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Courses available in the 2019-2020 school year.


Algebra I

Ademola Adeyemi

Students are initially introduced to: one-step, two-step, and multiple-step equations; factoring simple one variable equations; substituting values for various unknowns; rates and proportions; percent problems; combining various math concepts in solving real-world problems.
Algebra I students are ready to learn the following: functions, linear functions and equations, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents and polynomials, different methods of factoring polynomials, quadratic functions and equations, data analysis and probability and introduction to complex numbers.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Algebra II

Stephanie Heiliger

Algebra II students are ready to learn: quadratic functions and applications; polynomial functions and applications; exponential and logarithmic functions and applications, rational and radical functions; probability, data analysis and statistics; and sequence and series.

Liberal Arts
STEM

American Sign Language II

Rogelio Contreras

This course is designed for students to expand their understanding of the grammar and vocabulary of American Sign Language studied during the first level course. Students are given the opportunity to continue to develop both their receptive and expressive skills in order to communicate effectively with deaf individuals. An awareness of the history and culture of deaf people, opportunities to interact with the deaf community and information on deaf role models are included in the course. Students also study different sign language systems in existence.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

AP Biology

Jackie Brewer

Upper level, yearlong course that builds upon foundations of Biology 1 by exploring content to greater depth and wider extent of cellular processes, biochemistry, technology and population ecology. Emphasis on analysis, writing and mathematical applications.

STEM

AP Chemistry

Cindy Lance

This course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced coursework in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore topics such as: atomic structure, inter-molecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.
LABORATORY REQUIREMENT This course requires that 25 percent of the instructional time provides students with opportunities to engage in laboratory investigations. This includes a minimum of 16 hands-on labs, at least six of which are inquiry based.

STEM

AP Computer Science Principles

Suzan Ozkilic

AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP Computer Science Principles prepares students for college and career. All students taking AP courses are encouraged to take the AP exam.

STEM

AP English Language and Composition

Angela Hudson

AP Lang is a three-session course that focuses on language as a persuasive tool and is designed to develop students’ ability to utilize and analyze rhetorical appeals, techniques, and devices in various media.

Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

AP English Literature and Composition

Jeffery Donaldson

This is a college-level literature course which explores a variety of the world’s great literature. It prepares students to take the AP Literature exam which, if passed, counts for college credit. The course involves intensive reading, writing, and discussion.

Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

Art Foundations

Aubree Karner

This class is a basic introduction to fine art methods and media for both beginners and students familiar with basic art media. By exploring of the Elements of Art, Principles of Design and a variety of art media you will learn how to use these simple tools to create both 2D and 3D works of art.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Art History

Kelly Foshee

This class is an introduction to the history of art for those who might be interested in the subject and those who may have no interest whatsoever. Regardless, what you will learn from this class is the ability to look at art and understand it within its historical and social context, and construct informed critiques with your new understanding. What does this mean? It means that you will learn to look at the how and why of art, whether you love it or hate it, and then be able to say exactly what you love or hate about it—and know what you’re talking about.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Astronomy

Steven Okapal

Astronomy is the study of the universe outside of Earth. The Astronomy class will be broken up into the following sections: History of Astronomy, The Sun cycle, Our Solar System, and if there is time; Star cycles. We will look at the basics of how people started to study the night sky, what we know about our Sun, what we know about our solar system, and if possible, what we know about distant stars.

Biology

Jackie Brewer

Biology is a laboratory science course in which students investigate a wide range of topics including cells, cell transport and reproduction, genetics, DNA, evolution, and ecology. Students will have an opportunity to participate in various laboratory activities and dissections throughout the course.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Chemistry

Cindy Lance

Chemistry is a laboratory science course in which students investigate the composition of matter and the physical and chemical changes it undergoes. Guided and open-ended laboratory investigations will form a large component of the course.

Liberal Arts
STEM

Choir

Kate Hughes

Choir is a class designed to teach students the art of vocal performance. Students will be trained in methods of healthy vocal production, ensemble-building, choral blend, sight-singing, and more. All are welcome - no previous experience is necessary!

Fine Arts

Community Engagement

Rachel Doss

Community Engagement is a 1-session elective course that incorporates a student-driven community service project that has both learning and community action goals. This project is designed through collaboration among faculty, students, and community partners. This gives students experiential opportunities to learn in real world contexts and to develop skills of community engagement.

