Competitive Speech and Debate (8) 8th period

Communication about many serious issues in the modern day is often marked by a distinct lack of nuance, reliability, and articulate expression.  Competitive Speech and Debate is a course designed to help build the skills necessary to communicate effectively and persuasively in today’s world.  Student will build all the necessary skills to do credible research, critically organize their thoughts, and compose writing that effectively articulates their point of view.  Students will employ the skills they learn in competitive settings to receive feedback from a wide range of audiences, understanding the nuances of communicating their thoughts to diverse groups.

Some of the outcomes for students who take this class are:

  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking Proficiency
  • Confidence in Public Speaking
  • Collaborative and Ethical Discourse
  • Adaptive Leadership and Civic Engagement

UC/CSU Subject G Approval (pending)

This course is offered outside of the 9:00 am – 2:45 pm school day.

Journalism

Journalism is a year-long 8th period course in which students will learn the skills necessary to serve as Managing Editors for the school newspaper of St. Ignatius, Inside SI.  The primary objective of this class is the publishing of six issues of Inside SI.  As such, students will be involved in editorial decisions, including determining content, supervising reporters in their section (Affinity, Arts, Feature, Humor, Op-Ed, Outside SI News, SI News, Sports, and Spotlight), writing articles, editing, and suggesting lay out for pages in each issue.  Students enrolled in this course will practice effective collaboration skills (both on-line and in-person) and will work to ensure Inside SI reflects the diverse and unique voices of all members of the SI community.   Credit for this class will be included in the SI GPA calculation.

Enrollment in the class is subject to Moderator Approval.  Individuals who apply for and are accepted as Managing Editors the previous Spring semester will be enrolled by the moderators during the Fall semester of the school year. Students will meet regularly each week.

*This course is offered outside of the 9:00 am – 2:45 pm school day, 8th period ONLY : This class meets weekly to discuss journalism topics and conduct planning for issues.  During the two weeks prior to each issue’s production, students will meet every day after school for approximately 3 hours.

Advanced Journalism

Advanced Journalism is an 8th period course in which students will learn the skills necessary to serve as Editor-in-Chief for the school newspaper of St. Ignatius, Inside SI.  The primary objective of this class is the publishing of six issues of Inside SI.  As such, students will be involved in all areas of publication production, including creating the master schedule, generating feature topics, determining content, supervising reporters in each department (Affinity, Arts, Feature, Humor, Op-Ed, Outside SI News, SI News, Sports, and Spotlight), writing articles, editing, laying out pages for each issue, and overall design. In the process of generating content, writing their stories, and laying out newspaper pages, students will learn to use specialized software for word processing, page layout, graphic design, and distribution management. Students enrolled in this course will practice effective collaboration skills, lead training sessions, and will work to ensure Inside SI reflects the diverse and unique voices of all members of the SI community.  Credit for this class will be included in the SI GPA calculation.

Enrollment in this class is subject to Moderator Approval.  Individuals who apply for and are accepted as Editor-in-Chief during the Spring semester will be enrolled by the moderators during the Fall semester of the school year.

*This course is offered outside of the 9:00 am – 2:45 pm school day, 8th period ONLY: This class meets weekly to discuss journalism topics and conduct planning for issues.  During the two weeks prior to each issue’s production, students will meet every day after school for approximately 3 hours.

 

Journalism II

Students enrolled in Journalism-II will serve as a second-year Managing Editor for Inside SI.

Journalism-II is an 8th period course in which students will learn the skills necessary to serve as Managing Editors for the school newspaper of St. Ignatius, Inside SI.  The primary objective of this class is the publishing of six issues of Inside SI.  As such, students will be involved in editorial decisions, including determining content, supervising reporters in their section (Affinity, Arts, Feature, Humor, Op-Ed, Outside SI News, SI News, Sports, Spotlight), writing articles, editing, and suggesting lay out for pages in each issue.  Students enrolled in this course will practice effective collaboration skills (both on-line and in-person) and will work to ensure Inside SI reflects the diverse and unique voices of all members of the SI community.  This course will NOT be included in the SI GPA calculation.

Enrollment in this class is subject to Moderator Approval.  Individuals who apply for and are accepted as Managing Editors the previous Spring semester will be enrolled by the moderators during the Fall semester of the school year.  Students will meet regularly each week.

*This course is offered outside of the 9:00 am – 2:45 pm school day, 8th period ONLY: This class meets weekly to discuss journalism topics and conduct planning for issues.  During the two weeks prior to each issue’s production, students will meet every day after school for approximately 3 hours.

Advanced Journalism II

Students enrolled in Advanced Journalism-II will serve as a second-year Editor-in-Chief for Inside SI.

Advanced Journalism is a year-long 8th period course in which students will learn the skills necessary to serve as Editor-in-Chief for the school newspaper of St. Ignatius, Inside SI.  The primary objective of this class is the publishing of six issues of Inside SI.  As such, students will be involved in all areas of publication production, including creating the master schedule, generating feature topics, determining content, supervising reporters in each department (Affinity, Arts, Feature, Humor, Op-Ed, Outside SI News, SI News, Sports, and Spotlight), writing articles, editing, laying out pages for each issue, and overall design. In the process of generating content, writing their stories, and laying out newspaper pages, students will learn to use specialized software for word processing, page layout, graphic design, and distribution management. Students enrolled in this course will practice effective collaboration skills, lead training sessions, and will work to ensure Inside SI reflects the diverse and unique voices of all members of the SI community.  This course will NOT be included in the SI GPA calculation.

