- Semester Classes – Grade 7
- Coding Class
- Honors/Advanced Learning Programs
- Industrial Technology
- Instrumental Music
- Physical Education
- RY (Reconnecting Youth)
- School Counseling
- Social Studies
- Special Education
- Theatre, Musical Theatre, Chorus
- World Language
Semester classes for 2024-25 school year TBA. Possibilities include:
7th grade students explore the development of skills in communication, construction, manufacturing and power/energy and transportation by completing projects such as drafting drawings, and introductory wood projects.
Students will learn some basics of drawing and do a series of short projects emphasizing the elements in art using a variety of materials.
Students will learn to play a musical instrument.
A performance-based class for 7th graders with a keen interest in singing, acting, and dance. 7th graders take the class for ONE semester. See Performing Arts page for full year classes and more information.
Theatre / Musical Theatre / Chorus
Students will learn basics of drawing and do a series of short projects emphasizing elements in art: line, form, space, texture and color using a various materials.
Students will enjoy creating a variety of projects such as drawing, printmaking, graphphoto 4ic design, extended work in cartooning and papier-mâché while developing skill and imagination. Emphasis is on learning to “see.”
AVID stands for Advancement via Individual Determination. The focus of this class is on the development of the study and academic skills necessary to take college preparatory coursework in high school. Students will explore short and long-term goals as they relate to planning to attend college. Students will be taught how to take notes, test-taking skills, organizational skills, as well as improving their self esteem through the teaching of communication skills. Field trips and guest speakers are arranged for this class. In addition, students will have access to in-class tutoring. Application process is required.
AVID 8 Teacher
AVID 7 Teacher
AVID 7 Teacher
Student-Created AVID Video (Period 4 2018-19)
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Coding is a fun!
7th period class here at GVJH!
Using the programming language Scratch, we learn computational thinking and explore the creative process. Students animate stories, create interactive artwork and games, and work collaboratively to solve problems and spark new ideas.
English 7 and 8
Students will meet the California Common Core Standards in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students read and analyze various genres of literature including novels, poetry, essays, and plays along with non-fiction and informational texts.
Technology is integrated into the curriculum including word-processing, library research projects using online databases along with internet research, the use if iPads, and multi-media presentations.
Beginning Band 7/8
An entry level class open to students interested in playing a brass instrument (trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone horn, tuba) or woodwind instrument (oboe, flute, clarinet, alto or tenor saxophone).
Advanced Band 7/8
One or more years of group or private lessons required. Students continue to study elements of music through music theory, music history, daily class lessons and performances at local or countywide cultural and civic activities.
This class is for students with a minimum of one year experience playing violin, viola, cello or string bass. Students will continue to learn the elements of music and music history. The orchestra will perform each quarter in events such as the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association spring music festival and other community events.
Teacher: Devon Nelson
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Students will be scheduled into math classes according to their individual needs and abilities.
Math 7 Enrichment
Math 7 Compaction
7th grade will cover: Ratios and proportional relationships, The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Statistics and Probability
Math 8 Enrichment
Math 8 Compaction
8th grade will cover: The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Functions, Geometry, Statistics and Probability
The physical education program is a California standards-based program that emphasizes complete physical fitness development. Students are graded on improvement rather than on skill. Classes are co-ed and the curriculum is based on small group and individual skills, games, problem solving, character and social development.
Seventh Grade units include cooperative games, sports skills, medieval times, self defense, multicultural dance, paddle tennis, orienteering, golf, track and field.
Eight Grade units include healthy heart, volleyball, football, soccer, lacrosse, team handball, hockey, square dance, track and field.
Independent Studies P.E.
For students who are at an advanced level in their sport. Applications and a list of enrollment and insurance requirements are available in the Counseling Office. Completed applications must be turned in by March 1, 2019. No late applications will be accepted.
Mary Ellen Brown
Annette Unzueta (GVJH)- My name is Annette Unzueta and I am a Youth Services Specialist at Goleta Valley Jr. High. I teach a life skills class called Reconnecting Youth that focuses on academic improvement, mood management, and drug and alcohol prevention. I also provide counseling for students in need of support, as well as connecting students to services within our community. I was once a youth whole struggled with social pressures and I am thankful I had a supportive adult whom I felt safe in speaking with during my High School Years. I want to pay it forward while being of service to my community and provide a safe space for youth to share their story and feel validated.
Services Offered: Brief Intervention, Mediation, One on One Counseling, Educational Support Groups (dealing with stress, relationships, family dynamics, communication skills, problem solving), Reconnecting Youth Class.
