VCHS Course of Study Offered

VCHS Course of Study Offered

2017/2018 Courses Offered @ VCHS

VINTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

Academic Requirements

             GRADUATION

For the Class of 2018 and beyond, a diploma shall be awarded to students meeting the curriculum credit requirements and who achieve one of  the following three options: a cumulative  passing  score with  the  required  number of points in each area on end of course exams, earn the required points on the WorkKeys assessment  and an approved industry-recognized  credential, or earn  a remediation-free score in English language arts and mathematics  on the ACT  or SAT, subject to limitations on assessments as outlined below.

The requirements for graduation from high school include passing the graduation tests required by the State Board of Education, or meeting the alternative pathway to graduation, and earning (twenty-two) 22 units of credit in grades nine through twelve as follows:

 

Subject                                                                  Units Required

English Language Arts                                                       4

Health                                                                                  .5

Physical Education                                                           .5

Mathematics                                                                       4 (Alg II or Alg II equivalent)

                                Science                                                                              3 (must incl. 1 physical science,                 1 life science, and 1 advanced

                                                                                                                                       study in Chemistry, Physics,

                                                                                                                                       Biology II, Phy. Geology, Earth

                                                                                                                                       Science, Astronomy) 

 Social Studies                                                                     4 (must include 1 American

                                                                                               History and 1 Government)

Fine Arts, including music                                     1

Electives                                                                               5

The five (5) elective credits must include one (1) or any combination of foreign  language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education, a junior reserve  officer training  corps (JROTC) program  approved by the U.S. Congress, or English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies courses  not  otherwise required.

 

All students must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy during Grades 9 - 12.

                  Additionally, all students must receive instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator from an approved source during Grades 9-12, unless the student is exempted from such training due to disability or by written request of the parent.

                        Students who achieve an industry credential or license that requires an examination shall not be required to take additional technical assessments. If the student does not participate in licensure or license examination, the student shall take the applicable technical assessments. Students must attain specified scores on assessments as required to demonstrate workforce readiness on a nationally recognized job skills assessment in order to obtain a diploma.

                        Certain students are not required to take the college and career readiness assessments administered to all eleventh (11th) grade students:

A.                  students who demonstrate they are remediation-free on the English, math and

reading on nationally-recognized assessments prior to the administration of the college and career readiness assessments;

B.            students with significant cognitive disabilities who take an alternative assessment and students with intellectual disabilities outlined in state guidance, and

C.            Limited English proficient students enrolled in United States schools for less than two years for whom no appropriate accommodations is available.

                                                                                                    

                                                                       

                                                                            

Criteria for Earning the Diploma with Honors

The Diploma with Honors will be awarded to any student who successfully completes the high school curriculum, successfully meets 18 points through EOY exams (or tests college ready on the ACT), and meets the requirements as outlined below:

                       

The student who completes the College Preparatory Curriculum in high school shall meet at least all but one criterion:

1. Earn 4 units of English

2. Earn 4 units of Mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry or equivalent and another higher level course or a four-year sequence of courses that contain equivalent content

3. Earn 4 units of Science including physics and chemistry

4. Earn 4 units of Social Studies

5. Earn either 3 units of foreign language or 2 units each of 2 foreign languages

6. Earn 1 unit of Fine Arts

7. Maintain an overall high school grade-point average of at least 3.5 grade point average (4 point scale) up to the last grading period of the senior year

8. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the ACT, or an equivalent composite 1210 on the SAT

*Honors Diploma tracts exist for Career Technical Programs, STEM, Art, and Social Sciences.

                       

Registration Rules

                                    A. Student Course Load

 The high school schedule is based on a nine period day (8 periods plus lunch) Students are required to schedule a minimum of 7 periods per semester.  All seniors need to schedule a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester.  Students that are planning on participation in school sports program must carry at least 5 credits per semester to be eligible.   (Recommendation is to carry more than 5 credits)

B. Study Halls

 Students are permitted to have only one study hall each semester. All programs of study should include a concentration of academic subjects and electives that challenge the student. 

C.  Students have one week into the semester once a class starts to drop that class (with valid reason) before it is a W/F.  All class changes with valid reasons must be done within the first week of starting the class.

D. Students who are planning to do credit flex option (course credit by exam) must do so within the first week of school.

B.  Valedictorian/Salutatorian Eligibility:   see Student Handbook.

 

C.    Sports:  College Eligibility Rules:

 Students planning on playing Division I or II must complete the college prep classes required by the NCAA.  Also, college prep classes for the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) are recommended.  Check the NCAA/NAIA websites for requirements.   

 

Course of Study

                                    All students enrolled in Vinton County High School will pursue either

*A College Preparatory Academic Program which prepares the student for college or other post-secondary study where the major field of study is yet undecided (Liberal Arts).

*A College Preparatory Academic Program with a concentration.

*General Studies Program which will prepare some students for the world of

work and others for 2-year or Adult Education programs.

*One of the Career Technical Programs which will prepare the student for

entry into the world of work.

 

 

Programs of Study

College Preparatory Program Liberal Arts

Grade 9

                        English I CP

                        Algebra I CP or Algebra II CP

                        Biology I CP

                        Spanish I or French I

                        World History CP

                        Physical Education

                        Electives (Fine Arts will be counted towards graduation)

                       

                                               

                        Grade 10

                        English II CP

                        Algebra II CP

                         Geometry CP

                        Physical Science CP and if want two sciences/Biology II

                        Spanish II or French II

                        American History CP

                        Health/Physical Education

                        Electives (Fine Arts will be counted towards graduation)

                       

                        Grade 11

                        English III CP

                        Chemistry I / Biology II

                         Pre-calculus

                        American Government CP

                        Spanish III/French III

                        Electives

                       

                        Grade 12

                        English IV CP

                        Contemporary World History CP

                        AP Calculus/College Math CP

                        Chemistry II

                        Physics

                        Spanish IV/French IV

                        Electives

                       

In addition to the above, each student must take a required course in the arts

(i.e., instrumental music, vocal music, or visual arts) during the four-year high school career as well as Personal Finance.

College Preparatory Program with Concentration Requirements and/or

                                                Recommendations and electives from concentrations may change

slightly, depending upon the selected concentration.

Grade 9

                        English I or English I CP

                         Algebra I, Algebra I CP

                        Basic Biology or Biology I CP

                                                Modern World History or Modern World History CP

Spanish I/French I

            Physical Education

            Electives from Concentration

           

                  

                           Grade 10

            English II or English II CP

            Geometry, Geometry CP

            Physical Science or Physical Science CP

            Spanish II/French II    

            Health/Physical Education

            American History or American History CP

            Electives from Concentration

           

           

                        Grade 11

            English III or English III CP

Junior Math, Algebra II, Algebra II CP, Geometry CP, Pre-calculus,  Personal Finance

Environmental Science, Geology, Biology II, Chemistry I, or a third year     science

            American Government/ American Government CP

            Spanish III/French III

            Electives from Concentration

           

                                               

                         Grade 12

            English IV or English IV CP

            College Math CP/College Math, Personal Finance, AP Calculus 

            Contemporary World Issues/ Contemporary World Issues CP

            Electives from Concentration

           

                                                           

In addition to the above, each student MUST take a required course in the arts (i.e., instrumental music, vocal music, or visual arts) during the four-year high school career and Personal Finance (1/2)

 

General Studies Program

Grade 9:

                                                English I

                                                Algebra I, Algebra I CP

* Basic Biology or Biology I CP

Modern World History, Modern World History CP

                                                Physical Education I-9

                                                Fine Arts

                                                Electives

Grade 10:

                                                English II

                                                Geometry, Geometry CP, , Algebra II CP

                                                Physical Science/Physical Science CP

                                                American History/American History CP

                                                Health/PE 1-10

                                                Fine Arts                                             

                                                Electives

 

Grade 11:                               English III

                                                Algebra II, Algebra II CP

                                                Earth Science, Physical Geology, Environmental Science, Astronomy,

                                                Environmental Agriculture Science, Animal Science

                                                Government/ Government CP

                                                Personal Finance

                                                Electives

Grade 12:                               English IV

                                                College Math, Pre-calculus, Personal Finance

                                                Contemporary World Issues, Contemporary World Issues CP

                                                Electives

                                                                       

Career Technical Program

Tech-Prep

Vocational Programs at Buckeye Hills Career Center

Marketing Education

Tech-Prep

Tech Prep will be offered at Buckeye Hills Career Center, University of Rio Grande, and Vinton County High School.

                                   

Vocational Programs (Buckeye Hills Career Center)

The Vocational Program provides 2 years of preparatory work in grades 9 and 10, and 2

years of laboratory experience in the Vocational area of choice at the Buckeye Hills Career Center. The Vocational Programs available at Buckeye Hills include:

                                                ALLIED HEALTH ACADEMY

                                                            Diversified Health Occupations

                                                            Medical Office Assistant

                                                BUSINESS AND MARKETING ACADEMY

                                                            Computer and Electronic Engineering Technologies

                                                CONSTRUCTION TRADES ACADEMY

                                                            Welding

                                                            Building Trades

                                                            Building and Grounds Maintenance

                                                            HVAC/Plumbing/Electrical

                                                           

            HUMAN RESOURCE ACADEMY

                                                            Early Childhood Education

                                                            Cosmetology

                                                            Culinary Prep                                                  

                                                            Public Safety

                                               

                                                TRANSPORTATION ACADEMY

                                                            Agricultural and Diesel Mechanics

                                                            Auto Collision Technology

                                                            Auto Service Technology/Tech Prep                

TECH PREP

Information Technology Network Systems I and II Tech Prep VINTON

COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

The suggested course sequence for the program is as follows:

Grade 9:

                                                English I

                                                Algebra I, Algebra I CP

* Basic Biology or Biology I CP

Modern World History, Modern World History CP

                                                Physical Education I-9

                                                Fine Arts

                                                Electives

Grade 10:

                                                English II

                                                Geometry, Geometry CP, , Algebra II CP

                                                Physical Science/Physical Science CP

                                                American History/American History CP

                                                Health/PE 1-10

                                                Fine Arts                                             

                                                Electives                                             

Grade 11:

Laboratory & Related Study at Buckeye Hills Career Center, University of Rio Grande, or Vinton County High School

                                               

Grade 12:

Laboratory & Related Study at Buckeye Hills Career Center, University of Rio Grande, or Vinton County High School

*BIOLOGY REQUIRED FOR ALLIED HEALTH ACADEMY

Marketing Education

            This program prepares students for a variety of retail, wholesale, and service occupations. Skills taught include advertising, business organization, management, basic marketing concepts, and careers in marketing.  Career options include but are not limited to:  advertising, customer service, e-commerce, fashion merchandising, financial services, food marketing, hospitality marketing, market research, public relations, restaurant management, retail management, sales management, service management, sports marketing, and travel/tourism marketing), and marketing research.   Students work for employers in retail positions in the community during the co-op portion of the curriculum. This on-the-job experience leads valuable insight into job requirements and opportunities. Students are responsible for all job-related transportation.

