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									                        WELCOME LAUREL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

You are about to begin the important process of selecting your classes for the 2010 – 2011 school year.
You are encouraged to think carefully about your choices and weigh the options before making your final
decisions. The choices you make now affect your future options, as well as your overall satisfaction with
our school. Discuss your decisions with your family, and create a challenging schedule that will meet
your academic goals.

The Laurel High School Curriculum offers students a well-balanced educational experience. Our school
is proud of its reputation as a comprehensive high school, including academics, fine arts, technical /
vocational and co-curricular programs.

This guide has been prepared as a resource for you. This catalog contains most of the information you
will need to know about our class offerings. If you have questions along the way, please seek advice
from one of the counselors, and they will be happy to assist you.

Please note the graduation requirements and also the following for all courses:

                           A. Description of courses
                           B. Credit given for each course listed
                           C. Homework requirements listed
                           D. Grade level requirements listed
                           E. Prerequisites listed

Please work carefully to complete the pre-registration blank as the final class schedule will be determined
based upon the pre-registration results.

Scheduling Priorities

Each student should keep in mind the following priorities:
1.       Graduation Requirements – Laurel High School’s graduation requirements insure that each
student will attain a level of develpoment and complete a well-rounded education.
2.       Future Plans – Very few high school students know exactly what they intend to do after
graduation. In fact, interests and plans often change with experience and education. It is important,
therefore, to take courses that lay a foundation for transitioning to one of many post-secondary options.
The after-high school opportunities may include apprenticeship, community college, four-year college /
university, military, technical college, work / on-the-job training, or a combination of them.
3.       Interest and Abilities – Students should be realistic about their ability level and interests and
should choose courses which are challenging, rewarding, and motivating. Students are encouraged to
enroll in special elective courses. Parents, teachers, and counselors can offer individual assistance to
better understand one’s interests and abilities in relation to course selections.
4.       Six Academic / Career Pathways – The six pathways are: Arts and Communication, Business,
Management and Information Systems, Human Services and Resources, Environmental and Agriculture
Systems, Health Sciences, and Industrial, Manufacturing and Engineering Systems. Students will be
given their opportunity to select, review and revise, if needed, their choices of career planning. The
student’s decisions should be based on personal characteristics, interests and aspirations. Selecting a
Pathway povides the student with an area of FOCUS, along with FLEXIBILITY and a VARIETY of
ideas to pursue. The idea is to encourage students to make wise course selections, generate possible post-
secondary options, and explore occupations.


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Schedule Change Policy

We encourage students at registration time to make thoughtful decisions regarding graduation
requirements and career goals, and then commit to that decision. We also encourage students to consider
carefully the courses they choose because teachers are assigned to classes based on student demand. Five
days after the beginning of each semester, students may complete drop / add forms to make schedule
changes. These forms require the signatures of the teachers involved, the parents / guardings of the
student, and the student’s counselor. Schedule changes requested after the first five days of the semester
will be strongly discouraged.


REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

A total of twenty three (23) credits are required for graduation.
Students must meet the following requirements to participate in the graduation ceremony.
Students in extenuating circumstances are advised to review school board policy 2416 and visit with
the Principal.

                  The following specific subjects are required of all students and are included in the
required total:

                        l. Four credits in English
                        2. Three credits in Mathematics
                        3. Two credits in Science
                        4. One credit in United States History
                        5. One credit in Civics
                        6. One credit in World History
                        7. One credit in Physical Education and Health –
   1/2 year at the 9th grade level; 1/2 year at the 10th grade level (unless excused upon the advice of a
doctor). Students being excused from Physical Education for medical reasons will be required to take
units of health.
                        8. One credit of Information Literacy & Technology
                        9. One credit of fine arts

The above requirements are minimal standards required of all students. The three (3) credits in
mathematics and the two (2) credits in science required for graduation must be completed in full year
courses. No combination of courses on a semester basis will be accepted for graduation credit. Of
these credits required for graduation, a maximum of four (4) credits in music may be applied in fulfilling
the requirement. A maximum of four (4) credits in physical education may be applied in fulfilling that
requirement. No more than a total of six (6) credits can be applied towards graduation in music and
physical education areas combined.

All students must carry at least six credits each year. If a seventh class is dropped for a study hall
after the third week into a semester, a student will receive a W/F (Withdrawal/Failure) for the nine
weeks and the semester, which will be calculated in the GPA (Grade Point Average). Appeals may
be made to the Principal.




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CLASS RANK

Students’ class rank will be calculated at the end of each semester as they progress through their
coursework. Individuals who complete correspondence, Nova Net, or other courses honored by LHS will
have the course grades added to their transcript upon the closing of the next semester of study. The GPA
from these courses will be reflected in their on-going rank.

Final class rank will be reflective of the student’s full course of study and will be posted on the final
transcript. Individuals who graduate early will be ranked with the next full graduating class. In other
words, a student who completes graduation requirements after a graduation ceremony will be considered
a member of the next graduation class and will be ranked accordingly.

Class ranking will reflect weighted grades when used for internal purposes. On occasion, institutions and
scholarship guidelines will request unweighted transcripts. The counseling department will generate both
weighted and unweighted transcripts upon request.

A student who passes a course of study and elects to repeat that course of study will only be awarded
credit once unless that course has been specifically recognized as a course eligible for multiple credits.
Upon completion of the course the second time, a student may petition the counselor and principal for the
higher of the two course grades to be calculated in the cumulative GPA. If a student fails a course and
retakes the course, both marks stand in the cumulative GPA calculation.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian honors will be based on highest cumulative grade point averages based on
full-time attendance and a weighted scale at the conclusion of seven semesters of course study. Students
receiving these honors must have been enrolled in an accredited high school, as recognized by the state of
Montana, for a minimum of three full academic years.




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                                               Laurel High School
                                                 Core Class List
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                                              NCAA Clearinghouse
                                             School Year 2010 / 2011

The following courses are offered at Laurel High School, and these classes qualify for “core courses” through the
NCAA. Only these classes are the ones offered at Laurel High School that meet the standards set forth by the
NCAA.

English                                                       Mathematics
          English 9                                                             Algebra I
          Honors English 9                                                      Algebra II
          English 10                                                            Geometry
          Honors English 10                                                     Trig / Precalculus
          English 11                                                            AP Stats
          Honors English 11                                                     AP Calculus
          English 12                                                            *Applied Technical Math
          AP Literature and Composition
          Creative Writing
          College Prep Writing

Social Science                                                         Natural / Physical Science
         World History                                                          Biology I
         U.S. History                                                           Biology I Honors
         Civics                                                                 Earth Science
         Honors Civics                                                          Biology II
         Age of Turmoil                                                         Chemistry
         Montana History                                                        Biochemistry
         Geography                                                              Honors Environmental Science
         Post War Era 1976 – 1970                                               Physics
         Psychology
         Street Law
         World Affairs

Additional Core Classes
        Spanish I
        Spanish II
        Spanish III
        SPANISH IV
        *SPANISH V
        *AP Spanish Language
        *AP spanish Literature




*Awaiting approval ; check with your counselor regarding the status of these classes before the course of study begins.




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Laurel High School Career Pathways


Below is the description for each of the Laurel High School Career Pathways

Health Sciences – Workers help others through providing health care. Jobs in this cluster include nurse,
doctor, and research in medical science, among many others.

Business, Management and Information Systems – Business courses assist students to learn essential
skills in business management, clerical help, record keeping, finance, and planning. Jobs in this cluster
include sales people, real estate, secretary, accountant, information technology and banking, among many
others.

Environmental and Agricultural Systems – Workers provide agriculture products and manage natural
resources. Jobs in this cluster include farmers, ranchers, wildlife management specialists and land
management specialists.

Industrial, Manufacturing, and Engineering Systems – Workers apply mathematics and scientific concepts
to the creation of new products or systems. Jobs in this cluster include engineering, research scientist,
architecture, and biologist, among many others.

Human Services and Resources – Workers help society through education, public services, law, and
government and public administration. Jobs in the cluster include lawyers, teachers, fire fighters, and
politicians, among many others.

Arts and Communication – Workers create new products or ideas through writing, art, music, theater,
film, and thinking. Jobs in this cluster include newspaper reporter, dancer, actor / actress, musician,
composer, artist and producer, among many others.

Students who plan to attend a post-secondary school are advised to keep in mind the general college
entrance requirements shown on the previous page and to select a high school program which will prepare
them to meet more than the minimum standards. Please remember that out of state colleges may have
additional requirements. Check the website of that college for admission requirements. The school
counselor should be consulted concerning specific entrance qualifications and requirements.




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HONORS CLASSES

Honor classes at Laurel High School are intended to be a challenging and rewarding experience. Students
enrolling must realize that the responsibilities and demands are far greater than a regular class of the same
subject. Therefore, students who intend to enroll in an honors class must fulfill two of the three
requirements listed below to be admitted to the class.
Admission Requirements for Honors classes:
1.       The student must maintain a “B” or above average in classes within this content area (e.g.,
students who desire to take an Honors Civics class must average a grade of “B” or higher in ALL social
studies classes previously taken).
2.       The student must maintain regular attendance in previous subject area class with NO MORE
THAN 10 ABSENCES for the semester (e.g., students enrolled in English 9 must have less than 10
absences during second semester in order to enroll in Honors English 10).
3.       The student must obtain a written recommendation from the teacher whose honors class he/she
desires to enroll in.



Continued Enrollment Requirements
In order to maintain second semester enrollment in Honors classes, a student shall maintain a minimum
course grade of C or above. Students failing to do so, will be rescheduled.




