High School

 

CALERA HIGH SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
 
LANGUAGE ARTS
English I (Grammer/Composition): This introduction to both classic and modern literature provides a basic understanding of genres, vocabulary, and literary terms. The course also explores the various purposes for writing and means by which an author can achieve such purposes. (Nettie Meadows)
English II (World Lit): This is a required course study of genres in literature. Students will read passages from the primary genres of (1) short story, (2) nonfiction, (3) poetry, (4) drama, and (5) myth/legend. Students will also learn how to write reflective, descriptive, informative, and critical essays. Students will focus on the Five Elements of Fiction (plot, setting, characters, theme, and narrator), and learn addition literary elements. Students will be assigned to read one novel from the Classics per each nine weeks. (Nettie Meadows)
English III (American Lit): Students will become familiar with the evolution of writing through the course of American history. Our attention will be directed largely at the Neoclassical writing of our nation’s founders, the influence of various social movements such as Naturalism and Romanticism, and the transition into Post-Modern/Contemporary ideology in writing. (Kelly Harrison)
English IV (English Lit): This is a required course study of the literature throughout time from Great Britain. Students will follow a chronological timeline delineating the progress of both literature and the English language from the beginnings of the Anglo-Saxon Period to the current Modern Age. Students will critically analyze reading passages and write critical responses. Students will also write analytical, persuasive, and research essays in class and be assigned to read one British novel a nine weeks. (Kelly Harrison)
 
MATHEMATICS
Algebra I: A branch of mathematics in which symbols, usually letters of the alphabet, represent numbers or members of a specified set and are used to represent quantities and to express general relationships that hold for all members of the set. (Ricky Teafatiller)
Algebra II: The goal of Algebra II is to build upon the concepts taught in Algebra I and Geometry while adding new concepts to the students’ repertoire of mathematics. In Algebra I, students studied the concept of functions in various forms such as linear, quadratic, polynomial, and exponential.  Algebra II continues the study of exponential and logarithmic functions and further enlarges the catalog of function families to include rational and trigonometric functions. In addition to extending the algebra strand, Algebra II will extend the numeric and logarithmic ideas of accuracy, error, sequences, and iteration. The topic of conic sections fuses algebrawith geometry. Students will also extend their knowledge of univariate and bivariate statistical applications(Sharon Walker)
Geometry: the branch of mathematics that deals with the deduction of the properties, measurement, and relationships of points, lines, angles, and figures in space from their defining conditions by means of certain assumed properties of space. (Randy Ellevold, Sharon Walker)
Trigonometry: the branch of mathematics that deals with the relations between the sides and angles of plane or spherical triangles, and the calculations based on them. (Sharon Walker)
 
