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Art- (General/Advanced)
Prerequisite- None- New students only
 
The General Art course is a basic, exploratory course in the fundamental of art, and is based on California State Standards for Art Education. Students will learn about Art History and be introduced to aesthetics in creating two dimensional art projects. They will explore a variety of media used in drawing, painting and lettering. Students will be given a limited number of craft experiences by creating cultural mask, mosaics and collages. Students will be encouraged to exercise originality and creative thinking when planning and producing artwork. Students will develop language skills through classroom discussions of visual arts concept and critiques as well as written assignments. They will be able to describe the formal and expressive qualities of various works of art. To reinforce the Language Arts, students will be required to research and write reports on famous artist. They will also be required to take notes on videos, class lectures and classroom demonstrations. Students will develop organizational skills to create and complete their projects on schedule. Classroom lessons cover a wide range of activities to allow for the greater potential for intellectual growth and self esteem.
Computer Technology (Intro/Advanced)
Prerequisite- Open to new students only. No experience necessary.
 
Intro to computer students will begin the course in the spring semester and will cover the following topics: Typing (30wpm), 3D drawing (Google Sketchup), Word Processing (MS Word), Digital Presentation (MS PowerPoint), Digital Story telling (MS Photostory), Dangers of the Internet, and Basic Movie Editing (Movie Maker)
 
Advanced computer students will begin the course in the Fall semester and will cover the following topics: Spreadsheets (MS Excel), Website design (Weebly), Robotics/Engineering (Lego Mindstorm), Image Editing (Adobe Fireworks/Photoshop), Advance Video Editing (Movie Maker/ PowerDirector), and App Development for android market (App Inventor)
Drama
Prerequisite- Open by audition/approved application only.
 
Drama is a performance class which develops students' acting skills. Students will create a play through improvisation to perform for the public three evenings in April. Students participate in fundraisers to support the program and may be invited to participate in a workshop in Disneyland in May. It's an amazing, fun and popular elective.
Leadership
Prerequisite- 2.54 GPA No D's, F's or U's in Cooperation
 
ASB/Leadership is a fun elective where you plan the school dances, school activites and develop ideas and plans for making Sepulveda a great and fun place to come to school. Join our class and have some fun with ASB!
Music – Band (Beginning)
Prerequisite- No previous experience required
 
This class is a year long course designed for students who wish to learn instrumental music. Beginning band classes are composed almost exclusively of 6th grade students. 7th graders who did not start band as a 6th grader and now wish to learn to play a wind or percussion instrument may also enroll. Students will choose from the following instruments: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, percussion. The school supplies instruments and books for each student. Emphasis is placed on learning the physical aspects of playing the instrument properly. Students will also gain a basic understanding of music theory, history and appreciation. Beginning Band culminates in a performance at the Spring Concert.
 
Music – Band (Senior)
Prerequisite- At least one year of instrumental music at SMS. Audition is required if the student did not participate in beginning band at SMS. Students must be able to read music.
 
Senior Band is a year long course that is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Placement is generally based upon performance ability. Students have the added opportunity to play piccolo, oboe, tenor saxophone, baritone sax and tuba. In addition to continued emphasis on physical performance ability, ensemble performance becomes an important component in addition to increased knowledge of music theory, history and appreciation. Performance in a winter and spring concert is required. Senior band may also participate in a Spring music festival.
Music – Band (Jazz)
Prerequisite- At least one year of band at SMS and/or audition. Students must be able to read music.
 
This class is a year long course for students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades who are advanced musicians of guitar, bass, piano, wind and percussion instruments. They learn jazz chord/scale theory which enables them to read jazz chord charts from a fake book. Guitar, bass and piano students learn to create rhythm parts from chord symbols. Emphasis is placed on spontaneous improvisation using blues, modal and chromatic scales and chord/melody techniques. This group performs for many school functions throughout the year. They also attend a music festival in the spring.
Music – Guitar (Beginning)
Prerequisite- None- New Students only
Beginning Guitar Class is a course designed to address students who have never played musical instruments before. The Beg. Guitar class will allow students to learn the basics of music theory, become familiar with assigned instrument, and perform
Music -Strings/Orchestra (Beginning)
Prerequisite- Open to 6th and 7th grade only
Beginning Orchestra Class is a course designed to address students who have never played musical instruments before. Students will learn the basics of music theory, become familiar with assigned instrument, and perform musical pieces with an emphasis in developing musical as well as technical skills; performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. A year-long class designed to address performance skills on the string instrument: Violin, Viola. Cello, Double Bass. This class provides the opportunity to string players to advance their playing abilities through ensemble experience, individual or small group lessons.
Music – Senior Orchestra
Prerequisite- Beginning Strings
Senior Orchestra Class combines two levels of players who are given the opportunity to advance their prior experience from attending Beginning and Intermediate String Instruments Classes. musical pieces with an emphasis in developing musical as well as technical skills; performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
Music – Chorus (Beginning)
Prerequisite- No previous experience required.
 
This class is a year long course for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades who have had no previous singing experience. Students engage in unison and 2 part singing and may also incorporate use of rhythm and keyboard instruments. They gain a working knowledge of basic music theory, history and appreciation. Beginning chorus participate in the winter and spring concerts. At the end of the year they have the opportunity to become members of the Advanced Choir through audition.
 
Music – Choir (Advanced)
Prerequisite- Previous singing experience and audition
 
This class is a year long course for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Students build vocal strength and technique through vocal exercises and concert choral techniques by learning music from many different eras and styles that incorporate 3 and 4 part harmony. Audition is required to determine vocal range and placement in the proper vocal section. Students participate in various school performances during the year as well as a Spring music festival. Attendance at all performances is required.
 
Yearbook
Prerequisite- Open to all grades. Students must fill out application and approval from Yearbook teacher.
 
Yearbook is a full-year class. We will be photographing, interviewing, and then creating every page of the school yearbook. It is important that he staff members are dedicated, creative, and willing to put in extra time outside of class (when necessary). Yearbook class requires a completed application/approval from Ms. Walgren in Room 1. Teachers will be asked to recommend you based on work habits and reliability. Good writing skills and computer skills are definite plus, or at least a strong interest to learn! Together we can create the best yearbook ever seen, and have a great time while we do it!.


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