AVID is a year long program designed to help under achieving middle and high school students prepare for and succeed in colleges and universities. Students in the program commit themselves to improvement and preparation for college. AVID offers a rigorous program of instruction in academic“survival skills” and college level entry skills. The AVID program teaches the student how to study, read for content, take notes, and manage time. Students participate in collaborative study groups or tutorials led by tutors who use skillful questioning to bring students to a higher level of understanding.
Art is a semester long elective. The beginning art class is an elective where students learn how to combine the basic art elements to design original and unique creations. Students learn about color, line, symmetry, perspective, space, and tone. They learn how to use watercolors, acrylics, pastels (both oil and soft), pencils, and mixed media. Students learn how to draw still lifes, manga, and topographical artwork. They participate in an oriental ink painting project with origami. They create three dimentional works of art using radial symmetry. After learning about a design element, they create and present their artwork to the class. Some work is displayed in the libray, and other art pieces are displayed in the windows and on the walls of 206. At the end of the semester, students have two weeks to use all of their knowledge to create and present an original piece of art. Art is taught by Mrs. Hashimoto
Band is a year long elective. Beginning Band- No prior experience is required for Beginning Band. Instruments are provided free of charge; although there are some minor costs associated with playing a reed or percussion instrument. Students are given the opportunity to learn how to properly assemble, play, and care for their choice of the instruments, The director and student work together to select an instrument which is appropriate for the student. There are a limited number of each instrument available. ALL INSTRUMENTS ARE IMPORTANT FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE BAND! Course instruction includes fundamentals in reading music, tone production, proper breathing, hand position, listening skills, and performance etiquette. The Beginning Band participates in at least two concerts per year. With the director’s recommendation, students who show very high ability in Beginning Band may move up to Advanced Band in the Spring Semester! Please note that home practice is required of all band members. Parent support is needed and appreciated.
Advanced Band- This course is designed for experienced music students with multiple years of music experience. Admittance into this class is through the instructor's selection and/or by audition. In this class, students first review fundamental knowledge of instruments and music, and then study and perform music of all styles. Band is taught by Ms.Toombs.
Choir is a year long elective. In Choir that explores choral music from a wide variety of cultures and time periods through study and performance. The core curriculum emphasizes the basics of vocal technique, sight-reading, music theory, and music history. This elective is taught by Ms. Toombs.
Graphic Design is a semester long elective. Graphic Design is a semester long elective. The course enables students to identify, and view with critical eye to analyze and create various forms of visual art by utilizing the latest design software that is a current industry standard. Working within a methodical and conceptual design framework,The focus will be on finding creative visual solutions to communication problems using technical skills. Students will learn to utilize the elements and principles of design, the design process, spatial relationships, typography and imagery as they apply to practical visual solutions for print, logo design, poster design, and other real world graphic design application to create real examples of professional graphic artistry and produce logos for brand identity, labels, posters, CD graphics, signs, and large scale presentations such as billboards as well as screen resolution output for the web.
Engineering and Construction-
Engineering and Construction is a semester long elective. The curriculum teaches students safety, drafting, design process, hand tool usage, machining, power tools, and painting techniques to make a variety of projects made out of variety of materials and sheet metal. This elective is taught by Mr. Laughlin
There are 2 levels of Orchestra. In this year long elective students will learn proper instrument position and posture, note-and rhytm-reading skills, proper right and left hand technique, and proper rehearsal and concert etiquette. Both classes will have performances at least twice a year. This elective is taught by Ms. Toombs.
Spanish 1/2 is a year long elective. It is only available to 7th or 8th graders. The basics of Spanish language as spoken in Latin America. Students learn greetings verb conjucations, basic vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammatical structures. Students deveolp a beginning reading and conversational ability, laying a foundation for futher study of the language. This elective is worth high school credit.
Spanish 3/4 is also a year long elective. The priciples taught in Spanish 1/2 are expanded upon in order to develop speaking, reading, listening and writing skills more fully. The course expands on key grammatical points including past tenses, perfect tenses, commands, and the subjunctive mood. Students learn about the civilizations of both Spain and Latin America. This elective is worth high school credit. Spanish is taught by Mrs. Giaquinta and Ms. Thomas
Theatre is a semester long elective. This class invites 6th, 7th and 8th graders to show off their sills on stage. In this introductory course, students use voice projection, movement, and their imagination to create their own skits to perform in front of their classroom peers. Theatre is taught by Miss Castro
This is a semester long elective. Students will film, edit and produce monthly newscasts. This elective is taught by Ms.Rice.
Video Production is a semester long elective that focuses on creating short movies. Students in the class will produce thirty second to five minute videos, taking each project from preproduction, through shooting, to post-production and editing. Students will learn the vocabulary of cinematography. In addition, students will learn how to work with camera and editing equipment. Though students will have some individual assignments, cooperative groups will be the main work pattern for the class. Being successful in this class requires all students to work in small groups. Video production is taught by Ms. Rice.