EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

           

GWINN AREA COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE

OF COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL LAW

 

The Gwinn Area Community School District Board of Education complies with all federal laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and with all requirements and regulations of the United States Department of Education.  It is the policy of the Gwinn Area Community School District Board of Education that no person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, marital status or handicap shall be discriminated against, secluded from participation in, denied the benefits of or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity for which it is responsible or for which it receives financial assistance from the United States Department of Education.

 

Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to:                  

                Brian Rice, Principal

                 Gwinn High School

                 Gwinn, MI 49841

                 906-346-9247

 

or to the    Director of the Office for Civil Rights

                 Department of Health, Education and Welfare

                 Washington D.C.

 

 

 

 


 

CONTENTS AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

REQUIRED CREDITS/COURSES------------------------------------------------- 3

 

 

WEIGHTED COURSES--------------------------------------------------------------- 4

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ATHLETES------------------------------------------- 4

 

 

ENGLISH------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 5-6

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE---------------------------------------------------------------- 7-8

 

 

SCIENCE--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9-11

 

 

MATHEMATICS----------------------------------------------------------------------- 12-13

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES-------------------------------------------------------------------- 14-15

 

 

PHYSICAL ED./HEALTH/WELLNESS---------------------------------------- 16-17

 

 

BUSINESS & COMPUTER EDUCATION------------------------------------ 18-19

 

 

TECHNOLOGY  EDUCATION--------------------------------------------------- 20-22

 

 

ART/VISUAL ARTS----------------------------------------------------------------------- 23

 

 

MUSIC---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24

 

 

OTHER---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER-TECHNICAL COURSES------------------------- 26

 

 

 

 

 

GWINN HIGH SCHOOL

GWINN, MICHIGAN  49841

 

 

REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION

21 total credits required

 

 

Class of 2013                                                                Class of 2014

English – 4 years                                                           English – 4 years

Math – 4 years                                                              Math – 4 years

Science – 3 years                                                          Science – 3 years

Social Studies – 3 years                                                            Social Studies – 3 years

P.E. – 1 semester                                                          P.E. – 1 semester

Health – 1 semester                                                       Health – 1 semester

Computers – 1 year                                                       Computers – 1 semester

Fine Arts – 1 year                                                          Fine Arts – 1 year

 

Class of 2015                                                                Class of 2016

English – 4 years                                                           English – 4 years

Math – 4 years                                                              Math – 4 years                                     

Science – 3 years                                                          Science – 3 years         

Social Studies – 3                                                         Social Studies – 3 years

P.E. – 1 semester                                                          P.E. – 1 semester

Health – 1 semester                                                       Health – 1 semester

Computers – 1 year                                                       Computers – 1 year

Fine Arts – 1 year                                                          Fine Arts – 1 year

 

                                                                         

                                                           

 

(HIGH SCHOOL COURSES RECOMMENDED FOR COLLEGE)

High school students entering 4-year universities in Michigan are required to have completed the following units:

 

Area of study                                        Required

English                                                 4 years

Mathematics                                         3 years; 4 years strongly recommended

Social Studies                                       3 years

Natural Science                                     3years (including 1 year of biological science and 1 year

                                                            of physical science); 3 years recommended.  At least 2

                                                            years of lab science are strongly recommended.

Foreign Language                                 Some universities/colleges require 2 years of the same

                                                            foreign language.

Other recommended units:

Foreign Language                                 3 years strongly recommended

Computer Literacy                                 1 year hands-on experience strongly recommended

Fine/Performing Arts                             2 years strongly recommended

 

 

 

 

WEIGHTED COURSES

 

 

Honors English 12

 

College Biology

 

College Chemistry

 

College Physics

 

Calculus

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO STUDENT-ATHLETES

 

 

Student-Athletes wishing to compete in college athletics must meet certain academic standards set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  The academic standards relate to how many “core” courses a student has completed in high school, combined with grade point average and ACT or SAT test scores.  These academic standards are different for Division I colleges and Division II colleges.

 

Every student-athlete should visit the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse website to view Division I and Division II requirements so that you can plan your high school courses accordingly.  The web address is www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.  Click on ”High-School’s List of Approved Core Courses”.  A student-athlete should also check with the guidance counselors and athletic director to make sure academic eligibility is being met, as not all questions can be answered via website.

 

In order to establish eligibility to compete on the collegiate level, each prospective student-athlete must register with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse, typically during the fall semester of the senior year.  This is done online at the above web address.

 

It is the responsibility of the student athlete to make sure she/he is taking the necessary “core” courses.

 

 

 

 
ENGLISH

(4 CREDITS RECOMMENDED)

 

 

 

  ENGLISH  9

Grade:              9

Prerequisite:    None

English 9 is a full year course which includes composition covering the following topics:  sentence construction, outlining, letter writing, paragraph development, introduction to research, and reading comprehension skills; literature, exploring the short stories, poetry, non-fiction, drama, and the novel; development of study skills with emphasis on reading skills, library skills, and vocabulary improvement.