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Laurel High School Sample Four-Year Plans

Competitive Four-Year Plan

Grade 9                      Grade 10                    Grade 11                     Grade 12
Geometry                     Algebra II                  Trig/Precalc                 Calculus
Honors Biology               Chemistry                   Physics                      Biochemistry, Honors
                                                                                      Environmental Science
Honors English 9             Honors English 10           Honors English 11            AP Literature / Composition
PE/Health 9 – 1 semester     PE/Health 10- 1 semester    US History                   Honors Civics
Information Literacy &       World History               Foreign Language             AP Foreign Language
Technology                   Foreign Language            Elective                     Elective
Fine Art Elective            Fine Art Elective           Elective                     Elective
Foreign Language


Four-Year College Student

Grade 9                      Grade 10                    Grade 11                     Grade 12
Algebra I                    Geometry                    Algebra II                   Trig/Precalc
Biology I or Earth Science   Biology II                  Chemistry                    Physics
English 9                    English 10                  English 11                   English 12
PE/Health 9 – 1 semester     PE/Health 10- 1 semester    US History                   Civics
Information Literacy &       World History               Elective                     Elective
Technology                   Foreign Language            Elective                     Elective
Fine Art Elective            Fine Art Elective           Elective                     Elective
Foreign Language

Two-Year College Student

Grade 9                      Grade 10                    Grade 11                              Grade 12
Algebra I                    Geometry                    Algebra II                            Trig/Precalc
Biology I or Earth Science   Biology II                  Chemistry                             Physics
English 9                    English 10                  English 11                            English 12
PE/Health 9 – 1 semester     PE/Health 10- 1 semester    US History                            Civics
Information Literacy &       World History               Elective                              Elective
Technology                   Elective                    Elective                              Elective
Fine Art Elective            Fine Art Elective           Elective                              Elective
Elective

Career and Technical Education Student

Grade 9                      Grade 10                             Grade 11                     Grade 12
Math-depends on placement    Math-depends on placement            Math-depends                 English 12
Science class                Science class                        Fine Art Elective            Civics
English 9                    English 10                           English 11                   Fine Art Elective
PE/Health 9 – 1 semester     PE/Health 10- 1 semester             US History                   Elective
Information Literacy &       World History                        Elective                     Elective
Technology                   Elective                             Elective                     Elective
Elective                     Elective                             Elective                     Elective
Elective




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Grading Scales for 2010 / 2011

Normal Grading Scale – This is used for all classes except for those that are listed for Honors or for
Advanced Placement

Letter   Percent    Grade Points
 A       100-93          4
 B        92-84          3
 C        83-74          2
 D        73-65          1
 F         64-0          0

Honors Grading Scale – The scale is for the following classes: Honors English 9, Honors English 10,
Honors English 11, Honors Biology, Honors Civics, Biochemistry, Honors Environmental Science, and
Physics.

Letter   Percent    Grade Points
 A       100-93          5
 B        92-84          4
 C        83-74          3
 D        73-65          2
 F         64- 0         0

Advanced Placement Grading Scale – These are college level classes that are taught here at LHS. A
national test is given in the spring to determine if the student could receive college credit for the class.
Colleges set a minimum score that the student must attain in order to receive credit at there institution.
The highest score is a 5, and the minimum score to receive credit at any college is a 3. The AP tests cost
approximately $85 each, and if the student chooses to take the test, he/she is responsible for the cost. The
AP courses offered at LHS are: AP Studio Art, AP English Literature / Composition, AP Spanish:
Language, AP Spanish: Literature, AP Statistics, and AP Calculus.

Letter   Percent    Grade Points
 A       100-90          5
 B        89-80          4
 C        79-70          3
 D        69-60          2
 F         59-0          0

REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING COLLEGE CLASSES WHILE ATTENDING LHS

Students may enroll in classes at either Rocky Mountain College, Montana State University-Billings, or
MSU-B College of Technology. The student is responsible for college tuition, books, and transportation
to and from the school. Students who plan to register and attend college classes at one of the campuses in
Billings for part of the school day must meet the following criteria:


                1. The student must meet eligibility requirements as stated in the LHS Student
                Handbook
                (2.0 GPA).
                  2. The student must have a good attendance record. Good attendance is defined as
                having no more than more (10) absences that year, excluding absences for school-related


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                activities. Exceptions may be made for serious medical reasons requiring hospitalization
                or a doctor’s care.
                  3. The student must have exceptional abilities or talents which may be better
                developed or challenged at the college level. Such abilities or talents must be identified
                by LHS faculty members.
                  4. The Student must first discuss his/her plan with the appropriate school counselor,
                complete the “Petition to Take College Classes,” and submit the completed form to the
                principal.

The principal will form a committee to consider the petition. The committee will be comprised of the
principal, school counselor, and a teacher who has had the student in class. The student and
parent/guardian will meet with the committee to discuss the petition. Following the meeting, the
committee will recommend approval or denial of the petition. If the petition is denied by the Principal,
the student may appeal the decision to the School Board. The decision of the Board shall be final.

EARLY GRADUATION

In accordance with provisions of Section 20-9-313, MCA, the board of Trustees hereby authorizes the
high school principal to grant permission to students who have completed the minimum requirements for
graduation after completion of the seventh (7th) semester.

1. Early Graduation Policy
It is Laurel High School’s policy to encourage students to attend for eight semesters. The total high
school experience has a great deal to offer students not only in the way of academic preparation, but high
school also provides an environment where students can develop their social skills. Students interested in
graduating early must meet the following requirements.

1.   Apply for early graduation before completion of the student’s sophomore year.
2.   Successfully complete seven semesters of high school.
3.   Complete all graduation requirements of District 7 & 7-70 by requested date of early graduation.
4.   No semester grades below a “C.”
5.   Provide a justification for early graduation.
6.   Correspondence/Night School credit can not be used for early graduation.
7.   Permission to graduate early may be nullified if the above requirements are not met.

      Reasons considered for early graduation shall include: a planned post secondary educational
program, medical, religious or family emergency situations. Working to earn money for further education
is not considered a substantial hardship and will not make a student eligible for early graduation.

2. Early Graduation Procedures
The student seeking early graduation must first discuss his/her plan with the appropriate school counselor.
The counselor will meet with the student to complete the “Petition for Early Graduation.” The completed
form will be submitted to the principal. The principal will form a committee to consider the petition. The
committee will be comprised of the principal, assistant principal, school counselor, and two teachers who
have had the student in class. The student and parent/guardian will meet with the committee to discuss
the petition. Following the meeting, the committee will recommend approval or denial of the petition. If
the petition is denied by the principal, the student may appeal the decision to the School Board. The
decision of the Board shall be final.

     Note: If the student request for early graduation is approved, he/she forfeits the right to participate
in any activities after the final semester is completed, other than graduation exercises.


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CAREER CENTER PROGRAMS


Students interested in pursuing more intensive study in one of the vocational programs (i.e. digital
academy, auto mechanics, construction, child care, interior design, graphic arts, computer science,
electronics, broadcasting, etc.) may enroll for 2-3 period blocks of instruction at Billings District #2
Career Center. These programs are available to 11th and 12th grade students as space permits and as
determined by School District #2. Students will need to provide their own transportation and pay tuition
if they live outside of the Billings School District. More information on this program is available from
your counselor.


 School-to-Work (STW)

Course Description: School-to-Work is a one-semester class designed to increase the student’s awareness of
the world of work and to allow the student to explore in detail a career in which he/she is interested. The work
experience must be during the school day and may be paid or unpaid. The student is granted ½ credit per
semester for each school period during which they are on the job. The work experience placement must be
related to a career exploration. Students are able to complete School-to-Work assignments at the same site for
two consecutive semesters. Students who simply want to work during a portion of the school day should
consult their school counselor about other options.


Prerequisites: Senior standing. Student must be able to prove how the job experience can / will help them
with their career decisions. The STW packet must be completed with all required signatures and turned in to
the School-to-Work Coordinator for approval BEFORE the 1st day of classes for the semester. Students who
add this class during the one-week drop/add period must complete the STW packets before the end of that
period. No exceptions.


Grading Requirements: Grades for School-to-Work will be pass/fail and will be based on the following
required criteria:

        Internship job attendance as evidenced by monthly time logs
        Semester reflection paper
        Quarterly evaluation from the internship supervisor (work site supervisor)


Attendance: Students are required to be on the job each school day during the hours for which they are
registered for credit. If a student needs to be absent, he/she must inform both the work site supervisor and the
LHS office.




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LAUREL HIGH SCHOOL
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Art/Culture Club
Art of the Ninja
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Drama Club
Economic Challenge
Future Farmers of America (FFA)
Spanish Club
Creative Writing Club (Literary Art Magazine)
Locomotive Express (Coffee Cart)
Poetry Club
Robotics Club
Rocket Club
Leo Club
Student Council
Outings Club
S.T.A.N.D.
National Honor Society

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Girls Basketball
Boys Basketball
Boys Football
Girls Cross Country
Boys Cross Country
Girls Volleyball
Boys Wrestling
Girls Track
Boys Track
Girls Golf
Boys Golf
Girls Softball
Girls Soccer
Boys Soccer
Speech, Drama and Debate
Cheerleading

Being involved in some type of club or activity can be of benefit to you. It can enrich your high
school experience; give you the chance to have a much fuller educational experience. Many of the
jobs, scholarships, and schools that you are going to be looking into soon will be looking to see how
involved you were. Give yourself a better chance by doing something besides just "school".