SCIENCE
Biology I: Includes major concepts of cell biology, including cell physiology and structure, genetics and heredity, biological diversity as it relates to evolution, cycles of energy and compounds, ecology and animal behavior, classification of organisms, principles of ecology, including the different ecosystems, communities and environmental concerns. (David Crowell)
Biology II: Exploring invertebrates and vertebrates; an in-depth study of body systems of animals, including arthropods, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals; Types of animal behavior; Principles of Ecology, including the different ecosystems, communities and environmental concerns. (Lee Umsted)
Chemistry I: A study of the metric system, dimensional analysis, density, physical and chemical properties of matter, formulas of compounds, gas laws, stoichiometry, acids and bases, redox reactions, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry.  (David Crowell)
Physical Science:  The class deals with motion, forces and energy in the first three units. The different forms of energy, sound, light, heat, etc and the Laws of motion are covered in the first semester.  The second semester covers the chemistry portion of the class. Chemical formulas, chemical reactions, properties of atoms and atomic structure are included. (David Crowell)
Physiology/Anatomy: An in-depth study of the workings and structure of the human body; Will include study of each of the eleven systems of the body and how the work separate and together to keep the human body functioning. Topics will include the muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, integumentary, digestive systems, along with the study of their structure and function. Research papers will be assigned to cover various topics concerning diseases of the body systems.  (Lee Umsted)
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
Civics:  Civics is meant to promote the understanding and participation of future citizens of the legal system our government has to offer.  To achieve this goal, students participate in a state-wide program known as Mock Trial, sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association.  In mock trials, high school students in grades 9 through 12 model the roles of attorneys, plaintiffs and defendants. They actively prepare and present their cases under the direct supervision of teacher coaches and attorney advisors. Although these are mock trials, they are heard by real judges in a courtroom setting. Student performance is evaluated by a panel of lawyers.  By interpreting, analyzing and portraying the major issues of a case, students obtain a unique insider's perspective of the American legal process. Participants develop self-esteem, poise and confidence through both individual and team efforts.  The program helps students develop public speaking skills, encourages deductive and inductive reasoning, sharpens reading comprehension, stimulates interest in governmental studies and increases appreciation for our judicial system as a means of enforcing society's laws.  (Debbie Moore)
Economics:  This class is an elective that, upon successful completion, counts as one full credit. The topics covered will be consumer activities, (debt, purchases, saving and investing), Macroeconomics, (International), Microeconomics, (American/Local), Theory, and banking systems. (Debbie Moore)
Geography:  This is a class that is required for graduation, and that, upon successful completion, counts as one half credits. The topics covered will be, but are not limited to: Using and creating maps, analyzing the physical and human landscapes of the world using maps, globes, photos and pictures, examining different cultures and regions of the world, analyze how different forces, including humans, effect the earth, cultural and economic effects of natural disasters, the difference between developed, and developing nations of the world, and analyzing the growth, migration, and evolution of human cultures. (Debbie Moore)
Modern History: The study of Modern History has a distinctive role in the school curriculum as it challenges students to consider the great social, economical and political transformations of the 21st century.  Modern History is especially relevant to the life of students, as the events and issues are current. (Randy Ellevold)
Oklahoma History:  This is a class that is required for graduation, and that, upon successful completion, counts as one half credits. The topics covered will be, but are not limited to: Geography and economic assets of the state and the effects of both on the state’s history, exploration and claims of and to the area that would become Oklahoma, the social, economic and political development of Native Americans from prehistory through modern times, major events prior to statehood, the state Constitution and the development thereof, the major contributions of individuals, and groups to the state. (Debbie Moore)
U.S. Government:  This is a class that is required for graduation, and that, upon successful completion, counts as one half credits. The topics covered will be, but are not limited to: the definition of government and the different types of Governments, the ways that governments develop, the purpose of governments, the rights and responsibilities of a government, the fundamentals of government, the U. S. Constitution, the roles of the different branches and levels of Government, political parties, citizenship, and current events. (Greg Thralls)
U.S. History: Study of U.S. History from Civil War to the present. Focus of study: Civil War, Reconstruction, Westward Movement, Immigration, Industrial and Labor Movements, Foreign Affairs of late 1800's, Progressive Movement, WWI. Roaring 20's, Great Depression, WWII, Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, Korean War and Vietnam War, and Foreign and Domestic Policy of 70's through 2000's. (Greg Thralls)
World History: Focus of study: Early civilizations (Mesopotamia and Egypt), Greece, Rome, Middle Ages, Rise of European states, Renaissance and Reformation, France and England, Enlightenment, American Indian Empires, and Early Explorers. (Greg Thralls)
 
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Special education teachers are to provide specially designed instruction in the classroom by means of co-teaching and collaborative teaching.  Program monitoring and consultation are utilized to ensure that the student is progressing in accordance with IEP objectives and goals.  Resource or lab services are available every period of the school day by certified personnel or highly qualified teachers. (Julie Brown, Gaylen Whitmire)
 
