9-12 Grade Level Courses

AGRICULTURE EDUCATION

 

 Ag Construction Course Rationale

The agriculture program of East Buchanan C-1 School District is dedicated to the development of an educational environment that will help each student grow into a creative, sensitive, and intellectual adult. Our students will develop an awareness of work is society's way of creating, preserving, changing, and improving their environment. Agriculture encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system, employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. The Agriculture Construction course is to provide knowledge of shielded arc and gas metal welding, woodworking, CNC machining, basic mechanism repair, and project construction.

Ag Construction Course Description

This course utilizes welding in the development and construction of major metal and wood projects. (CD016770, CIP 01.02201)

Ag Management and Economics Course Description

This course combines farm management, agribusiness management, and content based on agricultural economic principles. Computer applications are included to enhance student understanding and utilization of current technology. Units include human relations, verbal and written communication, microcomputers in agricultue, economic principles, farm planning, agribusiness functions, and business management. (CD 016730, CIP 01.0101)

 Ag Management and Economics Course Rationale

The agriculture program of East Buchanan C-1 School District is dedicated to the development of an educational environment that will help each student grow into a creative, sensitive, and intellectual adult. Our students will develop an awareness of work is society's way of creating, preserving, changing, and improving their environment. Agriculture encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system, employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. The purpose of the Agriculture Management and Economics course is to provide knowledge in advanced principles in agribusiness management through economic principles, and a continuation into careers, leadership, and supervised agricultural experiences. 

Ag Science I Course Description

A course designed for instruction in animal science, agricultural mechanics, career exploration, leadership and personal development, and supervised agricultural experiences.Units may include agribusiness, natural resources, and food science. (CD 016710, CIP 01.0000)

 Ag Science I Course Rationale

The agriculture program of East Buchanan C-1 School District is dedicated to the development of an educational environment that will help each student grow into a creative, sensitive, and intellectual adult. Our students will develop an awareness of work is society's way of creating, preserving, changing, and improving their environment. Agriculture encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system, employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. The purpose of the Agriculture Science I course is to provide knowledge of animal sciences; and an introduction to agriculture mechanics, careers, leadership, and supervised agricultural experiences.

Ag Science II Course Description

A course designed for instruction in plant and crop science, soils, entomology, horticulture, and forestry, and additional instruction in agricultural mechanics, career development, leadership, and supervised agricultural experience. (CD 016760, CIP 01.0000)

 Ag Science II Course Rationale

The agriculture program of East Buchanan C-1 School District is dedicated to the development of an educational environment that will help each student grow into a creative, sensitive, and intellectual adult. Our students will develop an awareness of work is society's way of creating, preserving, changing, and improving their environment. Agriculture encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system, employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. The purpose of the Agriculture Science II course is to provide knowledge of plant/crop sciences, a continuation into agriculture mechanics, careers, leadership, and supervised agricultural experiences.

Ag Structures Course Description

This course includes electrical wiring, electrical motors, concrete masonry, plumbing and sewage disposal, farm fences, product handling and processing equipment, and farm buildings. (CD 016720, CIP 01.0201)

 Ag Structures Course Rationale

The agriculture program of East Buchanan C-1 School District is dedicated to the development of an educational environment that will help each student grow into a creative, sensitive, and intellectual adult. Our students will develop an awareness of work is society's way of creating, preserving, changing, and improving their environment. Agriculture encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system, employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. The purpose of the Agriculture Structures course is to provide knowledge of basic skills in electricity, plumbing, concrete, wood or metal building materials necessary for planning and building agriculture structures.

Agri-Business Sales and Marketing Course Description

This course includes human relations, personal inventory, careers in selling, and other experiences necessary for employment in agribusiness engaged in marketing, purchasing, storing, grading, and transporting supplies and products. (CD 016741, CIP 01.0101)

Agri-Business Sales and Marketing Course Rationale

The agriculture program of East Buchanan C-1 School District is dedicated to the development of an educational environment that will help each student grow into a creative, sensitive, and intellectual adult. Our students will develop an awareness of work is society's way of creating, preserving, changing, and improving their environment. Agriculture encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system, employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. The purpose of the Agriculture Sales and Marketing course is to provide the knowledge and skills for employment in an agribusiness in areas of economic applications, sales, marketing, and human relations. 

Animal Science Course Description

Advanced study in animal production, management, marketing, nutrition, breeding, production records, selection, animal health, waste management, and biotechnology may be included in this course. (CD 016711, CIP 01.0901)

Animal Science Course Rationale

The agriculture program of East Buchanan C-1 School District is dedicated to the development of an educational environment that will help each student grow into a creative, sensitive, and intellectual adult. Our students will develop an awareness of work is society's way of creating, preserving, changing, and improving their environment. Agriculture encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system, employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. The purpose of Animal Science course is to provide the knowledge and skills in the advance study of meat and companion animal production. 

Conservation of Natural Resources Course Description

This course prepares students for activities in the conservation and/or improvement of natural resources such as oil, water, air, forests, fish and wildlife for economic and recreational purposes. (CD 016759, CIP 03.0101)

Conservation of Natural Resources Course Rationale

The agriculture program of East Buchanan C-1 School District is dedicated to the development of an educational environment that will help each student grow into a creative, sensitive, and intellectual adult. Our students will develop an awareness of work is society's way of creating, preserving, changing, and improving their environment. Agriculture encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system, employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. The purpose of the Conservation course is to provide a student the knowledge and skills essential in the management of our natural resources, wildlife, and ecological systems.

Food Science Course Description

This course includes the areas of food chemistry and nutrition, food activities, food packaging and labeling, evaluation of foods, food microbiology, food processing, food fermentation, principles of sanitation and quality control. (CD 016790, CIP 01.0401)

Food Science Course Rationale

The agriculture program of East Buchanan C-1 School District is dedicated to the development of an educational environment that will help each student grow into a creative, sensitive, and intellectual adult. Our students will develop an awareness of work is society's way of creating, preserving, changing, and improving their environment. Agriculture encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system, employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. The purpose of the Food Science course is to provide a student the knowledge and skills essential in areas of food chemistry, microbiology, food additives, sanitation, quality control, and processing to provide consumers with a safe, plentiful food supply.

Greenhouse Operation and Management I Course Description

This course develops a basic understanding of greenhouse techniques. The production of greenhouse crops will be used to demonstrate procedures such as plants started from cuttings, seeds, grafts, and layering. Students will manage their own crop as a greenhouse project. (CD 016765, CIP 01.0601)

Greenhouse Operation and Management I Course Rationale

The agriculture program of East Buchanan C-1 School District is dedicated to the development of an educational environment that will help each student grow into a creative, sensitive, and intellectual adult. Our students will develop an awareness of work is society's way of creating, preserving, changing, and improving their environment. Agriculture encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system, employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. The purpose of the Greenhouse Management/Operations course is to provide a student the knowledge and skills essential in areas of horticulture, floriculture, and or viticulture.

