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English

MS Language Arts (grades 7/8), Taught First Period by Crystal Duhon

This course is designed to move from English basics to skill sets and ultimately to application and usages of English principles. Students read and respond to literature, learning about inferences, literary devices and comprehension of an author’s viewpoint. Writing will be aimed at specific purposes and audiences and will emphasize expression, reflection, style, influence and communication of ideas. Knowledge of English mechanics, grammar and spelling will be targeted in class discussions and students will be encouraged to formulate specific points of view. Students will develop strategies for active reading of resources in order to gain understanding of what is read and proficiency in clear writing.

Required Textbook:
Richbaub’s Academy Grammar 1, A Grammar Series for Middle School Writers by Richard M. Gieson, Jr., ISBN: 978-1724727572

Novels:
1st Semester: The Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis – ISBN: 978-0064473307
2nd Semester: IEW Binder 1B

Supplies Needed:
3-ring binder and paper, black/blue pens, highlighter, and composition notebook

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English I (Grade 9/10), Taught First Period by Professor Olges

The Freshman/Sophomore study of English language arts will include grammar, vocabulary, literature and composition. Students will learn the disciplines of analysis, sentence construction, identification of parts of speech and the function and relationship of words in sentences. Class discussions will highlight opportunities for students to improve their communication, presentation and critical thinking skills. Those skills will be further demonstrated by a study of writing resources that will lead to written expression of focused understanding of those resources.

Required Textbook:
Richbaub’s Academy Grammar 2 – ISBN: 10-1724816454

Novels:
1st Semester: Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl – ISBN: 978-0553296983
2nd Semester: IEW Binder 2B

Supplies Needed:
3-ring binder and paper, black/blue pens, highlighter, and composition notebook

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English II (Grade 10) Taught Second Period and English I/II (Grade 9/10) taught Third Period by Professor Olges

This Junior course of study will continue to include literature, composition, grammar and vocabulary. Exploration of literature will demonstrate the effectiveness of English composition and presentation, while observing the alternate aims and audiences of written compositions. Emphasis will be placed on determining an author’s intent and theme and recognizing techniques used to deliver a message or idea. Recognition of those techniques will be furthered explored by a study of the elements of good writing to express an individual communication of ideas and concepts.

Required Textbook:
Fundamentals of English Grammar and Composition Textbook – E. Darrell Holley – ISBN: 978-0892655809

Novels:
1st Semester: Walden – Henry David Thoreau – ISBN: 978-1640320314
2nd Semester: IEW Binder 1C

Supplies Needed:
3-ring binder and paper, black/blue pens, highlighter, and composition notebook

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English III/IV (Grades 11/12), Taught Fourth Period by Professor Olges

This Senior course will expand proficiencies in using the tools of reading and writing with emphasis on comprehension and mastery of syntax, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling and usage in written communication. Word analysis and systematic vocabulary development will also be included. Writing skills will emphasize clear, logical writing patterns, word choice and usage, and will include the writing and delivery of assigned speeches. Essays will be written and the techniques of writing research papers will be studied and applied. Composition and literature will be blended into a cohesive whole as students write critical and comparative analyses of selected literary passages, continuing to develop and strengthen their skills.

Required Textbook:
Essentials of English (Barron’s Educational Series); Hopper, Gale, Foote and Griffith; 6th Edition; ISBN: 978-0764143168

Novels:
1st Semester: The Aspern Papers – Henry James – available in class
2nd Semester: IEW Binder 2C

Supplies Needed:
3-ring binder and paper, black/blue pens, highlighter, and composition notebook

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Math

MS Math (Grades 7/8), Taught Fifth Period by Summer Williams

This course reviews basic math concepts, number sense, computation/estimation, areas, and measurements, ensuring students have a solid mathematical foundation. Students are then introduced to the basics of percentages, algebra, and geometry. This course includes some hands-on learning activities to be completed individually and in groups.

Prerequisite: Placement by instructor

Required Textbook:
Intermediate Mathematics, Abeka, 1st edition , 2019, #294012 (available on Abeka.com)

Supplies Needed:
Loose leaf binder with paper or 3-subject notebook, ruler, and pencils

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Pre-Algebra, Taught Third Period by Summer Williams

The goal of this course is to prepare students for Algebra 1 – Introductory Algebra. Pre-Algebra provides the foundation for Algebra. Main topics include fractions, decimals, integers, ratios and proportions, solving equations, percent’s, introduction to geometry and graphing. This class will incorporate some hands-on learning activities (individual and group) to be completed in class.

