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MOC-Floyd Valley High School Course Descriptions
Agriculture Family & Consumer Science Fine Arts - Vocal Mathematics
Business Ed Fine Arts - Instrumental Foreign Language Physical Education / Health
College & Career Fine Arts - Music Industrial Technology Science
Education Fine Arts - Visual Language Arts Social Studies


Agriculture

Each student enrolled in any agriculture education course will be expected to have a Supervised Agricultural Experience (S.A.E.) project and will be strongly encouraged to be a member of the FFA.
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Ag Machinery And Maintenance

Offered Alternating Years

Alternates years with Ag Management - Next offered 2016-17 -- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description Farm implement safety, construction, operation, adjustment and maintenance will be examined in this course.  Emphasis will be placed on modern hay and forage equipment, combines, tillage equipment, planters, sprayers, and diesel tractors.


Ag Management

Offered Alternating Years

Alternates years with Ag Machinery And Maintenance - Next offered 2017-18 -- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description In this course the student will analyze the marketing system, farm liability needs, risk protection, record keeping systems, marketing, farm tax structure, estate planning, agricultural credit sources, and the various ag agencies, organizations, policies and services.


Ag Markets

Offered Alternating Years

Alternating years - Dual Credit through NCC - Next offered 2017-18 -- Prerequisite: Ag Management -- Semester Offered: 1

Description This course will analyze the flow of agricultural products through the marketing system to the consumer.  Major emphasis will be placed on the futures' markets, price risk strategies, and marketing alternatives.  The effect of governmental regulations, marketing information, distribution, competition, and pricing will also be examined.


Animal Science

Offered Alternating Years

Alternates years with Natural Resources & Crop Productions - Next offered 2016-17 -- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 9-12

Description This course is offered to students interested in livestock production.  Beef, dairy, swine, and sheep will constitute the bulk of the course load.  Emphasis will be placed on animal breeds, genetics, reproductive systems, digestive systems, disease and pest control, feeding animals in all stages of production, marketing, selection, and the current trends in the industry.


Basic Electricity

Description Course descriptions are in the Industrial Tech section


Construction

Description Course descriptions are in the Industrial Tech section


Construction

-- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description This course is a semester course offered to juniors and seniors interested in carpentry and construction.  We will cover the complete process of constructing a new house.  Classes will consist of lecture and lab work.  In the shop we will be working with crews and individually.  Upon completion of this course, you will know what to look for in quality construction and will be able to do many repair jobs yourself.


Crop Production

Offered Alternating Years

Alternates years with Animal Science - Next offered 2017-18 -- Prerequisite: Natural Resources -- Semester Offered: 2

Description Forages, small grains, corn, and soybean production will be taught in this course. Areas covered will include nutrient requirements, weed identification, pesticide management, production, and economics.


Material Processing in Metals

Description Course descriptions are in the Industrial Tech section


Natural Resources (Horticulture)

Offered Alternating Years

Alternates years with Animal Science - Next offered 2017-18 -- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 9-12

Description This course will cover Iowa's soil types, soil formation, soil conservation, plant growth, landscaping, turf, and the management and identification of trees and ornamentals.



Business Education

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Accounting I

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 10-12

Description This course will cover completion of financial records for a sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation.  The first semester introduces many general accounting concepts and deals mostly with sole proprietorships and some partnerships.  Second semester will include study of partnerships and corporation accounting.  Throughout both semesters students will complete various business problems and simulations using Excel spreadsheets.  THIS COURSE IS RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE REMOTELY INTERESTED IN BUSINESS.


Accounting II

-- Prerequisite: B in Accounting I -- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description Accounting II is for the student who is considering a career in accounting or some other phase of business.  It is a continuation of Accounting I.  First, we review Accounting I principles and then learn the situations in business that are less common.  The second semester we will learn more in depth the accounting procedures covered in the Accounting I textbook.  General accounting adjustments will be covered in more detail.  Specific procedures will be covered in departmentalized, management, and corporation accounting systems.  Finally, a larger portion of this class will be completing problems and simulations using Excel spreadsheets.


Advanced Web Design

Class size will be limited to 4-6 students -- Prerequisite: C+ or better in Business classes -- Length: 1 or 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description Advanced Web Design & Management is a course that will develop and update the information on the MOC-Floyd Valley website.  Some of the skills and concepts that the student will need to possess include but are not limited to, an understanding of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), web layout and design, java script, managing forms, and managing files.  The student needs to possess knowledge of color scheme management and photo or image management.  Students will also have to work with and compile information from teachers, coaches and administrators.


Business Management

-- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description The general purpose of this course is to provide a clear understanding of the characteristics, organization, operations, and management of business.  The goal is that you will have a sound foundation in management as you prepare for business or other careers.
As part of this course you will be also doing a few other things:  Each quarter you will read a book related to leadership.  The 1st quarter you will all read the same book, Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell.  The 2nd quarter you will be picking a book from a list and giving a presentation on that book dealing with leadership and business management.  A detailed outline of the requirements of each of these projects is located on Moodle. The final portion of this course will be the STEM Project in conjunction with Staples to develop dutch apparel items that will be sold at the beginning of next school year.


Business Software

-- Grade(s): 9-12

Description Do you want to be more efficient at getting your homework done?  In the Business Software course we will take a look at two of the top pieces of software used in our high school and in the business world today, Microsoft Word and Excel. The curriculum developed by Microsoft will be used to learn the main features of each tool. After completing this course, students will be more efficient in completing their assignments for their high school classes. Students taking this Microsoft Office course will also be well on their way to being able to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification test for both Word and Excel.


Business Technology Integration

-- Prerequisite: C+ or better in 2 of 3 previous courses -- Grade(s): 10-12

Description The Advanced Applications course has been developed to push the technology-loving student to new heights.  In this course, students will be asked to work with teachers and administrators to create "real-world" media and projects to help promote classrooms, athletic teams and or the school itself.  Students will also learn how to use databases, which are increasingly prevalent in the worlds of business and technology.  Students will utilize Microsoft Access to create, design, edit and manage databases.


