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Course Handbook 2018-2019


Course Handbook 2018-2019




Educational Planning

Graduation Requirements

Course Descriptions

Class Registration








Career Planning Begins with Educational Planning


Do some serious planning.  Prepare your career goals and select the high school courses that will enable you to reach your goals.


High school must be viewed as a critical phase that determines your career future.  Every spring, thousands of students make very important career choices when they register for next years classes.  Many times these choices are made without much thought for the future.


Each time you select a high school subject, you open a door to a career opportunity.  Each time you do not take a subject, you close the door to a career opportunity.  Your high school courses provide the educational foundation upon which you build your occupational choices.  


The Nebraska Department of Education has adopted 16 career clusters for Nebraska Career Education.  Students are encouraged to set career goals, explore and choose a plan of study that will help them meet their goals.  





A Simple Plan for Choosing Your High School Courses


Strategy                                Why?

1.  Take as many classes as possible.    1.  The more educational experiences you have, the more opportunities you will be aware of.


2.  Have a career goal in mind.    2.  Plan what classes you need to take and when to take them.


3.  Join clubs, organizations and youth groups.   3.  Helps you learn leadership.


4.  Try your best in everything you do.               4.  Effort is just very important in everything you do.














Requirements for Graduation



All students must earn in grades nine through twelve 225 hours of credit to graduate.  Among these 225 hours, a student must take:


                English            40 hours


                Social Studies        40 hours


                Mathematics             30 hours

                (Algebra I plus electives)


                Science            30 hours 


                PE                5 hours


                Health                5 hours


                Computer Applications    5 hours


                Life Skills – Senior        10 hours





Classification of Students 



    At the beginning of the fall term:

    Grade 10:     60 

    Grade 11:    120 

    Grade 12:     180




Educational Planning



Students in any career path may participate in band and/or chorus.  The student may participate in extracurricular activities and sports provided he/she maintains an eligibility status.  


Students will be allowed to take courses only in regular sequence.  Example:  You must successfully complete Algebra I before enrolling in Algebra II.  Check the description of courses to be certain you have the prerequisites required of any course.  In some cases, teachers can waive prerequisites to their class.




Extracurricular Activities


Extracurricular activities are activities that a student would do that are not during the regular school day but sponsored by the school.  Research has shown that students who participate in school sponsored activities do better in school.  Thayer Central offers several extracurricular activities for high school students:

FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
FFA – Agriculture and Ag-related fields
Mu-Alpha-Theta – Math 
Plays/Drama Productions
Poetry Out-Loud
Quiz Bowl
Skills USA

Fall:  Volleyball, Football and Cross-County
Winter: Basketball and Wrestling
Spring:  Track and Golf

Elected or Invitation Membership:  

Student Council
National Honor Society
TC Letter Club


























                     Thayer Central                                                  Student Name ______________________________

                    High School                    Graduation Year __________

                              Personal Learning Plan                Career Interest ___________________________

                             9th Grade



*English 9/Speech                            


*Physical Science               

*Alg. 1 or Geom. or Alg. 2













                   10th Grade



*Adv. Eng. 10 or Basic Eng. 10        

*World History                        

*Biology or Life/Gen.Science           

*Geom. or Alg. 2 or College Algebra             

*Lifetime Sports/PE                     














                           11th Grade



*Eng. 11 or Basic Eng. 11                            

*American History                 

*Chemistry or Sc. Olympiad or Anatomy & Physiology         

* College Algebra or PDM or Math Topics          













                   12th Grade



*Eng. 12 / Comp 1 / Ap. Eng          

*US Government                    

*Senior Life Skills                        















Requirements for Graduation = 225 credits needed - Each semester class = 5 credits  *Required course

English            40 hours

Social Studies        40 hours

Mathematics         30 hours

(Math Topics or Algebra I plus electives)

Science            30 hours 

PE            5 hours

Health            5 hours

Computer Applications    5 hours

Life Skills – Senior    10 hours




Admissions Policy to a 4 Year College

Specific college admission requirements can be found on the college website or in the college catalog.  The requirements below are UNL requirements.  Other colleges may vary. 







All units must include intensive reading and writing experiences.



Algebra, algebra II and geometry are required for students seeking admission, and one additional unit that builds on a knowledge of algebra.

Social Sciences


One unit drawn from American and/or world history; one additional unit drawn from history, American government and/or geography; and a third unit drawn from any social science discipline.

Natural Sciences


At least two units selected from biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences. One of the above units must include laboratory instruction.

Foreign Language


Both units must be in the same language. Students who are unable to take two years of foreign language in high school may still qualify for admission.  Some majors require 4 years of foreign language.  



