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Secondary Essential Learning Objectives

Art--All MS & HS Classes 

Students will...

1. Understand and apply techniques, media and processes to create art.    
2. Understand the relationship between art and cultures throughout history.
3. Understand and apply components of art criticism to their own work and the work of others.  
 

Business, Communicative Arts, Informational Technology--All HS Classes (new in 2013-2014)

Students will...

1.  Apply ethical principals in all content areas.

2.  Understand how to analyze, problem-solve, and experience the creative process.  

3. Understand how to communicate in diverse environments.

4.  Understand and apply the collaborative process.

Career Skills Inventory--8th Grade

Students will...

1.  Develop technology skills.
2.  Use technology safely and ethically.
3.  Learn soft skills for career success.
4.  Learn self values, interests, skills.
5.  Identify Nebraska career clusters.
6.  Know post secondary education and career options.
7.  Display goal setting and planning skills.
8.  Know process of obtaining jobs.
9.  Know how to become valuable employees.  
10.  Learn about paychecks and taxes.  

English and Reading--MS & HS Classes 

Students will...

1.  Learn and apply reading skills and strategies to comprehend grade level text.  
2.  Learn and apply writing skills and strategies to communicate effectively.   
3.  Learn and apply speaking and listening skills and strategies to communicate effectively.   
4.  Students will apply information fluency and practice digital citizenship.  

Family Consumer Science--HS Classes

Students will...

Culinary 1
Demonstrate skills that affect food safety in industry.
Select and use equipment with accuracy.
Develop food preparation skills.
Culinary 2
Demonstrate procedures for food products in service industry.
Demonstrate the art of service.
Explore career opportunities in food service industry.
Foods 1
Incorporate health and wellness practices.
Understand safety and sanitation practices.
Understand the basics of food preparation.
Foods 2
Evaluate impact of science and technology on food consumption.
Understand skills to be conscientious consumers.
Investigate influence of culturally-diverse cuisine.
Infant Development
Understand conception and pre-natal care.
Understand birthing process and post-natal care.
Understand development and care up to age 2.
Pre-school Development
Understand development and care ages 3 to 5.
Understand career opportunities in early childhood education.
Guiding Children
Understand roles and responsibilities of guiding children.
Understand family dynamics and their impact.
Introduction to Education
Understand teaching as a profession.
Understand effective classroom practices.

Instrumental Music--6th, MS, and HS 

Students will...

1.  Be acquainted with a wide variety of music, including music of other cultures and diverse musical styles and genres.  They will be able to make music, alone and with others, and their skill provides for the understanding of music as a form of self- and social-expression.  

2.  Develop an understanding of theortetical aspects of the musical language and be able to respond to music aesthetically, intellectually, and emotionally.  Through active participation in their concert(s), they will be able to make judgments based on critical listening and analysis of their performance. 

3.  Understand the relationship between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.  

Health--7th & 9th Grade

Students will...

1.  Understand how personal, community, and global choices impact lifelong health and wellness. 

Math--All MS & HS Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Algebra III

Students will...

1.  Communicate number sense concepts using multiple representations.
2.  Communicate geometric and measurement concepts using multiple representations.
3.  Communicate algebraic concepts using multiple representations.
4.  Communicate data analysis and probability concepts using multiple representations.

Math--HS Pre-Calculus

Students will...

1.  Graph and model rational power and root functions.
2.  Graph and model inverse, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
3.  Apply and solve systems of equations using an appropriate method.
4.  Calculate probability of events, solve counting problems, and apply properties of sequences and series. 
5.  Choose, apply, and communicate trigonometric strategies for problem solving and modeling. 
6.  Develop arguments to verify trigonometric identities.
7.  Apply knowledge of geometry and trigonometry to solve problems using conics, parametrics, and polars. 

Math--HS Calculus

Students will...

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of Limits and Continuity.
2.  Communicate the concept of derivative using graphical, analytical, and numerical representations.
3.  Apply the derivative to a variety of real world situations.
4.  Communicate integration techniques.
5.  Apply the antiderivative to a variety of real world situations.
6.  Apply integrals and derivatives to solve motion problems.

Math--HS Calculus AP

Students will...

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of Limits & Continuity.
2.  Communicate the concept of derivative using graphical, analytical, and numerical representations.
3.  Apply the derivative to a variety of real world situations.
4.  Communicate integration techniques.
5.  Apply the antiderivative to a variety of real world situations.
6.  Apply differential equations to real world problems.

Math--HS Statistics 

Students will...

