Cadillac High School Curriculum Guide
2017-2018  in progress

 
Graduation Requirements
To graduate from Cadillac High School, students must successfully complete 27.5 credits including the following:

4 Credits Mathematics (1 credit Algebra I, 1 credit Geometry, 1 credit Algebra II, 1 credit of Math in final year of high school)
4 Credits English Language Arts (English 9, English 10, English 11, English 12)
3 Credits Science (1 credit Biology, 1 credit Physics,Chemistry, Anatomy, or CTC AgriScience & 1 additional credit of Science)
3 Credits Social Studies (0.5 credit Civics, 0.5 credit Economics or Personal Finance, 1 credit US History and Geography, 1 credit World History and Geography)  (One credit of Social Studies may be replaced by 1 credit of CTC excluding Civics)
1 Credit Physical Education and Health
1 Credit Visual, Performing and Applied Arts
Online learning experience (a course, learning or integrated experience)
2 Credits World Languages (Starting with the class of 2016)  One credit may be replaced by 1 credit of CTC

All students must be enrolled in the equivalent of five (5) classes each term.            
In order to graduate, a student must complete the SAT, Work Keys, and M-STEP state-required assessments.
The drop and add period is the first ten (10) school days of each term. A student may drop or add a class without penalty during the first five (5) days. During the second five (5) days, a student may drop or add without penalty with teacher recommendation only.

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General Policies

General Policies

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Business Education & Computer Science

Business Education & Computer Science

Philosophy and Objectives

The role of the Business Education Department is to maintain a curriculum which is designed to meet the needs of: 1. Those students who wish to enter the business world upon completion of their high school courses; 2. Those students who wish to take preparatory courses which will enable them to qualify for the advanced training at the Wexford-Missaukee Vocational School; and 3. Those students who plan to continue their education at the college or university level.

Objectives
:
1. Make a contribution to general education by providing worthwhile experiences for students to handle their business affairs successfully as well as becoming intelligent, productive citizens.
2. Provide students with knowledge about specialized vocational education and help them gain the skills needed for the achievement of vocational competencies to meet business entrance requirements.
3. Provide activities to develop the background needed by those students planning to major in the business area in college or vocational schools.
4. Stress the practical application of learning.
5. Encourage students to be informed consumers and law abiding citizens.
6. Develop in students the desire for good work habits -- neatness, accuracy, legibility, punctuality, and organization.
7. Help students make decisions about their careers, help them secure employment during high school and after graduation, and acquaint them with local job opportunities.

Course Offerings

Business Courses

PERSONAL FINANCE A/B
.50 OR 1.0 credit/One or two terms  (B can be taken without A)     This course is eligible for .50-1.00 credit of senior math

DESCRIPTION:
Introduces the role of business in the lives of individuals, consumers, workers, and citizens; provides an overview of economic systems with emphasis on the free enterprise system and the American Economy; explores the characteristics of business; explores international business, government’s role in business, technology in the business setting, and legal and ethical business issues; examines consumer issues regarding money and money management, banking systems and services, paychecks and taxes relating to decisions, rights, responsibilities, and competencies of an individual; develops an awareness of the job market and opportunities including entrepreneurial; develops an understanding of the workplace and workforce; assists in the development of a career plan and employability skills.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
TEXT: Introduction to Business / Dave Ramsey Program


ACCOUNTING 1 A/B     This course is eligible for .50-1.00 credit of senior math   
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
Accounting 1 is for students who desire to begin preparation for a career in accounting, careers in related business fields for which mastery of some accounting knowledge and skill is needed, and for students who wish to learn accounting for their own personal use. An individual should like to work with numbers in a neat and organized manner. Study progresses from the complete accounting cycle for a sole proprietorship to the accounting cycle for a partnership to the accounting cycle for a corporation. Each student will complete a set of books.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 10-12
PREREQUISITE: None
TEXT: Century 21 Accounting


ACCOUNTING 2 A/B    This course is eligible for .50-1.00 credit of senior math 
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
Accounting 2 is suggested for those who display a special aptitude and interest in the field of accounting.  New learning will build on the accounting principles and procedures presented in the first course with emphasis on corporate accounting and financial analysis.  Students will study automated accounting and will use software that correlates with the textbook to solve problems on the computer. 
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Accounting 1 A/B
TEXT: Century 21 Accounting


 



Computer Science Courses
 
COMPUTER DESIGN AND PUBLISHING
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This is a one term course designed to give an overview of Desktop Publishing using the software Adobe InDesign. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and tools of the program while learning different layout techniques with the use of graphics, scanners, and the Internet. 
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None, but a term of keyboarding is recommended.


COMPUTER DIGITAL IMAGING AND PHOTOSHOP

0.5 credit/one term      
DESCRIPTION: 
This course is designed for the student who wants to learn about digital imaging. Students will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop CS6, and then use this information to design their own posters, CD covers, and many other projects. The class is also an introduction to the manipulation of photographic images for print and web. Topics include: photo correction, file formats, layers and filters.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12


COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND ILLUSTRATOR
 
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed for the student who really wants to learn how to create vector-based graphics for page layout, multimedia, and the web. The student will learn the program Adobe Illustrator CS6 while doing many projects. You will learn the many tools used in creating and modifying illustrations, and then learn a variety of file formats to be used with other software programs.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None, but completing Photoshop & Digital Imaging is preferred.


COMPUTER MARKETING AND ADVERTISING
  Advanced computer class - see your counselor for details
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
Students will be designing and creating jobs for the school district while also designing a new business. Students will develop new products, design logos and packaging, as well as learn how to sell their product or business by creating many advertising tools. Students will also learn how to develop negatives, burn screens, and then screen print on clothing. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator will continue to be used.  Students may elect to take this class for one or more terms.
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITES: Graphic Arts & Illustrator and preferably Photoshop & Digital Imaging


WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
The Web Design and Development curriculum is an introduction to the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and websites. Students learn how to:
- critically evaluate website quality.
- create and maintain quality web pages.
- incorporate web design standards and accessibility into their websites.
- create and manipulate images.
The course progresses from introductory work on web design to a culminating project in which students design and develop websites for actual or fictitious businesses or local community organizations. Students will progress from using XHTML, to incorporating CSS, to an introduction to web authoring software. This course establishes a solid foundation for students to continue their studies in Advanced Web Design and Development.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12


COMPUTER CODING AND PROGRAMMING  
   
0.5 credit/one term 
DESCRIPTION:
This is a computer coding and programming course where students will learn to write computer programs.  This course will be project based and develop a student's critical thinking, problem solving, aesthetic designing and storytelling skills through the vehicle of computer coding and programming. 
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Grade 11-12 or completion of Algebra I with a B or better

 

 

CAREER LEADERSHIP:  10TH    2017-18 Pending Board Approval

0.50 credit/one term

DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed to prepare young people for the real world.  It gives them the skills they need to reach their goals and live up to their potential - at school, home and work.


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Family & Consumer Sciences

Family & Consumer Sciences

Philosophy and Objectives

In the belief that education should promote the growth of the whole individual: physical, intellectual, emotional, and social, we believe the Family and Consumer Sciences program encourages and supports the quality, growth, and stability of the family unit through the development of each member as a responsible, independent individual and as a contributing participant of society.

 

Objectives:
1. To provide classroom experiences that will influence students’ feelings of personal worth and improve their ability to relate positively with others.
2. To provide opportunities for learning management skills as they relate to everyday living.
3. To teach basic skills in the Family and Consumer Sciences.
4. To help prepare students for the dual role of a career and homemaking.
5. To introduce students to occupations which involve knowledge and skills in the Family and Consumer Sciences.
6. To provide pre-vocational opportunities for students interested in Family and Consumer Sciences at the Wexford-Missaukee Area Career Technical Center.

