Wynot Public Schools
ACCOUNTING I (9, 10, 11, 12) W
Accounting I introduces the principles required in preparation and maintenance of keeping accurate financial records for business management and operation. These concepts and principles are based on a double-entry system for sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. It includes analyzing business transactions, journalizing, posting, and preparing worksheets and financial statements.
Textbook: Century 21 Accounting 9E, Gilbertson, Lehman, South-Western, 2009.
ALGEBRA I (9) W
Algebra I is the sequential development of problem solving using our real number system. The language and symbolism of algebra becomes understandable and useful as everyday jargon for algebraic problem solving. Students will learn to solve equations as well as inequalities. Functions and relations will be discussed in relationship to ordered pairs on the Cartesian Coordinate plane. Equations of two variables, as well as polynomials and their factoring will be discussed with enough repetition for the fundamental background to encounter Algebra II. There is also a reinforcement of basic math skills, although mastery of operations with negative numbers, decimals, and fractions are necessary before beginning this course. Students will be required to bring a basic calculator. Although a scientific or graphing calculator (with sin, cos, and tan keys) is recommended. This course is the basic of all advanced math. It is required for admission to most colleges.
Textbook: Prentice Hall Mathematics, Algebra 1, Bellman, Bragg, Charles, Hall, Handlin, Kennedy, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009
AMERICAN HISTORY I (10) W
This is a study of American History from the Antebellum period through the Civil War Reconstruction period. Special studies will include the Civil War battles . Students will identify labor unions and the early immigration changes in society in the late 1800’s.
Textbook: The Americans by McDougall-Littell 2005
AMERICAN HISTORY II (11,12)
This course is approved for 3 hours of college credit through Northeast Nebraska Community College for two semesters of course work. Students in college credit are expected to do extra assignments and be able to pass the requirements set by Northeast Community College. The class is a study of the time period from the Spanish American War through the World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Watergate problems and modern times. Students are to become aware of current events as well in the course study.
Textbook: The Americas: Reconstruction to the 21st Century: McDougal-Littell 2005
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (11-12) W
This course contains a variety of topics of the human anatomy and physiology including the organization levels of the human body, principles of support and movement (musculoskeletal system), control systems of the body (nervous and endocrine system), and the rest of the systems of the body. Labs, activities, projects, field trips, and research projects will be used whenever possible to give students a chance to apply the concepts being learned.
Textbook: Principals of Anatomy and Physiology (10th Ed). Tortora & Grabowski, 2003
ART I (9, 10, 11, 12) /ART II (10, 11, 12) W
Art I is basically a survey course that introduces the student to as many different types of art processes and media as possible. There is a heavy emphasis on drawing, since that skill is easily learnable through drawing instruction, and is basic to every other art process done in this class. Drawing media include pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, pastels, pen and ink, and oil pastel, to name a few. Students will also learn painting techniques with watercolor, tempera, and acrylic media, as well as printmaking.
Textbook: Art In Focus, Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 1994 and Themes & Foundations in Art, West, 1995
ART II (10, 11, 12) W
Art II will work on three-dimensional work, which will include simple sculpture projects. Students will learn about commercial art, available art and art related careers, and the importance of art in the world around them. Art II will include that students will learn about artists of the past and present, art movements, how to look at art critically, and how to express themselves through the art they create.
ART III (11, 12) W
Art III is a continuation of the skills and knowledge learned in Art I & II. A broader range of drawings (subject matter and media) will be offered, and the processes will be slightly more complicated and demanding. Students will generally do projects that are larger, and rendering skills will be sharpened. Students will also be given the opportunity to incorporate more feeling into their artwork through a freer use of color and line. Students will do several three dimensional projects, including sculpture, clay projects, and craft-type activities. Again, commercial artwork experiences are offered, and a field trip is usually scheduled, offering students the opportunity to visit businesses, which employ artists. Finally, Art III students will learn about artists of the past and present, explore art created in the world around them.
Textbook: Art In Focus, Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 1994 and Themes & Foundations in Art, West, 1995
ART IV (12) W
Art IV is a continuation and aggregate of all Art courses combined. Students will be monitored on an independent study type curriculum. Course of study will be designed with interaction between each individual student and the Art instructor. Study of and production of Artistic interpretation will be required.
AUTOCAD/GOOGLE SKETCHUP (10, 11, 12)
This class is open to any 10-12th grade student. Students going into all technical areas and engineering are encouraged to take this class. Areas of study include: architectural drafting, and mechanical drafting. Each student will design a house and draw complete plans. In mechanical drawing the student will draw isometric and multi-view drawings of actual industrial problems. All drawings will be on the computer. Google Sketchup will be the program used.