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DEPARTMENT                   TITLE                   CREDIT     PAGE

APPLIED AGRICULTURE          Applied-Ag I                   1    20
                             Applied-Ag II                  1    20
                             Applied-Ag III                 1    20
                             Applied-Ag IV                  1    20


ART                          Intro to Art – A (FA)          ½    21
                             Intro to Art – B (FA)          ½    21
                             Beginning Drawing (FA)         ½    21
                             Intermediate Drawing (FA)      ½    21
                             Beginning Painting (FA)        ½    21
                             Intermediate Painting (FA)     ½    21
                             Beginning 3-D (FA)             ½    21
                             Intermediate 3-D (FA)          ½    21
                             AP Art (FA)                    1    21

BUSINESS                     Accounting I                   1    23
                             Accounting II                  1    23
                             Business I                     1    23
                             Business II                    1    24
                             Business Marketing I           ½    24
                             Business Marketing II          ½    24
                             Advanced Computer App          ½    24
                             Web Page Design I              ½    24
                             Web Page Design II             ½    24
                             Information Lit & Tech         1    24
                             Enhanced Info Lit & Tech       1    24
                             Video Productions              ½    25

ENGLISH                      English 9                      1    26
                             Honors English 9               1    26
                             English 10                     1    26
                             Honors English 10              1    26
                             English 11                     1    26
                             Honors English 11              1    27
                             English 12                     1    27
                             AP. English Literature/Comp.   1     27
                             Journalism I                   ½    28
                             Creative Writing               ½    28
                             College Prep Writing           ½    28

FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES   World of FACS                  ½    29
                             La Cuisine I                   ½    29
                             La Cuisine II                  ½    29
                             Textile Design                 ½    29
                             Family Life                    ½    30
                             Advanced FACS                  ½    30




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FOREIGN LANGUAGE     Spanish I                     1      31
                     Spanish 2                     1      31
                     Spanish 3                     1      31
                     AP Spanish/Spanish 4          1      31
                     AP Spanish/Spanish 5          1      32

MATHEMATICS          Consumer Mathematics          1      33
                     General Algebra               1      33
                     Algebra I                     1      33
                     Geometry                      1      33
                     Algebra II                    1      33
                     Applied Technical Math        1       34
                     Trigonometry/Precalculus      1      34
                     AP Statistics                 1      34
                     AP Calculus                   1      34
                     Math Flow Chart                      36

MUSIC                Concert Band (FA)            1        37
                     Symphonic Band (FA)          1        37
                     Jazz Ensemble (FA)           1        37
                     Beginning Acoustic Guitar (FA) ½    37
                     Beginning Percussion Ensemble (FA) ½ 38
                     Advanced Percussion Ensemble (FA) ½ 38
                     Chorale (FA)                 1        38
                     Concert Choir (FA)           1        38
                     A Cappella Choir (FA)        1        39
                     Treble Choir (FA)            1        39

PHYSICAL EDUCATION   Freshmen PE/Health            ½      40
                     Sophomore PE/Health           ½      40
                     Advanced Physical Education   ½      40
                     Strength & Conditioning       ½      40

SCIENCE              Earth Science               1        41
                     Biology I                   1        41
                     Honors Biology I            1        41
                     Biology II                  1        41
                     Biochemistry                1        42
                     Chemistry                   1        42
                     Physics                     1        42
                     Honors Environmental Science 1       42




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SOCIAL STUDIES   World History                 1    43
                 United States History         1    43
                 Civics                        1    43
                 Honors Civics                 1    43
                 Street Law                    ½    44
                 World Affairs                 ½    44
                 Psychology                    ½    44
                 Montana History               ½    44
                 Geography                     ½    45
                 Post War Era (1946-1970)      ½    45
                 Age of Turmoil                ½    45

OTHER            Photography I (FA)             ½   46
                 Photography II (FA)            ½   46
                 Photography III (FA)           ½   46
                 Newspaper                      1   47
                 Yearbook                       1   47
                 Stage Craft (Theatre)(FA)      ½   48
                 Life Preparation Lab -Tutoring ½   48
                 EXCEL-Independent Study ½          48
                 NASA Class                     ½   48
                 Computer Programming           ½   48
                 School to Work                 ½   48
                 Big Brothers / Big Sisters     ½   48
                 Correctivr Reading            1    49
                 Enhanced Reading               ½   49

NON CREDIT       Teacher Assistant             0    50
                 Office Assistant              0    50
                 Math Lab                      0    50
                 Writing Lab                   0    50

FA = Fine Art




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APPLIED AGRICULTURE

Students enrolled in agriculture education will be involved in one or more type of SAE (supervised
agriculture experience); job placement, exploratory, or entrepreneurship. Each student will be required to
keep records in a portfolio. Computer technology will be included in all applied agriculture classes. Two
years of Applied Ag fulfills one science credit towards high school graduation.

Applied-Ag I          1 credit                         Grades 9-10
                      Prerequisites:                   None
                      Homework requirements:           Reading and writing assignments and work
experience in agriculture
Description: This introductory course is for boys and girls with an interest in animal science, Future
Farmers of America (FFA) organization, basic mechanical skills, and agricultural work experience. Class
time is spent on science, leadership areas, and mechanical skills.

Applied-Ag II        1 credit                         Grades 10-11-12
                     Prerequisites:                   Applied-Ag I
                     Homework requirements:           Reading and writing assignments and work
experience in agriculture
Description: This vocational agriculture course is the second stop in gaining agricultural training.
Leadership training with plant, crop and soil sciences total fifty percent of the class time. Mechanical
skills in areas of power tools, welding and shop maintenance total fifty percent of the class time.
Information gained from Vo-Ag I is the building block for the second level course normally taken by the
sophomore grade students.


Applied-Ag III       1 credit                        Grades 11-12
                     Prerequisites:                  Applied-Ag I, II or teacher approval
                     Homework requirements:          Reading and writing assignments and work
experience in agriculture
Description: Vocational agriculture at this level combines and builds upon previous agricultural
knowledge, both scientifically and mechanically. Agra-mechanical skills in small engines, electricity,
construction and machinery maintenance total approximately sixty percent of the time, while forty
percent of the time is devoted to the sciences (economics, animal health and reproduction, horticulture
and range science).

Applied-Ag IV        1 credit                            Grade 12
                     Prerequisites:                      Applied-Ag III or teacher approval
                     Homework requirements:              Reading and writing assignments and work
experience in agriculture
Description: Putting into practice previously gained knowledge and skills is the purpose of this course.
Agri-mechanics includes individual projects, machinery repair, maintenance and landscaping.
Agriculture credit, financing, leasing and business management become a large part of the science
activities. FFA leadership activities are often directed by these students.




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ART

I.           Introduction to Art- A – 1st semester (No prerequisites) ½ credit
             Introduction to Art- B – 2nd semester (prerequisite is Intro to Art A – 1st semester) ½ credit
Students will have the opportunity to get a full range of Art Knowledge such as Elements and Principles
of Design, Perspective drawings, and use of Media by practice. Students will also have the opportunity to
practice their creativity on art projects.

II.          Beginning Drawing & Intermediate Drawing- Semester Each ½ credit
A.                Beginning Drawing- (Need to have passed Intro to Art – both semesters
This class will be focused on how to create accurate drawing through proportion and value. Students will
be drawing from pictures, still lives and ideas from their head. Different techniques and media will be
explored. It is suggested that the students purchase a sketchbook. (any size)

B.                Intermediate Drawing- (Need to have passed Intro to Art – both semesters and Beg.
Drawing) ½ credit
Students will be using a variety of media to capture realistic and abstract presentation. They will also
have the opportunity to explore the human form through Figure drawing. The students will use problem
solving skills to create creative interpretations of the given assignments.

III.        Beginning Painting & Intermediate Painting- Semester Each
A.              Beginning Painting- (Need to have passed Intro to Art - both semesters) ½ credit
Students will begin by learning the importance of drawing and sketching to create a successful painting.
They will also be learning basic painting techniques. They will have the opportunity to work with
Tempera, Acrylic, and Watercolor paint. It is suggested that the students purchase a sketchbook. (any
size)

B.               Intermediate Painting- (Need to have passed Intro to Art , both semesters and Beg.
Painting) ½ credit
In this class students will be building on their knowledge from beginning painting and adding Oil
Painting this semester. There will be the opportunity to work on group murals on plywood possibly
displayed in the high school.

IV.         Beginning 3-D & Intermediate 3-D- Semester Each
A.               Beginning 3-D- (Need to have passed Intro to Art – both semesters) ½ credit
This class will intel beginning sculpture such as basic ceramic forms and techniques, carving forms from
foam, paper mache and other types of 3-D Media. A sketchbook is required by the student. It is
suggested that the students purchase a sketchbook. (any size)

B.              Intermediate 3-D- (Need to have passed Intro to Art, both semesters and Beg. 3-D)
                    ½ credit
Students will be adding onto their sculpture knowledge from beginning 3-D. They will get a chance to
throw clay on the wheel, work on group sculptures, and fine tune their skills using other media.

V.          AP- Full Year- (Need to have passed Intro to Art A and Art B, and 2 Intermediate classes)
                1 credit
Students will have the opportunity to create 24 artworks to be submitted to be scored in order to receive
college credit. The class will consist of Teacher & Student guided artwork. There will be Self and Group
Critiques. A sketchbook is required by the student. Price of portfolio submittal ranges between $80-90
dollars.


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Students who have finished….

8th grade- Can only take Intro to Art A and Intro to Art B during their freshman year.

Students who have completed Intro to Art A and Intro to Art B can take Beg. Drawing, Beg. Painting, or
Beg. 3-D. Students who have completed Beginning Drawing can take Intermediate Drawing. Students
who have completed Beginning Painting can take Intermediate Painting. Students who have completed
Beginning 3-D can take Intermediate 3-D.


*Students must take Intro to Art A before they can take Intro to Art B. Intro to Art A and Intro to Art B
will each be offered both semesters. The format of the curriculum creates a building process.




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BUSINESS

Course articulation is available through Montana State University-College of Technology (MSU-
COT)located in Billings and Northwest Community College (NWCC) in Powell, Wyoming. -Course
articulation is the granting of post-secondary credit to students who demonstrate proficiency in identified
curricular competencies. Awarding of credit through these agreements does not automatically enroll a
person into the named institution.

Accounting I       1 credit                          Grades 10-11-12
                   Prerequisites:                    None
                   Homework requirements:            Daily assignments
Description: Accounting moves from the simple to the complex. The emphasis is on the basic principles,
concepts and procedures of record keeping that every student must understand if he/she expects to have a
maximum opportunity when entering the world of business or continuing their education in the business
field. (A/B-MSU-COT/A-NWCC)

Accounting II        1 credit                          Grades 11-12
                     Prerequisites:                    Accounting I
                     Homework requirements:            Daily assignments
Description: Accounting II reinforces the basic accounting principles learned in Accounting I.
Partnership, departmentalized, and corporation accounting is discussed, along with the responsibilities,
duties and job descriptions of various entry level accounting positions. The course includes: 1)an
accounting packet simulation completed with use of an accounting software package 2)study of the
stock market by participation in a state wide stock market game and, 3)income tax preparation.

