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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

 

 CAREER EXPLORATION/DEVELOPMENT

CAREER EXPLORATION 22151

Career Exploration courses help students identify and evaluate personal goals, priorities, aptitudes, and interests with the goal of helping them make informed decisions about their careers. These courses expose students to various sources of information on career and training options and may also assist them in developing job search and employability skills. This course is for grades 9-12 and counts as .25 credit per year.  This course will take place during scheduled times of seminar period.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND SPEECH

ENGLISH 9  01001 (H210)

                English 9 will focus on the study of oral and written language skills for the effective expression of ideas. Students will also study a variety a literature, including, poetry, short stories, novels, and dramas in order to gain an appreciation and understanding of literature while exploring thematic connections between literary works.  This course also builds upon students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and the mechanics of writing.

ENGLISH 10  01002 (H220)

                This sophomore level class emphasizes writing, grammar, and vocabulary while encouraging students' self-efficacy and independence in reading and writing.  Different genres of literature are explored, including the novel, drama, short stories, and poetry.  The sophomore level class also emphasizes the writing process through persuasive and narrative essay composition.

ENGLISH 11  01003 (H330)

                This required course emphasizes American Literature.  Students will read a variety of short stories, poems, and novels in order to understand the American Literary experience. This course also continues to develop students’ writing skills, emphasizing clear, logical writing, word choice, and usage. Students will be expected to write several essays, conduct research, persuade through the use of argumentation, and perform analysis.  

ENGLISH 12  01004 (H240)

                English 12 is a college preparatory class that can be taken for dual credit through Colby Community College. The fall semester is English Composition I, and the fall semester is English Composition II.  

This course has three basic aims:  to sharpen the student’s writing proficiency, to develop the student’s ability to read analytically, and to enhance the student’s understanding of British literary history.  Course work will include learning to summarize, problem solve, persuade through the use of argumentation, analyze British literature, build vocabulary skills, express ideas clearly in various forms of written essays, and research.  

APPLIED SENIOR ENGLISH  01156 (H241)

             This is a required course for any senior student that is not college bound and has not been enrolled in English 12.  The course focuses on real world/business application of English.

GENERAL SPEECH  01151 (H212)

                Speech is a semester course that works toward the development of practical speaking skills.  This course examines the role of communication in everyday life.  Students will learn the art of speaking through preparation and delivery of informative, persuasive, and entertaining speeches.  Students will also learn to speak off-the-cuff by giving improvised speeches, acceptance speeches, and announcements.  Students will learn how to interpret and read literature to an audience.  The class is open to all students grades 9-12.

                General Speech Waiver

                General Speech is required to graduate at DCHS.  There are two ways to waive the requirement:

1. Students actively participating on the DCHS speech team may petition the Board of Education to waive the requirement if they have been an active competitive speech member for two or more years and the student has prepared and competed in at least one speaking event and three other events during his/her seasons on the team and have the recommendation for waiver from the speech coach. Students may waive this requirement. All students who want to petition the Board for waiver must make an oral and written request to waive credit to the Board of Education no later than November of his/her senior year.

2.  Students who have completed the Public Speaking Class outreach class offered by Colby Community College may petition the Board of Education through oral and written request to waive this requirement with the recommendation of the speech teacher on or before the May board meeting of senior year.              

21st CENTURY JOURNALISM 30100

                Journalism is a full-year course for students in grades 11-12 who have an interest in journalism.  This course covers news writing, photography, and yearbook design.

The class publishes the Red Devil Yearbook and a page in the weekly section of the Oberlin Herald called the “Decatur Dictator” and maintains the USD 294 website.  Students will learn journalism skills, as well as InDesign and PhotoShop.  Prerequisite is Computer App 1 and Photo Imaging.

SOCIAL STUDIES

MODERN WORLD HISTORY 04053 (H420)

                World History is a required year-long social studies class for sophomores.  This course covers the time period from around 1300 C.E. through the fall of the Soviet Union. The course will cover intellectual trends, revolutionary movements, social interactions, political ideologies, economic theories, and geographical impacts.  

MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY 04103 (H432)

                American History is a required social studies class for juniors that consists of the history of the United States from the Civil War to Present Time.  A study is made of origins, evolutionary changes, and growth of the basic ideals upon which our nation is based.  Current event discussion is included and considered an important part of the course.

U.S. GOVERNMENT—COMPREHENSIVE 04151

               U.S. Government—Comprehensive courses provide an overview of the structure and functions of the U.S. government and political institutions and examine constitutional principles, the concepts of rights and responsibilities, the role of political parties and interest groups, and the importance of civic participation in the democratic process. This course will examine the structure and function of state and local governments and will cover certain economic, legal topics, and financial literacy.

SOCIOLOGY  04258 (H433)

                  Sociology is an elective one-semester course designed for upperclassmen.  This course provides an introduction to the study of society.  In order to understand society, we must be able to see the world through the eyes of others.  By using this sociological imagination, you can understand the world around you.  Topics will include Culture and Social Structure, the Individual in Society, Social Inequality, Social Institutions, and the Changing Social World.
 

SCIENCE

PHYSICAL SCIENCE 03159 (H311)

                Physical Science is a required course for all freshmen. Topics investigated in Physical Science include mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, sound and light waves, atomic structure, some introductory concepts in chemistry, earth science, and astronomy.  Approximately one-third of the class time is spent in the laboratory setting.

BIOLOGY I  03051 (H310)              

                Biology I is a required course for the sophomore. The main focus of the course will be to study the characteristics, interactions, and diversity of life on Earth.  Students will also gain insight into the way that living things change and the changes that humans cause to the world around us.  Prerequisite is Physical Science.

CHEMISTRY I 03101

                Topics investigated in Chemistry I include techniques and concepts on matter, atoms and chemical bonding, nomenclature, qualitative and quantitative concepts, prediction and control of reactions, common compounds, and important chemicals of industry and agriculture.  Approximately one-half of class time is spent in a laboratory setting.  Prerequisite is Physical Science, and at least concurrent enrollment with Algebra II is required. This class is offered for dual credit through Colby Community College at the student’s expense for tuition, books, and fees.  This course meets qualified admissions for four-year state colleges.

GENERAL CHEMISTRY 03149

Topics investigated in General Chemistry include techniques and concepts of matter, atoms and chemical bonding, nomenclature, qualitative and quantitative concepts, prediction and control of reactions, common compounds, and important chemicals of industry and agriculture.  Approximately one-half of class time is spent in a laboratory setting.  Prerequisite is Physical Science.  This course does not meet the qualified admissions for four-year Kansas colleges.  Instructor permission is required. (This course is geared for students not planning to attend a four-year college and/or a science- or medical-related career.  It will be required to have permission to take the course.)

BIOLOGY II 03053 (H330)

                Biology II is an advanced level course designed for juniors or seniors who plan to pursue a college education in a medical or biological field.  The main focus of the course is human anatomy and physiology, which will include the study of genetics and microbiology.  The course will also include the study of the basic characteristics of the six kingdoms of life.

CHEMISTRY II 03102 (H331)

                This course is an advanced course for students who plan to pursue a career in the sciences at the college/university level.  Topics investigated include a review and extension of Chemistry I topics, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.  Approximately one-half of class time is spent in a laboratory setting.  Texas Instruments graphing calculators are used extensively.  Prerequisites are Chemistry I and Algebra II. This class is offered for dual credit through Colby Community College at the student’s expense for tuition, books, and fees.

PHYSICS 03151 (H340)

                Physics is an advanced course for students planning on pursuing a career in science/math at the college level.  Topics covered in Physics include mechanics, heat, sound, light, and electricity.  Approximately one-half of class time is spent in the laboratory setting.  Graphing calculators will be used extensively.  Prerequisites are Chemistry I, Algebra II, and concurrent enrollment in Trigonometry/Statistics is suggested.  This class is offered for dual credit through Colby Community College at the student’s expense for tuition, books, and fees.

 

MATHEMATICS

ALGEBRA I  02052 (H111)

                Algebra I includes the study of properties and operations of the real number system; evaluating rational algebraic expressions; solving and graphing first-degree equations and inequalities; translating word problems into equations; operations with and factoring of polynomials; and solving simple quadratic equations.

