Norris High School

Course Catalog

Course Catalog

Agriculture
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course is a follow-up of the beginning Floral Design class.  In this course, students will learn about specific floral holidays and seasons and will make various arrangements for these special days.  Students will also cover Contemporary Floral Designs and arrangements made from artificial materials.  As part of the class, students will demonstrate floral design techniques to the Floral Design class members.  Shadowing a florist is also part of the experience.  

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Other Notes:
There is a $25 fee for this course to cover the cost of flowers and supplies.
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Advanced Welding is a more in-depth study of the field of Welding.  Welding applications will include Advanced Stick Electrode Arc Welding.  Advanced Oxy-Acetylene welding, MIG Welding, TIG Welding, Basic Cutting Techniques.  A review of basic welding in a flat position, shop safety (both general and specifically for the welding shop), basic bronze welding techniques, and basic metallurgy will be discussed.  The student should have good basic skills before taking the course. Students will be required to complete a number of weld samples as assigned by the instructor. 

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
It is recommended that a student earned a minimum of a "B" in Intro to Welding to enroll in this course, 9-12 Grade
Other Notes:
Students may take Advanced Welding once. Students will be required to wear safety glasses, welding gloves, and appropriate protective clothing suitable for welding. (Jeans, Boots, Safety Glasses, Welding Gloves, 100% Long Sleeve Cotton Shirt).
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Students will learn management practices used to manage an agricultural business.  Emphasis is placed on balance sheets, income statements, tax management, commodity marketing, risk management and other business skills.  Students will be engaged with an on-line commodity marketing activity.  This will enable students to participate in the Ag Business Management competition at the district and state level. Students will analyze and make an end of the year presentation on the activities conducted on the Norris FFA Learning Lab.

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Students will express their knowledge of markets, consumer and producer theory. This section will test student’s ability to apply economic theories to common scenarios faced by ag producers. Students will predict market movements, production choices by applying theory to realistic applications. Related theories/topics may include: Topics to include will be Markets, Supply, Demand, Equilibrium, Market Shifters (Determinants of Supply/Demand), Consumer Theory, Utility Maximization Preferences, Substitution Effect, Opportunity Cost/Tradeoffs, Producer Theory, Profit Maximization, Long Run Vs. Short Run Decision making, Fixed costs (overhead) vs variable costs, Inputs of Production, and Current Events.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade Only
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course is designed for group and individual work.  The students will work on problem solving, critical thinking and leadership development activities.  Students will work on advanced record keeping, individual and chapter application development and group planning activities along with leadership development.
 

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade Only
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Student experiences will involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing.

Students will explore hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of animal science and work on major projects and problems similar to those that animal science specialists, such as veterinarians, zoologists, livestock producers, and industry personnel, face in their respective careers. 

This is a class for students interested in careers in animal science.  Animal science topic areas include: livestock husbandry, health, feeding, breeding, marketing, and evaluation. A major emphasis of the class will be in livestock management skills necessary to care for animals and work in the livestock industry.

Prerequisites:
9-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course prepares students to design and arrange flowers, foliage, and related materials for interior locations.  Students will construct a variety of fresh floral arrangements, including corsages, boutonnieres, bud vases, and other basic arrangements.  Students will also learn to identify different flowers used in the floral industry.  

Other Notes:
There is a $25 fee for this course to cover the cost of flowers and supplies.
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course prepares students to grow plants for personal and commercial use.  Students will be working extensively in the greenhouse with poinsettia production in the fall and bedding plant and geranium production in the spring.

If you love plants, this is the class for you!!

Prerequisites:
9-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Welding/Metals I is an introductory course in the field of welding.  Topics covered will include:  Basic shop safety,  Safety procedures specifically needed for the welding shop,  Identification of tools and equipment, necessary welding procedures for both Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and Oxyacetylene Welding, and some basic metallurgy.  

Other Notes:
Students may take Welding once. Students will be required to wear safety glasses, welding gloves, and appropriate protective clothing suitable for welding.(Jeans, Boots, Safety Glasses, Welding Gloves, 100% Long Sleeve Cotton Shirt). There is a $25 fee.
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Students participating in the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course will experience hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences will involve the study of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, and natural resources. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. Students will also gain an understanding of leadership opportunities within agriculture and develop their own agricultural project.

Prerequisites:
Freshmen Only, or by permission of instructor, Recommended if wanting to be a Norris FFA Member
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course prepares students to plan landscape designs, including the selection, installation, and the maintenance of landscape plants.  Students will also learn the names of various landscaping plants.  Class members will maintain different landscape areas around the school during class time.

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course will help students understand and make responsible decisions regarding the conservation of our natural resources.  Range Management, Soil Conservation will be the critical topics of discussion in this class.  A considerable amount of time will be spent outside working in the native prairie west of the school.  Identification of crops, weeds, grasses, forbs, and soils will be made throughout the Semester.  Students will also learn about fertilizer and chemical treatments and regulations and how agriculture and natural resources can work together to benefit all. Students will compete in Area VI Range Judging Contest and the East Central Land Evaluation contest in September and October.  

Prerequisites:
9-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Students in Plasma-Cam will have the capabilities of this machine to increase the types of metals projects with art metal becoming more and more popular.  It allows our students an opportunity to incorporate (CAD) Computer Aided Drafting, scanned images as well as other methods of technology into metalworking classes.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade , Students will be required to wear safety glasses, welding gloves, and appropriate protective clothing suitable for welding. (Jeans, Boots, Safety Glasses, Welding Gloves, 100% Long Sleeve Cotton Shirt).
Other Notes:
Students will be required to wear safety glasses, welding gloves, and appropriate protective clothing suitable for welding. (Jeans, Boots, Safety Glasses, Welding Gloves, 100% Long Sleeve Cotton Shirt).
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course teaches students about proper companion animal management techniques.  Students will also research various careers dealing with companion animals, animal breeds, diseases and parasites.  Animal trainers, veterinarians, and live animals visit the classroom frequently. 

Prerequisites:
9-12 Grade
Art
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

In this course students will further explore the area of ceramics.  Students will be expected to use the skills gained in beginning ceramics to improve their craftsmanship, design, and technique. Projects will be outlined and done on an individual basis.  Students will be responsible to pay for their own glaze to decorate/color their projects.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
10th-12th Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Each student will be introduced to ceramic materials, techniques of pottery construction (pinch, coil, slab), and safe operation of relative tools and equipment.  Students will be introduced to clay as an artistic, functional material using elements and principles of design as they relate to pottery.   Students can order glaze through the school and will be responsible to pay for their own glaze to decorate and color their projects. 

