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Steve Pomeroy

Animation Year

Animation Semester

Animation Wheel

Sully and Me.jpg

Room A2

(650) 637-4880 x1682






Art Year

Art Semester

Ceramics Semester

Art Wheel


Room A1

(650) 637-4880 x1681














Noel Ekstrom

Room 11

(650) 637-4800 x1611













Storytech Year

Storytech Semester

Storytech Wheel











Rachel Sorenson

Room B8

(650) 657-4880 x1698











Dawn Graves

Room 2

(650) 647-4800 x1602











Mary Natoli

Room 14

(650) 657-4880 x1614











Samantha O'Reilly

Room 24

(650) 637-4880 x1624












Jonathan Chaidez

Room B12

(650) 637-4880 x1697













Joseph Scimonelli

Room 35

(650) 637-4880 x1635






Peter Thielen, Jordan Webster, Alison Kim

Peter Thielen

Band Room/ Room D6/ Room A4

(650) 637-4880 x1640


Jordan Webster 

Band Room/ Room A4

(650) 637-488o x1641


Alison Kim

Room D6

(650) 637-4880 x1633







Fleur Uptegraft

Room S8

(650) 637-4880 x1668












Jamie Sanchez

Room B6

(650) 637-4880 x1696












Alan Bean, Fluer Uptegraft

Alan Bean

Room 12

(650) 637-4880 x1612


Fluer Uptegraft

Room S8

(650) 637-4880 x1668




Daly Dominguez, Christo Gnat, Susan Tajima

Daly Dominguez

Room 29

(650) 637-4880 x1629


Christo Gnat

Room 26

(650) 637-4880 x1626


Susan Tajima

Room 25

(650) 637-4880 x1625



Kristina Huges

Room 9

(650) 637-4880 x1609


As a department, we wholeheartedly support each other, value collaboration, and strive to help each and every student reach their creative potential (plus we teach the most "awesomest" classes at school).

There are twenty-three electives for seventh and eighth grade students and ten electives for sixth grade students.  Seventh and eighth grade students may choose two periods of electives.  Sixth grade students have one elective period.  The seventh and eighth grade electives are:  Animation, Advanced Orchestra, Ceramics, Art, Become a Chromebook Jedi, Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Chorale, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts, Debate, Drama, French, Honors Band, Guitar, Media Productions, PhysicsSpanish, Computer Science: Storytech, Student Government, Symphonic Band, WEB (Where Everyone Belongs), and Yearbook.  The sixth grade electives are:  Band, Chorus, Ochestra, Wheel - Art, Wheel - Digital Literacy, Wheel - Drama, Wheel - Fun with French, Wheel - Introduction to Animation, Wheel - Introduction to Coding, and Wheel - Multicultural Studies.

Animation Class

If you would like to see more examples of student animation or get more information about the animation classes, please click on the following animation webpage link - click here

If you would like to see more examples or get information about the art classes, please click on the following art webpage link - click here

Become a Chromebook Jedi

Storytech webpage link - click here.

Creative Writing

Culinary Arts






Media Productions

Media Production is an elective course which provides motivated students with a hands-on introductory experience in media production. This hands-on course explores typing proficiency, script writing, journalism elements, camera operation, audio production, and video editing. Students will learn all the basic skills necessary to produce a special video features, short films, and commercials. This course will also equip students with the skills necessary to function in a technology and media-centered society.


When You Believe

Two hundred seventy Ralston Middle School band, orchestra, chorus and animation students combine music and art to portray some of the amazing things that can happen, no matter how impossible they may seem, when you believe in yourself and others. The soundtrack was recorded live at a school concert while the animation was played in the background.



Student Government


WEB (Where Everybody Belongs)

World Languages

For more information about the World Languages Department please click the following link - click here



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Imagination is more important than knowledge.

- Albert Einstein

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.

- Pablo Picasso

Animation Example

In animation class students use technology in artistic ways to explore and develop the creative side of themselves.

When everyone gives their best effort on a class animation project, magic happens.





Art Class Summary

Art Yearlong
Students use a variety of media to create 2 and 3 dimensional art: oil pastels, colored pencil, watercolor and tempera paints, ink, paper and sculpture materials. Techniques include basic and intermediate/advanced drawing, painting, papier-mâché sculpture, printmaking, collage and mixed media Key artists, artistic movements and cultures are explored though discussions and hands on projects. Students analyze professional art to improve their own visual expressions. Students sometimes collaborate on group projects. Curriculum is aligned to the California Visual and Performing Arts standards..


Art Semester

Students will practice drawing, painting and printing fundamentals using the following media: colored pencil, cut paper, ink, tempera and chalk. Students will study various artists and incorporate knowledge of key art concepts into their projects. Curriculum is aligned to the California Visual and Performing Arts standards. Projects change yearly. This course may be taken in successive grades.


Ceramics Semester

Students will learn a variety of ceramic construction techniques including pinch, slab, coil, relief and figure sculpting. Students explore color theory through glaze. Students will be introduced to various cultures and artists that produce ceramic art and learn the science of the ceramic process. Curriculum is aligned to the California Visual and Performing Arts standards. Projects change yearly and may be taken in successive grades.






















