October 25, 2007
Southeast High School
126 W. 400 Hwy.
PO Box 277
Cherokee, KS 66724
Making High School Count
For College-Bound Students
You have your daily routine in high school figured out. Are you ready to begin planning your life after high school?
“All of the available college planning information can be overwhelming,” says Carstensen, VP at ACT. “That’s why it’s important to have a direction. The earlier a student begins preparing for life after high school, the better off he or she will be.”
Carstensen has the following recommendations to make high school count:
Take classes recommended for college preparation
College admissions committees take a very close look at your coursework when deciding whether to admit you. Students worry about test results, but they are only a part of the picture. Probably the most important piece of information is your academic record.
ACT MINIMUM recommendations are:
• English: 4 years
• Math: 3 years (Algebra I and higher)
• Natural Sciences: 3 years with Lab experience
• Social Studies: 3 years
• Foreign Language: 2 years of same language
• Additional courses: Computer science, visual arts, music theatre, drama, dance, etc.
When choosing your classes, be sure to check with colleges you’re interested in to compare requirements.
Courtesy of ACT, Inc.
No More School for You?
Four years of college, you’ve got to be kidding! Is that how you feel? You’re not the first to think that, and you won’t be the last. Maybe you know of people with decent jobs who didn’t go to college. You can do the same thing, right? Well, not necessarily. The world is changing quickly, and the work world is changing just as rapidly. Many of those people you know may need to get additional training to keep their jobs.
Even if you aren’t planning on four years of college, you should be planning your high school coursework just as carefully as friends with college plans are. Actually, it may be more important for you to have your plans together since you’ll get a job sooner than those working on a four-year degree.
If you’re planning on earning a high school diploma and being “done with school,” you won’t be prepared for the workforce. In today’s. . . and tomorrow’s. . . world, learning is a lifetime necessity.
“Employers need workers who can work with information and technology, who can communicate, listen, and work as part of a team,” explains Don Carstensen, VP of ACT. “Workers need to be able to continually learn and apply knowledge and new skills in their jobs.”
In a recent national survey, a majority of employers said they don’t believe high school graduates are qualified to enter the workplace. Only 21 percent of employers thought high school graduates were ready to enter jobs.
Most jobs in today’s workplace require some education past high school. Community college or technical courses may be in order for many graduating seniors.
It’s important to keep an open mind because what you think about your career options at 17 and 18 years of age becomes vastly different as time goes on. Dr. JoAnn Harris, executive director of the Career Development Leadership Alliance, suggest that you think of the long-term. “Even if you say you’re never going to college, realize it may be a temporary decision,” she says. “You may change your decision later.”
Most importantly, explore careers and the education needed to enter a number of careers. You may not choose college because you have no clear direction of what to take and what career to pursue. Career research and exploration can lead you to new possibilities. Plans do change. The workplace and careers change. By having a solid background of coursework and skills, you’re better prepared to adapt to change.
Courtesy or ACT, Inc.
Southeast High School
Through the Class of 2014
Southeast Requirements Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum (A minimum 2.0 GPA in the QA Curriculum is required.)
This is applicable until through 2013-2014 Kansas Board of Regents Kansas Scholars Curriculum (required for State Scholarship, as well as Ethnic Minority, Teachers and Nursing Scholarship Programs.)
4 credits English I-IV, OTL English-
English I-IV English-
3 credits Math-
3 credits: Algebra I, II, Geometry Math-
4 credits: an additional credit (above the QA requirement) is required choose from Trig or Calculus
3 credits: Biology, Adv. Biology, Earth/Space Science, A&P, Chemistry*, Physics* at least one credit must be in Chemistry or Physics Science-
3 credits: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
US Government Social Studies-
Same as SE Requirements Social Studies-
Same as SE Requirements
1 credit none none
1 credit Foreign Language-
2 credits of same language is RECOMMENDED Foreign Language-
2 credits of same language is
1 credit none none
For Class of 2015 and Beyond
Southeast Requirements Kansas Board of Regents Qualified Admissions Curriculum (A minimum 2.0 GPA in the QA Curriculum is required.) Kansas Board of Regents Kansas Scholars Curriculum (required for State Scholarship, as well as Ethnic Minority, Teachers and Nursing Scholarship Programs.)
