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Aerospace (AFJROTC)

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Life Skills and Career Opportunities is a course to help students prepare for life after high school. However, this one trimester course is blended from multiple sources to help students prepare for collage and their entrance exams, specifically the ACT (American College Testing). The ACT is the standard test for measuring high school achievement and college admissions in the United States. High scores help ensure acceptance into the college of your choice and are required for many scholarship applications. The ACT is widely used in the Midwest and Southern United States, while the SAT is more popular on the East and West coasts. This class will focus on improving student performance on the ACT including the essay portion which is required by many colleges and universities. It will also be useful for those planning to take the SAT. It is derived from the Life Skills and Career Opportunity JROTC course. As a JROTC course, it will contain traditional elements of aviation science, current events, personal wellness and fitness. However, all elements of the course will focus on reviewing critical skills and support the development of your study, testing and writing skills with the goal of improving your ACT score. Each student will take a pre and post test to confirm improvement.

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This course is offered in August at Woodbury High School as part of theirsummer school offerings but is open to all students in the district. It is taught jointly by JROTC instructors from Woodbury and Park with input from various military survival experts and instructors. It contains a review of the basic survival information found in military Survival Training courses with extensive practical hands on instruction. The instruction provides training in skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to successfully perform fundamental survival tasks. Sample topics include survival medicine, finding food and water, clothing, building a personal survival kit, signaling, making fire and emergency shelter. Students will learn the necessities for maintaining life in a survival situation, as well as how to travel and prepare for recovery. We will conclude this class with an overnight outdoor survival camp where the students will practice their survival skills in a safe outdoor environment for 2 nights (a sleeping bag and access to a tent is recommended). The class is taught by the Aerospace Science Department. Additional emphasis is placed on leadership, personal development skills and fitness.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

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AVID prepares students for college and future success in a global society. How? By helping students build skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. Students enroll in rigorous classes, such as Honors, Advanced Placement or College in the Schools, International Baccalaureate and in the AVID elective. For one period a day, students learn skills, such as:

  • How to organize schoolwork and study
  • How to think critically and ask probing questions 
  • How to get academic help from peers (and college tutors)
  • How to work effectively with teachers
  • Students seeking to participate must participate in a screening/interview process to determine eligibility

AVID students participate in activities to enrich their learning, motivate them, and make college seem possible. They gain an improved self-image and become academic leaders who are prepared for college. All students can benefit from AVID, but its target is the least served students in the academic middle. Learn more from your counselor or by visiting www.avid.org.

Art

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Anyone can learn to draw! This course will help students become comfortable with a variety of drawing materials and techniques by exploring drawing styles and materials used by several different artists. Expect to see skills and finished drawings improve.

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Create work that is more imaginative! Improve your drawing skills for more realistic and expressive representations of people, animals, still life, or landscapes. Learn additional techniques to advance the skills gained in Drawing A.

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You don’t need previous painting experience for this class. Acquire historical techniques to paint realistically and expressively. Understand color, composition, and expression by experimenting with various methods of painting. You will work with acrylic, mixed media and watercolor—all while painting realistic, impressionistic and abstract ideas.

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Develop your own personal style of painting, and experiment with new techniques. Continue your work with acrylics, watercolors and mixed media. Explore a variety of advanced techniques and surface treatments. Painting B emphasizes creating more personal and imaginative work.

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Use clay to design and create original and functional ceramic pots and sculpture. Learn a variety of hand-built techniques as well as learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel! We’ll introduce you to a variety of decorating, glazing and finishing techniques to make works of art to use and enjoy everyday.

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Enhance the skills you learned in Ceramics A. Gain advanced decorating and firing techniques to make your work more sophisticated and unique. You will have the flexibility to make each assignment on the potter’s wheel or by hand-building. Learn new glazing and firing techniques, including raku firing. Discover local and national potters who are making a name for themselves in the ceramics world.

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Want the additional challenge of creating larger and more interesting hand-built or wheel-thrown projects? Students in Advanced Ceramics will get to choose from a list of potential projects and will explore unique firing techniques such as saggar, raku and crystalline firing using stoneware, porcelain and raku clays. Exploring the historical and multicultural aspects of ceramics will also be covered.

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Learn how to communicate three-dimensionally! We will creatively use a variety of materials that can be formed, molded, carved or cast into creations both realistic and abstract. Learn both additive and subtractive methods of sculpting using clay, plaster, wire, foam and found objects, and how to incorporate meaning and symbolism into 3D artwork.

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Discover creative and functional art forms from various world cultures. Gain technical skills in popular craft techniques, which may include projects such as beaded jewelry, tie-dye, modern basket design, glass etching, soapstone carving and paper maché.

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Learn the basics of digital photography and use these skills to create quality images with visual impact. Become familiar with the elements and principles of design with an emphasis on good composition. Gain a brief history of photography and its influential photographers. Learn how to use Photoshop to enhance and manipulate your photographic work. Create photographs that will be suitable for photography-related careers, or for your AP 2D Portfolio should you choose to take AP Studio Art.

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This course will encourage students to advance their digital photography skills by investigating alternative printing techniques, exploring advanced Photoshop techniques and creating relevant artwork. While the elements of art and principles of design continue to be important, emphasis will be placed on student exploration of theme, creativity and artistic voice. Students will create a body of photographic work that demonstrates their artistic growth and expression of ideas.

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Discover how to design and create posters, CD covers, children’s books, magazine and/or fashion illustrations, t-shirt designs, business logos and calligraphy. Work from concept to design to finished product! You’ll create many projects to include in a portfolio of finished work for the commercial art/graphic design field.

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Build on the design concepts and Photoshop skills developed in Visual Communications A. Explore the latest online programs. Create artwork to scan and manipulate in Photoshop. Use your creativity while learning new Photoshop techniques to create a variety of projects that can be included in a graphic design portfolio.

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This course will foster student-driven exploration, experimentation, collaboration, art appreciation and studio practice by building upon visual arts appreciation. We will work to establish a blended learning studio environment that encourages student-centered artistic practices with emphasis placed upon innovation, appreciation and visual and aesthetic awareness. Students receive small group instruction and more individualized/personal learning through online and face to face format. Seminar time may include demonstrations, collaborative learning, studio time and critiques.

**Meet with your art instructor to help you determine your appropriate
cohort.**

Cohort A: Students are self-motivated and have good time management skills or special interest (and/or) students are looking for an alternative way to meet the Fine Arts requirement other than solely an  introduction-based art class

Cohort B: Students require more modification for individual
specialized needs or additional studio time.

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This is a rigorous college-level art class. You will produce one of the following art portfolios: Drawing, 2D Design, or 3D Design. During trimester one, you will create a variety of work demonstrating your skill range (breadth). Focus on your area of concentration during trimester two. During trimester three, you will work on your five quality pieces. All three areas are required in the AP portfolio. College credit is possible depending on the score of your portfolio and your college of choice.

