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Graduation Requirements

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Selecting a sound academic program for one's high school years is a complicated process.  Putnam County High School offers a modern, comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students for their current needs, higher education, or entry into the world of work.  We cannot stress strongly enough the needs for careful and intelligent planning among the student, their parents, and their counselor if sound programs are to be well-adapted to individual requirements.

As you examine the number of course selections in this booklet, please keep in mind not only short-term needs but also long-term goals.  Be aware that we have a wide variety of electives from which you may choose; on the other hand, we also have a number of requirements for graduation which must be kept in mind at all stages of planning.

Please be guided in your choices of program by today's job and college admittance requirements, not by standards that may be obsolete or may have been around for years.  When you have a question, please check with the school to determine accurate information.

Above all, please plan a program that challenges you appropriately, sets realistic goals, and enables you to take advantage of the diversified offerings available.  Students should always plan course selections with alternatives in mind, since that is the only flexible way to assure a sound education in today's constantly changing environment.

As always, the school is ready to help you in any way it can.  Please feel free to call us anytime at (660) 947-3361 Ext. 305.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

Starting with Class of 2014

 

4 Language Arts                       3 History

3 Math                                     3 Science

1 Fine Art                                1 Practical Art

1 Physical Education                .5 Health

.5 Personal Finance

11 Electives

 

28 Total Credits Needed for Graduation, U.S. & MO Constitution.

 

If a student is not enrolled full time, the courses enrolled in must be taken consecutively and the student can be on the school grounds only during the school day the hours enrolled.

 

 

PUTNAM COUNTY A+ PROGRAM

 

Upon receiving A+ designation, our students who have attended grades 10-12 and met the following criteria will be eligible to receive reimbursement of tuition and fees while attending a Missouri community college, vocational or technical school as a full-time student, providing state funding is continued.

 

Criteria:

 

* Complete normal standards for graduation.

* Maintain a 95% attendance rate.

* Earn a 2.5 minimum grade point average.

* Complete 50 hours of unpaid tutoring/mentoring.

* Maintain good citizenship.

* Avoid unlawful use of drugs including alcohol.

 

If you have any questions concerning this program, contact the A+ office at 660-947-3361 ext. 303.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

Subject                                              Page

Agriculture                                                   4

Art                                                              6

Business Education                                       7       

Computer Technology                                   8

Vocational Marketing                                             9

Strategies, Spec. Ed.                                     10

English                                                        11

Foreign Language                                         12

Health         /Personal Finance                               13     

Family and Consumer Sciences                      14

Industrial Arts                                                       15

Mathematics                                                 16

Music                                                           18

Physical Education                                        19

Science                                                        20

Social Studies                                                         22

Cadet Teaching                                            23

Extra-curricular Activities                             24

Weighted Classes                                         25     

 


 

 

 

AGRICULTURE

 

Agriculture Science I

This is usually a beginning ag science class for freshman involving basic instruction in agricultural careers, mechanics, leadership, F.F.A., livestock production, and record keeping in S.A.E. (Supervised Agricultural Experience).  Each student is required to have an S.A.E. project.  Examples of S.A.E.:  raise livestock or crops, work on a farm or ranch, work at an agricultural-related job (feed mill, etc.).

 

Agriculture Science II

There will be a study of the parts, identification, growth, reproduction, etc., of plants.  Also given will be additional instruction in agricultural mechanics, careers, soils, grassland management, forestry, stream and pond management, leadership activities, F.F.A., and S.A.E. projects.    Prerequisite:  Agriculture Science I

 

Agricultural Construction

This course mainly deals with oxyacetylene cutting, arc, MIG and TIG welding, and the construction of major shop projects in both metal and wood.  The student must be involved with a construction project at all times, which may tend to be costly.  S.A.E.  Grades 11 and 12.  Prerequisite:  AG Science I and II.  Any student receiving a D or F semester grade for this class as a junior will not be allowed to re-enroll in this class as a senior.

 

Agricultural Experiences - Co-Op

 

This course provides for the enrollment of students released on school time to complete a cooperative occupational experience in an approved agricultural training station.  A signed training agreement and training plan must be completed for the student.  Students must work for an agriculture related business or farm.  It must be a paid position. Students can’t work for own family unless it is a full-time family farm.  Prerequisite:  3 years of Vocational Agriculture.  Grade 12 only.  Seniors must be enrolled in at least one other agricultural course.  A maximum of three periods can be taken for this course.  Any student who receives a D or F first semester grade in AOE will not be allowed to continue on the AOE program for second semester.

 

The following specialized courses are for students who have successfully completed or are concurrently enrolled in Agricultural Science I and/or II courses.  All advanced courses will include instruction in leadership development and supervised agricultural experience.

 

Agricultural Management and Economics 2014-2015

This course combines farm management and agribusiness management content based on agricultural economic principles.  Units include economic principles, farm planning, agribusiness functions, and business management.  Full year.  Grades 11 and 12.

 

Agribusiness Sales and Marketing 2015-2016

This course includes instruction on the agriculture industry and careers, communication and leadership, economic principles, preparing for and making agricultural sales presentations, advertising and promotional campaigns, marketing agriculture products, agricultural law issues and supervised agricultural experience programs and record keeping.  .  Full year.  Grades 11 and 12.

 

 

 

Agricultural Power I

This course develops skills in the maintenance, repair, adjustment, and overhaul of small engines.  Grades 11 and 12. 1st Semester.

 

Agricultural Power II

            This is a continuation of Ag Power I which is a prerequisite to enroll in this course.  Grades 11-12.  2nd Semester.

 

Turf Science and Management-

This course allows students to study the different types of grass, soil, and management that is associated with today’s lawns, sports fields, and golf courses.  1st Semester.   Grades 11-12.

 

Wildlife Management (Conservation and Natural Resources)

            This course instructs students on topics involving conservation and management of natural resources such as fish, wildlife, forestry, water and soils.  Topics could include information about the biology and life of wildlife game species, management and planting of food plots, pond management, and the economics and recreational uses of fish and wildlife. Grades 11-12.  2nd Sem. Prerequisite:  Ag Science I and II.

 

Agricultural Structures and Mechanics

This course develops skills in electric circuits, building structures, concrete and surveying.  Grades 11 and 12.  Prerequisite: AG Science I and II.

 

Advanced Animal Science (2015-2016)

More advanced study in livestock production, herd management, nutrition breeding, production records, selecting and judging, diseases, parasites, marketing, and S.A.E.  1st Semester. Grades 11 and 12.  Prerequisite: Ag Science I and II.

 

Adv Crop (2014-2015)

Units in this course will include cropping systems, seed selection, production, practices, harvesting, and storing, fertilizing, soils, conservation, weed control, diseases, marketing, and record keeping.  Prerequisites:  Ag Science I and II.  Grades 11-12.  1st Semester Course.

 

Food Science and Technology (2014-2015)

            This course focuses on issues concerning food processing, preservation and safety.  Specific topics may include:  food nutrition, food packaging and labeling, food fermentation, evaluation of foods, food microbiology, and various methods of food preservation.  Grades 11-12.  Second semester course:  Prerequisite:  Ag Science I and II.

 

ADDITIONAL VOCATIONAL COURSES

These courses were developed for students not participating in traditional Ag classes.

 

Tractor Power

            The focus in this course is rebuilding tractors.  Students will learn the basics of a 2 stroke, 4 stroke, and high-compression diesel engines and basic hydraulics.   Grades 9-12.  First semester.

 

Vocational Welding

            Students will learn Arc, MIG, and TIG Welding.  Students will learn basic concepts and then begin hands-on training.  Grades 9-12.  Second semester.

 

 

 

ART

 

Art I

Students will study the elements and principles of art, utilizing what they learn to produce artworks in a variety of media.  This course is designed to teach students art process from the following topics:  art history, printmaking, lettering, drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, ceramics, and design.  Sketchbooks are required.    Grades 9-12.

 

Advanced Art

This course is designed to extend students knowledge in the following art topics:  art history, printmaking, lettering, drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, ceramics, and design.  Students will experience a more in depth concentration into more self-guided art topics.  Advanced Art is a course designed for students seriously interested in advancing their art skills.  Sketchbooks are required.  Students majoring in an art related field will also have the opportunity to develop a portfolio.  Prerequisite:  passing grade in Art I.  Grades 10-12.

 
Arts and Crafts

            This first semester course is designed to extend students’ knowledge in the following areas:  fibers, wood, metal, wax, glass, paper, ink, recycled objects, etc.  Prerequisite:  passing grade in Art I.  Grade 12.

 

Ceramics

            This 2nd semester course is designed to extend student knowledge in hand building and how to use the pottery wheel.  Students will learn to work with different clay bodies, glaze and firing techniques.  Sketchbooks are required.  Prerequisite:  passing grade in Art I.  Grade 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                      BUSINESS EDUCATION

 

Computer Literacy

Computer skills are vital in today's world of computers.  In this class, students will learn how to operate all the functions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.  Additional instruction in Microsoft Publisher and Prezi will also be covered.  This course is recommended for all students. Grades 9-12.  Full year.

 

Business Tech  Multimedia

The students will be given extensive instruction in creating forms for business use.  Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher are the primary programs used for Business Tech.  Many multimedia software packages will also be covered including:  Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Audacity.  Grading is all performance-based.  Open to grades 10-12. Students who complete this class may be recruited to work on the Senior Video.

 

Accounting I (Basic principles of accounting)

This year-long accounting course primarily helps a person to understand the principles of accounting and why accounting is necessary for every business and for every individual.  First it is an introduction to double-entry accounting by covering the complete accounting cycle in its simplest form. 

 

The accounting cycle is then expanded by using special journals, subsidiary ledgers, and more detailed financial statements.  Topics covered include payroll and checking.  As accounting principles are learned, they will be applied to problems, projects, and simulations.  Accounting is designed for the student interested in a career in the business world as well as for the individual who must apply accounting knowledge to their personal record keeping.  Grades 10, 11 and 12.  Accounting I is a prerequisite for Accounting II and III.

 

Accounting II (advanced high school accounting )

This advanced accounting II class studies departmentalized, budgetary, cost, and management accounting for both manufacturing and merchandising business.  This course will prepare a student for an entry-level accounting position and provide a strong foundation for accounting and business study in college.  Prerequisite: Accounting I.  Recommendations: “B” average in Accounting I.  Grades 11 and 12.  Limit 20 students.

 

Accounting III

The students will have an overview of keeping accounting records for partnerships and corporations.  Accounting III is designed for the college-bound student seeking a degree in Accounting or Business Administration.  The student will apply accounting principles to realistic business situations by completing selected projects using automated accounting (Computer).  Prerequisite:  Accounting  II. Recommendations: “B” average in Accounting II or by instructor approval.  Grade 12.

 

Business Law

            This course is designed to introduce students to the study of law through a brief look at how law developed, the legal system, functions of the federal and state court systems, and civil and criminal law.  Additional topics include:  tort law, contract law, consumer law, employment law, family law, and computer law.  This course will help students become aware of their rights and responsibilities under the law so they can function as responsible citizens.  Grades 10-12.  Full year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

 

Computerized Publications (Yearbook)

Selected students will be allowed the opportunity to help produce the yearbook.  Students will learn how to utilize the principles and elements of design, emphasizing proper page layout techniques in producing an online submission book.  Yearbook vocabulary, copywriting skills, and photography will also be studied.  Students will be selected by applications accepted before enrollment is completed for the next school year.  It is the hope that a student will take the course for more than one year, but not a requirement.  Grades 9-12.  Prerequisite: Computer experience, and/or teacher approval.  Class limited to 10.

 

 

 

 

 

VOCATIONAL MARKETING

 

Fundamentals of  Marketing

In this course, students will cover economics, stock market, target markets, marketing careers, and selling.  Introduction to Marketing is an excellent class for students who wish to pursue a career in business.  Grades 10-12.  DECA-an association of marketing students is an essential part of this class.

 

Advanced Marketing

Advanced Marketing is an in-depth study of marketing, with an emphasis on management.  Topics covered will include communications, marketing technology, buying and pricing, marketing research, and promotion.  Prerequisite: “C” average in Fundamentals of Marketing.  Grade 12.  Must enroll in this class to participate in Marketing Internship.  DECA-an association of marketing students is an essential part of this class.

 

Marketing Internship

The student enrolled in the Marketing Internship works hours at a teacher approved marketing occupation.  An optional second credit will be given in some circumstances.  The student must work in a supervised, established business and will be evaluated quarterly for his or her on-the-job training experience.  Job must be approved by the teacher.  Regular communication with the teacher is required.  Students must also enroll in Advanced Marketing. Grade 12.

 

Fashion Merchandising

            An instructional program that prepares individuals to promote product lines/brands, and organize promotional campaigns at the wholesale level to attract retailer interest, wholesale purchasing, and supply contracts.  Includes instruction in wholesaling, wholesale advertising, selling, and customer relations.  Grades 10-12.  First Semester.

 

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

            An instructional program that focuses on marketing and management functions and tasks that can be applied in amateur or professional sports or sporting events, entertainment or entertainment events, selling or renting of supplies and equipment (other than vehicles) used for recreational or sporting purposes, products and services related to hobbies or cultural events, or business primarily engaged in satisfying the desire to make productive or enjoyable use of leisure time.  Grades 10-12.  Second Semester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strategies

This class is designed to help students establish good study habits and give extra time and help for homework.  At times throughout the year students will review study, academic, and organizational skills.  A variety of methods will be used to assist the class from one on one, individual, and group work.  Time management is critical during this class and using it efficiently will allow more time to learn and receive assistance.  Prerequisite: teacher approval.

 

 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

We provide comprehensive services for all resident disabled children as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (PL: 94-142) and Chapter 162, RSMo.

This school district provides a free, appropriate education to all students, including those attending private/parochial schools, between the age of three and twenty-one, regardless of handicapping condition.  These conditions include: mental retardation, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders/emotional disturbance, speech/language disorders, visual impairment, hearing impairments, multi handicapped, deafness/blindness, and autism.  Services include special education and related services.

