ART I (ART FOUNDATIONS) – 1 UNIT
This is an entry-level elective course that is a prerequisite for all subsequent art courses. Art I instruction concentrates on the basic elements and principles of design and the exploration of a range of media in both 2-D and 3-D design. Art history is studied as it relates to their creative exploration. Students maintain a sketchbook as a personal resource in creative problem solving and develop a portfolio that illustrates artistic growth.
KEYBOARDING APPLICATIONS – 1 UNIT
Keyboarding Applications is a one-semester, single-period course offered to all students in which they develop skills in touch keyboarding and correct manipulation of the keyboard. Keyboarding Applications is a basic communications course with emphasis on the application of keyboarding skills to produce personal and business letters, outlines, manuscripts, and tabulated reports.
ECONOMICS AND PERSONAL FINANCE – 1 UNIT
Students will learn how to navigate the financial decisions they must face and make informed decisions related to career exploration, budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, spending, taxes, saving, investing, buying/leasing a vehicle, living independently, and inheritance. Development of financial literacy skills and an understanding of economic principles will provide the basis for responsible citizenship and career success. In addition to developing personal finance skills students in this course will also study basic occupational skills and concepts in preparation for entry-level employment in the field of finance. The course incorporates all economics and financial literacy objectives included in the Code of Virginia §22.1-200-03B.
SPANISH 1 – 1 UNIT
Students will learn to interact and survive linguistically in Spanish in the classroom, primarily using memorized materials and functions that recur on a daily basis. They will develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to react, in a limited way, in social situations.
INTERMEDIATE BAND – 1 UNIT
Level I is open to all students interested in entering the band program. After consultation with the band director, students are recommended to study a particular instrument. Students study music of various historical periods and styles; develop tone quality, embouchure, and articulation techniques; are introduced to scales and fingering; and perform in concert band ensembles. As an integral part of all band classes, sight reading and ear training are emphasized. After-school rehearsals and performances are to be expected along with participation in Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) sponsored events such as district festival and All-City events.
INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA – 1 UNIT
Level I is open to all students interested in entering the strings program. After consultation with the orchestra director, students are recommended to study a particular instrument. This course is a composite orchestra class where skills and techniques in bowing, fingering, and instrument care are taught. Sight reading and ear training are emphasized. After-school rehearsals and school and division performances are to be expected along with participation in All City and Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) sponsored events such as district festival.
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