Business I                                               1 credit        Grades 10-11-12
                      Prerequisites:                     ILT or upper-class standing
Business I will introduce students to concepts associated with Business Management, Marketing,
Economics, Business Law, Personal Business and Business Communications. This course will cover the
basics of each of the before mentioned areas. Students will also use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and the
Internet. This class is a foundation for the Business II course.

Business II                                            1 credit        Grades 11-12

Business II will expand on the six concepts that were covered in Business I. Students in this course will
also look at how to start and run a business in Montana. Students will also use Microsoft Word,
PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher and the Internet. Students will be encouraged to participate in
BPA-Business Professionals of America.

       Business Marketing I                           1/2 credit     Grades 10-11-12
                Prerequisites:                         ILT or upper-class standing
Business Marketing is also a must take class for those interested in owning their own business or those
who want to major in business, advertising, or marketing in college. This class will show students how
marketing affects everyone-consumer or business owner-and how to be an effective marketer in today’s
competitive business world. The 4 P’s of marketing will be emphasized-Product, Price, Place and
Promotion. Students will develop a product and a marketing plan as a final project.




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Business Marketing II                          1/2 credit       Grades 10-11-12
           Prerequisites:                               ILT or upper-class standing
Business Marketing II takes the marketing course to the next level. Students will venture further into the
world of promotion, including selling and satisfying customers. Students will write an advertising plan
for the LHS Journalism Department in relation to the sales of the school yearbook. Students will explore
market research and learn why every successful business must know how to do this. E-commerce and E-
marketing will also be a focus of this semester class.

Advanced Computer Applications               1/2 credit      Grades 10-11-12
            Prerequisites:                   ILT or upper-class standing
Advanced Computer Applications will continue with the computer applications introduced in the ILT
class. We will expand on Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Adobe Photoshop,
Digital cameras, and scanner.

Web Design I                                     ½ credit       Grades 10-12
               Prerequisites: ILT
Description: This course is designed to provide the basic fundamentals of web page design and use in our
information age. Students will be given instruction in HTML and web page design software
(Dreamweaver) used in the development of basic web pages. Students will follow simulations to help
develop knowledge in setting up webpages, creating framesets, adding animation, and setting links.

Web Design II                                    ½ credit      Grades 10-12
                 Prerequisites: Web Design I or Instructor Permission
Description: This course is designed to provide the fundamentals of web page design and use in our
information age. Students will use web design software (Dreamweaver) to develop professional quality
web pages. Along with creating their own personal web pages, students will learn how to post to the web,
update an existing site, and troubleshoot.

Information Literacy & Technology (ILT)                  1 credit         Grades 9-10-11-12
                                                         Required of all 9th graders
Description: This course consists of 3 major strands. 1) Information Literacy - how to locate, process,
interpret and analyze data and information on the "electronic information highway". Students will learn
how to research using the electronic library databases and the internet. Upon completion of this course,
students will be able to collect and analyze data. 2) Information Technology - brief introduction to a
variety of Microsoft applications including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, FrontPage, and Access.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to produce useful products from data collected.
Students will utilize knowledge and skills from 1 and 2 above to complete a 9th grade English project. 3)
Careers- identifying personal interests and strengths and exploring a variety of career options. Based
upon this exploration, the student will build a career portfolio.

Enhanced Information literacy & Technology (E-ILT) 1 credit                Grades 9-10-11-12
                                                                       Required of all 9th graders
Description: This course is designed for students with prior computer experience who are competent with
a variety of Microsoft applications. The three (3) major strands as described in ILT will also be covered
in this course, however, at a faster pace and in greater depth.




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Video Productions                                               ½ credit            Grades 11-12
       Prerequisites: Passed ILT with a C or better.         (Class size limited to ten students)

Description: This course is provided for students who want to learn about equipment, scripting, sound,
camera work, and production. Emphasis in this course is on planning, researching, scripting, producing
and directing visual projects in video format. This hands-on approach offers students the opportunity to
learn about topics from studio lighting, camera angles, and full scale productions. Students will work their
way through projects that include interviews, commercials, scoreboard screen videos, and movies.
Students planning to further their communication education after high school will find this course an
excellent step in that direction.




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ENGLISH

English 9            1 credit                        Grade 9
                     Required of all freshmen
                     Homework requirements:          Daily reading, writing and speaking assignments
Description: A literature-based course introducing the following: reading, writing, speaking, listening,
thinking, media, literature and the English language. To be studied: short stories, poetry, plays, non-
fiction, the novel, grammar and composition. Evaluations will be based on quizzes, tests, vocabulary
work, writing assignments, projects.

Honors English 9      1 credit                        Grades 9
                      Prerequisites:                  See page 3 for Honors Course criteria.
                      Summer reading requirement: Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
                      Homework requirements:          Students can expect daily homework, and full-
accountability for those reading and writing assignments.
Description: Honors English 9 will address the same standards, benchmarks, and learning essentials as
the regular English 9 course curriculum; but this course will be accelerated, use different and more
advanced required readings, and go into much greater depth. Class time will be devoted to lecture, class
discussion and argumentation, advanced level discussions of writing techniques, other English skills, and
student presentations.

English 10           l credit                        Grade 10
                     Required of all sophomores
                     Homework requirements:          Daily reading, writing and speaking assignments.
Description: A literature-based course developing the following: reading, writing, speaking, listening,
thinking, media, literature and the English language. To be studied: short stories, poetry, plays, non-
fiction, the novel, grammar and composition. Evaluations will be based on tests, quizzes, vocabulary
work and writing assignments.

Honors English 10 1 credit                             Grades 10
                      Prerequisites:                   See page 3 for Honors Course criteria.
                      Summer reading requirement: 1984 by G. Orwell
                      Homework requirements:           Students can expect daily homework, and full-
accountability for those reading and writing assignments.
Description: Honors English 10 will be accelerated, use different and more advanced required readings,
and go into much greater depth. Class time will be devoted to lecture, class discussion and argumentation,
advanced level discussions of writing techniques, critical thinking skills, other English skills, and student
presentations.


English 11         1 credit                              Grade 11
                                                         Required of all juniors
                      Homework requirements:             Daily reading, writing and speaking assignments.
Description: An American literature-based course maintaining the following: reading, writing, speaking,
listening, thinking, media, literature and the English language. To be studied: short stories, poetry, plays,
non-fiction, the novel, grammar and composition. Evaluations will be based on tests, quizzes, vocabulary
work and writing assignments.




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Honors English 11 1 credit                             Grades 11
                      Prerequisites:                   See page 3 for Honors Course criteria.
                      Summer reading requirement: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
                                                  by M. Twain
                      Homework requirements:           Students can expect daily homework, and full-
accountability for the reading and writing assignments
Description: Honors English 11 will be accelerated, use different and more advanced required readings,
and go into much greater depth. Class time will be devoted to lecture, class discussion and
argumentation, advanced level discussions of writing techniques, other English skills, and student
presentations.

English 12           1 credit                           Grade 12
                     Homework requirements:             Daily reading, writing, and speaking assignments
Description: The course was designed to provide all senior students with a solid communication art
foundation. Concentration in: workplace skills (1st quarter), speech/research (2nd Quarter), composition
(3rd Quarter), and Montana literature/reading (4th Quarter) culminating in a Senior Portfolio.


AP English Literature and Composition
                      1 credit                            Grade 12
                       Prerequisites:                     See page 3 for Honors Course criteria.
Summer reading requirement: The Grapes of Wrath by J. Steinbeck.
Homework Requirements: Class time will be devoted to lecture, discussion, group work, and student
presentations. Critical thinking skills, analysis, and argumentation will lead students to greater intellectual
awareness of self, literature, and history. Daily homework, whether reading or writing assignments, will
be given. Quality work will be expected in all facets of the class.

Fees: Anticipate approximately $85 for AP exam.
Description: An AP English course in Literature and Composition engages students in the careful reading
and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students
deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for
their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such
smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.

 In short, students in an AP English Literature and Composition course read actively. The works taught in
the course require careful deliberative reading. The approach to analyzing and interpreting the material
involves students in learning how to make careful observations of textual detail, establish connections
among their observations, and draw from those connections a series of inferences leading to an
interpretive conclusion about a piece of writing’s meaning and value.


Journalism I                                       1/2 credit       Grades 9-12       Semester
                        Prerequisite:                       None
Homework requirements:                                     Meeting writing assignment deadlines including
news, feature, sports, editorial, opinion and related stories.
A news story should not be about the reporter's opinions, because that is not what readers want or
expect. The important thing is that you get it right, and that you report all sides fairly.
This class is one semester and is open to students who plan to continue and be part of the Journalism team
that produces/publishes the school newspaper and yearbook. Journalism ethics, news writing concepts
and story structure are emphasized. A solid background in English skills (grammar, conventions and
spelling) are important. This is to be taken only once and will be considered an English elective.


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Creative Writing      1/2 credit                        Grades 10-11-12
                      Prerequisites:                    English 9
                      Homework requirements:            Daily writing assignments, most in-class, some
out-of-class writing assignments.
Description: Creative writing will work with individual students and writings to improve the creativity
and the writing skills of the students. They will explore ways of expressing themselves in poetry, stories,
essays, and drama. Evaluations will be based on writings, journal-writing, and reading projects.


College Prep Writing                                 1/2 credit       Grade 11-12
                      Prerequisites:                 English 9 & 10
                      Homework requirements:         Daily writing assignments, most in-class, some
out-of-class writing assignments.
Description: College Prep Writing is a class designed and highly recommended for college bound
students. The course will cover areas related to the composition process as it relates to college
expectations, to include: essay-writing; creative-writing; journals; descriptive, narrative, persuasive
papers; and a major research paper/project. Some reading is also required, as well as speaking and group
projects. Evaluations will be based on writings, some vocabulary study, projects and some quizzes. All
major papers are required to be typed.




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FACS – FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE


The Family and Consumer Science curriculum aims to educate all students for successful personal and
family living. Experiential opportunities involve lab work, field trips, use of current technology, guest
speakers and a variety of “hands-on, minds-on” learning activities. Career education is woven throughout
the curriculum.