4 credits English I-IV Same as Minimum Requirements Same as Minimum Requirements
3 credits Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II AND a 22 on the ACT college readiness math benchmark --- OR --Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, AND one additional course higher than Alg. II 4 approved units from Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Calculus. Algebra I taken in 8th grade counts towards requirement
3 credits 3 of the following, one must me Chemistry or Physics
Biology, Advanced Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics Must at least take the following: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
US Government Same as Minimum Requirements Same as Minimum Requirements
1 credit Not Required Not Required
1 credit Not Required Not Required
1 credit Not Required Not Required
Elective Requirement: Not required Elective Requirement for QA Curriculum:
3 Approved Units from any of the following:
English, Math, Natural Science, Social Science, Fine Arts, Computer/Information
Speech, Debate, Forensics
Career and Tech Ed. Elective Requirement: Not Required
REQUIRED CLASSES BY YEAR
24 credits required for graduation
• Computer Technology
• Health (semester)
• CTE (semester)
• Fine Art, if possible
• World History/Geography
• PE elective
• Fine Art, if not taken freshman year
• US History
• US Government
• Electives; it is encouraged to continue with math and science
List of Southeast High School Courses
• Algebra I
• Algebra II
• General Science
• Physical Science
• Earth Science
• General Biology
• Anatomy & Physiology
• Advanced Biology
• English I-IV
• Advanced Accounting
• Business Essentials
• Computer Tech
• Technology II
• Video Production
• Problem Solving Strategies
• Woods I
• Furniture Design
• CAD I and II
• Music Appreciation
• Art Appreciation
• Art I
• Art II and III
• Advanced Art
• Independent Art Studio
• Advanced Instrumental Tech.
• Jazz Band
• World History
• US History
• US Government
• Career and Tech Ed (CTE)
• CAP (Civil Air Patrol)
• Spanish I and II
• Advanced Spanish
• Spanish Culture
Family and Consumer Science
• Nutrition and Wellness
• Food Management
• Consumer and Personal Finance and Family Studies
• Career and Community Connections
• PE: General
• PE: Sports Fitness
• PE: Girls’ Fitness
• PE: Power90
• Animal Science
• Ag Mechanics
• Ag Construction
Algebra I: Study of basic arithmetic combinations, patterns, and problem solving as they apply to unknown values, with emphasis on graphing as a visual connection.
Algebra A: The first semester of Algebra I, but taught at a pace that will cover the entire year.
Algebra B: The 2nd semester of Algebra I, but taught at a pace that will cover the entire year.
Geometry: Study of basic geometrical properties and their logical application to geometrical figures. Further development of logic in both mathematical and non mathematical situations to understand geometric figures and their uses and develop powers of spatial visualization. Prerequisite: Algebra I.
Algebra II: Advanced study of Algebra I concepts. Prerequisites: Algebra I.
Trigonometry: Advanced math course that prepares the student for further mathematical studies at the college level and improves student problem solving techniques through the use of the TI 83 calculator. Prerequisites: Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry.
Calculus: Study of differential and integral calculus emphasizing concepts and applications to real world situations, review of functions, analytic geometry, and limits. Prerequisites: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Trigonometry.
General Science: Involves 3 branches of science: Physical, which includes the study of forces along with the chemical make-up of Earth. Earth, which is the study of the physical Earth and its processes, along with its place in the universe, and Life, which involves the study of plants and animals. No Prerequisites.
Astronomy: This class will cover the following topics: Astronauts: students will study the history of astronauts, from the beginning, leading up to present time; Space Exploration Vehicles: students will study about the history of vehicles that have taken astronauts into space, and Astronomical Science: the students will study constellations and atmospheric phenomena.
Earth Science: They study of the physical Earth and the processes involved with it, along with its place in the universe. (No prerequisites).
General Biology: Students will study the origins and history of life and once-living things, the structure of living things, how living things interact with one another, and how living things function.
