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ENG 110 English 9 – Language Arts (0.5) The objective of Language Arts 9 is to further solidify students’ written communication and speaking skills and deepen their appreciation for literature in its various forms. Practicing varied types of writing will give students a chance to explore and refine their literary voice. This course will place an emphasis on vocabulary, spelling, and poetry. Assigned reading outside of the classroom is required.

ENG 210 English 10 – Language Arts (0.5)

The objective of English 10 is to further solidify students’ written communication and speaking skills and deepen their appreciation for literature in its various forms. Practicing varied types of writing will give students a chance to explore and refine their literary voice. This course will place an emphasis on vocabulary, spelling, and poetry. Assigned reading outside of the classroom is required.

ENG 306 Writers Workshop (0.5)

Students will have opportunities to creatively express themselves across several modes of writing, including, fiction, opinion, poetry, letters, literature and author reviews and analysis, and more, as well as opportunities to learn from several published guest speakers. There will be field trips to busy social hubs where students will practice observation and write what they see, hear, and surmise. Emotive language will be stressed over mechanics.

ENG 310 English 11 – American Literature (0.5 The objective of English 11 is to further solidify students’ written communication and speaking skills and deepen their appreciation for literature in its various forms. Practicing varied types of writing will give students a chance to explore and refine their literary voice. This course will place an emphasis on vocabulary, spelling, and poetry. Assigned reading outside of the classroom is required.

ENG 406 English 12 – British Literature (0.5) The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the foundations of our English language heritage from the ancient mythology of “Beowulf” (and the modern mythology of Tolkien), through Chaucer and Shakespeare, to the present day works of British authors and poets.  The course will be both reading and writing intensive. Group projects will extend and enhance the themes that arise. First semester projects will naturally flow into individual senior projects for those graduating from MRLHS.

FA 101 Art I – Drawing (0.5)

In Drawing Class we learn the rules and how we can manipulate them to speak this language more fluently, recognize their cultural context and look at this language through the lens of other cultures and how these cultures have blended with and helped shape ours. We begin with the basic elements of drawing, explore a variety of mediums. Further Drawing Classes expand on semester one, allowing the students to explore mediums of their choice more in depth, and further explores the principles of art. Continuing Drawing classes give the student more freedom to explore their own artistic interests and Advanced Drawing is student directed and allows them to build up their own artistic portfolio. All art classes will include an art history overview with slide lectures, readings and quizzes.

FA 102 Theater Arts (0.5)

Many different skills are utilized to put on a production; this class will give you a taste of them all, with an emphasis on performance. You will be introduced to topics, such as the history of western theatre, roles in the theatre, stage design, acting techniques, as well as theatre terms. You will be expected to complete individual assignments, as well as work in ensemble with your peers. Performance is a part of this class, so do your best to let loose and have fun!

FA 201 Art II – Pottery (0.5)

Students will learn hand-building techniques to create three-dimensional art from clay. Students will gain experience in wheel throwing techniques. Students will demonstrate the proper use of the basic techniques of trimming, glazing and decorating a finished work of ceramic art. Students will participate in the study of clay art techniques through readings and written assignments. Students will also join in the study of Art History through slide lectures, reading and written assignments along with the other art classes.

FA 202 Vocal Ensemble (0.5)

Students will be exposed to a wide variety of music from the Baroque to the Modern Eras. Students will be taught vocal technique, sight-singing, rhythm, intonation, projection and enunciation. The emphasis of the choir is on service through performance. Members will be expected to attend performances during the school day (school chapels, etc.) and performances outside of the school day: Sunday morning worship services, community events and formal concerts. This course may be repeated for credit.

FA 203 Wind Ensemble (0.5)

This course welcomes all traditional musicians in the fields of winds and percussion. A core musical ability will be gained through theory study and chamber ensembles.  This course may be repeated for credit.

