MFL MarMac High School Registration Guide

Table of Contents

Page:
  1) To the Student
  2) Introduction
  3) Non Discrimination Policy
  4) Department of Guidance and Counseling
  5) Requirements for Graduation
  6) Post Secondary Enrollments Options Act
7) Department and Individual Class Curriculum
  8) Classes
9) Download Registration Quick Guide (Word document)  or view as PDF file(requires Acrobat Reader)




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



TO THE STUDENT:

We hope that this booklet will be of assistance to you in making your high school plans.

Carefully read this booklet and make certain that you understand what will be expected of you in the courses you choose.Pay particular attention to the requirements for graduation and the occupation you wish to enter.Plan your course of study with these requirements in mind.

Discuss your plans with your parents and teachers.It would be advisable if you and your parents studied this booklet together.Let them help you make tentative decisions as to which subjects to take, so that you may complete your schooling with the best background possible for future training and work experience.

During the freshman year, your advisor and the high school counselor will help you set up a program for your remaining years in school.Also seek the advice of the principal and faculty in formulating these plans.Discuss any problems you may have with them.Each year you will have a chance to re-evaluate your plans with your advisor, the counselor or the principal.

Remember to do these things as you make your plans:

1. Talk it over with your parents.Feel free to bring your parents to the school to meet with the principal, counselor, or advisor.

2. Prepare to work out the plans with your counselor.

3. Plan wisely now for the future.

High School Principal

Ed Berry

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INTRODUCTION

One of the most important duties a student and his parents/guardians have in regard to the student’s high school career is to make a proper choice of subjects.A student needs to decide each year what courses and activities will be most valuable in the school year or years ahead.Everyone wishes to obtain an education which will insure a happy and worthwhile life. Since each student is a different individual, subjects that may be best for his close friends may be totally inadequate for himor her.

There are certain subjects that must be taken by all students who expect to graduate from high school.These are called “required” subjects.The rest of the subjects are electives.It is with these “electives” that this booklet is primarily concerned, because choices made in the elective areas often determine the future educational and work possibilities for the student.The choice of electives should be determined by the following factors:

1.Interests of the student.

2.The capacity and aptitude of the student to master certain areas of subject matter.

3.Student’s plans after completion of high school.

Too often students select subjects on the basis of likes and dislikes for a certain course rather than an intelligent analysis of his needs.

Almost every day, the school receives recommendation forms or certification blanks from businesses or schools of higher learning requesting information regarding students who are in school or have previously attended this school.They wish to know about scholastic records, attendance records, personality, behavior, and reliability as shown by the cumulative records.It is a pleasure to record the good ones but the situation is quite different when the requests concern those who do not have good records.Because a student’s school record counts for or against him/her in the future, every student should make certain that his/her record is the best that he/she can possibly compile.

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NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of the MFL MarMac Community School not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, creed, age, marital status, or disability in its education programs, activities, or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

It is also the policy of this district that the curriculum content and instructional materials utilized reflect the cultural and racial diversity present in the United States and the variety of careers, roles, and life styles open to women as well as men in our society.One of the objectives of the total curriculum and teaching strategies is to reduce stereotyping and to eliminate bias on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, and disability.The curriculum should foster respect and appreciation for the cultural duties and responsibilities of each individual as a member of pluralistic society.

Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX, Title VI, or Sections 504 may be directed to Ed Berry, MFL MarMac High School, Monona, IA 52159 (319-539-2031), or to the director of the Iowa Civil rights Commission, Des Moines, IA, or to the Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Kansas City, MO.

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DEPARTMENT OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

There are books and pamphlets on college entrance tests, scholarships, college costs, admission requirements, and curriculum in the counselor’s office.Likewise, information on the various area vocational schools, community colleges, trade and business schools are available for use to those needing this information.

Testing is part of the guidance program as an aid in counseling.Registration problems are among many for which assistance is given by the counselor.

Parents are encouraged to meet with the school counselor when they would like additional information or help in advising their child in the various areas of decision making.These may include high school course selection, college planning, information about trade schools and business schools, or any other questions or problems in which they feel the counselor can be of help to them.

The materials and services of the counselor are available for anyone in the school district.

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SERVICE LEARNING SILVER CORD AWARD
“Silver threads with which to weave a lifetime of service”

Students who complete 160 hours of service at the end of their senior year will receive the silver cord to be worn at commencement.  Students progressing towards the 160 hours (40 hours per year) will be given Volunteer Service Award Certificates at the Awards Assembly.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

56 units of credit are required for graduation.

One unit of credit is granted for satisfactorily completing the work in an academic subject for which classes meet at least five times a week for one term.One unit of credit is granted for each term of Physical Education satisfactorily completed.

Grade point average includes the semester grade for all classes attempted (vocal, band, and PE grades are not included in averaging).Grade values are:

A=4, A-=3.67, B+=3.33, B=3, B-=2.67, C+=2.33, C=2, C-=1.67, D+=1.33, D=1, D-=.67, F=0.

REQUIRED SUBJECTS TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE GRADUATION FROM HIGH SCHOOL

A.Language Arts (8 units)

English 9Required

English 10         Required

Electives (4 additional units)

B.Mathematics (6 units)

Applied Business Math *

Pre-Algebra ** All 9th Graders take one of these

Algebra *

Geometry *

Elective (2 additional units)

C.Science (6 units)

Physical ScienceAny one required

Biology

   Elective (2 additional units)

D.Social Studies (6 units)

American History (2 units)Required

American Government (1 unit)Required

Western Civilization (2 units)Required

Elective (one additional 1 unit)

E.Physical Education (4 terms)

Four units of Physical Education shall be required of all students.A student will earn one unit of credit per term by being enrolled in a Physical Education course.A student who fails a course in Physical Education may make up the deficiency by enrolling in an extra Physical Education class in one semester.

Exception to above may be made by administration approval.

All 9th Grade students will take Futures for two terms.



MISCELLANEOUS REGISTRATION INFORMATION

1. Mathematics.A student either will take Geometry, Algebra I, Pre-Algebra, or Applied Math in the ninth grade.Which class is determined by the grades received in eighth grade, the results of an aptitude test, Iowa Basic Skills Test, and by the determination of the individual.