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Each student will expand upon skills developed in Introductory Art within a two dimensional framework.  Advanced drawing and design techniques will be explored as will printing processes such as block, etching, silkscreen, and vinyl.  Basic elements of art and the principles of design will be incorporated into each area.  Emphasis will be on creating a more finished and refined product.  Students will be required to keep an up-to-date sketchbook for weekly grades.  Students must have satisfactorily completed Introductory Art to register for this class.  Students will be responsible to pay for consumable materials.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
10th-12th Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

The goal of this course is to understand the fundamentals of computer software application for electronic drawing, page layout, and image manipulation. This course will also provide a conceptual understanding of the integration of this technology into the creative process and the visual communication of information for the viewer or audience.  Students will be using the latest Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator software.

Prerequisites:
10th-12th Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course will serve as a prerequisite for the other courses offered within the art program.  It will expose students to the various mediums, techniques and materials that are explored more thoroughly in advanced art classes.  Emphasis will be placed on the utilization of the elements of art and the principles of design.  Areas to be covered include drawing, painting, sculpture, design and printing processes.  Students will be required to keep an up-to-date sketchbook for weekly grades.  Students will be responsible to pay for consumable materials.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Students enrolled in Media Production will explore the creation of school news, promotional videos, graphics for social media outlets, live event broadcasts. Students will be introduced to interviewing, reporting, writing, editing, videography, broadcast, and design. Students will be expected to spend time outside the regular school day to attend activities to capture content, prepare content for news, and to announce & produce live broadcasts. Through hands-on opportunities with professional equipment and software, students will explore careers while working both independently and collaboratively to create professional productions while meeting deadlines. 

Prerequisites:
10-12th or recommendation from MS teacher
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

In this course, students will use computers and other devices to combine the use of graphics, photos, sound, video, and animation in fun and exciting ways. Our exploration will include but are not limited to, Audio Creation/Remixing/Editing,  3-D drawing/rendering, stop-frame animation, video production, and image manipulation.  Programs that the student will be using may include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Audition, DragonFrame Animation Software/StopMotion APP, and SketchUP.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Each student will explore the various applications of painting, techniques involving, and the use of appropriate art elements that include line, shape, texture, color, and value. Students will also be exposed to a variety of expressive experiences using the principles of design to enhance their own personal awareness.  Students will be introduced to watercolor, acrylic and oil painting.  Students must have satisfactorily completed Introductory Art to register for this class.  Students will be responsible to pay for consumable materials.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
10th-12th Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the many aspects of digital photography.  Students will learn how to operate a digital SLR camera, explore composition, study photography as a creative process.  Students will also learn how to use computers and software to enhance and share their work, and explore the many different career avenues of photography.  Students will become active learners as they work in an interactive manner with quality equipment and cutting edge technology on a day to day basis.  Students will use Nikon DSLR cameras and Adobe PhotoShop.

Prerequisites:
10th-12th
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Each student will be introduced to the theory, techniques, and construction methods of sculpture.  The students will be able to explore the processes of subtractive and addition sculpture relative to the application of art elements including line, form, color, texture, space, and value.  Emphasis will be placed on the design, completion, and displaying of student projects. Students will be responsible to pay for consumable materials.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course is intended for students that have taken at least FIVE art classes (Introductory Art +4 others) from the Norris curriculum and have a strong interest in art with the possibility of pursuing art beyond high school.  Students need to be well skilled in the art area they plan to work.  They also need to be creative, self-motivated, and be able to meet deadlines.  Students will work independently on an area of interest and document their progress/work with a journal/sketchbook/digital submission.  Students will be responsible to pay for consumable materials.  Senior Art application.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Introductory Art and at least 4 other art classes and BY APPLICATION ONLY, 12th Grade
Business
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

This two-semester course covers sole proprietorship accounting principles involved in the preparation and maintenance of financial records concerned with business management and operations. It is a comprehensive introduction to basic accounting including recording, summarizing and reporting, principles of income measurement and asset valuation, accounting systems and controls. Students are exposed to careers in the accounting field and are given the opportunity to perform accounting applications using the computer. An introduction to partnerships and corporations may be included.

Prerequisites:
10th-12th Grade Students
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

A course designed to present the study of the legal rights and responsibilities necessary to be informed and productive citizens. Key concepts include contracts and torts, the role of courts, litigation and constitutional issues including civil and criminal law.

Prerequisites:
10th - 12th grade students
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course emphasizes the basic concepts of management and leadership within a business or organization. It addresses characteristics, organization, and operation of business as major sectors of the economy. Students will investigate management issues involved in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling an organization. They will also acquire essential skills in the areas of emotional intelligence: time management, stress management, professional growth and development, communication, and relationship skills.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Must pass Introduction to Business. A grade of C+ or better is recommended.
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges students to explore how computing and technology can impact the world.  In addition to being an introduction to computer programming, the course will cover algorithms, coding, the Internet, robotics, big data, digital privacy and security, and the societal impacts of computing.  Students will have the opportunity to explore hands-on applications including programmable and free-flight drones.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Students will explore emerging technologies as it applies to their success for high school, college, and career. The focus will be on the importance of digital citizenship, professional communication practices, advanced document processing, professional presentations, and intermediate spreadsheet and database applications used personally and professionally.

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course is designed as an introductory overview of the Business, Marketing and Management Career Field. Units of study include economic systems, forms of business ownership, management, marketing, and accounting. Career opportunities will also be explored.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

The goal of personal finance is to help students become financially responsible, conscientious members of society. This course develops student understanding and skills in money management; budgeting; financial goal attainment; use of credit; insurance; investments; and consumer rights and responsibilities. Application of academic concepts, technology, and career planning are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Prerequisites:
Juniors or Seniors Only
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Students will demonstrate knowledge of web design and languages, including HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to create a content rich and visually pleasing website that captures and keeps visitors' interests. Focus will be given to effective page layout, image creation and manipulation, interactivity, content creation, and project management. This course may be available for articulated or dual credit at a postsecondary institution.

English
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

The skills targeted in American Literature build on those developed in previous years. Students will discuss, analyze, and explore a variety of complex texts that depict a wide range of American voices from different backgrounds and time periods. This course will include a variety of texts that include, but are not limited to, novels, short stories, biography/memoir, poetry, research articles, and current events.

Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade
Semester
Required
Credit Hours: 5.00

This is a semester-long course for juniors or seniors who meet the prerequisites. It is offered as dual credit through Wesleyan's Honors Academy; however, students are not required to take dual credit and only receive college credit if they pay the fee and earn a grade of C or better.

This course is designed to help students write with clarity, confidence, and conviction through regular practice in writing (including argument and exposition, writing as discovery, and personal exploration). Particular attention will be given to the role of revision in the writing process. This course also includes a study of language and its social roles, with special attention to the origin, development, and current nature of the English language. 

