Courses for Rising 8th Graders

8th grade classes are for enrichment only- no grade or credit will be given.

Please register your student in the grade they will enroll in for the 2020-21 school year.

$435 per Semester (3 weeks)


Any parent/student who registers during a time where they are not allowed to will be withdrawn from the class and refunded their registration cost minus a $75.00 false registration fee. They will then need to re-register at full cost on the appropriate day.

 

3-D Sculpture CANCELED

Grades- 8th-12th 

Fall Semester- June 1- June 19, 2020 8:00am- 12:20pm

This course will explore a variety of mediums including papier-mâché, clay, textiles, metals and mixed media. Emphasis will be on creativity and concept through use of basic design elements, function, aesthetics, and craftsmanship using essential vocabulary and exploring art history from  various perspectives. Current trends in three-dimensional art along with the role of technology in the production of art and the current job market in the arts will be explored. This class earns 1 semester of elective credit towards graduation requirements.  


Coding Camp CANCELED

Grades- 3rd- 8th 

Fall Semester- June 1- June 19, 2020 1:00pm-3:00pm 

“Intro to Coding” is a course that is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of coding through the creation of a series of projects and games. During the first semester, we will be exploring the 3 pillars of computer science: variables, branches and loops. In the second semester, we will begin an exploration of object-oriented programming by constructing arcade-style games using Pygame. Pygame is a set of modules available in Python that offer programmers the ability to build cross-platform arcade-style games. We will also be incorporating a device called “Raspberry Pi” to create projects that are fun and a source of motivation for students.


Creative Writing

Grade- 8th 

Fall Semester- June 1- June 19, 2020 8:00am- 12:20pm

If you aspire to write creatively and don’t know how to get started, or if you already write creatively but want to expand your know-how, this Creative Writing course is for you. This course will provide many fundamental techniques geared to motivate and cultivate a student’s creative writing ability. Topics will include writing from observation and experience, traditional story structure, creating dynamic characters, writing dialogue, the poetic voice, and how to write from different points of view. Students will participate in writer response groups, read contemporary published authors, keep and regularly write in a writer’s notebook, and experiment with and revise writing routinely. Our goal is to become a community of writers who experiment, craft, revise, and tinker with our work. Writers see the world as text.

 

Dance:  Contemporary  Dance CANCELED

Grades- 8th - 12th

Fall and Spring Semester - June 1, - July 10, 2020

 This is an intermediate level class.  Students should be able to execute intermediate level techniques.  Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.  The class will include warm up, across the floor combinations and choreography


Dance:  Hip Hop CANCELED

Grades - 8th - 12th 

Fall and Spring Semester - June 1, July 10, 2020 -  4:00pm - 6:00pm

Open to grades 9-12.  Dance experience is recommended.  This class will be taught by 2-3 different instructors so that you get a variety of hip hop experiences.  Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements.

 

Dance: Jazz Turns, Leaps and Jumps CANCELED

Grades- 8th- 12th 

Fall and Spring  Semester- June 1- July 10, 2020 4:00pm-6:00pm

This is a technique class designed to focus on the leaps, jumps and turns that dancers perform in Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop. After an intense warm up, dancers will work on jumps and turns in center as well as across the floor. This specialized class is a way to better your technique when executing basic leaps, center leaps, turns, and fouetté. This is an intermediate to advanced level class. For safety, a minimum of one year of dance experience is necessary.


Introduction to Debate-Beginning

Grades- 8th-12th

Fall semester- June 1- June 19, 2020 8:00am- 12:20pm

Introduction to Debate is a 4 hour, three week course which is a "beginner" guide to competitive argumentation. Students learn how to analyze a resolution, engage in critical thinking, prepare debate cases, learn the art of cross-examination, and more, in preparation for competition on the SMHS Debate Team. 8th grade students do not receive a grade and/or high school credit.  


Introduction to Oral Interpretation - Beginning

Grades- 8th-12th 

Spring  Semester- June 22-July 10, 2020 8:00am- 12:20pm

Introduction to Oral Interpretation is a 4 hour "beginner" guide to competitive speech. Students learn public speaking skills, acting, research tools, persuasive writing, and more, in preparation for competition on the SMHS Speech Team. 


Introduction to Mandarin 

Grade- 8th

Fall semester- June 1- June 19, 2020 8:00am- 12:20pm

This three-week class is designed for students with no or little previous experience of

Mandarin Chinese language learning. The goal of this class is:

  1. to develop students’ basic Chinese proficiency in the four modalities of language

learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will learn Hanyu

Pinyin (Chinese pronunciation system), Chinese writing system, and Chinese

typing. Students will acquire Chinese communication skills through dialogues in

personalized mini-situations.

  1. to cultivate students’ interest in learning the language
  2. to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of the Chinese culture.

Course Topics

  • Mandarin Chinese sounding system: Five Tones and Pinyin
  • Chinese writing system: 30 basic Chinese characters/radicals, etymology,

Chinese character typing and Calligraphy

  • Songs and skits
  • Classroom Survival Expressions
  • Greetings/Self-Introduction
  • Family
  • Dates and Time
  • Daily Routines
  • Hobbies
  • Hands on projects on themes pertaining to Chinese Culture, Festivals and Customs. This course does not earn a grade or high school credit.

Introduction to Spanish 

Grade- 8th 

Spring  Semester- June 22-July 10, 2020 8:00am- 12:20pm

Learn how to speak and write Spanish with this fun introductory course. We will build our vocabulary through interactive activities that provide students the opportunity to learn vocabulary and build grammatical structures in a fun way. We will be using manipulative, games and music to achieve our goal. We will learn how to talk about time, emotions, people, weather and food. We will also have the opportunity to explore the different countries that speak Spanish and learn more about their history and culture.


