BJHS Course Offerings
Core Content Offerings
* Placement into the 7th grade Honors Pre-Algebra course is determined by district criteria using 5th grade AZ MERIT scores or by teacher recommendation after the student has started in On Level General Math 7.
**Placement into the advanced GRIT Academy math courses is determined by placement into the GRIT Academy OR successful completion of the previous year's content with a grade of C or higher listed on a student's transcripts. Please note that all students will take a math placement test at the beginning of the school year or on their first day of school if starting later in the year. This information is also used to determine a student's mastery of previous content.
Math 7 - General 7th grade
*Honors Pre-Algebra - 7th Grade
** GRIT Academy Algebra - 7th Grade
Pre-Algebra - General 8th grade
Honors Algebra- 8th grade
** GRIT Academy Geometry- 8th Grade
** GRIT Academy Algebra 2- 8th Grade
* Placement into the 7th Grade Honors Language arts is determined by district set criteria using 5th grade AZ Merit scores or by teacher recommendation after the student has started in On Level General Language Arts.
** Placement into the GRIT Academy Language Arts 7 is determined by 5th Grade AZMERIT Scores.
Language Arts 7 - General 7th Grade
* Honors Language Arts - 7th Grade
** GRIT Academy Language Arts - 7th Grade
Language Arts 8 - General 8th Grade
Honors Language Arts - 8th Grade
GRIT Academy Language Arts - 8th Grade
Science 7 - General 7th Grade
GRIT Academy Science- 7th Grade
Science 8 - General 8th Grade
GRIT Academy Science- 8th Grade
Social Studies 7 - General 7th Grade
GRIT Academy Social Studies- 7th Grade
Social Studies 8 - General 8th Grade
GRIT Academy Social Studies- 8th Grade
*** Students participating in the GRIT Academy are enrolled in all advanced core classes within the GRIT Team. Click here for more information on the GRIT Academy
This course is an introduction to the language of the Spanish-speaking world. In Spanish 7, the student learns basic vocabulary and grammar. Emphasis is on listening, reading comprehension and simple conversational skills through music, role-playing, skits,and other interactive methods. Students who already speak Spanish cannot register for this course.
The Spanish Year 2 8th grade course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish Year I 7th grade and wish to continue learning to understand, speak, read, and write the language. As in Spanish Year I, the emphasis is on learning to communicate with students actively participating in question-answer practice, conversation, songs and role-playing. Students will also continue to practice reading and writing skills by reading cultural information and short stories while writing about various situations in various perspectives using appropriate grammar. Students will develop an enduring understanding that: Effective communication requires knowing how, when, and why to say something to someone. An ability to communicate in another language fosters an appreciation of cultural similarities and differences and an understanding of my place in the world. Learning other languages and exploring their cultures enables an individual to interact within our global community and beyond the classroom Skills. 8th grade Spanish will concentrate on preparing students for the high school World Language program.
This course is designed for students who have demonstrated interest in writing. The model of the class provides a structured atmosphere for students to experiment with a variey of genres including poetry, memoir, short fiction, reviews and essays. Students will have the opportunity to publish writing for a variey of audiences, both inside and outside the classroom. Students will also have support to fine tune their work for submission to writing contests
This course will put emphasis on the basic vocabularies about greeting, self-introduction, family and school, alphabet of Mandarin and Chinese culture. Emphasis will be on listening, reading, simple writing and basic communication skills. It will prepare the student to begin to listen, speak, read and write.
This course will continue to build upon the basic vocabulary, grammar and conversation skills the students learned in the first year. Emphasis will be on daily life dialogue practicing, short article/story reading, and free journal writing. Students also will explore further knowledge about Chinese history, culture, geography and current events. In general it is very important to try to stimulate the students’ interest in studying Mandarin.
Students in this course will learn the basics of shooting effective and beautiful photos for personal and professional use. Skills include observation, subject selection, use of angles, elements of composition, lighting, photojournalism, and photo story-telling. Photographers will experiment and showcase their work by completing a variety of projects. Some limited editing skills will include color correction, cropping and straightening. While school-owned DSLR cameras are available for class use, students also use their own devices (phones and cameras.)
Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way is a one semester foundational junior high level STEM program which incorporates aspects of theengineering field of study. Students will experience hands-on challenges which will take them through the process ofdesign and modeling. All students will receive basic skills which will help prepare them to be competitive in the globaleconomy, including designing, sketching, 3D computer modeling, understanding mechanisms, robotic building, andgraphic based computer programming.
General Art is a drawing and painting class. A sketch book is required and will be used for weekly homework assignments; many different drawing lessons will take place in the sketchbook. We will use 3 different types of paint and color pencils. The main goal of the class is to stress the principles of design and the elements of art. Students will also have the opportunity to work with leather tools to create a project.
3-Dimensional Art will mix drawing techniques with 3-D construction in paper mach`e and clay. A sketch book is required and will be used for weekly homework assignments. Students will create a paper mach`e project and paint it with acrylic paints. There is a unit on architecture and a clay portfolio that the students will that students will manage their time and produce. Students will also have an opportunity to work on the potter’s wheel.
This course will prepare stiudents to creatively and productively use technology. Students will use Office 365, incluidng Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher for educational and business purposes. To better preapare students for higher education and working in the real world, they will coplete projects using Office 365, understand hardware consumer skills, learn news and media literacy skills and practice digital citizenship. Additionally, students will learn and improve keyboarding skills, with a goal of touch-typing at 30 words per minute.
Computer Science Discoveries
This is an introductory computer science cou8rse that empowers students to create authentic projects and engage with computer science for creativity, communication, problem solving and fun. Students become familiar with coding concepts and the design process through web development, the construction of games and apps, and physical computing. Students create and share content through a series of puzzles, challenges and real-world scenarios
This semester long, introductory class is for students interested in acting and theater with no formal experience. Activities and projects introduce hte concepts of theater games, improvisation, character building, pantomime, voice production, scene work and costume and set design. In class/small group performances are required.
This year long course is intended for students who enjoy drama and have a desire to learn more advanced theatrical/acting skills. Some skills include learning how to write and perform monologues, develop advanced improv technique and produce and direct theatrical scenes. Public Performances are required.
Physical Education 7
This course offers students a basic foundation in physical education by exposing them to a variey of individual and team aports. An emphasis is placed on promoting lifetime sports and physical fitness. Students are assigned a locker and are required to change into a uniform during PE class.
Physical Education 7
This course offers students a basic foundation in physical education by exposing them to a variey of individual and team aports. An emphasis is placed on fitness components and concepts. Students are assigned a locker and are required to change into a uniform during PE class.
Cadet Band class is open to any student with previous instrumental music experience. Most continuing band students from elementary school take this course. Students will continue to learn instrument-specific technique, note recognition, rhythmic accuracy, sight-reading, and tonal development, as well as developing an appreciation of music history and expression. Students will perform several times throughout the school year for various concerts, school functions, and festival. Attendance at all scheduled performances is mandatory.
Percussion Ensemble is for any student who would like to learn or further develop playing skills with all percussion instruments. This class will focus on a variety of percussion skills and techniques using such instruments as the marimba, bells, xylophone, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, and more. Percussion students will be expected to perform at concerts and other events throughout the school year.
Symphonic Band is a large band ensemble comprising of mostly 8th grade (but not limited to) students who have reached a high degree of playing proficiency. The objective of this band is to meet the needs of the more advanced musicians who require more challenge than that asked of other band students. The Symphonic Band will perform several times throughout the year for various school and community functions, as well as at festival and concerts. Attendance at all scheduled performances is mandatory. Teacher recommendation or audition required
Do you like to sing in the shower? Beginning choir is open to any student who likes to sing. Students will perform Pop and Broadway music. Singing in unison with others and reading music are stressed. There are 2 required performances each year and students have the opportunity to attend an optional field trip.
This choir class is open to students who have previous choir experience at the junior high level. Students will learn 3 and 4 part harmonies. Students will learn Broadway and Pop style music and will often perform at school wide assemblies and community events. There are 2 mandatory performances in this class each year.
