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The CVHS course catalog provides information to assist students in selecting classes for the successful completion of high school. CVHS offers a variety of core and elective courses.  All CVHS courses are offered in quarter credits (.25 credit per course).

For more information on Canyons District graduation requirements, visit the Graduation Requirements page.  Students outside of the Canyons District should consult their high school counselors or their own district websites. Courses are listed in the same categories as graduation requirements. 

Click on a category (row) below to display CVHS course offerings within that category.  Courses are listed in the same categories as graduation requirements. 

ART FOUNDATIONS 1

Description: This course provides an introduction to fundamental techniques and concepts of representational and expressive drawing within a variety of media. Emphasis is on object representation, spatial illusion, and the organization of structural relationships in two-dimensional spaces.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Test Out

NCAA Approved: No

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 2010000060


 

PHOTOGRAPHY*

Description: Have you ever wondered how photographers take such great pictures? Have you tried to take photographs and wondered why they didn’t seem to capture that moment that you saw with your eyes? The Digital Photography I course focuses on the basics of photography, including building an understanding of aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition to create art. Students will be introduced to the history of photography and basic camera functions. Students will use the basic techniques of composition and camera functions to build a portfolio of images, capturing people, landscapes, close-up, and action photographs

*Student MUST have a digital camera with manual settings and adjustable mode settings.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original

NCAA Approved: No

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 02010000110


ACCOUNTING (Not offered in 2020-21)

Description: In this course, you will explore accounting, including investigating accounting careers. You will learn basic accounting skills and procedures both with and without a computer for general journals, general ledgers, cash payments journals, cash receipts journals, sales journals, accounts payable ledgers, and accounts receivable ledgers. You will also learn how to reconcile a bank statement and to prepare payroll records. This course covers the basic principles of financial accounting for individuals and for companies with attention to both the mathematical formulas and to the ethical side of accounting. Each unit has practical exercises including a project at the end of the unit.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original

NCAA Approved: No

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 32020000010


DIGITAL BUSINESS APPLICATIONS

Description: The business world is progressively more reliant on digital technologies. The Digital Business Applications course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to be an asset to the collaborative, global, and innovative business world of today and tomorrow. Concepts include the overall digital experience, digital communications, digital media and the exploration of career choices. This course also provides practical experience in professionalism using various forms of presentation skills, including speaking, podcasting and digital portfolio relating to the globalization of business.

Technology requirements: In addition to a computer or Chromebook, students will need access to a Smartphone for some assignments.

Quarter 1 business skills learned and practiced include:

    • Every student will make a digital portfolio of projects
    • Improve internet navigation skills and evaluate the authenticity of a website
    • Explore the benefits and role of Social Media Marketing for business
    • Learn about ethical, legal and privacy issues for business
    • Every student will plan and create their own original Podcast
    • Understand the personal and business use of “apps” on digital devices
    • Practice proper business interpersonal communications and etiquette

Quarter 2 business skills learned and practiced include:

    • Every student will make a digital portfolio of projects
    • Work with digital images and print media
    • Use technology to explore and prepare for career opportunities
    • Learn about usage of GPS Navigation, geotagging, and online mapping software
    • Create an online survey to collect data and evaluate your results
    • Explore how businesses use QR Codes and create a QR Code Scavenger Hunt
    • Understand the use of technology in the global business environment including translation software and currency conversion

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original

NCAA Approved: No

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 32020000150


 

EXPLORING COMPUTER SCIENCE

Description: Exploring Computer Science is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics.  Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems.  The goal of Exploring Computer Science is to develop in students the computational thinking practices or algorithm development, problem solving and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s students.  Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers and societal and ethical issues.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original

NCAA Approved: No

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 35020000007


MODERN MATHEMATICS

Description: This course reinforces existing algebra and geometry skills and explores concepts students will need to master in order to further their study of mathematics. Prerequisites: Secondary Math I.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Test Out

NCAA Approved: No

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 7070000080


 

STUDY SKILLS

Description: In this course, students learn and apply social and academic skills and strategies.  This class may cover the following areas:  Organization, time management, reading strategies, test taking, study strategies, note taking, academic tracking communication and goal setting, learning and interest assessments.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Test Out

