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Electives (Virtual and On-Campus)

 
Many parents and students have asked the question: What will elective classes look like on the virtual at-home learning platform and on our restructured campus? Click each section below to learn more about each program.
 
 
 

Physical Education (Virtual At-Home Learning):
Due to the events surrounding COVID-19, the Sandia Prep Physical Education Department has developed our virtual PE curriculum. During this time, we will encourage students to spend time working on mental and physical health. Students will log into their PrepNet portal (Veracross) at the beginning of each class to get their assignment with video instructions for the day’s warmup. Students will share a daily log (via a Google document) of their resting heart rate and heart rate during and after exercise. Our virtual program will provide coordination, balance, rhythm, flexibility, strength, muscle tone, cardiovascular fitness activities, overall body movement, and mindfulness. We also will provide video workouts, such as yoga, at the end of our sessions. 

Physical Education (On Campus, In-Person Learning):
Due to the events surrounding COVID-19, the Sandia Prep Physical Education Department will emphasize participation, safety, and fun. We will have a variety of individual physical activities starting this fall. Our staff will follow all guidelines set forth by the school administration regarding sanitization and equipment use. Physical Education students will not dress or utilize the locker rooms. As we move through the school year, we hope to open those facilities as guidelines are reevaluated. We will stress leadership development through a variety of individual activities and personal physical fitness. This program provides for coordination, balance, rhythm, flexibility, strength, muscle tone, cardiovascular fitness activities, and overall body movement. We ask that all students come to school with a water bottle and appropriate shoes for PE participation.


 

Theater Production (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced)
Students will be divided into three- to four-person groups that will cycle through five areas of performing arts skills development, including trust and confidence, auditioning (preparation and self-taping), character development for the actor, make-up techniques, and radio theater. Each area’s curriculum will consist of learning and developing skills, then applying those skills to a final project within that block. Students are graded on skills developed and the completion of projects. There will be a dual-track within the theater classes that shifts advanced students into a directing block using the mainstage production of Almost, Maine. Advanced students will audition and rehearse individual “acts” for a final performance utilizing Curtain Class and performing arts students. The end product (mainstage production) will be developed so that it can be filmed, live-streamed, or performed with an audience, depending on what current restrictions are in place. All lessons and assignments can be accomplished either virtually or in person. 


Technical Theater

The Technical Theater class will be divided into groups of three to four students that will rotate through four sections of technical theater subjects, including costuming, set construction, lighting, and scale/painting. Students will cycle through four four-week “blocks” of each area. Each area will consist of learning and developing skills within that field and then applying those skills to a final project within that block. Students are graded on skills developed and the completion of projects.

  • Costuming: Hand sewing/machine sewing skills. Fiber art project utilizing creative stitching techniques and skills that are useful for a costume designer/tech.
  • Set Construction: Tools and safety, materials, cut lists (creation and use of), flat design, and construction. Project = Construct a flat.
  • Lighting: Hanging and focusing, powering up, and basics of the light board and light theory. Project = Three-minute lighting design for student-chosen music.
  • Scale/Painting: How to use and read a scale, basics of painting, recreate scaled image onto a constructed flat.
 
Advanced Technical Theater students will work on a dual-track, incorporating elements for the mainstage production as well as a collaboration with the Beginning Jazz Band in building cajon Instruments for performers. All Technical Theater lessons and assignments can be accomplished either virtually or in person.



Middle School Drama Rotation
Warm-up techniques for both body and voice can be done in-person on campus or virtually at home. Students will learn different processes of warming up the body and the voice. Students also will work on pantomime games and other theater games, such as Mafia, Once Upon a Time, Camping, Scary Stories, and 4 Corners. Students will be assigned short scenes or monologues to be performed in person or via Zoom. As a class, we will discuss the importance of character development in various situations, locations, props, and costume pieces. Students then will divide into groups or breakout rooms where they will memorize and practice the different characters and situations.


Write and Develop Original Monologues (7th-grade rotation only)
Students are emailed a worksheet covering original character development including the character's birthplace, age, name, emotional and mental state, occupation, family history, current situation, etc. They then work on a short script with a beginning, middle, and end with a conflict and a resolution. We conclude with a class performance via Zoom or in person.

