Table of Contents:

English

English 9

Pre-AP English

 

English 10

AP Language & Composition

 

English 11

AP Literature & Composition

 

English 12

The AP Exam

 

 

 

 

 

Math
Pre-Algebra

Algebra I

Geometry

Algebra II

Pre-Calulus

Calculus

Applied Math

 

AP Calculus AB

 

 

 

 

 

Integrated Science 1

Integrated Science 2

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

AP Chemistry

Anatomy &

Physiology

 

AP Biology

Wildlife Management

Agricutural Science

General Horticulture & Plant Science

 

 

Social Studies

American Civil

Current Events

Montana History

World History

P.A.D. Problems of American Democracy

Native American History

 

 

 

Music

Concert Choir

Treble Choir

Men's Choir

Band

Treble Choir

Music Appreciation

Strings
Musical Theatre

 

 

Art

Art 1

Art 2

Art 3 & 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Family Living / Child Development

Home & Interior Design

Independent Living

Textiles and Apparel

Culinary Arts 1,2

Adv. Culinary Arts

Industrial Arts I

Industrial Arts II (Light Building Processes)

Drafting 1, 2,3

Technology

Welding 1,2,3

Health Science & Occupations

Automotive Maintenance

Torchmate

 

 

 

 

 

Business

Computer Applications

Intro to Business

Intro to Multi-Media

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Second Language

 

 

Health Enhancement

Health Enhancement 9

Health Enhancement 10

Strength Training

 

Optional Course Offerings

Independent Study Courses

Resource Room

School-To-Work

Teacher's Aide

Traffic Education

 

 

 

ENGLISH

PHILOSOPHY

The overall objective of the high school language arts program, grades 9-12, is to integrate reading, writing, thinking, speaking, and listening skills in all high school English courses. These skills, which are not subjects in themselves but are modes of learning, form the basis for proficiency in all disciplines.  Using these five major skills in any given class, the student then understands the process of learning rather than the mastery of facts. The goal is that every graduate of Cut Bank High School will be able to communicate effectively and to think responsibly as adults.

 

Cut Bank High School requires four credits of English courses as part of successful completion of a diploma.  Students must take a minimum of one course each year to meet this requirement.  Students must take courses in order and pass each course before enrolling in the next course.  Students do not have the option to concurrently enroll in English courses unless they are repeating the course to earn initial credit.  They also may not enroll in a class beyond their grade level.

ENGLISH 9     

This full year course available to 9th graders is required for graduation and receives one credit upon successful completion.  Failure of a semester results in the student repeating that semester only.

Students enrolled in this course receive instruction in building upon the skills in reading, writing, grammar, literature, speaking, listening, viewing, and technology developed in English 8.  Students will read a variety of literary works and concentrate their writing skills in the areas of content, organization, word choice, sentence fluency and mechanics, and voice.

 

ENGLISH 10   

This full year course available to 10th graders is required for graduation and receives one credit upon successful completion.  Failure of a semester results in the student repeating that semester only.

Students enrolled in this course receive instruction in building upon the skills in reading, writing, grammar, literature, speaking, listening, viewing, and technology developed in English 9.  Students will read a variety of literary works and concentrate their writing skills in the areas of content, organization, word choice, sentence fluency and mechanics, and voice.

Prerequisite:  English 9.

 

ENGLISH 11   

This full year course available to 11th graders is required for graduation and receives one credit upon successful completion.  Failure of a semester results in the student repeating that semester only.

Students enrolled in this course receive instruction in building upon the skills in reading, writing, grammar, literature, speaking, listening, viewing, and technology developed in English 10.  Students will read a variety of literary works and concentrate their writing skills in the areas of content, organization, word choice, sentence fluency and mechanics, and voice.

Prerequisites:  English 9, English 10.

 

ENGLISH 12   

This full year course available to 12th graders is required for graduation and receives one credit upon successful completion.  Failure of a semester of English 12 results in the student repeating that semester in another setting.

Students enrolled in this course receive instruction in building upon the skills in reading, writing, grammar, literature, speaking, listening, viewing, and technology developed in English 11.  Students will read a variety of literary works and concentrate their writing skills in the areas of content, organization, word choice, sentence fluency and mechanics, and voice.

Prerequisites:  English 9, English 10, English 11.

 

PRE-AP ENGLISH (H)

This full year course available to 10th graders is required for graduation and receives one credit upon successful completion.  Teacher recommendation is required, and teacher discretion will determine if Pre-AP students will continue in the AP progression. 

This class is designed to prepare students to successfully complete an AP English class. Students will build a background of reading, analyzing, and interpreting a variety of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and essays; as well as writing essays that effectively and clearly communicate the student’s literary analysis. Improving reading and writing skills will be emphasized.

Prerequisite:  English 9

AP ENGLISH (H)(D)

This is a full year course available to 11th & 12th graders and receives one credit upon each successfully completed year.  AP English courses will rotate each year giving students the opportunity to complete two years of AP English.  One credit will be awarded at the end of each completed year.  Teacher discretion will determine if AP Students will continue in the AP progression.  Teacher recommendation is required.  Successful competition of both this course and payment of applicable college fees will qualify the student to earn three college credits through a dual credit arrangement with the Montana University System.