 

ENGLISH 10

Grade:              10

Prerequisite:    English 9

This full year course will explore literature, composition, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and usage.  Library and speech requirements will also need to be met.

 

 ENGLISH 11

Grade:              11

Prerequisite:    English 10

This full year course is a thorough survey of American literature.  Students will read a variety of classic and contemporary literature from selected American authors.  Research, individualized reading outside of class, critical thinking, presentation, technology applications, and various modes of writing from informal to formal will be required of students.  Students should keep a writing portfolio of their best work to revise for scholarships and college application essays.

                                   

 

ENGLISH 12

Grade:              12

Prerequisite:    English 11

This course will include reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities.  Employability skills, reading for analysis, and multi-media activities will be included in the class.  The emphasis of the class will be on successful communication skills for business and society.

 

HONORS ENGLISH 12

(This is a weighted course.)

Grade:              12

Prerequisite:    “B” or better in English 11 and teacher recommendation

This honors English class will model the pacing and assignments of a freshman college composition course along with providing an overview of British and other literature.  The emphasis of different models of writing will include such essays as descriptive, narrative, cause/effect, process analysis, illustrative, and persuasive essays.  Writing as a craft will include writer’s workshop, language usage, and research, including a formal research paper.  To balance the American literature selection offered in the English 11 classes, students will study major British literary movements, along with other literature, to prepare for freshman level literature courses.

 

  

**CREATIVE WRITING/FICTION

(This is a one-semester course.)

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

This course will explore the fundamentals of creative writing.  Using a workshop format to encourage peer analysis and create an audience, students will develop a variety of original work in which they will explore the artistic relationship between their writing and the creative process.  Students will be asked to be self-reflective on their own writing and will learn that writing is a continuous and constant process that evolves during a series of drafts.  A wide range of genres will be explored, including:  short stories, personal narratives, poetry, multi-genre pieces and journaling.  The culmination of the course will be a student compilation anthology.

 

**CREATIVE WRITING/POETRY

(This is a one-semester course.)

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

This course will explore the fundamentals of writing poetry.  Students will examine the work of other poets and try their hand at writing their own original pieces.  Using the workshop approach, students will help each other develop, critique, and polish poetry selections.  Students will be asked to be self-reflective on their own writing and will learn that writing is a continuous and constant process that evolves during a series of drafts.  A wide range of poems and poetic devices will be explored, including:  Pantoums, free verse, epic poetry, sonnet, metaphor, alliteration and tone.  The culmination of the course will be a student compilation anthology.

 

 

 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE

(2 TO 3 CREDITS OF THE SAME LANGUAGE RECOMMENDED)

 

 

 

FRENCH 1

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

An introductory course emphasizing pronunciation, fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary building and basic communication in the French language.  Includes an introduction to the culture of France and French-speaking countries.

 

FRENCH 2

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12                 

Prerequisite:    French 1

This course completes the text from French 1, furthering the student's knowledge of French vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, sentence structure and culture.  More reading is included in this course.

 

 FRENCH 3

Grade:              10, 11, 12  

Prerequisite:     French 2

Reading and further study of language structures are main components of this course.  Writing and presenting plays, as well as other writing projects are part of this course.  French grammar and culture are reviewed and understanding of them deepened.

                       

                                        FRENCH 4                                       

Grade:              11, 12

Prerequisite:     French 3

Reading of French literature, modern and classic, is the major thrust of this course.  Report writing in French and discussion of literature in French is expected.  Review of French grammatical structures is continued.  Some cooperation with French 3 projects takes place for these students.

 

SPANISH 1

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

Spanish 1 is an introductory course emphasizing pronunciation, fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary building, and basic communication in Spanish.  It includes an introduction to the culture and geography of Spain and Latin America.                        

                       

  SPANISH 2

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    Spanish 1

Spanish 2 is a continuation of Spanish 1 with further practice in pronunciation and study of vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, and culture.

 

  

SPANISH 3

Grade:              11, 12

Prerequisite:    Spanish 2

Spanish 3 is a continued study of vocabulary, advanced Spanish grammar, and culture, with additional reading of short stories, short novels, and poetry.  Included are oral presentations and writing projects.

 

SPANISH 4

Grade:              12

Prerequisite:    Spanish 3

Spanish 4 is a review of Spanish vocabulary, verb tenses, and grammar with emphasis on reading of Spanish literature and writing in the language.

 

 
SCIENCE

(3 TO 4 CREDITS RECOMMENDED)

 

 

                                                  SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Each student must take 3 credits of science, at least one from each category, biological sciences and physical sciences.                                      

 

Biological                                Chemistry                                Physics

Conceptual Biology                    Conceptual Chemistry                Conceptual Physics      

Biology                                     Chemistry                                  College Physics                       

College Biology                          College Chemistry                                   

                                                                                                           

 

A freshman who has had difficulty with science and math in the middle school would take Conceptual Biology.