College-Bound Athletes



Students-Athletes interested in playing in college must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse or NAIA registration.  If you want to practice and play completive sports your freshman year in college, you must meet the requirements of NCAA or NAIA.  For information see guidance counselor, athletic director or www.ncaaclearinghouse.net  or  www.PlayNAIA.org















Thayer Central High School Course List

Course Descriptions on following pages.


Course                                Grade Level

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Department – Mrs. Eickmann    


Introduction to Agriculture (must take first)        9-12         

Animal Science                    10-12

*Crop & Food Science                    10-12

Natural Resources                     10-12

Ag Mechanics                         10-12

*Ag Business & Technlogy                 10-12

 *Livestock & Carcass Evaluation            10-12

Meat Science                         11-12    

Intro to Horticulture and Landscape Design        11-12 

Advanced Animal Science                 11-12



Visual Arts Department – Mr. Waters 

Art 1                                                       9-12

Art 2                                                       10-12

Art 3                                                          11-12

Art 4 Portfolio                        12

Digital Art                                                9-10                 


Animation                                                   10-12




Business, Marketing and Management Department  

Accounting                          10-12

Information Technology Application 1         9-12

Information Technology Application 2            9-12

Personal Finance         12

Introduction to Business         9-12




Communications & Information Systems Department – Mrs. Lanik 

Digital Photography                     9-12

Video Editing                         9-12

Channel 13 TCCS News                   11-12

Computer Coding 1                      11-12                    

Computer Coding 2                    11-12                 

Yearbook                           11-12





English Language Arts Department – Mrs. Harms, Mrs. Heitmann, Mrs. Lanik

English 9/Speech                      9

Advanced Speech and Drama              10-12

Advanced English 10                     10

Basic English 10                    10 

English 11                           11

Basic English 11            11

English 12              12

*English Composition 1                    12

*Modern Fiction                    12

Creative Writing                         10-12




Family and Consumer Science Department  


Food Basics                        9-12

Life & Career FCS                      12



World Language Department 

Spanish 1         9-12

Spanish 2           10-12

Spanish 3               11-12

Spanish 4             12




Skilled & Technical Sciences Department – Mr. Keim 

Woods 1 & 2        9-12

Construction 1 & 2  (must take Woods)        10-12

Welding (Deshler High School)            9-12

Advanced Welding (Deshler High School)         9-12

Life Industrial Technology            12



Mathematics Department – Mrs. Bulin, Mrs.Lukert


Algebra 1                          8-9

Geometry                         9-10

Algebra 2           9-11

Math Topics                            10-12

Applied Math           10-12

*College Algebra                     10-12

Precalculus & Discrete Mathematics (PDM)         11-12

*Calculus 1 and Calculus 2                  12



Performing Arts - Music Department – Ms.Seifert, Mr. Zitterkopf 


Senior High Instrumental Music              9-12

High School Chorus           9-12

Music, Guitar & Piano        9-12



Personal Health & Physical Fitness Department – Mr. Lanik, Mr. Larson

Health/Lifetime Activities         10        

Strength Conditioning                 9-12



Science Department – Mr. Keim, Mr.Solomon

Physical Science                     9

General Science                     9-12

Biology                         10        

Chemistry                         11-12

Human Physiology I                      11-12

Human Physiology II                      11-12

Physics                   12

Science Olympiad           11-12


Social Science / Social Studies Department – Mr.Bomar, Mr. Long


Geography          9                

World History               10     


American History           11

American Government            12


College Courses for Dual Credit         

Career Academy Courses                 10-12


Other Course with Permission from Mrs. Brzon

Work Site Experience          11-12

Teacher’s Aide           11-12


*Dual Credit Class















Course Descriptions




Food & Natural Resources Department



Introduction to Agriculture   

(9-12)          5-10  Credit Hours                    1 or 2 Semesters 

 (Once successfully completed Introduction to Agriculture, student can take more agriculture classes.)  

    This course will introduce students to a brief introduction of production agriculture.   Units covered include, but are not limited to, ag business, ag mechanics, crop production, leadership skills, livestock production and record keeping.  Students will also be introduced to FFA and what the program has to offer.   



Animal Science – Semester

(10-12)          5  Credit Hours                        1 Semester 


    This course will introduce and discuss the different species involved in ag production.  We will cover breeds of each species, selection of animals, anatomy both internal and external, feeding livestock and meat production.  We will also explore the different products produced from livestock and how they directly affect us. 


Crop & Food Science 

(10-12)          5  Credit Hours                        1 Semester 

    This course will introduce and discuss the different row crop production, growing cycles of different plants and external and internal plant id.  We will also explore the different products produced from plants and how they directly affect us. 


Natural Resources 

(10-12)          5  Credit Hours                        1 Semester

    This course will discuss air, range, soil and water conservation practices currently used and what could be done in the future.  We will also discuss renewable energy sources and how everything can affect the world we live in and how it affects food production.  We will touch on wildlife management and their ecosystems. 