 

                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGLISH

 

Language Arts I

This course emphasizes the fundamental language skills of reading, writing, listening, thinking, viewing and presenting.  An emphasis on vocabulary and composition skills will be an on-going part of the program.  The course includes studies of various literary genres:  Short Story, poetry, novel, drama, and non-fiction.  The development of critical reading and writing skills is a major emphasis of the course.  Grade 9.

 

Language Arts II

Students need the learning tools that will allow them to build toward a more complete and productive lifestyle.  Language Arts II is a required course which consists of grammar/usage/mechanics, Greek and Latin roots/affixes, writing, and a study of various literary types, including short stories, drama, novels, and non-fiction.  Grade 10.

 

Language Arts III

 

  This course continues emphasis on composition skills and literary analysis through a focus on the American Experience.  Studies will focus on the colonization of America and its fight for independence during the Fall semester and America’s expansion into many new directions in the Spring Semester.  Study will include the exploration of English as a developing and changing language.  Students will be studying the development of American Literature and important American authors.  All literary study is supported by composition. Grade 11.  Prerequisite:  Language Arts I and Language Arts II.

 

British Literature

This college-prep course will include British literature from its beginnings and will also present grammar, composition, and vocabulary assignments for the college-bound student. This course will also provide students with a greater understanding of the historical beginnings of literature and British literature’s impact on the writing that has come after.  (If time permits, the reading list will be expanded to include a wider period of British literary works.)  Prerequisite:  Grades 11 and 12.  Very strong reading skills and the sincere desire to improve writing skills is a must.

 

College English 101 - Dual Credit

Students will practice expository and argumentative writing, emphasizing reading, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills.  Students may or may not take the class for college credit.  However, availability depends on class size due to EPN requirements.  Priority will be given to students taking the class for college credit.  Prerequisite:  ACT English score of 17.  First semester. 12th grade.

 

 

College English 102 - Dual Credit

College English  102  is a continuation of English 101, emphasizing longer and more objective and critical writing forms.  Organizational skills are developed through the outline and summary units; analytical reading and evaluation are stressed.  A thorough use of library resources is required for the bibliography unit and the final research paper.  Priority will be given to students taking the class for college credit.  Prerequisite:  English 101. Second Semester. 12th grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short Stories

            This course will focus on reading and analyzing selected short stories from a variety of genres and time periods.  Students are expected to participate in the class discussions and write essays to demonstrate reading comprehension and express themselves.  Students are to gain an understanding of common themes and literary characteristics.  Grades 9-12.  Full year.

 

World Literature

            This course will offer students the opportunity to explore and study a variety of world literature.  We will work to understand the literature in its cultural and historical contexts and seek to increase our understanding and appreciation of the complex and diverse world we inhabit.  In this class, students will read and write about selections of literature from around the world and from numerous time eras.  Prerequisite:  Enjoyment of reading and discussing world literature.  Grades 10-12.  Full Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Spanish I

Students begin to build vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation skills through multi-disciplinary readings and conversations.  Grammar covered includes present tense, articles, adjective agreement, and question formation.  Grades 10-12.  Prerequisite: Recommend “B” average or better in Language Arts or approval by teacher.  Full year. 

 

Spanish II

After a review of Spanish I vocabulary and grammar, students continue to build vocabulary and communication skills.  New grammar covered includes comparative and superlatives, simple future and present progressive, demonstrative progressive adjectives, the present progressive tenses, and commands.  Emphasis will be on combining these skills to better understand written and oral Spanish and express themselves orally and in written form.  Grades 11-12.  Prerequisite: Recommend “B” or better in Spanish I.  Full year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                  HEALTH

 

Health

For this class, each student will have the opportunity to complete basic first aid and study safety prevention issues.  There will be a study of communicable diseases including STD’s and AID’s.  Fitness and Wellness will also be studied in this course.  Semester course.  Grade 10.

 

College Health

            This course will be concerned with modern day health problems.  Major areas of concern will be covered along with tips for action and practical advice which can apply to each student’s life.  Students will be given the opportunity to personally apply the knowledge gained in this class to their own life experience.  EPN-2nd Sem.

 

 

 

 

 

PERSONAL FINANCE

Personal Finance

            Understanding and managing personal finances are key to one’s future financial success.  This one-semester course is based on the Missorui Personal Finance Competencies and presents essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about real world financial issues.  Students will learn hwo 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.  This 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 10.  Semester course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES

 

Housing and Interior Design I.

Students will evaluate economic, personal, and environmental factors that affect our housing choices.  This course will prepare students to understand to basics the basics of buying or renting.  They will understand basic interior and exterior construction and renovation.  In this course, students will be required to design basic floor plans drawn to scale using a template, green design, and technology.  Students will also examine careers related to housing and interior design.  This class will examine housing styles of past, present, and future.  First semester. Grades 9-12.

 

Housing and Interior Design II.

            This course is a continuation of Housing and Interior Design I.  Students will have further experience in creating an aesthetic living environment. Students will learn about the principles and elements of design through projects about color, furniture, architectural details, and finishes. The class will examine elements of effective design and students will apply it through their personal design plans.   Prerequisite:  Housing and Interior Design I.  2nd Semester course. Grades 9-12.

 

Learning and Working with Children (Child Development)

            This class will focus on fetal development in the womb and effects of pregnancy (including teen pregnancy) on the family.  Students will have an opportunity to work with children and create age appropriate games, toys, and food.  Students will also analyze health concerns and be certified in infant/child CPR.  This class will examine developmental stages (physical, social, emotional and cognitive) from conception to year 3.  Possible projects:  Empathy Belly, Pre-School May Day Party, and Baby Think It Over.  First semester.  Grades 9-12.

 

Career and Family Leadership

            This course is a comprehensive program that describes the general study of family and consumer sciences including how individuals positively develop family, career, and work roles.  Key components of career explorations including career research, resume creation, and job interviews.  Students will work to further develop a positive self-concept, leadership, communication, and decision-making skills.  FCCLA projects are an integral part of instruction, including community service projects.  2nd semester.  Grades 9-12.

 

 

COOKING for Health/Nutrition and Wellness

This is a course where students learn the importance of nutrition and how to apply good nutrition to their lives. Students enrolled in this course will comprehend and evaluate nutrition principles.  Students will learn how to manage their resources to promote good health and will have experience in developing food preparation skills and meal management. This course will also examine food principles and traditions from other countries and cultures.  Possible projects: Week Food Lab Experience, Thanksgiving Dinner, etc. Full year. Grades 9-12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                          INDUSTRIAL ARTS 

 

Introduction to Building Trades

            This course will cover safety, materials, and techniques.  The focus will be on carpentry with introduction to electrical and plumbing.  Students will work in the classroom, shop, and job site.  This course will prepare students for more in depth understanding of this career path.  Students will not be expected to purchase tools or materials for this course.  However, students will be expected to furnish materials needed for personal projects (if selected).  Random drug testing is required.  This year long course is highly recommended for students wanting to enroll in Building Trades during their junior and/or senior year.  Grades 9- 12.  This class may not be repeated.

 

Building Trades

The purpose of this course is to further students’ knowledge of safety, tools, methods, materials, math skills, and business skills used in residential construction.  The emphasis is on residential carpentry but includes some study of concrete, plumbing, electrical wiring, and blueprint reading.  Students spend time both in the classroom and working "hands on" with a variety of materials building various projects in school and on site.  This course offers opportunities for exploratory experiences in drafting equipment and techniques, residential floor plans, scale drawings, sectional views, and careers in drafting and design.  Students are recommended to carry accident insurance, have signed permission from legal guardian, and sign an agreement to obey all articles in the Student Handbook.  Random drug testing is required.  For those in the building trades program, the recommended courses are:  Intro BT or AG. Science I.  Grades 11 and 12.  Teacher approval is required.  It is strongly recommended that students participate in Skills USA.

 

                                                        MATHEMATICS

 

 

Algebra I

This course will stress the understanding of the structure of the real number system and functions including linear, piecewise, quadratic, and exponential.  Other concepts include rational exponents, factoring, inequalities, and systems.   Grades 8-9.

 

Algebra II

 

This course builds on the skills developed in Algebra I.  Algebra II progresses to more advanced concepts involving quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and inverse functions.  Rational and radical equations are also explored.  Other concepts include irrational and complex numbers, simplifying radicals, factoring, systems of equations and inequalities, and composition of functions. Grades 9-10. Prerequisite:  Algebra I.

 

Geometry

A deductive approach, which promotes logical thinking, is utilized in studying geometric concepts involving plane figures.  General concepts covered include parallel relationships, congruence, similarity, transformations, and coordinate geometry.  Other topics covered are special triangles, circles, basic trigonometric functions, and probability.  Writing proofs is included throughout the course.  Algebraic skills are reviewed through applications in solving problems.  Grades 10-12.

 

Pre-calculus

This course is for juniors and seniors and is designed to be an introduction to analysis and topics in calculus.  This study includes relations and functions in algebra and trigonometry; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices and determinants; introduction to discrete algebra; solutions of triangles; inverses of algebraic and trigonometric functions; trigonometric identities; and an introduction to analytic geometry.  Graphing calculators preferred (but can be provided when necessary).  Prerequisites:   “C” in Algebra I and Algebra II.  Full year.

 

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.   Prerequisite:  Algebra I and II. ACT math score of 20.  1st Semester.  Dual credit. Grades11-12.

 

 

College Trigonometry

            Student learning outcomes include:  geometric foundations of trigonometry, unit circle, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, equations and inequalities, inverse functions, law of sine and cosine, vectors, complex numbers and DeMoivre’s theorem.  2nd Semester.  Dual credit. Grades 11-12.

 

Calculus

            This college prep course is a continuation of pre-calculus.  Derivatives, integrals, and the application of both will be explored.  Familiarity with a graphing calculator is not required but recommended.  Prerequisite:  “C” or higher in pre-calculus.  Grade 12.  Full year.

 

 

AP Statistics

            The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data.  Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:

            1.  Exploring Data:  Describing patterns and departures from patterns

            2.  Sampling and Experimentation:  Planning and conducting a study

3.  Anticipating Patterns:  Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation

4.  Statistical Inference:  Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses

Students do not have to take the AP Exam.  It is optional, but highly encouraged.  Prerequisite:  “C” or higher in Algebra II.  Three years of high school math recommended.  Familiarity with graphing calculator is recommended but not required.  Grade 12.  Full year.

 

 

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 thoroughly discussed question by question.  Mini-lessons will be given on areas from all four main test groups with a concentration on grammar and higher math concepts such as Trig.  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.  Grades 11-12.  Either semester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                 MUSIC

 

Band

            Band a year long course offering students the opportunity to participate in a large instrumental ensemble.  Band members will perform with the marching, pep, and concert bands.  The marching band performs at all home varsity football games and numerous parades and field show competitions, the pep band at all home varsity basketball games, and the concert band at several concerts throughout the year, including the Christmas Concert, An Evening with the Arts, and Graduation.  Extra opportunities include but are not limited to All-District and All-State Band, Conference Band, District and State Music Festival, and various honor bands.  Students will be expected to participate in all regular activities (marching, pep, and concert bands) as well as attend extra rehearsals beyond the regularly scheduled class time.  Prerequisites:  (1) participate in the instrumental music program in previous years, or (2) audition for admittance.

 

Vocal Music

Vocal music is a course offered to students in grades 9-12 interested in singing in a choral group.  It is to give the students a chance to further their interests in music through the vocal element.  The selection of music will be varied in style and types of music.  Students will have at least two performances per year, winter and spring.  They will be allowed to perform with other schools in conference choirs and have the opportunity to perform a solo or in a small ensemble at district contest.

 

Music Appreciation

            This class is a first semester class devoted to learning the different aspects of music.  The class will participate in a variety of activities.  The class will consist of lectures, listening, and music activities.  This class is open to students that are enrolled in grades 9-12.

 

Introduction to Fine Arts

This 2nd semester course integrates the visual and performing arts, creates a strong multicultural performing arts perspective, and links music to other curricular areas.  This class is open to students that are enrolled in grades 9-12.

 

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.  Grades 11-12.  EPN.

 

Drum Line

            Drum line is a percussion performance group, and this class counts as a fine art credit.  The drum line may perform at competitions in the fall, at all varsity basketball games, and in the spring, is grouped into several smaller percussion ensembles.  Every ensemble that has shown themselves prepared for success competes at the District Music Festival, and upon receiving a “I” rating, continues on to State Music Festival.  The drum line is made up of a very dedicated group of percussionists.  Morning practices and weekend obligations will be required.  This course is open to anyone by audition (spring) or by teacher approval.  It is not always necessary to be a percussionist to participate in this course, however, it is necessary each student be enrolled in high school band to enroll in this course.

 

 

Guitar

            Guitar is a yearlong course offering students the opportunity to learn how to play beginning guitar.  Those enrolled will learn how to read simple music notation, basic rhythmic notation, guitar tablature, guitar/piano chords, basic music theory, and learn how to fingerpick in first and second position.  These students will be given the opportunity to learn how to create guitar music based off of music notation for other instruments, such as piano.  Students who enroll in guitar class must provide their own guitar.  Grades 9-12.

 

Dramatic Arts:

            This class will explore numerous aspects of theater, its history, stagecraft, playwrights, performance, interpretation, and criticism.  Students will produce and participate in dramatic performance.  Grades 11-12.        


 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Co-ed Physical Education

This course provides each person with several opportunities from assessment of personal fitness levels to development of lifetime activities and skills and a general knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of team sports.  This course will utilize games, sports, and other vigorous fitness activities to help each individual student become aware of lifetime activities that they can use past high school.

 

 

Co-ed Physical Development

A class devoted to helping develop the human body, (especially the muscular and cardiovascular systems, along with motor skills.)  Students achieve fitness through aerobic, anaerobic, with plyometric and agility skill work.  Class generally involves using the weight room, plyometric and agility work, and other activities.  Students are graded on dressing out, attendance, participation, work habits, and some written, skill and fitness testing.