Course Offerings

FAMILY LIVING  
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This class emphasizes the understanding of yourself as an initial step to building relationships and establishing a family unit. Teaching methods include: discussion, group work, media, reading, community resources and more. The course will discuss building relationships, communication, handling conflict, living in families, forming families, changing life styles and coping with family breakdown--death and divorce.
GRADE LEVEL: Grades 10-12

FOOD SCIENCE  
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
Food Science is a one term course in which students use the scientific method to study the biological and chemical basis for food preparation, preservation, processing, and fermentation. Basic food preparation skills are taught and practiced in this class. Students will develop laboratory, writing, and reasoning skills through gathering, recording, and graphing data; writing laboratory and short research projects; and predicting and evaluating laboratory results.  This course can be taken as an additional science class required for graduation. 
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12

HOME INTERIORS
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION
This course will allow students to explore the psychological, physiologically and sociological needs of individuals in relation to their home environment.  Interior Design is of special interest to anyone wishing to impact their own personal living space or those interested in careers related to Interior Design, Home Construction or Furnishings, Architecture, Engineering, Art, and more.  As a basic course in home interiors, it will cover such topics as basic elements and principles of design, basic architectural and furniture styles, current building techniques, trends and materials, selection and arrangement of furnishings and accessories, and consumer housing issues.  The skills and knowledge gained in this course will be applied in oral, written, and visual presentations.  This course may be taken to satisfy the State of Michigan’s curricular requirement for Visual, Performing or Practical Arts.
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12

NUTRITION   
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
Nutrition looks at the interactions between foods and the living organism. Cooking and food preparation skills are an important part of this class. Individual nutrients are analyzed as to their effect on the body and how they can be obtained. Basic health issues and their relationship to food choices are discussed. Guidelines to help plan appropriate diets for optimum health are presented.  Basic knowledge will be geared to enable the students to evaluate the information and misinformation about foods, nutrition and health issues presented through mass media.  Nutrition is taught using lectures, demonstrations and lab experiences related to food & food preparation. This course can be taken as an additional science class required for graduation. 
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12

PARENTING & CHILD DEVELOPMENT
(PARENTHOOD EDUCATION)
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This class was designed to increase the understanding of how effective parenting influences and shapes a child’s life from conception to adulthood. Areas of concentration are: prenatal development, birth, physical, emotional and intellectual development, and tips for discipline and effective parenting. This course is particularly helpful to those who plan to pursue careers in teaching, social work, counseling, and medicine or to any who plan to be parents in the future.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12

SERVICE LEARNING WORKSHOP
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to help students develop skills necessary to become contributing members of society. Students will determine the needs of the community and develop a plan of action that addresses these needs while  balancing school, family, work, and social commitment. They will have the opportunity to “get involved” through hands-on projects that tie the classroom and the community together.  Students will be expected to donate a reasonable amount of time to approved local community projects.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12

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Mathematics

Mathematics

Course Offerings

ALGEBRA I  A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
Algebra is designed to give the student both the theory and practice essential in understanding the structure and applications of the real number system. Emphasis is on problem solving using algebra skills such as solving linear equations and graphing.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-10
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Pre-Algebra
TEXT: ALGEBRA 1 – PEARSON

EXTENDED ALGEBRA I A/B/C
1.5 credits/three terms
DESCRIPTION:
This class is specifically designed to assist students who need concentrated and more individualized help in meeting the outcomes for Algebra.  Algebra is designed to give the student both the theory and practice essential in understanding the structure and applications of the real number system. Emphasis is on problem solving using algebra skills such as solving linear equations and graphing.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-10
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Pre-Algebra and teacher/counselor recommendation
TEXT: ALGEBRA 1 – PEARSON

GEOMETRY A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
Geometry is the study of two and three-dimensional figures. The course includes the study of transformations, proofs, congruence, similarity, triangles, quadrilaterals, area, and volume.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-11
PREREQUISITE: Junior High Algebra instructor recommendation or an Algebra credit in the High School.

TEXT: GEOMETRY - PEARSON
 
   

EXTENDED GEOMETRY  

1.5 credits/three terms  

 DESCRIPTION: 

This class is specifically designed to assist students who need concentrated and more individualized help in meeting the outcomes for

Geometry.  Geometry is the study of two and three-dimensional figures.  The course includes the study of transformations, proofs,

congruence, similarity, triangles, quadrilaterals, area, and volume.   

GRADE LEVEL:  10-11   

PREREQUISITE:  Completion of Algebra I Extended and teacher/counselor recommendation.   

TEXT:  GEOMETRY - PEARSON

 

ALGEBRA II A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This course includes the study of linear and quadratic equations, functions, sequences, rational and irrational numbers, complex numbers and their applications. This course also incorporates the study of logarithms and right triangle trigonometry to solve problems. Emphasis is on the relationship between the algebraic expression and its graphics representation. A graphing calculator is required.
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Geometry
TEXT: ALGEBRA 2 - PEARSON

EXTENDED ALGEBRA II A/B/C/D  (Year 1 and Year 2)
2.0 credits/four terms over two years
DESCRIPTION:
This class is specifically designed to assist students who need concentrated and more individualized help in meeting the outcomes for Algebra 2.  This course includes the study of linear and quadratic equations, functions, sequences, rational and irrational numbers, complex numbers and their applications. This course also incorporates the study of logarithms and right triangle trigonometry to solve problems. Emphasis is on the relationship between the algebraic expression and its graphics representation. A graphing calculator is required.
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Geometry and teacher/counselor recommendation
TEXT: ALGEBRA 2 - PEARSON

 

STATISTICS
.50 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:  

STATISTICS is a one term course designed for college bound students.  Students will collect, analyze, describe, interpret, and model numerical data through their study of statistics.     A graphing calculator is required.
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Algebra 2

TEXT: FUNCTIONS, STATISTICS, and TRIGONOMETRY - UCSMP

 

 

TRIGONOMETRY
.50 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
TRIGONOMETRY is a one term course designed for college bound students. Traditional topics of trigonometry and several different “families” of functions are studied along with their real-world applications.  

GRADE LEVEL: 11-12

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Algebra 2

TEXT: FUNCTIONS, STATISTICS, and TRIGONOMETRY - UCSMP

 

 
DE  PRE-CALCULUS A/B          Direct Credit/College Credit Course
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
Pre-Calculus is a course intended for the college-bound student who intends to pursue a degree in a mathematical or science related field. The course lays the foundation for success in AP Calculus by emphasizing college algebra, trigonometry, vectors, polar coordinates, parametric equations, and limits.
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Algebra 2 (B+ or better recommended)
TEXT: PRE-CALCULUS – Enhanced with Graphing Utilities 6th Ed. Sullivan/Sullivan

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS A/B/C
1.5 credits/three terms
DESCRIPTION:
Calculus is intended for students who are planning on pursuing a degree in college which requires Calculus. A student may earn college credit by taking the AP exam in May. Emphasis is placed on limits, differentiation, and integration. This course is equivalent to a full year of a college calculus course. A graphing calculator is required.
GRADE LEVEL: 12 ONLY
PREREQUISITE: Pre-Calculus (B or better recommended)
TEXT: CALCULUS--SINGLE VARIABLE- Hughes Hallett - Willey Publishing

 

CONCEPTS OF ENGINEERING          This course may count as either a .50 math or science credit

0.5 CREDIT/ONE TERM

DESCRIPTION:

See course description listed under the Science Department. 

GRADE LEVEL: 11-12

 



Philosophy and Objectives

On the precedent that mathematics is fundamental to every individual, the Mathematics Department exists to enlighten, encourage, and develop desirable attitudes, appreciations, and practical aspects of mathematics.

Outcomes:
1. The student will have confidence in his ability to deal with math in the real world.
2. The student will be able to use problem solving techniques to solve problems.
3. The student will be able to apply math concepts in his daily life.

