Course Class Descriptions

SOUTH HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

4640    Journalism 1

This course is designed to introduce students to newspaper writing and reading. Interviewing, writing and editing are emphasized. Students produce a class newspaper

4655      CREATIVE WRITING

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.

ART 

SEMESTER CLASSES .5 CREDITS 

Fee may be required for art courses

10261      ART FOUNDATIONS 1 (Semester 7th, 8th or 9th

It is designed to provide an overview of visual arts while studying a broad variety of art tools and materials.  With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art related technology skills, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.

10271      ART FOUNDATIONS 2 (Semester 8th or 9th) PREREQUISITE: ART FOUNDATION I

Art foundation is designed to provide an overview and introduction to visual arts through studying a variety of art tools and materials. This course builds on Art Foundations I with a more in-depth experience with fewer art forms. This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art related technology skills, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics. (With an emphasis on studio production.)

 10291      CERAMICS 1 (Semester 8th or 9th)

            Ceramics 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. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills.  Some art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

1030     CERAMICS 2- Prerequisite 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.

 

10331      SCULPTURE 1 (Semester 9th)

            Sculpture is an overview of basic skills used to create 3-D works of art.  Both additive and subtractive techniques will be taught. 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.

10251      ADVANCED FOUNDATIONS I 2-D ART (Semester 8th or 9th)

          This course is designed to provide an enhanced experience with the artistic issues of Foundation I through two-dimensional art that is not usually included with drawing, painting, and/or printmaking.  These non-traditional art media would include (but not be limited to): photo (both darkroom and digital), computer and digital art, collage, Xerox manipulations, and animations.  The term “non-traditional” is used to describe the materials and tools being used to create art and not the subject matter of the art.  This course is mainly directed towards the effective use of the elements and principles of design.  Opportunities to explore the various types of non-traditional, two-dimensional art media are determined by availability and the ability of the local school to equip those activities.

10441      DRAWING 1 (Semester 8th or 9th)

Drawing focuses on black and white or monochromatic rendering from life, pictures, masterworks, and imagination.  This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills.  Some experiences in art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.  With an emphasis on studio productions.  PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR IS REQUIRED.

10451      DRAWING 2 (Semester 9th)

            This is an intermediate course in drawing that builds on the skills and concepts taught in Drawing I.  The use of value is emphasized.  Atmospheric perspective and accurate shading are studied along with composition. PREREQUISITE: DRAWING I

10461      PAINTING 1 (Semester 8th or 9th)

          Painting I 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.

MUSIC

FULL YEAR CLASSES 1.0 CREDIT

13020   ORCHESTRA 1 (Full Year Class 7th, 8th or 9th)

This is a beginning class where students have the opportunity to learn to play violin, viola, cello, or bass.  Joining orchestra will present you with many opportunities in the future such as college scholarships, multi-school festivals, and great friendships.  The school has violas, cellos and basses to rent for a nominal fee.  You’ll learn all the basics to help you start your great musical journey.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class are part of the course requirements and will constitute a portion of the grade. If you’re interested, please fill out the Orchestra 1 registration card attached to your registration packet. If you have any questions, email Mr. Saunders, denny.saunders@jordan.k12.ut.us

13030   ORCHESTRA 2 (Full Year Class 7th, 8th or 9th)

This is an intermediate- level orchestra class focusing on intermediate -level literature for orchestra.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement, and will constitute a portion of the grade. Instrument required. PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR IS REQUIRED.

1304          Orchestra 3

Prerequisite: Instructor approval, audition and /or interview possible

This is an orchestra class focusing on advanced-level literature for orchestra.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade. Practice outside of class time with instrument is required.

13083      PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (Full Year Class 8th or 9th)

            This is an advanced percussion class.  Rehearsals and performances outside of the class are part of the course requirements and will constitute a portion of the grade.  The student must furnish his/her own drumsticks and mallets.  A $40 fee is required for use of school percussion instruments. PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR IS REQUIRED.

13450      BAND 1 (FULL YEAR CLASS (Full Year Class 7th, 8TH, AND 9TH)

            This is a beginning band class where students have the opportunity to learn to play one of the following instruments: Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, French horn, or *Percussion.

By choosing to join beginning band, you will open yourself up to many great opportunities.  You will have the chance to perform fun music of a variety of styles for large audiences.   We also have a great jazz ensemble of which you could become a part depending on the instrument you play.

