Course Descriptions

Accounting

This class is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of essential math concepts using business information that will help a student survive in everyday life or in jobs in the business world. Some of the topics to be covered are payroll, checking and saving accounts, cash purchases, charge accounts and credit cards, loans, automobile transportation, housing costs, insurance and investments, recordkeeping, personal, production, purchasing, sales, marketing, services, warehousing and distribution. The electronic calculator will be introduced and proficiency in the use of the “touch” system encouraged.

 

Adult Roles and Responsibilities

This course prepares students to understand the nature, function, and significance of human relationships involving individuals and families. Topics include: family living, parenting, household and money management, decision-making skills, communication skills, self-awareness, crisis management, and the individual’s roles and responsibilities within the family and community. Emphasis will be placed upon the uniqueness, needs, and interests of individuals and families.

 

Advanced Drafting/ CAD

Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) is simply a tool to complete a design or drafting problem as are drafting machines, triangles, scales, etc. We still use the same concept in design or production drawing. We still use orthographic drawings, sketching techniques, pictorials, sections, auxiliary views with dimensions, and ANSI Y14.5 standards.

 

Algebra I

"Students in Elementary Algebra will learn algebra as a style of thinking for formalizing patterns, functions, and generalizations. In this course, students will expand previously learned quantitative rational number relationships to include irrational numbers. The focus will be on proficiency in recognizing and working effectively with linear relationships and their corresponding representations in tables, graphs, and equations; such proficiency includes competence in solving linear equations, generating equivalent expressions, using formulas, and applying proportionality. To develop proficiency in symbolic and graphical representation, students will use physical models, visual models, and technology. While mathematical skills will be developed, teaching will focus on the understanding of concepts in depth, enabling students to apply mathematical skills and make meaningful connections to life’s experiences." -Utah State Core Curriculum Standards in Mathematics

 

Algebra II

Students in this course will build upon the knowledge previously learned in Algebra 1 and Geometry. The study of functions includes quadratic, absolute value, radical and trigonometric is the primary focus of Algebra 2.

 

Algebra A

Students will develop fluency with basic rational number relationships and operations to support the development of abstract thought. Linear relationships will be introduced and applied. This course must be followed by Algebra B to fulfill the Algebra requirement for graduation.

 

Algebra B

Students will investigate and solve problems, communicate and make connections, and apply skills in various contexts using linear and quadratic functions.

 

AP Biology

This class will allow students to take the concepts learned in General Biology and explore them in more depth, as well as prepare them to take the AP Biology test at the end of the year.

 

Art Foundations I

This class is designed to provide an overview of the visual arts, covering a broad variety of topics. The emphasis is on studio production focusing on the elements of art and the principles of design. Development of drawing skill is a primary focus. Other topics include value and shading, linear perspective, and knowledge of color concepts. Higher level thinking skills and visual perception will be developed. We will also introduce art criticism and aesthetics.

 

Art Foundations II

Art Foundation II is a continuation of Art Foundations I. The objective is to give an in-depth study into the world of visual art with an emphasis on studio production. This course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art related technology skills, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.

 

Astronomy

The purpose of this class is to further explore our understanding of the known universe.  To meet the objective, students will participate in labs, create models, analyze methods of discovery, conduct research and report findings, and complete tests and essays in order to check for understanding.  Extra time outside of class will be necessary to complete projects and some assignments. Students must take Biology before taking this class

 

Band

Students will learn scales, vocabulary terms, and other aspects of music as will as playing variety of music.

 

Bio/Agricultural Science and Technology

This course will provide students with an appreciation for living systems as applied to the science of food and fiber production and food processing. This course also describes and applies the principles and practices of biotechnology research and production, and will prepare individuals to apply this knowledge and skills as the solution to practical agricultural problems.

 

Biology

Biology is a course designed to teach students about the living world around them. We will learn about life in its forms and how everything is interconnected. This will include the biology of cells, viruses, bacteria, plants, and animal life. We will also learn how to look at the world scientifically, using the scientific method as a means of solving problems in many aspects of our lives. We will learn about theories an how to look at them on the basis of facts and not prejudices. We will talk about the theories on how species evolved and their role in science.