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Social Studies

Social Studies

Course Offerings

CIVICS
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
Civics will build on political concepts begun in elementary and junior high in preparation for high school.  It will focus on a person’s civic responsibility and structure of American government.  Attention will be given to the study of the Constitution and America’s overall political process.
GRADE LEVEL:  Required for grade 9
TEXT:  CIVICS TODAY – Glencoe

ECONOMICS
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
The study of Economics helps us deal with global and domestic economics issues.  The course will focus on consumer, micro, and macro themes.  We will also study how individuals, families, businesses, and societies use limited resources to fill unlimited wants.  The course will be taught using real world examples applicable to the lives of our students.
GRADE LEVEL:  Required for grade 9
TEXT:  Economics Today and Tomorrow  - Glencoe

WORLD HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
World History and Geography is a two-term required course for sophomores.  Students will engage in an integrative study of historical and geographic themes, patterns, and concepts.  They will examine world history eras through global, interregional, and regional lenses.  Students will cultivate social studies skills, processes, and habits of mind such as research, inquiry and analysis.  Content will include an overview of major eras of world history.
GRADE LEVEL: Required for grade 10
TEXT: TCI World Connections


US HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
The purpose of this course is threefold:
1. To introduce students to the major economic, social, political, and intellectual movements between the years 1890 and the present.
2. To enable students to evaluate historical information and to make sound political, economic, and social decisions.
3. To engender students with a strong sense of history that will enable them to be integral members of a democratic country.
GRADE LEVEL: Required for grade 11
TEXT: History Alive!  Pursuing American Ideals
 
HISTORY OF LAW
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
History of Law offers students a practical understanding of law and the legal system. Students will gain an improved understanding of the fundamental principles and values underlying the U.S. Constitution and laws. Students will be exposed to a fundamental knowledge of criminal and civil law as it applies to their everyday life. Classroom discussion will be supplemented by special speakers, a courtroom visit, jail visit, and the study of related law cases.
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
TEXT: STREET LAW - West Publishing Company

US GOVERNMENT
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
The general tenor of this course will be to offer a type of capstone experience for students.  The course will first review key concepts from the 9th grade Civics curriculum.  The bulk of the course will provide insight into state and local politics.  Special attention will be given to topics which challenge both our state and our cities.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 10-12

 

HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL ERA

0.5 credit/one term

DESCRIPTION:

This elective course examines the historical origins and evolution of rock and roll music within the context of cultural, social, political and economic history, elaborating on the pervasiveness and persuasiveness of rock and roll in modern society. 

GRADE LEVEL: 11-12    Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, U.S. History is preferred. 

 

MICHIGAN HISTORY     Pending Student Survey and Board Approval for 2016-17

0.5 credit/one term

DESCRIPTION:

History of Michigan discussing the economic and geographic importance to the formation of our state. This course will talk about the local settlements as well as the settlements of key cities around the state. Analyze the importance of Michigan within U.S. History with concentration on politics and economic influence. This class will tell the story of Michigan’s past, open awareness as to local, state and national influence and discuss the current status of our state.

GRADE LEVEL:  10-12

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS    Pending Student Survey and Board Approval for 2016-17

 0.5 CREDIT/ONE TERM

DESCRIPTION:

This would be a 1 trimester course that would include the study of the nation, state, and international law. Areas included in the study would be Europe, China, The Far East, The Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the study of the United Nations through its history and development, structure and problems.

 

We would also use Statecraft (click here), an online International Relations app used for college and upper level International Relations courses.

GRADE LEVEL:  11-12

SOCIOLOGY I
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This course will focus on the more theoretical aspects in the field of sociology.  Special attention will be given to concepts such as culture, socialization, social structure, social stratification, and other topics which specifically investigate sociology as a social science.  Throughout the course, students will view these topics using standard social perspectives.  Additionally, a major research project will help students apply objectives learned in class.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 11-12

SOCIOLOGY II 
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
Sociology II incorporates more specific social understanding than Sociology I.  Insight into social institutions will be the focus of this class.  How societies deal with the economy, politics, marriage/family, education, religion, aging and death/dying will be explored.  The class finishes with a look into the future by tackling the topic of social change.  A major research project will be included in the coursework.  Sociology I is not a prerequisite but is recommended.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 11-12

PSYCHOLOGY
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
Psychology is an elective course that strives to give students an introduction to the field of psychology and a better understanding of human behavior. Exploration of the human mind will include studies of the various theories of psychology, the development of personality, the workings of the human brain, the areas of intelligence and memory, and issues of learning and behavior. Students will also explore psychological disorders and the effects of stress on all of us.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 11-12

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This course is a challenging, elective class aimed at preparing students for the Advanced Placement exam and for college coursework.  In this course, students will further their understanding of psychology as the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes. They will examine and analyze the major concerns of psychology, including research methods, biological bases of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, thinking, memory, motivation, emotion, development, and psychological disorders. Ideally, students wishing to take Advanced Placement Psychology should enroll in Psychology first term and AP Psychology for the remaining two terms of the same year.
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Psychology (recommended B or better average)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORLD HISTORY A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
The AP History course is based on a global perspective of the world and human interactions from 8000 BCE to present day, using the five themes outlined in the College Board’s AP World History Course Description consistently throughout the course.  This is an effort to understand the breadth of human history while also analyzing in depth specific topics.  Students will refine their analytical abilities and critical thinking skills in order to understand historical and geographical context, make comparisons across cultures and time, use documents and other primary sources, and recognize and discuss different interpretations and historical frameworks.  This class is geared toward students who want to take the Advanced Placement Exam in World History to earn college credit.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 11-12
TEXT: World Civilizations: The Global Experience

Philosophy and Objectives

Social Studies attempts to acquaint students with a better understanding of themselves and the world in which they live; to show those things we have in common with others, while at the same time showing students their own uniqueness in a world that seems to have an abundance of sameness. Lastly, Social Studies should point out to the students their RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES as intelligent, decision-making participants of the community.

 

Objectives:
1. To be able to express one’s self clearly and effectively both orally and in written form.
2. To be able to separate those statements of fact from fiction in making an objective decision.
3. To be able to relate the organized content of Social Studies to one’s own life.
VALUES AND ATTITUDES:
1. To make a commitment to the preservation of rights, privileges and responsibilities of free man.
2. To realize we live in a dynamic society and that we must learn to recognize the need for change, to initiate it, and to adjust to it or modify it according to our American values.

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World Languages

World Languages

Course Offerings

FRENCH 1 A/B   
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
French 1 is the beginning level where students learn vocabulary by active listening and acting out common situations. TPRS/TPR-S are strategies used to facilitate active communication. The primary
emphasis is to develop a basic understanding of the French language in order to communicate. French culture and the geography of France and Francophone countries will be introduced.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
TEXT: C’est à Toi, EMC

FRENCH 2 A/B   
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This is a continuation of French 1. Communication in French in the classroom is the goal for the second semester. The primary emphasis is to speak and be able to understand other people speaking French.
Conversational skills and grammar will continue to be developed. The culture and traditions of France & Francophone countries will be discussed.
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: French 1
TEXT: C’est à Toi, EMC

FRENCH 3 A/B  
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
French 3 is a continuation of French 2. A greater emphasis is placed on oral proficiency and fluency in speaking French. A variety of topics related to everyday life will be discussed in order to build a richer vocabulary. Grammar and writing skills will continue to be developed. The culture and history of France and its provinces will be discussed in greater depth.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 11-12
PREREQUISITE: French 1 and French 2
TEXT: C’est à Toi, EMC

FRENCH 4 A/B  
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
French 4 is designed for the students’ individual needs. The main goal is to build the students’ proficiency and fluency so that self-expression in the target language comes with ease and confidence. Contemporary topics and literature will be included for reading, writing, and discussion. Grammar will be continued. Students may be offered the opportunity to teach at elementary schools.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grade 12
PREREQUISITE: French 1, French 2, and French 3
TEXT: C’est à Toi, EMC

