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Kelsey Peak Virtual Middle School Elective Courses

Kelsey Peak Virtual Middle School Elective Courses

Below are all elective courses currently offered at Kelsey Peak. Courses marked in red may not carry due to enrollment and teacher availability.

Remember, you will be choosing more courses than you will actually take so that you get a second choice if the first ends up not working out.

ELECTIVE COURSES OFFERED

Mixed Choir 1 (available to 7th/8th-grade students. 1.0 credit) –  No audition required.  Emphasis will be placed on good vocal production, part-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.  This is a full-year class.

Concert Choir 2 (available to 8th-grade students. 1.0 credit) Prerequisite: Instructor approval (Audition and/or interview possible) – Advanced vocal music groups designed for students to sing advanced choral literature and build more techniques in singing.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time may be part of the course requirements and constitute a grade portion. This is a full-year class.

Band 1 (available to 7th/8thgrade  students. 1.0 credit) – Beginning level courses.  No experience is needed.  The following instruments are taught:  Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Saxophone-must begin on clarinet first, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (both mallet and drums, piano experience strongly recommended).  Those interested in saxophone will start the year off on clarinet.  Halfway through the school year, those students will switch to saxophone.   Students need to provide their own instruments and book. Supplies are provided for those on fee waivers.  These are full-year classes.

Band 2 (available to 7th/8th-grade students. 1.0 credit) – Prerequisite: Instructor approval (Audition and/or interview possible)  – Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade. Instrument required.  This is a full-year class.

Orchestra 1 (available to 7th/8th-grade students. 1.0 credit)  No experience necessary.  This class is for students who would like to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or string bass.  25-minute daily practice required.  Instrument required for students who have played for 1 full calendar year or less.  This is a full-year class.

Orchestra 2 (available to 7th/8th-grade students. 1.0 credit) – Prerequisite:  Instructor approval (Audition and/or interview possible) 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 requirements and will constitute a portion of the grade.  Practice outside of class time with an instrument is required.  If available, a viola, a cello, or a string bass may be rented from the school for a nominal fee. This is a full-year class.

Art Foundations 1 (available to 7th/8th-grade students. 0.5 credit)  This class is an exploratory course that will cover the basics of art.  Students will participate in opportunities to make art and learn studio habits.  Students will also develop skills in making compositions—looking at and talking about art and recognizing famous artists' works.  There are no prerequisites for this class, but this class is a prerequisite to other art classes.  $10 fee. This is a semester class.

Art Foundations 2 (available to 7th/8th-grade students. 0.5 credit)- Prerequisite:  Art Foundation 1 or Instructor approval  – This class reviews and builds on the concepts learned in Foundations 1.  More advanced concepts in creating works of art will be taught with an emphasis on composition. Students get creative with how they make their art and build their own style within the art mediums. $10 fee. This is a semester class.

Drawing 1 (available to 8th-grade students. 0.5 credit) – Prerequisite: Art Foundations 2 or teacher approval.  This class focuses on creative and realistic drawings:  rendering from life, pictures, masterworks, and imagination.  With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills. $10 fee. This is a semester class.

Drawing 2 (available to 8th-grade students. 0.5 credit) -Prerequisite: Drawing 1 - This studio focused class focuses on rendering realistic and creative drawings: still life, real life, and sketchbook development.  Working larger with different materials is what students will work on in the studio. This higher level class builds on ideas/concepts from Drawing 1, advancing prior skills and knowledge.  $10 fee. This is a semester class.

Intro to Theater (available to 7th-grade students. 0.5 credit) – Introductory courses in theatre with an emphasis on performance.  No previous experience is necessary.  The course will include pantomime, improvisation, mono acts, and characterization scenes from plays, play reading, and work with voice projection and diction. This is a semester class.

Beginning Theater (available to 8th-grade students. 0.5 credit) – Introductory courses in theatre with an emphasis on performance.  No previous experience is necessary.  The course will include pantomime, improvisation, mono acts, and characterization scenes from plays, play reading, and work with voice projection and diction. This is a semester class.

French 1 – (available to 7th/8th-grade 1.0 credit) This course is designed to teach elementary skills in listening, speaking, reading, and spelling. The curriculum covered in this course will give students the skills to communicate in culturally-appropriate ways in the target language.  By the end of this course, student skill level should be at a novice-mid level according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) standards. This is a full-year class.

Spanish 1– (available to 7th/8th-grade  1.0 credit) This course is designed to teach elementary skills in listening, speaking, reading, and spelling. The curriculum covered in this course will give students the skills to communicate in culturally-appropriate ways in the target language.  By the end of this course, student skill level should be at a novice-mid level according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) standards. This is a year-long class.

French 2 – (available to 8th-grade students. 1.0 credit) Prerequisite: French 1 This course is designed to teach elementary skills in listening, speaking, reading, and spelling. The curriculum covered in this course will give students the skills to communicate in culturally-appropriate ways in the target language.  By the end of this course, student skill level should be at a novice-high level according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) standards. This is a full-year class.

