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Mindy Carlson

Mindy Carlson as she first appears in fourth grade.

















Freshman YearEdit

Year-long CoursesEdit

Concert BandEdit

This non-auditioned Band Ensemble class takes those with elementary and middle school band experience through the high school band horizons.  Concert Performance and review are required for this music class.

Spanish IEdit

This Foreign Language class teaches the basics of Spanish communication through writing, reading and speaking Spanish.  Oral and written communications are stressed in this class.

Literature and Composition StudiesEdit

This class emphasizes literary anlayses of adult literary works.  Writing, speaking, research, spelling, grammar and usage skills are also stressed.

Algebra IEdit

This class takes students through basic algebraic problems.  Topics covered include solving and graphing linear and quadratic equations, graphing inequalities, solving exponents, solving systems of equations and solving basic polynomial functions.  A graphing calculator will be required.

Global GeographyEdit

This class deals with the geographical features of the world through genocide, disease, human rights, the environment and more.

PE IEdit

This class helps students learn how to stay in shape in and out of school.  Topics include Personal Fitness, Athletics, CPR & AED, Rock Climbing and Adventure Ed.

BiologyEdit

This science course focuses on life's scientific aspects through lecture and lab work.  Units include Cells, Genetics, Ecology, Evolution and the Human Body's Parts and Functions

Sophomore YearEdit

Year-long CoursesEdit

Spanish IIEdit

This course expands upon the topics learned in Spanish I.  More advanced Spanish vocabulary and reading is introduced as well.

GeometryEdit

This class focuses on mathematical measurement of lines, angles, shapes and solids.  Topics studies are the real number system, lines, angles, triangles, polygons, quadrilaterals, circles, solids, perimeter and area and surface area and volume.  An introductory topic would be right triangle trigonometric ratios.  A graphing calculator, compass and protractor are all mandatory supplies to have in this class.

Botany and HorticultureEdit

This class takes students through botanical sciences, careeers and gardening techniques though the greenhouse laboratory.

American Literature and CompositionEdit

This course goes over analyses of literary works orignally written in America.  Such works can be written about and spoken about in this class.

Symphonic BandEdit

This class expands upon the topics learned in Concert Band and still requires concert performance and review.  However, the taking of this class three times in a row is optional for credit.


Semester-long CoursesEdit

Driver's EducationEdit

Classroom PhaseEdit

This class deals with the rules of the road in the classroom to train those who probably aspire to be drivers themselves.

Behind-the-Wheel PhaseEdit

This part of Driver's Ed. deals with testing out the student's knowledge of the rules of the road behind the wheel.

HealthEdit

This class focuses on health related issues such as Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Birth, Parenting, Drug Abuse, Suicide Prevention and more.

PE IIEdit

This semester-long PE class is limited to Fitness Consumerism, Swimming and Social Dance but is still required to graduate.

College Preparatory ReadingEdit

This class may not be a required English class, but it does help students learn to read college-level works at a high school level pace.



Junior YearEdit

Year-long CoursesEdit

US HistoryEdit

This course focuses on the history of the US and analyzing and interpreting historical documents.  Topics included are Native Americans, European Settlers, the Revolutionary War, Western Expansion, the Civil War and the two World Wars.

PE IIIEdit

This phyiscal education course lets students choose which units they want to take to complete their Junior Year PE graduation requirement.  Such units can be Kayaking, Basketball, Tennis, Softball, Walking, Jogging and Powerlifting.

Greenhouse Management and Floral DesignEdit

This science class expands upon the topics discussed in Botany and Horticulture in the Greenhouse Lab.

Algebra IIEdit

This class builds on the topics learned in Algebra I and introduces students to Vectors, Synthetic Division, Cubic and Higher Equations and Logarithms.  A graphing calculator will still be needed.

Spanish IIIEdit

This class teaches more advanced Spanish writing, reading and speaking skills as well as Spanish translated literature and music.


Semester-long CoursesEdit

British Literature and Composition IEdit

This class takes students through ancient British literary works from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance.

Dramatic Literature and CompositionEdit

This class takes students through plays as literature beyond Shakespeare and deals with writing and speaking as well.

Senior YearEdit

Year-long CoursesEdit

PE IVEdit

This course builds on the topics learned in PE III.

Spanish IVEdit

This class deals with advanced near college level Spanish speaking skills.  Reading, writing and speaking as well as history, culture, art and music are stressed in this class.


Semester-long CoursesEdit

Philosophic Literature and CompositionEdit

This class talks about the philosophical themes of literature such as right, wrong, good, evil, beauty and freedom.

Film StudiesEdit

This course deals with analyzing and reviewing films as literature and the movies reviewed in this class, animated or live action contain some mature content.

TrigonometryEdit

This math class deals with the basic to advanced trigonometric topics and their relationship to algebra and geometry.  As always, students need to bring a graphing calculator to class every day.

Probability and StatisticsEdit

This course deals with basic probability and statistical functions such as tree diagrams, permutations and combinations.  It is obvious that a graphing calculator will be essential for this class.

American GovernmentEdit

This class focuses on the basics of our country's politics.  Topics include the three government branches, the constitution, crime and punishment and homeland security.

Consumer EconomicsEdit

This required course teaches students lessons on responsible money management.  Topics include Housing, Banking, the Federal Reserve System, Billing, Taxation and more.

US GeographyEdit

This class teaches students how to understand America's geographical features, has additional reading and focuses on map reading and making and how to use a GPS properly.

Senior FoodsEdit

This class is exclusively for seniors who have no high school culinary experience.  The topics included in this class are the same as in Intro to Cooking.  And as always, a lab fee is pressed on students in this class.

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