ENGLISH

Applied Communications

During this course, we are going to explore the answers to the following questions: Who are you? Where are you going? How are you going to get there?

The Career English class serves as an introduction to career opportunities that will be available to students. This class will enable students to begin making decisions about their future career goals through evaluating their interests, values, hobbies, personalities, skills, knowledge, etc. Students will learn how to complete such business communications as resumes, cover letters, and job applications. They will practice job interviews and may have the opportunity to job shadow. In addition to selecting career possibilities, the students will begin exploring post-secondary education and/or training that will be required for their chosen career choices. Students will also practice communications and cooperative group skills. Employers often state that the way an employee works with others is one of the most important attributes desired. The students will be taught communication/English grammar and writing skills as they apply in the work place. They will also be reading short stories and novels which deal with careers. The Career English course uses an activity-oriented approach designed to appeal to a variety of learning styles, especially for students motivated by hands-on instruction.

Composition-LAL 101

This is a dual-credit three-hour college freshman English course through MACC. This course teaches process writing, from pre-writing to revision. Focus is on reading and critical thinking, essay writing, and literary analysis. The course provides practice in computer-assisted writing and oral communication. In order to take this course for dual-credit, students must have the MACC required ACT or COMPASS test score.

Drama

This course is designed to explore the creative aspects of acting, both in performing and watching others perform. Students will read plays, perform skits, and work on prop production.

English III

This course concentrates on improving reading analysis and writing skills. Students will be expected to read critically and write in a well-organized manner. Students will also prepare for the ACT test.

English IV-American Literature

This is a three hour dual-credit course through MACC. Students will read and analyze poems, short stories, book excerpts, and plays by American Authors, written from 1870 to the present. This is an intensive reading and writing course.

English IV-College Prep

This is a first semester course. Students will explore and apply to colleges. They will search for and apply for scholarships. At the end of the semester, students will be introduced to a variety of Shakespeare plays.

Exposition-LAL 102

This is a three-hour college credit course through MACC. Students will learn to write formal MLA style research papers. This course teaches research writing as a creative endeavor that requires originality, organization, critical thinking, and persuasive ability. Students need a skeptical approach when conducting research, considering sources, and synthesizing information.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will
Demonstrate academic research techniques,
Incorporate secondary research into original writings,
Use argument for effective evaluation and persuasion,
Write more than 16 pages of prose that reflects writing as a process and Standard English.

Public Speaking

This course is a three-hour dual-credit course through MACC. This course studies the role of speaking in communication in both formal and informal situations. The course includes a study of the communication process, the role of the listener, methods of speech organization, informative and persuasive techniques, and effective delivery.

7th and 8th Grade Reading

Seventh and Eighth Grade Reading is designed to improve skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking and information literacy. Teaching strategies are individualized to the needs of each child and the skills are taught in incremental steps. Given a variety of reading genres students will understand and be able to explain, interpret, and evaluate the literature, participate in class discussions, oral presentations and other communication methods including music and art. Students will employ reading skills in order to read and understand a variety of texts including fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, and technical manuals. Promoting peer interaction through discussion, retelling, brainstorming and other activities will be a primary feature of the course. Student will continue to expand vocabulary in their writing, in oral presentations and on various assignments. In addition, they will receive instruction and practice on presentation skills and have multiple opportunities to present formally and informally.

7th Grade Commincation Arts

Seventh Grade Communication Arts (CA 7) will develop and improve students' skills in the areas of reading, comprehension, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking through a variety of group and individualized learning experiences. The study of literature, composition, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary are taught in an integrated manner in order for the student to communicate more effectively. Students will study a variety of poems, plays, short stories, fiction and nonfiction works which reflect various cultures and historical times. Speaking skills are practiced in oral presentations, such as book reports and research projects. Sentence construction and the mechanics of grammar are reviewed and spelling skills are maintained with spelling and/or vocabulary tests throughout the year. The students will further improve their knowledge of the steps in the writing process and apply them to compositions, which narrate, describe, inform and persuade in order to more effectively communicate their ideas in all academic areas.

