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  • Course Code
    LA.LA017S/LA018S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Ninth grade Accelerated English Language Arts is designed to lay the foundation for successful high school writing and analysis of literature. This course is geared toward the ninth grader who possesses both a strong ability and great interest in the study of English and is ready to make the transition to more independent learning. While not required for Advanced Placement enrollment, the purpose of this course is to prepare the student for AP English courses their junior and senior year; therefore, the standards of instruction and expectations will be faster paced, more rigorous, and more independent than that of Ninth Grade Language Arts.
    Learner Outcomes:
    • Read, comprehend, and analyze classic and contemporary literature similar to that recommended on the Advanced Placement reading list.
    • Analyze narrative, informative, and argumentative writing and then compose their own piece for each mode.
    • Develop and utilize effective oral communication skills, as well as advanced academic and content vocabulary.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA025S/LA026S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description

    Ninth Grade Language Arts is designed to lay the foundation for successful high school reading and writing and satisfies the Ninth Grade Language Arts graduation requirement. This course consists of instruction in composition, reading fiction and informational text, grammar, speaking/listening, research and vocabulary development.

    Learner Outcomes:

    • Learn and practice comprehension strategies for both fiction and informational text.
    • Utilize the writing process to produce several modes of writing including narrative, informative, and argumentative.
    • Understand, explain, and practice the research process.
    • Learn and practice grammar to improve written communication and analysis.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA033S/LA034S/EL028S/EL029S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description

    Ninth Grade Language Arts RE is designed to lay the foundation for successful high school reading and writing and satisfies the Ninth Grade Language Arts graduation requirement. This course consists of instruction in composition, reading comprehension of fiction and informational text, grammar, speaking/listening, research, word study, and vocabulary development.

    • Students will learn and practice comprehension strategies for both fiction and informational text.
    • Students will utilize the writing process to produce several modes of writing including narrative, informative, and argumentative.
    • Students will receive instruction and participate in the research process.
    • Students will learn and practice grammar to improve written communication and analysis.
    • Students will receive explicit word study and vocabulary instruction.



    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA048S/LA049S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    09 WG Advanced Language Arts Research & Presentation is designed to lay the foundation for successful high school writing and analysis of literature while also emphasizing independent research skills and oral presentation skills. While not required for AP enrollment, the purpose of this course is to prepare the student for AP English courses. In addition to the skills students learn in 9 Accelerated Language Arts, students should expect that most assigned reading will be done outside of class and that most books will be analyzed as a whole rather than chapter by chapter.
     
    Learner Outcomes:
    • Generate process and AP-style timed writing pieces in a variety of modes (analytical, argumentative, expository, narrative and informative). 
    • Compose essays and presentations as a major part of the course grade.
    • Research topic that will evolve into multiple large presentations that may span up to 25 minutes.
    • Compile research for a capstone project with a focus on a national issue
    • Present to capstone as a part of the final exam to a panel of judges.



    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA019S/LA020S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Tenth Grade Accelerated Language Arts is designed to build on the skills students learned in Ninth Grade Accelerated Language Arts. While not required for Advanced Placement enrollment, the purpose of the course is to prepare students for Advanced Placement English courses; therefore, teachers base standards of instruction and expectations on AP guidelines resulting in faster paced, more rigorous, and more independent learning than that of Tenth Grade Language Arts.
    Learner Outcomes:
    • Read and analyze texts and produce written compositions within thematic units, culminating in an inquiry-based capstone project.
    • Read, comprehend, and analyze fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama independently with the majority of the reading outside of class.
    • Generate argumentative, narrative, and informative pieces.
    • Develop grade-appropriate research and oral communication skills, as well as advanced academic and content vocabulary.
    • Complete the assigned summer work prior to the first day of school.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA027S/LA028S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Tenth Grade Language Arts is designed to build on the skills students learned in Ninth Grade Language Arts and satisfies the Tenth Grade Language Arts graduation requirement. The content of this course focuses on reading and analyzing texts and producing written compositions within thematic units, culminating in an inquiry-based capstone project.
    • Students will read fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
    • Students will create blended writing pieces including argumentative, narrative, and informative elements.
    • Students will learn and utilize grammar and writing instruction within the units.
    • Students will continue to develop research and oral communication skills, as well as academic and content vocabulary.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA035S/LA036S/EL030S/EL031S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Tenth Grade Language Arts RE is designed to build on the skills students learned in Ninth Grade Language Arts and satisfies the Tenth Grade Language Arts graduation requirement. The content of this course focuses on reading and analyzing texts and producing written compositions within thematic units, culminating in an inquiry-based capstone project.
     
    Learner Outcomes:
    • Read, comprehend, and analyze fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
    • Generate blended writing pieces including argumentative, narrative, and informative elements.
    • Learn and utilize effective grammar and writing instruction.
    • Develop and practice grade-appropriate research and oral communication skills.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA050S/LA051S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    10 WG Advanced Language Arts Research & Presentation is designed to expand upon skills of successful high school writing and analysis of literature while also emphasizing independent research skills and oral presentation skills. While not required for AP enrollment, the purpose of this course is to prepare the student for AP English courses. In addition to the skills students learn in 10 Accelerated Language Arts, students should expect that most assigned reading will be done outside of class and that most books will be analyzed as a whole rather than chapter by chapter.
     
    Learner Outcomes:
    • Generate process and AP-style timed writing pieces in a variety of modes (analytical, argumentative, expository, narrative and informative). 
    • Compose extended essays and presentations.
    • Research a topic that will evolve into multiple large presentations that may span up to 35 minutes.
    • Compile research and present a capstone projects with a focus on a global issue.
    • Present capstone as a part of the final exam to a panel of judges.



    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    BS.BS001S/BS002S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    If you are interested in accounting or any business major, this class is for you!  This course will introduce students to basic accounting concepts and allow students to explore accounting and related career opportunities.  Students will develop an in-depth understanding of accounting procedures and techniques utilized in solving business problems and making financial decisions for various types of business ownerships.







    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.DR020S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Acting I is a theatre class that introduces skills through the studio atmosphere.  Students will develop acting skills, perform in class, and evaluate theatrical works.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Apply criteria to the evaluation of artistic choices in a drama/theatre work.
    • Refine effective physical, vocal, and physiological traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/ theatre work.
    • Develop a scripted or improvised character by articulating the character’s inner thoughts, objectives, and motivations in a drama/theatre work
    • Perform a scripted drama/theatre work for a specific audience.

  • Course Code
    AR.DR021S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Acting 2 focuses on using various acting skills and theatre styles from history as they apply to scene work.  This class is heavily based in performance, both individual, and group.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Explore the function of history and culture in the development of a dramatic concept through a critical analysis of original ideas in a drama/theatre work.
    • Use various character objectives and tactics in a drama/theatre work to overcome an obstacle.
    • Perform a scripted drama/theatre work for a specific audience.
    • Respond to what is seen, felt, and heard in a drama/theatre work to develop criteria for artistic choices.

  • Course Code
    PE.PE001S
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    This course is the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Today curriculum, which includes possible certification for lifeguarding and CPR for the professional rescuer.  There is also an emphasis on cardiovascular endurance and proper stroke technique.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    TE.FC058S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Advanced Creative Fashion is the culmination of the Fashion Fundamental courses.  Students will learn progressive construction techniques, pattern drafting, and textile design using state of the art technology. A summary of education and training requirements and opportunities for career paths in textiles, fashion, and apparel industries is included as part of this course. Suggested follow-up course: Fashion Design and Merchandising.

  • Course Code
    PE.PE002S/PE022S
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    This class is designed for the experienced weightlifter.  The class will include daily active participation in a strength enhancing program (i.e., squats, cleans, presses, etc.) and speed development.  Free weights will be used on an extensive basis to achieve stated goals.  Program design, nutrition, and safety are also included.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.DR025S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Advanced Studio Theatre is a course for the serious theatre student. Students who take the course for the first time will create a portfolio of work that can be used in college and/or professional theatre auditions.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Explore physical, vocal and physiological choices to develop a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant to a drama/theatre work.
    • Respond to what is seen, felt, and heard in a drama/theatre work to develop criteria for artistic choices.
    • Use various character objectives and tactics in a drama/theatre work to overcome an obstacle
    • Perform a scripted drama/theatre work for a specific audience.
    • Formulate creative choices for a devised or scripted drama/theatre work based on theatre research about the selected topic.
    Course Requirements: Theatre experiences outside of class are required during the semester (I.E., performing or serving on a production crew, directing a one-act play, attending theatrical performances). 

  • Course Code
    AS.AS020S/AS021S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    AS-1 is an aviation history course focusing on the development of flight throughout the centuries.  The emphasis is on civilian and military contributions to aviation.
    LE-1 introduces cadets to the AFJROTC program by providing a basis for progression through the rest of the AFJROTC program, while instilling elements of good citizenship.  It contains sections on cadet and Air Force organizational structure; uniform wear; customs, courtesies, drill and ceremony, and other military traditions; health and wellness; fitness; individual self-control; and citizenship.
    E2C-1 (Extreme Excellence Challenge) is a wellness and fitness program designed to motivate cadets to led active, healthy lifestyles.  E2C creates an individualized exercise training program benchmarked against national standards by age and gender.  A variety of consumer health/wellness topics are also introduced to compliment weekly exercise regimens.









  • Course Code
    AS.AS022S/AS023S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    AS-2 encompasses the science of weather emphasizing an understanding of a dynamic flight environment and how it can affect aircraft and pilot performance; the physiological or human factors of flight through study of medical/safety/survival issues unique to flight; theory of flight covering basic aerodynamic principles along with pilot skills needed for understanding aircraft motion and control, aircraft power plants and navigation.
    LE-2 emphasis on developing communication skills through effective writing, speaking and listening exercise combined with critical thinking scenarios and role playing.  Group dynamic exercises are used to prepare students for leadership and followership roles.  Conflict resolution is also addressed against the backdrop of sexism and racism issues.
    E2C 2 – continuation of E2C 1.









  • Course Code
    AS.AS024S/AS025S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    AS-3 incorporates an understanding of the solar system in the overall expanse of the universe.  Planetary structures are studied with emphasis on mankind’s on-going efforts to explore their importance for future survival on earth.  Space hazards, physical demands of space flight, orbits/trajectories, astronomy/telescope use are also covered.  Discussions of current “space” events are integral to subject matter delivery through use of internet sites to conduct space research and explore real time space events.  History of American/International space programs are reviewed to highlight political-economic-legal-military aspects of space exploration.
    LE-3 assists students in exploring career paths to take after high school.  Financial planning introduced exposing students to basic information on budgeting, buying and selling, investing, credit issues, insurance and application/financing for education after high school.  Basic management theories are covered dealing with social aspects of human motivation and behavior.
    E2C-3 is a continuation of E2C-2.









  • Course Code
    AS.AS026S/AS027S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    AS-4 emphasizes student management of the AFJROTC program similar to a student council.  Key leadership roles are assigned to students allowing them to plan and direct unit activities such as community service projects, award and promotion programs, fitness and wellness events and social activities.  Additionally, Global Awareness Studies will be presented.  Global Awareness is a customized course about the world’s cultures.  It is designed to introduce students to the study of world affairs, regional studies, and cultural awareness. 
    LE-4 addresses fundamentals of conflict management from a leadership role perspective to include management techniques, decisions and functions, coping skills and personal development. Students also participate in a comprehensive job search workshop.  Instruction includes how to identify personal job skills, research job opportunities, communicating with prospective employers, dressing for success, techniques and strategies for in person and telephone interviews, resume writing and career searches.
    E2C-4-continuation of E2C-3.









  • Course Code
    MA.MA003S/MA004S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the earlier grades.  Students will explore many examples of functions, compare key characteristics of these functions, and translate between graphical, numerical and symbolic representations of them.  They will create and solve equations and inequalities, and systems of equations involving linear and quadratic expressions, extend the laws of exponents to rational exponents and compare/contrast linear and exponential functions.  Students will use regression techniques to describe linear relationships between quantities and use technology as an instructional tool throughout the course as they explore and make sense of problems in real-world context. 

  • Course Code
    MA.MMA003S/MMA004S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
     NOTE:  Students must be concurrently enrolled in Business Management Processes.
    This course is one part of the combined AMPED (Algebra in Manufacturing, Production, Entrepreneurship and Design) course.  The course engages students in extending the mathematics they learned in their earlier grades in an authentic business setting.  Students will explore and apply functions, compare their key characteristics, and translate between graphical, numerical and symbolic representations of them.  They will create and solve equations and inequalities, systems of equations involving linear and quadratic expressions, extend the laws of exponents to rational exponents, and compare/contrast linear and exponential functions.  Students will use regression techniques to describe linear relationships between quantities and use technology as an instructional tool throughout the course as they explore and make sense of problems in a real-world context. The contextual learning experience combines all Algebra 1 standards and business entrepreneurship standards through relevant and interactive, career-centered projects.  Students will be enrolled in two courses and receive both an Algebra 1 and a CTE credit.































  • Course Code
    MA.MA005S/MA006S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    In this course students build on what they have learned about a variety of function families and extend their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational and radical functions. Students work closely with the expressions that define these functions, and continue to expand their abilities to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms.   Students see how the visual displays and summary statistics they learned in earlier grades relate to different types of data and to probability distributions. They explore different ways of collecting data and the role that randomness and careful design play in the conclusions that can be drawn.

  • Course Code
    MA.MA050S/MA051S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    This course is designed to develop spatial concepts and insight into the relationships between plane figures.  Basic algebraic principles will be extended and applied to geometric problems  Students will prove basic theorems and solve problems about triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons; establish triangle congruence criteria based on analyses of rigid motions; apply similarity in right triangles to understand right triangle trigonometry; use formulas to find the volume of three-dimensional objects; and use the languages of set theory to expand their ability to compute and interpret theoretical and experimental probabilities. 

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL055S/FL056S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    American Sign Language (ASL) is an introduction to the most widely used sign language in the United States.
    • Students will develop an understanding of similarities and differences between the Deaf and Hearing communities
    • Students will study the fundamentals of ASL to provide them with the skills necessary to have everyday conversations and interactions with other ASL users.
    • Students will learn about the Deaf community and develop their language abilities by exploring ta variety of thematic units.



    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL067S/FL068S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    American Sign Language 2 builds upon the communication skills and understandings developed in ASL 1.
    • Students will continue to study the culture of the Deaf community through a variety of thematic units
    • Students will be able to use ASL to communicate for a variety of purposes in a variety of contexts
    • Students will expand their knowledge of American Sign Language and its uses

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT051S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This is a basic course in the study of architectural principles and drafting design.  Areas of study will include area planning and floor plan design including elevation and perspective drawing.  Creative drafting and design will provide students the opportunity to plan and draw their own set of residential plans.  Mechanical drawing and/or CAD will be utilized.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR026S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Art Fundamentals is the beginning course for all students who want to pursue an interest or future career in visual arts.  Students will create original artwork in realistic, abstract, and nonobjective styles.  Inspired by observation and imagination, they will express themselves through the themes of still life, landscape and portrait.  They will learn about and use drawing, painting, and sculpture, to create two- and three-dimensional artworks.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture.
    Expected outcomes:
    • Demonstrate portrait proportions.
    • Demonstrate the illusion of depth (perspective, overlapping, placement, size, proportion, details).
    • Demonstrate the illusion of form (value/shading).
    • Use the color wheel and mix colors.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of art and principles of design.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC105S/SC106S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Authentic Applications of Biochemistry allows students to engage in science and engineering practices that enable them to apply foundational concepts in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics to real‐world scenarios and laboratory investigations.
    • Maintain a portfolio of laboratory techniques and reports to demonstrate content mastery and communication skills
    • Ask questions that arise from careful observation of phenomena, or unexpected results, to clarify and or seek additional information
    • Plan and conduct investigations to produce data to serve as evidence and determine accuracy of data needed to produce reliable measurements

  • Course Code
    TE.FC054S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    In Baking and Pastry Arts, Students will build upon the beginning baking skills learned in Food Fundamentals. Scientific principles and plating techniques will be explored during the production of cakes, cookies, pastries, breads, and other confections. This course can serve as a prerequisite for the Culinary class.

  • Course Code
    PE.PE004S
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    This course will include emergency rescue techniques, beginning stroke mechanics, water safety knowledge, adult CPR, and spinal cord management.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.MU068S/MU069S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This is a small choral ensemble that performs advanced literature. Students will display musical understanding through written and performance activities. This ensemble will perform standard 4- part literature for low voices [TTBB] in a variety of musical styles.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Demonstrate vocal performance techniques as it relates to posture, breathing, vocal production, tone, diction, articulation.
    • Sight-read grade level appropriate choral literature in various styles alone and with others.
    • Interpret and perform music using expression such as dynamics, phrasing and style.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency as it relates to rhythm, note accuracy, key signatures, time signatures and tempo.

     


  • Course Code
    AR.MU005S/MU006S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description

    This is an intermediate level choir for students with limited high school choral music experience and/or developing singing skills. Students will display musical understanding through written and performance activities. This ensemble will perform standard 3-part literature for low voices [TTB] in a variety of musical styles.
    Expected Outcomes:

    • Demonstrate vocal performance techniques as it relates to posture, breathing, vocal production, tone, diction, articulation.
    • Sight-read grade level appropriate choral literature in various styles alone and with others.
    • Interpret and perform music using expression such as dynamics, phrasing and style.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency as it relates to rhythm, note accuracy, key signatures, time signatures and tempo. 

  • Course Code
    AR.MU066S/MU067S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This is a large choral ensemble that performs intermediate and advancing literature. Students will display musical understanding through written and performance activities. This ensemble will perform standard 3- and 4- part literature for low voices [T(T)BB] in a variety of musical styles.
    Expected Outcomes:


    • Demonstrate vocal performance techniques as it relates to posture, breathing, vocal production, tone, diction, articulation.
    • Sight-read grade level appropriate choral literature in various styles alone and with others.
    • Interpret and perform music using expression such as dynamics, phrasing and style.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency as it relates to rhythm, note accuracy, key signatures, time signatures and tempo.




     



  • Course Code
    AR.MU015S/MU016S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This course is designed for the student with little to no previous experience playing an orchestral string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass) or without knowledge of standard music notation. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to continue in the Rockwood High School Orchestra curriculum.Expected Outcomes:
    Establish basic playing position for violin, viola, cello and bass.
    • Demonstrate initial left hand finger placement.
    • Demonstrate initial finger patterns including 2-3, 1-2, and 3-4 patterns on violin/viola and corresponding patterns on all other instruments.
    • Continue to refine technique related to control of bowing variable (weight, speed, and placement).
      Apply concepts in independent practice skills.

  • Course Code
    PE.PE005S
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    This class is designed for those students who want to actively participate in strength development as well as some cardiovascular conditioning.  The class will also examine aspects of body composition and nutrition as it relates to the healthy active person.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC003S/SC004S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Biology is the study of the living world. Students will engage in inquiry-based investigations to explore how organisms live and grow and how they interact with their environment. Students will utilize science and engineering practices to study how characteristics of one generation are passed to the next and to explain how different species are related.
    • Explore complex real-world problems
    • Develop, use, and revise models to explain scientific phenomena
    • Engage in laboratory experiments
    • Create scientific claims based on evidence and apply scientific reasoning

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    TE.BS045S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This course is a practical presentation of basic business principles. This course will also serve as a preview to all other courses offered in the business department.
    • Students will explore all aspects of the business world including marketing, management, finance, economics, legal considerations, ethics and social responsibility, possible careers and technology
    • Students will learn communication and leadership skills

  • Course Code
    TE.BI001S/BI002S/BI003S/BI004S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    The Business Internship/CCE curriculum is a program where students can earn high school credit by taking the CCE class and working at paid internship positions.  The curriculum reflects current business trends and prepares students to meet the demands of the business world.  Topics covered in the class include marketing, employment, career preparation, communication skills, entrepreneurship, and business ethics and etiquette.
    The Business Internship/CCE student schedule will vary to meet individual employment and academic needs.  Students have the flexibility to work during the school day, evenings or weekends in order to earn credit for employment.  Students typically take four to five classes, one of which is the CCE class.  A dual enrollment course can substitute for one of the classes. For 10-19 hours per week, please use code BI001/BI002. For 20 hours or more per week, please use code BI003/BI004.







    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    BS.MBS00030
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Immerse yourself in entrepreneurship.  Together, the class will develop, design and run a class business.  Students will learn, experience and apply the necessary skills for success as an entrepreneur.  Students will understand basic business terminology, create advertisements using a variety of multimedia tools, apply basic marketing concepts, engage in the production/manufacturing/selling process, and understand the role business ethics play in successful businesses.  Students will lead each other with an entrepreneurial spirit, gaining financial responsibility from the businesses they create and operate within the school.   Now is the time to LAUNCH your creativity!

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    BS.BS008S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Run your own business and make money while earning CTE credit!  Students will get the exciting opportunity to develop a product, create a business plan, operate a business, and sell a product for profit.  All students can benefit from an understanding of and appreciation for entrepreneurship and its role in the enterprise system.  Come behind the scenes of business operations and learn entrepreneurship, human resources, financial management, communications, and marketing while operating a fully functioning business.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    TE.BMA001S/BMA002S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    NOTE: Student must also be concurrently enrolled in Algebra 1-AMPED.
    This course is one part of the combined AMPED (Algebra in Manufacturing, Production, Engineering and Design) course. This Career and Technical Education (CTE) course engages students by integrating entrepreneurship skills with the math skills they are learning in their Algebra 1 course in an authentic, real-world setting. Students will solve real-world, career-centered problems as they run an advanced fabrication lab customizing textile products. The proceeds generated from the business aspect of the program will be utilized to self-fund the venture and provide philanthropic opportunities for students through community service or monetary gifts to local charities. This contextual learning experience combines business entrepreneurship and all Algebra 1 standards through relevant and interactive, career-centered projects. Students will be enrolled in two courses and receive both an Algebra 1 and a CTE credit.

