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South Tama High School

Education Handbook

2014-2015

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

General Information Definition of Terms………………………………………………………………………………..5 Academic Program Guidelines……………………………………………………………………8 Graduation Requirements…………………………………………………………………………8

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Procedure for Granting Credits……………………………………………………………………9 Foreign Language Preparation…………………………………………………………………….9 PE & Health Requirements……………………………………………………………………....10 Language Arts Requirements…………………………………………………………………….10 Career Technology Options…………………………………………………………………...…10 Internships/Work Experience…………………………………………………………………….11 Student Leadership…………………………………………………………………………….....11 Dual-Credit Courses……………………...……………………………………………………....12 Career Academies……………………………………………………………………..…………14 Internet-Based High School Classes………………………...…..……………………………….14 E2020 Online High School Courses ...………………………………………………………..…14 Incomplete Grades……………………………………………………………………………….15 Schedule Changes……………………………………………………………………………..…15 Early Graduation…………………………………………………………………………………15 Retaking Classes…………………………………………………………………………………16 Equity, Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action……………………………………………17 Admission Requirements for Iowa Public Universities………………………………………….17 RAI Index Formula………………………………………………………………..…………..…17

Academic Courses Course Listings…………………………………………………………………...…………...…18 Language Arts……………………………………………………………………...………….…22 Science…………………………………………………………………………………………...27 Mathematics……………………………………………………………………………………...29 Social Sciences…………………………………………..………………………………………32

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Foreign Language…………………………………………………………………………….….35 Business Education…………………………………………………………………………...….36 Family & Consumer Science……………………………………………………………….……38 Art Education……………………………………………………………………………….……40 Music Education…………………………………………………………………………………41 Industrial Tech Education………………………………………………………………………..42 Agricultural Education…………………………………………………………………………...44 Physical Education……………………………………………………………………………….46 Health Education…………………………………………………………………………………47

Definition of Terms

COURSE: A separate unit of instruction that is part of a complete series of studies leading to graduation. CREDIT: The numerical reward received for passing one semester of a course. ELECTIVE: A course that may be chosen for study as distinguished from courses that are required for graduation. PREREQUISITE: The preliminary requirement that must be met before a certain course may be taken. Thus, Spanish 1 must be taken before Spanish 2.

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REQUIRED COURSE: Any course required for graduation. GRADE POINT:

Letter Grade Percentage GPA A 96-100 4.0 A- 90-95 3.67 B+ 87-89 3.33 B 83-86 3.0 B- 80-82 2.67 C+ 77-79 2.33 C 73-76 2.0 C- 70-72 1.67 D+ 67-69 1.33 D 63-66 1.0 D- 60-62 .67 F 59 and below 0

QUARTER: A time equal to ¼ of the school year or approximately 45 school days. SEMESTER: A time equal to ½ of the school year or approximately 90 school days. CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA): The total grade points divided by the number of semester credits attempted. This cumulative GPA starts at the end of the first semester of your freshman year and is updated each semester after that. CLASS RANK: A numerical rank order of each class from top to bottom established by using the cumulative grade point average. For example, the student with the highest GPA in each class is number one in class rank. CLASS PERIOD: A class that meets for ~45 minutes daily. WEIGHED GRADING: Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the high school implemented a weighted grading scale. Weighted courses are very important for any student who is interested in his or her class rank and GPA. The more rigorous courses (below) are listed to the right on the weighted scale. Courses in the first column are non-weighted based on a 4.0 scale. The more rigorous courses are found in the second (4.33) and third (4.667) columns. For example, a B+ in AP English 12 (4.00) is equal to an A (4.00) in a non-weighted class. This weighted system rewards students who take more rigorous courses. This will also allow students a choice depending on their career path. Students should use caution when taking weighted courses understanding the degree of difficulty will increase as the weight increases. The weighted scale is below:

Grade Non-Weighted

Weighted +.333

Weighted +.667

A 4.00 4.333 4.667

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A- 3.667 4.000 4.333 B+ 3.333 3.667 4.000 B 3.000 3.333 3.667 B- 2.667 3.000 3.333 C+ 2.333 2.667 3.000 C 2.000 2.333 2.667 C- 1.667 2.000 2.333 D+ 1.333 1.667 2.000 D 1.000 1.333 1.667 D- .667 1.000 1.333 F .000 .000 .000

LIST OF CLASSES: The following chart shows the classes offered at the high school during 2014-2015 and how they are weighted: Non-Weighted Classes Classes Weighted +1 Classes Weighted +2 Advanced Welding Accounting AP Biology Advanced Woods Advanced Algebra 2 AP Calculus Ag Mechanics Advanced Geometry AP English 12 Agriculture 1 Advanced LA 9 AP Statistics Agriculture 2 Advanced LA 10 AP US History Agriculture 3 Advanced LA 11 Calculus (Dual-Credit) Algebra 1 Advanced LA 12 Composition (Dual-Credit) Algebra 1 (A) ALM Pre-Calculus (Dual-Credit) Algebra 1 (B) Anatomy & Physiology Algebra 2 Biology Ancient World History Business Law AOEE Calculus Band Chemistry Ceramics Journalism Child Development 1 Physics Child Development 2 Pre-Calculus Choir Online Dual-Credit Classes Construction 1 Spanish 3 Construction 2 Spanish 4 Contemporary US History Statistics Crafts Criminology/Civics Drafting Drawing Driver’s Ed E2020 Classes Economics ELL

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Employability Environmental Science Foods 1 Foods 2 General Metals General Woods Geography Geometry Government Health 9-10 Health 11-12 Horticulture Independent Studies Individual Finance Internship Intro to Business Intro to Construction Jobs Language Arts 9 Language Arts 10 Language Arts 11 Language Arts 12 Life Science Modern World History Newspaper Pubs Painting PHS Classes PE Physical Science Resource Sculpture Sociology Spanish 1 Spanish 2 Speech Supplemental LA US History Web Design Welding Yearbook

Academic Program Guidelines

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Course Load: Full-time students at STC High School must carry a minimum of six (6) full credit courses. Physical Education and Health are required unless waived for seniors who take a full schedule of academic classes (16 classes). Credit Requirements: All students attending STC High School must successfully complete 51* credits for graduation. *48 credits starting with the class of 2016 (16 elective credits instead of 19) Transfer Students: Students transferring to STC High School will enter at the level that they successfully completed at their previous school. From that point, all graduation requirements of the STC High School will be enforced. Curriculum: All courses taken outside the STC High School curriculum must have prior approval by the principal. Class Status: Students will be assigned to classes (depending on anticipated graduation date) according to the following credits: Freshmen 0-8 Sophomores 9-19 Juniors 20-32 Seniors 33+ This will be according to your credit totals as of August 1 of each year and will be updated at the end of each semester.