Zoology: Zoology is the branch of biology which relates to the animal kingdom, including the structure, embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct. During this course, students will collect different species of animals to identify them. This class will cover a variety of species and prepare students for similar college classes in this field. Zoology open to all students and is a good elective for anyone going forward with a biology related career including pre-med, field biology, nursing, education, general biology or anyone who has a deep interest in animals.
Botany: Botany is a branch of biology that involves the scientific study of plant life. Botany covers a wide range of scientific disciplines concerned with the study of plants, algae and fungi, including structure, growth, reproduction, metabolism, development, diseases, and evolutionary relationships among taxonomic groups. During the duration of this course, students will collect plants and identify them. This class will cover a variety of species and prepare students for similar college classes in this field. Botany is open to all students and is a good elective for anyone going forward with a biology related career including pre-med, field biology, nursing, education, general biology or anyone who has a deep interest in plants.
Physical Science: This course involves the study of the structures and states of matter. Includes topics such as forms of energy, wave phenomenon, electromagnetism, and physical and chemical interactions.
Advanced Biology: This is an advanced level of Biology in which students will use the knowledge that was learned in General Biology to further their exploration in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, genetics, ecology and general biology concepts. This course is good for individuals who enjoyed General Biology and is looking to gain more knowledge in the life sciences. Advanced biology will help prepare students who are going to college for a biology related career including pre-med, field biology, nursing, biology education or general biology related fields. Prerequisite: General Biology
Anatomy & Physiology: An advanced level biology course that involves a detailed study of the structure and function of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the increasing complexity of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. This course will depend heavily on dissection to compare human anatomy and physiology to that of a cat. Anatomy and Physiology is a good elective and highly recommended for anyone going forward with a biology related career including pre-med, field biology, nursing, education, general biology or anyone who has a deep interest in the human body.
Chemistry: The study of the composition, structures, properties of matter, and the changes it undergoes. Major topics include: matter and change, measurements, and calculators, atomic theory, electron arrangement, periodic law, chemical bonding, chemical formulas and reactions. Juniors and Seniors only.
Physics: A physical science dealing with matter and energy and their transformations. The principles of laws of force, motion, heat, and electricity will be studied. The theory of matter and wave motion will also be presented. Seniors only.
English I: Required for Freshmen. Students will concentrate on grammar, vocabulary, and literature throughout the year.
English II: Required for Sophomores: Students will concentrate on grammar, vocabulary, and various forms of literature. Students will read classics, short stories, poetry, and plays, as well as work on writing using the six trait analytic process.
English III: Required for Juniors: Further study of literature and writing. Students will learn to write a research paper. Students will focus on structural techniques for composition writing; research and reference skills necessary in writing a major research paper.
English IV: Seniors: Upper level English course focusing on the study of grammar, vocabulary, and various forms of literature. Most of the literature covered will be British literature. Students will read classics, short stories, poetry, and plays. Students will also work on writing using the six trait analytic process and practice communication skills through presentations and speeches. To further develop the skills necessary for academic and career success, students will work individually and in peer collaborative groups to achieve the course objectives.
Music Appreciation: Students will study the major music theories, periods, and composers.
Art Appreciation: Students will study the major art theories, periods, and artists.
Debate: Debate is a co-curricular activity offered in the fall for students interested in competitive high school debate. Students enrolled in Debate spend class time learning about the current year’s debate topic, as well as time learning how to debate. Students use the speaking and critical thinking skills they learn in class in tournament competition. Tournaments are typically held in the evenings and on weekends. Debate counts as a half-credit of Fine Arts.
Forensics: Forensics is a co-curricular activity offered in the spring for students interested in the speaking and performance arts. Students enrolled in Forensics pick the events they wish to compete in, and then use class time to prepare and practice these events. Students then have the opportunity to compete in these events at tournaments held throughout the semester. Tournaments are typically held in the evenings and on weekends. Forensics counts as a half-credit of Fine Arts.