BAND (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) W
At this level, quality performance, competition, self-discipline, and pride play a very big role in our program. Students learn the basics of their instrument and how to read music. A variety of music from various styles is presented each year. Six (6) objectives are used and are listed in the curriculum guide. Public concerts are performed which include the Veteran's Day Program, Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, Pops Concert, District Music Contest, pep band performances, commencement, and other depending on public request. The high school pep band (when available) also performs at football, volleyball and basketball games. The band takes a trip every 3 years to participate in a music festival/competition.
BIOLOGY (10) W
This course contains a variety of topics within the following units: the nature of life, ecology, cells, genetics, evolution, microorganisms and fungi, plants, invertebrates, and chordates. Labs, activities, projects, field trips, and research projects will be used whenever possible to give students a chance to apply the concepts being learned.
Textbook: Biology. Prentice Hall, 2006
BROADCASTING (12) W
Course Description: Students interested in either the Audio and Video Technologies as well as programming will use new and current technology to create creative electronic displays and weekly broadcast. The overlap is extensive as a career pathway course where students post Web-cast, and weekly news. This course is for seniors wanting to investigate the media industry. Course content provides a broad-based exposure to audio, video, and broadcasting within the multi-media sources.
CAREER EDUCATION Grade 10 2nd Semester; Grade 11 1st Semester
This course is designed to prepare students for the world of work by exploring careers and the many steps needed to be successful. These include writing resumes, comparing jobs, job shadows, mock interviews, work environment, working with others, and doing research. Students will also explore individual interests, abilities, skills and talents that may fit into different careers suitable for them. Students will have the opportunity to search for scholarships, do college research and will be exposed to many objectives that are similar to being in an actual college course. Developing a resume and working on college scholarships will be included. If needed, students can complete an entire ACT PREP class as well.
Textbook/s: Mostly utilizes online resources.
CHEMISTRY (11-12) W
This course contains a variety of topics including matter and change, atomic structure, chemical naming and formula writing, molar mass and mass conversions, chemical reactions and equation writing, endothermic and exothermic reactions, atomic models and electron configuration, ionic and covalent bonding, etc. Labs, activities, projects, field trips, and research projects will be used whenever possible to give students a chance to apply the concepts being learned.
Textbook: Chemistry (4 Ed). Addison-Wesley, 1998
CHORUS (9, 10, 11, 12) W
The goal of the chorus at Wynot Public School is to create a confident and competent singing group through the performance of unison, two-part, three-part, and four part music of varying styles. Along with the learning of new music, students study various aspects of vocal technique and music theory. Major performances of the chorus include Conference Vocal Clinic, Veteran's Day Program, Christmas Concert, Spring Concert, Pops Concert, District Music Contest, and Graduation. Small ensembles are formed along with duets and trios, and soloists are encouraged at all times. Swing choir participation is also encouraged, if numbers permit.
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I (9) W
Computer Applications focuses on utilizing Microsoft products. Students will do extensive projects using Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint. Students will also create projects using Windows Live Movie Maker. Additionally, they will become familiar with working and saving documents within Google Drive.
Textbook: Learning Microsoft Office Level 1, Mehaffie, Skintik, Watanabe, Weixel, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2014.
CREATIVE WRITING (9, 10, 11, 12) W
Creative writing provides a comprehensive and systematic treatment of the writing process. The students will be practicing in the original writing including narrative, persuasive, descriptive, expository, and review of usage and punctuation. They also will write original critiques of books and movies.
CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY (11,12) W
This course is a study of the world of landforms, climate, vegetation, culture of the people of the world not studied in 7th grade. It includes study of Canada, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Oceania, Australia and South Asia. Special emphasis is the study of maps and transposing of maps/landformations.
Textbook: World Geography Today, Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 2003
ENGLISH (9) W
Emphasis is on grammar: usage, parts of speech, punctuation, sentence structure, and writing a variety of short compositions. Spelling and vocabulary will be worked with on a weekly basis. Literature is also included as an essential part of English 9. This will include an introduction to the select types of literature with special emphasis on American authors. Written communication is achieved through several assignments during the year including book reviews, narrative, persuasive, descriptive, expository. 80-90% of the formal writing will be completed on the computer. Much of the remainder will be cursive writing.
