McAuley Catholic High School

930 S. Pearl Ave.
Joplin, MO 64801
(417) 624-9320
School Hours:
M-F 7:50am—2:55pm
Office Hours:
M-F 7:30am—4:00pm

Course Description

RELIGION

Scripture Study
Freshmen Year
Semesters I  & II
1 Credit for year (0.5 Credit Each Semester)

This course is a comprehensive overview of the books of the Old and New Testament Scriptures designed to help the student appreciate the links between Judaism and Christianity. It is designed to help students understand that in and through the Scriptures and the Church, they encounter the Living Jesus Christ.  Using numerous Scriptural references, students will learn how they can apply the message of Jesus in their daily lives.  The first semester focuses primarily on the Old Testament, and how Jesus fulfills the promises of a savior.  The second semester is an overview of the New Testament, focusing on the growth of the infant church. This course in in conformity with the United States Bishop’s Curriculum Framework, and fulfills the requirements for core courses I & II.

The Revelation of Jesus & History of the Church
Sophomore Year
Semesters I & II
1 Credit for year (0.5 Credit Each Semester)

This course focuses on the Paschal Mystery is an introduction to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In this course, students will understand that Jesus Christ is the ultimate revelation to us from God, and that He fulfills the old covenants and Old Testament prophesies.  Students will learn that the encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist is a call to bring Him into our lives and into the world. This course in in conformity with the United States Bishop’s Curriculum Framework, and fulfills the requirements for core course III.

The second part of this course focuses on the developments of the Catholic Church following Jesus’ appearance to the Apostles at Pentecost throughout history to present day. It is designed to help students know Jesus through His people: the Church, and to recognize the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church’s history. Topics such as the saints and other prominent Catholic characters, major historical Church documents, and impactful Church councils, will be identified, explored, and analyzed. This course in in conformity with the United States Bishop’s Curriculum Framework Course, and fulfills the requirements for core course IV.

Sacraments & Foundations of Catholic Morality
Junior Year
Semesters I & II
1 Credit for year (0.5 Credit Each Semester)

The course on Sacraments is organized around the traditional definition of sacrament as defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church – an efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life (grace) is given to us by the power and work of the Holy Spirit.  Students will see who Jesus is revealed in a unique way through the Sacraments, and we will explore concrete way to understand and more fully participate in them and benefit from their graces.  This course in in conformity with the United States Bishop’s Curriculum Framework Course, and fulfills the requirements for core course V.

The second semester course focuses on the Foundations of Catholic Morality.  We will study the essential message of Christ’s moral teaching, the importance of love of God and neighbor and the basics of Catholic Social Teaching.  The text is written to cover the “Life in Christ” section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, pulling together the essential steps for living a Christian moral life in the Catholic tradition. This course in in conformity with the United States Bishop’s Curriculum Framework Course, and fulfills the requirements for core course VI.

Exploring Religions of the World & Catholic Vocation and Mission
Senior Year
Semesters I & II
1 Credit for year (0.5 Credit Each Semester)

In the first semester, students will begin the course with the reading of the Church document Nostra Aetate, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions.  We will build on their understanding and experience of the Catholic faith by studying different religious traditions.  Beginning with a study of Judeo-Christian history, practice and tradition before expanding into the study of less familiar religions including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and other practices originating in China and Japan.  We will also explore faiths that sprang from America’s Protestant roots, such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Amish, the Church of Christ, Scientists and address Scientology.  The text was written in conformity with the United States Bishop’s Curriculum Framework Course, and follows Elective course E: Ecumenical and Interreligious Issues.

Students in the second semester will explore with greater emphasis the universal call to holiness and living life as a Catholic Christian in the modern world.  This course exposes students to reading material, discussion and other methods used to expand their understanding of Personal Faith and Vocation.  In addition to other articles, we will read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and discuss the hurdles we all face in living out our faith.  Many activities will be reflective in nature, encouraging an in-depth consideration of the questions, “What kind of person am I becoming?” and “What kind of person do I want to become?”  Time for prayer and for service will be provided, as well as reflection on the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.  Each student will be involved in a service project in addition to the required service hours.  This course is in conformity with United States Bishop’s Curriculum Framework Course, and follows elective courses C: Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ, and D: Responding to the Call of Jesus Christ.