Composition 9

Tangela Ekhoff

A fast paced, daily, TSAS-style writing laboratory. This course is designed to help students with their rigorous World Studies workload and in the correct composition of a variety of short written works.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Computer Programming

Suzan Ozkilic

Students will be introduced to Programming. The curriculum exposes students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they build artifacts in Python. Students will accomplish a course capstone project at the end of this session.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Conceptual Physics

Steven Okapal

In Conceptual Physics students investigate the interaction of matter and energy in a variety of methods, focusing on the concepts, rather than the math, involved with these interactions. The course begins with an introduction to the scientific method and Newtonian mechanics. It then follows with thermodynamics and proceeds to electromagnetism. At the end, the students have a choice of a variety of topics including modern physics, a more intense look at mechanics focusing on rotational motion, or optics.

Liberal Arts
STEM

Concert Band

Kevin Couch

This ensemble is made up of wind and percussion students who wish to develop their music skills individually and in an ensemble. Instrumentation includes: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion. Individual practice is expected. Participants will have opportunities to compete as individuals for positions in honor groups such as the Green Country Honor Band and All State Band. In addition, there are opportunities for small ensemble and full band competition or festival performances. Travel is a possibility for this group and therefore, fund raising is a priority in order for the ensemble to afford expenses. Instrument rental program available.

Fine Arts

Critical Communication

Jeffery Donaldson

As the culmination of their language studies, students read challenging and diverse material and are also given freedom to choose their own topics of inquiry. Students will write essays and other short works, both fiction and non-fiction, for each section with the goal of creating arguments that synthesize their readings, discussions, and research and clarify their individual ideas about each theme/topic.

Career & College
STEM

Critical Writing

Angela Hudson

Critical Writing is a two-session 10th grade English course designed to help students understand practical approaches to critical analysis, research, and the application of critical thinking to reading and writing.

Career & College
STEM

Cross Country

Stephen Place


Debate II

Kate Hughes

This class offers students a variety of experiences that develop the basic concepts of persuasion and the oral communication process. It prepares students for interscholastic competition in team debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, extemporaneous speaking, and other artistic speaking events. The course will require considerable research and participation in tournaments. (Intro to Debate and/or previous experience in Debate are strongly urged before enrolling in this course.)

Fine Arts

Defining Events of World History

Mary Suliburk


Design Algebra II

Erin Wilkins

Design Algebra II is a math class taught in a non traditional way. Students are ready to learn through real life applications and projects: quadratic functions and applications; polynomial functions and applications; exponential and logarithmic functions and application, rational and radical functions; probability, data analysis and statistics; and sequences and series.

Career & College
Fine Arts

Design Geometry

Erin Wilkins

Students in this course use hands-on and project-based methods to learn geometric concepts including: area, perimeter, volume, triangle congruence, triangle similarity, trigonometric ratios, and proofs.

Career & College
Fine Arts

Drama I

Marilyn Gates

Exploration of characters, realigning thought process to believably portray a range of emotions, objectives, conflict and resolutions through voice and movement. Incorporate improvisational skills in scenes and theatre games. Create scenes and perform, work scripts to bring the words to life, and believably become someone else!

Fine Arts

Drama II

Marilyn Gates

A more in-depth exploration of characters, realigning thought process to believably portray a range of emotions, objectives, conflict and resolutions through voice and movement. Incorporate improvisational skills in scenes and theatre games. Create scenes and perform, work scripts to bring the words to life, and believably become someone else!

Fine Arts

Drawing I

Aubree Karner

This class is a beginning drawing class for those who have never drawn before and those who have a grasp of basic drawing techniques. We will begin with line and progress through shape, form, positive/negative space, value, composition and proportion through careful observation and drawing of still lifes, interiors, natural objects and figures.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Drawing II

Aubree Karner

This class is a continuation of Drawing I. We will continue our drawing studies with linear perspective, intuitive gesture, building forms, figure drawing, abstract composition, color and mixed media.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Drawing III

Aubree Karner


Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Earth Science

Cindy Lance


Career & College
Fine Arts

Environmental Sustainability

Cindy Lance


Ex Cineribus

Cheyenne Butcher

Ex Cineribus is TSAS's art anthology. This is a student-led class that requires students to put together a quality product from start to finish.

