Quick Links
Skip to main contentSkip to navigation

Twin Valley USD 240

Tescott JH/HS

Working...

Ajax Loading Image

 

Course Catalog

2017-2018 Course Catalog


HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

All students should be certain that they are taking all the courses necessary to meet the following graduation requirements.  The successful completion of 28 units of credit is required.

           English Language Arts            4 Units of Credit

           Mathematics                    3 Units of Credit

           Science                    3 Units of Credit

           Social Science                3 Units of Credit

           Physical Education/Health            1 Unit of Credit

           Speech                    0.5 Unit of Credit

           Fine Arts (Band, Vocal, or Art)        1 Unit of Credit

           Electives                    Remainder of Credits Needed

 

AGRICULTURE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Course Title: Agriscience

Course Code: 18002 & 18002B

Duration: 2 Semesters

Grade: 9-10
Credit: 1

 

Course Description: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to understand the importance of agriculture to our economy and society.   Understand the benefit of leadership skills gained through FFA to be successful in college and a future career.   Students will develop their own supervised agriculture experience program and use computer technology to keep personal and business records on their SAE.  Students will explore units in plant and soil science and also in animal science.  Students will learn basic cutting and arc welding skills.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in career development events offered through FFA.  

 

Course Title: Plant and Animal Science

Course Code: 301 & 301B

Duration: 2 Semesters

Grade: 10-12

Credit: 1

Course Description: This is a yearlong course with emphasis of Plant and Soil Science the first semester and Animal Science the second semester. Students that take this course will also be preparing for career development events such as: Land and Homesite Evaluation, Agronomy/Entomology, Livestock and Horse Evaluation.

The Plant and Soil Science course focuses on soil management and classification.  Also on plant and crop management and production. The Animal Science course focuses on all aspects of animal and livestock production including breeding, selection, health management and care.

 

Course Title: Agriculture Welding I & II

Course Code: I - 404 & 404B, II - 407 & 407B

Duration: 2 Semesters each

Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1
Fee: Dependent upon projects and materials.

 

Course Description: These are yearlong classes with the emphasis on welding skills first semester and shop projects second semester for the Welding I students.  Intro to Agriculture is a prerequisite.  This course is designed to provide training in plasma cutting, oxyfuel gas cutting and welding, bronze welding, shielded metal arc welding, and gas metal arc welding.  Tungsten arc welding processes are taught to the Welding II students.  The Welding II students will spend the majority of their time developing and constructing welding projects.  Personal protective equipment will be worn at all times in the welding shop.  The school will provide welding helmets, but students may bring their own.  All skin must be covered when welding.   No short sleeves, pants with holes, or threads exposed at the boot line.

 

BUSINESS EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Course Title:  Accounting I

Course Code: 12104 & 12104B

Duration:  Two Semesters

Prerequisite: JH Computer Applications

Grade: 10-12

Credits: 1

 

Course Description: Students  will be introduced  to  the basic  accounting concepts, principles, cycles, and equation. This course will take the students through a sole proprietorship service business and a partnership merchandising business. Working on the day-to-day transactions  through the month end accounting. This will help provide them with the skills necessary to proceed further in accounting or to conduct their personal business. Using online working papers at aplia.com.

 

Course Title:  Personal Finance

Course Code: 22210

Grade: 10

Duration:  1 Semester

Credits:  0.5

 

Course Description: Students will be introduced to skills needed to help them become better consumers. The program will feature Dave Ramsey's Foundations-- which will include but not be limited by: Saving and Investing, Credit and Debt, Financial Responsibility and Money Management  and Insurance/Risk Management and Income Careers.
 

Course Title: Business Essentials

Course Code: 12050
Grade:  9

Duration:  One semester

Credits:  0.5

 

Course description: This course will introduce students  to  a variety  of information to learn about the various business aspects in our society today. This is a basic business class, which will touch on many areas including but not limited to:  Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Economics and Customer Service.