ENGLISH

English 9
Grade 9
Credit: 1

This course includes an overview of grammar, literature, novels, vocabulary, writing, projects, and presentations. Grammar is taught both semesters. Punctuation and sentence structure are stressed so as to prepare students for second semester’s research paper and poetry notebook. Novels read by 9th grade include The Bean Trees, The Book Thief, Night, and Great Expectations. This is a required course for first year students in English.

English 10
Grade 10
Credit: 1

This course includes the following: grammar, writing, vocabulary, projects, research paper, poetry notebook, projects related to novels, literature, and presentations. Grammar will be taught both semesters. Second semester, grammar will be incorporated in the students’ various formal writings. Novels and plays that will be read this year include The Crucible, To Kill A Mockingbird, Dawn, and Day. This is a required course for second year students in English.

English 11
Grade 11
Credit: 1

The objective of English 11 is to promote processing and application of learned content and applying what they have learned through creative writing, research paper, poetry notebooks and other various writing assignments. This course also includes vocabulary, novels, grammar, literature, presentations, and projects. Novels and plays that will be read include Wuthering Heights, Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Canterbury Tales, and The Diary of Anne Frank. This is a required course for third year students in English.

English 12
Grade 12
Credit: 1

The objective of English 12 is to integrate reading, speaking, discussion, and listening skills with a proficiency development that will be essential to college or basic life experiences beyond high school. They will accomplish this through creative writing, research paper and project, poetry notebook, literature, and presentations. Novels and plays that will be read and discussed are as follows: The Lord of the Flies, The Road, Things Fall Apart, Othello, and Macbeth. This is a required course for fourth year students in English.

Pre AP English
Grade 9
Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher Signature, Test, Middle School Recommendation
A college prep course for academically talented freshmen. Expository writing is stressed throughout the year including a research paper, and two multimedia presentations. Students will review parts of speech and the sentence and study usage and mechanics. Literature studies will be a chronological study of genres in American Literature from the 1600s and various twentieth century works as a lead in to the AP Lit course. Major focus will be on the Puritan tradition, including The Crucible, historical essays, transcendentalism, poetry, short stories, and The Book Thief. Weekly vocabulary assignments and quizzes are given. Monthly book projects will be required.

AP Literature and Composition
Grade 10
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Honors 9 or Teacher Signatures, Test

A junior level advanced placement course. Students will be expected to write several papers including several literary analyses, a research paper, poetry portfolio, and short fiction. Students will do two multimedia presentations. Literature units are centered on a chronological study of genres in the twentieth century American tradition including the writings of J.D. Salinger and A Separate Peace. They will also begin a study of British literature. Major works include Beowulf, Macbeth, and many poetical works. Weekly vocabulary assignments and quizzes are given. Monthly book projects will be required.

Dual Credit English 109/125
Grade 11
Credit: 1 (6 college hours)
Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA, acceptance at Crowder, teacher approval

A college level introductory class in literature. First semester, Introduction to Literature (109) focuses on a study of works within literary genres. Works include Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, short stories, and poetry. Students will write at least two literary analyses, and a poetry portfolio. Students must take a pre and post test provided by Crowder. Second semester, Masterpieces in World Literature (125), focuses on literature from China, France, England, Germany, Russia, and more. Major works include, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Candide, Monkey, and poetry by Yeats and Eliot. Weekly vocabulary assignments and quizzes are given. Monthly book projects will be required.

Dual Credit English 101/102
Grade 12
Credit: 1 (6 college hours)
Prerequisite: 3.5 GPA, 18 on ACT English, teacher approval

A college level introductory class in composition. This course mirrors Freshman Composition 101 and 102 offered by Missouri Southern State University, and upon successful completion, earns the student six hours of college credit. Students are expected to follow the MSSU syllabus, which required 10 papers throughout the course of the year. First semester focuses on non-source based writing. Second semester emphasizes research and source-based writing resulting in a large argumentative essay. Students will also be asked to study vocabulary and monthly book projects will be required.

Journalism
Grades 11 & 12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval

In this course, students will produce the school newspaper, McAuley Times. They will be responsible for photography, reporting, editing, proofing, and page layout. Students will be asked to attend events, conduct interviews, and do out of school work. They will learn about style, laws involving media, and responsible journalism. The area of broadcast journalism will also be addressed with the production of a monthly newscast. Grades will be based largely on meeting deadlines with assigned work.