Greenhouse Operation and Management II Course Description

This course includes the basic techniques into floristry, floral design, landscape design, landscape construction, installation, maintenance, the production of plants, shrubs, and trees for the purpose of transplanting or propagation. Approved practices in wholesaling and retailing of nursery crops will be applied, as well as the study of soils and fertilizers for sod production. Also included are the skills needed for the establishment and maintenance of turf. (CD 016767, CIP 01.0601) (CD 016766, CIP 01.0601) (CD 016764, CIP 01.0601)

Greenhouse Operation and Management II Course Rationale

The agriculture program of East Buchanan C-1 School District is dedicated to the development of an educational environment that will help each student grow into a creative, sensitive, and intellectual adult. Our students will develop an awareness of work is society's way of creating, preserving, changing, and improving their environment. Agriculture encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system, employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. The purpose of the Greenhouse Management/Operations II course is to provide a student the knowledge and skills essential in entrepreneurial opportunity areas such as floristry, turf management, and landscape/nursery management.

Introduction to Veterinary Science Course Description

Both food and companion animals are studied in this course. Topics include cell and tissue biology, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, disease prevention and diagnosis, identification of veterinary tools and instruments, parasites, breeds of animals, identification, and surgical procedures. Prerequisites: Ag Science I and Advanced Animal Science.

Introduction to Veterinary Science Course Rationale

The agriculture program of East Buchanan C-1 School District is dedicated to the development of an educational environment that will help each student grow into a creative, sensitive, and intellectual adult. Our students will develop an awareness of work is society's way of creating, preserving, changing, and improving their environment. Agriculture encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system, employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. The purpose of the Introduction to Veterinary Science course is to provide a student the knowledge and skills essential in areas of meat, large and small companion animal industries, which will enable our students to prepare for the transition from school to the workforce.

Advanced Crop Science Course Description

Units in this course include growing systems, plant selection, production practices, harvesting, storing, marketing, fertilization, soils, conservation, chemicals, integrated pest management, water quality, and biotechnology. Prerequisites: Ag Science II and Greenhouse I.

Advanced Crop Science Course Rationale

The agriculture program of East Buchanan C-1 School District is dedicated to the development of an educational environment that will help each student grow into a creative, sensitive, and intellectual adult. Our students will develop an awareness of work is society's way of creating, preserving, changing, and improving their environment. Agriculture encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system, employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. The Advanced Crop Production course is designed to provide a student the knowledge in scientific principles in plant nutrition, breeding, selection, harvesting, soil management, and water quality, essential for students with an interest in agronomy and horticulture-related careers.

BUSINESS

 

Accounting I Course Rationale

Accounting is a crucial component of academic backgrounds for students who will pursue entrepreneurial ventures and small business ownership. Accounting instruction is an integral part of every business institution and organization. The rationale for the Accounting I course in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to help students prepare for accounting careers.

Accounting I Course Description

The purpose of Accounting I is to teach students the manual method of the double-entry process of keeping books. Areas addressed in Accounting I include the use of the general journal, automated accounting for a service business operating as a sole proprietorship, double-entry books for a merchandising business run as a partnership, payroll accounting, and an introduction to corporate use of special journals and general journal.

Accounting II Course Description

The purpose of Accounting II is for students to continue and in depth study of accounting principles and corporate accounting. Areas addressed in Accounting II include departmentalized accounting, general accounting adjustments, management accounting, and automated accounting.

Accounting II Course Rationale

Accounting is a crucial component of academic backgrounds for students who will pursue entrepreneurial ventures and small business ownership. Accounting instruction is an integral part of every business institution and organization. The rationale for the Accounting II course in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to help students prepare for accounting careers.

Basic Business Course Description

The purpose of Basic Business is to improve citizenship through the study of the business and economic environment. Areas addressed in Basic Business include the economic setting of business; the services of business; the relationship of business to government, labor, and trade; and the individual in our economy. Principles of consumerism that are stressed include banking, credit, insurance, and money management.

Basic Business Course Rationale

Knowledge of banking, credit, taxes, insurance and money management is vital to the success of businesses today. The rationale for the Basic Business course in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to help students planning careers in business to develop these workplace and personal skills.

Business Law Course Description

This course provides students with an understanding of the legal framework of our society the basic legal principles relevant to their roles as citizens, consumers, and employees through a mixture of personal, business, and consumer law. The content includes the history, development, and classification of laws, the basic characteristics of the American system of free enterprise., personal and business law related to everyday life, contract law, the court system and courtroom procedures, legal terminology, constitutional rights, ethics technology law, rights of private property, social responsibility, international law and consumer protection. This course will help students become aware of their right and responsibilities under the laws so they can function as responsible citizens in their personal and professional lives.

Business Law Course Rationale

This course was designed to allow the student to develop an understanding of the law as it related to them as members in society or in the business environment. It will help the student, college bound or noncollegebound, to be able to better understand the rights and duties of members in society and how the law affects them. As laws emanate from different governmental and judicial entities, students must have a basic understanding of international business, and technology has created an additional demand for students to include this course in their academic preparation. Learning more about our legal and court systems will help prepare young adults to make better choices.

Business Management Course Description

The central focus of this course is to build a solid foundation of established business principles and practices that form the groundwork for all business operations. Business fundamentals such as economic, legal and social foundations are presented along with the close look at organizing businesses, marketing products and services, financing operations, managing and developing employees, and making difficult business decisions, advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, choosing a location, securing a loan, determining organizational structure, and promoting the business. f times allow, students will apply their knowledge using a business simulation where they will set their own business.

Business Management Course Rationale

Business Management prepares students for administrative and management occupations. Students learn to make decisions based on data, develop leadership skills, and select appropriate management styles for varying employment situations. Not only is this area of study vital to the development of all business students, it also provides skills and knowledge that can be used effectively on many occasions when professional management skills are needed.

Business Tech Course Description

The purpose of Business Technology is for students to develop marketable skills and knowledge required for a rapidly changing workplace. Areas addressed in Business Technology include information processing, word processing, data processing, records management, employee relations, communication, time management, telecommunications, mail procedures, and business careers. Students will begin to develop competence and confidence needed to meet the qualifications of a wide variety of office positions.

Business Tech Course Rationale

Businesses are expanding their use of administrative support professionals trained in advanced office technology to increase their production efficiency and improve the quality of their products and services. The demand for these trained individuals has created employment opportunities for many, and administrative support professionals have become one of the largest, major occupational groups. The rationale for the Business Technology course in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to help students enhance their word-processing skills and communication competencies needed to become administrative support professionals. 

Computer Apps Course Description

The purpose of Computer Applications is to expand and improve the students prior computer knowledge. Computer Applications will also introduce new information, as well as provide a foundation for future business and technology courses available. Microsoft Office and Google Apps, along with other available resources will be used to create unique projects. Students will learn basics of giving a professional and effective presentation to a group of peers.

Computer Apps Course Rationale

Technology is rapidly expanding into a majority of the United States and worldwide work force, and as a result the need for computer knowledge is increasing. The rationale for the Computer Applications course in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to help students acquire and expand their knowledge in the work force. The knowledge of how computers work and how to use the resources available is vital for students to become a successful member of our society. 

Journalism Course Description

This course is designed to develop future journalists. Students will acquire fundamental knowledge of news, feature, editorial, and sports writing. Students will create original pieces for each category of a newspaper. Journalism will also explore the media and ethical responsibility issues that takes place when reporting the news to a mass public. This course will also allow students to experience working with design, layout and photojournalism.

Journalism Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate on a daily basis to present ideas, find and interpret information combine knowledge and experience, reflect and relax, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Journalism will teach students the importance of understanding the world around them. Possessing the ability to construct articles in various formats of news writing, and form opinions about current events will be beneficial to students. The rationale for Journalism courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop their ability by emulating methods used by published journalists.

