Courses for Rising 9th-12th Grades

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Any parent/student who registers during a time where they are not allowed to will be withdrawn from the class and refunded their registration cost minus a $75.00 false registration fee.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.

 

American Government

Grades: 12

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

A four hour class that meets for three weeks and offers five credits. Incoming seniors may take this class, which meets the high school graduation requirement for one semester of American Government. The course centers upon how our federal system works in response to major contemporary issues. UC Approved.

 

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.

 

Economics

Grades: 12

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

A four hour class that meets for three weeks and offers five credits. Incoming seniors may take this course, which meets the high school graduation requirement of one semester of Economics. The course will emphasize an understanding of various economic trends, comprehension of the role of supply and demand and the offering of goods and services, and an understanding of the business cycle. The student will have an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to actual economic experiences. UC Approved.

 

Graphic Design

Grades: 9-12

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

In this three week, four hour daily course, students will learn the fundamentals of digital design including typography (letter & type design), layout and design, logo design, digital marketing, and communication. Students will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. This class is recommended for students interested in design and creative careers. Students will produce a digital portfolio. This class meets the 1 semester CTE graduation requirement.

 

Health/Life Skills 

Grades: 9-12

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

This three week, four-hour daily class offers five credits.The high school years are a time of many changes and decisions. Health is designed to help students learn about their changing bodies, to help them sort out emotions and personal values, to aid them in maintaining optimum health as a lifelong process, and to show students how to take responsibility for making healthy decisions. Units of study include Mental Health, Stress, Nutrition, Drugs, and Sexuality. This course meets the high school graduation requirement of Health and includes the required CPR training. This course is open to freshmen, with sophomores, juniors, and seniors having priority.

 

Health/Life Skills 

Grades: 9-12

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

This three week, four-hour daily class offers five credits.The high school years are a time of many changes and decisions. Health is designed to help students learn about their changing bodies, to help them sort out emotions and personal values, to aid them in maintaining optimum health as a lifelong process, and to show students how to take responsibility for making healthy decisions. Units of study include Mental Health, Stress, Nutrition, Drugs, and Sexuality. This course meets the high school graduation requirement of Health and includes the required CPR training. This course is open to freshmen, with sophomores, juniors, and seniors having priority.

 

Intro to Business Management/Entrepreneurship

Grades: 9-12

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

This one semester class meets for three weeks, four hours daily, and offers 5 credits. We will be preparing students for the world of Entrepreneurship. The focus of this class will be a work simulation. Each student will have a business to run and will learn about payroll, accounting, marketing, hiring, preparing invoices and working in a business community within the classroom. This class is project-based and all students will learn cooperatively with other students. This class meets the 1 semester CTE graduation requirement. UC Approved. Students may take only one semester of this class in the summer.

 

Intro to Business Management/Entrepreneurship 

Grades: 9-12

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

This one semester class meets for three weeks, four hours daily, and offers 5 credits. We will be preparing students for the world of Entrepreneurship. The focus of this class will be a work simulation. Each student will have a business to run and will learn about payroll, accounting, marketing, hiring, preparing invoices and working in a business community within the classroom. This class is project-based and all students will learn cooperatively with other students. This class meets the 1 semester CTE graduation requirement. UC Approved. Students may take only one semester of this class in the summer.

 

Intro to Computer Science 

Grades: 9-12

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

Students will learn the fundamentals of computer science while creating their own animations, graphics, and games for the web.  Perfect for absolute beginners learning at school or at home. This course provides 5 elective credits upon successful completion. This course is not UC approved.

 

Intro to Computer Science

Grades: 9-12

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

Students will learn the fundamentals of computer science while creating their own animations, graphics, and games for the web.  Perfect for absolute beginners learning at school or at home. This course provides 5 elective credits upon successful completion. This course is not UC approved.

 

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. This course earns five elective credits for SMHS students.  8th grade students do not receive a grade and/or high school credit. Not UC Approved.

 

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 high school course 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, three week "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. This course earns five elective credits for SMHS students.  Not UC Approved. 8th grade students do not receive a grade and/or 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. 

This course does not earn 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.

 

Media Arts 8-9 (A)

Grades: 8 and 9

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

This is a three week, four hour daily course. 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 CTE graduation requirement, OR two semesters meets the one year VAPA requirement for incoming 9th graders only. UC Approved

 

Media Arts 8-9 (B)

Grades: 8 and 9

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

This is a three week, four hour daily course. 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 CTE graduation requirement, OR two semesters meets the one year VAPA requirement for incoming 9th graders only. UC Approved

 

Media Arts (A)

Grades: 10-12

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

This is a three week, four hour daily course. 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 two semesters meets the one year VAPA requirement. UC Approved

 

Media Arts (B)

Grades: 10-12

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

This is a three week, four hour daily course. 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 Two semesters meets the one year VAPA requirement. UC Approved

 

Photography (A) 

Grades: 9-12

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

A four-hour class that meets for three weeks. The course is open to

9 – 12 graders who desire to study art through the medium of digital photography.

Each student must have his/her own digital camera (no iPhones.)  One semester meets 5 credits CTE graduation requirement, OR Two semesters meets the one year 10 credit VAPA requirement. UC Approved.

 

Photography (B)

Grades: 9-12

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

A four-hour class that meets for three weeks. The course is open to

9 – 12 graders who desire to study art through the medium of digital photography.

Each student must have his/her own digital camera (no iPhones.)  One semester meets 5 credits CTE graduation requirement, OR Two semesters meets the one year 10 credit VAPA requirement. UC Approved.

 

US History

Grades: 11 and 12

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

A three week, four-hour daily class open to any incoming juniors. For initial graduation credit, students must enroll in both Fall and Spring semesters. Seniors who need to repeat Fall semester may sign up for only Fall semester. Fall tuition is required.  The course moves quickly and demands a great deal of reading and preparation outside of class. Students who have difficulty with reading comprehension or language may be better advised to take this course during the regular school year. Earns five of ten required credits for the U.S. History graduation requirement. UC Approved.

 

US History

Grades: 11 and 12

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

A three week, four-hour daily class open to any incoming juniors. For initial graduation credit, students must enroll in both Fall and Spring semesters. Seniors who need to repeat Fall semester may sign up for only Fall semester. Fall tuition is required.  The course moves quickly and demands a great deal of reading and preparation outside of class. Students who have difficulty with reading comprehension or language may be better advised to take this course during the regular school year. Earns five of ten required credits for the U.S. History graduation requirement. UC Approved.

 

World History

Grades: 10-12

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

A three week, four-hour daily class open to any incoming sophomores. For initial graduation credit, students must enroll in both Fall and Spring semesters. Juniors or Seniors who need to repeat Fall semester may sign up for only Fall semester. Fall semester tuition is required. The course moves quickly and demands a great deal of reading and preparation outside of class. Students who have difficulty with reading comprehension or language may be better advised to take this course during the regular school year. Earns five of ten required credits for the World History graduation requirement. UC Approved.     

 

World History

Grades: 10-12

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

A three week, four-hour daily class open to any incoming sophomores. For initial graduation credit, students must enroll in both Fall and Spring semesters. Juniors or Seniors who need to repeat Fall semester may sign up for only Fall semester. Fall semester tuition is required. The course moves quickly and demands a great deal of reading and preparation outside of class. Students who have difficulty with reading comprehension or language may be better advised to take this course during the regular school year. Earns five of ten required credits for the World History graduation requirement. UC Approved.