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									              COURSE OFFERINGS FOR ALTON HIGH SCHOOL

                              COMMUNICATION ARTS

Course Name                                                   Credit         Grade Level

English I                                                       1                     9
English II                                                      1                    10
English III                                                     1                    11
English IV                                                      1                    12
Applied Communications I                                        1                 11-12
Applied Communications II                                       1                    12
Creative Writing                                                1                 10-12
Literature                                                      1                 11-12
Short Story                                                     1                 10-12
Speech I                                                        1                  9-12
Speech II                                                       1                 10-12
Forensics                                                       1                 10-12
Debate I                                                         1                 9-12

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

English I
        The students will review, refine, and expand their knowledge and use of the
English language by studying grammar, mechanics, and usage and by exercising this
knowledge in their writing and speaking. They will be motivated to read, appreciate, and
understand the short story, novel, nonfiction (essay, biography, autobiography, etc.), and
poetry.

English II
         The students will review usage and mechanics rules and expand their writing
skills, concentrating on composing well-developed paragraphs and short essays. They
will be motivated to read, appreciate, and understand the elements, terminology, and
relationships in short stories, novels, nonfiction (essays, biographies, autobiographies,
etc.), drama, and poetry.

English III
         This course will help cultivate the students’ knowledge of their reading, thinking,
and writing skills. Through completing a chronological study of American literature,
critical thinking skills will be enhanced as well as the understanding of the development
of a national literature. The students will review usage and mechanics; they will build
upon basic writing skills that will prepare them for their research project.




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English IV
       This college preparatory elective offers expansion and refinement to students’
reading and writing skills. The students will review usage and mechanics, study various
writing techniques, prepare major and minor research projects, and complete a
chronological study of British literary works.

Applied Communications I
         Business and career preparation related reading, writing, listening, speaking, and
thinking, as well as teamwork and technology communication skills, are emphasized in
this course. Students will also complete units of study analyzing and evaluating a variety
of literature selections (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) applied to an area of work related
communications. Applied Communications is a hands-on communication class that will
satisfy the third year English requirement or will serve as an English core elective if
students choose to take English III or other English credit. Students will complete units
involving business and technical writing, reading for information, employment
communication, communicating with a team, creating powerful presentations, and
technology communication. Diversity and ethical issues will be an emphasis in each
appropriate unit.

Applied Communications II
        Applied Communications II is designed to develop more complex reading,
writing, speaking, and thinking skills related to real-life situations and workplace
communications. Students will participate in career related communications and
explorations in order to make more informed post-secondary career choices. Students
will also complete units of study analyzing and evaluating a variety of literature
selections (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) applied to an area of work related
communications. Units of study will include technology communication, business and
technical writing, personal effectiveness, interpersonal communication, resolving
problems and conflicts, employment communication, and powerful presentations.

Creative Writing
        The students will read and evaluate examples of fiction (short story and novel),
poetry, drama, and nonfiction to study elements and technique. Students will write
various examples of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction to refine and expand their
creative abilities, while reviewing grammar and mechanics in the revision process.

Literature
        Students will be motivated to read, appreciate, and understand the short story,
novel, nonfiction (essay, biography, autobiography, etc.), drama, and poetry.

Short Story
Students will develop and apply skills and strategies to comprehend, analyze and evaluate
a variety of short stories. They will also apply the writing process to compose a variety



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of writing tasks. Grammar, mechanics, and usage will be incorporated within the
student’s writing and speaking units.

Speech I
       Speech is an introductory course that will provide the student with both the
knowledge of terms and concepts and the practical experience necessary to assist him/her
in becoming an articulate, sensitive, and intelligent communicator.

 Speech II
        Speech II is an advanced speech course that challenges a student to further his/her
studies and experiences in public speaking: Oratory, Extemporaneous, Radio, LD
Debate. In this class the student will also hone their oral interpretation skills.

Forensics
        Forensics is a competitive Speech and Debate course. This course begins with a
basic overview of the events for competition, those that are individual and debate related.
This is an advanced class that challenges students to read literature challenging them to
locate the characters, plot and sub-plots in a story, poem or play. The student will then
reassemble the work in such a way that it tells a definite story with a beginning, middle
and ending. Along with the process, the students will prepare for a presentation of the
“cutting” of a work of literature and assist others I their endeavors to do the same. This
will challenge the student’s higher order thinking skills and offer them the opportunity to
critique other performers and pieces of literature. Students in this class are considered to
be on the Speech and Debate team and will be required to participate in tournaments
around the state throughout the school year.

