Course Catalog 2013 - 2014
Mathematics Department Course Name: Algebra 1 Grade: 9th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: This course is the foundational math course for all incoming freshmen. The skills in the course are aligned with the CT state standards with an emphasis on the CAPT. Topics include operations and variables, solving linear equations, working with 9 linear functions, their graphs, and scatter plots as well as solving linear systems. Students also receive preparation on how to solve grid-in and open-ended CAPT problems with a special focus on problem solving skills enabling students to apply mathematical skills and make meaningful connections to lifeâ€™s experiences. Topics also include proportions, percentages, and probability, exponential functions, solving linear inequalities, polynomials and factoring as well as radicals, quadratic equations and functions. Course Name: Geometry Grade: 10th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: Algebra I Description: This course includes an in-depth analysis of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry as they relate to both abstract mathematical concepts as well as real-world problem solving. Students will study basic concepts, geometric relationships and 10 properties of geometric figures, including formulas. Students will study points, lines, and angles in a plane, parallel lines and transversals. A major emphasis of this course is to allow students to investigate geometric situations. Properties of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and circles should receive particular attention. Congruence and similarity of triangles will be established using appropriate theorems. Students will determine characteristics of right triangles and apply the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems. Transformations including rotations, reflections, translations, and glide reflections and coordinate geometry will be used to establish and verify geometric relationships. Course Name: Algebra II Grade: 11th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: Algebra I Description: The following topics will be covered during this course: Linear Functions and Systems of Equations, Graphing Quadratic Functions, Solving Quadratic Equations, Polynomial Functions, Radical Equations and Functions, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Linear Inequalities and Linear Programming. Course Name: Algebra II-Honors Grade: 11th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: Algebra I Description: This course will focus on the advanced algebraic number systems to a complex field, elementary functions using multiple representations (graphical, numerical, algebraic and verbal) including linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, linear systems and matrices, periodic functions, and the study of probability, sequences and series, and trigonometric identities. Honors classes will have an introduction to statistics. Problem solving will be emphasized throughout the course. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications and modeling. Appropriate technology, from manipulative to calculators will be used regularly for instruction and assessment. Course Name: Probability & Statistics Grade: 12th Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: Algebra I & II, Geometry Description: The following topics will be covered during this course: Data Analysis, Summarizing Data and Graphing, Central Tendencies, Probability, Normal Distribution, Standard Deviation, Discrete and Normal Probability Distributions, Surveys Course Name: Pre-Calculus Grade: 12th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: Algebra I & II Description: Pre-Calculus will cover the following topics: Review of Algebraic Expressions, Polynomials, Exponents, Rational Expressions, Equations, Inequalities, Functions (graphs, transformations, combinations, inverses, composite and applications), Complex Numbers, Polynomial Functions, Rational Functions, Variation, and Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. English/Reading Department Course Name: Reading Lab Grade: 9th-12th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: Students are placed in Read 180 based on Lexile scores. Description: READ 180 is an intensive reading intervention program designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is below the proficient level. The program directly addresses individual needs through adaptive and instruction software, high-interest literature, and direct instruction in reading skills. (READ 180) The goal for using READ 180 is to facilitate the development of self-reliant proficient readers, and writers. Course Name: English I Grade: 9th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: In English 1, the focus is on four main units and accompanying novels. Novels and other readings include memoirs, vignettes, plays, fiction and nonfiction. Students will be asked to read, respond to and analyze the novels and other readings completed this year. The 9th grade CCSS for reading and writing will be covered throughout the year through these four units. English 1 classes will focus on writing an argumentative essay. Students will be writing essays twice a month. Course Name: English II Grade: 10th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: English I Description: Tenth-grade English aims at reinforcing and improving the skills learned in ninth grade. Students will focus on sharpening skills for understanding and interpreting both non-fiction and fiction. We will read various genres of literature, including short stories, novels, poems, and plays. With each piece of literature, we will further develop our ability to interpret the piece of literature and to extend our understanding of it and the complex issues it raises. We will continue our study of literary devices, such as symbols, metaphors, and imagery, and further examine how literature helps us understand the people and events in both our lives and the world. We will also read a variety of non-fiction, including newspaper and magazine articles, opinion