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7th Highlights

Pali Institute

At the Pali Institute, students participate in science, leadership, and outdoor education. Click here for more information about Pali.

Spelling Bee

R. Roger Rowe hosts an annual spelling bee in conjunction with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. the 7th and 8th grade participate in a school bee, 6th graders hold a practice bee unique to their grade level.

Career Expo

A day of presentations by industry leaders to provide a new and practical dimension to students’ education and help them to explore possible career paths.

Student Council

Student government is a great way to participate in leadership of our school. Positions: Secretary, Treasurer, Philanthropy Chair, Activities Coordinator

Speech and Debate Contest

Students develop public speaking and debating skills and apply them in a competitive setting.

7th grade students have 223 minutes of Mathematics Classes week and classes are in a block format.  Students in grade 7 have the ability to take Math 7 or Advanced Math (Math 8).  Students that qualify for Advanced Mathematics have demonstrated a strong ability to move quickly through mathematics and are ready for the challenge of additional work.  Students in Advanced Mathematics 7 will cover 8th grade mathematics in one year. Students needing additional support are eligible to take Math Intervention during the Enrichment Block.

Download the RSF Math Pathways chart
Download the 7th math curriculum summary
Download the 7th advanced math curriculum summary (8th)

Mathematics Courses

Mathematics 7
Units of Study
Unit 1    Two-Dimension Geometry
Unit 2    Integers and Rational Numbers
Unit 3    Understanding Similarity
Unit 4    Ratios, Rates, Percents, and Proportions
Unit 5    Linear Relationships
Unit 6    Probability and Expected Value
Unit 7    Three-Dimensional Measurement

Advanced Mathematics 7 (Math 8):
Units of Study
Unit 1    Linear and Inverse Variation
Unit 2    The Pythagorean Theorem
Unit 3    Exponential Functions
Unit 4    Symmetry and Transformations
Unit 5    Making Sense of Symbols
Unit 6    Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities

Math Intervention
Students needing additional support in mathematics may qualify for specialized instruction with a mathematics specialist.  Classroom teachers make recommendations for this program.  This program takes place during the Enrichment Block.

Curriculum Resources:
CMP3 (Connected Mathematics)
Math in Focus
Mathematics Vision Project (Exemplars) (Exemplars)

Technology Resources:
Math XL
CMP3 Online

Students have 223 minutes of Reading Classes per week in a block format.   7th graders are eligible to take General Reading 7 and Honors Reading 7.  Students who qualify for Honors Reading have demonstrated a strong ability to move quickly through reading materials and are ready for the challenge of additional work.

Reading 7:
Download the 7th reading curriculum summary

Units of Study
Unit 1    Reading with Agency: Independent Author Studies
Unit 2    Dystopian And Fantasy Book Clubs: Exploring Unreal Worlds & Characters
Unit 3    Informational Reading Text Sets: Close Reading to Identify & Argue Issues
Unit 4    How to Eat a Poem: Analyzing Language & Craft
Unit 5    Historical Reading Clubs: Studying the Past Through Fact & Fiction
Unit 6    Portfolio: Reflecting on Our Growth

Honors Reading 7
Students who qualify for Honors Reading have demonstrated to be strong readers and is comprised of additional rigor and challenge to the current college-preparatory course offering. The English Language Arts teachers use the current Columbia Reading Units of Study for grade 6 as the basis for instruction while further developing units with a strong focus on meaningful class discussions, including thorough comprehension and critical analysis of a variety of genres.  The program will emphasize vocabulary, composition skills, research skills, grammar conventions, and sentence construction.  Due to the fast-paced, rigorous curriculum of this class, only students who are self-motivated, passionate about reading, and have exceptional work ethic will be eligible.

Criteria for Placement in Advanced Reading Class is based upon an advanced level of proficiency in the following areas:
• MAP Test Results
• SBAC Test  Results
• OLSAT Test Results
• District Benchmark Assessment
and teacher recommendation.

Reading Workshop
The Reading Workshop is a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension.  The workshop model allows teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of all their students.  Reading Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and gives students chances to practice reading strategies independently and with guidance.
– Mini Lesson: (10-15 minutes)
– Independent reading, conferring, small group instruction (35-40 minutes)
– Share (5 minutes)

Curriculum Resources:
Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)
Curricular Calendar for Reading K-8 (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)
Teen Ink: Mentor texts

7th grade students have 223 minutes of Writing Classes per week and classes are in a block format.  This course follows Columbia’s Reading and Writing workshop model (see below). In class and at home, students keep a writer’s notebook where they will grow in skills needed for specific writing types as well as develop their personal style as writers. Volume, variety, and thoughtfulness are also areas of emphasis in the writer’s notebook.  Students set goals and focus on improving specific skills. In the meeting area, the teacher models strategies to help the students push themselves as writers.  Students also receive peer feedback and publish their final pieces.  The students will also use the Easy Grammar curriculum to build their understanding of proper mechanics to better communicate their sophisticated writing ideas.

