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Accounting

COURSE: Accounting I
GRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Accounting I is a general bookkeeping class that primarily deals with proprietor and partnership accounting. Students will learn procedures for figuring expenses, revenue and payroll for a business. Basic accounting principles will be used to complete a business simulation. There is also a basic overview or corporate accounting and taxation. Students will use workbooks as well as computer based problems.

Teacher: Mrs.Campbell

Advanced Accounting

COURSE: Advanced Accounting
GRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Accounting I
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Advanced accounting is a continuation of Accounting I. Students will learn more in-depth accounting skills applied toward corporate work. Students will also be given computer time to complete automated accounting projects. Advanced Accounting should be advised for students planning on continuing their education in business.

Teacher: Mrs.Campbell

Advanced Ag Mechanics

COURSE: Advanced Agriculture Mechanics
GRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITES: Ag. Mechanics
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
In addition to the lessons listed in Ag Mechanics, Advanced Ag Mechanics students will do more building from scratch, especially catering to fabrication with design. The intent from students is to work a little more in depth on various projects and incorporate multiple areas into one project.

Teacher: Mr.Lunceford

Advanced Ag Welding

COURSE: Advanced Ag Welding
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: Ag Welding I
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The students will design and construct a welding project demonstrating the safe use of arc, TIG, MIG and oxy-acetylene welders. Emphasis will be placed on out-of-position welding technique. Other topics: careers, cutting torch, plasma arc cutting, brazing, and TIG welding.

Teacher: Mr.Lunceford

Advanced Guitar

COURSE: Advanced Guitar
GRADE: 9 -12
PREREQUISITES: Beginning guitar and must provide own guitar.
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

Advanced Guitar is designed for the more experienced player. This course focuses on advanced techniques and repertoire.

Traditional musical notation is emphasized through classical guitar music. Students will work more with finger dexterity and coordination as well as advanced chords and voicing techniques.

Teacher: Mr.Fjare

Advanced P. E.

COURSE: Advanced Physical Education
GRADE: 10,11,12
PREREQUISITES: Health Enhancement I & II
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to promote and maintain lifetime physical fitness. The course will give learners the skills and knowledge in weight training, plyometrics, and physical conditioning through a variety of activities.




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AG - Woodworking

COURSE: Ag. Woodworking
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Ag Woodworking provides the students the opportunity to plan and build individual projects using advanced construction techniques. Proper tool adjustment, safe tool use and quality workmanship will be emphasized.

Teacher: Mr.Mattheis

AG Business

COURSE: Ag Business
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is intended for the Ag-Ed student who is interested in the financial world of agriculture. All aspects of finances in the world of agriculture will be covered including financial instruments, credit, markets and marketing, financial strategies and entrepreneurship.

Teacher: Mr.Mattheis

Ag Construction

COURSE: Ag. Construction I
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed for the Ag student who wishes to develop their skills in the area of construction. The course will be project based. Students learn the basic safety aspects of most construction tools and construction situations. They work as a group to build a stud framed building as a final project. No nail guns

Teacher: Mr.Lunceford

Ag Construction 2


COURSE: Ag. Construction II
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: Ag. Construction I
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for the Ag student who wishes to develop their skills in the area of building construction. Students are shown a variety of different construction techniques for stud walls, stairs, log walls, different siding options, and roofing. Stress is made on ability to make cut lists, pricing and quality control.

Teacher: Mr.Lunceford

Ag Marketing

COURSE: Agricultural Marketing
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The students will use a variety of methods and technologies to learn sales, marketing, and communication skills as they would be applied to agriculture. There will be extensive computer work, written and oral presentations to deliver sales and marketing messages. The final project is a team marketing assessment of a local business or one that the students would like to start in Big Timber.

Teacher: Mr.Lunceford

Ag Mechanics

COURSE: Agriculture Mechanics
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: Small Gas Engine/Electrical Wiring
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
In Ag Mechanics lessons on different areas of agricultural mechanics are given throughout the semester. Areas include: careers, hydraulics, levers, fabrication and engine basics. In between the lessons, students are given a chance to work on a mechanical project approved by the instructor. Safety issues are addressed throughout the class and are required at all times.

Teacher: Mr.Lunceford

Ag Small Gas and Electrical Wiring

COURSE: Small Gas Engines/Electrical Wiring
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Credit:1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed for the student who has an interest in electrical wiring and small gas engines. The course will cover the principles of wiring and internal combustion engines and students will complete several wiring projects, as well as do a complete overhaul on a small gas engine. Students are given the opportunity to overhaul or repair engines from home.

Teacher: Mr.Lunceford

Ag Welding

COURSE: Ag Welding I
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The students will learn the safe use of the arc, TIG, MIG and oxy-acetylene welders. Proper welding technique and basic metal joint welding will be covered. The students will also learn the proper metal cutting method using oxy-acetylene and Plasma Arc equipment. Other topics: careers, electrode selection, tip selection, and metal identification

Teacher: Mr.Mattheis

AG-ED 1

COURSE: Ag. Ed. I
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This is the introductory course to the Sweet Grass Co. High School Ag-Ed program. Students in this course will be exposed to the FFA, Parliamentary Procedure, Personal Development, SAE, Lab Safety and Fabrication and Planning of a project(s)

Teacher: Mr.Mattheis

AG-ED II

COURSE: Ag Ed II
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITE: none
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is intended for students whose interest is more science based as opposed to mechanical based. Topics to be cover include SAE, Range Science,Agronomy, Fertilizers, Chemical Labels, Chemical Application Solving,Plant Science,Entomology, Water quality and Soil Science. This course provides the students a solid base for entering the plant and soil science careers and provides a strong basis for competition in the range and agronomy CDE areas.