  • Course Code
    TE.EL006S/EL007S
    Content Area
    Electives
    Description
    The purpose of this class is to give high school juniors and seniors interested in becoming teachers, pre-vocational information and experience.  The program consists of:  a) classroom instruction using the Cadet Teaching Curriculum and b) field work with a cooperating teacher at either the elementary or secondary level.  Each person must furnish his or her own transportation to the school where he/she is a Cadet Teacher.
    Cadet Teaching field work hours may be used for students enrolled in the A+ program to fulfill a portion of the tutoring/mentoring requirements.  Please speak with the A+ Coordinator at your high school.
    Note: Each Rockwood high school is able to specify the amount of time the Cadet Teacher spends in class instructional time in addition to the amount of time the cadet spends doing field work.
    This course may be taken for half or full credit.

  • Course Code
    MA.MA007S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    This Algebra course is designed for the student who will continue on to Pre-Calculus or is college-bound. This course may be eligible for college credit, consult your teacher for details.  This course will include new topics and applications of some topics addressed in Algebra 2.  Topics in this course will include sequences and series, conic sections, linear and non-linear systems, logarithms, and functions. 
     

  • Course Code
    WL.FL061S/FL062S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    Greek 1 will introduce students to the fundamentals of Ancient Greek: alphabet, vocabulary, and grammar.  Students will engage the history, mythology, and culture of Fifth-Century BC Athens by way of the Greek language.  Connections to English vocabulary and grammar and comparisons of our modern world to Ancient Greece will be stressed throughout.  The latest technological innovations will supplement traditional methods of language acquisition.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL063S/FL064S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    Students in Greek 2 will continue their study of fundamental Greek vocabulary and grammar and further explore the classical heritage as embodied by the Greek tradition of Fifth-Century BC Athens.  This class will continue to stress connections between Ancient Greek and English vocabulary, grammar, and syntax.  Students will also have opportunities to learn about Ancient Greek culture and make comparisons between Ancient Greek culture and their own.  Students in Greek 2 will be introduced to authentic texts.  Successful completion of this class fulfills the two years of World Language currently required for admission by many colleges and universities.  Students should consult their institution of higher learning for specific requirements.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL005S/FL006S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    French 3 is an elective course for students who have completed French 1 and 2. It is recommended that students with a C or better continue their study in French 3. French 3 is centered on thematic units in which students are exposed to French culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities. Continued exposure to a variety of new and familiar tenses and constructions in this class will help them become more skilled readers writers, speakers and listeners. Read, listen and watch a variety of French texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to societal roles, exploration and travel, human rights, cuisine, future plans, and the environment in the Francophone world.
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain conversations on a variety of studied topics.
    • Present information about studied topics in writing or in speaking.
    • Research and study selected topics related to societal roles, exploration and travel, human rights, cuisine, future plans, and the environment in the Francophone world.
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and cultural products.
    • Develop habits and strategies to be a successful language learner

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL017S/FL018S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    German 3 is an elective course for students who have completed German 1 and 2. It is recommended that students with a C or better continue their study in German 3. German 3 is centered on thematic units in which students are exposed to German culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities. Continued exposure to a variety of new and familiar tenses and constructions in this class will help them become more skilled readers, writers, speakers and listeners.
    • Read, listen and watch a variety of German texts, audio selections, and programs about selected relevant topics and current events.
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain conversations on a variety of studied topics.
      Present information about studied topics in writing or in speaking.
    • Research and study selected topics which may include themes related to societal roles, exploration, cuisine, future plans, and the environment in the German-speaking world.
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and cultural products.
    • Develop habits and strategies to be a successful language learner.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT062S/IT063S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    In this course, the second in the Biomedical Sciences Program, students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis.  Students will design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration.  Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases, and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL027S/FL028S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    This class reinforces and expands student knowledge of the Roman world.  Students will increase their understanding of Latin vocabulary and grammar with the goal of reading a variety of Roman authors of both prose and poetry.  Texts become increasingly sophisticated in vocabulary, structure, and depth of meaning.  The strong cultural component of the Latin sequence will continue with an emphasis on elaboration in readings.  Authors may include Caesar, Petronius, Pliny, Tacitus, Catullus, Vergil, Horace, Ovid, Martial, and others.  Students should consult their institution of higher learning for specific requirements.  This course may be eligible for the Advanced Credit Course at St. Louis University, 1818 Program, pending University approval.  Consult your teacher for details.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT060S/IT061S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This course is designed to provide an overview of the Biomedical Sciences Program.  Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes, and an introduction to bioinformatics.  They will also investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholestolemia, and infectious diseases.  Students will use Vernier probes and LabVIEW software to take various heart measurements, including EKG, blood pressure, and heart rate.  Students will also perform DNA gel electrophoresis, Gram stain bacteria, and prepare and present a grant proposal.  A theme through the course is to determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and after determining the factors responsible, students will investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA009S/LA010S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Senior British and World Literature is a college preparatory course featuring an extensive study of short stories, novels, plays, poems, and informational text. First semester will focus on British literature and second semester will focus on world literature. The skills of composition, including vocabulary, are further developed in preparation for college. Students will continue to refine their literary-based research skills. In addition, students will have many opportunities to further develop formal and informal oral communication skills.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA007S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Senior Composition is a writing intensive course intended for the college bound student. Senior Composition focuses on writing a variety of argumentative, informative, and narrative essays, editing skills, grammar and vocabulary concepts, and research techniques. Students are expected to participate in appropriate discussions and present essays for peer evaluation.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL035S/FL036S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    This is an elective course for students who have successfully completed Spanish 1 and 2 and wish to continue their development of communication skills in the Spanish language. Review of Spanish 2 grammatical structures and selected additional material will be covered. Emphasis is placed on the enhancement of speaking and writing in Spanish.
    • Read, listen, watch, and then discuss a variety of authentic texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to the Spanish-speaking world.
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain conversations on a variety of topics.
    • Present information in written and spoken form about selected topics.
    • Independently research and study selected topics.
    • Deepen their understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and cultural products.
    • Implement different language strategies to strengthen their communication skills.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR035S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will develop and use ceramic hand-building methods and decorative surface techniques.  They will create original functional and non-functional pieces.  Students will express themselves through the themes of ceremonial containers, utilitarian art, and representational sculpture.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how ceramic objects have been used in history across many cultures.
    Expected outcomes:
    • Use glaze as a decorative finish.
    • Create footed pinch-formed object that has 1/4" thick walls.
    • Create coil-built vessel that is 8" in any dimension.
    • Create a slab-built form that has beveled joints and welded seams.
    • Analyze artworks to determine how they would be valued according to each aesthetic theory.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR036S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will develop and use ceramic hand-building methods, wheel throwing, and decorative surface techniques.  They will create original functional and non-functional pieces.  Students will express themselves through the themes of ceremonial containers, utilitarian art, and representational sculpture.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how ceramic objects have been used in history across many cultures.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Create a symmetrical bowl with ¼” thick walls, 3” tall, and 5”” wide.
    • Create a symmetrical cylinder with straight walls and is ¼” thick, 3” tall, and 3”wide.
    • Create a symmetrical plate ¼” thick, with surface 5” wide and 1” tall. 
    • Create a trimmed thrown piece.
    • Create a functional artwork that communicates personal ideas and values.

       



    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MU009S/MU010S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description

    Chamber Orchestra builds on the fundamentals taught in middle school orchestra, providing instruction on technical and musicianship skills needed to perform standard string orchestra literature from a broad range of musical styles. Composition, music literacy, and music analysis are important components of the course. Training is provided to prepare students for the advanced ensembles.
    Expected Outcomes: 

    • Refine shifting for defined positions.
    • Perform extended technique related to control of bowing variables (weight, speed, contact point).
    • Apply concepts in independent practice skills.
    • Adjust pitch within the ensemble.
    • Perform with a characteristic tone using an expanded range of dynamics, tempos, and timbre.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC007S/SC008S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Chemistry is the study of matter and chemical reactions between substances. Students will engage in laboratory investigations to explore the structure, properties, and interactions of matter. Students will utilize science and engineering practices to study how energy is transferred and conserved.
    • Plan and conduct investigations collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence and consider limitations on the precision of the data
    • Develop and/or use a model based on evidence to illustrate the relationships between systems or between components of a system
    • Construct and revise an explanation based on valid and reliable evidence obtained from a variety of sources (models, theories, simulations)

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    FC.FC011S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This course prepares students to examine issues that surround parenting.  Units of study include:  responsibilities of parenthood, financial considerations, the reproductive process, sexually transmitted diseases, family planning, birth defects, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum experiences.  Students will also learn about the child’s growth and development during newborn, infancy and toddler stages.  Students are given the opportunity to observe and interact through limited laboratory experiences.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    FC.FC012S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    The Child Development 2 course is structured to help students gain knowledge and experience in working with the preschool child.  Physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of preschoolers will be examined, as well as issues related to the care of young children.  Students in Child Development 2 will spend a portion of their class time working directly with children in the school-based, child care center.
     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS011
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    The Civil War course is designed to provide students an in-depth study of the history leading to the Civil War, the events of the Civil War, and Reconstruction during the period of 1820-1877. Through historical investigation and inquiry, students will analyze the issues and events that faced the nation and led to the conflict. Students will also understand and critique a wide range of military strategies, battles, and leaders from this period in our nation’s history. The course will also address the consequences of the war, the conditions that arose during Reconstruction, and the effects upon the people of the nation.
    Note: The course is designed for students who have an interest in the Civil War but does NOT fulfill or replace the United States History requirement.

  • Course Code
    WL.EL060S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    Over sixty percent of the words in English derive from the classical languages of Latin and Greek.  This course will give students the skills needed to decode those English words by learning the meanings of classical roots, prefixes and suffixes and how words are derived.  Students will also explore major areas of classical influences found in our American culture especially within vocational areas such as health sciences, law, the social sciences, and language arts.  This course is good preparation for ACT/SAT testing.  This course is writing intensive.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.EL005S
    Content Area
    Electives
    Description
    This course is designed for those seniors interested in learning about and performing community service.  Each student will be responsible for researching, selecting, developing, implementing, and assessing a community service project.  Students will research community needs and issues and be required to present the material in a variety of forms.  Written and oral communication will be an integral part of this course.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.SP022S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Competitive Speaking 1 is a performance class which involves the presentation of competitive oral interpretation and speaking events.
    Learner Outcomes:
    • Understand and explain storytelling; prose; poetry, and duet acting.
    • Understand and explain dramatic, duo, humorous, and oral interpretation.
    • Understand and explain original oratory, informative and extemporaneous Speaking. 
    • Understand and explain congressional debate.
    • Perform each of the events in front of an audience.

  • Course Code
    LA.SP023S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Competitive Speaking 2 is a performance class which involves the presentation of competitive oral interpretation and speaking events. This class provides advanced students with an opportunity to expand, develop, and refine their competitive techniques for self-selected events in speech tournaments.
    Learner Outcomes:
    • Learn and apply all NSDA rules pertaining to their self-selected area of study.
    • Self-select, cut, and organize literature selections to meet the NSDA rules for specific events.
    • Research the current NSDA topic(s) associated with their area of study.
    • Be required to participate in local competitive tournaments. 

  • Course Code
    BS.BS012S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Think you know it all?  You will be surprised how much you don’t know about computer applications!  Expand the skills you need to be successful in high school and beyond.  The demand for individuals to use computer hardware and software to create documents, gather information, and solve problems will continue to grow.  This course is designed to help students master skills in the areas of word processing, spreadsheet applications, presentation applications, Internet usage, and integrated software applications.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    CO.CO005S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    In this course students will gain a basic understanding of computer networking through hands-on experience and instruction.  Students will learn and use appropriate terminology, plan, implement and maintain a network.  Topics include cabling, wireless connectivity, network topology, protocols, and server administration.  Students will be working in the Microsoft Windows Server environment

  • Course Code
    MU.MU011S/MU012S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description

    Concert Band is an intermediate level ensemble. The curriculum builds on the fundamentals taught in middle school band by providing instruction on ensemble techniques and skills. Marching Band may be integrated into the band experience as a co-curricular or extracurricular activity.
    Expected Outcomes:

    • Sight-read grade level appropriate band literature in various styles alone and with others.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency on their instrument as it relates to rhythm, note accuracy, articulations, key signatures, time signatures, tempo, precision, and scales/scale patterns.
    • Apply concepts in independent practice skills.  

     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.MU060S/MU061S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This is a large choral ensemble that performs intermediate and advancing literature. Students will display musical understanding through written and performance activities. This ensemble will perform standard 4- part literature for mixed voices [SATB] in a variety of musical styles.
    Expected Outcomes:


    • Demonstrate vocal performance techniques as it relates to posture, breathing, vocal production, tone, diction, articulation.
    • Sight-read grade level appropriate choral literature in various styles alone and with others.
    • Interpret and perform music using expression such as dynamics, phrasing and style.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency as it relates to rhythm, note accuracy, key signatures, time signatures and tempo.









     







    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.MU050S/MU051S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This is a performing orchestra. Further training is
    provided in the technical skills and music
    reading. Advanced string orchestra literature is
    performed. Students will perform music from a broad
    range of musical styles. Training is provided to prepare
    students to perform the more demanding literature
    performed by the Symphonic Orchestra.
    Students are encouraged to participate in appropriate
    enrichment opportunities such as private lessons, All-State
    Orchestra, All-Suburban Honors Orchestra, Solo and
    Ensemble Festival, St. Louis Symphony Community Music
    School Youth Orchestra Program, and other various
    community orchestras.











    Participation in this ensemble includes performing at
    MSHSAA events. Students not meeting MSHSAA eligibility
    requirements will not be permitted to participate in those
    events, and may be responsible for an alternate activity or
    assignment. Attendance at all performances is a course
    requirement.
    Students must provide their own instruments.





  • Course Code
    TE.CMA001S/CMA002S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    NOTE:  Student must also be concurrently enrolled in Geometry-Geometry in Construction course.
    This course is one part of the combined Geometry in Construction course. Through hands-on learning experiences and the building of an actual structure, students will apply geometry concepts to a variety of construction processes in order to see the connection between the two.  Students will gain a hands-on understanding of basic construction methods, construction safety, and the variety of tools needed for different construction tasks.  Through this course, students will be exposed to a variety of construction trades and the skills needed to succeed in the construction industry.  This contextual learning experience allows students to see a variety of geometry concepts used in a real-world setting.  Students will be enrolled in two courses and receive both a CTE and a Geometry credit.

  • Course Code
    MA.MA060S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    Consumer Math is designed to prepare students for life.  Topics include automobile expenses, banking records, credit purchasing, consumable goods, basic investments, housings, earnings, and taxes.  Calculators and software will be used throughout the course.  NOTE: This course will provide credit for high school graduation, but does not meet requirements for college entrance.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS012S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Contemporary Issues is designed to provide students an opportunity to understand and analyze contemporary local, national and international issues in order to become more engaged and informed citizens. Students will gain an understanding of the origins and causes of these issues. Students will critique past and current attempts to resolve them, and propose and debate alternative solutions. Students will also examine how the media and social networks influence our understanding of the world by analyzing a variety of primary and secondary resources. The contemporary issues and events examined will include national and international conflicts, economics, the environment, human rights, world health, and related national and international policies.

  • Course Code
    BS.BS030S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    You’re hired! Do you know what it takes to launch your career? This course will help you develop the qualities and skills necessary for success in the workplace.  Students enhance their technology skills as they develop competencies needed by professionals in a variety of fields.  In addition, this course develops employability skills such as communication, problem-solving, interviewing, presentation and more that is important to college and career success!

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA015S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Creative Writing is an elective course intended to be taken in addition to a core English course. If taken to fulfill the twelfth grade Language Arts credit, this course must be paired with Senior British and World Literature, Senior Composition, or Senior Reader Writer. Creative Writing is an advanced writing course giving students the opportunity to further develop their talent in the areas of personal essay, fiction, poetry, and drama. Students will explore numerous types of genres as they work through the writing process and will be expected to identify their strengths and weaknesses as a writer as well as submit at least one original piece for publication. Students will analyze texts of published authors and use their speaking and listening skills to share their writing.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    FC.FC023S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This is the first course in the ProStart Program, a two-semester based curriculum program that prepares high school students for careers in the restaurant and food service industry.  Students gain valuable restaurant and food service skills through their academic and workplace experiences.  Each point along this path is one step closer to achieving a successful rewarding career in the industry.



    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    FC.FC028S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This is the second course in the ProStart Program, a two-semester based curriculum program that prepares high school students for careers in the restaurant and food service industry.  Students gain valuable restaurant and food service skills through their academic and workplace experiences.  Each point along this path is one step closer to achieving a successful rewarding career in the industry.



    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.SP004S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Debate 1 is a performance class in which students explore the techniques of argumentation and persuasion as they apply to formal debate.
    Learner Outcomes:
    • Understand and explain Lincoln Douglas, Policy, and Public Forum Debate.
    • Research and analyze the current nationally-selected debate topic(s) and prepare arguments for both sides of the issue(s).
    • Participate in class tournaments.

  • Course Code
    LA.SP021S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Debate 2 is a performance class in which students enhance their techniques of research, argumentation and persuasion as they apply to debate. Students will self-select an area of study where they continue to hone their skills for effective competitive participation.
    Learner Outcomes:
    • Learn and apply all NSDA rules pertaining to their self-selected area of study.
    • Research the current NSDA topic(s) associated with their area of study. 
    • Participate in class tournaments 
    • Be required to participate in local competitive tournaments. 

  • Course Code
    BS.MBS00010
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Dive into the digital world. Students will experience a variety of computer programs in this 9 week course. After a brief keyboarding review students will learn how to navigate in both a Microsoft Office and Google environment. Students will create digital presentations while learning basic formatting and design skills. Students will also produce a variety of multimedia products using video, audio and graphic design. The course concludes with project presentations.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.SP204S/SP205S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Digital Media Production allows students to enhance and practice their preparation, delivery, and post-production skills. During the year, students will be responsible for broadcasts and multimedia projects, including but not limited to public service announcements, commercials, documentary pieces, features, podcasts, etc. Digital Media Production may require work outside of the regular class period. Students enrolled in this class will make content, coverage, and design decisions following journalistic standards introduced in the prerequisite course.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT020S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Drafting 1 is an elective course which provides students the opportunity to become familiar with the fundamentals of drafting and the significance it has in our present way of life.  This course allows the student to explore the major areas of machine and architectural drafting.  Areas to be covered include sketching, lettering, mechanical drawing, pictorials, views of objects, and dimensioning.  Drawings will be assigned with emphasis on accuracy, proper line technique, and neatness.  Mechanical drawing and/or CAD will be utilized to complete drawings.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT021S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Drafting 2 is an elective course that is a continuation of concepts learned in Drafting 1.  Areas to be covered include lettering, geometric construction, exploded views, sectional views, auxiliary views, dimensioning, threads and fasteners, pictorials, assembly drawings, and working drawings.
     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR027S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will develop technical skills in the use of drawing media.  They will create original two-dimensional artworks based upon the themes of observation, expressive figure/portrait, architecture, landscape, still life, and personal communication of an idea.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, printmaking, and understand how art is related to history and culture.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Create an artwork that demonstrates the illusion of space through two-point perspective, atmospheric perspective, overlapping and change in size/detail/placement.
    • Create artwork demonstrating a range of values and techniques in a variety of media to create gradated tone.
    • Create an artwork showing the illusion of form using a seven-value range and reflected light.
    • Identify accurate universal human facial and/or figure proportions.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR028S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will develop advanced technical skills in the use of drawing media.  They will create original two-dimensional artworks based upon the themes of perspective from observation, narrative art/historical documentation, reflection and transparency, figure, printmaking techniques, and the development of a thematic idea through a series of related works.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how drawing evolved in the history of art.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Create artwork showing the illusion of form using a ten-value range and reflected light.
    • Create wide range of color intensities using local/actual/real color.
    • Use the illusion of depth as a compositional element for means of communication.
    • Create artwork showing the relationship between the size, shape, and placement of body features exactly match the specific details of an observed model in a foreshortened pose.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    PE.EL020S
    Content Area
    Electives
    Description
    This course is designed to meet the minimum instruction standards of the National Conference on Safety Education as prescribed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which includes sixty hours of classroom instruction. Drive time may be purchased through Community Education. Students will not receive drive time in this course as it is instruction only. This course will assist students in acquiring the knowledge and skill for safe and efficient driving. The purpose of Driver Education is to produce better-driving citizens by developing familiarity with the vehicle’s operation and maintenance; knowledge of traffic laws, signs, and controls; ability to cope with hazardous or emergency situations; and safe driving practices based upon all these, plus the rights of others. Units on emotions, attitudes, drugs, and alcohol will also be covered.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS041S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description

    This course is designed to introduce students to the foundations of economic thought, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and personal finance. Students will analyze how consumer spending and national policy affect the economy. Topics will include supply and demand, market economy, opportunity cost, spending and credit, Federal Reserve, and capitalism as compared to other economic systems. Students will learn savings and investing strategies pertaining to stocks and bonds, mutual funds, 401K’s and other aspects of personal investing. Students will take the MOPFA (Missouri Personal Finance Assessment) as a part of the course requirements.

