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					                                     2011-2012 STUDENT REGISTRATION
                                                      OUR MISSION

        "Marshall Public Schools develops the potential of each learner for success in a changing world."

Registration Criteria:
 Some student course requests will not be met due to scheduling conflicts and/or low-enrollment courses that are
   dropped. The alternative courses chosen by the student will then be scheduled. If the alternate courses are not
   available, a counselor or administrator will place the student in the most appropriate class available.
 Students may not receive all of the classes they register for on their schedule. Counselors and Administrators will
   work to fill schedules with available courses.
 All students must register for 8 credits (4 classes each of the 4 terms). For registration purposes only, each music
   course should be treated as a 1 credit class per year, with a maximum of 2 credits per school year.
 In some curricular areas such as music, classes are scheduled for 45 minutes a day rather than 90. A student in this
   schedule may meet with more than 4 classes a day. This Registration Guide does not indicate whether classes are
   45 or 90 minutes. Students need only be concerned about choosing enough credits for a full schedule. Course
   placement and length will be determined by the scheduling process.
 Courses should be selected carefully as requests for changes will not be granted except in the case of an error by
   the school.
 Students must remain enrolled in the courses for which they are scheduled. Classes may not be dropped or
   changed once the term has begun.
 Student placement into courses in math and reading will be based upon NWEA MAP scores, Accuplacer
   exam scores and Lexile reading levels.

Marshall Senior High School Minimum Credit Requirements

Listed below are the minimum credit requirements needed to earn a Marshall High School diploma. The word minimum is
emphasized as we expect the vast majority of students to exceed these requirements as they strive to reach their full
potential.

The following credits are required for students graduating in 2012 - 2014:

   Four credits of Language Arts (must include English 9, English 10 or Honors English 10, American or British
    Literature, .5 credits of a Literature elective and 1 credit of writing)
   Four credits of Social Studies (must include Social 9, U.S. History or AP U.S. History, World History or AP European
    History, Senior Economics, Business Economics or Ag Economics, and Senior Government or AP Govt & Politics)
   Three credits of Mathematics (must include Algebra IB, Geometry, Algebra II, or Short-course Geometry and Short-
    course Statistics)
   Three credits of Science (must include Physical Science and Biology)
   One credit of Fine Arts                                  One credit of Physical Education
   One credit of Technology                                 1/2 credit Career Education
   1/2 credit in Consumer Awareness                         1/2 credit in Health
   12 credits of Electives

The following credits are required for students graduating in 2015 and beyond:

   Four credits of Language Arts (must include English 9, English 10 or Honors English 10, American or British
    Literature, .5 credits of a Literature elective and 1 credit of writing)
   Four credits of Social Studies (must include Social 9, U.S. History or AP U.S. History, World History or AP European
    History, Senior Economics, Business Economics or Ag Economics, and Senior Government or AP Govt & Politics)
   Three credits of Mathematics (must include Algebra IB, Geometry, Algebra II, or Short-course Geometry and Short-
    course Statistics)
   Three credits of Science (must include Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry OR Physics)
   One credit of Fine Arts                              One credit of Physical Education
   One credit of Technology                             1/2 credit Career Education
   1/2 Credit in Consumer Awareness                     1/2 credit in Health
   12 credits of Electives


The Minnesota Graduation Rule

Students must pass the MCA II/GRAD Tests in addition to earning 30.5 credits in order to graduate.

SCHEDULE CHANGES
During the registration process, students are informed and encouraged to make careful course selections: the school
schedule and staffing reflect those choices. Requested changes to a student schedule must be completed prior to
the first day of the term.

Changes due to scheduling errors will be a priority. These include:
      - No prerequisite
      - Failed a prerequisite
      - Gaps in schedule

Realize that not all requests can be honored. These include:
        - Changing teachers
        - Changing class hours
        - Requesting classes with friends
        - Requesting specific lunch periods
        - Dropping required courses
        - Switching because of activities
        - Convenience
Also please understand making a change in your schedule may create other uncontrollable changes in your schedule.

ACCUPLACER Test - Marshall High School is teaming up with the SW/WC Service Cooperatives and Minnesota West
Community and Technical College to allow all junior level students the opportunity to take a college readiness
examination called the ACCUPLACER. This exam is an Internet-based assessment that all of the 2-year colleges and
some of the 4-year Universities in the MNSCU system (over 20 post-secondary institutions) use to determine an
individual’s college readiness in Math, Reading, and Writing. ACCUPLACER is administered at MHS during the Career
Exploration classes each quarter.

Minnesota State University Admissions Requirements - Admission at most of the state universities is granted to
students who have graduated in the upper 50% of their high school graduating class or who have obtained at least a 21
on the ACT or a combined score of 1,000 on the SAT standardized tests. Marshall High School recommends students
complete the ACT in April or June of their junior year. Some of the universities have more strict admission requirements.
Students not meeting criteria may be considered for admission under each university's conditional/provisional policy,
which considers potential for success in college and other factors. Students who wish to enroll in a MN State University
will need to demonstrate completion of the following college preparatory curriculum while in their high school or their
competency equivalent.

What high school courses are required for admission to a MN state university?
    4 years English
    3 years Math (2 years Algebra and 1 year Geometry; also recommend a 4th year of math)
    3 years Science (1 year Biology and 1 year Chemistry or Physics)
    3 years Social Studies
    3 years Specified Electives
           o 2 years Foreign Language
           o 1 year Specified Electives (music, computers, art)
NCAA Requirements
Students planning to participate in college sports at a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Initial-
Eligibility Clearinghouse and meet eligibility requirements. We recommend that students register online by the end of their
junior year of high school. Informational packets can be obtained through your counselor in Student Services or your High
School Coach. Please note: Not all MHS classes are approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse. See your Counselor for
details. Students are encouraged to go online: www.ncaaclearinghouse.net or call 877-262-1492 for more information.

REQUIRED MATERIALS FOR CLASS
Included in this handbook is a list of what materials are needed by the student in order to be successful in the class. The
items listed are the responsibility of the student to provide, not the school or the instructor. The list of materials is found
under the bolded title of each course. Please make sure that the student comes to class with the materials on the first day
of school. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact the course instructor or the department.

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Selecting the proper subjects and doing well in them is, of course, of primary importance, but, in order to receive
maximum benefits during your high school career, it is strongly recommended that you also participate in one or more
school activities. Belonging to a club, an athletic team, the school band, etc., not only makes school life more enjoyable,
but, by being an active member of a definite group, you will learn valuable lessons which are very important to you later in
life. The following is a list of school activities in which you may wish to participate.

Please refer to your student handbook for eligibility rules, which govern all students participating in the activity program.

Athletics
  1. Baseball                                       9.   Hockey (Boys & Girls)
  2. Basketball (Boys & Girls)                     10.   Soccer (Boys & Girls)
  3. Volleyball (Girls)                            11.   Softball (Girls)
  4. Cross Country (Boys & Girls)                  12.   Swimming (Girls)
  5. Danceline                                     13.   Tennis (Girls)
  6. Football                                      14.   Track (Boys & Girls)
  7. Golf (Boys & Girls)                           15.   Wrestling
  8. Gymnastics (Girls)

Literary
  1. School Annual - "Marhian"


Music
 1. Instrumental Offerings: Jazz Band (9-12)
                            Pep Band (9-12)
                            Marching Band (9-12)
                            Winter Drum Line (9-12)
 2. Vocal Music Offerings: Show Choir (9-12)
                            Roaring 20’s Jazz Choir (11-12)
                            Highway 23 Jazz Choir (9-10)

Miscellaneous
 1. Bus. Prof. of America                           9.   National Honor Society
 2. Color Guard                                    10.   Peer Helping
 3. Cultures in Power                              11.   Speech
 4. Drama                                          12.   Student Council
 5. FFA Organization                               13.   Intramural Athletics
 6. Knowledge Bowl                                 14.   Yellow Ribbon Project
 7. Math League                                    15.   Youth As Resources
 8. Marshall ACTS                                  16.   Ambassadors
                                                   ON-LINE COURSES

Beginning in the Fall of 2008 on-line courses have been offered at MHS. These courses are considered college
preparatory and are created with a high level of rigor.

Students should be advised that the following are characteristics of students who are successful in on-line courses:

       Self disciplined
       Self advocates-asks for help as needed
       High ability in subject area
       Motivated
       Ability to learn independently
       High ability in subject area
       Self starter
       Excellent Written Communication Skills

Please read the course descriptions and pre-requisite requirements very carefully.

As an on-line student you are required to report to MHS on the first day. The rest of the quarter you may work from any
computer at any time that is convenient for you. Please be advised that deadlines for assignments and test dates must be
met in order to pass the course. Students must log in on a daily basis M-F.

PERSONAL MONEY MANAGEMENT 1 On-Line
Open to Grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Pre-requisites: Juniors must be ranked in the top 1/3 of the class
                Seniors must be ranked in the top ½ of the class
Required Materials for Class: Computer with internet access (students may use computers in Media Center at MHS if
necessary)
This money management course will provide students with a better understanding of their financial responsibilities in our
society. Students will study issues relating to employee pay and benefits, tax preparation, budgets and financial records,
checking and banking, savings and investments. The information presented in this course will provide students with the
knowledge to help them manage their finances more effectively.

ADVANCED ACCOUNTING On-line
Open to grades 11 and 12
Two Terms – 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Accounting
Articulated for possible College Credit
Required Materials for Class: None
Pre-requisites: Juniors must be ranked in the top 1/3 of the class
                 Seniors must be ranked in the top ½ of the class


This course is recommended for any student who is planning to major in any type of business career. The course will
reinforce accounting principles learned in Accounting and add the study of corporate accounting, budgetary controls, and
managerial accounting. The computer will be used as a tool for learning accounting procedures.
DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA On-Line
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term – ½ Credit
Pre-requisites: Juniors must be ranked in the top 1/3 of the class
                Seniors must be ranked in the top ½ of the class
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This course provides you with the opportunity to explore the field of multimedia technology. You will expand your 21
Century skills by increasing your understanding of multimedia concepts and techniques. Real world topics will include up-
to-date technology standards and ethics. Topics that may be included are virtual reality, podcasting, screencasting
(vodcasting), ethics and copyright, social networking, scanners, virus protection, animation and digital cameras.

WEB AUTHORING On-Line
Open to Grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Pre-requisites: Juniors must be ranked in the top 1/3 of the class
                 Seniors must be ranked in the top ½ of the class
Articulated for possible college credit
Required Materials for Class: Computer with internet access (students may use computers in Media Center at MHS if
necessary)

Web Authoring is a course designed to familiarize students with evaluating and creating web pages on the Internet.
Students will learn to create web pages using web-design software and HTML. Students will also learn to effectively use
the Internet through advanced searches. In addition, students will also become proficient in the use of digital cameras,
scanners, and computer graphic software.

CAREER EXPLORATION On-line
Grade 11 and 12
One Term- ½ Credit
Also open to seniors still needing the careers graduation credit.
Required Materials for Class: None
               Juniors must be ranked in the top 1/3 of the class
               Seniors must be ranked in the top ½ of the class
Career Exploration is a course required of juniors one term of high school. Students will learn and understand a variety
of career clusters, attributes, and aptitudes needed in particular types of occupations and careers, and how attitudes and
behaviors affect the climate of a workplace.

Students will be asked to investigate careers through research and evaluate career choices in relationship to life goals
and personal attributes. Students will also research post-secondary education, scholarships and will complete a portfolio.
All students will be required to do one job shadow during the quarter.

