ELECTIVE CLASSES


High School Spanish I (2nd hour 9:30am - 10:30am):
Instructor: Aida Scalercio (vascalercio@netscape.net (210)326-0960)
Course Fee: $360 per year (or 8 payments of $45)
Supply Fee: $30 per year (Spanish workbook and copy/supply fee)
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Materials provided by tutor:
1. ¡En Español! 1 (*Textbook -McDougal Littell, 2002)
2. Cuaderno Mas Practica (workbook)
*Textbooks are provided for the students to use throughout the year and must be returned at the end of the course. No writing is permitted inside the textbook. A $25 lost textbook fee will be collected for unreturned books. Final grade will not be issued until fee is collected. Workbooks are consumable and yours to keep.
Required Materials for Class: Textbook and workbook, pencils/pens, notebook paper, 3x5 note cards, binder, dividers for homework, vocabulary, notes, tests, quizzes, and class work.
Course Description: In High School Spanish I, students will hear and speak Spanish from the very beginning, starting with greetings and farewells, the alphabet and numbers. Students will learn the present and present progressive and basic preterit (past) tense forms along with pronouns, descriptive, limiting, possessive, and demonstrative adjectives, and interrogative words. Some vocabulary topics that are covered in Spanish I are school, house, family, pastimes, the calendar, and weather. Grammar and vocabulary are mixed with culture, readings, and information on different Spanish speaking countries.
Course Makeup Policy: Students must take the responsibility to complete missed work and to turn in homework assignments when they return to class after an absence. Tests and quizzes must be made up the week the student returns to class unless other arrangements are made.
Grading Policy: Class participation, homework, tests, quizzes, projects, and semester exams will determine final grade.

High School Spanish II (3nd hour 10:30am - 11:30am):
Instructor: Aida Scalercio (vascalercio@netscape.net (210)326-0960)
Course Fee: $360 per year (or 8 payments of $45)
Supply Fee: $30 per year (Spanish workbook and copy/supply fee for students or returning students needing the Spanish I workbook) OR $15 per year (copy/supply fee for returning students with Spanish I workbook)
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish I
Materials provided by tutor:
1. ¡En Español! 1 (*Textbook -McDougal Littell, 2002)
2. Cuaderno Mas Practica (workbook)
*Textbooks are provided for the students to use throughout the year and must be returned at the end of the course. No writing is permitted inside the textbook. A $25 lost textbook fee will be collected for unreturned books. Final grade will not be issued until fee is collected. Students completing Spanish I with Mrs. Scalercio will continue to use their Spanish I workbooks. Workbooks are consumable and yours to keep.
Required Materials for Class: Textbook and workbook, pencils/pens, notebook paper, 3x5 note cards, binder, dividers for homework, vocabulary, notes, tests, quizzes, and class work.
Course Description: This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish I. Spanish 2 reviews and expands the work of Spanish 1 by building and strengthening communication skills as well as grammatical structures. The students are able to comprehend and participate in short conversations. Translations, writing, and reading comprehension are increased at this level. The students read and write notes, letters, and short reports using Level 2 vocabulary. Cultural material is presented through class discussion.
Course Makeup Policy: Students must take the responsibility to complete missed work and to turn in homework assignments when they return to class after an absence. Tests and quizzes must be made up the week the student returns to class unless other arrangements are made.
Grading Policy: Class participation, homework, tests, quizzes, projects, and semester exams will determine final grade.

Public Speaking/Speech (5th hour 1pm - 2pm):
Instructor: Gwen Rigdon (gwenrigdon@gmail)
Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)  Supply Fee: $20
Grade level: 7th-12th Grade
Minimum enrollment: 6 students
Supplies: Students will need a notebook or binder with lined paper, index cards, and access to a computer for research
Course Description: We will be covering and practicing speaking to a group, leading meetings, impromptu speaking, and preparation for job and college interviews. We will use a modified toastmasters approach for public speaking and leading meetings (http://www.toastmasters.org/). We will be going over possible interview questions for jobs and college admission, learning appropriate answers to those questions. We will then practice taking an interview in class. In addition, there will be at least one team or group presentation.
Course Expectations and Grading: This is a hands on, learning by doing course. I expect to keep this course fun, but not necessarily easy. Students will be expected to prepare and practice speeches at home to be given in class, 1-2 per month. They will be given feedback on speeches and are expected to improve over time. With that in mind, grading will be weighted heavier the second semester. Students are graded on class participation, oral speeches and interviews. If a student is absent a day they are expected to speak, they will speak the next class day. Ten points will be deducted per week for late assignments unless a parent excuse has been given.


