Electives

 


Visual Arts Comprehensive, Levels 1-4

Visual Arts Comprehensive covers all aspects of visual arts from the beginning level to advanced.  This is a choice-based class model that works toward Teaching Artistic Behaviors (TAB). Beginning students are instructed in basics of design and materials, then after showing understanding, will design and pursue works of artistic expression of their choosing.  They receive mentoring and guidance from the teacher as they work through visual projects based on their own interest and research. Advanced students will use previous knowledge, new skills (acquired through workshop and mini-lessons), research and inspiration to plan and execute works that exhibit artistic behaviors and thought. Throughout, art production, history, critique, and aesthetic judgment are practiced with each project. These are production classes and students will complete work in the classroom environment unless specifically assigned to take home. Rubrics and due dates are specific to student projects and may vary. Students will maintain a digital portfolio of all work/statements and artwork will remain on campus until released to take home.


Broadcasting I

Broadcasting I is an introductory course that explores the industry of broadcast media.  Students learn the basic fundamentals of broadcast production, including writing, producing, and computer editing. Students receive basic training in photography and videography techniques using digital technology to create various broadcasts for TV. Students study the history of broadcasting, as well as advertising techniques through a media literacy component. Television and video production is a time-sensitive activity and demands a  working knowledge of state of the art electronics. It also requires that each student work in a cooperative environment and shows leadership skills in managing the personalities and talents of all students while working on both group and individual projects. Students will develop their skills through a series of in-class exercises, studio and field exercises, and critical evaluations of production.


Broadcasting II

This is a year-long class that builds on the skills learned in  Broadcasting I. Students explore the techniques and styles of various video genres while learning advanced production skills.  The class is project-based and collaborative and emphasizes writing, creativity, and the development of professional skills. Students also will be required to use advanced editing and special effects software to increase the quality of their productions.


Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts I:  In this introduction to the culinary arts, students will learn skills to form a basic knowledge of the field. Skills that will be covered include basic nutrition, kitchen safety, and sanitation, knowledge of kitchen equipment and tools, basic culinary measurement and math skills, knife skills, how to follow a recipe, basic cooking methods, basic baking, table setting, and etiquette. At the end of this course, students will have the skills to successfully and safely complete a simple to moderately complicated recipe. Students will be evaluated by participation, written assessments, and hands-on skills tests. The focus will be on safety, sanitation, teamwork, and creativity.   


Culinary Arts II: Culinary Arts II will build on the knowledge and skills acquired in Culinary Arts I. At the end of the course, students will be able to pick, properly plan, safely prepare, and serve moderately complicated and difficult recipes. Skills that will be reviewed include nutrition, kitchen safety and sanitation, use of kitchen equipment and tools, use of standardized recipes, moist and dry cooking methods, and baking. Additional skills include culinary math, kitchen timelines and task lists, sensory perception tasting, grocery list creation, menu design, presentation, event planning, and serving others.  Students will also have the opportunity to act as executive chefs and lead a group of less experienced students to prepare a recipe. Students will be evaluated by participation, written assessments, projects, and skills tests. The focus will be on safety, sanitation, teamwork, and creativity.


Culinary Arts III: Food for Life is a student-driven class that builds on skills acquired in culinary arts I and II. Students will select recipes they would like to prepare. After the selection of the recipe, each student will break the recipe down into tasks, determine when those tasks will need to be completed, research any techniques unfamiliar to the student, create a grocery list for the recipe, and finally prepare the recipe. After recipe preparation, students reflect on the success of the recipe and evaluate their performance. In addition, students in this class will develop kitchen leadership skills through teaching skills to and acting as a mentor/team leader to students in Culinary Arts I and II. As a cumulative demonstration of skills acquired in Culinary Arts I, II, and II, students will design a menu for a restaurant and lead a kitchen team to prepare and serve a meal to a group of guests. Throughout the year, students will be evaluated on the selection of recipe, planning and executing recipes as well as leadership skills in the kitchen using project-specific rubrics.


