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Freshman Courses 2020-21

RELIGION - 1 credit required

Old Testament - OTEST (1.0 credit)

This is a required full-year course for freshmen. Course emphasis is on the history of God’s people in Old Testament times with highlights on the Messianic promises. Practical presentations are given on topics such as Christian self-esteem, peer pressure, and dealing with conflict.

Prerequisite: normally taken as freshmen
Required: yes


SCIENCE - 1 credit required   

Physical Science - PHSCI (1.0 credit)

This is a required full-year course recommended for all freshmen. Fundamental concepts in chemistry and physics will be developed through class discussion and laboratory experiences. Students will be introduced to laboratory procedures and equipment, laboratory report writing, introductory data analysis, and computer-aided data collection. This course is intended to prepare students for future science classes.

Prerequisite: none
Required: yes


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS - 1 credit required

Language Arts Foundations 1 - LAF1 (1.0 credit)

This full-year course emphasizes skill building in reading, writing, and study skills. It is designed for students who score a 50% or lower on the ASPIRE English and Reading Test. Emphasis is on developing sentence writing proficiency and reading comprehension. The goal of all course work is to have students move successfully to Language Arts 1 on the sophomore level. 

Prerequisite: none
Required: for students with scores below 50% on the ACT Aspire Reading Test.
Note: Students who scrore a 40% or lower on the ACT Aspire English and Reading Test will be monitored by Guided Studies 


Language Arts 1   LA1 ( 1.0 credit)

This full-year course develops students’ skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and literary analysis. Students work with different types texts including short stories, news articles, informative essays, narrative nonfiction, and dramas. Pearson’s myPerspectives series is the textbook supplemented by several book-length texts. Units are arranged based on an essential question. Students are also encouraged to develop their own recreational reading program.

Key works studied include Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, Romeo and Juliet, The Odyssey, and select works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Placement is based on an ACT Aspire English and Reading Test score of 60% or higher. Students who scored an 85% or higher on the ACT Aspire English and Reading Tests may elect (with parental permission) to take the Honors Prep level of the course. If you have placement questions, please email Mr. Seth Hahnke at shahnke@fvlhs.org.

Prerequisite: Language Arts Foundations 1 (LAF1) in some cases
Required: yes 


Advanced Language Arts 1 - ALA1 ( 1.0 credit)

This full-year Honors Prep level course is an accelerated version of LA1. It is designed for students who scored an 85% or higher on the ACT Aspire English and Reading Tests. The requirements for this class are identical with those of LA1; however, additional college prep level work as outlined by the teacher is required. As an Honors Prep level course, the goal is for students to be well-prepared for entering FVL’s dual-college credit British Literature course in grade 12.

Parental permission is required for entry. If you have placement questions, please email Mr. Seth Hahnke at shahnke@fvlhs.org.

Prerequisite: 85% or higher score on ACT Aspire English and Reading Tests
Required: yes (if LA1 or LAF1 are not taken)


MATH - 1 credit required

All incoming 9th graders must take placement tests to determine the most beneficial math class.

Individualized Basic Math 1 - IBMAT1 (1.0 credit)

This is a year-long course for freshmen who need to develop their math skills before taking Algebra 1A (ALG1A).

Prerequisite: teacher recommendation
Required: in some cases
Note: Students in this class are part of the Guided Studies Program. Testing is required to be enrolled. Please direct questions to the Guided Studies Lead Teacher at guidedstudies@fvlhs.org.


Algebra - ALG1A (1.0 credit)

This is a required full-year course for freshmen with below-average ability in mathematics. The emphasis is on reviewing basic arithmetic while previewing algebra skills necessary for Algebra 1 (ALG1).

Prerequisite: none
Recommendation: students in need of preparation for success in Algebra 1 (ALG1)
Required: in some cases


Algebra 1 - ALG1 (1.0 credit)

Course emphasis is on equation solving techniques with one or two variables.

Prerequisite: Algebra 1A (ALG1A) in some cases)
Required: yes
Note: If an 8th grade student strong in algebra wishes to bypass Algebra 1 (ALG1) and be scheduled directly into Geometry (GEOM), he/she must achieve a satisfactory score on the FVL Math Diagnostic Test. If you have placement questions, please contact Mrs. Kathy Stern at kstern@fvlhs.org.


Geometry - GEOM (1.0 credit)

Class emphasis is on a practical and theoretical approach to problem solving using reasoning, logical sequence and deductive proof.