Business

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Proficiency in computer skills is essential for future success in the 21st Century. This course is designed to assist the collegebound student, as well as the student preparing for career opportunities, by addressing the dominant software use in today’s business world. Students will learn the fundamentals of current and emerging technologies. The computer applications addressed in this course will include spreadsheets, data base, word processing, desktop publishing and presentation software. Social media trends will be examined and cloud computing will be addressed. In addition, the student will be better prepared to enter today’s competitive workplace.

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Students will be exposed to the planning and decision making process involved in creating websites that include text, images, hyperlinks, tables, etc. Unlock creativity while learning the fundamentals of computer animation. Successful completion of this course meets one of the two fine arts credit requirements.

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Want to take your web design skills to the next level? Perhaps you want your own .COM? Use JavaScript and Dreamweaver to express your creative self. Throughout the course, students utilize planning, designing and web maintenance skills from the Web Design and Animation class and build upon with multimedia to enhance layout, navigation and interactivity. Students will delve deeper into HTML and will also work with CSS code to produce multi-page websites. Certification Exam available.

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Are you interested in learning how to write computer programs and explore the world of programming? You will have access to programming software used in today’s Information Technology (IT) industry. App development will also be explored. Programming is both challenging and exciting. This course provides opportunities for you to see how computer software, hardware and technology all work together.

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Can’t get enough programming? Then sign up for this advanced class where you can explore new code to make your programs more sophisticated. Sharpen your abilities and use that knowledge to create entry-level games. In addition, gaming strategies and the video game industry will be explored.

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Would you know your rights if the police stopped you at 11:30 on a Saturday night and began to search your car? Do you really own what you post on Facebook? These questions will be answered when we study your individual rights as well as all aspects of civil and criminal law. Trial procedures and law-related careers will be explored. Other current topics and legal case studies, along with guest speakers, will enhance this course.

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Would you know your rights if the police stopped you at 11:30 on a Saturday night and began to search your car? Do you really own what you post on Facebook? These questions will be answered when we study your individual rights as well as all aspects of civil and criminal law. Trial procedures and law-related careers will be explored. Other current topics and legal case studies, along with guest speakers, will enhance this course.

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Does this question haunt you? Save thousands of wasted dollars on a college major that may not be right for you! Avoid the pitfalls of so many young adults who continually change their college majors while they search for the right fit. Find out now about your hidden talents and use them to your advantage to choose and plan a career path that is right for you. You will research, explore and evaluate your potential career choices by developing an action plan/portfolio to help you make plans for life after high school.
College Credit available through Inver Hills Community College.

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Students must take this class in conjunction with the Business Internship “Earn While You Learn” experience. Gain practice in job-seeking and workplace skills. Prepare your resume, learn how to interview, and get a jump-start in the competitive world of work. Early release allows you to go directly to work during the school day.

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The Business Internship Program is an opportunity for students to gain occupational experience, explore career areas and assist in making college career choices. Your paid positions in the community receive a grade/credit earned towards graduation. Training agreements between student, teacher, employer and parent ensure a valid work experience. Early release from school allows students additional time to maintain academic progress in all classes.

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Never has the need for financial education been so critical for all students! Become equipped to confidently discuss money issues and plan for your own financial future. Learn the essentials for independent living such as budgeting, saving for a car and buying insurance. Learn how to build wealth and avoid the mistakes of others who find themselves with unnecessary debt and in bankruptcy court. Instead, learn how to develop good financial habits at an early age - habits that will allow you to Make, Manage, Multiply and Protect your money. This course is essential for a secure financial future.

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Are you planning on becoming a business major in college? If so, you need to take this course! The accounting basics learning in this course will prepare students for careers in business, accounting or finance. The skills you gain will open doors for a future job and can be valuable in managing your financial life. If you plan to take Accounting II, we recommend that you try to take it during the same year as Accounting I.

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Use the skills you learned in Accounting I to set up a computerized accounting system. You will manage the financial records of a business using current accounting software. By successfully completing this course, you are prepared for college level accounting as well as an entry-level accounting position.

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AP Computer Science Principles introduces you to the essential ideas of computer science with a focus on how computing can impact the world. Along with the fundamentals of computing, you will learn to analyze data, information, or knowledge represented for computational use; create technology that has a practical impact; and gain a broader understanding of how computer science impacts people and society. The major areas of study in the AP Computer Science Principles course are organized around the big ideas of creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the internet and global impact which are the essential touchstones to studying computer science.

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This course will combine the traditional marketing and sales topics with the current trends of social media marketing. Design creative marketing projects and learn who your customers are and how to sell to them. Promote a business using social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Viddy and Tumblr. Increase web traffic though search engine optimization, mobile marketing, YouTube, blogging, affiliate advertising, etc. to market products/services to target audiences. Students will address ethical issues as well as day-to-day management and implementation of all marketing activities.
College Credit available through Century College Articulation Program.

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This course will combine the traditional marketing and sales topics with the current trends of social media marketing. Design creative marketing projects and learn who your customers are and how to sell to them. Promote a business using social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Viddy and Tumblr. Increase web traffic though search engine optimization, mobile marketing, YouTube, blogging, affiliate advertising, etc. to market products/services to target audiences. Students will address ethical issues as well as day-to-day management and implementation of all marketing activities.
College Credit available through Century College Articulation Program.

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Take a step-by-step journey through the world of marketing as it pertains to the sports and entertainment industry. This course will include a variety of fun marketing projects, and you will participate in a virtual sports simulation and manage your own football franchise. Learn the ins and outs of this exciting, fast-growing industry.

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Do you want to start your own business? Are you a risk taker? Does profit motivate you? Do you want to be your own boss? If so, this course is for you. Learn how to prepare a business plan from start to finish. You will develop your idea (product/service), design your logo, create your floor plan, investigate the financial operations, explore the competition, choose your location and pinpoint your target audience for your successful business venture.
College Credit available through Century College Articulation Program.

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IT Exploration will expose you to the countless areas of IT careers and broad range of computer-based skills and competencies that today’s employers are seeking. Units of study include: Analytics, Security, Infrastructure/Networking and Software Development. Come learn about the many job opportunities in this fast-growing industry. Jobs in this area are expected to grow by 28% by the year 2020.

English

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The 9th grade English course focuses on the study of reading and literature, writing and language, speaking, listening and viewing. Mastering the five paragraph essay is the main writing component for this course. Each student also completes frequent on-demand writing and prepared writing. Literary concepts are taught through the study of short stories, plays and novels. Speaking and listening skills are practiced throughout the year.

 

Standards, Assessments and Graduation Requirements
The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts, which include reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, media literacy, and language standards, were revised in 2010. All schools must implement the 2010 standards by the 2012-2013 school year. The standards will be reviewed again during the 2019-2020 school year. 

