Granite Oaks Middle School


This course engages students in the exploration of multiple art forms through the California State VAPA strands. The focus of the class is on the elements of art (line, shape/form, space, texture, value and color). Students learn various art techniques including painting, sculpting clay, drawing, and more. Creativity is a theme tying all projects together. This is a one semester exploratory art course. There is a suggested lab contribution of $15 for this class.

Concert Band

This course will help students develop their musicianship through band and small ensemble performances. In addition, band will provide many opportunities to develop creativity, leadership, friendships, and school spirit as we work together toward excellence and sharing our music at community and school performances. Performances are an important part of the grading process. This is a year-long class.

Symphonic Band

This course is designed for the advanced middle school musician. It is offered during “0” period (7:30 – 8:20 a.m.). This class is designed primarily for 8 th grade students who have been in the Concert Band elective for a full year in 7 th grade. This course will provide many performance opportunities including concerts, festivals, and touring Rocklin’s elementary schools.


This course is for students who want to learn to sing and share in the joy of performing a variety of choral music. This class will cover singing techniques, reading music, and exploring various types and styles of songs. Performances are an important part of the grading process. This course is open to all students who like to sing, regardless of past experience.

String Orchestra

This course will help students who play violin, viola, and cello to continue developing their musicianship through orchestral and small ensemble performance. In addition, orchestra will provide many opportunities to develop creativity, leadership, friendships, and school spirit as we all work together toward excellence and sharing our music at community and school performances. Performances are an important part of the grading process. Prior string experience recommended.

Guitar Lab

Guitar Lab is a non-performance class for the beginning guitarist. Basic chords, strumming, music notation, fingerings and styles are covered throughout this course. Students will learn the basics of how to play the guitar in a supportive group setting and will gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the instrument on music throughout its history.


The Granite Oaks Publications course is designed to provide students with the journalism skills necessary for the production of the school yearbook and the online school publication, The Bird’s Eye View. Units of study include media awareness, researching, reporting, writing, editing, photography, graphic design and distribution. A strong commitment to publications is required in order to make an outstanding yearbook. As “reporters”, students will be expected to cover extra-curricular events after school, work independently, and be able to honor deadlines.

Exploratory Spanish

This course is an introduction to the Spanish language, culture, and history. This one-semester course will introduce the student to basic conversational Spanish. Students will gain the necessary skills to appreciate the Spanish language through grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and daily class participation. To reinforce what is being learned, students will participate in games, do group activities, have daily warm ups and complete art projects. You do not need to take Exploratory Spanish in order to take Spanish I in 8 th grade.

Spanish I

Spanish I is a year-long course designed so that the student will study vocabulary, have a basic mastery of regular verb conjugations in the present tense, and be able to answer basic questions. In addition, students will develop a stronger cultural awareness, which is an essential aspect of learning a language. It is our hope that students will learn to converse with their basic Spanish rather than focusing only on the rules that govern Spanish grammar. Classroom activities will include paired and group activities, story telling, translations, games, videos, presentations, art related projects, daily warm-ups, book work exercises, and tests. This course uses the essential skills required by Rocklin and Whitney High School. We are using the ịEspresate! text and curriculum.
Prerequisite: 8 th grade, 3.5 GPA or higher.
*Exploratory Spanish is not required to take
Spanish I.
Note: Upon completion of Spanish I, 9 th grade
students will be placed in Advanced Spanish II at
Rocklin High School only.

Manufacturing Technology

Manufacturing Technology is a course that exposes students to a variety of materials and processes used in industry to produce products. Students will draw and design four products using a computer. Students will select suitable materials and methods to manufacture the products. Hand tools, power tools, and computer controlled equipment will be used. Students will be instructed in proper tool use, safety, measuring, finishing techniques, and quality control. Required projects include a Laser Engraved Clock, 3-D Wooden Animal, and a Sandblasted Mirror. An additional project of choice may be completed if time allows.

A donation of $15 is requested to cover consumable materials. These projects encourage problem solving and direction following skills that reinforce the elective and core curriculum.

Family and Consumer Sciences

In alignment with the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences, this course teaches students a variety of essential life skills in the content area of food science and production, nutrition, consumer awareness, textile manufacturing, apparel construction, and resource management.

FCS class is divided into four unique units. In Unit 1, Fabric and Sewing Basics: students learn hand- sewing techniques by making a small, stuffed character of their choosing or personal design. In Unit 2, Basic Food Preparation: students participate in weekly food labs to cook and taste- test a variety of healthy, yet tasty food items. In Unit 3, Machine Sewing: student advance their sewing skills by machine stitching a drawstring backpack. In Unit 4, Advanced Food Techniques: students further develop their cooking skills as they participate in advanced weekly food labs. It is requested that students provide their own sewing supplies for their drawstring backpack as well as a $20.00 donation toward consumable lab materials.

Exploratory Computer Science

In this semester long course, students explore ethical issues related to computers and internet technology and develop teamwork and communication skills. Students will be exposed to skills related to information technology basics: Internet fundamentals, network systems, computer maintenance, upgrading and troubleshooting, basic coding, computer applications, programming graphics, web page design and interactive media.

Computer Science I

Computer Science I continues to build on topics explored in Exploratory Computer Science. In CSI, students will further explore the problem solving process, programming concepts, web design, and “making” (creative design and development as related to computer science). Students will work through a series of in-class, project-based activities to learn about Design Thinking, physical computing (Arduino and Raspberry Pi microprocessors), robotics, along with app and game development. Students will also have access to 3D printers for “maker” projects.

Prerequisite: Exploratory Computer Science, enrollment in STEM, or teacher approval.