 



 

Chorus (Virtual At-Home Learning)
Students will receive sheet music via email that they will be able to print for virtual class sessions. Students also will receive recording tracks via email that they will be able to use for individual practice. Students will sing a variety of vocal exercises to warm up their voices and expand their vocal ranges and breath capacity. A variety of repertoire will be studied, representing different historical time periods, cultures, and languages, as well as the appropriate vocal techniques and styles necessary to sing each work we study in a healthy and stylistically appropriate manner. Virtual class time will be used for group warmups and group choral singing, as well as time spent in independent study with the listening tracks, at which time, students will receive individual instructor attention to help them learn their music and build their vocal technique and confidence. Students will be given the opportunity to learn a solo repertoire, receiving their music and piano tracks via email. Students will receive individual coaching on their solo repertoire, and they will be encouraged to record themselves, with the possibility of sharing their recordings with the Chorus classes.

 

Chorus (On Campus, In-Person Learning)
An ongoing series of units on different singing genres will be studied throughout the semester, each unit covering a four-week period. The four units will consist of Music Theater, Folk and International Music, Classical, and Popular Music. Each student will prepare an in-class presentation for each unit studied, with the option of recording songs from their homes to accompany their presentations. The Chorus Room is arranged with electric pianos from the Piano Lab appropriately distanced, and once weekly, there will be instruction in Group Piano. In-class piano presentations will be encouraged. Student’s grades will consist of their daily participation, their presentations, and their individual musical growth. Classroom activities may also be successfully accomplished in a virtual format, with the exception of the piano unit. Chorus and Guitar classes will collaborate and make recordings, using the Audacity recording system. The individual student tracks will be layered into a group recording, and a student-generated slideshow will accompany the recordings. The recordings will be shared with the school community. Grades will be based on daily student participation, including appropriate class behavior, singing technique, and personal musical growth.


 

Dance
Dancers will start class with a jazz warm-up or a ballet barre, which will help strengthen their technique, strength, and flexibility. They also will be taught short complex combinations that will be performed across the floor or via Zoom. They also will be given a dance workout that could be done daily. Dancers also will be asked to create an original piece of choreography using three or more dancers which manipulates the elements of space, shape, time, rhythm, and energy in one or more dance techniques. These can be worked on in-person or via Zoom. We also will be collaborating with the Technical Theater class in designing special effects in their recorded performances.

All lessons and assignments can be accomplished either virtually or in person.


 

Jazz Band
The Jazz Band program will include a greater focus on music theory, history, and composition throughout the semester. Intermediate and Advanced Band students will focus on composition during virtual learning by utilizing music writing software on their home computers. Beginning Band students will learn the basics of how to read notes and rhythms, as well as learn how a jazz band works and what instruments are involved. For the study of music history and theory, students will engage in a different theory topic or era in music history every two weeks. The goal is an overall understanding of music leading up to the present day and a more specific understanding of jazz history and theory. These topics will be taught in a music appreciation class format to allow for individual instrumental skills and to keep the class fun and interesting. For performances, students will work together in small jazz combos. They will record their parts individually and then layer them together to create the final product. Pieces performed will be jazz standards, with the eventual goal of recording their individual compositions.

All lessons and assignments can be accomplished either virtually or in person.


 

Guitar classes will collaborate with Chorus classes to make recordings, using the Audacity recording system. The individual student tracks will be layered into a group recording, and a student-generated slideshow will accompany the recordings. The recordings will be shared with the school community. Grades will be based on daily student participation, including appropriate class behavior, singing technique, and personal musical growth.

All lessons and assignments can be accomplished either virtually or in person.


 

Drawing and Painting
Whether learning virtually or in person, students will continue to have an outlet for creativity while practicing technical skills in their visual arts classes. All students will be given a set of supplies to begin their first projects from home. During virtual classes, the teacher will explain the criteria for these first assignments and walk students through the first few steps of the project, before giving time to work on individual solutions to the assignment. Weekly progress checks will be in the form of mini critiques where students can explain their ideas, ask questions of their peers, and gather feedback on their developing designs. For on-campus classes, students will continue to develop their skills through hands-on projects while keeping a safe distance from other students. Each student will have his/her own set of supplies, which will be kept on individual shelves between class sessions. Students will be spread out throughout the art studio to ensure safety, and clean-up routines will be staggered to allow students to keep their distance from others. Art classes will continue to nurture individual expression while developing skills that foster a critical eye for observation.
All lessons and assignments can be accomplished either virtually or in person.

