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St. Paul High School Course Catalog

  

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1ST & Washington
St. Paul, KS  66771
Ph: 620.449.2245
FAX: 620.449.8960

Warren McGown - Principal
wmcgown@usd505.org

Marti Tuck - Counselor
 mtuck@usd505.org   

THIS CATALOG MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

CONSULT SCHOOL OR ONLINE STUDENT HANBOOK FOR COURSE UPDATES.

 

20012-2013 School Year
Directory

Graduation Requirements
Regents of Qualified Admissions Pre-College Curricula
Pre- College Curriculum Requirements for State Scholarship Applicants
NCAA Eligibility Requirements
Required and Suggested Subjects, Recommended Sequences
Miscellaneous Notes
Course Description Catalog Contents
Department: Fine Arts
Department: Foreign Language
Department: Health, Physical Education, Recreation
Department: Independent Studies
Department: Language Arts
Department: Mathematics
Department: Science (Natural and Physical)
Department: Social Sciences
Department: Technology Studies
Department: Business
Department: Agricultural Education

I.   St. Paul, USD#505, St. Paul HIGH SCHOOL, GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS...
The minimum requirements for graduation are twenty-five (25) units and will include the following:
    Four (4) units of Language Arts.  
   Three (3) units of social sciences.  This shall include one unit each of U.S.   
     History and of U.S. Government plus one social science elective.
    Three (3) units of science, one of which must be a lab science.
    Three (3) units of mathematics.
    One (1) unit of health/physical education.
    One (1) unit of Fine Arts
    One (1) unit of Business (beginning with the Class of 2013)

II.   KANSAS BOARD of REGENTS QUALIFIED ADMISSIONS PRE-COLLEGE CURRICULUM...
Under the provisions of the 1996 House Bill Number 2668, a graduate of an accredited Kansas high school is entitled to admission to a State Board of Regents’ Institution (Emporia State, Fort Hays State, Kansas University, Kansas State, Pittsburgh State, Wichita State) if the student has completed the pre-college curriculum prescribed by the State Board of Regents (and listed herein) with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale).  The law also specifies that a graduate is eligible for admission if s/he has a composite ACT score of not less than 21 or ranks in the top third of his/her high school class upon completion of seven or eight semesters of study.  
   Four (4) units of English, at least one per year
   Three (3) units of mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II, and geometry)
   Three (3) units of social sciences, including 1 unit U.S. History, ½ unit U.S. Government
   Three (3) units of natural sciences (one unit must be chemistry or physics)

III. KANSAS SCHOLARS CURRIULUM -PRE-COLLEGE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS FOR STATE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS...
As a Kansas high school graduate, you may be eligible for state-sponsored scholarship programs.  
          State Scholarship Program
          Minority Scholarship Program
          Kansas Teachers Scholarship
See the Kansas Board of Regents website for a full listing of state scholarships

To be eligible for one of these scholarships, you must complete all the required courses for the pre-college curriculum plus an additional three units, as follows:
           Math: one additional unit of advanced math (total of four units required)
           Foreign language: two units of one foreign language
           Natural science: one unit in biology, one unit in chemistry, and one unit in physics.

IV.  NCAA ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS...
Students wishing to meet NCAA eligibility requirements should check the NCAA website for the requirements to Division I and Division II schools.

                 
V.  MISCELLANEOUS NOTES...
A student at St. Paul High School is required to be enrolled in seven units per semester.
Independent courses may be arranged for individual students with the approvals of the principal and the counselor.  St. Paul High School is committed to meeting the needs of its students.
Not all classes described in this catalog will be offered every year.  Other classes may be modified to fit the schedule.  
For further information about St. Paul High School, consult the student handbook or contact the principal or counselor.

VI.  COURSE DESCRIPTION CATALOG CONTENTS...

DEPARTMENT: FINE ARTS                                                           

Course Title: Ceramics (Art Class)
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: Students will be exposed to a variety of ceramic techniques, including coli, slab,   and pinch method.

Course Title: Design (Art Class)
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: This is a multi-media class, using the elements and principles of design as a guide toward making artwork more commercial in appearance.