SPANISH 1 A/B   
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
Spanish 1 is a beginning course in the Spanish language. Emphasis will be placed on listening and responding to the spoken structures through active participation. Students will be instructed with TPR and TPR-S in order to develop listening and speaking skills. A variety of techniques will be implemented to increase exposure to vocabulary building and ultimately narration of stories. Capitalizing on the students’ creativity, students will be given opportunities to write, illustrate, act out and share original stories in Spanish. Students will also acquire a basic understanding of various Spanish speaking countries, customs and peoples.
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
TEXT: Melinda Forward

SPANISH 2 A/B   
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
Spanish 2 is a continuation of Spanish 1. Students will be encouraged to continue to improve their skills in speaking, reading, and writing through the continued use of communicative activities. The study of
basic grammatical structures will continue as will the study of the people, cultures, and customs of Spanish speaking countries. Some examples of Hispanic literature will be explored in the course of study.
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Spanish 1
TEXT: Realidades

SPANISH 3 A/B  
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
Spanish 3 is a continuation of Spanish 2. Spanish 3 students are expected to communicate with a higher quality of fluency and oral proficiency. Emphasis is placed on refining grammar, improving pronunciation, building a richer vocabulary, writing creatively, and examining in greater depth the everyday life of Spanish and Spanish-American peoples.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Spanish 2
TEXT: Realidades

SPANISH 4 A/B  
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
Spanish 4 is designed to further develop reading, writing and oral skills. A variety of contemporary topics based on present day subjects of broad appeal are presented to give the student a better understanding of the multiple aspects of Hispanic culture and civilization. Emphasis is on reviewing grammar, vocabulary building, and greater fluency in speaking Spanish. Students may be given the opportunity to teach Spanish at the elementary schools.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Spanish 3
TEXT: Realidades; Otras gentes, otros modos

 

 

 

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Philosophy and Objectives

To express oneself in another language is a great accomplishment and gives one a great sense of pride. To open a window to another part of the world makes us a more versatile and adaptable individuals. Learning a foreign language opens a door to another culture and lets us see how others live.

Objectives:
1. To enable students to learn to communicate in another language through the use of traditional instructional methods and TPR (Total Physical Response).
2. To hear and use the language in natural situations in the classroom and elsewhere.
3. To enable the student to master the basic skills in listening, speaking and writing, and to continue building upon these basic skills.
4. To develop an interest in and an understanding of the people, culture, customs, and geography of the target language.
5. To acquire language learning skills that can be used outside of school to improve one’s own ability to speak, read and write the language.
6. To facilitate the student in preparation for more advanced study in high school, university or elsewhere.
7. To emphasize the importance and worth of each individual so that he or she may connect to the global community.

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Art (VPAA)

Art (Visual, Performing & Applied Arts)

Course Offerings

 ART I A/B   
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This is a two-term course designed to introduce the novice to the elements and principles of art through a variety of mediums and techniques. Art production will be stressed with some study of art appreciation/history.
The Art I student will experience decision making problems which will build higher level thought processes and creativity. By introducing Drawing/Painting/Sculpture/Design, the Art I student will have knowledge of each art aspect to better decide on continuation of progressions for
Art II.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12

ART II A/B   
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This is a two-term course designed to further develop the skills, knowledge, and techniques of the Art I student through a more in depth study of the elements and principles of art as well as  more advanced projects.  More emphasis will be placed on Drawing and Painting, Design, Clay and Sculpture. Various mediums will be experienced while solving 2 and/or 3 dimensional problems. Advanced problems will encourage more individual decision-making based on the continued study of historical and contemporary artists. Critiques, aesthetics and appreciation will be introduced, and the production and development of an overall portfolio will begin.
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Required Art I with a C or better or permission of instructor

ART III A/B   

1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
Art III is a two-term course designed as a natural progression of developing skills, knowledge, and techniques from Art I and II.  Emphasis will be on the continued development of the portfolio.  Portfolios will be reviewed and directed in areas of strengths and weaknesses so that the student will possess a comprehensive array of completed works if preparing for a college portfolio, presentation, and application.  Additional attention will be given on expanding knowledge in the areas of history/appreciation, critiques and criticisms, with particular emphasis on art history.  
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Required Art I and II with a C or better or permission of instructor


ART IV A/B   

1.0 credit/two terms

DESCRIPTION:

Art IV A/B is a two-term course designed as an independently guided studio class with competencies tested and displayed at a culminating Senior Exhibition.  The graduating student will have developed significant skill in the production of art work using a variety of mediums, and an advanced level of appreciation for art in their personal and/or professional futures. 

GRADE LEVEL: 12

PREREQUISITE:  Art I, II, and III with a C or better or permission of instructor.

PHOTOGRAPHY 
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This challenging one term class is designed for the aspiring film photographer. Basic 35mm film camera operation and Black and White negative development and print processing will be stressed. With both classroom work and darkroom experience provided, the student will develop photography skills to use as a hobby, artistic outlet, or career goal. Students MUST have available for use a 35mm camera with adjustable f/stop and shutter speed capabilities.
NO AUTOMATIC 35mm CAMERAS ALLOWED. Three school owned cameras are available on a first come basis. See instructor the first day of class.
Lab Fee: $30.00 A starter packet will be given for the $30.00 fee. Any paper and film needed after starter packet is depleted will be the responsibility of the student to purchase. Additional film and paper are available from the instructor.
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12

PREREQUISITE:  Art 1 is recommended but not required.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

0.5 credit/one term

Description:

The student will develop and use photography skills to use as a hobby, artistic outlet or career goal with the use of a cell phone, I-Pad, Computer or other type of electronic device.

GRADE LEVEL:  9-12
NOTE: Transfer students will need permission of the instructor to enter upper level Art courses.  Examples of previous work and abilities will be evaluated for appropriate placement level.  Students wishing to take courses of Art I-IV out of sync must demonstrate adequate ability for the requested course of study.  Permission to skip a level must be approved by the instructor.

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ELA Communications (VPAA)

ELA Communications (Visual, Performing & Applied Arts)

Course Offerings

BASIC COMMUNICATION  May be taken prior to Oral Communication but not after
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to give the students the basic communication skills that a person should perfect for everyday life.  Areas of concentration include the communication process, inter- and intra-personal communication, small group communication, one-to-many communication, the art of listening, persuasion, and the art of speaking. Students will perform in class as well as out-of-class communication exercises.  Students may NOT elect this class if they have already taken ORAL COMMUNICATION.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 9-12

TEXT: Speech: Exploring Communication

 

DE ORAL COMMUNICATION   Concurrent Enrollment/College Credit Course

.50 credit/one term

DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to earn college credit while increasing public speaking skills.  Students will perform a minimum of six oral presentations which will include selections from the following:  introduction, impromptu, persuasive, demonstration, informative, and commemorative.  One speech must address global awareness and/or cultural diversity.  Speech lengths and research expectations will be that of a college level course.  The focus of speech preparation will be on credible research and effective outline preparation.  Visual aid preparation also will be expected on many of the speeches in the trimester.  A minimum grade average of B- in high school English is recommended prior to electing this course and a minimum grade earned in the course is required to earn college credit.  Students should expect to have out of class, online work weekly.

Students do not have to take basic communication prior to taking oral communication but they cannot take it afterwards.

GRADE LEVEL:  Elective for grades 11-12

TEXT:  The Art of Public Speaking, 11th Edition.  Stephen E. Lucas.  McGraw-Hill, INC.


FORENSICS   
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This course offers participation in individual speech performance events. Students will perform and compete in one of the following areas: Interpretive Reading (prose, storytelling, poetry, drama, duo, or multiple), Public Speaking (oratory, sales, or informative) or Limited Prep Speaking (broadcasting, extemporaneous or impromptu). This is a co-curricular class; students should be aware that most competitions take place on Saturdays throughout the State. Students may take this course for multiple years. 
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 9-12
PREREQUISITE: One faculty recommendation.