 

An average to above average freshman would take Biology.

 

 

SCIENCE SEQUENCE

(check prerequisites)

 

9th grade students can take:                             10th grade students can take:              

Conceptual Biology                                           Conceptual Biology

Biology                                                             Conceptual Chemistry

                                                                        Conceptual Physics

                                                                        Chemistry                                                                    

                                               

11th grade students can take:                           12th grade students can take:

Conceptual Chemistry                                        Conceptual Chemistry

Conceptual Physics                                           Conceptual Physics

College Biology                                                 College Biology

College Chemistry                                             College Chemistry

College Physics                                                College Physics

 

 

CONCEPTUAL BIOLOGY

Grade:              9, 10, 11

Prerequisite:    High School level reading, writing and math skills.

Conceptual Biology will satisfy the state requirements for high school Biology.  The study of biology is intended to help students understand the world in which they live.  Topics include the diversity of living things, genetics, ecology, and living organisms.  In order to succeed in this class a student will be expected to demonstrate consistent attendance, mature behavior, completion of all assignments on time, and have high school reading, writing, and math skills.  As labs will be an important part of this course, it is critical that students be able to work in cooperative teams and also be able to work independently without direct supervision.

 

 

CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    High school level reading, writing, math skills and computer skills

                        Supplies Needed:    A scientific calculator and science notebook.

This course will satisfy the state objectives for physical science that include motion, forces, energy, heat, waves, sound and light, electricity, and magnetism.  Students are required to have a scientific calculator and should expect to use algebra level mathematics to complete assignments, labs, and tests.  In order to succeed in this class a student should be able to create and use a science notebook, complete all assignments on time and demonstrate high school level reading, writing and mathematic skills.

 

 

BIOLOGY

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    Students must have at least a "B-" average in 7th and 8th gr. Science, Math, & English OR at least a “B-” average in Algebra and English during their freshman year.

This course, in addition to meeting state requirements for biology, is intended to be an in-depth study of living things.  Students will gain skills that will prepare them for higher level math and science classes in high school.  Biology is the study of life.  Biology has several main themes which will be studied in this course.  These main themes are:  biological processes, cells, taxonomy/classification, ecology, DNA and genetics, and general human anatomy and physiology.

 

CHEMISTRY

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    High School level reading, writing, and computer skills.  Completion of Algebra I with a “C”.

This course is an in-depth study of the matter that makes up our universe.  Topics include scientific methods, compounds, elements, chemical reactions, gases, solution chemistry and acid base chemistry.  Students will also study the process of chemistry through experimentation.  This requires the ability to work cooperatively with others as well a independently.  This course is recommended for Juniors and Seniors or Sophomores intending to take four years of science.

 

COLLEGE BIOLOGY

(OFFERED EVERY OTHER YEAR)

(This is a weighted course.)

Grade:              11, 12

Prerequisite:    Completed or currently enrolled in Chemistry and completion of Biology with at least a “C”.

College Biology is intended for serious students who wish to be academically challenged.  It will offer an in-depth study of the main themes of Biology (see Biology course description), often supplemented with “Advanced Placement” style laboratory experiments meant to reinforce ideas presented in class.  There will be an emphasis on human physiology during the second marking period which will include a major dissection.  College Biology is primarily designed to prepare students for an introductory Biology course during their first year of college.  The AP exam may be taken upon completion of this course though it will require additional independent study of the AP topics.

 

COLLEGE CHEMISTRY

(OFFERED EVERY OTHER YEAR)

 (This is a weighted course.)

Grade:              11, 12

Prerequisite:    Algebra 2 (or currently in Algebra 2) and earned at least a “C” in Biology and Chemistry.

College Chemistry is an advanced study of chemistry intended for students who wish to begin a college curriculum in high school.  This class is the equivalent of first year college chemistry.  The class offers an in-depth study of the topics in chemistry (above) as well as the additional topics of kinetics, thermodynamics and equilibrium.  Students wishing to get a college credit for this class will need to complete some additional independent study in order to meet the requirements of the College Board AP exam.  Taking the AP exam for college credit is optional and the cost of the exam is the student’s responsibility.

 

COLLEGE PHYSICS

(This is a weighted course.)

Grade:              12, or 11 with permission of instructor

Prerequisite:    Algebra 2 or permission of instructor

This course will focus on college level physics to prepare a student to be successful in a university physics setting.  We will focus on kinematics, electricity, waves and optics.  All topics will be supported by lab activities often seen in college physics courses.  Students will need a scientific calculator, be able to maintain a notebook and work independently on mathematical problems.

 

HUMAN ANATOMY

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    Completion of Conceptual Biology or Biology with “C-“ or better

This is a full year elective course designed for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.  In this course we will study the various body systems.  The organs/structures, functions, diseases, aging and how all the systems are connected.  This course is highly recommended if you are planning a career in any type of medicine, health care, or sports medicine.