Course Title: Drawing (Art Class)
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: Students use a variety of dry media:  Pencil, colored pencil, marker, chalk, and charcoal.  They will be exposed to the elements of art.

Course Title: Painting (Art Class)
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: Students will use a variety of wet media, including acrylic, watercolor, tempera, and oil paint.

Course Title: Printmaking (Art Class)
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: Students will be exposed to the four main types of printmaking: relief, intaglio, lithography, and serigraphy.

Course Title: Sculpture (Art Class)
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: Students will use a variety of media including clay, plaster, balsa foam, and various other 3D media.

Course Title: Instrumental Music (Band)
    Course length: One year, M-F
    Course Credit: 1 (May be repeated for credit.)
    Grade Level Recommendation: 7-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: Participation in band teaches the student the fundamentals of music reading, introduces the student to a variety of music styles, encourages team work, and promotes self-discipline.  The student will learn to demonstrate ensemble skills, music techniques, listening skills, and artistry.  Band is a performance class.  Performances include (but are not limited to): pep band for home athletic events; pep rallies; concerts; league clinic; and KSHSAA regional and state music festival.  Band members are encouraged (but not required) to perform as individuals or as members of small ensembles for competitive festivals.  Band director may require a certain code of dress for performance. Students who previously have exited the instrumental music program are encouraged to resume their musical studies. It is recommended for students to stay with the same instrument, but they may, with permission of teacher, learn a new instrument. May be repeated for credit.

Course Title: Vocal Music (Choir)
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: 1 (May be repeated for credit.)
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: The Choir works to learn how to read music better, learning to read parts and to harmonize, is introduced to a variety of music styles from classical and sacred to popular, and is encouraged to work as a team toward a common goal.  Vocal music is a performance group which will present at a variety of concerts, festivals, and community functions.  Members of the choir are encouraged to, but are not required, to perform as individuals or as members of small ensembles for public performance and/or competitive festivals.  The Choir director may require a certain code of dress for performances.

Course Title: Stage Band
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: 1 (May be repeated for credit.)
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Elective

DEPARTMENT: FOREIGN LANGUAGE                                                     

Course Title: Spanish I
    Course length: One year, M-F
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: Spanish I introduces the students to the fundamental sounds, vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure of the Spanish language..  Students are able to converse with the instructor at a primary Spanish level.

Course Title: Spanish II
    Course length: One year, M-F
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 10-12
    Prerequisite: Spanish I
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: Spanish II continues the instruction of Spanish I, using advanced workbooks, textbooks, and electronic media.  In addition to vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure, Spanish II involves the student in extended reading, writing, and interpretations in Spanish.  Students use Spanish classroom expressions and situational activities to simulate real life Spanish conversations.  

 

DEPARTMENT: HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, RECREATION                  

Course Title: Driver’s Education
    Course length: As prescribed by law
    Course Credit: 1/4
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
    Prerequisite: High school students aged 14 or older; parental permission
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Special Note:   Driver’s Education is taken outside regular school hours during the summer until the course requirements are completed.
    Description: Driver’s Education is open to any high school student who is 14 years of age or older.  The District and the State of Kansas set the requirements for completion of this class.  It is designed to introduce basic driving skills. Students will complete the prescribed course of study which includes the study and practice of driving skills, specific driving situations, and defensive driving strategies. At the successful completion of the class, the student may apply for a license (restricted license for those aged 15; Class C license for those aged 16 or older).  This is a summer course.

Course Title: Health / Physical Education
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Requirement
    Description: Health is normally a freshmen level course offered in conjunction with physical education.  One-half credit of health is required by the District and State for graduation.  Health introduces the student to many health-related topics which may include: the basics of nutrition, diet and exercise, bodily functions, the skeletal system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, drug and alcohol awareness, stress management, diseases and disorders, human sexuality, AIDS awareness, first aid, and CPR training Physical education is offered in conjunction with health.  Physical education teaches the student how to exercise properly, provides the student with life-long fitness capabilities, and instructs the student in ways to fight obesity and coronary disease.  Some of the activities introduced in physical education may include: weight training, bike riding, archery, badminton, bowling, fishing, golf, team sports, dance, aerobics, and more..

