9th Grade Course Registration

COPPER MOUNTAIN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Ninth Grade Course Descriptions

2017-18

 

REQUIRED CLASSES

 

Teacher’s Advisory: (E credit) A homeroom class where students are provided with an adult advocate, opportunities to explore interests and to learn life skills, conflict resolution skills, and study skills.  It provides students a place and time to conduct and engage in school activities, contests, and listen to daily announcements.  It will also facilitate the tracking of student progress and help build a relationship with parents and enhance communication with homes.  Credit is received for the year on a pass/fail basis.

 

Earth Science:  (ES credit) The theme for Earth Science is systems as an organizing concept to understand life on Earth, geological change, and the interaction of atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere.  Earth’s place in the universe, internal structure, atmospheric processes, and resources are explored to help students understand how Earth Science interacts with society.

 

Biology: (BS credit) The biology core includes three major concepts for instruction. (1) The structures in all living things occur as a result of necessary functions. (2) Interactions of organisms in an environment are determined by the biotic and abiotic components of the environment. (3) Evolution of species occurs over time and is related to the environment in which the species live.

 

Biology H:  (BS credit) Application Process. This is a high school core science course stressing the scientific processes of living things.  The Biology Core Curriculum is a set of life science learning standards that all students are expected to know and be able to do upon completion of this course.  The course is designed to emphasize problem solving and scientific reasoning.  Students will learn the scientific processes related to life science and scientific intended learning outcomes.  Learning activities are varied with an emphasis on student investigations in the field, laboratory, and technical research.

 

Language Arts 9:  (LA credit) This course is designed to emphasize reading comprehension, writing and methods of inquiry as found in the core.  The course will focus on the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication in all its forms.

 

Language Arts 9 Honors:   (LA credit) Application Process. This course is designed for students who have been identified as requiring more advanced instruction in reading comprehension, writing, and methods of inquiry as found in the core. The course will focus on the processes, skills, and strategies for effective communication in all its forms.

 

Secondary Mathematics 1 (M credit) Students in Secondary Mathematics 1 will deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomenon, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Students will use properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge. Algebraic and geometric ideas are tied together. Students will experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problems situations.

 

Secondary Mathematics 1 Honors:  (M credit) Students in Secondary Mathematics 1 Honors will deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomenon, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Students will use properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge. Algebraic and geometric ideas are tied together. Students will experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that make sense of problem situations. Honors students will represent quantities, model, and perform operations using vectors and use matrices to perform operations and solve problems.

 

Secondary Mathematics 2 Honors: (M credit) Students in Secondary Mathematics 2 will focus on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions, extend the set of rational numbers to the set of complex numbers, link probability and data through conditional probability and counting methods, study similarity and right triangle trigonometry, and study circles with their quadratic algebraic representations.  Honors students will also represent complex numbers and their operations on the complex plane, solve systems of equations, prove and apply trigonometric identities, express conic sections algebraically, and solve problems using volume measurements.

 

Geography For Life:  (GFL credit) This course introduces students to cultural and physical geography.  The framework of this course is the five themes of geography–location; place; human interaction with the physical environment; the impact of movements of people, ideas and things; and similarities and differences within and between regions.  In addition, the course emphasizes critical, casual, interpretive and reflective thinking skills through observing, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and problem solving.  The course is a required core course for graduation.

 

Geography For Life Honors: (GFL credit) Application Process. This course introduces students to cultural and physical geography. The framework of this course is the five themes of geography—location; place; human interaction with the physical environment; the impact of movements of people, ideas and things; and similarities and differences within and between regions. In addition, the course emphasizes critical, causal, interpretive and reflective thinking skills through observing, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and problem solving. This course emphasizes in-depth reading, writing and independent study.

 

Human Geography AP:  (GFL credit) Strong recommendations. This college-level course covers the nature and perspectives of geography, population, cultural patterns and processes, political organization of space, agricultural and rural land use, industrialization and economic development, and cities and urban land use. University credit can be earned with a successful performance on the AP exam in the spring.  Recommended that students have a 3.8 cumulative GPA and an SRI of 1100.