FA 301 Art III – Photography (0.5)

This course will help students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: How the camera works, basic compositional skills, photographic lighting and the use of photo editing software. Students will receive basic instruction, demonstration and see samples of the desired outcomes. Students will be shooting photographs both inside and outside to complete assignments. Instruction will include peer reviews of photographs shot by students which they present to the class.

FA 303 Contemporary Musicianship (0.5)

Contemporary Musicianship provides opportunities for both experienced and unexperienced musicians to explore the world of music. Course units include music theory, instrumental practicum, songwriting, arranging and song production. Contemporary instruments, including guitar, piano and ukulele are the type of instruments used for this course.

FA 402 Graphic Art (0.5)

Students will learn and utilize the principles of design through a variety of projects including font design, poster design, logo design, illustration and more. Using these principles we will focus on developing a real word product which will be sold to members of our community. This product is the school yearbook. It is important at all times to keep in mind that, as money is being spent to buy this product, it is not just a classroom exercise and therefore we need to create as professional a product as possible. The year book will also focus our learning on marketing and writing skills.

FA 403 Debate and Forensics (0.5)

Debate and Forensics is known for a wealth of benefits; it can help students overcome public speech anxieties, give them experience in researching and communicating, develop your organizational skills, and open their mind to both sides of an issue. Students will be introduced to 12 common events and participate in an abbreviated version of each event. They will be expected to complete individual assignments, as well as work with your peers. Discussion and communication are key in this class.

FL 101 Spanish I (0.5)

The goal of this course is to promote oral fluency in Spanish while building confidence in the language. Storytelling is used to involve students and to provide plenty of practice with high-frequency words and structures. The reading of simple novels in Spanish is introduced. All oral stories and readings are in the present tense for thorough mastery. Writing is an extension of storytelling, and fluency is emphasized. Grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary are introduced. Cultural studies include various holidays and traditions.

FL 103 Latin I (0.5)

This course is an introduction to the Latin language, classical civilization, and their enduring influences on the modern world. Students learn how to pronounce Latin and begin acquiring a vocabulary of the most common words in Latin literature. The grammatical focus of the first year is facility with all cases of the noun. Students read and write simple Latin. Spoken Latin is used to promote skill with the language. The textbook is Hans Oerberg’s Lingua Latina per se Illustrata. Students acquire more vocabulary and gain greater fluency with the Latin noun and adjective. Readings touch on several aspects of Roman culture.

FL 201 Spanish II (0.5)

In this course, students continue to gain competence in speaking and understanding Spanish. Key structures in the language are introduced through storytelling. Vocabulary and structure build on the curriculum of Spanish I and become more complicated. Students read simple novels as well as authentic children’s novels to broaden their vocabulary. Prerequisite: FL 101

FL 203 Latin II (0.5)

In the second year of Latin, students consolidate their knowledge of the noun and adjective while developing facility with the forms of the Latin verb. Readings explore various aspects of Roman daily life. Readings and activities include an appreciation of the role of Latin in medieval culture and the liturgy Prerequisite: FL 103

FL 301 Spanish III (0.5)

Study of more complicated and expanded grammar and vocabulary continues while students, speak, read, write, and listen in a less guided, more independent manner. Reading materials vary to include a greater variety of genres. Grammar and vocabulary are further expanded and refined as more complicated structures are practiced. Prerequisite: FL 201

FL 303 Latin III (0.5)

The third year of Latin aims at further development of all forms of the verb, particularly the subjunctive, and a deeper understanding of Latin syntax. Readings include excerpts from the Vulgate (the Latin Bible) and prose adaptations of mythology. Readings increase in sophistication and complexity as preparation for the transition to unaltered works of classical literature Prerequisite: FL 203

FL 401 Spanish IV (0.5)

All structures learned in Spanish 1, 2, and 3 are reviewed and expanded. Vocabulary studies are increasingly specific, allowing students to express themselves more fully and understand others in the target language. The subjunctive mood is emphasized in the present tense. All verb tenses are reviewed and observed through stories, reading, and conversation. They respond to art and literature in spoken and written forms. The subjunctive mood continues to be emphasized, adding past subjunctive to the students’ repertoire. Prerequisite: FL301

