Course Selection Guide
Elective Course Descriptions
Fundamentals of Art – Grades 9-12 (0.5 credit)
Students will learn about the elements and principles of design as they explore different mediums. Students will be introduced to drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. They will continue to build skill and discover ideas through sketching and exposure to art history. This course is foundational to all other art courses.
2 – Dimensional Design – Grade 10 Preference (0.5 credit)
Students will continue to build skill in the areas of 2-dimensional design. Mediums such as drawing, painting, and printmaking will be explored in depth. Students will be exploring the use of these mediums and a variety of techniques used throughout art history. Each student will keep a sketchbook to brainstorm and practice technique. (Prerequisite—Fundamentals of Art) (Fee - $25)
3 – Dimensional Design – Grade 11 Preference (0.5 credit)
Students will continue to build skill in the areas of 3-Dimensional design. A variety of sculptural mediums will be explored—including clay, wood, stone, metals and paper. Students will be exploring the techniques of sculptural design and how it has been used as a visual tool throughout art history. Each student will keep a sketchbook to brainstorm and reflect on work. (Prerequisite—Fundamentals of Art) (Fee - $25)
Photography – Grade 12 Preference 12 (0.5 credit)
Students will be introduced to black and white film photography and processing. They will also experiment with digital photography and a brief introduction to Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn how to control the camera’s functions and take better pictures. Each student will hand in a portfolio of work at the end of the course. (Prerequisite—Fundamentals of Art) (Fee - $25)
Advanced Studies in Art – Grade 12 Preference (0.5 credit)
Advanced studies gives students who have taken Introduction to art and either 2-dimensional art, 3-dimensional art, or photography the opportunity to further develop skill in their chosen area of study. Projects will be tailored to the students’ interest in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking or photography. Students will choose one medium in which to focus and develop a higher level of skill and understanding. (Prerequisite—2-D, 3-D or photography) (Fee - $25)
Evangelism Team Grades 11-12 (0.5 credit)
Students will learn in the classroom about evangelism and defending their faith, practical experience is gained through tract distribution, community youth gym nights and programs in churches, prisons and youth detention centers.
Quiz Team Grade 9-12 (0.50 credit)
Students participate in ACSI quiz team events they will be required to memorize the prescribed passage and compete on the quiz team.
Computer Applications (0.5 credit)
The Computer applications course is designed to introduce students to Microsoft Word and Excel. Basics of the operating system and files management topics will be covered. An emphasis will be proper document formatting and understanding the MLA report style. Students will also become more proficient in touch typing.
Advanced Word (0.25 credit) runs 1st quarter
This class continues the computer applications course by focusing on the advanced functions available in a word processor like mail merges and advanced formatting.
Intro to PowerPoint & Publisher (0.25 credit) runs 2nd quarter
This ¼ credit class continues the computer applications course by introducing PowerPoint and Publisher software packages.
Advanced Excel (0.25 credit) runs 3nd quarter
This ¼ credit class continues the computer applications course by focusing on the advanced functions available in a spreadsheet program like lookup tables and complicated business formulas.
Introduction to QuickBooks (0.25 credit) runs 4rd quarter
This ¼ credit class introduces QuickBooks an industry standard small business accounting software package. After completing this course a student will be able to use QuickBooks.
Basic Office Skills (0.5 credit)
This ½ credit 1 semester course is designed to build skills that someone working in a small business will utilize, whether it is a business owner with few or no employees or an office manager for a business. Skills will include office organization; manage a small or home office and proper phone skills.
Advanced Office Skills (0.5 credit)
This ½ credit 1 semester class continues the Basic Office Skills course. Students will be taken further in managing an office. This course is more suited to someone interested in being and executive assistant or office manager in a larger organization.
Accounting 1 & 2 (1 credit each)
Two years of business accounting provides students with an accounting education comparable to one year of post-secondary business college. After an introduction to the basic principles of accounting, students learn the procedures for keeping business records for a service business, a departmentalized merchandising business and a light manufacturing industry. Sole proprietorships in the first semester of Accounting 1 give way to instruction in partnership accounting and corporate accounting, both of which are covered in greater detail in Accounting 2.
Computer Programming 1, 2, 3 (0.5 credit each)
These ½ credit courses will introduce a student to the world of computer programming. Using Windows compatible computers, the students will be taught how to develop well-structured and friendly-to-use programs in math and various business functions using a structured language known as PASCAL. Some of the advanced topics in these courses will include pointers, linked lists and trees, recursion and developing units. Students will also get the opportunity to program in a visual programming language called "Delphi".
