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Marion High School Program of Studies 2018-2019 675 South 15th Street Marion, Iowa 52302 319-377-9891 Administration Greg Semler, Principal Chad Zrudsky, Associate Principal Corby Laube, Activities Director Counseling Office Ann Grant 9-10 Academic, Social, Emotional, Career Counselor Tom Kettmann 11-12 Academic, Social, Emotional, Career Counselor
Table of Contents General Academic Information 3-4 Educational Planning 5 Students with IEP’s 6 Procedures for 504 Plans 7 Marion High School Honors Program Criteria 8 Math and Science Award 9 Grade Point Average/R.A.I. 10 Regents Prerequisites 11 Program of Studies Key 12 Course Descriptions Art 13-19 Business Education 20-22 Engineering 23-24 English 25-29 English Elective 30-31 Family and Consumer Science 32-34 Industrial Technology Education 35-39 Mathematics 40-43 Music 44-45 Physical Education 46-48 Science 49-52 Social Studies 53-57 World Languages 58-60 Supplemental Classes 61 Volunteering 62 Marion High School Course Offerings List 63-66 Marion High School College Classes 67-70
GENERAL ACADEMIC INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION Students at Marion High School will be required to complete 28 total credits (16 required credits and 12 elective credits). Listed below are the minimum requirements. We encourage students to go beyond the required. English 4 credits including Regular or Advanced in English 1A & 1B ; English 2 Communication/Speech & Writing; American Literature 1 and 2; English 4A & 4B or AP English 1 & 2 or College Comp 1 & 2 Health .5 credit Family & Consumer Science .5 credit of Teen Insights Math 3 credits including Money Math Matters Science 3 credits General Science: Matter, Motion, General Science Earth/Space; Biology, Human Biology, and Botany/Zoology Social Studies 3 credits Global Studies and an elective or AP Human Geography A, B; American History 1 & 2; AP American History 1 & 2; AP World History A & B; American Government and 1 Social Studies elective Physical Education 2 credits unless excused because of documented medical, religious and/or approved academic waiver. 9th grade Fundamentals of Fitness is required for all students. Earning Credits Credits are earned at the rate of .5 for each 9 week course successfully completed student enrolled in 4 courses for a term would earn 2.0 credits for successful completion of those 4 courses for that term. Students are not allowed to take less than 3 classes a term. Grading A student’s grade point and class rank are determined by the following grading system and its numerical equivalent based on a plus and minus system: A = 4.00 B+ = 3.33 C+ = 2.33 D+ = 1.33 F=0 A- = 3.67 B = 3.00 C = 2.00 D = 1.00 B- = 2.67 C- = 1.67 D- = 0.67 CREDIT/NO CREDIT (PASS/FAIL) Students in grades 9 – 12 may enroll in designated courses on a credit/no credit basis. In order to participate, the student must be on track for graduation and the course cannot be one of the core courses required for graduation. These include college classes taken at the high school. The selected course will not be included in determining GPA. Students may take one course per term on a credit/no credit basis and only 2 courses per year may be taken Pass/Fail. Students must pick up a request form from the Counseling Office and return the request form no later than the Friday after Parent/Teacher Conferences per current term. Students taking classes credit/no credit in the designated areas of English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language will not be considered for the Honors Program. ACADEMIC LETTER The Academic Letter is nearly identical to the varsity athletic letter except that it has the symbolic lamp of learning prominently displayed. To receive this letter, the student is expected to maintain a 3.5 GPA for each term (NOT an average) during the academic year. Those students qualifying for academic awards will receive their awards at the beginning of the fall term. COURSE CHANGES/DROPS When scheduling for classes select your classes carefully. Your classes may be in place and not able to be changed once the school year starts. Course changes will be allowed if you have failed the class, taken the class already, do not have the prerequisites or have a space in your schedule. All course changes will be handled through the Counseling Office before or after school: TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE END OF EACH TERM. NO CLASSES WILL BE CHANGED THE FIRST DAY OF THE TERM UNTIL AFTER SCHOOL if the schedule allows. Ninth - eleventh graders must maintain a course load per term of four (4) courses, seniors three (3) courses each term. Scheduling exemptions during each term will be on an individual basis and approvals may be granted through our Principal. Students must be enrolled in the appropriate number of courses each term. Seniors could drop a fourth course by the Friday after Parent/Teacher Conferences without receiving a grade. Juniors could also drop a fourth course if they have not used their open
block for the year by the Friday after Parent/Teacher Conferences. All other drops, approved by the Principal, will earn an “F”. Students in grades 10-12 that would like an Academic/PE waiver must contact the Counseling Office and all waivers will be approved by the Principal. MARION HIGH SCHOOL COMPUTER LITERACY The Marion Board of Education and Site-Based Teams have defined computer literacy as the ability to successfully complete multiple projects using computer word processing database, spreadsheet, graphing, and drawing applications. Every student, through integrated projects in courses, should have these skills when they graduate from Marion High School. MARION COMPASS CENTER Students can transfer to the COMPASS school on the Linn-Mar campus through a recommendation from our principals and counselors, and can earn a Marion Alternative High School diploma, but will walk among their peers at graduation. Ninth graders are ineligible. Attendance to COMPASS school is required daily. Students are allowed to complete no less than 4 classes and no more than 8 if planning to return to Marion High School. NOTE: Work Experience will not be accepted back. Paperwork and parent approval is required. If you are interested contact the Counseling Office. They will set up a tour to help you decide. TRANSFERRING OR MOVING Students transferring from Marion High School must check out with the Counseling Office before moving or transferring to a new school. Appropriate paperwork must be filled out in order to attend another school. MENTOR PROGRAM Every student at Marion High School will be assigned a faculty mentor starting their 9th grade year. Mentor meetings will be held the first full day of a full week. Attendance is mandatory. Topics include Character Counts, Iowa Assessment testing, academic planning, post-high school options, job shadow information and internships, including completion of the Navigator Career Assessment. EQUITY STATEMENT It is the policy of Marion Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability, in its educational programs, activities or employment practices. If you believe you (or your child) have been discriminated against or treated unjustly at school, please contact Janelle Brouwer, Equity Coordinator, at 377-4691. CORPORAL PUNISHMENT, RESTRAINT, PHYSICAL CONFINEMENT and DETENTION State law forbids school employees from using corporal punishment against any student. Certain actions by school employees are not considered corporal punishment. Additionally, school employees may use “reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain” to do certain things, such as prevent harm to persons or property. State law also places limits on school employees’ abilities to restrain or confine and detain a child. If a child is restrained or confined and detained, the school must maintain documentation and must provide certain types of notice to the child’s parent. If you have any questions about this state law, please contact us. The complete text of the law and additional information is available on the Iowa Department of Education’s Website link https://www.educateiowa.gov and search for Timeout, Seclusion and Restraint.