60s LITERATURE AND WRITING WORKSHOP On-line
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisites: Successful completion of English 9 and English 10 with a B or better
               Juniors must be ranked in the top 1/3 of the class
               Seniors must be ranked in the top ½ of the class
Required Materials for Class: Computer with internet access (students may use computers in Media Center at MHS if
necessary)

This one-term on-line course takes a thematic approach to the study of literature and history, concentrating on essays,
short stories and poetry of the 1960s in the United States. Students will learn and practice reading strategies, writing
techniques/styles, and impromptu speaking skills. The students will read different genres to discuss elements of literature
and demonstrate understanding through various forms of assessment. They will be required to write about the literature
that they read. The overall goal of this class is to enhance reading and writing skills.
COLLEGE IN THE SCHOOLS: PLANT PROPAGATION (Hybrid: 40% on-line)
Open to grades: 11, 12
Two Terms: 1 Credit
Prerequisites: C in Biology or Agriculture Course also must qualify for PSEO status.
              Juniors must be ranked in the top 1/3 of the class
              Seniors must be ranked in the top ½ of the class
Required Materials for Class: None

Earn 4 credits from the University of Minnesota with this introductory course in plants. The class is a hybrid of online,
laboratory and discussion with students. This course will cover basic methods of plant propagation including both asexual
and sexual means. The fundamentals of plant anatomy, morphology, and physiology will also be covered. Students will
participate in laboratory care of plants along with lecture and readings as required by U of MN. A student field day to the
U of MN campus along with many hands-on experiences will enhance the experience of this course.



                                                    AGRICULTURE
INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Open to grades 9 and 10 (no longer open to grade 11)
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This high-energy course includes exploration and basic introduction to the many areas of our nation's largest industry:
agriculture. No matter where you live, agriculture touches you everyday! Students will explore units on leadership
development, wildlife management, food science, and plant and animal science. Emphasis will be given to developing
speaking skills, agricultural careers and animal science knowledge. Numerous hands on experiences and activities will
enhance learning in all areas.

BASIC HOME & AGRICULTURAL MAINTENANCE
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term- 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Planning to own a home in the future? Students will learn about sheetrock, electricity and wiring, plumbing, painting, wall
framing and welding through numerous classroom activities. Minimal lab fee is assessed.

METAL FABRICATION
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Students in this class will develop the skills of metal working by welding, cutting, and manipulating metal. Arc-welding,
MIG-welding, and plasma cutting are specifically emphasized in this class. Students complete this class by constructing
classroom and personal projects. Minimal lab fee is assessed.
ADVANCED METAL FABRICATION
Open to Grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term – ½ Credit
Pre-Requisite: Metal Fabrication
Required Materials for Class: None

Students in this class will continue to develop their skills of metal working by welding, cutting, and utilizing sheet metal
equipment. This class will consist of designing and manufacturing metals projects. Arc welding, MIG-welding, plasma
cutting, oxy-acetylene welding, and sheet metal design projects will be emphasized in this class. Students will gain an
understanding of the operation of a welder, the different settings on a welder, and the capabilities of a welder. Students
will complete this class by creating and constructing classroom and personal projects. Minimal lab fee is assessed.

ANIMAL SCIENCE
Open to grades – 10, 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit - This course counts as a science elective credit.
Required Materials for Class: None

Want to get a science credit for learning about your pets? Students interested in domesticated animals in Minnesota will
enjoy this class! Numerous activities will be used to explore topics in biotechnology, canines, felines, beef, swine, sheep,
and dairy animals through hands-on experiments and a field trip. Nutrition, animal care, ethical treatment of animals,
genetics, and selection techniques are themes in the class. Students will also work with local elementary students,
teaching them more about livestock animals. This class meets MN Science Requirements.

COLLEGE IN THE SCHOOLS: PLANT PROPAGATION
Open to grades: 11, 12
Two Terms: 1 Credit
Prerequisite: C in Biology or Agriculture Courser also must qualify for PSEO status. Top 50% of class
Required Materials for Class: None

Earn 4 credits from the University of Minnesota with this introductory course in plants. The class is a hybrid of online,
laboratory and discussion with students. This course will cover basic methods of plant propagation including both asexual
and sexual means. The fundamentals of plant anatomy, morphology, and physiology will also be covered. Students will
participate in laboratory care of plants along with lecture and readings as required by U of MN. A student field day to the
U of MN campus along with many hands-on experiences will enhance the experience of this course.

AGRISCIENCE
Open to grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
Two Terms- 1 credit - This course counts as a science elective credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Ever wonder what “genetic engineering” really means and how it affects our everyday lives? Concerned about how we
will find a sustainable energy source? Agriculture is driven by the scientific forces of the natural world as well as human
influence. This course utilizes fun, hands-on activities as the core for learning scientific principles that are essential to
agriculture. Students will investigate such topics as: the chemical nature of food, techniques for increased availability of
food, renewable energy sources, the impact of human activity on the environment, and how the use of natural resources
affects standard of living and quality of life. This class meets science entrance requirements at all MN state universities.

TRANSPORTATION & SMALL ENGINES
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

How do engines work? What makes a car run? Students in this course will gain a thorough understanding of the four-
cycle engine theory with lab activities including: dismantling and reassembling a small engine, parts identification, and
precision measurement. Once equipped with a basic education in four-stroke engines, students will learn basic
automobile maintenance and repair, including: how to change oil and filters, rotate tires, check spark plugs, etc.
FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Interested in learning more about wildlife in Minnesota? Students enrolled in this course will learn about whitetail deer,
small mammals, fish, pheasants, ducks, geese, and other game birds. Students will conduct laboratory taxidermy on
small animals while finding out useful hunting techniques and gun safety. We will also create and place wood duck
houses to increase wetland habitat. Students who successfully complete this class are eligible to apply for Advanced
Hunter Certification. Minimal costs incurred in this class.

HORTICULTURE
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This is a great class for anyone that enjoys working outdoors, accomplishing quality projects, has an appreciation of
plants, trees, shrubs and flowers or enjoys working with their hands. We will complete a unit on floral design in which
each group of students will design and assemble a table centerpiece and corsage. In addition, we will be starting and
caring for a variety of plants throughout the quarter. Environmental studies, along with plenty of hands-on activities will be
included in this class.

LANDSCAPING
Open to grades - 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit; This course is always offered during the 4th Qtr.
Pre-Requisite: Horticulture
Required Materials for Class: None

Learn how to plan, design, and install landscaping for your home! This hands-on class will give students a chance to
learn landscape design principals through drawing and designing a landscape and then convert the drawing into an
outside landscaping project. Students will learn how to create beautiful flower beds, install a retaining wall and border,
manage turf grass, and creation of a pond.

AGRICULTURAL STRUCTURES
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Pre-Requisite: Basic Home & Agricultural Maintenance
Required Materials for Class: None

This lab-based class will lead students through the process of planning and producing agricultural structures and their
systems within. An in-depth study of site preparation, foundation construction, wall and roof framing, electrical wiring,
HVAC and plumbing will be conducted through numerous building projects. Students will gain the necessary construction
and engineering job site skills for entry-level employment in agricultural structures related careers.

EMERGING ENERGY SYSTEMS & POWER
Open to grades 10, 11, and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Pre-Requisite: None
Required Materials for Class: None

Interested in one of societies hot-button issues? This class will focus on the emerging technologies in renewable
resources for power along with pneumatics. Units of instruction include ethanol production, biomass, wind power,
biodiesel, value-added agriculture and pneumatic power. A field trip and guest speakers will enhance the content of this
class. This is a growing career that will power your home, community and nation in the near future.
AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS
This course meets the senior Economics requirement.
Open to grade 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This course will study the fundamental concepts of economics in the context of our rural economy and agriculture.
Students will compare the aspects of local, state, and national agricultural production, distribution, and consumption;
demonstrate an understanding of supply and demand; analyze how an economy affects people, budgets, businesses,
government, and the environment; and study the relevant issues related to agricultural economics.


                                                           ART
Throughout history, art has been an ever-present characteristic of a developing civilization. Whether as cave paintings in
the Paleolithic Age, as mural displays on Aztec pyramids, as startling masterpieces by Renaissance artists or as studies
of contemporary life by Norman Rockwell, art serves to entertain, to inform and to persuade.

DRAWING I
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This class is a developmental class. It is required that a student take this class if the Arts Creation/Performance Standard
is to be met later through either Drawing II or Design. This class serves as a crucial skill and confidence builder in
drawing as students work from life studies, photos and imagination. Emphasis will be on visual observation, interpretation
and communication of ideas and feelings related to the subject matter and the use of line, shape, texture, light and dark,
and space. Serving as an important building block, the goal of this class is to make future art classes more rewarding. A
wide range of materials, subject matter and technique will be explored.

DESIGN
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Drawing I
Required Materials for Class: None

Design, in conjunction with Fundamentals of Drawing, will enable the student to complete the Creation Performance
standard. In design students are asked to be creative, innovative and not to settle for the obvious solution.
Understanding color theory and the contribution color plays in the art will be an important part of the class. The heart of
this class is the introduction and study of the principles of design, rhythm repetition, balance, contrast, emphasis, and
movement. Projects may vary from abstract to photographic using the elements of art and a wide range of mediums. The
majority of the projects will be two-dimensional; however, there will be an introduction to three-dimension work in this
class.

DRAWING II
Open to grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Drawing I
Required Materials for Class: None

Drawing II, in conjunction with Fundamentals of Drawing I, will enable a student to complete the Creation Performance
Standard. This class will take concepts and techniques acquired in Fundamentals of Drawing I to a higher level. Creative
problem solving skills will become more important in this class as well as the ability to use and control color for desired
effects. Drawing II will continue to explore a variety of mediums including wash work charcoal pastels, copper tooling, and
provide introductory units in linear perspective (1 and 2 point).
GRAPHIC ARTS
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Drawing I, Drawing II or Design AND Photography
*Cannot be repeated
Required Materials for Class: None

Graphic Art is based on Adobe Photoshop with an emphasis in digital photography, the manipulation of images and
creative typography. The students will learn how to use scanning, editing with masking, filters, and special effects to
design their own images. The students will be able to incorporate their own drawings into graphic images, use digital
painting and editing to create professional quality images. This class will be based on the student's presentation and
evaluation of creative visual solutions using the elements and principles of design.

Articulated for possible college credit if the following conditions are met:
A. The student must earn no less than a B for the final grade.
B. The student must be a junior or senior to receive the Advanced Standing Certificate.
C. The student must enroll at the higher education institution within two years of high school graduation.
D. The student must present the certificate at the time of registration to receive credit for the course.

PAINTING
Open to grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
One Term - 1/2 credit
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Drawing I, Drawing II or Design
Required Materials for Class: None

This course is about learning to paint. Basic fundamentals related to the art form, its use, and application will be
understood. The ability to control art elements for a pre-determined intent, especially color, will be of special significance.

The course explores a variety of subjects using tempera, acrylic, and watercolor medium. Subjects may vary from non-
representational themes to still-lifes, landscape, the human figure and animal. Styles in painted work may range from the
abstract to photographic.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Drawing I, Drawing II or Design
*Cannot be repeated
Required Materials for Class: None

This is an entry course into the basics of digital photography. Emphasis is placed upon photography as an art form.
Students will be able to reinforce their knowledge of the Elements and Principles through the use of a digital camera.
Students will learn the basics of photo editing and enhancement using Adobe Photoshop. This a class designed for art
students who wish to broaden their individual creativity through an exciting and unique medium.