Ag Mechanics 

(10-12)          5  Credit Hours                        1 Semester

    This course will cover shop safety and protocol.  We will setup welding equipment properly and complete different welding joints.  Students will also design and create a project.  


Ag Technolgy & Business 

(11-12)          5  Credit Hours                        1 Semester 

    This course will explore the different business structures and management options for agriculture operations.  We will also explore record keeping for a business, how to make a sale for an ag product, discuss what job skills are needed in agriculture including resumes and cover letters.  


Livestock & Carcass Evaluation

(11-12)          5  Credit Hours                        1 Semester

    This course will explore the different cuts of meat with the different species, carcass selection and evaluation. 


Intro to Horticulture and Landscape Design 

(11-12)          5  Credit Hours                        1 Semester

    This course will examine and identify plants and trees, discover different life cycles of plants and how they affect landscaping.  We will also do some landscape designs and landscaping. 


Agriculture Careers

(11-12)          5  Credit Hours                        1 Semester



Advanced Animal Science 

(11-12)          5  Credit Hours                        1 Semester Must have passed Animal Science

    This course will expand the animal science course previously taken.  We will also discuss livestock breeding, nutrition and selection.   Students will also design a feedlot facility, including prices and record keeping for a year’s production. 



FFA Chapter

*FFA members must have one Ag. class per year to remain active

*Members will each have a Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) yearly

*FFA officers will take Ag Leadership course for a semester while in office





Visual Arts Department




Art 1 

(9-12)    10 Credit Hours

2 Semesters

    A studio course that covers an in-depth study of line, shape, space, form, color and texture. Work­sheets, quizzes and a notebook containing all handout infor­ma­tion, notes, returned quizzes and work­sheets will be a requirement for this class. The student will also be required to read information from the “Art Talk” text concerning the elements of art.



Art 2 

(10-11-12)     10 Credit Hours

        2 Semesters

    Student must take Art 1 and have art instructor approval.  

A studio course that covers an in-depth study of rhythm, movement, balance, proportion, variety, emphasis, harmony and unity. A review of techniques learned in Elements of Art. An in-depth study of drawing techniques using pencil, colored pencil, pastel. Worksheets, quizzes and a notebook containing handout information, notes, returned quizzes and worksheets will be a requirement for this class. The student will also be required to read information from the “Art Talk” text concerning the principles of art.

Prerequisite Art 1



Art 3 

(11-12)                       10 CREDIT HOURS


          For the students that have completed Art 1 and Art 2 with an A or high B average in Art I and Art 2.  

A studio course with a strong emphasis on clay and other sculptural mediums, as well as traditional 2D mediums. In addition this course requires a body of art work that will be done with chosen topics and media. The body of artwork must have overall unity. Students will work on building a professional portfolio which will be shown at the end of the year in a location chosen by the student.  All artwork will be matted and or framed by student presenting work, and will be accompanied by an artist’s mission statement.

Prerequisite: Art 1 & 2



Art 4                           10 CREDIR HOURS          2 SEMESTERS

        Students will work independently with instructor to create portfolio of work.


Digital Art                  10 CREDIT HOURS

(9-10)                                                                               2 SEMESTERS

    Students will explore the digital side of visual art and design.  In Digital Art students will be exposed to career-oriented digital media in the areas of 2D animation, Graphic design, Web design, and Video Game design. Programs such as Photoshop, Pencil Animation, Gimp, Gamemaker, and Singleframer will be used to create media.  



Digital Art 2

(10-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS                                                     2 SEMESTERS    

             Students will explore the digital side of visual art and design.  In Digital Art 2 students will be exposed to career-oriented digital media in the areas of 2D animation, Graphic design, Web design, and Video Game design. Programs such as Photoshop, Pencil Animation, Gimp, Gamemaker, and Singleframer will be used to create media.  Students are required to create and maintain a website where all of their media will be professionally displayed.  

Prerequisite Digital Art 1







(10-12)                      10 CREDIT HOURS                            2 SEMESTERS                                                               

     Students will work on Mac computers in the Apley lab to learn how to create simple to complex animations using programs such as: Adobe After Effects, Premiere, and Blender.  In addition, students will explore techniques and create animations used in the film and advertising industries.  Students are required to create animations for the gym LED screen and maintain the screen during game days as well as weekly activities throughout the year.




Business, Marketing and Management Department





(10-12)    10 Credit Hours        2 Semesters


Another term for accounting is bookkeeping. The difference between the two terms is simply that in accounting students learn to analyze (better understand) why they are doing certain steps. This is a class that would be beneficial to all students. Students will learn how to keep financial records for a business and can apply the knowledge to their own personal records. It will provide them with a better understanding of the financial relationship between a customer (which could be them) and a business (which could be theirs). 