Course Title:  Lifetime Fitness
                Course length:  Full year
                Course Credit:  1
                Grade Level Recommendation:  10-12
                Prerequisite:  None
                Equipment Requirements: Athletic clothing and “gym” shoes
                Requirement or Elective:  Elective
                Description:  An introduction to the benefits of exercise.  Weights, plyometrics, and stretching techniques are used to meet goals.  There is a stress on the benefits of exercise for a lifetime.  May not be repeated for credit.

DEPARTMENT: INDEPENDENT STUDIES

A student wanting or needing a course which is not on the class schedule may request the course be offered as an independent study.  Enrollment in an independent study course will be contingent upon one or more of the following: (1) available teaching staff certified in the area; (2) time allowances; (3) an acceptable syllabus of the course which would include goals and objectives, minimum competency standards, and scope and sequence; and (4) permission from parent and administration.  Independent studies may be under the jurisdiction of an on-staff teacher or through distance-learning offerings.

DEPARTMENT: LANGUAGE ARTS                                                         

Course Title: English I
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 9
                Prerequisite: None
                Requirement or Elective: Requirement
                Description: The student will complete individualized assignments in grammar, usage, mechanics, and composition determined by pretests.  The student will complete a vocabulary lesson in Vocabulary Workshop each week.  The student will read four novels and prepare a critique for each.  The student will choose the novels, and the teacher will approve them.  The student will study literary terms and will apply that knowledge while reading short stories, poetry, plays, and nonfiction.  The student will develop special projects for The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, and Great Expectations.

Course Title: English II
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 10
                Prerequisite: English I
                Requirement or Elective: Requirement
                Description: he student will complete individualized assignments in grammar, usage, mechanics, and composition determined by pretests. The student will read four novels and prepare a critique for each. The student will read selected novels, and complete the related activities to accompany selected readings.  The student will study literary terms and will apply that knowledge while reading short stories, poetry, plays, and nonfiction.  The student will study the history of drama from Ancient Greece (Antigone) to medieval Arthurian legends to Shakespeare (Julius Caesar) to the modern stage (I Never Sang for My Father).  Each student will develop special projects for the literary units.

Course Title: English III
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 11
                Prerequisite: English II
                Requirement or Elective: Requirement
                Description: The student will continue with grammatical and composition studies.  The student will continue with vocabulary lessons. English III includes a survey of American literature from colonial times to the present.  Emphasis is placed on studying works of major American authors in the context of the unfolding American history and culture.  Particular units covered include the play Our Town and The Glass Menagerie; quarterly book reports are required from the works of Steinbeck, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald. Regular vocabulary activities and composition work plus projects of various types are also included as requirements of the course.

Course Title: English IV
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 12
                Prerequisite: English III
                Requirement or Elective: Requirement
                Description: English IV students continue their study of grammar, composition, and vocabulary. They will read novels by English Authors and complete the related activities. The course concentrates on a British literature survey covering Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, and Macbeth. Other plays studied include Pygmalion and The Importance of Being Earnest.  Regular vocabulary study and required outside-of-class reading are also part of English IV.

Course Title: Speech/Forensics
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: None; Students may earn a Forensics letter.
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Weekend competitions.
    Description: Public speaking, competitive speaking and dramatic technique.  Speaking for various audiences.  Techniques for speaking and communication studies are covered.

DEPARTMENT: MATHEMATICS                                                  

INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Students are required by the District to successfully complete three (3) units of mathematics.  USD #505 strongly encourages its students to take as many math classes as possible in order to prepare for further schooling and/or career choices.

Course Title: Algebra I
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 9-10
                Prerequisite: Placement by instructors
                Equipment Requirements: Scientific calculator and ruler
                Requirement or Elective: See introductory note
                Description: This course is the introduction to the study of the language of mathematics.  This is a pivotal course, critical for establishing the foundation upon which more advanced math courses will rely.  A student’s future success or failure in math is often determined by this course.  The student will describe many types of patterns of numbers, work with formulas, discuss unknowns (variables), graph ideas, and study mathematical computer programs.  Algebraic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division will be defined and studied, as will lines, distance, slopes, exponents, polynomials, and systems of equations.