Debate I
        Debate I is a competitive Speech and Debate course. This is an introductory
course which will provide students with the knowledge of how to prepare and present
Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum Debate speeches for competition. Debate I students
will prepare and maintain evidence files for both forms of debate and Extemporaneous
speaking. Students will study the art of persuasion and use their persuasive writing skills
to write and deliver an Original Oratory speech. Students will also select one individual
event such as Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duet Acting, Poetry
Reading, Prose Reading, Storytelling and Radio Speaking. The overall emphasis of this
course is on debate and public speaking. Students in this class are considered to be on the
Speech and Debate team and will be required to participate in tournaments around the
state throughout the school year.




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              COURSE OFFERINGS FOR ALTON HIGH SCHOOL

                                    SOCIAL STUDIES

Course Name                                                   Credit          Grade Level

Geography                                                        ½                      9
American History                                                 1                     11
American Government                                              ½                      9
World History                                                    1                     10
Current Events                                                   ½                   9-12
Law                                                              ½                  10-12
Economics                                                        ½                  10-12
History of the West                                              ½                    9-12
Civil War                                                        ½                   9-12
Psychology                                                       ½                  11-12
Sociology                                                        ½                  11-12


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Geography
        In this class, students will study the physical environment of the Earth and its
impact upon the history and lifestyles of the world’s cultures. Different parts of the
world will be examined, focusing on North America, South America and Europe. The
five themes of geography will be used to analyze the physical and political characteristics
of each region, the climate and vegetation, the people living in each region and the
challenges facing the region. The class will also feature a final unit that will look at other
areas of the world that will present challenges for the United States in the next 20 years,
including the Middle East, China and Russia.

American History
       The American History class will trace America’s path from the struggle of the
Civil War and break up of the union through the years of industrial and agricultural
buildup to the 21st Century and its venture from isolationism to super power in the world
along with the problems and successes of the society along the way.

American Government
        This class will trace the creation of our system of government from the Colonial
period through the writing of the U.S. Constitution. It will examine the values and beliefs
that form the foundation of that system. Students will trace the changing interpretation of
the role of government in the life of the citizens of the nation and the ways in which the
government has grown and changed over time. The course will prepare students to take



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the state test over the U.S. Constitution and will give them the ability to participate fully
in the American political system.

World History
        In World History class students will study a chronological narrative of the history
of the world from the earliest civilizations to the present. Each unit will trace the
development of civilizations in different parts of the world integrating a number of
themes. Among these themes are political, social, religious, and economic development,
the influence of geography on cultures, the growth of science and technology, and the
effect of contact between cultures.

Current Events
        In Current Events students will study such things as the geographical elements of
current events. Students will study current political leaders. Students will keep track of
current events as they develop throughout the class. Students will also track the
development of the 21st Century. Students will examine media bias. Students will also
discover the root of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict and trace its continuing
development.

Law
        In this class, students will examine the system used in the United States to
administer criminal, juvenile and civil justice. Students will track the history of ideas that
shaped our justice system and compare it to other systems of justice around the world.
Students will study various cases to see how individual acts have shaped the system that
attempts to regulate our entire society. Finally, students shall examine trends in criminal
justice and attempt to learn how the system in changing – and evaluate those changes.
The students will also explore the role of individual rights and liberties as they apply to
the law.

Economics
        In this class, students will delve into the complex system known as economics and
learn how people choose from limited resources to meet their wants and needs. Students
will focus on the American Free Enterprise system and capitalism in order to gain an
understanding of how these systems have shaped our history and combined to give the
United Stated the most powerful and prosperous system in the world. Students shall also
examine the advantages and disadvantages of these systems. The course focuses
attention on the important concepts in economics and provides a survey of economic
principles, issues and tools for analysis.

History of the West
       This class will provide students with the opportunity to explore the history of the
American West in detail. Students will begin by examining the conditions in the
geographic region to the west of the original 13 colonies and will follow the exploration
and development of this area as the frontier moved westward. Special attention will be



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SOCIAL STUDIES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS CONTINUED:

directed to the conflict with the Indians, the initial wave of explorers and hunters, the
subsequent arrival of pioneers and settlers, the gold rushes in California and the Yukon
Territory, the birth of the Republic of Texas, the US-Mexican War, cowboys, outlaws,
lawmen and a variety of other topics.

