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Course Selection

Course Selection Dates

Mark your calendars to pick classes for the following school year !

  • February 1, 2017 (Wednesday) - Current 11th grade students - 3:30 - 6:00 PM
  • February 8, 2017 (Wednesday) - Current 10th grade students - 3:30 - 6:00 PM
  • February 15, 2017 (Wednesday) - Current 9th grade students - 3:30 - 6:00 PM
  • February 21, 2017 (Tuesday) - Incoming 9th grade students - 6:30 - 8:00 PM (STUDENTS WITH LAST NAMES A-K)
  • February 23, 2017 (Thursday) - Incoming 9th grade students - 6:30 - 8:00 PM (STUDENTS WITH LAST NAMES L-Z)

Course Selection Nights will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room.

 

INCOMING 9TH GRADE COURSE OPTIONS

REQUIRED COURSES

ENGLISH OPTIONS                                                

English 9 (+2 minis)                              

English 9 Honors (+2 minis)                              

 

HEALTH

Health                                                         

 

MATHEMATICS OPTIONS

Math 1 (+ 2 minis)                       

Math 2 (+2 minis)     

Math 2 Year Long (4 blocks)                                                                                   

                            

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

P.E.  Course 1                                

 

SCIENCE OPTIONS      

General Science                                   

Biology - (Science 8 Honors completed with a grade of A, B, or C within EGUSD.

Student needs to be in Math 2 or higher level math.)

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE OPTIONS

World Geography                                 

Human Geography AP  

 

ELECTIVE COURSE OPTIONS

BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES OPTIONS

Computer Technology (Graduation requirement)         

General Business   

Intermediate Computers (pre-req, Computer Tech)

  

ENGLISH OPTIONS

Mythology

Yearbook

 

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES OPTIONS

Computer Aided Drafting (CAD 1st year)

Principles of Engineering A (1st year)     

 

MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES OPTIONS       

Video Production 1 

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE OPTIONS

Cultural Studies

Social History of Popular Music                                                                     

Sports Psychology

Women's Studies

You and the Law

     

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS OPTIONS

Animation 1   

Art 1

Ceramics 1

Color Guard (Marching Band Auxiliaries)

Concert Choir         

Dance 1 (Jazz)

Digital Art & Graphic Design 1

Digital Media Arts 1 (Filmaking)

Guitar Workshop

Intermediate Band (Freshmen, experience required, 2 blocks, + 2 minis)  

Photo 1        

Piano Lab  

Theater 1

          

WORLD LANGUAGE OPTIONS –  a 2.5 grade point average or higher is highly recommended to start World Language

French 1                                                                                    

French 2                      

Japanese 1                  

Japanese 2                   

Spanish 1                    

Spanish 2      

 

AUDITION OR APPLICATION ONLY COURSES         

Leadership 9 (application required @ Toby)

Jazz Band (audition, zero period)

Dance Composition and Performance 1 (audition, apprentice)

Advanced Theater (audition)

Advanced Theater Honors (audition)

Advanced Theater Honors (audition, Children's)

Introduction to Vocal Ensemble (audition, 2 blocks)

               

                               

MINI COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR GRADE 9

Franklin High School - 9th Grade Mini Course Descriptions

Animation for Web Design - #6529

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of animation and computer graphics designed for use on the web. Students will focus on hands-on experiences and projects that include basic concepts and techniques directly related to web-based animation for the Internet.

Astronomy - #6440

Astronomy will explore the universe in which we live.  The class will focus on the science behind our understanding of our universe and other galaxies.

Business Law - #6523

This course focuses on the origin of law, present court procedures, and the rights and duties of citizens.  Students will become acquainted with laws governing businesses, as well as every day agreements (contracts).   With lots of human interest relevant to our present society, this is an effective course to help develop analytical abilities.

Choir - #6960

This course is designed for all students to improve their singing ability.  No experience is required and all levels of singers are welcome.  Singers are taught harmony, rhythm and reading music.  Singing is good for you emotionally, physically and socially.  It's a great workout for your lungs, heart and circulation.  Come and sing!

Creative Writing - #6190

This course is for the enthusiastic writer.  Activities are geared to develop vivid and concrete descriptions as well as imagination and experimentation in writing.  Assignments may include writing short stories, a short play and a variety of exercises to stretch the imagination.

3D Game Simulation A - #6531

Students will learn how to program by creating their own storyboards, animations, and games. Open-ended mini-projects will reinforce concepts discussed in class.  Students will use "Alice 2.0" software to build fun, user-friendly "virtual" and "dynamic" worlds with graphics and sound. Learn the concepts of modern programming incorporating graphics, objects, and building "virtual worlds" using Alice, Carnegie Mellon's graphics-rich teaching environment.  Prerequisite:  Computer Technology, waiver exam or completion of Tech 1 at Toby Johnson Middle School.