PERFORMING ARTS  Not offered in 2017-2018
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This course will provide a beginning study of theatre. Students will have the opportunity to perform in many different venues, including monologue, duos, multiple scenes, great pretenders, improvisational exercises, and much more.  All units of study will include a performance in front of a live audience.  Students electing this class may do so only one trimester in grades 9-12.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 9-12

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Music (VPAA)

Music (Visual, Performing & Applied Arts)

Course Offerings

MARCHING BAND  
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
Marching Band will offer students marching experiences. Activities will include several marching events including M.S.B.O.A District Festival, exhibitions, parades, all home football games, and possibly play-off games. There will be a required Marching Band Camp prior to the start of school, plus several extra rehearsals each week during marching season. All after-school sectionals and performances are required.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 (first term only)
PREREQUISITE: Must possess musical ability of a high school student and approval of the director.

COLOR GUARD  
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This is designed for students who are interested in marching with the HS Marching Band in an auxiliary capacity. Auditions for the HS Color Guard will take place in the spring the previous school year. All guard members selected must be in attendance at the Marching Band’s summer camp (prior to the start of school).  All scheduled after-school sectionals and performances are required.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grade 9-12 (first term only)
PREREQUISITE: Audition and approval of director.

SYMPHONY BAND A/B  
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
Symphony Band is designed for students with advanced ability who are interested in performing moderately advanced high school literature. Students in this ensemble must be enrolled for the entire year.  All performances, MSBOA Band Festivals, Christmas Concerts, and scheduled sectionals are required.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 (second and third terms only)
PREREQUISITE: Must possess musical ability of a high school student and approval of the director.

HONORS JAZZ BAND A/B/C (Not offered in 2015-2016)   
1.5 credits/three terms
DESCRIPTION:
Jazz Band will offer the more skilled musician a variety of performance experiences. Auditions for this ensemble will take place in the spring the previous school year. Students will be exposed to various styles, music theory, and jazz improvisation. Activities will include numerous local performances, Fall Concert, Christmas and Spring Concerts, and various Jazz Festivals. Students selected must be enrolled for the entire year. All performances and scheduled sectionals are required.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 (for entire year)
PREREQUISITE: By audition only (spring of previous school year) and approval of the director.

STRING ORCHESTRA  A/B/C
1.5 credits/three terms
DESCRIPTION:
Students will study a variety of literature from Baroque to Contemporary periods. Students will also receive training in sight reading, music theory, music history, and proper technique. All performances are required.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: Must possess musical ability of a high school student.

CHORALE A/B/C   
1.5 credits/three terms
DESCRIPTION:
Chorale is a high school performing group, designed for students who desire to seriously study intermediate to advanced levels of music. The repertoire consists of diverse genres ranging from Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary composers. Students will develop and become proficient in areas of music theory, history, and literacy, as well as sight singing and performance.  Chorale singer requirements include performance in MSVMA events and several school and community events.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12 
PREREQUISITE: Recommendation of director

HONORS CHOIR A/B/C 
1.5 credits/three terms
DESCRIPTION:
The Honors Choir is a select performing group, designed for students with advanced vocal ability and skill.  Honors Choir performs a varied repertoire of advanced compositions ranging from madrigal, classical, and sacred selections to contemporary and a cappella selections.  Students will develop and hone proficiency in sight singing and ensemble performance as well as music theory, history, and literacy.  The Honors Choir entails involvement in several MSVMA, school and community concerts throughout the year.  Members are required to perform in all concerts.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: One credit of Chorale by audition and director approval only

Philosophy and Objectives

Active involvement in musical activities contributes to the growth of the individual through the development of his innate aesthetic potential. Music Education functions in the realm of aesthetic education when individuals are encouraged to perceive music keenly, to react to it, evaluate it intelligently, and to value it deeply.

Objective:
The objective of the school, through the Music Department, is to offer a music education program that meets a wide range of student needs. This is done by providing opportunities for students to acquire tools and competencies which they may use in and out of school and by stimulating their appetites for continued growth in musicianship and in their ability to function freely in new musical experiences.

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English Language Arts

English Language Arts

Course Offerings

Courses in the English Department include the reading of specific literature.  Major works have been listed with course descriptions when possible.  For a complete list of works covered, please see the instructor or the course syllabus.



9th grade Course Offerings:

ENGLISH 9 A/B   
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This will be a broad-based class in which all students will be challenged.  Students will learn to recognize classifications and structural elements of literature, to evaluate and react critically to what they read, to respond to literature with many kinds of writing, to develop many strategies for writing for different purposes, to develop appropriate study skills, and to use library facilities to locate, evaluate and use information.
MAJOR WORKS: The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, To Kill a
Mockingbird, (others subject to instructor selection).

HONORS ENGLISH 9 A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This challenging class will meet all of the outcomes for English 9 with accelerated speed, supplemental materials, and emphasis on higher level thinking skills. Students will be expected to participate in a summer reading program and to engage in critical analysis of a variety of materials. In the area of writing skills, the class will emphasize expository and persuasive writing, developing a voice, improving clarity and following various patterns of organization. Students will work on research skills and write a research paper, topic and length to be determined by the instructor. Students will also invent and create in other forms of writing.
PREREQUISITE: Recommended grade of A/A- in previous English class and summer reading.
MAJOR WORKS: All those from English 9 as well as supplemental materials.



10th grade Course Offerings:

ENGLISH 10 A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This will be a broad-based class in which all students will be challenged.  Students will learn to recognize classifications and structural elements of literature, to evaluate and react critically to what they read, to respond to literature with many kinds of writing, to develop many strategies for writing for different purposes, to maintain a portfolio of their work in order to measure their own progress, to develop appropriate study skills, and to use library facilities to locate, evaluate and use information.
MAJOR WORKS: Julius Caesar, The Lord of the Flies, Twelve Angry Men, Antigone, Animal Farm, Of Mice and Men, A Separate Peace  (others subject to instructor selection).

HONORS ENGLISH 10 A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This challenging class will meet all of the outcomes for English 10 with accelerated speed, supplemental materials, and emphasis on higher level thinking skills. Students will be expected to participate in a summer reading program and to engage in critical analysis of a variety of materials. In the area of writing skills, the class will emphasize expository and persuasive writing, developing a voice, improving clarity and following various patterns of organization. Students will work on research skills and write a research paper, topic and length to be determined by the instructor. Students will also invent and create in other forms of writing.
PREREQUISITE: Recommended grade of A/A- in previous English class and summer reading.
MAJOR WORKS: All those from English 10 as well as supplemental materials.



11th grade Course Offerings:

ENGLISH 11 A/B  
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This will be a broad-based class in which all students will be challenged. Students will learn to recognize classifications and structural elements of literature, to evaluate and react critically to what they read, to respond to literature with many kinds of writing, to develop many strategies for writing for different purposes, to maintain a portfolio of their work in order to measure their own progress, to develop appropriate study skills, and to use library facilities to locate, evaluate and use information.
MAJOR FOCUS: American Literature
MAJOR WORKS: The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, The Things They Carried and The Scarlet Letter

HONORS ENGLISH 11 A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This challenging class will meet all of the outcomes indicated for English 11 with accelerated speed, supplemental materials, and emphasis on higher level thinking skills. Students will be expected to participate in a summer reading program and to engage in critical analysis of a variety of materials. In the area of writing skills, the class will emphasize expository and persuasive writing, developing a voice, improving clarity, following various patterns of organization.  Students will also have the opportunity to satisfy their need to invent and create in other forms of writing.
PREREQUISITE: Recommended grade of A/A- in previous English class and summer reading.
MAJOR WORKS: All of those from English 11, as well as supplemental materials.






12th grade Course Offerings:

ENGLISH 12: SHORT NOVELS/WRITING A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This class is designed to meet the needs of both college-bound and non-college-bound seniors.  Students will read a number of short literary works, focusing on individual reactions to literature.  They will create written responses to these works in the form of journals, study guides, tests and papers.  Additionally, students will write papers of varying length and purpose.  They will participate in a number of short research activities, focusing on summarizing and organizing information.  The culmination of these activities will be a research paper of collegiate length.
MAJOR WORKS: A list of works covered is available from the English Department.

