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Link:  7th Grade Elective Choice Form

Link: 8th Grade Elective Choice Form

Electives 2018/2019

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Electives 2018/2019

Physical Education (PE)

SEMESTER LONG, 7th and 8th

The Physical Education program provides each student with the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive program consisting of skill development, lead up games, team/individual sports, and physical fitness activities. The students receive instruction in rules, skills, and strategies associated with the different sports as well as learning experiences involving physical conditioning activities. The students will also have opportunities to become involved in life-long physical activities through a Field Trip. The program promotes the spirit of cooperation, leadership, fair play, and friendly competition. The fee of $20.00 includes PE shirt/shorts. A combination lock will be provided by the school. 

 

 

SPANISH 1

Year long, 7th

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 pre-requisite class for Spanish 2 in 8thgrade.  Students who already speak Spanish should NOT sign up for this class. 

SPANISH 2     

Year long, 8th

This is a 2nd year Spanish class for students who have already had at least 1 year of Spanish 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 must complete SPANISH 1 to join this class.  Students who already speak Spanish should NOT sign up for this class. 

Visual Arts:

Semester, 7th and 8th

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 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.

Advanced Visual Arts:

Year long, 7th and 8th

This 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.  Letter and art submission required for entry into this class.

Adaptive Art

Semester, 8th

Work as a peer helper in the art room assisting students with special needs, so that they can create cool works of art and practice social skills with their peers.  Letter required for entry into this class.  

 

Theatre Arts

Year long, 7th

This year-long section of Theatre Arts is an advanced class with more opportunities and challenges in acting, improv, critique, and theatrical design.This class will also perform a full-length play in the evening.  All students must perform in this class.   

Theatre Arts

Year long, 8th

This year-long section of Theatre Arts is an advanced class with more opportunities and challenges in acting, improv, critique, and theatrical design.This class will also perform a full-length play in the evening as well as perform at the DPS Shakespeare Festival in the spring.  Letter is required to join this class if you have not already taken a year-long theatre class at Hill. 

STEM

Semester classes (must be taken together to continue in advanced STEM classes)

Design and Modeling: 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.

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

For students that have completed the foundational units DM and AR:

STEM year 2 or 3 semester classes but can also be combined for a year

Medical Detectives: Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.  For students that have completed the foundational units DM and AR

Flight and Space:  The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space. Students explore the science behind aeronautics and use their knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil. Custom-built simulation software allows students to experience space travel.  For students that have completed the foundational units DM and AR

Technical Student Association (TSA)
Year long, 7th and 8th
The Technology Student Association enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in STEM.  Students will apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitions, and related programs in a variety of projects and media.  For students that have completed the foundational units DM and AR 

STEM year 2 or 3 Year-long class

Introduction to Computer Science 1 and 2

Studies show that by 2018, 1.4 million job openings will be available for computer specialists. In this unit, students discover the principles of this fast-growing field by focusing on creativity and an iterative design process as they create their own basic apps using MIT App Inventor.  For students that have completed the foundational units DM and AR

Introduction to Computer Science 2
Students continue to explore the fundamentals of the stimulating career path of computer science. They venture into text programming through Python and, in the final problem, develop an app to crowdsource and analyze data on a topic of their interest.   For students that have completed the foundational units DM and AR 

 

 

VOCAL MUSIC

7th and 8th Grade CHOIR (year-long):

In Choir, students will be exposed to vocal music from many different time periods, all around the world, and in many different styles.  Students will learn proper vocal techniques, posture, breathing control, voice projection, vowel production, and many other important elements of the human voice.  Students will explore two-part, three-part, and mixed ensemble in a variety of styles including pop, classical, traditional and world music.  Opportunities for public performance and individual student compositions will be available and a strong emphasis on music theory (how music is written) will be present.  7th and 8th Grade Choir class requires a FULL YEAR commitment to the Hill Campus Music Program.

 

 

Music Production

Semester, mixed 7th and 8th Grade

This mixed grade level course will focus on creating music using computers and other electronics. Students will use industry-standard software to create new music and reimagine existing music, and will learn the basics of electronic music recording. Music from diverse cultures will be studied. Students will experience opportunities for growth in the understanding of the popular music industry and the terminology used by professional artists in the music industry.  No prior experience necessary!

