ELECTIVE COURSES 2011-2012 Mount Desert Island High School
ELECTIVES INDEXART MATHMUSIC PHYSICAL EDUCATION SCIENCEENGLISH SOCIAL STUDIESWORLD LANGUAGES TECHNOLOGYFAMILY &CONSUMER SCIENCE BUSINESS
VISUAL ARTS ELECTIVES Ceramics & Murals Advanced Ceramics Digital Media I Fiber Arts & Surface Design Digital Media II Fundamentals of Art Sculpture Intermediate Drawing Black & White & Painting Photography Advanced Art Digital Photography Portfolio & Studio Art Music Video
C Make hand-crafted items to use and enjoy!ER Be creative and work with your hands!A Exercise a different part of your brain!MIC Students describe this class as “relaxing”, “satisfying” and “Awesome!”SIntro. &Advanced
FIBER ARTS Batik/Tie Dye Baskets Screen Printing Cut Paper Surface Designs We produce some really neat things in this class!
FUNDAMENTALS OF ART ... is ideal for the beginner artist andwill challenge experienced ones too! ... is a safe place to make mistakes. ... is a class where friendly artists share ideas, listen to music and try new things. ... can cause teachers to become loud and jump on tables!
ART II (INTERMEDIATE) Have you got something to say? Learn new techniques... Have fun with meaning in your work... Find your inner artist and use them to make your art... “Chain Drawings” by ART II students
A D V ART N C E D C R E - 8 - T I V E F U N !Spread your wings- Explore your own themes and interests while learningtechniques and methods of working with professional materials.Acrylics and oils on canvas! Advanced watercolor effects and techniques.Enjoy the camaraderie of your peers who share your passion and interest increating visual images as a means of self expression.
PORTFOLIO PREP and STUDIO ART ★ Expand and submit your Portfolio for review by the College Board using the A.P. Studio Art standards. ★ Pursue independent art projects with the help of Dan, Liz and Charlie!
M Ucollaborative painting)(Large-Scale R ALS Work together and beneﬁt from each other’s talents! Leave a lasting impression on the walls of MDIHS! Use a variety of tools to design, enlarge and transfer your Mural!
DIGITAL MEDIA I transparent mouse ... learn to use image editing with Photoshop! ... natural looking brushes and effects with Painter! ... learn to use some of the powerful features in GIMP (on your laptop)! ... gain conﬁdence in creating many of the same sorts of images you see in today’s media!
DIGITAL MEDIA II ... create animations both simple and complex ... extend the things you learned in Digital Media I ... use techniques to create 3-D images ... make and pose lifelike 3-D ﬁgures in Poser Artist ... have fun with complex materials and keep your hands clean!
SCULPTURERelax, tell stories, use tools and get your handsdirty!Transform materials into something inspiring,bizarre, fascinating seductive, amusing, confusingor disgusting...use FORM and SPACE to ARTiculate your thoughts!
black & whitePHOTOGRAPHY and digital color• Watch your prints magically appear!• Work in a dark room with a “safe light”!• Learn how to take photos that speak a thousand words!
MUSIC VIDEOLet’s make somesound effects,add music andproduce a video! For display and sharing on the interweb... For your own ideas and concepts... For documenting events at school... Learn techniques that the “pros” use to make good video and do it right on your laptop too!
MUSIC ELECTIVES Symphonic Band Orchestra Chorus Rock Band Guitar Voice Jazz Ensembles & Improvisation
Symphonic BandPerform in large powerful groups!Rock out in PEP BAND!Avoid the regret of quitting your instrument...
CHORUS Transform your shower-voice into POWER VOICE! Learn to match pitch and harmonize with your friends! Become famous among those people who know of you!
Guitar Start your musical journey with no experience... or a ton of it! Just bring a guitar and youʼll be playing in weeks! Learn to read real music! Learn to play your favorite songs too!
