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AAIMS Dept. Chairperson
Laci Shea
BS in Spanish / Business
Masters in Mild-Moderate Special Education

Business Dept. Chairperson
Dave Faust
BA in Business Administration
Masters in Education

English Dept. Chairperson
Sharon Meyerrose
BS in Education
Masters in Education

Fine Arts Dept. Chairperson
Emily Himonidis
BA in Education / Theatre
Masters in Education

Foreign Lang. Dept. Chairperson
Elizabeth Hasken
BA in Secondary Spanish Education
Masters in Spanish Literature / Linguistics

Mathematics Dept. Chairperson
Clare Grosser
BA in Mathematics
Masters in Secondary Education

Religion Dept. Chairperson
Tina Ryan
BA in Psychology
Certificate of Theology

Science Dept. Chairperson
Ann Maloney
BS in Biology
Masters in Biological Science

Social Studies Dept. Chairperson
Terri Fugate
BA in Secondary Math Education
Masters in Educational / Counseling Psychology

Technology Dept. Chairperson
Poly Seguim
BS in Industrial Management
Minors in Management Information Systems / Italian
Masters in Multicultural Special Education

Departments / Courses

The following Course of Study tabs list all classes offered at St. Henry District High School. With the exception of the Religion classes, courses coincide with those listed in the Program of Studies for Kentucky Schools.

AAIMS Program

Currently taught by:Emily Himonidis
Polyana Seguim
Laci Shea
Recommended Grade Level:9 10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Academic testing, referral from AAIMS Committee, and/or prior school's recommendations.
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:A student may earn up to four credits in AAIMS.
Course Description:The Academic Achievement through Intervention, Mentoring, and Support (AAIMS) Program serves students that have been identified as having a mild to moderate disability including but not limited to: cognitive, medical, psychological, or physical conditions that may interfere with their academic performance. The emphasis of the AAIMS Program is to support students during high school in order to prepare them to succeed in their post-secondary transition by supporting them in: grammar, math calculation, math problem solving skills, reading comprehension, time management, self-advocacy skills, and study habits. Students may qualify for the course based on the results of their academic testing, recommendation of the AAIMS committee, or recommendation from their prior school. The AAIMS committee consists of the AAIMS teachers, school counselor, core content teachers, and an administrator.

Accounting I

Currently taught by:Cecelia Kunstek
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:In this course the students will learn the principles of a double-entry accounting system. Activities include preparing worksheets, journalizing, posting, preparing financial statements, basic tax coverage, and accounting and stock market simulations.

Accounting II Honors

Currently taught by:Cecelia Kunstek
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Accounting I
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This advanced course of accounting includes an in-depth study of accounting principles, procedures, and techniques used in keeping financial records for sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Skills are developed in analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, reporting information, preparing formal statements and supporting schedules. Students begin to analyze business strengths and weaknesses as well as gain a broader understanding of business activities. Students will also be introduced to automated accounting procedures and a stock market simulation.

Business Law

Currently taught by:Dave Faust
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1/2 (Half Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:This course is taken along with Personal Business during the course of the year.
Course Description:This course intends to provide the student with an opportunity to study human and business drama from a new perspective – that of the evolving set of rules that form our legal system. The student will encounter and explore many important social and ethical issues and will be able to examine these issues relative to how they affect daily lives.

Global and Digital Citizenship

Currently taught by:Seth Dressman
Hunter Fleury
Recommended Grade Level:9
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; Global and Digital Citizenship or AP Human Geography is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:Global and Digital Citizenship is a course designed to merge Physical Geography, Human Geography, Computer and Technology Applications, Digital Citizenship, and Global Awareness. Students will learn the implications of accessing, managing, exchanging, and disseminating information electronically, combined with discussions of current events. They will be using computer and application software to prepare documents and reports. This is a hands-on exploration of technology applications in a Problem Based Learning environment based on Physical and Human Geography supporting student’s development of Global and Digital Citizenship.

Principles of Business

Currently taught by:Dave Faust
Recommended Grade Level:9 10
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This course provides the student with a basic foundation of the study of business and provides information for financial and economic decisions. Topics include the function of a business, various types of enterprise systems, forms of business ownership, becoming a knowledgeable consumer, banking, and current trends and topics in the business world.

Personal Business Management

Currently taught by:Dave Faust
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1/2 (Half Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:This course is taken along with Business Law during the course of the year.
Course Description:In this course, students will develop skills and knowledge needed for personal and business life. Topics taught in this course are letter writing, taxes, job applications, resumes, office skills, and personal budget.

English I

Currently taught by:Stephenie Seta
Recommended Grade Level:9
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; An English I course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Vocabulary, note taking, library skills, literary terms and their use as they pertain to short stories, novels, and poetry are discussed. Grammar is emphasized including review of parts of speech, study of verbals, clauses, and sentence patterns. Drama is read and analyzed using Romeo and Juliet. The epic, The Odyssey, and the novels, Murder on the Orient Express, Tuesdays with Morrie, The Miracle Worker, and Animal Farm, complement the study of short stories and poetry. Public speaking using a variety of topics is covered throughout the year. Students develop their writing skills through an assortment of assignments including two or three five-paragraph papers focusing on analysis of literature with quotations. Students will be introduced to the research process including preparation of note cards, outlines, and works cited to accompany papers. Students will be instructed in the MLA process with the MLA Handbook 7th edition as the source text. Students will develop their resume second semester. The Sadlier Vocabulary series will be used in this course. A summer reading/writing assignment is required.

English I Honors

Currently taught by:Jeanne Vieth
Recommended Grade Level:9
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:Yes; An English I course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Vocabulary, note taking, library skills, literary terms and their use as they pertain to short stories, novels, and poetry are discussed. Grammar is emphasized including a review of parts of speech, study of verbals, clauses, and sentence patterns. Drama is read and analyzed using Romeo and Juliet. The epic, The Odyssey, and the novel, Murder on the Orient Express, Tuesdays with Morrie, and The Old Man and the Sea, complement the study of short stories and poetry. Public speaking using a variety of topics is covered throughout the year. Students develop their writing skills through an assortment of assignments including three to five five-paragraph papers focusing on analysis of literature with quotations. Students will be introduced to the research process including preparation of note cards, outlines, and works cited to accompany papers. Students will be instructed in the MLA process with the MLA Handbook as the source text. Students will develop their resume second semester. The Sadlier Vocabulary series will be used in this course. Optional reading may include the following: Animal Farm, Flowers for Algernon, and The Miracle Worker. This course emphasizes writing, in particular analytical essay writing. A summer reading/writing assignment is required.

English II

Currently taught by:Rob Harris
Stephenie Seta
Recommended Grade Level:10
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:English I
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; An English II course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Students will acquire and demonstrate basic grammatical skills through the use of essay writing. Also, the elements of the short story, poetry, drama, and the novel are analyzed, beginning with the study of the genres by published authors. Key works include the exploration of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, A Separate Peace, Fahrenheit 451, Lord of the Flies, and Death of a Salesman. Students will continue development of the research process utilizing all of the steps in the process to complete two documented research papers; other writing is focused on analytical and persuasive topics based on literature read. Public speaking using a variety of topics will be incorporated throughout the year. Students will update their resume. The Sadlier Vocabulary series will be used in this course. A summer reading/writing assignment is required.

English II Honors

Currently taught by:Sharon Meyerrose
Recommended Grade Level:10
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:English I
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:Yes; An English II course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Students will acquire and demonstrate basic grammatical skills through the use of essay writing. Also, the elements of the short story, poetry, drama, and the novel are analyzed, beginning with the study of the genres by published authors. Key works include the exploration of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, A Separate Peace, and Grapes of Wrath. Students will continue development of the research process utilizing all of the steps in the process to complete two documented research papers; other writing is focused on analytical and persuasive topics based on literature read. Public speaking using a variety of topics will be incorporated throughout the year. Students will update their resume. The Sadlier Vocabulary series will be used in this course. Optional reading may include The Scarlet Pimpernel, Nectar in a Sieve, Lord of the Flies, and Fahrenheit 451. A summer reading/writing assignment is required for this course.

