Course Catalog 2017-18

CONNALLY HIGH SCHOOL COURSE CATALOG

2017-2018


ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

ENGLISH I

Grade Level: 9     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course includes a comprehensive study of grammar, composition, and vocabulary through the writing process.  An in-depth study of the major literary genres includes the short story, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and the novel.  Students will read at least one novel and a Shakespearean play.  There is a STAAR test attached to this class.

ENGLISH I PRE-AP

Grade Level: 9     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Designed to prepare students for advanced levels of English, this course includes a formal grammar overview, intensive vocabulary study, essay writing, and basic literary analysis.  Students will be required to read at least two novels, in addition to summer reading assignments and selections from the text.  Students will be expected to meet reading deadlines and to participate in intensive, graded class discussion of literary selections.  Students will also produce a mini-research project.  There is a STAAR test attached to this class.  This class also requires outside reading.  

ENGLISH II

Grade Level: 10     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course includes strengthening vocabulary, a review of grammar, study of the major literary genres including short story, poetry, and nonfiction, and the reading of at least one novel and a Shakespearean play.  There is a STAAR test attached to this class.  Students will be required to create a mini-research project.  Prerequisite: ELA I

ENGLISH II PRE-AP

Grade Level: 10     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Especially beneficial to students planning to take Advanced Placement English, this course includes a formal grammar overview, intensive vocabulary study, essay writing, basic literary analysis, and a research paper.  Students will participate in in-depth studies of selected literary works from world literature. There is a STAAR test attached to this class.  The course requires outside and summer reading.



ENGLISH III

Grade Level: 11     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course emphasizes the study of composition and vocabulary, as well as an intensive review of correct grammar and usage.  Students will read selections from American literature and write a research paper.  Prerequisite: ELA I and II

ENGLISH III AP

Grade Level: 11     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course is designed to further develop and refine skills in analytical reading and writing, expository writing, argumentative writing, and investigative methods of research.  The majority of the works read in this class are nonfiction readings involving a wide spectrum of styles, purposes, and genres as required by the AP English course description.  The novels that are read independently provide a fiction viewpoint that complements the nonfiction works in each unit.  Students will complete a research paper and will also take the College Board Advanced Placement test.  This course requires outside and summer reading.



BUSINESS ENGLISH

Grade Level: 12      YEAR/1.000 credit(s)


In this course, students will refine their writing, critical reading and communication skills as they relate to the needs of the business world.  This course includes the study of effective verbal and written communication for occasion such as interviews and meetings as well as the successful completion of various applications, professional resumes, cover letters and business proposals. Prerequisite: English I, II and III.  Strong knowledge and skills in Touch Systems Data is strongly recommended prior to taking this class.  This class is offered to ECHS students only.  

ENGLISH IV

Grade Level: 12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course covers grammar and composition skills and the writing of a research paper.  Students will undertake a study of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon Period to the Modern Period and read selected novels.  Prerequisite: ELA I, II, and III

ENGLISH IV AP

Grade Level: 12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.  The course also includes a major research paper. Students will take the College Board Advanced Placement test. This course also requires outside and summer reading.


ENGLISH 1301 & 1302 - MCC Dual Credit

Grade Level: 12     YEAR/1.000 credit(s)


English is available through a dual credit agreement with MCC.  Material covered in English 1301 and 1302 will be enhanced to meet college level requirements.  Students will receive .05 credits towards high school graduation and three college hours upon successful completion of each course.  English 1301 and English 1302 are both required to fulfill high school graduation requirements.


COURSE NOTE: Students must apply to MCC, sign up for and pass the TSI assessment, and submit various enrollment forms. Students may be responsible for tuition, textbooks and transportation to MCC.

READING INTERVENTION

Grade Level: 9-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


This class is designed to help students strengthen reading and writing skills in order to achieve proficiency with academic and daily tasks. Focus is on ELA I & II.  Students enrolled in this class will have proven need for intervention and assistance on either STAAR or other valued assessment and coursework.  Through a variety of targeted techniques using authentic and practical texts students will have a multitude of experiences in reading and writing.  Prerequisite(s): Including, but not limited to non-passing grade in prior English course, not meeting minimum passing score on ELA STAAR, not meeting other district tests, and teacher recommendation.


EOC PREP

Grade Level 12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


This course is designed to provide students with the extra tutoring necessary to pass the STAAR EOC test(s).  Students will focus on grammar and reading skills and produce a writing portfolio.

MATHEMATICS

STRATEGIC LEARNING for HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS

Grade level: 9     YEAR/1.000 credit(s)


This course is intended to create strategic mathematical learners from underprepared mathematics students. The basic understandings will stimulate students to think about their approach to mathematical learning.  This class does not count towards the required Math credits necessary to graduate.  Student will receive one (1) credit towards their required elective credits.


ALGEBRA I

Grade Level: 9-10     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course includes the study of expressions and equations, linear functions, polynomial and nonlinear functions, radical and rational functions.  Algebra 1 is the foundation for all high school math courses.  There is a STAAR test attached to this class.  Prerequisite: successful completion of 8th grade math or equivalent.