PRINTMAKING
Open to grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Drawing I, Drawing II or Design
Required Materials for Class: None

Printmaking will open the door to a collection of totally new and unique art processes. This will include work in linoleum,
monoprints, wood block, etching, silkscreen and more. Students will be able to reproduce their drawings and ideas by
creating multiple prints. Through this strongly hands on class, student's creative skills will be tested and expanded with a
unique blend of medium.
SCULPTURE
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 credit
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Drawing I, Drawing II, or Design
Required Materials for Class: None

This course is designed for the student who enjoys a more physical, as well as mental, approach to his or her work.
Sculpture, or three-dimensional work, may include projects done in clay, wire, wood, plaster, cardboard and more.
Themes for these works may range from non-representational to those involving human or animal forms. Pottery, both
wheel thrown and hand built, is a significant part of this class.

3D DESIGN
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Drawing I, Drawing II or Design
Required Materials for Class: None

If you like variety in your project work both in mediums and process, you will love this class. Units focus primarily on 3D
solutions and call upon a coordinated effort of art principles such as line, shape, color and texture with design principles
such as balance, rhythm, repetition, and contrast to obtain unity and intended purpose. Projects in cardboard, clay,
wood, wire, plaster and more will range from the representational to non-representational. To a certain extent, the
interests of those participating will drive the direction of the class. Whenever possible, students will be provided with a
number of options from which to choose in completing course work.

ART III
Open to grades 10, 11, and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
(May take additional terms based on consent of instructor)
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Drawing I, Drawing II, or Design and 4 terms of advanced course work. Must have a "B"
              average in previous art classes.
Required Materials for Class: None

This course is designed to allow students to further develop skills in areas of interest explored in a previously taken class.
The student will elect the area of concentration in which he or she intends to work. The goal of independent work is to
broaden and refine acquired skills while developing creativity and originality. The structure of the class will be planned by
the teacher and the student on an individual basis. Each term that a student takes Art III he/she will be asked to submit a
statement of purpose defining medium of work, subject matter, stylistic approach as well as any other critical
considerations. Art III may be repeated as initiated or, with planned and defined variations, three separate terms. Art III is
for the serious Art student who is self-motivated, imaginative, and willing to give his/her work 100% concentration.

ADVANCED CLASSES
*All Advanced Classes may be repeated one time for additional credit. Work done by students repeating advanced
classes will be, to some extent, individualized. Graphic Arts and Photography may not be repeated.
                                                      BUSINESS
INTRO TO BUSINESS
Open to Grades 9 and 10
One Term – ½ Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

The role of business in our present-day economic system will affect every person. This class is meant as an intro into
various areas of business. This course will allow students to explore various careers available in business and to
determine what other business classes that would be beneficial to him/her in considering their future. Intro to Business
will give a solid basis for those students considering further study in business as well as offering useful and practical
aspects of living to students not intending further business studies. This course is taught on the computer with many on-
line activities.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
Open to Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: Keyboarding or Word Processing
Articulated for possible College Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Computer Applications will build on the student’s prior knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet concepts and
applications, as well as provide an introduction to database. Students will format spreadsheets using effective design
principles, enter common spreadsheet formulas, sort data, use graphic/chart functions, and export spreadsheet files. This
course will also show the importance of creating, storing sorting, and retrieving data. Students will create and manipulate
data files and format output as documents and reports. This course is vital in today’s technology world for students who
are going on to college or into the work world. Many colleges expect students to know how to use a database and
spreadsheet applications.

KEYBOARDING
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Articulated for possible College Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

The materials covered in this one-term course are required for students who will be taking any computer courses in
Marshall High School. The course is one term and is open to all students who have never had a formal keyboarding
course. Students should understand the need for keyboarding skills as related to academic, business, and personal
needs. They will learn the keyboard and operative parts of the computer, proper technique, work on increasing speed and
accuracy, and develop knowledge of proper document formatting. Upon successful completion of the course, students
will demonstrate how to type accurately, improve keyboarding speed and format skills according to professional
standards.
WORD PROCESSING
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: Keyboarding I or Instructor permission
Articulated for possible College Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Word Processing is designed to be a course for those students who can keyboard at 35 words per minute on a five-
minute timing and have less than five errors. They should be able to keyboard using the touch-method of typing.
Students should have already successfully completed a keyboarding course in junior high or have taken keyboarding in
high school. Formatting business documents and speed/accuracy building will be the major components of this class.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have met many of the advanced computer class prerequisites.
Students will be able to demonstrate how to type accurately, format documents according to professional standards,
format business letters, tables, reports, outlines, bibliographies, envelopes, and use proper technique. Students will use
problem-solving skills as they learn to properly format business documents.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE/VB.NET
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Pre-requisites: Keyboarding or Word Processing, and Algebra 1

This course is designed as an introductory course with hands-on exposure to structured programming. Students study
the relationship between hardware and software and learn how to develop algorithms for problem solving while creating
Windows based computer programs using the Visual Basic.Net programming language.

ACCOUNTING
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
Two Terms – 1 Credit
Articulated for possible College Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Everyone, personally or for a business, must plan ways to keep spending within available income and file tax returns.
Many persons use accounting as a means of earning a living, and ALL persons must keep personal financial records. All
persons can use accounting information and skills. The basics of accounting are taught for service and merchandising
businesses operated as a sole proprietorship and a partnership during accounting. In Term 2, all students will do a
computerized simulation. Students that plan to major in college business should take this course.

ADVANCED ACCOUNTING On-line
Open to grades 11 and 12
Two Terms – 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Accounting
Articulated for possible College Credit
Required Materials for Class: None
Pre-requisites: Juniors must be ranked in the top 1/3 of the class
                 Seniors must be ranked in the top ½ of the class

This course is recommended for any student who is planning to major in any type of business career. The course will
reinforce accounting principles learned in Accounting and add the study of corporate accounting, budgetary controls, and
managerial accounting. The computer will be used as a tool for learning accounting procedures.
DESKTOP PUBLISHING
Open to Grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: Keyboarding I or Word Processing
Required Materials for Class: None

Desktop Publishing is an introductory course that will acquaint students with graphic design techniques, principles of page
layout and design, and desktop publishing terminology and applications. Students will create a variety of documents such
as flyers, brochures, newsletters, and student business cards using industry standard desktop publishing software,
graphics, and effective design conventions. Students will also become familiar with templates and importing material
created in other software programs. This course will assist students in producing documents that communicate effectively
through good design and application of basic concepts of desktop publishing.

PERSONAL MONEY MANAGEMENT 1
Open to Grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This money management course will provide students with a better understanding of their financial responsibilities in our
society. Students will study issues relating to employee pay and benefits, tax preparation, budgets and financial records,
checking and banking, savings and investments. The information presented in this course will provide students with the
knowledge to help them manage their finances more effectively.

It is possible that this course will be offered in its entirety as an on-line class. If this is the case, students must be
able to work independently without direct teacher supervision as delivery of this course will be totally electronic.

KIDS, CASH AND CREDIT
Open to Grades 10, 11, and 12
One Term – ½ Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This money management course will help students develop an economic understanding relating to a variety of financial
issues. Students will study issues relating to credit, insurance and risk management, and personal financial decision-
making. The knowledge and understanding gained in this course will help students better understand their individual
wants, needs, and values, and how these affect personal financial decisions.

WEB AUTHORING
Open to Grades 10, 11 and 12
The online version of this class is not available to sophomores.
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Articulated for possible college credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Web Authoring is a course designed to familiarize students with evaluating and creating web pages on the Internet.
Students will learn to create web pages using notepad and XHTML coding, which is the universal language for all
websiters on the internet.

Students must be able to work independently without direct teacher supervision as delivery of this course will be totally
electronic. Students must have access to a computer with Internet and Notepad. It will be helpful to have access to a
scanner and/or digital camera. These items can be used in the Marshall High School Business Education department
with prior permission.
WEB DESIGN
Open to Grades 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Pre-requisite: Keyboarding or Word Processing
Required Materials for Class: None

This course offers the student the opportunity to learn web design in preparation for higher education or jobs in the
Internet Economy. This course focuses on the overall production processes surrounding web site design with particular
emphasis on design elements involving layout, navigation and interactivity. Basic Flash animation will also be used to
enhance websites.

CAREER EXPLORATION
Open to Grades 11 and 12
One Term- ½ Credit
This course is also offered on-line
Also open to seniors still needing the careers graduation credit.
Required Materials for Class: None

Career Exploration is a course required of juniors one term of high school. Students will learn and understand a variety of
career clusters, attributes, and aptitudes needed in particular types of occupations and careers, and how attitudes and
behaviors affect the climate of a workplace.

Students will be asked to investigate careers through research and evaluate career choices in relationship to life goals
and personal attributes. Students will also research post-secondary education, scholarships and will complete a portfolio.
All students will be required to do one job shadow during the quarter.

BUSINESS ECONOMICS
This course meets the senior Economics requirement.
Open to grade 12
One Term—1/2 credit
Required Materials for Class: None

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and decision-making tools necessary for
understanding how society organizes its limited resources to satisfy its wants. Students will gain understanding of choices
they must make as producers, consumers, investors, and taxpayers. This course will also satisfy the state Economics
requirement as well as the Marshall High School economics requirement.

BUSINESS LAW
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Articulated for possible College Credit with completion of both Business Law and Personal Law
Required Materials for Class: None

Business Law is a course designed to benefit all students. Knowledge of law and problem-solving skills are necessary for
survival in our law-saturated society. Real-life cases will be studied to allow students to develop a realistic understanding
of the formation of laws and their enforcement. Criminal and business law will be covered, along with the trial process,
which will culminate in a Mock Trial in which all students will participate. Contract law will be covered, especially as to
how these laws affect juveniles and businesses.
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Open to grades 11-12
One Term – 1/2 Credit
Prerequisites: Recommend being enrolled in or have taken Keyboarding or Word Processing, Computer Applications or
               Accounting
Required Materials for Class: None

Students will learn how to run a successful small business. They will communicate information regarding decisions, apply
human relations skills, apply relevant/useful mechanical and technical skills, use marketing and sales techniques,
integrate economic, marketing, sales and technical aspects with sound environmental practices, and analyze the
effectiveness of the business plan.

PERSONAL LAW
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Articulated for College Credit with the completion of both Business Law and Personal Law
Required Materials for Class: None

All material covered in Personal Law can be applied to real-life situations and will be beneficial to ALL students. A case
study approach will be used in the study of agency and employment laws. A study of how laws are related to and govern
marriage, divorce, renting or buying a home, and insurance will be learned. The law also governs the borrowing of
money, health care, and forming a business.

VIDEO PRODUCTION I
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term – 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This class is an introduction to basic video production techniques. Students will develop skills in operating the following
studio equipment: studio camera, lighting, portable studio, linear editing and non-linear editing equipment. Time will be
spent on all aspects of production: preproduction, production, and postproduction. Students in this class may also be
responsible for the development of a Marshall Public Schools News Show that will be broadcast on the Marshall Public
Schools cable channel, Channel 80 and Bresnan's Channel 8.

DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term – ½ Credit
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This course provides you with the opportunity to explore the field of multimedia technology. You will expand your 21
Century skills by increasing your understanding of multimedia concepts and techniques. Real world topics will include up-
to-date technology standards and ethics. Topics that may be included are virtual reality, podcasting, screencasting
(vodcasting), ethics and copyright, social networking, scanners, virus protection, animation and digital cameras.
                                       FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES - 9
Open to Grade 9
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

FACS 9 is a one-term course for 9th graders. Students survey the major curricular areas of: Foods and Nutrition, Family
Life, Child Development, Relationships and Consumer Management. The Foods and Nutrition unit places major
emphasis on the selection and preparation of foods to contribute to individual health. Students will work independently
and cooperatively in lab and non-lab activities. The physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of young
children is studied in the Child Development unit. The Relationships and Family Living until will examine the life of
teenagers, and work to enhance relationships and communication with family and friends. Students will also examine
risky behavior and the effect of these choices on family relationships. The Consumer Management unit will focus on basic
money management skills and consumer awareness.

