2020 – 2021 New Courses

Hello students!

We are excited to offer the following new courses for the academic year of 2020-2021. Make sure to check the MAST site periodically for updates.

Student Leadership – Ms. Whitehall

Student Leadership is a course that allows students the opportunity to develop and evaluate their own leadership qualities through the creation of skills in communication, organization and managerial skills, character development, goal setting, decision-making, group process, conflict resolution, citizenship and diversity. Service learning is another important part of this class as well as public speaking. Student Leadership pays close attention to the development of personal growth through feedback and reflection. Finally, this course is a branch of our Student Government which will provide our students with the skills to be more involved in school activities, develop a relationship with the school community, discuss and work on ways to improve our school and most of all demonstrate themselves as outstanding leaders.

AP Spanish Language and Culture (Spanish 5 and Spanish 6) – Ms. Morales

The AP Spanish Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course strives not to overemphasize grammatical accuracy at the expense of communication. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in Spanish. The AP Spanish Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).

Civics for All – Ms. Maldonado

Students will study the foundations of American democracy and the origins of American government. Emphasis is placed on the Constitution and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democratic society. In addition, the roles of political parties, campaigns & elections, public opinion, and the media will also be considered.

Visual Layout and Design – Ms. Victor

The Visual Layout and Design course will explore historical events, visual concepts and principles of visual design, including design elements, composition, form, color theory, and basic image making, message development and elements of visual story telling. Students will also dive into the practice of design by creating visual design projects. These projects will emphasize the design process and iterating on peer critique, which students will regularly give and receive. This course will include group discussions, presentations, and hands-on creative work.