Language Arts 9 Honors (9230A-semester 1, 9230B-semester2)Prerequisite: Instructor approval, grades in LA the previous year, and SRI score of 1261-1700+. (Application Required and is available online.) Students can get their latest SRI score from their Language Arts teachers. Current SRI testing will not be until April 2018. Please request honors now and there will be a screening process after the SRI results come back. This course, based on the 9th Grade Utah English Language Arts (ELA) Core Standards, is designed for students who qualify for more advanced instruction in reading comprehension, writing, methods of inquiry, and the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication. This class will work closely with Geography and Biology to continue building and strengthening those scores.
Honors Biology (9315 – semester 1, 9315B – semester 2) . (2.0 Credits) Application is Required and available online. Enrollment is based on previous grades, SRI (Reading) score, and instructor approval. This class is not guaranteed. 9th grade Honors Biology is a rigorous course covering the many aspects of Biology. Students will cover topics varying from ecosystems, to cells and body systems, plant and animal adaptations as well as evolution and genetics. Students are given the opportunity to dissect a fetal pig, sheep heart and a shark in an effort to strengthen the student’s ability to find patterns and cause/effect relationships amongst the living world. Honors Biology is foundational course for the future high school science courses and provides a stepping stone as students transition to high school. Come explore and discover the science of life- Biology!
Boys Choir I (0.5 or 1.0) 7th, 8th, 9th (7510MA-Semester 1, 7510MB-Semester 2Prerequisite: None$ fee requiredDon’t miss out on BOYS CHOIR! This class will be packed with energy and FUN! Yes, choir is FUN! We will sing songs from all over the world, from Bach to Rock! We will build powerful, amazing, healthy voices that can’t be stopped! You will not have another class like it! Girls Choir I (0.5-1.0) 7th, 8th, 9th (7510FA-Semester 1, 7510FB-Semester 2Prerequisite: None$ fee requiredGirls just wanna have fun? YES! We do! This first ever all girls choir is an amazing opportunity for ELA girls to kick it up a notch! We will work to create amazing, strong, healthy voices and great musicianship! You are not going to want to miss signing up for this class! Choir II Spotlights (1.0) 8th or 9th Grade (8520A – semester 1, 8520B – semester 2)Prerequisite: Preferred Choir I$ fee requiredIf you want to be involved in an amazing class, this is a must for your schedule! In Spotlight Singers we study the care and cultivation of a beautiful vocal tone, aesthetic sensitivity, increasing the ability to read music, building technical vocal skills, team spirit, and responsible rehearsal habits. Advanced Theatre III: Productions (1.0) 9th Grade (9530A– semester 1, 9530B – semester 2)Prerequisite: NoneApplication required. Students will study the art of acting more rigorously by putting on Productions...thus the name! Get ready for Theatre Awesomeness! Stage Crew (.50) 8th, 9th (8920A-semester 1, 8920B- semester 2)Prerequisite: NoneApplication required, tryouts will be January of the school year prior. In this class you will learn the art of technical theater (lights, sound, costumes, stage management, etc.). Stage Crew will be running all technical events happening at ELA. Part of your grade will be running crew outside of class. Prepare to work hard and have the time of your life! Advanced Running Crew (1.0) 8th & 9th (8925A- semester 1, 8925B-semester 2)Prerequisite: NoneApplication required, tryouts will be January of the school year prior. This class will be double blocked. Course for 9th graders will be counted as Audio Visual Team and Stage Craft Tech. In this class you will continue to learn the art of technical theatre (lights, sound, costumes, stage management, etc.). ELA Crew will be running all technical events happening in the theatre areas of ELA. Part of your grade will be running crew outside of class. Prepare to work hard and have the time of your life! Acoustic Guitar (.50) 8th & 9th (8910A – semester 1, 8910B – semester 2)This is an intro class for beginners who have little to no guitar experience. Acoustic only. Come learn how to play or improve your budding skills!*Student must provide his/her own acoustic guitar.
Digital Photography 1(0.5) 8 & 9th (8560 & 8560B)Can be offered as a CTE credit or fine art elective credit. Photography includes the inventive use of light and photographic equipment to create art. This is a fundamental course covering camera mechanics, film types, lighting, and composition. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking skills and art-related technology skills. Some art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included. Art III: Art in Everyday Life (1.0) 9th (9550A –semester 1, 9550B – semester 2)Prerequisite: Art 1 and/or Art 2. Application required online. This course is an advanced art-making class in which we will explore what art programs are available in college and what careers are available afterwards. We will learn advanced art techniques across a variety of media in graphic design, illustration, animation, studio art, photography, and art education.
Music Composition (0.5) 9th (9560)Prerequisite: None$10 Fee RequiredThis course is for students who would like to learn how to notate music, both freehand and with notational software. Instruments are not required for this course. Students will learn the basics of piano and music theory and how to notate music for different instruments. Final project will be a “Composer’s Alive!” recital, where students’ works will be performed by live musicians. Orchestra (0.5 or 1.0) 7th, 8th, 9th (8510A – semester 1, 8510B semester 2)This course is for students who are interested in playing violin, viola, cello, and bass. 3 to 4 evening performances outside of class are part of this course. Practice time outside of school is required. An instrument for use at home and school is required.
