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Statistics

(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester, 12)

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus, Honors

Pre-Calculus or IB Math SL


AP Statistics is available to seniors who have successfully completed Pre-Calculus or IB Math SL. This course covers the areas of data production, data analysis, and statistical inference. The students will utilize appropriate techniques to determine the validity of data. In addition to statistical analysis, probability will also be addressed.
Each student must have a TI 83+ or 84+ graphing calculator and each student is required to take the AP Exam in May.
Fee: 1/3 of AP Exam

IB MATH I, II
Students can enroll in IB Math as a certificate (non-diploma) student. Please see pages 48 & 49 for the course descriptions and requirements.



Math Course Sequence – Class of 2010 & 2011
11th 12th

Math 11 Applied Math

Integrated Math 3 Statistics

Statistics


Honors Pre-Calculus AP Calculus (AB)

Math SL I (IB) Math SL II (IB)

AP Statistics



Math Course Sequence – Class of 2012 & 2013
8th 9th 10th 11th 12th

Concepts 1 Concepts 2 Math 11 Applied Math
Reg. 8* Int 1 Int 2 Int 3 Int 4

Honors


Math 8 Int 2 (Honors) Int 3 (Honors) Honors Pre-Calculus AP Calculus (AB)
AP Statistics
Math SL I (IB) Math SL II (IB)

* Any variations to enter the Honors sequence or Concepts sequence will be individually evaluated and approved by the department chairperson. Previous results, grades in math classes, and long-range goals will be considered.




Music
Music Courses

Bands Orchestras

Band Concert Orchestra

Chamber Music Philharmonic Orchestra

Jazz Ensemble



Choirs

Chamber Singers Advanced Placement Music Theory

Concert Choir History of Rock-N-Roll

Emerald Ensemble Show Choir IB Music

GemTones Treble Show Choir Music Appreciation

Treble Choir Practical Music Theory





Band
(Two semesters, 1 credit, 9, 10, 11, 12) Prerequisite: Audition or special permis­sion
Band is the major instrumental music per­formance group. Throughout this year course members will study and perform various musical literature and styles in sev­eral group settings including marching band and concert band. Performances in these groups will include varsity football games, parades, pep rallies, indoor con­certs, and civic functions. An opportunity for an out‑of‑state performance field trip is provided for all members at least once throughout their high school years. The band also serves as the parent organization for other instrumental ensembles such as Jazz Ensemble, musical pit orchestra, pep bands, and all‑conference and regional hon­ors groups. All students enrolled in band intending to be a performing member of the marching unit must attend an annual preseason band camp in late July/early August.

Chamber Music
(One semester, ½ credit, 9, 10, 11, 12) Prerequisite: Membership in an instru­mental performance ensemble and by approval of that director.
Chamber Music is the study and perfor­mance of music literature that has an in­strumentation of a few instruments ‑ usu­ally two to eight performers. Each student will be placed in a small ensemble that will perform together. As such, Chamber Mu­sic is open to any instrumentalist (winds, brass, strings, percussion instruments) who has a strong foundational knowledge of their instrument.
The beginning of the course will focus on the study of non‑verbal cues, harmony and melody, and the passing of melodic lines from one instrument to another. Students will then be placed in an ensemble to be coached by the instructor or guest instruc­tors upon their availability (i.e.; Miami String Quartet).
Participation in OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest and performance at a recital or concert is mandatory.
The course is scheduled in the school day or after school depending on student avail­ability/schedule.
Jazz Ensemble
(Two semesters, ½ credit, 9, 10, 11, 12) Prerequisite: See below
Jazz Ensemble is a select instrumental music ensemble dedicated to the study and perfor­mance of various contemporary musical styles using the standard American "Big Band" instrumentation. The course is his­torical, musically technical, and vocational. Students learn to identify and perform those musical styles that are a product of American 20th century culture, including the tech­nical aspects of creative solo improvisa­tion.
The history and uniquely spoken and written terminology of American contempo­rary music is studied from jazz to rock. As an ensemble which studies and performs advanced rhythms, some manuscript notation, basic music theory, and stylistic im­provisation, higher caliber musicianship is required and developed.
It is a goal of the course that the experience of performing in jazz ensemble will provide students with the knowledge and technique to more fully appreciate and be a consumer of the multi‑billion dollar American popular music entertainment industry. More advanced students may use the course to prepare for eventual entrance into the performing aspects of American popular music as a professional or vocational participant.
The course is scheduled in the school day or after school depending on student availability/schedule.
As a prerequisite for this course the student must be a member of the band and/or through audition and approval of director per instrumentation requirements and needs.
Chamber Singers
(Two Semesters, 1 credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Audition or special approval of director


