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ROP/CTE Video Production and Stage Technology classes available for 10th through 12th graders

Stage Technology classes: During the year we will explore the properties of light, color, space and sound as they relate to theatrical presentation and performance.  We will use Imagination, planning, artistry, discipline and technology of Set Design, Carpentry, Stage Lighting, Scenic Painting, Prop Design, Costuming and Make-Up to create the theatrical environment or “world” of the productions here at school.

The course objectives are to:

  • Develop Collaborative Spirit and Teamwork
  • Develop a healthy respect for safety and organization in the theater production setting.
  • Concerns for Group and Personal Safety
  • Explore Aesthetic Perceptions and Explore Historical and Cultural Perspectives of Theatre
  • Create a Strong Technical Background
  • Learn Practical Application of Techniques, Styles, Form, etc.
  • Develop a clear understanding of various technical and backstage theater disciplines and learn how to apply them in a collaborative environment.
  • Develop a keen sensibility of the aesthetic, practical and social world we live in and how to recreate that world on stage.
  • Develop a professional work ethic and collaborative respect for each member of the production team, cast, theater staff and management engaged in the production.

 

Video Production Classes: The goal of the course is for the student to develop the ability to capture great video images and audio, and to be able to edit those two elements together to tell a story.

In this course we will explore the history and language of film, video and film composition, cameras, lighting, and other film and video equipment.  We will also follow a professional format of single camera narrative production within our projects.

During the course each student will be taught:

  • A fundamental understanding of composition and basic film/video visuals and vocabulary
  • The basic principles of how to capture great video and audio.
  • The Production Process, including brainstorming, outline, screenplay, storyboard, and planning
  • How to edit video and audio.

How to tell a story by combining video and audio.

ECS: (Van Baal)

Intro to computers (= o.a. hardware & binary code).

HTML (= web pages) with options for Flash and JavaScript.

Scratch (= cartoons & games).

Robotics (= Lego robots).

E-Textiles (= clothing & LED lights).

Python (= programming language).

Optional:

AppInventor (= apps for Android cellphones).

Java (= computer language).

Cyber Security (= Internet security).

Cyber Forensics (= cryptology).

 

A.P. Computer Science: (Van Baal)

Java (= lined based programming language).

 

Cyber Security Club: (Van Baal)

 

Academic Decathlon:

Academic Decathlon is the ultimate academic experience and challenge for students of all proficiency achievement levels.  In this program, students compete in mathematics, English literature, science, art, music, composition, speech, interview, economics, and social science at the highest academic level in high school.  This year’s topic is the 1960s, A Transformational Decade.  Join the movement.

 

AP Human Geography is designed as a course for 9th grade students and a perfect first experience in Verdugo’s AP program. It is a college level course, which includes intensive reading and writing, but the level of the material is manageable for motivated students who have no prior experience with AP. Colleges are especially looking for students who challenge themselves in high school, and a freshmen AP course is a fantastic opportunity to show colleges that a student is preparing for college level work, but without the same kind of pressure of an AP score in the junior or senior year. Students tend to increase AP scoring results with each course and exam they take, and human geography is a perfect precursor for the 10th grade AP world and AP European courses. Students who take this course will be much better prepared for success in future AP courses. The study of human geography includes some physical geography, but it is much more than that. We study populations, demographics, migration, religions, languages, governments, ethnicities, farming, industry, types of businesses, economic development, cities, and environmental issues.

In addition, human geography students also have the opportunity to complete an AP service learning component in conjunction with the course material. Completion of the component will result in a special recognition that will be added by the college board to the student’s transcript that will be sent to colleges.

Digital Imaging AB

     Digital Imaging introduces students to a software called Adobe Photoshop.  This software is an industry standard for complex graphics and image manipulation.  Over the duration of this course, students will learn various creative ways to complete individual projects by incorporating basic art elements and principals.  These projects will allow students to demonstrate creative techniques and concepts learned through demonstrations and lectures.  Students will also explore a few advanced features to further their understanding of Photoshop. 

     After completing the first term of Digital Imaging, students will carry their Photoshop knowledge over to create digital elements used in Interactive Media.  This class will introduce students to homepage designs, animation concepts, basic scripting, and sound which are required to complete several interactive multimedia projects.

AP Computer Science Principles (Ramstad)

AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science.

Sign-up form at https://www.ramstadmath.com/ap-csp/.