GEOMETRY

Grade Level: 9-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course includes the study of lines and angles, triangles, quadrilaterals and circles, probability, and area and volume. Students use geometric thinking to understand mathematical concepts and relationships among them. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I.

GEOMETRY PRE-AP

Grade Level: 9-10     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course will include a more intensive look at the study of lines and angles, triangles, quadrilaterals and circles, probability, and area and volume.  Topics are studied in greater depth and at a faster pace than in Geometry.  Summer work is required. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I.


FINANCIAL MATHEMATICS

Grade Level 11-12    YEAR/1.000 credit(s)


Students will apply mathematics to problems and situations arising in everyday life, society and the workplace.  This course includes personal money management, financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, business financial management and integrating career and postsecondary education planning into financial decision making. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I.


APPLIED MATHEMATICS FOR TECHNICAL PROFESSIONALS

Grade Level: 10-12 YEAR/1.000 credits


Problem solving situations, hands-on activities and technology are used in this course to extend mathematical thinking and engage student reasoning.  Situations relating to technical applications provide students opportunities to make connections with  mathematics and the workplace.  In addition, students will learn the skills necessary to communicate using mathematics.  Hands-on activities will allow students to model, explore and develop abstract concepts applicable to technical careers. This class is for students enrolled in ECHS.   Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry


ALGEBRAIC REASONING

Grade Level: 12     YEAR/1.000 credit(s)


Students will build on the knowledge and skills for mathematics in Kindergarten-Grade 8 and Algebra I, continue with the development of mathematical reasoning related to algebraic understandings and processes, and deepen a foundation for studies in subsequent mathematics courses. Students will broaden their knowledge of functions and relationships, including linear, quadratic, square root, rational, cubic, cube root, exponential, absolute value, and logarithmic functions. Students will study these functions through analysis and application that includes explorations of patterns and structure, number and algebraic methods, and modeling from data using tools that build to workforce and college readiness such as probes, measurement tools, and software tools, including spreadsheets.  Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I.








ALGEBRA II

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course includes the study of first degree equations and inequalities, polynomial and radical equations and inequalities, advanced functions and relations, discrete mathematics, with emphasis on the graphing calculator. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I.


ALGEBRA II PRE-AP

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course is an in depth study of the topics in Algebra II.  Students will progress through the material at a more rigorous pace than in Algebra II. This course requires summer work. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I.


ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE REASONING (AQR)

Grade Level: 11-12     YEAR/1.000 credit(s)


Problem solving situations, hands-on activities and technology are used in this course to extend mathematical thinking and engage student reasoning. Situations relating to technical applications provide students opportunities to make connections with mathematics and the workplace.  This course also includes personal money management, banking, investment planning, financial decision making, statistics, and probability.  Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.


PRE - CALCULUS

Grade Level: 11-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

In Pre calculus, students continue to build on the K-8, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry foundations as they expand their understanding through other mathematical experiences. Students use a variety of representations (concrete, pictorial, numerical, symbolic, graphical, and verbal), tools, and technology (including, but not limited to, calculators with graphing capabilities, data collection devices, and computers) to model functions and equations and solve real-life problems.  Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.  

PRE - CALCULUS PRE-AP

Grade Level: 11-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Students use symbolic reasoning and analytical methods to represent mathematical situations, to express generalizations, and to study mathematical concepts and the relationships among them. Functions, equations, and limits are used as means for analyzing and understanding a broad variety of mathematical relationships. Students also use symbolic reasoning to represent and connect ideas in geometry, probability, statistics, trigonometry, and calculus and to model physical situations.  This class requires summer work.  Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.

CALCULUS AP

Grade Level: 12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course is for students who are well prepared for advanced mathematics. It will ensure a rich and complete exploration of limits and continuity, differentiation, applications of differentiation, integration and integration techniques, application of the definite integral, and first-order differential equations.  There will an emphasis on the graphing calculator. Students will take the College Board Advanced Placement test.  This class requires summer work. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and PreCal.

SCIENCE

ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS

Grade Level: 9-12    YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


In Environmental Systems, students conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students study a variety of topics that include: biotic and abiotic factors in habitats, ecosystems and biomes, interrelationships among resources and an environmental system, sources and flow of energy through an environmental system, relationship between carrying capacity and changes in populations and ecosystems, and changes in environments.



BIOLOGY

Grade Level: 9-10     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This laboratory course uses the scientific method to explore subsequent course curriculum.  Areas of study include molecules, cells, heredity, evolution, diversity, organisms, populations, ecology, and animal dissection.  Hands on activities are a central part of the coursework.  There is a STAAR test attached to this class.  

 




BIOLOGY PRE-AP

Grade Level: 9    YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course is the advanced version of biology.  In addition to the foundations listed in the biology description, pre AP biology students should expect to move at an accelerated rate and have a deeper level of investigation in each of the areas of study. There is a STAAR test attached to this class.  This class requires summer work.


