Junior High Exploratory Courses

 

Seventh/Eighth Grade Study Skills

This quarter class is designed to provide students with skills and strategies that will help them be more efficient learners.  Time management, organizational skills, reading comprehension skills, and memory aids are some of the topics that are covered.

Grade Level:  7th and 8th

Credit: 1/4 Credit Junior High

 

Seventh/Eighth Grade Careers

Careers is a quarter-long exploratory class that will allow students to learn about a variety of career options and possibilities.  Topics such as job applications, interviewing skills, and resumes, as well as college applications and graduation requirements will be discussed.

Grade Level:  7th and 8th

Credit:  ¼ Credit Junior High

 

Figurative Language in Communications I

This communications arts class will expand student knowledge of simile, metaphor, analogy and personification.  Theme and message will also be explored.  Students will participate in peer discussions of various mediums of communication.

Grade Level:  7th

Credit:  ¼ Credit Junior High

 

Figurative Language in Communications II

This communications arts class will focus on authors’ use of symbolism, point of view, and irony.  Theme and message will also be explored.  Students will participate in peer discussions of various mediums of communication.

Grade Level:  8th

Credit:  ¼ Credit Junior High

 

Exploratory Agriculture

The purpose of this course is the development of basic skills in the areas of agriculture and woodworking.  The course will address Agriculture in America, Animals in Society, Plants in Our Environment, Products from Agriculture, Environmental and Resource Conservation, Lawn Care and Equipment, Home and Environment Management.

Grade Level: 7-8

Prerequisite: None

Credit: 1/4 quarter

 

Communication Arts

 

 

Seventh Grade Communication Arts

 

The first semester of 7th Grade Communication Arts provides instruction in grammar, usage, mechanics of composition, and vocabulary growth.

Second semester is devoted to literature where students will study the different genres, short stories, novels, plays and nonfiction.  Reading comprehension and vocabulary growth is enhanced during this semester.

 

Grade Level: 7

Length: year

 

Eighth Grade Communication Arts

 

     Eighth grade Communication Arts provides instruction in grammar, usage, mechanics of composition, and vocabulary growth.  Accompanying exercises in the above help to sharpen the learned language skills.

     Second semester is devoted to literature, which provides the student with an appreciation of literature genres in all their forms and aspects.  A student’s experiences in reading are broadened according to his own growth in literature study.

     Reading comprehension and vocabulary development are stressed.  Students read a variety of material including short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction.

 

Grade Level:  8

Length:  Year

 

English I

 

Communication Arts I is a freshman language arts course that includes a basic study of literature, grammar, usage, writing, mechanics, vocabulary, and communication skills as designated by the state. First semester is mainly devoted to writing techniques and formal papers.  The set up of formal papers, including research papers, is covered in this course. 

Second semester is devoted to literature.  They will study short stories, plays, poetry and an epic. 

 

Grade level: 9

Prerequisite: none

Credit: 1 Unit/year

 

English II

 

By the time a student enters a tenth-grade Communications Arts course, he should already be familiar with the parts of speech and other basic grammar fundamentals.  Therefore, Communication Arts II should serve to give a brief review of grammar fundamentals, teach the student more subtle grammatical problems, and enable the student to express his ideas in a grammatically correct and proper manner by developing style both in oral and written activities.

     Second semester is devoted to literature, which provides the student with an appreciation of literature in all its forms and aspects.  To gain full value from his study, the student must be able to not only understand the words and the story, but also be able to recognize writing techniques, literary expressions and style, and to create empathy between himself, the authors and their works.

 

Grade Level: 10

Prerequisite:  Communication Arts I

Credits:  1 Unit/year

 

English III – American Literature

 

Communication Arts III is a junior and senior level language arts course and is a college preparatory course.  This course emphasizes the study of American literature.  An advanced study of usage, writing, mechanics, and vocabulary is needed.  Works and authors of different periods are studied during this course, as well as novels of the different time periods.

 

Grade level: 11-12

Prerequisite: Communication Arts I &II

Credit: 1 Unit/year

 

English IV – British Literature

This course is a survey of canonical writers of England from times including the Anglo-Saxon, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and Post-Modern Periods.  The course examines historical and cultural influences on those writers.  The history of the English language is also covered.

