Available courses

All High School Students are Listed in this course.
Art I is a basic course in art and is a requirement for admission to all other art courses. Instruction will be given in drawing techniques including the use of pencil, proper perspective, and shading techniques. Elements and principles of design will be introduced, including balance, line, movement, texture, shape, color, rhythm, contrast & pattern.
Color will be explored, and a color wheel and chart will be made. Several different color media will be explored including watercolor, colored pencil, and silk screen printing. Students will also work in 3 dimensional projects. The class will be divided into small groups for instruction in areas of pottery, and basic weaving.
This course develops advanced techniques in drawing, oil painting, printmaking, sculpting, fibers and photography. Students will learn to put together an art display and are required to put together a portfolio.
This is the final course of the four year program. Students will refine their skills in the areas of
drawing, printmaking, painting and 3 dimensional media. Students will also explore photography and computer graphics. In addition, students will be given the opportunity for in depth study of an area of interest and to refine their design skills in that area. The student will be required to submit a portfolio and put together a senior art show.

This course will introduce the basic principles f accounting such as recording in journals, posting to ledgers, preparation of financial statements, and the process of closing books. Learning the vocabulary, understanding the fundamental accounting procedures are major aspects of the course. A learn by doing approach is stressed with lots of practical application.

This course is a continuation of Accounting, but will go into greater detail including aspects of corporate accounting and computerized accounting. Computerized accounting methods will be taught, including some spreadsheet applications. Accounting II will review the basic principles and concepts learned in Accounting I. Students will then explore the differences in accounting for corporations. Again, a learn by doing approach is stressed with lots of practical application. Their knowledge with written accounting procedures will then be applied to accounting procedures with computer software.

This course is a continuation of Accounting II, but will go into greater detail including aspects of corporate accounting and automated accounting. Computerized methods will be taught including spreadsheet applications.

Business Law is a one-semester course that enables students to obtain a working knowledge of the fundamentals of law and ethics and how they are incorporated in the business world. A variety of Business topics will be covered including, but not limited to, the understanding of ethical business practices, the laws governing ethical business practices, and corporate responsibilities. An understanding of the operations of corporations, partnerships, limited liability corporations, and sole proprietorships will be gained. Anyone interesting in a career in the Business world would greatly benefit from this course.

This is a year course designed for the study of advanced word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. It also includes graphics, the collection & input of data, as well as looks at the historical, ethical, legal & social issues involving computer applications in business. Software will include the Microsoft Office XP Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and a variety of advanced multimedia tools.
This course provides instruction on the business practices that everyone will experience in his / her personal life. The course will provide an understanding of business practices important to everyone as a consumer including technology, world trade, banking, investments, the role of the consumer, budgeting, credit, insurance, & career. Introduction to Business also serves as a background course for those who plan to enroll in business education courses.
Marketing provides the student the opportunity to learn basic marketing principles, functions, and practices. Activities include marketing high school athletic and entertainment events, creating a marketing plan, and analysis of marketing strategies. The opportunity to market similar events in the private sector of the community may be available. Emphasis is place upon the functions and foundations of marketing, skills for marketing and career development. A large part of the course will include hands on learning through student development activities. Application of computer technology will be part of the instructional strategy. If college and a business or advertising major lie in your future, this is definitely a course for you.

This course is designed to help students navigate through many of the financial institutions and problems associated with living on their own. Topics range from banks, savings & loans and credit unions to end-of-life expenses. Students will work financial problems one would encounter out in the "real" world.

Technology Notes
This course is a metacourse for all advanced computer students
This class emphasizes self-expression and creativity in the National Trail Yearbook and monthly newspaper. Each student will learn to use the computer program on Jostens website to create page layouts. Students will gain experience in photography, sales, advertising and publishing organization. Publications is an excellent course for students with career interest in graphic arts, editing / publishing, photography, printing and graphic communication. Developing the annual will allow students to record much of the history and legacy of National Trail High.

This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to develop their interest and effectiveness in communicating ideas. Utilizing a workshop approach, students write essays, poetry, short stories, and drama. Students will have the opportunity to write and present fables, children stories and adult stories and to write and perform their own skits and plays. Emphasis is on encouraging each individual’s creativity and preparing works for publication.

English 9
Several types of literature are studied. Grammar and sentence structure will be stressed. Focus is on college composition preparation.