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
11-12, Teacher Recommendation, Parent Approval, This class is equivalent to Eng 1010 at NWU and SCC, and Eng 150 or an Ace #1 at UNL. Students are able to earn 3 hours of dual credit through NWU. Students must purchase books and materials for this course.
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

SCC English Composition II (1020) is a continuation of Intro to Comp (1010) with an emphasis on the study of argumentation and library research techniques and their application.  Students write papers based on personal opinion and experience in analytical response to course reading.  

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
11-12, Teacher Recommendation, Parent Approval, The college/dual credit course is the equivalent to UNL's English 151 or Ace #1 and Wesleyan's Writing Credit Archway A2. Students are able to earn 3 hours of dual credit through SCC. Students must purchase books and materials for the course.
Semester
Required
Credit Hours: 5.00

This is a semester-long course for juniors or seniors. It is offered as dual credit through Wesleyan's Honors Academy; however, students are not required to take dual credit and only receive college credit if they pay the fee and earn a grade of C or better.  In this course, students develop their composition skills through reading and writing about literature. The course includes a discussion of multiple genres and of literary works’ historical and cultural contexts. Students will develop skills of writing in multiple forms and will learn the skills and terminology appropriate to discussing literary works in different genres. Students will receive instruction in writing skills such as structuring an argument, using evidence from multiple sources, using conventions appropriately, and refining an essay through revision. 

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Junior or Senior, Teacher Recommendation, Parent Approval, This class is equivalent to Eng 1020 at Wesleyan, Eng 180 or an Ace #5 at UNL, and Eng 2100 at SCC. Students are able to earn 3 hours of dual credit through NWU. Students must purchase books and materials for this course.
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course will build on those skills developed in previous courses and includes informational and complex narrative reading; analysis of story elements; use and understanding of literary devices; making predictions and inferences, and evaluating text for organizational structures. This course explores a variety of texts that include novels, biographies/memoirs, short stories, poetry, research articles, & current events.

Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course focuses on composition and builds on writing concepts learned in previous English courses. Students will read model texts to aid their understanding of creative modes. Written work will be creative and descriptive in nature. Students will write a variety of essays, practice techniques of effective writing, work through multiple drafts, and develop their voice as writers. The course covers basic high school English skills, such as grammar and vocabulary.

Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade
Year
Required
Credit Hours: 10.00

The academic focus of English 10 will be on preparing students for the remainder of high school, college, or the workforce. A strong emphasis is placed on critical thinking, and students will be required to think critically in each of the core components of the course: reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. The reading portion will involve learning strategies for improving reading of fiction and informational text, as well as familiarizing students with contemporary and classical literature, recreational reading, and library use. The writing portion will focus on the writing process by engaging students in the phases of the writing and experimenting with the various modes of writing. Grammar will build upon prior knowledge of the parts of speech and how to apply the rules of grammar in writing. Vocabulary will incorporate knowing and using literary terms throughout the year to ensure retention, as well as 150 vocabulary words geared toward post-secondary tests taken the junior year.

Year
Required
Credit Hours: 10.00

English 9 is required for all ninth grade students and is part of the ninth grade core curriculum. The course covers all aspects of English, including reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary.  The reading portion will involve familiarizing students with classic literature.  The writing portion will focus on the writing process, sentences and paragraphs, and organizing an essay.  Students will also learn how to write an argument essay in preparation for the ACT their junior year.  Grammar will build upon prior knowledge and how to use the rules of grammar in their own writing.  Vocabulary will incorporate knowing and using literary terms throughout the year to ensure storage in long-term memory, as well as how to use prefixes, suffixes, and root words to find the meaning of words.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

READING STRATEGIES I
Students in this course are exposed to and practice a variety of early reading skills, with a focus on comprehension and word decoding strategies.

English 9 and 10 Essentials
Students in this course practice a variety of skills and strategies, with a focus on reading comprehension,  writing and grammar skills, and vocabulary retention.  This course pairs with English 9 or English 10 to support student success.
 

Prerequisites:
Mandatory placement by teacher recommendation if one or more years below reading grade level.
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Exploration of short fiction and novels from 1900 to present.  Consideration of major literary critical theories and trends through the study of both American and international authors. 

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
11-12, Teacher Recommendation, Parent Approval, This class is equivalent to Archway E2 at Wesleyan, Eng 205 or Ace #5 at UNL, and Eng 2050 at SCC. Students are able to earn 3 hours of dual credit through SCC. Students must purchase books and materials for the course.
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course will focus on the fundamentals of professional communication in both written, speaking, and visual contexts.  Emphasis will be on clarity, organization, format, appropriate language, and consideration of audience. Students will engage with model texts to aid their understanding of factual writing. This course will also focus on multi-media literacy.

Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course focuses on research and composition and builds on writing concepts learned in previous English courses. Students will read model texts to aid their understanding of research and persuasive modes. Written work will be informative and persuasive in nature. Students will prepare for scholarship essays, the ACT, and college-level writing. Students will write a variety of essays, practice techniques of effective argumentation, work through multiple drafts, and develop research skills. This course covers basic high school English skills, such as grammar, vocabulary, and citations.

Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Senior English Seminar is a semester-long course that focuses on composition and independent reading of complex texts. In this course, students will write a personal narrative, a research essay, and critical analyses of a variety of media. Students will review Standard English usage, study vocabulary, and write about current events. This course is designed to prepare students for all types of writing, reading, and speaking for college and careers.


 
Prerequisites:
1 Core Reading Course (Contemporary Literature, World Literature, or American Literature), 1 Core Writing Course (Creative Writing, Professional Writing, Research and Composition), 11-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course will explore works of literature from around the globe. The reading will examine complex literary texts across a variety of cultures, genres, and time periods. Students will develop critical thinking and interpretive skills through close reading, discussion, and analysis of literary texts from around the world in their historical, cultural, social, and/or literary contexts. Texts may include, but are not limited to, novels, short stories, excerpts, biographies/memoirs, poetry, research articles, and current events.

Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade
Family & Consumer Science
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Eat it, cook it, bake it – you make it!  Promoting a healthy lifestyle is our focus.  We will look at managing our time, energy, money and safety in the food lab.  The importance of planning, preparing and serving nutritionally adequate meals will lead students to a better understanding of how and why we need good nutrition in our lives.  We will problem solve, reason and use critical thinking in resolving food issues that affect the family and a global society.  Multiple cultural perspectives, careers related to food and wellness and a brief look at sports nutrition will take place this semester.

