Electives

Electives Course Descriptions 2020-2021

6th Grade

All 6th grade courses are 1 semester long, and offered both semesters unless otherwise noted.

Automation and Robotics (Spring Only)

Students learn mechanisms, gear ratios, construction techniques and apply the design process to build and program robots that can solve real world problems.

Open to all interested students

Beginning Orchestra (Spring Only)

In Beginning Orchestra, students will develop performance techniques and knowledge of the musical world including pop, traditional, classical, and world music as they learn how to play a string instrument. The course emphasis is on learning to play a violin, viola, cello, or bass, (no guitars) through a variety of musical styles. Students will also learn music theory (how music is written) as well as learn to improvise. Students will learn instrument fundamentals and instrument care, how to create their own music, explore music of other cultures, and develop personal performance etiquette and teamwork skills. Students will also learn to record and edit their music, combine it with electronically created music, and perform alongside electronically created music. Performances outside the school day are a requirement of this class, and an off-campus performance may also be required.

Open to all interested students

Beginning Band

In band, students will choose and develop beginning skills on a new instrument – no experience necessary! We will explore flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and mallet percussion, and learn the basics of playing an instrument through games, mini-performances, and a fun variety of music.

Open to all interested students

Concert Band & Foundations of Music 

This course is designed for both 6th graders with no experience in band/music, as well as students who already have experience on an instrument. We will explore the foundations of music, learn basic music reading skills, explore the basic concert band instruments of flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and percussion, sing, and make musical connections within the musical realm and to other areas. As a part of this course, Hill Campus has sterilized instruments available for personal check-out and will be offering opportunities for individualized private lessons.

Open to all interested students

Beginning Visual Arts

Explore a variety of materials and art techniques during your time in Visual Arts! Students will need to provide a sketchbook and will use this daily for drawing exercises and planning their major 2D & 3D projects. Learning about and incorporating the elements and principles of art into each project will help students think critically about their artwork. Analyzing professional pieces of art will also be a component of this Visual Arts course.

Open to all interested students; students will need to purchase supplies for this course. See the New School Supplies List.

Creative Writing

The purpose of this course is to facilitate the understanding of self through the use of poetry, spoken word, storytelling, and lyric. Through comprehensive discussion, reading, writing and performing, students learn to identify, explore, and articulate their observations.

Students will explore their personal identity, perspective, and experience through the mediums of the written word and personal voice. Through discussion and critical thinking, students will learn to use symbolic language as a tool for creative self expression. This is a writing and performance intensive course.

Open to all interested students

Dance 1

Incoming Hill Campus 6th graders will experience a multi-faceted dance class where they will participate in various different genres of dance including Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical and various other forms. Students will have the opportunity to perform in semester performances with costuming and a live (virtual) audience.

Open to all interested students

Design and Modeling (Fall Only)

Students learn basic engineering skills, measuring, dimensioning, the design process and then use 3D software and the 3D printer to design and model: pegboard toys, custom light switches, cell phone cases and playground equipment.

Open to all interested students

Exploratory Spanish

In this class, students will  get to learn the basic spanish skills by reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish. Students will learn spanish in context by actively listening,participating,acting out stories, and reading Spanish everyday.

Open to all interested students

Intro to 3D Art

In this introductory 3D art class, students will be able to create well expressed sculptures that demonstrate the proficiency of techniques required of that medium. Their work will be composed of various elements such as mass/weight, balance, position/placement, proportion and overall planning/process/execution of their composed work. Students will learn about art history related to their specific art projects, type of sculpture, introductory materials, and final presentation of their work. Students will demonstrate the appropriate use of media, art room facilities and time management.

Open to all interested students

Theatre Arts/Film

In this class, you will learn how to use acting skills, design elements, and editing techniques to create performances and films.  In addition to using editing software, you will hone your skills as an actor, writer, designer, and improviser as well as get to watch and give feedback on the performances of your classmates.  Note: All students must perform in this class.  Additionally, it is very helpful if students have access to a camera or phone for filming, especially during remote learning.

Open to all interested students

Physical Education

Physically educated students will demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities. The content of this course includes six standards: Skilled Movement, Movement Principles and Concepts, Physical Activity, Physical Fitness, Personal and Social Responsibility, and Affective Concepts. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions regarding their health and well-being throughout their lifetime.