Download the 7th writing curriculum summary

Units of Study
Unit 1    Memoir: Discovering the Stories of Our Lives
Unit 2    Writing About Reading: From Reader’s Notebooks to Companion Books
Unit 3    Persuasive Essays: The Art of Argument
Unit 4    Poetry: Immersion, Analysis & Innovation
Unit 5    Historical Documentaries: Sharing the Past Through Words, Sounds, and Images
Unit 6    Portfolio: Reflecting on Our Growth

Writing Enrichment Courses:

The Art of Writing

The Art of Writing- creativity and inspiration will flow in this dynamic writing course. Students will free the writing muse with projects that combine creative writing, art, and a touch of marketing.

Speech and Debate
Students will learn the techniques for building a successful commemorative and persuasive speech as well as learn the impact on using technology and visuals effectively to aid in presentations. Students will also analyze great speeches and debates of ancient history, and will learn how to debate effectively with their peers.
Download the Enrichment, Elective, and PE Registration Survey

Writing Workshop
This predictable structure provides a supportive environment in which new learning takes place. The workshop begins with a 10-15 minute “minilesson” in which the teacher introduces and explicitly teaches skills and strategies related to the unit of study. Students then move to independent writing time. During this time, teachers pull students 1:1 or in small groups providing individualized instruction. The workshop closes with a share of new learning, either whole class or with peers.

Curriculum Resources:
Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Curricular Calendars K-8 (2014-2015)
Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative,Writing,2013
Rancho Santa Fe Middle School ELA

Instructional Software Support:
Google Suite for Education
No Red Ink
Defined STEM

Students have 223 minutes of Science Class per week and classes in a block format.  The 7th Grade Science Curriculum is centered around Biology and interaction of physical and chemical systems with living systems.  Our 7th grade students are exposed to the rigor of modern scientific pursuits and in particular the volume and complexity associated with the Bio-Medical fields.  They also participate in labs, read current and relevant texts, and build 21st Century Learning Skills in critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.

Download the 7th science curriculum summary

Units of Study
• Cell Biology
• Genetics
• Evolution
• Earth & Life History
• Structure and Function of Living Systems
• Physical Principles in Living Systems
• Investigation and Experimentation

Rocketry Elective
Three, two, one, blast off!!! Wow!!! There’s nothing more exciting than a rocket launch, whether it’s a NASA space shuttle or a simple bottle rocket. Come explore the principles of rocketry and learn how to build rockets from the ground up. Rocketeers will design, build, and launch a variety of rockets powered by air, water, and chemical propellants. They will also learn how to build recovery systems to insure safe landings and investigate the rockets used to launch satellites into low earth and geosynchronous orbit as well as ferrying people to the international space station. We will examine robotic spacecraft sent out to explore the solar system and NASA’s plans to return people to the moon and eventually to Mars. If you ever wanted to become an astronaut or blast off into outer space, this is the course for you. *Same curriculum as Rocketry 7/8, but the course can only be taken once in middle school.

Science Enrichment Courses:
Human Senses
This course introduces students to the nervous system and all of the human senses.  Students will participate in hands-on activities and labs to increase understanding of how our senses drive our reactions to the world around us.  These include touch (human skin), sight (eye dissection included), hearing (with an in-depth study of the structures of the ear), smell and taste.  We will also explore our sense of balance and how our nervous system takes sensory input and turns it into the world we see.