Students must have a job by the first day of the school year. Must keep a job during the school year to pass the programIf a student does not maintain a job they will be dropped from the program and put their graduation in jeopardy.  (Lacking a Math credit for graduation if a senior)  CHECK WITH THE HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR FOR ELIGIBILITY

Note:  Students must provide their own transportation to school and to their job.  The job stations must be a place of business, such as McDonalds’s or Kroger’s. (Tele-marketing is not an acceptable job for this program.) Students must have a job when school starts and after that time has expired, they will be withdrawn from the program and returned to full time classes.

College

Credit Plus

University of Rio Grande

General Education Pathways

 

Sample 15-Hour Pathway

1)       ENG 11103- COMPOSITION I                                                                                            3 CREDITS

2)       ENG 11203- COMPOSITION II                                                                                           3 CREDITS

3)       COM 11103- FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH COMMUNICATION                             3 CREDITS

4)       ART 10303- ART APPRECIATION                                                                                    3 CREDITS

                  OR

                MUS 10403- MUSIC APPRECIATION                                                                              3 CREDITS

5)       ENG 24103- LITERARY IMAGINATION                                                                          3 CREDITS

                  OR

                HUM 20103- THE HUMANITITIES                                                                                   3 CREDITS

                  OR

                PHR 21103- PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY                                                                        3 CREDITS

Sample 30-Hour Pathway (15 credits from the above +)

1)       HIS 13203- WORLD CIVILIZATION II                                                                              3 CREDITS

2)       ATH 12103- ANTHROPOLOGY                                                                                         3 CREDITS

                OR

               HIS 12203- AMERICAN HISTORY II (SINCE 1877)                                                         3 CREDITS

                OR

               POL 11103- AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT                                                   3 CREDITS

3)       ECO 11103- CONTEMPORARY ECONOMICS                                                                                3 CREDITS

                OR

               PSY 11103- GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY                                                                             3 CREDITS

                OR

               SOC 11103- INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY                                                              3 CREDITS

4)       MTH 14503- PRECALCULUS                                                                                             5 CREDITS

                 OR

               MTH 21404- INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY & STATISTICS                               4 CREDITS

                 OR

                MTH 15105- CALCULUS I                                                                                                  5 CREDITS

5)       BIO 11404- PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY                                                                           4 CREDITS

                 OR

                BIO 12104- BIOLOGY I                                                                                                       4 CREDITS

COULD ALSO CONSIDER (FROM THE OHIO TRANSFER MODULE THROUGH URG)

CHM 10404- PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY

         OR

NSC 22304- ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

         OR

PHY 10404- PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS MUST BE ACCEPTED INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE AND MET ALL PREREQUISITES FOR THE COURSES FOR WHICH THEY REGISTER (INCLUDING PLACEMENT EXAMS)

Course Descriptions

LANGUAGE ARTS

English I College Preparatory

Grade 9

Year

1 Credit

Students in English I College Preparatory will be focusing on skills necessary to pass the American Institutes for Research (AIR) tests. This class develops critical reading, writing, and high levels of discussion skills. Ohio’s Learning Standards for language, speaking and listening, writing, reading for informational text, and literature standards are the framework for this course. This includes extensive writing units that focus on the different type of essays, modern language association formatting, author’s point of view and purpose, well developed attention grabbers and thesis statements, and effectively writing five paragraph essays. Vocabulary, syntax, parts of speech, and grammar will be an on-going part of class work.  Poems, plays, short stories, and novels will be used to enhance reading comprehension skills. Students will also focus on nonfiction readings and informational text. Classic texts, construct connections, and literary analysis will also be studied.

Fee: $5.00

 

English I

Grade 9

Year

1 Credit

Students in English I will be focusing on skills necessary to pass the American Institutes for Research (AIR) tests. Ohio’s Learning Standards for language, speaking and listening, writing, reading for informational text, and literature standards are the framework for this course. This includes an extensive writing unit that focuses on the different type of essays, author’s point of view and purpose, attention grabbers and thesis statements, and effectively writing five paragraph essays. Vocabulary, syntax, parts of speech, and grammar will be an on-going part of class work.  Poems, plays, short stories, informational text, nonfiction readings, and novels will be used to enhance reading comprehension skills.

Fee: $5.00

 

English I Emphasis

Grade 9

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 9th grade At-Risk /students with IEPs.  Students in English I will be focusing on writing skills necessary to pass American Institutes for Research (AIR) tests. This class develops critical reading, writing, and discussion skills. Ohio’s Learning Standards for language, speaking and listening, writing, reading for informational text, and literature standards are the framework for this course. This includes letter writing, basic research procedures, persuasive essays, writing a good thesis statement, clear paragraphs that support thesis statement and topic sentences. Vocabulary, syntax, parts of speech, and grammar will be an on-going part of class work.  Poems, plays, stories and novels will be used to enhance reading skills.  This class will include an Intervention Specialist Teacher to assist with the educational needs of the students participating in this class. 

Prerequisite:   Teacher Recommendation/IEP

English 9

Grade 9

Year

1 Credit

As set forth in the State Core Curriculum, ninth grade English applies strategies for writing instruction as well as appreciation and understanding of literary, informational and functional text. The course is designed for students with IEPs in English I. Students will develop crucial reading, writing, and discussion skills. Ohio’s Learning Standards for language, speaking and listening, writing, reading for informational context, and literature standards are the framework for the course. The following will be included in their instruction in Writing: letter writing, basic research procedures, persuasive, expository and narrative essays. Students will be able to write a good thesis statement, clear paragraphs that support the thesis statement and topic sentences. In Reading, students will work daily on vocabulary, spelling, syntax, parts of speech, and grammar. Poems, plays, stories, and novels will be used to enhance reading skills. A novel or outside reading material will be required and students will turn in reading logs for that reading material each quarter. These items will give the students the necessary skills to pass the American Institutes for Research (AIR) tests.

 

English II Honors

Grade 10

Year

I credit

This class is designed for college-bound sophomores who are highly motivated and seek challenge beyond the CP level.  Students can expect to work independently and at an advanced pace.  Course of study includes reading, interpreting, and analyzing various genres of literature.  The students will also further develop their writing skills through various writing styles and formats, including the five-paragraph essay and research.  Some emphasis will be placed on the AIR tests and ACT prep work.  Students may be expected to complete summer reading in preparation for the course work.  Placement into this class will be based on teacher recommendation only.

Prerequisites: Maintain an A during all four quarters of English I, receive an A on the final exam for English I, fill out the application, and submit an essay as a writing sample.

Fee $5.00

 

English II College Preparatory

Grade 10

Year

I credit

This class develops critical reading, writing, and discussion skills.  Students must acquire skills necessary for successful performance in college.  There are both in-class and out-of-class writing assignments.  Papers will be required that examine writers and writing styles.  Poetry, short stories, plays, essays, speeches, and novels will be included in classwork.  Research topics and library projects will be introduced.  Students in CP are required to read a chosen novel out of class and compose a paper about that book each grading period.

Fee $5.00

English II

Grade 10

Year       

I credit

Students will have some review of grammar (in relation to writing).  Literature, both fiction and nonfiction, will be the prime area of study.  Research methods will be introduced.  A novel or outside reading assignment will be required, and students will turn in book logs for that reading material each quarter.  Writing skills will revolve around the five-paragraph paper, including those necessary to successfully complete the AIR tests.

Fee $5.00

 

English II Emphasis

Grade 10

Year

l Credit

This course is designed for 10th grade At-Risk/students with IEPs.  Students will have some review of grammar (in relation to writing).  Literature, both fiction and nonfiction, will be the prime area of study.  Research methods will be introduced.  A novel or outside reading assignment will be required.  Writing skills will revolve around the five-paragraph paper including those necessary to successfully complete the AIR tests. This class will include an Intervention Specialist Teacher to assist with the educational needs of the students participating in this class.   

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP    

Fee: $5.00

 

English 10

Grade 10

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for students with IEPs in English II. As set forth in the State Core Curriculum, tenth grade English applies strategies for writing instruction as well as appreciation and understanding of literary, informational and functional text. Students will develop crucial reading, writing, and discussion skills. Ohio’s Learning Standards for language, speaking and listening, writing, reading for informational text, and literature standards are the framework for this course. The following will be included in the instruction in Writing: letter writing, basic research procedures, persuasive, expository, and narrative essays. Students will be able to write a good thesis statement, clear paragraphs that support the thesis statement and topic sentences. In Reading, students will work daily on vocabulary, spelling, syntax, parts of speech, and grammar. Poems, plays, stories, and novels will be used to enhance reading skills. A novel or outside reading material will be required and students will submit reading logs for that reading material each quarter. These items will give the students the necessary skills to pass the American Institutes for Research (AIR) tests.            

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP

English III Honors

Grade 11

Year

1 Credit

This class is designed for college bound juniors who are internally motivated and seek challenges beyond the college-prep level.  Students will work independently and at an advanced pace. This course of study corresponds with Ohio’s New Learning Standards for college and career readiness by emphasizing advanced reading, interpretation, and critical analysis of various genres of American Literature. Honors students will also further develop their writing and researching skills through multi-genre projects and quarterly essays using a variety of writing styles and formats. Emphasis will be placed on ACT vocabulary and test preparation.  Students may be expected to complete summer reading in preparation for the coursework.

 Prerequisites: Placement into this class will be based on teacher recommendations, plus students must maintain an A during all four quarters of English II, receive an A on the final exam for English II, fill out the application, and submit an essay as a writing sample. 

Fee:  $5.00

English III College Preparatory

Grade 11

Year

1 Credit

These college bound students will interpret and analyze American literature.  Students will study how literature has evolved over time, by reflecting on a variety of literary texts including historical documents, novels, plays, short stories, and poetry. A research paper will be required as part of the course of study. Students will be required to complete at least one independent reading project involving a classic American novel. Writing skills necessary for success in college will be reinforced. ACT and college/career readiness information will be included. This course will be more rigorous, and will require some outside preparation, including outside reading and writing assignments. 

Fee:   $5.00

English III

Grade 11

Year

1 Credit

This course will focus on the study of American Literature. Skills in grammar, literature, interpretation, and composition will be reinforced. Students will be introduced to basic research skills, and at least one research project will be required during the second nine week grading period. Novels, plays, poetry, short stories, and historical texts will be analyzed as part of the course of study. Career readiness will be emphasized, and occupational information will be included.

Fee: $5.00

 

English 11

Grade 11

Year

1Credit

This course is designed for 11th grade students with IEPs. It is intended to address the benchmarks upon which the AIR tests are based. Ohio’s Learning Standards of language, speaking and listening, writing, reading for informational text, and literature standards are the framework of this course.

Prerequisite:   Teacher Recommendation/IEP

Grade 12

Year

1 Credit

This advanced placement English IV class will be offered to students who are seeking a challenge and will work independently.  The course is designed to engage students in careful reading and critical analyses.  The material will revolve around literature from various genres and historical periods.   The work will be presented on the college level.  An AP examination will be administered to students who choose to take it at the end of the school year, and credit may be awarded by colleges and/or universities.  Students in AP English will receive grades. 

