Thomas Kelly High School Course Catalog

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AVID
Fine Arts
Foreign Languages
IB
Language Arts
Mathematics
Music
Physical Education
Reading
Science
Social Studies
Vocational Arts
Thomas Kelly High School
Course Catalog
AVID
AVID
Wanna get away? We've got just the ticket for you! Come fly with AVID where the destination is turning your dream of attending COLLEGE into a reality! Pack your binders and get ready to experience the trip of a lifetime! Along your journey in this sensational elective course, you will gain organizational skills, set goals for your future, improve your reading, writing, and public speaking skills, participate in collaborative group work, learn how to voice your ideas with confidence in Socratic seminars, and get to know your fellow passengers through exciting team building experiences. Other highlights include: service learning projects; college and career research; super fun and educational college campus visits; and a multitude of inspiring guest speakers who will help navigate and inspire you on your educational journey!
Type: Elective Level: Freshman-Senior
Prerequisite(s): Hard work; a positive attitude; individual determination; and a GREEN CARD from Ms. Foley. Now boarding at GATE 218 (Ms. Foley’s office- 2nd floor next to the vending machines). GET ON BOARD! YOUR FUTURE AWAITS!
Instructors: Conley, Kirstein
Fine Arts
Drama I
Drama I is offered to students who have had no drama training and who want to learn theatrical skills and performance experience with emphasis on ensemble building, pantomime, stage movement, improvisation, acting and theater heritage. Drama I students will study the cultural contribution of theater, its structure, the play, and its performance. Students will go on two field trips to the Goodman Theatre and will work with a professional playwright to create their own 10-minute plays.
This is a performance-based class. Students will learn by participating in a series of hands-on theatre games and exercises. Students will perform solo pieces, duet scenes, and in large groups.
Type: Elective Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Prerequisite(s): None.
Instructors: Buino
Drama II
Drama II is offered to students who want to further their theatrical skills through work in acting, directing, and theater heritage. Basic principles of production are studied and applied through performances in various theatrical applications. Production work required. Enrollment in the course constitutes agreement to fulfill all curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular requirements (you must work on one production a year).
This is a performance-based class. Students will learn by participating in a series of hands-on theatre games and exercises. Students will perform solo pieces, duet scenes, and in large groups. Students will work with Drama 1 students to demonstrate and instruct various exercises.
Type: Elective Level: Junior, Senior
Prerequisite(s): You must have completed Drama 1 OR have worked on 2 of the after-school productions.
Instructors: Buino
IB
Information Technology in a Global Society I
You will create a website for their client using techniques in HTML, CSS, PHP, mySQL, with additional web2.0 tools. You will learn how to edit and manipulate digital images and video, how to work with databases, and about the software development life-cycle.
Students will select a client and begin the software life-cycle writing a problem statement, requirements, design, implementation and review of software.
Type: IB Level: Junior
Prerequisite(s): Green card
Instructors: Van Rhein
Information Technology in a Global Society II
This is the second course in a two course IB series that count for an IB Social Studies credit. Students either take this course or IB Music or IB Art. The course is a survey of current topics in information technology and a study of the ethical implications and impact of technology on the global society.
We go in-depth into some topics including image compression, public key encryption, relational database design, and Internet packet switching. Students will also be completing a two year service project that normally has them creating a website for a client they pick.
Type: IB Level: Senior
Prerequisite(s): Must be IB student and obtain a green card, ITGS I is a prerequisite.
Instructors: Van Rhein
Language Arts
Film as Literature
Ever watched a film in a movie theatre and enjoyed it so much that you wish you could get that ignorant person in the first row to stop talking loudly? Or make those kids in the back stop throwing popcorn? If you have an appreciation for film and enjoy viewing, discussing, and analyzing films, then film class is for you. We watch approximately 30 films throughout the school year—spanning various decades, film genres (categories), and film styles. Expect to see a variety of comedies, dramas, action/adventure films, and suspense/horror films along with some gangster films, film noir (detective films), romances, musicals, animated films, and foreign films. There is something for everyone’s taste. Along with viewing a wide spectrum of films in class, you will also analyze various films individually and in small group presentations, along with participating in class discussions. You’ll even become familiar with famous Hollywood directors and actors, along with some film terminology and techniques.