ENGLISH 12: COLLEGE-PREP ENGLISH A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This class is intended for college-bound seniors and will reflect a college pace.  Students will read, discuss and write about a number of works from American, British and World literature. The writing tasks will focus on analysis and clear expression. Students will also develop and write research papers based on various books and library resources. Some papers of at least seven to ten typed pages will be required for passing the course.
PREREQUISITE: Recommended for students with a minimum B average in previous English classes.
MAJOR WORKS: A list of works covered is available from the English Department.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH 12 LITERATURE & COMPOSITION A/B/C 
1.5 credits/three terms
DESCRIPTION:
This class is intended for academically talented students who enjoy reading and writing and are willing to follow the guidelines indicated for the accelerated program. Students should be prepared to study intensively several representative works of recognized literary merit from various genre and periods, to sharpen their awareness of language and an understanding of the writer’s craft, to develop critical standards for the independent appreciation of any literary work, and to use language honestly and effectively. Writing in this class will focus on the criteria and standards necessary for success on the AP exam, given each spring, which may enable students to gain college credit.
PREREQUISITE: Recommended grade of A/A- in previous English class and summer reading.
MAJOR WORKS: A list of works covered is available from the English Department.



ENGLISH ELECTIVE COURSES
Elective courses do not satisfy the requirements for English credit under the Michigan Merit Curriculum.

CREATIVE WRITING   
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
Creative writing is designed for the student who wants to use his/her imagination and feelings in writing. It is an informal course with emphasis on creativity, technique, and personal understanding.  Students will be required to pay a small fee to purchase a poetry book for this class.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 10-12

YEARBOOK PUBLICATION A/B/C     Offered as a club/after school for 2016-2017
1.5 credits/three terms
DESCRIPTION:
This year-long course will publish a school yearbook annually.  Students will be responsible for writing news stories, taking photographs of newsworthy school and community events, and designing appealing layout. They will improve their writing skills and edit other students’ work. Students will be responsible for all aspects of publication, including selling and designing advertisements, shooting photographs, organizing layout, managing finances, and selling yearbooks. Students will learn computer and camera techniques and become proficient at interviewing.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 9-12
PREREQUISITE: Application and approval from instructor.
  

Philosophy and Objectives

It is the goal of the CHS English staff to provide students with the following essential skills:
- the ability to use a variety of reading strategies to meet different needs.
- the ability to use writing to meet both public and personal needs effectively.
- the ability to enlarge their world and gain insights into the human condition through literature.
- the ability to listen effectively and think critically in order to make valid judgments.
- the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information from a wide variety of sources.
These skills will enable students to succeed in the business world, in higher education, and in personal satisfaction.



Suggested Courses of
Study in English Language Arts
Students interested in attending a two-year or four-year college or university should consider following Plan 1 or Plan 2 in the English department.  Students may also choose electives to enhance their Language Arts experience.

 Grade Level  Plan 1   Plan 2  Plan 3
 9th grade  Accelerated English 9 A/B  English 9 A/B  English Survey 9 A/B
 10th grade  Accelerated English 10 A/B  English 10 A/B  English Survey 10 A/B
 11th grade  Accelerated English 11 A/B  English 11 A/B  English Survey 11 A/B
 12th grade  Advanced Placement English A/B/C     College-Prep English A/B          Short Novels and Writing A/B

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Health & Physical Education

Health & Physical Education

Philosophy and Objectives

Our philosophy in physical education is to help the students realize their physical potential through a variety of individual and team lifelong activities, as well as weightlifting and conditioning.

Objectives:
1. To have each student dress properly everyday for class. This includes t-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes.
2. To have each student be cooperative, work hard, and have a good attitude in class.
3. To stress basic fundamentals of physical fitness, health, and diet.
4. To show basic life skills that each student can take with them after they leave high school.

Course Offerings

HEALTH     
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
Health is a one term course that covers mental health disorders, improving self-esteem, substance abuse, the life cycle, and career counseling. Through class discussions, activities, and projects, and computer work, students learn techniques to improve their overall health and future.
GRADE LEVEL: Requirement for all 9th graders
TEXT: UNDERSTANDING HEALTH-Random House

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 
0.5 credit/one term (Students may take this course multiple terms.)
DESCRIPTION:
Through Physical Education, students have the opportunity of an elective physical education program. Classes are co-educational and emphasis is placed on individual and team activities. This is a one-term class and students have the opportunity to choose which terms they want to take the class.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: 8th Grade Physical Education
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Shorts, T-shirt, socks, and tennis shoes.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
0.5 credit/one term (Students may take this course multiple terms.)
DESCRIPTION:
Emphasis is placed upon developing strength through weight lifting utilizing a variety of lifts and proper lifting techniques. Free weights and machines will be used equally. Agility, Speed Development, and Conditioning will be done through a variety of ways such as: form running, agility drills, dot drill, rope jumping, box jumps, ladders, and heavy medicine balls.
GRADE LEVEL: 9 OR GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Shorts, T-shirt, socks, and tennis shoes.

 

PERSONAL FITNESS

0.5 Credit/One Term

DESCRIPTION:

This class is designed for students interested in achieving healthy levels of fitness and wellness through a variety of activities. Activities may include:  yoga, dance, Zumba, Tabata, Pilates and other fitness programs that are designed to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength/endurance, body composition, and flexibility.

GRADE LEVEL:  9-12


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Science

Science

Course Offerings

 9TH GRADE PHYSICS   (pending board approval)
.50 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This required course is designed to introduce the basic concepts of force, waves and energy to students without using the complex mathematical equations common to a traditional high school physics program.  Inquiry-based investigation is used whenever possible to reinforce the concepts presented.
GRADE LEVEL: 9
TEXT: PHYSICAL SCIENCE – Holt, Rinehart & Winston

9TH GRADE EARTH SCIENCE   (pending board approval)

.50 credit/one term

DESCRIPTION:

This required course is designed to introduce the basic concepts of space, earth and energy to students without using the complex mathematical equations common to a traditional high school earth science program.  Inquiry-based investigation is used whenever possible to reinforce the concepts presented.

GRADE LEVEL: 9
TEXT: PHYSICAL SCIENCE – Holt, Rinehart & Winston

9TH GRADE CHEMISTRY   (pending board approval)

.50 credit/one term

DESCRIPTION:

This required course is designed to introduce the basic concepts of matter, bonding and energy to students without using the complex mathematical equations common to a traditional high school chemistry program.  Inquiry-based investigation is used whenever possible to reinforce the concepts presented.

GRADE LEVEL: 9
TEXT: PHYSICAL SCIENCE – Holt, Rinehart & Winston


10TH GRADE BIOLOGY A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
The goal of this required Biology course is to help the students become scientifically literate people able to understand real-world events and systems. General course objectives include: science as a process, reflecting on scientific knowledge, cells, organization of living things, heredity, evolution, and ecosystems. This sophomore science class will expose students to the relationship of living things and emphasize science as a process.
GRADE LEVEL: 10 
TEXT: BIOLOGY - Prentice Hall

CHEMISTRY A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
Chemistry is a thinking class – an experience in logic and understanding.  There is some memorization but most of the work involves comprehending principles like modern atomic theory, thermodynamics, and various laws of chemistry.  Many experiments are performed giving a first-hand look at chemistry in action.  This is an excellent class for college-bound students.
GRADE LEVEL:  10-12
PREREQUISITE:  Recommended Algebra II
TEXT: CHEMISTRY - Heath

 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS A/B/C           
1.5 credit/three terms
DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed for those who wish to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through exploring physical systems.  Students will be expected to examine physical systems and develop reliable ways of thinking (basic models) that allow them to interpret and predict outcomes for physical systems.  Students will be expected to represent their thinking through graphs, maps, diagrams, symbolic relationships, and linguistic interpretations.  Through reliable evaluation techniques and interpretation strategies, students can develop a deep conceptual understanding of the concepts.  In addition, students will be asked to explore the history and philosophy of the concepts they learn in order to develop views related to the Nature of Science.  This will be achieved through the study of motion, forces, and energy.