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/permission 

Fee:  $5.00

English IV College Preparatory

Grade 12

Year

1 Credit

This class helps students hone their critical reading and writing skills for college. The reading material follows a historical progression of classical English literature. There will be an intense examination of poetry, plays, stories, and novels.  Persuasive, comparison, and opinion papers will be designed to help prepare students for future college assignments.  A research paper will be completed. College and career readiness will be explored.

Fee:  $5.00

English IV

Grade 12

Year

1 Credit

This class is geared toward students who are not sure if college is in their future.  Study of grammar is limited to that which is most helpful in formal speaking and writing situations.   Writing assignments will vary from paragraphs to five paragraph papers.  Focuses will include comparison papers, persuasive papers, and opinion papers.  Writing skills will include those needed to succeed in different areas of society.  A research project will be required.  The reading material follows a historical progression of classical English literature.  Plays and novels are also read and analyzed.  College and career readiness will be explored.

Fee:  $5.00

English 12

Grade 12

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 12th grade students with IEPs. Ohio’s Learning Standards of language, speaking and listening, writing, reading for informational text, and literature standards are the framework of this course

Prerequisite:  Teacher Recommendation/IEP

Speech I CP                            

Grades 10-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

Speech class focuses on public speaking emphasizing the skills necessary for the presentation of various kinds of oral activities. Both preparation and delivery of speeches will be developed. The students participate in a variety of discussions, debates, and oral interpretive activities.  This class is strongly recommended for college bound students. 

Speech II CP                                       

Grades 10-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

These students should have already completed one semester of speech.  They join in the class activities with Speech I students.  They are given alternate activities to complement Speech I assignments.  Speech II students must also complete the various speeches, debates, and discussions conducted in class.   

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Speech I

Newspaper

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

Students will be primarily responsible for the production of the VIKING VIBES, the school newspaper. Students will acquire the skills necessary to gather news, write articles, and produce and finance all publications.  Using basic layout and design techniques, students will create acceptable spreads for publi­cations. Students will learn to deal effectively with the general public by selling advertisements, which supplement the production costs of class activities. Selling the sports programs is an additional extra-curricular requirement of this course; therefore, students must be willing to attend sporting events. Interested students should seek the approval of instructor before enrolling.

Yearbook

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

This course involves activities which will ultimately produce the high school yearbook, The Vintonian. Students will learn how to run Studio Works and Balfour operating systems to create layouts and designs for the format of the yearbook's pages as well as the fall and winter sports programs. Students must be prepared to work outside of class to take photos, sell advertisements, take orders for the yearbook and complete deadlines in a timely fashion. Excellent communication, creativity, and writing skills are required for the composition of captions to accompany spread write ups, photos and general body text. Students will work within and outside the general community to master the art of public relations and the study of journalism. Highest consideration given to College Prep and Honors English students who have maintained an A year to date in their English course(s). Interested students should seek the approval of the instructor before enrolling and complete an application and writing sample. 

 

Post-Secondary Transition/ Personal Finance

Grade 10-12

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 9th-12th grade students with IEPs. This course is intended to provide secondary transition resources that will help students with IEPs progress towards post-secondary goals related to education, employment, and community living. Topics covered will be goal setting, self-determination, study skills, career awareness, work skills, living skills, and personal finance.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation/IEP

Note: This class would fulfill the Personal Finance requirement for graduation for the class of 2014 and beyond.

 

Extended Reading and Vocabulary Skills

Grade 9-12

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 9th-12th grade students with IEPs. This course is intended to enable students to improve phonemic awareness, word recognition skills, vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills. Basic reading and vocabulary skills are necessary for a students’ success in society after high school.

Prerequisite:  Teacher Recommendation/IEP

 

Transition English

Grade 9-12

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 9th-12th grade students with IEPs taking the Ohio Alternate Assessment. It is intended to address the benchmarks upon which the Ohio Alternate Assessment (AASCD) is based. The Ohio Extended English Language Arts Academic Content Standards is the framework of this course.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation/IEP

 

 

English End of Course Exam AIR Preparation

Grade 10-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

Students enrolled in the English End of Course Exam AIR Preparation Course will be focusing on skills necessary to retake the American Institutes for Research (AIR) test to obtain the necessary points for graduation. This class develops high levels of critical reading and writing skills. Ohio’s Learning Standards for language, speaking and listening, writing, reading for informational text, and literature standards are the framework for this course. Students will take standards-based, criterion-referenced practice test to prepare. 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

 
French I College Preparatory

Grades 9-12

Year

l Credit

Introduction to French.  In this class, students are expected to master fundamental French grammar and vocabulary in order to achieve novice-level proficiency in writing, reading, speaking and listening comprehension.  The culture and geography of the francophone world is introduced.

Students are expected to complete various projects on French-speaking countries.  This course requires organization, motivation and active participation. 

Recommended prerequisite:  “B-” average or above in eighth grade English 

French II College Preparatory

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

Students at this level will be expected to master more complex structures of basic French grammar and vocabulary in order to strengthen their novice-level proficiency in the language.  Practice and study in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills will continue.  Further study of French culture, geography and the culture of Francophone countries will be included.  Comparative projects will also be assigned.  Typically, half of the class will be conducted in French and students will be expected to answer basic questions in the target language.   .

Prerequisite: “C-” average in French I

 

French III College Preparatory

Grades 11-12

Year

1 Credit

Students will strive to achieve a novice-intermediate level of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension.  Students will be expected to master even more advanced levels of French grammar and will be required to have a sizeable working vocabulary in French.  This course is designed to introduce the final grammar base of the French language.  Specific French cultural issues, such as French history, art and literature, will be included in the curriculum. In addition, students will research the francophone world as a whole.    A majority of the class will be conducted in French.   

Prerequisite: “C-” average in French II and teacher approval

French IV College Preparatory

Grade 12

Year

1 Credit

Students at this level will be expected to master advanced concepts of French grammar and will be required to have an extensive vocabulary base.  It is expected that students will perfect novice-superior skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension.  Students should be prepared to communicate in French in this class and complete a large amount of independent reading and writing.  This course will provide a review of grammar, but will focus largely on literature and current event comprehension and analysis in the target language.     

Prerequisite: “C-” average in French III and teacher approval

 

SPANISH

Most colleges and universities recommend successful completion of four years of one world language for admittance into programs with a placement exam.  If students have not developed a great deal of maturity, self-discipline, diligence and good study habits, they are sometimes unable to handle the demands of a world language their freshman year.  We strongly recommend that students have a B-or better in their middle school English/Language Arts classes in order to begin world language study as a freshman in High School.  Students pursuing an honor’s diploma should be reminded that one of the criteria calls for the completion of three years of one language or two years each of two separate languages.  Since grades are based upon listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency, a prior understanding of English grammar is necessary. 

 
Spanish I College Preparatory

Grades 9-11

Year

1 Credit

This course is an introduction to Spanish.  In this first year course, emphasis is placed on mastering fundamental Spanish vocabulary and grammar in order to achieve novice-level proficiency in writing, reading, speaking and listening comprehension.  The cultural and geographical aspects of Spanish-speaking countries will be introduced.  Students are expected to complete various projects, daily assignments and participate in the learning process.  Daily diligent study, organization, motivation and preparation are a must for success.

Recommended prerequisite: B- average or better in English/Language Arts

Fee:  Workbook $22.00

Spanish II College Preparatory

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

This course is a continuation of Spanish I CP: the study of the structure of the language is continued and advanced with the mastery of a more diverse vocabulary for different situations in order to strengthen their novice-level proficiency in the language.  There is a constant review of previously mastered materials from Spanish I.  More in-depth research of the Spanish-speaking world will be included and the use of target language will increase.  Students will be expected to use the target language in class as much as possible.  This course is necessary for those who plan to continue their study of Spanish.

Prerequisite: “C-” average in Spanish I and teacher recommendation

Fee:  Workbook $22.00

Spanish III College Preparatory

Grades 11-12

Year

1 Credit

This course is an accelerated review and continuation of material introduced in Spanish I & II.  Strengthening and refinement of listening, speaking, writing, and reading comprehension skills are emphasized and advanced grammar is introduced in order to achieve a novice-intermediate level of proficiency.  Structured composition is also developed.  The majority of this class will be conducted in the target language.  There will be an emphasis on specific cultural issues of the Spanish-speaking world.  Students will be completing various projects that will connect with the Spanish-speaking world around them.

Prerequisite:  “C-” average in Spanish II and teacher recommendation

Fee:  Workbook $22.00

Spanish IV College Preparatory

Grade 12

Year

1 Credit

This course is a continuation of Spanish I, II, and III CP and is designed to strengthen aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, advanced composition and conversation in order to perfect novice-intermediate/ high level of proficiency.  There will be an emphasis on the culture and literature of Spain and selected Spanish-speaking countries around the world. In addition, students will participate in debates and discussions on current events pertaining to Spanish-speaking countries in the target language. We will also be researching and learning about the geography, history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will be required to use the target language the majority of the time. 

Prerequisite:  “C-” average in Spanish III and teacher recommendation

Fee:  No fee

MATHEMATICS

Algebra I CP

Grade 9-12

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for the college-bound student who has satisfactorily completed a pre-algebra course or equivalent and has a strong foundation in basic skills (multiplying, dividing, fractions, decimals, and integers). Students in Algebra I will focus on skills necessary to pass the state mandated end of year exam. Ohio’s Learning Standards for (a) number and quantity, (b) algebra, (c) functions, and (d) statistics and probability, as well as the Mathematical Practice Standards, are the framework for this course. Students will deepen and extend their understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Students will also engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions.

Prerequisite: Teacher permission

 

Algebra I

Grade 9

Year

1 Credit

This is a non-college preparatory course. Students in Algebra I will focus on skills necessary to pass the state mandated end of year exam. Ohio’s Learning Standards for (a) number and quantity, (b) algebra, (c) functions, and (d) statistics and probability, as well as the Mathematical Practice Standards, are the framework for this course. Students will deepen and extend their understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Students will also engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions.

Prerequisite: Teacher permission

 

Algebra I Emphasis

Grade 9

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 9th grade At-Risk/students with IEPs. Students in Algebra I will focus on skills necessary to pass the state mandated end of year exam. Ohio’s Learning Standards for (a) number and quantity, (b) algebra, (c) functions, and (d) statistics and probability, as well as the Mathematical Practice Standards, are the framework for this course. This course will explore simplifying expressions, solving equations, graphing linear equations, and if time allows, students will also look at quadratics and exponential functions. This class will include an Intervention Specialist Teacher to assist with the educational needs of the students participating in the class.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP

 

Graduation Point Recovery Math

Grade 11, 12

Year

1 Credit                                                                                        

This course is required for those students who scored less than 4 cumulative points on their Algebra I and Geometry End of Course Exams but passed their Algebra I and Geometry courses. The course will focus on all five Ohio’s Learning Standards for Algebra I and Geometry. Student progress will be assessed frequently and course content will be differentiated to student need using the PLATO online learning platform. Remediation and re-teaching will be large components of this course.