 

Photo (Virtual At-Home Learning)
During the virtual learning phase of our Photo Program (7th photo, Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, and Photo 4), students will create images using digital photography. Students will not be required to purchase digital photographic equipment. Instead, students will use cameras they have on hand (cell phone cameras, Digital SLRs, iPads, point and shoots, etc.) to create images that engage, celebrate, question, and illuminate their lives. Through varied assignments, students will learn elements of design and composition and grow in understanding and expertise with the various functions of their cameras. Students will engage in mini-critiques of their photographs with their colleagues and the instructor. As well, students will learn various post-shooting production skills both within their camera and on the computer. Instruction will occur through videos, virtual at-home instruction via Zoom, Google Docs, and Veracross (PrepPortals). Each phase of the program will offer new techniques, skills, and opportunities for students to shine. 

 

Photo (On Campus, In-Person Learning)
For on-campus, in-person learning, students will continue to work with digital cameras, but will have increased opportunities for post-production work through utilizing the in-studio computer lab. In this lab, students will have the opportunity to work on various programs (iPhoto and Photoshop) to enhance and reinterpret their photo work. The on-campus, in-person learning option will offer a truly unique experience for creativity: the use of a chemical darkroom. During the various phases and classes of the photo program, students will shoot, develop, and print photographic film. They will grow creatively during their use of both this historical medium of film and the contemporary medium of digital photography. Students will learn to critique, mount, frame, and exhibit their work during this time. Instruction will occur through videos, in-person instruction, Google Docs, and Veracross (PrepPortals). Emphasis will be on hands-on learning. During this on-campus, in-person option, students will continue to learn new techniques and strategies for personal and photographic growth.


 

The Digital Media and Communication Department will continue using Adobe Creative Cloud software for instruction in all classes as well as providing adequate computers and other hardware to students as needed. We will check out tripods, microphones, and cell phone adapters so that each student will be able to safely film their projects without worrying about sharing gear. Class materials will be distributed on portable hard drives. We will use Zoom to give students feedback. For the on-campus, in-person class option, computers will be spaced safely apart in the computer labs. Students will sanitize computer and camera equipment after each use. Masks will be worn, even for on-camera talent, until further notice. 

All lessons and assignments can be accomplished either virtually or in person.


 

Outdoor Leadership Program Rotations for 6th and 7th Grade
This class will focus on outdoor skills and teach leadership and character development. In keeping with the culture of kindness at Sandia Prep, we will take students through a variety of lessons focused on creating a school climate of respect and goodwill. These are with a leadership model in mind. Moreover, we will cultivate leadership skills through outdoor activities as we begin to operate in a hybrid or fully on-campus model. Before physically returning to school, we will offer the 6th- and 7th-grade students after-school opportunities to participate in outdoor learning activities. These will include short hikes in the Bosque or the Sandias, bike riding in the Bosque, or outdoor rock climbing within 30 minutes of Sandia Prep. These experiential education lessons will focus on the hard skills associated with the outdoors and foster leadership and teamwork through various on-site activities. Students initially will be transported to the sites by parents/family, and eventually, the goal is for the school to transport students at a limited capacity. The students will only mix with their own cohort, and to keep the number of participants low, parents will not be invited to participate. 

 

Outdoor Leadership Program Upper School Camping Associates
Our initial focus for our Camping Associates will be to provide the instruction that might normally occur during the activity period. We will provide skill-building lessons during the day on weekends at Sandia Prep or within an hour of the campus. Students will initially need to provide their own transportation, snacks, and gear. We will keep students within their grade level to minimize mixing with other students. Additionally, we will limit the number of participants to those required by the Governor's orders. We will utilize a variety of OLP staff to support the weekend day trips by offering a variety of activities in the Albuquerque area. These activities will include hiking, biking, rock climbing, and kayaking. Once we have received permission to do so safely, we will offer small group overnight trips to our Camping Associates. Students will need to provide and cook all of their own food. We have the necessary equipment to supply each student with the appropriate gear. We will either provide limited transportation or require that students transport themselves (dependent upon health orders). Students will not share tents. 

 

Outdoor Leadership Program Clubs - Upper School
Currently, the Mountain Bike Team meets for rides twice a week. We will continue to offer this as long as the Governor's health orders allow. These are no-contact rides. Students provide their own transportation. We also may offer other outdoor-focused clubs such as a climbing club and a trail-running club to our upper school students. These groups will meet regularly to build skills related to their club. These clubs are dependent upon the interest of the OLP staff. We will keep the number of participants within the requirements by the Governor. Students will provide their own transportation. These activities will be open to any upper school student.


 
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