High School Others
- Computer Basics
Computer Basics will cover the use of e‐mail and the Internet, computer parts, computer history, computer literacy, computer ethics, and the an introduction to Web Design. The Web Design portion of the class will begin with hand coding basic HTML pages that include lists, tables, images, image maps, links, and Cascading Style Sheets. After students have a grasp of hand coding, Adobe DreamWeaver will be introduced to produce the students’ final project.
- Microcomputer Applications
Students will learn basic photo editing skills using Adobe Photoshop, and basic graphic design skills using Adobe Illustrator. Students will create multimedia projects, including the Senior Slide Show, using a digital camera, video camera, scanner, microphone, GarageBand, and iMovie. This course will also include a brief overview of Microsoft Office.
- Microsoft Office/Keyboarding
The class will begin with four weeks of Keyboarding followed by 14 weeks of Microsoft Office. Students will learn the alphanumeric keyboard and the ten‐number keypad. Students will learn advanced word processing features to create your own calendars, tables, mailing lists, newsletters, etc. Master simple spreadsheet functions, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and graphing. Create original presentations and basic print layouts with PowerPoint and Publisher.
Learn to read a recipe! Take this opportunity to learn to make your own snacks or meals. Foods is a tenth through twelfth grade, one-semester course that is very activity-oriented. Students and members of their cooking groups will be involved in foods labs approximately two to three times per week. The labs are planned to give students plenty of opportunity to practice cooking skills in addition to learning facts relating to manners, table setting, nutrition, and cooking terms.
Health is a semester course required of all students for graduation. During the course of the semester one of the primary goals of the class is to make the student more aware of personal health and how to improve and maintain it during their life. Topics discussed include chapters on drug abuse, alcohol abuse, tobacco abuse, AIDS, physical fitness, emergency care, CPR, diseases, and others as time allows. This is one of the most practical and relevant courses offered.
- Family and Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences is a ninth grade level, full-year course composed of numerous activity-oriented subjects. This course is divided into units on the following subjects: interior decorating, cooking, relationships, reproduction, child development, sewing, and class-oriented craft projects. The cooking segment gives the students multiple opportunities to gain cooking skills as well as learning about food science. The students learn the basics of sewing in order to complete two sewing projects of their choice. During the child development unit, students experience some of the responsibilities of parenthood by caring for an infant simulator. During the interior decoration unit emphasis is placed on the use of color, color schemes, and the elements and principles of design.
- Interior Decorating
Students interested in color, fabrics or room arrangements would be interested in this course. Interior decoration is a semester course available to students in the tenth through twelfth grades. This is a hands-on class with many activities. Students will learn to combine colors, group objects and select fabrics effectively. They will also learn housing styles and furniture styles and learn how to lay out a floor plan for a house. With the aid of the computer, students will get to design a house as part of the course. Prior computer experience is not necessary. This is a beginning for anyone interested in the interior decorating field or anyone just interested in rearranging their room at home.
Basic journalistic layout and design are taught in the process of documenting the school year. Photographic composition is taught and students are encouraged to learn camera techniques to take better pictures. Students are taught computer skills as the yearbook layout is put on computer to meet the trends in technology. Prerequisite: Students must be approved to take this class.
- Journalism/The Pony Express
In journalism students will produce the school newspaper, The Pony Express. In the course, students will learn how to collect information through basic reporting skills, to write news stories, feature stories, editorials, and sports stories; and to write headlines and cutlines. This course also emphasizes learning to design and produce a camera-ready product for the printer using desktop publishing skills learned while working with the software, QuarkXPress. Prerequisite: Students must be approved to take this class.
- Physical Education
This activity course satisfies the one year physical education requirement for high school students and is usually taken in the freshman year. The course is designed to improve one's physical fitness while participating in team sports and activities. Basketball, soccer, softball, gym hockey and volleyball are some of the team sports that are taught through the year. A varied slate of lifetime fitness skills and sports are also included such as fitness walking, weight training, aerobics, and tennis. A student may choose to receive their physical education credit through documented participation on a school athletic team.
Take this opportunity to learn to make clothing for yourself and others. Sewing is a highly individualized one semester course available to students in grades ten to twelve. Because students will work at their own pace, this class is suitable for the beginner or someone who already is familiar with sewing. The class will be an asset for students interested in a future in fashion design, who want to be able to add to their present wardrobe inexpensively, or need the skills necessary to repair or alter clothing. Many students also choose to make pillows or other decorative accessories for their room. Also, on an individual basis, students may choose (not required) to learn some type of handwork, such as cross-stitch, needlepoint, or smocking. Students will be required to furnish their own sewing supplies and fabric as needed.