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Ms. A. Ramos, MS-PPS
7th Grade Academic Counselor
Email: anna.alvarez@fresnounified.org
Tel.: 559.457.3400
Mr. T. Diaz, MS-PPS
8th Grade Academic Counselor
Email: Marco.Diaz@fresnounified.org 
Tel.: 559.457.3400

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List of Elective courses offered at Gaston MS:

Beginning Band: Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of music reading, performance of band instruments, and basics of music theory.

Intermediate Band: Students will build upon their previous knowledge and playing abilities. Students will advance their understanding of grade level playing techniques as well as develop the more advanced techniques of musical blend, balance, and intonation. Requirement: Successful completion of one year in a band program

Beginning Orchestra: Students will be introduced student to stringed instruments, the fundamentals of music reading and performance and orchestral instruments, as well as the basics of music theory.

Intermediate Orchestra: Students will build upon their previous knowledge and playing abilities. Students will advance their understanding of grade level playing techniques as well as develop the more advanced techniques of musical blend, balance, and intonation. Requirement: Successful completion of one year in a band program

Beginning Piano (Listed as Explo Music on Atlas): Students will be introduced to piano instruments, fundamentals of music reading, performance of piano instrument, and basics of music theory.

Chorus: Choir presents opportunities for students to develop their singing ability and to build skill in reading music. Public performances are scheduled according to the progress of the group as determined by the instructor.

Folklorico (Listed as Dance on Atlas): Folklorico is a class designed to introduce students to the rich and diverse world of Mexican folk dance. Students will learn steps, movement patterns, choreography, and overall stylistic nuances unique to various regions of Mexico. In Folklorico students will learn historical and cultural influences having helped shape Mexican folk dance. Art/Humanities

Art: Students will learn the basics of art, develop drawing skills and learn to work with many kinds of art material. Learn how to mix and use color and gain a working vocabulary of art terms. Students will participate in art creation based on the Elements of Art and Principles of design. During this time they will also explore art history, vocabulary and contemporary art vocations.

African American Studies: This course uses assigned readings, class lectures, discussion, and popular media to offer a broad introduction to the major periods and themes in African American history between 1619 (the first recorded reference to Africans in the British American colonies) and the present.

Latino Studies: This course uses assigned readings, class lectures, discussion, and popular media to offer a broad introduction to the major periods and themes in Latin American history and the present.

Exploring Speech & Communication: This course provides instruction and practice in the art of public speaking, with an emphasis on debate. Students train to compete in tournaments and Public Forum Debate (a type of team debate). Most of the course focuses on the in-class debating of major political and ethical issues. Students are taught case-writing, rebuttals, cross-examination skills, analytical thinking, and political and moral philosophy. Students are encouraged to participate in at least two tournaments. Leadership

Leadership (Application Required): Student will be introduced to principles of leadership taught in a collaborative group setting, plan school wide engagement activities for the purpose of promoting a positive campus culture and climate. See your teacher for application.

Men's Alliance (Application Required): Student will develop personal behavior and academic skills that will lead to success in the classroom, career, and in their young adult lives through participating in teen leadership, leadership retreat, college tour, service learning projects, team building activities, community guest speakers, parent engagement and end of the year recognition.

Women's Alliance (Application Required): Student will develop personal behavior and academic skills that will lead to success in the classroom, career, and in their young adult lives through participating in teen leadership, leadership retreat, college tour, service learning projects, team building activities, community guest speakers, parent engagement and end of the year recognition. Foreign Language

*Spanish I (College Prep Course): This course is an introduction to the language through vocabulary and grammatical structures presented through thematic units with an emphasis on oral, listening, reading and writing expressions.

*Spanish II (College Prep Course)- 8th Grade Only: This class is an intermediate level Spanish course that builds on the content learned in Spanish I. Students will receive high school credit upon successful completion of school work with a grade C or better. Must have successfully completed Spanish I in 7th grade to enroll in the class.

*Spanish for Native Speakers I (College Prep Course)- 8th Grade Only: This course is designed for students whose home language is either exclusively Spanish or bilingual Spanish/English. Emphasis is on acquisition of academic Spanish as well as advancement in reading comprehension and writing ability. Other goals include appreciation of Latino history and cultures as well as improved communication between parent and child. This course meets two years of a UC/CSU A-G college requirement. Requirement: Students must be in 8th grade and already speak Spanish.

*Hmong for Native Speakers I (College Prep Course)- 8th Grade Only: This course is designed for students whose home language is either exclusively Hmong or bilingual Hmong/English. Emphasis is on acquisition of academic Hmong as well as advancement in reading comprehension and writing ability. Other goals include appreciation of Hmong history and cultures as well as improved communication between parent and child. This course meets two years of a UC/CSU A-G college requirement. Requirement: Students must be in 8th grade and already speak Spanish. STEM Pathways

Exploring Information Technology: This class is offered to introduce, refresh and enhance basic computer skills. Keyboarding and use of Microsoft programs will be emphasized. This course prepares students to apply technology expertise in all of their school subjects and beyond. Students in this course will participate in the yearly FUSD Tournament of Technology to showcase their work and skills learned (Recommended for first time tech students).

Exploring Arts & Media: This course will introduce students to basic video production, digital photography, website design, video game design, and creation of multimedia presentations. This course prepares students to apply technology expertise in all of their school subjects and beyond. Students in this course will participate in the yearly FUSD Tournament of Technology to showcase their work and skills learned.

Exploring Engineering & Design: Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use VEX Robotics platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic, toll booths, and robotic arms.

Exploring Computer Science (Listed as Explo Careers on Atlas): Computer Science introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data, algorithms, analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implication of computing. This course emphasizes problem solving and design using Java language.

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