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Career Cluster: Arts, A/V Technology & Communications.
The Art Department offers a variety of courses to meet the needs of a wide range of aptitudes, interests and abilities. Beginning courses are offered for all students. These courses introduce art concepts in a studio setting. Art History, on the other hand, is primarily an academically oriented course. All art courses, beginning or advanced, may be used to fulfill the Fine Arts requirements for graduation.
Career Clusters: Business Management & Administration, Finance, and Marketing.
Business courses, based on today’s ever-changing world of business, marketing, and finance is to offer students the chance to discover and master the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to succeed in business – and more importantly an equal occasion to succeed in life. The result of completing a department sequence of courses will offer students an increased opportunity for postsecondary education and training options which lead to careers in business and industry.
These course offerings include on-the-job Co-op programs for seniors in both Business and Marketing. By taking a sequence of career development courses in either Business Occupations or Marketing, in conjunction with either Cooperative Business Occupations or Cooperative Marketing Occupations, students can attain a skills certificate from the state of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
All students are encouraged to join one of two related student leadership organizations: FBLA (Business) or DECA (Marketing). Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) are a basic component of vocational education programs, found in middle and high schools throughout Wisconsin, that support and enhance school-based and work-based learning. They provide students with skills and knowledge that will help them succeed in the 21st Century global economy. The benefits to students who join a CTSO include: enabling students to achieve high academic and occupational standards, developing meaningful business partnerships, linking school-based learning to the real world of work and family, motivating youth to become better students and productive citizens, developing school and community leaders, and enhancing student self-esteem and self confidence. Students are able to participate in leadership labs, volunteering and giving back to the community, as well as local, regional, state, and national competitions.
The computer lab is open to students through out the day as long as they have a pass from a teacher. The computer lab hours are the same as the library hours.
No food or drink is allowed in the computer lab. Students may listen to music as they work if they bring headphones to plug in.
Students must have a valid network user agreement to use the computers. Any unauthorized use of computers will result in revoked computer use privilege.
The goal of the English as a Second Language and Bilingual program at Case High School is to enable limited English proficient students to become competent in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the English language. These programs emphasize the mastery of English language skills and content area concepts and skills in order for students to be able to participate effectively in the regular program. The bilingual program works to accomplish these goals by providing native language support to English Language Learners at Case. The English as a Second Language program teaches cognitive academic language proficiency by emphasizing social and instructional language, the language of language arts, the language of mathematics, the language of science, and the language of social studies.
High school English focuses on the development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills necessary for decision making and personal growth in everyday life. The English curriculum offers students a variety that will meet their needs for whatever goals they pursue beyond high school. Students explore the importance of language through composition, literature, communication skills, and technology in the required courses, and can focus on specialized areas of interest in the semester electives available each year for seniors.
The critical thinking skills and self understanding acquired through the English curriculum will be applied in all aspects of a student's life. By analyzing the works and techniques of great authors of the past and present, and learning to write with clarity and precision, students will gain a better understanding of the times in which they live.
Students are required to successfully complete four years of English, including Freshman English, Sophomore English, Junior English, and two semesters of senior choices.
The Special Education Department at Case High School provides a wide range of services for special needs students with cognitive, behavioral, and learning disabilities. The academic programs offered include both self-contained courses for students requiring direct services and team taught classes, which offer support in the regular education setting.
Case High School offers programs that prepare special needs students for the workforce. These programs include supported and independent community-based vocational experiences. In addition, courses involving semi-independent computer base curriculum are offered as alternative means to gain credit. We have a number of opportunities to meet each individual's learning needs.
GTC Disability Support Services
Gateway Technical College will be having a meeting regarding their disability support services. They will be discussing the information below as well as other information about their support.
- Gateway offers many of the same services we offer our students; however, there are differences between K-12 and college services.
- Students need to contact disability services every semester to be certain they receive the services they need. A strong focus is on SELF ADVOCACY
- Before students take their Gateway placement tests, they should contact Disability Services (see attachments for business cards) to make sure they have the accommodations they need.
- Some accommodations for students include: extended time on tests, electronic textbooks, note takers, smart pens
- DISABILITY SUPPORT SPECIALISTS WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND IEP MEETINGS FOR STUDENTS PLANNING TO ATTEND GTC (see attached business cards for phone numbers)
- On there will be a meeting for students planning to register with Disability Services. See flyer attached.
Family and Consumer Education courses encompass family and career components. Within these electives, students will develop critical thinking and applied skills. Students examine aspects of independent and family living as well as careers in each of the courses.
These course offerings include a two-year Health Youth Apprenticeship program for juniors and seniors and an on-the-job Co-Op program for seniors. By taking a sequence of courses in either food and nutrition or child development, in conjunction with Family and Consumer Science Co-Op, students can attain a skills certificate in Leadership Skills, Food Service, or Child Care Teacher.
