Curriculum Guide - February 2022
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Curriculum Guide

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Studies In Film

This course will explore the movies and talents of Steven Spielberg, beginning with the many influences on his earliest films and his development of the blockbuster movie. The focus of the class then switches to Spielberg’s career after the blockbusters, including his recent Oscar-nominated works. Special emphasis will be placed on Spielberg influences such as Hitchcock, Ford, Wyler, Kubrick, Curtiz, Lean, etc. The class will also explore the movies’ themes and their significance ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 28

Psychology Through Film

This elective course uses film to help better understand the topics covered in this introductory class. The choice of film will be based on the topic being covered. The structure of the course is to introduce topics in class prior to viewing a film, watch the film and complete a study guide, write an essay and then discuss the film and study guide in class. Through this course students will increase analytical skills, recognize their own psychological and emotional responses to film, learn ho... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 28

Percussion Ensemble

Full Year Course   This ensemble is for gr 7/8 students who are not in Band Ensemble and are interested in learning techniques and performance skills on pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. The ensemble will perform globally diverse music styles and genres, as well as, their own class composition. This course will take place during the school day and will require an on-campus performance.      Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 14

Advanced Visual Art, Grades 7-8

Full-year course   This course is offered to students in grades 7 and 8 interested in expanding their learning process through visual arts. Students will explore advanced artistic techniques and methods while refining their creative skills. Also, students will explore more of a creative license to develop their creativity and interests while learning about historical  art periods and artists of the world.     Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 14

Drawing for Architects, Designers and Engineers

Before creating a 3-D structure or object, the ability to transfer concepts from imagination to drawings is an important and necessary skill for architects, designers, and engineers. This course focuses on a variety of topics and skills including 1, 2 and 3-point perspective drawing, product rendering, how to draw interiors and exteriors, urban sketching, how to draw vehicles, and orthographic projection basics.   Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Game Design 

If you’ve ever been interested in creating your own game, this course is for you. Game design is about creating challenges, setting, and achieving goals, and making the world a better place. Games can bring people together or provide a private place for players to escape to. Students will work solo and in teams to create a variety of games including, but not limited to video games as they learn about digital design, audio design, 3d modeling, animation, programming, and project manageme... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

XR (Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality)

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are emerging technologies that lead to a wide variety of careers in the fields of engineering, education, games, architecture, and many others. In this course students will use a variety of cutting-edge technologies, such as the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift, to create experiences, worlds, and tools to solve problems and explore these constantly evolving technologies. Students will learn about 3d modeling, audio design and programming.   Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Multimedia Design

In this course students will learn the design process to create designs such as logos, digital illustration, infographics, 3d package design and web sites using online tools and professional level software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Premier. This class focuses on user centered problem solving and developing creative, innovative solutions.   Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Robotics (Design, construct, and drive the bot) / Design

Robotics is a course that focuses on different aspects of engineering problem solving and design. This introductory course gives student an idea about the integration of mechanical components, electrical devices, and programming dynamics. Mechanical and electrical components that will be used are factory manufactured, but the idea is to get hands on experience using these together. To integrate the programming field, we will use “OnBot” also the form of “Blockly” slowl... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Facing History & Ourselves 

This is a one year course with resources that have been selected by Facing History and Ourselves that is sequenced in order to deepen the ethical and moral reasoning of students and to challenge their critical thinking and literacy skills. The course is divided into twelve sections that guide students through an in-depth study of the Holocaust and an intellectual and emotional journey through and exploration of universal themes that raise profound and disturbing questions about human behavior... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

French III HL  

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.   This course will... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

French III SL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.     ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

French II HL 

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.    &nbs... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

French II SL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.    &nbs... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Mandarin III HL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.  This course will int... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Mandarin III SL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication. A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.    This course will... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Mandarin II HL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.     ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Mandarin II SL

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.     ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1

Mandarin I

This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.  A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.     ... Read More
Posted by Shayne Dotson at Feb 1