 

Participation Skills and Techniques :  (PST credit) A course designed to develop skills and techniques in a variety of team and individual games as well as improvement in physical fitness.  This class will be used for credit needed for graduation.

 

SEMESTER ELECTIVE CREDITS

 

Art Foundation 2:  (A credit) prerequisite: Art Foundation 1.   Art Foundation 2 provides an overview and introduction to visual arts through studying a variety of art tools and materials.  This course builds on Foundation 1 with a more in-depth experience with fewer art forms.  This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skills, some art criticism, art history, and aesthetics, with an emphasis on studio production.

 

Ceramics 1:  (A credit) Ceramics develops basic skills in the creation of 3-D forms and pottery from clay.  Techniques in hand building, wheel throwing, basic glazing, and firing are taught.  With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills, some art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included.

 

Ceramics 2: (A credit) Requires Ceramics 1 with a B or better. This is an intermediate course that builds upon the concepts and skills learned in Ceramics 1. Students will consistently produce quality pieces of ceramics.

 

Drawing 1:  (A credit) Requires Teacher Signature. Drawing focuses on black and white or monochromatic rendering from life, pictures, master works, and imagination.  This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills.  Some experiences in art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included (With an emphasis on studio production).

 

Painting 1:  (A credit) Requires Teacher Signature.  Painting 1 includes wet and dry color media with processes such as transparent and opaque painting focusing on the properties of color.  Techniques with color media mixing and application will be covered.  With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking and art-related technology skills.  Some experiences in art criticism, art history, and aesthetics may be included

 

Guitar 1:  (A credit) This course provides opportunities for students to develop their musical potential and aesthetic understanding through learning to play a guitar.  Emphasis will be placed on:  playing position, tone production, fundamental technique, simultaneous playing and singing, reading music, and composing songs/lyrics.  Knowledge and skills will include experiences in singing, playing, listening, and connecting to cultures.  Instrument required. Practice outside of class time with an instrument is required.

 

Beginning Theatre (A credit) This is an introductory course in theatre with an emphasis on performance.  No previous experience is necessary.  The course with include pantomime, improvisation, mono acts, characterization, and scenes from plays, play reading, and work with voice projection and diction.

 

Intermediate Theatre A (A credit) Prerequisite: Beginning Theatre or Teacher Signature.  This is an intermediate course in theatre with an emphasis on performance.  The course will include dramatic and humorous readings, mono acts, and scenes from plays, pantomime, and an overview of the history of theatre, puppetry, radio, T.V., and film.

 

Intermediate Theatre B (A Credit) Requires: Beginning Theatre & Instructor Approval.  This is a musical theatre class dedicated to improving your singing, dancing and acting skills. This class is co-taught by the theatre and choir teacher with the intention of producing our main-stage school musical as the culminating class project. Students in this class will be expected to attend several after-school rehearsals and evening performances. A detailed calendar will be provided at the start of the school year. If there are any conflicts with the after school requirements – students will definitely need to sign up for the Intermediate Theatre A class.

 

Secondary Reading (E Credit)  This course is designed to help struggling readers in 9th-12th grade.  This course will implement the Utah Core reading standards for both informational and literary text through a focus on improving reading comprehension, decoding, fluency, and annotation, and close reading skills.

 

Creative Writing: This course, based on Utah English Language Arts (ELA) Core Writing Standards, is designed to introduce students to imaginative composition with the writing of personal experiences, character sketches, short fiction, and poetry. Students will have the opportunity to prepare manuscripts for publication, awards, and scholarships.

 

Dance 1a/b:   (A, credit) A course offering basic dance technique, fitness fundamentals, movement qualities, and rhythm with an emphasis on creativity, sequencing, and problem solving. Dance 1a is for very beginner dancers.  Dance 1b is for students with at least 3 years dancing experience.