GEOMETRY 02072 (H122)

                Geometry, emphasizing an abstract, formal approach to the study of geometry, typically include topics such as properties of plane and solid figures; deductive methods of reasoning and use of logic; geometry as an axiomatic system including the study of postulates, theorems, and formal proofs; concepts of congruence, similarity, parallelism, perpendicularity, and proportion; and rules of angle measurement in triangles.   Prerequisite is Algebra I.

ALGEBRA II 02056 (H130)

                This course provides a thorough investigation of relations and functions, equations and inequalities, matrices, irrational and complex numbers, polynomials, rational and radical functions, and a basic introduction to conics.  These concepts are applied to real-life situations through investigations, problems, and projects.  A variety of problem-solving techniques are investigated.  Graphic calculators are used to discover, practice, and apply a variety of concepts.

TRIGONOMETRY/STATISTICS  02103/02201 (H138/H139)

                Trigonometry is covered in the first semester.  Topics include, but are not limited to, Law of Sines, Law of Cosines, and applications of major angles in both radian and degree measures.  Statistics concepts are covered in the second semester.  This course includes three major areas of study:  Probability and Combinatorics, Descriptive Statistics, and Inferential Statistics. Central tendencies, measures of variability, normal curves, and hypothesis testing are some topics covered in statistics. Classroom procedures will consist of class discussion and lecture, group work, and projects.   Prerequisites are Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry.  These classes may be taken for dual credit through Colby Community College at the student’s expense for tuition, books, and fees.

CALCULUS  02121 (H150)

                Calculus is designed to prepare engineering and business students for the calculus courses they will be required to take in college.  Students will learn many of the topics covered in college Calculus I courses which will include, but is not limited to, the following:  limits, differentiation, integration, logarithmic functions, and exponential functions.

                Classroom procedure will consist of class discussion and lecture, as well as group work and calculator work.  Prerequisite is Trigonometry.  This class may be taken for dual credit through Colby Community College at the student’s expense for tuition, books and fees.

APPLIED MATH I AND II  02157/ 02154 (H145/H144)

                Applied Math is a course for juniors/seniors, which applies mathematical skills to everyday life.  The course consists of both lab work and classroom work.  In the lab, students have the opportunity to apply mathematics to the following fields:  Residential Wiring, Residential Plumbing, Multi-media, Flight Simulation, Electronics, Three-dimensional Drawing, Lasers, Natural Resource Management, and Embroidery.  Classroom procedures in the lab include computer activities, group work, and hands-on work in the above listed fields.  

                Classroom work includes Consumer Mathematic topics in Applied Math I and Business Mathematic-related topics in Applied Math II.  Some of the topics include taxes, buying and maintaining an automobile, comparing prices, housing costs, loans and insurance.  

                This course is not a college preparatory course, but is an excellent course for all students as it applies to a variety of areas in everyday life.  It is also an excellent course for students interested in vocational studies.

Applied Math I is a prerequisite for Applied Math II.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION

RECREATION SPORTS 08004

Recreation Sports courses provide students with knowledge, experience, and an opportunity to develop skills in more than one recreational sport or outdoor pursuit (such as adventure activities, croquet, Frisbee, wall climbing, bocce ball, fishing, hiking, cycling, and so on). Prerequisite is Advanced PE.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH  08052 (H920)

                Students must receive a passing grade in one 9 weeks of health education and three 9 weeks of physical education by the end of their senior year.  This physical education course is designed to prepare students with knowledge of the rules and skills for a variety of recreational games and lifetime sports such as archery, floor hockey, tennis, softball, aerobics, soccer, team handball, badminton, flag football, volleyball, pickle ball, weight training, and physical conditioning.

                During the health course, the students will be provided with knowledge in the following:  personality development, nutrition, grooming, emotional health, physical fitness and weight control, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases, birth and parenting, and drugs.

                The students will be tested for general physical fitness twice a year - in the fall and in the spring.  Grading will be based on participation, dressing out, results of individual efforts in various skills tests, and written tests.