If you have a desire to play any of these instruments, please register for Band 1 on your registration form and fill out the Band 1 registration form attached to your registration packet. If you have any questions about this class, or any of the instruments listed above, please contact Mr. Saunders at 412-2400 ext. 1029 or e-mail at denny.saunders@jordan.k12.ut.us

*Students who study percussion will learn how to play all the percussion instruments including the mallet instruments. Because of the heavy emphasis on mallets and their close relationship to the piano, students who would like to play percussion, will be expected to have at least two years of experience playing the piano.  An audition may be required for this class.

13460      CONCERT BAND (Full Year Class 7th, 8th or 9th)

This is an intermediate level band course that encourages increased technical and expressive musical proficiency through performance and study of music.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and constitute a portion of the grade.  Practice outside of class time and instrument required.  PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR IS REQUIRED

13490      SYMPHONIC BAND (Full Year Class 7th, 8th or 9th grade)

This is an advanced course, which performs varied, advanced level music.  Attendance is required at all rehearsals, and performances.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class are part of the course requirement and constitute a portion of the grade. Instrument required.

PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR IS REQUIRED.

13250     CHOIR 1 MIXED (Semester 7th), (Year Class 8th & 9th) or 13251 (Semester 7th, 8th  or 9th)

This class is open to all students; Emphasis will be placed on quality vocal production, individual singing, and music reading skills.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.

13340      CHOIR 2 MIXED Full Year Class- 9th 1.0 Credit or 13341 (Semester 9th ONLY .5 Credit)

            This is a vocal music course open to all students which covers three and four-part music and review of singing fundamentals.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and constitute a portion of the grade.

13301      GUITAR 1(Semester Class 8th, & 9th)

            This course provides opportunities for student develop their musical potential and aesthetic understanding through learning to play a guitar.  Knowledge and skills will include experiences in singing, playing and listening.  Practice outside of class time with instrument is required.

13311      GUITAR 2 (Semester Class 8th & 9th)

            This is a course designed to provide students with more advanced strums, bar chords, and melodic picking. Practice outside of class time with instrument is required.


THEATRE

SEMESTER CLASSES .5 CREDITS

16001      BEGINNING THEATRE (Semester 8th, or 9th)

            This is 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, reading plays, and work with voice projection and diction.

16011      INTERMEDIATE THEATRE (Semester 8th, or 9th)

            This is an introductory course in theatre with scenes from plays, pantomime, and an overview of history of theatre puppetry, radio, T.V., and film.  PREREQUISITE: BEGINNING THEATRE.

16271      THEATRE II (Semester 8th or 9th) PREREQUISITE BEGINNING THEATRE

Theatre II is an extension of Theatre I, including theatre games, improvisation and more in depth acting.  Students will create, cast, rehearse and perform an original skit.   All aspects of a theatre production will be emphasized, culminating with the performance of the school play.

 

DANCE

SEMESTER CLASSES .5 CREDITS

71461      DANCE 1 (Semester 8th, 9th)

This course offers basic dance techniques, fitness fundamentals, movement qualities, and rhythm with an emphasis on creativity, sequencing, and problem solving.

71471      DANCE 2 (Semester 9th)

Prerequisite: Dance I or Instructor approval.

A course designed to enhance techniques, flexibility, and coordination, with an emphasis on creativity and artistic composition.

71481      ADVANCED DANCE (Semester 9th only)

            Prerequisite: Dance 1 or Dance 2 and Instructor approval

A course designed to enhance and develop all aspects of dance technique and composition, emphasizing creativity and artistic choreographic skills.

71441      SOCIAL DANCE (Semester 9th only)

            This course offers instruction and practice in the basic social dance steps, rhythms, and techniques.  The following dances may be included; foxtrot, cha-cha, waltz, swing, mambo, western swing, and western line dance.


 WORLD LANGUAGES

FULL YEAR CLASSES 1.0 CREDIT

41000      FRENCH 1 (Full Year 8th or 9th)

            This is a course designed to teach elementary skills in listening, speaking, reading, and spelling the focus will be on vocabulary for classroom and school subjects, foods, clothing, telling time, reading the calendar, weather, seasons, modes of transportation and common locations.  Students will develop an appreciation of the countries where the language is spoken.

