Elective Course Descriptions

COURSE TITLE

COURSE DESCRIPTION

TERM

GRADE

A-G REQ

CREDITS

AVID 9, 10, OR 11

(ADVANCEMENT VIA INDIVIDUAL DETERMINATION)

This is a school-wide program designed to support underrepresented students in their goal of achieving university and college level entrance requirements. This course is a regularly scheduled elective based on "writing as a tool of learning", collaborative grouping, and inquiry methods. The three central components of the program are academic instruction, tutorial support, and motivational activities. The typical AVID student is intelligent and possesses four-year University potential. All AVID students are scheduled into college preparatory and honors courses during their 9th through 12th grade years and receive special tutorial services. Students are selected for the AVID program based on their ability.

Year

9-12

 

Elective credit

AVID 12-P (AVID Senior Seminar)

Prerequisite: Completion of two year of AVID with a "C" or better.

The AVID Senior Seminar is designed for those AVID students who elect to take a course that prepares them for the rigor required for college work. Students will engage in higher levels of WIC-R (writing, inquiry, collaboration and reading strategies) than experienced in prior years of AVID.

Year

12

‘G’

UC/CSU

Elective credit

AVID TUTOR

Prerequisite: AVID Elective teacher and counselor approval.

The AVID Tutor serves a vital role in the AVID class; they facilitate weekly tutorial sessions and serve as guides to enable students to use Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading skills to discover solutions to questions they’re struggling with in their academic classes. AVID Tutors also grade student binders, take part in class activities or use the non-tutorial days as time to work on their own academic assignments. Highly motivated students who will be seniors that value education and want to challenge themselves are encouraged to speak to the AVID Elective teacher and Counselor to see if this would be a good fit.

Year

12

 

Elective credit

LIBRARY SCIENCE 1

This graded (A-F) course is designed to introduce students to fields of library science and information literacy. Students will assist in daily library operations, learning clerical tasks, such as business use of the telephone, filing, typing, and researching information for staff. Educational content will be taught as students work with both print and non-print collections, helping to organize and maintain the collection, researching, designing and creating projects with a career and technical focus. Digital literacy through desktop publishing, multimedia presentations and hands on work with computers will be an emphasis. Students must complete an application and have teacher/counselor/administration approval in order to be in this class.

Y or S

11-12

 

Elective credit

LIBRARY SCIENCE 2

Prerequisite:

Library Science 1

This graded (A-F) course is designed to further the knowledge and practice of the field of library science and information literacy. Students will assist in daily library operations, practicing clerical tasks, such as business use of the telephone, filing, typing, and researching information for staff. Educational content will be taught as students work with both print and non-print collections, helping to organize and maintain the collection, researching, designing and creating projects, and assisting with the creation of instructional content, all with a career and technical focus. Critical and creative thinking will be needed for successful completion of this class. Digital literacy through video and multimedia presentations, and the creation of websites will be emphasized. Students must complete an application and have teacher /counselor/ administration approval in order to be in this class.

 

Y or S

12

 

Elective Credit

MATH LAB TUTOR

Prerequisite: Algebra 2 with a grade of “B” or better or teacher recommendation.

This course is designed for students to act as peer tutors for Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 students. Daily responsibilities include leading small group discussions/activities and tutoring in one-on-one situations. Students should be comfortable taking initiative and explaining Algebraic concepts while encouraging critical thinking. Students will work closely with the teacher to provide a positive learning environment.

Year

11-12

 

Elective credit

STUDENT OFFICE AIDE

Prerequisite: Consent of Assistant Principal

This course provides clerical experiences for students who possess an interest in the clerical field. Experiences include: business use of the telephone, filing, recordkeeping, typing, messenger duties, and other related functions. Students enrolling in this course are expected to have good attendance, be punctual, be responsible, show initiative and dress in a professional manner. Students must complete an application and have teacher/counselor/ administration approval in order to be in this class. This is a pass/fail class.

Year

11-12

 

Elective credit

TEACHER ASSISTANT

Prerequisite: Consent of the teacher

This pass/fail course enables students to become clerical assistants for teachers on the Pleasant Valley campus. It is an opportunity for students to become aware of the various kinds of clerical functions that most teachers are required to perform. Students gain a more thorough understanding of the total area of teaching duties. Students enrolling in this course are expected to have good attendance, be punctual, be responsible, and show initiative. Students must complete an application and have teacher/counselor/administration approval in order to be in this class. Some T.A. positions are assisting a teacher working with students with special needs. Jobs may include helping with functional academic work such as time and money, going to class with a student as their "aide", leading table games or helping students learn to read. Good attendance and dependability is a must for this job. Once trained you will essentially become a part of the program.

Y or S

11-12

 

Elective credit

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Prerequisite: Must hold a student body office

This course is designed to teach the principles of leadership and its application to student affairs. Student responsibility and methods of developing student self-determination are studied. Student Council meetings are part of the course and parliamentary procedure is taught. Three formal business meetings and two labs per week.

Year

9-12

 

Elective credit

PRODUCTION JOURNALISM

Prerequisite: Teacher approval

Students will apply their writing skills in the creation and editing of the school online news site, The SagaOnline. The standards of good journalism and accurate reporting will be stressed, as well as interview and publications skills. Students will also learn a variety of digital skills and collaborative practices. You will be able to enroll in Saga during 8th period. This is a daily class.

Y or S

9-12

 

Elective credit

ADVANCED JOURNALISM-P EDITING, DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT-P

Prerequisite: Teacher approval

This class operates like a business and produces the school yearbook. Design, writing, photography, advertising, and teamwork are areas of concentration. The entire book is produced on the computer - advanced computer skills are recommended in InDesign, PhotoShop and various other programs.