pieces, autobiography, text of speeches, and informational texts. In particular, we will focus on developing the skills to recognize different kinds of information, the authorâ€™s purpose in creating a piece of writing, and detecting bias. Course Name: Literature & Composition I Grade: 11th Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: Students engage in a variety of learning experiences: writing, research, oral presentations, reading of various genres, group work, and independent study. Through these experiences, students will explore the development of American literature as part of American history and thought. Students will also strive to improve competence in writing well-developed essays and in the elements of research. Essential Questions: How does representative American literature characterize the American Dream? What common themes can be found in American literature? What are the distinctive characteristics of American literature? Course Name: Literature & Composition I Honors Grade: 11th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: Students engage in a variety of learning experiences: writing, research, oral presentations, reading of various genres, group work, and independent study. Through these experiences, students will explore the development of American literature as part of American history and thought. Students in this honors course will explore literature more widely and deeply than those in standard Junior English classes and will read more challenging texts. The honors English course fosters intellectual curiosity by encouraging students to generate thought-provoking questions and topics and to research diverse sources. Course Name: Literature & Composition II Grade: 12th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: Students will study African Literature, Latin American Literature, English Literature and more. Topics include colonization, cultural identity, alienation, gender roles, family life and social class. Texts include Things Fall Apart, Selected Short Stories of Gabriel Marquez, a Shakespeare play and others. Students learn to differentiate between historical and fictionalized accounts of history. This course will also focus on literature from around the world, specifically Africa, South America, Asia, and Europe. Course goals include exposing students to the great literature of other cultures and improving our knowledge of the multitude of literary techniques used to express ideas and emotions. We will read literature in different genres, including poetry, short stories, novels, plays, and persuasive non-fiction. Students will react to the literature through thesis-based and passage-based essays and will write a research paper that explores an issue or idea emanating from the literature we’ve read. Course Name: Literature & Composition II Honors Grade: 12th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: Students will study African Literature, Latin American Literature, British Literature and more. Topics include colonization, cultural identity, alienation, gender roles, family life and social class. Texts include Things Fall Apart, Selected Short Stories of Gabriel Marquez, The Canterbury Tales, a Shakespeare play and others. Students learn to differentiate between historical and fictionalized accounts of history. As an honors class, higher level thinking skills will be reflected in the quality of student performance in oral language, written language, and other media/technology. Course Name: UCONN English 1011 Grade: 12th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: Teacher/School Counselor Recommendation Required Description: The UConn freshman literature-based writing course is called “English 111: Seminar in Writing through Literature,” and is described in the University of Connecticut course catalog as follows: “Instruction in
academic writing through literary reading. Assignments emphasize interpretation, argumentation, and reflection. Revision of formal assignments and instruction on grammar, mechanics, and style.â€? In addition to achieving some specific writing goals, such as the ability to write critical essays that demonstrate a thoughtful engagement with complex readings, the course is designed to help students develop, through revision and reflection, an understanding of themselves as writers and thinkers. Consequently, no matter how strong or weak students may be as readers and writers when they begin the seminars, they should all be more powerful and self-aware writers, readers, and thinkers by the end of the course. Science Department Course Name: Physical Science Grade: 9th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: This is an introductory physical science course designed to introduce students to chemistry, physics, and earth/environmental principles. Students will focus on the following topics: Properties of Matter, Atomic Structure, Chemical Reactivity, The Periodic Table, Carbon Chemistry, Energy and Motion, Electricity and Magnetism, Earths Cycles, and Environmental Science. Additionally students will focus on conducting and designing experiments as well as data analysis. Course Name: Biology Grade: 10th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: Physical Science Description: This is an introductory life science course designed to introduce students to biological topics and principles. Students will focus on the following topics: Biochemistry, Ecology and Population Dynamics, Cell Biology, Genetics and Heredity, Molecular Biology, Growth and Reproduction, Pathogens and Infection, and Evolution. Additionally students will focus on conducting and designing experiments as well as data analysis. Course Name: Chemistry Grade: 11th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: Physical Science Description: This chemistry class follows the Hartford Public School's curriculum. Topics covered will include the periodic table, chemical bonding, naming of compounds, organic chemistry, chemical reaction rates, stoichiometry, gases and solutions, and experimental design. There will be an additional focus on science in the media.
