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					Mt. Spokane High School

Curriculum Guide
  2008 – 2009




“One of the top 1200 public
 high schools in the U.S.”
                   Newsweek, May 2007



      Mt. Spokane High School
   6015 E. Mt. Spokane Park Drive
          Mead, WA 99021
            509-465-7200
                               Washington State Learning Goals
                   GOAL 1                                                      GOAL 2

Read with comprehension, write with skill, and           Know and apply the core concepts and principles
communicate effectively and responsibly in a             of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences;
variety of ways and settings.                            civics and history; geography; arts; and health and
                                                         fitness.

                   GOAL 3                                                      GOAL 4

Think analytically, logically, and creatively,           Understand the importance of work and how
and to integrate experience and knowledge to             performance, effort, and decisions directly
form reasoned judgments and solve problems.              affect career and educational opportunities.



                    Mead School District Summit Guiding Principles
#1 Focusing on students and their learning.              #2 Creating democratic structures for participation.

                           #3 Increasing the connections between parents,
                              business, community and our schools.



                           Mead School District Student Outcomes
                  Family, school and community will provide quality leadership so that:

*   Students will be self-directed, lifelong learners.         *   Students will be knowledgeable in academic
                                                                   areas with the ability to access and use
*   Students will be informed, contributing members                information.
    of the family, local, national and world commu-
    nities.                                                            Basic skills
                                                                       Communication skills
            Respect for differences                                    Concept learning
            Stewardship of the environment
            Participating citizen                              *   Students will live balanced lives with a
                                                                   healthy sense of self worth.
*   Students will cultivate and integrate aesthetics
    in their lives.                                                    Physical, social, mental, emotional
                                                                       and spiritual wellness
    Celebrate beauty through…                                          Sense of humor, joy, enthusiasm
            Appreciation, participation and
            support creativity

                         Students will use process skills to solve and manage change.
                                        Individual and group…
                                              decision making
                                              creative thinking




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                                                  Administrators
              John Hook                        Brenda Goehring                          Jim Preston
               Principal                       Assistant Principal                   Assistant Principal
                                                 Grades 11-12                           Grades 9-10
The principal and assistant principals at Mt. Spokane High School work closely with the counseling staff to address the
needs of our student body. To facilitate this, each assistant principal and counselor works with students in a particular
grade level.
                                                 Student Services
       Jill Smylie                   Rob Renner                   Jamie Goodman                    Tom Flanigan
Class of 2009 Counselor        Class of 2010 Counselor         Class of 2011 Counselor        Class of 2012 Counselor

The Student Services staff provides opportunities for contact with all students and parents throughout the high school
years. Through this contact, the counselors will encourage the student to consider options and make decisions in terms
of academics, careers and personal choices. Involvement with parents and/or guardians is encouraged throughout this
process.
                                                   Teaching Staff
      Art                                        Math                                     Science – cont.
      Dave Strand                                Carl Adams                               Dave Stott
      Angelika Wilson-Wipp                       Bob Barbero                              Larry Stranahan
                                                 Marv Bohlen                              Michelle Townshend
      Business                                   Terry Cloer
      Juli Kistler                               Gary Griffin                             Social Studies
      Bryan Payne                                Shawn Gumke                              Bill Ayers
      Chris Snyder                               Cheryl Mockel                            Danny Figueira
      Dave Whitehead                             Jeff Naslund                             Travis Hughes
                                                 Alex Schuerman                           Paul Kautzman
      Electives                                  Pam Tsuchida                             Jeff Naslund
      Nancy Butz                                 Mary Wallace                             Eleen Northcutt
      Sue Dunfield                                                                        Barb Revenig
      Maria Sturgeon                             Music                                    Greg Schultz
      English                                    Dale Emery                               Luke Thomas
      Jim Brown                                  Scott Jones
      Sue Dunfield                               Dave Teal                                Special Education
      Sara Ellerd                                                                         Mike Cunningham
      Bob Ganahl                                 Media Center & Library                   Diane Mitchell
      Paul Hill                                  Victoria Stockdale                       John Reid
      Bruce Holbert                                                                       Darin Rinck
      Doreen Keller                              Physical Education                       Dan Smith
      Eleen Northcutt                            Carl Barschig                            Sara Stillian
      Barb Revenig                               Maria Crabb                              Tim Wiersma
      Martha Rough                               Jeanne Helfer                            Jeff Williamson
      Ashley Somers                              Annette Helling
      Maria Sturgeon                             Mike McLaughlin                          World Language
      Alison Thompson                            John Miller                              Sabine Mai
      Lori Ziegler                               John Reid                                Andi McGoran
                                                                                          Susan Pfursich
      Family and Consumer Science                Science                                  Luke Thomas
      Claudia Couch                              Carl Adams                               Jill Weiler
                                                 Ryan Campanella                          Julie Whitehall
      Industrial Technology                      Craig Deitz                              Tim Widmer
      Bill Patrick                               Raeleen Epperson
                                                 Doug Harms                               Senior Project Coordinator
                                                 Adam Morris                              Joanie Pringle-Jones




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                                             Preparing for Your Future
Graduating from high school with the following credits provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary
to enter and be successful in post-secondary program as well as the highly-skilled workforce of the future.

Subject                                Credit               *   Occupational education credits may be earned through any
English                                  4.0                    course from Family & Consumer Science, Business Education
  English 9A/9B                          1.0                    or Industrial Technology.
  English 10A/10B                        1.0
  English 11 & 12 Electives              2.0            **      Senior Project: In the senior year students will be granted .5
Mathematics                              3.0                    credit after successfully completing Advisory and Senior
Social Studies                           3.0                    Project requirements. This will include:
  World History A/B, AP Euro             1.0                     Successful completion of Portfolio Project
  United States History A/B, AP          1.0                     Successful completion of Culminating Presentation.
  Citizenship A/B, AP Govt.              1.0                    This credit is required for graduation. This may be
Science                                  3.0                    scheduled as one of the five minimum classes for seniors
  Lab science                            1.0                    during either 1st or 2nd semester.
  Lab science                            1.0
  Science Elective                       1.0
Arts (Fine or Performing)                1.0
Health & Fitness                         2.0
World Language                           2.0
Occupational Education *                 0.5
Integrated Communication                 0.5
Senior Project **                        0.5
Electives                                3.0
Total Minimum Credits                   22.5



                                        Graduation Requirement Checklist

English       Social Studies       Math           Science                PE              Miscellaneous      Electives
Eng. 9A       World History A      Math 1A        Phys. Science A        Health&Fit.     Occ. Education     For.Lang. A
Eng. 9B       World History B      Math 1B        Phys. Science B        PE Act.         Integ. Comm.       For.Lang. B
Eng. 10A      US History A         Math 2A        Biology A              PE Act.         Art                For.Lang. C
Eng. 10B      US History B         Math 2B        Biology B              PE Act.         Art                For.Lang. D
Eng. Elect    Citizenship A        Math 3A        * Science A                            Senior Project
Eng. Elect    Citizenship B        Math 3B        * Science B                       **   WASL-Math
Eng. Elect                                                                          **   WASL-Reading
Eng. Elect                                                                          **   WASL-Writing

A student earns .5 credit for each class he/she passes each semester.
While not required for graduation from Mt. Spokane High School, italicized classes are required for most public and
private four-year baccalaureate schools. Students are encouraged to go beyond these requirements and check specific
college entrance requirements carefully.
*Some colleges require an algebra-based chemistry (WWU, U of W).
** Must meet state WASL requirements.

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                                               Mead School District

                                             CAT TRACKS
                            High School Plan: Sample Academic Pathways

           High School Graduation &                                  High School Graduation &
           Recommended Courses for                                   Recommended Courses for
                4-Year Colleges                                           2-Year Colleges
       First Semester    Second Semester                         First Semester    Second Semester

                        9th Grade                                                 9th Grade
   English 9A                  English 9B                     English 9A                 English 9B
   Physical Education 9        Health & Fitness               Physical Education 9       Health & Fitness
   Math                        Math                           Math                       Math
   Science                     Science                        Science                    Science
   Planned Coursework          Integ. Communications          Planned Coursework         Integ. Communications
   Planned Coursework          Planned Coursework             Planned Coursework         Planned Coursework

                       10th Grade                                                10th Grade
   English 10A                 English 10B                    English 10A                English 10B
   Science                     Science                        Science                    Science
   Math                        Math                           Math                       Math
   World History               World History                  World History              World History
   Physical Education 10A      Physical Education 10B         Physical Education 10A     Physical Education 10B
   World Language              World Language                 Planned Coursework         Planned Coursework

                       11th Grade                                                11th Grade
   English                     English                        English                    English
   Science                     Science                        US History                 US History
   Math                        Math                           Art                        Art
   US History                  US History                     Math                       Math
   World Language              World Language                 Planned Coursework         Planned Coursework
   Art                         Art                            Planned Coursework         Planned Coursework

                       12th Grade                                                12th Grade
   English                     English                        Citizenship A              Citizenship B
   Citizenship A               Citizenship B                  Planned Coursework         Planned Coursework
   Math                        Math                           Planned Coursework         Planned Coursework
   Science                     Science                        Planned Coursework         Planned Coursework
   Planned Coursework          Planned Coursework             Planned Coursework         Planned Coursework
   Planned Coursework          Planned Coursework             Planned Coursework         Planned Coursework


Note: Some courses may be taken in a different sequence than indicated (ie. Art, World Language, P.E.).


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                         ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

                    College Credit Opportunities for Junior and Senior Students
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a school-wide program that sets students up to succeed in
rigorous curriculum and increases their opportunities for enrollment in four-year colleges.

Our students who may be served by AVID have average to high test scores, a 2.0 – 3.5 GPA, the potential to meet the
college rigor and the desire and determination to prepare for that rigor while in high school. The AVID program
requires that the student participants meet one or more of the following: first to attend college in their family, historically
under-represented in four-year colleges, is low income, and/or has special circumstances.               Students selected to
participate in AVID will be required to take the AVID elective each semester. This elective will teach students the skills
they’ll need to be successful in the college preparatory courses they’ll also be taking.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) allows students to take college-level courses and have the opportunity to earn credit or
advanced placement at most of the nation’s colleges and universities, as well as colleges and universities in 28 other
countries. Our strong AP program is the primary reason Newsweek magazine, in May 2007, named Mt. Spokane one of
only two Spokane area high schools selected to their prestigious list of the top 1200 public high schools in the country.

Mt Spokane currently offers 11 AP courses to choose from, with the opportunity to take up to 16 different subject AP
tests on campus. The only requirements are a strong curiosity about the subject you plan to study and the willingness to
work hard. AP courses give students the ability to get a head start on exactly the sort of work that they will confront in
college. They will improve their writing skills and problem-solving techniques in addition to developing solid study
habits necessary for tackling rigorous course work.

