Elective Course Descriptions

HALE CHARTER ACADEMY

ELECTIVES 2020-2021


* Approval Required, see Teacher for details

 

YEAR-LONG ELECTIVES

-ART-
Art & Photography (VAPA 7th):  Introduces the basic art elements and principles as they are applied within various art projects. Students learn a variety of art skills using different art materials for self-expression.

 

*Advanced Art:  Advanced class that is primarily hands-on drawing, painting, pastels, etc. Class includes art history, discussing and viewing art from master artists. Students will be encouraged to use their creativity and own ideas while creating their art. This class may work on special projects for the school. Class requires approval from Mr. Sonderling in E224. Original drawings/paintings portfolio reviews 3/23 – 3/27 at lunch.

 

 

-HORTICULTURE-

*Animal Science:  Students will learn about animal husbandry and support the care of the animals on campus, currently rabbits and chickens. Class requires approval from Mr. Rios in H150

 

*Landscaping:  Students work on planting trees, shrubs and flowers. Sprinkler system repair and installation and fence work are also class activities. 80% is hands-on outside work. It is strongly recommended that you have completed one semester of horticulture before taking this class. Class requires approval from Mr. Rios in H150.

 

 

-MUSIC-
*Advanced Band:
  A full-year class for students who have been playing a wind instrument for at least one year. The Advanced Band performs three on-campus concerts, and two off-campus festivals and competitions. Advanced band requires director approval and or the completion of a successful audition from Mr. Cruz in room M170. Auditions for Advanced Band for the 2020/2021 school year are: 3/25, 3/26, 3/30, 4/1, 4/2.

 

*Advanced Orchestra:  A full-year class for students who have been playing a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or string bass) for at least one year. The Advanced Orchestra performs three on-campus concerts, and two off-campus festivals and competitions. Advanced Orchestra requires director approval and or the completion of a successful audition from Mr. Cruz in room M170. Auditions for Advanced Orchestra for the 2020/2021 school year are: 3/25, 3/26, 3/30, 4/1, 4/2.

 

Beginning Strings: A full-year class to learn the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. The beginning strings class performs two on-campus concerts per year. No audition, director approval, or prior music experience required.

 

Beginning Winds:  A full-year class for students to learn wind instruments, such as the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba, and concert percussion and drums. The beginning strings class performs two on-campus concerts per year. No audition, director approval, or prior music experience required.

 

 

-PERFORMING ARTS-

*Advanced & Intermediate Choir:  These 2 classes are full year classes and are for experienced singers who love to sing classical and popular songs. These groups perform several times throughout the year. Audition required. Class requires approval from Mrs. Karagianis in M174. Auditions are 3/23, 3/25, 3/26, 3/27 after school.

 

*Cheer:  A full year class to learn and perform drill dance, tumbling, and cheerleading stunts. Students will attend several competitions and parades. Try-outs are required. Class requires approval from Mrs. Coleman in Girls’ PE. Auditions are 3/25, 3/26 after school.

 

*Advanced & Intermediate Dance:  A full year class to develop self-confidence, body awareness, rhythm, coordination and physical fitness.  Students learn a variety of dance styles and techniques. Audition required. Class requires approval from Mrs. Ball in C206. Auditions are 3/23 – 3/27 at lunch and 3/31 after school for incoming students.

 

Advanced Drama A/B:  An intermediate class covering theatre fundamentals that requires daily participation in pantomime, character study, projection and public speaking. Students taking Advanced Drama must have already taken Into to Drama as a prerequisite.


*Play Production:  A full year advanced class emphasizing acting and all theatre production skills.  After school rehearsals and evening performances are required.  See Mr. Amigo in B100 for approval.

 

 

-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES-

*Leadership (Student Council):  A full year class for dedicated and responsible students who want to be involved with student government and planning school activities. Students must meet certain prerequisites to be eligible and fill out a Leadership Application. Class requires approval from Ms. Seligson in C204 / Mrs. Ferrante in C203. Interviews are 3/10, 3/11, and 3/12 after school.  

 

*Yearbook:  *Yearbook: This full year class is responsible for the design and preparation of the school yearbook including: computer graphic design, artwork, layout, copy writing and photography. Students will interview peers and adults on campus while designing the story of the 2020-2021 school year. Counselor approval required. 

 

 

-STEAM-

Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries) is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. 

Computer Science Innovators & App Creators (CTE): The Computer Science Innovators is unit will allow students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. They will design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation, or wearable, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life. Physical computing projects will promote student awareness of interactive systems, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and broaden their understanding of abstract computer science concepts through meaningful and authentic applications.