  • Course Code
    LA.MLA00051/MLA00052
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Academic Stretch is the middle school component of the Rockwood Gifted Program. This component is offered in grades six through eight for students who meet district criteria for the gifted program. Academic Stretch is offered in conjunction with Compacted Language Arts and enables students to engage in interdisciplinary, thematic studies that focus on real-world issues and challenges. These challenges involve advanced-level content and open-ended investigations within the broad areas of change, survival and the nature of systems. Forensics, inventions, natural disasters and the stock market are examples of specific units that are studied. All units in this program are designed to promote active student engagement in learning and developing skills in critical and creative thinking, information processing, problem-solving, communication and leadership. Time management strategies, current events, literature, high-end technology, community resources and service projects are also incorporated into the Academic Stretch curriculum, as are skills and concepts taught in Compacted Challenge Language Arts classes. Literature, current events, high-end technology, community resources, time management skills and community service are also incorporated into the Academic Stretch curriculum.

  • Course Code
    MA.MMA00024/MMA00025
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in Foundations of Algebra.  Students will explore many examples of functions, compare key characteristics of these functions, and translate between graphical, numerical and symbolic representations of them.  They will create and solve equations and inequalities, and systems of equations involving linear and quadratic expressions, extend the laws of exponents to rational exponents and compare/contrast linear and exponential functions.  Students will use regression techniques to describe linear relationships between quantities and use technology as an instructional tool throughout the course as they explore and make sense of problems in real-world context. 
    A grade of “A” or “B” is recommended for students who wish to proceed to Honors Geometry.  Students taking this course should be highly motivated, goal-oriented, and willing to devote an appropriate amount of time to mathematics.


  • Course Code
    AR.MAR00013/MAR00014
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Art Fundamentals is for all students who want to pursue an interest or future career in visual arts.  Students will create original artwork in realistic, abstract, and nonobjective styles.  Inspired by observation and imagination, they will express themselves through the themes of still life, landscape and portrait.  They will learn about and use drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media techniques to create two- and three-dimensional artworks.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture.  This class prepares a student for success in, and is a prerequisite for, Level 1 high school visual arts courses:  Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture.  A grade of C or better in Art Fundamentals is strongly recommended to continue on to these level 1 courses.

  • Course Code
    AR.MAR00011
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will create original, two- and three-dimensional art based upon observation, landscape, still life, the human figure, and contemporary visual culture.  They will learn and use drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture techniques to experiment with realistic and abstract art.  Students will be inspired by realistic and abstract art.  They will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how design is related to history and culture.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    TE.MIT00020
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Automation and robotics is changing the way the world works. In this course, students will follow the design process as they create solutions to solve problems using robotics and automation. Throughout this course, students will be working collaboratively to build mechanisms and program motors and sensors to create automated systems.

  • Course Code
    LA.MLA00033/MLA00034
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    The Challenge curriculum is designed to meet the needs of those students with strong reading, writing and organizational skills.  It is recommended that students read independently at ninth grade reading level or higher.  The curriculum will emphasize reading, writing, information literacy and listening and speaking skills.  Students will use metacognitive and active reading strategies to comprehend increasingly more complex material, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.  Students will use the writing process in order to create effective paragraphs and multi-paragraph pieces.  Emphasis will be placed on the Six Traits of Quality Writing.  Vocabulary instruction and word awareness will be embedded in the reading and writing processes.  Students will further develop media literary skills, use of the research process and their ability to evaluate both the relevance and reliability of information gathered.  Formal and informal speaking and discussion opportunities will be further promoted, as will listening for information.  Students will be expected to apply these skills in preparation for future years of study. 

  • Course Code
    SC.MSC00025/MSC00026
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Challenge Physical Science is a rigorous inquiry-based study of physical science. Students will analyze the properties of changes in matter, forms of energy, and interactions of forces. Students will inquire about how forces affect the position and motion of an object by exploring Newton’s Laws of motion and how machines affect the work done.  Students will analyze various forms of energy as well as evaluate the properties of matter, atoms, the periodic table, conservation of matter, and kinetic theory of matter.
     
    Students will be expected to work more independently, with increased rigor, and be able to analyze more complex multidimensional information as well as apply advanced math, literacy and technological skills.  Students will be required to solve numerical problems based upon algebraic equations within each unit of study. Complete intensive reading and writing assignments, and in-depth individual collaborative projects utilizing research, graphical analysis, inquiry, analysis, and synthesis.​​​​












    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.MSS00017/MSS00018
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Challenge United States History examines the early origins and history of the United States from exploration through Reconstruction. Students will engage in an in-depth analysis of critical historical documents and artifacts in order to build an understanding of the development of our nation, including our government. By utilizing a variety of primary and secondary sources, students will develop and apply social science inquiry and process skills to understand historical and contemporary issues, solve problems, make educated decisions and take informed action. Students will demonstrate their understanding by developing social studies writing skills and effectively communicating the results of their learning. This new understanding of our nation's history will prepare students to be informed and engaged citizens.

  • Course Code
    LA.MLA00049/MLA00050
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Eighth Grade Compacted Challenge Language Arts is scheduled in conjunction with Academic Stretch. As such it meets on alternating school days and is only offered to students identified as gifted. Because less time is available to cover compacted challenge language arts objectives, the pace of instruction in Compacted Challenge Language Arts is accelerated. It is therefore highly recommended that entering students have advanced writing skills and read at or above the 9th grade reading level. Students will use metacognitive and active reading strategies to comprehend increasingly complex material, including fiction and non-fiction; students will read and analyze a variety of advanced-level materials, including fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry. Students will use the writing process in order to create well-developed paragraphs and multi-paragraph pieces. Emphasis will be placed on the Six Traits of Quality Writing. Vocabulary and word awareness will be taught through word stems and the reading and writing processes. Students will further develop media literary skills, use of the research process and their ability to evaluate both the relevance and reliability of information gathered. Formal and informal speaking and discussion opportunities will be further promoted, as will listening for information. Students will be expected to apply these skills in preparation for future years of study.

  • Course Code
    TE.MIT00023
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Computer science is a growing, high-demand field. In this course, students will be introduced to a variety of core programming skills. Using a collaborative design process, students will apply these programming skills to create their own apps and games.

  • Course Code
    MU.MMU00033/MMU00034
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Concert Band is a student’s third year of instruction in the Rockwood Band Program. Students who do not take beginning or cadet band must demonstrate their competency in an audition for the instructor to participate in band during 8th grade year. This course is designed for students interested in continuing their music education on an instrument with a focus on ensemble skills or development and independent musicianship. Attendance at all performances is required and part of the class grade as covered in the Rockwood School District Concert Performance Expectations document.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MMU00039/MMU00040
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This is a performance oriented course.  Training is provided in technical skills, music reading, and in the performance of a broad range of musical styles.  More advanced orchestral literature is performed.  Students are prepared for the demands of the literature that will be performed in the high school orchestra.  Attendance at all performances is required and part of the class grade as covered in the Rockwood School District Attendance Procedure for Secondary Music Programs.
    Students are encouraged to participate in appropriate enrichment opportunities, such as private lessons, All-Suburban Honors Orchestra, All-District Honor Orchestra, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and the Community Music School at Webster University Youth Orchestra.
    Students must provide their own instrument, book, and supplies.



    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.MAR00012
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will learn about and use techniques of mixed media, ceramics, computer design, and book-making to create political art, game design, architecture and illustrated manuscripts.  They will create original two- and three-dimensional artworks.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is applied to serve various purposes in society.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.MLA00027/MLA00028
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    The Eighth Grade Language Arts block will continue to develop reading, writing, information literacy and listening and speaking skills.  Students will use reading strategies to comprehend increasingly more complex material.  Students will use the writing process in order to create effective paragraphs and multi-paragraph pieces.  Emphasis will be placed on the Six Traits of Quality Writing.  Vocabulary instruction and word awareness will be embedded in the reading and writing processes.  Students will further develop media literary skills, use of the research process and their ability to evaluate both the relevance and reliability of information gathered.  Speaking and discussion will be further promoted as will listening for information.  Students will be expected to apply these skills in preparation for future years of study.

  • Course Code
    FC.MFC00013
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Life Skills I will explore food preparation techniques and the science behind the recipe.  Essential skills include kitchen safety and sanitation, measuring techniques, cooking terminology, kitchen equipment, and reading a recipe.  Discovering how ingredients interact to impact the final product will enhance cooking lab experiences. A sewing project  that reflects personal interest and ability will be completed. Hand and machine sewing will be explored during construction of the project. As part of the sewing unit, students will learn to select and care for clothing. Interior Design will be explored through a hands on project, incorporating the basic elements of design.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    FC.MFC00015
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This course is an extension of Life Skills, in which students are expected to apply the 7th grade Life Skills 1 (prerequisite) curriculum in order to improve their skills in food preparation and sewing.  Food Safety is emphasized and recipes will be more complex. Life Skills 2 integrates a variety of curricular areas such as math, science, health and artistic design. As part of the sewing unit, students will complete an intermediate project to further develop their sewing skills. A child development unit will introduce how children birth to 5 years, learn through play.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.MFL00012/MFL00013
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    8th grade French 1 is a year long class equivalent to the 2nd semester of French 1 at high school. The course is centered around thematic units in which students are exposed to French culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities.
    Read, listen and watch a variety of French texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to food, family, travel, daily routines, entertainment and life in the Francophone world
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain short conversations on a variety topics
    • Present information in writing or by speaking
    • Research and study food, family, travel, daily routines entertainment and life in the Francophone world
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and products
    • Develop the habits and strategies of a successful language learner

  • Course Code
    WL.MFL00022/MFL00023
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    8th grade German 1 is a year long class equivalent to the 2nd semester of German 1 at high school. The course is centered around thematic units in which students are exposed to German culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities.
    • Read, listen and watch a variety of German texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to food, family, travel, daily routines, entertainment and life in the German-speaking world
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain short conversations on a variety topics
    • Present information in writing or by speaking
    • Research and study food, family, travel, daily routines entertainment and life in the German-speaking world
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and products
    • Develop the habits and strategies of a successful language learner



  • Course Code
    MA.MMA00028/MMA00029
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    This course is a rigorous proof-based course designed to develop spatial concepts and insight into geometric relationships. A precise mathematical language is developed with an emphasis on reading and real-life problem solving. Transformations on the coordinate plane provide opportunities for the formal study of congruence and similarity. The study of similarity leads to right triangle trigonometry and connects to quadratics and circles through Pythagorean relationships. The study of circles uses similarity and congruence to develop basic theorems related to circles and lines. The link between probability and data is explored through conditional probability. All units in this course will tie together geometric and previous advanced algebraic content knowledge such as systems of equations, factoring and solving quadratic equations. Advanced proofs are integrated throughout the course and will allow students to experience Geometry as a useful and logical subject.

  • Course Code
    IT.MIT00006
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This is a hands-on activity class, which provides students an opportunity to create, construct and build projects.  This course will include the safe, proper use of various tools and machines, wood identification and purchasing, design concepts, problem solving, as well as the correct procedures and measurements for the fabrication and completion of products.  Students will use hand and power tools to complete designed products.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MMU00027/MMU00028
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Mixed Choir is a full year performance course designed to reinforce fundamentals of music and the skills required for effective ensemble singing.  Students will rehearse and perform level-appropriate two-, three-, and four- part choral literature.  In this class, students are prepared for the demands of the literature performed at the high school level.  Attendance at scheduled performances is mandatory and a part of required class work as covered in the Rockwood School District Attendance Procedure for Secondary Music Programs.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    PE.MPE00008/MPE00009
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    Physical Education/Health in the Eighth Grade will provide students the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of fundamental movement skills while participating in various games, team and individual/lifetime sports, as well as team building activities.  Primary focus will be on skill development and application in individual/lifetime sports.  Character education traits will be incorporated throughout the class.  Physical fitness will be emphasized through the teaching of the principles of health and skill-related fitness.  Health topics will be integrated throughout the course and will include nutrition, the muscular-skeletal system, sexual abstinence, stress management, conflict resolutions and violence prevention, and illegal drug use and abuse.

  • Course Code
    SC.MSC00023/MSC00024
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Eighth grade Science is a guided inquiry-based study of physics and chemistry. Students will analyze the properties of changes in matter, forms of energy, and interactions of forces. Students will inquire about how forces affect the position and motion of an object by exploring Newton's Laws of motion and how machines affect the work done. Students will investigate various forms of energy as well as exploring the properties of matter, atomic theory, development of the periodic table, conservation of matter, and kinetic theory. The guided exploration of the scientific and engineering practices through hands-on learning is embedded in all units of study.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.MFL00032/MFL00033
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    8th grade Spanish 1 is a year long class equivalent to the 2nd semester of Spanish 1 at high school. The course is centered around thematic units in which students are exposed to Spanish culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities.
    • Read, listen and watch a variety of Spanish texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to food, family, travel, daily routines, entertainment and life in the Spanish-speaking world
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain short conversations on a variety topics
    • Present information in writing or by speaking
    • Research and study food, family, travel, daily routines entertainment and life in the Spanish-speaking world
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and products
    • Develop the habits and strategies of a successful language learner

  • Course Code
    DR.MDR00002
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    In Theatre Arts, students explore all aspects of theatre including acting, design and stagecraft.  Students learn basic acting skills through activities such as improvisation, monologue, and scene work.  All students participate in class performances.  Students have the opportunity to explore technical theatre and design through projects and demonstrations.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.MDR00004
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Through activities involving movement, improv, script writing, filmmaking, technical design, scene work, voice, and performance, students will expand their knowledge of theatre and acting. Using their imaginations to make artistic choices, students will develop strategies to collaborate, memorize, empathize and problem solve. Evaluations are based primarily on performances/projects.

  • Course Code
    AR.MDR00002
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Through activities involving movement, improv, script writing, scene work, filmmaking, voice, and performance, students will learn to develop their knowledge of theatre and acting. Using their imaginations to make artistic choices, students will develop strategies to collaborate, memorize, empathize and problem solve. Evaluations are based primarily on performances/projects.

  • Course Code
    MU.MMU00021/MMU00022
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Treble Choir is a full year performance course for treble voices designed to reinforce fundamentals of music and the skills required for effective ensemble singing.  Students will rehearse and perform level-appropriate two-, three- and four- part choral literature.  In this class, students are preparing for the demands of the literature performed at the high school level.  Attendance at scheduled performances is mandatory and a part of required class work as covered in the Rockwood School District Attendance Procedure for Secondary Music Programs.

  • Course Code
    SS.MSS00015/MSS00016
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    United States History examines the early origins and history of the United States from exploration through Reconstruction. By utilizing a variety of primary and secondary sources, students will develop and apply social science inquiry and process skills to understand historical and contemporary issues, solve problems, make educated decisions and take informed action. Students will demonstrate their understanding by developing social studies writing skills and will be able to effectively communicate the results of their learning. This new understanding of our nation's history will prepare students to be informed and engaged citizens.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA029S/LA030S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Eleventh Grade Language Arts continues to expand and reinforce the student’s skills of analysis and evaluation of literature, writing, vocabulary, research, and speaking and listening. Through reading fiction, information text, drama, and poetry, the student will examine the changing nature of the American Dream and how it pervades American literature. Key writing concepts include thorough knowledge of the writing process, organizational structure, modes of discourse, and grammatical conventions. Students will use literary criticism to write argumentative essays. In addition, students will complete narrative and informative pieces. Students will continue to develop oral communication skills through formal and informal presentations.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.MEL00002
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    The ESOL program focuses on understanding of social and academic language to promote competency in school and community settings through individualized instruction and support.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.SE000013
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    The ESOL program focuses on understanding of social and academic language to promote competency in school and community settings through individualized instruction and support.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.EL095S/EL096S
    Content Area
    Electives
    Description
    This course is designed to assist ELL students who are, due to a language barrier or lack of prior school opportunities, functioning at a level below that which is required prior to enrolling in Rockwood School District.
    The English as a Second Language (ESL) Curriculum builds a strong foundation and understanding of the basics of the English language, with an emphasis on skill development.  Students are provided with opportunities to acquire both social and academic language that will allow them to be successful in and beyond the classroom.
    There are two instructional strands in the course; the first encompasses social and intercultural interaction along with the language associated with classroom instruction.  The second targets the unique contextual use of language in the content areas.  Instructional strands are closely aligned to the Rockwood High School Course curricula.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    TE.BS047S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Develop your entrepreneurial mindset and design thinking skills. Learn how to bring a product or service innovation to a market. Craft a business model to successfully launch your new business. Think you have what it takes?
    • Students will collaborate with others to broaden perspectives and enrich learning
    • Students will implement the design thinking process to problem solve.
    • Students will develop a plan to create a business venture.
    • Students will learn how to bring a product or service innovation to a market

  • Course Code
    SC.SC120S/SC121S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Environmental Science emphasizes the relationship of plants and animals to each other and to their environment. Students will use techniques of the naturalist and field biologist to study environmental problems.
    • Investigate issues related to how the availability and use of natural resources influences human activity
      Collect, observe, and census information to design or refine solutions to a complex real-world problems
    • Evaluate competing design solutions to real-world problems based on scientific ideas and principles and empirical evidence
    • Analyze complex real-world problems by specifying criteria and constraints for successful solutions

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    FC.FC014S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Family Relations focuses on the family as a system for developing meaningful relationships that can provide feelings of trust and well-being. This course highlights the rights and responsibilities of partners as well as the kinship bonds with other family members, who are at different developmental levels and whose fates are interdependent.  Students of Family Relations are interested in how families change over time and will study the pattern of change in family structure, roles and adaptation to life’s stresses.
     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    FC.FC025S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Fashion Design students will learn the dynamics of the fashion industry including a study of designers and historical clothing, design and apparel production, and careers and merchandising trends.  Students will develop an original fashion project through design inspiration and sketches.  Individual projects related to fashion design, construction, and marketing are completed.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    TE.FC056S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Fashion Fundamentals 1 involves students in critical thinking through fashion, consumer awareness, basic sewing techniques, career exploration, clothing care and maintenance. The skills developed through project based learning can be utilized for practical purposes and applied to many careers. Suggested follow-up courses: Fashion Fundamentals 2 or Fashion Design and Merchandising.

  • Course Code
    TE.FC057S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Fashion Fundamentals 2 is designed for the student who has a strong interest in fashion construction or textiles. Students will study textiles, pattern selection, fashion related careers and sew using advanced construction techniques.  The skills developed through project based learning can be utilized for practical purposes and applied to many careers. Suggested follow-up course: Creative Fashion or Fashion Design and Merchandising.

  • Course Code
    AR.SGRD00025
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Fifth grade art students will continue to examine a higher level of complexity of the elements of art. Students will study architectural styles and create an original building. Students will express themselves in the themes of patriotism and other points of view.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.GRDLA005
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Fifth grade English Language Arts instruction includes reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Fifth graders will become more fluent readers while using word analysis skills.  They will apply comprehension strategies to develop a deeper understanding of fiction and informational text.  Students will write opinion, narrative, and informative pieces using appropriate grammar and spelling skills.  Instruction may be in small groups, whole group, and/or individually, depending on the needs of the students. 

  • Course Code
    MA.GRDMA105
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    Fifth-grade instruction includes numbers in base ten, numbers and operations in fractions, relationships and algebraic thinking, geometry and measurement, and data and statistics.

  • Course Code
    MU.SGRDOR05
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This is an elective course offered to all fifth grade students who participated in fourth grade orchestra. Students meet for 30 minutes twice a week. Students will continue instruction on the violin, viola, and cello from fourth grade. This will be the first year of instruction on bass for students. Standard note-reading skills are taught through the use of an orchestra method book as well as supplemental materials.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    PE.SGRDPE26
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    The Fifth Grade Health/Physical Education curriculum is based on sequential and developmentally appropriate activities selected by the teachers from the suggested facilitating activities. The teachers will focus on and are not limited to, locomotor (combining two or more) and non-locomotor skills, body in space, manipulative skills (passing, throwing, catching), health and skill related fitness, aerobic and anaerobic, parts of a workout, benefits of being fit, heart rate, decision making, problem solving, risk taking, goal setting, sportsmanship, safety, personal health, nutrition, growth and development and DARE.

  • Course Code
    SC.GRDSC105
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Fifth grade students focus on connecting matter and energy flows and cycles to their effect on systems of different scales. Students develop concrete foundational knowledge regarding earth, space, ecological, physical, and technological systems. Students explore cycles of the Earth, moon, and sun. Students consider how matter and energy cycle between all the systems on Earth and how matter is cycled through an ecosystem. Students develop a conceptual definition of energy and begin to conceptualize that all matter has energy as they explore electricity.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.GRDSS005
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Fifth Grade Social Studies curriculum is focused on United States history from the early exploration of the Americas to the Civil War. The course will also examine the relationships among geography, government, economic, and cultural concepts as they related to United States history.





    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.SGRD00027
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This course will focus on exploring the musical processes of Creating, Performing, and Responding, while forming connections within arts and non-arts disciplines. Students will develop the skills necessary to experience music as a performer and consumer, thus encouraging a lifelong appreciate of music.

  • Course Code
    MA.MA016S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    This course is designed for college-bound students.  The topics include probability, graph theory, matrices, linear programming, finance, and counting principles.  The use of graphing calculators is incorporated throughout the course.

