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Introduction--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2 - 5

Agri-Science Department ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 5 - 6

Art Department --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7

Business Education Department ------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 - 8

Computer Education Department ----------------------------------------------------------------- 8 - 9

English Department -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10

Foreign Language Department ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 – 11

Math Department ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 12 - 13

Music Department ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 13 - 14

Lifetime Wellness/Health Department ----------------------------------------------------------- 14 - 15

Science Department -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15

Social Studies Department ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 16

Special Education Department ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 16 - 20

Technology/Engineering Education Department ------------------------------------------- 20 - 24

Alternative Programs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 24 - 25

Other Courses ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25 - 26




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                            RIVER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
                                     "Home Of The Blackhawks"
                                       Spring Green, Wisconsin


A. TO THE STUDENT

        The purpose of this book is to help you develop a plan, which is appropriate to your interests,
capabilities, and goals. To do this you have to know what courses are offered and what is taught in each
course. You also need to know what the graduation requirements are, and what kind of preparation various
colleges and vocational schools require. The following information should help answer many of the questions
you may have as you plan your program. Careful planning is very important because what you choose
determines how you will spend your time next year and beyond. As you plan, don't just think of minimum
requirements to be met, but try to expand your opportunities by exploring new subjects.

B. MAKING COURSE SELECTIONS

       Before students begin selecting courses they should:

1.     Study this booklet carefully; ask questions of their parents, teachers and counselors before making
       final decisions on course selections.

2.     Only by careful planning will you be sure that you can meet the requirements of a college, vocational
       school, or the skills an employer will require.

3.     Add up previous credits earned making sure the minimum number for each year has been completed.

4.     Make sure that your parent(s) signature is on the course selection sheet.


C.     GRADUATION POLICIES

       REQUIREMENTS - 24 credits are required for graduation. The following requirements must be
       included in the 24 credits.
                                English . . . . . . .   4 Credits
                                Social Studies. .       3 Credits
                               Math . . . . . . . . . . 2 Credits
                                Science . . . . . . .   2 Credits
                                Lifetime Wellness . .. 1.5 Credits
                                Health . . . . . . . .  .5 Credit
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       ELECTIVES                                          11 credits
                                                          24 total credits

         Students are required to enroll in a minimum of seven classes each semester. One study hall, study
lab, or resource is recommended for each student. Any exceptions must be approved by parent.

                                      VOCATIONAL COLLEGES

        Admission is open to high school graduates; however, some programs require or highly recommend
certain high school courses. (For example; programs such as medical laboratory technician, nursing,
radiography, require Chemistry AND The ACT Test). Students not taking the ACT must take the Asset Test
upon acceptance to MATC for all other programs.




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If you plan to apply at MATC for Architectural Technology, Associate Degree Nursing, Civil Engineering
Technology, Dental Hygienist, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronics Technology, Laboratory Animal
Technician, Mechanical Design Technology, Practical Nursing, Radiography, Surgical Technologist or
Veterinary Technician, you must submit a completed packet to be considered for Admissions. Refer to
information regarding the Complete Packet Requirement.

See your high school counselor for more specific information.

                                       WORK/APPRENTICESHIPS

1.      Some students will decide to work full-time immediately following high school. You may have elected
        vocational training in high school, which will prepare you for a specific job. Other students will enter
        an occupation and receive on-the-job training. Apprenticeships are available through an application
        process either at MATC or the state of Wisconsin. Please check with your school counselor.


                                     COLLEGE PREPARATION
                        High School Credit Distribution Requirements

        All University of Wisconsin System institutions now require a minimum of 17 high school credits
distributed in two categories as follows: *

        I. Core College Preparatory Credits*     13 - 15 Credits
                English*                                                          4 credits
                Mathematics**                                                     3 credits
                Social Science***                                                 3 credits
                Science****                                                       3 credits
                Foreign Language*****                                             2 credits (may be required)

      II. Specific Electives College
                 Preparatory Credits                                              2 - 4 Credits

                Chosen from core college credits or fine arts, and computer science. Two credits of band or
                choir may be accepted as one (1) academic credit.

                UW –Madison and UW-Eau Claire require two years of foreign language for
                admissions. Consult with your counselor regarding foreign language admission
                requirements.

                                                                     TOTAL      17 CREDITS

*English - Accepted English courses stress an understanding of composition, literature and rhetoric.
Significant practice in reading, writing and speaking is expected in composition and rhetoric. Several
campuses require that at least three of the four credits in English include composition or literature. Courses
not accepted tend to be those that emphasize applied skills (i.e., Communication for Success), performance or
technical production.

**Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Math 4, Elementary Algebra with Applications(AS), AP
Statistics, and AP Calculus meet mathematics requirements for college. All four-year and two-year
UW colleges require completion of a minimum of three credits in mathematics – Algebra 1, Geometry, and
Algebra 2.

***Social Science – World Studies, U.S. History, World History, Government and American Institutions,
Psychology, Current Events, and Advanced Placement History are accepted college preparatory classes. Law
may be accepted by some UW institutions.




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****Science – Anatomy & Physiology (lab credit), Applied Chemistry/Physics (1/2 lab credit), Biology (lab
credit), Chemistry, (lab credit), AP Chemistry (lab credit), Physics (lab credit), Astronomy, Physical Science,
Intro to Genetics, AP Environmental Science and Geology are accepted as core college preparatory credits in
natural science. Two years of lab science are required by all UW colleges. Another science course often
accepted would be Conservation Science.

Please refer to the Introduction to the UW System. This handout is available in the Counseling Office.

 *****Foreign Language – College-bound students are advised to take four years in a single language.
Those students may “test out” of a language by taking the placement test and/or receive college credits if they
demonstrate sufficient competency in the language. Two years in one foreign language is required for
admission at UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison. Some colleges may require additional foreign language credits
in order to receive a college degree.

                                           Advanced Opportunities

         High school students may choose certain courses that allow for college credit or advanced standing at
the college level. Among these opportunities at River Valley are the following:

                                                 Academic Alliance

         Academic Alliance is an opportunity to earn high school and college credit while taking AP Calculus
class at River Valley. The program is in conjunction with UW-Richland. The tuition cost will be determined
each year. Students earning a "B" or above are eligible for a partial refund. The student will earn 1 high
school credit and 5 college credits for the class. Further information is available from the Math department.

                                                Advanced Standing

        Advanced Standing is available for students in Accounting I, Accounting II, and Computer Business
Applications, Animal Health & Nutrition, Crop and Soil, Electronics, Auto Technology, Transportation,
Welding III, Communication for Success, and Elementary Algebra with Applications. The following are six
benefits to Advanced Standing:
                       1) Tuition for articulated courses will be waived, if you obtain a grade of "B" or
                           better.
                       2) You will have twenty-seven months after high school graduation to utilize your
                           advanced standing at a Wisconsin Technical College.
                       3) You may choose a more advanced course.
                       4) You may choose to take electives.
                       5) You may have a time shortened program at the college.
                       6) Many of the courses transfer to four-year institutions.

