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M/J BAND 3
Students with previous band experience expand on their instrumental technique, music literacy, and aesthetic response through rehearsal, performance, and study of a variety of intermediate-level, high-quality band literature including jazz. Instrumentalists extend their knowledge of music notation and theory, sound production, and personal and group rehearsal strategies. Public solo, chamber ensemble, full band and collaborative symphony orchestra performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals as well as local, county, district, and state events. Students will perform in a variety of venues including the City of Fort Myers’ Music Walk, Hammond Stadium, local retirement communities, the SWFL International Airport, and Lee County School District Office.

M/J ORCHESTRA 3 
Students with previous orchestral experience demonstrate intermediate-level knowledge of instrumental techniques, musical literacy, ensemble performance skills, and related musical knowledge through study, rehearsal, and performance of a variety of high-quality orchestral literature. Public solo, chamber ensemble, string orchestra and collaborative symphony orchestra performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals as well as local, county, district, and state events. Students will perform in a variety of venues including the City of Fort Myers’ Music Walk, local retirement communities, the SWFL International Airport, and Lee County School District Office.

M/J KEYBOARD 1 
Students with little or no prior experience to basic choreography of the keyboard and note location, fundamental piano techniques, note reading, basic music theory, and explore the role of keyboard music in history and culture. Beginning pianists explore musical creativity in the form of basic arranging and improvisation, and develop analytical listening and problem-solving skills.

M/J CHORUS 1 
The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop fundamental vocal musicianship, technical skills, and aesthetic awareness through the study and performance of varied middle/junior high choral literature. Students will perform in a variety of local venues including nursing homes, sporting events, county, district, and state evaluations.

MUSIC PRODUCTION 
This course teaches students how to utilize the latest music production programs to create instrumentals, write songs, and record their own original material. Different genres of music will be incorporated, exposing students to the behind-the-scenes of making music. Students will learn about the different roles of the music industry and learn how to publish their own original songs for the world to hear.

FILM PRODUCTION 
This course teaches students how to develop a film from beginning to end. Students will learn how to write scripts, direct, produce, and film their own original material. Taking words from the page to the screen and learning how to tell a story through film. Using mobile technology, students will film, learn how to edit, and add sound effects in post-production. Experience behind the camera and in front of the camera.

VISUAL ART 3
Students will develop an understanding of how to incorporate 2-D and 3-D techniques into unified artwork that includes an advanced understanding of the principles and elements of design while drawing on concepts from classical, modern and contemporary art. Projects may include but are not limited to mixed media, photography, ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, airbrush and screen printing. They will effectively use these techniques while incorporating a concept or theme into their work to develop a truly unique body of work. They will learn skills in portfolio building that includes concepts from their artist statement. They will develop advanced communication skills and show off these skills with an opportunity to display their work in a public community setting.

3-D STUDIO ART 1
Students will learn to incorporate two-dimensional skills and techniques into three-dimensional artwork exploring abstract, and figurative forms using materials that include but are not limited to clay, plaster, wood, recycled materials, and mixed media. Students will be encouraged to be risk-takers and learn to push the limits of their materials while advancing their spatial awareness and their understanding of 3-D forms. Students will also incorporate concept of mechanical engineering and explore the realm of kinetic sculpture. Opportunities to show their work in a more public and community setting will be provided. Students will also learn proper safety procedures when dealing with related materials and tools.  

INTRO TO DIGITAL DESIGN
This introductory course deals with controlling computer technology to produce an artistic image. Students will learn computer illustration techniques, image manipulation, animation, and graphic design visual literacy. As students are introduced to the various fields in the digital arts, they will learn and apply the fundamentals of design with software applications (Adobe Photoshop CS6), as well as study the principals of design. Projects coordinate technical skills with organization, management, communication, ethics and teamwork.

BUSINESS MARKETING 1
The purpose of this course is to assist students in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals and to provide information regarding careers in the Business, Management, Marketing, and Administration career cluster. The content includes but is not limited to instruction in intermediate keyboarding, intermediate word processing, intermediate electronic presentation design, intermediate computer hardware, intermediate Internet, introductory spreadsheet, and soft skills for business applications.  Students use skills gained in class to design marketing materials for performances and programs within the school.

DIGITAL DESIGN 4/YEARBOOK
The purpose of this course is to use the techniques and tools learned in previous courses to design, compose, and produce the school yearbook and quarterly newsletter. Students will collaborate together to come up with a design scheme and execute it throughout the entire yearly yearbook and newsletter.

FUNDAMENTALS OF WEB & SOFTWARE: DIGITAL DESIGN
The purpose of this course is to assist students in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals and to provide information regarding careers in the Information Technology career cluster. The content includes but is not limited to foundational knowledge and skills related to web and software development in the information technology industry. Students will also dive deep into web design and site implementation.