Jazz Ensembles &Jazz Improvisation Improve your technical facility on your instrument. Learn to Improvise! Perform many genre’s of music... swing, latin, rock, funk, etc... Challenge your musicianship
Orchestra Perform fun folk, fiddle, and classical music! Perform high level chamber music... in small ensembles that you select! Keep your strings alive!
ROCK BANDCollaborate with other future rock stars!cut a demo CD!Gain confidence as a performer!
VOICE prepare for all state festivals hone your vocal skills get one on one vocal support
ENGLISH ELECTIVES Freshman Academy Horror Films Creative Writing Mythology Developmental SAT Prep & College Reading Planning Developmental Women & Society Writing
FRESHMAN ACADEMY IMPROVE ACADEMIC SUCCESS! STRENGTHEN SKILLS IN... Reading Writing Math Study Skills IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN!
CREATIVE WRITING Drive the curriculum as the class decides what and how we learn, and apply what you learn into an independent project of your own design Get the space, time, and freedom to explore diﬀerent genres and styles of writing without being judged or graded on creativity Learn how to receive and oﬀer valuable feedback in an environment that encourages risk-taking and constructive criticism Have intensive discussions on writing, personal
DEVELOPMENTAL READINGReading skills are crucialto success both in and outof school. If you need todevelop your readingskills, read faster, orunderstand what you readmore easily, you shouldenroll in DevelopmentalReading. It’s fun, it’suseful, and it will increaseyour academic success!
DEVELOPMENTAL WRITING Need to develop your writing skills? Do you struggle with thesis papers? Consider enrolling in Developmental Writing, where you’ll work with an English teacher and a targeted computer program to strengthen those all-important skills.
HORROR FILMS “Lights, Camera, Scream!” Read reviews and informational texts Watch a variety of horror ﬁlms Learn the history of these ﬁlms from classics to modern day Discussions and writings are centered around ﬁlms
MYTHOLOGYWhat’s a morris dance?Who’s the Green Man?What’s the story behind the seasons?Like a good story?Interested in reading diﬀerent myths?Sign up for Ms. Leamon’s 9 week Mythology Today!
SAT PREP &COLLEGE PLANNINGIn this nine week class, students will learn skills and strategies to aid them intaking the SAT Reasoning Test, the old SAT I. Take notes Work on practice tests to improve reading questions and writing scores Review basic math skills Complete math
WOMEN IN SOCIETY Join us in watching movies and discussing how girls learn what it means to be a “woman in our society”! Students will study: how the media portrays women, girl ﬁghts, women from around the world, and many other juicy topics! Get ready for lots of lively discussion and fun! Movies include: Pride and Prejudice, Mean Girls, The Stepford Wives, Iron Jawed Angels, The Heathers, Barbie Nation, and much more!
WORLD LANGUAGES French 1-AP Experience France Latin for Academics Sanskrit & Yoga Spanish 1-AP Siestas & Fiestas
EXPERIENCE FRANCEPrerequisites: French 3 or 4.Travel to France during Aprilvacation 2011 and experiencelife with a French family!This experience includes a 9week conversation andculture course before thetrip. In the course, we willreview necessary vocabularyand practice speaking, aswell as exploring aspects ofthe region we will be visiting.Interested students shouldsee Ms. Picard to apply.
Latin for academicsCredit: .5Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: NoneThis is a 9-week exploratory course to introduce students to Latin.•Learn about the uses of Latin in the modern world•Improve your SAT score by studying Latin vocabulary•Learn about the Romans•Learn beginning Latin grammar; read and translateparagraphs•Sound really intelligent by using Latin phrases inconversationsSo carpe diem and go to the principia (ok, guidance) and sign up for thiscourse now so that you can add it to your curriculum vitae someday.There are no language prerequisites for this course.* For complete course description, please see the program of studies.
Sanskrit and YogaThrough the language of Sanskrit and thepractice of Yoga, students will be introduced tothe 8 Limbs of Yoga and their philosophies . Students will see an improvement in physicalstrength, ﬂexibility, and coordination throughthe daily practice of Yoga.The beauty of this program is that everyonebegins where they are. No previous experienceis necessary and everyone beneﬁts.This is the only class where a nap is mandatory!
