Hicksville High School Course Catalog

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440 AP European History
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: SOC
Prerequisite: None
The Advanced Placement European History Course is intended to provide students with an opportunity to study European History from the Renaissance to Present-Day Europe (1450 - Present). In this course students will study intellectual, cultural, political, diplomatic, social and economic developments throughout the time period. Students will be able to see the connection between present and the past in relation to events currently happening today. This year-long class is designed to be equal to a college introductory Western Civilization course.
606 Accounting I
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: BUS
Prerequisite: None
This class is designed to teach the theory of double entry bookkeeping and practice in simple account keeping for single proprietorship and partnership. Students will participate in a business simulation, keeping books and preparing records for a business.
816 Advanced Health Studies
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: You must have already taken Multimedia Applications to sign up for this course.
Students will research modern teen issues, such as drinking and driving, drug use, dating abuse, obesity, etc. The research will then be turned into a multi-media production, or other media form such as a web page.
211 Algebra I
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 9 Credit Type: MATH
Prerequisite: None
There will be a study of algebra symbols, formulas, simple equations, geographical applications, ratio, and proportions.
215 Algebra I Lab
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 9 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
This course will contain pre-teaching and re-teaching of concepts covered in the Algebra I course. Students will receive additional reviews and instruction time to ensure success in the Algebra I course. This course is an elective credit and will NOT count towards one of the math credits required for graduation.
212 Algebra II
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 9,10,11 Credit Type: MATH
Prerequisite: Must have taken Algebra I and Geometry to take this class.
This course will consist of a thorough review of Algebra I. Topics will include operations on numbers and equations, equations and inequalities, polynomial and rational functions, exponential functions, function operations and inverses. Students will be introduced to matrix operations and other Algebra II content. The purchase of a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator will be strongly encouraged.
216 Algebra II Lab
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 9,10,11 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
This course will contain pre-teaching and re-teaching of concepts covered in the Algebra II course. Students will receive additional reviews and instruction time to ensure success in the Algebra II course. This course is an elective credit and will NOT count towards one of the math credits required for graduation.
250 Algebra III
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: MATH
Prerequisite: Must have taken Algebra II to take this class.
This course is designed for those students who have mastered the fundamental manipulations of algebra. The intent of this course is to prepare you for math in college. In this course we will revisit skills needed for improved success on the ACT. We will also look at content introduced in previous math courses and expand on them. Much of the course content will be based on the need of the students.
426 American Legal Systems
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: SOC
Prerequisite: None
Students will be exposed to many aspects of the American legal system. Topics of study will include criminal laws, what a will does for a person, legal rights guaranteed by the constitution, court systems, juvenile law, and conducting a trial.
127 American Novel
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
This class is well suited to those students who enjoy reading. Over the course of this one semester class, the students will read seven or eight novels written by American authors. The novels will begin with one of the earliest novels from American literature and proceed to contemporary works. Through this approach, the students will witness the progression of the novel in American literature.
306 Anatomy and Physiology
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: SCI
Prerequisite: You must have a B or higher in Biology
Students will learn the structures and functions of each of the body systems. This class is intended for students intending on careers in the life sciences or medical fields. Dissection of a cat and various organs will be required. There will be lab fees for this course.
755 Art 1
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: FA
Prerequisite: None
This course will focus heavily on building fundamental skills for success in future art classes. Students will learn techniques to help them better create artwork from observation. Students will gain experience working with various art media such as graphite and acrylic paints and they will explore printmaking as well. There will also be a focus on understanding the elements of art and principles of design, in order to better communicate about art. This course is a foundation for students who wish to be involved in art throughout high school and beyond.
756 Art 2
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: FA
Prerequisite: Completion of Art 1 and Mr. Stevenson’s Recommendation in PowerSchool. Please See Mr. Stevenson so he can make the appropriate entry into PowerSchool.
The Art 2 course is a continuation from Art 1. Students in this course will be exposed to even more media than before, including various types of printmaking, charcoal, pastels, and ink. Students will also learn to apply these media in new ways. Students will incorporate various subject matter into their work and will rely heavily on their personal interests and they show their creativity and expression.
757 Art 3
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: FA
Prerequisite: Completion of Art 2 and Mr. Stevenson’s Recommendation in PowerSchool. Please See Mr. Stevenson so he can make the appropriate entry into PowerSchool.