Year

9-12

‘G’

UC/CSU

Elective credit

IB THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE-P

Theory of Knowledge is an introduction to the field of philosophy called epistemology. A thoughtful and purposeful inquiry into ways of knowing, and kinds of knowledge, ToK asks the question, “When we make a knowledge claim, how do we know what we claim to know?” Using historical and contemporary examples, ToK examines knowledge claims in natural sciences, human sciences, history, math, art and ethics. Students consider the role of knowledge in their own culture, in the cultures of others, and in the wider world. ToK prompts students to recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected but uncertain world. Essay writing skills and the reading of professional academic publications are emphasized. Designed to satisfy an International Baccalaureate requirement.

Year

12

‘G’

UC/CSU

 

UC approved for honors credit

Elective credit

INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SAFETY – CAREERS 911

This course is the Introductory Level course in the Public Safety Pathway and prepares high school students for work in entry-level positions in Public Safety through classroom instruction, hands-on training and community experience. This pathway encompasses career opportunities in a variety of jobs in which the focus is ensuring the general safety and public service to the community. The careers included in this pathway primarily address public order, fire protection, social services and emergency medical services.

Semester

9-10

 

Elective credit

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

This course is designed to provide students with a basic introduction to the administration of justice system in the United States. Units of instruction will include the history, philosophy and agencies of administration of justice. Emphasis will be placed on crime, punishment, rehabilitation, ethics, education, Emergency Medicine – including First Aid and CPR, Self Defense, Laws of Arrest and Constitutional Law, and training for professionalism in the system. Specific topics enhancing knowledge related to law enforcement duties will be covered and include investigations, report writing, search and seizure, patrol procedures, prison system, juvenile justice system, private investigations, etc. Classroom and hands-on instruction will include demonstrations, lectures, discussions, guest speakers, field trips, and other community activities. College credit is available at Butte College through a 2 + 2 Articulation agreement.

Year

11-12

 

Elective Credit

Careers In Public Safety & Law

Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Administration of Justice with a "C" or better.

This class is designed to build upon concepts taught within the curriculum of Introduction of Administration of Justice currently articulated with Butte College AJ-1. Students will understand basic concepts integrated throughout the course are career preparation standards, which include introduction to criminal investigative techniques, evidence analysis, courtroom protocol, substance abuse, lifetime fitness, communication, interpersonal skills, problem solving, and workplace safety, technology, combined with community classroom internships with local law enforcement agencies, fire, EMS, legal professionals.

 

 

 

Year

11-12

 

Elective Credit

Emergency Response I

 

This course is the concentrator course in the Emergency Response and prepares high school students for work in entry-level positions in Fire Service and the Emergency Services through classroom instruction, hands-on training and community experience. This pathway encompasses career opportunities in a variety of jobs in which the focus is ensuring the general safety and public service to the community. The careers included in this pathway primarily address public order, fire protection, social services and emergency medical services.

 

Year

11-12

 

Elective Credit

 

Concentrator

CTE pathway

Online Medical Terminology

 

This course explores the specialized language used within the medical profession. Emphasis is placed on the definition, pronunciation and spelling of medical terms with a focus on building medical words using prefixes, word roots, suffixes and combining forms. To further advance a working knowledge of these terms, vocabulary is taught in relation to the basic anatomy, physiology and pathology of body systems. This is an online class, which will require weekly assignments and online presentations. Students must have a computer and internet access. In class tests will be given periodically. This class does not satisfy any science credit toward graduation. Passing this course with a “B” or better earns Butte College credit.

 

 

Semester

10-12

 

Fine Arts/CTE credit

Medical Terminology and Careers

 

This course explores the specialized language used within the medical profession. Emphasis is placed on the definition, pronunciation and spelling of medical terms with a focus on building medical words using prefixes, word roots, suffixes and combining forms. To further advance a working knowledge of these terms, vocabulary is taught in relation to the basic anatomy, physiology and pathology of body systems. This class also explores various medical careers and the post-secondary education requirements needed to attain that specific career goal. Students will also learn to take vitals and become CPR certified. One culminating project will be completed each semester. This class does not satisfy any science credit toward graduation. Passing this course with a “B” or better earns Butte College credit.

Year

9-10

UC/CSU “G”

Fine Arts/CTE credit

 

Concentrator CTE Pathway course

Sports Medicine

 

This course provides an opportunity for the study and application of the components of sports medicine including, but not limited to: sport medicine careers, organizational and administrative considerations, prevention of athletic injuries, recognition, evaluation, and immediate care of athletic injuries, rehabilitation and management skills, taping and wrapping techniques, first aid/CPR/AED training, emergency procedures, nutrition, sport psychology, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and therapeutic exercise.

Year

11-12

UC/CSU “G”

Fine Arts/CTE credit

 

Concentrator CTE Pathway course

Medical and Hospital Careers

 

Medical and Hospital Careers is designed to expose high school students to a variety of health occupations, and to help prepare them for the workforce. Students will learn basic medical knowledge and skills, and will have hands-on learning experiences. The class will meet for two class periods per day during the regular CUSD schedule. The first fourteen weeks of class are spent in the classroom preparing students and laying the foundation for job site placements. Students will then experience two rotations, which include working at a supervised job site during class time four days per week. In class instruction will then occur one day per week. Students will provide their own transportation to and from daily job placements. Students will be required to obtain industry specific immunizations prior to job placement. Students are required to complete HIPAA training and adhere to all industry standards for appropriate workplace behavior.

Year

11-12

UC/CSU “G”

Fine Arts/CTE credit

 

CTE concentrator and capstone