  • Course Code
    PE.EL004S
    Content Area
    Electives
    Description
    This course is the American Red Cross, First Aid/Responding to Emergencies curriculum.  This course is for students interested in beginning first-aid care.  The course includes an emphasis on prevention of injuries and illness with a focus on personal safety.  The course provides possible certification in Responding to Emergencies, which includes First Aid and Community CPR, to act as the first link in the emergency medical system.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.GRD00013
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    First grade art students focus on the basic elements of line, shapes, form, texture, color and value. Students learn to model with clay, practice painting techniques, design wearable art, learn a monoprint process, and create a still-life through observation.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.GRDLA001
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    First grade English Language Arts instruction builds the foundation for students to read, write, listen, and speak effectively. First graders will become more fluent readers by increasing knowledge of high frequency words, applying phonics, and demonstrating strategies to solve words. Students will build on their communications skills when listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will apply comprehension strategies to develop a deeper understanding of fiction and informational text.  Students will write opinion, narrative, and informative pieces.  Instruction may be in small groups, whole group, and/or individually, depending on the needs of the students.

  • Course Code
    MA.GRDMA101
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    First grade students will flexibly work with numbers to build their number sense.  Students build confidence and fluency working with numbers to 20 using a variety of strategies.  Students will count, add, and subtract numbers to 120.  Students will continue to apply learned strategies when solving real-world problems.  Students will understand and apply measurement, money, time, and data skills to deepen their understanding of mathematics.

  • Course Code
    PE.GRD00014
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    The First Grade Health/Physical Education curriculum is based on sequential and developmentally appropriate activities selected by the teachers from the suggested facilitating activities. The teachers will focus on and are not limited to, locomotor (combining two or more) and non-locomotor skills, general space awareness, manipulative skills (passing, throwing, catching), health related fitness, parts of a workout, heart rate, decision making, problem solving, risk taking, goal setting,  safety, sportsmanship,  personal health and nutrition.

  • Course Code
    SC.GRDSC101
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    First grade students focus on using patterns as a means to identify cause and effect relationships. Students consider the effect structure has on survival; as well as patterns in the night sky. Students use this information as they explore how cause and effect relationships affect stability and change within systems.  Exploration of pushes and pulls as they explore forces extend the cause and effect and stability concepts.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.GRDSS001
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    First Grade Social Studies is focused on developing first graders’ understanding of the strands of social studies. The curriculum encourages students to apply the democratic process in the community and use basic map and globe skills. It develops historical and cultural awareness through historical figures, symbols, traditions and celebrations, along with basic economic concepts.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.GRD00015
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This course will focus on exploring the musical processes of Creating, Performing, and Responding, while forming connections within arts and non-arts disciplines. Students will develop the skills necessary to experience music as a performer and consumer, thus encouraging a lifelong appreciation of music.

  • Course Code
    TE.FC052S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Food fundamentals is an introductory food exploration course that incorporates food preparation, meal planning and nutrition. This course is a prerequisite for concepts taught in Baking and Pastry and Regional and World Cuisine.

  • Course Code
    TE.FC053S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Food science is the study of producing, processing, preparing, evaluating, and using food.  Research in food science leads to new discoveries every day.  Students in this course will have an opportunity to explore the field science and discover related careers.  Students will actively participate in experiments related to the fundamentals of chemistry and nutrition.  This course will assist students in making science relevant to the real-world.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC104S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Forensic Science is an introductory study in forensics that applies concepts from life, Earth, and physical sciences. Students will learn and apply scientific investigative techniques in body decomposition and entomology, hair and fiber analysis, fingerprinting, blood spatter, and DNA evidence.
    • Investigate crime scenes carefully, systematically, and scientifically by asking questions that arise from careful observation of evidence to clarify and/or seek additional information
    • Engage in argumentation by using appropriate and sufficient evidence and scientific reasoning to develop, defend and critique claims and explanations about a case
    • Process and analyze crime science evidence using various techniques to identify or exclude individuals involved in a crime















  • Course Code
    AR.SGRD00022
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Fourth grade art students will continue to examine a higher level of complexity of the elements of art. Graphic art as a functional art will be explored. Students will apply their knowledge of elements and principles of art by drawing, painting, weaving and sculpting.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.GRDLA004
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Fourth grade English Language Arts instruction includes reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Fourth graders will become more fluent readers while using word analysis skills.  They will apply comprehension strategies to develop a deeper understanding of fiction and informational text.  Students will write opinion, narrative, and informative pieces using appropriate grammar and spelling skills.   Instruction may be in small groups, whole group, and/or individually, depending on the needs of the students.

  • Course Code
    MA.GRDMA104
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    Fourth-grade instruction includes numbers in base ten, numbers and operations in fractions, relationships and algebraic thinking, geometry and measurement, and data and statistics.

  • Course Code
    MU.SGRDOR04
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This is an elective course offered to all fourth grade students. Students meet for 30 minutes twice a week in low string (cello) and high string (violin/viola) groups if possible. The students may choose from violin, viola, and cello. Standard note-reading skills are taught through the use of a strings method book as well as supplemental materials.











    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    PE.SGRDPE23
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    The Fourth Grade Health/Physical Education curriculum is based on sequential and developmentally appropriate activities selected by the teachers from the suggested facilitating activities. The teachers will focus on and are not limited to, locomotor (combining two or more) and non-locomotor skills, body in space, manipulative skills (passing, throwing, catching), health and skill related fitness, aerobic and anaerobic, parts of a workout, benefits of being fit, heart rate, decision making, problem solving, risk taking, goal setting, sportsmanship, safety and first aid, disease prevention, and growth and development.

  • Course Code
    SC.GRDSC104
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Fourth grade students focus on the effects of how matter and energy flows and cycles in the natural and designed world. Students investigate the effect of contact and non-contact forces on the motion of objects. Students continue to explore systems conceptually in preparation for fifth grade where a more explicit understanding of systems is expected. Students develop a conceptual definition of energy and begin to conceptualize that all matter has energy. Students explore how energy flows and cycles and they use that knowledge to demonstrate understanding of erosion, and weathering.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.GRDSS004
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Fourth Grade Social Studies curriculum focuses on the five themes of geography (human/environmental interaction, movement, location, place, and region) and the role of Missouri in the development of our country. Students will be introduced to Missouri government, history, and the responsibilities of Missouri citizens. The course will also integrate the use of geographic tools and basic economic concepts.





    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.SGRD00024
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This course will focus on exploring the musical processes of Creating, Performing, and Responding, while forming connections within arts and non-arts disciplines. Students will develop the skills necessary to experience music as a performer and consumer, thus encouraging a lifelong appreciation of music.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL001S/FL002S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    French 1 is an elective course for students who plan to study two or more years of a World Language. The course is centered around thematic units in which students are exposed to French culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities.

    Read, listen and watch a variety of French texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to food, family, travel, daily routines, entertainment and life in the Francophone world
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain short conversations on a variety topics
    • Present information in writing or by speaking
    • Research and study food, family, travel, daily routines entertainment and life in the Francophone world
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and products
    • Develop the habits and strategies of a successful language learner



  • Course Code
    WL.FL003S/FL004S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    French 2 is an elective course for students who completed French 1. French 2 is centered on thematic units in which students are exposed to French culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities. Students will be exposed to a variety of new tenses and constructions in this class that will help them become more skilled readers, writers, speakers and listeners. Read, listen and watch a variety of French texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to modern communication and social media, mental and physical health, travel, and the Francophone world.
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain conversations on a variety of studied topics.
    • Present information about studied topics in writing or in speaking.
    • Research and study selected topics related to modern communication and social media, mental and physical health, travel, and the Francophone world.
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and cultural products.
    • Develop habits and strategies to be a successful language learner.



  • Course Code
    GU.EL080S
    Content Area
    Electives
    Description
    Freshman Seminar is a one-semester, elective course that offers ninth graders some important keys to high school success. This pass/fail course will offer students instruction in study skills, organization strategies, goal setting and time management techniques. It will introduce freshmen to the culture of their specific high school, focusing on the traditions, activities, and services available. Students will work on high school planning, and explore post-secondary career options. Students will have one-on-one conference time with the teacher throughout the semester.

  • Course Code
    CO.CO020S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This course is for the beginning programming student.  Programming skills will be taught through Mobile App and Game development. Students will learn basic programming structures such as if-statements, loops, variables and operators.  Topics include game design with VB.NET and Mobile App development with App Inventor.

  • Course Code
    MA.MA017S/MA018S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend students’ geometric experiences from the earlier grades. Students will explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments.  They will prove theorems and solve problems about triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons; establish triangle congruence criteria based on analyses of rigid motions and formal constructions; apply similarity in right triangles to understand right triangle trigonometry; and use a rectangular coordinate system to verify geometric relationships. They will extend their knowledge of two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects to include informal explanations of circumference, area and volume formulas and consider the shapes of cross-sections.  Students will prove basic theorems about circles, and create and graph the equation of a circle.  They will use the languages of set theory to expand their ability to compute and interpret theoretical and experimental probabilities.

  • Course Code
    MA.MAC017S/MAC018S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    This course is one part of the combined Geometry in Construction course.  Students are engaged in exploring complex geometric situations and deepening their understanding of geometric relationships in the context of a construction project.  They will prove theorems and solve problems about triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons; establish triangle congruence criteria based on analyses of rigid motions and formal constructions; apply similarity in right triangles to understand right triangle trigonometry; and use a rectangular coordinate system to verify geometric relationships.  They will extend their knowledge of two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects to include informal explanations of circumference, area and volume formulas and consider the shapes of cross-sections.  Students will prove basic theorems about circles, and create and graph the equation of a circle.  They will use the languages of set theory to expand their ability to compute and interpret theoretical and experimental probabilities.  This contextual learning experience allows students to see a variety of geometry concepts used in a real-world setting.  Students will be enrolled in two courses and receive both a Geometry and a CTE credit.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC011S/SC012S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Geoscience involves the study of geologic principles which act upon the Earth to produce our physical world. Students will investigate rocks and minerals, fossils, astronomy, and meteorology through the use of science and engineering practices.
    • Analyze data using tools, technologies, and/or models in order to make valid and reliable scientific claims
    • Develop models based on evidence to illustrate the relationships between systems or between components of systems
    • Evaluate evidence, collected from field studies, behind currently accepted explanations or solutions to determine the merits of arguments

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL013S/FL014S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    German 1 is an elective course for students who plan to study two or more years of a World Language. The course is centered around thematic units in which students are exposed to German culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities.
    • Read, listen and watch a variety of German texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to food, family, travel, daily routines, entertainment and life in the German-speaking world
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain short conversations on a variety topics
    • Present information in writing or by speaking
    • Research and study food, family, travel, daily routines entertainment and life in the German-speaking world
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and products
    • Develop the habits and strategies of a successful language learner













  • Course Code
    WL.FL015S/FL016S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    German 2 is an elective course for students who completed German 1. German 2 is centered on thematic units in which students are exposed to German culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities. Students will be exposed to a variety of new tenses and constructions in this class that will help them become more skilled readers, writers, speakers and listeners.
    • Read, listen and watch a variety of German texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to modern communication and social media, mental and physical health, travel, and the German-speaking world.
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain conversations on a variety of studied topics.
    • Present information about studied topics in writing or in speaking.
    • Research and study selected topics related to modern communication and social media, mental and physical health, travel, and the German-speaking world.
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and cultural products.
    • Develop habits and strategies to be a successful language learner.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR033S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will explore visual communication as it applies to commercial art careers. They will create original posters, designs for magazines or books, illustrations, and communicate identity through logo designs. Students will use technical skills of traditional drawing and painting in programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator computer software programs.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand the evolution of letterforms and origins of graphic design in the history of art.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Create artwork using typographic sign.
    • Create artwork using a symbol or implied shape as a brand-mark.
    • Create artwork using Adobe Photoshop toolbar, layers panels, Color panels, and file saving formats.
    • Create artwork using Adobe Illustrator toolbar and Color panel.
    • Create an original artwork that communicates social commentary to a mass audience.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR034S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description

    Students will develop advanced technical skill in the use of traditional media, mixed media, and Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Flash Macromedia and InDesign software programs.  They will create original designs targeted for a mass audience.  Students will communicate ideas through the themes of metaphors, instructional or informational illustration, advertising campaign, motion graphics, and environmental or package design (three-dimensional).  Students will analyze and critique design products, discuss aesthetic issues, and relate graphic works to the historical periods in which they were created.
    Expected Outcomes:

    • Demonstrates proficiency using layers, masking, type effects and pen tool in Photoshop.
    • Demonstrates proficiency using shape builder techniques, pen tool and layers in Illustrator.
    • Demonstrates proficiency using masterpages, guides, imported text, images, flowing text and text wrapped around images in InDesign.
    • Create graphic artwork in which you use more than one platform (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Flash)
    • Create an identity system for a product, company, or theme such as: logos, brochures, package design, point-of-purchase, and/or trade-show booth graphics.
       
     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    BS.BS034S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Students develop proficiency in using the latest graphic arts and desktop publishing software to create a variety of business publications such as flyers, brochures, newsletters, etc.  This area of instruction provides content for employment in career areas which include graphic arts and publishing skills.  Demand in this area will continue to expand as businesses utilize advanced graphic arts skills to increase their production efficiency and improve the creativity and quality of business documents and publications.  Products created in this course could be included in a professional portfolio.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MU003S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This class is an introductory course for  students who wish to learn guitar. No previous experience playing guitar necessary. Fundamentals of standard music notation, chords, tablature and improvisation will be covered.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Perform musical selections reading containing notes of 1st position.
    • Perform chord progressions.
    • Create an original 8 measure improvised solo using a pentatonic scale pattern.
    • Create a simple bass line by decoding chord symbols on a lead sheet.
    • Define the characteristics of a good song and defend an example.

     

     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MU004S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This class is designed for students who wish to further their guitar skills. Instruction will include pick style and finger style playing. Students will expand chord knowledge and further develop music reading skills.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Students will explore note reading and performance on the entire neck.
    • Students will perform compositions using open chords from Guitar 1, power chords and barre chords.
    • Students will improvise an 8-16 solo using 2 pentatonic scale patterns.



    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.MU070S/MU071S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Guitar Ensemble is a year-long course designed to further guitar skills. Students will explore advanced chord shapes and position playing as well as composition and production using modern technology.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Students will write an original song in a folk/rock/pop style.  The song will include melody, rhythm, bass line and drums.
    • Students will solo over complex chord progressions using knowledge of scale patterns and chord shapes.
    • Students will perform musical selections with varying chord structures up the neck of the guitar. 3 string jazz voicings, E form and A form.
    • Students will perform intermediate to advanced literature alone and in a group.







  • Course Code
    PE.HE001S
    Content Area
    Electives
    Description
    The focus of this class will be on the Missouri Health/Physical Education Standards.  It will include:  structures of, functions of and relationships among human body systems; principles and practices of physical, mental, social, and emotional health (such as, but not limited to, personal health habits, nutrition, stress management); diseases and methods for prevention, treatment and control; methods used to assess health, reduce risk factors, and avoid high risk behaviors (such as violence, tobacco, alcohol and other drug use); consumer health issues (such as the effects of mass media and technologies on safety and health); and responses to emergency situations.
    In this course, students will receive at least 30 minutes of CPR instruction and training in the proper performance of the Heimlich and/or other first aid choking maneuvers.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC063S/SC064S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Honors Biology is an accelerated study of the living world. Students will engage in inquiry-based investigations to explore how organisms live and grow and how they interact with their environment. Students will utilize science and engineering practices to study how characteristics of one generation are passed to the next and to explain how different species are related.
    • Analyze complex real-world problems by specifying criteria and constraints for successful solutions
    • Develop, use, and revise models to explain scientific phenomena
    • Apply scientific reasoning, theory, and/or models to link evidence to the claims to assess the extent to which the reasoning and data support the explanation or conclusion

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC100S/SC101S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description

    Honors Chemistry is comprehensive and accelerated study of matter and chemical reactions between substances. Students will engage in laboratory investigations to explore the structure, properties, and interactions of matter. Students will utilize science and engineering practices to study how energy is transferred and conserved. Students will investigate the relationship between heat, enthalpy, and energy to calculate the energy associated with thermochemical equations.

    • Plan and conduct an investigations individually and collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence and consider limitations on the precision of the data to refine the design accordingly
    • Develop, revise, and/or use a model based on evidence to illustrate and/or predict the relationships between systems or between components of a system
    • Construct and revise an explanation based on valid and reliable evidence obtained from a variety of sources (including students’ own investigations, models, theories, simulations, peer review) and the assumption that theories and laws that describe how natural world operates

     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    FC.FC008S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This project-oriented course is designed to teach the aesthetics of architectural styles, analysis of housing selection, floor plans, home furnishing and furniture arrangement.  The application of the elements and principles of design will be emphasized.  Career opportunities in the housing and interior design fields will be introduced.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC013S/SC014S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Human Anatomy and Physiology is the study of the physical and chemical processes of the human body. Students study how the structures of the human body relate to the functions of interacting body systems. Students examine the human body as a living, functioning, homeostatic organism but they also explore cause and effect relationships to problem solve why a bodily process might not be functioning as it should.
    • Develop and use models to generate data to support explanations, analyze systems, and/or solve problems
    • Construct and revise explanations based on valid and reliable evidence obtained from a variety of sources
    • Infer the functions and properties of systems from their overall structure and the way their components are shaped and used

  • Course Code
    BS.MBS00020
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Spark your inner entrepreneur and learn to design your own mock social media business. Students will explore a variety of business programs while learning the business basics necessary to start a social media business. By the end of the course, students will understand and apply the business design process, the role of digital citizenship, and the importance of both self and business branding.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MA.MMA00090/MMA00091
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    Math 6/7 is an accelerated course that merges Math 6 and part of Math 7 skills and concepts. Instruction will focus on eight critical areas: (1) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the system of rational numbers to include negative numbers; (2) develop an understanding of absolute value to solve problems involving integers; (3) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (4) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (5) writing and evaluating algebraic expressions; (6) writing and solving one-step inequalities and multi-step equations; (7) developing understanding of relationships among shapes to determine area, surface area, and volume and (8) developing understanding of statistical thinking by analyzing and displaying data distributions.

  • Course Code
    MA.MMA00092/MMA00093
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    Math 7/8 is an accelerated course that merges Math 8 and part of Math 7 skills and concepts. Instructional time will focus on nine critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving scale drawings, area, surface area, and volume; (4) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem; (5) solving problems involving scale drawings and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; (6) drawing inferences about populations based on samples; (7) developing an understanding of simple probability models and using them to make predictions; (8) extending the number system to include irrational numbers and (9) develop an understanding of exponential properties to simplify expressions and apply them to scientific notation.

  • Course Code
    WL.EL059S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    This course is designed for students who wish to explore the world of classical mythology.  It begins by acquainting them with the nature of myth or the traditional stories by which a people define their world and affirm its shared values.  Students will explore some methods by which these tales can be interpreted.  Finally, students will meet those gods and heroes through original authors in translation and visual depictions from ancient artwork.  This course is reading and writing intensive. The focus is on Greek and Roman mythology, but other traditions may be studied.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    PB.SP017S/SP018S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Video Production is a performance-based class in which students learn basic principles of journalism, preparation, delivery, and post-production skills related to broadcast media.  Students will apply these skills along with their understanding of broadcast journalism ethics in various student produced products.  In addition to on-camera/on-air work, students will gain basic knowledge of the technical side of production.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    CO.CO015S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This course is aimed at students with little or no programming experience and is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems. In this introductory course, students learn and practice essential computer science concepts using the Java programming language. This course equips student with logical thinking and problem-solving skills that are transferable and applicable to a variety of disciplines.





    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.SP007S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description

    Introduction to Speech Communication provides an overview of the essential life and communication skills necessary for effective oral and mediated communication. This course is intended for students with little or no public speaking experience.

    Learner Outcomes:

    • Understand and explain group communication and dynamics.
    • Identify and utilize effective verbal and nonverbal speaking skills.
    • Understand and incorporate listening strategies.
    • Understand and utilize introductory methods of informative, persuasive, and special occasion presentation techniques.

  • Course Code
    MU.MU022S/MU023S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description

     This is an enrichment course for students in large performing ensembles (concert/symphonic band, choirs, or orchestras). It is designed to further develop the instrumental music student’s interest and ability in the area of jazz studies. Students will examine and perform various styles of jazz, jazz history, the harmonic structures associated with jazz, and jazz improvisation.
    Expected Outcomes:


    • Demonstrate technical proficiency on their instrument as it relates to rhythm, note accuracy, articulations, key signatures, time signatures, tempo, precision, and scales/scale patterns.
    • Perform rhythmic patterns and student transcribed jazz melodies in both jazz and commercial styles, and imitate (by ear) melodic patterns in major and minor modes, dominant and diminished 7th chords, and 12-bar blues progressions.
    • Apply concepts in independent practice skills.
    • Improvise musical ideas alone and with others using appropriate jazz and commercial style using standard jazz forms.

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    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA052S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Journalism Writing and Reporting is a course where students will learn the basic principles of journalism law and ethics as well as Associated Press style and apply the concepts consistently in their publications.  This course is designed to prepare students with the specialized writing skills required for a newspaper or yearbook staff.  Journalism Writing and Reporting is a prerequisite for students who are interested in the writing aspects of News Production, Yearbook Production, or Radio Production.  
     
