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Creative Writing

COURSE: Creative Writing
GRADE: 12, 11, Honors 10
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Students will learn various processes of brainstorming in order to compose various genres of creative writing. Students will also read various examples of creative writing in novels, memoirs, poetry, and short stories. In addition, students will write poetry, short stories, personal memoirs, children’s literature, and a multi-genre project, which will consist of conducting preliminary research on an approved topic.

Within their creative writing, students will use imagery to enhance the effectiveness and develop a personal, individual style with a natural voice. Students will use appropriate language and style for a specific audience and purpose. Students will choose words effectively, learn to workshop with peers, and learn to edit one’s own papers. Students will also learn to vary sentence structure and style.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Culinary Arts I and Nutrition

COURSE: Culinary Arts I and Nutrition
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course promotes healthful eating, physical activity and a wide variety of topics, including cultural diversity, food customs, food technology, nutrition for athletes and people on the go and basic food preparation skills. This is a fun and exciting hands-on atmosphere where students will prepare various food items and gain basic culinary skills for preparing and serving food. The student will learn how to choose, purchase, prepare and eat healthful foods at home and on the run. The class will focus on nutrition, food technology, weight management, safety and sanitation, eating disorders, meal planning, and careers in the food industry. The opportunity to eat is available in this class every week. The learning couldn’t be more fun.

Teacher: Mrs.McCullough

Culinary Arts II

COURSE: Culinary Arts II


GRADE: 9-12


PREREQUISITES: Must have taken Culinary Arts I.


CREDIT: 1/2 credit





COURSE DESCRIPTION:This is an advance course in reference to Culinary Arts I. What do students do with culinary training? Anything you think of as long as it has something to do with food!
Students gain a brief opportunity to experience advance levels in knife skills, Sanitation, Seasonings and flavorings, Breakfast foods, Garde Manger, Appetizers, Soups and sauces, Breads, Pasta, Sandwiches, Menu planning, Meat and the Business of a
Restaurant. Bon Appetit!

Teacher: Mrs.McCullough

Early Childhood and Parenting

COURSE: Early Childhood and Parenting

GRADE: 9-12

PREREQUISITES: Family Living and Health is encouraged but not required

CREDIT: 1/2



COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course specializes in the study of early childhood and the importance of family. Students will gain skills in understanding communication, parenthood, prenatal development, birth and the expenses of a baby. Students will interact with simulated babies (Baby Think it Over), create lesson plans for preschool and participate in activities within the kindergarten and a preschool age. This class offers the perfect insight into working with children from birth to the age of 5. Skills in safety, first aid and careers highlight the course.

Teacher: Mrs.McCullough

Earth Science

COURSE: Earth Science
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Earth Science will involve the use of the metric system to express ideas in a standard method. The use of the scientific method will be given as an approach to solve problems. The students will learn about geological principles such as plate tectonics, mapping and rock mineral identification. Also the student will learn about Astronomy and
Oceanography. Other areas of concern will be the safety of the environment, the use of recycling, and local features that have been effected by geological processes.

Teacher: Mr.Campbell

English I

COURSE: English I



GRADE: 9



PREREQUISITES: None



CREDIT: 1







COURSE DESCRIPTION:







English I is a survey course that introduces students to all other offerings at SGHS. English I (semester 1) includes experience with units in novel, short story, drama, grammar, composition, and mythology. English I (semester 2) includes novels, nonfiction, research process, research speech, Romeo and Juliet, poetry, composition and grammar.







Teacher: Mrs.Gardner

Family Living and Health

COURSE: Family Living and Health
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed for the student to see many variations of family styles, their place in a family and the full spectrum of life from birth to death. Areas of discussion consist of communication skills, sex rolls, stereotyping, human sexuality, STD’s, AIDS, cancer, death, marriage, divorce, relationships, ways to handle crisis, change, career and the various stages of the life cycle. This class stresses the importance of becoming self-aware and self-directed for all individuals. It’s a fun class filled with discussions, projects, activities, decision making and management skills for life.

Teacher: Mrs.McCullough

Fashion Design

COURSE: Fashion Design


GRADE: 9-12


PREREQUISITES: None


CREDIT: 1/2





COURSE DESCRIPTION:Fashion!Introduces students to the exciting world of fashionable apparel and the fashion industry. Students will learn about clothing design and selection, textiles, smart consumer, history of fashion, designers, and the many careers associated with the fashion world. Activities include attending the Billings Market, designing a "Sustainable" piece of clothing (recycled), window displays, drawings and completing a Fashion Portfolio.

Teacher: Mrs.McCullough

Fiber Arts

COURSE: Fiber Arts
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: ½ (Can also be used as a fine arts credit)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course in an introduction for all beginning and moderate sewing skill levels. Students will gain an appreciation for the art of making quilts and the history behind the meanings of quilt styles, quilt blocks and time-period fibers. This is a creative class that encourages students to experiment with color, fibers, quilt block techniques, quilting equipment and computerized sewing machines. Students will construct 3 projects within the course. This is a fun class for both males and females. There is a small expense for the purchase of fabric and supplies.