English III

Currently taught by:Rob Harris
Jeanne Vieth
Recommended Grade Level:11
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:English II
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; An English III course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:American Literature is studied including the American Colonial Period, the New England writers, the Romantic Period, the Transcendental Period, the Realist Period, and the Modernist Period to include the 20th century writers. Students are instructed in developmental writing culminating in a major research paper on a literary topic; other writing is focused on analytical and persuasive topics based on literature read. Students will update their resume. Public speaking using a variety of topics will be incorporated throughout the year. Major literary works studied include The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Additional novels will be read from the following: Red Badge of Courage, and Of Mice and Men. Basic grammar and punctuation skills will be reinforced. The Sadlier Vocabulary series will be used in this course. A summer reading/writing assignment is required.

English III Honors

Currently taught by:Sharon Meyerrose
Recommended Grade Level:11
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:English II
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:Yes; An English III course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:American Literature is studied including the American Colonial Period, the New England writers, the Romantic Period, the Transcendental Period, the Realist Period, and the Modernist Period to include the 20th century writers. Students are instructed in developmental writing culminating in a major research paper on a literary topic; other writing is focused on analytical and persuasive topics based on literature read. Students will update their resume. Public speaking using a variety of topics will be incorporated throughout the year. Major literary works may include The Scarlet Letter, Red Badge of Courage, Huck Finn, The Chosen, The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Billy Budd. Basic grammar and punctuation skills will be reinforced. The Sadlier Vocabulary series will be used in this course. A summer reading/writing assignment is required.

English IV

Currently taught by:Nicole Gonzalez
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:English III
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; An English IV course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:British and Western World Literature is studied including a core curriculum of English Literature from the Anglo/Saxon through Modern periods. Informed responses to ideas, values, and concepts contained in this literature are required, both through oral and written forms including literary analysis papers. Public speaking using a variety of topics will be incorporated throughout the year. Students will update their resume during the first semester. One research paper is assigned which stresses topics contained in the literature that is read; other writing is focused on analytical and persuasive topics based on literature read. Major literary works studied include Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, All Quiet on the Western Front, and The Tragedy of Macbeth. Optional reading may include Restavec, Frankenstein, Night, Great Expectations, and Brave New World. Basic grammar and punctuation skills will be reinforced. The Sadlier Vocabulary series will be used in this course. A summer reading /writing assignment is required.

AP EngIish

Currently taught by:Sharon Meyerrose
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:English III
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No; However, this course will count for an English IV class (which is required for graduation).
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:In this course, students will have the opportunity to take both AP English exams (Literature and Language). British and Western World Literature is studied including a core curriculum of English Literature from the Anglo/Saxon through Modern periods. There will be a brief review of some of the most significant American writers and their works in preparation for the AP exams. Informed responses to ideas, values, and concepts contained in this literature are required, both through oral interpretation and analytical essays. Public speaking using a variety of topics will be incorporated throughout the year. Students will update their resume during the first semester. One literary, analytical research paper is assigned which stresses topics contained in the literature that is read. All writing is analytical and persuasive in format. Major literary works studied include Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, Othello, and The Tragedy of Macbeth. Optional reading may include Cry, the Beloved Country, Great Expectations, All But My Life, Night, Siddartha, Things Fall Apart, Heart of Darkness, Crime and Punishment, and Wuthering Heights. The Sadlier Vocabulary series will be used in this course. A summer reading/writing assignment is required. In addition, students will write a variety of timed essays to prepare for both the AP exams taken in May.

Journalism

Currently taught by:
Recommended Grade Level:10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:None
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This course introduces students to the concepts and characteristics of journalistic expression. Students write, edit, revise, and proofread editorials, features, news articles, sports articles, and magazine articles. This course will also produce the quarterly school newspaper. Use of word processing and instruction in layout will be integrated throughout the course. Students study the historical and cultural impact of journalism.

Speech / Communications

Currently taught by:Shawn Schwarz
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:None
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:In the first semester, students will study the formal structure of a speech. The students will give informative speeches, “how to” speeches, persuasive speeches, eulogies, and acceptance speeches. In the second semester, the students will study the many components of communications. Students will look at various types of communications and skills that occur during interpersonal communications and group communication. Students will learn how to respond in a formal interview. Finally, students will examine mass media and public relations.

Art I

Currently taught by:Katie Baker
Hunter Fleury
Recommended Grade Level:9 10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This course is for the student who has an interest in the visual arts, yet minimal art experience or little or no formal art training. The student will explore many processes, concepts, and artistic principles. Students will then be able to move on to specific interest areas in the art curriculum. Techniques introduced in Art I include, but are not limited to, a variety of traditional drawing techniques, painting, printmaking, and ceramics.

Art II

Currently taught by:Katie Baker
Recommended Grade Level:10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Art I
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Focusing on enhancing and strengthening the student’s drawing and rendering skills, Art II will introduce new, formal drawing concepts, as well as introducing the students to acrylic painting. Students will further develop their drawing and painting skills while exploring a wide variety of mediums. Students will explore composition and expression while experimenting with media. Realism will be stressed until personal imagery can be developed.

Art III

Currently taught by:Katie Baker
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Art I and Art II
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:In this class, students will further explore the media, techniques, and aesthetic concepts they were introduced to in Art I and Art II, as well as being introduced to 2-Dimensional techniques such as screen- printing and photography and 3-dimensional techniques including paper sculpture, paper mache, clay, and plaster. This class will include a variety of projects that will increase the students’ understanding of intermediate artistic concepts, and will have the students incorporating and combining different media.

Art IV (Senior Portfolio)

Currently taught by:Katie Baker
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Art I and Art II
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This course will be a culminating art experience for the self-motivated student. Students will develop a polished body of work suitable for portfolio presentation for college entry. A variety of mediums will be used in order to reemphasize the traditional foundations through the elements and principles of art. Students will also be engaged in the critique process, study of art history, as well as developing pertinent critical thinking and creativity building skills.

Art IV (AP Studio Art)

Currently taught by:Katie Baker
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Art I and Art II
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This Advanced Placement program in studio art enables highly motivated students to perform at the college level while still in high school. The AP Studio Art Portfolio is a performance based exam rather than a written one. Each portfolio requires submissions in three different sections (quality, concentration, and breadth), and students select at the beginning of the class whether to concentrate on Drawing (which encompasses all flat mediums such as painting, drawing, printmaking, etc.), 2-Dimensional Design, or 3-Dimensional Design. The sections are designed to assess different aspects of student performance. THIS CLASS HAS A DEMANDING ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE.

AP History of Art

Currently taught by:Katie Baker
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:None
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes; Must be signed in by Social Studies teacher.
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This course is a survey of primarily the Western Art tradition from the ethnocentric through the Post-Modern. The student will increase their visual literacy and appreciation while preparing for the written AP exam to be taken in the spring. Students will learn to identify artwork by period, style, and historical importance, as well as learning to critique and appreciate art. THIS CLASS HAS A DEMANDING READING SCHEDULE.

Beginning Band

Currently taught by:Joseph Payne
Recommended Grade Level:9 10 11
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:A student may register for and earn up to 4 years worth of credits in Band. (1 year in Beginning Band and 3 years in Advanced Band or 4 years in Advanced Band, depending on the circumstances.)
Course Description:This performance-based instrumental music group is for students interested in learning to play a band instrument and perform in public. Students are required to purchase/rent an instrument. Students participate in various school functions (games, assemblies, etc.). Special after school rehearsals may be necessary.

Advanced Band

Currently taught by:Joseph Payne
Recommended Grade Level:9 10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Beginning Band or prior lessons / experience.
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:A student may register for and earn up to 4 years worth of credits in Band. (1 year in Beginning Band and 3 years in Advanced Band or 4 years in Advanced Band, depending on the circumstances.)
Course Description:This performance-based instrumental music group is for students interested in continuing to play a band instrument and perform in public. Students are required to purchase/rent an instrument. Students participate in various school functions (games, assemblies, etc.). Special after school rehearsals may be necessary.

Chorus

Currently taught by:Eileen Bird
Recommended Grade Level:9 10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:An audition is required for admittance.
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:A student may earn up to four credits in Chorus / Chamber Choir.
Course Description:Chorus is open to any student who enjoys singing and will work toward improving their vocal skills individually and within a group. Special attention is given to rudiments of correct singing and choral blend, sight-reading skills and simple elements of music theory. Students will participate in two annual choral concerts as well as all-school liturgies throughout the year.