 

 

                               MATHEMATICS                                         

     (4 CREDITS REQUIRED)

 

                  

                  

                                                                                MATH SEQUENCE

 

 

 

9th Grade students can take:                            10th Grade students can take:

Intro to Algebra                                                 Algebra 1         

Algebra 1                                                           Geometry

Geometry                                                          Algebra 2

 (Alg. 1 & Geometry may be taken simultaneously with permission from math dept.)

 

11th Grade students can take:                          12th Grade students can take:                          Money Math                                                      Money Math

Algebra 1                                                          Algebra 1

Geometry                                                          Geometry

Algebra 2A                                                        Algebra 2A

Algebra 2                                                          Algebra 2

Pre-Calculus                                                                  Pre-Calculus

                                                                        Calculus

                                               

 

 

 

ALGEBRA 1

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    Successful completion of Pre-Algebra at the 8th grade or high school level.

Algebra 1-2 is the introductory course in the higher mathematics series.  It provides a look at the basic structure of the real number system and basic algebraic techniques.  Precise language is emphasized and new skills are developed.  Specific topics covered are the language of algebra, operations of real numbers, graphing relations and linear equations, exponents and radicals, polynomials and factoring, quadratic functions and equations, and rational expressions.

 

GEOMETRY

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:   Algebra 1

This course is based on Houghton Mifflin's Geometry.  Students learn about points, lines, planes and angles; congruency and similarity; polygons and circles; area and volume; and time permitting, construction, coordinate geometry, and transformations.  Although proofs are included throughout the course, much of the work deals with problem solving.  A good background in algebra is necessary for a student to achieve success in geometry.

 

 

 

ALGEBRA 2A

Grade:              11, 12

Prerequisite:    Successful completion of the Algebra 1 and/or Geometry with teacher recommendation

Students spend one year mastering the first semester of Algebra 1. 

 

 

ALGEBRA 2

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    Alg.1 and Geom., or currently enrolled in Geom. and teacher permission

The student will acquire advanced skills in algebraic operations and techniques.  Emphasis is on the structure of algebra with stress on concepts and reasoning.  A study of the structure of the system of real and complex numbers is made through a review of the basic terminology notation, concepts, skills and applications of algebra.

 

Specific topics covered are field axioms, linear equations and inequalities in one variable, coordinate plane, factoring, operations with rational numbers, functions, irrational numbers, radicals, quadratics, analytic geometry, exponential functions, logarithm and an introduction to trig functions and vectors.

 

MONEY MATH

Grade:              11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

Students learn about money---budgeting, banking, investing, mortgaging, taxes, insurance, and more.

 

PRE-CALCULUS

Grade:              11, 12

Prerequisite:    Algebra 2

This course includes the study of periodic functions and their relationships to mathematics.  A study of those functions will lead into further study of mathematics, which enables the students to solve problems dealing with triangles, polar coordinates, complex numbers, etc.  Also included is the study of linear and non-linear equations and their related graphs.  These equations will be investigated using traditional Cartesian methods and also with vectors.  This course is used to prepare students for college mathematics and the study of calculus.  Students who are planning to enter fields in mathematics and related scientific areas are strongly recommended to enroll in this course. 

                                              

CALCULUS      

(This is a weighted course.)

Grade:              12

Prerequisite:    Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus or concurrent enrollment

This is an introductory calculus course that uses the T1-82 or T1-83 graphing calculators to explore the concepts of limits, differentials and integration.  While a limited number of calculators are available for student use, a personal calculator is recommended.  This course will prepare a student for first year college calculus.

 

If a student desires to take the AP Calculus exam, it would be possible with some additional independent study.

 

ACCOUNTING & FINANCE

Grade:              9-12

Prerequisite:  “C” for better in Algebra

This course is recommended for students who would like to continue to learn more about the accounting and finance field.  Students will become more familiar with accounting concepts as they relate to business and personal financial situations.  Students will be introduced to journalizing, preparing financial statements, analyzing business information, and computerized accounting along with other areas associated with the accounting field.

 

 

 

 
SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

 

9TH Grade:        World Cultures 10                                 11th Grade:       American Government/

10h Grade:        American History                                                             Economics                                                    

 

WORLD CULTURES

Grade:  9

Prerequisite:    None

The World Cultures curriculum is designed to give the student a global perspective by examining seven cultural regions of the world.  The students will explore and analyze the geography, history, religion/philosophies, values systems, cultural factors such as language, art, music, and contemporary issues including the economic situation for each region.  By the end of the course the students should be able to compare these cultural factors across a global perspective.  The goal of the course is to prepare students for the ever-growing interdependence of the world in which they will live and work, and to help prepare them for their responsibilities as participating citizens of the global society in the 21st century.  To achieve these goals research, technology, analysis, and critical thinking skills will be developed.

 

AMERICAN HISTORY

Grade:              10

Prerequisite:    None

This survey course will study the social, economic and political aspects of our nation’s history from the Industrial Revolution through the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  Emphasis will also be on the global interconnectedness of the United States given our status as a world power during the period being studied.