ENGLISH (10) W
This course emphasizes skills development in oral and written communications, including paragraph and theme composition, language structure, and spelling. A study of fiction is also included with vocabulary study. There will be review of basic grammar, sentence structure, usage, and research skills which involve the computer. Formal compositions will be competed on the computer. Short stories will be offered from British, American, and world literature units. The stories will cover a wide range: realism, romance, humor, and mystery.
ENGLISH (11) W
Review of basic grammar, sentence structure, usage, structure and development of expository, narrative, persuasive, and descriptive paragraphs and essays, along with the research process and a research paper with research papers completed on the computer with a maximum of 3-5 sources from the internet. American poets and writers will be studied along with their themes and styles. Students will read selections from the following authors: Poe, Bryant, Lowell, Hawthorne, Harte, Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Jackson
ENGLISH (12) W
This course is designed for students with moderate interest in language skills. The course explores a wide and stimulating range of novels, short stories, plays, poems, and films. Students will develop literary, verbal, and visual analysis skills through discussion, composition, and oral presentations.
ENGLISH - AMERICAN AUTHORS (12) W
Prose representing selections from early to modern American authors: Hemingway, Sinclair, Steinbeck, Twain, and others.
ENGLISH COMPOSITION ENG 1010 (12) (1st Sem.) *CC L
English Composition 1010 is designed to develop writing skills. Students write short papers and essays based upon their personal experience and/or assigned readings. The course emphasizes the clear written expression of ideas and importance of organization, word choice, logic and sentence construction. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for a particular audience is also emphasized.
Textbooks: Between Worlds: A Reader Rhetoric and Handbook, 2nd ed. Eds. Susan Backman and Melinda Barth. Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc., 1998.
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II-ENG 1020 (12) (2nd Sem.) *CC L
(College Credit Writing) (Sem.) Similar to English Composition 1010, but with an emphasis on the technique of reading and explicating works of literature, particularly the novel and poetry.
Textbooks: Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay, 4th ed. Ed. Robert DiYanni. McGraw Hill, 1998.
ENGLISH - NOVELS (12) W
The study of the novels of Dickens and Doyle.
A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, The Hound of Baskervilles, David Copperfield
ENGLISH - SHAKESPEARE (12) W
Background and study of Shakespeare's four tragedies in addition to the research of a major, tragedy character on the internet. Maximum of five pages.
FOODS & NUTRITION (9, 10, 11, 12) W
Foods & Nutrition will teach you skills for life in the areas of food preparation and how diet impacts your life. If you plan on going into any health care career or just want to know more about nutrition for personal application, this course gives you the foundation of nutrition knowledge. Interspersed between nutrition principles are food preparation skills and techniques, food safety, designing your kitchen, and learning about how foods interact through various foods labs/cooking/baking experiences. Students will prepare for community events as necessary during the school year.
Textbook: Food for Today, Glencoe, 2006
GEOMETRY (10) W
Course Description: This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions. It includes the study of transformations and right triangle trigonometry. Inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem solving situations, and applications to the real world are stressed. It also emphasizes writing proofs to solve (prove) properties of geometric figures. Geometry is a prerequisite of Algebra II and Trigonometry.
This course covers a variety of Earth topics through the study of the following units: nature of science, composition of Earth, surface processes, atmosphere and oceans, dynamic Earth, geologic time, resources and the environment, and beyond Earth. Labs, activities, projects, field trips, and research projects will be used whenever possible to give students a chance to apply the concepts being learned.
Textbook: Earth Science, Geology, the Environment, and the Universe. Glencoe Science, 2005.
HOUSING AND TEXTILES/QUILTING (10, 11, 12) W
This course is designed to assist students in making wise, informed decisions in regards to housing for themselves and their families in the future. Areas covered in the course include: the history of architecture and it's influence on housing today, housing choices, finances, housing features and systems, and a major section on interior decoration. Projects will be assigned throughout the year. A design project will be completed during the second term of the course.
Tips and techniques to do a small basic quilt will also be part of this class. What supplies and equipment are needed. How to use various equipment, rulers, rotary cutters, and mats, different sewing machine feet. How to prepare the fabric. How to layer the fabric. Different kinds of fabric. Small amount of quilt history. How to store quilts and care for them. Student will be required to purchase fabric and have some basic sewing equipment. Basic sewing skills. A simple pattern like churn dash or split rail fence would be used.