MN English Language Arts Standards Link

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This course is designed to promote success toward taking higher level courses in English. It is an accelerated approach to the standard English curriculum with additional material covered in literature, writing and grammar. The course is designed for the student of higher ability and/or a willingness to accept a challenge.

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Students in this course will study literary forms (genres) with an emphasis on the reading of complex information. The study of language will apply expository writing and both formal and informal to speaking experiences. Students will learn how to understand and apply reading strategies to access and comprehend complex forms of fiction and nonfiction, understand and apply language and composition skills necessary to create expository compositions.

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The depth, rigor and pacing of this class are more demanding than English 10. You will use Advanced Placement (AP) strategies for composition and literary analysis with in-depth analysis and synthesis of literary selections to improve your research and argumentation skills. You will use these skills to write a compare and contrast paper and a research paper using controlled sources. You will study and practice public speaking, listening, grammar usage and media skills. Take this class if you plan to take AP Language and Composition (11th grade) and AP Literature and Composition (12th grade).

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American literature and the analysis of that literature is emphasized in this course. The course also includes the study of composition: the preparation (process writing) of a research paper, personal essay and literary analysis essay. Both formal and informal speaking experiences will be included.

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Juniors in AP Language and Composition will study rhetorical analysis by reading and analyzing several varieties of American fiction and non-fiction prose, and by composing essays in response to what they read. Similarly, students will craft their skills in writing research essays and argument essays. In addition to these writing challenges, AP Language and Composition includes a thorough reader’s survey of American literature, including novels, short stories, poetry and plays.

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This course will include literature selections from around the world. Students writing will concentrate on academic writing including exposition, argumentation and analysis. Speaking, listening and language will be integrated throughout the course.

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In this demanding course, students will read and analyze British and European literature to deepen their understanding of how writers use structure, style and rhetorical strategies in order to explore ideas and themes in their work. Student writing will demonstrate a wide range of vocabulary comprehension; sentence structure; logical organization; and effective use of rhetoric, tone and voice.

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This course is appropriate for those new to the theater or seasoned veterans. It is for students interested in acting, directing, technical (backstage or light booth), play production or a more informed audience member. Students will look at all elements of design including make-up, costumes, lighting and sets.

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The “smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd” motivates many students to enter the world of theater. This course is a comfortable way to learn and develop skills in creative dramatics and acting. Units of study will involve basic to complex areas of acting including emotional development, physical movement and improvisation. This course is an exciting way to develop poise in front of a group, while experiencing the thrill of involvement in theater. This course can be taken in the same year as Advanced Acting and Directing.

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In this performance course, students will explore formal acting and directing. Moving through the production process, students will assume the roles of producers, directors, actors and technical staff. The goal will be the staging of one-act plays for theater audiences. Can be taken in the same year as Creative Dramatics.

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Creative Writing is offered as an opportunity for students to sharpen their powers of observation and to translate these observations into clear, interesting descriptions. Students will have an opportunity to collaborate and peer edit work as well as produce poems, short stories and journalistic work. Technology will be used to facilitate the completion of compositions.

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Learn about the history of journalism, including law and ethics, as well as the media’s impact on society. You will study the basics of journalism, news gathering, writing, editing and layout. This course prepares you to fully participate on our school yearbook or newspaper staff.

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Study the language, the characters and the poetic style of William Shakespeare! Reading assignments will include a Shakespearean comedy, a tragedy, a history and a late Romance. Students will write essays grounded in research and analysis of Shakespeare’s style. Although this is not an acting class, students will give informal readings from time to time. Film adaptations of the plays and visits to live productions will complement our readings and discussions.

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This course will provide the college-bound student with a variety of academic writing experiences designed to equip the student with the skills required for typical college papers, reports and research projects. Assignments will add types of academic writing that are not addressed in the required curriculum.

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Students develop an understanding of the basic principles of oral communication, with a focus on improving skills in researching, writing and organizing effective presentations that are appropriate to particular audiences. Students will develop, improve and gain confidence in delivery skills. Students will critically evaluate speeches and learn to communicate ethically.
*Possible University of Minnesota credit is available for this course.

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This University of Minnesota Entry Point class is an introduction to and practice of writing process. Critical reading, rhetorical analysis for understanding of audience, purpose and argumentation strategies. Formal assignments: summary/analytical writing, source-based writing. For eligibility criteria go to www.cce.umn.edu/College-in-the-Schools.
*Possible University of Minnesota credit is available for this course.
**Meets English 12 language arts requirement.

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The essence of this course is critical reading, writing and discussion of selected contemporary novels, poems and short stories. We will examine the texts from multiple viewpoints, examining the works not only for themes, narratives, and style, but also through application of a variety of critical theories. The texts are multicultural and may contain mature themes and images. The texts, discussions, ideas and format are different from those normally encountered in a high school classroom. You can expect to be challenged, enlightened and offended by things you encounter in the course.

Family and Consumer Science

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Do you want to work in a career related to children, such as teaching, social service or medicine? Are you concerned and interested in your future role as a parent? You will learn about the role of parents and study child development from birth to age five. Students completing this course are more employable in child care related jobs.
*Possible College credit available through Century College and St. Paul College Articulation Program

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High school students will participate in a preschool program for 3-5 year olds as a mentor. You will learn practical ways to guide children in safe, educational ways through various daily experiences. Gain hands-on experience in creating children’s environments and learning experiences through play. Understand how to communicate effectively with children and how to guide their behavior. Explore careers that benefit from child development knowledge, e.g. teaching, psychology, nursing, social services, parenting and more.
*Possible College credit available through Century College and St. Paul College Articulation Program

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Explore the history and world of fashion and design. Discover the best color, design and style of clothing for you. Design and sew a garment and accessory.
*Possible College credit available through Century College Articulation Program

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Are you tired of eating high-calorie, high fat and processed foods? Alter your favorite recipes and eating habits for a lifetime of health, wellness and fun. The words "diet" and "nutrition" do not need to be a source of confusion. Bring your appetite, as you prepare and enjoy simple, yet great tasting, snacks and meals!

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This course is a culinary tour of many nations. We will explore the foods, customs and characteristics of regions all over the globe. Through country exploration, students will also learn the diverse customs, influences and food habits of people throughout the world. Students will gain an appreciation for the global society.

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Whether you are headed to a career in real estate or interior design, a job in the construction industry, or future home ownership, this class is for you! You will create a portfolio featuring hands-on class projects implementing design principles. You will also create and decorate original home plans using a 3-D computer design program.
*College credit available through Century College Articulation Program

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Sharpen your survival skills for living away from home. Learn your rights and responsibilities when renting an apartment, financing a car, managing bank accounts and more. Whether you’re headed after graduation to college, technical school or the work force, get ready for life in the real world!

