E-Periods and Descriptions

 

E-Period Course Descriptions

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS A-DAY

Campus Ministry This class is designed to build a greater appreciation of the Catholic faith as well as to help the entire student body have more meaningful worship experiences. Students are responsible for planning the school liturgies and prayer services. The students also prepare pray for the beginning of the day and other faith-based experiences. Pre-approval is required.

College Preparation I In this course, students will explore colleges and universities and learn about themselves and what they want out of a college experience. They will also practice test-taking skills, examine financial resources and scholarship information. They will practice writing the college applications and essays. There are a variety of materials, both printed and electronic available for use.

American Folk Art Students are introduced to American Folk Art by mastering the art of knitting. Students may be beginners or more experienced knitters to join the course.

Exploration in Technology Create digital music, explore virtual reality and digital worlds, create and design in 3-D. This course will explore the potential of modern technology.

Geometry Lab Students will review the topics in Geometry pertaining to current units and preparing for upcoming assessments with the instructor. Department approval required.

Healthy Living I This class is designed for freshmen. The course will focus on the physical and emotional health issues related to topics covered, including: health; nutrition; exercise; fitness; non-infectious diseases; safety and first aid; and tobacco and drugs.

Healthy Living II This class is designed for junior and senior level students. It focuses on health issues that are important to women. The course will include such topics as sexuality, healthy peer relationships, substance issues, and heredity and reproduction.

Engineering and Robotics This is a hands-on enrichment course where students will learn programming and engineering skills. Students will build circuits, robots, and gizmos. The goal for the students is to build, explore, and create a classroom robot using Vex, Lego, Arduino, and 3d printers.

Kinesiology in Action (PE Credit) This course explores the broad spectrum of kinesiology as an academic discipline, fundamental concepts and meaning of movement/physical activity, diversity of humans as moving beings, professional/career options and current issues. Topics and physical labs will include: history; biomechanics/exercise physiology; skill learning; psychological/sociological factors. Career opportunities: health fields (i.e., physical and occupational therapy); exercise professions (i.e., rehabilitation and wellness); educational (i.e., teaching and coaching).

Open Studio This course is designed to further a student’s interest in experiencing art in the studio art classroom. Students in this course should be able to work independently and have some prior knowledge of visual art. As a way to foster independent learning through art, students will develop their own portfolio during the course. May only be taken twice at Alverno, may not be taken in consecutive semesters (unless department approval is given to take it more).

RESTORE Learn tools and techniques to bring peace to your soul, mind and body; aromatherapy, essential oils and mediation (among other techniques) will be explored. Even if you are not overly stressed, this course will be a nice break from the day, a time to rejuvenate, a time of peace.

Spanish Lab Students work in a small group with the teacher to developing reading, writing, and speaking skills in Spanish.

Study Skills This elective is designed to help students develop the habits and skills necessary to achieve success in high school and beyond. Course topics will include: goal setting; time management; note-taking; following directions; and reading, organizing, and summarizing for productive studying. Students will also review strategies for test-taking.

Upper Division Math Lab In this elective, students will work in small groups with the instructor to build skills necessary for success in completing the upper level math classes.

Women in Gaming In 1958, a predecessor to the game Pong became the first video game ever made and played. Now in 2017, video gaming has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. This August, professional gamers played for a record-breaking prize pool that was over $24 million. This course will teach students about the evolution of gaming and its subcultures while emphasizing girls’ and women’s roles as characters, creators, and gamers. (No previous gaming experience necessary.)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS B-DAY

Algebra I Lab Students will review the algebraic topics pertaining to current units and preparing for upcoming assessments with the instructor. Department approval required.

Algebra II Lab Students will review the algebraic topics pertaining to current units and preparing for upcoming assessments with the instructor. Department approval required.

Christian Service This class is designed for students who are passionate about social justice issues and seek to serve others. Members of the class also organize service projects that the entire student body participates in and provides opportunities for off campus service as well. Pre-approval is required.

Global Mythology An exploration in Classical, Asian and Arthurian legends and folklore. The course will also explore the hero’s journey and mythology reflected in current culture.

Healthy Living I This class is designed for freshmen. The course will focus on the physical and emotional health issues related to topics covered, including: health; nutrition; exercise; fitness; non-infectious diseases; safety and first aid; and tobacco and drugs.