         Students taking Transportation, Auto Technology, and Electronics Independent with a grade of “B” or better in
each class qualify for Advanced Standing at MATC. Students must take all for classes to qualify.

                                           Advanced Placement

        Advanced Placement is an opportunity to pursue college level studies while in high school. We offer
AP US History, AP English Language, AP Statistics, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, and AP Environmental
Science, Students may take an AP examination (cost - $87.00). If the student receives a passing score (3-5)
they will earn college credit(s).

                                           Distance Learning

       Distance Learning courses are available through the South Central Instructional Network Group
(SCING). Twenty school districts, including MATC, MST and WITC, contribute to the SCING network.
These courses are delivered among these schools via a two-way interactive television. There is a separate
Course Description Book for SCING courses.



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        Students who select SCING classes must have good grades, be able to work independently, and
have a strong interest in the class. They may need to attend class when River Valley High School is not in
session (all the schools have different bells and calendar schedules). Each student involved in this setting
will be asked to sign a contract stating that they agree to positive behavior. Generally, distance learning
classes are available to 11th and 12th graders and are limited to nine students.

                                          Laude Honors Courses
                             The Laude system replaces the “class ranking” system.

AP and PLTW courses = 1 honor point per semester for each course completed and passed

AP Offerings
U.S. History
English Composition
Chemistry
Environmental Science
Calculus
Probability and Statistics

PLTW Offerings
IED – Introduction to Engineering Design
POE – Principles of Engineering
CIM – Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Adv. Standing and Department Designated Honors Courses = ½ honor point per semester for each
course completed and passed

Advanced Standing Courses
Animal Health and Nutrition
Crop and Soil Science
Accounting I
Accounting II
Computer Business Applications (Part 1 & 2)
Elementary Algebra with Applications
Electronics Independent
Auto Technology
Transportation
Welding III

Designated Departmental Honors Courses
English – English 9 and 10 Accelerated
Foreign Language – Spanish III/IV/V and French III/IV
Math – Math 4 and Algebra 2
Music – Honors Band and Honors Choir
Science – Physics and Intro to Genetics
Social Studies – World History



                                 AGRI-SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

       Careers in Agri-Science pathway are related to plants, animals, the environment, business and
marketing. Some professions in agriculture are also related to engineering and industrial careers.

                     Aquaculture                                     ½ credit
                     Horticulture Science                            ½ credit
                     Large Animal Science                            ½ credit
                     Small Animal Science                            ½ credit


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If you answer yes to any of the following questions than an agri-science course is an option for you.

               Do you like working with animals?                  Do you enjoy working with plants?
               Do you want the challenge of raising fish?         Do you want to manage a sale?
               Do you want to be exposed to biotechnology?        Do you like has hands on activities in class?

**Students taking fall semester classes – A portion of your first quarter grade
will based on preparations for the school fair.


Aquaculture 0012
Course Type:           Elective
Credit:                ½
Course Length:         Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10, 11 12
Description:           This course is designed as an introductory course covering the cultivation and
                       propagation of aquatic plants and animals. Topics include the history, aquatic plant
                       and animal species, economics, state and federal regulations, site requirements,
                       aquatic management practices and aquatic structures and equipment.

                       This course will also allow the students hands on activities while raising fish for the
                       semester. The student will learn about the importance of water quality and
                       nutritional components.

Horticulture Science 0013
Course Type:           Elective
Credit:                ½
Course Length:         Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10, 11 12
Description:           This course is designed as an introductory course on horticultural science dealing with career
                       opportunities, plant growth and responses, environmental control factors, structures, plant
                       identification and control of disorders. This course will also include the aspects of landscape
                       design. The class may have opportunities to design and landscape various areas around the
                       communities.

Large Animal Science 1005
Course Type:           Elective
Credit:                ½
Course Length:         Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10, 11 12
Description:           The Large Animal Science course is an introductory class, which deals with the
                       management and care of domestic agricultural livestock. Each unit is designed to
                       cover the most common livestock used in agriculture today. Topics will include dairy,
                       beef, swine, sheep, poultry, and horse science.

                       The students will be exposed to biotechnology, career exploration, and hands on
                       activities related to the large animal science field.

Small Animal Science 1004
Course Type:           Elective
Credit:                ½
Course Length:         Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10, 11 12
Description:           This course will cover the management, health care, anatomy and marketing of small
                       animals and pets. Topics will include dogs, cats, rabbits, amphibians, reptiles, and
                       birds.



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                                      ART DEPARTMENT

        Art is the result of making ideas and expressions visible. The visual art curriculum invites the
interested student to experience art as designer, artist and visionary. Fine Art refers to the aesthetics
found in such things as drawings, painting, sculpture and other expressive media. Visual Communication
leads to adventure in such careers as advertising and graphic design. If you are interested in a career in
Fine Art or Visual Communication check the list below:

Designers and artists in these fields deal with:
   * Invention                          * Imagination                   * Discovery
   * Visualization                      * Organization                  * Conceptualizing
   * Planning                           * Problem-solving               * Construction
   * Motivation                         * Analysis                      * Insight

Artistic expression and intellectual investigation are among the goals of the creative process. Artists,
designers, and creative thinkers use these skills throughout their lives.

                      Art Survey                                      1 credit

Art Survey 0026
Course Type:            Elective
Credit:                 1
Course Length:          Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     None; Grade: 9, 10, 11 12
Description:            This course is recommended as a basis for continued art study into high school. It
                        provides a variety of experiences in both 2 and 3-D work as well as an introduction to
                        the art elements and principles of design. Media's include pencil, pastel, pen and ink.
                        Art Survey includes drawing, painting, bookbinding, calligraphy, and 3-D
                        construction.


                          BUSINESS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Business encompasses a broad field of careers. Some occupations included in this area are accounting,
administrative assistant, banking, business administration and management, desktop publishing,
entrepreneurship, finance, insurance, merchandising, personnel, and sales.

Do you have –
Analytic and clerical skills?                           Ability to be persuasive?
Clear verbal communication?                             Clear written communication?
Enthusiasm and self-confidence?                         A competitive nature?
Ability to work under pressure?                         Problem-solving skills?
Leadership ability and decision-making skills?          Organizational skills and the ability to be accurate?
Ability to get along with others and be part of a team?

Do you want to –
Be released from school to go to work?               Have the ability to earn college credit?
Earn high school credit for working?                 Create a yearbook?
Run Snack ‘N Go?
Earn an Employability Skills, Apprenticeship or Coop certificate from the State of Wisconsin?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should be taking business classes.