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Relationships can be tricky. Parents, friends, siblings, coworkers, fellow students all play a role in your life. Discuss relationship types: learn coping skills, character education, conflict resolution and so much more. Figure out the “why did that happen?” and “how can I change that?” to life’s questions in relationships related to teen issues.

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Students register for 1, 2 or 3 terms by application. Test drive a career! Students are given the opportunity to try out possible careers with a Work Based Learning educational approach where the classroom extends into the workplace. Student learning is structured to provide experiences that contribute to the intellectual, social, academic and career development of students. This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain 21st Century skills and apply them in a workplace setting. Internships may be available in areas of education, medical, hospitality, culinary and human services.
*Recommendation: Child Development and Early Childhood Education before senior year.
**Possible college credit available through Century College and Inver Hills College Articulation Program

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Students register for 1, 2 or 3 trimesters by application. Seminar provides students with the opportunities to explore, test and apply skills/knowledge in a variety of classroom and community service experiences. Students examine personal qualities for job success, make post-secondary plans and develop career skills related to their college/career plans. Students strengthen leadership skills in their mentee role while interpreting, evaluating and applying skills / information related to their work or internship site.

Mathematics

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Intermediate Algebra with Statistics continues the study of linear functions begun in Middle School Algebra and moves on to the study of other functions, including quadratic, polynomial, rational and exponential. Functions will be represented with symbols, verbal descriptions, graphs and tables. Students will model real-world situations using functions and solve problems arising from these situations. Students will also study probability and data analysis.

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Geometry develops your formal and informal reasoning. Geometry and trigonometry develops your visual thinking and your ability to construct, reason with, interpret and apply mathematical models of patterns in two and three dimensions.

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Review what you learned in Intermediate Algebra with Stats and further extend your knowledge of algebra concepts. Topics include: equations, linear relations, systems of equations, parabolas, quadratic equations, powers and roots, exponents and logarithms, trigonometry and polynomials, data displays, standard deviation and normal distribution, and probability.

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This course is designed to enhance students’ algebraic understanding and mathematical confidence. This course examines but is not limited to: trigonometry, functions (polynomial, rational, logarithmic) an in-depth study of high-level symbolic manipulation. This class also carries and underlying theme to prepare students for the ACT and for college courses.

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You will be introduced to statistics in this non-calculus based course. Learn four broad conceptual themes: exploring data, planning a study, producing models using probability simulation, and using statistical inferences. Materials: TI-83, TI-84, or other calculator with statistical capabilities.

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Be prepared for college or AP Calculus. Examine real numbers, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometric and circular function. You will cover vectors, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices and polar coordinates.

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This Advanced Placement course gives you the equivalent of your first semester of college calculus. You will concentrate on analytic geometry, limits, the derivative, differentiation and the applications of the derivative, the integral, numerical integration, derivatives and integrals of transcendental functions, and the application of integration.

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This Advanced Placement course addresses second semester college calculus. You will learn advanced integration techniques with an emphasis on application, and you work on series and sequences. If you take this course, you will be expected to take the advanced placement exam, which is given in May.

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Students are introduced to the art of mathematical prediction through algebraic modeling and elementary probability theory. The course covers techniques of representing the behavior of real-world data with algebraic equations, including linear, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Students also learn basic probability theory including counting methods and conditional probability. The course emphasizes the use of traditional algebraic methods and technologies such as graphing calculators and Excel spreadsheets to find equations that accurately represent the behavior of real-world data. There are several modeling assignments throughout the semester in which students develop mathematical strategies for solving realistic problems. This course is appropriate for students who are committed to pursuing college majors or careers in math or science, but are unsure of their math, writing or science skills. It is also appropriate for students who are certain that they do not want to pursue college majors or careers in math or science.
*Possible University of Minnesota credit is available.

Music

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The band program provides students with a meaningful, enjoyable and rewarding musical experience of the highest quality. Our musicians accomplish this through musical growth, dedication, student leadership, loyalty, and service learning. We represent our high school and the community as ambassadors of excellence, pride, respect and class. After registration, band members will be placed into an ensemble at the director’s discretion. Placement is based on the student’s performing ability and the instrumentation needs of each ensemble. Students may be placed in one of three Bands: Band, Intermediate Band and Advanced Band.

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The high school orchestra program provides an opportunity for students to continue their study of a string instrument throughout high school. The program provides its members an opportunity to represent the school and community through a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year. Students registering for orchestra must have previous experience playing a stringed instrument (violin/viola/cello/upright bass). After registration, orchestra members will be placed in an ensemble based upon student ability/experience and the ensemble’s instrumentation needs, as determined by the director. The group is dedicated to the study, preparation and performance of music from a variety of musical time periods as well as a survey of music theory and music theory as it relates to the repertoire performed in class. Students perform four major concerts and participate in multiple festivals and contests throughout the year. Additional opportunities include: Chamber Orchestra, All State Orchestra, Honor Orchestras, Solo/Ensemble Contest, Large Group Contest and small ensemble performances. Students may be placed in one of three Orchestras: Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra and Advanced Orchestra.

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In Bass Choir, you will develop vocal technique, tone quality, the ability to sight-read, skills in ear training and work together to meet common goals. Members of this choir meet Minnesota Arts Standards through the study and performance of quality vocal literature from various genres, styles, periods and languages. Choir members are required to attend all performances and special rehearsals. All incoming freshmen men should register for Bass Choir. Emphasis is placed on voice-building, ear training and sight-reading. Attendance at all performances and
rehearsals is mandatory.

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In Treble Choir, you will develop vocal technique, tone quality, the ability to sight-read, skills in ear training and working together to meet common goals. Members of this choir meet the Minnesota Arts Standards through the study and performance of quality vocal literature from various genres, styles, periods and languages. Choir members are required to attend all performances and special rehearsals. All incoming freshmen women should register for this choir.

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This choir is a non-auditioned choir composed of sophomores, juniors and seniors who are developing musical independence, the ability to sing in tune, the ability to sight-read and a strong work ethic. Members of this choir meet the Minnesota Arts Standards through the study of performance of quality vocal literature from various genres, styles, periods and languages. Students in this choir may participate in MSHSL vocal events. Choir members are required to attend all performances and special rehearsals.

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Continue to advance your vocal technique in the auditioned Advanced Mixed Choir. Members of this choir have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate musical independence, the ability to sing in tune, the ability to sight-read and a strong work ethic. Members of this choir are required to work with more intensity and at a deeper level to prepare and perform more challenging material than in previous choirs. As a member of this select choir, students will work with fellow choir members to meet the Minnesota Arts Standards through the practice and performance of advanced SATB literature from many genres, styles, periods and languages. Students may participate in MSHSL and SEC vocal events. Choir members are required to attend all performances and all special rehearsals.