Current Mt. Spokane AP Course Offerings:

        Biology                                               Physics B
        Calculus AB                                           Statistics
        Calculus BC                                           U.S. Government & Politics
        Chemistry                                             U.S. History
        English 11 - Language & Composition                   European History
        English 12 - Literature & Composition

Mt. Spokane also offers college level courses that will help prepare students to take the following AP tests:

        French Language                                      German Language
        French Literature                                    Physics C – Electricity & Magnetism

AP Coordinator: Jamie Goodman

Students interested in enrolling in an AP course should talk to an AP teacher, their grade level counselor, or the AP
coordinator about specific course information. Taking the culminating Advanced Placement test in May is required for
AP designation on official transcripts. College Board data clearly demonstrates a strong connection between taking the
AP exam, a commitment to the rigor of the AP course, and resulting college success in that subject area. The test fee is
approximately $90.00 per test. Financial aid is available to any student needing help paying the testing fee.

College in the High School

Students have an opportunity to earn college credit through third and four-year World Languages, International
Marketing II and Project Lead the Way - Engineering Academy. Fees may apply. (See specific course for details.)
Students wishing to obtain college credit through these classes must be enrolled in six classes at Mt. Spokane
High School.
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Whitworth College: Project Talent
Whitworth College offers Project Talent to high-achieving junior or senior students whose college preparatory
curriculum would be enhanced by taking one college-level course while attending high school. This course would be
taken for college credit and provide participating students with a head start on their college degree. (Only day classes
during 1st and 2nd semester.)
Prerequisites: Seniors must have an academic GPA of 3.0 or higher and a recommendation from a high school official.
Juniors must have an academic GPA of 3.5 or higher and a recommendation from a high school official.
Admissions Procedure: Students must complete Whitworth’s College Enrollment Form, including a high school
official’s signature. Include a current official transcript.
Cost: The cost is approximately $435 per class, with a maximum of one (1) class per semester.
Program: Registration is on a space available basis.
Contact Person: Lara Thompson, 777-4626
.
Gonzaga University: Dual Enrollment
Gonzaga University offers a program of dual enrollment for area students who wish to take a college course for credit
while still enrolled in high school.
Prerequisites: An academic GPA of 3.0 or higher for junior and senior students.
Admission Procedure: Complete the Uniform Admission Form, noting “Dual Enrollment” on the top. Include a
current official transcript and a brief letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher.
Cost: The cost is approximately $225 per course with a maximum of two (2) classes per semester. Lab Fee: $45+.
Program: Courses available are limited to those not offered at the high school, not requiring prerequisites and classes
not already filled or reserved for full-time students. This also excludes any classes in English, philosophy and speech.
Contact Person: Ms. Darlene Almanza, 323-6572.

SFCC/SCC/EWU: Running Start
Running Start is a college credit program allowing students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously.
Spokane Community College (SCC), Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) and Eastern Washington University
(EWU) offer this opportunity for junior and senior students. Interested students should contact their school counselor.
Prerequisites: Students must be of junior or senior status and score a certain level on the SAT, ACT for EWU only, or
ASSET (SFCC, SCC).
Admission Procedure: Students must complete the appropriate college application. Submit necessary test scores and a
current official high school transcript.
Cost: The college classes are offered tuition free. Students are responsible for books, school fees and transportation.
Program: A student can enroll in a maximum of 18 credits per quarter. In addition, students may attend classes at the
high school and participate in all school activities.
Contacts:      SFCC      Mr. Doug Morgan              533-3524
               SCC       Ms. Gretchen Licita          533-8062
               EWU       Ms. Becky Chamberlain        359-6439

On-line and Distance Learning Courses
Selected On-line or Distance Learning courses may be used to fulfill Mead School District graduation requirements.
Students need to consult with their high school counselor prior to enrolling in any course outside the Mead School
District to ensure credit approval. Students are allowed to earn a maximum of 2.0 credits. Seniors earning credit to
fulfill graduation requirements must complete approved course work by May 23.

M.E.A.D.
MEAD EDUCATION ALTERNATIVE DIVISION
West 529 Hastings Road, Spokane, WA 99218
(509) 465-6900

To apply, the student will need to contact M.E.A.D. for intake forms and interview.




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                          Spokane Area Professional Technical Skills Center
                                          N. 4141 Regal, Spokane, WA 99207
                                                   (509) 354-7440

The Spokane Skills Center provides specialized, high quality professional/technical training as an extension of area high
schools. Skills Center programs will assist students in developing skill competencies necessary for successful transition
into post-high school training and educational programs or direct employment. All Career Major Specialty Areas will
assist students in securing work-based learning opportunities, and many Skills Center programs allow students to earn
advanced standing in Community College programs.

Skills Center students attend three class periods a day at the center and complete the remainder of the day at their home
high school. Students must be 16 years old to attend and have acquired a minimum of 6 credits.
Skills Center Programs include courses in the following areas:

                Auto Maintenance                                   Cosmetology
                Auto Technology                                    Culinary Arts and Hospitality
                Broadcast Media Production                         Dental Careers
                Clinical and Scientific Investigation              Medical and Nursing Careers
                Collision Repair                                   Pre-Law Enforcement Academy
                Computer Game Programming                          Veterinary Technician Assisting
                Computer Graphics, Printing and                    Web Development and
                  Multimedia Publications                             Networking
                Construction Technology                            Welding Technology


                                      Community College Information
The Community College system in the state of Washington has an open admission policy. Enrollment is dependent
upon obtaining a high school diploma or a GED. Students can take courses on a full-time or part-time basis.
Coursework can be taken as a program culminating in a certificate, or students can also complete coursework
culminating in an AA degree (Associate of Arts) that transfers to a four-year college or university. Application fees
vary. ASSET, or Compass Assessment is required. $20.00 fee.




                       Four-Year College Freshman Entrance Requirements
Students who plan to attend a four-year college in the state of Washington must fulfill certain academic requirements.
Out-of-state and private schools also have requirements beyond high school graduation requirements. Please check
websites and college catalogs for further information.

General Recommendations
In order to meet entrance requirements for four-year colleges and universities in the state of Washington, it is required
that a student take at least:
 Four (4) years of English (Courses that are generally not accepted include those identified as remedial or applied;
     e.g., developmental reading, remedial English, basic English skills, yearbook, newspaper staff, drama and debate.)
 Three (3) years of college prep math (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra/Trigonometry)


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    Two (2) years of a laboratory science (Physical Science and Biology are accepted by most schools. Some schools,
     however, require a year of Chemistry or Physics.)
    Three (3) years of history/social sciences
    Two (2) consecutive years of the same world language (A proficiency exam may be given at some universities.)
    One (1) semester in the fine, visual or performing arts (Required only at the University of Washington and
     Western Washington University.) A variety of courses meet the fine arts requirement, including courses in art,
     band, pottery, choir, dance, dramatic performance and production, drawing, fiber arts, graphic arts, metal design,
     music appreciation, music theory, orchestra, painting, photography, print making and sculpture.

Counselor Note: Students should consult college catalogs on-line at their earliest convenience to ensure that they are
taking the appropriate classes. If additional math, science or world languages are not required, students should select
those electives which will provide the best preparation for their field of study.


                             NCAA Division I & II Freshman Eligibility Standards
All college student athletes must register with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse.
Potential NCAA scholarship athletes must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible. It is the student’s
responsibility to obtain the information through the Student Services and follow the appropriate curriculum.
Clearinghouse Release forms are available to seniors in the Career Center. Qualifying Mt. Spokane courses are
indicated with “NCAA Core” throughout this Curriculum Guide.

Core Requirements:
Student must graduate from high school and earn a grade-point average of at least 2.000 in 16 core units.

English …………………………………4 years                             Additional Courses ………………… 1 year
Mathematics ……………..……………3 years                            In English, mathematics or
 One year of algebra and one year                          natural or physical science
 of geometry (or one year of                             Social Science ………………………. 2 years
 higher-level math)                                      Additional Academic Courses ……… 4 years
Natural or Physical Science ..…….…… 2 years                  i.e., world language, science, math

Total Core Units .................................. 16

For more information, go to www.ncaaclearinghouse.net or call 877-262-1492.




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                                                 Course Offerings

Mt. Spokane High School is proud of the curricular offerings it provides for all students. The professionalism and
creativity of the faculty, staff and administrators support an atmosphere conducive to productive and exciting
learning. On the following pages are course descriptions of all thirteen departments offered at Mt. Spokane. These
courses will provide students with a well-balanced education to satisfy their current interests and future goals. In the
case of low student enrollment, some courses may not be offered during a given semester.

Washington State Learning Goals and Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements are listed at the
beginning of this Curriculum Guide, along with Mead School District outcomes. As a staff, we are committed to
helping students to meet these targets.

Where appropriate, courses are listed sequentially; otherwise, courses are listed alphabetically.



                                                           Art

The Art Department offers a variety of courses enabling students to explore their creativity.
     Two semesters of fine, visual or performing arts are required for graduation.

Color & Design
9,10,11,12 (Semester)
This entry-level class is designed to give students exposure to a variety of art media & establish a
basic skill level and working knowledge of the elements and principals of design. These hands-on
experiences will increase the individual’s awareness and confidence while dealing with the creative decision-making
process. The students will be introduced to basic design, drawing, painting, figure drawing, color theory and three-
dimensional art. *Color & Design is a prerequisite for all 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional Art classes. Lab fee:
$10.00.

2-Dimensional Design Class Offerings:

Drawing and Painting
9,10,11,12 (Semester)                                                                  Prerequisite: Color & Design
Students will explore a variety of drawing and painting media and techniques, while applying art elements and principles
of design. A broad range of subject matter and artistic styles will be covered. Lab fee: $10.00.

Advanced Drawing and Painting                                                         Prerequisite: Color & Design,
10,11,12 (Semester)                                                                        Drawing and Painting
This class is a continuation of Drawing and Painting. Students will explore advanced drawing and painting techniques,
while applying art elements and principles of design. There will be a strong emphasis on the human figure. A broad
range of subject matter and artistic styles will be covered. Lab fee: $10.00.

3-Dimensional Design Class Offerings:

Jewelry
9,10,11,12 (Semester)                                                                    Prerequisite: Color & Design
Through a variety of hands-on projects, this introductory class will explore the basic jewelry fabrication skills: sawing,
filing, sanding, polishing & soldering. The elements and principles of design will be used to guide the development of
the design process. We will be working with such materials as wood, acrylic, copper, brass, nickel silver, & silver. Lab
fee: $20.00.



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Advanced Jewelry
10,11,12 (Semester)                                                        Prerequisite: Color & Design and Jewelry
This class is a continuation of Beginning Jewelry. The emphasis will be placed on the refinement of fabrication and
design skills through ring and pendent fabrication. We will conclude with the lost wax casting process. Lab fee: $20.00.