                      Computer Business Applications (AS)             1.0 credit
                      Introduction to Business                        ½ credit




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Computer Business Applications (AS) (Part 1 & 2) 1405
Course Type:            Elective
Credit:                 1
Course Length:          Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:            Computer Business Applications (CBA) is an excellent entry-level business class; it
                        is a two-semester course—Part 1 and Part 2. College-bound students, as well as
                        business students, are encouraged to take this class.

                        CBA (Part 1), you will key manuscripts and reports with footnotes and endnotes,
                        personal and business letters, outlines, and create and arrange statistical tables
                        using Microsoft Word 7. Various documents using Adobe InDesign 3 will be
                        formatted; we use the Internet to supplement assignments. Digital cameras and
                        scanning techniques will be taught to aid students creating a Windows Movie
                        Maker multimedia slide show.

                        CBA (Part 2) is recommended for all students; it is one of two prerequisite options
                        for Yearbook Publications. Part 2 is designed to learn the business applications of
                        Microsoft Excel (spreadsheet) and Microsoft Access (database). You will also learn
                        to create calendars, contacts, and task lists in Microsoft Outlook.

Introduction to Business 0072
Course Type:            Elective
Credit:                 1/2
Course Length:          Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:     None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:            This class is taught in the Business Department and is specifically paced
                        for at-risk and special education students. There are three main areas of
                        study: (1) E-mail and Internet Basics; (2) Document processing including letters,
                        reports, tables, simple spreadsheets, and keyboarding skills; (3) Electronic
                        presentations using Windows Movie Maker.


                        COMPUTER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

     RVHS offers the following three (semester long) computer courses; listed in order of increasing difficulty
they include: Computers I and II. All of these courses will be using Windows computers. Your choice of a
computer course or courses should be made in keeping with the following guidelines.

        1.     Computers I and II teach you how to WRITE your own programs so that the machine does
               what you want it to.
        2.     Computers I and II be taken in consecutive order.

                      Computers I                                     ½ credit
                      Computers II                                    ½ credit

Computers I 0077
Course Type:            Elective
Credit:                 1/2
Course Length:          Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:     None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:            Students will learn how to write programs on a windows computer using Microsoft
                        QBASIC software. Students will learn structured thinking and problem solving
                        skills. Students will use most of their classroom time working at a computer
                        station writing and running programs that they have created.



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                      Students will use an electronic textbook that is built right into the software
                      program to get help and information while they are typing in their computer
                      programs. Students will learn how to have total control of how a computer operates
                      and produces output. Students will complete assignments using the Internet.

                      Students will learn the following basic computer programming principles and skills:
                                       1. program a windows computer
                                       2. problem solving/creative thinking
                                       3. logic and conditional statements
                                       4. input /processing/output/data storage
                                       5. sub-programs and modules
                                       6. controlling program flow
                                       7. creating menu programs
                                       8. using color in both text and graphic mode
                                       9. math formulas and functions
                                      10. random numbers/percentages
                                      11. sound and music statements
                                      12. debugging programs

Computers II 0078
Course Type:          Elective
Credit:               1/2
Course Length:        Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:   Computers I (grade of C or higher); Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:          Students will learn more advanced skills on how to use structured thinking and
                      problem solving techniques to write better programs.
                      Students will most of their classroom time working at a computer station writing and
                      running programs that they have created.

                      Students will learn visual basic programming language. Students will write programs
                      using visual basic to solve various programming problems. Students will learn how to
                      write and develop program outlines and programs on paper as homework assignments
                      and then type these programs into the computer and make them work during class
                      time in the computer lab. Students will complete assignments using the Internet.

                      Students will learn the following computer principles and skills:
                      1. how to write programs using Visual Basic
                      2. how to write program outlines and programs on paper
                      3. how to control programs using loops
                      4. how to control programs using menus and select case
                      5. how to use conditions in a program
                      6. working with programs using graphics, color, & sound
                      7. using input/processing/output/data storage in programs
                      8. working with large amounts of data
                      9. working with files and arrays
                      10. declaring variables and constants
                      11. math formulas and functions




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                                    ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

    Effective communication skills not only enhance one’s awareness and enjoyment of the world, they are
essential for success in higher education and the workplace.

English classes will help one to
* improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
* think creatively.
* think critically and logically.
* work cooperatively.
* understand history.
* see the world from different perspectives.
* prepare for technical school, college, and the workforce.
* build skills for life-long learning.

                        English 9                                       1.0 credit
                        English 9 Accelerated                           1.0 credit

Freshmen will take either English 9 or English 9 Accelerated.

English 9 0130
Course Type:            Required
Credit:                 1
Course Length:          Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     None; Grade: 9
Description:            In this class, students will refine and expand their reading, writing, and speaking
                        skills. Literature units include study of novels, short texts (both fiction and
                        nonfiction), poetry, and a play. Students will study and practice various forms of
                        writing, give presentations and speeches, and engage in class discussions. The
                        class also includes vocabulary and grammar instruction.

English 9 Accelerated 0135
Course Type:            Required
Credit:                 1
Course Length:          Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     Recommendation of current English teacher; Grade: 9
Description:            English 9 College Prep is similar to English 9 except that works will be analyzed in
                        greater depth and writing assignments will be more rigorous. Given that the pace of
                        the course is accelerated, students will be exposed to a number of additional literary
                        works. This course will offer a challenge to those students who are working beyond
                        the scope of a regular English 9 class.



                           FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT

      Foreign Language courses are open to all students who are interested in participating in an exciting new
experience of communicating ideas through the language of another culture. To learn a foreign language well
requires time and effort. The Foreign Language Department recommends four years of study of one foreign
language to enable the student to use the language effectively in the natural setting. This means acquiring
skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
All levels are self-contained and the student who chooses just one year of foreign language study will gain new
insights into his/her own language and culture through comparison and contrast with that of the foreign
language.

      The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recommends that any student thinking of going on to
college should have at least two years of one foreign language. UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison now
require a minimum of two Foreign Language credits.
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Students should also be aware that retroactive credit (credit given for work done in high school) is available at
most Wisconsin Universities. Please see the Foreign Language Teachers or Guidance Counselor for details.

                      French I                                         1 credit
                      Spanish I                                        1 credit
                      Spanish II                                       1 credit

French I 0151
Course Type:            Elective
Credit:                 1
Course Length:          Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:            French I is an introduction to a whole new and distinctively different culture.
                        Students have the opportunity to learn and use basic conversation in a relaxed
                        atmosphere. Class work includes pronunciation, short dialogues, as well as games,
                        songs, videos, and a French magazine Allons-y. Cultural units on Paris, Napoleon,
                        holidays, Versailles, The Tour de France, and French food are studied.