Economics/Personal Finance

Required

-- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description This course is designed to cover a wide variety of topics that will help students make better personal financial decisions.  The areas covered are the following: why financial planning is important, creating a budget/savings plan, maintaining a checking account, good investment strategies, and credit card management. Students will also be given information and practice in writing resumes, cover letters, and interviewing techniques. Required course to graduate.


Layout & Design

-- Grade(s): 10-12

Description The Layout & Design course has been developed with the student who likes to design things in mind.  In this particular course, students will learn how to design anything from bookmarks and business logos to graphics and multi-page layouts.  Some of the software that will be introduced in this course includes but is not limited to the Adobe products InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.  A couple of the other Microsoft products will be utilized in this course, in particular Microsoft Publisher & PowerPoint.


Marketing

-- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description Marketing is designed to help the student learn about marketing and to develop marketing skills.  Students will see that marketing is one of the largest and most exciting career areas in business today.  In Part I, Foundations of Marketing, study will include three important areas that are fundamental to successful marketing:  economic foundations, business and marketing foundations, and human resource foundations.  Students will also learn about important marketing concepts, such as target markets, marketing mixes, marketing research, and marketing strategy.  Part II, Functions of Marketing will increase understanding of all major marketing activities.  Students will develop useful marketing skills as they review current business applications of marketing and complete a variety of real-world marketing activities.  Another component is JA TITAN sponsored by Junior Achievement and Best Buy. It is a computer simulation which allows students to compete against each other as they manufacture and market Holo-Generators.  Students are challenged to outperform the competition in terms of profit, sales, and market share.  JA TITAN provides students with many opportunities to practice reading and interpreting financial reports, in addition to understanding the fundamentals of production, marketing, pricing, retained earnings capital investment, and research and development.


Web Design & Movie Maker

-- Grade(s): 9-12

Description In the Web Design & Movie Making course, students will be learning to create websites using multiple pieces of web design applications including but not limited to basic design software, HTML (HyperText Markup Language) using Notepad ++ and advanced web design software like Adobe Dreamweaver.  After creating multiple websites, students will use the school's video equipment to create and edit quality videos.  The software used in creating these videos is Adobe Premiere Pro, which is one of the more quality video editing tools on the market today.


Work Experience

-- Length: 1 or 2 (fall and/or spring) semesters

Description For one or two periods of the day, students will go to a work site to get hands-on career-related experience.  Daily/weekly logs will be kept, and first-time participants will do assigned homework. The student needs to be a strong independent worker that can communicate effectively with the instructor and employer.


Your Future @ Work

NCC credit will be awarded upon completion of course. -- Prerequisite: Have taken two previous Business courses

Description This course is designed to serve as a capstone class for students interested in a Business career.  The course will apply knowledge learned in business curriculum including accounting, management, marketing, information technology, and office systems. Students will use critical thinking skills and teamwork in a business environment. This course provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in the business environment.  Qualified applicants should have a solid understanding of Computer Applications and have completed two or more Business courses.



College and Career Academy


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Certified Nurses Assistant

-- Semester Offered: 1 -- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description Emphasis in the course is on students achieving a basic level of knowledge and demonstrating skills to provide safe, effective resident care in a nursing home. It includes an overview of functions of effective nurse aides.


Exploration in Technology

Dual NCC credit -- Semester Offered: 1 -- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 11- 12

Description Explorations in Technology is designed around the essential under-standing that Technology is a reaction to problems and opportunities. Students will learn that technological systems are made up of many parts that require the utilization of human innovation and that each one of us affects the course of technological history. The problem solving and design process will also be introduced with special emphasis on the testing, evaluation, and communication of de-sign solutions. The course is organized into four assessment areas that will develop students knowledge, skills, and disposition necessary to complete the course.


Integration of Alternative Energy

-- Semester Offered: 2 -- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description Alternative Energy is an 18 week course designed to introduce students to energy sources, applications and alternatives that deal with the many aspects of our energy systems.  The course will introduce students to how we extract, process, convert, and use energy to power our technology.  Alternative energy deals heavily with the different sources of alternative energy, where they come from and how we can use them to conserve and eventually replace dwindling fossil fuels.  The course has been organized into nine assessment areas that will develop students knowledge, skills and disposition necessary to complete the course.


Product Design and Development I & II

-- Semester Offered: 1 -- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description Product Design & Development is a 36 week course designed to introduce students to the integrated, information-driven approach to all aspects of a product's life.  From the design through manufacture, deployment, and maintenance with the culmination of the product's removal from service and final disposal. During the course, students will have the opportunity to participate in transforming a designer's idea into a marketable product during a mock corporate activity.  The primary emphasis of the course is placed on an understanding of the major activities of research and development, production, marketing, financial affairs, and industrial relations along with the entrepreneurial spirit required to succeed in today's global marketplace.


Residential Architecture

-- Semester Offered: 2 -- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description Residential Architecture is designed to introduce the student to disciplines and practices used in Architectural Drafting, strengthen the skill set concepts necessary to engage in and execute Architectural Drafting practices, and to prepare the student for the application of this skill set in the workforce. The course has been organized into eight assessment areas which will provide students with the basic information necessary for planning residential dwellings. Upon completion of this course, the student will have a set of portfolio-ready drawings.


Virtual Reality Ed Pathfinder

-- Semester Offered: 1 -- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description The Virtual Reality Design allows students an opportunity to develop and expand their learning across the curriculum by capturing student interest through the use of Virtual Reality and 3D. Students become self-motivated learners and mentors for their peers, choosing to create VR projects related to their own interests and for educational use within the consortia. Student projects serve to both demonstrate the designer's competency on key national and state learning standards and to provide avenues for other students to better understand and demonstrate their learning against key standards.



Education


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Directed Observation

1 college credit through NCC for EDU150-A -- Prerequisite: Foundations of Education -- Semester Offered: 2 -- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 12

Description In this course, you will observe in an education setting to
gain direct insight in the way schools function, roles and
responsibilities of teachers, and student behavior.