World Of FCS – 1 semester                        ½ credit                Target Grades 9 and 10
                                                                      Juniors and Seniors may also enroll
Prerequisite: none

Description: World of Family and Consumer Science is designed to give the student an overall exposure
to the Family and Consumer Science curriculum. Students will be introduced to the multiple areas in the
FCS department. These areas included: housing, furnishings and equipment, foods, nutrition, resource
and money management, clothing, textiles, human development and relationships. As the student
explores these areas they will also be exposed to the vast career options to them. This course is a
prerequisite for Textile Design and LaCuisine. A passing grade is required in World of FCS to take
advanced classed in the curriculum.

La Cuisine I – 1 semester                        ½ credit                         Grades 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Passing Grade inWorld of FCS

Description: This semester-long class is designed to give the student advanced techniques in food
preparation, special diets, professional and gourmet cooking using equipment and garnishes as well as
preparing of food and services for special occasions. It will help students understand the significance of
food, principles of nutrition, and the relationship of nutrition to health and well-being.

La Cuisine II – 1 semester                       ½ Credit                        Grades 10-12

Prerequisites: World of FCS and La Cuisine I


Description: LaCuisine 2 is for the student who has completed LaCuisine 1. It is designed for students
to learn advanced techniques of food preparation. This course will include preparation of special diets for
people throughout the life cycle and with specific dietary needs. Emphasis will be placed on professional
and gourmet cooking, including the use of equipment, garnishes, techniques and presentation. Also
included will be preparing of food and services for special occasions. Students are evaluated on lab
experiences, group work, assignments, and written tests.


Textile Design – 1 semester                      ½ credit                  Grades 9 – 12

Prerequisite: World of FCS

Description: Enjoy a couple of fabric surface design techniques such as tie dye, stamping and painting.
Explore the world of fibers and their unique characteristics. Try your hand at sewing. Create a quilt that
will dazzle your family and friends. Most of all learn about the relaxation and peace that sewing provides
to your life. Student evaluation will be based on demonstrating an understanding of techniques, projects



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created, and use of time. The cost of the course will depend on what projects the student selects. The
cost will be the responsibility of the student.

Family Life – 1 semester                         ½ credit                Grades 10 – 12

Prerequisite: none

Description: This course is designed to help students think through the responsibilities, satisfaction and
stresses of parenthood. Many types of parenting situations are examined. Stress prevention and
management, the work of community agencies that help parents deal with various types of parenting
crisis, and the importance of readiness for parenthood. Careful management of time, energy and financial
needs in raising a family will be stressed. The student will have the opportunity to care for “RealCare
Baby.” The student is not required to care for the “RealCare Baby.” Student evaluation will be
based on daily work, participation and attendance in class, independent research, responsibility shown on
projects as well as a variety of assessments.


Advanced FACS – Entrepreneurship – 1 semester            ½ credit              Grades 10 – 12

Prerequisite: Textile Design

Description: Do you enjoy a hands on learning environment? This course is designed for the student
who has a sincere desire to study an area of Family and Consumer Science in more detail. This can
include, but is not limited to, foods, sewing, crafts, or interior designing. Class work will be contracted
between instructor and student at the beginning of the semester. Students may elect to take this class
more than once and receive credit each time as long as it is in a different discipline.




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FOREIGN LANGUAGE



     Spanish 1                              1 credit             Grades 9-10-11-12
                 Homework requirements: Varies, daily assignments, weekly quizzes, unit tests,
                                            and projects
     Description: The beginning level establishes a basis for communicating in Spanish. Skills are
     developed in comprehension, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. An awareness of
     Hispanic culture is fostered. Success in second language acquisition is closely related to good
     attendance and study habits.



     Spanish 2                                1 credit       Grades 10-11-12
                 Prerequisites:               Spanish 1
                 Homework requirements: Varies, daily assignments, weekly quizzes, unit tests,
                                              and projects
     Description: This course continues the development of communication skills and cultural
     awareness. The foundations acquired in Spanish I are expanded upon and refined. Good
     attendance and study habits contribute to success.



     Spanish 3                               1 credit               Grades 11-12
                 Prerequisites:              Spanish 2
                 Homework requirements: Varies, daily assignments, weekly quizzes, unit tests,
                                             and projects
     Description: Communication skills are developed in comprehension, listening, speaking, reading
     and writing. A deeper understanding of the similarities and differences between Hispanic and
     Anglo world is developed through literature, films and cultural studies.



     AP Spanish/Spanish 4                                           1 credit Grades 11-12
                 Prerequisites:               Spanish 3
                 Homework Requirements: Varies, daily assignments, weekly quizzes, unit tests,
                                              and projects.
                 Fees:                        Anticipate approximately $85 for AP exam.
     Description: Communication skills are developed in language comprehension, listening,
     speaking, reading and writing. More advanced language structures will be targeted as language
     competency continues to be developed. Students will also work on culturally related projects and
     consider cultural issues in the Hispanic world. Though this fluency is continually developed
     through classroom practice in the skills typical of the language arts: comprehension and
     expression through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. At this level students prepare to
     take the AP test for college credit or following this course, take college placement tests or the
     CLEP test for advanced placement at the University level.




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AP Spanish/Spanish 5
1 credit           Grades 11-12
         Prerequisites:                   Spanish 4
         Homework Requirements:          Varies-daily assignments in reading and writing, quizzes,
                                          unit tests, projects and essay writing.
          Fees:                           Anticipate approximately $85 for AP exam.
Description: Communication skills are developed in language comprehension, listening,
speaking, reading and writing. More advanced language structures will be targeted as language
proficiency continues to be developed. The focus of this course centers on more literary-based
sources and writing refinement. Students will also work on culturally-related projects and
consider cultural issues in the Hispanic world. Fluency is stressed. At this level students prepare
to take the AP test for college credit, college placement tests, or the CLEP test for placement at
the University level.




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MATHEMATICS


 In all math classes, appropriate use of technology will be stressed. Graphing calculators will be provided
for classroom use. It is recommended that students at the Algebra 2 level or above purchase a graphing
calculator for use on outside class work. The math teachers recommend the Texas Instruments 83, 83
Plus, 84, or 84 Plus. If students purchase a different calculator, they need to learn how to use it on their
own.



Consumer Mathematics 1 credit                          Grade 11-12
                     Homework requirements:            Daily assignments
                     Description: Anyone who has passed Geometry or Algebra II cannot take this class.
The course stresses emphasis on basic arithmetic for consumer and business use. Topics covered include:
personal cash and bank records, consumer buying problems, computing wages and deductions, travel and
transportation, borrowing money, life insurance and investments, home expenditures, taxes, merchandise
discounts and an introduction to the metric system.

General Algebra       1 credit                         Grades 9-10-11-12
                      Prerequisites:                   Department recommendation
                      Homework requirements:           Daily assignments
                      Description: General Algebra is designed to prepare students for Algebra 1 and
Consumer Math as well as other high school level math courses. We will concentrate on the progression
of the student’s basic math skills, including their number sense, and attitude towards mathematics.
General Algebra builds an understanding of various expressions, equations, and inequalities. Students will
use basic tools of algebra; begin to use algebra to model real world problems, become competent with
linear functions, and use graphs and other models to represent data.



   Algebra I         1 credit                            Grades 9-10-11-12
                     Homework requirements:              Daily assignments
                     Description: This course covers basic algebra concepts including real numbers,
algebraic models and equations, functions, measurement, data analysis, probability and statistics.
Students will demonstrate understanding of shapes and the ability to use geometry. These topics will be
addressed in a problem solving environment designed to improve mathematical reasoning and
communication.
   Geometry          1 credit                            Grades 9-10-11-12
                     Prerequisites:                  Algebra I (may be taken concurrently with Algebra II)
                     Homework requirements:              Daily assignments
                     Fee:                                Anticipate purchasing a calculator with
trigonometric functions. Graphing calculators are not necessary.
                     Description: A branch of mathematics that deals with the measurement, properties
and relationship of point lines, planes, angles and solids through inductive and deductive reasoning.


  Algebra II        1 credit                         Grades 10-11-12
                    Prerequisites:                   Algebra I & Geometry (Geometry may be taken
concurrently with department permission and consent of the instructor)


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                     Homework requirements:           Daily assignments
                     Description: This course builds on the foundation of skills learned in Algebra I and
Geometry to introduce new concepts in Mathematics. Among these concepts are solving systems of
linear equations, polynomial functions, logarithmic functions and conic sections. This course is a
prerequisite for Pre-Calculus, AP Statistics, Chemistry and Physics. It is also a preparatory class for
mathematics requirements in most post secondary fields of study including many courses at the College
of Technology.

Applied Technical Math
                     1 credit                            Grades 11 -12
                     Prerequisites:                      Algebra II and Geometry
                     Homework requirements:              Daily assignments
Description: Applied Technical Math is a course designed for 3rd and 4th year math students to continue
taking math courses beyond Algebra 2, but not necessarily wanting a college preparatory course. The
content of this course will be using applications of algebra, geometry and trigonometry to solve real-life
problems in technical and financial areas. These areas will include, but are not limited to, construction,
automotive technology and personal finance.



   Trig/Precalculus 1 credit                            Grade 11-12
                     Prerequisites:                     Algebra II
                     Homework requirements:             Daily assignments
                     Description: This class will be divided into two parts. They are Precalculus and
Trigonometry. The Precalculus topics will involve functions, equations and inequalities, exponents and
logarithms, analytic geometry, matrices and limits. The trigonometric topics involve the six
trigonometric functions, graphs, equations, identities and proofs, and applications. Graphing calculators
will be used extensively.