 

                                   

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

 (This is a one-semester course.)

Grade:              12

Prerequisite:    None

The instructional goals of Government are to provide factual knowledge of the institutions and political activities of the American Government at the national, state, and local levels; to provide content in sufficient depth for students to understand the dynamics of political decision making; and to give students an appreciation for effective citizen participation in the political process and thus to motivate positive, active membership.

Areas, which are emphasized in the teaching of government, include development of government, legislative powers, the executive branch, the judiciary and civil rights, political parties and practices, state government, and local government.

 

U.S. ECONOMICS

(This is a one-semester course.)

 

Grade:              12

Prerequisite:    None

Students will learn about the U.S. economy and how to handle personal economic issues they will need in their life.

 

                                  

 

 

CURRENT EVENTS

(This may be taken for a semester or full year.)

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

This class will be geared to following local, state, national and world events by using the media as a source of information for daily discussions of the impact they may have on society.

 

 

                        

PHYSICAL ED./ HEALTH/WELLNESS                 

(1 CREDIT P.E. REQUIRED; .5 CREDIT HEALTH REQUIRED)

 

               

**Denotes one-semester course

 

                                                                     

**PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1

(This is a one-semester course.)

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

Class content consists of an awareness, understanding, and need for physical exercise through the following activities:  touch football, flag football, softball, speedball, track, tennis, golf, bowling, horseshoes, soccer, basketball, volleyball, endurance runs, obstacle course runs, wrestling, physical fitness, and free activity.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    P.E. 1 with “C” grade or better

This class is designed for female and male students who have an interest in weight training, agility, and flexibility techniques.  Students must have a desire to improve their personal physical fitness and conditioning.  Students will also have the opportunity to perform various activities based on individual preference.  Student’s selection of activities depends on the supplies and equipment in the total physical education program.  Course credit to be determined by attendance, dress, behavior, participation, performance, skill, and written tests.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 3

Grade:              11, 12

Prerequisite:    P.E. 2 with a “C” grade or better

This class is designed for female and male students who have an interest in advanced weight training, agility, and flexibility techniques.  Students must have a desire to improve their personal physical fitness and conditioning.  Students will also have the opportunity to perform various activities based on individual preference.  Student’s selection of activities depends on the supplies and equipment in the total physical education program.  Course credit to be determined by attendance, dress, behavior, participation, performance, skill, and written tests.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 4

Grade:              12

Prerequisite:      P.E. 1 with “C” grade or better, teacher recommendation and/or approval, willingness to participate, and a desire to improve in physical fitness conditioning and enjoyment

To earn course credit, students must perform various activities based on the individual preference of each student.  Student’s selection of activities depends on the supplies and equipment in the total physical education program.  Students must also earn a passing score on written and performance tests based on the discretion of the instructor.

 

 

**HEALTH EDUCATION

(This is a one-semester course.)

Grade:              9

Prerequisite:    None

This course will cover the Michigan Merit Curriculum recommendations with the following content:

            Strand 1:  Nutrition and Physical Activity

            Strand 2:  Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

            Strand 3:  Safety/Violence Prevention

            Strand 4:  Social and Emotional Health

            Strand 5:  personal health and Wellness

            Strand 6:  HIV Prevention

            Strand 7:  Sexuality Education

 

Through health education, students learn to obtain, interpret, and apply health information and services in ways that protect and promote personal, family and community health.

 

 

HEALTH 2

*This class is required for any student interested

in a health care related internship their senior year.

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    Completion of Health Education

This is a full year course designed for 10th, 11th and 12th graders who have already taken Health Education.  If you are interested in learning about careers in health care/medicine, have an interest in health related topics, or want to learn more about improving your health, then this is the class for you.  In this course we will explore various health care occupations, different health care career programs from MGHS and NMU, American Heart Association CPR?AED certification, medical terminology, alternative/integrative medicine, health news topics, legal and ethical issues in health care, nutrition education and disease prevention.

 

PERSONAL WELLNESS

Grade:              10, 11, 12

This is a full year physical education elective class for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.  If you would like to try different activities that promote fitness, gain confidence in your abilities, and release those powerful endorphins, then sign up for Personal Wellness.  This is a non-competitive fitness class that will focus on different activities such as weight training, Tai-Chi, Pilates, yoga, aerobics/cardio, dance, kickboxing, walking, snowshoeing, toning and other activities.  Various fitness videos will be utilized for the different activities.  There will be about 4-8 nutirition lessons in the classroom each semester.

 

PERSONAL WELLNESS 2

Grade:              11, 12

Prerequisite:    Completion of Personal Wellness

This is a full year physical education elective class for students who have taken Personal Wellness.  You will complete similar workouts as Personal Wellness and you will have the opportunity to design and instruct a workout with a group.  If you love to workout, are ready to take it to the next level and want to challenge yourself, then this class is for you!  There will be about 4-8 nutrition lessons in the classroom each semester.