    Learner Outcomes:
    • Understand, explain, and practice the principles and ethics of journalism.
    • Gather information and conduct interviews using a variety of mediums.
    • Write articles using a variety of journalistic styles for authentic audiences.
    • Analyze different media outlets.  

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.GRD00010
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Kindergarten art is an introduction to art and the elements: line, shape and color. Students explore expression through portraiture, landscape, printmaking and sculpture.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.GRDLA000
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Kindergarten English Language Arts instruction forms a solid foundation for the structure of language and the use of print.  Kindergartners develop language and literacy skills including phonemic awareness, letter identification, word knowledge, and concepts about print.  Students will develop their communication skills when listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  They will apply comprehension strategies to fiction and informational text.  Kindergarten students will communicate ideas through drawing and writing of opinion, narrative, and informative pieces.  Instruction may be in small groups, whole group, and/or individually, depending on the needs of the students.

  • Course Code
    MA.GRDMA100
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    This course focuses on building math routines, number sense, shape
    recognition, addition/subtraction, and measurement while applying these
    ideas to real world situations. Activities are discussion based, hands-on, and
    engaging to reach all students. By the end of this course, students will have
    a foundation of numbers skills that will be the basis for their elementary
    careers.




  • Course Code
    PE.GRD00011
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    The Kindergarten PE curriculum is accomplished by student’s participation in sequential and developmentally appropriate activities selected by the teachers from the suggested facilitating activities. The teachers will focus on and are not limited to, locomotor and non-locomotor skills, general space awareness, manipulative skills, health related fitness, heart rate, decision making, problem solving, risk taking, sportsmanship and safety.

  • Course Code
    SC.GRDSC100
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Kindergarten students explore patterns in the natural and designed world in order to provide a structure for organizing scientific and technical information. Students explore patterns in weather, observable physical properties of matter, and plants and animals. Patterns are used in first grade as a means to identify cause and effect relationships.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.GRDSS000
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Kindergarten Social Studies is focused on introducing kindergartners to the various disciplines of social studies. Areas of study will include application of the democratic process, basic map and globe skills, developing historical awareness through ties to the past, analysis of culture, and basic economic concepts.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.GRD00012
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This course will focus on exploring the musical processes of Creating, Performing, and Responding, while forming connections within arts and non-arts disciplines. Students will develop the skills necessary to experience music as a performer and consumer, thus encouraging a lifelong appreciation of music.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA021S/LA022S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Language, Communication and Composition 1 is designed for students who are attending a post-secondary technical school, earning an associate’s degree, going into the military, job training program, or directly entering the workforce.
    This course focuses on communication and language skills as they apply in the workplace.  Students complete activities designed to enhance reading, writing, word study, research, speaking and listening skills.  Using critical reading skills, students will work individually and in groups to solve job-related problems and to perform simulated, on-the-job writing and speaking tasks.  Students will write memos, business letters, other forms of business writing, as well as design multimedia presentations.  Students will use technology to gather, organize, and effectively communicate information.






    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA023S/LA024S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Language, Communication, and Composition 2 is designed for students who are attending a post-secondary technical school, earning an associate’s degree, going into the military, job training program or directly entering the workforce.
    This course builds on the skills acquired in LCC 1. LCC 2 focuses on communication and language skills as they apply in the workplace.  Students complete activities designed to enhance reading, writing, word study, research, speaking and listening skills.  Using critical reading skills, students will work individually and in groups to solve job-related problems and to perform simulated, on-the-job writing and speaking tasks.  Students will write memos, business letters, other form of business writing, as well as design multimedia presentations.  Students will use technology to gather, organize, and effectively communicate information.






    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL023S/FL024S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    The goal of the Latin sequence is to develop the ability to read Latin authors in the original language.  Connections to English vocabulary and grammar and to modern culture are emphasized throughout.  Latin 1 introduces students to the elementary vocabulary and grammar of the Latin language and to ancient history, Greco-Roman mythology, and classical civilization through Latin readings and other resources.  The latest technological innovations will supplement traditional methods of instruction throughout the language sequence.
     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL025S/FL026S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    Students in Latin 2 continue their study of Latin vocabulary and grammar as well as classical civilization, ancient history, and mythology.  Latin 2 introduces students to authentic Latin texts.  Successful completion of this class fulfills the two years of World Language currently required for admission by many colleges and universities.  Students should consult their institution of higher learning for specific requirements.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS020S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Law and Justice is designed for students interested in building a deeper understanding of our system of legal justice in the United States. Through critical thinking and analysis, students will explore the diverse areas of our legal system, including criminal, civil, and constitutional. Students will learn about historical developments and current practices in criminal law, corrections, and the courts. Throughout the course, they will build an understanding of the meaning of justice, and the relationship between criminal justice and our legal system.
    Note: This course is designed for students who have an interest in our legal system but it does NOT replace or fulfill the United States Government requirement.

  • Course Code
    LI.LIB001
    Content Area
    Library
    Description
    The Library Media program for grades 1-3 will continue to develop students' abilities to navigate and access a variety of current library resources while learning library skills. The program will emphasize growth as lifelong readers and as appropriate users of current technology.

  • Course Code
    LI.LIB004
    Content Area
    Library
    Description
    The Library Media program for grades 4-5 will continue to develop students' abilities to navigate and access a variety of current library resources while refining library and research skills. The program will emphasize growth as lifelong readers, ethical, digital citizens, and productive researchers in a collaborative environment.

  • Course Code
    LI.LIB006
    Content Area
    Library
    Description
    The Library Media program will introduce students to the navigation of and access to current library digital and print resources while teaching library and information skills. The program will establish a foundation for life-long reading and learning.

  • Course Code
    LI.LIB009S
    Content Area
    Library
    Description
    The Library Media program will introduce high school students to the navigation of and access to current library digital and print resources while teaching library and information skills. The program will establish a foundation for life-long reading and learning.

  • Course Code
    LI.LIB00K
    Content Area
    Library
    Description
    The Library Media program will introduce kindergarten students to the navigation of and access to current library resources while teaching library skills. The program will establish a foundation for lifelong reading.

  • Course Code
    FC.FC026S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Life After High School is a comprehensive course with an overall focus to prepare students for independent living.  Students will study food selection, nutrition, meal preparation, and planning with regard to their lifestyle, focusing on convenient and quick food preparation suitable for a young adult.  Other areas covered will be the risks and benefits of technology, as well as clothing, maintenance, care, selection, and the building of a professional wardrobe.  Students will address health and medical issues they may face on their own, as well as investigating insurance, travel needs, and related expenses with housing accommodations and leases. Students will compile a notebook/survival guide throughout the course.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    PE.PE008S
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    Lifetime/Recreational Sports involves participation in activities including: volleyball, softball, frisbee, golf, tennis, badminton, pickleball, bowling, shuffleboard, table tennis, horseshoes, and outdoor recreational pursuits.
    • Students will demonstrate competency in activity specific motor skills.
    • Students will apply appropriate tactics and strategies in various activities.
    • Students will demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors.
    • Students will determine personal goals for level of participation and attainment/improvement.
    • Students will exhibit proper etiquette, respect for others and teamwork while engaging in physical activity.
    • Students will assess personal physical activity practices and behaviors.
    • Students will select and participates in physical activities that meet the need for self-expression, personal meaning, and enjoyment.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MA.MMA00080/MMA00081
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    Math 6 provides the foundation for middle school mathematics. Instruction will focus on six critical areas: (1) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the system of rational numbers to include negative numbers; (2) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (3) writing and evaluating algebraic expressions; (4) writing and solving one-step equation and inequalities; (5) developing understanding of relationships among shapes to determine area, surface area, and volume and (6) developing understanding of statistical thinking by analyzing and displaying data distributions.

  • Course Code
    MA.MMA00082/MMA00083
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    Math 7 builds on the skills and concepts developed in Math 6. Instructional time will focus on six critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) develop an understanding of absolute value to solve problems involving integers; (3) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (4) working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving scale drawings, area, surface area, and volume; (5) drawing inferences about populations based on samples and (6) developing an understanding of simple probability models and using them to make predictions.

  • Course Code
    MA.MMA00084/MMA00085
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    Math 8 is designed to provide a foundation for the development of skills necessary for Algebra I. Instructional time will focus on five critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, inequalities and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem; (4) extending the number system to include irrational numbers and (5) develop an understanding of exponential properties to simplify expressions and apply them to scientific notation.

  • Course Code
    MA.MA056S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    This course introduces students to specific occupations while reinforcing essential foundational mathematics content. Through the use of personalized instruction and a project-based framework, students will apply concepts through real-life scenarios in the context of relevant career opportunities. Students will have to think critically and collaborate with fellow classmates to complete their chosen occupational mission.  NOTE: This course will provide credit for high school graduation, but does not meet requirements for college entrance.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT006S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Metal Processes is an introductory course in metalworking technology.  The course includes the following areas of instruction:  safety; drawing and planning; metalworking tools and machines; and the processes which accompany these tools and machines.  The students may be required to complete a series of projects in the following areas of study:  sheet metal, foundry, forging, heat treating, bench metal or welding.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MU062S/MU063S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description

    This is a small choral ensemble that performs advanced literature. Students will display musical understanding through written and performance activities. This ensemble will perform standard 4- and 8- part literature for mixed voices [S(S)A(A)T(T)B(B)] in a variety of musical styles.
    Expected Outcomes:


    • Demonstrate vocal performance techniques as it relates to posture, breathing, vocal production, tone, diction, articulation.
    • Sight-read grade level appropriate choral literature in various styles alone and with others.
    • Interpret and perform music using expression such as dynamics, phrasing and style.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency as it relates to rhythm, note accuracy, key signatures, time signatures and tempo.

        

     





     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.MU054S/MU055S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description

    This is an intermediate level choir for students with limited high school choral music experience and/or developing singing skills. Students will display musical understanding through written and performance activities. This ensemble will perform standard 3-part literature for mixed voices [SAB] in a variety of musical styles.
    Expected Outcomes:


    • Demonstrate vocal performance techniques as it relates to posture, breathing, vocal production, tone, diction, articulation.
    • Sight-read grade level appropriate choral literature in various styles alone and with others.
    • Interpret and perform music using expression such as dynamics, phrasing and style.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency as it relates to rhythm, note accuracy, key signatures, time signatures and tempo.


     










     

  • Course Code
    LA.LA054S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Multicultural Literature is an elective course intended to be taken in addition to a core English course. If taken to fulfill the twelfth grade Language Arts credit, this course must be paired with Senior British and World Literature, Senior Composition, or Senior Reader Writer. Multicultural Literature is a Language Arts class that will examine selections from diverse ethnicities. Reading in the course is selected to be high-interest and thought provoking, and will include information text, fiction, poetry, biographies, and drama. Writing will focus on narratives, informative, and argumentative pieces.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    BS.BS013S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Unleash your creativity while learning to use multimedia functions in the changing world of business.  The demand for multimedia knowledge and the ability to apply it will continue to expand as businesses employ multimedia applications.  Develop and expand your digital side utilizing desktop publishing, graphics, audio, video, and electronic presentation skills.  Students will incorporate these advanced computer applications into a large variety of business and personal projects.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    PB.PB002S/PB003S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description

    News Production is a practical lab class where students produce student news media.  This is a co-curricular course that may require work outside of the class period. 

    • News Production is a project-based course responsible for the creation of the school publication(s).
    • Students enrolled in the class will make content, coverage, and design decisions following accepted journalistic standards taught in the prerequisite courses.
    • Students will gain practical experience in writing, editing, marketing, photography, and desktop publishing.
    • Students are expected to participate in revenue building activities to support the financial obligations of the production.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    NC.EL012S/EL013S
    Content Area
    Electives
    Description
    Students who desire to work for an Administrative Office, Attendance Office, Counseling Office, or Library may acquire an application form from the Counseling Office.  Duties could include delivering mail and hall passes, assembling mailings, and various office tasks.  No credit is given for the work, although the experience gained through the use of interpersonal skills would be beneficial.

  • Course Code
    LA.SP001S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Oral communication is designed to increase effective oral communication skills in interpersonal and group settings. Students will examine and refine communication techniques and leadership skills to enhance everyday relationships and facilitate current issue forums.
    Learner Outcomes:
    • Understand and explain the communication process.
    • Understand and explain the impacts of verbal and nonverbal communication.
    • Analyze relationships and their impact on the communication process.
    • Analyze different perspectives to determine their impact on communication.
    • Analyze media’s impact on communication.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR029S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will learn and use watercolor and acrylic paint techniques to create original two-dimensional artworks.  They will express themselves through the themes of observation, still life, portrait, landscape, and a student-selected conceptual theme.  Work will be inspired by the historical study of  Baroque, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Expressionism/Fauve, and Cubism.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand historical influences on the evolution of painting.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Apply and identify color theory through color schemes, intensity, expressive vs. local/actual/real hue, optical color effects.
    • Blend paint through a wide range of color and value.
    • Create illusion of form through application of value, lighting direction and cast shadow.
    • Create a unified and balanced composition.
    • Create textural effects through a variety of techniques.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR030S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will develop advanced watercolor and acrylic (or oil) paint techniques to create original two-dimensional artworks.  They will express themselves through the themes of observation, expressive painting, figure, landscape/cityscape, and portrait.  Work will be inspired by the historical study of American Realism, Surrealism, and Postmodernism.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand historical influences on the evolution of painting.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Students will be able use paint expressively.
    • Students will be able to determine if a particular direction in their work is effective.
    • Students will be able to determine their purpose and intention and how it’s conveyed to the broader audience.
    • Students will understand how to determine criteria to evaluate a work of art.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    PE.PE027S
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description

    PE Mentors / Moving Together combines students of all abilities to participate in developmentally appropriate activities including lifetime activities, physical fitness, and sport. Students will work together to increase competence and confidence in a variety of physical activities. Through ongoing leadership opportunities, members of this course will be empowered to help create a more inclusive and accepting school environment for all students.

    • Students will demonstrate competency in an activity specific skill.
    • Students will understand the rules of the game
    • Students can communicate progress toward fitness and nutrition goals.
    • Students exhibits proper etiquette, respect for others and teamwork while engaging in physical activity
    • PE Mentor will demonstrate, encourage, and provide feedback.
    • PE Mentor will understand the strategies and tactics needed in order to help guide other students during the game/activity
    • .PE Mentor will help students work towards a goal.
    • PE Mentor will effectively communicate instructions.
    • PE Mentor will adapt an activity to meet the needs of students.
    • PE Mentor will solve problems and think critically.

  • Course Code
    FC.FC013S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This course is designed to help students understand, manage, and create personal financial success.  Students will learn about investment, banking, taxes, credit, savings, careers, and advertising.  Students will build a winning resume and sharpen their interview skills as they prepare for life.  The personal finance proficiency exam will be administered in accordance with state graduation requirements. 

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    BS.BS025S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Come and explore practical financial skills necessary to survive in the world after high school.  Understanding and managing personal finances are key to your future financial success.  Students will learn how choices influence occupational options and future earning potential.  Students will also apply decision-making skills to evaluate career choices and set personal goals.  This course is designed to help the learner make wise spending, saving, and credit decisions and to make effective use of income to achieve financial success.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    PE.PE025S
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    This class is the prerequisite for all classes in Physical Education and should be taken in the 9th grade year.  The focus is on wellness skills, physical fitness assessment, physical fitness activities, and cardio-respiratory activities that promote good health.  Other topics covered include nutrition, stress management, consumer health, and goal setting.  Additionally, the students will learn how to develop a personal wellness plan.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR037S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will explore the world of 35mm black and white photography.  They will learn to operate a single lens reflex camera, process film and develop their photographic prints.  Students will create original photographs, expressing themselves through the following themes:  pattern/reflection/shadow, portrait, motion, and environment.  They will analyze and critique photographs, discuss aesthetic issues, understand the historical development of photography, and relate a photographer’s work to the society in which it was created.  Some fees may apply.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Manipulates a camera through knowledge of its parts and of the film tank/chemicals.
    • Process with dark room chemicals.
    • Use an enlarger.
    • Create prints from negatives.
    • Utilize composition terms to create a successful image.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR038S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will continue to develop technical skill with traditional black and white photography.  They will also use digital cameras and computer software to manipulate and refine color and black and white images.  Students will be inspired by various types of landscape, Surrealism, studio/commercial, portraiture, and documentary/photojournalism movements within photography and then develop an individual artistic style through research and experimentation.  They will express themselves through the themes of studio work, self-portrait, time exposure, and conceptual/narrative photography.  Students will analyze and critique photographs, discuss aesthetic issue, and relate historical styles in photography to their own work and that of other photographers.  Some fees may apply.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Manipulate a DSLR through knowledge of its parts.
    • Navigate Photoshop and/or Lightroom.
    • Create prints using negative manipulation.
    • Mount photos.
    • Utilize film/darkroom chemicals/enlargers.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC019S/SC020S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Physical Science is the study of the fundamental principles of chemistry and physics. Physical Science is a course that provides a foundation of the fundamental concepts in basic chemistry and physics. Emphasis will be placed on the study of matter and energy to explore real-world phenomena.
    • Engage in science and engineering practices
    • Utilize basic algebra to reinforce concepts of chemistry and physics
    • Build upon existing scientific reasoning skills to prepare students for future science courses









    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS021S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Politics and Conflict in the Modern World is designed for students interested in developing a knowledge and understanding of the origins, nature, and effects of 21st Century political and civil conflicts at both the national and international level. Students will evaluate the role of national and international policy in facing these conflicts, along with the role of individuals and non-governmental agencies. Through analysis of sources from a variety of perspectives, students will engage in debate, and construct arguments related to the challenges and opportunities of developing potential resolutions to current conflicts.

  • Course Code
    TE.EL021S/EL022S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Project Interface provides an opportunity for high school seniors to apply their skills in a real-world situation. Project Interface provides a unique partnership between businesses and a team of students or an individual student. Businesses contribute time, expertise and the resources of their professional staff, while Rockwood students offer energy and enthusiasm in completion of a project or observation and research that meets the needs of the corporate partner.
    Project Interface is designed and intended to reinforce skills taught in the classroom environment by providing the opportunity for practical application in a corporate setting. Those specific skills are in the area of:
    - Written Communications
    - Oral Communications
    - Interpersonal Skills
    - Problem-Solving/Decision Making
    - Computer Technology Application
    - Self-Directed Learning
    Students may participate in one of the following sessions:
    -  Summer (between junior and senior year)
     - School Year (beginning in the fall)
    Students must have a 3.0 GPA at the end of their sophomore year to participate in the program. The Project Interface projects are custom-designed around basic objectives combined with products or services specific to the participating business partner. The students work on a team or individual student internships under the direction of the business partner and the Project Interface staff to complete their project assignment.  All Project Interface students must attend an orientation and training and will receive instruction on documenting the progress of their project.  Project Interface is an opportunity for students to become self-directed learners and to function as a team in a business setting.














  • Course Code
    SS.SS009S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Psychology is the scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of individuals. In this course, students will learn about and work with the theories, research methods and practices used to observe, measure and explain behavior. Students will build an understanding of key topics in psychology including intelligence, personality theories, and psychological disorders, and the scientific methods used to investigate human behavior. Students will learn how to apply this knowledge to the benefit of their own lives and our society.

  • Course Code
    LA.SP024S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Public Speaking is a performance class in which students study a variety of public speaking events. 
    Learner Outcomes:
    • Understand and utilize effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques.
    • Identify and use effective presentation aids.  
    • Develop effective skills in the research, organization, writing, and presentation of speeches.
    • Plan and deliver informative, persuasive, impromptu, and extemporaneous speeches.

  • Course Code
    LA.SP015S/SP016S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Radio Production is a class in which students learn preparation, delivery, and post-production skills related to broadcast media using advanced and modern broadcasting equipment. On-air broadcast will be expected during this course. This course requires hours outside of class time as the production schedule demands.
    Learner Outcomes:  
    • Enhance and practice their preparation, delivery, and post-production skills. 
    • Create and broadcast a variety of programs. 
    • Apply these skills along with their understanding of broadcast ethics in various class presentations. 
    • Explain and demonstrate basic knowledge of the technical side of production. 

  • Course Code
    TE.FC055S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    An applied product based course in which students will utilize previously acquired knowledge of food principles and preparation in the exploration of challenging new concepts.  Emphasis in regional and international cuisine is placed on discovering and implementation of worldwide food preparation items.  This course will also prepare students for continued education or employment in the food service industry.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA055S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Science Fiction Literature is an elective course intended to be taken in addition to a core English course. If taken to fulfill the twelfth grade Language Arts credit, this course must be paired with Senior British and World Literature, Senior Composition, or Senior Reader Writer. Science Fiction is a Language Arts class designed for students with a strong interest in examining common science fiction themes and the evolution of the genre.  The course will introduce students to the origins and themes of science fiction and the development of the genre over the years.  Readings will include both classic science fiction authors and contemporary writers.  Writing will include essays, personal journals, and critical analysis.  Students will consider each text in its historical context and speculate on how the text deals with historical trends, scientific advances, and how these issues relate to society.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR031S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will develop technical skills in the use of various media such as plaster, clay, paper, wire, and found objects.  They will create original, three-dimensional artworks using modeling, carving, assemblage, and casting methods.  Students will work with the following themes:  observation, the human figure, personal expression, and public sculpture.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Students will create an abstract sculpture.
    • Students will create a sculpture that expresses a personal or cultural issue.
    • Students will create an organic sculpture.
    • Students will create a sculpture based upon the human figure.
    • Students will create a sculpture using 3 or more 3-dimensional media (wire, cardboard, paper, metal, etc.)