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in Algebra 1 (ALG1) and/or teacher approval
Recommendation: college bound
Required: yes, unless Technical Math (TMATH) is taken
Note: If an 8th grade student strong in algebra wishes to bypass Algebra 1 (ALG1) and be scheduled directly into Geometry (GEOM), he/she must achieve a satisfactory score on the FVL Math Diagnostic Test. If you have placement questions, please contact Mrs. Kathy Stern at kstern@fvlhs.org.


SOCIAL STUDIES - 1 credit required

World Geography - GEOG ( 1.0 credit)

This is an elective full-year course for students in grades 9-12. Emphasis is on the cultural, political and economic geography of the world set in the physical geography that nature provides.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no


History 1 - HIS1 (1.00 credit)

This class is a study of civilization from creation through the era of the Reformation.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no


ELECTIVES - 2-3 credits required
Elective - Fine Arts

Symphonic Band - SBAND (1.0 credit)

Members study advanced literature and ensemble techniques, perform in several concerts and Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) festivals (including Concert and Solo and Ensemble festivals), are part of the marching band and pep band, and are also eligible for jazz ensemble (which is a cocurricular activity).

Prerequisite: instrumental experience & audition
Recommendation: interest in instrumental music
Note: class may be taken for repeat credit


Men’s Choir - MCHOR (1.0 credit) 

Men’s Choir is a full-year course designed to provide any interested male student, grades 9-11, with an introduction to choral singing. This ensemble uses choral literature and other resources to teach vocal technique, basic music theory, and sight singing skills in preparation for singing in A Cappella Choir. Students do not need any prior experience in singing. The choir has five scheduled concert performances during the school year and may also sing for chapel services.

Prerequisite: A basic voice audition is required at the beginning of the school year; students must demonstrate an ability to match pitch with their voice in a workable range
Recommendation: a desire to sing and preform
Required: no
Note: class may be taken for repeat credit


Women’s Choir - WCHOR (1.0 credit)

Women’s Choir is a two-semester course designed to provide any interested female student, grades 9-11, with an introduction to choral singing. This ensemble uses choral literature and other resources to teach vocal technique, basic music theory, and sight singing skills in preparation for singing in A Cappella Choir. Students do not need any prior experience in singing. The choir has five scheduled concert performances during the school year and may also sing for chapel services.

Prerequisite: A basic voice audition is required at the beginning of the school year; students must demonstrate an ability to match pitch with their voice in a workable range.
Recommendation: a desire to sing and perform
Required: no
Note: class may be taken for repeat credit


Realistic Drawing - RDRAW (0 .5 credit)

The emphasis for this class is on realistic drawing through various techniques, including proportion, perspective and shading. All drawing is done in a sketchbook. Students will be provided with a sketchbook and a kneaded eraser.

Prerequisite: none
Recommendation: interest in art
Required: no


2-D Art ( 0.5 credit)

The fundamentals of line, shape, form. color. texture, and value are particularly stressed in this class. All materials are supplied.

Prerequisite: Realistic Drawing
Recommendation: interest in art
Required: no


 Photography (0.5 credit)

This class is a study of digital photography and computer photo manipulation with a hands-on project-based approach.

Prerequisite: none, but upperclassmen will have priority
Recommendation: interest in taking quality photos
Required: no


 Elective - Physical Education

Health - HEALTH ( 0.5 credit)

This is a required semester course that covers such areas as drug and alcohol education, nutrition, major diseases, bones, muscles, exercise, rest, and physical health/fitness.
Prerequisite: none
Required: yes

Note:  This requirement can also be met by taking College Health in grades 10-12.

 


Body Shop - BODSP ( 0.5 credit)

The class emphasis is on resistance training, circuit training, and games.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no


Heart Smart - HRSMR ( 0.5 credit)

Class emphasis is on indoor and outdoor individual and group fitness activities that strengthen the cardiovascular system and promote good health and fitness. Fitness progress is measured weekly.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no


Nets to You - NETS ( 0.5 credit)

This class focuses on tennis, volleyball, pickle ball, and badminton fundamentals.
Prerequisite: none
Required: no

 


Elective - Practical and Professional Arts (PPA)
Business

Computer Applications - COMP ( 0.5 credit)