This is an introductory course to accounting for a service and merchandising business. The accounting cycles for a sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation are covered. Students will learn to journalize post, make adjustments, and prepare financial statements. This is reinforced with real-life entrepreneurial/accounting experience by operating and keeping the financial records for “Titan Supply Store”. In addition, students will take inventory and price goods for the store. Other topics include careers, taxes (including personal income tax returns), and payroll. 



Information Technology Application 1

(9-12)    5 Credit Hours        1 Semester


    Through the study of technology applications foundations, including technology-related terms, concepts, and data input strategies, students will communicate information in different formats and to diverse audiences using a variety of technologies. Students will learn to make informed decisions; develop and produce original work that exemplifies the standards identified by the selected profession or discipline; and publish the product in electronic media and print.





Information Technology Application 2

 (9-12)    5 CREDIT HOURS             1 SEMESTER


The course focuses on scripting, developing searching strategies, publishing skills, and serving information on a web server. Students develop World Wide Web pages that incorporate text, audio, video and graphics using web authoring software, JAVA scripting, XHTML, and CSS. Students determine and employ methods to evaluate the design, functionality, and security of online information in various settings. This course teaches students how to use networks, including the Internet, for research and resource sharing.


Introduction to Business 

(11-12)            10 credit hours            2 SEMESTERS


    This course is designed to introduce students to business concepts and will provide a foundation for other business courses in high school and college.  Topics covered in this course include general business, leadership, human resources, entrepreneurship, marketing, management, business communication, accounting, finance, business ethics, and technology.  By taking this course, students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and projects as well as explore many career possibilities in business.


Personal Finance

(12 Required)    5 CREDIT HOURS        1 SEMESTER


The goal of Personal Finance is to help students to become financially responsible, conscientious members of society.  To reach that end, this course develops students understanding and skills in such areas as money management, budgeting, financial goal attainment, the wise use of credit, insurance, investments, and consumer rights and responsibilities.  


This course will give students the tools and resources needed to make wise financial decisions.  Students will analyze their personal financial decisions, evaluate the costs and benefits of their decisions, recognize their rights and responsibilities as consumers, and apply the knowledge learned to financial situations encountered later in life.



Communication & Information Systems Department



Digital Photography

(9-12)          10 CREDITS

        2 SEMESTER

Digital photography focuses on learning the different settings on our Canon Rebels and how each of them work.  We will go on field days to take pictures, focusing on different lessons on composition and techniques throughout the year.  We will also become adept at Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop, and Camera Raw.   Student work will be submitted online.  Students will create a portfolio of their work and publish their own website.

Student must obtain permission from the instructor. 


Video Editing

(9-12)          10 CREDITS

        2 SEMESTER

Students in video editing have multiple jobs.  We will be using Adobe Production Premium Suite to create animations & head shots for the screen in the gym for all indoor high school sports and school activities.  In addition to animations, we will also focus on creating highlight DVDs for each sport, and cover some concerts and plays.   Finally, students in this course are required to film and run the board at home events throughout the year.  

Student must obtain permission from instructor.


Channel 13 TCCS News 

(11-12)        10 Credits

        2 Semester

Students in Channel 13 News will be responsible for the writing, production, and post-production of a weekly news broadcast to be aired over closed circuit television throughout the school during Seminar time. Students will be using Adobe products (After Effects, Photoshop, and Premiere), the green screen, and teleprompters.   Students will have different roles and responsibilities – writers, reporters, filmers, editors, etc.  We will be covering various school activities, news, and events, as well as having fun features.  

Student must obtain permission from instructor and have a B+ average or higher in English.


Computer  Coding 1                    5 CREDIT HOURS

(11-12)                                                                          1 SEMESTER

Course units consists of programming using Visual Basic.  Topics covered include:  introduction to programming op).  Python and Java may be  explored if time permits.

& input/output;  decision/conditional structures (If-then, select case); and  looping structures 






Computer  Coding 2                    5 CREDIT HOURS

(11-12)                                                                           1 SEMESTER

 This course continues where Computer Coding 1 left off.  Topics covered include:

reading input from files;  intrinsic and user defined functions;  one and two dimensional arrays;  string functions/manipulation;  search and sort routines.  Python, Java and other languages may be explored if time permits. 



(11-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS

    Students in this class will design the yearbook, sell advertisements, take pictures, write copy and layout pages of the yearbook.  The student must complete application and have permission from the instructor.  

This class does not meet English require­ments for graduation.





English Language Arts Department




English 9/Speech

(9)   10 Credit Hours    2 semesters

The ninth grade English course is organized by genre and encourages comprehensive study of each type of literature.  Students will study short story, drama, non-fiction, poetry, film, and the novel.  An extensive writing, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary program will be incorporated throughout the term. Course objectives are designed to meet Nebraska state standards.