Civil War
         This class will focus on the Civil War fought between 1861 and 1965. Students
will examine the root causes for the conflict and the events that precipitated the outbreak
of hostilities. Students will follow the various battles of the war and the major
participants in those battles. This will, of course, include an examination of Missouri’s
role in the war. Finally students will look at the conclusion of the war, the
Reconstruction Period and the war’s long-term impact on America. To facilitate this
study, students will be watching a large number of documentary videos as well as a
number of dramatized films on the subject.

Psychology
        In Psychology class, students will be introduced to psychology by drawing upon
the research and theories of a wide range of scientists and practitioners. The aim is to
bring the student an overall picture of the field starting with the history of psychology as
a field of study, then developmental and physiological behaviors. Along the way,
students will study sensation, perception, remembering , language, learning, motivation,
emotion, personality, mental disorders, and therapies. The course will conclude with a
view of the future of psychology and how it can serve students now and in the years to
come.

Sociology
        In Sociology class, students will be introduced to all the major areas of sociology
in a dynamic blend of concept, theory, and application. Each major area: society and
culture, social organization and structure, social institutions, contains source material and
case studies to involve students in the practice as well as the content of the discipline.




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             COURSE OFFERINGS FOR ALTON HIGH SCHOOL

                                        SCIENCE

Course Name                                                 Credit          Grade Level

Physical Science                                                1                      9
Applied Science                                                 1                  9-10
Biology I                                                       1                  9-12
Biology II                                                       1                11-12
Chemistry I                                                      1                10-12
Chemistry II                                                     1                11-12
Physics                                                          1                    12


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Physical Science
        Physical Science is designed to introduce a variety of physical science concepts to
the student. These include Newton’s Laws, optics, wave characteristics, chemistry,
electricity, and magnetism.

Applied Science
       This class is a combination of the basics of biology and the basics of
environmental science. It involves the study of both biological and chemical factors.

Biology I
       Biology is a class designed to introduce students to the many life processes that
go on around them in their everyday life. Understanding how plants, animals and
environments are all related and interdependent will be a key focus. Students will be
exposed to different life forms from cells to humans, explore the requirements for life,
and how changes come about, as well as how forms remain constant.

Biology II
        Biology II is divided into two semesters of study, genetics and physiology.
Genetics deals with transmission and function of genetic material. Students will develop
an understanding of the structure and function of genetic material, as well as techniques
used to study genetic material. This course of study will focus mainly on the human
form. In addition to structure and function, the care of, problems found, precautions
taken and variations found within humans will also be addressed.




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SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS CONTINUED:

Chemistry I
        Chemistry I will introduce the student to the study of matter and many of the
factors that affect this matter. The structure and properties of atoms, bonding, phase
differences, periodic law and chemical careers will be discussed.

Chemistry II
       The energy required and used during chemical reactions, the transferring electrons
during chemical reactions, the chemistry of carbon compounds, and life forms will be
covered in this course.

Physics
        Physics is designed as a college-prep course. The concepts of physics are
developed in a unified, logical sequence. Mechanics needed to interpret most phenomena
is presented first. Wave phenomena are introduced as models for sound and light.
Electromagnetic waves are developed from electricity and magnetism. Atomic and
nuclear physics complete the course.




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              COURSE OFFERINGS FOR ALTON HIGH SCHOOL

                                    MATHEMATICS

Course Name                                                   Credit         Grade Level

Consumer Math                                                     1                      9
Applied Mathematics I                                             1                   9-12
Applied Mathematics II                                            1                  10-12
Algebra I                                                         1                   9-12
Geometry                                                          1                  10-12
Algebra II                                                        1                  11-12
Trigonometry                                                      ½                     12
Calculus                                                          ½                     12


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Consumer Math
       Students learn on-the-job applications that will help them survive in the real
world. Students work with hands-on applications by using the computer to explore and
solve problems of everyday life. Students explore various career and job opportunities
and learn how to be a good consumer. Students are taught basic algebra skills, with
emphasis being placed on the ability to understand and apply functional mathematics to
the world of work as opposed to algebra theory.