All students are encouraged to join one of the two related student leadership organization – HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), or FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) are a basic component of vocational education programs, found in middle and high schools throughout Wisconsin, that support and enhance school-based and work-based learning. They provide students with skills and knowledge that will help them succeed in the 21st Century global economy. The benefits to students who join a CTSO include: enabling students to achieve high academic and occupational standards, developing meaningful career and skill-developing partnerships, linking school-based learning to the real world of work and family, motivating youth to become better students and productive citizens, developing school and community leaders, and enhancing student self-esteem and self-confidence. Students are able to participate in leadership labs, volunteering and giving back to the community, as well as local, regional, state, and national competitions.
The Mathematics Department at Case High School offers a number of sequences of mathematics courses as pathways to college and career readiness. The America Diploma Project recommends a sequence of at least three years of high school math (normally completing at least Algebra 2) for students to be college or career ready. Recommended sequences for four years of high school and course descriptions can be found in the High School Course Description Guide.
Case High School has a couple of Mathematics courses that are unique in the district. For the past four years, we have been teaching Algebra A and B in a block (two consecutive hours). This course enables students entering a lower level sequence to reach the college and career readiness courses. We also offer International Baccalaureate courses in Statistics, Advanced Math, Math Studies, and Calculus. The Case Mathematics staff is a highly collaborative group of teachers who are committed to delivering instruction with rigor and understanding. We offer tutoring by math teachers in the Math Lab during the day and a Make-Up Testing Room after school. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us by e-mail or phone.
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Career Clusters: Arts, A/V Technology & Communications.
The Music Department has extensive offerings in vocal and instrumental music in addition to theory and general music courses. Although there is no specific music graduation requirement, music is one of the three areas by which a student may satisfy the ½ credit requirement in Fine Arts.
NOTE: Weighted Concert Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Band 3, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble 2 can each be taken for weighted credit only once during Grade 11 or Grade 12.
The Physical Education program at the high school level provides a format for the greater development of personal health and fitness knowledge as well as individual and team skills. Students will be challenged at each level to increase their personal well-being.
In addition, the Racine Unified School District physical education requirement states that all students must pass three semesters of physical education in order to satisfy the one and one-half credits that are required for graduation. All students will begin their physical education courses at the ninth grade level and must pass the required courses during three of their four years in high school. When students have completed their required credits, they may take physical education as an elective to meet their total number of graduation credits. ONLY SENIOR STUDENTS WHO ARE BEHIND IN THEIR REQUIRED PHYSICAL EDUCATION CREDITS FOR GRADUATION ARE PERMITTED TO TAKE MORE THAN ONE CLASS DURING A SEMESTER.
Students are required to have the appropriate physical education uniform, socks, athletic shoes, and a combination lock or key lock to participate in all of the activity classes. Since some classes will be outside during the cool weather, it is strongly recommended that students have some type of warm-up or sweat suit to go over their required uniform. Also, students who will have a swimming class must provide their own swimsuit and towel everyday for the length of the class.
Career Clusters: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources; Architecture & Construction; Health Science; and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.
Science must be taken in 9th, 10th and 11th grades. A minimum of three credits of science is required for graduation from high school. Students should keep in mind that most colleges and universities now recommend four years of science for admission. Some colleges and universities are also very specific regarding what those courses should be. Students may wish to consult with their counselor regarding the requirements of the colleges they are interested in attending.
It is important to note that, while the district and state science standards are covered in the 9th, 10th and 11th grade science courses, students will find it advantageous regardless of their future plans to take as much science as possible.
Ninth grade students are placed in one of two courses: 9th grade Lab Science (2613), or Biology (2622). Placement is determined by achievement levels in 8th grade science courses. Ninth grade Lab Science is for students who completed 8th grade science. Biology is for students who have successfully completed 8th grade Advanced Science.
- No courses taken in middle school earn high school credit, therefore, Accelerated 8th Grade Science does not earn high school credit. These students, however, can take Biology in Grade 9 and continue acceleration through the sequence of high school science courses.
- See the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) sections for more complete descriptions of AP or IB science courses.
- Students can earn credit for both Physics (2641) and AP Physics (2642), but only when taken in that order. No credit will be awarded for taking Physics after passing AP Physics.
The Social Studies Dept. at J. I. Case High School is composed of people who are expert in many different areas. We teach American History to freshman beginning with the period after the Civil War and coming up to the present time period. We also teach World History to sophomores beginning with prehistory and again reaching the present. We instruct students in Economics at three different ability levels to the juniors, and American Government also at three different ability levels to juniors. In the senior year we offer three levels of Sociology.