Successful completion of this course will allow the student to earn dual credit (high school and college). A student must have at least a 2.6 cum. GPA to take this class. The one college credit earned will be through Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.


Foundations of Education

-- Prerequisite: 2.6 cumulative GPA -- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 12

Description This course is an examination of teaching as a potential career, discussions of the goals of education, roles of teachers, historical development of education, educational reforms, alternative and current philosophical issues, and human relations aspects of teachings. Successful completion of this course will allow the student to earn dual credit (high school and college). A student must have at least a 2.6 cum. GPA to take this class. The three college credits earned will be through Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.



Family and Consumer Science

Family and Consumer Sciences Education empowers individuals and families across their life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society.  Our unique focus is on families, work, and their inter-relationships.  Follow this link to access the program of study
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Creative Fashions

Offered Alternating Years

-- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 10-12

Description The clothes you wear tell a lot about you!  Fabrics and fashions play an important role in personal and business life.  This course provides a study of clothing and textiles, the history of fashions, and characteristics of different fabrics.  Wardrobe planning and buying, clothing management and care will be explored.  Each student will choose sewing projects with new learning experiences.  Materials used/made in the course are the property of the student and must be provided by the student.

Benefits:  Student will benefit by learning clothing messages, clothing care and labeling, design principles, wardrobe planning, and the range of shopping options, as well as sewing skills.

Careers include fashion design, fabric design, manufacturing, pattern marking, marketing, retailing, art, writing, county extension, personal specialist, fabric care services, sales personnel, dry cleaners and fashion coordinator.


Culinary Arts

-- Prerequisite: Foods & Nutrition I -- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 10-12

Description The course explores many aspects of foods ranging from personal food choices to a worldwide look at the future of food.  It will broaden a person's knowledge and understanding of nutrition, along with basic meal planning and food preparation skills.  Meal planning will be done with the awareness of nutrition, eye appeal, economy and convenience.

Benefits: Students will develop a better understanding of eating patterns and nutrition.  Each learns about ethnic food and how different countries' customs have influenced the food they eat.  Advanced skills and techniques of buying, preparing, meal planning, and serving foods will be used.


Family Living

priority given to seniors -- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 12

Description Dating?  Desire to be married some day?  Why are boys and girls so different and how are we expected to live together in harmony for the rest of our lives?  This course explores all aspects of life: personality development (including hereditary and environmental influences), communications among family members and friends, life-style choices, mate selections, how to have a successful marriage, money management, handling relationship crisis (abuse and divorce) aging and death.  This course deals with the realities of life throughout the entire life cycle.  

Benefits:  Students will gain knowledge of their needs as well as the needs of relationships with other people (parents, peers, spouses, employers, and children).  Decision-making, problem solving techniques, ways to communicate and how to develop a workable budget are things that we all need in life.  This gives one an opportunity to learn skills in adjusting to the conflicts within a successful marriage, whether to marry or not, whether to have children or not, and other social issues involved in family living.

Careers: Family Living class provides basic information for the following careers: social service, counseling, health, employment agent, family therapist and speech therapist.


Foods & Nutrition I

-- Prerequisite: Skills for Living course strongly encouraged -- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 10-12

Description Do you live to eat or eat to live?  Food provides pleasure and enjoyment.  However, the main function of the food we eat is to keep us alive and make our bodies work properly.  This course provides practical cooking experience for each student.  Students will also learn and use the decision-making process, gain self- confidence when working in a kitchen, develop a wholesome attitude toward nutrition, develop self- confidence in shopping for food and preparing various types of food, and learn to entertain guests.

Careers:  Knowledge about food preparation and nutrition provides background for careers in health occupations, customer service, culinary arts, business and advertisement.


Housing

-- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 10-12

Description Students will explore decisions related to housing, home furnishing, and equipment for individuals and families.  They will develop consumer skills in planning, selecting, purchasing, and maintaining a livable home environment, and examining home-related careers such as architecture, construction and maintenance, real estate, interior design, product design, and merchandising.

The student will be encouraged to use creativity and originality with the principles and elements of design in decorating a living area.  Other units of study include background and window treatment, furniture selection, arrangement and refinishing, selection and arrangement of accessories, household appliances, and landscaping.  Field trips to homes, furniture, and other related businesses are included.


Parenting And Child Development

priority given to seniors -- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 12

Description Desire to be a parent, teacher, or work a career related to children?  Child Development is a study of human development from conception through age five.  The interrelationship of all areas of development- physical, social-emotional, and intellectual - is examined.  This course is designed to help the student understand, appreciate, and enjoy children.  

Those wishing to be a teacher will find this course useful in post secondary education.

Careers:  Child Development is a good introduction course for anyone interested in a career dealing with children (i.e. education, child care, pre-med, counseling, and, of course, anyone who wishes to be a parent some day).


Skills For Living

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 9-10

Description This course is a prerequisite for most advanced family and consumer science courses. It is a comprehensive course for both male and female students. The course is divided into different aspects of family and consumer science.  Personal development, relationship skills, clothing and textiles, foods and nutrition, and child care/child development are all units covered in Skills for Living.

Hands-on activities, student projects, cooperative group work, and labs will give students a greater understanding of curriculum and the ability to get involved in their own learning process.

Benefits:  Individuals will develop techniques and skills in basic clothing construction, food preparation, budgeting, and relationship of self with others.

chr(13)chr(10) Careers:  This course will provide essential skills for everyday living in all careers.



Fine Arts - Instrumental Music


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Band

Description Band is offered to all high school students.  It consists of two required units and many optional activities.  Marching Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band are requirements for everyone involved in the activity.  Optional activities include Jazz Band (auditions required), Pep Band, All-state Auditions, Solo and Ensemble Contest, and lessons.


Full Orchestra

Description This group meets once a cycle.  It includes strings, brass, winds, and percussion.  It performs at Christmas, early spring, late spring, and Baccalaureate.


