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Agricultural Department

Animal Science I (11th grade, 1/2 credit)
This course covers the beef, swine, and sheep industries. Areas that are covered are: identifying breeds, rations, judging livestock, care of animals, diseases, and basic herd management practices.

Animal Science II (11th grade, 1/2 credit)
The student will be introduced to the dairy and horse industry, and a more in-depth look at the livestock industry. Students will be introduced to dairy herd management, horse management, meat judging, quality & yield grading market animals, and dairy food products.

Building Trades (11th/12th grade, 1 credit)
This course offers a hands-on opportunity to build the building trades house. The project involves all aspects of building a house. Students will be framing, constructing walls, shingling, siding, hanging sheet rock, and doing finish work inside the house.

Crop Science (11th/12th grade, 1/2 credit)
This course is the study of crops in the area and the United States. Students will be learning about crop management.

Exploring Ag (9th grade, 1/2 credit)
This course introduces the following areas of agriculture: soil and land judging, FFA history, FFA leadership, parliamentary procedure (conducting a meeting), record keeping, SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience), shop safety, and shop projects. Students work toward their Greenhand Degree in FFA. Students also break and train a quarterhorse at school to lead, trailer, ride and rein. Students learn all aspects of safety in horsemanship.

Farm Business Management (12th grade, 1/2 credit)
This course explores aspects of advertising, sales, marketing, futures marketing, communication, record keeping, agribusiness management, and farm management.

Farm Power (10th grade, 1/2 credit)
This course covers the different aspects of small engines, gas and diesel engines, tractor maintenance, combine adjustment, and equipment adjustments.

Natural Resources/Horticulture (10th /11th grade, 1/2 credit)
The student will learn the aspects connected with plant science and identification, planting media, propagation, vegetable production, plant environment, and landscaping design. This course covers the history of natural resources, different aspects of soil and land, outdoor recreation, fish and wildlife, forest management, and water management.

Plant Science I (9th grade, 1/2 credit)
Pesticide applicator's exam, crop growth, pasture management, crop seed and weed identification, crop judging and tillage practices.

Shop Technology (9/10th grade, 1/2 credit)
This course teaches safety, calculations and plans, metal fabrication, oxyacetylene welding and cutting, arc welding, wire feed welding, and woodworking.

Advanced Welding (10th/11th grade, 1 credit)
Students will further develop their welding skills. They will do arc welding, aluminum welding, wire feed welding, metal fabrication, and oxyacetylene welding and cutting. Prerequisite: Shop Tech

Woodworking I (11th/12th grade, 1/2 credit)
The basis for this class is the introduction and completion of smaller projects and learning how to work with the appropriate tools.

Woodworking II (11th/12th grade, 1/2 credit)
This course deals with furniture making or more advanced projects.

Business Department

Introduction to Business (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade, 1 credit)
This course is designed to enhance economic citizenship through a study of the business and economic environment in which all of us live. Economic citizenship in this course means the development of individuals who: 1) are wise and skillful in selecting and using the goods and services of businesses, 2) are competent and efficient in managing personal business and financial affairs, 3) are knowledgeable and appreciative of the American business system and its integral role in our total economic society, 4) understand stock market information including saving, investing, and 5) entrepreneurship.

Accounting I (11th/12th grade, 1 credit)
This course will provide the students with a thorough background in the basic accounting procedures used to operate a business or maintain personal business records. The accounting procedures presented will also serve as a sound background for employment in office jobs and preparation for studying future business courses both in high school and in college. The complete accounting cycles for a service business organized as a proprietorship and a merchandising business organized as partnerships are covered. Upon mastery, students will be prepared for more advanced accounting concepts. A number of realistic illustrations and simulations will be used to aid the students in successful understanding of the principles of accounting.

Advanced Accounting (12th grade, 1 credit)
This course is designed with emphasis in corporate accounting, financial analysis, budgeting, break-even and cost accounting. The course covers the entire accounting cycle for a departmentalized business, control systems, and general accounting adjustments. A number of realistic illustrations and simulations will be used to aid the students in successful understanding of advanced accounting concepts. The software program is designed to be easy to use while maintaining the look and capabilities of commercial accounting packages.

Business Law (11th/12th grade, 1 credit)
Business and personal law are well-matched themes for this introductory law course. This course focuses on both the substance and the process of our legal system and reflects many social and ethical issues. It helps students become aware of their rights and responsibilities under the law so they can function as responsible citizens in their personal and professional lives. For a further understanding of law, students will conduct and participate in a mock trial. Students may attend a real court session so they can see the legal system at work.