Applied Mathematics I
         This class uses real-life or workplace situations to enhance students’
understanding of algebra and geometry concepts. Mathematics becomes a vital part of
students’ lives as they discover how it relates to sports and recreation, consumer affairs,
personal finance, the workplace, science, and citizenship. Real life or workplace
situations from every lesson, and the math concepts and skills are continually related to
the setting to enhance student understanding.

Applied Mathematics II
         This class emphasizes contextual learning, hands-on experiences, and applications
of algebra in workplace settings. Designed to provide cumulative review reinforcement
and practice, students have plenty of opportunities to interact with the lesson’s concepts
before practicing the skills. Various applications throughout the text provide useful and
real life context for students, including the areas of Business and Marketing, Health
Occupations, Family and Consumer Science, Industrial Technology, and Agriculture and
Agribusiness.




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MATHEMATICS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS CONTINUED:

Algebra I
        This class employs strategies and activities that are essential for student success in
mathematics. It is designed to help students to succeed on the local, state, and national
tests. Students will explore various topics in algebra including: numbers and operations,
geometry, measurement, data analysis, and probability.

Geometry
       This course deals with spatial relationships and logical reasoning. Besides
developing new mathematical concepts, this course will develop reasoning skills through
applications of proofs and real world applications.

Algebra II
       This course deals mainly with the structure of the systems of real and complex
numbers and attempts to develop an understanding of basic algebraic manipulations.
Topics of logarithms, radical and complex numbers, as well as basic trigonometric
functions are studied.

Trigonometry
        This semester course will include a review of the basic trigonometric functions
and values from Algebra II, followed by an in-depth study. Applications of trigonometry
will be introduced.

Calculus
        This course is designed to prepare the college bound student for the language and
signs of the sciences. This course will review pre-calculus topics like number patterns,
functions and graphs, and will stress the understanding of the role of logic in deductive
systems of mathematics in preparation for advanced courses in calculus, abstract algebra,
and probability.




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        COURSE OFFERINGS FOR ALTON HIGH SCHOOL
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             FINE ARTS – ART / DRAMA / MUSIC



Course Name                                                 Credit         Grade Level

Art
Art I                                                           1                9-12
Art II                                                          1               10-12


Music
Music Appreciation                                              1                9-12
Music Theory                                                    1                9-12
Soundwaves Show Choir                                           1                9-12
Concert Choir                                                   1                9-12

Drama                                                           1                9-12


ART COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Art I
        This is a course designed with emphasis on using concepts to explore the visual
arts and communicate ideas effectively. Students study art design, drawing, painting, arts
and crafts, three-dimensional art, cartoons, graphics, art history and portfolio.

Art II
         This is a course based on the background and basic principles experienced in Art
I, with more exploration in various materials, media, and vocational fields in art. The
exercises are more difficult and encourage experimentation to reach varied and creative
end results and presentations. Emphasis is placed on good composition throughout the
year, and a deliberate application of the art principles. Students study art design,
drawing, painting, arts and crafts, three-dimensional art, graphics, art history and
portfolio.

MUSIC COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Music Appreciation
         Music Appreciation is open to any student 9th –12th grade. Students will learn
about Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary musical
periods. Students must be willing to listen to many musical styles as well as analyze
musical compositions. Great composers from each time period will be studied as well as
some piano during the first semester. Second semester will cover Music and Film


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compositions and composers. The objective of this class is to make students more aware
of how music is used on a daily basis in everyday life.

Music Theory
        Music Theory is open to any student, 9th -12th grade. Students will learn about the
different time periods of music during the fall semester and will concentrate on creating
musical compositions that derive from that time period. Students must be willing to learn
piano skills, chords, musical composition techniques and musical terms. During the
second semester there will be an emphasis on Rock and Roll, Motown and contemporary
music composition techniques and composers. Students must be willing to create and use
music as an outlet of expression both on the written page and by playing the piano.

