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Elective Courses

*A material fee may be required on elective courses.

*Any course that does not meet a minimum enrollment requirement will not be offered.


FOREIGN LANGUAGE
                                      
French 1, Spanish 1 (8,9):  A course designed to teach elementary skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, including beginning vocabulary in greetings, school subjects, foods, clothing, time, the calendar, weather, seasons and places.  An appreciation of the various cultures is developed and opportunities are given to participate in special cultural events and traditions.

French 2, Spanish 2 (8,9): A course designed to teach intermediate skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing including further development of vocabulary for dining, traveling, shopping, personal feelings, and activities.  In addition, an appreciation of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken is further developed.

French 3, Spanish 3 (9):  A course designed to cover advanced skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The course content includes the development of more abstract vocabulary, simple literature, extemporaneous speaking and conversation, and guided composition.  Students will develop an appreciation for the arts and cultures of where the language is spoken.


LANGUAGE ARTS

Creative Writing: (8,9) This course is designed to introduce students to imaginative composition.  The study and writing of personal experiences, character sketches, short fiction, and poetry is emphasized.  Students have the opportunity to prepare manuscripts for publication, awards and scholarships.

Journalism:  (8,9) This course is designed to introduce students to newspaper writing and reading.  Interviewing, writing, and editing are emphasized.  Students produce a class newspaper


ARTS

Art Foundations 1: (7,8,9)  A course which provides students with an understanding of the elements and principles of two and three-dimensional design using related media. Students will participate in opportunities to “make art”. Material fee may be required.

Art Foundations 2 (8,9): Prerequisite: Art Foundations 1
This course builds on Art Foundations 1 with a more in-depth experience. This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related skills. Some experiences in art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included along with an emphasis in drawing.  A material fee may be required. 

Painting 1 (8,9):  This course includes wet and dry color media with processes such as transparent and opaque painting focusing on the operations of color.  Techniques with color media and preparation of grounds and supports will be covered.  With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking skills and art-related technology skills.  Some art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included. Material fee may be required.

Ceramics 1 (8,9): This course develops basic skills in the creation of 3-D forms and pottery from clay.  Techniques in hand building, wheel throwing, basic glazing, and firing are taught.  This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills. A material fee may be required.

Ceramics 2 (9): Pre-requisite: Ceramics 1 – This is an intermediate course that builds upon the concepts and skills learned in Ceramics 1.  Students will then consistently produce quality pieces of ceramics. A material fee may be required.


SPEECH ARTS

Beginning Theatre: (7,8,9) An introductory course in theatre with an emphasis on performance. No previous experience is necessary. The course will include pantomime, improvisation, mono acts, characterization, scenes from plays, play reading and work with voice projection and diction.

Intermediate Theatre (8,9): Prerequisite—Beg. Theatre This is an introductory course in theatre with an emphasis on performance.  The course will include dramatic and humorous readings, mono acts, scenes from plays, pantomime, an overview of the history of theatre, puppetry, radio, T.V., and film.    


DANCE

Dance 1 (7,8,9):  A semester course offering basic dance technique, fitness fundamentals, movement qualities, and rhythm with an emphasis on creativity, sequencing, and problem solving.

Dance 2 (8,9): Prerequisite—Dance 1 or equivalent in private instruction  A semester course designed to develop dance technique, flexibility, and coordination, with an emphasis on creativity and artistic composition.

Advanced Dance (9):  Prerequisite—Instructor approval This semester course is designed to enhance all aspects of dance technique and composition, emphasizing creativity and artistic choreographic skills. Students will have one mandatory evening performance during the semester. A costume fee will be required for this class.

Dance Company (9): Audition required. If you are interested in trying out for Dance Company see Ms. Petrovich-Musig for more information about audition dates and times.

Social Dance (9): Prerequisite – Instructor approval
This semester-long course offers instruction and practice in the basic social dance steps, rhythms, and techniques.  The following dances may be included: Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, Waltz, Triple Swing, Viennese Waltz, West Coast Swing and Polka.