The Chamber Singers is a smaller, select mixed vocal ensemble for singers with a more developed knowledge of basic musicianship. This ensemble will focus on higher level vocal techniques and expression, theory and quality performance practices through more complex music literature. Students will engage in solo and small ensemble singing to reinforce proper singing habits and will sing four- to eight-part music, both accompanied and a cappella. Students will develop a more extensive knowledge of sight singing and a variety of musical styles, genres, periods, and appropriate performance practices.
The Chamber Singers is a performance-orientated ensemble. Attendance is mandatory at various concerts and programs throughout the school year.
Concert Choir
(Two semesters, 1 credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)
The Concert Choir is the largest mixed vocal music ensemble. The students in this ensemble will work to develop the concepts of: group singing, vocal technique and expression, a working knowledge of music theory, and quality performance. This ensemble will focus on the fundamental aspects of vocal music performance through large and small group singing. The primary focus of the Concert Choir is to develop the skills to becoming a contributing member of a balanced, controlled vocal ensemble. Students will gain knowledge of sight singing and a variety of musical styles, genres, periods, and appropriate performance practices.

The Concert Choir is a performance-orientated ensemble. Attendance is mandatory at various concerts and programs throughout the school year.


Emerald Ensemble

Show Choir
(Two semesters, 1 credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Audition special permission


The Emerald Ensemble is a select, mixed vocal ensemble that strives to maintain a well-developed choral sound while utilizing choreography and staging to enhance the music being performed. Emphasis is placed on performing popular music, show tunes, ballads, and other contemporary songs employing proper vocal techniques and appropriate movements and visual effects. Students will have multiple opportunities to develop stage presence through performance and are encouraged to assist is creating choreography and programming shows.
This course is scheduled as a 9th period class meeting a minimum of 2 hours a week. Additional rehearsals are scheduled for evenings based on student availability for choreography sessions.
The Emerald Ensemble is a performance-orientated ensemble. Attendance is mandatory at various concerts and programs throughout the school year.
GemTones Treble Show Choir
(Two semesters, 1 credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Audition or special permission


The GemTones is a select, treble vocal ensemble that strives to maintain a well-developed choral sound while utilizing choreography and staging to enhance the music being performed. Emphasis is placed on performing popular music, show tunes, ballads, and other contemporary songs employing proper vocal techniques and appropriate movements and visual effects. Students will have multiple opportunities to develop stage presence through performance and are encouraged to assist in creating choreography and programming shows.

This course is scheduled as a 9th period class meeting a minimum of 2 hours a week. Additional rehearsals are scheduled for evenings based on student availability for choreography sessions.

The GemTones Show Choir is a performance-orientated ensemble. Attendance is mandatory at various concerts and programs throughout the school year.
Treble Choir
(Two semesters, 1 credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)
Treble Choir is a vocal ensemble dedicated to exploring the unique harmonies of a treble choir.

This ensemble is focused toward 9th grade women, but is open to participants from grades 9-12. Students will develop the concepts of group singing in three- and four-part harmony and attain a level of excellence in vocal production through participation in a balanced, controlled vocal ensemble. They will develop an understanding of vocal technique and expression, a working knowledge of music theory, and the qualities of good performance. Students will gain knowledge of sight singing and a variety of musical styles, genres, periods, and appropriate performance practices.


Treble Choir is a performance-oriented ensemble. Attendance is mandatory at various concerts and programs throughout the school year.
Concert Orchestra
(Two semesters, 1 credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Audition or special permission


(Any orchestra student coming through the program consecutively is permitted without audition. Students who are new to the district or have not performed in orchestra the previous semester will need to pass an audition.)
Concert Orchestra is the major instrumental music performance group for the orchestra program. The students will discover all aspects of orchestral performance including conducting, history, and ensemble performance. Students will learn the value of performing with others, leading sections, following a conductor and playing with musicality. Mandatory performances will include a variety of orchestral literature and musical styles, and in some years, participation in a large group adjudicated event.
Philharmonic Orchestra
(Two semesters, 1 credit, 9, 10, 11, 12) Prerequisite: Audition and approval of director. (Must be a current member of the orchestra and through audition and approval of director per instrumentation requirements and needs.)
Philharmonic Orchestra is a select instru­mental ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of advanced orchestra repertoire. Students will study various composers and styles of orchestra litera­ture. A strong emphasis will be placed on performance, leadership and service.
Students will have several opportunities to perform at the regular orchestra concerts and at various community and civic events determined by the director.
Mandatory performances will include a variety of orchestral literature and musical styles, and in some years, participation in a large group adjudicated event.

