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Welcome to Sycamore High School!

Sycamore High School aspires to have 100% of their student body college or career ready by the time they graduate from SHS. To help us to meet this goal, we offer a variety of challenging and enjoyable curricular opportunities, as well as a variety of athletic programs, visual and performing arts programs, clubs, and activities. It is our belief that high school should be “The Experience of a Lifetime.� In many cases, the high school experience sets the stage for successes later in life. High school also creates a lifetime of positive memories for our students. We encourage all of our students to become involved and engaged outside of the classroom in order to enhance their high school experience. We are proud of our continual goal of providing an excellent education for our students. Over 65% of our faculty have obtained a Master's Degree or higher. Students will find our teachers are always available to assist them in achieving their goals. We have a dynamic, hardworking faculty who are here to enhance the educational experience we provide, as well as to support, encourage, and challenge our students to perform to the best of their ability.. I look forward to seeing you around the building! Feel free to stop me in the halls, or drop by my office if there is ever anything I can do to help you.

Tim Carlson tcarlson@syc427.org (815) 899-8143


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Table of Contents

GENERAL INFORMATION Counseling Office Staff Information.......................................................................................................2 Registration...............................................................................................................................................3 Fees............................................................................................................................................................3 Graduation Requirements......................................................................................................................3 College Admission Requirements..........................................................................................................3 NCAA Eligibility.........................................................................................................................................4 Course Load..............................................................................................................................................4 Changes in Registration...........................................................................................................................4 Dropping Courses.....................................................................................................................................5 Ability Grouping........................................................................................................................................5 Promotion.................................................................................................................................................5 Grading Scale............................................................................................................................................5 GPA/Class Rank.........................................................................................................................................6

COURSE OFFERINGS Agriculture................................................................................................................................................7 Art.............................................................................................................................................................11 Buisiness and Technology Education...................................................................................................17 English.....................................................................................................................................................21 Math.........................................................................................................................................................27 Music........................................................................................................................................................33 Physical and Health Education.............................................................................................................37 Science.....................................................................................................................................................41 Social Studies..........................................................................................................................................47 World Languages....................................................................................................................................53

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Driver Education.....................................................................................................................................57 Media Sciences.......................................................................................................................................58 Cooperative Education..........................................................................................................................59 Dual Credit Courses...............................................................................................................................60 Kishwaukee Academies.........................................................................................................................62 Kishwaukee Education Consortium Vocational..................................................................................65

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COUNSELING OFFICE STAFF Kristal Templin, Counselor B.A. in Psychology, Nyack College M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College Students A-F ktemplin@syc427.org (815) 899-8144, ext. 2133 Kathy Dombek, Counselor Department Chair B.S. Family and Consumer Science Northern Illinois University M.S. Ed. Family and Consumer Science/ Counseling Northern Illinois University Students H-N kdombek@syc427.org (815) 899-8144, ext. 2132 Mary Grimes, Counselor B. S. Special Education Illinois State Universtiy M.S. Ed. Counseling Northern Illinois University Students P-Z mgrimes@syc427.org (815) 899-8144, ext. 2134 Jennifer Charles, Counselor M.S in School Counseling, Capella University B.S. in Sociology, Western Illinois University Students G, N, & O and College and Career Counselor jcharles@syc427.org (815) 899-8144, ext 2230 Lacey Lantz, Administrative Assistant, Registrar llantz@syc427.org (815) 899-8144

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General Information

The course catalog contains a description of each course offered at Sycamore High School. It is designed to assist students and parents in selecting courses of instruction that will best prepare the individual student to either enter employment or to pursue further education following high school graduation. The long-range goal one seeks to attain is of the utmost importance in planning one’s high school program.

REGISTRATION

Registration for students will be held during spring semester of each year. The Counseling Department will hold group meetings for all students in January for the purpose of presenting curriculum offerings and to explain the registration procedure. There will be approximately one week period following the presentation when the student will confer with parents, counselors, and teachers and complete their actual preregistration.

FEES

The Sycamore Community School District #427 Board of Education establishes fees each year. These fees include textbook, towel, Driver Education, and activity/athletic fees as well as specialized fees such as lab costs, projects, workbooks, and schedule changes.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Class of 2018 (Subject to change) Total credits: 20 Eight semesters of high school work including the following:

(a) 13 major academic credits including:

1. English - 4 credits (½ credit is met with required Public Speaking and Communication class)

2. Mathematics - 3 credits

3. Science - 2 credits

4. Social Studies – 2½ credits (1 credit in World Cultures; 1 credit in Am History; ½ credit in

Government)

5. Consumer Economics – ½ credit

6. World language, art, music or vocational - 1 credit

(b) 4 credits in Physical Education including ½ credit in health and ¼ credit in Driver Education

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS (Minimum)

English Math Science Social Science Fine Arts

4 years 3 years (Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry) 3 years 3 years 2 years (including foreign language, art, and music)

Always check the college you are interested in for specific requirements.

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NCAA DIVISION I OR II ELIGIBILITY (Core course requirements)

DIVISION 1 (16) English Math Science Additional English, math, or science Social Science Additional coursework (from any area above or foreign language)

4 years 3 years (Algebra 1 or higher) 2 years 1 year 2 years 4 years

DIVISION II (16) English Math Science Additional English, math, or science Social Science Additional coursework (from any area above or foreign language)

3 years 2 years (Algebra 1 or higher) 2 years 3 years 2 years 4 years

Please check with the NCAA Clearinghouse (www.eligibilitycenter.org) for specific requirements related to each subject.

COURSE LOAD

• Students are required to be enrolled in at least five classes per semester. • Students are expected to complete a course once they have registered for it because they have made a commitment to themselves and to the school. • Extra-curricular activities (athletics, cheerleading, dramatics, etc.) provision for adequate study time; and the possibility of employment should be seriously considered when planning the course load.

CHANGES IN REGISTRATION

Student programs will be changed after the final registration is completed only if extreme emergency circumstances exist. If such circumstances should arise, changes will be made only if they meet the following criteria. Some will require written parental approval. • Errors such as enrolling in a course previously taken or resulting from data processing. • Failure or near failure in a pre-requisite course and/or in a semester or year course. • Successful completion of summer school courses. • Scheduling conflicts. • Teacher/counselor/administrator initiated.

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DROPPING COURSES

“Dropping” is a student’s withdrawal from that course on or after the first day of the school semester. The student will receive a “W” which will be recorded on the student’s permanent record. If, after talking it over with the instructor, you find that you must drop a course, see your counselor. Written permission from a parent is required to drop a course. If a course is dropped after the fourth week of the semester, the student will receive an “F” as a semester grade in that course and that grade will be recorded on the student’s permanent record.

ABILITY GROUPING

In order that students with special needs might benefit from developmental programs and in order to provide for individual differences, the school provides advanced and regular sections in some subject matter areas. Several criteria, including test scores, past performance in the subject field and teacher recommendations are used to guide students in placement. We are aware that misplacements can occur. The student can review his/her placement with the teacher and the director of counseling during the year and make changes in his/her course level based on the recommendation of the teacher.

PROMOTION

Students’ class standings are classified as follows: Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior

Completed 8th grade 5 credits and completion of at least one year of high school 10 credits and completion of at least two years of high school 15 credits and completion of at least three years of high school

GRADING SCALE A+ A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF

98-100 93-97 90-92 87-89 83-86 80-82 77-79 73-76 70-72 67-69 63-66 60-62 Below 60

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GPA/CLASS RANK

Non-Weighted Grade Point Average Sycamore High School uses a 4.0 grade point system. This means that grades in classes are given “grade points” as follows: A = 4.0; B = 3.0; C = 2.0; D = 1.0; F = 0. This system is utilized to determine honor roll and to report to colleges and other post-high school organizations through posting on a student’s official transcript. Weighted Grade Point Average Sycamore High School also utilizes a “weighted grade point average” for the purpose of recognizing student effort in particularly challenging elective classes. Students will receive an additional .5 weighting per year for each grade in these courses as follows: A = 4.5; B = 3.5; C = 2.5; D = 1.5; F = .5. Weighted elective classes are as follows: • English: Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) English (9), Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) English (10), Junior Composition and Literature, Senior Composition, Senior Literature • Mathematics: Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus • Science: Chemistry, Physics, Advanced Chemistry • Social Studies: Current American Problems, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, World History • World Language: French 2,3,4; Spanish 2,3,4 • Art: Pre-Ap 2-D Studio, Advanced 2-D Studio, Advanced 3-D Studio, Advanced Digital Art Studio Additional 0.5 Weighted Courses • Any Dual Credit course taken at a college or university that is categorized as a “100 level” course will receive a .5 weight. Any Dual Credit course taken at a college or university that is categorized as a “200 level” course or above will receive a 1.0 weight. • If a Dual Credit course is not taught on sight or by our staff, a “Dual Credit Form” must be signed and kept on file. A dual credit agreement cannot be changed once it is signed, unless the course is dropped by the student for issues out of his/her control (ex: medical issue). Additional 1.0 Weighted Courses • Students who meet the criteria to qualify for Sycamore High School’s Mathematically Talented Program, EMSA taught at Kishwaukee College, AP Statistics, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP History, AP Physics I, AP Biology, AP Studio Art will receive an additional 1.0 per year weight each (regardless of it was a classroom or online course). Grade points in these classes will be awarded as follows: A = 5.0; B = 4.0; C = 3.0; D = 2.0; F = 1.0 The purpose of the weighted grade point system is to determine class rank. Valedictorian and salutatorian will be determined using the weighted GPA and will be computed at the conclusion of all eight semesters of high school. Also, initial eligibility for National Honor Society will utilize the students’ weighted grade point average.

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Agriculture

AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION Recommended Course Sequence

There may be a fee attached to courses in this department. Fees will be approved in the spring by the Board of Education, and assessed during August registration. 7


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HANDS ON SKILLS

Level: 9, 10 Prerequisites: None Credit: 2 (1 for related class work; 1 for Supervised Ag Experience Program)

Semesters: 2

This introductory course provides an opportunity for students to learn how the agricultural industry is organized; its major components; the economic influence of agriculture at state and national levels; and the scope and types of job opportunities in the agricultural field (Agricultural jobs account for 21% of all jobs in Illinois and 22% on the National Level). Applications are presented in Agribusiness, AG Mechanics and Animal Science. The course will focus on basic concepts and introducing & developing basic skills in animal science, agricultural careers, life skills, leadership/goal setting and agricultural mechanics such as welding, woodworking, and engines. Included in the course is a supervised agricultural experience project (SAEP). Students are required to start or develop an SAEP Project by January 1. Students will be introduced to leadership, cooperation and citizenship skills through the FFA. There is a course fee for this course.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE APPLICATIONS IN AGRICULTURE (BSAA)

Level: 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Hands on Skills, Intro to Horticulture, or recommendation from Instructor or Counselor Credit: 2 (1 for related class work; 1 for Supervised Ag Experience Program) • NCAA Accredited • Counts as a Science Credit to fulfill SHS graduation requirements • Counts as a lab science credit at most four year universities • There may be a course fee for this course. Biological Science Applications in agriculture-animal, soil, and plant science is a coursed designed to reinforce and extend student’s understanding of science by associating scientific principles and concepts with relevant applications in agriculture. Students will examine major phases of animal, soil, and plant agriculture and specific biological science concepts that govern management decisions in the animal, soil, and plant industry. Some of the major areas of study include: Biotechnology, soil science, erosion control, environmental concerns, food science, cloning, and veterinary science. This one-year course will deepen student’s understanding of science as content and as a process through the use of numerous laboratory exercises and experiments. Microcomputer applications are utilized as they relate to each instructional unit. Students can also establish a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program and participate in agricultural science activities of the FFA.

AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS AND AGRICULTURE CONSTRUCTION

Level: 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Hands on Skills, Intro to Horticulture, or recommendation from Instructor or Counselor Credit: 2 (1 for related class work; 1 for Supervised Ag Experience Program) • There may be a course fee for this course. This mechanics portion of the course will provide students with hands on activities in arc welding, oxyacetylene welding, MIG welding and small gasoline engines. The construction portion of the class is relating to agricultural construction, agricultural surveying and agricultural electricity. Emphasis will be placed on these skills as they relate to agricultural business and management. Students are required to have a project to work on during the last 6 weeks of this course. Examples of projects are picnic tables, benches, patio blocks, repair of trailers, and refinishing wood projects from home.

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AGRICULTURE MECHANICS II – PROCESS AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Level: 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Hands on Skills, Ag Mechanics, or recommendation from Instructor or Counselor Credit: 2 (1 for related class work; 1 for Supervised Ag Experience Program) • There may be a course fee for this course. Students will take the basics that they learned in Ag Mechanics and construction and work with staff and community members to develop products that fit their needs. Products that are produced can be metal or wooden. Students will go through the entire budget process, research and gathering of materials, construction of the product and a presentation of the final product.

WELDING/METAL FABRICATION

Level: Preferred 11, 12; (10 with teacher approval) Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Hands on Skills, Ag Mechanics, or recommendation from Instructor or Counselor Credit: 1 Students will be learning the basics of welding techniques and metal fabrication such as MIG, TIG, and STICK welding and Plasma, torch and CNC cutting techniques. The students in the class will get the basics of welding during the first nine weeks, and then the students will have a chance to create projects based on their design and fabrication plans. The goal of the class if for students to understand the basic concepts of welding that would make them marketable in a welding program at a technical school or in the work industry.