FL 403 Latin IV A (0.5)

Readings in the fourth year include the works of several poets, including Catullus, Ovid, and Martial, and the prose of Caesar and Cicero. Attention is given to classical poetics and figures of speech. The grammatical work of the year includes a review of all forms and syntax. The work of the fourth year includes a literary tour of the monuments of ancient Rome and an introduction to Rome’s greatest epic poet, Vergil, and the Aeneid. Prose readings in history, philosophy, theology, and other genres will be selected based on available time and the interests of the class. Prerequisite: FL 303

MTH 101 Basic Algebra 1 (0.5)

Basic Algebra allows a student to cover the same material as Algebra I in an extended time period. MTH 101 Basic Algebra I covers the material presented in MTH 103- Algebra I. Students will focus on the properties of real numbers and solving equations.

MTH 103 Algebra I (0.5)

The first half of the Algebra I course addresses the properties of real numbers. Students will be able to solve linear equations and work with graphs of linear equations and functions. The semester is completed by using the knowledge of solving and graphing calculators to support their understanding.

MTH 203 Geometry (0.5)

This class will examine all aspects of Geometry in a formal manner with an emphasis on proofs, logical thinking and problem solving. Students will learn about lines, segments, angles, triangles, congruence, parallel and perpendicular lines, and other topics as time permits. Students will also make practical connections to Algebra and real world situations. Students will learn about polygons, right triangle trigonometry, similarity, circles, three-dimensional shapes, area, volume and more as time permits. Prerequisite MTH 103

MTH 303 Algebra II (0.5)

This course continues and expands the topics studied in Algebra I. Topics included in the first semester are a refresher of the real number system and inequalities. Linear equations and functions are then addressed to a further depth than in Algebra I. Systems of equations inequalities complete the investigation of equations. Matrices and determinants are used for basic operations and solving systems of equations. Quadratic functions complete the first semester. Graphing calculators will be used to help teach solutions for extended equations. The second semester of Algebra II begins with an in depth analysis of polynomials and polynomial functions. Powers, roots, and radicals are then addressed for evaluation and simplification. The next topic discussed is rational equations and functions. The semester ends with discussion quadratic relations and conic sections. Other topics will be addressed as time allows. Graphing calculators will be used to help teach solutions for extended equations. Prerequisite MTH 103

MTH 401 Pre-Calculus (0.5)

The first semester of this advanced mathematics course contains information about the properties of the real and complex number systems, arithmetic and geometric sequences, and behaviors and transformations of graphs. Graphing calculators will be a primary tool in this course. A minimum grade requirement of a “C” in MAT 303 is required.

The second semester of this advanced mathematics course addresses trigonometric functions. Students will derive and apply trigonometric identities. Students will study complex numbers in polar form. Students will be able to perform operations on vectors in two dimensions. Graphing calculators will be a primary tool in this course.

MTH 403 Calculus (Honors) (0.5)

Calculus provides methods for the advanced analysis of functions. It is especially recommended for students considering careers in math, science, and engineering. Topics in differential calculus include limits, the derivative, related rates, maxima and minima, and optimization. Besides learning the methods of calculus, students also study the mathematical foundations of calculus. Students enrolled for a full year of calculus may earn concurrent credit from Concordia University, Portland, for MTH 211, Calculus I (4 semester credits).

The second semester of calculus deals with integral calculus. Students calculate Riemann sums, evaluate definite and indefinite integrals, and solve differential equations. Differentiation rules and integral formulas are developed for logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric, and inverse trigonometric functions. L’Hôpital’s Rule is introduced and applied, as are other topics as time permits. Students enrolled for a full year of calculus may earn concurrent credit with Concordia University, Portland, for MTH 211 – Calculus I (4 semester credits). Prerequisite MTH 401.