Technology Department

Computer Applications (9th grade, 1/2 credit)
This course is designed to review and introduce common computer applications. Microsoft Office 2000 will be used for word processing, database, spreadsheet and presentation techniques. Other applications and concepts may also be explored, such as graphics, desktop publishing, and an Internet unit.

Computer Concepts (10th/11th/12th grade, 1/2 credit) 2005-2006
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of how computers work. They will gain knowledge of networks, hardware, software, directory structures, etc. Students will also work on a personal web page. This course is offered every other year.

Desktop Publishing (10th/11th/12th grade, 1/2 credit) 2004-2005
This course will focus on desktop publishing and digital photography by using both Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Photoshop programs. Students will learn about design elements and layouts along with how to create graphics. This course is offered every other year.

Video Editing (11th/12th grade, 1/2 credit)
This course will focus on video editing allowing students to create videos. They will use digital photos and video to create them. The students will finish this course by creating the senior video. Pinnicale video editing software will be used.


English Department

English I- Composition and Grammar, Literature and Reading Strategies (9th grade, 1 credit)
This course teaches grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, and the six traits of writing in accordance with the South Dakota Writing Standards. The third course of spelling and vocabulary are highlighted throughout the year. Literature focuses on pre-reading strategies, etymology, word pairs, and purposes for reading. Reading for information and directions is also covered.

English 2 - Composition and Grammar, Contemporary Literature (10th grade, 1/2 credit)
An extension of the six traits of writing, composition focuses on personal essays, peer editing, journals, portfolios, opinion essays and narrative essays in accordance with the South Dakota Content Standards. Contemporary Literature is used to teach figurative language, elements of literature, and genre. The fourth course of spelling and vocabulary is the focus of the sophomore year.

Speech (10th grade, 1/2 credit)
South Dakota Speaking Standards are the basis of this one semester course, typically taught in the fall. Students will research, prepare, and deliver a variety of speeches such as: memorized, impromptu, extemporaneous, expository, narrative, informative, entertaining, and persuasive.

English 3 - Grammar and Composition, American Literature (11th grade, 1 credit)
Students will determine the quality of reading materials from American History through analysis. Students will use the appropriate format for citing sources in technical writing and business writing papers, and publish pieces for a variety of audiences. During the junior year, students will study the fifth course of spelling and vocabulary.

English 4 - Grammar and Composition, British Literature(12th grade, 1 credit)
The sixth course of spelling and vocabulary takes its place in both AP English, and senior English classes. Students will use MLA and/or APA format to synthesize a number of sources and bring facts together in expository writing. Students will read and critique pieces from British Literature.

Advanced Placement English (12th grade, 1 credit)
This course is ideal for any student who has strong grammar skills and is planning on going to college. A test is offered in May and (depending on the institution) its score is the equivalent of college freshmen composition. A very small amount of college level literature is highlighted and is used as a tool for learning different writing styles. Composition is taught continually throughout the year.

Study Skills (Elective, 1/2 credit)
Students will develop better study habits and self-confidence as they learn to master test taking skills. Students will also have exposure to South Dakota Listening and Viewing Standards.

Drama (Elective, 1/2 credit)
Students will take an active role in producing the one act play and spring play. They will learn exercises that will help them to develop their instruments (body and voice), relax and let go of their inhibitions. Exposure to theatre history and plays of literary merit are also a plus.

Foreign Language Department

Spanish I (9th /10th /11th grade, 1 credit) (SIVN)
Students will learn basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary, and develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also learn about Hispanic culture.

Spanish II (10th/11th/12th grade, 1 credit) (SIVN)
Students will review basic grammar and vocabulary, and go on to a more in-depth study where more emphasis will be placed on expanding the student's vocabulary and use of grammatical structures. Students will also continue to learn about the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish III (11th/12th grade, 1 credit) (SIVN)
Spanish 3 reviews Spanish I and II with additional practice on original conversation and composition. Additional reading will be introduced. Subjective grammar will be studied at this level.

Mathematics Department

Algebra I (9th grade, 1 credit)
This is an introductory course, which will cover the topics of numbers, sets, algebraic operations, equations, products, factors, fractions, powers, roots, quadratic equations, and trigonometry.

