Welcome to the VAPA/Electives Department!
Visual Arts: Courtney Doane
Here is a great opportunity to put your talents to work as you learn the foundations of art and design…line, contrast, color, shape, and more! This class provides students with plenty of opportunities to learn drawing and design skills that will serve you your entire life.
Band: Mr. Jeremy DelaCuadraWelcome to the best period of your day!The Willard Intermediate School Band program has been carefully developed and structured to benefit students in a positive manner. Partcipation as a band student results in more than simply learning to perform with a musical instrument. Students attain high levels of self-expression, creativity, cooperation, achievement and self dicipline through the study and performance of music. Band has three classes: a beginning class to learn the fundementals, intermediate band for those that have 2 or more years of experiance and an advanced band for 8th graders that have had my class for two years. Here you will learn how to play a band instrument and have fun doing it. Our classes are performance based classes everyone will be able to perform at least twice a year. We also go on field trips and go out for events.
Choir: Tim Schubert
Willard is excited to give our students the opportunity to be a part of our vocal music program. Students in the Willard Intermediate School choir will learn a variety of forms of choral music, spanning hundreds of years. Students will have the opportunity to perform in a variety of settings over the course of the year. Join us!!
If rhythm is your thing, then you want to be a part of the Willard Intermediate School Drum Line. Here is a great chance to learn how to read music, learn how to be a part of a group, learn how to perform with success, and learn how to play the drums!
Orchestra: Israel LizarragaStudents in beginning or intermediate orchestra will learn technique and play a range of repertoire. Students will participate in concerts, go to a festival, have opportunities to participate in solo performances, etc. Class meets every day and practice is required. Opportunities to move to intermediate and advanced orchestra are available for selected students. Music selections include classical music, pop tunes, and even holiday classics. Also, Orchestra at Willard is a great way for students to make friendships with other students while learning a string instrument!
Oscar Garibay: Mariachi
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)What are you doing now to prepare for college and career? AVID will show you the way. When you choose AVID you will receive academic support, learn what it takes to get into a university, receive academic support from college students, visit universities, learn from interesting guest speakers, participate in “fun Fridays”, and much more. This elective requires an interview.
Project Lead the WayWelcome to DMA or Digital Media Arts. Have you ever wanted to make a TV show, publish a book, make a poster or learn about 3d graphics? Make an android app? Join us then, as we explore this amazing world and help create the Willard Weekly TV Show, The Willard Yearbook, make short videos, learn to code, and make interactive projects that introduce students to a wide range of 21st century skills.
Design & 3D ModelingPlaying with robots, designing bridges, learning the magic of photography, using computers to design objects are just a few of the STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) projects that you will learn. This exciting elective gives students a variety of experiences that will help them with all aspects of their education.
Speech & Debate
Speech and Debate is a year-long course which is designed to give students advance intermediate level practical speaking skills, particularly in the development and presentation of speeches to be given publicly in the English language, to English speaking audiences. The course aim is to help students develop excellent speaking habits, reduce speaking anxiety, emphasize critical thinking skills and hone the skills of organization, speech writing and the use of research in speaking. The course also prepares students to compete at district level with the school’s interscholastic speech and debate team.