2. Class change.No students will be allowed to make a course change after the term starts without special permission from the administration.

3. Making up a course a student has failed.The following may be used to make up credit deficiencies:

A. Returning to school the following year for additional work.

B. Satisfactorily completing an approved correspondence course.

C. Attending summer school at another institution.

4. Course descriptions should be studied carefully.Required courses should be included in filling out schedules.

5. Parents should be sure to take part in deciding what subjects their son or daughter should take.Parents are encouraged to come to the school to discuss the selection of courses of their son or daughter.

6. Four subjects.All students are required to enroll in 4 subjects per term.

7. Pass/Fail.Students are given the option of having one elective course per term graded on a pass/fail basis.A course taken on this option would, if passed, be counted toward total units of credit earned but would not be used in computing the student’s grade point average or class rank. Students electing this option must do so in the first three weeks of the term.They must have approval of both their parents and the instructor of the selected course.This option is made available to encourage students to take a course they might normally avoid to protect their grade point average.Once students select a pass/fail basis for a course, they must stay with that option for the term.

8. Early graduation policy.

A.The student should have attended through the middle of their senior year of high school.

B.The parent or guardian must petition the Board of Directors no later than June 1st of their child’s junior year for early graduation.

C.The student must have met all graduation requirements by the end of the early graduation term

D.The Board of Directors reserves the right to deny the request if in the opinion of the Board it is not in the best interests of the student.

E.The student who is graduating early is not allowed to participate in any student activities after the final term of attendance.They are allowed to participate in the graduation exercise if they so desire.

9. High school policy on accepting credit for correspondence courses.MFL MarMac believes that correspondence and on-line courses provide an option for students that may not be available within our regular curriculum.Therefore, credit will be accepted under the following conditions:

A. All courses must be approved by the high school principal or counselor.Students enrolled in school should have courses approved in advance.

B. Courses ordered through the school will be paid for in advance.

C. Credits will be accepted for the purpose of early graduation at the discretion of the administration.

D. Early graduates may earn only elective course credit through this option.

E. Only courses that are not available or cannot be scheduled at MFL MarMac will be accepted through correspondence.

10. Independent Study.A study option available to students who wish to pursue a course of study not offered in the regular curriculum. The teacher and student contract the course requirements and study responsibilities.Before students are accepted for this program they must have maintained a 3.25 in the subject area of interest or be approved by the administration. If their independent course receives a satisfactory grade, they are awarded credit and the grade is recorded on their permanent records.

11. Advanced Placement.Advanced Placement courses are a means of acquiring college level experience and credit while in high school.AP courses offer students an opportunity to prepare for an examination administered each spring.The College Board provides instructors with detailed outlines of the test content.The instructors use whatever means possible to familiarize students with prescribed content.If students score high enough on the test, many colleges will award credit in that subject area upon admission.

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POST SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS ACT

1. Any 11th or 12th grades student in a public school is eligible.9th and 10th grade students that have been identified as gifted and talented are also eligible.

2. You may choose to enroll part time at any one of Iowa’s 15 community colleges, a state university, or an accredited private college or university.

3. You may apply to the college to enroll in one or more classes.You may not take a class that has a “comparable” class offered at the high school.

4. The high school pays for the cost of the tuition and textbooks up to $250.The student will pay this $250 if they fail the class.

5. You will earn both high school and college credit.If you want this college credit to transfer to any other college, you must request your credentials sent form the college.The high school can not do this for the college credit.

6. 12th grade students may take up to 7 hours of credit through this government program.This only applies to classes through the school year.Summer school classes are exempt from all portions of this act.

7. You must apply through your high school counselor.You will also need to apply directly to the college and take any required placement test as any other college student would need to do.

8. Any transportation costs are the responsibility of the student and the parents.

9. If you fail the course, no credit will be given by the high school or the college.The students and parents are then responsible to reimburse the school for the cost of the course which is normally $250.

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Classes by Department

Please note that we are currently in the process of updating the course/curriculum information on this site.The course descriptions that you will find by following the links below are just brief summaries of what can be expected in each course.Following each course title is a “more info” link which, when finished, will take you to the course syllabus and more detailed information about each course.This will be completed during February of 2009.

Art

Business Education

Computer Education

Driver Education

Family and Consumer Science

Foreign Language

Industrial Technology

Language Arts

Mathematics

Music

Physical Education and Health

Science

Social Studies

Vocational Agriculture


 

 

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ART


A fee will be assessed to defray the cost of materials. All art students are asked to pay this fee prior to the first day of class/. If not paid, a notice will be sent home and credit will not be given until paid.

Drawing - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Fees determined by projects
Content: Drawing techniques/value Elements of art and design
Still life drawing using various media.Perspective drawing, Pencil, Charcoal, Chalk, Cray-pas, Collage, Study of art and artist related to the above experiences.

Advanced Drawing - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Recommended after drawing
Fees determined by projects
Content: Drawing techniques/Perspective drawing
Landscape drawing using various media. Figure drawing using various media. Pencil, Pen, and Ink Brush and Ink Scratch art Colored pencil Charcoal and chalk. Mixed media study of art and artists related to the above experiences.

Painting - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Recommended after drawing
Fees determined by projects
Content: Color theory
Various painting techniques rendered in tempera, watercolor, and acrylic.
Study of art and artists related to the above experiences.

Print Making - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Fees determined by projects
Content: Print making techniques: Stamping, Carving (foam and linoleum), Engraving/etching, Serigraphy/silk screen.
Study of art and artists related to the above experiences.

Ceramics - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Fees determined by projects
Content: Pouring/making molds/Slab pottery/Coil pottery/Glazing/Kiln/ Firing/Potters wheel
Study of art and artists related to the above experiences.

Fibers - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Fees determined by projects
Content: Paper making, Weaving/spinning, Batik/tie-dye, Basketry, Jewelry
Study of art and artists related to the above experiences.

Sculpture - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Fees determined by projects
Content: Masks, Casting, molding, Mobiles, stabiles, Construction, Carving, PaperMache, and puppets.
Study of art and artists relate to the above experiences.

