William Mason High School - Mason City Schools

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William Mason High School Course Catalog 2017-2018 2012-2013 Administrators Dave Hyatt Shanna Bumiller Amy Hull Dion Reyes Brandon Rompies Laura Spitzmueller

Principal Assistant Principal Assistant Principal Assistant Principal Assistant Principal Assistant Principal

Academic Advising Office Phone: 513-398-7896 Linda Dumstorff A – Carp ext. 30307 Tony Affatato Carr - E ext. 30310 Phyllis Bell F – Holt ext. 30305 Marty Zack Holterhouse - Liew ext. 30309 Anne Toohey Lig - N ext. 30312 Sally Clark O – R, JVS students ext. 30308 Katie Hicks S – Ti ext. 30313 Seth Johnston T0 – Z ext. 30314

Main Office 6100 S. Mason-Montgomery Road Mason, OH 45040 Phone number: 513.398.5025 www.masonohioschools.com www.masoncomets.org

Table of Contents Graduation Requirements…………………………………………….…….…………..1 Policy for Dropping a Class, PE Waiver, Credits Earned at MMS……………………..2 College Entrance Recommendations & Ohio Honors Diploma Criteria…...………….3 GPA, Class Rank, Transferring Student calculations, MHS Awards……….…………..4 Educational Options/Opportunities Career Education …………………………………………………..………….....5 College Credit Plus ………………………………………………………..……....5 Tech Ready Certifications & Articulation Agreements………..…….…………..6 Independent Study……………………………………………………………….7 Credit Flex…………………………………………………………………………7 Service Learning Credit……………………………………………………………7 College 101…………………………………………………………………………7 Career Exploration………………………………………………………………..7 Summer School……………………………………………………………………8 Early Completion…………………………………………………….……...…….8 College Entrance Testing (ACT/SAT)……………………………………………..8 Online Planning Tools (Naviance)……...…………………..…..…………...……9 Other info: NCAA, Residency, Homeschooling………………….. ……………..9 Planning Your 4 Year Schedule…………………………………………………………10 Course Offerings ……………………………………………………………..………11-12 Course Descriptions………………………………………………………….………13-50 Fee Schedule………………………………………………………….………………51-53

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Essentially it is the student’s responsibility to see that requirements for graduation are met. The high school will make every effort to keep up-to-date records and to inform the student and parents about the student’s progress toward the completion of graduation requirements. However, it is the student’s responsibility to be acquainted with the necessary requirements to meet this goal.

FOR Class of 2018 and Beyond, a minimum of 22 credits is required for graduation. Specific credits required by the Mason Board of Education are: English I, II, III, IV………………………………………………………….……...4 credits Math (including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, plus 1 additional credit) ...4 credits Science ……………………………………………………………………………3 credits (including Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry* or Physical Geology) *For those planning to attend a 4 year university

Social Studies ……………………………………………………………….……3 credits (including World History, American History or AP American History, American Government plus any elective or AP American Government) Physical Education (including .25 P.E. + .25 elective P.E.)…………………..........0.5 credit OR P.E. Waiver Health………………………………………………………………………………o.5 credit Technology Survey Requirement…………….………………………..…………o.5 credit (Computer Applications for College, Computer Aided Design, Computer Programming I, Digital Image Design I, Foundations of Computer Applications(formerly ECA), Integrated Media Internship, IC3 Digital Literacy Certification, Computer Science Discovery, or Tech Applications) Financial Literacy…………………………………………………………….…….o.5 credit Fine Arts…………………………………………………….………………………1 credit + elective credits = 22 credits to graduate

Current OHIO Assessment Requirements for graduation - 2018 & beyond: Complete Ohio Coursework: English 4 units Mathematics 4 units Science 3 units S/S 3 units

End-of-Course Exams:

AND meet 1 of the following 3:

Algebra I & Geometry

Earn a cumulative passing score on 7 end-of-course

Health .5 units P.E. .5 units Econ & Financial Lit .5 units

English I & English II

Fine Arts

Amer. Hist., or Amer. Govt. May take assessments aligned to those in lieu of end-of course exams.

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exams. The scores will be set by the State Bd. of Ed.

Biology American History & Amer. Govt.

Earn a “remediation-free” score on a nationally recognized college admission exam (ACT or SAT).

Students in AP Earn a St. Bd of Ed. approved, industry recognized credential or a state-issued license for practice in a career & achieve a score that demonstrates workforce readiness & employability on a job skills assessment.

**End of Course Exams will be required with the following courses: Algebra I, Geometry, Honors Geometry, Biology, American History, AP American History, American Government, AP American Government, English I, Honors English I, English II, Honors English II

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Policy for Dropping a Class Mason High School’s policy includes several steps. Teacher and student discussion of the situation and teacher-parental contact is mandated prior to withdrawal. During the first five days of the semester, the student may drop and enter another class without consequence. After the five days, the student may drop but not enter another class – a Study Hall will be placed in that bell. After ten days, there will be problem-solving with the parent(s) noting the course may be dropped with a WF (Withdraw FAIL) and the WF becomes a part of the final transcript and figures into the GPA. Note: All requests for schedules changes are contingent upon course availability, class size and course pre-requisites.

Schedules WILL NOT BE changed for:    

a different teacher a different lunch schedule classes with a friend electives

Physical Education Waiver Option: This Physical Education Option is available to students (grade 9-12) participating in Mason High School Interscholastic Sports, Cheerleading, and/or the Marching Band/Flag Corp (see below for a complete list). Daily participation paralleling an official sport season must be successfully completed and approved by each respective coach/director. Qualifying Mason High School Activities: Football Sideline Cheerleading Water Polo Baseball Lacrosse Soccer

Cross Country Competition Cheerleading Swimming/Diving Dance Team Comet Skippers Ice Hockey

Golf Volleyball Wrestling Softball Bowling

Tennis Basketball Gymnastics Track & Field Marching Band Ultimate Frisbee

To qualify for the Physical Education Waiver, a student must complete two (2) full-seasons in one or more qualifying activities. Once successfully completed, the two (2) Physical Education classes (1/4 credit each) required to meet MHS graduation requirements will be waived. As well: 1. A student cannot mix one P.E. class with one activity to meet the MHS graduation requirement. A student must successfully complete two activities or successfully complete two P.E. classes to meet the graduation requirement. 2. No credit is earned toward graduation requirements for participation in the activities. Students opting for the PE waiver will be required to fulfill the minimum 22 credits for graduation by successfully completing another class offering. 3. The P.E. waiver does NOT include Health. All students are required to successfully complete Health class to meet the graduation requirement.

Credits Earned at Mason Middle School: High school coursework completed at the middle school level will count toward minimum graduation requirements and high school GPA if: 1. The course is taught by a teacher that is licensed or certified for teaching the course in high school, and 2. The course meets the high school curriculum requirements as designated by the Board of Education. Courses earning high school credit at Mason Middle School (as of 2017-18) include: Algebra I (1.0 CREDIT) Spanish I (1.0 CREDIT) Exploration of Art (0.5 CREDIT) Digital Image Design (0.5 CREDIT) Introduction to Concert Band (0.5 CREDIT)

Honors Geometry (1.0 CREDIT) Physical Science (1.0 CREDIT) Health Education (0.5 CREDIT) Physical Education (0.25 CREDIT) Computer Science Discovery (0.5 CREDIT) Introduction to Concert Choir (0.5 CREDIT) Introduction to Concert Orchestra (.05 CREDIT)

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College Entrance Recommendations: College entrance requirements vary. The following courses are recommended for a strong college preparatory program. English…….……………....4 credits Mathematics…….…….….4 credits Science……………...…….4 credits Social Studies………...…...4 credits World Language…..…....2-3 credits Fine Arts….…………..…....1 credits

Ohio Honors Diploma Criteria:

Advanced science refers to courses that are inquiry-based with laboratory experiences and align with the 11/12 grade standards (or above) or with an AP science course, or with an entry-level college course (clearly preparing students for a college freshman-level science class, such as anatomy, botany, or astronomy). th

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Grade Point Average Calculation All grades earned at Mason High School and high school credits earned at Mason Middle School will count in the calculation of the student’s grade point average (as of 2014-15). Grade point averages will be calculated and rounded to two decimal places. Advanced Placement/Honors courses in which a grade of “C” or higher is earned will receive the appropriate weighted credit for each designated course. College Credit Plus courses successfully completed may, with a grade of “C” or higher, be calculated into the student’s grade point average with the appropriate weighted credit for each course (see College Credit Plus).

Class Rank Determination Class rank is not reported. Seniors who require class rank for scholarships must see their school counselor. In determining valedictorian and salutatorian (rank of number one and number two respectively), class rank will be figured at the end of the fall semester of the school year. To be eligible for valedictory or salutatory honors, a student must have attended William Mason High School the equivalent of two full school years, including both semesters of the senior year. Students who finish high school at the end of their fall semester of their senior year are not eligible for valedictorian or salutatorian honors. The principal will select students for these honors on the basis of the cumulative grade point average after the first semester of the senior year.

GPA & Class Rank Policy for Students Transferring to MHS Students who transfer to Mason High School from another district will be eligible to receive weighted credit in all courses that are comparable to the honors or Advanced Placement courses that Mason High School offers. Transfer students will receive weighted credit for only those courses. Honors courses not offered at Mason High School that are on a student’s transcript will not receive weighted credit but will be designated with their original title. Determining valedictorian and salutatorian class rank will be figured at the end the fall semester of each school year. To be eligible for valedictory or salutatory honors, a student must have attended William Mason High School for the equivalent of two full school years, including both semesters of the senior year.

MHS Award’s Program and Recognition of Laude Students Each spring, students at MHS are recognized for achievements in and out of the classroom. The awards listed below were established by a committee of board members, administrators, school counselors, parents and students. Students who have achieved an excellent GPA (calculated after the fall semester of the senior year) will be designated by the following titles:  Summa cum laude: students who have earned a 4.0 or above  Magna cum laude: students who have earned a 3.75 to 3.99  Cum laude: students who have earned a 3.51 to 3.74

Outstanding Classroom Awards – These are awarded to individual students by the academic departments at MHS. Teachers recognize students who have completed outstanding work in the classroom. This is not an award that is based on grades. It is given to students who show their best.

Principal’s Awards – This award recognizes a student’s cumulative GPA, and is separated into three individual tiers. Summa cum laude: 4.0 and above Magna cum laude: 3.75 to 3.99 Cum laude: 3.51 to 3.74

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Educational Options/Opportunities Career Education Programs Mason High School partners with Great Oaks Joint Vocational Schools, who provide many Career Tech programs preparing junior and senior students for the immediate workforce. Please contact your school counselor for a complete listing of the Career Tech programs.

Requirements needed by the end of sophomore year: English………………………………….……....2 credits Mathematics………..………………………….. 2 credits Science………………………………………….1 credit Social Studies……………………….….…....…1 credit Physical Education…………………….…......1/2 credit Health…………………………………..……. 1/2 credit

College Credit Plus Mason High School and several Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) have partnered to offer both high school and college credit for selected courses. These courses are college courses with the same rigor and demands of the same course taken on a college campus. Credit and grades earned in these courses will be recorded as transcripted credit by the associated IHE and also included on the high school transcript. There is no cost to the student for this college credit earned at a public IHE. There may be potential cost to the family if participating in this program with a non-public IHE. There will be no cost to economically disadvantaged students who choose to attend a non-public IHE, but the college credit will be subject to all the rules and deadlines set by the IHE (for example course drop date, grade assignment, etc.). College credit earned may be applied to meet the requirements of Ohio colleges and universities. Out of state colleges and universities will make independent decisions about accepting these courses as transfer credit. Students who participate in the College Credit Plus program may not exceed full-time status which is 30 hours. Full-time status is determined by multiplying the number of year-long high school courses a student is enrolled in by 3 and then subtracting that total from 30. This will determine how many credit hours a student can take through the College Credit Plus program. For example, a student who takes 7 full-year courses for the 2017-2018 academic year:  7x3=21  30-21=9  This student would be eligible to take 9 credit hours through the College Credit Plus program Students that exceed full-time status during the College Credit Plus academic year (Summer and Fall 2017 terms and Spring 2018 term), will be financially responsible for those courses and materials, as well as, those courses will not receive weighted credit. Participation in these courses is subject to acceptance into the associated IHE and attendance at a counseling session prior to participation in the program. As in the college application process, requirements and selectivity for each IHE may vary and will be determined by the IHE. It is vital for the student and family to recognize that, while this is an outstanding opportunity to engage in college coursework and earn credit while still in high school, there are other important aspects for consideration:  

The college credit will be recorded on a college transcript and become part of a student’s official record. If low grades are earned in the course, they will not be dropped from the transcript. Regardless of the high school cumulative GPA, a GPA will be computed for the college transcript. This college GPA may have impact on a student’s eligibility for future scholarship consideration (for example, if a college requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be eligible for a scholarship; a student below 2.5 would not qualify even if the cumulative high school GPA is much higher.

While it is possible to select single courses in the College Credit Plus program, Mason High School is organizing courses into groups that provide pathways to a particular college major or career area. Upon completion of all courses, the 15 hour pathway is roughly equivalent to one semester of college credit and the 30 hour pathway approximates one year of college credit. These courses may supplant or enrich courses offered in the Mason High School curriculum. Other graduation requirements will continue to be fulfilled with Mason High School courses. Students will be required to meet course requirements by the accrediting IHE (deadlines, etc.). Students may also participate in the College Credit Plus program on-line or at any other participating institution of higher education in the State of Ohio, or any combination thereof.

Please visit http://www.ohiohighered.org/ccp/faqs for further information about the College Credit Plus program.

Tech Ready Competency Certification and Articulation Agreements Note: Any students interested in obtaining certification must begin program by their sophomore year. The Mason High School Tech Ready Certification Program provides a seamless educational curriculum in grades 9 through 12 that could lead to advanced standing in selected programs at several local colleges. In addition, through the integration of academic, technological, and employability skills, students may be eligible to enter technology occupations immediately after high school graduation. Students can earn a Mason High School certification by demonstrating specific competencies in the selected Tech Ready Program. Students must have not academic deficiencies and complete all listed courses with a grade of “C” or better to earn a competency certificate from Mason High School for a particular program.

See course descriptions as listed under appropriate department. Where required, prerequisites are indicated.

Business Technology

CNC Technology (3 courses needed)

Business Department Enhanced Computer Applications (ECA)/Foundations of Computer Applications Financial Literacy Computer Applications for College OR Microsoft Office Certification OR Honors Microsoft Office Certification Honors Financial Accounting or Accounting Banking & Investments OR Innovation and Entrepreneurship OR Integrated Media

(Applied Technology Department) Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Computer-Aided Manufacturing 1 Computer-Aided Manufacturing 2

Social Studies Department Economics AP Macro or MicroEconomics

Computer Graphic Applications

Digital Imaging Design 1, Any DID 2 & Design Studio Internship

CAD Technology (3 courses needed) (Applied Technology Department) Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Advanced AutoCAD Engineering – or - Architecture CAD

Computer Programming (4 courses needed) (Applied Technology Department) Computer Programming I Honors Computer Programming II Honors Computer Programming III AP Computer Science

Advanced Placement Classes In preparation for the college experience, students are encouraged to take Advanced Placement classes in their areas of interest or strength. Colleges and universities look favorably upon students who take rigorous courses of study. AP test results of 3, 4, or 5 may qualify students for college credit. Advanced Placement classes not only prepare students for college, but can also translate into financial savings. Please see the Realistic Rigor Handout posted on Schoology for more information.

INTRODUCTION The Advanced Placement Program (AP) program is a set of college-level courses taught by your high school teachers. The course content and syllabus are written by the College Board (university professors and AP teachers) to provide the academic rigor and challenge of a Freshman college course. Many state universities accept a score of “3” or above out of a 5-point scale on the AP exam in May as evidence that the student has met the requirements for a college course. This allows students to earn college credits while still in high school.

WHO TAKES AP COURSES? AP courses are open to all students. Some AP courses have pre-requisite courses necessary for enrollment, while others have recommended coursework. Please refer to the appropriate section of this course description book for details on the courses that interest you. Students who choose to enroll in an AP course seek academic challenge and recognize that they will be reading college-level textbooks and completing college-level assignments throughout the course. They will find that the course pacing is accelerated compared to honors courses they have taken and that the work load is more demanding. A typical AP student will experience up to an hour of homework per night, plus additional assignments on the weekends. Students who are successful in AP courses have a strong interest in the subject they are taking, are self-motivated learners, and have effective selfmonitoring skills such as time management, task planning, and seeking assistance when needed. Students interested in taking AP courses are encouraged to take courses that will help them prepare for the analytical skills, reading skills, and writing skills necessary for a college-level course. While all college-prep classes include the use of these skills, students will find that honors-level courses, where offered, will help them develop those skills more fully.