Pottery
9,10,11,12 (Semester)                                                                   Prerequisite: Color & Design
This class is designed to develop the basic hand-building skills (pinch, coil, slab & drape mold) through a variety of
introductory projects. As these skills evolve, the emphasis will shift to the development of design skills & problem
solving (how do you create ideas). Each project will be completed with glazing or acrylic painted finishes. Lab fee:
$20.00.

Advanced Pottery
10,11,12 (Semester)                                                   Prerequisite: Color & Design and Pottery
At this level, the continued refinement of the basic hand building and design skills are complemented with the
individual’s work on the potter’s wheel and glazing. Lab fee: $20.00.



                                                       Business

Programs at Mt. Spokane High School offer comprehensive education and training opportunities to individuals
interested in entering one of the business or office administration occupations. The aim of the Business and Distributive
Education Department is to provide a foundation in the fundamentals of business and office education, as well as an
exposure to some of the more specialized disciplines within the field.
     Business classes satisfy the occupational graduation requirement.

Business Law
11,12 (Semester)
Business Law is recommended for Juniors or Seniors who are exploring a career in business, law, contracts,
employment/consumer protection, and/or insurance. To gain awareness in these practical areas, current pertinent
examples and simulations are used to address: contracts, business operations/formation, buying and selling procedures,
consumer rights, employment laws, warranties and guarantees, and a concentration on many civil law issues. Students
will be made aware of their legal rights as an employer/employee/contractor/agent, consumers, and as a member of
society. Real contracts, leasing/renting agreements, labor negotiations, large item purchases are provided. This is a
highly recommended course for the junior or senior interested in pursuing a career in business, law, sales, labor, or just
an aware and informed consumer.

Career Focus                                                          Prerequisite: Senior status, counselor approval.
11,12 (Semester)                                                     Students must have a pre-qualifying vocational
                                                                  class in Business, FACSE or Industrial Technology
Students may receive .5 credits per semester for 180 hours verified work by an employer. All students must complete a
Cooperative Work Experience Education Plan that requires a parent and an employer signature. In addition, students
must provide the Work Experience Coordinator a monthly verification of hours worked. This class satisfies the
requirement for occupational education.

Digital Design
9,10,11,12 (Semester)                                                      Prerequisite: Integrated Communications
This class is a project-based class that teaches professional web design and development using Macromedia web tools.
Students will create interactive content with Flash, general web graphics with Photoshop and Fireworks, incorporate
vector graphics and build websites with Dreamweaver. Students can earn five college credits at S.F.C.C. or S.C.C.
for $5.00 per credit if they enroll either fall or spring semesters, pass all course requirements and maintain an A
or B grade. Students wishing to obtain college credit through these classes must be enrolled in six classes at Mt.
Spokane High School.


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Design Studio
10,11,12 (Semester)                                                                      Prerequisite: Digital Design
Design Studio provides students with opportunity to learn to format video; create advanced motion graphics, manipulate
audio and fix common audio problems such as background noise, pops, click and hums; and then author the finished
product to DVD. Students will work with software professional editors are using in today’s industry. Final Cut Pro 5
for formatting and editing video with Motion 2 for stunning motion graphics, the audio creation and control tools of
Soundtrack Pro and the sophisticated features of DVD Studio Pro 4.

Design Studio 2
10, 11, 12 (Semester)                                                                   Prerequisite: Design Studio
Using Final Cut Pro, Live Type, and Motion students will create multiple projects including animated graphics, 3D
titles, and advanced video effects. The goal of this course is to help students achieve greater technical and creative
competence. It promotes familiarity with digital audio/video technology, terminology and equipment as used in the
media production industry.

Photography and Digital Media
10,11,12 (Semester)
Students will explore the use of computer applications and digital cameras to create a basic composition that adheres to
the elements and principles of design. This course will cover computer applications such as: Adobe Photoshop CS3,
iPhoto, and Final Cut Pro. Additionally, the course will incorporate the use of digital media for visual communication.
The course curriculum will include individual class presentations, sharing of design ideas, and individual/group projects.
The Cannon PowerShot A570 with 7.1 mega-pixels and a 4x optical zoom lens will be the camera used by beginning
students.

Integrated Communications
9 (Semester)
This class is designed to introduce students to technological project-based curriculum. Using various technology and
inputting tools, students will have the opportunity to communicate effectively in various media. Course content will
include keyboarding review, powerpoint, excel, and web design. This class is a requirement for the Class of 2008 and
2009. Students can earn five college credits at S.F.C.C. or S.C.C. for $5.00 per credit if they enroll
either fall or spring semesters, pass all course requirements and maintain an A or B grade. Students
wishing to obtain college credit through these classes must be enrolled in six classes at Mt. Spokane
High School.

International Marketing I
9,10,11,12 (Semester)
The purpose of this class is to give students an awareness of the international global economy. Students will gain
competencies using a fantasy sports team, in the following areas: international concepts, financial world, advertising,
job skills, leadership, sales/ negotiating and entrepreneurship. Students can earn five college credits at S.F.C.C. or
S.C.C. for $5.00 per credit if they enroll either fall or spring semesters, pass all course requirements and maintain
an A or B grade. Students wishing to obtain college credit through these classes must be enrolled in six classes at
Mt. Spokane High School. This class satisfies the consumerism or occupational education requirement.

International Marketing IIA & B
10,11,12 (Year)                                     Prerequisite: International Marketing I and teacher permission
The purpose of this class is to help prepare students for the global economy by being involved in different business
simulations. Students are responsible for giving the class input to the curriculum being taught. They will be involved in
various school projects such as creating a mock car dealership, setting up displays in various stores in the area, putting
together a fashion show, plus other projects. Participating in DECA and its conferences and events will also be part of
the class. Students can earn five college credits at S.F.C.C. or S.C.C. for $5.00 per credit if they enroll either fall
or spring semesters, pass all course requirements and maintain an A or B grade. Students wishing to obtain
college credit through these classes must be enrolled in six classes at Mt. Spokane High School.




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International Marketing Store Seminar A & B
11,12 (Year)                                         Prerequisite: International Marketing I - Application process
The purpose of this class is to work on store activities, business internships and/or major projects as related to
International Marketing. Participating in DECA and its conferences and events will also be part of the class.

International Marketing: Student Store A & B
11,12 (Year)                                           Prerequisite: International Marketing I - Application process
The purpose of this class is to help prepare students for the global/retail market by being involved in the Student Store.
Students will work in the Student Store and take leadership management positions, work with business product vendors
and manage individual projects including advertising/promotion, selling,               merchandising, human relations,
entrepreneurship and accounting. Participating in DECA and its conferences and events will also be part of the class.

Sport and Activities Marketing
11,12 (Semester)                                      Prerequisite: International Marketing or teacher permission
This course will focus on theories and practices of Sport/Activities Marketing. Computer applications will be used to
prepare media guides, competition programs and result booklets for each athletic team and extra-curricular activity at
Mt. Spokane High School. Each student will also help with the physical preparation of home activities. Students will
establish school-wide recognition of success and maintain school records. Students will be active participants in
management of activities and athletic programs at Mt. Spokane High School. Participating in DECA and its conferences
and events will also be part of the class.



                                                      Electives

The following elective classes complement our curriculum by providing knowledge and experiences in a wide variety of
subject areas.

ASB A & B
11,12 (Year)                    Prerequisite: Must be an elected student body officer or application to ASB advisor
Students are directly responsible for ASB expenditures, as well as planning and scheduling major school activities such
as dances, assemblies, drives, etc. Students will also serve as appropriate role models and act as communications
liaisons between staff, students, administration and community.

Cheerleading A & B
11,12 (Year)                                                                    Prerequisite: Qualification by tryout
Each student will develop an understanding of loyalty and responsibility attached to being a member of a working
group. The students will learn performance and fitness skills such as dance, cheer moves and group stunts. Every
student will organize spirit projects and work within ASB budgeting guidelines. Cheerleaders will support and represent
Mt. Spokane in all activities. Students are required to be enrolled in a weight training class and encouraged to attend
Leadership Camp. Fee: $300-$500 per year.

Dance/Drill Team
9,10,11,12 (Year)                                                               Prerequisite: Qualification by tryout
Students will be members of a competitive performance team. They will learn choreographed dance, flag and prop
routines. Students will be required to attend practice sessions outside of class time. Performances will include
basketball half-times, parades, special event shows and regional and state competitions. Emphasis is placed on personal
fitness and team commitment. Fee: $300-$500 minimum.

Focus
9,10,11,12 (Semester)
This class provides a structured environment for students who have failed two or more courses and consistently have
GPA’s below 2.0. Focus provides teacher supervision for small study groups, planner and grade checks for students on a
daily and weekly basis, and tutoring for individual students.


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Leadership
9,10,11,12 (Semester)
This course is designed for all high school students. Students will develop a sense of awareness of behavior in society,
be encouraged to participate in responsible leadership (this includes at least 12 hours of community service) and help
plan a group project. Students will develop skills in effective interpersonal communication, accept and deal with
responsibility, learn to lead groups and group processing, practice effective public presentation and learn the “how to’s”
of planning and organization. A goal of this class is that every student will be involved in a school-sponsored activity
during the time that student is enrolled in the class. Students will be registered in order of seniority in school. Students
also will be responsible for the Mt. Spokane recycling program. Students will be required to buy a GSL Pass.

Advanced Leadership
10,11,12 (Semester)                                            Prerequisite: “C” in Leadership and teacher permission
This class is a service-oriented class for the students of Mt. Spokane High School. Students will be responsible for
planning and organizing major school events such as school improvement projects, spirit building, drives and student
and staff recognition. A goal of this class is that every student will be involved in a school-sponsored activity during the
time that student is enrolled in the class. Students will also be responsible for the Mt. Spokane Leadership Camp which
takes place fall semester. It is recommended that students have attended Leadership Camp prior to enrolling in this
course. Students will be required to buy a GSL Pass and attend Leadership Camp. (Fall semester only).

Library Science
Grades 10,11,12 (Semester)                                    Prerequisite: Signed permission of instructor is needed
This course is designed to teach students how to navigate the information highway. Students will learn basic library
skills, search strategies and technology basics not only for information literacy, but also in order to help other students as
they too learn to become effective users of ideas, information and technology. This class may be taken more than once.

Link Crew
10,11,12 (Semester)
This class is a service-oriented course focused on planning and implementing projects to benefit the ninth graders and
other new students at Mt. Spokane. It is not required that students be a member of the Link Crew club, but students in
this course will be expected to participate in Link Crew Activities.

Stagecraft
9,10,11,12 (Semester)
Students will actively participate in major areas of technical theatre, including scenery construction, stage lighting, stage
management and theatre management. Students will complete a minimum of 20 hours of stage work outside of class
for school and community activities as part of their grade. Class projects, such as lighting and set design, are required as
part of the grade. This class may be taken more than once for credit.