Spanish I 0156
Course Type:            Elective
Credit:                 1
Course Length:          Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:            In Spanish I, students will receive an introduction to the Spanish language.
                        Students will learn the basic listening, reading, writing and conversational skills
                        that compose the building blocks needed to further their Spanish language
                        development in the subsequent classes. Students will learn basic grammar
                        concepts and vocabulary in a unit based curriculum. Students will read two basic
                        short novels completely in Spanish as well as complete various projects entirely in
                        Spanish. Cultural units will include an introduction to Hispanic celebrations,
                        family life, food, music and art.

Spanish II 0157
Course Type:             Elective
Credit:                  1
Course Length:           Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     **All incoming freshman who have taken Level I prior to attending high
                        school need to have a C or better in the class and pass the entrance exam
                        with 70% or better. Students who scored 60-69% can be recommended by
                        their instructor.
                         “C” or better in Spanish I or Consent of the Teacher; Grade: 9, 10, 11,12
Description:             In Spanish II, students will continue the conversational and grammatical work of
                         Spanish I. Students will learn basic grammar concepts and vocabulary in a unit
                         based curriculum focusing on reflexive verbs, direct and indirect objects, the
                         irregular present tense and preterit tense. Students will read two basic short novels
                         completely in Spanish as well as complete various projects entirely in Spanish.
                         Cultural units will include a study of the South American rainforest, endangered
                         animals, Spanish speaking countries differences in food and housing.




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                                     MATH DEPARTMENT

                                 Pre-Algebra                                     1 credit
                                 Algebra 1A                                      1 credit
                                 Algebra 1                                       1 credit
                                 Math 1                                          1 credit
                                 Geometry                                        1 credit

                              Possible River Valley High School Math Sequences

       Accelerated        Option 1                    Option 2                     Option 3
9th    Geometry           Algebra 1                   Algebra 1A                   Pre-Algebra
10th   Algebra 2          Geometry, Math 1            Algebra 1B                   Algebra 1
11th   Math 4, AP         Algebra 2                   Geometry, Math 1             Geometry, Math 1
       Stats
12th   AP Calculus,       Math 4, Elem. Algebra,      Algebra 2, Elem. Algebra     Algebra 2,
       AP Stats           AP Stats                                                 Elem. Algebra

Math 4 – Recommended for any 4 year college
Algebra 2 – Minimum expectation for any 4 year college
Geometry – Minimum for MATC and/or Technical College

The following classes are offered at RVHS each year. The minimum college expectation is that each
student will have successfully completed Algebra 2 or Math 4. The technical colleges expect students to
have at least completed Geometry. Please check the math entrance requirements of your college. Most
students take three or more classes to prepare themselves for the future. It is to your advantage to
challenge yourself and take as much math as you can successfully complete. Accelerated students in
middle school typically enroll in Geometry as freshman.

                       ** Two credits of Math are required to graduate.

Algebra 1 0226
Credit:                1
Course Length:         Year
Prerequisite/Grade:    Successfully complete Math 8 or Pre-Algebra; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           This course will provide students with the proper foundation for higher
                       mathematics. The course will include the study of the real number system and its
                       properties, systematic methods of solving equations and inequalities in one
                       variable, polynomials, and linear and quadratic equations. It is a prerequisite for
                       Geometry.

Algebra 1A 0235
Credit:             1
Course Length:      1st year of 2 years
Prerequisite/Grade: Successfully complete Math 8 or Pre-Algebra; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
                    Teacher recommendation only.
Description:        This course will provide students with the proper foundation for higher
                    mathematics. It is extended over a two-year time period to help the individual who
                    needs more time to learn the mathematical concepts covered in Algebra 1. Algebra
                    1A/1B is equivalent to Algebra 1. The course will include the study of the real
                    number system and its properties, systematic methods of solving equations and
                    inequalities in one variable, proportions and probability, and linear equations. It is
                    a prerequisite for Algebra IB. Calculators will be allowed when appropriate.




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Geometry 0228
Credit:               1
Course Length:        Year
Prerequisite/Grade:   Algebra 1, Math 1 or Consent of the Teacher; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:          The course is a study of the properties of geometric figures, composed of lines and
                      points, and includes all the important theorems of plane geometry. Students will
                      develop a logical reasoning pattern by developing geometric proofs. The basic
                      principles of geometry apply to any construction or design. Students are urged to study
                      outside class.

Math 1 0231
Credit:               1
Course Length:        Year
Prerequisite/Grade:   Algebra 1 or Algebra 1A/1B; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:          This course integrates the study of basic algebra and geometry. It also introduces
                      the topics of logic, statistics, and probability. The purpose of this course is to
                      develop proficiency with mathematical skills, to expand understanding of
                      mathematical concepts, and to improve logical thinking.

Pre-Algebra 2401
Credit:               1
Course Length:        Year
Prerequisite/Grade:   None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:          This course will be mainly for students entering high school who lack the skills or
                      math ability to master Algebra 1. They will be required to take Algebra 1 or Algebra
                      1A/1B after passing this course. There will also be a strong emphasis on strengthening
                      basic math skills necessary in being successful in Algebra 1 and later math courses.
                      Calculators will be used when appropriate.



                                    MUSIC DEPARTMENT

                  Concert Band                                      1 credit
                  Symphony Band                                     1 credit
                  Concert Choir                                     1 credit
                  Festival Choir                                    1 credit

Concert Band 0250 and Symphonic Band 0251
Course Type:          Elective
Credit:               1
Course Length:        Year
Prerequisite/Grade:   None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:          Membership in these bands is determined by audition in the fall of the year after
                      the marching season.
                      The Symphonic Band is made up of predominantly juniors and seniors and
                      advanced instrumental students. Symphonic band members must maintain a music
                      G.P.A. of at least 3.00 to stay in the Symphonic Band.

                      The Concert Band is made up of predominately freshman and sophomores and
                      developing instrumental students. Both bands are, in effect, laboratory courses in
                      music history, music theory, instrumental techniques, and performance practices.
                      Each group has a variety of performance opportunities including: 3-4 concerts,
                      WSMA Large Group Contest, WSMA Solo-Ensemble Contest, Jazz Band, Pep Band,
                      and extended performance trips. All percussionists are required to have a stick
                      bag, mallets, snare sticks, timpani mallets, and pitch pipe during class at all times.
                      A one time fee of $65.00 will be collected to cover these costs for the percussion
                      students or each student may elect to purchase their own.

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Marching Band
Prerequisite/Grade: None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
                    The membership of this band consists of membership of both bands described above.
                    The major portion of this group's activities takes place during the fall (1st quarter) with
                    performances for football games, parades, and other events such as UW-Band Day at
                    Camp Randall.      The band also performs at local community Memorial Day
                    observances. All students are required to own a River Valley Marching/Pep Band Polo
                    Shirt ($16.00). In addition, all students must wear solid black shoes as part of their
                    uniform.