Art I: An introduction to art as a process and form of communication. Students will learn composition through the elements and principles of design. Class projects will include, but not be limited to: intensive drawing, painting, paper mache, and sculpture. Open to freshmen and sophomores.
Art II and III: Students further develop the skills learned in Art I and begin to work on improving their artistic skill. Prerequisites: Art I
Advanced Art: Seniors only. For serious art students wanting to work more intensely on improving their artistic skill and personal style. Prerequisites: Art II and III and permission of the instructor.
Independent Art Studio: Students will be expected to further develop personal artistic skills, challenging and evaluating themselves in a variety of mediums, techniques, and processes. Prerequisites: Successful Completion of at least Art I and Teacher Approval.
Band: A performance class combining concert, pep, and marching band with emphasis on daily participation and performance participation. Progress is evaluated through performances (athletic events, parades, marching festivals, concerts, and contests.)
Choir: Open to students who enjoy singing. This class provides opportunities to improve singing technique, work one-on-one with the director on vocal skills, and learn basic music reading skills.
Jazz Band: This group studies and performs a variety of literature, including swing, jazz, and rock. The group will perform at concerts, adjudicated festivals, and various civic occasions. Special emphasis is placed on developing improvisation skills and ensemble playing. Prerequisite: Co-enrollment in Band or Band Director's approval.
World History: Required of all Sophomores. Students will study the physical, cultural, and historical significance of all world countries.
US History: Required of all Juniors. Students will study major events shaping the United States’ development of political, economic, industrial, and social institutions comprising American culture.
US Government: Required of all Seniors. Students will study the American Government’s organization and functions emphasizing the fundamentals in the US Constitution and citizen participation in the political process.
Spanish I: This class is designed to meet the needs of students who have had little or no experience in learning Spanish as a foreign language. Students comprehend, read, write, and memorize vocabulary dealing with daily experiences. Students participate in basic conversations in Spanish and respond to classroom instruction in Spanish. Students study the organizational structure of the language, identify relationships between cultures, and demonstrate an increasing awareness of civilization and customs of the target culture.
Spanish II: Students expand their language skills, vocabulary, and knowledge of culture. A greater emphasis is placed on exposure to authentic materials found in the target culture and building vocabulary. Students’ knowledge of grammar concepts including more verb tenses and complex sentence structures is emphasized. Geography, civilization, and current events are included in this class. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish I
Advanced Spanish: Intense course for serious students wanting to improve their fluency in the Spanish language and increase their knowledge of geography, civilization, and current events of the targeted country. May be taken two times for credit. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish I and II.
Family and Consumer Science
CTE- Career and Technical Education: This course will begin students on their career quest. Interest inventories, aptitude tests, and career explorations will start students thinking about their future. Students will learn 21st Century Skills that will prepare them for the workplace. Students will spend 9 weeks with each of 2 Career and Technical Educators at Southeast. Freshmen only.
FACS- Family and Consumer Science: Students will learn career and life skills to prepare them for the 21st Century. Human Development, relationship and communication skills, consumer education, and nutrition are just a few of the topics covered. This course is required for students who plan to take Food Management.
Nutrition and Wellness: A one semester class open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors only. In this course, students have the opportunity to be involved in making decisions concerning personal nutrition and wellness, applying consumer skills, meal management activities, and food preparation techniques. The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop nutrition and wellness habits that will become a part of their everyday life as a lifestyle choice.
Food Management: A one semester class open to Juniors and Seniors only. This is an advanced course that gives students the opportunities to further their knowledge in meal management activities and food preparation techniques. Prerequisites: FACS, Nutrition and Wellness, and teacher permission.
Parenting: This course explores families, relationships and responsibilities of becoming a parent. Students will study human development from conception through the first year of life. This is a 11-12 grade course. No prerequisites.
Consumer Finance/Family Studies (previously Adult Living): Students will explore the many aspects of being a responsible consumer. Rights and responsibilities of being a member of society will be addressed. Civic and financial obligations involved in becoming an adult. Personal and social issues associated with family life will be included as well.