Personal Finance Course Description

Personal Finance is a two-semester course designed to help students understand the impact of individual choices on occupational goals and future earnings potential. Using simulations such as Virtual Business Personal Finance students will experience real world scenarios and use strategies covered in the course to help them make sound financial decisions. Students will design personal and household budgets; simulate use of checking and saving accounts; demonstrate knowledge of finance, debt, and credit management; evaluate and understand insurance and taxes. This course will provide a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions.

Personal Finance Course Rationale

There is a troubling trend with people, specifically young people, making and developing poor financial decision. The goal of Personal Finance is to help students to become financially responsible, conscientious members of society. To reach that end, this course develops students' understanding and skills in such areas as money management, budgeting, financial goal attainment, the wise use of credit, insurance, investments, and consumer rights and responsibilities. This course will give students the tools and resources needed to make wise financial decisions. Students will analyze their personal financial decisions, evaluate the costs and benefits of their decisions, recognize their rights and responsibilities as consumers, and apply the knowledge learned to financial situations encountered later in life. 

COUNSELING

 

K-12 Comprehensive Counseling Course Rationale

A good counseling program is necessary to help prepare all students for successful lives after graduation. These include areas of social-emotional health, professional and career skills, and general well-rounded academics and knowledge.

K-12 Comprehensive Counseling Course Description

To prepare students for life after graduation, counselors provide counseling curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, and system supports.

9-12 Counseling Program Course Description

To prepare students for life after graduation, at the high school level a significant amount of time is spent on individual planning, and career readiness. This is accomplished through a career lesson in 10th grade in conjunction with the My Success Event. Sophomores also are visited by and go to visit Hillyard to learn about technical school opportunities available to them. There are yearly classroom visits for four year planning and general registration for courses. Each student will have at least on one individual meeting per year with the counselor to discuss future plan as well. 

9-12 Counseling Program Course Rationale

As an extension of the district K-12 counseling program, the high school program focuses on individual planning and career readiness beyond high school. A comprehensive high school counseling program also works to provide responsive services, counseling curriculum and system supports to the students. 

ELA

 High School Reading/Acuity Course Description

The purpose of Reading/ Acuity is to expand student's knowledge for essential reading skills of various genres for purposeful application. Areas addressed in Reading/Acuity include comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and inferencing practice. They will read both short and longer works of fiction, nonfiction, and informational texts and relate them to themselves, the world, and other texts. Students will work to improve their reading ability for recreation and academic work.

 

High School Reading/Acuity Course Rationale

Comprehension, fluency, vocabulary recognition, and inferencing are all essential reading skills every High School student should acquire. Students who struggle with these essential skills need a class that is dedicated to building and assessing their progress in reading. With this Reading/Acuity class, students will be provided with a safe environment to explore all of the challenges they face when they read. The rationale for Reading is to help prepare struggling readers for success in higher level English classes and their lives. 

 Language Arts 1 Course Description

The purpose of Language Arts 1 is to develop knowledge and proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading Standard English. Areas addressed in Language Arts 1 include listening, oral language, reading, writing, editing, researching, and using different types of sources.

Language Arts 1 Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Language Arts 1 instruction provides knowledge and skills development in these areas. Therefore, the rationale for the Language Arts 1 course in the East Buchanan C-1 District is to provide students with the foundation for the development of these skills.

 Language Arts 2 Course Description

The purpose of Language Arts 2 is to further develop knowledge and proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading Standard English. Areas addressed in Language Arts 2 include organization, researching, speaking/listening, writing, and editing skills, and media utilization to supplement learning.

Language Arts 2 Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Language Arts 2 instruction is an extension of the knowledge and skills developed in Language Arts 1. The rationale for all Language Arts courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to promote in students the continued development of effective communication skills through a variety of media toward lifetime learning. 

 Language Arts 3 Course Description

The purpose of Language Arts 3 is to expand the proficiency in oral and written communication. Areas addressed in Language Arts 3 include reading short non-fiction selections, novels and/or autobiography/biographies; and implementing thorough researching skills with proper MLA citation format.

Language Arts 3 Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Language Arts 3 instruction is an extension of the knowledge and skills developed in Language Arts 2. The rationale for all Language Arts courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to promote in students the continued development of effective communication skills through a variety of media toward lifetime learning and real world application.

 Language Arts 4 Course Description

The purpose of Language Arts 4 is to expand on the proficiency in oral and written communication. Areas addressed in Language Arts 4 include reading a variety of poetry, short stories, non-fiction, and novels. The literature will help further their critical thinking skills as they apply the information and ideas presented in the works into a multi-modal project of their own.

Language Arts 4 Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Language Arts 4 instruction is an extension of the knowledge and skills developed in Language Arts 3. The rationale for all Language Arts courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to promote in students the continued development of effective communication skills through a variety of media toward lifetime learning and application they might use in college and/or the workplace.

 Creative Writing Course Description

The purpose of Creative Writing is to provide the opportunities to explore writing as a medium of creativity. Areas addressed in Creative Writing include: various media formats; creating writing of poetry, essays, and short stories; and reading works of published authors to reinforce writing skills.

Creative Writing Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. The ability to effectively communicate ideas in various forms for various audiences is a tool for success in all avenues of life. The rationale for Creative Writing courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop their own ideas and styles of writing. 

College Prep English Course Description

The purpose of College Prep English is to provide intensive writing and reading instruction designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Areas addressed in College Prep English include exploration of responses to reading and writing, the development of written projects including necessary essay skills students will need in a college setting, and an examination of various forms of writing.

College Prep English Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. The application of analytical and critical thinking skills to formulate and communicate ideas is essential for success in higher education. The rationale for College Prep English courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to establish these skills through intensive reading and writing.

English Literature Course Description

The purpose of English Literature is to provide intensive writing and reading instruction designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Areas addressed in English Literature include exploration of ideas presented by historical and modern English authors. This exploration will help them to understand cultural references and build their analyzation skills through multi-modal projects.

English Literature Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. The rationale for English Literature courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop analytical and critical thinking skills through cultural, historical, and literary analysis.

 Applied Communication Course Description

The purpose of Applied Communication is to expand the proficiency in oral and written communications from the classroom to the workplace. Areas addressed in Applied Communications include various situations for the classroom (paragraphs, essays, etc.) with an emphasis on those found on the job (memos, letters, resumes, vocabulary, literature, etc.).

Applied Communication Course Rationale

Communication skills are central to both cognitive and social development. People communicate daily to present ideas, find and interpret information, combine knowledge and experiences, explore possibilities and generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate experiences to others. Communication skills are central to success in the classroom and in the workplace. Applied Communications instruction provides for knowledge and skills development in areas carried from the classroom into the workplace. The rationale for Applied Communication courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to promote in students the development of effective oral and written communication skills to lead to successful career experiences.

English 104/108 Course Description

Collaborative Dual Enrollment English 104 and 108 are online courses with supplemental instruction and support provided by classroom Facilitators. University instructions will provide all required syllabi, lessons, materials, assignments, exams, feedback, and grades via Canvas. Classroom Facilitators will be provided with training to prepare them to support students on a daily basis (Miller).