1.  Make use of graphical and numerical techniques to study patterns and departures from patterns.
2.  Make use of graphical and numerical techniques to explore lines of best fit.
3.  Determine the best method of data collection and analysis to obtain valid information on a conjecture.
4.  Anticipate patterns by exploring random phenomena using probability.

Math--HS Statistics AP  

Students will... 

1.  Make use of graphical and numerical techniques to study patterns and departures from patterns.
2.  Determine the best method of data collection and analysis to obtain valid information on a conjecture.
3.  Anticipate patterns by exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation.
4.  Estimate population parameters and test hypotheses.

Math--HS Discrete Math 

Students will...

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of graph theory.
2.  Demonstrate knowledge of counting and probability.
3.  Demonstrate knowledge of apportionment and voting techniques.
4.  Demonstrate knowledge of various numeration systems.

 Math--HS Trigonometry  

Students will...

1.  Choose and apply appropriate trigonometric strategies for problem-solving.
2.  Graphically and algebraically communicate transformations of fundamental trigonometric functions.
3.  Develop arguments to verify trigonometric identities.

Physical Education--All Class MS & HS

Students will...

1.  Understand and actively perform the concepts and principles of a healthy lifestyle through curriculum-based activities.
2.  Understand and actively perform the concepts and principles of a healthy lifestyle through curriculum-based activities.

3.  Understand and actively perform the concepts and principles of a healthy lifestyle through curriculum-based activities.

Science--MS & HS

Students will...

