Course Catalog

Course Catalog

Agriculture

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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. For example, students will work in groups to determine the efficiency and environmental impacts of fuel sources in a practical learning exercise.  Students will also gain an understanding of leadership opportunities within agriculture and develop their own agricultural project.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Freshmen Only, or by permission of instructor

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Juniors/Seniors Only

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Introduction to Agriscience 11th-12th Grade Students

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

Students will work on records, PowerPoint’s, etc for Norris Land Lab.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Agribusiness Management I Juniors/Seniors Only

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

Student experiences will involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing. For example, students will acquire skills in meeting the nutritional needs of animals while developing balanced, economical rations. Throughout the course, students will consider the perceptions and preferences of individuals within local, regional, and world markets.

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. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Food and Wellness I Juniors or Seniors Only

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.  There is a $25 fee for this course to cover the cost of flowers and supplies.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.  There is a $25 fee for this course to cover the cost of flowers and supplies.  

10-12 grade only

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Floral Design 10-12 Grade Students

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.
*This class is for college credit through Southeast Community College.
*11-12 grade students only

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None 11-12 Grade Students

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None 10-12 Grade Students

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This course continues to prepare students in planning landscape designs.  Students will focus on plant identification, plan pricing, and career experiences.  Students will job shadow landscape designers and architects, select a school area, and plan, and implement their own landscape design.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Landscaping None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This course will help students understand and make responsible decisions regarding conservation of our natural resources.  Soil conservation, water quality, and developing working plans for the Norris FFA Land Lab will be covered.  Students will participate in the District Land Evaluation contest to test their skills in evaluating and recommending treatment practices for land use. Students will also make fertilizer recommendations and soil conservation decisions for the FFA Learning Lab.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.  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) Students will be required to complete some required welds as assigned by the instructor.  

Maximum enrollment = 14.
NOTE:  Students may take Welding once

NOTE: Must have a "B" or better to take Advanced Welding

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.  The students will be required to have a pair of safety glasses, welding gloves, and provide appropriate protective clothing suitable for welding.  Students will be required to complete a number of weld samples as assigned by the instructor.    

Maximum enrollment = 14.

Minimum of a "B" in Intro to Welding to be able to enroll in this course

**Advanced welding required to take Plasma Cam Design   NOTE:  Students may take Advanced Welding ONCE.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Intro To Welding 80 or above in Intro to Welding

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Instructor Permission to be in Plasma Cam Design if interested, please talk to Mr. Kubik

Maximum enrollment = 7.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Intro To Welding, Advanced Welding None

Art

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Introductory Art None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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..

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Introductory Art None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

Each student will be introduced to ceramic materials, techniques of pottery construction (pinch, coil, slab, wheel), 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. 

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Ceramics None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

Each student will be introduced to the theory, techniques, construction methods, and history 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 must have satisfactorily completed Introductory Art or received permission from the instructor.  Students will be responsible to pay for consumable materials.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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 for the integration of this technology into the creative process and the visual communication of information for the viewer or audience.  Student will be use the Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, and Adobe Illustrator CC. 

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None 10th-12th

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

In this course students will further explore the area of Graphic Design. Students will create professional looking posters, brochures, and product package designs. Students will be asked to keep a sketchbook for notes, brainstorming ideas, and image development. Programs that the student will be using will include: Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, and Adobe Illustrator CC, and Adobe Flash CC

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Graphic Design None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

In this course student will use computers to combine the use of text, graphics, photos, video, animation, and sound in fun and exciting ways. Our exploration will include, but are not limited to, Audio Creation/Remixing/Editing,  3-D animation/rendering, Flash animation, stop-frame animation, video production, web page design, and image manipulation.  Programs that the student will be using may include: Adobe Photoshop CC,  Adobe FlashCC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, MixCraft 6, Audacity, Sketchup 2014, MS PhotoStory, MS MovieMaker, and Lightwave 3D.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

Students enrolled in Media Production will explore the creation of school news, live event broadcasts, promotional videos, and graphics for social media outlets. 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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None 10-12th or recommendation from MS teacher