FASHION AND INTERIOR DESIGN
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

The class brings the exciting world of Fashion to life through a look at how the apparel industry works. It will open your
eyes to the many ways that you might be a better consumer or designer. The class will help you become more
fashionable by explaining how to use the elements and principles of design to your advantage, telling how to plan the best
wardrobe for your needs and teaching how to shop and care for your clothes. Sewing projects are included as part of this
study. Cost will incur for materials.

Interior Design provides students with practical information about planning, building and decorating a home to enhance its
use for living, working, relaxing and entertaining. Students will learn how to apply design elements to a housing
environment and will research careers in the design and housing fields. The basics of the Interior Design career are
covered in class, and students participate in multiple hands-on design activities. The students will work with materials
donated from local designers, and create their own designs.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This course covers the development of children from prenatal beginnings through preschool. This will include physical,
intellectual, emotional and social development of children at each stage. Special topics include birth defects, pregnancy,
infertility, brain development, play, parenting and childcare. Students will participate in the Baby Think It Over simulation
and hold a preschool aged playschool.

FOODS/PRO-START ONE
Open to grades 10, 11, and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

The Foods/ProStart program introduces high students to careers in the restaurant and food service industry and teaches
them the basic skills and knowledge they will need to achieve success. The program encourages high school students to
experience all aspects of operating and managing a foodservice establishment, and also helps students build good
business and management skills. The class is implemented through the National Restaurant Association Educational
Foundation and Hospitality Minnesota. the first year curriculum focuses on Career Planning, Customer Relations, Serv
Safe, Kitchen Basics, Nutrition, Breakfast Foods and Sandwiches, Salads and Garnishing, Business Math and Controlling
Foodservice Cost. The students do hands-on work in lab situations, and learn about careers in the foodservice industry.
Students may also compete in the Pro-Start state culinary competition. Minimal lab fee assessed.
FOODS/PRO-START TWO
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Pre-Requisite: Foods/Pro-Start One
Required Materials for Class: None

Students may enroll in Foods/ProStart Two if they have satisfactorily completed Foods/ProStart Year One. Year Two
curriculum covers Potatoes and Grains, the Lodging Industry, The Art of Service, Desserts and Baked Goods, Marketing
and Menu's, Purchasing and Inventory Control, Meat-Poultry-Seafood, Accounting Practices, Soups and Sauces, Tourism
and Communicating with Customers. The class has multiple lab experiences with each unit of study.

Students may earn college credit from SMSU and other articulated institutions upon successful completion of ProStart
One and Two. Students must pass the ProStart National Test and complete work hours at local industry establishments.
There is a state Pro-Start culinary competition for students who are interested. Minimal lab fee assessed.

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Interpersonal Relationships covers concepts involved in understanding individual relationships with others and
relationships within marriage. Special topics focus on human needs, personality development, communication, risky
behavior, decision-making, values, dating, marriage, domestic violence, family functions and goal setting.

LIVING ON YOUR OWN
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

It is essential in our fast moving society to have knowledge of basic financial planning. Living On Your Own alerts,
informs and educates High School students about sound money management skills and the financial planning process.
Students will apply consumer and buying skills to solve everyday problems involving purchasing, budgeting, credit,
investing and insurance options. Students will also learn basic nutrition and food preparation skills needed when they live
on their own. Quick and easy meals to prepare while living on your own will be made in class.



                           HEALTH, PHYSICAL WELLNESS AND RECREATION

GRADE 9 PHYSICAL WELLNESS
Open to grade 9 (Required)
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This class will emphasize instruction in fundamentals, rules and strategies and will stress individual physical education
activities or, upon medical excuse, participate in a modified physical education program. The physical wellness program
will provide structured classes designed to enhance students’ interests in lifetime activities.




HEALTH EDUCATION
Required for Grade 9
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Individual and Community Health is a required course open to students one term of their freshman year. Students will
learn and understand the importance of making informed decisions that enhance individual, family, and community health
in all six priority health related areas. The priority health areas of study will include the promotion of physical, mental, and
social health, reduce/prevent tobacco use, drug/alcohol use, intentional and unintentional injuries, HIV/STD and
unintentional pregnancies.

Class members will develop a strong understanding of how the priority health areas are interconnected in the areas of
long-term health promotion and disease prevention, as well as having knowledge of community-based health care
services, products, providers and referral options.

GRADE 10 PHYSICAL WELLNESS
Open to grade 10 (Required)
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: Physical Wellness 9
Required Materials for Class: None

This class focuses on individual fitness. Students will develop and implement a personal fitness plan based on the health
related components of fitness. A variety of activities will be offered to compliment a healthy lifestyle.

STRENGTH TRAINING AND CONDITIONING I
Open to grades 9-12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: PE 9
Required Materials for Class: None

Strength Training and Conditioning I provides any student with an opportunity to learn basic strength and conditioning
principles and develop the associated training skills and techniques. NO PRIOR TRAINING EXPERIENCE IS
REQUIRED, since the course is designed to meet the needs of the beginner as well as the experienced fitness
enthusiast.

The objective of the course is to provide the student with the working knowledge and basic skills needed to design and
sustain a lifelong personal fitness program that is prudent, productive, practical and purposeful.

Strength Training and Conditioning I serves as the prerequisite for the more advanced Strength Training and Conditioning
II and III offerings. It provides a viable elective alternative for the out-of-season athlete; however, by no means does one
need to be an athlete to register.

STRENGTH TRAINING AND CONDITIONING II
Open to grades 9-12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: PE 9
Required Materials for Class: None

Strength Training and Conditioning II is designed to build upon the basic concepts/skills learned in Strength Training and
Conditioning I. Further development in training techniques/skills and further discussion of fitness-related issues are
emphasized. To register, students must first receive departmental approval.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING FOR ATHLETICS
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: Must be a member of an athletic team or plan to tryout for an athletic team at Marshall High School.
              Instructor approval required.
Required Materials for Class: None

This class will emphasize strength training, plyometrics and sport specific training.

T.V. MEDIA AND YOU
Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This class will examine representation of gender, body image, violence, and advertising in the media. Special emphasis
will be placed on media and the school-aged child. Students will participate in class discussion of media issues, perform
critical analyses of selected media, respond to a variety of articles and evaluate the content and affect of persuasive
techniques used in the media.

SPORTS OFFICIATING
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term – ½ Credit
Prerequisite: Physical Wellness 10
Required Materials for Class: None

The Sport Officiating class will consist of students learning the rules and officiating mechanics of two different sports.
Students will have both classroom and field experience during the block. All students will have an opportunity to referee
scrimmage games performed by the other students in class. Each student will be filmed while refereeing in order to show
proper mechanics and positioning. The sports to be taught will be two of the following: Football, Volleyball, Basketball,
Baseball or Softball. Students will be required to referee elementary, intramural, or junior high-level games outside of the
school day. Students will be knowledgeable of the rules, gain practical experience and be prepared to take the state high
school league test to become a certified official when they turn 18 years old.
                                   INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY

WOODS TECHNOLGY I
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

 Woods Technology I provides students an opportunity to explore the processes, procedures, and
materials used in the woodworking industry. Students will develop skills by producing a series of projects
that will allow the student to gain confidence in their ability to safely utilize production woodworking
equipment. Emphasis will be placed on safety and building skills. Students will also participate in
activities that will allow them to apply academic skills in a practical environment, such as producing
material calculations, measurements, and project planning. Lab fees based on materials used.




INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY CAREERS
Open to Grade 9, 10, 11, and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Technology can be a hard term to describe. It can easily be found in computer and electronics
applications, but it can also be found in building trades and designing systems for proper use of water
resources. This course will give you the opportunity to explore a large spectrum of the technology-based
careers available in today's work force. Through hands-on labs, you will develop a basic understanding
of just a few of the opportunities available to you in an ever advancing technology-based world. Activities
completed in this class include: basic model home construction, Google Earth applications, PhotoStory
productions, web design, Computer Aided Drafting, electrical systems, GPS applications, and more! You
will be able to determine areas that may interest you which can lead to even more options for classes
later on in your high school or college career.

COMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING AND DESIGN I
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term – ½ Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) I is a course designed to allow for graphic representation
using the personal computer. Attention will be placed on the standards of the technical graphics field and
the graphic illustration and visualization techniques as applied to CAD software. Develop proficient use of
AutoCAD software for: orthographic projection, sections and conventions, auxiliary views, 3D drawings,
and applied geometry.

COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING AND DESIGN II
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term- ½ Credit
Pre-Requisite: CADD I
Required Materials for Class: None

Computer Aided Design and Drafting II is a course designed to build upon the basic skills developed in
Technical Drawing and CAD I. Students will utilize basic skills learned in Cad I and further develop those
skills in a product design atmosphere. Students will receive an opportunity to apply design principles and
utilize the three dimensional capabilities of Cad II software to create projects based on consumer need.
Students will participate in group activities that allow them to experience a production design
environment. Emphasis will be placed on skill development, work-team cooperation, and problem solving
skills.

WOODS TECHNOLOGY II
Open to grades 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Woods Technology
Required Materials for Class: None

Woods Technology II provides students an opportunity to build on and further develop skills learned in
Woods Technology I by applying advanced techniques and processes in a production atmosphere.
Students will develop a plan in which they design and manufacture a product. Emphasis will be placed
on safety, time management, and craftsmanship. Lab fee is based on materials used.




                                          LANGUAGE ARTS
ENGLISH 9
Required for grade 9
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

English 9 consists of reading short stories, novels, plays, poetry, and essays. The course consists of
practicing and writing good sentences and paragraphs. The class also has a strong focus on grammar
and usage. Students will learn to apply proper usage to their own writing. All 9th grade students are
required to take and pass this class. This class is the foundation for the upper division classes. Students
will learn and practice reading strategies, writing techniques/styles, and impromptu speaking skills.

The students will read different genres to discuss elements of literature, and demonstrate understanding
through various forms of assessment. They will be required to write about the literature that they read.

ENGLISH 10
Required for Grade 10
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: English 9
Required Materials for Class: None

English 10 is a required semester class that utilizes the basic skills and knowledge from English 9 to help
students reach the next level of literary analysis and understanding. Mythology, drama, poetry, short
stories, and non-fiction works are used as the base for building more complex language, analysis, and
writing skills. Students will use various writing styles, including descriptive, persuasive, analytical, and
creative, to reflect on each of the genres studied. Daily journals and free reading time will also occur
throughout the class to encourage frequent use of writing and reading skills. Vocabulary and grammar will
be used to focus on certain aspects, such as language use, of the material covered.

HONORS ENGLISH 10
Open to grade 10
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: English 9 (Suggested 'B' Average) and a Lexile Score of 1150
Required Materials for Class: None

Honors English combines the elements of literature exploration and composition into an elective semester
class. Students will read, discuss, interpret, and analyze different genres of literature and be expected to
accept a leadership role and responsibility for learning activities through group and individual
presentations. Composition also plays a strong role in this class. Students will explore the writing forms
of description, narration, persuasion, exposition, and literary analysis as a direct reflection of the readings.
Grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary are also key elements in this class. Students should expect
reading and project assignments scheduled for completion outside of class time.

AMERICAN LITERATURE
Open to grade 11 only
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This is a one-term survey course. This course takes a thematic approach to the study of literature,
concentrating on the major forms of literature and major themes in American writing. Students will
evaluate and interpret works of theatre and literature by understanding literary elements and structure
and how they are used to create meaning. Students will also study the historical, cultural, and social
background of selected American literature.
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*This course is strongly recommended to meet the 11 grade literature requirement.