Chamber Choir

Currently taught by:Eileen Bird
Recommended Grade Level:10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Chorus or previous experience and an audition.
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:A student may earn up to four credits in Chorus / Chamber Choir.
Course Description:Chamber Choir is an auditioned, select choir that is geared toward those students with singing and choral experience and advanced vocal skills. Special attention is given to rudiments of correct singing and choral blend, sight-reading skills and simple elements of music theory. An important focus of this choir is ministry; Chamber Choir often visits local churches and establishments for liturgies and concerts outside of school hours. Students will also participate in two annual choral concerts as well as all-school liturgies and other school functions throughout the year.

Drama I

Currently taught by:Emily Himonidis
Recommended Grade Level:10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Drama class is open to all students who are interested in the performing and dramatic arts. Students will study the development of drama from its origins in Greece, through the middle ages, and up to the time of Shakespeare where students are required to read one Shakespearean play. Students will also study pantomime, oral interpretation, storytelling, performing a monologue, developing a character, acting, directing, technical theater, and musical theater. Students will be expected to perform various skills in front of their classmates. Drama students are also required to audition for one of the SHDHS plays; however, they do not have to participate in the play itself.

Drama II

Currently taught by:Emily Himonidis
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Drama I
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Drama II will continue to cover the history of theatre with an emphasis on the history of American Theatre with the movements of Realism and Anti-realism. There will be a concentration on acting through the study of Constantine Stanislavski's internal and external aspects of acting. There will be a more specific study of various acting skills that will allow students to create distinguishable characters during their performances of monologues. There will be an emphasis on the seven steps to performing a monologue and students will be required to create, prepare, and perform one monologue each quarter. Drama II will also have a more concentrated focus on the audition process. Students in Drama II are required to audition for both plays and must participate in some way and attend BOTH shows. (Participation includes acting, student directing, heading a crew, running the light board, etc.).

Drama III

Currently taught by:Emily Himonidis
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Drama I and Drama II
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Drama III will continue the study of acting. It will look at the importance of working with a partner and how to perform while taking your partner's needs into consideration. Students will perform a number of duo scenes. Drama III will also study the areas of technical theater and directing. The students will concentrate on all the technical aspects needed to produce a play. Students will study the different styles of directing, the terminology of directors, and look in-depth at the importance of blocking. Students will be expected to direct various duo scenes in each semester. Students in Drama III are required to audition for both plays and must participate in some way and attend BOTH shows. (Participation includes acting, student directing, heading a crew, running the light board, etc.).

Latin I

Currently taught by:Michelle Kempf
Recommended Grade Level:9 10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:No; However, two years of a foreign language are required for pre-college curriculum.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Latin I introduces the student to the study of basic Latin vocabulary, grammatical structures, and syntax through a variety of written and oral exercises. The student is trained to speak Latin with a precise and pure pronunciation. Simple Latin readings are presented for student listening and reading comprehension. Special emphasis is placed on word derivations, meanings of prefixes and suffixes, and explanation of roots. The student is exposed to Roman mythology, history, and culture through the Latin readings and supplementary materials used in this course.

Latin I Honors

Currently taught by:Michelle Kempf
Recommended Grade Level:9 10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes; A recommendation form must be completed and is available online at SHDHS.org.
Required For Graduation:No; However, two years of a foreign language are required for pre-college curriculum.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Latin I Honors introduces the student to the study of basic Latin vocabulary, grammatical structures, and syntax through a variety of written and oral exercises. The student is trained to speak Latin with a precise and pure pronunciation. Simple Latin readings are presented for student listening and reading comprehension. Special emphasis is placed on word derivations, meanings of prefixes and suffixes, and explanation of roots. The student is exposed to Roman mythology, history, and culture through the Latin readings and supplementary materials. Students interested in Latin I - Honors are not expected to have had any prior Latin experience. Instead, the course is designed for students who enjoy being challenged and are considering pursuing Latin through the Latin III or AP level. This course will include enrichment and acceleration of course material from Latin I, including vocabulary and grammar tenses.

STUDENTS MUST FILL OUT THIS LINKED FORM TO TAKE LATIN I HONORS.

Latin II

Currently taught by:Michelle Kempf
Recommended Grade Level:10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Latin I
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No; However, two years of a foreign language is required for pre-college curriculum.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Latin II begins with a review of the materials presented in Latin I. A variety of written and oral exercises is continued. New Latin vocabulary, grammatical structures, and syntax are introduced. The Latin readings presented for listening and reading comprehension are based on Roman history and culture. They include selections from authentic Latin authors. The study of word derivations, Roman mythology, history, and culture is continued.

Latin II Honors

Currently taught by:Michelle Kempf
Recommended Grade Level:10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Latin I; 93% or with consent of a teacher
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No; However, two years of a foreign language are required for pre-college curriculum.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Latin II - Honors begins with a review of the materials presented in Latin I. A variety of written and oral exercises is continued. New Latin vocabulary, grammatical structures, and syntax are introduced. The Latin readings presented for listening and reading comprehension are based on Roman history and culture. They include selections from authentic Latin authors. The study of word derivations, Roman mythology, history, and culture is continued. This course is strongly recommended for those students who are considering continuing on into Latin III and/or AP Latin. This course will include enrichment and acceleration of course material from Latin II, including vocabulary and grammar tenses. Students will also work further on developing their proficiency in reading Latin texts written by Roman authors.

Latin III Honors (Catullus / Ovid)

Currently taught by:Michelle Kempf
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Latin II; 93% or with consent of a teacher
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:In this course, students read selections from the Carmina Catulli, lyric love poems of Catullus, the Metamorphoses, Ovid's stories of mythology, and the Amores, short love poems of Ovid. Included in the course are the study of scansion, vocabulary, figures of speech, uses of imagery, geographical and mythological references, grammar and syntax, and sound and metrical effects. The basic objective is to continue to make progress in reading, understanding, analyzing, and interpreting Latin in the original.

AP Latin (Vergil / Caeser)

Currently taught by:Michelle Kempf
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Latin III; 93% or with consent of a teacher
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This is an intense and comprehensive study of Vergil and Caesar. It involves daily Latin reading and its goal is to prepare the student for successful completion of the AP Latin exam in May for which the student may possibly receive college credit. For this reason, AP Latin is recommended only for the highly motivated and serious student who enjoys a challenge and aspires for academic excellence.

Spanish I

Currently taught by:Alexandra Breeze
Recommended Grade Level:9 10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:No; However, two years of a foreign language are required for a pre-college curriculum.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:In Spanish I, students are introduced to the value of speaking Spanish and given the opportunity to perform at beginner proficiency level in reading, writing, listening, comprehension, and speaking. Students work through realistic situations talking about themselves and their family members, school situations, and friends. They are given the tools with which they can meet Spanish-speakers and then express likes and dislikes, give descriptions, ask and answer practical questions, order food, and ask directions and prices. The present tense is studied and present progressive tense is introduced at this level. There is strong emphasis on written communication and vocabulary development. Cultural, geographical, and historical information from the twenty-one Spanish speaking countries is presented, with emphasis on the customs and traditions of Mexico.

Spanish I Honors

Currently taught by:Jennie Olinger
Recommended Grade Level:9 10 11
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes; A recommendation form must be completed and is available online at SHDHS.org.
Required For Graduation:No; However, two years of a foreign language are required for pre-college curriculum.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:In Spanish I Honors, students are introduced to the value of speaking Spanish and given the opportunity to perform at beginner proficiency level in reading, writing, listening, comprehension, and speaking. Students work through realistic situations talking about themselves and their family members, school situations, and friends. They are given the tools with which they can meet Spanish-speakers and then express likes and dislikes, give descriptions, ask and answer practical questions, order food, and ask directions and prices. The present tense is studied and present progressive tense is introduced at this level. There is strong emphasis on written communication and vocabulary development. Cultural, geographical, and historical information from the twenty-one Spanish speaking countries is presented.

This course is strongly recommended for those students who have had a fair amount of Spanish in middle school, and/or are quick learners and like to be challenged, and/or have a love a Spanish and want to continue onto Spanish II Honors, and/or Spanish III, and/or AP Spanish. This course will include enrichment and acceleration of course material from Spanish I, including vocabulary and grammar tenses.

STUDENTS MUST FILL OUT THIS LINKED FORM TO TAKE SPANISH I HONORS.