Career and Community Connections: Students will explore human service careers and the skills necessary to get and keep a job. Civic responsibilities and community service opportunities will be explored.
Student Body: Students will participate in lifetime exercise activities 2 days per week in the Gym. 2 days per week students will work on nutrition related projects in the FACS room and on Fridays they will meet in the auditorium for a guest speaker that will address various health and wellness issues.
Business Essentials: Students will examine current events to determine their impact on business and industry and legal/ethical behavior, acquire knowledge of safe and secure environmental controls to enhance productivity, determine how resources should be managed to achieve company goals, and identify employability and personal skills needed to obtain a career and be successful in the workplace. As students learn about different types of business ownership, they will interpret industry laws and regulations to ensure compliance, identify principles of business management, and analyze business practices to determine ethics and social responsibilities.
Entrepreneurship: This course will acquaint students with the knowledge and skills necessary to own and operate their own businesses. Topics from several fields typically form the course content: Economics, marketing principles, human relations and psychology, business and labor law, legal rights and responsibilities of ownership, business and financial planning, finance and accounting, and communication.
Accounting: Students will learn to analyze business transactions, record them in journals, and prepare financial statements for businesses. Major areas to be studied include the accounting cycle, payroll procedures, and subsidiary ledger. Students receive realistic experience by completing business simulations. The course provides an excellent background for students entering any type of business as well as those interested in accounting or bookkeeping as a career. Grade level 11 (10 with teacher approval).
Advanced Accounting : This advanced course expends on topics introduced in the first-year course while adding new topics about corporation accounting including depreciation, inventory management, dividends, etc. Special emphasis will be placed in Computerized Program Automated Accounting and computerized business simulations. Grade level 12 (11 if Accounting class previously passed)
Marketing: Marketing is selling, promotion, distribution, risk management, pricing, purchasing, marketing information management, product/service planning, and financing. Students will explore and get a basic understanding of the principles and practices of marketing.
Computer Tech: Student will learn the computer platforms, hardware parts, maintenance of computers, managing files and folders, and categories of the software. Class will be using the MS Office---Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Required for all Freshmen. Freshmen must pass an exam at the end of the 1st quarter to be issued a laptop.
Technology II: is an elective course and is the second class in the technology sequence at Southeast High School.
This class focuses on problem solving and the use of multimedia programs. Students must earn an A or B in this class as a prerequisite for Video Productions.
Video Productions is the last class in the technology sequence at Southeast High School. It is made up of the elite students from Tech II. This class is a production class, much like the school newspaper or yearbook. This class is responsible for creating school videos such as athletic highlight videos, newscasts, senior video, and prom video.
Problem Solving: This course focuses on 21st Century skills including problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork. Students will do a number of hands-on assignments that will put them in competition with other classmates to produce the best results for the given problem with the materials provided.
Yearbook: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors only. Students in this class publish the yearbook and are chosen by the instructor. After school and weekend work are many times required. Must sign a 2 year contract with instructor.
CAD I: This course is designed to provide basic information about the processes and procedures used within the drafting industry. The course is 36 weeks in length and will acquaint students with a brief review of manual drafting followed by the introduction of computer aided drafting (CAD) using the AutoCAD software by AutoDesk. The primary focus of the course will be in the area of mechanical and architectural drafting. Topics covered throughout the course will be views, spacing, lines, text, dimensioning, geometric construction, and outputting drawings to printers and plotters. Emphasis of the course will be on correct and efficient use of the CAD systems and quality and accuracy of drawing assignments.
Prerequisites: This class has no prerequisites and is open to all students, however, a strong grasp of measurement, fractions, and decimal equivalents is recommended.
CAD II: This course is designed to provide advanced information of practices used within the drafting industry. The course is 36 weeks in length and will acquaint students with a brief review of basic CAD drafting followed by advanced operations and practices using AutoCAD software by AutoDesk. The focus of the course will be to develop skill and knowledge of the many advanced features of CAD software. Students will work on a variety of assigned and individual drawing projects and gain experience in many areas of drafting including drawing in three dimensions..