Teacher Assistant
11,12 (Semester)
Students wanting to be a Teacher Assistant need to sign up in Student Services. Students must have fulfilled the P.E.
graduation requirement prior to being a T.A. Grade is Pass/Fail.

TV-Radio
10,11,12 (Semester)
TV-Radio is a performance-oriented radio and television media course. Students will write and perform commercials,
radio shows, newscasts and other various radio and television programs. Students must be willing to explore various
writing and presentational skills that will be utilized in the programs. This class satisfies the occupational education
requirement.

Advanced TV-Radio
10,11,12 (Semester)                                           Prerequisite: “B” in TV-Radio - Application process
Students will learn advanced production techniques by producing video programs to be played throughout the school.



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                                                        English

The study of English allows individuals to acquire the reading, writing and speaking skills necessary for survival in
today’s world. Some courses are specifically designed to improve basic skills. Other courses, which emphasize the
study of great literature, also encourage critical thinking, classroom discussion and an appreciation of different
viewpoints. The English curriculum provides students with many choices that will prepare them for the future and
develop a life-long pleasure in reading.

9th grade students must take English 9A and 9B. 10th grade students must take English 10A and 10B. In grades 11 and
12, students are required to take a total of two semesters of English, at least one of which must be a literature course.
     Three years of English required for graduation.
     Four years of English required for four-year institutions.

English 9A & 9B
9 (Year)
Students will be expected to expand their writing skills and become more competent in the areas of ideas and content,
organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions. In addition, students will also study Greek roots,
suffixes and prefixes to expand their vocabularies and improve their word recognition skills. This course covers short
story, poetry, non-fiction and drama through a literature anthology. Specific novels follow a theme-based approach, and
students will be required to do a number of multi-paragraph papers. Also included is an introduction to the research
process. NCAA Core.

English Enrichment
9,10,11,12 (Semester)                  Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in English and teacher recommendation
This class is designed to be a supportive enrichment course to enhance the success of students in English courses.
Students are simultaneously enrolled in English Enrichment and their grade-level English class. Focusing on the
essential elements of reading, comprehension, writing, grammar and organizational skills will enable students to build
the foundational skills that are the key to English success.

Honors English 9A & B
9 (Year)
This year-long course includes elements that both enrich and supplement the standard ninth grade curriculum. In
preparation for subsequent Honors classes, AP courses, and college, critical reading, thinking, and literary analysis skills
are learned and applied to the reading of nonfiction, short stories, novels, plays, and poetry. Note-taking, academic
writing, grammar concepts, and language usage crucial to the college preparatory curriculum are also emphasized.
Successful completion of this course satisfies the ninth grade requirement. NCAA Core.

English 10A & B
10 (Year)
This course includes instruction in reading strategies, vocabulary, literature and language arts to help students to master
the skills necessary to read, analyze and evaluate various forms of fiction and nonfiction. Additionally, students will
refine their writing abilities, learning to adapt their skills for use with different audiences, forms and purposes. Course
goals include preparation for the WASL, college, careers and life. NCAA Core.

Honors English 10A & B
10 (Year)
This two semester course includes both enriched and additional elements of the English 10 curriculum. The course
emphasizes advanced reading and writing skills, higher level analytical skills, and open class discussions. Students will
read novels, plays, and short stories critically and in-depth. In addition, outside reading will be required. Writing
activities will include narrative, expository, and persuasive papers; in addition, students will complete two research
projects. This course will prepare students for future Advanced Placement courses. This class is not connected to a
World History course, but a summer project is required. NCAA Core.


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Honors English 10A & B/Honors World History A & B
10 (Year)
This two-semester course includes both enriched and additional elements of the English 10 and World History
curriculums. As the course emphasizes advanced reading and writing skills, students read and write extensively; reading
expectations include novels, plays and short stories. Writing expectations include a variety of composition-based
projects designed for personal writing growth and WASL preparation. The World History objectives of the course are
the same as outlined in the World History course. In addition, the course is supplemented with the study of a historical
novel as well as problem-solving and decision-making skills. There will be an emphasis on research skills resulting in a
historical research project that encompasses both English and World History curriculum. The core curriculum is an
integration of Honors World History and Honors English including overlapping in writing and content-based projects.
This class is two periods in length. This course requires completion of a short summer project. This integrated course
will prepare students for future Advanced Placement courses. This class satisfies the Mead School District and
Washington State graduation requirement in World History and English. NCAA Core.

Acting
9,10,11,12 (Semester)
Students will investigate acting theories and practice developing voice, body and movement techniques.
Students must participate in all activities and be willing to experiment with pantomime, improvisation,
voice and diction, interpretive readings and scene study. Memorization of material is necessary.
Students will work individually, as well as in groups. This is a performance-oriented course.

American Literature A
11, 12 (Fall Semester only)
This course includes a chronological study of American literature from the Colonial Period to the Civil War. Various
nonfiction as well as fiction genre will be studied, including essays and letters, poetry, short stories, drama (The
Crucible), and novel (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn). This class is a college preparatory course emphasizing
advanced reading skills, critical thinking, and academic writing. NCAA Core.

American Literature B
11, 12 (Spring Semester only)
This course is a chronological continuation of American Literature A, from the Civil War to the 1950s. It includes
essays, poetry, short stories, and novels (The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath). American Literature A would be
beneficial, but is not required. This class may be taken as a continuation of first semester or independently. This class is
a college preparatory course emphasizing advanced reading skills, critical thinking, and academic writing. NCAA Core.

Bible as Literature
11,12 (Semester)
This survey course is designed to introduce students to the literary content of the Bible. The course acquaints students
with the foundations of Western thought and with sources of allusions in Western literature through study of the major
characters and stories of the Old and New Testament. NCAA Core.

British Literature A
11,12 (Fall Semester only)
This class is a chronological study of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon through Romantic periods. A variety of
genres will be explored, ranging from epic poetry to Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays and the essays of Johnathan Swift.
The relationship between society and art, and the changing role of women emerge as major themes for discussion. This
class is considered a college preparation course. NCAA Core.

British Literature B
11,12 (Spring Semester only)
The course begins with the major Romantic poets and goes in-depth with the Victorian novel, modern fiction, drama and
poetry. Works cover aspects of both comedy and tragedy, as well as the idea of life as a journey. The class may be
taken as a continuation of first semester or independently. This class is considered a college preparation course. NCAA
Core.


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Collection of Evidence (COE)
11,12 (Semester)
Collection of Evidence Class (COE) is designed to provide students who have already taken the WASL at least once
(and not passed) an opportunity to demonstrate reading and writing skills through a collection of tasks/prompts. The
class provides teacher guidance and feedback on 8-12 reading tasks or 6-8 writing prompts that correspond to the WASL
strands and targets. For the reading COE, students read informational and literary passages and provide written
responses to a series of questions. For the writing COE, students are given instruction on the writing process and
conventions, and then they are given expository and persuasive writing prompts to demonstrate their understanding of
the process.

For both collections, the students are given explicit instruction on skills, constant teacher feedback, and the opportunity
to demonstrate their understanding of reading and writing standards through an alternative method.

Coming of Age
11,12 (Semester)
Students will read, discuss and be tested on short stories and novels that focus on typical adolescent struggles.
Compositions will focus on “coming of age” topics in literature and experience. NCAA Core.

Creative Writing
10,11,12 (Semester)
Students will explore experiences through writing. Writing for enjoyment will be encouraged. Students will experiment
with different prose and poetic styles by imitation of professional writers and by creating new forms. Each student will
keep a writer’s journal and produce a portfolio with work of publishable quality. NCAA Core.

Film Appreciation
Grades 11,12 (Semester)
In today's society, film and video are very important parts of our world of entertainment. The Film Appreciation class
will examine various films including such directors as Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg and Alfred
Hitchcock. Various styles and film genre, including the silent film, westerns, drama, comedy and musicals will also be
examined and analyzed through written reviews and criticism. Most films shown in class range from Unrated to a rating
of PG-13. One R-rated film may be shown with special permission slips and an alternate PG-13 film available. Film
terminology will also be studied. A final project, which could include creating a film, will be required.

Public Speaking
9,10,11,12 (Spring Semester only)
Oral communication skills are the most advertised job requirement. This class prepares students for the world beyond
high school by introducing them to public and professional speaking. Students learn skills and overcome fears in a
friendly, performance-based atmosphere. Students develop their abilities to inform, persuade, speak on the spot and
entertain. Students also refine their skills in argumentation. This class is intended for students who seek instruction in
public speaking, as well as those who are considering participation in debate. No co-curricular participation is required
for this class. NCAA Core.

Debate A & B
9, 10, 11, 12 (Year)                                                                    Prerequisite: Application process
In a class that functions like a team, students develop research, public speaking, and reasoning skills that colleges and
employers seek. The course focuses on higher levels of thinking and applies knowledge to “real-word” problem solving.
Students also continue to develop the dramatic, persuasive, and informative speaking skills introduced in Public
Speaking. Students are required to fulfill team-oriented co-curricular expectations. This class may be repeated for
credit, with one credit assignable as an English credit, subsequent credits as electives. NCAA Core.

News Production A & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)                                                                Prerequisite: Application process
This elective class produces the school newspaper. News Production offers the opportunity to practice basic journalism
while exploring leadership skills, human relations and the challenges of a free and responsible press. Students use
interviewing, writing, editing, photography and technological skills to produce a publication on a regular schedule.

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Important qualities for success here are the abilities to think, work and learn creatively, responsibly and cooperatively.
NCAA Core.

Popular Literature
11,12 (Semester)
This course is designed to give students a chance to read and analyze a wide range of short stories and books within the
popular literature category. Students will read books of their own choosing from a variety of genres including science
fiction/fantasy, mystery/crime, western, historical fiction and young adult novels. Assessment will involve individual
presentations, projects and papers on the stories and books read. NCAA Core.

World Literature and Philosophy
11,12 (Semester)
Students in this class will read and discuss literature by authors from various countries to explore the universal question
of what it means to be human. Major themes from the reading include the search for truth, the existence of good and
evil, and the quest for meaning in our lives. Students will be asked to read four books; a Greek tragedy (“Antigone”);
and a collection of poems, short stories, and essays. This class is considered a college preparation course. NCAA Core.

World Mythology
11,12 (Semester)
World Mythology explores how the mythology of a variety of world cultures, past and present, reflects the values and
beliefs of our own lives by focusing on gods and goddesses, creation stories, hero literature, rituals and rites of passage,
and death and the afterlife. This is a participatory class requiring class presentations, individual projects, reading and
analysis of mythology literature as well as some movies and films which exemplify the themes being discussed. NCAA
Core.