The course is scheduled during the school day.


Advanced Placement

Music Theory
(Two semesters, 1 credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: Music Appreciation; Music Theory suggested


The ultimate goal of an AP Music Theory course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. The achievement of this goal may be best promoted by integrated approaches to the student’s development of: aural skills through listening exercises, sight-singing skills through performance exercises, written skills through written exercises, compositional skills through creative exercises, and analytical skills through analytical exercises. The course will also instill mastery of the rudiments and terminology of music, including: notation, intervals, scales and keys, chords, metric organization, and rhythmic patterns. The course will culminate with the AP exam.
Fee: 1/3 of AP Exam


History of Rock-N-Roll
(One semester, ½ credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)
This course will trace the roots and development of American popular music from the 1900’s to today. Students will explore a variety of media including books, videos, song lyrics and the music of the period. Some time will be spent studying the social issues reflected in and influencing the songs of the era. Musical elements such as form and structure will be studied. Types of music and styles will be analyzed. Topics will include: rock roots, rhythm & blues, early vocal groups, crossovers and covers, British Invasion, Motown, soul music, folk-rock, singer-song writers and more.
IB Music
Students can enroll in IB Music as a certificate (non-diploma) student. Please see page 49 for the course descriptions and requirements.
Music Appreciation
(One semester, ½ credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)
The only prerequisite for Music Apprecia­tion is to like different kinds of music and have a desire to learn more about them. The course will enable students to critically answer questions like: "What is music?", "What constitutes good music?", "Why do I like some music and not other music?", "How do different cultures use music?"
The course will explore music of various cultures, genres and styles. Students will make determinations based on set stan­dards for listening and recognition of mu­sical elements. Students will also discuss different relevant musical topics that af­fect our culture and the world.
Technology will be put into use in this course through notation programs, MIDI activities, and MP3 resources. This course will allow students to better understand how music affects their overall lives.


Practical Music Theory
(One semester, ½ credit, 9, 10, 11, 12)

Recommended: Computer background. Some keyboard experience helpful, but not necessary.


This course is designed for any student who would like to learn enough about the me­chanics and structure of music, to be able to correctly compose and create their own music. It is also a very useful basic over­view course for any student who may want to pursue some aspect of music as a career.
Practical Music Theory is a computer assisted course which enables the student to learn the basic components and rules of written music with a synthesizer keyboard/ computer program. This "hands on" ap­proach not only allows the student to learn theory at their own pace, but lets them become familiar with the equipment and programs they will eventually use to create and compose with.
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he course will develop the musician's ability to read music, compose, and analyze music. Students in the class will also work on ear training, musical dictation, and music history. The goal of a student in the course is to compose a piece of music using some very specific parameters given by the instructor.
Fee: Workbook & Software $15.00


Physical Education & Health
Physical Education Courses
Health Self-Defense I

Personal Fitness & Weight Training I Self-Defense II

Personal Fitness & Weight Training II Team Sports

Physical Education 9 Lifetime Activities (Summer Only)


Each of the courses listed above includes a number of potential activities to be utilized as the means to accomplish the course goals. Each semester course will involve no less than three of the listed activities. Final determination of activity selections will be a joint effort of the staff and enrolled students.


Health
(One semester, ½ credit, 10)

Prerequisite: None


The major purpose of this course is to develop attitudes, knowledge and discernment necessary to maintain a healthy body physically, socially and mentally. Course topics includes: 1) data on developing a personal fitness program, 2) potential effects substance abuse may have on one's self, family, friends and community, 3) steps to take when responding to an emergency, and 4) the effectiveness of abstinence to other methods of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
A unit of sexually transmitted diseases is required by the State of Ohio. The Health course is a skill-related class and is required for graduation.
Personal Fitness and

Weight Training I
(One semester, ¼ credit, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: PE 9