Figures in Art

Aubree Karner


Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Fitness

Stephen Place


French I

Rachel Doss

French I focuses on the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking activities through vocabulary, grammar, and culture. This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of French language or culture. The textbook used is Bon Voyage! Level I, and there is a penpal component to the course.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

French II

Rachel Doss

French II continues to develop basic concepts learned in French I including pronunciation, grammar, and culture. This course is designed for students who have completed French I. We will work with the Glencoe textbook Bon Voyage! Level II, and there is a penpal component to the course.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Freshman Seminar

Tangela Ekhoff


Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Geometry

Erin Wilkins

Students in this course will be learning geometric concepts including: area, perimeter, volume, triangle congruence, triangle similarity, trigonometric ratios, and proofs.

Liberal Arts
STEM

Government

Alyssa Doty

This course will provide students with knowledge of the United States government that will enable them to participate effectively in civic life in America. Students will examine fundamental constitutional principles; the organization of government at the federal, state, and local level; the rights and responsibilities of citizenship; the policy-making process; political parties and elections; comparative government and foreign policy; and the American economic system.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

History of Communism

Mary Suliburk


History of the Cold War

Mary Suliburk


Horticulture

Jackie Brewer

This course is designed to introduce and explore plant science, soil science and landscape design. Students will become familiarized with plant identification, structures and functions and learn various methods of plant propagation. Instruction will largely consist of hands-on activities, labs and development of our school garden.

Intro to Speech & Debate

Kate Hughes

This class offers students a variety of experiences that develop the basic concepts of the oral communication process. It prepares students for interscholastic competition in team debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, extemporaneous speaking, original oratory, and other artistic speaking events. The course will require considerable research and participation in tournaments.

Introduction to Computer Science

Suzan Ozkilic

Students will be introduced to Computer Science through the blocking programming and website development. The curriculum exposes students to all seven "Big Ideas" from the "Computer Science Principles" framework as they build artifacts in Scratch and Thimble.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Jazz I

Kevin Couch

The premier performing jazz group at TSAS, Jazz I is a select group of musicians based upon audition or approval from the director. This ensemble participates in jazz festivals, OkMEA Jazz auditions, Green Country Jazz auditions, as well as full ensemble competitions. Coursework included the preparation of ensemble music, audition materials, basic theory, as well as supplemental materials. Travel is a possibility for this group and therefore, fund raising is a priority in order for the ensemble to afford expenses. Instrument rental program available.

Fine Arts

Jazz II

Kevin Couch

Jazz II is the foundational jazz ensemble at TSAS. Students begin to learn jazz standards including the fundamentals of jazz performance and personal performance fundamentals. Coursework includes the preparation of ensemble music, etudes, scales, and supplemental materials.

Fine Arts

Jazz III

Kevin Couch


Fine Arts

Language & Food

Angela Hudson

Food and Culture is a single session course that explores the role of food in many cultures through reading, writing, film, and personal experience. In addition to written assignments and research presentations, students will be engaging in some cooking and sharing of food.

Mobile Application Development

Suzan Ozkilic

Google’s Android OS runs 86% of smartphones worldwide and has shipped over one billion units this past year alone. Meanwhile, the search for talented Android developers continues, making it one of the most in-demand software development skills today.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Musical Theater

Marilyn Gates

This course entails developing skills in vocals, dance and acting. Class performs at all applicable venues and performs the annual “big” musical which is democratically selected by the students. Lots of hard work but even more fun!

Fine Arts

Native American Literature

Angela Hudson

A study of Native American literature allows the reader to explore an overlooked and underappreciated piece of our collective heritage. This single-trimester elective will look at Native texts chronologically, both fiction and nonfiction, and the cultural and historical environments that produced them. Reading intensive course with some writing and presentations.

Oklahoma History

Alyssa Doty

This course will provide students with knowledge of the history of state of Oklahoma.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Overseas Odyssey

Jeffery Donaldson

(O-Squared) — preparation for travel abroad to become more aware of one's place in the world. The course curriculum will focus on The Netherlands as a Spring Break 2019 destination (with a day-trip to Bruges). Immersions in art, literature, culture, and history will inform class instruction. To prepare for bike-friendly explorations in Amsterdam, Harlem, De Hoge Veluwe, and Bruges, students will also develop biking skills. Participation in fundraising efforts will be expected. The goal is affordability for all interested 11th/12th graders who are in good academic standing to enjoy a 9-day epic journey abroad in March 2019.