Prerequisites: The prerequisite of this class is a C or higher in CAD I and teachers permission.
Woods I: This course is designed to provide basic information about wood and wood products. The course is 36 weeks in length and will acquaint students with safety and its relationship to all areas of woodworking, the selection and care of hand and power tools, proper woodworking procedures, design principals, methods of construction, and mass production. Emphasis of the course will be on safety and craftsmanship. Students will work in groups on a variety of assigned projects, progressively more complexed as skills are mastered. Assigned projects are designed to maximize student’s exposure to a variety of machines and operations. Assigned projects will be sold upon completion. Individualized projects will be a very minimal part of this course.
Prerequisites: This class has no prerequisites and is open to all students.
Cabinetmaking: This course is designed to provide advanced information in the area of residential and commercial cabinet making. The course is 36 weeks in length and will acquaint students with safety and its relationship to all areas of woodworking, required math skills, interpretation of plans, kitchen and bath cabinet size standards, cabinet cost estimating, face frame cabinet construction, drawer and door construction, shelves and cabinet interiors, counter tops, cabinet and sub-assembly installation, finish trim work, wood finishing, and other topics in the cabinetmaking industry. Emphasis of the course will be on safety, professionalism, estimating and craftsmanship. Students will work in groups on an actual set of cabinets and/or build “stand alone” cabinet projects such as vanities, kitchen islands, etc. Individualized projects will be a minimal part of this course.
Prerequisites: The prerequisite of this class is a C or higher in Woods I and teachers permission.
Furniture Design: This course is designed to provide advanced information about historical and contemporary furniture styles and their construction. The course is 36 weeks in length and will acquaint students with safety and its relationship to all areas of woodworking, development and interpretation of production drawings, advanced joinery techniques, production planning, jigs and fixtures, veneering, inlays, special hardware, and finishing techniques. Emphasis of the course will be on safety and craftsmanship. Students will work in groups on an assigned project during the first semester, then plan, draw, and construct an advanced project of their own design in the second semester. Assigned projects are designed to maximize student’s exposure to a variety of machines and operations. Assigned projects will be sold upon completion. Students are responsible for the materials and hardware costs of their individual projects. Students are also responsible for researching, locating and obtaining special hardware, parts, etc. for their individual projects.
Prerequisites: The prerequisite of this class is a C or higher in Woods I and teachers permission.
PE General: Improves overall physical fitness and health. Prerequisite: None
PE Sports Fitness: Improves overall fitness and health. Focuses on strength training and endurance for athletes. Prerequisite: None. All grade levels may enroll.
PE Girls’ Fitness: Prerequisite: None. All grade levels my enroll.
PE P90: Prerequisite: None. All grade levels may enroll
Health: One semester of Health is required for graduation. Students will learn how to lead an overall healthy lifestyle. Prerequisite: None. Freshmen will automatically be enrolled in Health.
AgriScience 9-10 Grades only. 11th are allowed per teacher approval. Students will learn basic animal science, FFA, SAE, Careers in agriculture, introductory welding, and record keeping in agriculture. There is a mandatory field trip that counts as a test grade. FFA membership is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.
Horticulture: 10-12 Grades Only. Students will study plant anatomy, Taxonomy, structure of plants, Soils, Biological Interactions, Photosynthesis, Respiration, and other factors that relate to plants by going to the greenhouse. There are many labs including a plant mount project that enhance what is taught in the class. Students also must maintain a record book or an SAE. There are bonus points for students who participate with FFA.
Animal Science: 10-12 Grades Only. Students will study the livestock industry, feeding and nutrition, reproduction, animal husbandry and various species and the effects they have on society. There are labs and a major project consisting of students to make a Ranch or Farm. Students must maintain a record book or an SAE. Bonus is available for students that join FFA.
Agricultural Mechanics : 10-12 Grades Only. Students will learn basic elements of the Engine, Shop Safety, Concrete, Plumbing, Electricity, Arc, Torch, MIG and TIG welding processes. Students need to bring a small engine during the first semester and bring clothing appropriate for shop. Joining FFA is Highly Encouraged.