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Osceola High School Course Descriptions

Technical School Course Offerings

  • AIR CONDITIONING, REFRIGERATION AND ELECTRICITY: This training program has been designed to provide students with the basic skills required in the fields of Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Electricity. Upon completion of this course students should be prepared to complete the following operations: installation, service, and maintenance of heating/cooling systems and refrigeration equipment. Students will also gain the skills required for basic house wiring and electrical troubleshooting.
  • AUTO MECHANICS: This course includes an introduction to the automotive engine and chassis design, fuel systems, engine lubrication, automotive electricity, clutch, brake, transmission, and wheel suspension systems. Students will learn by studying the theory and by hands-on experiences. In addition, students will learn the proper use, care and cleaning of tools, equipment and shop. During the second year, students will expand on the skills and fundamentals they learned in Auto Mechanics I. This course is for those individuals who wish to become a mechanic or work in an automotive related occupation.
  • BUILDING TRADES: Our Building Trades program is designed for students who want to work in the building trades field upon completion of the program. Students receive training in rough framing, finishing work, drywall application, concrete finishing, painting and cabinet making. Students will be involved in the actual construction of a residential home.

    Building trades continues to be a high demand employment area. Students completing the two year program will have been exposed to the skills necessary to seek employment in the building trades field.
  • BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY: Business Technology is a program designed for students interested in pursuing a career in some aspect of today's office environment. Students will learn office procedures and acquired skills necessary to seek employment in this field. This course also stimulates interest in careers that require additional education or training. The classroom design and atmosphere have been developed to simulate the workings of a modern office. The computers are kept current with technology, as well as the software.
  • COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING AND DESIGN I: This course has been designed to train students who are interested in pursuing a career in Drafting or a related occupational area upon graduation or who plan to continue their education in a related field of study. This course includes instruction in: Mechanical, Architectural, Structural and Machine Drafting, and Technical Illustrations (Exploded View and Assembly Drawing). Students will be instructed in both board and computer aided drawing. In addition, they will receive instruction on the use, care and learning of equipment.
  • HEALTH OCCUPATIONS: Health occupations is a program utilizing knowledge, skill and professional attitudes to explore the wide range of careers available in health services. Health Occupations will provide students with an opportunity to develop job skills necessary to become a health service assistant. The one year program is available to juniors and seniors.
  • MACHINE SHOP: Machine Shop is designed for those students who are interested in training and employment in the metal working industry. While enrolled in Machine Shop, students will learn to read blueprints and do layout work. In addition, they will learn to use and care for a variety of precision measuring tools including micrometers and calipers.
  • WELDING CONSTRUCTION I & II: This class will include instructional welding as well as actual small and large project construction. With parent and instructor approval, students can construct projects for use at home or for resale by the student.
Students interested in vocational school offerings will be transported to the Clinton Area Vocational Technical School.  Because of transportation time, these students will need to schedule a fourth hour study hall or a student may elect to take a class during the fourth hour but must have lunch on the bus during the transportation time rather than eat during the class's regularly scheduled lunch period.  The first three hours of the day will be class time for the vocational program.

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Agricultural Education

Junior High Course

 EXPLORING AGRICULTURE: A general literacy course for all junior high students designed to introduce and apply life skills related on one of America’s basic industries-agriculture. Units of instruction will include Agriculture in America, Animals in Society, Pet Care, Outdoor Recreation, Plants in our Environment, and Food and Fiber from Agriculture.

Entry Level Secondary Agriculture Courses (freshmen and sophomores)

 AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE I: This introductory course is designed for instruction in animal science, agricultural careers, leadership, parliamentary procedures, supervised agricultural experience, and basic record keeping. Instruction in shop work, woodworking and arc welding is included. (Primarily a freshman course)

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE II: This course is designed for instruction in plant and crop science, soil science, and additional instruction in leadership, careers, and supervised agricultural experience. Additional instructional time will be spent arc welding and MIG wire welding will be introduced. (Primarily a sophomore class) Prerequisite : Agricultural Science I

Advanced Secondary Agriculture Courses (juniors and seniors)

These 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.

AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT, SALES AND MAREKTING: This course combines farm management, agribusiness management, and content based on agricultural economic principles. Computer applications are included to enhance student understanding and utilization of current technology. Units include human relations, verbal and written communication, economic principles, farm planning, agribusiness functions, and business management.

GREENHOUSE OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT: This course develops a basic understanding of greenhouse techniques. The production of greenhouse crops will be used to demonstrate procedures such as planting, germinating, taking cuttings, transplanting, grafting and layering. Students will develop various skills including: plant identification, preparation of soils and soil media, irrigation practices, plant pest and disease control, and miscellaneous maintenance. Students will develop various agribusiness skills during plant sales throughout the year.

LANDSCAPING AND TURF MANAGEMENT: A course designed for instruction in landscape and turf management. This course will cover a wide range of topics including: opportunities in the landscaping and turfgrass industries, how plants grow, hand and power tools, installation and maintenance of trees, shrubs, bedding plants and ground covers, turfgrass site analysis, and evaluation, plant identification and selection, design elements, and cost estimates.

ADVANCED LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION: Advanced study in animal production, management, marketing, nutrition, breeding, production records, selection, animal health, waste management and biotechnology will be included in this course. This course will be a dual-credit course through Central Missouri State University for those students interested.

ADVANCED CROP SCIENCE: Advanced study in crop production, growing systems, plant selection, production practices, harvesting and storing, marketing, fertilization, conservation practices, chemical applications, integrated pest management, water quality, and biotechnology. This course will be a dual-credit course through Central Missouri State University for those students interested.

 AGRICULTURAL CONSTRUCTION: This course develops more advanced arc, and MIG welding skills and introduces oxy-acetylene cutting and utilizes these welding skills in the development and construction of metal projects. (Prerequisite-Successful completion of Agricultural Science I and II).

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JUNIOR HIGH BAND: Seventh and Eighth grade will continue their journey on their quest of knowledge and become competent musically. The end goal being able to solo on their instrument in a public setting.

HIGH SCHOOL BAND: The freshman through the senior classes will continue their journey on their quest of knowledge and become competent musically. The end goal being able to solo on their instrument in a public setting.

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ACCOUNTING I: This course will introduce students to basic aspects of accounting as the language of business. The course will include financial activities for a business organized as a proprietorship, as a partnership, and as a corporation.

ACCOUNTING II: This course will enhance the basic financial activities presented in Accounting I for a proprietorship, a partnership, and a corporation and expand the concepts of cost and managerial accounting with an emphasis on analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: Accounting I.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT: This is a two-semester *dual credit course designed to provide students with an understanding of how businesses work and how the parts fit together. Specifically, students will study how the business environment (financial markets, global competition, legal and regulatory system, and the industry in which the firm operates) affects business decisions and actions. Students will explore the importance of quality, teamwork, and technology in all facets of business. Prerequisite: Keyboarding.

Note: Business Management is offered every other year and rotates with Office Technology.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS: This is a one-semester course introducing students to basic software applications including word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentations, and Internet. Students will also become familiar with basic computer terminology. Prerequisite: Keyboarding.

COMPUTER LITERACY : This two-semester *dual credit course is a comprehensive study of personal computer concepts and components such as hardware, software, file management, and Internet technology. Students will examine uses of computer-based technologies, including effective uses of the web and database resources; and will demonstrate proficiency in the use of computer-based systems that will facilitate data and information management. Prerequisite: Keyboarding.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY: This course is designed to give students the skills to diagnose and repair computers and to make intelligent decisions regarding the repair or upgrade of computers. Students will also be introduced to computer networking including installation and management.

*Eligible students may earn college credit and high school credit for these classes.

 JUNIOR HIGH KEYBOARDING: This is a half-semester course designed to introduce students to correct keyboarding position and technique for touch typing. Students will also learn basic computer operations and use of the Internet for research.