EDUCATIONAL PLANNING Marion High School offers a diversified array of courses and activities to meet the wide range of individual student goals, interests, and abilities. Therefore, it is very important that you make your educational plans carefully and keep such plans up to date as you progress through school. Your counselors and teachers are prepared to assist you in this task. In developing your personal educational plan, you will want to select courses with four purposes in mind: 1. To meet requirements for graduation 2. To achieve proficiency in basic knowledge and skill areas which are important to continued learning and functioning in adult life 3. To reach specific post-high school goals 4. Allow development of a special talent or interest, through their chosen career pathway, based on the results of the Navigator Career Assessment
STUDENTS WITH AN IEP (Individual Education Plan) Teachers whose students have an IEP will enroll their students in the following class(es) when appropriate. See your student’s teacher if you have questions. Course Title: ACADEMIC CONCEPTS Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Per Course Length: 2 Terms Course Description: The curriculum and activities in this course are designed to help students who have IEP’s meet district standards. Student schedules for Academic Concepts are arranged on an individual basis and can include any of the following based on students’ individual IEP goal areas: reading, writing, math, organizational skills, study skills, employability skills, and career planning. Course Title: LIFE SKILLS Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Per Course Course Description: This course is designed for students with an IEP. Individualized direct instruction will be provided in the areas of career education, communication, global knowledge, higher-order thinking skills, personal management and technology. The curriculum and activities in this class are designed to meet the 21st Century Skills outlined in the Iowa Core Curriculum. This course focuses on functional academics through systematic instruction that will prepare students to enter various adult roles as effective citizens, informed consumers, life-long learners, responsible family members, and productive workers in our society. This course is also designed to build transition skills. Course Title: SOCIAL SKILLS CONCEPTS Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Per Course Course Description: This course is designed to teach students the social skills needed in the regular education and work environments. These skills are taught in an environment that provides many opportunities for immediate feedback and correction through a low teacher to student ratio. The course also provides direct instruction in required subject areas to help students who may have learning difficulties or who may not be successful in the general education environment due to behavior. The curriculum and activities in the course are designed to meet district standards and benchmarks as well as the Iowa Core Curriculum. Course Title: COMMUNITY BASED INSTRUCTION (CBI) Semester & Year: Offered every semester, 3rd block only Course Description: This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn and demonstrate skills in the classroom and transfer those skills from the academic setting to the community setting. Students enrolled in the course must have an IEP. Students will practice skills such as shopping and budgeting, navigating public transportation, finding and participating in leisure activities, interacting with community members and social skills, visiting potential employers, and self-advocacy. Community Based Instruction is critical to a student’s ability to function independently. CBI allows students to learn in real settings which increases motivation and the likelihood of maintaining skills. Peer tutors will have the option to enroll in this course for volunteer hours and/or elective credit. Peer tutors will interact with the students during their instructional tasks and assist students in building social skills. Expectations and Goals: Through sustained and repeated instruction, students will be able to generalize skills across settings and people. Course materials:
Bus passes Course schedule: Students will learn skills in the classroom setting Monday-Wednesday. Thursday’s will be the weekly community outing. Friday’s will be a review and reflection of the weeks activities. 1 - Riding public transportation 2 - Banking 3 - Grocery shopping 4 - Laundromat/Community Services 5 - Volunteering 6 - Dining out 7 - Retail/Mall 8 - Employer 9 - Leisure activity Course Title: INDEPENDENT ENGLISH; INDEPENDENT MATH Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Per Term Length: 1-4 Terms Course Description: These courses are designed for students whose disability in English or Math, according to their IEP, need to be in an individualized instruction class for English or Math. Course Title: INDEPENDENT STUDY SKILLS Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Per Term Length: 1-4 Terms Course Description: This course is designed for students with a disability in behavior or other academics who need individualized instruction.
