Course descriptions

Business Law

Teacher: Betsy Graber
This is a course designed to provide the student with the understanding of the parameters of legal rights and obligations. The acquisition of knowledge about law is approached as a means for expanding one's ability for responsible citizenship. Topics include law and the individual, criminal, and civil law. Law games, a mock criminal investigation, and actual court cases enhance the curriculum.

Economics

Teacher: Betsy Graber
The purpose of this course is to aid students in understanding the basic principles of our economic system and that of other countries. Further aim is to enable students to gain knowledge of economic principles for use in everyday lives. Specific units are production, supply and demand, stock market money, credit, banking, personal income, the government and its economy.

Business Management

Teacher: Betsy Graber
This course will help to prepare students to carry out the entrepreneurial process. Students will gain an understanding of production, marketing, finance, human resources, and social and environmental issues affecting entrepreneurs. In addition, students will create their own business plan and develop growth strategies to expand the business. Social and ethical responsibilities of entrepreneurs will also be explored.

Computer Graphics

Teacher: Betsy Graber
In this class, we provide the foundational skills in communication and team building. By using professional grade software, such as Adobe Creative suite, students will be introduced to concepts and applications required for this “Information Age,” with focus on animation, vector graphics, graphic layouts, and printing techniques. Valuable hands-on experience will give students the knowledge needed to build and maintain their very own performance portfolio and give them insight into the many careers in the industry.

Emerging Technologies

Teacher: Betsy Graber
This course allows students to explore different types of emerging technologies.  Each student will examine new technologies that appear promising and cutting edge in different fields such as Business, IT, Education, Design.

Web Page and Design

Teacher: Betsy Graber
In this class, we provide the foundational skills in communication and team building. By using professional grade software, such as Adobe Creative suite, students will be introduced to concepts and applications required for this “Information Age,” with focus on animation, vector graphics, graphic layouts, and printing techniques. Valuable hands-on experience will give students the knowledge needed to build and maintain their very own performance portfolio and give them insight into the many careers in the industry.

Graphic Design (yearbook)

Teacher: Betsy Graber

Teacher: Betsy Graber
Grades 11-12
Requirements: B average in English, attendance at a summer workshop, basic computer and typing skills, and must be recommended by English teacher. Enrollment is limited. The course is primarily a workshop class in which students design layouts; write copy body and captions, take photographs, and create graphics on the computer to create the school yearbook.

Instrumental Music

Teacher: Anjeanette Ramirez

The main objectives of the class are designed to develop the students' understanding and appreciation for all styles of instrumental music. Some of the yearly activities are: Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, Regional and State Music Festivals, Honors Concert and Graduation. Grades will count on the Honor Roll.

Vocal Music

Teacher: Anjeanette Ramirez

The main objectives of the class are designed to develop the students' understanding and appreciation for all styles of choral music. Some of the yearly activities are: Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, Regional and State Music Festivals, Honors Concert and Graduation. Grades will count on the Honor Roll.

English I

Teacher: Chuck Ray

Emphasis is on creating student writers capable of generating topics, organizing ideas, and communicating in a variety or rhetorical modes. Grammar instruction is integrated with writing instruction and is focused on areas of need as indicated by student writing. Formal student research is introduced, covering basic note taking, outlining, etc. Students are also introduced to responding to various genres of literature (the novel, the play, and poetry) both orally and in writing.

English II

Teacher: Chuck Ray

Students will practice concepts and skills they have been introduced to, including reading and responding to different genres and writing for a variety of audiences and purposes. A research paper is required, and students will read independently in novels, as well as receive direct instruction on specific texts.

English III

Teacher: Chuck Ray

Students survey American literature from the Pre-Columbian period to the 20thCentury, as well as read independently in novels by American authors. Writing instruction focuses on refining skills and communicating effectively for different occasions, audiences and purposes, including the analysis of literature. A formal research paper is required in the second semester.

Creative Writing

Teacher: Chuck Ray

English IV

Teacher: Chuck Ray

English IV is designed to improve students' use of various skills associated with language arts and to prepare them for the higher level of work that colleges and universities will demand of them. The course emphasizes writing, reading, listening, speaking, organizing, re-visioning, and creating. A major research project and an oral presentation is required in the second semester. Literature instruction centers primarily on English and world literature (non-American) and includes extensive independent work.

Speech

Teacher: Michelle LeSage

Students will explore several different types of communication, including dramatic arts, debate, public speaking, oral interpretation, mass media, and interpersonal skills. Activities include prepared and extemporaneous speaking, vocational skills development, and media creation and criticism.

Algebra I

Teacher: R. Kiblinger

In this course students learn to simplify algebraic expressions, to solve both linear and quadratic equations, to work with ratios, to graph on both the number line and the coordinate plane, and to apply algebra as a problem-solving tool in a variety of situations.

Geometry

Teacher: R. Kiblinger

Pre-Requisites: Algebra 1
Students enrolled in this course will study the shapes of the universe -- from the basic units of the point, line, and plane to the more complex two and three-dimensional shapes which appear around us. While there is much material that has practical application -- particularly that involving perimeter, area, and volume -- there is also an emphasis on the fundamentals of mathematic reasoning and proof. Students will also be introduced to the basics of trigonometry and its use in solving right triangles.