Yearbook Production A & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)                                                                   Prerequisite: Application process
Students work cooperatively to design and produce the yearbook, a historical record of the school year. They plan and
select a theme for the year, take pictures at school events, write captions, headlines and copy; design pages; apply
editing principles; and promote the sale of ads and the book. The class provides an environment for the development of
lifelong skills, teamwork and responsibility. NCAA Core.

Advanced Placement (AP) Honors English 11A & B
11 (Year)
Advanced Placement Language and Composition studies language and rhetorical strategies in various forms of writing:
essays, letters, memoirs, editorials, autobiographies and critiques. Occasionally, an extended piece of fiction is read.
Critical reading is the first area of emphasis, during which students gain practice at identifying rhetorical strategies.
Then students evaluate how the rhetorical strategies achieve the author’s intended effect. Throughout the course, they
learn how to write expository and persuasive essays to convey the conclusions they draw.

The overarching purpose of A.P. Language and Composition is to develop students whose reading and writing enhance
their awareness of the interactions among a writer’s purpose, audience expectations, and subjects. Students will also
gain familiarity with the necessary skills and knowledge required by the Advanced Placement test. NCAA Core.

Advanced Placement (AP) Honors English 12A & B
12 (Year)
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition studies the deliberate use of language and rhetorical strategies in
various types of writing: essays, letters, journals, editorials, autobiographies, critiques and novels. This course is a
freshman college-level English class. Students learn to appreciate, interpret and analyze selected classics. Writing
analytical themes on major works, students develop a mature, clear, well-organized style of writing. Skills for taking an
essay test will be developed, and research skills will be utilized to develop a literary research paper. Students will read
works of literature such as King Lear, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, Siddhartha, and selected short stories. There will
also be an extensive poetry unit with a focus on literary vocabulary. Students are encouraged to take the Advanced
Placement English/Literature test in May and, depending on their score, receive credit and/or advanced placement at
most colleges and universities. NCAA Core.

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Prep for College English
11,12 (Semester)
The goal of this course is to prepare students for the study of composition at the college level. This writing intensive
class exposes students to creative, narrative, expository and research writing. Additionally, students prepare and deliver
an oral speech (PowerPoint recommended), read one novel, study and explicate short stories, fine-tune essay writing
skills and develop crucial grammar skills for college writing. The students will also write a college application essay
that can potentially be used for scholarship or admission purposes for their prospective colleges. NCAA Core.



                                        Family and Consumer Science

Family and Consumer Science classes are designed to prepare students at all levels to make decisions, solve problems,
assume leadership roles, achieve goals and develop lifelong skills. These courses will allow students to make choices
involving foods/nutrition, sewing/textiles, consumer education, personal relationships and child development. Skills
developed in these courses will enhance students living in their changing world and allow them to discover areas they
would like to explore further in specialized electives as described below.
     Classes from this department fulfill the occupational education graduation requirement.

Child Development A
9,10,11,12 (Fall Semester only)
Students will gain practical parenting skills in working and interacting with young children in educational settings (i.e.,
pre-schools and elementary K-3). Topics covered include: the stages of prenatal development, infancy, attachment and
bonding, plus typical infant growth from birth to 12 months. Students will gain valuable experience working one-on-
one with children and professional staff once a week at one of our eight preschool or elementary field sites off campus.
This class may be taken both fall and spring for credit because different topics are covered each semester. Students will
be required to fill out a criminal background clearance check with the Washington State Patrol in order to work with
children. This class satisfies the occupational education requirement.

Child Development B
9,10,11,12 (Spring Semester only)
Students will gain practical parenting skills in working and interacting with young children in educational settings (i.e.,
pre-school and elementary K-3). Topics covered include: typical growth and development of toddlers, preschoolers
and primary age children. Students will gain valuable experience working one-on-one with children and professional
staff once a week at one of our eight preschool or elementary field sites off campus. This class may be taken both fall
and spring for credit because different topics are covered each semester. Students will be required to fill out a criminal
background clearance check with the Washington State Patrol in order to work with children. This class satisfies the
occupational education requirement.

Creative Sewing
9,10,11,12 (Semester)
Are you creative? This hands-on course incorporates the use of the sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, as well
as a serger in creating innovative projects for your home or your personal use. Topics will include: how to read and
follow simple patterns; how to identify various types of materials; and how to explore the use of color and design in
home decor and personal clothing selections and more. In this course, you are responsible for purchasing your own
fabric and notions (sewing materials) for use in class. This class satisfies the occupational education requirement.

Food and Wellness
9,10,11,12 (Semester)
Students will learn the personal advantages of eating healthy and discover why establishing good
nutrition practices now will benefit them in the future. Students will learn how to eat healthy,
whether cooking for themselves or their families, plus learn how to select, prepare and serve
nutritious and tasty meals. This class satisfies the occupational education requirement.



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Independent Living
11,12 (Semester)
Seniors, it’s time to show you’re independent by enrolling in this fun, action-packed class which emphasizes the
basic skills needed to live independently. Whether you plan to work after high school or further your education, this
class is for you. Get real with topics that will definitely impact you in the next phase of your life. These topics include
renting an apartment, maintaining savings and checking accounts, credit concerns, nutrition, meal planning and much
more. This class satisfies the occupational education requirement.



                                              Industrial Technology

Industrial Technology will provide students at Mt. Spokane High School the opportunity to explore material related to
employment in the following areas: Technology, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Materials Manufacturing and
Construction Technologies. Skills and knowledge developed in these courses can then be transferred to employment
opportunities, colleges, vocational institutions or apprenticeship programs.
     Courses from this department fulfill the occupational graduation requirement.

Architectural Drafting and Design
9,10,11,12 (Semester)
This course is designed to introduce students to the world of Architectural Construction and Design. Students will learn
the basic requirements to draw a set of house plans. Development of architectural skills will be encouraged. Computer
Aided Design (CAD) will be introduced. This class satisfies the occupational education credit.

Advanced Architectural Drafting and Design
9,10,11,12 (Semester)                                             Prerequisite: Architectural Drafting and Design
This course will emphasize the concepts of design and building codes to construct a complete set of house or
commercial building plans. Students will be required to draw a complete set of plans and build a three-dimensional
model to demonstrate their understanding of architectural design and to fulfill credit in this class. Computer Aided
Design (CAD) will be used extensively in this class. This class may be repeated for credit. This class satisfies the
occupational education credit.

Introduction to Materials Processing
9,10,11,12 (Semester)
This course is designed to give students a hands-on approach to the manufacturing industry. Students will discover the
materials, tools, and processes involved in manufacturing through a number of required and personal projects. This
class satisfies the occupational education credit. Lab fee: students may need to purchase materials dependent upon
project selection.

Advanced Materials Processing
10,11,12 (Semester)                                             Prerequisite: Introduction to Materials Processing
This class is designed to give students a chance to increase their skills with woodworking. This class satisfies the
occupational education credit. Lab fee: dependent upon project selection.

Project Lead the Way – Engineering Academy                           Prerequisite: Must have received “B” in Algebra
9,10,11,12 (Year)                                                         9th Graders may take Algebra concurrently

  Introduction to Engineering Design – This course is designed to develop a student’s problem solving skills with
  emphasis placed upon the concept of developing a 3-D model or solid rendering of an object. Students focus on
  application of visualization processes and tools provided by modern, state-of-the-art computer hardware and software.
  The course will emphasize the design development process of a product and how a model of that product is produced,
  analyzed and evaluated, using a Computer Aided Design System. This course will be required for entry into the
  PLTW Engineering Academy. This class satisfies the Occupational Education Credit and may qualify for college
  credit. Coming the Fall of 2008.

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  Principles of Engineering - A course that helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology.
  Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes help students learn how engineers and technicians
  use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also
  includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change. This course will be the second of
  four classes required for the PLTW Engineering Academy. This class satisfies the Occupational Education Credit and
  may qualify for college credit. Coming the Fall of 2009.

  Civil Engineering and Architecture - This course provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and
  Architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. Students use state
  of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities. This
  course covers topics such as: The Roles of Civil Engineers and Architects; Project Planning; Site Planning; Building
  Design; and Project Documentation and Presentation. This class satisfies the Occupational Education Credit and may
  qualify for college credit. Coming the Fall of 2009.

  Engineering Design and Development - An engineering research course in which students work in teams to research,
  design and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students apply principles developed in the
  preceding courses and are guided by a community mentor. They must present progress reports, submit a final written
  report and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year. This is the capstone
  class for PLTW Engineering Academy. This class satisfies the Occupational Education Credit and may qualify for
  college credit. This class may be cross-credited. Coming the Fall of 2010.



                                                        Math


                              Mt. Spokane High School Math Prerequisite Flowchart
                  The following are the minimum grades required to move onto the next class.
                                    Class            1st Semester        2nd Semester
                                    Algebra I            D                    C
                                    (One semester must be a C – not necessarily 2nd)
                                    Geometry               C                    C
                                    Algebra II/Trig        C                    C
                                    Pre-Calculus           B                    B
                                    AP Statistics: Algebra II/Trig prerequisite applies
                If you want/need to retake a class, your GPA will take the better of the two grades, but you
                will not receive additional credit for the class.
                Three years of math (through Algebra IIB/Trig) are required for admission to a four-year
                institution and strongly recommended for all post-high school programs.
                Two years of math are required for graduation.



Algebra IA & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)                                                                        Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra II
Students will develop math skills dealing with real numbers, equations and inequalities, relations and functions, powers
and roots, polynomials, linear functions, problems in two variables and rational expressions. There will be a high
emphasis on problem solving and real world applications. NCAA Core.

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Algebra Enrichment
9,10,11,12                          Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra I and teacher recommendation
This class is designed to be a supportive enrichment course to support students who wish to be successful in Algebra I.
Students are simultaneously enrolled in Algebra I. Focusing on the essential learnings of the Algebra I curriculum will
enable students to build the foundational skills that are key to their Algebra I success.

Geometry A & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)                      Prerequisite: Passed both semesters Algebra I (one must be a “C” or higher)
Students will further develop Algebra skills and introduce fundamental Geometry principles. Students will develop
skills in reasoning through the extensive study of both plane and three dimensional geometric figures. Problem solving
using inductive reasoning will be emphasized. Algebra skills are further reinforced in this course. NCAA Core.

Algebra II/Trigonometry A & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)                               Prerequisite: Passed both semesters Geometry with a “C” or higher
Students will further develop basic algebraic skills learned in Algebra I and Geometry. Topics of study (in-depth) will
include: functions, quadratics and systems of linear equations. Problem solving using various sources of collected data
will be emphasized. A full course of Trigonometry is covered during second semester. Students planning to attend a
four-year college or university should successfully complete this course for admission. (“B” grade recommended for
college placement.) NCAA Core.

