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Language Arts

Preparatory English

Grade 9                                                                                                           1 credit

     This class is designed for students who need prerequisite skills for success in English 9.  The students will improve their study skills, test taking procedures and reading strategies.  Written compositions will be evaluated at each step of the writing process.  Students will learn the importance of being a productive group member, and working in groups will be the primary means of reaching the desired outcomes.  Successful completion counts as an elective English credit.

 

English Grade 9

Grade 9                                                                                                           1 credit

     Students will work effectively in large and small groups, gaining mastery in the basic art of communication:  reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and listening.  Using literature, students will learn general concepts necessary for future language arts courses.  They will focus on a variety of literature, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama.  Students will read novels and reflect on what is read.  A contemporary novel and classic (Shakespearean) drama will be studied.  Successful completion is required for graduation.

 

English Grade 10

Grade 10                                                                                                         1 credit

     Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Grade 9 English.  This class may not be taken concurrently with Grade 9 English.

     Students will develop effective written and oral communication skills, individually and in small and large groups.  Using the writing process, students will create paragraphs, essays, speeches, and thematic projects to meet the purposes of describing, analyzing, explaining, and persuading.  Students will explore various forms of literature, finding themes common to the human experience, as well as cultural differences of people around the world.  Published thematic projects are a requirement to pass.  Successful completion is required for graduation.

  

Communications

Grade 11 or 12                                                                                               1/2 credit

Prerequisite:  A passing grade in English Grade 9. 

     This class is designed as an introduction of the basic principles of oral communication, interpersonal communication, and the communication model.  Students will develop speaking poise and confidence by researching, organizing and presenting various types of speeches consistent with a variety of speaking situations.  Students read, compose, and speak.   Successful completion is required for graduation. 

 

Contemporary Issues Research Writing

Grade 11-12                                                                                                   1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English Grade 10 and written recommendation form.

     Recommended for college bound students.    Students will use critical thinking, reading and writing skills to produce informative, scientific, persuasive formal research papers dealing with a variety of current topics.  Emphasis is on essay writing and reading, as well as critical thinking, and incorporating the research process to develop a mature writing style.  The ability to meet deadlines and the successful completion of an 8-10 page typed research paper are major requirements in this class.  Successful completion of this class or Academic Reading and Writing will be a prerequisite for Advanced Placement English.

 

Academic Reading and Writing

Grade 11-12                                                                                                   1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English Grade 10 and written recommendation form.  

     Recommended for college bound students.    Through the use of thematic units in American Literature, students will link and produce various types of writing they are likely to encounter in college.  While reading the works of various American authors, the students will analyze themes and styles.  An emphasis will be on strengthening and enriching writing skills.  Successful completion of this class or Contemporary Issues Research Writing will be a prerequisite for Advanced Placement English.

 

Debate

Grade 9-12                                                                                                     1/2 credit

     Students will develop skills in formal debate procedures, research, analysis, logic, application of arguments, and competition.  Emphasis is also placed on developing persuasive speaking skills.  Students are required to compete in formal debates.  The class may be repeated for an elective credit.  This class is open to all students, but strength in writing and research are a plus.  This class may be used to fulfill the Communications requirement.

 

Forensics                               

Grade 9-12                                                                                                     1/2 credit

     Students will prepare presentations in multiple areas of advanced public speaking and oral interpretation of literature.  Students will also develop specialized speaking skills and participate in forensics tournaments in their chosen field.  The class is open to all students, but approval of the instructor is suggested.  This class may be used to fulfill the Communications requirement.                                

                                                                                                                                                                    

Yearbook/Journalism

Grades 11-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English Grade 10 and written approval of the instructor. 

     Students will learn the necessary skills to complete the yearbook.  Students will be expected to sell and design ads, write articles, conduct interviews, design layouts, use computers, and meet deadlines to complete the current year's book.  Communication skills in groups will also be emphasized.  Students in journalism will produce the school newspaper, Keeping Up With The Times, along with other publications.  The students will learn the concepts of news, feature, editorial, and sports writing through analyzing current professional publications and then apply those concepts to improve their work on the newspaper.  Students will be required to work in a group setting and make decisions.   These classes may be repeated for a general elective credit. This class must be taken with Journalism.   It will rotate every other day all year long.

 

Reading Tutor Lab

Grade 11-12                                                                                                   1/2 credit    

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade10 and consistent, regular attendance.

  Reading Tutor Lab is a hands-on class that trains the high school student to tutor a child at the K-3 level.  After high school classroom language instruction in the five Language Arts, identifying various learning styles, and learning to tutor young children, the high school student is matched with an elementary student.  The students will then travel daily to the elementary school to apply the skills they have learned.  Tutors will be graded by observation, journals, letters, and special projects. 

 

General Literature                                         

Grades 10-12                                                                                                  1/2 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English Grade 9

     This is the class for students who would like to learn more about different types of  fiction and non-fiction.  Students will read and listen to a variety of short stories, poems, and novels within many genres, such as science fiction, mystery, fantasy, mythology, biography, and autobiography.  Students will apply literary terms by responding orally and using the Writing Process.  

 

The Art of Work

Grades 10-12                                                                                                  1/2 credit    

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English Grade 9.

     Recommended for Technical, Trade or Junior College bound students.  Students will read and write about a collection of poetry, short stories, and essays dealing with various aspects of the world of work.  Students will work individually as well as in small and large groups, using academic and technical reading and writing strategies.  Students will learn active listening, speaking, and viewing techniques.  Portfolios will be the assessment tool to evaluate students' writing progress.

