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Howells-Dodge Consolidated, in collaboration with our communities and parents, provides all students with an outstanding education that motivates them to be successful, lifelong

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Science 7 “Life Science”

This course covers topics in the Biological Sciences.  Special focus is given to the study of cells, including cell structure, cell processes, and cell reproduction.  Other major topics include Genetics, Evolution, and a basic study of the five major kingdoms of life.

Science 8 “Earth Science”

This course covers topics in the Earth Sciences.  Many topics in Geology are covered including rocks and minerals, weathering and erosion, and plate tectioncs.  Other topics include atmosphere, weather , and climate.  The course also cover topics in Astronomy including the Sun-Earth-Moon system, and other objects in space.


This course covers topics in classical Physics.  Some of the major areas of study include velocity, acceleration, forces, periodic motion, thermodynamics, and electricity.  This class has a heavy emphasis on mathematics and problem solving.  Students in this class will need to be proficient in algebra, and trigonometry.

Global Science

This course covers topics in the Earth Sciences.  It is basically a high school Earth Science class covering many of the same topics as Science 8.  We will study topics in Geology such as rocks and minerals, weathering and erosion, and plate tectonics.  Areas in Meteorology include the atmosphere, weather, and climate.  We also cover topics in Astronomy that include the Sun-Earth-Moon system, and other objects in space.  We also focus on the “Space Race” and the history of human space flight.


Physical Science 

Physical science is a combination of entry-level chemistry and physics. This course introduces the fundamental ways we study the physical world in terms of mater, energy, and the interaction of the two. The first semester is dedicated to basic chemistry concepts while the second semester is centered on fundamental physics principles in order that students form a basis for higher-level science curriculum.


General Biology

In biology students study what living things are and how organisms interact with each other and their environment. Students learn a wide range of biological processes and mechanisms from the microscopic to the macroscopic level. Students will learn how scientists use the scientific method to look at problems objectively and make informed decisions concerning biological issues.



Human Anatomy & Physiology

The goal of human anatomy and physiology is to understand the form and function of various body systems as well as the interaction among systems. Students investigate the mechanisms that support homeostasis from the cellular to the organismal level in humans. This course also examines the physiological basis for various clinical and medical conditions.



In Chemistry students investigate the composition and properties of matter and the physical and chemical changes it undergoes. Student use the process of science to study the structure of matter, the way atoms combine to form compounds, and form an understanding of the interactions of matter and energy.



Paper and pencil techniques, and calculators will be utilized. The course will include a review of decimals, fractions, and percents. Topics covered include patterns, variables, linear equations, graphs, geometry, and problem solving strategies. The course is intended to prepare the student for the study of algebra and geometry and to provide the basis for mathematical applications in science courses.

Algebra I

This course will include material on the following topics: variables, symbols, and expressions; properties of multiplication and addition; order of operation; linear equations and inequalities; graphs in the coordinate plane; exponents and powers; quadratic equations; polynomials; linear systems of equations; factoring; functions.  


This course is an integrated course in plane, solid, and coordinate geometry with major emphasis on plane geometry. This course is designed to teach concepts of geometric relationships through both practical and abstract approaches. The concept of mathematical proof is emphasized. It also develops a model of mathematical system complete with definitions, postulates, corollaries, and further applications of these concepts. Algebraic skills are reviewed and strengthened through application to solving problems in geometry.


Algebra II

The course will include linear and quadratic functions, variations, graphs, matrices, systems, and powers.  This course will contain material related to First Degree Equations and Inequalities; Polynomial and Radical Equations and Inequalities; Advanced Functions and Relations; and Discrete Mathematics.  In addition some basic Trigonometry will be introduced.

Advanced Math

The algebra topics include inverses; radicals, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, and polynomial functions.   This course will contain materials relating to: trigonometric functions, circular functions, matrices, exponential and logarithmic functions, data collection and display, probability and simulation, sequences, series, combinations, and polynomial functions.


Assessment Math

This course is an integrated course in Algebra II, Geometry, and Advance math.  The course will include the following topics: numbers and sets, basic logic, equations, expressions, inequalities, systems of equations, basic geometry, congruent triangles, proofs, circle geometry, polynomials, quadratics, rational and irrational numbers, and probability and statistics.