Type: Senior Elective Level: Elective
Prerequisite(s): None
Instructors: Raab, Wience
Journalism I
Students will produce publications for the Kelly High School community – including The Lamplighter, the school’s yearbook; The Clarion, the school’s newspaper; as well as The Clarion – On-Line, the school’s website publication. Students will also have the opportunity to be published in a variety of neighborhood publications and other student run publications that are always looking to print student work. Class will focus upon techniques for writing for publication, design methodology, photography and other components of both electronic and traditional journalism. The class will also focus upon the First Amendment, history of the press and the importance of a free press and student journalism. Prerequisite: This class is an elective, and you must obtain a green card from Mr. Collias in room 225 to take this course.
Students will begin the semester learning basic journalism concepts before being assigned to either the yearbook or the school's newspaper. Between October and May, the class becomes a lab course, utilizing the time to produce publications that are important to the Kelly community. Extensive after-school obligations are also an important part of this class. In addition to the class, the yearbook and newspaper both meet after school daily after your last class. Furthermore, you will be asked to go to a variety of Kelly events - including sporting events, dances and plays. Covering these events are an essential part of this class.
Type: Elective Level: Upperclassman
Prerequisite(s): This class is an elective, and you must obtain a green card from Mr. Collias in room 225 to take this course. You must also demonsrate basic writing skills, and an interest in writing, photography and publication design.
Instructors: Collias
Mathematics
Geometry
Geometry is a graduation track course designated primarily for sophomores and other students that have successfully completed the Algebra course. Students learn and apply geometric concepts and relations in a variety of forms and make use of measurements, including length, area and volume. A variety of materials and resources are utilized to facilitate students understanding of the concepts and completions of the following course units: Basics of Geometry; Segments and Angles; Parallel and Perpendicular Lines; Triangle Relationships; Congruent Triangles; Quadrilaterals; Similarity; Polygon and Area; Surface Area and Volume; Right Triangles and Trigonometry; and Circles. This course is also available in the Spanish and Polish formats for those students that have not as yet become assimilated into the mainstream of the school.
Type: Core Level: Sophomore
Prerequisite(s): Algebra I
Instructors: Armenta, Filas, Guerrero, E, Hernandez, R, Josephson, Mei, Molnar, Montano, J, Rinder, Saqri, Tatara, Tow
Physical Education
Physical Education III-Team Games and Sports
All students will participate in a variety of physical activities and classroom instructional activities. Activity classes consist of swimming, softball, soccer, volleyball, football, ultimate, dance, aerobics, basketball, conditioning, badminton, speed ball, lacrosse, broom ball, fitness, and team building skills. Students will design a personal fitness plan (mandatory assignment). Students will participate in a PSAE prep class in the Computer Room. If a student cannot perform in PE or Swim they need to get a Doctor's note from their doctor stating why they cannot participate and for how long.
Level: Junior
Prerequisite(s): PE Uniform consists of Kelly T-shit, Kelly shorts, Gym shoes and a lock. Costs are the following: shorts $10, T-shirt $10, gym fee $10.
Instructors: Buchic, Drake, Dunworth, Fields, Joyce, Klupshas, Kozak, Rouse, Travis
Physical Education IV-Individual and Lifetime Activities
All students will participate in a variety of physical activities and classroom instructional activities. Activity classes may consist of swimming,softball, soccer,volleyball,football,ultimate,broomball,dance,aerobics,basketball, conditioning,badminton,fitness,floor hockey,satryan ball and team building skills. They will also create a magazine. If a students can't participate in P.E. or swim they need to get a Doctor's note from their doctor stating why they can't participate and for how long.
