Rio Norte Electives

 

Please be advised we are in the process of updating the information for the 2024-2025 school year. Thank you.

Specialty Electives
(application and/or interview/audition required)

2024 APPLICATION/AUDITION PROCESS AT A GLANCE

6th Grade Jamboree - Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Join us for our annual celebration at the Sixth Grade Jamboree! Many of our year-long specialty electives teachers are here, along with current students to showcase their program! You can also meet with administrators, counselors, current Rio Norte parents, and check out the campus before you’re a student here. It’s fun for the whole family!

Applications for Special Electives will go live - March 21 - April 12.  
 (Yearbook, ASB, Rio TV, Drama Production, Advanced Chorus, Advanced Band, Beginning Band)

Applications for all special electives will go live by Thursday, March 21.
 
Auditions or Interviews will be scheduled between - April 15 - May 10
 
Students will be notified that did or did not get selected by May 15

Below are links and compressive information for each individual program. Please be advised that students must have a Hart District Gmail account to fill in forms, unless the teacher has opened it for outside emails. 


ASB

 

 

ASB

Instructor: Angela Welch

[email protected]

Website
 
Please see website for important dates


Course Description: Associated Student Body, Rio Norte ASB takes great pride in gathering together a group of hard working seventh and eighth graders committed to making their school a better place by serving others. ASB works during summer, before school, during breaks, after school, in the evenings, and on weekends organizing activities for both the school and the community. Students in ASB work a minimum of twenty hours outside of class time per quarter in service to the school and community.


CONCERT BAND

 

Concert Band

Instructor: Mr. Gilbert

 [email protected]

 
 


Course Description:  is the major instrumental ensemble at Rio Norte and is a one year commitment. This group represents the school at all major school functions including the open house, back to school night, 6th Grade Jamboree, Valencia Showcase and the Turkey Bowl game. The ensemble also joins the Valencia High Marching Band to play for a VHS football game. This ensemble performs at both local and national music festivals, including the Disneyland Music Festival, with an overnight stay at the Disney hotels. The Advanced band has two major performances. One in the Fall and the other in the Spring.

Audition Information:
The Music department at Rio Norte Junior High is proud to announce the upcoming auditions for the Intermediate Band, and Concert Band, on Wednesday April 24, 2024. on the campus of Rio Norte Junior High School. Auditions will be in room G-4, located behind the Gym building.

 The concert band, which plays at all major events for the school, performs 4-8- concerts a year on and around the campus of Rio Norte. In the past, the concert band has played at Valencia High school football games; Barnes and Noble Bookstore; local schools; Festivals with Music in the Parks, Disneyland Resort; Southern California Student Band Orchestra Association festivals; as well as winter, spring and fall concerts. Due to the many extra-curricular activities this ensemble does, each student is expected to keep a minimum GPA of 2.2

 Auditions consist of:
Winds and Brass: B-flat concert scale
Playing: Play a short piece showcasing your skills
Percussion: Mallet: B-flat concert scale
Snare: Basic rudiments

Interest Form

Band Audition Form 


CONCERT CHOIR

 

Concert Band

Instructor: Mr. Gilbert

[email protected]

 
 

Course Description:  is one ­year commitment to vocal ensemble performance. Members of the concert choir develop skills in vocal performance. Students are introduced to musical notation and basic vocal techniques. The concert choir performs various styles of choral literature for school concerts, community programs, and local choral festivals. Requirements include exemplary citizenship and a positive attitude. An audition is required for this ensemble.

Audition Information:
The Music department at Rio Norte Junior High is proud to announce the upcoming auditions for the choral ensembles on Thursday April 25, 2024. on the campus of Rio Norte Junior High School. Auditions will be in room G-4, located behind the Gym building.

The concert choir, which performs at all major events for the school, performs 4-8 concerts a year on and around the campus of Rio Norte.