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Independent Study The opportunity for Independent Study is made available to the student who has the time, energy, and motivation to pursue additional work. This program is not designed to take the place of regular courses that are offered in the curriculum, but to broaden it by offering the opportunity for the indepth study of a topic of interest. The student designs his/her course of study with the assistance of a teacher-advisor. In addition to Independent Study, the student enrolled is required to carry six courses per day. Independent Study cannot replace minimum graduation requirements.

Credit Flexibility Credit flexibility shifts the focus from “seat time” to performance. Students can earn units of high school credit based on an individually approved credit flexibility plan. The intent of credit flexibility is to meet increased expectations for high school graduation in response to globalization, technology and demographics, and to meet the demand for 21st century skills. Students can earn high school credit by: 1. completing coursework; 2. showing mastery of course content; 3. pursuing an educational option and/or an individually approved option and/or 4. any combination of the above. Credit Flexibility Applications are available on Schoology and in the Guidance Counselor Department. We highly encourage any student Interested in Credit Flexibility to schedule a meeting with their guidance counselor to learn more information.

Service Learning Credit Junior and senior students can earn a one-time non-weighted ½ credit by completing 50 hours of service work. In addition to performing the service, each student will be expected to create and present a reflection piece. The project will be presented to a panel of faculty and community members during the end of the corresponding semester. Upon satisfactory completion of the presentation the student’s transcript will reflect ½ credit for service learning. These guidelines apply: 1.

The application must be turned into to Mr. Rompies, in A61, by May 1st.

2. Hours must be completed at a non-profit organization or for an organized volunteer program. Community service will not be accepted when there is opportunity to earn money or other payment for services. 3. Community service hours may be earned during the school day 1) during 1st or 7th bell, or prime time or when supervised by a Mason City School’s staff member of club sponsor, or 2) when occurring as a service-learning project as part of a curricular or co-curricular activity approved by a principal. The grade that is earned will appear on the transcript. Service Learning Applications are available on Schoology. We highly encourage any student interested in this opportunity to schedule a meeting with Mr. Rompies or their guidance counselor.

College 101 Applying to college does not begin or end with the college application. Researching and selecting the best college takes time and preparation. College 101 is a semester long course designed for students who have the desire to attend a two or four-year college. This course provides students with the tools to research colleges and will help facilitate the application process. Included are opportunities to hear guest speakers addressing topics such as college testing, crafting college essays, understanding the value of recommendations, preparing for interviews with admissions officials, and the financial aid/scholarships process. Participation in outside activities will be required. Prerequisites: Seniors 1st semester/Juniors 2nd semester

Career Exploration Career Exploration allows a junior or senior student to earn credit based on employment outside or during the school day (1 st or 7th period). In order to receive credit for Career Exploration students must produce a minimum of 60 hours of work per semester (documented by an employer paystub). Students may also be required to complete a job skills survey demonstrating the work competency skills required for the attended work environment.

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Summer School Mason High School offers limited educational opportunities for students during the summer months. Students can enroll in original credit courses and/or recovery credit core courses that were taken during the academic year. All students must reside in the Mason City School District and be upcoming 9-12th grade students. Registration forms, with course offerings (and cost), can be found on the High School page of masonohioschools.com, masoncomets.org or Schoology.

Early Completion In order to request Early Completion, the following must be met:

Curricular Requirements: The student’s schedule for his/her final year must be approved by the Academic Advising Department which, along with credits already received, shall indicate the following: 1. 2. 3.

Student’s schedule must indicate a minimum of six (6) courses fall semester. Student’s completion of subjects required by the Department of Education for the State of Ohio and the Mason Board of Education. Student’s completion of the minimum number of credits required by the Department of Education for the State of Ohio and the Mason Board of Education.

Additional Requirements: 1. 2.

If prior to the spring semester of their senior year and all state and local Board requirements are met for graduation, the student will be considered an alumnus. It is understood that the alumnus forfeits the right to participate in all school activities after completion of his/her school attendance, except that year’s prom and commencement exercises.

Procedures: Application cannot be made until the successful completion of the fall semester of their junior year. After this time, the student shall check with the Academic Advising Department to see if the above requirements will have been met by the anticipated early completion date. If so, the Department shall give the student an application requesting early completion. The application shall contain the following: 1. Courses taken and credits earned with verification by an school counselor. 2. Evidence of parental/guardian approval. 3. Building principal approval.

College Entrance Tests (ACT/SAT opportunities) College entrance tests are given several times a year according to dates and test centers established by the testing company. Students can pick up the ACT/SAT test information packets in the guidance office.

A typical testing program for college bound students is as follows:  ASPIRE All 9th grade students are administered this test at school in October. The testing will result in information about academic skills and development, personal interest, plans, and needs.  Pre-ACT All 10th grade students are administered this test at school in October. The test gives students practice with the ACT test and empowers them, their parents, and educators with insights into their college and career readiness.  PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) Mason High School administers the PSAT to all 11th grade students in October. Besides being a good practice session for the SAT I, 11th grade results, if they meet annual benchmarks, will qualify a student for National Merit and/or National Achievement and/or National Hispanic Scholar Award  ACT (American College Test) Students should take the ACT by April or June of their junior year, and if necessary, by September of their senior year.  SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Test) Students should take the SAT by May or June of their junior year and, if necessary, in the fall of their senior year.  SAT II (Subject Test) Students anticipating applying to highly selective colleges and universities should plan to take the SAT II in June of their junior year or fall of their senior year. Students themselves must be aware of the test requirements for individual colleges and testing dates. If they have questions, they should contact their school counselor.

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Online Planning Tools (Career & College resources): Naviance Naviance is a web based guidance program for students. On Naviance, students will be able to learn about their personality, strengths, weaknesses, and learning style. They will also be able to access information about colleges, scholarships, and academic advising department information directly. All information is hosted on a password-protected, secure server that only students may access. Naviance log-on may be from any computer connected to the internet. For further information, please contact your School Counselor.

Other info: National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility If you wish to participate in NCAA Division I or Division II athletics, you need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. You need to qualify academically as well as be cleared as an amateur student-athlete. NCAA guidelines for graduates of 2016 and beyond have changed in the Core Course Requirements. Briefly stated:  NCAA Division I currently requires 16 core courses. NCAA Division II will require 16 core courses for students enrolling on or after August 1, 2013.  Beginning August 1, 2016 NCAA Division I will require 10 core courses to be completed prior to the seventh semester (seven of the 10 core courses must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that meet the distribution requirements listed on the NCAA site charts). These 10 courses become “locked in” at the seventh semester and cannot be retaken for grade improvement.  Beginning August 1, 2016, it will be possible for Division I college-bound student-athlete to still receive athletics aid and the ability to practice with the team if he or she fails to meet the 10 course-requirement. However, the student-athlete would not be able to compete.  Qualifying eligibility standards for Division I student-athletes will be broken down into three areas: Full Qualifier, Academic Redshirt, and Non-qualifier. If you would like to speak to a representative directly or need any additional information regarding eligibility, you may contact eh NCAA Eligibility Center at (877)262-1492 or visit www.eligibilitycenter.org. Students interested in participating in athletics at the NCAA level should speak with their coach for appropriate division levels, and to their high school school counselor regarding the initial academic eligibility requirements set by the NCAA. College-bound Student-Athletes should complete the registration process with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of their junior year at www.eligibilitycenter.org. *Recovery credit courses, earned through APEX, are not currently certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse. * See your Coach and School Counselor for more NCAA information

Inter-Scholastic Athletic & Extra-Curricular Eligibility See Athletics and Student Activities Handbooks for academic eligibility requirements.

Residency Requirements All students enrolled in Mason City Schools must meet state and local residency requirements. As a general rule, persons who reside within the district’s boundaries and are not high school graduates may enroll as high school students. Persons under eighteen may not establish residency apart from the homes of their parents. Special enrollments may be granted under the following circumstances: A. An appropriate court (or placing agency) places a youth (under eighteen) in a licensed home within the district. B. A student whose parents do not reside within the school district at the time the student begins attending classes: a. The student’s (custodial) parent is having a house built in the district. This exception is limited to a period of time not to exceed 90 days from the first day student attends. b. The student’s (custodial) parent is purchasing a house in the district. This exception is limited to a period of time not to exceed 90 days from the first day the student attends. c. A youth is emancipated and self-supporting (provides appropriate documentation), and maintains a bona fide residence within the district. Parents and students should be aware that if the parents of a student move outside of the district, the student is ineligible to attend Mason City Schools. If the family of a 12th grader moves from the district, then the student may continue to be enrolled with permission of the Board of Education (or designee).

Residency must also be in place to take Summer School classes.

Home Schooling Families interested in choosing Home Schooling as an educational option should contact Mason Central, 513-398-0474, to discuss the requirements and procedures.

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Planning Your 4 Year Schedule The key to successful program planning is involvement. Our ultimate goal is for each student to have a program that will provide a meaningful and successful educational experience. In order to achieve this goal, we believe it is necessary for administrators, school counselors, and teachers to provide information, counseling, and appropriate recommendations to enable the student and his/her parents to make wise decisions. The ultimate responsibility for the selection of courses to be included in the student schedule rests with the student and his/her parents. This is an important decision, which can have a great impact on the student’s educational progress and, therefore, should be given very careful consideration. Planning and Selecting a Program: The Course Description Booklet gives a brief resume of content, prerequisites, and expectations of each course. Students are urged to become familiar with the booklet and other registration materials and to discuss the tentative course selections with parents. Scheduling Process: 1. Become familiar with the course offerings in the Course Description Booklet. 2. Develop a sequence of required and elective courses to meet graduation requirements and to facilitate post-graduation plans. 3. Discuss ability level and course selections with teachers. 4. Discuss tentative course selections with parents and teachers. 5. Each full-time student must schedule a minimum of 6 classes per day. Students are encouraged to achieve a good balance of academic and enrichment courses. Careful consideration should be given to the increased demands of homework and study time.

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Course Offerings APPLIED TECHNOLOGY Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Advanced AutoCAD Engineering CAD Architecture CAD Computer-Aided Manufacturing I Computer-Aided Manufacturing II Computer-Aided Manufacturing III Computer Programming I Honors Computer Programming II Honors Computer Programming III AP Computer Science AP Computer Science Principles

CREDIT

MUSIC / INSTRUMENTAL

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Concert Band Concert Winds Symphonic Band Wind Symphony Honors Wind Symphony Marching Band Freshmen Orchestra Concert Orchestra Symphony Orchestra Honors Symphony Orchestra Philharmonic Orchestra

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MUSIC / VOCAL BUSINESS EDUCATION Foundations of Computer Applications Computer Applications for College Honors Microsoft Office Certification Honors Microsoft Office Certification Expert Level Blended Honors Financial Accounting Accounting I Financial Literacy Blended Online Financial Literacy – Summer School Only Integrated Media Internship Innovation and Entrepreneurship Online Innovation and Entrepreneurship – S. School Only Banking & Investments Small Business Management Internship (Comet Zone) Comet Savings & Loan Banking Internship Comet Savings & Loan Banking Internship Management Team Communication and Leadership Development Technology Assistant

Women’s Choir Men’s Choir Una Voce Concert Choir Honors Concert Choir Bel Canto (Select Women’s Choir) Contemporary Acapella Choir AP Music Theory

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FINE ARTS – VISUAL Cartooning and Illustration Ceramics I, II, III Drawing and Painting I, II, III, IV Fashion Design & Construction Sculpture I, II, III Photography I, II, III Digital Image Design I, II (Any) Design Studio Internship Studio Management Internship AP Art Studio

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FINE ARTS – PERFORMING Introduction to Theater Back Stage Theater Actors’ Studio Technical Theater Practicum and Design Film Making

ESL

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ESL English I ESL English II ESL English III Newcomer ELD ESL Academic Support

HEALTH / LIFE SKILLS / PHYSICAL EDUCATION Health Education Independent Living / Wellness Sports Medicine I Physical Education I Physical Education II Strength Training Advanced Strength Training Lifeguarding

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NON-DEPARTMENTAL ELECTIVES

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Comet Connections Teaching Professions Honors Teaching Professions ACT/SAT Prep – Summer School Only Credit Flexibility Service Learning Credit College 101 Career Exploration Experiential Learning - Internships Mason Innovation Lab

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SCIENCE

BLENDED ONLINE COURSES Financial Literacy – Summer School Only Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Summer School Only Honors Financial Accounting

MATHEMATICS Algebra I Algebra II AQR – Functions and Matrices AQR – Trigonometry and Vectors Honors Algebra II Geometry Honors Geometry Pre-Calculus: Functions Pre-Calculus: Trigonometry Honors Pre-Calculus: Functions Honors Pre-Calculus: Trigonometry Calculus AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC Statistics AP Statistics AP Computer Science Linear Algebra Differential Equations

Physical Science Biology Physical Geology Chemistry I Honors Anatomy & Physiology AP Biology AP Chemistry Physics AP Physics I AP Physics C: Mechanics AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism Forensics Zoology Engineering in Our World Principles of the Biomedical Sciences Human Body Systems Medical Intervention Biomedical Science Biomedical Innovation

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SOCIAL STUDIES World History after 1750 Honors World History after 1750 American History from 1877 AP American History AP European History American Government AP Government and Politics AP Comparative Government and Politics AP Psychology Law & Criminal Justice Economics AP Micro-Economics AP Macro-Economics AP Human Geography Current Global Issues Online Current Global Issues (Summer School Only)

LANGUAGE ARTS English I 1 Honors English I 1 English II 1 Honors English II 1 English III 1 AP Language and Composition JUNIORS ONLY 1 English IV 1 AP Literature and Composition English IV SENIORS ONLY 1 Journalism I, II, III 1 each Speech and Debate .5 Words from the Wild: Environmental Literature .5 Best Sellers .5 Creative Writing I .5 Creative Writing II .5 Yearbook 1

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WORLD LANGUAGES French I, II, III AP French Spanish I, II, III AP Spanish German I, II, III AP German American Sign Language I, II American Sign Language III, IV Mandarin I, II, III AP Mandarin

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Applied Technology (All Applied Technology course offerings are one semester each) Students may take these courses for elective credit. None are required for graduation.