Level: Senior
Prerequisite(s): Students need a Kelly P.E.uniform which cost $20.00 and the P.E. fee is $10.00
Instructors: Drake, Fields, Howard, Joyce, Juhasz, Rouse
Physical Education-Driver Education II
Students will participate in a variety of Physical activities and classroom activities. Driver education is provided in the sophomore year for 10 weeks. Students can only be absent 7 days out of the 10 week Driver Education Class. There are two mandatory assignments in the Driver Education class(Accident folder and sign folder or flash cards). Activity classes can consist of swimming,softball,volleyball,football,lacrosse,dance,aerobics,basketball, fitness,conditioning,badminton,low organized games, broomball,floor hockey, ultimate and satryan ball. IF a student can't participate in P.E. or Swim they need to get a Doctor's note from the doctor stating why they can't participate and for how long. DRIVER EDUCATION IS A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT!!!!
Level: Sophomore
Prerequisite(s): The required Physical Education uniform consists of Kelly gym shorts,t-shirt, gym shoes and a lock. The Kelly uniform is $20.00 and the fee is $10.00. DRIVER EDUCATION IS A GRADUCATION REQUIREMENT.
Instructors: Buchic, Dunworth, Fields, Howard, Joyce, Juhasz, Klupshas, Kozak, Mehorczyk, Travis
Physical Education-Health I
All students will participate in a variety of physical activities and classroom instructional activities. Health education is provided for 20 weeks. There is a mandatory assignment: oral and written report. Activity classes consist of swimming, softball, soccer, volleyball, football, floor hockey, dance, aerobics, basketball, conditioning, fitness, badminton, and lacrosse. If a student can't participate in PE or swim they need to get a doctor's note from their doctor stating why they can't participate and for how long.
Level: Freshman
Prerequisite(s): Students must purchase a Physical Education uniform. The cost is $10 for the shorts and $10 for the shirt. Also, there is a $10 course fee.
Instructors: Buchic, Drake, Joyce, Juhasz, Klupshas, Kozak, Mehorczyk, Travis, Wrenn
Reading
AVID
Wanna get away? We've got just the ticket for you! Come fly with AVID where the destination is turning your dream of attending COLLEGE into a reality! Pack your binders and get ready to experience the trip of a lifetime! Along your journey in this sensational elective course, you will gain organizational skills, set goals for your future, improve your reading, writing, and public speaking skills, participate in collaborative group work, learn how to voice your ideas with confidence in Socratic seminars, and get to know your fellow passengers through exciting team building experiences. Other highlights include: service learning projects; college and career research; super fun and educational college campus visits; and a multitude of inspiring guest speakers who will help navigate and inspire you on your educational journey!
Type: Elective Level: Freshman-Senior
Prerequisite(s): Hard work; a positive attitude; individual determination; and a GREEN CARD from Ms. Foley. Now boarding at GATE 218 (Ms. Foley’s office- 2nd floor next to the vending machines). GET ON BOARD! YOUR FUTURE AWAITS!
Instructors: Conley, Kirstein
Science
Physics
Physics is the analytical study of nature,focusing on matter and its motion through space-time. In simple terms,it is the study of how the universe behaves. Topics covered are linear and circular motion,gravitation,force,energy,properties of waves,properties of light and sound,optics,electrostatics,magnetism, relativity,vectors and selected topics in astronomy(i.e. black holes, escape velocity,universal expansion). In addition,concepts will be taught through the theories and laws of scientists such as Galileo,Newton,Kepler,Ohm,Faraday,Hubble, Einstein and Hawking.
Content will be taught,reviewed and assessed through lectures,classroom review assignments,study guides,unit tests,semester exams,labs and projects.Students are expected to take notes and engage in class discussions and group projects.
Type: Regular Level: Junior and Senior
Prerequisite(s): Completion of Earth Science,Biology,Algebra I and Geometry.
Instructors: Augusthy, Blan, Crownson, Cvetkovic, Johnson
Zoology
There is a stunning diversity of animal life on our planet. Conservative estimates for the number of animal species on earth are around 3 million! In this elective course you will explore the amazing diversity of animal life on our planet from ecological (animal lifestyle and interactions) and evolutionary (phylogenetic and historical relationship) perspectives. This a lab based course where all students will be required to DO science. You will design your own experiments to answer original research questions using live animals. In the past we have worked with brown anole lizards, giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches, flatworms, hermit crabs, termites and protozoa. This course is very connected to the scientific community and you will hear talks from visiting scientists throughout the year. This course requires a significant amount of reading of scientific papers and learning to write in a professional format to communicate the findings from your experiments. Each week a small team of students will be required to work as animal caretakers during division.