In the past, the Concert Choir has performed at Valencia High school choir concerts; Barnes and Noble Bookstore; local schools; Festivals with Music in the Parks, Disneyland Resort; Southern California Vocal Association festivals; as well as winter, spring and fall concerts.

Due to the many extra-curricular activities this ensemble does, each student is expected to keep a minimum GPA of 2.2

 Auditions consist of: Tonal Memory (the singing of a given group of four pitches) Short -Capella song of your choice

Interest Form

Choir Audition Form 

Jazz-Hawks Audition Form


THEATRE PRODUCTION ~DRAMA HAWKS

 

Theater Class

 

Instructor: Mr. Owston

Auditions:

Open Call April 23,2024

3 pm to 6 pm in the MPR

 

Please prepare ONE 1-2 minute monologue or song, For questions please contact Mr. Owston "Mr. O" at [email protected]


Callbacks: We'll contact you

 

Interest Form

 

Course Description: Production Drama is a year long elective for students with a more advanced skill level who want to perform in front of an audience. Students work together to produce the Fall and Spring productions. This class focuses on exploring a range of acting skills, and improving rehearsal discipline. Production Drama also focuses on technical theatre aspects such as lighting design, sound design, marketing and more. We often run sessions after school and do performances on evenings and weekends. If you love to perform in front of an audience, and want to be part of a big Theater Family then make sure you sign up for an audition!


RIO TV


Rio TVInstructor: Mr. Ippolito

 [email protected]

Web Site
 

Deadline: Friday, 4/12/24

Interviews: May 1-2

Please see website for important dates

Course Description: Rio Norte Advanced Video Production brings our daily morning show, Rio TV, to over 1,400 students and staff on YouTube each day. Producing a daily broadcast is a lot of fun, but it's also hard work. If you visit riotv.org, you'll see all the fun things that happen in front of the camera, but there is so much more that happens behind the scenes--script writing, filming, graphics, editing, organization, communication, leadership, and teamwork. Students will work during class time, and sometimes at brunch, lunch, and after school creating our show as we pursue our four-point goal to INFORM, ENGAGE, INCLUDE, and INSPIRE. Rio TV is looking for students who are mature, hard-working, and who can work well together as a team.


SPANISH A/B

 

Spanish

This is a high school course and will be on the high school transcript.


Instructor: Ms. Grandbois

[email protected]

Spanish class information
8th graders only
 

Application

Teacher Recommendation 

Deadline: Friday, 4/12/24

Meeting:
Monday 5/6/24 at lunch

 

Course Description: This introductory course in Spanish is designed for those who are preparing for college entrance or who want to lay the groundwork for extensive study of  Spanish. The language's basic grammatical structure and vocabulary are taught through practice in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Successful completion of Spanish 1A with a grade of “C” or better at the semester is recommended to continue with Spanish 1B.


YEARBOOK


Instructor: Ms. Bretthauer 

[email protected]

Web Site


Please see website for additional information and important dates

Application Links:
 

Deadline: Friday, 4/12/24

Incoming 7th:
7th grade yearbook interest form

Course Description: Students enrolled in Yearbook are responsible for preserving memories that will last a lifetime. Students will learn and practice photography, writing, layout, design, and production skills as they produce the yearbook. Students will spend much of their class time learning new skills and collaborating with other yearbook team members and are expected to spend a great deal of time outside the classroom (before school, brunch, lunch, after school, and on weekends) taking photos at school events and then working on assigned pages.

 

General Electives


BEGINNING ART
ArtInstructor: Ms. James (Art James)


Course Description: Beginning Art is a semester-long creative opportunity that offers students amazing art projects which include life drawing, animation drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, composition, collage, design, technical skills, elements and principles of design and more.  Students get exposed to important artists, galleries, and museums through Internet-based teaching.


BEGINNING BAND
 
band Instructor: Mr. Gilbert
 

Course Description: The beginning band is the first step into a larger musical world. In this class, you learn how to read music and play an instrument of the wind band. These include, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, Tuba and Percussion. The next step from the beginning band is the Advanced band.