MARION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT Procedure for the Development and Implementation of a 504 Plan Listed are examples of disabilities which might affect a major life activity: ADD, ADHD, amputation, arthritis, asthma, autism, blindness, bowel, bladder, brain, burn injuries, cancer, cerebral palsy, circulatory, cystic fibrosis, deafness, diabetes, digestion issues, dietary needs, dyslexia, endocrine functions, fetal alcohol syndrome, heart disease, hemophilia, immunology problems, learning disability, neurological, respiratory, rheumatoid arthritis, reproductive functions and visual problems, According to the law, examples of major life activities are defined as “caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working, eating, sleeping, standing, lifting, bending, reading, concentrating, thinking and communicating.” Overview: Marion Independent School District’s Board Policy 602.51: “The MISD will identify, evaluate, and provide, an appropriate education to students with disabilities within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.” Section 504 Section 504 is a federal anti-discrimination law intended to create a level playing field for regular education students. The purpose of a student having a 504 Plan is to accommodate these who have an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. A parent needs to bring a report or diagnosis from a doctor or an outside source. The 504 team will then consider this information and the recommendations to determine if the criterion is met for developing a 504 Plan. Family and school are expected to work together to assure the success of the 504 Plan. Steps for Developing and Implementing the 504: If a parent is interested in discussing the possibility of a 504 Plan, please contact Mrs. Grant in the Counseling Office to set up an appointment. The parent or guardian needs to bring to the meeting a recent documentation of a recent diagnosis from a clinic, medical doctor or psychologist. A doctor’s statement on a prescription script is acceptable. The team will determine: ● A desired outcome for the student ● The area of concern and accommodations needed ● A description of the disability and how it affects a major life activity Students’ 504 Plans are given to each of the teachers at the beginning of each term. If your student’s needs are not being met, please refer to our web-site www.marion-isd.org
MARION HIGH SCHOOL HONORS PROGRAM CRITERIA Marion High School students will be eligible for the Honors Program their senior year if they meet the following criteria: ● Complete 4 credits English (8 courses), 3 credits (6 courses) should be advanced. Some discretion will be given to the first three credits if there were course conflicts and advanced courses that could not be taken. Senior credits should come from: English 4 College A & B, or AP English 1 & 2 and Comp 1 & 2. ● Complete 3 credits of Social Studies ● Complete 3 credits of Math ( including 1 credit the following plus further classes of Integrated Algebra/Geometry 1A & B, 2A & B, 3A & B, and 2 credits of courses of sequential difficulty) ● Complete 3 credits of Science (must include 1 credit: Chemistry 1 & 2 or 1 credit in Physics 1 & 2 or Chemistry 1 and Physics 1) ● Complete 3 credits of a World Language ● Earn a GPA of 3.5 in the above criteria ● Maintain a 3 year average at the 85% (IOWA norm) on the Iowa Assessment tests ● The classes listed above cannot be taken pass/fail Students fulfilling these requirements will be eligible for the Marion High School Honors Program and will be recognized at Honors Night, graduation ceremonies, and have an Honors Program designation on their diploma. Students can apply for the Honors Program following the 2nd term of their senior year. Online core classes are on a Credit/No Credit basis, but your percentage will be calculated for the Honors Program. If you wish to be eligible and awarded participation in the Marion High School Academic Honors Program you must as a senior: 1. Complete the Honors Program Course checklist from the Counseling Office. 2. Return the checklist to the Counseling Office. 3. When contacted, review the checklist with a counselor. All steps must be completed. No exceptions.
MARION HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SCIENCE MATH AWARDS GOLD MEDALLION AWARD Students who complete the below courses and have a cumulative grade point average in all science and math classes of 3.5 or better will receive a gold medallion on Senior Honors Night in May to wear at graduation. General Science 3 terms Biology 3 terms Chemistry and/or AP Chemistry 2 terms Physics 2 terms or Chemistry 1 & Physics 1 Integrated Alg/Geo 2A & B 2 terms Integrated Alg/Trig 3A & B 2 terms Integrated Pre-Calculus 4A & B 2 terms This is a total of 15-16 terms of Math and Science. BRONZE MEDALLION AWARD Students who complete the above courses with a passing grade will receive a bronze medallion on Senior Honors Night in May to wear on graduation day. Classes cannot be taken on a credit/non-credit basis.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE AVERAGE AND WHAT IS YOUR R.A.I. SCORE? Marion High School calculates grade point averages based on a 4.0 scale. The GPA is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points (see the assigned points on page 3) by the total amount of credit hours attempted. The grade point average may range from 0.00-4.00 or higher. Marion High School also offers classes for students that may earn grade points on a 5.0 scale. These classes are Advanced Placement courses such as AP Art History, AP Calculus, AP English, AP Human Geography, AP World History, AP Chemistry, AP American History, AP Government, AP Psychology, AP Online Classes and AP Statistics. If a student passes one of these courses they will receive an additional grade point. For example, if a student receives an A in a traditional course they would receive four points toward their GPA. If that were an AP Course the student would receive five points for the same “A.” Grade point averages are generated by a formula within PowerSchool. There are times given the amount of AP courses a student takes that they see a few less hundredths on their grade point average. This may decide the difference between being number one and number two in the class or between 100 and 101. This is one reason that MHS does not honor a valedictorian and a salutatorian. The ten students who have the highest grade point averages are always recognized as our class scholars. Each year Marion High School takes part in selecting one student as KWWL’s Top of the Class promotion. KWWL provides a formula: ● A student’s GPA is converted to a 4.0 scale in the core areas: English, World Language, Math, Science, Social Studies X 250 ● ACT composite multiplied by 27.778 or SAT divided by 1.6 ● Total Score of their GPA and ACT or SAT Regent Admissions Score: RAI Score The RAI scores show how four year colleges and universities determine if you will be eligible for admission to their institution. (2 x ACT composite score) + (1 x percentile high school rank) + (20 x high school GPA) + (5 x high school core courses) Regent Admission Index Score NOTE: Post-secondary entrance requirements are changing yearly and becoming more demanding. It is the responsibility of the student and parent to find out about those requirements before selecting the student’s high school courses each year.