Open to all interested students


Electives Course Descriptions 2020-2021

7th & 8th Grade

All courses are year-long.

3D Visual Art

In this 3D art class, students will be able to take their creativity to another level. This will introduce well expressed and crafted sculptures that demonstrate the proficiency of techniques required of that medium. This will include focal point, proportion, balance, depth, and eye movement. Students will understand their work in more depth by applying these art concepts and correct terminology. Students will learn about art history related to their specific art projects, type of sculpture, new materials, and final presentation of their work.

Students will demonstrate the appropriate use of media, art room facilities and time management; the ability to analyze and give constructive criticism of art work; make connections between different cultures/time periods, and produce quality work which displays an understanding of learned skills.

Teacher approval required

Advanced Band

This course is designed for musicians with at least one year experience in band class, with a minimum requirement of being able to read and perform a musical scale.  In addition to being a standard concert band, we will have units of study in jazz, blues, and funk.  As a part of this course, Hill Campus has sterilized instruments available for personal check-out and will be offering opportunities for individualized private lessons.

Teacher approval required; students will need to purchase supplies for this course. See the New School Supplies List.

Advanced Orchestra

This course is designed for students with a year or more of experience on their instrument. The course emphasis is on creating exciting performances of music created by the students themselves as well as others. Students will continue to develop skills on their violin, viola, cello, or string bass in the ensemble setting and perform at a high level on their instrument with a unique variety of games and performance opportunities. Students will continue to learn music theory (how music is written) as well as improvise. Students will create their own music, explore music of other cultures, and continue to develop personal performance etiquette and teamwork skills. Students will also record and edit their music, combine it with electronically created music, and perform alongside electronically created music. Performances outside the school day and at least one off-campus performance will be a part of this class.

Teacher approval required

Advanced Visual Arts

This year-long course is designed for students who are very interested and talented in Visual Arts. Advanced Art is an opportunity to develop stronger skills and a deeper understanding of various media, tools, and techniques in art. There will be an emphasis on personal meaning in your artwork. A school legacy project will be completed throughout the year as well as individual 2D & 3D projects. Some personal art materials will need to be purchased for this class.

Teacher approval required; students will need to purchase supplies for this course. See the New School Supplies List.

Beginning Band & Foundations of Music

This course is designed for students with no experience in band/music, but a desire to learn! We will explore the foundations of music, learn basic music reading skills, explore the basic concert band instruments of flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and percussion, sing, and make musical connections within the musical realm and to other areas. As a part of this course, Hill Campus has sterilized instruments available for personal check-out and will be offering opportunities for individualized private lessons.

Open to all interested students

Creative Music Production & Modern Band

The goal of this course is to create a variety of music in digital and real-world environments. Students will learn the basics of working in a digital audio workstation, using industry-standard software and hardware. Students will record and edit their music, combine it with electronically created music, and perform alongside electronically created music. Students will learn music theory (how music is written), songwriting, and improvise. Students will also play musical instruments to create music and will have opportunities to perform live. Students will create their own music, explore music of other cultures, and will develop live performance skills in a collaborative space. When in-person, performances outside the school day and at least one off-campus performance will be a part of this class.

Open to all interested students

Creative Writing

The purpose of this course is to facilitate the understanding of self through the use of poetry, spoken word, storytelling, and lyric. Through comprehensive discussion, reading, writing and performing, students learn to identify, explore, and articulate their observations.

Students will explore their personal identity, perspective, and experience through the mediums of the written word and personal voice. Through discussion and critical thinking, students will learn to use symbolic language as a tool for creative self expression. This is a writing and performance intensive course.

Open to all interested students

Dance 2

7th and 8th grade students will participate in a fast paced dance class experiencing various different styles of dance including hip hop, jazz, tap, break dancing, acrobatic, lyrical and modern. They will have the chance to create their own dances and perform at semester performances with costuming, hair and make-up and in-front of a live audience.

Open to all interested students

Intermediate Dance Company

Intermediate Dance Company is for the dancer seeking a group of likeminded students who are eager to learn and ready for a technically based challenge. In this class dancers will focus specifically on dance technique and masterful performances in all styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, modern, hip hop and pre pointe. Dancers will perform for semester performances in full costume in front of a live audience. 