Physical Science
1.  Understands the scientific method,lab safety,and how to analyze data.
2.  Understand energy transfer in phase changes and identifies a substance based on chemical and physical properties.
3.  Use the periodic table to identify elements with similar properties and how they bond.
4.  Balance chemical equations and identifies the type of chemical reaction and their rates of reaction.
5.  Apply the formulas for speed, velocity, and acceleration to solve problems.
6.  Describe and apply Newton's Three Laws to everyday actions and understands gravitational forces.
7.  State the Law of Conservation of Energy and apply it to energy conversions and understands nuclear energy and heat transfer.
8.  Describe the characteristics of waves, plate tectonics, and electrical fields.
Physics
1.  Understand that motion can be represented in a variety of ways using graphical and mathematical means.
2.  Differentiate between motion, inertia, and momentum.
3.  Connect the concepts of energy transfer and conservation.
4.  Understand the formation of gravitational fields around masses.
5.  Understand the principles of sound and optics.
6.  Understand the formation of electromagnetic fields around masses.
7.  Understand the principle of energy transfer in fission and fusion.
Physics AP
1.  Apply principles of motion to solve two-dimensional and three-dimensional problems.
2.  Understand that energy can be used to change motion, inertia or momentum.
3.  Understand the principles of sound and optics.
4.  Understand principles of electricity and magnetism.
5.  Understand concepts in modern physics.
6.  Conceptualize concepts in gravitational force and curved space.
7.  Conceptualize theories in Fluid and Thermal Mechanics.  
Biology
1.  Understand the scientific method and common characteristics of biochemical processes.
2.  Understand the characteristics of life, microscopes, and the common characteristics of cells and their functions.
3.  Understand the common characteristics of cells and cellular processes.
Students understand the molecular basis of heredity and how it relates to human genetics.
4.  Understand the scientific explanation of the history and change of life on Earth and how organisms are classified.
5.  Understand the major characteristics of  microorganisms and interactions and diversity of microorganisms.
6.  Understand the structures, functions, interactions, and diversity of vertebrates and invertebrates.
7.  Understand the importance and diversity of plants.
8.  Understand the ecological relationships between organisms and their environment.
Biology AP
1.  Understand the chemistry of life.
2.  Understand the common characteristics of cells and their cellular processes.
3.  Understand the molecular basis of heredity and how it relates to human genetics.
4.  Understand the scientific explanation of the history and change of life on Earth.
5.  Understand the major characteristics, interactions, and diversity of microorganisms. 
6.  Understand the structures, functions, interactions, and diversity of vertebrates and invertebrates.
7.  Understand the importance and diversity of plants.
8.  Understand the ecological relationships between organisms and their environment.
Medical Biology
1.  Understand the structures and functions of the integumentary, skeletal, and muscular systems and how they interact with other systems of the human body.
2.  Understand the structures and functions of the nervous and endocrine systems and how they interact with other systems of the human body.
3.  Understand the structures and functions of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and how they interact with other systems of the human body.
4.  Understand the structures and functions of the lymphatic and immune systems and how they interact with other systems of the human body.
5.  Understand the structures and functions of the  digestive and urinary systems and how they interact with other systems of the human body.
6.  Understand the structures and functions of the  reproductive system and how it interacts with other systems of the human body.
Chemistry
1.  Demonstrate an understanding of measurements and calculations expressed in standard and scientific notation, and the general and thermal properties of matter.
2.  Demonstrate an understanding of atomic structure and theory.
3.  Name compounds from chemical formulas and determine formulas from chemical names.
4.  Write and balance chemical equations, classify chemical reactions, and predict products of chemical reactions.
5.  Perform stoichiometry calculations.
6.  Demonstrate an understanding of the organization, trends, and properties of the Periodic Table.
7.  Demonstrate an understanding of chemical bonding, molecular geometry, and intermolecular forces.
Chemistry Advanced
1.  Demonstrate an understanding of measurements and calculations expressed in standard and scientific notation and the general and thermal properties of matter.
2.  Demonstrate an understanding of early atomic theory, name compounds from their chemical formulas, and determine chemical formulas from compound names.
3.  Demonstrate an understanding of modern atomic  theory and nuclear chemistry.
4.  Perform composition stoichiometry calculations.
5.  Writes and balance chemical equations, classify chemical reactions, and predict products of chemical reactions.
6.  Perform reaction stoichiometry calculations.
7.  Demonstrate an understanding of the organization, trends, and properties of the Periodic Table.
8.  Demonstrate an understanding of chemical bonding, molecular geometry, and intermolecular forces.
Chemistry AP
1.  Understand structure of matter.
2.  Understand states of matter.
3.  Apply principles of stoichiometry to understand chemical reactions.
4.  Understand characteristics of chemical equilibrium.
5.  Understand concepts of thermodynamics and kinetics.
6.  Understand the second law of thermodynamics and applications of electrochemistry.
Life Science
1.  Understand the basic characteristics of life and the structure and function of cells.
2.  Understand that genetic information is passed from one generation to another.
3.  Understand the structures and functions of skeletal, muscular, and integumentary systems and how they interact with one another. 
4.  Understand the structures and functions of the digestive system and how it interacts with other systems of the human body.
5.  Understand the structures and functions of the circulatory system and how it interacts with other systems of the human body.
6.  Understand the structures and functions of the respiratory and excretory systems and how they interact with other systems of the human body.
7.  Understand the structures and functions of the nervous system and senses and how they interact with other systems of the human body.
8.  Understand the structures and functions of the endocrine and reproductive systems and how they interact with other systems of the human body.
9.  Understand that there are interactions between organisms and their environment. 
Earth Science
1.  Understand how minerals and rocks are useful in our lives.
2.  Understand that over time plate movements have caused a change in the surface of the Earth.
3.  Understand that the Earth has gone through many changes proven by evidence in the rock layers.
4.  Understand the universe and their place in it.
5.  Understand the Earth's atmosphere and its influence on weather.
6.  Understand the dynamic nature of the ocean and the seafloor.
Environmental Education
1.  Understand the characteristics of ecosystems.
2.  Understand the dynamics of human population growth.
3.  Understand the fundamentals of mineral and energy use in our society.
4.  Understand that social issues and environmental challenges can affect human health and progress in science and technology.
5.  Understand social issues and challenges.

Skilled & Technical Sciences--All MS & HS Classes 

Students will...

1.  Understand the importance of career skills and lifelong learning.

Social Studies

Students will...