            This class is designed to help students develop reading, literary analysis, and writing skills generally expected of students at the end    

            of the freshman year of college.  The students will study a variety of literary forms that will include poetry, fiction, non-fiction,

            and essays.  Students will have the opportunity to take the AP English Language and Composition exam in the spring of the year.

 

            The AP English class curriculum is designed to instruct students in the analysis of novel, short stories, and poetry and in communicating

            the analysis of literature through a variety of college level written forms.  Idea generation, organization, conventions, word           

            choice, sentence fluency, and presentation will be addressed as students read, analyze, and prepare written analysis of the literature

            studied.  Thinking, writing, and communication skills are an essential to a successful college career, and these are stressed in the AP

            coursework. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP English Language and Composition exam in the spring of the year.

 

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of English 9, English 10 or Pre AP English.

The AP Exam

At the end of these Advanced Placement classes, each student is given the opportunity to pay the fee and take the AP exam.  The curriculum is designed to help the student successfully complete the exam, but there are no guarantees.  The exam is not written by the local teacher, administered by the local teacher, corrected by the local teacher, or used to determine the students’ grades in the AP English class. The grade on the exam the student must earn to receive college credit is determined by the college or university the student will attend. Each student should contact the institution of higher learning of choice to inquire about that particular institution’s acceptance of the AP Exam for college credit. Cost of the exam is approximately $85.

 

MATH

PHILOSOPHY

The goal of the CBHS mathematics department is to teach students the mathematics necessary for them to advance to their next level of achievement. Foremost is the desire to develop "problem solvers" in every day life and hopefully endow a "thirst" to learn mathematics within the student, thus developing an appreciation of the value of mathematics and develop a life-long pursuit of learning.

Math courses recommended for students planning to enroll in a four-year college immediately after graduation are Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.

PRE-ALGEBRA

This course receives one credit in mathematics upon successful completion.  Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year unless an alternative is recommended by the instructor and approved by the principal.

Pre-algebra topics covered include:  the four operations on integers and other rational numbers; number theory, including arithmetic and geometric sequences; writing and solving linear equations, starting with 1-step equations and progressing to multi-step equations and equations with no solution or all real numbers; solving linear inequalities, including compound inequalities; graphing linear equations, linear inequalities and systems of each; roots and exponents, including negative exponents and scientific notation; ratio, proportion and percent; statistics and probability; introduction to geometry emphasizing identifying shapes and the vocabulary that goes with them, work with angles and similar shapes; and perimeter and area. Other topics covered as time allows: surface area and volume, right triangles, including a brief introduction to trigonometry, and introduction to polynomials, including using the four operations

Students who successfully complete the class generally continue with either Algebra I or Applied Math.

ALGEBRA 1

This course receives one credit in mathematics upon successful completion.  Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year unless an alternative is recommended by the instructor and approved by the principal.

Topics covered during the course:  symbols and expressions, integers and the number line, equations, inequalities, exponents and polynomials, graphs and linear equations, systems of equations, rational and radical expressions and equations, relations and functions, quadratic equations.

Students who successfully complete the class generally continue with either Geometry or Applied Math.

GEOMETRY

This course receives one credit in mathematics upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year unless an alternative is recommended by the instructor and approved by the principal.

Topics covered during the course include basic ideas, language and symbols of geometry, formulating a proof, perpendicular, intersecting and parallel lines, properties of similar polygons, congruent polygons, right triangles and trigonometry, circles, lines, and planes in space, circumference, perimeter, area, surface area, volume, coordinate geometry and transformations.

Students who successfully complete the class generally continue with Algebra II or Applied Math.

Prerequisite: Algebra I credit, preferably with at least a strong C average. 

ALGEBRA 2

This course receives one credit in mathematics upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year unless an alternative is recommended by the instructor and approved by the principal.

Topics covered during the course:  real numbers, problem solving, equations and inequalities, relations, functions, and graphs, polynomials and polynomial equations, rational expressions and equations, powers, roots, and complex numbers, quadratic equations, functions and transformations, equations of second degree, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, matrices and determinants.

Students who successfully complete Algebra II have satisfied the college preparatory requirements, but may choose to continue with math electives in Pre-Calculus or Calculus.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry

APPLIED MATH

This course receives one credit in mathematics upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year unless an alternative is recommended by the instructor and approved by the principal.

Topics covered during the course include:  review of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication of whole numbers and decimals, including mental computation, use of calculators, and estimation; metric measurement, number theory and fractional concepts, the arithmetic operations on fractions, the relationship between fractions and decimals; units of various measurement and the conversion from one to the other; the idea of ratio, proportions, and percentage and the relationship of fractions, decimals, and percentage; statistics and probability.

The course additionally encompasses all of the above concepts into practical and business applications; payroll check computation, banking procedures, consumer credit, purchasing and operating expenses of an automobile, home expenditures, income tax, grocery shopping and budgeting.

Prerequisite: Completion of one math credit.

PRE-CALCULUS (H)

This course receives one credit in mathematics upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year unless an alternative is recommended by the instructor and approved by the principal.

