The first three quarters will be a study of American
History from the discovery of the western hemisphere to the beginning
of industrialization (1400-1900) major units are explorers, colonial
life, Americans fight for independence, westward expansion, Civil
War, and reconstruction. The fourth quarter is Civics with emphasis
on the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.
Grammar, with emphasis on writing and speaking skills;
and literature, with an introduction to American poetry, short stories,
and classics will be the focus of this course. It also concentrates
on increasing basic reading and comprehension competencies and further
development of study skills, spelling, and library skills. Developing
an appreciation for recreational reading is also emphasized.
This course is designed to prepare students for first
year algebra. Students are introduced to algebraic equations, manipulation
of equations with variables and simplifying operations. Other areas
covered are integers, ratios, measurement, square roots, proportions,
percents, probability and statistics and problem solving. There will
be investigation of area, perimeter, and volume of basic polygons, circles,
and three dimensional figures.
This course is demanding and rigorous. It will require
responsibility and attentiveness for students to be successful. This
is the first course in the sequence of higher level math. Fundamental
algebraic expressions are introduced with emphasis on writing and solving
The development of physical fitness skills in individual and team sports
will be alternated with the study of mental, social, and physical health,
including nutrition, drug abuse, and practical first aid.
This course covers the basic fundamentals of chemistry
and physicsstructure and properties of matter, force and motion,
and forms of energyin a variety of laboratory and classroom activities
|ELECTIVES: Year Long Courses
Intermediate band is offered to students who have completed
7th grade band, or who have had equivalent experience,
and consists of continued development of instrumental skills, beginning
ensemble playing, and opportunities to participate in public performances.
Chorus is designed to continue choral techniques, vocal training,
and vocal performance skills.
This course is a continuation of 7th grade
orchestra and includes additional training in instrumental skills and
This course focuses on individual learning, critical
thinking, and increased organizational skillsas well as more time
and teacher assistance with school work.
An introductory level course which emphasizes reading,
writing, listening, and comprehension skills. All Spanish I students
will focus on spelling, pronunciation, and communication through a written
FLEX: FRENCH, GERMAN, SPANISH
This course introduces students to three different cultures
and languages (French, German, and Spanish).
PUBLICATIONS (Teacher Recommendation Required)
During the length of this course, students will research
and write the school newspaper and manufacture the yearbook.
|ELECTIVES: Semester Courses
The basic elements of drawing, lettering, perspective,
shading, color, and design will be emphasized in this
course. Projects will be determined by the maturity of the students
and may include ceramics, pottery, jewelry, and leather working skills.
AUDIO/VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS II (Teacher Recommendation
In this course, students will develop audio and video
communication projects using current audio/video technologies, including
a bi-monthly cable television production. This course is designed for
students who are interested in entering the fields of broadcasting,
production, and communications.
This course is designed to increase an awareness and
appreciation of the theater by utilizing expressive techniques through
beginning dramatic performances.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE (HOME EC)
Personal and social development is the focus of this
course. It includes basic knowledge of nutrition and food preparation,
and introductory skills in clothing construction, including selection
and care of textiles used in clothing.
A course designed to introduce students to basic technological principles,
processes and skills such as design and problem solving, team decision
making, information gathering, and safety. Course work will include projects
in the areas of communications, manufacturing, construction and power/energy
and transportation. Students are exposed to sketching, technical drawing,
screen printing, logo and poster development, building of model rockets
and bridges and other projects. Students will be introduced to computer
aided drafting and computer aided design. This course is designed to develop
an appreciation of technical fields and occupations while learning about
skills essential in todays world of work.
Students in this course will continue instruction on
keyboarding skills and will incorporate these skills in a business setting.
They will learn to keep a time card, write checks, and name a business
in a mini business setting. A unit will be taught on purchasing and
charting stocks. Internet training and e-mail etiquette will also be