At the end of each school year students select their elective class choices. Elective classes are assigned on a space available basis. Priority is given to eighth grade students first and if there is not enough interest to warrant an elective, that course may be dropped from our master schedule.
Here are the elective classes offered at Chaboya:
- Animal Lore
- Art and Design
- Band - (only year-long elective)
- Drama Class
- Intro to Computer Science
- Life Skills
- Teacher Assistant/Office Assistant/Library Assistant
This class is all about animals-their anatomy, special characteristics, predator/prey relationships, and eating habits. The class is basically a zoology class. Many drawing and labeling assignments are backed with discussions and videos. Students investigate myths, legends, facts, fiction, and skills of animals. Emphasis is on details of insects, sharks,spiders, wolves, lions, snakes and venomous creatures.
Art and Design
A variety of art concepts are explored in Fine Art and Design. You will learn to draw buildings, people, places, still life objects, and cursive/calligraphy. We mix colors with paint/pigments/pastels and learn various painting techniques as we discuss careers and discover how art influenced cultures, society, and history throughout the world.
AVID - (Year-long elective)
AVID is a college-focused program designed to help students develop necessary skills such as; organizational techniques, critical thinking, note-taking, and additional strategies that improve learning. Twice a week students take part in tutorials where they work in collaborative settings alongside tutors to persevere through challenging academic roadblocks. AVID students are taught to self-advocate, speak with confidence, and be leaders on the Chaboya campus. The AVID elective is available to eighth grade students with a 2.5-3.5 G.P.A. Students must have the desire to do well academically, attend college, commit to a year long elective, and a willingness to invest time and effort to excel in their studies. Priority is given to 1st generational college hopefuls.
Band - (Year-long elective)
Teacher: Kolber, Karen
- Concert Band (Year-long elective) is open to all students who play a band instrument or who want to learn to play one. This band gives students the opportunity to explore music making and prepares them to play in the Symphonic Band. Students play from the book “Traditions of Excellence” levels 1 and 2. Students play at concerts and top music festivals. Students learn new skills every day.
- Symphonic Band (Year-long elective) is a top award-winning band. Entrance is through audition or permission by the director only. The band plays from “Traditions of Excellence” levels 2 and 3 as well as many selected pieces from standard band repertoire. Students learn technical skills, musical independence, musical artistry, and mastery while they play in top-level competitions, music festivals, concerts, and assemblies.
Teacher: Gemellos, George
Chaboya is always searching for the next Bobby Fischer. If you’ve ever wanted to beat your friends at chess or your brother or sister, Chess is the elective for you. If you don’t know the difference between the Dragon Variation and a Poison Pawn Sicilian, this is the class for you. We’ll study the games of past world champions like Anand, Capablanca, Kasparov, and Tal. Anderssen’s Immortal Game, Lasker’s famous double bishop sacrifice, and The Game of the Century played by a 13 year-old Bobby Fischer, and you’ll see them all. Along the way, you’ll improve your writing and presentation skills, organization, and critical thinking. And, it’s all fun. Sign up for chess and see if you can guess the world champion’s next move? By the end of the semester, you’ll be surprised how often you can.
If you like being in plays, then this class is for you! Students produce one play per semester. Also, students learn voice projection, acting skills, public speaking skills, listening skills, and singing and dancing (sometimes), depending on the play. There are major parts and minor roles for those not so adventurous. Backstage students help with lights, sound, curtain, and props. A $25 donation is encouraged for this class to help cover the costs of costumes and set designs.
Teacher: Kobler, Karen
Music is for everyone. In both guitar (1st Semester Only) and ukulele classes (2nd Semester Only), students learn to read staff notation and tablature, as well as chord and bass charts. Students learn how to accompany themselves and others on the guitar or ukulele. Basic tuning concepts are also introduced. Students are invited to perform before a live audience in either the winter or spring concert.
Intro to Computer Science
Teacher: Khor, Irene
This is a general computer science course that acquaints students with problem-solving methods, structured programming, and modular design. Students will learn how to program in Scratch, an easy to use visual programming language, to create innovative artifacts. The aim is to use computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun.
Teacher: Spacek, Sara
Chaboya's Student Body Leadership is an elective class that is primarily for 8th graders, however, students in 7th grade may also participate if they have a teacher recommendation from their elementary school. Students that participate in Leadership are committed to being helpful and spirited to make the school a better place for all the students attending Chaboya. Leadership class holds many activities for our students. Spirit rallies, noontime activities, fundraisers, the student store, special events days, and dances are provided for all students in good standing.
Teacher: Steinberg, Susan
Skills learned from core subjects (math, science, social studies, and language arts) are applied to real-life situations in order to better prepare students for their futures. Personal and social cooking is highlighted. The program includes: Food Science, Nutrition, Food Preparation, Multi-cultural Cuisine, Consumer Education and Personal Budgeting, Goal Setting, and Independent living; filling out job applications, learning how to interview, and filling a check register. A $10 donation is encouraged and appreciated, and all donations go towards the purchase of groceries for the cooking section of the class.
Spanish - (Year-long elective)
Teacher: Spence, Wendy
This introductory course is designed to immerse our 8th grade students in the Spanish language and culture through a variety of activities. By participating in this course, 8th grade students will have the foundation needed to succeed in the next level of high school Spanish.
Yearbook / Journalism - (Year-long elective)
Teacher: Bryan, Julieann
Using your excellent writing, photography, design, and communication skills, work to produce Chaboya's annual yearbook. Develop skills to: write news articles; interview students and staff; take beautiful, well-composed photographs; create graphic design; and market your product.
Teacher Assistant / Office Assistant / Library Assistant
Students must request an application from the teacher/secretary for whom they intent to be a teacher/office assistant. Student must have parent/guardian and administration approval. Students may not be a TA/OA for more than one semester. Teachers/Secretaries are limited to five TAs per semester. The goal of this course is to improve reading, writing and numeracy skills, and effective communication skills. Increase the ability to build good relationships with children and adults. Develop excellent organizational skills, flexibility, and creativity.