Boiling Springs High School

21 Academy Street, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007


The mission of the South Middleton School District is to ensure a challenging education in a safe and supportive environment that empowers all students to become lifelong learners and productive, respectful citizens of our diverse and changing world.


Where we respect the past, engage the present, and impact the future.


Technology Education Courses

Photography I

Teachers: Mr. Josh Gutacker, Mr. Jason Jarrett, and Mr. Connor Ronan

Prerequisite: None

Photography I is a project-based introduction to digital photography. The course is designed to teach students the basics of photography, including camera functions, photographic composition, basic editing techniques, and print evaluation. Students will utilize a variety of web applications and software with the emphasis being on the production of quality photographs. By the completion of the course, each student will have produced a portfolio of their work.

Photography II

Teacher: Mr. Jason Jarrett

Prerequisite: 80% in Photography I

Photography II is an advanced course where students will further their knowledge in the field of photography. Students are required to have previously completed Photography 1 and are comfortable with the use of a Digital Camera (DSLR) in Manual Mode. The course is designed to allow students the freedom to experiment with their photography skills; including (but not limited to) camera functions, composition, lighting, motion, depth of field, advanced editing techniques, matting, and print evaluation. While emphasis is placed on photography skills, students will have the opportunity to create prints and present them in a professional manor.

Graphic Communications I

Teacher: Mr. Jason Jarrett

Prerequisite: None

Graphic Communications is the term for exchange of information in a visual form, such as, words, drawings, photographs, or a combination of these. This course provides students with an overview of graphics communication technologies. Students will use graphic resources, materials, and processes; with a focus on computer applications that are used in the printing industry. Graphic design, screen-printing, scanning, and printing procedures will be part of the experiences in this course.

Graphic Communications II

Teacher: Mr. Jason Jarrett

Prerequisite: 80% in Graphic Communications I

Graphic Communications II will provide students the opportunity to advance their knowledge acquired in Graphic Communications I course. Students will use contemporary resources, materials, and processes with an emphasis on computer applications that are relative to the field of Graphic Communications. Graphic design, computer imaging, screen-printing, pre-press proofing, production, printing procedures, and finishing techniques will be part of the experiences in this course.

Information and Communications

Teacher: Mr. Jason Jarrett

Prerequisite: 80% in Graphic Communications II

Information & Communications will provide students with the opportunity to build on their knowledge base from Graphic Communications II. Students will be required to use critical thinking to solve real world communication technology problems. They will explore the technologies used to store, gather and share digital information. Students will need a strong background in the areas of graphic communication, problem solving, and independent exploration. Students will develop media production skills related to audio, video, photography, typography, graphic design, desktop publishing, printing, three dimensional graphics, and web-related production. Collaborative project exploration will be major focus of the course.

Engineering and Design

Teacher: Mr. Brian Shea

Prerequisite: None

Students will explore the areas of mechanical and structural engineering. They will have the opportunity to research, design, build, test, and evaluate solutions to real life problems related to meeting human needs and wants.

Engineering Graphics

Teacher: Mr. Brian Shea

Prerequisite: 80% in Engineering and Design

This course focuses on the drafting portion of the engineering world. Experiences will involve both computer-based and mechanical drafting of engineered parts. Student will review the design process and invent a product to be created in the latest AutoDesk software package. Students will also use their skills to create a three-dimensional design of a model car. This class will help to advance the student’s abilities in design and creativity.

Engineering Strategies

Teacher: Mr. Brian Shea

Prerequisite: 80% in Engineering Graphics

This course focuses on the design and analysis aspect of the engineering world. Students will use their knowledge of the engineering design process, AutoDesk Inventor, Flight, Mechanical Advantage, and other skills learned in the Engineering and Design course to further their understanding of the field of engineering. Students will have the opportunity to research, design, build, test, and evaluate solutions to real life problems related to meeting human needs and wants. Each student will complete a research project and oral presentation.

