EAST KNOX HIGH SCHOOL
PROGRAM OF STUDY
23227 Coshocton Road
Howard, OH 43028
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. General Information
Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)
NCAA Athletic Clearinghouse
Post Secondary Enrollment Options
Honors Diploma (College Prep and Career Center)
Knox County Career Center
II. Course Offerings
The East Knox High School Guidance Office is available to answer questions and help students plan their schedules in order to meet graduation requirements. This Program of Studies has been prepared to give the students and parents the information about Courses and is to assist in the selection process. It is essential for students to select the right courses and get passing grades in order to meet graduation requirements.
Students and parents should first check the required classes needed for graduation below. Through Guidance students will fill out a course request form, which parents should review with their student. School officials will develop the master schedule.
Necessary schedule changes will only be made during the 1st week of each semester. Therefore, care should be taken when requesting classes. Any schedule change requests are made on the Schedule Change Form available in the guidance office. All schedule change requests will need a parent, principal, and guidance counselor signature.
All other changes due to enrollment numbers, class overload, availability, or facility limitations will be made by the administration.
Curriculum State and Local Credit
Class of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
English 4 credits
Math 4 credits
Science 3 credits
Social Studies 3 credits
Health ½ credit
Physical Education ½ credit
Electives 7 credits
* Science must include 1 credit of biological science and 1 credit of physical science
** Social Studies credit must include ½ credit of Political Science and ½ credit of Personal Finance.
*** Electives must include 1 credit or 2 half credits of Technology, Fine Arts, or Foreign Language
**** Students that have no computer experience should enroll in Intro to Computer Applications
***** 1 semester of Physical Education = .25 credit. 0.50 needed for graduation.
NOTE – To receive a diploma the student must:
1. Pass 22 Credits, minimum, as outlined above
2. Pass the required sections of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)
3. Owe no fees or debts to the East Knox School District, including discipline.
4. Have 13 or less unexcused absences for the entire year.
OHIO GRADUATION TEST
Students will be required to pass the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) in the areas of Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Citizenship in order to receive a diploma.
NCAA ATHLETIC CLEARINGHOUSE REQUIREMENTS
If a student thinks he/she may have the opportunity to play Division I or II athletics at the college level, they must be registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse and meet academic requirements. To register with the Clearinghouse see www.ncaaclearinghouse.net or call 877-262-1492.
Refer to the website to see if you will qualify.
A student athlete needs to be aware of these guidelines and should consider them throughout high school to ensure eligibility should he/she be given the opportunity to participate in Division I or II college level sports.
POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS
The Post-secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) permits Ohio public and nonpublic high school students in grades 9 through 12 to earn college credit and/or high school graduation credit through the successful completion of college courses. The purpose of the program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a variety of options to high school students.
Students must have a 3.0-3.4 grade point average (depending upon the college/university) in the corresponding subject area before they can take such a class at the post secondary institution. There also may be testing involved as per the post-secondary institution’s entrance requirements.
East Knox High School through Central Ohio Technical College will offer post-secondary classes at our facility during the school day. Students earn both high school and college credit at no cost to the student. Students do need to apply to the college and meet eligibility requirements.
The guidance department will host a post-secondary meeting in February. Students and parents must attend this meeting and sign and return the intent form by March 30th in order to participate in PSEO classes the next school year.
HONORS_DIPLOMA (COLLEGE PREP)
The student who completes the college preparatory curriculum in high school must meet EIGHT of the following nine criteria:
A. Four credits of English
B. Four credits of mathematics that include Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry and another higher level course. (i.e. College Math or Advanced Math)
C. Four credits of science including Physics and Chemistry
D. Four credits of social studies
E. At least three credits of one foreign language or two units each of two foreign languages.
F. One credit of fine arts
G. Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year.
H. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American College Testing (ACT) tests or an equivalent composite score of 1210 on the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT).
HONORS_DIPLOMA (CAREER CENTER)
The student who completes an intensive career-technical education curriculum in high school must meet any NINE of the following TEN criteria.
A. Four credits of English which may include one unit of applied communication.
B. Four credits of mathematics which will include algebra, geometry, algebra II or equivalent and another higher level course.
C. Four credits of science including physics and chemistry.
D. Four credits of social studies
E. Four credits of Career Technical Electives minimum.
F. Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least a 3.5 on a 4.0 point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year.
G. Additional Assessment
H. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the ACT tests or an equivalent composite score of 1210 on the Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT).
I. Additional Assessment: Achieve the proficiency benchmark established for the appropriate Ohio Career-Technical Competency Assessment or the equivalent.
EAST KNOX HIGH SCHOOL HONORS PLANNING
GRADE 9 GRADE 10
English 9 World Literature
Algebra I, Algebra II Geometry
Physical Science Biology I
World Studies US Studies
Foreign Language Foreign Language
Electives (must have 1 or 2) Electives (must have 1 or 2)
Computers or Fine Arts Computers or Fine Arts
Note: Health and PE are semester courses and are graduation requirements. These should be completed by the end of 10th grade.
GRADE 11 GRADE 12
American Literature British Literature
Algebra II or Advanced Math Chemistry II or Physics
Chemistry Advance Math, College Math
Political Science & Personal Finance Electives (must have at least 3)
Electives (must have at least 2) Fine Arts
Fine Arts PSEOP
Foreign Language Additional credit of Social Studies
Fine Arts includes: Art Department classes, Music Department Classes, Vo-Ag., Family Consumer Science, Communication Arts, and Advanced Computer Technology Classes.
