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.
Secondary Math III (9110 – semester 1, 9110B – semester 2) (Will be online through Mountain Heights Academy)It is in Mathematics III that students pull together and apply the accumulation of learning that they have from their previous courses, with content grouped into four critical areas, organized into units. They apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data. Students expand their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. Students expand their study of right triangle trigonometry to include general triangles. And, finally, students bring together all of their experience with functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. Mathematics III Honors covers additional concepts in more depth and at a faster pace than the Mathematics III course.
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!
Participation Skills and Techniques is designed to develop competency in up to five different activities. Competency involves the ability to apply basic skills, strategies, and rules using standardized guidelines or rubrics. Course activities present an extension of or newer content than that presented in previous classes, and the curriculum provides enough diverse offerings to meet the individual needs of all students.
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 or 1.0) 7th, 8th, 9th (7510FA-Semester 1, 7510FB-Semester 2Prerequisite: None$ fee requiredGirls just wanna have fun? YES! We do! ELA’s 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: Choir I or instructor approval$ 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: None . Application required. $ fee requiredStudents will study the art of acting more rigorously by putting on Productions...thus the name! Get ready for Theatre Awesomeness! Who? Any student entering the 9th grade. What is Productions? You will be trained in more advanced theatre technique. Students will put on two class productions: Class musical - Little Shop of Horrors, and POW!Production skills I am looking for: Leaders - Trustworthy - Dependable - Hard Working - Creative - Team Players - Talent! Stage Crew (.50) 8th, 9th (8920A-semester 1, 8920B- semester 2)Prerequisite: None$ fee requiredApplication 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 or 2.0) 8th & 9th (8925A- semester 1, 8925B-semester 2)Prerequisite: None. Application required, tryouts will be January of the school year prior. $ fee requiredThis class can be double blocked for 2.0 credits. 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 (0.5) 8th & 9th (8910A – semester 1, 8910B – semester 2)Prerequisite: None$ fee requiredThis 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)Prerequisite: None$ fee requiredCan 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. Visual Arts 1: Art in Everyday Life (1.0) 9th (9550A –semester 1, 9550B – semester 2)Prerequisite: Art 1 and/or Art 2. Application required online. $ fee requiredThis 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$ 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. Beginning Orchestra (0.5 or 1.0) 7th, 8th, 9th (8510A – semester 1, 8510B semester 2)Prerequisite: None$ fee requiredhis 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.
Advanced Orchestra (0.5) 7th, 8th, 9th (semester 2 only)$ fee requiredThis course is for students who are interested in playing the violin, viola, cello, and bass and have had Beginning Orchestra or can pass a playing test with the instructor. There are two evening performances (March & May) outside of class that are part of this course. Practice time outside of school is required. An instrument for use at home and school is required.
Wind Ensemble (0.5 or 1.0) 7th, 8th, & 9th (7524A-semester 1, 7524B-semester 2)Prerequisite: None. Application Required$ fee 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.
Ukulele (0.5) 7th, 8th, & 9th ( -semester 1)$ fee required*Students must provide or rent own instrument. This course is for students who are interested in playing ukulele--both chords and fingerstyle. Singing while playing will be encouraged. Practice time outside of school is required. An instrument for use at home and school is required. This is a great class where you can play songs in a fun environment to help you relax from the stresses of the day. Come and learn one of the most accessible and popular instruments out there!
*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.
Intro to Engineering Design (1.0)Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work. ELA News & Elementary Yearbook (0.5) 7th, 8th, & 9th This course will have two components: First, students will learn basic journalism skills such as note-taking, planning, interviewing, and editing, etc. They will also learn team building and leadership skills while collaborating on the Elementary Yearbook. Graphic Design skills will be taught in order to create a visually strong presentation of our school’s memories. Second, students will learn basic broadcast journalism skills, including script writing, video production, studio lighting, and basic video editing, etc. They will use these skills to create the weekly school news video, The Phoenix Feed.
Computer Science Principles (CSP): (1.0) 9th (9635A - Semester 1, 9635B - Semester 2)This is a full year course and can be taken to receive a HS Digital Studies credit or a Science elective credit. The class introduces you to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges you to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The basics of computer science help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills, with the goal of preparing students and creating leaders in computer science fields, with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities. Big ideas and concepts include:- Computing is a creative activity.- Abstraction reduces information and detail to facilitate focus on relevant concepts.- Data and information facilitate the creation of knowledge.- Algorithms are used to develop and express solutions to computational problems.- Programming enables problem-solving, human expression, and creation of knowledge.- The Internet pervades modern computing.- Computing has global impacts.
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! 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/Graphic Design (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 apply online to be a student aide. They will be required to fill out check-in forms to receive a passing grade, and weekly planner checks are required from the teacher. 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.
*PHYSICAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES*
Fitness for Life (0.5) (9700F – for female students, 9700M – for male students)This course is required for graduation. Fitness for Life is an individualized, concepts-based, one-semester course designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to self-assess, create, conduct, evaluate, and redesign personal fitness programs. It is required of all students and there are no substitutions, including participation in athletics. The course is a combination of classroom and activity-based learning activities with a focus on proper nutrition and the mastery of skills and concepts necessary for students to become accomplished monitors of their personal lifetime fitness. Through participation, students learn to compare the fitness benefits in a variety of individual and team activities.Students become proficient in the use of a variety of assessments, measurement devices, exercise equipment, web and community resources, and computer software. Assigned reading and writing assignments, which include activity journals and portfolios, broaden the physical education experience and contribute to the literacy of students.
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).
Dance 1 (0.5) 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 (0.5) 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 introduces foundational yoga postures, teaches you how to breathe, and helps you feel more comfortable in the yoga practice. Students will be introduced to yoga postures through step-by-step verbal description and demonstration. Emphasis is placed on student understanding, safety, and stability within each pose. This class will help you relax the physical body while helping to quiet the mind and calm the nervous system. Leave relaxed, content, and ready to take on the day! Open to students of all levels.
Total Body Strength and Conditioning (0.5) 7th, 8th, & 9th (9723)This class is a total body aerobic and strength conditioning workout. This interval-based class combines full-body strength training with high-intensity cardio bursts designed to tone your body, improve your endurance, and clear your mind before you start your busy day! This class includes circuit training and stretching for a complete workout. All levels are welcome!
Beginning Tumbling Class (0.5) 7th, 8th, and 9th This class focuses on providing the skills necessary for beginning tumbling. Students will spend time working on strength and tumbling drills that will help them get one step closer to better tumbling for classes and try-outs. Beginner tumbling will work on strengthening handstands, cartwheels, bridges, and rolls, as well as drills for round offs, and walkovers. There will be no instruction on apparatuses (vault, bars, beam, or floor).
Self Defense (0.5) 7th, 8th & 9th The Taekwondo program of martial arts will provide students with not only the most effective method of weaponless self-defense, but will also introduce them to an intricate art form, an Olympic Sports, and a means of maintaining physical fitness. The purpose of training in martial arts is to develop coordination between the mind, body, and spirit. The martial art drills and learning activities in this class integrate aerobic stamina and physical strength with concentration skills. What you will learn in this course will help you in every aspect of your life.