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Our Advanced Treble choir members demonstrate musical independence and training, the ability to sing in tune, and a strong work ethic. As a member of this select choir, you will work with members combining your musical talents. Perform the finest music from many genres using moderately difficult SA, SSA and SSAA arrangements. Throughout the year, we study literature from all genres: classical, spirituals, folk and pop choral music. Emphasis is placed on voice-building, ear training and sight-reading. Attendance at all performances and rehearsals is mandatory.

Non-Departmental Electives

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This course prepares students entering grade 9 for the rigor of high school. Special attention will be paid to showing students the different “pathways” to careers present in the comprehensive high school curriculum. Specific topics: course selection, study skills, note taking for success, preparation for testing.

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Thinking of taking Advanced Placement classes? Wondering if you have the time and effort necessary to be successful? Looking for strategies to make that experience a good one? Then “Preparing for the Advanced Placement Experience” is the class for you! This one credit elective class will teach you skills in time management, note taking, reading comprehension, test taking and listening strategies, along with opportunities to review and discuss the Advanced Placement tests. This is the class designed to support your Advanced Placement courses at the onset of school year, with several added “refresher” moments throughout the regular school year.

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The Teacher Cadet Program gives high school students realistic experiences in the education field that will help them make informed decisions about teaching careers. During their cadet experiences, students will: examine the multiple responsibilities and professional roles of a teacher; explore career options in education; observe, explore, and use effective teaching practices; recognize how learning is affected by human growth and development; demonstrate leadership, interpersonal, intrapersonal and self-evaluation skills; and understand school structures, operations, and policies.

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Students of this course will gain the knowledge, understanding and practical experience of creating video productions and television studio techniques. Students will work in a variety of production positions over the course of the year’s study. Students will gain an understanding of the history of video production by looking at the changes in equipment and production techniques over the years. Students will develop basic skills in camera techniques, audio production, directing, digital nonlinear editing, script writing, lighting, set design and a wide variety of other skills required to create a finished video production.

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This course is designed to teach more advanced methods of reporting, shooting and lighting, scripting, editing and production of a television newscast. Students will learn how to use television news cameras, tripods, lights and editing equipment. Beginning with the second week of the trimester, students will produce weekly newscasts that will air at the high school. Journalism or Video Production are pre-requisites. Register by application.

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Discover how to apply note-taking, time management, effective text reading, test and assessment preparation, test-taking skills, research skills, etc. to your current classes! We work to make these strategies part of your skill set so you can be an independent, lifelong learner. Gain skills in this one trimester class that will affect your educational studies and life beyond high school!

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Do you want to volunteer and serve your community but do not have enough time in your schedule? Community Outreach is a unique class where students volunteer off-campus during the school day, four days a week and attend one on-campus seminar a week. Learn valuable life skills and explore possible career options by volunteering and journaling your experiences. Note: Volunteering is extremely important when applying for scholarships, colleges and/or jobs.

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Independent Study provides the opportunity for a student to complete advanced study as an independent project beyond the classroom. The prospective student should be highly motivated and organized. The topic of study is the responsibility of the student and subject to approval of the supervising teacher. Courses are available in most departments. See your counselor if you’re interested in Independent Study.

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This course prepares students for the ACT (American College Testing) exam, which is widely used for college admissions. Students will learn test taking strategies and tips to boost their confidence, take full practice ACT tests with in-depth answer explanations and receive over 40 hours of personalized content review through classroom presentations and short 5 to 15 minute lessons and exercises. The course will also prepare students for the optional ACT writing test and address college selection, admissions and financial aid.

Physical Education and Health

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This course is a graduation requirement. We emphasize fitness, wellness and skill development, and expose you to a variety of team, life and dual activities. This is an enjoyable class where students explore the health related effects in a variety of activities: volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, table tennis, badminton, softball, floor tennis, flag football, basketball, swimming, lacrosse and floor hockey.

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Embedded Health, offered at East Ridge High School and Woodbury High School, is a uniquely designed course where students receive four years of comprehensive instruction in the areas of Health and Wellness starting in 9th grade. The course material address, time sensitive topics and provide essential health resources and up-to-date information. Students will have access to a grade level district Moodle site to complete online assignments and review resources on each lesson. Topics covered are age appropriate and topics are designed around critical periods of changes that occur. Students do not need to register for this course.

Example topics by grade level:
• Gr. 9: Mental, Social and Emotional Development/Wellness
• Gr. 10: Chemical Health and Nutrition
• Gr. 11: Nutrition and Sexuality
• Gr. 12: Chemical Health, Nutrition, Fitness and Sexuality/ relationships

Access the embedded health handbook on our Health/Physical education homepage. Students will earn a pass/fail grade for embedded health. With a passing grade, students earn .25 credits towards the required 1 high school Health Education. After four years of participating in this program, students will have gained the required (1) credit towards graduation.

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Experience the physical conditioning and wellness that aerobic exercise and flexibility training offers. We emphasize aerobic fitness and address other health related fitness components too. Activities include step aerobics, BOSU® balance trainer, balance boards, resistance tubing, free weights, stability balls, Pilates, Tae Bo® and Jazzercise, etc.

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Here is an opportunity for you to participate in individual, dual sports and lifetime activities with students in your grade level. Participate in popular Minnesota sports that you can do throughout your life. Possible activities include badminton, volleyball, football, table tennis, pickle ball, tennis, softball, water activities, cross country skiing, basketball, floor hockey, soccer and more.

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Are you skilled, athletic and highly competitive? Show your participation and competition skills by demonstrating sportsmanship, respect, leadership and a positive attitude in activities such as, football, softball, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, floor hockey, broomball, basketball, team handball, big base and Ultimate Frisbee.

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Experience the realm of physical conditioning that weight lifting, flexibility, aerobic training and plyometrics develops. Each student receives a structured strength-training program. Our primary emphasis is to develop muscular strength and endurance. Other health related fitness components will be addressed.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) - Biomedical

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Students investigate various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia and infectious diseases. They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine and research processes. This course provides an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses. This course is designed for students in grades 9 or 10.

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Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection and homeostasis. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the roles of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. This course is designed for students in grades 10-12.

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Students investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the life of a fictitious family. The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body. Students explore how to prevent and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices and diagnostics. This course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students.

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Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century. They work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering and public health. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, research institution or the biomedical industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an audience of STEM professionals. This course is designed for 12th grade students.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) - Engineering & Design

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The major focus of Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook and communicate their solutions to peers and members of the professional community.

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This survey course exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions.

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Students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture, and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures. In addition, students use 3D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects. Students communicate and present solutions to their peers and members of a professional community of engineers and architects. This course is designed for students in grades 10-12.

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How are things made? What processes go into creating products? Is the process for making a water bottle the same as it is for a musical instrument? How do assembly lines work? How has automation changed the face of manufacturing? While students discover the answers to these questions, they’re learning about the history of manufacturing, robotics and automation, manufacturing processes, computer modeling, manufacturing equipment and flexible manufacturing systems. This course is designed for students in grades 10-12.