SIESTAS AND FIESTAS AN EXCITING NEW 9 WEEK ELECTIVE!It is difficult to talk about a culture and not examine itsholidays and especially its foods....for who does not wish tocelebrate and eat?In this 9 week elective you will Learn about hispanic culturethrough the study of holidays and celebrations of the Spanishspeaking world.Experience authentic learning through food, art work, games,movies, and music.This class is open to all students and no Spanish languagebackground is necessary.
FAMILY &CONSUMER SCIENCES Fun w/ Fabrics Human Development & Infant Toddler Family Wellness Practicum I Nutrition & Food Infant Toddler Practicum II Psychology
FUN W/ FABRICS Learn fundamentals of pattern guides and clothing construction techniques Use new skills to complete your own project designs Projects range from clothing to crafts to quilts - you set your own goals. Use new skills in careers in textiles and apparel or just for fun!
Infant Toddler Practicum I Play with and care for babies Learn about development of babies and toddlers Complete Child Care training course and CPR Ideal for students looking for careers in education, medicine, social services and child care.
Infant Toddler Practicum II Can’t get enough of infants and toddlers? Complete an in depth study of a selected baby Visit and evaluate area child care centers Prepare for leadership and entrepreneurial careers in child care professionals
Human Development& Family Wellness Learn about how humans grow and develop from infancy to adulthood Explore timely issues such as child abuse and neglect, missing children, teenage development, and the aging process Ideal for students with a career interest in social services, health care and education
NUTRITION& FOODDiscover healthy food choicesSelect and prepare food fromeach of the nutrient groupsWork as a teamPrepare for a career in culinaryarts or just learn to select andprepare a nutritious meal.
PSYCHOLOGY Creativity, learning styles, heredity and environment, emotions and mental health are some topics covered Discuss new and classic psychology concepts Explore human social behavior with emphasis on personality development Research a topic of personal interest
MATH ELECTIVES Freshman Academy Probability & Statistics Pre-Calculus AP Statistics Calculus AP Calculus
Freshman AcademyIMPROVE ACADEMIC SUCCESS! STRENGTHEN SKILLS IN... Reading Writing Math Study Skills IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN!
Pre-CalculusFor students pursuing mathematicalcareersIncludes advanced knowledge of linear,exponential, logarithmic, andtrigonometric functionsTrigonometric applications and identitiesincluded
CalculusPre-requisit of Honors Pre-CalculusContinue to look at functions and how theychangeCovers the four basic tenets - limits,derivatives, deﬁnite and indeﬁnite integralsSuccessful completion will prepare you forAP Calculus
AP CalculusPre-requisit of CalculusContinued study of advanced Calculus topicsPreparation for AP Calculus exam inMay...with possible college creditDevelopment of an independent Mathproject
Probability and Statistics Continues with statistical ideas learned in Algebra II Statistical displays, statistical terminology, normal curves, linear regressions, and ways to calculate different events included Helps students prepare for success in college
AP Statistics Designed to be like a college course Faster paced than Probability and Statistics course Students prepare to take AP Statistics test in order to earn college credit
PHYSICAL EDUCATION Lifetime Activities Personal Fitness Dance & Movement Team Sports Intermediate Dance Weight Training & Movement Outdoor Activities
LIFETIME ACTIVITIES Students will focus on the following essential question: How will I maintain or improve my skill and fitness level?Students will learn basic skills, rules andetiquette of golf, tennis and recreational games.
Dance and Movement &Intermediate Dance and Movement Try a little Ballet Try a little Modern dance Try a little Jazz Express yourself through movement!