Graphics - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Fees determined by projects
Content: Lettering, calligraphy, Consumer art, packaging, advertising, Architecture, Computer art.
Study of art and artists related to the above experiences

Independent Study - Elective One Term (more Info)
11th, 12th
Fees determined by projects
Prerequisite - must have taken all art courses must have maintained a B average in all art courses
Must have teacher's approval
Content: Plan a course of study in an area of the student's choice with the teacher serving as advisor and consultant. Set goals
and find ways to implement them.

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BUSINESS EDUCATION 

General Business - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
General Business is a course in consumer education. Areas covered are consumerism, banking, insurance, credit, investment, decision-making guides, business and businesses, and the government's and labor's role in our economic system. Class/ work consists of taking notes, getting interviews, completing work sheets, investing in stocks, shopping smartly, and participating in class/ discussion and activities. Math related to business and consumer activities is an important part of most units in this course. 

Business Law - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Business Law is an introduction to the legal rights of individuals and businesses. Laws governing minors and consumers are explored to hopefully give the student a basic understanding of the legality and laws contained in our free market economic system. 

Record Keeping - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
The purpose of this course is to provide instructional and practical material that enables students to handle both personal and business record keeping tasks. This basic instructional material prepares students both for entry-level record keeping jobs in business and for additional business courses such as accounting and office practice. The course provides practice in developing basic record keeping and clerical skills through the use of realistic forms and source documents. In addition, this course provides career options that are available in the record keeping field. 

Accounting - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
11th, 12th
Recommended: C or above in Record Keeping, C or above in Algebra.Accounting is the language of business. All businesses are compared and thought of in financial (dollar) terms. This course provides knowledge on how to plan, record, and interpret the financial information or language of all types of businesses. The types of businesses covered are sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation. The course provides practice in developing basic accounting skills through realistic forms, source documents and automated programs. This course provides students with an awareness of career options available to them if they choose accounting as their field of study. 

Office Practice - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
The class/instruction will cover such areas as word processing of office documents, meeting the public graciously, learning proper telephone techniques, and understanding various types of office equipment available. This course is an exploratory class/ in the duties associated with a career in a business office. 

Office Experience - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
It is recommended that you take this class following Office Practice.Upon completion of Office Practice, you will be assigned to work in an office at the school so that you will have first hand experience in applying what you have learned in the office practice class.You may also be assigned to work in an office outside of the school.

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COMPUTER EDUCATION

Information Processing - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
At the center of the many changes that the information age has brought are a wide variety of typewriter-like keyboards. Keyboarding will help prepare students to function knowledgeably and efficiently in the modern world. The emphasis is on learning to key information into a computer using the touch method. Learning the proper techniques and practice will ensure maximum learning, retention, and transfer of keyboarding skills. Students will also learn how to type letters, reports, memos, and tables. Students will develop keyboarding skills by working on the computer. 

Advanced Information Processing - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Recommended after Information Processing
Advanced Information Processing is a continuation of Keyboarding where skills in keying and formatting are emphasized. Students will be introduced to more complex word processing activities, the data base, and spread sheet. Students will be encouraged to develop and increase their keyboarding skill on a variety of materials (letters, memos, tables, reports, etc.). This skill development should help the student to complete other class/ activities that require reports or any printed material.* Students may pass out of keyboarding class/es with instructor permission. 

Computer Applications - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Recommended after Advanced Keyboarding
Computer Applications is designed to give students an in depth experience on several computer programs. The programs emphasized will be word processing, spreadsheet, and database, with a variety of other programs introduced to enhance the student's ability to use a computer efficiently and for a variety of purposes. You will also search the internet and retrieve from the internet graphics to be used in the design of your projects. Some examples of projects include but are not limited to designing logos, letterheads, business cards, packages, newsletters, brochures, menus, ads, CD covers, and movie posters.

IT Essentials I and IT Essential II: PC Hardware and Software 

10th, 11th, 12th

IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software v4.0 covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts. Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Students will also be able to connect to the Internet and share resources in a network environment. New topics included in this version include laptops and portable devices, wireless connectivity, security, safety and environmental issues, and communication skills.

Hands-on lab activities will continue to be an essential element of the course. In support of this, virtual learning tools are integrated into this course. The Virtual Laptop and Virtual Desktop are stand-alone tools designed to supplement classroom learning and provide an interactive "hands-on" experience in learning environments with limited physical equipment.

CCNA Discovery Small Business and Home Office (more info)

10th, 11th, 12th

The Cisco CCNA Discovery curriculum provides foundational networking knowledge, practical experience, opportunities for career exploration, and soft-skills development to help students prepare for entry-level careers in IT and networking. The curriculum offers a hands-on approach to learning, and uses interactive tools and easy-to-follow labs to help students learn the general theory needed to build networks. 

CCNA Discovery is designed to be offered as an independent, standalone curriculum or combined with programs offered by secondary schools, technical schools, colleges, and universities. Students who enroll in CCNA Discovery are not expected to have any previous technical skills or knowledge, aside from basic PC skills.

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DRIVER EDUCATION

Driver Education
9th, 10th
Prerequisite - None

Students will be notified when Driver Education will be offered.

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FAMILY and CONSUMER SCIENCE

Life Skills - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th
Recommended before any advanced course in this area
This is a comprehensive family and consumer science course. The main emphasis is in the areas of job skills, basic clothing care and textile construction, design principles and elements for housing, and food preparation and nutrition.

Textiles - Elective One Term (more Info)
10th, 11th, and 12th
Recommended after Life Skills
This class is designed to build on the skills each student already has and develop new skills to create more professional looking and correctly constructed projects. Emphasis is on selection of fabric, pattern, quilting, and cost analysis.  Each student is required to make 2-4 projects which have different levels of sewing skills.The class learns job skills selling garters for the prom; including marketing, keeping track of finances, and creating garters.

Advanced Textiles - Elective One Term (more Info)
10th, 11th, 12th
Recommended after Textiles
This class focuses having students gain a greater knowledge of textiles, and develop more advanced skills in quilting and clothing construction. Each student is required to construct 2-4 detailed projects so that each student improves on skills with each additional project.

Child Development - Elective One Term (more Info)
11th, 12th
This class has units relating to the development of children from birth to teen years. Parenting concepts are taught and actual assigned experiences with children are included. 