Spanish II

Currently taught by:Jennie Olinger
Recommended Grade Level:9 10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Spanish I
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No; However, two years of a foreign language are required for pre-college curriculum.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:In Spanish II, the students have the opportunity to reinforce the vocabulary, grammar, and structures and to learn additional tenses, including the preterite, imperfect, future, conditional, present and past progressive tenses. While reading and writing skills are being improved, oral comprehension and expression are still being emphasized. Students will be introduced to literature, newspapers, magazines and film to improve reading, discussion and conversational skills. As in Spanish I, one of the benefits of Spanish II is that it opens up possibilities for awareness and appreciation of our multicultural world as well as the realization of Hispanic presence and influence in the United States. Spain will be the cultural, geographical and historical focus.

Spanish II Honors

Currently taught by:Elizabeth Hasken
Alexandra Breeze
Recommended Grade Level:10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Spanish I; 93% or with consent of a teacher
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No; However, two years of a foreign language are required for pre-college curriculum.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:In Spanish II - Honors, the students have the opportunity to reinforce the vocabulary, grammar, and structures and to learn additional tenses, including the preterite, imperfect, future, conditional, present and past progressive tenses. Commands and some subjunctive tense will be introduced, as well. While reading and writing skills are being improved, oral comprehension and expression are still being emphasized. Students will be introduced to literature, newspapers, magazines, music and films to improve reading, listening, discussion and conversational skills. As in Spanish I, one of the benefits of Spanish II is that it opens up possibilities for awareness and appreciation of our multicultural world as well as the realization of Hispanic presence and influence in the United States. There will also be a cultural focus on various topics from the Spanish speaking world.

This course is strongly recommended for those students who are considering continuing on into Spanish III and/or AP Spanish. This course will include enrichment and acceleration of course material from Spanish II, including vocabulary and grammar tenses. Students will also work further on developing fluency in speech and writing and improving their proficiency in reading and listening skills.

Spanish III Honors

Currently taught by:Elizabeth Hasken
Recommended Grade Level:10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Spanish II; 93% or with consent of a teacher
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Spanish III is for the serious students who want to learn more than the minimum required for Spanish I and II. In Spanish III, students will implement their previous knowledge of Spanish and improve on their usage of tenses and structures from Spanish II and add the use of subjunctive to their conversational and written proficiency. Students will be introduced to the remaining verb tenses. Using dialogues, readings and audio resources from the textbook tenses and vocabulary become more familiar to the students as they work to improve fluency. Students are given the opportunity to broaden their conversational skills in practical situations, and to read from foreign newspaper, magazine and internet articles and to watch foreign television broadcasts and movies when they are available. Students will also explore a variety of Spanish and Latin American literature. Cultural, geographical and historical emphasis will be placed on the Caribbean, Central America and South America. This course is taught primarily in Spanish with English used for clarification and explanation. Willingness to speak Spanish and participate will be influential in grade determination, especially during second semester.

AP Spanish Literature

Currently taught by:Elizabeth Hasken
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Spanish III Honors; 93% or with consent of a teacher
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:AP Spanish Literature explores key texts from Latin American, Peninsular, and United States Hispanic literature through a thematic lens. Students study short stories, essays, poems, and prose and use the interpersonal, presentational and interpretive modes of language to critically read and analyze these works, through their writing and speaking. Additionally, students listen to author interviews and readings of their works, as well as explore some short films in Spanish. The course also includes biographical information about the authors and the historical context of each work, as well as an emphasis on cultural comparisons and connections. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP Spanish Literature exam in May.

AP Spanish Language

Currently taught by:Elizabeth Hasken
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Spanish III Honors; 93% or with consent of a teacher
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:AP Spanish Language continues development in the four basic language skills: listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking with an emphasis on daily oral communication. The study of literary readings continues and the students are prepared to take the AP Spanish Language exam in May in order to receive college credit.

Health

Currently taught by:Maureen Kaiser
Recommended Grade Level:9
Course Credits:1/2 (Half Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes
Additional Course Notes:Freshmen will take this paired with Physical Education (P.E.)
Course Description:Contemporary health is a required course that emphasizes instruction and updated information on topics related to human health. The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the following: appearance, behavior, nutrition, exercise, physical structure, cardiovascular system, substance abuse, mental and emotional disorders, public health, first aid, and CPR. This course also deals with current health issues and various areas of interest such as environmental health, AIDS virus, health care, stress, and self-esteem.

Physical Education

Currently taught by:Shawn Schwarz
Recommended Grade Level:9
Course Credits:1/2 (Half Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes
Additional Course Notes:Freshmen will take this paired with Health.
Course Description:Physical Education is the basic secondary course required of all ninth graders. This class focuses on improving the student's personal fitness level. This class will provide information regarding lifetime physical fitness activities. Students will actively participate each day in various activities to improve their cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, flexibility and overall health. The students will also learn how to develop the basic skills of team, individual, and recreational sports. All students are required to pass an exam on basic rules and terminology of each sport and activity that is covered.

Wellness and Lifetime Fitness

Currently taught by:Shawn Schwarz
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This is an elective course designed for juniors and seniors who are interested in improving and maintaining physical health for life. Students will participate in aerobic fitness and weight / strength training. An emphasis is placed on personal wellness, health, and making intelligent nutritional dietary choices for a future healthy lifestyle. The ultimate goal is to provide the tools and knowledge necessary for students to sustain healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Algebra I

Currently taught by:Emily Himonidis
Doug Boh
Recommended Grade Level:9
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; An Algebra I course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:The objective of Algebra 1 is to give students an understanding of algebra by emphasizing concepts, structure, and applications. Topics include the real number system, number theory, algebraic expressions and sentences, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, operations with polynomials, relations and functions, graphing equalities and inequalities, radical expressions, factoring polynomials, exponents, exponential and rational functions, and solving systems of equations. Scientific calculators are used throughout the course. Graphing calculators may not be used in this class.

Algebra I Honors

Currently taught by:Alison Duff
Recommended Grade Level:9
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:A grade of 90+ in the previous math class, an entrance test score in mathematics of at least the 90th percentile, or the student took 8th grade Algebra I.
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; An Algebra I course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:It is essential that students have the study habits, maturity, and motivation necessary to be successful in an honors-level course.
Course Description:The objective of Algebra I is to give students an understanding of algebra by emphasizing concepts, structure, and applications. It is essential that students have the study habits, maturity, and motivation necessary to be successful in an honors-level course. Topics include the real number system, number theory, algebraic expressions and sentences, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, operations with polynomials, relations and functions, graphing equalities and inequalities, radical expressions, factoring polynomials, exponents, exponential and rational functions, and solving systems of equations. Scientific calculators are used throughout the course. Graphing calculators may not be used in this class.

Geometry

Currently taught by:Doug Boh
Diane Vaillancourt
Recommended Grade Level:10 11
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Algebra I
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; A Geometry course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:The focus of this course will be on discovery and realistic applications of geometric relationships and principles. Topics covered include: points, lines, planes, angles, midpoint and distance formulas, transformations, inductive and deductive reasoning, conditional and biconditional statements, algebraic and geometric proofs, transversals, parallel and perpendicular lines, slope, triangle congruence proofs, bisectors, triangular inequalities, the Pythagorean Theorem, types of quadrilaterals, ratios and proportions, similarity, trigonometric ratios, angles of elevation and depression, the Law of Sines and Cosines, and vectors. Throughout the course, we will also perform constructions, including but not limited to constructions of segments, angles, parallel and perpendicular lines, and regular polygons. Scientific calculators are required throughout the course. Graphing calculators are permitted but not needed (TI-84 is recommended).

