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Practical Arts

COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE

The focus of the Computer Architecture Course is to prepare students as entry-level service technicians and develop skills required to pass the industry standard A+ certification test. This certification will enable students to link electronics and Information Technology Departments. Core technologies in hardware maintenance and operating systems are at the center of all activities. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, the following areas: Operating Systems (installation, upgrading, maintenance, and configuration), Hardware (installation, upgrading, maintenance, and configuration), and System Architecture (bus speed configuration, installing components, and external ports).
Credit 1 Grade 10-12
Prerequisite – Approval by Mr. Buller

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS

Independent Study in Technology Applications is an advanced level course designed to build upon concepts of technology applications introduced and developed in Computer Architecture. In addition to addressing basic concepts in greater depth, more advanced applications of technology are addressed in real-life contexts. Students will apply technology tools in the context of authentic situations, which may deal with specific technologies, as well as situations and issues in other disciplines. Students will be required to (1) pose hypotheses/questions related to a selected problem; (2) work with a mentor to determine problem to be solved and strategies to be implemented; (3) develop and apply advanced technology application skills in the solution of the problem; (4) analyze information for validity and relevance in the confirmation, testing, and solution of the hypotheses and questions; (5) produce documentation to illustrate the progress of the project, including, but not limited to, journals, logs, videos, pictorial documentation, computer programs, multimedia products, and printed books; and (6) produce original work to solve the identified problem and publish the product in electronic media and print.
Credit 1 Grade 11-12
Prerequisite-Computer Architecture, approval by Mr. Buller

Note: Independent Study in Technology Applications is a performance and production class with new problems and technology tasks each year. A student may repeat this class the senior year.

CREATIVE CODING WITH GAMES & APPS

The course, created and published by Microsoft, is an introductory computer programming course that lays the foundation for understanding the principles and practices of computer science. Students learn how to code by working in a real software development environment to design, program and publish mobile apps and games. Learning to code by creating real products, students discover how to make amazing things and have an impact on their world. The course is specifically designed to attract a broad student audience in early secondary grades through emphasis on creativity, relevance, and real- world results. The course will be paired with Computer Science Discoveries which empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. Some of the units include Web Development, Interactive Games & Animations, The Design Process, Data and Society, and Physical Computing.
Credit 1 Grades 9-10
Prerequisite – Proficiency in Keyboarding, Microsoft Word, and Basic Computer Skills plus Approval by Admin
Class Fees – (approx. $45 for microbit & AdaFruit)

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (1 CREDIT)

Introduction to Business Computer Applications is an entry-level course for developing a strong foundation in computer fundamentals. The students will develop keyboarding skills necessary for the operation of a computer. They will learn to type with a reasonable degree of speed and accuracy using the touch method. Students will also be introduced to (1) Digital Literacy & Responsibility (2) Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneDrive, Sway, and Office 365/Online (3) Computer Fundamentals. In addition, students will be acquainted with the advanced principles of Microsoft Word giving them the credentials to obtain and Industry-Based certification in a Microsoft Office Specialist Exam. Communication skills, keyboarding, decision-making, technology and critical thinking skills are reinforced in this course through business application projects. Simulations, projects, teambuilding, FBLA leadership activities are implemented in this course.
Current cost of one certification exam: $75.00
Credit 1 Grades 9-12
Prerequisite – None

PUBLICATIONS I

This course deals with all phases of yearbook publication. Students will learn the fundamentals of layout, copy writing, graphic design, photography, and merchandising. Class size is limited.
Credit 1 Grade 9-11
Prerequisite – A minimum “C” in all previous English Courses, Approval by Yearbook sponsor

PUBLICATIONS II (Honors)

This course deals with all phases of yearbook publication. Students will learn advanced layout, copy writing, graphic design, photography, and merchandising. Students will also have editorial and managerial responsibilities. Class size is limited.
Credit 1 Grade 10-12
Prerequisite – Completion of Publications I, A minimum “C” in all previous English Courses, Approval by Yearbook Sponsor

DESKTOP PUBLISHING (Honors)

This course is a culminating course designed to integrate the knowledge and skills learned in word processing with the concepts, procedures, and applications of desktop publishing. Emphasis is placed on continued skill development in efficient operation of word processing programs as it is applied to desktop publishing. Critical thinking and communication skills are reinforced in this course as student’s format, create, and proofread brochures, programs, newsletters, web pages, power point presentations, and manuscripts. School-based enterprises and cooperative education lend themselves extremely well to work-based learning strategies. Other opportunities for application could include simulations, projects, teamwork, and portfolios.
Credit 1 Grade 11-12
Prerequisite – Completion of Publications II, A minimum “C” in all previous English Courses, Approval by Yearbook Sponsor

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE I

Nutrition and Food (1st semester)

This course provides students with basic nutrition and wellness knowledge and basic food preparation skills. Emphasis is placed on food preparation and kitchen and meal management. Topics of study include meal planning, label information, safety and sanitation, kitchen equipment, measuring, use of recipes, basic food preparation, and consumer skills.

Clothing and Textiles (2nd semester)

This course introduces students to concepts relating to fabrics, color, clothing care, buying clothing, sewing equipment, and beginning sewing skills. Emphasis is on applying construction and design skills to apparel and home fashion. Students learn about textiles and design and the textiles and apparel industry including its history and latest trends. Skills in art, communication, mathematics, science, and technology are reinforced in this course. The use of computerized sewing machines may be incorporated. At least one fabric project will be completed. Sewing supplies will be required.
Credit 1 Grade 9-12

FOOD SERVICE I

In this course students will learn food preparation techniques with an emphasis on quantity foods, catering, and basic skills needed to be part of a professional food service team. Safety and sanitation standards expected of workers in the food service industry are covered, with an emphasis on the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system. Appropriate work-based learning strategies for this course are field trips, job shadowing, and school-based enterprises. Simulations, projects, and teamwork provide opportunities for application of instructional competencies. Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply instructional competencies and workplace readiness skills to authentic experiences.
Credit 1 Grades 11-12

MEDIA ARTS I

This course is designed for students with an interest in gaining introductory experience in a variety of media art forms. The goal is to produce media arts projects that will teach students aspects of

photographic composition, manipulation and editing, audio projects, and basic video production. These projects are designed to give students the opportunity to develop skills that may proceed to independent work in Media Arts II.
Credit 1 Grade 11-12
Prerequisite – Permission of instructor required

MEDIA ARTS II

Media Arts II is a specialized training program for students interested in creative expression through digital photography, design, short video production, sound art, and/or motion graphics. We use modern digital tools and are based in visual arts theory. Students will produce independent projects each quarter.
Credit 1 Grade 12
Prerequisite – Completion of Media Arts I
Permission of instructor required

PERSONAL FINANCE

Are you perplexed and intimidated by the financial world? Join this class to navigate through the complex world of financial statements, bank statements, spreadsheets, budgeting, and building wealth to break through the mysterious language of finance. With the knowledge you will learn in this class, you will be prepared to step out into the real world after graduation to pursue the best job opportunities, most advantageous financial opportunities, and the most secure future for yourself. This class will provide hands on applications, field trip opportunities, guest presenters, and projects that will help you build teamwork and leadership skills as you venture out into the adult world.
Credit 1 Grade 9-12
Prerequisite – None

NCCER CARPENTRY

This is a basic woodworking course. It includes the basic use of hand tools, emphasizing construction procedures and processes through theory and application. Emphasis is placed on shop safety.
Credit 1 Grade 11-12
Prerequisite – None