Adult Living - Required One Term (more Info)
12th
This course centers on financial literacy and parenting.Students learn personal finance skills that they need to have a healthy financial life.Parenting education provides youth with the knowledge and skills needed to be responsible parents and caring citizens.

Food and Nutrition - Elective One Term (more Info)
10th, 11th, 12th
Recommended after Life Skills
This course includes the study of nutrition and planning meals for a family. The preparation of many types of foods, such as foreign dishes, yeast breads, pies, candies, meat dishes, vegetables, etc. Also, some time will be spent on entertaining, management, equipment for the kitchen, microwave cooking, and consumer economics in relation to foods. 

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE

German I - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Students will learn the basic skills necessary for listening, speaking, reading, and writing the German language. They will navigate the grammatical structure of the language and will acquire a general knowledge of the culture of the German-speaking people.

German II - Elective Two Terms (more info)

10th, 11th, 12th

Recommended after German I

Students will expand their knowledge of the German language and increase their awareness of the culture.Students will initiate, sustain, and close in a simple way, basic communicative tasks.They will be able to create with the language by combining and recombining learned elements.

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German III- Elective Two Terms (more info)

10th, 11th, 12th

Recommended after German I and II

German III will review the grammar learned thus far, write weekly compositions, converse in German, read German literature, and study the cultures of the German-speaking countries.

German IV - Elective Two Terms (more info)

10th, 11th, 12th

Recommended after German I, II, and III

Through instruction in this class, continual emphasis is given to the listening, comprehending, and speaking aspects of the language.Reading and writing skills are carefully refined.Culture, as an integral part and reflection of the language, is interwoven throughout the language experience.

Spanish I - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Spanish I is designed to introduce students to the basics of the Spanish language. They will learn vocabulary words for numbers, clothes, school items, foods, family and activities. Students will be able to read, write, speak, and listen to Spanish. Also, they will learn aspects of the Spanish culture.

Spanish II - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Recommended after Spanish I
Spanish II presents an intermediate look at Spanish using much the same format as Spanish I.They will learn vocabulary words for sports, locations, restaurant, bargaining, daily routine and items found around the house.  Students will be able to read, write, speak, and listen to Spanish.  Also, students will learn aspects of the Spanish culture.


Spanish III - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
10th, 11th, 12th
Recommended after Spanish I and II
Spanish III continues in much the same pattern as presented in the first and second level courses.The third course begins with a review of basic principles, then progresses to new grammar.Students will learn vocabulary for travel, fine arts, city life, media, childhood, and daily living.Students will continue to read, write, speak, and listen to Spanish.Also, students will learn aspects of the Spanish culture.


Spanish IV - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
11th, 12th
Recommended after Spanish I and II and III
Spanish IV will begin where Spanish III left off.Speaking and writing in Spanish will be emphasized.Students will be introduced to several new verb tenses and learn new vocabulary for beach activities, the doctors’ office, tourism, shopping, and other useful words and phrases.Students will do many projects and journals to demonstrate their learning. The course will culminate with writing an autobiography in Spanish. Students will also continue to learn aspects of Spanish speaking cultures.

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INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION

Industrial Technology I - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th
Industrial Technology is a shop course open to freshmen and sophomore students. The first semester is divided between mechanical drawing (drafting) and metalworking (arc welding) and horizontal rockets. 

Industrial Technology II - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th

The second term is spent on woodworking, bridge building, and CO2 cars. Projects are built in each of these fields with the student paying the cost of materials used. The student in Industrial technology is limited to the use of hand tools and a few basic woodworking machines. The student is responsible for purchasing his/her own safety glasses (from the school or their own).

Drafting I - Elective One Term (more Info)
10th, 11th, 12th
Students may not enroll in this course and Industrial Technology at the same time.
The object of this course is to give the student an understanding of the basic rules, principles, practices, and methods used in making a working drawing. It is also an objective of this course to give the student some knowledge of blue print reading. 

Drafting II - Elective One Term (more Info)
10th, 11th, 12th
The object of this course is to give the student an understanding of the basic rules, principles, practices, and methods used in making a working drawing. It is also an objective of this course to give the student some knowledge of blue print reading. This knowledge would be useful in many different occupations that a student might choose. The student will be required to mechanically draft their “dream house” and also to draft either the same house or a different house using a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) program (SoftPlan ver 12)

Metal Technology I - Elective One Term (more Info)
10th, 11th
This course is designed to introduce the students to the principles, practices, and methods used in the industrial welding field. The student will learn the different types of welds and welding joints. The student will learn how to operate an arc welder,the metal shear, a plasma cutter, and the Oxy-Acetylene cutting torch. The student will be required to supply a tape measure,and safety glasses.

Metal Technology II - Elective One Term (more Info)
10th, 11th
The student will learn how to operate the MIG (wire feed) welder. They will be required to build a project using the knowledge learned during the class/. The student will be required to supply a tape measure, safety glasses, and to pay for materials used in building their project. 

Power and Energy - Elective One Term (more Info)
10th, 11th
This theory /application course will examine various forms of alternative energy sources to include: solar, nuclear, hydro, and others.  Projects will be constructed to utilize the knowledge gained through lectures and textbook materials.  There will also be a unit that will include the mechanical system of an internal combustion engine.

Wood Technology I - Elective One Term  (more Info)
12th
Recommended after Industrial Technology. 

The objectives of Woodworking are: to learn the care, names, and proper uses for hand woodworking tools, the care and operation of power woodworking machines, the different kinds and uses of wood, different kinds of wood finishes, and occupations connected with woodworking. A large part of the class/ time is spent on projects of the student's choosing. The student is required to pay the cost of materials used in shop, supply their own tape measure, and purchase their own safety glasses (from the school or their own).

Wood Technology II - Elective One Term (more Info)
11th, 12th
Wood Technology I is required before taking this class.

Wood Technology II is a continuation of Wood Technology I in which the student continues to put his/her new woodworking knowledge to use on their project.  Instruction will be individualized since each student’s project will be different. Again, the student is required to supply their own tape measure and safety glasses & to pay for the cost of supplies used (usu. $10-$15) in the building of their project. They will also provide their own lumber and hardware for the project.