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS

Level: 12 Semesters: 1 Prerequisites: Hands on Skills, BSAA, Horticulture, Ag Mechanics, or Instructor recommendation Credit: 1 (1/2 for related class work; 1/2 for Supervised Ag Experience Program) • This course fulfills a students Consumer Economics requirement for graduation. This course will develop students’ understanding of the agricultural industry relating to the United States and World marketplace. Instructional units include: marketing and trading of agricultural products, international agriculture, imports and exports, agricultural law, taxes, governmental regulations and policies, and advanced computerized record keeping. Student skills will be enhanced in math, reading comprehension, and writing through agribusiness applications. Employability skills will be developed with resume writing and interviewing techniques to gain employment. Post-secondary education will be explored at agricultural colleges and universities. Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus. Students who participate in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects can earn extra credit. This is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

AGRICULTURE SENIOR CAREER ACADEMY

Level: 12 Prerequisites: Agricultural Business, or recommendation from Instructor or Counselor Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (1) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards AGT 100 class at Kishwaukee College)

Semesters: 1

Students will participate in a real world experience during this 18 week course. The Career Academy will be 9 weeks with an in-class portion and for 9 weeks we will be touring and interacting with the Ag Business community. During this time students will experience 9 different Agriculture Career options including but not limited to: animal health care, horticulture, agriculture engineering/manufacturing, farming, trading/ marketing, agronomy, insurance, banking, and processing/manufacturing. More details to come! 9


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INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE

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Level: 9, 10 Prerequisites: None Credit: 2 (1 for related class work; 1 for Supervised Ag Experience Program) • This course can be repeated for 9 and 10 grade • There may be a course fee for this course.

Semesters: 2

This course is designed to develop student interest in the field of horticulture. The different areas of study include greenhouse work, leadership and job survival skills. It is intended to help the individual become more acquainted with the environmental requirements of plants for best growth, to teach the student how plants are used and maintained in different areas, and to develop personal skills needed for every day life. This two semester course will include various aspects of identification, selection, and care of annual and perennial flowers, potted flowering and foliage crops, and flowering shrubs and trees. The student will also have experience in solving problems on heating and cooling, watering, insects and diseases, and merchandising greenhouse products. Students will work through the basics of floral design, landscaping and greenhouse management.

ADVANCED HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE

Level: 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Introduction to Horticulture, Hands on Skills, BSAA or recommendation from Instructor or Counselor Credit: 2 (1 for related class work; 1 for Supervised Ag Experience Program) • This course can be repeated for 11 and 12 grade In this course the student will become familiar with the costs of materials, ordering, costs of production, and determining the selling prices. In the spring semester, the student will become familiar with the installing and maintaining of different landscapes around the school grounds and possible one in the community. Each student will make seven to eight drawings of residential/commercial housing with complete landscape recommendations. Students will have a chance to use a computer landscape design program to design two of these projects. This two semester course will include various aspects of identification, selection, and care of perennial flowers, flowering shrubs and trees, and turf grass. We will spend time in the school greenhouse working with annuals, perennials and vegetables in order to prepare for the Spring Community Bedding Plant Sale. The area of floral design will teach skills that will give the student some background in floral design and sales, so one may see the possibilities in this field of work. Student will design 15 different arrangements during this 10-week unit. There is a course fee.

INDEPENDENT HORTICULTURE INTERNSHIP

Level: 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 1 Prerequisites: Horticulture, Hands on Skills, BSAA or recommendation from Instructor or Counselor Credit: 1 (1/2 for related class work; 1/2 for Supervised Ag Experience Program) • Runs January through August • Transportation is not provided for this course. Students will work independently with individual maintenance staff or principals at schools around the district (5 elementary, 1 MS and 1 HS). They will do regular landscape maintenance and care of shrubs, trees, flowers and flower beds. New projects may be developed by administration and student will take on those projects as well. This does not include mowing. Students will work through the summer months to get the credit. Compensation may be given for summer hours (if available).

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Art

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Course Offerings

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STUDIO ART I AND II

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1/2 per Semester • This class will be offered zero hour. Transporation will not be provided. • There may be a course fee for this course.

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Semesters: 1 and 2

This course is for the beginning artist. You do not have to be good at art to take this course. We will teach you. In this course, students will explore a variety of tools, techniques and media which provides them with the foundation necessary to expand into more specialized areas. The studio activities will focus on developing skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture/ceramics.

VISUAL CULTURES

Level: 9, 10 Prerequisites: None Credit: 2 (1 for Art; 1 for Social Studies) • There may be a course fee for this course.

Semesters: 2

This course is a unique blend of the Studio Art and World Cultures curriculums. Students will have the opportunity to explore various cultures through a blend of social studies strategies as well as visual arts production. This course will satisfy the World Cultures requirement as well as the Studio Art I and II prerequisite.

CERAMICS STUDIO I AND II

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Studio Art I and II (Studio Art I with instructor approval) Credit: 1/2 per Semester

Semesters: 1 and 2

This Beginning Ceramics course will take the student through fundamental hand building techniques focusing on both functional and sculptural ceramics. They will be introduced to a variety of surface embellishments, glazing and firing techniques, and will produce a number of creative pieces.

DRAWING STUDIO I AND II

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Studio Art I & II (Studio Art I with instructor approval) Credit: 1/2 per Semester

Semesters: 1 and 2

This beginning drawing course provides the art student with the opportunity to build and enhance their drawing skills through the use of pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, colored pencil, and pastel. The second semester focus will be on the development of individual expression through the use of creative, visual problem-solving. Students will be challenged to brainstorm, make good use of time to produce more work, and critique their own work as well as others.

PAINTING STUDIO I AND II

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Studio Art I & II (Studio I with instructor approval) Credit: 1/2 per Semester

Semesters: 1 and 2

This course is designed to teach students the concepts, skills, methods, and processes necessary to explore watercolor, acrylic, and oil painting. There is an emphasis on color theory, design principles, media, tools and variety of painting techniques. 12


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2-D STUDIO I AND II

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: One semester of Drawing Studio or Painting Studio Credit: 1/2 per Semester, repeatable • This class will be offered zero hour. Transporation will not be provided.

Art

Semesters: 2

2-D Studio further develops the skills of drawing and painting using various techniques in a variety of media. Learners integrate and build upon their knowledge of design and composition to create works and various artistic styles. Students will explore a variety of materials, such as colored pencils, ink, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic and oil paint. Students will make connections between their work and images from art history. During critiques students will reflect on the creative process and critically analyze their art as well as others.

PRE-AP 2-D STUDIO I AND II

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: One semester of Drawing Studio or Painting Studio Credit: 1/2 per Semester, repeatable

Semesters: 2

This course is very similar to 2-D Studio I and II however it is geared towards students that are considering AP Studio. The AP Syllabus will be reviewed and the production of work will be more substantial.

3-D STUDIO I AND II

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: One semester of Ceramics Studio Credit: 1/2 per Semester, repeatable

Semesters: 1 or 2

3-D studio students will explore intermediate concepts and processes of 3-D art production through exploration of various media such as paper, clay, wood, wire, plaster, and stone. They learn a wide variety of hand-building techniques, design skills, and various other processes to achieve a wide range of effects. During critiques students will reflect on the creative process and critically analyze their art as well as others.

DIGITAL ART STUDIO I

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Studio Art I and II Credit: 1/2 per Semester

Semesters: 1 or 2

Digital Art Studio I introduces students to the basics of art and technology through the elements of art and principles of design. Technology is used as a tool to create computer-generated art projects and presentations; Students are introduced to graphic design, illustration and digitized photographic manipulation. This course will give students a strong foundation and will introduce them to the skills used in Digital Arts careers. Students will be using industry standard software and tools.

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DIGITAL ART STUDIO II

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Studio Art I and II and Digital Studio I Credit: 1/2 per Semester

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Semesters: 1 or 2

Digital Art Studio II continues with the basics of art and technology through the elements of art and principles of design. Technology is used as a tool to create computer-generated art projects and presentations; Students continue to work with graphic design, illustration and digitized photographic manipulation. This course will give students an opportunity to further develop the skills used in Digital Arts careers. Towards the end of the course students will begin to choose a more specific path of study based on their own interests and talents. Students will be using industry standard software and tools.

ADVANCED DIGITAL ART STUDIO

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: Studio Art I and II, and Digital Art Studio I and II Credit: 1/2 per Semester, repeatable

Semesters: 1 or 2

Advanced Digital Art Studio is designed for the student who is serious about digital art, graphic design and/ or digital photography and/or is considering a career in one of these fields. Students will work independently to create a concentrated collection of digital arts images, graphic design projects, or a digital photo portfolio. Students will write a contract to direct their goals and studies. The student proposed contract must be approved by the instructor at the beginning of the semester. There will be ongoing instructor review of the student‘s work throughout the semester. This course may be repeated.

ADVANCED 2-D STUDIO

Level: 12 Prerequisites: 2-D Studio I and II (2-D Studio I with instructor approval) Credit: 1/2 per semester, repeatable

Semesters: 1 or 2

Advanced 2-D Studio is designed for the student who is serious about art and is considering post-high school study or a career in art. Students will work independently within a collaborative environment to create a concentrated collection of work. Students will develop a contract with the goals of working with drawing, painting, and or mixed media. The contract must be approved by the instructor at the beginning of the semester. There will be ongoing review of the student’s work during the semester.

ADVANCED 3-D STUDIO

Level: 12 Prerequisites: 3-D Studio I and II (3-D Studio I with instructor approval) Credit: 1/2 per Semester

Semesters: 1 or 2

Advanced 3-D Studio is designed for the student who is serious about art and is considering post-high school study or a career in art. The student will create a contract with the instructor to establish goals for either ceramics or sculptural -design. There will be ongoing instructor review and various types of critiques and reflections throughout the semester.

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SENIOR PORTFOLIO

Level: 12 Prerequisits: 2-D Studio I and II or 3-D Studio I and I Credit: 1/2 per Semester • This class will be offered zero hour. Transporation will not be provided.

Art

Semesters: 1 or 2

Students in Senior Portfolio must have a general understanding of the elements and principles of art upon entry. They must be decisive, accountable, risk-takers, demonstrate innovation, and above all, be finishers. Students will produce a portfolio of 10 quality artworks during this course (per semester). A variety of materials may be used.

AP STUDIO

Level: 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Studio Art I and II, One year of the following: Ceramics Studio I and II, Drawing Studio I and II or Painting Studio I and II and one year of 2-D Studio (or Pre-AP 2-D Studio) or 3-D Studio Credit: 1 This course is designed to prepare students for the AP Portfolio process. An emphasis will be placed on making art as an ongoing process that engages students in informed and critical decision-making. Students will be asked to investigate both formal and conceptual ideas. Students in this course will learn how to approach and dissect a work of art, explore the creative process, and will be introduced to new techniques and processes. Work will be critiqued in a variety of ways, both individually and as a group. AP Studio at SHS offers two options: Drawing Portfolio or Design Portfolio. Students will be asked to choose an appropriate portfolio and understand the Portfolio’s focus. The portfolios are broken into three equally weighted components: Qualities, Concentrations and Breadths. All students will receive a booklet and syllabus that contains details of each portfolio.

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Business & Technology

BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY Course Offerings

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INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

This course combines business and economic concepts with practical applications to develop the students’ understanding of American business and the global economy. Students will explore the possibility of a career in business as they study the free enterprise system as it relates to the consumer and the entrepreneur. The Internet and other computer applications software are used to simulate business situations as they may occur in the modern business environment.

MARKETING – SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT (OFFERED IN EVEN YEAR) Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1 or 2

Marketing introduces students to the basic concepts involved in the process of developing, promoting and distributing products and services. Designed from the standpoint of the career marketer, students will study a broad range of topics including salesmanship, advertising, product placement, pricing strategy, and physical distribution systems. In addition, students will learn basic math, communication, interpersonal, and managerial skills, which are necessary for success in any business career.

SPARTMART INDEPENDENT STUDY

Level: 11, 12 Semesters: TBD Prerequisites: Preference will be given to students who are enrolled in or have taken Introduction to Business or Marketing. Applications must be filed through the Guidance Office and approved by the Business & Technology Department & High School Administration Credit: TBD This exciting new class being offered will bring students into the world of merchandising by being part of the Sycamore school store – SpartMart - team. Students will learn the essentials to operating a successful store and become a vital part of the SpartMart operations. Students will be responsible for preparing displays and advertisements, running marketing campaigns, assisting in the selection and ordering of merchandise and numerous other store activities. Students will have regular hours to work in the store, along with time to meet with the school store advisors. Students who apply must be hardworking, dependable, creative and able to work before or after school and/or during study hall or lunch.

BUSINESS LAW (OFFERED IN EVEN YEAR)

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisits: None (Introduction to Business is recommended) Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

This course is designed to introduce students to many legal principles and issues of the business world. Students will examine the law as it pertains to both the consumer and the businessperson. Topics covered include the rights and duties of all members of society, tort law (civil law) criminal law (including white-collar crime), business ethics, constitutional rights, the court system, personal injury laws, and contracts. Students will also have the opportunity to visit a courtroom and conclude class with a Mock Trial.

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ACCOUNTING I (OFFERED IN ODD YEAR)

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: None (Introduction to Business is recommended) Credit: 1/2

Business & Technology

Semesters: 1

This course is designed to teach students the basic principles of accounting along with the skills to process and interpret financial transactions. Students will study Accounting terminology, the basics of the doubleentry system, the preparation and interpretation of financial statements, and the use of computerized accounting software will be covered. Whether intended for personal use or as a foundation for further study in the pursuit of a career in business, this course is of value to all students.

ACCOUNTING II (OFFERED IN ODD YEAR) Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Accounting I Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

This is an advanced level accounting course which builds upon the accounting principles and procedures learned from accounting l. Emphasis is placed on managerial decisions made in the major types of business organizations along with the merchandising business accounting cycle and transactions. Students will also be introduced to spreadsheet and accounting software to create financial statements for all business units studied.