Social Dance Company (9): Prerequisite – Instructor approval   This year-long course offers students the opportunity to participate in a mixed gender dance group where a variety of dance styles will be learned and performed.  Dances performed in the past have included Cha-Cha, Triple Swing, Viennese Waltz, Samba, Charleston and Hip Hop.  Students have the opportunity to choreograph and teach.  There are costume fees which are required with this class. Students will have at least one evening performance each semester. Attendance at evening performances are mandatory. Students should register with a partner.


MUSIC

Music Connections (7):  This class is meant to offer students a survey of music, music history and music’s place in our culture and the world around us. Music Connections is an extension of the K-6 Music Core and includes concepts and skills to integrate music into everyday life.

Choir 1 Mixed: (7,8,9)  Students in this class will learn to sing using proper posture and basic techniques, in addition to learning to read musical notation. Students will also learn music history and sight singing. Students will be expected to sing as an ensemble, in small groups, and alone. Practice outside of class is expected and students will have at least one evening performance each term. Attendance at performances is required.

Concert Choir (8,9): Prerequisite– Instructor approval
An advanced vocal music group designed for advanced choral literature and techniques of singing.  Rehearsals and performances out-side of class time are part of the course requirement and constitute a portion of the grade. Practice outside of class is expected and students will have at least one evening performance each term. Attendance at performances is required.

NOTE:  In most cases it is expected that each student will provide his/her own musical instrument. It is also expected that each student will provide his/her own practice book.

Band 1:  (7,8,9)  This class is reserved for students with limited to no experience playing a band instrument.  Students may choose to play Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone and Tuba. Those Students wishing to study Percussion (10 student maximum) should begin piano lessons immediately if they have not begun so now (ideally students wishing to study percussion should have at least 1 full year of piano lessons in order to facilitate their study.) Students who wish to study oboe should spend their first semester on Flute. Students who wish to study French Horn will spend the first semester on Trumpet. Students registered in this class will be contacted in August for lessons on their chosen instrument before the year begins. Practice outside of class is expected, and students will have at least one evening performance each term.  Attendance at performances is required.

Concert Band: (7,8,9) Prerequisite – Audition This class is meant to transition students from their beginning band experience to their advanced band experience.  Students in this class will further develop their understanding of their instrument and musical concepts. Practice outside of class is expected, and students will have at least one evening performance each term.  Attendance at performances is required.

Symphonic Band (8,9): Prerequisite—Audition Students in this class should have at least two years experience on their instrument.  Practice outside of class is expected, and students will have at least one evening performance each term.  Attendance at performances is required.  Students in this class will have the opportunity to represent Oquirrh Hills Middle School at the district performance assessment off campus.

Jazz Band (8,9):  Audition Only – We meet outside the school day, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:15-7:45 AM. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is mandatory to maintain participation in this ensemble. Practice outside of class is expected,, and students will have at least one evening performance each term. Attendance at performances is required. Students must be in a music class in order to be considered eligible for this ensemble. This course does not appear on the registration cards.

Orchestra 1 (7,8,9): This class is for students who would like to learn to play a violin, viola, cello or string bass.  No experience necessary. Instrument required. Violas, cellos, and basses may be rented from the school at a nominal fee. Students registered for this class will be contacted in August for lessons on their chosen instrument before the year begins. Practice outside of class is expected, and students will have at least one evening performance each term. Attendance at performances is required.

Orchestra 2 (7,8,9): This is an intermediate-level orchestra class focusing on intermediate-level literature for orchestra. Practice outside of class is expected, and students will have at least one evening performance each term. Attendance at performances is required.


TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

Computer Technology (9): This is an introduction to computer application software that encompasses document processing, spreadsheets and presentations.  An understanding of ethics and use of operating systems, information resources, and electronic mail is included.  This class is required for High School graduation and can be taken at any time during the student’s high school experience.