Graduation Requirements LANGUAGE ARTS: Minimum of 8 credits SOCIAL STUDIES: Minimum of 6 credits (A minimum of 3 must be History credit and 1 must be a Government credit). SCIENCE: Minimum of 6 credits MATHEMATICS: Minimum of 6 credits and minimum of 3 years PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Minimum of 4 credits HEALTH: Minimum of 2 credits ELECTIVES: 19 additional credits TOTAL: 51 credits* *48 credits starting with the class of 2016 (16 elective credits instead of 19)

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Procedure for Granting Credits Students who wish to make up credits may do so by one or more of the following alternatives:

1. Schedule additional course work during the school day (GPA 3.0 or higher) or outside the school day (2.0 or higher).

2. Attend summer school 3. Complete a state-approved correspondence course 4. Retake a course 5. Attend an alternative accredited high school STC High School encourages students to have enriching experiences outside of STC High School, such as special institutes, summer programs, advanced placement offerings, etc. Some of these experiences may be equivalent to or superior to course offerings at STC High School. Credit may be allowed for some of these nontraditional courses. Students who are considering obtaining credit from a special institute or program should present to the principal, in advance, a course description containing: the number of contact hours; content; type of assignments or experiences, and credentials of the instructor. Upon completion of the course, the student should provide a transcript or similar documentation of successful completion to the principal’s office.

Foreign Language Preparation There are many excellent reasons for including high school foreign language study whether you terminate your formal education upon high school graduation, or continue your education beyond high school. If you are sincerely interested in learning to speak, to translate, to write a foreign language and to learn a new cultural background, you are encouraged to visit with a foreign language teacher and a guidance counselor. Sometimes, misunderstandings exist concerning foreign language requirements at the college level. To learn the specific college or university graduation requirements, you should consult the respective college catalog, which can generally be found on the university website. These summary statements reflect recent survey findings from Iowa colleges and the three state universities: University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa. Currently, Iowa State University and the University of Iowa require 2 years of single foreign language for admittance. In the college of Liberal Arts at ISU, 3 years would be required for graduation. In the College of Liberal Arts at the Univ. of Iowa, 4 years would be required for graduation. However, colleges within the Universities differ as to requirements for admission and graduation. Some majors do not require taking a foreign language for admission or graduation. The University of Northern Iowa does not require two years of a foreign language for admission; however, they require two years of a single foreign language in High School (or take two semesters at college) for graduation. See the college catalogs for specific requirements.

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PE and Health Requirements Students are required to complete 4 credits of PE and 2 credits of Health. Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, students are required to participate in 36 weeks of PE per school year and ½ credit will be given for PE each semester. Exceptions: Seniors with a full schedule of 16 classes may be waived from senior Health and/or senior PE. The Principal will make this decision upon recommendations from the Guidance Counselors. Note: AOEE or Internships in a senior’s schedule will not be considered as part of the 16 full blocks.

Language Arts Requirements

The courses in Language Arts for grades 9-12 are designed to develop skills in the areas of grammar, writing, reading, speech, and vocabulary. These skills are taught each year. Students begin with General English and progress to Advanced English. Each English class builds on acquired student skills and adds more. A procedure for prerequisites has been developed as follows: in order for a student to advance to the next grade level in English, they must have successfully completed at least one term of an English class in the preceding grade. Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Principal.

Career Technology Options STC High School offers a variety of vocational courses in the areas of Vocational Agriculture, Family Consumer Science, Manufacturing, Construction, and Business Education. Students should find these courses helpful in preparing them for the world of work or continued education. These courses are designed to provide basic skills, teach desirable job related behaviors and prepare students for additional education to develop specific skills. Students who successfully complete a prescribed sequence of courses in one of these career tech areas may qualify for exemption from some college courses and be able to enter a post-secondary program at a higher level. Representatives from the work world have repeatedly emphasized that the goal of high school vocational courses should be to develop general and specific skills and personal characteristics such as good attendance, initiative, good manners, cooperation and solid interpersonal relationships.

Internships/Work Experience The purpose of the Internship program is to provide a rich, in-depth vocational experience prior to graduation. A number of local businesses, as well as South Tama K-12 teachers, cooperate with the STC High School in order to offer students an opportunity to earn credit while learning on the job through a formal Internship program. Students must attend the internship each day

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that they attend school. Grades are “Pass/Fail” and are not included in the Cumulative GPA. Minimum level of proficiency to pass is 70%. Seniors may participate in the internship program for one semester. A second Internship may be allowed if the student is on track for graduation and not dependent upon the second Internship credit to meet minimum graduation requirements. Internships cannot be at an existing job site unless the Internship is exploring a vocation significantly different from the current job. This decision will be made by the Principal or Program Director. Internships cannot be in combination with AOEE or a study hall, or in the business of a parent. Successful internships reflect active involvement by students with potential employers prior to the beginning of each semester. Arrangements and agreements between students, employers, parents and the school should be completed two weeks before the semester begins. A formal Training Agreement must be signed by all parties prior to beginning placement. Families provide transportation and insurance to and from the sites and health insurance coverage while at the site the same as at classes on campus. In the event that a student experiences difficulty in successful completion of the senior year, the administration may withdraw approval of an internship class. Students may not take study hall in the same term as an internship unless all graduation requirements have already been completed prior to the start of the term. Contact your counselor for more information.

Student Leadership Many opportunities are available for students who wish to be involved in leadership activities. STC High School has an active Student Council. Members of the council are elected by their class. The council is headed by the student body president who is elected at large by all students. Each class has three elected officers (President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer). These officers are expected to organize class activities and projects. For example: Freshmen and Sophomore officers - homecoming floats; Junior officers – Prom; Senior officers - Graduation and Alumni reunions. STC High School also has many clubs that function through elected officers. If you have leadership experience or would like to gain experience, please let your counselor know.

Dual-Credit (Post Secondary Enrollment Options) Courses During the 1988 session, the Iowa Legislature passed the Iowa Post Secondary Enrollment Options Act. The Act is intended to promote rigorous academic pursuits. Students have the opportunity to enroll in community college nonsectarian classes for high school and college credit.