English 104/108 Course Rationale

The English 104/108 classes are intended as a continuation of students' experiences with writing. The dual credit courses prepare students for much of the writing they will be expected to do in college, whether their major is literature, business, nursing, etc. Some of the goals for these classes include analytical reading skills and the ability to closely read texts, critical writing skills in a variety of genres and modes, using research and credible sources in the students' writing, and learning to write with a greater awareness of and focus on their audience and purpose (Miller).

Novels Course Description

The students will read a chosen series and/or stand alone books to use comprehension and written communication of understanding of the content read. Students will use reading, listening, analyzing and writing skills to complete the course.

Novels Course Rationale

Reading, literacy, and comprehension are used on a daily basis and are crucial to being productive and successful citizen. The ability to comprehend and write that understanding prepares students for other aspects of life in the future. Listening and reading skills are used throughout all of life. 

EXPLORATORY COURSES

 

STEM Investigations Course Rationale

The economic, political, and technological landscapes of the world are dynamic. The knowledge which is valuable today may become obsolete in the marketplace of the future. As a result, it is not important to learn what to think. However, it is essential to learn how to think. Being able to think critically, write powerfully, and speak clearly are tools that can be applied universally. Conducting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) research provides a framework to develop these attributes.

STEM Investigations Course Description

This is a project-based investigations course which focuses on technology. Year-long research and engineering projects are conducted in this class. An emphasis is placed on problem solving and effective communication. Additional skills to be addressed include engineering design, time management, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. Possible areas of research include, but are not limited to, computer coding, robotics, media editing, three dimensional printing, and manufacturing processes.

ACT Prep Course Description

The ACT Prep course will prepare students with skills geared toward the improvement of their ACT sub-scores and, therefore, their ACT composite scores. Topics will include specific content work as it applies to the ACT, test-taking strategies unique to the ACT, and practice in the application of the content and test-taking strategies.

ACT Prep Course Rationale

As the ACT assessment has grown in importance in our nation, so has the need to prepare our students for this gateway test. The ACT is used for entrance into post-secondary schools, placement into programs of study at those schools, placement into proper course levels, and for scholarships. A course designed to specifically prepare students for this pivotal assessment therefore can benefit our students both during high school and in their post-secondary endeavors. 

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE

 

Apparel and Textiles Course Rationale

Apparel and Textile involves students in critical thinking through fashion, consumer awareness, clothing selection and care, garment construction, technology, and careers. The skills and techniques that are developed through hands-on application can be applied to many careers in today's society. 

Apparel and Textiles Course Description

Students will cover the basics of the physical, psychological, social and cultural reasons for how we dress and where we live, the elements and principles of design, textiles, fabric construction and selection for apparel and home use, introductory sewing skills that are applied and home use, introductory sewing skills that are applied in a variety of samples and apparel or home goods projects. Self-initiative, motivation, time management, planning, independent work, following directions and evaluating are crucial skills in this course where art, communication, mathematics, science and technology are applied.

Child Development, Care, & Guidance Course Description

This course focuses on the intellectual, social, emotional, and biological development of children. It includes instruction in parent-child relations, parenting practices, special needs of children, parental and environmental influences on child development, external support services, and related public policy issues.

Child Development, Care, & Guidance Course Rationale

Performance competencies in the Child Development I semester course taught in Family Consumer Sciences and Human Services Education programs enable students to : a. construct meaning related to the rights of families and ethical responsibilities of working with children; b. communicate effectively with family members, child care agencies, and professional service providers; c. solve problems based upon the developmental needs of children; d. make decisions that support the sound physical, mental and social development of children; and e. assess the impact of quality child care on the family and community. 

Child Development, Care, & Guidance (Advanced) Course Description

This course provides advanced study in child development and guidance, including the physical, social, and intellectual development of children. Actual experience in supervising children provides the opportunity to improve parenting skills, explore careers related to child development, and identify general employment skills. (Prerequisite: Child Development I credit.

Child Development, Care, & Guidance (Advanced) Course Rationale

The purpose of Child Development, Care and Guidance courses is to enable students to: a. construct meaning related to the rights of families and ethical responsibilities of working with children; b. communicate effectively with family members, child care agencies, and professional service providers; c. solve problems based upon the developmental needs of children; d. make decisions that support the sound physical, mental and social development of children; and e. assess the impact of quality of child care on the family and community.

Entrepreneurship Course Description

This course introduces individuals to career opportunities and/or career pathways in Family and Consumer Sciences and Human Services-related occupations/careers. It explores the development, marketing, and management functions associated with owning and operating a Family and Consumer Science and Human Services-related business. Instruction emphasizes career development and preparation components; balancing family life and entrepreneurial ventures; hands-on activities in entrepreneurial concepts; and use of technology.

Entrepreneurship Course Rationale

To assist students in acquiring career development/preparation and entrepreneurial skills, performance competencies in the Career Development/Entrepreneurship course taught in Family and Consumer Sciences Education programs enable students to: a. construct meaning related to career development/preparation and entrepreneurship; b. communicate effectively with employers and others related to work, career development/preparation and entrepreneurial information and skills; c. solve problems related to the development of entrepreneurship skills; d. and make responsible decisions that impact career development and the establishment of entrepreneurial ventures.

Family Living and Parenthood Course Description

The Family Living and Parenthood course is an instructional program that prepares individuals to understand the nature, function, and significance of human relationships within the family and individual units. It includes instruction in the concepts and principles related to various family living conditions including: abuse prevention, relationship establishment and maintenance; marriage, parenthood, family life preparation, aging, death, grieving process, and individual developmental and socialization needs.

Family Living and Parenthood Course Rationale

To assist in creating stable families, performance competencies in the Family Living and Parenthood (Parenting) course taught in Family and Consumer Sciences Education programs enable students to: a. construct meaning by interpreting the nature, function and significance of human relationships; b. communicate effectively with family members and agencies that provide family related products and services; c. solve problems based upon the developmental needs of individuals; and d. make decisions that strengthen and maintain family relationships, prepare individuals for marriage and parenthood and reduce disruptive conditions that destabilize families.

General Foods Course Description

The General Foods course is designed to help students review and apply the principles of Nutrition and Wellness and expand into basic culinary arts. Areas addressed in General Foods include advanced nutrition and dietary principles; the selection and preparation of food with an emphasis on outdoor food and entertaining, international foods, and food preservation; and the exploration of food choices in our society and the utilization of informed consumer practices. (Prerequisite: Nutrition/Wellness credit)

General Foods Course Rationale

The purpose of the General Foods course is to enable students to use their knowledge gained in the Nutrition and Wellness Course to further their understanding of food preparation and meal planning. Students need to be equipped with problem solving skills related to health and wellness, especially in relation to dietary concerns and issues such as food allergies, special diets, and obesity; and consumer issues such as cost and availability.

Hospitality and Tourism Management Program I and II Course Description

The Hospitality and Tourism Management Program I and II courses are designed to provide students with broad-based learning on the tasks, knowledge, and skills required to build a career within the hospitality and tourism industry. These courses will provide opportunities for work experience in the field of hotels, restaurants, travel, resorts, cruise ships, and other hospitality and tourism fields. In addition to learning about the hospitality and tourism field, it will enable students with soft skills and operational skills related to a variety of business types. (Prerequisite for Hospitality and Tourism Management II: Hospitality and Tourism Management I credit)

Hospitality and Tourism Management Program I and II Course Rationale

The purpose of Hospitality and Tourism Management Program I and II is to prepare students with the skills to enter the Hospitality and Tourism industry. Completion of Hospitality and Tourism Management I and II along with 100 hours of work experience in the industry will allow students to receive an industry recognized certificate and the background to enter the travel and tourism industry with a wide variety of career paths. Research shows that consumers spent over $1.1 trillion in the US alone in 2018. This created 8.9 million in US jobs in the industry. One out of every 17 Americans works in the industry.