A high degree of self-motivation, participation, effort, and craftsmanship is expected of all students at this level. Students will rely on their experiences from Art 1 and Art 2 to create work based on interest and personal expression. The teacher will collaborate with students to help facilitate their work. Students who plan to pursue an art career or course of study in college will focus on developing their digital portfolio. Students not pursuing art beyond high school will work to earn a perfect participation grade and make the strongest work possible.
758 Art 4
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 25 Credit Type: FA
Prerequisite: Completion of Art 3 and Mr. Stevenson’s Recommendation in PowerSchool. Please See Mr. Stevenson so he can make the appropriate entry into PowerSchool.
A high degree of self-motivation, participation, effort, and craftsmanship is expected of all students at this level. Students will rely on their experiences from Art 1-Art 3 to create work based on interest and personal expression. The teacher will collaborate with students to help facilitate their work. Students who plan to pursue an art career or course of study in college will focus on developing their digital portfolio. Students not pursuing art beyond high school will work to earn a perfect participation grade and make the strongest work possible.
302 Biology
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 10 Credit Type: SCI
Prerequisite: None
All students will learn concepts that enable people to understand the living environment from the cellular level to the global level. Students will study science principles that influence living organisms. Lab work consists of microscope work, dissection of preserved specimens, and various other experiments. Lab fees.
245 Calculus
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: MATH
Prerequisite: You must have a C or better in Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry to take this class.
950 Career & College Readiness
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: FCLA
Prerequisite: None
In this course, students will develop effective learning strategies and skills to provide a strong foundation for successful lifelong learning. Throughout the course, students will research careers and occupations, review postsecondary admissions qualifications, develop interviewing skills and participate in internships. Additional topics will include principles and techniques of professionalism, networking, conflict-resolution, negotiation, leadership and entrepreneurship.
702 Ceramics
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: FA
Prerequisite: None
Students will be creating various types of functional pottery through different hand-building processes such as pinching, coiling, and slab building. Showing up, participating all of class, every class, and building a solid foundation of ceramics knowledge are the name of the game.
719 Ceramics 2
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: FA
Prerequisite: Requires Mr. Stevenson’s Recommendation in PowerSchool. Please See Mr. Stevenson so he can make the appropriate entry into PowerSchool.
A high degree of self-motivation, participation, effort, and craftsmanship is expected of all students at this level. Students will continue to build on skills learned in Ceramics 1. Students will use building methods learned in Ceramics 1 to design new and different types of functional pottery. Students will continue to develop their building and glazing skills as they create functional work.
722 Ceramics 3
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: FA
Prerequisite: Requires Mr. Stevenson’s Recommendation in PowerSchool. Please See Mr. Stevenson so he can make the appropriate entry into PowerSchool.
A high degree of self-motivation, participation, effort, and craftsmanship is expected of all students at this level. By Ceramics 3, students will have already experienced a variety of different building techniques and clay forms. Students in this course will explore, with the teacher as a facilitator, familiar and new forms, as they work to create functional pottery at a high level of technical proficiency.
303 Chemistry
Length: 1 year (2 periods) Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: SCI
Prerequisite: You must have take Algebra I & II, or presently enrolled in Algebra II to take this course.
Chemistry is a college prep course involving the study of chemicals and chemical reactions. Chemistry stresses mathematically based problem solving and equation writing. Laboratory work is stressed as a method of greater understanding of chemical processes. Science fair projects will be required. Lab fees. Please note Chemistry is TWO periods and will take the place of ONE of your elective periods!
305 Chemistry II
Length: 1 year (2 periods) Grades open to: 12 Credit Type: SCI
Prerequisite: You received a B or higher in Chemistry I and have a B or higher in Algebra II.
Chemistry II is a college prep course that is an extension of Chemistry I. It involves the study of chemicals and chemical reactions as well as bonding, chemical equilibrium, thermochemistry and chemical equilibrium. Chemistry stresses mathematically based problem solving and equation writing. Laboratory work is stressed as a method of greater understanding of chemical processes. Lab fees. Please note Chemistry II is TWO periods and will take the place of ONE of your elective periods!
930 Child Development
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
In this course, students will study the principles of child growth, development and behavior. An emphasis will be place on the cognitive development of a child and sensory and motor skills. Additional topics will include childhood diseases, immunizations, theories of development, learning styles and evaluating childcare services.
