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Exploratory & Elective Course Offerings

Ceramics (6/7/8) - Semester Long

This course focuses on creating three-dimensional works out of clay and ceramic material. Particular attention is paid to techniques for sculpting clay, characteristics of the raw materials, their transformation under heat, and the various methods used to finish objects including glazing and painting.  Students will reflect on their own experiences to inform their artwork as well as the historical context of ceramic work.

Computer Literacy (6/7/8) - Semester Long

This course provides to students the knowledge and ability to use computers and technology efficiently. Typically, course content includes exposure to word-processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications, but also may include the various uses of computers in modern society. Specific course content aligns with State and International Society for Technology in Education standards to promote students’ technological literacy.  

Culinary Arts (8) - Semester Long

**Prerequisite for this course is either Family & Consumer Science OR Foods & Nutrition
This culinary course takes you on a culinary journey where you will prepare foods from around the world.  The class places emphasis on culinary skill development and provides a challenging cooking experience for the students who love to cook, eat and learn about cultures around the world.  Students will learn new cooking techniques, equipment and dishes.  Main cultural arts/international food focus will be on Asian, Mediterranean, Italian, French, Latin and American cuisine. 
  

Family & Consumer Science (6/7/8) - Semester Long

Family and Consumer Science is an activity-oriented class that focuses on helping students develop and apply important life skills for independent living.  The units include: cooking, sewing, child development and careers or personal finance. The cooking unit will teach students how to be safe in the kitchen, cook delicious food and cooking techniques.  During the sewing unit the students will learn how to repair clothing and create a sewing project using the sewing machine.  The child development unit will teach students the importance of how children grow and develop.  In the career unit the students will explore various career paths. Finally, the personal finance unit will help students understand the importance of saving and what and how does credit work.  

Foods & Nutrition (6/7/8) - Semester Long

This course will prepare students to understand the principles of nutrition in relationship with wellness and lifetime fitness.  They will study nutrition, food choices across the lifespan, food preparation, safety and sanitation, meal planning and budgeting.  Students will participate in following lab procedures and practice lab management as they cook throughout the semester.

French I (7/8) - Year Long

**Teacher recommendation/approval is required for this course.
This course fosters the students' understanding and appreciation of the French language and culture. Emphasis is placed on developing the students' proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in French. No previous French experience is required. This course is rigorous and the workload is comparable to a core class. It is fast-paced and similar to a high school course to ensure students are prepared to move on in French at the high school level.   

French II (8) - Year Long

**Teacher recommendation/approval is required for this course. 
This course furthers students' studies of French. Emphasis will be on the continued development of the students' proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Topics covered include clothing, the house, city, travel and daily routine. Grammar topics include commands, reflexive verbs and past tense. 

Lifetime Fitness (6/7/8) - Semester Long

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a variety of physical activities. Lifetime Fitness course offers weight training and a variety of recreational and sport related activities. Individual workouts will be set up for each student to improve upon strength, flexibility, endurance and participate in individual and team tournaments. In this program, the emphasis is on lifetime activities, appropriate dress, respect, active participation, sportsmanship, fair play, cooperation and a positive attitude. Individual fitness levels are assessed throughout the semester and structured workouts are organized giving students the opportunity to set and achieve personal success.

Literature & Film (6/7/8) - Semester Long

This course provides students an opportunity to compare narratives presented in both literary and cinematic genres. Students will read and view a variety of materials, including short stories and novels along with films of various lengths and origins.  Course work, including written and verbal literary analysis and critique of varied modes of storytelling, will center around theme, plot and character development, and the roll of conflict and dialogue in a narrative.

Photography (6/7/8) - Semester Long

This course exposes students to various techniques of taking artistic photographs as well as digital tools. Students learn about the operation of a camera, composition, lighting techniques, and various tools used within digital photography to creatively manipulate an image. The class will provide cameras for students, and they may use their own cameras or smart phones as well. As students advance, the instruction regarding the creative process becomes more refined, and students are encouraged to develop their own artistic style. This course may also cover major photographers, art movements, and styles. 

Physical Education (6/7/8) - Semester Long

The benefits of a sound, healthy body is evident in everything we do and the connection between academic performance and physical fitness is well documented. Physical Education is designed to develop and maintain life-long health and fitness goals.  Students record daily fitness activities (pedometers/heart rate monitors), study health-related issues, and work at becoming more successful in and out of school.  This course offers a variety of activities including individual sports, team sports, lifetime sports, weight training, and recreational games. 

Pre-Engineering (6/7/8) - Semester Long

In this course students will be able to design and develop ideas utilizing the Engineering framework. They will take part in several engineering challenges, where they will utilize technology, common hand tools, and power tools, to take their ideas from the design stage all the way to the development and testing stages. Such projects may include balsa bridges/towers, wood-working projects, and CO2 cars.

Publication Production (8) - Year Long

**Teacher recommendation/approval is required for this course  
In this full year course, students will learn layout methods, graphic design, photography skills, and basic computer technology in designing the Ken Caryl Yearbook. In addition, students will gain a foundation of basic journalism through researching, interviewing, and writing for publication. Interested students must complete an application form expressing their interest to be a part of this course.

Spanish I (7/8) - Year Long

** Teacher recommendation/approval is required for this course.
This course fosters the students' understanding and appreciation of the Spanish language and culture. Emphasis is placed on developing the students' proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. No previous Spanish experience is required. This course is rigorous and the workload is comparable to a core class. It is fast-paced and similar to a high school course to ensure students are prepared to move on in Spanish at the high school level.

Spanish II (8) - Year Long

**Teacher recommendation/approval is required for this course.
This course furthers students' studies of Spanish. Emphasis will be on the continued development of the students' proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Topics covered include clothing, the house, city, travel and daily routine. Grammar topics include commands, reflexive verbs and past tense. 

Theater Arts (6/7/8) - Semester Long

This course focuses on the study of theatre art, with an emphasis in performance. Students are exposed to a survey of theatre genres, including comedy, tragedy, and improv, using both classical and contemporary texts. Students engage with the process of performance and gain confidence in themselves through individual and collaborative assignments as they practice character development and technical stage skills. In addition, students have the opportunity to work behind the scenes to pursue playwriting and performance design. 

Visual Arts (6/7/8) - Semester Long

This course provides students the foundational knowledge and opportunity to explore a variety of art forms and to create individual and collaborative works of art. This course will also provide a discussion and exploration of career opportunities in the art world and how creative thinking is used in professions outside of the arts. Visual Arts will cover the language, materials, and processes of multiple art forms and the design elements and principles supporting a work of art. Although Visual Arts focus on creation, it also includes the study of contemporary artist, visual culture and how students experiences reflect their artwork.  Story telling is a major theme and as such, students will have opportunity to tell their stories.



**In addition, we have several intervention courses (Reading Skills, Math Seminar, Learning Strategies) available to students through teacher recommendation.

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