Painting I

Kelly Foshee

This class is an introduction to basic fine art painting skills for students who have never painted before as well as those who have experience with basic painting concepts. Watercolors and acrylics, as well as mixed media projects will be explored. Color mixing, material selection, composition, and different techniques within the selected media are some of the skills students will learn in order to create successful paintings.

Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

Painting II

Kelly Foshee

This class will build upon the topics covered in Painting I, and will include more basic and advanced painting techniques and projects. Acrylics will primarily be used along with further exploration of mixed media methods.

Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

Personal Finance

Erin Wilkins

Personal Finance covers the basics of how to responsibly handle finances during and after high school. This course will cover budgeting, joining the work force, taxes, checking accounts, saving money, credit, insurance, and investing. This course is designed to be a broad overview of knowledge that will promote good personal finances.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Philosophy

Steven Okapal

Philosophy is an investigation of Western thought presented as two separate courses which are alternated each year. The first course is over Plato, Descartes, Hume and Kant, where the focus is on deep reading of the material. The second is over the major topics of philosophy, namely logic, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and linguistics/aesthetics.

Photography I

Cheyenne Butcher

Students will learn the basics of black-and-white photography including camera operation, film exposure, processing, composition, studio set-up, basic lighting, and printing. Students will learn to use all parts of the darkroom for processing and printing black and white film. They begin the course building their own pinhole camera and will be exposed to different terms, techniques, and various artist's works. Students will present their artwork to the class for exhibition and criticism. Returning students will expand on their darkroom skills; they will develop a portfolio of their images and learn to manipulate their images in the darkroom. Students are encouraged to bring their own cameras but class cameras will be available for check out.

Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

Photography II

Cheyenne Butcher

This is a portfolio photography class.
Refine your film developing and darkroom-printing skills as you deepen the creative aspects of your camera work. In this course, you will also explore the art of visual communication and ways to use photography as a fine art design element. Students will present their artwork to the class for exhibition and criticism. You'll deepen the creative aspects of your camera work and develop portfolio-ready pieces. We recommend that you bring your own film camera but class cameras will be available for check out. Returning students will expand on their darkroom skills; they will develop a portfolio of their images and learn to manipulate their images in the darkroom. Advanced students can introduce digital photography into their creative process.

Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

Physics - Engineering

Steven Okapal

Physics - Engineering is a project-based class, focusing on the mechanical aspects of physics, and how they can be applied to various physical tasks. The students will complete a series of projects illustrating Newton's 3 Laws of Motion, as well as integrating other aspects of traditional physics as they explore how to take direct action in the world around them.

Career & College
Fine Arts

Podcasting

Angela Hudson


Pre-calculus

Stephanie Heiliger

Pre-Calculus takes the concepts and skills from Algebra II and extends both depth and application. Calculus is the mathematical study of continuous change. This class will provide an introduction to some foundational Calculus concepts and should prepare you for any College Algebra course as well to go on into Calculus.

STEM

Printmaking I

Kelly Foshee

This class will be an introduction to the art of printmaking, which is the oldest form of graphic design. As well as basic printmaking techniques, students will learn collographs (collage texture prints), relief prints (linoleum and rubber carvings) and other methods. Correct use of specialized printing equipment, tools, and supplies will also be taught.

Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

Printmaking II

Kelly Foshee

This class will be a continuation of the techniques learned in Printmaking I, and will further your skills in the art of printmaking. Students will learn how to create drypoint intaglios on plastic, reduction relief prints (linoleum), and silkscreen, with the possibility of other advanced methods such as monotypes (painting on Plexiglass), and oil-based ink printing.

Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

Spanish I

Rogelio Contreras

This course assumes no prior Spanish knowledge and teaches students to listen, speak, read and write Spanish on an elementary level. This is accomplished through activities, projects, and lessons from a variety of sources and experiences that focus on these four skills.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Spanish II

Rogelio Contreras

This course builds upon the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing learned in Spanish I through activities, projects, and lessons from our curriculum (Avancemos II) and other sources that focus on these four skills.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Speech II

Kate Hughes

This class offers students a variety of experiences that develop the skill of public speaking. It prepares students for interscholastic competition in extemporaneous speaking, original oratory, and other artistic speaking events. This course has multiple memorization requirements. Students will be asked to do physical warm-up exercises every day in class. Participation in tournaments is also required. No previous experience is necessary — all students with good work ethic are welcome!