MATH

Algebra A
Grades 9 – 12
Credit: 1 per year
Prerequisite: Teacher approval

Algebra A and B is a comprehensive Algebra 1 program that is a two year program. Algebra A/B uses many detailed examples and straightforward narration that make Algebra 1 topics inviting and Algebra 1 content understandable. The two year program will cover all of the concepts covered in Algebra 1.

Algebra B
Grades 9 – 12
Credit: 1 per year
Prerequisite: Teacher approval, Algebra A

Algebra A and B is a comprehensive Algebra 1 program that is a two year program. Algebra A/B uses many detailed examples and straightforward narration that make Algebra 1 topics inviting and Algebra 1 content understandable. The two year program will cover all of the concepts covered in Algebra 1

Algebra I
Grades 9 – 11
Credit: 1

Foundation for all future secondary mathematics courses. Areas covered include basic operations with numbers, linear and quadratic equations, system of equations with two variables, uniform motion and mixture problems, lines, surface area, volume, probability, rational expressions, rational equations, factoring, and radical expressions.

Geometry
Grades 10, 11 & 12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Algebra I

Designed to develop inductive and deductive reasoning skills. Areas covered include the rectangular coordinate plane, triangles, quadrilaterals, and transformations, areas of regular polygons, surface areas and volumes of three dimensional figures, probability, parallel lines, similarity, right triangle trigonometry, circles, and proofs.

Applied Statistics and Critical Thinking
Grades 10, 11, 12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Algebra I

Graphing calculator needed
Introduces basic statistical concepts. Areas covered include data collection, sampling techniques, descriptive statistics, probability, discrete probability distributions, normal probability distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing with one sample, hypothesis testing with two samples, correlation and regression.

Algebra II
Grades 10, 11 & 12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: C in Algebra I or Geometry

Areas covered include linear and quadratic equations, simple functions, uniform motion and chemical mixture problems, plane geometry, rectangular and polar coordinates, addition of vectors, systems of equations, and simple right triangle trigonometry.

Pre-Calculus
Grades 10, 11 & 12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Algebra II/Instructor Approval

This is an elective course to prepare students for calculus. It covers a review of topics in Algebra and Geometry. The student will solve and graph logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. Students will work with trigonometric identities, conic sections, and both arithmetic and geometric series.

Calculus
Grade 11-12
Credit: 1

This is a two semester, elective course for which the student earns one credit. To take this course the student must have at least a 90% in Pre-Calculus and the permission of the instructor. This course covers functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, integration, and the application of their use in modeling and solving the types of problems that might be encountered in the student’s future professional like.

SCIENCE

Biology
1 Credit for year (0.5 Credit Each Semester)

This course introduces the principles and concepts of biology.  Emphasis is on basic biological chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism and energy transformation, genetics, evolution, classification, and other related topics.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of life at the molecular and cellular levels.

Chemistry
1 Credit for year (0.5 Credit Each Semester)

This course introduces the principles and concepts of chemistry.  This class will provide you with a knowledge of the fundamental principles of chemistry with an emphasis on chemical bonding, structure and properties, states of matter, stoichiometry, solutions, and acids and bases.  You will also apply critical thinking strategies in scenario and inquiry-based laboratory activities.

Geology
1 Credit for year (0.5 Credit Each Semester)

This course covers the fundamentals of geology: Rocks, minerals, geologic time, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, surface processes, and earth resources.  Material also covered includes earth’s origin; the movement and distribution of lands and seas in the past; the origins of rocks, formations, and mountains in different ages; and the development of life during geologic past.

Human Anatomy and Physiology
1 Credit for year (0.5 Credit Each Semester)

This course provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.  Topics include body organization, homeostasis, histology, and the different body systems.  Upon completion, you should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships.  Laboratory work includes dissection of preserved specimens, microscopic study, physiologic experiments, computer simulations, and multimedia presentations.

Principles of Biomedical Science (In partnership with Mercy Hospital)
1 Credit for year (0.5 Credit Each Semester)

From the moment you walk into PBS, you will be immersed in the mysterious death of Anna.  You will be asked to investigate, document, and analyze evidence to solve the case.  You will investigate concepts of biology and medicine as you explore health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases.  You will determine the factors that led to the death of Anna as you piece together evidence found in her medical history and her autopsy report.

