- Tech / Art or Performing Art Combo – Grade 7
- Coding Class
- Honors/Advanced Learning Programs
- Industrial Technology
- Instrumental Music
- Physical Education
- RY (Reconnecting Youth)
- School Counseling
- Social Studies
- Special Education
- Theatre & Chorus
- World Language
All 7th grade students will explore the development of skills in communication, construction, manufacturing and power/energy and transportation by completing projects such as drafting drawings, introductory wood projects and jewelry boxes.
Art or Music or Performing Arts
Art: Students will learn some basics of drawing and do a series of short projects emphasizing the elements in art using a variety of materials.
Music: Students will learn to play a musical instrument. This is a one semester class.
Theatre Arts 7th grade: 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 more detailed information.
Theatre / Musical Theatre / Chorus / English teacher
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.”
Art and AVID
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.
Art and AVID
Student-Created AVID Video (Period 4 2018-19)
What is AVID? What do we do in AVID? Hear from AVID students themselves to learn more about what AVID is and what AVID means to them.
Uploaded Jan 31, 2019
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, Chrome books, and multi-media presentations.
Placement of Students for English
There are four levels of English
English 7/8 College Prep: For students that are performing at grade level.
English 7/8 Honors: For students that are performing above grade level
Read 180: This course helps reluctant and struggling readers master essential reading skills, develop academic vocabulary using high-interest reading materials along with individualized computer instruction.
English 3D: An accelerated Academic Vocabulary class for English learners.
Welcome to GVJH's Honors/Advanced Learning webpage.
The district is in the process of revamping the administration of the Honors/Advanced Learning department.
Click on the District Secondary GATE link for district information about advanced learning/Honors programs.
Theatre / Musical Theatre / Chorus / English teacher
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
GVJHS Library Portal: gvjhslibrary.org
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.
Science 7 Honors
Using scientific methods and scientific equipment, models, specimens, and computer technology to conduct experiments, students explore concepts of cell biology, body systems, genetics, evolution, earth and life history, and structure and function of living systems.
Science 8 Honors
Using scientific methods and scientific equipment, models, specimens, and computer technology to conduct experiments, students explore the concepts of motion, force, structure of matter, earth in the solar system, reactions, the chemistry of living systems, the periodic table, and density and buoyancy. All 8th graders participate in the Goleta Valley Science Fair by conducting independent investigations.
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
Welcome to the webpage for
Goleta Valley Junior High School
Theatre, Musical Theatre and Chorus!
Distance learning has not slowed us down!
Click HERE to see GV"s all-school play for 2021, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."
See GV's fall show: "got Broadway?" on youtube! LINK HERE
Click HERE to see a production of "The Hidden One" by 7th period Theatre Arts 2020.
ADD yourself to GVJH's Theatre e-mail list and receive notices about all of our upcoming performances and events by filling out THIS FORM.
E-mail Ms. Ross (email@example.com) with questions about theatre programs and classes.
We have a vibrant Theatre Arts program that will take you from your current level (whether beginner or experienced performer) and offer you individualized instruction in all aspects of the performing arts. Classes are focused around the three disciplines of singing, acting, and dance, and students will get to work with Ms. Ross as well as other choreographers and theatre professionals. Technical theatre components are woven into class instruction as well. We collaborate daily through games, exercises, and full-scale productions that help build our self-confidence, allow for self-expression and creativity, and give us 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!
INCOMING students: If you are new to GVJH or are a future student and are interested in a performing arts class, please e-mail me (Mrs. Ross) at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Also, take advantage of the opportunities to see our shows throughout the school year.
Theatre Arts Combo (7th grade): This is a fun, interactive, performance-based class for 7th graders with a strong interest in singing, acting, and dance. 7th graders take the class for ONE semester. (For the other semester, they are enrolled in Industrial Technology.) Classes are devoted to developing and refining techniques in the three disciplines of singing, acting, and dance, and preparing for a class performance at the end of the semester. Beginners as well as those with stage experience are welcome and will be challenged. Priority given to those who audition. There are limited spots available for those interested in stage crew.
Chorus (7th / 8th): This is a vocal-based class for those with a passion for singing and a desire to learn more about all styles of music. It is a year-long class. We study and perform 2, 3, and 4-part music, including popular songs, musical theatre, world music, and jazz. Class curriculum also includes instruction in music theory and reading written musical notation. This class performs throughout the year at school and in the community, including a holiday performance at the Lobero with the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra.
Musical Theatre (7th / 8th) : This is a rigorous, year-long musical theatre class for students with a strong interest in performing. Many students arrive with experience on stage. Students engage in dynamic instruction in vocal technique, dance, and acting, with Ms. Ross as well as with other theatre professionals. Class projects include "got Broadway" in the fall and a class musical in the spring. Class is open to both 7th and 8th graders when space allows. Priority is given to those who audition. Sign up for an audition by e-mailing email@example.com.There are limited spots available for those interested in stage crew.
Theatre 1 Beginning (7-8th grade): Newly offered in 2019-20, this class meets 7th period (after the regular school day) and introduces students to theatre arts through games, group activities, and performance projects. If you are interested, write "7th period" on your elective form or contact your counselor. Priority is given to those with an academic support elective or AVID, but is open to all if space allows.
Theatre 1 Advanced (8th grade): This is a year-long class for serious performers who would like to focus on acting. Attention is given to further developing acting technique, building characters through scene work, and mounting dramatic productions. This class is meant to build on the curriculum taught in 7th grade Theatre, though new students are welcome. There are limited spots available for those interested in stage crew.
Many Theatre and Chorus students are involved in the All-School Musical as either cast or crew, but it is not required.
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In-person performances are currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.
However, virtual classes are going strong and performances are announced/linked below!
All-school play "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten - LINK HERE
"got Broadway?" youtube premiere
Premiered December 17, 2020 at 6pm - FREE
Use this link to see the whole show!
Add yourself to the GVJH Theatre e-mail list to receive announcements about upcoming GV Theatre events.
For more info about this year's program, e-mail email@example.com.
Add yourself to the mailing list to receive email updates about GV performances & events.
List of past shows:
2020: Hello, My Baby!
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
Auditions for next year's classes
Interested in a class for the 2021-2022 school year?
We would love to have you as part of our dynamic program!
Indicate your interest on your elective form. You might choose "Theatre combo" for a one-semester class paired with Industrial Technology. If you'd like a full year of performing, choose "Musical Theatre" or "Chorus."
The best way to ensure you get a theatre elective is to send in an audition. Information will be sent to interested students. Indicate your interest by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we have live auditions: The audition is fun and active, as students cycle in groups through singing, acting, and dance during the 2-hour audition. Acting scenes and dance will be given on the audition day. Students need to prepare a song excerpt that Mrs. Ross has chosen.
Virtual auditions consist of you recording a short monologue and song cut and/or dance. Email Ms. Ross (email@example.com) for more details.
The same audition will apply for Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Chorus. Students who audition are given priority to enroll in these classes. If space remains, we will fill the classes with other interested students.
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