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CTHS Course Catalog (24 credits required for graduation)
* designates a mandatory class
¥ indicates elective credit is awarded for this class

CTHS Orientation classes

Orientation *
Intro to Tech *
Office Technology *
Keyboarding I * 
                         

Careers (1 credit required)

Assessment *
Pre-Employment Training  *
Job Retention *
Planning for a Job/Career *

Work Experience ¥
Public Service ¥ 

English (4 credits required)

English 1 *
English 2 *

English 3
English 4
Technical Writing
Advanced Research Projects

Fine Arts/Foreign Languages (1 credit required)

Art
Advanced Research Projects
Foreign Languages (online)

Health (1 credit required)

Health 1 (0.5) *
Health 2 (0.5) *
Integration Topics

Math (3 credits required)

Tech Math *
Geometry *
Pre-Algebra *
Algebra 1 *
Algebra 2

Business Math
College Math (Dual Credit)

PE (1 credit required) any combination of:

Personal Fitness Program
Research Projects
Sports/Recreation

Science (3 credits required)

Integrated Science *
    Earth Science (.25)
    Life Science (.25)
    Physical Science (.25)
    Ecology (Lab) (.25)
Biology (1.0)
Special Topics (1.0) 

Social Studies (3 credits required)*

US History * (1.0)
Global Studies * (1.0)
Economics * (0.50)
Government * (0.50)

Advanced Research Projects

Aide Positions

Clerical Aide ¥
Instructional Assistant ¥
Technology Assistant ¥ 

Advanced Vocational Strands (2 credits required)

Keyboarding I * and II (0.25 each)
Office Technology * (0.25)
Micro Computers * (0.5)
PC Applications * (0.25)

PC Networking I and II
Independent Study Topics:

Tech Prep
Linux Basics
Network Basics
Advanced Research Projects

Technology Arts and Communications

Audio Engineering I and II

Soundtrack I and II
Music Theory Topics:

Chord Theory Foundations ¥
Keyboard Theory Foundations ¥ 
Bass Theory Foundations ¥ 
Guitar Theory Foundations ¥ 
Advanced Theory Foundations ¥ 

Introduction to Digital Design ¥ 
Digital Video I and II
Graphics Animation I and II
Web Design
Multimedia Production I and II
Multimedia Project

 

All classes are listed below
* designates a required class     ¥ indicates elective credit is awarded for this class

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Course Title Course Description Handouts and Links

CTHS Orientation Classes

Orientation * The orientation class is required of all incoming students, regardless of grade level. Students are given an introduction to the campus and to our programs, and are taken through a variety of activities. Orientation handout
Keyboarding I * All students are expected to be able to type - this is really important when much of your work is completed online! Keyboarding I covers basic touch typing skills up to 25 words per minute. Students who already type 25wpm may challenge the class and receive credit if they demonstrate proficiency on a timed test. Students remain in Keyboarding I until they can type at 25wpm. Students have the option of going on and taking Keyboarding II, which trains students up to 40wpm.

 

Office Technology * Introduction to Office Technology gets students familiar with some basic skills and technologies that they will be using regularly at Career Tech. Students will establish an e-mail account and use it, take photos with a digital camera, learn file management and networking skills, transfer files between computers using a network and CD-RW, build and maintain a regular calendar, and produce a basic newsletter involving text and graphics. checklist
Intro to Tech * This module introduces students to general computer issues, concepts, history and basic concepts of the desktop computer industry and its impact on business and today's society. This introduction will be accomplished through videos, a response piece for each video and reading two introduction to computer books. This module is a prerequisite to additional lab technology classes. checklist
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Careers (1 credit required)

Assessment * In this first careers class, students complete the COPES/COPS/CAPS assessment. COPES helps students with value identification, CAPS focuses on developing an interest inventory, and the CAPS assessment catalogs a student's skills and abilities. After the results come in, students use the CIS (Career Information Systems) program and complete assigned exercises. checklist
Pre-Employment Training * In this second careers class, students develop skills and products that will prepare them for successfully landing a job. Students will complete a resume, a job planning worksheet, an application and cover letter, a skills statement, and search for jobs on the internet. They will practice job interviewing skills and learn to write thank you letters. checklist
Job Retention * In this third careers class, students learn to deal effectively with supervisors and to shine as a new employee. They focus on developing the skills, attitudes, and abilities that will enable them to keep a job once they land it. checklist
Planning for a Job/Career * In this final careers class, students will focus on career planning, "The next step after high school." Students will identify an occupational goal, develop a budget, and begin planning for specific details of life - and success - after high school.