Construction Technology I - One Term - Spring term only (more info)
11th, 12th
Both Drafting classes and both Wood Technology classes are required before taking this class.

Construction Technology I is designed to present the students with the information, principles, and methods needed in basic carpentry.  They will use the CAD system to design a building and to estimate the materials needed to build that building.  They will participate in activities to reinforce the information presented in the form of readings, discussions, and lab exercises. 

Construction Technology II - One Term -­ Spring term only (more info)
11th, 12th
Construction Technology I is required before this class 

Construction Technology II is a continuation of Construction Technology I.  The students will use skills and knowledge learned in Const. Tech. I to design and build a utility shed or garage. 

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LANGUAGE ARTS

English 9 - Required Two Terms (more Info)
9th
English 9 is a required two-term course for freshman. The class/ spends its time in three different areas. One is English where students review the parts of speech (nine weeks), and learn about verbals (nine weeks). In the second area, Literature is the emphasis of the class/. The McDougal Little series is used to read short stories while working on the literary skills. Bless the Beasts and Children is the novel read in the first term to transfer and apply all the skills learned, while Shakespeare's drama Romeo and Juliet receives the greatest attention in the second term. If time allows, nonfiction is also read. The third area is vocabulary which is a daily lesson, and also cumulative. On occasion other vocabulary is done in context with the stories, novel, or drama. Throughout both terms students will work on an autobiography which meets the creative writing requirement where the student can apply his / her English skills. If a student fails any term of English 9, the student must retake it by the end of the next school year.

High School Reading/Second Chance Reading (more info)

10th, 11th, 12th

Second Chance Reading focuses on comprehension skills but also targets vocabulary development and fluency in both fiction and nonfiction textual materials.The course is designed specifically for middle and high school students who are reading below grade level.The program incorporates several strands: 

1)extensive independent reading at students’ recreational level,

2)vocabulary development at both age-appropriate and recreational reading levels,

3)comprehension instruction for both lower and higherorder comprehension tasks in fiction and non-fiction materials,

4)fluency instruction and monitoring, and

5)writing as an assist to comprehension

English 10 - Required Two Terms (more Info)
10th
English 10 is a two-term course intended for the sophomore-level student. It is a comprehensive course that explores the various aspects of English language and literature. Through numerous units and approaches it is intended that students will acquire a greater appreciation for English and become more active participants in the learning process. It is also the intention of this course to further develop the writing, reading, and comprehension skills of each student.

Work includes various genres of literature and written and oral communication. Written assignments include essays, research paper, and other types of exposition stressing proper grammar and composition. Oral presentations to the class are required. Vocabulary building is emphasized. Whenever possible, literary materials are enhanced with appropriate films.

Individualized Reading - Elective One Term (more info)

11th, 12th

Class time is spent reading books of the student’s own choosing within a variety of genres.  Five books per term are required.  At completion of each book, a report will be written.  Grading is based on attendance, the number of books and reports completed, and classroom reading activities.

Practical English - Elective One Term (more Info)
11th and 12th
This course offers practice in understanding written material that will be encountered in everyday adult life, including directions, newspapers, magazine articles, occupational guides, and legal documents. Writing skills include handwriting, spelling, sentence combining, and various types of paragraphing, writing business letters, filling out forms, and writing a job resume.

Basic Communication I - Elective One Term (more info)

11th, 12th

This class is focused on oral communication. Besides speeches oral communication activities include discussions and presentations.

Basic Communication II - Elective One Term (more info)

11th, 12th

This class continues the work begun in Basic Communication I. Process, special occasion, and persuasive speeches are analyzed and presented. The final unit covers communication skills required for job applications and interviews.

Basic Composition - Elective One Term (more info)

11th, 12th

This course is a quarter long class focusing on reviewing the basics of good written composition. Topics include sentence revision, punctuation, correction of common grammatical errors, organizational skills, and proofreading. Students will complete writing assignments such as autobiographical, descriptive, cause-and-effect, persuasive, and problem-solving paragraphs and essays. The course will have teacher introductions followed by student applications. Grading is based on percentage of total point accumulation.

Advanced Writing I - Elective One Term (more info)
11th, 12th

This course is intended primarily for students interested in continuing their education after high school.  During the first part of the quarter, the main types of writing studied include personal and descriptive writing.  Next, the course examines effective styles for essays and for research papers.  This quarter class concludes with imaginative writing and a reflective paper.

Advanced Writing II - Elective One Term (more info)
11th, 12th

This course is a continuation of Advanced Writing I.Here, students will practice several field-specific kinds of writing, such as business, academic, personal and creative. For these formal writing assignments students will practice the full writing process with student workshops and teacher conferences.

American Literature- Elective One term (more info)

11th, 12th

Students will read poetry, stories, nonfiction and novels.Then they work alone or in groups to complete assignments based on what they have read.Selected titles many include The Bean Trees, The Crucible, Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men, A Separate Peace, Shoeless Joe and the works of Poe. 

World Literature - Elective One Term (more Info)
11th, 12th
Students will read poetry, stories, nonfiction and novels.  Then they work alone or in groups to complete assignments based on what they have read.  The class also watches related videotapes and movies.  Some of the books studied in this class include Wuthering Heights, The Phantom of the Opera, 1984, The Stranger and Night

Advanced Literature - Elective One Term (more Info)
11th, 12th
Students will read poetry, stories, nonfiction and novels.  Then they work alone or in groups to complete assignments based on what they have read.  The class also watches related videotapes and movies.  Some of the books studied in this class include The Accidental Tourist, Grapes of Wrath and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Advanced Placement English - Two Terms (more Info)
12th
Recommended only for top students. 

This intense literature and writing class prepares students for the College Board exam as well as any collegiate placement test.  The class is divided into three main parts: drama, poetry/satire and novels.  Besides the reading assigned in class, students must complete several supplemental readings from American, British and other multicultural authors. 

Creative Writing -­ Elective One Term (more info)
11th, 12th

This course offers students the opportunity to develop and improve their individual style in poetry, short story, essay and other forms of prose. In addition to these print examples of creative writing, several individually-designed projects utilize multimedia resources.

