skills learned in the STEM course. The class will focus on engineering design and manufacturing processes. Students will improve their skills with several power and hand tools, CAD design, 3D printing, and laser engraving. They will have an introduction to working with plastics and composites. Students will then be able to advance to Introduction to Technology 1 and the Capstone course of Engineering Technology.
FCS (Family and Consumer Science) 6th Grade (706741):
This class will be an introduction to nutrition and food preparation. We will touch on concepts relating to social skills, interpersonal relationships and family life. We will also cover the basics of sewing.
FCS (Family and Consumer Science) 7th Grade (706701):
Integrated Family and Consumer Science concepts are taught in this class. Students will cover more advanced food preparation, sewing construction, interior design and some childcare. First-time FCS students will be able to grasp all concepts taught in this course, but it will build on some of the curriculum taught to the 6th grade.
French 1 (560100):
Students will be able to understand French and speak on various topics: greetings, physical characteristics, and personality traits, likes and dislikes, leisure time and sports, school life, my family, and food. Students will read simple texts and write simple expressions and short sentences on those topics. Students will develop a cultural awareness about everyday life in the French-speaking world. THIS COURSE PROVIDES HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT.
French 2 (560150):
Students will be able to understand French and speak on various topics: how to go to a shop and buy clothes, how to describe our daily life, invite a friend to a restaurant and order food, talk about entertainment, and go to the doctor’s. Students will read simple texts and write simple expressions and short sentences on those topics. Students will develop their cultural awareness about everyday life in the French-speaking world. THIS COURSE PROVIDES HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT.
French Immersion 6th grade/French 2 DLI (560190):
Students will learn how to interact with others, exchange preferences and opinions, identify information from texts and from audios. Students will write information about their life and state their viewpoint. Students will work on the following activities: pre-reading, global reading, specific reading, study of language (spelling, grammar,…), pre-writing, writing. Speaking will be a big part of the year through varied engaging activities.
French Immersion 7th Grade/ French 3 (560260):
The French 3 DLI-Culture and Communication class prepares students for the AP exam. We focus on the pre-AP oral portion where students learn to make comparisons between their own community and the French-speaking culture. An example would be to compare the importance of sports in the student’s community to the importance of sports in a French-speaking country. Students learn about French culture by exploring the six AP themes. THIS COURSE PROVIDES HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT.
French Immersion 8th Grade/ French 4 (560310):
The French 4 DLI-Culture and Communication class prepares students for the AP exam. We focus on the pre-AP oral portion where students learn to make comparisons between their own community and the French-speaking culture. An example would be to compare the importance of sports in the student’s community to the importance of sports in a French-speaking country. Students learn about French culture by exploring the six AP themes. THIS COURSE PROVIDES HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT.
French Culture & Media:
The French DLI-Culture and Communication class prepares students for the AP exam. We focus on the pre-AP oral portion where students learn to make comparisons between their own community and the French-speaking culture. An example would be to compare the importance of sports in the student’s community to the importance of sports in a French-speaking country. Students learn about French culture by exploring the six AP themes. THIS COURSE PROVIDES HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT.
Foundation Band (509110):
In this class you learn how to play a wind or percussion instrument and read music from knowing nothing up to method book 2. There are 4 concerts per year.
Health I is dedicated to teaching middle school students the skills they need to establish a healthy and safe lifestyle and enhance behaviors to resist unhealthy choices through adolescence.
Jazz Band (508000):
This is an advanced music class in which you need to audition to be a part of it. We play jazz, Latin, salsa and swing music. We perform 5-6 times a year.
Math 6/Math 6 Honors (575900/575910):
Students will make sense of quantities & their relationships in the 6th grade core standards using standard algorithms demonstrating relationships in decimals, fractions, positive & negative integers, ratios, percentages, algebraic expressions, equations, functions, surface area & volume of geometric shapes & management of data.
Math 7/Math 7 Honors (576000/576200)
This course is a Pre-Algebra course with integrated Geometry. We follow the Utah Core Curriculum for Math and the district map provided by Granite School District. The pacing is more regulated in the honors class to provide for more supports during class time. Honors class expectations include the expectation to have a higher level of responsibility and self-motivation.
Math 7/8 Compacted (576700):
Math 8/Math 8 Honors:
Secondary 1 Math Honors (577100:
This course is a Pre-Algebra course with integrated Geometry. We follow the Utah Core Curriculum for Math and the district map provided by Granite School District. The pacing is more regulated than the honors class to provide for more supports during class time ** This is a high school credit class, and students must be on the Accelerated Math Pathway to enroll**
Mixed Choir (510400/510401):
In this class you will learn how to sing pop, musical and classical songs without damaging your voice and how to read sheet music. There are 2-3 concerts per semester, and you have the option to take this class for one semester or for the full year.
Modern Dance (499991):
This class is designed to introduce students to various forms of dance with an emphasis on dance as an art form. The student will: Improve dance technique, strength, flexibility, and coordination, learn dance terminology, write about dance, evaluating dance as an art form and understand the elements of dance and the creative process.
Music Foundations (507009):
This course is a Pre-Algebra course with integrated Geometry. We follow the Utah Core Curriculum for Math and the district map provided by Granite School District. The pacing is more regulated than the honors class to provide for more supports during class time
In this class we learn how to read music while playing bucket drums, hand bells and recorders. We also learn how to sing without damaging your voice. If you have little musical background or are a skilled musician, this class offers content that will help you explore your musical understanding.