COURSE NAME Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Advanced AutoCAD Engineering CAD Architecture CAD Computer-Aided Manufacturing I Computer-Aided Manufacturing II Computer-Aided Manufacturing III Independent Study (Areas of Continuing Study)

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PREREQUISITE None Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Computer-Aided Manufacturing I Computer-Aided Manufacturing II Instructors permission

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This is an introductory CAD course that will teach the fundamentals of mechanical drawing and its applications in today’s society. Concept areas will cover sketching, measurement, geometric construction and two-dimensional design. Students will then apply their technical drawing skills using the CAD system. Students will learn all of the basic CAD commands necessary to produce accurate and efficient 2D and 3D mechanical designs. AutoCAD will be the primary design software used throughout the course. Prerequisites: None *2016/17 Fee: $15.00 Note: This introductory course is a prerequisite for all applied technology courses. Once a student completes the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) course, they can enroll in any other course offerings. Advanced AutoCAD (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course will provide the information concerning the application of 3-D layout and design accompanied by the use of solid modeling on the CAD system. The activities will involve having the students experiment with 3-D surface models, presentation graphics, model space viewports and 3D solid models. AutoCAD will be the primary design software used throughout the course. Prerequisites: Grades 10-12; Computer-Aided Design (CAD) *2016/17 Fee: $15.00 Engineering CAD (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Based on a 3-D approach to engineering design, this course emphasizes how modeling is inherently different from a 2-D drawing format. The course begins with the basics in engineering design processes and then progresses through some of the more advanced techniques used in today’s engineering design fields. I-DEAS, the computer program used in this course, covers topics such as work environment, file management, sketching, extruding, revolution, applying 3-D constraints, lofting, sweeping, and extracting data from 3-D models. Students will also create 3-D engineering prototypes using the Z-Corp 3-D Prototype Printer. Prerequisites: Grades 10 - 12: Computer-Aided Design (CAD) *2016/17 Fee: $15.00 Architecture CAD (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course will guide students through the processes of designing architectural working drawings using traditional and computerbased methods. Students will develop specific house plans based on classroom instruction. Floor-plans, plot plans, elevations and 3-D models will be stressed using the latest FHA (Federal Housing Administration) recommendations. AutoCAD is the design program used in this course. Prerequisites: Grades 10 – 12: Computer-Aided Design (CAD) *2016/17 Fee: $15.00 Computer-Aided Manufacturing I (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Students in this course will be introduced to a variety of CNC Robotic machines, which will be used to develop specific projects in a manufacturing environment. Students will be expected to use their geometry skills to develop various projects using the Vcarve CNC design program. Students will also receive instruction in lab safety. Computer-aided design techniques, G-coding and basic CNC set-up and operation will be covered throughout the course Prerequisites: Grades 10-12; Computer-Aided Design (CAD) *2016/17 Fee: $15.00 *No Prerequisite for 11th and 12th Grades*

Applied Technology (continued) Computer-Aided Manufacturing II (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course is a continuation of Computer-Aided Manufacturing 1. This course section will continue to draw on the student’s knowledge base using the Robotic CNC, Vcarve CNC program and G-coding reading/writing. Students will also be introduced to the quality control concept within manufacturing processes. Project construction using the CAD/CNC machines and creating proper documentation of project data will be stressed throughout the course. Prerequisites: Grades 10-12; Computer-Aided Manufacturing I *2016/17 Fee: $15.00 Computer-Aided Manufacturing III (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This is a course specifically designed for those students interested in continuing in the field of Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM). Students will have the opportunity to research and develop individual and group projects in the manufacturing lab. Students will be expected to utilize the C.N.C. (computer numerical control) machine combined with other machines, to produce various manufactured products. Vcarve CNC is the design, machining and programming software used for this course. Prerequisites: Computer-Aided Manufacturing II *2016/17 Fee: $15.00

Independent Study in Applied Technology Areas of Continuing Study in Applied Technology (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course is designed for students who have completed CNC Machining, Engineering CAD or Architecture CAD and wish to develop their skills further in the areas of CAD or Computer-Aided Manufacturing. The student will need to define/plan specific problems to be completed and enter into a contract with the appropriate instructor. A week-by-week plan must be submitted and approved prior to enrollment. Prerequisites: Grade 12 and written permission of the instructor *Fee subject to plan

Computer Programming (These courses count for elective credit only) Computer Programming I (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Computer Programming I constitutes a semester course utilizing Visual Basic 6.0 language as a vehicle for introducing control structures, data structures, standard algorithms and program design techniques. Prerequisites: Algebra I Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “B” Honors Computer Programming II (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Honors Computer Programming II constitutes a semester course utilizing Visual Basic 6.0 language as a vehicle for further study of control structures, data structures, user-defined functions, arrays, search and sort routines and program design techniques. Prerequisites: Computer Programming I and Teacher recommendation Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “C” Honors Computer Programming III (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Honors Computer Programming III constitutes a semester course utilizing the C++ language within Eclipse IDE, intended primarily for those students who have special interest in computer science or in the fields that utilize computer science such as mathematics, science, engineering, business and teaching. Computer Programming III is intended primarily as an advanced placement course and will encompass several topics covered by the Computer Science advanced placement exam. Prerequisites: Computer Programming II and Teacher recommendation Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “C” Advanced Placement Computer Science (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) AP Computer Science constitutes a two-semester course utilizing the Java language intended primarily for those students who have special interest in computer science or in the fields that utilize computer science such as mathematics, science, engineering, business and teaching. Students will be prepared to take the advanced placement exam that may entitle them to earn up to one semester’s college credit in Computer Programming. Prerequisites: Honors Computer Programming III and Teacher recommendation Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “C”

Computer Programming (continued) Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the central ideas of computer science, inviting students to develop the computational thinking vital for success across multiple disciplines. The course is unique in its focus on fostering students to be creative and encouraging students to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts. Students design and implement innovative solutions using an iterative process similar to what artists, writers, computer scientists, and engineers use to bring ideas to life. Prerequisites: Algebra I

Business Education A technology credit and Financial Literacy are required for graduation for the classes of 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Microsoft Office 2016 Training

Web Design

School Bank: CS&L

School Store: Comet Zone

Comet Savings & Loan Banking Internship

Small Business Management Internship

Foundations of Computer Applications (9th, 10th, 11th or 12th)

Integrated Media Internship (9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th)

Banking & Investments (10th or 11th)

Innovation & Entrepreneurship (10th, 11th, or 12th)

Computer Applications for College (9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th)

Comet Savings & Loan Employee (11th or 12th)

Small Business Management (Comet Zone) (11th or 12th)

Honors Microsoft Office Certification (10th, 11th or 12th)

Comet Savings & Loan Management Team (12th)

Comet Zone Management Team (12th)

Other Electives Accounting I (recommended for business & engineering majors) Honors Financial Accounting (recommended for business & engineering majors) Communication & Leadership Development

Honors Microsoft Office Certification Expert Level (11th or 12th)

Foundations of Computer Applications (formerly ECA) (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Students tend to surround themselves with technology. In fact, most would assume that today’s young people are far more computer literate than any previous generation. While this may be true for mobile apps and social networking, it is not necessarily the case for application software such as Microsoft Office. In reality, there is a significant gap between students’ perceived self-proficiency of Office skills and the actual assessment of those skills. Foundations of Computer Applications will combine computer technology, effective research, and oral communication in an interdisciplinary approach that will enable students to integrate, practice, and perfect the computer and communication skills essential for success in high school, college, and the work world. Students will focus on utilizing the basic functions of the Microsoft Office 2016 software Excel and PowerPoint and other technologies, including Naviance, our online guidance tool, in a variety of technology projects including college and career research. This course will help students to be more successful completing projects and presentations in their core classes. This course meets the technology requirement and will prepare students for the next two levels of Microsoft training including Honors Microsoft Office Certification. *2016/17 Fee: $5.25 Computer Applications for College (0.5 credit – 1 semester) You can’t escape college and the work force without knowing in depth one of the world’s most popular software packages-Microsoft Office and Publisher. A working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access at the intermediate level will increase a student’s productivity and provide them the ability to problem solve and communicate more effectively. Students will complete integrated Microsoft Office projects that relate to real world business problems with an emphasis on design. Students will also have the opportunity to explore Windows Movie Maker and produce their own video. By learning the intermediate features of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Publisher, and Movie Maker, students will have the right tools to communicate effectively in today’s world. This course will also help prepare students for the next level of Microsoft training: Honors or Regular Microsoft Office Certification. Prerequisites: ECA highly recommended but not required *2016/17 Fee: $19.00

Business Education (continued) Honors Microsoft Office Certification (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Colleges, universities and employers are now expecting students to have more than just a basic level of understanding in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. This course provides an integrated program that trains students and validates the knowledge and skills they have acquired. Because Mason High School is an official testing site for the Microsoft Office Certifications, this course allows our students to earn up to 5 certifications using Microsoft Office 2016. Based on globally recognized standards, this certification is an important and distinguished credential for students when applying to college or for jobs. Microsoft Office Certification develops technology skills with applications to personal or business situations focusing on the use of Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office certifications have been recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) for college credit and some colleges are now requiring these certifications for admission into their College of Business and Economics. Students will be required to pass all five (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook) certification tests. If a student registers for Honors but does not pass the required tests, students will be given regular credit for the course. Prerequisites: ECA OR Computer Applications for College required; ECA + Computer Applications for College highly recommended *2016/17 Fee: $61.50 Honors Microsoft Office Certification Expert Level (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Microsoft Office is the single most widely used computer application suite in the world. As a student in this course, you will learn the Expert Level topics of Microsoft Office Excel 2016 and Word 2016, building on the knowledge you gained from the first level of MOS certification. These advanced skills enable you to tap the full features and functionality of the Microsoft Office 2016 system, resulting in increased academic performance (including opportunities for internships), individual differentiation and personal confidence. Set yourself apart as you are able to demonstrate and integrate advanced skills including pivot tables and charts, creating scenarios, functions such as VLookup & HLookup and much more. Prerequisites: Honors Microsoft Office Certification *2016/17 Fee: $61.50 Financial Literacy (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This class will prepare students to meet future financial needs as they progress through life. This course will give students the opportunity to analyze factors that affect income as part of the career decision making process; organize personal finances and use a budget to manage cash flow; understand the impact of taxes on personal financial planning; evaluate financial options and services that banking institutions provide for consumers; evaluate investment options and services to meet short and long term goals; evaluate creditworthiness and use credit options responsibly; analyze choices available to consumers for purchases and protection against risk and financial loss; and become knowledgeable of consumer protection services. Internet research, projects, guest speakers, in depth study, and a strong emphasis in Microsoft Excel will be utilized to explore these topics. It’s never too early to plan for a financially independent future. Grade: 10, 11, or 12 *2016/17 Fee: $16.00 Blended Online Financial Literacy (0.5 credit – 1 semester) (Summer School Only) This course is offered as an online/blended course during summer school only. Students scheduled for the online/blended will still be required to physically attend class twice a week throughout the summer school session. This class will prepare students to meet future financial needs as they progress through life. This course will give students the opportunity to analyze factors that affect income as part of the career decision making process; organize personal finances and use a budget to manage cash flow; understand the impact of taxes on personal financial planning; evaluate financial options and services that banking institutions provide for consumers; evaluate investment options and services to meet short and long term goals; evaluate creditworthiness and use credit options responsibly; analyze choices available to consumers for purchases and protection against risk and financial loss; and become knowledgeable of consumer protection services. Internet research, projects, in depth study, and a strong emphasis in Microsoft Excel will be utilized to explore these topics. This course is a graduation requirement. *Summer School Fee: $225.00

Business Education (continued) Blended Honors Financial Accounting (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Honors Financial Accounting is a challenging course for the student who wants to be prepared for the rigor of college accounting. This course covers the fundamentals of financial accounting and their application to journals, ledgers, and financial statements. Through in-depth discussions, financial analysis, and coursework, students will cover the accounting cycle for a corporation. This course moves at a rapid pace and includes more challenging exercises than the traditional high school accounting course. The blended format is a convenient alternative to the traditional classroom with students having a choice in personalizing their learning. Students attend class 3 days per week and have lab days 2 per week. On lab days, students have the option of working in the class lab during the schedule time or on their own at a time that is more conducive to their learning needs. This flexibility allows students to practice their skills based on their personalized optimal learning times and location and prepares them for blended courses in college. Laptop computer is required. Prerequisites: Grade 11 and 12 only, minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher *2016/17 Fee: $25.00 Accounting I (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Accounting is a must if you are thinking of a business major or any major requiring budgeting and financial analysis. Accounting I provides a solid foundation for all students and is designed to provide a general background of acceptable business accounting procedures. This course covers the accounting cycle used by a sole proprietor and a corporation. Students will learn to integrate accounting principles to accounting software similar to that used in business and industry. In addition, students will learn how to analyze and use financial statements. Grades: 11 and 12 only *2016/17 Fee: $84.25 Innovation and Entrepreneurship (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course helps students learn how to turn their innovative ideas into action. Learn how to identify, evaluate, and develop a product or business that adds value to society. Through individual and group projects, students will gain valuable hands-on experience needed to create a business plan, analyze the marketing mix, determine purchasing and pricing, organize the physical layout, plan for operations and staffing, promote the business, establish record keeping and accounting procedures, utilize computers in small business management, and maintain social/ethical responsibility, and acquire the business literacy needed in all industries. Grades: 10, 11, or 12 *2016/17 Fee: $2.00 Online Innovation and Entrepreneurship (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course is identical to the regular Innovation and Entrepreneurship class description listed above. However, the delivery of the course is online and requires periodic checks with the instructor. This allows students to have the flexibility of the time of day to work on assignments. Students will be required to complete the same amount of work and should expect to spend approximately 6 hours per week completing coursework. This course is only available during summer school. Grades: 10, 11, or 12 *Summer School Fee: $225.00 Small Business Management Internship (Comet Zone or other school-based businesses) (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Students will expand their knowledge of Innovation and Entrepreneurship by managing and maintaining school-based business such as the Comet Zone. Students will be responsible for managing, marketing, accounting, purchasing, and all aspects of small business management. An application and selection process will be used for enrollment. Enrollment is limited. Prerequisites: Entrepreneurs in Action and Teacher Approval Introduction to Web Design (see Business Department, Integrated Media Internship) Website Design and Management (masoncomets.org) (see Business Department, Integrated Media Internship) Banking & Investments (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course will provide students the opportunity to learn more about the banking industry while gaining valuable experience working and observing managers and employees of Comet Savings & Loan. Students will participate in a stock market simulation challenge, learn investment strategies and techniques and hear from investment brokers and financial advisors. In addition, students will cover topics such as lending, bank security, saving strategies, and various banking operations. Students who meet all qualifications will be asked to apply for employee positions at Comet Savings & Loan. This course is required for students who are interested in working as an employee of Comet Savings & Loan. Prerequisites: Grade: 10, 11, or 12 and a GPA of 3.0 or higher *2016/17 Fee: $14.00

Business Education (continued) Integrated Media Internship (0.5 credit – 1 semester) (This class replaces introduction to Broadcast Journalism, Advanced Broadcast Journalism I, Adv. Broadcast Journalism II, Adv. Broadcast Journalism III, Introduction to Web Design and masoncomets.org) This course presents students with the opportunity to develop and pursue interests in various roles related to digital and visual media production. Students will be introduced to the wide range of responsibilities in the production of new-age media, and they will be given the freedom to pursue an individualized path that focuses on their personal areas of interest. These areas include: website design and management, broadcast journalism, video production, social media management, newswriting, convergence and multi-platform media, community service, and e-portfolio development. Each time students take the course, they will work in a new or elevated role, allowing for an individualized progression throughout their high school careers. Students will have the opportunity to work on the MBC News production, sports highlight videos, special documentary projects, marketing communication, masoncomets.org, gomasoncomets.com, etc. Students may take this course more than once. This course is open to all students, grades 9-12. *2016/17 Fee: $2.00 Communication and Leadership Development (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course helps analyze workplace cultures and communicate effectively in today’s global workplace regardless of the industry or field of study. Learn oral and written communication skills to address business and professional audiences as well develop the professional soft skills and norms needed to manage your career. You will learn practical skills and develop materials that can be used immediately in your classes, during interviews, and on the job. Prerequisites: Grade 10, 11, 12 Comet Savings & Loan Internship (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Mason High School partners with Fifth Third Bank to operate Comet Savings & Loan. This is a true school-to-work environment where students are in charge of running and operating the in-school bank. Students may apply for one of the 17 management positions or they may choose to apply to be an employee of the bank and work in one of the six departments. A highly selective process will be used to insure the selection of mature and trustworthy individuals. Students will submit a completed application to the School Bank, Mr. Murnan in C121 or Mrs. Donnelly in C203. Applications are available in the school bank or rooms C121 and C203. Prerequisites: Grade 11 or 12, Banking & Investments, GPA 3.0 or above, and Teacher Approval Technology Assistant (TA) (0.25 credit – 1 semester) Students who have shown exceptional computer and leadership skills in ECA and Computer Applications for College or Microsoft Office Certification may apply to be a TA. This is a select group of students who will be used in our business computer labs to assist students with questions, help with individual training of students and staff, and assist with the daily classroom responsibilities. TA’s may also be utilized to complete special projects for teachers or administrators. A highly selective process will be used to insure the selection of mature, responsible, independent, and trustworthy individuals. Enrollment is limited. Prerequisites: ECA, Computer Applications for College or Microsoft Office Certification with a grade of “A”, and Teacher Approval

ESL ESL English I (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *Some students require End of Course Exam ESL English I is designed for English learners who are at a beginning level of English proficiency as defined by the Ohio Department of Education. The emphasis of the course is on promoting the ongoing development of English Language Arts curriculum concepts, vocabulary, and skills in all four language modalities (speaking, listening, reading and writing). This course follows the Common Core State Standards for ELA as well as the Ohio English Language Proficiency Standards. Prerequisite: Designation as an English Learner