Prerequisite: Math 7/8 or placement by instructor

Required Textbook:
Abeka Pre-Algebra Revised Fourth Edition #319155

Other worksheets will be added for instruction and homework, but will be provided by the instructor.

Supplies Needed:
Loose leaf binder and paper or a 3 subject notebook, graph paper or notebook, ruler, pencils, and
calculator (used in some sections)

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Algebra I (Introductory Algebra), Taught Second Period by Rachel Maldonado

The goal of this course is to prepare students for Algebra 2 -Intermediate Algebra.

Students learn to:

1. Simplify expressions using the order of operations
2. Solve linear equations and use them to solve application problems
3. Solve linear inequalities and graph and express answers in interval form
4. Find slope and intercepts of a linear equation in two variables
5. Simplify expressions using laws of exponents
6. Add, subtract, multiply and divide polynomials
7. Factor polynomials
8. Solve quadratic equations using multiple methods
9. Solve systems of linear equations in two variables
10. Write a linear equation given pertinent information

Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra or placement by instructor

Required Textbook:
Introductory Algebra, Miller, O’Neill, and Hyde, Third Edition, ISBN 978-0073384542 (available used on amazon.com)

Supplies Needed:
Paper, pencil, graph paper, loose leaf notebook

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Algebra II (Intermediate Algebra), Taught First Period by Rachel Maldonado

The goal of this course is to prepare students for Pre-Calculus.

Students learn to:

1. Solve polynomial equations by factoring
2. Solve equations involving rational expressions and apply them
3. Solve equations with radicals and rational exponents
4. Perform operations with complex numbers
5. Recognize functions defined by sets of ordered pairs, graphs, and equations and to apply function
notation to applications
6. Sketch graphs of linear relations and determine a linear equation in two variables given pertinent information
7. Solve linear inequalities in one and two variables
8. Solve quadratic equations using the quadratic formula, completing the square, factoring, and extracting roots
9. Solve absolute value equations and inequalities

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or placement by instructor

Required Textbook:
Intermediate Algebra, Miller, O’Neill, and Hyde, Third edition, ISBN 978-0073384429 (available used on amazon.com)

Supplies Needed:
Pencil, graph paper, loose leaf notebook, straight edge (six inch ruler will suffice)

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Geometry, Taught Second Period by Summer Williams

Geometry introduces mathematical properties, theorems, and vocabulary involving proofs. It includes topics such as the study of points, lines, planes, angles, triangles, polygons, circles, congruence and similarity, area and volume, and coordinate geometry. Geometry helps to develop critical thinking skills as it relates to logical reasoning and argument. Hands-on learning will be provided in many classes both individually and in groups.

Pre-Requisite: Algebra 1

NOTE: Students may take Geometry prior to or after taking Algebra 2.

Required Textbook:
BJU Press Geometry ISBN #978-1-60682-894-6 Fourth Edition

Supplies Needed:
Loose leaf paper and binder, dividers, graph paper, pencils, ruler, compass, protractor and calculator

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Pre-Calculus, Taught Second Period by Rachel Maldonado

The goal of this course is to provide the student with the skills needed for further study of mathematics. It is hoped that students will be well prepared for Calculus.

Students learn:

1. Solving polynomial equations including higher degree equations
2. Solving radical equations with multiple radicals
3. Factoring and performing operations with rational expressions
4. Absolute value equations and inequalities
5. Definitions of conic sections and derivation of their equations using the distance formula
6. Review of functions, both linear and higher degree functions
7. Logarithmic and exponential equations
8. Definitions of trigonometric functions and their applications
9. Proof of trigonometric identities
10. Trigonometric form of a complex number
11. Solving systems of equations using determinants and matrices
12. Partial fraction decomposition
13. Binomial Theorem
14. Limit of a function

Prerequisite: Algebra 2

Required Textbook:
Precalculus – Robert F. Blitzer 6th Edition – ISBN: 978-0134469140

Supplies Needed:
Loose leaf notebook, paper, pencil, graph paper. compass, protractor, and scientific calculator

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Science

Physical Science (Middle School Science II), Taught Fourth Period by Peggy Eddy

This course is the second middle school science course and is intended for 8th grade. It covers the basic principles of earth science, physics, chemistry, light, sound, forces in creation and astrophysics (the instructor’s favorite!), interspersed with thought provoking and engaging labs. (Student Notebook that goes along with the book is not required, but is recommended. It contains space for personal notes and has the questions and space for the On Your Own, Study Guide and Summary questions. In addition it has exercises to help the student “dig deeper” into the subject and includes Scriptural materials to help the student appreciate all of God’s creation. It also has lab report pages which are extremely important when doing science.)

