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Course Offerings by Department

Mr. Tim Mueting   |   Mr. Dan Szalewski   |   Ms. Coco Osborne
JESUS CHRIST IN SCRIPTURE Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th Duration: Sem
This course gives students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. Students will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. If they have not been taught this earlier, they will learn how to read the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections of the Bible and the books included in each section. (Fulfills religion requirement)
JESUS CHRIST IN SCRIPTURE (Honors)
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th Duration: Sem
This course gives students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible they will come to encounter the living Word of God, Jesus Christ. Students will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. If they have not been taught this earlier, they will learn how to read the Bible and will become familiar with the major sections of the Bible and the books included in each section, with further emphasis on the Old Testament. (Fulfills religion requirement)
CHRISTOLOGY Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th Duration: Sem
This course will introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who He is, students will also learn who he calls them to be. (Fulfills religion requirement)
CHRISTOLOGY (Honors)
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th Duration: Sem
This course will introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed
Trinity. Students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate Revelation to us from God. In learning about who He is, students will also learn who he calls them to be. As an Honors course, students will read William P. Young’s novel, The Shack, and analyze it by comparing and contrasting its popular Christology with orthodox Christology. (Fulfills religion requirement)
THE PASCHAL MYSTERY Prerequisites: None Gr: 10th Duration: Sem
The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails. (Fulfills religion requirement)
THE PASCHAL MYSTERY (Honors) Prerequisites: None Gr: 10th Duration: Sem
The purpose of this course is to help students understand all that God has done for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Students will learn that for all eternity, God has planned for us to share eternal happiness with him, which is accomplished through the redemption Christ won for us. Students will learn that they share in this redemption only in and through Jesus Christ. They will also be introduced to what it means to be a disciple of Christ and what life as a disciple entails. In addition, students will read material from Church documents. (Fulfills religion requirement)
JESUS CHRIST IN THE CHURCH
Prerequisites: None Gr: 10th Duration: Sem
The purpose of this course is to help the students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. Students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both divine and human elements. Students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church. (Fulfills religion requirement)
JESUS CHRIST IN THE CHURCH Honors
Prerequisites: None Gr: 10th Duration: Sem
This course will help students understand that in and through the Church they encounter the living Jesus Christ. They will be introduced to the fact that the Church was founded by Christ through the Apostles and is sustained by him through the Holy Spirit. Students will come to know that the Church is the living Body of Christ today. This Body has both divine and human elements. Students will learn not so much about events in the life of the Church but about the sacred nature of the Church. As an Honors course, students will read material from Church documents. (Fulfills religion requirement)
CHRISTIAN MORALITY
Prerequisites: None Gr: 11th Duration: Sem
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives. Students are to learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples. (Fulfills religion requirement)
CHRISTIAN MORALITY (Honors)
Prerequisites: None Gr: 11th Duration: Sem
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives. Students are to learn the moral concepts and precepts that govern the lives of Christ’s disciples. As an Honors course, students will read material from Church documents. (Fulfills religion requirement)
SACRAMENTS
Prerequisites: None Gr: 11th Duration: Sem
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life. (Fulfills religion requirement)
SACRAMENTS (Honors)
Prerequisites: None Gr: 11th Duration: Sem
The purpose of this course is to help students understand that they can encounter Christ today in a full and real way in and through the sacraments, and especially through the Eucharist. Students will examine each of the sacraments in detail so as to learn how they may encounter Christ throughout life. As an Honors course, students will read material from Church documents. (Fulfills religion requirement)
CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
Prerequisites: None Gr: 12th Duration: Sem
This course teaches the Catholic Church’s doctrine on the life and dignity of all human beings. CST covers key Church documents and applies the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching to longstanding and current issues that plague humanity and America with the intent of fostering greater knowledge, preventing injustices, protecting rights, and developing solutions to these injustices.
VOCATIONS
Prerequisites: None Gr: 12th Duration: Sem
The purpose of this course is to help students to understand the vocations of life: how Christ calls us to live. Students will learn how all vocations are similar and how they differ. The course is structured around married life, single life, priestly life, and consecrated life. Students will learn what it means to live life for the benefit of others, and the value in considering a vocation in service to the Christian community. This course qualifies as a required course for the senior year if it is taken in the semester opposite Catholic Social Teaching. Otherwise, it may count as a Social Studies elective.
WORLD RELIGIONS
Prerequisites: None Gr: 12th Duration: Sem
The purpose of this course is to help the students understand the manner in which the Catholic Church relates to non-Catholic Christians as well as to other religions of the world. Building on the foundational truth that Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church and entrusted to her the fullness of God’s Revelation, the course is intended to help students to recognize the ways in which important spiritual truths can also be found in non-Catholic Christian churches and ecclesial communities as well as in non-Christian religions. It is also intended to help them to recognize the ways in which other systems of belief and practice differ from the Catholic faith. This course may qualify as a required course for the senior year if it is taken in the semester opposite Catholic Social Teaching. Otherwise, it may count as a Social Studies elective.