ADVANCED PE 08005 (T970)

                Requirements:

                Must be a sophomore or above.

                May take this class additional times for credit.

                Class is open to male and female students.

                Objectives:

                1.  This class is strictly a physical conditioning and weight training course,

                  with emphasis on advanced physical fitness and strength development.

                2.  Testing on all forms of strength, speed, power, coordination and

                  physical endurance will be performed throughout the year with

                  a weight training max on bench press, power/hang clean, and squat

                  performed at the end of each 9 weeks for overall strength evaluation.

                3.  Grading will be based on participation, dressing out, results of

                  individual improvement, quickness, power and endurance testing,

                  along with results of each max effort in the weight room.

                4.  Games and recreational activities will be limited to mostly conditioning

                  purposes.  This course is primarily for physical conditioning and

                  strength development.

 

ZERO HOUR (WEIGHT TRAINING) 08009

                This class is designed for the student-athlete who has a full academic schedule but wishes to be involved in a structured strength-training program before normal school hours.  The students will be tested for strength gains four times a year.  Grading will be based on participation, dressing out, and results of individual efforts in the bench, squat and clean.

                Requirements

                1.  Must be a sophomore or above in good academic standing.

                2. Class is open to male and female students.

                3. Half a credit is earned if the class is taken for both semesters.

                Objectives of Zero Hour

                1.  This class is strictly a weight-training course with emphasis on strength

                   development.

                2.  Testing will be performed throughout the year with a weight training

                  max on bench press, power/hang clean, and squat performed at the

                   end of each nine weeks for overall strength evaluation.

                3.  Grading will be based on participation, dressing out, and results of

                  individual improvement from max results.

                4.  No games or recreational activities will be incorporated in this

program.  This course is for weight training and strength       development.

 

 

ART

CREATIVE ART 05154

Creative Art provides students with the knowledge and opportunity to explore an art form and to create individual works of art. This courses may also provide discussions and explorations of career opportunities in the art world. As an initial courses, it covers the language, materials, and processes of a particular art form and the design elements and principles supporting a work of art.  As students advance and become more adept, the instruction regarding the creative process becomes more refined, and students are encouraged to develop their own artistic styles. Although the Creative Art course focuses on creation, it may also include the study of major artists, art movements, and styles.         

ART PORTFOLIO 05170

Art Portfolio courses offer students the opportunity to create a professional body of work that reflects their personal style and talent. Students are often encouraged to display their work publicly. This class is for the serious art student.  Prerequisite is Creative Art.

INDEPENDENT ART 05197

Independent Art is available to students who are serious about art but cannot work an art class into their daily schedule. This class is similar to Art Portfolio except all work in this class is done outside of a classroom setting. The student will meet with the teacher once a week at a scheduled time. Permission from Art Teacher.

               

CABINET MAKING

WOODWORKING PRINCIPLES   17007

                This class is for students in grades 9-12.  Throughout the duration of the course, students will learn about the materials and processes used in the manufacturing industry.  Basic wood joints and building principles will be taught while the student designs and constructs a project of their own.  As in all Cabinet Making classes, special emphasis is placed on safety, organization, and conduct.

FURNITURE AND CABINETRY FABRICATION  38007

                Furniture and Cabinetry Fabrication will be a continuation of Woodworking Principals.  The focus, once again, is placed on the construction of a wood project, work ethic and time management.  Project difficulty, joinery, and detail are emphasized.  As in all Cabinet Making classes, special emphasis is placed on safety, organization, and conduct.  Prerequisite is Woodworking Principals.

CARPENTRY  17002

This class for students in grades 11-12 provides students with basic knowledge and skills required for construction of commercial, residential, and institutional structures.  These courses provide experiences and information regarding construction-related occupations, such as carpentry, cabinetmaking, bricklaying, masonry, and so on.  Students engage in activities such as reading blueprints, preparing building sites, starting foundations, erecting structures, and finishing surfaces. Prerequisite Furniture and Cabinetry 38007.