1. A student may take only ONE study hall per semester. Students who wish drop their Study Hall and apply for teacher aide or office aide must complete an “Aide Application”. All student aides must continually maintain a 3.0 GPA.
2. Courses should be carefully considered. Only during the first five days of the beginning of school and the beginning of the second semester will changes be considered.
3. Class standing is based on the number of credits earned as follows:
A. Freshman 0 – 5.50 Credits
B. Sophomore 5.75 – 10.75 Credits
C. Junior 11.00 – 16.00 Credits
D. Senior 16.75 +
4. Lunch will automatically be scheduled.
The Guidance Office and administration reserve the right to make changes due to enrollment numbers, class overloads, availability, or facility limitations.
HIGH SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE I LENGTH – YEAR
The Agricultural Science I curriculum will follow Ohio’s Competency Analysis Profile for Agri-Science. The curriculum will include research technology, environmental science, plant science and physiology, animal science, mechanical leadership activities through involvement in the student youth organization, FFA. Specific subject matter will include basic soil science, rural soil use, leadership, FFA parliamentary procedure, animal science, plant science, record keeping, basic woodworking and arc welding.
Credit: .25 (SAE or Supervised Agricultural Experience) Student completes an SAE project over the summer for the additional .25 credit.
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE II LENGTH – YEAR
The Agricultural Science II curriculum will follow the same curriculum as in Agricultural Science I but specific subject matter will include tree identification, compass use, reading topographical maps, urban soil uses, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, summarizing record books, oxy-acetylene torch use, basic small engines, animal science and plant science.
PREREQUISITE: Agricultural Science I
Credit: .25 (SAE or Supervised Agricultural Experience) Student completes an SAE project over the summer for the additional .25 credit.
AGRICUTURAL SCIENCE III LENGTH – YEAR
The Agricultural Science III & IV courses of study will include marketing, farm management, soil nutrition, advanced welding, advanced woodworking, natural resources, livestock health, credit, taxes and job opportunities.
PREREQUISITE: Agricultural Science I & II or permission of instructor
Credit: .25 (SAE or Supervised Agricultural Experience) Student completes an SAE project over the summer for the additional .25 credit.
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE IV LENGTH – YEAR
Same format as Agricultural Science III with more in-depth study.
PREREQUISITE: Agricultural Science I-III
AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS LENGTH-YEAR
Class emphasis is on job skills. Topics include interviewing, resumes, job application, taxes and tax preparation, etc. A job that is Ag related is preferred. If 450 hours of work are completed successfully, a student can obtain 3 credits for work.
Grade 11, 12
PREREQUISITE: Previous Agricultural Class
Credit: 1 for class, up to 3 for work
ART I – Beginning A LENGTH-SEMESTER
Students will learn the basic fundamentals in art including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, print making, computer art, photography, and other mixed media. Students will gain experience working with the following mediums: graphite pencil, pen, charcoal, pastels, crayons, colored pencil, acrylic paint, watercolor, oil pastels, and other assorted mediums. Emphasis will be on techniques and expression through observational artwork using models, nature, and still lives as well as creating work using research and the imagination. The objective is to encourage individual achievement through critical thinking, problem solving, exploration of basic art principles and integrating technology. Writing components as well as research, technology and art history will be incorporated into the curriculum. A 9X12” DRAWING SKETCH BOOK, KIMBERLY GRAPHITE DRAWING KIT #25, AND A BOX OF TISSUES WILL BE REQUIRED.
PREREQUISITE: A desire to study Art
ART I- Beginning B LENGTH – SEMESTER
The second sequence of ART I – Beginning, where students will continue to learn all of the basic fundamentals in art including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, print making, computer art, photography, and other mixed media. Students will gain experience working with the following mediums: graphite pencil, pen, charcoal, pastels, crayons, colored pencil, acrylic paint, watercolor, oil pastels, and other assorted mediums. Emphasis will be on techniques and expression through observational artwork using models, nature, and still lives, as well as creating work using research and the imagination. The objective is to encourage individual achievement through critical thinking, problem solving, exploration of basic art principles and integrating technology. Writing components as well as research, technology and art history will be incorporated into the curriculum. A 9x12” DRAWING SKETCH BOOK, KIMBERLY GRAPHITE DRAWING KIT #25, AND A ROLL OF PAPER TOWELS WILL BE REQUIRED.
PREREQUISITE: A desire to study Art
ART II – Intermediate LENGTH – YEAR
Students will be able to concentrate in art and design with further application using skills and techniques acquired in primary classes. Emphasis will be on developing more advanced techniques in different mediums. Students will gain further experience working with a variety of mediums and mixed media. Emphasis will be on techniques and research and the imagination. The objective is to encourage individual achievement using critical thinking, problem solving and integrating technology. Writing components as well as research, technology and art history will be incorporated into the curriculum. A 9x12” SKETCH BOOK, KIMBERLY GRAPHITE DRAWING KIT #25, AN ARTWORK PORTFOLIO, AND BLENDING STUMPS WILL BE REQUIRED.
