Electives

 

Course Name

Credit Type

Description

Aide

Vocational/ Elective

 

Students registering for Aide will be available to help faculty and staff with various tasks. If you would like to Aide for a specific teacher or staff member please have them sign your Aide Request form signifying approval. Aide forms are available outside the Registrar’s office. 

Every effort will be made to accommodate specific requests based on teacher needs. Aide placements are not guaranteed.

 

 

Communication Skills

Vocational/ Elective

Prerequisite: Junior/ Senior Standing

Communication Skills is a course designed to prepare students for the college application process. In addition, this course will educate students in the areas of speech writing and delivery, interviewing techniques, essay and resume writing, presentation skills, social media and website design skills, public relations, and journalism and print media. Students will be charged with writing journalism articles for submission to the local newspapers. In addition, students will assist staff members with regular updates to the SJCHS website and Facebook pages.

 

 

Band

Art/ Elective

 

This Band class is for students who already play an instrument. Whether you play a brass instrument, woodwind, violin, cello, guitar, drums, piano or bass come join us. You don't need to be proficient in reading music. The styles performed will vary from Jazz to Blues, Rock, Classic Rock, Pop or Reggae depending on instrumentalists available. Among other things you will be taught how to improvise using several scales, emphasizing the Blues and pentatonic scales.

 

 

Beginner Guitar/Bass

Art/ Elective

 

If you want to learn the guitar or Bass this is the class for you. 

In guitar we will learn open chords such as D, G, A and C in their major and minor forms. 

In bass, you will be taught the notes and their position on the fret board, how to accompany a song using different patterns such as Rock, Jazz, Ballads, Blues, etc. 

Once Bass and Guitar are learned, you will be able to join the regular band class if you would like.

 

 

Music Composition and Theory

 Art/ Elective

In this class you will learn how to write and arrange music for different instruments. We will be using free or very inexpensive applications for our laptops or IPads to compose and be able hear our composition projects. You will learn how to write in the Classical genre as well as Pop, Rock and Blues. Computer hardware will be provided. 

Also, if you are a film enthusiast and are interested in adding your own original music to your videos, you’ll enjoy this class. 

Mr. Tenreiro is an accomplished composer whose music has been performed by professional orchestras in the United States as well as in Europe and Latin America. He is eager to share his creative musical gift with his students.

 

 

Theater Arts

Art/Elective

Drama introduces students to the many varied arts of theatre, including plays, movement, characterization, memorization, improvisation, as well as a brief glimpse at technical theatre and history. The class is designed to stimulate creativity, confidence and self awareness. 

Assignments and activities are designed to enhance acting techniques in an attempt to improve stage performance. Students learn terminology as well as different methods of training for the stage. In addition, some students will have the opportunity to prepare scenes and monologues for region and state drama competitions.

 

 

Theatre Technology

Vocational/Elective

An introductory course in technical theatre, this class teaches students skills and techniques for producing stage performances. The class also offers the unique experience of working in a black-box theatre. Topics will include set construction, lighting, sound, costume, properties, and makeup. Students will also have the opportunity to operate stage equipment as they assist in the staging and lighting of school productions, assemblies, and Mass.

 

 

Campus Ministry

Elective

Semester and/or Full Year

Prerequisite: One of the main goals of Campus Ministry is to deepen the faith and social justice life of the Saint Joseph Catholic High School community. Therefore, Campus Ministry students must have an active prayer and faith life, as well as a commitment to the Gospel and Social Justice Issues. It is not necessary to be Catholic, but students must have an understanding and openness to Catholicism in terms of respect for Catholic Liturgy, Gospel Values and Social Justice. 

Admission to this course will be dependent on an essay addressing why you want to be in Campus Ministry and a description of your prayer and faith life, and a meeting with the Principal. 

The purpose of this course is to empower students to be disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today, to draw students into responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community, and to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. Campus ministry fosters the faith development of young people and the entire school community through effective religious education and a variety of programs and activities, such as service projects, retreats, prayer services, liturgies, spiritual formation programs and leadership training. 

This course may be taken for the full year, or for a semester, depending on student need and desire.

 

 

 

Gender Studies

Elective

The primary goal of this class is to examine the development and current status of men and women’s roles in contemporary American society. We will explore the links between gender and topics as diverse as: religion, fairy tales, sexual harassment, history, theory, language and communication, sports, images of beauty, schools, and media. This class is about celebration more than lament. We are trying to heighten awareness of gender and how it affects nearly every aspect of our lives, effects we often either ignore or miss at our peril.

 

 

Psychology

Elective

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior Standing

This class will introduce the field of psychology as the science of human thought and behavior. This scientific study of behavior and mental processes of humans will include topics such as the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, motivation, learning and memory, language, personality, social, developmental, and clinical psychology. Students will study its basic concepts, theories, and research methods to make connections between the brain, behavior, and experience.

 

 

Innovative Programming

Elective

If you are looking for something a little different in the way of learning, think about this class. There are a variety of subjects that you could check off as requirements during your high school experience. This class will be more hands-on and allow you the flexibility to learn material through technology at your disposal. Look for these classes to be offered in the upcoming year: French 1, German 1, Latin 1, Chinese 1, Flash Animation, Audio Engineering, and Online Game Design.

 

 

Television Production 1

Vocational/ Elective

Students will learn basic techniques to successfully edit, produce, direct, and film a newscast. This course will teach students the use of I-Movie and Final Cut. Learning how to operate all kinds of cameras is essential to this class. Students will produce a newscast once or twice per week, depending on the registration number. Learning to operate teleprompter, blue screen, video board, sound board, and cameras will be the main subject of this class. Also, the student will learn, voiceovers, write a script, and to be an announcer.

 

 

Television Production 2

Vocational/ Elective

Students will master the use of Final Cut as an editing tool, and techniques for voice-over and advanced skills for sound are learned. The rotation for work in the school produced newscast will vary depending on the enrollment of the class. Professional projects are assigned to the students to be completed in a timely fashion.

 

 

Yearbook

Art/ Vocational/ Elective

Colleges love student publications experience! It demonstrates involvement, commitment, creativity, responsibility, discipline…and, of course, talent! Make your college application shine by helping us design and produce The Artisan, THE source of high-school memories for generations of Jayhawks. 

Along the way, you will learn the fundamentals of graphic design, photography, typography, interviewing, proofing, and reporting/copywriting. It’s fun, too! Remember: On that last day of school, all eyes are on one thing—your yearbook!