 

Advanced Girls Physical Development

            A class devoted to helping develop the human body, especially the muscular and cardiovascular systems, along with motor skills.  Students achieve fitness through aerobic, anaerobic, with plyometric and agility skill work.  Class generally involves using the fitness center, plyometric and agility work, and other activities.  The class will offer other more advanced workouts and more strenuous components to the workouts.  Students will be expected to be at higher levels of training and conditioning than Physical Development students.  Students will be graded on dressing out, attendance, participation, and attitude.  The students will have some written assignments, skills test and fitness testing.  This course is for girls participating in a sport.  Grades 9-12.

 

Advanced Boys Physical Development

            A class devoted to helping develop the human body, especially the muscular and cardiovascular systems, along with motor skills.  Students achieve fitness through aerobic, anaerobic, with plyometric and agility skill work.  Class generally involves using the fitness center, plyometric and agility work, and other activities.  The class will offer other more advanced workouts and more strenuous components to the workouts.  Students will be expected to be at higher levels of training and conditioning than Physical Development students.  Students will be graded on dressing out, attendance, participation, and attitude.  The students will have some written assignments, skills test and fitness testing.  This course is for football boys.  Grades 9-11.

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

 

 

 

Biology

Biology focuses on the ways different organisms perform the same life functions.  Students will learn/discover how similar all organisms are in fundamental ways.  In addition, human biology and the role of humans in the biosphere are emphasized.  Grade 10.

 

Physical Science

This course will focus mainly on properties of matter and the structure of the atom and how it is related to our knowledge of electricity, sound and light, chemistry, and energy sources.  Films, demonstrations, and lab work will be used to illustrate these concepts.  Grade 9.

 

 

Chemistry I

This course is an introduction to general chemistry that focuses primarily on the physical properties of chemistry and learning the periodic table.  Chemistry is somewhat mathematical in nature and an understanding of basic algebra is necessary.  The concepts learned during class are applied daily in homework assignments and reinforced through laboratory work.  Students will supply their own calculator.   Grades 10- 12.   Prerequisite:  Algebra I, Biology (to take as a sophomore must have had an B average both semesters in Freshman Biology)

 

Chemistry II

This class is a continuation of Chemistry which  focuses on chemical reactions and the more advanced concepts of chemistry with more math involved than in Chemistry I.  Daily homework will be assigned to clarify the abstract concepts involved.  Concepts will also be reinforced through lab experiments.  Students need to provide their own scientific calculator.  This is an upper level, weighted course that requires a lot of work and dedication from the students.  Prerequisite:  Chemistry I.   Grade 11-12.

 

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, forces, vectors, energy, matter, waves, just to name a few.  Students are required to supply their own calculators, protractors, and rulers.  Prerequisite:  Algebra I, enrolled in Algebra II.  EPN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoology

            Zoology is the study of animals and the principles that govern life.

Topics include cell structure and function, molecular basis of heredity (genetics), biological change, diversity, anatomy and physiology, classification and taxonomy, ecology, invertebrates, vertebrates, animal behavior and organisms in their environment, conservation, and preservation.  The course is designed to teach students the basic principles of the diversity of life through the application of knowledge, classification, and laboratory investigation.  Zoology is an elective course typically taken in a student's junior or senior year. The prerequisite is successful (C or better) completion of two years of high school science.

 

Ecology

Like all other sciences, environmental science is a process of satisfying curiosities about why things are the way they are and about how things happen the way they do.  This course will enable the student to identify and suggest solutions to environmental problems.  The course will include a study of ecosystems, climatic factors such as “The Greenhouse Effect”, “The Throwaway Society, population dynamics and energy relations.  There will be some outdoor activities. Grades 9-12.

 

Earth Science

            Earth Science is the name for the group of sciences that deals with Earth and its neighbors in space.  Areas of study include geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.  This course will involve hands-on labs especially in the study of rocks and minerals.  Recommended Prerequisites:  Physical Science and Chemistry I. Grades 9-12.

 

College Earth Science

            This course will provide an overview of earth science with application to the environment.  The course will integrate the fundamentals of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and related concepts of astronomy.  Labs and research will be incorporated as a portion of the course.  Prerequisites include successful completion of at least two high school science courses.  11-12.  3.5 GPA or higher is required.

 

Physiology and Anatomy

            This course focuses primarily on the structure and functions of the human body necessary to sustain life.  Students will need to become familiar with a good deal of anatomical terminology and will learn organ systems from simple to increasingly complex levels.  This course will cover material at a fairly rapid pace.  Labs will be used to enhance the understanding of physiology of the different systems.  Students are asked to relate current events to the course by reviewing articles and journals.  Grades 10-12.  Prerequisite:  Biology (to take as a sophomore must have had at least a B average both semesters in freshman Biology.

 

AP Biology

            AP Biology is a course taught at the college Freshmen biology major’s level.  The course is designed around the AP Labs, which are the core of the AP test given at the end of the year.  Since this is a college level course expectations will be at a college course level.  You will be expected to read the chapters prior to lecture and to take notes during the lecture.  Labs will be completed after we have covered enough of the material in the chapter for the lab to make sense.  Class time will consist of lectures and labs.  Prerequisities:  Biology and Anatomy or Chemistry.

 

 


SOCIAL STUDIES

Economics

            Explore the roles of consumers and producers in economic life.  Shows how money, goods, and services flow.  Explore in depth the role of consumers, workers, business, and government.  Grades 9.  1st semester course.

 

World History

World History gives us knowledge of yesterday so we can have a guide for tomorrow.  World History is a record of past events starting out with pre-historic and progressing to the present.  It includes the impact that men and women, nations, geography, governments, trade, manufacturing, religion, wars, art, literature, and music has had on the world.  World History tells us how other cultures have developed and the influence they’ve had on our own.  Grade 9.  2nd semester course. 

 

Government

During Government, the study of the process of the government and politics will occur.  Students will study the U.S. and MO Constitution, government institutions, and the American political system.  Grade 11.  Full year.

 

American History

This course examines significant historical eras in American history:  the Civil War; Reconstruction and Civil Rights; Industrial Revolution; Political and Social Reform; American Expansionism; World Wars I and II; the Great Depression and New Deal; evolution of modern American society, economically, socially, and politically; the Cold War and Vietnam conflicts; and America in the modern world.   Grade 10.  Full year.

 

Psychology

Psychology is the study of human behavior and the understanding of "why people do what they do."  This class approaches psychology both scientifically and behavioristically.  Topics studied include:  learning, memory, thinking, personality, abnormal behavior, stress, sensation and perception, psychological testing, and social institutions.  This elective semester class is recommended for college-bound students and for any student interested in the study of self.  Grade 11-12. 1st Semester.

 

Sociology

A survey course concerned with the study of human relationships in groups and of the structures and organizations that develop within human society.  Emphasis is placed on various social phenomena and the theories that attempt to explain them.  This elective semester class is recommended for college-bound students and for any student interested in the study of self.   Grades 11-12. 2nd Semester.

 

World Geography

            Exploring the world in this World Geography course will help you learn about the world’s regions, countries, and important global issues that affect the people living there.  Along with this, you will learn where the world’s countries, major cities and landforms are located.  Grades 9-12.  Full year.

 

History of War

            This course examines the history of armed conflict during ancient times to the present.  Ancient and modern leadership and warfare will be examined, as well as, the political, economic, social, and cultural forces that shaped the direction and outcomes of military conflicts.  Grades 9-12.  Full year.

 

 

CADET TEACHING

 

        Students will work with teachers in the elementary or middle school by grading papers, working with individual students, presenting lessons, preparing bulletin boards, etc.  Each cadet teacher will keep a weekly journal and do a quarterly project.  Each cadet is required to be an active member of Future Teachers of America for one year prior to cadet teaching.  Grades 10, 11 & 12 with a “C” average.  The FTA advisor is responsible for placing the cadet teacher.  Grades are a cooperative effort between the FTA advisor and the supervising teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

Scholar Bowl:  9-12  tryouts are usually held in the fall.

 

Cheerleaders:  9-12  tryouts held in spring for the following year.

 

DECA: Organization for students enrolled in marketing classes.

 

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA):  9-12  organization for students enrolled in a business or business-related class.

 

Future Farmers of America (FFA):  9-12  organization for students enrolled in a vocational-agricultural class.

 

Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA):  9-12  organization for students who have completed or are enrolled in a family and consumer science’s class for one semester.

 

Future Teachers of America (FTA):  9-12  have interest in a teaching career.

 

Junior-Senior Play:  Open to all juniors and seniors, tryouts in the fall, interest in dramatics and reading.

 

National Honor Society:  For grades 11-12.  Must have a G.P.A. of 3.5 Eligible students will go through a selection process.

 

Sports Available:

Basketball        Co-ed Golf      Football           Baseball           Girls Softball   Track

 

Student Council:  Grades 9-12.

 

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) :  Grades 9-12.

 

FLAG CORPS:  9-12

 

Yearbook:  Must be enrolled in Computerized Publications.  Art I recommended.  Interest in writing, layout, photography, and proofreading.

 

VICA:  Must be enrolled in a vocational building trades.  Grades 11-12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Classes:

 

 

Any class offered for college credit.

Advanced Placement Courses

Chemistry II

Physics

Calculus

Accounting III

 

GPAs are calculated by number of grade points/attempted credits.

 

Non-Weighted             Weighted

 

A=4.0                          A=5.0

B=3.0                          B=4.0

C=2.0                          C=3.0

D=1.0                          D=2.0

F=0.0                           F=0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Selecting a sound academic program for one's high school years is a complicated process.  PutnamCountyHigh School offers a modern, comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students for their current needs, higher education, or entry into the world of work.  We cannot stress strongly enough the needs for careful and intelligent planning among the student, their parents, and their counselor if sound programs are to be well-adapted to individual requirements.

As you examine the number of course selections in this booklet, please keep in mind not only short-term needs but also long-term goals.  Be aware that we have a wide variety of electives from which you may choose; on the other hand, we also have a number of requirements for graduation which must be kept in mind at all stages of planning.

Please be guided in your choices of program by today's job and college admittance requirements, not by standards that may be obsolete or may have been around for years.  When you have a question, please check with the school to determine accurate information.

Above all, please plan a program that challenges you appropriately, sets realistic goals, and enables you to take advantage of the diversified offerings available.  Students should always plan course selections with alternatives in mind, since that is the only flexible way to assure a sound education in today's constantly changing environment.

As always, the school is ready to help you in any way it can.  Please feel free to call us anytime at (660) 947-3361 Ext. 305.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

Starting with Class of 2014

 

4 Language Arts                       3 History

3 Math                                     3 Science

1 Fine Art                                1 Practical Art

1 Physical Education                .5 Health

.5 Personal Finance

11 Electives

 

28 Total Credits Needed for Graduation, U.S. & MO Constitution.

 

If a student is not enrolled full time, the courses enrolled in must be taken consecutively and the student can be on the school grounds only during the school day the hours enrolled.

 

 

PUTNAM COUNTY A+ PROGRAM

 

Upon receiving A+ designation, our students who have attended grades 10-12 and met the following criteria will be eligible to receive reimbursement of tuition and fees while attending a Missouri community college, vocational or technical school as a full-time student, providing state funding is continued.

 

Criteria:

 

* Complete normal standards for graduation.

* Maintain a 95% attendance rate.

* Earn a 2.5 minimum grade point average.

* Complete 50 hours of unpaid tutoring/mentoring.

* Maintain good citizenship.

* Avoid unlawful use of drugs including alcohol.

 

If you have any questions concerning this program, contact the A+ office at 660-947-3361 ext. 303.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

Subject                                              Page

Agriculture                                                   4

Art                                                              6

Business Education                                       7       

Computer Technology                                   8

Vocational Marketing                                             9

Strategies, Spec. Ed.                                     10

English                                                        11

Foreign Language                                         12

Health         /Personal Finance                               13     

Family and Consumer Sciences                      14

Industrial Arts                                                       15

Mathematics                                                 16

Music                                                           18

Physical Education                                        19

Science                                                        20

Social Studies                                                         22

Cadet Teaching                                            23

Extra-curricular Activities                             24

Weighted Classes                                         25     

 


 

 

 

AGRICULTURE

 

Agriculture Science I

This is usually a beginning ag science class for freshman involving basic instruction in agricultural careers, mechanics, leadership, F.F.A., livestock production, and record keeping in S.A.E. (Supervised Agricultural Experience).  Each student is required to have an S.A.E. project.  Examples of S.A.E.:  raise livestock or crops, work on a farm or ranch, work at an agricultural-related job (feed mill, etc.).

 

Agriculture Science II

There will be a study of the parts, identification, growth, reproduction, etc., of plants.  Also given will be additional instruction in agricultural mechanics, careers, soils, grassland management, forestry, stream and pond management, leadership activities, F.F.A., and S.A.E. projects.    Prerequisite:  Agriculture Science I

 

Agricultural Construction

This course mainly deals with oxyacetylene cutting, arc, MIG and TIG welding, and the construction of major shop projects in both metal and wood.  The student must be involved with a construction project at all times, which may tend to be costly.  S.A.E.  Grades 11 and 12.  Prerequisite:  AG Science I and II.  Any student receiving a D or F semester grade for this class as a junior will not be allowed to re-enroll in this class as a senior.

 

Agricultural Experiences - Co-Op

 

This course provides for the enrollment of students released on school time to complete a cooperative occupational experience in an approved agricultural training station.  A signed training agreement and training plan must be completed for the student.  Students must work for an agriculture related business or farm.  It must be a paid position. Students can’t work for own family unless it is a full-time family farm.  Prerequisite:  3 years of Vocational Agriculture.  Grade 12 only.  Seniors must be enrolled in at least one other agricultural course.  A maximum of three periods can be taken for this course.  Any student who receives a D or F first semester grade in AOE will not be allowed to continue on the AOE program for second semester.

 

The following specialized courses are for students who have successfully completed or are concurrently enrolled in Agricultural Science I and/or II courses.  All advanced courses will include instruction in leadership development and supervised agricultural experience.