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Type: Senior Elective Level: Senior
Prerequisite(s): Obtain a green card from Mr. Reedy
Instructors: Reedy
Social Studies
AP United States History
Advanced Placement (AP) United States History covers US history from European contact to the present.  AP classes are meant to be college level classes conducted in high school.  They are to have college level of difficulty in terms of amount of reading, amount and type of work assigned, and sophistication of student participation expected.  This course proceeds at a pace of about one chapter per week: ten pages of reading per night and one quiz per week.

Student expectations The meaning of Advanced Placement

There is a nationwide Advanced Placement United States History exam in May.  Some colleges give credit for passing the AP exam and it can save tuition for the student and/or allow the student to immediately take a more advanced course in US History instead of having to take the college level US History survey course first.  Different colleges have different policies on granting credit for AP tests.  All colleges consider taking an AP class to be a sign of student commitment to college preparedness.

Students will be expected to be prepared for class by having done the assigned reading and also done some reflection on the material to be able to contribute to class discussion.  Most classes will be in a lecture/discussion format led by the teacher with active participation from students.  Students take turns making daily presentations on a question from the day’s readings.  Some classes will be a discussion format in which students are expected to carry a majority of the responsibility.   Students will be expected to work systematically on their writing.  Most writing will take place outside of class.
Type: AP Level: Senior
Prerequisite(s): Green card.
Instructors: Lamme
Asian Studies
Asian Studies is a year long course focusing on the history, cultures and current events of China and Japan. Students study key historical eras, including ancient/classical origins, contact with the West, WWII and the modern era. In addition to history, students will be introduced to Asian literature, music and arts. Students are encouraged to pursue independent studies based on personal interests. Student interests will help define the course of study.
Asian Studies is a project-based class in which students are expected to be highly participatory and take leadership roles in both the planning and completion of assignments. Often students will prepare and present lessons via power point and other media. They will have the opportunity to perform the Japanese Tea Ceremony, enact mythology plays, and engage in traditional flower arranging. There is at least one field trip per year. Current Instructor: Mrs. Binkis
Type: Senior Elective
Prerequisite(s): A Green Card must be obtained from Mrs. Binkis. Concurrent enrollment in or completion of required Social Studies courses (World Studies, U.S. History, Contemporary American History.)
Instructors: Binkis
Civics
Civics prepares students to be active members of their communities.  We study current issues like racism, teen pregnancy, education, homelessness, and immigration to name a few.  All students are required to engage in civic action on an issue of their own choosing.  We practice the skills of social change: research, identifying decision makers and how to influence them, planning and strategic thinking, writing petitions and letters, public speaking, organizing events such as informational meetings and demonstrations.  Students are expected to attend events outside of school such as public meetings, hearings, and demonstrations.  Students are expected to participate in a year end citywide Civics Fair.  The action focus of this class is determined by the students.
We have frequent discussions of what’s in the news.  Students work in groups organized around a particular issue.  Students are encouraged to bring issues to the class and to pursue their interests.
Instructors: Lamme
Contemporary American History
Contemporary American History (CAH) is a required course for juniors who are not enrolled in AP or IB History. Offered at both the regular and honors levels, CAH students investigate the events of the 20th century from the onset of World War I to the collapse of communism in the 1990s. Students will analyze the causes and effects of some of the most catastrophic wars in U.S. History and trace the impact of leaders such as Adolf Hitler, Franklin Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy. They will explore changing lifestyles and thought which emerged from the Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance, 1950s Conformity, 1960s rebellion, the New Conservatism of Ronald Reagan, and the roots of contemporary global conflicts.
In Contemporary American History students will be expected to read, discuss, form and express opinions. They will analyze first hand accounts (primary sources) and engage in technology based activities. College prep skills related to note-taking and clear written expression will be emphasized.