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Communication Arts I & II

Credit:  1 Unit/year

 

Applied Communications I

 

Applied Communications is a course to enhance work-related language skills.  They will learn to communicate in teams and learn about diversity in the work place.  The course will include career-related research including a career research paper, job shadowing activity and professional writing. Students will write resumes, application letters, business letters, memos, and other work-related compositions.  Computers are used extensively.  Students learn a variety of word processing programs and other software programs.

 

Grade level: 11-12

Prerequisite: CAI and CAII

Credit: 1 Unit/year

 

Speech


This course is an introduction to communication, introducing and providing application for a variety of patterns, including verbal and nonverbal, interpersonal and intrapersonal, group, and public speaking.  Emphasis is on speaking, listening, critical thinking, and analytical skills.  Several speeches are assigned, as well as various learning assignments. 

 

Grade Level:  9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  ½ Unit/semester

 

Composition

 

Composition emphasizes a skill- by- skill writing improvement program based on the premise that writing is a sequential process that must begin by thoroughly engaging the students’ interest and making them proud of the work they produce.  Extensive practice in narrative, descriptive, expository writing and journal writing is required.  Composition includes the study of techniques of research and documentation and requires a research paper.

 

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Communication Arts I

Credit:  ½ Unit/semester

 

College English I (called EN 101 by NCMC)

This course is an introduction to expository and argumentative writing, emphasizing reading, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills.  Several short papers are assigned, with emphasis on the writing process.  Appropriate score on ACT, ASSET, Compass, SAT, or successful completion of DS 025 is required for initial placement.General education credit.

This course is also a dual-credit course offered over the Education Plus Network (EPN).  Students dually-enrolled will receive credit through their high school, as well as through NCMC.

Prerequisites:  ACT (17), ASSET (27), or SAT (440) score must be on file.  Grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.  Senior standing.Three English/Communication Arts credits prior to EN 101 enrollment.  Student must also meet any other requirements for NCMC admission and/or their respective district.

Semester Credit Hours:  3 (College) 1 Unit (High School)

College English II (EN 102)

English 102, a continuation of English 101, emphasizes longer and more impersonal and critical writing forms.  It is designed to teach evaluation of source materials, principles of research, and organization of thought and writing.  A thorough use of library resources is required for the bibliography unit and final research paper.  General education credit.  

This course is also a dual-credit course offered over the Education Plus Network (EPN).  Students dually-enrolled will receive credit through their high school, as well as through NCMC.

Prerequisites:  ACT (17), ASSET (27), or SAT (440) score must be on file.  Grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.  Students must successfully complete EN 101 before taking EN 102.  Student must also meet any other requirements for NCMC admission and/or their respective district.

Semester Credit Hours:  3 (College) 1 Unit (High School)

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Mathematics

Math 7

 

Students will be applying basic mathematical concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, rational numbers, and integers in a variety of settings.  Geometry, statistics, ratios, proportions, percents, and problem solving strategies are other topics in the course curriculum.  Students will also be introduced to basic algebra concepts.  Cooperative/collaborative learning and various manipulatives will be utilized throughout the course as instructional aides.

 

Grade level:  7

Prerequisites:  None

 

Math 8

 

Students will apply basic mathematical operations to rational numbers and integers in a variety of settings.  In addition to explorations of geometry and algebra principles, statistics, ratios, proportions, percents, and problem solving strategies will be included in the course curriculum.  Cooperative/collaborative learning and various manipulatives will be utilized throughout the course as instructional aides.

 

Grade level: 8

Prerequisite:  Math 7

 

Algebra I (A or B)

 

This course is a transitional course designed to help students move from the concrete concepts of arithmetic to the abstract concepts of algebra.  The course allows students to explore the basic principles of real numbers and apply those properties to solve equations, linear equations, and inequalities.  In addition, students will simplify expressions and learn to apply statistical measures of center to solve problems.

 

Grade level: 8-9

Prerequisites: Math 7

Credit: 1 unit/year

 

Consumer Math

 

 This course is designed for secondary students who have a basic grasp of mathematical computation but require additional instruction for applying these skills as a wise consumer.  Instruction is provided using a variety of realistic, consumer-oriented applications.  These applications reinforce and extend students’ mastery of basic mathematics concepts.

 

Grade level:  10-12

Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra

Credit: 1 unit/year

 

Applied Math

 

In this course students will learn mathematical content through problem solving, communicating mathematics, reasoning, and make connections.  Through the use of technology, students will develop conceptual understanding and make connections between mathematics and the real world.