KEYBOARDING & TECHNOLOGY Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

This is an introductory course designed for students who have had little to no computer experience or instruction. Students will develop basic keyboarding techniques, increase typing speed while learning the basics of document formatting and explore effective Internet usage, safety and ethics. Students will begin with learning the keyboard using the touch-typing method. Focus will be on the development of proper keyboarding technique, correction of bad keyboarding habits students acquired and overall computer and Internet management. Proofreading and editing skills along with additional formatting techniques will also be covered, including letters, reports, e-mail, and other forms of written business communication, as well as the basic commands and features of the word processing software.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS – MS OFFICE

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 1 Prerequisits: None (If student has little background in computers, Keyboarding & Technology is recommended. If in doubt, please talk to a Business Ed. Instructor.) Credit: 1/2 per Semester This class is designed and will benefit all student, even those who have used MS Office. This course covers Microsoft Office in depth, and is designed for students with some computer experience. Students will begin with essential word processing skills using Microsoft Word and move through advanced Word techniques. Students will also explore and apply spreadsheet techniques using Microsoft Excel and will move to MS PowerPoint (presentation), Access (database) & finish with Publisher (desktop publishing). The purpose is to provide students with additional computer skills used throughout high school and/or college, as well as any real world personal or workplace situation. Internet research skills and information ethics will also be covered.

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VIDEO GAME DESIGN I

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Computer Applications Credit: 1/2

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Semesters: 1

This semester long course explores the basic principles behind designing working video games. Students will explore, interact, build and evaluate video games. Students will not be required to use code, rather games will be using “flash” and drag and drop methods. At least three different platforms of games will be discussed and focused on. Students will also explore game trends, news and articles dealing with game design, violence, and learning.

VIDEO GAME DESIGN II

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Video Game Design I Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

This semester long class continues the exploration behind the principles of good video game design. In this class, more focus will be placed on the design elements and what makes a good video game. Students will work independently, drawing contracts and working in “real world scenarios” from storyboards to production. Research into the gaming career and schools will be done, as students explore the possibilities of the video game design industry.

WEB DESIGN

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisits: Computer Applications Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

Students will learn the fundamentals of web page design while working in a project-based environment. Students will create their own websites in Adobe Fireworks and Adobe Dreamweaver while incorporating elements of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Students will also learn how to apply flash animation and movies to their web pages.

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ENGLISH

Course Offerings

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ENGLISH I

Level: 9 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1

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Semesters: 2

English I is a one-year, required course which seeks to empower youth to engage life through literacy. Special emphasis is placed on reading comprehension and analysis of both fiction and nonfiction texts, including narrative nonfiction, short stories, poetry, Shakespearean drama, research articles, and novels. In addition, students use the writing process to practice narrative, analysis, and research writing. Focus is also placed on introducing students to MLA-style writing. Specific grammatical practice includes creating sentence variety and correcting common construction errors. Speaking and listening, as well as vocabulary development, are woven throughout the curriculum. The course is NCAA approved/accredited, and students must complete English I with a passing grade in order to enroll in English II.

PRE-ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ENGLISH: LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (9) Level: 9 Prerequisites: See AP Requirements on Page 21 Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

This course is designed to engage students in careful reading and critical analysis of literary works written originally in English from a variety of cultures and eras. The primary focus at this level will be on the epic poem, the short story genre, the Shakespearean Tragedy, and the American novel. The course will include intensive study of representative works from various time periods with attention to both the literary artistry and the social/historical values reflected in each piece. Students will be encouraged to develop close reading skills paying careful attention to the following elements: the experience of literature, the interpretation of literature, and the evaluation of literature. Writing will also be an essential component of the course with assignments focusing on the critical analysis of literature, while also touching on descriptive writing, the personal narrative, and an introduction to the Modern Language Association (MLA) format through the completion of a formal research paper. Vocabulary development will also be stressed as a means of improving both written and spoken communication. Students entering this course are expected to possess a firm grasp of English grammar, as the concentration on language use will be designed to enhance student ability to utilize grammatical conventions appropriately. This course fulfills one credit of the state graduation requirement for writing.

ENGLISH II

Level: 10 Prerequisites: English I Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

English II is a one-year course. It includes the review and study of capitalization, usage, and mechanics as it applies to the composing of essays, oral presentations, and a factual report. The study of literature, vocabulary, and literary devices will focus on Greek mythology, medieval romances, a Shakespearean play, a modern novel, and poetry. Students will continue to develop an appropriate understanding of MLA and the rules which govern research.

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PRE-ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ENGLISH: LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (10) Level: 10 Prerequisites: See AP Requirements on Page 21 Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

As a logical and sequential progression from AP (9th), Advanced Placement English: Literature and Composition (10th) is designed to build on the previous year’s English experience. This course will engage students in careful reading and critical analysis of literary works written originally in English from a variety of cultures and eras. The course will include intensive study of representative works from various eras and cultures with attention to both the literary artistry and the social/historical values reflected in each piece. Units including Mythology, Arthurian Legend, a Shakespearean play, American novels, short fiction, and poetry will provide much of the literary study. In such units, students will be encouraged to develop close reading skills paying careful attention to the following elements: the experience of literature, the interpretation of literature, and the evaluation of literature. Writing will also be an essential component of this course with assignments focusing on the critical analysis of literature, while also continuing to develop creative writing (through description and narration essays) and persuasive writing with attention to MLA format for citation concerns. Vocabulary development will also be stressed as a means of improving both written and spoken communication. Students entering this course are expected to possess a firm grasp of Standard English grammar, as the concentration on language use will be designed to enhance student ability to utilize grammatical conventions appropriately.

PUBLIC SPEAKING AND COMMUNICATION

Level: 10 Prerequisites: English I Credit: 1/2 • This class will be offered zero hour. Transporation will not be provided.

Semesters: 1

The purpose of this course is to help students improve their public speaking abilities. Throughout the course, students will practice and develop various academic and real-world presentations while using technology to support these presentations. The course will also strive to develop in students an awareness of various forms of digital communication and their responsibilities when participating in an increasingly digital world. This will remain a sophomore requirement.

ENGLISH III

Level: 11 Prerequisites: English I and English II with no semester grade above a CCredit: 1

Semesters: 2

English III is a junior-level, full-year course designed to prepare students in the areas of composition, research, and business writing skills. Required writing includes, but is not limited to, various essays, including a typed research report following MLA style, and practical writing exercises, like business letters, that students will find useful in their lives after high school. Students will also gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary American literature by reading and studying numerous contemporary American novels and shorts stories. Students will also become informed consumers of various genres of media. This course fulfills one credit of the state graduation requirement for writing.

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JUNIOR COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE

Level: 11 Prerequisites: English I and English II with at least one semester grade of C or above Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

This is a junior-level college preparatory course consisting of various approaches to composition and literature with additional attention to vocabulary development which is essential to both pursuits. The course will prepare students for the demands of mature academic writing which will be expected of them in their senior year and beyond. Students will solidify their understanding of grammar and usage especially as it relates to the clarity and precision of their writing. The course will focus on the nuances of writing a variety of essays, as well as stress the command of a variety of sentence structures and phrasing. Junior Composition and Literature is also designed to expose students to a wide variety of American Literature and to prepare them to analyze, discuss, and write about such literature effectively as well as to develop adequate and appropriate research skills.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION Level: 11 Prerequisites: See AP Requirements on Page 21 Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

This course is designed to engage students in developing two critical skills: 1: becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts by a variety of authors from a variety of eras; 2) becoming skilled writers who are capable of composing for a variety of audiences and purposes. To this end, the course will focus primarily on the study of nonfiction but will occasionally turn to fiction and poetry as necessary. Students will also be encouraged to make these rhetorical choices in the development of their own nonfiction. Writing assignments will include a variety of expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. The instruction will include attention to developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language with much focus on nurturing stylistic maturity and sophistication. Students entering this course should possess a firm grasp of standard English grammar, as our concentration on language will be designed to enhance student ability to use these grammatical conventions appropriately to develop stylistic maturity. Timed in-class writing will also be assigned in preparation for the AP exam. This course is offered to juniors interested in (and qualified for) the challenges of advanced placement courses, while AP English Literature and Composition is offered during senior year. This course fulfills one credit of the state graduation requirement for writing.

ENGLISH IV

Level: 12 Prerequisites: English III Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

English IV is a one-semester course designed to engage students in the processes of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in order to help them develop specific skills in preparation for college and careers, as well as to help them see these processes as lifelong, relevant, and enjoyable. Students will be asked to think critically about fiction and non-fiction literature, write creatively and analytically, express themselves through digital media, identify strategies of rhetoric and logical fallacies, and investigate and report on a controversial issue related to their top career choice. Throughout their studies, students will engage in college-preparatory research and use MLA format to present information and arguments. Vocabulary and grammar concepts are incorporated throughout the semester. This course is not currently NCAA approved/accredited.

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SENIOR COMPOSITION

Level: 12 Prerequisites: Successful completion of Junior Composition & Literature Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

This course is designed for students who plan to pursue further education after high school and fulfill college entrance requirements. The students will have an opportunity to review the grammar of English, to read examples of good essay writing, to study writing theory, to independently study vocabulary, to think critically, to create effective essays expressing their personal opinions, to obtain teacher and student response to their writings, and to learn the steps in effective persuasive/argumentative composition. Some oral presentations may be assigned which would apply to outside nonfiction topics, and principles of style.

SENIOR LITERATURE

Level: 12 Prerequisites: Successful completion of Junior Composition & Literature Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

This course is highly recommended for the college-bound student who needs to fulfill college entrance requirements. Students will read and discuss major literary works from a broad range of eras, cultures, and movements. The works chosen for the course will be ones that have influenced the development of Western culture. Many of the most important literary figures contributing to Western literature will be studied, including (but not limited to) Homer, Virgil, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Chekhov, Ibsen and many others. Students will evaluate the technical and cultural effects of the works, exploring events and trends that influence the writer. They will also write literary essays based on close observation of the works.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION Level: 12 Prerequisites: See AP Requirements on Page 21 Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

This course is designed to engage students in careful reading and critical analysis of literary works written originally in English from a variety of cultures and eras. The primary focus, however, will be on literature from British and American authors from the sixteenth century to contemporary times. The course will include intensive study of representative works from various genres and eras with attention to both the literary artistry and the social and historical values these works reflect. Students will be encouraged to develop close reading skills which include attention to the following elements: the experience of literature, the interpretation of literature, and the evaluation of literature. Writing will also be an essential component of the course with assignments focusing on the critical analysis of literature, but also including a variety of expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. The instruction will include attention to developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language with much focus on nurturing stylistic maturity and sophistication. Students entering this course should possess a firm grasp of Standard English grammar, as our concentration on language use will be designed to enhance student ability to use these grammatical conventions appropriately to develop stylistic maturity. Timed writing assignments will also be assigned in preparation for the AP exam. Students registering for this course should be prepared for collegiate-level assignments and homework.

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DUAL CREDIT ENGLISH

Level: 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Successful completion of Junior Composition & Literature Credit: SHS (1) + Kishwaukee College (6) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards ENG 103 and ENG 104 class at Kishwaukee College) The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to college-level writing that develops awareness of the writing process; provides invention, organization and revision strategies; stresses a variety of uses for writing; emphasizes critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing; and develops reasoning and argumentation skills. Dual Credit Senior English counts for both Sycamore High School and Kishwaukee College credit. While staying on SHS’s campus, students will take Kishwaukee College’s English 103 first semester and English 104 second semester of their senior year. Unless graduating early, students are required to enroll in both semesters. The 6 credit hours earned from the successful completion of these courses (in which the student earns a C or higher) are transferable to any college or university that accepts Kishwaukee College credit.

CREATIVE WRITING

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: English I with a grade of “C” or above Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

This is a semester course designed for students who are interested in exploring various forms of creative writing: descriptive sketches, short fiction, narration, poetry, and dramatic scene. Additionally, students are encouraged to keep a personal journal in which many entries are made in class. Major projects include a personal narrative essay, descriptive sketch, one short story, one dramatic scene, and a poetry booklet.

FILM AS LITERATURE

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: English II or English III Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

Classic Movies… They give voice to our genius, our heroes, and our history. They lift our spirits, terrify us, mesmerize us, ignite us, and delight us. No other medium has spoken to us or about us more proudly or profoundly. Film As Literature is the study and comparative analysis of short and long films, including some based on both classic and modern literature. Attention is given to the historic, artistic influences of film; the strategies necessary to “read” film as a type of literature; and the public and personal responses elicited by this powerful, modern medium. Units include film history, film genres, film viewing/reading, film as an art form and the language of film.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER - ELL

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Contingent upon student qualification Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

The English Language Learner class is for students whose primary language is other than English. This class provides intensive reading, writing and speaking of English. The goal is to enable students to reach the age appropriate reading, writing and speaking of English.

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Math

MATH

Course Offerings

* These courses are also available in an advanced format with instructor approval.

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PRE-ALGEBRA

Level: 9 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1

Sycamore High School 2017-18

Semesters: 2

Pre-Algebra is a freshman level class designed with three major parts. The first part serves as a review of eighth grade math. The second part is comprised of the development of the skills necessary for students to succeed in Algebra. The final part of the course is a basic introduction to topics such as Geometry and logical thinking skills. This course will help students who lack solid fundamentals meet state standards. Pre-Algebra is not for college bound students and is not accepted by the NCAA. Summer acceleration may be necessary to get on a college-bound track. Upon completion of the course, students will enter into Algebra AB.

ALGEBRA AB

Level: 10 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

The goal of this course is to expose the student to basic algebra skills. This course is not accepted by the NCAA and is not a traditional college-prep course. This is a course for sophomores and is considered to be below grade level. Topics covered include a review of Pre-Algebra skills, solving linear equations, graphing linear equations, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomials, basic factoring, solving and graphing quadratics. A scientific calculator will be required on a daily basis. Upon completion of this course students will likely enroll in Geometry AB.

DOUBLE BLOCK ALGEBRA Level: 9 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

The goal of this course is to take students who are below grade level upon entering high school and provide them with two consecutive periods of math in order to get the student back to grade level by the start of their sophomore year. The topics covered mirror the course content in Algebra I. Upon completion of Double Block Algebra students will enroll in Geometry (or Geometry AB).