Engineering Design and Problem Solving (4th hour 12pm - 1pm):
Instructor: Jennifer Strickland Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50); siblings in my Science/multi Science enrollment take $5/mo discount after each
Drafting Board and Kit: $100 (student keeps)
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 9th - 12 th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: Geometry or taking simultaneously
Required textbooks: (parent must purchase on their own)
Exploring Drafting, 2007 ed. by John R. Walker and Bernard D. Mathis
($60-$70 new – check out the used prices on Amazon!) ISBN: 978-1-59070-575-9
Exploring Drafting Worksheets, 2007 ed. by John R. Walker and Bernard D. Mathis
($20 new) ISBN: 978-1-59070-576-6
Required supplies: Laptop for CAD work (I will provide a 2002 version of AutoCAD LT for educational use); Drafting Kit & Board TBD (@$100)
Class description: This course will introduce basic drawing practices and skills used by drafters and designers. Students will learn the fundamentals of creating drawings by applying sketching methods, line conventions and industry standards to solve drawing problems. We’ll cover geometric constructions, orthographic views, dimensioning, pictorial drawing, pattern development, and computer-aided drafting (CAD). Students will first apply these skills manually, using common drafting tools. Then, they’ll learn how to construct their designs in AutoCAD LT.
Students will learn how these practices are used in different design disciplines including mechanical, architectural, electrical, welding, aeronautical, civil and graphic designs. They will also have an opportunity to meet professionals in many of these industries.
Course Makeup Policy: Students are responsible for making up labs at home or may arrange for a make up time with me during my break hours or in my home.
Course Grading Policy: Students are graded on writing all assignments. Those that are not turned in will result in a “0” until the assignment is turned in. Ten points will be deducted per week for late assignments unless parent excuse has been given. Progress reports will be sent out at the end of every quarter and all grades will be posted online for parent access and convenience.

Theater Production (2nd hour 9:30am - 10:30am):
Instructor: David Petershack
Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)
Script Fee: $10
Minimum Enrollment: 5 students
Curriculum Required: None required.
Prerequisites: None required
Course Description: Theater Production will be producing Arsenic and Old Lace. is a course designed to acquaint students with the beauty and magic of theater. It will be fun! fun! fun! We will focus on voice, stage movement, and role playing. By using improvisational skills, the class will train students to express themselves joyfully and with confidence. They will learn to create a believable character and portray it with technical skill in a production scheduled for the end of the year. Class is graded pass/fail based on participation.  If you have questions about grades please contact me.

Theater Improv (3nd hour 10:30am - 11:30am):
Instructor: David Petershack
Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)
Minimum Enrollment: 5 students
Curriculum Required: None required.
Prerequisites: None required
Course Description: This class is designed to acquaint students with the beauty and magic of theater by using improv techniques to learn how to put your own imprint on a character. We will focus on creating scenes and characters by using improvisational skills. The class will train students to express themselves joyfully and with confidence. They will learn how to adapt and create scenes on the spot. Class is graded pass/fail based on participation.  If you have questions about grades please contact me.

Beginning Art Techniques (4th hour 12pm - 1pm):
Instructor: Dwayne Puckett (DwaynePuckett@gmail.com)
Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)
Supply Fee: $25 one-time supply fee
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Minimum Enrollment: 4 students
Curriculum Required: none
Prerequisite: none
Course Description: Art Technique ~
Drawing: Layout, sketching, shading, color, and application.
Painting: Water based acrylics and possibly water color.
3D: Construction with found objects and Multi Media
This is a basics of what art is supposed to be, applications of different media in ways that are both aesthetically pleasing and personally gratifying. My target is to introduce the student not just to art technique but also art appreciation. I plan to take at least two field trips to any of the number of museums here in San Antonio with the possibility to visit an Art Gallery. And encourage each student to participate in our end of year art show.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their participation and work.

