FRESHMAN ACADEMY COURSE LISTING

2016-17

   
     

Students in the Freshman Academy     at Walker Valley High School have a scripted schedule with the opportunity to take a possibility of two (2) elective courses. Students in the Freshman Academy are required to take two semesters of math courses, typically Integrated Math 1A and 2A. Beyond this requirement, students are enrolled in English 9, Physical Science, Lifetime Wellness,  American Government, and Career Management for Success. This schedules leaves students the  opportunity to select their fine arts credit (graduation requirement) and  an open elective that is available to our freshmen students. Walker Valley High School is an AP Scholar School. In promoting this program, all advanced course offerings in the Freshman Academy are Pre-AP, designed to prepare students for the opportunity to enroll in Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment courses.

   

                                

 
     
                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

Computer Applications     

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9-12

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $10.00

         
         

Articulation Available? Yes

         
         

Prerequisite(s): 

         
         

Course Description: This course teaches the fundamentals of Office XP and acquaints students with the proper procedures to create documents, worksheets, databases, and presentations suitable for coursework.  This           course is designed to develop an exercise-oriented approach that allows learning by doing.  Current trends and emerging technology will also be presented. 

         
       

  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

Audio/Video Production I (Broadcast)

         
         

Credit(s):  1

         
         

Honors Credit?  No

         
         

Grade(s):  9-10

         
         

Dual Enrollment?  No

         
         

Course Fee:

         
         

Articulation Available?

         
         

Prerequisite(s):

         
         

Course Description:  Broadca I is offered for students interested in either the Audio and Video Technologies sub-cluster.  The overlap in these industri  is extensive as entertainment just to name a few.  This course is the entry-level course to prepare exposure to audio, video, and  journalism and broadcasting within the media industry.  Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to pursue advanced coursework in either audio and video technology or journalism and broadcasting.  Block.

         
       

 

       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS AND MARKETING

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? NO

         
         

Grade(s): 9

         
         

 

         
         

Course Fee: per teacher

         
         

 

         
         

Prerequisite:

         
         

Course Description: This is an entry level course for students interested in pursuing business and/or marketing foundations. This course covers a basic level of           both business and marketing principles over the course of 18 weeks. This course is a prerequisite for any student desiring to enter upper level business,           marketing, or entrepreneurial courses.  

         
       

 

       

Career         Tech Department

       

ALL         AG FEES ARE $20.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

Agriculture Science

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit?  No

         
         

Grade(s) : 9-12

         
         

Dual  Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee:

         
         

Articulation Available?  None

         
         

Prerequisite(s): None

         
         

Course Description: This course provides instruction in the principles used in agriculture, animal science, computer science, plant science, mechanics, economics, aquaculture and leadership activities.  It is a           prerequisite to all other courses in the Agriculture Science Department. Block.

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

FOUNDATIONS OF FAMILY AND CAREER

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit?  No

         
         

Grade(s) : 9-12

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $10.00

         
         

Articulation Available?  None

         
         

Prerequisite(s):  None

         
         

Course Description: This course is a comprehensive course that includes basic instruction in the following home economics/family and consumer sciences subject areas:  human development, family living, and parenthood           education; consumer and resource management; nutrition and foods; textiles and clothing; and housing and living environments.  The course is concerned with the young adolescent and provides study of life management skills for the economic, social, and family environments. 

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

COMPUTER SCIENCE FOUNDATIONS

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit?  No

         
         

Grade(s) : 9-10

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course  Fee: $10.00

         
         

Articulation Available?  Yes

         
         

Prerequisite for CODING I or Computer Systems

         
         

Course Description: This course is designed to prepare students with work-related skills for advancement in the telecommunication and information technology paths.  Content provides students the opportunity to acquire           basic and functional knowledge and skills in both theory and practical applications in direct current, alternating current and power supply circuits.  Course content includes fundamentals of networking concepts for personal computers (PC), networking, determining system requirements, setting up equipment, and performing           installation tests for the end user.  Content provides the opportunity to evaluate and install peripheral devices and become familiar with operating systems.  Course content provides  students the opportunity to acquire basic fundamental skills in both theory and practical applications of language, structure, and typography.  Standards 11 through 13 stress layout and design  guidelines as applied in the design of markup language documents.  Course content will be delivered through virtual training and hands

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

HEALTH SCIENCE EDUCATION

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit?  No

         
         

Grade(s) : 9-12

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course  Fee: 

         
         

Articulation Available?  None

         
         

Prerequisite(s):  None

         
         

Course Description: This course is an introduction to Health careers.  Course content includes communication skills, legal responsibilities, ethics, teamwork, safety practices, and First Aid/CPR.  Health Science Education includes a variety of standards necessary for competent health care workers.  Integrated academics combined with health care knowledge and skills will provide a strong health care delivery system in the 21st century.  Students must pass course & key components to advance to other Health Occupational classes.