Prerequisite: Teacher permission / less than 4 cumulative points on Algebra I and Geometry End of Course Exams

 

Math 9 (Algebra)

Grade 9

Year

1 Credit

This class is designed for the 9th grade students with IEPs. This course is intended to address the Ohio’s Learning Standards on which the state mandated end of year exam is based. We will be covering standards from the Number and Quantity standards, the Algebra standards, the Functions standards, and the mathematical processes. This course includes simplifying expressions, solving equations, graphing linear equations, and if time allows, students will also look at quadratics and exponential functions.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation/IEP

Geometry CP

Grade 9-12

Year

1 Credit

The study of plane figures such as triangle, squares, and other polygons.  The student will use logical thinking while developing new ideas about plane figures.  A basic understanding of algebraic concepts is necessary for success in this course.  This course may be taken in conjunction with Algebra II CP (only with teacher recommendation).

Prerequisite: Algebra I CP

 

Geometry

Grade 10

Year

1 Credit                     

This course is designed for those students who are not planning to follow the college-preparatory math sequence or are not yet prepared for Geometry CP. Students in Geometry will focus on skills necessary to pass the state mandated end of year exam. The Mathematical Practice Standards are the framework for this course. Students will explore complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. Transformations are emphasized.

Prerequisite: Algebra I or Algebra I CP

 

Geometry Emphasis

Grade 10

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 10th grade At-Risk/ students with IEPs. Students in Geometry will focus on skills necessary to pass the state mandated end of year exam. The Mathematical Practice Standards are the framework for this course. Students will explore complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. Transformations are emphasized. This class will include an Intervention Specialist Teacher to assist with the educational needs of the students participating in this class.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP

 

Math 10 (Geometry)

Grade 10

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 10th grade students with IEPs. This course is designed for those students who are not planning to follow the college-preparatory math sequence or are not yet prepared for Geometry CP. This course is intended to address Ohio’s Learning Standards on which the state mandated end of year exam is based.  It is intended as a further exploration of Number and Quantity standards, the Algebra standards, the Functions standards, and the mathematical processes as well as Measurement and Geometry.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP

 

Algebra II CP

Grade 9-12

Year

1 Credit

Algebra II CP is a college preparatory course. Students in Algebra II CP will focus on the following of Ohio’s Learning Standards: (a) number and quantity, (b) algebra, (c) functions, and (d) statistics and probability, as well as the Mathematical Practice Standards. Building on their work with linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, students will extend their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational expressions, and radical functions. Students work closely with expressions that define the functions, and continue to expand and hone their abilities to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms. This course may be taken in conjunction with Geometry CP in the sophomore year with teacher permission.

Prerequisite:  Algebra I CP

 

Algebra II

Grade 11-12

Year

1 Credit

Algebra II is appropriate for students who have passed the OGT and have taken Algebra I and Geometry. Aided by the TI-84+ calculator, Integrated Algebra II will pull together concepts from previous math classes and focus on applying math to real-life situations. Topics include:  a) basic arithmetic, (b) operations with expressions, (c) solving equations, (d) functions, (e) mathematical modeling, (f) statistics, and (g) ACT prep.

Prerequisites: Algebra I, Geometry and a passing score on the OGT

Math 11 (Algebra II)

Grade 11

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 11th grade students with IEPs. The course will concentrate on all five content and process standards; specific grade level indicators and benchmarks will be assessed frequently to find students’ specific areas of weakness and progress being made.  Remediation and re-teaching will be large components of this course.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation/IEP

Math 12

Grade 12

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 12th grade students with IEPs. This course will concentrate on all five content and process standards; specific grade level indicators and benchmarks will be assessed frequently to find students’ specific areas of weakness and progress being made.  Remediation and re-teaching will be large components of this course.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP

Personal Finance

Grade 11/12

Year

1 Credit

In this class students will develop an introductory understanding of various terms, concepts, and skills related to personal finance in a simulation, role-play experiential learning environment called Society X. Topics include: earning money; banking and investing; budgeting; food, clothes, and entertainment; insurance; cars; taxes; and housing. The course curriculum objectives are based on Ohio’s Financial Literacy Standards. This course is offered as an option for those students who have passed the Ohio Graduation Test.

Prerequisite: Senior or junior status, passing scores on OGT or Math EOY Exams

College Math

Grade 12

Year

1 Credit

The content of this course is designed to ready a college-bound student for an entry-level college math class.  Focus will be on basic math concepts, algebra and geometry.

Prerequisite: Senior status, passing score on the OGT or Math EOY Exams

 Pre-Calculus

Grade 11-12

Year

1 Credit

This is a college preparatory specialized course for advanced mathematics students who plan to major in sciences or mathematics.  Topics include two- and three-dimensional analytic geometry; the complex number system and its connection to vectors; arithmetic and geometric sequences and series, matrix operations and applications; the natural exponential and logarithmic functions and their operations and relationship; parametric equations simulating motion; use of the polar coordinate system and its equations; inverse trigonometric expressions and equations.

Prerequisite:  Algebra I CP, Algebra II CP, Geometry CP

AP Calculus AB

Grade 12

Year

1 credit

An advanced placement course in calculus is comparable to the first and portions of the second calculus courses in colleges and universities.  The course explores limits and continuity, differentiation, and integration.  Students taking the AP course may seek credit or placement from these institutions of higher learning, dependent upon results of the national AP exam given in early May of each year.   Students will be given percentage grades for this class.

Prerequisite:  Pre-calculus

 

Transition Math

Grade 9-12

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 9th-12th grade IEP students taking the Ohio Alternate Assessment. It is intended to address the benchmarks upon which the Ohio Alternate Assessment (AASCD) is based. The Ohio Extended Mathematics Academic Content Standards is the framework of this course.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation/ IEP

 

Pre-calculus CC+

Grades 11-12

Year

1 Credit

This course will follow the University of Rio Grande course syllabus for MTH 14505. Students taking pre-calculus as College Credit Plus will receive both high school and college credit. Topics include an introduction to functions, systems of linear and non-linear equations, conic sections, and vectors. Emphasis will be placed on graphing with a graphing calculator and therefore, a graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisite: Algebra I CP, Algebra II CP, Geometry CP, Compass test (placement test), and teacher permission

SCIENCE

Biology I Basic

Grades 9

1 Year

1 Credit

An introduction to Biology, the study of living things.  This course will address the Ohio State Standards Benchmarks for life science.  The topics include:  cell structures, cell processes, genetics, evolution, and ecology.     

Fee:  $15.00

 
Basic Biology I Emphasis
Grade 9
Year
1 Credit
This course is designed for 9th grade At-Risk and students with IEPs. It is intended to address the Ohio State Standards Benchmarks for life science. This is an adapted Basic Biology Course, which covers the life sciences benchmarks.  This class will include an Intervention Specialist Teacher to assist with the educational needs of the students participating in this class.      

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP

Fee:  $15.00

 

Integrated Biology 9

Grade 9

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 9th grade students with IEPs.  This is an adapted Basic Biology course, which is an introduction to Biology, the study of living things. This course will address the Ohio State Standards Benchmarks for life science. The topics include: cell structures, cell processes, genetics, evolution, and ecology. 

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP

 
Biology I CP

Grade 9

1 Year

1 Credit

An introduction to Biology, the study of living things. This course will address the Ohio State Standards Benchmarks for life science.  The topics include:  structure of atoms, cell structures, cell processes, genetics, evolution, ecology.  Recommended for college bound students.  

Fee: $15.00

 

Physical Science

Grade 10

1 Year

1 Credit

This class is an introduction to basic principles of physical science.  This course will address the Ohio State Standards Benchmarks for physical science.  The topics will include forces in nature, laws of motion and matter.  

No Fee

Physical Science Emphasis

Grade 10

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 10th grade At-Risk/students with IEPs.  This course will address the Ohio State Standards Benchmarks for physical science.  This class will include an Intervention Specialist Teacher to assist with the educational needs of the students participating in this class. 

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP

 

 

Integrated Physical Science

Grade 10

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 10th grade students with IEPs. This is an adapted Physical Science course, which is an introduction to basic principles of physical science. This course will address the Ohio State Standards Benchmarks for physical science. The topics will include forces of nature, laws of motion and matter. 

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP

 

Physical Science CP

Grade 10

1 Year            

1 Credit

This class is a more advanced level of the basic principles of physical science.  This course will address the Ohio State Standards Benchmarks for physical science.  The topics include forces in nature, laws of motion and matter. Recommended for college bound students.

No Fee

 

Biology EOY Exam Prep (1 and 2)

Grade 11-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

This course is required for those students who scored a 1 on the Biology I End of Course Exam but passed their Biology course.

Fee:  None

 

Environmental Studies

Grades 11-12

Year

1 Credit

An introduction to ecology and environmental studies including how soil, water and air quality affect and interact with living things and how humans impact the environment. 

Open to any junior or senior.

No Fee

 

Earth Science

Grades 11-12

Year

1 Credit

An introductory high school Earth Science course for juniors and seniors. This will complete a high school study of three natural sciences: biology, physical, and earth sciences. The course involves students by challenging them with scientific investigation and questions pertaining to the investigations.

Fee: No Fee

 

Biology II CP

Grades 11-12

Year

1 Credit

This life science course is a continuation of Biology I CP.  Topics include anatomy and physiology of higher animals, genetics, and microbiology.  Ohio State Standards for grades 11and 12 life science benchmarks will be addressed. 

 Prerequisite: Biology I CP with a "C" or above average or Basic Biology with permission.

 Lab Fee: $15.00

 

Astronomy

Grades 11-12

Year

1 Credit

Introductory astronomy will include the study of light and its relationship to a telescope, the solar system and its planetary and non-planetary members, stars and their life sequence and star gazing.  

No Fee

Integrated Environmental Science 11
Grade 11-12
Year
1 Credit
This course is designed for 11th/12th grade students with IEPs. This is an adapted Environmental Science course, which is an introduction to basic principles of environmental science. Environmental science incorporates biology, chemistry, physics and physical geology and introduces students to key concepts, principles and theories within environmental science.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP

Chemistry I

Grades 11-12

Year

1 Credit

An introductory study of the elements that compose matter.  The student will acquire a useful knowledge of an atom, compounds and chemical reactions. Chemical theory and mathematical computations are stressed.  Ohio State Standards for grades 11 and 12 will be addressed.  Laboratory experiments demonstrate practical applications of learned principles. Recommended for college- bound students.

Prerequisite: Algebra I with a "C" or above average. 

Fee: $15.00

Chemistry II

Grade 12

Year

1 Credit

This course will utilize learned knowledge from Chemistry I for a detailed study of solutions, organic chemistry and some qualitative study. The lab work will strengthen the student’s practical skills for future study. Recommended for college bound students. Ohio State Standards for grades 11 and 12 will be addressed. 

Prerequisite: Chemistry I with a "C" or above.     

Fee: $15.00

Physics

Grades 12

Year

1 Credit

A complete study of motion, energy, heat, electricity and light.  A mathematically based interpretation of these topics is discussed. This will help the student apply his knowledge of Algebra and Trigonometry and yet further his understanding in the field of mathematics as well as physics. Ohio State Standards for grades 11 and 12 will be addressed. Recommended for the college bound student.

Prerequisite: Algebra II    

Fee: $10.00

 

Science Olympiad/Advanced Topics

Grades 10-12

Semester and/or Year

½ Credit or 1 Credit

This course will be two semesters, and students will be able to take one or both sections for credit.  The breadth of topics allows for a year- long curriculum; the topics covered each semester will be different, and therefore a student taking only 2nd semester would not be unfairly behind students that took the 1st semester.

