About Electives at SMHS

St. Michael is proud to offer a range of career-technical education options and electives that help prepare students to make wise, informed decisions in their adult lives.

Course Offerings:

Publications (Yearbook) – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: Teacher approval.
Description: A course designed as a basic course in journalistic style and technique, including the newspaper skills of writing, make-up, and copy reading. The intent of the course is the production of the quarterly school paper, with emphasis on developing specific skills for writing news stories, editorials, sports stories, and advertising copy.

Percussion Ensemble – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Student should be a percussionist
Description: Open to all intermediate and advanced percussionists. The class is guaranteed to keep percussionists motivated after marching season and maximize individual and group potential through small ensemble work and winter drum line.

Advanced Band – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Beginning or Intermediate Band; audition and/or recommendation.
Description: Open to all wind and brass players who have completed a beginning or intermediate band course. The band director will fill, by audition or by recommendation, positions in this top band. Students must make an appointment with the band director for a recommendation and/or audition material.

Jazz Ensemble – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: Audition
Description: Open to advanced instrumentalists who are interested in Jazz. Jazz band music is generally scored for saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and rhythm section and participation is limited to these instruments. Students will work on jazz ensemble music, theory, and improvisation in addition to concert and marching band responsibilities.

Percussion Ensemble II
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Student should be a percussionist
Description: Open to all intermediate and advanced percussionists. The class is guaranteed to keep percussionists motivated after marching season and maximize individual and group potential through small ensemble work and winter drum line.

Percussion Ensemble III
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: Student should be a percussionist
Description: Open to all intermediate and advanced percussionists. The class is guaranteed to keep percussionists motivated after marching season and maximize individual and group potential through small ensemble work and winter drum line.

Percussion Ensemble IV
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 12
Prerequisite: Student should be a percussionist
Description: Open to all intermediate and advanced percussionists. The class is guaranteed to keep percussionists motivated after marching season and maximize individual and group potential through small ensemble work and winter drum line.

Food and Nutrition – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: None.
Description: This one semester course offered in the fall is a comprehensive study of basic nutrition, cooking principles and skills. The student will learn to make healthy food choices using MyPyramid and  reading food labels. In addition topics such as proper weight control, eating disorders, meal planning, and etiquette are studied.

Family Consumer Science I – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: None.
Description: This introductory course is offered to provide experiences in the following areas of home economics: child development, consumer economics, food and nutrition, clothing construction, and textiles.

Family Consumer Science I – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: None.
Description: This introductory course is offered to provide experiences in the following areas of home economics: child development, consumer economics, food and nutrition, clothing construction, and textiles.

Computer Science I – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Levels: 10-12
Prerequisite: None
Description: Computing is now an essential tool in nearly all areas of study, from the sequencing of DNA to the analysis of ancient manuscripts. To use computers and their applications effectively, experts in all fields must understand how computers work, have an understanding of how software is designed, know how computer code is structured and tested, and be prepared to write their own programs when necessary. This class aims to teach the basics of programming (using the Python language), and beyond that, to impart an understanding of how the basic techniques used by computer scientists can be applied to a variety of other areas of study.

Accounting – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: None
Description: This course is designed to introduce students to accounting as it relates to careers and accounting terminology. It is also designed to introduce students to accounting concepts, principles, and practices that will allow the ability to apply accounting procedures. Students will utilize computer software to apply accounting concepts and procedures learned.

Art I – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9 – 12
Prerequisite: None
Description: This course includes drawing, graphic design, painting, three-dimensional work and the history of art.

Clothing – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: None.
Description: This course is offered to provide basic clothing construction and textile information. The student will complete two garments and/or stuffed animals during the semester, which will teach and/or reinforce the following techniques: darts, seam finishes, zipper applications, hemming, closures, facings, fitting, and alterations. In addition, the student will learn how to become a better consumer and how to properly care for clothing. The students will complete a portfolio of techniques to be used as a reference for further sewing projects.

Child Development – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: None.
Description: This one semester course focuses on the preparation of childbirth, pregnancy, labor and delivery. Emphasis is placed on the readiness of parenting and the responsibilities of parenting and infant care. Students participate in a program that simulates caring for an infant.

