Course Catalog: Freshman Rotation

The Freshman Academic program at Cardinal Newman offers a unique opportunity for 9th graders to explore four subjects (3 in the Arts plus Health) in one school year on a rotating quarter system.

Graduation Requirements:

Required for all Freshman. Exceptions for those who audition into Ensemble.

Courses Offered:

Music 9

Music 9

Grade 9

One-quarter course, Freshman Rotation; Required (Ensemble members excused)

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course is an introduction to the process of active music listening. It also serves as an opportunity for hands-on exposure to music making on guitar, keyboard, and drums, plus the art of singing and rapping. The basic elements of music such as form, rhythm, harmony, melody and texture are explored. The importance of various music styles such as Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, Electronic, World Music, and Popular music are discussed with analysis of the most important composers and performers in those areas. It is expected that through this process, the student will gain a greater awareness of formerly unfamiliar music as well as a deeper understanding of the music they may already know.

Introduction to Studio Art

Introduction to Studio Art

One-quarter course, Freshman Rotation; Required

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This 9-week course is a study in the foundations of visual art. This class will introduce the elements of art history, art criticism, and design with a focus on the basic skills of drawing, painting and sculpture. The study in drawing will emphasize contour line and shading techniques with pencil.

Students will learn and utilize the symbolic, expressive and descriptive qualities of the elements of art: line, shape, form, color, texture, space, and value. The course will offer an opportunity to build an art vocabulary in order to describe and write about art. These concepts will be reinforced through a variety of media.

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Grade 9

One-quarter course, Freshman Rotation; Required

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course offers the students an introduction to the art of public speaking. This class will focus on helping students feel comfortable with public speaking as a skill. Students will be assigned 4 speeches during the term. Focus will be on technical skills such a volume, posture, structure and personality.

Health

Health

Grade 9

One-quarter course, Freshman Rotation; Required

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course offers the students an introduction to Health Education to enhance the awareness and knowledge of healthy lifestyle choices. Adolescent risk behaviors will be addressed while advocating for the students to make good choices and decisions for their overall health. It will cover executive functioning, stress management, time management, mental and emotional health, nutrition, alcohol and drug use (including tobacco), healthy peer relationships, sexual health, injury prevention and cyber safety/Digital Citizenship.


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