Elective Course Descriptions

HALE CHARTER ACADEMY
ELECTIVES 2022-2023


When you select your elective on the Google Form (go to our website to access!), the options for electives will be indicated. NOT ALL CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE. Elective classes are given priority to what program a student is enrolled in, i.e. ACCEL, STEAM, or VAPA. 


8th Grade Electives

The Academy

STEAM Magnet

VAPA Magnet

Advanced Art
Advanced Band
Advanced Choir
Advanced Dance
Advanced Drama
Advanced Orchestra
Animal Science
Art
AVID
Cheer
Intermediate Dance
Creative Expression
Creative Writing
Cyber Security
Digital Arts
Ethnic Studies
Exploration of Bio Tech
Landscaping
Leadership
Marine Science
Music Lab
Piano
Play Production
Strings/Winds
Yearbook

Advanced Band
Advanced Dance
Advanced Orchestra
Animal Science
Automation & Robotics/Medical
    Detectives
Cheer
Cyber Security
Digital Arts
Ethnic Studies
Exploration of Bio Tech
Leadership
Marine Science
Yearbook

Advanced Art
Advanced Band
Advanced Choir
Advanced Dance
Advanced Drama
Advanced Orchestra
Art
Cheer
Digital Arts
Ethnic Studies
Intermediate Dance
Creative Writing
Leadership
Music Lab
Piano
Play Production
Strings/Winds
Yearbook

 

7th Grade Electives

The Academy

STEAM Magnet

VAPA Magnet

Advanced Art
Advanced Band
Advanced Choir
Advanced Dance
Advanced Drama
Advanced Orchestra
Animal Science
Art
AVID
Cheer
Digital Arts
Intermediate Dance
Creative Expression
Creative Writing
Cyber Security
Digital Arts
Foundations of Info Tech
Landscaping
Leadership
Music Lab
Piano
Strings/Winds
Yearbook

Advanced Band
Advanced Dance
Advanced Orchestra
Animal Science
Cheer
Comp Sci Innov./App Creators
Digital Arts
Foundations of Info Tech
Leadership
Yearbook

Advanced Art
Advanced Band
Advanced Choir
Advanced Dance
Advanced Drama
Advanced Orchestra
Art
Art/Photography
Cheer
Creative Expression
Creative Writing
Digital Arts
Intermediate Dance
Creative Writing
Leadership
Music Lab
Piano
Play Production
Strings/Winds
Yearbook

 

6th Grade Electives

The Academy

STEAM Magnet

VAPA Magnet

Adv. Dance (Audition Required)
Non-Performing Arts Elective
Choir/Musical Theater
Strings
Winds

Adv. Dance (Audition Required)
STEAM Magnet Elective
Strings
Winds

Adv. Dance (Audition Required)
VAPA MAgnet Arts Elective
Choir/Musical Theater
Strings
Winds

 

Elective Descriptions 2022-2023

* Teacher Approval Required

 

-ART-

Art (7th and 8th Grade): General art class that reviews 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. Annual Elective

 

Art Exploration (6th Grade):  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. Semester Elective

 

Art & Photography (7th Grade):  One semester 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. One semester introduces 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. Annual Elective

 

*Advanced Art (7th and 8th Grade): 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. Submit 3-5 pieces via email to Mr. Sonderling at [email protected] by April 1st. Class requires approval from Mr. Sonderling. Annual Elective

 

 -CAREER and TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) -

*Animal Science/Environmental Management (7th and 8th Grade):  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. Visit our website at halecharteracademy.com, select Programs, then select Hale Farm. Email questions to [email protected]  Applications are due by April 1st. Annual Elective

 

Automation and Robotics/Medical Detectives (8th Grade) : Fall Semester- Students explore mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Using the VEX Robotics® platform, students apply what they know to design and program traffic lights, robotic arms, and more. Spring Semester- Students use the concepts of advanced neuro and biotechnology and Computer Science to build and program a robotics hand. They will then use a headset to make amazing things happen in the physical world with the power of their brainwaves. Annual Elective 