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This course is designed to meet the growing demand for software engineering professionals. Computer Science and Software Engineering aims to develop computational thinking using tools that foster creativity, such as Scratch, App Inventor, HTML, PHP, mySQL, data mining tools and modeling tools like Python. Upon Project Lead the Way (PLTW) - Engineering & Design completion, students will be well prepared for a first course in Java. In taking CSE, students can take the AP Computer Science Principles exam and earn college credit, in addition to receiving college granted as a PLTW course. This course is designed for students in grades 10-12.

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Computer Science Applications (CSA) will pilot in the 2015-16 school year. This course builds on the basic skills learned in Computer Science and Software Engineering to teach students authentic Android app development. Students in this course continue to hone their communication and collaboration skills while learning to use a variety of tools. The primary goal of this course is to create independent-thinking app developers; every unit in this course builds on students’ prior knowledge and skills until they are able to complete the app development cycle independently from the group.

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Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high definition televisions. Students are introduced to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, engineering standards and technical documentation. This course is for students in grades 10-12.

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In this Capstone course, students work in teams to design and develop and original solution to an open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. Students perform research to choose, validate and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams design, build and test their solutions while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities. Finally, student teams present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. This course is appropriate for students in grades 11 and 12.

Science

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Physical Science with Earth science is a lab-based course that investigates the concepts of matter, motion, energy and human interactions with physical and Earth systems. Topics include: atoms and the periodic table, chemical reactions, material chemistry, forces of the Earth, energy, waves, magnetism, electricity, energy use and human impact on the environment.

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The topics addressed in Honors and General Physical Science with Earth Science are similar, however, the approach to and the depth in which the content is addressed varies. In honors, students will take a more quantitative approach to the standards, applying mathematical analysis to the understanding of quantum mechanics and electromagnetism. Additionally, students are expected to have a strong understanding of scientific methodology and will be expected to successfully conduct full inquiry investigations that are multidisciplinary in nature.

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Biology is the study of living things. This is a lab-based course that investigates the structure and function of living systems, interdependence among living systems, evolution in living systems and human interactions with living systems. Topics include: biochemistry, cell processes, organ systems, molecular genetics, evolution by natural selection, ecology, bioengineering, disease and pollution. Students will take the MCA Science exam the year they enroll in this course.

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Plan for extensive outside class reading and study time in this course, which is an intensive examination of the underlying principles of biology. We emphasize laboratory design and proper reporting of data. Major topics include molecular and cellular biology, biological organism and population biology. Take this course to prepare for the AP Biology exam and possibly earn college credit.

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Chemistry is the study of matter and its properties. Students will investigate and quantitatively analyze the chemical and physical behavior of matter while learning how to make careful observations, seek out regularities and attempt to provide explanations for observed behavior. Topics include: physical and mathematical modeling, atomic structure and periodicity, chemical bonding and nomenclature, quantitative analysis of chemical reactions, kinetic molecular theory, solution chemistry, equilibrium, acid base chemistry, organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry.

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Cover the same topics as the standard Chemistry class but in greater depth. Discover solution and thermo chemistry, with emphasis on scientific process and problem solving. This course provides a challenge for the highly motivated student who possesses a well above average mathematical background and is considering a mathematics or science related college major.
*Appropriate for 10th graders with well above average mathematical and problem solving ability.

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This course will complete the preparation for the Advanced Placement exam. The physical and chemical properties of common chemical compounds are investigated in the laboratory. Special emphasis is placed on thermochemistry, acids, and bases, redox reactions, chemical equilibrium, precipitation equilibrium, reaction spontaneity, electrochemistry and the nomenclature and structure of compounds and reactions. Laboratory experiences are provided to meet the guidelines set by the College Board.

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Learn about the motion, forces, work, power and energy we find around us. We use a quantitative treatment of motion, conservation laws, electricity, wave motion, sound and light.

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This course is designed to be the equivalent of a first-semester college physics course. Students will gain in-depth knowledge about Newtonian mechanics, work, energy, power, momentum, mechanical waves and sound, as well as have an introduction to electrical circuits. Students will be prepared to take the AP Physics 1 exam at the end of the year.

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This course is designed to be the equivalent of a second-semester college physics course. Students will gain in-depth knowledge about fluid and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, as well as atomic, nuclear and quantum physics. Students will be prepared to take the AP Physics 2 exam at the end of the year.

Social Studies

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Human Geography is a two-term course that introduces students to the thematic study of the world’s people and issues from a global perspective. Students will employ geospatial skills to compare and contrast places and regions and examine human systems and their relationships to the environment. Coursework will focus on themes such as population, culture, geopolitics, economic development, urbanization and natural resources. In addition, classroom discussions will also include a continuing study of global and local current events.

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Examine the human experience on Earth at both the macro and microgeographic levels in this rigorous, college-level course. Evaluate the impact humans have on the landscape—both physically and culturally. Use a spatial approach to interpret human impact, focusing on the interaction between various groups of people, between human and environment, and the consequences and contributions of humans on Earth. Topics include location, population, migration, culture, language, religion, ethnicity, political geography, economic development, industry agriculture and urban geography. We will prepare for the AP Human Geography exam giving in May by College Board.

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Develop knowledge of and an appreciation for the contributions of many cultures to the collective wisdom of the human race. We emphasize the ideas and events of both Western and non-Western civilizations as they have come to shape our present existence.

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Take a more rigorous approach to world history using historical reference materials to provide differing points of view in relation to Western and non-Western civilizations. We will work to prepare for the AP World History exam and possibly earn college credit!

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Review the highlights of American history, including the study of the Pre-Columbian events, the colonial period, the Revolution and events leading up to it, and the American Civil War and its the causes and reconstruction. Study western expansion, America’s industrial foundations, America’s involvement in World War I, the 1920s and the causes of the Great Depression. We cover World War II, the advent of the nuclear age, the Cold War and other events that lead our country to the world stage as a modern superpower. You will investigate recent social and economic trends that have shaped the society in which we live today and our nation’s role in the world’s search for stability and peace.

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Review the highlights of American history, including the study of the Pre-Columbian events, the colonial period, the Revolution and events leading up to it, and the American Civil War and its the causes and reconstruction. Study western expansion, America’s industrial foundations, America’s involvement in World War I, the 1920s and the causes of the Great Depression. We cover World War II, the advent of the nuclear age, the Cold War and other events that lead our country to the world stage as a modern superpower. You will investigate recent social and economic trends that have shaped the society in which we live today and our nation’s role in the world’s search for stability and peace.

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Take a rigorous approach to American History with a faster pace and greater depth than the standard U.S. History course. We’ll emphasize critical thinking and analytical techniques using a college textbook, along with a variety of outside readings and primary sources. Learn through research papers, book reviews, essay tests, oral presentations, role playing and group discussion. We will prepare for AP U.S. History exam given by the College Board in the spring.