Eighth Grade Communication Arts

Eighth Grade Communication Arts (CA 8) will further develop and improve students' skills in the areas of reading, comprehension, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking through a variety of group and individualized learning experiences. The study of literature, composition, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary are taught in an integrated manner in order for the student to communicate more effectively. Students will study a variety of poems, plays, short stories, fiction and nonfiction works which reflect various cultures and historical times. Speaking skills are practiced in oral presentations, such as book reports and research projects. Sentence construction and the mechanics of grammar are reviewed and spelling skills are maintained with spelling and/or vocabulary tests throughout the year. The students will further improve their knowledge of the steps in the writing process and apply them to compositions which narrate, describe, inform and persuade in order to more effectively communicate their ideas in all academic areas.

Ninth Grade Communication Arts

Ninth Grade Communication Arts (CA I) will develop and further improve students' speaking, listening, reading, writing, information gathering, and critical thinking skills through a variety of group and individualized learning experiences. Speaking skills will be reinforced in oral presentations and research assignments. An assortment of poems, plays, short stories, fiction, and nonfiction works which reflect various cultures and historical times will be studied. Students will be able to consciously relate the literature to their lives or other societal situations. They will compare, contrast, analyze, evaluate, and respond to the literature by writing descriptive, expository, narrative, and persuasive compositions.

Tenth Grade Communication Arts II

Tenth Grade Communication Arts II (CA II) will further develop and improve students' skills in the areas of reading, comprehension, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking and evaluating. Students will analyze and evaluate, through oral discussion and written assignments, a variety of literary genres short stories, poetry, plays, fiction and nonfiction works. The study of literature, vocabulary, grammar and writing are integrated through a variety of individual and group experiences. Language skills, writing and research assignments, oral presentations, and group and individual projects will develop proficiency, creativity and confidence that will aid the students in all academic areas and the workplace.

Short Stories

Short Stories Course is designed to improve skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking and information literacy. Teaching strategies are individualized to the needs of each child and the skills are taught in incremental steps. Given a variety of reading genres students will understand and be able to explain, interpret, and evaluate the literature, participate in class discussions, oral presentations and other communication methods including music and art. Students will employ reading skills in order to read and understand a variety of texts including fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, and technical manuals. Promoting peer interaction through discussion, retelling, brainstorming and other activities will be a primary feature of the course. Student will continue to expand vocabulary in their writing, in oral presentations and on various assignments. In addition, they will receive instruction and practice on presentation skills and have multiple opportunities to present formally and informally. The curriculum also includes practice in analysis, evaluation and application of communication processes, technology and skills for the workplace. Students will use the library to locate appropriate sources for a variety of learning task. Students will also learn and apply study skills to enhance their learning in all subject areas. Thematic units will activate students' prior knowledge and integrate it with text content and stimulate understanding and learning.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Spanish I

Bienvenido a mi clase de español. (Welcome to my Spanish class.)
Spanish will focus on enabling students to learn Spanish vocabulary, to begin to communicate effectively in Spanish, and to understand and respect a different culture. Students will develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills through various activities including role-play, conversations, skits, written exercises, reading literature, song, videos, maps, online activities and projects.

Spanish II

Bienvenido a mi clase de español II. (Welcome to my Spanish II class.) This is a second-year Spanish course. Spanish II will focus on enabling students to use the Spanish vocabulary they learned in Spanish I as well as learn new vocabulary, to communicate effectively in Spanish, both written and spoken, and to understand and respect a different culture.

BUSINESS/COMPUTERS

7th Grade Computers

This course will also review alphabetic, numeric, and symbolic components of the computer keyboard. At that time, emphasis will be placed heavily on accuracy, speed improvements over time, and proofreading/editing skills.

8th Grade Computers

This course is designed as an introductory course in computer applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Futhermore, students will produce high quality documents such as letters, memorandums, letters, and other business documents. This course will also review alphabetic, numeric, and symbolic components of the computer keyboard. At that time, emphasis will be placed heavily on accuracy, speed improvements over time, and proofreading/editing skills.

Accounting I

This course is designed to build a foundation and understanding of manual accounting principles, concepts, and procedures. Topics discussed include accounting concepts, the accounting equation, the accounting cycle, entering transactions in journals, posting, preparing various statements, payroll systems, banking activities, and taxes.

Business Technology (Web Design & Video Editing)

Web Design
Students will learn about and apply various web page design and layout skills using FrontPage. A majority of design activities will focus on the layout and design using specific themes and functions associated with webpage authoring. The Internet will be used as a primary resource for class assignments, with additional emphasis on utilizing effective research skills. Topics will include HTML, tables, hyperlinks, forms and incorporating sound files. Students will also learn how to effectively/professionally modify images using Photoshop.