HONORS AMERICAN LITERATURE
Open to grade 11 only
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisites: “B” average in 9th and 10th grade English courses and a Lexile Score of 1200
Required Materials for Class: None

This one term survey course is designed for the college-bound student who has strong ability and interest
in literature. Major literary works and authors of the United States will be studied in-depth, with special
attention paid to the advanced skills of literary analysis, stylistic analysis, and writing themes about
literature. Students will evaluate and interpret complex works of theatre and literature by knowing critical
approaches, understanding the elements and structure and how they are used to create meaning, and
identifying the historical, cultural, and social background of selected American literature.

This offering is a challenging course that demands individual responsibility, a good understanding of
literature and composition skills, and a willingness to work hard. A “B” English average is suggested for
registrants of this course.
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*This course is strongly recommended to meet the 11 grade literature requirement.

ENGLISH 11
Open to grade 11 only
One Term - 1/2 Credit of Composition
Required Materials for Class: None

The focus of English 11 is an extensive study of the basic aspects of composition, grammar, and usage
through the study of different pieces of literature. The outcome of this course is to improve and refine
written communication. Students will demonstrate their writing ability through various forms of
composition. In addition to compositions, students will complete reading assignments, grammar
exercises, and quizzes and tests.
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*This course is strongly recommended to meet the 11 grade composition requirement.

HONORS RESEARCHING AND WRITING
Open to grade 11 only
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisites: 'B' average in 9th and 10th grade Language Arts Courses; Honors English 10 is
recommended. Instructor approval is required for this course.
Required Materials for Class: None

Students will research in-depth the work of an author as well as research and analyze associated literary
criticism and reviews. Students practice and formalize skills associated with gathering and selecting
appropriate information sources, citing sources according to an academic format, critical reading, thesis
development, organization, synthesis of ideas, and writing for and presenting to a specific audience. Such
skills are transferable to continued study at the college level. The focus of this course is the development
and completion of a formal research paper. The class demands a high level of individual responsibility
and a willingness to examine and read complex academic literature independently. Strong reading and
writing skills will need to be developed and used in order for students to have a successful experience.
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*This course is strongly recommended to meet the 11 grade composition requirement.

BRITISH LITERATURE
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

The purpose of this one-term literature course is to introduce students to a variety of classic and
contemporary British authors and their works, lead students to connect life experiences to designated
themes, and challenge students to draw parallels between literature and history.
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*This course is strongly recommended to meet the 12 grade literature requirement

HONORS BRITISH LITERATURE
Open to grade 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

The purpose of this one-term literature course is to introduce students to a variety of classic and
contemporary British authors and their works, lead students to connect life experience to designated
themes, and challenge students to draw parallels between literature and history.
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*This course is strongly recommended to meet the 12 grade literature requirement.

CONTEMPORARY ADOLESCENT LITERATURE
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 credit
Prerequisite: English 9
Required Materials for Class: None

In Contemporary Adolescent Literature students will read and discuss contemporary adolescent literature
- literature written specifically for young adults. Attention will be given to general literary terms, as well as
the themes and trends in adolescent literature. Students will read and discuss a variety of contemporary
authors in small group and book club format. Students should be prepared to read a variety of genres
and multiple texts over the course of a quarter. Reading comprehension and discussion are greatly
emphasized in this course. Class participation and composition are also strong elements of this class.
Self-motivated and independent learners are strongly suggested.
MINNESOTA LITERATURE
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: English 10 or Honors English 10
Required Materials for Class: None

Minnesota Literature is a one-term course in which students will study various genres of literature written
by authors from our great state. Essays, presentations on Minnesota authors not covered in the course,
and class discussions will allow students to familiarize themselves with authors from our area and state
and discover themes, places, and the people the authors weave into their writing. Comprehension and
composition are important elements in this course.

THE AMERICAN NOVEL
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: English 10 or Honors English 10
Required Materials for Class: None

American history and thought has been greatly impacted by the genre of the novel. This class provides
students the opportunity to read and discuss some of the great novels of American fiction. These works
have not only shaped the development of American literature, but have also affected American history,
thought, and culture.




SHAKESPEARE
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: English 10 or Honors English 10
Required Materials for Class: None

The greatest playwright and poet ever to put pen to paper once wrote that "All the world's a stage, and all
the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time
plays many parts." In this course students will have the opportunity to play the part of a Shakespearean
scholar by studying Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, histories, and sonnets. Students will also study
the magical and often brutal world of renaissance England during Shakespeare's day.

CREATIVE WRITING
Open to grade 12 only
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Pre-Requisite: B Average in English classes
Required Materials for Class: None

Students will explore the nature of creativity as expressed in the written form and experiment with writing
in various genres. This includes writing short stories, poetry and creative non-fiction, as well as
considering other genres such as graphic novels, text art, and digital writing. Students will participate in
independent and group writing projects, read and share many examples of writing, and present their work
in a workshop format. Students will strive to understand and analyze their own writing process and will
work together and individually to develop new writing skills in order to strengthen their writing abilities.
Such skills include: observing; generating ideas; developing characters, setting, plot, themes, and other
literary elements; increasing vocabulary; experimenting with voice; drafting; revising; and peer editing.
This class demands individual responsibility and a willingness to read and write independently.

SENIOR WRITING WORKSHOP
Open to grade 12 only
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Senior Writing Workshop is a one-term course. Its main purpose is to prepare students to meet whatever
writing demands they may face in college. Students will be challenged to master both critical and creative
skills needed for the construction of advanced writing not dissimilar to what will be asked of them in
college level courses. Skills emphasized are research, critical reading, literary criticism and analysis,
description, grammar, vocabulary, literary response and composition. Essays completed for this course
include, but are not limited to, expository, descriptive, narrative, definition, persuasive, newspaper writing
and memoirs. The aim is to prepare all students for college writing requirements.

This offering is challenging and demands individual responsibility, a good understanding of literature and
composition skills, and a willingness to work hard.

60s LITERATURE AND WRITING WORKSHOP
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9 and English 10
Required Materials for Class: None

This one-term workshop takes a thematic approach to the study of literature and history, concentrating on
essays, short stories and poetry of the 1960s in the United States. Students will learn and practice
reading strategies, writing techniques/styles, and impromptu speaking skills. The students will read
different genres to discuss elements of literature and demonstrate understanding through various forms of
assessment. They will be required to write about the literature that they read. The overall goal of this
class is to enhance reading and writing skills.



60s LITERATURE AND WRITING WORKSHOP ON-LINE
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9 and English 10 with at least a B average.
Required Materials for Class: None

This one-term on-line course takes a thematic approach to the study of literature and history,
concentrating on essays, short stories and poetry of the 1960s in the United States. Students will learn
and practice reading strategies, writing techniques/styles, and impromptu speaking skills. The students
will read different genres to discuss elements of literature and demonstrate understanding through
various forms of assessment. They will be required to write about the literature that they read. The
overall goal of this class is to enhance reading and writing skills.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
Open to grade 12
Two Terms – 1 Credit
Prerequisite: 'B' average in English courses including an honors course and Research and Writing
Required Materials for Class: None
AP English Language and Composition challenges students to become critical readers of prose written in
a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and skilled writers who compose for a variety of
purposes. Attention to a writer's purpose, audience, and subject will be analyzed, as well as the stylistic
and rhetorical devices used to achieve desired effects.

Students will compile a portfolio of personal and published essays that would meet the requirements of
most entry-level college composition courses. Students will also be encouraged to have read from the
summer reading list to better prepare them for the AP exam given in May.

AP Language requires a dedicated approach to out-of-class reading and writing.

CIS ENGLISH: “INTRODUCTION TO RHETORIC & COMPOSITION”
Open to grades 11 and 12 (Fulfills only composition credit for grades 11 and 12)
Two Terms – 1 Credit
Prerequisites: 'B' average in English courses including an honors course and Research and Writing,
must also qualify for PSEO status.
Required Materials for Class: None

College In The Schools English is offered in conjunction with the English department at SMSU. This
course will give high school students 4 credits through SMSU and the assignments coincide with SMSU’S
requirements for Eng 151: Introduction to Rhetoric & Composition. It will be an exciting course that will
offer students the unique opportunity to experience college academics in the high school classroom. The
course work focuses on developing written voice and academic writing skills needed for college or
university studies. It culminates in a library-based research project.

THEATRE TECHNOLOGY
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term – 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

The world of theatre technology is fascinating and complex. In this class students will have the
opportunity to learn about and experience the MANY areas of technological work in production of a
successful show. Students will learn about lighting, sound, design, stage craft and even special effects of
live theatre through hands-on experiences with equipment in the Schwan’s Theatre for the Performing
Arts at MHS.




THEATRE PERFORMANCE: ACTING
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term – 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

In this course, students will learn basic and advanced techniques for analyzing characters and scenes as
an actor. Students will perform scenes from classic, modern, and contemporary dramatic literature. In
addition, an emphasis will be placed on improvisational acting. All students interested in performance
are encouraged to consider this course.

PUBLIC SPEAKING
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None
Does raising your hand in class give you the shivers and shakes? Does the idea of giving a class
presentation make you want to run and hide? You are not alone, but public speaking and presentations
have become an important skill required in the academic and business worlds. Public Speaking is a one-
term course in which students will learn the principles of effective public speaking, with emphasis on
preparing and delivering well-organized, logical, informative, and persuasive speeches.

                                            MATHEMATICS
ALGEBRA 1A
Open to grades: 9, 10, 11, and 12
Two terms: 1 elective credit (not a math credit!)
Prerequisite: None
Required Materials for class: Scientific Calculator

Algebra 1A will prepare students for other courses in the math curriculum by developing the basic
concepts necessary for solving problems using algebraic thinking. Course content includes exploring
integers and rational numbers, problem solving strategies, using ratio and proportion, using formulas to
solve problems, and working with variables, expressions and operations using real numbers. Linear
functions and inequalities will be solved by graphing and applying algebraic concepts. Students will learn
how to problem solve using systems of equations and inequalities.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will enroll in Algebra IB.

ALGEBRA IB
Open to grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Two terms: 1 credit
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1A with at least a C- or a passing grade in Algebra 1A combined
with a MAP RIT score of at least 235 or recommendation from junior high math department.
Required Materials for class: Scientific Calculator

Algebra IB is designed to prepare students for advanced studies in mathematics. Students will develop a
broad and robust understanding of mathematics that will serve them well in a career or in future
mathematics courses.

Course content includes solving quadratic equations by graphing, factoring, completion of the square, and
the quadratic formula. Students will graph square root, absolute value, linear, quadratic and emponential
functions. Algebraic operations with polynomials and use of the properties of exponents and exponential
functions will be studied. Upon successful completion of this course, students may enroll in Geometry,
short course Geometry, or short course statistics.




SHORT-COURSE GEOMETRY
Open to grades: 9, 10, 11, and 12
One term: ½ credit
Prerequisite: Algebra IB
Required Materials for class: scientific calculator

Course content includes a study of two- and three-dimensional shapes along with the basics of plane and
coordinate geometry, including formulas for area and volume. The course will expect students to apply
these concepts to real- world problems. Upon successful completion of this course, students may enroll
in Geometry.
SHORT-COURSE STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY
Open to grades: 9, 10, 11, and 12
One term: ½ credit
Prerequisite: Algebra IB
Required Materials for class: Scientific Calculator

Course content includes the study of data representation and measures used to analyze data in real-
world settings. Course content also will include the study of basic probability, basic counting techniques,
and how to apply these techniques in a variety of contexts. Upon successful completion of this course,
students may enroll in Geometry.

GEOMETRY
Open to grades: 9, 10, 11, and 12
Two terms: 1 credit
Prerequisite: Algebra IB or Short Course Geometry with a grade of "C-" or better, or a passing grade in
Algebra IB or Short Course Geometry combined with a MAP RIT score of at least 245, or
recommendation from junior high math department.
Required Materials for class: scientific calculator, protractor with Metric and English units.