KEYBOARDING: This is a first-semester course that will teach the use of the keyboard and numeric keypad using the touch system. It is aimed at developing keyboarding techniques, accuracy, and speed for both personal and business use. Students will learn basic word processing using Microsoft Word. Keyboarding is a prerequisite of other computer/business courses.

Note: Keyboarding is presented in the first semester and should be followed by Document Processing in the second semester.

DOCUMENT PROCESSING: This is a second-semester course that will build upon the skills mastered in Keyboarding. Students will improve accuracy and speed by demonstrating proper techniques for touch typing. They will also develop additional word processing skills using Microsoft Word in order to format business and personal documents in a variety of styles including letters, memorandums, reports, tables, itineraries, agendas, résumés, and more. Prerequisite: Keyboarding.

OFFICE TECHNOLOGY: This is a two-semester course designed to develop and apply technological skills to business applications. Students will become proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite including advanced word processing, advanced spreadsheet, presentations, and database. Students will be introduced to handwriting and speech recognition. Other office concepts and procedures including business communications and records management will also be presented. Prerequisite: Keyboarding/Document Processing.

Note: Office Technology is offered every other year and rotates with Business Management.

WEB PAGE DESIGN: This is a two-semester course that will instruct students on designing and creating web pages using HyperText Markup Language (HTML) as well as web authoring software. Students will learn how to manipulate graphics using various imaging software and a scanner. Students will enhance their skills in Internet research. Prerequisite: Keyboarding.

WEB PAGE DESIGN II: This is a two-semester course in which students create pages and update pages for the Osceola District Web Site. Class size is limited with priority given to students who performed well in Web Page Design. Prerequisite: Web Page Design.

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Family and Consumer Science

CAREER AND FAMILY LEADERSHIP: FACS is a one semester instructional program that provides individuals with the opportunity to explore all areas of family and consumer science. It also introduces the FCCLA organization.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT, CARE, AND GUIDANCE: This class will consist of the study of home and family life, human reproduction and child development including the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development of children through age six. It also includes a study of health and safety of children, effective parenting skills, and careers related to child development.

NUTRITION AND WELLNESS (FOODS 1): Semester class in the principles of nutrition; relationship of nutrition to the individuals health and well-being; the use and care of kitchen equipment; the selection, preparation, and care offood; meal planning needs and management to meet individual family needs and patterns of living, and the optional use of the food dollar.

ADVANCED FOODS (WORLD FOODS): This course will include the study of the principles of nutrition, food preparation and meal management in the context of foreign food studies and advanced techniques. Political, social, economic, demographic, climatic, historical, and geographic factors which are reflected in food, their preparation, and food service patterns will be studied. A research paper on a foreign country and a notebook will be assigned to each student. This is a one semester course. Prerequisite: Nutrition and Wellness (Foods I).

FAMILY LIVING AND PARENTHOOD: This is a semester course in the study of the nature, function, and significance’s of human relationships within the family/individual units. The subject matter includes concepts and principles related to various family conditions; the establishment and maintenance of relationships, preparation for family life, parenthood, family crises, work and the family, and managing family resources. It also covers a unit on human sexuality, STD’s, birth control, and abuse prevention.

FAMILY AND INDIVIDUAL HEALTH: The study of related aspects of health in family living with special emphasis on nutrition, emotional and physical health, the relationship of the health of the individual to the will-being of the family, the prevention of illness and basic care of the ill and convalescent in the home including the elderly, the young child and the handicapped.

HOUSING, HOME, FURNISHING AND INTERIOR DESIGN: This course prepares students to understand influences that effect housing decisions and living conditions. It includes a study of housing types and structures; buying, selling, renting, and remodeling; exterior and interior design, and home furnishing and equipment. Students will complete a kitchen, apartment, and a house plan project.