History Department Course Name: Civics Grade: 9th Credit: 0.5 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: The Civics class provides an analysis of the responsibility of each citizen’s involvement in government life and in society. The Civics class asks students to determine what makes a quality citizen, specifically that citizen’s responsibilities in the national, state, and local governmental institutions. Within that governmental framework, Civics students become aware of their civil rights and liberties. Finally, the Civics class offers a perspective of a citizen’s role toward other countries and their inhabitants. Course Name: Geography Grade: 9th Credit: 0.5 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: World Geography is a semester long course designed to provide students with a basic understanding of and interrelationship between physical and human geography. Instruction is in accordance with the content standards set forth by the Common Core and Hartford Public Schools curriculum. Major topics covered include the elements of geography, introduction to the basics of physical and human geography, Africa, Southwest Asia (The Middle East), East and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Russia, Latin America and modern geographical concerns and their historical roots. Course Name: International Studies Grade: 10th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: International Studies is the study of world history from the pre-history era until the Renaissance. Students practice thinking and writing like historians as they grapple with key essential questions. Topics covered will include: Nomadic and Agricultural Societies, The Cradle of Civilization, Nile River Civilizations, Greeks and Romans, Judaism/Christianity/Islam, African Kingdoms, Ancient Asia, The Americas, Medieval Europe and Byzantium, Renaissance and Reformation, Colonization and Imperialism and the Industrial Revolution. Course Name: United States History Grade: 11th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: This course examines the success and obstacles in American history beginning with the Progressives’ reform movements, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the impact of imperialism, the changing nature of business and government, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the growth of the United States as a world power, the Cold War and the struggle to achieve class, ethnic, racial, and gender equality. The course extends to the modern day. Contemporary world issues such as globalization, economic interdependence, terrorism and world cultures will also factor into our analysis of international conflict and cooperation. The Connecticut state standards provide both the framework and pace of this class. The curriculum and academic expectations will be differentiated to accommodate gifted and highly motivated students. Course Name: United States History Honors Grade: 11th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A
Description: This course examines the success and obstacles in American history beginning with the Progressivesâ€™ reform movements, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the impact of imperialism, the changing nature of business and government, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the growth of the United States as a world power, the Cold War and the struggle to achieve class, ethnic, racial, and gender equality. The course extends to the modern day. Contemporary world issues such as globalization, economic interdependence, terrorism and world cultures will also factor into our analysis of international conflict and cooperation. The Connecticut state standards provide both the framework and pace of this class. The curriculum and academic expectations will be differentiated to accommodate gifted and highly motivated students. Honors students will be analyzing primary and secondary sources, using technology, and researching topics of interest throughout American History.
World Language Department Course Name: Spanish I Grade: 9th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: The first course in a two-year mandatory sequence. In Spanish I students learn basic Spanish grammar such as verb conjugation and adjective agreement and practice the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the present tense and past tenses, with an emphasis upon correct oral and written expression and aural comprehension. Students are also introduced to various aspects of Hispanic culture in Latin American countries and in Spain as illustrated in the text and through videos and presentations, which may include historical, social and cultural topics. Course Name: Spanish II Grade: 10th-11th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: Spanish I Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Spanish I or two years Spanish in middle school. Description: The second in a mandatory two-year sequence. Spanish II builds on the grammar and skills acquired in Spanish I. It involves more complex grammatical forms such as object pronouns; and practices the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing with an emphasis upon correct oral and written expression and aural comprehension, particularly in the past and (an introduction to the) future tenses. Students also examine aspects of Hispanic culture in Latin American countries and in Spain as illustrated in the text and through videos and presentations, which may include historical, social and cultural topics. Course Name: Spanish III Grade: 11th-12th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: Spanish II Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Spanish I and II or four years of Spanish in middle and high school. Description: A level three elective course, Spanish 3 builds on grammar and language skills acquired in the first two years of language courses (such as present and past tenses and object pronouns) applying this grammar to more complex thematic contexts. While reviewing first year grammar and studying new grammar points, students explore cultural and historical themes and topics relating to Latin America, Spain and Hispanics in the U.S. through readings, videos and class discussions with a heavy emphasis on using the target language.