MTH 405 Personal Finance (0.5)

Personal Finance is a two-semester course designed to help students understand the impact of individual choices on occupational goals and future earnings potential. Using simulations, students will experience real world scenarios and use strategies covered in the course to help them make sound financial decisions. Students will design personal and household budgets; simulate use of checking and saving accounts; demonstrate knowledge of finance, debt, and credit management; evaluate and understand insurance and taxes. This course will provide a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions.

OCS 101 Digital Arts (0.5)

The MRLHS Digital Arts department is up and fully operational. The lab features three digital workstations plus a Microsoft Surface all running the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of production software. We have the video capabilities to record in the newer 4K video resolution and a collection of semi-professional audio gear allowing us to create high quality video material. Students have been working this semester on creating logos in Adobe Illustrator, posters in Adobe Photoshop and television commercials in Adobe Premiere Pro. We have been able to capture video of numerous events around the MRLHS/CLS community including sporting events, pep rallies and community activities. Look for our newest video to premiere at the 2016 Growing Together Dinner Auction and a video highlighting our Mount Rainier Digital Arts program to premiere online this December.

OCS 102 Freshman Skills

This class sets the tone for new high school students to be successful in their four-year high school experience. It provides students with knowledge, practice, and experience with basic study skills, service leadership philosophy, passion and skills inventories, “beyond high school” planning, as well as website portfolio tracking.

PE 101 Physical Education I (0.5)

This course is an introduction to both team and individual sports. The focus will be on basic skills and rules for sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, etc. Students will be encouraged to concentrate on the enjoyment of the game and the gratification of exercise rather than on winning and losing. Students will be evaluated on participation, effort, attitude, and basic knowledge of the rules. This course may be repeated for credit.

PE 102 Health (0.5)

The curriculum in this course is broad in nature and focuses on three main themes: Physical, Mental/Emotional, and Social health. Units of study include basic body systems, physical activity and nutrition, achieving good mental health, stress management, and skills for healthy relationships. All topics are taught from a Christian perspective. This course is offered during January Term

REL 101 New Testament I (0.5)

The first semester of New Testament focuses on the Gospels and the life of Christ. Students will learn the basic principles of Christ-like living, understand the significance of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection, and explore the miracles and parables in greater depth.

The second semester of New Testament focuses on the lives of the early followers of Christ through the reading of Acts and the Epistles. Students will also discuss the End Times as they read the book of Revelation.

REL 201 Old Testament I (0.5)

Through the study of the Old Testament, students will gain understanding of God’s revelation of Himself through the gift of Scripture. Theological concepts will be discussed in their historical context, allowing students to gain appreciation for these biblical truths. The first semester course will cover the history books of the Old Testament: the books of Moses (The Pentateuch), Genesis through Deuteronomy, and Joshua through Esther. The second semester course will cover the poetry and worship books of the Old Testament as well as how God worked through the Prophets.

REL 303 Environmental Stewardship (0.5)

We are creatures created by God in a natural world filled with other creatures. In this class we will explore relationships; our relationship to the created world and our relationship to God. We will also explore responsibilities. How do these relationships determine our responsibilities? What experiences and ethical systems have influenced our understanding of these issues? Utilizing the Bible, texts, film, and discussion we will search for a Christian ethics of environmental stewardship.

REL 404 Worship Arts (0.5)

An exploration of worship from a Biblical perspective with the opportunity to creatively develop activities and events which engage students in culturally relevant and meaningful worship.

SCI 101 Physical Science (0.5)

This course serves as an introductory science overview wherein students will learn to “think lie scientists” through the study of lab skills, chemistry, physics, earth science, and space science, in order that they might become critical thinkers, logical problem solvers, stewards in their communities, engaged with their world and scientifically informed members of society.

SCI 201 Biology (0.5)

This course serves as an introductory overview of life science, examining the smallest components of cells to the larger interactions between organisms in their environment. Particular attention will be paid to the human body and its form and function.

SCI 205 Earth Science (0.5)

Earth Science is a branch of science that involves Geology, Oceanography, Meteorology, and Astronomy. We will explore the earth systems and the relationship to life on earth looking at historical and modern events which shaped the surface and life on earth.

