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HIGH SCHOOL ELECTIVES

See Student Handbook for number of electives required for graduation.

Art Foundations – full year class
An entry level class for those interested in gaining a broad based understanding of basic important art concepts.  Students will experience a wide variety of materials, and do projects that will teach sculpture, drawing, color mixing, print making, perspective, painting, poster design, and more. A good class for those who have an interest in art, or think they might!  Offered for students in 8th - 12th grade.  (This course offered during odd numbered graduating years.)

Multicultural Arts
This art class will be offered for high school students only. It is similar in format to International Crafts, but with different projects, so that students who have already had that course can take this one without repetition. Some of the projects we will be doing are: Japanese marbling, Ukrainian Pysanky (wax resist egg design), Tongan Tapa (original designs stamped in a pattern on bark cloth), Gift-giving bowls of Micronesia...to name a few. You will enjoy exploring the culture and creativity of people around the world in a hands-on experience. 

Photography (one semester) – 0.5 credit
This course is designed to teach the beginner the basics of photography.  The students will learn the mechanics of camera use as well as good picture composition.  Students will need to have a camera at their disposal (any type will do) and be willing to have film developed on certain dates to share with the class.  The semester project is an "All About Me" book made from photographs taken mainly by the student.  (This course offered during odd numbered graduating years.)

Music Appreciation one credit
Students will be introduced to the FUNdamentals of musical form and style and will study Western classical music from the medieval period to the twentieth century.  Listening will be an important component of the course, and each student will complete listening assignments at home.  The ability to read music is helpful, but not a prerequisite for this course.  (This course offered during even numbered graduating years.)

Drama – full year class
A course designed to provide the student with an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of stage presentation.  Students will learn drama terms, character development, stage blocking movements, improvisation, storytelling, safe stage management, publicity and set building while rehearsing a play to be performed as a culminating experience.  The student will be required to attend practices outside of school time along with a full tech week.  A $20 fee will per charged.

Drama Tech – 0.25 credit
Students will learn the intricacies of the “behind the scenes” activity that is part of producing a theater production.  Students will become the stage crew for the current year’s production.  Class starts during the fourth quarter of the school year.

Food Preparation (one semester) – 0.5 credit
This one semester home economics course focuses on food preparation.  The daily lesson plans include food preparation skills, nutrition, basic meal planning, consumer education, table service, and manners.  The food preparation skills teach the student the basics of preparing and cooking different kinds of foods.  Nutrition is included to educate students about their nutritional needs and to train them to meet those needs.  Meal planning involves planning well-balanced menus, shopping for foods that meet a family’s nutritional needs while staying within a budget, and preparing meals in the available amount of time.  (Students will need to purchase their own cookbook from the teacher at an approximate cost of $20 and a materials fee of $20 will also be charged.) 

Advanced Cooking (one semester) – 0.5 credit
This course is a continuation of skills learned in Food Preparation.  Students will be required to do more meal planning and at-home assignments.  This course will prepare students to meet challenges of a busy lifestyle, yet still be able to plan easy, nutritious meals, all while staying within a budget.  A materials fee of $20 will also be charged. 

Phys. Ed:  Wushu Basics – (one semester) – 0.5 credit
Wushu is the Chinese word for “Martial Arts”. The common term used in the United States to refer to Chinese Martial Arts is “Kung-fu.”  Kung-fu actually means “acquired skill through hard work.”  Originally martial arts were used to defend yourself, your family and your country.  Benefits derived from martial arts training include focus, discipline, respect, integrity, confidence and most importantly, health and physical fitness. These are developed through the physical process the student goes through in learning movements that will increase strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Biblical lessons are also used to teach and reinforce life skills such as perseverance and discipline.  This is a Non-Contact Course. Lessons will include movements such as blocking, punching and kicking skills, basic acrobatics, self defense and individual choreographed routines called “Forms.”  The Forms in martial arts are physical text books of “acquired skills.”  Students will be tested and graded quarterly using both the Towle grading system as well as a colored belt ranking system. Students will be required to purchase a Towle specific martial arts uniform for $20. Time will be provided before and after class to change clothes. 

Journalism – one credit
This course is for the purpose of creating a school newsletter for monthly publication.  A desire to learn more about the publication process is necessary.  Creative writing skills will be enhanced in this class. Students with a schedule conflict may do an Independent Study Class.  They will be required to turn in one article per month to the instructor and will receive 0.5 credits.

Yearbook – 0.5 credit
Yearbook is a workshop that requires that the student actively participate in the assembling of our school yearbook.  The student will take photographs and learn how to generate page layouts by cropping photos and using fonts to make a pleasing and readable page.  The class meets during lab times once a month in the fall semester and more frequently as the year draws to a close.  The student’s participation is graded on a pass/fail basis and is counted for ½ credit.

Teacher Aide – one credit
Teacher recommendation required
This is an opportunity for the high school student to develop skills in teaching.  The student will assist the primary instructor as needed and give peer tutoring.

Early Education Aide – one credit
The student will work during their study hall weekly to assistant the early education teacher in the care and teaching of the preschool children.  They will be required to plan two short lessons with crafts a month.

SAT Preparation/Study Skills – one credit
This course is designed to provide the student with test taking skills geared toward both the verbal and math sections of the SAT tests during the first two quarters of this class.  The last two quarters will be devoted to study skill enhancement.  (This course offered during odd numbered graduating years.)

 

Parents are welcome to provide outside sources for electives including but not limited to:  private music lessons, chorus, band, private dance instruction, Math Counts, and community clubs.  To receive credit for these electives on the student’s report card, please submit by week 33, a course description and log of activity time.  A log would include the date of each activity, the time spent each day, a brief description of the activity and a number at the bottom of the chart with the total hours spent.  A spreadsheet would be an ideal format for such a log.  Once complete, the parent must sign before turning into the office no later than Week 33.  (See Handbook for required number of hours per credit).