Become a chromebook jedi summary

Students first will learn about internet safety and digital citizenship. Next, they will learn how to use various Google Suite applications and extensions on chrome books (with a focus on digital storytelling). Students will then be introduced to forms of digital media (photography, sound and video production) and will work in groups to create projects that highlight the “4C’s” (communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking).






Storytech Class Summary

Storytech is a multi-award-winning program where students learn computer science through the art of storytelling.


Students explore various platforms including Scratch, Kodu, Alice, and Code Academy to learn various computer science concepts as they program characters, setting, and conflict.


To learn more about the Storytech program, click here.



Creative Writing Summary

Creative writing is an elective course that provides students with an opportunity to take a deep and enriching look into writing and where creative writing is found in the modern world. With strong emphasis on composition and creativity, students will examine in great detail every aspect of the construction of fiction and experiment with it in many different formats and mediums. Students will learn about the various places creative writing factors into current society and how to adapt their skills to their areas of interest. They will also select certain pieces for publication for parents and peers to share and enjoy.




Culinary Arts Summary

The class will focus on learning to cook from scratch. Students will experience basic cooking and recipe sampling in a lab setting. Lessons will feature: ingredient measurement, cooking terms, food preparation, dining etiquette, table setting, and meal planning. Kitchen safety, organization, and maintenance will be stressed.










Debate Summary

Teaching middle school students how to debate will help build skills they will use in high school and their careers. Debating is active and cooperative learning process that involves research, organization, and argumentation. These three components refine students’ ability to read, write, speak, and listen critically. While working in teams, students will weigh the merits of different arguments, and create points and counter-points to defend their positions. Furthermore, inclusion of 21st Century Learning skills and technology will accompany the research and presentation of debates. Developing these skills means that students will likely be more successful collaborators, communicators, and creative and critical thinkers.



Drama Summary

This performance class will introduce drama to the student through skits, improvisations, play reading, and beginning play writing. Students will learn vocabulary and stage direction, and will develop their creativity through acting.









Guitar Summary

The purpose of this class is to introduce the fundamentals of music and guitar playing to students with little to no experience. I really hope that students are inspired to take what they learn from the class and continue to play music. Remember, this is meant to be a beginning guitar class, but for those with more experience who are looking to build on their skills there are challenging tasks to learn (barre chords, playing leads, assisting beginners, etc…).


Objectives - by the end of the semester students will be able to:

familiarize themselves with the different parts of a guitar

learn how to tune a guitar

master basic chords and scales

demonstrate different strum patterns

perform: chord progressions, songs you’ve chosen to learn, songs you’ve created

learn numerous songs from an extensive library














6th Grade Band

6th Grade Chorus

6th Grade Orchestra

Advanced Orchestra

Chamber Choir

Chamber Orchestra

Concert Chorale

Honors Band

Symphonic Band


Peter Thielen webpage link - click here

Jordan Webster webpage link - click here.








Physics Summary

Physics is a semester long elective with the goal of reviewing engineering practices, understanding how matter changes phases and its motion through space/time using concepts of energy and force.  It aims to explore the fun we can have exploring Science in ways we might not in our regular Science class.  Physics is the foundation from which all other natural sciences are based.










Student Government Summary

The student government class is designed to foster leadership skills in our students. The students selected for this class will be asked to keep the student body informed, raise school spirit, and bring about a sense of community within the school. The students will also take on and lead various service projects throughout the year. The students in the class will be asked to go the extra distance to improve both their school and their local communities. Students will be selected for this class through a vote of the student body and/or through and application process. Students must maintain at least a C average to participate in this class.




web (where everybody belongs)

WEB stands for Where Everybody Belongs.  It is a full-year elective course for aspiring student leaders.  These WEB leaders become mentors for all 6th graders and any new students throughout the year.  As mentors, WEB leaders work to foster a sense of community at Ralston Middle School where all students feel like they belong.  WEB leaders are often out at 6th grade lunches, where they spend time playing and connecting to 6th graders.  They also work to put on Ralston’s new student orientation and other after-school socials throughout the school year. 



World Languages

We offer a two-year program in Spanish and French.  Two successful years of middle school world language count as one year of high school credit.  For example, a 7th grader who succeeds at French 1A and then succeeds at French 1B in 8th grade can take French 2 as a 9th grader in high school.  This would put them a year ahead of other students who did not take a middle school language. Students who have prior reading/writing/speaking/grammar experience may be able to place into the 1B class and skip 1A if they show proficiency with 1A material and skills.  Contact a 1B teacher for placement details and to schedule a test.

A world language class is academic in nature, with regular assessments, classwork, and homework assignments.  Participation is crucial to learning a language. In a typical week of class, world language students will learn new phrases and words, practice them in low-risk situations, and do fun activities!




yearbook summary

Yearbook will be offered as an elective class devoted to producing the Ralston yearbook. Students use the computer extensively as they arrange page layouts, crop pictures, and combine graphics with text. The limited number of students selected for this course must be excellent students who can afford to miss class occasionally to meet critical deadlines. Students must be self-disciplined and highly responsible. Prerequisite: Teacher approval is required for registration.