Do you play the violin, viola, cello, or bass? If the answer is yes, then Cadet Orchestra is looking for you! Cadet Orchestra consists of mostly 7th grade students that will be entering into their 3rd year of playing. Students will begin learning new technical skills including vibrato and shifting – along with developing their note reading, rhythm, and sight reading skills. Students will have 3 school concerts in the evening throughout the year (attendance is mandatory!) Cadet Orchestra students will also get to attend an exciting field trip to the annual CUSD Junior High Cadet Clinic and will have some team building activities after! Students in Cadet Orchestra can also look forward to fun music each concert, with an exciting “Pops” concert at the end of the year, featuring music from movies, TV shows, video games, and popular artists.
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation Concert Orchestra is BJHS’s 2nd tier orchestra. This group is for students that have completed a year of Cadet Orchestra or are at a level that is more advanced than Cadet Orchestra. Concert Orchestra students will expand on technical skills including vibrato, bowing, tone quality, and shifting. There will be 3 evening concerts during the year (attendance is mandatory!) Students in Concert Orchestra will get to attend an exciting field trip to the ABODA (state) festival and will have some fun team building activities after! Students in Concert Orchestra can also look forward to fun music each concert, with an exciting “Pops” concert at the end of the year, featuring music from movies, TV shows, video games, and popular artists. (Incoming 7th graders that auditioned for and were accepted into the CUSD 6th grade Honor Orchestra should sign up for this course.)
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation AND audition. Chamber Orchestra is BJHS’s most advanced orchestra group. The objective of this orchestra is to meet the needs of the more advanced musicians who require more challenge than any other junior high string student. Students entering Chamber Orchestra are expected to have fundamental skills in bowing technique, shifting, and vibrato. Students will expand on musicality, phrasing, and other advanced performance elements. There are 3 evening concerts throughout the year (attendance is mandatory!) Students in Chamber Orchestra will get to attend an exciting field trip to the ABODA (state) festival and will have some fun team building activities after! Students in Chamber Orchestra can also look forward to fun music each concert, with an exciting “Pops” concert at the end of the year, featuring music from movies, TV shows, video games, and popular artists.
AVID at Bogle Junior High is considered both a middle school college-prep elective class and a school wide set of research-based instructional practices to improve success for all students. AVID students are capable of completing college-prep curriculum and have a strong desire to attend college. The AVID curriculum is designed to help students fulfill their potential; academic instruction, tutorial support, and motivational activities help keep each student on track. Students apply to be interviewed for the program and, if selected, choose AVID for one of their elective classes each year. AVID students conduct tutorials, engage in rigorous AVID curriculum (includes: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading), and participate in both college visits and team building. Application and interview is required.
Specialty Elective- This full year course is designed to teach students the basics of VEX Robotics. Students that participate also have the option of participating in the Competition Robotics Club. Application is required
Specialty Elective. Students in the yearbook class are responsible for creating the Annual BJHS yearbook. Students learn about copywriting, photographic layouts or pages, design skills and photoshooting involved in the production of the yearbook. Application required
Specialty Elective. This course is for students interested in writing, producing and performing the BJHS announcements that are played in classrooms daily. Hands on technical experienec with filming, editing, and studio production will be taught. Students use the Adobe Suite, Premier Pro and After effects. Application is required
Jazz band is open to all 7-8 grade musicians who play trumpet, trombone/baritone/tuba, alto tenor and bari saxophone, (flute or clarinets may audition, but will be expected to learn a saxophone), piano, drumset, vibraphone, bass (acoustic or electric), and guitar. Music that will be learned and performed will be jazz big band music including blues, swing, Latin, funk, rock, ballads and contemporary styles. This select ensemble will perform regularly at various concerts, school and community functions, as well as at festival and concerts. Attendance at all scheduled performances is mandatory. Students must also be enrolled in another music class as an elective. Jazz band meets in the mornings before school, three days a week. Audition is required
Study Skills is a supportive elective course for students who could benefit from personalized assistance with organization, goal setting, and classroom skills. Students will participate in a variety of activities to sharpen critical and creative thinking and learn more about themselves and working with others. Study Skills class provides time in the school day for students to manage school assignments, receive some tutoring, monitor grades and assignments, and learn strategies to be a successful student. Study skills is not a place for severe behavior problems. Students must be recommended for this class by their teachers.
Specialty Elective- 8th Grade students ONLY. Students will assist teachers with various classroom tasks that may include set up of materials, assisting other students in the class, running copies, etc. Application is required
For Applications for specialty electives, please click here.