 

Agricultural Management and Economics 2014-2015

This course combines farm management and agribusiness management content based on agricultural economic principles.  Units include economic principles, farm planning, agribusiness functions, and business management.  Full year.  Grades 11 and 12.

 

Agribusiness Sales and Marketing 2015-2016

This course includes instruction on the agriculture industry and careers, communication and leadership, economic principles, preparing for and making agricultural sales presentations, advertising and promotional campaigns, marketing agriculture products, agricultural law issues and supervised agricultural experience programs and record keeping.  .  Full year.  Grades 11 and 12.

 

 

 

Agricultural Power I

This course develops skills in the maintenance, repair, adjustment, and overhaul of small engines.  Grades 11 and 12. 1st Semester.

 

Agricultural Power II

            This is a continuation of Ag Power I which is a prerequisite to enroll in this course.  Grades 11-12.  2nd Semester.

 

Turf Science and Management-

This course allows students to study the different types of grass, soil, and management that is associated with today’s lawns, sports fields, and golf courses.  1st Semester.   Grades 11-12.

 

Wildlife Management (Conservation and Natural Resources)

            This course instructs students on topics involving conservation and management of natural resources such as fish, wildlife, forestry, water and soils.  Topics could include information about the biology and life of wildlife game species, management and planting of food plots, pond management, and the economics and recreational uses of fish and wildlife. Grades 11-12.  2nd Sem. Prerequisite:  Ag Science I and II.

 

Agricultural Structures and Mechanics

This course develops skills in electric circuits, building structures, concrete and surveying.  Grades 11 and 12.  Prerequisite: AG Science I and II.

 

Advanced Animal Science (2015-2016)

More advanced study in livestock production, herd management, nutrition breeding, production records, selecting and judging, diseases, parasites, marketing, and S.A.E.  1st Semester. Grades 11 and 12.  Prerequisite: Ag Science I and II.

 

Adv Crop (2014-2015)

Units in this course will include cropping systems, seed selection, production, practices, harvesting, and storing, fertilizing, soils, conservation, weed control, diseases, marketing, and record keeping.  Prerequisites:  Ag Science I and II.  Grades 11-12.  1st Semester Course.

 

Food Science and Technology (2014-2015)

            This course focuses on issues concerning food processing, preservation and safety.  Specific topics may include:  food nutrition, food packaging and labeling, food fermentation, evaluation of foods, food microbiology, and various methods of food preservation.  Grades 11-12.  Second semester course:  Prerequisite:  Ag Science I and II.

 

ADDITIONAL VOCATIONAL COURSES

These courses were developed for students not participating in traditional Ag classes.

 

Tractor Power

            The focus in this course is rebuilding tractors.  Students will learn the basics of a 2 stroke, 4 stroke, and high-compression diesel engines and basic hydraulics.   Grades 9-12.  First semester.

 

Vocational Welding

            Students will learn Arc, MIG, and TIG Welding.  Students will learn basic concepts and then begin hands-on training.  Grades 9-12.  Second semester.

 

 

 

ART

 

Art I

Students will study the elements and principles of art, utilizing what they learn to produce artworks in a variety of media.  This course is designed to teach students art process from the following topics:  art history, printmaking, lettering, drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, ceramics, and design.  Sketchbooks are required.    Grades 9-12.

 

Advanced Art

This course is designed to extend students knowledge in the following art topics:  art history, printmaking, lettering, drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, ceramics, and design.  Students will experience a more in depth concentration into more self-guided art topics.  Advanced Art is a course designed for students seriously interested in advancing their art skills.  Sketchbooks are required.  Students majoring in an art related field will also have the opportunity to develop a portfolio.  Prerequisite:  passing grade in Art I.  Grades 10-12.

 
Arts and Crafts

            This first semester course is designed to extend students’ knowledge in the following areas:  fibers, wood, metal, wax, glass, paper, ink, recycled objects, etc.  Prerequisite:  passing grade in Art I.  Grade 12.

 

Ceramics

            This 2nd semester course is designed to extend student knowledge in hand building and how to use the pottery wheel.  Students will learn to work with different clay bodies, glaze and firing techniques.  Sketchbooks are required.  Prerequisite:  passing grade in Art I.  Grade 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                      BUSINESS EDUCATION

 

Computer Literacy

Computer skills are vital in today's world of computers.  In this class, students will learn how to operate all the functions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.  Additional instruction in Microsoft Publisher and Prezi will also be covered.  This course is recommended for all students. Grades 9-12.  Full year.

 

Business Tech  Multimedia

The students will be given extensive instruction in creating forms for business use.  Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher are the primary programs used for Business Tech.  Many multimedia software packages will also be covered including:  Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Audacity.  Grading is all performance-based.  Open to grades 10-12. Students who complete this class may be recruited to work on the Senior Video.

 

Accounting I (Basic principles of accounting)

This year-long accounting course primarily helps a person to understand the principles of accounting and why accounting is necessary for every business and for every individual.  First it is an introduction to double-entry accounting by covering the complete accounting cycle in its simplest form. 

 

The accounting cycle is then expanded by using special journals, subsidiary ledgers, and more detailed financial statements.  Topics covered include payroll and checking.  As accounting principles are learned, they will be applied to problems, projects, and simulations.  Accounting is designed for the student interested in a career in the business world as well as for the individual who must apply accounting knowledge to their personal record keeping.  Grades 10, 11 and 12.  Accounting I is a prerequisite for Accounting II and III.

 

Accounting II (advanced high school accounting )

This advanced accounting II class studies departmentalized, budgetary, cost, and management accounting for both manufacturing and merchandising business.  This course will prepare a student for an entry-level accounting position and provide a strong foundation for accounting and business study in college.  Prerequisite: Accounting I.  Recommendations: “B” average in Accounting I.  Grades 11 and 12.  Limit 20 students.

 

Accounting III

The students will have an overview of keeping accounting records for partnerships and corporations.  Accounting III is designed for the college-bound student seeking a degree in Accounting or Business Administration.  The student will apply accounting principles to realistic business situations by completing selected projects using automated accounting (Computer).  Prerequisite:  Accounting  II. Recommendations: “B” average in Accounting II or by instructor approval.  Grade 12.

 

Business Law

            This course is designed to introduce students to the study of law through a brief look at how law developed, the legal system, functions of the federal and state court systems, and civil and criminal law.  Additional topics include:  tort law, contract law, consumer law, employment law, family law, and computer law.  This course will help students become aware of their rights and responsibilities under the law so they can function as responsible citizens.  Grades 10-12.  Full year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

 

Computerized Publications (Yearbook)

Selected students will be allowed the opportunity to help produce the yearbook.  Students will learn how to utilize the principles and elements of design, emphasizing proper page layout techniques in producing an online submission book.  Yearbook vocabulary, copywriting skills, and photography will also be studied.  Students will be selected by applications accepted before enrollment is completed for the next school year.  It is the hope that a student will take the course for more than one year, but not a requirement.  Grades 9-12.  Prerequisite: Computer experience, and/or teacher approval.  Class limited to 10.

 

 

 

 

 

VOCATIONAL MARKETING

 

Fundamentals of  Marketing

In this course, students will cover economics, stock market, target markets, marketing careers, and selling.  Introduction to Marketing is an excellent class for students who wish to pursue a career in business.  Grades 10-12.  DECA-an association of marketing students is an essential part of this class.

 

Advanced Marketing

Advanced Marketing is an in-depth study of marketing, with an emphasis on management.  Topics covered will include communications, marketing technology, buying and pricing, marketing research, and promotion.  Prerequisite: “C” average in Fundamentals of Marketing.  Grade 12.  Must enroll in this class to participate in Marketing Internship.  DECA-an association of marketing students is an essential part of this class.

 

Marketing Internship

The student enrolled in the Marketing Internship works hours at a teacher approved marketing occupation.  An optional second credit will be given in some circumstances.  The student must work in a supervised, established business and will be evaluated quarterly for his or her on-the-job training experience.  Job must be approved by the teacher.  Regular communication with the teacher is required.  Students must also enroll in Advanced Marketing. Grade 12.

 

Fashion Merchandising

            An instructional program that prepares individuals to promote product lines/brands, and organize promotional campaigns at the wholesale level to attract retailer interest, wholesale purchasing, and supply contracts.  Includes instruction in wholesaling, wholesale advertising, selling, and customer relations.  Grades 10-12.  First Semester.

 

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

            An instructional program that focuses on marketing and management functions and tasks that can be applied in amateur or professional sports or sporting events, entertainment or entertainment events, selling or renting of supplies and equipment (other than vehicles) used for recreational or sporting purposes, products and services related to hobbies or cultural events, or business primarily engaged in satisfying the desire to make productive or enjoyable use of leisure time.  Grades 10-12.  Second Semester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strategies

This class is designed to help students establish good study habits and give extra time and help for homework.  At times throughout the year students will review study, academic, and organizational skills.  A variety of methods will be used to assist the class from one on one, individual, and group work.  Time management is critical during this class and using it efficiently will allow more time to learn and receive assistance.  Prerequisite: teacher approval.

 

 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

We provide comprehensive services for all resident disabled children as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (PL: 94-142) and Chapter 162, RSMo.

This school district provides a free, appropriate education to all students, including those attending private/parochial schools, between the age of three and twenty-one, regardless of handicapping condition.  These conditions include: mental retardation, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders/emotional disturbance, speech/language disorders, visual impairment, hearing impairments, multi handicapped, deafness/blindness, and autism.  Services include special education and related services.

 

                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGLISH

 

Language Arts I

This course emphasizes the fundamental language skills of reading, writing, listening, thinking, viewing and presenting.  An emphasis on vocabulary and composition skills will be an on-going part of the program.  The course includes studies of various literary genres:  Short Story, poetry, novel, drama, and non-fiction.  The development of critical reading and writing skills is a major emphasis of the course.  Grade 9.

 

Language Arts II

Students need the learning tools that will allow them to build toward a more complete and productive lifestyle.  Language Arts II is a required course which consists of grammar/usage/mechanics, Greek and Latin roots/affixes, writing, and a study of various literary types, including short stories, drama, novels, and non-fiction.  Grade 10.

 

Language Arts III

 

  This course continues emphasis on composition skills and literary analysis through a focus on the American Experience.  Studies will focus on the colonization of America and its fight for independence during the Fall semester and America’s expansion into many new directions in the Spring Semester.  Study will include the exploration of English as a developing and changing language.  Students will be studying the development of American Literature and important American authors.  All literary study is supported by composition. Grade 11.  Prerequisite:  Language Arts I and Language Arts II.

 

British Literature

This college-prep course will include British literature from its beginnings and will also present grammar, composition, and vocabulary assignments for the college-bound student. This course will also provide students with a greater understanding of the historical beginnings of literature and British literature’s impact on the writing that has come after.  (If time permits, the reading list will be expanded to include a wider period of British literary works.)  Prerequisite:  Grades 11 and 12.  Very strong reading skills and the sincere desire to improve writing skills is a must.

 

College English 101 - Dual Credit

Students will practice expository and argumentative writing, emphasizing reading, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills.  Students may or may not take the class for college credit.  However, availability depends on class size due to EPN requirements.  Priority will be given to students taking the class for college credit.  Prerequisite:  ACT English score of 17.  First semester. 12th grade.

 

 

College English 102 - Dual Credit

College English  102  is a continuation of English 101, emphasizing longer and more objective and critical writing forms.  Organizational skills are developed through the outline and summary units; analytical reading and evaluation are stressed.  A thorough use of library resources is required for the bibliography unit and the final research paper.  Priority will be given to students taking the class for college credit.  Prerequisite:  English 101. Second Semester. 12th grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short Stories

            This course will focus on reading and analyzing selected short stories from a variety of genres and time periods.  Students are expected to participate in the class discussions and write essays to demonstrate reading comprehension and express themselves.  Students are to gain an understanding of common themes and literary characteristics.  Grades 9-12.  Full year.

 

World Literature

            This course will offer students the opportunity to explore and study a variety of world literature.  We will work to understand the literature in its cultural and historical contexts and seek to increase our understanding and appreciation of the complex and diverse world we inhabit.  In this class, students will read and write about selections of literature from around the world and from numerous time eras.  Prerequisite:  Enjoyment of reading and discussing world literature.  Grades 10-12.  Full Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Spanish I

Students begin to build vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation skills through multi-disciplinary readings and conversations.  Grammar covered includes present tense, articles, adjective agreement, and question formation.  Grades 10-12.  Prerequisite: Recommend “B” average or better in Language Arts or approval by teacher.  Full year. 

 

Spanish II

After a review of Spanish I vocabulary and grammar, students continue to build vocabulary and communication skills.  New grammar covered includes comparative and superlatives, simple future and present progressive, demonstrative progressive adjectives, the present progressive tenses, and commands.  Emphasis will be on combining these skills to better understand written and oral Spanish and express themselves orally and in written form.  Grades 11-12.  Prerequisite: Recommend “B” or better in Spanish I.  Full year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                  HEALTH

 

Health

For this class, each student will have the opportunity to complete basic first aid and study safety prevention issues.  There will be a study of communicable diseases including STD’s and AID’s.  Fitness and Wellness will also be studied in this course.  Semester course.  Grade 10.

 

College Health

            This course will be concerned with modern day health problems.  Major areas of concern will be covered along with tips for action and practical advice which can apply to each student’s life.  Students will be given the opportunity to personally apply the knowledge gained in this class to their own life experience.  EPN-2nd Sem.

 

 

 

 

 

PERSONAL FINANCE

Personal Finance

            Understanding and managing personal finances are key to one’s future financial success.  This one-semester course is based on the Missorui Personal Finance Competencies and presents essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about real world financial issues.  Students will learn hwo 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.  This 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 10.  Semester course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES

 

Housing and Interior Design I.

Students will evaluate economic, personal, and environmental factors that affect our housing choices.  This course will prepare students to understand to basics the basics of buying or renting.  They will understand basic interior and exterior construction and renovation.  In this course, students will be required to design basic floor plans drawn to scale using a template, green design, and technology.  Students will also examine careers related to housing and interior design.  This class will examine housing styles of past, present, and future.  First semester. Grades 9-12.