 

Course Title: Media Tech - Other (yearbook)

Course Code: 10249 & 10249B

Grade:  10-12

Duration:  2 Semesters

Credits: 1
 

Course Description: Students will develop the skills needed to put together the school yearbook. They will study the ethical issues involved and the leadership skills necessary to motivate a staff for the entire year. Students will sell ads and raise money to cover the cost of the yearbook. Students are responsible for taking pictures, designing pages, and working with deadlines.  With teacher approval.

 

ENGLISH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Course Title: English 1

Course Code: 24 & 24B

Grade: 9th

Duration: 2 semesters

Credits: 1

 

English 1 provides the basic  foundations for the language  arts studies: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This class is built  upon the following areas: grammar, the writing process including creative writing, reading and understanding  short  stories, poetry, and more  complex books that are on grade level. Students will develop a more thorough understanding of literary and figurative language skills, as well as increase their vocabulary.

 

Course Title: English 2

Course Code: 53 & 53B

Grade: 10th

Duration: 2 semesters

Credits: 1

 

This course expands on previous English classes. Concepts such as grammar and syntax will be reinforced and polished. Students will study important works of literature, including, but not limited to: Shakespeare, American dramatists, poetry, novels, and nonfiction texts. Writing will also be emphasized in the form of daily writing prompts, literary analyses, original poetry, and oral presentations.

 

Course Title: English 3

Course Code: 25 & 25B

Grade: 11th

Duration: 2 semesters

Credits: 1

 

This class will emphasize continued improvement  in the areas  of reading comprehension, literary  analysis,  and written  communication skills. The study of  American authors  will be addressed through short  stories, novels, and plays. Written communication  will encompass expository essays, literary  analysis, and creative writing.  Separate studies in vocabulary and daily oral language will continue.

 

Course Title: English 4

Course Code 27 & 27B

Grade: 12th

Duration: 2 semesters

Credits: 1

 

This course expands on previous English classes. Concepts such as grammar and syntax will be reinforced and polished. Students will spend one semester studying fiction and one semester studying non-fiction. Students will study important works of literature, including, but not limited to: Shakespeare, American dramatists, poetry, novels, and nonfiction texts. Writing will also be emphasized in the form of daily writing prompts, literary analyses, and oral presentations. In the non-fiction semester, students will research colleges and careers and a non-fiction documentary. Students will write resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, and create presentations over research. They will also participate in a job shadowing day and subsequent presentation for their peers.

 

Course Title: Publications

Course Code: 168 & 168B

Grade: 9-12

Duration: Year OR semester

Credits: 1 or .5

 

Course Description: Students produce the school newspaper, which is currently titled, “Trojan Update”.

 

Course Title: Speech

Course Code: 3700

Duration: One Semester

Prerequisite: None

Grade: 9-12

Credits: 1

 

Course Description: The course is designed to make students better communicators, both nonverbally, and verbally.  Common speech techniques are taught and used on a daily basis. An emphasis in research skills and listening skills are strongly stressed. The first semester concentrates on interpersonal and intrapersonal communication.

 

Course Title: Forensics

Course Code: 54

Duration: One Semester

Prerequisite: None

Grade: 9-12

Credits: 1

 

Course Description: The second semester of speech class will focus on forensics, debates, and competitive speaking. This is a required class.

 

Course Title: Novel

Course Code: 3205

Duration: One Semester

Prerequisite: English II

Grade: 11-12

Credits: 1/2

Texts: Assorted Paperbacks

 

Course Description: This semester course is designed for students who love to read. The semester will begin by providing students with a definition of the novel in its broadest sense. Students will attempt to define "novel" by reading and discussing books from these categories: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, and Western. Four major analytical papers will be required.

 

FINE ARTS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Course Title: Art 1

Course Code: 52

Grade: 10-12

Duration: One Semester

Credits: 0.5

 

Course Description: This is an introduction to art with the emphasis  on basic  art skills in the areas of drawing, painting, graphics, and sculpture. The class will focus on the discipline-based art stages of art  productions, and art history.