 Students will learn the terminology of a new mathematical system known as Trigonometry.  The course will define the functions of the sine and cosine; use these relationships in solution of problems; graph these functions and study and interpret the graphs; learn the other four relationships and study their graphs; study trig identities; multiple angle relationships; use the relationships and solve problems; introduced to vectors and solution of problems using vectors.  Other topics covered during this course:  higher order functions and their graphs; brief review of Algebra I and II; in-depth study of conic sections--their translation and rotation; transcendental functions--logarithms, exponentials, polar equations, complex and imaginary numbers; determinants and matrices.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra II with at least a B average.

CALCULUS (H)(D)

This course receives one credit in mathematics upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year unless an alternative is recommended by the instructor and approved by the principal. Successful competition of both this course and payment of applicable college fees will qualify the student to earn three college credits through a dual credit arrangement with the Montana University System.

Topics covered during this course include:  review of Algebra II and graphing techniques, terminology associated with Calculus, introduction to the derivative, application of the derivative, introduction to integration and some application of the integral, the use of derivative and integration operations on other transcendental functions such as logarithms and exponentials, review of trigonometry, applying differentiation and integration to trigonometric functions, other techniques for integrating.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Pre-Calculus with at least a B average.

 


SCIENCE

PHILOSOPHY

The scope of science is broad and the logic of scientific processes spans all curriculum areas. Science education enables students to apply scientific processes to the non-routine, the unforeseen, the unfamiliar, and the uncertain. A student's science experiences need to be firmly grounded in science content and the development of problem solving skills. To accomplish this, the student must be given the opportunity to have practical experiences in school laboratories and field studies along with an exposure to the latest technology. Change in the master theme by which we all live. Humankind has experienced more change in the past fifty years than in all recorded history. One cannot even imagine the future, as technology appears to be changing exponentially from the present.

Starting with the class of 2017, students will be required to earn 3 credits of science.

INTEGRATED SCIENCE I

All 9th graders must enroll in Integrated Science I.  This required year-long course earns one science credit upon successful completion. Failure of a semester of Integrated Science I results in the student repeating only that semester.

The first year of an introductory multidisciplinary science program designed to promote life-long learning skills and increase understanding of fundamental concepts in physical, life, and earth and space science.

 

INTEGRATED SCIENCE II

All 10th graders must enroll in Integrated Science II.  This required year-long course earns one science credit upon successful completion. Failure of a semester of Integrated Science II results in the student repeating only that semester.

Students continue to build on the fundamental understandings of Integrated Science I in this hands-on, minds-on course. Students will utilize their investigative skills to answer questions and gather evidence of natural phenomena.  Students explore the mechanics of motion, genetics, ecology, and chemistry to examine the scientific basis of discovery and clarification.

 

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY/HEALTH SCIENCE CAREERS (H)

This year-long  elective science course for grades 11-12  receives 1 elective science credit upon successful completion.  Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

This course is designed for college bound students wanting a deeper understanding of the structure and function of the human body.  The body will be viewed as a whole using anatomical terminology necessary to describe location.  Focus will be at both micro and macro levels reviewing cellular functions, biochemical processes, tissue interactions, organ systems and interaction of those systems as it relates to the human organism.  Systems covered include nervous, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, circulatory, and urinary.

Pre-requisite:  Students should have achieved an A or B in regular biology and receive permission of the instructor to enroll in this course

CHEMISTRY

This is an elective science course for grades 11-12 that receives one credit upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

This course is an entry-level introduction to the field of chemistry for the college bound student.  A reasonable understanding of Algebra and Geometry is important for an understanding of principles involved.  Major topics covered are introduction, organization, and phases of matter; stoichiometry; chemical equilibria; polymers; and nuclear chemistry.  Particular effort to develop good laboratory procedures and habits in the study is emphasized.

Required prerequisite:  Algebra I.

Recommended co-requisite:  Geometry, Algebra II and/or Pre-Calculus.  Sophomores may take this course with teacher approval.

PHYSICS (Not offered in the 2017-18 school year)

This is an elective science course for grades 11-12 that receives one credit upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

Physics is a scientific analysis of the physical world covering the topics of matter and energy, Newtonian mechanics, heat, light, and electricity. The course is intended for students interested in an in-depth investigation of the physical sciences.

Required prerequisite:  Algebra I and Geometry

Recommended co-requisite:  Algebra II and/or Pre-Calculus

 

AP BIOLOGY (H) (Not offered in the 2017-18 school year)

This is an elective science course for grades 11-12 that receives one credit upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

AP Biology is designed to assist the college bound student with a more in-depth study of biology and the opportunity to receive college credit, placement or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores.  Topics covered include: Diversity and Unity of Life, Energy Transfer within Living Systems, Evolution, Genetics, Biochemistry, & Ecology. 

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 2 years required science courses, chemistry and algebra.

AP CHEMISTRY (H)

This is an elective science course for grades 11-12 that receives one credit upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

AP Chemistry is an advanced course in chemistry. It builds on the skills and concepts acquired in the general chemistry course. Students must have taken general chemisty in order to sign up for AP Chemistry. Topics discussed include reaction kinetics, equilibrium, and acid-base chemistry.

Required prerequisite:  Chemisty

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

This year-long elective science course for grades 11-12 receives one (1) elective science credit upon successful completion. 

Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

 

This course provides in introduction to the basics of wildlife management, including:

 This course is designed to examine the importance of wildlife and outdoor recreation, with emphasis on the sound management of wildlife and all natural resources in a way that promotes continued use and wise management.