Geometry involves the study of shape, space, and measurement. Students should have a good working
knowledge of Algebra in order to succeed in Geometry. Completion of Geometry is required in order for
students to enroll in Algebra II.
The course of study includes use of spatial visualization to solve problems translating between numerical
relationships and geometric representations to analyze problem situations. Students will analyze
characteristics of shape, space, and size including such things as congruence, similarity, perpendicular,
and parallel lines and circles. Students will use properties to justify reasoning in a logical argument.

ALGEBRA II
Open to grades: 10, 11, and 12
Two terms: 1 credit
Prerequisite: Geometry
Required Materials for class: scientific calculator

This course is designed to help students reinforce and expand the algebraic concepts introduced in
previous math courses. Students will find the skills developed in Algebra II to be very useful in other
courses such as physics or chemistry.

In Algebra II, students will generate patterns, build mathematical models to predict real world situations,
and use algebraic concepts and processes to solve real world problems. Students will be asked to use
properties of mathematics to justify reasoning in a logical argument. Students will solve problems using
linear, quadratic, logarithmic, rational and exponential functions, and will be expected to know function
notation and terminology. Students will study arithmetic and geometric sequences and series. Upon
successful completion of this course, students may enroll in Pre-calculus, College Algebra, AP Statistics,
or Intro to Java/AP Computer Science.



COLLEGE ALGEBRA
Open to grades: 9, 10, 11, and 12
Two terms: 1 credit
Prerequisite: Algebra II
Required Materials for class: Graphing calculator (TI-84), graph paper notebook

College Algebra is designed for the student who plans to pursue further studies involving mathematics.
The course provides thorough treatment of the concepts necessary for college mathematics.
Topics covered are functions, including polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric. Additional
topics are theory of equations, probability, sequences and series, binomial theorem, recursion, and
statistical applications.

Problem solving is also heavily emphasized in this course. Many solutions will involve graphing
calculators, and students are encouraged to purchase their own (Model TI-84 is recommended).
Students may enroll in Pre-calculus upon successful completion of this course.

AP STATISTICS
Open to grades: 10, 11, and 12
Two terms: 1 credit
Prerequisite: Algebra II with a grade of "C-", or better, or successful completion of College Algebra
Required Materials for class: Graphing calculator (TI-84 recommended)

This course is designed to prepare seniors for college mathematics. The course will give strong attention
to statistics and probability as well as review algebraic concepts. Graphing calculators will be used to
model functions and analyze data.

Students will be expected to know and use the statistical concepts of measures of central tendency,
reliability, validity, correlation, and sampling techniques. Students will demonstrate an understanding of
the difference between theoretical and experimental probability. Students will investigate problems
through the use of data collection, formulation of relevant questions, collecting and representing data, use
statistics to summarize and draw conclusions from the data, and communicate the results to an intended
audience. Students will analyze and evaluate the statistical design and reasonableness of conclusions of
a published study or article, and will use probability experiments, simulations, or theory to model
situations involving uncertainty and make predictions. Students will be expected to take the AP exam
upon completion of the course.

PRE-CALCULUS
Open to grades: 10, 11, and 12
Two terms: 1 credit
Prerequisite: Algebra II with a grade of "B-", or better, or successful completion of College Algebra
Required Materials for class: Graphing calculator (TI-84 or TI-89 recommended), graph paper notebook

Pre-calculus is designed for the student who plans to pursue further studies involving mathematics. The
course provides thorough treatment of the concepts necessary for college calculus, and students must
have a strong working knowledge of previous math courses in order to be successful in this course.

This course will review and strengthen the concepts introduced in Algebra II. Topics covered include
functions (numerical, analytic, and graphical representations), theory of equations, introduction to
trigonometric functions, probability, sequences and series, binomial theorem, mathematical induction,
recursion, and statistical applications.

Problem solving is also heavily emphasized in this course. Many solutions will involve graphing
calculators, and students are encouraged to purchase their own (Model TI-84 is recommended – students
planning on taking AP Calculus should consider model TI-89). Students may enroll in Trigonometry / AP
Calculus upon successful completion of this course.



TRIGONOMETRY
Open to grades: 11, 12
One term: ½ credit
Prerequisite: Pre-calculus or special permission from instructor.
Required Materials for class: Graphing calculator (TI-84 or TI-89 recommended), graph paper notebook
This course is designed to prepare students for college or AP calculus. Students must have completed
Pre-calculus and have a good working knowledge of previously learned mathematics to succeed in this
course. Trigonometry is a continuation of Pre-calculus, students cannot enroll in trigonometry before
taking Pre-calculus unless they receive permission from the instructor.

Trigonometry topics needed for calculus will be given thorough treatment in this course. Topics include
working with trigonometric formulas, solving trigonometric equations, solving problems involving vectors
and physics, law of sines and law of cosines, area problems, graphing using parametric and polar
coordinates, and conic sections in polar form together with related applications. Upon successful
completion of this course, students will be prepared to enroll in AP Calculus.

AP CALCULUS
Open to grades: 11, 12
Three terms: 1.5 credit
Prerequisite: Pre-calculus and trigonometry with at least a “B-”.
Required Materials for class: Graphing calculator (TI-89 recommended), graph paper notebook

This course is for students who have successfully completed Pre-calculus and trigonometry with a grade
of B- or better. Students will need to have a strong command of all previously learned mathematics skills
and concepts in order to succeed in AP Calculus. Graphing calculators are required for this class, and
students are encouraged to purchase model TI-89.

The course of study includes analytic geometry, limits, derivatives, integrals, applied problems using rates
of change, optimization, velocity, acceleration, area and volume, work, vectors and other related
applications. Students will work with algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions as
well as infinite series, polar coordinates, and differential equations.

Calculus is an Advanced Placement (AP) class. College credit may be earned through successful
completion of the AP exam given in the spring of the year.

INTRO TO COMPUTER SCIENCE: JAVA
Open to grades: 10, 11, and 12
One term: ½ credit
Prerequisite: Algebra II
Materials needed: Home computer (for homework), flash drive

This course consists of a one term introduction to the field of computer science, using the Java
programming language. Students will learn the basics of creating objects in Java, and writing programs
that use these objects. Programming constructs such as repetition, decisions, accessor and mutator
methods, constructors, and graphical applications will be used to develop and write programs. Students
must complete this course with at least a "B-" grade to continue on into AP Computer Science




AP COMPUTER SCIENCE
Open to grades: 10, 11, and 12
Two terms: 1 credit
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Science: Java with a "B-" or higher
Materials needed: Home computer (for homework), flash drive
This course is an introductory course in computer science that uses the Java programming language.
Because the development of computer programs to solve problems is a skill fundamental to the study of
computer science, a large part of the course is built around the development of computer programs or
parts of programs that correctly solve a given problem. The course also emphasizes the design issues
that make programs understandable, readable, adaptable, and when appropriate, reusable.

The goals of an AP course in computer science are comparable to those in the introductory sequence of
courses for computer science majors offered in college and university computer science departments. It
is not expected, however, that all students in an AP computer science course will major in computer
science at the university level. The course is intended to serve both as an introductory course for
computer science majors and as a course for people who will major in other disciplines that require
significant involvement with computing.

Students will be qualified to take the AP exam upon completion of this course. A passing score on this
exam qualifies the student for college credit and/or advanced placement at most colleges and
universities.

                                                 MUSIC
9TH AND 10TH GRADE BAND, 9TH MIXED CHOIR, AND CADET CHOIR
Cadet Choir is open to 10th grade men and women
Required Materials for Class: None
Year-long class: 1 credit

All musical organizations/courses are year long 1/2 block courses, which focus on preparing literature
(vocal, band, or orchestral) representing a variety of styles, cultures, and periods in history.

The student will be asked to demonstrate the following:
1. The art of reading and interpreting music notation
2. Knowledge of correct vocal/instrumental technique
3. Appropriate stage presence and etiquette
4. A positive attitude and cooperation with others in a group setting
5. Evaluation of rehearsal and concert performances through the use of critical thinking and listening
skills.
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Participation in the 9 /10 Grade Bands and Choirs allow the students to audition for and participate in
MMEA All-State Ensembles, MSHSL Solo and Ensemble Contest, and Marshall High School extra-
curricular music offerings including: Show Choir, Highway 23 Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching
Band, Pep Band, and Winter Drumline.

Students registering for this course need to understand that this course is a year-long course. Students
will only be allowed to drop the course at the end of semester 1 if they are failing.

BEGINNING MUSIC THEORY
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Pre-Requisite: Permission from instructor based on musical experience.
Required Materials for Class: None
This course is a pre-requisite for the Advanced Music Theory Course.

As a result of this course, music theory students will:
    1. Learn basic music notation.
    2. Understand basic rhythms and melodies.
    3. Recognize internal and chord structure, scales, transpositions, rhythmic bar training and dictation.

ADVANCED MUSIC THEORY
Open to grades 11, 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 or receive special permission from instructor
based on musical experience.
Required Materials for Class: None

This course presents the basic ingredients of music, so that structure and language are made clear and
accessible to the students when examining, performing, and creating music literature. In May, students
will be encouraged to take a rigorous Advanced Placement exam. Successful results in that exam will be
recognized by most colleges/universities as undergraduate credit in music theory.

As a result of this course, music theory students will:
1. Understand the nature of musical elements including melody, harmony, rhythm and meter, form,
texture, and timbre.
2. Learn to recognize and use intervals in music, both visually and aurally.
3. Learn to recognize and use scales and tonalities in music, both visually and aurally.
4. Develop the ability to read and write musical notation.
5. Increase their listening skills, so that they can analyze and critique compositions.
6. Develop an understanding of the rich artistic heritage of the past.
7. Develop confidence in expressing ideas musically through composing and arranging.

CONCERT BAND, CONCERT CHOIR
Open to grades 11 and 12
Year-long class: 1 credit
Prerequisites:
        Choir 9 & 10 for Concert Choir
        Band 9 & 10 for Concert Band
(Registration for all the above organizations will be allowed by audition only)
Required Materials for Class: None

All musical organizations/courses are year long 1/2 block courses, which focus on preparing literature
(vocal, band, or orchestral) representing a variety of styles, cultures, and periods in history.

The student will be asked to demonstrate the following:
1. The art of reading and interpreting music notation
2. Knowledge of correct vocal/instrumental technique
3. Appropriate stage presence and etiquette
4. A positive attitude and cooperation with others in a group setting
5. Evaluation of rehearsal and concert performances through the use of critical thinking and listening
skills.

Participation in the Concert Bands and Concert Choir allow the students to audition for and participate in
MMEA All-State Ensembles, MSHSL Solo and Ensemble Contest, and Marshall High School extra-
curricular music offerings including: Show Choir, Roaring 20’s Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching
Band, Tiger Pride Hockey Band, Pep Band, and Winter Drumline.

Students registering for this course need to understand that this course is a year-long course. Students
will only be allowed to drop the course at the end of semester 1 if they are failing.
CONCERT ORCHESTRA
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
(Registration for this organization will be allowed by audition only)
Required Materials for Class: None
Year-long class: 1 credit

All musical organizations/courses are year long 1/2 block courses, which focus on preparing literature
(vocal, band, or orchestral) representing a variety of styles, cultures, and periods in history.

The student will be asked to demonstrate the following:
1. The art of reading and interpreting music notation
2. Knowledge of correct vocal/instrumental technique
3. Appropriate stage presence and etiquette
4. A positive attitude and cooperation with others in a group setting
5. Evaluation of rehearsal and concert performances through the use of critical thinking and listening
skills.