Type: REQUIRED for all juniors who are not in AP/IB History.
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in World Studies and sophomore U.S. History.
Instructors: Antos, Bell, J, Binkis, Cheung, Halberg, Lamme, Lascala, Magdaleno, Torres, Zehnder
Early World History: c1500 BC - 1500 AD
Do you want to know how the Egyptian Pyramids were built? Amaze your friends with Greek philosophy? Fantasize about walking the streets of Ancient Rome? Imagine life as a medieval knight or his elegant lady? Then Early World History is the class for you! We'll be exploring those civilizations, as well as ancient and medieval Near East societies, through primary source readings, other readings, and images, both ancient and contemporary.
Discussions regarding how events of the past, and the lessons learned from them, can be applied to today's world, and how the events of the ancient world influenced today's events will be key elements. The course is also intended to prepare students for college by analyzing readings, participating in Socratic Seminars, projects, and through various writing assignments. There will be at least one field trip to the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago (features artifacts from the Ancient Near East and Egypt) in the fall semester, and probably a second in the spring. Primary source readings include (but are not limited to) the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Plato's "Symposium," Cicero's letters, parts of The Twelve Caesars, by Suetonius, poems from Ovid's Metamorphosis, portions of The Lays of Marie de France (medieval chivalric stories), portions of Boccaccio's Decameron, and portions of Dante's Divine Comedy.
Type: Elective Level: Senior
Prerequisite(s): You will need to obtain a green card from Ms. Bradley, but the class is open enrollment.
Instructors: Bradley
Model United Nations
Drug trafficking… refugee crises… deadly epidemics… nuclear proliferation… globalization... immigration... Are you interested in learning about pressing international issues such as these and studying fascinating cultures around the world? Would you like to develop your public speaking, discussion, research and writing skills for college? In this exciting elective course, students will have the opportunity not only to learn about the history, organization, functions, and achievements of the United Nations, but also to experience the United Nations by participating in Model U.N. conferences at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
At these conferences, students take on the role of U.N. delegates from a variety of countries, negotiating a wide array of complex and critical current events issues from the perspective of their assigned nations. Other highlights of the course include an overnight stay at Chicago Hostel International, a major service project undertaken in cooperation with aid organizations in the West African nation of Ghana, and eye-opening documentaries and films. This is a highly interactive class so be prepared to participate!
Type: Elective Level: Senior
Prerequisite(s): You must obtain a green card from Mr. Carlson.
Instructors: Carlson
IB HL History of Europe I
Have you ever wondered why the Mona Lisa is considered such a great painting, or how there came to be so many different Christian religions in the West? Do you want to understand how plans for great societies often degenerate into bloody reigns of terror or how average citizens can follow a Hitler or a Stalin? IB European History I analyzes these issues and more. Designed to mirror university level Western Civilization courses, European history begins with the Renaissance and concludes with the modern day European Union.
As with all AP classes, this is a course for serious students who want to challenge themselves by attempting university level work while still in high school. Students are required to take notes on an average of 35 pages of reading per week, analyze primary sources and interpretive articles for participation in Socratic Seminars, and commit to the writing process by completing a series of essays in the styles required for annual national AP exams. Students are not expected to know how to do all these things. The necessary skills will be taught in the class. But they must make a serious commitment to the learning process. Although demanding, this is a class that returning college students cite as having best prepared them for university level work.
Type: IB/AP Level: Junior or Senior
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of honors or AP level work. Students must obtain a green card from Mrs. Binkis.
Instructors: Binkis, Mclean
Psychology
Am I destined to be like my parents? Why can't I remember that word that's on the tip of my tongue? What did that dream I had mean? What causes depression? What's up with making rats run through mazes? Why do people act like they do? How did I get to be "me"? Learn the answers to these questions in Psychology! Psychology provides students with a scientific approach to the study of human behavior and mental processes. Students will explore various aspects of human behavior including theories of personality, aspects of thought processes, states of consciousness, motivation and emotion, human development, learning and memory, basic areas of mental illnesses and treatment methods, and so much more!