 

 

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

This year-long elective science course for grades 11-12 receives one (1) elective science credit upon successful completion. 

Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

This course provides an introduction to the major areas of scientific agricultural production and research, presenting problem solving lessons and introductory skills and knowledge in agricultural science and agri-related technologies.  Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.

 

Topics include:

 

GENERAL HORTICULTURE AND PLANT SCIENCE

This year-long elective science course for grades 11-12 receives one (1) elective science credit upon successful completion. 

Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

 

This course introduces plant and horticultural science by integrating basic botany lessons with hands-on classroom and laboratory activities, as well as community-based activities. 

 

Topics covered include:

SOCIAL STUDIES

PHILOSOPHY

The study of social involvement and often-competing loyalties, addresses the basic question: Who am I? To what communities do I belong?; What does citizenship in our nation require for me as an individual and as a member of the groups to which I belong?; What does being a member of the world community mean to me and my groups?; and How have things changed?

These topics are dealt with extensively only in the Social Studies curriculum. Hence our curriculum illuminates the essential connections between social education and democratic values. An interdependent world being a reality for the twenty-first century, translates into a curriculum where historical studies of cultural, religious, philosophical and ethnic backgrounds are fully integrated and explored.

 

AMERICAN CIVIL

All 11th graders must enroll in American Civil.  It is required for graduation and earns one credit upon successful completion. Failure of a semester results in the student repeating that semester only.

This course will give an overview of American history, policy, and government.  Much of the focus of the course will be on 20th century America.  Similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures meet human needs regarding American government will be identified.  Students will develop critical sensitivities such as empathy and skepticism regarding attitudes and behaviors of people of different historical backgrounds.  Economic concepts will be used to help explain historical and current developments and issues in American policy making.

(H) Students wishing to take American Civil for Honors credit must have instructor approval, enroll in the class for honors credit at the beginning of the year, and complete the additional work which the instructor deems necessary to qualify the class as an “honors” class.

 

CURRENT ISSUES

This semester course for grades 10-12 receives ½ elective Social Studies credit upon successful completion.

Key issues will be developed as to historical and social impact of world events as they develop during the year. An emphasis will be placed on the world scene, exploring social, religious, and political institutions and events. All students will participate in class discussion and also create a class blog to share stories and events that have taken place not only in the world, but also in our country and from the areas around Cut Bank. Students will also research and develop topics appropriate to unfolding events on a world scale.

 

MONTANA HISTORY

This semester course receives ½ elective Social Studies credit upon successful completion.

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Montana History will look at Montana’s history and geography, as well as current problems. In history, the class will look at a variety of topics including:  the fur trade, mining, ranching, homesteading, Native Americans, and others. History is often times dictated by geography, so Montana’s vast size and geographic uniqueness will be explored. As with many states, Montana’s current problems are tied to its past. In order to solve these problems, students must understand the past, and then look to the future

 

NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY

This semester course receives ½ elective Social Studies credit upon successful completion.

In this course students will gain general knowledge and background regarding Montana Native Americans through the integration of culture and history. In conjunction with Montana’s Indian Education For All, students will gain a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the Native American people of Montana. The following concepts will be covered: intertribal warfare, knowledge and comprehension of how indigenous people of Montana differ from those of the immigrant people, historical background of Montana tribes and reservations, and basic principles of Indian sovereignty.

Native American guest speakers will be implemented into the curriculum

WORLD HISTORY

This semester course for grades 9-12 receives ½ elective Social Studies credit upon successful completion.

This course provides a chronological narrative of World History from the earliest civilizations to the present. It will trace the development of civilizations in all parts of the world. It will trace the development of civilizations in all parts of the world. Throughout the school year, students will develop a number of themes that form the patterns of civilization. Among those themes are political and economic development, the influence of geography on cultures, the growth of science and technology, the effect of contact between cultures, and creativity in the arts.

 

PAD - PROBLEMS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

All 12th graders must enroll in Problems of American Democracy. It is required for graduation and earns one (1) credit upon successful completion.

Objectives for the class include:

 

PAD (H):   Students wishing to take PAD for Honors credit must have instructor approval, enroll in the class for honors credit at the beginning of the year, and complete the additional work which the instructor deems necessary to qualify the class as an “honors” class.

There will be four research papers honors students must complete along with other assignments in order to complete the honors portion of the class. There will be one (1) research paper per quarter, two (2) per semester.

 


MUSIC

PHILOSOPHY

The Cut Bank High School Music Department makes a strong commitment to meet the needs of listeners and performers.  The program builds on a strong elementary foundation offering curricular and extra-curricular opportunities.  The growth of the individual drives this exceptional program.

 

CHOIR/VOCAL MUSIC

Choir students learn discipline and patience through daily rehearsals.  Singing and performing with students of diverse age groups and personalities encourages teamwork and camaraderie. Choral rehearsals promote problem solving, encouraging students to think through individual vocal challenges.  Young singers learn a tremendous amount of poise and self-confidence, constantly challenging themselves with public performances.  Such performances help them to grow in their professionalism and their individuality.

The art of singing is often referred to as the “sport” of singing. Proper breathing and posture encourage physical strength.  Performing publicly encourages “mental toughness”, a term which often applies to athletics.

Students’ largest challenge is met through preparing for music festival performances.  It is these instances that teach them how to deal with adults, and how to handle criticism with class and maturity.