 

Grade level:  10-12

Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra

Credit:  1 unit/year

 

Algebra I

 

In addition to the standard topics of algebra one, this course begins the study of geometry by concentrating on the concepts of area and volume.  The study of probability is begun with problems that teach average, basic probability and probability of a series of independent events.

 

Grade level:  9-12

Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra

Credit:  1 unit/year

 

Algebra II

 

This course completes the fundamental skills of algebra.  Algebra problems from chemistry are heavily emphasized.  Right triangle trigonometry is introduced.  Other topics included are simultaneous equations, polar and rectangular coordinates, complex numbers, completing the square, uniform motion problems, mixture problems and addition of vectors.

 

Grade level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Algebra I

Credit:  1 unit/year

 

Algebra III/ Trigonometry

 

In this course practice in the fundamental skills of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry is provided while advanced topics are introduced and practiced.  Logarithms are introduced early and the emphasis is on the algebra of the logarithms.  Heavy emphasis is given to all phases of trigonometry to include trigonometric equations, trigonometric identities, and the equations and graphs of sinusoids.

 

Grade level: 11-12

Prerequisites:  Algebra I, II

Credit:  1 unit/year

 

Analytic Geometry/ Pre-Calculus

 

In this course the topics covered in depth include matrices, determinants, arithmetic series, geometric series, conic sections, roots of higher-order polynomial equations and functions, including curve sketching.  The students are carefully led through a program that has automated the use of fundamental skills and ingrained the concepts necessary for success in higher-order thought processes required by the word problems of upper-level mathematics and science courses.

 

Grade level:  12

Prerequisites:  Alg.I, Alg.II, Alg.III, Trigonometry

Credit:  1 unit/year

 

Social Studies

 

Seventh Grade Social Studies

In the seventh grade, the course is a study of civics for Americans which deals with the study of duties, rights and responsibilities of being a productive citizen in our society.  In this course, a student will learn what it means to be a responsible citizen in a democracy and the importance of the Constitution to every citizen.  You will also find out that as a citizen of the United States, you can help decide what actions the government may take in the future.  Students will discover that to a certain degree the future of the nation is in their hands.  This course also includes the teaching of the Missouri Constitution and how it applies to citizens of the state. 

Grade Level: 7

Presidents and Politics

 

In this course students will become familiar with each of our nation’s presidents and the politics of their era.  Students will learn each of the presidents’ early life, their road to the White House and the major events of their time in office.  By learning about the life and times of each of our nation’s leaders and the development of the presidency, students will be able to understand our modern presidency and how the office has developed over time.  Students will also become familiar with American political ideologies and the basics of campaigns and elections.

 

Grade Level: 11-12

Credit:  1 Unit/year

 

World History

 

Students will become familiar with the varied experiences of people throughout history as well as with the common patterns of civilization.  Students will learn about the political, social, and economic developments that have created the world, as we know it.  As you study the past, you will begin to better understand the challenges of the present and the major issues of the future.

 

Grade level:  10

Credit:  1 unit

 

Current Issues

 

Study in this elective course deals with current events and social problems.  This class is discussion and project oriented.  Topics include U.S. and world events and social problems such as poverty and violence.

 

Grade level:  11-12

Credit:  Semester ½ unit

 

History of the West

 

This class is a full year study.  This course offers a study of the American West, its growth, heyday, and demise.  Focus is given to Native Americans, Settlers, and Ranchers, as these were the people that lived and experienced the American West daily.  We will go beyond the typical cursory view of this region.  We will examine the groups and the individuals, the climes and the booms. 

 

Grade level:  10-12

Credit:  1 unit/year

 

Advanced American History

 

This class offers a study of the various events through the course of our nation’s existence.  We will delve into many topics that are unable to be examined fully in the course of a regular American History class.

 

Grade level:  10-12

Credit: 1 unit/year

 

Personal Finance

 

Understanding and managing personal finances are key to one’s future financial success. This one-semester course is based on the Missouri Personal Finance Competencies, and presents essential knowledge and skill to make informed decision about real world financial issues. Students will learn how choices influence occupational options and future earning potential. Students will also learn to apply decision-making skills to evaluate career choices and set personal goals. The course content is designed to help the learner make wise spending , saving, and credit decisions and to make effective use of income to achieve personal financial success.

 

Grade level:  10-12

Credit: ½ unit/semester

 

Missouri History

 

This class is a one-semester study.  This class offers a study of the development of our state, from prehistoric times to date.  Evaluation of both state and local history will be undertaken.  Course content will include activities to increase map skills and geographic competency.  Well-known Missourians will be studied along with their contributions to society.  Missouri’s contributions to the global society will be addressed.