 

WEIGHTLIFTING

Grade:              12

Prerequisite:    Completion of P.E. 1

This course is designed for those individuals interested in learning the proper mechanics and techniques used to increase strength and flexibility through the use of both free weights and machines.  It can be tailored to the needs of those just starting out, or the advanced athlete looking to maximize their athletic potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUSINESS & COMPUTER EDUCATION

(1 COMPUTER CREDIT REQUIRED)

 

 

(1 COMPUTER CREDIT REQUIRED) 

NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BUSINESS STUDENTS

 

Daily attendance is extremely important in each business class.  Because we use professional grade software, the assignments must be completed during the class period or during the school day.  You may not be able to make up work at home.  If you miss class time for ANY REASON, you must schedule extra time in the business lab to complete the missed work.  Long periods of absences due to suspensions, extended vacations, or illnesses will inhibit your success in this course a great deal.

 
 

DIGITAL DESIGN APPLICATIONS

(This is a one-year course)

 

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

This course is recommended for those students who have basic keyboarding skills and are interested in working with business correspondence and business related projects. During the first semester, this course will involve word processing skills, spreadsheet skills and desktop publishing skills. Students will be taught to use Word, Excel and Publisher from the Microsoft Office 2007 software package.  In the second semester, students will use Adobe Photoshop Elements to develop customized pictures.  They will create custom logos, learn to work with layers, restore/retouch old photographs, learn digital image editing, as well as create graphical business documents.  Students will develop critical thinking skills while learning to critique each other’s work. 
 

BUSINESS COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

(This is a one-year course)

 

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

This course is recommended for those students who have basic keyboarding skills and are interested in working with business correspondence and business related projects. During the first semester, this course will involve word processing skills, spreadsheet skills and desktop publishing skills. Students will be taught to use Word, Excel and Publisher from the Microsoft Office 2007 software package. In the second semester of this course students will complete presentations in PowerPoint and learn about databases, using Microsoft Access.  Also within the second semester students will complete an office simulation that incorporate and demonstrates how the Microsoft Office 2007 Suite works together. 

 
 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

(This is a one-year course)

 

Grade:              9-12

Prerequisite:    None

This course is recommended for students who would like to continue to learn more about the entrepreneurial field.  This course will have students learning to open a business.  Students will also be learning how to manage and market their business.  Students will be using multiple software packages to complete the projects.
 

ADVANCED DIGITAL DESIGN APPLICATIONS

(This is a one-year course, 2-hour block class)

 

Grade:  11, 12

Prerequisite: “C” or better in Digital Design Applications

This course is recommended for those students who would like to continue creating documents in Adobe Photoshop Elements.  Additional projects may include designing the school yearbook, working with local businesses to create needed graphic design products; working collaboratively with the elementary school on projects.  This course will also introduce using video design software and possibly web design.   Examples of videos and/or websites may include, a Public Service Announcement, a commercial/website for a related product, or an infomercial with website for a related project.  Students will also learn some photography techniques to apply within their projects.

 

 

 

 

TECHNOLOGY  EDUCATION

 

 

 

 

                                                                          

WOODS 1

(This may be taken for a semester or full year.)

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

This course will involve the safe use of hand tools, hand held power tools, and power machines.  At the end of the year, students will have completed four required projects and two projects of their own choice.  Pride in craftsmanship will always be stressed.  Skills attained will include but are not limited to gluing and clamping, fastening, sanding, staining and finishing.  The following power machines will be introduced:  jointer, band saw, spindle sander, disc sander, table saw drill press, radial-arm saw, and the planer.  Safety will be stressed.  (A shop fee for wood will be required.)

 

WELDING 2

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    Welding 1 with “C” grade or better

This course will permit students to continue to improve on the basic skills of welding used in Welding 1.  Students will also be introduced to position welding such as horizontal, vertical, and overhead.  There will also be the availability  for students to do repair work and to design and construct projects.

 

WOODS 2

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    Woods 2 with “C” grade or better

This course will challenge students to design and build minor and major pieces of furniture.  Up to date techniques will be utilized by using all available hand and power tools.  Project selection is of the student’s choice as long as all objectives are met by the end of each semester.  Objectives will include doors, drawers, shelving, and the utilization of mechanical moving parts.  (A shop fee for wood will be required.)

 

NOTICE TO POTENTIAL CADD STUDENTS

 

Daily attendance is extremely important in each CADD class.  Because we use professional grade software, the assignments must be completed during the class period or during the school day.  You CANNOT make up work at home.  If you miss class time for ANY REASON, you must schedule extra time in the CADD room to complete the missed work.  Long periods of absences due to suspensions, extended vacations, or illnesses will inhibit your success in this course a great deal.

 

 

CADD 1

Introduction to Drafting and AutoCAD

*Note: Counts as required computer credit.

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

Drafting is essentially the drawing process that is used to show how something is made.  This type of technical drawing will focus a great deal on accuracy, neatness, and use of geometry.