The App Creators course will expose students to computer science as a means of computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through “mobile app development”, and will convey the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society.

 

Design and Modeling (CTE): Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.

 

Exploration of Biotechnology (CTE): Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they collect and analyze medical data to diagnose disease. They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, measure and interpret vital signs, dissect a sheep brain, investigate disease outbreaks, and explore how a breakdown within the human body can lead to dysfunction.

 

Robotics & Intro to Cyber Security (CTE): This is a beginning course in robotics. The objective of this course is to introduce students to basic programming as well as problem solving. This course will involve students in the development, building and programming of VEX IQ robots. Teams will participate in school-level competitions and selected teams will be sent to district and national level competitions.

Intro to Cyber Security is designed to prepare students for advanced Networking and Cyber Security Courses in high school. Technical instruction includes an introduction to enterprise architecture, computer networks, workplace safety principles and procedures, and access control. Emphasis is placed on networking architecture, wireless security, basic cryptography, hardware configuration, operating systems, data security, authentication, Access Control, malware, social engineering, network storage devices, communication protocols, network attack, and vulnerability assessment. Selected teams will be sent to the CyberPatriot competition https://www.uscyberpatriot.org/

 

 

-ADDITIONAL-

8th Grade AVID: This program includes a set of core academic classes and a REQUIRED elective class that prepares students for success in advanced high school classes and college. The REQUIRED elective class provides a foundation of support that includes study skills, organization skills, college research projects, college field trips, and college tutors to assist AVID students. The AVID belief is that ALL students should believe that they are college bound. Class requires approval from Mrs. McKenzie in the Counseling Office.

 

7th Grade AVID Elective: AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college-readiness elective class designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college.  This class places special emphasis on reading, writing, critical thinking, teamwork, and organization skills.  Students will work together in a way that is positive, collaborative, and impactful.  This class requires prior approval from Ms. McKenzie in the Counseling Office.

 

Spanish 1: Students will begin to develop their Spanish proficiency through extensive interaction with a variety of interactive activities, cultural notes, and cultural interviews. The activities help build competency in each of the four language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

 

 

 

SEMESTER-LONG ELECTIVES

Art:  Introduces the basic art elements and principles as they are applied within various art projects. Students learn a variety of art skills using different art materials for self-expression.

 

Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries) is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. 

 

Creative Expression:  The class provides students with an opportunity to develop their creative, design, and writing skills. A variety of topics and projects will be introduced to students. 

 

English Language Arts Support: This class is designed to provide additional support for students having difficulty meeting grade level standards. 

 

Horticulture:  If you like growing plants and vegetables and working outside in the agriculture area, then horticulture is for you. You will learn how plants grow and produce and will share in the products. Learn basic pruning, plant identification, organizing and planting a vegetable garden. Propagation of plants and seed germination are explored.

 

Intro to Dance: Students learn a variety of dance styles and techniques

 

Introduction to Coding covers a basic introduction to the principles of programming, including algorithms and logic. Students engage in hands-on programming tasks in the computer programming language as they write and test their own code using the approaches real programmers use in the field.

 

Intro to Computers/Robotics This class will allow students to discover basic computer science and robotics concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the unit, students will work on coding assignments (code.org, scratch…), will program dash-dot robots for specific tasks, and will get a chance to compete in robotics and engineering competitions (Wonder league, NASA OPSPARC…).

 

Intro to Spanish: Students will be introduced to Spanish through variety of activities to help build competency in each of the four language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

 

Intro to Theater: A beginning class covering theatre fundamentals that requires daily participation in pantomime, character study, projection and public speaking. Students learn improvisation techniques.

 

Marine Science: We will investigate the ocean, the largest biome on Earth.  Since it has the greatest biodiversity on the planet, we will focus on studying the plants and animals which inhabit the ocean and how they have adapted to changing environmental conditions.

 

Math Support: This class is designed to provide additional support for students having difficulty meeting grade level standards.

 

Photography: Do you really like taking photographs with your phones but want to do more, know more and learn more? Learn great photographic techniques using real digital cameras, and study with a 40 year professional photographer. You'll learn about composition, exposure, selective focus, and many other methods of creating beautiful and artistic images. We will even make photos from your phones even better! Your own camera is helpful but not necessary. Just a desire to become a photographic artist!

 

Piano:  Keyboards are available for the total beginner at piano to learn to play several easy popular and classical songs as a group and perform together for parents at the end of the semester.

 

*Service:  Students provide service in school offices or classrooms.  Mrs. McKenzie’s approval is required. This class is NOT available to STEAM or VAPA students. Students must have Cs or higher and no Us.