Our Green Planet
This interactive class will explore “hot” issues that affect our planet – from its wildlife, to its waters, and even the air we breathe. We will explore product life cycles and how green our clothes are, human – environment interactions and their effect on our planet’s endangered ecosystems, the effects of global warming on polar ice caps, and then wrap it all up by participating in a mock trial which will help us decide who is responsible for toxic waste.
Download the Enrichment, Elective, and PE Registration Survey

Curriculum Resources:
CPO Life Science Textbook
Prentice Hall Life Science Text Book
iBook: E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth
Science Apps: Cell and Cell Structure, Mitosis, Hudson Alpha iCell, My Genome, BrainPOP, Mighty Microbes, Gene Screen, Evolutionary Biology, 3D Cell Stain, Click and Learn by BioInteractive, CPO Life Science App, CPO Physical Science App, Cells by Discovery Kids, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, A.D.A.M. Physiology of Respiration, Zingy Learning, Educreation, Nova Elements, 3D Brain, Heart Decide, Virtual Bacterial ID Lab, Heart Rate Monitor App, Heart Pro 3, FINR Brain Atlas, Amphibia Web App, Nature Tap Apps, 3D 4 Medical Images & Animations, Sound Discovered
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Instructional Software Supports

SPARK Vue tools


Seventh grade students receive 223 minutes of Social Studies instruction per week.  Students in grade seven study the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, and Asia in the years A. D. 500Ð 1789. After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and early modern times. They examine the growing economic interaction among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. They learn about the resulting growth of Enlightenment philosophy and the new examination of the concepts of reason and authority, the natural rights of human beings and the divine right of kings, experimentalism in science, and the dogma of belief. Finally, students assess the political forces let loose by the Enlightenment, particularly the rise of democratic ideas, and they learn about the continuing influence of these ideas in the world today.

  • Social Studies Course Information
    • United States History & Geography: Making a New Nation
      • Students trace the routes of early explorers and describe the early explorations of the Americas.
      • Students describe the cooperation and conflict that existed among the American Indians and between the Indian nations and the new settlers.
      • Students understand the political, religious, social, and economic institutions that evolved in the colonial era.
      • Students explain the causes of the American Revolution.
      • Students understand the course and consequences of the American evolution
      • Students describe the people and events associated with the development of the U.S. Constitution and analyze the Constitution’s significance as the foundation of the American republic.
      • Students trace the colonization, immigration, and settlement patterns of the American people from 1789 to the mid-1800s, with emphasis on the role of economic incentives, effects of the physical and political geography, and transportation systems
      • Students know the location of the current 50 states and the names of their capitals.

Curriculum Resources:
“Medieval and Early Modern Times” textbook Glencoe
“Across the Centuries” Houghton Mifflin (supplemental textbook used in class)
Teachers’ Curriculum Institute (TCI): Interactive class activities and lessons
“Medieval and Early Modern Times”
“Medieval and Early Modern Times”: Chapter resource activities workbook. Reading, writing, skill practice, and critical thinking activities and assignments
“Building Skills in Geography” (Glencoe): Lessons and activities
Nystrom Desk Atlas
“Islam; Empire of Faith” PBS
“The Samurai” History Channel
“Cathedral” PBS
“Knights and Armor” A&


Elective Courses

Spanish 1
Sixth, seventh and eighth graders will be introduced to the Spanish language through a focus on language and culture while speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the target language. Spanish 1 places an emphasis on correct pronunciation, listening comprehension, vocabulary development, learning the fundamentals of verb conjugations, and the formation of simple, complete, and grammatically correct present tense Spanish sentences. The units covered in this course include an introduction to foundational vocabulary and expressions as well as thematic units called Mis amigos y yo, La escuela, La comida, Los pasatiempos, Fiesta en familia, La casa, and De compras. Sixth graders will move on to Spanish 1.5 upon completion of this course. Seventh and eighth graders completing Spanish 1 with high achievement will have the opportunity to move onto middle school Spanish 2 or may place in Spanish 2 at the high school level (determined by a placement exam if entering a private school). This class is a rigorous course for students at the sixth grade level so please consider a heavy homework load when making course selections.

Spanish 1.5
Incoming seventh graders who have completed Spanish 1 will move on to this level prior to taking level 2 as an eighth grader. This course is also offered to incoming eighth graders who have completed Spanish 1, but may benefit from further review before moving onto Spanish 2. Students at this level continue learning Spanish through a focus on language and culture while speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the target language. Spanish 1.5 continues to reinforce correct pronunciation, listening comprehension, vocabulary development, verb conjugation development, and the formation of simple, complete and grammatically correct present and simple past tense Spanish sentences. The units covered in this course include a thorough review of Spanish 1 material, as well as thematic units called La casa, De compras, Experiencias, and Medios de comunicación. In addition, students do an in-depth study of a Spanish-speaking country. Students completing Spanish 1.5 with high achievement will have the opportunity to move onto middle school Spanish 2 or may place in Spanish 2 at the high school level (determined by a placement exam if entering a private school).