 

This course is considered the introductory level class for Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD).  Students will work their way from sketching and lettering by hand, into AutoCAD so they can do drafting on the computer, and finally, they will take their design skills into the shop where they will design and build their own CO2 powered dragster.

 

This type of course typically appeals to people that like to draw, build or plan things, or may be considering an engineering, manufacturing, or construction as a career.  Good attendance is critical to success in this course.  (NMU Articulation:  4 cr)

 

CADD 2

 Introduction to SolidWorks and Manufacturing

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    “C” or better in CADD 1

 

After completing CADD 1, this course will take students into the realm of solid modeling for drafting and design work.  Students will learn to use SolidWorks software and complete 3D models and assemblies.  The course will serve as an introduction to the communication needed between designers, engineers, and the manufacturing floor.  Students will look at various manufacturing tools and explore the difference between designing for a prototype and designing for small production runs.  Students will also compete in the MITES drafting competition and be exposed to the manufacturing shop near the end of the year.  If students are considering a career in manufacturing or engineering, this course would be a great exposure.  Good attendance is critical to success in this course.  (NMU Articulation:  4 cr if student completes CADD 3)

 

CADD 3

Advanced SolidWorks/Design for Manufacturing/Team Dynamics

Grade:              11, 12

Prerequisite:    “C” or better in CADD 2

 

This culminating class will take students into a few of the advanced features of SolidWorks that make them a more effective drafter and designer.  After the introduction CADD 2, students will hone skills in larger assemblies and drawings while designing products in CADD 3.  This coruse will have students working in between the CADD lab and Manufacturing lab in a team environment.  Students will be welding, cutting, and finishing full products of their own design.  In the spring, CADD 3 students have traveled to Milwaukee for the annual Industry Tour.  Good attendance is critical to success in this course.  (NMU Articulation:  4 cr – if student completes CADD 2)

 

CREATIVE DESIGN & IMAGINATION (CDI)

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

 

Students will use imagination and artistic talents such as sketching, drawing and modeling to mimic real world designers/technical illustrators.  Students will be asked to work by hand using pencils and markers.  Students may also be asked to work with cardboard, paper mache’, or other modeling forms.  Students may use computer software to digitally design and render their work as well.  Students should be ready to draw on a daily basis and learn new techniques.

 

Design topics may include:

            kitchen bath, and home products

            tools

            personal electronics

            cartoon characters

            toys

            movie and book game – weapons, creatures, or vehicles

 

The class will also touch on ergonomics, green design, and other related design topics.  NOTE – BECAUSE THIS IS A PARTICIPATION CLASS – ATTENDANCE IS CRITICAL.

 

 

 

                  

ART / VISUAL ARTS

 

 

 

ART 1

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

The first year student will cover many of the basic areas of art. The course will provide opportunities to work with various art media and a number of different projects.  The student will receive instruction and experience in color, painting, perspective, drawing, pottery, lettering, sculpture, commercial art and art appreciation.

                                   

ART 2

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    Art 1

The second year student will do advanced work in art and design.  There will be an opportunity to work with a variety of materials and projects that were not covered in Art 1.  The student will be able to do independent work on projects of his or her own choice in addition to the assigned projects.  Assigned projects in similar areas to Art 1 will be at an advanced level of skill and knowledge.  Major areas in the course include painting with  watercolor and acrylics, printmaking, textiles, weaving,  sculpture, drawing and pottery.                                       

 

ART 3

Grade:              11, 12

Prerequisite:    Art 1 & 2

The third year student receives project assignments and is also given the opportunity to work in his or her chosen area.  The student may concentrate on major areas such as painting, sculpture or pottery.  Media and projects that are not covered in the first two years of art are included in the third year course.

 

ART 4

Grade:              12

Prerequisite:    Art 1 & 2 (or instructor’s approval based on a portfolio review of previous art work.

The fourth year course provides the serious art student the opportunity to continue with advanced work.  Assignments will be made but the student will also experiment with various media and concentrate on his or her own special areas.  If the student should choose to pursue an art career, he or she will be given assistance in contacting various art schools and universities before graduation from high school.

                           

PUBLISHING JOURNALISM

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    Interest in writing and desktop publishing

The goals and objectives of this yearlong class will be to introduce students to the fundamentals of publishing journalism.  Students will expand their English/Language Arts and Visual Arts skills through creating and publishing the school yearbook and newspaper.  Students are required to write monthly assignments.  They practice varied forms of journalistic writing including news, features and sports stories, as well as reviews and editorials.  Students learn laws and ethical standards related to journalism.  In the process of writing their stories, laying out newspaper and yearbook pages, and designing advertising, students learn to use specialized software for word processing, page layout, and graphic design.  This course is designed for students who are interested in refining their writing skills as well as exploring careers in journalism.