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Prepare vegetables, breads, pastries, meats, candies and cookies while learning restaurant principles and techniques including knife skills.  Students will receive “Serve Safe” certification, experience in food service and possible participation in area competitions within the semester class.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Topics covered will include:  food production, marketing, processing, packaging, distribution and safety.  An emphasis will be placed on the application of scientific principles in the production of food products.  We will study the effects of food safety on foods in the U.S. as well as other countries.  Students will form an appreciation for our great food system in the U.S.  Each student will be responsible for developing an original food product and preparing it for the class.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Juniors or Seniors Only
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Numerous jobs are linked to the housing/building industry.  Our class will create a story board of our dream home, furnishing the home with one’s personality likes in relationship to design and its elements.  Our class will visit homes within our community and study them architecturally as well as design.

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Who?  How?  When?  What?  These questions are answered in this semester class.  We will begin to understand the various stages of parenting and child development, from birth to teenage years.  Students will delve into how parenting and children can be affected by personality changes, death, divorce, poor choices and consequences.  We will look at today’s job market and have the option to have a preschool lab for young children.

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This is ‘hands on, minds on’ experiential learning.  We will use our own morals, standards and values to answer some difficult ‘life’ questions and help us get to a point where we better understand ourselves and others. Goal setting is huge – setting goals for ourselves and our groups.  While communicating effectively with those around us, we will be able to better ourselves – and others – in life.  We will explore financial literacy, life and work experiences, family and life crisis and coping skills for anger and stress.  We are all leaders in some regard, and this class is going to allow us to polish those skills and become better at our best attributes! For anyone living life, this is it!

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Our class will gain information and promote understanding about self, family, community and the workplace in order to become a self-forming person in a diverse society.   Resources and materials will support the goal of creating a higher level of cultural understanding and interdependent relationships among students.  In order to do this, we will be mentoring in the elementary school several days a week throughout the semester.

Prerequisites:
Freshmen Only
Journalism
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Yearbook is an elective course for 9th-12th grade students. In order to enroll in the course, students must complete the application form (required for new Yearbook Staff, 10th-12th app  | 8th Grade App) and be approved. Selection is based on teacher references, student motivation, experience, and conflicts. Students selected for Yearbook are involved with all aspects of the production of the Yearbook.  This includes theme selection (cover and page design) overall layout (design, copy, captions, and headlines), photography, and marketing. In addition to these duties, students also learn lifelong skills, such as meeting deadlines and working with others. Students are also exposed to technology by using high-quality, professional cameras, an online design program, as well as Adobe Photoshop for basic photo editing. Once students are accepted into the program they have the option to continue taking the course each year, unless either the advisor or student decides to terminate the membership.

Prerequisites:
Recommendation by staff and approval by advisor.
Mathematics
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Algebra I is a two-semester course in first year algebra covering such topics as sets; solving equations and inequalities with one variable; properties of numbers; the addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and factoring of monomials and polynomials, fractional equations; graphs on the coordinate plane; solving two equations in two variables (systems of equation); real numbers; square roots; and quadratic equations.  This course is intended to provide the student with a background in algebra and a basis for geometry and higher level algebra courses.

Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

A course in second year algebra designed to be taken concurrently with or before or after geometry.  It includes the study of first degree equations and inequalities, polynomial and radical equations and inequalities, rational numbers and expressions, and quadratic functions.  Graphing calculators are required - TI-84 Plus CE.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
teacher recommendation
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Algebra II Diff is considered a prerequisite for those students who plan to take pre-calculus.  This class is similar to second year algebra but contains an increased emphasis on problem solving.  Topics include functions, graphing linear and nonlinear equations, solving simultaneous equations, systems of equations, and matrices. Graphing calculators are required - TI-84 Plus CE.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Counseling and Math Department Recommendation
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

AP Statistics is a course in which students interpret graphical displays of distributions, summarize distributions, compare distributions, and explore bivariate data.  Students study methods for collecting data, planning and conducting surveys and experiments.  Probability is explored through simulations, probability rules, random variables, normal distributions, binomial distributions, geometric distributions, and the Central Limit Theorem.  Statistical inference is studied through confidence intervals for means and proportions and through tests of significance.  Students have the option to take the AP exam in May.  Most 4-year degrees require at least one Statistics course be taken.  A passing score on this exam will earn credit for introductory Statistics courses at most universities.  Students will be required to purchase a graphing calculator - TI-84 Plus CE.  Students taking the course for dual credit will be required to purchase the textbook.

Prerequisites:
College Credit: For dual credit, students must have passed their prior math class, 11-12, Teacher Recommendation, This class can be taken as a dual credit class and a student can earn three college credits transferable from SCC.
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Calculus is the study of changing quantities.  Two main themes are differentiation, which studies rates of change and integration, which deals with areas and volumes of shapes.  Concepts and conceptual understanding are emphasized through explorations with calculators.  Each topic, whenever possible, is approached graphically, numerically, and algebraically.  Students will be required to purchase a graphing calculator - TI-84 Plus CE..  Students taking the course for dual credit will be required to purchase the textbook.

Prerequisites:
College Credit: For dual credit, students must have passed their prior math class, Students who receive a grade of C or better at the University of Nebraska in Calculus 107 will receive credit for the course at no cost, but the course can be taken for 5 hours of dual credit issued through Southeast Community College., 11-12 Grade
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

This course is the standard course in college-level algebra. Topics include concepts of algebra; linear, quadratic, rational, radical, logarithmic, exponential, and absolute value equations; linear and absolute value inequalities; complex number system; graphs of linear, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational, and absolute value functions; inverse functions; operations and compositions of functions; and systems of equations.  This class can be taken as a dual credit class though SCC.  Students taking the course for dual credit will be required to purchase the textbook.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
11-12, Teacher Recommendation, College Credit: For dual credit, students must have passed their prior math class
Year
Required

Geometry is a required standard math course for the student to develop their thinking and reasoning abilities.  The course is designed around Euclidean Plane Geometry with the students using theorems, postulates and formulas to solve problems.  The development of logical sequence is stressed through deductive reasoning.  Geometric theorems are proven about angles, triangles, congruent triangles, similar triangles, parallel lines with transversals and quadrilaterals using deductive reasoning.  Topics covered are angles, congruence, parallel and perpendicular lines, quadrilaterals, triangles, circles, similarity, transformational geometry and coordinate geometry.  Constructions of geometric figures are stressed at the beginning of this class. Geometry is a system of organized information about size and shape properties of space and objects in space.  It is a basic part of other branches of mathematics and of other subjects such as architecture, engineering, astronomy, and physics.  Students are allowed to use notes and formula sheets on tests.  Geometry is taken the year after Algebra I.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Teacher Recommendation
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Geometry Diff is a required standard math course for the student to develop their thinking and reasoning abilities.  The course is designed around Euclidean Plane Geometry with the students using theorems, postulates and formulas to solve problems.  The development of logical sequence is stressed through deductive reasoning.  Geometric theorems are proven about angles, triangles, congruent triangles, similar triangles, parallel lines with transversals and quadrilaterals using deductive reasoning.  Topics covered are angles, congruence, parallel and perpendicular lines, quadrilaterals, triangles, circles, similarity, transformational geometry and coordinate geometry.  Constructions of geometric figures are stressed at the beginning of this class. Geometry is a system of organized information about size and shape properties of space and objects in space.  It is a basic part of other branches of mathematics and of other subjects such as architecture, engineering, astronomy, and physics.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Teacher Recommendation
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