PREREQUISITE: B or higher in BOTH ART I – Beginning A AND ART I – Beginning B
ART III/IV – Advanced LENGTH – YEAR
Students will further their talents in skill and individual style. Advanced techniques using various mediums and mixed media will be taught. The objective is to encourage individual achievement using critical thinking, problem solving, and integrating technology. Emphasis will be on exploration, composition, independent work, and well developed final products. Projects will be highly individualized. Writing components as well as research, technology, and art history will be incorporated into the curriculum. A 9x12” DRAWING SKETCH BOOK, KIMBERLY GRAPHITE DRAWING KIT #25, AN ARTWORK PORTFOLIO, AND BLENDING STUMPS WILL BE REQUIRED.
PREREQUISITE: B or higher in ART II
INDEPENDENT ART STUDY LENGTH – SEMESTER
Students are presented with a sequence of problems ranging from pictorial organization to refinements of aesthetic interpretation. Students work will be integrated with a dialogue and critique to instill in them a HABIT of self-instruction which will enhance their college performance. An exhibition of the students work will be presented for their final grade.
PREREQUISITE: TEACHER RECOMMENDATION
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP-Photo Editing and Graphic Design LENGTH-SEMESTER
This is an introductory class covering the basics of photo editing and graphic design. Students will learn how to work with digital cameras, perform basic photo corrections, retouch and repair, work with selection tools, manipulate layers, edit masks and channels, create typographic designs and use vector drawing techniques. Students will learn the fundamentals of the world’s leading imaging software, Adobe PhotoShop CS2.
PREREQUISITES: Software Applications
WEB DESIGN LENGTH – SEMESTER
PREREQUISITE: Software Applications
TECHNOLOGY ETHICS LENGTH-SEMESTER
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER HARDWARE LENGTH-SEMESTER
PREREQUISITE: Technology Ethics
SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS LENGTH-SEMESTER
PREREQUISITE: Technology Ethics
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS LENGTH-SEMESTER
PREREQUISITE: Technology Ethics
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS LENGTH-SEMESTER
PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Business
PRACTICAL BUSINESS LAW LENGTH-SEMESTER
PREREQUISITE: Business Communications
ENGLISH EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
AMERICAN LITERATURE LENGTH – YEAR
Students will study American Literature, focus on research and analysis in their writing, increase their vocabulary skills, remediate grammar and usage problems, and read two or three supplemental novels. In addition, students will improve their oral presentation skills, their visual literacy skills, and their reading and writing skills.
PREREQUISITE: Passing grade in World Literature
BRITISH LITERATURE LENGTH – YEAR
Students will study literary works and literary elements focusing on British literature. Literary study will include poetry, plays, fiction, and nonfiction prose. Reading selections will include both assigned and supplemental choices. Students will write for various purposes with a focus on applying standard English grammar, usage and vocabulary in compositions. Research and analytical skills will be applied for writing and speaking. Listening skills and visual literacy will be implemented throughout the course. Presentations will include the use of research and technology. Throughout the course, students will develop a writing portfolio in addition to supplementing a career portfolio. The language arts State Standards will be included throughout the course. Students will enhance their literary and writing experiences, as well as develop communication skills for employment and/or further education.
PREREQUISITE: Passing grade in American Literature
ENGLISH 9 LENGTH – YEAR
Instruction will integrate literature study, grammar and composition. There will also be compositions on fiction, non-fiction, biography and autobiography selections. The objective is to teach the student clearer communications through writing, speaking, thinking and listening. Improvement of reading skills, analysis and enjoyment of reading are also class goals. Students will read novels and may be required to complete a short research assignment.
WORLD LITERATURE LENGTH – YEAR
Students will study a variety of literature, including world literature and novels and learn to write varied compositions with emphasis on developing paragraphs and short essays. Research skills will be used in a short paper. Also, students will develop writing skills making practical application of grammar and vocabulary study. Students will develop an appreciation of world literature, plays, short stories, myths, and novels.
PREREQUISITE: Passing grade in English 9
Blogging as a course will give students a healthy understanding of following and creating blogs and all of the technology and 21st Century Skills involved in blogging. This is a writing intensive course. Students will create their own blogs, adding written content on a nearly daily basis. Students will be required to read and respond to various writing prompts, news articles, and school events.
DIGITAL YEARBOOK LENGTH-YEAR
The primary purpose of this course is to create on on-line yearbook that is a representative sample of the shared experiences at East Knox High School. Students enrolled in this course will learn general journalistic principles as well as specific instruction regarding the planning, production, reporting, and design phases of creating a digital yearbook. All students enrolled are required to have reliable transportation to and from school events (in order to effectively cover school content) and will be expected to demonstrate superior writing skills while composing yearbook articles. In addition, students will learn basic elements of photography and must be willing to dedicate the time necessary to photograph school events (such as athletic events, school dances, performances, banquets, etc…) outside of the school day. Help create the memories that will last a lifetime.
SCHOOL NEWSPAPER LENGTH-YEAR
All students in grades 9-12 are welcome to begin a new era at East Knox High School by launching the first on-line school newspaper. Individuals enrolled in this course will utilize relevant and responsible journalistic techniques to develop the research, writing, and reporting skills necessary to keep our school and community informed about all the current events in our school district. Course content includes developing skills in gathering and reporting news, editing, copy-editing, and headline writing. Students will be asked to consider issues such as the responsibilities of the press, libel and slander laws, problems of censorship, and the role of the news media in shaping public opinion. Since much of the content covered in this course occurs outside the classroom, students enrolled in this course are expected to be self-motivated, task-oriented individuals that have transportation to news related events.
SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE LENGTH-SEMESTER
This course provides the exploratory opportunities for the student to read various works of literature within a semester related to a specific topic, theme, time period, literary period, genre, etc. The student will explore the various works of literature assigned by the instructor and/or the class itself. All students will incorporate the reading, writing, visual/oral communication skills needed to function within a literary atmosphere. Students will discuss the literature being read, write, reflect, blog, produce digital and creative projects, and assist with the class wiki. Students will be expected to create and maintain a g-mail account for the course. Digital storytelling, literature circles, and various other modes of expression will be used in this course. This course serves as a ½ credit English elective that cannot be used to replace the required English courses toward graduation but can be used toward the required credits of electives needed for graduation.
PREREQUISITES: English 9, English 10
LANGUAGE AND POWERFUL COMMUNICATION LENGTH-SEMESTER
Taking this course will be a great way not only to gain valuable experience in speaking in front of groups, but also to increase your level of engagement in all public and social situations, including other courses. This is a highly interactive class – the student will be working extensively with small groups of fellow students, as well as the instructor and the whole class and be interacting with audiences outside the classroom(other content areas/classes) In this course, the student will deliver speeches/presentations, five speeches to be exact: First, a speech introducing a partner in the class; next, a "pro / con" speech explaining two opposing sides of a controversial issue; third, an informative speech designed to educate a specific audience about a topic of significance to them; fourth, a persuasive speech seeking to convince a specific audience to reconsider their opinions about an issue of concern to them, and finally, a speech designed for a presentation relevant to another academic course whether high school or post-secondary, which includes research. The student will be expected to incorporate multimedia into the presentations using technology and digital tools.
This course will allow the student to focus on the critical thinking and analytical writing skills students need to effectively participate in various intellectual communities. Accordingly, this course introduces students to the written conventions of academic argumentation, especially as these conventions reflexively impact the logical and persuasive choices writers make. Students will therefore learn how to analyze the contextual, rhetorical, and cultural argumentative strategies employed in academic genres through critical reading, writing, and class-based discussion. Students will also improve basic communication skills, collaborative writing methods, and composing practices through a systematic investigation of different academic writing styles. This course will involve several short-term written papers and/or presentations of student research. Digital tools and multimedia will be accessed throughout the research process in addition to print tools.
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
FOODS I LENGTH – SEMESTER
This is a study of basic nutrition, principles of food preparation, meal planning and social etiquette. Food will be prepared with an additional emphasis on sanitation and safety. Course goals include increased knowledge about nutrition information, planning and carrying out attractive and nutritious meals, experiencing new foods and methods of preparation.
PREREQUISITE: Priority given to seniors
FOODS II LENGTH-SEMESTER
This is a more in-depth study of nutrition, meal planning and principles of food preparation. More advanced foods will be planned and prepared. Students will be expected to use prior knowledge retained in Foods I to continue to learn about foods and nutrition. Course goals include learning about meal planning and budgeting, adjusting recipes, planning and carrying out advanced meals, understanding various cultures and their views on food and nutrition, and experiencing new foods and methods of food preparation.
PREREQUISTITE: Foods I
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS LENGTH – SEMESTER
This class teaches personal growth, interpersonal skills for relationships, and resource administration. The course of study will include success strategies for life, family, peer, and dating relationships, conflict resolution, decision making strategies, and environmental issues. The student will practice these skills while doing projects to improve our school and community.
FAMILY LIVING LENGTH – SEMESTER
This course prepares students to face the challenges of their adolescence and adulthood more successfully. Students will develop an appreciation of the diverse perspectives, needs, characteristics and responsibilities required of members of families over their life cycle.
PREREQUISITE: Priority given to seniors
CAREER I LENGTH – SEMESTER
In this course, the student will learn about his or her own strengths and aptitudes and use that self-knowledge to choose potential careers to pursue. The student will research many opportunities for education and training that will prepare him or her for that career. The student will also write a resume, gain interviewing skills, and time and resource management for entering the work force. The student will strengthen employment skills though projects and class activities.
PREREQUISITE: Priority given to seniors
CAREER II LENGTH – SEMESTER
In this course, the student will refine and adjust his or her career search. Students will update their resume, complete applications, and practice interviewing. We will analyze workplace issues and develop skills employers demand. The students will also demonstrate personal financial literacy and prepare for his or her financial future.
PREREQUISITE: Career I
PARENTING AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT LENGTH – SEMESTER
This course is a study of human life beginning with conception through 12 years. Physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth will be addressed in this course. Students will develop more of an appreciation for the responsibility required to be a parent and to raise a well-rounded, healthy child.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT
SPANISH I LENGTH – YEAR
Spanish I consists of: (1) pronunciation and ear training in production and recognition of Spanish sounds: (2) vocabulary development for conversation and reading: (3) basic language patterns and grammatical construction: (4) reading and composition within the limits of language comprehension: (5) supplementary activities for background knowledge of Spanish-speaking countries and their cultures. The objectives of Spanish I are to give the students knowledge of both written and spoken Spanish, the people and their cultures.
PREREQUISITE: C or higher in English 8 or teacher recommendation.
SPANISH II LENGTH – YEAR
Spanish II consists of a review of Spanish I increasing vocabulary, improving pronunciation, conversation, reading, writing, and learning about the history, geography and culture of Spanish speaking countries, and Spanish literature.
PREREQUISITE: C or higher in Spanish I or teacher recommendation
SPANISH III LENGTH – YEAR
Spanish III consists of the review of grammar and vocabulary in Spanish I and II, speaking to express one’s own ideas, reading compositions, learning about the history, geography, and culture of Spanish speaking countries and Spanish literature.