 

Advanced Placement English I & II

Grade 11 and/or 12                                                                                        1 or 2 credits

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of Contemporary Issues Research Writing or Academic Reading & Writing.   Written approval form signed by a previous writing teacher.

     College prep. students with an overall grade point average of 3.0 and strong grades in English classes will find the most success.  Following the A.P. College Board curriculum, students will read classic literature, produce literary essays, create informative essays, and improve vocabulary in reading and writing.  Upon successful completion, students receive high school credit by semester, but depending on the college or university, credit may be awarded for completion of coursework and/or scores from Advanced Placement standardized national tests. Students must check with individual colleges or universities for credit standards.  The cost of the national test is the responsibility of the student.

 

Social Studies

American History

Grade 9                                                                                                                1 credit

     The study of American History from reconstruction to the present with an emphasis on mastering the following perspectives:

            -Geopolitical- a historical perspective on the relationship between the U.S. and the rest of the world.

            -Economic- An understanding of the economic cycles and policies of various countries and their impact on the rest of the world.

            -Historical Sequencing- Gain an understanding of historical eras and relate them to present time.

            -Major Contributions- An understanding of interactions and contributions of minorities in history.

     The students will be able to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms with an emphasis on writing types 1-3.

 

Government

Grade 10                                                                                                              1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 9th grade American History

     This class will concentrate on the study of the U.S. political and economic systems.  This class will emphasize civic involvement as well as the role of the consumer in society.  Required for all Sophomores.

 

Honors Government

Grade 10                                                                                                         1 credit

      This course will be an in-depth study of the U.S. political and economic systems.  Designed for students planning taking the MEAP and/or A.P. classes.  Freshman American history teacher recommendation required.

  

Global Perspectives

Grade 11-12                                                                                                       1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government. 

     An introduction to global perspectives, this class looks at the geographical, cultural, historical, political and economic factors affecting selected world problems emphasizing the economic and geographic factors.  Recent political events and the development of a global economy indicate a need for all citizens to have a better understanding of how global issues affect our lives.

 

World History I

Grades 11-12                                                                                                      1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government.

       World History I is the study of ancient history up to the Italian Renaissance.  The past is studied to help understand the present, avoid repeating the mistakes of the past and to prepare for the future.  The course content includes pre-history, ancient history, medieval history and the Italian Renaissance.

 

World History II                                         

Grades 11-12                                                                                                      1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government.

     World History II is the study of our modern times.  The study will begin with the 1500's and work to the present day.   The course will focus on the economic, political, and social factors that shaped our modern world.

 

Comparative Government                                       

Grades 11-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government.

   A study and comparison of types of governments and world leaders that exist today.  Also a study of international law and rights, with emphasis on the United Nations.

 

Humanities                                        

Grades 11-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government.

   Study of the history, music, architecture, and literature of 1900-to present.  Must be taken in conjunction with Humanities I.

 

Intro to Anthropology and Cultural Diversity                                         

Grades 11-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government.

   Study of behavior in terms of cultural significance, cultural values and rituals of ancient and contemporary people.  This course will note the importance and the impact of minorities in global history, stating policies regarding the family, women, and changing economic and social roles of minorities.  (American Indian, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Kurds, Bosnians, Jews, etc.)  

 

Black History and Women in History                                          

Grades 11-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government.

   Study of Afro-Americans from 1400 - Present, including slavery, free blacks of the south , slave work routines, southern slaves, slave culture, religion, slave families, the Civil Rights Movement, famous Afro-Americans through time and affirmative action.  This course also includes the study of the Women's Movement in England in the 1800's and United States up to current times, with emphasis on famous women and their contributions to society.

 

 

 Law

Grades 11-12                                                                                                      1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government.

     This is a course that includes general, or most common legal situations that a person is likely to come into contact with in today's society.  Basic information about our legal system, court procedures, policy making, rights and responsibilities dealing with the law will be learned.  Students will also study Constitutional law, contract law, torts, family law, individual rights and responsibilities.

 

 

Business Law                                          

Grades 11-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government.

     This class looks at how the law, the government, and international relationships affect today's business.  It will consist of business simulations, debates, Internet research, and a planned International Business Relationship with our sister city in Pontresina, Switzerland, and much more. 

 

Sociology

Grades 11-12                                                                                                    1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government.

     Sociology is the study of man and his relationships with self, others, and social systems.  A basic concept of sociology is described which includes a discussion of the natural, social, and cultural environments.  The development of a personality and the social being are included, as well as marriage and the family, discussed with emphasis on the numerous social problems of race, poverty, old age, and crime. 

 

Psychology

Grade 12                                                                                                              1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government.

     Offered to college prep students as an intensive study of the mental process and behavior by living organisms.  Emphasis is placed upon the different methods and philosophies, learning, cognition, child development, intelligence, personality, stress management and abnormal behavior.  The influence of both heredity and environment (nature/nurture) on personal development is stressed. 

 

Financial Management

Grades 11-12                                                                                                      1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government.

     This class will cover basic personal financial planning and money management strategies.  Discussion topics and practical projects include:  getting a job; resume' prep; budgeting; taxes; insurance; banking; establishing credit; making wise consumer choices; and investment strategies.  The investment section will take an in-depth look at a variety of investment vehicles with the emphasis on the stock market, mutual funds and retirement accounts.  How to select, purchase and track investments as well as the tax consequences for each will be examined.

 

Multicultural Education

Grade 11-12                                                                                                       1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government.

     This course is designed to teach students to know, to care, and to act.  To know - Students will be challenged to participate with and be informed about different viewpoints in history.  To care- This portion centers around creating empathy for difficult issues such as race, class, gender, and symbols.  To act- Social action plays an important role in this class with visits to urban schools, Native American Reservations, and volunteering at a homeless shelter.