  AP Statistics       1 credit                          Grades 11-12
                      Prerequisites:                    Students must have completed an Algebra II or
higher mathematics course.
                      Homework requirements:            Daily assignments.
                      Fees:                             Anticipate approximately $80 for AP exam.
          Description: This is an elective mathematics class designed for students interested in the
collecting and analysis of statistical data. The students will learn how to use standard deviation, graph
analysis, probability, and population distribution, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation, sampling
and confidence intervals as they pertain to real life statistics. Graphing calculators will be used
extensively throughout this class. These calculators will be provided. Most college bound students will
find this course useful and relevant. For the Advanced Placement test the topics are divided into four
major themes: exploratory analysis (20%-30% of the examination), planning and conducting a study
(10%-15% of the examination), probability (20%-30% of the examination), and statistical inference
(30%-40% of the examination).


AP Calculus         1 credit                           Grade 12
                    Prerequisites:                     Trig/Pre Calculus
                    Homework requirements:             Daily assignments.
                    Description: The calculus class will involve the use of derivatives and integrals of all
functions. There will be applications of derivatives involving distance, velocity, and acceleration; length,


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area, volumes, business, engineering, science, and mathematical applications. The integral will involve
Riemann sums, finding single and double integrals, and applications involving science, math and
business. There will be an option at the end of the course for those who wish to take the AP calculus test.
Graphing calculators will be used extensively in this class.




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Math Course Sequencing Chart




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MUSIC

Concert Band         1 credit                           Grades 9-10-11-12
(FA)                 Prerequisites:                     Must contact director for placement
                     Homework requirements:             1) Weekly practice outside of class
                                                        2) Occasional mandatory sectionals
3) Participation in all home concerts and other special performances as they occur.
Description: The objective of the concert band is to give interested students an opportunity to learn and
perform a great variety of music literature ranging from classical to pop. Students will also be part of the
Laurel High School Marching Band and will have the opportunity to be involved with the pep band, jazz
ensemble, and solo and ensemble festivals.

Symphonic Band       1 credit                           Grades 9-10-11-12
(FA)                 Prerequisites:                     Must contact director for placement
                     Homework requirements:             1) Weekly practice outside of class
                                                        2) Occasional mandatory sectional
3) Participation in all home concerts and other special performances as they occur.
Description: The Symphonic Band will be made up of advanced instrumental students. Emphasis will be
placed on the quality of the musical production as well as the quality of the music to be performed. The
Symphonic Band will represent LHS at the Eastern "A" and District Music Festivals. Students will also
be part of the Laurel High School Marching Band and will have the opportunity to be involved with the
pep band, jazz ensemble, and solo and ensemble festivals.

Jazz Ensemble          1/2 credit                       Grades 9-10-11-12
(FA)                   Prerequisites:                   Must contact director for placement. This course
is open to students from the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, or choral programs that play a standard jazz
ensemble instrument (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, or percussion). Any LHS student who plays bass
guitar, electric guitar or piano may enter.
                       Homework requirements:           1) Occasional required sectionals
2) Participation in all home concerts and other special performances as they occur.
Description: The Jazz Ensemble will study many forms of music including swing, rock, funk, Latin, etc.
They will also focus on improvisation and write their own charts.

Beginning Acoustic Guitar
(FA)        Prerequisites:                             1/2 credit      Grades 10-12
                     Students must provide their instrument. Due to class size limitations, priority will be
given to older students and instructor consent must be secured prior to registration. Instructor approval is
required.
                     Homework requirements:            Approximately one hour of at-home practice per
                                                       week.
To be offered on an every-other year basis. Next available time is during 2011-12 school year.

Description: Previous guitar experience is not necessary. Students will be able to learn rhythm and lead
guitar of various styles as well as do work in guitar ensembles. Extensive music theory will be covered
on a daily basis as well as short, in-class performances (master classes) once a week. Approximately one
hour of at-home practice will be required per week. Grades are based on class participation, performing
assigned work and/or master class performances. Accommodations for electric guitar and bass guitar
will only be made for students involved with the Jazz Band. Either steel or nylon string guitars are
acceptable.


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Beginning Percussion Ensemble                           1/2 credit      Grades 9-10-11-12
(FA)                   Prerequisites:                   Due to class size limitations, priority will be given
to older students and instructor consent must be secured prior to registration. Instructor approval is
required
* Students must provide their own snare drum sticks (wood tipped size 5B recommended)
* There is a $20 equipment use fee for this class.
                       Homework requirements:           1) Regular at-home practice
2) Participation in all home concerts and other special performances as they occur.
Description: This course is open to any student that wishes to participate in a musical ensemble.
Students will become part of “Drumline” style performing group. Students will learn basic note reading
and counting skills, stick technique, and drum rudiments. Various percussion instruments will be used,
including a variety of drums, keyboard percussion and improvised percussion instruments. This is an
ensemble class, and students will be expected to practice and perform together. Grades are based on class
participation, mastering basic skills, and performances.


Advanced Percussion Ensemble                            1/2 credit      Grades 9-10-11-12
(FA)                   Prerequisites:                   Beginning Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, or
Symphonic Band
* Students must provide their own snare drum sticks (wood tipped size 5B recommended)
* There is a $20 equipment use fee for this class.
                       Homework requirements:           1) Regular at-home practice
2) Participation in all home concerts and other special performances as they occur.
Description: This course is a continuation of Beginning Percussion ensemble. Students will develop
more advanced skills in music reading and percussion ensemble performance. Students will write a short
piece of drum ensemble music as a final project in this class.


       Chorale                                            1 credit        Grades 9-10-11-12
(FA)                   Prerequisites:                      Must contact director for placement
                       Homework requirements:              l) Occasional mandatory sectionals
 2) Participation in all concerts and other special performances as they occur.
Description: This course is an entry level choir. The students will learn the basic skills of proper vocal
production. At the same time, they will begin the development of skills used in singing harmony and
reading musical notation. Songs of various musical styles will be used to develop these skills.



Concert Choir          1 credit                         Grades 9-10-11-12
(FA)                   Prerequisites:                   Must contact director for placement
                       Homework requirements:           1) Occasional mandatory sectionals
2) Participation in all home concerts and other special performances as they occur.
Description: Concert Choir is designed to further develop the skills begun in Chorale. Because of the
previous experience in Chorale, Concert Choir students will have a more mature vocal sound and
musically polished performance. Emphasis will be placed on becoming an "independent" choral singer
and a moderately accomplished sight reader. Solo and ensemble opportunities will be available to those
students interested in really growing musically. In addition, Concert Choir will have the opportunity to
perform at District Music Festival.




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A Cappella Choir     1 credit                         Grades 9-10-11-12
(FA)                 Prerequisites:                   Must contact director for placement
                     Homework requirements:           1) Required sectionals
2) All home concerts and any other special performances as they occur
Description: This course is designed for the advanced singer and musically motivated student. Emphasis
will be placed on the quality of the musical production as well as the quantity of literature which will be
sung. A Cappella Choir will represent LHS at the Eastern "A" and District Music Festivals. In keeping
with the name of the choir, a significant quantity of literature will be performed "without
accompaniment".

Treble Choir           1 credit                         Grades 9-10-11-12
(FA)                   Prerequisites:                   Must contact director for placement
                       Homework requirements:           1) Occasional mandatory sectionals.
2) Participation in all home concerts and other special performances as they occur.
Description: Treble Choir is a choir for treble voices. These are open to male or female voices that fall
into the Soprano and Alto ranges. Basic skills of proper vocal production, maturity of sound, and
becoming an independent choral singer and sight reader will be developed in this ensemble. The students
will be exposed to a wide variety of cultures and styles through the music.




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PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH

Freshman Physical Education and Health                   1/2 credit       Grade 9
Description: Physical Education is taught three days a week. Students will be able to demonstrate
knowledge and skills which better enable participation in group and team sports through activities such as
volleyball, speedball, team handball, soccer, softball, flag football, and ultimate Frisbee. Students will be
able to access physical fitness level and participate in activities that will improve physical fitness,
wellness and cardiovascular capacity through activities such as the Presidential Physical Fitness Tests,
plyometric training, and strength and conditioning exercises. Students will be able to improve movement
using rhythm through activities such as aerobics and circuits to music. Health is taught two days a week.
Areas of instruction will include nutrition, movement, sexuality, decision-making skills, Fetal Alcohol
Syndrome, Basic First Aid, Lifestyle management, current health issues, aging, death and dying.


Sophomore Physical Education and Health                  1/2 credit       Grade 10
Description: Physical Education is taught three days a week. Students will be able to demonstrate
knowledge and skills which better enable participation in group and team sports through activities such as
volleyball, speedball, team handball, soccer, softball, flag football, and ultimate Frisbee. Students will be
able to assess physical fitness level and participate in activities that will improve physical fitness,
wellness and cardiovascular capacity through activities such as the Presidential Physical Fitness Tests,
plyometric training, and strength and conditioning exercises. Students will be able to improve movement
through rhythm through activities such as aerobics and circuits to music. Health is taught two days a
week.      Areas of instruction will include sexuality, HIV/AIDS/STD’s drug/alcohol abuse,
domestic/relationship issues, current health issues and decision making skills.


Advanced Physical Education                               1/2 credit       Grades 11-12
                   Prerequisites:                         Successful completion with a C or better in 9th &
                                                           10th grade P.E.
Description: This course is designed for junior and senior students who want to continue participating in
a variety of team and individual sports and physical activities with an emphasis on developing a healthy
lifestyle. Each activity may include daily exercise, stretching, skills, drills, games and tournaments. The
course will build on the intermediate curriculum including such activities as volleyball, softball, flag
football, ultimate Frisbee, speedball, soccer, folf, and bowling. This course will push students to the next
level of competition and will demand a high level of participation and effort. Fitness development will
also be included.


Strength & Conditioning                                   1/2 credit       Grades 9-10-11-12
                   Prerequisites:                         1st time enrollment: none
                                                          Repeat enrollment: Must have a C or higher in
                                                          previous semester of strength & conditioning class.
                      (Grades 10-11-12 will have preference based on enrollment figures)
Description: Strength and Conditioning is taught five days a week. This class is designed to improve
cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, muscle flexibility and body coordination of all students in the
program. The class will expose students to various exercise philosophies and techniques which could be
utilized throughout life. It will also provide direction and instruction in proper and safe lifting techniques.
The student will experience success in a goal-oriented program. The class will offer a variety of
programs that will alternate between upper body, lower body, core training, and aerobic conditioning
days.