PREREQUISITE: C or higher in Spanish I & II or teacher recommendation
SPANISH IV LENGTH – YEAR
Spanish IV augments Spanish I, II, and III. Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are refined. Knowledge of culture is increased. Vocabulary is augmented: Grammar is perfected, and culture continues to be emphasized.
PREREQUISITE: C or higher in Spanish I, II & III or teacher recommendation
FUNDAMENTAL ALGEBRA LENGTH-YEAR
This standards-based algebra course emphasizes contextual learning, hands-on experiences, and applications of algebra in the workplace setting. It will extend principles of arithmetic by working with variables. Students will use algebraic concepts and problem-solving strategies in real world situations. A TI-30XIIS scientific calculator is recommended for this course.
PREREQUISITES: 7th grade math
ALGEBRA I LENGTH-YEAR
Algebra I extends the principles of arithmetic by working with variables with emphasis on the structure of mathematics. This course is a comprehensive course that prepares students to use algebraic skills and concepts in mathematics, in related disciplines and in real world situations. The student will develop problem-solving strategies to think critically and solve problems. Topics include signed numbers, equations, graphing, factoring, and exponents. This course is recommended for the college bound student. A TI-30XIIS scientific calculator is recommended for this course.
PREREQUISTES: Teacher recommendation and acceptable score on the Algebra Prognosis test for grade 8; Fundamental Algebra required for high school, including grade 9.
FUNDAMENTAL GEOMETRY LENGTH-YEAR
This standards-based geometry course helps students master geometric concepts in a contextual learning environment. Real-world and workplace applications throughout the course will provide students with a relevant way of translating geometry from an abstract, theoretical approach to a concrete, applied approach. This course will introduce students to informal and formal proofs. There is an extensive use of formulas. Note: It is recommended that students planning to take Algebra 2 and Advanced Math take GEOMETRY rather than this course. A TI-30XIIS scientific calculator is recommended for this course.
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Algebra I or Fundamental Algebra
This course involves the study of properties of geometric figures and ideas. Learning to do various formal and informal proofs is an important concept in this course. Extensive use of formulas constitutes a large portion of the material covered. Students will be expected to memorize many theorems, definitions and properties. Both plane and solid geometry are covered. Other topics studied include geometric construction, congruence, similarity, right triangle trigonometry. This course is highly recommended for students planning to go on to Algebra 2 and Pre-calculus (Advanced Math) and college bound students. A TI-30XIIS scientific calculator is recommended for this course.
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Algebra I and teacher recommendation
FUNDAMENTAL ALGEBRA II LENGTH-YEAR
This course builds upon first year algebra concepts and continues to emphasize problem solving skills as they apply to real world situations. Additional topics include, but are not limited to, irrational and complex numbers, analytic geometry, graphing, exponential functions, logarithms, series and sequences, and permutations and combinations. A graphics calculator is required, a TI-83+ or TI-84+ is preferred.
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Algebra I or Fundamental Algebra and Geometry or Fundamental Geometry
ALGEBRA II LENGTH-YEAR
This course builds upon first year algebra concepts and continues to emphasize problem solving skills as they apply to real world situations. Additional topics include, but are not limited to, irrational and complex numbers, quadratic functions, analytic geometry, graphing, exponential functions, logarithms, series and sequences, and permutations and combinations. This course is recommended for those students intending to study advanced mathematics/pre-calculus. A graphics calculator is required, a TI-83+ or TI-84+ is preferred.
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Algebra I and Geometry or teacher recommendation
ADVANCED MATHEMATICS WITH TRIGONOMETRY LENGTH-YEAR
This course extends topics and concepts presented in Algebra, with the goal of developing proficiency with mathematical skills, expanding understanding of mathematical concepts, and improving logical thinking. This course includes trigonometry and analytical geometry and is designed to prepare the serious math student to take Calculus. Theory as well as practical applications will be stressed. Graphing utilities will be used to enhance instruction and problem-solving, therefore a graphics calculator is required (a TI-83+ or
TI-84+ is preferred).
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Algebra II and Geometry or teacher recommendation
This is a basic course intended to introduce the student to probability and statistics. The student will learn how information about the world can be presented with statistics, both in useful and misleading ways. It assumes no background knowledge in statistics and is divided into two sections: descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. Students will be introduced to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Topics to be studied include the nature of statistics, sampling, measures of central tendency, distributions, correlation, hypothesis testing, and statistical inferences. Technology and applications from business, economics, and life sciences will play an important role in the course. A graphics calculator is required for the course; a TI-83+ or TI-84+ is preferred.
PREREQUISITES: Algebra II or teacher recommendation
TOPICS IN MATHEMATICS LENGTH-YEAR
This is a survey mathematics course that can serve non-physical science/math students with a practical coverage that will connect mathematics to the real world. The course provides an overview of various topics such as problem solving, number and set theory, mathematical systems, real numbers, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability, statistics, and consumer mathematics. Students will also study some of the history behind mathematics as well as the biographies of famous mathematicians. The course will make use of technology and applications that will help students develop/maintain skills needed for future mathematics courses and careers. This is a good fourth year mathematics course for students who do not plan to study higher level mathematics or science classes, but wish to keep abreast of various mathematics topics throughout their senior year.