ALGEBRA

Level: 9 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

Algebra is traditional course in the college-prep sequence and is designed to give students a solid foundation in mathematics. Students in Algebra have a math ability that is considered to be “at grade level.� This course emphasizes simplifying expressions, solving equations and inequalities, using problem-solving techniques to solve word problems and learning methods of graphing. Scientific calculators are used on a regular basis. This is the suggested course as a prerequisite for Geometry.

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GEOMETRY AB

Level: 9 Prerequisites: 10, 11(teacher recommendation only) Credit: 1

Math

Semesters: 2

This course is designed to meet the needs of struggling math students while fulfilling the state requirements. It is a one-year course that is designed to mirror the content taught in Geometry including lines, triangles, circles, quadrilaterals, areas and volumes. Geometry AB is not a traditional college preparation course and is not accepted by the NCAA. Students in Geometry AB are considered to be slightly below grade level.

GEOMETRY

Level: 9, 10 Prerequisites: Algebra Credit: 1 • This course is available in an advanced version with instructor consent.

Semesters: 2

Geometry is a standard course in the traditional college preparation sequence. Students will explore the world around us while developing their spatial, inductive, and deductive reasoning skills. Topics that are covered include lines, triangles, circles, quadrilaterals, areas, and volumes. The mastery of Algebra, especially the ability to solve equations, is essential for success in Geometry. Scientific calculators are required.

ALGEBRA II

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra (or Algebra AB) and Geometry (or Geometry AB) Credit: 1 • This course is available in an advanced version with instructor consent.

Semesters: 2

Algebra II is a continuation of the Algebra course and extends those topics to include additional theory relating to the real number system. It formalizes the study of Algebra by expanding problem solving techniques. Topics include systems of equations, inequalities, quadratic and polynomial functions, logarithms, and determinants. The course makes regular use of the scientific calculator and graphing calculators to make technology an integral part of the problem solving process. Algebra II will provide the prerequisite for PreCalculus with Trigonometry or Trigonometry/College Math. Algebra II is a traditional college-prep course taken by students who are “at grade level.”

BUSINESS MATH

Level: 12 Prerequisites: Geometry AB or teacher recommendation from Algebra II or Geometry Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

This is a senior level course that teaches students to use mathematics in the workplace as well as in one’s personal life. The course is not accepted by the NCAA. Among the topics included are balancing a checkbook, shopping for insurance, and working with percents. This course is designed only for seniors who are not planning to attend a four-year college. Part of the course includes preparing for placement exams. Scientific calculators are required.

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DUAL CREDIT COLLEGE ALGEBRA (First Semester)

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: Algebra II Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (4) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards MAT 150 at Kishwaukee College)

Semesters: 1

A senior level course that focuses on the study of linear and quadratic functions, inequalities, mathematical induction, binomial theorem, matrices and determinants, logarithmic and exponential functions, complex numbers and topics in the theory of equations. Credit for the course is earned both at Sycamore High School and Kishwaukee College. An additional fee is paid directly to Kishwaukee College. The TI-83 or higher calculator is required.

DUAL CREDIT COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY (Second Semester)

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: Algebra II Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (3) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards MAT 155 at Kishwaukee College)

Semesters: 1

A senior level course that focuses on the study of trigonometric functions and their graphs, radian measure, equations and identities, logarithms, inverse functions, and applications. Credit for the course is earned both at Sycamore High School and Kishwaukee College. An additional fee is paid directly to Kishwaukee College. The TI-83 or higher calculator is required.

TRIGONOMETRY/COLLEGE TRANSITION MATH Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra II Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

This course is designed for the student who is interested in a stronger foundation in math and who wishes to develop the skills required to succeed in an introductory college math course. Emphasis will be placed on trigonometry, linear algebra and college algebra. The use of the graphing calculator is stressed. This course will enable the college-bound student to enroll in a pre-calculus class (typically known as “College Algebra”). The TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is required.

PRE-CALCULUS WITH TRIGONOMETRY

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: “B-” both semesters of Algebra II or Trig/College Transition Math Credit: 1 • This course is available in an advanced version with instructor consent.

Semesters: 2

This course provides a foundation for all students who may wish to pursue a future in math and science at the college level. Students will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum that gives students the best chance for success in college mathematics. The first semester is a concentrated analysis of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. The second semester is an in-depth analysis of the Trigonometry required for Calculus as well as a foundation in Probability and Statistics. TI-83 or TI-84 calculators are required for the class.

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AP CALCULUS G

Level: 12 Prerequisites: Algebra II Credit: 1

Math

Semesters: 2

Students combine the disciplines of Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, and Trigonometry to explore the world around us in a highly conceptual manner. Topics covered in Calculus are limits and their properties, differentiation and integration, rates of change, and areas of non-regular shapes. Upon completion of Calculus, students are encouraged to take the AP Calculus exam in order to obtain college credit.

ONLINE AP STATISTICS

Level: 12 Prerequisites: �C� or better in Algebra II Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

This teacher assisted course is designed to teach the concepts taught in a college statistics course. Students will complete this course through online and in-person learning. Students will meet with a teacher at least once per week , and may be required to meet more frequently based on performance. Topics covered include data description, the Normal distribution, bivariate data, planning a study, probability, binomials and distributions, inference, and t-distributions. Upon completion of Statistics, students are encouraged to take the AP Statistics exam in order to obtain college credit. A home computer and reliable internet connection are required for this course.

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MUSIC

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CONCERT BAND

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Consent of instructor Credit: 1

Sycamore High School 2017-18

Semesters: 2

Concert Band is open to student grades 9-12 with at least 1 year instrumental music background. Instruction focuses on the development of instrumental technique, musical knowledge, and the performance of quality wind and percussion ensemble literature. Students enrolled in this class may also participate in Jazz Band and color guard. During the first quarter all students enrolled in Concert Band combine with the Symphonic Band to form the marching band. The Marching Spartans perform at all home football games and local and regional contests. During the spring semester all students enrolled in Concert Band combine with the Symphonic Band to form the Basketball Pep Band.

SYMPHONIC BAND

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Consent of instructor Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

Symphonic Band is open by audition only to students grades 9-12 with at least 3 years instrumental music background. Instruction focuses on the further development and refinement of advanced instrumental techniques, musical knowledge, and performance of advanced wind and percussion ensemble literature of the highest quality. Students in this organization will be eligible to perform with the Orchestra; they will also be able to participate in special performances and contests. Students enrolled in this class may also participate in Jazz Band and color guard. During the first quarter all students enrolled in Symphonic Band combine with the Concert Band to form the marching band. The Marching Spartans perform at all home football games and local and regional contests. During the spring semester all students enrolled in Symphonic Band combine with the Concert Band to form the Basketball Pep Band. Freshmen may be admitted by special audition and the consent of the instructor.

COLOR GUARD

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Consent of instructor Credit: 1/4

Semesters: 1/2

The fall color guard consists of students in grades 9-12. Membership is by invitation or audition only. The fall color guard performs with the marching band at all home football games, contests and parades. Rehearsals take place once per week in the evening and during the summer band camp. Extra rehearsals are called as necessary.

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PERCUSSION METHODS

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Consent of instructor Credit: 1

Music

Semesters: 2

All percussion students in grades 9-12 will enroll in this class, which is dedicated solely to this unique segment of the Sycamore High School music program. Percussion Methods will focus on improving both students’ individual skills and their ensemble performance skills. All students from this class will perform in small group ensembles throughout the year. They will combine with all other band members to form the Marching Spartans and the Basketball Pep Band. Selected students will also perform with the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Orchestra.

CONCERT ORCHESTRA

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Consent of instructor Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

The Concert Orchestra is open to all students regardless of grade, ability or experience. The curriculum focuses on reinforcing basic skills and introducing advanced technique, musical knowledge and performance styles.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Consent of instructor Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

The Chamber Orchestra is for advanced and experienced players. Students are selected based on a comprehensive audition process. Students must have strong basic technique with introductory advanced technique. Only a select number of students will be chosen at the discretion of the teacher. Instruction focuses on the further development and refinement of advanced techniques, musical knowledge and performance of advanced orchestral literature. The orchestra will combine with Symphonic Band to perform full-orchestra literature.

CONCERT CHOIR

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Consent of instructor Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

This is an introductory level mixed choir that will continue to improve and build good vocal techniques and music reading skills. Students should have vocal skills training and basic music reading skills. This choir will sing 3 and 4-part literature that may be both accompanied and a cappella. Singers are encouraged to participate in IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest, ILMEA District 8 activities and other non-curricular performance opportunities.

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TREBLE CHOIR

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Consent of instructor Credit: 1

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Semesters: 2

The Treble Choir is a select all-female choir focusing on 3 and 4 part accompanied and a cappella literature from a variety of genres. Students must have advanced vocal skills and a solid understanding of music symbols and terms. All singers are required to participate in IHSA Solo & Ensemble contest, and are encouraged to audition for ILMEA District 8 Festival. Singers are also encouraged to participate in other non-curricular performance opportunities. The audition will include sight-reading and a written theory test. Students must re-audition each year to remain in the Treble Choir.

CHAMBER CHOIR

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: An advanced audition with the instructor Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

Chamber Choir is an advanced level mixed choir selected through vocal and written auditions. Students must have advanced vocal skills and mature musical understanding. The group will sing advanced repertoire, both a cappella and accompanied, from various genres in four to eight voice parts. All singers are required to participate in IHSA Solo & Ensemble contest, and to audition for ILMEA District 8 Festival. Singers are also encouraged to participate in other non-curricular performance opportunities. The audition will include sightreading and a written theory test. Students must re-audition each year to remain in the Chamber Choir.

MUSIC APPRECIATION I (Spring Semester) Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

Music appreciation is designed as a survey of elements of music as well as history of music. The intent is to inform students of the techniques, styles, and forms used in major periods of music history. Students are encouraged to take this class if they are interested in deepening their understanding of music’s evolution through history. This class surveys the beginnings of chant all the way up to modern day rock music.

MUSIC THEORY I (Fall Semester) Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Consent of instructor Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

This course is designed to introduce and study the systems that serve as the basis for Western music. The elements of music will be examined in great detail, starting with an overview of basic skills and then moving into the area of advanced analysis. The curriculum will also include aural development, singing, composition, and music history. This course is designed to serve the needs of both the novice musician and the student planning to pursue a career in music. While prior musical knowledge is not necessary to enroll in the course, it is highly recommended.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Preceeding Level Credit: 1 • Student Athletes may qualify for exemption from this course, students should see thier counselor for details. The Physical Education Program is offered on a coeducational basis. This program offers an extensive program of activities for both boys and girls so that individual needs and interests are met. The impetus of a federal law referred to as Title IX assisted us in organizing this program. Title IX states that students shall have equal opportunity to select courses offered with the high school setting regardless of sex. The Physical Education Program is mixed between men and women instructors and most classes are coeducational. The freshmen and sophomore activities that are offered are badminton basketball, flag football, lacrosse, physical fitness, softball, soccer, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The junior and senior students may include the units listed above plus bowling, golf, pickle-ball, physical management, recreational games, and outdoor games.Student’s grades will be determined by daily class participation, written assignments or quizzes, and skill tests.

DANCE TECHNIQUE (DANCE I)

Level: 9, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Must maintain a “B” to remain in this class. A student will be dropped at the semester if a “B” average is not maintained Credit: 1/2 per semester • This class will be offered zero hour. Transporation will not be provided. • Zero hour enrollment will be based on lottery if registration is high. If a student isn’t picked through lottery, he/ she will be enrolled in this class at another period of the day. Zero hour is for grades 9,10,(11, 12 dependent upon enrollment). • Band exempt students may not register for this class during the 1st semester. This is a semester class offered both first and second semester. This course engages students in basic dance education and appreciation of dance as a physical activity, art form, and lifetime activity. Students will be introduced to jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop, and tap techniques, social dances, and musical theater. Students will learn different choreographed dances using the different dance skills studied. The class will also focus on fitness two days a week doing group fitness based exercise formats.

DANCE PERFORMANCE (DANCE II)

Level: 9, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Teacher approval and through audition. Must maintain a “B” to remain in this class. A student will be dropped at the semester if a “B” average is not maintained Credit: 1/2 per semester • Students are to participate in the dance performance. • Band exempt students may not register for this class during the 1st semester. This is a semester class for experienced dancers that build on the fundamental activities and information provided in Dance Technique (Dance I). This class will engage the students in the development of more technical skills of dance, choreography, staging, and cultural appreciation. This is a performance based class that will allow the students to take what they have learned throughout the year and apply the experience through a dance performance in March which will be part of their grade. The class will also focus on fitness two days a week doing group fitness based exercise formats. 38


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DANCE TECHNIQUE TEACHER ASSISTANT PROGRAM

Level: 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Teacher approval in order to enroll and must have an extensive background in dance and choreography skills. Credit: 1/2 per semester • This class does not take the place of the students regular dance class. • Band exempt students may not register for this class during the 1st semester. The dance technique teacher assistant program allows Sycamore High School seniors to assist in Sycamore high school Dance Technique classes for one class period during the school day. Activities vary widely but may include, assisting with lessons, creating/teaching lessons, and choreographing dances.

WEIGHT TRAINING/SPEED & AGILITY

Level: 9, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Must maintain a “B” to remain in this class. A student will be dropped at the semester if a “B” average is not maintained Credit: 1/2 per semester • This class will be offered zero hour. Transporation will not be provided. • Zero hour enrollment will be based on lottery if registration is high. If a student isn’t picked through lottery, he/ she will be enrolled in this class at another period of the day. Zero hour is for grades 9,10,(11, 12 dependent upon enrollment). • Band exempt students may not register for this class during the 1st semester. • Must be signed up for this class at the beginning of each school year. Cannot join this class at second semester due to curriculum design. This semester class will provide a unique opportunity to participate in a weight room setting while working on each student’s individually designed weight program. Speed and agility training will be emphasized two days per week.