Enrichment Courses

Students learn the Chinese language of Mandarin. This course will be an introduction to the Mandarin language and give students basic vocabulary and language skills to operate in a variety of situations. This course will not count for high school credit, but will be a great starting point for students that may decide to take Mandarin at the high school level.

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Rancho Santa Fe School District’s athletic programs are available to all students who demonstrate an interest in participating in athletics. Student athletes will dedicate themselves to the pursuit of individual athletic excellence while maintaining a good standing in both academic and behavioral policies. In addition to developing students’ athletic skills, coaches will focus on instilling the district’s core values and strong character. The administration, parents, coaches, and players will embrace healthy, age-appropriate competition with an emphasis on teamwork, responsibility, initiative, perseverance, respect, honesty, fair play and winning.

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For a detailed explanation of each sports team please check out the Overview and Structure of Athletics.

1st Trimester (Sept./Nov.)              2nd Trimester (Nov./March         3rd Trimester (March/May)
Cross Country (Co-ed)                   Basketball (Boys)                       Basketball (Girls)
Flag Football (Co-ed)                     Soccer (Boys)                            *ISPE/Lacrosse (Boys)
Volleyball (Girls)                             Soccer (Girls)                             Tennis (Co-ed)
*ISPE or GPE/Golf (Co-ed)            Wrestling (Co-ed)                       Track & Field (Co-ed)

*Any student interested in the golf team must enroll in General PE or ISPE.  Golf team tryouts will be held during the second week of school.  If you qualify for the team your schedule will be edited to reflect golf as your fall sport.

General Physical Education
(Trimester 1, 2, 3)    This course provides students opportunities to learn through a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive sequentially planned physical education program aligned with the Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools. The focus of this course is the application of movement skills and knowledge to individual and dual physical activities: the assessment and maintenance of physical fitness to improve health and performance, and the requisite knowledge of physical fitness concepts.

Dance P.E
(Trimester 1, 2, 3)    In Dance  P.E., the students will be learning a variety of dance styles and techniques including jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theater.  We will also explore the history of dance, and at the end of the year, the students will create their own choreography. Each trimester the dancers will perform on stage in a performance.  The first two trimesters the dancers will perform in shows with the other performing arts departments, and in the last trimester will perform at the end of the year dance show.

Independent Study P.E. (I.S.P.E.)

(Trimester 1, 2, 3)    Independent study is an alternative opportunity to receive P.E. credit.  Students work independently in an organized physical program under the supervision of an instructor and monitored by the Athletic Director.  Examples include club sports, martial arts, and equestrian. Upon approval, students must complete a written agreement and document their progress throughout each Trimester.  Credit for I.S.P.E is based on the time and value of the student’s work product, as determined by the Athletic Director.

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Seventh Grade Music


Advanced Band
This class is designed to enhance a student’s musical ability by applying note-reading skills, musicianship, rehearsal techniques to increasingly challenging literature. Students will improve basic musicianship skills through the practice and performance of concert works & exercises in a large ensemble setting as well as develop & improve proper playing technique (embouchure, posture, sticking…etc.). Our songs will come from standard band music but also jazz and contemporary music.  Prerequisites: Audition only, instructor approval.

Bands like Cold Play and The Beatles and genres from Rock-n-Roll to Country have all used the guitar.   This elective will teach you how to play guitar.  In just weeks, you will be able to play along with your favorite artists.

There is not a more important instrument to understand and play than the piano.  Join this exciting elective and begin your journey to learning music fundamentals.   Because each student has his/her own piano, whether you have played for several years or never touched one, you are welcome to join this class.

Enrichment Courses

Choir (Year-long)
The Advanced Choral Ensemble enrichment is an audition-only, advanced level vocal performing group that will learn and perform pop, jazz, and masterwork music. This group will perform at all school music concerts, but will also travel to perform at other choral festivals and events.  It’s important that you talk to Mr. Haus for an audition before you are placed in this class.  Students will learn not only perform advanced-level music, but they will learn how to read music, arrange songs, and form duets, trios, and quartets within the class.
(Mr. Haus will still run his Friday morning (before school) choir group in addition to this enrichment class. Students in the Friday morning groups will perform at all school music concerts and will travel to perform at other choral festivals and events).

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Music Programs Outside of School Hours

(Class meets M 7:45 AM-9:00 AM and T-F before school depending on level. Registration will be held on Band Night, please see website for details)    Students will be able to practice their instruments and play as a group.  We will prepare for scheduled concerts, competitions, and festivals, but will also be the “band for hire” for other school functions that need musical support!  Never played an instrument?  No problem!  We will help you pick one out and before you know it, you will be a pro.