 

Dance 2:   (A credit) Teacher approval required. A course designed to develop dance technique, flexibility, and coordination, with an emphasis on creativity and artistic composition.

 

Social/Ballroom Dance (A credit) A course offering instruction and practice in the basic social dance steps, rhythms, and techniques.  The following dances may be included:  foxtrot, cha-cha, waltz, swing, mambo, western swing, and western line dance.  Performances and rehearsals outside of the regular school day may be required and will constitute a portion of the course grade.

 

Sports & Outdoor Product Design 1: (CTE credit) This course covers basic sewing skills while completing a variety of projects.  This course emphasizes the construction of sports and outdoor clothing.  Students start with easy projects like sewing boxer shorts and progress to ski wear, sweats, zippered bags, camo shirts, pants and polar fleece jackets.  Subjects such as: clothing care, maintenance and textile information is covered.  Projects are individually selected.

 

Child Development: (CTE credit) This course covers the development of a child from conception through adolescence. The course includes the following topics: reproductive tracts, pre-natal development and care, healthy lifestyles conducive to healthy pregnancies, birth defects, and the development and care of children throughout childhood. Guidance and discipline techniques and the physical, social, and emotional development of children will also be examined. The student learns both how and why a child grows and develops. This class is a prerequisite for any of the higher-level child development courses.

 

Teen Living: (CTE credit) This course is designed to help students understand and cope with personal, family, and social challenges.  Emphasis is placed on communication, decision-making skills, and building stable relationships with family and peers.  The course enables students to implement positive coping mechanisms and promotes an understanding of self.  Critical issues with impact teenagers including: self-concept, family and peer relationships, abuse, loss dating, and teenage pregnancy are discussed stressing positive alternatives.  Emphasis is placed on; students taking personal responsibility for their lives.

 

Computer Technology:  (CT credit) This is an introduction to computer application software that encompasses document processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.  An understanding of ethics and use of operating systems, information resources, and electronic mail is included.  Skills gained will be demonstrated by creating a project for a different content area.  This course is required to fill the Computer Technology credit for graduation.

 

Exploring Computer Science:  (CT/CTE Credit) This course is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics.  Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems.  The goal of the course is to develop in students the computational thinking practices of algorithm development, problem solving, and programming with the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s students.  Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers as well as societal and ethical issues.  This course may be used as CTE or Computer Technology Credit.

 

Fashion Design Studio: (CTE credit) This course prepares individuals to assist in coordinating garments for various occasions.  Units of instruction include analyzing fashion trends, basic characteristics of styles, fashion design and merchandising practice; describing garment construction features, quality, and fiber content to customers; assessing durability and care of fabric and garments; selecting current fashion for figure types and fitting garments on customers; planning and presenting fashion shows; and developing fashion displays.  The class includes the analysis of garments and accessory combinations to create pleasing designs with line, form and fabrics.

 

Foods & Nutrition 1:  (CTE credit) This course is designed for students who are interested in understanding the principles of nutrition and food preparation.  Attention will be given to the selection and preparation of food and personal health. Additional fees for materials may be required.

 

Study Skills:  (E credit) This course teaches students strategies, techniques, and skills that will allow them to study more effectively.

This class may cover the following areas;  Organization, time management, stress management, reading strategies, test taking strategies, study strategies, note taking, academic tracking, team work, communication and goal setting, learning and interest assessments.

 

Student Aide:  (E credit) This is a course that offers a unique experience working with teachers and staff.  This position provides an opportunity to observe and model an adult at work.  It provides a wide range of learning opportunities in areas such as life skills, human development, and career exploration.  In addition, they are given the chance to practice reliable citizenship as they interact with peers, school staff and the general public.  Students must have a 3.0 GPA and no N’s or U’s in citizenship.

 

FULL YEAR ELECTIVE CREDITS

 

Advanced Dance:   (A,IFA credit) Teacher approval/audition required. A course designed to enhance and develop all aspects of dance technique and composition, emphasizing creativity and artistic choreographic skills. Performances and rehearsals outside of the regular school day may be required and will constitute a portion of the course grade.