Ms. Toni Hoffmeier-Mangus   |   Ms. Megan McCuen   |   Mrs. Brandie O’Reilly   |   Mrs. Kristin Duncan

ENGLISH 9
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th Duration: Year
This course is designed to help students build on their knowledge of the elements of 6-Trait Writing; identify and evaluate the literary types of plays, short stories, poetry and novels; illustrate an awareness of the importance of organization and meeting deadlines in writing papers, projects and homework; and evaluate work through the use of vocabulary words, grammar usage, study skills, writing and library research skills. (Fulfills Language Arts requirement)
ENGLISH 9 (Honors)
Prerequisites: Instructor Approval Gr: 9th Duration: Year
This course is designed to help students build on their knowledge of the elements of 6-Trait Writing. Writing is done regularly and is based on plays, short stories, poetry and novels read throughout the year. Speeches are incorporated into the curriculum in a variety of ways, as well. Students are expected to become familiar with MLA research skills and will complete a research paper. Students will also illustrate an awareness of the importance of organization and meeting deadlines in writing papers, projects and homework; and evaluate work through the use of vocabulary words, grammar usage, and study skills. (Fulfills Language Arts requirement)
ENGLISH 10
Prerequisites: English 9 Gr: 10th Duration: Year
Students trace the growth of the literature of the United States from the colonial times to the twentieth century. Through a survey of this literature, students gain an understanding of our nation and its growth. Students analyze various genres, techniques of literature and styles of key American writers. In addition, students develop vocabulary, writing and researching skills. Students will complete the independent study of four outside readings and write a 2-3 page research paper. (Fulfills Language Arts requirement)
ENGLISH 10 (Honors)
Prerequisites: English 9 & Instructor Approval Gr: 10th Duration: Year
This course traces the growth of literature of the United States from the Colonial times to the present. Through a survey of this literature, students gain an understanding of our nation and its growth. Students analyze various genres, techniques of literature and styles of key American writers. In the course, students develop vocabulary, writing and researching skills. Students will also be required to individually analyze at least five outside readings. Writing emphasis is directed to expository, analytical and creative papers as well as a 2-3 page research paper. (Fulfills Language Arts requirement)
ENGLISH 11
Prerequisites: English 10 Gr: 11th Duration: Year
Students read and analyze English literature and language from the Anglo-Saxon era to today. The social, religious, and political climate of each era will be discovered through an analysis of writing styles. Further depth will be gained by using Thomas Foster’s How to Read Literature like a Professor as a touchstone for meaning and symbolism. Second semester students will learn to develop, research, organize, and write a formal research paper. Students will also hone their test taking skills and receive ACT test instruction in preparation for the April ACT. (Fulfills Language Arts requirement)
ENGLISH 11 (Honors)
Prerequisites: English 10 & Instructor Approval Gr: 11th Duration: Year
Students follow the canonical British works through a thematic evolution beginning with dramatic political and social satire, comedic satire, iconic heroism, and anti-heroism. Each work will exemplify the social, religious, and political climate of the time and provide examples for various writing styles and techniques in British literature. Critical reading skills and group analysis is cultivated in preparation for Literature and Composition (AP/DC). Second semester students will learn to develop, research, organize, and write a formal research paper. Students will also hone their test taking skills and receive test specific instruction in preparation for the ACT. (Fulfills Language Arts requirement)
LITERATURE & COMPOSITION (AP/DC)
Prerequisites: English 11 & Instructor Approval Gr: 12th Duration: Year
Literature & Composition is a college level course designed to prepare students to take the required Advanced Placement Exam in the spring. Students have the opportunity to earn one to three college credits based on the results of the exam, or students may opt to take the class as a three-credit dual credit course through an approved university. There is a charge for the exam and/or dual credit option, and scholarship money may be available. Students will read and analyze a variety of novels, short stories, dramas, essays, and poetry recommended by the Advanced Placement College Board. In addition to the assigned reading, students will independently analyze at least two outside readings. Writing skills are developed through research, analytical reflection, comparison, and creative papers. (Fulfills Language Arts requirement)
COMPOSITION (Dual Credit)
Prerequisites: English 10 & Instructor Approval Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Sem
This three-credit college course provides an overview of practical writing conventions, which are designed to help students succeed in subsequent college courses. Topics covered included the identification of sources (including database use), personal writing, position writing, and research writing. Special attention will be given to the pre-writing, drafting and revision processes.
SPEECH
Prerequisites: None Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
Speech class develops public speaking skills at any experience level. Speech class breaks the elements of a speech performance into timing, verbal and non-verbal communication, organization, and development which result in the presentation of demonstrative, informative, persuasive, and entertain speeches. (Fulfills Speech requirement)
CREATIVE WRITING
Prerequisites: English 9 Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
This course provides an overview of creative writing conventions, which are designed to help students expand their writing capabilities. Genres covered include six-word memoirs, short stories, journals and poetry. Special attention will be given to the pre-writing, drafting and revision processes to complete a large course project. An essay over one literature anthology is also required. This course is open to juniors and seniors in good standing. It is especially recommended for students considering a four-year college after graduation.
MYTHOLOGY
Prerequisites: English 9 Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
The class will explore the nature of mythology and its significant impact upon various aspects of modern culture. After an investigation of the relationship between the creation of mythology and human psychology, the course will view the classical tradition of Greek and Roman mythology. Attention will also be given to the tales of Celtic, Norse and Arthurian legends and the impact that these have had upon modern cultural expression. During the course, students will discover the influence of mythology on modern literature, art, film, music and psychology.
MODERN AUTHORS
Prerequisites: English 9 Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
The class will explore the work of various authors from the mid-twentieth century to the present. The materials will be examined for genre characteristics, theme, style and cultural influence. The major focus will be fiction, but nonfiction and poetry will also be considered. Authors who will be considered for study include Stephen King, James Patterson, James Dashner, William Goldman, Suzanne Collins and Khaled Hosseini.

