Course Registration Form 2017-2018

 

Career and Technical Education

Business Management

Instructor: Jose C. Saraiva

Elective for grades 10-12

The course objective is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the principles of business.  Students will learn the four basic functions of management: planning, organizing, directing, and controlling.

Computer Technology I

Instructor: Joan Cartmill

Required: 9th grade
This course is intended for students to learn concepts associated with key application software, basic computing fundamentals, and ethics and appropriate behavior while using technology as a tool in the classroom and in life.

2017-18 course counts for USBE Digital Studies graduation requirement and prerequisite for other courses. 2018-19 and beyond – counts as a prerequisite for other required Digital Studies courses.

Fine Arts

Art Foundations I

Instructor: Luna Hutter

Required for grades 8-12

This course is designed for students to learn and develop skills and techniques in drawing, and painting. In this course students will experiment with multiple art mediums, such as graphite, charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylics, and mixed media. There is not a pre-requisite for this course.

Art Foundations II

Instructor: Luna Hutter

Required for grades 9-12

This course is a continuation of Art Foundations I. This course is designed for students to learn and develop skills and techniques to work in multiple art mediums, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage. The pre-requisite for this course is Art Foundations I.

Art History

Instructor: Luna Hutter

Required for grades 9-12

This course is designed for students to acquire an in-depth knowledge of Art History through the ages, from the Paleolithic period to contemporary times. Students will learn to analyze, critique, and evaluate works of art in a variety of art media and styles in architecture, sculpture, painting, and drawing. The pre-requisite for this course is Art Foundations I, and Art Foundations II. This course can be taken simultaneously with Art Foundations II.

Health and Wellness

Health

Instructor: Valerie Sedgwick

Required for graduation

Students will learn nutritional fundamentals, and general physiology, among other topics. This is an entry level course.

Physical Education

Instructor: Valerie Sedgwick

Required for graduation

The Physical Education and Health classes at SGA will include exploration into various forms of physical exercise and sports, as well as a solid understanding of how nutrition affects brain, body and emotional functioning. Students will be taught effective ways to manage stress, reduce toxic load and how to function as a whole person in various situations and circumstances.

Language Arts and Communication

American Sign Language 1

Instructor: Lorell Loosle

Elective for grades 9-12

American Sign Language 1 is an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL). Includes basic grammar, vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, and cultural information related to the Deaf Community.

American Sign Language 2

Instructor: Lorell Loosle

Elective for grades 10-12

ASL 2 is a continuation of ASL 1.  This course is designed to continue development of American Sign Language expressive and receptive skills, grammar, vocabulary, cultural awareness, and related terminology.  Prerequisites: “American Sign Language 1” or permission from the instructor.

English 8th Grade

Instructor: Liberty Peterson, Michelene Taveren

Required for grade 8

This beginning-level writing course focuses on writing fundamentals. Students will polish their basic grammar skills and writing building blocks. There are two options of instructors, with two concentrations. Ms.  will focus on different mediums of literature. Dr. Peterson will focus on historical speeches and short fiction.

English 9th Grade  

Instructor: Phil Ertel

Required for grade 9

Students will be introduced to and will practice general writing skills, including thesis sentence writing, punctuation, essay structure, pre-writing methods, argumentative and informative writing, and critical thinking and writing skills.

English 10th Grade

Instructor: Michelene Taveren

Required for grade 10

Tenth grade English will introduce students to literature from around the globe. They will begin with origin stories, progressing through to prominent modern day literature. Through their studies, students will be introduced to basic mythological concepts and Joseph Campbell’s Journey of the Hero.

English 11th Grade

Instructor: Phil Ertel

Required for grade 11

This class builds upon the skills developed in the 8th through 10th grade English classes. This class will focus on academic writing. Creative nonfiction writing will be presented and practiced. Students will engage in research on a topic that they must defend. The final project will be a publishable paper.

French 1: Beginning French

Instructor: Karine Hall

Elective for grades 9-12

An entry level French speaking and writing course. Will introduce students to basic conversational skills and vocabulary.