 

CONCERT CHOIR

This full year elective course for grades 9-12 receives one credit upon successful completion. It fulfills the fine arts requirement for graduation. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

Membership in the Concert Choir is open to the entire student body. Students learn current vocal techniques in styles from pop/jazz to classical, along with contemporary multi-cultural. Students also learn basic musicianship through their growing knowledge of fundamentals and skills. The choir has four concerts per year plus performances at district music festival and graduation. Students need not be accomplished singers.

Pre-requisites: Basic singing ability and enjoyment of music.

 

MEN’S CHOIR

This full year elective course for male voices grades 9-12 receives one credit upon successful completion.  It fulfills the fine arts requirement for graduation.  Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

 Membership in this choir is open to male voices.  The smaller, non-mixed setting of this choir encourages self-confidence, camaraderie, and personal musical growth.  Men’s Choir has four concerts per year, plus a performance at district music festival. Students need not be accomplished singers.  Students may participate in one or both choirs during a given year.

Prerequisites:  Basic singing ability and enjoyment of music 

 

TREBLE CHOIR

This full year elective course for treble voices grades 9-12 receives one credit upon successful completion.  It fulfills the fine arts requirement for graduation.  Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

Membership in this choir is open to treble voices.  The smaller, non-mixed setting of this choir encourages self-confidence, as well as personal musical growth.  Treble Choir has four concerts per year, plus a performance at district music festival. Students need not be accomplished singers.  Students may participate in one or both choirs during a given year.

Prerequisites:  Basic singing ability and enjoyment of music.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

BAND

This full year elective course for grades 9-12 receives one (1) credit in fine arts upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

Band is a participation class; therefore attendance is essential. Everyone is welcome as long as they enjoy music and are willing to participate. The academic centers of focus in the class will be advanced learning of music theory, continuation of instrumental skills, and proficiency and a further achievement of classroom environment that encourages team learning skills, cooperation with classmates and the higher-learning of a lifelong skill. The band performs four concerts per year: Fall, Christmas, Festival Concert, and the Spring Concert. Other performance activities include the district music festival and graduation. Two writing assignments will be assigned, one per semester, in accordance with common core curriculum, as per the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

 

STRINGS

This full year elective course for grades 9-12 receives one (1) credit in fine arts upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

Students may choose either violin or guitar. Beginning and intermediate students are welcome. Guitarists will learn chords, finger picking, and tabs and how to accompany soloists. Violin methods will include classical as well as fiddle styles. Students will perform as a group each semester at a band concert.

 

MUSIC APPRECIATION

This full year elective for grades 9-12 receives one (1) credit in fine arts upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

In this course, students will study musical cultures from around the world and from various eras of time (e.g. classical, baroque, romantic eras). Basic music theory will also be studied. The class will end with a creative final project that students will conceive of their own accord, to demonstrate what they have learned throughout the class.

 

MUSICAL THEATRE

This full year elective for grades 9-12 receives one (1) credit in fine arts upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.


Musical Theatre is open to students with an interest in performing through singing, dancing and acting.  Emphasis will be put on vocal technique used in musical theatre. Students will put on two performances per year, one in the winter and one in the spring.  Students should expect to work independently and in small and large ensemble groups. Students will also participate in set design, painting and costuming as necessary for performances.  Additional study into the history of musical theatre will be covered in course work.


VISUAL ART

ART 1

This full year elective course for grades 9-12 receives one credit upon successful completion. It fulfills a fine arts requirement for graduation.

Art I is an introductory art class that deals in the basics of fine art. The primary emphasis will be drawing. A student must first learn to produce an accurate drawing before advancing into the different media of art. The student, however, will be introduced to lettering, color and design, and perspective drawing. Optional projects, at the discretion of the instructor include, but are not limited to clay (hand-building), silk screening, and woodcarvings.

Grading: Projects are graded by percentages based subjectively on how much effort was put into the assignment. Grading on ability is done on an individual basis and not compared to the work of others.

 

ART 2

This full year elective course for grades 10-12 receives one credit upon successful completion. It fulfills a fine arts requirement for graduation.

This course deals with the primary subjects of Art I but in greater detail and with more independent resources. As an introduction to the class, each student must design and create an advertising poster done on a 30 x 40-inch board, using the appropriate lettering style and a picture to go with it. The student will work in a three-dimensional form by constructing a mask using plaster. Students will be required to complete a 24 x 30-inch painting that will remain in the art room. As a final project, students will be given an opportunity to paint or draw, using any medium they wish.  Students entering this class become members of Art Club.

Pre-requisite:  Art I and permission of the instructor.

Grading:  Projects are graded by percentage. Though the work is still graded on completion, quality becomes a greater factor. Ability, neatness, and attitude are graded closer than Art 1.

 

ART 3 and 4

This full year elective course for grades 10-12 receives one elective credit upon successful completion.

This course is for the truly sincere art student. The student should be willing to work on art both in and out of the classroom. The program deals with the student on an individual basis. The student has the option to choose the area in which he/she wishes to study. The student will submit a contract to the instructor describing the projects they hope to accomplish in a semester. Grades are partially determined by the fulfillment of the contract. Students entering this class become members of Art Club.