Textbook Required:
Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd Edition, Apologia, ISBN 978-1-946506-51-1

Recommended Student Notebook:
Exploring Creation with Physical Science Student Notebook, 3rd Edition, Apologia, ISBN 978-1-946506-54-2

Supplies Needed:
Pocketed folder with three prongs, colored pencils, 5-subject spiral notebook, fineline markers,
pen, pencil (for math), highlighter (any color), glue stick or small bottle of glue

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Biology (Grades 9/10), Taught Third Period by Peggy Eddy

This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course and is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation.

Textbook Required:
Exploring Creation with Biology, 3rd Edition, Apologia, 978-1-946506-45-0

Supplies Needed:
Pocketed folder with three prongs, colored pencils, 3-subject spiral notebook, fineline markers,
pen, pencil (for math), highlighter (any color), glue stick or small bottle of glue

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Chemistry (Grades 10/11), Taught Fifth Period by Peggy Eddy

Topics include significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, gas laws, and equilibrium. Experiments include measuring specific heat, discovering the electrical conductivity of compounds dissolved in water, measuring the width of a molecule, exploring freezing-point depression, using the ideal gas equation, recognizing the effects of catalysts, and much more.

Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Algebra I

Textbook Required:
Discovering Design with Chemistry, Dr. Jay L. Wile, Berean Builders, 2015, ISBN 978-0996278461

Supplies Needed:
Pocketed folder with three prongs, colored pencils, 3-subject spiral notebook, fineline markers, pen, pencil (for math), highlighter (any color), glue stick or small bottle of glue, and scientific calculator (such as TI-30XS Multiview or TI-36XPro – both available from Amazon for less than $20)

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Physics (Grades 11/12), Taught Second Period by Peggy Eddy

Physics is often referred to as the “fundamental science” because it forms the basis of all other fields of science. In this course we will look at fundamentals of motion, explore work and energy, waves, optics, electricity and magnetism. To study and understand the details of how the above concepts interact in nature one must do a lot of observation and experimentation. One of the aspects of observation and experimentation is measurement which this course of study will be practicing frequently.

Prerequisites: Must be proficient with Algebra concepts and familiar with basic Geometry/Trigonometry concepts (sine, cosine, tangent)

Textbook Required:
Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd edition, Apologia, ISBN 978-1932012422

Supplies Needed:
Pocketed folder with three prongs, colored pencils, 3-subject spiral notebook, fineline markers, pen, pencil (for math), highlighter (any color), glue stick or small bottle of glue, composition book, scientific calculator (such as TI-30XS Multiview or TI-36XPro – both available from Amazon for less than $20)

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High School Astronomy (Grades 9-12), Taught Sixth Period by Peggy Eddy

This is a text and workbook all in one. This course is designed to be an elective science course for grades 9 – 12. It does not replace Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics which are lab based high school courses that are required. This class will be more than just reading the text and doing the workbook questions. There will be labs, experiments, activities, research and tests covering the different chapters of the book being used.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook Required:
Exploring Creation with High School Astronomy by Damian Ludwiczak, ISBN: 978 – 1946506719

Supplies Needed:
Pocketed folder with three prongs, colored pencils, 3-subject spiral notebook, fine line markers, pen, pencil (for math), highlighter (any color), glue stick or small bottle of glue, composition book.

Optional books (not required, but useful):
Any Backyard Book to the Stars and any Star Chart or Planispheres (can find on Amazon or even Half-priced books).

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Social Studies

Middle School US History (Grades 7-8), Taught Second Period by Crystal Duhon

You will be learning about American history from Columbus to 1914. Heritage through the Civil War will cover everything you need to know about the era. Timelines, videos and projects will be used to understand this time period. We will use critical thinking skills and the Socratic discussion.