Soundwaves Show Choir
          This choir must consist of 9th-12th grade students who must audition in order to
enroll. Students will learn the basics of singing with the emphasis of choral movement
and some dance. Students will be exposed to the area of Musical Theater, District
Honors Choirs, Big Springs Conference Choral Clinic, Holiday Concert music, and
Holiday Concert Tour during the fall semester. Second semester will concentrate on
District Music Contest, Spring Concert and Spring Tour. Show Choir serves as an
ambassador group for the Alton Schools. Students in this group must be willing to spend
time outside of the classroom for additional performances and singing engagements.
Students must also be willing to pay for their own performing attire such as dress for
ladies and a tux for the men. Students must also meet MSHAA criteria for eligibility.

Concert Choir
           This choir will consist of 9th-12th graders who may enroll by recommendation of
a prior music instructor or by audition. Students will learn the basics of singing.
Students will be exposed to the area of Musical Theater and Holiday Concert music
during the first semester. Second semester will concentrate on preparing for District
Contest, Spring Concert and the Spring Trip. Students will learn to sing independently as
well as by themselves or in small ensembles. Enrolling in this class will require the
students to attend some after school rehearsals and performances that might not
necessarily happen during the school day. Students must also meet MSHAA criteria for
eligibility.

DRAMA COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Drama
        High school drama is a course where students are introduced to the basics of
theatre such as: stages and staging, basic acting, make-up, and history of theatre. Since a
classroom setting can never replace actual experience, Drama students will be required to
participate in the fall musical as actors, stage hands, or wherever needed. During third
quarter, Drama students will work in class on a one-act play and will be required to



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attend a district competition for one-act plays in early March and to a state competition in
April if we qualify. There will also be a required encore show for the community in the
fourth quarter.




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             COURSE OFFERINGS FOR ALTON HIGH SCHOOL

                      HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Course Name                                                  Credit          Grade Level

Health                                                           ½                    9
Physical Education                                               1                 9-12
Lifetime Sports                                                  1                 9-12
Body Conditioning                                                1                 9-12


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Health
        This course covers health practices, human anatomy, mental health, substance
abuse, nutrition, modern health problems, infectious diseases, first aid and other subjects
pertaining to one’s health.

Physical Education – Senior High
        The physical education program will develop physical powers in body awareness,
strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility, speed, agility, and balance. Skills will be
developed in movement fundamentals, fundamental activities, team sports, and games of
skill. The program will provide a meaningful social experience.

Lifetime Sports
       Lifetime sports introduces students to recreational activities that may be enjoyed
and participated in later on in life.

Body Conditioning
         This course is designed to develop strength and coordination and is unique in that
it is designed more toward each individual’s needs. The primary focus is lifting weights.
The course also includes development of body conditioning, aerobic activities such as
fitness testing as well as additional games.




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              COURSE OFFERINGS FOR ALTON HIGH SCHOOL

                                  PRACTICAL ARTS

Course Name                                                  Credit          Grade Level

Industrial Technology:
Drafting                                                         1                 10-12


Business Education:
Computer Literacy                                                1                  9-12
Introduction to Business                                         1                  9-12

Other:
Career Exploration                                               ½                  9-12
Personal Finance                                                 ½                 10-12

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Drafting
           Drafting, “the language of industry,” requires an ability to visualize in three
dimensions. This ability is natural in some people, but has to be learned by most.
Through the course of this class students will learn the basics of mechanical drafting and
will, to some extent, develop the ability to visualize in three dimensions.

Computer Literacy
          In this one-year course, students will learn to “touch type” alphabetic, numeric,
and symbol keys on a computer. They will also learn to operate the ten-key pad by
touch. Students will learn basic word processing skills and how to use those skills to
create letters and reports. In addition, they will use desktop publishing software to create
documents that attractively combine text and graphics. They will learn to create
electronic presentations, to send and receive email, and to successfully search for
information using a variety of Internet sources.

Introduction to Business
          In this one-year general business course students will study the business world
in our society and their relationship as consumers, workers, and citizens in it. Students
will learn how to interact with business in buying, advertising, investing, saving, and
working. Our economy, technology, career preparation, consumer roles, banking and
financial services, managing finances, using credit wisely, the use of insurance, and
government and labor roles are some of the topics that will be covered in this course.




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Entrepreneurship
          In this one-year course students will examine their entrepreneurship potential, as
well as the advantages and disadvantages of working for oneself. Students will study
how to organize and operate a business, develop a business plan, and gain practical
experience by managing the senior concession.