Video Editing
Students will learn to produce a professional video. Topics include storyboarding, creating shot lists, camera operation, and editing of video/audio. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate production skills and techniques as it relates to producing a variety of video formats. This class is responsible for producing the Senior Slide Show

Computer Applications

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the basic operations of a computer system. The student will become familiar with terminology related to computer use; learn word processing functions with Microsoft Word, spreadsheet functions with Microsoft Excel, database functions with Microsoft Access, presentation functions with Microsoft PowerPoint, and desktop publishing functions with Microsoft Publisher.

Desktop Publishing

This is a year-long computer-based course. We will cover a variety of software applications. Desktop Publishing will focus on publication software as well as digital imaging. Some software that will be covered includes: Microsoft Publisher, Photoshop, Audacity, MovieMaker, Photostory3.

This course requires lots of creativity and good time management skills. Students who work faster than the norm will need to use their extra time productively (not disturbing others or playing games). Students who take this course should expect to learn in a professional working and learning environment. All students should put forth their best effort in every assignment.

Elementary Computers

Students (grades K-6) will use various websites to gain more knowledge in computer use. Futhermore, grades 4-6 will begin to learn proper keyboarding technique and finger placement. They will also begin to learn basic word processing using Microsoft Word.

Multimedia (Yearbook)

Multimedia class produces the yearbook and sports programs. Students will learn computer skills, how to meet deadlines, and work independently and cooperatively as a whole staff. The students design the yearbook as their history book.

MATH

College Algebra

Topics include a review of basic algebra; various functions and their graphs, including polynomial and rational functions and exponential and logarithmic functions; and an introduction to analytic geometry. The course includes systems of equations and inequalities.

Psychology

General Psychology

This course is an introduction to the nature and scope of the field of psychology as a scientific and human endeavor. Focus is on the historic development of the field; biological and developmental processes; consciousness and perceptions; learning, remembering, and thinking; motivation and emotion; personality and individuality; social behavior; stress and coping; and psychopathology and psychotherapy.

Psychology of Personality Adjustment

This course is an introduction to contemporary and classic theories of personality and an exploration of how each theory explains the psychological process of adjustment.

Students examine basic approaches to personality, including trait, biological, psychoanalytical, phenomenological, behaviorist, and cognitive, and examine basic research methodology employed by personality theorists.

Science

7th Grade Science

In this course students learn the basics of scientific inquiry; measurement; the properties and principles of matter, energy, force and motion; the processes and interactions of the earth's systems (geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere); and the composition and structure of the universe and the motions of the objects within the universe. We will also incorporate the impact of science and technology on human activity, and vice versa. The students do lab work and written work, participate in discussions and various group projects, and keep a notebook of definitions. The written work includes very concrete concepts as well as the application of those concepts to solving problems and evaluating situations.

8th Grade Science

In this course the basics of scientific inquiry and measurement are reviewed and built upon, with an emphasis on developing, evaluating, and communicating results and explanations. We also cover the properties and principles of matter, energy, force and motion; the characteristics and interactions of living organisms, and the processes and interactions of the earth's systems (geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere), all at a greater depth than in years past. We will also incorporate the impact of science and technology on human activity, and vice versa. The students do lab work and written work, participate in discussions and various group projects, and keep a notebook of definitions. The written work includes very concrete concepts as well as the application of those concepts to solving problems and evaluating situations.

9th Grade Science

This course utilizes a lot of lab work as we learn about the metric system of measurement; the classification and chemistry of matter; changes in matter; force and motion; simple machines; energy and energy changes; and magnetism. Students will keep a notebook of terms and definitions, and will begin developing their own notes. They will have many opportunities to apply the concepts learned in class in labs, on worksheets and exams, and in class activities and discussions.

Biology I

This course utilizes a lot of lab work as we learn about the metric system of measurement; the classification and chemistry of matter; changes in matter; force and motion; simple machines; energy and energy changes; and magnetism. Students will keep a notebook of terms and definitions, and will begin developing their own notes. They will have many opportunities to apply the concepts learned in class in labs, on worksheets and exams, and in class activities and discussions.

Biology II

This course begins with a review of the vertebrate groups of animals; then it is mainly concerned with the anatomy and physiology of the systems of the human body. Each system will be covered in detail, emphasizing the structures involved, how they function, and the diseases and disorders of each system. In addition, a unit on medical/health care is covered. At the end of the year, students choose a final research project.

