Business Education

Cheri Dohrmann | Jodi Lonker

Business Essentials

.5 credit (elective)

This is a core course designed to give students an overview of the business, marketing and finance career cluster occupations. Students will develop an understanding of how academic skills in mathematics, economics, and written and oral communications are integral components of success in these occupations. Students will examine current events to determine their impact on business and industry and legal and ethical behavior, acquire knowledge of safe and secure goals, and identify employability and personal skills needed to obtain a career and be successful in the workplace. As students learn about different types of business ownership, they will interpret industry laws and regulations to ensure compliance, identify principles of business management, and analyze business practices to determine ethics and social responsibilities.

Accounting

1 credit (elective)/3 college credit hours (optional)

Accounting courses introduce and expand upon the fundamental accounting principles and procedures used in businesses. Course content typically includes the full accounting cycle, payroll, taxes, debts, depreciation, ledger and journal techniques, and periodic adjustments. Students may learn how to apply standards auditing principles and to prepare budgets and final records. Calculators, electronic spreadsheets, or other automated tools are usually used. Advanced topics may include elementary principles of partnership and corporate accounting and the managerial uses of control systems and the accounting process.

Personal Finance

.5 credit

Consumer Economics/Personal Finance courses provide students with an understanding of the concepts and principles involved in managing one’s personal finances. Topics may include savings and investing, credit, insurance, taxes and social security, spending patterns and budget planning, contracts, and consumer protection. These courses may also provide an overview of the American economy.

Fine ARts

* Drafting and Cabinetmaking courses will also qualify as a FINE ARTS course.

Art Department

Kay Stimatze

Art

1 credit (elective)

Art I is a comprehensive course that provides students with the foundation knowledge and opportunity to explore different art media and to create individual works of art. This course may also provide an exploration of career opportunities in the art world. Initial course covers the language, materials, and processes of a particular art form and the design elements and principles supporting a work of art. Although the Art 1 course focuses on the introduction of different art forms and mediums, it will include the study of major artists, art movements and styles.

Art II

1 credit (elective)

Prerequisite: Art I with a C average along with teacher approval.

Art II is a comprehensive course that continues the foundation skills built in the Art I course; with a greater emphasis on refining skills and students are encouraged to develop their own artistic styles. Students will typically work two-dimensionally with several media but with emphasis in the painting mediums.

Advanced Art

1 credit (elective)

Prerequisite: Art I and Art II with a C average along with teacher approval. You cannot be in Advanced Art class independently during an Art 1 class unless you have an A average in Art II because you cannot work independently.

Advanced Art is a course designed for students with a serious interest in art to refine their skill and create artistic works. The course typically emphasizes quality of work, and to offer students the opportunity to create art that reflects their personal style and talent using various mediums.

Music Department

Preston Thomas

Band

1 credit (elective)

This course is designed to give the student an enriching and diverse instrumental music education. This class provides a number of performance opportunities for the student in a variety of settings. The daily objective of the course is to foster and promote musical growth through the playing of an instrument by the student. As a member of the band program, group effort and cooperation is necessary to a successful program. Band is a skilled effort in which each student is expected to show technical and musical growth throughout this course.

Choir

1 credit (elective)

The Choral program is designed to enhance the musical, creative and expressive qualities of all students. Musical opportunities are provided for every child to learn the basic skills of singing and reading music, developing song repertoire, broadening listening skills, and experiencing the interrelated nature of music with other cultures and content areas. Students will continue to develop an understanding and appreciation of the differences in music from other cultures and the connections music brings to people, places and time. The topics in this class will provide a strong basis for the continuation of their music skills as the student continues on their path to becoming a life-long participant of music

Freshman Block

This class consists of a nine weeks of EACH of the following courses: Introduction to Industrial Technology, Drivers Education, Family and Consumer Science and Computer Instruction.

Cheri Dohrmann |Lowell Dohrmann | Margie Eck | Wally Wolgast

Introduction to Industrial Technology

An introductory level course designed to instruct students in the basic skills necessary to all occupations in the Construction, Manufacturing and Transportation areas.

Drivers Education

Drivers Education Classroom and Laboratory courses provide students with the knowledge and experience to become safe drivers on American's roadways. Topics in these courses cover legal obligations and responsibility, rules of the road and traffic procedures, safe driving strategies and practices, and the physical and mental factors affecting the driver’s capability (including alcohol and other drugs). Experience in driving a vehicle is an essential component of these courses.

Family & Consumer Science

Family and Consumer Science—Comprehensive courses are inclusive studies of the knowledge and skills that are useful for the efficient and productive management of the home. Course topics typically include foods and nutrition; clothing; child development and care; housing design, decoration, and maintenance; consumer decisions and personal financial management; and interpersonal relationships.

Computer Instruction


Computer and Information Technology courses teach students to operate and use computer and information technology, emphasizing their role as tools to communicate more effectively, conduct research more efficiently, and increase productivity. Course content includes the legal and ethical issues involved with computer technology and use.