CARPENTRY II   38002

This senior class is an advanced comprehensive course designed to instruct students in skills pertaining to rough construction and finish work. Prerequisite Carpentry 17002

AGRICULTURE

AGRISCIENCE 18001

                An introductory course that will cover the basic areas of agriculture.  This course is an introduction to advanced courses in animal science, agricultural business management and marketing, plant and soil science, agricultural welding, small engines, and advanced agricultural mechanics classes.  Areas of study include agricultural careers, leadership, public speaking, entrepreneurship, record keeping, animal and plant science, and beginning level skills in agricultural mechanics.  Upon completion of this course, students will have background information in a variety of occupational areas.  This course is available to freshmen and sophomores.

SMALL GAS ENGINES 18410

                This is a one-semester course that covers topics including shop safety practices, history of engines, engine operating principles and design, engine parts measurement, engine maintenance and repair, electrical and ignition systems, fuel and lubrication systems, and engine Agriscience.

AGRICULTURAL WELDING I 18404

                This one-semester course prepares students for careers in metalworking, manufacturing, and construction industries.  Classroom instruction will involve the areas of shop safety, identification of tools and equipment, oxy-fuel cutting and welding, position arc welding, and mechanical drawing.  Students who are sophomores and juniors should consider this course.  Prerequisite is Agriscience.

AGRIBUSINESS 18201

                A course for students interested in acquiring a knowledge of marketing, agricultural law, economics, insurance, budgeting, planning a business, and computer techniques.  Record keeping and applications to computer records will be stressed where appropriate.  This course is designed for those students who are interested in careers in accounting, finance, marketing, economics, agricultural law, agricultural sales, and agricultural production.  Students will participate in a simulated commodity exercise utilizing the computer lab to complete a variety of assignments.  This class is designed for juniors and seniors.

ANIMAL SCIENCE 18101

                This course is designed for students wishing to explore occupations such as veterinarians, artificial insemination technicians, meat specialists, livestock producers, nutritionists, feed sales, and other related fields of animal science.  Areas of instruction include anatomy and physiology, genetics, embryo transfer, artificial insemination, nutrition, health, livestock selection and performance records, and animal management techniques.  This course is designed for students who are sophomores and juniors.

HORTICULTURE I and II 18052

                This course will provide students with basic knowledge and skills in the horticulture and plant science industry.  Areas of instruction include plant classification, herbicides and insecticides, plant growth and reproduction, soil properties and fertility, landscaping, lawn care, environmental conditions for growth, and soil conservation.  This class will benefit those students exploring careers as florists, nursery and greenhouse management, fruit and vegetable production, and landscaping as well as the more traditional production of agricultural crops.  This course is designed as an introductory course for sophomores and juniors.

ADVANCED AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS 18402

                This course is to be used for design and construction of individual projects.  Classroom instruction will include areas of shop safety, project design and construction, developing a bill of materials, cast iron welding, plasma arc welding and cutting, aluminum welding, painting, hydraulics, and electricity.  This course will supplement career preparation in agricultural engineering, agricultural welding and construction, farm equipment repair, and farm electrification.  This course is designed for juniors and seniors.  Prerequisites are Agriscience and Agricultural Welding.

AG FABRICATION 18409

                Agriculture Fabrication provides students with the skills and knowledge that are specifically applicable to the construction, maintenance, and repair of structures integral to the agricultural industry, including but not limited to animal enclosures, irrigation systems, and storage facilities. In these courses, students typically study design, planning, and construction knowledge and skills (such as survey, carpentry, plumbing, concrete, and electrical systems), in addition to the safe operation of tools and machines.

MUSIC

 

SENIOR HIGH BAND 05101 (H942)

                This is a performance-based class that includes study in music appreciation, music history, and music theory. Concert Band, Pep Band and Marching Band are the three main performance groups all students enrolled will experience. Concert Band performs a minimum of three concerts a year. Marching Band performs for homecoming and parades in the community. Pep Band performs for home football and basketball games. Students will study and perform a variety of band music including standard band literature, new age, solo and ensemble. Students will become more independent musicians and have a better understanding and appreciation of music. Students will be evaluated on weekly rehearsal, performances, and overall progress.

