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Art I is designed for the student who desires to sample a variety of art experiences. Each quarter students will explore at least one of the elements of design: line, shape, color, texture, value, or space. Learning techniques and processes related to a particular medium such as ceramics or painting is emphasized. That medium will be related to the particular element being investigated. Media used to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional work will include, but not be limited to drawing, painting, and sculpture. The culture and appreciative aspects of art are incorporated into the class through various instructional resources.
Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Art I and/or Middle School Art. Incoming freshmen may sign up for this class with teacher permission. Intermediate art is designed for those students who are interested in further development of their art skills through different mediums and different elements of design. Students will be challenged with a variety of projects that will allow them to explore, create and specialize in specific mediums while using critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Art I and/or Middle School Art. Incoming freshmen may sign up for art to with teacher permission. Advanced art is designed for those students who are interested in further development of their art skills through different mediums and different elements of design. Students will be challenged with a variety of projects that will allow them to explore, create and specialize in specific mediums while using critical thinking and problem solving skills. This class is also designed to prepare students who are considering an art degree or career.
The primary emphasis of this class is the development of logical thinking and expository writing skills required in the composition of essays. Central to this emphasis is a year-long study of English grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation in conjunction with an in-depth study of various literary genres. Students will use a grammar text and literature anthology. Major literary works include Romeo and Juliet, the Odyssey, and one or more novels not included in the anthology. Required
Prerequisite: successful completion of English 101. Students will develop logical thinking skills and writing skills. Through various writing assignments, students will learn to proofread and revise their own and others’ work. They will learn structure of paragraphs and essays and become able to apply this structure to developing interpretive, concrete ideals and persuasive writing. Various pieces of literature including classical and contemporary will be read, dissected, and discussed in class. Students will use a literature anthology and a grammar text. Required
Prerequisite: successful completion of English 102. Students will continue to develop logical thinking and writing skills in compliance with the Colorado State standards of reading and writing. This course is a study of American Literature and an appreciation of the origin of our language. Written and oral communication skills are emphasized, as well as, presentation skills and analytical studies of various works of literature from the United States. Classic American authors are studied and appreciated as well as novels by American authors. An emphasis will be given to the requirements expected on the ACT or SAT national tests. Students will continue to develop the necessary skill to perform well on these required assessments. Required
Prerequisite: successful completion of English 102 and 103. This course will focus on British Literature as required by the state standards. An appreciation of the origin of our language and literature will be gained by understanding the great British contributors. Students will continue to develop logical thinking and writing skills in compliance with the Colorado State standards of reading and writing.
Prerequisites: English 101 in English 102. This is a writing intensive class that requires students to have a solid working knowledge of standard English usage: grammar, spelling and sentence/paragraph structure. Students are required to complete lengthy and demanding writing assignments for a variety of audiences and purposes. Students will also work on activities to increase their vocabulary and ability to express themselves through writing. Although this is primarily a writing course, students will also be expected to read materials that will serve as models for their own writing. Students will also be required to keep a daily writing journal.
Coursework includes a basic examination of all areas of theater including acting, stagecraft (set design, designing properties, costuming, and make-up) directing, and producing, as well as a very basic grounding in the history of theater. Students will perform various theatrical pieces, complete work on stagecraft and directing/producing projects, and complete a researched presentation dealing with theater history.
Prerequisites: English 101 and English 102. Coursework includes writing and delivering speeches for variety of purposes: information, demonstration, persuasion, and entertainment. The goal of the course is to develop all public speaking skills such as audience analysis, organization, content, and delivery. Understanding and controlling stage fright is also stressed.
Prerequisites: English 101 in English 102. This is a writing intensive class that requires students to have a solid working knowledge of standard English usage: grammar, spelling and sentence/paragraph structure. Students are required to complete lengthy and demanding writing assignments for a variety of audiences and purposes. Students will also work on activities to increase their vocabulary and ability to express themselves through writing. The writing assignments will be primarily based on the reading of novels and others works of literature that are relevant to the subject area. All genres of literature will be emphasized.
This is a class designed to provide a broad-based exposure to post secondary academic requirements. Students will learn how to prepare for the SAT and the ACT exams and will take sample tests as part of the process. They will write college application essays and will write and major research paper. If the AP exam is taken the second semester of this class will be an honors class and will be weighted on a five-point grading scale for letter grades A – D. A grade of an F is failing. The AP exam is taken in May and cost approximately $85.00. A fee waiver may be available.
Students will study a broad sampling of literature, which emphasizes critical skills in reading, writing, and discussion. The sequence is designed to challenge students skills learned in early middle and high school years. British literature will be traced from the Anglo-Saxon time period, and American literature is traced from early writings of Native Americans and Puritans to the more contemporary authors. Major works include Beowulf, the Canterbury Tales, Mac Beth, Hamlet, a Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Iliad, Pygmalion, Grendel, The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, The Red Badge Encourage, Edgar Allan Poe stories and poems, and other sections selections from Emerson, Thoreau, and others. Students will read, discuss, and write about complex ideas in an atmosphere of academic rigor.