Career Exploration
          Through this class students will be exposed to a variety of career possibilities.
It is a new delivery format where students rotate through module centers that match their
career interests. While in each module, they follow a student guidebook. The
guidebooks combined with computers, software, and state of the art equipment give
students a lot of unique experiences.

Personal Finance
       Understanding and managing personal finances are key to one’s future
financial success. This one-semester course is based on the Missouri Personal
Finance Competencies and presents essential knowledge and skills to make
informed decisions about real world financial issues. Students will learn how
choices influence occupational options and future earning potential. Students will
also learn to apply decision-making skills to evaluate career choices and set
personal goals. The course content is designed to help the learner make wise
spending, saving, and credit decisions and to make effective use of income to
achieve personal financial success.




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           COURSE OFFERINGS FOR ALTON HIGH SCHOOL

                       VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

Course Name                                     Credit   Grade Level

Vocational Agriculture
Agricultural Power I                              ½         11-12
Agricultural Structures                           ½         11-12
Agribusiness Sales Marketing & Management          1        11-12
Agriculture Science I                              1         9-12
Agriculture Science II                             1        10-12
Agriculture Construction I                         1         9-12
Agriculture Construction II                        1        10-12
Floriculture                                       1         9-12
Agriculture Communications & Leadership            ½        10-12
Forestry Management                                 ½       11-12
Animal Science                                     ½        11-12
Food Science & Technology                           ½       10-12
Nursery Operation & Management (Horticulture)       ½       10-12
Supervised Agricultural Experience Co-op             2         12

Auto Mechanics
Auto Mechanics I                                   3           11
Auto Mechanics II                                  3           12

Business
Business Technology                                1        10-12
Desktop Publishing                                 1        10-12
Entrepreneurship                                   1        11-12
Computer Programming                               1        10-12
Accounting                                         1        10-12

Family and Consumer Science
Career and Family Leadership                       ½         9-12
Child Development                                  ½        10-12
Advanced Child Development                         ½        11-12
Family Living                                      ½        10-12
Nutrition and Wellness                             ½        11-12
Family/Individual Health                           ½         9-12




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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Agriculture

Agricultural Power I
         This course develops skills in the maintenance, repair, adjustment, and overhaul
of small machines.

Agricultural Structures
       This course includes electrical wiring, electrical motors, concrete masonry,
plumbing and sewage disposal, farm fences, product handling and processing equipment
and farm buildings.

Agribusiness Sales and Marketing and Management
        This course includes human relations, personal inventory, careers in selling, and
other experiences necessary for employment in agribusiness engaged in marketing,
purchasing, storing, grading, and transporting supplies and products.

Agriculture Science I
          This is a course designed for instruction in animal science, agricultural
mechanics, career exploration, leadership and personal development, and supervised
agricultural experience. Units may include agribusiness, natural resources and food
science.

Agriculture Science II
        This course is designed for instruction in plant and crop science, soils,
entomology, horticulture, and forestry, and additional instruction in agricultural
mechanics, career development, leadership, and supervised agricultural experience.

Agricultural Construction I
        This course utilizes welding in the development and construction of major metal
and wood projects.

Agricultural Construction II
        This course utilizes welding in the development and construction of major metal
and wood projects. It includes blueprint reading for welders and machinists.

Floriculture
          This course includes the production, arrangement and retailing of flowers. It
includes fresh, silk, or dried flowers to be used in the design of corsages, wedding
bouquets, table flower arrangements and seasonal holiday decorations.

Agricultural Communications and Leadership
         This course will enable students to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills
to demonstrate positive leadership for agriculture. Areas of focus include public
speaking, extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking, written communication,



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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS CONTINUED:

meeting people, good first impressions, personal goals, team work, team/organizational
goals, organizing groups to take action and evaluation of team/organizational actions.

Forest Management
          This course includes the following aspects of forestry: economic and
environmental importance, harvesting equipment and methods, safety, business
agreements for the procurement and/or sale of standing timber, surveying and land
measurement, scaling and grading, and the equipment and marketing of Missouri wood
products.

Animal Science
          This is the advanced study in animal production, management, marketing,
nutrition, breeding, production records, selection, animal health, waste management, and
biotechnology may be included in this course.

Food Science & Technology
          This course includes the areas of food chemistry and nutrition, food additives,
food packaging and labeling, evaluation of foods, food microbiology, additives,
sanitation, quality control, and processing are all essential in providing society with a safe
and plentiful food supply.