 

Grade level: 10-12

Credit: ½ unit/semester

 

American History I

 

This class offers a study of the major events from colonization through reconstruction in United States history.  Course content will also include activities to increase map skills and geographic competency.  Students will read, discuss, evaluate and create maps, diagrams, and other models relating to American history during this period.

 

Grade level:  8

Credit:  1 unit/year

 

American Government

 

This class will be a semester course of study.  The student will be tested on the United States Constitution during that time, a requirement for graduation.  This class offers a study of the major events that led to the development of our American government.  The process of government; federal, state, and local, will be evaluated.  There will be an EOC exam in this course as well as the U.S. Constitution exam required for graduation.

 

Grade level:  10-12

Credit:  ½ unit/semester

 

Pop Culture

 

This class will focus on the developments since World War II that have impacted our society predominantly from a cultural standpoint.  Technology and social mores will be a concentration of study in this elective.

 

Grade level:  10-12

Credit:  ½ unit/semester

 

 

Science

 

Seventh Grade Science

Studies in this class are a combination of physical and earth science, with units focusing on force & motion, energy, astronomy and weather.

Grade level: 7

Lenghth:  1 year

 

Eighth Grade Science

Studies in this class include units in basic chemistry, geology and cells & genetics. Students also test in the science portion of the Missouri Assessment Program this year.

Grade level:  8

 

Physical Science

In Physical Science students will gain an understanding for basic chemistry, forces of motion, sound and light waves, and electrical charges and currents.  Students will conduct scientific investigations, gather and analyze data and communicate explanations for scientific procedures.

Grade level:  9

Credit:  1 Unit/year

 

Biology

In Biology I students study chemistry/bio-chemistry, structure and function of the cell, homeostasis and transport, photosynthesis and respiration, nucleic acids and protein synthesis, cell division, reproduction, genetics, adaptations for survival in changing environments, classification, ecology-relationships and interdependence of all organisms, plant structures and functions and the scientific method of doing research.  Comparative invertebrate and vertebrate anatomy are introduced.

Grade level: 10-12

Prerequisite: Ninth grade Science

Credit: 1 Unit/year

 

Biology II

In Biology II students review and extend their study of the following:  biochemistry, cell structure and function, energy production, classification, reproduction and embryology.

A survey of the major invertebrate and vertebrate phyla is an integral part of the class.  For each phylum discussed, a representative species is dissected and studied in depth.  Other areas of study include microbiology with corresponding lab work, botany, student designed research projects and actual fieldwork in ecology.

Grade level:  Junior

Prerequisite:  Biology I

Credit:  1 Unit/year

 

Ecology

Ecology is the study of the interactions between organisms and the living and nonliving components of their environments.  Each organism depends in some way on other living and nonliving things in its environment.  Ecology involves collecting information about organisms and their environments, looking for patterns, and seeking to explain these patterns.  A careful analysis of how man interferes with these patterns is also part of this course.

Grade level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Applied Biology & Chemistry or Biology

Credit:  1 Unit/year

 

Chemistry I

General Chemistry is an introductory course that offers students a broader knowledge in science.  Chemistry gives students historical insights on scientific discoveries in chemistry. A wide variety of chemistry problems are researched to find solutions and to expand students’ chemistry knowledge.  Students will become fluent in using the periodic table and in running basic titrations.  

Grade level:  11-12

Prerequisites:  Algebra I & Physical Science grades of C or above

Credit:  1 Unit/year

 

Advanced Science: Individual Investigations

This course involves the study of several technology topics and how they relate to science and society.  Students will be choosing and performing lab research on topics of interest. An emphasis will be on lab reports as it relates to collecting, recording, and reporting data.

Grade level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Applied Biology, Chemistry, or Biology I

Credit: 1 Unit/year

 

Anatomy and Physiology

This course’s three major distinct components are the following:  (1) the “anatomy” of the human organism identifies and relates the individual parts to the whole, (2) the “physiology” of the organism provides an understanding of the function of the parts, and (3)  the “pathology” of the organism relates a specific disorder to the abnormal functioning of the whole organism.  As each organ system is studied, the “how to” of maintaining a healthy body is discussed.  Students are involved in conducting research projects and writing papers about diseases that affect each organ system.