ESL (Continued) ESL English II (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *Some students require End of Course Exam ESL English II is designed for English learners who are at a beginning, or early intermediate, level of English proficiency as defined by the Ohio Department of Education and are able to demonstrate mastery of the concepts and skills taught in ESL English I. The emphasis of the course is on promoting the ongoing development of English Language Arts curriculum concepts, vocabulary, and skills in all four language modalities (speaking, listening, reading and writing). This course follows the Common Core State Standards for ELA as well as the Ohio English Language Proficiency Standards. Prerequisite: Designation as an English learner ESL English III (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *Some students require End of Course Exam ESL English III is designed for English learners who are at an early intermediate, or intermediate, level of English proficiency as defined by the Ohio Department of Education and are able to demonstrate mastery of the concepts and skills taught in ESL English II. The emphasis of the course is on extending the development of English Language Arts curriculum, concepts, vocabulary, and skills in all four language modalities (speaking, listening, reading and writing) with an increase in the complexity of texts and level of mastery of expressive writing in English. Additionally, the course aims to prepare students to transition into mainstream English Language Arts classes. This course follows the Common Core State Standards for ELA as well as the Ohio English Language Proficiency Standards. Prerequisite: Designation as an English learner Newcomer ELD (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Newcomer English Language Development is a targeted language development course for beginning level English learners to support the development of basic English language syntax, lexicon, and semantics in all four language modalities (speaking, listening, reading and writing). This course is taken as a supplement to a student’s ESL English class. Prerequisite: Designation as a beginning level English learner ESL Academic Support (0.5 credit – 1 semester) ESOL Academic Support is designed to assist English learners (as defined by the Ohio Department of Education) with content area texts, assignments, and/or assessments. Any current, or recently exited, EL may be in ESL Academic Support. Prerequisite: Current or former designation as an English learner

Fine Arts - Performing Drama Introduction to Theater (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This course is for beginning theater students who are interested in exploring all aspects of live performance. Students will explore the history of theater as well as current practice. Career prospects within the field of live performance will also be researched and explored. Students will learn theater vocabulary and explore costuming, set design, stage make-up, lighting and sound. They will read several plays from different cultures and analyze them from a production perspective. Students will also explore performance skills including improvisation, concentration, vocal projection and diction, movement, and stage combat. Students will be required to attend theatrical performances both at the school and in the area and write critiques. *2016/17 Fee: $20.00 Actors’ Studio (1.0 credit – 2 semester) Actors’ Studio is an intensive training program for students interested in enhancing their skills as a performer. The class challenges students to increase their ability to express their own experience and the experience of others. It involves improvisation, monologue, and scene work, technical methods in voice, physical action, and text analysis. This course teaches students to work creatively within a structure and develop an acting process that balances and integrates text analysis and creative imagination. Prerequisites: Intro to Theater

Drama (continued) Back Stage Theater (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course is for performers and performing arts enthusiasts who have little or no training in backstage or technical theater work. This class will allow students to learn the very fundamentals that will make them better students of theater. The primary focus of the class is on basic theater technology. Students will learn to apply the complicated vocabulary of technical theater. They will learn the various jobs available backstage and their responsibilities. Students will learn the different pieces of equipment and how to stay safe in the theatrical work place. Prerequisites: None *2016/17 Fee: $25.00 Technical Theater Practicum and Design (0.5 credit – 1 semester) The purpose of this course is to learn technical theater by doing technical theater, in any and all of its aspects. In all cases, the particular duties will tie as closely as possible to the production of the shows. When this is not possible, students will be working towards honing their design skills, including model making, scale drawing, and script analysis. This course is about problem solving, skills development, and use of the technology. However, it is also about the more abstract, perhaps more valuable aspects of the theater, including such things as work ethic, reliability, positive attitude, respect and loyalty to each other and to the production. All of these things must be added to the more traditional values of scholarship, research, and artistic development. Prerequisites: Backstage Theater Film Making (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course provides aspiring film-makers experience in the basics of film-making process. Students will learn the basics of filmmaking, including the process of script creation, story-boarding, filming, editing, and publishing. Students learn to edit using Adobe Premiere Pro software. This is a hands-on course. Students will write, perform, direct, and edit original short films. Finished films demonstrating artistic merit will published on YouTube. Prerequisites: None 16/17 Fee: None, but students will need to provide their own SDXC memory card to record their films.

Music – Instrumental Marching Band (0.5 credit – 1 semester) The Mason High School Marching Band is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 who play a brass, percussion, or woodwind instrument and are enrolled in Concert Band, Concert Winds, Symphonic Band or Wind Symphony. Participation in marching band, and full credit of participation, requires a full year enrollment in one of the concert ensembles for all brass, percussion, and woodwind performers. This is a select group who rehearses after school. Enrollment will be by director recommendation. This performance-based group will perform at marching band competitions, most football games, community and school functions, band competitions, and special performances. Prerequisites: Audition, Director Recommendation and enrollment in a concert band *2016/17 Fee: $375.00 Concert Band (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Concert Bands are open to all students in grades 9 through 12 who play a brass, percussion, or woodwind instrument. Enrollment will be by audition only. These performance-based classes will include concert, jazz, and solo ensemble music. In addition, the Concert Bands will concentrate on the basic fundamentals of instrumental music (scales, tone, rhythm, etc.). These groups perform during the school year for community activities, school functions, district and state contests, and special performances. Instrumentation and personnel are tightly controlled for each band class, therefore, a full year commitment is required when registering for the class. Prerequisites: Audition and Director Recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $42.00 Concert Winds (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Concert Winds is open to all students in grades 9-12 who play a brass, percussion or woodwind instrument. This group prepares band students for entering the Symphonic Band or Wind Symphony. Enrollment will be by audition and director(s) recommendation. This performance-based class will include concert, jazz, and solo/ensemble music. This group performs many times during the school year for community activities, school functions, district and state contests, and special performances. Instrumentation and personnel are tightly controlled for each class, therefore, a full year commitment is required when registering for the class. Prerequisites: Audition and Director Recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $52.00

Music – Instrumental (continued) Symphonic Band (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Symphonic Band is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 who play a brass, percussion, or woodwind instrument. This group prepares band students for entering the Wind Symphony. Enrollment will be by audition and director(s) recommendation. This performance-based class will include concert, jazz, and solo ensemble music. This group performs many times during the school year for community activities, school functions, district and state contests, and special performances. Ninth grade students must also be enrolled in the Marching Band during the fall of their freshman year. Instrumentation and personnel are tightly controlled for each band class, therefore, a full year commitment is required when registering for the class. Prerequisites: Audition and Director Recommendation *2015/16 Fee: Boys - $97.00/ Girls - $127.00 Wind Symphony (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Wind Symphony is a highly select group performing the finest in wind literature, which allows freshman and sophomores to participate with the Honors Wind Symphony. Proper instrumental technique, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained within the group throughout the two semesters. Enrollment is by audition and director(s) recommendation. This performance-based class will include A/AA concert literature and solo and ensemble music. Students selected must be available for rehearsals after school, public performances, solo and ensemble adjudicated events, and OMEA district and state contests. Freshmen and sophomores will be introduced to and adjust to the demands of advance instrumental technique while playing advanced literature in preparation for their instrumental leadership in the junior/senior years. Students must complete specified criteria outlined during the audition process in order to participate in the ensemble. Freshmen and sophomores will not receive honors credit. Instrumentation and personnel are tightly controlled for each band class, therefore, a full year commitment is required when registering for the class. Prerequisites: Audition and Director Recommendation *2015/16 Fee: Boys - $97.00/ Girls - $127.00 Honors Wind Symphony (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Honors Wind Symphony is a highly select group who performs the finest in wind literature. Proper instrumental technique, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained within the group throughout the two semesters. Enrollment is by audition and director(s) recommendation. This performance-based class will include A/AA concert literature and solo and ensemble music. Students selected must be available for rehearsals after school, public performances, solo and ensemble adjudicated events, and OMEA district and state contests. Within the class, sophomores will be taking Level I as described above and will not receive honors credit. Juniors will be taking Level II of the course, complete additional requirements and will receive honors credit. Seniors will be taking Level III of the course, complete advanced requirements and will receive honors credit. Participation in OMEA adjudicated events for all levels will be required. All students must adhere to the honors requirements. Instrumentation and personnel are tightly controlled for each band class, therefore, a full year commitment is required when registering for the class. Prerequisites: Audition and Director Recommendation *2015/16 Fee: Boys - $97.00/ Girls – $127.00 Freshmen Orchestra (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Freshmen Orchestras are open to any freshmen student who has previous experience playing the violin, viola, cello or the double bass. This class is designed to continue to advance the skills and musicianship learned in Eighth Grade Orchestra. This performance based class will teach diverse musical styles and will focus on developing proper technique, music theory, rehearsal and performance. Enrollment is by audition and director recommendation only. The Freshmen Orchestras concentrate on the basic fundamentals of instrumental music (extended note reading, rhythm, tone, etc.). These groups perform during the school year for school functions, district contests, community activities and special performances. Prerequisites: 8th grade Orchestra and Director Recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $30.00

Music – Instrumental (continued) Concert Orchestra (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Concert Orchestras are open to all students in grades 10 – 12 who play violin, viola, cello or the double bass. This class is designed to continue to advance the skills and musicianship learned in Freshmen Orchestra. Proper technique, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained within the group. Enrollment is by audition and director recommendation only. The Concert Orchestras concentrate on intermediate skills of instrumental music (extended note reading, rhythm, tone, etc.) These groups perform during the school year for school functions, district contests, community activities and special performances. Prerequisites: Audition and Director Recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $30.00 Philharmonic Orchestra (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Philharmonic Orchestra is an auditioned orchestra which is open to students in grades 9 through 12 who play violin, viola, cello or bass. This ensemble is geared towards juniors and seniors and prepares them for entering the Symphony Orchestra. Enrollment will be by audition and director(s) recommendation and based on the instrumentation needs of the ensemble. This performance-based class will include Class A concert literature and will teach advanced skills and musicianship in string playing. Students participating must be available for public performances, solo and ensemble adjudicated events, OMEA district contests and occasional after school rehearsals. Prerequisites: Audition and Director Recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $30.00 Symphony Orchestra (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Symphony Orchestra is a highly select group performing the finest in orchestral literature, which allows freshmen and sophomores to participate with Honors Symphony Orchestra. Proper orchestral technique, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained within the group throughout the two semesters. Enrollment is by audition and director(s) recommendation. This performance-based class will include A/AA concert literature and solo and ensemble music. Students selected must be available for rehearsals after school, public performances, solo and ensemble adjudicated events, and OMEA district and state contests. Freshmen and sophomores will be introduced to and adjust to the demands of advanced orchestral technique while participating with the Honors Symphony Orchestra. Students must complete specified criteria outlined during the audition process, in order to participate in the ensemble. Freshmen and sophomores will not receive honors credit. Prerequisites: Audition and Director Recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $30.00 Honors Symphony Orchestra (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Honors Symphony Orchestra is a highly select group who performs the finest in orchestral literature. Proper orchestral technique, ear training skills, music theory, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines will be taught and maintained within the group throughout the two semesters. Enrollment is by audition and director(s) recommendation. This performance-based class will include A/AA concert literature and solo and ensemble music. Students selected must be available for rehearsals after school, public performances, solo and ensemble adjudicated events, and OMEA district and state contests. Juniors will be taking Level II of the course, complete additional requirements and will receive honors credit. Seniors will be taking Level III of the course, complete advanced requirements and will receive honors credit. Participation in OMEA adjudicated events for all levels will be required. Prerequisites: Audition and Director Recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $30.00

Music – Vocal Una Voce (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Una Voce Choir is a preparatory mixed choral ensemble and is open to students in grades 9 through 12. Repertoire studied will include representative choral literature of various styles and periods for mixed voices. The level of literature studied will be of moderate difficulty. Proper vocal techniques, sight singing, ear training skills, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines and standards will be taught and maintained within the group. Participation in public performances is required. The director will do voice classification placement with each member. Prerequisites: Director(s) Recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $10.00

Music – Vocal (continued) Women’s Choir (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Women’s Choir is an auditioned choral ensemble open to women in grades 9 through 12. Repertoire studied will include representative choral literature of various styles and periods for female voices. The levels of literature studied will range from moderate to difficult, including OMEA class B/C literature. Proper vocal techniques, sight singing, ear training skills, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines and standards will be taught and maintained with the group. Participation in public performances and in OMEA contests is required. Prerequisites: Audition and Choral Director Recommendation: *2016/17 Fee: $35.00 Men’s Choir (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Men’s Choir is an auditioned choral ensemble open to men in grades 9 through 12. Repertoire studied will include representative choral literature of various styles and periods for male voices. The levels of literature studied will range from moderate to difficult. Proper vocal techniques, sight singing, ear training skills, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines and standards will be taught and maintained with the group. Participation in public performances and in OMEA contests is required. Prerequisites: Audition and Choral Director Recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $35.00 Bel Canto (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Bel Canto Choir is an auditioned choral ensemble open to women in grades 10 through 12. Repertoire studied will include representative choral literature of various styles and periods for female voices. The levels of literature studied will range from moderate to difficult, including OMEA class A/B literature. Proper vocal techniques, sight singing, ear training skills, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines and standards will be taught and maintained with the group. Participation in public performances and in OMEA contests is required. Prerequisites: Audition and Choral Director Recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $35.00 Concert Choir (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) A highly select mixed choral ensemble which allows sophomores to participate with the Honors Concert Choir. Repertoire studied will include representative choral literature of various styles and periods for mixed voices. The levels of literature studied will range from moderate to difficult including OMEA Class A/AA. Proper vocal techniques, sight singing, ear training skills, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines and standards will be taught and maintained within the group throughout the two semesters. Participation in public performances and OMEA contests is required. Sophomores will be introduced to and adjust to the demands of advanced vocal technique while singing advanced literature in preparation for their vocal leadership in the junior/senior years. Although they will be participating with the Honors Concert Choir; sophomores will not receive honors credit. Participation in OMEA adjudicated events for all levels will be required. Prerequisites: Audition and Choral Director Recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $35.00 Honors Concert Choir (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The MHS Honors concert Choir is a highly select mixed choral ensemble, in which the repertoire studied, will include representative choral literature of various styles and periods for mixed voices. The levels of literature studied will range from moderate to difficult including OMEA Class A/AA. Proper vocal techniques, sight singing, ear training skills, and appropriate rehearsal/performance disciplines and standards will be taught and maintained within the group. Participation in public performances and OMEA contests is required. Within the class, sophomores will be taking Level I as described above. Juniors will be taking Level II of the course, complete additional requirements and will receive honors credit. Seniors will be taking Level III of the course, complete advanced requirements and will receive honors credit. Participation in OMEA adjudicated events for all levels will be required. Prerequisites: Audition and Choral Director Recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $35.00

Music – Vocal (continued) Contemporary Acapella Choir (0.5 credit – 1 semester) The MHS Contemporary Acapella Choir is a select mixed ensemble, which meets after school and/or evening hours. Students selected for this ensemble will have demonstrated proper vocal technique, sight singing, and ear training skills and appropriate rehearsal/performance discipline. Repertoire studied will be of varying difficulty levels. Students selected must be available for mandatory rehearsals beginning in early August and must also be available for after school and evening rehearsals, public performances, and competitions throughout the year. Prerequisites: Audition, Minimum of one year experience in an MHS Choir and Choral Director recommendation. Membership in a traditional Mason High School choir is also mandatory. *2016/17 Fee: $25.00

Music – Academic/General AP Music Theory (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This course is an in-depth study of the structure of music as it relates to musical notation, melody, harmony, rhythm, meter and texture. Students must be prepared to study all major/minor scales and modes including all key signatures. In addition, students will apply themselves to analysis of musical scores identifying harmonic intervals, chord structure, chord inversions, and chord progressions. Basic chord progressions and voice leading will be played by students on the piano and students will learn sight-singing, dictation and other ear training skills. Students will apply their knowledge by writing a musical score for a small ensemble of instruments or voices. The Advanced Placement exam will be offered. Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $35.00