Journalism CANCELED

Grade- 8th

Fall semester- June 1- June 19, 2020 8:00am- 12:20pm

The Journalism course provides with a showcase for student writing and teaches the skills necessary for the successful production of quality publications, including:

  • Interview techniques and public relations
  • Canons of Journalism
  • News, features, sports, editorial, column, investigative, review, and magazine writing
  • Newspaper, yearbook and magazine layout and page design
  • Advertising sales and design
  • Headline and caption writing and fitting
  • Photography selection and quality control

Course Content:

Students learn and practice:

  • Identifying bias and writer opinion (in newspaper and magazine or yearbooks)
  • Employing the Canons of Journalism (for all types of publications)
  • Using editing and copy readers marks (for all publications)
  • Producing non-biased news, features, sports, and magazine articles (for all publications)
  • Writing writer-biased articles (allowed), editorial, column, investigative, and review (for all publications)
  • Creating critical articles, critiques, and reviews
  • Critiquing and evaluating newspapers and yearbooks
  • Drawing balanced and attractive newspaper, magazine and yearbook layouts
  • Writing and fitting concise, accurate, and visually interesting headlines (for all publications)
  • Designing advertisements, writing effective copy, and headlines, selecting appealing art (or photography) and type, combining elements in an interesting layout (all publications)
  • Creating appropriate caption (all publications)
  • The writing volume in this class meets or exceeds English/Journalism department requirements.

Media Arts 8-9 A 

Grade- 8th -9th 

Fall semester- June 1- June 19, 2020 8:00am- 12:20pm

Television, radio, newspapers, magazines, cinema and the Internet are just some examples of media, which are overwhelmingly important to 21st century life. Media Studies seeks to offer understanding and skills in the way media work and to assess their impacts upon individuals and society. Through this course, students will be introduced to a range of key theoretical and practical aspects of Media as an Art (Media Arts). As an introduction, Media Arts provides an overview of core arguments about media and their role in society, focusing on various issues including ownership, meaning, bias and influence. The mastery of the standards below will prepare students for entry level/internship positions in the media industry. Upon completion of this course students will have a basic understanding of how various mediums work and how they are constructed to impact individuals and society. Work produced in class may be used to supplement applications for college and/or media programs and internship positions.

One semester meets SMHS CTE graduation requirement. Two semesters meets the one year VAPA requirement. UC Approved for incoming 9 graders only.


Media Arts 8-9 B 

Grade- 8th-9th 

Spring  Semester- June 22-July 10, 2020 8:00am- 12:20pm

Television, radio, newspapers, magazines, cinema and the Internet are just some examples of media, which are overwhelmingly important to 21st century life. Media Studies seeks to offer understanding and skills in the way media work and to assess their impacts upon individuals and society. Through this course, students will be introduced to a range of key theoretical and practical aspects of Media as an Art (Media Arts). As an introduction, Media Arts provides an overview of core arguments about media and their role in society, focusing on various issues including ownership, meaning, bias and influence. The mastery of the standards below will prepare students for entry level/internship positions in the media industry. Upon completion of this course students will have a basic understanding of how various mediums work and how they are constructed to impact individuals and society. Work produced in class may be used to supplement applications for college and/or media programs and internship positions.

One semester meets SMHS CTE graduation requirement. Two semesters meets the one year VAPA requirement. UC Approved for incoming 9th graders only.


Roblox Developers CANCELED

Grade- 6th-10th

Fall semester- June 1- June 19, 2020 3:00pm-5:00pm

Roblox Developers: “Roblox Developers” is a course that introduces students to Roblox Studio, an environment that allows them to create games in 3D environments and publish them online for their friends to play. Creating a game in Roblox Studio involves building the environment, adding characters and parts to interact with, and coding scripts to govern the rules of the game. This course is designed to teach players of Roblox games to become creators of Roblox games. Programming will be done in the Lua programming language.

 

SMArts! San Marino Youth Visual and Performing Arts Camp (Middle School) CANCELED

Grades- 6th-8th  

June 1, - July 10, 2020- 8:00 am –12:20 pm

Location- SMHS Webb Theatre

The 6th-8th grade students will explore the various disciplines of Theatre, Dance, Music and Visual Arts. Focus will be on collaboration, and creative expression. This six-week Arts Camp will culminate in a performance and exhibit, which will be open to the community on the final Friday, July 10, at 11 am in the SMHS Webb Theatre. 

Curriculum includes but is not limited to the following arts activities that are designed for this age level and geared towards the ability of the students in the camp:

Visual Arts and Crafts:  make up design, ceramics; drawing from observation; self-portrait, set painting, papier mache,

Dance:  Introduction to dance vocabulary and technique.  Daily warm ups. Movement basics. Choreography and performance.

Choral Music:  Vocal warm up and daily practice.  Choral instruction. Choral Performance.

Theater:  Improvisation, monologues, acting basics, performance.

Instrumental Music:  Basic Rhythm drills, rhythm performance, ensemble work.

 This curriculum will be well suited to meet the interests of middle school students.


Strength & Conditioning

Grade - 8th 

Fall and Spring Semester - June 1 - July 2, 2020 - Tues - Wed - Thurs  7am - 7:45am

Students enrolled in this section will participate in a comprehensive 5 week strength and conditioning program intended to teach the fundamentals and techniques involved in strength training. The program will offer students a foundation for success as they prepare themselves for high school athletics in the upcoming years.   

Location:  SMHS Football Field

** Incoming Freshmen & Rising 8th Graders will participate in this section.