 

Business Communications

This class can be used for English credit for graduation if needed. Part of the time will be spent reviewing parts of speech, phrases, clauses, sentences, capitalization and number style rules, punctuation and word reference materials. In the portion of time spent studying business communications, the following topics will be studied: communicating at work, communicating definitions, listening and responding, giving instructions, describing a process, communicating with messages, memos, letters, and notes, persuading, applying for a job, ect. It will be necessary for students to participate in class discussions at appropriate times.

 

Calculus

This class is a rigorous study of advanced functions. Polynomial, Rational, Exponential, Logarithmic, and Trigonometric functions will be explored in depth. Those completing this course will be prepared to take Calculus. Many applications of this math in real life will be discussed and explored.

 

Ceramics I

This course is for the High School Visual Arts Core Curriculum. Ceramics develops basic skills in the creation of 3D forms and pottery from clays. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skill, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.

 

Ceramics II

This course is a continuation of Ceramics I. It will include assignments from hand-building and from the wheel.

 

Chemistry

Chemistry is a lab science class which satisfies the state core curriculum requirements for chemistry and physical science requirements for graduation from North Sanpete High School. The text is Chemistry, matter and change, Glencoe, McGraw Hill Co., 2005 edition.

 

Child Development

This course provides students with an understanding of the aspects of human growth and development. Parenting skills are developed as positive guidance techniques and child-related issues are studied. Learning activities, observation techniques, and lab experiences in working with young children may be included. Student leadership (FCCLA) may be an integral part of the course.

 

Choir

This course is a choral singing performance class with at least one concert per semester. Students will learn several aspects of music, (proper singing, ear training, reading music, etc.) and will be tested occasionally to track progress. Each day will consist of vocal warm-ups, music theory, sight reading, and rehearsing.

 

Clothing I

This course introduces students to basic sewing and pressing equipment, textiles, introductory level project construction techniques, and techniques for constructing edge finishes. Student leadership (FCCLA) may be an integral part of this course.

 

College Algebra

Includes inequalities, functions and their graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, systems of linear and nonlinear equations, matrices and determinants, arithmetic and geometric sequences, mathematical induction, the Binomial Theorem, permutations and combinations, and an introduction to probability.

 

Computer Technology

An introduction to computer application software that encompasses document processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. An understanding of ethics and use of operating systems, information resources, and electronic mail is included. Skills will be demonstrated by creating a project for a different content area.

 

Contemporary Issues

The understanding of current events of our present society will make it much easier for our students to perceive the trends that will influence their lives tomorrow. This course thoroughly covers the issues and trends (economic, racial, religious, governmental, etc.) displayed in the media and other forms of information. Students actively participate in discussions, projects, cooperative teams, and problem solving activities as they relate to current course content.

 

Credit Recovery

Credit recovery is a class in which students participate in a computer-based curriculum called Odysseyware. Students that have failed a class may enroll, pay $50 per .5 credit and complete the required work to recover the credit that was lost. Students receive a pass or fail for the work they complete.

 

Critical Workplace Skills

A growing number of young people leave school without a knowledge or foundation required to find and hold a good job. This course emphasizes skills needed to successfully prepare young people for the work environment and shows relevance of academic classes to future career and educational goals. The course covers: the

application process, legal and safety issues, ethics, goal setting, teamwork, conflict resolution, attitude, incorporating UtahFutures and the Pathways initiatives, etc. Critical Workplace Skills is the classroom instruction component to a student’s related Work- Based Learning experience, i.e. student internship.

 

Desktop Publishing I

This one-semester course provides skill development in the electronic procedures of producing and editing publications. Students will create, format, illustrate, design, edit/revise, and print publications. Improved productivity of electronically produced newsletters, flyers, brochures, reports, advertising materials, and other publications are emphasized. Proofreading, document composition, and communication competencies are also included.

 

Drafting Design Technology

Introductory Drafting - Students will be use technical knowledge and skills to plan and prepare scale pictorial interpretations of engineering and design concepts. Includes instruction in the use of precision drawing instruments, computer design programs (CAD), sketching and illustration, and specification interpretation.