NCAA Approved: No

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 25020000010


CREATIVE WRITING

Description: For hundreds of years, literature has been one of the most important human art forms. It gives voice to our emotions, creates imaginary worlds and expresses ideas. This course provides students with a solid grounding in the writing process, from finding inspiration to building a basic story to using complicated literary techniques and creating strange hybrid forms of prose poetry. By the end of this course, students will learn how to discover their creative thought and turn those ideas into fully realized pieces of creative writing.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 6010000120


 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 09

Description: This course addresses strategies for reading comprehension, recognition of text structure in exposition and narrative, knowledge of different genres of text, steps for writing an essay and applying the five-step writing process. The course also addresses basic skills in grammar, punctuation, word usage, spelling, vocabulary, and research and explains how to punctuate and manipulate sentences to produce more effective writing.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 6020000040


 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 10

Description: This course helps students develop skills in grammar, punctuation, word usage, spelling, vocabulary and communications skills, such as giving speeches, using visual aids, and workplace communications. This course also focuses on strategies for reading comprehension, explains the writing process, helps students compose personal narratives and literary responses, and provides instruction on perspective and argument.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 6020000050


 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 11

Description: In this course, students continue to develop skills in grammar, punctuation, word usage, spelling, vocabulary, and communication. This course also teaches students about complex writing processes, types of writing, reading strategies, study skills, and modes of reasoning. Additionally, students read works from different periods of American literature and examine these texts to learn about various literary devices, forms, styles, techniques, and influences.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 6020000060


 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 12

Description: In this course students continue to develop skills in grammar, punctuation, word usage, spelling, vocabulary, and communication. This course also teaches students about complex writing processes, types of writing, reading strategies, study skills, and modes of reasoning. Additionally, students read works from different periods of British literature and examine these texts to learn about various literary devices, forms, styles, techniques, and influences.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 6020000070


FINANCIAL LITERACY

Description: How do our personal financial habits affect our financial future? How can we make smart decisions with our money in the areas of saving, spending, and investing? This course introduces students to basic financial habits such as setting financial goals, budgeting, and creating financial plans. Students will learn more about topics such as taxation, financial institutions, credit and saving, and investing. This course addresses issues surrounding consumer protection, risk management, identity theft and how careers and educational choices influence personal income and finances.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Test Out

NCAA Approved: No

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 1000000100


LIFETIME FITNESS/PERSONAL FITNESS FOR LIFE

Description: Students will start by assessing their physical condition. In addition, students will keep a workout log to measure progress and will have access to a great personal trainer (their teacher) who will help set realistic goals. Note:  If you are completing this course in an online lab setting, there will be physical activities that will be required to complete outside the classroom setting.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original

NCAA Approved: No

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 4020000030


 

PE PARTICIPATION SKILLS & TECHNIQUES

Description: This course is designed to develop skills and techniques in a variety of team and individual sports as well as improvement in personal fitness. This class is required for graduation. Note:  If you are completing this course in an online lab setting, there will be physical activities that will be required to complete outside the classroom setting.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original

NCAA Approved: No

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 04020000060


 

PERSONAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

Description: This course addresses topics in mental health, social health, nutrition, physical fitness, substance abuse, human development, and disease prevention. The course emphasizes the physical and emotional benefits of making healthful choices and discusses consequences of unhealthful behaviors. Critical thinking is encouraged through the use of open-ended questions, assessments, and videos that present real-life situations.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Test Out

NCAA Approved: No

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 4010000010


MODERN MATH – See the Electives Category


 

SECONDARY MATH I

Description: This course teaches students how to simplify expressions and solve linear equations, introduces basic geometric terms and logic, reasoning, and proof and addresses linear equations in a graphical sense, and parallel and perpendicular lines, first from an algebraic perspective, followed by proving associated theorems using geometry.  This course also teaches students how to solve proportions, use square roots, explore exponents, simplify polynomials, factor and solve quadratic equations, and apply these skills to geometry topics such as quadrilaterals, polygons, area, and volume.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 7080000090


 

