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SHS Electives

Academics Team Class A-B
1 or 2 Credits
Semester Class
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval

Fee: $75

Do you like to learn for the sake of learning? This may be the class for you! Participants in this class will prepare for the Academic Decathlon (Aca-Deca) by covering ten subjects relevant to our topic for the current year. This includes: Economics, Math, Literature, Speech, Essay, Science, Music, Art, History, and Interview. To make a competition team, we need students of ALL GPA’s, high and low! Students interested in competing in other Academic Competitions (Scholastic Team, Science Bowl etc.) are also welcome to join. Talk to Mrs. Witt if you would like to participate in any of these competitions outside of the regular class.

4/13/17


Adult Living
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: None

Adult living is a one semester class. The curriculum focuses on the young adult to prepare them for responsibilities in the home, family, and work environment. The student will gain relationship and life skills. In addition, students will focus on life management skills such as cooking, beginning sewing, and Interior design projects. Students will need to supply their own sewing accessories. A list will be provided.

4/13/17


Advanced Art
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: C or better in Art I, Grades 10-12

You know the basics, now let’s have some fun! This class will focus on more advanced techniques and technical projects. Students in this class will participate in painting a mural somewhere in the community.

4/13/17


Advanced Drama
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: Application/Teacher Approval

Students will continue to build on basics of acting and theater arts education learned in Intro to Acting.  These students will study advanced techniques in a Project-Based Learning style (scene work, monologues, script writing, stage makeups, etc.) to develop skills and prepare for in-class presentations, competitions, and a mandatory evening performance – one per semester – to showcase their efforts and learning to family, friends, and the community.  Participation and preparation for in-class performances, competitions, school productions, along with occasional writing assignments, quizzes, and tests will make up the bulk of students’ grades.  In the fall, students will prepare for and attend the District Drama Competition, and in the spring, students will prepare for and attend the One Act Festival. Additionally, each semester, Class Act students will attend a local university or community theater production as well as participate in local drama competitions.  Admission into this class requires teacher approval.

4/13/17


Advanced Sculpture
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite:  Pottery / Sculpture  or Advanced Art


Explore advanced techniques in sculpture creation. Students will learn armature building, working in various types of clay and materials, mold making, and casting.

4/13/17


Advanced Welding
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: Ag Beginning Welding

This course is a continuation of beginning welding with larger welding projects.

4/13/17


Ag Beginning Welding A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: None

Welding safety, ARC, MIG, OXY-ACE, TIG, Welding principles, Welding labs, and a small welding project.
Semester 1: AG0210- Beginning Welding
Semester 2: AG0211- Advanced Welding

4/13/17


Ag Construction Basics
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: None

This class will cover a variety of skills, including servicing small engines, measuring, plumbing and pipe fitting, wood working, fence construction, concrete, intro to electricity, bill of materials and will include hands on projects.

4/13/17


Ag Ecology
1 Credit
Semester Class

Prerequisite: 11-12 for Science Credit

 

This course provides science instruction and practical experience in environmental science including agricultural/industrial chemical issues, habitat preservation/restoration, remediation of damaged resources, conservation practices, environmental law and current environmental issues.

4/13/17


Ag Engineering A-B (Not a Science Credit)
2 Credits
Full Year Class

Prerequisite:

This course will give any student a beginning knowledge of Engineering and Mechanics topics, such as: gear ratios, power technology, internal combustion engines and their use and repair. This class will encourage hands-on projects and application of knowledge to basic automotive and agricultural machines. The technology used in modern agricultural machines will be emphasized. All students are welcome.

4/13/17


Ag Fabrication A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite:

This 2-hour class will cover the following units of instruction: workplace safety, advanced welding practices, metal technology, cost effective construction techniques, CAD drawings and computerized CNC cutting, and construction of projects. Students can receive college credit at EITC or the College of Southern Idaho.