 

Economics

Grades 11-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History and 10th grade Government.

     This class will cover basic economic principles of the United States as well as teach about the world/global economy.  Emphasis is on a student's role as a consumer and contributing member of the economy.  Equal emphasis will be placed on personal economic applications.  The end result/ultimate exit outcome is to enable students to make viable economic decisions in the market place and at home.

 

 

A.P. American History

Grade 11-12                                                                                                   1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History, 10th grade Government and instructor approval. 

     A comprehensive review of American History with an emphasis on original source material.  Discussion and readings will be the focus of this course.  The student should be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Examination in American History.  This class may not be offered every year depending on enrollment.

 

A.P. European History

Grade 11-12                                                                                                   1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History, 10th grade Government and instructor approval.

    This class will prepare the college bound student to take the Advanced Placement Examination in European History 1500-present.  Both high school and college credits may be obtained by passing the class and national examination.  Daily reading, historical research and analysis, and application to modern work problems will be stressed.

 

A.P. Government

Grade 11-12                                                                                                   1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th grade American History, 10th grade Government and instructor approval.

    A college level study of the structure and function of government is the primary content of this class.  Comparative political systems will also be the subject of classroom discussion.  The student should be prepared to successfully take the advanced Placement Examination in Government at the end of the year.  This class also fulfills the high school graduation requirement.  The class may not be offered every year depending on enrollment.

Science

Life/Earth & Space Science                                                                         

Grade 9                                                                                                           1 credit

     This introductory science course will cover basic concepts of biology and earth science.  Students will also be exposed to the scientific method, introductory lab skills, and historical figures in science.  Whenever possible, applications of science skills will be stressed.  This course is required for graduation.

 

Honors Science 1 & 2

Grade 9                                                                                                           1 credit

     Honors Science 1 & 2 is an advanced, fast paced class covering ALL Life/Earth & Space Science and Physical Science objectives.  Students in this course will cover biology, earth science, chemistry, and physics objectives recommended by the State of Michigan.  Upon successful completion of this course all students still need one more elective science credit for graduation.  Recommendation to be allowed into this course comes from the 8th grade science instructors. 

 

Physical Science

Grade 10                                                                                                         1 credit

Prerequisite: Life/Earth & Space Science

     This introductory science course will cover the basic concepts of chemistry, physics, and space science.  Students will also be exposed to the scientific method, introductory lab skills, and historical figures in science.  Whenever possible, application of science skills will be stressed.  This course is required for graduation.

 

 

Biology I

Grades 10-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of grades 9 and 10 Science. 

     This class provides a strong basis in general biology.  The first nine weeks focuses on cells, botany, ecology and an introduction to photosynthesis and respiration.  The second nine weeks is an overview of the major kingdoms and the systems of the body, including dissection of several organisms.

 

 

Biology II

Grades 10-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Biology I

     Biology II is an advanced Biology course emphasizing on genetics, biochemistry, ecology and many other advance biology topics, providing a strong foundation for college level biology.    

 

Bio Field Studies/ Limnology                                                                                                

Grades 11-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite: Life/Earth & Space Science and Physical Science or Honors Science and General Biology.

     This course will investigate such topics as water chemistry, aquatic micro/macroinvertebrates, algae, exotic species, fish, ecology, birds, plants and animals associated with lakes, streams and rivers.  In addition, students will spend numerous hours out of the classroom and in the field gathering data on these topics and presenting this data to local groups.  Students will hear from guest speakers and interact with professionals from the Soil Conservation District, DNR, DEQ, and numerous community groups.

 

Living Chemistry

Grades 11-12                                                                                                  1 credit

     Living Chemistry is for non-science majors, designed to expose students to the chemistry that surrounds them daily.  Living Chemistry covers many different areas without difficult math concepts.  It is designed for those students who want to know something about chemistry and how it affects them in daily life, but are reluctant to take Chemistry I.

 

Chemistry 1

Grades 10-12                                                                                                  1 credit           

Prerequisite:  Life/Earth & Space Science and Physical Science or Honors Science and Algebra I.                  

     Chemistry 1 is a college prep course with a rigorous approach to the regular content of chemistry such as:  matter, energy, atomic structure, stoichiometry, chemical formulas, nuclear energy, bonding, solutions, and equations.  The lab is an important part of the course and strong mathematics skills are emphasized.  **If you plan on taking a college chemistry course in the future, it is STRONGLY recommended that you take BOTH Chemistry 1 AND 2.**

 

Chemistry 2

Grade 10-12                                                                                                   1 credit

Prerequisite:  Chemistry 1

     Chemistry 2 is an advanced chemistry course covering thermodynamics, rates of reaction, acid-base chemistry, bonding, kinetics, and equilibrium.  ** Again, if you plan on taking college chemistry it is strongly recommended you take both Chemistry 1 AND 2.**

 

Conceptual Physics

Grades 11-12                                                                                                  1 credit

     Conceptual Physics is a course designed for non-science majors.  Very little math is used to develop physics principles.  Emphasis is placed on reading comprehension and laboratory activities.  Topics to be covered include:  forces, gravity, satellite motion, special relativity, sound, light, and electricity.

 

Physics                                                                                                           

Grade 11-12                                                                                                   1 credit

     Physics is a course designed to meet the needs of science and mathematics majors.  This course emphasizes the use of math to comprehend and apply physics principles.  Topics to be covered include:  motion, forces, gravity, sound, light, special relativity and electricity.

 

     Students will pay a fee for the student projects.