Prerequisite:  Art 1 and 2 and permission of the instructor.  Transfer students must provide a portfolio of previous school art work

Grading:  Projects are graded by percentage. Grading of a project is done subjectively with attitude and ability being major factors.  Quality plays the biggest part in the grade. Submitting the contract is important, but completion of a project with professional quality is even more so.


CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION

PHILOSOPHY

Recognizing the increasing workplace demands for technically trained individuals, Cut Bank High School offers a variety of courses which stress hands-on experiences where students model techniques, create products, and gain technological expertise.  Communication, production, and manufacturing are processes that drive instruction.

INDUSTRIAL TRADES AND TECHNOLOGY

Automotive/Welding

 

WELDING 1

This elective course for grades 9-12 receives one (1) credit in CTE upon successful completion.

 

Welding 1 is for the beginning welder. Welding is a practice-oriented class that will emphasize the safe and orderly operation of welding. Students will learn how to arc (SMAW), gas (OAW) and wire feed (GMAW) weld. The students will weld primarily in the flat position. The majority of the class time will be individualized instruction, aiding students with their welding practice. Students will have the opportunity to learn through hands on lab practice exercises and simple required projects.  A course fee of $25 will apply.

 

 

WELDING 2

This elective course for grades 9-12 receives one (1) credit in CTE upon successful completion.

Welding 2 is for the intermediate welder who has completed Welding 1. Welding is a practice-oriented class that will emphasize the safe and orderly operation of welding. Students will further their skills in arc (SMAW), gas (OAW) and wire feed (GMAW) welding. The students will weld primarily in the flat position and begin practice with vertical and horizontal positions. Students will gain additional knowledge in the safe and orderly use of a variety of hand tools. The majority of the class time will be individualized instruction, aiding students with their welding practice. Students will have the opportunity to learn through hands on lab practice exercises, simple required projects and developing plans for personal projects. A course fee of $25 will apply.

Prerequisite:  Welding 1

 

ADVANCED WELDING

This elective course for grades 11-12 receives two (2) credits in CTE upon successful completion.

Advanced Welding is for the experienced welder who has completed Welding 1 and 2. This class requires that the student's schedule accommodate at least a two class period block for the school year.  Welding is a practice-oriented class that will emphasize the safe and orderly operation of welding. Students will further their skills in arc (SMAW), gas (OAW) and wire feed (GMAW) welding. The students will weld in all positions. Students will gain additional knowledge in the safe and orderly use of a variety of hand tools and set up

Prerequisites:  Welding 1, Welding 2

 

TORCHMATE

This elective course for grades 11-12 receives one (1) credit in CTE upon successful completion.

In this year-long class, students will learn the CAD drawing program that drives the Torchmate cutting system. The students will have ample opportunity to utilize the machine and to cut out a large variety of projects. A majority of class time will be spent using the computer program to design welding projects.

Pre-requisites:  Welding 1, Welding 2 and permission of instructor

 

AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE

This year long elective course for grades 11-12 receives 1 credit in CTE upon successful completion.

Students will have project vehicle(s) and will go through the various systems from bumper to bumper. The course will be hands-on with student -research through YouTube and various automotive how-to sites. After researching a system or component of the system, the students will remove, replace and/or clean the assemblies and return them to the vehicle. 

 

Class size will be limited to 10 students.

Pre-requisite: Small engines and permission of instructor

 

FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCE

 

FAMILY LIVING/CHILD DEVELOPMENT

This semester elective course for grades 9-12 receives one-half (1/2) credit in CTE upon successful completion.

Family Living/Child Development deals with the different aspects of family life. Some topics that will be discussed are as follows:  the family today, personal growth, communication, heredity, family conflict, teen issues, dating, engagement, weddings, marriage, newlyweds, stress, abuse, parenting, prenatal development wearing the Empathy Belly, Baby Think-It -Over, newborn, infant development, toddler development, preschooler development, divorce, and death and dying.

 

 

HOUSING AND INTERIOR DESIGN

This semester elective course for grades 9-12 receives ½ credit in CTE upon successful completion.

 

Home and Interior Design is a semester course with the end result being a house designed and decorated by the student. Topics that will be discussed are as follows:  purpose of homes, history of housing, housing materials and styles, create a fantasy family, basic architectural symbols, design a home for the fantasy family, design principle, color analysis, furniture styles (early to modern). A simple home interiors project will be required. This project of the student’s choosing must be paid for by the student and will cost from $20 to $25.

INDEPENDENT LIVING

This semester elective course for grades 10-12 receives ½ credit in CTE upon successful completion.

 

Independent Living deals with the decisions that affect students as they prepare to live on their own. Some topics that will be discussed are as follows: Where will you live?;  What do you plan to do for money?: Can you make your money work for you?; job searches; checkbooks; cooking as a survival skill; supermarket shopping; food preparation, nutrition; simple clothing construction and mending; laundry; traveling; buying appliances; consumer; and consumer education. Students should plan to spend between $20 and $30 on sewing projects

TEXTILES AND APPAREL

This semester elective course for grades 9-12 receives ½ credit in CTE upon successful completion.

The following topics will be covered in Textiles and Apparel:  influences on clothing, history of clothing, color and design, fibers and fabrics, clothing construction, clothing care, fashion designers, fashion design and merchandising, wardrobe management, buying clothing, careers, final design project.  The student should plan on spending between $35 and $45 of his or her own money for three sewing projects. The cost will depend of the sewing projects chosen by the student.