Participation in the Concert Bands, Concert Choir, and Concert Orchestra allow the students to audition
for and participate in MMEA All-State Ensembles, MSHSL Solo and Ensemble Contest, and Marshall
High School extra-curricular music offerings including: Show Choir, Roaring 20’s Vocal Ensemble, Jazz
Band, Marching Band, Tiger Pride Hockey Band, Pep Band, and Winter Drumline.

Participation in the Concert Orchestra allows the students to audition for and participate in MMEA All-
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State Ensembles, MSHSL Solo & Ensemble Contest and Madrigal for 11 & 12 graders only.

Students registering for this course need to understand that this course is a year-long course. Students
will only be allowed to drop the course at the end of semester 1 if they are failing.

MUSIC APPRECIATION
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This course presents the basic ingredients of music to give the student a rounded aspect of music, its
culture and its heritage. The course will contain elements of music history, musical time periods,
composers, basic music notation and composition, musical terms, rhythmic dictation, and basic elements
of music theory.

HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL
Open to grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
One Term – ½ Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This course will encompass blues, jazz, and rock & roll music from it’s beginnings in the 1920’s to present
day. The course allows students to explore the history, development, and cultural influence of popular
music, musicians, and the music industry. Music to be studied will include but not be limited to Rhythm
and Blues, Jazz, 50’s - early rock, 60’s - British rock, 70’s - Art Rock, Disco, Funk, 80’s – Pop, Country,
Heavy Metal, Rap.
                                                SCIENCE
PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Required for Grade 9
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Required Materials for Class: 3-ring binder, scientific calculator, goggles

Physical Science is a prerequisite for all other science courses. This course covers the physical and
chemical basics including the structure of matter, chemical reactions, forces of nature, motion and basic
astronomy. This course gives students experience in basic laboratory skills including observing,
collecting, organizing, and analyzing data

Students will be expected to effectively communicate, by written and verbal means, information they have
learned through their investigations.

BIOLOGY
Required for Grade 10 - Open to grades 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Physical Science
Required Materials for Class: 3-ring binder, goggles, scientific calculator, graph notebook

Biology is a natural science course open to students in grades 10-12. Requirements include an
experience and understanding of basic lab skills in order to investigate and analyze cells, organisms, and
ecosystems.

In order to meet the Life Science Standards, the Biology student will need to possess a basic
understanding of: cell theory, the mechanisms of heredity and variation, organism behavior and inter-
dependence, material cycles and energy flow, and the significance of scientific advancements. The
course is often supplemented with laboratory activities. Students will know how to follow directions and
procedures, adeptly utilize the scientific method, and safely and effectively use laboratory equipment and
materials. The goal of this course is to develop value and respect for all life forms and to realize the
application of Biology to life endeavors.

Students will be expected to apply the above concepts and principles in class and laboratory settings by
demonstrating how to:
a) form questions and hypotheses, b) design and safely conduct an investigation utilizing the basic
scientific procedures, skills, equipment, materials, and techniques, c) record and organize relevant
scientific data using statistical methods, d) analyze data, and
e) effectively communicate and present findings.


** In addition to the Physical Science and Biology graduation requirements
above, students graduating in 2015 and beyond are required to earn 1 credit in
either Chemistry or Physics. The four course options below meet this state
graduation requirement:
GENERAL CHEMISTRY
Open to Grades 10, 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Completion of Physical Science and Algebra 1B.

Required Materials for Class: 3-ring binder, scientific calculator, composition notebook, goggles
This course is NOT intended for the 4 year college bound student.

Students will study matter and the changes it undergoes. It will introduce students to basic chemical
concepts, principles and theories. Students will learn to formulate questions and draw conclusions based
on experimental evidence. They will design experimental investigations using the methods of discovery
and/or inquiry. Students will learn to statistically analyze data gathered in the laboratory and use the
analysis to support or refute a hypothesis.

COLLEGE PREPARATORY CHEMISTRY
Open to Grades 10, 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Completion of Physical Science with a grade of B or better, and completion of Algebra 1B
with a grade of B or better.

Required Materials for Class: 3-ring binder, scientific calculator, composition notebook, goggles

This course is intended for students who plan on attending a 4 year college or a 2 year college for
a science related program.

In this course, students will study matter and the changes it undergoes. Some of the topics of study
include: the periodic table, atomic structure, stoichiometry, acids/bases, oxidation, and reduction
reactions. Students will learn to formulate questions and draw conclusions based on experimental
evidence. They will design experimental investigations using the methods of discovery and/or inquiry.
The analysis may consist of graphical methods, calculations, and reporting of findings using a prescribed
format.

CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisites: Completion of Physical Science and Algebra 1B.
Required Materials for Class: Scientific calculator, goggles, composition notebook, 3 ring binder.

This course is NOT intended for the 4 year college bound student.

Physics is the study of interactions of matter, force and energy.Students will explore the concepts of
motion, force, electricity, waves, energy and work through the use of hands-on, project-based activities.
Projects would include designing and conducting experiments, designing an investigation through a
problem-based study, and using scientific evidence to defend or refute an idea in a historical or
contemporary context.Experiments are based on formulating questions and investigating testing
hypotheses, analyzing data and interpreting results to question or support current theories.

PHYSICS
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisites: Algebra II (with a grade of B or higher), Physical Science (with a grade of B or higher)
               A signed permission form from the prerequisite teacher and the teacher of the desired
course.
Required Materials for Class: Scientific calculator, goggles, composition notebook.

This course is intended for students who plan on attending a 4 year college or a 2 year college for
a science related program.

Physics is the study of interactions of matter, force and energy. Students will explore the concepts of
motion, force, electricity, waves, energy and work. Math skills of algebra, geometry and trigonometry will
be used in problem solving.
Projects would include designing and conducting experiments, designing an investigation through a
problem-based study, and using scientific evidence to defend or refute an idea in a historical or
contemporary context. Experiments are based on formulating questions and investigating testing
hypotheses, analyzing data and interpreting results to question or support current theories.




EARTH SPACE SCIENCE
Open to Grades 10, 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Physical Science
Required Materials for Class: 3-ring binder, calculator, goggles

Earth Science class gives students the opportunity to learn more about Earth and space systems that
impact humans. They will learn using a variety of methods including discussion, research, and lab
activities.

Students will learn about astronomy (stars and the universe), meteorology (weather), volcanology
(volcanoes), seismology (earthquakes), geology (rocks), and Earth's geologic history. They will also
study some of the impacts man has had on the environment. Students will be expected to effectively
communicate their finding by written and verbal means.

HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Open to grades 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Physical Science, Biology, with a B or better in Biology.
              A signed permission form from the prerequisite teacher and the teacher of the desired
course.
Required Materials for Class: 3-ring binder, goggles

The Human Anatomy and Physiology course offered at Marshall High School is designed as a college-
level introductory class. It is presented for students who wish for a more detailed description of human
structure and function beyond those covered in Biology. It is highly recommended for the student
considering a career in the natural sciences, particularly in the areas of medicine, nursing, or the allied
health fields.

Students will be required to know the basic aspects of cell structure and function, features of tissues,
characteristics of the integumentary system, and anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular
systems. The form and function of the nervous, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, and excretory systems,
as well as a unit on genetics round out the second half of the course. Students will be expected to follow
procedural and safety rules in lab settings. A thorough knowledge of the scientific method is necessary to
gather, organize, and interpret data. Students will need to manipulate and demonstrate with various
types of physiological apparatus and practice biological techniques and procedures. Lastly, students will
effectively communicate information about the application of anatomy and physiology to real life
endeavors in written and verbal means.

MICROBIOLOGY
Open to grades 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Biology with a B or better or AP Biology
              A signed permission form from the prerequisite teacher and the teacher of the desired
course.
Required Materials for Class: 3-ring binder, goggles, graph notebook, colored pencils

Microbiology will focus on the very small organisms that exist on the planet. The major organisms studied
include bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and fungi. Included will be extensive study on parasitic microbes,
students will be introduced to growing and culturing bacteria, as well as staining and identifying specific
types of bacteria. An extensive study of infectious microbes of the human systems will be included.

Students will be expected to apply laboratory skills obtained in previous science courses. Advanced
microscope use and sterile techniques will be learned, as well as different staining techniques. Complete
understanding on the scientific method is a must. The student will also need to be able to effectively
communicate learning in written and verbal communication. This class will give the student an excellent
understanding of good and bad bacteria, laboratory techniques, limnology and parasitology.




ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY (AP BIOLOGY)
Open to grades 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit.
Prerequisite: Physical Science, Biology with B or better, Chemistry, (Human Anatomy & Physiology
recommended)
              A signed permission form from the prerequisite teacher and the teacher of the desired
course.
Required Materials for Class: 3-ring binder, graph notebook, scientific calculator, goggles

The Advanced Placement (AP) Biology course is designed to mirror a college introductory Biology course
usually taken by Biology majors during their first year. Students will need to have a strong command of
previously learned Biology skills and concepts in order to succeed in this course. The main goals of AP
Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern Biology and to help students
gain an appreciation of science as a process. Three general areas of study are covered: molecules and
cells (25%), heredity and evolution (25%) and organisms and populations (50%).

Because AP Biology is intended to be the equivalent of a college course in content and quality, hands-on
laboratory work must be an integral part of the student's experience. Laboratories selected will enable
students to learn how to apply the scientific method to problem solving, experimental design, proper use
and manipulation of technical equipment, detailed and accurate gathering and recording of quantitative
and qualitative data, analytical data presentations and interpretation, and critical thinking skills.

As an AP course, students may earn college credit through successful completion of the AP exam given
in the spring of the year.

COLLEGE IN THE SCHOOLS: CHEMISTRY 1
Open to grades 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Completed Algebra II with a grade of B or higher or math RIT score of 255. Successful
completion of College Prep Chemistry (formerly called General Chemistry) is required.
Top half of class for seniors.
Top third of class for juniors.
Required Materials for Class: 3-ring binder, scientific calculator, composition notebook, goggles

Through this course students can earn college credit through the MN State College system. Topics
include chemical and physical properties of matter, atomic and molecular structure, bonding, chemical
notation, inorganic nomenclature, stoichiometry, and periodic laws. Students who successfully complete
this course will receive 3 college credits for General Chemistry 231 lecture and one credit for General
Chemistry lab 231L from SMSU. These courses are intended for students who intend to major in science,
medicine or engineering. If students are not planning to major in none of these areas, they could take
CIS Chemistry I and use it to meet a science general study course requirement.

COLLEGE IN SCHOOLS: CHEMISTRY 2
Open to grades 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1.25 Credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of C.I.S Chemistry 1 with a grade of C or higher. Top half of class
for seniors. Top third of class for juniors.
Required Materials for Class: 3-ring binder, scientific calculator, composition notebook, goggles

Through this course students can earn college credit through the MN State College system. This course
is a continuation of C.I.S. Chemistry 1. Topics include molecular bonding and shapes, equilibrium,
kinetics, and acid/base chemistry. Descriptive inorganic chemistry is emphasized. Laboratory work
includes experiments related to the lecture material including qualitative inorganic analysis. Students who
successfully complete this course will receive 3 college credits for General Chemistry lecture 232 and 2
credits for General Chemistry lab 232L from SMSU. Chemistry 1 and 2 together make up the first year of
college chemistry taken by chemistry, biology, engineering, pre-dental and pre-medical majors and
students in other related fields. It will transfer as such to most colleges and universities.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of C.I.S 1 with a grade of C or higher.




                                          SOCIAL STUDIES
SOCIAL STUDIES 9
Grade 9 (Required)
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Social Studies 9 is a study of United States Colonization through Reconstruction. Social 9 is a two term
required course for 9th grade students at Marshall High School.