Teacher: Mrs.McCullough

Film & Fiction

COURSE: Film and Literature
GRADE: 11-12, Honors 10
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: ½

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Film and Fiction is a semester-long elective English course designed to provide students with an introduction in film literacy and an opportunity to critically compare storytelling in various text and film forms. Students will become familiar with film terminology, a variety of film genres, and particular stories in both written and film forms.



Students will read various genres of literature, focusing on novels, novellas, short stories, poetry, children’s literature, graphic novels, and plays. Class discussion and focused writing exercises will cultivate not only the critical, analytical, and evaluative literacy skills that students develop during their English studies at SGHS, but their imaginative reading and writing and viewing sensibilities as well. In addition, students will write various essays on what they read and see on screen, focusing on argumentative, informative, and narrative styles.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Financial Literacy



COURSE: Financial Literacy

GRADE: 11- required Junior Year

Required for Graduation

CREDIT: 1/2 credit



COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course gives students a consistent framework for thinking through financial choices in order to improve their well-being. Decisions require action. Instruction focuses on hands-on activities, lecture, group discussion, use of technology,scenarios and other methods.
A brief overview of the class is: Investing in yourself, Credit cards, Identity Fraud, Spending plans, Debit cards, Insurance, Taxes, Banking, Renting, paychecks and paycheck stubs, Living expenses, Giving to others, Credit scores and Estate planning.
This class allows students to better understand the challenges of budgets, being independent and cope with financial ups and downs that life will bring.
A career unit may be offered through this class in reference to: resume, CIS project, Career Exploration, and Scholarships.

Teacher: Mrs.McCullough

Frontier Lit.

Although this class is an English course, the literature and discussions are often historical in nature. Native American culture will be examined through literature and research projects. We question what is the “frontier”? As well as examining the “myth of the West”. Fools Crow, Indian Country, This House of Sky, short stories from The Last Best Place, excerpts from The Journals of Lewis & Clark, and an independent MT Author project constitute much of the reading. Writing (journals, essay, and formal papers), hands-on projects, and tests occur frequently. Homework scores, quizzes, and/or note checks happen daily. Grammar and vocabulary will a part of the learning process and incorporated into all writing assignments and projects. ☺

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Geometry

COURSE: Geometry
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: Algebra I (1 year) or equivalent course work with consent of the instructor. Successful completion of first semester is a prerequisite to second semester.
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, students explore geometry using Geometer's Sketchpad, TI-92, and real world situations. Using inductive reasoning, students make conjectures based on their explorations, which they later prove deductively. Topics covered include: basic geometric terminology, area, volume, trigonometry, properties of circles, triangles, polygons, geometric solids, deductive proofs (very little emphasis ), and transformational geometry. An attempt is made to relate the geometric principles to real world contexts.

First semester credit in Geometry must be earned before continuing second semester.

Teacher: Mrs.Campbell

Health Enhancement I

COURSE: Health Enhancement I
GRADE: 9
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to teach the learner that total health includes the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth, development, and well-being of the person. This course will provide information, education, services and support in helping students be responsible for their health. The student will learn to practice principles of safe living and disease prevention. Overall fitness will be stressed throughout the semester with an emphasis on many team sports and activities. The program will help develop social skills and improve self-confidence and self-esteem. Individuals will learn how to practice behaviors which promote and maintain intellectual, physical, emotional, and social well-being.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Health Enhancement II

COURSE: Health Enhancement II
GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITE: Health Enhancement I
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to reinforce the practice of behaviors which promote and maintain intellectual, physical, emotional, and social well-being. Learners will appreciate that a healthy lifestyle is a right and responsibility of every individual and community. Students will identify professional services and support groups available. The course
will give learners the skills, knowledge, and appreciation in a variety of team and individual sports and activities emphasizing the introduction of numerous lifetime sports and recreational activities. The program will afford opportunities for learners to develop a sense of responsibilities and the qualities of leadership, teamwork, and
sportsmanship.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Honors Biology

COURSE: Honors Biology
GRADE: 9
PREREQUISITES: Must have shown ability and aptitude in science based on past performance, standardized test scores and staff recommendations.
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The Honors Biology curriculum is designed to accommodate students with both a high level of science understanding and who may be interested in a more challenging course than is offered by the traditional Biology I and II courses. The curriculum includes a condensing of the primary curriculum items from both Biology I and Biology II.



1st Semester (Biology I)

1. Biological Principles

2. Classification

3. Cells and Molecules

4. Plant Biology

5. Ecology



2nd Semester (Biology II)

1. Genetics

2. Principles of Evolution

3. Microbiology

4. Human Biology

Teacher: Mr.Hansen

Honors English

COURSE: Honors English I

GRADE: 9

PREREQUISITES: Advanced course for freshmen English students with demonstrated aptitude and ability based on past performance and staff recommendations.

CREDIT: 1



COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Honors English is a survey course that introduces students to all other offerings at SGHS. English I (semester 1) includes experience with units in research process, research speech, Romeo and Juliet, poetry, novel, short story, drama, grammar, composition, and mythology. English I (semester 2) includes American literature, novels, nonfiction, composition, vocabulary and grammar. Students who complete this course will be scheduled to take Composition the fall of their sophomore year to complete their underclassman preparation in English. The second semester of their sophomore year these students will be free to take any junior/senior English offering.