 

CULINARY ARTS 1 (offered 2016-17 school year)

This semester elective course for grades 9-12 receives ½ credit in CTE upon successful completion.

Culinary Arts 1 covers the following topics:  nutrition, nutrients, food groups, pre-foods unit (safety, kitchen fundamentals, cooking terms, equipment, etc.), proper cooking techniques, baking, dairy foods, eggs, microwave cooking, mealtime customs, meal appeal, pork unit, beef unit, soups, fats and oils, and careers.

CULINARY ARTS 2 (offered 2017-18 school year)

This semester elective course for grades 9-12 receives ½ credit in CTE upon successful completion.

Culinary Arts 2 will discuss the following topics:  safety and sanitation, proper cooking techniques, dining room environment, cake decorating, candy making, microwave cooking, family and consumer science related occupations, pasta making, snacks, foreign cooking (Chinese, Mexican, Italian), American cuisine, food advertising, and buying food.

 

ADVANCED CULINARY ARTS

This semester course for grades 9-12 receives ½ CTE credit upon successful completion.

Students will explore the following topics:  advanced candy making, cake decorating, causes, knife skills, garde manger basics, poultry cooking, cooking with fruits and vegetables, specialty desserts, and pastries.  Foreign cooking styles such as western, northern and southern European, Russian and African cuisines will be studied.  The course will also include nutritional studies.

HEALTH SCIENCE

HEALTH SCIENCE AND CAREERS

This elective course for grades 10-12 receives one (1) credit in CTE upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

 

This class serves as an introduction into the Health Sciences. It is intended for those students who are interested in a career in the health care industry. Students will learn basic anatomy, medical math, hygiene, epidemiology, and overview of the careers available in the health sciences. A large component of this course involves job shadowing at the hospital. Students are expected to compete in the state HOSA competition in March.

 

INDUSTRIAL TRADES AND TECHNOLOGY

INDUSTRIAL ARTS 1

This elective course for grades 9-12 receives one credit in CTE upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

This course, designed for the student at a beginning level, explains how industry works. Through various hands-on activities students will explore industry and look into future job options. Some of the class activities include: measuring, woodworking, basic electronics, robotics, drafting, plastics, leather, and mass production. Students can receive a great deal of self-satisfaction and pride in workmanship from working with tools. Students may be required to fund their own projects.  A course fee of $20 will apply.

 

INDUSTRIAL ARTS 2

This elective course for grades 10-12 receives one credit in CTE upon successful completion.  Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

This is an advanced course designed to build upon those skills learned in Industrial Arts I. Some of the advanced activities will include woodworking, surveying, electricity/electronics, design/drafting, and mass production. If time allows there will be an introduction into the construction industry. Students may be required to finance their own advanced projects. A course fee of $25 will apply.

Prerequisite: Tech Ed/I.A. 1 and written consent of the instructor.

 

DRAFTING/GRAPHICS 1

This elective course for grades 9-12 receives one credit in CTE upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

First semester Drafting I students will gain insight in the following areas:  basic drafting principles,  measuring concepts, use of drafting instruments, working drawings, the vocation of drafting and its related occupations. Second semester Drafting I is an introductory course in computer aided drafting.  A variety of drawings and graphic assignments will be produced using keyboard and menu manipulation by applying some type of Computer Aided Drafting software.

 

 

DRAFTING 2

This elective course for grades 10-12 receives one credit in CTE upon successful completion.  Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

This is an advanced course in drafting concepts. Students will gain more insight in Advanced CAD, 3-D drawing, solid modeling, and architectural drawing. A set of house plans will be designed and drawn by each student utilizing the mechanical drawing methods and the computer.

Pre-requisite:  Drafting 1.

 

DRAFTING 3

This elective course for grades 11-12 receives one credit in CTE upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

This advanced course in drafting concepts.  Students will spend a majority of time doing advanced design work. This requires skill in advanced drafting techniques such as 3-D Solid Modeling. A variety of software dealing with advanced modeling concepts will be explored.

Pre-requisite:  Drafting 1 and Drafting 2 and written consent of the instructor.

 

TECHNOLOGY

This elective course for grades 9-12 receives one (1) credit in CTE upon successful completion.  Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

This is a class in which students will explore concepts of technology from old to the most modern.  Labs could include how to make a telegraph to use of modern cell phones.  Communication Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Electronics, Problem Solving Technologies, Transportation Systems and Robotics.  Current “hot” topics will be explored.  The students will do content area reading, writing and math.   A course fee of $25 will apply to this class per semester. 

 

BUSINESS

 

PHILOSOPHY

It is imperative for students to recognize that information systems are an important part of the educational process for all age levels and for all programs including college preparatory, and CTE.  Business courses at Cut Bank High School are designed to integrate technology into a wide spectrum of skills needed for post-secondary schooling and to compete in the workplace.