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR032S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will develop advanced technical skills in the use of various media such as plaster, stone, clay, and found objects.  They will create original, three-dimensional artworks using modeling, carving, assemblage, and casting methods.  Students will express themselves through the following themes:  observation, portrait, installation, monuments, and a post-modern piece on a student-selected personal or cultural issue.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Understand and perform the 4 processes of creating sculpture.
    • Understand the significance of sculpture in the areas of: Public/Site Specific, Interior Design, and Monumental.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.GRD00016
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Second grade art students explore the elements of art. Students will examine a higher complexity of the elements and explore the element – space. Students will also study and experiment with building design and weaving with paper.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.GRDLA002
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Second grade English Language Arts instruction builds upon the foundation for students to read, write, listen, and speak effectively. Second graders will become more fluent readers by increasing knowledge of high frequency words, applying phonics, and demonstrating strategies to solve words.  Students will build on their communications skills when listening, speaking, reading and writing.  They will apply comprehension strategies to develop a deeper understanding of fiction and informational text.  Students will write opinion, narrative, and informative pieces.  Instruction may be in small groups, whole group, and/or individually, depending on the needs of the students.

  • Course Code
    MA.GRDMA102
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    Second-grade instruction includes concept and skill development through hands-on instruction and practice of basic addition and subtraction facts, introduction to multiplication, real-world problem solving, place value, mental math, measurement, money, time, fractions, graphing and concepts of geometry.  Instruction may include whole group, partners, individual, and/or small groups when needed.

  • Course Code
    PE.GRD00017
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    The Second Grade Health/Physical Education curriculum is based on sequential and developmentally appropriate activities selected by the teachers from the suggested facilitating activities. The teachers will focus on and are not limited to, locomotor (combining two or more) and non-locomotor skills, general space awareness, manipulative skills (passing, throwing, catching), health related fitness, parts of a workout, benefits of being fit, heart rate, decision making, problem solving, risk taking, goal setting,  sportsmanship,  safety and first aid as well as disease prevention.

  • Course Code
    SC.GRDSC102
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Students in second grade focus on examining how cause and effect relationships influence change within systems. The focus on systems at this level is conceptual. Students observe the effects of weather; explore the different habitats of animals as well as physical changes in matter. This provides the foundation for understanding how stability affects systems in third grade.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.GRDSS002
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Second Grade Social Studies is focused on developing a second graders’ understanding of the strands of social studies. The curriculum helps students understand principles of democracy, develop historical awareness, utilize geographic concepts, understand the effects of culture (on self and others over time), and examine basic economic principles.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.GRD00018
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This course will focus on exploring the musical processes of Creating, Performing, and Responding, while forming connections within arts and non-arts disciplines. Students will develop the skills necessary to experience music as a performer and consumer, thus encouraging a lifelong appreciate of music.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA037S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Senior Reader Writer is a semester course designed to accommodate those students who want to complete the fourth year of Language Arts instruction in a class that emphasizes, but is not exclusive to, the study of novels in a variety of genres. This course will be conducted in a reading/writing workshop format. Students will explore and analyze texts and demonstrate understanding of the material via writing, projects, discussion, and/or presentations

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    TE.MIT00008
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Students will follow the design process as they create a physical model/prototype to address a need or want in society. Through this process, students will learn how to use 3D software for modeling and 3D printing. Students will learn and apply measurement and dimensioning skills to replicate objects and then create original prototypes.

  • Course Code
    LA.MLA00047/MLA00048
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Academic Stretch is the middle school component of the Rockwood Gifted Program. This component is offered in grades six through eight for students who meet district criteria for the gifted program. Academic Stretch is offered in conjunction with Compacted Challenge Language Arts and enables students to engage in interdisciplinary, thematic studies that focus on real-world issues and challenges. These challenges involve advanced-level content and open-ended investigations within the broad areas of change, survival and the nature of systems. Forensics, inventions, natural disasters and the stock market are examples of specific units that are studied. All units in this program are designed to promote active student engagement in learning and developing skills in critical and creative thinking, information processing, problem-solving, communication and leadership. Time management strategies, current events, literature, high-end technology, community resources and service projects are also incorporated into the Academic Stretch curriculum, as are skills and concepts taught in Compacted Challenge Language Arts classes.

  • Course Code
    AR.MAR00009
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will learn about and use techniques of drawing media, watercolors, cardboard, and ceramics to create original two- and three-dimensional artworks.  They will observe and communicate ideas about landscapes in one-point perspective, realistic and abstract portraits, and nonobjective art.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to the history and culture.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MMU00031/MMU00032
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Cadet Band is a student’s second year of instruction in the Rockwood Band Program. Students who do not take beginning band must demonstrate their competency in an audition for the instructor to participate in band during 7th grade year. This course is designed for students interested in continuing their music education on an instrument with a focus on technical development and music literacy. Attendance at all performances is required and part of the class grade as covered in the Rockwood School District Concert Performance Expectations document.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MMU00037/MMU00038
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This is a performance-oriented course.  Students continue to receive instruction in production of a good tone, music reading skills, bowing and left hand techniques.  The fundamentals of performance within an orchestral ensemble will be developed.  Students are prepared for the demands of the more advanced orchestral literature performed in the Concert Orchestra.  Orchestral literature in a variety of different styles will be rehearsed and performed.  Attendance at all performances is required and part of the class grade as covered in the Rockwood School District Attendance Procedure for Secondary Music Programs.
    Students are encouraged to participate in appropriate enrichment opportunities, such as private lessons, All-Suburban Honors Orchestra, All-District Honor Orchestra, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and the Community Music School at Webster University Youth Orchestra Program.
    Students must provide their own instrument, book, and supplies.



    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.MSC00021/MSC00022
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Earth and Space Science is the study of the processes that operate on Earth and the Earth's place in the solar system and the galaxy.  Students will explore weather and climate patterns and interactions that drive changes over multiple time scales.  Students will investigate the processes that drive Earth’s conditions in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere and the change of the planet over time by studying fossils and plate tectonics.  Students will then look at the big picture by studying Earth’s place in the Universe and its grand scale in both space and time.  Human impact will be embedded throughout the course to explore society’s interaction with the planet.
     
     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.MLA00031/MLA00032
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    The Challenge curriculum is designed to meet the needs of those students with strong reading, writing, and organizational skills.  It is recommended that students read independently at eighth grade reading level or higher.  The curriculum will emphasize reading, writing, information literacy and listening and speaking skills.  Students will use metacognitive and active reading strategies to comprehend increasingly more complex material, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.  Students will use the writing process in order to create effective paragraphs and multi-paragraph pieces.  Emphasis will be placed on the Six Traits of Quality Writing.  Vocabulary instruction and word awareness will be embedded in the reading and writing processes.  Students will further develop media literacy skills, use of the research process and their ability to evaluate both the relevance and reliability of information gathered.  Formal and informal speaking and discussion opportunities will be further promoted, as will listening for information.  Students will be expected to apply these skills in preparation for future years of study. 

  • Course Code
    SS.MSS00013/MSS00014
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    The Challenge World Geography course focuses on the human and physical characteristics of the world, with emphasis on the relationships between humans and their world, and the impact on the establishment and development of societies. The course is organized by the regions of North America, Latin/South America, Southwest Asia, Africa, Asia and Europe. Units include the concepts of government, climate, economics, and culture. Students will develop and independently apply social studies inquiry skills of questioning, gathering and analyzing sources of evidence, communicating information and taking informed action as they analyze issues, evaluate problems and critique solutions. Students will develop skills for analyzing a variety of complex data and text, and social studies writing including arguments. This new understanding of our world will prepare students for our global society and their role as active citizens.

  • Course Code
    LA.MLA00045/MLA00046
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Seventh Grade Compacted Challenge Language Arts is scheduled in conjunction with Academic Stretch. As such it meets on alternating school days and is only offered to students identified as gifted. Because less time is available to cover compacted challenge language arts objectives, the pace of instruction in Compacted Challenge Language Arts is accelerated. It is therefore highly recommended that students entering this course have advanced writing skills and read at or above the 8th grade reading level. Students will use metacognitive and active reading strategies to comprehend increasingly complex material, including fiction and non-fiction; students will read and analyze a variety of advanced-level materials, including fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry. Students will use the writing process in order to create well-developed paragraphs and multi-paragraph pieces. Emphasis will be placed on the Six Traits of Quality Writing. Vocabulary and word awareness will be taught through the reading and writing processes. Students will further develop media literacy skills, use of the research process and their ability to evaluate both the relevance and reliability of information gathered. Formal and informal speaking and discussion opportunities will be further promoted, as will listening for information. Students will be expected to apply these skills in preparation for future years of study.

  • Course Code
    TE.MIT00022
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Computer Science is a growing, high-demand field. In this course, students will be introduced to a variety of core programming skills. Using a collaborative design process, students will apply these programming skills to create their own apps and games.

  • Course Code
    AR.MAR00010
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will learn about and use techniques of drawing, painting, computer design, and sculpture media to create cartoons, masks, wearable art (jewelry or clothing design), and advertisements.  They will create original two- and three-dimensional artworks.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how the design and use of products are tied to history and culture.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.MSC00019/MSC00020
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Earth and Space Science is the study of the processes that operate on Earth and the Earth's place in the solar system and the galaxy.  Students will explore weather and climate patterns and interactions that drive changes over multiple time scales.  Students will investigate the processes that drive Earth’s conditions in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere and the change of the planet over time by studying fossils and plate tectonics.  Students will then look at the big picture by studying Earth’s place in the Universe and its grand scale in both space and time.  Human impact will be embedded throughout the course to explore society’s interaction with the planet.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.MLA00025MLA00026
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    The Seventh Grade Language Arts block will continue to develop reading, writing, information literacy and listening and speaking skills.  Students will use metacognitive and active reading strategies to comprehend increasingly more complex material, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.  Students will use the writing process in order to create effective paragraphs and multi-paragraph pieces.  Emphasis will be placed on the Six Traits of Quality Writing.  Vocabulary instruction and word awareness will be embedded in the reading and writing processes.  Students will further develop media literacy skills, use of the research process, and their ability to evaluate both the relevance and reliability of information gathered.  Formal and informal speaking and discussion opportunities will be further promoted, as will listening for information.  Students will be expected to apply these skills in preparation for future years of study. 

  • Course Code
    FC.MFC00011
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Life Skills I will explore food preparation techniques and the science behind the recipe.  Essential skills include kitchen safety and sanitation, measuring techniques, cooking terminology, kitchen equipment, and reading a recipe.  Discovering how ingredients interact to impact the final product will enhance cooking lab experiences. A sewing project  that reflects personal interest and ability will be completed. Hand and machine sewing will be explored during construction of the project. As part of the sewing unit, students will learn to select and care for clothing. Interior Design will be explored through a hands on project, incorporating the basic elements of design.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.MFL00010/MFL00011
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    7th grade French 1 is a year long class equivalent to the 1st semester of French 1 at high school. The course is centered around thematic units in which students are exposed to French culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities.
    Read, listen and watch a variety of French texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to food, family, travel, daily routines, entertainment and life in the Francophone world
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain short conversations on a variety topics
    • Present information in writing or by speaking
    • Research and study food, family, travel, daily routines entertainment and life in the Francophone world
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and products
    • Develop the habits and strategies of a successful language learner

  • Course Code
    WL.MFL00020MFL00021
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    7th grade German 1 is a year long class equivalent to the 1st semester of German 1 at high school. The course is centered around thematic units in which students are exposed to French culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities.
    • Read, listen and watch a variety of German texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to food, family, travel, daily routines, entertainment and life in the German-speaking world
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain short conversations on a variety topics
    • Present information in writing or by speaking
    • Research and study food, family, travel, daily routines entertainment and life in the German-speaking world
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and products
    • Develop the habits and strategies of a successful language learner

  • Course Code
    IT.MIT00005
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This is a hands-on activity class, in which students apply the safe, proper use of additional or advanced hand tools and machines to design and analyze the necessary procedures to complete a fabricated product.  Increasing emphasis on accuracy and precision will be implemented in tool use and measurement techniques.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MMU00025/MMU00026
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Concert Choir is a full year performance course designed to reinforce fundamentals of music and the skills required for effective ensemble singing.  Students will rehearse and perform level-appropriate two and three part choral literature.  Attendance at scheduled performances is mandatory and a part of required class work as covered in the Rockwood School District Attendance Procedure for Secondary Music Programs.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    PE.MPE00006/MPE00007
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    Physical Education/Health in the Seventh Grade will provide students the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of fundamental movement skills while participating in various games, team and individual/lifetime sports, as well as team building activities.  Primary focus will be on skill development and application in team sports.  Character education traits will be incorporated throughout the class.  Physical fitness will be emphasized through the teaching of the principles of health and skill-related fitness.  Health topics will be integrated throughout the course and will include nutrition, the cardio-respiratory system, the reproductive system, first aid and personal safety, and alcohol use and abuse, inhalants and other illegal drug use and abuse.

  • Course Code
    WL.MFL00030/MFL00031
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    7th grade Spanish 1 is a year long class equivalent to the 1st semester of Spanish 1 at high school. The course is centered around thematic units in which students are exposed to Spanish culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities.
    • Read, listen and watch a variety of Spanish texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to food, family, travel, daily routines, entertainment and life in the Spanish-speaking world
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain short conversations on a variety topics
    • Present information in writing or by speaking
    • Research and study food, family, travel, daily routines entertainment and life in the Spanish-speaking world
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and products
    • Develop the habits and strategies of a successful language learner

  • Course Code
    AR.MDR00003
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Through activities involving movement, improv, script writing, scene work, filmmaking, voice, and performance, students will learn to develop their knowledge of theatre and acting. Using their imaginations to make artistic choices, students will develop strategies to collaborate, memorize, empathize and problem solve. Evaluations are based primarily on performances/projects.

  • Course Code
    MU.MMU00019/MMU00020
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Treble Choir is a full year performance course for treble voices designed to reinforce fundamentals of music and the skills required for effective ensemble singing.  Students will rehearse and perform level-appropriate two and three part choral literature.  Attendance at scheduled performances is mandatory and a part of required class work as covered in the Rockwood School District Attendance Procedure for Secondary Music Programs. 

  • Course Code
    SS.MSS00011/MSS00012
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    The World Geography course focuses on the human and physical characteristics of the world, with emphasis on the relationships between humans and their world and the impact on the establishment and development of societies. The course is organized by the regions of North America, Latin/South America, Southwest Asia, Africa, Asia and Europe. Units include the concepts of government, climate, economics, and culture. Students will develop and apply social studies inquiry skills of questioning, gathering and analyzing sources of evidence, communicating information and taking informed action. Students will develop skills for analyzing a variety of data and text, and social studies writing including arguments. This new understanding of our world will prepare students for our global society and their role as active citizens.

  • Course Code
    MU.MU034S/MU035S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description

    This is a choreographed vocal ensemble that performs frequently throughout the year. Major emphasis is given to both singing and dancing.
    Expected Outcomes:


    • Demonstrate vocal performance techniques as it relates to posture/breathing, vocal production/tone, diction/articulation.
    • Sight-read grade level appropriate choral literature in various styles alone and with others.
    • Interpret and perform music using expression such as dynamics, phrasing and style.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency as it relates to rhythm, note accuracy, key signatures, time signatures and tempo.


     



     


  • Course Code
    AR.MU017S/MU018S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Sinfonia Orchestra focuses on advanced technical and musicianship skills in preparation for the rigor of Symphonic Orchestra. Students will perform advanced string orchestra literature from a broad range of musical styles. Composition, music literacy, and music analysis are important components of the course. 
    Expected Outcomes:


    • Demonstrate advanced finger patterns.
    • Perform extended technique related to control of bowing variables (weight, angle, speed, and contact point).
    • Apply concepts in independent practice skills.
    • Correctly identify and perform basic music notation and symbols associated with the following skills and understandings to each corresponding curricular level.
    • Perform with style, articulation, and pitch including adjusting dynamics according to musical function of their part.

  • Course Code
    LA.MLA00043/MLA00044
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Academic Stretch is the middle school component of the Rockwood Gifted Program. This component is offered in grades six through eight for students who meet district criteria for the gifted program. Academic Stretch is offered in conjunction with Compacted Challenge Language Arts (see above) and enables students to engage in interdisciplinary, thematic studies that focus on real-world issues and challenges. These challenges involve advanced-level content and open-ended investigations within the broad areas of change, survival and the nature of systems. Forensics, inventions, natural disasters and the stock market are examples of specific units that are studied. All units in this program are designed to promote active student engagement in learning and developing skills in critical and creative thinking, information processing, problem-solving, communication and leadership. Time management strategies, current events, literature, high-end technology, community resources and service projects are also incorporated into the Academic Stretch curriculum, as are skills and concepts taught in Compacted Challenge Language Arts classes.

  • Course Code
    AR.MAR00007
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Students will create art from observation, personal experience, and imagination.  They will learn and use drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques to create original two- and three-dimensional artworks.  Students will express their personal or group identities, and create realistic or abstract works of art.  They will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MMU00029/MMU00030
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Beginning Band is a student’s entry into the Rockwood Band Program. A student interested in playing in a school band should start in the 6th grade. Students who do not take beginning band must demonstrate their competency in an audition for the instructor to participate in band following the 6th grade year. This course is designed for students interested in beginning level instruction on flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba, and percussion instruments (orchestra bells, xylophone, snare drum, bass drum, and other percussion accessory instruments); optionally oboe, bassoon, and French horn. Students will receive instruction on tone production, music reading skills, basic music theory, and instrument care. Attendance at all performances is required and part of the class grade as covered in the Rockwood School District Concert Performance Expectations document.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.MLA00029/MLA00030
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    The challenge curriculum is designed to meet the needs of those students with strong reading, writing and organizational skills.  It is recommended that students read independently at a seventh grade reading level or higher.  The curriculum will emphasize reading, writing, information literacy, and listening and speaking skills.  Students will use metacognitive and active reading strategies to comprehend increasingly more complex material, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.  Students will use the writing process in order to create effective paragraphs.  Emphasis will be placed on the Six Traits of Quality Writing.  Vocabulary instruction and word awareness will be embedded in the reading and writing processes.  Students will further develop media literacy skills, use of the research process, and their ability to evaluate both the relevance and reliability of information gathered.  Formal and informal speaking and discussion opportunities will be further promoted, as will listening for information.  Students will be expected to apply these skills in preparation for future years of study. 

  • Course Code
    SC.MSC00017/MSC00018
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Life Science is a study of how organisms live, grow, and respond to their environment. Students will be able to explain how organisms interact with other organisms in their physical environment to obtain matter and energy.
     Students will learn to construct scientific explanations about the role of photosynthesis in the transfer of energy and cycling of matter, and how these processes relate to growth and survival of organisms as well as their interactions with other living and nonliving parts of the ecosystem. Students will also use engineering practices and models to begin to develop an understanding of inheritance and variation of traits. They will also formulate answers as to how genetic variation among organisms in a species affects survival/reproduction and how environmental factors can influence genetic traits over time.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.MSS00009/MSS00010
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Challenge World History students will explore the ancient world from Pre-History through the Middle Ages. Students will develop and independently apply social science inquiry skills including questioning, gathering and evaluating evidence, developing claims, and constructing arguments and explanations. Using these skills, students will analyze significant historical developments and issues and critique their connection to our world today. Students will analyze issues, problems and solutions related to humans and their environment, government systems, and the effect of trade and economic decision-making. This new understanding of the world will prepare students to be informed and engaged citizens.

  • Course Code
    LA.MLA00041/MLA00042
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Sixth grade Compacted Challenge Language Arts is scheduled in conjunction with Academic Stretch. As such, it meets on alternating schools days and is only offered to students identified as gifted. Because less time is available to cover compacted challenge language arts objectives, the pace of instruction in Compacted Challenge Language Arts is accelerated. It is highly recommended that students entering this course have advanced writing skills and read at or above the 7th grade reading level. Students will use metacognitive and active reading strategies to comprehend increasingly complex material, including fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry. Students will use the writing process in order to create well-developed paragraphs and multi-paragraph pieces. Emphasis will be placed on the Six Traits of Quality Writing. Vocabulary and word awareness will be taught through the reading and writing processes. Students will further develop media literacy skills, use of the research process and their ability to evaluate both the relevance and reliability of information gathered. Formal and informal speaking and discussion opportunities will be further promoted, as will listening for information. Students will be expected to apply these skills in preparation for future years of study.

  • Course Code
    AR.MAR00008
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Inspired by observation, imagination, and cultural studies, students will express themselves through the themes of personal identity, symbols in society, and functional art containers.  Students will create two- and three-dimensional projects from original designs with a variety of drawing media, graphic design, and clay modeling techniques.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to society.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.MLA00023/MLA00024
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    The sixth grade language arts block will continue to develop reading, writing, information literacy, and listening and speaking skills.  Students will use metacognitive and active reading strategies to comprehend increasingly more complex material, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.  Students will use the writing process in order to create effective paragraphs.  Emphasis will be placed on the Six Traits of Quality Writing.  Vocabulary instruction and word awareness will be embedded in the reading and writing processes.  Students will further develop media literacy skills, use of the research process, and their ability to evaluate both the relevance and reliability of information gathered.  Formal and informal speaking and discussion will be further promoted, as will listening for information.  Students will be expected to apply these skills in preparation for future years of study. 

