Freshman Electives

2017-18

Year-Long Courses

1410 Journalism
Prerequisites: Freshmen must score at the 80th percentile or above in verbal and reading on HSPT
Length of Course: One year
Credit: One in Fine/Communication Arts

This course introduces students to the skills and knowledge necessary to work as a high school journalist. In addition to studying the history of American journalism, students learn the basic principles of news writing, feature writing, photography and design. With hands-on, practical activities and projects, this course provides necessary knowledge for joining the school’s newspaper or yearbook.

7001 Drawing I
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: One year
Credit: One in Fine/Communication Arts

The goal of this course is to develop the student's power of observation. The course includes the basics of contour line drawing, linear perspective, composition, color theory, and the principles, techniques, and methods of shading with lead and charcoal pencil, ink, conte, and pastels. Students should have some ability to draw what is seen. This course is a prerequisite for Advanced Drawing and Painting classes.

7141 Concert Choir
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: One year
Credit: One in Fine/Communication Arts

Concert Choir is a non-auditioned choir for freshmen. There is no experience required. Students will explore a wide variety of genres, languages and musical styles increasing in difficulty throughout the year. Instruction will focus on essential skills including vocal tone, range, historical context, musical literacy, and expressive skills. Concert Choir will perform in all concerts at STA and in State MSHSAA festivals.


Semester Courses

7500 Acting I
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: One semester, available first semester
Credit: One-half in Fine/Communication Arts

Have you ever wanted to try acting but were too scared to give it a shot? Then this is the class for you! Learn acting in a non-threatening atmosphere. The focus of this course will be acting technique but students will also read, analyze, and evaluate several plays from different eras of theatre history. Students will perform scenes and monologues from both theatre and film mediums and will learn the importance of body and breath control. Students will be expected to attend one theatrical production during the course of the semester.

7850 Acting II
Prerequisites: Acting I or equivalent theatre experience (teacher permission)
Length of Course: One semester, available second semester only
Credit: One-half in Fine/Communication Arts

 

Acting 2 students will continue their work from Acting 1 through practical experience.  Students will have the opportunity to work through the entire process of a production from beginning to end in the role of the director in their own pieces and as an actor in the work of classmates. By working through this process students will gain a deeper understanding of the acting process as well as basic directing skills.

7710 Introduction to Piano
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: One semester, available both semesters
Credit: One-half in Fine/Communication Arts

Introduction to Piano is a course designed for beginning and early piano players. Curriculum begins at basic skills covering note names, intervals, keys, clefs, chords and scales and works to develop skills from there based on the individual skills of the student. Students will develop fluency in reading music for the piano, finger dexterity, expressivity, and music theory. There is a $10.00 fee for the music workbook.

7720 Intermediate Piano
Prerequisites: Introduction to Piano or 2+ years of piano lessons
Length of Course: One semester, available Spring semester
Credit: One-half in Fine/Communication Arts

Intermediate Piano class is a course designed for players who have taken piano lessons before even if it has been a while. Curriculum begins at basic skills reviewing note names, intervals, keys, clefs, chords and scales and works to develop skills from there based on the individual skills of the student. Performing standard piano repertoire is a key focus for this class. Students will develop fluency in reading music for the piano, finger dexterity, expressivity, and music theory.

7725 Weaving 
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: One semester, available both semesters
Credit: One half credit Fine/Communication Arts

 

This class is designed to teach students about the principles and potential of the loom woven form. Students will weave on rigid heddle looms and also experiment with harness looms. A wide variety of materials including traditional yarns and cloth to non-traditional materials will be used. Emphasis in the class will be on exploring ideas in weaving as well as exploring personal artistic expression.

7830  3D Design & Sculpture 
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: One semester; available both semesters
Credit: One half in Fine/Communication Arts

This class is an entry level class which involves working on  3 dimensional design with a variety of materials including clay, plaster, plastics and wood. Both additive and reductive sculptural techniques will be used. Students learn the elements of 3 dimensional objects: creating or possessing the dimensions of depth as well as height and width including form, volume, mass and positive and negative space. Manipulation will involve sculptural techniques of shaping pliable materials by hand or utilizing tools. Discussions of the art historical importance of sculptural form both contemporary and historically are discussed throughout the class. The class will include presentations and field trips to local museums and galleries. There is no previous experience required.

8370 Computer Programming I
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: One semester
Credit: One-half in Computer Science

 

Students will learn to write, develop, and process programs using the Python programming language. The course is designed to provide a hands-on, problem-solving experience for students. Topics for the course include basic programming skills, decisions and loops.

9430 Sports Performance (*NEW) 
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: One semester; available both semesters
Credit: One-half credit

Designed to better prepare students through a comprehensive strength and conditioning program. Students will focus on strength, power, stability, core strength, flexibility, speed, agility, quickness, and endurance. If student has earned the graduation requirement of 1.0 physical education credits this course will not be applied to the electives credits


Quarter Courses

9225 Tai Chi (*NEW) 
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: One quarter; available both semesters
Credit: One-fourth credit

Introduction to the ancient health practice of Tai Chi.  Improves balance, coordination, flexibility, promotes correct posture and use of muscles.

9325 Badminton (*NEW) 
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: One quarter; available both semesters
Credit: One-fourth credit

Learn the fun game of Badminton depending on class size,  you may play singles or doubles.  A tournament will be part of the course.

9425 Eclipse Ball (*NEW) 
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: One quarter; available both semesters
Credit: One-fourth credit

Learn the fun game of Eclipse Ball, a fun game that all individuals can play while developing eye, hand, short racquet coordination.  No knowledge of the game is required.  It is fun for everyone.

9725 Zumba (*NEW) 
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: One quarter; available both semesters
Credit: One-fourth credit

What is this fitness craze you keep hearing about?  It is an aerobic exercise based on latin music and dance moves.   Give it a try, it may just change your feelings about cardiovascular workouts.

9825 Jazz & Musical Theater Dance (*NEW) 
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: 8 Weeks
Credit: One-fourth credit

From the Charleston to Hip-Hop! This eight week dance course will feature dances from the 1920's era to the present. Choreography from "West Side Story" (Jerome Robins), "All That Jazz" (Bob Fosse) & Hamilton (Andy Blankenbuehler) will be studied. Sharpen your coordination, rhythm and overall dance skills.

9925 Ballet (*NEW) 
Prerequisites: None
Length of Course: 8 Weeks
Credit: One-fourth credit

This eight week dance course features traditional barre work, center floor and cross the floor traveling patterns. Classical ballet technique improves posture, grace, strength and flexibility.


9440 Independent Study-Physical Education (*NEW) 
Prerequisites: Approval through application
Length of Course: One semester; available both semesters
Credit: One-half credit

Students may apply for this independent study course to earn .50 credits towards the physical education graduation requirement. The independent study must be a sport not offered through the Academy’s athletics program. It will require a minimum of 60 hours of physical activity for a semester. All applications must be submitted by May 1, for the Fall Semester and by December 1, for the Spring Semester. Print and submit the application to the Physical Education Instructor’s office. You may also email the application to sorear@stteresasacademy.org. Click here for application document.