The class will be taught in a Lecture/Discussion format with moderate levels of reading to be completed by the students as homework.
Type: Elective Level: Senior
Prerequisite(s): To receive a green card, students must have earned an A or B in Biology. Students with a C or lower, or students who have not taken Biology may be admitted to Psychology by the discretion of the teacher.
Instructors: Zehnder
Sociology
This Sociology course will be conducted using a myriad of methodologies, but will mainly focus on lively, mature discussion. Teacher lecture, student created cornell notes, and a reasonable amount of reading will also facilitate learning. The instructor will expect brief reaction papers after each discussion.
Type: Elective Level: Senior
Prerequisite(s): None
Instructors: Nash
Urban Studies
The Windy City. The Second City. The City of Big Shoulders. Hog Butcher to the World. These are just some of the names used to describe the amazing city we call home, namely, Chicago. From the glaciers from the last ice age that created Lake Michigan to the Fort Dearborn Massacre; from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire to two World’s Fairs; from the Sears’ Tower to the slaughter houses of the stockyards; from the Prairie Avenue elites such as Marshall Field and George Pullman to the workers in the steel mills and factories; from the benevolence of Jane Addams to the bootlegging Al Capone; from jazz and blues to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; from labor riots to gentrification; from the Art Institute to Millennium Park; from the splendor of the Columbian Exposition to race riots, this course will explore the history, culture, people, and events that transformed Chicago from a marshy swamp land on the prairies of the Midwest into a truly dynamic and world-class city known for its ethnic neighborhoods, prominent architecture, world-class institutions, controversial politics, and appetizing cuisine.
This course will be taught using a variety of methods but will mainly focus on projects, discussions, writing assignments, student presentations, and outside readings. The use of technology, such as Internet research, Google mapping, and projects using Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher will be heavily emphasized. Students can expect four to five major projects for the year, one focusing on Chicago’s buildings and landmarks, one on Chicago’s important people and events, an Excel project where students use Census data to graph Chicago’s demographic (population) changes over the years, a student-created travel brochure for Chicago, and a neighborhood history project. Students will also read novels and other books related to Chicago history, such as The Jungle and The Devil in White City. Course topics will be brought to life through field trips, such as an architectural river cruise; tours of Jane Addams’ Hull House, the Board of Trade and the Federal Reserve, The Chicago History Museum, and Robert McCormick’s mansion and grounds at Cantigny. Independent scavenger hunts and walking tours will also be part of this course, and when possible, field trips will be combined with lunch at an ethic restaurant such as in Greek town or Little Italy.
Type: Elective Level: Senior
Prerequisite(s): No prerequisites or green cards required.
Instructors: Oswald
World Studies: 1500 - 1980
World Studies is a year-long survey course covering world history from c1500 (The Renaissance) through c1980 (the Cold War). Other topics include (but are not limited to) the early Americas, European Exploration, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and Napoleon, World War I, and World War II.
The class will be taught using a variety of methods, including group work, projects, lectures, and class discussions. There is a textbook issued for the class, but other readings, including primary sources, will also be incorporated, as will visual sources. Students will also take a final exam at the end of each semester.
Type: Core Level: Freshman
Prerequisite(s): None.
Instructors: Bradley, Cheung, Estrada-Vega, Hyland, Mclean, Nolan, Suchecki, Suwe, Vega, Ventura
Vocational Arts
Accounting I
How would you like to get a head start on the number one college major? How would you like to be able to be your own boss in a prestigious career? In accounting, you can begin to learn the concepts necessary to manage your own money and that of clients. The accounting cycle will be presented in a logical way utilizing the computer to help develop skill in planning, keeping, analyzing, and interpreting financial information. Practical exercises will be used involving sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Come join those who have already made the right choice!
Type: Elective
Prerequisite(s): No prerequisite
Instructors: Rendak
Accounting II
Can you imagine how it would be to be able to manage the financial information for a Fortune 500 company? How about handling a small business in your own community? By continuing to learn the concepts involved in “the language of business,” you can do just that! Keep the records for a disc jockey, a computer firm, an auto dealership, or even the Chicago Bulls with the use of simulated accounting packets. Your knowledge and skill will be enhanced, and you will be well on your way to a career in the biggest field today! Being an accountant is one career where you will always be able to find a job!