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MATHEMATICS

ConsumerMath - Two Terms(more info)

12th 

This is a consumer mathematics course that focuses on consumer applications.    This course teaches practical skills for everyday living. Topics studied would include but not be limited to interest, loans, savings, investments, wealth building, dangers of debt, consumer awareness, budgeting, insurance, career choices and employment taxes.

Pre-Algebra - Two Terms(more info)

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Pre-Algebra provides the foundation in algebra, geometry, and problem solving that is needed for success in more advanced courses.Built-in study and notetaking strategies help students develop their learning skills.Topics covered, but not limited to, are variables, expressions, integers, solving equations, inequalities, factors, fractions, exponents, rational numbers, ratios, proportions, probability, percents, and linear functions.

Algebra I - Two Terms (more info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Recommended after Pre-Algebra 

Algebra will help the student to understand the basic structure of the real number system.  Recognition & application of algebraic concepts and skills are covered. Students will solve & graph equations and inequalities, correctly apply the order of operations, write equations in slope intercept form, apply rules of exponents, and much more.Students will perform calculations, use mathematical vocabulary and mathematical models to translate real life situations and think logically. 

Geometry - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Recommended after Algebra I
In general, Geometry is a required course for entrance into college and, therefore, must be presented on a level which will enable students to further their study of mathematics and related fields at the college level. The student will better understand the nature of a mathematical system and to appreciate the basic structure of geometry. He/she will gain basic understanding of the methods of coordinate geometry and thus recognize the way in which algebra and geometry complement each other. He/she will perceive the role of inductive and deductive reasoning in both mathematical and non-mathematical situations. Basic algebraic skills will be strengthened. Topics studied would include but not be limited to special pairs of angles, perpendicular and parallel lines, problem solving strategies, slope and distance, triangles, circles, and basic trigonometry.

Algebra 2 - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
10th, 11th, 12th
Recommended after Algebra Iand Geometry 
The Algebra 2 course is designed to meet the needs of the student interested in extending their knowledge of mathematics. The course emphasizes the improvement of the skills introduced in Algebra I. The student should reach a point of efficiency and confidence in these skills. There is an introduction to more extensive concepts and theories of algebra so that the student will have a sound background on which to continue his education.

Functions & Trigonometry - Elective Two Terms (more info)
11th, 12th
Recommended after Algebra 2
Functions & Trig will be offered to junior or senior year students who have successfully completed three years of math. The course will provide a solid preparation for pre-calculus.

Pre-Calculus - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
12th
Recommended after Functions & Trig
Pre-calculus will be offered to juniors and seniors who have successfully completed 4 years of mathematics including Functions & Trig. The course will provide an extension of advanced math concepts as a solid preparation for college mathematics such as college algebra and calculus. 

Statistics - Elective (more Info)
11th, 12th
Elementary Statistics is an introductory course in statistics, including probability.This course is for students in any major field of study, including social sciences, health occupations and education.Practical applications are emphasized.Underlying theory is included, but does not stress the mathematical rigor needed for a major in mathematics.The culminating concept is to focus on decision making.

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INSTRUMENTAL and VOCAL MUSIC

Instrumental Music - Elective (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
The instrumental music program consists of four major components: Concert Band, Marching, Band, Pep Band, and Jazz Band. 

Jazz Band will be selected by audition and meets two mornings a week from 7:45-8:25

Marching Bandperforms at all home football games. 

Pep Band performs at home basketball games. 

The Concert Bandperforms at four concerts during the year and attends large group contest in the spring.

All students are scheduled for an individual lesson approximately once each 6 school days. Grades are determined by a combination of lesson grade (60%) and class/room work (40%) All students are encouraged to take part in two events at the Solo and Ensemble Contest in the spring, thereby improving their individual skills.
All students are highly encouraged to be in band all four quarters for continuity.

Vocal Music - Elective (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Men’s/Women’s Chorus

Men’s and Women’s Choruses will meet during advisory Monday-Thursdays. The Choruses will perform at several concerts during the school year as listed on the school calendar.

Mixed Choir

The high school mixed choir is designed to promote musical growth in every student by developing vocal technical and performance skills. Although primarily performance based, there is a strong emphasis on sight-reading, ear training, rhythmic studies, and vocal technique.
Solo / Ensemble: Chorus members may elect to prepare a piece for either state solo / ensemble contest in the spring or the Variety Show, which is held at the end of the school year. Lessons: All chorus members will receive 1-6 lessons per quarter according to need and as allowed by the schedule constraints of the director and the students. During contest preparation, each soloist and ensemble is expected to sign up for two lessons per week.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION and HEALTH

Physical Education 
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Objectives:
1. Physical Fitness including cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and weight control.
2. Motor Skills including sports skills, perceptual-motor skills, dance skills, gymnastic skills, and swimming skills.
3. Knowledge of rules, strategies, player positions, techniques, etiquette, safety practices, and concepts of physical fitness.
4. Social-emotional awareness including co-operation with teammates and opponents, developing a healthful concept toward self, fitness, and physical activity. Activities: Archery, aerobic dance, weight lifting, softball, speedball, soccer, Frisbee games, volleyball, tennis, horseshoes, table tennis, badminton, shuffleboard, flag football, CPR, ballroom and square dance, basketball, tumbling, physical fitness test, water safety, and pickle ball.

Health - Elective One Term(more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Health is the study of current health issues which include general wellness concepts, drug use and abuse, being a health consumer, nutrition concepts, communicable diseases, dating standards, sexually transmitted diseases, and health of the environment and the community.

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SCIENCE

Science 9 - Two Terms (more info)

Required 9th

Science 9 provides activities and discussions that allow students to discover science concepts through inquiry and to apply the knowledge they’ve constructed to their own lives.Classes will cover topics such as, but not limited to, energy and motion, energy resources, energy on the move, the nature of matter, diversity of matter, and interactions of matter.

Anatomy - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
Recommended 11th & 12th
Recommended after Biology
Anatomy is recommended for the students interested in careers in the health service field. Through diagrams, microscopy, animal dissection and video students will be introduced to the parts of the human body. Where time and facilities permit, the physiology of the body systems will be investigated using sensing equipment. Topics included in this course are cells, tissues, skin, nerves, muscle, bones, brain, circulation, digestion, endocrine system, and sense organs. All systems of the body will be studied. This course is designed not to take the place of college anatomy courses or the ICN Medical Terminology class but to give the student a foundation to make those classes easier to understand. 