Physical Education & Wellness Department Course Name: Physical Education Credit: 0.5 Duration: 1 Semester (Students required to have 1.5 credits to graduate) Prerequisite: N/A Description: Upon completion of high school, the student will have developed an observational, cognitive and physical skill level in a variety of sports to feel confident in their participation at a recreational level. The student will also have an understanding of the components of physical fitness and how to attain good health and fitness. The following activities are offered: volleyball, soccer, floor hockey, physical fitness, bowling, table tennis, flag football, racket sports, basketball, kickball/wiffleball, and team handball. Grading is based on written assignments, teacher evaluation, appropriate attire and most importantly, active class participation. Course Name: Health Education Grade: 9th-12th Credit: 0.5 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: All students are required to take and pass Â˝ credit of Health Education and to participate in substance abuse instruction and prevention each year. Health Education provides students with an opportunity to understand and develop attitudes and skills for decision-making that will benefit them and improve their wellness. This course covers topics in mental health, substance abuse, human immune deficiency (HIV) infection and other sexually transmitted diseases; violence prevention, personal safety and conflict resolution; family life, including sex education with an emphasis on postponing sexual involvement.
School Thematic Courses Course Name: Capstone Grade: 12th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: The Capstone Experience is a culminating senior project assessment for Hartford Public School Seniors that provides a way for students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they acquired during their secondary school years of education. It engages students in a project/experience that focuses on an interest, career path or academic pursuit that synthesizes classroom study and real world perspective. JMA Senior High School students are asked to demonstrate their ability to apply key knowledge and skills by planning, completing and presenting a culminating project linked to one or more area of personal interest and the individual's Student Success Plan. The capstone experience may include an in-depth project, reflective portfolio, community service and/or internship. Course Name: Media Technology Grade: 9th Credit: 0.5 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: Media Technology class will focus on using technology and media to present ideas. Students will learn different mediums to present ideas such as PowerPoint, Prezi, iMovie and Garageband. For each unit they will research topics related to journalism and media OR to content from their core classes and use that research to work in the programs. Emphasis will be placed on effective communication, copyright, plagiarism, and best means of presenting ideas. Course Name: Online Media I Grade: 9th-11th Credit: 0.5 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of what it is like to produce an online school newspaper. Students will write, edit, research, interview, photograph and work on deadline.. In this course students will compose the school’s online newspaper Teens Today, Students will be taught the 5w’s of journalism, basic journalism terms and news writing format. Emphasis will be placed on meeting deadlines and time management, beat reporting and interviewing and speaking procedures. Also covered will be how to apply Fair use & Copyright laws, media case law standards as set in Tinker and Hazelwood, fair comment and criticism, and how to identify social & digital media trends. Course Name: Sports Journalism Grade: 12th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: This course will explore the changing world of sports reporting – mainly through sports broadcasting. Students will learn not only how to cover sports events, but also how to cover the broader issues confronting sports today. In addition to learning the fundamental principles and skills of sports journalism, students learn how to become proficient writers, active readers, and critical viewers. This course is also designed as a survey introduction to various forms of media. The fundamentals of sports journalistic writing and newspaper production will be introduced. Written assignments will provide students the opportunity to apply professional techniques of journalism within a sports context.
Course Name: Video Production Grade: 12th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: TV Production I & II Description: In this course, the student will learn the most important topics of Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects CS6, Audition CS6, and Encore CS6, with some training in Photoshop CS6 presented by the instructor. Some additional reading, handouts, or on-line tutorials will be used for the necessary skills in Photoshop. Students will first learn Premiere Pro and how to import assets to create a project and learn how to work with transitions, motion effects, and how to create titles. Working with Photoshop, students will learn how to evaluate, edit and enhance images, create assets for a project, and learn basic composition and design skills. Adobe After Effects will be used to create animations, add layer effects, and create moving text and other assets for use in video. Students will work with advanced techniques while integrating Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects and Audition to create a documentary, Public Service Announcements (PSA), and commercials. Students will learn how to create an electronic portfolio with Encore as a final project. Quizzes and practice exams for Adobe Certified Associate in Premiere. Course Name: Computer Science Principals: Mobile App Design Grade: 12th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: Geometry & Algebra II Description: The course will provide a broad introduction to computer science in terms of seven basic principles: creativity, abstraction, data, algorithms, programming, the Internet, and societal impact. Computer science is the study of computers and computation. Students will receive a solid introduction to the thinking skills and practices that make up the study of computer science and will leave the course with a strong appreciation of the role that computers and computation play in modern society, the impact that advanced computing technology has on our privacy and freedom. The course will be project-based and will make use of mobile computing devices such as smart phones and tablets. Students will learn to use App Inventor for Android, a new visual programming language, to design and program mobile applications that benefit their school or home or neighborhood.