Mr. Joe Ankenbauer   |   Mr. Mike Berens | Ms. Sharon Hostler

PRE-ALGEBRA
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th Duration: Year
This course is designed to prepare students for Algebra I. The successful completion of this course will not meet part of the three-year math entrance requirement for the University of Nebraska system.
ALGEBRA I
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-10th Duration: Year
This course extends the skills and concepts of basic algebra to include the numbers in fraction form. The solving of open sentences is extended to include equations and inequalities in two variables, as well as quadratic equations. The course also enlarges the students’ knowledge of geometric facts and introduces them to some simple trigonometry. The successful completion of this course will meet part of the three-year math entrance requirement for the University of Nebraska system. (Fulfills Mathematics requirement)
ALGEBRA I (Honors)
Prerequisites: Teacher Approval. Must maintain C+ average Gr: 9th Duration: Year
This is an accelerated course that quickly reviews basic skills and concepts of algebra and progresses into factoring polynomials, solving quadratic equations, algebraic fractions, functions, equations, and inequalities in two variables, rational and irrational numbers as well as basic concepts in geometry and trigonometry. Emphasis is placed on word problem solving skills in all of the aforementioned areas. The successful completion of this course will meet part of the three-year math entrance requirement for the University of Nebraska system. (Fulfills Mathematics requirement)
GEOMETRY
Prerequisites: Algebra I Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Year
This course presents the language, symbolism and thought processes of Geometry. Basic postulates and theorems needed for the study of lines, polygons, and circles are developed and proven. A basic introduction to triangle trigonometry is also presented. The successful completion of this course will meet part of the three-year math entrance requirement for the University of Nebraska system. (Fulfills Mathematics requirement)
GEOMETRY (Honors)
Prerequisites: Algebra I & teacher approval. Gr: 9th-10th Duration: Year
Honors students apply the vocabulary, postulates and theorems of Geometry to proofs about triangles and parallelograms. Students will analyze polygons and calculate the measures of their sides and angles. Students create their own theorems based on information they learn and compare them to theorems previously studied. The successful completion of this course will meet part of the three-year math entrance requirement for the University of Nebraska system.
ALGEBRA II
Prerequisites: Geometry Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
This course includes a review of Algebra I skills. Some of the topics included are quadratics, functions and relations, complex numbers, exponents, and solving equations and inequalities. The successful completion of this course will meet part of the three-year math entrance requirement for the University of Nebraska system. Scientific Calculator (TI-30XIIS recommended) – If planning to take Pre-Calculus/Calculus, TI Graphing Calculator Recommended) (Fulfills Mathematics requirement)
ALGEBRA II/TRIG (Honors)
Prerequisites: Geometry & teacher approval Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
This is an accelerated course that covers the review of Algebra I skills, solving quadratics, complex numbers, geometry, trigonometry, matrix Algebra, sequence and series, as well as basic concepts of probability theory. Scientific Calculator (TI- 30XIIS recommended) – If planning to take Pre-Calculus/Calculus, TI Graphing Calculator Recommended. The successful completion of this course will meet part of the three-year math entrance requirement for the University of Nebraska system. (Fulfills Mathematics requirement)
STATISTICS (Dual Credit)
Prerequisites: Minimum math score of 45 (Compass) or 19 (ACT) Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Year
Statistics introduces descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include the binomial, normal, student-t and chi-square distributions, descriptive measures, probability, hypothesis testing, estimation, linear regression. (Fulfills Math requirement)
PRE-CALCULUS
Prerequisites: Teacher approval and “C” average in Algebra II Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Year
This course includes extensive work with functions and equations. Students work with many concepts in Trigonometry and some beginning concepts in Calculus. The successful completion of this course will enhance a student’s math background for college. (Fulfills Mathematics requirement)
PRE-CALCULUS (Dual Credit)
Prerequisites: Min. math score 53 (Compass) or 21 (ACT) Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Year
Pre-calculus is an intensive review of College Algebra and Trigonometry and prepares students for Calculus. Topics include functions, logarithms, systems of equations, matrices, polynomials, conic sections, trigonometric functions, graphs, identities, equations, complex numbers, and polar coordinates. (Fulfills Mathematics requirement)
CALCULUS (AP)(Dual Credit
Prerequisites: Teacher approval and Honors Pre-Calculus (C+ average). Must maintain C+ average in class Gr: 9th Duration: Year
This course is an introductory study of limits, derivatives, and integrals. AP Calculus includes applications to business, science and mathematical concepts. This course follows the Advanced Placement curriculum. College credit is available via the AP Exam in May. (Fulfills Mathematics requirement)

