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Electives

ART

This is an introductory course designed to provide the fundamental basics of art, called the elements of art, which are the building blocks of any artwork. Prior experience is not necessary for success. Students will get the opportunity to work with multiple mediums in painting, drawing, and sculpting through the exploration of other cultures methods and purposes in art making. Students will also be introduced to historical and modern artworks while learning to discuss artwork as a member of field. Students will explore topics that will expand their sense of self in relation to other people and the world around them. In addition to artistic skill and creative expression, there will be a variety opportunities for students to practice their reading, writing, and verbal expression skills. The major goals will be to provide students with another way to express themselves and to improve problem solving skills!

AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID is designed for students who desire structured support for college preparation.  Students in the AVID program will engage in a rigorous curriculum designed to enhance their personal and academic potential for success in college preparatory courses and to increase college level knowledge, skills, and motivation for future college learning.  Students will work individually and collaboratively on writing, research, teamwork, problem solving, interpersonal skills, and information analysis.  At the high school level, AVID is a four year elective series designed to offer direct support with the goal of college readiness after high school graduation. 

Leadership

This class is designed to provide experience as you prepare to assume responsibility for the governance of student life on campus and in the community.   Additionally, the class provides students with a theoretical background in contemporary leadership theory and practice. The primary purpose of this course is to facilitate learning opportunities and experiences, and to provide students with examples of knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to assume positive leadership roles in their own family, school, and larger communities. This class helps gain a better understanding of leadership and its application to daily life as a student and citizen. 

7th Grade CC7 Math Elective

Course Description

This is a one quarter course designed to support and enrich the 7th grade Common Core math program at Smythe.  This class will review Unit 1 and Unit 2 of the SWUN and Go Math curriculum with emphasis  on the California Grade 7  Math CC Standards:  Number Sense (NS), Ratios & Proportions (RP), and Expressions & Equations (EE) as well as the eight Mathematical Practices Standards (MPs).

 

Class Activities

This class will use a variety of activities to review, preview and enrich student’s learning in math

  • Individualized Targeted Math Skills Practice
  • Classroom Games
  • Group  Math Performance Tasks
  • Use of Graphic Organizers for Math Vocabulary and Math Concepts
  • Scholastic News:  Math in the Real World
  • Unit Projects from SWUN and Go Math resources
  • Teaching Math Concepts with Art and Technology Integration

Media

Digital media is a class for students to learn about electronic media production.  The class covers production, recording, digital photography, imaging, videography, film-making, and editing.  Digital Media will have access to the computer lab, broadcasting recording studio, still cameras, video cameras, iPods, and computer software that will allow you to edit integrate all the forms of media resulting in a daily school-wide broadcast production.

MESA - Math Engineering Science Achievement

The MESA School Program (MSP) supports pre-college students to excel in math and science and go on to college as majors in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, & math). Advising and academic assistance is provided through a MESA advisor, usually a math or science teacher. Components of the MSP include development of individual academic plans, study skills training, local and regional competitions in hands-on activities, career and college exploration.

STEAM

STEAM uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student creativity and critical thinking. Students need to take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. Students will need to design and build their innovative solutions to classroom challenges.

 

Will require collaborative problem solving, engineering design, measurements and data collection, construction, and aesthetic implementation.