Textbook: Homes, Housing Decisions
INDEPENDENT LIVING (9, 10, 11, 12) W
The Essentials curriculum consists of condensed versions of the Get Ready to Take Charge of Your Finances (introductory level) and Take Charge of Your Finances (advanced level) lesson plans. Each Essentials lesson plan has 45 minutes of recommended content instruction in an activity based format as well as optional conclusion and assessment activities to extend participant learning. Basics of checking accounts, insurance, taxes and paychecks, credit and debit cards, and more. Internet Fraud, other types of fraud, how is fraud committed? Buying vehicles, and getting the best deals are included. Worksheets and power point presentations are used to promote financial education. Movies supplement the materials presented.
Textbook: Family Economics and Financial Education - Web Site
INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY METALWORKING (9, 10, 11, 12) W
Metalworking...The fundamental operations and related information are covered in the following areas: sheet and bench metal work, basic foundry procedures, tools, equipment skills, safety practices, and basic metallurgy involved in arc welding and oxyacetylene welding. MIG (Wire) welding techniques and processes are studied to develop proficient skills in welding. Emphasis will be put on the method of operations, quality of work, and utilization of time. CAD technology will also be covered.
Textbook: General Metals, Sixth Edition, Feirer, McMillan, McGraw Hill, 1986.
INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY WOODWORKING (9, 10, 11, 12) W
Woodworking...Course of instruction covers the use of woodworking machinery with a wider scope on tool operation. Cabinet making and furniture construction are covered. Wood finishing is required of all projects. Safety and group work are strongly emphasized in all areas. CAD technology will be used to develop plans.
Textbook: Wood: Technology and Processes, Feirer. Glencoe, 1987.
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (9, 10, 11, 12) W
This course is designed as an introductory overview of the Business, Marketing, and Management Career Field. Students will explore various economic systems, forms of business ownership, management, marketing, and accounting. This course also introduces students to the basics of the stock market. The basic concepts of banking, stock markets, and the application process when searching for jobs will also be addressed.
Textbook: Intro to Business 7E, Dlabay, Burrow, Kleindl, South-Western, 2009
JOURNALISM (9-12) W
This course emphasizes critical thinking, reading, and writing clear and coherent essays that reflect an understanding of the writing process, rhetorical analysis, argumentation, and academic discourse. Students should process strong writing skill and are self-disciplined. The students will maintain a portfolio made up of several original writings. Assessment will include the students’ application of the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, and revising) as well as grads on individual pieces that are finished and polished.
KEYBOARDING (9, 10, 11, 12) W
Keyboarding is a one-semester course. The class starts from basic skills and builds to more difficult typing. Students are not required to have any basic skills, as they will develop necessary keyboard skills needed for rapid and accurate word processing. Expectations at end of semester are students typing in excess of 70 wpm with no errors (very attainable). Instruction will include letter and envelope formatting and printing.
Textbook: South-Western's Basic Keyboarding and Formatting2nd Edition, 1989.
LIFE SKILLS (10, 11,12) W
A study of the life and activities of the family. A realistic picture of what it means to be a family member with emphasis on the areas of preparation for marriage, the roles of husband/wife, child care, parent care and development, fostering family time with conversation, balancing work, family, and celebration of holidays. Time will also be spent on how to find an apartment, figuring budgets, what does it take to set up housekeeping, and job to wages ratio. What does it cost to live? Why is education important? Checking and savings accounts. The family and financial aspects of being a young adult, either on your own, or married.
PERSONAL FINANCE (9, 10, 11, 12) W
The goal of personal finance is to help students become financially responsible, conscientious members of society. During this course students will become familiar with various banking accounts available to them. Students will learn to balance checkbooks, make deposits, online banking, and the accompanying fees. Additionally, students will learn about budgeting, insurances, investments, paying for college and other big purchases, taxes, credit cards, and credit scores. This course develops student understanding and skills in money management and financial goal attainment. Students will explore these concepts through the use of text, technology, projects, and discussion.
Textbook: The Complete Guide to Personal Finance for Teenagers and College Students, Butler, Atlantic Publishing, 2010
PHYSICAL EDUCATION II (10) W
In this class, we involve the students in a number of activities. The aim of these activities is to promote the health of the students, as well as, help the students better appreciate and understand certain sports. Another aim of this class is social, students are often in competition with classmates. He or she will learn to work with and against other students in various sports activities. In this competition, students will hopefully learn to lose and win gracefully. A final aim of this class is that the student will find one or more activities that he or she will take with him beyond his or her years in high school.
The class is mainly an activity class with the students participating in various activities. An occasional class is spent lecturing on rules and strategies of the various games.