 

Foreign Language

 

 

French I

Grades 9-12                                                                                                    1 credit

     An introductory course open to students motivated to put in time and effort to acquire the basics of the French language and culture through vocabulary, verbal and written expression.

 

French II

Grades 10-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite a C- or better in French I. 

     Previous learning incorporated into the acquisition of new vocabulary, grammar and verb tenses. This course concentrates more on oral and written competency.

 

French III      

Grades 11-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite a C- or better in French II. 

     The focus is on manipulation of grammar, sentence structure and length for variety within oral and written scenarios.

 

French IV

Grade 12                                                                                                         1 credit

Prerequisite a C- or better in French III. 

     Students will work on the whole language acquisition with presentation of plays, reports, readings, projects and conversations.

 

Spanish I

Grades 9-12                                                                                                    1 credit

     An introductory course open to students motivated to put in time and effort to acquire the basics of the Spanish language and culture through vocabulary, verbal and written expression.

 

Spanish II

Grades 10-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite a C or better in Spanish I. 

    Previous learning’s will be incorporated into a more in-depth look at oral and written competency within the Spanish language.  Also, additional verb tenses and grammar.

 

Spanish III

Grades 10-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite a C or better in Spanish II. 

     Previous learning’s will be incorporated into a more in-depth look at oral expression.  Several verb tenses will be introduced.  Emphasis will be placed on conversation and written expression.

 

Spanish IV

Grades 11-12                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of instructor. 

     This course brings previous learning from Spanish 1-3 into Spanish 4 where students will work on the whole language acquisition with presentation of plays, reports, readings, projects and conversations.

 

 

Spanish V

Grade 12                                                                                                         1 credit

Prerequisite recommendation of instructor. 

     Accuracy is stressed regarding ability to communicate in all tenses.

Mathematics

 

Prep Math                                                                                                                                    1 credit

     This course will focus on fundamentals and basic skills.  Applications for every day life and Algebra preparation will be incorporated.  A student must earn a C- or better to go on to the next level.

 

Algebra 1A &1B 

Prerequisites:  Prep Math or incoming freshmen                                                                   2 credits

     This course is Algebra I over the course of one year.   The students will learn to solve linear equations and inequalities for the indicated variable.  They will graph and analyze graphs of both equations and inequalities.  Additional topics include polynomial operations, probability and statistics.   Students will have to complete the entire year in order to receive Algebra credit, but can receive a math credit for completing one semester. 

 

Algebra 1                                                                                                                                   1 credit

     This course is a faster paced Algebra 1 class for students who will do well in Math.  The students will learn to solve linear equations and inequalities for the indicated variable.  They will graph and analyze graphs of both equations and inequalities.  Additional topics include polynomial operations, probability and statistics.  Algebra is recommended for students with strong basic math skills.

 

 

Practical Geometry

Prerequisite:  Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B                                                                                   1 credit

     This course is designed for the tech-prep student only, not the college bound student.  It will explore the properties of lines, angles, and geometric figures.  Students will apply properties to find the missing measures, areas, perimeters, volumes, and determine relationships between figures.  Students can only earn credit in one Geometry course.

 

Geometry

Prerequisite:  Algebra 1 or Algebra 1B                                                                                    1 credit

     This course explores the definitions and properties of lines, angles and shapes.  Students will develop and apply such concepts as congruence and similarity, transformations, perimeter and area, parallel and intersecting lines, and apply these ideas to real life situations.  Students can only earn credit in one Geometry course.

 

Algebra 2A &2B                                                                                                                        2 credits

     This course covers the same material as Algebra 2.  The Algebra 2 portion is at a slower pace for those students who had difficulty, but still passed, in Algebra 1.   The course will cover the material in an entire year of the block schedule.  Students will have to complete the entire year in order to receive Algebra 2 credit, but can receive a math credit for completing one semester.

 

Algebra 2

Prerequisite:  B- or better in  Algebra 1                                                                                     1 credit

     Algebra 2 is recommended only for students who have a strong math background in Algebra 1.  This class is fast-paced and designed to meet the needs of college prep students who plan to enroll in trigonometry.  Concepts studied include: applications of linear equations, matrices, quadratics, statistics, probability, and polynomial functions.  Use of graphing calculator is taught and encouraged throughout the semester. 

 

Probability and Statistics

Prerequisite:    Algebra 2 or Algebra 2B                                                                                   1 credit

     Students will develop an understanding of the statistics encountered every day, such as in business, the financial markets, or games.  The course includes topics covered in the A.P Statistics examination.  Students will make extensive use of TI-83 calculators, the Internet, and other PC applications.

 

Trigonometry

Prerequisite: Algebra 2 or Algebra 2B                                                                                  1/2 credit

     Trigonometry is a synthesis of Algebra and Geometry. Students will learn about the circular functions and apply them to science and practical situations.  Additional topics include parametric equations, vectors, and their use in trigonometry.  Students will also receive extensive work involving the use of graphing calculators.

 

Precalculus

Prerequisite: Trigonometry                                                                                                    1/2 credit

     An excellent preparation for any advanced math study, this course is an important class for the college prep or technical career curriculum.  The student will learn and expand many advanced math concepts such as polar coordinates, conics, complex numbers, sequences and series, and function behavior. 

 

A.P. Calculus A & B

Prerequisite:  Trigonometry and Precalculus                                                                           2 credits

     The culmination of a high school mathematics program, this is an Advanced Placement course.   Emphasis is placed on the study of limits, rates of change, differential and integral calculus and their applications.  Students will be encouraged to take the A.P. Test and may earn up to 5 college credits based on the test score and school of their choice.  The cost of the national test is the responsibility of the student.   