Grade level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of either Applied Biology/Chemistry or Biology.

Credit:  1 Unit/year

Note: This class is an elective, which is recommended for the college-bound student but is very applicable to any and every student.

 

Botany

Studies in botany include investigating the importance & necessity of plants as well as the basic anatomy & physiology of plants. The last few weeks will focus on familiarizing self with native tree and wildflower species.

Grade level: 11-12

Prerequisites: Biology I grade of C or better

Credit: 0.5

 

Forensics

Forensics looks at the procedures and methods that are used in death and crime investigation. Topics of study include (but are not limited to): observation skills, crime scene investigation, death, fingerprint analysis and toxic substances.

Grade level: 11-12

Prerequisites:

Credit: 0.5

 

Individual Investigations

This course consists of student – led investigations and projects relating to real world issues. Investigations include (but are not limited to): constructing and testing different structures (towers, bridges, etc.), investigating and testing various types of materials for a wide range of purposes and constructing and testing different modes of transportation.

Grade level:  11-12

Credit:  0.5

 

Health & Physical Education

 

Health 7-8

 

Health offers students a chance to learn how health and wellness affects everyday life. Topics discussed will be:  Nutrition, Body systems, Tobacco, Alcohol, Violence abuse, Communicable and Non-communicable diseases.

 

Grade level:  7 - 8

 

Health 9

 

Health offers students a chance to learn how health and wellness affects everyday life. Topics discussed will be:  Tobacco/Alcohol, Infectious/Non-infectious diseases, STD’s, First aid.

 

Grade level:  9

Credit: 1 unit/year

 

General Physical Education

 

General physical education offers students a chance to learn:  1.  An overall concept of activities.  2.  Develop basic skills needed to perform activities.   3.  A variety of competitive games.

Grade level:  9-12

Credit: 1 unit/year

 

Aerobic Conditioning

 

Aerobic conditioning offers students a chance to learn:  1.  Terms dealing with aerobic exercise (target heart rate, flexibility, intensity, etc.)  2. A variety of health related routines.  3. To use heart rate monitors while maintaining a certain fitness level.

Grade level:  9-12

Credit: 1 unit/year

 

Team Sports

 

Team sports offers students a chance to learn:  1.  Team aspects of sports.  2.  A variety of team oriented games.   3. To work together as a group to complete a task.  4.  To develop a competitive attitude.

Grade level:  9-12

Credit: 1 unit/year

 

Dynamics of Leisure

 

Dynamics of Leisure offers students a chance to learn:  1. Life-long activities for recreational purposes. 2. Allows students to emphasize on mental strategies of games instead of physical.  3. Teaches students to be competitive in a recreational manner.

Grade level:  9-12

Credit: 1 unit/year

 

Individual Sports

 

Individual Sports offers students a chance to learn:  1. Self- motivated strategies in a variety of activities. 2. Introduction to recreational activities. 3. Focusing on individual activity rather than team and 4. Outdoor activities dealing with survival and instinct strategies.

Grade level:  9-12

Credit: 1 unit/year

 

Weight Training

 

Weight training offers students a chance to learn:  1.  Basic anatomy and physiology of the human body.  2.  Proper safety and technique while using equipment. 3. Developing individual workout programs.

Grade level:  9-12

Credit: 1 unit/year

 

 

Vocational Education

 

Business & Computers

 

 

Junior High Computers

 

Junior High Computers is taught as an exploratory class at the 7 and 8 grade level. 

Seventh Grade:  During this quarter long course students will learn how to key on the alphanumeric keyboard using the touch method.  Proper keying technique will be emphasized and students’ speed development will be measured.  During this quarter they will also begin to produce such business documents as personal business letters, business letters and unbound reports.

 

Eight Grade:  During this quarter long course students will strengthen the keyboarding skills they developed in the 7th grade.  They will also become more involved in the production of business documents such as personal business letter, business letters, simplified memos, unbound reports, and tables.

 

Grade Level:  7 & 8

Credit: 1 Unit/year

 

 

Computer Literacy

 

Computer Literacy is a course designed to introduce students to many aspects of computer processing including word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software.  Through the use of MicroSoft Office 2010 students become knowledgeable about these types of software and how they can become useful in every day life.  Students who have completed this course will be able to confidently use MicroSoft Word, MicroSoft Excel, MicroSoft PowerPoint and MicroSoft Publisher for any task that is put before them.