Students who successfully complete this course will be well equipped to take the AP Physics C  (Mechanics) Exam for college credit.

 

 

HUMAN BIOLOGY
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
Human Biology is a study of the human body with emphasis on anatomy, diseases, and good health practices. This course includes lab work and may not be taken if you have successfully completed Anatomy and Physiology.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
TEXT: BIOLOGY - Prentice Hall

FIELD ECOLOGY
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
Class time will be divided between fresh water marine and environmental ecology. Food chains, population dynamics, energy, plant/animal relationships, and pollution will be covered.
GRADE LEVEL:  9-12
TEXT:  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE – Enger & Smith

VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY
0.5 credit/one term 
DESCRIPTION:
This is an in-depth study of the major groups of animals with emphasis on anatomy, classification, and economic importance.  This course includes lab work, dissecting, and projects.
GRADE LEVEL:  10-12
TEXT:  BIOLOGY – PRENTICE HALL

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY is a college preparatory course and requires serious study habits. Topics that will be covered include: cells, tissues, muscles, digestion, respiration, nervous system, cardiovascular system, skeletal system, human reproduction, and genetics. Dissection of the cat is a large part of the class. Experimentation and lab techniques are required. Once this class has been successfully completed, you may not take Human Biology.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Biology (concurrently)
TEXT: Essentials of Human Anatomy Physiology - J.W. Hole

GENETICS AND BIOETHICS
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This course emphasizes the relation between the underlying science of genetics, the study of genomes (genomics), and the social, ethical, and legal issues that this work gives rise to (genethics).  Students investigate topics such as the history of genetic discovery and molecular lab techniques, and emerge with an understanding of the science and the technology behind breakthroughs like therapeutic cloning and the sequencing of the human genome.  Throughout the course, students are able to investigate genetic variation and similarities and develop a structure for thinking about ethical issues.          
GRADE LEVEL:  10-12
PREREQUISITE:  Successful completion of Biology B

 

CONCEPTS OF ENGINEERING          This course may count as either a .50 math or science credit

0.5 CREDIT/ONE TERM

DESCRIPTION:

Students will develop a sense of what an engineering career could have in store for them.  This course will include a variety of projects that require students to work together in engineering teams to develop a design plan that meets specific criteria within certain constraints and then execute that plan to achieve the maximum performance.  Each project changes in the specifications and level of difficulty and some require the construction of models for testing of design components and/or the use of computer aided design programs.  Students will also be exposed to several engineering careers as a variety of engineers come in to share their education, their experience, and their passion for what they do.  Students will also take a field trip to a local manufacturing company, with engineers to guide them on a tour of their robotics based manufacturing process.  

GRADE LEVEL: 11-12


SCIENCE OLYMPIAD  
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This course exposes tomorrow’s scientists to a broad group of sciences as well as encouraging academic competition.  Science Olympiad events generally range from simple problem solving and experimental design to chemistry, physics and biology lab practicals to robot, plane and bridge building.  This class is ideal for advanced science students, who are likely to pursue careers in science and would like to further their understanding of “how things work”.  Students in this course must be willing to participate in the regional Science Olympiad competition.
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for grades 9-12 (second term only)

BIOLOGY 2 A/B  (pending board approval)

1.00 credits/two terms

DESCRIPTION:

This course takes a deeper look at topics covered in 10th grade biology class.  It is intended to be a class for students who are interested in pursuing a career in science.  Expectations -  Each student will: demonstrate skills in using various types of biological instrumentation and scientific methodologies; learn how to read and critique papers written by scientists in the field of biology; demonstrate knowledge of scientific research methods, genetics, evolution, and ecology; use selected laboratory equipment safely and correctly;use safe and scientific methods to solve problems and effectively communicate scientific information to others.

GRADE LEVEL:  11-12

PREREQUISITE:  Successful completion of Biology A/B

TEXT:  Campbell and Reese Biology 7th Edition

ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY A/B/C
1.5 credits/three terms 
DESCRIPTION:
The object of AP Chemistry is to continue preparing the students for the study of science in a college system and to pass the AP Chemistry Exam.  In our study of Chemistry, we will use many techniques for obtaining and analyzing information and incorporating this information in problem solving.  The laboratory experience is vital to this endeavor.  
GRADE LEVEL: Elective for 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Complete one year of Chemistry and Algebra 2
TEXT:  Chemistry the Central Science, 10th ed. Brown & LeMay.

 

INTRO TO ROBOTIC SCIENCE

0.5 CREDIT/ONE TERM

DESCRIPTION:

LEGO® robotics uses elements of physics and engineering as a tool to explore robotics, mechanical systems, electronics, and programming.  This class is primarily a lab experience which provides students with resources to design, build, and program functional robots constructed from LEGO®s and a few other parts such as motors and sensors.  Lego robots can perform a wide variety of tasks, through a combination of robust design and clever programming.

GRADE LEVEL:  9-12  

 

FOOD SCIENCE
and NUTRITION
 
0.5 credit/one term
These courses can be taken as additional science classes for the 3rd year of science required for graduation.  See Family and Consumer Sciences for a description.

Philosophy and Objectives

Through our science curriculum we attempt to develop people who are perceptive, logical-thinking, adaptive and interested in science.

Objectives:
1. To create a scientific awareness and appreciation in each student and in the community at large.
2. To encourage independent thinking through scientific methods and experimentation.
3. To prepare the science-oriented student with a good background for further work and study.
4. To stress basic facts and scientific principles and their appreciation in everyday life.

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Special Education

Special Education

Course Offerings

APPLIED ENGLISH 9 A/B, 10 A/B, 11 A/B, 12 A/B  
1.0 credit/two terms each 
DESCRIPTION:
These classes are designed for Special Education students and parallels English 9, 10, 11, and 12 as taught in regular education.
PREREQUISITE: IEP Placement

 

APPLIED PRE-ALGEBRA A/B, APPLIED ALGEBRA I A/B,  APPLIED GEOMETRY A/B, AND APPLIED ALGEBRA II EXTENDED A/B 
1.0 credit/two terms each
DECRIPTION:
These classes are designed for Special Education students and parallel Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II Extended as taught in regular education.
PREREQUISITE: IEP Placement


APPLIED 9th Grade Physics, Applied 9th Grade Chemistry, and Applied 9th Grade Earth Science

0.5 credit each/one term each required  (total of 1.5 credits)
DESCRIPTION:
These classes are designed for Special Education students and parallel 9th Grade Physics, 9th Grade Chemistry, and 9th Grade Earth Science as taught in regular education.
PREREQUISITE:  IEP Placement


APPLIED BIOLOGY A/B AND APPLIED CHEMISTRY A/B 
1.0 credit/two terms each
DESCRIPTION:
These classes are designed for Special Education students and parallel Biology and Chemistry as taught in regular education.
PREREQUISITE: IEP Placement


APPLIED CIVICS AND APPLIED ECONOMICS
0.5 credit/one term each
DESCRIPTION:
These classes are designed for Special Education students and parallel Civics and Economics as taught in regular education.
PREREQUISITE: IEP Placement


APPLIED WORLD HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY A/B 
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This class is designed for Special Education students and parallels World History and Geography as taught in General Ed.
PREREQUISITE: IEP Placement


APPLIED US HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY A/B
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This class is designed for Special Education students and parallels US History and Geography as taught in regular education.
PREREQUISITE: IEP Placement


APPLIED ACADEMIC SUPPORT A/B/C 
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This class is designed for the Special Education student who needs extra time to complete his/her class work for both regular and special education classes. The student should be self-motivated and willing to work every day.
PREREQUISITE: IEP Placement