  • Course Code
    FC.MFC00010
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This exploratory course for Sixth Grade students is designed to introduce students to the subject of Family and Consumer Sciences. Students will develop introductory food preparation skills while preparing simple recipes. Essential skills are focused on kitchen safety and sanitation,  lab procedures, and measuring techniques. Construction of a creative sewing project exposes students to small sewing equipment, sewing machine parts and functions, sewing safety, and sewing terminology. All of the course activities will emphasize teamwork in an interactive environment.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    IT.MIT00004
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This is a hands-on activity class, which provides an opportunity for students to explore design concepts and problem-solving strategies as they create, construct, and build projects.  This course will include the safe, proper use of various hand tools and machines as well as the correct procedures and measurements for the fabrication and completion of products.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MMU00035/MMU00036
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    The training provided in Fifth Grade Orchestra continues in this course.  Students receive instruction in music reading skills, production of a good tone, bowing, and left hand techniques.  Attendance at all performances is required and part of the class grade as covered in the Rockwood School District Attendance Procedure for Secondary Music Programs. Students must provide their own instrument, book, and supplies.



    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.MFL00007
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    6th Grade French is a quarter-long exploratory course designed to expose students to basic vocabulary on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: greetings/introductions, numbers, colors, body parts, animals, and food. Cultural topics students may explore are: holidays, traditions, history, art, and where French is spoken in the world.

  • Course Code
    WL.MFL00008
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    6th Grade German is a quarter-long exploratory course designed to expose students to basic vocabulary on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: greetings/introductions, numbers, colors, body parts, animals, and food. Cultural topics students may explore are: holidays, traditions, history, art, and where German is spoken in the world.

  • Course Code
    WL.MFL00009
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description

    6th Grade Spanish is a quarter-long exploratory course designed to expose students to basic vocabulary on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: greetings/introductions, numbers, colors, body parts, animals, and food. Cultural topics students may explore are: holidays, traditions, history, art, and where German is spoken in the world.


  • Course Code
    AR.MDR00005
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Through activities involving movement, improv, storytelling, voice, and performance, students will learn the basics of theatre and acting. Using their imaginations to make artistic choices, students will develop strategies to collaborate, memorize and problem solve. Evaluations are based primarily on performances/projects.

  • Course Code
    SC.MSC00015/MSC00016
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Life Science is a study of how organisms live, grow, and respond to their environment. Unit 1: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems; Students will be able to explain how organisms interact with other organisms in the physical environment to obtain matter and energy. Unit 2: Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems; Students will construct scientific explanations about the role of photosynthesis in the transfer of energy and cycling of matter and how these processes relate to growth and survival of organisms as well as their interactions with other living and nonliving parts of the ecosystem. Unit 3: Structure, Function, and Information Processes; Students will construct scientific explanations about the role of photosynthesis in the transfer of energy and cycling of matter and how these processes relate to growth and survival of organisms as well as their interactions with other living and nonliving parts of the ecosystem. Unit 4: Growth, Development and Reproduction of Organisms; Students will use engineering practices and models to begin to develop an understanding of inheritance and variation of traits. Unit 5: Natural Selection and Adaptations; Students will formulate answers how genetic variation among organisms in a species affects survival and reproduction and how the environment influences genetic traits in populations over multiple generations.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MMU00023/MMU00024
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Mixed Choir is a full year performance course designed to introduce fundamentals of music and the skills required for effective ensemble singing.  Students will rehearse and perform level-appropriate two and three part choral literature.  Attendance at scheduled performances is mandatory and a part of required class work as covered in the Rockwood School District Attendance Procedure for Secondary Music Programs.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    PE.MPE00004/MPE00005
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    Physical Education/Health in the sixth grade will provide students the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of fundamental movement skills while participating in various games, team and individual/lifetime sports, as well as team building activities.  Primary focus will be on skill development and application in games.  Character education traits will be incorporated throughout the class.  Physical fitness will be emphasized through the teaching of the principles of health and skill-related fitness.  Health topics will be integrated throughout the course and will include nutrition, an overview of body systems, the endocrine system, diseases, personal hygiene, and tobacco use and abuse.

  • Course Code
    TE.MIT00007
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    In this course, students will explore various aspects of STEM. Students will learn the basics of 3D modeling and printing, use the design process to collaboratively solve problems through fun projects, and be introduced to computer programming through game design. This course provides a preview of future STEM opportunities available in 7th and 8th grade.

  • Course Code
    MU.MMU00017/MMU00018
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Treble Choir is a full year performance course for treble voices designed to introduce fundamentals of music and the skills required for effective ensemble singing.  Students will rehearse and perform level-appropriate two and three part choral literature.  Attendance at scheduled performances is mandatory and a part of required class work as covered in the Rockwood School District Attendance Procedure for Secondary Music Programs.

  • Course Code
    SS.MSS00007/MSS00008
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    World History students will explore the ancient world from Pre-History through the Middle Ages. Students will develop social science inquiry skills including questioning, gathering and using evidence, developing claims, and constructing arguments and explanations. Using these skills, students will learn to analyze significant historical developments and their connection to our world today. Students will build a strong understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment, the development of government systems, and the effect of trade and economic decisions on societies. This new understanding of the world will prepare students to be informed and engaged citizens.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS022S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Sociology is designed to introduce students to the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Students will learn to think like sociologists as they investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Students will examine sociological theories, research and data in order to investigate the world and better understand human behavior. This understanding will enable students to effectively participate in a diverse society, and develop a sense of personal and social responsibility.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL031S/FL032S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    Spanish 1 is an elective course for students who plan to study two or more years of a World Language. The course is centered around thematic units in which students are exposed to Spanish culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities.
    • Read, listen and watch a variety of Spanish texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to food, family, travel, daily routines, entertainment and life in the Spanish-speaking world
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain short conversations on a variety topics
    • Present information in writing or by speaking
    • Research and study food, family, travel, daily routines entertainment and life in the Spanish-speaking world
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and products
    • Develop the habits and strategies of a successful language learner

  • Course Code
    WL.FL033S/FL034S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
     Spanish 2 is an elective course for students who plan to study two or more years of a World Language. The course is centered around thematic units in which students are exposed to Spanish culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities.
    • Read, listen and watch a variety of Spanish texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to food, family, travel, daily routines, entertainment and life in the Spanish-speaking world
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain short conversations on a variety topics
    • Present information in writing or by speaking
    • Research and study food, family, travel, daily routines entertainment and life in the Spanish-speaking world
    • Develop an understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and products
    • Develop the habits and strategies of a successful language learner

  • Course Code
    BS.BS010S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Sport and entertainment fans, this is your chance to be a part of the game on a whole new level!  A fast growing field in business today is sports and entertainment management.  This course covers the topics of professional, college, and amateur sports, the entertainment industry, and event planning.  Learn about management, finances, marketing, facility operations, and legal/ethical issues in these highly popular industries.  Whether it’s in the front office or behind the scenes, sports and entertainment management is a slam dunk for you.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    PE.PE029S
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    Sports and Fitness involves participation in physical fitness activities and exposure to a variety of sport and lifetime-recreational activities.
    Students will demonstrate competency in an activity specific skill.
    Students will create a practice plan to improve in a self-selected skill.
    Students will monitor progress toward personal goals.
    Students will evaluate personal practices and behaviors that reduce or prevent physical inactivity.
    Students will exhibit proper etiquette, respect for others and teamwork.
    Students will recognize the value of physical activity and make it a part of their lives.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA053S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Sports Literature and Writing is an elective course intended to be taken in addition to a core English course. If taken to fulfill the twelfth grade Language Arts credit, this course must be paired with Senior British and World Literature, Senior Composition, or Senior Reader Writer. Sports Literature is a Language Arts class that will examine the unique relationship between sports and society through literature by contemporary authors, columnists and other media. Reading in the course is selected to be high-interest and thought provoking. Text selections will include informational text, poetry, biographies, and commentary. Writing in this course will include argument, informative, and narrative pieces.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MA.MA052S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    The study of statistics is gaining importance in all areas of our society and is recommended for all students. This course will use a project-based learning approach in which students will conduct surveys, interpret collected data and make decisions about real-life situations. Applications of the tools of data collection, data analysis, and statistical inference will be emphasized for a variety of careers.







    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.DR024S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description

    Studio Directing is an advanced theatre course which focuses on directing skills and the interrelationship between director and actor.  Students will experience the roles of director and actor in script analysis, auditions, rehearsals, and performance of scenes.
    Expected Outcomes:

    • Synthesize knowledge from a variety of dramatic forms, and theatrical conventions to create the visual composition of a drama/ theatre work.
    • Use research and script analysis to revise physical, vocal, and physiological choices impacting the believability and relevance of a drama/ theatre work.
    • Present a drama/theatre work using creative processes that shape the production for a specific audience.
    • Use historical and cultural context to structure and justify personal responses to a drama/theatre work.
       

     

  • Course Code
    NC.EL001S/EL002S
    Content Area
    Electives
    Description
    Students may enroll in one study hall per semester.

  • Course Code
    MU.MU036S/MU037S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
      This is the premier performing band of the school. Training is provided in technical skills and music reading.  Advanced band literature is performed.  Students will perform music from a broad range of musical styles. Training is provided which will enable the student to continue music training and or performance beyond the high school level.
    Expected outcomes:
    • Sight-read grade level appropriate band literature in various styles alone and with others.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency on the selected instrument.
    • Apply concepts in independent practice skills.

     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MU038S/MU039S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description

    Symphonic Orchestra is the premiere performing ensemble in the Rockwood Orchestra Program. Students will study advanced string and symphony orchestra literature from a broad range of musical styles. Composition, music literacy, and music analysis are important components of the course. Training is provided to enable the student to pursue music study and/or performance beyond the high school level.
    Expected Outcomes:


    • Refine advanced shifting (5th position and higher). 
    • Perform using artistic applications of vibrato.
    • Perform extended technique related to control of bowing variables (weight, angle, speed, and contact point) in advanced literature.
    • Apply concepts in independent practice skills.
    • Adjust pulse, rhythm, pitch, and dynamics within the ensemble.
     

     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    PE.PE009S
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    Team Sports involves participation in activities including:  Flag Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, Hockey, Team handball, and other activities based on the needs and interest of the class.  Skill development, strategy, and rules will be emphasized.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in recreational team competition.
    • Students will demonstrate competency in movement and motor skills.
    • Students will demonstrate competency in activities that improve strength, endurance, and flexibility.
    • Students will apply appropriate tactics and strategies in various activities.
    • Students will exhibit proper etiquette, respect for others and teamwork while engaging in physical activity.
    • Students will use communication skills and strategies that promote team/group dynamics.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.DR022S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Tech Theatre I emphasizes behind-the-scenes theatre production. Students will be introduced to the theatrical process, including set, costume, lighting, sound, makeup, and props with an emphasis on design. Students will synthesize ideas from research, script analysis, and context to create a design that is believable, authentic, and relevant for a play/musical. Class size is limited for safety reasons.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Construct set pieces using power tools.
    • Select and design costumes.
    • Apply stage makeup.
    • Operate digital light and sound boards.
    • Select and manage props.

  • Course Code
    AR.DR023S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Tech Theatre 2 emphasizes behind-the-scenes theatre production.  Students will further develop skills introduced in Tech Theatre I focusing on the theatrical process: including set, costume, lighting, sound, makeup, and props with an emphasis on design. Students will create a portfolio of work that can be used in college and/or a professional theatre setting. Class size is limited for safety reasons.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Design and construct set pieces using power tools.
    • Design and construct costumes.
    • Design and apply stage makeup.
    • Create digital light and sound designs and operate boards.
    • Select, construct and manage props.



  • Course Code
    TE.CO030S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Technical support is essential in any organization.  Through this experiential learning course, students will gain technical support experience and enhance their technical support skills while assisting Rockwood Technology Support staff with the following tasks: student Chromebook support and repair, projector lamp replacement, computer setup, connectivity issues, and O/S issues.  In addition to these hands-on experiences, students will prepare to obtain A+ certification, an industry standard certification through CompTIA.

  • Course Code
    SS.GRDSS003
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Third Grade Social Studies curriculum is focused on United States government, map skills, and economics. It is designed to introduce students to the roles and responsibilities of citizens in the national government, integrate the use of geographical tools, and develop a solid foundation of economic education.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.SGRD00019
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Third grade art students will continue to examine a higher level of complexity of the elements of art and their applications in the media of painting, drawing and printmaking. Students will express themselves in the themes of community and group identity.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.GRDLA003
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Third grade English Language Arts instruction includes reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Third graders will become more fluent readers while applying phonics and word analysis skills.  They will apply comprehension strategies to develop a deeper understanding of fiction and informational text.  Third grade students transition from learning to read to reading to learn.  Students will write opinion, narrative, and informative pieces using appropriate grammar and spelling skills.  Instruction may be in small groups, whole group, and/or individually, depending on the needs of the students.

  • Course Code
    MA.GRDMA103
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    Third grade students move beyond learning basic number sense to applying concepts previously learned as they continue on their mathematical journey. They will improve problem-solving skills as they develop an understanding of multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, geometry, and algebraic reasoning.  Through real-world applications, they will interpret data and analyze statistics.



  • Course Code
    PE.SGRDPE20
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description
    The Third Grade Health/Physical Education curriculum is based on sequential and developmentally appropriate activities selected by the teachers from the suggested facilitating activities. The teachers will focus on and are not limited to, locomotor (combining two or more) and non-locomotor skills, body in space, manipulative skills (passing, throwing, catching), health and skill related fitness, parts of a workout, benefits of being fit, heart rate, decision making, problem solving, risk taking, goal setting, sportsmanship, safety, personal health and nutrition.

  • Course Code
    SC.GRDSC103
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Third grade students focus on a conceptual understanding of natural and designed systems by defining understanding of cause and effect relationships on the stability of system components. Students explore cause and effect relationships effecting organisms in ecosystems, explore patterns of movement in the relationship of Earth, moon and sun. Students develop a conceptual definition of energy through a study of magnets and sound, and begin to conceptualize that all matter has energy. This builds a foundation for energy flows and cycles effect on systems in fourth and fifth grades.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.SGRDOR03
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This is a required course for all third grade students. Students meet for 30 minutes twice a week. Students will receive instruction on the violin. The course is taught using a modification of the Suzuki style in which the focus is on learning the repertoire by rote rather than reading notes from sheet music. The students perform repertoire taken from the Suzuki book as well as other folk music.











    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.SGRD00021
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    The course will focus on exploring the musical processes of Creating, Performing, and Responding, while forming connections within arts and non-arts disciplines. Students will develop the skills necessary to experience music as a performer and consumer, thus encouraging a lifelong appreciation of music.

  • Course Code
    PE.PE003S
    Content Area
    Physical Education - Health
    Description

    Total Body Wellness is designed for students interested in enhancing cardiovascular fitness, improving core strength, toning muscles, improving flexibility, understanding and practicing personal nutritional needs, and caring for one’s social and emotional wellness.  Activities may include mindfulness, yoga, walking for fitness, pilates, movements for muscular development, studying nutritional and caloric needs, and team building activities. Students will design a fitness program including all components of health-related fitness;

    •  Students will understand the basics of health-related fitness.
    • Students will create goals for improving and maintaining health.
    • Students will examine barriers to making a decision to stay physically active.
    • Students will analyze and compare the health benefits of a self-selected physical activity.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MU.MU064S/MU065S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description

     This is a small choral ensemble that performs advanced literature. Students will display musical understanding through written and performance activities. This ensemble will perform standard 4- part literature for treble voices [SSAA] in a variety of musical styles.
    Expected Outcomes:


    • Demonstrate vocal performance techniques as it relates to posture, breathing, vocal production, tone, diction, articulation.
    • Sight-read grade level appropriate choral literature in various styles alone and with others.
    • Interpret and perform music using expression such as dynamics, phrasing and style.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency as it relates to rhythm, note accuracy, key signatures, time signatures and tempo.


     


     

  • Course Code
    MU.MU056S/MU057S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description

     This is an intermediate level choir for students with limited high school choral music experience and/or developing singing skills. Students will display musical understanding through written and performance activities. This ensemble will perform standard 3-part literature for treble voices [SSA] in a variety of musical styles.
    Expected Outcomes:


    • Demonstrate vocal performance techniques as it relates to posture, breathing, vocal production, tone, diction, articulation.
    • Sight-read grade level appropriate choral literature in various styles alone and with others.
    • Interpret and perform music using expression such as dynamics, phrasing and style.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency as it relates to rhythm, note accuracy, key signatures, time signatures and tempo.


     


     

  • Course Code
    MU.MU048S/MU049S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    This is a large choral ensemble that performs advanced literature. Students will display musical understanding through written and performance activities. This ensemble will perform standard 3- and 4- part literature for treble voices [SSA(A)] in a variety of musical styles.
    Expected Outcomes:


    • Demonstrate vocal performance techniques as it relates to posture, breathing, vocal production, tone, diction, articulation.
    • Sight-read grade level appropriate choral literature in various styles alone and with others.
    • Interpret and perform music using expression such as dynamics, phrasing and style.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency as it relates to rhythm, note accuracy, key signatures, time signatures and tempo.
     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MA.MA023S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    Trigonometry is designed for the students who will continue on to Pre-calculus or for the college-bound student.  Trigonometric topics include applying properties of the unit circle, utilizing trigonometric identities to solve problems, and graphing the six trigonometric functions.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS029S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Students will learn about the foundations of our national government and federalism. The focus of the course is to instill a knowledge and understanding of how government works in order to prepare students to participate and take informed action as active citizens of our democratic republic. Using an inquiry approach, students will learn about the three branches of government, checks and balances on political power, the role of political parties, and interest groups. Students will also learn how public policy is made, enforced and interpreted. The role of state and local government will also be addressed.
    **This course fulfills the Missouri graduation requirement that students take and pass a course designated as containing the required instruction in federal, state and local government. In order to meet state graduation requirements, all students must pass the test on the United States and Missouri Constitutions.
    Students will take the required Missouri End-of-Course Government Exam.













  • Course Code
    SS.SS046S/SS047S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    US History is a survey of the second half of American History from the late 1800s to the present and provides continuity with the curriculum of 8th-grade American History class.  The course includes political, economic, and social developments from the modern era, as well as foreign affairs and geographic issues.  The course emphasizes inquiry-based learning and critical thinking skills designed to prepare students for college, career and civic engagement. Course work will include developing historical thinking skills including reading and analysis of primary and secondary sources, gathering and organizing of information into useful forms, and construction of written responses and arguments. Students will take and must pass the Missouri Civics Education Initiative Test as a part the course as required for graduation.

  • Course Code
    TE.PB010S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    In this course, students will learn basic principles of journalism, layout and design, photojournalism, and desktop publishing.
    • Utilizing state-of-the-art desktop publishing tools, students will create publication-ready materials, which may include, but are not limited to, flyers, newspaper spreads, magazine layouts, yearbook spreads, advertisements, and information graphics.
    • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the law and ethics of journalism as well as an understanding of Associated Press style.

  • Course Code
    BS.BS042S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Have fun designing web pages!  This course introduces students to web page design techniques.  Topics include customer expectations, multimedia technologies, usability and accessibility practices, and techniques for the evaluation of web design.  Upon completion, students should be able to employ advanced design techniques to create high-impact and highly functional web pages.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    CO.CO018S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    In this course students will create, publish and maintain dynamic websites by writing source code.  Topics will include HTML, CSS, databases and server-side scripting.  This is a good course to follow Business Web Design and Communication. A student with no prior experience in programming who is capable of working at the honors level may enter this course

  • Course Code
    SC.SC031S/SC032S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    AP Advanced Physics is designed for students who are planning to specialize or major in physics or engineering. The Mechanics portion of the course is intended to be the equivalent of a one-semester, calculus-based, college-level physics course and the Electricity and Magnetism components are the equivalent of another one-semester, calculus-based, college-level physics course. Content focuses on the topics of kinematics; work, energy and power; Newton's Laws of Motion; systems of particles and linear momentum, circular motion and rotation; oscillations and gravitation as well as electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism.
    • Engage in inquiry-based investigations that require application of scientific practices to study concepts thoroughly for deeper understanding
    • Laboratory work that focuses on experimental design and analysis of data
    • Apply calculus-based mathematics to physics topics





    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR001S/AR002S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    Advanced Placement Art History enables highly motivated students to study college level art history.  Students will gain an understanding of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural contexts.  Students examine major forms of artistic expression from pre-history to the present.  They will describe, critically analyze, and interpret artworks, trace artistic influences and evaluate art from various aesthetic perspectives.  This study of art history enriches student knowledge in the fields of both art and history.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Compare and contrast artwork in terms of time period, place/culture, artist, style, elements and principles of art, technical processes, themes, and the function of the work in its historical context.
    • Complete the process of art criticism for historical artworks, comparing and contrasting how the work would have been judged when/where it was created with how it is judged today.
    • Evaluate artworks in historical context, considering such issues as patronage, gender, and their functions and effects.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

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  • Course Code
    AR.AR004S/AR005S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
     The Advanced Placement Studio program enables highly motivated students to do college entry-level work in studio art.  During the course, students will produce a portfolio of artworks that can be submitted to the College Board for AP credit.  Some colleges also require portfolio works for admission and/or competitive scholarships.  Through teacher-directed assignments, students will use a range of approaches to create original artwork that demonstrates technical skills in a wide range of media through a variety of themes. They will also complete a sustained investigation that consists of a body of work around a student-selected theme.  Reflective writing is a significant part of the student’s portfolio.  Students are encouraged to submit a portfolio at the end of the year to the College Board.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Creatively and systematically investigate formal and conceptual issues.
    • Make art as an ongoing process using critical thinking and making informed decisions.
    • Develop technical skills and familiarize themselves with the functions of visual elements.
    • Become an independent thinker who will contribute inventively and critically to culture through artmaking.
     