115 Composition 1/2
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 12 Credit Type: ENG
Prerequisite: B or higher in Pre-Advanced Placement English
Advanced Placement English is a course that combines advanced language and composition skills with advanced literature and composition skills. Students will maintain a rigorous pace of reading and writing comparable to work done on the college level. Students will be required to take the AP English examination at the end of the year, and assume the cost associated with the examination. Students who score high enough on these tests will be eligible for college credit.
122 Creative Writing
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: C- or higher in English classes
Students will study many different genres of writing, and create original writing works including poetry, short stories, music lyrics, etc.
434 Current Events
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: SOC
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed for the student who has a serious interest in current events of the world or for the student who would like to develop such an interest. If you would like to keep up to date on politics, economics, and world affairs, this course may be for you. Sources of study materials will include news magazines, newspapers, news strips, and television news.
650 Desktop Publishing (Yearbook and Newspaper)
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
Students will learn the basics of digital photography, graphic design, interviewing, advertising, and writing. These skills will be applied to the creation of the school yearbook and newspaper, as well as other real world projects.
716 Digital Photography
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: FA
Prerequisite: None
In this course, students will learn about the basics of using a digital SLR camera, compositional techniques, photo-editing, and manipulating exposure settings and achieving certain visual effects. Students will have many opportunities to express their creativity through photo assignments and will also explore Adobe Photoshop Elements, designing projects such as advertisements, move posters, magazine covers, and more.
123 Drama I
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
This course is an introduction to drama, the theater, and art appreciation. Students will develop skills in speaking, performing, and acting, while learning basic dramatic techniques. The class will explore improvisation, pantomime and mime, acting, the history and structure of drama, musicals, and many other areas of the dramatic world. Students will perform individually and in groups throughout the semester. The course will culminate in a final evening of scenes for parents and the community.
415 Economics
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: You must take Introduction to Business before taking Economics.
This course will offer students a practical understanding of economics. Students will learn the basics of supply and demand and how it affects each economy. Students will also receive practical experience participating in Stock Market Simulations throughout the course of the semester.
113 English 11
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11 Credit Type: ENG
Prerequisite: None
This course includes a grammar review unit, a study of American Literature, and a study of writing techniques. Also included will be an in depth study of plays and novels, including: The Crucible, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter, and The Grapes of Wrath. Students will study vocabulary, review methods of research writing, and write a research paper.
114 English 12
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 12 Credit Type: ENG
Prerequisite: None
This course includes on vocabulary building, writing skills, and literature interpretation. Students will study English Literature and selected major works including: A Tale of Two Cities, Macbeth, and several independently read novels from the college bound reading list. Formal writing skills and research writing skills will be polished. Students will become better prepared for freshman composition in college.
110 English and Literature 10
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 10 Credit Type: ENG
Prerequisite: None
This course gives students the platform to further refine and enhance their knowledge of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, revising, and publishing, while emphasizing writing conventions. Writing applications include various essays, responses to literature, and other informal writings pertaining to literature. A research paper will be required of all students. Students will read American and British literature, refining the reading strategies learned in previous grades, while focusing on acquisition of vocabulary in the context of literature. Selected titles include: The Book Thief, Julius Caesar, several short stories, various genres of poetry, and nonfiction essays.
309 Environmental Science
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: SCI
Prerequisite: You must have taken Physical Science and Biology to sign up for this course.
Students will connect the Earth, space, life, and physical sciences into a coherent study of the environment in this college preparatory course. Emphasis is placed on the interactions between humans and the Earth, ecosystems, biological evolution, populations, and diversity. Students will also explore matter and energy relationships. The human interactions with science and technology are discussed, as well as how man has modified current ecosystems and natural systems. Lab fees.
832 Fit Club
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: Must have taken Lifetime Sorts and Health
This course is offered to 10-12th grade students with a teacher recommendation. Students will learn about health and nutrition. Knowledge of lifetime wellness and fitness will be covered and emphasized. Activities include but are not limited to: walking, toning, cardio, orienteering, hiking, and fitness technology. District mandated fitness test will be administered in pre- and post- test form
817 Fitness for Life 1
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
Students will be exposed to a variety of activities that promote health-related fitness and a wide range of individual and team sports that can be pursued for a lifetime of activity. This class will also provide the opportunity to experience adventure/outdoor education activities. This class is designed for students of all fitness levels. Students will create and complete their own fitness improvement plan. Each student will also be required to participate in a service learning project or the mentoring of a younger student; helping them with their fitness levels. Some of these activities will include aerobics, weight training, Pilates, and step aerobics.
