Elective Descriptions

  • 3D Animation 

    Prepare for the high demand, high-paying and exciting jobs in 3D animation, 3D modeling, and video game design.  We will be using Autodesk Maya, and Unity the same software used to make the movies "Avatar" and "The Hobbit," and the video game, "Assassins Creed."  

    We will also be learning computer programming by learning how to build a video game. 


    Advanced Band (Concert Band)

    This class is for students who wish to continue with their chosen band instrument (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, electric guitar, or drums). This class performs regularly.  This group also performs as a marching band at some parades.


    Advanced Orchestra

    This class is for students who wish to continue with their chosen string instrument (violin, viola, cello and string bass).  We will accept piano players who have had at least four years of lessons. This class performs regularly.


    Beginning Band

    This class is for students who want to learn flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and tuba, electric guitar, or drums. No experience is needed.  


    Beginning Orchestra   

    This class is for students who want to learn violin, viola, cello or string bass. No experience is needed.  


    Beginning Piano

    Class is designed for the beginner on piano. The class will teach the basics of the piano, which includes learning to read music.


    Beginning Spanish

    Is designed for students who want to begin learning Spanish. We will go over vocabulary, pronouns and sentence structure. The book also provides short stories. This is a class designed for non heritage students.



    This course places an emphasis on cooking basics and food choices for good nutrition and personal health.  We will learn fundamental cooking techniques and nutrition basics.



    Dance is a yearlong exploratory class that will present dance as an art form that stimulates the mind as well as challenges the body. Students will develop an understanding of the discipline and structure of dance classes, rehearsal and performance etiquette. Students will experience these elements through a variety genres (modern dance, lyrical, hip hop and others).


    Design and Craft

    This course will develop the concepts and skills introduced in Exploratory Wheel (9-week) or Introduction to Art (semester) which includes techniques in drawing, painting, graphics, and advanced composition. Students create using critical thinking character animation from storyboard to character development, and logos (cereal & drink), info graphics, and brochures.

    Students will use traditional art skills with the computer to create finished products and utilize the equipment, tools, and techniques necessary to animations using Surface Books, Photoshop and Toon Boom software.  Use Photoshop to create a logos, advertisements, magazine covers and other products. 


    Exploring Spanish (Native Speakers)

    This class is designed for students who are heritage learners. In this class we will review grammar rules, read about history and learn the various cultures of the Spanish Speaking world.



    FLAG (click here)  

    The GUSD Foreign Language Academies of Glendale (FLAG) program offers Dual Language Immersion Programs in seven languages.  Four of the languages’ pathways include Roosevelt Middle School:  German, Italian, Spanish, and French (starting in the 2019-20 school year). 

    At Roosevelt, dual language immersion classes are taught by fully-biliterate, credentialed teachers.  The program follows the GUSD Board of Education’s vision.


    Gen Yes (Application and Teacher Recommendation Only) 

    This course provides the online resources and environment necessary to prepare a team of Student Technology Leaders (STLs) with the skills necessary to support the technology integration efforts of teachers, IT staff, and other adults working at the school. Lesson, activities, and assignments involve assistance in one of three ways:

    1. Helping teachers learn technology skills
    2. Creating resources that teachers use in their lessons
    3. Assisting IT staff's efforts to maintain a school's tech infrastructures 


    Homework Lab (Teens 4 Success)

    This is a course designed to provide students the opportunity to get ahead in their schoolwork and studies.  Students can work alone, collaboratively in groups, or with the help of a teacher in a quiet setting where textbooks and laptops are provided.


    Pathway to College

    This course teaches students the skills necessary to help them in the competitive environment of acceptance in a 4 year university, and offers them support in all their academic classes. College tours, career exploration, and guidance are also part of this exciting, fun class.


    Robotics (Introduction to STEM)

    Students will learn how humans use robotic technology in our daily lives. Students will also learn how to design, build, and write computer code to control LEGO Mind storms robots to solve a variety of engineering challenges. 


    Student Body Government (ASB) (Application and Teacher Recommendation Only)

    ASB students are the leaders of the school. In this class, we have the ASB officers of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, along with 7th grade President and Vice President. The rest of the class consists of students who help the officers with deciding where money is spent, creating student spirit activities, running the Talent Show, playing music at lunch, assisting with communication between students and school administration, and having a good time in the process!



    Students in this yearlong elective class will have the opportunity to work in the production of the Roosevelt yearbook. Through the use of photography, design, and layout, students will complete a certain number of assigned yearbook pages.  Students must have good attendance, a positive attitude, be able to work effectively and efficiently with others, be self-starters, and be committed to putting out a quality product.  As a member of the yearbook staff you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you were part of the team that preserved a piece of Roosevelt history.