Fine Arts - Visual Fine Arts - Visual Cartooning and Illustration (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This introductory drawing course will teach some of the skill necessary to create cartoon images as well as focusing on single frame and cartoon strip composition. Students will learn to gesture draw characters and how to tell a story through them. We will look at comic strips, comic books, political cartoons and more as inspiration as we learn about the history of the art. Materials used will include pen, pencils, markers, colored pencils, ink wash, and more. Prerequisites: None *2016/17 Fee: $28.00 Ceramics I (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Ceramics I is a studio course in which students explore clay as an art form. Emphasis is placed on developing basic self-expressive ceramic skills. Students work with various types of clay and glazes, and learn to execute hand building and decorating methods. Students also complete homework assignments, exams, quizzes, and produce utilitarian and fine art forms made from clay. Prerequisites: None *2016/17 Fee: $32.00 Ceramics II (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Ceramics II is an advanced ceramics class with higher expectations. Students assume the responsibility of a serious artist and ceramist to expand skills learned in Ceramics I. Students investigate methods of hand building, decorating, and glazing. The potter’s wheel is heavily emphasized. Students also complete homework assignments, exams, quizzes, and produce utilitarian and fine art forms made from clay. Prerequisites: Ceramics I (grade C or higher) *2016/17 Fee: $32.00 Ceramics III: Wheel Throwing (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course is for students who have already shown competent skill or sincere effort on the wheel in Ceramics II. Students use the wheel to a greater extent in the development of their artwork. Students work primarily on the wheel, and may incorporate hand-built forms as well. A diligent work ethic is necessary for this class, and out-of-class studio time is often needed to complete all assignments. Prerequisites: Ceramics II (grade B or higher) *2016/17 Fee: $52.00

Fine Arts - Visual (continued) Digital Image Design I (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This art course introduces students to computers as a medium for creating fine and commercial art. The course centers on using hand drawing techniques, Photoshop, and Illustrator to create these exciting works. Students study how images are used to sell and express ideas. Emphasis is on technical skill, composition, and expression. Basic imaging equipment such as scanners, cameras, drawing tablets, light booths and more are used throughout the course. Prerequisites: None *2016/17 Fee: $24.00 DID II: Digital Illustration (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This art course expands on the skills from Digital Image Design I. Students learn to think like an artist by finding inspiration, creating various solutions to visual problems, and executing solutions. This course will especially focus on illustrating events, creating characters, and communicating stories through imagery. Any DID II course can be taken after Digital Image Design I. A student may take any combination of DID II courses they wish. Prerequisites: Digital Image Design I (grade C or higher) *2016/17 Fee: $24.00 DID II: Animation and Storytelling (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This art course expands on the skills from Digital Image Design I. Students will learn to tell stories through motion graphics. Students will start with basic concepts such as keyframing and tweening by making a quick animation. We will then branch into more complex concepts as we create stop motion animations, animated stories, and interactive animations. Any DID II course can be taken after Digital Image Design I. A student may take any combination of DID II courses they wish. Prerequisites: Digital Image Design I (grade C or higher) *2016/17 Fee: $12.00 DID II: Communication Graphics (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This art course expands on the skills from Digital Image Design I. Students will learn to create graphics for commercial purposes. Also, key to this course will be creating compelling storytelling graphics from sets of data that we find in class. Projects may also include brochures, logos, t-shirts, infographics, and more. Any DID II course can be taken after Digital Image Design I. A student may take any combination of DID II courses they wish. Prerequisites: Digital Image Design I (grade C or higher) *2016/17 Fee: Course was not offered; will have fee assessed Design Studio Internship (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Design Studio Internship is a graphic design experience that naturally follows Digital Image Design 1 and 2. Students will create commercial works for a variety of in-school and out-of-school clients for use in various print and online publications. Students will manage accounts, work with clients, and create innovative solutions for design problems. Prerequisites: ANY Digital Image Design II (grade B or higher), strong interest in design as a career *2016/17 Fee: $18.00 Drawing and Painting I (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course serves as a good foundation for all art courses. The basic 2D art skills taught focus on improving observation abilities as well as basic drawing, painting, and other media techniques. Drawing and Painting I is designed for the beginning, but serious, art student as well as for individuals wishing to further develop existing 2D drawing skills. Drawing and Painting I is the first step towards developing a portfolio for college admission requirements. Prerequisites: None *2016/17 Fee: $40.00 Drawing and Painting II (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Students extend experiences and skills from Drawing and Painting II. Students explore various drawing, painting, and other media techniques. Students work to acquire knowledge and creative inspiration from art history as they explore themes for self-expression. Drawing and Painting II projects are designed to help students create portfolio-ready artwork. Prerequisites: Drawing I OR Drawing and Painting I OR Painting I (grade C or higher) *2016/17 Fee: $40.00

Fine Arts - Visual (continued) Drawing and Painting III (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This advanced art course features a variety of 2D art media and thought-provoking projects. A variety of artists are explored to help inspire students to create meaningful and expressive solutions to visual problems. For students planning to pursue a degree in the Visual Arts, this is an opportunity to further develop a portfolio that is well rounded and competitive. Prerequisites: Drawing II OR Any previous Painting II OR Drawing and Painting II (grade B or higher) *2016/17 Fee: $40.00 Drawing and Painting IV (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This capstone art course features a variety of 2D art media and through-provoking projects. Much like Drawing and Painting III, a variety of artists are explored to help inspire students to create meaningful and expressive solutions to visual problem. This course can complement your studies in AP Art Studio or provide another meaningful capstone 2D art experience. For students planning to pursue a degree in the Visual Arts, this is an opportunity to further develop a portfolio that is well rounded and competitive. Prerequisites: Drawing III OR Painting III OR Drawing and Painting III *2016/17 Fee: $40.00 Fashion Design and Construction (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Students will learn how to design and construct fashion items. This is a hands-on course in which students will learn the basics of fashion illustration, hand sewing, and machine sewing. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how to read patterns, and sometimes making a personal pattern for a design. No experience in drawing or sewing is needed, although it can be helpful. Student fee will cover many basic items such as illustration supplies, basic fabrics, simple notions, thread, and sewing tools. Students will be required to provide their own fabrics and embellishments for many projects. Prerequisites: None *2016/17 Fee: $54.00 Photography I (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course is designed to offer students a basic understanding of photography as an art form. Students explore composition, learn about the 35mm camera, develop their own film and prints, and learn to mount and present photographs. Students will also learn basic digital photography skills including editing of images in Adobe Lightroom. Emphasis is placed upon interesting and unified photographic compositions. A 35mm camera with manual shutter speed and aperture settings is required. Prerequisites: None *2016/17 Fee: $40.00 Photography II (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course is designed to offer students with an extensive darkroom and printing experience. The class in structured the same as Photo I, but the focus is learning advanced darkroom and camera skills. Students learn about and use a variety of alternative processes and how to use their exposure settings to create certain effects in their photos. Students will also advance their own knowledge and exploration of editing digital images in Adobe Lightroom. An emphasis is placed upon personal interpretations of given themes and assignments. A 35mm camera with manual shutter speed and aperture settings is required. Prerequisites: Photography I (grade C or higher) *2016/17 Fee: $40.00 Photography III (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course is designed for students to explore their own interests in the field of photography. Students choose their own individual assignments that focus on their own unique abilities. Students will work in both the darkroom and with digital images in both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Demonstration of visual awareness regarding the compositions and overall creativity of their images is required. Prerequisites: Photography II (grade B or higher) *2016/17 Fee: $40.00 Sculpture I (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This studio course is designed to present the student with the basic skills, techniques and various methods used to create sculpture in various media. Student experiences may include, but are not limited to, and exploration of jewelry/metals, clay, plaster, wire, and mixedmedia sculptures. Students will create sculptures as a means for visual communication and expression. Emphasis is placed upon personal expression, independent planning, execution of works, and visual communication. Prerequisites: None *2016/17 Fee: $32.00

Fine Arts - Visual (continued) Sculpture II (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Sculpture II is an advanced art class with higher expectations. Students will be presented with visual problems and will attempt to solve the visual problems using a variety of techniques and materials including, but not limited to, jewelry/metals, clay, wood, wire and mixedmedia. Students will be expected to work independently, plan projects, and explore new techniques while mastering prior knowledge of sculptural forms. Prerequisites: 3D Studio I OR Sculpture I OR Sculpture: Clay OR Metals/Jewelry-Making I (C or higher) *2016/17 Fee: $32.00 Sculpture III (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Sculpture III is an advanced art class with higher expectations. Students will have access to a variety of sculpture materials they can use to solve visual problems. Students will be responsible for planning personally expressive art projects with an eye toward creating a portfolio or work for competitions. Upon successful completion of this course, students may want to consider moving on to AP Art Studio to create a 3D Design Portfolio. Prerequisites: 3D Studio II OR Sculpture II OR Metals/Jewelry-Making II (B or higher) *2016/17 Fee: $32.00 Studio Management Internship (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This independent study internship must be arranged with an individual art teacher. Students in this internship will work on studio management tasks like kiln operations, material inventories, and other tasks. Students may also be involved with the execution of shows and exhibitions. Speak with an instructor before signing up for this. Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $32.00 AP Studio Art (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This course is equivalent to a first-year college art class and all students are expected to challenge themselves to develop mastery in their ideas, skills, and abilities in art making. The AP Studio Art course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art and wish to develop mastery in the concept, composition, and execution of their ideas. Each AP student will develop a portfolio which requires submission to the College Board. The complete portfolio will demonstrate their abilities as well as their versatility with techniques, problem solving and ideation. Prerequisite: Students will be selected based on portfolio review as determined by Visual Arts staff *2016/17 Fee: $82.00

Health / Life Skills / Physical Education Health and Life Skills Health Education (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course emphasizes the basic knowledge about drugs, alcohol and tobacco usage. It will also provide practical information about human sexuality and first aid techniques. The State of Ohio requires that all students shall successfully complete one semester of Health before graduation. Prerequisites: None Independent Living / Wellness (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Independent Living and Wellness is a comprehensive course for both male and female students. Throughout the semester you will learn practical skills for making wise decisions that won't set you back financially or personally. Students will develop techniques and skills in preparing for college prep and career opportunities, college safety and drug awareness; basic sewing, cooking and laundry skills; fitness components and lifestyle wellness. Students will participate in hands-on activities, student projects, cooperative group work, and labs. Prerequisites: Grades 10, 11, 12 *2016/17 Fee: $8.00 Sports Medicine I (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course is designed to give students an overview of the sports medicine field and knowledge on prevention, recognition, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Students will learn basic First Aid, CPR and AED care, along with basic anatomy and physiology of the human body. Prerequisites: Grades 11, 12; Health and Biology

Physical Education Students must take .25 credit of Physical Education PLUS .25 PE elective OR utilize PE Waiver Option – see page 11 Physical Education I (0.25 credit – 1 semester) This course will provide the opportunity for students to identify/establish personal fitness goals and to create (implement) a personal fitness plan. Students will learn to evaluate/adjust their personal fitness plan by utilizing fitness logs to track progress and monitor ones’ personal goal(s) and progression. Students will engage in aerobic/anaerobic activities and aerobic/anaerobic related games. There will be written tests given throughout the semester. Prerequisites: None Physical Education II (0.25 credit – 1 semester) This course will provide the opportunity for students to develop the skills and habits necessary for personal lifetime fitness. Students will achieve and maintain a health enhancing level of personal fitness concepts. Students will work on setting personal fitness goals through exercise, cardiorespiratory endurance, body composition, strength, endurance, and flexibility concepts throughout the semester. A variety of health related fitness skills, individual sports, team sports, outdoor activities and recreational games will also be utilized to help increase lifetime fitness and awareness. There will be written tests given throughout the semester. Prerequisites: None Strength Training (0.25 credit – 1 semester) This course is designed for the student who wants to explore multiple strength training exercises incorporated in a weight room setting. Students will learn the benefits of flexibility, progression, and correct lifting technique. Aerobic, anaerobic, and circuit training will be explored through multiple strength training exercises. Written and skill tests will be given throughout the semester. Prerequisites: Physical Education or PE: Fit for Life Advanced Strength Training (0.25 credit – 1 semester) This course is designed for the student who has an established strength training plan and would like extend their personal fitness level. Students will learn sport-specific strength training strategies that enhance individual workout plans. Students should have prior knowledge of safe weight room practices and correct lifting technique. Written and skill tests will be given throughout the semester, along with an assessment of the student's individual fitness plan. Prerequisites: Physical Education or PE: Fit for Life AND Strength Training (grade “C” or better) Lifeguarding (0.25 credit – 1 semester) This course will provide students the opportunity to receive their lifeguarding certification and develop their speed, endurance and technique in swimming. All course content is based on the Red Cross guidelines for certification and lifeguarding. Students will be taught and certified in CPR, first aid and lifeguarding skills. Prerequisites: Physical Education or PE: Fit for Life and to enroll in lifeguarding, a student must be at least 15 years of age and be able to swim 500 yards continuously. School approved swimming suit or Mason swimsuit required *2016/17 Fee: $60.00

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Considerations for HONORS and ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH Prior to enrolling in an Honors or AP course, please consider whether or not you meet the following criteria:  A sincere interest in language arts – a desire to read and write at an analytical level  Parental support including the approval of reading more mature texts  An acceptance of an increased but not unmanageable workload  A grade point average of “B” or better in Language Arts If you are unsure which English course is best for you, please speak with your current language arts teacher for a suggestion or more information. Students who demonstrate high achievement in a college-preparatory level class are encouraged to enroll in an Honors or AP course at the start of the next school year.

Language Arts Required Courses English I (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *will require End Of Course exam In this ninth grade college-preparatory course, students interact with Ohio’s New Learning Standards (grade band 9-10) through integrated units of study. The analysis of texts from a broad range of cultures and time periods allows for argument and explanatory writing opportunities. In addition, students participate in collaborative discussions and present research. Writing conventions, vocabulary, and syntax are emphasized. Summer reading is required. Prerequisites: None Honors English I (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *will require End Of Course exam Honors English I covers the same curriculum as English I. Honors students are expected to progress at a more rapid rate; therefore, additional units of study, activities, and assignments are incorporated. An overview of English Language Arts Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities in later grades is highlighted. Summer reading is required. Prerequisites: See considerations above for honors program English II (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *will require End Of Course exam In this tenth grade college-preparatory course, students will continue to interact with Ohio’s New Learning Standards (grade band 910) through integrated units of study. Texts read in this grade level will demonstrate more complexity and writing demands will increase. By the end of tenth grade, students will demonstrate independent mastery of the skills assigned to the 9-10 band. Summer reading is required. Prerequisites: English I

Language Arts (continued) Honors English II (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *will require End Of Course exam Honors English II covers the same curriculum as English II. Honors students are expected to progress at a more rapid rate; therefore, additional units of study, activities, and assignments are incorporated. Exposure to Advanced Placement strategies, activities, and practice tests are provided in preparation for AP Language and Composition junior year. Summer reading is required. Prerequisites: English I and see considerations above for honors program English III (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) In this eleventh grade college-preparatory course, students will study complex texts from various genres, cultures, and centuries including U.S. documents, American literature, and literary nonfiction, in order to address Ohio’s New Learning Standards (grade bands 11-12). The craft of narrative, explanatory, and argument writing will be emphasized. Through a variety of research assignments and structured conversations students will synthesize information in order to be college and career ready. Summer reading is required. Prerequisites: English II AP Language and Composition JUNIORS ONLY (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) AP Language and Composition is a college level course in rhetoric, in which students will explore ideas and rhetorical strategies in expository, analytical, narrative and argumentative writing during their junior year. Focusing on nonfiction texts and contexts, students will think deeply about language as a persuasive element. The course will also include a survey of American and world prose literature. The examination of the vibrant relationship of writer, context, audience and argument will be included. The goal of this class is twofold: to help students read complex texts with understanding; and to help students compose writing of ample richness and intricacy in order to communicate effectively. Accomplishing these tasks will translate into success on the AP examination and prepare students for college level writing in the real world. Prerequisites: Honors English II and/or teacher recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $26.00 English IV (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) In this twelfth grade college-preparatory course, students will continue to interact with Ohio’s New Learning Standards (grade bands 11-12) through integrated units of study. Texts read in this grade level will demonstrate more complexity and writing demands will increase. Emphasis is placed on being college and career ready. Summer reading is required. Prerequisites: English III AP Literature and Composition (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This college-level course is a survey of both classical and contemporary literature designed for senior students who wish to take AP Literature and Composition exam and potentially earn college credit. Curriculum includes a critical examination of multicultural literature and world literature of a variety of genres, authors, and time periods. Students will develop a mature awareness of their function in society and their social responsibilities through a profound assessment of the universal themes of literature. These themes will be treated as reflections of the human condition, and the writing that conveys them as the predominant form of communication across cultures. Within the context of their literacy studies, students will write both personal and analytical essays with a distinct emphasis on understanding functional style, purpose, organization and rhetoric. The reading of mature texts may be included. Summer reading is required. Prerequisites: AP Language and Composition and/or Teacher recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $19.00

Language Arts Electives These courses CANNOT be used as substitutes or replacements for the English graduation requirements listed above. Best Sellers (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course is for students who enjoy reading contemporary fiction and non-fiction and who would like to participate in a discussion group that will explore the ideas and issues in current and past best sellers. This class will promote community literacy and develop life-long readers. This is designed for students who like to read for pleasure. Students will create and participate in book clubs, write book reviews, and learn about contemporary authors through various media sources. Works will be chosen independently with teacher guidance.