Both 7th and 8th grade courses are based on the 3 Dimensions (see below) of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for middle school as aligned with the preferred integrated learning pathway developed and outlined by the California Department of Education. For more information see the https://thewonderofscience.com/standards
|Discipline Core Ideas in the following areas: life science, physical science, earth and space science - see specific topics in the space below.
|Cross-Cutting Concepts include systems, cause and effect, and patterns
|Science and Engineering Practices refer to the skills scientists use such as asking questions, performing investigations, using models and data to support a claim
7th grade specific topics: structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions and energy flow in living and non-living systems, conservation of mass and energy, plate tectonics, ecosystems, and human impact on the environment.
8th grade specific topics: Genetics, changes in living systems through time, non contact forces such as gravity to explain motion in space, forces, energy transfer, and study of waves to understand communication systems.
Social Studies (7th)*: Students in the 7th grade study the social, political, economic, cultural, and religious changes that occurred throughout the world during the period between 27 B.C.E. and C.E. 1780. After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of the great civilizations of Rome, China, Japan, Africa, The Middle East, Medieval / Early Modern Europe, as well as the Latin American empires of the Maya, Aztec and Inca. Throughout the year, students will develop geographic literacy, reading, and writing skills, with an emphasis on understanding cause and effect relationships, trends, and repetitive themes in history. The program is closely aligned to the 8th grade history curricula so that students will also examine the development of democratic ideas from tyranny/absolutism to representational forms of government.
*Also offered at Honors Level
Social Studies (8th)*: The course follows the development of the United States political system by tracing the growth of its governmental institutions, historical problems, conflicts, and current issues. Beginning with an overview of American history from the arrival of the first Americans to the end of the Revolutionary War, students will begin an in depth study of the American Constitution, Manifest Destiny, Slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the rise of Industrialism, and Progressivism. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on the contributions of many minority groups which make up the American people. *Also offered at Honors Level
Goleta Valley Junior High School
Theatre, Musical Theatre and Chorus!
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We have a vibrant Performing Arts program that will take you from your current level (whether beginner or experienced performer) and offer you individualized instruction in singing, acting, dance, and technical theatre.
Students collaborate daily through games, exercises, and full-scale productions that help build self-confidence, allow for self-expression and creativity, and offer the opportunity to develop many transferable life-skills including critical thinking, problem-solving, and self-reflection.
We are a close-knit group of "flexible, aware, creative, and encouraging" actors, singers, dancers, and theatre technicians who provide support for each other in and out of theatre class. We are a community!
7th/8th grade offerings for 2023-2024:
Introduction to Performing Arts 7: Students develop their acting, singing, and dance skills through collaborative games, scene work, and performing for invited audiences. One semester.
Musical Theatre 7, 8: Students engage in dynamic instruction in vocal technique, dance, and acting. The class performs "got Broadway" in the fall and a class musical in the spring semester.
Stagecraft (1st semester only): This semester-long class meets 7th period. Students learn the fundamentals of technical theatre -- including costuming, lighting, sound, set and prop design. They support GV's theatre productions as crew. Many 7th period students also have a performance-based theatre class during the regular day.
Play Production (2nd semester only): Students audition to be part of the cast or apply to be on the crew for the spring All-School musical. E-mail Ms. Ross for more information.
Chorus: Chorus is by audition, and meets after school once a week. E-mail Ms. Ross for more information.
All-School MusicalThis year's all-school musical is The Little mermaid. Auditions are January 22/23. See Ms. Ross in room 601 if you are interested in trying out. Rehearsals are daily M-F from 3:00-5:30, later as performance date nears. Performances are at the end of April.
List of past shows:
2019: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
2017: Fiddler on the Roof
2016: Beauty & the Beast
2015: The Music Man
2014: Guys and Dolls
2013: Sound of Music
2012: 42nd Street
2011: Bye Bye Birdie
2009: Pirates of Penzance
2008: Anything Goes
2007: Fiddler on the Roof
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The course is designed to introduce a world language through the development of skills in basic conversation, comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Students also learn about the culture of countries where Spanish is spoken. The class provides a foundation for high school Spanish. If Spanish 1-2 is taken in 7th grade, Spanish 3-4 should be taken in 8th grade, and Spanish 5-6 in 9th grade.
Prerequisite is Spanish 1-2, or native speaker, grade of “C” is recommended. The ability to understand and speak Spanish is further developed through the introduction of additional vocabulary and grammar. Students who successfully complete Spanish 1-2 and this class will earn one year of high school credit.
Spanish 2 for Native Speakers
Staff: Juliet Clark-Ruiz
LEADERSHIP* (7-8): This course offers the student an opportunity to develop project planning skills, and student council meeting procedures; to improve in mentoring, integrity, problem solving, working with students from diverse backgrounds, attitude, individual and group responsibility, and working with adults. Students will help plan and implement school wide activities to promote a strong school culture.
*requires teacher/office/counselor approval