Computer Applications for Business is a business course designed to integrate computer technology, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. Areas of instruction will include word processing, spreadsheet design and data representation, multimedia, hypermedia, on-line searching, desktop publishing, layout and design techniques, web design, software integration, computer history and future technology trends. Instructional strategies may include computer / technology applications, teacher demonstrations, collaborative instruction and peer teaching.
Prerequisite: students must have basic computer skills, a grade of B or better in English 101 and teacher permission. Year Book affords students the opportunity to learn the process involved in creating both yearbook and newspaper student publications. Students will develop a theme, create layout designs, input data into the computer, write copy, shoot, crop, and tag photographs, and meet production deadlines. Students will need to be available outside of the scheduled class time to cover various school activities and sports events as well as to complete work for deadlines.
This one year program is designed to teach students the basic fundamentals of automotive diagnostics and service repair. Students will learn a variety of critical automotive disciplines to include shop safety, to read and comprehend service/shop manuals and the proper use of automotive tools and equipment. Students will use math skills related to measuring tools specific to the automotive trade. Upon completion of the program students will have a strong working knowledge in brake system principles and service, wheels and tires, suspension systems, vehicle maintenance, and basic electrical diagnostics. To better help the students put the material, and concepts into practice we strive to hit 80% hands on time in the lab. This helps bring forward other questions about the material that we can then address for a more complete understanding.
In this course students will learn more in depth concepts of automotive service and repair. Students will learn to diagnose vehicle problems. Students will remove, inspect and repair automotive engines, transmissions. Students will also learn more detailed principles of the electrical system, ignition systems and engine performance, In addition, students will learn customer service skills by performing repair work on customer's cars. Students will greet customers, provide a full vehicle inspection, diagnose the issue, calculate the repair service hours and the cost of replacement parts. Students will provide the customer with a detailed estimate for the repairs and if authorized complete the required repairs. To better help the students put the material, and concepts into practice we strive to hit 80% hands on time in the lab. This helps bring forward other questions about the material that we can then address for a more complete understanding.
In Cabinet Manufacturing 1, students build a basic plywood and hardwood cabinet using Lean Manufacturing principles. Students learn to use a tape measure, produce drawings, create a bill of materials, and how to safely use high quality machinery. The cabinet includes a hardwood face frame, legs, door, drawer and tabletop. Assembly of the cabinet utilizes rabbet and dado joints construction. Students also receive an introduction to CNC automated technology.
Prerequisite: Cabinet Manufacturing 1. In Cabinet Manufacturing 2, students build a small profile table from solid hardwoods using Mortise and Tenon joints. Advanced manufacturing equipment is used to continue student learning of the processes involved in Lean Manufacturing and dimensioning lumber. The table includes a dovetail-jointed drawer, as well as Greene & Greene style accents that include Blacker leg indents, knuckle legs, and cloud lift style aprons. The top is made from solid hardwood. More advanced CNC technologies are learned as students produce some of the Greene & Greene accents on the Legacy CNC router.
Prerequisites: Cabinet Manufacturing 2. In Cabinet Manufacturing 3, students use Lean Manufacturing practices to build a Skills USA table. The cabinet features Mortise & Tenon joinery produced on the 3 axis JDS Multi Router. It has a edge banded plywood carcase, 5 piece door, dovetailed drawer, external 4 piece legs, veneer top, and custom lathe turned handles. Students use software to produce drawings and the bill of materials.
Prerequisites: Cabinet Manufacturing 3. In Cabinet Manufacturing 4, students will begin taking the Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) Passport Exams. Students who complete Cabinet Manufacturing IV and pass the 10 required exams will receive a WCA Passport. This passport is quickly becoming recognized as the top certification for wood product manufacturing. In addition to testing for their passports, students will begin to work on projects ordered by actual customers. The customer will describe the project. Students will gather project details; generate drawings using Cabinet Vision software. Material list will be generated and cost determined and a bid will be produced. Customer will approve bid, pay a 50% deposit. Students will run the classroom with positions such as project engineer, technology engineer, purchasing manager, CNC operator, production worker, sales engineer and others. The material manager will purchase materials. The project will be manufactured and assembled using Lean Manufacturing. Students will install project if the job warrants or customer will pick up cabinets at the school. Upon satisfaction, customer will make final payment. Students will suggest to the director of Wood Manufacturing what new machinery or inventory to purchase with the profits from the project.
Prerequisite: completion of Spanish 1. Spanish 2 is a continuation of the skills learned in Spanish 1. It is designed to develop the language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through a variety of enrichment activities and a basic text, the student continues to learn to communicate in the language and to appreciate the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.