Advanced Placement Statistics
11,12 (Year)                    Prerequisite: Passed both semesters of Algebra II/Trigonometry with a “C” or higher
AP Statistics is the in depth study of data analysis, statistical inference, probability study and sample spaces. Students
will learn to interpret sets of data using histograms, box and whisker plots, tables and bar graphs. Mathematical formula
will be developed through the use of the statistics’ capability of the TI-84 graphic calculator. Students will learn to
create a statistical model of a sample space of their own creation. Much of this course will be the practice of looking at
specific data and making inferential judgments on the validity of the data. Students will complete the course by having
the opportunity to take several practice AP Statistics exams to prepare them for the AP Statistics exam given each May
by the College Board.

Pre-Calculus A & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)               Prerequisite: Passed both semesters of Algebra II/Trigonometry with a “C” or higher
Pre-Calculus develops skills in deductive logic, induction, series and sequences, analytic geometry, polynomial
functions, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions and trigonometry. Students need proficient algebra
skills to be successful in this course. NCAA Core.

Advanced Two-Year Pre-Calculus/AP Calculus AB/BC
9,10 (Two Years)                                                   Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation Only
This program is provided for 9/10 grade students maintaining superior grades in Algebra II/Trigonometry who may
benefit from an accelerated pace. Topics covered are the same as listed in this guide. Students will take the AP
Calculus BC exam given in May of their second year. NCAA Core.

Pre-College Math
12 (Semester or Year)                                                           Prerequisite: Algebra II/ Trigonometry
The first semester of this class will focus on the math sections of the SAT test, college algebra and financial information.
The focus of the second semester will be the college math placement exams and college algebra. Course content will be
varied topics including trigonometry, probability, use of graphing calculators, problem-solving techniques, and further
in-depth study of topics to expand mathematical proficiency. Students may take one or both semesters. NCAA Core.

Advanced Placement Calculus AB
10,11,12 (Year)                           Prerequisite: Passed two semesters of Pre-Calculus with a “B” or higher
Topics covered in the AP Calculus AB include: differentiation; rates of change; Limits; The Fundamental Theorem of
Calculus; Derivative applications through maximum and minimum problems; functions and their graphs; Riemann
Sums; Anti-derivatives; Basic integration techniques and their applications using exponential growth/decay functions;
Area between curves and solids of revolution to find Volume. The topics covered in this class include all typical topics

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taught in a college level calculus course. Students will be prepared and encouraged to take the AP Calculus AB exam
given in May by the College Board. Students who pass this exam with at least a score of 3 may be given college credit
for calculus. Students who enroll in the AP course will take the Advanced Placement exam given in May. Test Fee
approximately $90. NCAA Core.

Advanced Placement Calculus BC (3rd semester Calculus)          Prerequisite: Passed both semesters of Calculus AB
11,12 (Semester)                                    with a “B” or passed the AP Calculus AB Exam with at least a 3
Topics covered in the AP Calculus BC course include advanced integration techniques; Parametric, polar and Vector
functions; Slope Fields; Differential Equations using Euler's method; Sequence and Series Study to include geometric,
Taylor and Maclaurin polynomials and extended study of applications of derivative and integral calculus. This course
will prepare students to enter the last calculus course offered at most colleges and universities. Students taking this
course may take the AP Calculus BC exam given by the College Board in May. Many students passing the Calculus BC
exam with a grade of 3 or higher are awarded two semesters of college level calculus credit. Test Fee approximately
$90. NCAA Core.

Pre-College Math
12 (Semester or Year)                    Prerequisite: Must have passed both semesters of Algebra II/Trigonometry
This course is designed for seniors who need to expand their mathematical proficiency before college. First semester
will concentrate on study for the SAT/ACT given by the College Board in October. The remainder of first semester will
include the study of Algebra II/Pre-Calculus topics expected of college freshmen: algebra, polynomials, function
graphing, conic sections and exponential equations. Second semester will be the in-depth study of logarithms,
trigonometry, probability and statistics. Students will also take practice college entrance exams. Students may take one
or both semesters. NCAA Core.

Segmented Math
11, 12 (Year)
This is a course designed to provide students content and process skills required to meet or exceed the high school
mathematics WASL standard. It is a pass/fail, year-long course divided into three segments: Number Sense and
Algebraic Sense; Geometric Sense and Measurement; and Probability and Statistics. The segmented instructional
approach embeds assessments in the curriculum. Instruction is provided as an opportunity for grades 11 and 12 only
who have not met standard on the mathematics portion of the high school WASL. This course will assist students in
meeting standard by increasing instructional time and improving competencies in math.



                                                         Music

Music exalts the human spirit! It enhances the quality of life by engaging the imagination and allowing for personal
expression. The most successful efforts to improve relations are said to be through cultural exchanges of the arts,
particularly music. Since music has value to offer everyone regardless of age, ability and economic or social status, it
offers one of the best means to relieve the tensions, stresses and strains of contemporary life. The main purposes of
music instruction are to understand the aesthetic qualities of music, to pass on the cultural heritage, to encourage
creativity and to find enjoyment in working in a group.
     One semester of fine, visual or performing arts is required for application to University of Washington and
         Western Washington University.
     Two semesters of fine, visual or performing arts are required for graduation.



Women’s Select Ensemble A & B
10,11,12 (Year)                                                                                  Prerequisite: Audition
This ensemble will tackle the more difficult vocal literature available for chorus. Students are expected to participate in
concerts, festivals, workshops and tours. Fee: Students pay for performance attire, if required.



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Concert Choir A & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)
This is a mixed choir where students will develop musicianship skills including sight reading, independent part singing
and vocal production. The development of poise and showmanship is also emphasized. Students are expected to
participate in all concerts, festivals, workshops and tours.

Chamber Choir A & B
10,11,12 (Year)                                                                                 Prerequisite: Audition
This is a mixed choir where students will develop musicianship skills including sight- reading, independent part-singing
and vocal production. The development of poise and showmanship is also emphasized. Students are expected to
participate in all concerts, festivals, workshops and tours.

Jazz Choir A & B
10,11,12 (Year) Zero Hour Class         Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in another choir required. Audition
This ensemble will develop individual and group vocal skills such as blend, balance, improvisation, the use of inflection,
singing close harmonies, solo skills, communication skills and personal performance skills. This ensemble is a select
group of the choral department’s finest choir students. It is the promotional and public relations arm of the vocal
department. This group makes numerous appearances at community functions, concerts and jazz festivals with
participation required. Fee: Students pay for performance attire.

Beginning Guitar
9,10,11,12 (Semester)
This class is to help beginning guitar students develop an understanding of guitar technique and literature. Emphasis
will be placed on learning chords and strumming and finger-picking styles. Students must provide their own guitar. This
class is for beginners only except with permission of instructor.

Intermediate Guitar
9,10,11,12 (Semester)                                                                Prerequisite: Beginning Guitar
This class is intended to enhance guitar students’ skills and continue developing an understanding of guitar technique
and literature. Emphasis will be placed on learning chords and strumming and finger-picking styles. Students must
provide their own guitar.

Concert Band A & B
9,10 (Year)
Emphasis is placed on learning skills necessary to play suitable high school band literature, along with personal growth
on their instrument. Attendance is required at all concerts, festivals, competitions (including marching band) and other
selected performances. All students are expected to be in Marching Band; however, in the event that a student is unable
to meet this requirement, an alternative assignment option is available by consulting with the instructor.

Symphonic Band A & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)                                                                               Prerequisite: Audition
Emphasis is placed on the performance of intermediate level high school band literature, along with personal growth on
their instrument. This is the intermediate level concert band. Attendance is required at all concerts, festivals,
competitions (including marching band) and other selected community performances. All students are expected to be in
Marching Band; however, in the event that a student is unable to meet this requirement, an alternative assignment option
is available by consulting with the instructor.

Wind Ensemble A & B
10,11,12 (Year)                                                                                 Prerequisite: Audition
Emphasis is placed on the performance of the highest level of high school band literature, along with personal growth on
their instrument. This is the highest level concert band. Attendance is required at all concerts, festivals, competitions
(including marching band) and other selected community performances. All students are expected to be in Marching
Band; however, in the event that a student is unable to meet this requirement, an alternative assignment option is
available by consulting with the instructor.


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Instrumental Jazz Ensemble 9/10A & 9/10B
9,10 (Year) Zero Hour Class
Emphasis is placed on performance and improvisation of classic to contemporary big band literature. Attendance is
required for all events that involve ensemble, including marching band. Membership in a concert band is mandatory for
membership in a Jazz group (only exception-Guitar). All students are expected to be in Marching Band; however, in the
event that a student is unable to meet this requirement, an alternative assignment option is available by consulting with
the instructor. Availability of this class will depend on number of applications/auditions.

Instrumental Jazz Ensemble 11/12A &11/12B
11,12 (Year) Zero Hour Class                                  Prerequisite: Audition (Private lessons recommended)
Emphasis is placed on performance and improvisation of classic to contemporary big band literature. Note: This is the
highest level jazz ensemble. Attendance is required for all events that involve ensemble, marching band and selected
community performances to showcase the Mt. Spokane band program. Membership in a concert band is mandatory for
membership in a Jazz group (only exception-Guitar). All students are expected to be in Marching Band; however, in the
event that a student is unable to meet this requirement, an alternative assignment option is available by consulting with
the instructor.

Percussion Class A & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)
Emphasis is placed on all aspects of percussion (marching, concert, steel drums). Attendance is required for all events
that involve ensemble, marching band, concert bands and percussion ensemble functions. ALL percussionists are in this
class. All students are expected to be in Marching Band; however, in the event that a student is unable to meet this
requirement, an alternative assignment option is available by consulting with the instructor.

String Orchestra A & B                    Prerequisite: Minimum of three years’ prior instruction and/or experience.
9,10,11,12 (Year)                               Student must be willing to commit to at least 30 minutes home practice
                                                                            per day and participation for the full year.
This is a “strings only” ensemble. Students learn advanced playing skills with an emphasis on performance of quality
string orchestra literature from classical to contemporary. The group performs at four concerts and participates in two to
three festivals per year. Attendance is required at all scheduled performances and festivals.



                                               Physical Education

Physical education focuses on lifetime activities, health and enhanced physical fitness through participation. A variety
of team and individual activities are offered. Two semester credits are required during the 9 th grade year (one semester
of Health & Fitness and one semester of P.E.9). One semester of physical education is REQUIRED during grade 10 (PE
10A or B). An additional semester of an activity-based P.E. must be taken in grades 10, 11 or 12 (AFTER completing
Health & Fitness, P.E. 9 and P.E. 10). Additional physical education classes may be taken as an
elective during any semester when student is not fulfilling a requirement.
      Three semesters of P.E.(P.E. 9, P. E. 10 and one additional semester of P.E. 10 or P.E.
         11/12 elective) and one of Health & Fitness are required for graduation.