Fine Arts - Performing

 

 

Concert/Marching Band

Grades 9-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

     This class is open to all interested high school students who have at least a ninth grade playing proficiency on a traditional band instrument.  It is a performance oriented, ensemble class, and its primary instructional method is rehearsal, preparation and performance of the highest quality, appropriate repertoire.  This class combines with the Symphony Band in the fall, spring and summer to form the Gaylord Marching Band.    Rehearsals and performances are required of all enrolled students, including a full week of Band Camp during the summer season or the student will not be in band.  All weekly and evening practices and evening football performances, all  local concerts (Christmas, Winter, Spring), Pep Band during Basketball season, Memorial Day, the Alpenfest Grand Parade, and MSBOA Band Festivals are required.  Enrolled students have the opportunity to participate in Solo Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Honors Band for extra credit if they so desire.

 

Symphony/Marching Band

Grades 9-12                                                                                                                                  1 credit

     This class is open to all students who exhibit an advanced high school level of playing proficiency on a traditional band instrument.  No student may enroll without the recommendation of the instructor.  It is a performance oriented ensemble class, and its primary method of instruction is the rehearsal, preparation and performance of the highest quality repertoire appropriate for an advanced level of playing proficiency.  More will be expected from each band member in terms of proficiency and in terms of extracurricular time than is expected of the Concert Band member.  This class combines with the Concert Band in the fall, spring and summer to form the Gaylord Marching Band.  Rehearsals and performances are required of all enrolled students, including a full week of Band Camp during the summer season or the student will not be in band.  All weekly and evening practices and evening football performances, all local concerts (Christmas, Winter, Spring), Pep Band during Basketball season, Memorial Day, the Alpenfest Grand Parade, and MSBOA Festivals are required.  Enrolled students have the opportunity to participate in Solo Ensemble, Honors Band and Jazz for extra credit if they so desire.

 

Jazz Band

Grades 9 -12                                                                                                                                 1 credit

Prerequisite:  Must take concurrently with band - music.

     Jazz Band is open to all students on an audition basis.  Participants must be a member of the Instrumental - Music Department to be considered for an audition.  The group will perform music from the jazz idiom.  This course will participate in concerts, jazz festivals, and school and community events.  As a performance ensemble, members are expected to attend all performances for which credit is given

 

Concert Choir

Grades 9-12                                                                                                                                  1 credit

     Concert Choir is a performance class available in grades 9-12, which may be taken four years if desired.  It is open to all students who would enjoy singing in a group.  Students improve their singing ability, develop ensemble skills, sing for pleasure, and learn to sing from notation while preparing a variety of styles of music from different periods and cultures.  They perform four concerts a year, plus one Saturday festival and GHS graduation. 

 

Honors Ensemble (Choir)

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                               1  credit

     Honors Ensemble class is a vocal music offering for more advanced singers in grades 10-12 who qualify by audition in the spring of the preceding year.  Members should have some previous experience in choir, band, or private lessons, and demonstrate outstanding ability and dependability, in order to be accepted.   As the top performance group in vocal music at GHS, members must really apply themselves in order to learn fairly complex choral music, performing at least four concerts a year and competing at District and State festivals.

 

 

 

Drama I (Introductory)

Grades 9-10                                                                                                                                  1 credit

     Students in Drama I will be instructed in speech, character development and fundamental stage skills.  Students will produce one act plays that may be performed.

 

 

 

Drama II (Advanced)                                                            

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

     Students in Drama II will study advanced concepts in theater with an emphasis on performance.  Drama II students will produce at least one full length production to be performed and at least one minor production.  Students who wish to enroll in Drama II should have taken Drama I or have stage experience.  Students in Drama II should possess excellent reading skills.

 

Fine Arts - Visual

Art I

Grades 9-12                                                                                                                                  1 credit

     Designed for students who have little or no background in Art but wish to explore Art in our culture and the cultures of the past.  Students will do studio projects on basic drawing, painting and basic 3 dimensional construction techniques.  Students will create art that is based on both what they see yet expresses also how they feel.  This course relies heavily on inspiration from significant artists in history.  Students will be required to maintain portfolios and will be graded based on mastery of all objectives.

 

Art II

Grades 10-12   

  Prerequisite:  Art I, or 7th/8th grade Art in Middle School or permission of the instructor based on demonstration of skills seen in student's sketchbook or portfolio.                                    1 credit

     Further expanding on the skills in Art I with emphasis on developing and refining art skills.  Students will be required to maintain portfolios and grades will be based on mastery of all objectives.

 

 

Physical Education

 

Physical Education 9

Grade 9                                                                                                                                         1 credit

     Students will understand that sport, fitness and leisure activities provide opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and social interaction.  Students will participate in a variety of activities including physical fitness, strength training, aerobics and team sports.  This class is co-educational, a pre-requisite for other physical education classes, and required for graduation.

 

 

Physical Training

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

     Physical Training is an individualized program designed to improve and maintain physical condition.  Activities include weight training, aerobics, plyometrics, jumping rope, running, walking and flexibility exercises.  Students will work on specific muscle development and conditioning.  Students will develop their own personal workouts for their lifetime physical fitness programs.  Individual fitness goals will be established.

 

 

 

Advanced Physical Education                                                                                                                            

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

     Students will participate in team sports and individual leisure time activities.  Activities will be used to improve skills and understand rules and regulations.  Students may also participate in strength training, conditioning and aerobic activities.

*Students may earn up to 4 elective credits in Physical education.  No more than 3 credits may be earned in any one class.  No more than one Physical Education class may be taken per semester.