PREREQUISITES: Algebra I and II (or their equivalents) plus geometry
MUSIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND LENGTH –Year
The high school band class is actually a combination of two separate groups. The marching band is a group that performs at all football games, parades, festivals, concerts and other special events. Marching band students sign a commitment form in the previous spring and will be required to meet after school in addition to the high school band class. Band students are required to participate in both marching and concert bands and can only be exempt by written consent from the band director. Students who participate in a fall sport will not be required to participate in the marching band. Students in the high school band class will play marching band music until October. The students who are concert band only students will participate by playing with the marching students during the class period, but will not be required to meet after school or perform with the ensemble. The concert band is a group that performs at concerts, festivals, large-group contests and other special events. Students in this part of the class are also encouraged to prepare music for solo and ensemble contest, however, it is not required. This group will rehearse during the high school band period starting in October through the remainder of the school year. The objective of this course is to further the reading ability of each student in the language of music, develop sound pedagogical understanding with respect to a students' individual instrument, foster team building and group dynamics and improve upon skills learned from previous music experiences. Note: Color Guard and Majorette members of the marching band can take this class for .50 credit with director approval.
MUSIC APPRECIATION LENGTH-SEMESTER
This course will explore the history of western music and music culture from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque , Classical, Romantic, and Modern time periods. This will include study of composers, styles, performance, and culture of music through these time periods, as well as group projects, music listening, analyzation, interdisciplinary study, and discussion of various forms of music. The theory portion of this course will focus on the fundamentals of music theory including pitch, rhythm, harmony, style, form, analysis, and composition/arranging.
HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL LENGTH-SEMESTER
PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH DEPARTMENT
PHYSICAL EDUCATION I & II LENGTH – SEMESTER
Physical education is involvement in physical activities, knowledge of how our bodies move and the things that are good/bad for our bodies. The mind and body are not separate: how the mind works at a given time has a great deal to do with how the body feels. Class activities will stress strategies for staying physically fit.
Objectives: Physical fitness—To be able to carry one’s work load without difficulty; to participate in
In recreation with ease and enjoyment; to develop endurance to meet the emergencies of
Life; to keep your body in good physical and mental health.
Motor skills—To see improvement in learned motor skills.
Knowledge—To know rules and strategies of activities and to be able to make split second
Social—To help students to cooperate and appreciate exercise, sports and the use of leisure
Participating is the key requirement for physical education. Each unexcused dress cut will result in lowering of a student’s grade. Example: Each student starts the nine weeks with an A. If one unexcused dress cut occurs, the grade drops to an A-; two unexcused dress cuts, the grade drops to a B: etc. More than six cuts a quarter will result in an F for the nine weeks. STREET SHOES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON THE GYM FLOOR. Students must provide tennis shoes which are dedicated for gym use only.
Grades: 9-11 / PE I
Grades: 10-12 / PE II
Credit: .25 (FULL YEAR = .50 CREDIT)
HEALTH LENGTH – SEMESTER
The course deals with introducing the different systems of the human body. This includes how each system functions, what organs are involved in this function, what diseases can affect the health of these systems, how the things which are put into the body (drugs, food, etc.) affect it, and how the environment around us can affect a person’s health. Students will be required to take written tests, quizzes, do homework assignments and keep a record (of their choice) on a health related subject.
Grades: 9-10 Unless special permission
Interscholastic Athlete Physical Education Waiver Policy
The Ohio Department of Education mandates 120 hours of physical education to earn the one-half unit of credit required for graduation. Section 3313.603 (L) of the Revised Code, however, allows “the board of education of each school district . . . may adopt a policy to excuse from the high school physical education requirement each student who, during high school, has participated in interscholastic athletics, marching band, or cheerleading for at least two full seasons. If the board or authority adopts such a policy, the board or authority shall not require the student to complete any physical education course as a condition to graduate. However, the student shall be required to complete one-half unit, consisting of at least sixty hours of instruction, in another course of study.”
East Knox High School will allow sophomore and junior student-athletes who participate in two-interscholastic sports seasons throughout the school year, to be excused from physical education class, with the exception of 9th grade physical education. Marching Band shall count as 1 sport season. Participants in Marching Band must still complete in a second interscholastic sport in either the winter or spring. Students are not permitted to utilize two activities in the same season to meet this requirement (i.e. band and soccer will count as only one season). The intent of this policy is to encourage and give credit for extended physical activity over the entire length of the school year. All students must take and pass PE 9 as a requirement for graduation. This option is only open to sophomores and juniors.
Participation in two-interscholastic sports seasons means the following:
1. 2009-2010 Interscholastic Sports Seasons
a. Fall Interscholastic Sports Season 2009 (Monday, August 3, 2009–Post Season Tournament)
b. Winter Interscholastic Sports Season 2009-20010 (Monday, November 2, 2009–Post Season Tournament)
c. Spring Interscholastic Sports Season 2010 (Monday, February 22, 2010-Post Season Tournament)
2. Selection to any interscholastic team will require that student-athletes meet appropriate team standards in order to be a member of any team. Selection to any team is not a guarantee.
3. A minimum of 90% attendance at ALL team practices, competitions, and team events, beginning with the sport’s official start date (set by the Ohio High School Athletic Association) even if this date is prior to the opening of school in the fall and continuing through all post-season play. This may also include events held over school holidays.
4. Each student-athlete is responsible for remaining academically eligible throughout the sports seasons.
5. Participation in the season must include physically active participation in ALL aspects of team training, preparation, and play. If at any time a student-athlete does not meet the criteria set forth above, he/she will be required to make up the appropriate coursework and must contact the guidance to make any necessary schedule changes.