Choir (Grades 4-8)
The 4-8 Choir meets Thursday mornings before school.

Advanced Drama Elective Offerings for 7th Graders

Trimester 1:  The Art of Improvisation
This Drama course is for students who love to entertain and be entertained.  Students create and develop characters and skits using the impromptu elements of Improvisation and learn various Language Arts strategies to develop comedy sketches with props, music, and costumes.

Trimester 2:  Elements of Acting Class
Students will have the opportunity to act, evaluate, and create short scenes and skits to perform on stage. Students will also study and develop their characters as well as write, direct, cast, and stage their plays and performances.

Trimester 3: Film Acting Class
Do you want to be a TV or Movie Star? Or, learn how the pros did it? Then this acting class is for you. Students will discover the beginnings of The Hollywood film industry and learn the ins and outs of creating head shots for casting calls, choosing and performing audition pieces, creating a portfolio and acting resume, filming and editing audition pieces as well as writing, developing, and acting in an original television pilot episode that we will produce and debut for a live audience

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Technology Electives and Enrichment for the Seventh Grade


Apps Design and Coding
GameSalad is used to create games and apps for the iPad or other mobile devices. It aims to open the doors of game design to anyone who wants to create. With GameSalad’s complete set of tools and editors, bring your game to market faster and easier than with any other development platform; and without coding a single line.  In addition, students will learn basic programming using software called Alice. Alice is an innovative 3-D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.


Film Making

During the trimester, students develop and produce quality, original films across genres (animated, documentary, drama, comedy, etc.) by creating a storyboard and revised script, which they will then film and edit.

Digital Animation
Students use digital animation software called Toon Boom Studio. This software is a comprehensive program that guides students through the entire digital animation workflow from scripting, sketching, using a graphic Wacom tablet to draw, scan, paint artwork using advanced tools, and lip-sync mouth movement to voice tracks. Final production will feature a full cartoon that will be made into a QuickTime movie for publication.

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Seventh grade students are able to sign up for year-long Elective Classes and trimester-long Enrichment Classes. These classes are designed to provide students interested in Art the ability to explore different mediums and develop their artistic abilities.

Art Studio Elective
For those students who have enjoyed art in their K-5 rotations and now want the opportunity to learn more about the visual arts through discussion, research and hands on creation. This course includes a variety of art projects using several different mediums such as pen and ink, collage and clay. It also includes the opportunity to work with a guest artist and create paintings for the Hearts for Healing project. Throughout the year this class will allow students to demonstrate their growing artistic skill set and knowledge of the visual arts, including, but not limited to the elements and principles of art, as well as artistic masters and art movements.  At the end of this year long course students will have the opportunity to display two to three of their favorite projects in the school Art Show.

Art Enrichment
The purpose of this trimester long course is to give students an intriguing overview into the wonderful world of visual arts! Students learn about several artists and art movements all while creating a wide range of projects in several different mediums and styles.

Please contact Dana Dabney, Art Teacher, for more details.

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FTC Robotics—Grades 7-8: The First Tech Challenge (FTC) program delves into more advanced engineering and programming concepts. Students are challenged to design robots using metal components, along with a variety of sensors, to compete in a 12’ by 12’ arena. During the contest, robots compete in both “autonomous” and “driver controlled” modes using a game pad. They must work cooperatively and competitively as they are paired up with other teams to accomplish the tasks set before them.

More at RSF Robotics Home 

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Seventh grade students are offered one year elective courses in a variety of extra-curricular area (see survey link below).  In addition, they can participate in three trimester-long enrichment classes focused in three main areas. Students will select one class from Science and Tech, one from Humanities and one from The Arts. The goal is for students to make varied choices that will give them an opportunity to try new areas of interest each trimester. Under Primary Choices please make your 1st choice selections. Under Alternate Choices please keep one and only one of your 1st choices from one of the categories and select two new options in the other two categories.

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Terri Corduan

Terri Corduan

6th/7th Grade Math

Harriet Joslyn

Harriet Joslyn

Grade 7 Reading

Steve Rossier

Steve Rossier

Grade 7 History

Danika Severino

Danika Severino

Grade 7 Reading

Kelly Stine

Kelly Stine

Grade 7 Science

Chris Teofilo

Chris Teofilo

Grade 6/7 Math

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