The cost of tuition will be paid by the district up to $250.00 per course. Books normally are

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provided by the college and remain with the college after the class is completed. Fees and all transportation costs are born by the student/family. A student may enroll in more than one dual-credit class during a semester but may not exceed part-time status (must be less than 12 credit hours). The Department of Education has set proficiency requirements for all students accessing the dual-credit programming as the minimum National Standard Scores according to each grade level on the Iowa Assessment Test in reading, math and science. National Standard Scores (NSS)

Grade Fall Mid-Year Spring 9

Math = 243 Science = 243 Reading = 243

Math = 249 Science = 250 Reading = 247

Math = 249 Science = 250 Reading = 249

10

Math = 252 Science = 253 Reading = 252

Math = 257 Science = 258 Reading = 257

Math = 257 Science = 258 Reading = 257

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Math = 259 Science = 260 Reading = 259

Math = 261 Science = 265 Reading = 262

Math = 263 Science = 265 Reading = 263

An alternative measure of proficiency will be accepted if a student is not proficient in subject area on the most recent Iowa Assessments as stated below. The alternative assessment supports our district’s mission to afford all students the opportunity to grow academically and continue their educational opportunities into the future. Reading Comprehension:

1. Students must meet the minimum NSS scores on the most recent Iowa Assessment Test. -OR-

2. Students wishing to enroll in dual-credit classes must have earned a grade of a B or better at South Tama in their most recent course in the subject area of the dual-credit course they wish to take (English/Language). -OR-

3. Students must have demonstrated above typical growth on the National Standard Score portion of the Iowa Assessments in Reading Comprehension from their previous year to their most recent Iowa Assessments taken prior to any dual-credit course.

Math Concepts and Problem Solving:

1. Students must meet the minimum NSS scores on the most recent Iowa Assessment Test. . -OR-

2. Students wishing to enroll in dual-credit classes must have earned a grade of a B or better at South Tama in their most recent course in the subject area of the dual-credit course they wish to take (Math). -OR-

3. Students must have demonstrated above typical growth on the National Standard Score portion of the Iowa Assessments in Math Concepts and Problem Solving from their previous year to their most recent Iowa Assessments taken prior to any dual-credit

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course. Science:

1. Students must meet the minimum NSS scores on the most recent Iowa Assessment Test. -OR-

2. Students wishing to enroll in dual-credit classes must have earned a grade of a B or better at South Tama in their most recent course in the subject area of the dual-credit course they wish to take (Science). -OR-

3. Students must have demonstrated above typical growth on the National Standard Score portion of the Iowa Assessments in Science Concepts and Reasoning from their previous year to their most recent Iowa Assessments taken prior to any dual-credit course.

STC Guidance Counselor(s) will have the ability to help students make selections of dual-credit classes that are suitable to their career interest, ability levels, etc. The Guidance Counselor will interpret test score results and determine the eligibility of students for dual-credit classes. The Guidance Counselor may seek the assistance of the student’s parent or guardian when making dual-credit programming choices. Any conflicts relating to eligibility will be resolved by the building Principal after consulting with the Guidance Counselor.

Although dual-credit courses are an excellent way for goal-oriented high school students to earn college credit at very low cost, the student needs to be mature enough to handle college level expectations. Inappropriate student behavior, including improper use of District resources such as computers, may result in the district restricting or terminating participation in this program. South Tama guidance counselors can assist in the planning for dual-credit courses and any problem solving that may be needed during the courses. This program applies only to 11th and 12th grade students as well as students in 9th and 10th grade who are identified as “gifted and talented” (Iowa Code 257.43). Dual-credit courses are available primarily through Marshalltown Community College at campuses in Marshalltown and Grinnell. Additional courses are available via the Internet at other colleges such as Kirkwood Community College and Hawkeye Community College. If a dual-credit class is taken via the Internet, the student will be scheduled for a class period at the high school and expected to work on that class during that time. A complete listing of eligible post-secondary institutions is available in the high school Guidance Office. Questions about this program may be directed to the High School Guidance Counselor.

Career Academies Career Academies allow high school juniors and seniors to enroll in clustered college courses that are common to certain vocations. The academics are similar to dual-credit courses in that the courses can be taken for high school and college credit. Like dual-credit courses, the cost of the career academy is paid for by the local school district unless the course is failed or dropped after the official drop date, in which case the student/family must reimburse the local district for the expenses. These courses are offered at sites in Marshalltown, Grinnell, and Tama and are coordinated by Iowa Valley Community College District. Transportation to classes is provided by the student/family. Some courses require the purchase of additional materials or tools by the

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student/family. Please consult with your guidance counselor for more information and a complete listing of the current Career Academics.

Internet-Based High School Classes Students electing to enroll in an internet based class (E2020 or other) must have the course pre-approved by the Guidance Department and the Principal. Students will normally be required to attend class at the high school using district computers. One class period will normally be designated for each internet class. E2020 courses not completed during the school year will have one additional semester to be completed. Exceptions may be granted by the Principal.

E2020 Online High School Courses South Tama has a service contract with a company called “Education 2020” (E2020) to provide an array of high school classes that may be taken for credit recovery or for skill development. The Principal will decide on the number and selection of courses to be offered. Guidance recommendation is needed to take an online course. Students and parents should contact the Guidance Office for a current listing of E2020 offerings. Courses being considered for 2014-15: Academic Success Algebra 1 Algebra 2 Art History Biology Career Planning Chemistry Classic Novels Communication Computer Applications Consumer Skills Economics Environmental Science Financial Math Geography Geometry Government Health

Intro to Art Language Arts 9 Language Arts 10 Language Arts 11 Language Arts 12 Literacy and Comprehension I Literacy and Comprehension II Math Model Physical Science Physics Pre-Algebra Pre-Calculus Psychology Spanish 1 Spanish 2 US History World History

Incomplete Grades

Students are expected to complete all class work. The reason for the student’s delay of

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completion may have some impact as to how much extra time is allowed for the student completing the work. Concerns regarding incomplete or non-submitted work should be an item of discussion first between the teacher, student, and parent. Unless otherwise agreed to, at the end of the term an incomplete must be made up within two weeks of the time report cards are sent out or the grade is changed to an “F”. The Principal may approve more time for completion. Incomplete grades may have a negative impact on eligibility for activities.

Schedule Changes

The Guidance Department will make every attempt to get student schedules into student hands well before the start of each semester. For a variety of reasons, students may need to change their schedules by adding or dropping a class. This does, however, cause some confusion. To minimize the confusion, all schedule changes must be made according to the following:

1. Schedule changes are granted after approval from the Guidance Counselor 2. Schedule changes must be completed by the end of the third day of school after the start of each semester. 3. Students carrying a eighth class may drop that class prior to the end of the second week of the semester. 4. Schedule changes will not be made to accommodate a student’s non-school related employment. 5. Students are randomly assigned to classes. Unless approved by principal, changing sections to be with friends is not allowed. 6. Dropping a class after 10 days will result in the student getting a failing grade for that class. Students dropping a class after 10 days will be assigned to a study lab or E2020 course.

Early Graduation

STC allows early graduation at the end of three years or the end of the first semester of the senior year, providing the student has met all the graduation requirements. Summer school credits must have prior administrative approval to be used for early graduation. Students considering early graduation should meet with their counselor to review STC Board Policy 605.42 to be sure they meet the deadlines for early graduation. Students may elect to receive their diploma early, but if they choose to do so, they may not participate in any subsequent high school activities or events such as prom or graduation.