Astronomy - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
Recommended 11th, 12th
Recommended to have had Algebra I & II, Geometry, and Physical Science
The goals of this course are to introduce the students to the people and principles of Astronomy. Coursework will include lecture/discussion, a wide variety of lab work, periodical and Internet research. Because the sun, moon and stars are the subject of the class, there will be required activities, which include observations before and after the normal school day. This will include trips to area planetariums, observatories and talks given local astronomers (amateur and professional). 

Biology - Two Terms (more Info)

Biologyis an introductory, laboratory-based course designed to study living organisms and their physical environment. Students should apply scientific methods of inquiry and research in examination of the following topics: chemical basis of life; cell structure, function, and reproduction; energy; molecular basis of genetics; natural selection and diversity; and ecology and the interactions among organisms; bacteria and viruses; invertebrates and vertebrates; and structure and function of the human body.

Natural Resource Science - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
11th, 12th

Recommended C or better in Biology

This course is designed as a second year, hands on biology study. Computer skills are necessary, as we will be doing several Powerpoint presentations. The class will build upon the skills learned in biology and add skills for life and college. This class is designed to incorporate as much of our natural resources here in NE Iowa as possible.

Chemistry - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
Recommended 11th, 12th
Recommended to have had Algebra II or Advanced Math, Physical Science and Biology
Chemistry is an experimental course which investigates the interrelationships of matter and energy. Through experimentation and everyday experiences, we will explore the theories that created the materials we use today. The course develops an understanding of the patterns in chemistry instead of mountains of memory work.  Primary objectives of this class are to introduce students to lab chemistry, understand the Periodic Table and chemical reactions, equations and stoichiometry.

Exploratory Chemistry - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
10th, 11th, 12th
This course is intended to give the students an exposure to the chemistry used in everyday life. It is based on the Iowa Core Curriculum for those standards that are based in Chemistry.This class is conceptual and activity based. It was created for those students that learn science best by doing.It is a life skills level class and is not intended for students looking for college prep chemistry.

Physics - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
12th
Recommended at least Algebra I and Geometry
Goals:
1. To help students to increase their knowledge of the physical world by concentration on the ideas that characterizes physics as a science at its best (for example, the conservation laws) rather than concentrating on isolated bits of information (such as lens formula).
2. To help students see physics as the many sided human activity that it is. This means presenting the subject in historical and cultural perspective and showing that ideas of physics are not only a tradition but are methods of adaptation and change.
3. To increase the opportunity for each student to have an immediate rewarding experience in science while gaining knowledge and skill that will be useful throughout life. The course is designed in such a way that even those with little background in mathematics can gain much from the course, but those who have had mathematics can be challenged. The course includes units in astronomy (study of the universe, constellations, movement of planets), motion (Newton's law, mass and velocity, momentum, force, and fluid dynamics), electricity, sound, light, and nuclear energy. 

Exploratory Physics - Elective Two Terms (more Info)
10th, 11th, 12th

This course is intended to apply physics principles to daily experiences. There are no prerequisites and students may elect to take Physics afterwards. The course is lab based with an emphasis on questioning, testing, record keeping, and analysis.  Activities will be done in groups with homework being completed as individuals.

GIS/GPS - Elective Two Terms (more info)

11th, 12th

GIS/GPS is a new area for schools but has been a part of the business world for over 30 yrs.The purpose of this class is to give students an understanding of the field of GIS using the software ARCVIEW 9.2 to generate the maps.GPS will be incorporated into the class so that students can get an introduction in the collection of the data which GIS maps.This will give them the opportunity to do some original research in GIS/GPS.Each chapter of the text is a 5 day unit.This articulates with introductory courses taught at colleges and universities.


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SOCIALSTUDIES

American History - Required Two Terms (more Info)
11th
American History is a chronological study of the nation's past. It is in studying the past that one can understand some of the problems of the present. The course is designed to spend one week reviewing the colonial development through the Civil War. The reconstruction period, the rise of industrialism, the arrival of reform, becoming a world power, the Golden Twenties, the New Deal, from isolation through World War II, reshaping the Postwar World, and into a new era are units of study.

American Government - Required One Term (more Info)
12th

Government is a course designed to focus on the structure and functions of the American political system. The students will develop an understanding of the ways of our American political system. From this understanding they will cultivate an appropriate sense of citizenship as participants in our democratic society. Students will be involved with simulations, attend city council and/or school board meetings, experience outside speakers, and do three political issue papers along with three hours of community service hours during the course.

Western Cultures - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
This course will study theU.S.CanadaMexico, and South America. Mapping skills, climates, northeast Iowa geography, physical geography, and cultural geography will also be studied.


Eastern Cultures - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
This course will take a closer look at the cultures of the countries of the Eastern Hemisphere. Areas included in this course include the Asia, Australia, Europe, and Middle East. Mapping skills, climates, physical geography, and cultural geography will be studied.

Psychology - Elective One Term (more Info)
12th
Psychology is the study of human behavior. The content of the course will be an introduction to psychology, understanding human behavior, learning and thinking, perception, emotions, and motivation, conflicts and adjustments, and social behavior.

Western Civilization - Required Two Terms (more Info)
10th

This course will deal with the development of various European countries. Primary focus will be given to political, geographic, and social evolution as well as major cultural contributions. The history of England, France, Greece, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the Soviet Union should occupy the greatest amount of time. This course will be supplemented with a study of current international relations. Current events take on a new perspective when studied in conjunction with the past.

America at War - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
This course will focus on major conflicts fought around the world. Topics of study will include the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. The course will analyze situations leading up to the conflict (political, geographic, economic, social), the conflict itself (strategies, leading roles, innovations), and the effects of the conflict (political, geographic, economic, social).

Modern European History - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
This course will deal with the modern era of European history, beginning with the post-World War II events and continuing up to the present day. Special emphasis will be given to the most recent events in Germany and East Europe. Cultural, political, and economic analysis of historical events will be addressed. The projected “textbook “ will be the newspaper and Time magazine.

