Electives

Fine Arts and Electives Chairman: Jesse Noote

COMMUNICATIVE ARTS

COMMUNICATIVE ARTS FACULTY:

Joshua Rogers

God gives us a voice and an audience to speak and witness for Him.  The Word says, “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you” – I Peter 3:15.  As Christians, we have One Message: Jesus. However, if people cannot understand our message, then they will never receive the blessing that it is to know Christ. Therefore, it is our responsibility to learn the appropriate skills which enable us to communicate effectively.

Speech
(9th - 12th Grades)
Full Year; 1 Credit

Oral communication is fundamental to all other learning. A student who communicates well succeeds in social, economic, and academic environments. Effective oral communication provides readiness for the workplace and/or post-secondary education and is, therefore, a recommended elective for students in all career majors. Students will:

  • Write professional résumés and present completed portfolios for college and job interviews.
  • Learn interviewing skills such as appropriate appearance, successful responses to questions, & proper etiquette.
  • Identify nonverbal language and its vitality in communication
  • Present a demonstrative speech, oral interpretation, and participate in a class debate.
  • Textbook: Glencoe Speech

Public Speaking
(9th - 12th Grades)                                                                                 
One Semester; ½ Credit

By actively participating in a variety of speaking activities, students will gain the confidence and skills to overcome communication anxiety. Skills in public speaking help the individual to think logically, clearly, and creatively. Students recognize and learn to deliver all four types of speeches: informative, persuasive, motivational, and entertaining. Students will:

  • Gain self-confidence and self-esteem as a result of experiencing public speaking.
  • Research, analyze, and compile data to prepare and deliver effective speeches.
  • Use human-relations skills when communicating with different audiences.
  • Recognize the contribution that skill in public speaking provides for the adult world.

Junior Debate
(7th - 8th Grades)                                                            
Full Year or One Semester

A non-credit elective course offered to prepare younger students for the PCS Forensics Team. This course provides an introduction into the world of competitive speech and debate. By teaching the fundamentals of speech and debate, it allows students to become more comfortable speaking in front of others, to think more logically, and to gain insight through research. Students will:

  • Practice voice projection, modulation, and enunciation, building natural and effective speech habits.
  • Identify the responsibilities of an effective listener.
  • Acquire, interpret, and evaluate nonverbal messages.
  • Prove a point through effective use of supporting material.
  • Recognize the importance of speech communication.

Debate I, II, III, & IV
(9th - 12th Grades)                      
Full Year; Full Credit OR PCS Forensics Team

Fall Semester; 1/2 Credit     
(Max 2 Credits toward Graduation)  
 

This course builds important communication skills that will enhance all aspects of the individual’s life. The debate aspect provides instruction in how to acquire, analyze, and evaluate information in order to organize and present effective arguments, and it provides practice in making those arguments. The speech aspect provides instruction in a variety of competitive speech events, which students must research, develop, and practice. Students will:

  • Gain the ability to think logically, clearly, and quickly.
  • Apply effective research skills to find the best available information.
  • Identify flawed reasoning and argue persuasively.
  • Increase understanding of himself and his confidence in his own ability to analyze issues.
  • Deliver performances which include interpretations or dramatizations of literature, speeches, and debates.

COMPUTER

COMPUTER FACULTY:

Terry Walker, Melissa Brown and Charlotte McPhail 

The Computer Department strives to provide students with computer skills for successful academic, personal and professional applications.  Through the use of computer technology, students can become motivated learners, creative problem solvers, and effective communicators.

The Computer Department offers the following classes: Computer I (Keyboarding/Computer Applications), and Accounting.

Keyboarding provides students an opportunity to master the touch-method keyboarding skill.  Developing proper speed and accuracy techniques are emphasized.  Students learn how to produce basic documents such as business letters, simple tables and simple reports. 

Computer Applications provides students with essential skills and knowledge necessary to use computer hardware and software in daily life and occupational tasks. Word processing (Word), spreadsheet applications (Excel), and presentations (PowerPoint) are emphasized.

Accounting allows students to learn accounting terminology, principles, and procedures. The study of accounting will help prepare students for accounting careers and for personal use. Students will be better prepared to make financial decisions that will affect their own economic futures. Automated procedures are an integral part of the accounting curriculum. The following skills are integrated throughout the accounting curriculum: critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, team building, ethics, work quality, communication, and technology


FINE ARTS

Someone once said the sciences make life possible, but the arts are what make life worthwhile.  It has been proven in numerous studies that instruction in the arts stimulates intellectual growth.  Presbyterian Christian School provides that stimulation with classes in chorus, art, and two drama productions each school year.

FINE ARTS FACULTY:
Chorus – Jesse Noote
Art – Ricardo Moody
Photography - Don Hill

CHORUS
Senior High Chorus
Junior High Chorus
Select Ensemble (audition required)

ART - Grades 9-12

           ART I – This art course explores the elements and principles of design, introducing students to a variety of media (such as drawing, painting, printmaking, and ceramics), and explores some art history as an integral part of a hands on experience in the studio setting.

          ADVANCED ART – Studio courses which seek to enhance a student’s expertise in a specific area of art by concentrating exclusively upon that one area.  The student and teacher will confer to choose the area of concentration.           

         DRAWING – This course offers an in-depth study of drawing techniques (including Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain), materials, and individual styles.  The emphasis is on developing the drawing skills of the student, as well as developing individual solutions to problems posed by the instructor.  Prerequisite: Art I and permission of instructor.    

         3-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN – This course will explore work not only with clay(hand built and wheel thrown), but junk and papier’ mache’ sculpture.  Students will design and build their own work
Prerequisite: Art I and permission of instructor

          PAINTING – In this course, students will explore traditional and experimental techniques with watercolor and acrylics.  Technical, decorative, communicative, and expressive nature of painting will be explored.  A term paper on an artist will also be required.          
Prerequisite: Art I and permission of instructor

        DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY – This is not a “journalistic” course, but focuses on the “art of  photography”.  Projects are set up each week to be accomplished and students have the use of an iMac computer in the art room with both Photoshop and the full Creative Suite at their disposal.  A digital camera with 4-5 MP iis required for the course.  At least one field trip will be a part of this course.              Class limit of 10 and permission of instructor

         PRINTMAKING – This course allows for pure drawing techniques adapted for printmaking, as well as hands on reproduction of art work through printing in several ways.  Relief printing (linoleum and woodblock) and monoprinting are explored in depth.  The history of Japanese woodblocks and how to make Japanese woodblocks are studied in depth.             
Prerequisite: Art I and permission of instructor

Honors, Advanced Art, and Advanced Placement Art will be added as the need arises.


FOREIGN LANGUAGES

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FACULTY:

 Nolvia Ventura - Spanish I, Spanish II, and Spanish III
Mr. Joshua Rogers: Latin I and Latin II
 

PCS is committed to teaching world languages in order to provide students tools for functioning effectively as global citizens.  Designed to raise international awareness, to give a vision of diversity, and increase appreciation for other cultures, the curriculum includes French, Spanish, and Latin. Instruction in these languages promotes mature attitudes and cosmopolitan relationships that enhance, reinforce and integrate topics in other disciplines with the purpose of developing a global consciousness that may be less emphasized in a monolingual setting. PCS specifically develops interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational communication skills so that learners can manipulate information and collaborate in a globalized world.  These skills will help prepare students for college and provide lifelong habits of learning for personal enjoyment and enrichment.