Speech is a performance-based course designed to help students improve their speaking and communication skills.  The course is organized to lead the potential speaker step-by-step from simple to relatively complex original speaking presentations.



Advanced Speech and Drama

(10)               10 CREDIT HOURS

This course is designed to develop skill in public speaking and dramatic performance.  Its emphasis is upon the organization of effective thinking and effective delivery.  Guided practice is given in the preparation of NSAA competitive speeches. Students will also be involved with the various aspects of staging a drama production.


Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this course students will show ability to recognize and use both creative and logical techniques of thought, research topics appropriately, rehearse both scenes and speeches, and then present the results in front of a group.  Through the application of these objectives, students will improve their organization, research and oral presentational skills.  Special attention will be paid to competitive speaking.






Advanced English 10

(10)               10 CREDIT HOURS

college prep               2 SEMESTERS

Students will study genres (forms) of literature such as fiction, non-fiction, short story, novel, poetry, and drama. Students will write in a variety of genres including literary response essays, various forms of creative writing (poetry, song lyrics, skits, etc.), persuasive writing, and an academic research essay, among other writing assignments.  Daily grammar mini-lessons serve as a means to enhance language skills.  Work may be submitted for publication.  In addition, vocabulary will be studied in conjunction with course literature. Independent reading and subsequent Accelerated Reader tests and book projects are also required.



Basic English 10    10 CREDIT HOURS

NON college prep                           2 SEMESTERS

Students will study genres (forms) of literature such as fiction, non-fiction, short story, novel, poetry, and drama. Students will improve their writing skills as the year progresses via journal writing, literary response, lyric writing, persuasive writing, among other writing assignments.  Vocabulary acquisition is strongly emphasized through weekly vocabulary lessons and quizzes. Daily grammar mini-lessons serve as a means to enhance language skills.  Independent reading and subsequent Accelerated Reader tests and book projects are also required.



English 11              10 CREDIT HOURS

College Prep        2 SEMESTERS

    This course takes a historical approach to the reading of American literature from Native-American literature through the 20th century.  1st semester will go up until 1900s and 2nd semester will cover 1900 to present.  Literary focus will include the time period in literary history, as well as such authors as Mark Twain, Willa Cather, Langston Hughes, John Steinbeck, and William Faulkner, among others. We will focus on prose, poetry, drama, and nonfiction.  Students, in addition to class studies, will read their own books outside of class.

    Students will write in a variety of genres (forms) concerning the time period and authors including a concentration on persuasive writing, creative writing, research, poetry, and other essays. Grammar and 6-trait writing will be reviewed in addition to learning literary terminology. 




College Prep        2 SEMESTERS

English 12 is designed as a college preparatory class and will provide students with the opportunity to study and respond to a wide range of literature including British and American authors.  

 The course will also include an extensive writing and research program.  Students will be responsible for writing a variety of essays.  Students will maintain a portfolio of their written work.


By the end of the course, the student should be able to


Present an overview of British literature
Evaluate literature technically and historically.
Engage in literary analysis
Recognize the style, voice, and ideas of individual writers and apply literary terms to the authors’ works.
Make thematic connections between literary works


Use prewriting techniques.
Write in focused, coherent, individual voice and style, which engages the audience.
Analyze and respond to his/her own ideas and those of classmates and established writers.
Revise and edit drafts and present ideas clearly.
Obtain and evaluate sources.
Document sources using MLA.
Use research techniques as aids to present ideas.



Creative Writing

(10-12)            10 Credits

         This creative writing course will focus on the creative process.  Students will explore writing journals, poetry, novel, short story, drama, screen plays, graphic novels, and non fiction.  Attention will be given to the revision and editing process.  Students will also be encouraged to develop creativity in areas beyond creative writing.  At least one major creative writing project will be required.  This project will be of the student's choice with the approval of the instructor.  Students will also be required to submit a piece of writing for publication.


Basic English 11

(11)                                    10 credits 

      The eleventh grade level Basic English course is organized by genre and encourages comprehensive study of each type of literature.  Students will study short story, drama, non-fiction, poetry, film and the novel.  Students will practice expressing themselves through both written and spoken forms.  An extensive writing, grammar, spelling and vocabulary program will be incorporated throughout both terms.  Course objectives are designed to meet Nebraska state standards.  




Human Services,

Family & Consumer Science, Department


Human Food, Nutrition & Wellness
(9-12)    5 CREDIT HOURS

    1st SEMESTER

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge needed to successfully cook in the home for individuals and families. With a beginning foundation of nutrition and food science, students will learn basic preparation skills, the reason behind the reactions of foods and the short-term and long-term consequences of nutritional intake.



Life & Career FCS



This class covers the many aspects of family and single living beginning with a look at who we are as individuals, our values and goals.  Students will gain knowledge in the areas of:  communication in relationships, dating, mate selection, engagement, and marriage.  This class also focuses on preparing to live on your own, from apartment selection and decorating, cooking on your own, shopping, laundry and clothing care, and making choices that promote a healthy lifestyle.