SCI 301 Chemistry (0.5)

Chemistry is the branch of science that deals with the identification of the substances of which matter is composed; the investigation of their properties and the ways in which they interact, combine, and change; and the use of these processes to form new substances.

SCI 305 Environmental Science (0.5)

This course is based on the general study of our environment. Students learn the basic principles of ecology through a systematic examination of the earth, ecological interactions and the various biomes which includes laboratory work and a review of issues in our local communities. The course work is designed to focus students’ skills and thinking in relation to science, technology, community action and governmental regulations. We will also be conducting field work as a living lab at the Parkland Prairie site on a regular basis throughout the year.

SCI 401 Physics I (0.5)

Physics is the science of matter and energy. It is especially recommended for students considering careers in any scientific field and engineering. This course uses the nationally-recognized Modeling Instruction program. Abstracting from experience in the lab, students develop conceptual and mathematical models for the analysis of problems in classical mechanics. Considerable practice is given in oral and written communication, proper scientific procedure, and problem-solving. Topics addressed in the first semester include kinematics and Newton’s laws. This course assumes an ability to graph and solve linear and quadratic equations and an understanding of basic right-triangle trigonometry.

Building on the force concept developed in the first semester, students learn to analyze systems using the classical conservation laws of energy and momentum. Students also receive an introduction to rotational mechanics. Other topics are explored according to interest and as time permits. The course culminates with students completing their own independent laboratory investigation. Prerequesite SCI 401.

SOC 101 World Geography (0.5)

This course is focused on learning how to apply the five concepts of locations, region, movement, geographic features and human cultures as they interact with their environment. After determining and defining the key questions and terms in geography, students will also learn about basics of physical geography such as plate tectonics, weather, and erosion. They will also learn about human geography, including aspects of culture, governments, and economic systems. Finally, students will research the problem of diminishing resources on our Earth. All of these topics will help students understand God’s creation more completely.

SOC 103 World Cultures/Languages (0.5)

World Cultures and Languages is a Social Studies credit allowing students to research and learn about various cultures and peoples around the world.  Students will learn key phrases in different languages, sample cultural cuisine, and experience how other groups of people live their daily lives.  Topics include history, relations with the United States, modernization of society, and stereotypes vs. reality.  

SOC 203 Washington State History and Constitution (0.5)

This is a social studies class that focuses on the diverse geography and modern history of the Pacific Northwest with an emphasis on the state of Washington. Areas of study will include physical geography, Native American history, early exploration and settlement, 20th through 21st century history, Pacific Northwest economy, government structure, state constitution, and current events. This is a one semester course that satisfies the state graduation requirement for Washington state history.

SOC 301 United States History (0.5)

This is a course designed to better students’ understanding of the history of the United States. Each student will strive to learn important events, people, themes, and values that have shaped our country since its beginning. It will also be used to see how well these values and events relate to our current country. We will evaluate these values and events in an attempt to determine the future. Students will learn about Colonialism, the Early Republic, the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, the Antebellum US, and the Civil War. We will also look at what role Christianity has played the history and culture of the United States, where applicable.

SOC 401 American Government (0.5)

This course is designed to explore the history of the United States federal government as well as the current state of this government in America. The course will focus on democratic principles which guide our government, the Constitution, the three branches of our government, civil rights and liberties, voters and voter behaviors, political parties, the role of mass media and public opinion in government. Students will look at our political system to become better citizens with more understanding of our government system and how it works.

SOC 404 Introduction to Psychology (0.5)

This course is an introduction to psychology as the scientific study of behavior and mental process. Students will study behavior and thought, human growth and development, sensation and perception, and disorders.

SOC 405 Introduction to Sociology (0.5)

This course will provide students with a basic understanding of sociology as a scientific study of society and human behavior. Students will study both social interaction and social structure. This course emphasizes the world beyond what we are familiar with and the importance of diversity.