Nursery Operation and Management (Horticulture)
          This course includes the production of plants, shrubs, and trees for the purpose
of transplanting or propagation. Approved practices in wholesaling and retailing of
nursery crops will also be covered.

Agricultural Occupational Experience
        Supervised agricultural occupational experience allows students to receive hands-
on experience in a variety of occupational settings by working in actual places of
business. Each student will work at the beginning of sixth hour and work until ten
minutes before 3:00 p.m. Students must be classified as a senior in high school,
maintain a minimum of 92% attendance at school, and be employed Monday through
Friday.


Auto Mechanics

Auto Mechanics I
          Students will study various automobile components. They will learn where
these components are located and how they function. Students will learn shop safety and
the importance of working well as a group in the automotive field. They will be tested by
written tests, hands-on experience, and attitude to task.




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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS CONTINUED:

Auto Mechanics II
         The students will work “hands-on” with the various automobile components.
They will disassemble, repair, or replace many of these components before correctly
reassembling them. The students will be in an actual on-the-job situation. Students will
be knowledgeable about safety, display responsible and creditable workmanship.


Business

Business Technology
          This one-year, comprehensive course stresses technical and communication
skills students need to be successful in a business-related career or in college. It provides
training in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other business skills. Students
will work with a variety of technologies and resources to solve business problems.

Desktop Publishing
           In this one-year course, students will learn the principles of design and will gain
the skills needed to produce quality publications using the computer. Students will
perform tasks that require creativity and knowledge of design and page layout techniques
(e.g., flyer, business cards, letterhead, etc.). In addition, they will periodically produce a
school newspaper using word processing and page layout software.

Desktop Publishing (Y)
           The desktop publishing software, In Design, along with software provided by
the yearbook publishing company, will be used in a year-long project that involves
setting up and submitting yearbook pages on disk to the publishing company. Students
will also be required to use their sales abilities to sell ads to local and area businesses and
to sell their final product (the yearbook). Recordkeeping skills, as well as thoroughness
and neatness, are important, as is the ability to meet deadlines. Creativity will be used in
planning and designing each page of the yearbook. Attention to detail is important, as
each page must meet many specifications. This course is open to juniors and seniors
only. Students must sign up with the yearbook advisor in the spring of the previous year
and undergo a teacher evaluation process. Students will be chosen according to highest
scores, until class limit has been reached.

Computer Programming
         This year long computer programming course is designed for students who have
had no prior programming experience. Students will be introduced to terminology and
concepts, and the essential aspects of designing, creating, modifying, and executing the
graphical user interface of a Visual Basic Windows program. Students will learn the
fundamental aspects of coding a Visual Basic program, and research activities and
responsibilities of a professional programmer. Career opportunities in computer
programming and related fields will also be studied.




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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS CONTINUED:

Accounting
          This course provides an understanding of the basic elements and concepts of
double-entry accounting systems for proprietorships and partnerships. Activities include
the accounting equation, the accounting cycle, entering transactions in journals, posting
to ledgers, end-of–period statements and reports, payroll systems, banking activities,
taxes, and more.


Family and Consumer Science

Career and Family Leadership
       This course is a comprehensive instructional program that describes the general
study of family and consumer sciences, including how individuals develop and function
in family, work, and community settings and how they relate to their physical, social,
emotional, and intellectual environments.

Child Development
          This semester course is an instructional program that describes the study of the
intellectual, social, emotional, and biological development of children and the planning
and design of related human services. It includes instruction in parent-child
relationships; parenting practices; special needs of children; parental and environmental
influences on child development; external support services; and related public policy
issues.

Advanced Child Development
         This instructional program provides advanced study in child development and
guidance, including the physical, social, and intellectual development of children. Actual
experience in supervising children provides the opportunity to improve parenting skills,
explore careers related to child development, and identify general employment skills.

Family Living
          This instructional program prepares individuals to understand the nature,
function, and significance of human relationships within the family/individual units. It
includes instruction in the concepts and principles related to various family living
conditions, including abuse prevention; the establishment and maintenance of
relationships; the preparation of marriage, parenthood, and family life; and the
socialization and developmental needs of individuals.