818 Fitness for Life 2
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: Must have taken Fitness for Life 1
Students will be exposed to a variety of activities that promote health-related fitness and a wide range of individual and team sports that can be pursued for a lifetime of activity. This class will also provide the opportunity to experience adventure/outdoor education activities. This class is designed for students of all fitness levels. Students will create and complete their own fitness improvement plan. Each student will also be required to participate in a service learning project or the mentoring of a younger student; helping them with their fitness levels. Some of these activities will include aerobics, weight training, Pilates, and step aerobics.
315 Forensic Science Technology
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: You must have gotten a B or higher in Biology to sign up for this course.
This course is designed as an introductory course for students who have a strong interest in forensic science. Topics of study will include fingerprinting, DNA, hair/fiber sampling, and other physical evidence. In addition, students will study the history of forensic science and the techniques for processing a crime scene. Attention will be given to current events in forensics and the connection between forensics and film. Field experiences, such as processing a crime scene, testing evidence, and following procedures will be required. Research papers and presentations will also be included in the course load. Students will participate in a mock (staged) crime scene so as to apply knowledge and skills gained. The course is primarily designed for self-motivated students who have an interest in forensics studies and the use of technology. The Forensic Science course is an elective credit and will NOT count toward one of the science credits required for graduation.
601 General Business
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: BUS
Prerequisite: None
This course is a general introduction to the business world. Fundamentals of economics, business organization, entrepreneurship, and consumer topics are studied. Each student will participate in a Create Your Own Business project; developing business plans, investigating ideas for fictional businesses, and researching financing options for those businesses.
223 Geometry
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 9,10 Credit Type: MATH
Prerequisite: Must have taken Algebra I to take this class.
This course will emphasize abstract and logical thinking through inductive and deductive reasoning. Lines, planes, polygons, circles, spheres, and other three-dimensional figures will be used for representing and solving a variety of problems. These ideas as well as many others from the Ohio Academic Content Standards will be used in an intense preparation for the OGT. We will be utilizing technology (The Geometer's Sketchpad, graphing calculators, and OGT calculators) frequently as problem-solving and learning tools. In addition, students will be introduced to geometrical proofs and other more complex applications and challenging exercises.
224 Geometry Lab
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 10 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
This course will contain pre-teaching and re-teaching of concepts covered in the Geometry course. Students will receive additional reviews and instruction time to ensure success in the Geometry course. Geometry Lab is an elective credit and will NOT count toward one of the math credits required for graduation.
521 German I
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: FL
Prerequisite: You must have gotten a C or higher in English to sign up for this course.
The structure of the German language is learned through listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Students learn about the culture and geography of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other German speaking cultures.
522 German II
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: FL
Prerequisite: You must have gotten a C or higher in German I to sign up for this course.
This class is a continuation of the German language with more emphasis on listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students will learn about the culture and geography of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other German speaking nations.
523 German III
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: FL
Prerequisite: You must have gotten a C or higher in German II to sign up for this course.
German III will include an emphasis on spoken German along with further grammar review and a look at the cultures of Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
524 German IV
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 12 Credit Type: FL
Prerequisite: You must have gotten a C or higher in German III to sign up for this course.
German IV will include an emphasis on spoken German and an introduction to the literature of the German-speaking world.
427 History of World War I and II
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: SOC
Prerequisite: None
An in-depth look at the two World Wars will take place in this class. Students will explore the causes of these wars from the European and American standpoints. The results of these wars and the effect on the countries involved will be discussed. These two wars will then be compared to find the similarities/differences.
302H Honors Biology
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 10 Credit Type: SCI
Prerequisite: At least a B average in Physical Science
Honors Biology is a new course. Students will study the Ohio State Standards for Biology in greater depth, at a more rapid pace, and with more opportunity for inquiry-based labs and activities than in the regular Biology sections. This class is for students planning to attend college, especially in a science related field. Science fair projects will be required.
120 Honors English 11
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11 Credit Type: ENG
Prerequisite: You must have a a B- or higher in English 10 to sign up for this course or Mrs. Gerken's recommendation.
Pre-AP is offered to those juniors who have superior language arts skills and who already know that they are college bound. It is intended to prepare them for taking AP English as seniors; therefore, students will be doing more college preparatory reading, as well as more in-depth writing. At the end of the junior year, students can choose to take the AP test, but are not required to do so.