CHEMISTRY

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Students will develop an understanding of atoms, molecules, ions, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, gases, thermochemistry, atomic structure/periodicity, bonding, solutions, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. Students will use the scientific process and deductive and inductive logic to relate chemistry to a variety of applications.  In the lab environment students will demonstrate an awareness of laboratory safety, good scientific lab techniques, and the recording of appropriate observations and numerical data. Prerequisite: successful completion of Alg. I

 

CHEMISTRY PRE-AP

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course is the advanced version of chemistry.  In addition to the foundations listed in the Chemistry description, pre-AP Chemistry students should expect to move at an accelerated rate and have a deeper level of investigation in each of the areas of study.  This class requires summer work.  Prerequisite:  successful completion of Alg. I

  

PHYSICS

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

In this lab based course students will develop an understanding of Newtonian mechanics, planar motion, work and energy, momentum, rotational motion, oscillations, gravitation, waves, heat, kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics, electric charge, electric fields, Gauss' law, potentials, circuits, magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, waves and optics, and atomic/nuclear physics.  Students will use the scientific method to apply these core principles and solve problems .This is considered an advanced science course.

  

PRINCIPLES OF TECHNOLOGY

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Students conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Various systems will be described in terms of space, time, energy, and matter. Students will study a variety of topics that include laws of motion, conservation of energy, momentum, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, and characteristics and behavior of waves. Students will apply physics concepts and perform laboratory experimentations for at least 40% of instructional time using safe practices.


FOOD SCIENCE

Grade Level: 11-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


In Food Science students conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Food Science is the study of the nature of foods, the causes of deterioration, the principles underlying food processing, and the improvement of foods for the consuming public.


MICROBIOLOGY

Grade Level: 11-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


Students in Medical Microbiology explore the microbial world, studying topics such as pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms, laboratory procedures, identifying microorganisms, drug resistant organisms, and emerging diseases.  Students will use scientific methods and equipment to perform laboratory and field investigations.  They will then use this information combined with scientific reasoning and problem solving to make informed decisions about the relationships between microorganisms and health and wellness in the human body.   In additional to the determining the role of pathogens and infectious diseases.



PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING

Grade Level: 11-12  Year/ 1.000 credit(s)


This course exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high tech careers. Engineering Science gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity, project, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and problem solving skills based upon engineering concepts. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.  This class is only available for students enrolled in ECHS.



ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY

Grade Level: 11-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course introduces the student to the basic organization of the body and use of the correct terminology defining homeostasis and the basis of various control systems.   An in-depth study of the body's systems, to include but not limited to the circulatory, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.   The basic concepts of genetics, heredity and embryonic development are thoroughly examined during this year-long course.

 BIOLOGY AP

Grade Level: 12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This laboratory course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course for biology majors.  The areas of study include molecules, cells, heredity, evolution, diversity, organisms, populations, and ecology.  Students will have the opportunity to develop the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.  The course focuses on 12 labs prescribed and assigned to match the curriculum. Students will take the College Board Advanced Placement test.  This class requires summer work.


SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DESIGN

Grade Level: 12    YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This class begins with the nature of science and how research is done. The curriculum then progresses through the scientific method, experimental design, statistics, library and online research.  Students are required to keep a journal, to participate in a project management activity conclude with a project based on the student’s interest. Students will conduct an in-depth research project and present his or her findings using a variety of media. The possibility for competition is also part of the course.  




SOCIAL STUDIES

WORLD GEOGRAPHY

Grade Level: 9    YEAR/1.000 credit(s)


Students examine people, places and environments at local, regional, national and international scales for the spatial and ecological perspective of geography.  A significant focus is on the physical processes that shape patterns in the physical environment; the characteristics of major landforms, climates, and ecosystems and their interrelationships; the political, economic, and social processes that shape cultural patterns of regions; types and patterns of settlement; the distribution and movement of the world population; relationships among people, places, and environments; and the concept of region.


PAP WORLD GEOGRAPHY

Grade Level: 9 YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


Pre-AP World Geography focuses on the relationships among people, places, and environments throughout the world that create the geographic patterns on earth. Students will study landforms, climates, and natural resources through maps, pictures, and primary and secondary documents to study the geography of the diverse regions and the history geographic features have created throughout the world.


WORLD HISTORY

Grade Level: 10 YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

The focus of this course is the chronological progression of events in world history. Students will develop a global view of the relationship between today's cultures and those of the past, as well as an awareness of cultural similarities, differences, and achievements. Specific content to be covered will include, but not be limited to, an understanding of geographic, historic and time-space relationships, a review of pre-history, the rise of civilization and cultural universals, the development of religion and the impact of religious thought, the evolution of political systems and philosophy.



PAP WORLD HISTORY

Grade Level: 10 YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Pre-AP World History gives students a broad overview of the entire world through the study of events, people, cultures, and underlying issues from ancient times to the present. Students will examine the development of governments, religions and economic systems throughout the history of the world. This advanced class will teach students not only the history of the world but also how to analyze and study primary and secondary sources.

US HISTORY

Grade Level: 11   YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course covers a continuous growth of the United States by examining the results of Reconstruction, the Industrial Revolution, the development of the United States as a world power, the problems of democracy and empire, the Great Depression, war, the quest for economic security, world peace and social improvement.  There is a STAAR test attached to this class.

