Student have the opportunity to attend a tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through a partnership with Life Enrichment Group.
Course Title: Intro to Filmmaking
Teachers: Eli Sheldon (Computer Science Teacher)
Intro to Filmmaking will enable and empower students to make creative short films. The first third of the course will focus on film analysis and storytelling, teaching students the concepts they will need as they prepare to write and produce their own films. In the second third, students will be provided with cameras and editing software, and they will learn the very basics of each so they can apply their conceptual learning from earlier in the year to their own creative works. Towards the end of the year, students will learn more advanced production and editing concepts as their videos become more complicated and polished.
Course Title: Intro to Theatre
Teachers: Mr. Ball (Assistant English Language Arts Teacher)
This course is an introduction to the art of theatre and the theatre industry. The main topics we'll cover include play appreciation, acting basics, design research, and careers in the theatre industry. By the end of the semester, we will explore these topics by watching performances, acting in scenes, creating designs for a play, and exploring different jobs in the theatre industry. Active participation will be a key component of this course. We will creatively express ourselves through a variety of means, including: written and oral responses to performances; physical and vocal warm-ups; acting games; drawings and collages of sets, costumes, and lights; music and sound playlists; and presentations on theatre careers.
Course Title: Improvisational Guitar - Band
Teachers: Mr. Pacanowski (Math Teacher)
Students will learn to play the basic chord progression and rhythms of a few of their favorite songs. We will then look at basic improvisation over this predetermined progression, identifying consonant and relatively dissonant chord tones, and how to use them to create a phrase. We will explore what makes an improvisation sound/feel coherent, and how to use these characteristics to create a sense of direction, yielding a musical idea. Through this process, students will learn elements of basic music theory, as well as how to read guitar tablature.
Course Title: Study Skills and Mindfulness
Teachers: Ms. Goliday (English Language Arts Teacher) ; Mx. Hadnot (Educational Specialist)
Study Skills is an interdisciplinary course designed to give students support in navigating school systems, work-life balance and personal organization. In this course, students will learn about mindfulness, self-regulation, self-management and maintaining a positive attitude toward school and work. Study Skills also gives students an opportunity for structured in-school time to complete homework and practice successful study habits. Habits learned and practiced in this course will benefit students on their academic journeys from 9th grade through graduate school.
Students will be placed in one four leadership clubs that are facilitated by faculty but led by students. Each club will be tasked with the development of key aspects of our school; as we grow, students’ ideas and work will directly support the progress of RVLA HS. Clubs are focused on providing students with leadership opportunities as they actively improve our school community.
Panther Students Body Club (PSB)
Teachers: Ms. Razo
The primary goals of PSB are to create a memorable experience for all students on campus, to promote Panther unity and spirit, and to help students grow as leaders. PSB actively works to ensure student activities and campus life are alive and well.
Panther Advancement Club (PA)
Teachers: Ms. Goliday
Mission: The Advancement Club promotes Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School and plans events to create a stronger school and a straight road to college, leadership, and life.
Description: Similar to Student Ambassadors, Panther Advancement’s goal is create community engagement events for the community outside of our school. Advancement Club will partner with the Parent Community Engagement Coordinator in promoting our school to the Seattle community, which will support our work to bring knowledge of RVLA HS out into our city. Sample projects may include: planning events for the community; supporting parent/family events such as Open House; and touring visitors at our school.
Panther Facilities Club (PF)
Teachers: Mr. Sheldon; Ms. Huynh
Mission: To create joyful experiences and places for students, staff and members of our community. Through sustainable practices and a belief that our physical space is critical to learning and well-being, our consultants plan, research, design, and reflect on projects related to both our current and future facilities.
Description: This student led organization will work with custodial staff, building maintenance, and construction management on projects that support our current and future facilities. This club will have the opportunity to influence what is in and around our new home. Sample projects could include the implementing a composting program, creating an on-campus garden, or proposing to install solar panels on our new building.
PantherTV Club (PTV)
Teachers: Mr. Pacanowski
This student led organization will produce an in-house tv show that will report on what is happening at RVLA. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with video recording equipment, refine their on-camera persona, and produce television that will be viewed by the RVLA HS community. Students who want to participate in PantherTV Club also must take Intro to Filmmaking with Mr. Sheldon.
Course Title: Child 2 Chef - Cooking Class
This program is for beginning to advanced cooks. Students will have the opportunity to cook simple meals from scratch using items found in the kitchen. Student will receive enough food to cook and try their own dishes in every class. Students will be taught by a chief and learn now to cook similar meals at home.
Course Title: Intro to Photography
Instructor: Carlos Imani
Designed specifically for beginner photographers, this course will walk you through the essentials of how to use your camera and all the key functions. You’ll learn photography tips about everything from shutter speed to ISO, depth of field to aperture. You’ll get the basics on how to compensate for bad lighting and how to compose your shot to get the best effects and better photos.
Course Title: Chess with Pac
Instructor: Mr. Pacanowski
In a low-stakes environment, students can come and learn to play chess. We’ll play traditional, long form games or short, blitz-style games that last for 5 minutes. Learn a mix of openings, strategies, tactics, and end game scenarios. All abilities/experience levels are welcome!