In this class students will learn about Pre-Calculus topics. Intensive review of college algebra and trigonometry. Study of the concept of a function and its graph. Study of certain specific functions: polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Covers analytic trigonometry, some applications of trigonometry, conic sections, and systems of equations. A graphing calculator is required for use in the course - TI-84 Plus CE. Pre-Calculus is a basic part of other branches of mathematics and other subjects such as architecture, engineering, astronomy, and physics.

Prerequisites:
11-12, Teacher Recommendation
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

This course provides the math skills required in career/technical fields.  The course includes a review of arithmetic operations, ratios and proportions, algebraic operations, geometrical relationships and right triangle trigonometry with emphasis placed on applications.  Students taking the course for dual credit will be required to purchase the textbook. 

 

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
11-12, Teacher Recommendation, This class can be taken as a dual credit class, and a student can earn three college credits transferable from SCC.
Music
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

This class is available to all students in grades 9-12.  Members must be involved in the band program.  Exceptions are for students wishing to participate in the colorguard, which holds auditions in the previous spring semester.  Students involved in the marching band will be required to attend the organization’s band camp held before the start of the school year.  Rehearsals through the quarter begin at 7:30 am and continue through 1st period.

Students are reminded that this is an activity which places high musical skills as well as high physical demands on the student.  The marching band performs at all home football games and travels to four competitions throughout the quarter–attendance at these events is mandatory for students.  The marching band’s focus through the quarter is to work on a competitive marching band show which demonstrates a high degree of artistry and musicality.

Symphonic Band
The Symphonic Band will work on all facets of music, from the basic ideas through the very complex, technical skills and how to incorporate them into our performance.  We will also emphasize performance etiquette, self-discipline, and the development of aesthetic values for the art of music performance.  Auditions and chair placements for Symphonic Band are held at the beginning of second semester.  The symphonic winds will perform at three concerts throughout the school year.  Opportunities for solo and small ensemble work are also available and encouraged.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 3.50

Members participate with the marching band during first quarter.  All required rehearsals begin at 7:30 a.m. and members must attend a week-long band camp which is held around the beginning of August.  Students participating in Color guard must also attend weekly guard rehearsals beginning in June.  Members are selected by audition which occurs in May of the previous school year.  Alternate audition accommodations will be made for students who move in from another district for the current school year.  

Prerequisites:
Members will be responsible for purchasing their own uniform (approximate cost: $180)., Semester (5 credits) (2.5 credits Colorguard, 1 credit Teacher Assistant)
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This class is offered as a class for students who wish to learn how to play the guitar. Students will learn skills through both individual playing and practice as well as in a group setting through the guitar ensemble. 

Requirements: This class is available to any student from grade 9-12, regardless of music background, training, or experience level.  Ensemble music will be provided at no cost to the students and will be tailored to the skill level of the individual.

Scope and sequence:  Guitar class will cover basic and intermediate chords, including open and barre chords. Students will also learn basic scale patterns for melodic content. Discussions will also include basic maintenance of the guitar, changing strings, tuning, choosing equipment, and group playing (working in the context of a band). 

Prerequisites:
Students must have their own guitar (acoustic only) or can rent one for $30.
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This class is a project based class in which basic principles of music notation, composition, and construction are studied.  Music theory will cover theoretical principles of music composition and may include working with music technology using Chromebooks. Students entering this class are expected to understand basic music theory concepts of rhythms and notation (music reading). 

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Year
Credit Hours: 10.00

Students will be selected, by an audition (grades 9-11), who demonstrate skills in music fundamentals, vocal technique and movement.  A wide variety of show music will be studied, as well as advanced vocal technique, show production and choreography.  The show choir will perform at school concerts, clinics, competitions, and community functions. 


 
Prerequisites:
Grades 9-11; Enrollment in Titan Chorale; Audition with instructor covering reading skills, tone production and quality, and range, Attendance at all scheduled performances is expected and required. Fee: $250-$450 (Show Choir Costume)
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 9.99

Students will be selected, by an audition (grades 10-12), who demonstrate skills in music fundamentals, vocal technique, and movement.  A wide variety of show music will be studied, as well as advanced vocal technique, show production, and choreography.  The show choir will perform at school concerts, clinics, competitions, and community functions.  

Prerequisites:
Grades 10-12; Enrollment in Titan Singers; Audition with instructor covering reading skills, tone production and quality, and range, Attendance at all scheduled performances is expected and required. Fee: $250-$450 (Show Choir Costume)
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This class would be for all band members who are percussionists in the high school band program. This class would be at a separate time from the regular band class. Members of this group would not sign up for the regular (1st period) band time. 

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Piano Class is open to any student at Norris High School (9-12) with a desire to learn basic piano skills.  Beginning Piano is designed to introduce students basic piano fundamentals which include:

  • Familiarization of the keyboard
  • Basic keyboard theory
  • Hand coordination 
  • Grand staff note reading
  • Introduction to standard beginning/intermediate piano literature

Students acquire proficiency in piano by learning and practicing standardized piano repertoire and music theory and by performing pieces weekly for class recitals.


 
Prerequisites:
Course Fee: $22.00 to purchase Adult Piano Adventures 1 by Nancy and Randall Faber and Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory Complete by Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani and Morton Manus
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Titan Chorale is for students interested in vocal music and performance.  Intermediate singing techniques, performance skills, music theory, and musicianship will be studied.  Students will study a varied repertoire of choral music representing different historical periods, styles, cultures, and languages. 

Prerequisites:
Grades 9-11, Attendance at all scheduled performances is expected and required.
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Titan Chorus is a non-auditioned unified choir made up of students in grades 9-12 at Norris High School.  Students in Titan Chorus will learn basic singing skills, pitch matching, choral and vocal technique, and will sing music of various styles and periods in a supportive and inclusive environment. 