Theater Arts

The Theater Arts Course is a yearlong co-curricular course. As a co-curricular course students have the opportunity to further their craft both within the school day as well as during after-school rehearsals and performances. Participation in rehearsals and performances outside of regular class hours is required for certain onstage and technical positions. Students will work in a workshop-type atmosphere in the classroom to engage in activities encompassing the onstage and technical aspects of theater at their level. Co-curricular time will be utilized to combine all theater arts classes to audition for onstage and technical roles to produce formal public and competition productions to utilize all in classwork. Fall semester theater arts students will be competing in Region 4A One Act Competition as well as performances on campus for the public. In the Spring, there will be a full-length production. A snippet of this show will be a part of our annual Evening of the Arts, and the full production will be performed for the public as well.


Journalism

Students will gain hands-on experience in the areas of beat coverage, advanced page layout and design, graphic design, reporting, and writing using the latest technology, photography, publishing, and staff management techniques.  Students will also use teamwork skills, organization skills, and personal responsibility. Journalism is an intensive, project-driven program of study that provides students with the skills, experience, and practice necessary to create the Tallulah Falls School yearbook and other school-based productions.


Music

(Intermediate Instrumental Ensemble I, II, III & IV) Instrumental Music provides students an opportunity to develop music skills through a choice of instruments including piano, voice, recorder, percussion, strings, woodwinds, and brass. Students will study music theory as a class, yet practice privately to enhance music skills in a selected instrument.  Instrumental Music has a prerequisite of instructor approval and prior instrumental experience. Students may work in ensembles, but primarily individual practice. Printed music will be needed for guidance and evaluation.  In addition to a chosen instrument, students will enhance keyboard and vocal skills. With guidance, students will select their pieces for performances. Rehearsals may be called as needed to prepare for requested events, such as athletic events.  The students may represent the school with public performances and create added TFS spirit and school morale. Musicians who choose to excel may be selected to audition for GMEA All-State or GISA All-Select Chorus, Band or Orchestra.

(Advanced Chorus I, II, III & IV) TFS Singers is a year-long course and performing vocal ensemble that explores choral music from a wide variety of cultures and time periods through study and performance. Students will increase their knowledge and personal skills in use of their vocal instrument, music theory, sight-reading, ear training, performance, and team building. Participation in rehearsals and concert performances outside of regular class hours is required. Chorus is a performing group that presents concerts for the school and community throughout the school year.

(Advanced Keyboard Techniques I, II, III & IV) The advanced piano class provides students an opportunity to develop music skills through performing, to further develop good technique, to continue learning music theory and sight-reading, and to enjoy self-expression through playing.  Students work as a group and individually. The course includes music theory and vocabulary, major and minor scales, arpeggios and cadences, repertoire, and performing opportunities publicly and within the class. Advanced Piano has a prerequisite of instructor approval and Piano I or one year private piano lessons.

(Advanced Instrumental Ensemble I, II, III & IV) TFS Ringers is a year-long course and performing handbell choir that enables students (beginners and those with experience) to work together as a team to produce unique instrumental music. Through this beautiful visual and aural art, the student will learn to read music and play with expression and technical accuracy from a varied repertoire from seasonal, sacred, and secular handbell literature. Through handbell playing, students experience the importance of teamwork, intricate coordination, music reading, and musicianship.  Performances at community events, chapel, and concerts require attendance and personal excellence. The students represent the school in public concerts and therefore will develop personal traits of responsibility, develop high morale, and maintain an impressive concert standard as known in the TFS handbell performance history.


Leadership

This course, one semester long, will consist of defining leadership and how this powerful word, put into action, affects everyday situations and occurrences. Learning concepts of loyalty, responsibility, perseverance, and attitude will allow students to understand and apply leadership in different environments. Various media outlets will be researched and discussed with regards to leadership principles. Guest lecturers will speak throughout the semester to introduce students to a variety of leaders and leadership styles.