This policy is intended to free time for additional academic scheduling during the school day for two-interscholastic sport student athletes. Student-athletes meeting the requirements of this policy will not receive a grade for physical education since they have been excused from the graduation requirement.
Students planning to request approval for this program will receive the appropriate paperwork in April. The paperwork must be submitted to the athletic director.
ADVANCED BIOLOGY LENGTH-YEAR
Explores many of the topics covered in Biology I, but in more depth and detail. This course is designed for the highly motivated science student. The faster pace and increased rigor will prepare students for more advanced science classes. Students best suited for this class should have excelled in previous science classes. Biology students will learn cell activities such as respiration and photosynthesis, enzyme activity, DNA structure and function, protein synthesis, cell reproduction, genetics. Other topics covered include evolution, biotechnology and ecological concepts and other units in Biology based on available time. Biology is a course designed to expand the students’ knowledge of the living organisms. This is done through a variety of teaching methods, labs, group and individual activities, discussions and cooperative learning. Assessment of students will be done through class participation, group projects, individual projects, labs, homework, quizzes, and tests.
PREREQUISITE: Biology I with a B or higher AND a B or higher in Chemistry
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY LENGTH-YEAR
Human Anatomy and Physiology covers the structure and function of the human body. This course exams the anatomy, function, and physiology of all the body systems. The course is offered as a dual enrollment course with COTC. Students receive both high school and college credit. Each of the systems of the body is covered in detail. One major dissection is done at the end of the course culminating students’ understanding of the internal structure of mammals. Other laboratory experiences are provided related to the body system being studied.
PREREQUISITES: Biology 1 required, Chemistry suggested.
Grade: 11 & 12
Credit: 1 .00
BIOLOGY I LENGTH - YEAR
Biology is a required graduation course that introduces students to the science of life. The course is designed to provide students with a basic and fundamental understanding of the general concepts and principles of biology. Topics include chemistry of life, cell structure, cellular transport, chromosomes, cell reproduction, DNA, hereditary, evolution, classification of organisms, and principles of ecology. The course introduces students to lab experiences and projects.
PREREQUISITE: Physical Science
CHEMISTRY I LENGTH - YEAR
Chemistry is a science that deals with matter and the changes it undergoes. Major emphasis is placed upon the structure of matter in determining chemical and physical properties of substances. Chemistry is a basic science course for students who plan to attend college or a science oriented technical school. The student will be exposed to abstract chemical theory, intensive problem solving, and basic laboratory procedure.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I
CHEMISTRY II LENGTH – YEAR
Advanced chemistry is a continuation of the theories and principles of beginning chemistry. The student will be introduced to in depth theory and problem solving, as well as intermediate laboratory procedures. This class should help the student prepare for majors including the medical field, science, engineering, and many other vocations.
PREREQUISITE: Chemistry I
ECOLOGY I LENGTH—SEMESTER
The course will introduce students to general ecological principles of the interactions of living organisms with one another and their environment. The course will focus on a variety of topics including ecosystems, populations, and biodiversity among others. Environmental problems, such as global warming and ozone depletion along with other concerns, will be discussed. Students will conduct field experiences, research reports and projects (insect collection, environmental issue video, mini ecosystem construction) which will constitute a significant portion of the course. Due to the nature of the course class size is limited. (18 maximum)
PREREQUISITE: BIOLOGY I
ECOLOGY II LENGTH-SEMESTER
Ecology II is a continuation of Ecology I. Students will conduct field experiences, research reports, and projects (stream quality monitoring, wildflower and tree identification, bird identification and monitoring). A survey of Ohio’s fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals will be included. Students will explore energy concepts and conservation. Due to the nature of the course class size is limited. (18 maximum)
PREREQUISITE: ECOLOGY I
PHYSICAL SCIENCE LENGTH – YEAR
Physical Science is a required graduation course that is designed to better prepare students to apply science concepts to everyday life. A basic introduction to high school chemistry and physics, it includes topics such as the structure of atoms, matter, chemical reactions, and motion and forces, and the conservation of energy.
Physics is a fundamental science. Physics deals with the study of laws that govern the natural world - so beautifully elegant that it can be neatly described mathematically. Physics is the study of matter and energy and their interactions. It provides a systematic understanding of the fundamental laws that govern physical, chemical, and biological processes. This course is designed to: instruct students in foundational physics concepts helping to prepare students to exist in an increasingly technological society and to develop the students’ analytical, problem solving, and laboratory skills which integrates math, science, and technology.
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry. Concurrently taking Advanced Math
This semester course will survey the biology and classification of invertebrate and vertebrate animals. The course is designed to introduce students to all levels of animals, from one-celled to many celled animals. Students will learn how animals become more complex as they progress through the different phyla. Anatomical body systems, comparative physiology, development and behavior will be emphasized, as will culturing and animal care. Lab work will necessarily involve dissection of selected, representative specimens.
PREREQUISITE: Biology I
INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY LENGTH-SEMESTER
Introduction to Astronomy is a nontechnical description of the science of Astronomy. A survey of main concepts and discoveries in astronomy will be explored. The course is based around richly illustrated half-hour video lessons. The main topics of the course include: the solar system – planets and their moons; stars and stellar evolution – star birth, the formation of planets, and star death; galaxies and cosmology – the expansion of the universe, its origin and the future of the universe. Students will also be exploring selected constellations.
