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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.


Acoustic Guitar: Students will learn the basics of playing acoustic guitar, and incorporate music theory in their learning. By the end of the lessons, they will be able to play songs as well as match rhythmic beats with their strumming/singing.


Anime: Watch anime films and engage in artwork around the anime characters!


Apocalypse, Aliens, & Dystopia: This class will focus on science fiction & fantasy film and readings. Our themes for the unit will be apocalypse, aliens, dystopia, and creation. We will watch episodes from the series “The Twilight Zone” and other films that fall under our themes. We will analyze and discuss them after every episode/movie/book. A typical day would include a 5-minute warm-up, a 22-minute Twilight Zone Episode, a 20-minute worksheet, and the rest of the time will be for discussion.


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!


Beginning 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!


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!


Entomology (The study of Insects): Are you interested in looking at bugs up close? Ants? Spiders? Professional entomologists contribute to the betterment of humankind by detecting the role of insects in the spread of disease and discovering ways of protecting food and fiber crops, and livestock from being damaged. They study the way beneficial insects contribute to the well being of humans, animals, and plants. Amateur entomologists are interested in insects because of the beauty and diversity of these creatures.


Film, Popcorn, & Crime: Students will get two enrichments in one! They will spend half of their time analyzing film, including its history and its impact on society. They will explore how movies mold the way we see the world. The other half of their time will be spent learning the ways of forensics and crime scene investigation. They’ll get a chance to try to solve mysteries, check out DNA evidence, and watch the pros!


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!


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).


Musical Theater: Be prepared to express yourself through song, dance, and spoken dialogue. This enrichment will explore the art of musical theatre by watching and performing popular musicals.


Ping Pong: Learn to play the sport of table tennis! Ping Pong is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small paddle. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net.


Puzzles, Games, & Coding: Do you like solving riddles and puzzles? Are you interested in making your own games? In this class, you will get to play many strategy games and brain-teasing puzzles with your classmates. You will also learn new computer languages to create your own programs or draw designs using Blocks and Scratch. We will not build robots in this class but students who were interested in the programming part of Robotics enrichment are encouraged to join!


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!


Scholar Council: This enrichment is for students in the Scholar Council. You must have prior approval from Mrs. Torrez to enroll in this class.


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!


Volleyball: Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules.


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)

Yoga, Meditation, and Crafts for Relaxation: Do you feel stressed or like you can’t quiet your thoughts? In this course, you will learn techniques to promote a healthy body and mind such as yoga, pilates, and meditation. You will also learn how to make origami, which is 3D art made out of paper, create and color your own designs, and explore other artistic activities that promote relaxation.