Retaking Classes

The approval process for “repeating” a previously passed course has been primarily administratively on a case-by-case basis. The following steps will help students, parents, and

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staff regarding retaking courses. In the event that a student elects to retake a passed class, other than music, the following steps should be followed:

A Course Contract needs to be signed by parent, student, teacher, and administrator agreeing to the following: Replacement Course 1. Agreement to withdraw from the currently enrolled course, if applicable. Course

withdrawal may occur when all parties are in agreement that the student lacks necessary skills needed to continue with the possibility of success. A “W” or “F” will be recorded for the course.

a. It is noted that “W” is not an option for students who have withheld

effort/cooperation or obstructed the teaching/learning process.

Repeating a Course 2. Repeating a course would result in the original course grade and the repeated course

grade both being factored into the GPA. For example, original grade is D (1.0) and repeated grade is B (3.0) the net impact would be equal to two courses at 2.0 (1.0 +3.0 / 2 = 2.0). The original and the repeated courses may both be counted toward satisfying STC District graduation requirements including the core areas of Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

Senior Student Re-Enrollment --Senior students who have successfully satisfied all graduation requirements (51 credits) may re-enroll in courses that have available student space.

a. Prior final grade must be B- (80%) or lower. b. Prior final grade and retake final grade are both factors in determining cumulative

grade point average (GPA). c. Prior course credit and retaken course credit may both be applied toward satisfying

district graduation requirements. d. Principal, using guidance counselor recommendations, will make final determination

on granting permission to retake a course.

Equity, Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action The South Tama County School District is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, or disability in its educational programs, activities or employment policies as required by Title IX and VIII of the 1964 Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Concerns, complaints, or suggestions should be directed to Jim Bugge, Equity Coordinator

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– 1611 Country Club Drive, Tama, IA 52339. Phone: 641-484-3999.

Admission Requirements for Iowa Public Universities

Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa require that applicants have a 245 RAI Index, which is an index based on class rank, GPA, core classes, and ACT score. It is important that students begin and maintain a good academic record, starting in ninth grade. In addition to the RAI Index, each university sets forth additional subject matter requirements as outlined on the next page.

RAI Index Formula

(2 x ACT Composite Score) +

(1 x High School Rank) +

(20 x High School Grade Point Average) +

(5 x Number of High School Courses Completed in the Core Subject Areas) =

RAI Score

COURSE LISTINGS

Language Arts

Course Credits per Semester

Number of Semesters

Suggested Year

Supplemental Language Arts 1 2 9-12 Language Arts 9 1 2 9 Advanced Language Arts 9 1 2 9-11 Language Arts 10 1 2 9-12

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Advanced Language Arts 10 1 2 10 Language Arts 11 1 2 11 Advanced Language Arts 11 1 2 11 Language Arts 12 1 2 12 Advanced Language Arts 12 1 2 12 AP English 12 2 2 12 Independent Studies: Writing/Literature 1 1 9-12 Speech 1 1 9-12 Journalism 1 1-2 9-12 Newspaper Publications 1 1-2 10-12 Yearbook 1 1-2 10-12 ELL 1 2 9-12 Life Skills Reading (Sp.Ed.) 1 2 9-12 Dual-Credit Composition 1 1 1 12 Dual-Credit Composition 2 1 1 12

Science

Course Credits per Semester

Number of Semesters

Suggested Year

Physical Science with Earth 1 2 9 Life Science 1 2 10 Biology 1 2 10 AP Biology 1 2 10 Chemistry 1 2 11-12 Physics 1 2 11-12 Environmental Science 1 2 10-12 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 2 11-12 Life Skills Science (Sp.Ed) 1 2 9-12

Math

Course Credits per Semester

Number of Semesters

Suggested Year

Math Tech (placed by counselor) 1 1 9-11 Algebra 1 (A) 1 2 9-12 Algebra 1 (B) 1 2 10-12 Algebra 1 (2-period block) 2 2 9-12 Geometry 1 2 9-12 Advanced Geometry 1 2 9-12 Algebra 2 1 2 10-12 Advanced Algebra 2 1 2 10-12 Statistics 1 2 10-12 Pre-Calculus 1 2 11-12

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Calculus 1 2 11-12 Dual-Credit Pre-Calculus 1 1 11-12 Dual-Credit Calculus 1 1 11-12 AP Statistics 1 2 11-12 Life Skills Math (Sp.Ed) 1 2 9-12

Social Sciences

Course Credits per Semester

Number of Semesters

Suggested Year

US History 1 2 9 Ancient World History 1 1 10-12 Modern World History 1 1 10-12 Contemporary US History 1 1 10-12 Government 1 1 11-12 Economics 1 1 10-12 Criminal and Civil Justice 1 1 11-12 Sociology 1 1 11-12 World Geography 1 1 9-12 AP US History 1 2 11-12

Foreign Language

Course Credits per Semester

Number of Semesters

Suggested Year

Spanish 1 1 2 9-12 Spanish 2 1 2 9-12 Spanish 3 1 2 10-12 Spanish 4 1 2 11-12

Business Education

Course Credits per Semester

Number of Semesters

Suggested Year

Website Design 1 1 10-12 Intro to Business 1 1 11-12 Accounting 1 2 10-12 Business Law 1 1 10-12 Individual Finance 1 1 10-12 Employability 1 1 10 Small Business Entrepreneur 1 1 10-12 Family & Consumer Science

Course

Credits per Semester

Number of Semesters

Suggested Year

Food & Nutrition 1 1 1 9-12 Food & Nutrition 2 1 1 9-12

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Child Development 1 1 1 9-12 Child Development 2 1 1 9-12 Design/Textiles 1 1 9-12 Family Living 1 1 9-12

Art Education

Course Credits per Semester

Number of Semesters

Suggested Year

Drawing 1 1 9-12 Painting 1 1 9-12 Crafts 1 1 9-12 Sculpture 1 1 9-12 Ceramics 1 1 9-12

Music Education

Course Credits per Semester

Number of Semesters

Suggested Year

Band .5 or 1 2 9-12 Choir .5 2 9-12 Industrial Tech

Course

Credits per Semester

Number of Semesters

Suggested Year

Intro to Construction (pre-req) 1 1 9-12 Construction 1 1 1 9-12 Construction 2 1 1 10-12 General Metals 1 1 10-12 Welding 1 1 10-12 Advanced Welding 1 1 11-12 General Woodworking 1 1 10-12 Advanced Woodworking 1 1 11-12 Drafting 1 1 11-12 Agriculture

Course

Credits per Semester

Number of Semesters

Suggested Year

Agriculture 1 1 2 9-12 Agriculture 2 1 2 9-12 Agriculture 3 1 2 9-12 Ag Mechanics 1 1 9-12 Ag Occupational Employment Exp. (AOEE)

1 2 12

Horticulture 1 1 9-12

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Physical Education

Course Credits per Semester

Number of Semesters

Suggested Year

PE .5 2 9-12 Strength & Conditioning 1 1 9-12

Health

Course Credits per Semester

Number of Semesters

Suggested Year

Health 9-10 1 1 9 Health 11-12 1 1 11

LANGUAGE ARTS

COURSE TITLE: Language Arts 9 GRADE LEVEL: 9 PREREQUISITE: Language Arts 8 with a score of 74% or lower on the ITBS or by teacher recommendation NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is the first level of language courses mandatory at the high school level for students who are missing some of the essential communication skills and concepts. The course focuses on improving a student’s ability to succeed in future English courses by setting a foundation in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical viewing. It focuses on analysis, personal and expository writing, and foundational research skills. Students are introduced to the Modern Language Association, MLA, citation format.