World History 7
1. Use basic map skills.
2. Explain collapse of empires.
3  Understand social structures.
4. Understand spread of Islam.
5. Understand effect of culture contact.
6. Identify Chinese dynasties.
7. Identify thinking leading to change.
American History 8
1. Describe European colonization.
2. Analyze American Revolution.
3. Describe US government.
4. Evaluate growth of US to 1853.
5. Analyze Am. Civil War.
6. Understand reconstruction complexity.
American History 9
1. Understand US development 1877-1915.
2. Understand US role 1890-1920.
3. Understand US changes 1920s-1930s.
4. Understand US involvement in WWII.
5. Understand US turmoil 1945-1970s.
6. Understand America's role today.
World History
1. Understand the developments that led to the emergence of modern Europe and the first age of global interaction.
2. Understand the revolutionary ideas that brought dramatic changes to western society and government.
3. Understand the concepts of imperialism, the new global age, and the causes and effects of the First World War
4. Understand the concept of nationalism and its impact on the formation of new nations.
5. Understand the significant world developments and challenges over the last half of the 20th Century.
6. Understand the political, cultural, economic, and social changes that accompanied the Industrial Revolution.
7. Understand the global changes of the 1920s and 1930s, and the causes, major events, and effects of World War II.
8. Identify the location of significant countries of the 21st Century in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
World History AP
1. Understand human origins, cultures, settlements, empires, and imperialism from 5 million BCE to 500 CE.
2. Understand rise and development of world religions from 2500 BCE to 1500 CE.
3. Understand movement of goods and peoples from 1000 CE to 1750 CE.
4. Understand social change from 1640 CE to 1914 CE.
5. Understand contested visions of new international order and evolving identities from 1914 CE to the present.
American Government AP
1. Know philosophies and types of government.
2. Recognize principles of US Constitution.
3. Analyze political process.
4. Analyze branches of US government.
5. Differentiate between rights and liberties.
6. Know state and local governments. 
Senior Civics
1.  Know roles in democracy.  
2.  Know principles of Constitution.
3.  Know three branches of government.
4.  Know political process.
5.  Know state and local government.
6.  Understand legal rights.  
American History AP
1.  Analyze exploration and colonization.
2.  Examine Am. Revolution and Constitutional period.
3.  Describe Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy.
4.  Interpret themes of Industrial Revolution.
5.  Recognize causes/effect of Civil War.
6.  Investigate Western expansion.
7.  Examine the Progressive Era.
8.  Analyze isolationism to world involvement of 20th century.
9.  Compare themes of Roaring Twenties, Great Depression.  
21st Century World Studies
1.  Identify historical causes of current issues.  
2.  Evaluate alternative responses for current issues.
3.  Investigate values behind current issues.
4.  Evaluate own personal opinions, values.
5.  Create policy options reflecting personal values.
Psychology AP
1.  Understands history, research methods of psychology.
2.  Understand biological basis of behavior, perception
3.  Understand nature vs. nurture, developmental psychology.
4.  Understand learning and memory.
5.  Understand social psychology.
6.  Understand consciousness, thinking, and language.  
7.  Understand motivation and emotion. 
8.  Understand intelligence and personality.
9.  Understand disorders and therapy.
American Government
1. Analyze principles of government.
2. Analyze political process.  
3. Understand three branches.  
4. Differentiate between rights and liberties.  
5. Know state and local government structure.
Economics
1. Identify basic economic concepts. 
2. Compare economic systems. 
3. Recognize microeconomic concepts.
4. Analyze finance and banking concepts.
5. Identify basic macroeconomic indicators.
6. Analyze role of government in US economy. 
Psychology
1. Describe purpose and research methods.
2. Analyze development across the life span.
3. Explain neural physiology of body and brain functioning. 
4. Analyze cognitive domain: learning and memory.
5. Analyze clinical domain: personality and disorders.
Sociology
1. Understand the sociological perspective, the origins of sociology, and theoretical perspectives of sociology.
2. Understand how culture affects socialization and resulting social structures that form a society and the consequences of deviance.
3. Understand social stratification based on social class, age, gender, race, and ethnicity.
4. Understand components of social institutions to include education, family, and religion.
Justice and Law
1. Understand nature and causes of crime.
2. Understand phases of justice process. 
3. Understand crime classification.
4. Understand tort law.
5. Understand family law issues.
Philosophy
1. Identify philosophical thought categories.
2. Appraise metaphysical and epistemological theories.
3. Appraise ethical concepts. 
4. Differentiate logical arguments from fallacies.
5. Recognize philosophical theories of US democracy. 
Comparative World Religions
1. Understand concepts and teachings of Hinduism.
2. Understand concepts and teachings of Buddhism.
3. Understands concepts and teachings of Judaism.
4. Understand concepts and teachings of Christianity. 
5. Understand concepts and teachings of Islam. 
Multicultural Studies
1. Develop skills to investigate US culture.
2. Analyze Native American culture in US.
3. Analyze African American culture in US.
4. Analyze Hispanic American culture in US. 
5. Analyze Asian American culture in US.
6. Analyze Arab American culture in US.
7. Analyze European American culture in US. 

Vocal Music--MS & HS 

Students will...

1.  Demonstrate reading and notation skills.
2.  Evaluate music and musical performances.
3.  Understand music history and various cultures.
4.  Understand performances through composer recognition.  

World Languages--MS & HS 

Students will...

1. Understand that language is at the heart of all human interaction.
2. Understand that culture and language are inseparaable; they influence and reflect each other.

 

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