US HISTORY 1301 & 1302 –MCC DUAL CREDIT

Grade Level: 11     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

US History is available through a dual credit agreement with MCC.  Material covered in US History 1301 & 1302 will be enhanced to meet college level requirements.  Students will receive 0.5 credits towards high school graduation and three college hours upon successful completion of each course.  US History is required to fulfill high school graduation requirements.

COURSE NOTE: Students must apply to MCC, sign up for and pass the TSI assessment, and submit various enrollment forms. Students may be responsible for tuition, textbooks and transportation to MCC.

US GOVERNMENT

Grade Level: 12     SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit(s)

This course is the culmination of the civics and governmental content and concepts covered from kindergarten through the required secondary courses.  Through focused analysis on the founding documents that shaped our early nation, comparisons examining the role of the different branches, and in depth study of current political activity on a variety of levels, the student acquires a lasting understanding of how and why our country operates as it does.  Additionally, this class encourages and equips students for a lifetime of active civic participation.





US GOVERNMENT 2305 - MCC DUAL CREDIT

Grade Level: 12    SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit(s)


US Government is available through a dual credit agreement with MCC.  Material covered in US Government 2305 will be enhanced to meet college level requirements.  Students will receive .05 credits towards high school graduation and three college hours upon successful completion of this course.  US Government is required to fulfill high school graduation requirements.


COURSE NOTE: Students must apply to MCC, sign up for and pass the TSI assessment, and submit various enrollment forms. Students may be responsible for tuition, textbooks and transportation to MCC.

ECONOMICS

Grade Level: 12     SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit(s)

The focus is on the basic principles concerning production, consumption, and distribution of goods and services in the United States and a comparison with those in other countries around the world. Students examine the rights and responsibilities of consumers and businesses. Students analyze the interaction of supply, demand, and price and study the role of financial institutions in a free enterprise system.  This class also emphasizes Personal Finance and Future Financial Planning.


ECONOMICS 2301 - MCC DUAL CREDIT

Grade Level: 12    SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit(s)


Economics is available through a dual credit agreement with MCC.  Material covered in Economics will be enhanced to meet college level requirements.  Students will receive .05 credits towards high school graduation and three college hours upon successful completion of this course.  Economics is required to fulfill high school graduation requirements.


COURSE NOTE: Students must apply to MCC, sign up for and pass the TSI assessment, and submit various enrollment forms. Students may be responsible for tuition, textbooks and transportation to MCC.




PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PE 1 FOUNDATIONS

Grade Level: 9-12    YEAR/ 1.00 credit(s)

The basic purpose of this course is to motivate students to strive for lifetime personal fitness with an emphasis on the health-related components of physical fitness.  The knowledge and skills taught in this course include teaching students about the process of becoming fit as well as achieving some degree of fitness within the class.  

PE BOYS ATHLETICS 1-4

Grade Level:  9-12    YEAR/1.000 credit(s)

Participation in athletics involves competitive sports and requires approval of the coaching staff.

PE GIRLS ATHLETICS 1-4

Grade Level:  9-12    YEAR/1.000 credit(s)

Participation in athletics involves competitive sports and requires approval of the coaching staff.


PE-JROTC

Grade Level:  9-12    YEAR/1.000 credit(s)

Air Force Junior ROTC 1 counts as a PE equivalent course. The mission of the program is to instill values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment in high school students.  

PE BAND SUBSTITUTION

SEMESTER/0.500 credit(s)

This course is for students that are participating in Band to receive the P.E. substitution for marching band. Students must participate in two years of marching band to receive a full year PE credit.


 WORLD LANGUAGE

SPANISH I

Grade Level: 9-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course is designed to introduce students to the Spanish language and culture.  The students will develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish.  Students will explore various aspects of Hispanic culture, heritage, and peoples.  Major emphasis is on conversational usage of Spanish in real-life situations.


SPANISH II

Grade Level: 9-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course further develops the skills introduced in Spanish I.  The students will be involved in an in-depth study of the spoken language, listening, reading, writing, and literature.

PRE-AP SPANISH III

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This honors course is a continuation of the study of the Spanish language with special emphasis on reading comprehension, listening, speaking, advanced grammar, and composition in preparation for the AP Spanish Language exam.  

SPANISH IV - AP

Grade Level: 11-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course is an intensive study of Spanish language in preparation for the AP Spanish Language exam. Emphasis is on advanced grammar, literature, and composition as well as listening comprehension and speaking.  Students will take the College Board Advanced

Placement test.  This course requires summer work.


SPANISH V - AP

Grade Level: 12     YEAR/1.000 credit(s)


Spanish V uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and United States Hispanic literature.  Students will take the College Board Advanced Placement test.  This course requires summer work.


SPECIAL TOPICS IN LANGUAGE AND CULTURES

Grade Level 10-12    YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


Students will gain an understanding of two basic aspects of human existence: the nature of communication and the complexity of culture. Students become aware of multiple perspectives and means of expression, which lead to an appreciation of difference and diversity.  Students are provided ample opportunities to engage in conversations, to present information to an audience, and to interpret culturally authentic materials in the language of study. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) identifies three modes of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational.


