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Elective/Specialized Courses

Course Descriptions

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

Individuals & Societies

Individuals and Societies is a personal empowerment class inspired by the International Baccalaureate learner profile that builds strong 21st Century

Skills. Students will explore how individuals simultaneously shape, and are shaped by, diverse societies in creative project based lessons which

build academic, personal, social-emotional, practical, and technological readiness. Students are equipped in a challenging and supportive

environment to become successful and confident, both personally and as leaders, through establishing a creative, clear thinking, confident and

open-minded approach to real life applications and opportunities to play a positive role in our global society.

 

Explorations in Technology

Exploration in Technology uses project based learning to program computers to create video games, Android applications, and robotic solutions.  Students then learn how to create/edit digital music/photos/videos, and how to use Microsoft Office apps like Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.  Finally, students select paths of interest in HTML/web-page development, cyber-security, networking/wi-fi, Java programming, or career research.

Yearbook

In this course students will gain skills in one or more of the following areas: page design, copy writing, editing, photography, social media, and marketing while producing a creative, innovative yearbook which records school memories and events. Participants gain useful, real world skills in time management, marketing, teamwork, and design principles.

Note: Yearbook requires in class and out of class work, including attending school activities. In addition, we will have after school sessions during which we will be able to spend extended periods of time finalizing deadlines. These "deadline crunches" will be announced throughout the course of production of the yearbook.

Journalism

This course provides the student with the skills needed to produce an audience-directed publication.  The course emphasizes the research, writing and publishing of a variety of high-interest material for a specific audience.  Students will learn about journalistic writing, editorials, news, opinions, features, advertising, and publishing to create their own Mesa newspaper.

MESA

The MESA Schools Program fosters early interest in math and science and prepares California middle and high school students for college in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors. MESA provides a unique combination of enrichment activities, hands-on competitions, academic support, industry involvement and a supportive community environment. MESA is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective academic development program for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Yoga

Yoga is not just about working out, it’s about a healthy lifestyle and encourages overall health and wellness. The practice of yoga allows students to be still in a world consumed with chaos.  This course will teach students the basic postures of yoga, proper alignment, basic anatomy, and proper breathing in yoga. Additionally, students will be taught how to develop their own yoga sequence, which can be practiced at home or anywhere, as a life time fitness tool.  Basic health education will also be incorporated into the curriculum.

Associated Student Body (ASB)

Prerequisite: Teacher approval

This class is made up of students elected or selected as Ambassadors. ASB members take active and visible roles at CMHS including: promoting a positive school culture, supporting all academics, athletics, arts and activities on campus and lastly, enhancing the community and school through activities/projects.

Wheel (7th Grade)

Spanish/Explorations in Technology

Students will experience an introductory curriculum in Spanish and technology. Students will be exposed to Spanish language and culture as well as engaging in a computer science program exploring basic programming and video game design.

Note: Classes rotate each semester

HIGH SCHOOL

Associated Student Body (ASB)

Prerequisite: Teacher approval

A group of either elected or appointed students grades 9-12 that are responsible for all school activities (rallies, dances, tournaments, games etc), student clubs, student monies and mostly school spirit. Students in this class MUST either run or be appointed to a position therefore teacher approval is required.

Credit: 10.00 | Graduation Requirement: Elective | A-G College Requirement: None

Yoga

Yoga is not just about working out, it’s about a healthy lifestyle and encourages overall health and wellness. The practice of yoga allows students to be still in a world consumed with chaos.  This course will teach students the basic postures of yoga, proper alignment, basic anatomy, and proper breathing in yoga. Additionally, students will be taught how to develop their own yoga sequence, which can be practiced at home or anywhere, as a life time fitness tool.  Basic health education will also be incorporated into the curriculum.

Credit: 10.00 | Graduation Requirement: Physical Education | A-G College Requirement: None

Yearbook

In this course students will gain skills in one or more of the following areas: page design, copy writing, editing, photography, social media, and marketing while producing a creative, innovative yearbook which records school memories and events. Participants gain useful, real world skills in time management, marketing, teamwork, and design principles.

Note: Yearbook requires in class and out of class work, including attending school activities. In addition, we will have after school sessions during which we will be able to spend extended periods of time finalizing deadlines. These "deadline crunches" will be announced throughout the course of production of the yearbook.

Credit: 10.00 | Graduation Requirement: Elective | A-G College Requirement: G

Journalism

This course provides the student with the skills needed to produce an audience directed publication. The course emphasizes the research, writing and publishing of a variety of high-interest material for a specific audience. The student will become familiar with the various types of journalistic writing: news, editorials, opinion, features, sports, narratives, columns, reviews, advertising copy, captions/cutlines and headlines. The student will produce material for publication by researching, interviewing, writing, and editing stories designed to inform, persuade or entertain. The student will engage in production work in the areas of design, advertising, photography and electronic publishing.

Credit: 10.00 | Graduation Requirement: Elective | A-G College Requirement: G

Library Science

The Library Science student is in the unique position of being in a working/graded situation.  Students receive training and experience in all phases of research methodology and library operations, including work with computer-based circulation and research systems; instruction in the alphabetical and numerical arrangement of books, periodicals, and microforms; and general clerical skills associated with front office business settings.

Credit: 10.00 | Graduation Requirement: Elective | A-G College Requirement: None

Work Experience

Prerequisite: Counselor approval

This elective course is designed to give students a realistic view of the working world. The business and industrial community provides the classroom for instruction. Work Experience Education is an elective program which provides students the opportunity to gain on-the-job practical learning experiences. The experience of work allows the learner to develop new skills, put skills learned into practice, to investigate employment opportunities and to cope with different and changing work environments. This course is repeatable for credit (8 semesters).

Credit: 10.00 | Graduation Requirement: Elective | A-G College Requirement: None