 

Housing and Interior Design II.

            This course is a continuation of Housing and Interior Design I.  Students will have further experience in creating an aesthetic living environment. Students will learn about the principles and elements of design through projects about color, furniture, architectural details, and finishes. The class will examine elements of effective design and students will apply it through their personal design plans.   Prerequisite:  Housing and Interior Design I.  2nd Semester course. Grades 9-12.

 

Learning and Working with Children (Child Development)

            This class will focus on fetal development in the womb and effects of pregnancy (including teen pregnancy) on the family.  Students will have an opportunity to work with children and create age appropriate games, toys, and food.  Students will also analyze health concerns and be certified in infant/child CPR.  This class will examine developmental stages (physical, social, emotional and cognitive) from conception to year 3.  Possible projects:  Empathy Belly, Pre-School May Day Party, and Baby Think It Over.  First semester.  Grades 9-12.

 

Career and Family Leadership

            This course is a comprehensive program that describes the general study of family and consumer sciences including how individuals positively develop family, career, and work roles.  Key components of career explorations including career research, resume creation, and job interviews.  Students will work to further develop a positive self-concept, leadership, communication, and decision-making skills.  FCCLA projects are an integral part of instruction, including community service projects.  2nd semester.  Grades 9-12.

 

 

COOKING for Health/Nutrition and Wellness

This is a course where students learn the importance of nutrition and how to apply good nutrition to their lives. Students enrolled in this course will comprehend and evaluate nutrition principles.  Students will learn how to manage their resources to promote good health and will have experience in developing food preparation skills and meal management. This course will also examine food principles and traditions from other countries and cultures.  Possible projects: Week Food Lab Experience, Thanksgiving Dinner, etc. Full year. Grades 9-12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                          INDUSTRIAL ARTS 

 

Introduction to Building Trades

            This course will cover safety, materials, and techniques.  The focus will be on carpentry with introduction to electrical and plumbing.  Students will work in the classroom, shop, and job site.  This course will prepare students for more in depth understanding of this career path.  Students will not be expected to purchase tools or materials for this course.  However, students will be expected to furnish materials needed for personal projects (if selected).  Random drug testing is required.  This year long course is highly recommended for students wanting to enroll in Building Trades during their junior and/or senior year.  Grades 9- 12.  This class may not be repeated.

 

Building Trades

The purpose of this course is to further students’ knowledge of safety, tools, methods, materials, math skills, and business skills used in residential construction.  The emphasis is on residential carpentry but includes some study of concrete, plumbing, electrical wiring, and blueprint reading.  Students spend time both in the classroom and working "hands on" with a variety of materials building various projects in school and on site.  This course offers opportunities for exploratory experiences in drafting equipment and techniques, residential floor plans, scale drawings, sectional views, and careers in drafting and design.  Students are recommended to carry accident insurance, have signed permission from legal guardian, and sign an agreement to obey all articles in the Student Handbook.  Random drug testing is required.  For those in the building trades program, the recommended courses are:  Intro BT or AG. Science I.  Grades 11 and 12.  Teacher approval is required.  It is strongly recommended that students participate in Skills USA.

 

                                                        MATHEMATICS

 

 

Algebra I

This course will stress the understanding of the structure of the real number system and functions including linear, piecewise, quadratic, and exponential.  Other concepts include rational exponents, factoring, inequalities, and systems.   Grades 8-9.

 

Algebra II

 

This course builds on the skills developed in Algebra I.  Algebra II progresses to more advanced concepts involving quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and inverse functions.  Rational and radical equations are also explored.  Other concepts include irrational and complex numbers, simplifying radicals, factoring, systems of equations and inequalities, and composition of functions. Grades 9-10. Prerequisite:  Algebra I.

 

Geometry

A deductive approach, which promotes logical thinking, is utilized in studying geometric concepts involving plane figures.  General concepts covered include parallel relationships, congruence, similarity, transformations, and coordinate geometry.  Other topics covered are special triangles, circles, basic trigonometric functions, and probability.  Writing proofs is included throughout the course.  Algebraic skills are reviewed through applications in solving problems.  Grades 10-12.

 

Pre-calculus

This course is for juniors and seniors and is designed to be an introduction to analysis and topics in calculus.  This study includes relations and functions in algebra and trigonometry; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices and determinants; introduction to discrete algebra; solutions of triangles; inverses of algebraic and trigonometric functions; trigonometric identities; and an introduction to analytic geometry.  Graphing calculators preferred (but can be provided when necessary).  Prerequisites:   “C” in Algebra I and Algebra II.  Full year.

 

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.   Prerequisite:  Algebra I and II. ACT math score of 20.  1st Semester.  Dual credit. Grades11-12.

 

 

College Trigonometry

            Student learning outcomes include:  geometric foundations of trigonometry, unit circle, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, equations and inequalities, inverse functions, law of sine and cosine, vectors, complex numbers and DeMoivre’s theorem.  2nd Semester.  Dual credit. Grades 11-12.

 

Calculus

            This college prep course is a continuation of pre-calculus.  Derivatives, integrals, and the application of both will be explored.  Familiarity with a graphing calculator is not required but recommended.  Prerequisite:  “C” or higher in pre-calculus.  Grade 12.  Full year.

 

 

AP Statistics

            The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data.  Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:

            1.  Exploring Data:  Describing patterns and departures from patterns

            2.  Sampling and Experimentation:  Planning and conducting a study

3.  Anticipating Patterns:  Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation

4.  Statistical Inference:  Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses

Students do not have to take the AP Exam.  It is optional, but highly encouraged.  Prerequisite:  “C” or higher in Algebra II.  Three years of high school math recommended.  Familiarity with graphing calculator is recommended but not required.  Grade 12.  Full year.

 

 

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 thoroughly discussed question by question.  Mini-lessons will be given on areas from all four main test groups with a concentration on grammar and higher math concepts such as Trig.  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.  Grades 11-12.  Either semester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                 MUSIC

 

Band

            Band a year long course offering students the opportunity to participate in a large instrumental ensemble.  Band members will perform with the marching, pep, and concert bands.  The marching band performs at all home varsity football games and numerous parades and field show competitions, the pep band at all home varsity basketball games, and the concert band at several concerts throughout the year, including the Christmas Concert, An Evening with the Arts, and Graduation.  Extra opportunities include but are not limited to All-District and All-State Band, Conference Band, District and State Music Festival, and various honor bands.  Students will be expected to participate in all regular activities (marching, pep, and concert bands) as well as attend extra rehearsals beyond the regularly scheduled class time.  Prerequisites:  (1) participate in the instrumental music program in previous years, or (2) audition for admittance.

 

Vocal Music

Vocal music is a course offered to students in grades 9-12 interested in singing in a choral group.  It is to give the students a chance to further their interests in music through the vocal element.  The selection of music will be varied in style and types of music.  Students will have at least two performances per year, winter and spring.  They will be allowed to perform with other schools in conference choirs and have the opportunity to perform a solo or in a small ensemble at district contest.

 

Music Appreciation

            This class is a first semester class devoted to learning the different aspects of music.  The class will participate in a variety of activities.  The class will consist of lectures, listening, and music activities.  This class is open to students that are enrolled in grades 9-12.

 

Introduction to Fine Arts

This 2nd semester course integrates the visual and performing arts, creates a strong multicultural performing arts perspective, and links music to other curricular areas.  This class is open to students that are enrolled in grades 9-12.

 

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.  Grades 11-12.  EPN.

 

Drum Line

            Drum line is a percussion performance group, and this class counts as a fine art credit.  The drum line may perform at competitions in the fall, at all varsity basketball games, and in the spring, is grouped into several smaller percussion ensembles.  Every ensemble that has shown themselves prepared for success competes at the District Music Festival, and upon receiving a “I” rating, continues on to State Music Festival.  The drum line is made up of a very dedicated group of percussionists.  Morning practices and weekend obligations will be required.  This course is open to anyone by audition (spring) or by teacher approval.  It is not always necessary to be a percussionist to participate in this course, however, it is necessary each student be enrolled in high school band to enroll in this course.

 

 

Guitar

            Guitar is a yearlong course offering students the opportunity to learn how to play beginning guitar.  Those enrolled will learn how to read simple music notation, basic rhythmic notation, guitar tablature, guitar/piano chords, basic music theory, and learn how to fingerpick in first and second position.  These students will be given the opportunity to learn how to create guitar music based off of music notation for other instruments, such as piano.  Students who enroll in guitar class must provide their own guitar.  Grades 9-12.

 

Dramatic Arts:

            This class will explore numerous aspects of theater, its history, stagecraft, playwrights, performance, interpretation, and criticism.  Students will produce and participate in dramatic performance.  Grades 11-12.        


 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Co-ed Physical Education

This course provides each person with several opportunities from assessment of personal fitness levels to development of lifetime activities and skills and a general knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of team sports.  This course will utilize games, sports, and other vigorous fitness activities to help each individual student become aware of lifetime activities that they can use past high school.

 

 

Co-ed Physical Development

A class devoted to helping develop the human body, (especially the muscular and cardiovascular systems, along with motor skills.)  Students achieve fitness through aerobic, anaerobic, with plyometric and agility skill work.  Class generally involves using the weight room, plyometric and agility work, and other activities.  Students are graded on dressing out, attendance, participation, work habits, and some written, skill and fitness testing.

 

Advanced Girls Physical Development

            A class devoted to helping develop the human body, especially the muscular and cardiovascular systems, along with motor skills.  Students achieve fitness through aerobic, anaerobic, with plyometric and agility skill work.  Class generally involves using the fitness center, plyometric and agility work, and other activities.  The class will offer other more advanced workouts and more strenuous components to the workouts.  Students will be expected to be at higher levels of training and conditioning than Physical Development students.  Students will be graded on dressing out, attendance, participation, and attitude.  The students will have some written assignments, skills test and fitness testing.  This course is for girls participating in a sport.  Grades 9-12.

 

Advanced Boys Physical Development

            A class devoted to helping develop the human body, especially the muscular and cardiovascular systems, along with motor skills.  Students achieve fitness through aerobic, anaerobic, with plyometric and agility skill work.  Class generally involves using the fitness center, plyometric and agility work, and other activities.  The class will offer other more advanced workouts and more strenuous components to the workouts.  Students will be expected to be at higher levels of training and conditioning than Physical Development students.  Students will be graded on dressing out, attendance, participation, and attitude.  The students will have some written assignments, skills test and fitness testing.  This course is for football boys.  Grades 9-11.

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

 

 

 

Biology

Biology focuses on the ways different organisms perform the same life functions.  Students will learn/discover how similar all organisms are in fundamental ways.  In addition, human biology and the role of humans in the biosphere are emphasized.  Grade 10.

 

Physical Science

This course will focus mainly on properties of matter and the structure of the atom and how it is related to our knowledge of electricity, sound and light, chemistry, and energy sources.  Films, demonstrations, and lab work will be used to illustrate these concepts.  Grade 9.

 

 

Chemistry I

This course is an introduction to general chemistry that focuses primarily on the physical properties of chemistry and learning the periodic table.  Chemistry is somewhat mathematical in nature and an understanding of basic algebra is necessary.  The concepts learned during class are applied daily in homework assignments and reinforced through laboratory work.  Students will supply their own calculator.   Grades 10- 12.   Prerequisite:  Algebra I, Biology (to take as a sophomore must have had an B average both semesters in Freshman Biology)

 

Chemistry II

This class is a continuation of Chemistry which  focuses on chemical reactions and the more advanced concepts of chemistry with more math involved than in Chemistry I.  Daily homework will be assigned to clarify the abstract concepts involved.  Concepts will also be reinforced through lab experiments.  Students need to provide their own scientific calculator.  This is an upper level, weighted course that requires a lot of work and dedication from the students.  Prerequisite:  Chemistry I.   Grade 11-12.

 

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, forces, vectors, energy, matter, waves, just to name a few.  Students are required to supply their own calculators, protractors, and rulers.  Prerequisite:  Algebra I, enrolled in Algebra II.  EPN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoology

            Zoology is the study of animals and the principles that govern life.

Topics include cell structure and function, molecular basis of heredity (genetics), biological change, diversity, anatomy and physiology, classification and taxonomy, ecology, invertebrates, vertebrates, animal behavior and organisms in their environment, conservation, and preservation.  The course is designed to teach students the basic principles of the diversity of life through the application of knowledge, classification, and laboratory investigation.  Zoology is an elective course typically taken in a student's junior or senior year. The prerequisite is successful (C or better) completion of two years of high school science.

 

Ecology

Like all other sciences, environmental science is a process of satisfying curiosities about why things are the way they are and about how things happen the way they do.  This course will enable the student to identify and suggest solutions to environmental problems.  The course will include a study of ecosystems, climatic factors such as “The Greenhouse Effect”, “The Throwaway Society, population dynamics and energy relations.  There will be some outdoor activities. Grades 9-12.

 

Earth Science

            Earth Science is the name for the group of sciences that deals with Earth and its neighbors in space.  Areas of study include geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.  This course will involve hands-on labs especially in the study of rocks and minerals.  Recommended Prerequisites:  Physical Science and Chemistry I. Grades 9-12.

 

College Earth Science

            This course will provide an overview of earth science with application to the environment.  The course will integrate the fundamentals of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and related concepts of astronomy.  Labs and research will be incorporated as a portion of the course.  Prerequisites include successful completion of at least two high school science courses.  11-12.  3.5 GPA or higher is required.

 

Physiology and Anatomy

            This course focuses primarily on the structure and functions of the human body necessary to sustain life.  Students will need to become familiar with a good deal of anatomical terminology and will learn organ systems from simple to increasingly complex levels.  This course will cover material at a fairly rapid pace.  Labs will be used to enhance the understanding of physiology of the different systems.  Students are asked to relate current events to the course by reviewing articles and journals.  Grades 10-12.  Prerequisite:  Biology (to take as a sophomore must have had at least a B average both semesters in freshman Biology.

