Course descriptions for General Elective Courses. 

“Each day you are given 86,400 seconds to spend, invest, or waste.” Once the day is done, the time is gone.” What are you doing with your opportunity?” This course is designed to empower students with the ability to lead themselves to become a positive influence in the world. Students will have the opportunity to explore and reflect upon their own beliefs and values through a variety of experiences. This course will build a variety of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

The foci of this course include introducing students to the theatre, script analysis, and basic acting. We will explore these areas through hands-on experiences such as working in the high school theatre, reading and discussing selected plays, various acting exercises, and viewing the work of others. Students will engage in a multitude of class activities to develop knowledge and appreciation of the theatrical arts.  No previous acting experience is necessary, but a positive attitude is required.  

As an extension of Theatre I, the foci of this course include discovering the historical journey of the theatre, engaging in advanced stage work with others, developing your artistic voice through directing, and an introduction to playwriting. We will engage in peer-to-peer activities often, so a positive attitude and a willingness to take creative risks are required. 

This course provides students the opportunity to learn and apply the crafts and technologies of the “backstage” world of the theatre. We will learn to interpret and execute a theatrical designer's plans, create our own designs, and see those designs and plans come to life. Through hands-on learning, students will acquire skills and knowledge in set design and construction and basic stage management. Students will submit at least one of their original designs to the Drama Department for consideration for the spring musical. Attendance at a public performance is required.

The work of this course is the production of the Spectrum - the school yearbook.  The emphasis of this course is the timely production of this school-wide publication. The course is perhaps one of the only classes students will enroll in where it is acceptable for their homework to be purchased by others!  Skills taught include journalistic writing, editing, layout, photojournalism, proofing and copying and content, small group work as well as managing the financial responsibilities of publishing.  Students who register for this class must be willing to spend a significant amount of time before and after school.  This course is a year-long commitment and cannot be dropped at semester.

The main objective of this course is to improve writing through writing.  The emphasis is on the student interpreting thoughts, feelings, and experiences into a variety of short pieces.  Class is conducted in “writing workshop” format. Students will do the bulk of, but not all, their work in class.

Students will study and communicate personal and community health; mental, emotional, and social health; injury prevention and safety; nutrition and physical activity; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; human growth and development, sexual health, and Hands-Only CPR. This course is a required course for graduation.

This personalized learning designed course is going to allow students to explore deeper into the increased health risks and topics that are plaguing our society today.  Through discussing current events, political policies, and societal norms, it will allow students to analyze and apply knowledge to how the risks/topics not only impacts us personally but globally as well.  They will develop a rational proposal to help improve lifestyle choices to make a healthy impact on community well-being and on their own personal well-being. As a final performance assessment they will present their proposal in the form of a health fair for the Greenfield Community. 

This course builds upon the concepts/content of Freshman Health.  Also, due to the expectations of student responsibility and maturity for this personalized learning curriculum, this course is for any Junior or Senior, and Sophomores who earned a B or higher in Health.

This is a bridge course that really digs deep into the eight leading influences that are key to health and wellness that is just touched upon in freshman health. Youth in general struggle making the connections that influence their own health, especially those that are indirect and those that are long term impacts vs those that are immediate.  This course will provide you the opportunity to comprehend the eight key influences in depth while creating a safe environment for you to analyze the impacts on overall health and wellness. Guest speakers will also help to provide local and regional information and data on community health concerns.  We will also discuss careers directly related to health and wellness allowing for true understanding of these influences, leaving the it open the door for you to become an advocate not only on their well-being but the wellness of others.