Famous Americans - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
This course will be true History. History is people and this course will deal with significant Americans. Men and women, minorities, ethnic groups, and various occupations will all be represented. Political figures, athletes, entertainers, scientists, artists, and musicians all will be represented. The course will show the people that have made America.

Current Affairs - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Through instruction in the course, students will be responsible to discuss and evaluate issues of a social, economic, and political nature. The issues covered will reflect current state, national, and world happenings. Students will be expected to become informed on major issues, to become involved in group projects, and class/room discussion. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the United States in world affairs. Newspapers, magazines, and Newsweek will be used for instructional material. This class/ may be repeated for another credit, but not in the same year.

Modern American History - Elective One Term (more Info)
10th, 11th, 12th
This class will be a continuation of the junior-required American History class.We will begin our study at post World War II and move toward today’s events.We will study, discuss and research events that happened in your grandparents, your parents and your life.These historical happenings have shaped not only our country, but the world.We will focus on historical events, but we will also look at some of the pop culture of the time periods.Students will also be required to read one book of time appropriateness to our study.This book can be historical fiction, biography or autobiography.

Women in History - Elective One Term (more Info)
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
This course is an overview of women in history, especially U.S. history. As the perception of women has changed, so have the contributions of women changed. Special emphasis will be placed on how women's present role in society was derived from past events.

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VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE

Ag Electricity and Maintenance - Elective One Term(more Info)

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is designed for students interested in the basic Ag mechanics areas of electrical wiring and construction.Emphasis will be placed on electrical wiring and electric motors. Students will learn how to design and construct residential wiring circuits. This course will be highlighted with equal time being devoted to hands-on experience in the lab area to help develop skills and in the classroom learning the theory and design of electrical circuits.

Grading will be 50% classroom activities and 50% from the wiring lab activities.

Small Gas Engines - Elective One Term (more Info)

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

This course is designed for students interested in developing skills in agricultural mechanics.Topics to be discussed are:career options, using the ag mechanics shop, tools, and small gas engine fundamentals.Students will identify areas in agribusiness and agriculture where mechanical skills developed will be useful.This course will be highlighted with equal time being devoted to hands-on experience in the lab area to help develop skills. Students are required to complete a project in the ag lab.

Grading will be 50% classroom activities and 50% from completing activities relating to small gas engines.

Horticulture I (Fall) and Horticulture II (Spring) - Elective One Term (more Info)

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Through instruction in this course, the student will develop vocational skills they will use throughout life.Course topics include; plant growth, plant propagation, landscaping, lawn management, gardening, and small fruits. Students will design and plant the flower garden on the school grounds and our class flower garden at the Monona Butterfly garden. The class will use the greenhouse to plant, grow, and prepare plants for the flower garden and will have the opportunity to take plants home.

Grading - Students will be expected to participate in classroom activities and complete required assignments. This will compromise approximately 50 percent of the points. Students are expected to complete activities outside the classroom and successful completion of these activities will represent 50% of the student’s grade.

RATIONALE FOR HORTICULTURE

Horticulture introduces students to a wide variety of careers available in the area of horticulture.Skills developed in this course will be useful in career decisions or in a vocational aspect.This course uses hands-on experience to help develop an understanding of textbook ideas.

GOALS FOR HORTICULTURE

The student will appreciate the wide variety of career opportunities in horticulture.

The student recognizes that the topics discussed will be used in life experiences.

The student applies the skills developed in a career or vocational aspect.

AG Construction - Elective One Term(more Info)

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Students will have the opportunity to learn the basic skills associated with the building and carpentry trades. Students learn to use hand and power tools ina safe and efficient manner.

Students will design, plan, and construct a wood project in this course. Students will explore careers in this area. Job seeking skills and interviewing will be discussed.

We will learn the skills necessary for using metal cutting and welding. Students will learn the fundamentals of arc and Mig welding. Students will have an opportunity to construct a metal project.

Grading will be 50% classroom activities and 50% from successfully completing the required project.

Agriculture Marketing - Elective One Term(more Info)

10th, 11th, 12th

The course explores the basic concepts and economics principles related to markets for agricultural inputs and products. Overview of current marketing problems faced by farms and agribusinesses, farm and retail price behavior, structure of markets, food marketing channels, food quality and food safety, implications at the farm level of consumer preferences, and the role of agriculture in the general economy. The marketing methods and strategies for agricultural commodities are covered, including introduction to hedging, fundamental analysis, technical analysis, futures, options, risk management tools, and use of other market information.AGB230

Grading will be based on daily attendance, chapter quizzes, midterm, and final exam.

Farm Management - Elective One Term (more Info)

10th, 11th, 12th

This course will cover all aspects of farm decision making, including record keeping, budgeting, year-end analysis, enterprise analysis, and tax management. The overall course goal is to understand the economic principles relevant to making farm business decisions, how to evaluate the performance of the farm business and the budgeting process. Additionally, the student will understand the resources required in farming.AGB330

Grading will be based on daily attendance, chapter quizzes, midterm, and final exam.

Principles of Agronomy - Elective One Term(more Info)

10th, 11th, 12th

The course studies introductory principles plant-soil-climate relationships in crop production. It is designed after a similar course at Iowa State University and uses many of the same materials.AGA114

Grading will be based on daily attendance, chapter quizzes, midterm, and final exam.

Unit 1: Crop Plant Anatomy

·Label plant cell components, give their function, and describe their importance.

·Label and describe the functions of the parts of a cereal and legume seed.

·Identify seedling parts at different stages in germination and establishment.

·Understand the functions of the various leaf parts in dicot and monocot leaves.

·Identify and describe the various parts of the stem.

·Compare the different regions of a developing root.

·Identify the parts of a spikelet and a legume flower.

Presentations 

Quizzes 

Survey of the Animal Industry - Elective One Term(more Info)

10th, 11th, 12th

The course will explore breeds, basic management and marketing of farm animals. Includes topics on beef and dairy cattle, companion animals, horses, poultry, sheep, and swine. The overall course goal is to introduce students to the various species and breeds or livestock and give them an appreciation for the principles of livestock production and product marketing.AGS114

Grading will be based on daily attendance, chapter quizzes, midterm, and final exam.

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