Health & Fitness
9 (Semester)
Health units include, but are not limited to, personal/lifetime fitness, nutrition, tobacco, alcohol, first aid and human
sexuality. Human sexuality units include relationships, anatomy, pregnancy, contraceptives, sexually transmitted
diseases, criminal sexual activity and HIV/AIDS awareness. The fitness portion of the class primarily focuses on circuit
training in the fitness center. Health units, combined with fitness activities, fulfill the Health & Fitness requirement.




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P.E. 9
9 (Semester)
Six three-week units involve a combination of activities. Students are evaluated on participation, fitness, skill, and
knowledge of basic rules. Activities may include, but are not limited to, softball, aerial football, soccer, lacrosse, floor
hockey, tennis, badminton, basketball, team handball, pickleball and in-line skating. This class fulfills the P.E. 9
requirement.

Advanced P.E. 9
9 (Semester)
Weight lifting will be alternated daily with unit or conditioning activities. Students will be evaluated on participation,
fitness, skill, knowledge of rules, development as measured in weight lifting accomplishments. Activity units may
include, but not be limited to softball, aerial football, badminton, basketball, lacrosse, pickleball, tennis and team
handball. This class fulfills the P.E. 9 requirement.

P.E. 10
10 (Semester)
Six three-week units involve a combination of activities. Students are evaluated on participation, fitness, skill, and
knowledge of basic rules. Activities may include, but are not limited to, volleyball, pickleball, softball, aerial football
and lacrosse. This class fulfills the P.E. 10 requirement.

Advanced P.E. 10
10 (Semester)
Weight lifting will be alternated daily with unit or conditioning activities. Students will be evaluated on participation,
fitness, skill, knowledge of rules, development as measured in weight lifting accomplishments. This class fulfills the
P.E. 10 requirement.

P.E. 11/12
11,12 (Semester)
Activities in this course may include, but are not limited to, in-line skating, lacrosse, softball, soccer, badminton,
pickleball, floor hockey and volleyball. Students are evaluated on participation and other criteria determined by the
instructor. This class fulfills the P.E. 11/12 requirement.

Weight Training/Conditioning
11,12 (Semester) Zero Hour Class
This course is a goal-oriented lifting program designed to increase strength and improve physical fitness. Students are
evaluated on participation, fitness and other criteria as determined by the instructor. This class fulfills the P.E. 11/12
requirement.

Advanced Weight Training/Conditioning
11,12 (Semester)
This course is a structured, goal-oriented lifting program designed to increase strength and improve physical fitness.
Students are evaluated on participation, fitness and other criteria as determined by the instructor. This class fulfills the
P.E. 11/12 requirement.

Aerobics
11,12 (Semester)
This course is designed to promote individual physical fitness. Cardio-vascular endurance, strength, flexibility and
coordination will be incorporated in the class. Students will participate in a variety of aerobic exercises including Step
Training, Pilates, Running and Speed Walking, Circuit Training, Dance Aerobics and Yoga. The course will focus on
increasing aerobic fitness, reducing body fat and improving muscle tone. This class fulfills the P.E. 11/12 requirement.




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Racquet Sports
11,12 (Semester)
The class is divided into six-week units of badminton, pickleball and tennis. Students will be evaluated on participation,
skill, knowledge of basic skills and other criteria as determined by the instructor. This class fulfills the P.E. 11/12
requirement.



                                                       Science

The Mt. Spokane High School science curriculum provides learning experiences that stress the knowledge and
understanding of the concepts and processes of science. Students will gain skills associated with laboratory
investigations and be able to interpret and communicate scientific information. Students will also explore the role and
application of science within society. All science courses are lab courses.
     Two years of science are required for graduation.
     Two years of lab science are required for admission to a four-year institution.

Physical Science A & B
9 (Year)
The purpose of this course is to give students introductory knowledge of chemistry and physics. The chemistry concepts
of the properties of matter, physical and chemical changes, elements, compounds and mixtures, atoms, elements and
chemical reactions will be studied. Physics areas covered include motion, force, work, power and simple machines,
light, sound and other forms and transformations of energy. Laboratory investigations will emphasize the scientific
method and measurement. NCAA Core.

Physical Science Ideas A & B
9,10 (Year)
This course represents a departure from standard physical science courses in reading level, amount and depth of material
covered. Emphasis will be on relevance of physical science to everyday life experiences. This course satisfies a lab
science requirement.

Biology Ideas A & B
10 (Year)                                           Prerequisite: Recommendation of instructor and counselor
This program represents a departure from the standard biology courses in reading level and amount and depth of
material covered. Emphasis will be on relevance of biology to everyday life experiences. This class satisfies the
biology science requirement.

Biology A & B
9,10 (Year)
This class explores organisms and their interactions and emphasizes concepts such as cells, nutrition, reproduction,
genetics, evolution and ecology. Structural, physiological and behavioral adaptations of organisms in ecosystems are
studied. Investigations allow students to form and test hypotheses and use science skills for problem solving. Organized
and motivated Grade 9 students who intend to pursue a science-related career may be placed in biology based on
concurrent enrollment in Geometry or Algebra II, and counselor/administrator approval. NCAA Core.

Advanced Placement (AP) Biology A & B
12 (Year)                          Prerequisite: “B” or better in Biology, Chemistry and Algebra II/Trigonometry
The major emphasis in the course will be a thorough development of major biological concepts, an involvement in lab
activities in which students use investigative techniques, development of laboratory skills, and an examination of
contemporary problems in the biological sciences and related fields. These will be taught at a college freshman level.
Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Biology test in May and, depending on their score, receive credit
and/or advanced placement at most colleges and universities. NCAA Core.




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Chemistry A & B                              Prerequisite: “C” in Algebra II/Geometry, Physical Science, Biology
10,11,12 (Year)                                                       Continuation in mathematics strongly suggested
Chemistry is designed primarily for the college-bound student planning further study in the sciences and related
technological fields. Areas covered include: concepts of matter and energy, chemical reactions and the mole, behavior
of gases and kinetic theory, atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, rates, electrochemistry.
Lab investigations will encompass observational aspects and problem solving. Grade 10 students must have completed
Biology in Grade 9 and be concurrently enrolled in Algebra II. NCAA Core.

Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry A & B
11,12 (Year)                                                                            Prerequisite: Chemistry A & B
This is an advanced chemistry course for students who have a strong academic foundation in science and who wish to
develop a deep understanding of the fundamental ideas in the field of chemistry. Students will participate in laboratory
investigations that develop their inquiry skills and laboratory techniques, and will have an opportunity to enhance their
math skills by working with quantitative data. The course would benefit those students interested in possibly pursuing a
science or technical career in fields such as medicine, pharmacy, health sciences, chemistry, engineering, agriculture or
environmental sciences. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Chemistry test in May and, depending
on their score, receive college credit and/or advanced placement at most colleges and universities throughout the United
States. NCAA Core.

Physics A & B
11,12 (Year)                                                           Prerequisite: Algebra II/Trigonometry
Physics is designed primarily for the college-bound student planning further study in the sciences and related
technological fields. Areas covered include concepts of motion; force; energy, work; light; sound; electricity;
electromagnetism and astronomy. NCAA Core.

Advanced Placement (AP) Physics A & B (B version)
11,12 (Year)                                                                  Prerequisite: Algebra II/Trigonometry
The major emphasis in this course is to prepare the student to take the AP Physics Test. Therefore, the emphasis will be
placed on developing problem-solving skills using physics concepts. This will be a fast-paced curriculum that requires
strong Algebra skills. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Physics test in May and, depending on
their score, receive college credit and/or advanced placement at most colleges and universities throughout the United
States. NCAA Core.

Project Lead the Way – Engineering Academy                          Prerequisite: Must have received “B” in Algebra
9,10,11,12 (Year)                                                        9th Graders may take Algebra concurrently
  Introduction to Engineering Design – This course is designed to develop a student’s problem solving skills with
  emphasis placed upon the concept of developing a 3-D model or solid rendering of an object. Students focus on
  application of visualization processes and tools provided by modern, state-of-the-art computer hardware and software.
  The course will emphasize the design development process of a product and how a model of that product is produced,
  analyzed and evaluated, using a Computer Aided Design System. This course will be required for entry into the
  PLTW Engineering Academy. This class satisfies the Occupational Education Credit and may qualify for college
  credit. Coming the Fall of 2008.
  Principles of Engineering - A course that helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology.
  Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes help students learn how engineers and technicians
  use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also
  includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change. This course will be the second of
  four classes required for the PLTW Engineering Academy. This class satisfies the Occupational Education Credit and
  may qualify for college credit. Coming the Fall of 2009.

  Civil Engineering and Architecture - This course provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and
  Architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. Students use state
  of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities. This
  course covers topics such as: The Roles of Civil Engineers and Architects; Project Planning; Site Planning; Building

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  Design; and Project Documentation and Presentation. This class satisfies the Occupational Education Credit and may
  qualify for college credit. Coming the Fall of 2009.

  Engineering Design and Development - An engineering research course in which students work in teams to research,
  design and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students apply principles developed in the
  preceding courses and are guided by a community mentor. They must present progress reports, submit a final written
  report and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year. This is the capstone
  class for PLTW Engineering Academy. This class satisfies the Occupational Education Credit and may qualify for
  college credit. This class may be cross-credited. Coming the Fall of 2010.

Anatomy and Physiology
12 (Semester)                                                                   Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry
This course is designed for the student with a possible intent towards the health care industry to acquire a working
knowledge of the fundamentals of the human body structure and function. The different areas of the body will be
studied in terms of their anatomy and function and how it relates to the whole. The final project will include a fetal pig
dissection. NCAA Core.

Environmental Science
11,12 (Semester)                                                                               Prerequisite: Biology
This class will emphasize the human relationship to the environment and will give students a knowledge of ecology
which allows them to make responsible environmental decisions. It will cover ecological principles, natural resources,
population dynamics, pollution and the environment and society. Students will be involved in lab and field research and
should plan to be out of school on at least four field trips. NCAA Core.



                                                   Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum is designed to provide an understanding of historical accomplishments and the nature
and characteristics of human behavior, geography, economics and politics. Knowledge gained from the required and
elective courses will help the student become a contributing citizen and an individual capable of
successful social interaction.

A total of three years of Social Studies are required for graduation: one year World History, one year
U.S. History and one year of Citizenship.

World History A & B
10 (Year)
This course will provide students with information and understandings relating to the development of different world
cultures, institutions and economies. Students will study the rise of early civilizations, kingdoms and empires, major
religions, nationalism, revolutions and 20th century global issues. NCAA Core.