Language Arts Electives (continued) Creative Writing I (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course provides a structured outlet for those with a passion for creative writing and is writing-intensive. All students will be expected to creatively write in many genres (poetry, short stories, plays, narratives, etc.), and a final, cumulative portfolio is required for successful completion of the course. Students will also read pieces that model the types of writing that are expected. Students will focus on various components of creative writing: character description, dialogue, vivid settings, conflict, etc. Publication is a goal of this course. Creative Writing II (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Students with a desire to explore writing style and craft (figurative language, syntactical structures, mature diction, etc.) will produce prose that is specific and purposeful in this course. Analysis of mentor texts and an in-depth genre study will allow students to examine specific writing techniques that impact readers. This course requires students to maintain an independent writing journal and is writing-intensive. Students will participate in collaborative writing workshops in which they will consistently receive encouragement and suggestions for revision. Oral and written publication of students’ own work is a requirement for this course. Prerequisites: Creative Writing I Journalism I (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) First year Journalism students will learn about the major functions of newspaper production, including basic news writing, layout and design, and editing. Students will produce stories that will appear in the student newspaper, The Chronicle, thecspn.com, and will be required to solicit advertising. During second semester, students will continue to write for the paper and the website but will also focus on layout principles and software like InDesign and Photoshop. Composition, editing, and decision-making will be explored throughout the course as well. Prerequisites: English I (Application and Journalism teacher approval required) Journalism II (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Journalism II is available for students who serve in an editorial capacity for the Comet Chronicle, the Mason High School student newspaper. Students will be required to take Journalism I as a prerequisite. Students will be interviewed and appointed to editorial staff positions by the advisor. Editorial staff positions include: Editor, Assistant Editor, Layout Editor, Business Manager, Copy Editor, Photo Editor and Sports Editor. Prerequisites: At least a “B” average in Journalism I (Application and Journalism teacher approval required) Journalism III (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Journalism III is available for students who want to continue their study of Journalism at a higher level. These students will serve in leadership roles as part of the Executive and/or Editorial Staff. Students will be required to successfully complete Journalism I and II. Students will be given the opportunity to work on independent research projects. Students will compile a portfolio of works in preparation for application to college Journalism schools. Prerequisites: At least a “B” average in Journalism II (Application required) Broadcast Journalism Classes (see Business Department, Integrated Media Internship) Speech and Debate (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course combines the art of public speaking through the disciplines of original oratory, literary interpretation and acting, and limitedprep delivery with the study and practice of theoretical and modern debate principles and procedures. It thoroughly explore the speech and debate (forensics) preparation required for tournament-style competition, such as selecting speech topics, researching/documenting sources, composing original works, cutting/splicing performance scripts, designing case layouts for debate, and enhancing verbal and physical delivery performance cues. In addition, students participate in peer critiques and self-evaluations while developing an ongoing appreciation for both performer conduct and audience etiquette.

Language Arts Electives (continued) Words from the Wild: Environmental Literature (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course is for students who love the great outdoors. Students who enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing or just communing with nature will enjoy reading wilderness adventures and philosophical writings by women and men who share this passion. Lessons include fly casting, fly tying, wilderness survival skills and identification of trees, flowers, birds and fish. Students will spend time outdoors observing nature. They will read about and discuss environmental issues. Prerequisites: Grade 12 *2016/17 Fee: $9.00 Yearbook (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) The outcome of this course is to produce a 300+ page yearbook for the given year. Students will be responsible for taking photos of school events, selecting and designing layouts, and total creation of the book. Selling advertising in the community is required. Because space is limited, students must apply for consideration. Applications will be made available prior to scheduling. Prerequisites: English I and Yearbook teacher approval

Mathematics Students must complete Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and one additional credit for graduation.

(AP) Statistics Algebra I

Geometry*

Algebra II*

Precalculus*

(AP) Calculus

AQR *Honors courses are available Statistics and Advanced Placement (AP) courses may be taken any time after prerequisites have been met. TI-84 (any variety) or TI-Nspire graphing calculators are required for all math courses. Department Philosophy: “We believe that problem solving (investigating, conjecturing, predicting, analyzing, and verifying), followed by a well-reasoned presentation of results, is central to the process of learning mathematics, and that this learning happens most effectively in a cooperative, student-centered classroom through a variety of instructional strategies. We see the following tenets as fundamental to our curriculum:  that algebra is important as a modeling and problem-solving tool, with sufficient emphasis placed on technical facility to allow conceptual understanding;  that geometry in two and three dimensions include coordinate and transformational approaches;  that computer-based and calculator-based activities be part of our courses;  that all topics be explored visually, symbolically, and verbally;  and, that developing problem-solving strategies depends on an accumulated body of knowledge. Our intent is to have students assume responsibility for the mathematics they explore—to understand theorems that are developed, to be able to use techniques appropriately, to know how to test results for reasonability, to learn to use technology appropriately, and to welcome new challenges whose outcomes are unknown.” Adapted from the Mathematics Department of Phillips Exeter Academy, Trustees of Phillips Exeter Academy

Mathematics (continued) Algebra I (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *will require End Of Course exam Algebra I furnishes the language and tools necessary for study of higher mathematics. Primary emphasis will be on the solution of linear, quadratic and exponential equations and operations with polynomials including order of operations, factoring, radical expressions, graphing equations and inequalities, solving systems of equations and interpreting data. Conceptual understanding and utilizing Algebra as a problem-solving tool will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 8th grade math Geometry (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *will require End Of Course exam Geometry examines the theorems, properties, vocabulary and concepts of shapes. Concepts will be developed from coordinate, transformational and synthetic perspectives, emphasizing algebraic-geometric connections. There will be extensive use of a computerbased geometry program to preview, reinforce and gain mastery of geometric concepts. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I Honors Geometry (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *will require End Of Course exam Honors Geometry utilizes a theoretical-proof approach to examine the theorems, properties, vocabulary and concepts of shapes. Coordinate, transformational and synthetic perspectives will be explored, emphasizing algebraic-geometric connections. There will be extensive use of a computer-based geometry program to preview, reinforce and gain mastery of geometric concepts. Prerequisites: Algebra I and Teacher recommendation Algebra II (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Algebra II is a continuation of Algebra I. Topics of study will include polynomial, rational, radical, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions; sequences and series; complex numbers; conditional probability, interpreting data and making inferences; including applications that develop problem-solving and modeling techniques. Conceptual understanding and utilizing Algebra as a problem-solving tool will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Geometry Honors Algebra II (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Honors Algebra II is a rigorous continuation of Algebra I. Concepts will be developed from a theoretical-proof approach. Topics of study will include polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions; sequences and series; matrices; conic sections; complex numbers; conditional probability, interpreting data and making inferences. Problem-solving techniques are strengthened through the applications presented in preparation for Honors Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus. Prerequisites: Honors Geometry and Teacher Recommendation Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “B” Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (AQR): Functions and Matrices (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This is a course designed to give students a deeper understanding of topics in Algebra through a non-traditional format including heavy use of technology, modeling, and inquiry based problem solving. It is intended for students who could benefit from a stronger foundation in concepts such as quadratic functions, systems of non-linear equations, analyzing regressions, sequences and series, and financial applications. Due to an online component, students will be required to make arrangements to have access to the internet outside of class. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra II Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (AQR): Trigonometry and Vectors (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This is a course designed to give students a deeper understanding of topics in Algebra through a non-traditional format including heavy use of technology, modeling, and inquiry based problem solving. It is intended for students who could benefit from a stronger foundation in concepts such as trigonometric functions, complex numbers, vectors, and financial applications. Due to an online component, students will be required to make arrangements to have access to the internet outside of class. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra II

Mathematics (continued) Pre-Calculus: Functions (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Pre-Calculus: Functions is an elective course for college-bound students. Topics of study will include analysis of polynomial, rational and transcendental functions including logarithms, exponential functions, convergence and divergence of sequences and series. Modeling of real world phenomena is emphasized throughout. Prerequisites: Algebra II Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “B” Pre-Calculus: Trigonometry (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Pre-Calculus: Trigonometry is an elective course for college-bound students. Topics of study will include advanced trigonometry, polar graphing, complex numbers, vectors, and conic sections. Modeling of real-world phenomena is emphasized throughout. Prerequisites: Algebra II Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “B” Honors Pre-Calculus: Functions (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Honors Pre-Calculus: Functions is an in-depth, rigorous, elective course intended for college-bound students who intend to pursue a major in a STEM-related field. Emphasis will be placed on problem-solving, written and verbal communication, mathematical modeling, and synthesis of the topics covered in the course. Students will be expected to retain and utilize concepts and skills from previous math courses with little or no review. Topic of study will include foundations of analysis, analysis of polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, convergence and divergence of sequences and series, and an introduction to limits and calculus. Concepts will be discovered and developed from graphical, numerical, and theoretical-proof perspectives in a student-centered, discussion-based setting. Prerequisites: Algebra II or Honors Algebra II and Teacher recommendation Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “A” (Algebra II) or “B” (Honors Algebra II) Honors Pre-Calculus: Trigonometry (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Honors Pre-Calculus: Trigonometry is an in-depth, rigorous, elective course intended for college-bound students who intend to pursue a major in a STEM-related field. Emphasis will be placed on problem-solving, written and verbal communication, mathematical modeling, and synthesis of the topics covered in the course. Students will be expected to retain and utilize concepts and skills from previous math courses with little or no review. Topics of study will include advanced trigonometry, parametric and polar equations, vectors and conic sections. Concepts will be discovered and developed from graphical, numerical, and theoretical-proof perspectives in a student-centered discussion -based setting. Prerequisites: Algebra II or Honors Algebra II and Teacher recommendation Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “A” (Algebra II) or “B” (Honors Algebra II) Calculus (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Calculus is designed to introduce students to the concepts of Calculus, including limits, differentiation, optimization and integration. This is a challenging course that includes a detailed study of elementary functions. Calculus is designed for students who have a strong Pre-Calculus background. Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “B” Advanced Placement Calculus AB (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This is a challenging course that includes a detailed study of elementary functions. AB Calculus is designed for students who have a strong Pre-Calculus background. Topics include college level differential and integral calculus. Students will be prepared to take the advanced placement AB exam in Calculus, which may entitle them to earn up to one semester’s college credit in Calculus. Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus or Honors Pre-Calculus and Teacher recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $15.00 Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “A” (Pre-Calculus) or “B” (Honors Pre-Calculus)

Mathematics (continued) Advanced Placement Calculus BC (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This is a very rigorous course that includes a detailed study of elementary functions. BC Calculus is designed for the student with an excellent Honors Pre-Calculus background combined with exceptional mathematical study skills. Topics include college level differential and integral calculus as well as polar coordinates, hyperbolic and transcendental functions. It is comparable to a full year of college Calculus. Students will be prepared to take the advanced placement BC exam in Calculus, which may entitle them to earn up to one year’s college credit in Calculus. Prerequisites: Honors Pre-Calculus and Teacher recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $15.00 Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “A” Differential Equations (1.0 credit – fall semester) This course is for students who are interested in developing the techniques, skills, and theories necessary to solve the types of differential equations most commonly met in science and engineering scenarios. The course will focus on solutions and applications of ordinary differential equations including separable, exact, homogenous, and non-homogenous linear equations and others. Numerical approximation methods as well as substitutions, the total differential, separation of variables, integrating factors, undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, Laplace Transforms and power series methods are covered during this semester course. This course will be taught by a Sinclair instructor on the Mason High School campus and is a College Credit plus course offering, resulting in students receiving weighted credit for this course. This course will only be offered during 7 th bell. Pre-requisite: AP Calculus BC (recommended grade of “C” or better) Linear Algebra (1.0 credit – spring semester) This college level course will focus on systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants, linear transformations, Euclidean n-space, coordinate vectors, abstract vector spaces, dimension and rank, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. This course will be taught by a Sinclair instructor on the Mason High School campus and is a College Credit Plus course offering, resulting in students receiving weighted credit for this course. This course will only be offered during 7th bell. Pre-requisite: AP Calculus BC (recommended grade of “C” or better) Statistics (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Statistics is an elective course intended for college-bound students. Students will be introduced to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students will be exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploring data, planning a statistical study, anticipating distribution patterns and statistical inference. The course will include the use of technology, projects and laboratories, cooperative group problem solving and writing. Prerequisites: Algebra II *2016/17 Fee: $4.00 Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “B” Advanced Placement Statistics (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This is a challenging course that includes a detailed study of elementary statistics. Students will be exposed to the following topics: Data Collection, Exploratory Data Analysis, Probability, and Statistical Inference. AP Statistics is designed for students who have a strong mathematical and language arts background. Students will be prepared to take the advanced placement exam in Statistics that may entitle them to earn up to one semester’s college credit in Statistics. Prerequisites: Algebra II or Honors Algebra II and Teacher recommendation *2016/17 Fee: $22.00 Suggested Grade in prerequisite course: “A” (Algebra II) or “B” (Honors Algebra II)

Science (Graduation requirements include Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry OR Physical Geology) Possible Science Sequences

Non-STEM Careers

STEM Careers

High School Graduate 2 year College

4 – Year College

4 – Year College Life Science/Medical

4 – Year College Engineering

Physical Science

Physical Science

Physical Science

Physical Science

Biology

Biology

Biology Chemistry

Biology Chemistry

One or more of the following: Honors Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Physics, or AP Physics 1

One or more of the following: Honors Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry

One or more of the following:

One or more of the following:

Physics, AP Physics 1 or AP Physics C: Mechanics AND Any combination of Honors Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Forensics, Zoology, Project Lead The Way Biomedical Sciences

AP Physics C: Mechanics and AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism (optional) Any combination of Honors Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Forensics, Zoology

Physical Geology Or Chemistry

Chemistry

Optional: Chemistry (if not taken junior year), Forensics or Zoology

One or more of the following: Physics, AP Physics 1 Honors Anatomy & Physiology, or 2 semesters of Forensics, or Zoology

Physical Science (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Physical science introduces students to key concepts and theories that provide a foundation for further study in other sciences and advanced science disciplines. Physical science comprises the systematic study of the physical world as it relates to fundamental concepts about matter, energy and motion. A unified understanding of phenomena in physical, living, Earth and space systems is the culmination of all previously learned concepts related to chemistry, physics, and Earth and space science, along with historical perspective and mathematical reasoning. (REQUIRED) Pre or Co-requisite: Algebra I A *2016/17 Fee: $12.00 Return to Science Sequence Chart

Biology (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *will require End Of Course exam This course investigates the composition, diversity, complexity and interconnectedness of life on Earth. Fundamental concepts of heredity and evolution provide a framework through inquiry-based instruction to explore the living world, the physical environment and the interactions within and between them. (REQUIRED) Prerequisites: Physical Science *2016/17 Fee: $7.00 Return to Science Sequence Chart

Science (continued) Physical Geology (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Physical Geology introduces students to key concepts, principles and theories within geology and incorporates concepts from multiple scientific disciplines, most notable chemistry, and including physics and environmental science. This course includes inquirybased laboratory experiences that engage students in asking valid scientific questions and gathering and analyzing information. Student investigations incorporate scientific reasoning, analysis, communication skills and real-world applications. Physical Geology is a course designed for the student that may not be ready for Chemistry. Coursework will emphasize the skills needed for further study in science and will incorporate topics that involve Earth science and Chemistry. (THIS COURSE FULFILLS THE MHS GRADUATION REQUIREMENT FOR CHEMISTRY) Prerequisites: Physical Science and Biology *2016/17 Fee: $10.00 Return to Science Sequence Chart