Integrated Math I (9th/10th/11th/12th grade, 1 credit) (DDN)
Students explore the world of integrated mathematics with occupational related themes. The student develops skills in measurements, in the use of technology, in drawing and reading graphs, and in estimation. These skills will be used in real-world applications integrating algebra, geometry, and data handling. This course is designed to place the student in an active role in the learning process. Laboratory activities are a part of every unit.
Prerequisite: None

Integrated Math II (9th/10th/11th/12th grade, 1 credit) (DDN)
Continuation of Integrated Math I developing skills that are used in real-world applications integrating algebra, geometry, and data handling. Laboratory activities are a part of every unit.
Prerequisite: Integrated Math I

Algebra II (10th grade, 1 credit)
This is the second course of Algebra, which will cover the topics of inequalities, linear equations, polynomials, rational expressions, complex numbers, quadratic functions, analytic geometry, logarithmic functions, sequences trigonometry, statistics, and probability.

Geometry (11th grade, 1 credit)
This course will cover the topics of points, lines, planes, angles, triangles, polygons, circles, area, volume and coordinate geometry. This is a plane geometry course.

Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus (11th/12th grade, 1 credit)
This is a pre-calculus course. It will cover the topics of advanced algebra, trigonometry, statistics, probability and introductory calculus. Prerequisites: Algebra 1 & Algebra 2. Advised for Juniors planning to take AP Calculus as Seniors.

AP Calculus (12th grade, 1 credit)
This course will prepare math students for the Advanced Placement Calculus test given in the spring. Students passing this test will receive college calculus credits.

Music Department

Band (9th/10th/11th/12th grade, 1/2 credit)
A wide variety of music is encountered throughout the year. Basic skills are presented during instruction time including scales, rhythms, tuning instruments, breathe control, and playing in the different key signatures. Students will play at ball games as well as concerts and contests. Time is spent in the fall marching and learning several different maneuvers.

Chorus (9th/10th/11th/12th grade, 1/2 credit)
A wide variety of music is encountered throughout the year. Music is selected for each group for the purposes of vocal growth, expansion of musical knowledge, and interest. Students will participate in concerts as well as various contests. The opportunity is given to participate as a soloist, or in small ensembles, or as a group.

Music Appreciation I (9th /10th /11th/12th grade, 1/2 credit)
This course is designed to study the fundamentals of music and to help students develop a musical interest in the various types of music. It teaches them the way to use music to their advantage.

Music Appreciation II (9th /10th /11th/12th grade, 1/2 credit)
Students will further study the fundamentals of music and continue developing an interest in the various types of music. They are also taught how music plays a vital role in their everyday lives.


Physical Education Department

Physical Education (9th/10th/11th/12th grade, 1 credit)
Students will learn about exercise and physical education games and activities.

Science Department

Physical Science (9th grade, 1 credit)
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of chemistry and physics. As an introductory course, physical science covers a wide range of information in a short amount of time. Chemistry involves the study of the organization and interaction of matter. Physics involves the study of motion, forces and energy. Material is closely related to the world around us. An emphasis is placed on reading, note-taking skills and proper lab etiquette. The students will participate in lecture, discussion, labs and projects.

Biology (10th grade, 1 credit)
Biology is the study of living things and how they are similar and different, the relationships among living systems, and the interaction of organisms with their environment. Areas of study include scientific method, cells, genetics, evolution, reproduction, taxonomy, ecology, environmental science and others. The students will participate in lecture, discussion, labs, projects and dissection.

Advanced Biology (11th/12th grade, 1 credit)
Advanced Biology covers Anatomy and Physiology of the human body. This class goes into great detail of the structure and function of the human body. It is highly recommended for students with any interest in any type of healthcare profession. Areas of study include organization of the body, the body systems, and much more. Students will actively participate in labs with technology (EKG's, etc.), projects, dissection, health exams, discussion, diagramming, and lecture.

Chemistry (11th/12th grade, 1 credit)
This course is designed to provide a basic, well-rounded chemistry background. Areas of study include organization of matter, language of chemistry, phases of matter, solutions and their behavior, chemical reactions, organic chemistry, and others. Lab activities and reports, discussion and lectures are utilized. Students must have a good understanding of math, algebra, and ratios to succeed in this class.

Standards/Lab Science (11th/12th grade, 1 credit)
This course is designed to expose the students to all of the science standards. It is a good class for juniors preparing for the Dakota STEP, ACT, etc. Much of the class is taught through laboratory procedures. Areas of study include physics, earth science, chemistry, biology and environmental science. The students must keep a binder of their work to use as a reference of study. The students will participate in labs, discussion, projects and lecture.