Mr. John Poltack   |   Mr. Don Jensen   |   Mr. Zach Byrd

INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th Duration: Year
Course focuses on developing a deeper understanding of basic biological principles. The course investigates seven unifying themes: structure and function, energy relationships, reproduction and inheritance, development, evolution, ecology, and science and society. This course is lab-oriented and emphasizes the process of science. (Fulfills Science requirement)
INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY (Honors)
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th Duration: Year
Course focuses on developing a deeper understanding of basic biological principles. The course investigates seven unifying themes: structure and function, energy relationships, reproduction and inheritance, development, evolution, ecology, and science and society. This course is lab-oriented and emphasizes the process of science. (Fulfills Science requirement)
AP BIOLOGY (AP/Dual Credit)
Prerequisites: B in Bio, A&P, Chemistry, teacher approval Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Year
Advanced Biology places emphasis on the study of basic biological principles through lecture, laboratory, and discussion. The course serves as an investigative science of living organisms by examining the common themes that unite the diversity of life that exists on the planet. Topics include cellular biology, genetics, anatomy and physiology, ecology, and evolution. Dual enrollment through U.N.O. (Fulfills Science requirement)
PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Prerequisites: Biology Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
Physical Science introduces students to the physical principles that govern the world around them. The first semester is devoted to the study of chemistry and the second semester is devoted to the study of physics. The process of science is explored through hands-on laboratory experiments. (Fulfills Science requirement)
EARTH SCIENCE
Prerequisites: Biology Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
Earth Science is a college preparatory course designed to introduce students to the dynamic forces shaping the earth’s surface. Course of study includes physical and geological aspects of the changing earth. Students will analyze the following topics: astronomy, climatology, environment, geology, meteorology, mineralogy, paleontology, and plate tectonics. Careers in the earth sciences will also be explored. (Fulfills Science requirement)
CHEMISTRY
Prerequisites: Biology Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
Chemistry is a college preparatory course designed to introduce students to the chemical principles that govern the world around them. The course is divided into three components: lecture/ demonstration, laboratory, and problem solving. Lecture/demonstration is a means of introducing new material. Laboratory sessions offer students the opportunity to discover chemical principles through experimentation. Problem solving allows students to develop skills in this area while interacting with other students. (Fulfills Science requirement)
CHEMISTRY (AP)
Prerequisites: B+ in Chemistry, teacher approval Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Sem
Advanced Placement Chemistry is a college level course that focuses on the study of basic chemical principles through lectures, laboratories, and problem solving sessions. Topics include atomic theory, molecular weights and moles, thermochemistry, gases, chemical bonding, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction, and reaction rates. Students completing this course are eligible to gain college credit by taking the AP exam in May. Because AP Chemistry is a college level course, the workload involved is greater than that of other high school science courses. (Fulfills Science requirement)
ZOOLOGY
Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Year
An in-depth look at the kingdom of animals. Will include labs and how to read and perform scientific research. (Fulfills Science requirement)
PHYSICS (Honors)
Prerequisites: Teacher Approval Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Year
Physics aims to give students an understanding of the contemporary view of the physical world. Topics to be covered include mechanics, heat, light, astronomy, electricity and magnetism. Emphasis is placed on investigating these concepts through laboratory and problem solving activities. Students planning on a medical or science career are encouraged to enroll in this course. (Fulfills Science requirement)
INTRO TO HEALTH CAREERS
Prerequisites: None Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
This course focuses on developing an awareness of the various health care skill standards needed for employment in health careers. Introduction to Health Careers is designed to give an overview of the therapeutic, diagnostic, support, health informatics, and biotechnology research systems of the healthcare industry.
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
Prerequisites: Biology Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
This class is designed to help students identify, spell and define medical terms related to the diagnoses, pathology and treatment of the major body systems. Students will use this as a basic foundation to all health care career pathways.
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (Honors)
Prerequisites: Biology & Chemistry Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Year
Human Anatomy and Physiology is a full-year course designed for the student that has a medical health career as a goal. Human Anatomy and Physiology will include a detailed study of the structure and function of the body, including digestion and metabolism, the respiratory system and cellular development, circulatory system and immunity, excretory system and body fluids, muscular and nervous systems and the reproductive system and human development. Students will be able to identify all assigned body parts as well as their physiology, and be able to apply this information to life situations involving the human body. (Fulfills Science requirement)