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SCIENCE

Earth Science        1 credit                          Grades 9-10-11-12
                     Prerequisites:                    Concurrent enrollment in a math course
                     Homework requirements:            Daily assignments
Description: The study of Earth Science will give students a basic knowledge of Astronomy, Meteorology
and Geology. The first semester is devoted to the study of the metric system, stars/galaxies, the solar
system and earth's atmosphere. The second semester focuses on earth's weather patterns and systems, the
hydrosphere, minerals, rocks and earth forming processes.

Biology I                                                1 credit         Grades 9-10-11-12
                        Prerequisites:                   Basic interest in learning about the science of
"life". Students should have a disciplined attitude towards learning scientific
                                                         information and have a naturally inquiring mind.
                        Homework requirements:           Students will be asked to integrate lecture, reading,
discussion, and other resources, such as the library, audio-visual materials,
and guest speakers. Learning responsibility is placed on the student in this class: Note taking, thorough
reading, active
participation in labs and discussions, good listening skills, and a motivated attitude, are all required to
succeed in this class.
Description: Biology I is the generalized study of life--both microscopic and macroscopic--and this class
will detail life's cellular development, organization, and specialization. Students will learn the importance
of biology in their lives through the study of basic anatomy, chemistry, genetics, cellular biology,
invertebrate zoology, and botany. Lab work and organism dissection will complement the learning
process by involving students in problem solving and personal exploration.

Honors Biology I      1 credit                            Grades 9-10
                      Prerequisites:                      See page 3 for Honors Course criteria.
                      Homework requirements:              The advanced nature of the material, as well as the
rapid pacing makes this class an intellectual challenge, requiring students to engage in extensive reading
of enormously complex material, note taking, lecture, discussions, and lab work, such as microscopy and
dissection. Students who choose to take this class are expected to readily engage in extensive amounts of
reading, writing, and memorization, all of which requires a student on a daily basis, including weekends!
Emphasis will be placed on the consistent achievement of high quality work and the practice of higher
levels of thinking, such as abstraction, analysis, and synthesis.
Description: Honors Biology is a one year course covering four main topics: (1) Cellular Biology, (2)
Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity, (3) Plant Form and Function; and (4) Animal Form and
Function. This class is a prerequisite for Advanced Honors Biology. Honors Biology students will be
using college level texts, internet resources, and libraries as primary sources of information, students will
learn at an accelerated pace, covering a greater amount of academic material than a typical one-year high
school biology class.

Biology II                                              1 credit        Grades 10-11-12
                     Prerequisites:                     Biology I. Students will continue their study of
human life; students are expected to have a serious attitude towards learning scientific information.
                     Homework requirements:             See the "work requirements" stated for Biology I.
Biology II students should be aware that class work and homework are more demanding in this class than
in Biology I. Students will be held accountable for learning and producing quality work.
Description: Biology II students will review basic concepts learned in Biology I only as needed. Cellular
organization and function, taxonomy, genetics, evolution, and bio-chemistry concepts will be covered.


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Vertebrate zoology, with emphasis on adaptation comparison, will include laboratory dissections.
Students will incorporate text learning with lectures, audio-visual presentations, speakers, and possible
field trips.

Biochemistry          1 credit                            Grades 11-12
                      Prerequisites:                      See page 3 for Honors Course criteria. Must take
Biology I and II or Honors Biology I and Chemistry.
                      Homework requirements:              Class work will revolve around lecture, class
discussions, text readings, audio-visual aids, reference materials, and lab sessions. Organized note taking
in class is required, and daily homework assignments will be given involving high level reading, writing
and thinking. Class projects will be assigned, and students will be making oral and written reports.
Description: Coursework will include in-depth looks into cellular biology, genetics, general zoology,
botany, and chemistry. Challenging units in biochemistry, biomechanics, evolution, ecology, and
embryology will be presented. A review of Chemistry fundamentals will be followed by the presentation
of college level topics in bonding, reaction energies and rates, equilibrium and organic chemistry. In
addition, an in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology will be supplemented by the required
dissection of an adult rat. Historical trends, current events, and future prospects and implications that deal
with the biological sciences will be emphasized, giving the Biochemistry student a good knowledge base
that will be invaluable throughout his/her adult lives.

Chemistry                                                1 credit         Grades 10-12
                     Prerequisites:                      Algebra II (concurrent), 2 years of science or
permission of instructor
                     Homework requirements:              Reading and written assignments
Description: This course is designed to provide an introductory course in historical and modern
chemistry which may be used as a college preparatory class or a terminal class in science. Topics
include: history of science, atomic structure, periodic law, bonding, energy, properties and phases of
matter, solutions, acids, bases, salts, oxidation-reduction, neutralization, electrochemistry, biochemistry,
nuclear chemistry, chemical relationships and organic chemistry.


Physics                                                   1 credit         Grade 12
                     Prerequisites:                        Algebra II, Trigonometry (concurrently).
                                                          Two years of science or permission of instructor.
                     Homework requirements:               Reading and written assignments
Description: This course is designed to present basic physics concepts that may be used as a college
preparatory class. Topics included are: metric measurement, friction, torque, Newton's Laws, velocity,
acceleration, momentum, curvilinear motion, simple harmonic motion, work, power, efficiency, wave
motion, light, sound, lenses, refraction, reflection, diffraction, optics, electricity, magnetism and particle
physics. Mathematical concepts will be reviewed as needed.

Honors Environmental Science                         1 credit         Grades11-12
                   Prerequisites:                    Two years of lab science. (1 year of Biology and 1
year                                                 of Chemistry); Algebra 1.
                   Homework requirements:            Reading and written assignments
Description: The goal of the course is to provide college bound students with the scientific principles,
concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify
and analyze environmental problems both natural and man-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated
with these problems and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them.
Environmental science is interdisciplinary: it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of
study.


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SOCIAL STUDIES


World History        1 credit                          Grade 10
                                                       Required of all 10th graders
                      Homework requirements:           Daily assignments
Description: This course is designed to give students a basic background to both pre-history and recorded
history, centering primarily on Western Civilizations. The key people, cultures, ideas, events, inventions
and geographic developments will be highlighted so that students can become aware of what has preceded
them in human history. Students will learn more about who they are, what they are, where they may be
headed and what the future might bring.


United States History                                   1 credit         Grade 11
                                                        Required of all llth graders
                    Homework requirements:              Some assignments given
Description: A course covering the history of the United States. It begins with the rise of nation-states in
Europe and their subsequent exploration and colonizing efforts. It then traces the development of the
North Atlantic colonies into its sovereign states and the establishment of the federal system. Subsequent
information covers the expansion and development of the United States under the guidance of each of its
presidents.

Civics                                                   1 credit         Grade 12
                                                         Required of all 12th graders
                      Homework requirements:             Varied assignments using the textbook and other
source materials. In-depth reading required as well as independent study for written projects.
Description: Civics is a full year required course for graduating seniors designed to acquaint students
with the rights, privileges, responsibilities and obligations we share as citizens of American democracy.
Emphasis is given to the study of the function and structure of the U.S. Constitution and American
government. Students will explore a variety of constitutional and social issues, analyze current events,
and become aware of the citizenship skills needed to participate in contemporary society.


Honors Civics                                            1 credit           Grade 12
                  Prerequisites:                         See page 3 for Honors Course criteria.
                Homework requirements:                   Honors civics students will learn at an
accelerated pace. Participants must be willing to devote time outside of the regular classroom period to
homework and projects.
Description:     The course will focus on an in-depth study of the fundamental principles underlying
American constitutional democracy. Students will study the historical and philosophical foundations of
our country's government, the organization or national and state governments, and the values and
principles embodied in the Constitution that have shaped American institutions and practices. Class
topics may include, but are not limited to a critical analysis of current events, service learning, public
policy and studies in comparative governments.




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Street Law                                        ½ credit                  Grade 10-11-12
                     Homework requirements:                Varies, outside reading
Description: Street Law is a course in practical law. Areas of law covered are 1] introduction to law and
the legal system, 2] criminal law , 3] civil law (Torts), 4] consumer law, 5] family and housing law, and
6] individual rights and liberties. Mock trials provide students some hands on experience with the legal
system. Class can only be taken once.


World Affairs        1/2 credit                                  Grades 11 -12
                     Requirements: Trace the background and basis of major world issues. Analyze
assigned readings. Develop intellectual skepticism and inquiry. Organize, develop, and write on
international social issues. Develop an awareness of current events. Attendance is required and
documented.

Description: Students will deal with controversial world issues by studying the background and current
status of various world conflicts and tensions. A variety of material will be examined to understand the
complexity and interdependence of the world’s nations. Topics of investigation and debate may include
the Middle East struggle, world starvation, terrorism, the arms race, international revolutions, and
international economic struggles as well other current political and economic world issues.


Psychology                                              1/2 credit                 Grade 12

                     Requirements: Analyze the nature and scope of Psychology. Understand childhood
development (prenatal, infancy and adolescence). Define behavior, and the role of senses and perception.
Differentiate learning-communication, memory and motivation. Understand emotions-definition, nature,
development and control. Identify theories of personality and counseling support systems. Explore
mental health and current implications in society. Investigate self image and self concepts related to
behavior. Investigate social interaction-dealing with groups. Define values awareness and role in
decision-making. Attendance is required and documented.

Description: Psychology is a social studies class that looks at individual human behavior. This course
will emphasize human growth and development, language development and communication skills,
motivation, emotions, and personality. The scope of the class will focus on practical application of
Psychology so that mental health and social interaction can be enhanced. Ability to discuss and share is a
necessary consideration of the class.


Montana History     1/2 Credit                                             Grades 9-10
                    Prerequisites:                     None
                    Homework requirements:             Daily assignments
Description: Students will become familiarized with the "Big Sky Country", both geographically and
historically. They will learn about Montana's exciting and colorful past, as well as her bright future as she
assumes her role as one of the greatest of all our fifty states. Some of the topics discussed are: pre-
historic Montana, the Lewis and Clark expedition, Indian tribes of Montana, the fur trade, the gold rush,
and many other segments of our state's history.