Housing and Home Furnishings Course Description

The Housing and Home Furnishings course is an instructional program that describes the study of behavioral, social, economic, functional, and aesthetic aspects of housing, interiors, and other built environments. Includes instruction in analyzing, planning, designing, furnishing, and equipping residential, work, and leisure spaces to meet user needs and the study of related public policies. It also helps students with consumer decisions related to buying and renting property.

Housing and Home Furnishings Course Rationale

The purpose of the Housing and Home Furnishings course is to enable students to: a. construct meaning and acquire skills related to housing environments and design; b. analyze influences and factors impacting the selection and creation of safe and healthy living environments; c. analyze careers related to housing environments and design, d. utilize leadership, problem-solving, and communication skills to assume roles as responsible family members and citizens. 

Nutrition and Wellness Course Description

The Nutrition and Wellness course prepares individuals to understand the principles of nutrition; the relationship of nutrition to health and wellness; the selection, preparation, and care of food; meal management to meet individual and family food needs and patterns of living; food economics and ecology; optimal use of the food dollar; understanding and promoting nutritional knowledge; and application of related math and science skills.

Nutrition and Wellness Course Rationale

The purpose of the Nutrition and Wellness course is to enable students to: a. construct meaning related to nutrition, food economics and ecology; b. communicate effectively with family members, consumer groups and providers of food and nutrition products and services; c. solve problems related to health and wellness, as well as food needs through the application of mathematics and science principles; and, d. make responsible decisions involving family and individual food needs, the use of the food dollar and the care of food.  

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Health Education Course Rationale

The healthy, physically active child is more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful in school and more likely to establish habits of behavior that will foster good health throughout life, thereby enhancing the quality of life. The rationale for all Health courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to address the need to help students acquire the health, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to achieve or maintain their potential for total health.

Health Education Course Description

Areas addressed in Health Education include personal health, nutrition, food labels body systems, and body aliments.

Physical Education Course Description

The purpose of Physical Education is to promote students' personal development or fitness, lifetime wellness, leisure activities, and individual and group activities. Areas addressed include a variety of lifetime and leisure activities; lifetime health, wellness, and fitness; and participation skills.

Physical Education Course Rationale

The healthy, physically active child is more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful in school and more likely to establish habits of behavior that will foster good health throughout life, thereby enhancing the quality of life. The rationale for all Health courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to address the need to promote in students proper physical development, health lifestyles, and the desire to engage in life-long fitness and leisure activities.

Weight Training Course Description

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques to gain strength and flexibility. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, stretching, aerobic fitness. Course includes lecture, activities, videos, and demonstrations. Students will be able to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.

Weight Training Course Rationale

The purpose of Weight Training is to help students learn about healthy lifestyles and improve their physical strength, agility, flexibility and overall physical fitness.

MATH

 

Algebra 1A, Algebra 1B, Algebra 1 Course Description

Algebra is a year-long course designed for students to obtain a fundamental working knowledge of the basic principles of Algebra and its role in other subjects. This course will involve the study of, but not limited to, functions, linear inequalities, polynomials, quadratic equations, polynomials, quadratic equations and functions and exponential functions. 

Algebra 1A, Algebra 1B, Algebra 1 Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. As such, the rationale for Algebra 1 courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop in students the knowledge and skills needed in a variety of challenging problem-solving situations including linear and non-linear functions.

Basic Geometry, Geometry Course Description

This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions. It includes the study of transformations, and right triangle trigonometry. Inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem solving situations, and application to the real world are stressed. This course also emphasizes writing proofs to solve (prove) properties of geometric figures.

Basic Geometry, Geometry Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must  demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. As such, the rationale for Geometry courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to provide students with a foundation for relationships among geometric figures and their properties that is essential for future math and science courses.

Algebra 2 Course Description

Algebra II is a year-long course designed for students to deepen their fundamental working knowledge of the basic principles of Algebra and its role in other subjects. This course will involve the study of, but not limited to, functions, linear functions and inequalities, polynomials, quadratic equations and functions, exponential equations and functions, statistics and probability, sequences, basic trigonometry and logarithms.

Algebra 2 Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. As such, the rationale for Algebra II courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop in students knowledge and skills needed in a variety of challenging problem-solving situations including linear and non-linear functions.

College Algebra (Math 110) Course Description

The purpose of College Algebra 110 is to provide students with the necessary math skills to prepare them for the rigors of college math. Areas addressed in College Algebra 110 include linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, functions, exponential and lograighmic functions, and matrix operations.

College Algebra (Math 110) Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must  demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. As such, the rationale for College Algebra courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop in students knowledge and skills needed in a variety of challenging problem-solving situations to prepare them for the rigors of additional college math courses.

Trigonometry (Math 125) Course Description

The purpose of College Trigonometry is to provide students with a continuation of college math skills. Areas addressed in College Trigonometry include learning about and graphing trigonometric functions, solving trigonometric equations and using trigonometric identities.

Trigonometry Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must  demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. As such, the rationale for Trigonometry courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop in students knowledge and skills needed in a variety of challenging problem-solving situations involving trigonometric functions.

Statistics Course Description

Statistics is an area of mathematics with a wide range of applications in today's careers. Students will be asked to describe and display data in multiple ways. Students will work with probability, sampling, regression, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.

Statistics Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must  demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. The rationale for Statistics course in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop mathematics skills that would be necessary in post-secondary math programs and careers. Students are expected to apply math skills to statistical reasoning and modeling that could be used in a wide range of careers.

Advanced Math Course Description

Advanced Math is a cumulative math overview of algebra and trigonometry. Students will be asked to solve equations, work with functions, apply the properties of logarithms, graph, and solve problems involving trigonometric functions. Advanced Math should work as either the conclusion to high school math education or as a bridge from Algebra 2 to college level math coursework.

Advanced Math Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must  demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. The rationale for Advanced Math courses at East Buchanan is to develop mathematics skills that would be necessary in post-secondary math programs and careers. Students are expected to advance the skills they have learned through Algebra 2.

Calculus (Math 210) Course Description

The purpose of Math 210/Calculus is to introduce students to limit theory dealing with polynomial and trigonometric functions. Areas addressed in Math 210/Calculus include instantaneous velocity/acceleration through differentiation, area under a curve through definite/indefinite integration, and skills dealing with the limit process. 

Calculus (Math 210) Course Rationale

To function effectively in our society, citizens must  demonstrate not only the ability to utilize basic mathematical skills and functions, but must also be able to gather, analyze, and apply information in solving challenging problems. As such, the rationale for Calculus courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to develop in students knowledge and skills needed in a variety of challenging problem-solving situations involving limits, derivations, and integrals.

MUSIC

 

Band Course Rationale

The Instrumental Music Program is designed to enhance the musical, creative and expressive qualities of all students. Musical opportunities are provided for every student to learn the basic skills of signing, playing and reading music, developing song repertoire, broadening listening skills and experiencing the interrelated nature of music with other cultures and content areas.