Prerequisite: completion of Spanish 1 and 2. Spanish 3 broadens the knowledge and reinforces the language skills introduced in Spanish I, II. The student takes part in lessons designed to make the study of Spanish interesting and practical, and develops a deeper appreciation of the Spanish language through a series of cultural experiences.
Prerequisite: completion of Spanish 1, 2, and 3 or teacher permission. Spanish 4 broadens the knowledge and reinforces the language skills introduced in Spanish I, II, and III. The student takes part in lessons designed to make the study of Spanish interesting and practical, and develop a deeper appreciation of the Spanish language through a series of cultural experiences. Students will also develop reading and writing skills and fine tune conversational skills.
Intermediate Algebra is a course designed to help students become better problem solvers and logical thinkers. Some of the topics covered in this course are algebra, graphing, statistics, solving equations algebraically, rational numbers, proportional reasoning, linear equations, and linear inequalities.
Integrated Algebra is a course designed to help students become better problem solvers and logical thinkers. This course is a combination of algebra and geometry concepts. Topics covered include solving equations algebraically, proportional reasoning, linear equations, geometric shapes and formulas, congruency, and trigonometric ratios
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra or teacher recommendation. Algebra 1 conforms to both state and national standards for mathematics. Algebra 1 teaches students to apply algebraic concepts as a problem-solving tool. The curriculum includes the real number system, simplifying and solving equations and inequalities, graphing, systems of equations, proportional reasoning, polynomials, factoring, probability and statistics. Required Class
Prerequisite: Algebra 1. Geometry is a course designed to help students become better problem solvers and logical thinkers. Some of the topics covered in this course are transformations, geometric shapes and formulas, congruency, theorem proofs, and trigonometric ratios.
Prerequisite: Algebra 1and Geometry. Algebra II conforms to both state and national standards for mathematics. It follows the approach of making mathematics relevant by using math skills in a problem-solving environment using technology when appropriate. It is a continuation of Algebra I and Geometry and uses all the skills learned in these classes. The class introduces conic sections, complex numbers, advanced factoring, solving higher order equations, graphing functions, and fractional exponents.
Prerequisite: Algebra II and Geometry. Physics is helpful. This is a college level class using higher applications of Algebra and Geometry to solve complex problems. This class is divided into the study of functions, both polynomial and transcendental, and an intensive course in trigonometry. This course will adequately prepare students for success in Calculus or any college level algebra course. Students who wish to earn college credit through the CUSUCCEED Program will receive registration information from their teacher on the first day of class.
Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus, Algebra II, and Geometry. This is a college level class using higher applications of Algebra and Geometry to solve complex and abstract problems, matrices, derivatives, complex roots and numbers, limits, integrals, and real-world problem-solving using math. Students who wish to earn college credit through the CUSUCCEED Program will receive registration information from their teacher on the first day of class.
Prerequisite: Algebra II. This is a college-level class that takes all of the Algebra concepts learned and extends the process. Concepts covered are number systems and properties, coordinate system and graphing, linear equations, polynomials, functions, exponential and logarithmic of equations inequalities. All of these are covered in depth and rigorously. In addition, sequences in series may be covered with probability, time permitting.
Prerequisite: None. This is a performing class that performs concerts and at festivals the rest of the year. An audition is not required but previous band experience is highly desirable. This class performs a variety of quality band literature. This is a year-long class and participation in performances is required.
Prerequisite: Teacher permission. This is a performing class that may perform as a marching band and pep band in the fall, and performs concerts and at festivals the rest of the year. An audition is required, and previous band experience is highly desirable. This class performs a variety of quality band literature. This is a year-long class and participation in performances is required.
Prerequisite: None. This is a performing class that performs concerts and at festivals the rest of the year. An audition is not required but previous orchestra experience is highly desirable. This class performs a variety of quality orchestra literature. This is a year-long class and participation in performances is required.
Prerequisite: None. This is a performing class that performs at concerts and festivals throughout the year. This class practices a wide variety of quality choir literature in 2, 3, or 4 part-harmonies. This is a year-long class and participation in performances is required.
Prerequisite: Teacher permission. This is a performing class that performs at concerts and festivals throughout the year. An audition is required and previous choir experience is highly desirable. This class practices a wide variety of quality choir literature in 2, 3, or 4 part-harmonies. This is a year-long class and participation in performances is required.
This class is a survey of the fine arts, both visual and performance. Students will learn the elements and techniques of art, drama, and music. This is a semester long class.
This course focuses on overall physical fitness, flexibility, agility, endurance, as well as the study of lifelong activities and sports.