 

Computer Science Innovators & App Creators (7th grade): Fall Semester- Students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development, allowing students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Spring Semester- Students will be exposed 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. Annual Elective

Cybersecurity (8th Grade): Cybersecurity introduces the tools and concepts of cybersecurity and encourages students to create solutions that allow people to share computing resources while protecting privacy. Nationally, computational resources are vulnerable and frequently attacked; in Cybersecurity, students solve problems by understanding and closing these vulnerabilities. This course raises students’ knowledge of and commitment to ethical computing behavior. It also aims to develop students’ skills as consumers, friends, citizens, and employees who can effectively contribute to communities with a dependable cyber-infrastructure that moves and processes information safely. If you took this course in 7th grade, do not choose it again for 8th grade.  Annual Elective

 

Design and Modeling (6th grade): Students discover the Engineering design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They also learn about the basics of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, physical computing, and 3D printing. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design and build a physical computing device. Semester Elective

Digital Arts & Design (7th and 8th Grade): A digital art class where students will learn the powerful software tools used to create digital art.​ Students will learn to edit and adjust photographs, edit videos, and produce content for digital platforms such as websites and social media. Projects may​ include poster design, logo design, advertisements, Hale social media, yearbook, and website contents. Annual Elective

 

Exploration of Biotechnology (8th grade): 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. Annual Elective

 

Exploring Coding (6th Grade) Students are introduced to the concepts of Computer Science and coding. Students become “computational thinkers” by applying a variety of problem-solving techniques as they create solutions to problems in a variety of contexts. Students take the role of a software developer by expanding their knowledge of SCRATCH coding and Microsoft Minecraft platforms.  Coding will be the basis of a variety of projects including animated stories, video games and community-based projects. Semester Elective

Foundations of Information Technology (7th Grade): This course provides students with an introduction to the four pathways in the Information Technology Industry Sector including Software Development (programming), Games and Simulations, Stop Motion Animation, Code Drop Robotics, and Support Services. Students will complete a variety of fun and engaging projects that integrate concepts and standards of each pathway and provide a strong foundation for students to prepare them for advanced Computer Science courses in high school. Annual Elective

 

Horticulture (6th Grade):  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. Semester Elective

 

Landscaping (7th and 8th Grade):  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. Annual Elective

 

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 OPSPA,etc.). Annual Elective

 

 -MUSIC-

*Advanced Band (7th and 8th Grade): For students who have been playing a wind instrument or percussion for at least one year. The Advanced Band performs three on-campus concerts, and two off-campus festivals and competitions. Audition required. Submit a 1 minute video of your best instrumental piece. Student must be visible on video. Email to [email protected] by April 1st. Class requires approval from Mr. Cruz. Annual Elective

*Advanced Orchestra (7th and 8th Grade): 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. Audition Required. Submit a 1 minute video of your best instrumental piece. Student must be visible on video. Email to [email protected] by April 1st. Class requires approval from Mr. Cruz. Annual Elective

 

Beginning Band: (7th and 8th Grade):  For students who would like to learn a wind or percussion instrument.  or percussion for at least one year. Annual Elective

 

Beginning Strings (6th Grade): 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. Annual Elective

 

Beginning Winds (6th Grade):  Learn wind instruments, such as the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba, and concert percussion and drums. The beginning band class performs two on-campus concerts per year. No audition, director approval, or prior music experience required. Annual Elective

 

Music Lab (7th and 8th Grade): This class is a yearlong class and introduces students to the concepts of piano and vocal techniques, music theory, recording, sequencing and mixing music using computer-based Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs). Students receive hands-on practice in digital music production in the music production lab. No prerequisite required- only a love of music. Annual Elective

 

Piano (7th and 8th Grade): Introduces basic concepts of the piano, piano techniques, and piano theory. Many pieces are learned throughout the year including classical and popular music with a culminating piano recital at the end of each semester. There is no audition required. Annual Elective