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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, study photography as a creative process, 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, Adobe PhotoShop & LightRoom.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None 10th-12th

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This course is intended for student that have taken at least four art class (Introductory Art +3 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 and sketchbook.  Students will be responsible to pay for consumable materials.  Senior Art application.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Introductory Art At least 3 other art classes, and Application

Business

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Intro to Business 10th-12th

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This course builds upon the accounting terminology and functions introduced in the beginning accounting course.  The emphasis in this course is on partnership and corporate formation and accounting (especially the capital accounts) and on cost accounting for manufacturing businesses.  All accounting procedures and principles introduced in this class are based on AICPA pronouncements and guidelines.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Accounting None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None 10th - 12th Grade Only

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Must pass Introduction to Business with a C+

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Juniors or Seniors Only

Technology

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective Unknown
Course Description:

This course will focus on skill development in advanced spreadsheet, database, integration of applications utilizing advanced features, and exploring web technologies. Skills, standards, and coursework align with industry certifications.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Information Technology None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

English

Year Required 10.00
Course Description:

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 insure storage in long-term memory, as well as how to use prefix, suffix, and root words to find the meaning of words.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None none

Year Required 10.00
Course Description:

English 9 or English 9D is required for all ninth grade students and is part of the ninth grade core curriculum. The English 9D course covers all aspects of English, including reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. The reading portion will involve familiarizing students with classic and contemporary literature.

The writing portion will focus on the writing process, sentences and paragraphs, and organizing an essay.

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 insure stored in long­term memory, as well as how to use prefixes, suffixes, and root words to find the meaning of words. English 9D is a slightly more advanced version of English 9 designed to challenge those students who show an aptitude for reading and writing at an above average level.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Year Required 10.00
Course Description:

English 10 can be taken as either pre-AP or not. The academic focus will be on preparing students for the remainder of high school, college or the working force. 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 usage. The writing portion will focus on the writing process by engaging students in the phases of the writing and experimenting with the various types and modes of writing. Grammar will build upon prior knowledge of the parts of speech and how to use the rules of grammar in their own writing. Vocabulary will incorporate knowing and using literary terms throughout the year to insure storage in long-term memory, as well as 150 vocabulary words geared toward post-secondary test taking the junior year.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Year Required 10.00
Course Description:

10 Differentiated English is one option to fulfill the sophomore English requirement at Norris High School, the other option being regular 10 English. We cover basic high school English skills including narrative and persuasive writing, grammar and usage, high level vocabulary, modern and “classic” fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. 

The current course includes the following books and authors: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Pearl by John Steinbeck, and The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.

The basic difference between 10 English and 10 Diff English at Norris is the speed of the class. Generally, 10 Diff students read about twice the amount that 10 English students read.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Year Required 10.00
Course Description:

This class provides a comprehensive study of American literature that focuses on various literary forms and terms.  Students study the works of American authors through the past through the twentieth century.  Students will read novels, plays, poetry and graphic novels. These examples will serve as models of effective styles and will be referred to during writing workshops which focus on the six-trait model of ideas/content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.  Students will write informal journals, a personal memoir, and a persuasive position paper. Grammar applications are practiced weekly and in correlation with the literature units.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

English 12 is a semester-long course that focuses on composition and independent reading.  Students will review Standard English usage, study advanced vocabulary and write about current events.  Students will write four formal writing assignments including a personal narrative, a mechanical description, a research-opinion essay, and a short story.  Additionally, students are required to read fiction or non-fiction books of their choosing and at their reading level.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This course focuses on literature and builds on the concepts learned in the 10th grade differentiated class. It covers basic high school English skills, such as grammar and usage, high-level vocabulary. Students will learn how to write literary analysis essays, as well as participate in a variety of writing activities, such as reader responses, writing-reading checks, and poetry.