This is a performance based course designed to improve complete body strength through weight training. Quickness, speed, and agility will also be improved through movement exercises and an explosive polymeric program. Students will engage in a structured Bigger, Faster, Stronger (BFS) weight program focused on muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility. Proper lifting techniques, safety precautions, identifying muscle groups and the general benefits of weight training will be highlighted. This course will also provide students with an important and fundamental working knowledge of such concepts as: making healthy choices, nutrition and substance abuse.
This course is designed to educate young women on the importance of fitness. Students will learn various ways to exercise all of the muscle groups, participate in cardio vascular, anaerobic, and strengthening fitness routines. It is designed to work on and improve, sit and reach, 40 yard dash speed, and number of jumping jacks, sit ups and push ups done in one minute. Students will also learn basic muscle anatomy.
Prerequisite: Biology I or teacher recommendation. This course is a systematic study of the structure and functions of the human body. The curriculum covers the major organ systems of the human body as they relate health and disease. Instruction uses laboratory activities including dissections to enable the student to visualize basic anatomical structures comparable to those in humans. This course serves as initial preparation for study in physical education, kinesiology, health, and medical sciences. This course will also have students complete their first aid, CPR and AED standards set by the American Red Cross. In addition, the teen CERT program will be introduced. This program will seek to provide students with the knowledge base on the effects of natural and man-made disasters and their emotional, social and economic impacts. It will aim to build decision-making and problem-solving skills and strategies to help students make informed decisions regarding readiness, response and recovery and mitigation efforts to reduce loss of life and property. Lastly, an integral part of the teen CERT program will be provided students with the hands on training using reality driven drills and exercises.
Prerequisite: Physical Science or teacher recommendation. This introductory class focuses on biology at the atomic, molecular, and cellular levels. Topics will include a top atomic theory, organic molecules, cell structure, homeostasis energy transfer, cell division, genetics, organic variation, evolution, and taxonomy. Comparative anatomy (dissection) of various organisms and natural resources and environmental science will also be studied.
Prerequisite: Biology I or teacher recommendation. This course is a continuation of Biology I with emphasis placed on invertebrates and chordates. Also covered are the nervous, skeletal, muscular, integumentary, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, endocrine, and reproductive and immune systems that make up the human body.
Prerequisite: Algebra 2 and Biology 1 or teacher recommendation: This is a laboratory based class designed as a basic introduction to chemistry, chemical processes, and the properties of matter. Structure of matter, atomic theory, bonding, chemical formulas, and stoichiometry are emphasized.
Prerequisite: General Chemistry: This is a laboratory based class designed to further develop the chemistry concepts learned in general chemistry. It will also serve as a solid foundation for future undergraduate classes in chemistry and biochemistry. Atomic structure and chemical bonding will be studied in depth in order to appreciate the size, shape, and polarity of molecules. Solution chemistry and acid-base chemistry will be introduced as the basis for a water chemistry unit. Organic chemistry will also be introduced.
Prerequisite: General biology and general chemistry or teacher recommendation: This course is a laboratory based academic elective designed to introduce students to the field of forensic science. Students will use scientific techniques and technology in order to solve forensic investigations. Topics covered may include evidence collection and analysis techniques, crime scene analysis, fingerprints, handwriting analysis, blood spatter, toxicology, and human remains.
This class is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the constitutional principles of the United States republic form of government. Students will learn the structure and function of government. Students understanding of their relationship and responsibility of civic life will be enhanced. Required Class
This course will cover the major developments of world history from the Renaissance to Modern Times. The development of civilization and technology, as well as, culture and religion will be covered to help the students better understand the current state of world affairs. Required Class
Prerequisite: World History or Junior standing. This class is a basic study of American History from Reconstruction to Present. It is designed to give the student a brief review of American pre-Civil War history and concentrates on American History from Reconstruction to Present. Chronological organization use of primary and secondary resources, research, writing, and critical thinking skills will be used to help students understand why and how our nation developed as it did. Required Class
Prerequisite: Students must have teacher approval and/or college ready ACT scores, or College ready ACCUPLACER scores. This is a duel credit psychology course through University of Colorado Denver. Students have the choice of taking this course for high school and college credit (3 credit hours) each semester. If the student chooses both credit options they must pay the CU tuition and earn at least a letter grade of C. The high school credits will be based on a 5 point grading scale for grades A-D. However, the grade of F is failing.
First semester is designated as PSY 1000 in the CU system also known as Introduction to Psychology 1: This introduces the scientific study of behavior, including an overview of the biological basis of behavior, nature verses nurture, sensation of perception, states of consciousness, Intelligence, learning, and memory.
Second semester is designated as PSY 1005 in the CU system also known as Introduction to Psychology II. This is an introduction to the scientific study of behavior, including an overview of the history of psychology, human development, intelligence, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, health psychology, and social behavior. PSY 1000 is not a prerequisite for this course.