Improvisation Students in this course will explore the various techniques necessary for creating effective comedic and dramatic improvisation on the stage. Students will engage in various theatre games and exercises to develop their skills as actors and improvisers. Departmental approval is required for this class.

Independent Research in Science (Honors) This is a 5 unit honors course in which students will learn important scientific research skills while participating in Caltech’s Solar Energy Activity Laboratory, the SEAL program as well as several other Caltech mentored projects. As part of the class, mentors from Caltech visit the class once a week to provide guidance on the research process. Students will also visit laboratories and present and conferences. The course meets until 4pm on Tuesdays and 4pm on Fridays. Department approval required.

KATV This course will provide morning news to the entire school. Students will learn many of the ins and outs of news production, recording, and broadcasting. Join KATV whether you want to be in front of the camera, behind the scenes, or even both.

MUSIC IN MOVIES Film is one of our most prominent art forms. In many ways it is a reflection of our culture, as it is a primary means of entertainment and diversion for our society. The study of film has often centered on the visual aspects of the medium with little attention give to the important role that music plays. The purpose of this course will be to obtain an increased awareness of the many functions of film music and learn about its prominent role in the cinema. We will study the works of many prominent film composers as well as some of the lesser known ones. In addition, we will explore the elements of music, musical forms and style periods. Combining an increased knowledge about music with an understanding of the functions of the film score will enhance our awareness of the not-so-hidden dimension of film, its music.

Open Studio This course is designed to further a student’s interest in experiencing art in the studio art classroom. Students in this course should be able to work independently and have some prior knowledge of visual art. As a way to foster independent learning through art, students will develop their own portfolio during the course. May only be taken twice at Alverno, may not be taken in consecutive semesters (unless department approval is given to take it more).

Physical Conditioning (PE Credit) This course will improve strength and flexibility. Course includes running, abdominal work, stretching, push-ups, lunges, squats, and jump rope. Students will be able to track their improvement and will improve their level of confidence, have fun, and achieve results!

Pilates (PE Credit) Pilates is a form of exercise which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support graceful movement.

Social Studies Seminar This elective allows students who are enrolled in social studies classes to work on writing, skill-building, and review in preparation for assessment.

Spanish Lab Students work in a small group with the teacher to developing reading, writing, and speaking skills in Spanish.

Study Skills This elective is designed to help students develop the habits and skills necessary to achieve success in high school and beyond. Course topics will include: goal setting; time management; note-taking; following directions; and reading, organizing, and summarizing for productive studying. Students will also review strategies for test-taking.

Writing Seminar This elective is designed for those students who would like the opportunity to work in a small group to develop their writing skills necessary to thrive in both their English classes as well as other courses on campus.

ZERO PERIOD COURSES (7am)

ALVERNO SINGERS This is a year-long course offered to current and aspiring singers in grades 9 – 12, regardless of their previous choral experience. The core curriculum explores basic vocal technique, music theory, and history as it relates to Blues, Jazz, Broadway Musical Theater, Gospel, Folk, Classical, Sacred and other genres. This exploration takes place on a solo, small group, and large group performance level, as well as lecture and extensive listening. In addition, students are expected to work individually and in small groups on a self-guided curriculum to explore areas of particular interest in further detail. This class meets 3 mornings at zero period: Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 7:00 – 7:45 am in the Villa Music Room. Student instrumentalists are encouraged to join and play on selected repertoire.

MUSICAL THEATER VOCAL AND AUDITIONING TECHNIQUES/INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE Musical Theatre class is an exploration of American Musical Theatre Repertoire. Students will focus on the vocal and auditioning techniques that are integral to this music and use their gained knowledge to develop as performers. Students will prepare and present as soloists as well as members of small groups. Since this is a workshop course, students will prepare material for class presentation and critique. Finally, the class will participate in a Fall and Spring Concert.

Instrumental Ensemble Students that play an instrument will be given musical coaching and paired with either a duet partner, trio, quartet or small group ensemble. Repertoire will be chosen based on musical level and feature varied styles. All types of instruments and level of training are welcomed – beginning through advanced. There are performance opportunities through our school concerts, masses and liturgies, as well as community events. This class meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings during zero period: 7:00 – 7:45 am in the Villa Music Room.

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