American literature is emphasized which ranges from Native American literature to post- modern American literature. Writing skills presented are parts of speech, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and proofreading. Students will write essays, which are literature-response, persuasive, writing, compare and contrast essay, cause and effect, and problem solution essays. Focus is on college composition preparation.
The emphasis is on British literature, which begins with the Anglo-Saxon time period through modern literature. Essays over literature and use of research techniques are required. Novels assigned reflect the British genre. Focus is on college composition preparation.
This course is for those students with a sincere desire to learn and compete with highly motivated students who love challenging literature and welcome creative writing assignments and advanced vocabulary development.
This course is designed for students to have the opportunity to develop and enhance their listening and observation skills and their appreciation for good literature by viewing, discussing, and comparing the cinematic (movie) adaptations and representations of various popular, contemporary, and classic works of literature.Viewing film versions of various short stories, novels and plays that we read will provide students the chance to experience these worthwhile literary works in a medium that is more familiar and will allow for more complete understanding of, and appreciation for, the original, written form.

In this Family & Consumer Sciences course, students will examine design principles used in residential interiors.  Topics will include selection and organization of furnishings, floors and wall coverings in living spaces, kitchens and baths.

Students will study the principles of child growth, development and behavior.  An emphasis will be placed on the cognitive development of a child, as well as sensory and motor skills.  Additional topics will include childhood diseases, immunizations, theories of development, learning styles and evaluating childcare services.

In this Family & Consumer Sciences course, students will develop personal financial plans for individual personal well-being.  Students will develop financial literacy skills to provide a basis for responsible citizenship and career success. Additional topics will include analyzing services from financial institutions, consumer protection, investing, and risk management.

This course is a comprehensive study of the fundamentals of the Spanish language. The course is introduced with oral practice after which grammar and vocabulary are added. The communicative approach is emphasized thereby giving the students frequent opportunity for listening, speaking, writing, and reading the language. Course study will also include Spanish culture, geography, and history.
Spanish II is an important step in the evolution of Spanish learning. Each student's language skills will continued to increase and his/her understanding of worldwide cultures will grow. This class is essential for those students looking to excel in the world of Spanish Language and Culture.

Spanish 3 is the next logical step in the learning of Spanish. Students in Spanish 3 have ventured beyond the required levels and will be learning more grammar, vocabulary, culture, history and language skills. In today's society, Spanish 3 is essential for students who want to be ready for the future.
This weighted course consists of reading a more advanced level of authentic Spanish texts, literature and poetry. It will help prepare the student for college level Spanish as emphasis will be placed on reading comprehension and writing in the language. Discussion as a response will also be emphasized.
Advanced Physical Education I is a team sport and activity dominated class. The premise of the class is to instill teamwork and good sportsmanship into each individual student. The activities will involve volleyball, softball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, flag football, soccer, & a host of team sports.
These are two semester classes that combine classroom work and weightlifting. The student will learn various lifting techniques, anatomical facts and nutritional information that will improve weightlifting success. Each student will develop and implement a personal weightlifting program.
In Algebra I we will be using activities, experiments, logic problems, group projects, graphing calculator technology, and Geogebrasoftware to investigate and explore linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations, quadratics and factoring, polynomials, radical and rational expressions and exponential functions. We will begin the year at the end of the book with some interesting probability and statistics.

Algebra I will study numbers and the axioms of Algebra. Emphasis will be placed upon working with real numbers, variables, solving equations, inequalities, working with polynomials, factoring polynomials and problem solving.
First and second degree equations, functions, relations, factoring polynomials, solving systems of linear, quadratic and irrational equations, radicals and imaginary numbers, conics, probability, statistics and trigonometry are all covered in Algebra II.
In Algebra 2 we will be using technology, logical deduction methods, group projects and collaboration and experiments and gaming activities to investigate and explore linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic, as well as polynomial and rational functions. Trigonometric identities and functions will also be introduced. We will begin at the end of the book with some interesting experimental and theoretical probability and statistics.
Students will learn applications of trigonometric functions, sequences, series, limit logarithmic functions, matrices, vectors, linear transformations, derivatives, integrals and graphing three dimensional space. This class is designed for the college bound student, in particular those planning a career in the areas of mathematics and science. The student may receive five semester hours of credit through Indiana University for this course.
Students will develop skills to solve, graph, and evaluate the domain and range for functions involving rational, irrational, polynomial, trigonometric, exponential and parametric equations. Students will solve systems of equations, use logarithmic matrices, sequences and series. Students will also learn to apply trigonometric laws to solve triangular theory problems.
Ukulele is intended for the beginning player. The course will include the basic fundamentals of playing, including strumming techniques, chords, reading music, rhythms, and tablature (TAB). Other areas of exploration will be blues music, folk songs, and improvisations. School-owned instruments will be provided.
Adv Steel Band
Students will learn to play the steel drums and steel band instruments as they prepare for multiple performances. They will be required to participate in all steel band activities including rehearsals and events. Students involved in varsity athletics are expected to participate in concerts during the year.
This course is designed to allow students to develop an understanding of the role music plays in people lives. In the use of textbooks, listening, videos, and lectures, music will develop the abilities to recognize various types of music, instruments, use music notation and make thoughtful criticism of musical works.