3D Game Simulation B - #6535

3D Game Simulation B is designed to build on skills learned in 3D Game Simulation A. This includes fundamental programming concepts and constructs such as variables, operators, conditional statements, control-flow modifiers and loops.  Students will apply and develop good programming practices and learn to recognize and create high quality code.  Alice and/or Scratch are the two primary programming environments that will be used. Additional higher-level programming languages and environments will be introduced.  Prerequisites:  3D Game Simulation A

Math labs 1 - 3 (2 minis) #6320

Labs are taken in the same term with the block of math.  This is a non-instructional opportunity to work on homework, study for tests, and/or quizzes with a mathematics teacher present to answer questions if necessary.

Mythology - #6140

This course offers an in-depth study of the world of mythology.  Students will read and discuss myths from the Greek, Roman, African, Middle East and Far East.  The class will uncover themes, symbolism, commonalities, archetypes, and motifs in mythology.  This course is intended for students who wish to search for greater meaning and build upon their knowledge of mythology.

Piano Lab - #6951

This course is designed for all students at all levels to improve their piano skills.  No experience is required.  Students are taught to read music and play the piano.   Students learn at their own pace in privacy with head phones on.  Come express your creativity and increase your playing ability.

Silent Sustained Reading - #6110

This course is designed for students to have a quiet place to read long, narrative books.  The books are selected by the students from the classroom library, the Franklin Library, or the students’ personal libraries. Fiction and non-fiction narratives (a story or account of events or experiences) of at least 100 pages that generally match the reading level of the student are acceptable texts for this course.  Accountability (the grade) comes from pages read, books completed and the final presentation – an advertisement for one book.  Required outside reading (novels/books separate from textbooks) for Franklin High School courses can be read in this class as well as young adult literature or any self-selected books. 

Sports and Entertainment Marketing - #6533

Explore the sports and entertainment industries, types of products, marketing strategies and careers in these popular fields.  Learn about one of the most exciting – and competitive – businesses in the world.  Sports and Entertainment Marketing is all around us – not just in ballparks and theater, but at schools, on television and radio, in stores and on the internet.  

Yearbook - #6180

This course will be the actual production of the high school yearbook.  Students will write and prepare copy and learn the techniques of yearbook layout and production.  Students will be expected to work on a specific staff, meet all deadlines as set by the instructor, and participate in book sales.

Mini Course Descriptions for grades 10-12

Franklin High School - Mini Course Descriptions

 

Animation for Web Design - #6529 (Pre-req completion of Computer Tech)

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of animation and computer graphics designed for use on the web. Students will focus on hands-on experiences and projects that include basic concepts and techniques directly related to web-based animation for the Internet.

 

AP History Support - #6219

AP History Support is available for AP World History 10 and AP US History 11 students who desire extra help in their respective courses. This class will fine tune a student's ability to analyze primary source and secondary sources and hone skills in writing  responses to the Short Answer Questions, the DBQ essay, and the Long Essay.

 

Astronomy - #6440

Astronomy will explore the universe in which we live.  The class will focus on the science behind our understanding of our universe and other galaxies.

 

Business Law - #6523

This course focuses on the origin of law, present court procedures, and the rights and duties of citizens.  Students will become acquainted with laws governing businesses, as well as every day agreements (contracts).   With lots of human interest relevant to our present society, this is an effective course to help develop analytical abilities.

 

Choir - #6960

This course is designed for all students to improve their singing ability.  No experience is required and all levels of singers are welcome.  Singers are taught harmony, rhythm and reading music.  Singing is good for you emotionally, physically and socially.  It's a great workout for your lungs, heart and circulation.  Come and sing!

 

Creative Writing - #6190

This course is for the enthusiastic writer.  Activities are geared to develop vivid and concrete descriptions as well as imagination and experimentation in writing.  Assignments may include writing short stories, a short play and a variety of exercises to stretch the imagination.

 

3D Game Simulation A - #6531 (Pre-req completion of Computer Tech)

Students will learn how to program by creating their own storyboards, animations, and games. Open-ended mini-projects will reinforce concepts discussed in class.  Students will use "Alice 2.0" software to build fun, user-friendly "virtual" and "dynamic" worlds with graphics and sound. Learn the concepts of modern programming incorporating graphics, objects, and building "virtual worlds" using Alice, Carnegie Mellon's graphics-rich teaching environment.  Prerequisite:  Computer Technology, waiver exam or completion of Computer Tech 1 and 2 at Toby Johnson Middle School.

 

3D Game Simulation B - #6535

3D Game Simulation B is designed to build on skills learned in 3D Game Simulation A. This includes fundamental programming concepts and constructs such as variables, operators, conditional statements, control-flow modifiers and loops.  Students will apply and develop good programming practices and learn to recognize and create high quality code.  Alice and/or Scratch are the two primary programming environments that will be used. Additional higher-level programming languages and environments will be introduced.  Prerequisites:  3D Game Simulation A

 

Mythology - #6140

This course offers an in-depth study of the world of mythology.  Students will read and discuss myths from the Greek, Roman, African, Middle East and Far East.  The class will uncover themes, symbolism, commonalities, archetypes, and motifs in mythology.  This course is intended for students who wish to search for greater meaning and build upon their knowledge of mythology.

 

Piano Lab - #6951

This course is designed for all students at all levels to improve their piano skills.  No experience is required.  Students are taught to read music and play the piano.   Students learn at their own pace in privacy with head phones on.  Come express your creativity and increase your playing ability.