The Science Olympiad portion will have students learning topics and building/preparing for competitions (most events are directly related to National Science Education Standards).  The Advanced Topics will range from alternative fuels to upcoming career fields (especially related to Ohio and any specific science topic that students wish to pursue.  Competing on the Science Olympiad Team is not a requirement for this course. 

Fee:  $5.00 per semester

Physical Geology CP

Grade 11-12

1 year

1 Credit

Physical geology is a high school level course that incorporates physical science and life science to introduce students to key concepts, principles and theories within geology.  Students engage in investigations to understand and explain the behavior of nature in a variety of inquiry and design scenarios that incorporate scientific reasoning, analysis, communications skills and real-world applications. 

No Fee

Transition Science

Grade 9-12

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 9th-12th grade students with IEPs taking the Ohio Alternate Assessment. It is intended to address the benchmarks upon which the Ohio Alternate Assessment (AASCD) is based. The Ohio Extended Science Academic Content Standards is the framework of this course.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation/ IEP


SOCIAL STUDIES
Modern World History College Preparatory

Grade 9

1 Year

1 Credit

  This course examines world events from 1600 to the present. It explores the impact of the democratic and industrial revolutions, the forces that led to world domination by European powers, the wars that changed empires, the ideas that led to independence movements and the effects of global interdependence. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions.   

Prerequisite:  You must have a recommendation from your middle school social studies teacher.

 
Modern World History

Grade 9

1 Year

1 Credit

This course examines world events from 1600 to the present. It explores the impact of the democratic and industrial revolutions, the forces that led to world domination by European powers, the wars that changed empires, the ideas that led to independence movements and the effects of global interdependence. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions.   

 

Modern World History Emphasis

Grade 9

1 Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 9th grade At-Risk students and students with IEPs. This course examines world events from 1600 to the present. It explores the impact of the democratic and industrial revolutions, the forces that led to world domination by European powers, the wars that changed empires, the ideas that led to independence movements and the effects of global interdependence. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions.     

 Prerequisite:  Teacher Recommendation/IEP

Modern World History 9

Grade 9

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 9th grade students with IEPs. This course examines world events from 1600 to the present. It explores the impact of the democratic and industrial revolutions, the forces that led to world domination by European powers, the wars that changed empires, the ideas that led to independence movements and the effects of global interdependence. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions.     

 Prerequisite:  Teacher Recommendation/IEP

American History CP

Grade 10

1 Year

1 Credit

This course examines the history of the United States of America from 1877 to the present. The federal republic has withstood challenges to its national security and expanded the rights and roles of its citizens. The episodes of its past have shaped the nature of the country today and prepared it to attend to the challenges of tomorrow. Understanding how these events came to pass and their meaning for today’s citizens is the purpose of this course. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions.

Prerequisite:  Must have a recommendation from your Modern World History teacher.

American History

Grade 10

1 Year

1 Credit

This course examines the history of the United States of America from 1877 to the present. The federal republic has withstood challenges to its national security and expanded the rights and roles of its citizens. The episodes of its past have shaped the nature of the country today and prepared it to attend to the challenges of tomorrow. Understanding how these events came to pass and their meaning for today’s citizens is the purpose of this course. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions.

American History Emphasis

Grade 10

1 Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 10th grade At-Risk students and students with IEPs. This course examines the history of the United States of America from 1877 to the present. The federal republic has withstood challenges to its national security and expanded the rights and roles of its citizens. The episodes of its past have shaped the nature of the country today and prepared it to attend to the challenges of tomorrow. Understanding how these events came to pass and their meaning for today’s citizens is the purpose of this course. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP

American History 10

Grade 10

1 Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for students with IEP’s.  This course examines the history of the United States of America from 1877 to the present. The federal republic has withstood challenges to its national security and expanded the rights and roles of its citizens. The episodes of its past have shaped the nature of the country today and prepared it to attend to the challenges of tomorrow. Understanding how these events came to pass and their meaning for today’s citizens is the purpose of this course. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP

 

American Government CP

Grade 11

1 Year

1 credit

How the American people govern themselves at national, state and local levels of government is the basis for this course. Students can impact issues addressed by local governments through service learning and projects.

Prerequisite:  You must have a recommendation from your American History teacher.

 

American Government

Grades 11

1 Year

1 Credit

How the American people govern themselves at national, state and local levels of government is the basis for this course. Students can impact issues addressed by local governments through service learning and projects.

American Government 11

Grade 11

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 11th grade IEP students. How the American people govern themselves at national, state and local levels of government is the basis for this course. Students can impact issues addressed by local governments through service learning and projects.

Prerequisite:   Teacher Recommendation/IEP

 

Contemporary World Issues CP

Grade 12

1 Year

1 Credit

The dynamics of global interactions among nations and regions present issues that affect all humanity. These dynamics include competing beliefs and goals, methods of engagement, and conflict and cooperation. Contemporary issues have political, economic, social, historic and geographic components. Approaches to addressing global and regional issues reflect historical influences and multiple perspectives. Students can impact global issues through service learning and senior projects.

Prerequisite:  You must have a recommendation from your American Government teacher.

 

Contemporary World Issues

Grade 12

1 Year

1 Credit

The dynamics of global interactions among nations and regions present issues that affect all humanity. These dynamics include competing beliefs and goals, methods of engagement, and conflict and cooperation. Contemporary issues have political, economic, social, historic and geographic components. Approaches to addressing global and regional issues reflect historical influences and multiple perspectives. Students can impact global issues through service learning and senior projects.

Contemporary World Issues 12

Grade 12

1 Year

1 Credit

This class is designed for 12th grade At-Risk students and students with IEPs. The dynamics of global interactions among nations and regions present issues that affect all humanity. These dynamics include competing beliefs and goals, methods of engagement, and conflict and cooperation. Contemporary issues have political, economic, social, historic and geographic components. Approaches to addressing global and regional issues reflect historical influences and multiple perspectives. Students can impact global issues through service learning and senior projects.

Prerequisite:  Teacher Recommendation/IEP

 

Psychology/Sociology

Grade 11-12

Full Year

This class is a detailed study of human behavior and social settings that influence that behavior.  Students will explore modern theories of psychology, leading psychologists, and their theories.  Students will also study the scientific investigative process as well as the biology of the nervous and endocrine systems.  Students will be expected to write essays, do research and work on group activities.

Prerequisite: Teacher approval

 

Civil War Era History 1840-1870

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

This course will examine the causes leading up to the American Civil War, wartime years, and the five years following the war. Topics will include secession, battles, leaders, events, political doctrine, legislation and the early Reconstruction period.

Prerequisite: Teacher approval

 

World Geography

Grades 10-12

1 Year

1 Credit

This course builds on students’ understanding of geography and spatial thinking. Contemporary issues are explored through the lens of geography. In addition to understanding where physical and cultural features are located and why those features are located as they are, students examine the implications of these spatial arrangements.

Prerequisite: Teacher approval

 

American Military History

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

This course will explore the development of the American Military beginning with the French and Indian War. It will examine the formation and development of the branches of the United States Military. This will include changes in uniforms, technology, and basic tactics. Topics will include the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, and the Current Gulf/Afghanistan conflicts.

Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Modern World History and receive teacher approval.

Ohio History

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

This course will provide students with an overview of Ohio History. Students will learn of the Ohio region from the Northwest Territory period to the present. Topics to be covered will include the political, geographical, economic, and religious history of Ohio. This course will focus on the development of the State of Ohio, and also focus on the local region of Southern Ohio.

Prerequisite: Teacher Approval

 

Transition Social Studies

Grades 9-12

Year

1 Credit

This course is designed for 9th-12th grade students with IEPs taking the Ohio Alternate Assessment. It is intended to address the benchmarks upon which the Ohio Alternate Assessment (AASCD) is based. The Ohio Extended Social Studies Academic Content Standards is the framework of this course.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation/ IEP

 

American History EOY Exam Prep

Grades 11-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

Class focuses on improving individual scores on the End of Course Exam. Students who receive a 1 on the American History EOY exam will be the focus of this course.

American Government EOY Exam Prep

Grade 12

Semester

1/2 Credit

Class focuses on improving individual scores on the End of Course Exam. Students who receive a 1 on Government EOY exam will be the focus of this course.


BUSINESS

Keyboarding

Grades 9-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

This course will focus on keyboarding by touch.   Students will learn multitasking.   Students will learn formatting to manipulate Microsoft Word to format memos, personal business letters, basic reports, tables and flyers. Students will get an introduction to Microsoft Excel to create basic worksheets, workbooks, and charts. Students will learn to create presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint and how to use the Internet for educational purposes.

Fee: $5.00 This class is a prerequisite for all other computer courses.

 

Computer Applications I

Grades 9-12

Semester

½ Credit

This course is an extension of Keyboarding and will include hands-on application and integration of Microsoft Word (letters, reports, tables, etc.), Microsoft Excel (spreadsheets with formulas, charts, etc.), Microsoft PowerPoint (automatic slide presentations), Internet use, language skills, computer security and privacy, computer ethics, intellectual property rights, and more. 

Fee:  $5.00

Prerequisite:  Keyboarding (Must be able to key correctly without looking at fingers--students will be tested)

 

Computer Applications II

Grades 10-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

This course will enable students to become competent in computer skills needed to survive in a technology-based world. It will give them background in computer evolution and future technology, with a brief review of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Students will be introduced to graphic design using Microsoft Publisher, requiring digitization of photos. Students will learn public speaking techniques and about media storage, while creating presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint and Prezi. Students will create multimedia projects using Microsoft Movie Maker and learn how to use an online classroom and Web 2.0 online learning.

 Fee: $5.00 Prerequisite:   Keyboarding or Computer Application I, or with teacher approval

Web Design 

Grades 11-12

Semester

½ Credit

This course will enable students to understand how the Internet began and how it has evolved. Students will become familiar with Internet Communications (email, blog, chat, Wiki, IM, and Online Classrooms) and how the Internet can be used for research. Students will learn how to utilize Web Browsers, Web Sites and search engines with ease. Students will complete their own personal web pages using web development software (Macromedia Dreamweaver and Microsoft Web Expression) Students will be introduced to the web and how it works through client and server sided processing. Students will learn to design, develop, and implement HTML web page, using HTML, Java Script, and various HTML editors and tools. Students will create websites using only code. 

Prerequisites: Keyboarding, Computer Applications I and II, or with Teacher Approval

Fee: $5.00

Personal Finance

Grades 10-12

Semester

½ Credit

This semester class will prepare students to manage personal finances in order to live independently.  Students will learn about paychecks and deductions, personal banking, credit and credit cards, budgeting, and insurance. 

NOTE:  This class would fulfill the Personal Finance requirement for 2014 graduation and beyond.

Accounting I CP

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

Accounting is the language of business (keeping track of the financial records of a company).  Accounting is a great career opportunity with lots of income potential.  The complete accounting cycle is learned.  Analyzing, journalizing, posting to ledgers, completing a work sheet, and preparing financial statements are learned and applied by hands-on application.  Using the computer/software is included as computers are used in “real world” accounting.  This CP class is recommended for anyone intending to study business, management, medicine, law, etc., or owning your own business. 