 

Course Title: Art 2

Course Code: 51

Grade: 10-12

Duration: One Semester

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: Art 1

 

Course Description: Art 2 is a more advanced art class using all mediums. It focuses on the discipline-based art education stages of art production, art history, evaluation,  and aesthetics.

 

Course Title: Art 3

Course Code: 126

Grade: 11-12

Duration: One Semester

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisite: Art 2

 

Course Description: Art 3 is an advanced art class that focuses on exploring conceptual art as well as discipline-based stages of production, art history, and graphics.

 

Course Title: Band

Course Code: 49 & 49B

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Duration: 2 Semesters

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: prior participation in band or teacher recommendation

 

Course Description: High school band allows band students to continue developing skills on their instrument and in playing expressively.  During the course of the year, students have the opportunity to take part in solo and small ensemble contest at the district and state level, and State Fair Band Day, along with other performances such as the Winter and Black and Gold concerts.  High school students join with junior high band to perform at home football and basketball games as the Tescott Pep Band.

 

Course Title: Vocal Music

Course Code: 2700 & 2700B

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Duration: full year

Credits: 1

 

Course Description: Singing can be a great joy, whether as a soloist or as a member of a choir.  Students in high school vocal learn about the mechanics of vocal production, while improving their sight reading and music reading skills.  Students will sing music from a wide variety of genres and time periods while developing proper posture for singing and good vocal habits.  

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Course Title: Spanish 1
Course Code: 48 & 48B
Duration:  2 Semesters
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1
Text: Aventura 1

 

Course Objective: In a rapidly shrinking world with instantaneous communication, proficiency in foreign language becomes increasingly important. The process of learning a foreign language helps the brain to increase problem-solving abilities and perform better on tests. Students in Spanish will learn to acquire ideas through listening, repeating and reading. Students will develop communication skills and cope in various life-like situations. They will also develop the ability to utilize available sources of information and learning tools through the study and will develop an understanding of cultural heritages different from their own. Ultimately, the study of Spanish will give students more options when regarding career opportunities and education, and will help reinforce positive attitudes toward intellectual activities.

 

Course Title: Spanish 2
Course Code: 103 & 103B
Duration:  2 Semesters
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Spanish I
Text: Aventura I & 2

 

Course Objective: Students continue to further develop and improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on comprehension and verbal communication of Spanish, as well as reading and writing practice in the target language using a variety of activities incorporating familiar vocabulary  and structures.  Supplementary materials are introduced to enhance language use and awareness of Spanish speaking cultures.

 

MATHEMATICS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Course Title: Algebra 1

Course Code: 56 & 56B

Grade: 9-12

Duration: 2 semesters

Credits: 1

 

Course Description: Algebra 1 provides the opportunity to refine and extend mathematical skills. Students will develop higher­ level problem solving skills and an understanding of the relationship between graphs, equations, tables and written statements. Topics covered are: expressions, equations, inequalities, systems, functions, exponents, polynomials, quadratics, radical and rational expressions.

 

Course Title: Algebra IA

Course Code: 2609 & 2609 B

Duration: 2 Semesters

Grade: 9-12

Credits: 1

Text: Algebra

 

Course Description: Algebra IA provides an opportunity for the student to refine and extend mathematical skills. Algebra IA covers the same topics as Algebra I; but at a slower pace. The course is designed to develop higher level problem solving ability, mental discipline, and responsibility.

 

Course Title: Algebra IB

Course Code: 2609 & 2609 B

Duration: 2 Semesters

Grade: 9-12

Credits: 1

Text: Algebra

 

Course Description: Algebra IB provides an opportunity for the student to refine and extend mathematical skills. Algebra IB covers the same topics as Algebra I; but at a slower pace. The course is designed to develop higher level problem solving ability, mental discipline, and responsibility.