Band Course Description

This year-long class is primarily a performance-oriented ensemble. Basic wind and percussion skills continue to be stressed with an emphasis on application for performance. Band music of various periods and styles is studied and performed throughout the school year. Participation in a minimum of three concerts is required. Additionally, marching band and pep band unit performances will be included. Topics will include marching techniques, major and melodic minor scales, development of critical listening skills of oneself and the ensemble, tone production, breath control, technical advancement, and articulations.

Music Appreciation--History of Rock & Roll Course Description

This is a non-performance class that is designed to provide the student a better understanding and appreciation of Rock & Roll. This class is a survey of the history of Rock & Roll. Students will explore the interconnected histories of popular music and American culture from the 19th century to present day. Topics will include the birth, development, transformation, and fragmentation of Rock & Roll. 

Music Appreciation--History of Rock & Roll Course Rationale

A better understanding and appreciation of music is vital to the development of the well-rounded citizen. This offering of a non-performing fine arts class for students of all musical abilities is to provide students with a wide variety of music exploration. Students gain understanding by the exposure and analyzation of important musical examples. This, in turn, helps students to conceptualize how these musical works fit into the great historical and cultural context. 

Music Appreciation--History of Western Classical Music Course Description

This is a non-performance class that is designed to provide the student a better understanding and appreciation of the varied styles of music as well as their interconnected histories with the world. This course is a survey of the history of Western Classical music. Topics will include the fundamentals of music and Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century time periods. 

Music Appreciation--History of Western Classical Music Course Rationale

A better understanding and appreciation of music is vital to the development of the well-rounded citizen. This offering of a non-performing fine arts class for students of all musical abilities is to provide students with a wide variety of music exploration. Students gain understanding by the exposure and analyzation of important musical examples. This, in turn, helps students to conceptualize how these musical works fit into the great historical and cultural context. 

Concert Choir Course Description

The High School Concert Choir class is designed for students to apply musical skills as they continue to create and experience music as a musical ensemble. Students will continue developing mastery of solfege, scales, and 4 part harmonies. Students will convey musical interpretation with the use of dynamics and phrasing, while incorporating facial expression and movement for refined presentation. Students will understand how a musical composition is structured through listening and analysis. Students will be able to aurally and visually identify repetition in musical scores. Students will continue to develop an understanding and appreciation of the differences in music from other cultures and the connections music brings to people, places, and time. The topics in this class will provide a strong basis for the continuation of their music skills as the High School age child continues on their path to becoming a life-long participant of music.

Concert Choir Course Rationale

The Vocal Music Program is designed to enhance the musical, creative and expressive qualities of all students. Musical opportunities are provided for every child to learn the basic skills of singing, playing and reading music, developing song repertoire, broadening listening skills and experiencing the interrelated nature of music with other cultures and content areas.  

Chamber Choir Course Description

The High School Chamber Choir class is designed for students to apply musical skills as they continue to create and experience music as a musical ensemble. Students will continue developing mastery of solfege, scale, and 4 part harmonies. Students will convey musical interpretation with the use of dynamics and phrasing, while incorporating facial expression and movement for refined presentation. Students will understand how a musical composition is structured through listening and analysis. Students will be able to aurally and visually identify repetition in musical scores. Students will continue to develop an understanding and appreciation of the differences in music from other cultures and the connections music brings to people, places and time. The topics in this class will provide a strong basis for the continuation of their music skills as the high school age child continues on their path to becoming a life-long participant of music.

Chamber Choir Course Rationale

The Vocal Music Program is designed to enhance the musical, creative and expressive qualities of all students. Musical opportunities are provided for every child to learn the basic skills of singing, playing and reading music, developing song repertoire, broadening listening skills and experiencing the interrelated nature of music with other cultures and content areas.  

Speech and Drama I Course Description

Speech/Drama I is a year-long course study in oral communication and the theatre arts. Students will gain beneficial skills in public speaking, small group communication, voice production and listening. Students will also be introduced to the theatre arts and understand its contribution to society as story telling,  oral history, and its stud of human interaction. Collaboration, communication, and creativity will be stressed in all aspects of the class. Students will be expected to present different styles of speeches, use their voice effectively, listen closely, understand and use speech/theatre vocabulary, follow direction, and learn about the human condition and social relationships through the study and performance of classic theatre literature. Students will also develop skills in presentation, performance, and production.

Speech and Drama I Course Rationale

The top ten jobs that were available in 2010, did not exist by 2004. How do we prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist? Executives in these new fields attributed their success to being highly involved in the arts while in high school, and in particular the performance arts where they learned to work together, think on their feet, and meet deadlines. The global job markets, as well as institutions of higher learning, are putting much more emphasis on a future employee/student's ability to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and demonstrate creativity in production and problem solving. The skills learned in Speech/Drama I would build these skills in students and set them on the path to much success after high school.  

SCIENCE

 Bio A, Bio B, and Biology 1 Course Rationale

Due to the demands of an increasingly complex and technologically oriented society, it is vitally important that citizens become self-sufficient analyzers of their environment. As such, the rationale for Biology A, B, and 1 courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to introduce students to basic interactions and relationships within and among individuals and to understand the chemical and physical laws that drive these reactions.

Bio A, Bio B, and Biology 1 Course Description

Areas addressed in Biology A, B, and 1 include basic biochemistry; ecological principles that drive land and water biomes; relationship in communities including energy and nutrient cycles; characteristics of living organisms; cell structure, function and reproduction; evolution and survival of the fittest help create the diversity of life on Earth; genetics; and classification and diversity of life. 

 

Biology 2 Course Description

Areas addressed in Biology 2 include physiology, anatomy, microbiology and chemistry. 

Biology 2 Course Rationale

Due to the demands of an increasingly complex and technologically oriented society, it is vitally important that citizens become self-sufficient analyzers of their environment. As such, the rationale for Biology 2 courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to introduce students to basic interactions and relationships within and among individuals and to understand the chemical and physical laws that drive these reactions.

Earth and Space Science Course Description

Earth and Space science is a course focusing on the study in the Earth's lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and its movement in the Solar System. Students enrolled in this source analyze and describe Earth's interconnected systems and how they are changing due to the natural process of human influence. Topics covered include rocks, minerals, natural resource management, sculpturing of Earth's surface, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, geological history, the atmosphere, weather, climate, history of astronomy, the Solar System, stars, and galaxies.  

 Earth and Space Science Course Rationale

The study of Earth and Space Science integrates many ideas from other fields of study such as geology, chemistry, physics, history and math. In addition, students learn about the Earth, the Moon, the Sun, the solar system and galaxies. This subject will help students learn about the place of humans in the universe and have a better understanding of how human actions can affect this system. Finally, students will also  understand how the Earth and space will affect future human generations.

Chemistry I Course Description

This course is an introduction to the science of chemistry. And emphasis is placed on thinking analytically, perceiving the physical world atomically, and evaluating data quantitatively. Topics addressed include the fundamental chemical laws of nature, atomic theory, dimensional analysis, chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, atomic structure, chemical periodicity, and chemical bonding. This course includes laboratory investigations.  

 Chemistry I Course Rationale

The economic, political, and technological landscapes of the world are dynamic. The knowledge which is valuable today may become obsolete in the marketplace of the future. As a result, it is not important to learn what to think. However, it is essential to learn how to think. Being able to think critically, write powerfully, and speak clearly are tools that can be applied universally. A course in chemistry provides a foundation for thinking about problems analytically, and this is a valuable skill in a dynamic world. 