Mr. Tom Kassing   |   Mr. J.J. Stoffel   |   Mr. Kevin Kelly

WORLD HISTORY
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th Duration: Year
World History is required of all freshmen and will focus on the human journey from the fall of Rome to the era of the world wars. Students will examine the evolution of social, political, and economic systems and theories, and how their development has affected the modern world. (Fulfills Social Studies requirement)
WORLD HISTORY (Honors)
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th Duration: Year
In addition to the same content material as the required World History class, the Honors World History class requires students to analyze information from supplemental sources. Students also complete projects and activities designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. (Fulfills Social Studies requirement)
U.S. HISTORY
Prerequisites: World History Gr: 10th Duration: Year
U.S. History traces the philosophical, political, economic and social development of the United States from Colonial times to the modern era. Students will examine the major events in U.S. history and the impact of these events on the nation today. (Fulfills Social Studies requirement)
U.S. HISTORY (Honors)
Prerequisites: World History, Teacher approval Gr: 10th Duration: Year
In addition to the same content material as the required U.S. History class, Honors U.S. History requires students to analyze information from supplemental sources. Students also complete projects and activities designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. (Fulfills Social Studies requirement)
HISTORY OF OMAHA
Prerequisites: U.S. History Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Sem
This course is designed to cover the origins and histories of the Omaha area from 1854 to present. This course will explore the social, economic, and political changes that occurred in Omaha. It will also focus on main events that affected Omaha and other parts of the country.
U.S. GOVERNMENT
Prerequisites: U.S. History Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Sem
U.S. Government is designed to introduce students to the origin and nature of government, and to promote active and informed participation in the political process. The course highlights the historical roots of American government, as well as the constitutional foundation of the current political system. (Fulfills Social Studies requirement)
AP GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (AP)
Prerequisites: US History, teacher approval Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Year
AP Government and Politics is designed to prepare students for successful completion of the A.P. examination. The course covers six topics – constitutional underpinnings, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest groups, mass media, institutions (Congress, Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Courts), public policy, as well as civil rights and civil liberties.
SOCIOLOGY
Prerequisites: None Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Sem
Sociology is designed to introduce students to the study of human behavior and interaction in groups. Students will examine the development of the field of sociology and its application in helping to explain, control, and adapt social behavior.
PSYCHOLOGY
Prerequisites: None Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Sem
Psychology introduces students to the study of human behavior and mental processes. The course covers psychological experimentation and testing connections between mind and body, learning and cognitive processes, human development, personality theories, and psychological health.
MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY
Prerequisites: None Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Sem
This course addresses the social, economic, political, and military aspects of the United States from the end of the World War II to the present. The course will emphasize the important people, issues, and events of the latter half of the 20th century through our present day.
MULTI-CULTURAL AMERICAN HISTORY
Prerequisites: None Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Sem
This course is designed to cover the origins and histories of a wide range of racial and ethnic groups in the United States. This course will explore the social, economic, and political evolution of various groups in an effort to understand their positions in the United States today. It will also focus on the development of various racial categories and identities throughout the American past.
ECONOMICS & PERSONAL FINANCE
Prerequisites: World and US History Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Sem
Economics and Personal Finance is designed to introduce students to the U.S. economic system and their roles and responsibilities in this system. Students will examine major elements of macroeconomics and microeconomics, as well as personal earning, saving, investing, and special decisions.
JUSTICE & LAW
Prerequisites: None Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Sem
This course is a law-related education class which uses interactive methods to give students a practical understanding of law and our legal system. Students examine legal issues relevant to their lives and develop knowledge and skills essential in our law-oriented society.
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (Dual Credit)
Prerequisites: Teacher approval Gr: 12th Duration: Sem
This course is taught with Metro Community College. Tuition and registration with Metro is required. This course introduces students to the study of philosophy in the context of a religion course using the philosophy of the Catholic Church. Topics covered include God, freedom, self, logical argumentation, knowledge, reality, meaning, truth and ethics. The development of Western philosophy and its philosophers will be studied and analyzed.

Mrs. Kathy Slaight   |  Ms. Nancy Wolf |  Mr. Jacob Laville

FRENCH I
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-11th Duration: Year
This course is designed for students who have had little or no French background. It begins with the development of speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension in the French or Francophone countries by use and emphasis on real life situations. In learning a new language, one’s own language is improved and continues to become refined. This course also aims to heighten students’ awareness of different cultures, especially the French culture.
FRENCH II
Prerequisites: French I Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
This course develops the basics learned in French I and continues the development of the language for improved understanding of French. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills of students are enhanced in French II. Students receive enrichment in the understanding of the different cultures, mainly the French.
FRENCH II (Honors)
Prerequisites: French I and Instructor approval Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
This course is designed for students who have mastered the learning strategies to acquire vocabulary and structure quickly. Focus will be on more complicated language structures, developing cognitive skills in reading and listening comprehension, and in producing target language both orally and written. Students will demonstrate competency through performance based assessments as well as traditional assessments. Cultural topics will vary depending on countries studied.
FRENCH III (Honors)
Prerequisites: C or better in French II, teacher approval Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
This advanced course is designed to further the development of French skills. Students enhance their reading and writing in French while emphasizing the improvement of their speaking and listening skills. Throughout this course, students develop a working knowledge of French to achieve a better proficiency in the language and enhance their awareness of the diversity of cultures in the world. Cultural activities play a larger role than in the previous courses.
FRENCH IV (Honors)
Prerequisites: French III and Instructor Approval Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Year
This advanced course is designed to further enhance and hone students’ skills in the language. This course helps further enhance reading and writing with further emphasis on listening and speaking, so students have a workable and usable practical application of French. Students receive enrichment in the understanding of multiple francophone cultures including African and Polynesian.
SPANISH I
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-11th Duration: Year
This course is designed for students who have had little or no Spanish background. It begins with the development of speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension in the Spanish language by use and emphasis on real life situations. In learning a new language, one’s own language is improved and continues to become refined. This course also aims to heighten students’ awareness of different cultures, most especially the Spanish/Hispanic cultures.
SPANISH II
Prerequisites: Spanish I Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
This course develops the basics learned in Spanish I and continues the development of the language for improved understanding of Spanish. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills of students are enhanced in Spanish II. Students receive enrichment in the understanding of the different cultures, mainly Spanish/Hispanic.
SPANISH II (Honors)
Prerequisites: Spanish I and Instructor Approval Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
This course is designed for students who have mastered the learning strategies to acquire vocabulary and structure quickly. The focus will be on more complicated language structures, on developing cognitive skills in reading and listening comprehension, and in producing target language both orally and written. Students will demonstrate competency through performance based assessments as well as traditional assessments. Cultural topics will vary depending on country/countries studied.
SPANISH III (Honors)
Prerequisites: “C” in Spanish II, Instructor Approval Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
Students enhance their reading and writing in Spanish while emphasizing the improvement of their speaking and listening skills. Students will develop a working knowledge of Spanish to achieve a better proficiency in the language and enhance their awareness of the diversity of cultures. Cultural activities play a larger role than in the previous courses.
SPANISH IV (Honors)
Prerequisites: Spanish III, Instructor Approval Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Year
This advanced course is designed to further enhance and hone students’ skills in the language. This course helps further enhance reading and writing with further emphasis on listening and speaking, so students have a workable and usable practical application of Spanish.
SPANISH V (Honors)
Prerequisites: Instructor Approval Gr: 12th Duration: Year
The purpose of this course is to provide an individualized improvement of Spanish. The course strengthens the skills of students in all areas. This course continues to advance students to a level of competency in Spanish. Student experiences may include teaching lower level skills to others, interacting with native speakers, conversing in Spanish, developing activities for others and one’s self as well as creating situations for performance in Spanish.