Jazz Band

Description The jazz Band meets one time per cycle during SUCCESS and 2-3 mornings before school.  The jazz band performs at many contests, competitions and functions throughout the year.  Membership is by audition during marching band camp. (You are required to be a member of the band and/or string ensembles.)


String Lessons

Description Lessons are required once per cycle for 15 minutes. They are set up during the first cycle of each semester for all string players.  The lessons are the same time each cycle and are not held during class time.


String Orchestra

Description This ensemble meets twice per cycle, performing at Christmas, early spring, solo/ensemble contest, late spring, and Baccalaureate.



Fine Arts - Music


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Fundamentals Of Music

Dual credit with NCC -- Prerequisite: Music Appreciation -- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description This class is an introduction to basic music elements including notation, rhythm, scales, and elementary triadic structures.  It is designed for students with some background in music.  


Music Appreciation

Dual credit with NCC -- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description This course provides the opportunity to become a more knowledgeable and creative listener.  The course provides insight into the origins of the various types of music selections from the Renaissance period through the twentieth century.  It includes an opportunity to listen to a cross section of musical selections throughout the course. It is designed for students with limited music background.



Fine Arts - Visual


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Advanced Art Studio

-- Prerequisite: Art I, Drawing I & Painting I, & instructor permission -- Length: 1 semester

Description This class is for the student wanting to do more in the visual arts. The class will be student and project driven. Students will collaborate on projects to develop solutions in experimenting with new techniques and mediums.


Art I

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 9-12

Description This course is designed to introduce students to the language of art. Students are given the opportunity to develop skills with a variety of art mediums while studying techniques and art history. The basics of design elements and principles learned in this class are a good foundation for the advanced art classes.


Ceramics I

-- Prerequisite: Art I -- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description This course offers students the opportunity to learn the basic hand-building techniques and to see their work transformed from wet, sticky clay to rock-hard, glazed ceramics. Students are required to work on the potter's wheel. Specific, as well as some open-ended projects are assigned.


Drawing I

-- Prerequisite: Art I -- Semester Offered: 1

Description The discovery of different drawing tools and methods with an emphasis on composition and creativity is the focus of this course. Students are encouraged through various assignments to express themselves in a personal manner.


Drawing II

-- Prerequisite: Art I & Drawing I -- Semester Offered: 2

Description This advanced art course offers the student an opportunity to explore drawing on a more independent basis with a focus on creative drawing. Continued studies of the five basic drawing techniques occupy 1st quarter followed by independent endeavors.


Painting I

-- Prerequisite: Art I -- Semester Offered: 1

Description Watercolor, tempera and acrylic painting styles and techniques are explored while the students are encouraged to express their own thoughts and feelings about the world in which they live. Basic color theory and composition techniques are reviewed while observing paintings of known artists.


Painting II

-- Prerequisite: Art I & Painting I -- Semester Offered: 2

Description Students are encouraged to pursue their own painting style and technique through the utilization of a variety of mixed media. Some art history is taught along with more extensive color theory.



Fine Arts - Vocal Music


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Concert Choir

Description Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be admitted to concert choir. Literature sung will be accompanied and acapella arrangements representing styles of all musical periods.  SAB, SATB, multiple or double choir voicing are included.  Concert choir members are required to participate in all concerts, festivals, workshops, clinics, conventions, contests, sings, services, coronations, etc. that the choir is involved.


Mixed Chorus

Description Open to students in grade 9 who wish to participate in a mixed vocal group. This group serves as a training group for concert choir, and members will sing a variety of styles of choral literature. Mixed Chorus members are required to participate in all concerts, workshops, and clinics that the choir is involved.


Swing Choir

18-36 singers

Description Open by audition to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors that are members of the concert choir or mixed choir.  Swing choir will sing at local concerts and will make guest appearances upon request.  Piano, bass, drums, and guitars (optional) may be selected to accompany.  Music performed by this group will vary from madrigals to swing style.


Vocal Lessons

Description Lessons are available to all students who wish to learn more about the fundamentals of proper singing techniques.  Group and individual lessons are given.



Foreign Language


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Spanish for Spanish Speakers (Adv Spanish IV)

-- Prerequisite: Students must demonstrate native speaker proficiency before admission into the class. Instructor approval required.

Description This course is designed for native speakers of the Spanish language.  Students will work to improve their formal knowledge in the four main language areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  This course will also include high-level vocabulary building and grammar explanations that give special attention to critical areas such as spelling, correct use of accents, and false cognates.  Readings and discussions will focus on Spanish-speaking countries as well as Latino groups in the United States and will deepen students' understanding of the Hispanic world.


Spanish I

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 9-12

Description Spanish I is intended for students with little to no previous exposure to the Spanish language.  Students will work on the four skills necessary for the mastery of a second language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Basic grammatical structures are acquired through the practice of these skills, and cultural material is integrated to increase awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.   Activities in all language skills areas build competency and include the following: listening to and reading stories, participating in guided conversations, performing skits, and singing.  To further promote fluency, students will read and discuss four books written in Spanish.


Spanish II

-- Prerequisite: Spanish I -- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 10-12

Description Spanish II is intended for students who are in their second year of Spanish language acquisition.  Students will continue to work on the four skills necessary for the mastery of a second language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Students will learn to communicate in the past tense as well as building upon the base of grammatical structures acquired in Spanish 1.  Activities include culture, listening to, reading, and retelling stories, participating in guided conversations, performing skits, singing, and journaling.  To further promote fluency, students will read and discuss three books and Mexican legends written in Spanish.


Spanish III

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description Spanish III is intended for students who have demonstrated proficiency in levels 1 and 2.  Students will continue to develop the ability to communicate with native speakers, focusing on writing and reading with advanced vocabulary and grammar structures.  A strong emphasis will be placed on Hispanic culture and history.  Classroom time will be devoted to activities that practice skills of understanding and interacting in Spanish.  After completion of this course, the student will be able to utilize the four communication skills at an advanced level.