Prerequisites:
Semester 1 only; There may be one or two performances during the semester.
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Titan Singers (grades 10-12 by audition) is for more experienced students interested in vocal music and performance.  Advanced singing techniques, performance skills, and musicianship will be studied.  Students will study a widely varied repertoire of challenging choral music representing different historical periods, styles, cultures, and languages.  Attendance at all scheduled performances is expected and required.  

Prerequisites:
Grades 10-12, Enrollment in Titanaires; Audition with instructor covering reading skills, tone production and quality, and range, Attendance at all scheduled performances is expected and required. Fee: $250-$350 (Show Choir Costume)
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Titanaires (grades 9-12 by audition) is for students interested in vocal music and performance.  Basic singing techniques, music theory, performance skills and musicianship fundamentals will be studied.  Students will study a widely varied repertoire of choral music representing different historical periods, styles, and cultures. 

Prerequisites:
None; Audition with instructor covering reading skills, tone production and quality, and range, Attendance at all scheduled performances is expected and required.
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 9.99

Students will be selected by an audition (grades 9-12), who demonstrate skills in music fundamentals, vocal technique, and movement.  A wide variety of show music will be studied, as well as vocal technique, show production and choreography.  This show choir will perform at school concerts, clinics, competitions, and community events.  Members will be required to purchase a show choir costume and enroll in Titanaires.  

Prerequisites:
Enrollment in Titanaires; Audition with instructor covering reading skills, tone production and quality, and range, Attendance at all scheduled performances is expected and required. Fee: $250-$350 (Show Choir Costume)
Other
Semester
Required
Credit Hours: 5.00

This class will provide the skills necessary for successful transition from high school to postsecondary education and future work and for employment skills for students not continuing their education.  Units covered in the class include:  career exploration, including personality and aptitude testing and job shadowing; post secondary education and financial aid/scholarship exploration; personal finance; workplace readiness skills, to include resume writing and interviewing skills.  Students must have successfully completed this class to participate in the Work Release program.

Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 2.50

Students qualify to be a teacher assistant with a GPA of 3.75 at the end of the junior year or after 1st semester of senior year.  Students may register as a teacher assistant for one period per semester if they are not already scheduled for a work release period. 

Prerequisites:
12th Grade, Successful completion of School to Career class
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Work Release - SENIORS may request one period of work release per semester. Work release will count as one of the two non-class periods seniors are allowed per year.  Seniors will receive 5 credits per semester for 85 hours of work as evidenced via paystubs or authorized work release hours sheets obtained from the counseling center.  Students receive a P/F grade for the credits earned.

Release - an option for SENIORS who have a job and do NOT need credit for working; this option will count as one of the two non-class periods seniors are allowed per year.   Students earn NO credit for Release.

Prerequisites:
Successful completion of School to Career class
Physical Education
Semester
Required
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course will guide students through many dimensions of health and wellness.  Some topics include but are not limited to: Nutrition and Physical Activity, Tobacco and Alcohol, Drug Prevention, Violence and Injury Prevention, Emotional and Mental Health, Cardiovascular and Physical Fitness. Students will participate in lifetime activities while learning the benefits of being active.  The overall goal of this course is for students to develop skills necessary to enhance the quality of their personal, family, and community life.

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Class activities for this course will include life-time sports.  Participation in life-time oriented sports popular for recreation in America today, combined with basic skills and rules.  The class is designed to orientate the student with the skills and knowledge necessary for participation in lifetime sports.  Possible units may include, but not limited to: bowling, golf, ping pong, racquetball, badminton, Frisbee golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, walking, aerobics, croquet, pickle ball, bocce ball and others.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Strength & Conditioning is a semester-long course designed to teach proper weight lifting techniques, improve muscular strength, and increase muscular endurance through a weight resistance & conditioning program.  Students will incorporate flexibility exercises designed to improve all ranges of joint motion to help reduce the occurrence of injury.  Improving agility will also be a major focus of this course.  Content will also include how anatomy, physiology, and nutrition relates to weight training and living a healthy lifestyle.  The overall goal of this course is to develop the proper attitude that contributes toward an appreciation for strength and conditioning.  

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Class activities for this class will include team sport activities.  Participation in team-oriented sports popular for recreation in America today, combined with basic skills and rules.  The class is designed to orientate the student with the skills and knowledge necessary for participation in team sports. Possible units may include, but not limited to: soccer, basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, softball, flag football, team handball and others.

Science
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

An integrated course designed to introduce the basic patterns and processes of biology and scientific methods. The course builds a conceptual understanding of major biological problems and opportunities and the role the biological sciences play in understanding and solving these problems and exploring opportunities. Major topics include: Medicine, epidemiology and disease; applied evolution and ecology; genetic engineering, cloning and biotechnology; population growth and the role of demographics in energy and economic development, and other relevant current topics as appropriate. This is a course for non-majors and cannot be used for elective credit in the Natural Science major. Both lecture and laboratory are required for this course.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Biology, Chemistry; Course prerequisite of Chemistry (recommended 85% or better)., 11-12 Grade
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Advanced Chemistry is a two-semester laboratory course for students with an interest in science or who are interested in a career in a mathematics, science, or health care related field. Students have the option of earning college credit through Doane University.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Recommendation of an 85% in Chemistry., 10-12 Grade
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Anatomy and Physiology is a college-preparatory course dealing with the anatomy, or structure of the human body, and physiology, or the function of human body.  This course covers the various systems of the human body such as the respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems.  Anatomy and physiology is recommended for college-bound students, especially students interested in any of the medical fields.  Please note, this is not a health class.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Recommended grade of B in Biology , Juniors or Seniors status
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This one-semester course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding about the solar system, galaxy, and universe in which we live. Students use tools of observation to learn about space and learn how other astronomers past and present have used tools available. Areas of study include the process of science, including the use of the tools used to observe the sky; stellar astronomy and how stars change over time; and planetary astronomy and how interstellar spacecraft are obtaining information about other bodies in the solar system.

Prerequisites:
Sophomore status and above
Year
Required
Credit Hours: 10.00

This course explores topics within the Biological Sciences including ecology, microbiology, genetics, and evolutionary studies. Students will learn and implement scientific practices to learn about this field of study.

Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Chemistry is a two-semester laboratory course designed to give students an understanding of the structure and interactions of matter.  Students will investigate changes in matter on the macroscopic, microscopic, and analytical levels.  Math skills will be frequently used to solve chemical problems.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Recommended grade of a B in Biology, Required if students do not take Physical Science, If students take chemistry sophomore year, they will take physics their junior year.
Semester
Required
Credit Hours: 5.00

The course introduces students to the study of Earth and its place in the universe. Students investigate, model, and communicate patterns within Earth’s systems by making observations of the world around them. The units of study include weather and climate, cycles in Earth systems, space systems, history of Earth, and sustainability.  Earth Science is a one-semester course required for all students. It is recommended that students take this course by the end of their junior year in preparation for the ACT.  