World Language Department




Spanish 1 

(9-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS

    This course gives a sound basis in the present tense and phonetics of Spanish. Basic grammatical structures and vocabulary are covered. Cultural topics from Spanish lands are introduced such as foods, music and crafts.  Oral work is a must, sound discrim­in­a­tion by oral readings and dictation.


Spanish 2 

(10-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS


    Increased amounts of oral work are added to the building of grammatical points.  The student’s verb base is expanded to the use of imperative, preterit, and future tenses.  There will be a continued study of cultural aspects.

Prerequisite:  Completion of Spanish I


Spanish 3

 (10-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS

    Continuation of the study of grammar and verb forms, to include the subjunctive and imperfect.  Cultural readings and increased oral work will be included.

Prerequisite:  Completion of Spanish II


Spanish 4 

(11-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS

                    2 SEMESTERS

    Expanded study and use of verbs and grammatical aspects.   Individual readings.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish III and teacher's permission.







Skilled & Technical Sciences Department



Woods 1 & 2

(9-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS

    The course will deal with fundamental machine woodworking techniques.  All pro­jects will be made with power tools, and both furniture lumber and plywood will be used. Course objectives are to develop good safety attitudes and an opportunity to develop advanced skills in furniture and cabinet making. Advanced finishing tech­niques will also be covered.  Students will select a project of their choice. Project cost is the stu­dent’s respon­sibility. 





(10-12)                                        10 CREDIT HOURS                      2 SEMESTERS

    The course will deal with techniques and technology.  

Project cost is the stu­dent’s respon­sibility. 



Computer Aided Design (CAD)

(9-12)                                        10 CREDIT HOURS                      2 SEMESTERS

      Basic Training in the use of Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) including entity creation, editing, dimensioning, file management, and plotting. A "hands on" approach will be taken while using PC based AutoCAD software. 


Welding (Deshler High School)

(9-12)                 5 Credits        1 Semester

      This is a beginning level course that introduces the student to basic knowledge and skills that are foundational to welding

manufacturing. Safety, measuring, planning and production processes will be covered.



Advanced Welding (Deshler High School)

(9-12)                 5 Credits        1 Semester

       A study of the processes used by modern industry to manufacture consumer products, safety, measurement, planning, machining,

fabrication processes, and finish processes will be included. Career opportunities will also be explored. 

Prerequisite:  Completion of Welding


Life Industrial Technology

(12 Required)

     This course will deal with the following topics:  Home maintenance, auto care, fixing plumbing and electrical issues in the household, First Aid and safety, dealing with natural disasters in the home.




Mathematics Department



Algebra 1 

(9)        10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS

    This course uses a text with a scope far wider than most other algebra texts.  It uses statistics and geometry as settings for work with linear expressions and sentences.  Probability provides a context for algebraic fractions, functions, and set ideas.  There is much work with graphing.  Applications motivate all topics, and include exponential growth and compound interest. High school credit is given when this course is taken in the 8th grade.




(9-10)    10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS

    Integrates standard approaches, coordi­nates, and trans­for­ma­tions, making use through­­out of the al­ge­bra stu­dents know. It presents the history of major ideas and examples of recent developments in geometry and its appli­cations.

Prerequisite:  Algebra I

Student may double up in Geometry and Algebra II if math MAP scores are 235 or higher.  



Algebra 2 

(9-11)        10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS

    This course emphasizes facility with algebraic expressions and forms, especially linear and quadratic forms, powers and roots, and functions based on these concepts.  Students study logarithmic, trig­ono­metric, polynomial, and other special functions both for their abstract properties and as tools for modeling real-world situ­ations.  A geometry course or its equivalent is a prerequisite, for geometric ideas are utilized throughout. 

    A TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is highly recom­mended for use in this course.

Prerequisite:  Geometry - waiver possible with con­sent of instructor.

Student may double up in Geometry and Algebra II if math MAP scores are 235 or higher.


Math Topics 

(10-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS


    Intended for students who have attained some mastery of the basic compu­tational skills and who need further prepar­ation for entry into the job market.

    Plan ahead this class will be offered every other year, starting in 2002-03.






Applied Math 

(10-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS


This class is intended for students with mastery of basic computation skills.  It takes basic algebra skills and geometry and looks at various applications of those skills.  Basic data analysis and probability may also be covered.  



College Algebra 

(10-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS    2 SEMESTERS

    Students study descriptive and infer­ential statistics, combinatorics, and prob­a­bil­ity, and do further work with polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Algebraic and statistical concepts are integrated through­out, and modeling of real phenomena is emphasized. Students use a function grapher and a statistical utility to study functions, explore relationships between equations and their graphs, analyze data, and develop limit concepts.