This course is designed to allow students to develop an understanding of the role music plays in people lives. In the use of textbooks, listening, videos, and lectures, music will develop the abilities to recognize various types of music, instruments, use music notation and make thoughtful criticism of musical works.
AP Chemistry

Human anatomy is the study of the structures of the human body, while physiology refers to the study of how the structures work to accomplish the life processes. Course topics will begin with a general understanding of chemistry & body organization, and will progress through individual body systems.

Biology is the study of life, and the processes of life. Course topics begin with what characteristics all living organisms have, and progress through biochemistry, cytology, genetics/heredity, and evolution.

The main areas of study are:
1. Meteorology: atmospheres, water cycle, weather systems and climate
2. Astronomy: planets, stars, the universe, and space travel.
3. Geology: earth’s structure, volcanoes, earthquakes, rocks, minerals, fossils, and the geologic time scale.
4. Oceanography and Natural Resources
The properties of matter and energy are the focus of this course. What atoms are made of and how they combine and interact will be studied. Related topics include acids, bases, bonding and household chemicals. Additional topics include: simple machines, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, energy, and motion.

Zoology is the study of the members of the Kingdom Animalia.  Our study begins with some review topics over cellular structure, taxonomy, and body systems.  Second semester is survey of the major Phyla and Classes of animals beginning with the pre-animal kingdom (Protista), and then progressing through Porifera, Cnidaria, Platyhelminthes, Aschelminthes, Mollusca, and Echinodermata.

This advanced course is a detailed study of the major animal groups. Introductory topics buld on what you learned from Biology, but increase in their detail. Emphasis is placed on the classification of animals by their comparative anatomy and behavior. Hand-on laboratory experience and practical identification are a major part of this class as various types of animals are studied.

This course focuses on American history from the 1880's through the new millenium. The key events that we will study are: Industrialization, WWI, Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, WWII, Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, 1960's, Reagan Era, and the New Millenium.

Government class challenges students to gain an understanding of the Amercian System of government. Students will be encouraged to begin to take an active role in understanding how each branch of the government works. Using technology, research and problems solving, students will investigate the importance of their civil liberties and the role the constitution has in their life.

Fundamentals of Economics

This course will offer the student an introduction to psychology as a science, which studies behavior and mental processes that shape behavior. Hands-on experiments and field trips are also provided. Students will be asked to complete essays and research papers.
5th Grade Art
6th Grade Art

Used as a resource and grade book for 7th Grade Art.

Used as a complementary source for 8th Grade Art Students. You can see your grades and progress on-line at any time.

This course consists of the basic usage of MS Publisher and MS Excel.
English 8

Hello! This year in Language Arts we will be exploring various forms of literature and helping to students to develop deep thinking skills as they read and write. We will be reading fiction, non fiction, and poetry as well as exploring different types of media. This year we will also introduce argumentative writing and students will be forming their own opinions about various topics and conducting research to support their claims! Feel free to contact me at lwolfe@nationaltrail.us.

Language Arts 7

7th Grade Mathematics

Welcome! Let's have a wonderful year 

7th Grade Pre-Algebra
Algebra 1
Integrated Math 8
Steel Drum 8
Science 6

Welcome to 8th grade Science.I look forward to an exciting year of exploring scientific concepts.Here is some information about this class. We will be following the 8th grade Benchmarks and indicators for science.If you would like more specifics on them feel free to contact me.In general we will focus on Earth and Space science, exploring plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, our solar system, galaxies, and more.In physical science we will investigate the motion of objects, the effects of forces, and how wave energy is transferred.We briefly will cover factors centering around extinction and biodiversity in life science. This class will utilize hands-on/minds-on laboratory experiences, whole class and small group discussions, technology and readings to achieve the above standards.

5th Grade Social Studies

6th Grade Social Studies

Study Skills - BR

Intervention class helps those students who need another way of having information presented to them.  Students in this class will receive extra help and strategies to help them better learn the materials in the general education classroom.

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