Winter Term Course Offerings 2018

Winter Term is a chance for both teachers and students to explore areas of interest that do not appear as courses in the standard curriculum. Drawing from personal backgrounds and fields of study, teachers prepare courses to enhance the standard Catholic Central curriculum.

Attendance during Winter Term: As Winter Terms compacts a semester of coursework into four weeks, attendance is very important. It is good to consider each day as if it were three days, as each course meets for three hours a day. Adjusting the standard attendance policy to correspond, missing multiple days during Winter Term puts credit for the course in jeopardy. As stated in the Student Handbook: “A student should not have more than two absences during

Winter Term.” Please make every effort not to miss a day during Winter Term.

Below is a list of courses offered during the 2018 Winter Term. Note the credit value as well as the meeting time. Students must choose one course for the morning session and one for the afternoon session.  Preferred enrollment and grade level requirements are subject to review on a student by student basis.  


Note: All freshmen are automatically registered for the afternoon health course.

Course Title Credits Grade Levels Preferred Enrollment Time Offered




Physical Education I 0.25 PE 9-12 No Limit Morning


This course is required of all students who did not complete a PE waiver. The Physical Education Department recognizes the strong correlation between physical education and health. Vigorous muscular work is the foundation of a healthy body. This program is an essential part of the total education process. The growth and development of physical, mental, spiritual, and social aspects of life are fostered in the physical education program.


Physical Education II 0.25 PE 9-12 No Limit Morning


This course is required of all students who did not complete a PE waiver. Physical Education II continues the work that was begun in Physical Education I. It is assumed that the students will have mastered a basic understanding of good health habits and will know the rules of various games and activities. More emphasis is placed on the development of well-toned muscles and on the mental, spiritual, and social aspects of physical education.


Service Ministry (I, II, & TA) 0.5 Religion 10-12 10 Morning


If you are interested in enrolling in this course, you must get an application from Mrs. Roth and complete it as soon as possible.

What does it mean to be a Christian disciple? How will you answer this question, and how will you respond to this question in your life?  In Service Ministry class, you will spend time in discussion, reflection, prayer, and activities designed to strengthen you in living out your Christian faith. You will spend two days each week serving in the community with local schools and ministries, and you will make preparations to lead Catholic Central Service Day in the spring. Through this class, you can make a difference in your school, your community, and your own spirituality.


Creative Writing 0.5 English 9-12 10 Morning


Rather than simply examining literature (the focus of most ENG classes) this class will work to develop the creative faculties in students so that they can create their own works of literature. Students will learn a number of strategies and methods for developing their own literary voice and will work in community with other students to develop their skills. We will discuss not only how to structure, plan and start writing long form narrative fiction like novels, but also how a person might go about putting together a short story or poetry collection. Students will read a wide variety of short stories alongside essays on writing craft in order to develop a language for talking about how fiction works and should expect to produce and revise significant amounts of text which they will share with fellow students.  


0.5 Fine Arts 9-12 7, Unless students have the appropriate camera(must be a Cannon T4i, T5i, T6i and any Nikon must be approved by Mrs. Nickerson) Morning


In this class students will learn the fundamentals of photography from camera exposure and composition to styles of photography and photo editing. Students will learn inside the class with hands on lessons and outside the class with opportunities to test your skills in different environments. Students will apply their learning and skills to photography projects that relate to different types of photography such as nature, portraiture, fashion, and documentary.  


Food Science 0.5 Science 10-12 10 Morning


This course will focus on differing scientific opinions of the “best” diet for humans.  We will view several documentaries outlining these opinions and then use that information to perform our own research and testing.  Students can expect to write weekly research papers and lab reports with a basis in both chemistry and biology.  Students should have completed biology with a passing grade and be enrolled in or have taken chemistry.  Students will be required to have a composition notebook for this class and may be asked to provide small samples of a variety of foods for testing.

Sign Language 0.5 Foreign Language 9-12 10 Morning


In this class students will learn basic Sign Language, Deaf Culture and History.  Topics included fingerspelling, numbers, terminology, history and Deaf culture.  The course is structured to help the students build basic expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language.