Prerequisite:  Algebra II

College Algebra (This can be taken for dual credit instead of FST)

Prerequisite:  B or higher in Algebra 2 



Precalculus and Discrete Mathematics (PDM) 

(11-12)    10 Credit Hours

        2 Semesters

    PDM integrates conceptual under­pin­nings of calculus with the topics of discrete math. In this course students find the themes that unify their understandings and prepare for the courses they will meet in college and/or the AP calculus course. 



Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 (Can be taken for dual credit)

(12)                5 CREDIT HOURS EACH 

            1 SEMESTER EACH 

    This is a course for the college bound student. The intended scope is as follows: functions, limits, differentiation, related rates, maxi­mum, minimum, integra­tion, exponential func­tions, trigonometric and inverse trigo­no­metric functions, ana­lytic geometry, dif­ferential equations, and the Taylor series.

    Students have the option of enrolling in the Honor’s Academy, which would earn 10 hours total of college credit by taking Calculus 1 & 2.

Prerequisite:  Pre-Calculus & Discrete Math (PDM)














Performing Arts - Music Department



Senior High Instrumental Music 

(9-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS

    Opportunities are provided for all students to develop skills in performing, reading, listening to, and describing music; to learn to use music vocabulary and notation; and to develop an enjoyment of and sensitivity to music.

    Performance groups include concert band, marching band, jazz band, pep band and large ensembles. There is also opportunity for private and small ensemble instruction.

    Students are required to attend all performances. This includes Saturday performances.

    Uniform fee is $10, plus cost of any equipment, materials, or maintenance needed throughout the year. Students are also required to purchase a band t-shirt ($10) if they do not currently own one.


Prerequisite:  two years of instrumental music instruction.




High School Chorus

(9-12)    10 credit hours

        2 semesters

    Chorus is open to all interested nine through twelfth graders. No audition is required, but a desire to learn about choral music and how to sing are necessary. Students will be exposed to a variety of choral styles during the year, from classical to popular.  The choir will have three concerts and will attend District Music contest. Students are required to attend all perform­ances.

In addition, students can audition to be in small groups such as Mixed Octet and Boys Ensemble.  These groups and others will be formed depending on interest.  Rehearsals are held before school for these groups.  Voice lessons are available on a lim­ited basis.




(9-12)                               10 credit hours                   2 semesters 

Beginning guitar/guitar ensemble 

Piano/keyboard fundamentals


Music theory

Music/sound recording, and related audio equipment/software (ex. GarageBand





Personal Health & Physical Fitness Department



Health/Lifetime Activities

(10)        10 CREDIT HOURS


    Health/Lifetime Activities is required for all 10th graders. 

 The Health cur­ricu­lum includes a study of the systems of the body, nutritional, mental and emotional health, the battle with diseases and disorders, drug education, first aid, and common emer­gencies.  CPR is also integrated into the health class. 

The Lifetime Activities class will offer an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge in individual and team sports that enable the student to become an active participant for leisure time and for future use.



Strength Conditioning 

(9-12)        10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS

    This class will meet every day.  It will cover the principles of aerobics and strength training.  This course would be of special benefit to students who are active in large muscle sports.



Science Department





Physical Science 

(9)        10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 semesters

    Includes theoretical and applied chemistry and physics.  Topics include:  matter; atoms and compounds; solids, liquids, and gases; periodic table, families of elements; organic chemistry, solutions; reactions; acids, bases, and salts; forces and work; motion; heat; waves; optics; electricity and magnetism; radio-activity; and nuclear reactors.



General Science

(9)        10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 semesters

    General Science is an integrated laboratory based course in which students explore fundamental, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics principles.  Students enrolled in this course examine, through the process of scientific inquiry, the structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, forces, motion, energy, cells, life functions, ecosystems, erosion, and stars.  





(10-12) 10 CREDIT HOURS

                   2 SEMESTERS

         Biology is a general biology class.  Units of study include:

         (1) Cell Biology; 

         (2) Genetics; 

         (3) Evolution & Natural Selection 

         (4) Populations & Ecosystems 

         (5) Earth & Planetary Science 

         (6) Taxonomy 

        Course evaluation will be based on teacher observation, lab work, projects, quizzes and tests. Major topics to be covered are derived from Nebraska state science standards.



(11-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS

    Study of general chem­istry in a modern theoretical devel­­op­ment.   Empha­sis placed on quan­ti­ta­tive mea­sure­ment, atomic struc­ture and its relation to chemical behavior of matter, and chem­ical kinetics and equil­i­bri­um.

    Course primarily covers inorg­­anic chemistry with a one-unit intro­duction to or­gan­ic chemistry.