The reading materials for this course includes modern and “classic” fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and choice reading. Students will be expected to complete a comprehensive author study. Students will also spend a portion of the course preparing for the ACT assessment in the spring.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
English 10, English 10D None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This course focuses on composition and builds on writing concepts learned in previous English courses. It covers basic high school English skills, such as grammar and vocabulary. Students will write a variety of essays, practice techniques of effective writing, work through multiple drafts, and develop research skills. Students will prepare for scholarship essays and the ACT. 

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
English 10, English 10D None

Semester Required 5.00
Course Description:

This is a semester-long course for juniors or seniors who meet the prerequisites. It is offerred as dual credit through Wesleyan's Honors Academy; however, students are not required to take for 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. 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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
English 10, English 10D, Differentiated Literature (Diff Lit), Differentiated Composition (Diff Comp) Grade of a B (83%) or better in both semesters of Eng 10D or a grade of a B+ (89%) in Eng 10, Junior or Senior, Teacher Recommendation, Parent Approval

Semester Required 5.00
Course Description:

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 for 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. 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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
English 10, English 10D Junior or Senior, Grade of a B (83%) or better in both semesters of Eng 10D or a grade of a B+ (89%) in Eng 10, Teacher Recommendation, Parent Approval

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.  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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Introduction to Composition (DC) Intro to Comp (formerly called English 1010 or AP Language and Composition, SCC transcript required) with a grade of ‘C’ or better or Intro to Lit (formerly called AP Literature and Composition, NWU transcript required), ACT (English) of 18-36 OR COMPASS (Writing) score of 70-99

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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. 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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Introduction to Composition (DC) Intro to Comp (formerly called English 1010 or AP Language and Composition, PSC or SCC transcript required) with a grade of ‘C’ or better, ACT (English) of 18-36 OR COMPASS (Writing) score of 70-99

Semester Elective Unknown
Course Description:

Course enrollment by teacher recommendation only.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Course enrollment by teacher recommendation only

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

READING STRATEGIES I
Students in this course are exposed to and practice a variety of early reading skills, with a focus on spelling and word decoding strategies. Students progress to Reading Strategies II when they have reached the appropriate reading grade level.
READING STRATEGIES II
Students in this course are exposed to and practice a variety of reading skills and strategies, with a focus on various word learning strategies, with some writing extensions based on new word learning. Students progress to Reading Strategies III when they have reached the appropriate reading grade level.
READING STRATEGIES III
Students in this course are exposed to and practice a variety of active reading strategies. The course focuses on content-area reading skills, as well as writing about texts, word-learning strategies, and some advanced decoding skills. Students in this class also take part in a period of self-selected reading during the week.
STUDENTS WHO TEST ONE OR MORE GRADE LEVELS BELOW THEIR CURRENT GRADE IN SCHOOL WILL BE ASSIGNED TO A READING CLASS

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Mandatory placement by teacher recommendation if one or more years below reading grade level.

Family & Consumer Science

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Freshmen Only

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grades 10-12

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Food and Wellness I Grades 10-12

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

Cook entrees, soups/salads and desserts in lab and serve them with garnishes and presentation techniques used in hotels and restaurants.  Chefs serve as mentors to this class and give hands on experience to the student.  Pro-Start competitions and local competitions are part of the semester class.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Food and Wellness I, Food and Wellness II, Food Science Juniors or Seniors Only, or by permission of instructor

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grades 10-12

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grades 10-12

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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!

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grades 10th-12th

Industrial Technology

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This is a one semester board drafting course teaching students how to use mechanical drafting equipment.  Students will be required to produce working prints of mechanical objects used in the manufacturing industry.  They will use the mechanical drafting equipment to precisely draw and dimension various views of an object.  Math skills will be utilized by learning basic measuring skills, fraction-decimal conversions, and geometrical construction.  The curriculum teaches skills that can be used throughout a lifetime and the class is recommended for all freshmen. Students will bring home drafting projects to put in their portfolio. Students will be introduced to plastic injection molding. Activities include an introduction to Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining and automation.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills of residential construction. Students will learn how to use mechanical drafting equipment to draw a simple set of house plans which will include a plot plan, floor plan, foundation plan, elevation and sectional view.  