 

Drama I (Beginning Drama)

Which focuses on Drama from the Classics through to 1900. We will study the classics including plays written by William Shakespeare, the Greeks, history of the theater, and contemporary dramatists. You will be asked to present mono-acts,ensemble scenes, and short plays. We will experiment with improvisation as well as memorized scenes. We will complete exercises in basic stage movement, diction, vocal projection, mime, children’s theater and other techniques. We will learn to give and receive critique in a positive manner. Students are expected to audition for spots on the competition tea. Preparing for competition is one of the main objectives of the course, it makes you do your best work and you will also learn by watching you peers perform. Keep you eligibly up so that you can participate in Utah High School Activities sanction events.

 

Drama II (Advanced Drama)

This class will focus on contemporary Drama from the 1900's to current, especially Broadway and Film. Students in this course enhance their acting techniques, research and practice different theories and forms of performance, and prepare themselves for Auditions, college, and career options in the Performing arts.  Keep up eligibility . . .

 

Drawing

This course is designed to cover a variety of drawing techniques and styles.

 

Earth Systems

The theme for Earth Systems Science is systems. The "Benchmarks" in the Earth Systems Science Core emphasize “systems” as an organizing concept to understand life on Earth, geological change, and the interaction of atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Earth Systems Science provides students with an understanding of how the parts of a system interact. The concept of matter cycling and energy flowing is used to help understand how systems on planet Earth are interrelated.

 

Farm and Ranch Management

Students will learn skills needed to manage an agricultural business. The course should be taught as a part of a sequence of courses related to a specific technical area, ie. Animal science or plant science. Instruction includes economic business principles and structures, business enterprise analysis, accounting, taxes, insurance, productivity, financing, capital resources, purchasing, government programs, commodity groups, contracts, estate planning, marketing salesmanship, and the application of computer hardware and software in agriculture.

 

Financial Literacy

The General Financial Literacy Core is designed for junior and senior students and represents those standards of learning that are essential and necessary for all students. The implementation of the ideas, concepts, knowledge, and skills contained in the General Financial Literacy Core will enable students to implement those decision-making skills they must apply and use to become wise and knowledgeable consumers, savers, investors, users of credit, money managers, citizens, and members of a global workforce and society. The Core should be taught with respect for differences in learning styles, learning rates, and individual capabilities without losing sight of the common goals. Using a “hands-on” instructional approach involving techniques such as problem solving, reasoning, simulation, and direct application of the concepts of this Core to the world in which students live will empower them to incorporate the concepts of the General Financial Literacy Core into their lives. The General Financial Literacy Core will incorporate concepts and skills from mathematics, language arts, social studies, applied technology, character education, and applied service learning.

 

Food and Nutrition I

This course is designed for students who are interested in understanding the principles of nutrition and in maintaining a healthy life style. Attention will be given to the selection and preparation of food and personal health and well-being. (Standards 1-6 will be covered on Skill Certification Test # 340.)

 

Food and Nutrition II

This course prepares students to understand the principles of food preparation, safety, sanitation, management and consumerism used in the home and food industry. Nutrition principles and applications will be emphasized. FCCLA may be an integral part of this course.

 

Fundamentals of Music

This is a survey course in music history designed to assist the non-musician as well as the musically inclined student in developing a useful understanding of and a broader insight into the art of music.

 

Furniture Design and Manufacturing

This course examines the processes and strategies of millwork, and drafting as it relates to furniture design and manufacturing.

 

Geography/Civilization

The course will focus on a study of the interrelationships between our physical and cultural worlds. The course will explore how geography influences human behavior from the local to the international level. Cultural, economic, and political geography will be emphasized. Representative groups from various parts of the world will be examined.

 

Geometry

The main goal of Geometry is for students to develop a Euclidean geometric structure and apply the resulting theorems and formulas to address meaningful problems. Students will use experimentation and inductive reasoning to construct geometric concepts, discover geometric relationships, and formulate conjectures. Students will employ deductive logic to prove theorems and justify conclusions. Students will extend their preexisting experiences with algebra and geometry to trigonometry, coordinate geometry, and probability. Students will use dynamic geometry software, compass and straightedge, and other tools to investigate and explore mathematical ideas and relationships and develop multiple strategies for analyzing complex situations. Students will apply mathematical skills and make meaningful connections to life's experiences.

