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Any parent/student who registers during a time where they are not allowed to will be withdrawn from the class and refunded their registration cost minus a $75.00 false registration fee.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

 

College Applications: Writing Narrative Nonfiction

Instructor: Rob Miller 

Grades: 12

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

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

This three week course is offered only to rising seniors. Using prompts from the 2021 Common App and Ivy League applications, students will workshop personal narrative essays in preparation for upcoming college applications. This course focuses on implementing learned skills into real life practice. This is an enrichment course and awards no high school credit. 

 

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.

 

Geometry 1-2

Instructor: Stephen Lane & Keiko Hiranaka

Grades: 9-12

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

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

For initial graduation credit, students must enroll in both Fall and Spring semesters. Geometry is a formal development of the geometric skills & concepts necessary for students who will take Algebra 2 & other college preparatory courses. The course provides for consistent use of algebra throughout the year to reinforce skills & concepts learned in Algebra 1, strengthening problem-solving skills in the development of geometric concepts & application of logical principles to geometric proofs. Topics include: points, lines, planes, angles, postulates and theorems, deductive reasoning, special pairs of angles, perpendicular lines,  proofs,  parallel lines and planes, angles of triangles and polygons, inductive reasoning, congruent triangles, isosceles triangles, proving triangles congruent, properties of quadrilaterals, special parallelograms, inequalities in triangles, inverses and contrapositives, indirect proofs, ratio and proportion, similar polygons, right triangles, Pythagorean theorem, special right triangles, right triangle trigonometry, tangents, arcs and chords of circles, inscribed angles, constructions, areas of plane figures, areas and volumes of solids, and ratios of areas and volumes. Earns five of ten required credits for the graduation requirement. UC Approved.

PREREQUISITE: Eligible current 9th grade students must have earned an average of 80% or better in Honors Algebra 1 or 85% or better in Algebra 1 in both semesters. Current 8th grade students must receive approval from SMHS administration.

Course offering contingent upon available staffing.

 

Geometry 1-2

Instructor: Stephen Lane & Keiko Hiranaka

Grades: 9-12

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

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

For initial graduation credit, students must enroll in both Fall and Spring semesters. Geometry is a formal development of the geometric skills & concepts necessary for students who will take Algebra 2 & other college preparatory courses. The course provides for consistent use of algebra throughout the year to reinforce skills & concepts learned in Algebra 1, strengthening problem-solving skills in the development of geometric concepts & application of logical principles to geometric proofs. Topics include: points, lines, planes, angles, postulates and theorems, deductive reasoning, special pairs of angles, perpendicular lines,  proofs,  parallel lines and planes, angles of triangles and polygons, inductive reasoning, congruent triangles, isosceles triangles, proving triangles congruent, properties of quadrilaterals, special parallelograms, inequalities in triangles, inverses and contrapositives, indirect proofs, ratio and proportion, similar polygons, right triangles, Pythagorean theorem, special right triangles, right triangle trigonometry, tangents, arcs and chords of circles, inscribed angles, constructions, areas of plane figures, areas and volumes of solids, and ratios of areas and volumes. Earns five of ten required credits for the graduation requirement. UC Approved.

PREREQUISITE: Eligible current 9th grade students must have earned an average of 80% or better in Honors Algebra 1 or 85% or better in Algebra 1 in both semesters. Current 8th grade students must receive approval from SMHS administration.

Course offering contingent upon available staffing.

 

Introduction to Business Management/Entrepreneurship

Instructor: Courtney Rushing 

Grades: 9-12

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

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

This three-week class prepares students with competencies necessary to start and be successful in a business of their own. Class includes business plan design, marketing, advertising and capital requirement. Students will participate in a 30-day business simulation exercise. Students will have hands-on experience in the student store, be responsible for inventory, ordering, sales and advertising decisions as well as staffing the store for the duration of the class. This class meets the 1 semester CTE graduation requirement. UC Approved.