Spanish IV

-- Prerequisite: C or better in Spanish III or NCC Beginning Spanish I & II. -- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 12

Description Spanish IV is intended for students who have demonstrated proficiency in levels 1, 2, & 3.  Students will continue to develop the ability to communicate with native speakers, focusing on writing and reading native documents, with advanced vocabulary and grammar structures.  A strong emphasis will be placed on the study of Hispanic culture and history.  Classroom time will be devoted to activities that practice skills of understanding and interacting in Spanish.  After completion of this course, the student will be able to utilize the four communication skills at an advanced level.


Spanish Service Learning

None -- Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish II -- Length: 1 or 2 semesters

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Industrial Technology

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Basic Electricity

-- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description This course is not intended to make you an electrician, but to give you a basic understanding of electricity and power usage.  We will be covering the fundamentals of electricity, electrical safety, electrical wiring, planning of wiring, simple appliance repair, and electric motors and generators.


Carpentry

Semesters TBA -- Prerequisite: Advanced Wood Technology -- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description This is an advanced wood working course that will explore fine woodworking techniques. Students will be challenged to complete more complex projects will great detail and skill. A larger cost to the student may be associated with these projects due to the complex nature and skill needed to complete the course. Material can be ordered through the school or students may provide their own. Students will study the importance and impact of construction upon society, plus the steps involved in designing, building, and selling structures.


Construction Technology

Spring or Both semesters -- Prerequisite: Intro to Construction -- Grade(s): 10- 12

Description Construction Tech (9-12)(introduction course, Pre-req. for Carpentry)
Students will be introduced to machines and tools used in the material lab area.  A small project will show students how to use a number of tools and machines to fabricate and assemble it to given specifications.  Students will then design, estimate, and construct their own projects in the lab area.  Students will need to bring out-of-class materials for the second part of this course or receive a student bill for material ordered during school. Projects are required and there is a small cost associated with this.


Consumer Power-Engines

10-12

Description Consumer Power-Engines is offered to any student in grades 10 through 12.  It will cover several types of internal combustion engines with emphasis on the smaller two and four-cycle engines.  Laboratory time will be devoted to disassembly, examination, reconditioning and assembly of these engines.  As time permits we will also explore basic automotive function and care.


Intro to CAD

-- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 10-12

Description Intro to CAD is a course which teaches students basic drafting fundamentals and constructions.  The students will become familiar with the drafting methods, develop and practice drafting skills. Students will be begining the course with hand drafting techneques that will transfer into  using computer aided design (CAD) software later in the course.


Introduction To Engineering Design (IED)

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 9-12

Description Students will learn and activly use the design process, development of the team, drawing and documentation, reverse engineering, Generating and Development of Ideas, Testing Evaluation and manufacturing design. The second half of this course is heavily linked with the Inventor Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Program.


Material Processes in Metal

-- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 9-12

Description In this course, Students will explore these major areas of metal technology: Welding, bench/sheetmetal forming, basic heat treating, machining properties.  This is a hands on, activity based course, which introduces students to current technology based manufacturing principles, such as programming a computer controlled robot, designing parts and machining them on a computer numerical controlled (CNC) mill and horizontal lathe.


Material Processes in Woods

-- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 9-12

Description Description Students will learn and understand wood materials, processes, tools, and machinery. Collaboration with classmates will encourage students to creatively design a product with the intention to mass produce while utilizing the machine tools available.  This course is primarily hands-on learning in the wood laboratory, however, class discussions and activities are also emphasized.


Principles Of Engineering (POE)

-- Prerequisite: Introduction To Engineering Design (IED) -- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 9-12

Description This course incorporates the fundamentals of the Engineering Field. Students will be exposed to an overview and the history of engineering, Design tools, Mechanical Advantage, mechanisms, energy, Electrical systems, Fluid Power systems, statics, and statistics.


Principles of Technology

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 9-12

Description Students enrolled in Principles of Technology will be introduced to the four clusters of technology:  communication, construction, manufacturing and energy/power/transportation. Throughout the course students will receive brief introduction to basic household maintenance and consumer auto under the hood checks.



Language Arts


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Composition/American Lit (English II)

Required

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 10

Description This is a two-semester course required of all students.  While the focus of the class is on American literature, students will explore all areas of language arts.  Instruction in grammar, essay writing, reading, and speaking are all designed to help students become more skilled in the understanding and use of the English language.


Composition/Brit. Lit.

Required

English IV -- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 12

Description Throughout the course, seniors are given the opportunity to read and write with a critical sense.  They develop independent thinking and effective classroom skills through large and small group discussions.  British literature, along with additional sources of world literature, will be used as the basis of analysis and response.  The MLA format is emphasized for longer critical analysis and research papers.  Written pieces such as personal narratives and poetry stretch the students' creativity, and students will be exposed to college expectations through reading, writing, and oral presentations.


Composition/Oral Comm (English III)

Required

-- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 11

Description This course is designed to assist the student in improving his/her ability to communicate in a written format for multiple purposes.  While emphasis will be placed on the writing, students will be expected to engage in activities which require reading, speaking, listening, viewing, and the use of technology.  The writing process of prewriting, writing, revising, and publishing will be explored for the purposes of description, narration, explanation, and persuasion. Additional focus will include voice, ideas & content, organization, conventions, word choice, grammar, and punctuation & mechanics.


Creative Writing

-- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description Do you keep a journal?  Do you catch yourself doodling poetry or crafting stories?  Do you have aspirations to become a writer?  Do you want more of an outlet for your creative flair?  Do you want more feedback to your writing?  If you answered "Yes!" to any of these questions, chances are you are in need of this class.  This course is designed to help students become more confident at writing poetry, song lyrics, short fiction, and non-fiction.  Studying authors and their works will help students analyze style, and they will also imitate authors of choice. Students will create an extensive portfolio of writing projects and work at finding an audience to submit pieces to such as writing contests, publishers, and scholarships.  Movies such as Dead Poets Society will be watched for writing inspiration.  A goal of this class is to create a writing community in which students feel the freedom to write and to give and receive encouraging feedback.