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Gain fundamental knowledge about American government, the political process, citizenship, civics and problems of democracy. Take a realistic appraisal of government and politics and learn to how to critically analyze and add to our American political community in a constructive way.

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This course is a college level introduction to politics and government in the United States, including constitutional origins and development, major institutions, parties, interest groups, elections, participation and public opinion. The ways of explaining politics and the nature of political science and recent trends will be explored. *This is a University of Minnesota 4 credit course.

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Understanding the principles taught in this course will enable you to interpret the financial pages, perceive the consequences of debt and have a basic knowledge of the workings of the U.S. Economy. We highlight the components of basic economic macro and micro principles and outline micro-economic principles associated with individual businesses and households including trade-offs and scarcity. The macroeconomics concepts we’ll explore delve into the Federal Reserve System and issues associated with inflation, unemployment and a worldwide economy. *This class is taught in both Business and Social Studies and meets the grad requirement.

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Understanding the principles taught in this course will enable you to interpret the financial pages, perceive the consequences of debt and have a basic knowledge of the workings of the U.S. Economy. We highlight the components of basic economic macro and micro principles and outline micro-economic principles associated with individual businesses and households including trade-offs and scarcity. The macroeconomics concepts we’ll explore delve into the Federal Reserve System and issues associated with inflation, unemployment and a worldwide economy. *This class is taught in both Business and Social Studies and meets the grad requirement.

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Thoroughly understand the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. We place primary emphasis on the natureand functions of product markets. Study factor markets and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. You may choose to take both AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics.

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The purpose of this course is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. We emphasize the national income and price-level determinations and become familiar with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth and international economics. You may take both AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics.

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Gain an overview of the problems of crime and our society’s social responses. Study the extent of the crime problem, the various forms of crime, types of criminals, theories of criminal behavior and efforts of crime control including police, courts and corrections.

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This course focuses on human behavior, including the biological basis for behavior, sensation and perception, state of consciousness, memory, cognition and language, intelligence and mental abilities, personality and social psychology. Many self-assessments for personal awareness are included. Although not intended exclusively for the college-bound, learning these basic principles in psychology will be useful in many post high school settings and occupations.

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College in the Schools Psychology 1001 A/B is an introduction to the scientific study of human behavior and prerequisite for all other Psychology courses at the college level. This course explores how something as complex as human behavior can be studied scientifically: biological, social and environmental influences on human behavior, predicable ways in which humans behave, reason, remember and feel and ways in which humans differ.
*Class rank in the top 20% or instructor approval, previous coursework in high school psychology or high school biology, and an advanced reading score.
**This is a University of Minnesota 4 credit course.

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The study of how people interact and influence each other’s behavior: Focusing on such topics as Culture, Socialization, Social Interaction, Deviance and Social Stratification.

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Study the two deadliest wars in human history. From the Assassination that began World War I to the Atomic Bomb that ended World War II; from General Pershing to General Patton; from Woodrow Wilson to Winston Churchill; from the Kaiser to der Fuhrer; from mustard gas to gas chambers; we will investigate the insanity and brutality, as well as the courage and heroism of these events. See how they relate directly to our world today, and how the lessons of these conflicts can impact our personal lives as well.

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The course will explore the processes, procedures and functions of the United States Government and economy and the role it plays in the wider global society. Within the course, students will engage in a deeper understanding of contemporary issues and apply current events to the overall processes of government and economics. The Civics Exam (required starting with Class of 2021) will be given in this course. The course may also incorporate learning around human centered design, hybrid delivery, local civic participation and/or service projects.

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This course will examine the history of people of African descent in the United States from 1619 up to the present. Topics will include the Atlantic Slave Trade, chattel slavery, abolition, reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, the Nadir period, the World Wars, the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, the election of Barack Obama, and current events. The course will use an interdisciplinary lens, using traditional historical sources, visual art, literature, music, among others. This course will employ the scholarship of both male and female African American thinkers, writers, leaders, and historians. This course will be geared towards juniors and seniors, but will be open to everyone. This course will deepen the student’s understanding of U.S. History using multiple perspectives.

Technology

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This is your opportunity to work safely in several areas of woodworking, cabinet, and furniture making. Learn about various products and types of wood used within the industry, how to use hand and power tools safely, create a “wood” project and evaluate career information.

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Incorporate the safe operation of all hand and power equipment while working in the shop. Build furniture or cabinets from drawings you create or use pre-printed plans. You’ll be expected to demonstrate a high degree of design and workmanship in this advanced class. You must pay for the cost of your materials.

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This lab-based course gives you an opportunity to use new technology. Develop architectural plans and construct a scale model residential home from you will design, develop and construct an actual wall section according to industry standards. Explore and gain experience in careers for several building trades.

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Explore the artistic, technical, and organizational aspects of digital video and animation technology. Demonstrate an understanding of story and script development, cameras, audio inputs, lighting, editing systems and computer-generated graphics. Projects include documentary, interview, studio production, digital video and multimedia presentation. Understand and apply the artistic process relating to digital video and animation production and create original digital video and animation projects. You must organize and plan your time outside of class to make effective use of production equipment and facilities.
*Possible College Credit: Available through Century College Articulation Program

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Refine your digital video production and animation skills to produce a variety of products using digital video cameras and the latest software and compression utilities. You will produce one major, or several minor productions, using topics that may include themes based using school, community and individual topics or interests. Apply the artistic process relating to digital video and animation productions, and understand and use artistic processes to create original digital video and animation projects. Audience and message analysis, script writing, digital video editing and computer animation are required.
*Possible College Credit: Available through Century College Articulation Program

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This lab-based course is designed to give students more skills in the digital photography medium. Students will explore a variety of digital photography projects and learn how photos are modified and enhanced using Photoshop and other software applications. Interesting digital photography projects will be created using professional SRL digital cameras using studio lighting, special effects and other projects based on a hands on approach.

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Learn about the basic operation, maintenance, and repair of small engines, including engine design concepts and the function of its major operating systems. Demonstrate your learning through written assignments, tests/quizzes, and hands-on lab activities. We emphasize the relationship between small engines and car engines.

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This course provides a more in depth look and application of the operating systems of the small engine. Emphasis will be placed on using the knowledge and skills from the beginning class and applying them to the diagnosis and repair of a small engine. Lab time will be spent diagnosing, testing and repairing small engines.

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Be introduced to the basic concepts of Robotics by building and programming your own robot. Course information is tied to lab experiments! Work to build and program your own robot, developed by the FIRST Robotics organization. Explore the concepts of sensors, path planning, kinematics, feedback and feed forward control. You will have the opportunity to apply and synthesize knowledge regarding physics, technology, engineering and math, while meeting national STEMS standards. A computer based curriculum and assumes no previous robotics knowledge. Students work step-by-step through the interactive lessons using both computers and hands on lab activities to build, program, and test a “VEX” robot.