Enrollment in this class is subject to Moderator Approval.  Individuals who apply for and are accepted as Editor-in-Chief during the Spring semester will be enrolled by the moderators during the Fall semester of the school year.

*This course is offered outside of the 9:00 am – 2:45 pm school day, 8th period ONLY: This class meets weekly to discuss journalism topics and conduct planning for issues.  During the two weeks prior to each issue’s production, students will meet every day after school for approximately 3 hours.

Yearbook Design and Publication A/B

The Ignatian is the yearbook of St. Ignatius College Preparatory, published annually and distributed to all students and staff.  Yearbook Design and Publication is a challenging course in which the primary objective is for students to create and produce a yearbook that documents the unique history of a school year.  This course provides students the opportunity to develop and improve leadership and collaboration skills, compassionately tackle social justice issues and the nuances of equity and inclusion, strengthen their analytical and problem solving skills, enhance communication skills, work with advanced technology, and take on tremendous responsibility while working under multiple hard deadlines. Yearbook students learn and practice the fundamentals of theme development, journalistic writing, photojournalism, graphic design, and distribution management.  Yearbook students act as ambassadors to all members of the school community, working together to ensure that each of the diverse and unique voices at St. Ignatius is represented in a thoughtful, creative, and original way in the yearbook.  Yearbook students will instruct, schedule, and supervise staff members working in each section of the yearbook (Academics, Arts, Athletics, Clubs, Freshman, Junior, Photography, Senior, Sophomore, Spirituality, Student Life, Writing).  Yearbook students will be required to attend regular meetings, as well as to photograph events outside of school.

*This course is offered outside of the 9:00 am – 2:45 pm school day, 8th period ONLY

    • First Year Taken:  YEARBOOK DESIGN AND PUBLICATION A (9420)
    • Second Year Taken:  YEARBOOK DESIGN AND PUBLICATION B (9421) – This course will  NOT be included in the SI GPA calculation.

Advanced Yearbook Design and Publication A/B

The Ignatian is the yearbook of St. Ignatius College Preparatory, published annually and distributed to all students and staff. Yearbook Design and Publication is a challenging course in which the primary objective is for students to create and produce a yearbook that documents the unique history of a school year. This course provides students the opportunity to develop and improve leadership and collaboration skills, compassionately tackle social justice issues and the nuances of equity and inclusion, strengthen their analytical and problem solving skills, enhance communication skills, work with advanced technology, and take on tremendous responsibility while working under multiple hard deadlines. Yearbook students learn and practice the fundamentals of theme development, journalistic writing, photojournalism, graphic design, and distribution management. Yearbook students act as ambassadors to all members of the school community, working together to ensure that each of the diverse and unique voices at St. Ignatius is represented in a thoughtful, creative, and original way in the yearbook. Yearbook students will instruct, schedule, and supervise staff members working in each section of the yearbook (Academics, Arts, Athletics, Clubs, Freshman, Junior, Photography, Senior, Sophomore, Spirituality, Student Life, Writing). Yearbook students will be required to attend regular meetings, as well as to photograph events outside of school.

Selected students enrolled in the Advanced course will develop the annual yearbook theme in consultation with the moderator(s) and principal, design the cover and endsheets in consultation with the publisher’s art department, build the yearbook ladder and index, liase with publisher representative(s) and technical support staff from Varsity Yearbooks, and solicit feedback on and approval of all pages from selected adults in the St. Ignatius community, making suggested corrections before the pages are submitted to the publisher.  Students enrolled in the Advanced course may be required to attend additional meetings during the school year and yearbook camp during the summer before enrollment.

This course is offered outside of the 9:00 am – 2:45 pm school day, 8th period ONLY

    • First Year Taken: ADVANCED YEARBOOK DESIGN AND PUBLICATION A (9425)
    • Second Year Taken: ADVANCED YEARBOOK DESIGN AND PUBLICATION B (9426) – This course will NOT be included in the SI GPA calculation.

Film Editing and Production (SITV) (8) 8th period

Film Editing and Production (SITV 101) is a full-year elective that counts towards the GPA.  The course will provide students with a deeper understanding of:
1) video editing skills for professional and social media use;
2) video camera skills for eye-catching and creative imagery: and
3) drone, gimbal, camera, audio, and lighting knowledge for technical mastery of high-end equipment.

Students will learn how to manipulate music and footage to create engaging videos to reach their intended audiences.  Students will collaborate with the student body to produce the school’s announcements, whether it be via commercials with athletes and performers or interviews with faculty and students.  Students will learn techniques to produce high quality video material and the steps necessary in pre and post production to satisfy goals.  By the end of the year, students will be fully equipped to blueprint, produce, and market their own top-end videos.

Students will meet 1 afternoon per week for 3 hours.

First Year Taken: Film Editing and Production (SITV) (9430) – 8th period.

Second and Subsequent Year Taken: Advanced Film Editing and Production (SITV) (9435) – 8th period. This course is NOT UC approved and does NOT count in the GPA.

This course is offered outside of the 9:00 am – 2:45 pm school day.