 

Grade Level:  9-12

Credit: 1 unit/year

 

Entrepreneurship

 

Entrepreneurship is defined as the beginning, maintaining and running of one’s own business.  This course revolves around the production of the NOWICA yearbook.  During this class the students involved are required to take on all aspects of running and maintaining a business, the yearbook, in order to meet all deadlines, monetary obligations, and miscellaneous tasks that occur.  Through this process students gain an understanding of what it would be like to operate a business and how important such things as income and expenditures are to the success of the business.

 

Grade Level:  10-12

 

Prerequisite:  Students will be hand selected by completing all application materials and meeting the requirements for selection to the staff.  The staff is limited to 6 individuals on a yearly basis, which are chosen in the spring of the previous school year.

 

Credit:  1 unit/year

 

Multimedia

 

Multimedia is a course designed to introduce students to various medias of computer equipment.  These medias include desktop publishing software, movie-making software, scanning software, digital video and photography and web page production.  This course will also encompass production of “The Scratching Post” which is the school newspaper.  Students enrolled in this course will become familiar with careers outside of the mainstream realm of computer technology, as well as gain a knowledge that computers are useful for other things besides word processing.

 

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Computer Literacy

Credit:  1 Unit/year

 

Accounting I

 

Accounting is a one-year course designed to acquaint students with the differences in record keeping for a sole-proprietorship and a partnership.  During this course students will be exposed to both types of business and will learn the accounting procedures and cycle involved in them.

 

Grade Level:  11-12

Credit: 1 unit/year

 

Graphic Design

 

Graphic Design is a course designed to introduce the concept of design utilizing Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.  Upon completion of this course, students will have a working knowledge of these three programs as well as an understanding of what makes good design.

 

Grade Level:  10-12

Credit:  1 unit/year

 

 

 

Vocational Agriculture

 

Agriculture Science I

The purpose of this course is the development of basic skills in the areas of leadership and personal development, record keeping, animal breeding, agriculture mechanics, biotechnology, food science and technology, equine science, poultry science, dairy foods, dairy cattle, and beef production Three basic components of any Agriculture Program are Classroom/Laboratory Instruction, SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience) and Leadership.  Students will be graded based on all three of theses components.

Grade level: 9

Prerequisite: None

Credit: 1 Unit/year

 

Agriculture Science II

The purpose of this course is the development of basic skills in the areas of leadership and personal development, agriculture mechanics, biotechnology, food science and technology, entomology, environmental science, soil science, and forestry.  Three basic components of any Agriculture Program are Classroom/Laboratory Instruction, SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience) and Leadership.  Students will be graded based on all three of theses components.

Grade Level: 10

Prerequisite: Agriculture Science I

Credit: 1 Unit/year

 

Landscaping

The purpose of this course is the development of basic skills in the areas landscape design, construction, maintenance and installation.  Three basic components of any Agriculture Program are Classroom/Laboratory Instruction, SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience, and Leadership.  Students will be graded based on all three of theses components.

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite: Agriculture Science II

Credit: 1/2   semester

 

Greenhouse Operation and Management

The purpose of this course is the development of basic skills in the areas of greenhouse crop production, greenhouse techniques, cuttings, seeds, grafts, and layering.  Three basic components of any Agriculture Program are Classroom/Laboratory Instruction, SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience, and Leadership.  Students will be graded based on all three of theses components.

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite: Agriculture Science II

Credit: 1/2 semester

 

Food Science and Technology

The purpose of this course is the development of basic skills in the areas of food chemistry and nutrition, food additives, food packaging and labeling, and evaluation of foods.  Three basic components of any Agriculture Program are Classroom/Laboratory Instruction, SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience, and Leadership.  Students will be graded based on all three of theses components.

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite: Agriculture Science II

Credit: 1/2 semester

 

Ag Construction

The purpose of this course is the development of basic skills in the areas development and construction of metal or wood projects.  Three basic components of any Agriculture Program are Classroom/Laboratory Instruction, SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience, and Leadership.  Students will be graded based on all three of theses components.

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite: Agriculture Science II

Credit: 1 Unit/year

 

Exploratory Agriculture

The purpose of this course is the development of basic skills in the areas of agriculture and woodworking.  The course will address Agriculture in America, Animals in Society, Plants in Our Environment, Products from Agriculture, Environmental and Resource Conservation, Lawn Care and Equipment, Home and Environment Management.