The class is graded on a point system. Points are awarded for test scores, class attitude (helping others), class effort, and skills. The percentage of points earned, against those possible, determine the final grade. A physical fitness test is given at the beginning and end of the year. This is to focus on the student's physical improvement. However, since students improve at different rates this does not affect their grade.
The subjects included are as follows: testing, archery, football, soccer, volleyball, aerobics, weight training, basketball, whiffleball, gymnastics, track, badminton, softball, bowling, tennis, golf, and CPR. Technology will be brought into the class through reports on the computer.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION III & HEALTH (11, 12) W
In our life-time sports and health class we try to mix classroom learning and practical experience. The material that we cover is mostly a review from other classes, such as Science and Adult Living. Every other day we are in the gym. We try to teach students the concepts of sports they can and will use in their later life. Some of the topics covered are golf, softball, bowling, archery, weight training, aerobics, and boating safety, etc. Health class does research on trends in health and how the body works with weight training.
The aim of this class is to inform students of sports or activities they can participate in once they graduate from high school. In this class, students learn how to do things they would not normally experience. If they are exposed to an activity, students may develop a desire to participate in it.
Our grading consists of half classroom work and half activity work. Each nine weeks we have a report due on the material we have covered. Each student picks a topic and writes a three page written or a two page typed report.
Textbook: A variety of reference manuals and supplementary handouts.
PHYSICAL SCIENCE (9) W
This course is broken up into two pieces: physics and earth-space science. The first semester and part of the second is devoted to physics topics such as motion, forces, energy, matter, waves, sound, light, and technology. The rest of the second semester is devoted to earth and space science which includes topics such as the formation of Earth, its internal processes, planets, solar system, and galaxy. Labs, activities, projects, field trips, and research projects will be used whenever possible to give students a chance to apply the concepts being learned.
Textbook: Physical Science with Earth Science. Glencoe Science, 2009
SPANISH I (9, 10, 11, 12) W
This course is to familiarize the student with Spanish culture and customs. Students also learn basic Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic expressions. Communication in the target language is one of the goals of this class. Spanish activities shall be emphasized to develop verbal and listening skills. Simple translation skills via the computer shall be introduced. The Expresate I or appropriate text will be used. The course will be adjusted depending upon the student's abilities.
Expresate I Holt, Rinehart, Winston 2008
STRENGTH TRAINING (9, 10, 11, 12) W
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for obtaining optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and cardiorespiratory endurance activities. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of weight training, strength training, aerobic training, and over all fitness training and conditioning. Course includes both lecture and activity sessions. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.
TEACHER AIDES (12) W
Senior students may serve as elementary teacher assistants and Physical Education assistants with approval from the administration and the supervising teacher. Assistants must maintain a GPA of 3.0. In choosing to do so the student is assuming responsibilities that should carefully be considered.
The requirements for being teacher aide are:
Reporting to the elementary classroom and teacher each assigned period.
You are expected to be patient and courteous at all times toward the elementary students.
As teacher aide you will perform those duties as assigned by the teacher, some of these duties may be:
Bulletin board design
Cleaning boards or other surfaces
Reviewing papers or reading assignments of students while monitored by the teacher
Running errands in the building for teachers
Making and cutting out stencils
Sorting and counting materials
Performing those tasks as directed by the teacher.
Teacher Aides are expected to be exemplary models, on time, and enthusiastic. It can be an especially rewarding experience. Your attitude, attendance, and skills will be graded.
TRIGONOMETRY (11,12) W
Course Description: Student will study relations, functions, graphs, trigonometry, polar coordinates, complex numbers, limits, and derivatives. The student will analyze and graph mathematical functions. There is an emphasis on verification of trigonometric identities using all of the basic trigonometric identities. Students will use graphing calculators in activities that are appropriate to the topics being studied.
US GOVERNMENT (11) W
This course is approved for 3 hours college credit through Northeast Community College for two semesters of course study. Students in college credit are expected to do extra assignments and be able to pass the requirements set by Northeast Community College. The class includes the study of early governments, and the
history of our American Constitution. The study of the basics of the Constitution with emphasis on the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government including the court cases of the amendments to the Constitution.
Textbook: United States Government: Democracy in Action: Glencoe 2008
WORLD HISTORY (9) W
A study of Early Man to Mesopotamia, Early China, India, and Egyptian cultures. Students will study the various cultural traits of Greece, and Roman societies. The course ends with a study of Medieval life and society.
Textbook: Ancient World History by McDougal-Littell 2005