German I: Beginning German  

Instructor: Paul Duston

Elective for grades 9-12

You will begin your German language experience through listening, speaking, and to a lesser extent, reading and writing activities. You will learn vocabulary sufficient to deal with daily situations that any traveler to a foreign country might encounter. Each of you will also be encouraged and given the opportunity to expand your vocabulary into areas that are of particular interest to you.

Media Literacy

Instructor: Michelene Taveren

Elective for grades 8-12

Students will examine their paradigms and media consumption through introspection and analysis. Through examining both generational differences in media, and why media is the way it is, students will gain a greater discernment for their interaction with different media mediums. Students should be prepared to read extensively, and watch current television and movies.

Mythology/English 12

Instructor: Christy Hall

Required for grade 12

Elective for grade 11

This course delves into the themes of ancient civilizations and explore parallels to our modern social issues. We will interpret the hero through Joseph Campbell and Jungian Archetypes. We will analyze modern media through the lens of ancient works. We will also compare eastern and western thinking, deducing why our modern cultures can be so divergent.

Study Skills

Instructors: Phil Ertel, Liberty Peterson, AJ Basile and Michelene Taveren  

Required for 8th Grade

This course will introduce students to the basic techniques of study skills, which, when practiced, will assist students to be successful in school. Topics being covered will include time management, goal setting, listening skills, memory techniques, note taking, reading techniques, writing skills, and test taking skills.

Mathematics

AP Calculus BC

Instructor: Christy Hall

This course will engage students in rigorous study in order prepare for the AP Calculus AB exam. Students will explore fundamental definitions of Calculus concepts, including limits, derivatives and integrals, and apply them in various circumstances. Students will explore mathematics through technology and explain complex processes verbally and in writing. Prerequisite: C or better in Secondary Math III

Calculus II

Instructor: Christy Hall

This course will engage students in the second half of college prep Calculus. Students will review fundamental definitions of Calculus concepts and push forward into new forms of differentiation and integration. Students will explore mathematics through technology and explain complex processes verbally and in writing. Prerequisite: C or better in AP Calculus AB.

Mathematics 8

Instructor: Amanda Gerry

Required for grade 8

Students in this course will explore fundamental concepts of Algebra and Geometry including linear functions, polynomials, geometry theorems, and exponents, and then apply them in various circumstances. Students will explore mathematics through technology and explain complex processes both verbally and in writing. Students are expected to master Algebra and Geometry vocabulary and formulas throughout the duration of the course.

Secondary Mathematics I/Honors

Instructor: Amanda Gerry

Students in this course will explore fundamental concepts of Algebra and Geometry including functions, polynomials, triangle theorems, trigonometry, and apply them in various circumstances. Students will explore mathematics through technology and explain complex processes verbally and in writing. Students are expected to master Algebra and Geometry vocabulary and formulas throughout the duration of the course.

Prerequisite: C or better in Math 8 or acceptable score on placement test

Secondary Mathematics II/Honors

Instructor: Jose Saravia

Secondary Mathematics II (Required for 10th Grade Students):

Description:  The guiding principles of the Mathematics II course follow the mathematics standards adopted by the State of Utah. These principles focus attention on the use of Mathematics as a problem-solving tool, as well as on some of the fundamental concepts which help to unify Mathematics as a body of knowledge.

Prerequisite: C or better in Secondary Math I or acceptable score on placement test

Secondary Mathematics III/Honors

Instructor: Christy Hall

This course will engage students in advanced mathematical processes and notations to solidify concepts in algebra, trigonometry and statistics, including quadratics, rational functions, and logarithms and then apply these concepts in various circumstances. Students will explore mathematics through technology and explain complex processes verbally and in writing.

Prerequisite: C or better in Secondary Math II or acceptable score on placement test

Science

8th Grade Science – Integrated Science

Instructor: Kelsey Gonzalez

Required for grade 8

This is a year-long required course. It will cover benchmarks that include physical and chemical changes, changes in matter and energy, chemical reactions, plant and animal processes, rock and fossil formation, and changes to the earth’s surface.