Required Textbooks:
The Story of Liberty, America’s Ancient Heritage Through the Civil War Student Book 1 and
Book 2
– By John De Gree from www.classicalhistorian.com

Novels:
TBA

Supplies Needed:
Heavy duty 5-subject spiral notebook, pencil/pen

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World Geography (Grades 9-12), Taught Firth Period by Stephanie Buford

This course explores geography and cultures as it guides students on a journey around the world. Students will use books, virtual field trips, food and more to learn about lands and people around the globe. They will practice note taking, organizational/research skills, presentations and writing as they tackle past and present events that impact and help foretell the future.

Required Textbook:
Exploring World Geography, Ray Notgrass, 2020, ISBN 9781609991548
Volume 1 – Fall
Volume 2 – Spring
Exploring World Geography Gazetteer, Ray Notgrass

Novels:
1st Semester: The Day the World Stopped Turning, Michael Morpurgo (Fall)
2nd Semester: TBA

There will be one additional book to read in the fall. Students will choose the first day of class. Each student will read a different book.

Supplies Needed:
One three section spiral, one folder with prongs and pockets, map pencils, and highlighter

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World History (Grades 10/11), Taught Third Period by Stephanie Buford

The goal of the World History class is to deepen students’
understanding of the world by examining the record of man and his relationships from the time of creation to the rise of globalism in the 20th century. Students will apply analytical skills to determine causes and effects and to identify major patterns. They will engage in hands-on activities which include art, music, and maps, as well as research and communication as they explore God’s purpose and plan inhuman events. Students will have a chance, each week, to practice a college readiness skill integrated into the history assignments that will prepare them for success in current and future endeavors.

Required Textbook:
Exploring World History, Ray Notgrass, 2014. ISBN 1609990617
Volume 1 – Fall
Volume 2 – Spring
In Their Own Words, Ray Notgrass, 2014, ISBN 1609990633.

Novels:
1st Semester: Abolition of Man, C S Lewis (Fall)
2nd Semester: TBA

Supplies Needed:
One three section spiral, one folder with prongs and pockets, and highlighter

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Government and Economics (Grades 11/12), Taught First Period by Stephanie Buford

GOVERNMENT (FALL SEMESTER): Do you know who our Founding Fathers are? Do you know why they wrote the Constitution? Was this document “inspired by God”? Do you know what happened at the Constitutional Convention? If not, this class is for you! We are truly a blessed country – but why? This course explores the historic events that lead to the Founding Fathers writing the Constitution; compares the US government to other world governments; and walks line by line through each section of the Constitution, examining the importance of this timeless document and learning to defend our unalienable rights. The class will include readings, discussions, guest speakers, research, writing and projects as it brings government to life for students and prepares them to be good stewards and defenders of our Country.

This class fulfills the Texas high school requirement for United States Government.

ECONOMICS (SPRING SEMESTER): The goal of this course is to provide students with a greater understanding of economics from multiple perspectives by studying both the history and politics of economics. Students will explore economic viewpoints of individual consumers, small business owners and global economies. Included are studies of the law of supply and demand, forms of business, labor unions, government finance and its influence, money and prices, and inflation/deflation cycles.

Required Textbooks:
American Government Student Textbook, Tim Keesee, BJU Press, 3rd edition, 2014, ISBN 1606821946.
American Government Student Activities, 3rd Edition, 2014, ISBN 1606823914
Economics, Grade 12 Student Text, 3rd Edition, BJU Press, 2016, ISBN 1606828770
Economics, Grade 12 Student Activities Manual, 3rd Edition, BJU Press, 2017, ISBN 1606829572

Supplies Needed:
Three subject spiral, folder with prongs and pockets, and highlighter

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Electives

Art, Taught First and Second Period by Emily Pruyn-Sydorov

In this course, students will study art history and learn to apply the techniques of famous artists to their own creations. This is an entry-level class suitable for students with or without art experience. We will explore a variety of mediums in the classroom as well as dedicate time for students to build their skills in their preferred medium. This course will mostly focus on painting, illustration, and other 2D mediums.

A second class section may be opened at a different time if there is enough interest.