 

Course Title: Algebra 2

Course Code: 42 & 42B

Grade: 10-12

Duration: 2 semesters

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: Algebra 1

 

Course Description: Algebra II provides an opportunity for students to learn about those topics of algebra, which have practical  value as well as those that  have theoretical value in subsequent mathematical courses. Algebra II is a must  for any student  wishing  to  pursue  a college course in math or science. Algebra II includes systems of linear equations, rational numbers  and expressions, factoring, relations, functions, irrational numbers, and trigonometric functions.


 

Course Title: College Trigonometry

Duration: One Semester

Pre-Requisite: College Algebra

Grade: 11-12

Credits: 3 Hours College Credit

Text: Trigonometry

Fees: College Tuition. Minimum of $172.50

 

Course Description: Trigonometry is a study of trigonometric functions, solutions to right and oblique triangles, trigonometric identities, inverse functions, and graphs of trigonometric functions.

Course Title: Pre-Calculus

Course Code: 02110V & 02110VB

Duration: Semester

Pre-Requisite: College Algebra/Trig

Grade: 12

Credits: 1

 

Course Description: This will be an introductory course in college calculus.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Course Title: PE & Health

Course Code: 3800 & 3800B

Grade: 9

Duration: Two Semesters

Credits: 1

Text: Making Life Choices

 

Course Description: The first semester will be used to explore team games such as soccer, flag football, volleyball, team handball, and basketball.  Emphasis will be placed on teamwork, sportsmanship, skills improvement, and an understanding of the rules. During the second semester individual skill activities will be taught. The life-time skills taught include badminton, pickle ball, shuffle board, golf, bowling, and archery.  

 

Health class periods will be scattered throughout both semesters.  Information covered will include all body systems, drug and alcohol abuse, first aid, self-concept, and human sexuality.

 

Course Title: Body Mech/ST

Course Code: 3607 & 3607B

Grade: 10-12

Duration: Two Semesters

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: PE & Health

 

Course Description: Body Mechanics and Strength Training will explore the muscular system and its many functions. The  weight room will be utilized to teach students how muscle is developed as well as teach students what muscles and bones are used in specific movements. Close monitoring of weight, muscle size and strength gain will be kept to measure success. Students should expect  to work out with a high level of intensity. Students will also be expected to change into workout clothing and lift each day of class.  Class size will be limited.

 

SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Course Title: Earth Science

Course Code: 3509 & 3509B

Grade: 9

Duration: 2 semesters

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: none

Texts: Modern Earth Science

 

Course Description: Earth Science is the study of the Earth and the Universe around it.  The course will begin with the study of the Earth as a system and the models used to study the Earth.  This will be followed by a study of the dynamic processes that shape the Earth, including plate tectonics, deformation of the crust, earthquakes, volcanism, weathering and erosion, formation of river systems and groundwater.  This will be followed by a study of meteorology, the structure and processes of the atmosphere, water in the atmosphere, and the weather.  The class will conclude with a study of astronomy, including the study of space, the sun, stars, galaxies, and the Universe

 

Course Title: Biology

Course Code: 3500 & 3500B

Grade: 10

Duration: 2 Semesters

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: none

Texts: Modern Biology

 

Course Description: Biology is the study of the science of life.  The course will begin with a basic study of the chemistry of life.  This will be followed by a study of cell structure and function, cellular processes, and cell reproduction.  A study of genetics will include a study of the fundamentals of genetics, DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis, as will as human genetics and inheritance patterns.  This will lead to a discussion of evolutionary theory, population genetics, speciation, and classification of organisms.  The course will conclude with a study of ecology, populations, community ecology, and ecosystems.

 

Course Title: Chemistry

Course Code: 3503 & 3503B

Grade: 11-12

Duration: 2 Semesters

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: Algebra 1

Texts: Modern Chemistry

 

Course Description: Chemistry is the study of matter, its composition, structure, and the changes that it undergoes.  The course will begin with a look at the properties of matter and how they can be measured. This will be followed by a discussion of atomic structure and its relationship to the elements, periodic law, chemical bonding.  Chemical formulas, equations and reactions, and stoichiometry will be discussed, followed by a study of the states of matter, the behavior of gases, and the behavior of solutions.