MIND BODY FITNESS

Level: 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Must maintain a “B” to remain in this class. A student will be dropped at the semester if a “B” average is not maintained Credit: 1/2 per semester • Band exempt students may not register for this class during the 1st semester. Mind Body Fitness offers new and exciting ways to learn about your fitness while increasing it! Students will take part in group fitness formats like, but not limited to, Pilates, Step, ZUMBA, Strength (with body bars, dumbbells, exercise bands, etc), Yoga, TABATA, etc. Mind Body Fitness emphasizes knowledge of the five health-related fitness components of cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition while participating in daily group fitness based classes. Students study Yoga twice a week and focus on the founding principles of breath and posture and create a Yoga Vision Board.

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PEER EDUCATOR SPECIALIZED PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Level: 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Have passed three years of PE Credit: 1 • An application can be picked up from the guidance office. • If the “peer educator student” does not demonstrate success in this class, he/she may be removed from the Special Needs Peer Education program and transferred into a regular physical education class meeting that same period. This class is an extension of the physical education curriculum. It involves senior students teaching their peers in the special needs adapted physical education class. A “peer educator” will have opportunities to assist in demonstrations, lead group activities, participate with and teach one-on-one or in small groups with the adapted physical education students. Students interested in learning more about teaching and adapting physical education concepts or working with students with physical disabilities should apply. Students will be receiving credit for graduation the same as regular physical education class students. Dressing for class is required. Students must have: 1). Senior status to apply, 2). Be recommended by a Physical Education Instructor to be eligible for consideration, 3). Complete “Peer Educator” Application and return a signed Parental Permission slip by deadline date of January 26, 2017.

HEALTH EDUCATION Level: 9, 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

Taken in the sophomore year, this health education class is designed to aid a student to understand the facts, concepts, responsibilities and consequences of poor decision making and generalizations of mental health, personal health, social health, communicable and noncommumicable diseases, drug/alcohol/tobacco use in our society, and human sexuality and life styles. Students will be receiving training in Community CPR and standard First Aid to help aid on responding to emergencies on job related or normal activities.

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PHYSICAL SCIENCE AB

Level: 9 Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

Physical Science AB is a focused course designed to introduce students to the basic principles of Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science. Major concepts are reinforced through the use of demonstrations and laboratory investigations. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills related to the study of science. In this course, students will use basic math skills to solve problems.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE Level: 9 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

Physical Science is a course designed to introduce students to the basic principles of Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science. Major concepts are reinforced through the use of demonstrations and laboratory investigations. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills related to the study of science. In this course, students will use basic math skills to solve problems. This course is designed for the general and/or college bound student.

BIOLOGY AB

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Passing grade in Physical Science AB or teacher recommendation Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

A basic laboratory oriented science program that centers on the understanding of the structure, function, and interaction of living organisms. The course includes the reinforcement of process skills involving observation, problem solving, and data collection and recording. Topics covered first semester include ecology and the interactions of organisms in an ecosystem, cell reproduction, and introduction to the study of genetics. Second semester students will apply the study of genetics to investigations into the evolutionary concepts that provide a foundation for biological study. The semester continues with comparisons of cell processes and how they play a role in the human body. The course culminates in the students’ exploration into homeostasis within both organisms and ecosystems.

BIOLOGY

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Passing grade in Physical Science AB or teacher recomendation Credit: 1 • This class will be offered zero hour. Transporation will not be provided.

Semesters: 2

This laboratory based course centers on the understanding of the structure, function, and interaction of living organisms. The first semester begins with investigations into ecology and the interactions of organisms in an ecosystem. Studies progress to the structure of DNA and its role in the cell cycle and the types of cell division. The first semester ends with students examining genetic diversity, mutations, and inheritance patterns. Second semester students will apply the study of genetics through Mendelian principles to investigations into the evolutionary concepts that provide a foundation for biological processes. The semester continues with comparisons of cell processes and how they play a role in the human body. An emphasis is placed on understanding practical functions of an organism and a comparison to bacterial and viral structures. These studies coalesce in students exploring examples of homeostasis within both organisms and ecosystems and the impact we have as caretakers of a local and global environment. 42


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DUAL CREDIT GENERAL BIOLOGY

Level: 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Completion of biology or biology AB and chemistry and appropriate placement test scores on the Compass test at Kishwaukee College Credit: SHS (1) + Kishwaukee College (4) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards BIO 103 and BIO 105 at Kishwaukee College) • There will be a $25 course fee for this course. An introductory course of study of biological science being offered first semester that combines Biology 103 (lecture) and Biology 105 (lab) from Kishwaukee Community College. This course includes an investigation of the basic principles of the study of life including; molecular biology, cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Not recommended for students intending to major in biology. Enrollment in this class will require students to purchase required texts and pay fees associated with Kishwaukee Community College.

AP BIOLOGY

Level: 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Completion of a course in chemistry, a Biology grade of "B" or better or consent of instructor Credit: 1 • There will be a $25 course fee for this course. AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore the following topics: evolution, cellular processes— energy and communication, genetics, information transfer, ecology and interactions. The course is based on four Big Ideas, which encompass core scientific principles, theories and processes that cut across traditional boundaries and provide a broad way of thinking about living organisms and biological systems. Hands-on laboratory work with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations will provide students with opportunities to apply the science practices. (College Board AP Biology) Upon completion of the course, students are encouraged to take the AP Biology exam.

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EXPLORING ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE THROUGH INVESTIGATION OF THE KISHWAUKEE RIVER WATERSHED

Level: 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Successful completion of biology or biology AB and completion of or concurrent enrollment in chemistry Credit: 1 • This is a zero hour class. Transporation will not be provided. This class will provide students with a unique experience blending traditional class work with research and online studies. Students will study issues in environmental science through the lens of a local watershed. Field techniques will be learned and practiced as students work closely with teachers from Sycamore High School and Professors from NIU in evaluating the Kishwaukee River Watershed. Traditional environmental topics such as environmental systems and biodiversity, ethics and economics, environmental policy and sustainability, and soils and agriculture will form the backbone of this class with application of content within the community of Sycamore and DeKalb County. Successful completion of this class will require the following criteria be met: • Approximately 40 hours of summer field work evaluating chemical, biological, and physical aspects of the East Branch of the South Branch of the Kishwaukee River. Students will need to arrange for their own transportation to the field sites. • Identification of a research question. • Designing and performing the research necessary to answer the selected question. • Presentation of research at the NIU Undergraduate Research Symposium and/or other presentations to community stakeholders. • Completion of required class work. • Attendance of up to four weekend field trips.

EARTH SCIENCE

Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Biology Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

Earth science is a course that helps promote understanding and appreciation of the value of earth science and its applications and relevance to our daily lives. Key topics covered include: the scientific method, the origins of the universe, solar system and earth, plate tectonics, weathering and erosion, rocks and minerals, geologic time, meteorology, climate and climate change, and energy resources. The course is participatory in nature, consisting of laboratory investigations, demonstrations, projects, and various other activities, including multimedia. This course is designed for the general and/or college-bound student. It is strongly recommended that a student have either Physical Science and/or Chemistry prior to taking Earth Science.

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CHEMISTRY

Level: 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Algebra I and concurrent Geometry, Biology, or teacher recommendation Credit: 1 Chemistry is a course that helps the student further develop fundamental laboratory techniques, chemistry concepts, and key terminology. Topics covered include: structure of the atom, the periodic table, nomenclature, phases of matter, formula writing, reaction types, the mole, stoichiometry, solutions, thermochemistry, acids and bases. This course is helpful for students planning an education beyond high school.

ADVANCED CHEMISTRY

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: “B” in Chemistry Credit: 1 • There will be a $25 course fee for this course.

Semesters: 2

Advanced chemistry goes further and expands on the topics covered in first year chemistry. This course is modeled like a typical college level general chemistry course. In the lab, the students will use a wide variety of equipment not used in first year chemistry while performing experiments. This course is ideal for students considering a career in science. Students are encouraged to take physics concurrently or before enrolling in this class.

PHYSICS

Level: 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Biology, concurrent enrollment in Algebra II (or higher) or teacher recommendation Credit: 1 This course is primarily designed to give students a solid foundation in physics, which could be applied to their lives or prepare students for further studies in college. Students will gain an understanding of physics concepts through the use of demonstrations, lab experiences, activities, and class lecture/discussions. Emphasis is given to the mastery of analytical problem solving techniques. Students should have a strong set of math skills as a challenging level of algebra will be applied in this class. Topics covered include: Kinematics, Dynamics, Work and Energy, Static Electricity, Electric Fields, Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves. An optional enrichment activity at Six Flag’s Great America will be offered in the fourth quarter at an additional cost.

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AP PHYSICS 1: ALGEBRA-BASED

Level: 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Biology, concurrent enrollment in Algebra II (or higher) or teacher recommendation Credit: 1 • There will be a $25 course fee for this course. This course can be taken either after Physics or instead of Physics and is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power, mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. This course is offered to students interested in (and qualified for) the challenges of an advanced placement science course. Upon completion, students are encouraged to take the AP Physics 1 Algebra-Based exam to obtain college credit.

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CONSUMER ECONOMICS

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1/2 • This course is required for all seniors.

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Consumer Economics is designed to help the student understand the economic system of our nation and how it compares to those of other nations. Students will develop an appreciation of the free enterprise system: wants and needs, opportunity costs, supply and demand concepts, scarcity, and productive resources in relation to the nation’s economy and in the world economy. Students will also develop skills and understanding of consumer rights and responsibilities; effective use of credit; budgeting and checking; comparative shopping skills for food, clothing, transportation, housing, and insurance. Students will also learn how to prepare federal and state income taxes.

WORLD CULTURES Level: 9, 10 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

World Cultures is a required one year long course that can be taken during a student’s freshmen or sophomore year. This class is a people-centered study involving an in-depth look at the world’s major cultures. The study of each of these cultures will focus upon historical and present-day culture and geography, family life and structure, social organizations, attitude on education, religious beliefs and institutions, economic life, political trends, and the intellectual and artistic accomplishments of men and women within the culture. The study of each of the cultures will be supplemented by the development of reading, writing, research, geography, critical thinking, study skills/note-taking, technology use and presentation skills.

WORLD HISTORY Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

A study of the story or history of many countries, areas and people with an emphasis on Europe beginning with the Renaissance for the purpose of making real the development of history in relation to mankind and present day trends and influences. This course is a study of current international happenings in relation to background history studied and the purpose of broadening international understanding. Class will be taught thematically, beginning with the Italian Renaissance and Reformation. From this point, the course will be taught in units, each unit focusing on a particular country. First semester will emphasize England, France and Russia. Second semester will emphasize China, India and Japan.

U.S. HISTORY

Level: 11 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

American History is the study of the development of social, economic, and political institutions in the United States and includes the relationship of this country to other parts of the world during the 20th century. General themes and concepts are stressed with an added emphasis on analysis, that is, the methods used by historians in interpreting the past. 48


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AP U.S. HISTORY

Level: 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Students are advised to take a Social Studies elective during their sophomore year. Students who have earned A’s in their Social Studies classes will be given precedence. Also, students on the AP English path tend to be better prepared for the level of rigor in this course. Credit: 1 The AP U.S. History course focuses on the development of historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative) and an understanding of content learning objectives organized around seven themes, such as identity, peopling, and America in the world. In line with college and university U.S. history survey courses’ increased focus on early and recent American history and decreased emphasis on other areas, the AP U.S. History course expands on the history of the Americas from 1491 to 1607 and from 1980 to the present. AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. Consequently, the course requires a much higher volume of reading and writing than one would find in a traditional high school American History course.

GOVERNMENT/CIVICS

Level: 11, 12 Semesters: 1 Prerequisites: Seniors - None (required of all seniors); Juniors can register for government if they have at least a 3.00 cum GPA. Enrollment in the class will be based on GPA, credits, other data and space availability. Credit: 1/2 • This course is required for all seniors This one semester class is designed to give the student a general overview of the American system of government. Topics within this overview include: comparison of other major systems of government, great political thinkers and writers, the Constitution, political parties, our federal system of government, the court system and state and county government. It is crucial that the student stay current on the events of the day in the areas of government and politics. These events, along with newspaper and magazine articles, in-class lectures, independent research and guest speakers will be used to study the various topics.

DUAL CREDIT GOVERNMENT/CIVICS

Level: 12 Prerequisites: AP U.S. History strongly recommended, teacher recommendation Credit: Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (3) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards PLS 140 at Kishwaukee College)

Semesters: 1

This one semester course is designed to provide college level instruction and credit while staying on SHS’s campus. The content of the course is similar to the required government course for seniors but with an emphasis on college level abilities such as critical skills in reading, thinking, writing, reasoning and argumentation. Upon completion of the course with a grade of C or higher the student will receive 3 credit hours transferable to any college or university that accepts Kishwaukee College credit.

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Level: 12 Prerequisites: AP U.S. History strongly recommended, teacher recommendation Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (3) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards HIS 220 at Kishwaukee College)

Semesters: 1

A study of the social, economic, cultural, political, and constitutional development of the United States. This will include a study of America’s European origins, Native American prehistory, a brief survey of the early Colonial period, the Revolutionary War and Constitutional period, Jeffersonian Democracy, the War of 1812, the Age of Jackson, slavery, the War with Mexico, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. In-depth discussions will revolve around the social, cultural, economic, and gender issues as well as various interpretations of United States history relevant to the covered time periods.

CURRENT AMERICAN PROBLEMS (CAP) Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

This course is designed to aid the student in exploring and understanding different current issues in modern America. Background information will be used to build a foundation for studying each particular subject, which may include independent research, guest speakers and in-class lecture, to explain the history of a situation or series of events. The topics for this class will include an in depth look at a variety of American social institutions and conventions including: socialization, education, race, social class, crime, violence, and deviance. The topics to be studied will be based, to a great extent, on what is “current” in the news at the time.