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Recommended: Engineering Drafting and Design

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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 and architectural drawings will be completed and plotted onto paper.  Students will also be required to design and draw a special project of their choice. 

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This class explores the world of drawing objects 3D.  Students have the opportunity to use animation and rendering.  There will be a special project done in this class.  The class is recommended for any student going into a career associated with drafting.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Computer Aided Drafting and Design I - CADD I None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.  Each student will design and build a cutting board and medicine cabinet with a mirror and a towel rack.  Each project that is constructed will have to have a set of drawings, a bill of materials, and a plan of procedure.
Lab Fee:  Each student is responsible for purchasing the materials necessary to complete their project through the school. Class size is limited to 15 students.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

A student must have taken Woods and maintained at least a "C average" before being allowed to take Woods II.  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 Woodworking.  Emphasis will be placed on safety, use of hand tools, and power equipment.  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. Lab Fee:  The student is responsible for purchasing all of their materials needed to complete their project through the school. Class size is limited to 15 students.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Woods I 10th-12th Grade

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

A student must have taken Woods II and have maintained at least an "A average" before being allowed to take 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. Lab Fee: The student is responsible for purchasing all of their materials needed to complete their project through the school. Class size is limited to 15 students.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Woods I, Woods II Grades 10th-12th, Maintained at least a "B average" in Wood II

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.Lab Fee: $15.00 Class Size is Limited to 15 students

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Woods I Grades 11th-12th

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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. Lab Fee: $20.00 Class Size is Limited to 15 students

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Woods I Grades 11th-12th

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

In this class the basic fundamentals of the 4-cycle internal combustion engine are explored.  Trouble shooting 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 Industrial Tech Department.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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 multi-meters.  Activities include house wiring, building electronic circuits and robotic cars. Students interested in engineering or mechanics are encouraged to take this class. 

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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 lathes and 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 task.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grades 10th-12th

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This is a semester course that introduces students to basic engine lathe and 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 sheet metal tool box, C-Clamp and small cross peen hammer are projects the student will make.  There will be a $10.00 lab fee for this course.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grades 10-12, Recommended: Welding, Engineering Drafting and Design I, CADD I, Small Engines

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None 4 classes from IT Curriculum with grade average of at least a B-. , Contact Mr. Jenkins for an application for this class.

Semester Elective 0.00
Course Description:

Held on SCC--Lincoln Campus (college credit only)

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Juniors or Seniors Only

Semester Elective 0.00
Course Description:

Held on SCC LIncoln Campus - College Credit ONLY
Interested students need to complete a COMPASS math, reading and writing placement test prior to the beginning of the class.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
AUTT 1001 Shop Procedures & Safety Class Juniors or Seniors Only, C or above in AUTT 1001

Journalism

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

Yearbook is an elective course primarily for 9th-12th grade students. In order to enroll in the course, students must complete the application form (link below) and be approved. Selection is based on the number of spots available, as well as motivation, experience, conflicts, and teacher recommendations. Students selected for this course are involved with all aspects of production, including theme selection; cover and page design; overall layout; 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 through using high quality, professional cameras, Online Design program, as well as 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.

Apply for Yearbook

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Recommendation by staff and approval by advisor.

Mathematics

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:
This course is designed to increase the time for Algebra I instruction. Students will receive additional classroom instruction and support to supplement the Algebra I curriculum. The student will strengthen algebra skills which include the following major topics: order of operations, solving linear equations, graphing lines, writing equations of lines, solving systems, properties of exponents & radicals, factoring & solving quadratics.
Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Counseling and Math Department recommendation

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

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, conic and quadratic functions.  Technology will be used to enhance certain topics.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Algebra I teacher recommendation

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

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 non-linear equations, solving simultaneous equations, systems of equations, and matrices.  Scientific calculator required, graphing calculator strongly recommended.  

