Yearlong Elective Courses
*Please note that Admission to several of the electives listed in this section is determined by application, which may include grade report verification and teacher recommendation forms.
Video Production class takes place during 4th period and is a year long commitment. We take care of the school's website, lobby PowerPoint, and the Student Video News Announcement show airing 2x a day to over 1000 students! You have to be a student who likes a daily challenge, is a self-starter, shows intelligence, creativity, not too shy and is willing to talk to students. We focus not only on the school's daily announcements, but showcase real life topics like bullying, social media safety, character, motivation, aspiring to do your best, -it’s digital storytelling at its best! Get hands-on training & explore the career of TV/Film Production, News anchoring, behind the scenes editing, pre & post production, public speaking, Apple i-Mac & Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier PC editing.
Students will hone the skills acquired during our introduction to robotics course. During this year long course, students will delve into complex issues present within our society and construct autonomous units to solve problems associated with these issues. Simple machines, mechanical engineering, renewable resources and product development will be the emphasis of this course. Students will work on building their skills within the realm of Physics and Engineering while competing with their peers in exciting challenges presented throughout the course.Microsoft CertificationJump start your education and career skills development by becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist. Through this course you will learn Office 2013 programs and complete activities and tests to become certified as an MOS or Microsoft Office Specialist. Certification will help you be ready for college and careers. You will be recognized as an expert.Associated Student Body (ASB)
Associated Student Body (ASB) is composed of many student leaders on our campus. This course in open to both 7th and 8th grade students. Our main focus is creating and maintaining school spirit, along with providing a fun environment for all students here at RHIS. School dances are a big priority of ASB, and the student leaders are in charge of making sure every dance is a success. ASB also hosts lunch time activities, spirit weeks, talent shows, school fundraisers, assemblies, recycling, and other school related programs and activities. ASB is responsible for making EVERY day at RHIS memorable! ASB students are selected after an application and interview process.
WEB is a yearlong leadership course offered to 8th graders only. 7th graders apply in late winter/ early spring for their 8th grade year. WEB leaders are tasked with welcoming incoming 7th graders and new students to RHIS. Students who fulfill all application and deadline requirements will be granted an interview. Class size is limited. Students who are selected will be a big part of the social and emotional pieces that make our school the best place to be! We promote leading by example of the "Colts Way" and the golden rules of honesty. WEB leaders are tasked with building integrity amongst their peers. If you want to be someone that students and staff know and look up to, then WEB is for you.
Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID is a college preparatory program for underachieving, educationally disadvantaged secondary students. It was established in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson, a high school English teacher in San Diego, California. AVID rejects remediation for disadvantaged students in favor of challenging them to succeed. The AVID model focuses on students who are C students, traditionally unlikely to be eligible for university admission, and offers them access to academic support through specially developed teaching and learning strategies. In exchange for this support, AVID students are expected to commit to taking the most rigorous college preparatory classes offered at their school. Students who join AVID are placed in a daily, single-period AVID class that features a heavy emphasis on writing and inquiry supported by specialized tutoring in core academic subjects. College students provide tutoring.
In this course students will gain skills in one or more of the following areas: page design, publishing techniques, editing and photography while producing a creative, innovative yearbook which records school memories and events. There is an emphasis on journalism skills in this class! Besides creating the school yearbook, students also publish a quarterly school newspaper.
Students that choose to be a part of the yearbook/journalism class must be cooperative, creative, and productive. Students are responsible for taking digital photos, conducting interviews, managing clerical operations, advertising, and composing, designing, and editing all elements of text, graphic art, and digital photography layouts. You will be the leaders and the decisions makers of the yearbook/journalism class at River Heights.
**Students involved in the yearbook/journalism class are expected to maintain good grades and citizenship. If grades fall below a C in any class or if a student receives a behavior penalty of a suspension or ACP students will be dismissed from this class.
Advanced Band & Jazz Band
These two courses are is offered to students with previous experience/enrollment in Intermediate Band. Enrollment is subject to teacher approval. Students wishing to join Advanced Band or Jazz Band are required to contact Mr. Hartlingemail: firstname.lastname@example.org