Astronomy (10/11/12th grade, 1 credit)
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of Earth and Space. As an introductory course, Astronomy covers a wide range of information in a short amount of time. Earth Science involves the study of the earth, atmosphere and weather. Space science involves the study of motion, solar system and universe. Material is closely related to the universe around us. An emphasis is placed on note-taking skills, computer research, projects and proper lab etiquette. The students will participate in lecture, discussion, labs, projects and computer activities.

Botany (10th/11th/12th grade, 1 credit)
This course is designed to provide an in-depth background of plants. This is the only course that thoroughly discusses plants. Students will learn the structures and functions of a variety of species of plants. This class is designed for students interested in horticulture, farming, or any interest in plants. The students will participate in a variety of labs involved with growing plants.

Zoology (10th/11th/12th grade, 1 credit)
This course is designed to introduce students to all levels of animals, from one-celled to many celled. Students will learn how animals become more complex as they progress through the different phylums. This course will allow students to "dig deeper" into the animal kingdom. Students will participate in labs (dissections), reports, projects and lecture.

Physics (12th grade, 1 credit) (DDN - NSU E-Learning)
This course examines the physical principles that govern our world. Physics is an applied math. Concepts in physics include problem-solving, motion, force, gravity, work and energy. Algebra and trigonometry are utilized in understanding concepts and solving problems. Discusion, lecture, labs and group projects are utilized.

SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT

Civics (9th grade, 1/2 credit)
This course is designed to help students achieve a basic understanding of the government of the United States and of the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

World and U.S. Geography (10th grade, 1 credit)
This course will study the 5 themes of geography and the different people and cultures of world regions along with various resources such as land, water, air, weather, climate, vegetation, food, and energy. Students will compare their culture in relation to other cultures around the world.

U.S. History (11th grade, 1 credit)
This course includes the study of the events occurring in the history of the United States. Particular attention is given to the connection between history and modern situations.

U.S. Government (12th grade, 1 credit)
This course is a study of federal, state, and local government. Some of the areas that will be studied are: the origins, history, structure, and functions of the American political system, citizenship, civil rights, politics and their role in democracy. The three branches of National Government, the U.S. Foreign Policy, the court system, and others will be studied.

Current Events(11th/12th grade, 1 credit)
This is a current events course in which the Newsweek magazine is used extensively along with other media source. Daily news, discussions of world events, importance of the free press in a democratic society are some of the topics covered.

Sociology - (11th/12th grade, 1/2 credit) (DDN)
Sociology is the study of human group relationships in society. The course will offer a variety of learning experiences: videotapes, guest lectures and field trips. Students will obtain a broad knowledge of sociology including a brief history. Students will explore culture and social problems as well as social movements and social institutions. Students will research human development and career opportunities in society.

Psychology (10th/11th/12th grade, 1/2 credit) (DDN)
Students will receive basic background on the science of psychology. They will also cover the following concepts in psychology: personality and intelligence; learning, thinking, and remembering; motivation and emotions; stress, conflict, and adjustments; and social behavior.

World of Work (12th grade, 1 credit)
This course will cover skills for job success, career planning, job satisfaction, managing income, and getting ready for the world of work. Students will be in the work force in an appropriate, career-related field. Prerequisite: Life Beyond High School

SIVN Courses

SIVN stands for Sanborn Interactive Video Network. Sites involved are Ethan, Mt. Vernon, Artesian-Letcher, Woonsocket, Mitchell High School, Mitchell Technical Institute, and Dakota Wesleyan University. This is real-time audio/video distance learning.

Life Beyond High School - Ethan High School (11th/12th grade, 1 credit) (Fall Semester)
This class helps the student prepare for getting a job and works through a simulation of living on his/her own. It will give the student experience in resume writing, filling in job applications, job interview, and leaving a job. It also gives experience in budgeting, banking and home management. (Spring Semester) This is a continuation of experiences in Life Beyond High School, semester one. It will include information on consumerism, management, nutrition, sex education, clothing and textiles, and relationships.

Spanish I (9th /10th /11th grade, 1 credit)
Students will learn basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary, and develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also learn about Hispanic culture.

Spanish II (10th/11th/12th grade, 1 credit)
Students will review basic grammar and vocabulary, and go on to a more in-depth study where more emphasis will be placed on expanding the student's vocabulary and use of grammatical structures. Students will also continue to learn about the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish III (11th/12th grade, 1 credit)
Spanish 3 reviews Spanish I and II with additional practice on original conversation and composition. Additional reading will be introduced. Subjective grammar will be studied at this level.