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    PAGOSA SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL

    2017-2018 COURSE HANDBOOK

    Transcript Evaluation 2

    Graduation Requirements 3

    Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR) 3

    Required Classes by Grade Level 3

    Advanced and Honors Courses 4

    Concurrent Enrollment 4

    Archuleta Scholarships-In-Escrow 4

    Language Arts Department 5

    Mathematics Department 7

    Science Department 9

    Social Science Elective 10

    Social Studies Department 11

    Computer Science Department 12

    Physical Education Department 13

    Art Department 14

    Fine Arts Department 15

    Business Department 16

    Foreign Language Department 17

    Agriculture/Ag. Mechanics/Technical Drawing Department 17

    Student Experiences 19

    Special Education Department 20

    Online Courses 20

    Online Course Contract 21

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    TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION CHECK every class that you have passed/are currently taking and feel you will pass CIRCLE the classes you hope to take ENGLISH (5 credits required)

    ENGLISH 1 CLASSICS

    ENGLISH 2 CONTEMPORARY LIT

    ENGLISH 3 ETHNIC LITERATURE

    SR SPEECH/WRITING WORLD LITERATURE

    ENGLISH 099

    MATH (3 credits for graduation) (4 HEAR*)

    ALGEBRAIC CONCEPTS INTG MATH 3

    MATH 1 FOUNDATIONS PRE-CALCULUS

    INTG MATH 1 CALCULUS

    INTG MATH 2 MATH 099

    SCIENCE (2 credits for graduation) (3 HEAR*)

    INTG SCIENCE 1 PHYSICS

    INTG SCIENCE 2 ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY

    BIOLOGY 2 GLOBAL SCIENCE

    CHEMISTRY BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

    SOCIAL STUDIES (3 credits required)

    US HISTORY

    GOVT/ECON

    GEOGRAPHY

    COMPUTER LITERACY (1 credit required) INTRO TO COMP TECH

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION (2 credits required) HEALTH/PE

    PERSONAL FITNESS

    TEAM & INDIVIDUAL SPORTS

    STRENGTH/CONDITIONING

    ADVANCED PE/WRESTLING

    *HEAR = Higher Education Admission Requirements (see page 3)

    ELECTIVES (10)

    YEARBOOK MUSIC APPRECIATION

    EXPLORATIONS IN SCIENCE MULTIMEDIA DESIGN

    SCIENCE OF THE SAN JUANS OFFICE APPLICATIONS

    WILDERNESS SKILLS SCHOOL TO WORK SKILLS

    PSYCHOLOGY STW PLACEMENT

    US PERSPECTIVES SPANISH 1-3

    WORLD PERSPECTIVES WORLD LANGUAGES

    ADV COMP TECH 1-3 AGRICULTURE 1-2

    PRG/GAME DESIGN BUILDING TRADES

    PROGRAMMING 2 INTRO TO FIREFIGHTING

    ART 1-4 WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING

    POTTERY/SCULPTURE 1-2 SHOP MECHANICS

    AMERICANA PROJECT TECHNICAL DRAWING 1-2

    CONCERT CHOIR PRESCHOOL TUTOR

    AUDITION CHOIR ELEMENTARY TUTOR

    CONCERT BAND JUNIOR HIGH TUTOR

    JAZZ BAND YOUTH RISE

    GUITAR

    Senior Required Classes: 1. Senior Speech/Writing 2. Senior Lit (Classics, Contemporary, Ethnic, OR World) 3. Geography 4. Advisory 5. HEAR: Pre-calculus OR Calculus 6. HEAR: Science beyond Integrated Science 2 Junior Required Classes: 1. English 3 2. Government/Economics 3. Integrated Math 3 OR Pre-calculus 4. Advisory 5. HEAR: Science beyond Integrated Science 2 Sophomore Required Classes: 1. English 2 2. Integrated Science 2 3. Integrated Math 2 OR Integrated Math 3 4. PE Elective (any time after Health/PE) 5. Advisory 6. Intro to Computer Tech (after Integrated Math 1)