         
       

 

       

 

       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS/MECHATRONICS

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? NO

         
         

Grade(s): 9

         
         

 

         
         

Course Fee: per instructor

         
         

 

         
         

Prerequisite:

         
         

Course Description: This course is designed as an entry-level setting with a focus toward advanced manufacturing. Students will engage in basic concepts of robotic and mechatronic engineer and design, learning the fundamental principles in both areas. This course is a hands-on approach to robotics/mechatronics and is a prerequisite for the Advanced Manufacturing program of study.

         
       

 

       

English         Department

       

ALL         ENGLISH FEES ARE GENERALLY $5.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

English           9

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $5

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): None

         
Course Description: The regular English course will cover the following material:  vocabulary, literary terms, letter writing, basic grammar skills, basic research, essay/paragraph writing, oral presentations, library           orientation, short stories, non-fiction, poetry, novels, and classics.  A writing portfolio will be kept throughout this           course.  Block.         
       

  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

PRE-AP ENGLISH 9

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? Yes

         
         

Grade(s): 9

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $5

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): Must meet honors           requirements

         
         

Course Description: The pace will be quicker in this course with the curriculum being basically the same as English I except that the research unit will be more in-depth.  The course will utilize Intermediate Research, and the students will be required to do a research project of some type at this level.  A writing portfolio will be kept throughout this course. Block.

         
       

Fine         Arts Department

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

 Band

         
         

Credit(s): 2

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9-12

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: 

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): 

         
         

Course Description: Students in this class will combine instrumental playing, marching and performance skills.  This class will consist of students in 9-12 grade who play wind instruments, percussion instruments, and color guard members.  This group plays for athletic events, parades, contests and other various civic functions.  After school rehearsals and several weekend events during football and competitive seasons are required.  After marching season, concert band will begin in preparation for Christmas concerts, Jr. and Sr. Clinic auditions.  In the spring we will study and perform music up to Grade VI, focus on the study of the elements of music, and develop           advanced individual and group performance skills.  Members are encouraged to study privately and participate in events sponsored by ETSBOA such as All-State Band auditions and Solo and Ensemble Festival.

         

Will be divided 2nd Semester into 9th grade concert band and 10-12 concert band.

         

Block both Semesters.

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

Percussion Class

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors  Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9-12

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: 

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): teacher signature required.

         
         

Course Description: Percussionists in Band will be placed in this class to better meet needs of students           during concert season.  They will study percussion methods and prepare music for percussion ensemble and concert band.  2nd semester can count as Honors class with additional responsibilities.  First semester is Marching Percussion (Grades 9-12).  Second semester is Percussion 10-12.  9th grade Percussion are in 9th grade Concert Band.  Block.

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
         

Chamber Music Class

         
         

Credit(s): ½

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9-12

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: 

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): Teacher signature

         
         

Course Description: This course will be offered 2nd semester and offer an opportunity for students to study solo and small ensemble music.  Flex.

         

 

         
         

Art I

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9-12

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $15.00

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): None

         
         

Course Description: The course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the elements of design within the four disciplines of art:  Art Criticism, Aesthetics, Art History, and Art Production.  The           curriculum will focus on the seven elements of design:  line, color, value, texture, space, shape, and form.    The student will be creating art as well as learning about other artists, art philosophy, and the method of art evaluation.  Block.

         
         

 

         
         

 

         
         

 

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

Theatre Arts I

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9-12

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: 

         
         

Articulation  Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): None

         
         

Course Description: This course introduces students to the basic public speaking skills necessary for oral argumentation, presentation, and dramatic expression.  Students focus on discussion, semantics, oral           interpretation, rhetoric, research-based argumentation, acting, mime and parliamentary procedure.  Students present both casual and formal speeches with a focus on presentation.  Students are also introduced to the basics of character development, stagecraft, and technical theatre.  Grades are based on a variety of presentations.  Block.

         
       

 

       

 

       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

Chorus

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9-12

         
         

Dual  Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $25.00

         
         

Articulation  Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): None

         
         

Course Description: This is a performing group for the beginning singer who is interested in developing singing techniques.  The music sung by this group will vary from classical to popular.  Content includes some study of key signatures, scales, meters, rhythmic studies, and sight singing.  Rehearsals and performances outside of the regular class time may be required.  Block.