Architectural Design I

Teacher: Mr. Connor Ronan

Prerequisite: None

Architectural Design students will work from an existing sketch plan and develop professionally detailed floor plans, elevations, and construction detail drawings. Both the history of residential architecture and specific architectural drafting skills will also be covered. All final drawings will be produced with architectural drawing software. Students will also participate in some hands-on construction activities to experience the application of their drawings.

Architectural Design II

Teacher: Mr. Connor Ronan

Prerequisite: 80% in Architectural Design I

Architectural Design II is a continuation of Architectural Design I. Students must have previously completed Architectural Design 1 and should be comfortable with using Chief Architect for designing. The course is designed to allow students to experiment with their architectural and design skills to create custom designs and models. Students will make electrical plans, perspectives (interior and exterior), a plot plan, and a model of the project residence.

Woodworking Technologies I

Teacher: Mr. Connor Ronan

Prerequisite: None

Woodworking Technologies I is an introduction to woodworking, providing instruction on the proper, safe use of woodworking tools, power machines, and materials. Students will be given the opportunity to plan, construct, and finish projects in wood.

Woodworking Technologies II

Teacher: Mr. Connor Ronan

Prerequisite: 80% in Woodworking Technologies I

This course includes a review of skills taught in Woodworking Technologies I with further instruction on design and more advanced machine operations. The emphasis will be on the planning and construction of fine furniture or cabinetry.

Woodworking Technologies III

Teacher: Mr. Brian Shea

Prerequisite: 80% in Woodworking Technologies II

Woodworking Technologies III will provide the opportunity for students to further develop and refine their woodworking skills. There will be ample time for students to explore advanced methods and procedures utilized in the construction of fine furniture.

Metalworking Technologies I

Teacher: Mr. Brian Shea

Prerequisite: None

Metalworking Technologies I is intended to provide students with an overview of all aspects of metalworking industries and the technologies that they use. Areas covered include foundry, sheet metal, forging, and various welding processes. Students will receive instruction in both the history and evolving technology of the metal industries. The unique safety requirements of the metal industries will be emphasized.

Metalworking Technologies II

Teacher: Mr. Brian Shea

Prerequisite: 80% in Metalworking Technologies I

This course will provide a review of areas covered in Metalworking Technologies I with additional instruction on machine operations, including the metal lathe and milling machine. Students will have the opportunity to design and construct projects utilizing the facilities available in the metal lab.

Business and Career Courses

You and Your Career

Teacher: Mr. Shaun Ulmer

Prerequisite: None

This course will familiarize students with the tools and knowledge to explore a career interest area that matches their aptitudes, interests, and skills. Students will work with job clusters, assemble personal profiles, and learn the importance of soft skills in the workplace. They will also create a resume and participate in a realistic job interview by local business personnel.

Advanced Careers

Teacher: Mrs. Amber Stewart

Prerequisite: Same semester as Cooperative Education Experience

The purpose of this course is to prepare students for entrance into a placement in the Co-op Program. They will engage in safety, workplace ethics, interview skills, etiquette, and job search training. This course is primarily computer and project based, and requires independent learning. Students must take this course before or in conjunction with a Co-op placement. You must have approval by Mrs. Stewart before taking the course.


Teacher: Mrs. Brooke Clugh

Prerequisite: None

Students will learn about the process of starting and running your own business. Topics covered include forms of ownership, business plans, marketing your business, hiring and managing a staff, as well as financing, protecting, and insuring your business. Individual and group projects will be incorporated into the course.


Teacher: Mr. Shaun Ulmer

Prerequisite: Two math courses

Accounting is the foundation needed to understand how businesses operate. The accounting cycle and concepts will be presented for service and merchandising businesses. Transactions and end-of-fiscal period work will be completed for proprietorships and corporations using manual accounting methods, followed by computerized accounting. This course may be counted as a math credit.

Marketing I

Teacher: Mrs. Brooke Clugh

Prerequisite: None

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of marketing essentials. The course foundation is based around marketing, price, and brand strategies. Students will focus on the various techniques associated with promoting a company, service, and product. The content of the course includes lab experiences, sales activities in our student run school store, and computer simulations. Emphasis: Training and experience in the Marketing industry with an emphasis in advertising and promotion.