FINE ARTS

ART I

Grade Level: 9-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Art I is an introduction to the visual arts and a prerequisite for all other art courses. Students will explore a variety of hands-on experiences and techniques, and work with drawing, painting, and three-dimensional materials. Emphasis will be on the four strands of the Texas Essential of Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the visual arts: observation and perception, creative expression, historical and cultural relevance, and critical evaluation and response. Most materials will be provided in class, but if a student wants to use a specific brand, etc. it will be up to the student to purchase those materials. Students will be expected to participate in art contests and exhibits.


ART II

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


Art II is an enhanced introduction to the visual arts and is a prerequisite for all upper level art courses. Students will begin to independently investigate a variety of hands-on experiences and techniques, and work with drawing, painting, and three-dimensional materials. Emphasis will be on the four strands of the Texas Essential of Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the visual arts: observation and perception, creative expression, historical and cultural relevance, and critical evaluation and response. Students will be expected to participate in art contests and exhibitions and produce a portfolio suitable for review by the appropriate upper level instructor. Most materials will be provided in class, but if a student wants to use a specific brand, etc. it will be up to the student to purchase those materials. Students will be expected to participate in art contests and exhibits.  Prerequisite: successful completion of Art I.


Art III & IV: Studio Art

Grade Level 11-12    YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


These courses are designed to help students mature as artists and find their personal style and direction. Students will be continuously involved in the investigation of formal and conceptual issues. Students will produce a body of artwork in their chosen area of art, including but not limited to drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, electronic media, photography, printmaking, jewelry making, and develop evaluative criteria for selecting artworks to include in a portfolio. Students will be expected to participate in art contests and exhibits. Preparation of a portfolio is required.  Prerequisite: successful completion of Art I and Art II and recommendation of the Art teacher.


BAND

Grade Level: 9-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Students will have an opportunity to enjoy various kinds of musical experiences through participation in concert band, marching band, and small ensembles.  Band members will represent Connally High School in public concerts and other public functions.  Individual achievement opportunities are available through individual study, region, area, and all-state competition, solo and ensemble contests as well as concert/sight reading contests.  Students will relate their music experiences to the time and culture of the pieces they study.

THEATRE ARTS 1

Grade Level: 9-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Theatre I is an introduction to the Theatre. Students will learn what goes into a production, basic acting skills, basic movement skills, vocal techniques, history of the theatre, audition guidelines, dramatic structure, and much more.

THEATRE ARTS II, III, IV

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Theatre II-IV is a more in-depth study of Theatre. Students will create a working resume; learn audition techniques; learn about different styles of acting; advance their physical and vocal training; be more involved in the technical areas of theatre (Stage Makeup, Costuming, Set Construction, Playwriting, etc.); and will produce several productions throughout the year. Enrollment in these courses is subject to the approval of the Theater Arts teacher. Prerequisite: Theatre I



THEATRE PRODUCTION

Grade Level: 9-12    SEMESTER/ 0.5000 credit(s)


This course is designed for students involved in the current theatrical production.  Student enrollment is dependent on being cast in the Fall or Spring Production, at the director's discretion.  


TECHNICAL THEATRE I

Grade Level: 10-12    YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


Technical Theatre class will introduce the first year technician to the areas of stagecraft and theatrical production.  Students focus on developing the basic tools and procedures for creating elements of technical theatre.   Technical knowledge of safety procedures and demonstrated safe operation of theatre equipment are central to success in this course.   Prerequisite: Theatre I


CTE –CAREER & TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVES


DISTRICT REQUIRED ELECTIVES

BUSINESS INFORMATION MANAGEMENT I

Grade Level: 9     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen individual performance in the workplace and in society and make a successful transition to the workforce and postsecondary education. Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies, create word-processing documents, develop a spreadsheet, formulate a database, and make an electronic presentation using appropriate software.  Prerequisite: Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance.


INTERPERSONAL STUDIES*

Grade Level: 9     SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit(s)

This course examines how the relationships between individuals and among family members significantly affect the quality of life. Students use knowledge and skills in family studies and human development to enhance personal development, foster quality relationships, promote wellness of family members, manage multiple adult roles, and pursue careers related to student interests.

*This class is co-enrolled with Professional Communications


PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS*

Grade Level: 9-12     SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit(s)

Professional Communications blends written, oral, and graphic communication in a career-based environment. Careers in the global economy require individuals to be creative and have a strong background in computer and technology applications, a strong and solid academic foundation, and a proficiency in professional oral and written communication. Within this context, students will be expected to develop and expand the ability to write, read, edit, speak, listen, apply software applications, manipulate computer graphics, and conduct Internet research.

*This class is co-enrolled with Interpersonal Studies.



ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION

PRINCIPLES OF CONSTRUCTION

Grade Level: 9-12    YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course provides an overview to the various fields of architecture, interior design, construction science, and construction technology. Achieving proficiency in decision making and problem solving is an essential skill for career planning and lifelong learning. Students use self-knowledge, educational, and career information to set and achieve realistic career and educational goals.  Required attire for this class includes: cotton pants/jeans that extend to the foot, cotton long sleeved shirt and steel toed boots.  These items must be purchased by the student.  Safety glasses and safety gloves are provided by the school and must also be worn.