Physical Education (605951/606001/606100):
This class gets you up and moving the whole time! Students will work on team building and cooperation through a variety of team sports and partner, backyard style games. Students will also learn about the many benefits of physical activity and fitness-related components through workouts performed once per week in the workout room. Weekly fitness challenges are performed at the end of every “Workout Wednesday” and prizes are given out to activity/competition winners throughout the course. Come get some exercise and interact with friends!
Reading (Exploratory Study Skills with Jaden Ford only):
This supplemental class is designed for students needing support in their reading comprehension and strategies skills. In a multi-grade class, students are given a variety of supplemental reading materials often paired with smaller worksheets, assessments, or mini-projects that will critically examine and workshop the student’s metacognitive reading abilities and apply them towards test-taking strategies used in language arts assessments. Students will have the opportunity not only to practice individual reading, but oral fluency, grammar-based reading, and problem-solving/logic skills. Students are invited to take this class as need is identified after testing in English class.
Science 6/ Science 6 Honors (590910/590920):
6th Grade Integrated Science is an exploration of 4 areas of Science. We will study: 1- Astronomy/the Solar System, 2- Chemistry, 3- Weather and Climate, and 4-Ecology. These 4 areas are in introduction into more specific disciplines, than the student may have been exposed to in elementary school.
Science 7/ Science 7 Honors (600000/600200):
Topics covered throughout the year are physics, geology, biology, and genetics. We study Newton’s laws, forces and motion with hot wheel cars, static electricity, and magnets. We model the rock cycle with candy, calculate density and learn about the layers of Earth along with plate tectonics. Cells are fabulous and everywhere! We look at unicellular, multicellular, and the interactions of the cells with each other in our body while studying our organ systems. Genetics is super powerful this year in understanding our pandemic, reproduction, and mutations of organisms. The focus is learning how to do science and not just memorizing facts.
Science 8/ Science 8 Honors (600400/600600):
Explore basic chemistry, physics, biology, and earth science principals. Students will learn using phenomena and are involved in many small hands-on activities and technology simulations to help unravel the mysteries as the episodes move on. The Utah State Seed Standards are followed and enhanced in advanced classes.
Stage Production (520511):
Stage Production is a class where we learn everything to know about backstage! We go through set, costumes, props, lights, make up & sound all in 1 semester. Selected students in the course that are thriving in class get the opportunity to run the productions after school and during assemblies. Stage Production is an artistic class where student create the set, props and design lights and sound for the drama department! Because students work with very expensive and sensitive equipment, high expectations for respect and responsibility will be asked of students who take this class.
STEM Concepts (706521):
STEM at Churchill Junior High is an introduction to engineering design. Students have several hands-on projects where they go through the engineering design process to solve problems. Almost everything starts with a problem which they must try to find a solution to. Students will also learn how to use several power and hand tools and have an introduction to CAD design, 3D printing, and laser engraving. Students will then be able to advance to Introduction to Technology 1 and the Capstone course of Engineering Technology.
Theater 1 (520101):
If you enjoyed the Exploratory Drama rotation class in 6th grade, then this class is for you! We pick up right where exploratory drama left off. It is a semester class, so we have time to perform in plays, experiment with improv and try new things! This is a 7th and 8th grade class that is filled with students that like drama and want to perform using scripts. It is a fun class filled with lots of games and activities to enhance performance skills.
Theater 2 (520221):
Want a more advance section of drama? This is it! You don’t even need to take theatre 1 if you feel comfortable on stage performing. We explore everything from musical theatre to advance improv. Plays are always a hit in this class as well as stage combat and character scenes.
United States History (583600/583700):
In this class, we will focus on the birth of the nation through the Civil War as we discover how ideas, attitudes, events, people, have influenced the nation’s history. Welcome to a class of discovery, mystery, and excitement. The high school Civics Test requirement for graduation is also given in this class.
U.S. History will be guided by the Utah Common Core as we travel between the past and present. The Utah Common Core Standards were created by Utah parents, teachers, administrators, and the Utah State Legislature. During Semester #1 we will learn about the Native American people and empires before European contact, the regional development of the first colonies, the lives of the various groups of people in the colonies, and the significant events and ideas of the American Revolution. During Semester #2 we will study the Constitution, the evolution of the political party system, Jacksonian Democracy, Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement, American Expansion, Native Americans, Economic and Technological Growth of the young United States, regional divisions leading to the Civil War, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. At each step we will examine how events of the past shape current events in the world and in the United States today.
Utah Studies (583001/583111):
This year we will focus on Utah from geological roots to the modern day. Students are expected to be aware of current events and should be ready to discuss them in class. Welcome to a class of discovery, mystery, and excitement. Unlike most social studies content, this course is only one semester long rather than a full year.
World Studies-French Dual Immersion 6th grade (584350):
In this class, we will study History from Prehistoric Times to the 20th century. We will analyze artifacts, writings, artistic expressions, architecture, etc. Students will observe, analyze, make hypotheses, acquire knowledge and skills to make sense of the world, make important connections between the past, present and future.
World Studies (584300/584310):
In World Studies will be guided by the Utah Common Core as we travel between the world we live in today and the past. During Semester #1 we will learn about the Ancient World, world religions, and the Middle Ages. During Semester #2 we will focus on the Renaissance, as well as revolutions: religious, scientific, industrial, and political. We will end the year in the Twentieth Century, concluding with WWI and WWII. During each step we take through history we will compare the past to the lives of people today.