Mrs. Cele Finley

INTRO TO PHYSICAL EDUCATION /TEAM SPORTS
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
This course is an introduction to team sports for freshmen and sophomores. The activities covered will be a combination of all team sports with emphasis on developing and introducing lifetime activities to enhance physical fitness. A variety of drills, lead-up activities and games that emphasize the rules and history of each game will be presented as well as sportsmanship, safety, and responsibility. P.E. uniforms are available for purchase through the book store.
HEALTH
Prerequisites: Intro to PE Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic knowledge of personal health. The student will be introduced to various topics that are concerns in today’s society. Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills and goalsetting skills to enhance health. The students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health. Students will also analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors. Students will be instructed in and be able to be certified through the American Red Cross in CPR/First Aid/and AED.
INDIVIDUAL SPORTS
Prerequisites: Intro to PE Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
This course is an introduction to individual and lifetime sports for juniors and seniors. The activities covered will emphasize developing and introducing lifetime activities to enhance physical fitness. Activities that may be included but are not limited to: golf, tennis, table tennis, badminton, archery, bowling, snow-skiing, ice-skating, and judo. A variety of drills, lead-up activities and games that emphasize the rules and history of each game will be presented as well as sportsmanship, safety, and responsibility. (Maximum of 18 students)
BEGINNING LIFESTYLES FITNESS
Prerequisites: Intro to PE Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of Weight Training. This course emphasizes the physical and psychological benefits achieved through proper training. Students are taught the importance of proper technique and the major muscle groups. Through students’ active participation the course instills in them a desire for a physically fit lifestyle.
LIFESTYLES FITNESS (Co-ed)
Prerequisites: Intro to PE Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of Weight Training. This course emphasizes the physical and psychological benefits achieved through proper training. Students are taught the importance of proper technique and the major muscle groups. Through students’ active participation the course instills in them a desire for a physically fit lifestyle.
LIFESTYLES FITNESS (Women Only)
Prerequisites: Intro to PE Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of Weight Training for women only. This course emphasizes the physical and psychological benefits achieved through proper training. Students are taught the importance of proper technique and the major muscle groups. Through active participation the course instills in them a desire for a physically fit lifestyle.

Ms. Dawn Burton

DRAWING I
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
(Students furnish pencils, erasers and sketchbook) This course gives studio instruction in perception and drawing skills with emphasis on pencil techniques. Various techniques and media are presented to create drawings of still life, landscape, and figure study. A printmaking unit is also covered.
DRAWING II
Prerequisites: Drawing I Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
(Students furnish pencils, erasers and sketchbook) Students will be inspired to think outside the box. Work centers on advanced composition, format, breaking the borders, color emphasis, technique advancement, grid background, and colored pencil work. Work should be at the level for portfolio presentation for students wishing to pursue art career. Students are responsible for finding research material (photographs, still life material, etc.) and organizing their own compositions.
PAINTING I
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
(Students furnish paints) This course places an emphasis on color theory and composition through various techniques of using opaque and transparent painting mediums (acrylic and watercolor). Students paint the set for the musical.
PAINTING II
Prerequisites: Painting I Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
(Students furnish paints) Work centers on technique development. Students create works in the style of artists as chosen. A variety of styles are discussed so students can choose among them. Techniques covered vary with the abilities of students and their level of accomplishment.
PHOTOGRAPHY I
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
(Student provides digital camera and covers cost for photographic materials) This class covers the basics of photography. Camera usage, camera parts, composition, exposure, and lighting will be covered using digital cameras. Students will study famous photographs and the stories behind them. An introduction to Photoshop will include at least 35 projects.
PHOTOGRAPHY II
Prerequisites: Photography I Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
(Student provides digital camera, & covers cost for photographic materials) Students will be inspired to think outside the box. Photo manipulation will be done with layers using Photoshop. Works by Scott Mutter and Thomas Barbey will be studied as inspiration to their own collage. Darkroom and film developing will be discussed along with photographic careers.
PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
Prerequisites: Teacher approval, Advanced Art Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Sem
Lab fee or supply own materials depending on direction the student chooses. Students will be directed for portfolio presentation to colleges. This is for serious art students to develop their talents.
FASHION DESIGN
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
Explore the world of Fashion Design! Start with learning the structure of the human body (bones and muscles), then how to draw the figure. Start to create your own model and design clothes, accessories, shoes. Then, actually construct pieces using unconventional materials.

