Senior Elective Information for Juniors

Dear Juniors and Parents,

The academic program at Kellenberg Memorial includes four full years of study in all subject areas. Our goal is to provide a liberal arts program that prepares each student for higher studies. I would like to present an opportunity for the current juniors as they prepare for their senior year.

Over the course of the last few years we have offered three elective courses during the senior year. The courses are Advanced Computer Applications, Art Portfolio Preparation, and Music Theory. The purpose of the three courses is to offer interested students the opportunity to explore more deeply these subjects and increase their skills. Students not participating in one of these courses will be scheduled for additional study periods. Students participating in these
courses will continue to have one regularly scheduled period of study each day, unless participating in Band, Chorus, or Orchestra. Selection of a Senior elective is not mandatory.

The computer course will expose the students to some of the computer programs and applications which they may encounter in college and in future employment. In this elective course, students will be taken through a basic understanding of computer hardware and software, emphasizing differences between desktop and mobile devices. Experience in networking, operating systems, and practical applications will be gained through hands-on, project-based learning. This course is open to all interested seniors. This course will meet three periods per cycle, alternating with the required Art 12 course. Students will receive ½ credit for successfully completing this course.The Art Portfolio Preparation course is offered to those seniors whose artistic talent and interest

The Art Portfolio Preparation course is offered to those seniors whose artistic talent and interest are above average and who may pursue a Visual Arts college program. This course will meet for one period each day and, as such, will give the students a broader Art experience than the Art 12 course. Interested students will be given the opportunity to apply for this course by submitting a personal request for the course along with samples of their best artwork. Students will be invited into this course based upon their interest and talent. Students will receive a full credit for the successful completion of this course. The Art Portfolio course is taken in place of the Art 12 course required for the completion of Senior year.Music Theory explores music composition concepts from a theoretical standpoint. It is an

Music Theory explores music composition concepts from a theoretical standpoint. It is an introduction into the fundamentals of music theory and notation. Emphasis is placed on the development of a general understanding of fundamental principles of music theory, pitch and rhythm notation, melodic structure and harmony. In addition, this course is designed to foster a better understanding of the music that a student may perform, create or listen to. It will also prepare students for college level introductory music courses.Please discuss these possibilities. Please note that students can sign up for one of the courses.

Please discuss these possibilities. Please note that students can sign up for one of the courses. The possibility of signing up for two is very specific to each student’s schedule. Any student considering two of these courses should see Mr. Conrade personally to discuss the viability of the choice in next year’s schedule. Specific information and applications will soon be distributed to the students through their homeroom.Sincerely yours,

Sincerely yours,
Mr. Kenneth J. Conrade
Assistant Principal for Academics


Please note: All forms due by Friday, April 29, 2016.

Click here for Music Theory Information and Registration Form

Click here for Art Portfolio Preparation Information & Registration Form

Click here for Advanced Computer Information and Registration Form