Electives for next year

KAMS Electives for next year
Posted on 01/17/2018

KAMS Guide to 7th and 8th Grade Electives for 2018-19

Year Long Electives

Agricultural Science - Learn about the world of agriculture through hands-on labs such as: ice cream and butter making, seed germination, plant propagation and food safety. Develop leadership and problem-solving skills in a team-building setting. Discover California agriculture, including animal science, plant science, natural resources, and forestry. Class on PG campus.

Art I- The development of a personal portfolio. Course is for serious art students to explore artistic and creative expression. In addition, the portfolio will allow students to take a performance test at PGHS and advance directly to Art 2 or AP Studio Art as a freshman. 8th grade only

AVID 8 – Application required unless already in AVID 7. College preparatory elective designed for students historically underrepresented in college who demonstrate academic potential. Goals include preparation in meeting 4-year college eligibility requirements, academic instruction and support, plus motivation for pursuing college dreams. 8th grade only

Band I/Computer Tech Combo – Learn musical concepts and how to play a musical instrument plus the Computer Tech class – you will be on an every other day schedule with these two courses for the full school year. Band class on PG campus.

Band II – Designed for students with at least one full year of band experience. Class on PG campus.

French 1 High school level college preparatory course in speaking, reading, writing, and understanding written and spoken French. Includes study French-speaking countries and cultures. Meets one year of college entrance (A-G) world language requirements. Class on PG campus, 8th grade only.

Japanese 1 - High school level college preparatory course in comprehension, expression, reading and writing in Japanese. Includes study of Japanese culture. Meets one year of college entrance (A-G) world language requirements. Class on PG campus.

Japanese 2 – Must have passed Japanese 1 with C or higher. Continuation of the study of the Japanese language and culture. Class on PG campus, 8th grade only.

Leadership – Application required. Students plan and lead events including assemblies, rallies, lunchtime activities and school spirit activities. Also includes work with KAMS TV productions. Must maintain a 2.0 GPA with no D’s or Fs or Us.

Spanish 1 - High school level college preparatory course in comprehension, expression, reading and writing in Spanish. Includes study of Spanish culture. Meets one year of college entrance (A-G) world language requirements. 8th grade only

Yearbook – Application required. Covers basic journalism skills and use of digital publishing in order to produce our award winning school yearbook. Yearbook also produces the KAMS TV weekly show and involves video production and news announcers.

Semester Electives – Half Year

Art 7/8– Introductory studio class covering basic elements and principals of art and design through the creation of 2D and 3D artwork using a variety of mediums and techniques. Art history, technique, individuality, creativity, effort, observation, discussion, reading, vocabulary, and criticism will be emphasized. No previous art experience needed.

AVID 7 – Application required . Offered 2nd semester only, apply online in October. College preparatory elective designed for students historically underrepresented in college who demonstrate academic potential. Goals include preparation in meeting 4-year college eligibility requirements, academic instruction and support plus motivation for pursuing college dreams.

Computer Technology –Learn introductory computer skills including keyboarding, working environment organization and optimization, word processing, spreadsheets, multimedia presentations and internet research skills.

Conversational Spanish – This introduction to Spanish is a great foundation for success in high school level Spanish 1. Covers basic vocabulary, grammar, geography, famous people, multicultural literature, and exploration of Hispanic/Latino culture. Develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Dance – Learn basic dance terminology, history, forms of dance such as hip hop, folk, and jazz. Students will develop teamwork and confidence-building through student choreography opportunities. No previous dance experience necessary.

Digital Photography - Learning elements of composition through lectures, visual presentations, studio work, and exams. Learn digital camera function, digital manipulation of images in Adobe Photoshop, and other technical skills.

Drumming, Intro to - Can you feel the beat? In this lab class, learn the basics of music through performance on a percussion instrument. Students will learn notes, rhythms, rudiments, individual and group performance skills, music theory, and history. Students will practice, perform, explore, and analyze various types of music. Class on PG campus.

Film Studies– This course introduces students to the basics of film elements, genre, and narrative structure, and helps students develop the skills to recognize, analyze, describe and enjoy film as an art and entertainment form. Elements from selected novels, short stories and plays will be analyzed and compared to film versions of the same work.

Forensics – Fans of CSI will love this one! Students will learn about criminal investigation practices through activities using web-based texts and games, videos, labs that develop forensic skills sets and visits from guest speakers.

Guitar - This lab class covers the development of fundamental skills, note reading, aural skills, rhythmic patterns, chord study, and finger picking styles, musical forms and improvisation. No guitar experience needed. . Class on PG campus.

Success in Honors - Workshop class for students enrolled in at least one honors class interested in work time on assignments with peer support. Learn to prioritize and manage an honors workload. Pre-AP strategies are used to help students engage in higher critical thinking and be more successful in each of their classes.

Leadership – Application required. Students plan and lead events including assemblies, rallies, lunchtime activities and school spirit activities. Also includes work with KAMS TV productions. Must maintain a 2.0 GPA with no D, F or U marks.

Musical Theatre - Fundamentals of musical theater with emphasis on ensemble singing. Develop performing skills, and understand/appreciate many elements of theatrical production. Covers basic musical and theatrical concepts and terminology. Enjoy stage time with less stress. A Broadway Jr. musical will be produced and performed for live audience.

Robotics, Intro to - Hands-on computer programming, engineering, and problem solving with Lego’s EV3 Robots. Gain an appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math through healthy, immersive, collaborative competition.

Sports Games and Fitness - Course emphasizes the development of speed, power, agility, and core strength through fun team sport activities and conditioning.

Theatre Arts/Drama
- Explore all aspects of a theatrical production through acting using pantomime, improvisation, monologues, partner scenes, stage combat, and group plays. Learn about other aspects of a theatrical production such as stage make up, costuming, set designs, lighting, sound, and production. No previous acting experience required.

Video Production - Introduction to digital video editing software and the production of complete videos. Develop your video from a concept, through the camera shots needed, to the final editing. Specifics of camera angles, lighting and post-production editing skills will be explored.

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