Teacher: Mrs.Gardner

Hospitality and Tourism


Hospitality and Tourism
1 semester
Grade Levels: 9,10,11, 12
Units of Credit: ½ credit

Prerequisite: Culinary Arts I
Students will gain knowledge in career opportunities in the Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Industries. Areas of study will focus on the Food Service Industry: food and beverages, coffee/kiosk, caterer, hotel food services, purchasing and receiving, food safety and sanitation, wait staff, and roles of food preparation. Career exploration in areas of Lodging: Bed and Breakfast, Guest ranches, Full-Service Hotels, Concierge service, Resorts, housekeeping and guest services, Travel and Travel Guide, Theme Park Manager and Event planner. Business basics will be analyzed in reference to record keeping, advertising, marketing, payroll, insurance, building codes and licenses. Students will design a small business/portfolio in reference to a career within the field of Hospitality, Tourism, Food, Lodging, Travel and or Recreation. The class setting will consist of guest speakers, field trips, movie clips, job shadowing, financial literacy, project based presentations and some food preparation

Teacher: Mrs.McCullough

Integrated II

Prerequisite: Integrated I


The focus of Mathematics II is on geometry and linear expressions, equations, and functions; comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Mathematics I as organized into 6 critical areas, or units. The link between probability and data is explored through conditional probability and counting methods, including their use in making and evaluating decisions. The study of similarity leads to an understanding of right triangle trigonometry and connects to quadratics through Pythagorean relationships. Circles, with their quadratic algebraic representations, round out the course. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that student experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.
**Course description courtesy of the Common Core State Standards

Teacher: Mrs.Novotny

Integrated Math I

Course: Integrated Math I

Prerequisite: 8th Grade Math

Integrated I is intended for students that may have struggled with mathematics in the past that need additional attention and a smaller class setting for more individualized teacher instruction. The fundamental purpose of Mathematics I is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. The critical areas, organized into units, deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Mathematics I uses properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from prior grades. The final unit in the course ties together the algebraic and geometric ideas studied. The mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

**Course description courtesy of the Common Core State Standards

Teacher: Mrs.Novotny

Integrated Math II

Integrated II

Prerequisite: Integrated I


The focus of Mathematics II is on geometry and linear expressions, equations, and functions; comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Mathematics I as organized into 6 critical areas, or units. The link between probability and data is explored through conditional probability and counting methods, including their use in making and evaluating decisions. The study of similarity leads to an understanding of right triangle trigonometry and connects to quadratics through Pythagorean relationships. Circles, with their quadratic algebraic representations, round out the course. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that student experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.
**Course description courtesy of the Common Core State Standards

Teacher: Mrs.Novotny

Integrated Math III

Integrated III

Prerequisite: Integrated II

The focus of Mathematics III is on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions; comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Mathematics I & II as organized into 6 critical areas, or units. The need for extending the set of rational numbers arises and real and complex numbers are introduced so that all quadratic equations can be solved. The study of similarity leads to an understanding of right triangle trigonometry and connects to quadratics through Pythagorean relationships. Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that student experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

**Course description courtesy of the Common Core State Standards

Teacher: Mrs.Novotny

Integrated Science

COURSE: Integrated Science
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course will begin with a quarter spent on the fundamental makeup of matter and energy as it relates to science. This will include inorganic and organic matter as well as the interaction of the types and forms of energy. The second quarter will be spent on the introduction to the biology concepts of diversity. It will include the diversities of cells to organisms and the grouping and classification of organisms. The third quarter will involve the introduction of chemical interactions and the types of reactions that can occur in nature. The last quarter will involve the study of the interaction of energy on the fundamental forces. Newton’s laws and understanding of mechanical motion will be covered.

Teacher: Mr.Campbell

Interior Design

COURSE: Interior Design


GRADE: 9-12


PREREQUISITES: None


CREDIT: 1/2>
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course examines the relationship of housing to people’s needs. Students will face issues they will encounter when they are choosing a place to live, rent or buy. A basic background in home construction, outdoor living spaces and landscaping will provide the student opportunities to design various housing styles. Students will apply design principles to specific rooms, such as kitchens, baths, home offices, and storage areas. The class participates in touring 10 or more homes in the Bozeman area and creating floor plans with Google Sketch Up. Learn to become a designer using furniture, carpet, paint, window treatments and technology!

Teacher: Mrs.McCullough

Intro to Computers

COURSE: Intro to Computers



GRADE: 9-12



PREREQUISITES: Keyboarding



CREDIT: 1/2







COURSE DESCRIPTION:



Intro to Computers is an application-based course for students who want to learn more about computers. Topics covered include: computer literacy, Windows Vista/7, Internet (searching, e-mail, etc.), creating and uploading web pages, spreadsheet, graphic design, basic desktop publishing, creating multimedia presentations, and photo editing using Adobe Photoshop. Students will have the opportunity of explore open-source software and take home a cd of free programs. Students spend 99% of their class time working on computers (PCs with Windows operating system.)

Teacher: Mr.Lunceford

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