SOCIOLOGY

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

Sociology is an elective course that studies human society and social behavior. Positive human relationships are a crucial part of a civilized society, and how we interact with each other is important so that we can find answers to questions and solve problems in our world. The way that we view the world comes from what we learn in our everyday activities. “The values, beliefs, lifestyles of those around us, as well as historic events help to mold us into unique individuals who have varied outlooks on social reality.” This course deals with the social surroundings that help to make us who we are and how we behave and interact with others. Sociology will cover topics such as culture, social relations, social inequalities, violence, deviance, social control, socialization and personality, group behavior, social class, and social institutions. The key component of this course is to study ourselves and the society that influences our behavior.

ECONOMICS

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

This one semester elective class is designed as an introduction to microeconomics and macroeconomics. It is recommended for students with an interest in business and/or the social studies. One quarter will focus on microeconomics, which is the study of the choices made by economic groups such as households, companies, and individual markets. Topics discussed will include: consumers and producers, supply and demand, costs, sources of capital, and various organizations of business. The second quarter will focus on macroeconomics, which examines the behavior of entire economies. Topics discussed will include: the role 50


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of the government in the economy, money and banking system, the Federal Reserve, monetary and fiscal policy, and international trade. This course will fulfill the Consumer Economic graduation requirement.

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Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: Must have completed World Cultures Credit: 1/2

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While psychology is most often associated with clinical issues (e.g. personalities disorders), this makes up only a small portion of the field. Other specialties within psychology include, to name just a few, physiological, social, organizational, and developmental psychology. This course will serve as an overview of the major fields within psychology with an emphasis on developing an understanding of psychology as the science of human thought and behavior. Units of study will include theory, the bio-psychological basis of behavior (study of the brain), life span development, and psychiatric illnesses and disorders. Students will also critically examine “common sense� knowledge about how people function.

MILITARY HISTORY Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

This class will study both the tragic and fascinating recurring theme in human history: armed conflict. Students will explore the development of warfare on land, sea and air. From the western perspective, students will learn to think critically about war as it has occurred across time and continents. Throughout the course, students will analyze major concepts such as weapon development, technology, and strategies as it pertains to various time periods and conflicts. Much emphasis will be placed on the socio-economic impact of military progress and the moral questions raised by armed conflict. Furthermore, this elective will provide interested students the opportunity to further examine military-related topics discussed in World Cultures, World History, and U.S. History.

LAW IN AMERICAN SOCIETY Level: 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1/2

Semesters: 1

It is essential for a democracy to have well-informed citizens. This class will raise awareness for the laws that protect and restrict you. An emphasis will be placed on analyzing real world issues and court cases as they relate to our rights as citizens. Students will examine landmark Supreme Court decisions as well as criminal cases. The class will rely heavily on class discussion and insight. Specific topics include court procedures, rules of evidence, search and seizure, jurisdiction, and rights of the accused.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SOCIAL STUDIES

Level: 12 Semesters: 1 Prerequisites: American History, World History (2 semesters), World Cultures, and one other social studies elective with a composite grade point average of A- or above. Credit: 1/2 This independent study program is designed to assist the highly-motivated history student to explore topics of interest in detail. The course will be divided into two nine week segments with the objectives to be set forth by the student and teacher. The student will fill out an independent study contract with the teacher and will be evaluated by how well the provisions of the contract are fulfilled. The cooperating teacher will be assigned by the subject matter intended to be pursued by the student.

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FRENCH I

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

Emphasis in this course is on speaking and listening comprehension. Basic grammar and syntax are presented to enable students to communicate about a variety of topics from everyday life. Reading and writing skills are also emphasized along with discussion of cultural differences in French speaking countries.

FRENCH II

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: French I with a “C” or better or consent of instructor Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

French II is a continuation of French I but expands vocabulary use in various tenses by way of short pair exchanges, conversations and skits. Students will be able to communicate on a greater range of topics in a more advanced way. Students read material for pleasure, information, and to expand critical thinking skills.

FRENCH III

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: French I, French II with a “C” or better or consent of instructor Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

French III emphasizes conversation, vocabulary expansion, creative writing and introduces authentic literature and poetry to students. Students perform skits, author short stories, and conduct discussions about poetry, literature, and current events. Units of French Impressionism, French Poetry, and Provence highlight the year. This class is conducted in French.

FRENCH IV

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: French I, French II, French III with a “C” or better or recommendation from instructor Credit: 1 French IV emphasizes opportunities to hear and speak the target language. The course offers students an array of different literary works including the poetry of Ronsard and Baudelaire, folklore of Quebec, and Saint-Exupery’s “Le Petit Prince”. Students conduct research in the target language to provide support for units about travel in francophone countries, the Loire Valley, and cathedrals and Art Movements of France. Students reflect on future studies and plans after high school, review grammar, and refine writing skills. This class is conducted in French.

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SPANISH I

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: None Credit: 1 • This class will be offered zero hour. Transporation will not be provided.

Semesters: 2

Emphasis in this course is on speaking and listening comprehension. Basic grammar and syntax are presented to enable students to communicate on a variety of topics from everyday life. Reading and writing skills are also emphasized. Geography and cultures of Spanish speaking countries are studied as well.

SPANISH II

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Spanish I with a “C” or better or consent of instructor Credit: 1

Semesters: 2

This course is a continuation of Spanish I. Students will be able to communicate on a greater range of topics as new vocabulary and verb tenses are presented at this level. A detailed unit on travel provides students with role-play activities to enhance skill development. Students will study the cultures of Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chile, and Spain.

SPANISH III

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisites: Spanish I, Spanish II with a grade of “C” or better or consent of instructor Credit: 1 • This class will be offered zero hour. Transporation will not be provided.

Semesters: 2

This course is a continuation of Spanish II with an emphasis on expanding and improving students’ speaking and comprehension skills, as well as their reading and writing skills. More complex grammatical structures and syntax are presented to enable students to communicate on a broader range of topics in a more sophisticated manner. Students will study the cultures of Spain and Argentina.

SPANISH IV

Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III with a grade of “C” or better or consent of instructor Credit: 1 Spanish IV emphasizes conversation, vocabulary expansion, and creative writing so students can refine their basic skills to communicate at a higher level of proficiency. The course provides an introduction to Spanish poetry and literature, an exploration of U.S. political, economic and social relations with Latin American countries, and a cultural study of Ecuador. Additionally, students learn the history of Mexican Americans in the United States. This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish I-III and who have a strong desire to increase their fluency, literacy and knowledge of the Spanish language and Spanishspeaking cultures. The class is conducted in Spanish.

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DRIVERS EDUCATION

FRESHMAN RULES OF THE ROAD

Level: 9 Prerequisites: None Credit: 0 • This class is only offered zero hour. Transporation will not be provided.

Semesters: 1/2

This course is designed to give students extra behind the wheel time in prepearation for the regular Driver Education course taken during a students sophomoe year. The course is offered each nine weeks before school according to the student’s birthday. Parents must register there student online thorugh the high school's website at shs.syc427.org/drivers-education.

DRIVER EDUCATION

Level: 10, 11, 12 Semesters: 1/2 Prerequisites: Freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior at least 15 years of age. Second year freshmen may take the quarter course during the 4th nine weeks. All students taking the sophomore driver education class must have passed 8 courses in the previous two semesters. Credit: 1/4 Driver Education is taken during the sophomore year. It is offered each quarter with enrollment depending on the student’s date of birth. The nine week course is taught concurrently so the student has classroom and behind the wheel in the same quarter. The student will need a study hall in which to drive. A lab fee by the Board of Education is charged. A summer course is also available to students after their freshman year.

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MEDIA SCIENCES

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Not to exceed two students per class period. Credit: 1/2 or 1

Semesters: 1 or 2

This course offers students an opportunity to develop skills in public relations as they assist their peers, as well as faculty with resources. They will learn basic media science knowledge, including how to locate and access books, magazines, reference materials, and online resources; how to process books and periodicals; and how to help market the library’s services and resources. Finally, media science students will help to foster an inviting atmosphere in the library that is conducive to study and collaboration.

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COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

TEACHER ASSISTANT PROGRAM

Level: 12 Semesters: 1 or 2 Prerequisites: Students must complete an application process in order to enroll Credit: 1/2 or 1 for students who register for one hour. 1 or 2 for students who register for two hours The teacher assistant program allows Sycamore High School seniors to assist in Sycamore elementary and middle school classrooms for one or two hours during the school day. Activities vary widely based on the age level of the students and the classroom the student is placed in, but may include, assisting with lessons, tutoring, and/or reading aloud. Students will be meeting for their period(s) during the school day, as well as attending seminars on most late start Thursday’s from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Transportation is needed to and from the schools. Students are not to T.A. with a parent.

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DUAL CREDIT COURSES

DUAL CREDIT ENGLISH

Level: 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Successful completion of Junior Composition & Literature or American Heritage Credit: SHS (1) + Kishwaukee College (6) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards ENG 103 and ENG 104 class at Kishwaukee College) The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to college-level writing that develops awareness of the writing process; provides invention, organization and revision strategies; stresses a variety of uses for writing; emphasizes critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing; and develops reasoning and argumentation skills. Dual Credit Senior English counts for both Sycamore High School and Kishwaukee College credit. While staying on SHS’s campus, students will take Kishwaukee College’s English 103 first semester and English 104 second semester of their senior year. Unless graduating early, students are required to enroll in both semesters. The 6 credit hours earned from the successful completion of these courses (in which the student earns a C or higher) are transferable to any college or university that accepts Kishwaukee College credit.

DUAL CREDIT COLLEGE ALGEBRA (First Semester)

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: Algebra II Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (4) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards MAT 150 at Kishwaukee College)

Semesters: 1

A senior level course that focuses on the study of linear and quadratic functions, inequalities, mathematical induction, binomial theorem, matrices and determinants, logarithmic and exponential functions, complex numbers and topics in the theory of equations. Credit for the course is earned both at Sycamore High School and Kishwaukee College. An additional fee is paid directly to Kishwaukee College. The TI-83 or higher calculator is required.

DUAL CREDIT COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY (Second Semester)

Level: 11, 12 Prerequisites: Algebra II Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (3) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards MAT 155 at Kishwaukee College)

Semesters: 1

A senior level course that focuses on the study of trigonometric functions and their graphs, radian measure, equations and identities, logarithms, inverse functions, and applications. Credit for the course is earned both at Sycamore High School and Kishwaukee College. An additional fee is paid directly to Kishwaukee College. The TI-83 or higher calculator is required.

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DUAL CREDIT GENERAL BIOLOGY

Level: 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Prerequisites: Completion of biology or biology AB and chemistry and appropriate placement test scores on the Compass test at Kishwaukee College Credit: SHS (1) + Kishwaukee College (4) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards BIO 103 and BIO 105 at Kishwaukee College) An introductory course of study of biological science being offered first semester that combines Biology 103 (lecture) and Biology 105 (lab) from Kishwaukee Community College. This course includes an investigation of the basic principles of the study of life including; molecular biology, cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Not recommended for students intending to major in biology. Enrollment in this class will require students to purchase required texts and pay fees associated with Kishwaukee Community College.

DUAL CREDIT GOVERNMENT/CIVICS

Level: 12 Prerequisites: AP U.S. History strongly recommended, teacher recommendation Credit: Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (3) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards PLS 140 at Kishwaukee College)

Semesters: 1

This one semester course is designed to provide college level instruction and credit while staying on SHS’s campus. The content of the course is similar to the required government course for seniors but with an emphasis on college level abilities such as critical skills in reading, thinking, writing, reasoning and argumentation. Upon completion of the course with a grade of C or higher the student will receive 3 credit hours transferable to any college or university that accepts Kishwaukee College credit. Student will also receive 1 credit at SHS.

DUAL CREDIT U.S. HISTORY

Level: 12 Prerequisites: AP U.S. History strongly recommended, teacher recommendation Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (3) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards HIS 220 at Kishwaukee College)

Semesters: 1

A dual credit course similar to the Government course will be available for the 2015-16 school year. The logistics of this course have not yet been determined. Please see administration, councilor, or department chair for information.

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KISHWAUKEE ACADEMIES

HEALTH CAREERS ACADEMY

Level: 12 Semesters: 1 (Spring Only) Prerequisites: Senior students in good standing, students must have a 3.0/4.0 GPA, students are required to fill out an application and be interviewed Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (3) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards NUR 106 at Kishwaukee College) This specific seminar course is designed for students interested in a future in health care. This course offers the student an in-depth exploration of health care careers and employment expectations. The purpose of this course is to assist students pursuing education in health professions the opportunity to make career development decisions. Through use of theory and clinical shadowing experiences within the community, the student will receive an overview of the health care system and the multiple professional opportunities available. The student will also learn the education required for various health care professions and employment projections and salaries. Anatomy and physiology as well as medical terminology will also be covered. Common health care safety practices are discussed and the student must meet the immunization and drug testing requirements to participate in the clinical observation experiences.

SURVEY OF MANUFACTURING

Level: 11, 12 Semesters: 1 (Spring Only) Prerequisites: Students in good standing and are required to fill out an application and be interviewed. Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (3) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards MT 106 at Kishwaukee College) This course is designed to serve as a survey of manufacturing principles. Students will take a hands-on approach to learn how to attain marketable skills for manufacturing careers. Students will also be exposed to current job opportunities with local manufacturers, and learn about lucrative career pathways available to them.

AGRICULTURE SENIOR CAREER ACADEMY

Level: 12 Prerequisites: AG Business or recommendation of Counselor or Instructor Credit: SHS (1/2) + Kishwaukee College (1) • Dual Credit Opportunity (College credit towards AGT 100 at Kishwaukee College)

Semesters: 1

Students will participate in a real world experience during this 18 week course. The Career Academy will be 9 weeks with an in-class portion and for 9 weeks we will be touring and interacting with the Ag Business community. During this time students will experience 9 different Agriculture Career options including but not limited to: animal health care, horticulture, agriculture engineering/manufacturing, farming, trading/ marketing, agronomy, insurance, banking, and processing/manufacturing.

