Electives

Electives

Covenant Christian Academy

Secondary Electives 2016-2017

HIGH SCHOOL ELECTIVES (grades 9-10)

Journalism 1 or 2 (Mrs. Rude)

Students will learn the basics of news writing and editing. They will be involved in the production of the school newspaper. Students will learn how to select stories and photos and how to lay out newspaper and web pages. They will also learn how to write and produce blog posts. Students with their own laptops are encouraged to bring them.

Fine Art 1 or 2 (Mrs. Villa)

Fine Art 1 and 2 are courses in visual art. Students will be inspired to explore their own creative nature, being made in the image of our infinitely creative God. Students will explore basic art media in this class.  They will gain a deeper understanding of how the elements and principles of design work together, while forming thoughtful and well planned compositions. Students will complete two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art. Students will keep a visual journal throughout the year and will also complete an artist research project in conjunction with a sculpture unit. There will be a small materials fee requested.

Intro to Business (Mrs. Qualls)
This course is designed for students to expand their knowledge of business/marketing principles related to ownership and management of a business, traits and characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, strategies of management and marketing and how to serve God while working toward their business goals. Students will become entrepreneurs by choosing a product to create and working through all the steps to establishing a business from start to finish. The final project will be to sell their product at the last community meeting in May. Parents/students will be responsible for supplying materials needed for the student’s business venture.

 

Computer Science  (Project Lead the Way) (Mr. Tittle)

Introduction to Computer Science (ICS) is implemented in two modules. In each module, student teams create an Android® interface to solve a problem the team defines. Students learn fundamental computer science (CS) concepts using MIT App Inventor. The course aims to develop computational thinking and build student excitement. Several days in each module are targeted to build career awareness about computing skills in all fields and to improve students’ cyber hygiene. 

Worship Band 1 or 2 (Mrs. Sabia)

Students will learn all aspects of being part of a worship band and will help lead Chapel worship. This class will encourage each student grow in their relationship with the Lord. Students will learn how to run the lighting, sound board, and presentations. Students who play instruments are encouraged to bring and play their instruments. Students will be challenged to understand the writing, chording, and dynamics of worship songs. Students will learn how to write their own lyrics and music. Students who take this class may be required to be dropped off earlier to set up for Chapel worship.

Electronics 1 (Mr. Tittle)

In this introductory course to electronics, the student will understand and explore the theory of direct current and  alternating current circuits. They will apply the theory to design, build, test and troubleshoot circuits and demonstrate their understanding in the process. Course will include working with a breadboard, multimeter and oscilloscope. Students will participate in building a major project each quarter, sometimes in teams and sometimes  individually. Possible projects include a crystal radio, DC motor, telegraph circuit, and other student-chosen options. Special emphasis will be placed on guiding students to think about their process of learning new concepts pertaining to the topic of electronics. Learners will reflect on how they have learned over the duration of the course and, in the process, grow in “learning how to learn”. They will present their electronics projects to their parents as a “dry run” before presenting to the class.

Photography 1 (Mrs. Manzo)

In this introductory course, students will learn how to manipulate the settings on a camera including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and focus, as well as getting better lighting.  We will work on problem solving when you need to ‘fix’ a photo on the computer.  Students will learn how to compose and take portraits of people, landscapes, etc.. There will be a focus on viewing God’s gifts and creations He has given us from an all new perspective. There will also be fun and challenging assignments throughout the year. Student will need to supply a personal camera (preferably a DSLR, or something similar that you can control the shutter speed, aperture, etc.) and laptop for editing photos. An additional fee will be required for purchasing editing software/services. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL ELECTIVES (grades 6-8)

Home Economics (Mrs. Schlak)

This fun class helps better prepare students to take a more active role in responsibilities at home and equips them with some of the skills needed to manage a family environment. Some topics might include, but are not limited to: health, safety, first aid, nutrition, cooking, sewing, car care, home repairs, recycling, pet care, finances, budgeting, couponing, resource management, etiquette, organizing, decorating, cleaning, and do-it-yourself projects. 

Worship Band (Mrs. Sabia)

Students will learn all aspects of being part of a worship band and will help lead Chapel worship. This class will encourage each student to grow in their relationship with the Lord. Students will learn how to run the lighting, sound board, and presentations. Students who play instruments are encouraged to bring and play their instruments. Students will be challenged to understand the writing, chording, and dynamics of worship songs. Students will learn how to write their own lyrics and music. Students who take this class may be required to be dropped off earlier in the morning to set up for Chapel worship.

Computer Science (Project Lead the Way) (Mr. Tittle)

Introduction to Computer Science (ICS) is implemented in two modules. In each module, student teams create an Android® interface to solve a problem the team defines. Students learn fundamental computer science (CS) concepts using MIT App Inventor. The course aims to develop computational thinking and build student excitement. Several days in each module are targeted to build career awareness about computing skills in all fields and to improve students’ cyber hygiene.

Publications and Marketing (Mrs. Rude)

In this course, students will learn all the skills necessary to support CCA’s marketing and publications. Projects include Facebook marketing ads, promotional flyers for community events, the 2016-2017 Lit Magazine and help with designing and creating CCA’s yearbook. Topics will include photography, layout, design elements, text content, and interviewing. Students will study and research journalism examples both in magazines and also on the internet. They will learn design concepts in relation to photography, editing and layout. Students who have their own cameras and laptops are encouraged to bring them.

Science Lab (Mrs. Schlak)

Science is best learned by DOING science! Each lesson will be designed to help students understand God’s unique creation. This class will emphasize a fun hands-on approach to learning while enjoying a variety of scientific topics. Students will learn through brief lectures, exciting experiments, direct observations, and result analysis. The course will cover such topics as anatomy, astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, energy, geology, magnetism, optics, physics, solar power, weather and more! Student enthusiasm will help steer the direction of exploration. Laboratory activities may, or may not, directly relate to other ongoing classes.

Art (Mrs. Villa)

This course will develop interaction between each student’s creative expressions and their appreciation for art. It provides opportunity for each student to have instruction and hands-on experiences in producing their art enhanced by the integration of art history. Students will be encouraged in critical and creative problem-solving skills, as well as exposure and appreciation for historical and contemporary works of art. The program is designed to encourage perceptual awareness through the involvement of all of the senses and through a variety of art mediums.