ELECTIVES--3 units required for graduation (4 units for college prep sequence) All electives meet 5 days per week during 6th Period except Choir (Choir meets M-W-F during 9th period)
American Sign Language (fee-- $30.00) All levels of skill will work together. Students will have 1 to 1 ½ hours of homework each week. Homework will be completed on a computer using the internet. If a student does not have access to the internet or a computer at home, there will be a computer available in the library or in Mrs. Munds office. By learning ASL, students can participate in the social and cultural life of Deaf Communities. Students learn about the language, community and culture of ASL users and acquire basic skills with major grammatical features of ASL.
Art I: Foundations in Art (fee--$45; limit—20 students) Throughout the semester students will learn about and explore several different mediums, styles, processes, and genres. Basic vocabulary as well as the elements and principles of design are studied. Students will also deepen their knowledge and develop understanding while learning new techniques, skills, artists.
Art 2- Emphasis in Sculpture (fee--$45; limit—20 students) Throughout the semester students will learn about and explore several different mediums, styles, processes, within the genre of sculpture. Basic vocabulary as well as the elements and principles of design are studied. Students will also deepen their knowledge and develop understanding while learning new techniques, skills, artists. Pre-requisite: Art 1 (Foundations in Art)
Studio Art: Independent Study (limit: 5 students) An independent study is an educational opportunity to explore individual art projects under the supervision of the Art Teacher. It is intended for students who have already completed Art I, are highly self-motivated, and have a passion for Art. The student must meet with the Art Teacher prior to the beginning of the semester to reach an agreement concerning the nature of the projects to be completed by the student, course guidelines and requirements, etc.
Concert Band (fee--$150.00/year) Designed for band students in 7th-12th grade with at least one year of instrumental music experience. One concert is presented each semester. All Band students are also encouraged to participate in Solo and Ensemble contest, the ACSI music festival, and/or IMEA District Festival auditions. Band meeting times to be determined
Choir (fee $35.00) Classroom instruction emphasizes musical understanding and performance skills. Students learn to offer praise to the Lord with their voices; musical selections range from classical sacred music to traditional standards to contemporary pieces. Portions of the class also focus on music history and theory and world musical cultures.
Computer (fee--$75; limit—18 students) Students master the Microsoft Office Suite using a computer-based learning system supplemented by general instruction in operation systems and applications use. Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point are covered in this one semester course.
Journalism (full year required) Gives students basic instruction in journalistic writing/editing, layout/design, reporting and photography skills. Hands-on experience is provided through the production of the school newspaper and yearbook. This elective requires a full year commitment. All students will be responsible for specific assignments and must meet deadlines.
Speech/Drama (Speech fee--$40; limit—15 students: Drama fee--$100.00—limit 27 students) Students prepare for individual and group performances and develop skills in public speaking and theatrical production. Activities emphasize both artistic expression and ministry/outreach. Speech: First semester activities include extracurricular involvement in chapel presentations and development of other outreach activities. Drama: Second semester, participants will perform in and/or engage in supporting activities for the High School Play.
Business Math (fee--$50.00; offered 1st semester only) Business Math is an elective to give practical knowledge of the mathematics involved in personal finance on topics such as gross and net pay, banking services, employment, owning a home or car, insurances, and investments. As time permits, selected business topics will be covered, such as business technologies, stocks, managing people and inventory, business costs, sales and marketing, and business profit and loss. Prerequisite: Algebra I (and Geometry); sophomore standing or higher.
Statistics (fee- $50.00; offered 2nd semester only) The Statistics elective is designed to provide a basic introduction to the area of statistics, which can be seen in the fields of science, business, education, social sciences, etc. The course will include topics on organizing data, measuring central tendency, measures of variation, percentiles, linear regression, probability, binomial distributions, normal probability distributions, standard normal distribution, sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. The student will need the TI-83+ or the TI-84 calculator. The pre-requisite is at least one semester of Algebra 2.
Jazz Band (fee $15.00/semester) Judah Jazz Band is open to any student from 7th-12th grade that plays an instrument normally found in a jazz big band, including drum set, guitar, piano, bass guitar, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and who can read music. Other instruments may be included with teacher consent. Rehearsals focus on learning various jazz performances styles, including swing, rock, Latin and blues in a jazz ensemble. One or more performances are planned for the semester. Rehearsals are scheduled for Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 7:30-8:00 a.m.
Teacher’s Aide (limit- 12 students) Students choosing this elective will be assigned to assist one or two teachers (pre-school through high school) each day during the elective period. Students will provide their cooperating teacher with help in a number of areas, including: developing bulletin boards, organizing learning centers, preparing materials for classroom activities, some tutoring or small group work, etc. This elective is intended to provide a first-hand classroom experience for students interested in teaching as a profession.
Food Fundamentals (limit 12 students; fee --$50.00; 1st semester only) Class will present basic information on food- where it’s from, how it reacts, and what you can do with it. The focus will be on regular, everyday foods that are easily accessible. Class time will be spent on instruction of food preparation and kitchen skills. Students will be required to do “cooking- homework” and return written evaluations to school
Life on Your Own (fee- $35.00- Limit 12 students; offered 2nd semester only) This class will be an overview of the responsibilities involved in living independently from parents immediately following high school and college. Topic areas include taking care of self; nutrition, food preparation, and meal planning; personal financial responsibilities; consumer decision-making; managing and creating personal living spaces; selecting and caring for clothing; and balancing school, work and personal lives. Lab experiences, skill development, quarterly projects, and possible field trips will make practical knowledge focus on becoming a potential reality. Homework is limited but will focus on developing practical skills.
Human Anatomy (Fee $50 - Limit 16 students) Human anatomy will explore the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, nervous, endocrine, immune, and reproductive systems. Lab fee pays for dissecting specimens, as most labs will consist of dissection. A majority of the work for the course will be done in class. The pre-requisite of at least one semester of Biology is required.
Survey of Film: (limit 15 students; offered 2nd semester only) An overview of the history and aesthetic trends of cinema from its origins through the present day. The course is designed to provide a foundation in film studies for students so that they can approach this form of mass media critically and from a Christian perspective. Classroom discussions, critical readings, and film clips will be included. Most work will be “in class”- very little outside homework.
Creative Writing (limit 15 students; offered first semester only) Through lectures on craft, short writing exercises, assignments, and discussion of student work, students will learn the nuts and bolts of fiction writing, such as plot, conflict, characterization, dialogue, narrative voice, and point-of-view. This course focuses on short fiction but includes principles that students use in all creative writing. The course goal is to draft one short story or a chapter of a novel.
Digital Photography (limit 15 students; $50.00 fee) This course is a basic introduction to digital photography. It is designed as a semester course with no prerequisites. Digital Photography will focus on basic camera controls, image composition, light and color, utilizing the digital image and the computer (Photoshop), portrait/landscape photography, and photojournalism. This is accomplished through weekly projects and final portfolio assembly. Students are expected to have access to a digital camera with the capability to adjust settings manually. Students will also need a composition and USB (flash) drive 4GB or larger devoted only to this class.