Designed for students who want to develop and participate in their own personal fitness plan, after learning what exercise does for the body and it's impact on your fitness level.
Activities: weight lifting, running/ jogging, walking, stretching, cycling, basketball, and soccer.
Personal Fitness and

Weight Training II
(One semester, ¼ credit) Prerequisite: Personal Fitness and Weight Training I
This class is designed to utilize fitness records from the Personal Fitness and Weight Training I class in designing and carrying out a "Life Plan for Fitness" that includes cardiovascular, fitness, and strength components.
Activities: weight lifting, running/jogging, walking, stretching and physical fitness.
Physical Education (PE) 9
(Two semesters, ¼ credit per semester)
Freshman Physical Education is a survey course designed to expose the students to a large number of athletic and recreational areas. The course will consist of 16 units, of approximately two weeks each, from the following list


  • 4 Corner Volleyball - Pickle Ball

  • Badminton - Self-defense

  • Basketball - Soccer

  • Bocce Ball - Softball

  • Fitness - Speedball

  • Flag Football - Tennis

  • Frisbee Football - Volleyball

  • Jogging/Walking - Weightlifting

Other mini-units may supplement the curriculum.


Self‑Defense I
(One semester, ¼ credit 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: PE 9


This class is designed to learn step‑by‑step lessons in self‑defense. The class includes quick and effective escapes and releases from non‑life threatening attacks. The art of using good verbal and special skills to prevent many assaults from becoming physical will be explored.
Self‑Defense II
(One semester, ¼ credit)

Prerequisite: Self‑Defense I


This class offers advanced self‑defense techniques against the most common street attacks. The class focuses on using the body to generate power and provide leverage when necessary. Presentation of attacks through anticipation and awareness are stressed.

Team Sports
(One semester, ¼ credit, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: PE 9


Designed to improve the insights and skill level of individuals who prefer participation as a team member in an activity.
Activities ‑ basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, speedball and volleyball.
Lifetime Activities

Offered Summer Only
(One semester, ¼ credit)
This class is designed to introduce lifetime skills in many activities. This class will focus on such activities as tennis, volley­ball, bocce ball, golf, badminton, pickleball, bowling, fishing, boating, ping‑pong and swimming.
Fees: For Summer School as Applicable


Science
Science Courses
Biology Honors Chemistry Environmental Science

Honors Biology Advanced Placement Chemistry Geology

Advanced Placement Biology CPE Science IB Chemistry

Chemistry Physics IB Physics

Advanced Placement Physics B IB Biology


Science Department Offerings
Students are required to earn AT LEAST three (3) Science credits for graduation. One of the credits must be a Physical Science, one of the credits must be a life science, and the third credit is an elective of the student’s choice.


  1. Course of study for students in search of a solid science background

  2. Course of study for those students in search of a strong science background that will help them to prepare for higher education

  3. Advanced Placement Program

  4. International Baccalaureate Diploma Program


SUGGESTED SEQUENCE
9th Grade – Required: CPE Science
10th Grade – Recommended: I II III IV

Biology Honors Biology Honors Biology Honors Chemistry



Also Available: Chemistry and Geology
11th Grade – Recommended: I II III IV

Chemistry Honors Chemistry AP Biology* or IB Biology 11 or

IB Physics AP Chemistry or IB Chemistry or

AP Physics B IB Physics


Also Available: Biology, Honors Biology, Environmental Science, Geology, and Physics

*Students interested in taking AP Biology are encouraged to take Honors Chemistry and AP Biology concurrently.


12th Grade - Recommended I II III IV

Choose from list Physics AP Chemistry or IB Biology 12 or

below IB Biology 12 AP Biology or IB Chemistry or

IB Chemistry AP Physics B IB Physics

IB Physics
Also Available: Biology, Honors Biology, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, and Physics
NOTE: REFER TO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR DETAILS ON COURSE PREREQUISITES

Biology
(Two semesters, ½ credit per semester, 10, 11, 12)

Prerequisite: None


Biology is the study of living organisms. Since the cell is the basic building block of all organisms, concepts are first studied at the cellular level during the first semester and then expanded to the multi-cellular level in the second semester. The concepts studied include cellular organization, transport of materials into and out of the cell, utilization and production of food for energy, cell division, genetics and heredity; and gene expression (protein synthesis). The ecological relationships between organisms and their environments and the way organisms change over time are also included. The second semester focuses on a survey of the major phyla of living things, looking at comparative anatomy and physiology.
Fee: $15.00



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