At West Valley Middle School, we carefully select teachers who make learning fun, maintain high expectations, and make connections with their students. Our low teacher-to-student ratio makes it possible for in-depth educational experiences. With less than 25 students in each class, teachers are well aware of individual student strengths and weaknesses. Classes consist of hands-on learning opportunities, high-interest curriculum, and fieldtrips. Our academic program caters to the whole child partnering daily electives, physical education, and Spanish instruction with our rigorous academic standards. With small class sizes, exciting educational adventures, and interested teachers, it is no wonder that our students consistently perform above grade level!
Fall 2014 Student Packet
- Welcome Letter
- Supply Lists
- Fall Orientation
- Student iPad Agreement
- First Day Procedures
- WVCC Welcome
We believe that a child’s physical growth and health habits need to be educated along with their minds. At West Valley Middle School, we incorporate daily and weekly physical education classes as part of our curriculum.
Lego Robotics – Students will discover mechanical design, construction, programming, and teamwork skills. Students will use LEGO building elements, motors & sensors, build different robots & program them with a computer to move, react & make sounds to solve challenges.
Private High School Prep (8th Grade Only) – Your child will be required to take admission tests during the application process for private high schools. They will be competing against top students to gain entrance to these schools. Our Private High School Prep class walks students through the application process (including time and assistance writing those essays) and eases the pressures of the admission tests by providing personalized instruction to review concepts, to teach advanced content, and to become familiar with the format.
Wildcat Gazette – This newspaper class will give students various ways to express themselves - from reporting school events, creating comic strips, interviewing fellow Wildcats and staff - the list is endless! They will learn how to edit text, design and layout both text and photos, and work on their interview skills.
Woodworking – Students will learn traditional and contemporary woodworking skills taught in a hands-on, project-based format. They will learn the proper way to use power and hand tools to create small projects.
Musical Theater – Students will work on a fantasical, magical, musical production that will be performed in early November. During class, the students will learn to act, sing and dance. Also, this musical provides wonderful creative opportunities in terms of set design, lighting and costuming.
Literature & the movies – Why do some books make for great movies? Why do some fail on the screen? Students will compare and contrast some selected pieces of literature and their film counterparts.
Creative Crafting – Let's explore art from around the world! We'll begin our travels with Japan: making paper lanterns, wood block printing, and origami creations. We will also be venturing to France and creating keepsake charms modeled after puff pastries. Pack your bags and bring your imagination along for an adventure in building three dimensional souvenirs from far off lands!