Electives

ASB Leadership – Joe Walker’s Associated Student Body is an integral part of many of Joe Walker’s activities and programs. It is an active student government that plans and finds a number of activities from dances to our intramural sports programs. All ASB officers campaign and are elected, and must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the year to remain an active member.  

Automation and Robotics – Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Students use a robust robotics platform to design, build and program a solution to solve an existing problem.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) – AVID is an international program that prepares students in the academic middle for admission to a four-year college or university by learning study skills, critical thinking and problem solving. The class includes college and career planning, college visits, guest speakers, and weekly tutoring from peers and college students.  

Band (Beginning) – Students new to band learn how to read music, produce a good tone and learn a solid foundation to become a great musician.

Band (Cadet) – For students with 1 to 2 years of experience. Students will continue to develop their skills including: scales/drum, rudiments, rhythms, ear training, great tone and pitch.

Band (Concert) – For students with 2 to 4 years’ experience. Students will master the concepts of musicianship. This Band will prepare students for participation in the high school bands in our valley.

Civil Air Patrol – This course offers an exciting form of character education that uses the students’ enthusiasm for aviation, space and technology as a motivator.  

Computer Science – In this unit, students discover the principles of this fast-growing field by focusing on creativity and an iterative design process as they create their own basic apps using MIT App Inventor.

Culinary and Consumer Science (Home Ec) – This is a one semester class that covers both an introduction to sewing and foods. In sewing students will develop a beginning level sewing skill, learn sewing vocabulary and equipment, and the use of a sewing machine. Students will sew a basic sewing project. In the foods portion of the class, students will have the opportunity to develop basic food preparation skills. The lab experiences will cover food preparation principles and techniques with a variety of foods. 

Design and Modeling – Students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas.  They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives.  Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions.

Drama – A program for students who love the performing arts and want to learn about every aspect of producing a theatrical production from start to finish.  The year culminates with several exciting performances, which are scheduled after school and in the evening.

Media Arts – This class is a project based elective class designed to engage students in investigation and presentation activities in multiple forms of media. Students will be introduced to career fields in the film industry, become accustomed to public presentation and speaking, write creatively and extensively, and further their academic vocabulary.

Science of Technology – Science impacts the technology of yesterday, today, and the future. Students apply the concepts of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology to STEM activities and projects, including making ice cream, cleaning up an oil spill, and discovering the properties of nano-materials.

Spanish – In this course, students will be exposed to beginning Spanish, through common vocabulary terms, grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations, and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts.

Visual Art – In Visual Arts students will be taught three-dimensional drawing using several different mediums with an emphasis on Art History and its relationship to society and aesthetics principles of artwork.  

VEX Robotics – In this class students will learn about robotics and build robots for VEX Competition. VEX Robotics encourages teamwork, leadership, and problem solving among groups. VEX Robotics is the only Robotics platform that spans from elementary school through college.

Visual Arts 1 – In Visual Arts students will be taught three-dimensional drawing using several different mediums with an emphasis on Art History and its relationship to society and aesthetics principles of artwork.  

Visual Arts 2 - Students will continue to expand on 3-dimensional drawing using several mediums. Emphasis will be placed on major art works as inspiration and further advancement in aesthetic skills. Students must have completed Visual Arts 1 and receive a teacher recommendation.

Woodshop 1 – This course covers the very basic skills needed to build projects out of wood including: proper measuring, layout techniques, safe use of basic hand tools, using nails, sanding techniques, basic use of power tools, and gluing and clamping. Students will build at least two projects using hand and power tools.  Projects will be assigned by the teacher to provide students practice of basic woodworking skills.

Woodshop 2 – This course will pick up where Woodshop 1 left off by introducing the following skills: reading plans to make projects (less demonstrations), using different joinery techniques, building projects that require more detail, proper maintenance of equipment (sharpening and basic maintenance), and introduction to more advanced power tool techniques. Each student will build 2 to 3 projects to reinforce the information taught in Woodshop and Woodshop 2.  Students must have completed Woodshop 1 and receive a teacher recommendation. 

Yearbook – The Yearbook elective is designed to develop students’ skills in collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking by providing experiences in aspects of yearbook production. Students learn basic principles of yearbook production and develop skills that include writing copy, captions and headlines; design; digital photography; desktop publishing and using appropriate technology tools for media production. Students will have individual assignments and deadlines to meet, but will also be working as part of a group.