Teacher: Mr.Mattheis

Agri-Science

COURSE: Agri-Science
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: ½

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to cover the new “areas” of agriculture. Topics include Embryology which includes hatching chicks as a project, Neo Sci Crime Scene Labs, a robotics project, Waste Water Lab and Water Testing Labs, Design & Development using a dragster kit and building a reel or fly rod project. This course will be a lab-based class with many lab activities to develop skills in the broadening areas of agriculture, including the Environmental Sciences.

Teacher: Mr.Mattheis

Agriculture Technology

COURSE: Agriculture Technology
GRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITES: Geometry
CREDIT: ½

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed for the mechanical or technology students who wish to develop their skills in various areas of agriculture technology. Areas to be covered include precision agriculture technology (GPS,etc.), Mechanical Drafting, with the main emphasis being Computer Aided Design using Auto CAD LT in the lab.

Teacher: Mr.Mattheis

Algebra 1

COURSE: Algebra I
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: Pre-Algebra, successful completion of eighth grade mathematics, or consent of instructor. Successful completion of first semester is a prerequisite to second semester.
*Give careful consideration to your Algebra Prognostic Test score. Consult the instructor or the guidance counselor if you have any questions.
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. Because it is built on the middle grades standards, this is a more ambitious version of Algebra I than has generally been offered. The critical areas, called units, deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend, and students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.
** course description courtesy of Common Core State Standards

Teacher: Mrs.Novotny

Algebra 2

COURSE: Algebra II & Trigonometry
GRADE: 10-12
PREREQUISITES: Algebra I & Geometry, or as a co-requisite with Geometry with consent of the instructor. Successful completion of first semester is a prerequisite to second semester.
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Building on their work with linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, students extend their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. Students work closely with the expressions that define the functions, and continue to expand and hone their abilities to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

** course description courtesy of Common Core State Standards

Teacher: Mrs.Novotny

America in Conflict I and II

GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to meet the American History requirement for junior level students. The primary purpose of the course is to familiarize students with the people, events and forces that shaped the country in which we live. Particular emphasis is placed on better understanding of the complex nature of change and the interaction of various events and influences associated with it. America in Conflict focuses on the conflicts that America has been involved in and traces the causes, the outcomes and the impacts on peoples, countries and foreign relations. America in Conflict I focuses on the time period from Pre-Colonial through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Teacher: Ms.Blaylock

American Government

The primary purpose of the Problems classes is to acquaint students with the philosophies, structures, and processes of federal, state, and local governments. To enhance understanding of how government works, students identify and participate in a variety of governmental activities and simulations. Development of critical reading and thinking skills are required to communicate information and varying points of view successfully.

~ FALL SEMESTER ~
DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES IN ACTION- This class focuses on the role of the citizen in a democracy, specifically, participation in government, voting, initiatives, referendums, lobbying, PACS, interest groups, state and local government and how a bill becomes law. The course will include a service-learning component.
BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE- With a brief historical overview of democracy, this course emphasizes the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Constitutional Amendments, including current developments on constitutional issues.

~ SPRING SEMESTER ~
LAW AND JUSTICE- Authority, privacy, responsibility, and justice are the themes that are studied in order to understand the foundations of our government and evaluate the differences between a constitutional democracy and a society that is not free.
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS- Using current issues as a spring board, this class investigates the relationship of the U.S. to other nations, how domestic policies and public opinion affect foreign relations, and how our position in the world affects our government policies.

Teacher: Ms.Blaylock

American Social Movements

GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is an in-depth look at social, cultural and political movements in America, the cause and effect as well as the impact those movements have on people, places etc. Movement topics include but are not limited to: Immigration, The Gilded Age, Social Reform, Industrial Revolution, Labor Movements, The Roaring Twenties, Age of Consensus (1950s), The Red Scare, Music, 1960s Counter Culture, Civil Rights, Vietnam Protests, and current issues in America.

Teacher: Ms.Blaylock

American West

GRADE: 11
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course follows the westward movement in America from early explorers and mountain men to farm and ranch settlement with emphasis on the impact of native populations. This class also covers western pioneer settlement {mining towns, cow towns, outlaws and lawmen}, resource discovery and exploitation, Montana as a western state and various government policies associated with the west.

Teacher: Ms.Blaylock

Animal Science I

COURSE: Animal Science I
GRADE: 9-12
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Animal Science I is designed to provide the student with a basic general understanding of animal agriculture. Topics covered include: the origin of livestock, animal breeds, basic meat science, basics of animal husbandry, basic nutrition, basic genetics, animal anatomy and physiology, animal selection, diseases and careers.

Teacher: Mr.Mattheis

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