4/13/17


Ag Fish and Wildlife A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class

Prerequisite: None

This class will cover the importance of fish and wildlife, outdoor recreation and natural resources, fish and game regulations, identification and management of wildlife and fish species along with career opportunities. This class is only open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

4/13/17


Ag Greenhouse A-B (Not a Science Credit)
2 credits
Full Year Class

Prerequisite: None

This course emphasizes a practical approach to plant process and production utilizing the greenhouse for hands on experience. The curriculum includes plant growth and development, soils, plant identification, plant needs, seeding, propagation, landscape design, floral design, vegetable production and greenhouse management skills.

4/13/17


Ag Greenhouse Management A-B (Not a Science Credit)
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: 10 – 12 Ag Greenhouse

This is a work experience activity in the greenhouse or community, organized to develop advanced skills. The course will cover greenhouse and nursery structures and management, ornamental plant identification, climate, zonation and design, floral design, gardening. Assisting underclassmen is expected.

4/13/17


Ag Intro to Horses
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: 10 – 12

This class will cover the history and development of the horse, the status and future of the horse industry, breeds, types and classes of horses, selecting and judging horses, age, height and weight of horses, shoeing and hoof care and horse behavior and training.

4/13/17


Ag Natural Resources A-B
1 credit
Semester Class

Prerequisite:  11 – 12 for Science Credit

This course is designed to teach the concepts of conservation, natural resources, ecology, and fish/wildlife science.  Topics will include ecosystem, soil, land-use planning, water, forests, woodlands, recreation on public lands, and outdoor safety.

4/13/17


Ag Power Technology A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class

Prerequisite:

Class will cover basics of modern machine technology and energy topics. Class will use modern truck and tractors to teach basic machine technologies of pneumatics, electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical functions. Demonstrations and work in the shop will be the focus of the class. Students will make models and working units. Students will gain hands on experience in repair and maintenance of machines, they will learn basic vehicle care and common functions of modern agriculture machines. Female students are welcome.

4/13/17


Ag Small Animal Care
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: 10 – 12

This class will cover intro to small animal care including the study of dogs, carts, rabbits, hamsters, reptiles and other small animals, small animals as pets, animal rights and welfare and careers in small animal care.

4/13/17


Ag Woodshop A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: None

This class covers safety, steps to building a structure, components, actual building of buildings and structures, and some drafting of structures to be built. Students will be able to build personal projects.

4/13/17


Ag Zoology/Ag Animal Nutrition A-B (Not a Science Credit)
**Will only be taught every other year starting in 2016-2017**
2 Credits
Full Year Class

Prerequisite: None

This class will cover the following units of instruction: F.F.A. Leadership, record keeping, poultry, livestock production, genetics, livestock nutrition, anatomy, physiology, and reproduction. This course is articulated with the College of Southern Idaho.
Semester 1: 2345 Zoology
Semester 2: 2346 Animal Nutrition

4/13/17


Art I
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: None

“…But I can’t draw!”
Well, that’s why you take Art class! Bring in your stick figures and we’ll turn them into Mona Lisas. This intro class will focus on teaching basic elements and principles of art, expand your creativity, and give you confidence in your art skills.

4/13/17


Band A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Registration Numbers: 4817-4818
Prerequisite: Music Have One Year of Band
Fee: $50 rental fee for school instruments

Students will learn music theory, history, instrumental and practice techniques. This is also a performance-based class. Attendance to rehearsals and performances are mandatory. Students will be required to perform for sporting events, school functions, district events, and collaborations in the music department.

4/13/17


Basic Piano
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed for students who wish to develop basic piano playing skills. Time in class will be spent both on and off the keyboards. While playing, students will be working individually and in small groups to master the techniques of playing and to learn pieces. There will also be time spent in group instruction on musical notation and theory. Book required: Alfred’s Adult All-in-One Piano Course, Level 1. Book can be found online on Amazon for $10.

