Pasteur Electives

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    Media: Students in the class create and broadcast daily announcements and produce the annual yearbook.  Students will act as anchors, reporters, camera people, artists, and editors.
    Media students film an interview  

    Student Government: Students in the class have an important leadership role at Pasteur they plan most of the student activities and charitable events for the school.  They facilitate a new student program for students who start school mid-year, maintain the school bulletin boards and decorate for dances. Students must be able to stay after school on some days.

     Mrs. Burke gets down at the Rally

    The Elective Wheel: Students will have the opportunity to take 2 of the three elective classes below during the school year.  Students are randomly placed and will roll to a new elective at the second semester.

    Mr. Kortes Computers  


    Art: Art is an introductory class that teaches the elements and principles of art through various mediums and styles. Students will experience and create projects that range from drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, to ceramics.  We culminate our semester with a hands-on project based field trip in the Sacramento area.  Students may also partner with one of feeder schools to collaborate on projects.

     Mrs. Sanders with her art students


    Music Appreciation: Music Appreciation is an introductory course to music for students with little or no music experience. In this course students will learn to play piano, create original compositions in Garage Band, learn basic rhythms with bucket drumming, and understand the basic elements of music history.

    Band:  Band is offered to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Pasteur. Our group is a combination of beginners-advanced students and no experience is required. Students in this class will learn to read and perform music in a FUN and positive environment. Each student begins the class at different levels, but all are expected to improve their musicianship throughout the year.  Our ensemble will have multiple opportunities to showcase their musicianship through concerts for our peers, loved ones, and community.  


    Choir: Choir is offered to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at Pasteur. Our choir is a combination of beginners-advanced singers. This class will teach students to sing properly in a large ensemble. Students will also learn through small ensemble and solo opportunities. Students in choir learn to sight read music using solfege hand signs. Students will also learn basic piano skills to accompany their singing.  


    Woodshop: Wood Shop is an introductory class that teaches students the proper and safe use of machines and tools. The students will produce a variety of projects using tools and skills practiced in our shop tutorials. They will learn to produce projects that will reflect pride in the finished product.

     Drilling in Wood Shop

    Computer Applications: Students are exposed to a variety of software products using Apple Imac computers. The class will help prepare students to succeed in other curricular courses, high school and the work place. Students learn in a "hands on" environment while having fun! Applications covered in this course include: Keyboarding, Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Graphics and Video, Exposure to HTML, Instructional Games, Career Futures, 3d Modeling and Garage Band

     Computer students

    Choir & Band:  Students can play instruments and sing in this exciting elective.

    Teacher/ office Assistants: Students work with teachers in their classrooms or in the office to support the running of the classroom and school. Jobs might include filing, copying, assembling work projects, delivering passes and other tasks.

     Mrs. Crutchfield with her TA  

    Spanish: Students learn Spanish in a nontraditional way by immersing themselves in the culture of the language through stories, songs, games and classroom skits. Students will learn to read, write, listen to, and speak the Spanish language through TPRS curriculum which uses stories rather than drills and activities to teach a subject. Comprehension of spoken and written language and maximum exposure to the language are main focus of this course. Students will be immersed in the language through quirky songs, engaging role-playing skits, high-energy flash card board games, fun stories, and learning about the cultures of Spanish speaking countries. They will learn vocabulary and phrases that are commonly spoken around them. Emphasis will be on correct pronunciation and comprehension. Students will write stories in Spanish to share with the class, learn both present and past tense, as well as read and write cohesive texts comprised of multiple paragraphs. By the end of the course, students should be able to speak, write, and understand Spanish with basic proficiency. Students who complete the course at the “A” or “B” level will be recommended for advancement to level 2 as a freshman in high school.  

    AVID students on a field trip  
    AVID:  For 7th and 8th grade students

    Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) gives students the skills and confidence needed to be successful in college or the workplace including research, information analysis, collaboration and more. To see a great video about AVID activities click here.

     What AVID is...

    • AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination.
    • AVID is an in-school academic support program for grades 4-12 that prepares students for college eligibility and success.
    • AVID places academically average students in advanced classes.
    • AVID levels the playing field for minority, rural, low-income and other students without a college-going tradition in their families.
    • AVID is for all students, but it targets those in the academic middle.
    • AVID is implemented school wide and districtwide.
    • What AVID isn't...
    • AVID isn't a remedial program.
    • AVID isn't a free ride.
    • AVID isn't a niche program.
    • AVID isn't a college outreach program.

    The AVID Curriculum

    The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors.  It is driven by the WICR method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading.  AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes, in content-area classes in AVID schools, and even in schools where the AVID elective is not offered. 

    The AVID Parent

    AVID parents encourage their students to achieve academically, participate on an advisory board and in AVID parent and site team meetings, and maintain regular contact with the AVID coordinator. Many parents and students participate in AVID Family Workshops.



Last Modified on April 29, 2022