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TJS Electives



Our mission is clear in everything we do...especially in our innovative electives model. We believe that TJS students should have choice in how they grow in Art, Movement and Music. This choice should be free through their public school.  This choice begins with exposure to a variety of competencies in those areas which we strive to achieve with our electives program.


We are offering 6 sessions, throughout the school year, of 5-6 week long elective courses.  Over the course of the year each student will have the opportunity to participate in a diverse selection of Art, Movement, and Music electives. During each session students will participate in 4 different elective courses, each course being taught for 1 hour per week.


Our goal is to provide high-quality, effective, authentic and diverse courses taught by TJS staff and professionals of their respected fields in the community. We believe that education and knowing yourself as a learner includes the arts and movement.  The intention is to expose TJS students to their talents and areas of interest that they may not know they have and to create a life-long love for these areas of interest.


Session 2 Electives Course Description  

October 7- November 8

Stillwater Music: Dynamics and Tempo in music (All)- In session two at Stillwater, students will study how strength appears in music. Students will learn about tempo and dynamics (speed and volume) and how we can use them to express ourselves musically. Ms. Bailey will be teaching all of our Stillwater music classes this year and has extensive experience teaching music to children. 


3 Dimensional Perspectives of Juniper Artists (All)- Students will focus on the artistic elements of color, and texture. Students will explore how 2D materials can be combined with 3D materials to add strength to an art piece while discussing the works of Wassiy Kandinsky and his attention to fine detail. We will explore weaving and painting in all classes. In addition, we will place special emphasis on craftsmanship as we prepare to present our masterpieces in the 9R board room. 


Dancing From the Heart (Primary)-  Students will learn to move their bodies in a variety of dancing movements.  Using self expression, rhythm and body control, students will create a dance to present at a Friday assembly. Date for dance is TBD but will be at the end or after the session. 


Spanish Lab with Beatriz and Kristen (Upper and Primary)- Spanish Lab provides students with a taste of the Spanish language and its many cultures. The language taught will reflect real, everyday situations so that students begin to recognize the language as a useful tool of communication within the community. Language and culture go hand in hand, and thus, must be taught together. The goal of Spanish lab is to contextualize the language in a practical manner that prioritizes active learning and that students can relate to. To this end, in every unit of Spanish Lab, students will learn about Hispanic and Latino culture and language simultaneously through hands-on activities.  


Individual Movement (Primary and Intermediate)- Students will explore and participate in different ways we can move our bodies for fitness.  We will focus on the five components of fitness: Flexibility, Muscular Strength, Muscular Endurance, Cardiovascular Endurance and Body Composition. ** We will be outdoors for this course so please prepare your student with appropriate clothing (athletic shoes and jacket for the cooler weather)  


Awareness and Embodiment (Intermediate)- Students will learn concepts and skills related to components of self-awareness including body awareness, emotional intelligence, communication about thoughts and feelings, and self advocacy. Students will also strengthen the skills of observation and inquiry, applying them to expand their curiosity about the world, and to practice reflective listening and empathy. Debbie Higgs specializes in Yoga & Reiki and recently completed her M.P.H at New Mexico State University. 


Wear your own Art (Intermediate and Upper)- This course Mr. Jeff will provide kids an opportunity to learn how to design patterns while dying clothing. We will have multiple options for kids to explore in this process; bleach dying, natural dyes, and the classic traditional method. The clothing we would be making would be TJS spirited, and kids could wear them on juniper Fridays. Additionally we would also make stencils, a lead up to potential of screen printing. After Stencils we will do a hand sewing lesson on how to hem edges of fabric by hand and make 1-3 inch patches, that will later be painted and then attached to either a shirt, back pack, or hat. This will empower, invite and encourage our students to individualize their wardrobe for years to come. So they may express their true selves more authentically and with pride. Upper will be starting this class once their Dumpster Beautification project is finished. 


Dumpster Beautification With Mr. Jeff (Upper)- In this course Kids will learn all parts of the process of making a professional mural. Step 1 is research so that we can confidently create an image of desired content. We have 2 Dumpsters available to us; one on 10th street and the alley between main avenue and 2nd avenue, as well as at the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), The 10th Street Dumpster belongs to Himalayan kitchen so we will do our research on Himalayan art and culture and decorate the dumpster accordingly. The VFW is currently about to celebrate their 75th anniversary so we will research patriotism and paint that dumpster in a way that would be well received and appreciated by the veterans. After research we will learn communication through collaboration. Then communicating even further to the entire community with a very visible images right off of main avenue. The design process will take up 3-4 classes and the remainder will be spent at the dumpster beautifying! Please not that there will only be about 5-8 students at the dumpster painting at a time with strict supervision. 

Frisbee (Upper)- Students will learn and practice basic throwing and catching a frisbee. We will use these fundamental skills in different Frisbee games such as Ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee Golf and Can-Jam. Students will have a culminating learning experience walking up to Fort Lewis College to play on a few of the Frisbee Golf holes on campus, date is TBD. We will be outdoors for this course so please prepare your student with appropriate clothing (athletic shoes and jacket for the cooler weather)





Have you been interested in working at The Juniper as an Elective instructor? If you have, we encourage you to take the time to fill out the letter of intent to participate(Below). 


Please contact: Andy Grenhart M.Ed. at 970-764-4185 or agrenhart@tjsdurango.com