Course Name: Radio Broadcasting I & II Grade: 9th-11th Credit: 0.5 each Duration: 1 Semester each Prerequisite: N/A Description: In this course students will learn: Studio technology- audio mixing, components and peripherals; Location recordings for single source, multi source, sports, b-roll, sound bites, consent/reasonable expectation, natural sound, wind, crowd noise; Digital editing- pace, timing, voice over, effects, transitions, post production sweetening and multi track; Broadcast journalism- ethics, story selection, question composition, features/ hard news, effects of internet/ 24 hour news cycle; Digital production pre-visualization, scripting, sound bite selection, music, acting, voiceover basics, non linear production, continuity and about the Radio industry- advertising, "broadcast", cable, satellite, Internet streaming ratings, career opportunities and online content. Course Name: Public Speaking Grade: 9th-12th Credit: 0.5 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: Students are introduced to public speaking as an important component of their academic, work, and social lives. Students will develop skills as fair and critical listeners, or consumers, of spoken information and persuasion. Emphasis on the four speech types (informative, persuasive, dramatic, and special occasion) will be taught. Students will learn to choose speaking topics and adapt them for specific audiences, to research and Students will study how to incorporate well-designed visual and multimedia aids in presentations. Course Name: Social Media Grade: 9th-12th Credit: 0.5 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: This social media curriculum will allow students to explore how social media has changed communication, how it affects their future, and how to use it as a newsgathering professional. The curriculum will be broken into six sections: Historical perspective, social media writing process & structure, fact checking, law/ethics; future implications.
Course Name: Blog Writing Grade: 9th-12th Credit: 0.5 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: This class will focus on what is blogging, how it is used for both personal and professional gain, blogging ethics and creation and maintenance of student blogging sites. Course Name: Television Production I & II Grade: 9th-11th Credit: 0.5 each Duration: 1 Semester each Prerequisite: N/A Description: In this course students will learn: Studio technology- camera, audio, graphics, lighting, live switching, virtual environments, communication/commands; Location shooting- single camera, multi camera, sports, b-roll, sound bites, consent/reasonable expectation, natural light, wind, reaction shots; Digital editing- pace, timing, voice over, effects, transitions, post production graphics and virtual environments, screen direction, jump cuts; Broadcast journalism- ethics, story selection, question composition, features/ hard news, effects of internet/ 24 hour news cycle; Digital filmmaking- pre-visualization, scripting, shot selection, music, acting basics, non linear production, continuity and about the Television industry- advertising, "broadcast", cable, satellite, ratings, career opportunities, online content. Course Name: Media Literacy Grade: 9th Credit: 0.5 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: This class will instruct students in the basics of the media industry including the ability to access, analyze, and evaluate messages from a variety of media forms. Students will understand how to interact with different media in constructive and thoughtful ways by using and developing their critical thinking skills. Course Name: Keyboarding Grade: 9th-10th Credit: 0.5 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: Basic Microsoft Office (Apple Basics- IMovie, Garage Band) â€“ Students will begin with basic Microsoft Office Applications such as Word, Power Point, Excel and Publisher and gradually increase their skills to learn IMovie and Garage Band on the Mac computers. Course Name: Writing for Media (Radio, TV, Web) Grade: 9th-10th Credit: 0.5 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: In this course students will learn how to write in various media formats by crafting PSAs, Advertisements, Storyboards, Scripts and Digital News pieces. Course Name: Applied Fact Finding Grade: 12th Credit: 0.50 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: Students will use a variety of media formats such as print, electronic and personal interviews as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods in order to provide accurate, productive and relevant facts to research papers and news articles.