FINE ARTS
Art I - IV: Class will consist of learning about why artists create and the history of art. We learn about many different artists/cultures and their art. We cover the different styles and movements in art. We do a lot of drawing and shading in many of the assignments.   Art class will experiment with different art media.    We will paint some and work with clay. We will use pencil, charcoal, pastel, oil pastel, watercolor, acrylic, tempera, pen & ink, markers, crayons, colored pencils, and collage techniques. We may write an artist research paper and we will try to visit an art museum. (Jeana Holt)
Instrumental Music I: Beginning music course where students learn foundational music theory, an introduction to music history, and performance techniques by playing the recorder during the first semester and a band instrument during the second semester.
Instrumental Music II: Continuing music course where students build upon the knowledge gained in the Music I course in music theory, music history, and performance. Students will perform on a band instrument at ball games, concerts, contests, and graduation. Students will participate in musical ensembles that enforce teamwork skills, self-discipline, and a life-long love of the arts.
Vocal Music I - IV: Students will learn vocal techniques for maximizing singing skills, general music reading and other general music skills as they pertain to vocal performing, and will memorize and perform various songs and perform them before audiences on and off campus. (Stephen Garner)
 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Native American Language I & II (Choctaw I & II):  Through these courses, the students are educated in the language, the history, and the culture of the Choctaw people. The grammar of the language is taught by teachers fluent in the Choctaw language. Students hear the sounds as spoken by a native speaker.  Students are taught to speak, read, and write the language. Curriculum for the classes, developed by the teachers at the School of Choctaw Language, is accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
 
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
Business Computer Applications: Will teach keyboarding students to key more efficiently than if they use the “hunt and peck” system often used by those who have never had a keyboarding course. The computer skills that they learn will serve them throughout their school years, personal lives, and careers. By the end of this course students will be able to use various software applications such as word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, and databases. (Becky Cooper)
Word Processing: Offers continued training in the following Microsoft 2003 applications: Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint. This class also teaches skills needed for Getting a Job, and designing a Web Page. BCA is a pre-requisite of this course. (Becky White)
 
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Health: (Randy Ellevold)
PE:  (Bobby Moore, Brian Wingfield)   
Competitive Athletics
          Baseball: Our goal in High School Baseball is to prepare ourselves for competitive athletic programs.  As a team we not only learn the concepts of the game of baseball, but also learn about self control and discipline as an individual.  The players are expected to participate and conduct themselves in a matter fitting a Calera baseball player.  (Ricky Teafatiller)
          Basketball: This course will concentrate on the beginning of basketball skills and development including shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and defending; court play will be included. Course objectives will include (1)demonstrate the use of basic basketball terminology, (2)demonstrate basic fundamental skills of basketball, (3)participate in the drills and practice situations, and (4)participate in game type situations. (Bobby Moore, Brian Wingfield)
          Softball: Students enrolled in competitive softball will learn and practice the fundamental skills of fastpitch and slowpitch softball. The skills of hitting, fielding, throwing and pitching will be taught along with the basic strategies of offense and defense. Students will learn teamwork and cooperation. They must provide their own glove and cleats to participate. This class is for any student wishing to play softball at the competitive level. (Randy Ellevold)
 
    
 