Advanced Art Techniques (5th hour 1pm - 2pm):
Instructor: Dwayne Puckett (DwaynePuckett@gmail.com)
Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Supply Fee: $10 for supplies for first classes until specialized list for each student can be made based on direction taken by student
Grade Level: 11 - 12
Minimum Enrollment: 2 students
Curriculum Required: none
Prerequisite: submission of portfolio and artist statement (can be simple)
Course Description: Advanced Art: In other words, this is “Where We Get Serious About Art!” This is for the student who is serious about Art and Art related futures in college. The class will be small so we can have more one on one time to get your chosen art emphasis polished and ready for the professors in college. My intent is to help students polish their skills, learn to frame or display their pieces properly, and help them understand the intent of a constructive critique of their work. I fully expect the prospective student to have the basics of art down and show an extraordinary drive to create well defined pieces and the will to make a complete project from studies to the finished framed work of art. Supplies and such will be determined as each student will have a different focus so the needed supplies will vary according to their requirements. I plan to take at least two required field trips to any of the number of museums here in San Antonio with the possibility to visit an Art Gallery. And each student will be required to participate in our end of year art show.  Students are welcome to come early and stay late to get extra studio time.
Prospective students are required to submit a portfolio of their work so I can determine their abilities and whether or not they need more basic training or can dive into the next evolution of their work. Simple photographs of the pieces will be sufficient, they can be mailed to my e-mail address.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their
participation and work.

Art History (6th hour 2pm - 3pm):
Instructor: Dwayne Puckett (DwaynePuckett@gmail.com)
Course Fee: $240 (8 payments of $30)
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Minimum Enrollment: 5 students
Curriculum Required: none
Prerequisite: none
Course Description: Artistic talent not required! This is for someone who would like to learn about art and all it’s beautiful history. We will focus on history, style, artists, etc. There will be tests and this course is study intensive. I plan to take at least two required field trips to any of the number of museums here in San Antonio with the possibility to visit an Art Gallery.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their test scores and participation in class.


Visual Media - Photography & Video (3rd hour 10:30am - 11:30am):
Instructor:David Crockett
Monthly Tuition:
$320 (8 payments of $40)
Minimum Student Enrollment
: 6
Required Materials: Digital camera of some sort, year student subscription to Adobe Photoshop CC (costs $10/month for one year), tripod, Computer (either PC or Mac for installation and operation of Photoshop CC.
Class Description: Class will focus on three mediums of visual media: photography, Photoshop digital darkroom, and video production. Students will learn basic and advances concepts of both still including photography exposure, composition, portraiture, photojournalism, and artistic photography. Second, students will learn introduction and advanced skills of editing and manipulating photographs in the latest version of Adobe Photoshop CC, including photograph touchup, restoration and artistic manipulation. Third, students will learn basic principles of video production and editing which will include a class project of making a short film. Students will be required to complete weekly assignments and participate in class discussions. This class will be both challenging and extremely fun. A one year subscription to Adobe Photoshop CC is required so students will be able to learn cutting edge techniques of digital photo editing on the latest version of the industry standard. It can either be paid at $120 all at once or $10 a month over the year. Equipment for the video portion of the class will be provided by the teacher.


4-H Archery (4th hour 12pm - 1pm):
Instructor: Gwen Rigdon (gwenrigdon@gmail)
Course Fee: $360 (8 payments of $45) I have included the cost for the use of equipment and supplies needed, to help with registration costs.
Grade level: 6th-12th Grade
Minimum enrollment: 6 students (max 12)
Requirements: After the first day of class, each family must register for 4-H and pay $20 for the year. Do not register before being told to do so or you could be signed up for the wrong year and have to sign up and pay again. Your student will not be allowed to shoot until 4-H registration is complete for the proper year.
Course Description: Students will learn how to shoot archery using Olympic style form. They will learn the parts of a bow and arrows along with how to maintain bows and arrows. They will learn how to fletch arrows and score. There are 4, 4-H competitions in the spring and summer that students can participate in if desired. The cost, dates, and information concerning competitions will be made available to interested students.
Course Expectations and Grading: This is a hands on, physical education class. Most class days will be spent practicing and shooting archery. Students will be graded on participation and willingness to follow directions.


Robotics (2nd & 3rd hour 9:30am - 11:30am):
Instructor: Kier Ian Riley  from Bricks 4 Kids
Course Fee:
$400 (8 payments of $50)
Grade Level: 7 - 12

Min/Max in class:
6 min / 8 max
Prerequisites: None needed.
Course Description: How would you like to turn your next LEGO® creation into a robot, programmed to do exactly what you tell it to do? The Bricks 4 Kidz Junior Robotics program offers all the fun of building with LEGO® bricks, PLUS the challenge of computer programming! Using drag-and-drop icon-based software, WeDo software provides an introduction into the world of computer-programming and robotics that will equip students to succeed in a technology-based marketplace. This fun, action-packed class combines real-life skills with real-kid fun!
Curriculum Required: All project kits and motors provided each week by Bricks4Kidz for classroom use. The use of a laptop is needed.
Course Make-up Policy: No make-up work is given for this class.
Course Grading Policy: Grades will not be given in this class.

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