Teacher approval required

Theatre Arts & Film

In this class, you will learn how to use acting skills, design elements, and editing techniques to create performances and films.  In addition to using editing software, you will hone your skills as an actor, writer, designer, and improviser as well as get to watch and give feedback on the performances of your classmates.  Note: All students must perform in this class.  Additionally, it is very helpful if students have access to a camera or phone for filming, especially during remote learning.

Open to all interested students

Intermediate Visual Arts

This year-long Visual Arts course will be used to explore a variety of materials and art techniques! Students will need to provide a sketchbook and will use this daily for drawing exercises and planning their major 2D & 3D projects. Reviewing and incorporating the elements and principles of art into each project will strengthen independent artwork. Learn about contemporary and local artists and complete a community service art project too!

Open to all interested students

Physical Education

Physically educated students will demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities. The content of this course includes six standards: Skilled Movement, Movement Principles and Concepts, Physical Activity, Physical Fitness, Personal and Social Responsibility, and Affective Concepts. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions regarding their health and well-being throughout their lifetime.

Open to all interested students

SPANISH 1A

In this year-long class, students will develop their foreign language skills by reading,writing, and speaking in Spanish. Students will learn Spanish in context by actively listening, participating, acting out stories,and reading in Spanish every day. This class is a prerequisite class for Spanish 1B. There is no prerequisite for this class, but students who took Exploratory Spanish last year will have priority admittance. Students who did not have Spanish in 6th grade, will be added as space is available. Students who already speak Spanish should NOT sign up for this class.

Open to all interested students – priority given to students who took Spanish in 6th Grade

SPANISH 1B (Advanced Spanish)

This is a 2nd year Spanish class for students who have already had Spanish before and who are serious about acquiring the Spanish Language. Students will continue to develop their language skills by reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish 90-100% of the time. Students will learn Spanish in context by actively listening, participating, acting out stories, and reading in Spanish every day. We will also cover advanced grammar structures and tenses. The goal of the class is to prepare students for upper level Spanish classes in high school.

You need to have taken Spanish 1A to take this class or have a recommendation by the teacher after an outstanding year in 6th grade. Scores of the district test will be taken into consideration.  Students who already speak Spanish should NOT sign up for this class.

Teacher approval required

Technology Revolution (Science of Technology)

Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. In this unit, students apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to activities and projects, including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, discovering the properties of nano-materials and much more. How will this technology change our day-to-day life in the future? Will robots take over the Earth? Should robots have rights? In semester 2, we will study the technological possibilities and philosophical implications of Artificial Intelligence and how it will impact humanity.

Open to all interested students

TSA

Students will compete against other middle schools in multiple events at the State and Nationwide Technology Students of America (TSA) competition. Along the way, students will develop several different skills, including woodworking, coding, modeling, drafting, soldering, and much more.

Teacher approval required

Elective Choice Forms

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences has partner with Project Lead the Way to offer STEM classes in all grade levels. Middle school is the perfect time for students to explore and learn that there is more than one way to reach a solution. PLTW Gateway provides engineering and biomedical science curriculum for middle school students that challenges, inspires, and offers schools variety and flexibility. Students get rigorous and relevant experiences through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. They use industry-leading technology to solve problems while gaining skills in communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and creativity.

To learn more visit: https://www.pltw.org/

DPS is committed to helping all of our families find the school that’s the right fit for their child. For most families, that should be and will be their neighborhood school, and we encourage every family to start with their neighborhood school. Hill is eager to serve the needs of its neighborhood students and meet your desire for an outstanding education for your child, right in your own neighborhood. Students from our boundary that are enrolled at Hill via the Round 1 choice process will be guaranteed a spot in our STEM program. We have the first and only middle school STEM program in DPS that is state approved. The choice process opens for round one on February 1, and closes on February 28, at 4 p.m.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WVO0UMqEzizFBu0A6s-8CFSBiIfhdVn1_TVZlmY9PjA/viewform?usp=send_form#start=invite

High School & Beyond

Information pertinent to your student’s life after 8th grade at Hill Campus.

Denver Public Schools has created valuable documents for upcoming high-schoolers (grade 6-8):


Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS): All students are expected to have completed a certain number of courses before they enroll in college. View the University of Colorado MAPS as an example.

Scholarship Information

Mr. Fulton, our Gifted and Talented teacher, has compiled the following list of scholarship information.

MyTech 1:1

Coming soon!