Business Service Technology

 

 

Business Applied Technology (BAT)

Grades 9-10                                                                                                                                  1 credit

     Students will develop hands-on computer oriented skills with instruction based on technology and its application in the business world.  Students will use Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook to complete the critical learning’s required for this course.  Some of the topics covered are, Communication, Human Relations, Management & organizational Development, Mathematics, Career Development, Entrepreneurship, and International Business.  This course is required for graduation.

 

 

Web Design and Internet Research                                                            

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

Prerequisite:  C or better in BAT

     Students will learn to use basic Internet tools that will enhance their educational performance and become responsible Internet users.  Hands on activities will include areas such as connecting to the Internet, managing e-mail, using search engines, e-commerce, accessing on-line databases, transferring files, and Web design using HTML, JavaScript, and FrontPage.

* This may serve as the related course for business co-op students.

   

Accounting & Computing I

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

Prerequisite: BAT

     This course is an introduction to the study of accounting principles and theory covering financial statements, basic procedures, the accounting cycle, general and columnar journals, payroll accounting, and other topics as related to sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.  This course is recommended for all students interested in pursuing a career in all business fields.

*This may serve as the related course for business co-op students.

 

Accounting & Computing II

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

Prerequisite:  BAT, Accounting I

     This course is continuation of the study of accounting principles.  Topics covered are investments, receivables, inventories, payables, interpreting financial statements, and statement of cash flows.  Use of a computerized accounting program will be introduced during this course.  This course is recommended for all students interested in pursuing a career in all business fields.

*This may serve as the related course for business co-op students.

 

Accounting & Computing III

Grade 12                                                                                                                                       1 credit

Prerequisite:  BAT, Accounting I & II

     This course is continuation of the study of accounting principles.  Topics covered are accounting for other forms of organizations, departmental accounting, internal control, and accounting for business decisions.  Computerized accounting program will be used during this course. This course is recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in accounting.

*This may serve as the related course for business co-op students.  

 

Introduction To Business

Grades 9-12                                                                                                                                  1 credit

Prerequisite:  BAT

     This course is recommended for all students desiring business training.  The class is designed to provide as economic background for those students interested in pursuing a career within the business world.  Units of instruction are presented on financial management, key economics concepts, and current business issues.

 

Marketing I

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

     This course is designed to develop competent career sustaining individuals in and for the major occupational areas of marketing.  Student's experiences will include marketing core competencies, including marketing and business, economics, human relations and selling.  Also, students will have the opportunity to compete in DECA at regional and state levels, and they will help in the operation of the school store.

*This may serve as the related course for business co-op-students.

 

Marketing II

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

Prerequisite:  Marketing I. 

     This course is designed to further develop competent career sustaining individuals in and for the major occupational areas of marketing.  Student's experiences will include marketing core competencies learned from Marketing I, as well as promotion, product/service planning, distribution, and management.  Also, students will continue to have opportunities in DECA competition and store operations.

*This may serve as the related course for business co-op students.

 

Marketing III

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

Prerequisite:  Marketing II. 

     This course is designed for advanced students.  Advanced development of marketing skills is the focus of this class.  Students will have opportunities for academic written competitions in various career areas.  Job shadows and store management is included.

*This may serve as the related course for business co-op students.

 

Marketing IV

Grades 12                                                                                                                                     1 credit

Prerequisite: Marketing III. 

     This course is designed for advanced students in marketing.  Continued concentration in promotion and advertising is the focus of this class.  Student will develop a business plan for the school store and make a PowerPoint presentation at the end of the year.

*This may serve as the related course for business co-op students.

 

Co-operative Work Experience

Grade 12                                                                                                                                       1 credit

     Students who find employment in the business services field may receive co-operative work experience credit.  To qualify, a student must be enrolled in one of the Business and Information Technology courses and is a student in good standing for graduation.  Students with an interest in working in the business services field should see the Co-op Coordinator for assistance in possible job placements.

 

Human Services

Prepare for your roles in life.  Learn the skills you will need for your lifetime.

  

Health/Life Mgt.

Grades 9-10                                                                                                                               1/2 credit

     This class is required in order to provide students with the skills they will need to achieve a healthy lifestyle.  The student will learn about the relationship of physical, mental, and social health.  Topics covered will include making healthy choices throughout the life span, prevention of infectious disease, and issues related to reproductive health, including sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS.

     This course is in compliance with Michigan’s ACT 226.  Parents will be invited to an information session regarding course content.  Please contact the building principal if you have any questions prior to registration.

 

Child Development

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

     This course examines personal readiness to become a parent and important issues related to raising healthy children and building positive parent-child relationships.  Every student learns the importance of being an informed parent.  Course content includes prenatal care and development, birth process, and care of newborns and infants.

     The course also discusses the development stages of children from toddler to age five.  Students learn skills to help children develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.  A laboratory experience will be included.

 

Child Care Service

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

     This class is offered for students with an interest in a career in the field of childcare.  (Day care workers or owners, preschool teachers, childcare directors, etc.)  The student will learn the basics of managing and teaching in a childcare setting.  Students learn teaching methods for art, music, math, science and language arts activities in the preschool setting.  Nutrition, health and developmental needs of children are also included.  This course fulfills training hour requirements for students interested in receiving C.P.A. Child Development Associate Certificate.

 

 Advanced Child Care Services

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

Prerequisite:  Instructor approval and successful completion of Child Care Service.

     Students will continue to prepare for a career in childcare services.  Students will have laboratory experiences working and teaching young children.  Preparation for C.D.A. (Child Development Associates) certification is included in course objectives. 