This course will include plant and tree identification, leaf arrangements, leaf forms, leaf shapes and margins, and the economic importance of trees. The 16 essential elements needed for plant growth will be studied as well as plant structures and taxonomy, plant physiology, and plant reproduction.
SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT (Physical or Life Science) LENGTH-SEMESTER
Science Research is an elective course taken as an independent study with the guidance of a science teacher. This course offers students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the maturity and self-discipline required to perform independent scientific research. Students perform one or more independent science research projects, in laboratory or field settings, on topics of their own choice. Areas of study include any area of science such as: biology, molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, environmental science, etc.
PREREQUISITE: Physical Science, Biology – Permission of instructor or Department chair
SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT
ECONOMICS 101-PRINCIPALS OF ECONOMICS LENGTH-SEMESTER
Economics is the study of how individuals, households, governments and other groups in society choose to allocate scarce resources. This introductory course in microeconomics will provide students with the theoretical background to think and analyze situations using an economic framework. Topics covered will include supply and demand, opportunity cost, the gains from trade, monopoly power, and government regulation and price controls.
GLOBAL ISSUES LENGTH-SEMESTER
This course introduces students to contemporary issues in global affairs. The course examines and the students attempt to solve problems facing the global community, as well as the prospects for governments, individuals, and international groups to address those problems. Issues include poverty, natural resources and the environment, global warming, the globalization of the economy, terrorism and threats to security, alternative fuels, digital divide and technology, global security, healthcare, political activism and the role of the United States and other regional powers in world affairs. This course will use current technology, group work, blogs, wikis, projects and videos.
PERSONAL FINANCE LENGTH- SEMESTER The objective of this course is to provide students with the knowledge they need in order to make sound decisions regarding the financial situations they will be presented with in the near future. Students will learn about topics including; credit cards, loans, investment options, balancing a checkbook, paying bills, budgeting, and compound interest. Written communication of ideas will be emphasized in this class as well as the application of math skills.
POLITICAL SCIENCE LENGTH - SEMESTER
This course is an in-depth study of the U.S. government, as well as civic responsibilities. This study incorporates all seven standards. Students study the historic tools of the political system and how it has changed over time. They continue to develop an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship including current events that shape their society.
U.S. STUDIES LENGTH - YEAR
Tenth-grade students continue the chronological study of the history of the United States with emphasis on domestic affairs. This study incorporates the Academic Content Standards. As students study historic eras, they consider the geographic, cultural, economic and governmental changes that have occurred. Students develop a deeper understanding of their role as citizens and continue to expand their command of social studies skills and methods.
PREREQUISITE: World Studies
WORLD STUDIES LENGTH - YEAR
Ninth-grade students continue the chronological study of world history. This study incorporates each of the seven Academic Content Standards. As students study historic eras, they consider the influence of geographic settings, cultural perspectives, economic systems and various forms of government. Students gain a deeper understanding of the role of citizens and continue to develop their research skills.
WORLD AT WAR LENGTH-SEMESTER
This class will take an in depth look at war: the reasons behind it, the actions during it and the long term effects of it. The students will be expected to work independently on research as well as cooperatively for presentations. There will be a large amount of technology used and students will be expected to master various elements. You will be required to email various projects and items. The course is a fast paced, self-guided, college prep class.
PREREQUISTE: WORLD STUDIES, US STUDIES
WORLD GEOGRAPHY LENGTH-SEMESTER
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY LENGTH-SEMESTER
This course is designed as a “topics-based” introduction to philosophy. What this means is that instead of working through the history of philosophy focusing on great historical figures and their views on different topics we will focus on great philosophical topics and look at what historical and contemporary writers have said about them. Topics include: Ethics, Political Philosophy, Free Will and Determination, Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Religion.
PREREQUISITES: US History and success with the OGT
SOCIAL MEDIA OF THE 21ST CENTURY LENGTH-SEMESTER
This course is designed as an integrated introduction to sociological developments of social media. The topics of the course include proper etiquette, social media marketing, entrepreneurship in the digital world, uses of ethical and unethical hacking and leaks, social change and social justice. This course looks at the effects of social-globalization through anthropological and sociological lenses.
WORLD RELIGIONS LENGTH-SEMESTER
This course is designed as a topics based course. We will study the academic sides (the histo-cultural development, prescribed teachings, and general practices) of the following religions: Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Atheism, Christianity, Primal and Shamanistic Religions, Taoism/Confucianism.
CAREER BASED INTERVENTION (CBI) AND INTERVENTION
This CBI program is designed for students searching for a work skills educational experience. The program provides realistic and meaningful training in a variety of areas that will aid students in gaining the skills needed for securing and maintaining gainful employment. Students spend time during the school day attending classes, which have been specifically planned for them in terms of fulfilling their graduation requirements. Efforts are made to provide intervention and remedial instruction so that students can learn at their maximum potential. The other part of the day, students work in supervised job stations throughout the community. Students will receive three work experience high school credits after successfully completing their required work hours. CBI coordinators work closely with home school guidance counselors in targeting students who might find a CBI program a worthwhile educational alternative. Sophomores completing the program are eligible to enroll in a two-year technology program at the Knox County Career Center.
Individual classes within this program include RELATED I (1 Credit), RELATED ACADEMIC II (Credit varies), CO-OP (1 –3 credits)
Last Modified on March 1, 2013