Chemistry (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This course introduces students to key concepts and theories that provide a foundation for further study in other sciences as well as advanced science disciplines. Chemistry comprises a systematic study of the predictive physical interactions of matter and subsequent events that occur in the natural world. This lab-based course will study matter through the exploration of classification, its structure and its interactions. Investigations are used to understand and explain the behavior of matter in a variety of inquiry and design scenarios that incorporate scientific reasoning, analysis, communications skills and real world applications. Chemistry is a math-based science course designed for the college-bound student. Coursework will emphasize the skills needed for college level chemistry and advanced science courses. Topics covered in this course include atomic structure, chemical bonding, the periodic table, chemical formulas and reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, and nuclear chemistry. (THIS COURSE FULFILLS THE MHS GRADUATION REQUIREMENT FOR CHEMISTRY) Prerequisite: Physical Science *2016/17 Fee: $12.00 Co-Requisite: Algebra II Return to Science Sequence Chart

Honors Anatomy and Physiology (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This honors-weighted course will investigate the human body systems. The course will explore the structure of the human body, the ways the human body maintains its internal environment, diseases related to each body system, and the chemical and electrical controls that helps coordinate the human body systems. Fetal pig and sheep organ dissection are integral components of the course. Prerequisites: Students must complete one full year of lab based chemistry. (Highly Recommend a grade of “C” or better in chemistry) *2016/17 Fee: $25.00 Return to Science Sequence Chart

Advanced Placement Biology (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This rigorous biology course is designed for the student planning to pursue a career in a medical or other biology-related field. This course will further develop previously taught life science concepts. Areas of study include: biochemistry, cells, cellular energetics, heredity, molecular genetics, evolution, and organism biodiversity. Students will also practice and sharpen their testing skills to prepare for the AP exam. Advanced laboratory and analytical skills will be applied throughout the course. Summer work is required for this course. Additional lab time may be required. Prerequisites: Students must complete one full year of lab based chemistry. (Recommended grade of “C” or better) *2016/17 Fee: $45.00 Advanced Placement Chemistry (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This rigorous chemistry course is designed for the student planning to pursue a life or physical science career. This will be an indepth study of the concepts introduced in previous chemistry courses. Advanced laboratory and analytical techniques is an integral part of this course. Areas of study include solution stoichiometry, equilibria, redox reactions, the kinetic theory of gases, solids and liquids, thermochemistry, descriptive chemistry, reaction kinetics, electrochemistry, covalent bonding, molecular shapes, quantum mechanics and a review of nuclear and organic chemistry. Students will also practice sharpening their testing skills to prepare for the AP exam. Summer work is required for this course. Additional lab time may be required. Prerequisites: Students must complete one full year of lab based chemistry. (Recommended grade of ‘B” or better) Prerequisite: Algebra II (Concurrent registration in Pre-calculus is recommended) *2016/17 Fee: $45.00

Science (continued) Physics (1 credit – 2 semesters) This course is an overview of physics designed for students attending college but not considering a career in science. It will focus on how physics influences a student’s everyday life. Physics elaborates on the study of the key concepts of motion, forces and energy first discussed in Physical Science and will relate them to increasingly complex systems and applications. It will also introduce and elaborate on the topics of waves, electricity, circuits and magnetism. There is a focus on building and engineering projects to apply learned concepts to the real world. Math skills, especially geometry concepts of sine, cosine, tangent as well as algebra II skills of re-arranging equations are used every day to prove the theories behind the major physics concepts. Laboratory skill will be enhanced through numerous labs, group challenges and project-oriented activities. Prerequisites: Science: Students must complete one full year of lab based chemistry. *2016/17 Fee: $10.00 Math: Algebra II (Recommended grade of “C” or better) Return to Science Sequence Chart

Advanced Placement Physics 1: Algebra-Based (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based is a national college-level course in physics. The curriculum for this course is designed by College Board. This course is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in physics which requires the application of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. In addition, the course places a heavy emphasis on deep understanding of physics concepts and science practices. Students will learn to effectively communicate their understanding of essential physics concepts. The course addresses Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits and electrostatics. This course includes a laboratory component equivalent to a semester-long, college-level physics laboratory. Students will spend approximately 25 percent of instructional time engaged in laboratory work. These investigations foster student engagement in the practice of science through experimenting, analyzing, making conjectures and arguments, and solving problems in a collaborative setting, where they direct and monitor their progress toward an academic goal. Prerequisites: Science: Students must complete one full year of lab based chemistry. (Recommended grade of “B” or better) Math: Algebra II (Recommended grade of “B” or better) *2016/17 Fee: $10.00 Return to Science Sequence Chart

Advanced Placement Physics C: Mechanics (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) AP Physics C Mechanics is a national calculus-based course in physics. The curriculum for this course is designed by College Board. This course is equivalent to the first pre-engineering physics course for university students. The emphasis is on understanding the concepts in Newtonian Mechanics and applying this knowledge to a variety of situations. The students will use the skills learned in calculus along with the mechanics concepts, to solve problems. Topics that will be studied include 1-D and 2-D Kinematics, Dynamics, Laws of Conservation, Energy, Momentum, Rotational Dynamics, and Simple Harmonic Motion. This course includes a laboratory component comparable to a semester-long, college-level physics laboratory. Students will spend approximately 20 percent of instructional time engaged in laboratory work. A hands-on, inquiry-based laboratory component is required. Each student will complete a portfolio of lab reports that reflect their study of mechanics. Prerequisites: Science: Students must complete one full year of lab based chemistry. *2016/17 Fee: $10.00 Math: Previously or currently enrolled in a Calculus course Return to Science Sequence Chart

Advanced Placement Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This course is dedicated to the study of Electricity and Magnetism. In college, these topics are not studied until the second physics course for engineering majors. Studying these topics will challenge students to strengthen their abstract thinking skills and analyze situations that are too small to see with the naked eye. Students will see how their everyday mechanical world is controlled by our technological advancements. Topics that will be studied include Electrostatics; Conductors, Capacitors, and Dielectrics; Electrical Circuits; Magnetic Fields and Forces; and Electromagnetism. This course includes a laboratory component comparable to a semester-long, college-level physics laboratory. Students will spend approximately 20 percent of instructional time engaged in laboratory work. A hands-on, inquiry-based laboratory component is required. Each student will complete a portfolio of lab reports that reflect their study of electricity and magnetism. Prerequisites: Science: Students must complete one full year of lab based chemistry. Math: Previously or currently enrolled in a Calculus course Pre- or Co-requisite: Advanced Placement Physics C: Mechanics Alternate pre-requisite: AP Physics I Return to Science Sequence Chart

*2016/17 Fee: $10.00

Science (continued Forensic Science (0.5 credit – 1 semester) Forensic science is a lab-based, cross-curricular course in which students will use scientific knowledge, complex reasoning and technology to investigate, establish and present facts related to crime. This course will integrate concepts from Math, English, and Social Studies, along with a variety of sciences including Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy, Genetics, Earth Science and Physics. Prerequisites: Biology *2016/17 Fee: $14.00 Return to Science Sequence Chart

Zoology (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This is a laboratory based course that will show the increasing complexity of heterotrophs starting with simple organisms, then invertebrates, and concluding with vertebrates. Students will investigate and compare these organisms through observation of live specimens, preserved specimens, and the dissection of several organisms. The curriculum will emphasize student involvement through various methods – “hands-on” activities, individually directed studies, and cooperative learning. Modern technology will be used to meet the varied learning styles of the individual students. Each student will be expected to actively participate in dissections. Prerequisites: Biology *2016/17Fee: $25.00 Return to Science Sequence Chart

Engineering in Our World (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course will be an innovative, student-centered high school curriculum that engages learners in authentic engineering experiences and inspires them to embrace an engineer’s habits of mind. The objective is to present core engineering concepts in a highly engaging, project-based format. Prerequisites: Algebra II (currently or previously enrolled), Physical Science, Grade 10, 11, 12 *New course; fee to be determined

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences By immersing students in activities like practicing suturing and constructing body structures from clay, PLTW Biomedical Science empowers students to build knowledge and skills in biomedical science, as well as in-demand, transportable skills like problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, and collaboration. Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS) (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes, and introduction to bioinformatics, and the use of computer science, mathematics, and information theory to model and analyze biological systems. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions. They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate life-style choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. Key biological concepts including homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. Engineering principles including the design process, feedback loops, and the relationship structure to function are incorporated in the curriculum. This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses. Co-requisite: Biology; Grade 9, 10, 11 Human Body Systems (HBS) (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identify, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the roles of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Sciences; Grade 10, 11, 12 Medical Interventions (MI) (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; evaluate cancer treatment options; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through real-world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Sciences and Human Body Systems; Grade 11, 12

Science (continued) Biomedical Innovation (BI): (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) In this capstone course, students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the Biomedical Sciences. Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st. century as they work through progressively challenging open ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, Biomedical engineering and public health. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project and may work with a mentor or advisor from a University, hospital, physician’s office, or industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an adult audience that may include representatives from the local business and healthcare community. Prerequisite: Principles of biomedical sc., Human body systems, Medical interventions; Grade 12 Return to Science Sequence Chart

Social Studies Social Studies Sequence of Required Courses School Year

2017 – 2018

2018 – 2019

2019 – 2020

Class of 2018 Four full credits are required for the Ohio Honors Diploma. Any 1 full credit of the following is needed: AP Human Geography (1), AP American History (1), AP Psychology (1), AP European History (1), Current Global Issues (.5), Law and Criminal Justice (.5), Economics (.5) AP Microeconomics (.5) or AP Macroeconomics (.5)

Class of 2019 American Government or AP Government and Politics

Class of 2020 Am. History after 1877 or AP American History

Class of 2021 World History after 1750 or Honors World History after 1750

Four full credits are required for the Ohio Honors Diploma. Any 1 full credit of the following is needed: AP Human Geography (1), AP American History (1), AP Psychology (1), AP European History (1), Current Global Issues (.5), Law and Criminal Justice (.5), Economics (.5) AP Microeconomics (.5) or AP Macroeconomics (.5)

American Government Or AP Government and Politics

Am. History after 1877 or AP American History

American Government

Four full credits are required for the Ohio Honors Diploma. Any 1 full credit of the following is needed: AP Human Geography (1), AP American History (1), AP Psychology (1), AP European History (1), Current Global Issues (.5), Law and Criminal Justice (.5), Economics (.5) AP Microeconomics (.5) or AP Macroeconomics (.5)

2020 – 2021

or AP Government and Politics

Four full credits are required for the Ohio Honors Diploma. Any 1 full credit of the following is needed: AP Human Geography (1), AP American History (1), AP Psychology (1), AP European History (1), Current Global Issues (.5), Law and Criminal Justice (.5), Economics (.5) AP Microeconomics (.5) or AP Macroeconomics (.5)

World History after 1750 (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This survey course in world history will focus on significant world events, people and places from 1750 to the present. This class is designed to introduce students to significant historical ideas and events that have helped shape the world today. The students will study political, economic, geographic, religious and cultural events throughout the world including Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and the Americas. Prerequisites: Grade 9 Honors World History after 1750 (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This advanced survey course in world history will focus on significant world events, people and places from 1750 to the present. This class is designed to introduce students to significant historical ideas and events that have helped shape the world today. The students will study political, economic, geographic, religious and cultural events throughout the world including Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and the Americas. Significant learning experiences different from the college-prep World History course include portfolio assignments and preAdvanced Placement assignments (readings and document-based questions). Prerequisites: Grade 9

Social Studies (continued) Advanced Placement Human Geography (1 credit – 2 semesters) This college-level course in AP Human Geography will investigate "the why of where." Human Geography introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. It asks students to think spatially about the world. Students will explore human interaction with the environment from a local to global scale and study the distribution, processes and effects of the human population on our planet. Students will also learn how to use and interpret maps, data sets, geographic models, GIS, aerial photographs and satellite images. AP Human Geography may be one of the most relevant courses for students preparing to be active global citizens. This college-level course follows the College Board curriculum and helps prepare students for the Advanced Placement Human Geography exam in May. Offered to 9th Grade Only Review book purchase may be required *2016/17 Fee: $15.00 American History from 1877 (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *will require End Of Course exam This survey course of American History will focus on events chronologically from 1877 to the present. Emphasis will be placed on helping students use acquired knowledge to analyze and draw conclusions with regard to specific units of study. The course studies the progression of the United States through industrialization, imperialism, World War I, Post World War I, Great Depression, World War II, Cold War, Civil Rights, through modern times. This course prepares students for the End of Course exam. Prerequisites: Grade 10 *2016/17 Fee: $15.00 Advanced Placement American History [AP United States History] (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *will require End Of Course exam This college-level course follows the College Board curriculum and is intended for those students who plan to take the Advanced Placement U.S. History exam. The course examines American History chronologically with an emphasis on evaluation, synthesis and analysis of primary documents. Students who plan to take Advanced Placement American History will be required to read selections over the summer as well as to submit papers over these selections. (The summer assignment will be posted on Edline). This course will follow a different chronological approach than American History from 1877. Students who take this course are exempt from taking American History from 1877. This college-level course follows the College Board curriculum and helps prepare students for the Advanced Placement American History exam in May. Prerequisites: Grades 10, 11, or 12, teacher recommendation signature and successful completion of World History or Honors World History. Review book purchase may be required Advanced Placement European History (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This college-level course follows the College Board curriculum and is intended for those students who plan to take the Advanced Placement European History exam in May. Students will study the historical events, concepts, and personalities that shaped and determined Western civilization from the Renaissance to the Modern Era. The course will address the chronology of major events and trends from approximately 1450 to the present, principal themes in modern European history, analysis of historical evidence, and skills to effectively express historical understanding in writing. Students will be required to read selections over the summer as well as to submit papers over these selections. (The summer assignment will be posted on Edline). Students who take this course will not be required to take Economics, Modern Political and Economic Issues, or Contemporary Social Issues for the graduation requirement. This college-level course follows the College Board curriculum and helps prepare students for the Advanced Placement European History exam in May. Prerequisites: Grades 11, 12, teacher recommendation; successful completion of World History or Honors World History Review book purchase may be required American Government (0.5 credit – 1 semester) *will require End Of Course exam In this course, the origins, values and organizations of democratic government are examined and evaluated. Using the background of American History, the student examines the meaning and applications of the U.S. Constitution, our civil liberties, the role of political parties and the relationship of our government to the economy. Students will also examine the role of state and local government. Students will prepare to be active, participatory citizens – informed about national, state and local issues. This course prepares students for the End of Course exam. Prerequisites: Grades 11, 12 *2016/17 Fee: $15.00

Social Studies (continued) Advanced Placement Government and Politics [AP United States Government and Politics] (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) *will require End Of Course exam Open to all junior and senior students with a sincere interest in better understanding American Government and Politics. In this course, students will address content related to the U.S. political culture and constitutional foundation, citizen behavior, political processes, functioning of and relations among the branches of government, civil rights and liberties, and public policies. The goals of this course are for students to gain knowledge of our democracy in theory and in practice, to increase their awareness of contemporary issues, to improve their ability to analyze and synthesize concepts and to express their understanding clearly and concisely in writing. This college-level course follows the College Board curriculum and helps prepare students for the Advanced Placement Government and Politics exam in May. This course prepares students for the End of Course exam. Prerequisites: Grade 11, 12 Advanced Placement Comparative Government and Politics (0.5 credit – 1 semester) AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and the political, economic, and social challenges among six selected countries: Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, and Nigeria. Additionally, students examine how different governments solve similar problems by comparing the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues. This course does not meet the Government graduation requirement. Prerequisites: Grade 11, 12 Advanced Placement Psychology (1 credit – 2 semesters) This college-level course in Psychology is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within a psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. A goal of this class is to increase awareness of the ways psychological theories impact everyday life. The course will emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, and writing skills. This college-level course follows the College Board curriculum and helps prepare students for the Advanced Placement Psychology exam in May. Prerequisites: Grades 11, 12 Review book purchase may be required *2016/17 Fee: $15.00 Law and Criminal Justice (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course is designed to engage students in a critical examination of their legal responsibilities and rights. Students have the opportunity to discuss practical legal problems, contemporary legal issues, and the ramifications of breaking the law. The goal of this class is to provide students with a sense of belonging in society through empowerment with knowledge of the law. Students will study the judicial process as part of the political system with a focus on the participants (police, lawyers, judges, interest groups, litigants and jurors) and the legal process. Prerequisites: Grades 11, 12 Current Global Issues (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This class will examine key social, cultural, economic and political issues around the world today. From this analysis students will discuss, debate, and derive conclusions on the best way to solve these global problems. Students will analyze key developments relating to 21st Century globalization and past histories of countries around the world on a daily basis by examining news magazines, newspapers, and scholarly multimedia news programs. The primary focus of this course will deal with key problems various regions around the world are facing in the 21st century and how these difficult issues can be addressed or solved. Prerequisites: Grades 11, 12 Online Current Global Issues (0.5 credit – 1 semester) (Summer School Only) This class will examine key social, cultural, economic and political issues around the world today. From this analysis students will discuss, debate, and derive conclusions on the best way to solve these global problems. Students will analyze key developments relating to 21st Century globalization and past histories of countries around the world on a daily basis by examining news magazines, newspapers, and scholarly multimedia news programs. The primary focus of this course will deal with key problems various regions around the world are facing in the 21st century and how these difficult issues can be addressed or solved. Prerequisites: Grades 11, 12