Astronomy

Instructor: Jose C. Saraiva

Elective for grades 9-12

Description:  The course objective is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the principles of astronomy.  Students will learn about the Solar Systems, Motion of the Planes, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe in general.

Biology

Instructor: Kelsey Gonzalez

Required for 11th grade

This is a year-long required course. It will cover topics essential to the science of modern biology. These include biochemistry, cell structure and function, energy and metabolism, genetics, evolutionary processes, and ecology.

Chemistry

Instructor: Mr. A.J. Basile

Required for grade 10

Elective for grades 11-12

This course primarily features principles of general chemistry. Some examples of topics to be covered include atomic and molecular structure, thermodynamic analysis, chemical bonding, relative reactivity, dynamic equilibrium, and acid-base interactions.

Molecular Genetics

Instructor: Director David W Jones

Elective for grades 8-12

This course will investigate the fundamental machinations of the genetic material in detail. In addition, this course will include in-depth discussions of our ability to engineer these systems in vitro from a technical perspective, as well as, the ethical consequences of our actions.

Physics

Instructors: Mr. A.J. Basile and Mr. Jose Saraiva

Required for grade 9

Elective for grades 10-12

This course is designed to be a conceptual, non-mathematically focused introduction to physics and science. Some concepts covered include units and measurement, motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, electrostatic forces, energy, waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Current Issues (TED Talks)

Instructor: Dr. J.A. Lewis

Elective for 8th – 12th graders
Current Issues (TED Talks) critically evaluates the role of internet technology in the dissemination and innovation of new ideas. Students will examine TED Talks videos to explore the major challenges, global trends, and unique opportunities defining their generation. Course content addresses education, climate change, globalization, media accuracy, and the future.

Economics (co-requisite with General Financial Literacy)

Instructor: Joan Cartmill

Required for 11th or 12th graders
This course focuses on economic problems and the methods which societies use to solve them. Microeconomics, macroeconomics and global economics are covered. Economic principles, theories and economists will be studied including characteristics of the United States’ market economy, its function in the world and methods of personal application of economics.

General Financial Literacy (co-requisite with Economics)

Instructor: Joan Cartmill

Required for 11th or 12th graders
This course covers stocks, bonds, the financial marketplace, investing, budgeting, time value of money and risk management. Students learn to avoid common pitfalls including the improper use of debt, impulse buying. Content covers hidden economic forces including inflation, coercive practices, cyclical exposure, fraud, college and career planning, retirement, and charitable giving.

US History I

Instructor: Joan Cartmill

Required for 8th graders
Focus is 18th and 19th century settlement of North America and early development of the United States. Topics include: European Exploration in the Western hemisphere, North American Colonization, American Revolutionary War, US Constitution, Westward Expansion, US Civil War and Reconstruction. Geography and current events are woven throughout the course.

US History II

Instructor: Dr. J.A. Lewis

Required for 11th graders
US History II covers American history from the era of Reconstruction (1865) through the present day. Students will examine the cultural, economic, ideological, and social forces that shaped the modern American experience. Course content explores the major events, ideas, individuals, and international forces through comparing diverse primary and secondary sources.

US Government

Instructor: Dr. J.A. Lewis

Required for 12th graders
US Government explores theories of human organization and power through studying classical political thought and American governmental structures outlined in the US Constitution. Students will examine the cultural, economic, and social forces shaping American ideologies. This course prepares students for the USCIS Civics Test (state requirement for graduation).

World Geography

Instructor: Dr. Liberty Peterson

Required for 9th graders

World Geography utilizes geographic and anthropological methods as tools for students to understand our world. Students will examine environments, populations, cultures, and their systematic interaction through cartographic (map) sources. Course content addresses how the earth’s climate, boundaries, resources, and ecosystems influence and, in turn, are influenced by human civilization.

World History

Instructor: Dr. J.A. Lewis

Required for 10th graders
World History spans the entirety of documented human existence from 10,000 BC to 2001 CE from a global perspective. Students will examine how unifying themes of world civilizations have developed over time. Course content addresses the major events, ideas, individuals, and international forces that have shaped the human experience.