INTRODUCTION TO WELDING

Grade Level: 10-12  YEAR/ 1.000 credits(s)


Introduction to Welding will provide an introduction to welding technology with an emphasis on basic welding laboratory principles and operating procedures. Students will be introduced to the three basic welding processes. Topics include: industrial safety and health practices, hand tool and power machine use, measurement, laboratory operating procedures, welding power sources, welding career potentials, and introduction to welding codes and standards. Introduction to Welding will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and technologies required for employment in welding industries. Students will develop knowledge and skills related to welding and apply them to personal career development. This course supports integration of academic and technical knowledge and skills. Students will reinforce, apply, and transfer knowledge and skills to a variety of settings and problems. Knowledge about career opportunities, requirements, and expectations and the development of workplace skills will prepare students for future success.

CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY I

Grade Level: 10-12    YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

In Construction Technology, students gain knowledge and skills specific to those needed to enter the work force as carpenters or building maintenance supervisors or prepare for a postsecondary degree in construction management, architecture, or engineering. Students acquire knowledge and skills in safety, tool usage, building materials, codes, and framing.  Required attire for this class includes: cotton pants/jeans that extend to the foot, cotton long sleeved shirt and steel toed boots.  These items must be purchased by the student.  Safety glasses and safety gloves are provided by the school and must also be worn.

CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY II

Grade Level: 11-12    YEAR/ 2.000 credit(s)

In Advanced Construction Technology, students gain knowledge and skills specific to those needed to enter the work force as carpenters, building maintenance technicians, or supervisors or prepare for a postsecondary degree in construction management, architecture, or engineering. Students build on the knowledge base from construction Technology and are introduced to exterior and interior finish out skills.  Required attire for this class includes: cotton pants/jeans that extend to the foot, cotton long sleeved shirt and steel toed boots.  These items must be purchased by the student.  Safety glasses and safety gloves are provided by the school and must also be worn.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT


PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS, MARKETING AND FINANCE

Grade Level: 9-12    YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

 

In Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance, students gain knowledge and skills in economies and private enterprise systems, the impact of global business, marketing of goods and services, advertising, and product pricing. Students analyze the sales process and financial management principles. This course allows students to reinforce, apply, and transfer academic knowledge and skills to a variety of interesting and relevant activities, problems and settings in business, marketing, and finance.


BUSINESS INFORMATION MANAGEMENT II

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen individual performance in the workplace and in society and make a successful transition to the workforce and postsecondary education. Students apply technical skills to address business application of emerging technologies, create complex word-processing documents, develop sophisticated spreadsheets using charts and graphs, and make an electronic presentation using appropriate multimedia software. Prerequisite: Principles of Business, Marketing, & Finance and BIM I.

BUSINESS LAW

Grade Level: 10-12    YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Students analyze the social responsibility of business and industry regarding the significant issues relating to the legal environment, business ethics, torts, contracts, negotiable financial instruments, personal property, sales, warranties, and business organizations, concept of agency and employment, and real property. Students apply technical skills to address business applications of contemporary legal issues. Students incorporate a broad base of knowledge that includes the legal, managerial, marketing, financial, ethical, and international dimensions of business to make appropriate business decisions.  Prerequisite: Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance.



GLOBAL BUSINESS*

Grade Level: 10-12    SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit(s)


Students implement personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen individual performance in the workplace and in society and to make a successful transition to the workforce and postsecondary education. Students apply technical skills to address global business applications of emerging technologies. Students develop a foundation in the economical, financial, technological, international, social, and ethical aspects of business to become competent consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs. Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the business environment.  Prerequisite: Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance.

*This class is co-enrolled with HR Management


HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT*

Grade Level: 10-12    SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit(s)


Students recognize, evaluate, and prepare for a rapidly evolving global business environment that requires flexibility and adaptability. Students analyze the primary functions of human resources management, which include recruitment, selection, training, development, and compensation. Topics will incorporate social responsibility of business and industry. Students develop a foundation in the economical, financial, technological, international, social, and ethical aspects of human resources to become competent managers, employees, and entrepreneurs. Students incorporate a broad base of knowledge that includes the legal, managerial, financial, ethical, and international dimensions of business to make appropriate human resources decisions.  Prerequisite: Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance.

*This class is co-enrolled with Global Business


DOLLARS & SENSE*

Grade Level: 10-12    SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit(s)


This course focuses on the study of the role of the consumer in the marketplace; emphasis on priorities, decision making, consumer protection. Students will demonstrate management of individual and family resources, including, but not limited to finances, food, clothing, shelter, and recreation.  Students will demonstrate management of financial resources to meet goals of individuals and families and how to be a wise consumer.

*This class is co-enrolled with Social Media Marketing


SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING* (?)

Grade Level: 11-12    SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit(s)


This course is designed to look at the rise of social media and how marketers are integrating social media tools in their overall marketing strategy.  The course will investigate how the marketing community measures success in the new world of social media.  The students will learn how to manage a successful social media presence for an organization, techniques for gaining customer and consumer buy-in to achieve their marketing goals; and how to properly select the social media platforms to engage consumers, monitor and measure the results of these efforts.

*This class is co-enrolled with Dollars & Sense


TOUCH SYSTEM DATA ENTRY

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies. Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the business environment. Students will need to apply touch system data entry for production of business documents.  This course is strongly recommended for Business English.