428 Korean-Vietnam War
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: SOC
Prerequisite: None
The study of these two wars will be covered by cause/effect, and why the U.S. became involved. Also, the results of the U.S. involvement will be covered. Current events will be brought into play to discover some of the far-reaching effects and problems these wars caused. The type of fighting that took place will also be explored.
824 Lifetime Sports and Health
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: Must have taken Fitness for Life 1
This course is offered to 10-12th grade students. Students will learn a variety of rules, skills, fundamentals and strategies in a variety of individual and dual sport activities. Safety and sportsmanship will be emphasized. Activities include, but are not limited to: badminton, pickle ball, frisbee golf, golf, archery, table tennis, orienteering, hiking, biking, roller blading and other individual and dual sports. District mandated fitness test will be administered in pre- and post- test.
135 Literature and Film Adaptations
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
This course is an elective English course, and does not count toward the required 4 English credits. This course explores the interplay between film and literature. We will read novels, short stories, and plays, and compare the written versions with their film adaptations. There are many conflicting attitudes towards literature being turned into film, and this course will allow students to read a variety of non-core English class literature, and compare it to its cinematic representation. This course will require some out-of-class reading, with class time being devoted to discussion of the novel. This course will be less structured than a core English course, but it is not right for someone who does not enjoy reading, or who is not comfortable discussing assigned readings in class. It is meant to excite students about reading in a low-pressure environment.
EC415 Macroeconomics
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: Passing score on the compass or equivalent ACT score.
Macroeconomics is a study of the U.S. economy emphasizing supply and demand, total production, total employment, and the general price level. Issues of inflation, recession, international trade, and federal budget deficits are also investigated. Economic solutions through fiscal policy and monetary policy are included.
403 Modern World History
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 9 Credit Type: SOC
Prerequisite: None
This course will focus on world history from 1750 to the present. Students will begin their study with ‘The Enlightenment’ period and progress up through the 20th Century. Through this course students will develop a deeper understanding of the connections between the past and present by seeing the relationship between historical events and current events.
625 Multimedia Applications
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: TECH
Prerequisite: None
Students will learn the basics of the Mac iLife software suite. Using various multimedia tools, students will learn how to develop podcasts, slideshows, videos, and websites.
125 Mythology
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed to explore the ways in which mythology is relevant today, including movies, products, words, etc. Emphasis will be on Greek mythology, although mythology of other countries may be included. Audio/Visual materials will be used to supplement the text.
128 Novels of the World
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
Students will be exposed to novels from many countries. These diverse novels will help the students to learn about the history and culture of the country represented in the novel. Through these stories, students will see that all humans, regardless of their races or origins, share basic hopes, fears and desires.
819 PE Mentors
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: Must have taken Fitness for Life 1. Need both course instructor and administrator approval.
Must have taken Fitness for Life 1 This course is designated for high school students to participate physical education and mentor elementary students. P.E. Mentors will be responsible for assisting younger students with their objectives individually and as a group. This course is designed for all students to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Emphasis is placed on sportsmanship, fundamentals, and developing and improving motor skills. Students who have an interest in physical therapy, athletic training, elementary or physical education, or coaching should consider taking this class. Student enrollment will be limited to 11th and 12th graders and will need both course instructor and administrator approval.
920 Personal Financial Management
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 10 Credit Type: FCLA
Prerequisite: None
In this course, students will develop personal financial plans for individual personal well-being. Throughout the course, students will develop financial literacy skills to provide a basis for responsible citizenship and career success. Additional topics will include analyzing services from financial institutions, consumer protection, investing and risk management.
812 Physical Education II
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9 Credit Type: PE
Prerequisite: You must take PE I. Eighth graders typically have taken PE I.
Students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and desire to live a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Activities will include more advanced techniques introduced in earlier classes and an introduction to recreational activities for leisure and life-long fitness.
300 Physical Science
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 9 Credit Type: SCI
Prerequisite: None
All students will learn concepts in physical science and related principles in Earth and space sciences. Students will work to develop a deeper understanding of the processes of scientific inquiry and how these processes use evidence to support conclusions based on logical reasoning. Science Fair Projects will be required. Lab fees.
304 Physics
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: SCI
Prerequisite: You must have taken Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II to sign up for this course.
Physics is a study of the understanding of mechanics, thermal relationships, electricity, electromagnetism, and optics. Emphasis is placed on mathematical problem solving and the large-scale interactions of matter and energy. Laboratory experience is stressed. Lab fees.