CUSTOM SEWING: Students will learn to create designs on paper and on computer. They will learn to transfer these designs to fabrics and then the fabric design onto a garment. They will use computer sewing machines, embroidery machines and scanner in the creation of new and original designs. Because this vocational class it may be taken for up to four units of credit.

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Fine Arts

SEVENTH GRADE ART: Art includes historical, critical, and studio experiences involving both arts and crafts. Student projects will include drawing with pencil and pastels, painting with design. Students will develop an understanding of elements of design (line, color, shape, texture, form, space, and value) and principles of design (balance, unity, contrast, emphasis, movement, rhythm, proportion, and pattern).

EIGHTH GRADE ART: Art includes historical, critical, and studio experiences involving both arts and crafts. Student projects will include drawing with pencil and pastels, painting with design. Students will develop an understanding of elements of design (line, color, shape, texture, form, space, and value) and principles of design (balance, unity, contrast, emphasis, movement, rhythm, proportion, and pattern).

DRAWING: Students will develop technical skills in the use of drawing and printmaking media.  They will create original two-dimensional artworks based upon the themes of observation, expressive figure/portrait, architecture, landscape, still life, and personal communication of an idea.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture.

COMMERCIAL DESIGN: Commercial Art is designed to apply the principles of visual perception to the practice of visual communication. The students will be introduced to various career paths in the commercial art field. This includes package design, advertising layout, and graphic design. Students will work with 2-D and 3-D techniques. Pre-requisite: Art Foundations.

ART FOUNDATIONS: The beginning course for all students who want to pursue an interest in visual arts. Students will create original artwork in realistic, abstract, and nonobjective styles. Inspired by observation and imagination, they will express themselves through the themes of still life, landscape, portrait, and art as personal or graphic communication. They will learn about and use drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media techniques to create two-and three dimensional artworks. Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture.

ADVANCED ART: This course is for the art minded student. Students will explore art history, art criticism, aesthetics and art studio experiments in a wide array of techniques and materials. This course is designed to stimulate critical thinking, originality and problem solving. Prerequisites: Art Foundations.

DESKTOP PUBLISHING : This is an elective class. Students in this class will plan and create a yearbook covering the academic year. This course offers a variety of valuable specialized skills taught in a hands-on situation. It offers a variety of college and life-preparing skills such as desktop publishing, computer skills, layout design and precision interviewing and writing.

CERAMICS: Students will develop and use ceramic hand-building methods and decorative surface techniques.  They will create original functional and non-functional pieces.  Students will express themselves through the themes of ceremonial containers, teapots, and representational sculpture.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how ceramics objects have been used in history across many cultures. Ceramics promotes a connection to the arts through a variety of cultures and time periods going all the way back to the Neolithic Era. It displays how ceramics has become a vital part of most cultures by encouraging skill, craftsmanship, and self-expression.

PAINTING : Painting is a one semester course. Students will learn and use watercolor and acrylic paint techniques to create original two-dimensional artworks. They will express themselves through the themes of observation, still life, figure, portrait, landscape, and a student selected conceptual theme. Work will be inspired by the historical study of the Renaissance, Impressionism, and Cubism. Students will analyze and critique artwork, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand historical influences on the evolution of painting.

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JUNIOR HIGH HEALTH: This will be a semester course offered to the student. Junior High Health will provide students with the knowledge necessary to take an active role in maintaining and improving their health.

HIGH SCHOOL HEALTH: This instructional program prepares individuals to understand the related aspects of health and wellness with special emphasis on nutrition, emotional health, and physical health; the relationship of an individual’s health to the family’s wellness; the prevention of illness; and the basic care of the ill, including the elderly, young child, and individuals with disabilities.

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Industrial Technology

Junior High Technology: This is a half of a semester class for junior high students. Providing an introductory course in the exploration of drafting, power and transportation, and production.

 INTRODUCTION TO DRAFTING: This is a basic mechanical drawing course that involves the use of sketching, T-square triangles, drawing boards, drafting machine, computer aided drafting(CAD) and Computer Numeric control(CNC).

INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING: A one year introduction to woodworking. During the first semester Woods I will be a basic introductory class, covering safety procedures and the use of hand tools only. Small projects built with hand tools will be required, average cost will be $25.

ADVANCED DRAFTING: Advanced Drafting is a second year drafting course offered to students who have had Intro. to drafting. Drafting II is designed to further one’s knowledge in the areas of mechanical and architectural drafting. Topics covered include; drafting fundamentals, descriptive geometry, technical drafting, drafting applications, computer aided drafting(CAD), and computer numeric control(CNC).

ADVANCED WOODWORKDING: The class is a one year advanced woodworking class. The class will study complex wood joints, laminating, advanced stains and finishes. More complex projects will be required, average costs will be $25 and above.

Prerequisite: Intro. to Woodworking

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION: A course designed for students to receive an introduction to several different areas of technology. Areas of study will include: Alternative Energy, Research and Design, Digital Sound, Construction Technology, Space Technology, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Graphics and Animation, Basic Electricity, Computer Aided Publishing, Aerodynamics, Residential Plumbing, Residential Electricity, Computer Numeric Control (CNC), and Small Engines. Students will study for two week sessions in an exciting high technology atmosphere.

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Communication Arts

SEVENTH GRADE COMMUNICATION ARTS: This course is offered to 7 th grade students. The course focuses on the basic parts of speech, grammar, and reading comprehension skills.

EIGHTH GRADE COMMUNICATION ARTS: This course is offered to 8 th grade students. The course builds upon the basic parts of speech, grammar, and reading comprehension skills acquired in 7 th grade communications arts.

 APPLIED COMMUNICATIONS: This course is offered for juniors and seniors who do not currently plan to go to college, but will be attending a technical school, the armed forces, or will be going directly into the work force. The course includes review of basic writing and speaking skills, use of the computer, and on-the-job observation at local businesses. The basics of applying for a job, résumés, interviews, and work habits will be studied.

 ENGLISH I: Through the process of reading literary works and thinking about his/her own and others’ responses to them, the learner will exercise his or her imaginative faculties and grow in ways that might otherwise have been impossible. Besides reading, the learner will also develop abilities in many language arts areas necessary for continuing work in the communication arts curriculum.

 ENGLISH II: This one-year course is required for all sophomores. The course is divided into four areas: 1) Literature—reading skills and the study of literature elements is emphasized.
2) Grammar—study of correct English usage and the parts of speech. 3) Writing—all steps of the writing process are followed. 4) Vocabulary—units are covered which deal with the various meaning of words in different situations, with emphasis on roots, prefixes, suffixes, and context clues.

 ENGLISH III: This course is designed for juniors and seniors. English III is a weighted class with college preparatory studies in American Literature, writing essays, research papers, and study in advanced grammar.

 ENGLISH IV: This course focuses upon preparation for college writing. It may be taken for 3 hours of college credit in addition to high school credit. The student does an extensive writing with emphasis on personal essays and critical essays. The course includes a refresher course in grammar and in-depth reading assignment to broaden the students’ reading background for college.

 LITERATURE APPRECIATION: This course is offered to juniors and seniors who do not currently have plans to attend college, but will be attending a technical school, the armed forces, or will be going directly into the work force. The course includes a review of basic writing skills and speaking skills, use of the computer, and vocabulary enrichment. Students will enhance their ability to extrapolate and interpret information from different types of media including periodicals, text, and film.

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SEVENTH GRADE: A basic math course that allows students to become stronger students in any math class.

EIGHTH GRADE: A basi c math course that allows students to become stronger students in any math class.

APPLIED MATH: Applied mathematics is a set of modular learning materials prepared to help high school vocational students and others develop and refine job related mathematics skills. The over all course includes material that focuses on arithmetic operations, problem-solving techniques, estimation of answers, measurement skills, geometry, data handling simple trigonometry, the emphasis remains on the ability to understand and apply functional mathematics to solve problems in the world of work.