8th Grade Math
This course will cover all strands of mathematics content.  Students will review and extend their knowledge of number operations of integers, geometry, and measurement.  Instruction will put emphasis on variables, linear equations, graphs, geometry, and problem solving strategies.

7th Grade Math
This course will cover all strands of mathematics content.  Students will review and extend their knowledge of number operations of integers, geometry, and measurement.  Instruction will put emphasis on probability, operations of rational numbers, and equations and inequalities with rational numbers.

English Language Arts

7th Grade ELA
This course will integrate reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will be expected to use reading strategies while analyzing various types of grade appropriate literature including short stories, novels, poetry, and informational text selections. We will use the writing process to develop expository, persuasive, and creative writing pieces. Grammar instruction will focus on standard English use and application through various activities.

9th Grade ELA
These classes will integrate reading, writing, listening, speaking, and media evaluation. Students will be expected to analyze stories and text exemplars for author's purpose, perspective, bias, persuasive appeals and usage of literary elements.  Students will also apply techniques to student projects. Grammar instruction will focus on standard English use and application through various activities.

English 12: English Literature is a course designed to prepare students for college in the areas of literary studies, vocabulary, and writing. The course will begin with the Anglo-Saxon period of English Literature and proceed through the major literary movements, ending the year with twentieth-century Modernism.

English 11: American Literature is designed to educate students in reading literature, composition, vocabulary, and critical thinking/writing skills. All literary analysis will be based on students’ reading of American Literature from various literary periods – novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction and plays, and will be presented chronologically in order to build an awareness of past and present American customs and literature.

English 10: Literature and Composition for 10th grade encompass various literary works and genres. By utilizing analytical reading and critical thinking, students will present and support their thesis statements through written communication. Students will develop their writing skills as they explore the various genres studied throughout the year. Members of this class will be expected to accept the challenge of taking their work to the next level by engaging more challenging literature and poetry, and honing their written expression to demonstrate not only critical-thinking skills but an increased knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

English 8

English in the eighth grade primarily includes developing writing skills and processes There will be several different types of compositions such as personal, descriptive, narratives, literary analysis, and learning how to write for essay tests. Grammar and vocabulary will be emphasized.


The semester course is open to anyone in grades 9-12. The course features units in interpersonal, small group, and public speaking situations. This student-centered course features activities and assignments to develop appropriate communication skills for personal and professional development. Formal and informal speaking experiences are done in class. Through the various experiences in this course, students develop critical and creative thinking skills, writing and organizational skills, and overall poise and confidence.

Social Sciences

American Government

The required course for Juniors is a study of the foundations, structure and functions of our nation’s government.  Emphasis is placed on citizenship, first amendment rights, civil rights, and due process of law.   Civic responsibility in regards to our three branches of government is also accented.  

US History 1890>present

This required survey course for Sophomores begins with changes and reforms brought about by the new immigration movement of the 1890’s. Topics include the foreign and domestic policies of the Roosevelts, economic fluctuation, and terrorism.  Emphasis is placed on the latter half of the 20th century, especially the cold war Vietnam era.  

Current Issues

This elective demands research into current economic, political, social, and cultural concerns. Ongoing conflicts affect American society, so critical thinking & technology are integrated into class debate to gain greater awareness of these conflicts.   Units include terrorism, human rights, US foreign policy, addiction and genocide.  We acquire a greater understanding of political bias by media outlets. The ultimate goal is to develop values that reflect the students’ common ethical ground.

Psychology (1st Semester)

This senior-level class attempts to understand behavior and thinking of humans.  Units include types of learning; classical, operant & social, personality theories, and psychological disorders.

Sociology (2nd Semester)

Group behavior is the essence of sociology, so social movements, collective behavior, conformity, deviance, and socialization are underscored.  

7th Grade Social Studies

We will learn about the history of Nebraska, famous Nebraskans, unique landmarks in the state, Nebraska’s geographical and environmental features, and other general Nebraska knowledge.


