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Electives

Course Descriptions
 
Art

The Art Class is set up to help the student learn the basic parts of art. The main components of art are the following: (1) Studio Art, (2) Art History, (3) Art Culture, and (4) Art Critique. This class will span a full year and fulfills the fine arts requirement for high school graduation. One year of art also fulfills the "F" requirement for college. 

 
ASB
 
AVID
Stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills.
 
Band (Beginning)

Students are taught basic musicianship that encompasses reading notation, musical symbols, dynamics, intonation, blending, and performance practices.  Students are taught how to perform on their selected instruments that include; Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Baritone Horn, Trombone, Tuba, and Percussion. Students will demonstrate their skills on basic performances that culminate to the required performances and include the Winter Concert (December)  and the Spring Concert (May).   No experience necessary.

 
Band (Advanced)
Students continue to develop their musical skills on their selected instrument to gain fluency, confidence, solo work, and overall musicianship.  This course will develop the instrumentalist to perform at a higher level  with the individual awareness of blend and balance in an ensemble setting.
 
Choir
Students are taught basic musicianship which encompasses; notation, dynamics, rhythm, articulation, and tone production.  Along with the musicality, students are taught proper breath support vital to tone production and clarity.  Music selected reflects a wide variety and incorporates genres that include, Pop, Rock, Classical, Opera, and Musical Theater.  No experience necessary. 
 
Dance
Is an introduction to a variety of dance forms, the dance world—including theatre etiquette—and the many diverse art forms it has inspired. We study other dance forms to support and complement our development as dancers such as ballet, jazz, and hip hop. We experience dance through a variety of forms such as group performance, individual performance, live, and DVD performances.
 
ELD
The purpose of this course is to provide 9th grade students with high quality English Language Development (ELD) instruction in order for them to develop proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible.
 
 
Introduction to Engineering Design (Engineering Pathway)
 
Introduction to Media Design (Media Arts Pathway)
 
Introduction to Medical Technology (Therapeutics Pathway)
 
Journalism
Students enrolled in journalism will be introduced to importance of journalism in a democratic society and learn about basic reporting principles.  Students will practice journalistic writing techniques as they read, respond to, and write their own news and feature articles. Additionally, students will conduct interviews, research, write, and design their own publications. 
 
 
Orchestra (Beginning)
Students are taught basic musicianship that encompasses reading notation, musical symbols, dynamics, intonation, blending, and performance practices.  Students are taught how to perform on their selected instruments that include; Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass.  Students will demonstrate their skills on basic performances that culminate to the required performances and include the Winter Concert (December)  and the Spring Concert (May).   No experience necessary.
 
Orchestra (Advanced)
Students continue to develop their musical skills on their selected instrument to gain fluency, confidence, solo work, and overall musicianship.  This course will develop the instrumentalist to perform at a higher level  with the individual awareness of blend and balance in an ensemble setting.
 
Principles of Nutrition (Culinary Arts Pathway)
 

Spanish 1 Ss

The purpose of this course is to enable students who are already Spanish speakers to develop, maintain, and enhance proficiency in the target language by reinforcing and acquiring skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course will also include cultural values of the Spanish speaking world.

 

Spanish 1

This introductory course is designed for students with little or no previous study of Spanish. This course teaches basic language patterns and vocabulary, as well as culture. Focus is on all four language skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

 
Theater Arts