Course Title: Algebra II
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 10-12
                Prerequisite: Algebra 1
                Equipment Requirements: Scientific calculator and ruler
                Requirement or Elective: See introductory note
                Description: This course continues the study of the language of mathematics begun in Algebra I.  This is the firs foray into higher math and is a necessary preparation for both calculus and college algebra. The student will be introduced to and study variations and their graphs, linear relations, matrices, systems, quadratic equations (including parabolas), functions, powers and roots, exponents and logarithms, trigonometry, and polynomials.  The student will also use the graphing capabilities of computers and calculators to investigate several of these topics.

Course Title: Geometry
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 9-11
                Prerequisite: Algebra I
                Equipment Requirements: Scientific calculator, ruler, protractor, compass
                Requirement or Elective: See introductory note
                Description: This course diverges from algebra and introduces a broad range of geometric concepts necessary for students taking the Kansa State Math Assessment test.  This course will provide the student with opportunities to study two and three dimensional geometry and relate them to real life situations. Topics covered are points, lines, planes, networks, angles, transformations and congruence, polygons, measurement formulas, three-dimensional figures, area, volume, coordinate geometry, similarity, and proofs.  Algebra skills will be reinforced.

Course Title: Pre-Calculus
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 11-12
                Prerequisite: Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry
                Equipment Requirements: Scientific calculator and ruler
                Requirement or Elective: Elective; See introductory note
                Description: This course is an introduction into the mathematical area of Calculus. The student will study statistics, functions, trigonometry functions, circular functions and their graphs, transformations, powers, exponents and logarithms, probability and simulation, sequences, series, combinations, and matrices.  The students will also use the graphing capabilities of computers and calculators to investigate several of these topics.

Course Title:  Calculus
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit:  1
                Grade Level Recommendation:  12
                Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus
                Equipment Requirements:  Scientific calculator and ruler
                Requirement or Elective:  Elective; See introductory note
                Description:  Students will learn functions and graphs, limits, tangent lines, continuity, the definition of the derivative, rates of change, differentiation rules, maxima-minima, and applications of the derivative.

DEPARTMENT: SCIENCE (Natural and Physical)                                     

INTRODUCTORY NOTE: The student is required by the State and the District to take and pass three units of science, one of which must be a lab.  The District strongly encourages each student to take as many science classes as possible in order to prepare for future schooling and career success.

Course Title: Anatomy and Physiology
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 11-12
                Prerequisite: Biology
                Requirement or Elective: Elective; See introductory note
                Description: Anatomy and Physiology is the study of the structure and function of the human body and its parts and how it carries on life processes.  Class studies go from cells to the different systems of the human body.  This class is a higher level class designed for those wanting more information about the human body and for those interested in a health related career.  This class will involve labs and some dissections.  A & P is a lab course.

Course Title:  Advanced Biology
                Course length:  One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 11-12
                Prerequisite:  Biology
                Requirement or Elective: Elective
                Description:  Introductory college level biology class.  Will fulfill an introductory college biology requirement.  Includes the study of basic biological principles, plants, animals, microorganisms, and the environment in which these organisms live.  May enroll for college credit through NCCC.  All tuition and fees are the responsibility of the student.  Advanced Biology is a lab course.

Course Title: Biology
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 10
                Prerequisite: None
                Requirement or Elective: See introductory note
                Description: Biology is the study of life from the cell to the complete organism.  Biology deals with the structure of living things, reproduction, genetics, and the relationships to other organisms, and society.  Additional activities involve lab work and dissection.  Biology is a lab course.

Course Title: Chemistry
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 11-12
           Prerequisite: Biology; Algebra I; completion / enrollment in Algebra II or Geometry; teacher permission
                Requirement or Elective: See introductory note
                Description: Chemistry is a higher level class.  Modern Chemistry thoroughly covers the structure of the atom, chemical reactions, and the interaction of energy and matter.  Because of the need of higher level mathematical requirements, the student must have had Algebra I and have had or be enrolled in Algebra II.  Chemistry is a lab course.