Modern Band

Semester, mixed 7th and 8th Grade

In this mixed grade level course, students will learn to play songs they love on guitar, keyboard, electric bass, and drums. No prior experience necessary! 

BEGINNING BAND

Year long, mixed 7th and 8th Grade           

In band, students will learn about and develop instrumental performance techniques and knowledge of the musical world as they explore many styles of music including pop, traditional band music, classical, and world music.  The course emphasis is on learning to play a wind or percussion instrument, through a variety of band music literature. Students will also learn music theory (how music is written), instrument fundamentals and instrument care, how to create their own music, explore music of other cultures, and develop personal performance etiquette and teamwork skills. Two concerts will be scheduled throughout the year and students will have a field trip opportunity to perform in the community.  There are no guitars in band class.  Band class requires a FULL YEAR commitment to the Hill Campus Music Program.  No previous experience necessary!

ADVANCED BAND

Year long, mixed 7th and 8th            

In this advanced band, students will learn about and further develop instrumental performance techniques and knowledge of the musical world as they explore many styles of music including pop, traditional band music, classical, and world music.  The course emphasis is on learning to play a wind or percussion instrument, through a variety of band music literature. Students will also learn music theory (how music is written), instrument fundamentals and instrument care, how to create their own music, explore music of other cultures, and develop personal performance etiquette and teamwork skills. Two concerts will be scheduled throughout the year and students will have a field trip opportunity to perform in the community.  There are no guitars in band class.  Band class requires a FULL YEAR commitment to the Hill Campus Music Program.  Letter required to join this class.  You must have previous experience playing in school or through private lessons.  

ADVANCED ORCHESTRA

Year long, mixed 7th and 8th

In orchestra, students will further 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 orchestra music literature. Students will also learn music theory (how music is written), instrument fundamentals and instrument care, how to create their own music, explore music of other cultures, and develop personal performance etiquette and teamwork skills. Two concerts will be scheduled throughout the year and students will have a field trip opportunity to perform in the community. Orchestra class requires a FULL YEAR commitment to the Hill Campus Music Program.  Letter required to join this class.  You must have previous experience playing in school or through private lessons.

BEGINNING ORCHESTRA

Year long, mixed 7th and 8th Grade

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 orchestra music literature. Students will also learn music theory (how music is written), instrument fundamentals and instrument care, how to create their own music, explore music of other cultures, and develop personal performance etiquette and teamwork skills. Two concerts will be scheduled throughout the year and students will have a field trip opportunity to perform in the community. Orchestra class requires a FULL YEAR commitment to the Hill Campus Music Program.  No previous experience necessary!


Broadcasting
Semester, 7th Grade
In this semester class that meets in the library, students will learn basic film and editing techniques and use cameras and digital editing software to create a variety of news stories, media packages, public service announcements, and documentaries.  No previous experience necessary.  This class will be chosen by lottery.

Film
Year long, 8th Grade
In this year-long class that meets in the library, students will learn film and editing techniques and use cameras and digital editing software to create a variety of news stories, media packages, documentaries, and short films.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in several film competitions as well as the Hill Film Festival and Roscoe Awards.  No previous experience necessary.  This class will be chosen by lottery.

App Creators
Semester, 7th and 8th Grade
This unit will expose students to computer science by computationally analyzing and developing solutions to authentic problems through mobil app development, and will convey the positive impact of the application of computer science to other disciplines and to society.
Students will customize their experience by choosing a problem that interests them from the areas of health, environment, emergency preparedness, education, community service and school culture. Because problems in the real world involve more than on discipline, the unit will introduce students to biomedical science concepts as they work on solutions for the specific problems they choose to tackle.

UpLift

Semester, 7th and 8th Grade

UpLift takes a whole child approach when working with inner-city youth. Using a highly relational model, we address the needs of our students which is critical in improving academic performance and guiding them on a better career and life track.

coloradouplift.org

 

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