Electives

COURSE OFFERINGS

This section describes the elective choices offered at Serrano. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of elective subjects to provide them with a wider breadth of learning experiences. Electives should be chosen carefully as they will be used to schedule the entire year. Think about allergies such as dust before choosing an elective. As you make your selections, keep in mind that the decisions you make may impact your long-range goals for high school. Choose wisely and be prepared to do your very best.

Be advised that enrollment in a particular elective is based upon several variables (i.e., number of students that choose the elective, number of periods the elective is offered, and/or a period conflict with required courses.) Every effort will be made to give students at least two of their highest requested electives.

English Support / Math Support are programs designed for students who are below grade level in English and/or math. This class may be an assigned elective

Course Description

AVID

7th and 8th Grade (By invitation only) Yearlong Elective

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), is a college readiness elective that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. Highly motivated students apply and interview for a space in this elective class. This elective is a yearlong class that includes a field trip to a local college. Applications and interviews required.

PAL – 8th Grade Yearlong Elective

PREREQUISITE: Teacher approval

Peer Assistance & Leadership (PAL) is a leadership class that focuses on helping students, our school, and the community. PALs are role models on campus; they don’t just represent academically, they also represent the school in spirit, citizenship, and work ethic. PALs will participate in helping with assisting new students, tutoring, recycling, special education classes, various school activities, and teambuilding opportunities.

Band/Orchestra/Jazz/Choir

MUSIC

CONCERT BAND (BEGINNING BAND) – 7th / 8th Grades Yearlong Elective

This performance ensemble is designed for all students wishing to learn a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. No experience is needed. The primary focus of this course is to introduce students to basic musical skills such as basic music theory, basic rhythms, and proper playing of their instrument. Three major performances are scheduled throughout the year. Attendance at all scheduled performances and rehearsals is a required part of the class. A donation of $75.00 to offset costs listed above will be requested.

 

CONCERT BAND (INTERMEDIATE BAND) – 7th / 8th Grades Yearlong Elective

This performance ensemble is designed for students in their 2nd to 3rd year of playing a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. The primary focus of this course is to further develop and expand musical skills such as intermediate-level music theory, basic intonation, and performing festival-appropriate level repertoire. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is a required part of the class. Three major performances are scheduled throughout the year. A donation of $75.00 to offset costs listed above will be requested.

WIND ENSEMBLE (ADVANCED BAND) - 8th Grade Yearlong Elective

PREREQUISITE: Teacher Approval

This performance ensemble is the most advanced wind and percussion group and is only offered through audition. Students enrolled in this course work towards pursuing musical excellence in instrumental technique and gain valuable performance experience. Music includes standard band literature as well as popular music. The Wind Ensemble performs numerous times throughout the school year, participating in concerts and festivals in and outside of Orange County. Multiple major performances are scheduled throughout the year. All rehearsals and performances are a required part of this class. A donation of $100.00 to offset costs listed above will be requested.

STRING ORCHESTRA (INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA) – 7th / 8th Grades Yearlong Elective

This performance ensemble is designed for students in their 2nd to 3rd year of playing a string instrument. The primary focus of this course is to further develop and expand musical skills such as intermediate-level music theory, basic intonation, and performing festival-appropriate level repertoire. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is a required part of the class. Three major performances are scheduled throughout the year. A donation of $75.00 to offset costs listed above will be requested.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (ADVANCED ORCHESTRA) - 8th Grade Yearlong Elective

PREREQUISITE: Teacher Approval

This performance ensemble is the most advanced string group and is only offered through audition. Students enrolled in this course work towards pursuing musical excellence in instrumental technique and gain valuable performance experience. Music includes standard string orchestra literature as well as popular music. The Chamber Orchestra performs numerous times throughout the school year, participating in concerts and festivals in and outside of Orange County. Multiple major performances are scheduled throughout the year. All rehearsals and performances are a required part of this class. A donation of $100.00 to offset costs listed above will be requested.

CHORUS – 7th / 8th Grades Yearlong Elective

This performance ensemble is designed for all students who have a desire to sing. This course focuses musical basics such as music theory, reading music, and proper signing technique. Musical selections will include music from all eras of history to modern tunes. Three major performances are scheduled throughout the year with selected festivals during the Spring trimester. All rehearsals and performances are a required part of this class. A donation of $75.00 to offset costs listed above will be requested.

