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    SPECIALIZED  COURSES

     

     
     

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

     

    TEACHER ASSISTANT

    5-10 Credits / Grades 11-12

    Prerequisite:  Teacher approval

     

    This course is for students who wish to gain knowledge of simple office procedures, who wish to tutor their peers under the direction of school personnel, and/or who wish to work for individual instructors.  Student duties may include such clerical and/or instructional tasks as delivery and organization of messages and materials, room or office arrangement, researching, filing, typing, organizing materials, monitoring equipment, answering phones, assisting visitors, tutoring students, taking notes, or other duties as requested.  Level and type of experience will vary with the individual teacher and/or department.

     

    STUDENT GOVERNMENT

    10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  Elected or selected in the previous year                                               

    (Freshmen are elected in September of current school year.)

     

    Students learn the theories of leadership, public speaking, and how to conduct meetings.  They are responsible for organizing meetings and activities, implementing and evaluating Student Body programs, and maintaining open communication between students and staff.  This course may be repeated for credit.

     

    JOURNALISM

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  Keyboarding or demonstrated skill of typing 25 wpm

    HS (h); CSU / UC (g)                                                                                            

                           

    This course is an introduction to the basic skills required by the modern newspaper, including the writing of news, features, critical reviews, editorials, sports, and advertising.  The reading and analysis of relevant literature are required.  This course teaches the history of journalism and stresses the ethics and responsibilities of the press.  Students in this class will write articles for the school newspaper, The Chronicle, and will have the opportunity to take Advanced Journalism second semester and/or the following year.  Students must be able to assume responsibility, work cooperatively, and respect the standards of the school community.

     

    ADVANCED JOURNALISM

    10 Credits (may be repeated) / Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite:  Journalism, grade of C or better, and teacher approval

    HS (h); CSU / UC (g)

     

    This course teaches advanced skills required by the modern newspaper, including the writing of news, features, critical reviews, editorials, sports, and advertising.  The reading and analysis of relevant literature are required.  This course stresses the ethics and responsibilities of the press.  Students in this class will learn newspaper layout and the desktop publishing program Quark XPress.  In addition, students will produce the school newspaper, The Chronicle.  Students must be able to assume responsibility, work cooperatively, and respect editorial authority and the standards of the school community.  Consistent attendance and time commitment are vital.

     

    SPEECH:  COMPOSITION AND DELIVERY

    5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  None

    CSU / UC (g)

     

    This course will help students learn to compose and deliver several kinds of public speeches with confidence.  It will emphasize practice in research techniques, the use of logic to develop an argument to convince, and formal methods of presenting ideas.  Assignments include locating materials for interpretation in literature, preparation of materials for oral presentation, methods of presentation, verbal and non-verbal communication, and the development of listening skills.

     

    YEARBOOK

    5-10 Credits (may be repeated) / Grades 9-12

    Prerequisite:  Teacher approval

    HS (h)                                                                                                                     

     

    Students are trained in various areas of yearbook production such as copy-writing, interviewing, headline and captions, photographs, layout and design, and computer skills.  The entire yearbook is planned, designed, and produced by students on staff.  Students are provided with numerous opportunities to assume leadership roles and a great deal of responsibility.  They will learn the importance of meeting deadlines, working cooperatively, and paying attention to detail.  Students need to possess excellent writing skills and a high degree of creativity.  They will learn to work independently and efficiently.

     

    LAB ASSISTANT

    5-10 Credits (10 credits maximum in high school) / Grades 11-12

    Prerequisite:  Teacher approval

     

    This course is for students with a background in laboratory sciences who wish to assist an instructor with the preparation of lab activities in science courses.  This includes the lab set up, assistance during class lab activities, and lab clean up.                                                                                                            

    Revised 2/22/13