Concert Choir 0259
Course Type:            Elective
Credit:                 1
Course Length:          Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     None; Grade 9 (Women)
Description:            The Concert Choir is a beginning level high school choir composed of freshmen and
                        sophomore women. Throughout the year, the ensemble will perform a wide variety
                        of three and four part choral music. The Concert Choir will study basic music
                        reading skills and explore the cultural and historical context of each piece studied.
                        Each choir member is expected to participate in all required concerts and attend a
                        biweekly group lesson. A few students from this ensemble will be selected or
                        encouraged to perform at various choral festivals or audition for the WSMA Honors
                        Project.

Festival Choir 0260
Course Type:            Elective
Credit:                 1
Course Length           Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     By audition; Grade 9-12 (Men); Grade 11 & 12 (Women)
Description:            The Festival Choir is the top choir at River Valley High School. It is composed of
                        freshmen through senior men and junior and senior women. In this ensemble,
                        students will study and perform a wide variety of four and six part literature. The
                        Festival Choir will also work to enhance their music reading skills and explore the
                        cultural and historical context of each piece studied. Students in the Festival Choir
                        will be expected to participate in all required concerts and attend a biweekly group
                        voice lesson. A few students from this ensemble will be selected or encouraged to
                        perform at various choral festivals or audition for the WSMA Honors Project.



                    LIFETIME WELLNESS/HEALTH DEPARTMENT

      The Physical Education and Health Department is composed of both required and elective courses.
All students are required to take Lifetime Wellness I, II, III, and Health to graduate. Students
also have the opportunity to take Adult Living and First Aid as elective courses.

      Through the required and the elective courses, students are exposed to a number of different
activities. Students will gain valuable experience in sports, athletic training, nutrition and a variety of
health concerns. Students should then be able to carry some of these experiences into their adult lives and
even possibly their future careers.

                                Health                          ½ Credit
                                Lifetime WellnessI              ½ Credit




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Health 0176
Course Type:           Required
Credit:                1/2
Course Length:         Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10
Description:           This course will cover mental, physical, and social issues facing our society today. The
                       student will identify and analyze these issues. Units include: Mental-Emotional
                       Health; Communicable and Chronic Diseases; Human Sexuality; Drugs, Alcohol and
                       Tobacco; First Aid; and Family Relationships. Students may be certified in infant,
                       child, and adult CPR upon course completion.

Lifetime Wellness I 2800
Course Type:           Required
Credit:                1/2
Course Length:         Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10
Description:           This course will serve as an introduction to Lifetime curriculum (5 health related
                       components). It will incorporate class time and activity time throughout the semester.
                       Topics include fitness testing, cooperative games, field hockey, biking, canoeing,
                       weight training, badminton, pickle ball, dance/rhythmics, broomball and speedball.



                                    SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

             **Two credits of Science are required to graduate(see attached chart).

Biology 0301
Credit:              1
Course Length:       Year
Prerequisite/Grade: *Student grades, testing results, and teacher recommendations will be
                     used to determine proper class placement for English, Math, & Science –
                     Grade 9; Physical Science - Grade 10;
Description:         This is a laboratory course covering the major concepts in Biology. These concepts
                     will be developed stressing the investigative approach in laboratory and textbook
                     assignments. Students will be encouraged to become more independent learners.
                     Topics including cell physiology, life processes, basic chemistry and biochemistry,
                     genetics, evolution, plant/animal structures, ecological interactions will be covered.

                       Part of the course requirement will be based on collecting and classifying plants and
                       animals.

Physical Science 0307
Credit:                1
Course Length:         Year
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10
Description:           Physical science is an introductory science course designed to provide students with
                       a strong science foundation. Throughout the course students learn about science,
                       measurement, and scientific processes. In astronomy, students cover some history
                       of astronomy, our solar system, and the stars. In physics, students study waves,
                       motion, and energy. In chemistry, students learn about the atom, bonding, and
                       reactions. In geology, students learn about rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, and
                       geologic time.




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                              SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT

Careers in the social studies field are associated with economics, political and social systems. Some
occupations and career choices in this field include those in education, law, law enforcement, psychiatry, the
military, government, social services, counseling, history, and economics.

        Are you-
         Composed in a crisis or conflict?
         Often told that you would make a good leader?
         Courteous, understanding, considerate, and supportive of others?
         Flexible and enjoy varied tasks?
         Able to plan and direct others’ activities?

        Do you-
         Inspire trust and confidence in others?
         Like to read?
         Analyze and evaluate information easily?
         Have a concern for people and their problems?

        Can you-
         Write and speak clearly?
         Take and follow directions?
         Develop a rapport with a variety of people?

If you answered ‘yes’ to some of these questions, then you share the common abilities of people who are
employed in the social studies field.

                      World Studies                                   1 credit

World Studies 0325
Course Type:            Required
Credit:                 1
Course Length:          Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     None; Grade: 9, 10
Description:            The course will help students gain insight and understanding into the relationships
                        among people and places as they learn, use, and apply the facts and concepts of
                        geography. To help students develop an appreciation of geography the Five Themes
                        (location, place, human/environmental interaction, movement, and regions) will be
                        applied throughout the course. Students will cover units on map reading, earth
                        science/physical geography, economic and social systems.
                        To give the student a better understanding of the diversity of the world's cultures,
                        different countries and regions of the world will be examined. It is suggested that
                        students purchase a teacher


                                      SPECIAL EDUCATION

Specific Learning Disabilities (100)

     Students become a part of this program based on their scores on a series of achievement and
psychological tests. The students are assigned to the classes based on the IEP, grade, and ability to
strengthen weak areas of learning. The purpose of the specific learning disabilities program is to get students
near enough to grade level to succeed in the regular education classes.
Cooperation is needed between staff and parents to place students in classes. Classes will be
limited to insure more individualized instruction.



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*Students may only be admitted to these classes by their IEP (Individual Educational Plan).
*Core classes may not be substituted for electives to reach the graduation credit count.

English 109, 110, 111, 112
Course Type:           Required
Credit:                1
Course Length:         Year
Prerequisite/Grade:    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           Students in these classes read approved novels, study punctuation, capitalization, and
                       other grammar concepts. They will learn sentence structure and paragraph writing.
                       Weekly vocabulary and spelling is related to material being studied. Test taking and
                       study skills are also taught. Students read at least two class novels each semester,
                       often selected from the regular English curriculum. Students must also read and
                       report on one book each semester to pass these classes. Transition skills will
                       also be taught in these classes.