Geometry Honors

Currently taught by:Tom Wischer
Recommended Grade Level:9 10
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Algebra I; Grade of 88+ in Algebra I Honors or 93+ in regular Algebra I.
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:Yes; A Geometry course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:Admission to this course is restricted. Students who wish to take Geometry Honors as freshman must take an additional placement test at SHDHS in late spring of their 8th grade year.
Course Description:This course is designed for students who have demonstrated a high level of understanding and proficiency in concepts and skills in Algebra I. It is also imperative that students have the study habits, maturity, and motivation necessary to be successful in this honors level course. Enrichment topics and activities are added to this course as appropriate. The focus in this course will be on discovery and realistic applications of geometric relationships and principles. The course includes a thorough study of points, lines, planes, angles, as well as parallel and perpendicular lines. Gradually students are introduced to the method of proof in 2-column, paragraph, indirect, and coordinate forms which are applied to triangles, quadrilaterals, and similar polygons. The course includes a study of right triangles, the Pythagorean Theorem in 2 and 3 dimensions, basic trigonometry, circles and spheres, area and volume, constructions, locus, 3-dimensional geometry, transformations, and coordinate plane geometry. Scientific calculators are required throughout the course. Graphing calculators are permitted but not needed (TI-84 is recommended).

Algebra II

Currently taught by:Diane Vaillancourt
Recommended Grade Level:10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Algebra I, Geometry
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; An Algebra II course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:This course is designed for college-intending students. In addition to expanding the mathematical concepts of Algebra I, an emphasis is placed on preparation for study of higher mathematics. Topics include the complex number system, quadratic equations and inequalities, graphs of functions and relations, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences and series, modeling linear and quadratic data, and trigonometry. The function concept and algebraic solution to problems in various content areas is also included. Graphing calculators are required for this course (TI-84 is recommended).

Algebra II Honors

Currently taught by:Tiffany Reding
Recommended Grade Level:10 11
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Algebra I, Geometry; Grade of 88+ in Algebra I Honors or 93+ in regular Algebra I and 88+ in Geometry Honors or 93+ in regular Geometry.
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:Yes; An Algebra II course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:This course is not appropriate for students with a grade of 80% or better in Algebra II. Those students should take Precalculus.

A student who is enrolling in two math classes as a sophomore must take Geometry Honors and Algebra II Honors simultaneously, but only with teacher recommendation.
Course Description:This course is designed for students who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in the concepts and skills of Algebra I and Geometry. It is essential that students have the study habits, maturity, and motivation necessary to be successful in an honors-level course. In addition to expanding the mathematical concepts of Algebra I, an emphasis is placed on preparation for study of higher mathematics. Students will cover topics including the properties, equations, and graphs of various functions (linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational, radical), inequalities, absolute value, linear systems of equations, matrices, the complex number system, trigonometry, and an introduction to conic sections. Enrichment topics and activities are added to this course as appropriate. Graphing calculators are required for this course (TI-84 is recommended).

Algebra III

Currently taught by:Emily Himonidis
Tom Wischer
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:This course is not appropriate for students with a grade of 80% or better in Algebra II. Those students should take Precalculus.
Course Description:This course is for junior/senior students who wish to take an upper level math course but at a more moderate rate than Precalculus. It will explore new areas and applications of Algebra and Geometry as well as maintain and improve previously acquired skills. Algebra III serves as a bridge between Algebra II and Precalculus for juniors. Students will need a graphing calculator (TI-84 is recommended).

College Algebra

Currently taught by:TBD
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:This course is not appropriate for students considering a college major in mathematics or science. Those students should take PreCalculus.
Course Description:This course is designed for students who need to strengthen their Algebra skills. Students will be using an online program called Khan Academy as an additional resource in this course. All students will begin with a review of Algebra I and Algebra II topics using Northern Kentucky University’s Transition to College Mathematics curriculum. Once the Algebra skills are mastered, students will proceed to Precalculus and/or Trigonometry concepts. This course focuses on the Algebra Placement Standards of the State of Kentucky. College Algebra is open to seniors with teacher recommendation. Students will need a graphing calculator (TI-84 is recommended).

Students who have an ACT math subscore or 21 or lower may be required or encouraged to take College Algebra. The ACT recommends, and most Kentucky colleges require, an ACT math score of 22 higher for placement in a College Algebra course or equivalent.

Seniors with a math sub-score of 21 or lower are required to take a non-credit math class in college. These seniors will be required to take the KYOTE test at the end of the second semester. The KYOTE test is an online test that is accepted at most Kentucky public colleges for math placement. With a passing score on the KYOTE test, the student may be eligible to enroll in a credit-bearing college math course at public Kentucky colleges.

AP Statistics

Currently taught by:Tiffany Reding
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:This course may be taken senior year as a student’s math credit or during junior or senior year as an elective credit along with a student’s required math course. This course is not appropriate for those wanting to major in math or science in college. Those students should take Pre-Calculus.
Course Description:This course is for students who wish to complete studies equivalent to a one semester, introductory, non-calculus-based, college course in statistics. It will introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: 1. Exploring Data, 2. Sampling and Experimentation, 3. Anticipating Patterns, and 4. Statistical Inference. Students who successfully complete the course and exam may receive credit for a one-semester introductory college statistics course. Students are required to have a TI-84+ graphing calculator. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP Statistics exam in May.

Pre-Calculus

Currently taught by:Clare Grosser
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This course is for students who plan to take Calculus or a later college-level mathematics class. It includes topics in number patterns, sequences and series, equations and inequalities, functions and their graphs, inverses, and transformations, polynomial and rational functions, complex numbers, techniques in problem solving, exponential and logarithmic functions, triangular and circular trigonometry, trigonometric graphs, trigonometric equations, trigonometric identities and applications of trigonometry, polar coordinates, probability and statistics and limits and continuity. Students will need a graphing calculator (TI-84 is recommended).

Pre-Calculus Honors

Currently taught by:Alison Duff
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II; Grade of 85+ in Algebra II Honors or 93+ in Algebra II.
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:This course is for students who plan to take Calculus. It includes topics on number patterns, functions and their inverses, circular and triangular trigonometry, polynomials and rational expressions, inequalities and absolute value, exponentials and logarithms, graphs and their applications, techniques in problem solving, complex numbers, polar coordinates, sequences and series, probability and statistics and limits and continuity. Enrichment topics and activities are added to this course as appropriate. Students will need a graphing calculator (TI-84 is recommended).

This course is designed for students who have the study habits, maturity, and motivation necessary to be successful in an accelerated course.

Calculus Honors

Currently taught by: Clare Grosser
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus Honors
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This course is designed for students who have completed courses in the pre-college curriculum and will assist in the preparedness for those who will most likely be taking a Calculus course in college. Students will cover topics including limits, derivatives, applications of derivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, applications of integration, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Although this course is not Advanced Placement Calculus, some of the same material will be covered to aid in conceptual learning and understanding. Students who take this course will not be prepared to take the AP Calculus exam in May. Students will need a graphing calculator with calculus capabilities (TI-84 is recommended).

AP Calculus

Currently taught by:Clare Grosser
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus Honors; Grade of 85+ in Pre-Calculus Honors or 90+ in Pre-Calculus.
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:This course is designed for students who have completed courses in the pre-college curriculum. This course is recommended for students interested in studying engineering, medicine, mathematics, or sciences in college. Students will cover topics including limits, derivatives, applications of derivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, applications of integration, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and calculus of exponential, trigonometric, and logarithmic functions while preparing for the AP exam in May. Students will need a graphing calculator with calculus capabilities (TI-84 is recommended). A summer assignment will be required.

Computer Science Honors

Currently taught by:Polyana Seguim
Recommended Grade Level:10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Geometry; Grade of 85+ in Geometry or 93+ in Algebra I.
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Computer Science is designed for students with little or no programming experience. It provides students with an understanding of how to use computation to solve problems. It emphasizes principles of software development, style, and testing. It aims to help students to feel confident in their ability to write small programs that allow them to solve basic problems (mathematical and nonmathematical). The class uses the Python programming language: topics include procedures and functions, iteration, recursion, arrays, strings, and operational model of procedure and function calls, algorithms, and object-oriented programming.

AP Computer Science

Currently taught by:
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Computer Science Honors
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This course uses the Java programming language. Emphasis is on problem solving and algorithm development. This course follows the AP curriculum for Computer Science. Topics covered include one- and two-dimensional arrays, the package concept in Java relating to strings, math operations, random numbers, and arrays. Students will modify code in existing classes and will be introduced to inheritance, method overloading, and polymorphism. Students who take this course may choose to take the AP Computer Science exam in May.