FACS

7th and 8th Grade Exploratory FACS (one quarter each year)

Students will explore the many areas of Family and Consumer Sciences. They will identify the components of effective teamwork and leadership; learn the knowledge and skills necessary to make decisions and act as responsible members of families and society. Students will identify sources of reliable consumer information and utilize technology to solve problems related to family resources. Basic food preparation skills, clothing care, and character development will be emphasized.

Career and Family Leadership (suggested for 9th grade, full year class)

In this course students are exposed to a general study of Family and Consumer Sciences and will gain skills to be successful in family, career, and community life. This class promotes personal growth and leadership development; explores work, jobs, and careers; solves problems impacting the work of the family; and helps in the decision making process that supports and strengthens the multiple roles/responsibilities of individuals, family, career and community.

Family Living and Parenthood (1 semester)

Family Living prepares students for future adult roles. Topics include family communication skills, the role of the family in society, creating and maintaining stable families, parenting skills, best practices for solving family problems, strategies to balance work and family life, and single living.

Child Development, Care and Guidance (1 semester)

Child development provides information from prenatal development through childhood. This course prepares students for future parenting and child related careers. Topics include child care, parenting, health concerns, safety, guidance, and the infant/toddler stages of development (physical, intellectual, emotional, and social). New theories in brain development will be studied.

Health (10th grade, required, 1 semester)

This course emphasizes the importance of responsible decision making and practices in personal and family health issues. Topics include family and individual wellness, functions and disorders of the body, human growth and development, human sexuality, substance abuse, safe environments and products, nutrition, and health related careers. Students learn to promote physical, mental, and social/emotional health.

Health (7th & 8th grade)

The 7 th and 8 th grade health courses address the physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. The curriculum is designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. Health education includes a variety of topics such as personal health, family health, community health, consumer health, environmental health, sexuality education, mental and emotional health, injury prevention and safety, nutrition, prevention and control of disease, and substance use and abuse.

Nutrition and Wellness (1 semester)

This course is designed to promote optimal nutrition and wellness through hands on activities. Emphasis is placed on personal food choices, the relationship between nutrition and wellness, etiquette, food selection, meal planning and food preparation skills. Food and Nutrition careers will be explored.

Personal Finance (10th grade, required, 1 semester)

Personal Finance prepares students to handle personal financial matters as teenagers and adults. Areas of emphasis include the importance of personal financial goals, money management, budgeting, spending, and saving. Insurance, investments, banking, consumer purchases, taxes, career and retirement planning are emphasized in this course. Technology will be used extensively to promote learning in this class.

Family/Consumer Resource Management (1 semester)

In this course students will learn to construct meaning through interpreting family values, needs and wants. They will learn decision-making skills that will help them solve problems that impact family resource management, contribute to economic stability and their quality of life. Wise consumer spending is emphasized in this course.

Housing, Home Furnishings and Equipment (1 semester)

An instructional program that describes the study of the behavioral, social, economic, functional, and aesthetic aspects of housing, interiors and other built environments. Students will learn to make responsible decisions to select, create, and maintain desirable living environments. Students will apply the elements and principles of design through various projects. Students will use computer aided drafting to design living spaces. Additional topics include housing and furniture styles, home related technology, and an exploration of career opportunities.

Apparel and Textiles

Apparel and Textiles is offered to students interested in developing basic and creative sewing skills. Topics include construction techniques, wardrobe planning, pattern and fabric selection, basic alterations and zipper application. Students will supply materials for sewing projects.

Foods, General (prerequisite Nutrition and Wellness)

This course is designed to expand knowledge and skills learned in Nutrition and Wellness. Students will develop advanced skills in food preparation and presentation techniques while increasing their knowledge of nutrition. Activities include food preparation, creative cooking techniques and food science.

World Foods (prerequisite Nutrition and Wellness)

World Foods builds and expands the knowledge and skills learned in Nutrition and Wellness. Students will develop an understanding of foods, traditions, and customs of other cultures through projects and preparation of a variety of regional and cultural foods.

Independent Living (recommended for older students with little FACS experience)

Students will learn essential skills for gaining independence: taxes, credit, leases, budgeting, nutrition, meal preparation, clothing management and repairs, personal relationships, balancing career and family life, and community involvement.