Physics
1 Credit for year (0.5 Credit Each Semester)

You will utilize scientific practices to discover knowledge and overarching concepts related to physical science. You will recognize unifying themes that integrate the major topics of Physics including one-dimensional and two- dimensional motion, accelerated and circular motion, and momentum (and much more!). The curriculum integrates critical thinking, experimental design and laboratory skills. These skills will be developed using, mathematical modeling, data interpretation and graphical analysis.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Geography
Grade 9
Credit: 1/2

This course in introductory geography will focus primarily on physical geography with secondary emphases on cultural and environmental geography. It will use a multimedia approach including the text, PowerPoint presentations, DVD’s and videos, and the internet. The mechanics of the earth and each region of the earth will be covered during the semester. We will work extensively with maps.

World History
Grade 10
Credit: 1

This is a complete course of World History which covers the time periods from prehistoric to the present. The class will study the record man has left in government, science, the arts, and all other aspects of human endeavor.

American History
Grade 11
Credit: 1

This is a complete history course of the United States from prehistory to the present. The course not only covers historic developments, but also emphasizes social and cultural developments.

American Government
Grade: 12
Credit: 1/2

The focus of this required course is the institutions and political activities of American government at the national, state, and local levels. While taking this class, the students will pass the United States and Missouri Constitution tests, which are required by the State of Missouri.

Sociology
Grades 10-12
Credit: 1/2

This course includes topics on social behavior. Topics will range from sociology of marriage, adolescent behavior, religion, etc. The course involves substantial student participation.

Psychology
Grades 10-12
Credit: 1/2

This course will focus on human behavior. Topics will include mental disorders and therapies, dreams and what they mean, child rearing, the psychology of sexuality, etc. This course involves substantial student participation.

BUSINESS

Business Leadership
Grades: 11-12
Credit: 1

This course presents a comprehensive, integrative, and practical focus on leadership and management. It is based upon a framework that analyzes leadership and management at different levels: individual leadership, team leadership, and organizational leadership. This course will also have the option for an internship in the business world.

Personal Finance
Grade: 12
Credit: 1/2

The course is designed to introduce students to personal record keeping and fundamentals of cash accounting. It will prepare students for the responsibility to handle financial decisions and organize financial records. We do hands on projects like buying a car, renting an apartment, opening a checking and savings account and filing income tax forms.

Dual Credit Introduction to Personal Financial Planning GB 101
Grade: 12
Credit: 1/2
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA, acceptance at MSSU Introduction to the concepts

and tools necessary for effective management of personal financial health. Includes goal-setting, investment decisions, obtaining and using credit, insurance, and retirement planning. Also provides exposure to various business careers and to comparable decisions that business owners and managers make.

Sports/Entertainment Marketing
Grades 11 & 12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: one completed business course

This class will utilize marketing skills to promote school events such as the dodgeball tournament and 5k run. This class is also responsible for producing the school newsletter quarterly. Outside of those productions, the class will organize FBLA events such as weekly meetings. The class will also focus on reaching out to other FBLA members to help them prepare for competition.

Business Law

This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic legal principles relevant to their roles as citizens, consumers, and employees through a mixture of personal, business, and consumer law. The content includes the basic characteristics of the American system of free enterprise, rights of private property, basic elements of contracts, employer-employee relations, landlords and tenants, individual rights, wills and estates, family and juvenile justice law, and community property.

Career Exploration

This is an introductory course designed to assist students in (a) discovering their personal strengths and abilities, (b) understanding opportunities available to them in different career areas, and (c) practicing skills necessary to excel in the workforce and in postsecondary learning. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will know and exhibit soft skills (e.g. teamwork, creative thinking, and problem solving), as well as more technical skills (e.g. resume building and written communications) related to career exploration and experience. Students will also learn about and be exposed to existing CTE pathways and elective focus options within a high school setting and will learn how to successfully transition into a district recognized career academy or program of study.

FINE ARTS

Painting
Grades 9 – 12
Credit: 1

A studio experience in painting, with emphasis on color theory and compositional problem solving. Various media will be explored (acrylic, watercolor, tempera, oil). Individual expression and imagery will be encouraged.

3-D Art
Grades: 9-12
Credit: 1

Studio experience in 3 dimensional art with an emphasis on the “Art Elements” and the “Principles of Design.” Various media will be used to produce sculptures, jewelry, fashion, and crafts.

Drawing & Printmaking
Grades 9-12
Credit: 1/2

Students will learn the “Elements of Art” and the “Principles of Design” as they journey through the world of 2-dimensional art. Various media will be used including graphite drawing pencils, colored pencils, chalk, charcoal, and pastels. They will also learn to transfer images from one format to another. Monotype, Polaroid transfers, Linoleum, wood cut, and Photography will be explored.

