EUHS offers computer science, video editing, and sculpture to students


EXETER – This time next year, Exeter Union High School students will be learning to design Internet video content, be “artrepeneurs”, and preparing for jobs in video editing for journalism.

These skills are all part of new courses the Exeter Unified School District board approved at its Jan. 16 meeting for the 2019-20 school year. The board voted 6-0 (as trustee Mark Hellwig was absent) to approve “Introduction to Computer Science,” “3D Art II,” and “Advanced Video Production I.”

Introduction to Computer Science/Game Design teaches the foundations of computer science and basic programming, with an emphasis on helping students develop logical thinking and problem-solving skills. The course is highly visual, dynamic, and interactive with the content being fully web-based. Once students complete the Introduction to Computer Science/Game Design course, they will have learned material equivalent to a semester college introductory course in Computer Science and be able to program in JavaScript, the language of the Internet. The content is fully web-based, with students writing and running code in the browser

Under the staff report, it noted that this course may decrease student requests for Web Design and/or Digital Literacy and recommended rotating the course every-other-year with Web Design or Digital Literacy.

While many websites run on programming, they need video to provide content to their users. Advanced Video Production is a one-year course that will build on the knowledge, understanding, and practical experience of gathering, writing, editing and producing video internet publications. Theory and hands-on activities will include; the basic principles of three-point lighting, camera videography techniques, teleprompting, script writing, storyboarding and editing; computer graphics, research, video editing and performancetechniques. Students will be exposed to techniques used for Internet publication, ethics in video journalism, interviewing techniques and media critique. Geared toward students who desire to advance their video production skills in a project-based learning environment.

But creativity and artist expression do not only live online. In 3D Art II, students discover how sculpture/3-D art is connected with other fine arts, academic disciplines and their everyday world. Product design, advertising, and physics are a few areas that have direct connections with sculpture. Students are encouraged to explore these relationships and understand how disciplines are connected. To further develop their understanding of real-world application and inter-discipline connections, an “artrepeneur” component will be part of the course. Students will have the opportunity to work with students in web design, advanced art, and personal finance to create a business logo, business plan and website, allowing students in these courses real world application as well. The culmination of this endeavor will include a fine arts showcase and student artwork being available for purchase through the companies they will have created, whether at the showcase or through business connections they have made in Exeter and/or the surrounding communities.

The board motion also approved a new version of the Acta yearbook course. This course is designed to develop the skills and techniques necessary in the professional publishing world: incorporating team decision making, coordinating tasks, presenting and pitching ideas, and producing work within a series of deadlines. Over the course of the school year, students participate in photographing, designing, writing, and editing Exeter Union High School’s annual yearbook, Acta. Additional responsibilities include digital image capture and manipulation, cataloging, sales (e.g. advertising and yearbook), fundraising activities, and distribution. The reason for the change is that this version of the course is in the process of being A-G approved. Each letter in A-G represents a different core subject that students must complete with a grade of C or better to be minimally eligible for admission to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems.

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