CAREER TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
     Agriculture
          Introduction to Agriscience:  (Cody Nelson, JJ Bull)
          Agriscience II: (Cody Nelson, JJ Bull)
          Introduction to Agricultural Communications:  (JJ Bull)
          Introduction to Agricultural Power and Technology: (JJ Bull)
          Agricultural Power and Technology II: (Cody Nelson)
          Employment in Agribusiness:  This course is designed for work-site agricultural learning experiences. Work-site learning locations must relate to selected agricultural career pathway. This course is offered to seniors only.  (Cody Nelson)
     Family and Consumer Sciences
          Career Orientation: This class is concerned with the “human” aspects of working in organizations. Students are provided with job seeking and retention skills. Attitudes and perceptions of people toward careers and self- Motivation are areas addressed in this course. Emphasis is placed on acquiring conceptual skills such as planning, Communication, and problem-solving. The importance of basic academic skills is stressed with job related, practical activities such as job shadowing, using OKCIS internet sight, job research and listening to career speakers. (Amanda Cox)
          Family and Consumer Sciences I: This is a comprehensive study intended to generate basic knowledge and skill of child development, clothing and textiles, consumer education, food nutrition, housing and home furnishings, and personal and family relationships. Attention is also focused toward assisting students in the career study and participation in the FACS student organization FCCLA. (Amanda Cox)  
          Parenting and Child Development:  This course is designed to provide basic knowledge of child development and to develop skills necessary to care for children and promote children's development. Students also examine theorists, child health, first aid and nutrition. Students should have opportunities to guide children's behavior and meet the needs of special age groups. Careers in early childhood care and education are explored.  (Amanda Cox)
         Successful Adulthood: Personal Financial Literacy:  This is a one semester course designed to provide students with basic skills and knowledge needed to effectively manage their personal finances. The objectives and learning activities are based on real world situations, and will help to build a foundation for making informed and successful personal financial decisions. The course is comprised of the 14 areas of instruction outlined in the Oklahoma Passport to Financial Literacy Act of 2007(70 O.S. 11-103.6h) and meets standards for the high school graduation requirement.  (Amanda Cox)
         Marriage and Family Life:  The course is designed to provide knowledge of family life and factors that influence lifestyles and decisions. Attention is focused on marriage and family skills, life choices, and parenthood and family changes. Marriage and Family Life is intended as the basic course from which students gain the knowledge to develope relationships effectively and deal with the many relationships that are part of everday life.  (Amanda Cox)
         Food Prep I:  This is a specialized course designed to prepare students to make important decisions regarding nutrition and wellness with assurance and competence. Topics will include the impact of daily nutrition and wellness wth assurance and competence. Topics will include the impact of daily nutrition choices on long term health and wellness; the physical, social and physiological aspects of healthy nutrition and wellness choices; selection and preparation of nutritious meals and snacks based on USDA Dietary Guidelines including the Food Pyramid; safety and sanitation processes and issues associated with nutrition and wellness; and career exploration in the nutrition and food industries. Laboratory experiences will be a major component of the course.  (Amanda Cox)
         Food Prep II:  The is a sequential course that builds on the concepts taught in Food Preperation and Nutrition I. Topics will include more complex concepts in foods and nutrition including a study of international and cultural foods; meal planning and preparation for specific economic, psychological, and nutritional needs; advanced impacts of science and technology on nutrition, food and related equipment; specific food preparations including baking,catering and exploring community and world food concerns as well as the "green" impact on the food industry. Laboratory experiences with advanced applications will be a major component of the course.  (Amanda Cox)
 
 
OTHER ELECTIVES
Driver Education:  Driver’s Education is provided by the High School for credit for students that are 15 years of age or older.  One-half credit per semester is available.  It is offered during the academic year and in the summer. The class consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of driving per student, plus numerous videos, and the tests that cover the particular information contained in each. (Debbie Moore)
Humanities:  This is an elective class that traces the historical development of art, music, philosophy, architecture, law and education from Mesopotamian to current times.  Upon successful completion counts as one credit.  (Debbie Moore)
Introduction to Business Technology I:  This class introduces students to the concepts and skills required for success in today’s workplace.  The program also provides an abundance of practical applications that connect students to the business world.  Extensive coverage of finance, marketing, production, and management allows students to explore the foundations of business operations, while topics such as ethics, economics, career planning, and technology take them beyond the basics.  The text also helps students prepare for competitive events, internships, and other job opportunities.  (Becky White)
Newspaper:  This an elective course where students will create a high-school newsletter monthly. Each student is assigned an article or articles that focus on school news, current affairs, and interest columns such as music and movies. This newsletter will be distributed each month to students and will also be posted on the Internet via a link on the school web-page. (Kelly Harrison)
Yearbook:  This class provides opportunities for students to learn about and develop skills in writing, design, photography, technology, business, organization, communication, management, and leadership. Our school yearbook is the only publishing document that contains the history of our school.  The yearbook is designed and created using the Internet and contains students’ enrolled kindergarten through 12th grade. The following pre-requisites are required: Business Computer Applications, and Word Processing classes. Applications are accepted each spring for the following school year. A student’s grades, discipline problems, and attendance, etc., are all considered in the application process. Students put in many extra hours outside of the normal school day to meet yearbook deadlines.  (Becky White)