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Algebra I, Geometry Diff teacher recommendation

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This course is designed to increase the time for Algebra II instruction. Students will receive additional classroom instruction and support to supplement the Algebra II curriculum. The student will strengthen algebra skills which include the following major topics: linear quations and inequalities, probability and statistics, systems of equations, polynomial functions, complex numbers, rational functions and matrices.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Counseling and Math Department recommendation

Year Unknown
Course Description:

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 two column proofs.  Topics covered are sets, 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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Algebra I None

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

Geometry is a 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 paragraph, flow-chart and two column proofs.  Topics covered are sets, 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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Algebra I teacher recommendation

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This course is designed to increase the time for geometry instruction. Students receive additional classroom instruction and support to supplement the Geometry curriculum. The student will strengthen geometry skills which include the following major topics: properties of parallel and perpendicular lines, angles, similarity, congruence, properties of polygons and circles, surface area, volume, and the development of proof and logic.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Counseling and Math Department recommendation

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

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; equations reducible to quadratic form; linear polynomial, rational, and absolute value inequalities; complex number system; graphs of linear, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational, and absolute value functions; conic sections; inverse functions; operations and compositions of functions; systems of equations, sequences and series; and the binomial theorem.  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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Algebra II, Algebra II Diff teacher recommendation

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

Pre-Calculus is a course of advanced mathematics topics.  These topics include vectors, functions, translations, polar coordinate systems, parametric equations, matrices, complex numbers, sequences, series, limits, probability, and statistics.  Scientific calculator is required, graphing calculator recommended.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Algebra I, Geometry Diff, Algebra II, Algebra II Diff teacher recommendation

Year Elective 10.00 (Available for Dual Credit)
Course Description:

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.  Students taking the course for dual credit will be required to purchase the textbook.  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.  

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None College Credit: ‘B’ or better in Pre-Calculus OR an ACT Math score of 28 or better, teacher recommendation, High School Credit Only: 'C' or better in Pre-Calculus OR an ACT Math score of 24 or better, teacher recommendation

Year Elective 10.00 (Available for Dual Credit)
Course Description:

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 are encouraged 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 course at most universities. This class can be taken as a dual credit class and a student can earn three college credits transferable from SCC.  Students taking the course for dual credit will be required to purchase the textbook.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None College Credit: ‘B’ or better in Algebra II or Adv Alg II OR an ACT score of 23 or better; teacher recommendation, High School Credit Only: Algebra II or Adv Alg II; teacher recommendation

Music

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

Marching Band
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.  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 Winds and Wind Ensemble
The Symphonic Winds/Wind Ensemble 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.  The symphonic winds will perform at three concerts throughout the school year.  Opportunities for solo and small ensemble work are also available and encouraged.

Wind Ensemble is a select/auditioned group. Auditions and chair placements for both Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble are held at the beginning of 2nd quarter and the beginning of 2nd semester. Challenges are available between groups during 2nd semester until February 1. 

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

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. 

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 3.00
Course Description:

The purpose of the Jazz Band and Jazz Combo is to provide a high level performance opportunity for student musicians who wish to explore the jazz medium.  The group is open to students in grades 9-12 who are current band members (either concert of symphonic winds) based on a live audition.  Instrumentation for the group consists of Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophones, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Drum Set.  The group will explore multiple styles of jazz, including swing, rock, Latin, and funk.  A strong emphasis on note reading in multiple styles, improvisation skills, jazz combo work, advanced musicianship and performance strategies are explored, and advanced individual instrument technique will be provided to assist in the development of the jazz student.  The group starts 2nd quarter after marching band season is finished and rehearses daily before school from 7:30 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.

The jazz band and jazz combo are competitive groups which travel to up to five competitions through the spring and performs at three concerts.  The groups also make other appearances on occasion at local venues in the Norris community.


Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Selection by audition, current membership in senior high band.

Quarter Elective 2.50
Course Description:

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.  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.  Members will be responsible for purchasing their own uniform.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None To be selected by audition

Quarter Elective 2.50
Course Description:

3rd quarter ~ before school 

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None To be selected by audition

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

Titanaires is for students, 9th grade (other grades by permission only), 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.  Attendance at all scheduled performances is expected and required.