965 Principles of Food
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: Not open to students who have already taken Healthy & Safe Foods
In this course, students will gain knowledge in food selection criteria and apply preparation methods to promote a healthy lifestyle. Students will apply cooking methods, ingredient selection and nutritional information in the context of selected food dishes. Throughout the course, basic food safety and sanitation techniques will be emphasized.
940 Principles of Nutrition & Wellness
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
In this course, students will use principles of nutrition to ensure a healthy body throughout the lifecycle. An emphasis will be placed on planning and preparing meals with an understanding of nutrients and their benefits, portion control and dietary needs. Additional information will include steroid and supplemental use, body weight and management and the implementation of physical activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
126 Science Fiction
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
This course is designed as an opportunity for a more in-depth study of science fiction than was introduced at the junior high and freshman levels. Students will be introduced to science fiction writers from various eras, and movie adaptations will be explored. A variety of science fiction topics will be explored, including robots, aliens, time travel, tales of the supernatural, etc.
424 Sociology
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
This course aims to prepare the student for his/her role in society by emphasizing the group activities and introducing the responsibilities of citizenship.
531 Spanish I
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: FL
Prerequisite: You must have gotten a C or higher in English 8 to sign up for this course.
Students will listen, read, write, and speak the language, as well as study the culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries.
532 Spanish II
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: FL
Prerequisite: You must have gotten a C or higher in Spanish I to sign up for this course.
The Spanish II course will continue to introduce complex grammatical components and expressions unique to the Spanish Language. Lessons will provide themed sets using parts of speech that will be used to compose everyday communication and dialogue. Students will incorporate concepts to form questions, express preferences and possession, discuss the past and describe people, places, and locations
533 Spanish III
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: FL
Prerequisite: You must have gotten a C or higher in Spanish II to sign up for this course.
Students will listen, read, write, and speak the language, as well as study the culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries. The successful student must be self-motivated and able to work independently.
534 Spanish IV
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 12 Credit Type: FL
Prerequisite: You must have gotten a C or higher in Spanish III to sign up for this course.
Students will listen, read, write, and speak the language, as well as study the culture and history of Spanish-speaking countries. The successful student must be self-motivated and able to work independently.
260 Statistics
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: Algebra II
This course is an introduction to probability and statistics with emphasis on techniques and applications that are useful in business, engineering, social and biological sciences. Course topics include descriptive and inferential statistics. Students taking this course have successfully completed Algebra 2 and are seeking to complete an elective college prep math course. 
970 Textile and Interior Design
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 9,10,11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: Cannot have taken Healthy and Safe Foods or Principles of Food.
In this course students will explore a broad range of topics relating to the various aspects and career opportunities available in the field of textiles and design. The emphasis will be given to textiles project development and developing strategies to maintain the home. Additional topics will include project collaboration, design techniques and environmental sustainability.
225 Trigonometry- Pre-Calculus
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: MATH
Prerequisite: Must have taken Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II to take this class.
This course includes rational functions and their graphs, conic sections, parametric equations and their graphs, polynomial and rational functions and their graphs, logarithms, exponential equations and trigonometry. The trigonometry includes trigonometric functions and graphs, inverse trigonometric functions, degree and radian measure, trigonometric form of complex numbers, identities and equations. A graphing calculator is required, the TI-83 or TI-84 is preferred
422 U.S. Government
Length: 1 year Grades open to: 12 Credit Type: SOC
Prerequisite: None
This course is a study of local, state, national, and international political issues, which aims to present an appreciation for the American way of life and to emphasize the values of a democratic form of government.
745 Video Production
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 10,11,12 Credit Type: TECH
Prerequisite: None
Students will learn to use multimedia technology in a televised production atmosphere. Students will be responsible for producing the school's news programs. Students will also be introduced to and work with the local cable channel (HIX-TV).
820 Weightlifting
Length: 1/2 year Grades open to: 11,12 Credit Type: ELE
Prerequisite: None
The weight lifting class is designed to provide each student with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the importance of strength and fitness training. The course will give students a basic understanding of and appreciation for strength training. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, muscle endurance, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Some issues of importance include basic muscle physiology (including bone, muscle, and connective tissue), proper warm-up (including static and dynamic stretching), training methods and modes (including safety issues and spotting), efficient fat burning, nutritional factors in performance and health, basic cardiovascular and respiratory anatomy and physiology, psychological benefits of exercise, as well as many more. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.