 

Guitar

Guitar I is an introductory guitar class designed for students with little or nor prior experience. It covers a variety of musical styles and guitar technique. Students will learn basic skills and concepts related to music and guitar performance.

 

Health Education II

The Health II curriculum focuses on what students can do for themselves to meet the objectives of the six state core standards and illustrates the impact their attitudes and behaviors have on the world around them. The curriculum builds on the foundation established in Health I with an advanced, age-appropriate focus. Students will learn that they are responsible for their personal well-being and that building a solid foundation of health literacy and decision-making skills can contribute to positive health choices throughout life. In addition, they will explore the impact their personal health has on society as a whole.

 

Human Physiology

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the function & regulation of the human body and physiological integration of the organ systems to maintain homeostasis. Course content will include neural & hormonal homeostatic control mechanisms, as well as study of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, immune, reproductive, lymphatic, and endocrine organ systems.

 

Interior Design I

This course enables students to explore their creativity in the field of interior design. Identification of the elements and principles of design are emphasized. Other topics included are furniture arrangement basics, floor plan evaluation, area planning and careers. FCCLA may be an integral part of this course.

 

Journalism

Students will produce a school newspaper on computer. Students should be self-motivated and willing to work extra hours to meet deadlines and due dates. They will develop and use skills in writing, editing, art, layout, design, photography, and leadership.

 

Language Arts 9-12

The overarching intent of language arts instruction in grades 7-12 is for students to value, appreciate, and demonstrate literacy through expressive and receptive language skills, and to understand and investigate the self, others, the culture, and the environment. The Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) describe the goals for language arts skills and attitudes. They are an integral part of the Core, and should be included as part of instruction. Process skills in language arts domains are critical to the development of high levels of literacy and lead to understanding and internalizing ILOs.

 

Language Arts - Tier 3

The objective of the Language Arts Tier 3 is to improve the students’ Language Arts abilities in the following areas: spelling, word recognition, reading fluency and

comprehension and written language.

 

Life skills

This course provides students the opportunity to learn essential life skills. It allows them to develop skills in food and nutrition, family relationships, personal responsibility, and job-related tasks.

 

Learning Strategies

The objective of the Learning Strategies Class is to allow students extra time to work on the assignments given to them in their other classes. The teacher and an instructional assistant will be available to help students individually with any class or homework assignment during this study time.

 

Mathematics - Tier 3

The objective of this course is to review Basic Math, Pre Algebra and Algebra I skills that the students have struggled with according to end of level testing and pre assessment that will be conducted during the first week of school.

 

Multimedia I

Multimedia is the process of planning, instructional design, and development. Students will create interactive computer applications using the elements of text, 2-D and 3-D graphics, animation, sound, video, and digital imaging. These skills can prepare students for entry-level positions and other occupational/educational goals.

 

Multimedia II

Multimedia is the process of planning, instructional design, and development. Students will create interactive computer applications using the elements of text, 2-D and 3-D graphics, animation, sound, video, and digital imaging. These skills can prepare students for entry-level positions and other occupational/educational goals.

 

Natural Resources

Students will participate in activities that include instruction on the importance of production management and conservation of our natural resources, ecology, and fish and wildlife. Field and laboratory experiences will be emphasized.

 

Painting

Painting includes wet media with processes such as transparent and opaque painting and focuses on the operations of color. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skill, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.

 

Painting II

This course is for High School Visual Arts Core Curriculum.  Painting includes wet media with processes such as transparent and opaque painting and focuses on the operations of color.  With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher level thinking, art-related technology skill, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.  The prerequisite for this course is Foundation I or II and Painting I.

 

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutors are teacher assistants who assist both regular and special education teachers. Peer tutors in mentor students and assist the teacher, as requested. The peer tutor will not be asked to discipline other students. Duties vary according to subject. Students who assist teachers may not record grades or attendance. They may do routine clerical work.

 

Physical Education 9

This course is designed to develop participation, skills and techniques in a variety of individual and team sports, games and dance activities, with emphasis on leadership, courtesy, respect for others, and fairness. This course also provides instruction aimed at improving and maintaining physical fitness. Specifically students will demonstrate all the components of fitness cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition.