THIS CLASS WILL ONLY BE OFFERED BASED ON EXPRESSED INTEREST

Fee: approximately $15.00 for a workbook

 

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES

 

Personal Wellness (Healthy Living)

Grades 9-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

This course serves as a health credit.  In this course, students will analyze personal physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth for a healthy lifestyle.  An emphasis will be placed on lifespan wellness by managing stress through relaxation, physical activity and sleep.  Additional topics will include human growth development, mental health management, personal hygiene and preparing for emergency medical situations. Students will participate in food labs where they will access nutrition, evaluate recipes and learn proper food handling techniques.     *Note: Course can serve as a health credit 

 Lab Fee:  $10.00

 
Personal Wellness (Emphasis)

Grades 9-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

This course is designed for 9th - 12th grade students with IEP’s/At Risk. This course serves as a health credit.  In this course, students will analyze personal physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth for a healthy lifestyle.  An emphasis will be placed on lifespan wellness by managing stress through relaxation, physical activity and sleep.  Additional topics will include human growth development, mental health management, personal hygiene and preparing for emergency medical situations. Students will participate in food labs where they will access nutrition, evaluate recipes and learn proper food handling techniques.
*Note: Course can serve as a health credit
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation/IEP 

Lab Fee:  $10.00

Principles of Nutrition and Wellness (Healthy and Safe Foods)

Grades 10-12

Semester

1/2 credit

In this course, students will use principles of nutrition to ensure a healthy body throughout the lifecycle.  An emphasis will be placed on planning and preparing meals with an understanding of nutrients and their benefits, portion control and dietary needs.  Additional information will include steroid and supplemental use, body weight and management and the implementation of physical activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

Lab Fee:  $12.00

Child Development

Grades 9-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

In this course, students will study the principles of child growth, development and behavior.  An emphasis will be placed on physical, emotional and cognitive development of a child along with sensory and motor skills.  Additional topics will include communicable diseases, childhood diseases, immunizations, and theories of child development, learning styles and evaluating childcare services.

Lab Fee: $10.00

Textile Design, Construction and Maintenance (Clothing Choices I)

Grades 9-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

In this course students will study the visual appearance of fabric and fashion design.  Students will identify, analyze and apply production processes and techniques to textiles.  Additional topics will include the maintenance and alterations of textile products, including home interior accessories and garments. Students must complete this course prior to taking Clothing Choices II, III, and IV

Students will complete sewing projects and will need to purchase all supplies for these projects.

 

Clothing Choices II, III and IV

Grades 10-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

This course is an individualized class designed for intermediate to experienced sewers.  The class will further investigate textile studies and wardrobe planning.  Students will master sewing techniques and pattern design basics.  Students may elect to schedule this class a maximum of 3 semesters.  Students will need to purchases supplies for all sewing projects.

Prerequisite: To enroll in this course students must have already taken Textile Design, Construction and Maintenance (Clothing Choices I).  

Teacher Permission is required.

Career and College Readiness (Career Search)

Grades 10-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

In this course, students will develop effective learning strategies and skills to provide a strong foundation for successful lifelong learning.  Throughout the course, students will research careers and occupations, review postsecondary admissions qualifications and develop interviewing skills. Additional topics will include principles and techniques of professionalism, networking, conflict-resolution, negotiation, leadership and entrepreneurship.

 No Lab Fee

Personal Financial Management

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

This course meets the financial literacy requirement per Senate Bill 311 for graduation. In this course, students will develop personal financial plans for individual personal well-being.  Throughout the course, students will develop financial literacy skills to provide a basis for responsible citizenship and career success.  Additional topics will include analyzing services from financial institutions, consumer protection, investment and risk management. Students will be required to complete one sewing project, which they will have to purchase.  Students will also prepare healthy, economic meal plans and will participate in food labs.

Food Lab Fee $10.00.

Personal Financial Management (Emphasis)

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

This course meets the financial literacy requirement per Senate Bill 311 for graduation. In this course, students will develop personal financial plans for individual personal well-being.  Throughout the course, students will develop financial literacy skills to provide a basis for responsible citizenship and career success.  Additional topics will include analyzing services from financial institutions, consumer protection, investment and risk management. Students will be required to complete one sewing project, which they will have to purchase.  Students will also prepare healthy, economic meal plans and will participate in food labs.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation/IEP

Food Lab Fee $10.00.

Leadership and Community Engagement

Grades: 10-12

Year

1 Credit

In order to take this course, students should have previously taken one of the other courses offered in our department, member of FCCLA and have teacher permission.  In this course, students will analyze interests, aptitudes and skills to prepare for careers and transition through life.  An emphasis will be placed on work ethics, team building, communication, and leadership skills. Additional topics will include technology etiquette and career planning.  Additional volunteer services or community service projects will be required to participate in FCCLA.

Prerequisite:  FCCLA Member and Teacher Permission

Lab Fee: $10.00

MUSIC

Band

Grades 9-12

Year

1 Credit

Students involved will be exposed to a wide range of musical styles while improving skills in performance, technique, musicality, and musicianship.  The focus of the ensemble is to enhance the educational experience and teach a lifelong skill through the arts.  Participants will grow as musicians, as well as become ambassadors of the school district to the community.  This ensemble will enhance students academically in mathematics, history, and science through these subjects’ relationship to music.  Participation in a middle school instrumental ensemble is helpful, but not required.  Any student participating in the band program is also required to participate in marching band.

Prerequisite: Participation in middle school ensemble or instructor permission.

Music Theory I      

Grades 9-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

Students in Music Theory will focus on learning how to read, understand, and evaluate music.  Topics covered range from note reading, understanding of sound and pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and musical notation.  Any student interested in music or playing any instrument will benefit from this course.  Upon completion of this course, students will understand classical as well as contemporary music and will be able to compose simple melodies and provide harmonies for those melodies.  Through the study of Music Theory, students learn many of the Academic Content Standards for music as set by the Ohio Department of Education.
Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or better in Algebra or instructor permission.

Fee: $13.00 (Workbook)

 

Music Theory II

Grades 9-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

Students in Music Theory II will continue to progress the skills taught in Music Theory I.
Prerequisite: Grade of at least a C in Music Theory I or instructor permission.

 

History of Rock

Grades 10-12

Semester

½ Credit

This course is designed to replace the traditional High School General Music classes of the past.  As much as “Classical Music” and composers have shaped the face and sounds of music and society, no music has had a greater impact on the world than Rock and Roll.   Through the study of Rock and Roll, students learn many of the Academic Content Standards for music as set by the Ohio Department of Education.  As with all subject areas, music content standards are an important aspect of a student’s education.  This class gives us the opportunity to discuss art, theatre, math, science, language, world culture, as well as Music History. We discuss the influence which Rock and Roll music has had on other styles of music and how world events influenced this music.

Prerequisite: Sophomore, Junior, or Senior or instructor permission.

Mixed Chorus

Grades 9-12

Year

1 Credit

This singing group will be open to all students. This group will study a variety of choral music including classical, sacred, secular and pop music. The group will perform for community functions upon request. They also are the core group for the annual high school musical.

Prerequisite: Recommendation of the instructor

Director's Choir

Grades 9-12

Year

1 Credit

The Director's Choir is a select ensemble. Although open to all students, the group is made up of only the more advanced music students. The choir performs at community functions and sings more difficult music than mixed chorus. 

Membership is by audition only

Prerequisite: Recommendation of instructor/audition

Optional method to receive a fine arts credit:

This class cannot be selected but after the production those that were involved will be given credit if the instructor/director submits the information to the guidance office. 

 

Viking Players Production

Grade 9-12

Spring Production

½ Credit   

¼ Credit Stage Crew

The Viking Players Production in the spring involves many hours of rehearsals that involves performers, lighting and stage crews.  These students will be recommended by the director for time spent in rehearsals and activities involved in the spring play production. 

Audition/Teacher Permission

Credit given by director of productionTEACHER MUST SUBMIT A LIST TO GUIDANCE IN ORDER FOR CREDIT TO BE ISSUED

ART

Calligraphy and Journal Making

Grades 9-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

All of us appreciate beautiful handwriting.  At one time handwriting had great social significance.  Today for most, handwriting is merely crude and insignificant method of communicating.  In this course students will learn the history, techniques and styles of hand writing as an art form known as calligraphy.  Students will also learn how to produce a variety of journal types to fill with their newly learn art, calligraphy. 

Fee:  $20.00    *Note:  All art fees must be paid prior to the first day of class in order to guarantee admission. 

Ceramics/Ceramics II

Grades 9-12

Semester

1/2 Credit

There is only one archeological artifact consistently found in excavations globally.  Ceramics!  Virtually every culture on earth has produced items made of the earthen material clay.  Beginning only as a utilitarian object, ceramic objects would eventually be adorned with ornamentation and would ultimately find its place as individual works of art.  In ceramics students will learn the history of ceramics.  Students will learn multiple techniques and styles of hand building and slip casting.  Students will learn and practice various firing techniques.  Students will also learn the physics involved as they use various natural and additive glazes. 

Fee:  $20.00   *Note:  All art fees must be paid prior to the first day of class in order to guarantee admission.

Prerequisite for Ceramics II: Ceramics I

 

Painting

Grades 9-12

Semester

½ Credit

This course explores versatile processes for planning and developing a visual idea.  The course applies the study of color and composition to the creation of paintings in water-based media.  Students will prepare painting supports for paper and panel.  Students will learn multiple techniques and styles in water-based painting media. 

Fee:  $20.00  *Note:  All art fees must be paid prior to the first day of class in order to guarantee admission. 

 

Drawing

Grades 9-12

Semester

½ Credit

Drawing is the foundation skill of all visual arts.  It is the oldest form of visual communication and has been utilized by every race of humans that have existed on this planet.  Students will learn the history of drawing.  Students will learn multiple techniques of drawing while exploring various materials and styles.  If the student loves drawing or simply wishes to learn to draw this is an excellent opportunity to exploit.  Students will draw hundreds of drawings during the semester.  Only through repetition and exploration can one become better at drawing. 

 Fee:  $15.00  *Note:  All art fees must be paid prior to the first day of class in order to guarantee admission. 

 

Film

Grades 11-12

Semester

½ Credit

The film medium is a truly awesome art form in the world today.  The motion picture industry is a global influence that virtually everyone experiences in some manner.  Students will learn the history of the film art medium.  Students will examine this art form through lectures, readings and screening of landmark works.  Students will analyze film as an art form, communicative tool and an entertainment source.  Technological and social influences will be considered as well as considerations toward the future of film.  Students will be expected to write papers and discuss in class issues presented in the film viewed. 

No fee required

Prerequisite:  Junior or Senior

Viking and Celtic Art

Grade 9-12

Semester

½ Credit 

Our school mascot, the Viking has influenced a vast portion of the world in their tine through their art, music and technologies.  Their interactions with the Celts heavily influenced most aspects of their arts and crafts.  In this course student will learn the histories of the Vikings and Celtics.  Students will learn characteristic traits of the Viking and Celtic artistic styles.  Students will create projects of all types utilizing the unique artistic design style of both the Vikings and Celts. 