 

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS & TECHNOLOGY

This full year course for grades 9-12 is required for graduation and receives one (1) credit upon successful completion. Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

 

Today’s markets and businesses revolve around computers and computer technologies. This Computer Applications class is designed to give the student the skills and knowledge to compete in the “Information Age”.  By the end of this course, students will have a foundation of computer literacy upon which to build and be able to access and use the wide range of technology Cut Bank High School has to offer.  Computer Applications will familiarize students with computers and their applications. It will also emphasize the use of computers and technology throughout their high school, college, and future careers. Students will learn fundamental concepts of computer hardware and software and become familiar with a variety of computer applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and multimedia presentations. Students will also investigate Internet-based applications, working with email and learning how to browse the web. Coursework also includes activities that explore social and ethical issues related to computers.

 

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS

This full year course for grades 11-12 receives one credit upon successful completion.  Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

The first part of this class will provide an overview of business from a broad perspective. Topics covered include business ownership, free enterprise, management, human resources, marketing, finance, and accounting and data systems. 

The second part of this class will help students manage their personal and family finances. Throughout the class students will learn how to analyze needs versus wants, set financial goals, research financial planning, investigate human capital, read paychecks and tax forms, manage cash, credit and bank accounts, examine the time value of money and savings, identify major expenditure categories, develop a personal spending plan, investigate the stock market, and examine economic systems and consumer decisions.

Pre-requisite:  Computer Applications and Technology

This course may be available as a Dual Credit option.

 

INTRODUCTION TO MULTI-MEDIA

This full year course for grades 10-12 receives one credit upon successful completion.  Students enrolling in this course must stay for the full year.

This is an introductory class that will teach students how to use, analyze, and create multimedia projects.  Students will explore graphics, animation, video production, coding, and web design. Students involved in BPA will have opportunities to compete at state and national conferences and can use class time to complete and perfect projects. Students need to have a solid understanding of technology and be able to work independently.

Pre-requisite:  Computer Applications and Technology.

WORLD LANGUAGE

Several world languages will be available to students via on-line distance learning opportunities.

HEALTH ENHANCEMENT

PHILOSOPHY

Health Enhancement focuses on the development of lifetime activities.  Physical conditioning, skill, and health dominate instruction.  Opportunities to expand knowledge of health issues, self-esteem, and physical development drive the program.

 

Physical Education is primarily a participation class.  All students should be aware of the 10-day attendance rule and completion of all requirements to pass this class. Health Enhancement is a graduation requirement established by the state of Montana.

 

HEALTH ENHANCEMENT 9 and 10 (PHYSICAL EDUCATION)

This semester course available to 9th and 10th graders is required for graduation and receives one credit upon successful completion.  Failure of a semester results in the student repeating that semester only

This course emphasizes lifetime activities. Students will learn to focus on maintaining a certain level of fitness, leadership roles in class, developing a positive attitude toward exercise and other physical activities.

 

HEALTH ENHANCEMENT 9 AND 10 (HEALTH)

This semester course available to 9th and 10th graders is required for graduation and receives one credit upon successful completion.  Failure of a semester results in the student repeating that semester only.

This course is designed to teach the learner that total health includes the physical, emotional, intllectual, and social growth, development, and well-being of the person. This course will provide information, education, services and support in helping students be responsible for their health. The student will learn to practice principles of safe living and disease prevention.  Learners will appreciate that a healthy lifestyle is a right and responsibility of every individual and community.

 

STRENGTH TRAINING AND CONDITIONING

This elective course for grades 9-12 receives ½ credit per semester upon successful completion. Students must have a passing grade in P.E. and be in good standing with the P.E. department before being admitted to this class. Students may take this class more than once during their high school career.

Students are introduced to circuit training and “Bigger, Faster, Stronger “methods” of lifting, plus auxiliary exercises.  Written tests on muscle groups and principles of weight training will be an integral part of the class. Grading is based upon participation, tests, improvement on the lifts and a weight increase every nine weeks.

 

This course requires prior approval from the instructor for each semester.  Course size will be limited to 14 students per section.

 


OPTIONAL COURSE OFFERINGS

INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES

 

Independent Study courses may be offered to students by CBHS faculty; however, students are also encouraged to consider accredited distance learning options. Any independent or distance learning options pursued must first be approved by the principal. Prior to approval, a syllabus of the courses must be presented and specific grading procedures outlined. Any cost associated with the course is paid by the student.

 

RESOURCE ROOM

English (A-B-C-D), Math (A-B-C-D), History (A-B-C-D), Science (A-B-C-D)

All of these classes follow the goals and objectives of the regular curriculum classes. When possible the regular classroom textbooks are used. Adjustments are made for the individualized needs of each student on an individual basis.

SCHOOL-TO-WORK

This elective for grades 11-12 receives 1/2 credit per semester per class period enrolled.

School-To-Work allows juniors and seniors to earn academic credit and gain on the job experience.  The work experience is tailored to become an integral part of the student's education.  Through this interaction of study and work experience, the student enhances his/her academic knowledge, personal development and professional preparation.

This program requires that the student's schedule accommodate at least a two class period block for the school year or a semester.  In addition to the time on the job, the student must:

 

TEACHER'S AIDE

This elective for grades 12 and receives ¼ credit per semester. 

Responsible students can be assigned to work with a teacher to gain experience with younger children or to assist with class activities or materials preparation. Students may also be selected to work in the high school office to help with daily routine, answer the phone, deliver messages, do filing, and run errands as requested by office staff.  Confidentiality is essential

Prerequisites:  Must have passed ALL classes the previous semester.

 

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