In geography, we will discuss the 5 themes of geography, what tools geographers use, and we will take an in depth look at different places in the world. Units will typically be broken down into different areas of the world including North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa just to name a few.

8th Grade Social Studies

This year in Social Studies will cover American history from the beginning until the turn of the 19th century. We will start with the first Americans and end around the year 1877 with reconstruction. There are 17 chapters that are broken down into 5 units.

World History

In World History we will divide the class into two segments: World History from the earliest hominids to the end of the Middle Ages. The second part of this World History course will cover the Modern Era from the Renaissance until the Cold War. This is a large time frame, so this course will move quickly.

This course will cover a wide range of topics ranging from the earliest hominids, to the first civilizations, to the rise of religions, to great civilizations like the Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans, to the middle ages, to the rise of Nations, to the Industrial Revolution, to Imperialism, and finally to the modern era.


7th Grade Art

Each 7th grade class is split up into 9-10 weeks where we go over basic elements and principles. All together there are 14 basic concepts to the elements and principles where we break them down into individual projects. Each project will represent these elements and principles.

8th Grade Art

Each 8th grade class is split up into 9-10 weeks just like 7th grade where students apply the elements and principles to different techniques and procedures.This class prepares students by showing basics such as using a shading stump when creating value, how to use a ruler, and how to grid an image when drawing which will prepare them for high school art.

Art 1: Intro to Art

This class is a basic intro to art media such as drawing, painting, pottery, etc. We will discuss all the basics with starting techniques, tool descriptions, and demonstration reviews for each media which will lead to their final projects.

Art 2: Intro to Techniques

This class is an intro to techniques where students will learn multiple techniques in different medias. The students will pick one from numerous techniques learned and apply it to their final projects. These pieces should represent both realistic and abstract works of art.

Art 3 : Art History

This class is based upon art history research and how students apply that knowledge to their artwork in its own way. Students will learn about artists from the different time periods, how artists created in their surroundings during that era, and the most famous paintings known today.

Art 4: Advanced/Mixed Media

This class is for advanced art students that will work with mixed media and mixed techniques. Students are aloud to create their own free projects with very brief objectives. They are free to experiment and create their own personal art pieces representing their own emotions, techniques, media and eventually represent their own style.  By the end of the year, students will fully represent their framed and matted artwork from the last 4 years in a senior show, artist statements, final analysis, and one of the student's future analysis to complete the semester.

Foreign Language

Junior High Spanish 

Junior high Spanish will offer an introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, while also incorporating cultural elements. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, participate in basic conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, and analyze and compare cultural practices and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries.

Spanish 1

Spanish 1 will provide the student with a general introduction to the Spanish language: sound system, pronunciation, functional vocabulary related to everyday life, cultural information and basic grammatical structures. Emphasis will be on the acquisition of four skills: listening, speaking, reading and limited writing in addition to broadening the student’s understanding of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. There are two main objectives to the course. Foremost is to give the students the ability to carry on a simple conversation. The second is to provide the students with instruction that teaches a basic understanding of culture, vocabulary, and grammatical concepts.

Spanish 2

Spanish 2 builds upon knowledge gained in Spanish 1.This course will also reinforce the skills learned in Spanish I: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is on developing more accurate pronunciation, mastery of the basic grammatical structures, and increased communicative proficiency. Students will be exposed to both past tenses, including the determination between each. , future, conditional and subjunctive mood. Students will be expected to apply them in their writing and speaking.

Spanish 3/4 

This course builds upon knowledge gained in Spanish 1 & 2. The course is a continuation and recycling of knowledge acquired in Spanish 1 and Spanish 2, as well as an introduction to new vocabulary, structures, and expressions. Students will be expected to expand their vocabulary range to include more sophisticated terms, use advanced language expressions, verb tenses and grammatical concepts such as the future, conditional, present perfect and the subjunctive mood. Students will view videos of Spanish dialogue and read selected Spanish novels. Emphasis is on an even higher level of communicative proficiency.



Choir is a performance group.  We strive to learn the music to the best of our ability to perform for home concerts, contest and outside performances.  We work on note reading, rhythms and musical terms.  We watch musical performance and listen to different musical styles.