Type: Elective
Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: Accounting I
Instructors: Rendak
Business Academy I
Business Academy I $$$$ Every wonder how rich people got all that money? Was it luck? Hard work? Maybe both? Most of us know about certain fabulously wealthy Americans, like Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, and Bill Gates of Microsoft, but what about the rich and not so famous? Counting just dollars, not possessions such as houses, there are an estimated 3.1 millionaires in the United States. You may live next to one and not even know it. But wouldn’t you just love to know how to do what that guy did? The Business Academy 1 class will introduce you to the not-very-secret secrets of the millionaire next door. In this class you’ll learn the basics of financial planning, budgeting, using credit, saving, investing, taxation, and basic business and economic principles. It is a first course designed to provide the foundation for further studies in accounting, business and marketing and entrepreneurship. Even if you are not planning on a career in any of these fields, knowing how to manage your finances is a necessity of life, arming you with knowledge that can prevent a lot of problems and heartache. While money can’t buy love or happiness, life without enough money can become a very difficult, painful struggle. So take control of your future, learn the basics now and make your money work for you. $$$$ Instructors: Ms. DiNapoli, Ms. Rendak, Mr. Scavo and Mr. Stec.
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Level: Sophmore, Junior and Senior
Prerequisite(s): None
Instructors: DiNapoli, Rendak, Scavo, Stec
Entrepreneurship I
$$$$$ Do you like money? Have you ever thought about owning your own busine$$? Do you have busine$$ ideas? Are you a self-starter? Are you creative? Entrepreneurship is the class for you. You will design a busine$$ plan for the busine$$ of your choice. You will learn what it takes to be a successful small busine$$ owner. If you have the drive and desire to be an entrepreneur, this class is for you! Mr. $¢avo (Room 205) is the lead teacher for the entrepreneurship program. $$$$$
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Type: Regular Level: Sophmore, Junior or Senior
Instructors: Scavo
Radio and Television Broadcast Technology I
Are you interested in learning how to use both a studio and hand held camera? Or edit footage using the latest Final Cut Pro computer editing software? Do you want to shoot public service announcements, commercials, television and movie scenes, or music videos? If you said "Yes!" to any of these questions, then this course is definitely for YOU! Over the year, you will receive the latest in local and national news, while learning how to share your views, creativity and communication skills with the world...or at least your classmates and school! You will learn independently but you will participate in group projects so polish up on your interpersonal skills! We want to help you make the transition from education to career...And it starts right here!
These skills will be obtained through the use of scripts, storyboards, hands-on experience and workshops, guest speakers from the television industry, one day internships and field trips to some of the largest television studios and production houses in Chicago.
Type: Elective Level: Sophonmore, Junior, or Senior
Prerequisite(s): An enthusiasm to try something new and different!
Instructors: Garris
Radio Television Broadcast Tech II
This course is for studetns that took Radio Televison Broadcast Tech I and decided they were thirsty for more! This advanced level class takes a beginner student and prepares them to enter directly into the broadcast world! Students are given the opportunity to begin making their digital resume or become certified in Final Cut Pro, which in turn, gives them the advantage of working in the industry upon graduation. But this course is not just for those interested in working in the field. If you are creative and merely enjoy writing, producing, directing and editing, this class allows you TWO periods to do just that! You will make CREATIVE HISTORY in your own editing bay (office), making professionally edited psas, commercials, music videos, parodies, newscasts and much more!
This class allows students to work more independently, by encouraging students to create their own projects, under the supervision of Mr. Brown, the Editor and Engineer of the R/TV Department. A hands-on approach is taken, with grading based on research, creativity and a huge emphasis on editing.
Type: Elective Level: Junior and Senior
Prerequisite(s): Class is a TWO PERIOD course worth TWO credits. The class can only be taken during 2nd AND 3rd period. You must take the course both periods.
Instructors: Garris