 APPLIED LIFE SKILLS: This course is designed to help students live successful lives now and in the future.

 APPLIED MATH II: Applied Math II is the second level of the tech-Prep series math. It is intended for sophomores preparing to enter the Vo-Tech school. It is offered as an alternative approach to Algebra and Geometry for students going directly to the world of work or to technical training, but allows a hands-on approach with less theory involved. The course contains topics such as formulas and problem solving, linear equations, graphing data, non-linear equations, probability, statistics, right-triangle trigonometry, trigonometric functions, factoring, patterns and functions, quadratics, systems of equation, inequalities and Geometry. The materials used are those as published by CORD.

ALGEBRA I: Algebra I serves as the foundation of all higher mathematics and science. Included in the course content are units on signed numbers, properties of real numbers, solving equations and inequalities, open sentences in two variables, polynomials and their factors, rational expressions, graphing of functions, irrational numbers, and quadratic equations.

ALGEBRA II: Algebra II is a two semester elective course designed to increase the student’s algebraic and trigonometric skills. It is intended for students with good ability and an interest in mathematics. It consists of a review of Algebra I but is extended to include new topics such as complex numbers, logarithms, analytic geometry, exponent rules, polynomial functions and trigonometry. Prerequisite for the class is Algebra I.

 GEOMETRY: Geometry is a one unit course designed to usually follow Algebra I. It deals with the purpose of developing understanding of the nature of the reasoning process to increase their ability to think logically. Course content includes topics of logic, deductive reasoning, congruent triangles, similarity, circles, construction, areas, volume, coordinate, geometry and transformations.

PRE-CALCULAS: The major purpose of Pre-Calculus is to prepare the student for modern courses in college mathematics. It unifies the student’s previous learning in Algebra and Geometry and gives the student knowledge of how and why various mathematical concepts are developed. The course content is comprised of coordinate Geometry, theory of equations, quadratic equation and inequalities, functions and exponents and logarithms. Major emphasis is placed on introductory calculus. It is intended for students who have successfully completed two years of high school Algebra and one year of Euclidean Geometry.

COLLEGE ALGEBRA: A dual credit with three (3) hours of college credit given through UMKC. The course is intended for students having completed Algebra II or taking Algebra II only by special permission of the instructor. The course content will review basic Algebra skills; review equations and inequalities, extend the ideas of a function including polynomial, exponential and logarithmic, deal with systems of equations and inequalities, complex numbers, Algebra of polynomials, sequences, probability and mathematical induction. The course will follow the syllabus as presented by UMKC.

INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS: Actual credit course with three (3) hours of college credit given through UMKC. The course is intended for students with a reasonable background in mathematics. It supports student access to technology activities using computers (MINITAB) or calculators (TI-82). It is to provide an overview and summary of concepts from real world problems using real data sets which include data collection, quality control, average and variation, elementary probability, Poisson and geometric distributions, normal distributions, sampling distribution, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, requisition and correlation, chi-square and f distributions. The course will follow the syllabus as presented by UMKC.

INTEGRATED MATH I: This course is designed to prepare students for success in college, and in their careers and daily lives in the 21 st Century, by helping them develop their abilities to explore and solve mathematical problems, think critically, work cooperatively with others, and communicate ideas clearly.

Over a three-year period, Integrated Mathematics teaches the same mathematical topics as a contemporary Algebra 1/Geometry/ Algebra 2 sequence. The difference is in the organization of the content. Instead of being divided into separate courses, algebra and geometry are taught in each of the three years. In addition, topics from logical reasoning, measurement, probability, statistics, discrete mathematics, and functions are interwoven throughout each year.

INTEGRATED MATH II: This course builds on the mathematical topics and problem –solving techniques introduced in Integrated Mathematics I. This program is built on the idea that students develop better conceptual understanding of mathematics and stronger problem solving skills when they see the connections among different branches of mathematics, are actively involved in the learning process, study math that is meaningful, and continually build on prior learning because topics are spiraled.