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Forensic Science focuses on the skills and concepts behind physical aspects of crime scene investigation and forensic science. This course will encourage students to use their investigative skills and review a wide range of science concepts. Students will review physics, chemistry, anatomy, and cell biology in the process of learning about forensic science. 

This course includes a broad series of lessons and activities that offer a variety of modalities for student engagement and content retention. Each unit contains a series of lessons that include introduction of content, an opportunity to practice that content, a quiz per lesson and an exam per unit. 

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Course explores basic elements of zoology, botany, ecology, and anatomy and physiology.  Topics include but are not limited to the human body, genetics, animal anatomy and behavior, plant anatomy, and evolution.

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Year
Required
Credit Hours: 10.00

Students are introduced to concepts in chemistry and physics through lab experiences and practical applications of the subjects. Topics include chemical reactions, the structure of matter, forces & motion, energy & waves, and electromagnetic radiation. This is a year-long class exploring phenomena in our world related to chemistry and physics.  Open to grades 10-12. Fulfills 10 of the 30 science credits needed to graduate.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Physics is a two-semester laboratory course for students who desire to pursue a career in science, a science related field, or a health career related field.  It also would benefit students wanting to pursue a technology or trades field.  This class is designed for students who want a conceptual understanding of nature physics and how it works.  Students will study areas related to motion, force, energy, work, atomic structure, sound, electricity, and alight.  The amount of mathematics will be kept to a minimum; equations will be used as guides to thinking instead of for algebraic problem solving.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Chemistry or Physical Science, Geometry, recommended current enrollment or completion of Algebra II, If a student took chemistry sophomore year, they will take physics their junior year., 10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

STEM is a semester-long course based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The course offers students the opportunity to learn and apply STEM concepts.  The class teaching/learning is presented by having students involved in argument based, inquiry based, logical reasoning, collaboration skills; problem-solving and project based learning activities.  Students develop critical thinking and collaborative problem-solving skills of STEM units by exploring related research and hands-on application projects.  The focus of the class will be student-led project-based inquiry learning which develops a student’s ability to adapt to modern day STEM conceptual skills.  Students must be comfortable working independently and in groups to complete in-class activities and projects, including project presentations.

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
SENCAP Career Academy
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Find complete SENCAP details and course offerings through Southeast Community College on their website at https://www.southeast.edu/sencap/

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Find complete SENCAP details and course offerings through Southeast Community College on their website at https://www.southeast.edu/sencap/.

Prerequisites:
Must pass Introduction to Business. A grade of C+ or better is recommended.
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Find complete SENCAP details and course offerings through Southeast Community College on their website at https://www.southeast.edu/sencap/.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Find complete SENCAP details and course offerings through Southeast Community College on their website at https://www.southeast.edu/sencap/

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Find complete SENCAP details and course offerings through Southeast Community College on their website at https://www.southeast.edu/sencap/

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Find complete SENCAP details and course offerings through Southeast Community College on their website at https://www.southeast.edu/sencap/.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Find complete SENCAP details and course offerings through Southeast Community College on their website at https://www.southeast.edu/sencap/.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Find complete SENCAP details and course offerings through Southeast Community College on their website at https://www.southeast.edu/sencap/

Skilled & Technical Sciences
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to improve their skills in an area of their interest.  Students must have permission from the instructor who will be the mentor.  This is also an opportunity for a student to provide assistance to the teacher as a student assistant.

Prerequisites:
4 classes from IT Curriculum with grade average of at least a B-; Teacher Recommendation, 10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills of residential construction. Students will learn how to use AutoCAD and Revit software to draw a simple set of house drawings.

Prerequisites:
Recommended: Engineering Drafting and Design
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course introduces students to the world of drafting on a computer.  Class time is spent learning the various drawing and editing commands associated with up-to-date software.  Mechanical drawings will be completed and plotted using 2-D AutoCAD and 3-D Solidworks.  Students will also be required to design and draw a special project of their choice. 

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This class explores the world of drawing objects in 3D.  Students have the opportunity to use Solidworks and are introduced to assemblies, GD&T, Weldments, and sheet metal.  There will be a special project done in this class.  The class is recommended for any student going into a career associated with drafting.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

A student must have taken and passed Woods I before being allowed to take this class.  In this course, we will build sheds for the public.   Emphasis will be on site preparation and on substructure and superstructure systems.  Planning and design of residential structures and calculating price of materials will also be covered.  The objectives are for students to learn the correct and safest way to use power and hand tools, while building self-confidence in how to build a shed.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade, Lab Fee: $15
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This class offers students an understanding of electrical principles.  The course teaches electricity and electronics through a series of lessons, classroom activities, and hands-on labs.  The curriculum includes an introduction to electronics and the use of multimeters.  Activities include basic house wiring, building electronic circuits.  Students interested in engineering or mechanics are encouraged to take this class. Safety glasses may be purchased from the Skilled and Technical Sciences Department.

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This is a one-semester Computer-aided drafting course teaching students how to use 3D Solid Modeling Software.  Students will be required to produce working prints of mechanical objects used in the manufacturing industry.   Math and Reading skills will be utilized by learning basic measuring skills, fraction-decimal conversions, and geometrical construction, and following written directions  This curriculum teaches skills that can be used throughout a lifetime and the class is recommended for students that are interested in the Engineering field of study.  Students will be introduced to 3D Printing, Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This is a semester course that introduces students to basic milling machines.  Theory and safe operation of machines and hand tools will be covered.  Students will read and write technical information, use precision measuring instruments, practice math calculations, and the science of metallurgy will be covered.  Students will perform various exercises using the engine lathe and mill.  Instead of shaping wood you can shape metal. A C-Clamp and small cross peen hammer are projects the student will make.  Safety glasses may be purchased from the Skilled and Technical Sciences Department.

Prerequisites:
Recommended: Welding, Engineering Drafting and Design I, CADD I, Small Engines, 10-12 Grade, Lab Fee: $20
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This is an exciting class for students to learn about 3D Computer Aided Manufacturing. Students will be introduced to Computer Numerical Control (CNC). Students will enjoy the opportunity to work with table top CNC mills. Plastic injection molding will be incorporated as the students design and build a plastic mold using CNC mills. A unit on the fast and growing career field of Mechatronics will be part of the curriculum. Students will use a variety of air cylinders and control valves to build a series of pneumatically controlled systems. Mobile robots are used in the classroom to introduce students to programming the robots to perform a variety of tasks.