IOWA REGENT SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS Subject Iowa State University of Iowa University of Area University Northern Iowa 4 years emphasizing writing, 4 years with an emphasis on the 4 years including one year of English/ speaking, reading, as well as analysis and interpretation of composition, also may include one Language understanding and appreciation of literature, composition, and speech. year of speech, communication, or Arts literature. journalism. 3 years including one year each of 3 years including two years of 3 years including the equivalent of algebra, geometry and advanced algebra and one year of geometry, algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra. for admission to the College of algebra. Liberal Arts and Sciences. 4 years including two years of algebra, one year each of geometry, and high math (trigonometry, analysis, or calculus) Math for admission to the College of Engineering. 3 years including one year each 3 years including one year each 3 years including courses in from any two of the following: from any two of the following: general science, biology chemistry, biology, chemistry, and physics. biology, chemistry, or physics for earth science, or physics. admission to the College of Liberal Laboratory experience highly Natural Arts and Sciences. recommended. Science 3 years with at least one year each in chemistry and physics, for admission to the College of Engineering. 2 years for admission to the 3 years with US History and World 3 years including courses in Colleges of Agriculture and Life History recommended for anthropology, economics, Sciences, Business, Design, admission to the College of Liberal geography, government, history, Social Engineering and Human Sciences. Arts and Sciences. psychology, or sociology. Science 3 years for admission to the 2 years with US History and World College of Liberal Arts and History recommended, for Sciences admission to the College of Engineering. 2 years of a single foreign 2 years of a single foreign Foreign language courses are not language for admission to the language are required for required for admission. However, College of Liberal Arts and admissions. For many degrees, the two years of a foreign language in Foreign Sciences and the College of fourth year of proficiency is required high school with a C- or above in Engineering. for graduation. the last course will meet the Language Foreign language courses are not university graduation requirement. required for admission to the Colleges of Agriculture, Business, Design or Human Sciences Other Specific elective courses are not Specific elective courses are not 2 years of additional courses from Courses required for admission required for admission the required subject areas, foreign languages or fine arts.
Marion High School Program of Studies Key Regents Admissions Index (RAI) approved course NCAA approved course Kirkwood Community College credit course Weighted course graded on a 5.0 scale Project Lead the Way Course
Art Department Course Divisions Beginning Ceramics Computer Graphics Drawing Intro. to Art Adaptive Art Intermediate Surface Design in Clay Digital Photography 2D and 3D Art Painting Advanced (non-college credit) Ceramics 2 Drawing 2 Digital Imaging 2 Kirkwood College Credit Art Appreciation AP Art History 1 and 2 Kirkwood Graphics Career Academy Digital Imaging 1 Illustrator Digital Layout AP Courses AP Art History/PSEO AP Art Studio 2D
ART BEGINNING ART CLASSES Course Title: ADAPTIVE ART Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Consideration: Application process and instructor approval Course Description: A student partnered art class provides exposure to various art techniques and processes including Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional concepts. Leadership and team building skills are essential. If you are interested in collaborating with a peer in need of assistance, you must submit an application and obtain instructor approval. Applications are available in the Counseling Office. Course Title: COMPUTER GRAPHICS DESIGN Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Considerations: This course is a prerequisite for the Kirkwood Graphics Career Academy Program offered at MHS Course Description: Units of study will focus on learning graphics techniques while gaining an understanding of the elements, design principles, and art history. Computer generated fine arts and commercial art will be explored. Students will become computer literate while solving artistic problems. Course Title: CERAMICS Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Course Description: Students will explore a variety of hand building techniques with clay. Correct procedures and technical information will be emphasized. Students will enjoy the opportunity for creative work and self-expression through clay. Weekly workbook assignments concerning the history of ceramics will be included. Course Title: DRAWING Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Considerations: This course is a prerequisite for the Kirkwood Graphics Career Academy Program offered at MHS Course Description: This course will help students learn to see and draw accurately as well as imaginatively. A variety of materials and approaches will be used to solve problems in perspective, portraiture, still life, landscapes, and figure drawing. The topic of brain hemispheres will be explored in order to help students tap into the creative possibilities of the right side of the brain. Course Title: INTRODUCTION TO ART Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Students who have already taken an art class are not eligible for this course Course Description: This class is designed to provide you with a great foundation in creating art! Learn how to apply The Elements of Art and Principles of Design to a variety of creative projects. You will explore a several art making techniques such as collaging, painting, drawing, ceramics, and graphic design. Choice Based Project Development will allow you to express visual ideas that clearly demonstrate the elements and principles. Learn how to effectively communicate about your artwork and the work of others.