Personal and Business Law

Teacher: Mr. Shaun Ulmer

Prerequisite: None

Are you aware of your rights as a citizen? This course offers the opportunity to learn about contracts, ethics, criminal law, civil law, trial procedures, computer crime, and other legal issues. Students will explore personal and business law through videotapes, group discussions, a field trip, and speakers from the judicial system. A mock trial will also take place with attorneys serving as legal advisors.

Business Communications

Teacher: Mrs. Amber Stewart

Prerequisite: 78% in You and Your Career

This course is designed to give students an understanding of how to practice and manage communications within a business. This will include letter writing, memos, professional emails, visual publications, public speaking, impromptu speeches and workplace etiquette. Students who take this course will develop and deliver formal business presentations using audio/visual aids. They will learn how to write press releases and make public service announcements as well as having interview skills. Students will also examine the history of business communications and compare its evolution to today’s fast-paced social generation.

Computer Science and Programming I

Teacher: Mrs. Brooke Clugh

Prerequisite: None

This course provides an in-depth study of personal computer systems and introduces the students to structured programming through the use of the programming language, QBasic. Credits in Computer and Internet Basics, Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Data Security, and Digital Media will be completed along with a hands-on credit called, “What’s Under the Hood.” In “What’s Under the Hood” the student will disassemble, investigate, and assemble a PC. Problem solving and logic skills are stressed in the use of QBasic. The student will be challenged and have fun with the creation of graphic and sound programs as their culminating credit. Upon completion of this course, the student will be comfortable with his/her PC and be prepared for any further study in programming languages, computer science, or computer generated media production.

Digital Design For Print and Web

Teacher: Mr. Shaun Ulmer

Prerequisite: None

In this course, students will learn how to design projects for use in the working world, both print and screen. Students create announcements, invitations, business cards, brochures, and newsletters through print design techniques, design, and page layout. They also work with text, graphics, color, proportion, and balance to create original page layouts. Students will also learn how to create websites using HTML and CSS, along with studying web design theories and techniques, create multipage websites, incorporate effective navigational structure within sites, enhance web design with audio and graphical features, and create tables and frames. This course is project-based.

Multimedia Technology

Teacher: Mrs. Brooke Clugh

Prerequisite: None

Multimedia technologies, concepts, and applications will be introduced in this course designed to familiarize participants with interactive multimedia and hypermedia. Students will design and create their own colorful presentations with movement, sound, color, animation, movies, and interaction using Adobe/Macromedia Director and Shockwave Studio.


Mr. Jason Jarrett

Graphics and Photography

Mr. Connor Ronan

Woodshop and Architectural Design

Mr. Brian Shea

Engineering and Metalworking

Mr. Josh Gutacker


Mrs. Brooke Clugh

Business and Careers

Mr. Shaun Ulmer

Business and Careers

Mrs. Amber Stewart

Business and Careers

Student Projects

Physical Computer Build Project

In Computer Science I, students are to completely disassemble a desktop computer. They are to then identify all the parts inside, and afterwards reassemble the computer for it to work in its normal condition.

Sublimation Project

In Graphic Communications I, students use the skills they learn throughout the course to make a design for a physical product.

Self Portait Project

In Graphic Communications II, students learn new skills through tutorials and apply those skills to a self portrait.

Sand Casting Project

In Metalworking I, students successfully mold and cast a template to make an object of their choosing.

Professional Pitch Project

In Entrepreneurship, students make an advertisement pitch to sell a product or to promote a company.

Website Project

In Digital Design For Print and Web, students hardcode a website using HTML and CSS on Notepad++ and Adobe Dreamweaver.

Commercial Project

In Marketing I, students create a product and make an advertisement/commercial to promote the product.

Mock Interview Project

In You and Your Career, students spend weeks creating a cover letter, resume, and reference list. They then participate in a 5-10 minute "interview" with volunteers from the community.

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