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Enrichment & Extracurriculars

Enrichment Course Offerings for Fall 2019: 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.


Anime: Are you a fan of anime? Yes? Then this course is for you! Explore classic anime films for inspiration to create your own anime style works of art. You will create drawings of the characters and include it in your sketchbook portfolio. A showcase of your artwork will be the final product. 


Basketball Appreciation: Students will alternate between classroom activities and outdoor activities. Indoors, students will watch basketball films, historic games/players, documentaries and actually be a student of the game. Outside, students will get to apply what they learned in a variety of different games including 5 on 5 basketball games, 3 on 3 basketball games, knock out, freeze tag, HORSE, follow the leader, 21, Bird drill, 5 spot shooting, and many more.


Chicano/Latino Arts and Crafts: Students will learn to Chicano/Latino history through hands-on art projects. 


Entomology: We will be studying the world’s most interesting insects through videos, research, observations, and crafts.  For the showcase project, we will create a superbug!


ESPN & Sports History: Students will watch ESPN sports documents on historic sporting events and players.


Film & Popcorn: In this enrichment, students will explore classic films and tv series, plus the magic behind it. They will put their own creativity to the test while eating some delicious popcorn.


Harry Potter Arts and Crafts: This will be a Harry Potter themed course for anyone, regardless if they have read the books or not.  We will watch the Harry Potter movies on Thursdays then do crafts and activities associated with the movie on Fridays. Come enjoy the wizarding world! 


Hip Hop: Students will listen to Hip Hop songs (clean versions) from the 90's, 00's and today and analyze lyrics. Students will also write their own lyrics to music of their choice. Students will also be expected to compose their own poems as well as learn various forms of poetry. Students at the end of the year will sign up to perform their own or recite their poetry to receive full credit.


MESA: MESA stands for Math Engineering Science and Achievement! This is a 2-semester enrichment or a 1-year commitment. We will go on 2 field-trips (1 per semester) and we will compete regionally and statewide against middle schools from all over California. The competition events are designed to push your skills as a scholar and hone your abilities as a leader. Applicants must be willing to attend 2 Saturday competitions and 1 Saturday field-trip, for a total of 3 weekend outings for the year. 


Perler Bead Art: Make pixel art made out of fuse beads. Each bead is hand-placed onto a board of equally spaced pegs, eventually forming a larger image.


Retro Arts Club: Are you obsessed with cartoons, movies, comics, and paper airplanes? Want to meet people just like you? Join Retro Art Club! Here you will watch cartoons/movies, read comics, color, draw, and create origami. By enjoying classic cartoons, movies, and comics, you will learn about American culture. 


Running: This course we will be heading outside to work on our running! Over the course of the semester, we will work on improving both our speed and endurance. We will be showing off our hard work with at least one 5K race on a weekend morning. 


School Beautification: Students will beautify our school by creating beautiful murals to increase school spirit and pride. We will start with the mural of Frida Kahlo! (*This enrichment is limited to only 10 eighth grade students.)


Show Choir: Students will learn to sing and move to music.


Typing Class-Learn How to be a Typing Master! Learn How to be a Typing Master! This class will help you learn how to type on a computer keyboard the proper way without looking at the keys.  You will learn how to type by typing playing games and working on different computer sites.


Yearbook: Help us with the yearbook layout, learn formatting skills, & picture taking of your peers! 


Zest Dance & Yoga: 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. In addition, one of the day of this class will include yoga.