4/13/17


Business Professions of America (BPA) A – B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: None 

Business Professionals of America (BPA) is a course that will introduce you to a variety of elements in business. Some of these concepts are Finances, Business Administration, Management Information Systems, Digital Communication and Design, and Management/Marketing. You will be required to join BPA and compete in events; Regionals (January), State (March), and National (optional in May). There are fees to join and participate in these events, but we will also do fundraisers throughout the year to alleviate any costs, especially if students with to attend Nationals. Some out of class time will be required for some of our fundraisers. Through BPA, we will also focus on achieving “Torch Awards” that award student success in many service and academic areas.

4/13/17


Concert Choir A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: None

Concert Choir is offered to ALL students (both male and female). Music focuses on a wide variety of selections. No audition required; simply enroll and bring a great attitude towards singing! Students will learn theory, history, sight reading, intervals, and aural skills. Performances include singing at concerts, festivals, clinics, and community performances.
Costume Fee: TBD

4/13/17


Concurrent General Business
1 Credit
Semester Class

Prerequisite:  10-12

Acquaints students with business organizations, functional areas, and current business issues such as ethics, social responsibility and sustainability.  Presents the strengths and limitations of the business enterprise, while promoting innovation, creativity, and technology use in a global context.  Emphasis on strategy, communication, problem solving, teams and negotiation.  Format will be lecture plus interactive breakout groups, simulations and integrated cases.

4/13/17


Culinary – Advanced Foods
1 Credit
Semester Class Only
Prerequisite: 11th -12th grade, Nutrition and Foods

This is a semester class where students will gain a basic knowledge of the kitchen related to safety, sanitation, identification and use of tools and equipment. The uses of recipes, basic principles of cooking and baking, and common products used in the kitchen are covered. Students will learn about professionalism in the industry along with an entrepreneurship experience within the class. This class is articulated through CSI for the Professional Kitchen HOSM 110 course which is 3 elective credits at $20 a credit. They can then continue as a senior to the Compass Academy to finish their Servsafe Manager Certification which is 2 additional elective credits offered through CSI at $20.00 a credit.

4/13/17


Drum Line A-B
1 or 2 Credits
Semester or Full Year Class
Prerequisite: None

Opportunity for percussionists. Students will study basic fundamental drumming techniques and rudiments. This class will focus on drum line marching and performing. Students will study a variety of percussion instruments and styles. All students will be required to buy their own sticks specified by the teacher. Drums and drum pads will be provided during class instruction. Students will be required to perform at sporting events, district events, other high school functions, and collaborations within the music department.

4/13/17


European History
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite:  10-12
**This is no longer offered for college credit**

The study of European history since 500 A.D. introduces students to cultural, economic, political and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they lived.  Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expressions and intellectual discourse.

4/13/17


Film Studies
1 Credit
Semester Class

Prerequisite: None

Students who participate in this single semester course will gain a better understanding of American society from the early 20th century to the present through a historical survey of motion pictures as well as entertainment in America before movies, such as vaudeville, minstrel shows, music halls, etc. Through viewing classic films, students will develop film literacy, including film devices such as frame story, plot structure, irony, foreshadowing, symbolism, allegory and climax while experiencing top-rated examples of various genres (western, romantic comedy, musical, science fiction, mystery, film noir, foreign films, etc.). Participation in discussions, daily notes/journal entries, movie responses and critiques, as well as quizzes, tests, and a research project will make up the bulk of the students’ grades. Please note: students will be required to check their cell phones or devices at the door for this class. All films above a rating of PG are edited for content in accordance with laws allowing edited movies in schools. A list of films to be viewed is available upon request.

4/13/17


Food Service A-B
1 or 2 Credit
Semester or Year Class
Prerequisites: Counselor approval

This course is designed to allow students the opportunity to work in food services. Students learn about sanitation, food preparation, and serving food while working in the school lunch programs. Some job shadowing may be available on a limited basis.