Chemistry II Course Description

This course addresses advanced topics in chemistry, with a focus on preparation for college coursework. Emphasis continues to be placed on thinking analytically, perceiving the physical world atomically, and evaluating data quantitatively. Topics addressed include molecular structure, reaction stiochiometry, kinetic-molecular theory, gas laws, acid-base chemistry, and organic chemistry. This course includes laboratory investigations.  

 Chemistry II Course Rationale

The economic, political, and technological landscapes of the world are dynamic. The knowledge which is valuable today may become obsolete in the marketplace of the future. As a result, it is not important to learn what to think. However, it is essential to learn how to think. Being able to think critically, write powerfully, and speak clearly are tools that can be applied universally. A course in chemistry provides a foundation for thinking about problems analytically, and this is a valuable skill in a dynamic world.

Physics Course Description

This course is an introduction to the study of the physical laws and theories that describe the universe. An emphasis is placed on analyzing phenomena in terms of the limited number of fundamental concepts and laws which illuminate the mathematical nature of the world. Topics to be addressed include kinematics, dynamics, projectile motion, energy, momentum, rotational dynamics, planetary motion, gravity, and static equilibrium. 

Physics Course Rationale

The economic, political, and technological landscapes of the world are dynamic. The knowledge which is valuable today may become obsolete in the marketplace of the future. As a result, it is not important to learn what to think. However, it is essential to learn how to think. Being able to think critically, write powerfully, and speak clearly are tools that can be applied universally. A course in physics teaches the principle of analyzing problems in terms of fundamental laws and relationships. This is a skill that can be applied to solve problems in science and many other disciplines.

Chemistry 211 Course Description

This course is a college level general chemistry course which introduces concepts and skills that will be utilized in more advanced college chemistry courses. Emphasis continues to be placed on thinking analytically, perceiving the physical world atomically, and evaluating data quantitatively. Topics addressed include atomic theory, dimensional analysis, chemical nomenclature, composition stoichiometry, reaction stoichiometry, solution stoichiometry, chemical reactions, kinetic-molecular theory, gas laws, thermodynamics, the quantum model of the atom, periodic law, molecular geometry, theories of covalent bonding, and inter-molecular forces. A strong laboratory component is included. This course may be taken for college credit through the University of Missouri Kansas City, provided that prerequisite requirements are fulfilled as specified by the university. 

Chemistry 211 Course Rationale

The economic, political, and technological landscapes of the world are dynamic. The knowledge which is valuable today may become obsolete in the marketplace of the future. As a result, it is not important to learn what to think. However, it is essential to learn how to think. Being able to think critically, write powerfully, and speak clearly are tools that can be applied universally. A course in chemistry provides a foundation for thinking about problems analytically, and this is a valuable skill in a dynamic world.

STEM Investigations Course Description

This is a project-based investigations course which focuses on technology. Year-long research and engineering projects are conducted in this class. An emphasis is placed on problem solving and effective communication. Additional skills to be addressed include engineering design, time management, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. Possible areas of research include, but are not limited to, computer coding, robotics, media editing, three dimensional printing, and manufacturing processes.

Materials Course Description

This course is an introduction to Material's Science. An emphasis is placed on thinking analytically, perceiving the physical world atomically, and evaluating data quantitatively. Topics addressed include an overview of physics; such as forces, gravity, and static equilibrium; an introduction to measurements; calculating stress and strain; calculating and determining fracture points; standard applications of different materials. This course includes laboratory investigations.

STEM Investigations Course Rationale

The economic, political, and technological landscapes of the world are dynamic. The knowledge which is valuable today may become obsolete in the marketplace of the future. As a result, it is not important to learn what to think. However, it is essential to learn how to think. Being able to think critically, write powerfully, and speak clearly are tools that can be applied universally. Conducting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) research provides a framework to develop these attributes.

 Materials Course Rationale

The economic, political, and technological landscapes of the world are dynamic. The knowledge which is valuable today may become obsolete in the marketplace of the future. As a result, it is not important to learn what to think. However, it is essential to learn how to think. Being able to think critically, write powerfully, and speak clearly are tools that can be applied universally. A course in Materials provides a foundation for thinking about problems analytically, and this is a valuable skill in a dynamic world.

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

World History Course Rationale

The vitality of a democracy depends upon the education and participation of its citizens. Instruction in Social Studies seeks to educate and to develop fully the readiness of students to participate in such a democracy. The rationale for World History courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to help students develop an understanding of and appreciation for key events and movements in the history of the world and their relation to the environment.

World History Course Description

This course spans the events of global history from the beginning of civilization and extending into modern day. Various themes will be explored throughout the study of history, including government, economics, geography, cultures, and social systems. This course is a foundational course for all other courses in Social Studies.

American History Course Description

Areas addressed in American History include the expansion and growth of the United States, the rise of its industries and world involvement, political and cultural movements, and events and people that have played a major role in the development of the United States.

American History Course Rationale

The vitality of a democracy depends upon the education and participation of its citizens. Instruction in Social Studies seeks to educate and to develop fully the readiness of students to participate in such a democracy. The rationale for American History courses  in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to help students develop an understanding of and appreciation for key events and turning points in the history of the United States and their relation to the domestic and global environment.

World Geography Course Description

Areas addressed in World Geography include the physical and political make up of the globe, the interrelationships of the United States and other countries, environmental concerns, economic concepts, and the different cultures of our world. 

World Geography Course Rationale

The vitality of a democracy depends upon the education and participation of its citizens. Instruction in Social Studies seeks to educate and to develop fully the readiness of students to participate in such a democracy. The rationale for World Geography courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to help students develop an understanding of and appreciation for the interrelationship of the United States and other countries in regards to trade, environmental concerns, and technology.

American Government Course Description

American Government is a class designed to acquaint students with the origins, concepts, organizations, and policies of the United States government and political system. To increase comprehension, students will read and analyze relevant primary and secondary source documents and incorporate these ideas into the assigned material. Satisfactory completion of the course will prepare students to take the state mandated American Government EOC.

American Government Course Rationale

The vitality of a democracy depends upon the education and participation of its citizens. Instruction in Social Studies seeks to educate and to develop fully the readiness of students to participate in such a democracy. The rationale for American Government courses at East Buchanan C-1 School District is to help students develop an understanding of how their government system works and their relationship to the political system.

Current Events Course Description

Current Events is a class designed to help students explore the major issues of the world around them. The class focuses on research, debate, discussion, lecture on the historical background of some of the issues, critical response to news reports, analysis of the different biases of some of the large new outlets, and viewing pertinent documents.

Current Events Course Rationale

The vitality of a democracy depends upon the education and participation of its citizens. Instruction in Social Studies seeks to educate and to develop fully the readiness of students to participate in such a democracy. The rationale for Current Events courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to help students focus on world and local issues that affect their everyday lives, such as economics, government and conflict.

History Through Film Course Description

Through interdisciplinary readings and historical primary and secondary sources, students will analyze, compare, and understand historical moments in world history. This will allow students to consider the contextual forces that shape the narratives, films, and texts of out world. Beyond exploring world history, students will learn how to analyze films and become a conscious, critical viewing audience. In investigating historical portrayals, students will consider why out society chooses to prioritize and maintain various narratives, and the power that these representations have to influence our society and historical memory today.