 Fee:  $15.00   *Note:  All art fees must be paid prior to the first day of class in order to guarantee admission

ART CLASSES ARE OFFERED ON AN AS NEEDED BASIS. NOT EVERY CLASS LISTED WILL BE OFFERED IN A SCHOOL YEAR

AGRIBUSINESS AND PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, AFNR

Grades ALL FIRST TIME AG STUDENTS 8-12

Year

1 Credit

This is the first course in the Agricultural Education department. They will examine principles of food science, natural resource management, animal science & management, plant & horticultural science, power technology and bioscience. Students will examine the FFA organization and Supervised Agricultural Experience programs. Throughout the course, students will develop communication, leadership and business skills essential to the agriculture industry.

Pre-Requisite: None

Fee: FFA Membership Dues, Lab Fees are covered by Participation in Fundraisers.

Animal Science (LIVESTOCK SELECTION AND MANAGEMENT)

Grades10-12

Year

1 Credit

Students who show interest in production agriculture will benefit from this intensive class on the management and selection techniques for modern animal production. Students will learn responsible animal management principles and routine husbandry practices in relation to animal welfare and behavior. Learners will identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of monogastric and ruminant organisms as it applies to nutrition, reproduction and animal health. Learners will also investigate animal genetics and how it impacts principles of animal improvement, selection and marketing.

This class can be used as a science credit.

Pre-Requisite: AFNR

Fee: FFA Membership Dues, Lab Fees are covered by Participation in Fundraisers.

Natural Resources (formerly Forestry and Wildlife Ecosystems)

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

 Students will learn dendrology and utilize this knowledge to understand forest types, harvesting, and timber production. Students will learn sustainability, and how timber cutting effects wildlife ecosystems. Students will also learn to identify wildlife tracks and sign, along with ideal habitat for Ohio wildlife animals. This course will also offer many opportunities to explore and more greatly understand Vinton County’s thriving timber industry.

This class can be used as a science credit.

Pre-Requisite: AFNR

Fee: FFA Membership Dues, Lab Fees are covered by Participation in Fundraisers.

Structural Engineering

Grades 11-12

Year

1 Credit

 Students will apply principles of engineering and design along with an understanding of the properties and uses of construction materials to buildings and structures used in agriculture, horticulture and natural resources. The course will focus on the study and utilization of wood and lumber, metals, concrete and masonry, pipes and plumbing, and electrical systems. Students will design, plan build and calculate costs-benefits analysis for construction projects while abiding by all building code and safety regulations. *Students will have a lab every other day.

Pre-Requisite: AFNR, and second year AG class

Fee: FFA Membership Dues, Lab Fees are covered by Participation in Fundraisers.

Structural Engineering II

Grade 12

Year

1 Credit

 Advanced Level Agricultural Mechanics Course, students take skills learned in Structural Engineering and apply them to more advanced projects with more technical understanding. The course will focus on the study and utilization of wood and lumber, metals, concrete and masonry, pipes and plumbing, and electrical systems. Students will design, plan build and calculate costs-benefits analysis for construction projects while abiding by all building code and safety regulations.

Pre-Requisite: AFNR and Structural Engineering

Fee: FFA Membership Dues, Lab Fees are covered by Participation in Fundraisers.

Agricultural Business Management

Grade 12

Year

1 Credit

Course Description:

Students will examine elements of business, identify organizational structures and apply management skills while developing business plans, financial reports and strategic goals for new ventures or existing businesses. Learners will use marketing concepts to evaluate the marketing environment and develop a marketing plan with marketing channels, product approaches, promotion and pricing strategies. Throughout the course, students will apply concepts of ethics and professionalism while implications of business regulations will be identified.

Pre-Requisite: AFNR and Structural Engineering

Fee: FFA Membership Dues, Lab Fees are covered by Participation in Fundraisers.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH
Physical Education I

Grade 9

Semester

1/4 Credit

AND

Physical Education I

Grade 10

Semester

1/4 Credit

One year required for graduation, to be completed in grades 9 and 10. This course will emphasize the development of physical fitness and the study of a variety of recreational & athletic activities.

 Students will complete one semester for 1/4 credit each year.

* See note.

Physical Education II

Grade 10-12

Semester

¼ Credit

Elective in grades 10, 11, and 12.  Students must have passed PE I.  Also, an emphasis on physical fitness and a more in-depth study of recreational and athletic activities, especially the lifetime sports. 

*See note

Advanced Physical Education

Grades 10-12

Semester

¼ Credit

Elective in grades 10, 11, 12. Students must have passed PE I and have the instructor's permission. This course will revolve around physical fitness, emphasizing strength training and the study of various other topics that affect fitness and athletic performance. *See note.

*NOTE: All physical education classes meet Monday through Friday. Participation is required. The only reason a student will be excused from participation is a valid doctor's statement. Proper dress includes gym shoes, white socks, gym shorts or sweats and T-shirt or sweatshirtStudents are encouraged to shower. 

Health 10

Grade 10

Semester

½ Credit

This course is designed for 10th grade students with IEPs.  This is an adapted Health course, which covers basic body systems, reproduction, substance abuse and prevention, and educated decision making.  Common disorders and diseases will be discussed. 

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation/IEP

MARKETING

Marketing Principles

Grade 9-10

Year

1 Credit

This is first course in the Marketing career field.  It introduces students to the specializations offered in Marketing.  Students will obtain fundamental knowledge and skills in marketing communications, marketing management, marketing research, merchandising and professional selling. They will acquire knowledge of marketing strategies, market identification techniques, employability skills, business ethics and law, economic principles and international business. Technology, leadership and communications will be incorporated in classroom activities.

Digital Marketing and Management

Grade 9-10

Year              

1 Credit

Students will apply tools, strategies and processes to communicate digitally with targeted customers. They will create, implement, and critique online advertising, email marketing, websites, social media, mobile marketing, search-engine optimization, video or images and podcasts/webcasts. Students will apply project management techniques to guide and control digital communications efforts. They will also create and repurpose content for use in digital environments. Technology, employability skills, leadership and communications will be incorporated in classroom activities.

Finance Foundations

Grade 11

Year

1 Credit

This is the first course specific to Finance. It introduces students to the specializations offered in the career field. Students will obtain fundamental knowledge and skills in accounting, banking services, corporate finance, insurance, and securities and investments. They will acquire knowledge of financial analysis and application, business law and ethics, economics, international business and business relationships. Knowledge management and information technology will be emphasized. Employability skills, leadership and communications will be incorporated in classroom activities.  Students ideally will have completed Marketing Principles and Digital Marketing Management before taking this course.

Operations Management

Grade 12

Year

1 Credit

Students will learn to plan, organize, and monitor day-to-day business activities. They will use technology to plan production activities, forecast inventory needs, and negotiate vendor contracts. Students will also calculate break-even, set cost-volume-profit goals, and develop policies and procedures to promote workplace safety and security. They will design sustainability plans and use lean and six sigma principles to plan for quality improvement. Corporate social responsibility, ethics, risk management and compliance will be emphasized. Students ideally will have completed the other 3 marketing course before taking this course. 

Must be a senior.

Marketing Lab

Year

3 Credits

Students will work in various career field such as basic marketing, retail, management, and marketing hospitality.  This on-the-job experience leads to valuable insight into job requirements and opportunities.  Students are responsible for all job-related transportation.   Students must have a job within first two weeks of school or before, or they will be withdrawn from the class.   Students must be covered under workers compensation insurance through their place of employment.

Prerequisites: Students must be juniors or seniors and it is recommend that they be enrolled in 2 of the four Marketing classes or completed 2 if a junior and 3 if a senior.  For school year 2016-17, second year Marketing students are exempted from the two class requirement.

*Note: Students must have a job by the first day of the school year.   Students must keep a job during the school year to pass this programIf a student does not maintain a job they will be pulled from the program and this could put graduation in jeopardy.

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Information Technology: Computers and the Internet

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

This first course in the IT career field is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of computer concepts and essential skills necessary for work and communication in today’s society. Students will learn safety, security, and ethical issues in computing and social networking. Students will also learn about input/output systems, computer hardware and operating systems, and office applications.

This class will be a prerequisite for all other courses in the IT strand of classes.

Computer Hardware: PC Troubleshooting and Repair

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

Students will learn to install, repair, and troubleshoot computer hardware systems. They will perform preventative maintenance practices and learn techniques for maintaining computer hardware security. Communication skills and professionalism in troubleshooting situations will be emphasized.

Prerequisite:  Information Technology must be either taken before or simultaneously with this class.

Networking: How the Internet Works

Grades 10- 12

Year

1 Credit

Students will install, configure, and troubleshoot network hardware and peripherals. Students will learn networking by exploring the OSI model, network topologies, and cabling. Students will design simple networks, know how to select physical devices, and be able to configure the equipment. Knowledge and skills relating to the operation and usage of network protocols will be developed. 

Prerequisite:  Information Technology must be either taken before or simultaneously with this class.

Network Security: How to Detect and Avoid being hacked

Grades 11-12

Year

1 Credit

This course will address securing networks and operating systems. Students will learn to secure network communications, computer hardware, and network software. Topics included are network security theory, cryptography, security architecture, firewalls, VPNs, IP Security, and methods of protection.

Prerequisite: Information Technology and either Networking or Computer Hardware must be completed prior to enrollment in this course

Mobile Applications: Programming Android Apps

Grades 10-12

Year

1 Credit

Students will learn to program applications for Android phones and tablets as well as basic programming concepts. Students will also learn the basic Robotics programming by using Lego Mindstorm kits as well as writing programs to control robots through the Bluetooth on android cell phones and tablets. There is no prerequisite for this class, however students should know how to use a computer and have basic keyboarding skills.

WORK STUDY/ PEER TUTORING OPPORTUNITIES

 

Work Study

Grades 11-12

Year/ Semester

1 Credit / ½ Credit

This course is designed for any junior or senior with an IEP (some sophomores may participated with instructor permission – credit only). The goal of the work-study class program is to introduce the student to the world of work and to experience real life situations that occur in the work world today. Seniors may earn up to 5 credits per school year while juniors may only earn up to 3 credits per school year. Juniors and seniors must agree to work at various school and/or community sites for credit and $3.00 per class period. Students agree to log their hours worked, get their job supervisors initials daily on their time sheet and complete journals that they will turn in every 2 weeks. Participants are required to deposit 30% of their paycheck each pay period into an individual savings account at the Vinton County Bank. The amount required to deposit may be change any time at the teacher’s discretion. Students will also be required to attend and complete specialized instructional programming that highlights needed transition skills via class or individualized setting.

Viking Success Peer

Grade 10, 11, 12

Semester/Year

1/2 or 1 Credit

The Viking Success Peer program will allow students to have the opportunity to help others succeed while sharpening their own academic and social skills. This course is housed in the special education department and is designed to offer a learning experience for disabled and non-disabled students. The Viking Success Peer will support a diverse population of learners with and without disabilities during their time in the Academic Success Room (ASR). The Viking Success Peer will be required to participate in a training session, complete a reflection paper which will be due at the conclusion of the class and keep a daily attendance/activity log.