COURSE TITLE: Supplemental Language Arts

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GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation and student reading below grade level and/or below 41% on ITED NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course concentrates on basic reading skills, such as the use of prediction, summarization, and making inferences. This course will present strategies to improve comprehension and fluency, as well as working on vocabulary development. Students will be expected to improve their skills on an individual basis through reading outside of class on a daily basis. Regular assessments will help students see their progress throughout the year. COURSE TITLE: Advanced Language Arts 9 GRADE LEVEL: 9 PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of 8th grade Language Arts with a score of 75% or higher on the ITBS or by teacher recommendation NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Designed to challenge students who have demonstrated mastery of some of the communication skills, this course will enrich students’ understanding of reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical viewing. It focuses on deeper analysis of literature, personal, expository and academic research skills. Students are introduced to the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation format.

COURSE TITLE: Language Arts 10 GRADE LEVEL: 10 PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Language Arts 9 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a continuation of Language Arts 9. It builds on the foundational skills developed in that course to bring students to a further level of understanding in reading, writing, and communicating. It focuses on literary analysis, personal, expository, and persuasive writing as well as a continuation on research and non-fiction reading. Students gain additional experience in properly using Modern Language Association (MLA) citation.

COURSE TITLE: Advanced Language Arts 10 GRADE LEVEL: 10 PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Language Arts 9 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Designed to challenge students who have demonstrated mastery of some of the communication skills, this course will enrich students’ understanding of reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical viewing. It focuses on deeper analysis of literature, personal, expository and academic research skills. Students gain additional experience in properly using the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation format. COURSE TITLE: Language Arts 11

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GRADE LEVEL: 11 PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Language Arts 10 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for juniors whose post-secondary plans are undecided. The curriculum is based on improving their understanding of the communication skills essential for success in life and in making a living. Students will explore a variety of reading and writing strategies while learning about the world around them via non-fiction reading, short stories, plays and novellas. Students will master the proper use of Modern Language Association (MLA) citation.

COURSE TITLE: Advanced Language Arts 11 GRADE LEVEL: 11 PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Advanced Language Arts 10 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for juniors who plan to attend a four-year public or private college or university. The curriculum is based on college prepatory skills needed with an emphasis on improving understanding of literary concepts, research methods, oral presentation techniques, and personal, literary and persuasive writing to master Modern Language Association (MLA) formatting. Students will consider writings by classic and contemporary American authors.

COURSE TITLE: Language Arts 12 GRADE LEVEL: 12 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class is designed specifically for students who will be going directly into the work force or into the career track at the community college level. This class is NOT for those students attending a community college and then transferring to a four year college or university. The focus of this class will be on technical reading and writing. COURSE TITLE: Advanced Language Arts 12 GRADE LEVEL: 12 PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Advanced Language Arts 11 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for seniors who plan to attend a four-year public or private college or university. The curriculum is based on college prepatory skills needed with an emphasis on improving understanding of literary concepts, research methods, oral presentation techniques, including those used in debate, and personal, literary and persuasive writing using American Psychological Association (APA) formatting. Students will consider

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writing by American, British, and Greek authors or playwrights. COURSE TITLE: Advanced Placement (AP) English GRADE LEVEL: 12 PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Advanced Language Arts 11 or teacher recommendation NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a rigorous course for highly capable students. It will engage students in a close reading and analysis of classic literature, including prose, poetry and drama. Students will become skilled writers, and engage in writing conferences with the instructor. The level of complexity of this course is designed to mirror that of a freshmen year college English course. Students will be prepared to take the AP examination in this subject. This examination is optional but strongly recommended. The examination does have a fee, for which students will be responsible. Students who successfully complete the examination may receive up to one year of credit in English from the college in which they enroll. COURSE TITLE: Independent Studies: Writing/Literature GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This elective course is designed for students that enjoy reading or writing. The student, with assistance from the teacher, will design projects that are reading or writing based. This project will involve in-depth research by the student. Completed projects will be the basis for the student’s grade. The projects must meet the approval of the assigned teacher. COURSE TITLE: Speech GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to give both the college-bound and non-college-bound student a basic background in the areas of speech, speech making, and real-life speaking situations. Although this course is for all students, college-bound students are strongly advised to take this course. All colleges -- technical, two-year, and four-year -- require some sort of speech class for graduation. This course will give students an advantage over those students who have not taken a speech course in high school. Areas of study include: interpersonal communication, listening, nonverbal, expository speech, persuasive speech, film unit, special occasion speeches and commericals. COURSE TITLE: Journalism GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: Upperclassmen must have successfully completed at least one of the

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following courses: LA 9, LA 10, or Accelerated LA 11. For those not enrolled in these courses, a teacher recommendation and demonstrated command of the writing process is required. Freshmen must currently be enrolled in Advanced LA 9 or have a teacher recommendation and command of the writing process. NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1-2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This elective course is designed for students who enjoy writing and who might be considering a career in the journalism field. Students will study the fundamental principles of gathering, writing, reporting, and editing the news. Emphasis will be placed on accuracy, brevity, clarity, and ethical responsibility. Students will also be introduced to the basics of layout and design through the use of QuarkXPress and Adobe Photoshop. COURSE TITLE: Newspaper Publications GRADE LEVEL: After successful completion of Journalism and instructor recommendation NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1-2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This elective course is a publishing lab designed for students who want to advance their skills in journalism by producing all aspects of the school newspaper – Blue Crush. Students may take this class as many times as they wish after successful completion of Journalism.

COURSE TITLE: English Language Learner (ELL) GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: Students whose primary language is one other than English and who have a need to develop proficiency in English. NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to teach English language skills to nonnative speakers of English COURSE TITLE: Life Skills Reading GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: Sp. Ed. Placement NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: The curriculum will be geared to the goals and objectives within the student’s IEP. COURSE TITLE: Yearbook GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of one semester of Journalism NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 or 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This elective course is a publishing lab designed for students who want to advance their skills in journalism by producing all aspects of the school yearbook, Iliad. Students may take this class as many times as they wish after successful completion of Journalism.

