Minarets Course Catalog 2014-2015

 

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2014-15 Minarets Course Catalog ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Ag ART I.T. Media Band Leadership ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! PE ROCK

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WHY DO SCHOOLS HAVE ELECTIVES? ! ! 1. Electives are not for an "easy grade.” ! ! ! ! ! 2. Electives are academic too! ! ! ! Minarets' Electives are offered to Elective Plan give students a chance to learn about unknown talents, and develop skills that will benefit them in many potential careers. At Minarets we want you to take classes that will challenge you personally, intellectually, and creatively. Take a "1" Elective as a 9/10th grader, sample several, enjoy. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Elective 1 More serious, more rigorous and mostly 10th/11th graders, with a college/career interest. Elective 2 ! ! ! ! Elective 3 ! ! 11th/12th graders, focus on major projects ! ! and competitions. ! College and career prep or ! ! advanced competition plans. ! Some are ! "double period” classes.

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Final advice on electives: ! ! 1. Find electives that can be “your thing” ! the whole time ! ! you are at Minarets ! 2. Pick electives you may not think you want ! ! - you might find a career or a hidden talent ! ! 3. You have to!pass some “1”s or you won’t get to any ! ! “2”s. ! ! ! ! Electives go: 1. Intro 2. High Skill 3. Advanced ! ! - Juniors and Seniors need advanced electives and you ! ! build up to that! ! ! ! *All Electives Are Yearlong. Choose Wisely!

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Visual Arts ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Art 1 Students will receive introductory and foundational instructions on color theory, drawing the human figure and a basic still life, 1-point and 2-point perspective, and mixing colors using only primary colors for their painting.  The course incorporates the use of famous artists, as well as their artistic styles and contributions, in relation to various projects in the class. Students will also be exposed to digital art and design through the use of digital tablets and digital design software. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! "I love everything about art class; the projects, teacher, and students. In the class I have learned about perspective, color tones, and the different styles and history of art. My favorite project is one we are currently working on, we get to sculpt an underwater creature. Art class has been and probably will always be my favorite class."  Art Instructor: Jill Gamble jgamble@mychawanakee.org ! ! ! ! ! (Pre-requisite: Art 1 or Instructor Permission) ! ! ! Students will expand in depth on the foundations ! ! and techniques learned in Art 1.  Students will ! explore extensive painting techniques and will ! study new and different styles of art.  Students will ! focus on more in-depth and independent ! projects.  For example, students will become ! familiar with Michelangelo’s painting technique, as ! well as his use of the grid when he painted the ! ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Students will also ! continue to work in the area of digital art through ! programs like Photoshop, Manga software, the ! Vista tablets and more. Students will also draw a ! self-portrait.  ! ! ! ! ! Advanced Art /Graphic Design ! (Pre-requisite: Art 2 or Instructor Permission) ! ! ! Art 2 Students will have the opportunity to work independently using a variety of mediums and will experience many different aspects of Graphic Design.  They will explore information about the rock star graphic designers.  They will also experience logo making and will find actual companies that need new logos.  Even if an art student does not desire to become a graphic designer, it is a lucrative way to earn money for college tuition and/or art supplies. !