Personal Fitness& ConditioningThe focus of this class will be tohelp students tone muscle, enhancestrength and endurance, and trainfor upcoming sport participation,while developing life-long fitnesshabits.Students will participate in diversephysical activity; including speeddrills, plyometrics, strengthtraining, muscle endurance, andcardio-endurance.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES & SPORTS NUTRITIONHike, bike, rock climb, canoe, kayak, andparticipate in high and low ropes courses!Learn about sports nutrition; what foods willfuel you during long practices and athleticevents and which nutrients are most efficientat making you healthier, fitter and stronger.
TEAM SPORTS Join Team Sports and have a great time playing some of your favorite activities like Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Football, Softball, etc. ! This is a great class to have fun and get into great aerobic shape!
WEIGHT TRAININGCome join Weight Training andlearn how to get your body intogreat physical shape!Learn the proper techniques andsafety of exercising and themajor muscles of the body!
SCIENCE ELECTIVES Anatomy & Jackson Lab Physiology Internship Advanced Biology - Physics AP Biology AP Physics Marine Biology Science of the Chemistry Outdoors AP Chemistry Tropical Rainforest Ecology (2014) Forensics
Anatomy & Physiology• Do you have questions about how the human body functions and what happens when it dysfunctions? Take this course and learn about your skin, muscles and bones, how your heart functions, reproduction, how drugs affect your body, and many more things.• This course is highly recommended for anyone looking to pursue a medical profession, as well as anyone who is simply interested in learning more about their own body.
Advanced Biology • Advanced Bio covers the ﬁrst half of the AP Bio curriculum and is open to students who have taken both biology and chemistry. • These are typically Juniors and Seniors. • The second semester called AP Bio completes the curriculum and thus students will be prepared to take the AP Bio exam in May. • These courses are for the serious Biology student who really wants to understand in depth many biological concepts from evolution, molecular biology, taxonomy, to organismal biology!
Marine Biology • Do you sometimes wonder about what lives in the sea? • Are you looking for a class that offers hands-on experiences? • Topics of study include plankton, marine plants, marine invertebrates, ﬁshes, marine birds, and marine mammals. • Several ﬁeld trips will be offered throughout the course.
Chemistry• This course is a survey of chemistry intended for the college-bound student.• Some topics covered are: the structure of matter, atomic structure and theory, the periodic table, chemical formulas and reactions, and the behavior of gases.• This course is a lab course and a signiﬁcant number of hours will be spent in the lab discovering and exploring the concepts of chemistry.
AP Chemistry • AP Chemistry is a full year, two-semester sequence. The ﬁrst semester is Honors Chemistry, followed by the second semester AP Chemistry II. • Together these two advanced-chemistry courses comprise the freshman year of college chemistry.• This course sequence is designed for the student who excels in science and intends to pursue a career in the sciences, engineering, or medicine. Successful completion of AP Chemistry will build a strong foundation for success in the sciences at the college level.
Forensics• CSI at MDI• Learn how forensic scientists understand and process evidence at a crime scene. • Includes study of ﬁngerprints, blood, glass, hair and ﬁbers, ballistics, DNA, and skeletal remains.
Jackson Lab Internship • Open to interested Juniors and Seniors who wish to do cutting edge research under the mentorship of one of the labs senior scientists. • Cancer, glaucoma, Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons Disease, and aging are all areas previous interns have investigated. • This unique opportunity can be from one semester to 2 years long depending on your interest. • As a senior this would fulﬁll your senior ex graduation requirement. Please see Mr. Grieco for details and applications!
Physics• If a ball left Big Papis bat at 50 m/s and at an angle of 35°, would it be a home run?• Is it more painful to walk head-on at 5 mph into another person traveling 5 mph or to walk into a wall at 10 mph?• How can the police ﬁnd out how fast a car was traveling before an accident?• Take Physics and ﬁnd out the answers to these questions and more.
AP Physics• Advanced Placement Physics is a course designed to prepare students to take the AP Physics B exam.• College credit given depending on the score you earn on the AP exam.• This is a great course for students going on to study science and engineering in college as well as students that will pursue a liberal arts degree.