 

AP Biology

            AP Biology is a course taught at the college Freshmen biology major’s level.  The course is designed around the AP Labs, which are the core of the AP test given at the end of the year.  Since this is a college level course expectations will be at a college course level.  You will be expected to read the chapters prior to lecture and to take notes during the lecture.  Labs will be completed after we have covered enough of the material in the chapter for the lab to make sense.  Class time will consist of lectures and labs.  Prerequisities:  Biology and Anatomy or Chemistry.

 

 


SOCIAL STUDIES

Economics

            Explore the roles of consumers and producers in economic life.  Shows how money, goods, and services flow.  Explore in depth the role of consumers, workers, business, and government.  Grades 9.  1st semester course.

 

World History

World History gives us knowledge of yesterday so we can have a guide for tomorrow.  World History is a record of past events starting out with pre-historic and progressing to the present.  It includes the impact that men and women, nations, geography, governments, trade, manufacturing, religion, wars, art, literature, and music has had on the world.  World History tells us how other cultures have developed and the influence they’ve had on our own.  Grade 9.  2nd semester course. 

 

Government

During Government, the study of the process of the government and politics will occur.  Students will study the U.S. and MO Constitution, government institutions, and the American political system.  Grade 11.  Full year.

 

American History

This course examines significant historical eras in American history:  the Civil War; Reconstruction and Civil Rights; Industrial Revolution; Political and Social Reform; American Expansionism; World Wars I and II; the Great Depression and New Deal; evolution of modern American society, economically, socially, and politically; the Cold War and Vietnam conflicts; and America in the modern world.   Grade 10.  Full year.

 

Psychology

Psychology is the study of human behavior and the understanding of "why people do what they do."  This class approaches psychology both scientifically and behavioristically.  Topics studied include:  learning, memory, thinking, personality, abnormal behavior, stress, sensation and perception, psychological testing, and social institutions.  This elective semester class is recommended for college-bound students and for any student interested in the study of self.  Grade 11-12. 1st Semester.

 

Sociology

A survey course concerned with the study of human relationships in groups and of the structures and organizations that develop within human society.  Emphasis is placed on various social phenomena and the theories that attempt to explain them.  This elective semester class is recommended for college-bound students and for any student interested in the study of self.   Grades 11-12. 2nd Semester.

 

World Geography

            Exploring the world in this World Geography course will help you learn about the world’s regions, countries, and important global issues that affect the people living there.  Along with this, you will learn where the world’s countries, major cities and landforms are located.  Grades 9-12.  Full year.

 

History of War

            This course examines the history of armed conflict during ancient times to the present.  Ancient and modern leadership and warfare will be examined, as well as, the political, economic, social, and cultural forces that shaped the direction and outcomes of military conflicts.  Grades 9-12.  Full year.

 

 

CADET TEACHING

 

        Students will work with teachers in the elementary or middle school by grading papers, working with individual students, presenting lessons, preparing bulletin boards, etc.  Each cadet teacher will keep a weekly journal and do a quarterly project.  Each cadet is required to be an active member of Future Teachers of America for one year prior to cadet teaching.  Grades 10, 11 & 12 with a “C” average.  The FTA advisor is responsible for placing the cadet teacher.  Grades are a cooperative effort between the FTA advisor and the supervising teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

Scholar Bowl:  9-12  tryouts are usually held in the fall.

 

Cheerleaders:  9-12  tryouts held in spring for the following year.

 

DECA: Organization for students enrolled in marketing classes.

 

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA):  9-12  organization for students enrolled in a business or business-related class.

 

Future Farmers of America (FFA):  9-12  organization for students enrolled in a vocational-agricultural class.

 

Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA):  9-12  organization for students who have completed or are enrolled in a family and consumer science’s class for one semester.

 

Future Teachers of America (FTA):  9-12  have interest in a teaching career.

 

Junior-Senior Play:  Open to all juniors and seniors, tryouts in the fall, interest in dramatics and reading.

 

National Honor Society:  For grades 11-12.  Must have a G.P.A. of 3.5 Eligible students will go through a selection process.

 

Sports Available:

Basketball        Co-ed Golf      Football           Baseball           Girls Softball   Track

 

Student Council:  Grades 9-12.

 

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) :  Grades 9-12.

 

FLAG CORPS:  9-12

 

Yearbook:  Must be enrolled in Computerized Publications.  Art I recommended.  Interest in writing, layout, photography, and proofreading.

 

VICA:  Must be enrolled in a vocational building trades.  Grades 11-12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Classes:

 

 

Any class offered for college credit.

Advanced Placement Courses

Chemistry II

Physics

Calculus

Accounting III

 

GPAs are calculated by number of grade points/attempted credits.

 

Non-Weighted             Weighted

 

A=4.0                          A=5.0

B=3.0                          B=4.0

C=2.0                          C=3.0

D=1.0                          D=2.0

F=0.0                           F=0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Selecting a sound academic program for one's high school years is a complicated process.  PutnamCountyHigh School offers a modern, comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students for their current needs, higher education, or entry into the world of work.  We cannot stress strongly enough the needs for careful and intelligent planning among the student, their parents, and their counselor if sound programs are to be well-adapted to individual requirements.

As you examine the number of course selections in this booklet, please keep in mind not only short-term needs but also long-term goals.  Be aware that we have a wide variety of electives from which you may choose; on the other hand, we also have a number of requirements for graduation which must be kept in mind at all stages of planning.

Please be guided in your choices of program by today's job and college admittance requirements, not by standards that may be obsolete or may have been around for years.  When you have a question, please check with the school to determine accurate information.

Above all, please plan a program that challenges you appropriately, sets realistic goals, and enables you to take advantage of the diversified offerings available.  Students should always plan course selections with alternatives in mind, since that is the only flexible way to assure a sound education in today's constantly changing environment.

As always, the school is ready to help you in any way it can.  Please feel free to call us anytime at (660) 947-3361 Ext. 305.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

Starting with Class of 2014

 

4 Language Arts                       3 History

3 Math                                     3 Science

1 Fine Art                                1 Practical Art

1 Physical Education                .5 Health

.5 Personal Finance

11 Electives

 

28 Total Credits Needed for Graduation, U.S. & MO Constitution.

 

If a student is not enrolled full time, the courses enrolled in must be taken consecutively and the student can be on the school grounds only during the school day the hours enrolled.

 

 

PUTNAM COUNTY A+ PROGRAM

 

Upon receiving A+ designation, our students who have attended grades 10-12 and met the following criteria will be eligible to receive reimbursement of tuition and fees while attending a Missouri community college, vocational or technical school as a full-time student, providing state funding is continued.

 

Criteria:

 

* Complete normal standards for graduation.

* Maintain a 95% attendance rate.

* Earn a 2.5 minimum grade point average.

* Complete 50 hours of unpaid tutoring/mentoring.

* Maintain good citizenship.

* Avoid unlawful use of drugs including alcohol.

 

If you have any questions concerning this program, contact the A+ office at 660-947-3361 ext. 303.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Agriculture                                                   4

Art                                                              6

Business Education                                       7       

Computer Technology                                   8

Vocational Marketing                                             9

Strategies, Spec. Ed.                                     10

English                                                        11

Foreign Language                                         12

Health         /Personal Finance                               13     

Family and Consumer Sciences                      14

Industrial Arts                                                       15

Mathematics                                                 16

Music                                                           18

Physical Education                                        19

Science                                                        20

Social Studies                                                         22

Cadet Teaching                                            23

Extra-curricular Activities                             24

Weighted Classes                                         25     

 


 

 

 

AGRICULTURE

 

Agriculture Science I

This is usually a beginning ag science class for freshman involving basic instruction in agricultural careers, mechanics, leadership, F.F.A., livestock production, and record keeping in S.A.E. (Supervised Agricultural Experience).  Each student is required to have an S.A.E. project.  Examples of S.A.E.:  raise livestock or crops, work on a farm or ranch, work at an agricultural-related job (feed mill, etc.).

 

Agriculture Science II

There will be a study of the parts, identification, growth, reproduction, etc., of plants.  Also given will be additional instruction in agricultural mechanics, careers, soils, grassland management, forestry, stream and pond management, leadership activities, F.F.A., and S.A.E. projects.    Prerequisite:  Agriculture Science I

 

Agricultural Construction

This course mainly deals with oxyacetylene cutting, arc, MIG and TIG welding, and the construction of major shop projects in both metal and wood.  The student must be involved with a construction project at all times, which may tend to be costly.  S.A.E.  Grades 11 and 12.  Prerequisite:  AG Science I and II.  Any student receiving a D or F semester grade for this class as a junior will not be allowed to re-enroll in this class as a senior.

 

Agricultural Experiences - Co-Op

 

This course provides for the enrollment of students released on school time to complete a cooperative occupational experience in an approved agricultural training station.  A signed training agreement and training plan must be completed for the student.  Students must work for an agriculture related business or farm.  It must be a paid position. Students can’t work for own family unless it is a full-time family farm.  Prerequisite:  3 years of Vocational Agriculture.  Grade 12 only.  Seniors must be enrolled in at least one other agricultural course.  A maximum of three periods can be taken for this course.  Any student who receives a D or F first semester grade in AOE will not be allowed to continue on the AOE program for second semester.

 

The following specialized courses are for students who have successfully completed or are concurrently enrolled in Agricultural Science I and/or II courses.  All advanced courses will include instruction in leadership development and supervised agricultural experience.

 

Agricultural Management and Economics 2014-2015

This course combines farm management and agribusiness management content based on agricultural economic principles.  Units include economic principles, farm planning, agribusiness functions, and business management.  Full year.  Grades 11 and 12.

 

Agribusiness Sales and Marketing 2015-2016

This course includes instruction on the agriculture industry and careers, communication and leadership, economic principles, preparing for and making agricultural sales presentations, advertising and promotional campaigns, marketing agriculture products, agricultural law issues and supervised agricultural experience programs and record keeping.  .  Full year.  Grades 11 and 12.

 

 

 

Agricultural Power I

This course develops skills in the maintenance, repair, adjustment, and overhaul of small engines.  Grades 11 and 12. 1st Semester.

 

Agricultural Power II

            This is a continuation of Ag Power I which is a prerequisite to enroll in this course.  Grades 11-12.  2nd Semester.

 

Turf Science and Management-

This course allows students to study the different types of grass, soil, and management that is associated with today’s lawns, sports fields, and golf courses.  1st Semester.   Grades 11-12.

 

Wildlife Management (Conservation and Natural Resources)

            This course instructs students on topics involving conservation and management of natural resources such as fish, wildlife, forestry, water and soils.  Topics could include information about the biology and life of wildlife game species, management and planting of food plots, pond management, and the economics and recreational uses of fish and wildlife. Grades 11-12.  2nd Sem. Prerequisite:  Ag Science I and II.

 

Agricultural Structures and Mechanics

This course develops skills in electric circuits, building structures, concrete and surveying.  Grades 11 and 12.  Prerequisite: AG Science I and II.

 

Advanced Animal Science (2015-2016)

More advanced study in livestock production, herd management, nutrition breeding, production records, selecting and judging, diseases, parasites, marketing, and S.A.E.  1st Semester. Grades 11 and 12.  Prerequisite: Ag Science I and II.

 

Adv Crop (2014-2015)

Units in this course will include cropping systems, seed selection, production, practices, harvesting, and storing, fertilizing, soils, conservation, weed control, diseases, marketing, and record keeping.  Prerequisites:  Ag Science I and II.  Grades 11-12.  1st Semester Course.

 

Food Science and Technology (2014-2015)

            This course focuses on issues concerning food processing, preservation and safety.  Specific topics may include:  food nutrition, food packaging and labeling, food fermentation, evaluation of foods, food microbiology, and various methods of food preservation.  Grades 11-12.  Second semester course:  Prerequisite:  Ag Science I and II.

 

ADDITIONAL VOCATIONAL COURSES

These courses were developed for students not participating in traditional Ag classes.

 

Tractor Power

            The focus in this course is rebuilding tractors.  Students will learn the basics of a 2 stroke, 4 stroke, and high-compression diesel engines and basic hydraulics.   Grades 9-12.  First semester.

 

Vocational Welding

            Students will learn Arc, MIG, and TIG Welding.  Students will learn basic concepts and then begin hands-on training.  Grades 9-12.  Second semester.

 

 

 

ART

 

Art I

Students will study the elements and principles of art, utilizing what they learn to produce artworks in a variety of media.  This course is designed to teach students art process from the following topics:  art history, printmaking, lettering, drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, ceramics, and design.  Sketchbooks are required.    Grades 9-12.

 

Advanced Art

This course is designed to extend students knowledge in the following art topics:  art history, printmaking, lettering, drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, ceramics, and design.  Students will experience a more in depth concentration into more self-guided art topics.  Advanced Art is a course designed for students seriously interested in advancing their art skills.  Sketchbooks are required.  Students majoring in an art related field will also have the opportunity to develop a portfolio.  Prerequisite:  passing grade in Art I.  Grades 10-12.

 
Arts and Crafts

            This first semester course is designed to extend students’ knowledge in the following areas:  fibers, wood, metal, wax, glass, paper, ink, recycled objects, etc.  Prerequisite:  passing grade in Art I.  Grade 12.

 

Ceramics

            This 2nd semester course is designed to extend student knowledge in hand building and how to use the pottery wheel.  Students will learn to work with different clay bodies, glaze and firing techniques.  Sketchbooks are required.  Prerequisite:  passing grade in Art I.  Grade 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                      BUSINESS EDUCATION

 

Computer Literacy

Computer skills are vital in today's world of computers.  In this class, students will learn how to operate all the functions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.  Additional instruction in Microsoft Publisher and Prezi will also be covered.  This course is recommended for all students. Grades 9-12.  Full year.

 

Business Tech  Multimedia

The students will be given extensive instruction in creating forms for business use.  Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher are the primary programs used for Business Tech.  Many multimedia software packages will also be covered including:  Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Audacity.  Grading is all performance-based.  Open to grades 10-12. Students who complete this class may be recruited to work on the Senior Video.