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Media Production 1 This class develops the ability to tell digital stories through several media types including music, video, presentation and podcast.  The class will cover non-linear editing, basic 2d animation and intermediate presentation skills. Students will use iMovie 09, Photoshop, Keynote, Pencil-Animation and other production apps.  Students will learn shot composition, develop storyboards, learn three point lighting skills, make DVDs and do basic scriptwriting. Students will produce a product a week on average.   ! ! ! Digital Photography Open to 9th, 10th and 11th graders. Learn general to advanced photography concepts, using iPhoto, Photoshop and other photo retouching software. Cameras used will include personal iOS devices, point and shoot cameras and up to $2000 DSLRS. Learn retouching, presentation tools and make digital portfolios, as well as produce the school’s digital signage network. Students may bring their own cameras. Student photos will be featured in newspaper articles, yearbook, sports and digital signage. Students will develop and design the Minarets Yearbook, both from a photo and a layout aspect. ! ! Media Production 2 (Pre-req.: Media Production I or Instructor Permission)  MP 2 will focus on intermediate film and broadcast skills. The focus of the class will be on developing a series of broadcast products in the following areas: podcasts, video yearbook and others.  Software packages to be used will include: Final Cut X, Motion, Keynote, Photoshop, iDVD, and others. Projects will be entered into various contests. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Media Production “I've learned how to use my laptop haha. I was nearly clueless before this class. I also learned how to make a great video!” - Student quote Awards ! Media Instructor: Patrick Wilson pwilson@mychawanakee.org “I loved doing the Slick Rock commercial, I loved taking the trip to Paso Robles for filming, and finally I really liked learning so much about Final Cut.”

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! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Advanced Media ! Advanced Media Production (Pre-requisites: Media Production 2 or Instructor Permission)  Advanced Media is a class primarily designed for students who are pursuing a professional career in the Media field (as a producer, animator, on air talent or writer). This course will focus on broadcasting and film production. Projects will include: Major off campus shoots, and photography. Projects will also be developed based on modern broadcast techniques as well as films (editing techniques, lighting techniques, and script development). Students will compete in the Slick Rock Festival, California Media Festival, International Student Media Festival and other film contests. There may be opportunities for field trips to local TV stations, conventions and Southern California to visit production facilities. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! School Media & Yearbook Productions! (Pre-req. Media 1 or digital photography)! This class is intended for 10th, 11th and 12th graders who have completed Media 1 or Photography and want to learn advanced tools such as Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. Students are responsible for covering school events, both home and away. Students will use DSLR cameras and video cameras to create photo collections and video highlight packages.! Students will also be responsible for creating the Minarets Yearbook. Please note: Students need to keep a 3.0 G.P.A. to be eligible to travel with sports teams.! ! Awards and Nominated School Media duties include:! • Producing Minarets Yearbook.! • Videoing home and away games (for highlights or game films, and use in video yearbook) ! • Covering major school events. (Showcase, Rallies, Band Performances, etc)! • Producing sports highlight reels ! • Still photography and team pictures ! • Maintaining an updating sports team websites ! • Live broadcasts of select events! ! !

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Music ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Guitar 1 ! ! Singer - Songwriter Live or recorded audition required. Live auditions will be held one week before the end of the school year. This course can be re-taken any number of times for increased enrichment and music performance experience. Do you want to perform and record your songs? Do you have a desire to enter contests and share your songs with others? This class is designed for those who like to sing and play an accompanying instrument such as the piano, guitar, ukulele, or mandolin. You get to perform your songs with other musicians, collaborate on projects, enter contests, and post your songs on ReverbNation. The school will provide recording gear and pianos or keyboards for class use; please provide you own stringed instruments. Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Want to learn the basics of music and record your own song? The only requirements for this class are a “...One thing guitar in playable condition, a desire to I’ve learned play music, and a willingness to practice. You will learn how to play from the Band basic open chords, barre chords, and is that it’s basic note-reading. You will also get a dose of guitar and rock history and much better to basic music theory. Expect to perform play in a in class throughout the year and collaborate on an original recording group, than to project in the spring. This class lays the play alone...” foundation for Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Orchestra, and Rock Performance. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Guitar 2 This class is the next step in mastering guitar. Students will learn how to play more advanced music and perform on a regular basis. Students will extend their ability to read music, compose songs, and becoming more well versed in “...We have such a the art of guitar. ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! Concert Band ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Audition for new members consists of warm-up in 3rds, and a song of your choice. Band Camp starts one week before the start of school in the fall.) Do you play the trumpet, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trombone, baritone, tuba, oboe, bassoon, or percussion? Don’t mind marching and like to perform? This award-winning group is always looking for new members. The band usually does three parades in the fall, the Winter and Spring Concerts, Festival, and a few Pep Band performances throughout the year. Marching uniforms and most instruments are provided by the school. Students are required to purchase performance outfits for concerts. great group of students. I’m glad we’ve had all the opportunities we’ve had this year, like ! ! ! ! ! Music Instructor: Bill Samuelson bsamuelson@mychawanakee.org ! !