Course Title: Physical Science (General Science)
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 9
                Prerequisite: None
                Requirement or Elective: See introductory note
                Equipment Requirement: Calculator
                Description: Physical Science is an introduction to physics and chemistry.  Topics included are forces, laws of motion, energy, machines, waves, sound, light, electricity, phases of matter, solutions, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, and the periodic table of the elements. Physical Science is not a lab course.

Course Title: Physics
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 11-12
                Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or Geometry
                Requirement or Elective: See introductory note
                Equipment Requirement: Scientific calculator
                Description: Physics is the study of the physical world.  Students will use scientific principles to develop concepts that explain many things that we see around us.  Areas covered in Physics will include forces, energy, momentum, and motion.  Because of the need of higher level mathematical requirements, the student must have taken or be enrolled in Algebra II or Geometry.  Physics is a lab course.

DEPARTMENT: SOCIAL SCIENCES                                              

Course Title: U. S. Government
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 12
                Prerequisite: American History
                Requirement or Elective: Requirement
                Description: Government teaches the students how the American system of government works from the local level to the state level and on up to the national level.  Students also learn about the rights and duties that every American citizen has.  Students will study about the American government system of checks and balances, how a bill becomes a law, and other laws and traditions that govern the United States.

Course Title: American History  
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1 credit
                Grade Level Recommendation: 11
                Prerequisite: None
                Requirement or Elective: Requirement
                Description: American History covers the historical periods from the Reconstruction to the present time.

Course Title: Current Events
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Elective*
    Description: The study of local, state, national, and world events as they happen.  Students will use a variety of media to acquire news, including the Internet, TV, radio, newspaper and various news magazines. Students will practice interpreting the news, learn key information for background knowledge to base that interpretation, and discuss civil liberties, bias, and responsibility in news reporting.  Project-based.

Course Title: World Regions/Geography
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Elective*
    Description: A study of the geography of the United States and the world, the relationship of the world in space, it’s atmosphere and climates, water sources, landforms, patterns of life, and world cultures.  A study is also made of global economics and global population with an emphasis on resources and environmental change.

Course Title: World History
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 10
                Prerequisite: None
                Requirement or Elective: Elective*
                Description: World History introduces students to the major events in world history from 1350 to the present.  The student will also be introduced to world geography, religions, natural events, and many other factors which shaped world history and which still affect us today.

DEPARTMENT: TECHNOLOGY STUDIES                                                          

Course Title: Computer Applications 1
Course length: One year
Course Credit: 1
Grade Level Recommendation: 9
Prerequisite: Keyboarding
                
Description: This class is designed to introduce students to the world of computers.  Through a combination of lecture and application students will be introduced to computer technology and terms, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, database, Internet research, networking, ethics, and e-mail.  

Course Title: Computer Applications 2
Course Length: 1 year
Course Credit: 1
Grade Level Recommendation: 11-12
Prerequisite: Computers I
Requirement or Elective: Elective
Description:  Computer Application 2 is designed to broaden student’s knowledge of the world of computers.  Through application, students will increase their understanding of the Internet.  In addition, they will expand their knowledge to HTML, Web design, photo editing, and multimedia concepts.

Course Title: Desktop Publishing
                Course length: One year, M-F
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12 (may be taken more than once)
                Prerequisite: None; students selected through application process; class size limited
                Requirement or Elective: Elective
                Description: The students are responsible for the creation of the school’s yearbook & school newspaper. The student will learn the fundamentals of yearbook design, page layout, styles of writing, editing, and picture placement.  In addition, the student will learn the fundamentals of photography and dark room procedures.  The student is required to attend out-of-class activities to complete photography assignments.  Yearbook students also incorporate business skills and marketing strategies used in selling the yearbook to the public.

Course Title: In-House Training (IHT)
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 11-12
                Prerequisite: Computer Applications 1
                Requirement or Elective: Elective
                Description:   In-House Training simulates a business environment.  Students will produce documents and perform services for both the school and the community.  The class is set up similar to a work pool, where work comes into the department, is produced and is returned.

Course Title: Multimedia
    Course length: One semester
    Course Credit: 1/2
    Grade Level Recommendation: 11-12
    Prerequisite: Computer Apps 2
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: Students will create multimedia presentations using digital video and digital presentation software.  