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EDUCATOR ACADEMY

Level: 12 Semesters: 1 or 2 Prerequisites: Students must complete an application process in order to enroll Credit: 1/2 or 1 for students who register for one hour. 1 or 2 for students who register for two hours The teacher assistant program allows Sycamore High School seniors to assist in Sycamore elementary and middle school classrooms for one or two hours during the school day. Activities vary widely based on the age level of the students and the classroom the student is placed in, but may include, assisting with lessons, tutoring, and/or reading aloud. Sycamore is partnering with NIU to provide students with some skills and strategies to help work more effectively with kids as well as help them prepare for the expectations of college and the work force. Students will be provided with a mini iPad as well as some assignments to fulfill. Students will be meeting for their period(s) during the school day, as well as attending seminars on most late start Thursday’s from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Transportation is needed to and from the schools. Students are not to T.A. with a parent.

SENIOR BUSINESS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Level: 12 Prerequisites: Recommendation of counselor Credit: SHS (0) + Kishwaukee College (3) • College credit towards BUS 107 at Kishwaukee College)

Semesters: 2

The purpose of this year-long course is to expose students to a broad range of businesses and organizations. The class is designed to give students an understanding of the functions, principles, policies, problems and career opportunities within the corporate structure. Emphasis is on developing networking skills through interaction with businesses in our local and surrounding communities. Class size is limited. Interested students will be asked to complete an application and interview process.

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KISHWAUKEE EDUCATION CONSORTIUM 2017-2018 Regional Course Descriptions

KEC

The Kishwaukee Education Consortium is a cooperative, Education for Employment Delivery System made up of area high schools, Kishwaukee College and other agencies. The KEC provides a variety of career and technical programs where students gain knowledge and skills for immediate employment after high school or for advanced educational programs. Work place, basic academic and transition skills are taught as an integral part of each course.

PREREQUISITES

Enrollment in KEC career and technical classes is open to high school juniors and seniors from KEC school districts. Some classes offered have high school or KEC course prerequisites. See course descriptions or your guidance counselor for information.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT

Students typically earn two high school credits for successfully completing KEC course requirements for the year.

DUAL CREDIT/DUAL ENROLLMENT

This allows students to be enrolled at Kishwaukee College and their home high school at the same time. Therefore, the student receives college credit as well as high school credit. Enrollment is taken care of through the KEC. The following courses are eligible for dual credit/dual enrollment in 2017-2018: Auto Technology, Aviation Flight Academy, Early Childhood Education 2, Collision Repair Technology, Computer Information Systems, Construction Trades 1, Criminal Justice, Diesel Power/Heavy Equipment Technology, Esthetics, EMT-Basic, Health Occupations, Automated Engineering Technology Academy and Welding Technology. The Senior Business Leadership Academy students receive only college credit.

TRANSPORTATION

The home school provides transportation to most KEC classes. Only after receiving permission from the KEC instructor, the home high school principal and parent/guardian is a student allowed to drive. Seniors in level 2 courses may have to provide their own transportation due to the college schedule. However, permission still must be obtained.

COSTS

Certain classes require students to purchase tools of the trade and/or safety equipment. See course descriptions for further details.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you require additional assistance selecting a KEC course, see your counselor or call the KEC office at 815.825.2000 or visit the KEC website at www.kecprograms.com.

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AUTOMATED ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY (AET) 1 & 2 Location: Kishwaukee College/Local Industries 2 High School Credits, each course 10.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available

The Automated Engineering Technology Academy is a two-year high school Career & Technology Education program to prepare students to enter a broad range of career areas which may require an associate or other advanced degree. Students will take coursework at Kishwaukee College and visit engineering and manufacturing sites. Students are eligible to participate in paid internships sponsored by area engineering and manufacturing companies during the summer between their junior and senior year. Students will be introduced to basic machine tool operations. Using the IST Lab (Integrated Systems Technology) the student will be introduced to robotics, hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical drives, CAD, CNC programming and plastics. These topics are taught through the use of high tech equipment modules that incorporate a “hands on” approach to learning. The program is intended to train students for industrial employment as entry-level toolmakers, tool designers, mechanical drafters, or production/engineering aides. Successful completion of the two-year program is designed to give the students one semester of credit towards the Kishwaukee College A.A.S. degree in Automated Engineering Technology. MT104-Intro to Manufacturing & Safety; MT102Metrology; MT108-Intro to Manufacturing Maintenance; MT215-Manufacturing Processes 1 are the courses for which students may earn college credit. Students enrolled in this course will spend 1 semester in AET and the other semester in Welding (see Welding information for additional college credit) Students must provide their own safety goggles.

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY 1

Location: Kishwaukee College 2 High School Credits 3.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available This course offers classroom and laboratory instruction to begin preparation for entry into the field of automotive technology. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of safety practices and proper use of related test equipment and meters. Topics covered will be theory and operation of basic electrical systems found on the automobile. This includes coverage of basic electrical theory, Ohm’s Law, starting/charging systems, lighting and other basic electrical systems. In addition to hands-on work, students will be required to use a textbook for reading and written work as well as computers for online assignments. Students should be able to follow multiple-step directions and work both independently and in team situations. Successful completion of this course is the basis for the Kishwaukee College Basic and Advanced Automotive Technology Certificates and Automotive Technology Associate Degree (A.A.S.) Program. AMT 113 is the course for which first year students may earn college credit. Students must provide their own 3-ring binder, safety glasses and writing materials. Students are required to wear proper shop attire and footwear.

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AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY 2

Location: Kishwaukee College 2 High School Credits 8.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available Prerequisite: “C” grade average and/or consent of instructor. This advanced course allows students to apply and add to the skills acquired in Auto Technology l. Emphasis is placed on steering, suspension, brakes and related systems. Information and skills needed to enter automotive related occupations or certificate/degree programs are stressed. Successful completion of this course meets Kishwaukee College AMT 110 & 120 course requirements for the Basic and Advanced Automotive Certificates and the Automotive Technology Associate Degree (A.A.S.) Programs. Students will be required to provide their own transportation because this class meets Monday-Friday at 7:00am–8:30am, please talk with your counselor. All Auto Technology courses are taught by an ASE Master Certified Instructor.

AVIATION FLIGHT ACADEMY 1 & 2

Location: DeKalb Airport 1 High School Credit, each course 8.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available Prerequisite: Acceptance into Academy, consent of KEC, parental orientation session at DeKalb Airport, acceptable GPA (determined by school), recommendation of high school, oral interview with KEC Coordinator, good attendance. All students are required, by law, to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship in the form of their birth certificate or U.S. Passport. This course offers classroom and simulator instruction in aviation. The course will give an in-depth insight into the world of aviation and will prepare the student for the FAA Private Pilot written exam. Instruction consists of aerodynamics, FAA regulations, primary navigation, GPS navigation, the use of flight computers, weather, radio navigation, flight instrumentation, performance and limitations, and the ATC environment. In addition, the program utilizes state-of-the-art flight simulators. AVF 101 and AVF 121 are the courses for which students may earn college credit.

BUILDING MAINTENANCE 1 & 2 Location: KEC 2 High School Credits

This course will provide classroom and hands-on instruction in basic building maintenance and preventative maintenance facility care. The course is open to juniors and seniors who are interested in being trained for future employment in the maintenance or custodial services. Students will learn how to maintain and repair general building equipment related to: heating and cooling, ventilation, electrical, basic plumbing and facility updates with emphasis on daily cleaning technique and procedures. Classroom instruction will be focused on an introduction to cleaning chemicals, (building codes) and (some blueprint reading). General social and employment skills will also be emphasized throughout the course.

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COLLISION REPAIR TECHNOLOGY 1 (AUTO BODY) Location: Kishwaukee College 2 High School Credits 8.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available

This first level course begins preparation for apprentice level entry in auto body repair or further education in the field. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental aspects of collision repair and development of skills in the basic operations required to prepare an automobile for final paint application. Instruction includes safety principles and practices, vehicle nomenclature, function of individual components, parts manuals, and the use of filler and special body repair tools. Techniques stressed are straightening, shrinking, filling and the application of the hammer and dolly, and paint preparation procedures. Mig Welding is taught as it applies to Collision Repair. Successful completion of this course is the basis for the Kishwaukee College Collision Repair Technology Certificate and Associate Degree (A.A.S.) Program. CRT 111 & CRT 112 are the courses for which students may earn college credit. Students need to provide their own safety glasses, work boots and purchase a shop uniform shirt.

COLLISION REPAIR TECHNOLOGY 2 (AUTO BODY) Location: Kishwaukee College 2 High School Credits 3.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available

First Semester -- students will be enrolled in AMT 113 – Basic Electrical. This course offers classroom and laboratory instruction and is a required course for students pursuing a Collision Repair Technology Certificate and Associate Degree. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of safety practices and proper use of related test equipment and meters. Topics covered will be theory and operation of basic electrical systems found on the automobile. This includes coverage of basic electrical theory, Ohm’s Law, starting/charging systems, lighting and other basic electrical systems. In addition to hands-on work, students will be required to use a textbook for reading and written work as well as computers for online assignments. Students should be able to follow multiple-step directions and work both independently and in team situations. Students must provide their own 3-ring binder, safety glasses and writing materials. Students are required to wear proper shop attire and footwear. Second Semester – students will be assigned a special project by the Collision Repair Instructor and the majority of the class time will be spent in the Collision Repair Lab.

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COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Offered during 2018-19 school year. Location: Kishwaukee College 2 High School Credits 7.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available Students will gain a complete, step-by-step approach for learning the fundamentals of supporting and troubleshooting computer hardware and software. This course fully maps to CompTIA's A+ Exam objectives. Specific topic coverage includes: Introducing hardware and operating systems, working with people in a technical world, form factors, PSUs, processors, motherboards, RAM, HDDs, installing and supporting I/O devices, and general PC maintenance. Students will also be introduced to Local Area Networks (LANS). Investigation of basic networking concepts, hardware and software components, protocols, standards, various network topologies and transmission media as well as the fundamentals of network planning and design will be covered. Additional topics covered include: installation and maintenance of Windows OSs, and UNIX/Linux; troubleshooting network problems; network administration functions and duties. CIS 140 & CIS 142 are the courses for which students may earn college credits.

CONSTRUCTION TRADES 1 & 2

Location: TBA 2 High School Credits, each course 3.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available for Construction Trades 1 Construction Trades 2 Prerequisite: “C� grade average and/or consent of instructor. Construction Trades 1 provides basic training in a controlled lab environment in the following trades: Bricklayer, Carpenter, Cement Mason, Drywall Installer, Electrician, Plumber, and Tile Setter. In addition, Construction Measurement concepts and tool and job site safety are included. After satisfying the required labs, students will then be able to perform under direction from the instructor at a residential or commercial site. Students will have introductory instruction on blueprint reading, building codes, cost analysis and rough and finish carpentry skills. At times, students will be working with local contractors at the job site. Students should not be opposed to working outside in various weather conditions. Students should have an understanding of basic math and geometry and be able to read a ruler. Students must also be able to lift heavy objects, work from ladders and not have a fear of heights. BCT 101 is the course for which students may earn college credit. Students enrolling in the second year of the program will follow the same requirements as first year students. Advanced instruction on blueprint reading, building codes, cost analysis and rough and finish carpentry skills will be provided. Along with more responsibilities at the job site, there will be leadership roles assigned throughout the year. Job shadowing possibilities are available to those students who show strong work ethics, 90% or better attendance and the ability to work well with others.

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COSMETOLOGY 1 & 2

Location: Debutantes or Hair Professionals 3 High School Credits, each course This program, conducted through a contract with state approved schools of cosmetology, is designed to begin to prepare students to qualify for the Illinois licensing examination in cosmetology. The program consists of 520 hours per year for a total of 1040 hours of the 1,500 hours of instruction required for state licensing. Classroom and practical experiences include a variety of beauty treatments including the care of hair, complexion and hands. Instruction includes: hair cutting, hair styling, chemical treatments, hair coloring and manicuring. Bacteriology, anatomy, hygiene, sanitation, salon management and customer relations are also emphasized. Students should be able to read text materials written at a 10th grade level. They should be able to follow multiple step directions working alone and in a team environment. They should also be able to follow safety procedures and work appropriately with the public. Students should expect to attend class and do clinical work that may extend beyond the regular high school day. For this reason, they should plan to provide their own transportation. Students are responsible for the initial registration cost of TBA as well as the purchase of the personal tools and professional kit which usually runs about TBA, as well as a monthly lab fee of TBA per semester for 2nd year students and TBA per semester for 1st year students. Students are also responsible for the remaining hours of instruction typically completed after high school graduation.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE 1 & 2

Location: KEC 2 High School Credits, each course 12.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available Criminal Justice 2 Prerequisite: “C” grade average and/or consent of instructor. This is a 2 year dual-enrollment curriculum consisting of four subjects with each subject having 3 college credit hours. This program gives an in-depth insight into the real world of policing. The course introduces the student to four major areas of law enforcement during the 2 year program. The courses studied are Criminal Investigations, Community Oriented Policing, Introduction to Criminal Justice and Crisis/Conflict Mediation. Students will learn to process a crime scene and preserve evidence as well as note taking, report writing and problem solving skills. Methods used to reduce crime in neighborhoods and effective ways to interact with citizens of the community during a crisis or conflict will be studied. The relationships of various agencies in the criminal justice system and the responsibilities of each agency will be examined. Students will be expected to actively participate in role-playing and hands-on scenarios, follow multiple-step directions and work both independently and in team situations. The successful student will be structured and disciplined with excellent comprehension skills. Excellent attendance is mandatory. Coursework will provide an introduction to the community college program. Successful completion of this course is the basis for the Kishwaukee College Criminal Justice Associate Degree (A.A.S.) Program. CRJ101, CRJ152, CRJ 170 and CRJ201 are the courses for which students may earn college credits. CRJ201 (Criminal Investigations) and CRJ152 (Community Oriented Policing) are taught one year and CRJ101 (Introduction to Criminal Justice)) and CRJ170 (Crisis/Conflict Mediation) are taught the alternate year. Being a dual-enrolled student in the college program, the student is considered a college student when attending the Criminal Justice CTE program. They will be governed under the requirements of the college as well as the criminal justice instructor. The student may be required to wear a police cadet type uniform on certain days of the week when enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program. New for the 2017-2018 school year – a Night Class for Criminal Justice. Offered on Tuesday evenings from 5-8pm.