Supply Fee: $40 per student

Supply List:
Students will need an apron/smock to prevent any art supplies from damaging clothes, a basic package of small flat brushes (any brushes smaller than one inch in width will do), an unlined sketchbook (preferably size 8×10 or larger) and three 16 x 20 primed white canvases. Everything listed here can be found at Hobby Lobby or similar stores!

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Spanish I, Taught Fourth and Fifth Period by Patty Peck

An interactive beginners course designed to introduce students to the beautiful language of Spanish. Students will learn to speak, read and write on a basic level. This class is very interactive because the best way to learn a language is to speak it. The student will learn through memorization, repetition, conversation, role play and song.

Required Textbooks:
BJU Spanish 1 Textbook 3rd Edition

Supply Fee: $15 (to cover copy costs of materials provided)

Supplies Needed:
1 1/2“ folder/notebook/organizer, subject dividers, lined paper, composition folder for vocabulary/memory verses/study notes, index cards to make flashcards (optional)

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Spanish 2, Taught Sixth Period by Patty Peck

An intermediate Spanish class taught with personal conversation and real world application.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Spanish 1 at TSC with a minimum grade of C OR grade of C or higher on a skill level test provided by the instructor. Contact Mrs. Peck with questions on class enrollment.

Required Textbooks:
BJU Spanish 2 Textbook 2nd Edition

Supplies Needed:
Notebook, pencils

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Life Management, Taught Fifth Period by Terri Osbrink

The purpose of this course is to develop and enhance critical life management skills necessary to make sound decisions and take positive actions necessary for a healthy and effective life. This Life Management class will promote student responsibility, problem-solving skills, and independence. In this hands-on class, students will learn to budget their money and time while gaining experience in resume development and interviewing skills. They will also practice proper social interactions, healthy cooking on a college budget (hot pot and microwave), basic car maintenance, goal setting and personal applications, along with many other important topics.

Supply Fee: $50

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Health and Nutrition with Financial Peace, Taught Sixth Period by Terri Osbrink

This health class covers what maturing students need to know to help them make the best choices for themselves as they become young adults. Health is about stewardship: managing what you have as well as you can. Our students will learn about the physical, nutritional, emotional, and spiritual aspects of growing into a healthy adult. Practical topics include information on the things that students encounter every day, such as hydration and sleep. Realistic nutritional advice is presented in a form that encourages students to create healthy eating habits. During the physical health portion, we will also learn that health is just as dependent on social, emotional, mental, and spiritual vitality and how to optimize those components for everyday life. This course respectfully addresses mental illness and emotional stability, as well as the inestimable value of another human being, culture, gender roles, families, socialization, communication skills, and conflict resolution skills. We will cover materials such as nature versus nurture, personal temperament, good decision-making skills, boundary setting, analyzing food intake and activity levels, creating good hygiene habits, keeping a sleep record, along with other crucial and effective tools.

Parental Note: Reproductive systems are covered and we will respectfully discuss intercourse (as an act of marriage), sexual misconduct, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. We will also discuss alcohol and drug abuse, depression, pornography and other topics that also require maturity. I will not dive too deeply into sensitive topics but will equip our students in this class with tools to combat our current culture and seek God’s design.

A Note From The Teacher: This Health class, and curriculum selected for this class, is designed to come along side our parents to respectfully, with discernment, discuss God’s design, and not to trust in what our culture believes. If you have any questions regarding this class and/or it’s material coverage please contact me at t.osbrink@thescholarsconnection.com.

Financial Peace University is a course that teaches how to save for emergencies, pay off and avoid debt, spend wisely, give generously, and invest for the future. This class will equip students with practical and scriptural answers to the “How?” “What?” and “Why?” questions about money through discussions, videos, activities, and workbook.

Required Textbooks:
Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition First Edition
Financial Peace University Workbook ISBN 978-1-934629-04-8

Supplies:
Pen, Pencil, notebook for notes, and pocket folder

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CoffeeHouse, Available Each Period

CoffeeHouse is a central room for studying, visiting, and snacking between classes. Students may choose to do schoolwork or just hang out and talk with their friends. Though TSC Staff monitors these periods to ensure appropriate and courteous behavior, students are free to choose how they wish to spend their time. As the name suggest, Coffee and Cocoa are available, as well as light snacks. The cost for CoffeeHouse is $15 per month per period.

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