Fee:  $15.00 (choir robe rental)

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grade 9 only; others by permission of instructor

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

Titan Chorale (grades 9-12 by audition) 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.  Attendance at all schedule performances is expected and required.  
Fee $15.00 (robe rental)

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grades 10-11*; audition with instructor covering reading skills, tone production and quality, and range. *A select number of 9th graders may be selected as well.

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

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 schedule performances is expected and required.  
Fee $15.00 (robe rental)

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grades 11-12*; audition with instructor covering reading skills, tone production and quality, and range. *A select number of 10th graders may be selected as well.

Year 0.00
Course Description:

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.  Members will be required to purchase a show choir costume and enroll in Titan Chorale. Fee:  Performance outfit ($150-250)


Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grades 9-11; Selected by audition; Enrollment in Titan Chorale

Year 0.00
Course Description:

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.  Members will be required to purchase show choir costumes and enroll in Titan Singers. Fee:  Performance outfit ($250-$400)

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grades 10-12; Selection by audition; Enrollment in Titan Singers

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This class is designed to be a college prep, project based class in which basic principles of music construction are studied.  Music theory will cover theoretical principles of music composition and may include working with music technology using iPads and ChromeBooks.  Music history will give a general background on composers, time periods, and styles.  Students will also explore sound recording technique through studio-type lab use of recording equipment.
Students entering this class are expected to understand basic music theory concepts of rhythms and notation (music reading). Exceptions may be made on an individual basis after consultation with Dr. Lee. 

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grades 10-12

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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. This class is designed as a recurring class so students may participate in guitar on a semester or yearly basis. 

Requirements: This class is available to any student from grade 9-12, regardless of music background, training, or experience level. Students must have their own guitar (acoustic only) and must purchase a method book provided through the class ($30). 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). The group will perform at school concerts. 

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This class is intended for students grades 9-12 who have (1) successfully completed the Beginning Guitar class offered at Norris, or (2) have at least six months or more experience playing guitar. The class will cover middle level concepts of playing guitar, with focus on intermediate chords and melodic ideas.

Requirements: This class is available to any student grades 9-12, regardless of musical background and training, who (1) have completed the Beginning Guitar class, or (2) have at least six months experience playing guitar and have permission from the instructor (Dr. Lee). Students must provide their own instrument (acoustic only) and must purchase a method book provided by the course ($30).

Scope and sequence: Intermediate guitar will cover more advanced guitar playing concepts than the beginning guitar class, including intermediate chord voicing and intermediate scale patterns for more advanced melodic playing. Other discussion points will cover creating improvised guitar solos, working in the context of a band, care of the instrument, purchasing new equipment, and songwriting.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Guitar Ensemble None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

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

Keyboards will be provided.

Class Limit:  10 students


Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Physical Education

Semester Required 5.00
Course Description:

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

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grades 10-12

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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 include:  bowling, golf, handball, racquetball, badminton, Frisbee golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, walking, aerobics, croquet, pickle ball and bocce ball.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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 lifetime sports. Possible units include:  soccer, basketball, volleyball, hockey, softball, football, and team handball.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

Students will have numerous aerobic options including treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and rowing machines.  The opportunity to strengthen the core and work on enhancing flexibility through dumbbell, exercise ball and yoga workouts will be offered as well.  Lifetime fitness will be incorporated to include activities such as walking and individual or partner games, i.e. Golf, Frisbee golf, Croquet, and Bocce ball.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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 it to develop the proper attitude that contributes toward an appreciation for strength and conditioning.  

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Science

Semester Elective Unknown
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Science 9, Biology None

Semester Elective Unknown
Course Description:

Forensic Science is the application of science to those criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system.  In this semester-long course, students will learn about many important methods for analyzing crime scenes and then use those skills to solve a mock crime.  Major topics include processing a crime scene, collecting and preserving evidence, identifying types of physical evidence, hair, fibers, and paint, toxicology, DNA, fingerprints, firearms, and document analysis.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Science 9, Biology None

Semester Elective Unknown
Course Description:

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.


Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective Unknown
Course Description:

STEM is a 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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Year Required 10.00
Course Description:

Science 9 is a course that builds on the 6 through 9 science curriculum.  Subject matter explored includes (but is not limited to) topics in Earth Science (geologic time, astronomy, history of the universe), Chemistry (atoms, bonding and chemical reactions), Physics (Newton’s Laws, forces, energy, power and the electromagnetic spectrum), and Astronomy (the solar system and universe).  Other topics may also be covered.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Year Required 10.00
Course Description:

Biology is a lab-oriented course, open to sophomores and some freshmen, that encompasses the study  of living things.  Biology explores living things, their structure, how they function, and where they fit into the world.  Biology also explores the relationships of living things with their environment.  

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Science 9 None

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

Chemistry is a two-semester laboratory course designed for the student interested in a career in science, a science related field, or a health careers related field.  This course gives students an understanding of the structure and interactions of matter and all the major areas of inorganic chemistry are covered.  Math skills will be frequently used to solve chemical problems.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Must have a minimum ‘C- ‘in biology and currently enrolled in or completed Algebra II/OR Advanced Algebra II.

Year Elective 10.00 (Available for Dual Credit)
Course Description:

Advanced Chemistry is a two-semester laboratory course for students with high aptitude in science and who are interested in a career in a mathematics, science, or health careers related field. This course will go into much more detail and give the students an understanding of the major fields of inorganic chemistry.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Must have a "B" in Chemistry, seniors only.

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

Physics is a two-semester laboratory course for students who do not desire to pursue a career in science, a science related field, or a health careers related field.  This class is designed for students who want a conceptual understanding of nature 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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Biology, Geometry Diff Biology, Geometry or Geometry 9 with a minimum grade of C or above, juniors and seniors.

Year Elective 10.00 (Available for Dual Credit)
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Biology, Chemistry Must have a B in Biology and Chemistry, seniors only.

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Must have a minimum C- in Biology, juniors and seniors only

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

Systems science is for the student who enjoys science and would like to learn more about the world around them as seen through the exploration of various systems of the earth.
Curriculum will include but not be limited to: earth, solar, human, classification and energy systems

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Science 9, Biology Juniors and Seniors only.

Semester Elective 0.00
Course Description:

Introduction to medical terms.  System for building a basic structure of medical terms. Pronouncing, spelling, defining terms and common medical abbreviations included.

ONLINE ELECTIVE; college credit only.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 0.00
Course Description:

This course establishes a solid foundation of prefixes, suffixes, word roots, abbreviations, medical terms and symbols. It emphasizes understanding the medical vocabulary as it applies to the anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic procedures, and therapeutic procedures of the human body.  ONLINE ELECTIVE, COLLEGE CREDIT ONLY 4.5 credits

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Social Sciences

Year Required 10.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

Advanced Placement United States History is a course designed to provide students with analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the content in American history.  The course work prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses.  The students are asked to study American History, from its inception to modern-day, including political, social economic, and diplomatic affairs.  There is a heavy emphasis on writing and the interpretation of primary sources.  The class is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement United States History exam in May of each year.  If students pass the test in May, they are given three hours of college credit.
Offered on alternating years.  Scheduled for 2014-15.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Juniors and Seniors, Teacher recommendation required

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

AP US Government and Politics is an intensive study of the formal and informal structures of government and the processes of the American political system, with an emphasis on policy-making and implementation.  The course is designed to prepare students for the AP exam in May.  If students pass the test in May, they are given three hours of college credit.   
Offered on alternating years.  Scheduled next for 2015-16.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Grades 10th-12th, Teacher recommendation required

Semester Required 5.00
Course Description:

Through the study of Government, students will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become responsible and effective citizens in an interdependent world. Students will need a practical understanding of these systems of government and economics that affect their lives as consumers and citizens.  As informed decision-makers, students will apply acquired knowledge to real life experiences. When studying the legal and political systems, students will become aware of their rights and responsibilities and put this information into practice.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Required 5.00
Course Description:

Government II begins with a brief review of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students are also immersed in studing the intregal parts and functions of state and local governments and their relationship with the federal government. Students also specifically focus on the structure, functions, and uniqueness that is the Nebraska Unicameral. Students also examine the ever increasing role that the media and minorities play in our country's government and political machine. Students conclude the semester by focusing on economics. Topics include the different types of economic systems, international trade, the Federal Reserve, and others. 