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CULINARY AND FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT 1 & 2

Location: KEC 2 High School Credits, each course Culinary and Food Service Management 2 Prerequisite: “C� grade average and/or consent of instructor. The Culinary 1 class will provide students interested in the food service industry further work in advanced food preparation and food preparation management. Emphasis will be placed on careers in the culinary, food service and hospitality industries. Food Sanitation is incorporated into the classroom instruction, including industry required ServSafe Foodhandler Certification. Students will learn to use commercial food service equipment and practice technical food service preparation skills. A broad range of food service areas will be covered including; planning, purchasing, food preparation safety and visual presentation followed by evaluation of the finished product. Service skills, employer and customer relationships, career and advanced education in the industry will also be studied. The course uses the ProStart Level 1 curriculum for the first stage of the ProStart Certification Program. Students will be responsible for the cost of purchasing their own uniforms, textbook rental fees and certification test fees. Any of the off-site catering events will require students to provide their own transportation. Course work requires internet access for online information, textbooks, workbooks and projects. The Culinary 2 class will take the Manager Sanitation Certification Exam. In addition to the study and presentation of advanced techniques introduced in Culinary 1, second year students will demonstrate their skills to various guests and community leaders in the industry. Hospitality management and business skills that support the culinary industry will be studied. Culinary 2 students will use an online, virtual restaurant management program as a part of their curriculum. Internships and field trips to local food preparation sites may be integrated into this course. A ProStart Certification, regulated by the National Restaurant Association, can be acquired through the completion of the 2-year culinary program. Additionally, scholarships can be earned through national culinary contests and ProStart Certifications.

DIESEL POWER/HEAVY EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY 1 Location: Kishwaukee College 2 High School Credits 5.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available

This course offers an introduction to the theory, operation, maintenance, and repair of all common twoand four-cycle small engines (less than 35hp). Students learn engine overhaul procedures, hydrostatic transmission, transaxle, and differential repair. Also covered are tools and shop equipment commonly used by diesel technicians in the repair industry. Over 35 tools and pieces of equipment will be covered including: hand tools, air tools, precision measuring tools, lifting equipment and engine rebuilding tools. Emphasis will be placed on safe usage to minimize personal injury and physical damage. This course offers classroom and laboratory instruction. In the lab agricultural equipment and machinery will be repaired to demonstrate tool usage and common repair techniques. Successful completion of this course is the basis for the Kishwaukee College Diesel Power Technology Certificate and Associate Degree (A.A.S.) Program. DPT 175, & DPT 199 are the courses for which students may earn college credit.

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DIESEL POWER/HEAVY EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY 2 Location: Kishwaukee College 2 High School Credits 7.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available Prerequisite: “C” grade average and/or consent of instructor.

This course offers more laboratory experience working on, and maintaining agricultural equipment and an in depth study of diesel engines, using the skills learned in Diesel 1 class. This includes principles of operation and repair of four-cycle diesel engines. Students experience the safe use of equipment overhauls. Student disassembles and reassembles lab engine. Additionally, a detailed study of diesel operating principles and how diesel engines differ from other types of internal combustion engines; this includes trouble shooting, maintenance and testing of fuel pumps, fuel filters, and nozzles. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of fuel filtration, selection, and care in handling. Successful completion of this course is the basis for the Kishwaukee College Diesel Power and Technology Certificate and Associate Degree (A.A.S.) program. DPT 172, & DPT 177 are the courses for which students may earn college credit.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 1 AND 2 (ADVANCED)

Location: KEC 2 High School Credits, each course 3.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available for Early Childhood Education 2 Early Childhood Education 2 Prerequisite: “C” average and/or consent of instructor. The course is designed to develop the skills required to plan and implement an early childhood program. Students will apply their learning experiences about children through participation in a play-based preschool and possibly an internship at an elementary school or child care program. Career opportunities related to childcare at the associate and baccalaureate degree level are explored. Students should be reading at 8th Grade level or above. Students must also be able to work in a group setting as well as individually and must be willing to take on a leadership role with same-age classmates along with preschool age children. Successful completion of this course is the basis for the Kishwaukee College Child Care Technology Certificate and Associate Degree (A.A.S.) Program. ECE 112 is the course for which students may earn college credit for Early Childhood Education 2.

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ESTHETICS & FIRST AID

New Course – Preparation for health & skin care professionals Location: Kishwaukee College – Room B1243 2 High School Credits 4.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available This course will be the introductory course offered in pursuit of an esthetician certificate or other health related careers and certifications. The class will be split into two semesters with the first semester focusing on First Aid which will prepare students for administering basic first aid, and adult, child, and infant CPR. Upon completion of this semester course, students will receive their American Red Cross Certification in Responding to Emergencies and Community CPR. PE 162 is the course in which the student will receive college credit. In the second semester, students will learn the history of esthetics and the career options available to Licensed Estheticians. An Esthetician works in the area of skin care (esthetics) in a nonmedical function. As licensed professionals, estheticians provide many services, such as facials, to improve the appearance of skin. Professionalism, proper communication, infection control, draping and the physical components of the esthetics environment will be discussed. This course includes a lab and practical application. EST 100 will be the course for which students will earn college credit.

INTRO TO FIRE FIGHTING & INTRO TO EMS (EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES) Location: DeKalb Fire Department 2 High School Credits College Articulated Credits and Advanced Placement Available

Introduction to Fire Fighting is a one semester course designed to provide a look into the world of firefighting. Students will study curriculum based on the Essentials of Firefighting manual and will perform basic firefighting skills and challenges throughout the year. Introduction to EMS is a one semester course designed to provide an insight into the world of emergency medical services. Students will be certified in American Heart CPR and First Aid, and study curriculum based on EMS First Responder. Basic EMS skills will be studied and practiced throughout the semester using the current tools of the trade. Students will cover emergency ambulance and fire response operations, using live props and state of the art equipment. • Students must be physically able to perform physical skills required within the classroom setting, including, but not limited to, fire suppression simulation, rescue training, and emergency medical services training. • Students shall be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs in order to complete physical tasks that are mandatory for passing skills testing. • Example: Turnout gear and SCBA weight is approximately 25 lbs.

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ADVANCED FIRE FIGHTING

Location: Sycamore Fire Department 2 High School Credits Grade of “C” or better in Intro to Fire Fighting/consent of the instructor College Articulated Credits and Advanced Placement Available Advanced hands-on experience and more in-depth study of what fire fighters do at the scene of the fire. Students will be engaged in classroom and hands-on activities related to fire, rescue and hazardous materials scene operations. Also included will be vehicle extrication, fire behavior, building construction and ladders while wearing personal protective equipment. Various drills will be practiced to challenge and evaluate student progress. This class will continue the development of leadership and communication skills learned in Intro to Fire Fighting as students prepare to pursue career opportunities with local fire departments.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN – BASIC Location: KEC 2 High School Credits 7.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available

The EMT-B certificate program provides training in the emergency medical field. Students will learn to recognize the nature or extent of a patient’s condition, administer appropriate emergency medical care to stabilize their condition and prepare them for transport to the proper medical facility. The curriculum follows the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for EMT-B training. Students will receive in-class lecture and skills training including CPR training, as well as 20 hours of hands-on clinical experience. To be eligible for employment as an EMT-B, students must successfully complete the class and must take and pass either the State of Illinois EMT-B Test or the National Registry EMT-B Test to obtain their license. Pre-requisites: The EMT-B course 2017/18, will be available to KEC Students who have completed either, Fire Fighting 1, Criminal Justice 1 or Health Occupations 1 with a KEC cumulative grade of 85% or higher through the first three quarters of the current year OR high school seniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher at the end of Quarter 2 of their junior year. All applicants then must also have a college-level reading score. This can be demonstrated by ACT/SAT scores, cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 after five high school semesters, WriterPlacer score of 5-8, or a Reading Comprehension score of 70 (scores of 62-69 may be considered by KEC administration). Students are responsible for the costs of the required Background Check, Drug Test, TB Skin Test and Flu Shot.

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HEALTH OCCUPATIONS 1

Location: KEC/Area Healthcare Facilities 2 High School Credits 7.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available Prerequisite: Interest & experience in Health Sciences is recommended. A reading placement test is the first requirement for entry into this class. This course provides a strong base for students who wish to gain experience and background for advanced study in the health and medical fields. Instruction includes orientation to health-related careers, basic patient care skills, medical terminology, nutrition, anatomy, physiology and first aid. In addition, this course prepares students for the Illinois Certified Nursing Assistant exam. This certification is required for employment in a hospital, long-term care facility, or home health care. The State of Illinois has set mandated attendance requirements for classroom (theory) and clinical hours, therefore excellent attendance is crucial. A minimum score of 80% in classroom work must be maintained throughout the year for a student to participate in clinicals and take the state CNA exam in May. Clinical experiences at community health care facilities are an integral part of the program. A twostep TB test and a Flu shot are required by the clinical sites. A criminal background check will be done on all students prior to the start of clinical rotations and students are not allowed to have any convictions. A mandatory urine drug screen will be conducted as well and the results of this screen must be negative for the student to remain in this course. Students are responsible for the costs of the Background Check, Drug Test, TB Skin Test and Flu Shot. Students are also required to purchase a scrub top & pants, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, wristwatch with a second hand and a pair of vinyl or leather shoes. A valid Social Security Number is required. Students must demonstrate competency in a number of skills and be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds before attending clinicals. NUR 100 – Basic Nurse Assistant Training is the college class for which students will earn credit. Also available: Health Occupations I Night Class will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Lectures are presented in an accelerated format. Excellent study skills, time management & attendance are crucial. See your counselor for additional information.

HEALTH OCCUPATIONS 2

Location: KEC/Area Healthcare Facilities 2 High School Credits 3.0 College Credit/Dual Enrollment Available Prerequisite: Illinois Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate and a minimum grade of “B” in Health Occupations I and/or consent of instructors. This course will continue to prepare students in the healthcare field for further knowledge and advanced work at the college level. Subject matter to be covered will include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and careers in several health occupations. An integral part of the second year curriculum is to have students placed at local medical facilities to experience and aid with patient care and treatment in an unpaid and mostly observatory capacity. In most cases students must be able to provide their own transportation to internship sites. A mandatory drug screen, Flu shot, TB Skin Test and up-to-date immunizations will be required for students to participate in clinical experiences. Consent for the testing and a negative drug screen will be required for a student to remain a full participant in this course. Excellent attendance at the home school and KEC is essential for success in this program. A health occupations student organization (Skills-USA) is provided to support student development. OS 216 Medical Terminology is the course for which students may earn college credit. This class is a 1:1 Chromebook class with most of the assignments given and turned in online to enable students to become college ready in this age of technology.

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MASS COMMUNICATION 1 & 2

Location: KEC 2 High School Credits Mass Communication 2 Prerequisite: “C” grade average and/or consent of the instructor. Mass Communication includes video production, photography, graphic design, journalism, and animation. Students will get real world experience in a classroom setting. Some of the projects that students in Mass Communication complete include commercials, films, music videos, and logos. Guest speakers who are professionals in the Mass Communication industry will share their knowledge and insight. Field trips to companies, agencies and TV stations will enhance the real life application.

WEB DEVELOPMENT FUNDAMENTALS Offered during the 2017-18 school year. Location: Kishwaukee College 2 High School Credits

Students will learn the fundamental front-end programming skills in HTML5, CS3 and SASS. Topics covered will include: writing HTML, writing CS3, writing SASS, website planning, user experience, design principles, multimedia elements (pictures, videos, music, etc.) and publishing. Students will work with hypothetical clients to create functions, effective, visually appealing, and responsive websites. Successful completion of this class will prepare students to take the CIW Web Foundations Associate Certification & CIW Web Design Specialist Certification exams.

WELDING TECHNOLOGY 1 & 2

Location: Kishwaukee College 2 High School Credits, each course 8.0 College Credits/Dual Enrollment Available Welding 2 Prerequisite: “C” grade average and/or consent of instructor. This course, designed to develop job entry skills or prepare for advanced college course work leading to professional welder certification, combines classroom instruction with “hands on” laboratory experience. Procedures covered in this course include shop safety, oxyacetylene welding, brazing and cutting, all position SMAW and GMAW welding. Students in the second year program gain experience in advanced welding practices using SMAW and GMAW processes. All students are required to purchase and wear safety glasses, appropriate clothing, and equipment. Instructor will present samples and store locations that supply the proper equipment on the first day of class. WT122-Shielded Metal Arc Welding, WT126-Gas Metal and Flux Cored Arc Weld, WT116-Fundamental Welding Processes and WT128-Oxyfuel Welding/Cutting are the courses for which students may earn college credit. Students enrolled in this course will spend 1 semester in Welding and the other semester in AET (see AET information for additional college credit.)

SENIOR BUSINESS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Location: High School & Various Business Locations 3.0 College Credits - No High School Credit Prerequisite: Grade 12 and recommendation of high school counselor The purpose of this year-long course is to expose students to a broad range of businesses and organizations. The class is designed to give students an understanding of the functions, principles, policies, problems and career opportunities within the corporate structure. Emphasis is on developing networking skills through interaction with businesses in our local and surrounding communities. Class size is limited. Interested students will be asked to complete an application and interview process. BUS 107 - Business Seminar is the course for which students may earn college credit. 76


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