Health 100 0366
Course Type:           Required
Credit:                ½
Course Length:         Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10
Description:           This course will cover mental, physical, and social issues facing our society today. The
                       student will identify and analyze these issues. Units include: Fitness and Nutrition;
                       Mental-Emotional Health; Communicable and Chronic Diseases; Human Sexuality;
                       Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco; First Aid; Aging, Death and Dying, and Family
                       Relationships.

Math 109 0374
Course Type:           Required
Credit:                1
Course Length:         Year
Prerequisite/Grade:    Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           No student may select this class if he/she has passed any mainstream math
                       class. Math 100 is an individualized math course based on a student’s Individual
                       Educational Plan. It takes the student from his/her last level of success and teaches
                       the missing skills. A student may need to take Math 100 at least two years. This
                       class may not be used as an elective class.

Reading 100 0144
Course Type:          Elective
Credit:               1
Course Length:        Semester or Year
Prerequisite/Grade: None; Grade: Enrollment based on results of valid reading inventory and
recommendation of M-Team.
Description:          Student must have permission from his/her case manager before enrolling
                      in this course. This is a remedial reading course that works on boosting reading
                      levels using the direct instruction method. This course is split into two parts:
                      Reading Decoding and Reading Comprehension. Students enrolled in the
                      reading comprehension section will work on making deductions, identifying main
                      ideas, broadening vocabulary, improving written communication, generalizing, and
                      drawing conclusions. Students enrolled in the decoding section will work on
                      advanced word-attack skills, vocabulary, generalizing reading situations, and
                      increasing reading independence.




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Science 100 0855
Course Type:            Required
Credit:                 1
Course Length:          Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     None; Grade: 9, 10
Description:            Course studies may include the environmental and earth sciences, while hands-on
                        labs may demonstrate concepts in biology or chemistry.

World Studies 109 0603
Course Type:            Required
Credit:                 1
Course Length:          Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     Grade: 9, 10
Description:            World Studies focuses on the study of the five themes of geography: cultures,
                        governments, economics, etc. from around the world. Students will apply knowledge
                        gained about different cultures to hands-on projects.

Emotional Behavioral Disabilities 200

      Each student is assessed by a series of tests and a program is then developed based on his/her individual
needs. Requirements are based on guidelines set up by the State and Federal governments. Admission into
the classes is done through a decision of an IEP meeting. Included in the IEP meetings are parents, the
student, teachers, the school psychologist, counselors, and administrators.
      Some classes work on an individual's social and academic behaviors that may impede a student's
learning. To achieve this goal, a variety of techniques are employed including Behavior Modifications,
Selective Rewards and Positive Peer Culture. Other classes offer more emphasis on academic content and less
on behavioral change. Still other EBD classes offer a team or a consultation approach with a regular educator
in a content area. Plato, a computer based learning curriculum, may also used for each of these classes.

*Students may only be admitted to these classes by their IEP (Individual Educational Plan).
*Core classes may not be substituted for electives to reach the graduation credit count.

English 200 0414
Course Type:            Required
Credit:                 1
Course Length:          Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:            This class focuses on communication as students learn to express themselves through
                        oral and written means. Students acquire grammar and usage skills as a part of the
                        communication process. Teachers vary the reading or literature component depending
                        on the needs and interests of their students.

Math 200 0357
Course Type:            Required
Credit:                 1
Course Length:          Year
Prerequisite/Grade:     None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:            Students may have an individualized mathematics curriculum depending on their
                        needs. One student may progress from working with whole numbers to using
                        fractions or decimals in graphic construction. Another student may learn functional
                        math by calculating wages and prices. Computers are also utilized to enhance math
                        skills.




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Science 200 0358
Course Type:           Required
Credit:                1
Course Length:         Year
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           Course studies may include the environmental and earth sciences, while hands-on
                       labs may demonstrate concepts in biology or chemistry. A portfolio system of record
                       keeping makes it easier to chart a student’s progress and keep track of his/her work.

Social Studies 200 0359
Course Type:           Required
Credit:                1
Course Length:         Year
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           The curricular components of these classes are history, government, geography and
                       current events. Students acquire a variety of social studies skills as they learn to read
                       a graph, interpret a table or make a chart or map.

Cognitive Disabilities (300)

     Students become a part of this program based on their scores on a series of achievement and
psychological tests. The students are assigned to the classes based on the IEP, grade, and ability to
strengthen weak areas of learning. Cooperation is needed between staff and parents to place students
in classes. Classes will be limited to insure more individualized instruction.

*Students may only be admitted to these classes by their IEP (Individual Educational Plan).
*Core classes may not be substituted for electives to reach the graduation credit count.

English 300 0418
Course Type:           Required
Credit:                1
Course Length:         Year
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           Students in these classes read approved novels, study punctuation, capitalization, and
                       other grammar concepts. They will learn sentence structure and paragraph writing.
                       Weekly vocabulary and spelling is related to material being studied. Test taking and
                       study skills are also taught

Health 300 0177
Course Type:           Required
Credit:                ½
Course Length:         Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           This course will cover mental, physical, and social issues facing our society today. The
                       student will identify and analyze these issues. Units include: Fitness and Nutrition;
                       Mental-Emotional Health; Communicable and Chronic Diseases; Human Sexuality;
                       Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco; First Aid; Aging, Death and Dying, and Family
                       Relationships.

Life Skills 300 0216
Course Type:           Elective
Credit:                1/2
Course Length:         Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           This class focuses on social responsibilities, manners, and the other skills necessary to
                       live independently. Cooking, laundry, and local field trips are some of the practical
                       activities that provide real-life learning situations.


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Math 300 0710
Course Type:           Required
Credit:                1
Course Length:         Year
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           Math 300 is an individualized math course based on a student’s Individual
                       Educational Plan. It takes the student from his/her last level of success and teaches
                       the missing skills. A student may need to take Math 300 at least two years.

Science 300 0856
Course Type:           Required
Credit:                1
Course Length:         Year
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           Course studies may include the environmental and earth sciences, while hands-on
                       labs may demonstrate concepts in biology or chemistry.

Social Studies 300 0708
Course Type:           Required
Credit:                1
Course Length:         Year
Prerequisite/Grade:    None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           Course studies focuses on the study of the five themes of geography: cultures,
                       governments, economics, etc. from around the world. Students will apply knowledge
                       gained about different cultures to hands-on projects.



   T E C H N O L O G Y/ENGINEERING E D U C A T I O N                          DEPARTMENT

    In Technology Education classes, students:
 learn basic and advanced skills in Communications, Construction, Electronics, Manufacturing,
 Transportation and Welding.
 work hands-on with tools, specialized equipment and machines.
 use technology, computers, software and blueprints to do work.
 learn life-long skills to succeed in the world of work.

    Technology Education courses also provides students with opportunity to participate in Youth
Apprenticeships, COOPS, School-to-Work experiences and SkillsUSA.