 

 

 

MUSIC

 

 

 

WIND ENSEMBLE

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    Ability to play an instrument

Wind Ensemble is the foundation of the music department.  It is open to any GHS student who can play an instrument.  For the first nine weeks of school it is the "Modeltowner" Marching Band, with at least a once-weekly required night practice to ready themselves for exhibitions at home football games.  More rehearsals may be required, at the discretion of the director.  All performances and rehearsals are required and graded.

 

Following the marching season, the Wind Ensemble readies itself for the upcoming concert season, including the Christmas concert, festivals, both district and state, and the spring concert.  Members of the Wind Ensemble are encouraged to study privately and audition for the District 14 Honor Band, held in December.  Other activities open to band members are:  District and State Solo and Ensemble Festival, Band Council and council offices, Student Director/Drum Major and/or Color Guard.

 

JAZZ BAND

Grade:              10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    An audition consisting of pre-selected material and sight-reading chosen

                        by the director.                     

The GHS Jazz Band is a select group that performs serious jazz literature and contemporary and popular music styles in a setting which allows the student to experiment with jazz solo improvisation techniques and real world performance situations.  Because of the excellent reputation this group has earned, they are sought after for numerous performances throughout the school year including special events around the U.P., GHS home basketball games, NMU athletic events when invited, and a spring recruiting tour to district and area schools.  Members of this group are eligible for participation in Honors Band, GHS Band Council, District and State Solo and Ensemble Festival, and student director.  Students with special ability in the rhythm area; guitar, set-drums or bass are encouraged to contact the director immediately if interested even if not currently playing a "standard" band instrument.  Music reading ability, however, is required.

 

                                                                 MIXED CHORUS

Grade:                9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    None

The Gwinn High School Chorus is a group of students who enjoy singing and are interested in improving their vocal techniques.  Open to all students.  Required events include the Marquette County Pops Concert (Big Sing), the holiday and spring concerts, choral festival, graduation, and other events to be announced.

 

CHORALE

Grade:                9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:    An audition and/or instructor permission necessary to enroll in this course.

The Gwinn High School Chorale is a group of advanced singers who are very serious about vocal performance.  Audition and/or instructor permission necessary to enroll in this course.  Required events include the Marquette County Pops Concert (Big Sing), the holiday and spring concerts, choral festival, solo and ensemble festival, graduation and many other special community performances to be scheduled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
OTHER

 

 

 

FUTURES

 

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

This “home-room” type course is required by all students at Gwinn High School.  It covers a wide variety of topics including:  career exploration, ACT/MME prep, character development and social skills/techniques.

 

GUIDED INSTRUCTION

Grade:              9, 10, 11, 12

Guided Instruction is an elective class whose purpose is to give students support with schoolwork and achieving personal goals.  Our focus is an academic success, team building, social development, and improvement of study skills.  Older/skilled students will be expected to help others when needed by tutoring in subjects that they have completed.

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER-TECHNICAL COURSES

 

In order for a student to participate in the following courses/programs, the student must meet the following criteria:

Ø  The student must have earned a “C” average or higher in our pre-requisite class.

Ø  The student must have achieved a 90% attendance rate, in regular high school classes, the semester prior to enrollment in the career-technical course.

Ø  The student has to have passed at least four out of six courses in the prior semester.

 

The following courses are offered through the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency or Marquette Area Public Schools. Tuition is paid by Gwinn High School.  However, the student will be responsible for tuition if the course is dropped after the fourth Friday in September.  Students must arrange for their own transportation.

 

COURSE OFFERED AT BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY SITES

 

INTERNSHIP                                        GRADE 12        2 period block schedule

Afternoon class periods preferred                                Year, 1st or 2nd semester options

Prerequisite:    Prerequisite courses will be determined on an individual student basis, however students interested in an internship must participate in a business site interview and must arrange their own transportation to the business site.  An excellent history of prior year attendance is required. 

 

In this course, students are placed at a business or industry site to learn about a career or skills that are not offered in their home school or shared-time career-technical courses.  Students are placed for approximately 10 hours per week and are not paid for their time at the training site.

 

Intern placements will only be offered to students and businesses that both have a strong interest in learning and training.  Internship placements may not be possible because of the limited training sites and occupations in some communities.  However, most career areas are possible internships.  Some examples are: teaching, broadcasting, aviation, law, fashion merchandising, food service, computers, business, plumbing & heating, floral design, architecture, auto body repair, law, and building maintenance.

 

 

COURSES OFFERED AT MARQUETTE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

 

 

HEALTH OCCUPATIONS                                  GRADE 12                         8:23—10:19 a.m. or

Suggested Prerequisite:           Biology                                                    12:26—2:27 p.m.

 

This course is designed for students who wish to explore the possibility of a career in the health care field. The first semester will include an introduction to human anatomy, exposure to basic health care skills, terminology, first aid, and CPR certification.  Students are strongly encouraged to receive the Hepatitis B immunization.  During the second semester, students are placed in appropriate departments at Marquette General Hospital, Peninsula Medical Center, and various dental offices.  Departments such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiology, logistics, and the cardiac services are utilized.