 

Silent Sustained Reading - #6110

This course is designed for students to have a quiet place to read long, narrative books.  The books are selected by the students from the classroom library, the Franklin Library, or the students’ personal libraries. Fiction and non-fiction narratives (a story or account of events or experiences) of at least 100 pages that generally match the reading level of the student are acceptable texts for this course.  Accountability (the grade) comes from pages read, books completed and the final presentation – an advertisement for one book.  Required outside reading (novels/books separate from textbooks) for Franklin High School courses can be read in this class as well as young adult literature or any self-selected books. 

 

Social History of Popular Music - #6296

This course offers students an opportunity to study popular music in a historical and social perspective from jazz, folk, rhythm and blues, rock, rap and heavy metal. This course will explore how music responded to social change in twentieth century America.  The course includes reading, daily listening, movies, and videos, and an introduction to music and the instruments used in popular music.

 

Sports and Entertainment Marketing - #6533

Explore the sports and entertainment industries, types of products, marketing strategies and careers in these popular fields.  Learn about one of the most exciting – and competitive – businesses in the world.  Sports and Entertainment Marketing is all around us – not just in ballparks and theater, but at schools, on television and radio, in stores and on the internet.  

 

Sports Psychology - #6495 

This course introduces mental skills that will enhance student performance, make athletic participation more enjoyable and rewarding, and learn skills that can be transferred to other aspects of students’ lives. Specific skills to be covered in this class will include goal setting and strategies to achieve goals, visualization and imagery techniques, team building, dealing with injuries, and controlling momentum.  Many of the skills taught can also have a positive impact on academic success in such areas as test taking and work experience.

 

Yearbook - #6180

This course will be the actual production of the high school yearbook.  Students will write and prepare copy and learn the techniques of yearbook layout and production.  Students will be expected to work on a specific staff, meet all deadlines as set by the instructor, and participate in book sales.

 

 

10-12 GRADES ONLY

 

AP Calculus Prep (AB only)

These are classes that provide the student with additional instruction for test preparation.  These classes are taken in opposite terms from the block class.  They are not required but highly recommended.

 

Link Crew - #6950

Application, interview and training required.  The purpose of the Link Crew course is to tap the potential and maximize the benefits of the existent Link Crew Program.  These benefits include increased sense of community, communication and leadership skills, improved school climate, and successful transition of new students.  These topics are among the variety of activities accomplished in the Link Crew course:  facilitation/teaching skills, coaching/process observing, planning skills, leadership, group dynamics theory, communication.

 

 

Math Lab 1-3 - #6320 (for Math 1-3 only)

Labs are taken in the same term with the block of math.  This is a non-instructional opportunity to work on homework, study for tests, and/or quizzes with a mathematics teacher present to answer questions if necessary.

 

Advanced Math Lab - #6330 (Pre-Cal or higher NOT with Stats)

Labs are taken in the same term with the block of math.  This is a non-instructional opportunity to work on homework, study for tests, and/or quizzes with a mathematics teacher present to answer questions if necessary.

 

Personal Finance A - #6522

Learn how to manage your money and become a smart consumer in the financial world.  Exploring topics such as understanding credit cards, making wise investments and obtaining a car or home loan, will help you become more financially independent.  An on-line financial simulation will make the course relevant and interactive. (This mini-course is for students who do not plan on taking Business Finance as a senior math.)

 

Personal Finance B - #6523

Learn how to manage your money and become a smart consumer in the financial world.  Exploring topics such as understanding credit cards, making wise investments and obtaining a car or home loan, will help you become more financially independent.  An on-line financial simulation will make the course relevant and interactive. (This mini-course is for students who do not plan on taking Business Finance as a senior math.)

 

PSAT/SAT Prep – Verbal - #6195

This course is designed to improve students’ test scores on the reading and writing sections of the PSAT and SAT.  Through learning about test taking strategies, approaches to essay writing, building vocabulary, and improving sentence structure, an average student will raise his/her score on these two sections by one hundred points.  Students will use practice tests to measure their progress and guide them towards improvement throughout the course.

 

Psychology (general) - #6460

This course provides students with a better understanding of human behavior. Students learn how their actions relate to the behavior of others.  Units that will be covered include: Introduction to Psychology, learning principles and applications, memory and thought, adolescence and adulthood, and personality theories. 

 

Psychology (behavioral) - #6464

This course explores the topics of: Psychology and society, human relations, careers in psychology, adjustment in the family, adulthood and aging, mental retardation, drugs and behavior, and suicide.  In addition to obtaining useful insights into specific topics related to the field of psychology, students will further develop the necessary research and writing skills for success at the university level.

 

Team Sports – #6760

This course is designed to provide the students an opportunity to experience a variety of sports and games as well as improve their level of physical fitness.  Traditional sports such as flag football, basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball, table tennis, and hockey will be played as well as other non-traditional sports and games.

 

Weight Training – #6765

This course is designed for students who want to become more physically fit and who have a serious interest in developing strength through a weight training program.  Strength training, toning, plyometrics and jump rope will be the main themes of the course.