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 2021-22 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Any parent/student who registers during a time where they are not allowed to will be withdrawn from the class and refunded their registration cost minus a $75.00 false registration fee.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.  Full refunds will be granted up to May 21st @midnight.  No refunds will be issued after May 21st @ midnight. 

 

Computer Music

Grades: 8-12

Fall Semester: June 1st to June 18th, 2021 8:00am to 12:20pm

This hands-on elective will combine the latest computer technology with the same music software the pros use. Students will play with the elements of music and compose their own songs using synthesizers and drum machines. No previous musical experience needed. This course is for enrichment only for grades 8-12.

 

Computer Music

Grades: 8-12

Spring Semester: June 21st to July 9th, 2021 8:00am to 12:20pm

This hands-on elective will combine the latest computer technology with the same music software the pros use. Students will play with the elements of music and compose their own songs using synthesizers and drum machines. No previous musical experience needed. This course is for enrichment only for grades 8-12.

 

Creative Writing

Grades: 8 and 9

Fall Semester: June 1st to June 18th, 2021 8:00am to 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. This course is for enrichment only and offers no high school credit.

 

Dance

Grades: 8-12

Fall and Spring Semesters: June 1st to July 9th, 2021 8:00am to 12:20pm

The course will cater to beginning-advanced levels and give students the opportunity to improve their technique, composition, and performance. Course content consists of: dance technique, choreography, improvisation, style, collaboration, and performance. The dance styles we will focus on are: ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and musical theater. This course's objective is to provide students with the knowledge, application, and appreciation of dance and movement. The course will end with a final dance performance. This course is enrichment only. Dance is the perfect way to brighten any student’s summer break! This course is for enrichment only and awards no high school credit.

 

Introduction to Debate: Beginning

Grades: 8-12

Fall Semester: June 1st to June 18th, 2021 8:00am to 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 high school credit.  

 

Introduction to Oral Interpretation: Beginning

Grades: 8-12 

Spring Semester: June 21st to July 9th, 2021 8:00am to 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. 8th grade students do not receive high school credit.  

 

Introduction to Mandarin 

Grades: 8 and 9

Fall Semester: June 1st to June 18th, 2021 8:00am to 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. 

8th grade students do not receive high school credit.  

 

Introduction to Spanish 

Grades: 8 and 9

Spring Semester: June 21st to July 9th, 2021 8:00am to 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. 8th grade students do not receive high school credit. This course will prepare students to take the Spanish 1-2 class during the fall semester. The entire first semester of Spanish 1-2 will be covered. We will also use the Spanish 1-2 textbook that is assigned to this course during the regular school year. This course does not grant high school credit.

 

Introduction to Japanese

Grades: 8 and 9

Fall Semester: June 1st to June 18th, 2021 8:00am to 12:20pm

This class will introduce students to Japanese language and culture.  The course topics to be discussed include Japanese food, traditional arts, music, movies, holidays and customs.  Students will learn accurate pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary for Japanese speaking and listening proficiency through games, songs, and hands-on projects.  This class also introduces the Hiragana Japanese writing system.  Let's have fun! This class is for enrichment only and will not offer course credit. 8th grade students do not receive high school credit.  

 

Media Arts 8-9 A 

Grades: 8 and 9 

Fall Semester: June 1st to June 18th, 2021 8:00am to 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. No credit will be awarded to 8th grade students.

 

Media Arts 8-9 B 

Grades: 8 and 9

Spring Semester: June 21st to July 9th, 2021 8:00am to 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. No credit will be awarded to 8th grade students.