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Modern Language

SPANISH I: Structure of the language is emphasized through reading, writing, speaking and listening to the language. Work in done with the cultural heritage of the Spanish speaking people. Prejudice is addressed and how to tolerate people with different lifestyles, cultures, beliefs.

SPANISH II: This is a continuation of the basic material which was learned in Spanish I. Much emphasis is put on the entire grammatical structure of the language. Practical application of the material is stressed through reading, writing, speaking and listening. Work is continued with the cultural heritage of the Spanish speaking people.

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JUNIOR HIGH CHOIR: Students will review correct techniques for good choral singing, perform in a group for concerts, analyze music and historical events from different time periods, evaluate music from various genres, and learn advanced rhythms and vocabulary.

HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR: Students will build upon previously learned skills from junior high choir, including more intense rehearsing and use of choral techniques for competitions and performances, reviewing advanced music concepts (dynamics, phrasing, tone, etc.), and evaluating themselves and others.

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High School Physical Education

JR. HIGH/HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Physical Education Classes will cover all aspects of the physical education program, which will lead into lifetime behaviors and skills. Tests and demonstration will be used throughout the course. The course will provide a fitness evaluation completed by the Presidential Fitness Test. This test will be administrated twice a year. Daily activities will include stretching, running, weight lifting, and games.

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Social Studies

SEVENTH GRADE GEOGRAPHY: Geography provides an introduction to physical geography and general survey of selected geographic regions. An emphasis will be placed on cultural, economic, and physical geography in countries around the globe. Students will also learn to use maps and to gather information from various maps and other reference sources. The student will also compare and contrast different economic systems from around the world.

EIGHTH GRADE AMERICAN HISTORY: This mandatory eighth-grade course is a class covering the age of exploration through the reconstruction period of 1870. This class will be continued in American History.

JUNIOR HIGH GOVERNMENT: This course will help to provide the knowledge of the responsibilities of governments and citizens. The students will be able to compare and contrast limited and unlimited governments and how people's lives vary under these systems .

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: This course is a study of political ideas, issues, and the structure and organization of the national, state, and local governments. Special attention is given to the United States Constitution and Missouri government. This course will also instruct the student of the electoral processes. The rights and responsibilities of citizens in a free country will also be covered as well as other forms of political participation. Required for all graduates.

AMERICAN HISTORY: This course covers the entire scope of American history in a survey manner. Special attention is given to the modern era, especially post World War II through Vietnam. The course deals with politics, people, social movements, and all important aspects of history. There is use of primary sources, simulations, as well as group activities, reports, and project. A course in American History is required at the high school level.

ADVANCED U.S. HISTORY 101: A dual-credit survey class that introduces students to major trends and changes in colonial and pre-modern United States history until 1877. A course in American History is required at the high school level.

ADVANCED U.S. HISTORY 102: A dual-credit survey class that introduces students to major trends and changes in modern United States history since 1877. A course in American History is required at the high school level.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: Student's will be able to demonstrate knowledge pertaining to the relationship between the United States government and foreign governments. They will evaluate the political, social, cultural, and religious beliefs of said governments and be able to show sufficient knowledge of how worldwide governments shape relations.

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

 PSYCHOLOGY: is a semester course. Psychology involves the study of behavior. Aspects covered include behavior development, theories of personality, and motivation. The course also emphasizes the processes of learning, thinking, and problem solving.

SOCIOLOGY: This elective course is open to grades 9-12. Sociology, in general, focuses on: social class, family, deviance and crime, religion, culture, and gender roles. Sociology studies life in groups. When seeing how customs influence our lives, students will see the effects of society on themselves. This course may also include role-playing, group projects, and guest speakers.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY: This course will stress the major elements of geographical study and analysis (such as location, place, movement, and regions) and their relationships to changes in society and environment. Activities will include map interpretation and identification, as well as description and comparison of geographic regions.

WORLD HISTORY: A dual-credit class survey of world history from prehistory to approximately 1500 that introduces students to major trends and changes in world history.


