Electives


Public Speaking/Speech:
Instructor: Gwen Rigdon
Course Fee: $280 (8 payments of $35) 
Copy/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, about 1 per month. They will be given feedback on speeches and are expected to improve over time. With that in mind, grading will be more stringent 
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.

Improv:
Tutor: David Petershack
Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40) 
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 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(s) throughout the year. 

Theater Production:
Instructor: David Petershack
Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40) 
One time Fee: $60
Theater Fee : $100 (at least ten tickets at $10 each either sold or bought by each family due by February 1)
Minimum Enrollment: 5 students
Curriculum Required: None required.
Prerequisites: None required
Course Description: Theater Production will be producing The Mouse that Roared at a professional theater.  This 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 at a real theater (either on stage or as a technical aid). Past productions include Much Ado About Nothing, Wizard of Oz and Arsenic and Old Lace.  Class is graded pass/fail based on participation.  If you have questions about grades please contact me.


Archery:
Instructor: Barry Watson and Roger Koss
Course Fee: $480 (8 payments of $60)
Supply Fee: $60
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Minimum Enrollment: 5 students
USA Archery Membership: Membership to USA Archery is required Membership Registration link. Yearly membership is $30.
Curriculum Required: none
Supplies Required: none
Prerequisite: none
Course Description: Robin Hood, Legolas the Elf, and Katniss Everdeen occupy a special place in literature and legend for their prowess with a bow and arrow! Now you can take a shot at glory by learning this fun and ancient sport! This course teaches target Olympic-style Archery. It is designed to accommodate both the beginning archer as well as more advanced archers. The emphasis is on establishing a solid foundation. Topics covered are: care of equipment, history of archery, archery form, physics of archery and archery technique.

Photography 1:
Instructor: Terri Flory
Course Fee: $400 per year (or 8 payments of $50)
Supply Fee: $75. (Includes a professional portfolio, all professional quality 8 x 10 prints, professional headshot(s) plus the digital images and any expenses for field trips.)
Grade level: 8-12
Minimum Student Enrollment: 5
*Students will be offered several opportunities to learn outside of their usual environment such as visiting a local movie set during filming (by local college graduates), photographing live theatre and having their personal headshots taken. Please plan to attend as many off day experiences as possible. Field trip schedule TBA.
Required Materials: Digital camera, a free account with Dropbox (for submitting weekly assignments), computer (either PC with photoshop or a Mac for photo editing and sharing photos via Dropbox). 
Course Description: Whether you have been taking pictures for years or have only dreamed about it this class is for you! Students should expect a very hands on experience photographing everything from professional headshots, and live theatre to visiting a movie set during filming (by local college graduates), which will include a question and answer period with the director of photography and a brief unit on drone photography! We will learn the basics of photography and immediately apply them in a wide range of new settings. We will discuss photography etiquette in all of these settings and apply the ever changing rules for shooting in public. Students will gain an understanding of lighting (including natural and low light), photocomposition, and editing. We will also complete a unit on movie making and drone photography! By the end of the school year students will have a professional headshot and a portfolio of their work.
Time commitment: Students will be required to complete and submit a photography assignment each week. Assignments will be due prior to class each week for teacher review. While the off day experiences will not be required they are highly recommended and will be essential to fully experience all that this class has to offer. 
Grading policy: Class participation, homework, and projects will determine the grade recommendation.

Beginning Art Techniques:
Instructor: Dwayne Puckett 
Course Fee: $280 (8 payments of $35)  
Supply Fee: $25 one-time supply fee
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Minimum Enrollment: 4 students
Curriculum Required: none 
Supplies Required:
Sketchbook, inexpensive, available at Michael's or Hobby Lobby
Pencils, graphite, HB (#2) and B (softer) two of each to start
Erasers, soft white preferred but a pink pearl will work.
Small pencil sharpener, preferably one with a chamber to capture the shavings.
Colored Pencils, map colors are fine, a small package, inexpensive.
Paper: Drawing paper, can either be loose leaf or wire bound.
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:
Instructor: Dwayne Puckett 
Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Supply Fee: $15 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
Supplies Required: based on desired speciality
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.

Open/Block Art :
Instructor: Dwayne Puckett 
Course Fee: $480 (8 payments of $60) 
Supply Fee: $25 for supplies for first classes until specialized list for each student can be made based on direction taken by student 
Grade Level: 9 - 12 
Curriculum Required: none
Supplies Required: based on desired specialty
Course Description: By popular request.  For those students who want more class time to create art. A open block time during fourth and fifth hours.  Open to both beginning and advanced art students.
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. 

Anime & Manga 101:
Instructor: Dwayne Puckett 
Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40) 
Supply Fee: $10 
Minimum Student Enrollment
: 4
Curriculum Required: Manga for the Beginner: Everything you Need to Start Drawing Right Away! by Christopher Hart
Supplies Required:
Sketchbook, inexpensive, available at Michaels and Hobby Lobby
Pencils, graphite, HB (#2) and B (softer) two of each to start
Erasers, soft white preferred but a pink pearl will work.
Small pencil sharpener, preferably one with a chamber to capture the shavings.
Ultra-Fine Sharpie in Black
Colored Pencils, map colors are fine, a small package, inexpensive.
Paper: Drawing paper, can either be loose leaf or wire bound.
Prerequisite: none
Course Description: Do you enjoy Anime and Manga?  Do you wish you could draw your own?  This is the class for you!  We will start with basic drawing skills and focus on the style that has made Anime and Manga so unique.  

Logic:
Instructor: Dwayne Puckett 
Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Minimum Enrollment: 5 students
Curriculum Required
The Thinking Toolbox and The Fallacy Detective
Prerequisite: none
Course Description: We will spend the year developing 
Tools For Thinking and recognizing Fallacies.  Time will be spent filling the toolbox with skills that recognize fallacies (in everyday life, statistics, and in Propaganda), how to handle discussions, arguments and/or disagreements (and how to avoid or turn the tables in an uncomfortable situation), using the Scientific Method to come to a logical conclusion, listening effectively, and handling opposing viewpoints.  This class will open doors to many conversations and parental involvement will be necessary for success.  Learning to think for one's self is a critical skill.
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.




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