This is a semester elective for all grades. Students will develop advanced Word skills such as mail merge techniques and insertion of pictures and charts into Word documents. Students will also enhance their PowerPoint skills with various animation techniques. Students will be introduced to Excel spreadsheets with emphasis on formulas, chart creation, and sorting/filtering techniques. Access data base skills will be introduced with emphasis on data base reporting. Students will be introduced to Publisher by creating a variety of publidations. The internet will be used extensively.
Prerequisite: none 
Required: no

 


Elective - Practical and Professional Arts (PPA)
Family and Consumer Education (FACE)

Foods - FOODS ( 0.5 credit)

This course has an emphasis on nutrition, meal planning, and basic food preparation. 
Prerequisite: none
Required: no


Elective - Practical and Professional Arts (PPA) 
Technology and Engineering

Computer-Aided Design 1 - CAD1 ( 0.5 credit)

This is an introduction to technical design, including basic drafting skills as well as learning advanced computer modeling and design software. 
Prerequisite: none
Recommendation: creative students who are interested in learning design through traditional means as well as advanced computer design and modeling programs
Required: no


Graphic Arts 1 - GA1 (0.5 credit)

This class is an introduction to graphic arts with an emphasis on computer graphics and vector graphic editing and creation. The class uses Adobe Illustrator.

Prerequisite: none
Recommendation: interest in graphic communications
Required: no


Introduction to Mechanical Arts - IMA ( 0.5 credit)

This course provides a brief 4-5 week experience in each of the areas of technical arts classes such as CAD, Woods, and Metals. Students will be exposed to the basics to determine if they have an interest in continuing in a dedicated track. Students will also acquire skills used in multiple tracks--such as blueprint reading.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no


Woodworking 1 - WOOD1 ( 0.5 credit)

This course teaches basic skills in the use of hand and machine tools in building and cabinetry projects.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Mechanical Arts (IMA) or junior or senior with teacher approval
Recommendation: interest in woodworking
Required: no


Elective - Practical and Professional Arts (PPA)
STEM Academy

Engineering Essentials - ENESS (1.0 credit)

Learn how to improve the world with Engineering Essentials! Explore how engineers make a difference and improve lives, using modern engineering tools such as geographic information systems, 3-D solid modeling software, and prototyping equipment. Work on your own and as part of a team to develop solutions to community and global challenges that the next generation of engineers must face.

Prerequisite: none
Recommendation: highly motivated students
Required: no 


Computer Science Essentials - CSE (1.0 credit)

Students will experience the major topics, big ideas, and computational thinking practices used by computing professionals to solve problems and create value for others. This course will empower students to develop computational thinking skills while building confidence that prepares them to advance to Computer Science Principles.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no 


Principles of Biomedical Science - PBS (1.0 credit)

By engaging in activities like dissecting a sheep heart, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person.

Prerequisite: none
Required: no 

 


 

Elective - World Languages


German 1- GER1 (1.0 credit)

This class emphasizes German vocabulary, basic grammar, and oral and written work in preparation for reading modern German and carrying on basic conversation.

Prerequisite: none
Recommendation: college bound
Required: no


Latin 1 - LAT1 (1.0 credit)

This introduction to the Latin language emphasizes basic vocabulary, grammar, and forms needed to read and write simple sentences in Latin. It includes a history of languages and alphabets, and the study of Roman history and culture. The class uses simplified accounts of mythology and of historical events and fictitious narratives of daily life in the Roman world, as well as simplified accounts of medieval history written in Latin.

Prerequisite: none
Recommendation: college bound
Required: no


Spanish 1- SPAN1 (1.0 credit)

This class emphasizes the basic vocabulary and grammar needed to speak and write simple Spanish sentences. It includes an introduction to Hispanic culture. All instruction will be conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: none 
Recommendation: college bound
Required: no


Spanish 2 - SPAN2 (1.0 credit)

This second level Spanish class will continue to foster an appreciation for Hispanic culture as the students improve their proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. All instruction will be given in Spanish. Students are required to speak Spanish in the classroom.

Prerequisite: grade of B- or higher in the second semester of Spanish 1 (SPAN1) or teacher approval under an Academic Contract
Recommendation: college bound
Required: no
Note: If an 8th grade student strong in Spanish wishes to bypass Spanish 1 (SPAN1) and be scheduled directly into Spanish 2 (SPAN2), he/she must achieve a satisfactory score on the Spanish 1 competency exam administered in late May or early June.

Questions?

Contact the freshman Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Laura Gucinski.

lgucinski@fvlhs.org

920-739-4441
866-454-3857

Member of the FVL Schools Educational & Child Care System

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