Advanced Child Development – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: Child Development. (Recommended but not required)
Description: This one semester course introduces the student to theories associated with social, emotional, moral, physical, and cognitive development from 1 year to 6 years. The course integrates theories with parenting skills recommended to foster all development.

Art II – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Art I.
Description: This course includes drawing, print making, painting and three-dimensional work with more depth, complexity and expansion of media than in the first course.

Art III – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: Art II.
Description: This course expands the media experiences presented in the earlier years of art instruction. Greater variety of creative expression, use of color and technique will be included as an approach to competitive products.

Computer Architecture – CP

Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: None
Description: The focus of the Computer Architecture is to prepare students as entry-level service technicians with an industry standard certification. This certification will enable students to link electronics and Information Technology Departments. Core technologies in hardware maintenance and operating systems are at the center of all activities. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, the following areas: Operating systems: installation, upgrading, maintenance, and configuration; Hardware: installation, upgrading, maintenance, and configuration; and System Architecture: bus speed configuration, installing components, and external ports. It is the responsibility of a district that offers Computer Architecture to address the unique issues associated with this highly technical course. In particular, district personnel assume responsibility for (1) the identification and selection of appropriate curriculum (whether locally developed or vendor-specific), (2) securing necessary teacher-training and technical certification for the instructor, and (3) completing contractual and legal arrangements with vendors, if a vendor-specific curriculum is used.
CompTIA A+® Certification; CompTIA A+ certification is an international industry credential that validates the knowledge of computer service technicians with the equivalent of 500 hours of hands-on experience. Major hardware and software vendors, distributors and resellers accept CompTIA A+ as the standard in foundation-level, vendor-neutral certification for service technicians. The exams cover a broad range of hardware and software technologies, but are not bound to any vendor-specific products. The skills and knowledge measured by the CompTIA A+ exams were derived from an industry-wide and worldwide job task analysis. To date, more than 500,000 individuals have obtained CompTIA A+ certification.
Earning CompTIA A+ certification proves that a candidate has a broad base of knowledge and competency in core hardware and operating system technologies including installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking.

Multimedia Productions – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Description: Multimedia Productions is a course that combines text, graphics, sound, animation and video delivered by computer or other electronic means. The course focuses on the creative design and development of effective, efficient and appealing visual productions. Current and emerging technologies, such as digitized audio, digitized still and motion video, scanned images and CD technology are incorporated into multimedia projects as well as searching and downloading internet images and information. Extensive use of a variety of software will be used in conjunction with a digital camera and camcorders are incorporated into the course.

Independent Study in Technology Applications – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Computer Architecture and permission of the instructor.
Description: This course is a natural follow up to Computer Architecture. It is essentially a lab course which allows students to further develop their understanding of technical tools and gives them real-world experience in configuration, use, maintenance and troubleshooting of standard technologies, including desktop operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite, print drivers, hardware, wireless and wired network and internet connectivity. Students will learn standard practices and become familiar with troubleshooting tools and techniques. The successful student will develop an intuition about technology by resolving problems with products with which they are not familiar. These students will serve as Student Help Desk workers.

Independent Study in Technology Applications B (1 semester) – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Computer Architecture and permission of the instructor.
Description: This course is a natural follow up to Computer Architecture. It is essentially a lab course which allows students to further develop their understanding of technical tools and gives them real-world experience in configuration, use, maintenance and troubleshooting of standard technologies, including desktop operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite, print drivers, hardware, wireless and wired network and internet connectivity. Students will learn standard practices and become familiar with troubleshooting tools and techniques. The successful student will develop an intuition about technology by resolving problems with products with which they are not familiar. These students will serve as Student Help Desk workers.

Leadership and Faith – CP
.5 Credit (Still a full-year course)
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 12
Description: This is a half credit, full year course where students will form their spiritual lives and hone skills in order to become leaders in their faith both on and off campus. In conjunction with the Peer Ministry Club, students will form practical skills such as communication, small group dynamics and witness giving in order for them to be a better, active, visible leader.

Study Hall
No Credit
Grade Level: 12 – Administrative Approval Required
Description: Offered to those seniors who have met all prior course requirements. Priority scheduling given to seniors with a senior course load that includes multiple honors/advanced placement classes.