Mr. Marshall Keough

MUSIC THEORY
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
The purpose of this course is to develop knowledge of how music works. Students will encounter a variety of music that will enhance their current level of musical exposure. They will learn notation, rhythm, terminology, and compositional functions.
CONCERT CHORUS
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
This course is designed to teach students the skills necessary to become intelligent, independent vocalists. Skills include reading music notation, alignment, breathing technique, phrasing, diction, attacks and cut-offs, as well as choral blend. Each semester includes at least one performance and attendance at all performances is required. Grades are based on participation and musicianship.
BAND
Prerequisites: Participation in Elementary/JH band Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
This course is designed for students to continue the development of expertise on their individual instruments. Students work on intonation, expression, and sight-reading skills as to create an effective ensemble. Each semester includes at least one performance and attendance at all performances is required. Grades are based on participation and musicianship.
GUITAR I
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
The purpose of this course is to expose beginner students to guitars. Students will learn standard notation, chords, tablature, tuning, guitar anatomy, and basic care. Students may have the opportunity to perform at a concert. Grades are based on participation and personal progress.
GUITAR II
Prerequisites: Guitar I Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
Students will continue to develop note reading, as well as understanding of chord progressions and advanced tablature to broaden the scope of their musicianship and repertoire.
PIANO
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
Students learn the fundamentals of playing piano, including melodic and harmonic intervals, chords, and playing from a lead sheet. Student will also learn the history of the piano, how the piano works, and information about famous composer/pianists. Students will have opportunities to play in at least one concert during the semester.
WOMEN’S CHORUS
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
This course is designed to teach female students the skills necessary to become intelligent, independent vocalists. Skills include reading music notation, alignment, breathing technique, phrasing, diction, attacks and cut-offs, as well as choral blend. Each semester includes at least one performance and attendance at all performances is required. Grades are based on participation and musicianship.
HISTORY OF MUSIC
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
This course explores the ethnomusicological development of Western music. It will start with the ancient music of Greece and end with digital music made today. The overall focus is: Where does our music come from? How did the music of the early “West” survive, adapt, get lost, interact with other music, and evolve to become the plethora of genres we have now? Students will learn how to analyze music from different periods of music, looking at the composer, resources available, economy, and social/cultural context. Students will make connections with the history course(s) they’ve taken, but the focus will be music.

Ms. Cara Carson

CAREER & TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATIONS
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th Duration: Sem
Students will learn the basics of Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and Digital Citizenship as well as an overview of the Nebraska Career Clusters and the life skills necessary to be successful in college and career. 1st quarter: Students will gain a better understanding of computer software, through MS Office and Google. They will understand how their digital footprint can affect them in the present and future. 2nd quarter: Students will explore the multitude of careers that will be available to them in the future. They will understand how many careers go hand-in-hand and how to plan for the career they want to pursue. Students will be matched with a career profile and create a portfolio focused around the career.
ACCOUNTING I-II
Prerequisites: None Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Year
This two-semester course covers sole proprietorship accounting principles involved in the preparation and maintenance of financial records concerned with business management and operations. It is a comprehensive introduction to basic accounting including recording, summarizing and reporting, principles of income measurement and asset valuation, and accounting systems and controls. Students are exposed to careers in the accounting field and are given the opportunity to perform accounting applications using the computer. An introduction to partnerships and corporations may be included.
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
Prerequisites: None Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
This course is designed as an introductory overview of the Business, Marketing and Management Career Field. The course introduces students to finance, marketing, and management. Units of study include scope and function of business and economic systems, forms of business ownership, entrepreneurship, small business basics, legal and ethical issues in business and career opportunities in a business administration career.
MARKETING
Prerequisites: Intro to Business Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
Students will explore the basic functions of marketing: pricing, promotion, product planning, and place/distribution: the marketing mix. The curriculum provides the foundational skills and knowledge in economics, communications skills/interpersonal skills, professional career development, business, management, and entrepreneurship. Application of academic concepts and technology are integrated throughout the curriculum.
BUSINESS LAW
Prerequisites: Intro to Business Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
Students in this one semester course will learn the structure of our legal system. Ethics, rights, and responsibilities of individuals, businesses, and corporations will be covered. Specific areas of law taught will be Contract, Finance, and Employment Law, as well as Property Law, Commercial papers, Losses, and Business Organization Law. If time allows, a section on e-commerce and technology will be included. Students will also research prior cases, develop new case situations, and solve legal matters as enhancement to the course material.

Ms. Elizabeth Hagan

FOODS & NUTRITION I
Prerequisites: Lab Fee $15 Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
Foods and Nutrition is a course that focuses on nutritional guidelines and food preparation. Students will engage in a study of general nutrition information, cooking principles, food safety, and management techniques for lab experiences. This will be followed by a variety of experiences, designed around actual food preparation. Vocabulary, reading, following recipes, selection and storage of food items, safety and sanitation, cooking methods, knife skills and related techniques will be included. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite to enrollment in Culinary Arts.
FOODS & NUTRITION II
Prerequisites: Food & Nutrition I, $15 Lab Fee Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
Foods & Nutrition is a course that focuses on nutritional guidelines, food preparation, and skills necessary for the work of the family and/or careers in the hospitality, lodging and foodservice industry. Students will review nutrition and kitchen basics, food and kitchen safety, career options in the fields of food and nutrition, and management techniques for lab experiences. This will be followed by a study of food industry math applications and a variety of experiences designed around actual preparation of foods. Vocabulary, reading, and following recipes and/or modeled directions, selection and storage of food items, cooking methods, and related techniques will be included. The history of food service industry and regional/global cuisines will be introduced. This course is a continuation of the prerequisite class Foods & Nutrition I.
CULINARY ARTS
Prerequisites: Food & Nutrition II, $20 Lab Fee Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
Culinary Arts focuses on food service and artistic presentation of food. Students will be involved in preparation techniques ranging from meal planning to adding garnishing touches. Students will review nutrition and kitchen basics, food and kitchen safety, knife skills, and management techniques for lab experiences. This will be followed by food industry math applications and a variety of experiences designed around actual food preparation. Selection and storage of food and cooking methods will be included. Regional and global cuisines will be introduced. The students will be trained in SERVsafe.