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Science COURSE TITLE: Physical Science with Earth GRADE LEVEL: 9 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This general level course will introduce the high school student to the major topics of physical, chemical, and earth science. Students need to be involved in class discussions, participate in labs, and work in small groups. COURSE TITLE: Life Science GRADE LEVEL: 10 PREREQUISITE: Passing grade in Physical Science with Earth NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: A basic science course designed to develop skills while investigating topics related to understanding living things. This class offers the opportunity for the learner to develop the skills necessary for success in the more accelerated Biology course and

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other elective courses. COURSE TITLE: Biology GRADE LEVEL: 10 PREREQUISITE: At least a C in Physical Science with Earth or passing grade in Life Science NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to give the students the biology knowledge and skills necessary for those who plan to pursue science courses in college and science related careers. Coursework involves labs, group activities, discussions, writing research projects, and journals.

COURSE TITLE: Chemistry GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: Grade of C or higher in Biology, or Grade of A, B, C, or D in Life Science and Algebra 1. NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will study chemical concepts including atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, chemical quantities, solutions, acid-base reactions, gas laws, oxidation/reduction, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry. COURSE TITLE: Physics GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: A or B grade in Biology, Algebra 1, Geometry NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides a basic background in physics with a broad coverage of relationships found in the physical world. Lab activities will be conducted, therefore a strong math background is recommended. Topics of study include mechanics, thermal energy, waves, sound, optics, and electricity. COURSE TITLE: Environmental Science GRADE LEVEL: 10-12 PREREQUISITE: Biology or Life Science NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course the student will investigate the environment in which we live and upon which we depend. Emphasis will be on field studies, class discussion and projects. Topics of study include ecology, food production, water as an ecosystem, water for people, and energy – past, present, and future. COURSE TITLE: Human Anatomy & Physiology GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: Biology or Life Science NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class is an in-depth study of the human organism especially relating to the structure and functions of the human body. This is a good recourse for vocational or college bound student; such as nursing, pre-vet, pre-med. and health science. COURSE TITLE: AP Biology GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: Grade of B or higher in Biology or teacher recommendation NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides an extension and enrichment of topics learned in Biology. The pace of the class is advanced. The course emphasizes biotechnologies and human health studies. The course will be especially beneficial to any student interested in biology related fields.

Math COURSE TITLE: Life Skills Math (Sp.Ed.) GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: Sp. Ed. Dept. Recommendation NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: The curriculum will be geared to the goals and objectives within the student’s IEP. COURSE TITLE: Algebra 1(A) GRADE LEVEL: 9-11 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Algebra 1(A) is a course in which students begin their study of the fundamentals of Algebra, with a specific focus on linear relationships. Other topics include operations with real numbers, exponential relationships, and some basic statistical concepts. Algebra 1(A) is the first half of a two-year course sequence that includes all the topics of algebra

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learned in Algebra 1. (Algebra 1, or its equivalent, is a requirement for graduation.) COURSE TITLE: Algebra 1(B) GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: C or better in Algebra 1(A) NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Algebra 1(B) is a continuation of algebraic topics from Algebra 1(A). Topics studied include operations with some real numbers, exponential relationships, quadratic relationships and some basic statistical concepts. (Algebra 1, or its equivalent, is a requirement for graduation.)

COURSE TITLE: Algebra 1 NOTE: This class is a 2-period block class for the duration of the year for 4 credits GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: 8th Grade Pre-Algebra grade of C or better NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will study algebraic fundamentals with specific focus on linear relationships. Other topics studied include operations with real numbers, exponential relationships, quadratic relationships and some basic statistical concepts. This course will explore and investigate more in-depth concepts of Algebra. COURSE TITLE: Geometry GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: Grade of C- to D in Algebra 1(A)/Algebra 1(B) NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course studies congruency and similarity, properties of angles and triangles, finding surface area and volume of 3-dimensional shapes and constructions.

COURSE TITLE: Advanced Geometry GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: C or better in Algebra 1 or Algebra 1A/Algebra 1B NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course studies congruency and similarity, properties of angles and triangles, finding surface area and volume of 3-dimensional shapes and constructions. This course will explore and investigate more in-depth concepts of Geometry.

COURSE TITLE: Algebra 2

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GRADE LEVEL: 10-12 PREREQUISITE: D or better in Algebra 1 and Geometry NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will study advanced algebraic topics unified into the concepts of relation and function. Algebra 2 offers a study of algebraic manipulations that include recursive and explicit sequences, transformations of quadratic, square root, absolute value, cubic, and cube root functions, a study of exponential and logarithmic functions, matrices and some statistical concepts. During the second semester students will work extensively in trigonometry. COURSE TITLE: Pre-Calculus GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: C- or better in Algebra 2 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will study functions, periodic functions, trigonometric function properties, identities, right triangle and triangle trigonometry, matrices, polynomial and rational functions, probability and sequences and series.

COURSE TITLE: Statistics GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: D or better in Algebra 2 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will be introduced to the world of statistics. Students will work with basic probability, basic counting principles, and analyzing data to predict trends or define patterns.

COURSE TITLE: Calculus/AP Calculus GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: C or better in Pre-Calculus NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: AP Calculus is designed for college bound students seeking to further their mathematics knowledge. Students will prepare for the AP Calculus exam with a study of functions, graphs and limits, differentation and its applications, and integrals and their application. A student who scores at an appropriate level on the AP exam may earn college credit. Students who take this course are strongly encouraged to take the AP Calculus exam. The student is responsible for the cost of the exam. Students who decide not to take this course for AP credit will still receive high school credit.

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Social Sciences COURSE TITLE: Sociology GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: US History NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Sociology is a study of human behavior, including the study of individuals, groups, and institutions. It is the study of the social environment in which we live and the patterns of behavior we follow. Topics of study include society, culture, adolescence, the family, crime/deviance, urbanization, and socializing the individual. Sociology can be taken to fulfill the social studies elective requirement. COURSE TITLE: World Geography GRADE LEVEL: 10-12 PREREQUISITE: US History

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NUMBER OF SEMESTER: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Maps, maps, and more maps with an occasional graph. World Geography is a course designed to expand student understanding of the world using maps and other graphic materials. Focus of study include: cartography, physical geography, human geography, and urban geography. This course may be taken to fulfill the social studies elective requirement. COURSE TITLE: United States History GRADE LEVEL: 9 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is the required course for all freshmen students and focuses on the pre-Civil War period until the end of World War II. Topics of study include: Civil War, Reconstruction, The Progressive Era, World War I, The Jazz Age, The Great Depression, and World War II. US History is a REQUIRED course in order to graduate. COURSE TITLE: Ancient World History GRADE LEVEL: 10 PREREQUISITE: US History NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Sophomore students may choose either Ancient World History or Modern World History. This semester-long course will cover the time period from 1400 to the pre-World War I years. Topics discusses include the history of nations outside of the United States and how the events in those nations impact the United States. Ancient World History or Modern World History is a REQUIRED course in order to graduate.