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Government I Juniors and Seniors

Year Required 10.00
Course Description:

Global Perspectives is a two-semester course required of all tenth grade students. 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. Regions or areas to be studied included the Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00 (Available for Dual Credit)
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None 3.0 CGPA

Semester Elective 5.00 (Available for Dual Credit)
Course Description:

Introductory survey course to the field of sociology.  Overview of methods and major theories which guide the exploration of the social world serves to introduce the field’s substantive topic areas.  These include culture, socialization, deviant behavior, class, the family, education, sex, gender, and racial issues.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None 3.0 CGPA

Semester Elective 0.00
Course Description:

Interpretation of the basic concepts and principles of physical, cognitive and psychosocial development at each major state of life. ONLINE CLASS for college credit only or available for dual credit through the Health and Education Academies.

Prerequisite:  ‘C’ or better in either Introduction to Psychology or Sociology ~~ transcript must be provided if credit is earned at college other than SCC.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None 'C' or better in either Intro to Psychology or Sociology

Spanish

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None “C” or better in English preceding year

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Spanish I Spanish I with a “C” average or better.

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Spanish II Spanish II with a “C” average or better.

Year Elective 10.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Spanish III Spanish III with a “C” average or better.

Speech & Drama

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This course will continue the student’s exploration of the theatre.  By focusing on the technical aspect of theatre, students will understand the relationship actors and crew must have for the theatre to exist.  The hands-on experience may include set, lights, sound, costume, make-up, hair, public relations, props, stage managing, and directing.  A tech theatre fee may be required.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
Theatre I or permission of Instructor

Semester Required 5.00
Course Description:

This is a survey course designed to introduce you to the most essential elements of intra and interpersonal communication, presentation skills and group communication.  In order to effectively discuss these, students will also learn some basic terms and concepts of communication theory.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

This is a broad-based course that will cover elements of theatre history, modern theatrical forms, artists and works, acting technique, technical design and practices, and theatre arts critique.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Permission from Instructor

Other

Semester Required 5.00
Course Description:

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.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Juniors or Seniors Only

Semester Elective 2.50
Course Description:

Work Release/STC program was established to help students increase their opportunities to enter high-skilled, high-wage careers after graduation.  The goal is to prepare all students for post-secondary education, careers and citizenship.  Program participation is dependent on successful completion of the School to Career class.  SENIORS only will be allowed to enroll in the program for 1-2 periods (additional periods with administrative approval).  Students must work at least the same number of hours Monday-Friday as they miss from school each week.  Students will receive 2.5 credits per semester for each equivalent period spent working.  Students will receive a P/F grade for the class.
Release is being offered to students who have a job and do NOT need credit for working, the option to enroll in 1-2 periods per semester.  Students will earn NO credit for participating in the Release program.  A parent contract is required verifying employment.

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Successful completion of School to Career class, Seniors only

Semester Elective 0.00
Course Description:

Qualifying CGPA of 3.75 at the end of the junior year or after 1st semester of senior year.
Students may register for one unassigned period per semester.  Students are required to be AT school for their unassigned period.


Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

SENCAP Career Academy

Semester Elective 5.00 (Available for Dual Credit)
Course Description:

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

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00 (Available for Dual Credit)
Course Description:

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

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None Must pass Introduction to Business with a C+ to take any Business Academy courses

Semester Elective 5.00 (Available for Dual Credit)
Course Description:

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

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00 (Available for Dual Credit)
Course Description:

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

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00 (Available for Dual Credit)
Course Description:

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

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00 (Available for Dual Credit)
Course Description:

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

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00
Course Description:

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

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None

Semester Elective 5.00 (Available for Dual Credit)
Course Description:

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

Class Pre-Requisites Other Pre-Requisites
None None