Prerequisite: Application and approval by instructor

Viking Academic Peer

Grade 10, 11, 12

Year

1 Credit

The Viking Academic Peer program is designed to provide an extended experience for students who may be interested in a teacher career or a career working with people with disabilities. This course is housed in the special education department and is designed to offer a peer social experience for disabled and non-disabled students. Goals of the program include learning about disabilities, diversity and acceptance. Viking Academic Peer will model the virtues and attributes of friendship to their peers by assisting and supporting them academically and socially within their education classes. This support may include but is not limited to helping with assignments, participation in class and completing daily duties. Additionally, Viking Academic Peer will maintain a social connection to their partner peers outside of the classroom setting. The Viking Academic Peer will be required to participate in a training session, complete a reflection paper which will be due at the conclusion of the class and keep a daily attendance/activity log.

Prerequisite: Application and approval by instructor

 

 

Course Numbers

VINTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

COURSE #     COURSE NAME                                GRADE          LENGTH        CREDIT        

113                  English I                                              9                      Year                 1

114                  English I CP                                         9                      Year                 1

122                  English II                                             10                    Year                 1

123                  English II CP                                        10                    Year                 1

127                  English II Honors                                 10                    Year                 1

131                  English III                                            11                    Year                 1

132                  English III CP                                      11                    Year                 1

133                  English III Honors                               11                    Year                 1

141                  English IV                                            12                    Year                 1

142                  English IV CP                                      12                    Year                 1

143                  English IV AP                                      12                    Year                 1

125                  Speech I                                               10-12               Semester          1/2

126                  Speech II                                             10-12               Semester          1/2

135                  Yearbook                                             10-12               Year                 1

137                  Newspaper                                           10-12               Year                 1

022                  OGT English                                        11-12               Year                 1

TBA                English EOY Exam Prep                    11-12               Semester         1/2

 

MATHEMATICS

COURSE #     COURSE NAME                                GRADE          LENGTH        CREDIT        

215                  Algebra I                                              9                      Year                 1

216                  Algebra I CP                                        9-12                 Year                 1

217                  Graduation Point Recovery Math     10-12               Year                 1

235                  Algebra II                                            11-12               Year                 1                     

223                  Algebra II CP                                       9-12                 Year                 1

224                  Geometry CP                                       10-12               Year                 1

225                  Geometry                                             10                    Year                 1

230                  College Math General                          12                    Year                 1

238                  Personal Finance                                  11-12               Year                 1

239                  Senior Math                                         12                    Year                 1

240                  Pre-calculus                                         12                    Year                 1

242                  AP Calculus                                         12                    Year                 1

MTH 14505     Pre-calculus CC+                                 11-12               Year                 1 HS/ 5sem hrs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

COURSE #           COURSE NAME                                GRADE LENGTH             CREDIT

308                         Physical Science CP                                            10                           Year                       1

309                         Biology I Basic                                                    9                              Year                       1

310                         Physical Science                                                  10                           Year                       1

311                         Environmental Studies                                       11-12                     Year                       1

315                         Biology I CP                                                         9                              Year                       1

323                         Biology II                                                              10-12                     Year                       1

325                         Astronomy                                                            10-12                     Year                       1

331                         Chemistry I                                                           11-12                     Year                       1

341                         Chemistry II                                                         12                           Year                       1

342                         Physics CP                                                            12                           Year                       1

312                         Biology EOY Exam Prep                                 11-12                     Semester                1/2

346                         Sci Olympiad/Adv. Topics                                 10-12                     Semester                1/2

347                         Physical Geology CP                                           10-12                     Year                       1

348                         Earth Science                                                       11-12                     Year                       1

SOCIAL STUDIES

COURSE #           COURSE NAME                                GRADE LENGTH             CREDIT

413                         Modern World History                                       9                              Year                       1

414                         Modern World History CP                                 9                              Year                       1

415                         American History                                                                10                           Year                       1

416                         American History CP                                          10                           Year                       1                             

441                         American Government                                       11                           Year                       1

442                         American Government CP                                 11                           Year                       1

446                         Sociology/Psychology                                        11-12                     Year                       1

417                         Contemporary World Issues                             12                           Year                       1

418                         Contemporary Wld Issues CP                           12                           Year                       1

411                         Civil War Era History                                         10-12                     Year                       1

420                         World Geography                                                10-12                     Year                       1

421                         American Military History                                 10-12                     Year                       1

422                         Ohio History                                                         10-12                     Year                       1

TBA                       American History EOY Exam Prep             11-12                     Semester               1/2

TBA                       American Government EOY Exam Prep    12                           Semester               1/2

BUSINESS

COURSE #           COURSE NAME                                GRADE LENGTH             CREDIT

510                         Keyboarding                                                        9-12                        Semester                1/2

514                         Computer Applications I                                   9-12                        Semester                1/2

520                         Computer Applications II                                  10-12                     Semester                1/2

515                         Personal Finance                                                 12                           Semester                1/2

524                         Accounting I                                                         10-12                     Year                       1

527                         Web Design                                                           11-12                     Semester                1/2

FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE

COURSE #           COURSE NAME                                GRADE LENGTH             CREDIT

605                         Personal Wellness (Healthy Living)                 9-12                        Semester                1/2                         

606                         College & Career Readiness (C Search I)       10-12                     Semester                1/2

632                         Child Development                                             9-12                        Semester                1/2

604                         Prin. Of Nutrition & Wellness(HSF)  10-12                     Semester                1/2

637                         Textile Design (Clothing Choices I & II)         9-12                        Semester                1/2

638                         Personal Financial Mgmt (FMgt I & II)          10-12                     Year                       1

639                         Clothing Choices II-IV                                       10-12                     Semester                1/2

640                         Leadership & Community Engagement         10-12                     Year                       1

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

COURSE #     COURSE NAME                                GRADE          LENGTH        CREDIT

711                  Spanish I CP                                        9-12                 Year                 1

721                  Spanish II CP                                       10-12               Year                 1

731                  Spanish III CP                                      11-12               Year                 1

741                  Spanish IV CP                                     12                    Year                 1

712                  French I CP                                          9-12                 Year                 1

722                  French II CP                                        10-12               Year                 1

732                  French III CP                                       11-12               Year                 1

742                  French IV                                            12                    Year                 1

 

MUSIC

COURSE #     COURSE NAME                                GRADE          LENGTH        CREDIT

810                  Mixed Chorus                                      9-12                 Year                 1

811                  Director’s Choir                                   9-12                 Year                 1

813                  Instrumental Band I, II, III, IV                         9-12                 Year                 1

817                  Music Theory                                      9-12                 Semester          1/2                  

819                  Music Theory II                                   9-12                 Semester          1/2

816                  Viking Players                                     9-12                 Semester          1/2

                        Viking Players Stage                            9-12                                         1/4

818                  History of Rock                                               10-12               Semester          1/2

ART

COURSE #     COURSE NAME                                GRADE          LENGTH        CREDIT

824                  Ceramics                                              9-12                 Semester          1/2

826                  Ceramics II                                          10-12               Semester          1/2

825                  Film                                                     11-12               Semester          1/2

833                  Calligraphy & Journal Mk.                  9-12                 Semester          1/2

834                  Viking & Celtic Art                              9-12                 Semester          1/2

837                  Painting                                                9-12                 Semester          1/2

838                  Drawing                                               9-12                 Semester          1/2

 

 

AGRIBUSINESS AND PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

COURSE #     COURSE NAME                                GRADE          LENGTH        CREDIT

850                  Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources           9-12                 Year                 1

851                  Animal Science                                                10-12               Year                 1

852                  Natural Resources (Forestry)               10-12               Year                 1

854                  Structural Engineering                          11-12               Year                 1

855                  Structural Engineering II                      12                    Year                 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

COURSE #     COURSE NAME                                GRADE          LENGTH        CREDIT

9101                Physical Ed. 1-9 (Girls)                                    9                      Semester          1/4

9102                Physical Ed I-10 (Girls)                                   10                    Semester          1/4

9101B              Physical Ed 9 (Boys)                           9                      Semester          1/4

9102B              Physical Ed 10 (Boys)                         10                    Semester          1/4

9111                Physical Ed II                                      10-12               Semester          1/4

9141                Advanced PE   1st sem                         10-12               Semester          1/4

9142                Advanced PE 2nd sem.                                    10-12               Semester          1/4

 

 

TEACHER IEP PERMISSION COURSES

COURSE #     COURSE NAME                                GRADE          LENGTH        CREDIT

105                  English 9                                              9                      Year                 1

107                  English 9 Emphasis                              9                      Year                 1

106                  English 10                                            10                    Year                 1

108                  English 10 Emphasis                            10                    Year                 1

109                  English 11                                            11                    Year                 1

110                  English 12                                            12                    Year                 1                     

201                  Math 9                                                 9                      Year                 1

207                 Alg I Emphasis                                     9                      Year                 1

202                  Math 10                                               10                    Year                 1

208                  Geometry Emphasis                             10                    Year                 1

204                  Math 11                                               11                    Year                 1

205                  Math 12                                               12                    Year                 1

301                  Integrated Biology                               9                      Year                 1

307                  B. Biology Emphasis                           9                      Year                 1

302                  Integrated Phys Sci                              10                    Year                 1

306                  Physical Science Emphasis                  10                    Year                 1

303                  Integrated Environmental Science        11                    Year                 1

401                  Modern World History 9                      9                      Year                 1

42                    American History 10                           10                    Year                 1

44                    Am Government 11                             11                    Year                 1

405                  Contemp World Issues 12                    12                    Year                 1

904                  Health                                                  10                    Semester          1/2

102                  Post Secondary Transition                   9-12                 Year                 1

103                  Transition English                                9-12                 Year                 1

104                  Extended Reading & Vocab Skills       9-12                 Year                 1

203                  Transition Math                                               9-12                 Year                 1

300                  Transition Science                               9-12                 Year                 1

400                  Transition Social Studies                      9-12                 Year                 1

605B                Personal Wellness Emphasis                9-12                 Semester          1/2

638E                Personal Financial Mgmt. Emphasis  10-12               Semester          1/2

929/929B         Viking Success Peer                             10-12               Year/Sem         1 or ½

930                  Viking Peer Academy                          10-12               Year                 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORK STUDY

COURSE #     COURSE NAME                                GRADE          LENGTH        CREDIT        

927                  Work Study (Mrs. Jones)                     11-12               Year                 1

Note:  Work Study can be a semester class for ½ credit

 

CAREER EDUCATION

COURSE #     COURSE NAME                                GRADE          LENGTH        CREDIT

502                  Marketing Principles                            9-10                 Year                 1

503                  Digital Marketing & Mgmt                   9-10                 Year                 1

504                  Finance Foundations                            11                    Year                 1

505                  Operations Management                      12                    Year                 1

902                  Marketing Lab                                     11-12               Year                 3

526                  Info Tech: Computers & the Internet   10-12               Year                 1

525                  Computer Hardware                            10-12               Year                 1

528                  Networking: How Internet Works        10-12               Year                 1

530                  Network Security                                 11-12               Year                 1

533                  Mobile Applications                            10-12               Year                 1

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