4/13/17


Game Theory
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite:   Must have a C or higher Algebera 1 Vol 2

Game theory is the science of strategy. It mathematically and logically determines the actions that “players” should take to secure the best outcomes for themselves in a wide variety of “games”. In this class, we will play games from tic-tac-toe to chess to the stock market. We will use the eight mathematical practices and learn the fundamentals of game theory to analyze these games and even apply game theory to human interactions. Although this course does not require pre-existing upper level math knowledge, it does require a lot of independent thinking and application.

4/13/17


Interpersonal Communications
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: 11-12 Only

This class serves as an introduction and in depth study of the communication between human beings. We will explore different types of communication, what happens in the brain during communication, how communication is different for each gender (including a unit on dating and courtship), friendship, bullying, how to deal with difficult people (and avoid being the difficult person to deal with), coping skills for life’s challenges, goal setting, decision making, motivation, and much more. Course work will include writing prompts, weekly journals/logs, reading/research, and Socratic seminars (discussions wherein “students listen closely to the comments of others, thinking critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others”). Assessments will include tests/quizzes, a personal portfolio, and presentation(s). Emphasis will be given to preparing students for real-world communication in their adult lives.

4/13/17


Intro to Acting
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: None

This single semester class introduces students to acting and theater arts. Students will learn stage types, different roles in theater production, stage directions, and have a taste of theater history. Additionally, students will learn basic improvisation skills and work in pairs/groups to perform memorized and improvised scenes. All students are required to perform on stage in front of their classmates. Participation and preparation for these performances, as well as occasional written assignments and quizzes/tests, will make up the bulk of students’ grades.

4/13/17


Intro to Ag A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: None

**These courses will fulfill the required Careers credit if BOTH semesters are taken Freshman year**

This class covers the following units of instruction: FFA Leadership, supervised agriculture experience, record-keeping, parliamentary procedure, swine science, beef science, dairy science, sheep science and equine science. This class is an articulated course with the College of Southern Idaho. A full year of this course will also fill the “Careers” requirement
Semester 1: AG110 Intro to Ag.
Semester 2: AG0310-Applied Livestock Management

4/13/17


Jazz Band A-B
1 or 2 Credits
Semester or Full Year Class
Prerequisite: All brass, woodwind, string, and vocal students must be enrolled in a separate music course.
Fee: $50 rental fee for school instruments

This class is an opportunity to study a variety of music styles including Jazz, Rock, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, and Latin Music. Students will learn music forms, music history, and basic improvising techniques. Instruments needed include, Bass, Guitar, Percussion (drum set and auxiliary percussion), Piano, Trumpet, Saxophone, and Trombone (Other instruments are allowed upon asking the instructor). Students will be required to perform for sporting events, school functions, district events, and collaborations in the music department.

4/13/17


Media Specialist
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: Teacher approval. Approval forms available counseling office

Students will have the opportunity to learn about library procedures, the Dewey decimal system for classifying books, how to shelve books in proper categories, how to create displays, etc. Students will also be taught research skills. Grading will be determined by the skills developed and learned in class. Class size will be limited to 5 students. Students may only take this course once per semester. This class will carry a letter grade.

4/13/17


Mindfulness
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: 10-12

This course is focused primarily on teaching the students how to use the universal technique of meditation, but the class also includes many aspects of meditation, such as how to sit comfortably for meditation, how to guide through a variety of techniques, before meditation, how to lead affirmations and visualizations to aid meditation, and a variety of other related aspects, that can be helpful to the future success of our students, how to use meditation to aid in test taking and stressful situations. You will learn how to use effective presentation skills and how to overcome stage fright and how to become a truly dynamic student through the use of calming methods.

4/13/17


Music Exploration
1 Credit
Semester Class

Prerequisite: None

Do you love to listen to music? This class is for you! The focus of this exciting course is to broaden your taste for music of both the fine arts and the popular music throughout history. Topics covered include basic music history, theory, culture, and famous performers, combined with the development of critical listening skills and exposure to all eras of musical development in the Western World. No prior musical skills or knowledge required! This class is available to every student regardless of age or background. Come in with open minds and open ears!