 

Orchestra 1:  (A credit) A class for students who would like to learn to play a violin, viola, cello, or bass.  No experience necessary; one-half hour daily practice required.  A limited number of violas, cellos, and basses may be available to rent from the school at a nominal fee.   Additional fees for materials may be required.  Instrument required.

 

Orchestra 2- Concert:   (A credit) prerequisite: Audition/interview/teacher signature:  This is an advanced-level orchestra class that will study and perform advanced-level literature.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.  Instrument required

 

Orchestra 3- Chamber: Instructor approval (Audition and/or interview possible)

This is an orchestra class focusing on advanced-level literature for orchestra. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade. Practice outside of class time with instrument is required.

 

Band 1- Woodwinds:  (A credit)  This is a course in beginning band class for students who wish to learn the saxophone, flute, or clarinet. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course.  An instrument is required.

 

Band 1- Brass (A credit) This is a course in beginning band offered for students who wish to learn the cornet, trumpet, baritone, horn, trombone, or tuba. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course. An instrument is required.

 

Band 1- Percussion (A credit) This is a course in beginning band offered for students who to learn the drums, mallet keyboard instruments, and other percussion-related instruments. Practice outside of class time and performances are part of this course.  An instrument is required.

 

Band 2 -Concert Band Brass/Woodwinds or Percussion:   (A credit) Teacher approval required An intermediate-level band course that encourages increased technical and expressive musical proficiency through performance and study of music.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.  Practice outside of class time with an instrument is required.

 

Band 3- Symphonic Band:  (A credit) Teacher approval required.

This is an advanced-level band class that will study and perform advanced-level literature for band.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade. Instrument required

 

Choir 2 Girls & Boys:  (A credit) This is a vocal music course open to all students which covers three and four-part music and review of singing fundamentals.  Approval of the instructor may be required.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and constitute a portion of the grade.  If there is enough interest, choirs will be divided into male and female.

 

Choir 3-Concert Choir:  (A credit) Teacher approval required.  This is an advanced vocal group concerned with advanced choral literature and techniques of singing.  Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the course requirement and will constitute a portion of the grade.

 

Foreign Languages: French 1, Spanish 1 or Chinese 1:   (E credit) A course designed to teach elementary skills in listening, speaking, reading, and spelling including beginning vocabulary for classroom and school subjects, foods, clothing, telling time, reading the calendar, and talking about weather and seasons, and modes of transportation and more common locations.  Students will develop an appreciation of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.

 

Foreign Languages:  French 2, Spanish 2 & Chinese 2:   (E Credit) Prerequisite:  Foreign Language 1. Teacher approval required.

A course designed to teach intermediate skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing including further development of vocabulary for dining, traveling, shopping, personal feelings, and activities.  Students will develop an appreciation of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.

 

Foreign Language: Spanish 3H: Prerequisite: Spanish 2

This course is designed to teach advanced skills in listening, speaking, reading, and spelling. The curriculum covered in this course will give students the skills to communicate in culturally-appropriate ways in the target language. By the end of this course, student skill level should be at intermediate-low level according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) standards.

 

Release Time – Religious Education:  Students who are enrolled in the Release Time Religious Education Program must attend the class scheduled at the assigned time or they will be in the regular school program.   No credit is received.

 

 

9th Grade Registration Information

Registration Material Delivered:

January 24th During Language Arts Classes

CARD DUE 2/2/18

 
9th Grade Registration Card
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9th Grade Course Descriptions
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9th Grade Honors Application
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Language Arts teacher Reccommendation

(Mandatory to Apply to 9th Grade Honors Language Arts)

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9th Grade Summer PE Options

Check with your Counselor for Details. There is usually an online class available, in addition to an in-person class. Details are typically available at the beginning of March.

 
USTAR Classes

9th Graders can also take math and science courses in the summer if they are interested. These courses are free through the USTAR program. Talk to your counselor for details.