APPLIED COMPUTERS 
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This class is designed for Special Education students. Commonly used software programs are explored, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Front Page. We also teach digital citizenship
PREREQUISITE: IEP Placement


APPLIED CONSUMER EDUCATION 
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This class is designed for Special Education students and parallels Consumer Education as taught in regular education.
PREREQUISITE: IEP Placement 
 


WORKSITE BASED LEARNING PROGRAM (WBL) A/B/C
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
WBL is a need-based work experience program designed to enhance employability skills of students prior to graduation.  The goal of the program is to provide students with real world work experience in a variety of supervised settings.  There are three segments of the program: manufacturing, job club, and retail work experience.
PREREQUISITE: IEP Placement with senior priority


TRANSITION SKILLS/CAREER TRAINING A/B/C   
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This class is designed for Special Education students. Students are placed in School or Community Based job sites. Some students are involved with job coaches in unpaid positions while others are involved in monitored competitive employment. Credit is based on hours worked per week but cannot exceed 1 1/2 credits per semester.
PREREQUISITE: IEP Placement


DAILY LIVING SKILLS A/B/C
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This class is designed for Special Education student. Concepts such as personal hygiene, meal planning, shopping, cooking, money management, sewing, leisure skills, and community involvement are taught.
PREREQUISITE: IEP Placement

Philosophy and Objectives

The goal of Special Education at Cadillac High School is to provide an educational program that will meet each student’s individual needs while leading to graduation and a high school diploma. We work to improve the students’ basic skills and strive to provide appropriate pre-vocational and vocational experiences for our students. We also address issues of transition to employment, services, or further education or training after the completion of high school.

Placement in any special education class is a decision made through the IEPC process based on the students’ needs and the goal of providing all instruction in the least restrictive environment. Students enrolled in any special education class must have been found eligible for services by an IEP prior to enrollment.

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WMISD Career Technical Center

WMISD Career Technical Center

Philosophy and Objectives

The Career Technical Center is available to provide up-to-date vocational training and instruction to high school students during the daytime programming. The primary objectives are to prepare individuals for full time gainful employment upon completion of high school or to prepare students for further vocational technical education.

Course Offerings

Courses at the Career Tech Center meet for two class periods of the CHS day and for the entire year.  Students may indicate a preference for morning or afternoon placement, but should understand that placement is also influenced by the number of students in each program.

You can find a listing of all the programs offered at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center by clicking on the following web address:  

http://www.wmisd.org/career-technical-education/ctc-student-services   

Click on the "Career Technical Center" tab and you will see all available program/course descriptions.


 

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Computer Technology (VPAA)

Computer Technology (Visual, Performing & Applied Arts)

Course Offerings

Students may satisfy the requirement for visual, performing and applied arts through these courses in computer technology and science.

COMPUTER DESIGN AND PUBLISHING
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This is a one term course designed to give an overview of Desktop Publishing using the software, Adobe PageMaker 7 and Adobe InDesign. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and tools of the program while learning different layout techniques with the use of graphics, scanners, and the Internet. 
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None, but a term of keyboarding is recommended.

COMPUTER DIGITAL IMAGING AND PHOTOSHOP
0.5 credit/one term      
DESCRIPTION: 
This course is designed for the student who wants to learn about digital imaging. Students will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop CS2, and then use this information to design their own posters, CD covers, and many other projects. The class is also an introduction to the manipulation of photographic images for print and web. Topics include: photo correction, file formats, layers and filters.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12

COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND ILLUSTRATOR 
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed for the student who really wants to learn how to create vector-based graphics for page layout, multimedia, and the web. The student will learn the program Adobe Illustrator CS2 while doing many projects. You will learn the many tools used in creating and modifying illustrations, and then learn a variety of file formats to be used with other software programs.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: None, but completing Photoshop & Digital Imaging is preferred.

COMPUTER MARKETING AND ADVERTISING   Advanced computer course - see your counselor for details
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
Students will be designing and creating jobs for the school district while also designing a new business. Students will develop new products, design logos and packaging, as well as learn how to sell their product or business by creating many advertising tools. Students will also learn how to develop negatives, burn screens, and then screen print on clothing. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator will continue to be used.  Students may elect to take this class for one or more terms.
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITES: Graphic Arts & Illustrator and preferably Photoshop & Digital Imaging


WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
The Web Design and Development curriculum is an introduction to the design, creation, and maintenance of web pages and websites. Students learn how to:
- critically evaluate website quality.
- create and maintain quality web pages.
- incorporate web design standards and accessibility into their websites.
- create and manipulate images.
The course progresses from introductory work on web design to a culminating project in which students design and develop websites for actual or fictitious businesses or local community organizations. Students will progress from using XHTML, to incorporating CSS, to an introduction to web authoring software. This course establishes a solid foundation for students to continue their studies in Advanced Web Design and Development.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12

COMPUTER CODING AND PROGRAMMING     
0.5 credit/one term 
DESCRIPTION:
This is a computer coding and programming course where students will learn to write computer programs.  This course will be project based and develop a student's critical thinking, problem solving, aesthetic designing and story telling through the vehicle of computer coding and programming. 
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
PREREQUISITE: Grade 11-12 or completion of Algebra I with a B or better

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Industrial Technology (VPAA)

Industrial Technology (Visual, Performing & Applied Arts)

Course Offerings

WOODWORKING 1 A/B  
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
Woodworking 1 is for any 9-12 grade student who desires a basic wood working experience. Students will learn: 1) tool identification and uses, 2) wood fasteners, 3) characteristics of woods, 4) finishing of woods - using sandpaper, paints, stain, clear finishes, etc., 5) growth of trees and some of the products derived, and 6) floor machine operations.  Proper attire and safety is emphasized throughout the course and students will need to display good work ethics.
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12

WOODWORKING 2 A/B  
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
This is an advanced course designed to give the student the opportunity to become more skilled and knowledgeable in the areas of: 1) design, 2) safety, 3) machines and tools, 4) cabinet and furniture making, and 5) finishing.  Students will display proper safety standards and good work ethics.
GRADE LEVEL: 10-12
PREREQUISITE: Woodworking 1

WOODWORKING 3-4 A/B  
1.0 credit/two terms
DESCRIPTION:
The objective of this course is to allow the student to explore his/her area of interest in cabinet making, furniture, boat building, etc.  Students are expected to be able to work more independently and display good work ethics.  Student projects will be more complex in comparison to Woodworking I and 2.
PREREQUISITE:  Woodworking 2
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12

METAL FABRICATION
0.5 credit/one term
DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to teach students basic safety, principles, practices, and applications of SMAW, GMAW, and OXY welding.  This course covers welding trade theory including safety, tool usage, equipment set up and standard terms and definitions.  Basic welding and cutting techniques in the flat and horizontal position, tank safety, and welding safety will be taught.  The student will learn many welding related skills in the program.  This class is highly project oriented and predominately a hands on class.  Students will have to display a high level of good work ethics.

GRADE LEVEL:  9-12

BOARDING 100

0.50 credit/one term

DESCRIPTION:

This course will introduce students to the design, planning and construction process of building board sports equipment.  Projects include a longboard/skateboard and/or snowboard.  Students will work individually and in groups.

GRADE LEVEL:  (10-12)

Philosophy and Objectives

The primary purpose of our courses is to help develop technologically literate individuals. Students in Industrial Technology courses will apply knowledge, materials, tools, and skills to solve practical problems and extend human capabilities. Furthermore, our courses will strive to build self- esteem in the students participating in our course activities and projects.

Objectives:
1. To develop skills related to the use of tools, machines, and materials.
2. To develop proper attitudes concerning health and safety.
3. To develop proper attitudes toward work and daily relationships with others.
4. To acquire a knowledge of processes and other technical information which will enable the student to follow a logical plan and/or procedure, to estimate the cost of projects and to make mathematical computations that relate to the work.
5. To help the students take the concepts learned in Industrial Technology and apply them to everyday living.
6. To develop abilities and interests that will lead to leisure time activities.

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