 

Course Title: Human Anatomy and Physiology

Course Code: 3506 & 3506B

Grade: 10-12

Duration: Two Semesters

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: Biology

Texts: Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology

 

Course Description: The course will consist of a comprehensive study of human anatomy. In each of the major body systems, anatomy will give the structure to the parts of the system being considered, physiology will provide an understanding of the biological processes involved, and pathology will provide continuity to illustrate the relationship of the mechanism to the function of the whole body.

 

Course Title: Physics

Course Code: 148 & 148B

Grade: 11-12

Duration: Two Semesters

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: Algebra II

Text: Holt Physics

 

Course Description: Physics is the area of science that describes the behavior of matter. It is an upper level class aimed generally at those students that are college-bound. It will be designed to reinforce and elaborate on all areas of Newtonian physics. The course will cover such areas as energy, motion, work, momentum, equilibrium, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics.

 

Course Title: Advanced Biology

Course Code: 3507 & 3507B

Grade: 10-12

Duration: Two Semesters

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: Biology 1 required.

Texts: Modern Biology

 

Course Description: This course is a class in organismic biology.  It will focus on a systematic study of the evolution, diversity, and ecology of the various groups animals, plants, and fungi in a logical sequence, with a particular focus on those species that are found in Kansas.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

Course Title: World Geography
Course Code: 2902 & 2902B

Grade: 9-12

Duration: Two Semesters

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: None

Texts:World Geography Today

 

Course Description: World Geography follows the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards. This World Geography course familiarizes students with the world using the five geographic themes and essential elements. This course asks students to compare and contrast themes across all continents. Topics include- Latin American, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Asia, South Asia, Australia, Antarctica, and the Pacific World

 

Course Title: Am History

Course Code: 2900 & 2900B

Grade: 9-12

Duration: Two Semesters        

Credits: 1

Prerequisite: 8th Grade: Constitutional Age to International Expansion

Texts: The Americans Reconstruction to the 21st Century

 

Course Description: High School American History follows the Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards. This high school course allows students to concentrate on the critical events, people, groups, ideas, and issues from 1900 to the present, including- Immigration, Industrialization, Progressives, Expansion and Imperialism, World War I and the Roaring 20s, Great Depression, New Deal, World War II and the Aftermath, Cold War Conflicts, Civil Rights and Social Change,  and Moving into the 21st Century.

 

Course Title: Am Government

Course Code: 2901 & 2901B

Grade: 9-12

Duration: Two Semesters

Credits: 1

Texts: American Government

 

Course Description: High School American Government follows the Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards. Government builds upon and adds to previous learning of history, government, economics, and geography. In this course students will learn The Role of Citizens: Civic Values, Politics, and Government, Principles and Foundations of the U.S. Constitution, The Structure and Function of the Federal Government, Human and Civil Rights in American Democracy, Domestic and Foreign Policy, State and Local Government Politics, Interest Groups, and Media.

 

Course Title: Current Events
Course Code: 2905 & 2905B

Grade: 9-12 Students

Duration: Two Semesters

Credits:1

 

Course Description: The Current Events course is designed to analyze current happenings at the local, state, national, and international levels. Throughout the course students will use a variety of sources to obtain the news discussed in class. The course will identify events, analyze their impact, and compare them to other events from throughout history. The amount and topics covered within this course will fluctuate on a regular basis depending on the topics current in the media. In order to better understand topics students will research various topics, formulate opinions, discuss different stances, and express personal views.

 

Course Title: World History

Course Code: 4 & 4B

Duration: Two Semester

Prerequisite: None

Grade: 9-12

Credit: 1

 

Course Description: World History is the story of man's past. This class will strive to study all of the world's historical highlights which have had an impact on the world today. Areas of study will include all of the great early civilizations, through the Greek and Roman empires, up to the modern nations and wars of the twentieth century. Emphasis will be placed on governments, the rise and fall of empires, new knowledge, religions, the arts and wars.