Besides these required subjects we offer many electives to our students. We teach Geography both semesters each year. This class is open to anyone and is a cultural geography class taught by Mr. Berry. Ms. Schierstedt teaches Psychology which is open to upperclassman. Ms. Andreasen teaches Criminology to upperclassman as well. We also have the International Baccalaureate program at Case High School that begins for Social Studies in the sophomore year with the choice of Introduction to I.B. History instead of Regular World History. In the junior and senior years the I. B. History course is taught to classes that include students from both grade levels. This history is equal to a year of Western Civilization at the University level, and if you choose to take a test at the end of your senior year and do well on it you may receive college credit. Theory of Knowledge is also an elective course open only to seniors. It is a requirement to full diploma candidates in the I.B. program. This is a philosophy/logic/humanities course that encourages discussion and critical thinking skills in preparation for college. Mr. Petersen also offers African American History and Latino American History as single semester electives either of which may be taken in place of one semester of American History.
The Technology Education Department is inviting you to look at some options for next year’s classes. We offer a wide variety of subjects that will help you in your future.
- If you are planning to own or rent a house someday, a class like Building/ Home Maintenance #3780 will give you a look at the common problems that you will inevitably have to deal with.
- If you like working with machines and making projects out of metal, casting aluminum or welding, Machining/ Fabrication Systems #3770 might be for you.
- It is enjoyable making products out of wood. Everybody should understand how structures are built, because you live in them. Construction Systems #3720 will allow you to do those things.
- Cameras are everywhere, Photography #3790 will give you the chance to improve your picture taking skills and show you how the process works.
- Printing is everywhere and put on everything. Graphic Communications #3760 shows you how to develop words and designs for transfer onto paper.
- Cars, lawn mowers, ATV's, snowmobiles and power equipment are the muscle of today. Taking Power Systems #3710 will give you hands on experience of how they work.
- Designing your own house is exiting and fun. Architecture Systems #3730 will show you how to design and draw homes both by hand and by computer (CAD).
- "One picture is worth a thousand words", Drafting Systems #3740 will give you the opportunity to make parts and assemble drawings by hand and by computer.
- Engineering Design #3749 is a problem solving based CAD class. It is also a weighted class.
- Principles of Engineering #3759 is a science or elective credit. It is also a weighted class.
- If you will be a senior next year, the Industrial Co-op #3797 and World of Work #3796 classes will help place you in a class related job.
Through these classes, you will be given release time from the school day to work in a career field while earning 2.5 credits towards graduation. You must be in good standing and qualify for approval by any one of your Technology Education instructors. Please contact one of them if you are interested in a work program.
Project Lead The Way
Putting Science, Math and Technology to Work
The PLTW Innovation Zone (aka the classroom) is an engaging and thought-provoking place, where students develop critical thinking skills through hands-on project-based learning, preparing them to take on real-world challenges. Students will have the opportunity to create, design and build things like robots and cars, applying what they are learning in math and science to the world’s grand challenges.Introduction to Engineering Design (Grades 9-12) #3749
Download a Project Lead the Way informational brochure or Engineering Career Pathway brochure.
Introduction to Engineering Design (Grades 9-12) #3749
This course teaches students problem-solving skills using a design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed and communicated using the solid modeling computer design software. This course also provides background in drafting fundamentals through lecture, demonstration and hands-on experiences for developing drafting skills and techniques. Students may earn 2 Advanced Standing (AS) Gateway Technical College credits with a B grade or better in this course. 3 Transcript Credits from MSOE may be earned by successful completion of the national exam. **This course is currently the only weighted grade course for freshmen**
Principles of Engineering (Grades 10-12) #3747
This course helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology. Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes helps students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem-solving process to benefit people. The course also includes concerns about social and political impacts of technological change. Students may earn 3 Advanced Standing (AS) Gateway Technical College credits with a B grade or better in this course. 3 Transcript Credits from MSOE may be earned by successful completion of the national exam.
Career Cluster: Arts, A/V Technology & Communications.
Speech and Drama courses are enrichment courses, which may require a commitment of time after school. Freshman, sophomore and junior students may take speech as an extra elective class, which fulfills part of the fine arts graduation requirement. Senior students may elect one semester of Speech (2261) instead of one semester of a 12th grade elective English course if they have not already taken speech in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade.
Whether you are studying French, German, or Spanish our staff is dedicated to developing your language skills. In the beginning levels there is an emphasis on listening and speaking in practical everyday situations. As you become more fluent more time is spent on writing and reading a variety of culturally authentic materials. Our digital recording center in the Foreign Language Computer Lab also gives you the opportunity to improve your fluency and explore the world via the Internet.
All of our successful language learners may test for Wisconsin college retroactive credit. Many have earned up to 16 university credits as a result of their language studies and one more successful language class at the university level. In addition, college bound students may elect to prepare for the International Baccalaureate exam in pursuit of extensive college credit.
In an effort to expand your world, French students have experienced cultural and artistic events in Chicago, German students have had the opportunity to travel throughout Germany with Herr Zydzik, and Spanish students have enjoyed the Day of the Dead rituals, Cuban food in Milwaukee, as well as Spanish tapas in Chicago.