Course Title: Web Page Design
    Course length: One semester
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 11-12
    Prerequisite: Computer Apps 2
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: Students will build web pages using both HTML and web page authoring software.

DEPARTMENT: BUSINESS                                   ______   

Course Title: Accounting 1
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 10-12
                Prerequisite: None
                Requirement or Elective: Elective
                Description: Accounting 1 gives students a thorough background in the basic accounting procedures used to operate a business. Accounting 1 covers the accounting cycle for a service business organized as a proprietorship and a merchandising business organized as a corporation.

Course Title: Introduction to Business
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
                Prerequisite: None
                Requirement or Elective: Elective
                Description: Introduction to Business will introduce students to the world of business and help prepare them for the economic roles of consumer, worker, and citizen.  This course will serve as a background for other business courses students may take in high school and in college, assist them with consumer decision-making, prepare them for future employment, and help students to effectively perform their responsibilities as a citizen.

Course Title: Personal Finance
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 11-12
                Prerequisite: None
                Requirement or Elective: Elective
                Description: The personal finance course introduces the student to the concepts, tools, and applications of personal finance and investments.  It focuses on helping the students understand the process of financial planning and the logic that drives it.  The principles presented in this course become part of the students’ “financial personality” and are available to help them deal effectively with an ever-changing financial environment.  The purpose of this course is to educate the student in the discipline of personal finance so that he/she can successfully make and carry out a plan for their financial future.

Course Title: Marketing
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 11-12
                Prerequisite: None
                Requirement or Elective: Elective

DEPARTMENT: AGRICULTURE EDUCATION______________________________

Course Title: Advanced Agricultural Mechanics
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 12
    Prerequisite: Ag Ed & Ag Mechanics 1 & 2
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: This class is designed to give students a working knowledge of many aspects of the Agricultural Mechanics Industry.  General metal shop work, basic electrical wiring, basic plumbing skills, and concrete work will be stressed.  There may also be some wood project construction as the need arises.  FFA and record keeping will be stressed.  

Course Title: Agricultural Education
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 9-12
                Prerequisite: None
                Requirement or Elective: Elective
                Description: Introductory course in agricultural education.  The first semester includes the FFA curriculum, basic record keeping skills, beef cattle production, swine production, and horse production.  The second semester includes sheep production, plant science, shop safety, ox-gas cutting and welding, SMAW (Stick arc welding), GMAW (Wire Welding), and small project construction.  This class is designed for first time agricultural education students.

Course Title: Agricultural Business & Leadership
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 11-12
                Prerequisite: Ag Ed
                Requirement or Elective: Elective
                Description: This class is designed for students who are seeking to improve themselves, their leadership abilities, and acquire a better understanding of the agricultural business world.  This improvement will be done by applying FFA Career Development Events, agricultural history, and acquiring a better understanding of the agricultural industry in this area, state-wide, and on the national level.  Basic math and computer skills will be required.  FFA and record-keeping will be stressed.  

Course Title: Ag Mechanics I & II
                Course length: One year each
                Course Credit: 1 credit each
                Grade Level Recommendation: 10-12
                Prerequisite: Ag Ed
                Requirement or Elective: Elective
                Description: These classes give the students appropriate instruction and practice in all areas of metal shop project fabrication.  Hands-on learning is stressed b involving students in projects of their own design as well as community projects, as time permits.  FFA and record keeping will be stressed at the beginning of the year.  

Course Title: Animal Science
                Course length: One year
                Course Credit: 1
                Grade Level Recommendation: 11-12
                Prerequisite: Ag Ed
                Requirement or Elective: Elective
           Description: Animal science is the study of farm animals.  This upper-level science course studies the anatomy, physiology, genetics, reproduction, and nutrition of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, poultry, swine, horses, and aquaculture.  Concerns of the livestock industry are also addressed.  This is not a lab course.

Course Title: Plant and Soil Science I
    Course length: One year
    Course Credit: 1
    Grade Level Recommendation: 10-12
    Prerequisite: None
    Requirement or Elective: Elective
    Description: Introduces students to the important role of plants and soils in agriculture.  Students will apply the acquired knowledge.  FFA and record keeping will be stressed.  

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