Fine Arts

FINE ARTS

ART 7 – 7th Grade Trimester Elective

Art 7 is an introductory course which explores works of art created with pencil, colored pencils, clay and paint. The course is designed for students to learn about the elements and principles of design while having a chance to use and experiment with a variety of techniques and media. Students get a chance to create cartoon characters, clay whistles, learn how to draw faces and people while beginning to understand perspective and how to incorporate their knowledge into their own unique works of art.

Art 8 – 8th Grade Trimester Elective

This is an 8th grade course that explores various materials and processes. We will focus on drawing, painting and sculpture while incorporating some technology to produce original works of art. A lab contribution of $12.00 to facilitate the purchasing of materials for this class will be requested.

ADVANCED ART – 8th Grade Yearlong Elective

PREREQUISITE: Art 7 or teacher approval based on portfolio

This is a yearlong elective course that is designed for students with a definite interest in drawing, painting, and sculpture or any art related career. In this class students get to work on unique projects like murals around the school, larger than life size totem poles, life size sculptures, calendars, children’s books, screen printed t-shirts or mugs, musical instruments any many more. In this class, students will deepen their understanding of the world around them and begin to visually express their own unique vision through different mediums and with a variety of techniques. A lab contribution of $35.00 to facilitate the purchasing of materials for this class will be requested.

Performing Arts

PERFORMING ARTS

INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA – 7th / 8th Grade Trimester Elective

Discover the exciting world of drama! Enhance your ability to communicate with an audience and build characters through improvisation, pantomime, theater games and scene study. Serrano’s drama class is an interactive way to learn theater vocabulary, how to perform on stage, and discover the secrets behind both stage and film productions.

THEATER PRODUCTION - 8th Grade Yearlong Elective

Theater Production is your opportunity to participate in all aspects of a play production from beginning to end. Learn what is involved in auditioning and blocking. Learn what goes on behind the scenes in publicity, sets, costumes, and props. A play will be performed for one to two evenings each trimester. Students will also perform for students and parents during the day. Student directed plays or a variety show will finish off the trimester. Some after school rehearsals may be required.

Practical Arts - STEAM

PRACTICAL ARTS

STEAM 7 – 7th Grade Trimester Elective

The first in a two course STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematicsoffering at Serrano. STEAM 7 is the 7th grade prerequisite to the yearlong 8th grade STEAM 8. Students in STEAM 7 will experience traditional wood shop with a 21st century flair! Projects will be designed using traditional drafting, and CAD (computer aided design) software in our new computer lab. Students will then use a variety of hand, power tools and machinery (drill press and band saw with direct teacher supervision) to create them. Students will even use a 50 watt Epilog laser system! Together, STEAM 7 and STEAM 8 comprise Serrano’s STEAM Academy program, the first courses in the Engineering & Manufacturing Pathway that continues on in high school.

STEAM – 8th Grade Yearlong Elective

PREREQUISITE: STEAM 7, Teacher Approval

The second in the two course STEM/STEAM offering at Serrano. STEAM 8 is the 8th grade component of STEAM Academy, and expands upon student’s 7th grade experiences in STEAM 7/Woods. Students will continue to design projects using traditional drafting and CAD techniques, but in this course, the design process will be an integral part of the process. Building upon the tools and techniques from 7th grade, students will use a variety of manufacturing processes including 3D printing to create their projects. Programming Arduino circuits, VEX robotics and Linkbots are also a featured part of the class. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents through a variety of challenges and competitions.

Student Aide

STUDENT AIDE

CLASSROOM AIDE - 8th Grade Trimester Elective

Students have the opportunity to assist a classroom teacher where they will learn useful skills in organization and responsibility. A GPA of 2.5, no N’s or U’s citizenship, no disciplinary infractions, and teacher recommendation is required.

OFFICE AIDE - 8th Grade Trimester Elective

Students have the opportunity to assist the front office staff where they will learn useful skills in organization and responsibility. A GPA of 3.0, no N’s or U’s citizenship, no disciplinary infractions, and office staff recommendation is required.