Prerequisites are at least one year of playing experience or instructor consent.

CONTEMPORARY BAND (JAZZ BAND) 05105

                  Rehearsals meet before school, a minimum of once a week. Students will study and perform traditional and new forms of Big Band, Latin, Rock, Bebop, Swing and Funk music. They will also study the theory and style of improvisation. Students will be evaluated by weekly rehearsal attendance, performances and overall progress. Students will receive a .25 credit per year. Open to any enrolled High School Band member by audition.

MUSIC THEORY 05113

Music Theory courses provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of music and include one or more of the following topics: composition, arrangement, analysis, aural development, and sight reading.

CHOIR (MIXED) 90290

                This class is for students interested in performing and improving their musical skills and general knowledge.  The main focus is choral singing.  Activities include musical history, theory, performance skills, vocal technique, and the performance of a wide variety of musical styles for concert and contest, District Honor Choir, DCHS musical, voice lessons, small ensemble performances, and music as a lifetime activity. Participation in concerts outside the school day is a requirement of this class.

DCHS SINGERS 90107

                Students are selected on the basis of an audition and participate in all activities of the vocal department.  They have added performance responsibilities and require extra rehearsal time for preparation. Showmanship, choreography, and contemporary musical styles are stressed.

Prerequisite - prior membership in choir for one full year.

 

FAMILY, COMMUNITY, AND CONSUMER SERVICES PATHWAY

INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE  45001

               This course addresses the personal health of the individual- financially, socially, physically, and emotionally.  These are the kinds of skills that indicate career readiness, and are important in all careers.  They include the influence of the family on the well-being of individuals and the community, developing positive interpersonal relationships, management strategies of personal resources to meet goals, factors that influence personal and family wellness, life literacy skills for success in the responsibilities of family, work, and community settings

NUTRITION AND WELLNESS 08057

               This course focuses on the demonstration of nutrition, health and wellness practices that will further individual and family well-being.  The course examines factors that influence wellness across the lifespan, demonstrates good nutrition, sound food preparation and selection for healthy eating, gives and understanding of the relationship of physical activity on physical, social, and emotional health.  Career readiness is developed by using nutrition and wellness applications. Prerequisite is Intro to FACS.

CAREER AND LIFE PLANNING  22207

                This is a one-semester course.  This course helps the student investigate career choices, identify personal strengths and weaknesses that may influence career choices, and develop personal interests in fulfilling roles in family, workplace, civic, and community activities.  Prerequisite is Intro to FACS

HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT 45004

               This course analyzes the principles and conditions that influence human growth and development from the prenatal period through aging and death.  Strategies that promote healthy growth and development and meeting the needs of all across the lifespan will be considered, along with practicing appropriate skills in family, community, and work applications.  Prerequisite is Intro to FACS.

FAMILY STUDIES 22208

                  This course focuses on the significance of the family’s effect on the well-being of individuals and society.  Emphasis will be places on the effects of the family system on society, parenting/caregiver skills that maximize growth and development, and identification of the roles and responsibilities of the family at all stages of the life cycle. Issues regarding the struggle of balancing family and career responsibilities will be addressed.

CAREER AND COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS  22250

                  This is the final one-year course in the Family and Community Services Pathway and is designed to assist the student in making the transition from school to training to work force.  Experiential Learning Opportunities and a credential or certification test are necessary to complete this pathway.

CONSUMER AND PERSONAL FINANCE  22210

                  In this course management of human, economic, and environmental resources will be developed.  This will include factors involved in making strong personal and family consumer decisions.  Sound spending and saving strategies across the lifespan, risk management in finances, understanding factors related to credit and debt will be considered.  Career readiness will be enhanced by practicing appropriate skill in consumer settings.

LEADERSHIP SERVICE IN ACTION  22255

In this semester class, students will investigate the opportunities and effects of community leadership and service opportunities, analyzing the effects of these activities on both the individual and community.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

SPANISH I  06101 (H910)

                The main objective of this course is to develop oral communication skills in the Spanish language and to familiarize the student with the Spanish-speaking world, its culture, and its history.