                       Application of Technology                              ½ credit
                       Architectural Design                                   ½ credit
                       Building Trades                                        1.0 credit
                       Consumer Auto                                          ½ credit
                       Drafting Technology                                    ½ credit
                       Electronics                                            1.0 credit
                       Manufacturing I & II                                   1.0 credit
                       Transportation (AS)                                    1.0 credit
                       Welding I & II                                         1.0 credit




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Applications of Technology 0401
Course Type:          Elective
Credit:               1/2
Course Length:        Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:   None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:          Students will learn about technology and computers. Students will learn about the
                      Internet, CAD (computer aided design), robotics, lasers, electronics and bridge
                      building and design.
                      Students will do 75% of their work using computers. Students will draw and design
                      bridges on paper and then draw, design and test the bridges on the computer.
                      Students will use the Internet to find information on robots, lasers, and electronics.

                      Students will learn the following basic principles
                             1. West Point bridge design and testing on the computer
                             2. electronic circuits, components, and terms
                             3. robotics parts and usage
                             4. laser parts and usage
                             5. Internet – to search for information and ideas
                             6. AutoCAD.
                             7. Entrepreneur
                             8. Problem solving / design

Architectural Design Technology 0377
Course Type:          Elective
Credit:               ½
Course Length:        Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:   None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:          Students will learn the basic principles and skills that an architect must know
                      concerning building construction and building design. Students will learn how to
                      draw and design building plans on a computer and on paper. Students will learn
                      the basic principles about the building construction industry. Students will do 75%
                      of their work on AutoCAD (computer aided design) stations and do 25% of their
                      work drawing and designing on paper with drafting equipment. Students will
                      complete assignments using the Internet.

                      Students will learn the following about the building construction industry:
                                      1. construction technology
                             2. designing a project/problem solving
                             3. general contractor/sub contractors
                             4. building the structure or project
                             5. finishing the project
                             6. how to obtain a land site
                             7. managing a construction project
                             8. construction materials
                             9. installing systems/electrical, heat, etc.
                           10. cost estimates, mortgages, deeds, etc.

                      Students will learn the following basic principles and skills:
                             1.   AutoCAD
                             2.   Designing and drawing building plans
                             3.   Drawing floor and elevation plans
                             4.   Building design
                             5.   Drawing plot plans
                             6.   Dimension drawings
                             7.   Drawing electrical plans
                             8.   Drawing foundation plans/concrete
                             9.    Laser/plotter printing on a computer


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Building Trades 0404
Course Type:          Elective
Credit:               1
Course Length:        2 class periods/Block - Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:   None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:          Building Trades is a combination of building construction and woodworking taught in
                      a two-class period block of time.

                      In the area of building construction, students learn to safely use the basic tools and
                      machines used in the building construction industry. Students will learn about
                      mixing, pouring and finishing concrete; will learn about basic masonry tools,
                      equipment, and techniques, build a deck, build stud walls, build rafters/trusses, install
                      doors and windows, shingle a roof and do the necessary finish work needed to complete
                      a building structure. Students will also learn to read basic blueprints, estimate, order
                      materials for a building, and determine the costs.

                      In the area of woodworking, students will use wood as a raw material to build a useful
                      finished wood product. Students will learn how to use woodworking tools and
                      equipment safely and effectively.
                      Students will individually produce all the parts needed to build their woodworking
                      project and then assemble the project using different tools and fasteners. After the
                      project has been assembled, students will prepare the project for staining and
                      varnishing. Students will need to pay for the cost of materials for the woodworking
                      project and then they may take it home.

Consumer Auto Education 3605
Course Type:          Elective
Credit:               1/2
Course Length:        Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:   None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:          This course won’t make you a full-fledged mechanic, but it will teach you how to
                      change a tire, change your oil, and do basic car maintenance. This class will also teach
                      you how to communicate with auto technicians about your car ills and what the costs
                      may be.
                      Students will experience the jobs done by technicians and explore their careers.
                      Students will participate in a classroom and laboratory setting doing basic auto
                      maintenance activities. Students are not required to own a vehicle to take this class.

Drafting Technology 0376
Course Type:          Elective
Credit:               1/2
Course Length:        Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:   None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:          Students will learn about drafting which includes subjects such as drawing, designing,
                      engineering, measuring, and creating symbols used in almost all manufacturing
                      industries.
                      Students will do 75% of their work using AutoCAD and Inventor software (computer aided
                      design) stations and do 25% of their work drawing and designing on paper with drafting
                      equipment. Students will complete assignments using the Internet.




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                      Students will learn the following basic principles and skills:
                              1.      AutoCAD
                              2.      Problem solving/design
                              3.      Drawing views and sketches
                              4.      Designing engineering parts
                              5.      Designing 3D objects using a computer using Inventor Software
                              6.      Dimensions
                              7.      Laying out a drawing
                              8.      Laser printing drawings using a computer
                              9.      Electronic drawings
                              10.     Drawing auxiliary and section views

Electronics 3600
Course Type:          Elective
Credit:               1
Course Length:        Year
Prerequisite/Grade:   None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:          Students will learn about electronic components and how they operate. Students will
                      learn about transistors, capacitors, integrated circuits, resistors, diodes, etc. Students
                      will work with lab kits to put electronic components together to get an output.
                      Students will learn how to read and wire schematic drawings using the kits. Students
                      will learn how important electronics technology is in our society today and basic
                      symbolism used. Basic OHMS Law/Math skills are also applied.

                      Students will learn about computer and electronic components and how they operate
                      in today's society.
                      Included in this course will be units on radio, TV, satellite, laser, fiber optics,
                      microcomputer fundamentals, electronic troubleshooting, soldering using computers,
                      and digital multimeters. Students will do activities and lab experiments in all of the
                      above area's.

Manufacturing I&II 0402
Course Type:          Elective
Credit:               1
Course Length:        Year
Prerequisite/Grade:   Application of Technology recommended; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           Students will be introduced to what Manufacturing is. They will study the history of
                      Manufacturing, it's development and how it is done. They will learn how to work
                      safely and learn to work together to create new ideas and products for productions and
                      design. Computer Numical Control (CNC) will be introduced in this class with it's
                      programming skill being used.

                      Students will get hands on experience manufacturing with metals, woods and/or
                      plastics. Computer programs will be utilized so students can learn to identify unique
                      problem solving skills, and then put them in an environment where those skills can be
                      utilized.

                      During second semester students will work on lab activities while forming and
                      organizing a company. The product produced in lab will be sold and all profits will go
                      to the students. They learn through group activities about the manufacturing careers.
                      Students can compete at the state SkillsUSA contests in these activities if they so
                      desire.