Social Studies (continued) Economics (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This course will enable all students to master the essentials of micro and macroeconomics. Although the course is appropriate for any student, the course will be especially meaningful to students who plan to explore career options in business and finance. Students will gain an understanding of economic concepts through class lectures, group discussions and outside resource professionals. Upon completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to apply what they have learned in decision making as a process of evaluating economic choices and their implications. Prerequisites: Grades 11, 12 Advanced Placement Microeconomics (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This college-level course follows the approved College Board curriculum, providing students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics which apply to both consumers and producers in an economic system. The theoretical basis for microeconomics is that in any economy, resources are limited while wants are unlimited causing choices to be made. Microeconomics places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, factor markets and the role government in promoting efficiency and equity in the economy. This advanced placement course, designed to prepare students for taking the AP Test. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Financial Literacy and American History Review book purchase may be required *2016/17 Fee: $19.00 Advanced Placement Macroeconomics (0.5 credit – 1 semester) This college-level course follows the approved College Board curriculum, providing students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics as they apply to the fluctuations in the entire economy. The theoretical basis for macroeconomics is that resources for any society are limited while wants are unlimited which motivates government leaders to seek to minimize the damage that these economic fluctuations cause. Macroeconomics is rooted in microeconomic concepts but its primary emphasis is on the possibilities and limitations of fiscal and monetary policy to stabilize the aggregate measures of growth, inflation and unemployment. In addition, the increasing role of international trade is evaluated. This advanced placement course is designed to prepare students for taking the AP Test. After the 2015-2016 school year, it is expected that students take both AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics in sequence. Prerequisites: Successful Completion of Financial Literacy, American History and AP Microeconomics (Grade of “C” or better) Review book purchase may be required *2016/17 Fee: $19.00

World Languages A world language credit is not required for graduation; however, colleges require 2-3 years of a language. Please note requirements for an honors diploma include three credits of the same world language or 2 credits each of 2 different world languages. German I (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will be introduced to basic vocabulary and grammar usage. Students will apply this knowledge to achieve comprehension of the language by using the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be exposed to the German culture while exploring the cultural similarities and differences. Students will be expected to communicate in class on a novice level through daily interactions in the target language. Prerequisites: None German II (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will continue to develop their knowledge of the language and culture of the German speaking world using the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will enhance the skills that were learned in German I. Students will be expected to communicate in class on an intermediate level through daily interactions in the target language. Prerequisites: German I with a “C” or better yearly average

World Languages (continued) German III (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will further develop those skills learned in German I and II while continuing to explore German culture and language. Emphasis is on oral and reading comprehension and self-expression in speaking and writing. Students will be expected to communicate through typical daily life situations at a more advanced level. Prerequisites: German II with a “C” or better yearly average AP German (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This challenging course is an in-depth study of German language, literature and composition which will prepare the student to take the advanced placement exam in German. Topics covered in the class will include linguistic competence, with special emphasis on speaking, a brief overview of major German authors, and an in-depth study of writing skills with an emphasis on grammatical structure and self-analysis. Prerequisites: German III with a “C” or better yearly average French I (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will be introduced to basic vocabulary and grammar usage. Students will apply this knowledge to achieve comprehension of the language by using the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be exposed to the French culture while exploring the cultural similarities and differences. Students will be expected to communicate in class on a novice level through daily interactions in the target language. Prerequisites: None *2016/17 Fee: $17.00 French II (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will continue to develop their knowledge of the language and culture of the French speaking world using the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will enhance the skills that were learned in French I. Students will be expected to communicate in class on an intermediate level through daily interactions in the target language. Prerequisites: French I with a “C” or better yearly average *2016/17 Fee: $17.00 French III (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will further develop those skills learned in French I and II while continuing to explore French culture and language. Emphasis is on oral and reading comprehension and self-expression in speaking and writing. Students will be expected to communicate through typical daily life situations at a more advanced level. Prerequisites: French II with a “C” or better yearly average *2016/17 Fee: $17.00 AP French (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This challenging course is an in-depth study of French language, literature and composition which will prepare the student to take the advanced placement exam in French. Topics covered in this class will include linguistic competence, with special emphasis on speaking, a brief overview of major French authors, and an in-depth study of writing skills with an emphasis on grammatical structure and self-analysis. Prerequisites: French IV with a “C” or better yearly average required. *2016/17 Fee: $41.00 Spanish I (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will be introduced to basic vocabulary and grammar usage. Students will apply this knowledge to achieve comprehension of the language by using the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be exposed to the Hispanic culture while exploring the cultural similarities and differences. Students will be expected to communicate in class on a novice level through daily interactions in the target language. Prerequisites: None Spanish II (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will continue to develop their knowledge of the language and culture of the Spanish speaking world using the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will enhance the skills that were learned in Spanish I. Students will be expected to communicate in class, on an intermediate level through daily interactions in the target language. Prerequisites: Spanish I with a “C” or better yearly average

World Languages (continued) Spanish III (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will develop those skills learned in Spanish I and II while continuing to explore Hispanic culture and language. Emphasis is on oral and reading comprehension and self-expression in speaking and writing. Students will be expected to communicate through typical daily life situations at a more advanced level. Prerequisites: Spanish II with a “C” or better yearly average AP Spanish (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This challenging course is an in-depth study of Spanish language, literature and composition which will prepare the student to take the advanced placement exam in Spanish. Topics covered in this class will include linguistic competence, with special emphasis on speaking, a brief overview of major Spanish writers and an in-depth study of writing skills with an emphasis on grammatical structure and self-analysis. Prerequisites: Spanish III with a “C” or better yearly average required. *2016/17 Fee: $25.00 American Sign Language I (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will be introduced to sign vocabulary and grammar while developing basic expressive and receptive skills taught through “real life” conversations without the use of spoken English. An intricate portion of this course is designated to exposure of Deaf culture. Enrolled students should have good study skills, the ability to receive and process information visually, good eye-hand coordination, and concentration skills. Students will also be expected to communicate, on a daily basis, through the use of American Sign Language rather than English. Please check with colleges and universities for acceptance as foreign language credit. Prerequisites: None *2016/17 Fee: $25.00 American Sign Language II (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will continue to develop their basic knowledge of the language by achieving a higher level of competence by increasing and refining receptive and expressive conversational signs with a focus on grammar. Students will be expected to communicate on an intermediate level in the target language daily. Please check with colleges and universities for acceptance as foreign language credit. Prerequisites: ASL I with a “C” or better yearly average American Sign Language III (1.0 credit – 1 semester) Express abstract concepts in ASL using appropriate grammatical structure, signing space, vocabulary, fingerspelling and non-manual markers. The course also features continued development of conversational regulators and aspects of deaf culture. Prerequisites: Students must pass Sinclair’s Community College’s proficiency test for ASL Fees associated with Class: Any first-time Sinclair students have a onetime application of $20.00 Proficiency exam will cost $40.00 American Sign Language IV (1.0 credit – 1 semester) Expands ability to express abstract concepts in American Sign Language (ASL), further develops vocabulary and receptive and expressive fluency. Read and discuss topics related to deaf culture. This course features development of basic interpreting skills through classroom activities. Deaf community interaction required. Prerequisites: Students must pass the Sinclair College ASL III course Mandarin I (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will be introduced to basic vocabulary and grammatical structure. Students will apply this knowledge to achieve comprehension of the language by using the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will be exposed to the Chinese culture while exploring the cultural similarities and differences. Students will be expected to communicate in class, on a novice level, through daily interactions in the target language. Prerequisites: None Mandarin II (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will continue to develop their knowledge of the language and culture of the Chinese speaking world using the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will enhance the skills that were learned in Mandarin I. Students will be expected to communicate in class, on an intermediate level through daily interactions in the target language. Prerequisites: Mandarin I with a “C” or better yearly average

World Languages (continued) Mandarin III (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will develop those skills learned in Mandarin I and II while continuing to explore Mandarin culture and language. Emphasis is on oral and reading comprehension and self-expression in speaking and writing. Students will be expected to communicate through typical daily life situations at a more advanced level. Prerequisites: Mandarin II with a “C” or better yearly average AP Mandarin (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Students will continue to develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills through the use of advanced grammar and vocabulary. The course has a strong emphasis on language proficiency and communication. Students will be expected to understand and use the target language on a daily basis. Students will also enhance these skills through the use of authentic literature and cultural materials. There will be additional curriculum and rigor to prepare students for the current AP Mandarin exam. Prerequisites: Mandarin IIIA and IIIB with a “C” or better *2016/17 Fee: $32.00

Non-Departmental Electives Comet Connections (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) This elective course, for selected students, with the purpose of assisting students in developing effective and successful academic, social and emotional strategies to help them achieve their high school goals follows three major themes that address the three parts of the high school experience: Intrapersonal Intelligence (student-centered), Interpersonal Intelligence (social/Human Interaction) and Identified Intelligences (Academic/Work Place Skills). These strategies and interventions are being put into place at the critical transitioning time of moving from middle school to high school. Students will be expected to monitor their progress and collaborate with the instructor on how to meet their individual academic goals. Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation Required Teaching Professions Academy Teaching Professions Academy is Ohio’s Career Pathway Program designed especially for high school students who are interested in a career in education. The purpose of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to explore and gather information about the challenges and opportunities offered by a career in education. Teaching Professions (1.0 credit – 2 semesters) Theory of Teaching and Learning is the first level course in the two-year Teaching Professions Academy Program. This course is designed for the student who enjoys working with children through the teaching and learning process. Students will utilize current and in the classroom as well as learn how to incorporate it into their own teaching. Field trips to different school buildings and colleges will be incorporated into the classroom activities. Guest speakers from higher educational institutions will present current theory and practice. Students will be enrolled in the school’s chapter of Future Educators of America. This program is designed to support the student’s postsecondary Teaching Professions career major. In this course, students will be introduced to the following: Orientation to Teaching Professions, Understanding the Learner, Communication Skills, Teaching Strategies in the Learning Environment, Assessing Teaching and Learning, and Professional Development. Prerequisite: Grade 11, Application and acceptance required Honors Teaching Professions (2 credits – 2 bells for 2 semesters) Teaching and Learning Field Experience is the second level course in the two-year Teaching Professions Academy Program. In this course, students will receive instruction to successfully observe and begin practicing the principles of teaching and learning by completing internships with mentor teachers in the preschool, primary, intermediate, middle and high school levels. Visits to colleges with education programs will be incorporated into the program. Technology will be utilized to develop presentations and the course portfolio. Students will be enrolled in the school’s chapter of Future Educators of America and will be able to participate in regional competitions and conventions. This program is designed to support the student’s post-secondary Teaching Profession career major. Students will also have the opportunity to earn college credit at participating four and two year colleges by completing a professional portfolio. Dual credit is offered through Xavier University for up to 6 hours of transcripted course credit in the school of Education. Prerequisite: Grade 12 and successful completion of Teaching Professions

Non-Departmental Electives (continued) Experiential Learning – Internships (0.5 credit – 1 semester) The internship provides students with the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world experiences. Through direct observation and critical reflection, students gain an understanding of workplace expectations, professional work habits, and exposure to real-world problems and issues while exploring a career field of interest. Students should hold a current driver’s license and provide their own transportation. Selection will be established by an application and interview process using criteria determined by the business partner. Mason Innovation Lab (0.5 credit – 1 semester) The interns of the Innovation Lab will get experience working in a real-life tech support environment. Primarily through the Help Desk located in the Learning Commons, the interns will work as a team to be the first line of support for technology needs of students and teachers. Students will be required to assess problem sets throughout the day (Chromebook, Google, Schoology, etc.) and define the best approach to addressing or solving the problem. In addition, students will be required to complete and maintain several running projects that address problems or solutions in educational technology integration. Interested students must be design thinkers and possess empathy, integrative thinking, optimism, experimental thinking and collaboration. For more details, please speak with current Innovation Lab interns at the Help Desk in the HS Learning Commons. Prerequisite: None ACT/SAT Test Preparation (0.5 credit) (Summer School Only) This course is designed for students who would like to sharpen their test preparation skills. Students will be guided through a program tailored to acquaint them with the concepts and types of questions given on both the ACT and the SAT. Students will work individually and with the class to develop testing skills and strategies. The Language Arts part of the course consists of vocabulary, reading strategies, and essay writing. The mathematics part of the course includes topics from Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. This class is offered during summer school only. Prerequisites: Grades 10, 11, or 12 (successful completion of Algebra IIA recommended) *Summer School Fee: $225.00

MASON HIGH SCHOOL FEE SCHEDULE 2016-2017 COURSE TITLE

FEE AMOUNT

APPLIED TECHNOLOGY Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Computer-Aided Manufacturing I Computer-Aided Manufacturing II Computer-Aided Manufacturing III Advanced Auto CAD Engineering CAD Architecture CAD

15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00

FINE ARTS Ceramics I, II Ceramics III: Wheel Throwing Digital Image Design I Digital Image Design II: Digital Illustration Digital Image Design III: Animation Design Studio Internship Drawing and Painting I Drawing and Painting II Drawing and Painting III Drawing and Painting IV Photo I, II, III 3D Studio I 3D Studio II 3D Studio III AP Art Studio Cartooning and Illustration Fashion Design and Construction

32.00 52.00 24.00 24.00 12.00 18.00 40.00 40.00 40.00 40.00 40.00 32.00 32.00 32.00 82.00 28.00 54.00

BUSINESS Accounting I Blended Online Honors Financial Accounting Computer Applications for College ECA Honors Microsoft Office Certification Entrepreneurs in Action Banking & Investments Integrated Media Internship Financial Literacy

84.25 25.00 19.00 5.25 61.50 2.00 14.00 2.00 16.00

MATH Statistics A Statistics B AP Statistics A AP Statistics B AP Calc AB A AP Calc BC A

2.00 2.00 20.00 2.00 15.00 15.00

PERFORMING ARTS Introduction to Theater Back Stage Theater

20.00 25.00

Foundations of Technical Theater Advanced Technical Theater Una Voce White/Green Women’s Choir Men’s Choir Bel Canto Concert Choir Honors Concert Choir Pop Acapella Choir Concert Green/White/Silver Concert Winds Marching Band Symphonic Band Wind Symphony Honors Wind Symphony Winter Guard Winter Percussion Symphony Orchestra Honors Symphony Orchestra Philharmonic Orchestra AP Music Theory Freshman Orchestra Green/White Concert Orchestra Green/White Concert Dress, ladies – orchestra Tux rental, men – orchestra Tux shirt – orchestra freshmen men or men needing a new size

25.00 25.00 10.00 35.00 35.00 35.00 35.00 35.00 25.00 42.00 52.00 375.00 42.00* 42.00* 42.00* 375.00 75.00 30.00 30.00 30.00 35.00 30.00 30.00 65.00 25.00 12.00

SCIENCE Physical Science Biology Chemistry Physical Geology Forensics Physics Honors Anatomy & Physiology AP Physics I AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Physics Mechanics AP Physics E&M Zoology

12.00 7.00 12.00 10.00 14.00 10.00 25.00 10.00 45.00 45.00 10.00 10.00 25.00

SOCIAL STUDIES AP Human Geography American History American Government AP Psychology AP Macroeconomics AP Microeconomics

15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00 19.00 19.00

APPLIED ENGLISH Applied English I Applied English II Applied English III Applied English IV

12.00 12.00 12.00 12.00

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH Independent Living/Wellness

8.00

Life Guarding

60.00

WORLD LANGUAGE AP Spanish French I, II, III AP French American Sign Language I

25.00 17.00 41.00 25.00

LANGUAGE ARTS AP Literature and Composition Words from the Wild AP Language and Composition

19.00 9.00 26.00

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT (All students) Aspire (9th grade) Pre-ACT (10th grade) PSAT (11th grade) Guidance Fee

26.50 12.00 15.00 3.50

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