41010      FRENCH 2 (Full Year 9th)

This is a course designed to teach intermediate skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing The course content includes further development of vocabulary for dining, traveling, shopping, and personal feelings. Students will develop an appreciation of the countries where the language is spoken. PREREQUISITE: FRENCH I

 41800      SPANISH 1  (Full Year 8th or 9th)

This is a course designed to teach elementary skills in listening, speaking, reading, and spelling. The focus is on vocabulary for classroom and school subjects, foods, clothing, telling time, reading the calendar, weather, seasons, modes of transportation and common locations.  Students will develop an appreciation of the countries where the language is spoken.

41810      SPANISH 2 (Full Year 9th) PREREQUISITE: SPANISH I

This is a course designed to teach intermediate skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing the course content includes further development of vocabulary for dining, traveling, shopping, and personal feelings. Students will develop an appreciation of the countries where the language is spoken.

 

 CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

SEMESTER CLASSES .5 CREDITS

80301      TEEN LIVING (Semester 9th only)

            This course is designed to help students understand and cope with personal, family, and social challenges.  Emphasis is placed on communication, decision-making skills, and building stable relationships with family and peers.  The course enables students to implement positive coping mechanisms and promotes an understanding of self. Critical issues which impact teenagers including: self-concept, family and peer relationships, abuse, loss, dating, and teenage pregnancy are discussed stressing positive alternatives. Emphasis is placed on students taking personal responsibility for their lives.

 87061     FACS EXPLORATION (Semester 8th only)

            This Family and Consumer Science 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. FEE REQUIRED $8.00

87501      FOODS AND NUTRITION I (Semester 9th only)

            This introductory course is designed for students who are interested in understanding the principles of nutrition and maintaining a healthy life-style.  Attention will be given to selection and preparation of food and personal health and well being.  (NOTE: A fee may be charged for consumable items used in class.)

 87281      SPORTS SEWING (Semester 9th only)

This course covers basic sewing skills.  This course emphasizes the construction of sports and outdoor clothing.  Students start with easy projects and then progress to ski wear, sweats shirts, pajama pants, polar fleece jackets.  Projects are individually selected.    A fee may be required in this class.

80450      INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY / DRAFTING  (Semester 9th only)

            Communications Technology will teach students to create, store, analyze, manipulate, record, and transmit information through four major areas, drafting and design, electronic communications, audio visual/multi-media communications, graphic communications. Students will explore the impacts of communication technology on our society; and they will explore related careers.  This is a great class for students who enjoy figure things out, are good with shapes, sizes and angles.   Students who enjoy using computer graphic programs, movie making tools, audio-visual equipment, and drawing tools will find this class to be fun and energizing.

83111      COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY (Semester 9TH grade only)

            This is an introduction to computer software that encompasses document processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.  An understanding of ethics and use of operating systems, information resources, and electronic mail is includes.  Skills gained will be demonstrated by creating a project for a different content area.  This course is required for High School graduation but may be taken between 9th and 12th grade. 

80011      EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY 1 (Semester 8th and 9th) (Project Lead the Way)

            This is a hands-on class covering the five areas of Technology. (Manufacturing; Power, Energy and Transportation; Communication; Construction and Bio-Agriculture.  Students will be using the proto type lab to make a variety of small projects.  There is a $10 fee and safety glasses are required.

8002           EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY 2

      This course is a continuation of Exploring Technology 1.  It provides students additional instruction in two of more of the following areas:  Energy-power technologies, information and communications, transportation technology, manufacturing technologies and construction technology.

87061      FACS EXPLORATION (Semester class 8th only)

            This Family and Consumer Science course provides students with essential life skills.  This allows students to develop skills in food and nutrition, childcare, and safety, family relations, personal responsibility, and job-related skills.

80051      GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY (Semester 8th and 9th)

            Gateway to Technology’s cutting edge program addresses the interest and energy of middle school students, while incorporating national standards in math, science and technology.  GTT is “activity oriented” to show students how technology is used in engineering to solve everyday problems.  The five instructional units excite and motivate students to use their imaginations and teach them to be creative and innovative, while gaining the skills they need to develop, produce and use products and services.  Instructions include; design modeling, magic electrons, Science of Technology, automation and robotics.          

80451      Introduction to Manufacturing Technology 1/Woods (Semester 9th grade only)
Through hands on activities students will learn how manufactures use technology to change raw materials into finished products. Each student will become familiar with the equipment, tools and machines in the prototype lab. The course will include: a brief history of manufacturing, social impacts, types of manufacturing production, design processes, properties of materials, manufacturing processes, safe use of tools and equipment, free enterprise and marketing principles, and career exploration.  There is a $10 lab fee.

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