INTERMEDIATE ART CLASSES Course Title: DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed Drawing and Computer Graphics Considerations: Experience with computers, digital photography, science, math and chemistry is recommended Course Description: This course is intended for students interested in creating interesting and meaningful photographs using traditional and digital photography applications. Composition and basic shooting techniques will be covered. Students will learn the basics of printmaking techniques, photo editing and creative applications to enhance digital work. Digital cameras are available to be checked out for this class. Course Title: 2D AND 3D ART Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed Drawing or Introduction to Art Course Description: This comprehensive art course is designed to give advanced art students a broad overview of the materials used in the visual arts. Areas to be explored include a wide variety of two and three-dimensional art materials. An emphasis will be placed on self-expression and refining artistic skills. Course Title: PAINTING Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed Drawing Course Description: In this class, students will use chalks, oil pastels, watercolors and acrylics. A variety of techniques will be explored so that students gain knowledge and confidence in their ability to communicate ideas and express feelings through their paintings. Color theory, design principles and art history will be emphasized. Course Title: SURFACE DESIGN IN CLAY Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Consideration: Passed Ceramics Course Description: Discover how to take your ceramic work to the next level! Explore a range of surface design techniques in clay including Sgraffito, Mishima, Paper Resist, Graphic Design Application, and Printmaking. Students must have proficiency in clay construction techniques from Ceramics 1 such as; coiling, pinching, slab, and exposure to the potter’s wheel. Choice Based Project Development and independent construction techniques are essential components to this class.
ADVANCED ART CLASSES Course Title: CERAMICS 2 Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed Ceramics Course Description: Students in this class will expand their basic skill with both hand-building and wheel throwing. Students can expect to work more independently than beginning students and assume responsibilities in the ceramics lab with loading the kiln, running the pug mill and formulating glazes. Emphasis will be on creativity and originality as well as development of advanced methods of clay construction and sculpture. This course may only be taken once. Course Title: DRAWING 2 Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed Drawing Course Description: This course will offer students a chance to continue building upon the skills learned in drawing. A variety of materials and approaches will be used to refine the student’s skills at drawing.Topics such as illustration, portraiture, landscape, still life, and figure drawing may be covered. Students in the class will be able to work on designing problems and assignments themselves. Careers in art and portfolio development will be covered in this class. Course Title: DIGITAL IMAGING 2 Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term PrerequisIte: Passed Digital Imaging 1 Course Description: This course will offer students who are interested in careers in graphic design a chance for further exploration. Using PhotoShop as a production tool, students will merge and edit images, practice photo retouching, and techniques necessary to ensure accurate color printing will be topics covered. KIRKWOOD COLLEGE CREDIT ART CLASSES Course Title: ART APPRECIATION ART-101 Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1 Credit - 3 College Credits Length : 1 Term Recommended: It is suggested that the student have a 3.0 or above GPA Course Description: This course provides an overview of art from an historical to contemporary frame of reference. Methods used for analysis and interpretation of various art forms is also covered in this class. A comparison of diverse cultures and the ways they address the major themes of art is also included. This course satisfies the fine art general education requirement for most college majors. It is intended for future non-art majors.
KIRKWOOD GRAPHICS CAREER ACADEMY COURSES Course Title: DIGITAL IMAGING 1 GRA-140 GRAPHICS COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 (3 College Credits) Length: 1 Term Prerequisites: Passed Computer Graphics Course Description: This course introduces electronic image editing software using Photoshop. Concepts covered include basic scanning techniques for grayscale and line art images, proper manipulation procedures required for various output sources, including input and output resolutions, file size, multiple file saving formats, simple image enhancements and creating duo-tones, and other creative applications of Photoshop. Course Title: ILLUSTRATOR GRA-127 GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: .5 (3 College Credits) Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed Computer Graphics Course Description: This course introduces Adobe Illustrator and its applications in graphic communication. Class activities include projects to explore the Adobe Illustrator tools as they apply to object (vector) based files, as well as Adobe Illustrator filters and layers. Students practice basic drawing and tracing techniques, create line art, logos and learn to simplify artwork through stylizing. Creative use of type is also explored. Students learn to set up color for reproduction, and also learn to save and manage files, and how files interact with page layout and print (raster) programs. Course Title: DIGITAL LAYOUT GRA-131 GRAPHICS COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: .5 (3 College Credits) Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed Computer Graphics Course Description: This course provides working knowledge of the CS3 Adobe InDesign Page Layout program and its use in creating effective page layouts combining graphics and type. Topics covered include: toolbox and tool usage, importing and editing text and graphics, master pages, use of styles, text, and paragraph formatting, general layout and design concepts, printing operations, importing graphics, and setting up text styles, columns and grids. Students create various single and spot-color documents including flyers, newsletters, and other printed materials.
AP ART COURSES Course Title: AP ART HISTORY A & B Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Dual Credit: 1 (6 College Credits) Length: 2 Terms Prerequisite: A minimum 3.0 GPA is recommended Course Description: This course provides a college-level survey of the history of art. Students will develop an understanding and knowledge of diverse cultures by studying the architecture, sculpture, painting and other media of people throughout history. Methods of visual analysis as well as historical context will be employed in the search for how and why works of art convey meaning and record the ideals, values, and power of the cultures that have preceded our own. This course satisfies a Social Studies elective. This course is two consecutive terms and is recommended for any student planning to attend a four-year college or university. Course Title: AP STUDIO ART A & B Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1 Length: 2 Terms Prerequisite: Instructor Approval/Student Application Course Description: This course is intended to serve highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study and creation of art. The program demands significant commitment, while independent thinking and self-direction are essential. Students are challenged to develop a focus or concentration area in which their final portfolio will be submitted to the AP Board of Examiners for review. It is highly recommended that studio art students have previous training in art. Students should be able to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum. Instructor approval and a student application process is required for admission into AP Studio Art. Guided teacher-led instruction and critiques will be included, as well as student resume and mission statement development. This course is two consecutive terms.