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Geography                                           1/2 credit                 Grades 9-10
                    Prerequisites:                  None
                    Homework requirements:          Daily assignments
Description: This is a unique subject where the whole semester is divided into a series of assignments,
doing research on the many places of the world. We will have projects dealing with Europe, Australia,
Asia, Antarctica, North America, Latin America and Africa.


Post War Era (1946-1970)                             1/2 credit                    Grade 11 -12
                     Homework requirements:          Varies
Description: Topics would include; The roots of social protest in the 1900's, the roots of people and main
events concerning the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's, the roots of people and
main events of the Women's Rights movement of the 1900's, the roots of people and main events of the
anti-war and anti-establishment movement of the 1960's and 1970's.

Age of Turmoil     1/2 credit                                           Grade 11 - 12
                   Homework requirements:            Varies
Description: This course is designed to be similar to a college level History course. It will cover the
History of America from 1900-1950 including: World War I, The 1920’s, The Great Depression, and
World War II. Much of our material will be researched by you the student and discussed in class. This is
a class where we can go more in depth into the issues, causes and effects, and future implications of the
material covered.




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OTHER ELECTIVE COURSES

Photography I (FA)             ½ credit         Grades 10-12     One Semester

Prerequisite:                  None
Required Materials:            1 gb flash drive
Homework Requirements:         Photography for final presentation
Lab Fee:                       $25.00 (due the first week of class)

       Ansel Adams said: “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

Photography I works across the curriculum and blends technology with the art of photography. Students
will spend class time learning about the digital camera, composition, techniques and Adobe
PhotoShopCS3. Students are required to supply their own flash drive for image storage. The school
provides each student with a digital camera.
This class may be taken only one time.

      Completing specified lessons from the Adobe PhotoShopCS3 Classroom-In-A-Book
      Taking pictures using instructional guidelines
      Demonstrating the use of the digital camera
      Demonstrating basic knowledge of Adobe PhotoShopCS3
      This class centers around basic photography and using PhotoShop to enhance images

Photography II (FA)    ½ credit        Grades 10-12     One Semester

Prerequisite:                  Photography I (“C” average/instructor approval)
Required Materials:            1 gb flash drive
Homework Requirements:         Portfolio pictures; school related events and activities
Lab Fee:                       $25.00 (due the first week of class)

Ernst Haas said: “There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in
yourself, for what we see is what we are.”

      Advanced lessons in PhotoShopCS3 Classroom-In-A-Book
      Completing and printing a portfolio of photography as per class syllabus
      Attending and photographing assigned school related activities
      Demonstrating advanced knowledge of Adobe PhotoShopCS3


Photography III (FA)   ½ credit        Grades 11-12     One Semester

Prerequisite:                  Photography I & II (“B” average/instructor approval)
Required Materials:            1 gb Flash drive
Homework Requirements:         Portfolio pictures; community and school activities
Lab Fee:                       $25.00 (due the first week of school)

This class also works across the curriculum and blends the art of photography with advanced technology
and 35mm digital camera skills. Students will spend time learning how to set up and use studio lighting,




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create lighting techniques, learning black and white photography to enhance portraiture skills, create print
ready ad layouts and participate in at least one community service project.

       Photographing, printing and presenting a professional college ready portfolio

Newspaper                                1 credit                 Grades 10-12
      Prerequisites:                             Journalism I (with “B” average)/instructor approval
Homework requirements:                   Selling advertising, conducting interviews, writing

The journalism class specializes in writing articles for and editing, Full Throttle, which is a public forum
written by the LHS journalism class and published monthly. The main purpose of Full Throttle is to
inform the school community of high school events that have happened or will happen throughout the
school year.
Stories are also written to entertain and to educate as well as to
give opinions on issues. The school paper strives to present both sides of the story.
Staff members will be evaluated on:
        Interest
        Responsibility/meeting writing deadlines
        Initiative
        Effort
        Attitude
        Cooperation



Yearbook                      1 credit         Grades 10-12
Prerequisites:                 Journalism 1 and Photo 1; “B” average/Instructor approval
Homework requirements: Selling yearbook advertising; participating in fundraising events; selling
yearbooks, photography for assigned pages.

“The yearbook is history, local and specific. It offers a sense of nostalgia with the possibility of a
collected community perspective... Nearly every handwritten, superimposed comment speculates on the
future. The yearbook is a motivational expression of community, one fond or blunt comment at a time.” --
-Yearbook Instructor Jon Appleby, Noble High School, Berwick, Maine

Staff members will be evaluated on: meeting deadlines, responsibility, effort, cooperation, attendance,
initiative, and attitude.

**It would be helpful to take Photography I in order to be part of the yearbook staff. **


Stagecraft (Theatre)                 1/2 credit              Grades 9-10-11-12
This course may be taken more than once. However only ½ credit may be applied for fine art
requirement.
          Homework requirements:                                           Preparation     for      and
participation in all assigned class projects including                        performances after school
hours.
      Description: Students are exposed to all aspects of stage craft on stage and back stage: Acting,
lighting, makeup, sets, costumes, properties, publicity, and much, much more! Evaluations will be based
on the quality of the work in all activities.



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Life Preparation Lab
Tutoring Students on Individualized
Education Plans      1/2 credit                        Grades 10-12      Semester

Description: This elective class is designed for the student who wishes to obtain hands-on working
experience with students of various academic abilities. The class also explores the teaching sphere of the
regular education classroom and the Life Prep Lab room. The course consists of two parts: (1) Actual
daily working with students of various abilities; and (2) outside reading, writing and research concerning
academic exceptionalities in general. This is a good opportunity for prospective teachers to obtain “hands
on” experience. The student must meet with the instructor and discuss taking the course prior to
enrollment.

Excel Independent Study                                    1/2 credit  Grades 11-12         Semester
Prerequisites:          Application with mentor and instructor approval. Students can not be on the
ineligible list the previous semester to sign up for this course.
Description: This course is designed for students with special talent(s) or interests in a particular area of
study. Students will be involved in independent inquiry based learning, research, or talent development
in an area of their choice. Students must have mentors to work in their interest areas. The mentor must
be a teacher or from a business that is not-for-profit. Students must not be on the ineligible list the
previous semester in order to sign up for this course.


NASA Class           1/2 credit                      Grades 9-12     Semester
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and instructor approval.
Become part of the NASA team, by helping Johnson Space Center build electronic panels for the
simulation of the International Space Station. This course involves hands on construction of electronic
panels that NASA uses to train the astronauts. The course instructs students on team work, quality
control, work ethics, problem solving, understanding electronic schematics, soldering, computer
programming, and much more. Students who participate are invited to Johnson Space Center for a VIP
tour. The NASA personnel are very appreciative of the NASA classes work. Commitments by students
to meet the NASA deadlines are vital and may require more than the regular school day hours.


Computer Programming Class                             1/2 credit     Grades 9-12      Semester
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and instructor approval.
This course will involve hands on computer programming experience. In October, the class competes at
Rocky Mountain College Computer Programming Competition for scholarships at the college. The
course allows students the opportunity to learn a programming language. In the past, Java and Perl have
been studied. The course involves intensive programming with students expecting to complete
programming assignments. Previous familiarity of some programming is helpful. Students do not need
their own computers, but are expected to purchase their own textbook.

School – to – Work                              1/2 credit               Grade 12          Semester
Please see the information list on page 11 of this document.

Big Brothers / Big Sisters Mentoring Program           1/2 credit      Grades 11-12
Prerequisites:       Provide own transportation to elementary school; complete enrollment, orientation
and training process of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone Co. (BBBS); and recommendation of
LHS BBBS Coordinator.


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Description:                                                          Each high school student will be
matched by BBS with one or two elementary students. Students are expected to meet with each “Little”
two to four times a week. Students will document each visit and complete daily journal entries.
Attendance and daily logs are worth 70% of the grade, reflection journals are 10% and research papers or
presentations are 20%. One day a week will be used to meet with the BBBS Case Manager. Because of
the nature of working with young children, it is strongly encouraged to make this class a one year
commitment.

Corrective Reading                    ½ credit            Grades 9 – 10
Description: This class is intended to help identified students with their reading skills. Students may
request to be evaluated by the instructor, and if they qualify; may have the opportunity to register.

Enhanced Reading                     ½ credit             Grades 9 – 10
Description: This class is intended to help identified students with their reading skills. Students may
request to be evaluated by the instructor, and if they qualify; may have the opportunity to register.




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NON CREDIT COURSES



NOTE:           NO STUDY HALLS ALLOWED WITH THE FOLLOWING ELECTIVES


Teacher Assistant                             0 credit         Grades 11 –12
Prerequisites: Good school attendance, a “C” average or better, and approval by the teacher.

Description: The student will work under the teacher’s supervision/direction to assist in a variety of
duties. Teacher Aides work in the assigned classroom for a maximum of one period per day.

Office Assistant                              0 credit         Grades 11 –12
Prerequisites: Good school attendance, a “C” average or better, and approval by the front office staff.
Description: The main office uses students as assistants to perform a variety of general office duties.
These include but are not limited to: answering phones, making copies, sending faxes, delivering
messages, and running errands. Office Assistants work in the main office for a maximum of one period
per day.

Math Lab                                             0 Credit       Grades 9-12
Description: This is a math study hall. Students who find math a difficult subject may elect to take this
instead of a study hall. A math teacher will be available to help you during this time. If a student earns a
“D” or a “F” for the midterm or grade term, and is taking a study hall or working as a teaching assistant,
the student will be taken out of study hall or the teaching assistant position and placed in Math Lab.

Writing Lab                                         0 Credit        Grades 9-12
Description: This is a writing or English study hall. Students who find English a difficult subject may
elect to take this instead of a study hall. An English teacher will be available to help you during this time.
If a student earns a “D” or a “F” for the midterm or grade term, and is taking a study hall or working as a
teaching assistant, the student will be taken out of study hall or the teaching assistant position and placed
in the Writing Lab. If a student earns a grade




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