to college

to work

Work Experience Students may get a job in the community and receive credit for hours worked. Students may earn a quarter credit for every 65 hours worked. Students must submit time cards in order to verify employment. Students may earn up to a combined maximum of 2 credits of work experience and community service. checklist
Community Service Students may earn credit for community service hours. Students may earn a quarter credit for every 35 hours of volunteer service. Students must submit documentation of volunteer time in order to receive credit. Some past examples of community service include working in the public library, helping build houses, taking care of a disabled person, gardening, etc. Students may earn up to a combined maximum of 2 credits of work experience and community service. Public Service Log
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English (4 credits required)

Resources

English Curriculum Overview

Understanding Literature

Basic Punctuation Rules

Research Paper Citations

English 1 *

Quarter 1

•  Four CIM writing assignments   -- narrative, expository, persuasive, imaginative

•  Four speeches, verbal presentations   of each of the four CIM writing assignments

•  Life science/communications research paper

Quarter 2

•  Analysis of five short stories (six essays)

•  Careers/communications essay: Why this Career?

•  Earth science/communications research paper

Quarter 3

•  Analysis of a novel (six essays, one speech)

•  Career/tech strand/communications descriptive essay: So this is the workplace.

Quarter 4

•  Analysis of four poems (five essays)

•  Compare and contrast two nonfiction readings

•  Write an editorial

Intro to ENG 1

ENG 1 Q1

ENG 1 Q2

ENG 1 Q3

ENG 1 Q4

Integration opportunities:

Life Science

Earth Science

Physical Science

English 2 *

Quarter 1

•  Four CIM writing assignments - narrative, expository, persuasive, imaginative

•  Verbal presentation of strand involved with

•  Write a biography

•  Career investigation

•  Create a product and sell it to an audience

•  Tell a story

•  Careers/communications essay - career qualifications and how to achieve them

Quarter 2

•  Technical writing - report on how two articles explain how to perform tasks, write three "How to . . ." essays two of which will follow written academic technical standards, write an essay instructing the reader to do something involved in your strand

•  Careers/communications - essay to a prospective employee explaining what you can do for your career and what you will gain at the chosen workplace

•  Health/communications research paper

Quarter 3

•  Analysis of a novel (four essays)

•  Analysis of Twelve Angry Men (two essays)

•  Careers/communications - three letters: job applications cover letter, thank you letter for a job interview, thank you letter for information interview

Quarter 4

•  Analysis   of a play (four essays)

•  Analysis of Inherit the Wind (three essays)

Careers/communications - job and information interview summaries

Intro to ENG II

ENG II Q1

ENG II Q2

ENG II Q3

ENG II Q4

Integration opportunities:

Health 1

Careers II

Global Research Project here

English 3 *

Quarter 1

•  Analysis of an American pre-1900 historical novel (five essays)

•  One essay communications and history graded

•  Analysis of pre-1900 poetry/lyrics (six essays)

•  Careers/communications - explain how to approach a prospective employer

Quarter 2

•  Analysis of a post-1900 American historical novel (five essays)

•  Analysis of poetry/lyrics written after 1900 (five essays)

•  Careers/communications - explain why you selected the career choice you did

Quarter 3

•  American history/communications - research paper using the APA format

•  Formal academic review of strand project you are involved in

Quarter 4

•  Analysis of an American autobiography (five essays)

•  Careers/communications - describe and explain importance of training you have and will have to reach your career goals

Careers/communications - review of job you have chosen

Intro to ENG III

ENG III Q1

ENG III Q2

ENG III Q3

ENG III Q4

Integration opportunities:

Careers III

US History

Economics Research Project here

 

English 4 *

Quarter 1

•  Analysis of a foreign piece of literature (five essays)

•  Essay explaining your philosophy of life

•  Technical strand/communications - evaluation of your strand essay

Quarter 2

•  Government/communications - research paper using APA format

Quarter 3

•  Analysis of a foreign historical novel (five essays)

•  Evaluation of Career Tech High School

•  Careers/communications - informational research paper outlining your career plans after high school

Quarter 4

Technical strand/communications - creation of your professional portfolio

Intro to ENG IV

ENG IV Q1

ENG IV Q2

ENG IV Q3

ENG IV Q4 (Careers 4)

Integration opportunities:

Careers IV

Government Research Project here

Professional Portfolio

 

The Research Paper Print syllabus and grade sheet here go to class index here
Technical Writing Students develop technical writing skills through project-based learning. Students typically learn specific skills relative to technical writing, sequential presentation of material, details, thorough covering of a topic, sensitivity to reading audience, etc.  
Advanced Research Project Projects are developed on a student-by-student basis through an individual contract between instructor and student.  
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Course Title Course Description Handouts and Links

Fine Arts (1 credit required)

Art  
Advanced Research Projects Projects are developed on a student-by-student basis through an individual contract between instructor and student.  
Foreign Languages  
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Course Title Course Description Handouts and Links

Health (1 credit required)

Health I and II Online and textbook options for Semester 1 and 2 Health 2
Advanced Research Topics Projects are developed on a student-by-student basis through an individual contract between instructor and student.  
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Course Title Course Description Handouts and Links

Math (3 credits required)

Business Math  
Algebra 1  
Geometry  
Algebra 2  
Pre-Calculus College dual-credit opportunity  
Trigonometry College dual-credit opportunity  
Technical Math Tech math teaches students to understand base number systems. Students will learn the difference between base 10 and base 2 number (binary) systems, and will understand how and why computers use base 2. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications of material.