Students shall demonstrate understanding of the Declaration of Independence, the United States
Constitution, and themes related to key events, concepts, and people in the historical development of the
United States, including the convergence of people, colonization, settlement, the American Revolution,
westward expansion and the Civil War.

UNITED STATES HISTORY
Grade 10 (Required)
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: Social 9
Required Materials for Class: None

U.S. History is a study of United States History from 1865-Present. U.S. History is a two term required
course for 10th grade students at Marshall High School. The graduation standard that is covered in this
course is Themes in U.S. History and Recorders of History. Themes in U.S. History are a partial standard
with Social 9, and are evaluated at the completion of U.S. History.

Students shall demonstrate understanding of the Reconstruction Era, tribal sovereignty and the
relationship between American Indian tribal governments and federal and state government. Students
shall demonstrate understanding of themes related to key events, concepts and people in the historical
development of the United States including: industrialization, the emergence of Modern America, WWI,
The Great Depression, WWII, and postwar United States to the present. Students shall also illustrate the
influence of diverse ideals or beliefs on a theme or an event in the historical development of the United
States.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY
Open to grade 10 only
Two Terms – 1 Credit
*Prerequisite: 10th grade students need to have obtained a Lexile score of 1160 during the 9th grade
year. A signed permission form from social studies teacher is required and approved application.
Required Materials for Class: None

Advanced Placement United States History is a course that is designed to provide students with the
analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in
United States history. Students will learn to assess historical materials - their relevance to a given
interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance – and to weigh the evidence and interpretations
presented in historical scholarship. This Advanced Placement course should thus develop the skills
necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and
evidence clearly and persuasively.

College credit may be earned through the successful completion of the AP exam in the spring of the year.

*10th grade students taking AP US History do not need to take US History.




WORLD HISTORY
Open to grade 11 (Required)
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: US History or AP European History
Required Materials for Class: None

World History encompasses the study of historical topics from ancient civilizations to the present. Within
this course students will increase their knowledge of several important topics/themes of World History
with the time period indicated above. Students will also gain an understanding of the connections
between these events and the overall significance that these events had on the areas in which they
occurred and the world overall. Topics included within this course are: pre-history and the rise of
civilization, ancient civilizations, the Roman Empire, the rise of the Islamic civilization, emergence of
Europe and the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, the French Revolution,
Industrialization, Nationalism, Imperialism, World War I, World War II, the Cold War and the contemporary
world.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY
Open to grade 11 only
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: U.S. History 10 or AP U.S. History and approved application.
**Students need to have obtained a Lexile score of 1160.
Required Materials for Class: None
A signed permission form from the prerequisite teacher

Advanced Placement European History is an academically rigorous class that traces European history
from the end of the Middle Ages to the present. Students discover the connections among events,
evaluate historical documents, critically write, and gain insights into western civilization. AP European
History appeals to the student interested in history and excited about learning why events occur. This
course may be taken in place of World History.
Research and Writing, and Honors English classes aid students with the rigor of AP European History.

College credit may be earned through the successful completion of the AP exam in the spring of the year.

*11th grade students taking AP US European History do not need to take World History.

SENIOR ECONOMICS
Open to grade 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Senior Economics is a one-term course that will explore the fundamental concepts of economics. The
class will also encourage an understanding of the interactive nature of global, national and local economic
systems. More specifically, the course will cover: public issues in terms of production, distribution and
consumption, how economic change affects all elements of the system, an examination of how domestic
and global systems interact, and finally, a comparison of the rules and procedures of different economic
systems.

Senior Economics will include a multiple format of presentations. Along with the study of theoretical
thought, an application of practical processes will be incorporated. Students will work with a series of
genuine documents involving credit cards, income taxes, and the FAFSA. As a result, students will not
only have information to show an understanding of macro and micro economics, but will have knowledge
to participate in common sense, daily economic applications.

AP Economics or Agricultural Economics may also be taken to meet the Economics credit.




SENIOR AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
Open to grade 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

American Government is a one-term course that will study the interaction of the United States
government and its people. The purpose of this class is to study the many factors that influence the
function of government and, in turn, the lives of ordinary citizens. Some of the areas covered include:
the process in which power is transferred, the day-by-day governmental processes, an acknowledgement
of the rights and responsibilities of citizens, the principles and ideals of democracy, and finally, the
relationship between the United States and the other nations of the world.

Senior American Government will include a multiple format of presentations. Along with the study of
theoretical thought, an application of practical strategies will be incorporated. Students will interact with
actual governmental processes, communicate with people in power, and demonstrate personal reflection
about their standing in the political continuum.
Finally, the students will analyze all of the above as actual events unfold in the news.


AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
Open to grade 12 only
Two Terms – 1 Credit
Prerequisite: A signed permission form from social studies teacher is required and approved application.
Required Materials for Class: None
It is recommended that students be signed up for Senior Economics due to the overlapping of the
two courses regarding taxes, government budgets, and monetary/fiscal policy.
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Students must submit an application signed by their 11 grade Social Studies teacher.

AP United States Government and Politics will give students an analytical perspective of government and
politics in the United States. Students in this course will be required to research, read and evaluate
academic texts, and critically write to gain insights into all aspects of United States government and
politics. As an Advance Placement course, it is meant to be both rigorous and demanding. The course
should appeal to students who have a high level of intellectual curiosity, and wish to learn more about the
political history, ideas, policy and institutions that impact all citizen’s and non-citizen’s lives.

Honors Research and Writing and other Honors or AP English classes, aid students with the rigor of AP
United States Government and Politics. College credit may be earned through the successful completion
of the AP exam in the spring of the year.

Students taking AP United States Government and Politics do not need to take Senior American
Government to graduate.




CURRENT ISSUES
Open to grades: 9-12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

This course will study the diversity of issues affecting both the United States and the contemporary world.
The class will study the relationship of issues as they unveil themselves, and their impact on the rest of
the elements of present-day society. Cause and effect will be the rule-of-the-day.

What the students should know:
1.      Understand the process of gathering current information.
2.      Understand the process of uncovering the events and their long-term effects.
3.      Understand the process of evaluation of material for positions and solutions.
4.      Understand the process of examining information for the source of bias and its intentions for its audience.
What students should do:
1.      Gather information on contemporary issues.
2.      Identify relevant questions or a range of points of view.
3.      Summarize relevant background information.
4.      Identify areas of conflict, compromise or agreement among various groups concerning the issue.
Students may be asked to:
1.      To present an issue analysis to the class.
2.      Participate in cooperative efforts in evaluation and solution techniques.
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Psychology is a one-term course open to juniors and seniors to acquaint the college-bound students with
various topics and methods of learning. Students will demonstrate knowledge of several theories of
human behavior, learning and development. Students will also complete an independent project through
observation of human/animal behavior. Students will also perform several experiments and/or
demonstrations illustrating learning, cognition and perception. This elective utilizes challenging materials
that will help the individual to better understand the world around them and prepare them for careers in
teaching, medical/health fields, social work or any field which involves working with others.

SOCIOLOGY
Open to grades 11 and 12
One Term - 1/2 Credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Sociology is a one-term class that helps students understand the interaction among individuals, groups
and institutions. Also, the course will help students gain an understanding of the relationships between
organizations and the communities they serve through direct service or experience.

What students should know:
   1. Understand the societal concepts that influence the interaction among individuals, groups and institutions in
        society.
   2. How societal concepts and institutions develop and change over time.
   3. Understand that cultural diversity affects conflict and cohesion within a society.
   4. Understand the ramifications of selected community events or services for specific populations.
   5. Know the purpose and function of public and private organizations.
   6. Know skills needed in specific organizational settings.
What the student should do:
   1. Examine tension between individuality and conformity.
   2. Examine how roles, status and social class affect interaction in groups and institutions.
   3. Describe how institutions change.
   4. Analyze how institutions affect continuity and change.
   5. Assess and evaluate the impact of an issue, event, or service on a target population.
   6. Suggest, apply, and evaluate strategies designed to improve the community through direct service or
        authentic experience.

INTRO TO CULTURES
Open to grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
One Term - 1/2 credit
Required Materials for Class: None

Intro to Cultures allows students to analyze their cultural heritage and understand how it impacts their
lives. It also introduces students to other cultures from around the world through research, interviews,
guest speakers and hands-on activities. Students will also work to improve their basic knowledge of
world geography using map skills and global spatial relationships.


                                          WORLD LANGUAGES
                                              Spanish and French

As America changes and businesses expand domestic and international markets, American citizens need
to be proficient in English and in other languages. These skills allow Americans to directly access
knowledge and information generated by other countries and cultures, and allow for face-to-face
negotiations in political, business, and personal dealings.

Our students need to develop an awareness of other people’s world views, their unique way of life, and
the patterns of behavior, which order their world, as well as learn about contributions of other cultures to
the world at large.

To be prepared for the future, world language students will need to be able to communicate in another
language, gain knowledge of other cultures, connect with other disciplines, develop insights into
comparing other languages and cultures, and participate in multilingual communities at home and around
the world.

LEVELS I AND II
Open to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit each level
Prerequisites: Level I is a prerequisite for Level II. A "C" average in Level I is a prerequisite for Level II (or
permission of the instructor)
Required Materials for Class: 2 inch binder

Levels I and II of a world language are preparatory courses for building interpersonal language skills.
World language learning expands the educational experience of all students by exposing them to other
cultures. These courses are prerequisites for the upper level courses. It is beneficial to have Levels I
and II consecutively. Colleges and universities are requiring at least two years of a world language in
order to graduate.

**Students planning on traveling abroad to Spain or France MUST be enrolled in Spanish III/IV or
French III/IV the spring semester they are to travel. Students must be at least juniors to travel.

LEVEL III
Open to grades 10, 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: A "C" average in Level I and II (or permission of the instructor)
Required Materials for Class: 2 inch binder

In Level III of a world language, students begin to understand and interpret the written and spoken
language on a variety of topics. This level emphasizes the receptive skills-reading and listening.
Specifically students will learn to communicate in the past, present and future tenses. There is an
increased focus on culture at this level. There is an increased focus on culture at this level and students
have the opportunity to experience another culture first-hand through a 15 day tour of Spain or France
which includes family stays. Successful completion of this level is equivalent to approximately a full
year’s study at a college or university.



LEVEL IV
Open to grades 11 and 12
Two Terms - 1 Credit
Prerequisite: A "C" average in Level I, II and III (or permission of the instructor)
Required Materials for Class: 2 inch binder

Proficiency is the ultimate goal of learning a world language. This proficiency is developed and sustained
by the opportunity to learn and use a language over a long period of time. Level IV is a step towards this
proficiency. At this level students will use the language both within and beyond the school setting and
show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and
enrichment. The focus will be on learning advanced grammatical structures, reading authentic literature,
and in-depth communication in the target language. There is an increased focus on culture at this level as
well and students have the opportunity to experience another culture first-hand through a 15 day tour of
Spain or France which includes family stays.



                                  OTHER COURSE OFFERINGS

SELF AWARENESS I & II
Open to Grades 9-12
One Term – ½ Credit
Required Materials for Class: Student Workbook

This course offers students the opportunity to work closely together and support each other as they
identify, discuss and work to resolve problems and concerns that interfere with academic achievement.
Students will spend time in a small group setting learning new skills in (1) goal setting and decision
making; (2) communicating better with friends, teachers, and parents; (3) managing stress, anger, and
depression; (4) resisting negative peer pressure; and (5) improving school achievement.

This one-quarter course is available to students in grades 9-12 and fulfills an elective requirement for
graduation. A student workbook will be provided. Additional materials may be provided by school staff
and community members as part of their contribution to the course.

				
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