Technology/Communications

TECHNOLOGY/COMMUNICATIONS

WEB DESIGN – 7th Grade Trimester Elective

Learn to create a personal website with HTML (programming language), create an app in Javascript and use Scratch to create an understanding of game and programming logic. The skills you learn will be an introduction to a programming career. Students will be working on the Internet. A lab fee of $5.00 to facilitate the purchasing of materials for this class will be requested.

MULTI-MEDIA – 7th Grade Trimester Elective

Learn the skills of film photography, direction, editing, music making, script writing, storyboarding and more. Use the Adobe Suite of products to make their short movies demonstrating those skills. Students will be working on the Internet. A lab fee of $5.00 to facilitate the purchasing of materials for this class will be requested.

DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS – 8th Grade Trimester Elective

Students will learn techniques for every type of media: text, graphics, sound, animation, video and the Internet. These skills will be used to produce meaningful and appropriate projects that will be a strong foundation of technology skills for high school and beyond. Students may use iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes, Pages/Word, Garage Band, Keynote/PowerPoint, Photoshop, Blender, Premiere, Aftereffects, and more to design their presentations with the purpose of sharing these with audiences both inside and outside our school. Students will be working on the Internet. A lab fee of $5.00 to facilitate the purchasing of materials for this class will be requested.

Good Morning Serrano (GMS) Broadcast – 8th Grade Yearlong Elective

PREREQUISITE: Teacher approval (Multi-Media and Drama recommended)

Be part of the cast and crew of Good Morning Serrano (GMS). Create videos for the GMS broadcast show. Students will learn techniques for producing videos for broadcasts. Students will plan, script, shoot interviews and edit news and feature formatted videos. Students will become familiar and proficient with digital editing methods. Students should have the desire and ability to work well in a group atmosphere under the pressure of a daily deadline. Most assignments will take place in class, however, occasional scheduled school activities will necessitate after school work on a rotational basis. Students must complete an application; have a 2.5 GPA and no N’s or U’s in citizenship. A lab fee of $30.00 to facilitate the purchasing of materials for this class will be requested. Please note that if you are on the GMS Crew, you must be in your SEAT and ready for our broadcast by 8:10 AM! Students will be working on the Internet and will need to complete a District Media Release Form.

World Languages

WORLD LANGUAGE

INTRO TO SPANISH – 8th Grade Trimester Elective

Learn the basics of the Spanish language and explore the cultures of Spanish speaking countries in this introductory course. Students will expand their own world by learning to communicate in Spanish through a variety of fun activities. This trimester class will give students exposure to learning a foreign language and a head start if they choose to enroll in Spanish 1 in high school.

 

SPANISH I - 8th Grade Yearlong Elective

PREREQUISITE: 7th grade GPA of 3.5 or higher

The Level I courses facilitate the exploration of the fascinating world of the Spanish speaking people. Students will enrich their own world by learning and using a new language and appreciating a new culture. Most studies are conducted in a "real world" context and speaking, listening, reading and writing skills acquired will help students develop a global understanding necessary to become effective citizens of the twenty-first century. The first year of study will also increase the student's enjoyment when traveling throughout the world where Spanish is spoken. Placement criteria include GPA of 3.0 or higher, and proficiency in English reading comprehension and writing. Upon successful completion of Spanish I (B average), students may enroll in Spanish II in high school. Level I credit applies toward high school and college.Spanish Workbook fee: $20.00.

Yearbook

YEARBOOK / Publications - 8th Grade Yearlong Elective

PREREQUISITE: Teacher approval and a B or better in English class

Students will work together in all phases of yearbook planning. The course will include page layout, photography, design elements, writing copy, headlines and captions, and interviewing skills. The students will learn digital photography, Adobe Photoshop, and Studio Works (a special design program from Balfour/Taylor Publishing). Students will learn to import and edit photos and films. During the third trimester this class will produce digital movies, and Photo Story programs. Students will learn how to use digital video cameras and film editing software. Students will create the Online Seahawk News Magazine as well. We will publish 5 to 6 issues during the year to include articles, interviews, photo essays, stories, contests, and interactive pieces. Students must maintain a B or better in their English class to be in this class.