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

9th Grade Concert Choir

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course           Fee: $40.00 Choir/Robe  Fee

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): Audition and consent of instructor

         
         

Course Description: This is an auditioned performing group for the intermediate to advanced singer who is interested in developing advanced singing techniques for the purpose of concert performances, choral festivals, and choral competitions.  The music will vary from classical to popular.  Content will include the study of key signatures, scales, meters, rhythmic studies, and sight singing.  Rehearsal and performance outside of the regular class will be required.  Students will have a robe rental fee and are expected to cover the costs of all trips, festivals and competition.  Auditions must be scheduled with the instructor prior to enrolling in the course.  Flex.

         
       

  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

Music Appreciation

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9-12

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: 

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): None

         
         

Course Description: This course exposes students to music from the classical era to present.  Students listen, study, analyze, and participate in various activities and projects that increase their awareness, recognition, and understanding of different styles of music.  Block.

         
       

 

       

Math Department

       

All students entering WVHS beginning in the fall of 2009 are required to earn a math credit every year, totaling a minimum of four, in order to graduate. Courses beyond the required each year will count as electives.  End of Course examinations will be given in Integrated Math 1B, Integrated Math 2, and Integrated Math 3.  These examinations will be factored into the student's semester average at a percentage determined by the State Board of Education.  Students will not be required to pass any one examination, but instead must achieve a passing score for the yearly grade in required course. All freshman students are required to take two semesters of math, typically         beginning with Integrated Math 1A and concluding with Integrated Math 1B  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

INTEGRATED MATH 1A/1B

         
         

Credit(s): 1 EACH

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee:  $5.00

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): None

         
         

Course Description: Concepts covered in this course include translating verbal expressions into           mathematical expressions, order of operations, properties of real numbers, operations with rational numbers, solving equations and inequalities, proportional reasoning, graphing, systems of equations, and operations with polynomials. After successful completion of this sequence, students will take Integrated Math 2.  Block each course. All Freshman take 2 semesters of math.

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

PRE AP Integrated Math 1A/1B

         
         

Credit(s): 1 EACH

         
         

Honors Credit? Yes

         
         

Grade(s): 9

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee:   $5.00

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s):  Must meet honors requirements.

         
         

Course Description: This sequence covers the same content as Integrated Math 1A/1B at an accelerated pace in a more challenging atmosphere.  Topics are covered more in-depth and as time permits additional topics are introduced for enrichment.  This course is designed for the highly motivated student who plans to pursue higher-level mathematics courses including Advanced Placement.  After successful completion of this course, students will move on to Integrated Math 2.  Block each course.          

         
       

Science Department  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

PHYSICAL           SCIENCE

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9-10

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $10.00

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s):

         
         

Course Description: The goal of Physical Science is to develop an understanding of matter and energy relationships.  The course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of chemistry and physics.  Block.

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

PRE AP PHYSICAL SCIENCE

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors  Credit? Yes

         
         

Grade(s): 9-10

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $10.00

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): Must meet honors requirements.

         
         

Course Description: The goal of Pre AP Physical Science is to develop an understanding of matter and energy relationships in order to enable a scientifically literate population to apply those principles in creative problem solving.  The course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of chemistry and physics, their relation to technological developments, and career opportunities.  Laboratory skills will be developed through classroom and laboratory activities.  This course will move at a faster pace and go into more depth than Physical Science           and prepare students to enter into Advanced Placement courses after their freshman year. 

         
       

Social Studies Department  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

U.S.  GOVERNMENT

         
         

Credit(s): ½

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9-10

         
         

Dual  Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee:  $15.00

         
         

Articulation Available? No

         
         

Prerequisite(s):

         
         

Course   Description:   This course will explore the US Constitution and its impact on our daily   life. Students will study how our   democracy has thrived in an increasingly diverse society.   Flex

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

PRE-AP U.S. GOVERNMENT

         
         

Credit(s): ½

         
         

Honors Credit? Yes

         
         

Grade(s): 9

         
         

 

         
         

Course Fee: $15.00

         
         

 

         
         

Prerequisite: Must meet honors requirement.