History Through Film Course Rationale

The vitality of a democracy depends upon the education and participation of its citizens. Instruction in Social Studies seeks to educate and to develop fully the readiness of students to participate in such a democracy. The rationale for the History Through Film course in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to help students develop an understanding of and appreciation for the interrelationship of the United States and other countries in regards to trade, environmental concerns, and technology and especially as it is shaped and expressed in media like film. 

SPANISH

Spanish I Course Rationale

It is considered essential that tomorrow's leaders and citizens possess the ability to understand and express ideas clearly in order to function effectively in a global community. Foreign language instruction is essential to the development of skills needed to facilitate global interaction. According to the U.S. Congress, children who have studied a foreign language in elementary schools achieve expected gains and score higher on standardized tests of reading, language arts, and mathematics than children who have not studied a foreign language. Learning a second language also improves students' understanding of their native language. People who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, the ability to multitask and better listening skills. As such, the rationale for all foreign language courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to address the need to develop in students the ability to communicate in written and oral media and to be open to and find an appreciation for cultural diversity with world populations. 

 

Spanish I Course Description

Spanish I is an introduction to Spanish and focuses on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course includes a broad series of lessons and activities that offer a variety of modalities for ultimate student engagement and content retention.

Spanish II Course Description

Spanish II is a continuation of Spanish I. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking, and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices that reinforce vocabulary and grammar.

Spanish II Course Rationale

It is considered essential that tomorrow's leaders and citizens possess the ability to understand and express ideas clearly in order to function effectively in a global community. Foreign language instruction is essential to the development of skills needed to facilitate global interaction. According to the U.S. Congress, children who have studied a foreign language in elementary schools achieve expected gains and score higher on standardized tests of reading, language arts, and mathematics than children who have not studied a foreign language. Learning a second language also improves students' understanding of their native language. People who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, the ability to multitask and better listening skills. As such, the rationale for all foreign language courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to address the need to develop in students the ability to communicate in written and oral media and to be open to and find an appreciation for cultural diversity with world populations. 

Spanish III Course Description

Spanish III provides a greater emphasis on the Spanish language, grammar, and culture. As part of the course, students will be afforded opportunities to read, write, hear and speak Spanish while they work towards becoming linguistically and culturally literate. 

Spanish III Course Rationale

It is considered essential that tomorrow's leaders and citizens possess the ability to understand and express ideas clearly in order to function effectively in a global community. Foreign language instruction is essential to the development of skills needed to facilitate global interaction. According to the U.S. Congress, children who have studied a foreign language in elementary schools achieve expected gains and score higher on standardized tests of reading, language arts, and mathematics than children who have not studied a foreign language. Learning a second language also improves students' understanding of their native language. People who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, the ability to multitask and better listening skills. As such, the rationale for all foreign language courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to address the need to develop in students the ability to communicate in written and oral media and to be open to and find an appreciation for cultural diversity with world populations. 

Spanish IV Course Description

Instruction in Spanish IV consists of a communicative approach with an emphasis on grammar, vocabulary, literature, and culture to strengthen a student's proficiency in Spanish. Students will have an opportunity to reinforce reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills through individual and group activities at a more advanced level.

Spanish IV Course Rationale

It is considered essential that tomorrow's leaders and citizens possess the ability to understand and express ideas clearly in order to function effectively in a global community. Foreign language instruction is essential to the development of skills needed to facilitate global interaction. According to the U.S. Congress, children who have studied a foreign language in elementary schools achieve expected gains and score higher on standardized tests of reading, language arts, and mathematics than children who have not studied a foreign language. Learning a second language also improves students' understanding of their native language. People who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, the ability to multitask and better listening skills. As such, the rationale for all foreign language courses in the East Buchanan C-1 School District is to address the need to develop in students the ability to communicate in written and oral media and to be open to and find an appreciation for cultural diversity with world populations. 

VISUAL ART

 

Art I Course Rationale

Visual arts production provides a means for creativity, problem solving, self-expression, and the ability to respond to the artistic communications of others through analyzation and interpretation. Creating visual art provides a way for students to actively use materials and techniques to demonstrate feelings, thoughts, and ideas. Artistically literate citizens find joy, inspiration, peace, intellectual stimulation, meaning and other life-enhancing qualities through participation in all of the arts.

Art I Course Description

Art I is a study of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. Students will study these concepts through a variety of two-dimensional design and drawing projects. Art history, aesthetics, appreciation, and self-critiques will be incorporated along with the art assignments. Students will use the textbook, ART Talk, to help reinforce concepts and ideas studied with each project. **Students will need to purchase art materials for this course** (List available at registration)

Art II Course Description

The Art II course is designed to allow students to build on their basic knowledge of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design from Art I. Students will be working with both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art projects, and will have more freedom to experiment with media and subject matter. Art II Students will explore realism in drawing, as well as abstraction to a limited degree. All artwork should reflect strong design and composition. Art history, aesthetics, appreciation, and self-critiques will be incorporated in each art assignment.

Art II Course Rationale

Visual arts production provides a means for creativity, problem solving, self-expression, and the ability to respond to the artistic communications of others through analyzation and interpretation. Creating visual art provides a way for students to actively use materials and techniques to demonstrate feelings, thoughts, and ideas. Artistically literate citizens find joy, inspiration, peace, intellectual stimulation, meaning and other life-enhancing qualities through participation in all of the arts.

Art III Course Description

The Art III course is allowing students who are interested in developing their portfolio to take their art to another level. Students will use their knowledge of art and techniques to create projects that have a great deal of artistic freedom. Students will study the three aesthetic theories of Imitationalism (extreme realism), Formalism (strong compositional elements), and Emotionalism (creating mood). Students will create artworks that reflect each of these theories, but will have a great deal of freedom to choose techniques and subject matter. All artwork should reflect strong design and composition. Art history, aesthetics, appreciation, and self-critiques will be incorporated in each art assignment.

Art III Course Rationale

Visual arts production provides a means for creativity, problem solving, self-expression, and the ability to respond to the artistic communications of others through analyzation and interpretation. Creating visual art provides a way for students to actively use materials and techniques to demonstrate feelings, thoughts, and ideas. Artistically literate citizens find joy, inspiration, peace, intellectual stimulation, meaning and other life-enhancing qualities through participation in all of the arts.

Art IV Course Description

The Art IV course is designed to allow students to continue to add to their portfolio, and their knowledge of techniques and media. Students will begin to focus on their individual style and choice of aesthetic theory (Imitationalism, Formalism, and Emotionalism). Students will be self-directed in project choice, and will be required to plan out projects, decide upon objectives, execute plan, and formally evaluate each artwork through critiques. Students will need to become aware of individual strengths and weaknesses, and begin the process of having a theme or common thread within the portfolio. Students will be required to keep a sketchbook, and provide art materials for projects from a list given during the first class. (Students should keep Art I, II, and III materials and sketchbooks, so the cost is minimal.)

Art IV Course Rationale

Visual arts production provides a means for creativity, problem solving, self-expression, and the ability to respond to the artistic communications of others through analyzation and interpretation. Creating visual art provides a way for students to actively use materials and techniques to demonstrate feelings, thoughts, and ideas. Artistically literate citizens find joy, inspiration, peace, intellectual stimulation, meaning and other life-enhancing qualities through participation in all of the arts.