 

 

Family Living

Grades  11-12                                                                                                                               1 credit

     This course will prepare students to handle the challenges of adult life.  Students will develop an understanding of self and identify what builds good relationships.  Topics include getting married, family structures, responsibilities of parenthood and handling family crises.  Basic life management skills of health, nutrition and money management will also be included.

 

 

Fashion Design

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

     This course is designed to acquaint the student with the proper selection of clothing, types of fabrics and selection, and having the ability to make good choices.  It also enables the student to apply all of the above in the construction of at least one garment.

 

 

Home Interiors

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

     A course designed to teach the student how to design and decorate a home.  Content of the course includes interior design principles for every room in the home.  Students design a home floor plan using principles discussed in class.

  

Culinary Arts

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

    This class concentrates on cooking in the food service industry as related to restaurant service.  The student will learn and practice safety and sanitation, cooking, service, and cleaning methods.  This class is for those students interested in working in the food service industry, or simply learning cooking techniques for their own enrichment.  If you are interested in taking Advanced Culinary Arts.  Sign up for it at the same time you sign up for this class.

 

Advanced Culinary Arts 

Grades:  10-12                                                                                                                             1 credit

Prerequisite:  Teacher approval.

     Students taking this class should have a career interest in the food service industry as a cook, prep cook, Restaurant Manager/Owner, or chef.  In this class you will learn and apply food marketing techniques, cost control, menu planning, presentation of food, safety and sanitation (the new food service code).  You will be responsible for working in a group atmosphere and participate 100%.

 

Hospitality I

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

Prerequisite:  Completion of Culinary Arts with no less than a B, or one year experience in the Hotel/Restaurant/Travel Industry. 

     Students taking this class should have an interest in the lodging, food and beverage, travel and tourism industry.  This is an introductory class that touches on all aspects of our area's leading employment industry.  Hospitality is the largest employer in the world.  This class can prepare you for a job in one of the worlds most beautiful or exotic places. If you are interested in Hospitality Management, please sign up for it at the same time you sign up for this class.

 

Hospitality Management

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

Prerequisite:  Completion of Hospitality I with no less than a B and permission of the instructor.

      This class is designed for students to learn the intricacies of hospitality supervision, and to practice those skills in a hands on job shadow setting.  Students must have ability to transport themselves to job shadowing.  Individual students may specialize in tourism promotion, lodging, food service, or restaurant management.

 

Co-operative Work Experience

Grade 12                                                                                                                                       1 credit

     Students who find employment in the hospitality field may receive co-operative work experience credit.  To qualify, a student must be enrolled in one of the Hospitality classes and be a senior in good standing for graduation.

  

Health Sciences

Preparation for a career in medicine or health care related fields

 

Note:     Gaylord High School and North Central Michigan College have a Tech-Prep agreement that                             allows students to begin preparing for a career in nursing while still in high school.  Ask your                             guidance counselor for details and curriculum requirements.

Human Anatomy And Physiology-(Intro to Med. Occ.)

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

     This class is offered for students with an interest in a career in the field of health care and medicine.  The student will learn the basics of anatomy & physiology, infection control, medical terminology, and disease process and prevention.  This course provides the core instruction for all health occupations programs.

 

Medical Occupations I

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

     Students may enter this class only after successful completion of Human Anatomy & Physiology (Intro to Med Occ.).  Classroom work and lab practice are combined to provide instruction in basic health care skills such as vital signs, body mechanics, infection control and CPR.  This class includes actual work experience at a local hospital in Nursing, X-Ray, Laboratory, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, and other specialty areas.

 

Advanced Medical Occupations

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

     This class is designed for the student who is serious about a career in health care.  Prerequisite for entering is the completion of Human Anatomy & Physiology (Intro to Med Occ.) and Med Occ I with no less than a "B", as well as the approval of the instructor.  Students will be placed in independent work experience sites in the community in such areas as physical therapy, doctor's offices, dental offices, chiropractic care, medical laboratories or veterinary offices.  Students will also be required to complete a number of independent projects related to their area of career interest. 

 

Co-operative Work Experience

Grade 12

     Students who find employment in the health care field may receive co-operative work experience credit.  To qualify, a student must be enrolled in one of the Medical Occupations classes and be a senior in good standing for graduation.

Trades and Industry

 

Building & Grounds

Landscaping/ Welding Technology I

Grade 10-12                                                                                                                                2 credits

     This class meets entire the school year.  Students will gain skills in shop and equipment safety in the landscaping/welding industries. This class emphasizes basic care and identification of trees, shrubs, flowers, and turf areas. Students will gain skills through "hands on" tasks related to landscaping, greenhouse management, and welding. Students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities, horticulture, welding areas of oxygen/fuel, arc, and mig.

 

Building & Grounds

Landscaping/ Welding Technology II

Grade 11-12                                                                                                                                2 credits

     This class meets the entire school year.  Students will gain additional competencies through "hands on" tasks related to landscaping, horticulture, advance welding, plasma arc cutting and tig welding. Students may expect to spend approximately 50% of class time outdoors on tasks using school grounds, nature trails, school forests, tree nursery, shop and greenhouse. Students will be expected to create a landscape design using landscape design principles and practices. Students will gain an overall knowledge of the landscaping, welding and golf course service industries. 

 

Automotive Technology I & II

Grades 11 & 12                                                                                                                          2 credits

Prerequisite:  Technical math and reading skills and Electronics which may be taken at the same time as this course.

     This course is designed to develop a broad familiarity with the automotive industry.  The course is structured to accommodate the beginning automotive student in a lecture/laboratory setting. 

     First year students are instructed in automotive fundamentals including shop safety, proper tool usage, use of technical manuals, torch operation, jacks, jack stands, hoist, ect., the first semester.  The second semester, students are instructed in automotive brakes including use of specialty brake tools, standard and anti-lock brake systems (ABS) as well as all precautions for personal safety.