SECONDARY MATH I HONORS

Description: The main focus of Secondary Mathematics I H is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learn in the middle grades.  Students will depend their understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential relationships, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend.  Properties and theorems involving congruent figures will be used to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge.  Vectors and matrices, additional Pre-Calculus topics, will also be studied in the honors class so as to prepare students to take AP Calculus upon successful completion of Secondary Math III H.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original

NCAA Approved: Yes

Regents Approved: Yes

USOE Course Code: 7080000095


 

SECONDARY MATH II

Description: This course teaches students about linear equations and inequalities, functions and families of functions, triangles, and how to apply their knowledge to solve systems and prove theorems. This course also teaches students about geometrical relationships in triangles and plane figures, special right triangles, basic trigonometry, radicals, polynomials, rational equations, probability and statistics.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 7080000100


 

SECONDARY MATH II HONORS

Description: The main focus of Secondary Mathematics II is on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions and comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships.  Extension of the set of rational numbers and real and complex numbers are introduced so that all quadratics equations can be solved.  Students will explore conditional probability and counting methods in making and evaluating decisions.  The study of similarity, Pythagorean relationships, and circles will tie back to quadratics with their quadratic algebraic representations.  The Fundamental Theorem of algebra, along with the additional probability and geometric concepts, will also be studied in the honors class so as to prepare students to take AP Calculus upon successful completion of Secondary III H.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original

NCAA Approved: Yes

Regents Approved: Yes

USOE Course Code: 7080000105


 

SECONDARY MATH III

Description: The main focus of Secondary Mathematics III is for students to make connections and apply the concepts they learned in Secondary I and II. Students will apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data. They will expand their knowledge of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. Students will further develop their study of right triangle trigonometry to include general triangles. Finally, they will create geometric and functional models to solve contextual problems.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 07080000110


 

SECONDARY MATH III HONORS

Description: The main focus of Secondary Mathematics III H is for students to make connections and apply the concepts they learned in Secondary Mathematics I and Secondary Mathematics II.  Students will apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data.  They will expand their knowledge of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions.  Students will further develop their study of right triangle trigonometry to include general triangles.  Finally, they will create geometric and functional models to solve contextual problems.  In the honors class, students will extend Secondary Mathematics III concepts to include polynomials with complex numbers, work with the Binomial Theorem, apply laws of trigonometry, and use further extended probability concepts.  These extra topics will prepare students to take AP Calculus upon successful completion of Secondary Mathematics III H.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original

NCAA Approved: Yes

Regents Approved: Yes

USOE Course Code: 07080000115


BIOLOGY (WITH LAB)

Description: This course addresses key concepts and processes from chemistry, cells, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, and DNA. The scientific method and foundational chemistry facts are presented to assist students in the study of biology. This course also addresses key concepts and processes of evolution, classification, ecology, and human anatomy. An overview of human body systems, as well as, defining structures of bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals are also explored.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 8020000010


CHEMISTRY (WITH LAB)

Description: This course addresses key concepts and processes from states of matter, atomic theory, organization of the periodic table, types of chemical bonds and reactions, the naming and formulae of chemicals, chemical reactions, and stoichiometry. The field of chemistry in relation to the scientific method is also explained. This course also addresses properties of solids, liquids, and gases, state changes, solutions, flow of energy, enthalpy, heat, entropy and free energy, rates of reactions, equilibrium, acid-base theories, oxidation and reduction, electromagnetic cells, functional groups, polymerization, biochemicals, and nuclear chemistry. The course explores concepts through lessons, labs and videos.