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! Music Percussion (Audition for new members includes Warm-up in 3rds, and Sprinkler. Band Camp starts one week before the start of school in the fall.) Do you like the movie Drumline? This group performs separately and in conjunction with the marching band. Instruments and marching uniforms are provided by the school. Students are required to purchase performance outfits for concerts and festivals. Percussion usually does three parades in the fall, the Winter and Spring Concerts, Festivals, and a few Pep Band Performances throughout the year. ! ! Choir ! This is a year-long course that explores choral music from a wide variety of cultures and time periods through study and performance. The core curriculum emphasizes the basics of vocal technique, sight-reading, music theory, and music history. Students in Chorale are expected to participate in concerts as part of their grade. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Digital Music Recording & Production No need to be able to play music. All applicants must write 100 words on why they want to be in this class & what they want to learn. Write music, record music, engineer & learn a bit of Music Theory with Mr. Powers, our seasoned studio musician and home recording resident guru. This class is open to many different types of skill sets and levels: beginning, intermediate & advanced musicians, writers, programmers and engineers are welcome. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! "This class has been the most fun class I have taken here at MHS. We constantly learn how to be the greatest we can be from someone who knows best. All the while writing, practicing and recording." Student quote. ! ! ! Digital Music Instructor: Matt Powers mpowers@mychawanakee.org

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Advanced Music ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! !! ! Rock Music Performance Class (Prerequisites: Guitar One, Singer-Songwriter Class or teacher approval. The school will provide a sound system, guitar and bass amps, keyboards and basic drum set. Guitarists are required to provide their own instruments, drummers are required to provide their own sticks and crash cymbals. Live auditions will be held one week before the end of the school year.) Music Instructor: Bill Samuelson bsamuelson@mychawanakee.org !! ! ! Looking for a place to rehearse and perform with ! other musicians? This class may be for you. A basic ! grasp of music theory and how a sound system ! works are a plus; understanding of your instrument ! and the ability to get along with others are a must. ! Creative ensembles are encouraged (for example: ! three cellos, a flute, a tuba, and a drummer, or a ! mandolin, harmonica, two acoustic guitars, a string ! bass, and a washboard). Enrollment is limited to ! available rehearsal space. Required performances ! are the Fall Rock Show, the Spring ‘Stangfest, and ! multiple smaller lunchtime and evening ! ! performances throughout the year. Students will ! also record their original music, enter contests and ! post music on ReverbNation. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Drama Instructor: Jamie Smith

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Ag and Natural Resources Floral ! ! Floral 1 ! ! For those of you that like the more artistic ! ! approach, this will be the class for you.  We ! ! will learn the history of floral arranging, how to use color and style as well as plant Ag Instructors: ! ! growth techniques.  The most important ! ! part of this class is learning how to make Floral ! floral arrangements that will impress your ! ! family and friends.  Turn loose the artist ! Kristi Mattes hidden inside you and join us today. ! kmattes@mychawanakee.org ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Floral 2 - Advanced Floral Design ! (Pre-requisite: Floral 1) ! ! ! Need another outlet for your creativity? If so, then keep on going with advanced floral design! Here you will build on the skills that you have attained during beginning floral design, and perfect them into desirable job skills! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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Ag Mechanics ! ! !! ! All new tools: 9 welding bays (over 20 welders altogether), plasma cutters, three 3D printers, laser cutters, complete wood shop with planers, table saws, robotic routers, ceiling mounted cranes and more! Ag Mechanics I (No prerequisites) You will have the opportunity to learn tool safety, fire safety, record keeping, rope work, basic plumbing, electricity, woodworking and welding, as well as the basics of computer aided design. Learn all the essentials needed to become the handiest person in your home. FFA is a part of this course so you can also develop your leadership skills. ! Advanced Ag Mechanics ! (Pre-requisite: Ag Mech 1 or Teacher Permission) Are you ready to expand on those construction skills that you developed in Ag Mechanics I? If so, then this course is for you! Project design, framing/woodworking, rough carpentry, fence building, and concrete work await those who sign up for Ag Mechanics 2. Many projects revolve around developing the Ag Laboratory, which will be lasting elements on the Minarets campus. Don't forget that you also get to be a part of the FFA, and put to use your skills as a leader. ! Power Mechanics (Prerequisite: Ag Mech 1 and Teacher Recommendation.) Put your brain to the test in this fast paced power dynamics class where we cover internal combustion engines, hydraulics, pneumatics, DC electrical components and much much more. Designed for those' who enjoy to get their hands greasy and turning wrenches. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! "I took Ag mechanics to challenge my ability to build and create." Student Quote A Mechanics Instructor Johnny Lopes

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Ag and Natural Resources ! ! ! ! Horticulture ! Science  ! (Prerequisite: Completion of Ag Biology)  ! This course is designed for any garden lover. Whether you have a green ! thumb or not come and join us as we examine the plant growing process ! with a hands on approach. Majority of class time will be spent in the ! ! Agriculture Department Greenhouse where you will be learning the tricks ! and tools of the trade in order to guarantee successful plant growth in ! preparation for sale. The class will also plan and conduct a spring plant ! sale!  ! ! ! Ag Skills/Leadership ! ! (Instructor Approval Required) ! Are you a leader? Do you want to be a leader? If so then step up and sign ! up for Ag Skills and Leadership! In this class you will be exposed to all of ! the leadership opportunities that FFA and the Ag Industry has to offer! ! You will gain experience in Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous ! Public Speaking, Job Interviewing skills, Sales and Marketing which will ! ! give you a leg up on the competition in the FFA or in the career world! ! Also, take on a role as a leader in the FFA by helping to plan and execute ! chapter activities. ! ! ! Animal Anatomy and Physiology ! (Prerequisite: Chemistry or Instructor Approval) ! Do you love animals? Have you ever thought about a career that works ! with animals? If so, you will want to sign up for this course! Animal ! Anatomy and Physiology is an introduction into the workings of animals ! and their body systems. We will dive into the different body systems of ! domesticated livestock species with hands-on dissections that will help us ! learn about the internal workings! of the body. We will also study reproduction, genetics, digestion,! and other body processes! ! ! ! ! ! Ag Leadership, Horticulture Instructor: Amanda Hendrickson ahendrickson@mychawanakee.org ! ! ! Kayla Wood kwood@mychawanakee.org

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Information Technology ! ! (IT) ! ! ! ! IT ! ! Hardware/Software ! ! No prerequisite. ! ! ! This course has TWO levels in one class. ! IT1 will focus on the hardware, network and server side of ! will: install multiple OS variants (Linux, information tech. Students ! Windows, Macintosh OSX) on IT lab computers, build network ! cables and infrastructure (including ! switches and wireless routers), learn ! to configure and deploy multiple " I am enjoying this ! servers from a hardware and a class and I'm ! software perspective (Linux, Windows looking forward to ! 2008, 2012 and Macintosh OSX learning some ! ! Server) as well as learning to remotely ! servers. !manage ! ! ! IT ! ! Computer Programming/Game Design ! No prerequisite. ! !! ! This course has TWO levels in one class. The ! purpose of this class is to develop basic "I really liked the Scratch ! John Sparks jsparks@mychawanakee.org programming skills, using apps like MIT’s Scratch, Unity 3D and others to learn the basics of game design and app development. Beginners will be able to have a game like Asteroids running within 6-8 weeks and they’ll be able to develop more advanced apps and games via Unity 3D by the end of this class. programming software, it was so cool I could make an ! Students MAY repeat this class, acting as a developer and Student Project Coordinator to develop independently or as part of a student programming team. !

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