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 2022-23 school year.

$435 per Semester (3 weeks)

 

Please note: This information is tentative and subject to change.

 

Any parent/student who registers during a time where they are not allowed to will be withdrawn from the class and refunded their registration cost minus a $75.00 false registration fee.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 13th  @midnight.  No refunds will be issued after May 13th @ midnight. 

 

Creative Writing

Instructor: Sergio Cervantes

Grades: 8-10

Spring Semester: June 21st to July 8th, 2022 

Days & Times: Daily, 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.

 

Introduction to Graphic Design

Instructor: Robbin Rae McCulloch

Grades: 8-12

Fall Semester: May 31st to June 17th, 2022 

Days & Times: Daily, 8:00am to 12:20pm

This class introduces students to the software and technologies used to create much of what constitutes two-dimensional design in the world around us: websites, marketing and branding (logos), on-screen motion graphics in films and on TV, promotional materials, posters, packaging and the like. This course is project-oriented. Students will learn the basic features of the two primary graphics applications: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Students will investigate these tools by way of research, exercises, projects and presentations that engage the fundamental vocabulary of art and design. By way of hands-on practice, students will learn the basics of inputting, creating and outputting digital media. One semester meets the CTE graduation requirement or one semester can be applied towards the VAPA requirement. UC Approved for 9-12th graders only. No credit will be awarded to 8th grade students.

 

Introduction to Graphic Design

Instructor: Robbin Rae McCulloch

Grades: 8-12

Spring Semester: June 21st to July 8th, 2022 

Days & Times: Daily, 8:00am to 12:20pm

This class introduces students to the software and technologies used to create much of what constitutes two-dimensional design in the world around us: websites, marketing and branding (logos), on-screen motion graphics in films and on TV, promotional materials, posters, packaging and the like. This course is project-oriented. Students will learn the basic features of the two primary graphics applications: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Students will investigate these tools by way of research, exercises, projects and presentations that engage the fundamental vocabulary of art and design. By way of hands-on practice, students will learn the basics of inputting, creating and outputting digital media. One semester meets the CTE graduation requirement or one semester can be applied towards the VAPA requirement. UC Approved for 9-12th graders only. No credit will be awarded to 8th grade students.

 

Introduction to Media Arts

Instructor: Melanie Ramos

Grades: 8-12 

Fall Semester: May 31st to June 17th, 2022

Days & Times: Daily, 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 the CTE graduation requirement or one semester can be applied towards the VAPA requirement. UC Approved for 9-12th graders only. No credit will be awarded to 8th grade students.

 

Introduction to Media Arts

Instructor: Melanie Ramos

Grades: 8-12

Spring Semester: June 21st to July 8th, 2022 

Days & Times: Daily, 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 the CTE graduation requirement or one semester can be applied towards the VAPA requirement. UC Approved for 9-12th graders only. No credit will be awarded to 8th grade students.

 

Introduction to Spanish

Instructor: Liliana Monroy

Grades: 8-12

Fall Semester: May 31st to June 17th, 2022 

Days & Times: Daily, 8:00am to 12:20pm

Introduction to Spanish provides students with the opportunity to engage in fun, interactive Spanish language activities. Manipulatives, games, and music will be utilized to build vocabulary and grammar skills. Exploratory topics include time, emotions, people, weather, and food. Students will engage in collaborative projects, learn about various cultures, and practice their skills through oral and written expression. This course will not grant high school credit.

 

Oral Interpretation (Debate)

Instructor: Matt Slimp

Grades: 8-12

Fall Semester: May 31st to June 17th, 2022 

Days & Times: Daily, 8:00am to 12:20pm

Oral Interpretation (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. Six weeks of Oral Interpretation is UC A-G approved and fulfills SMHS VAPA graduation requirement for students in grades 9-12. Three weeks of Oral Interpretation counts as one semester of a VAPA elective, and another semester would need to be taken during the regular year to receive UC A-G approved credit and would also complete the one-year VAPA SMHS graduation requirement. Rising 8th grade students are welcome for enrichment purposes, but receive no high school credit. 

 

Oral Interpretation (Speech)

Instructor: Matt Slimp

Grades: 8-12

Spring Semester: June 21st to July 8th, 2022 

Days & Times: Daily, 8:00am to 12:20pm

Oral Interpretation (Speech) 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. Six weeks of Oral Interpretation is UC A-G approved and fulfills SMHS VAPA graduation requirement for students in grades 9-12. Three weeks of Oral Interpretation counts as one semester of a VAPA elective, and another semester would need to be taken during the regular year to receive UC A-G approved credit and would also complete the one-year VAPA SMHS graduation requirement. Rising 8th grade students are welcome for enrichment purposes, but receive no high school credit.