World War II at the Movies 0.5 Social Studies 11-12 10 Morning


The Second World War was undeniably one of the most important events of modern history and its importance is reflected in the number of movies made about it.  This class will look at the war itself and at how the war has been presented in movies, beginning with movies made during the war as a means of encouraging the support and participation of non-combatants in both Europe and the United States.  As attitudes about the war changed, so did the movies.  We will watch movies from various time periods, comparing how they presented the war and the soldiers who fought in the war, beginning in the 1940s and ending with movies made within the past five years.  Students will be expected to do some reading and will have written assignments over both the history of World War II and the movies we watch in class.

Note:  Some movies are rated “R” for violence and you will need parental permission to watch them!

Culture and Crafts Among the Continents 0.5 Art 9-12 10 Morning


This course will feed the cultural senses.  The class will explore various food, art projects and wonderful books as the students learn about different cultures on several different continents.  Each country that the students talk about will include a literature discussion and excerpt readings from exciting books.  Then the students will complete significant art projects from that specific country.  Finally, the students will have the opportunity to enjoy culturally-relevant foods from that country.  The class will focus on cultures from Mexico, Rwanda, Australia, China and the Amazon.  


Intro to Law 0.5 Social Studies 10-12 (9th Grade with permission 10 Morning


This course will provide an overview of the American legal system.  Students will examine:  sources of the law, Constitutional and contract law, criminal law and case law.  Students will learn how to brief a case and how to perform legal research.  Current legal issues will be discussed and analyzed. Visits to court and presentations by practicing attorneys and judges will be featured.  3 college credits



The Rise and Fall of the American City 0.5 Social Studies 10-12 10 Morning


This class will offer an introduction of historical conditions causing growth and demise in American cities. Focusing on the revolution of transportation, planning and constructing highways, demographics, and urban political history.  Each student will learn how to use and cite historical journals and prepare their own research papers. This course will provide you with different views on  mixtures of cultures, public planning, labor changes, and bureaucracies throughout cities in the United States.


Independent Study/Internship 0.5 or 1.0 11 and 12 No Limit Whole or Half Day

Winter Term internships are designed to help you explore career options, connect to academic work, and/or pursue a deep personal interest. Students can register for full or half-day internships. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to take this opportunity to explore career fields of interest, gaining an understanding of the demands, educational needs, and daily routine of a career. The experience will help the student narrow career choices. Students also take this time to work on comprehensive research projects. See Mr. Rizer for details. All paperwork for independent studies/internships is due Friday, November 3.



Health 0.5 Health All Freshmen All Freshmen Afternoon


Health is a required course for all freshmen to complete. The course is divided into four sections: Nutrition, Mental Health, Sexual Health, and Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Each section examines what it means to live a healthy lifestyle and provides suggestions or techniques for doing so. Students will analyze how our diet, stress levels, promiscuity, and the use of drugs impact our health. A variety of methods are used to assess each student’s comprehension during the course.


An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study and Creation of Art and Poetry 0.5 English 9-12 10 Afternoon


This course is co-taught between the Springfield Museum of Art and Catholic Central HS. Through exploration of shared concepts, it combines English language arts with artmaking and interaction with and examination of works of art.  In the past while studying poetry, non-fiction, and fiction texts, students have written responses to the works on display at the museum, created individual and collaborative works of art, partaken in the museum exhibition process, and presented the work orally and visually at a culminating art opening. This year students will study the paintings of Jason Morgan, a Yellow Spring’s artist whose work lends itself to themes of dis/re-orientation through shifts in size scale, emergence, prominence, and contrast of light and dark, play and humorous juxtaposition, animation of the inanimate, realism and surrealism, and portraiture through symbolic objects.

The American Revolutionary War 0.5 Social Studies 10-12 10 Morning


In this course, students will take an in-depth look at the American Revolutionary War. The course will cover all the major battles in the war, from both perspectives Colonial and British.  The course examines the complex causes and lasting effects of the war, as well as the battles, the home fronts, the generals, and the ordinary soldiers. The class will use lecture, documentaries, films, and internet research to accomplish the course objectives. The course will cover the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.


