• Modern Language

    French I S1
    French I S2
     - 2 credits
    Prerequisite: None
    French I is French 1 is an introduction to the four basic skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The goal of French I is for the student to be able to speak and understand basic conversational French phrases, as well as to develop an understanding of French culture. Through the study of various French cultures, the students will be able to better understand people from another culture and to realize what influence French speaking countries and their people have on the world today. Learning is accomplished through the medium of dialogs, visuals, skits, songs, and games, as well as films, and the sampling of French foods. There are also class discussions regarding career possibilities since our government and many of our American corporations conduct business with French-speaking countries. The student may have the opportunity to travel to a French-speaking country after completing the ninth grade year.

    French II S1
    French II S2
     - 2 credits
    Prerequisite: None
    French II challenges students to express themselves on a wide variety of topics in the past, present, and future tenses. Students will have a lot of exposure to spoken and written French. The main projects in French II are an April scrapbook over the student’s life and an oral presentation in May over the scrapbook. Students should keep their work all year to use in the scrapbook. Students will also learn about the role of French-speaking countries in the world and the careers which await people with French language skills. There are excellent on-line sources with our textbook Bien Dit!, which can help students a great deal with their French. The student may have the opportunity to travel to a French-speaking country after completing the ninth grade year.

    Spanish I S1
    Spanish I S2
     - 2 credits
    Prerequisite: None
    Spanish I is an introduction to the four basic skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The goal of Spanish 1 is for the student to be able to speak and understand basic conversational Spanish phrases, as well as to develop an understanding of Spanish culture. Through the study of various Spanish cultures and Spanish people, the students will be able to better understand people from another culture and to realize what influence Spanish speaking countries and their people have on the world today. Learning is accomplished through the medium of dialogs, visuals, skits, songs, and games, as well as films, slides, and the sampling of Spanish foods. There are also class discussions regarding career possibilities since our government and many of our American corporations conduct business with Spanish-speaking countries. The student may have the opportunity to travel to a Spanish-speaking country after completing the ninth grade year

    Spanish II S1
    Spanish II S2
     - 2 credits
    Prerequisite: None
    Spanish II challenges students to express themselves on a wide variety of topics in the past, present, and future tenses. Students will have a lot of exposure to spoken and written Spanish. Students will also learn about the role of Spanish-speaking countries in the world and the careers which await people with Spanish language skills. There are excellent on-line sources with our textbook ¡Avancemos!, which can help students a great deal with their Spanish. The student may have the opportunity to travel to a Spanish-speaking country after completing the ninth grade year.

    Chinese I S1
    Chinese I S2- 2 credits
    Prerequisite: None
    Chinese I is an introductory course, and no previous experience with Chinese is necessary. The student is given a solid foundation in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing; although special emphasis is placed on grammatical structure. The Chinese student will be introduced to the Chinese culture through a variety of media. Throughout the year, the practical aspects of Chinese are stressed.


    Music

    9th Bass Clef Choir S1
    9th Bass Clef Choir S2- 2 credits
    Prerequisite: None
    The 9th Grade Bass Clef Choir is a vocal music ensemble comprised of students whose voices sing primarily in the bass clef range. It is a year-long elective course meeting daily. Students will learn basic vocal skills & knowledge – including individual or small group voice lessons concentrating on proper vocal techniques; as well as learn music literacy skills & knowledge, including the use of solfège hand-sign and Takadimi rhythm syllable techniques. As a choir Ankeny Community School District Music Curriculum Review Summary 6 member, the students will develop independent part-singing skills and perform, as an ensemble, a variety of choral literature reflecting various historical style periods. Due to the nature of the choir experience, required performances will occur outside of the school day, most commonly in the evening or on weekends. Enrichment opportunities for 9th Grade Choir members include, but are not necessarily limited to, auditioning for and participating in the OPUS Honor Choir.

    9th Treble Clef Choir S1
    9th Treble Clef Choir S2
    - 2 credits
    Prerequisite: None
    The 9th Grade Treble Clef Choir is a vocal music ensemble comprised of students whose voices sing exclusively in the treble clef range. It is a year-long elective course meeting daily. Students will learn basic vocal skills & knowledge - including individual or small group voice lessons concentrating on proper vocal techniques; as well as learn music literacy skills & knowledge, including the use of solfège hand-sign and Takadimi rhythm syllable techniques. As a choir member, the students will develop independent part-singing skills and perform, as an ensemble, a variety of choral literature reflecting various historical style periods. Due to the nature of the choir experience, required performances will occur outside of the school day, most commonly in the evening or on weekends. Enrichment opportunities for 8th Grade Choir members include, but are not necessarily limited to, auditioning for and participating in the OPUS Honor Choir.

    9th Band S1
    9th Band S2- 2 credits
    Prerequisite: None
    Ninth grade band is a performance-based class that focuses on the in-depth study and preparation of a variety of styles of high quality band literature. Differentiated instruction will be based on performance assessments. Ninth grade band commences with marching band in the fall. Comprised of all members of the 9-12 band programs, the marching band season starts with pre-season sectionals and an annual August band camp. The marching band meets daily before school until mid-October. Participation includes several Saturday commitments and performances at all home football games. Concert and marching band literature is used as a vehicle to extend the development of rhythmic competency, tonal literacy, and musical expression. Students will refine these skills through solo and ensemble repertoire performance. Expanded enrichment opportunities will be offered, including auditioning for honor bands and All-State ensembles. In addition to the full ensemble component of sixth grade band, each student is required to prepare for and attend a regularly scheduled small-group lesson on his/her instrument. In this smaller setting, students can continue to develop and expand their skills and address idiomatic issues for their specific instrument. If a student has had no previous instrumental training and is interested in learning to play an instrument, that student should make an appointment with the band director prior to registration.


    Industrial Tech

    Introduction to Engineering Design S1
    Introduction to Engineering Design S2
     - 2 credits
    Prerequisite: Strong math and science abilities. Enrollment in Algebra or Geometry.
    This course parallels the entry level engineering courses offered at many universities. Using the design process of Project Lead The Way, project solutions are developed, analyzed and communicated using 3D solid modeling CADD software, Autodesk Inventor. Engineering notebooks are completed and an electronic portfolio is assembled as the class progresses. Ten units utilize both individual and group work as the PLTW curriculum is followed and all students interested in design or engineering will benefit greatly from this course. This class is articulated with DMACC, and students have the opportunity to earn three hours of college credit by successfully completing PLTW coursework.