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Enrichment & Extracurriculars

At ACRMA8, we are committed to addressing the needs of the whole child. One way we will do this is through encouraging the pursuit of outside interests and passions through our enrichment program. Please read below for a description of our enrichment course options.


Art: You will learn about many different art forms and learn about their origins and contributing artists. You will have the opportunity to represent yourself and interests in many different ways (self portrait, paper mache, pop art, storytelling, etc.) and ultimately create a diverse and beautiful portfolio to be presented at the showcase.


Arts and Crafts: In this course, you will explore your creative side and express yourself through arts and crafts. You will be doing all of the following: drawing, origami, bead-making, bracelet-making, lanyard/keychain design, and cross stitching. By focusing and working on these works of arts and crafts, you will also build grit!


Basketball: The goal of our basketball enrichment class will be to have you demonstrate the proper fundamental skills of the game including dribbling, passing, and shooting a basketball. You will perform these skills along with learning the basic offensive and defensive concepts of basketball. By the end of this enrichment, you will play both a half-court and full-court game!


Board Games: Students will learn how to play various board games and learn how to strategize. Board games students will engage in include Boggle, Scrabble, dominos, cards, chess and checkers!


Chess: Have you always wanted to learn how to play chess? Or get better at it? In this enrichment course, you will learn how to play chess and apply basic rules to advanced strategies to participate in tournaments with your peers! Chess is a classic game that has been around and has fascinated many! Learn various tactics and how to checkmate!


Choir: You will learn how to use your voice and participate in different musical performances. We will learn vocal production, technique, and performance skills. Participation in this class will offer the opportunity for team-building skills and an appreciation


Computer Programming: Programming is becoming one of the most important and desired skills for the 21st-century. In this enrichment course, you will learn the fundamental concepts of computer programming by working with simple robots, playing board games, and participating in online practical coding instruction (Scratch). You will create an animation or game based on the coding skills you learn during the course!


Design Squad (MESA): MESA is a pre-college program for students who are interested in math and science. We will be participating in various activities and competitions to demonstrate how engineers use math and science in their work. Students will be doing hands on learning to learn about engineering and the work that goes into. Students will be building boats, tables out of newspaper, zipling testing, car building with simple supplies such as: cardboard, paper, paper clips, etc. Super fun class while learning about real work engineers and scientist do!


Hands-on DIY: Students will explore the Arts by being creative and Doing It Themselves. They will learn how easy it is to be creative and not be an artist. We will create projects with paint as the primary medium, but not limited to it.  Students will explore how to create images from something as simple as their handprints.


Intro to Drama: This course will cover some basics of drama, theater, staging, reading & memorizing lines, and improv. We'll play theater warm-up exercises to loosen up, memorize lines, and prepare you to perform in front of an audience. Get ready to have fun, be silly, and act. Outgoing personalities encouraged. 


Mexican/Chicano Arts, Crafts & Music: Students will be learning about the “los tres grandes” muralist artist and chicano art from Los Angeles. The students will be provided opportunities to make their own mural painting (on a canvas) about social justices that they have learned in the classroom and do research on their favorite artist. The students will also be given the opportunity to learn about early chicano music in the united state from Rickie Vale and Selena. The students will also create different arts and crafts that are traditional to the Mexican heritage (pinatas, sugar skulls and so on).


Modern Music Appreciation: Students will look at American music through a social lens, with particular focus on the most influential music artists of the latter half of the 21st century and how those artists have led or impacted social movements. Students will create and share playlists of their “best hits” from each genre or era and engage in dialogue as novice music critics. In addition, students may try their hand at making their own music


Robotics: In this class, you will use LEGO MINDSTORMS and be able to accomplish the following:
-design, build, and program robots to complete complex tasks
-explore computer science programming concepts such as loops
-explore basic principles in physics and engineering
-collaborate with peers to design effective models   


Running: This class is for students who are passionate about running long distances or interested in conditioning your bodies to be able to run long distances. We will run outside every week so that you can build your stamina and perseverance. You will track your progress to see how much you improve!


School Beautification Club: Beautify our school. Create a large mural on the school wall which will be there for all to enjoy! Use art to create a beautiful environment – yes, you will beautify our school!


S.L.A.M > Spoken Lines, Artistic Movement: Students will use spoken word poetry to express themselves through an artistic medium that is both personal and communal. Composing the poetry will provide students with various opportunities to creatively and introspectively explore (and love!) their identities, while performing and watching their peers will foster a community of support and understanding. SLAM will be a space for empowerment.  


Soccer: If you enjoy watching soccer, actually trying soccer out might be worth a try! Learn to pass, engage in drills, and learn how to build up stamina to play games. Soccer will improve our footwork and teamwork!


Wiffle Ball: Like baseball? Softball? Or some version of it? Try wiffle ball! Build up skills and techniques, but most of all, engage in team work and get active.


World Dance Forms: This class will offer dance forms that are popular around the world: ballet, modern, hip hop, hula, and African tribal dance.  Students will be expected to learn these dances every few weeks.  At the end of the course students will use their knowledge of the different dance forms to compose a routine with a group.  


Yearbook: Do you want to create a yearbook so that ACRMA8 students are able to remember their first year of middle school and purchase it? While creating the yearbook, you will organize pictures in a creative and thoughtful manner. You will also make sure that every event at school is remembered in the yearbook! Let's make sure we capture this founding year! (only offered 2nd semester)


Zest Dance: You will learn the basics of Merengue- a Dominican style of dance/music. Partners hold each other by hands and sometimes by waist and are taught various turning styles. Before we start dancing, we will warm up with a couple of zumba songs (aerobic like dance).  Students will learn how to dance a song (choreographed) by the end of the semester. You will also have some free-style dance time.