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    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLASS OF 2017 AND BEYOND All students must earn a minimum of twenty-eight (28) units of credit and complete four (4) years to be considered eligible to receive a diploma from Pagosa Springs High School. Graduation requirements will require students to not only pass classes to accumulate credits, but to also prove their competency in the four core areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Under the new graduation requirements, students will follow courses of study or pathways based on their interests and career goals as developed in each students Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP). Students will also be required to participate in a minimum of one extracurricular activity per year and pass one Advisory period per year at Pagosa Springs High School. HIGHER EDUCATION ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (HEAR) As you begin the process of selecting the courses you will take in high school, there is some important information about courses that students need to take in order to enter a Colorado college or university upon high school graduation. The Colorado Commission on Higher Education established these course guidelines, known as the Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR). They specify the courses you will need to take in high school to qualify for admission to a public four-year college or university in Colorado. This includes CU (Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs), CSU (Fort Collins and Pueblo), UNC, Mines, Metro, Fort Lewis, Adams State, Western State Colorado University, and Colorado Mesa University. If you plan to attend a four-year college or university in Colorado, you will need to complete the following classes to fulfill the Higher Education Admissions Requirements:

    High School Academic Area Years Required

    Language Arts 4 years

    Mathematics (Algebra 1 and higher) 4 years

    Natural/Physical Sciences (two units must be lab-based) 3 years

    Social Studies (at least one unit of US or World History) 3 years

    Foreign Language 1 year

    Academic Electives 2 years

    The Higher Education Admission Requirements do not apply to Community Colleges which have open enrollment policies, meaning that students applying to these schools do not need to meet the admissions requirements outlined above. REQUIRED CLASSES BY GRADE LEVEL Students are required to enroll in the following classes during each of their four grade levels: 9th Grade: English 1, US History, Integrated Science 1, Math, Health/PE, Advisory 10th Grade: English 2, Integrated Science 2, Math, PE Elective, Advisory 11th Grade: English 3, Government/Economics, Math, Advisory 12th Grade: Senior Speech/Writing, Senior Literature, Geography, Advisory Students must successfully complete one computer class (Intro to Computer Technology or an equivalent course) before they graduate. This class can be taken any time after Integrated Math 1.

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    ADVANCED AND HONORS COURSES Many PSHS students want to pursue a rigorous course of study designed to prepare them for college or the job market. With that in mind, the following courses can be taken as advanced or honors with instructor approval:

    Mathematics: Pre-calculus, Calculus

    Science: Biology 2, Chemistry, Physics, Global Science, Anatomy/Physiology

    Computer Science: Advanced Computer Technology, Programming/Game Design

    Language Arts: any English class taken with an honors designation

    Social Studies: any Social Studies class taken with an honors designation CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT There are ways to achieve college credit for classes taken during high school: There is a program called Senior-to-Sophomore offered through CSU-Pueblo. The school district pays the tuition and registration happens after the start of the semester. At this point, the classes which offer this program are Mr. Hersheys Geography class, and Ms. Riggs Senior Literature and Senior Speech/Writing classes. The student needs to meet the requirements for the class, which include a minimum of a 430 on the English portion of the SAT for the English class. If the student did not meet the minimum, or has not yet taken the SAT, we offer the Accuplacer exam in the counseling office. The scores from the Accuplacer can be used in place of the SAT. ARCHULETA SCHOLARSHIPS-IN-ESCROW Archuleta Scholarships-In-Escrow is a group of parents and other community members who have joined to help Pagosa Springs students further their education with scholarship money earned through grades. The goals of Archuleta Scholarships-In-Escrow include a higher graduation rate from Pagosa Springs High School and a greater number of graduates who attend post-secondary schools. This program rewards students for success in school as they earn money for term grades of A and B in mathematics, computer science, select business courses, science, social studies, English, and foreign language classes taken at Pagosa Springs High School. Students have up to five years after graduating from PSHS to use the money in their account towards college tuition. Students earn $40 for each A and $20 for each B they receive in a core class.

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    LANGUAGE ARTS DEPARTMENT Course Name: ENGLISH 1 PREREQUISITE: 8TH GRADE ENGLISH Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and communication skills through written papers, interpretative literary projects, speech presentations, and tests. Students will be encouraged to expand vocabulary and spelling. Major emphasis will be given to development of writing skills and the study of world literature. Assessments will be made by portfolios reflecting writing skills in the areas of description, exposition, narration, and literary analysis; tests; oral presentations; and observation. In order to pass this course, students must demonstrate proficient reading and writing skills on the English Department's Reading/Writing Benchmark Exam. Students may pursue an Honors option with instructor approval. Course Name: ENGLISH 2 PREREQUISITE: ENGLISH 1 NOTE: Students taking this class before reaching the appropriate grade level must take the class for honors credit. The student will demonstrate critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, and communication skills through written papers, interpretative literary projects, speech presentations, and