BUSINESS EDUCATION CLASSES BEGINNING BUSINESS CLASSES Course Title: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Course Description : Business Management will give students an understanding of what is necessary to manage a successful business, and the importance of business in a global economy. Topics covered will include forms of business ownership, financial management, human resource management, productions, communications, and other managerial functions. Course Title: INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Course Description: This course will introduce the students to the world of business. Using the information and activities learned in this course, students will increase their preparation for becoming knowledgeable consumers, well prepared employees, and gain a deeper understanding of all the responsibilities and costs of living on their own. Topics such as management, marketing, accounting, and finance will be introduced to the students. This class will also closely examine cutting-edge topics like the impact of the economic and political climate on business, green and socially responsible business, and sustainability. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Course Title: INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER APPLICATIONS Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Keyboarding skills helpful NOTE: This course is an Articulated Course Course Description: This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access programs. Through a number of activities the student will be able to proficiently create a Word document that will include tables, graphs, and the use of merging documents. The student will learn to create a PowerPoint presentation. They will learn the basics of slide building, slide transition, and special effects. The student will create a worksheet and workbook using Excel. They will learn how to format cells, use functions and formulas, create charts, and more. Finally, they will learn the basics of managing a database by using Access. Course Title: CAREER READINESS Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Course Description: Career Readiness will give students an opportunity to investigate and assess their own career exploration and receive information on individual career choices. Students will be using the Navigator Assessment program to better understand potential career paths that are lined up with current individual strengths and interests. Students will also develop an awareness of what employers are asking for in the job market, how to research the job market and companies, write a resume, and how to improve interview techniques. Job shadows will be available, based on Career Clusters.
Course Title: LAW - BUSINESS AND PERSONAL LAW 1 Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Course Description: This class is designed to offer the student the opportunity to explore several different aspects of legal application as they study true situations that show how business law impacts business and people. The student will explore the difference between human and civil rights and explore the legal system as it operates in Iowa. The course will then take the student through numerous business law applications and how it all applies to their everyday life. The student will understand how contracts are created, agency relationships, ownership of goods, and liability issues with goods. This class will encourage the student to learn new legal concepts, analyze the effects of media including television and the press, legal issues, study cultural diversity in law, engage in thoughtful discussion of important legal issues, and give them helpful guidelines for dealing with the legal system as an individual, an employee, an entrepreneur and more. Course Title: LAW - BUSINESS AND PERSONAL LAW 2 Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed Business and Personal Law 1 Course Description: This course is designed to incorporate previous learning from Law for Business and Personal A and take their basic understanding of legal applications to the next level through the study of a variety of business and personal situations. INTERMEDIATE BUSINESS EDUCATION CLASSES Course Title: ACCOUNTING 1 AND 2 Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1 Length: 2 Terms Considerations: Completion of Accounting 1 and 2 will allow a student to articulate this course to Iowa community colleges. Course Description: Accounting is a course which provides background for a variety of career objectives. It offers beginning vocational preparation for a career in accounting, it provides a foundation for further study at the college level, and it prepares a student for related business fields in which a mastery of some accounting knowledge and skill is needed. The course teaches the fundamentals of summarizing business and financial transactions in books and verifying and reporting the results through the study and application of the principles of double-entry accounting. Projects and practice sets are prepared by the student. These activities draw together the various principles taught and strengthen the learning of accounting concepts and procedures. The complete accounting cycle will be covered in this course. A fee is assessed. A computerized accounting program will be introduced. Accounting II may be taken as an independent study with the permission of the instructor after the completion of Accounting I. See the Counseling Office if you are interested. Course Title: MARKETING Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Course Description: The entertainment and sports industries are ones in which fans and companies spend billions of dollars each year. Through practical applications based in the entertainment and sports world this class will take the student on a step by step journey through the world of marketing. The student will learn the basic functions of marketing and how those functions are applied to sports and entertainment. The student will be introduced to Marketing, Information Management, Financing, Pricing, Promotion, Product/Service Management, Distribution, and Selling which are the foundations of marketing. Students will have an opportunity to participate in discussions, group work and class projects.
KIRKWOOD COLLEGE CREDIT BUSINESS CLASSES Course Title: INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS Grade Level: 11, 12 Credit: .5 (3 College Credits) Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Must have taken Introduction to Computer Applications with a grade of a C or better NOTE: This course is a Dual Credit Course Course Description: Familiarizes the student with business, personal and industrial uses of microcomputers. Broad-based overview of microcomputer topics is presented; concepts of storage media, file organization and data representation are also presented. The fundamentals of computer problem solving and programming are discussed. 3 college credits available.
ENGINEERING CLASSES PROJECT LEAD THE WAY- CAREER ACADEMY Project Lead the Way is a nationally recognized high school pre-engineering curriculum designed to help students develop better problem solving skills by immersing them in real-world engineering challenges. Things to know about this academy prior to registration: Project Lead the Way course availability depends on the individual high school. Students should check with Mr. Kettmann to determine availability, eligibility, and process for enrollment. All courses (except Applied Engineering) are available as concurrent credit courses and students may be eligible for regent-accepted, transferrable engineering credit. All courses are worth 3 credit hours per term, 1 semester. In order to receive transferrable EGR credit, students must receive an 85% or greater on pre-final grade and pass parts A and C of the final exam with a 70% or greater score. If a student doesn’t complete the qualifiers, they will still receive non-transferrable EGT credit from Kirkwood. BEGINNING ENGINEERING CLASSES Course Title: INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN A and B EGT-400 ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1 High School Credit (6 College Credits), see information above Length: 2 Terms Consideration: Must be scheduled for Int. Alg/Geo. 1A, B & C or Advanced Int. Alg/Geo 1A & B Course Description: Uses a design development process while enriching problem-solving skills; students and analyze models using specialized computer software. Course Title: PLTW COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES (College Credit) Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Credit Length: 2 Terms Course Description: Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. While this course can be a student’s first in computer science, students without prior computing experience are encouraged to start with Introduction to Computer Science. Computer Science Principles helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, and simulation. PLTW is recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). This endorsement affirms that all components of PLTW CSP’s offerings are aligned to the AP Curriculum Framework standards and the AP CSP assessment.