SPANISH II  06102 (H916)

                The main objective of this course is the continued development of oral communication skills in the Spanish language, and a more in-depth study of the Spanish-speaking world and its culture and history.  Prerequisite is Spanish I.

SPANISH III  06103 (H913)

                The main objective of this course is to further develop oral proficiency in Spanish.  It includes more reading and writing than Spanish II.  This class will continue to familiarize the student with the Spanish-speaking world, its culture, and its history. Prerequisite is Spanish I and II.

SPANISH IV  06104 (H918)

                  The main objective of this course is to further develop oral proficiency in Spanish.  It includes more reading and writing than Spanish III.  This class will continue to familiarize the student with the Spanish-speaking world, its culture, and its history.  Prerequisite is Spanish I, II, and III.

 

TECHNOLOGY

COMPUTER APPLICATION I 10004

                  In Computer Applications, students will explore applications including word-processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and programs.  They may also cover the use of desktop publishing, elementary code, and basic electronics units, as time allows. This course is part of the “A/V Communications” pathway.

PHOTO IMAGING 30105

                  Photo Imaging courses provide students with the opportunity to develop photography skills appropriate for a variety of situations. Topics will include camera function and care, lighting, composition, layout, lighting, other equipment, careers in photography, and types of photography. Students will explore file sizes and digital manipulation as well as some graphic manipulation.  Prerequisite is Computer Applications. This course is part of the “A/V Communications” pathway. This course shall be a semester class offered in the fall.

WEB PAGE DESIGN 10205

            Web Page Design will teach students to plan, design, develop, and maintain web pages using HyperText Markup Language scripting to create content and Cascading Style Sheets to style and organize the layout.  Use of JavaScript in web pages may be included.  The course may also cover designing basic web graphics. Prerequisite is Computer Applications. This course shall be a semester class offered in the spring.

DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN AND PRODUCTION 30151

            Digital Media Design and Production courses teach students the fundamentals of graphic design and production (including 3-dimensional graphics), video production, and filming and photography techniques. Students will have to manage, plan, and execute large products as well as learn a great deal about video manipulation software. This course is part of the “A/V Communications” pathway. Prerequisite is Photo Imaging.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING-OTHER – (INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE) 10199

Introduction to Computer Science teaches the fundamentals of computer science, computer logic, programing, and code, as well as exposes students to careers in computer science. It will teach the basics of the Python programming language as well as lessons on binary, hex codes, rgb codes, and many others. This course is independent in nature and is offered through edhesive.com. Prerequisite is Computer Applications. Algebra II is a corequisite. The course is intended for students who have a desire to pursue computer science, programming, or computer engineering and have demonstrated responsibility and aptitude. Enrollment only by the permission and recommendation of the teacher and/or principal.

 

OTHER ELECTIVES

OFFICE AIDE  22051 (H535)

                Office aide is a pass/fail course for juniors and seniors with the approval of the supervisor.  Students are introduced to office skills including using proper telephone etiquette, typing, filing, operating business machines, and utilizing other business skills. Students may only be enrolled as an aid one period per semester and may not be enrolled in a study hall if they are an aid.  If at any time a student aid has a grade drop to an F, he/she will be reassigned to the classroom teacher until that grade is passing.

TUTOR  22005 (H971)

                Tutor is a pass/fail course based on student responsibility and use of class time.  This course provides assistance in completing assignments, preparing research, and studying for tests.  Attention is also given to strengthening areas of weakness, building study skills, providing a place to study, getting help on their daily assignments, and/or making up credits failed. Students experience success.  Students may qualify for tutor services based on at-risk criteria.  If there is room in the program, students who do not meet qualification standards may request enrollment.  All tutor students are expected to meet point system requirements.  Tutor credit is an elective credit and counts toward eligibility.

                Students enrolled in tutor are encouraged to question, seek, and search out knowledge in order to be self-directed in the educational environment as well as in their daily lives.

WORK STUDY H190

                Work study is a course that is designed to give students a real-life experience in a chosen field of study.  Acceptance into work study is on an individual basis through the Special Education department and the high school principal.  Any student in a work study course will earn credit for successful completion of the work study.

 

              

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