4/13/17


Mythology
1 Credit
Semester Class

Prerequisite: None

This class will offer students the opportunity to study and learn about various mythologies and legends from around the world. The class will include reading myths, legends etc. as well as watching videos for our course of study. The class will also include a focus on how mythology has affected pop culture and how it is represented in the world today. Some mythologies and legends we will be studying are Greek, Roman, Eastern, Norse and Native American. This class is offered as an elective and is open to any student interested in taking it.

4/13/17


Natural Helpers A-B / HUMN 1094 Leadership Course
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: You must be selected to be in this class through an application and interview process. You must see Mrs. Dye to apply

This is a concurrent credit course.  2 college credits can be earned from Northwest Nazarene University at $65/credit.

Natural Helpers is a program that is designed to help others at Shelley High School and the other schools in the district, as well as the community. In Natural Helpers, we help others in many different ways. We present assemblies, do service projects, serve as peer counselors, help at the homeless dinner, spend time with the elderly, and do whatever we can to make this area the best place to be.
This program requires some time after school occasionally. It is also mandatory that every Natural Helper attend a retreat training session during the summer. The cost of Natural Helpers is around $100.00 throughout the year. This money helps to pay for the cost of retreat as well as a t-shirt and sweatshirt that we wear throughout the year.

4/13/17


Nutrition and Foods
1 Credit
Semester Class Only
Prerequisite: 10-12

This is a beginning course taught for one-semester designed to address nutrition and personal lifestyle. Content emphasis includes food safety and sanitation, food preparation techniques, meal management skills, consumer skills, etiquette, nutrition, health, and career options in nutrition and related fields. This course is a prerequisite for Culinary Arts and Food Production. A technical skills assessment will be given at the end of the course for students to receive a food handler’s permit. CSI is offering 3 elective college credits for this course at $20.00 a credit.

4/13/17


Office Assistant A-B
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: Office administration approval. Approval forms available counseling office

Students will have the opportunity to learn about office procedures. Students will learn the skills necessary to answer and transfer phone calls properly, locate students in the PowerSchool program, help classmates and patrons when they enter the office, and assist the administrators in errands. This class is a pass / fail grade and does not affect the GPA.

4/13/17


Performance Psychology
1 Credit
Semester Class Only
Registration Number: 4602
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed around psychological principles assisting students in reaching peak performance. Performance enhancement is useful to athletes, musicians, students, performers or anyone else who needs to perform to the best of their ability. Principles such as goal-setting, arousal control, mental practice, and human cognition control will be taught. Self-help is the main objective of the course.

4/13/17


Pottery and Sculpture
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: C or better in Art I

Play with mud and make artwork! It doesn’t get much better than that. This class focuses on hand building techniques and sculpture techniques as well as throwing clay on the pottery wheel.

4/13/17


Show Choir A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: By audition only

Show Choir is offered to all students. This choir performs around the community, festivals, games, and clinics. Show Choir includes dancing and choreography. Students will learn theory, sight reading, and aural skills. In order to be a member, students will need to audition.
Costume Fee: Boys: $35, Girls: $75

4/13/17


Social Problems
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite:  11-12

This course provides an in depth study of current social issues from a psychological and sociological approch. Students will look at the causes, consequences and possible solutions to varied social problems and situations. Students will participate in a project/discussion based learning environment and will be encouraged in developing their awn creative solutions to the problems presented in the class.

4/13/17


Sports Psychology
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: 9 – 10

4/13/17


Star Tutor A-B
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite: None

**MUST RIDE THE BUS**

Must demonstrate high standards in dress, ethics, and have the maturity to represent Shelley High School well. Students may sign up to assist an elementary level teacher and work with younger students. This is an excellent opportunity for students considering any career in the human resources career pathway. Busing to the schools will be provided. This class will not be offered 4th hour.