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

This class is designed to teach students interested in the construction field how a house is built.  Students will be exposed to the following areas of the construction trades such as: masonry, framing, flooring, windows and doors, electrical wiring, tile, siding, and trim carpentry. 

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade, Lab Fee: $20
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

In this class the basic fundamentals of the 4-cycle internal combustion engine are explored.  Troubleshooting skills are taught along with engine overhaul.  Students must have their own engines to disassemble and reassemble.  Students may overhaul the engine into working, usable condition but it is not necessary.  Students will be responsible for any cost required to repair the small engine.  Four-cycle engines on lawn mowers, rototillers, and snow blowers are acceptable.  Tecumseh and Briggs & Stratton are the most common and desirable engines.  Students must also provide coveralls, rags, cans, and a pair of safety glasses.  Safety glasses may be purchased from the Skilled and Technical Sciences Department.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course is an introductory class open to 9th-12th grades designed to teach students how to build a piece of furniture.  Emphasis will be placed on safety, use of hand tools, and power equipment.  Students will utilize CADD applications to create a model of a project. Learners will demonstrate proficiency in understanding linear measurement and applying that knowledge to construct a project. Learners will also learn how to use machinery to mill lumber. This course will serve as an introduction to computer-aided manufacturing in woodworking.    

 

Prerequisites:
Lab Fee: Each student is responsible for purchasing the materials necessary to complete their project through the school.
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

The course will provide the learner with an opportunity to create an individual project using a combination of traditional woodworking concepts and computer-aided manufacturing processes. Students will employ advanced techniques and joinery to construct a customized project. Students will also utilize CADD applications to create a model of a project, in addition to a bill of materials, a cut list and a plan of procedure.  

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Recommended B in Woods I, Lab Fee: Each student is responsible for purchasing the materials necessary to complete their project through the school.
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

A student must have taken Woods II and it is recommended they have maintained at least an "A average" in order to be successful in Woods III.  This is a year-long course designed to give students the opportunity to make a woods project of which they can be proud.  Each student will build on the knowledge and skills they learned in Woods II.  Emphasis will be placed on safety, use of hand tools, and power tools.  Each student will build a project that was designed by that student.  Each project that is constructed will have to have a set of drawings, a bill of materials, and a plan of procedure.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Recommended A in Woods II, Lab Fee: Each student is responsible for purchasing the materials necessary to complete their project through the school. Course Description:, 10-12 Grade
Social Sciences
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from 1200 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in 

order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation.

Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Required
Credit Hours: 5.00

American Government class is a study of government and civics with the purpose of helping students become civically active and responsible citizens.  Because of the unique characteristics of the American representative democracy it is important that students understand the historical development of the government and how government and politics have evolved in contemporary society.  Focus will be placed on the foundations of the US Constitution, Political Parties, Elections, and Local Government.

Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade
Year
Required
Credit Hours: 10.00

Modern American History.  A continuation of the sequence of American history commenced in 8th grade.  Starting with Reconstruction, the course will focus on important people and events of the United States political, economic, and social history and the growing role of the United States in world affairs. The impact of these issues upon present day economic, political, and social life will be stressed.

Prerequisites:
Freshmen only
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behavior. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments.

Prerequisites:
Teacher recommendation required, 11-12 Grade
Year
Required
Credit Hours: 10.00

Global Perspectives is a two-semester course required of tenth-grade students electing not to take AP World History. This course is designed to help students become more familiar with the basic concepts of Geography as well as the many different regions throughout the world. While covering each of the various regions, students will focus on the physical geography, historical background, and human/cultural geography including events or contributions of the different peoples. Students will also investigate the current situations in the respective regions or areas of the world. Within each region, students will learn about three major themes including the geography of the region, the history of the region, and what the region looks like today. Regions that will be looked at include North America, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Russia and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southwest Asia (the Middle East) and North Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania - Antarctica. 


 
Prerequisites:
10-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Introductory survey course to the field of psychology which introduces the scientific study of human behavior and organisms.  General introduction to contemporary psychology focusing on basic concepts, principles, terminology, and trends in psychological research.  Topics include biological behavior, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, cognition, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, and abnormal behavior.

Prerequisites:
3.0 CGPA
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course deals with the scientific approach to the study of sociology through the use of several methods, including in our society, in various cultural & socioeconomic groups, and in social institutions around the world. This class also stresses the relationship between the individual and society.

Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course focuses on economic, social, and political issues which are currently discussed in the mass media. A special emphasis is placed upon national issues and foreign relations. Relationships between historical events and current events are studied and analyzed.

Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course focuses on the study of human behavior. As an introduction to the field of psychology, this course includes consideration of psychological principles, terminology, major theories, careers, methods of experimentation, and practical applications. Special topics include personality development, problem-solving, group dynamics, and motivation.

Prerequisites:
11-12 Grade
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

This course deals with the scientific approach to the study of sociology through the use of several methods, including in our society, in various cultural & socioeconomic groups, and in social institutions around the world. This class also stresses the relationship between the individual and society.

Spanish
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

This course is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture.  It provides the basic vocabulary, grammar, and broadened cultural perspective fundamental to all future study of the language.  Spanish is used in the class 20% of the time.

Prerequisites:
“C” or better in English preceding year is recommended for this course; needs to have tested out of any Reading Strategies.
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Spanish II introduces more sophisticated grammatical and syntactic uses.  This course introduces three different verb tenses, as well as many other grammatical concepts.  Spanish is used in the class 40% of the time.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Spanish I with a “C” average or better is recommended for this course.
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

The objectives of this course are expansion of the student’s linguistic abilities, speaking abilities, and cultural awareness.  The course will contain current events, history, and literature of the Hispanic world.  Spanish is used in the class 75% of the time.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Spanish II with a “C” average or better is recommended for this course.
Year
Elective
Credit Hours: 10.00

Spanish IV expands on the grammatical structures and vocabulary from the first three courses.  In addition, it incorporates cultural and artistic aspects of the Hispanic world as well as current affairs and recent history through extensive use of creative language, both written and spoken.  Some advanced Spanish literature and some contemporary movies are included.  Spanish is used in class 90% of the time.

Prerequisite Class(s):
Prerequisites:
Spanish III with a “C” average or better is recommended for this course., 10-12 Grade
Speech & Drama
Semester
Elective
Credit Hours: 5.00

Students participating in competitive speaking for Titan Talkers may apply for independent study.  At the time the student applies for independent study, arrangements should be made with the instructor regarding specific work to be completed.  Students may apply for independent study more than once, with up to five hours credited each year.

Prerequisites:
Permission from Instructor