Honors World History A & B/ Honors English 10A & B
10 (Year)
This two-semester course includes both enriched and additional elements of the English 10 and World History
curriculums. As the course emphasizes advanced reading and writing skills, students read and write extensively; reading
expectations include novels and plays. Writing expectations include a variety of composition-based projects, designed
for personal writing growth and WASL preparation. The World History objectives of the course are the same as
outlined in the World History course. In addition, the course is supplemented with the study of a historical novel as well
as problem-solving and decision-making skills. There will be an emphasis on research skills resulting in a historical
research project that encompasses both English and World History curriculum. The core curriculum is an integration of
Honors World History and Honors English including overlapping in writing and content-based projects. This class is
two periods in length. Completion of a short summer project will be required. This integrated course will prepare
students for future Advanced Placement courses. NCAA Core.

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Honors World History A & B
10 (Year)
This course covers the same objectives as outlined in the World History course. Students will study nationalism,
imperialism, revolutions and 20th century global issues. In addition, the course is supplemented with the study of a
historical novel as well as problem solving and decision- making skills. Good writing skills are essential, along with a
clear understanding of the use of the 6 Trait Writing Scale and WASL scoring. There will be an emphasis on research
skills resulting in a historical research project. The culminating requirement will be the presentation of a multi-media
project on the Cold War. Honors World History students do not need to be enrolled in Honors English. NCAA Core.

Advanced Placement (AP) European History A & B
10 (Elective: 11,12) (Year)
This course is a freshman, college-level European History class. Students will study European history since 1450
introducing students to cultural, economic, political and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping
the world in which they live. Emphasis will be on historical research of both primary and secondary natures. The
writing of historical thesis essays will also be taught and practiced. Students are encouraged to take the Advanced
Placement exam in May and, depending on their score, receive college credit and/or advanced placement at most
colleges and universities throughout the United States. NCAA Core.

U.S. History A & B
11 (Year)
U.S. History A includes history of American life, including constitutional, political, social, economic and cultural
development from the Colonial Period through World War I. U.S. History B continues from the 1920s to the present.
NCAA Core.

U.S. History Concepts A & B
11 (Year)                                                                    Prerequisite: Teacher/counselor approval
This course will include the history and government of the United States from the colonial period to contemporary
times. This course will place an emphasis on reading, comprehension and writing for those students who find traditional
history reading and writing assignments difficult. Students will sign an attendance and effort contract upon entrance into
this class.

Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History A &B
11 (Year)
This course is a freshman, college-level United States History class. Students will study the history and government of
the United States from colonization to the present. Emphasis will be on historical research of both primary and
secondary natures. The writing of historical thesis essays will also be taught and practiced. Students are encouraged to
take the Advanced Placement American History exam in May and, depending on their score, receive college credit
and/or advanced placement at most colleges and universities throughout the United States. NCAA Core.

Citizenship
12 (Year)
This senior social studies course will provide students with an understanding of American and global political and
economic principles. In addition to coursework, each student will be responsible to complete a project that demonstrates
content knowledge from coursework, as well as active participation in the community. This class satisfies the Mead
School District and Washington State graduation requirement in Senior Social Studies. NCAA Core.

Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government & Politics A & B
12 (Year)
This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory course in United States government and politics.
Emphasis will be on the following topics: the Constitution, political beliefs, political parties, interest groups, mass
media, the three branches of our government, public policy, civil rights and civil liberties. Students are encouraged to
take the AP Government and Politics exam and may receive college credit and/or advanced placement at most colleges
and universities throughout the United States. This class satisfies the Mead School District and Washington State
graduation requirement in Senior Social Studies. NCAA Core.


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Social Studies Electives:

Psychology
11,12 (Semester)
This course is an introduction to basic psychology and an examination of human behavior. Emphasis will be placed on
active involvement in class discussions and group activities. Journals, tests, essays, and a research paper will also be
used to assess performance. NCAA Core.

Sociology
11,12 (Semester)
This course is an introduction into the dynamics of society and the five basic social institutions of family, education,
government, economy and religion. The course will emphasize discussion, group projects, writing and the utilization of
sociological methods. NCAA Core.



                                                 Special Education

The following courses are available for students who qualify through the Mead School District Special Services
Department. These courses help students meet requirements in math and English for graduation.

Adaptive Physical Education A & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)
This class will develop student awareness and appreciation for physical activities that could be pursued during his/her
leisure time. Activities offered will be golf, bowling, soccer, baseball, bicycle safety and basic eye-hand coordination
games.

Life Skills
9,10,11,12 (Semester)
Instructions will be directed toward students acquiring the social skills necessary to lead healthy and productive lives.
Students will be exposed to a variety of activities aimed toward being responsible for one’s actions, managing emotions,
developing communication skills, making healthy decisions and solving problems.

Resource Math A & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)
This class provides an individualized math program designed to maintain and remediate student abilities to solve basic
problems in arithmetic.

Resource Language Arts A & B
9,10,11,12 (Semester)
This class will address written language skills as well as practice and implement techniques for time management, note
taking, self-advocacy, test taking, study strategies, pre-employment activities, job applications, résumés and interview
techniques.

Life Skills Work Based Learning
10,11,12 (Year)                         Prerequisite: Beginning and Advanced Careers; MDT recommendation only
The purpose of this class is to give qualified students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of, and experience in,
the real world of work and to further develop those skills and attitudes necessary for success. Part-time employment and
on-the-job training/job coaching is coordinated with classroom instruction. Students may work for credit and/or pay.
Transportation will be provided by the school district when possible.

Developmental Learning Centers
The curriculum for the Developmental Learning Center is highly individualized. It focuses on functional academics,
vocational skills, social and living skills. The curriculum courses include individualized instruction in communication
skills, adaptive P.E., functional academics related to daily living and vocational skills. Independent living skills are

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taught in the areas of community access, job behavior expectations, transportation use, cooking, housekeeping,
consumer purchasing, appropriate social behavior, personal safety and hygiene and grooming. This is a non-graded
program for students from age 14-21.



                                                World Languages

Communication and cultural understanding become essential as we enter the 21st century. Because of technology,
transportation and trade, language learning and proficiency are important tools in both our careers and daily lives.
Due to the colleges’ and real world’s emphasis on language proficiency—actually using the language to communicate—
the Mt. Spokane World Language Department encourages three years, and preferably four, same-language study.
Colleges often test language proficiency at entrance. College credit can be attained when taking Level III or IV French,
German or Spanish.

Students must earn a “C” or better to continue on to the next semester.
    Two consecutive years of the same foreign language are required for admission to a
       four-year institution.

French IA & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)
This class provides an introduction to the basic structures of the French language. While involved in interactive tasks,
students will practice their speaking and listening skills. Students will become acquainted with French culture through
hands-on activities. NCAA Core.

French IIA & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)
A continued study of the French language, this class adds emphasis on reading and writing with story telling and
projects geared to enhance language learning. NCAA Core.

French IIIA & B
11,12 (Year)
This class adds depth of knowledge in advanced formations of sentences, reading of literature, and preparation for the
AP exam if students desire. This is a Running Start class with the opportunity for college credit (French 196) through
EWU. Credit is transferable to other colleges. The text Mais Oui is needed for the EWU class credit. Students
wishing to obtain college credit through these classes must be enrolled in six classes at Mt. Spokane High School.
NCAA Core.

French IVA & B
11,12 (Year)
This class greatly enhances the sophistication of the students’ language skills. Exercises to train for the AP French exam
in Language will be included. This is a Running Start class with the opportunity for college credit (French 296) through
EWU. Credit is transferable to other colleges. Students wishing to obtain college credit through these classes must
be enrolled in six classes at Mt. Spokane High School. NCAA Core.

German IA & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)
Students will be introduced to the language and culture of the German speaking countries of the world. This course will
develop the four essential language skills of oral comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. NCAA Core.

German IIA & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)
Students will expand their knowledge of the language and culture of the German speaking countries of the world. This
course will further develop the four essential language skills developed in the first year. Emphasis will be on oral and
written work. NCAA Core.
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German IIIA & B
10,11,12 (Year)
Students will further expand their knowledge of the language and culture of the German speaking countries of the world.
This course will allow students to practice the four essential language skills at a high level. Students will be expected to
refine their language skills and develop a greater proficiency in German. Possible opportunity for college credit.
(Students registering for EWU – credit will be required to buy the EWU textbook for the course.) Students wishing to
obtain college credit through these classes must be enrolled in six classes at Mt. Spokane High School. NCAA
Core.

German IVA & B
10,11,12 (Year)
Students will further expand their knowledge of the language and culture of the German speaking countries of the world.
This course will allow students to practice the four essential language skills at a high level. Students will be expected to
refine their language skills and develop a greater proficiency in German. Note: Students may use this class to prepare
for the Advanced Placement German test in May and, depending on their score, receive college credit and/or advanced
placement at most colleges and universities. Possible opportunity for college credit. (Students registering for EWU –
credit will be required to buy the EWU textbook for the course.) Students wishing to obtain college credit through
these classes must be enrolled in six classes at Mt. Spokane High School. NCAA Core.

Spanish IA & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)
Students will acquire the tools to communicate in Spanish at a beginning level through listening, speaking, reading and
writing. A variety of interactive learning methods will be used in this foundation course. NCAA Core.

Spanish IIA & B
9,10,11,12 (Year)                                                         Prerequisite: “C” or better in Spanish I A & B
Students will gain further proficiency in using the Spanish language through listening, speaking, reading and writing. A
variety of interactive activities will be used in this foundation course. NCAA Core.

Spanish IIIA & B (Spanish 103)
10,11,12 (Year)                                                       Prerequisite: “C” or better in Spanish II A & B
This is a Running Start course in which students earn five college credits upon receiving a passing grade for both
semesters of class. The credits are earned through Eastern Washington University and are transferable college credits.
Students are required to purchase a college textbook, but the credits earned are free. The course focuses on increasing
knowledge of grammatical concepts, as well as improving comprehension and speaking skills. Students will also be
required to study the culture, history and politics of the Hispanic countries of the world. Students wishing to obtain
college credit through these classes must be enrolled in six classes at Mt. Spokane High School. NCAA Core.

Spanish IVA & B (Spanish 201)
10,11,12 (Year)                                                      Prerequisite: “C” or better in Spanish III A & B
This is a Running Start course in which, after passing both semesters, students earn five college credits from Eastern
Washington University. Once again, textbook purchase is required, but the credits earned are free. This course involves
more complex readings, writings and continued analysis of advanced grammar. This course is primarily taught in
Spanish; very little English is spoken in the classroom. Students are required to speak in Spanish in class the majority of
the time. Students wishing to obtain college credit through these classes must be enrolled in six classes at Mt.
Spokane High School. NCAA Core.




                                                       Statement of Nondiscrimination
The Mead School District complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin,
sex or handicap. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular school
activities. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures may be directed to the school district’s Title IX/RCW 28A.640.



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