Woodwind Ensemble (0.5 or 1.0) 7th, 8th, & 9th (7524A-semester 1, 7524B-semester 2)$10 Fee Required, Application RequiredThis course is for students who are interested in playing flute, clarinet, and saxophone as part of an ensemble. 3 to 4 evening performances outside of class are part of this course. Practice time outside of school is required. An instrument for use at home and school is required.
*CTE/ COMPUTER TECH ELECTIVES*
Photojournalism (1.0) 9th (9510A – semester 1, 9510B – semester 2)Prerequisite: Digital Photography. Application required. Available online. Apply the photography skills you gained in Digital Photography to take portraits, landscapes, action photos, and macro shots for the yearbook. We will tell the story of ELA’s students, athletics, events, and culture in stunning images. We will also develop a portfolio of advanced work outside of yearbook work.
Eco/Greenhouse Science (1.0) 9th (9320A – semester 1, 9320B – semester 2)In this class, students will get hands-on experience growing plants in the greenhouse. A large portion of the class will involve students conducting experiments to investigate the influence of soil, air, water on plant growth. Students will also learn about the anatomy and inner-workings of plants. We will also spend time in class focusing on the “big picture” of interrelationships between organisms in the natural world. This will include discussion of ecology, the environment, and our natural resources. *OTHER ELECTIVES*
Team Sports (0.5) 7th, 8th, & 9th (9720A-semester 1, 9720B-semester 2)This course is designed to teach sports which require group participation and cooperation. (This class cannot be substituted for Participation Skills and Techniques). Tier II Reading (1.0) 9th (7960A– semester 1, 7960B – semester 2)This course is assigned to students based on their SRI lexile score. If a student is below grade level with their reading proficiency they will be assigned to take Tier II reading. This course, based on Utah English Language Arts (ELA) Core Standards, is designed for students requiring basic instruction with targeted intervention in reading comprehension, vocabulary, and reading skills, to assist striving readers with literary, informational, and functional texts. Spanish I (1.0) 8th & 9th (8240 –semester 1, 8240B – semester 2)¡Bienvenidos a español I!This is an introductory class with focus on basic comprehension and speaking in the Spanish language. Students will experience Spanish through storytelling and skits, daily interactive games, songs, and more! We will discover countries around the globe, learn about unique customs, learn dances, etc.! We also have fiestas, enjoying authentic Mexican and other cuisine! Please join our room of fun and laughter! Students love the atmosphere because they “get to play games” in class! Spanish II (1.0) 9th (9240A – semester 1, 9240B – semester 2)Prerequisite: Spanish I“To have another language is to possess a second soul”.In Spanish II, we will continue on with our learning of language and culture in order to enhance our communication skills and global knowledge! We will discover new vocabulary, adding to our previous knowledge. We will learn the past tense and future tenses, as well as how to develop our speaking and comprehension skills, in preparation for Spanish III. Additionally, students will experience more of an immersion setting- proved the best to learn and retain a new language! Also, we will attend a language fair at BYU! Come join us! French 1 (1.0) 9th (9245A-semester 1, 9245B-semester 2)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 novice-mid level according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) standards. Students will develop an appreciation for the culture of the countries where the language is spoken. Yearbook (1.0) 8th & 9th (8230A – semester 1, 8230B – semester 2)Are you a whiz on the computer? Do you have strong writing skills and want to be a part of history? If you work well with others, are good at meeting deadlines, and are willing to give 100% to every assignment, then apply to be part of the Yearbook Staff and help create the book that showcases our awesome school life at ELA. Student Aide (0.5-1.0) (9910 – semester 1, 9910B – semester 2)Application is required. Students will need to go to Mrs. Kuglar's website and click on student aide. They will be required to fill out the forms to receive a passing grade. Do you like to help others? Do you like to organize things? Do you enjoy working with children? Do you like to keep busy and interact with others? If so, then being an aide might be just the elective choice for you. Aide positions are available for elementary, junior high, library, and office.
Dance 1 (0.5 or 1.0) 7th, 8th, and 9th (7728)This course offers basic dance techniques, fitness fundamentals, movement qualities, and rhythm with an emphasis on creativity, sequencing, and problem solving. Weight Training (.50) 7th, 8th, & 9th (9724)This course is designed as an introduction to proper weight lifting techniques and includes the development of individual programs that develop body tone, muscle strength, and physical conditioning. Yoga (0.5) 8th & 9th (9725)This class focuses on structural alignment, increase of strength and flexibility. It will deepen 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 all together. Aerobic Fitness (.5) 7th, 8th, & 9th (9723)Start your day with a cardio high! This fast paced class combines high and low impact exercises to really work your heart and lungs. This course is designed to help individuals become physically fit through continuous movement activities. ( ex. aerobic dance, step aerobics, kickboxing, HIIT ( High Intensity Interval Training), Push yourself to the next level!