Freshmen Religion

Currently taught by:Emily Haley
Claire Bach
Recommended Grade Level:9
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes
Additional Course Notes:COMMUNITY SERVICE: We hope that our students are helpful to others motivated by the love of God and committed to justice. Community service is 10% of the Religion grade for the second and fourth quarter of each school year. Criteria is explained in the Student/Parent Handbook, and posted on the school’s website. Service opportunities are announced in Religion classes, listed on the Service bulletin board, and posted on the school's website.
Course Description:Fall Semester: Introduction to Catholicism - The purpose of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive survey of Catholic belief and practice. The course lays the foundation for the four year catechetical, spiritual, and pastoral formation program at St. Henry District High School, and will provide a common standard for academic success and promote participation in the life and mission of the Church, especially in the Diocese of Covington. It will assist students in developing the necessary attitude, values and skills to integrate faith and daily life.

Spring Semester: Course 1 Faith & Revelation: An Introduction to Scripture - The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. In the course they will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. If they have not been taught this earlier, they will learn how to read the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections of the Bible and the books included in each section. The students will pay particular attention to the Gospels, where they may grow to know and love Jesus Christ more personally.

Sophomore Religion

Currently taught by:Gina Ruehl
Emily Haley
Recommended Grade Level:10
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes
Additional Course Notes:COMMUNITY SERVICE: We hope that our students are helpful to others motivated by the love of God and committed to justice. Community service is 10% of the Religion grade for the second and fourth quarter of each school year. Criteria is explained in the Student/Parent Handbook, and posted on the school’s website. Service opportunities are announced in Religion classes, listed on the Service bulletin board, and posted on the school's website.
Course Description:Fall Semester: Course 2 Who Is Christ? - The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living word of God, and the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who He is, the students will also learn who He calls them to be.

Spring Semester: Course 3 The Mission of Christ - The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Through this course of study, students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails.

Junior Religion

Currently taught by:Angie Poat
Tina Ryan
Recommended Grade Level:11
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes
Additional Course Notes:COMMUNITY SERVICE: We hope that our students are helpful to others motivated by the love of God and committed to justice. Community service is 10% of the Religion grade for the second and fourth quarter of each school year. Criteria is explained in the Student/Parent Handbook, and posted on the school’s website. Service opportunities are announced in Religion classes, listed on the Service bulletin board, and posted on the school's website.
Course Description:Fall Semester: Course 4 Christ and the Church - The purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. The students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both divine and human elements. In this course, students will learn the life of the Church and the sacred nature of the Church.

Spring Semester: Course 5 Christ and the Sacraments - The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life. There will also be an additional emphasis on the teachings of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church.

Junior Retreat - All Juniors are required to attend an overnight retreat sponsored by the school's Campus Ministry department. Attendance is required in order to pass Junior Catechetics for the year.

Senior Religion

Currently taught by:Robert Gulla
Tina Ryan
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes
Additional Course Notes:COMMUNITY SERVICE: We hope that our students are helpful to others motivated by the love of God and committed to justice. Community service is 10% of the Religion grade for the second and fourth quarter of each school year. Criteria is explained in the Student/Parent Handbook, and posted on the school’s website. Service opportunities are announced in Religion classes, listed on the Service bulletin board, and posted on the school's website.
Course Description:Fall Semester: This course follows the Didache series, Our Moral Life in Christ. It is strongly based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Scripture, and Tradition. The students are challenged to consider what type of person they are becoming, to examine motives for their decisions and actions, and try to understand the motives of others and God’s design for our moral lives. The focus of the first semester is on understanding the fundamental principles and values necessary for correct conscience formation and decision-making.

Spring Semester: This course follows the Didache series, The Call of Christ: On Christian Vocation. The purpose of this course is to help students to understand the vocations of life: how Christ calls us to live. In this course, students should learn how all vocations are similar and how they differ. The course should be structured around married life, single life, priestly life, and consecrated life. Students should learn what it means to live life for the benefit of others and the value in considering a vocation in service to the Christian community. Students will also study the writings of St. John Paul II regarding Theology of the Body using the YOU series.

Senior Retreat - All high school seniors in the Diocese of Covington are required to attend a 4 day / 3 night retreat. Attendance is required for graduation.

 

 STEM Explorations

Currently taught by:Liticia Arthur
Kathy Bessler
Recommended Grade Level:9
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; A STEM Explorations course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:This first year course is an introduction to science, emphasizing hands-on experimental design and data analysis. Students will be guided through in-depth assessment of experimental results with the goal of increasing critical thinking skills. The course is designed around four major themes: chemistry, Earth and space science, physics, and engineering. The fourth quarter will revolve around engineering project based learning modules to allow all students to explore scientific principles in real-life situations. Use of scientific and computational technology will be an integral part of this course.

STEM Explorations Honors

Currently taught by:Kathy Bessler
Recommended Grade Level:9
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Student must score a 90+ on the SHDHS Math Placement Test and be enrolled in an honors level math class.
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; A STEM Explorations course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:This first year course is an introduction to science, emphasizing hands-on experimental design and data analysis. Students will be guided through in-depth assessment of experimental results with the goal of increasing critical thinking skills. The course is designed around four major themes: chemistry, Earth and space science, physics, and engineering. The fourth quarter will utilize engineering project based learning modules to allow all students to explore scientific principles in real-life situations. Students in the honors section will explore all class material in more depth and must demonstrate initiative and scientific curiosity. Use of scientific and computational technology will be an integral part of this course.

Biology

Currently taught by:Liticia Arthur
Ann Maloney
Recommended Grade Level:10
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:STEM Explorations
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; A Biology course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:This course is designed to look at the structure and function of organisms that make up the natural world. First semester includes review and application of scientific method, cellular and molecular biology, and the study of genetics. Second semester focuses on evolution, classification, exploration of taxonomic groups, and ecology. Throughout the year, there will be emphasis on the collection and presentation of data, hands-on scientific experimentation and inquiry, and development of standard biological laboratory skills to enhance learning.

Biology Honors

Currently taught by:Ron Otte
Recommended Grade Level:10
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:STEM Explorations; Grade of 85+ in STEM Explorations Honors or 93+ in STEM Explorations.
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:Yes; A Biology course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:This course is designed to challenge motivated students, prepare those interested in a science career as well as prepare those wanting to eventually take Anatomy and Physiology Honors or AP Biology. Critical thinking and math skills will be developed. Labs will move from teacher directed to inquiry-based, thus allowing students to pose, develop, and investigate biological problems. Emphasized topics include biochemistry, cell processes, genetics, evolution, microbiology, plant and animal anatomy and physiology, and ecology.

Chemistry

Currently taught by:Michael Fay
Recommended Grade Level:11
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:STEM Explorations and Biology
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; A Chemistry course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:This course teaches fundamental concepts of general chemistry with emphasis on data collection and analysis as well as graphical interpretation. Students develop laboratory skills through experimentation utilizing small scale lab techniques and technology. Topics included are mathematical skills, properties of matter, atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, chemical equations, stoichiometry, gas laws, acids and bases, solutions, equilibrium/kinetics, thermochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

Chemistry Honors

Currently taught by:Mark VonBokern
Recommended Grade Level:11
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Physical Science and Biology; Grade of 85+ in Physical Science Honors or Biology Honors and Grade of 93+ in Physical Science or Biology.
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:Yes; A Chemistry course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:This course is designed to challenge students who are interested in a future career in science or health care. The class topics will be covered in more depth and will require critical and analytical thinking skills. It is imperative that students have the maturity, study habits, and motivation necessary for this honors course. Topics included are mathematical skills, properties of matter, atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding and molecular structure, chemical equations, stoichiometry, gas laws, acids and bases, solutions, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, thermochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

Environmental Science

Currently taught by:Ron Otte
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Biology
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:Co-Requisite class: Chemistry
Course Description:This multifaceted course offers an overview of scientific and social topics needed to understand the environmental issues and challenges of today’s world. The class focuses on the inter-relationships between the environment and living organisms, especially the impact of human actions on the natural world. Course topics include: types of ecosystems, energy flow through ecosystems, interactions of populations and communities, and sustainable development. Field and laboratory work will be included.

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Currently taught by:Ann Maloney
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Biology
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:Co-Requisite class: Chemistry
Course Description:This class is an introduction to the structure and function of the human body. It is appropriate for students considering a healthcare career, or anyone who wants to learn more about how the body functions. This class will stress practical applications along with standard anatomy topics, including current issues in healthcare. Dissection is a required and significant part of this course, and will include the sheep brain, cow eye, sheep heart, and fetal pig. The class also includes an optional field trip to a local university cadaver lab.

Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors

Currently taught by:Ann Maloney
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Biology; 85+ in Biology Honors or 93+ in Biology
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:Co-Requisite class: Chemistry
Course Description:This accelerated course offers an in-depth coverage of structure and function of the human body. It is appropriate for students planning a career in a medical field (physician, nurse, physical therapist, sports medicine, personal trainer, pharmacist, etc.) who are interested in a rigorous course stressing critical thinking and analytical assessment of biomedical case studies and current events. The class will be modeled after a college level course. Dissection is a required and significant part of this course, and will include the sheep brain, cow eye, sheep heart, and fetal pig. The class also includes an optional field trip to a local university cadaver lab. If you are planning on taking AP Biology during your senior year, this class is strongly suggested.

Physics Honors

Currently taught by:Mark VonBokern
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Geometry Honors; Grade of 85+ in Geometry Honors or 93+ in Geometry
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No; However, a Chemistry or Physics course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:Co-Requisite class: Pre-Calculus Honors, Calculus Honors, or AP Calculus
Course Description:This weighted course is one in applied physics primarily for college-bound science, math, and engineering students. Students planning to take AP Physics their senior year are strongly encouraged to take this course their junior year; seniors may not take this course concurrently with AP Physics. Topics to be covered include motion, forces, equilibrium,, work and energy, heat, conservation principles, waves, sound, light, color, optics, electricity, and magnetism. The course involves extensive work with significant figures, problem solving, graphing and analysis of data, and projects including report writing and oral presentations.. A basic understanding of trigonometric functions is necessary.

AP Biology

Currently taught by:Ann Maloney
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Biology, Chemistry; Grade of 85+ in Biology Honors or 93+ in Biology and grade of 85+ in Chemistry Honors or 93+ in Chemistry
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:Students registering for this class must have taken at least one previous honors science class.
Course Description:This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. The AP Biology curriculum places more emphasis on integrating inquiry and reasoning throughout the course. Course content revolves around four themes: evolution, cellular processes, genetics with information transfer, and systems interactions. To be successful, students will need excellent critical thinking and math skills, self-motivation, and good study habits. It is highly recommended that students also take Anatomy and Physiology as it is one of the content areas tested. Students are required to attend lab after school at St. Henry District High School one afternoon per week. Students take the AP exam in May.

AP Chemistry

Currently taught by:Michael Fay
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Chemistry Honors; Grade of 90+ in Chemistry Honors
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:This AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. The College Board has developed this course to improve student development of advanced inquiry and reasoning skills, such as designing a plan for collecting data, analyzing data, applying mathematical routines, and connecting concepts in and across domains. The result will be readiness for the study of advanced topics in subsequent college courses. The key concepts and related content that define this AP Chemistry course are organized around a few underlying principles, which encompass the core scientific theories and processes governing chemical systems. To be successful, students will need excellent critical thinking and math skills, motivation, and good study habits. Students will take the AP exam in May.

AP Physics C

Currently taught by:Mark VonBokern
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Pre-Calculus Honors or Chemistry Honors; Grade of 90+ in Pre-Calculus Honors or Chemistry Honors
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:Co-Requisite class: AP Calculus
Course Description:This weighted course follows the College Board syllabus for AP Physics C: Mechanics and is equivalent to the first class of university calculus-based physics. Students planning to pursue a career in engineering, physics, or chemistry should take this course. The course covers mechanics in full detail, has a strong laboratory component, and emphasizes student problem-solving strategies. Topics include kinematics, forces, energy, momentum, rotational motion, oscillations, and gravitation. Students should be strong in math problem-solving and have an excellent work ethic in order to do well in this class.

A mastery of algebra and basic trigonometry is required for the course and the basic ideas of calculus will be introduced in connection with physical concepts; such as acceleration and work. This course also includes a hands-on laboratory component comparable to introductory college-level physics laboratories, with a minimum of 12 student-conducted laboratory investigations representing a variety of topics covered in the course. Students take the AP exam in May.

Global and Digital Citizenship

Currently taught by:Seth Dressman
Hunter Fleury
Recommended Grade Level:9
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; Global and Digital Citizenship or AP Human Geography is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:Global and Digital Citizenship is a course designed to merge Physical Geography, Human Geography, Computer and Technology Applications, Digital Citizenship, and Global Awareness. Students will learn the implications of accessing, managing, exchanging, and disseminating information electronically, combined with discussions of current events. They will be using computer and application software to prepare documents and reports. This is a hands-on exploration of technology applications in a Problem Based Learning environment based on Physical and Human Geography supporting student’s development of Global and Digital Citizenship.

AP Human Geography

Currently taught by:Bridget Kaiser
Recommended Grade Level:9
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:Yes; AP Human Geography or Global and Digital Citizenship is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:Co-Requisite class: English I Honors
Course Description:The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course. The course introduces students to the study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students will learn spatial concepts and landscape analysis. They will also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. Topics to be covered will include population migration, cultural patterns, political organization, agriculture and food production, industrialism and economic development, etc. Students will be required to complete free response questions, tests, daily homework assignments including readings and projects, as well as multimedia presentations. The end goal of the class will be successful completion of the AP exam administered in May.

World Civilization

Currently taught by:Seth Dressman
Bridget Kaiser
Recommended Grade Level:10
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; A World Civilization course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:World Civilization is designed to give students a broad overview of world history. The course should allow students to relate knowledge learned about the past to contemporary world themes. The course will focus on Ancient Civilizations of China, India, Greece, and Rome then broadly study Africa, the Americas, Byzantium, the Rise of Islam, European Middle Ages, the Crusades, Renaissance and Reformation, European Exploration, and the Enlightenment. Each unit will analyze the economic, geographic, political, cultural, and historical importance of each civilization or time period.

World Civilization Honors

Currently taught by:Jay Graue
Recommended Grade Level:10
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Grade of 90+ in English I Honors or 95+ in English I
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:Yes; A World Civilization course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:This course is strongly recommended for those students who are considering an AP social studies course in either their junior and/or senior year.
Course Description:World Civilization is designed to give students an overview of ancient civilizations. The course should allow students to relate knowledge learned about the past to contemporary world themes. The course will focus on Ancient Civilizations of China, India, Greece, and Rome then broadly study Africa, the Americas, Byzantium, the Rise of Islam, European Middle Ages, the Crusades, Renaissance and Reformation, European Exploration, and the Enlightenment. Each unit will analyze the economic, geographic, political, cultural, and historical importance of each civilization or time period.

The students will be expected to conduct in-depth research into historical subjects, and have strong research and writing skills. Students will also be introduced to historical essay skills as well as data based questions (DBQ).

United States History

Currently taught by:Kyla Brady
Recommended Grade Level:11
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; American History course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:American History concentrates on American society, politics, and culture. Beginning in the 1840's, the course provides the student with an understanding of circumstances surrounding the Civil War. By evaluating and examining various influential Americans, students will be able to formulate educated opinions about American culture, society, and politics. As the course moves through the Civil War and Reconstruction Periods, historical characteristics help students comprehend how the 19th century shaped its future. Students are challenged with the essay tests, quizzes, and quarter projects to develop writing skills as well as study habits. With these assignments, American History embarks upon the 20th century. The course attempts to cover important events from Theodore Roosevelt to George Bush. From the Spanish American War to the Persian Gulf lectures are designed to provide historical backgrounds behind the 20th century's major events.

Special Topics in History

Currently taught by:Kyla Brady
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This course will study the Holocaust. The goal of this course is to explore and analyze the complex factors contributing to the rise of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, interpret the events of 1933-1945, and evaluate the impact of the genocide on post-war Europe and generations to come. We will look at the Holocaust both chronologically and thematically. We will incorporate many elements of psychology, sociology, ethics, cultural anthropology, and economics. The course will utilize multiple texts and films as a window into this past, as well as integrate the Echoes and Reflections curriculum published by the Anti-Defamation League in conjunction with the USC Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem.

AP World Civilization

Currently taught by:Jay Graue
Recommended Grade Level:10
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Grade of 93+ in Geography or 90+ in English I Honors or 93+ in English I
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:Yes; An AP World History or World Civilization course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of different cultures and societies and their interactions. The course includes synthesis and comparisons as well as change and continuity of major cultures in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe within five major time periods – (1) 8000 BC to 600 AD, (2) 600-1450, (3) 1450-1750, (4) 1750-1914, and (5) 1914 – Present. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP World History exam in May.