 

 -PERFORMING ARTS-

*Advanced Choir (7th and 8th Grade): Experienced singers who love to sing classical, world, and popular music. These groups perform several times throughout the year. Audition required, email a 1 minute video of your acapella singing that showcases vocal range and technique by April 1st to [email protected] Class requires approval from Mrs. Karagianis. Annual Elective

 *Advanced Dance: Develop self-confidence, body awareness, rhythm, coordination and physical fitness.  Students learn a variety of dance styles and techniques. Audition required, email a 1 minute video of your dancing that includes a spot turn and leap. Include name, grade next year, and dance experience. Email by April 1st to Mrs. Ball. Class requires approval from Mrs. Ball Annual Elective

 

Advanced Drama A/B (7th and 8th Grade):  An intermediate class covering theater fundamentals that requires daily participation in pantomime, character study, projection and public speaking. Students taking Advanced Drama must have already taken Theater Exploration as a prerequisite. Annual Elective

 

*Cheer (7th and 8th Grade):  Learn and perform drill dance, tumbling, and cheerleading stunts. Students will attend several competitions and parades. Lunchtime Clinics are in the gym March 29-4 . April 5 Try-Outs are April 5th at Lunch and 1:30. Results posted April 6th. Class requires approval from Mrs. Coleman. Annual Elective

 

 Choir 1 (6th Grade:) Introduction to singing. Includes a variety of songs, music theory, and in-school performances.  Semester Elective

 

*Play Production (7th and 8th Grade):  Advanced class emphasizing acting and all theater production skills.  After school rehearsals and evening performances are required.  Audition required, email a 1 minute video monologue showcasing projection and character development. Musical theater auditions including acting, singing, dancing may be submitted. Email by April 1st to Mrs. Ball. Class requires approval from Mrs. Ball.  Annual Elective

 

Theater Exploration (6th Grade): A beginning class covering musical theater fundamentals that requires daily participation in pantomime, character study, dance, projection, and public speaking. Students learn improvisation techniques. Semester Elective

 

 -SCHOOL ACTIVITIES-

*Leadership (7th and 8th Grade)A class for dedicated and responsible students who want to be involved with student government and planning school activities. Students must meet prerequisites to be eligible and fill out a Leadership Application and attend an interview. Class requires approval from Ms. Seligson. Application and Interview information will be available on Hale website. All applications are due by April 1st. Annual Elective

 

*Yearbook (7th and 8th Grade):  *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 2022-2023 school year. Class requires approval from the Counselor. Annual Elective

 

-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, [email protected]   Annual Elective

 

7th Grade AVID Elective: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a year-long, college-readiness class designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in middle school, high school, college, and beyond. The class places special emphasis on reading, writing, organization skills, and collaborative group learning.  The class will also prepare students to be part of the AVID program in 8th grade. Annual Elective

 

College Eds (6th Grade): Reviews preparation required to be eligible for university entrance as a freshman. Explores colleges, careers, and study skills for success. Semester Elective

 

Creative Expression (7th and 8th Grade):  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.  Students create models, perform skits, make videos, draw, analyze classical art, use digital media, create stories, research and present different genres of art, create slideshows for presentations, use photography, evaluate music, create digital art. Annual Elective

 

Creative Writing (7th and 8th Grade):  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. Annual Elective

 

Ethnic Studies, Identity & Community (8th Grade): The focus of this course is to educate students to be politically, socially, and economically conscious about their personal connections to local and national history. This course will focus on the experiences of African American, Asian American, Latino American, and Native American. This course will also include an identity section where students will consider concepts related to their own personal, group and/or national identity. Semester Elective

 

Marine Science (8th Grade): We will investigate the ocean, the largest biome on Earth. We will be breaking down the biome into different ecosystems and studying how the biotic and abiotic factors in the ecosystem interact. We will also be studying the various animals that inhabit each of the ecosystems and how they have adapted to be best suited for each environment. 

 

Updated 3/22/2022