Enrichment

Enrichment Courses

Junior High, 2018-2019


Quarter 1:


Art (Mr. Davis, 7th and 8th)

The junior high curriculum is built on a combination of traditional fine arts, design, craft and architecture.  Students will have access to a series of course offerings, which are designed to reinforce and build upon skills acquired in the lower school. Courses will include a mix of traditional drawing, 3D modeling (sculpture and assemblage) and CAD methods. Students will explore both the practical and the artistic use of the design process.  Units are structured to employ the elements and principles of design and develop an understanding of both functional and decorative outcomes. All classes will be taken through a series of historically relevant lectures, group design challenge exercises and critiques, which focus on materials, process and content.


Game Development (Mr. Moore, 7th and 8th)

Students will design, develop and create their own computer game using GameSalad Creator.


Band (Mr. Divers, 7th and 8th)

Come make music with your friends in a small setting, learning new songs and playing old favorites.


Card Sharks (Mr. Cutter, 7th and 8th)

The course focuses on games played with a traditional deck of playing cards. We will use these games to improve arithmetic fluency, build logical thinking skills, and most importantly, have fun playing cards!


Public Speaking (Mrs. Huezo, 7th and 8th)

Public speaking is designed to help students practice and improve their public speaking skills. Through creative speech writing, individual and group performances, and fun impromptu activities, the students will gain the confidence to speak in front of any audience.  


Choir (Mr. Marquez, 7th and 8th)

Choir is designed to engage students in the musical art of choral singing. Students will learn to flex their musical muscles. Furthermore, improve their comprehension of solfege, musical phrasing, the structural components of a piece, sight-singing, 3-part harmonies, and overall musicality. Students will have the opportunity to sing solos or be section leaders. Additionally, they will learn to work together as a group, form new relationships, and develop a newfound connection with choral singing that will challenge them intellectually and emotionally.



Quarter 2:


Art (Mr. Davis, 7th and 8th)

See class description in Quarter 1.


Yearbook (Mr. Valiulis, 8th ONLY)

Yearbook is the class where students design the HPA yearbook that we distribute to every student in June. Students collaborate to achieve consensus, as well as work within clearly defined jobs. They interface with the broader HPA community to ensure our yearbook represents our community. Students need to balance design, ambition, and resources against strict deadlines to avoid going over budget with our publisher. Yearbook students work hard to create this important artifact that defines and commemorates the year for students and families in the broader HPA community so that it can be remembered for decades.


Health (Ms. Stromberg, 7th, ONE QUARTER REQUIRED)

The Health enrichment class will be using the Glencoe Teen Health textbook, and meets all of the National Health Education Standards while covering a variety of teen health and wellness topics. Units of study include the following: physical fitness and nutrition, mental and emotional health, building healthy relationships, tobacco, alcohol and drugs, male and female reproductive systems,and communicable and noncommunicable diseases.


Advanced Band (Mr. Divers, 7th and 8th)

Enjoy making music and preparing for a final performance at the winter concert. Dedicated musicians only, please.


Debate (Mrs. Gangl, 7th and 8th)

A debate is a structured discussion arguing for or against an issue. Students will research and gather evidence to support or oppose a variety of topics and engage in an interactive environment. In addition, they will anticipate counter arguments and prepare rebuttals.


Choir (Mr. Marquez, 7th and 8th)

See class description in Quarter 1.



Quarter 3:


Yearbook (Mr. Valiulis, 8th ONLY)

See class description in Quarter 2.


3D Printing (Mr. Moore, 7th and 8th)

Students will develop and design original products that they can create on the 3D printer.


Band (Mr. Divers, 7th and 8th)

See class description in Quarter 1.


Card Sharks (Mr. Cutter, 7th and 8th)

See class description in Quarter 1.


Public Speaking (Mrs. Huezo, 7th and 8th)

See class description in Quarter 1.


Quarter 4:


Art (Mr. Davis, 7th and 8th)

See class description in Quarter 1.


Health (Ms. Stromberg, 7th, ONE QUARTER REQUIRED)

See class description in Quarter 2.


Maker Time (Mr. Moore, 7th and 8th)

Maker Time this year will be all about Passion Projects. You can research and choose to design and build your own project, utilizing the new Dream Shed Maker Space down on the field. We will have a range of new tools and toys to play with and create whatever you can imagine!


Band (Mr. Divers, 7th and 8th)

See class description in Quarter 1.


Debate (Mrs. Gangl, 7th and 8th)

See class description in Quarter 2.


American Sign Language (Mrs. Zeiss, 7th and 8th)

Learn how to communicate using American Sign Language! In this engaging class, you will work on receptive skills, learn signs, build signing fluency, and study influential movements and people within the Deaf culture.