Prerequisites:  Junior standing.  Satis­fact­ory comple­tion of, or enrollment in, Advanced Algebra and satisfactory completion of Biology if you were enrolled in Biology.


Human Physiology I

(11-12)                                      10 CREDIT HOURS    

                                                     2 SEMESTERS

         A year long course dealing exclusively with Human Anatomy & Physiology. Areas that will be dealt with will include the anatomy and physiology plus medical terminology of the following systems.  Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Digestive, Lymphatic, Urinary, Nervous system. The class also includes many dissections that correlate with the materials covered.  We will look at how the body works, how we develop, how we move, among other topics.

Prerequisites: having taken Biology and finished with at least a ‘B’ average.


Human Physiology II

(12)                                            10 CREDIT HOURS

                                                     2 SEMESTERS

         A year long course dealing exclusively with Human Anatomy & Physiology. Areas that will be dealt with will include the anatomy and physiology plus medical terminology of major body system including the integument, skeletal, muscular, reproductive, prenatal development and endocrine systems. The class also includes many dissections that correlate with the materials covered.  We will look at how the body works, how we develop, how we move, among other topics.

Prerequisites: having taken Biology and finished with at least a ‘B’ average.





(11-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS

    Course consists of the following topics:  Introduction to matter, energy, and mea­sure­ment; motion, mechanics, thermo­dy­namics, optics and waves, electri­city and magnetism.

Prerequisite:  Algebra II, completion of or enroll­ment in analysis.  Chemistry is recommended but not essential, teacher approval without Analysis and Chemistry.


Science Olympiad

(11-12)    10 CREDIT HOURS


    Applied science is a class that will get students prepared for the Science Olympiad tournament at the end of the school year. Students need to be able to work with their hands to apply concepts but also understand some of the science behind the product. 

    The Science Olympiad tournaments are aca­demic interscholastic competitions that con­sist of a series of individual and team events. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and tech­nol­ogy. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, con­cepts, processes, skills and science appli­ca­tions.






Social Science / Social Studies Department




(9)        10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTER

    This class will cover the five major themes of Geography including:  

Location—posi­tion on the earth’s surface;
Place—phy­sical and human characteristics;
Relationships within places—human and environments;
Movement—humans interacting on the earth; and
Regions—how they form and change.

Students will also be required to pass a map quiz and hand in current event reading cards.



World History            

(10)        10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTER

    World History covers the beginnings of civilization, ancient civilizations, empires, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and reform, exploration, Enlightenment, revo­lu­tion, industrialism, and the world at war to present times. Power and authority, religion and ethics, revolution, economics, culture, empire building and science and technology will be reoccurring themes throughout the course.



American History

(11)    10 CREDIT HOURS

                        2 SEMESTERS


1.    40,000 B.C.E. - 1783 American Beginnings

2.    1781-1850 A New Nation

3.    1825-1877 An Era of Growth and Disunion

4.    1876-1917 Migration and Industrial­iza­tion Change Society

5.    1890-1920 Modern America Emerges

6.    1920-1940 The Twenties and the Great Depression

7.    1931-1960 World War II and Its After­math

8.    1954-1975 Living with Great Turmoil

9.    1968-1996 Nearing the Century Mark


American Government

(12)        10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS


1. Foundations of American Government.

2. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

3. Political Participation:  Government by the people

4. National Government:  The Legislative Branch

5. National Government:  The Executive Branch

6. National Government:  The Judicial Branch

7. Government in Action:  American Public Policy

8. State Government

9. Local Government

10. Comparative Government




Additional Courses



Supervised Study Hall      0 CREDIT HOURS




Work Site Experience

(12)        10 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS

    The student will initiate his/her course of study in this class by contacting a local business about working without pay on-site for one or two periods a day. An agreement will be made between the business operator, the school counselor, the student's parent(s) and the student for requirements for this class.

    The purpose of the class is to give the student the opportunity to learn more about a possible career, so the chosen business should be one which interests the student as a possible future field of employment. The student must carry insurance, which is available through the school for those who do not already have it.



Drivers Education 

            3 CREDIT HOURS


    This course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction and testing on the many responsibilities of owning and driving an automobile.  Each student also receives 5 hours of driving instruction and 15 hours of observation.  There is a fee for this course.  




Teacher’s Aide 

(11-12)    6 CREDIT HOURS

        2 SEMESTERS

    This course will have a weekly online assignment on career development. The teacher's aide will provides assistance to teachers in a variety of activities in a specific class or grade. Interested students will submit application with counselor. 



College Courses


Independent Study            1 SEMESTER


The student will enroll in a class of their choosing from an accredited post-secondary school.  Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive college credit hours and depending on the instructor may also receive high school credit as well.  The student must have advance permission from the counselor or principal and register with college the prior semester. Some courses have minimum ACT or ACCUPLACER requirement.  Check with guidance counselor if interested.