 FASHION DESIGN I

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Careers in fashion span all aspects of the textile and apparel industries. Within this context, in addition to developing technical knowledge and skills needed for success in the Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications career cluster, students will be expected to develop an understanding of fashion and the textile and apparel industries.  Students are required to purchase their own materials that will be used for class.


FASHION DESIGN II

Grade Level: 11-12  YEAR/ 1.00 credit(s)


Careers in fashion span all aspects of the textile and apparel industries. Within this context, in addition to developing advanced knowledge and skills needed for success in the Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications career cluster, students will be expected to develop an advanced understanding of fashion, with emphasis on design and production including a fashion show. Students are required to purchase their own materials that will be used for class.



GENERAL EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS (ECHS Elective)

Grade Level: 10-12  YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


This course provides students with knowledge of the prerequisite skills for general employment as well as the means of obtaining those skills. Employability skills include fundamentals of maintenance of personal appearance and grooming. The course also includes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that allow employees to get along with their co-workers, make important work-related decisions, and become strong members of the work team. Discovering job possibilities that link skills, abilities, interests, values, needs, and work environment preferences is a part of the process of obtaining employability skills and abilities and is experiential learning that takes place over time. This course is designed to guide students in obtaining the knowledge and the needed employability skills that are transferable among a variety of jobs and careers and are considered essential in any employment situation. Students will learn and apply basic knowledge of what is expected in the workplace



SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DESIGN (ECHS Science)

Grade Level: 10-12   YEAR/1.000 credit(s)


Science, as defined by the National Academy of Sciences, is the "use of evidence to construct testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena, as well as the knowledge generated through this process." This vast body of changing and increasing knowledge is described by physical, mathematical, and conceptual models. Students should know that some questions are outside the realm of science because they deal with phenomena that are not scientifically testable. Scientific inquiry is the planned and deliberate investigation of the natural world. Scientific methods of investigation are experimental, descriptive, or comparative. The method chosen should be appropriate to the question being asked Scientific decision making is a way of answering questions about the natural world. Students should be able to distinguish between scientific decision-making methods (scientific methods) and ethical and social decisions that involve science (the application of scientific information).


HEALTH SCIENCE


PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH SCIENCE

Grade Level: 10-12   YEAR/1.000 credit(s)


This course provides an overview of the therapeutic, diagnostic, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development systems of the healthcare industry. To pursue a career in the health science industry, students should learn to reason, think critically, make decisions, solve problems, and communicate effectively. Students should recognize that quality health care depends on the ability to work well with others.


MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

Grade Level: 10-12   YEAR/1.000 credit(s) (ECHS ONLY)


This course is designed to introduce students to the structure of medical terms, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, and singular and plural forms, plus medical abbreviations and acronyms. The course allows students to achieve comprehension of medical vocabulary appropriate to medical procedures, human anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology.


HUMAN SERVICES

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This technical laboratory course addresses knowledge and skills related to child growth and development from prenatal through school-age children, equipping students with child development skills. Students use these skills to promote the well-being and healthy development of children and investigate careers related to the care and education of children.  Prerequisite:  Principles of Human Services.


INTRODUCTION TO CULINARY ARTS

Grade Level: 10-12    YEAR/1.000 credit(s)

This course will emphasize the principles of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling the management of a variety of food service operations. The course will provide insight into the operation of a well-run restaurant. Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.  This class requires a $10.00 material fee.  Prerequisite: Principles of Hospitality.


PUBLIC SERVICE


PRINCIPLES OF LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, CORRECTIONS AND SECURITY

Grade Level: 9-12    YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


Students are introduced to professions in law enforcement, security, corrections, and fire and emergency management services. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections, private security, and protective agencies of fire and emergency services. The course provides students with an overview of the skills necessary for careers in law enforcement, fire service, security, and corrections.


COURT SYSTEMS AND PRACTICES

Grade Level: 10-12    YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


This class in an overview of the federal and state court system.  The course identifies the roles of judicial officers and the trial processes from pretrial to sentencing and examines the types and rules of evidence.  Students will evaluate a simulated criminal case and conduct a mock trial demonstrating evidence of the criminal trial procedure.  Recommended prerequisite:  Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security.


OTHER ELECTIVES

SPORTS MEDICINE I

Grade Level: 9-12    YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

This course provides an opportunity for the study and application of the components of sports medicine including but not limited to: sports medicine related careers, organizational and administrative considerations, prevention of athletic injuries, recognition, evaluation, and immediate care of athletic injuries, rehabilitation and management skills, taping and wrapping techniques, first aid/CPR/AED, emergency procedures, nutrition, sports psychology, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and therapeutic exercise.  This course is only for Student Athletic Trainers and requires the permission of the District Athletic Trainer.


EDUC 1300 LEARNING FRAMEWORK - MCC DUAL CREDIT

Grade Level: 11-12     SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit


A study of the: 1) research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation; 2) factors that impact learning; and 3) application of learning strategies. Theoretical models of strategic learning, cognition, and motivation serve as the conceptual basis for the introduction of college-level student academic strategies. Students use assessment instruments (e.g., learning inventories) to help them identify their own strengths and weaknesses as strategic learners.  Students are ultimately expected to integrate and apply the learning skills discussed across their own academic programs and become effective and efficient learners. Students developing these skills should be able to continually draw from the theoretical models they have learned.  