Algebra II

Teacher: R. Kiblinger

Pre-Requisites: Algebra 1
This course builds on the topics covered in Algebra I. In addition to expanding on their ability to solve and write a variety of equations, students will be introduced to such topics as negative exponents, imaginary numbers, logarithms, sequences and series, and exponential equations. This course is designed to prepare students for more advanced mathematical topics as well as for successful entrance into College Algebra.

Advanced Math I

Teacher: R. Kiblinger

Pre-Requisites: Geometry, Algebra II
This course begins with an in-depth study of trigonometry. The remainder of the course involves a variety of topics designed to prepare students for entrance into calculus. These include functions, matrices, limits, and derivatives. The class also provides a review of and expansion on all the major topics covered in algebra.

Advanced Math II

Teacher: R. Kiblinger

Pre-Requisites: Advanced Math I
This course is designed to prepare students for college calculus. One semester will include the study of discrete mathematics and statistics, the other will cover the calculus topics of limits and derivatives.

Health

Teacher: CT Young

This class is required for graduation and is taught for one semester. Human sexuality, nutrition, aspects of first-aid and CPR will be taught. Tests and projects will be used to determine the grade. Textbook is required.

Marine Biology

Teacher: CT Young

Physical Education

Teacher: CT Young

Physical Education is taught for one semester. Activities center around group participation and games. A shower is encouraged every day. Grades will be based on participation, cooperation with other students, rules, and tests over selected activities.

General Science

Teacher: C.T. Young

Science is a system of knowledge and methods for finding that knowledge. Natural science is organized into three main branches (physical, chemistry, Earth science) that are subdivided into many overlapping areas. Through General Science, students are exposed to the introductory ideas of each of the branches of science.

Human Body Systems

Teacher: C.T. Young
This course is a study of life involving the scientific method, use of deductive reasoning, theorizing, investigating, and proving. Topics for this course include: microbiology, genetics, botany, and zoology. The course will involve lab, lecture, group discussions, and research.

Advanced Biology

Teacher: C.T. Young

This course is a study of life involving the scientific method, use of deductive reasoning, theorizing, investigating, and proving. Topics for this course include microbiology, botany, and zoology. The course will involve lab, lecture, group discussion, and research.

Chemistry

Teacher: C.T. Young

This course seeks to develop a working knowledge of the basic concepts of chemistry and quantitative chemical relationships, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, properties of gases, liquids, and solids, chemical formulas and equations, and chemical reactions. The course will involve lab, lecture, group discussions, and research.

Physics

Teacher: R. Kiblinger

Physics is the science that helps us understand what, why, and how things happen around us. Topics for this course are matter, mechanics, force, motion, work, power, energy, heat, sound, light, and electricity. Both Algebra and some Trigonometry are used in this course. The course will include lab, lecture, group discussion, and application.

World History

Teacher: Jon Johnson

A year-long study of the history of man, through man's early history, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and development of nations. The history of a number of nations is viewed giving one the basic concepts of various governmental types. Grades are based on written textbook assignments, projects, reports and tests. Related movies, as available, are used.

Current Events

Teacher: Mr. Johnson

This course students will review world, national, and local events on a daily basis. The study of foreign countries will incorporate geography and culture. Major events such as elections, wars, disasters, etc. will be followed and researched by the students. The students will also have several opportunities to give oral reports to their fellow students during the year-long course.

American History

Teacher: Jon Johnson

A year-long study is conducted beginning with the interest in the New World during the sixteenth century. The journey through time shows the growth and development of a nation and its people. Events and people are examined to get a basic understanding of the ideas and concepts necessary to a history course. Unit work consists of students researching various historical events and persons for more thorough knowledge as well as understanding. Grades are based on written assignments, projects, and tests.

Sociology/Economics

Teacher: Jon Johnson

American Government

Teacher: Jon Johnson

The basic organization of the national and state government is stressed. A basic understanding of the constitution, its interpretation, and its importance to all Americans is part of the study. Each branch of government is viewed along with the interplay among the three branches. Various activities and trips are planned as part of the course. Grades are based upon textbook assignments, project assignments, and tests.

Ag Science

Teacher: Sarah Randall

Ag Leadership and Communication

Teacher: Sarah Randall

Ag Structure and Electricity

Teacher: Sarah Randall

Horticulture

Teacher: Sarah Randall

Animal Science

Teacher: Sarah Randall

Family Studies

Teacher: Debbie Mead

Career and life planning

Teacher: Debbie Mead

The Career and Life Planning course introduces students to the skills and strategies helpful in becoming more focused, productive individuals. The course emphasizes goal -setting; decision making; managing time, energy, and stress; and identifying and copying strategies. Students may explore various career and lifestyle choices. Focus will also be on getting and keeping a job; including social skills, manners and business etiquette, safety and wellness.

Consumer Education

Teacher: Debbie Mead

The consumer education course provides students with an understanding of the concepts and principles involved in managing one's personal finances. Topics will include savings and investing, credit insurance, taxes and society security, spending patterns and budget planning, contracts, and consumer protection. This course also provides an overview of the American economy.

Teaching As A Career

Teacher: Debbie Mead

Career and Community Communications

Teacher: Debbie Mead

Career and Community Connections is the application level course for the learner to apply technical skills in a professional learning experience, unpaid or paid, outside or within the school environment. It provides the opportunity for learners to focus related topics, team building and effectiveness in the world of work and acquiring job-seeking skills and retention needed to advance within the workplace. Students will be learning about and working with many organizations and businesses available in communities.