Psychology

Currently taught by:Terri Fugate
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes. This course will give the students insight and practical information about his/her own behavior and help to develop strategies enabling him/her to cope with everyday life. This class involves various hands on applications with activities/experiments and demonstrations. Some chapters that are covered include Introduction/History, Memory (strategies on how to improve memory), States of Consciousness (sleep, dreams, hypnosis), Biological Bases (the brain), Learning, Abnormal Behavior, Therapy, and a special emphasis is given to Life Span Development. The students will be required to care for a "RealCare Baby".

Government

Currently taught by:Bridget Kaiser
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1/2 (Half Year Course)
Course Weight: 1.0 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; A student must take Government/Economics OR AP Government to graduate.
Additional Course Notes:This course is taken concurrently with Economics.
Course Description:The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the basic structures of government and institutions. The relationship of power and decision-making are examined through the study of the Constitution of the United States and the amendments, other historical documents, the State Constitution, and local governing bodies. Students will also make comparisons between the structure of the United States government and those of foreign countries. Democratic values and citizen participation are stressed throughout the course. Student participation in the community is encouraged.

Economics

Currently taught by:Dave Faust
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1/2 (Half Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; Government/Economics or AP Government is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:This course is taken concurrently with Government.
Course Description:The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the basic structures of government and institutions. The relationship of power and decision-making are examined through the study of the Constitution of the United States and the amendments, other historical documents, the State Constitution, and local governing bodies. Students will also make comparisons between the structure of the United States government and those of foreign countries. Democratic values and citizen participation are stressed throughout the course. Student participation in the community is encouraged.

AP United States History

Currently taught by:Dr. Matthew Wahlert
Recommended Grade Level:11
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:English II, World Civilization; Grade of 90+ in English II Honors or 95+ in English II and 90+ in World Civilization Honors or AP World History or 95+ in World Civilization
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:Yes; An American History course is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:This course will concentrate on the politics and economics of the United States, as well as the areas of military conflict, technology, popular culture, and geography. Some of the major units to be studied are: Exploration and Colonialization; Constitutional history; Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy; the Antebellum south and Slavery; the Civil War and Reconstruction; Industrialization and Immigration; the Progressive Era and World War I; the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression; World War II; the Cold War; domestic policies of Twentieth century presidents; and Twentieth century Civil Rights movements. Various individual leaders and their personalities will also be discussed. Students are challenged with essays, tests, weekly homework assignments, projects, and outside reading and viewing assignments. These assignments are necessary to develop and maintain the critical thinking skills needed to perform successfully on the AP exam in May as well as any future college social studies course.

AP Psychology

Currently taught by:Terri Fugate
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Psychology; Grade of a 90+ regular Psychology, or a grade of 90+ in both English Honors and Science Honors, or a 93+ in regular English and Science without a previous Psychology class
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:The purpose of this advanced placement course in psychology is to provide the student with a learning experience equal to that obtained in most college introductory psychology courses. The course outline includes methods, approaches, and statistics. It will also cover biological bases of behavior, states of consciousness, sensations, and perceptions. The course will also expand upon social psychology, developmental psychology, learning, personality, and individual differences. Finally, AP Psychology will discuss abnormal behaviors and the treatments of these psychological disorders. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP Psychology exam in May.

AP United States Government and Politics

Currently taught by:Dr. Matthew Wahlert
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Grade of 87+ in AP United States History or 92+ in United States History.
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:This class can replace the required Government / Economics course for graduation.
Course Description:Students will study Advanced Placement United States government and politics on an advanced level culminating with the AP test in May. Students will study, but will not be limited to, economics and government in the context of the US system. Topics will include the following: constitutional underpinnings of the United States government, political beliefs and behaviors of individuals, the role of political parties, interest groups, and mass media, the Institutions of National Government – Congress, Courts, Presidency, and bureaucracy, public policy development and implementation, civil liberties and civil rights. The course will be somewhat multidisciplinary in that economics, international relations and diplomacy, and American history will all be covered. Senior class status is required as well as a strong background in history and English.

AP European History

Currently taught by:TBD
Recommended Grade Level:12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:World Civilization
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:The history of modern Europe enhances the student's perception and understanding of world affairs. Through the historical investigation of European governments from the renaissance to present time, students begin to formulate and organize theories about historical events. Concentrating on the great European powers of Great Britain, France, Germany, and Russia, the course follows the extension of European influence throughout the world. As the modern world encounters complex problems, Modern European History connects the past with the present. The challenging and prolonging questions confront students to construct an objective conclusion. By examining the primary and secondary sources, students improve their skills in writing and communication. The critical histories of the European countries in the 20th century altered the course of the Middle East, Africa, and the United States. As a result, students will be exposed to historical aspects from the Romantic Age to the Era of High Technology. Students will take the AP exam in May.

 

Global and Digital Citizenship

Currently taught by:Seth Dressman
Hunter Fleury
Recommended Grade Level:9
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:No
Required For Graduation:Yes; Global and Digital Citizenship or AP Human Geography is required for graduation.
Additional Course Notes:
Course Description:Global and Digital Citizenship is a course designed to merge Physical Geography, Human Geography, Computer and Technology Applications, Digital Citizenship, and Global Awareness. Students will learn the implications of accessing, managing, exchanging, and disseminating information electronically, combined with discussions of current events. They will be using computer and application software to prepare documents and reports. This is a hands-on exploration of technology applications in a Problem Based Learning environment based on Physical and Human Geography supporting student’s development of Global and Digital Citizenship.

Digital Art and Design

Currently taught by:Hunter Fluery
Recommended Grade Level:10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Art I
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This course emphasizes the application of the elements of art and the principles of design and provides a study of how those concepts are involved in communicating a visual message via the use of technology. Students will study these visual communications by producing various artworks involving visual art (aesthetics of drawing), graphic design, commercial art (advertising and marketing), and the history of art. Students will explore how the use of technology can enhance the visual experience. This is equivalent to an Art II course.

Web Development

Currently taught by:
Recommended Grade Level:10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.00 (Normal Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:N/A
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:The purpose of this course is to guide students through the development of the internet. The course will begin by introducing the student to computer hardware by understanding and building a PC. The student will progress by learning the basic aspects of networking by interconnecting their built PC’s into a local area network. Once the student has become familiar with web server administration at the command line, he/ she will learn the fundamentals of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, so that they may share information across the network. At a minimum level the student should complete the course by understanding the constituent parts of a computer network including how they connect and interact. Mastery would be a student who is able to individually construct a PC, a network, and web server.

Computer Science Honors

Currently taught by:Polyana Seguim
Recommended Grade Level:10 11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.04 (Honors Class Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Geometry; Grade of 85+ in Geometry or 93+ in Algebra I.
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:Computer Science is designed for students with little or no programming experience. It provides students with an understanding of how to use computation to solve problems. It emphasizes principles of software development, style, and testing. It aims to help students to feel confident in their ability to write small programs that allow them to solve basic problems (mathematical and nonmathematical). The class uses the Python programming language: topics include procedures and functions, iteration, recursion, arrays, strings, and operational model of procedure and function calls, algorithms, and object-oriented programming.

AP Computer Science

Currently taught by:
Recommended Grade Level:11 12
Course Credits:1 (Full Year Course)
Course Weight:1.08 (Advanced Placement Course Weight)
Course Pre-Requisite Notes:Computer Science Honors
Teacher Recommendation Required:Yes
Required For Graduation:No
Additional Course Notes:N/A
Course Description:This course uses the Java programming language. Emphasis is on problem solving and algorithm development. This course follows the AP curriculum for Computer Science. Topics covered include one- and two-dimensional arrays, the package concept in Java relating to strings, math operations, random numbers, and arrays. Students will modify code in existing classes and will be introduced to inheritance, method overloading, and polymorphism. Students who take this course may choose to take the AP Computer Science exam in May.

Vocational

Students interested in vocational programs must work with the counselors to determine the best program and whether or not it will work into their schedule. Graduation requirements must be fulfilled at St. Henry District High School. Vocational school will replace the student’s elective courses.