Foreign Languages

Patricia Cargill

Spanish I

Designed to introduce students to Spanish language and culture, Spanish I courses emphasize basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students can read, write, speak, and understand the language at a basic level within predictable areas of need, using customary courtesies and conventions. Spanish culture is introduced through the art, literature, customs, and history of Spanish-speaking people.

Spanish II

Spanish II courses build upon skills developed in Spanish I, extending students’ ability to understand and express themselves in Spanish and increasing their vocabulary. Typically, students learn how to engage in discourse for informative or social purposes, write expressions or passages that show understanding of sentence construction and the rules of grammar, and comprehend the language when spoken slowly. Students usually explore the customs, history, and art forms of Spanish-speaking people to deepen their understanding of the cultur

Spanish III

1 credit (elective)/.5 college credit hours (optional)

Students are only able to enroll in Spanish III after completing both Spanish I and II and with teacher approval.

Health & Physical Education

Judd Dohrmann | Cheryl Theis | Josh Ybarra

Physical Education

1 credit required

Physical Education courses provide students with knowledge, experience, and an opportunity to develop skills in more than one of the following sports or activities: team sports, individual/dual sports, recreational sports, and fitness/conditioning activities.

Topics covered within Health Education courses may vary widely, but typically include personal health (nutrition, mental health and stress management, drug/alcohol abuse prevention, disease prevention, and first aid) and consumer health issues. Human Sexuality class periods will also be implemented. The courses may also include brief studies of environmental health, personal development, and/or community resources.

Advanced Physical Education

1 credit (elective)

Physical Education courses provide students with knowledge, experience, and an opportunity to develop skills in more than one of the following sports or activities: team sports, individual/dual sports, recreational sports, and fitness/conditioning activities.

Motor Development

1 credit (elective)

Weight Training courses help students develop knowledge and skills with free weights and universal stations while emphasizing safety and proper body positioning; they may include other components such as anatomy and conditioning


Technology education

Cheri Dohrmann | Lowell Dohrmann

Computer Applications

1 Credit (elective)/3 hour college credit (optional)

In Computer Applications courses, students acquire knowledge of and experience in the proper and efficient use of previously written software packages. These courses explore a wide range of applications, including (but not limited to) word-processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and database programs, and they may also cover the use of electronic mail and desktop publishing.

CAD

1 Credit (elective)

Drafting-General Courses, usually offered as a sequence of courses, introduce students to the technical craft of drawing illustrations to represent and/or analyze design specifications and then refine the skills necessary for this craft. Drafting-General courses use exercises from a variety of applications to provide students with the knowledge and experience to develop the ability to perform freehand sketching, lettering, geometric construction, and multiview projections and to produce various types of drawings. Computer-aided drafting (CAD) systems are typically introduced and used to fulfill course objectives.

CAD II

1 Credit (elective)

Drafting-Architectural courses introduce students to and help them refine the technical craft of drawing illustrations to represent and/or analyze design specifications, using examples drawn from architectural applications. These courses are intended to help students develop general drafting skills, but place a particular emphasis on interior and exterior residential (and light commercial) design, site orientation, floor plans, electrical plans, design sketches, and presentation drawings. In addition, students may prepare scale models.

CAD III

1 Credit (elective)

Drafting-Architectural courses introduce students to and help them refine the technical craft of drawing illustrations to represent and/or analyze design specifications, using examples drawn from architectural applications. These courses are intended to help students develop general drafting skills, but place a particular emphasis on interior and exterior residential (and light commercial) design, site orientation, floor plans, electrical plans, design sketches, and presentation drawings. In addition, students may prepare scale models.

CAD IV

1 Credit (elective)

Drafting-Independent Study courses, often conducted with instructors as mentors, enable students to explore drafting-related topics of interest. Independent Study courses may serve as an opportunity for students to expand their expertise in a particular application, to explore a topic in greater detail, or to develop more advanced skills.

Principles of Technology I

1 Credit (elective)/5 college credit hours (optional)

Principles of Technology courses focus on the study of the forces and laws of nature and their application to modern technology. Equilibrium, motion, momentum, energy conversion, electromagnetism, and optical phenomena are presented in the context of current, real-world applications. Demonstrations, math labs, and applied laboratory experiments are an integral part if the Principles of Technology curriculum. These courses enable students to gain a solid foundation for careers in electronics, robotics, telecommunications, and other technological fields.

Cabinetmaking

1 Credit (elective)

Woodworking courses introduce students to the various kinds of woods used in industry and offer experience in using selected woodworking tools. Students design and construct one or more projects and may prepare a bill of materials. Correct and safe use of tools and equipment is emphasized. As students advance, they focus on learning the terminology necessary to use power tools successfully, developing skills to safely use these tools in the workshop and becoming familiar with various kinds of wood-finishing materials. Advanced students typically design a project, prepare bills of materials, construct, and finish proposed projects.

Advanced Cabinetmaking

1 Credit (elective)

This course is for students who have completed one year of Cabinetmaking.