Exploring Computer Science (Ramstad)

Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is an introductory high school course designed to engage students in computational thinking and practice. A major aim of ECS is attracting students who might not think of themselves as “typical” candidates for computer science.  ECS provides a comprehensive set of inquiry-based lessons while using a variety of tools and platforms. The course is a component of the ECS program, a K12/university partnership committed to democratizing computer science.  A major component of this program is teacher professional development, and CS for All Teachers aims to support that component.

The robotics club is looking for a couple students to sign up for next year. They can find a sign up form online at www.vhhsrobotics.com.

Introduction to Landscape

This competency-based course is the first in a sequence of three designed for landscaping. It provides Regional Occupational Program (ROP) students with project-based learning (PBL) and work-based learning (WBL) opportunities in the proper use of general landscape tools, plant identification, soil analysis, composting, drip irrigation and water management, pruning, weed abatement, and pest management. Instructions also include an orientation and the development of communication and interpersonal skills, employability skills, and e-portfolio production. The competencies in this course are aligned with the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards and the Common Core State Standards.

 

Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture

This competency-based course is the first in a sequence of three designed for landscaping. It provides Regional Occupational Program (ROP) students with project-based learning (PBL) and work-based learning (WBL) opportunities in the proper use of general landscape tools, plant identification, soil analysis, fertilization, irrigation and water management, pruning, weed abatement, and pest management. Instructions also include an orientation and the development of communication and interpersonal skills, employability skills, and e-portfolio production. The competencies in this course are aligned with the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards and the Common Core State Standards.

 

Intermediate Landscape

This competency-based course is the second in a sequence of three designed for landscaping. It provides Regional Occupational Program (ROP) students with project-based learning (PBL) and work-based learning (WBL) opportunities in the proper use of general landscape tools, and power equipment, weed identification/abatement, and integrated pest management, pollinators, fertilization, irrigation, and organic farming methods. Building upon skills acquired in Landscape 1 course, students will take their experience and expertise to learn more about the field of Landscape.  Instructions also include an orientation and the development of communication and interpersonal skills, employability skills, and e-portfolio production. The competencies in this course are aligned with the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards and the Common Core State Standards.

 

College/Career Class:  Using a career planning process, students assess interests, skills, personality, values, and life/work style choices. Students explore cultural differences and gain an awareness which is applied to work setting. Students research potential educational and careers goals, and relate their self-assessment information to occupational possibilities and college majors

Work Experience: Work Experience meets every Wednesday at 7am. Students are required to be present every Wednesday and complete a lot of paperwork. There grade is 50% attendance and 50% paperwork.  To enroll in the class students need to have a job that carries Worker's Compensation Insurance and deducts taxes and social security.  All students are required to have a Work Permit even if they are 18 years of age. Self-employment and jobs such as babysitting, housework, gardening, and door-to-door selling will not count towards Work Experience credits. There must be a location (not the student's home) at which the student can normally be contacted during working hours.

 

Course description for AP-Statistics: 

Statistics is the art and science of collecting, organizing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Done properly, statistics can help us get clear answers to complex questions from the world around us.  In AP Statistics, we will organize our study of statistics around four major themes: exploring data, planning and conducting a study, anticipating patterns (probability models), and statistical inference.  We will use statistical software, interactive Web tools, and graphing calculator simulations to investigate important probability and statistics concepts.  This course will prepare you to take the AP Statistics exam in May.  Successful completion of Statistics & Probability is a prerequisite for this class.

 

Course Goals: As a result of successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate quantitative literacy skills necessary for informed citizenry.
    • Draw conclusions in the face of uncertainty using data analysis, probability, and statistics.
    • Critically interpret information that is provided in graphical and/or numerical form.
  • Construct and evaluate statistical arguments.
    • Show understanding of the appropriate scope of inference for a given study design.
    • Weigh graphical and numerical evidence in making decisions based on data.
  • Develop and apply mathematical models to examine real-world quantitative relationships.
    • Fit a linear regression model to bivariate data, transforming one or both variables if needed.  Assess the quality of the model and use it to make predictions.   
    • Use an appropriate probability model to describe a distribution of data or the outcomes of some chance process.
  • Communicate their reasoning effectively, using appropriate notation and terminology, both orally and in writing.
  • Collaborate productively with peers in small groups and present to a bigger group.
  • Decide when and how to use technology as an aid in solving problems.
  • Weigh ethical considerations in statistical studies and situations that involve chance and risk.
  • Appreciate the diverse applications of statistics and probability in the world around them.