What is Accounting and how can it benefit me if I take it in high school?
Accounting is the language of business.  If a CEO is to make an important decision about the companies future, the accountant is often his first stop.  Taking accounting in high school will give you an advantage if you plan on majoring in business.  Majoring in business will most likely result in you having to take a few accounting classes.  What you'll learn at NHS will cover a good portion of your first college accounting class.  It is a tough skill to master and the additional experience you'll gain in high school will make you more comfortable and confident walking into that first accounting class.

Why should I take Accounting if I don't plan on majoring in it or business?
Accounting is a skill that financially savvy people usually have.  The earlier you can understand how to manage money, the better!

What do we do in Accounting?  What will I learn?
In Accounting I, you will master the Accounting Cycle.  At the conclusion of the class, you'll be able to take a business through their fiscal period and actually know what you're talking about.  One of the main objectives you will learn will be to analyze numbers/data without bias which is a skill you'll have to master if you want to become an accountant.

Do we really get to go to Lambeau Field?
YES!  Part of your accounting experience will be to hear professionals in the industry talk about what their job is and what it entails.  On this trip, you will get an inside look at the Packers franchise.  We will meet with the Accounting Department, tour the facilities, and learn the ins-and-outs of running a professional sports franchise.

IT Essentials:

Is ITE a required course?
Yes, it is.  Ideally, you should take ITE during your Freshmen or Sophomore year as it will give you the necessary technology skills to be more efficient during your high school career.  Skills taught in ITE will last a lifetime.

What do we do in ITE?
In ITE, we focus on a number of different types of technology.  We also cover topics like Online Safety and Bullying while offering a blended learning experience.  For more information, please view the course syllabus which can be found on the link above.

I am already computer savvy, do I still need to take ITE?
Yes, it is required for all Nicolet High School students.  The good thing about ITE is you'll have the opportunity to challenge yourself and expand on your computer skills.  We also teach a number of other topics that will help you grow as a student.

Can I really earn College Credits?
Yes you can earn up to three if you pass the IC3 certification exams.  For more info on IC3, visit the IT Essentials page.


What do we do in Marketing?
Marketing is a project-based course that offers a hands-on experience experience.  You'll work on your own and in groups to complete marketing tasks similar to what a professional marketer would do.

I'm not sure what I want to study in college, will taking Marketing help me decide?
Taking electives is key in high school.  With the costs of a college education, it is extremely important to determine your interests while in high school so you don't end up wasting time and money in college.  Taking classes like Marketing or other electives will help you determine if you have a future interest in the field.

Do we go on any field trips for Marketing?
Yes, we go to the Magnificent Mile located in Chicago each year.  Students analyze marketing concepts and strategies while on the trip.

Microsoft Certification I & II:

Can I really earn college credits if I take this class?
Yes, technically you can earn 10.  However, it is a semester class and the most I've ever had a student earn was 6.  Typically, students have time to master 4 applications.

If the college I want to go to doesn't accept the credit, what do I do?
First of all, I look at the college credits as a bonus.  The greatest benefit of becoming certified is the distinction.  Putting Microsoft on your resume will open doors.  Will it turn you into a CEO or a Lawyer or a Doctor?  No, but it will help make you stand out in a crowd and acquire that first internship.  Another option if your college isn't on the list is to make a phone call and ask.  There's a decent chance that they do accept the credit.

What does MOS and MTA stand for and what can I get certified in?
MOS stands for Microsoft Office Specialist and MTA stands for Microsoft Technology Associate.  There are multiple certification categories available ranging from Office, IT, Software Development, and Database Management.

Is the class hard?
Under required supplies in the syllabus, it says, "Extreme Motivation and Determination."  So yes, it is challenging.  However, the course is set up for everyone to succeed whether your have a lot of experience or none at all.  I can't guarantee you will end up certified in anything, however; I can say that every student that has taken the course with me in the past has earned at least one certification.  On average, students earn about 2.5 certifications.

Mobile Apps & Game Design I & II:

What programming language is taught in the class?
We focus on two different types of language.  GML, which is a program specific language and C# which is an industry standard language for developing platform games.  GML will help you learn how to think like a programmer, where as gaining experience in C# will be your first step on your way to a career in programming.

Do we get to create our own apps?
Yes!  Students will start by following the designing their app and learning through duplication of existing apps.  Check out existing apps by searching Nicolet High School in the Google Play Store.

What is the first app we get to create?
During the course, you'll learn to program by duplicating applications that I've created.  Those include everything from a simple Pong game to PacMan to Mario Bros. to Batman.  There are a total of 10 applications to learn from before being able to design your own.

Financial Literacy/Personal Finance:

If you had to recommend one business course to take, which one would it be?
PERSONAL FINANCE!  Personal Finance is different from Economics at NHS.  In Finance, we focus on you and the impact of your financial decisions.  For example, if you make a bad academic decision in high school, it will follow for one semester on your report card.  If you make a bad financial decision in your life, it will be on your credit report which will follow you for the rest of your life.  If you have no idea what a credit report is and what's on it, there is no question that you should be taking this course.  There are a number of topics discussed in Finance that will have a large impact on your life.  It is an extremely important course so don't leave high school without it!

Do I really need to take a course like this?
Find out for yourself if you do or don't, take the quiz at www.AmISavvy.com to get your results.

What do we do in Personal Finance?
We'll cover a number of topics including budgeting, personal credit, investing, risk tolerance, insurance, independent living, and more!  During the course you'll work by yourself and in groups to complete objectives.

Do we go on any field trips?
Yes, we visit Junior Achievement Finance Park.  JA Finance Park is a complex where you will participate in a simulation to verify you have the skills necessary to be successful in life.  The simulation is hands-on and will take the majority of the day covering a number of topics.