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WCSA@theMAH (5/19/17)

WCSA has artwork displayed at the Santa Cruz MAH, as part of the exhibt: Santa Cruz County History Through the Eyes of a Middle Schooler. Click the link below to see a video.


WCSA@theMAH (5/19/17)

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Paul Cruz

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Office Hours:

Monday: 9:35-10:35 (or by appointment)

Tuesday-Friday: 2-3:00 (or by appointment)


Welcome to 8th Grade

English Language Arts


Social Studies

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  • Mutual Respect
  • Attentive Listening
  • Appreciations/No Put Downs

Ask Questions

Engage Fully

Integrate New Information

Open you Mind to Diverse Views

Utilize What You Learn

8th Grade Exit Project

8th Grade Exit Project

What is it?

  • The 8th grade exit project is a culmination of your years at Watsonville Charter School of the Arts. You must present & write, on a topic of your choice, using an art/literature ‘genre’ (a particular type or category of literature or art, i.e. dance, visual/dramatic/performance art, poetry/fiction, a monologue, short film/documentary, etc…) that has inspired you through the years. Choose a topic that you are interested about and you have a strong passion for.

What’s Included?

  • There are 4 components to the 8th Grade Exit Project

1. Written/Spoken or Video about:  

  • your experience at WCSA
  • Why you chose the specific genre & what inspired you to choose this genre?
  • Who’s helped you with this project/which mentor did you choose and why?
  • Discuss the span of how art has lead you through WCSA and where you are going to take it into the future
  • A 2 page essay including your experience, your genre, your inspirations, your mentors, and your future aspirations.

2. A presentation of your ‘Masterpiece.’ You will either perform your ‘art’ piece, or display/show your art with commentary about your choice, i.e. what it is, why you chose it, what does it represent, how does it represent you, etc…


3. A transcript of your interview (Q & A) with your WCSA mentor.


4. Exit Project Website. The website should include: 

  • an introduction page (include why you chose your art genre) 

  • pages for artists that influenced you for your art genre (bio, examples of their work, why you chose them, 5 total artists) 

  • a page each for your art work from 6th, 7th & 8th grade (1 piece from 6th, 6 pieces from 7th and 6 pieces from 8th; speak with teacher for clarification for certain projects) with an explanation of each piece


Tips for the project.

  • have a clear and achievable goal
  • allow you to express a truly personal message
  • be the result of your initiative, creativity, and ability to organize and plan
  • reflect your special interests, hobbies, special abilities, or concerns about particular issues
  • deal with a topic or area to which you are committed
  • be entirely your own work—authenticity is very important and you will be required to sign a document stating that the project is your own work