ADVANCED DIGITAL DESIGN
(Prerequisite Intro to Digital Design/Computer Applications 2).  Students expand on the skills learned in Digital Design.

FUNDAMENTALS OF WEB DESIGN
Students in this course have the opportunity to earn an industry certification as a Certified Internet Web (CIW) Internet Business Associate.  Students learn about Internet connection methods, Internet protocols, the Domain Name System (DNS) and cloud computing. Students will study the basic functions of Web browsers, the components of Web addresses, the use and control of cookies, and browser use in the business world.

ACTING 1 
Through simple scripted monologues and scenes, performance projects, and/or practical application, students learn to identify what makes performances believable and explore the tools used to create, articulate, and execute them. Acting 1 students will learn the fundamentals of acting for the stage, with an emphasis on voice and diction, movement for the actor, and introduction to character analysis.  Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside of the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

ACTING 2 
Students with previous acting experience continue to build skills and knowledge in acting through analysis, discussion, and classroom performance. Expanding on the fundamental of voice learned in Acting 1, students will learn dialect work and acting for film. Students will be exposed to multicultural theatre and study various acting theorists, such as Stanislavski and Meisner. Public performances will serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals, including the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary productions such as musical theatre. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in district and state theatre evaluations and performances outside of the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

THEATRE ARTS 1
Students learn the basics of building a character through such activities as pantomime, improvisation, and effective speaking using articulation, projection, and breathing. Students also learn the importance of technical theatre and explore the use of such elements as costumes, props, and scenery. Students practice writing for the theatre and will produce an original one act play. Following an introduction to theatre history, students will use practical application to perform various historical performance styles, such as Greek and Elizabethan theatre. Public performances will serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals, including the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary productions such as musical theatre. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in district and state theatre evaluations and performances outside of the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom.

INTRODUCTION TO DANCE TECHNIQUES 
Students develop dance technique and movement vocabulary in ballet, jazz, modern and world dance styles. In the process, dancers demonstrate use of class and performance etiquette, analytical and problem-solving skills, and studio practices in a safe dance environment. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside of the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. Students in this class may need to obtain (e.g., borrow, purchase) appropriate footwear and/or dance attire from an outside source.

DANCE 2
Students attend to alignment, acquisition of complex technical skills, collaborative problem solving, dance conditioning, and safe studio practices. They learn about dance in its cultural and historical contexts through research and physical experiences, explore exemplary modern works, employ dance as a healthy life skill, and use dance terminology appropriately to describe the expressive and aesthetic qualities of performance. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. Students may perform at local, county, district and state events. Students in this class may need to obtain (e.g., borrow, purchase) appropriate footwear and/or dance attire from an outside source.

DANCE 3
Students build technical and creative skills relative to choreographic structure, performance, dance science, and somatic movement practices; and attend to alignment, collaborative problem solving, dance conditioning, and safe studio practices. Students will develop an understanding of the founding dance figures and their role in dance history. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students may be required to attend and/or participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. Students may perform at local, county, district and state events. Students in this class may need to obtain (e.g., borrow, purchase) appropriate footwear and/or dance attire from an outside source.

CULINARY CAREERS
The purpose of this course is to assist students in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals and to provide information regarding careers in the Hospitality and Tourism career cluster. The content includes, but is not limited to, instruction and laboratory activities in a kitchen setting, using hands-on experiments, interpreting and modifying recipes and developing menus, and using artistic table setting and plating of dishes to create a well-rounded dining experience. Training for front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house responsibilities are a vital part of this course. The content of this course also includes training in preparation for leadership skills, communication skills, and employability skills. There is an emphasis on exploration of careers in the culinary field, food safety through personal hygiene and sanitation. Personal and community safety, along with proper use of culinary tools/equipment. Artistic presentation of food and the use of technology in the culinary field are a large part of this course.

CULINARY ARTS 2
The purpose of this course is to assist students in making informed decisions regarding their future academic and occupational goals and to provide information regarding careers in the Hospitality and Tourism career cluster. The course is open to 8th grade students who have proven academic excellence, and with an above average FSA score. The course is offered to students who had communicated a genuine interest in the Hospitality and Tourism field. The emphasis of the course is to prepare the student to sit and successfully complete the ServSafe examination and earn a certificate. A ServSafe certificate allows and prepares the students to move forward in their culinary or Hospitality and Tourism field beginning from school. The intensity of the class is concentrated on advancing cooking techniques used, raising the expectations for artistic plating and design, and studying for the certification examination.  However, the course also includes training in preparation for leadership skills, communication skills, and employability skills. There is a continual emphasis on exploration of various careers in the Hospitality and Tourism career cluster and culinary field, food safety through personal hygiene and sanitation. Personal and community safety, along with proper use of culinary tools/equipment.  Artistic presentation of food and the use of technology in the culinary field are part of this course as well as training for front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house responsibilities.

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