Interest Form


BEGINNING CHOIR
 
ChoirInstructor: Mr. Gilbert
 

Course Description: This is a one semester vocal ensemble experience. Members of the chorus develop skills in vocal performance. Students are introduced to musical notation and basic vocal techniques. The chorus performs various styles of choral literature for school concerts. Requirements include exemplary citizenship and a positive attitude. Prior singing experience is recommended but not required.


BEGINNING DRAMA
 
Drama
Instructor: Mr. Owston
 

Course Description: Beginning Drama is a semester-long elective that develops confidence and creativity using theatre as tool.  We learn and develop performance skills through fun, practical activities and build our confidence towards performing in front of an audience. This is the class for you if you like working in groups, learning through practical activities and games, and want to build your confidence and share your creativity. 


BEGINNING GUITAR
 

Guitar Instructor: Mr. Gilbert

Course Description: The beginning guitar class is designed for anyone who would like to learn to play the guitar. No previous musical experience is required just a willingness to learn. In this class you learn to read music, play melodic lines, play chords, and finger-pick. An acoustic guitar is not needed for this class, but students with their own guitar are encouraged to bring theirs.


CTE Intro Media/Photo

Photography Instructor: Ms. Mandel
 

Course Description: CTE Intro Media/Photo is a junior high school CTE introductory course that introduces skills used in image capturing and editing. Students explore different aspects of the media and entertainment industry and career opportunities. Students learn the basics of manual control of a DSLR camera, lighting, image manipulation, and image editing. While this class is not a prerequisite, it prepares students for CTE Media/Photo IA/B, the CTE Graphic Design Pathway high school concentrator course. 


CULINARY

Cooking Instructor: Ms. Prieto
 

Course Description: Is a fun and practical elective course that provides continuing experience and skills related  to food preparation and nutrition. Students will be building on the fundamentals learned in culinary by preparing various foods in labs designed to teach advanced cooking techniques, and participating  in culture and nutrition projects to broaden their knowledge and understanding in these areas. 


JOURNALISM

photo of newspaperInstructor: Ms. Dawson
 

Course Description: Students will learn the basic principles of print and online journalism. Students will learn investigative skills, responsible reporting, and journalistic writing techniques as they read, respond to, and write their own news and feature articles. Students will create their own articles for the school website, create twitter updates, and a published magazine. 

 
PEER TUTORING
 
stock image of special education student
 
Instructor: Special Education Teachers
 

Course Description: This is an elective that allows you to work with special needs students.  Some personality traits that are important for you to have include patience, respect, tolerance, leadership, empathy, and a desire to make a difference in the life of a special child.  This elective will introduce you to working one on one with some of our most awesome and fragile students that rely on and look up to people like you.

 
 
SEMINAR

picture of graduation caps thrown in airInstructor: Ms. Groller
 

Course Description: students in Seminar will discover ways to increase academic and personal success and create personal goals through self-exploration. Students will investigate the world of work in order to make informed career decisions. 

 


TECHNOLOGY FUNDAMENTALS

Picture of computer desk work areaInstructor: Ms. Grandbois
 

Course Description: This 10 week course is designed to provide students with a functional keyboarding skill emphasizing personal and occupational goals along with computer literacy. The first part of the course will focus primarily on learning the alphabetic keys and the second part of the course will focus primarily on computer literacy. Computer literacy will include the introductory concepts of word processing, spreadsheets, power point presentations, internet research, HTML (web design), email and scanning.


TEEN LEADERSHIP
 
Teen Leadership ClassInstructor: Multiple teachers
 

Course Description: Teen Leadership will focus on topics like personal leadership, written communication skills, public speaking, interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, self-confidence, personal responsibility, branding, digital citizenship, how to communicate with adults, and much more! Coursework will also be based on the Capturing Kids’ Hearts program Lead Worthy.