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AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college- level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities.

World Language

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This course is an introduction to the language and culture of the French-speaking world. Learn to ask for and give information, and to describe situations in French. You will communicate in the following situations: meeting others, being at school, ordering in a restaurant, describing family and discussing pastimes. Develop French listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and learn about French culture. We use songs, verb and vocabulary games, DVDs, CDs and computer and Internet activities to build your French skills.

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Continue developing your skills to listen, speak, read and write in French. Increase your ability to communicate by learning to speak about past events. Explore Paris, France, Quebec and French speaking countries in Africa. Communicate about clothing and food shopping, animals and holidays. Learn to speak about daily activities and how to give directions.

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Continue to listen, speak, read and write in French. Become proficient enough to use French in conversations and give original skits. Topics include movies, music, nature, health, fantasy and fairy tales. Communicate about the present, past and future, as well as making polite requests.

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This Intermediate University French course emphasizes communication in French. Class is conducted in French and students are expected to speak only French during class. Practice speaking and comprehending French, and develop reading and writing skills based on materials from France and the French-speaking world. Coursework includes grammar review, compositions, and oral presentations. The University of Minnesota provides all materials and exams. More information is available at www.cce.umn.edu/cis.
*This is a University of Minnesota 5 credit course.

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Increase your French communication skills by using more verb tenses, and build upon the vocabulary and structures acquired in previous French courses. Learn about French school subjects, supplies, parks, sports, education, cafés, Carnival, international travel, passports, arts, France’s work force, working conditions and benefits. Expand your French knowledge through selected readings and special projects.

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Develop greater proficiency in the four basic skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in French. Increase your communication skills using a variety of verb tenses. Review the vocabulary and structures you learned earlier. Explore French hotels and travel, technology, social issues and problems, cultural influences, immigrants in France, French restaurants and history of France. We use selected literary readings and special projects to build your French skills.

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Get an introduction to the language and culture of the German-speaking world. Learn how to ask for and give information, and how to describe situations in German. Communicate about school and the classroom, shopping and prices for food and clothing. Learn to greet others, discuss interests and activities, describe a room and people and order at a restaurant. Develop skills to listen, speak, read and write in German, and increase your awareness of their culture.

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Review vocabulary and structures from German 1. Expand your communication skills to interact with native speakers, classmates and your German teacher in more situations. We study and practice the past tense extensively. Topics include the weather, helping at home, shopping, giving directions, going to movies and concerts, birthdays and describing people and places.

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Become proficient enough to use German with others in conversations. Learn new verb tenses. Write original skits and short compositions. Expand your writing and speaking skills. We use authentic German readings and will do some special projects.

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This Intermediate University German course emphasizes communication in German. Class is conducted in German and students are expected to use German only in class. Students practice speaking and comprehending German, and develop reading and writing skills based on materials from Germany and the German-speaking world. The course will include grammar review, compositions, and oral presentations. The University of Minnesota provides all materials and exams. More information is available at www.cce.umn.edu/cis.
*This is a University of Minnesota 5 credit course.

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German 4 emphasizes the use of the language for active communication. Students will use vocabulary, grammar and syntax with a high degree of proficiency, understand spoken German in both formal and informal conversational situations, read articles and nontechnical writings and express ideas orally and in writing accurately and fluently. Course content will reflect intellectual interests shared by the students and teacher.

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This course leads the student to greater proficiency in the four basic skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in German. The content includes a comprehensive grammar review with emphasis on the subjunctive mood and all tenses. The course is designed around a variety of performance projects which will allow the student to demonstrate increase their fluency in German and to prepare for college placement examinations.

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Get an introduction to the language and culture of the Chinese-speaking world, stressing the ability to speak and listen to basic daily conversation in Chinese. Learn to read and write basic Chinese characters and develop an appreciation for the uniqueness of the Chinese culture through situational and daily conversations. Songs, verb and vocabulary activities, videos, CDs, computer and internet lessons may aid skills.

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This course will continue to provide opportunities for learners to gain language skills and knowledge of the Mandarin Chinese language. Students will be able to speak and listen to daily conversation, and to read and write basic Chinese characters. Students will also be able to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of Chinese culture.

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This course aims to provide opportunities for students to explore and understand essential elements in Mandarin Chinese language and culture and to learn survival communicative skills to enable oneself to travel successfully in China.

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In this course, students will explore and understand essential elements in Mandarin Chinese language and culture, learn how to exchange information and knowledge with Chinese-speaking people, and use the information and knowledge accordingly to improve their lives in the future.

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In this advanced course, students will explore and understand essential elements in Mandarin Chinese language and culture, increase presentation skills, strengthen abilities in formal writing, deepen research skills and knowledge of cultural topics, be able to read and comprehend longer authentic texts in deeper ways, learn to communicate about more topics with others and express opinions in more nuanced ways and function more effectively in a Chinese cultural context.

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Get an introduction to the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, stressing the ability to ask for and give information and to describe situations in Spanish. You will be able to communicate in the following situations: meeting others, at school, shopping for clothing and food, ordering in a restaurant, describing the family and home, and sporting events. Develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish, and increase your awareness of Hispanic culture.

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Review and reinforce vocabulary and structures from Spanish 1. Learn and practice the past tense extensively. Become able to communicate to the doctor, at the beach, about summer and winter sports, at the movies and theater, for plane and train travel, and about daily routines. Explore more cultures from the Spanish-Speaking world.

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Expand what you learned in Spanish 1 and 2. Become acquainted with more types of verb tenses and grammar topics. Learn more vocabulary topics including the environment, professions, technology, transportation, planning for the future, literature. Explore a variety of cultures from the Spanish-speaking world.

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Spanish 4 emphasizes the use of the language for active communication. Use vocabulary, grammar and syntax with increasing proficiency and understand spoken Spanish in both formal and conversational situations. Course content may reflect additional interests and special activities, such as the arts, current events, music, literature and presentations in Spanish.

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This Intermediate University Spanish course emphasizes communication in Spanish. Class is conducted in Spanish and students are expected to speak only Spanish. Students will develop their speaking and comprehension through class discussions. Students will develop their production, including their writing, through grammar work, compositions and presentations. The University of Minnesota provides materials and exams, including almost all authentic works from around the Spanish-speaking world. More information is available at www.cce.umn.edu/cis.
*This is a University of Minnesota 10 credit course.

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Engage in activities to polish Spanish speaking and writing skills. Speaking activities include prepared and impromptu speeches, role-play situations, group skits and discussions. Writing activities focus on compositions and written reporting of current events in the Spanish-speaking world. Expect to speak Spanish in class almost entirely.

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Obtain greater proficiency in the four basic skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing in Spanish. Get a comprehensive grammar review with emphasis on the subjunctive mood and compound tenses. Use a variety of projects to demonstrate your proficiency in all Spanish skills.