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Transportation (AS) 3604
Course Type:          Elective
Credit:               1
Course Length:        Year
Prerequisite/Grade:   None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:          This course is a conceptualized study of Transportation systems dealing generally with
                      the methods by which we move people and goods through various environments. The
                      environments studied will be terrestrial, marine, and aerospace with selected content
                      from each in a past, contemporary, and futuristic perspective.

                      Units will include lab work in Auto Mechanics, Small Gas Engines, Rocketry, Fluid
                      Power and Control Systems, Mass Transit Systems, and Materials Movement and
                      Handling. Information on different systems and careers in fields relating to each of
                      the four modes of transportation will also be covered in this course.

Welding Technology I & II 3601
Course Type:          Elective
Credit:               1
Course Length:        Year
Prerequisite/Grade:   None; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12 **$15.00 Fee for Welding Jacket
Descriptions:         In this course students learn to set up and safely operate both arc welding and oxy-
                      acetylene welding equipment. Both manual and automatic gas cutting are included in
                      this course. Various joints are welded in the four basic welding positions.

                      The students experience the welding of different metal types, the use of inert gas
                      welding, pipe welding, angle iron welding, square tube welding, and fussion gas
                      welding. Project work by the student further advance their welding skills in this
                      course. Seniors will be given preference in a limited enrollment

                      All students will be required to pass a safety exam with a 90% or better before they
                      are allowed to work in the lab area. Those who do not meet this requirement must
                      meet with the teacher at the teacher’s discretion to better prepare and understand
                      the safety requirements.


                                 ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM

River Valley Alternative Education
Course Type:          Elective
Credit:               Credit and Courses Varies
Course Length:        Semester
Prerequisite/Grade:   Consent of the Teacher and Parent and B.I.T. Referral; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:          The River Valley Alternative Education (RVAE), located off site, on school grounds, is
                      designed to provide high school students an alternative to the traditional classroom
                      and to encourage them to create personal goals based on individual need, ability and
                      interest. RVAE accepts and encouraged diversity and provides a safe and supportive
                      environment, as it works to strengthen the partnership between teacher and student
                      and cooperation amount the school district, families and community. Students who
                      become members of the RVAE community help to set high behavioral and academic
                      standards and expect all to comport with those standards. Each RVAE student will
                      receive a traditional RVHS diploma following the successful completion of the
                      program.

                      Availability of admission to the program is limited. Each applicant must interview
                      and fulfill
                      certain requirements.



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The Learning Academy
Course Type:           Elective
Credit:                Credit Varies
Course Length:         Semester & Year
Prerequisite/Grade:    Consent of the Teacher; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           The Learning Academy is a program available for students recommended by teachers.
                       Students are selected by the Building Intervention Team (B.I.T.) based on specific
                       criteria and parent permission.
                       The Academy offers a small group learning environment, differentiated learning and
                       assessment, self-paced instruction, emphasis on learning styles, and reinforcement of
                       work and organizational skills. Parent consent is required.

                       Course included in the Alternative program are: English 509, World Studies 509,
                       English 510, U.S. History 510, English 400, Social Studies 400, Science 400, and Math
                       Independent.

Study Lab 0146
Course Type:           Elective
Credit:                ¼ credit per semester
Course Length:         Semester or year
Prerequisite/Grade:    Approval of BIT; Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Description:           Study lab is a small group structured study environment. Students are required to
                       utilize assignment notebooks daily. Homework completion and grades are monitored.
                       Assistance with assignments is provided as needed. Work ethic and organizational
                       skills are reinforced.


                                  OTHER COURSE OPTIONS

Drivers’ Education Program

River Valley High School does not offer a drivers’ education course as part of the high school’s curriculum.
Students may attain a Wisconsin probationary license through a program offered by CESA #2 at the River
Valley High School’s campus.

                                 CESA #2’s Driver Education Program
CESA #2’s Driver Education program taught at River Valley High School provides both the number of
classroom hours and Behind the Wheel hours required by the state of Wisconsin. The class is a
foundation course that emphasizes the theory and practice of responsible, defensive driving. Students
learn the mechanics of driving, the execution of most driving operations and a thorough
understanding of the rules of safe driving. The class is designed to improve students’ knowl edge of
traffic safety and to prepare them to receive training for becoming safe operators of motor vehicles.
Students will also study the legal and financial obligations of automobile ownership, the care and
maintenance of the automobile, accident prevention, the importance of controlling emotions while
driving and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on driving.

Once the student has registered, paid for the drivers education program, is participating in the
classroom instruction and has an instructional permit, arrangements are made with a Behind the
Wheel instructor to provide the DMV required twelve hours of observation and practice driving
experience. Behind the Wheel instruction occurs at the River Valley High School. Upon completion of
both Behind the Wheel instruction and classroom instruction, the Behind the Wheel instructor will
provide the student with a Department of Public Instruction course completion form required for a
student to take the Wisconsin Licensing driving skill test.




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PROGRAM COST
The cost of the Driver Education course, offered by CESA #2, including both classroom instruction
and Behind the Wheel instruction is . The cost of the online class including Behind the Wheel
instruction is $425.

ENROLLMENT PROCESS
A student may enroll in the CESA #2 Drivers Education classroom portion of the program when they
are fifteen years of age. A registration form provided by CESA #2 must be completed and sent along
with payment to CESA #2, Box 400, Spring Green, WI 53588. Registration forms, listing the
available classes, can be located at the River Valley High School office. Registration forms may also
be downloaded at the following website: http://drivered.cesa2.org/

Classes are offered at River Valley High School during the school year and during the summer. A
registration form must be completed and mailed with payment to the CESA #2 office before a student
is considered registered for driver education. Students that attend a class without registering with
CESA #2 will not receive instruction.

In completing the registration form it is essential that the name, birth date, address and phone
number of the student enrolling be included. Registration forms tha t are submitted without a parent
signature will be returned. Indication must be made regarding the class the student wishes to be
enrolled in. The registration form must be completed and sent, along with payment, to CESA #2
before a student will be considered enrolled in a class.

ONLINE DRIVERS EDUCATION CLASS
For students that do not fit into the scheduled classes, CESA #2 offers an online Drivers Education class.
The online program lets a student fit in driver's education coursework whenever and wherever. Students
enrolled in the online program complete the classroom instruction through the internet and the Behind the
Wheel instruction at the Oregon High School campus. Students may enroll in the online course at anytime.

Further questions can be directed to Kurt Schultz at kschultz@cesa2.k12.wi.us or by phone at: 608-290-
4663. Inquiries can also be directed to Karen Coyle, the online instructor, at kcoyle@cesa2.k12.wi.us, or by
phone at: 608-290-7788. Questions regarding payment should be directed to Wendy Schultz, by email at
wschultz@cesa2.k12.wi.us, or by phone at 608-588-3727.




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