Home Ec - Grades 9-12 (1 credit)
Activities will include developing beginning sewing skills and the use, care and selection of a sewing machine. Potholders, aprons, small comforters and bags will be produces. Cooking and baking skills, food safety rules and nutrition will also be taught.
Advanced Home Ec – Grades 11-12 (0.5 credit)
Sewing instruction will include selecting patterns and fabric types. Cooking and baking will include canning and preserving.
Cabin Living – Grades 12 (0.5 credit)
Kitchen and living skills for guys, preparing them for life on or off the mission field.
Child Care – Grade 12 (0.5 credit)
This class follows child growth and development from conception to six years old. We will discuss childhood conditions, basic First Aid, etc. Occasionally a guest speaker will share on child training, household management, etc.
Spanish 1 (1 credit)
This course provides the basics of Spanish language study. The text and tape program provide a three-fold emphasis on vocabulary, grammar and communication. Insight into various Spanish cultures is also provided.
Spanish 2 (1 credit)
Students in Spanish 2 continue to build their vocabularies and increase their knowledge of Spanish grammar. Ability to communicate, both to understand and to express oneself, is developed in this course. Completion of Spanish II may qualify a student to enter a college level Spanish course in the second or third semester.
Spanish 3 (1 credit)
Spanish 3 continues to build vocabulary and confidence. Most of the tenses are covered including when and how to use them. Speaking, writing, and cultural awareness are an important part of this course.
Spanish 4 (1 credit)
Spanish 4 expands vocabulary while getting into reading letters, reading short stories, and learning and presenting Bible stories.
Other Foreign Languages (up to 1 credit per year)
Through Rosetta Stone Language learning system we have access to various languages. You will receive ½ credit per level, up to 1 credit per year. You need to have a 92% average to receive credit and have a 97% average to continue levels. (Fee - $40/year)
Wood Shop 1 (1 credit)
Wood Shop 1 is an introduction to basic woodworking. Students will learn to identify various kinds of wood and learn safe and efficient usage of hand and power tools. Most of the class time will be occupied with working on relatively simple projects of the student's choice. Some time will be regularly set aside for lecture, discussions and demonstrations. Short textbook assignments will be given for homework. Topics such as planning projects, measurements, usage of fasteners, making joints and finishing techniques will be covered. (Students are expected to cover the cost of wood for personal projects)
Wood Shop 2, 3, 4 (1 credit each)
Wood Shop 2, 3, 4 is a further extension of Shop 1. Students will be expected to undertake more involved projects such as cabinets, desks etc. Topics such as cabinet construction, paneled door making, drawer making, and installation of hardware, veneering and use of Formica will be covered. (Students are expected to cover the cost of wood for personal projects)
Small Engines 1, 2, 3 (0.5 credit each)
These ½ credit shop classes mix the principles of operations, part ordering and recognition of the skills needed to disassemble and reassemble four and two-cycle engines. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate the mastery of such skills by personally tearing down and reassembling at least two of the shop's engines. Then the student will troubleshoot engines of their own or the schools. Trouble-shooting involves the diagnosis of problems and their subsequent repair by adjustments or the replacing of worn or defective parts with new. The second semester course continues to build on the concepts learned during the first semester, providing experience with larger engines and some advanced techniques not covered in the introductory course. (Students are expected to cover the cost of parts for personal equipment)
Basic Electricity (0.5 credit)
This course is designed for anyone who has an interest in electricity. Areas presently being studied are Ohm's law, National Electric Code, residential wiring and basic switching applications. Students will study the theory of the areas mentioned as well as having the opportunity to demonstrate their wiring skills with lifelike simulations of many of the principles studied.
Welding 1 & 2 (0.5 credit each)
½ credit courses in welding. Welding 1 gives the student an introduction to the theory and the basic skills needed to weld using electric stick and oxyacetylene equipment. Welding 2 is an extension of these skills. This course is graded mainly on the welding skills demonstrated by the students. Welds include butt, fillet and lapp welds made in the flat, horizontal and vertical positions. (Students are expected to cover the cost of metal for personal projects)
Physical Fitness – Grades 11-12 (0.125 credit per semester)
This course is designed to provide the student with a basic knowledge and understanding of physical fitness. In addition the course will help the student assess his/her own fitness level. A large part of class time will be spent doing a variety of activities (stretches, running, weightlifting etc.) which will help the students attain a suitable level of fitness. (offered periodically)
Basketball – Grades 11-12 (0.125 credit)
This course is designed to help the students excel at basketball. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamental skills, rules and basic strategies of the game. Games with other schools will be scheduled and possibly a tournament.