 

Accounting I (Basic principles of accounting)

This year-long accounting course primarily helps a person to understand the principles of accounting and why accounting is necessary for every business and for every individual.  First it is an introduction to double-entry accounting by covering the complete accounting cycle in its simplest form. 

 

The accounting cycle is then expanded by using special journals, subsidiary ledgers, and more detailed financial statements.  Topics covered include payroll and checking.  As accounting principles are learned, they will be applied to problems, projects, and simulations.  Accounting is designed for the student interested in a career in the business world as well as for the individual who must apply accounting knowledge to their personal record keeping.  Grades 10, 11 and 12.  Accounting I is a prerequisite for Accounting II and III.

 

Accounting II (advanced high school accounting )

This advanced accounting II class studies departmentalized, budgetary, cost, and management accounting for both manufacturing and merchandising business.  This course will prepare a student for an entry-level accounting position and provide a strong foundation for accounting and business study in college.  Prerequisite: Accounting I.  Recommendations: “B” average in Accounting I.  Grades 11 and 12.  Limit 20 students.

 

Accounting III

The students will have an overview of keeping accounting records for partnerships and corporations.  Accounting III is designed for the college-bound student seeking a degree in Accounting or Business Administration.  The student will apply accounting principles to realistic business situations by completing selected projects using automated accounting (Computer).  Prerequisite:  Accounting  II. Recommendations: “B” average in Accounting II or by instructor approval.  Grade 12.

 

Business Law

            This course is designed to introduce students to the study of law through a brief look at how law developed, the legal system, functions of the federal and state court systems, and civil and criminal law.  Additional topics include:  tort law, contract law, consumer law, employment law, family law, and computer law.  This course will help students become aware of their rights and responsibilities under the law so they can function as responsible citizens.  Grades 10-12.  Full year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

 

Computerized Publications (Yearbook)

Selected students will be allowed the opportunity to help produce the yearbook.  Students will learn how to utilize the principles and elements of design, emphasizing proper page layout techniques in producing an online submission book.  Yearbook vocabulary, copywriting skills, and photography will also be studied.  Students will be selected by applications accepted before enrollment is completed for the next school year.  It is the hope that a student will take the course for more than one year, but not a requirement.  Grades 9-12.  Prerequisite: Computer experience, and/or teacher approval.  Class limited to 10.

 

 

 

 

 

VOCATIONAL MARKETING

 

Fundamentals of  Marketing

In this course, students will cover economics, stock market, target markets, marketing careers, and selling.  Introduction to Marketing is an excellent class for students who wish to pursue a career in business.  Grades 10-12.  DECA-an association of marketing students is an essential part of this class.

 

Advanced Marketing

Advanced Marketing is an in-depth study of marketing, with an emphasis on management.  Topics covered will include communications, marketing technology, buying and pricing, marketing research, and promotion.  Prerequisite: “C” average in Fundamentals of Marketing.  Grade 12.  Must enroll in this class to participate in Marketing Internship.  DECA-an association of marketing students is an essential part of this class.

 

Marketing Internship

The student enrolled in the Marketing Internship works hours at a teacher approved marketing occupation.  An optional second credit will be given in some circumstances.  The student must work in a supervised, established business and will be evaluated quarterly for his or her on-the-job training experience.  Job must be approved by the teacher.  Regular communication with the teacher is required.  Students must also enroll in Advanced Marketing. Grade 12.

 

Fashion Merchandising

            An instructional program that prepares individuals to promote product lines/brands, and organize promotional campaigns at the wholesale level to attract retailer interest, wholesale purchasing, and supply contracts.  Includes instruction in wholesaling, wholesale advertising, selling, and customer relations.  Grades 10-12.  First Semester.

 

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

            An instructional program that focuses on marketing and management functions and tasks that can be applied in amateur or professional sports or sporting events, entertainment or entertainment events, selling or renting of supplies and equipment (other than vehicles) used for recreational or sporting purposes, products and services related to hobbies or cultural events, or business primarily engaged in satisfying the desire to make productive or enjoyable use of leisure time.  Grades 10-12.  Second Semester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strategies

This class is designed to help students establish good study habits and give extra time and help for homework.  At times throughout the year students will review study, academic, and organizational skills.  A variety of methods will be used to assist the class from one on one, individual, and group work.  Time management is critical during this class and using it efficiently will allow more time to learn and receive assistance.  Prerequisite: teacher approval.

 

 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

We provide comprehensive services for all resident disabled children as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (PL: 94-142) and Chapter 162, RSMo.

This school district provides a free, appropriate education to all students, including those attending private/parochial schools, between the age of three and twenty-one, regardless of handicapping condition.  These conditions include: mental retardation, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders/emotional disturbance, speech/language disorders, visual impairment, hearing impairments, multi handicapped, deafness/blindness, and autism.  Services include special education and related services.

 

                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGLISH

 

Language Arts I

This course emphasizes the fundamental language skills of reading, writing, listening, thinking, viewing and presenting.  An emphasis on vocabulary and composition skills will be an on-going part of the program.  The course includes studies of various literary genres:  Short Story, poetry, novel, drama, and non-fiction.  The development of critical reading and writing skills is a major emphasis of the course.  Grade 9.

 

Language Arts II

Students need the learning tools that will allow them to build toward a more complete and productive lifestyle.  Language Arts II is a required course which consists of grammar/usage/mechanics, Greek and Latin roots/affixes, writing, and a study of various literary types, including short stories, drama, novels, and non-fiction.  Grade 10.

 

Language Arts III

 

  This course continues emphasis on composition skills and literary analysis through a focus on the American Experience.  Studies will focus on the colonization of America and its fight for independence during the Fall semester and America’s expansion into many new directions in the Spring Semester.  Study will include the exploration of English as a developing and changing language.  Students will be studying the development of American Literature and important American authors.  All literary study is supported by composition. Grade 11.  Prerequisite:  Language Arts I and Language Arts II.

 

British Literature

This college-prep course will include British literature from its beginnings and will also present grammar, composition, and vocabulary assignments for the college-bound student. This course will also provide students with a greater understanding of the historical beginnings of literature and British literature’s impact on the writing that has come after.  (If time permits, the reading list will be expanded to include a wider period of British literary works.)  Prerequisite:  Grades 11 and 12.  Very strong reading skills and the sincere desire to improve writing skills is a must.

 

College English 101 - Dual Credit

Students will practice expository and argumentative writing, emphasizing reading, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills.  Students may or may not take the class for college credit.  However, availability depends on class size due to EPN requirements.  Priority will be given to students taking the class for college credit.  Prerequisite:  ACT English score of 17.  First semester. 12th grade.

 

 

College English 102 - Dual Credit

College English  102  is a continuation of English 101, emphasizing longer and more objective and critical writing forms.  Organizational skills are developed through the outline and summary units; analytical reading and evaluation are stressed.  A thorough use of library resources is required for the bibliography unit and the final research paper.  Priority will be given to students taking the class for college credit.  Prerequisite:  English 101. Second Semester. 12th grade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short Stories

            This course will focus on reading and analyzing selected short stories from a variety of genres and time periods.  Students are expected to participate in the class discussions and write essays to demonstrate reading comprehension and express themselves.  Students are to gain an understanding of common themes and literary characteristics.  Grades 9-12.  Full year.

 

World Literature

            This course will offer students the opportunity to explore and study a variety of world literature.  We will work to understand the literature in its cultural and historical contexts and seek to increase our understanding and appreciation of the complex and diverse world we inhabit.  In this class, students will read and write about selections of literature from around the world and from numerous time eras.  Prerequisite:  Enjoyment of reading and discussing world literature.  Grades 10-12.  Full Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Spanish I

Students begin to build vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation skills through multi-disciplinary readings and conversations.  Grammar covered includes present tense, articles, adjective agreement, and question formation.  Grades 10-12.  Prerequisite: Recommend “B” average or better in Language Arts or approval by teacher.  Full year. 

 

Spanish II

After a review of Spanish I vocabulary and grammar, students continue to build vocabulary and communication skills.  New grammar covered includes comparative and superlatives, simple future and present progressive, demonstrative progressive adjectives, the present progressive tenses, and commands.  Emphasis will be on combining these skills to better understand written and oral Spanish and express themselves orally and in written form.  Grades 11-12.  Prerequisite: Recommend “B” or better in Spanish I.  Full year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                  HEALTH

 

Health

For this class, each student will have the opportunity to complete basic first aid and study safety prevention issues.  There will be a study of communicable diseases including STD’s and AID’s.  Fitness and Wellness will also be studied in this course.  Semester course.  Grade 10.

 

College Health

            This course will be concerned with modern day health problems.  Major areas of concern will be covered along with tips for action and practical advice which can apply to each student’s life.  Students will be given the opportunity to personally apply the knowledge gained in this class to their own life experience.  EPN-2nd Sem.

 

 

 

 

 

PERSONAL FINANCE

Personal Finance

            Understanding and managing personal finances are key to one’s future financial success.  This one-semester course is based on the Missorui Personal Finance Competencies and presents essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about real world financial issues.  Students will learn hwo 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.  This 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 10.  Semester course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES

 

Housing and Interior Design I.

Students will evaluate economic, personal, and environmental factors that affect our housing choices.  This course will prepare students to understand to basics the basics of buying or renting.  They will understand basic interior and exterior construction and renovation.  In this course, students will be required to design basic floor plans drawn to scale using a template, green design, and technology.  Students will also examine careers related to housing and interior design.  This class will examine housing styles of past, present, and future.  First semester. Grades 9-12.

 

Housing and Interior Design II.

            This course is a continuation of Housing and Interior Design I.  Students will have further experience in creating an aesthetic living environment. Students will learn about the principles and elements of design through projects about color, furniture, architectural details, and finishes. The class will examine elements of effective design and students will apply it through their personal design plans.   Prerequisite:  Housing and Interior Design I.  2nd Semester course. Grades 9-12.

 

Learning and Working with Children (Child Development)

            This class will focus on fetal development in the womb and effects of pregnancy (including teen pregnancy) on the family.  Students will have an opportunity to work with children and create age appropriate games, toys, and food.  Students will also analyze health concerns and be certified in infant/child CPR.  This class will examine developmental stages (physical, social, emotional and cognitive) from conception to year 3.  Possible projects:  Empathy Belly, Pre-School May Day Party, and Baby Think It Over.  First semester.  Grades 9-12.

 

Career and Family Leadership

            This course is a comprehensive program that describes the general study of family and consumer sciences including how individuals positively develop family, career, and work roles.  Key components of career explorations including career research, resume creation, and job interviews.  Students will work to further develop a positive self-concept, leadership, communication, and decision-making skills.  FCCLA projects are an integral part of instruction, including community service projects.  2nd semester.  Grades 9-12.

 

 

COOKING for Health/Nutrition and Wellness

This is a course where students learn the importance of nutrition and how to apply good nutrition to their lives. Students enrolled in this course will comprehend and evaluate nutrition principles.  Students will learn how to manage their resources to promote good health and will have experience in developing food preparation skills and meal management. This course will also examine food principles and traditions from other countries and cultures.  Possible projects: Week Food Lab Experience, Thanksgiving Dinner, etc. Full year. Grades 9-12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                          INDUSTRIAL ARTS 

 

Introduction to Building Trades

            This course will cover safety, materials, and techniques.  The focus will be on carpentry with introduction to electrical and plumbing.  Students will work in the classroom, shop, and job site.  This course will prepare students for more in depth understanding of this career path.  Students will not be expected to purchase tools or materials for this course.  However, students will be expected to furnish materials needed for personal projects (if selected).  Random drug testing is required.  This year long course is highly recommended for students wanting to enroll in Building Trades during their junior and/or senior year.  Grades 9- 12.  This class may not be repeated.

 

Building Trades

The purpose of this course is to further students’ knowledge of safety, tools, methods, materials, math skills, and business skills used in residential construction.  The emphasis is on residential carpentry but includes some study of concrete, plumbing, electrical wiring, and blueprint reading.  Students spend time both in the classroom and working "hands on" with a variety of materials building various projects in school and on site.  This course offers opportunities for exploratory experiences in drafting equipment and techniques, residential floor plans, scale drawings, sectional views, and careers in drafting and design.  Students are recommended to carry accident insurance, have signed permission from legal guardian, and sign an agreement to obey all articles in the Student Handbook.  Random drug testing is required.  For those in the building trades program, the recommended courses are:  Intro BT or AG. Science I.  Grades 11 and 12.  Teacher approval is required.  It is strongly recommended that students participate in Skills USA.

 

                                                        MATHEMATICS

 

 

Algebra I

This course will stress the understanding of the structure of the real number system and functions including linear, piecewise, quadratic, and exponential.  Other concepts include rational exponents, factoring, inequalities, and systems.   Grades 8-9.

 

Algebra II

 

This course builds on the skills developed in Algebra I.  Algebra II progresses to more advanced concepts involving quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and inverse functions.  Rational and radical equations are also explored.  Other concepts include irrational and complex numbers, simplifying radicals, factoring, systems of equations and inequalities, and composition of functions. Grades 9-10. Prerequisite:  Algebra I.

 

Geometry

A deductive approach, which promotes logical thinking, is utilized in studying geometric concepts involving plane figures.  General concepts covered include parallel relationships, congruence, similarity, transformations, and coordinate geometry.  Other topics covered are special triangles, circles, basic trigonometric functions, and probability.  Writing proofs is included throughout the course.  Algebraic skills are reviewed through applications in solving problems.  Grades 10-12.

 

Pre-calculus

This course is for juniors and seniors and is designed to be an introduction to analysis and topics in calculus.  This study includes relations and functions in algebra and trigonometry; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices and determinants; introduction to discrete algebra; solutions of triangles; inverses of algebraic and trigonometric functions; trigonometric identities; and an introduction to analytic geometry.  Graphing calculators preferred (but can be provided when necessary).  Prerequisites:   “C” in Algebra I and Algebra II.  Full year.

 

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.   Prerequisite:  Algebra I and II. ACT math score of 20.  1st Semester.  Dual credit. Grades11-12.