English I

Required

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 9

Description Students will be exploring a variety of writing and reading styles, as well as working on verbal communication skills throughout the year. Students will be asked to read and examine Of Mice and Men and the play Romeo and Juliet.  Fridays will be devoted to reading novels of the student's choice.  Weekly reading logs and written responses will be a part of the course requirement.  Students will respond critically to readings and class discussions in the form of journals, projects, essays, formal and informal paper assignments, and group presentations.  Students will be asked to select a topic and write a 2-3 page research paper using MLA documentation and format.  Grammar, mechanics, and usage lessons will be presented through out the year as well.


Literature & Film - Cultural Analysis

-- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description The purpose of this course is to examine various forms of literature and their film adaptations. Emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, interpretive reading, and analytical writing. Students will be assessed through independent reading and writing assignments, prepared discussions, and a variety of presentations.


Oral Communications (English III)

Required

-- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 11

Description This course is designed to assist the student in his/her ability to recognize and develop the skills necessary to feel comfortable in formal or informal speaking/performing situations.  While emphasis will be placed on speaking, students will be expected to participate in activities which require reading, writing, viewing, listening, and the use of technology.  The students will be given multiple opportunities to present to an audience as well as evaluate the presentations of others.  Their skills in observation and concentration will be tested.  Creativity will be promoted in the classroom.  It is a basic communication course that requires no previous performance experience and allows the student the freedom to discover and reinforce his/hers and other's "hidden" talents.


Public Speaking

Dual NCC Credit -- Prerequisite: Oral Communications -- Semester Offered: 1 -- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 12

Description The emphasis in this course is placed on actual speaking experiences.  Instruction focuses on the theory of preparation and presentation, application and practice, and observation and listening, and on the giving of critical feedback. Types of speeches assigned will include informative, persuasive, and special occasion.


Reading Strategies

-- Prerequisite: Recommendation -- Semester Offered: 2 -- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 9

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Shakespeare

-- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description More Shakespeare, Please! Didn't get enough of the Capulets and Montagues?  Do you crave more of William's work?  Join Mrs. Sandbulte and Mrs. Wiese on a fantastical journey through several of William Shakespeare's greatest works.  In this course, we will explore several examples of Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies.  Students will also delve deeply into the Renaissance period to gain a better understanding of the time period in which he lived and wrote.  Course work will include reading the plays, both in a group setting and as individuals, writing in response to the literature, viewing movie versions of the works, and presenting various projects to the class.  Students will be assessed on their participation, understanding, and insight into the works.  If you are a junior or senior who thought that the Romeo and Juliet project was the greatest single experience of your entire freshman year (or not) join us!  For never was there a class to which you should go, than the teachers who brought you Macbeth and Romeo!



Mathematics

The MOC-Floyd Valley mathematics department encourages all students to study mathematics for four years (three years are required).  In a world increasingly driven by technology and data, a solid understanding of mathematics is invaluable. College-Bound - College-bound students should complete the four-year mathematics curriculum.
   Students will also benefit by taking the one-semester Statistics course.  However, Statistics should NOT supplant a core course and will not satisfy part of the 3-year math requirement of  universities.
   ACT preparation - Students must take Algebra 3, Trigonometry & Discrete Mathematics in order to adequately prepare for the ACT.
   Calculus - Students who take Algebra 1, Functions & Statistics in the middle school of complete two courses in one year will have the opportunity to take Calculus following Pre-Calculus. Calculus allows students to receive dual credit (high school and college).

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Advanced Web Design

CSP -- Length: 1 or 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 10-12

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Algebra 1

Description This is a first year course of the high school curriculum.  Topics include expressions, equations, and functions, linear equations, linear functions, equations of linear functions, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, exponents, quadratic expressions, radical, functions, rational expressions, and statistics and probability


Algebra 3

-- Prerequisite: Algebra 1 -- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description This is the third year in the high school curriculum.  Topics include equations and inequalities, linear relations and functions, systems of equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and relations, polynomials and polynomial functions, inverse and radical functions, exponential and logarithmic functions and trigonometric functions.


Basic Alg 3, Trig & Discrete Math

By Appointment -- Length: 2 semesters

Description A third year in the high school curriculum, including a subset of the topics addressed in Algebra 3, Trigonometry & Discrete Mathematics but at a reduced pace.  This course will not satisfy the same Regents requirements as Algebra 3, Trigonometry & Discrete Mathematics.


Calculus 1

Dual credit with NCC (MAT210-A Calculus I - 4 credits); minimum ACT or COMPASS math score -- Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus -- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 12

Description This course is designed to provide you with a basic knowledge of calculus. Topics covered include the notion of limit, the derivative, and the integral as well as practical applications of these concepts.

Topics will be approached from numerical, graphical, and analytical standpoints. You are required to have a graphing calculator for this course.


Calculus 2

Dual credit with NCC (MAT216-A Calculus II - 4 credits) -- Prerequisite: Calculus I -- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 12

Description The study of calculus is expanded in this course to include more advanced topics. Logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions will be expanded in detail. Other topics include infinite series, analytic geometry, and polar coordinates. The emphasis of the course will be on problem solving techniques and theory. You are required to have a graphing calculator for this course.


Computer Programming

-- Prerequisite: 'B' in Algebra 1, Functions & Statistics or two years of math -- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description This is an introductory course in computer programming.  Topics include flow charts, logic, Visual Basic language, programming graphing calculators, and C++ programming language.  In each language, basic input/output, decision-making, looping, and functions will be addressed.  


Concepts & Support 1

By Appointment -- Length: 2 semesters

Description This course is offered in conjunction with Algebra 1, Functions & Statistics.  Students will have the opportunity for extra time and support focusing on the Algebra 1, Functions & Statistics course curriculum.  In addition, students will review and reinforce mathematical concepts that are essential both in life and in future mathematics education.


Concepts & Support 2

By Appointment -- Length: 2 semesters

Description This course is offered in conjunction with Algebra 2, Functions & Geometry.  Students will have the opportunity for extra time and support focusing on the Algebra 2, Functions & Geometry course curriculum.  In addition, students will review and reinforce mathematical concepts that are essential both in life and in future mathematics education.  