Construction

1 Credit (elective)

The construction class will be an introduction course to house and building construction layout and building as well as remodeling. It will cover contents like dirt work and landscaping, concrete, building materials, wall layout, roof layout and covering, drywall and wall coverings, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.


Vocational education

Michael Stull

Introduction to Agriscience

1 Credit (elective)

Introduction to Agriculture courses survey a wide array of topics within the agricultural industry, exposing students to the many and varied types of agriculture and livestock career opportunities and to those in related fields (such as natural resources). These courses serve to introduce students to the agriculture field, providing them an opportunity to identify an area for continued study of to determine that their interest lies elsewhere. They often focus on developing communication skills, business principles, and leadership skills.

Animal Science

1 Credit (elective) | Odd Years Only

Animal Production/Science courses impart information about the care and management of domestic and farm animals. These courses may cover animal nutrition, health, behavior, selection, reproduction, anatomy and physiology, facilities, product processing, and marketing. Students may study a particular species or they may learn how to care for and maintain livestock as a more inclusive study.

Agriculture Business

1 Credit (elective) | Even Years Only

Agribusiness Management courses provide students with the information and skills necessary for success in agribusiness and in operating entrepreneurial ventures in the agricultural industry. These courses may cover topics such as economic principles, budgeting, risk management, finance, business law, marketing and promotion strategies, insurance, and resource management. Other possible topics include developing a business plan, employee/employer relations, problem-solving and decision-making, commodities, and building leadership skills. These courses may also incorporate a survey of the careers within the agricultural industry.

Welding

1 Credit (elective)

Agriculture Welding courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that are specifically applicable to the tools and equipment used in the agricultural industry. In learning to apply basic industrial knowledge and skills (engines, power, welding, and carpentry, among others), students may explore a broad range of topics, including the operation, mechanics, and care of farm tools and machines; the construction and repair of structures integral to farm operations; an introduction or review of electricity and power; and safety procedures.

Ag Mechanics

1 Credit (elective)

Agriculture Mechanics/Equipment/Structures courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that are specifically applicable to the tools and equipment used in the agricultural industry. While learning to apply basic industrial knowledge and skills (engine mechanics, power systems, welding, and carpentry, among others), students may explore a broad range of topics, including the operation, mechanics, and care of farm tools and machines; the construction and repair of structures integral to farm operations; a study of electricity and power principles; and safety procedures.

Advanced Welding

1 Credit (elective)

Agriculture Welding courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that are specifically applicable to the tools and equipment used in the agricultural industry. In learning to apply further industrial knowledge and skills (engines, power, welding, and carpentry, among others), students may explore a broad range of topics, including the operation, mechanics, and care of farm tools and machines; the construction and repair of structures integral to farm operations; an introduction or review of electricity and power; and safety procedures.

Natural Resource Management

.5 Credit (elective)

Natural Resource Management courses combine the fields of ecology and conservation with planning for the efficient use and preservation of land, water, wildlife, and forests. Within the general area of natural resources management, these courses usually cover specific topics and uses, such as hunting or fishing preserves, forest production and management, wildlife preservation, and human outdoor recreation.

Ag Food Science

.5 Credit (elective)

Food Product Processing courses impart the knowledge and skills needed to produce and manufacture food products for the consumer market. These courses focus on food products while covering a variety of topics, such as quality selection and preservation, equipment care and sanitation, government regulations, marketing, consumer trends, and product research and development.

Internship in Agriculture

1 Credit (elective)

Provides students to gain knowledge and skills for various Agriculture Careers. Students will provide a detailed log of experiences and hours while participating.

Advanced Introduction to Agriscience

1 Credit (elective)

This course allows additional time for students to be exposed to careers in an internship areas as related to the AFNR cluster in a specific career.


Other

Workplace Experience

1 credit per working hour (elective)

Workplace Experience courses provide students with work experience in a field related to their interests. Goals are typically set cooperatively by the student, teacher, and employer (although students are not necessarily paid). These courses may include classroom activities as well, involving further study of the field or discussion regarding experiences that students encounter in the workplace. Note: if the particular subject area is known, use the code associated with the Workplace Experience course within that subject area.

Teacher Aide

.25 credit/semester (elective) | Juniors & Seniors Only

Miscellaneous-Aide courses offer students the opportunity to assist instructors in preparing, organizing, or delivering course curricula or to assist other staff members in fulfilling their duties. Students may provide tutorial or instructional assistance to other students.

Office Aide

.25 credit/semester (elective) | Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors Only

Office Aide courses provide students with the opportunity to work in office, developing skills related to clerical work. Duties may include typing, filing, record-keeping, receiving visitors, answering the telephone, and duplicating, among others. These courses emphasize appropriate work attitudes, human relations, and proper office procedures.

Independent Study

Credit hours vary

Independent Study courses, typically organized as a mentorship with a teacher or outside professional, enable students to conduct investigations related to their field(s) of interest.

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