COURSE TITLE: Modern World History GRADE LEVEL: 10 PREREQUISITE: US History NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Sophomore students may choose either Ancient World History or Modern World History. This semester-long course will cover the time period from 1945 to the present day. Discussion will center on how the world divided after World War II and the effect on world issues in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Modern issues concerning the Middle East, terrorism, and potential issues the world may face in the 21st Century. Ancient World History or Modern World History is a REQUIRED course in order to graduate.

COURSE TITLE: Contemporary US History GRADE LEVEL: 10-12 PREREQUISITE: US History NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Contemporary US History is an elective course that may be taken to fulfil the six-credit requirement to graduate. Students will look at how the US emerged as a

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world power following World War II. Emphasis will be placed on the shift from isolationism to intervention of the United States concerning world affairs.

COURSE TITLE: Criminal & Civil Justice GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: Gov’t is recommended NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Criminal and Civil Justice focuses on understanding how the legal system works in Iowa with an emphasis on criminal law, the court system, criminal/juvenile law processes, and the areas of negligence, strict liability, and intentional torts. This course may be taken to satisfy the elective requirement for social studies.

COURSE TITLE: Government GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: US History and either Ancient World History or Modern World History NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: American Government is REQUIRED by the state of Iowa for graduation. Study will focus on the beginnings of American Government, the federal legislative, executive and judicial branches, along with state and local government. Students are expected to keep up with current events concerning political parties and issues facing the United States today. COURSE TITLE: Economics GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: US History and either Ancient World History or Modern World History NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Economics is REQUIRED by the state of Iowa for graduation. Students will discuss what our economy looks like and how our economy works. Problems facing our economic future and how supply and demand affect the nation’s economy will be examined.

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Foreign Language COURSE TITLE: Spanish 1 GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: Interest in foreign language NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will learn basic conversational Spanish: expressions, vocabulary, sentence structure, and necessary grammar. Students will participate in a variety of activities that develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Some activities are: oral exercises, writing, short conversations, practice in pairs, and original written assignments. COURSE TITLE: Spanish 2 GRADE LEVEL: 10-12 PREREQUISITE: Spanish 1 with a “C” grade or above or teacher recommendation NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students review basic conversational Spanish from their first year and begin a formal study of grammar, mainly verb forms in the present and past. There still is an emphasis on vocabulary, and being able to use what is learned in normal conversation. Students will participate in a variety of activities that develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as in Spanish I. COURSE TITLE: Spanish 3 GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: Spanish 2 with a “C” grade or above or teacher recommendation NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Student will review basic grammar from Spanish II and expand conversational expressions learned in Spanish I. More emphasis is placed on reading, writing, and conversation. Students will begin to apply what they’ve learned to particular situations. Students will participate in a variety of activities that develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. COURSE TITLE: Spanish 4 GRADE LEVEL: 12 PREREQUISITE: Spanish 3 with a “C” grade or above or teacher recommendation NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will review basic grammar and conversation from Spanish I-III and are introduced to advanced grammar. Students will use their skills to interpret written and spoken language.

Business Education

COURSE TITLE: Website Design GRADE LEVEL: 10-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will learn a basic understanding of core design principles that apply to web design and development. They will design web pages using different formats to show how these formats can work together and they will design a website for someone other than themselves using multiple techniques. COURSE TITLE: Intro to Business GRADE LEVEL: 10-12 PREREQUISITE: None

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NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to Business will prepare students to become wise consumers and employees. This course offers useful and practical aspects of how business works. Areas of study include: banking, technology, marketing, finance, consumerism, business organization, entrepreneurship, human resources with a job application process, and money management. COURSE TITLE: Accounting GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students are introduced to the basic principles, concepts, and procedures involved with accounting. Students learn how to systematically and accurately keep track of the money a business earns and spends. Spreadsheets and a computerized unit are utilized to bridge the gap between manual and automated accounting. Skills developed are especially helpful to a beginning office worker and people working in business. Articulation with AIB, Marshalltown, Kirkwood, Ellsworth, and other Community Colleges are available.

COURSE TITLE: Business Law GRADE LEVEL: 10 - 12 PREREQUISITE: General Business NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will gain an understanding of the law as it relates to them currently and the implications of the law in their future lives. They will also work to gain an understanding of basic legal vocabulary. The course will include an understanding of the court system at the local, state, and national level. Students will gain an understanding of contract law, their rights and responsibilities as citizens, employment and agency relationships, and the understanding of the regulations governing different types of business organizations. COURSE TITLE: Employability GRADE LEVEL: 10 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class will provide students with career planning and basic technology using various computer programs. Topics will include an introduction to Microsoft Office programs, Internet, computer literacy, multimedia presentations, and a create-your-own-business project. These computer topics will be integrated with career and workplace skills units that will allow students to explore occupation information, identify interests, and identify the abilities they possess as they relate to career planning. COURSE TITLE: Small Business Entrepreneur GRADE LEVEL: 10-12 PREREQUISITE: One industrial tech or one business class

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NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Small Business Enterprise focuses on recognizing a business opportunity and developing the opportunity into a business. The controlling functions: accounting, finance, marketing, management, and legal and economic considerations are applied. Student responsibility and initiative are encouraged as business strategies are created, planned, and presented as a business plan for an actual business venture. Through this process students will also learn principles of manufacturing and actually create, design, manufacture, and sell a product.

Family & Consumer Science COURSE TITLE: Food & Nutrition 1 GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Food choices, preparation skills and kitchen management skills are emphasized in this course. COURSE TITLE: Food & Nutrition 2 GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: Food & Nutrition 1 (suggested) NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Nutritional choices, extended preparation skills and meal planning management are included in this term. COURSE TITLE: Child Development 1

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GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course includes the responsibilities of parents, family roles, prenatal development, pregnancy, birth and understanding the needs of infants. Projects are designed to apply knowledge. COURSE TITLE: Child Development 2 GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: Child Development 1 (suggested) NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Class includes the physical, social, mental, and emotional needs of the child, parent skills, play, guidance, and care of toddlers to teens.

COURSE TITLE: Family Living GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Emphasis on problem solving as students learn to cope with problems in their lives. Various aspects of adult living designed to prepare students for after graduation, careers and/or family life.

COURSE TITLE: Individual Finance GRADE LEVEL: 12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Use of decision-making process to help satisfy the use of money and resource. Gain knowledge of purchasing and budgeting. COURSE TITLE: Design &Textiles GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Emphasis is on design for selecting suitable clothing, textiles and fibers, wardrobe plans and construction techniques.