INTERMEDIATE ENGINEERING CLASS Course Title: PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING A and B EGT 410 ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1 High School Credit (6 College Credits), see information above Length: 2 Terms Prerequisites: Must have passed Intro. to Engineering Design & Int. Alg /Geo 1A, B, C or Advanced Int. Adv. Must be enrolled in Integrated 2A, B, C or Advanced 2A, B Course Description: Explores technology systems and manufacturing processes;addresses the social and political consequences of technological change.
ENGLISH REQUIRED CLASSES Course Title: ENGLISH 1A Grade Level: 9 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Course Description: This course is the first term of a two-term freshmen year course that is designed to improve language skills by focusing on literary interpretations, writing development, and higher order thinking. Content includes short stories, epic, poetry and drama. Course Title: ENGLISH 1A ADVANCED Grade Level: 9 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Course Description: This course is the first term of a two-term freshmen year course that focuses on literature analysis and interpretation, writing development, and higher order thinking through a variety of texts. Content includes short stories, poetry, epic, legend and drama. This course is designed for students who are reading at or above grade level and college bound. Course Title: ENGLISH 1B Grade Level: 9 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed English 1A or 1A Advanced Course Description: This course is the second term of a two-term freshmen year course that covers different genres of books, writing techniques, and projects while also incorporating different types of technology to enhance 21st century skills. Course Title: ENGLISH 1B ADVANCED Grade Level: 9 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed English 1A or 1A Advanced Course Description: This course is the second term of a two-term freshmen year course for any student wishing to further his/her knowledge of different genres of literature, writing techniques, and projects while also incorporating different types of technology to enhance 21st century skills. Course Title: ENGLISH 2 WRITING Grade Level: 10 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed English 1A, B Course Description: This sophomore year course focuses on writing skills developed through thinking skills, library and Internet research, topic analysis, and study skills. Various writing styles and techniques based on several genres of text and film are covered in this quarter-long class.
Course Title: ENGLISH 2 WRITING - ADVANCED Grade Level: 10 Credit: .5 per term Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed English 1A, B Course Description: Designed for college-bound students, this sophomore year course focuses on reading and writing skills developed through higher order of thinking skills, library and Internet research, literary analysis and study skills. One novel in addition to other various writing styles and techniques based on several genres of text and film are covered in this quarter-long class. The advanced section uses more college-bound reading selections and moves at an accelerated pace through all materials. Course Title: ENGLISH 2 - COMMUNICATION/SPEECH Grade Level: 10 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed English 1A and 1B Course Description: Students will practice and improve their ability to communicate with others and increase their ability to achieve their goals by improving their speaking, listening and organizational skills. Students will study the basic mechanics of communication as well as develop their own speeches on a variety of topics. Course Title: ENGLISH 2 - COMMUNICATION/SPEECH ADVANCED Grade Level: 10 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed English 1A and 1B Course Description: Students will practice and improve their aptitude in communication with others and increase their ability to achieve their goals by improving their speaking, listening and organizational skills. Students will study the basic mechanics of communication as well as develop their own speeches on a variety of topics. Students will end the term by drawing all aspects of the class together to compete in a 35 minute team debate. Course Title: AMERICAN LITERATURE 3A Grade Level: 11 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term (Offered First or Second Term) Prerequisite: Passed English 1A, 1B and English 2 Speech & Writing Course Description: This junior year course will focus on early 19th Century and contemporary American literature in its historical context, studied through a variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama. Students are taught the analytical writing process to write extended critical essays. Students will engage in modern film analysis. Course Title: AMERICAN LITERATURE 3B Grade Level: 11 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term (Offered Third or Fourth Term) Prerequisite: Passed English 1A, 1B and English 2 Speech & Writing Course Description: This junior year course will focus on 20th Century and contemporary American literature in its historical context, studied through a variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama. Students are taught the analytical writing process to write extended critical essays. Students will engage in modern film analysis.
Course Title: ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION A & B Grade Level: 12 Credit: .5 Per Term Length: 2 Terms Prerequisites: English 1A and 1B; English 2 Writing & Speech Advanced; English 3A and 3B - American Literature Advanced Course Description: Advanced Placement English is for seniors capable of doing college-level work. Organized by genre (short story, drama, poetry, essay, and novel), this three-term course offers a balance among reading, writing, and speaking activities, emphasizing the development of skills in critical reading and writing about literature. The course will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Examination in English Literature and Composition for college credit, should they wish to take the exam. NOTE: Completion of Advanced English classes with an 85% or better both sophomore and junior years previous to this class is recommended Course Title: ENGLISH 4A, 4B Grade Level: 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term each Prerequisites: English 1A, B; English 2 Speech & Writing; English 3A, B - American Literature Must take 4A before 4B Course Description: English 4A is the first of a two term senior year course that is designed to improve language skills by writing a narrative, reading and analyzing a novel, and films, completing a film analysis, and researching a career or college. English 4B is the second term of a two term senior year course that is designed to improve language skills by reading and analyzing a novel, studying print media, completing a multi-genre project, completing a film response and connection, and completing a Senior Capstone Project. KIRKWOOD COLLEGE CREDIT ENGLISH CLASSES Course Title: COMPOSITION 1, 2 ENG-105 ENGLISH COMPOSITION Grade Level: 12 Credit: 2 (6 College Credits) Length: 2 Terms Prerequisites: Must have been successful and completed English 4A & B Course Description: Teaches expository writing with emphasis in organization, supporting details, style, vocabulary and library research skills. Course Title: FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION SPC-101 COMMUNICATION SPEECH Grade Level : 11, 12 Credit: 1 (3 College Credits) Length: 2 Terms Prerequisite: Must have been successful and completed MHS English Speech Course Description: Studies basic communication theory and practice including communication process, interpersonal relationships, small group interaction and public speaking.