Ms. Elizabeth Hagan

CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Prerequisites: None Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Sem
This course focuses on the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of children from birth to age 5, with primary emphasis on early childhood. A study of birth, prenatal, and neo-natal development will be included. Nurturing skills will be included and viewed as a means of meeting physical needs, as well as the education and moral training which maximizes individual growth and development. Students will examine theories and developmental milestones, discovering appropriate practices for early childhood care, education, and services. “Baby Think It Over” simulator will also be utilized.

(Science Technology Engineering Arts Math)

Mr. James Laville   |   Ms. Cara Carson

DIGITAL MEDIA COMPOSITION
Prerequisites: None Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
This course gives instruction in various forms of media techniques, composition, and design. The course includes introductions to computer illustration, animation, video game design, video and photo editing, as well as audio composition. Students will become familiar with Photoshop, Camtasia, Sony Vegas, Garage Band, Stencyl, and much more.
STEAM 1A – DISCOVERY AND 21st CENTURY SKILLS
Prerequisites: None Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
In this introductory course, students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math will explore and apply a wide range of technologies and softwares through project-based learning experiences. Students develop and practice real-world skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, project-planning and communication. Systems of technology explored include (1) Mechanics and Structures, (2) Computer Graphics, (3) Scientific Data and Analysis, (4) Digital Communications, (5) Alternative and Renewable Energy, (6) Robotics and Control Technology, (7) Circuitry, and (8) Software Engineering. Students will be expected to maintain a ePortfolios for both daily work and final presentation.
STEAM 1B – DISCOVERY AND 21st CENTURY SKILLS
Prerequisites: STEAM 1A Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
In this continuation course, students who have successfully completed STEAM 1A will continue to explore and apply a wide range of 21st Century Skills through project-based learning experiences. Students develop and practice real-world skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, project-planning and communication. Systems of technology explored include (1) Mechanics and Structures, (2) Computer Graphics, (3) Scientific Data and Analysis, (4) Digital Communications, (5) Alternative and Renewable Energy, (6) Robotics and Control Technology, (7) Circuitry, and (8) Software Engineering. Students will be expected to maintain a ePortfolios for both daily work and final presentation.
STEAM PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
Prerequisites: STEAM 1A and 1B Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
In this advanced course, students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math will combine a wide range of technologies; projects will be more substantial and in depth. Students will be expected to maintain a ePortfolios for both daily work and final presentation, and a project plan for each project.
STEAM TEAM PROJECTS
Prerequisites: STEAM Discovery, Project Development Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Sem
In this advanced course, students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math will combine a wide range of technologies. Students will work on teams of 3-6 students to perform community related projects related to STEAM. Students will be expected to maintain a ePortfolio for both daily work and final presentation.
STEAM FACILITATION (For 2017-18)
Prerequisites: Instructor Approval Gr: 11th-12th Duration: Year
In this advanced course, students will mentor and co-facilitate STEAM classes. Students will be expected to develop curriculum, and maintain a daily journal.
BROADCASTING
Prerequisites: None Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
Broadcasting introduces students to broadcasting and video production through a theory based, hands‐on approach. Topics include the fundamental technical aspects of the digital video camera, camera shots, image composition, media literacy, aesthetic elements, techniques, non‐linear editing, Sony Vegas, public service announcements, television advertising, short films, Tri-caster, live broadcasting, as well as broadcast roles and responsibilities. Students also have the opportunity to work in the Broadcasting Studio to produce a variety of programming.

Mr. Jacob Laville   |   Mrs. Kristin Duncan

ACADEMIC DECATHLON SEMINAR
Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA Gr: 9th-12th Duration: Sem
This class concentrates on a specific study of Language & Literature, Social Science, Economics, Art, Music, Science, Mathematics, Speech, Interviews, and Essay. The official USAD curriculum for the school (contest) year determines the specific topics studied within each of the above disciplines.
YEARBOOK
Prerequisites: English 9 and Teacher Approval Gr: 10th-12th Duration: Year
Students will apply the basic elements of yearbook design to produce the school yearbook. Students will be required to help plan the total yearbook design and individual page designs by using appropriate layout techniques. Various writing techniques will be used in completing body copy, headlines and captions. In addition, students will assist with photography and business sections of the yearbook.

Roncalli Catholic High School, established in 1974, is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Roncalli Catholic High School is also accredited by the State of Nebraska Department of Education and is on the list of Class A accredited schools as established by the members of the State Accreditation Committee. In addition, Roncalli Catholic High School is a member in good standing of the Secondary School Department of the National Catholic Education Association.