Choir is a performance group.  We strive to learn the music to the best of our ability to perform for home concerts, contest and outside performances.  We work on note reading, rhythms and musical terms.  We watch musical performance and listen to different musical styles

Junior High Music

Junior High Music does some performing.  We work on notations, playing instruments, presentations and other musical activities.  We watch and listen to different musical styles with discussion to follow.

Career and Technical Education

College Preparation 

This course is designed to explore careers, colleges, scholarships, and job shadow opportunities.  It is offered only to Juniors and Seniors.  Students are expected to research career possibilities by completing the Nebraska Career Connection assessments.  They will also explore college choices by looking at cost of attendance and degree options.  Students in their senior year will complete scholarship applications.  Students in their junior year will prep for the ACT and explore job shadow opportunities.

Agriculture Education 


This course covers skills necessary for entry into employment or furthering education in an agricultural business course of study. The course includes the study of business planning, creating and analyzing financial information, developing business plans, and using sales and marketing principles. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.

Ag Sales & Entrepreneurship

This course covers skills necessary to be able to sell and market agricultural products and the development of effective communication skills. The course includes applying sales and marketing principles through the study of business planning and creating and analyzing financial information. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.

Large Animal Management

This course includes advanced scientific principles and communication skills that build on the knowledge and skills learned in Animal Science. Topics include animal waste management, animal science economics, decision making, global concerns in the industry, genetics, and breeding. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.

Animal Biology

A course focusing on the basic scientific principles and processes that are involved in animal physiology, breeding, nutrition, and care in preparation for an animal systems career. Topics include animal diseases, introduction to animal science, animal nutrition, animal science issues, career opportunities and animal evaluation. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.


This course investigates advanced crop production and management topics. Students develop an understanding of fertilization methods, resource management, pest management, technology use, marketing, and world hunger. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.

Plant Science

This course examines the scientific concepts related to plant systems. Students will consider environmental factors on plant growth. In addition students will examine plant classification, anatomy, physiology, and methods of propagation. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.

Introduction to Agriculture

The introductory course for the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster provides a knowledge base and technical skills in all aspects of the industry. Learners will be exposed to a broad range of agriculture, food and natural resources careers, cluster foundation knowledge and skills, introduction to leadership development, the FFA organization and career exploration. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.

Work Study

This program is established to provide senior students with an opportunity to experience career related skills.  The seniors who take advantage of this privilege are expected to be responsible, productive students on the job and in the community.  If students do not act responsibly and engage in conduct or behavior that reflects poorly on Howells-Dodge Consolidated Schools they may lose this privilege.  Senior students interested in applying for this program should see the principal or guidance counselor for more information.

Industrial Technology Education

Intro to ITE

This course is designed for students in grades 9 and 10 who want to explore new and exciting areas of technology.  Technology comes in many shapes and sizes so we will be researching, discussing, drawing, designing, and constructing projects in the following areas of technology:  transportation, communication, manufacturing and construction.  Each student will be required to build certain projects from each of the above technology areas.  Through the building of these projects, the students will use such things as computer drafting, critical thinking, internet researching, safety tool identification, machine operations, measuring techniques, cooperation and design briefs.  It will be a great learning experience for everyone.


Woods is a course designed to give students a basic understanding of hand tools, power machines, materials, processes, project design and safety used in industry today.  Even though woodworking is considered a hobby, you can learn a lot of skills that will help you later in life.  For instance, when you are a homeowner, there are many repairs you can complete yourself.  There is always something you need built but didn’t have the skill to do it.  Well now you will.   This class is also a great opportunity for you to build outstanding projects at a very reasonable price.


Student will spend the first half of the year learning how to weld, improve their welds and experience different types of welds and positions.  The students will primarily use arc welding the first half of the year and then experience O/A, TIG and MIG welding experiences along will plasma cutting operations.  The second semester will open up time for projects that the students may complete.

Ag Mechanics

Students will spend their time improving their shop skills.  Short units will be given every six weeks and include:  welding, wiring, plumbing, small engines, construction, and home improvements.  Students may repair or build projects for themselves or take on a group project.