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SEVENTH GRADE SCIENCE is a general science class with emphasis on the six kingdoms of life. Organisms will be studied by classification and compared for adaptations and evolution of the species. Areas of focused study will include cells, tissue, organs, organ systems and organisms. Specialized adaptations will be highlighted and areas or methods of improving the species will be judged. The Scientific Method will be used and metrics will be used throughout the class. General science information pertinent to the physical and chemical science knowledge will be covered. The student will have laboratory assignments as well as out of class projects on pollution and animal studies. This class is preparation for General Science, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

 EIGHTH GRADE SCIENCE is a general science class with emphasis on the three abiotic spheres of this planet. Areas of emphasis include the Atmosphere, Lithosphere and Hydrosphere. Studies will be conducted with laboratory experiments as well as Internet research projects. Units will highlight how man interacts with the solar system and the positive and negative effects we cause. Metric units of measurement and Scientific Method will be stressed and students will be prepared for future physical and chemical science classes.

EARTH SCIENCE: Earth Science is a science that collectively seeks to understand earth and its neighbors in space. It includes geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy.

APPLIED PHYSICAL SCIENCE is a hands-on study of physical science concepts including kinetics, fluids, electricity, and thermodynamics. It emphasizes the applied nature of physical science by demonstrating several real world applications. This class has a significant amount of math. There will be lab work and an optional Science Fair project.

APPLIED BIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY (ABC) is a hands-on study in various aspects of life science. It targets students who plan to enter a two-year college or proceed immediately into the work force after graduation. It encourages students to examine science from a "real world" perspective. There will be lab work and an optional Science Fair project.

BIOLOGY is a study in the science of life. Various members of the plant and animal kingdoms are studied with emphasis placed on the similarities and differences among the members of each kingdom. The study will include organisms from the most simple to the most complex. There will be laboratory work and an optional Science Fair project.

ADVANCED BIOLOGY is a two-semester course. The first semester is a study in human anatomy and physiology. Emphasis is placed upon the structure and function of the various organ systems and how they are affected during diseases and injury. The second semester is a study in advanced topics such as genetic engineering, human genome, evolution and taxonomy. This course is designed as a continuation of the students’ biological studies. Students must have successfully completed biology before enrolling in advanced biology. There will be laboratory work.

CHEMISTRY is a course that deals with the composition of materials and the changes in composition that materials can undergo. This course is offered to grades eleven and twelve. A student must have successfully completed Algebra I if he or she intends to enroll in chemistry. There will be laboratory work.

PHYSICS is a course that deals with matter and energy and with the physical changes in matter. A strong background in mathematics is helpful in preparing for physics. The course is designed for those in grades eleven and twelve and who intend to further their education, particularly in some phase of science. There will be laboratory work.

Special Services Classes

HIGH SCHOOL MR: The high school MR classes will consist of those secondary students diagnosed as being mentally handicapped by a multi-disciplinary evaluation committee. Activities will consist of educational services and instruction based on the student's Individual Education Program. These activities are designed to improve the student's abilities through small group and individual instruction. Classes may be school curriculum oriented so as to lead to high school credit.

HIGH SCHOOL L.D.: The high school Learning Diabilities classes will consist of those students diagnosed as having specific learning disabilaties by a multi-disciplinary evaluation committee. Activities will consist of educational services and instruction developed from the students's Individual Education Program. These activities are designed to improve the student's abilities in specific areas oriented so as to lead to high school credit.

HIGH SCHOOL Emotionally Disturbed : Students placed in the Imotionally Disturbed classes show the following manifestation over an extended period of time and to a marked degree.
Difficulties in learning not explained by cultural, intellectual, sensory, or other health factors.
Difficulties in building or main taining satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers, parents, and teachers.
A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression.
A tendency to develop physical symptoms, pains, or fears associated with personal or social problems.
These activities are designed to improve the student's ablities in specific areas oriented so ao to lead to high school credit.


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