4/13/17


String Orchestra A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Registration Numbers: 4806-4807
Prerequisite: Must have one year of orchestra or be enrolled in private music lessons

So much fun! It is best to have some experience on violin, viola, cello, or bass. Private lessons is a great supplement for students at any level of playing, particularly if they are beginners. Students will need to furnish their own instrument, method book, and any accessories required by the director. Student will be expected to participate in evening concerts, district clinics, and district festivals.

4/13/17


Student Government A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Prerequisite: Be voted in by classmates

Shelley High School Student Council is governed by an Executive Council with a president, vice president, secretary/treasurer and reporter. These students, along with class officers, attend a council/leadership class daily. Full Council meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. The full Council, comprised of all club and activity presidents, attend these meetings. The Student Council schedules all dances and other student body activities.

4/13/17


Teacher Assistant, A-B
Zero Credits
Semester Class
Prerequisite: Teacher approval. Approval forms available counseling office

This is a NO CREDIT class. The attendance policy is still enforced. Teacher must sign an approval form, available in the counseling office.

4/13/17


Team Debate
2 Credits (1 Credit per semester)
Prerequisite: “C” Average in English and teacher approval through application process. Please see Mrs. Curr to apply.
Fees: $75 Pay to Play
$200 Tournament Fee’s
*Extra events at tournaments, tournaments beyond the required eight, as well as the National Qualifier tournament will have an additional cost.

**This course will fill the required Speech Credit if taken BOTH semester**

Team Debate & Competitive Speech will teach the critical skill of argumentation and introduce students to the wide world of speech and debate. In addition to the three basic styles of debate: Policy, Public Forum, and Lincoln Douglass, this class will offer instruction on the speech events that are offered through the IHSAA and National Qualifying tournaments. Students in this course will be required to compete at tournaments throughout the year, depending on their level of experience. Novice will be required to attend and compete in two qualifying tournaments per semester, Varsity will be required to attend and compete in eight tournaments for the whole year. *The district and state tournament will not qualify as tournaments for the class. Additional course requirements will include classroom assignments, as well as attendance in squad night the week of a tournament.
Forensic competition events fall into two classifications for the purpose of analyzing how they meet Common Core State Standards:
Debate and Public Speaking: includes debate events, oratorical, informative, and extemporaneous speaking; requires students to construct thoughtful advocacy about timely issues and challenges.Interpretive Performance of Literature: requires students to synthesize passages from literary selections, and perform their own unique interpretation of the characterization and story to convey a particular theme or message.The benefits of speech and debate education are well documented by decades of research. Students in debate are among the most knowledgeable, well rounded and successfully confident students in the entire school. Taking part in extra-curricular competition in tournaments is expected of all class members. Additionally, a wide range of Scholarships are available for those who work diligently and learn excel in this area. It is very common for the majority of our graduating seniors to be offered various levels of financial aid related to participation in Debate and Speech.

4/13/17


Western Civilization
1 Credit
Semester Class
Prerequisite:  10-12

**This is no longer offered for college credit**

This course examines the civilization of the west from its beginnings in the ancient Near East:  from its classical Greek and Hebraic roots throughout the rise of the Roman Republic and Empires, the spread of Christianity, and the decline of the West under the Barbarian Invasions while the Near East continued to flourish under the Byzantine Empire and Islam.

4/13/17


Yearbook 1 A-B
2 Credits
Full Year Class
Registration Numbers: 4659-4660
Prerequisite: Must be admitted into class by teacher/interview process

This class will teach the basics of layout design, copy and caption writing, photography, picture cropping and arrangement, and financing the yearbook. Students will learn the basics of Adobe Indesign/Photoshop and Jostens’s Yeartech. Students will be assigned pages to complete for the yearbook and will have to meet deadlines and sell ads. Since responsibility is essential and excellence in quality of pages is expected, students must have good grades to be considered for this program.

4/13/17

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