ENGLISH ELECTIVES Course Title: LITERACY CONCEPTS 1A AND 1B Required class for identified students Grade Level: 9 Credit: 1 Length: 2 Terms sequentially Considerations: This course does NOT fulfill English requirements Course Description: This course is designed to help students strengthen reading skills. Focus will be on reading skills developed through a survey of young adult fiction and nonfiction. Practices include action reading strategies for deepening comprehension and fluency, and for engaging students with the texts. Ongoing activities include cooperative learning, “read aloud/think aloud” activities and enactment techniques. Literacy Concepts students will take this course Term 1 & 2 if scores on the Iowa Assessment Reading Comprehension scores in reading comprehension are below the 41% NPR, or below the appropriate grade level proficiency. Course Title: LITERACY CONCEPTS 2A and 2B Required class for identified students Grade Level: 10, 11 Credit: 1 Length: 2 Terms sequentially Considerations: This course does NOT fulfill English requirements Course Description: This course is designed to help students strengthen reading skills. Focus will be on reading skills developed through a survey of short stories and nonfiction passages. Practices include action reading strategies for deepening comprehension and fluency and for engaging students with the texts. Ongoing activities include cooperative learning, “read aloud/think aloud” activities, computer-based assessments, and enactment techniques. Literacy Concepts students will take this course Term 1 & 2 if scores on the Iowa Assessment Reading Comprehension scores in reading comprehension are below the 41% NPR, or below the appropriate grade level proficiency. Course Title: JOURNALISM 1 Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Consideration: This course is required before Journalism 2 Course Description: This is an introductory class, which is an overview of the journalism process, and the skills needed to be successful in Journalism 2. Students will write, design layouts, become computer literate in the program used for yearbook, photograph events, and evaluate their work for publication. They will also interview, work in groups, and edit other student’s work. Course Title: JOURNALISM 2 Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Journalism 1 Considerations: Must be scheduled for 2-4 terms per year Must pass Journalism 1 with a B grade or better Course Description: Students in this class will be responsible for producing the high school yearbook, seven issues of the high school newspaper, and adding stories, photos, and videos to the website. They will plan the issues, design layouts, write and edit stories, and photograph events. Broadcast journalism will also be incorporated into the curriculum.
Course Title: FILM STUDY Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Course Description: No prior study in film is needed to take this course, only a desire to learn. During the term students will learn about the specific aspects of film (i.e. editing, directing, sound production) while critically thinking about the specific textual and visual aspects of film and how they apply to separating a film’s narrative from its plot. The course will show films from the middle twentieth century through the new decade. Students will be responsible for writing a number of examinations of films as well as responsible for learning the proper vocabulary in order to clearly express ideas relevant to film study.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE Students are encouraged to enroll in these courses regardless of gender. FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE REQUIRED COURSE Course Title: TEEN INSIGHTS Grade Level: 9, 10, 11 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Course Description: What can teens do to make life less stressful now as well as prepare themselves for the workplace and responsibilities of adulthood? Teen Insights is designed to help 9th and 10th grade students make life more rewarding and enjoyable by focusing on skills needed to make the most of school, home, activities, social life, and eventually their career. Topics included in the course are skills for the workplace, values and goals, decision making, communication, conflict resolution, relationships and human sexuality. FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE ELECTIVE COURSES BEGINNING FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE COURSES Course Title: FOODS AND NUTRITION Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Course Description: Are you interested in a recipe for success? Food and Nutrition not only stresses healthy eating, but challenges students to be creative as well as careful about what they eat. This course is designed to offer a wide variety of food-related experiences to students with a high interest in nutrition, health, and food preparation. Basic food preparation techniques are taught as well as food safety and sanitation. Students plan and prepare well-balanced and delicious meals and will learn healthful ways to prepare their favorite foods. Course Title: TRENDS IN FASHION Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Course Description: Do you enjoy working with fabrics? Or keeping up with the latest clothing styles? Do you like to sew? If you have any of these interests or skills you should consider taking Trends in Fashion. Students can expect to practice basic clothing construction techniques. The school-sewing lab is a good place to learn to sew. Other topics included are sewing equipment use and care, grooming tips, fashion know-how, and use of color and design in clothing, wardrobe planning, and consumer issues. Students will need to purchase their own supplies for sewing projects. Projects include making pillows, stuffed animals, tie blankets and selection of personal projects. INTERMEDIATE FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE COURSES Course Title: BAKERY Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: .5 Length: 1 Term Prerequisite: Passed Foods and Nutrition Course Description: With hands -on units ranging from cookies and pies to candy and more, students can transform baking from a hobby to a viable career option. They can explore pastry arts as a career with the class entrepreneurship project. Students will
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