**Students may be required to attend labs after regular school hours as arranged with instructor.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 8030000012


EARTH SCIENCE

Description: Students will learn about the materials which compose Earth, the rock cycle and types of rocks, Earth’s resources, formation and movement of soil, glaciers, deserts, and alluvial landscapes, earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, mountain building, and geologic time.  Topics including the ocean floor, seafloor sediments, waves, tides, and shoreline processes, characteristics of the atmosphere, precipitation, air pressure and wind, storms, climate, early astronomy, Earth-Moon-Sun interactions, and our Solar System are also presented. Laboratory concepts appear via video. Students explore careers in Earth Science and learn about key scientists.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 8040000010


ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Description: This course presents relationships between organisms and how they relate to the functioning of ecosystems. Students learn the key concepts and processes of nutrient cycling, biomes, pollution, energy resources, and habitat destruction. The course also covers ways to promote biodiversity and create a sustainable future.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 8040000020


PHYSICS (WITH LAB)

Description: This course addresses concepts of mechanics, wave behavior and thermodynamics, Newton’s laws of motion, thermal properties of matter, and thermodynamic systems. Students will learn about electricity, magnetism, optics, interactions among electric charges, properties of electric and magnetic fields and forces, and the characteristics of electromagnetic waves. Some of the basic concepts of quantum physics are presented as well. An understanding of Algebra and Trigonometry is required. **Students must be able to attend labs after regular school hours as arranged with instructor.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 8060000020


GEOGRAPHY FOR LIFE

Description: This course addresses key concepts of physical and cultural geography and focuses on basic themes of world geography: location, place and human interaction with the physical environment; impact of human movement, ideas, and things; and comparisons within and between regions.  Students will use critical, causal, interpretive and reflective thinking skills through observation, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and problem solving.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 9040000030


 

PSYCHOLOGY I

Description: Topics include the study of infancy, childhood, adolescence, perception and states of consciousness.  Learn about emotions, personality theories, therapies, and mental disorders.  Interesting online research dealing with our own personal behavior is featured within this course. Through this highly interactive course students acquire an understanding and appreciation of human behavior, interaction, and human development.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 9070000010


 

SOCIOLOGY I

Description: How do a person’s beliefs, values, and behavior affect the people around them and the world in which we live? Students will examine basic theories of interaction, culture, socialization and social problems in our increasingly connected world, and learn how human relationships can strongly influence and impact their lives. Exciting online video journeys to areas in the sociological world are an important component of this engaging course.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 9080000001


 

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND CITIZENSHIP

Description: This course covers the foundations of American government, political behavior, and the three branches of the federal government.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 9060000020


 

UNITED STATES HISTORY

Description: This course contains lessons addressing historical periods from the American Revolution to globalization and the twenty-first century. The lessons address key concepts, important historical figures, and significant events to help students gain an understanding of the political, economic, military and social structures of the early years of the United States through its emergence as a global superpower.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 9050023050


 

WORLD CIVILIZATIONS

Description: This course contains lessons addressing historical periods from Prehistory through Globalization in the 21st century and expands upon the essential historical questions brought about by the growth of civilizations. The objectives of the lessons are directly aligned to current standards. Each lesson is designed to teach the major concepts for each historical period through text, visual aids, activities and assessments where students will have expanded opportunity to increase communication and critical thinking skills.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Credit Recovery; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 9050000091


DRIVERS EDUCATION

Description:
This course is the online component for classroom instruction. Registration will be approved for the students who are 15 1/2 or older.  Prior to obtaining a drivers license, students must complete the classroom/online instruction AND the roads and range driving component at their own high school or with a private driving school.  CVHS does not offer the roads and range component.

** Student must be 15 1/2 to enroll in this course**

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original

NCAA Approved: No

Regents Approved: No

USOE Course Code: 15000000020


 

SPANISH I

Description: Students will learn basic Spanish grammar to help build their fluency and understanding. There are many opportunities to practice what they learn through interactive practice activities in the form of games, written practice, listening, and speaking exercises.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 3070000011


SPANISH II

Description: The purpose of this course is to strengthen Spanish listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will also experience the beauty and expressiveness of a language that is shared by different people and cultures throughout the world. Prerequisites: Spanish I.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 3070000021


SPANISH III

Description: In this course, students will have many opportunities to perfect the Spanish they learned in previous courses. They will have the chance to further expand their vocabulary and learn about Spanish-speaking countries. Prerequisites: Spanish I and II.

Credit Length: Quarters

Quarters Available: Q1; Q2; Q3; Q4 (.25 credit each quarter)

Credit Type: Original; Test Out

NCAA Approved: Yes, original credit only.

Regents Approved: Yes, original credit only.

USOE Course Code: 3070000031


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