Water and environmental monitoring; A chemistry approach 0.5 Science 11-12 completed chemistry with a B or better 10 Afternoon


In conjunction with Wright State University and its Yellow Springs Water testing research, students will develop an understanding of the chemical nature of air, water, and soil; select appropriate methods for sampling and analysis of environmental samples in Yellow Springs; interpret the physical and chemical properties of a substance to predict its fate; and predict how chemicals degrade and move in the environment. Students will tour the wastewater treatment facility and present their findings at the end of January in a presentation.

Comparative Anatomy (Dissection) 0.5 Science 10-12 10 Afternoon


This course is designed to provide in-depth study of plant and animal anatomy

and physiology. Students will begin with detailed discussions of anatomical and physiological characteristics and the role those things play in survival of the organism. We will then learn proper use of dissection equipment and technique while dissecting various organisms (from flowers to fetal pigs) to get a hands on view of the anatomy of these organisms. Emphasis will be placed on the similarities and differences of the organisms and how each of these plays a role in survival as we increase in complexity of the organisms. Students will be tested over their knowledge of the different body systems for each organism. Students will also keep a lab journal including both procedures and sketches of various parts of the dissections. The class will culminate in a project illustrating the student’s understanding of the anatomical and physiological differences and the advantages and disadvantages each of those differences offers. Students will need to have a composition notebook and a box of non-latex gloves for use during the dissections.


Sign Language II 0.5 Foreign Language 10 Afternoon


In this class students will increase their ability to read and use finger spelling through the use of games and other interactive activities.  Students will also learn the importance of facial expression while signing.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the deaf culture.  Finally, students will learn how they can help a hard of hearing or deaf individual during an emergency situation such as a car accident or an evacuation.  

*In order to take this class, you must have completed Sign Language I last year during Winter Term.


               Death and Dying 0.5 Religion 10-12 10 Afternoon


For many modern Americans,  the idea of death is something to be avoided.  And yet we will all need to deal with death at various times throughout our lives, whether it’s the death of a relative, friend or even a beloved pet.  This course looks at dying and at death from various perspectives, including religious (especially the major World Religions,) cultural, psychological and practical (what do we do when someone dies?)  We will also look at the process of grieving and discuss what is normal and how to deal with it.  The class will include guest speakers and, weather permitting, field trips.

Hands-On Engineering 0.5 9-12 10 Afternoon


Do you enjoy hands-on challenges? Have you ever wondered what an engineer does, and what engineering career fields might be a good fit for you? Hands-On Engineering is an introductory course where high school students will design, build, test, and improve their own solutions to a variety of open-ended problems. Students will use teamwork and communication, learn about different branches of engineering, and take field trips to experience engineering and design in the community.


Independent Study/Internship 0.5 or 1.0 11 and 12 No Limit Whole or Half Day


Winter Term internships are designed to help you explore career options, connect to academic work, and/or pursue a deep personal interest. Students can register for full or half-day internships. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to take this opportunity to explore career fields

of interest, gaining an understanding of the demands, educational needs, and daily routine of a career. The experience will help the student narrow career choices. Students also take this time to work on comprehensive research projects. See Mr. Rizer for details.  All paperwork for independent studies/internships is due Friday, November 3.


Irish Studies 1.0 Seniors Only International Travel


The Irish Studies course is a unique offering as it combines many elements of student learning. Students cover topics that meet Archdiocesan or ODE standards in Theology, English, Economics, History, and Science. Student learning is a blend of independent study, group learning, and most prominently, learning through hands-on interaction. Independent study occurs mostly over the Christmas break and reflects the upcoming curriculum. Students engage in small group learning through this course. The most unique piece of the Irish Studies curriculum occurs when students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Irish history and culture that they study. Journaling is required so as to encourage reflection during the trip. Students are expected to complete a significant amount of work prior to and after the trip. A continual integration of technology is also expected. And, of course, these students travel to Ireland for ten days!

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