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Art Education COURSE TITLE: Drawing GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of the fundamentals of drawing, with emphasis on learning the proportions of the human face so that students learn to draw recognizable likenesses. Learning to apply the principles used in drawing human likenesses to drawing anything. Recommended prior to taking painting. COURSE TITLE: Painting GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will consist of painting with acrylics or other water based painting medium on paper. It is recommended that students who want to work realistically

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take Drawing before taking Painting. COURSE TITLE: Crafts GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Student will learn about basic fiber arts techniques. COURSE TITLE: Sculpture GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: An exploration of the methods and materials of 3-dimensional representations.

COURSE TITLE: Ceramics GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores 3-dimensional forms using hand-building ceramic techniques.

Music Education COURSE TITLE: Band (Instrumental Music) GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Minimum of 2 years playing in a school band program to perform and rehearse with the group. If 1 year experience or less, one weekly lesson for nine weeks is required. At the end of the nine weeks, an assessment will be made as to whether the student can join the group or take another nine weeks of lessons. COURSE TITLE: Concert Choir GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Concert choir is open to all students of the high school without audition. The purpose of the ensemble is to improve existing musical and vocal skills and expose student to choral literature of all styles. This group works together to prepare a final

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product that will be presented publicly. Vocal lessons are required.

Industrial Tech COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Construction GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course allows the student to explore vocational areas. Major areas emphasized are: manufacturing, engineering related, and technical services.

COURSE TITLE: Construction 1 GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Construction class will involve design, terminology and layout procedures used in residential construction. Construction of a small-scale house will be built and used to introduce building methods. Students will be introduced to structural lumber, wall, roof layout and sheeting.

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COURSE TITLE: Construction 2 GRADE LEVEL: 10-12 PREREQUISTITE: Construction 1 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Class will involve tool safety, layout work and procedures used in residential construction. The class will require involvement in the construction of an actual building. Students will also be exposed to residential electrical wiring. The class will require involvement in a wiring project. COURSE TITLE: General Metals GRADE LEVEL: 10-12 PREREQUISITE: Intro to Construction NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Designed for vocational students interested in beginning instruction in sheet metal, bench metal, and forging. It will focus on safety and metal working tools. Safety glasses are required. COURSE TITLE: Welding GRADE LEVEL: 10-12 PREREQUISITE: Intro to Construction NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Welding is the technique used to join metals together. This course involves practice of several methods (arc-welding, oxy-acetylene welding, brazing, and flame cutting). Must complete assigned welds and two small projects. COURSE TITLE: Advanced Welding GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: Welding NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Advanced welding to further knowledge in the welding field. Advanced techniques and processes will be taught. Most of the time will be spent in lab construction projects. Examples: car stands, weight benches, farm machinery, etc. COURSE TITLE: General Woodworking GRADE LEVEL: 10-12 PREREQUISITE: Intro to Construction NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Acquaints the student with hand tools and power tools. Student is

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required to pass a safety test and construct 1 required project. The remainder of the class is spent on a project of the student’s choice, approved by teacher. COURSE TITLE: Advanced Woodworking GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: General Woodworking NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Emphasis on knowledge and skills required utilizing an additional set of woodworking machines, construction methods and joinery techniques. One required project. COURSE TITLE: Drafting GRADE LEVEL: 11-12 PREREQUISITE: Intro to Construction or Construction 1 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Emphasis on basic design knowledge and skills used to develop technical drawings. This class will introduce compute CAD skills to the student along with pencil board drawings.

Agriculture COURSE TITLE: Ag Sci/Tech/Mktg 1 GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is for first year ASTM students and is a study in an “Introduction to Agriculture” and “Animal Science.” This is an excellent class for students considering further study in vet-tech or pet care.

COURSE TITLE: Ag Sci/Tech/Mktg 2 GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: Preferably Ag 1 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Designed for second year ASTM students, this course will deal with Agronomy, Horticulture (plant science), & agricultural mechanics. This course also provides excellent background for prospective horticulture and landscaping majors.

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COURSE TITLE: Ag Sci/Tech/Mktg 3 GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: Preferably Ag 1 & 2 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will prepare the ASTM student for entry into agricultural employment by correlating all previous areas of study: livestock, crops, and mechanics into a comprehensive management program. Class is a combined junior/senior class. Students normally take this class two years in a row because the emphasis is alternated every other year between 1) farm, ranch, and agri-business management and 2) machinery management to fit the needs of farm and agri-business managers. This enables ag students to complete a comprehensive four year program.

COURSE TITLE: Ag Mechanics GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: Industrial Tech or Ag 1 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: A short course in the principles of operation of two and four-cycle small gas engines. Includes hands on tune-up and repair of small engines, and proper use of tools and instruments necessary to do such. COURSE TITLE: Agricultural Occupation Employment Experience (AOEE) GRADE LEVEL: 12 PREREQUISITE: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in Ag 3 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1-2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to help the AOEE student to analyze their future employment opportunities while recognizing their individual abilities and limitations, and providing actual on-the-job experience. COURSE TITLE: Horticulture GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: A preceding term of Environmental Science, Biology, or Ag 2 would certainly be advantageous NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Horticulture is on of America’s most rapidly growing industries. This course is essentially an examination of fundamental horticultural principles from careers in the field to cultivation of specific plants. Major emphasis is on plant propagation and landscaping.

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Physical Education COURSE TITLE: Physical Education GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 2 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Two semesters of Physical Education are required of all students, with a minimum of 36 weeks of participation per year. Students are expected to be dressed in appropriate gym clothes. Students may participate in all activities within the class or exercise the entire class period. Regular attendance is required with a daily 10-point grading system implemented. Students are required to pass 4 credits of PE as long as they are enrolled in South Tama County High School. Seniors with a full schedule of 16 classes may be waived from senior PE.

COURSE TITLE: Strength & Conditioning GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 PREREQUISITE: None

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NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Strength & Conditioning may be taken to gain PE credit. During a student’s four high school years, students may take Strength & Conditioning class for 1 or 2 semesters per year. Students are expected to dress appropriately each day for an active classroom environment. Students must take part and give an acceptable amount of effort during class activities. Students are required to pass 4 credits of PE as long as they are enrolled at South Tama County High School. Seniors with a full schedule of 16 classes may be waived from senior PE.

Health COURSE TITLE: Health 9-10 GRADE LEVEL: 9 PREREQUISITE: None NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Requirement for graduation. Class addresses the body systems and examines critical issues concerning drug abuse and human sexuality. COURSE TITLE: Health 11-12 GRADE LEVEL: 11 PREREQUISITE: Health 9 NUMBER OF SEMESTERS: 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Requirement for graduation. Class addresses family and mental health issues and emphasizes lifetime physical health maintenance.