     Second year students, during the first and second semesters, are instructed in basic electricity and automotive electricity including Ohm's Law, soldering wires, and test and repair of circuits and components found on today's automobiles.  Emphasis is placed on students following proper service and testing procedures used by professional automotive technicians.

     The GHS Automotive Technology programs use the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) competencies in all courses. 

     After the first year, the successful students are capable of passing the State of Michigan and the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams for automotive brakes.  After the second year, the successful students are capable of passing the State of Michigan and the ASE certification exams for automotive electrical systems.  To become a Certified Master technician, students must be certified in eight (8) areas.  To work in a service or repair facility, the technician must be certified in the specific areas in which they work.  Articulation Possibilities:  Automotive Fundamentals, Auto Braking systems, Basic Electricity, and Automotive Electrical Systems.

 

Construction Tech. I

Grades 10-11                                                                                                                              2 credits

          This class meets for the entire school year.  Through the use of construction modules, the students will learn the basic foundation and core skills required for the field of construction technology. Students will be able to explore many different areas in the construction trades industry. Hand and power tool identification and their use will be a major component. The students will gain an awareness of occupations in a variety of trade areas.  Students may have the opportunity to work on individual and community related projects.

 

Construction Tech. II

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                              2 credits

Prerequisite:  Construction Tech. I

     This class meets for the entire school year.  Students in this course will have the opportunity to expand their learning and hone their skills on a one year construction project. The students will construct a new home from framing the structure to interior and exterior finish. Students will gain true hands on experience in many areas of residential construction. Including electrical, plumbing, heating, etc. 

 

 

Modular Technology

ED (MTE)

Grades 9-12                                                                                                                               1/2 credit

     This is a required class, which offers the student a self-directed, activity oriented class, which will acquaint them with many high technology areas.  The students will work in pairs and will be working with equipment and computers.

 

Introductory Engineering and Architectural Drafting

Grades 9-12                                                                                                                                  1 credit

     Students will study the fundamental concepts of both Engineering and Architectural Drafting.  Advanced concepts of study will include Computer Aided Drafting and the design process.  Each student will apply knowledge by designing bridges, cars, and houses.  This course is for students interested in exploring careers in engineering and architecture.

  

Engineering Drafting

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

Prerequisite:  Introductory Engineering and Architectural Drafting

            Students will study the concepts of Engineering Drafting.  Advanced concepts of study will include technical illustration, design briefs, and descriptive geometry.  Each student will apply knowledge by designing projects using problem solving techniques.  This course is for students planning on careers in the field of engineering.

  

Architectural Drafting I

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

Prerequisite:  Introductory Engineering and Architectural Drafting

            Students will study the concepts of Modern Architectural design.  Advanced concepts of study will include 2D and 3D Computer Aided Drafting and basic architectural modeling.  Students will apply their knowledge and ideas by designing their "dream home."

 

Architectural Drafting II

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

            Students will study the concepts of commercial architecture.  Advanced concepts of study will include advanced Computer Aided Drafting and color rendering techniques.  Students will apply their knowledge by designing townhouse condominiums and vacation resorts.  This course is for students who are considering careers in the field of Architecture.

  

Architectural  Models

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

Prerequisite:  Architectural Drafting I

     Students will study the concepts of architectural model building.  Advanced concepts of study will include  landscape planning and color rendering.  Students will apply their knowledge by designing, building and landscaping a scale model home.

Agriscience

 Zoology/Horse/Equine Science

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                1 credit

     Study and care of horses including:  Selection, Facilities, Nutrition, Conformation, ferier Care, Training & Handling, Genetics, Veterinarian Care, Pasturing, Horse Sports, and Leadership.  For students having an interest in horses as a business or hobby.  General zoology including – anatomy, classification, and importance of major kinds of animals.

Special Services

Independent Study

Grade 11-12                                                                                                                                 1 credit

     Students may arrange with any teacher to do extended study, perform significant research, or enhance any particular academic area.  Permission must be secured by the teacher, confirmed by a counselor and then the high school principal.  90 documented hours will produce 1/2 credit.

Parent Enrichment

Grades 9-12                                                                                                                               1/4 credit

     This class helps the student with parenting skills, coping with stress, accessing community resources, as well as self esteem building and time management.  By referral only - for teen parents or parents to be.

 

 

Student Internship/Workplace

Grades 10-12                                                                                                                        1/4-2 credits

     Internship/Workplace positions are created by teachers desiring to provide additional learning experiences.  These positions will be posted by participating instructors and include qualities, skills, interests, and job duties expected of the successful candidate for the position.  Teachers will be required to develop learning objectives and monitor the intern's progress.

     Students must submit a resume and a letter of application stating their reasons for desiring an internship.  (The GHS library and career/counseling center has information and packets to help students write effective resumes and letters of application.)  The position will most likely be filled by the student who shows strong evidence of the qualities and skills required of the successful candidate, as evidenced by his/her portfolio, resume, prior successes and accomplishments as stated in his/her letter of application.  More information is available from the participating teachers.  Internships may be in or out of school setting, but are unpaid and only during the time of a specified block.

 

 

Media Intern

Grades 9-12                                                                                                                               1/2 credit

     Media Interns will assist with the daily operation of the media center and will be assigned a section of books to organize and repair.  Each student will become proficient in the use of the Media Center's computers, software and reference books and will be able to assist peers and faculty members with research questions.  Students will be expected to do book reviews.  A letter grade will be given.  The class may be repeated for an elective credit.

  

 

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