 

Physics

The Physics Core Curriculum has two primary goals: (1) students will value and use science as a process of obtaining knowledge based on observable evidence, and (2) students' curiosity will be sustained as they develop and refine the abilities associated with scientific inquiry.  The Physics Core has three major concepts for the focus of instruction: (1) motion of objects, (2) forces acting on objects, and (3) energy.

 

Plant and Soil Science and Technology I

An instructional course that emphasizes a pragmatic approach to scientific principles in plant and soil science and technology utilizing available classroom, greenhouse, landlaboratories, and commercial operations to enhance learning.

 

Sculpture

This course is for the High School Visual Arts Core Curriculum.  Sculpture is an overview of the basic skills used to create 3-dimensional works of art.  With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher level thinking, art-related technology skill, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.  The prerequisite for this course is Foundation I or II.

 

Spanish I

Emphasizes listening, speaking, and writing skills along with basic grammar, vocabulary, and verb conjugations, all within the cultural context of modern Hispanic societies. Uses an eclectic method of instruction, emphasizing conversational exchanges.

 

Spanish II

Emphasizes listening, speaking, and writing skills along with basic grammar, vocabulary, and verb conjugations, all within the cultural context of modern Hispanic societies. Uses an eclectic method of instruction, emphasizing conversational exchanges.

 

Speech and Debate

This course focuses on aspects of text analysis, research, persuasive writing and presentation in application to real life situations and skills. Throughout this course we will work on personal writing, speech/debate, and life skills (job interviews, group work, presentations, persuasive situation, scholarship interviews and auditions, etc.). There is extensive reading, study, analysis, synthesis, discussion, debate, and writing in preparation for events and then presentation of events in class and competition situations. Focus will be given to expository, research, and persuasive writing styles.

 

Street Law

This course emphasizes practical aspects of the law and the legal system.

 

Student Government

 

Teen Living

This course helps students understand and cope with personal, family, and social challenges. Emphasis is placed on communication, decision-making skills, and building stable relationships with family and peers. The course enables students to implement positive coping mechanisms and promotes understanding of self. It addresses issues that impact teenagers: self-concept, family and peer relationships, personal loss, dating and teenage pregnancy, and child abuse. Emphasis is placed on students taking personal responsibility for life. FCCLA may be an integral part of the course.

 

United States Government and Citizenship

The goal of this course is to foster informed, responsible participation in public life. Knowing how to be a good citizen is essential to the preservation and improvement of United States democracy. Upon completion of this course the student will understand the major ideas, protections, privileges, structures, and economic systems that affect the life of a citizen in the United States political system. This course is recommended for seniors due to their proximity to voting age.

 

United States History I

United States History for grade 8 covers events and issues from the Age of Exploration through Reconstruction and the western movement, emphasizing the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to exploration, colonization, the Revolutionary War, constitutional issues, nation building, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the western movement. Standards 1 and 2 should be integrated throughout the course rather than taught independently. The remaining standards can be taught either chronologically or thematically. Although the emphasis of this course is on the 18th and 19th centuries, additional content may be covered as time permits.

 

Weightlifting

 

Welding Advanced Level CE

Students will learn more advanced skills in the welding processes that will prepare them to apply technical knowledge and skill in the workplace and in project construction. This course is based on the American Welding Society (AWS) task list. (The standards for Welding Technician, Advanced Level are listed as numbers 10 through 14. For test reporting purposes for the skill certification test they will be reported as standards 01 through 05.)

 

Welding Tech Entry

Students will learn basic skills that will prepare them to apply technical knowledge and skill to current welding processes. These courses are based on the American Welding Society (AWS) task list.

 

Woodworking

The course prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills to lay out and shape stock; assemble projects; saw and sand projects; and stresses the safe use a variety of hand and power tools and machinery. Recommended projects would be anything that would allow students to incorporate all joints and tools e.g. a nightstand.

 

Word Processing

This course is designed to help each student master the basics of typing and word processing. It includes instruction in technique, speed, accuracy, layout, and formatting.

 

Work-based Learning / Internship

Related Work-Based Learning provides on the job training opportunities that are directly related to a career goal and course of study identified through the SEOP. This Work-Based Learning experience is designed to bridge the gap between school and work. Appropriate supervision by a school/district coordinator must be maintained. Examples of Related Work-Based Learning include student internship, cooperative work experience and school-based enterprise.