Grade Level: 7-8

Prerequisite: None

Credit: 1/4 quarter

 

Agriculture Business and Sales

The purpose of this course is the development of basic skills in the areas development human relations, careers in business and selling, principles of economics, and advertising and promotion.  Three basic components of any Agriculture Program are Classroom/Laboratory Instruction, SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience, and Leadership.  Students will be graded based on all three of theses components.

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite: Agriculture Science II

Credit: 1 Unit/year

Fine Arts

 

Art I

 

Art I is the prerequisite for all advanced senior high art courses.  It is offered to students in grades 9 – 12.  The scope of the course includes two- and three-dimensional fine arts (landscape, portrait, figure, still life, abstract and non-objective subject matter), decorative arts, design arts, and architecture.  Students engage in the disciplines of Art History, Criticism, Aesthetics, and Art Production in which they show proficiency by creating in printmaking, clay, drawing, painting, sculpture and multi-media. Students demonstrate appropriate use of equipment in accordance with established safety guidelines.  An historical overview of art is used as reference for student art production and study.

Students are required to participate in exhibitions/competitions during the year.  

 

Grade level:  9 – 12

Credit:  1 Unit/year

 

Art II, III and IV

 

Art II, III, and IV is a year-long course designed for the advanced art student.  The student will demonstrate proficiency in a variety of two-dimensional media including acrylic or oil paint, watercolor, pastels or colored pencils, charcoal, ink, and graphite.  Exploration of three-dimensional media will also be included in the course.  Technological tools and other resources will be used in order to formulate ideas and opinions for the production of fine art.  Creativity and use of the imagination will be encouraged in the development of personal expression and style.

 

Students are required to participate in exhibitions/competitions during the year.

 

Grade level:  10 – 12

Prerequisite:  Art I

Credit:  1 unit/year

 

Fine Arts Appreciation

Fine Arts Appreciation explores many different areas of the fine arts spectrum.  First semester is devoted to music with a focus on the fundamentals, history and student exploration.  Second semester concerns theatrical elements like performance and art techniques Students will be required to be imaginative and creative.  The topics covered in this course change frequently depending on the students enrolled.

 

Grade level:

Prerequisites:  none

Credit:  1 Unit/year

 

Multi-cultural Art

 

Multi-cultural art is a course designed to acquaint senior high school students with the art and lifestyle of a variety of world cultures.  Research and study of African, Asian, European, Middle Eastern, and Oceanic cultures will be included in the course.  Students are encouraged to create art by experimenting with a variety of non-traditional media while demonstrating established safety practices.

 

Students are required to participate in exhibitions/competitions during the year.

 

Grade level:  10 – 12

Prerequisite:  Art I

Credit: 1 Unit/year

 

Music

 

Jr./Sr. High School Band

 

High School Band is primarily a performing organization that will perform works by standard band composers and arrangers in a variety of musical styles in addition to the standard concert band literature. Skills in tone production, technique development, rhythm, intonation, ensemble playing and musicianship will be learned. The individual musicianship of each student will be developed through numerous performance opportunities. Students will experience a variety of musical styles through participating in Marching band, Pep band, and Concert band, of which student attendance is required at all performances. Performances throughout the year include, Labor Day, Hannibal Band Day, Truman Homecoming, Pella Tulip Festival, Fun Night, Winter Concert, Spring Concert, District Music Contests, and Pep Band at high school basketball games.

 

Grade Level: 7-12

Prerequisite: two years of elementary band or equivalent proficiency

Credit: 1 unit/year (9-12)

 

High School Chorus

 

High school Chorus is a course devoted to enhancing student musicianship.  Students will gain a background in the basic fundamentals of vocal music.  Students will learn to use proper diction, breath support, posture, and respect rehearsal and performance procedures as outlined in the class.  A variety of musical styles will be explored.  All students are expected to perform at the winter and spring concerts as well as for the district music contests.

 

Grade level:  9-12

Credit:  1 Unit/year

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

 

Exploratory Spanish 7/8

This course teaches the history of the Spanish language, its importance in the global economy, the geographical location of the Hispanic world, and an introduction to the Hispanic culture. The course also teaches the alphabet, rules of pronunciation, greetings, and basic grammar.