Volleyball – Grades 11-12 (0.125 credit)
This course is designed to help the students excel at volleyball. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamental skills, rules and basic strategies of the game. Games with other schools will be scheduled and possibly a tournament.
US Government – Grade 12 (0.5 credit)
A study of the U. S. Constitution and the present operations of the federal government is applied to national and world events, with a focus on current politics and events.
Current Events – Grade 12 (0.5 credit)
Discussion and observations of the current events within our Anabaptist perspective
Pre-Calculus (1 credit)
Pre-calc is offered periodically for advanced students. Calculus topics are introduced to give the student, planning on entering a science or math field, a strong basis for beginning a science math curriculum at a college or university. This course is not designed to replace a first semester college calculus course, but provide a strong foundation for collegiate mathematics for the science/math major.
Music Theory 2 (0.5 credit)
This will be an advanced course for students who want a greater knowledge of how music is written and performed. Units of study will include advanced theory, song leading, choral conducting and song writing. The unit on theory will include choral analysis, intervals, rhythm and sight singing and will help prepare students to write music of their own.
Class Voice (0.5 credit)
Class Voice is designed to help students develop confidence in their own voice through solo singing in an informal and open classroom atmosphere. Students will be taught correct breathing and posture and will be shown how to improve pronunciation, tone quality and vocal projection. In addition to solo singing, some emphasis will be placed on small group singing such as duets, trios and quartets.
Sight Singing 1 & 2 (0.5 credit each)
The purpose of these courses is to improve music reading ability and is strongly encouraged for those who want to sing on Chorale. Emphasis will be placed on reading rhythms, melodic and harmonic parts from the hymnal, as well as from solo and choral literature. One need not be a great sight reader to enroll; all you need is a will to learn. For those who have always wanted to be able to read music, this class will help develop your musical skills. Sight Singing 2 is an advanced course for those looking for a greater challenge in music reading. Taking Sight Singing 1 fulfills the graduation requirements for music at FMH.
Faith Chorale (1 credit)
Faith Chorale is the touring choral group of FMH and is an elective for juniors and seniors by audition only. The group rehearses four times a week and performs up to two concerts per month in area churches. Students are required to do some rehearsal out of class and to memorize all the music performed. It is expected that students in Chorale are able to sight read music and also carry their own parts individually. Repertoire includes a variety of pieces from the "great" composers as well as music written in this century. (Sight singing strongly encouraged to be taken concurrently)
Anatomy and Physiology – Grade 12 (1 credit)
This course is primarily concerned with the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Attention is given to both gross and microscopic anatomy while stressing the intimate relationship between anatomy and physiology. Such topics have given students going into medical careers an excellent background as well as preparation for any future studies. This course also covers brief units dealing with entomology, bacteriology, bacteriology laboratory procedures and genetics. These studies will increase one's awareness of the complexity and uniqueness of God's creation.
Physics – Grade 12 (1 credit)
Physics permits students to learn about the physical laws which explain how God ordered the physical universe. Topics studied include kinematics, mechanics, simple harmonic motion, fluid motion and beginning gas theory.
Work Study – Grade 12 (1 period/day = .25 credit)
The FMH Work Study program is designed to help eligible seniors explore a career interest in a hands-on manner. By working at an off campus location, students are provided with an opportunity to make a more informed decision on their future career choice. The program utilizes supervision by both the FMH staff and an employer. Students receive some high school credit for their participation in the program. Students must meet all of the requirements listed in the Work Study Packet.
Career Exploration – Grade 12 (1 period/day = .50 credit)
The FMH Career exploration program is designed to help eligible seniors explore a career interest in a hands-on manner. By volunteering at an on or off campus location, students are provided with an opportunity to make a more informed decision on their future career choice. The program utilizes supervision by both the FMH staff and a community sponsor, and students must volunteer in a non-wage capacity. Students receive high school credit for their participation in the program. Students must meet all of the requirements listed in the Career Exploration Packet.