Spanish 2 – (available to 8th-grade students. 1.0 credit) Prerequisite: Spanish 1 This course is designed to teach elementary skills in listening, speaking, reading, and spelling. The curriculum covered in this course will give students the skills to communicate in culturally-appropriate ways in the target language.  By the end of this course, student skill level should be at a novice-high level according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) standards. This is a full-year class.

World Language Exploration (available to 7th-grade students. 0.5 credit)– This course is designed to provide students with a rotating introduction to languages offered at Kelsey Peak Middle School, including French and Spanish.  Focusing on listening and speaking skills, students will develop world language study strategies and acquire various vocabulary sets. This is a semester class.

Creative Writing (available to 8th-grade students. 0.5 credit)– Students will explore and develop their interests and skills in the field of creative writing.  It is the intent of this course to expose students to narrative writing, poetry, drama, and essays.  Other genres of creative writing may also be explored. This is a semester class.

Yoga (available to 7th/8th-grade students. 0.5 credit) – This class focuses on structural alignment, an increase of strength, and flexibility.  It will deepen a student’s awareness of breath and the role it has in generating energy and stamina in one’s mind and body.  The course will also incorporate techniques for stress relief, and enhance one’s physical performance by teaching students how to connect breath, organ systems, physiology and anatomy altogether. This is a semester class.

Dance 1 (available to 7th/8th-grade students. 0.5 credit) –  A course offering basic dance technique, fitness fundamentals, movement qualities, and rhythm, with an emphasis on creativity, sequencing, and problem-solving. Performances and rehearsals outside of the regular school day may be required and will constitute a portion of the course grade. This is a semester class.

Dance 2 (available to 7th/8th-grade students. 0.5 credit) – Prerequisite: Dance 1 or Instructor approval – This course is designed to develop dance technique, flexibility, and coordination, with an emphasis on creativity and artistic composition. Performances and rehearsals outside of the regular school day may be required and will constitute a portion of the course grade. This is a semester class.

Exploring Technology (available to 8th-grade students. 0.5 credit) – Exploring Technology is an action-based course that introduces students to the technological systems of two or more of the following areas: energy-power technologies, information and communications technologies, transportation technologies, manufacturing technologies, and construction technologies. $10 Lab fee. This is a semester class.

Digital Literacy/Keyboarding (available to 7th/8th-grade students. 0.5 credit) –  This class is really two courses combined into one. The first half is Keyboarding, an unarguably necessary skill for all students. This skill is not taught in any other course and is not offered after the 8th grade. Students are taught proper techniques that will make them more efficient typists and help them continue to gain higher speeds even after the class is over. The second half is Digital Literacy, which focuses on understanding how computers are built, what they do, and how to use them properly in a home, work, and social setting. These are essential life skills that the state of Utah has recommended (but not required) all students to take by the end of 8th grade. This is a semester class.

Python 1 – (available to 7th/8th-grade students. 0.5 credit)This course is an intro to Python programming and suitable for students who are new to coding. Python is used by developers and hackers alike because of its versatility and flexibility. Python is a dominant coding language for major companies like Netflix, Amazon, Spotify, and Instagram. Students will create games, animations, and other interactive programs using Python. Students will master basic coding concepts common to all programming languages and be introduced to libraries, procedural graphics, and complex input. Students will develop coding-related skills such as decomposition, debugging, and analyzing code written by others. And fun fact, the Python language was named after the British comedy group Monty Python. This is a semester class.

Python 2 – (available to 7th/8th/ students. 0.5 credit) Prerequisite: Python 1 This course builds on the concepts learned in Python 1. Expanding your understanding of Python opens up both personal coding platforms and career possibilities. Python is an open-source language that continues to evolve; in fact, Google has created their own Python style guide and several libraries. Big companies like Disney Animation, NASA, Reddit, and Uber use Python. Python coding skills are in high demand in industries like electronics, tech, media, and artificial intelligence, with Python developers averaging a salary over $100,000. Students will create graphical, sprite-based games using custom images. This is a semester class.

Exploring Business and Marketing (available to 8th-grade students. 0.5 credit) – Students will be exposed to all the basic concepts in business, including the stock market, entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting, and human resources. Students will also do an in-class simulation where they will develop an actual product that they may sell to friends and family, which may result in real personal profit! This is a semester class.

FACS Exploration (available to 8th-grade students. 0.5 credit)
This course provides students the opportunity to develop essential skills in the various career pathways related to Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS). Students will explore and cultivate skills in food and nutrition sciences, childcare, interior design, clothing and textile construction, fashion design and merchandising, consumerism, entrepreneurship, family relationships, personal responsibility, and career and job-related tasks. This course will strengthen comprehension of concepts and standards outlined in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Student leadership (FCCLA) may be an integral part of the course.