Family and Consumer Sciences

7th Family and Consumer Sciences

This 9-week course is designed to help students gain skills needed for life.  The course includes an introduction to consumer education, clothing selection and care, sewing skills, and preparation of quick meals.

8th Family and Consumer Sciences

This 9-week course is designed to help students gain skills needed for life.  The course includes an introduction to personal development, child development and child care, food and nutrition, and food preparation skills.

Comprehensive FCS

This year-long course focuses on all areas of Family and Consumer Sciences including management and and decision making, careers, relationships, housing and interior design, consumer education, clothing and textiles, and food and nutrition.  Students will practice life skills to prepare them for the future.

Foods/Child Development

In this course, the first semester focuses on food and nutrition, food selection and storage and more advanced food preparation skills.  The second semester focuses on concepts in child development, child care, and parenting skills.

Adult Living

This year-long course focuses on interpersonal relationships including personal development, families, single life, dating, engagement, marriage, parenting, and work and career relationships.  The course provides skills to prepare for personal and career success.

Independent Living

This year-long course is designed to help students learn to manage issues in everyday living, prepare for personal life and career responsibilities and develop employability skills.  This course focuses on greater self-awareness, enhanced relationships, life skills, and choosing a directions for one’s own life and career.


This course provides students the opportunity to utilize writing skills, photography, and technology to create the school yearbook.  Students also produce the school newspaper and other features.

7th/8th Study Skills

This class provides the opportunity for students to enhance their study skills.  Students also will be introduced to career education using the NDE Engage! Curriculum.


Keyboarding 7 

Having students coming from three different elementary schools, we feel it is important to teach correct keyboarding fundamentals.  We start with learning the home row and build through the letters, numbers and symbols.  This class is 2 days per week.

Keyboarding 8

Students continue to work on the fundamentals of keyboarding by learning different formats for letters, memos, reports, and tables.  Keyboarding technique is stressed in this course as the students work to become more proficient in keyboarding skills. Timed writings and formatting skills in Google Docs are an important of this course.

Computer Applications 9

Google Sheets, Documents, Slides, and Drawing are the main focus of this course for the 1st semester.  Students become more proficient in the skills needed to make documents in these programs.  We also teach Pixlr, Canva, Planner5d, Prezi, and many other programs that we can work with online.


Basic economic concepts are covered in this class, with an high emphasis on Personal Finance.  We use the Dave Ramsey series of videos to cover the standards of Economics.  Other topics of econ such as supply, demand, and the elasticity of both are covered as well.

Advanced Computers 

Computer programming is taught in this course.  We use CodeCombat as our main source to teach Python. and Google sites are also used to teach the basics of HTML and Javascript.

College Course Offerings

English Composition ENGL 1010 offered through Central Community College

This course offers instructional practice in the techniques of effective writing.  The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for particular audiences and purposes and research-related skills are also emphasized.  Minimum ACT score of 18 in the English portion or 84 in Sentence Skills on Accuplacer required.

Introduction to Literature ENGL 2100 offered through Central Community College

This course introduces students to the major genres and conventions associated with literature. It includes fiction, poetry, and drama. By employing critical reading/thinking skills and analytical and creative writing skills, students will understand literature more fully. The course exposes students to a range of authors representing a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  Prerequisite ENGL1010 Minimum ACT of 18 in Reading portion or 74 on Accuplacer required.

College Algebra MATH 1150 offered through Central Community College

This course is the study of relations, functions and their graphs, equations and inequalities, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities.  Minimum 22 on ACT or 80 in College Math on Accuplacer required.

Introduction to Psychology PSYC 1810 offered through Central Community College

An introduction to the science of psychology including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, biological and neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, and theoretical perspective

Introduction to Sociology SOCI 1010 offered through Central Community College

Introduction to the basic principles of sociology, including the study of sociological research, theoretical perspectives, culture, socialization, social structure, social institutions, deviance, inequalities of class, race/ethnicity, gender, and age as well as stratification, demography, and population.

Public Speaking SPCH 1110 offered by Central Community College

This course will assist the student to master the skills required of speaking in today’s workplace. It will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience. This course will enhance the students’ listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations.