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AP Biology

COURSE: A.P. Biology
GRADE: 11 - 12
PREREQUISITES: Biology I & Biology II (or Honors Biology); Chemistry
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AP Biology is a course intended to provide a college level biology experience within the high school setting. Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to pursue further study in both the sciences and other academic areas. While the intent of the course is to attain mastery in a curriculum similar to that of an introductory college biology course, students will also gain problem solving and organizational skills useful in preparation for a college biology course.

The course content is divided into three parts that are integrated into eight major themes. With the integration of the topics into themes, the course provides both a global perspective and an encompassing view of modern science. Each of the following topics is combined within the curriculum: Molecules and Cells, Heredity and Evolution, and Organisms and Populations. Included in the course are required laboratory projects that are intended to enhance problem solving skills and laboratory techniques.

There is a fee for the AP exam. Approximately $85

Teacher: Mr.Hansen

AP Calculus AB

COURSE: Advanced Placement Calculus AB
GRADE: 12
PREREQUISITES: Precalculus or equivalent course work with consent of instructor. Successful completion of first semester is a prerequisite to second semester.
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Calculus AB is primarily concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The courses emphasize a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The connections among these representations also are important.

AP Calculus intended to be challenging and demanding. Broad concepts and widely applicable methods are emphasized. The focus of the courses is neither manipulation nor memorization of an extensive taxonomy of functions, curves, theorems, or problem types. Thus, although facility with manipulation and computational competence are important outcomes, they are not the core of these courses. Technology should be used regularly by students and teachers to reinforce the relationships among the multiple representations of functions, to confirm written work, to implement experimentation, and to assist in interpreting results. Through the use of the unifying themes of derivatives, integrals, limits, approximation, and applications and modeling, the course becomes a cohesive whole rather than a collection of unrelated topics.

These themes are developed using all the functions listed in the prerequisites.

**course description courtesy of AP Central

Teacher: Mrs.Novotny

AP English

COURSE: A.P. English
GRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Strong English skills, grades, test scores
CREDIT: 1 credit

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AP English engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of poetry and prose. Through the close reading of selected works in various genres, students deepen their understanding of the ways authors and poets use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for readers. As they read, students will consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as smaller-scale elements such as the use of figurative language: imagery, symbolism, and tone, etc.

The AP course includes intensive study of works from various genres and periods ranging from the Renaissance to the Post-Modern era in American and British literature, concentrating on works recognized for possessing “literary merit.” Students will read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a work’s complexity in order to absorb its richness of meaning and to analyze how that meaning is embodied in literary form.

In addition to considering a work’s literary artistry, students reflect on the social and historical values the literature reflects and embodies; careful attention to both textual detail and historical context provides a foundation for interpretation. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.

AP English is designed for preparation for the advanced placement language and composition test. Students who choose to take the AP exam may pay a fee (Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch may also qualify for a "fee-reduced" exam) to earn possible college credit.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

AP Statistics

COURSE: Advanced Placement Statistics
GRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Algebra II/Trig. Successful completion of first semester is a prerequisite to second semester.
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION: AP® is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion and hard work of students and educators from both secondary schools and higher education. With more than 30 courses in a wide variety of subject areas, AP provides willing and academically prepared high school students with the opportunity to study and learn at the college level. The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data.

Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:

1. Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns

2. Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study

3. Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation

4. Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses

**course description courtesy of AP Central

Teacher: Mrs.Novotny

AP United Stated Government and Politics

GRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Strong interest in Political Science and consent of instructor
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This class is preparation for the AP test in US Government and Politics and fulfills the Problems in American Democracy requirement for seniors. Content area is based on an in depth study of this topic, including:
1. Constitutional principles that are the basis of US government
2. Shared and diverse political beliefs, behaviors, and culture
3. The role of political parties, interest groups, and mass media in the US democracy
4. The three branches of government
5. Public policy, including policy-making, agendas, bureaucracy, and interaction among different groups
6. Development and expansion of civil rights and civil liberties.

Teacher: Ms.Burns

Art I

COURSE: Art I
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is a full year course. Students may enroll in either semester or both. Students will study the elements of art. Semesters will begin with projects that reflect the history of art. Different mediums plus student's imagination will be applied to create artwork. Drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and a variety of projects will be completed. Tests, critiques, and a research paper will be used for student evaluation. Portfolios will be used to collect and protect student work. Students' work will be exhibited at an end of the year Art Show. Class discussion will reflect how important art has impacted history and how it has influenced and served as a record of the world.

Teacher: Mrs.Messer-Epperson

Art II

COURSE: Art II
GRADE: 10 -12
PREREQUISITES: At least 1 semester of Art I
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is a full year course. Students may enroll in either semester or both. Students will study design and more thoroughly explore a variety of media and techniques. Class time will be devoted to individuals working in their preferred medias. Group projects will also be part of the curriculum.

Teacher: Mrs.Messer-Epperson

Band

COURSE: Band
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: Previous experience or training
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
-Students must provide own instruments or rent (specialty) instruments from the school.

-Previous experience and training is necessary.

-Uniform care and maintenance are required. Annual rental fees paid by the students apply to the dry-cleaning costs.

-The study and performance of concert band literature is the major goal and emphasis of the year, and participation is mandatory. Concert performances include the Fall Concert, Christmas Concert, Pre-District Festival Concert, District Music Festival, Pops Concert, the Southern Montana Invitational Band Festival, and Graduation Ceremonies.

-Performance activities also include marching band at football games and parades, pep band at 18 home volleyball games, boys basketball games, and girls basketball games. As many as nine post-season athletic tournaments are also a possibility. There are many other community performances throughout the year, including rodeo parades, Memorial Day Services, and various holiday activities.

-Grading is determined largely by participation, and by graded solos, and periodic testing.

-Chair seating is determined by audition on assigned literature.

-Goals are reached through a cooperative team effort in daily rehearsals that is an integral part of the student's evaluation for grading.

Teacher: Mr.Snodgrass

Beginning Guitar

COURSE: Beginning Guitar
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: Must provide own guitar.
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Beginning Guitar is designed for very beginning players. This class focuses on a well rounded approach to the guitar.

Students will learn to read standard notation, TAB, chord chart, and lead sheet.

Students will exit this class with a large notebook of songs and the skills to play recreational guitar for any occassion.

Teacher: Mr.Snodgrass

Biology 2

COURSE: Biology II
GRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITES: Biology I
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Biology is the study of life. In order to examine the content and structure of biology and to take into account the needs and problems of the student, the course has been arranged into the following units:
1. Genetics
2. Evolution
3. Microorganisms
4. Human Biology
5. Anatomy and Physiology
6. Ecology

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Students should develop an increased understanding of biological ideas within the major units of the program. Students should gain the ability to recognize biological problems to formulate reasonable hypothesis, establish experimental controls and the ability to interpret data and modify interpretations as new information is obtained. Students should gain knowledge of measurement and experimental error, learn essential laboratory skills and develop an interest in devising methods to solve unexplained problems.

Teacher: Mr.Hansen

Biology I

COURSE: Biology I
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Biology is the study of life. In order to examine the content and structure of biology and to take into account the needs and problems of the student, the course has been arranged into the following units:
1. Biological Principles
2. Cells
3. Plants
4. Invertebrates
5. Vertebrates
6. Ecology

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Students should develop an increased understanding of biological ideas within the major units of the program. Students should gain the ability to recognize biological problems to formulate reasonable hypothesis, establish experimental controls and the ability to interpret data and modify interpretations as new information is obtained. Students should gain knowledge of measurement and experimental error, learn essential laboratory skills and develop an interest in devising methods to solve unexplained problems.

Teacher: Mr.Hansen

Brit Lit I

Brit Lit I is a semester-long elective English course designed to provide students with an overview of the British literary tradition from the Anglo-Saxon period to the beginning of the Modern era, roughly AD 800-1800. Students will become familiar with the linguistic, cultural, and political history of Great Britain through the focused study of literary trends and major authors of each era. In addition, this course is designed to enhance and supplement the research skills and independent critical and analytical literacy skills that students work to develop throughout their English studies at SGHS.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Brit Lit II

GRADE: 11-12, Honors 10
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
British Literature II is a semester-long elective English course designed to provide students with an overview of the British literary tradition from the Romantic, Victorian and Twentieth Century. Short Stories, poetry, essays, novels, and plays written by British, Scottish, and Irish authors are studied. Students will become familiar with the linguistic, cultural, and political history of Great Britain through the focused study of literary trends and major authors of each era. In addition, this course is designed to enhance and supplement the research skills and independent critical and analytical literacy skills that students work to develop throughout their English studies at SGHS.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Business Computers

COURSE: Business Computers
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: Keyboarding Applications & Algebra I
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Microsoft Word 2007 will be used for word processing units. An in depth study of Word 2010 features will be covered as well as formatting skills. Tables, mail merging, special formats, macros and desktop publishing will be covered.

PowerPoint 2010 will be used for preparation of presentations. Several slide shows will be completed using template designs, autolayout, autoshapes, and clip art.

Microsoft Excel 2010 is a powerful spreadsheet program that allows students to organize data, complete calculations, make decisions, graph data, and develop professional looking reports. Objectives include: teaching the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel 2010 and acquainting students with proper procedures to create worksheets suitable for coursework, professional purposes and personal use.

Microsoft Access 2010 is a program known as a database management system. A computerized database management system allows you to store, retrieve, analyze, and print information.

99% of the students’ time will be spent working on the computer.

Teacher: Mrs.Campbell

Chemistry

COURSE: Chemistry
GRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Must have completed Algebra and Geometry or Honors Biology
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Chemistry will teach the proper use of chemicals and safety techniques. With the use of chemicals must come an understanding of the metric system to show the proper representation of measurements. An understanding of the properties of the periodic table and compounds used within the class is necessary. Once this background information is covered, balancing reactions, solving mole-mole problems, introducing kinetic theory and bonding types are covered while using the techniques above.

Teacher: Mr.Campbell

Chorus

COURSE: Chorus
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Chorus is a class in the fundamentals of singing. Group and solo singing techniques are both taught. Attendance at concerts and other public performances is mandatory. These concerts are usually held in the evening.

Teacher:

Communication Arts 1

This course is designed to focus on expanding reading comprehension, writing skills, and vocabulary. Students will learn how to take notes on a daily basis (through teacher guidance and on their own), write in their own journals, and learn the basics of research techniques. We will be exploring different literary styles and themes and comparing them to our own lives and experiences. Grammar and vocabulary will a part of the learning process and incorporated into all writing assignments and projects. This class is as fun, hard, or easy as you make it – work hard, ask questions, do your homework, study, and we will have fun learning together!

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Communication Arts II

COURSE: Communication Arts II
GRADE: 10, or 11 after Communication Arts I
PREREQUISITES: Combination of teacher recommendation & standardized test scores.
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Communication Arts II covers units focused on novels, short stories, poetry, drama, nonfiction, grammar, vocabulary, composition, the research process, and speech. A research project involving periodicals, books, primary sources, and internet sources will be completed during Semester 1.

Communication Arts II is a year-long required English course, completed in either the sophomore or junior year, which is divided into two semesters and is designed to provide students with continued support in the development of the literacy skills necessary to complete the English requirements at SGHS. Throughout the course, students will continue to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through a variety of projects while studying multiple genres: poetry, short stories, narratives, speeches, critical essays, and novels. Directed vocabulary and grammar enrichment will support students’ overall literacy development. During the second semester, students will receive explicit instruction in preparation for the independent research project which is a graduation requirement.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Communication Arts III

COURSE: Communications Arts III
GRADE: 11, or 12 after Communication Arts II
PREREQUISITES: Combination of teacher recommendation & standardized test scores.
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Communication Arts III covers units focusing on novels, short stories, poetry, drama, nonfiction, grammar, vocabulary, composition, speech, and the research process.

Communication Arts III is a year-long required English course, completed in either the junior or senior year, which is divided into two semesters and is designed to provide students with continued support in the development of the literacy skills necessary to complete the English requirements at SGHS. Throughout the course, students will continue to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through a variety of projects through the study of multiple genres: poetry, short stories, narratives, speeches, critical essays, and novels. Directed vocabulary and grammar enrichment will support students’ overall literacy development. Students will receive explicit guidance towards the independent research project which is a graduation requirement.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Composition

COURSE: Composition
GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITES: Honors English I, Lang. and Lit.
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Composition is a required sophomore English class. Students will learn the writing process by composing a variety of essays including argumentative, informative, and narrative. Proper sentence structure and writing formats will also be studied. In addition, each student will complete a comprehensive research paper project. Students will also read short stories and novels, analyzing the story elements from a variety of authors.

Composition is the second part of a year-long required English course (unless student took Honors English), usually completed in the sophomore year, designed to provide students with a continuation of the overview of the American literary tradition and to solidify their foundations in the literacy and writing skills necessary to complete the English requirements at SGHS. Students will develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through a variety of projects and class activities. Directed vocabulary and grammar enrichment will support students’ overall literacy development, and students will receive explicit instruction in preparation for the independent research project which is a graduation requirement.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Composition

COURSE: Composition



GRADE: 10



PREREQUISITES: Honors English I, Lang. and Lit.



CREDIT: 1/2







Composition is a required sophomore English class. Students will learn the writing process by composing a variety of essays. Proper sentence structure and writing formats will also be studied. A comprehensive research paper project will be completed by each student as well as a variety of other types of writing. Short stories will be read to analyze the story elements of a variety of authors.







Composition is the second part of a year-long required English course (unless student took Honors English), usually completed in the sophomore year, designed to provide students with a continuation of the overview of the American literary tradition and to solidify their foundations in the literacy and writing skills necessary to complete the English requirements at SGHS. Students will develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through a variety of projects and class activities. Directed vocabulary and grammar enrichment will support students’ overall literacy development, and students will receive explicit instruction in preparation for the independent research project that is a graduation requirement.



Teacher: Mrs.Gardner

Compostion

Composition is a required sophomore English class. Students will learn the writing process by composing a variety of essays. Proper sentence structure and writing formats will also be studied. A comprehensive research paper project will be completed by each student as well as a variety of other types of writing. Short stories will be read to analyze the story elements of a variety of authors.
Composition is the second part of a year-long required English course (unless student took Honors English), usually completed in the sophomore year, designed to provide students with a continuation of the overview of the American literary tradition and to solidify their foundations in the literacy and writing skills necessary to complete the English requirements at SGHS. Students will develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through a variety of projects and class activities. Directed vocabulary and grammar enrichment will support students’ overall literacy development, and students will receive explicit instruction in preparation for the independent research project that is a graduation requirement.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Computer Graphics

Computer Graphics
GRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Art I Class and Intro to Computers
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course will give students the opportunity to apply their art talents while learning the features of a computer graphics program and photography. Topics in this project-based course include using the paint tools, working with objects in the draw layer, the effective use of color, perspective drawing, and three-dimensional figures. Projects could range from drawing a cartoon face to applying the principles or perspective in designing a cityscape. It would also integrate visual art concepts and technology with the goal of communicating effectively to an audience. Students will analyze, interpret and evaluate works of art using a responding process and create a portfolio of their work. Through class and community activities, students will explore related careers, assume leadership roles and will practice employment skills.

Teacher: Mrs.Messer-Epperson

Computer Programming (CSCI 191)  (Dual Credit)

This course is offered for dual credit. Any student who would like to earn 3 semester college credits must fill out a form and pay the appropriate fee (approx. $140) to Montana Tech. If students take the course for college credit they will earn a letter grade from the college, but may opt for a pass/fail for their high school transcript. Students who do not opt for college credit will earn a letter grade for their high school transcript.

Prerequisites: Algebra I

Course Requirements:
Complete Modules 1-5 and all requirements of CSCI 191

The student will learn the following key concepts:

o What is programming?
o Writing code to process data – Assign values to variables, I/O, computation
o Write code to make decisions – if, if-else, nested conditionals
o Writing code to loop – Do while, for loops
o Manipulating arrays
o Writing algorithms to solve problems
o Translating the algorithm to code
o Problem solving
o Modular programming (methods)

Teacher: Mrs.Todd

Consumer Economics

COURSE: Consumer Economics
GRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to help students understand the role of business in a free enterprise economic system. It provides principles, concepts and understandings for the preparations of individuals as effective citizens, employees/employers, and consumers participating in the American free enterprise economy. Participation in the Stock Market Game and Montana Business Challenge is also a part of the class. There will be an emphasis on “student-owned” businesses throughout the semester with advertizing, inventory, employees and business set-up.

Teacher: Mrs.Campbell

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