 

 

College Trigonometry

            Student learning outcomes include:  geometric foundations of trigonometry, unit circle, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, equations and inequalities, inverse functions, law of sine and cosine, vectors, complex numbers and DeMoivre’s theorem.  2nd Semester.  Dual credit. Grades 11-12.

 

Calculus

            This college prep course is a continuation of pre-calculus.  Derivatives, integrals, and the application of both will be explored.  Familiarity with a graphing calculator is not required but recommended.  Prerequisite:  “C” or higher in pre-calculus.  Grade 12.  Full year.

 

 

AP Statistics

            The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data.  Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:

            1.  Exploring Data:  Describing patterns and departures from patterns

            2.  Sampling and Experimentation:  Planning and conducting a study

3.  Anticipating Patterns:  Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation

4.  Statistical Inference:  Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses

Students do not have to take the AP Exam.  It is optional, but highly encouraged.  Prerequisite:  “C” or higher in Algebra II.  Three years of high school math recommended.  Familiarity with graphing calculator is recommended but not required.  Grade 12.  Full year.

 

 

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 thoroughly discussed question by question.  Mini-lessons will be given on areas from all four main test groups with a concentration on grammar and higher math concepts such as Trig.  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.  Grades 11-12.  Either semester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                 MUSIC

 

Band

            Band a year long course offering students the opportunity to participate in a large instrumental ensemble.  Band members will perform with the marching, pep, and concert bands.  The marching band performs at all home varsity football games and numerous parades and field show competitions, the pep band at all home varsity basketball games, and the concert band at several concerts throughout the year, including the Christmas Concert, An Evening with the Arts, and Graduation.  Extra opportunities include but are not limited to All-District and All-State Band, Conference Band, District and State Music Festival, and various honor bands.  Students will be expected to participate in all regular activities (marching, pep, and concert bands) as well as attend extra rehearsals beyond the regularly scheduled class time.  Prerequisites:  (1) participate in the instrumental music program in previous years, or (2) audition for admittance.

 

Vocal Music

Vocal music is a course offered to students in grades 9-12 interested in singing in a choral group.  It is to give the students a chance to further their interests in music through the vocal element.  The selection of music will be varied in style and types of music.  Students will have at least two performances per year, winter and spring.  They will be allowed to perform with other schools in conference choirs and have the opportunity to perform a solo or in a small ensemble at district contest.

 

Music Appreciation

            This class is a first semester class devoted to learning the different aspects of music.  The class will participate in a variety of activities.  The class will consist of lectures, listening, and music activities.  This class is open to students that are enrolled in grades 9-12.

 

Introduction to Fine Arts

This 2nd semester course integrates the visual and performing arts, creates a strong multicultural performing arts perspective, and links music to other curricular areas.  This class is open to students that are enrolled in grades 9-12.

 

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.  Grades 11-12.  EPN.

 

Drum Line

            Drum line is a percussion performance group, and this class counts as a fine art credit.  The drum line may perform at competitions in the fall, at all varsity basketball games, and in the spring, is grouped into several smaller percussion ensembles.  Every ensemble that has shown themselves prepared for success competes at the District Music Festival, and upon receiving a “I” rating, continues on to State Music Festival.  The drum line is made up of a very dedicated group of percussionists.  Morning practices and weekend obligations will be required.  This course is open to anyone by audition (spring) or by teacher approval.  It is not always necessary to be a percussionist to participate in this course, however, it is necessary each student be enrolled in high school band to enroll in this course.

 

 

Guitar

            Guitar is a yearlong course offering students the opportunity to learn how to play beginning guitar.  Those enrolled will learn how to read simple music notation, basic rhythmic notation, guitar tablature, guitar/piano chords, basic music theory, and learn how to fingerpick in first and second position.  These students will be given the opportunity to learn how to create guitar music based off of music notation for other instruments, such as piano.  Students who enroll in guitar class must provide their own guitar.  Grades 9-12.

 

Dramatic Arts:

            This class will explore numerous aspects of theater, its history, stagecraft, playwrights, performance, interpretation, and criticism.  Students will produce and participate in dramatic performance.  Grades 11-12.        


 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Co-ed Physical Education

This course provides each person with several opportunities from assessment of personal fitness levels to development of lifetime activities and skills and a general knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of team sports.  This course will utilize games, sports, and other vigorous fitness activities to help each individual student become aware of lifetime activities that they can use past high school.

 

 

Co-ed Physical Development

A class devoted to helping develop the human body, (especially the muscular and cardiovascular systems, along with motor skills.)  Students achieve fitness through aerobic, anaerobic, with plyometric and agility skill work.  Class generally involves using the weight room, plyometric and agility work, and other activities.  Students are graded on dressing out, attendance, participation, work habits, and some written, skill and fitness testing.

 

Advanced Girls Physical Development

            A class devoted to helping develop the human body, especially the muscular and cardiovascular systems, along with motor skills.  Students achieve fitness through aerobic, anaerobic, with plyometric and agility skill work.  Class generally involves using the fitness center, plyometric and agility work, and other activities.  The class will offer other more advanced workouts and more strenuous components to the workouts.  Students will be expected to be at higher levels of training and conditioning than Physical Development students.  Students will be graded on dressing out, attendance, participation, and attitude.  The students will have some written assignments, skills test and fitness testing.  This course is for girls participating in a sport.  Grades 9-12.

 

Advanced Boys Physical Development

            A class devoted to helping develop the human body, especially the muscular and cardiovascular systems, along with motor skills.  Students achieve fitness through aerobic, anaerobic, with plyometric and agility skill work.  Class generally involves using the fitness center, plyometric and agility work, and other activities.  The class will offer other more advanced workouts and more strenuous components to the workouts.  Students will be expected to be at higher levels of training and conditioning than Physical Development students.  Students will be graded on dressing out, attendance, participation, and attitude.  The students will have some written assignments, skills test and fitness testing.  This course is for football boys.  Grades 9-11.

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

 

 

 

Biology

Biology focuses on the ways different organisms perform the same life functions.  Students will learn/discover how similar all organisms are in fundamental ways.  In addition, human biology and the role of humans in the biosphere are emphasized.  Grade 10.

 

Physical Science

This course will focus mainly on properties of matter and the structure of the atom and how it is related to our knowledge of electricity, sound and light, chemistry, and energy sources.  Films, demonstrations, and lab work will be used to illustrate these concepts.  Grade 9.

 

 

Chemistry I

This course is an introduction to general chemistry that focuses primarily on the physical properties of chemistry and learning the periodic table.  Chemistry is somewhat mathematical in nature and an understanding of basic algebra is necessary.  The concepts learned during class are applied daily in homework assignments and reinforced through laboratory work.  Students will supply their own calculator.   Grades 10- 12.   Prerequisite:  Algebra I, Biology (to take as a sophomore must have had an B average both semesters in Freshman Biology)

 

Chemistry II

This class is a continuation of Chemistry which  focuses on chemical reactions and the more advanced concepts of chemistry with more math involved than in Chemistry I.  Daily homework will be assigned to clarify the abstract concepts involved.  Concepts will also be reinforced through lab experiments.  Students need to provide their own scientific calculator.  This is an upper level, weighted course that requires a lot of work and dedication from the students.  Prerequisite:  Chemistry I.   Grade 11-12.

 

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, forces, vectors, energy, matter, waves, just to name a few.  Students are required to supply their own calculators, protractors, and rulers.  Prerequisite:  Algebra I, enrolled in Algebra II.  EPN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoology

            Zoology is the study of animals and the principles that govern life.

Topics include cell structure and function, molecular basis of heredity (genetics), biological change, diversity, anatomy and physiology, classification and taxonomy, ecology, invertebrates, vertebrates, animal behavior and organisms in their environment, conservation, and preservation.  The course is designed to teach students the basic principles of the diversity of life through the application of knowledge, classification, and laboratory investigation.  Zoology is an elective course typically taken in a student's junior or senior year. The prerequisite is successful (C or better) completion of two years of high school science.

 

Ecology

Like all other sciences, environmental science is a process of satisfying curiosities about why things are the way they are and about how things happen the way they do.  This course will enable the student to identify and suggest solutions to environmental problems.  The course will include a study of ecosystems, climatic factors such as “The Greenhouse Effect”, “The Throwaway Society, population dynamics and energy relations.  There will be some outdoor activities. Grades 9-12.

 

Earth Science

            Earth Science is the name for the group of sciences that deals with Earth and its neighbors in space.  Areas of study include geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.  This course will involve hands-on labs especially in the study of rocks and minerals.  Recommended Prerequisites:  Physical Science and Chemistry I. Grades 9-12.

 

College Earth Science

            This course will provide an overview of earth science with application to the environment.  The course will integrate the fundamentals of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and related concepts of astronomy.  Labs and research will be incorporated as a portion of the course.  Prerequisites include successful completion of at least two high school science courses.  11-12.  3.5 GPA or higher is required.

 

Physiology and Anatomy

            This course focuses primarily on the structure and functions of the human body necessary to sustain life.  Students will need to become familiar with a good deal of anatomical terminology and will learn organ systems from simple to increasingly complex levels.  This course will cover material at a fairly rapid pace.  Labs will be used to enhance the understanding of physiology of the different systems.  Students are asked to relate current events to the course by reviewing articles and journals.  Grades 10-12.  Prerequisite:  Biology (to take as a sophomore must have had at least a B average both semesters in freshman Biology.

 

AP Biology

            AP Biology is a course taught at the college Freshmen biology major’s level.  The course is designed around the AP Labs, which are the core of the AP test given at the end of the year.  Since this is a college level course expectations will be at a college course level.  You will be expected to read the chapters prior to lecture and to take notes during the lecture.  Labs will be completed after we have covered enough of the material in the chapter for the lab to make sense.  Class time will consist of lectures and labs.  Prerequisities:  Biology and Anatomy or Chemistry.

 

 


SOCIAL STUDIES

Economics

            Explore the roles of consumers and producers in economic life.  Shows how money, goods, and services flow.  Explore in depth the role of consumers, workers, business, and government.  Grades 9.  1st semester course.

 

World History

World History gives us knowledge of yesterday so we can have a guide for tomorrow.  World History is a record of past events starting out with pre-historic and progressing to the present.  It includes the impact that men and women, nations, geography, governments, trade, manufacturing, religion, wars, art, literature, and music has had on the world.  World History tells us how other cultures have developed and the influence they’ve had on our own.  Grade 9.  2nd semester course. 

 

Government

During Government, the study of the process of the government and politics will occur.  Students will study the U.S. and MO Constitution, government institutions, and the American political system.  Grade 11.  Full year.

 

American History

This course examines significant historical eras in American history:  the Civil War; Reconstruction and Civil Rights; Industrial Revolution; Political and Social Reform; American Expansionism; World Wars I and II; the Great Depression and New Deal; evolution of modern American society, economically, socially, and politically; the Cold War and Vietnam conflicts; and America in the modern world.   Grade 10.  Full year.

 

Psychology

Psychology is the study of human behavior and the understanding of "why people do what they do."  This class approaches psychology both scientifically and behavioristically.  Topics studied include:  learning, memory, thinking, personality, abnormal behavior, stress, sensation and perception, psychological testing, and social institutions.  This elective semester class is recommended for college-bound students and for any student interested in the study of self.  Grade 11-12. 1st Semester.

 

Sociology

A survey course concerned with the study of human relationships in groups and of the structures and organizations that develop within human society.  Emphasis is placed on various social phenomena and the theories that attempt to explain them.  This elective semester class is recommended for college-bound students and for any student interested in the study of self.   Grades 11-12. 2nd Semester.

 

World Geography

            Exploring the world in this World Geography course will help you learn about the world’s regions, countries, and important global issues that affect the people living there.  Along with this, you will learn where the world’s countries, major cities and landforms are located.  Grades 9-12.  Full year.

 

History of War

            This course examines the history of armed conflict during ancient times to the present.  Ancient and modern leadership and warfare will be examined, as well as, the political, economic, social, and cultural forces that shaped the direction and outcomes of military conflicts.  Grades 9-12.  Full year.

 

 

CADET TEACHING

 

        Students will work with teachers in the elementary or middle school by grading papers, working with individual students, presenting lessons, preparing bulletin boards, etc.  Each cadet teacher will keep a weekly journal and do a quarterly project.  Each cadet is required to be an active member of Future Teachers of America for one year prior to cadet teaching.  Grades 10, 11 & 12 with a “C” average.  The FTA advisor is responsible for placing the cadet teacher.  Grades are a cooperative effort between the FTA advisor and the supervising teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

Scholar Bowl:  9-12  tryouts are usually held in the fall.

 

Cheerleaders:  9-12  tryouts held in spring for the following year.

 

DECA: Organization for students enrolled in marketing classes.

 

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA):  9-12  organization for students enrolled in a business or business-related class.

 

Future Farmers of America (FFA):  9-12  organization for students enrolled in a vocational-agricultural class.

 

Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA):  9-12  organization for students who have completed or are enrolled in a family and consumer science’s class for one semester.

 

Future Teachers of America (FTA):  9-12  have interest in a teaching career.

 

Junior-Senior Play:  Open to all juniors and seniors, tryouts in the fall, interest in dramatics and reading.

 

National Honor Society:  For grades 11-12.  Must have a G.P.A. of 3.5 Eligible students will go through a selection process.

 

Sports Available:

Basketball        Co-ed Golf      Football           Baseball           Girls Softball   Track

 

Student Council:  Grades 9-12.

 

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) :  Grades 9-12.

 

FLAG CORPS:  9-12

 

Yearbook:  Must be enrolled in Computerized Publications.  Art I recommended.  Interest in writing, layout, photography, and proofreading.

 

VICA:  Must be enrolled in a vocational building trades.  Grades 11-12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Any class offered for college credit.

Advanced Placement Courses

Chemistry II

Physics

Calculus

Accounting III

 

GPAs are calculated by number of grade points/attempted credits.

 

Non-Weighted             Weighted

 

A=4.0                          A=5.0

B=3.0                          B=4.0

C=2.0                          C=3.0

D=1.0                          D=2.0

F=0.0                           F=0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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