Course Name: Advertising & Commercialism Grade: 12th Credit: 0.50 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: Students will be exposed to target market concepts especially those related to teens in the area of alcohol, smoking, body image, food stylists and the music industry. Students will create several advertising projects through the duration of the course. Course Name: Animation Grade: 12th Credit: 0.50 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: Graphic Arts I Description: In this course students will be exposed to a variety of forms of animation through hands on projects that explore different forms and techniques of animation, including: Early animation toys (Flipbooks); Traditional Animation (pencil tests - with an emphasis on the basic principles of animation); 2d computer software animation; Adobe Flash; Toon Boom Studio; Stop Motion/Claymation and Rotoscoping. Course Name: Media Ethics Grade: 9th-10th Credit: 0.50 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: Students will examine the ethical and legal boundaries and challenges facing the media; Discuss and understand laws such as the First Amendment; Identify and understand the implications and effects of media interaction on society; Discuss and clarify their own personal ethical positions and Identify techniques to become more media literate as individuals. Course Name: Public Relations Grade: 12th Credit: 0.50 Duration: 1 Semester Prerequisite: N/A Description: This class will serve as a foundation for internal and external communications for JMA. Students will: write press releases for Highlights & Achievements; for the HPS Communications Department and for parents and community members regarding the schoolâ€™s events and happenings. These students will give tours and welcome guests, parent and community members during various functions. Students will also form the base news team for out of school event coverage. Students will study: what is public relations; press release writing; professional conduct, Relationships and the role in helping to bring together organizations and individuals with their key stakeholders; and Anticipating, analyzing and interpreting public opinion, attitudes and issues that might impact, for good or ill, the operations and plans of the organization.
Art Department Course Name: Digital Photography Grade: 10th-11th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: This course will help the students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: How cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works (real and fake), how to use photo editing software (Adobe Photoshop). Students will, generally, receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see samples of the desired outcomes, at the beginning of each project. Cover topics such as, Various Camera Modes and their uses, Flash Modes, ISO settings, White Balance, Drive Modes, ExposureCompensation, Focusing Options, Depth of Field (Depth of Focus), Portraiture, Landscape, Action Photography, Still Life, Fine Art Photography, Black and White, Basic Photo Composition (Including: Rule of 3rds, Leading Lines, Framing Subjects, etc.), Basic Photo Editing (Using Photoshop), Special Photoshop Creative Ideas involving use of layers, Knowledge of Pixels, Mega Pixels, DPI, PPI. Course Name: Graphic Design I & II Grade: 11th-12th Credit: 0.5 each Duration: 1 Semester Each Prerequisite: N/A Description: The graphic design classes will provides in depth training in the field of Graphic Design and prepares students to design and produce a variety of print and electronic media. Students will complete a wide array of design projects that incorporate the elements and principals of good design as well as learn successful techniques for planning, designing and creating illustrations including: various print media, (page layouts, business cards, logos, branding, identity, advertising, flyers, cards, signs, brochures etc.) digital photography, and how to incorporate images, type, and design into visual real world layouts. They learn how to address all aspects of graphic communications in order to create successfully delivered messages. The classes include exploring different cultural influences, historical periods and movements in art and design. Through lecture, research, reading materials and assigned projects, the course emphasizes the elements and principles of art in a manner that engages students. Students will work in a state of the art Apple IMac Lab that utilizes the latest industry-standard graphics software Adobe Design Premium Creative Suite 5. Through lectures, software demonstrations and hands-on exercises and projects, students will acquire the skills and knowledge to use the computer as a design tool. Course Name: Digital Arts Grade: 12th Credit: 1 Duration: Full Year Prerequisite: N/A Description: This course is intended to provide intensive training in the creation and editing of digital graphics for print and web in the industry-standard applications of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. Students will be able to apply creative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills across computer media by demonstrating a working knowledge of the applications, demonstrating an understanding of design and composition, understanding how creative processes are integrated in the production of digital graphics, and demonstrating an appreciation of digital graphic design as an art form and a means of communication. Students will be proficient in the use of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign and have a working knowledge of the integration of the three applications in the graphic design process. Students will know how to problem-solve and be creative and critical thinkers as they create graphics and communicate ideas using their acquired skills and vocabulary in each of the three applications and as they utilize a working knowledge of design and composition. Students will be prepared for the Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Communications using Photoshop. Students will have a portfolio of work and be qualified for entry-level jobs in the graphic design and media industries.