Science of the Outdoors Open to everyone! This new elective can be either 0.5 or 1 credit.Are you interested in studying the natural world around you? Then join us outdoors, whether fall, winter, or spring! Topics of study may include: plant/tree ID, tracking, tidal pools, edible plants, GPS geo-caching, night skies, bird calls/ID, global warming, water quality, etc.
Tropical Rainforest Ecology• This is a science ecology course that compares and contrasts Maine and the Rainforest• Course material includes original scientiﬁc papers, labwork, science ﬁeldwork, guest speakers and journal writing with lab illustrations.• The 12 day trip to Costa Rica during April vacation includes designing and doing ﬁeldwork in Costa Rica, early morning and evening nature walks, swimming in volcanic hot springs and the Paciﬁc Ocean, visiting “our” coffee cooperative, and humanitarian work with San Jose slum children• You will need to apply and interview during the winter of the year before for the 2011 class and trip. We will do some class fundraising but you yourself will be responsible for raising your own trip cost.
SOCIAL STUDIES AP Government & Model UN Politics Seminar - Global Civics Issues Habitat for Sociology of Pop Humanity Culture History of Rock & Roll
AP Government and PoliticsFrom Washington toObama, from thedeath sentence tofreedom of press,investigate theAmerican politicalfrontier.Earn college creditwith successfultesting.
ew 1N 1 Civics 20 Civics is the study of being a citizen - learn how our local, state, and national governments work - learn how to be a good financial citizen Sophomores & Freshmen: this is a mandated class needed- for graduation starting in 2012-13 - get a jump start on your peers!
Habitat For Humanity Plan for and physically construct an affordable home to be used by local community members. Excellent community service project.
History of Rock ‘n’ Roll From Elvis to Nickelback- learn how music has shaped American society. Involves a student chosen research project
Model UNNew York! NewYork! (the best kindof field trip)Participate in ModelUnited Nationstacklinginternationalconcerns as a presentday country
Seminar in Global IssuesCurrent national andworld issuesStudent driven topicsGreat for the studentlooking to studysocial issues in depth
Sociology of POP Culture Investigate movies, music, and media and how American society is mirrored in culture Your chance to read the library magazines for credit!
TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVES Intro. to Tech Metal Works & Power Technology Home & Auto Maintenance Boat Building Crafts Environmental Engineering Architecture - Engineering Drawing Habitat for Humanity Wood & Furniture Technology
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY Do you like to make things, break things, ﬁx things? Then this is the place to be!We use tools of industry to make neat exciting projects.
HOME & AUTO Learn how to maintain your house and car. Basic technical skill development. Wall construction, electricity, plumbing, and automotives.No prior technical experience required...good for beginners.
CRAFTS Simple projects in wood, metal, plastics, and leather. No prior experience necessary.Fun introductory class to learn about tools and materials.
ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING Take your dreams and turn them into plans.Create professional-quality technical drawings of your dream house. Learn drafting techniques and Computer-Aided Design. Enjoy the creative satisfaction of making ideas become a reality.
WOODWORKING & FURNITURE Would you like to know how to build furniture? This class will show you how!So...come build a bookcase, table, lamp, or treasure box.
METAL & POWER Design, build, and repair hot stuff!Learn welding & fabrication, sheet metal, and machining. Work with automotive, and rocket, and small engines. Imagine it, then make it happen.
BOAT BUILDINGDo you enjoy being around the water, playing on the water?This class can improve your skill and lead to many careers. You can have fun, earn a living and run your own business. We use both old and new technology to build boats.
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING Technology can be lean, clean, and green. Explore alternative energy resources and innovative ideas. Make homes and cars more energy-efﬁcient. Learn how to bring new ideas to the marketplace.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Building a dream, one house at a time. Combined Social Studies and Life Skills credit. Community Service opportunities. Technical skills that will last a lifetime.
BUSINESS ELECTIVESEconomics & Law Financial ManagementComputer Proﬁciency& Digital Citizenship Small Business OperationsBusinessManagement Accounting for Your
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