 

Introduction to Computer Science

Instructor: John Gulick 

Grades: 9-12

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

Days & Times: Daily, 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. UC Approved.

 

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 three-week 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 three-week 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. 

 

Physical Education 

Instructors: John Franklin

Grades: 9-12

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

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

This three week PE course will focus on developing proficient movement skills and patterns in the areas of aquatics, rhythms/dance, individual/dual activities, gymnastics, combatives, and team sport, as well as independent personal fitness. This course will include both physical and written assignments to help students better understand components of health/skill-related fitness, exercise safety, training techniques/practices, fitness planning, self-responsibility, social interaction, and group dynamics. This course provides 5 PE credits upon successful completion.

 

Physical Education 

Instructors: John Franklin

Grades: 9-12

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

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

This three week PE course will focus on developing proficient movement skills and patterns in the areas of aquatics, rhythms/dance, individual/dual activities, gymnastics, combatives, and team sport, as well as independent personal fitness. This course will include both physical and written assignments to help students better understand components of health/skill-related fitness, exercise safety, training techniques/practices, fitness planning, self-responsibility, social interaction, and group dynamics. This course provides 5 PE credits upon successful completion.

 

US History

Instructor: Peter Paccone 

Grades: 11-12

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

Days & Times: Daily, 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. This course examines the major turning points in American history beginning with the events leading up to the American Revolution, the origins of our constitution, reform movements, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the impact of the frontier, the changing nature of business and government, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the growth of the United States as a world power, the Cold War and the struggle to achieve class, ethnic, racial, and gender equality. The course extends to the modern day. Contemporary world issues such as globalization, economic interdependence, terrorism and world cultures will also factor into our analysis of international conflict and cooperation. The California state standards provide both the framework and pace of this class. Students will maintain an organized binder or notebook that will showcase various skills required for successful completion of the course, including Document Based Questions activities and essays requiring document analysis, critical thinking and writing to allow for a deeper understanding of the content while providing skills in line with Common Core. Earns five of ten required credits for the U.S. History graduation requirement. UC Approved.

 

US History

Instructor: Peter Paccone 

Grades: 11-12

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

Days & Times: Daily, 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 Spring semester may sign up for only Spring semester. Spring tuition is required. The course moves quickly and demands a great deal of reading and preparation outside of class. This course examines the major turning points in American history beginning with the events leading up to the American Revolution, the origins of our constitution, reform movements, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the impact of the frontier, the changing nature of business and government, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the growth of the United States as a world power, the Cold War and the struggle to achieve class, ethnic, racial, and gender equality. The course extends to the modern day. Contemporary world issues such as globalization, economic interdependence, terrorism and world cultures will also factor into our analysis of international conflict and cooperation. The California state standards provide both the framework and pace of this class. Students will maintain an organized binder or notebook that will showcase various skills required for successful completion of the course, including Document Based Questions activities and essays requiring document analysis, critical thinking and writing to allow for a deeper understanding of the content while providing skills in line with Common Core. Earns five of ten required credits for the U.S. History graduation requirement. UC Approved.

 

World History

Instructors: Scott Barton

Grades: 10-12

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

Days & Times: Daily, 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 in World History study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives. Students are given a variety of Document Based Questions activities requiring document analysis, critical thinking and writing to allow for a deeper understanding of the content while providing skills in line with Common Core. Earns five of ten required credits for the World History graduation requirement. UC Approved.   

 

World History

Instructors: Scott Barton

Grades: 10-12

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

Days & Times: Daily, 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 Spring semester may sign up for only Spring semester. Spring semester tuition is required. The course moves quickly and demands a great deal of reading and preparation outside of class. Students in World History study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives. Students are given a variety of Document Based Questions activities requiring document analysis, critical thinking and writing to allow for a deeper understanding of the content while providing skills in line with Common Core. Earns five of ten required credits for the World History graduation requirement. UC Approved.