Ceramics
Grades 9-12
Credit: 1

A studio course in hand-building clay forms using the coil, slab, and pinch methods. Students will also works on the pottery wheel. Introductory lectures on the history of clay, glazes, wheels, and kilns.

Yearbook
Grades: 11-12
Credit: 1

Yearbook students are responsible for the finances, production, and distribution of the McAuley High School yearbook.

Show Choir
Grades: 9-12
Credit: 1

Show Choir focuses on the performance of vocal music in the popular idiom.   Emphasis is placed on developing appropriate vocal technique, choreography and stage presence to create an overall performance.

Theatre 1
1 Credit for year (0.5 Credit Each Semester)

This beginning Theatre 1 class will introduce the student to the basics of theatre and theatre as a living art form. Students will learn acting technique, memorization, monologues, partner and group scene work, theatre history and design, production management, marketing and musical theatre. Students will be required to see 2 live theatre productions that semester and participate in the Ozark 8 One-Act and Readers Theatre competition at Crowder College. Participation in the school play(s) is encouraged.

Speech
1 Credit for year (0.5 Credit Each Semester)

This beginning Public speaking course will allow the student to think critically, develop basic and advanced speeches and become more sensitive to people and situations. The student will also learn vocal technique, vocal drills, poetry, and reader’s theatre. At the end of this course students will hopefully feel more confident and able to speak more clearly and with ease.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Spanish I
Grades 9 – 12
Credit: 1

The first year introduces the students to basic vocabulary and grammar. This includes the ability to read, write, listen and speak at the beginning level. The course covers present tense verbs as well as stem changing, irregular, and a start on preterit tense verbs. Also covered are major parts of speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions and the formation of questions. Cultural concepts are incorporated in the text which are supplemented with reports and lectures. The class requires participation in oral and written exercises, paired and group work. Students will be expected to present a paper and oral presentations (in English) to specific guidelines.

Spanish II
Grades 9 – 12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Spanish I with a “C” or better

The second year of Spanish begins with a review of grammar and vocabulary. The curriculum introduces increasingly more complex sound and structural patterns, wider vocabulary and more demanding readings, as well as cultural and informational sections. This course includes extended study of irregular and preterit verbs and adds imperfect, future, conditional tenses. The students will increase their ability to read, write, listen and speak Spanish. They will be expected to present several oral presentations in Spanish over various topics. Each presentation is 45-60 seconds. Students will begin translating Bible verses.

Spanish III
Grades 10 – 12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Spanish II with a “C” or better, teacher approval

The third year of Spanish will reinforce all that was learned in Spanish I & II. New and useful vocabulary will be taught. The imperfect, subjunctive and present progressive, future will be expanded. Commands will be introduced. Chapters about traveling, shopping, illness etc. will be learned. Culture will be explored more extensively. At the end of the year students will use all of their acquired skills to read a novel in Spanish. Students will be expected to give several oral presentations in Spanish of 60-90 seconds and write a research paper (in English) about a current event in the Spanish speaking world.

Spanish IV
Grades: 12
Credit: 1

Spanish IV builds on the 1st three years of Spanish. More usage of the verb tenses already learned will be most of the 1st semester. Practice with these tenses in reading and writing and oral presentations will be assigned. Readings in literature from Latin authors will be expected. The students will read (in English) a couple of biographies on influential Latin Americans. The students will spend some time on the history of Spain and South America. Most assignments will be lengthier and in Spanish at this level.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Health
Grade: Freshman
Credit: 1/2

Description: This is a required course for graduation. Areas of emphasis include emotional and mental health, alcohol, drug, tobacco, various diseases, and most aspects of the human body. The purpose of the course is to give the student important information so that they may lead as healthy a life as possible.

Physical Education
Grades: 9-12
Credit: 1

Description: The McAuley physical education curriculum offers students an opportunity to enhance their quality of life by participating in a complete physical exercise program. It will also give the students essential knowledge which will help improve and maintain their health. Students will learn that physical education covers a wide variety of physical fitness activities, as well as, developmental games and sports. These activities offer each student social and recreational benefits which will be useful throughout their lives. Areas of instruction include volleyball, pickle ball, badminton, basketball, floor hockey, kickball, softball/whiffle ball, frisbee games, weight training and circuit training.

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