CSP

Offered Alternating Years

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 10-12

Description Computer Science Principles (CSP) is a curriculum developed by Project Lead The Way (PLTW). A full description of the currciulum is available at pltw.org.


Geometry

Description This is the second year course in the high school curriculum.  Geometric topics include:  Tools of Geometry, Reason and Proof, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines, Congruent Triangles, Relationships in Triangles and Quadrilaterals, Proportions and Similarity, Right Triangles and Trigonometry, Transformations and Symmetry, Circles, Areas of Polygons and Circles, Volume, and Probability and Measurement.


Pre-Calculus

-- Prerequisite: Passing grade in Algebra 3, Trig & Discrete Math -- Length: 2 semesters

Description This college preparatory course is the fourth year in the curriculum.  Topics include rates of change, modeling motion, logarithmic function and data models, counting models, binomial distributions and statistical inference, polynomial and rational functions, and functions and symbolic reasoning.


Statistics

Dual credit with NCC; minimum ACT or COMPASS math score -- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description Statistics is an Algebra II level course emphasizing both descriptive and inferential statistics.  Topics include event probability, probability distributions including binomial and normal distributions, analysis of data, measure of central tendency and variability, random variables, random sampling, central limit theorem, confidence intervals, regression and correlation, and hypothesis testing.



Physical Education / Health


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Health

Required

full year, every other day -- Grade(s): 9 & 11

Description Freshmen will learn basic concepts in the areas of sexuality, sexual harassment, nutrition, tobacco, alcohol, fitness, mental health, stress, and disease.  From the information learned, they will be able to make educated choices throughout life.

Juniors will receive a deeper knowledge of substance abuse, sexuality, fitness, and nutrition.  They will receive skills in the areas of first aid and CPR.  Juniors will also gain knowledge about basic body processes and the prevention and control of diseases in order to make informed choices in their lives.


Physical Education

Required

full year, every other day -- Grade(s): 9-12

Description             The philosophy of the H.S. Physical Ed. Dept. is to provide each student with variety of "physically active experiences". These experiences will include all aspects of fitness; individual, partner and team activities; outdoor education; and life-long leisure & recreational activities. It is our hope that through these experiences, we will enable each student to maintain and improve their physical, mental and emotional "fitness", as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

            The class focus will be to provide a wide range of experiences that will promote lifelong wellness through individual, partner and team activities. Activities will include, but are not limited to:
INDIVIDUAL: Personal fitness workouts using the Wellness Center and Weight Room. Workouts will be tailored to each student based on their individual needs and preferences.
     GROUP: These activities will be teacher designed and initiated. They include circuit/station training; Tabata
     Interval training; aerobic/strength/core training DVD's; speed and agility workouts; Individual, partner and
    Small group games and activities.
     TEAM: The focus of these games and activities will be to introduce the students to team building, team work,
     sportsmanship and physical skills using a variety of games and activities.


OPTION 1: LIFELONG WELLNESS AND SKILLS-BASED PHYSICAL EDUCATION

This Physical Education course will focus on the units and activities that will provide the student with a wide range of experiences that will promote lifelong wellness through individual, partner and team activities and games.  Activities will include, but are not limited to: physical fitness assessments and activities, sports-related games, leisure and lifetime activities, outdoor education, tumbling/gymnastics/combatives, and rhythm/dance.

OPTION 2: PERSONAL FITNESS-BASED PHYSICAL EDUCATION

This Physical Education course will focus on activities and programs that will enable the student to establish and improve on all areas and aspects related to physical fitness and personal wellness.   Activities will include, but are not limited to: various cardiovascular training methods and options, weight training, fitness walking/running, speed and agility exercises, personal fitness assessments and lifelong wellness opportunities.



Science

The required 3 years of science must be fulfilled by 1 year of Physical Science and 1 year of Biology. The 3rd year may be fulfilled by taking 2 semesters of elective courses from the following list: Chemistry (1 year class), Physics (1 year class), Advanced Biology (1 semester class), Human Anatomy & Physiology (1 semester class). Also, see the options from the Agriculture/Industrial Technology area below:
1. 1 full year of Animal Science = 1 semester of science elective
2. 1 semester of Natural Resources & 1 semester of Crop Production combined = 1 semester of science elective
3. 1 semester of Basic Electricity = 1 semester of science elective
*Please note that some colleges/universities may not recognize the above 3 options from the Agriculture/Industrial Arts areas as 3rd year lab science.

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Advanced Biology

-- Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry -- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 12

Description This course is recommended for those students interested in seeking a career in natural science, biology, medicine, or health-related careers.  The following units will be offered: 1) cell biology, 2) genetics and heredity, 3) microbiology, 4) physiology and anatomy, and 5) ecology.  Laboratory activities supplement the units and a number of various field trips are also planned.


Anatomy And Physiology

-- Prerequisite: Chemistry -- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 12

Description This upper level class is open to those who have an interest in pursuing a health career.  Topics of study include the understanding of cells and tissues and how they function in the body.  The systems studied include the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, digestive, system, respiratory system, and cardiovascular system.  During this course we will also explore health related careers and have imput from guest speakers.


Basic Chemistry

By Appointment -- Length: 2 semesters

Description This course is offered in conjunction with Investigative Chemistry. Students will have the opportunity for extra time and support focusing on the Chemistry course curriculum.  In addition, students will review and reinforce science concepts that are essential both in life and in future science education.  This course will not satisfy the same Regents requirements as Investigatvie Chemistry.


Biology

Required

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 10

Description This course deals with all topics in the natural sciences.  The topics range from "What is life?"  to the variety, physiology, reproduction, development, and ecology of organisms.  Laboratory activities that stress the collection and analysis of data supplement the text.  It is suggested for students interested in health-related careers or pursuing a traditional college degree.  It fulfills the requirement for the sophomore credit.  It is a prerequisite for Advanced Biology.


Investigative Chemistry

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description This course emphasizes the theory of atomic and molecular structure to a great extent.  Designed for students who will go on to further study in engineering, health occupations, or a field in which science is required.