Engineering and Technology

Foundation of Engineering: Engineering scope, content, and professional practices are presented through practical applications. Students, in engineering teams, apply technology, science, and mathematics concepts and skills to solve engineering design problems and innovate designs. Students research, develop, test, and analyze engineering designs using criteria such as design effectiveness, public safety, human factors, and ethics. This course is an essential experience for students who are interested in technology, innovation, design, and engineering.  Students will explore electrical circuits, CAD programs, and basic mechanical engineering.

Engineering Concepts: This is a fundamental course that provides a project-based learning approach to understanding the principles and concepts of physics and associated mathematics for most engineering technology programs. Students explore various careers and disciplines of engineering, problem-solving and core technology such as, but not limited to; manufacturing, power/energy/transportation, robotics, hydraulics, electricity/electronics, communications, construction systems, alternative energy, and computer-aided design. Students in engineering teams apply technology skills to solve engineering design problems and create innovative designs. Students research, develop, test, and analyze engineering designs using criteria such as design effectiveness, public safety, human factors, and ethics. Students utilize CAD and physical and virtual modeling concepts to construct, test and collect and report data.

Engineering Applications: The objective of this course is for students to explore the field of robotic design using a variety of hands-on activities, engineering, and technology. The course will consist of lectures including principles of engineering, physics, electronics, mechanics, and computer programming. Laboratory experiments will require students to build simple robots to demonstrate these principles. Students will begin the semester with an introduction to the tools used to create robotic devices, focusing on mobile robots, illustrations of current state-of-the-art research, and applications. Course information will be tied to lab experiments; students will work in teams to build and test increasingly more complex robots, culminating in an end-of-semester robot contest. CAD application and 3D printing will be introduced as a tool used for mechanical design. Students then move onto autonomous navigation where the robot is controlled entirely through programming. Mechanical concepts such as gearing/torque/speed/power are introduced. Students must use this knowledge to design and build custom drive trains capable of meeting a variety of criteria including climbing, pushing, attaining maximum speed, etc. Sensors are introduced to allow robotic devices to interact with the environment. The last month of the lab will be spent applying the learned material to a final project, in which the students will design and build a robot for a final competition.


Psychology

An introduction to the broad field of psychology including diverse topics such as learning, perception, motivation, emotion, consciousness, intelligence, and abnormal psychology as well as the adaptation of the individual to the social environment.


SAT/ACT Prep

The SAT/ACT Prep course is designed to familiarize students with the format and the content of the SAT and ACT tests taken for college entrance purposes. Through lectures, discussion, and interactive use of problems both individually and collaboratively, students will become better prepared for the tests and improve their probability for success on these competitive college admissions exams. The initial assessment will be based upon previously taken exams—the PSAT, ACT, or SAT, and an individual study plan will be developed through the College Board. Students will work interactively with released SAT/ACT tests and practice questions as well as vocabulary and mathematical concepts. Student weaknesses will be identified and analyzed, and efforts will be focused on improving those deficiencies. The course will be structured over a semester, with one nine-week segment devoted to English and second nine-week segment devoted to math.


Team Building

Team Building is a class that will teach students strategies and tactics for building, working with, and facilitating collaborative teams through sports, games, and other team building activities. Communication, inclusion, conflict resolution, and leadership will be focused on daily giving students the opportunity to use and to build these skills as well as to exercise, to practice the fundamentals of different sports, and to have fun!


Senior Capstone

At Tallulah Falls School our seniors complete a culminating project of academic and intellectual experiences known as the Senior Capstone. Throughout the year students will defend a research topic, complete job shadowing and service hours, collect letters of recommendation, and complete a job application.  In addition, seniors practice valuable life skills like interviewing, managing finances, professional greetings, and dress, and other valuable lessons to prepare them for the college and professional worlds. In the spring semester, seniors will present their research and experiences to their peers, teachers, and evaluators.  The Senior Capstone is a graduation requirement at TFS worth one credit. Students will also receive guidance and time during this class period to work on college and scholarship applications, research careers, meet with the college counselor, and hear college representative presentations.