 

Advanced Research Projects Projects are developed on a student-by-student basis through an individual contract between instructor and student.  
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Course Title Course Description Handouts and Links

PE (1 credit required) any combination of:

Personal Fitness Program checklist
Research Projects checklist
Sports/Recreation checklist
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Course Title Course Description Handouts and Links

Science (2 credits required)

Physical Science  
Earth Science  
Life Science  
Ecology  
Biology  
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Course Title Course Description Handouts and Links

Social Studies (3 credits required)

Global Studies * Global Studies is a 1.00 credit requirement for graduation. Students may satisfy this requirement in three ways: through online classes, work packets, or classroom participation. Student must gain instructor permission before beginning a program.

Global Studies student packet download

U. S. History * U.S History is a 1.00 credit requirement for graduation. Students may satisfy this requirement in three ways: through online classes, work packets, or classroom participation. Student must gain instructor permission before beginning a program. U. S. History student packet download
Economics * Economics is a .5 credit requirement for graduation. Students may satisfy this requirement in three ways: through online classes, work packets, or classroom participation. Student must gain instructor permission before beginning a program.

Economics student packet download

Government * Government is a .5 credit requirement for graduation. Students may satisfy this requirement in three ways: through online classes, work packets, or classroom participation. Student must gain instructor permission before beginning a program. Government student packet download
Advanced Research Projects Projects are developed on a student-by-student basis through an individual contract between instructor and student. see instructor
Course Title Course Description Handouts and Links

Aide Positions / Direct Instruction

Public Service

Public Service Log

Instructional Assistant Syllabus
Technology Assistant Job Description

Direct Instruction

 

Working with a professional in the community can be a rewarding experience. With as little as 18 hours of 1:1 instruction you may qualify for .25 elective credit. Direct Instruction
Course Title Course Description Handouts and Links

Career & Technical Education (2 credits required)

Keyboarding I and II All students are expected to be able to type - this is really important when much of your work is completed online! Keyboarding I covers basic touch typing skills up to 25 words per minute. Students who already type 25wpm may challenge the class and receive credit if they demonstrate proficiency on a timed test. Students remain in Keyboarding I until they can type at 25wpm. Students have the option of going on and taking Keyboarding II, which trains students up to 40wpm.  
Office Technology Introduction to Office Technology gets students familiar with some basic skills and technologies that they will be using regularly at Career Tech. Students will establish an e-mail account and use it, take photos with a digital camera, learn file management and networking skills, transfer files between computers using a network and CD-RW, build and maintain a regular calendar, and produce a basic newsletter involving text and graphics. checklist
Micro Computers Integrated class: Tech Math, Tech Writing, Lab 1, and How-To manual (.5 credit ) checklist
Intro to Tech This module introduces students to general computer issues, concepts, history and basic concepts of the desktop computer industry and its impact on business and today's society. This introduction will be accomplished through videos, a response piece for each video and reading two introduction to computer books. This module is a prerequisite to additional lab technology classes. checklist
Advanced PC Applications checklist
Independent Study Topics

Topics include:

Tech Prep
Linux Basics
Network Basics
Advanced Research Projects

Helps:

Glossary of Tech Terms

Tech Tips

 
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Technology Arts & Music

Keyboard Theory Foundations The keyboard (piano Register) can provide a solid foundation for aspiring musicians, especially those wanting to launch into the depths of arranging and composing. A thorough understanding of keyboard theory can also serve to accelerate learning in other instrumental arenas.

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Keys of: C G D A E B F

Bass Theory Foundations Basic bass clef theory coupled with fretboard basics for the 4 and 5 string bass guitar.  
Guitar Theory Foundations The Acoustic (or Electric) 6-string guitar can be a very challenging instrument. Learning the basics of music theory prior to tackling the guitar fret board can greatly accelerate your learning. The 6 string is a precision instrument and attention to detail is important.

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Chord Variations:: C D E F G A B

Advanced Theory Foundations At this point, you have found the 6-string (or 12-string) guitar to Truly be a challenge. Continuing to build a foundational understanding of the guitar fret board is vital. As you have most likely discovered from your initial study, the guitar is a precision instrument. The objective for this term will be an in-depth understanding of the fret-Board ...unlocking the door to creativity.

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Circle of Fifths chart

Audio Engineering I and II Basic songwriting integrated with an introducton to Apple GarageBand and LogicPro DAW software.  
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