Nutrition and Wellness
          This program prepares individuals to understand the principles of nutrition; the
relationship of nutrition to health and wellness; the selection, preparation, and care of
food; meal management to meet individual and family food needs and patterns of living;
food economics and ecology; optimal use of the food dollar; understanding and
promoting nutritional knowledge; and application of related math and science skills.



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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS CONTINUED:

Family/Individual Health
          This program prepares individuals to understand the related aspects of health
and wellness with special emphasis on nutrition, emotional health, and physical health;
the relationship of an individual’s health to the family’s wellness; the prevention of
illness; and the basic care of the ill, including the elderly, young child, and individuals
with disabilities.




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             COURSE OFFERINGS FOR ALTON HIGH SCHOOL

                               FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Course Name                                                 Credit         Grade Level

French I                                                        1               9-12
French II                                                        1             10-12

Foreign Language Course Descriptions:

French I
          This course will provide students an opportunity to learn a second language.
The main objective of the French program is to enable students to attain a measurable
degree of communicative competency and proficiency in each of the four language skills:
listening, speaking, reading, and writing. A wide range of exercises (individual, group,
and whole-class; oral and written) will be included to teach students. A second objective
is to expose students to the cultures of the French-speaking people of the world, how and
where they live, their customs and lifestyles. The cultural activities will provide
information about and an understanding of the French-speaking people of the world
through study of their social customs, food, dress, and recreational activities.

French II
        This course will provide students an opportunity to continue study of a second
language. Various activities will be utilized to enable students to review previously
acquired language skills. Through learning of more complex constructions and additional
vocabulary, students will attain a higher level of proficiency in each of the four language
skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. A wide range of exercises (individual,
group and whole-class; oral and written) will be included to teach students. Students will
be further exposed to the cultures of the French-speaking people of the world, how and
where they live, their customs and lifestyles. The cultural activities will provide
information about and an understanding of the French-speaking people of the world
through study of their social customs, food, dress and recreational activities.




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             COURSE OFFERINGS FOR ALTON HIGH SCHOOL

                          ELECTIVE COURSES - OTHER

Course Name                                                  Credit         Grade Level

ACT Prep                                                         ½                9-12
Gifted Education                                                 ½                9-12
Occupational Experience                                          2                  12
Office Internship                                                1              11-12
Study Skills                                                     1                9-12
Tutoring                                                         ½              10-12
Dual Credit with Three Rivers                                    ½              11-12
                                                                 (3 College hrs.)
South Central Career Center Courses                               3              11-12




ELECTIVE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

ACT Prep
         In the ACT prep class, students will learn to better apply the knowledge learned in
core subject areas (English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning) in order to maximize
their test scores on the American College Test (ACT). Using technology resources,
students will complete college and scholarship searches. Students will also write a
standard college entrance essay and a standard scholarship essay.

Gifted Education
        Gifted Education provides the opportunity for students to further their critical
thinking, problem solving, creative, and logic skills. Students will use advanced
technologies as a resource and improve communication skills in order to better develop
personal and social growth and development. Students will work on becoming an
independent and self-directed learner who has an understanding of the interdependency
of a variety of systems.

Occupational Experience
       Supervised occupational experience allows students to receive hands-on
experience in a variety of occupational settings by working in actual places of business.
Each student will work at the beginning of sixth hour and work until ten minutes before
3:00 p.m. Students must be classified as a senior in high school, maintain a minimum of
92% attendance at school, and be employed Monday through Friday.




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ELECTIVE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS CONTINUED:

Office Internship
        Office Internship will allow students to receive hands-on experience in an office
setting within the school. Students will improve workplace readiness skills and practice
honesty and integrity. Students will be given the opportunity to learn to appropriately use
a variety of office technology, such as fax machines, copy machines, and computers, etc.
as are necessary to complete a given task. Students will practice good communications
skills such as telephone etiquette, person-to-person conversation, e-mail, and others as
necessary.

Study Skills
       In Study Skills students are provided with tutorial help on an individual or small
group basis in core curriculum areas. Students will learn correct study habits and get the
extended time/help they may require that will compliment all other subject curriculum
and support and enhance school-wide assessment.

Tutoring
         This one semester course will allow students to work with other students who
may need extra help in an academic subject. All students may take this course if they are
interested in tutoring another student; however, it will also assist students in obtaining
their fifty hours of tutoring for the A+ Program requirement and provide an elective
credit.




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