COURSE NOTE: Students must apply to MCC, sign up for and pass the TSI assessment, and submit various enrollment forms. Students may be responsible for tuition, textbooks and transportation to MCC.



COLLEGE READINESS AND STUDY SKILLS - TSI PREP

Grade Level:  12 SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit

High school students that require or request additional honing of the study skills, especially as the students prepare for the demands of college, may enroll in the one semester course College Readiness and Study Skills. In this course, students acquire techniques for learning from texts, including studying word meanings, identifying and relating key ideas, drawing and supporting inferences, and reviewing study strategies. In all cases, interpretations and understandings will be presented through varying forms, including through use of available technology. Students accomplish many of the objectives through wide reading as well as use of content texts in preparation for post-secondary schooling.  The main purpose of this course will be to allow support for students who are needing to retest the TSI in order to receive a passing score for college Math and English placement.



PHOTOJOURNALISM

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Students will learn photo composition and apply the rules of composition for yearbook and newspaper publications.  They will also design for advertising and various products and for a variety of audiences.  They will work with PhotoShop and InDesign software for publication purposes.

NEWSPAPER 1, 2, 3

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)


Students taking Newspaper will learn journalistic writing and law and ethical responsibilities. Students will report on and write for a variety of purposes and audiences. The stories will be posted on the online newspaper, Cadet Gazette Online (URL: www.cadetgazetteonline.com). Students will also design and publish the special Senior Edition, which will be a printed product.

YEARBOOK 1

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Students will create a product that reflects the current school year.  Students will create layouts for the yearbook.  Rules of composition of photography will be studied along with student press law and responsibility.  Students will make key decisions about the content of the yearbook, sales and advertising. Time management is a major element in this course.

YEARBOOK 2, 3, 4

Grade Level: 10-12     YEAR/ 1.000 credit(s)

Students will create a product that reflects the current school year.  Students will create layouts for the yearbook.  Rules of composition of photography will be studied along with student press law and responsibility.  Students will make key decisions about the content of the yearbook, sales and advertising. Time management is a major element in this course.

AVID 1 - 4

Grade Level: 9-12    YEAR / 1.000 credits( s)

The AVID elective class provides academic and social support for students entering rigorous coursework for the first time in their educational career. AVID I–IV provides schools a mechanism for elevating previously middle performing students up to completion of at least the Recommended High School Program.

 

PSYCHOLOGY

Grade Level: 11-12    SEMESTER/ 0.500 credits( s)

In Psychology, an elective course, students study the science of behavior and mental processes. Students examine the full scope of the science of psychology such as the historical framework, methodologies, human development, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, personality development, cognition, learning, intelligence, biological foundations, mental health, and social psychology.


PSYCHOLOGY 2301 -- MCC DUAL CREDIT

Grade Level: 12    SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit(s)

Psychology 2301 is available through a dual credit agreement with MCC.  Material covered in Psychology 2301 will be enhanced to meet college level requirements.  Students will receive .05 credits towards high school graduation and three college hours upon successful completion of each course.  


COURSE NOTE: Students must apply to MCC, sign up for and pass the TSI assessment, and submit various enrollment forms. Students may be responsible for tuition, textbooks and transportation to MCC.

SOCIOLOGY

Grade Level: 11-12    SEMESTER/ 0.500credits( s)

Sociology, an elective course, is an introductory study in social behavior and organization of human society. This course will describe the development of the field as a social science by identifying methods and strategies of research leading to an understanding of how the individual relates to society and the ever changing world. Students will also learn the importance and role of culture, social structure, socialization, and social change in today's society.


SOCIOLOGY 1301 -- MCC DUAL CREDIT

Grade Level: 12    SEMESTER/ 0.500 credit(s)

Sociology 1301 is available through a dual credit agreement with MCC.  Material covered in Sociology 1301 will be enhanced to meet college level requirements.  Students will receive .05 credits towards high school graduation and three college hours upon successful completion of each course.  


COURSE NOTE: Students must apply to MCC, sign up for and pass the TSI assessment, and submit various enrollment forms. Students may be responsible for tuition, textbooks and transportation to MCC.

OFFICE ASSISTANT

Grade Level: 12     YEAR / 1.0 local credit(s)

This is offered as a local elective and student must have approval from the campus principal to enroll in this course.  Students will be expected to perform duties as assigned by the campus principal and school secretary.

LIBRARY ASSISTANT

Grade Level: 12     YEAR/ 1.000 local credit(s)

Students will be assigned to work in the library for a local credit.  Students must have knowledge of the organization of the library.  Students must have approval from the campus librarian to enroll in this course.

TEACHER ASSISTANT

Grade Level: 12     YEAR/ 1.000 local credit(s)

Teacher assistants work with teachers on the high school campus.  Duties include organizing materials and other tasks as assigned by the supervising teacher.  Students must have teacher approval before enrolling in this local credit.