 

Grade: 7-8                  

Length:  Quarter/ nine weeks

 

Spanish I

This course teaches conversation, grammar, and culture. Students will become familiar with the structure of the language while learning vocabulary and grammar. As the course progresses, students will develop essential communications skills in writing, reading, and speaking. Students will learn everyday subjects such as getting to know others, pastimes and places, feelings, having and sharing, school life, favorite foods, entertainment, vacation and travel, recreation and hobbies, and choosing a career. Students will learn to conjugate regular and stem-changing verbs (u ® ue, e ® I) in the present tense, reflexive verbs, and the preterit of –ar verb, numbers 1-100, tell time, direct and indirect object pronouns.

 

Grade: 9-12    

Credit: 1Unit/ year

 

Spanish II

 

This course is a review and extension of the concepts studied in Spanish I with an additional emphasis on meaningful and functional communication. Emphasis is on the development of language skills: listening, writing, reading and speaking, and also in the area of pronunciation. Learning Hispanic culture will include geography, history, art, literature, and biographies. Focus is on everyday subjects such as eating out, interacting with friends, finding one’s way around. Students will learn to conjugate –ar, -er, and –ir verbs in the imperfect tense, regular and irregular verbs in the future tense, regular and irregular verbs in the conditional form, regular verbs in the perfect present tense, verbs in the imperfect progressive, irregular participles, the comparative and superlative, demonstrative pronouns and adjectives, regular and irregular formal and informal imperative forms, verbs in the subjunctive.

 

Grade: 11-12  

Prerequisite:  Spanish I          

Credit: 1 Unit/year

 

Spanish III

 

This course reviews Spanish I and II vocabulary and grammar. Students will continue to build vocabulary and communications skills by short reading materials, translations, and reading aloud. Emphasis will be on creative writing and conversation.

 

Grade 11-12               

Prerequisite:  Spanish II

Credit: 1 Unit/ year

 

EPN CLASSES

(When available)

 

College English 101

 

Description in English section

 

 

College English 102

 

Description in English section

 

College Spanish I

 

This is an introductory course in Spanish, stressing conversation, basic structural patterns of the language, vocabulary building and comprehensive grammatical concepts.  This course is fast-paced in order to cover the material expected.

 

Grade Level:  12

Credit:  Dual Credit

Prerequisite:  Students must have passed Spanish I and II with a C or better

                          Average.

 

College Algebra

 

Linear and quadratic systems of equations, graphical methods, matrices, sequences and series, logarithms, mathematical induction, complex numbers, theory of equations, and the binomial theorem are covered.

 

Grade Level:  12

Credit:  Dual Credit

Prerequisite:  Algebra I and II

 

College Trigonometry

 

A course focused on circular functions, reduction formulas, use of tables, solution of right and oblique triangles, laws on sines and cosines, equations and identities, functions of multiple angles, complex numbers, and DeMouire’s theorem. 

 

Grade Level:  12

Credit:  Dual Credit

Prerequisites:  Algebra I and II

 

Fundamentals of Statistics and Probability

 

This course provides a solid background in probability and statistics that can be used as the basis for data analysis and decision-making.

 

Grade Level:  12

Credit:  1 Unit High School

Prerequisite:  Achievement of C or better in Algebra II

 

Advanced/Intermediate ACT Review

 

This is a course designed for juniors and/or seniors who seriously want to improve their ACT scores and work on their test-taking skills.  Timed, practice tests will be given and scored two to three times per semester.  The first test will be discussed thoroughly question by question.  Mini-lessons will be given on areas from all our main test groups with a concentration on grammar and high math concepts such a Trigonometry.  Periodic worksheets will be assigned to correlate with the particular subject matter being discussed.  These areas will be determined on an as needed basis for the particular group of students currently enrolled. 

 

Grade Level:  11 or 12

Credit:  1 Unit High School

Prerequisite:  Juniors and seniors planning to take the ACT test. 

Intermediate must have completed Algebra II

Advanced must be enrolled in Pre-Calculus

 

 

College Music Appreciation

 

An introductory course concerned with the elements of music, the important musical masterpieces, and the significant composers up to the present age.  A portion of the class time is devoted to listening to recordings.

 

Grade Level:  12

Credit:  Dual Credit

Prerequisite:  None

 

Physics

 

This course develops a genuine understanding of the physical laws fundamental to all sciences.  Problem solving is the primary mean of studying physics.  Topics covered are motion, force, vectors, energy, matter, and waves just to name a few.  Students are required to supply their own calculators, protractors, and rulers.

 

Grade Level:  11 or 12

Credit:  1 Unit High School

Prerequisite:  Algebra I, enrolled in Algebra II