Exploring Technology (8):  Experience the 21st Century using OHMS’s modern and well equipped technology lab.  You will design, analyze, build and CRUSH wooden structures.  Use the computer to explore the mysteries of this planet and the people that live here.  Baffle your friends with binary codes and deepen your respect and appreciation for engineers by drafting and building you own inventions. Class Fee:  $10.00

Foundations of Technology (9): Pre-requisite-Tech. 1   You will continue your experience of the 21st Century designing and building your own magnetic levitation car using our new Mag-Lev track system.  You will learn the physics of the amusement park by building and exploring a Roller-coaster or Ferris-wheel.  Class Fee:  $10.00

Introduction to Marketing (9): This course is designed to introduce middle school students to the world of business, selling and advertising. During the course we will cover such topics as sports marketing, what it is like to own your own business, the glamorous world of fashion merchandising, real estate, stock market, travel and tourism.  We will be working with different clubs to promote their activities thru posters, advertisements and news articles.  We will help sell items for school events as well as compete in a stock marketing game.  We will also be working with digital media, animation, web design tools, etc. to learn how to promote business on the Internet and create different types of multimedia used in marketing.  Cost - $10.00


TRADE, TECHNICAL AND INDUSTRIAL

NOTE: In the Industrial Arts courses, students will be expected to have safety glasses and pass a safety test.

Exploring Technology/Woods and Metals (8):  This class is designed to introduce and give a sampling of the technologies of wood working and metals.  This is a “hands” on course that will introduce students to the proper use of hand and power tools and develop plans and procedures for individual projects.  This activity-oriented course prepares individuals for enrollment in Introduction to Manufacturing as a 9th grader. Work ethics and productivity are an integral part of the activities of this class.  Materials fee is dependent on cost of materials.

Introduction to Manufacturing Woods/1 (9):  This course is a basic introduction to woodworking, where students will learn the proper use of hand and power tools as well as develop plans and procedures for individual projects.  This activity-oriented course prepares individuals for enrollment in advanced and applied technology education programs. It will also assist them in making occupational and education choices.  Work ethics and productivity are an integral part of the activities of this class. Materials fee is dependent on cost of materials.
       
Introduction to Manufacturing Woods/2 (9): Pre-requisite-Woods 1 This course is an extension of Manufacturing Technology Woods/1. Students will learn a wide variety of advanced techniques, and make a nightstand or outdoor Adirondack chair.  Fees are dependent on cost of materials

Introduction to Construction Technology (9): Instructor Approval – Have you ever wondered how a few carpenters can frame a whole house in just a week or two?  Have you ever wanted to learn how to build the walls, hang the sheetrock and install the doors to finish an unfinished basement, or just build a really nice doghouse?  Well – Introduction to Construction Technology is a good place to start.  Learn the meaning of the words plumb, level and square – it will rock your world!   Fees will be determined by project.

Introduction to Manufacturing Metals (9): This course consists of instructional activities involving the use of basic metal-working tools, machines and processes; designing and planning projects involving precision machine work, foundry welding and sheet metal fabrications. Fees:  are dependent on cost of materials.


FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE

Foods and Nutrition 1 (9): This course is designed to teach the principles of nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Attention will be given to selection and preparation of food and personal health and well being.

Clothing 1 (9): This course teaches beginners to be successful in clothing construction and consumer skills. Choosing and using patterns, fabrics, and notions; use and care of today’s sewing machines and sergers; and basic clothing construction methods are included.  Students may choose from a variety of projects based on individual skill level and preference.  Students will need to provide the fabrics and supplies for each project completed. Class Fee:  $10.00

FACS (Family and Consumer Science) Exploration (8):  This course provides students with essential life skills.  The course allows students to develop skills in food and nutrition, childcare and safety, interior design and care of a home, clothing construction and style, consumerism, family relationships, personal responsibility, and job-related skills.


OTHER                                                                                               

Student Aides (8,9):
Qualifications:

  • GPA for the last quarter must be a 2.7 or higher and maintained at that level during the time a student is an aide.
  • No U’s in citizenship. Any N’s must be countered by an H
  • Additional requirements set by the individual teacher/administrator.
  • Application must be signed by parent and attached to the registration card.

RELEASE TIME – LDS Seminary (9th grade only)


The descriptions in this folder are taken from the District Course Catalog.            3/11/2011