Fine Arts

Track

Stephen Place


Trigonometry

Stephanie Heiliger

Trigonometry is a branch of mathematics that studies relationships involving lengths and angles of triangles. Trig students are ready to learn: trigonometric functions, trigonometric graphs and identities, advanced forms of geometry, and real world applications.

STEM

US History

Mary Suliburk

American Studies is a course analyzing the history of the American nation from its origins to the present. At the conclusion of the course students will have a ready command of the details of American history, allowing them both the historical perspective to comment on original documents as well as inform their thinking regarding current issues.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Web Development

Suzan Ozkilic

This course will allow a student to create interactive website front-ends using (X)HTML, JavaScript, and CSS and the student will be able to code websites, web applications, and learn about web graphics by using GIMP.

Career & College
STEM

Women’s Studies

Victoria Murphy

Women's Studies is an introductory course which looks at the history of gender roles and relationships between women and men and among women, from ancient history to modern times. We will examine the social, cultural, historical and political influences on the status of women while presenting women’s experiences from diverse backgrounds, social structures, and cultures.

World History

Mary Suliburk


Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

Yearbook

Cheyenne Butcher

Students are required to attend meeting after school, Wed. May 15th in the Photo Room.
This is a two-semester class commitment, Photography I prior is suggested but not a required. Yearbook may seem like a class, but it's much more. This class is a student-run project that requires dedication and creativity. Student's actively build every aspect of the yearbook including student portraits, event photography, editing, graphic design, marketing, communication, writing, reporting and interviewing. This class does include after-school activities and events that need to attended.

Fine Arts
Liberal Arts

Courses not currently available, but may be in subseqent years.

American Sign Language I

Rogelio Contreras

This course introduces the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of ASL. Students will focus on learning the ASL alphabet, basic vocabulary, grammar structure, fingerspelling, commands, and ASL questions. Students will be given the opportunity to develop both receptive and expressive skills in order to hold a beginning-level conversation with deaf/hard-of-hearing native users of ASL. An awareness of the history and culture of deaf people, as well as information on deaf role models, are included in the course.

Career & College
Fine Arts
Liberal Arts
STEM

AP Physics

Steven Okapal

The AP Physics 1 Course has been designed by the College Board as a course equivalent to the algebra-based college-level physics class. At the end of the course, students will take the AP Physics 1 exam, which will test their knowledge of both the concepts taught in the classroom and their use of the correct formulas.

STEM

French Culture

Rachel Doss

Bienvenue! French Culture is a 12-week Humanities course that focuses on several distinct aspects of culture in France, including: inventions, famous people, language, Impressionism, Paris, history, literature and food. The importance of cultural awareness is stressed through group work, presentations, reenactments and projects. All coursework and instruction will be in English.

French III

Rachel Doss

French III aims to further develop proficiency in oral communication, reading, and writing previously learned in French I and II. The second half of the class is focused on reading, analyzing and creating a project for Antoine de St. Exupéry's novella, Le Petit Prince.

Latin American Studies

Alyssa Doty

This course is an interdisciplinary overview of Latin American history, culture, geography and art. Through the trimester students will learn about Latin America through a variety of mediums including primary documents, films, literature, food, art, music and current events. Topics will include pre-colonial societies, current day politics, festivals, religion, musicians and artists, and more.

Microbiology

Jackie Brewer

This course is an in-depth look at biology on the cellular level with an emphasis on microorganisms and biotechnology applications. Topics include microbial cell structure and function, microbial genetics, and the role of microorganisms in disease, immunity and their impact on the environment. Students will become familiar with a wide range of laboratory procedures and analysis.

Spanish Culture

Rogelio Contreras

Hola! Spanish Culture is a 12-week Humanities course that focuses on several different aspects of culture (Language, History, Art, Culinary Arts, Geography, Demographics, Music, Cinematography) in Spain, Mexico, Central America other South American-speaking countries. All coursework and instruction will be in English, but hopefully the students will learn some new Spanish phrases along the way!

Spanish III

Rogelio Contreras