         
         

Course Description:  To demonstrate an advanced understanding of government principles through written and oral articulation.This course will explore the US Constitution and its impact on our daily life. Students will study how our democracy has thrived in an increasingly diverse society. This advanced course will prepare students for the possibility of taking AP Political Science as a sophomore student. Students will be expected

         
       

Wellness Department

       

Required for Graduation:  Lifetime Wellness

       

WELLNESS W100

       

This class will provide instruction in personal fitness development in the areas of cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, weight, height, and body composition. Classroom activities         include health studies in nutrition, weight management, stress management, drug and alcohol awareness and prevention, STD’s, and responsible relationships. Each day will consist of class room time as well as time for physical activity which may include, aerobic and anaerobic group games and activities, spin cycling, bouldering/traverse rock wall climbing, and top ropes rock climbing. Risks involved with top ropes courses will be discussed in further detail with students and parents before beginning this type of activity. See paragraph below:

       

The Bradley County Schools’ physical education and outdoor adventure instructors are committed to the safety and wellbeing of their students. Nevertheless, parents and students should be aware of the added risks associated with select activities such as the top ropes rock climbing courses. Bradley County School District, its teachers, and         administrators will not be liable for any type of injuries sustained in association with these activities which carry greater risks.

       

All         other courses are electives.

       

 

       

 

       

 

       

 

       

WELLNESS         GENERAL FEE:  $20 for P.E. dress code (shirt and shorts)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

LIFETIME           WELLNESS

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? Yes

         
         

Grade(s): 9-10

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $20

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): None

         
         

Course Description: This class will provide instruction in personal fitness development in the areas of cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, weight, height, and body composition.  Classroom activities include health studies in nutrition, weight management, stress, CVD, cancer, youth suicide, tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse, STDs, and family violence.  Each day will consist of classroom time as well as time for physical activity which includes aerobic and anaerobic games and activities.  Block.

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

CARDIO   FITNESS AND STRENGTH DEVELOPMENT

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? Yes

         
         

Grade(s): 9-10

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $5 for P.E. Shirt

         
         

ArticulationAvailable? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): None

         
         

Course Description: This class is designed for students who wish to participate in vigorous exercise activities on a daily basis.  Activities include jogging, running, agility exercises, plyometric, flexibility, strength training, and fitness games.  The primary focus of this course is cardio respiratory fitness and flexibility.  Strength           development is a secondary focus.  Block.

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

 VALLEY   WALKERS

         
         

Credit(s): ½

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9-12

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $5 for P.E. Shirt

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): None (those who are in no other wellness elective may take this course)

         
         

Course Description: This class is designed for students who wish to participate in light to moderate physical activity on a daily basis.  Students will walk each day either in the gym or outside.  Students enrolled in any           other wellness elective may not take this course. 

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

PE  4 Life

         
         

Credit(s): ½

         
         

Honors Credit? Yes

         
         

Grade(s): 9-12

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $5 for P.E. shirt

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): None

         
         

Course Description: This course includes instruction in playing games that require one, two, or more than two players.  Games included in this course are designed to keep students moving and to help with the improvement of           cardiovascular health.  Some games will include speed volleyball, tandem tag, flag tag, flag football, capture the chicken, handball, hockey, lasso golf, bocce ball, ping pong, badminton, ultimate fishbee, frisbee golf, and others!

         
       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

MUSCULAR  STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE

         
         

Credit(s): 1

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9-12

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $5 for P.E. Shirt

         
         

Articulation Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): None

         
         

Course Description: Through this course students will have the opportunity to gain muscular strength and flexibility along with improving cardiovascular endurance and coordination.  Participation in the weight room           and at the track is required.  Students who sign up for this course should be self-motivated and have a strong work ethic.  A desire to participate vigorously to improve muscle development is needed.  Students will learn proper lifting techniques and various methods of strength development.  Track activities may include jogging, running, agility activities, and cross training.

         
       

 

       

 

       

 

       

 

       

 

       

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
         

DRIVER'S  EDUCATION

         
         

Credit(s): ½

         
         

Honors Credit? No

         
         

Grade(s): 9-12

         
         

Dual Enrollment? No

         
         

Course Fee: $50.00

         
         

Articulation           Available? 

         
         

Prerequisite(s): Driver's permit required!

         
         

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to provide education through classroom instruction and actual driving experience to produce safe and efficient drivers acceptable to society.  The following goals are designed to accomplish this purpose:

         

Citizenship skills:  Understanding appropriate attitudes acceptable for traffic citizenship. Decision-making criteria:  Understanding natural and man-made laws which regulate driving behavior. Vehicle operation:  Understand proper driving rules, skills, and techniques.