Physical Science

Required

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 9

Description This is a two-semester class which freshmen are required to take.  It includes material which introduces and utilizes basic principles in the fields of chemistry and physics.  Demonstrations and experiments are used to discover and develop ideas in science.


Physics

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 12

Description This course is designed to give the student a background in understanding heat, light, motion, sound, and electrical energy.  Lab experiences provide interest and satisfaction for the student.



Social Studies


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American Government

Required

-- Semester Offered: 1 -- Length: 1 semester -- Grade(s): 12

Description This is a one semester course designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of American Government. Included in the semester will be an analysis of the U.S. Constitution, and the development of the U.S. political system. Political culture, modern politics, elections, and the importance of participation will also be examined. Students will be required to engage in discussions dealing with current political issues.


American History

Required

-- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 10

Description The purpose of teaching American History is to give the student a better understanding of political, economic, and social life in America and how it correlates with present historical situations.  Study begins with the start of the Industrial Age and concludes with the Vietnam War.  By doing so, we hope to make each student a more active participant in the affairs of the community, state, nation, and world.


Literature & World Affairs - Global Issues

None -- Semester Offered: 2 -- Length: 1 semester

Description Students will examine issues affecting societies around the globe. Students will incorporate individual student research projects into a class awareness of our responsibilities to each other across national, racial, economic, and ideological differences.  The course will connect relevant material to real-world issues using interactive computer-based instruction. Seniors will be expected to stretch their understanding of their place in the world.


Major Religions

-- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description This is a course dealing in the study of the eight major religions of the world and their involvement in world affairs.


Modern U.S. History

-- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description The purpose of this class is to study specific concepts important in the 21st century and how it impacts our lives today. Concepts include Cold War to Gulf War, civil rights, and terrorism.


Psychology

-- Semester Offered: 2 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description This is a social studies elective that studies the basic fundamentals of psychology.  In so doing, the course hopes to help a student understand how the emotional aspect of the human mind affects him/her educationally, socially, physically, and mentally.  Psychology is the science that deals with the behavior of organisms; what's normal and what's abnormal in terms of our own actions; and how you should deal with frustrations and conflict.


Sociology

-- Semester Offered: 1 -- Grade(s): 11-12

Description Sociology is a course that deals with human social structure.  Its central issue is the relationship of people and the interaction with others.  The course deals with the socialization of the infant through adulthood.  Problems of life such as peer pressure, dating, marriage, divorce, and death are just some of the issues discussed. Culture, social organization, and social change are also discussed.  Students will learn how they fit into our culture and why it has developed.  Rules and statuses are also given special attention.

The course emphasizes discussion as a necessary learning tool. Interaction by the students facilitates learning so simulations are used to further education.


World History & Current Affairs

Required

1 semester is required -- Semester Offered: 2 -- Length: 2 semesters -- Grade(s): 11- 12

Description This course deals with the history and cultures of the world.  A study of this course should enable a student to realize that the present is not cut off from the past, but is dependent upon the past, so that a perspective may be obtained for viewing the future. Purposes:  1) to increase student's awareness of the similarities, differences, and contributions of the people of other lands.  2) To understand present day global interdependence and an understanding of international issues.  3) To make students more alert to world affairs and worldwide relationships.  4) To develop critical thinking skills needed to be effective participants in society.



Special Education


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Case (Career And Self-Exploration)

-- Grade(s): 11-12

Description This course is targeted to qualifying students who have not had any directed career planning with guidance.  This is a class for students who answer "I don't know" when asked what they want to do after high school.  Students will discover who they are, what they like to do, what their options are, and what their "Big Dream" is.  This course is offered to juniors and seniors only, with Semester I focusing on exploring ideas, interests, preferences, and career areas.  Semester II involves job shadowing, development of vocational skills through a structured school business, and a career planning resource kit to use after high school. Offerred alternate years.


English I/II

One credit per semester

Description This course is targeted to those qualifying students who have identified reading/English needs that require a more directed teaching environment.  Examples of students would be those who score below the 40th percentile on standardized tests, those who fail to keep pace with expectations of the mainstream classroom, those who need to learn the structure and function of the English language or those with identified goals.  The focus of this course is the development of basic functions of phonemic awareness, syllable types, word and sentence fluency, multiple meanings of grammatical functions of noun/verb agreements. Identification of text structure and complete sentence writing with many graphic organizers is included in this class.  Students will develop many strategies for pre-writing and pre-reading with signal words to prepare them for more advanced composition.


English III/IV

Description This course is targeted to those qualifying students who have identified reading/English needs that perhaps don't need directed teaching but still need a structured teaching program.  It will explore all areas of language arts: continued development of syllabication, irregularities, more advanced sentence patterns, text based analysis with twelve literary terms and devices in text.  It also sets clear development of composition writing with multi-paragraph developments focusing on voice, ideas and content, organization, conventions, word choice, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. One credit per semester


Job Coaching

Misc- 1 credit per semester -- Grade(s): 9-11

Description This course if designed for qualifying students needing structured vocational skill preparation for life skills.  Students will rotate among various job tasks around the school with adult job coaching to develop work ethic, work values, and work-related skill areas.  Students will rotate jobs every 4-5 weeks, with a job assessment at the end of the rotation.  Students will be expected to fill out daily job skills sheets and work with supervisors and other co-workers to prepare for future job preparation.


Senior Transition Skills

3 days a cycle: 1/2 credit per semester -- Grade(s): 12

Description This year long course is offered through the resource center to qualifying senior students.  Students enrolled in this class will be provided with individualized and small group instruction on a variety of life skill topics.  They will also receive instruction preparing them to advocate for themselves in a post-secondary educational or employment setting.  


Supportive Study Skills

1 credit per semester -- Grade(s): 9-11

Description This course is offered each semester through the Resource Center and is given on a continuous basis to qualifying students.  All students enrolled in this course are provided with small group instruction on reading, written language, and vocabulary.  Individualized instruction in areas of qualification will also be given.


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