  • Course Code
    AR.AR006S/AR007S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    The Advanced Placement Studio program enables highly motivated students to do college entry-level work in studio art.  During the course, students will produce a portfolio of artworks (different from the one selected for AP Studio 1) that can be submitted to the College Board for AP credit.  Some colleges also require portfolio works for admission and/or competitive scholarships.  Students will create original artwork that demonstrates technical skills in a wide range of media through variety of themes.  They will also complete a sustained investigation that consists of a body of work around a student-selected theme.  Reflective writing is a significant part of the student’s portfolio.  Students are encouraged to submit a portfolio at the end of the year to the College Board.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Creatively and systematically investigate formal and conceptual issues.
    • Make art as an ongoing process using critical thinking and making informed decisions.
    • Develop technical skills and familiarize themselves with the functions of visual elements.
    • Become an independent thinker who will contribute inventively and critically to culture through artmaking.
         


  • Course Code
    SC.SC033S/SC034S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    AP Biology is equivalent to an introductory college‐level biology course. Content focuses on the topics of evolution, cellular processes (energy and communication), genetics, information transfer, ecology, and interactions.
    • Engage in inquiry-based investigations that require application of scientific practices to study biological concepts
    • Laboratory work that focuses on quantitative skills and application of mathematical methods
    • Apply mathematical thinking and statistical analysis to science and engineering questions and problems







    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MA.MA043S/MA044S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    The course curriculum will be adjusted as necessary to adequately prepare students for the AP exam.
    AP Calculus will address limits, derivatives, and integrals of polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, and applications of differentiation and integration.  This is an advanced placement course that prepares the student to take the Advanced Placement Calculus AB Exam.  Students are expected (although not required) to take the Advanced Placement Exam.  Graphing calculators and computers will be integrated throughout this course.



    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MA.MA054S/MA055S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    Advanced Placement Calculus BC will address the AP Calculus AB topics of limits, derivatives, and integrals of polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, as well as the additional topics of parametric, polar and vector equations with applications of differentiation, integration, and series.  This is an advanced placement course that prepares the student to take the Advanced Placement Calculus BC Exam which covers concepts in college-level Calculus I and Calculus II.  Students are expected (although not required) to take the Advanced Placement Exam.  Graphing calculators and computers will be integrated throughout this course. 

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC035S/SC036S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    ​AP Chemistry is a course designed to be the equivalent of a freshman college chemistry course and provides students with the foundations for advanced chemistry courses. Content focuses on the topics of atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.
    • Engage in inquiry-based investigations that require application of scientific practices
    • Laboratory work that focuses on experimental design and analysis of data







    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    CO.CO010S/CO011S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    The major emphasis in the AP Computer Science course is on programming methodology and algorithms in the Java programming language.  Students will spend an extensive amount of time coding, debugging, and running their own object-oriented programs.  A student with no prior experience in programming who is capable of working at Honors level may enter this course.  Introduction to Programming is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.  This course will prepare the student for the Advanced Placement “A” exam in Computer Science.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS042S/SS043S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    The AP Economics course contains two complementary programs of study: AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics. Each program corresponds to one semester of a typical introductory college course in Economics. AP Macroeconomics focuses on the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole. AP Microeconomics focuses on the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA001S/LA002S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Advanced Placement English Language and Composition is designed to challenge the exceptional student of Language Arts who may elect this course to fulfill the Eleventh Grade Language Arts graduation requirement or to complete a fourth year of English study. This is a college level course, which prepares the student for the Advanced Placement Test. Students should be aware of the rigor, intensity, and scope that this course will demand. Students may be required to complete summer reading. This course will further develop students’ abilities as skilled analysts of a broad range of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. Reading will include works of autobiographers, biographers, diarists, critics, essayists, journalists, and writers of history, politics, science and nature. The writing content will focus upon lengthy expository and analytical essays. Students will compose in a variety of modes and for a variety of purposes. Students will enhance vocabulary skills, hone research skills, and practice speaking and listening skills.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    LA.LA003S/LA004S
    Content Area
    Language Arts
    Description
    Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition  is designed to challenge the student of Language Arts who may elect this course to fulfill the Eleventh Grade Language Arts graduation requirement or to complete a fourth year of English study. This college level course, overseen by The College Board, prepares the student for the Advanced Placement Test. The course involves intensive writing as response to the extensive reading of several literary genres from a variety of time periods. Summer reading may be required. The student is expected to demonstrate critical and analytical thought, participate in frequent class discussions, and refine the writing process.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC102S/SC103S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description

    ​The AP Environmental Science course is the equivalent of a one‐semester, introductory college course in environmental science. This course provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Topics of study include: Earth systems and resources, the living world, population, land and water use, energy resources and consumption, pollution and global change.

    • Engage in inquiry-based experimentation and field investigations for deeper understanding of content
    • Identify and analyze environmental issues, both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated and examine alternative solutions for resolving/preventing the issue

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS001S/SS002S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    This course fulfills the World History Graduation Requirement.
    AP European History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about European history from approximately 1450 to the present. Students will develop and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about this period of time in Europe. Five themes of equal importance provide areas of historical inquiry: Interaction of Europe and the World, Poverty and Prosperity, Objective Knowledge and Subjective Visions, States and Other Institutions, and Individual and Society. These themes require students to reason historically about continuity and change over time and make comparison among various historical developments in a variety of times and places.
    Note: Students entering this course should be able to read and comprehend college-level text and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS003S/SS004S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    AP Government and Politics is a year-long course which will focus on the government and politics of the United States and the diverse political structures of Britain, Russia, China, Iran, Nigeria and Mexico through a comparative approach. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning, assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments.
    This course fulfills the Missouri graduation requirement that students take and pass a course designated as containing the required instruction in federal, state and local government. In order to meet state graduation requirements, all students must pass the tests on the United States and Missouri Constitutions.
    Students will take the required Missouri End-of-Course Government Exam.
    Note: Students entering this course should be able to read and comprehend college-level text and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.





     








    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS060S/SS061S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    AP Human Geography is designed to help students become more engaged in contemporary global issues, geographically literate, and able to analyze the world from a multicultural perspective. Students will learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice, including interpreting maps, geospatial data, as well as geographic information systems (GIS) in order to see geography as a field of inquiry. Topics of study in the course include population and migration, economic development and industrialization, cultural patterns, and urban and rural development. The course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course.
    Note: Students entering should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

  • Course Code
    MU.MU058S/MU059S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    The AP Music Theory course corresponds to two semesters of a typical introductory college music theory course that covers topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills including dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony are considered an important part of the course. Through the course, students develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. Development of aural skills is a primary objective. Performance is also part of the learning process. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music. Notational skills, speed, and fluency with basic materials are emphasized.
    Expected outcomes:
    • Develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard and represented in a score.
    • Master the rudiments and terminology of music including pitches, intervals, scales and keys, chords, meter, and rhythm.
    • Learn to identify, both aurally and through score reading, tonal procedures based in common-practice tonality.







    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC039S/SC040S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description

    AP Physics 1 is equivalent to the first semester of an introductory, algebra‐based college physics course. Content focuses on the topics of forces, motion, energy, momentum, waves and electrical circuits.

    • Engage in inquiry-based investigations that require application of scientific practices to study concepts thoroughly for deeper understanding
    • Laboratory work that focuses on experimental design and analysis of data
    • Further develop skills such as reading, writing of short answers/essays, and solving numerical problems to promote critical thinking
       
     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC041S/SC042S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description

    AP Physics 2 is equivalent to the second semester of an introductory, algebra‐based college physics course. Content includes an in‐depth study of fluids, thermodynamics with kinetic theory, electrostatics, electrical circuits with capacitors, magnetic fields, electromagnetism, physical and geometric optics as well as quantum, atomic and nuclear physics.

    • Engage in inquiry-based investigations that require application of scientific practices to study concepts thoroughly for deeper understanding
    • Laboratory work that focuses on experimental design and analysis of data
    • Further develop skills such as reading, writing of short answers/essays, and solving numerical problems to promote critical thinking

































































































































































































    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS005S/SS006S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    AP Psychology introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, analyze bias, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas.
    Note: Students entering this course should be prepared to read and comprehend college-level and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    MA.MA014S/MA015S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    Advanced Placement Statistics introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.  The four broad conceptual themes are:  exploring data, planning a study, anticipating patterns using probability theorem and simulation and statistical inference.  AP Statistics prepares students to take the Advanced Placement Exam.  Students are expected (although not required) to take this exam.  Use of calculators and computers will be integrated throughout this course. 







    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS007S/SS008S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    This course meets the United States History Graduation Requirement.
    AP United States History focuses on developing students’ conceptual and historical thinking as they learn about U.S. History from approximately 1491 to the present. Seven themes of equal importance provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course: identity; peopling; politics and power; work, exchange and technology; America in the world; environment and geography; and ideas, beliefs and culture. Emphasis will be placed on interpreting and analyzing evidence from primary and secondary sources along with crafting arguments from historical knowledge and sources.
    Note: Students entering this course should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS039S/SS040S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    AP World History focuses on developing students’ abilities to analyze global patterns of historical development and exchange from approximately 8,000 BCE to the present. Using primary and secondary sources, students will track historical change and continuity. Great emphasis is placed on the development of historical thinking skills, including chronological reasoning, comparison, contextualization, argumentation, interpretation, and synthesis. The course includes study of the five major geographic regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
    Note: Students entering this course should be prepared to read and comprehend college-level texts and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC049S/SC050S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description

    Authentic Science Research 1 is designed to engage students in science and engineering practices so they learn to think and perform tasks as research scientists. Students will develop skills in data literacy, literature review analysis, and communication as they experience the experimental design process. As students build a foundation in the practice of science, they will ask and refine questions to begin to explore topics to narrow their own research focus.

    • Plan and carry out investigations and gain knowledge in both technical writing, scientific argumentation, and the construction of scientific explanations
    • Make claims supported by evidence through models, data, research, and additional sources
    • Validity of data will be determined through data analysis and an introduction to statistical analysis and computational thinking for larger data sets in science
    • Obtain, evaluate, and communicate claims, methods, and designs
    • Make connections with community volunteer programs to further their study of research

  • Course Code
    SC.SC057S/SC058S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Authentic Science Research 2 is designed to allow students to utilize the practices they learned in ASR 1 to conduct a long-term independent research investigation.
    • Seek out and find a mentor in the community (i.e. scientist, professor, etc.) to support student work on their research project
    • Communicate claims, methods, designs, and findings as a research paper and/or as a scientific poster
    • Defend arguments and revise work based on peer evaluations and class discussions
    • Submit research to various scientific competitions (i.e., science symposia, science fairs, and other science forums)

  • Course Code
    SC.SC059S/SC060S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Authentic Science Research 3 is designed to enable students who are proficient or advanced in the science and engineering practices to continue independent research and design. Students will work closely with their individual mentors and peers in the class to evaluate their designs and findings.
    Focus on the revision process and how to most effectively communicate their results in written, oral, and display forms
    Assume the role of student mentors for ASR 1 and 2 students, providing essential peer evaluation and support and modeling the collaborative effort of a scientific research team
    Submit research to various scientific competitions (i.e., science symposia, science fairs, and other science forums)































  • Course Code
    CO.CO012S/CO013S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    The major emphasis in the WG C++ Programming Language course is on programming methodology,   algorithms, and data structures in the C++ Programming Language.  Key concepts will include:  logic, loops, data types and structures, file I/O (input/output), classes, methods, functions, pointers, and recursion.  Class projects will include console and/or visual programs.  A student with no prior experience in programming who is capable of working at the honors level may enter this course.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SC.SC055S/SC056S
    Content Area
    Science
    Description
    Concepts of Semi-Micro Qualitative Analysis & Organic Chemistry is a second-year chemistry course composed of two distinct semesters. The first semester addresses the concepts of semi-micro analysis, which is oriented toward laboratory analysis of solutions. the second semester focuses on topics in organic chemistry, which is the study of Carbon compounds (alcohols, hydrocarbons, polymers, etc.) and their relationship to biochemical structures.
    • Engage in experimental design by planning and carrying out investigations individually and collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence
    • Select appropriate tools to collect, record, analyze, and evaluate data

  • Course Code
    MA.MA008S/MA009S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    This accelerated course is recommended for the college-bound student who intends to follow a math-related curriculum.  In addition to the topics taught in Algebra 2, this course builds on the student’s previous work with trigonometric ratios, uses the coordinate plane to extend trigonometry to model periodic phenomena, and utilizes properties of the unit circle and trigonometric identities to solve problems. 







  • Course Code
    MA.MA065S/MA066S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    This course is a rigorous proof-based course designed to develop spatial concepts and insight into geometric relationships. A precise mathematical language is developed with an emphasis on reading and real-life problem solving.  Transformations on the coordinate plane provide opportunities for the formal study of congruence and similarity.  The study of similarity leads to right triangle trigonometry and connects to quadratics and circles through Pythagorean relationships.  The study of circles uses similarity and congruence to develop basic theorems related to circles and lines.  The link between probability and data is explored through conditional probability.  All units in this course will tie together geometric and previous advanced algebraic content knowledge such as systems of equations, factoring and solving quadratic equations.  Advanced proofs are integrated throughout the course and will allow students to experience Geometry as a useful and logical subject.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS050S/SS051S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    WG Honors US History course is designed to challenge advanced students and to prepare them for college-level work in AP social studies courses.  The curriculum focuses on the study of American History from the late 1800s to the present, with a high level of academic rigor.   Instruction incorporates inquiry- based learning with greater depth and complexity than the non-weighted US History course. Students will be required to analyze, interpret and critique primary and secondary sources and will be assessed based on their ability to make complex connections and draw logical conclusions, as well as on their ability to engage in rigorous historical thinking and argumentation.

  • Course Code
    MA.MA024S/MA025S
    Content Area
    Math
    Description
    This accelerated course is designed for students interested in pursuing a math related curriculum in college.  Topics include functions, series, sequences, matrices, complex numbers, conic sections, polar and parametric equations, linear regression, vectors, applications of trigonometry, and an introduction to Calculus.  Since this course is designed to prepare students for Calculus, the focus will be on problem solving using mathematical models to represent real world situations.  Technology will be incorporated throughout the curriculum. 







    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT058S/IT059S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    The major focus of the Aerospace Engineering (AE) course is to expose students to the world of aeronautics, flight, and engineering.  Students will be introduced to the project Lead The Way activity-based, project-based, and problem-based learning through exploring the world of aerospace engineering.  Students should have experience in physics, mathematics, and Industrial and Engineering Technology.  They will employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of aerospace problems.  Lessons will engage students in engineering design problems related to aerospace information systems, astronautics, rocketry, propulsion, the physics of space science, space life sciences, the biology of space science, principles of aeronautics, structures and materials, and systems engineering.  Upon successful completion of this course and at least an 80% on the comprehensive assessment at the end of the course, students can earn 3 hours of college credit from many universities nationwide.  A list of these universities is available on the Project Lead The Way website; www.pltw.org.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL011S/FL012S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    AP French Language and Culture is designed to promote proficiency in French and to enable you to explore culture in contemporary and historical contexts. The course focuses on interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication. Students will develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills while expanding their awareness of the cultural products, practices, and perspectives of the Francophone world. The AP French Language and Culture exam will focus on the following themes: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. These themes will be heavily integrated into the class to thoroughly prepare students for the examination. In addition to textbooks, materials might include websites, podcasts, films, newspapers, magazines and literature.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL045S/FL046S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    AP German Language and Culture is designed to promote proficiency in German and to enable you to explore culture in contemporary and historical contexts. The course focuses on interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication. Students will develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills while expanding their awareness of the cultural products, practices, and perspectives of the German-speaking world. The AP German Language and Culture exam will focus on the following themes: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. These themes will be heavily integrated into the class to thoroughly prepare students for the examination. In addition to textbooks, materials might include websites, podcasts, films, newspapers, magazines and literature. 

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL059S/FL060S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    AP Latin introduces two of the key figures in Roman History: Julius Caesar and Vergil.  Through studying the writings and historical periods in which these two authors lived, AP Latin students will build upon their skills developed in previous Latin courses.  A selection of writings from each author will be read in Latin, and additional selections from their works will be read in translation.  Grammar, vocabulary, history, and culture will play a prominent role in the course.  As students progress in reading, translating, understanding, and analyzing Caesar’s Gallic War and Vergil’s Aeneid, they will develop a greater sense of the Latin language and Roman culture.  Students are expected, but not required to take the Advanced Placement Examination. 

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL039S/FL040S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    AP Spanish Language and Culture is designed to promote proficiency in Spanish and to enable you to explore culture in contemporary and historical contexts. The course focuses on interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication. Students will develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills while expanding their awareness of the cultural products, practices, and perspectives of the Spanish-speaking world. The AP Spanish Language and Culture exam will focus on the following themes: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. These themes will be heavily integrated into the class to thoroughly prepare students for the examination. In addition to textbooks, materials might include websites, podcasts, films, newspapers, magazines and literature.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    TE.IT074S/IT075S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    In the final course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Students address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. They have the opportunity to work on an independent design project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT056S/IT057S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This course helps students understand the field of civil engineering and architecture.  Students will explore the concept of project planning from conceptualization to completion.  Areas explored are:  surveying, soil sampling, water pressure, floor plan design, structural engineering and roof systems.  Upon successful completion of this course and at least an 80% on the comprehensive assessment at the end of the course, students can earn 3 hours of college credit from many universities nationwide.  A list of these universities is available on the Project Lead The Way website; www.pltw.org.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT037S/IT038S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This course applies the principles of robotics and automation.  It will build on the principles learned in the three foundation courses (Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, and Digital Electronics), and will specifically utilize computer solid modeling skills in IED.  Students will use CNC and rapid prototyping equipment to produce actual models of their three-dimensional designs.  Fundamental concepts of robotics used in automated manufacturing and design analysis are included as well.  Upon successful completion of this course and at least an 80% on the comprehensive assessment at the end of the course, students can earn 3 hours of college credit from many universities nationwide.  A list of these universities is available on the Project Lead The Way website; www.pltw.org.
     

  • Course Code
    IT.IT035S/IT036S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Digital electronics is a course of study in applied logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices.  Students will be introduced to digital circuits found in many devices, i.e., video games, watches, calculators, digital cameras, etc.  Students will learn to apply Boolean equations, use computer simulation software for designing and testing digital circuitry, and how to bread board and wire functional circuits on various devices.  Upon successful completion of this course and at least an 80% on the comprehensive assessment at the end of the course, students can earn 3 hours of college credit from many universities nationwide.  A list of these universities is available on the Project Lead the Way website; www.pltw.org.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT045S/IT046S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    In this capstone course, students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process.  Students perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem.  After carefully defining the problem, teams design, build, and test their solutions while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities.  Finally, student teams present and defend their original solution to an outside panel.  Upon successful completion of this course and at least an 80% on the comprehensive assessment at the end of the course, students can earn 3 hours of college credit from many universities nationwide.  A list of these universities is available on the Project Lead The Way website; www.pltw.org.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL007S/FL008S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    French 4 is centered on thematic units in which students are exposed to French culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities. Students will be exposed to and produce longer and more sophisticated texts. Cultural activities embedded in this course are based upon the themes established by the College Board for their course in Advanced Placement French Language and Culture. Read, listen and watch a variety of French texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to housing, immigration, technology, beauty in Art, sports in today’s society, marketing and social media/the press in the Francophone world.
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain conversations on a variety of studied topics, including current events.
    • Build upon prior knowledge of language structure in order to focus on acquiring literacy, communication, and critical thinking skills.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL009S/FL010S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    The French 5 course is designed to promote proficiency in French and to enable you to explore culture in contemporary and historical contexts. The course focuses on interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication. Students will develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills while expanding their awareness of the cultural products, practices, and perspectives of the Francophone world. The French 5 exam will focus on the following themes: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. These themes will be heavily integrated into the class to thoroughly prepare students for the examination. In addition to textbooks, materials might include websites, podcasts, films, newspapers, magazines and literature.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL019S/FL020S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    German 4 is an elective course for students who have completed German 3. It is recommended that students have earned a C or better in German 3 before continuing to German 4. German 4 is centered on thematic units in which students are exposed to German culture, language and grammar through a variety of activities. Students will be exposed to and produce longer and more sophisticated texts.
    • Read, listen and watch a variety of German texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics and current events in the German-speaking world.
    • Build upon prior knowledge of language structure in order to focus on acquiring literacy, communication, and critical thinking skills.
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain conversations on a variety of studied topics, including current events.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL021S/FL022S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
     The German 5 course is designed to promote proficiency in German and to enable you to explore culture in contemporary and historical contexts. The course focuses on interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication. Students will develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills while expanding their awareness of the cultural products, practices, and perspectives of the German-speaking world. The German 5 exam will focus on the following themes: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. These themes will be heavily integrated into the class to thoroughly prepare students for the examination. In addition to textbooks, materials might include websites, podcasts, films, newspapers, magazines and literature.
     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT039S/IT040S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This course teaches problem-solving skills using a design development process.  Models of product solutions are created, analyzed, and communicated using 3-D solid modeling software.  Once the model is created, the object can be observed from many different viewpoints:  animated, textured, highlighted, or proportioned.  This is the industry standard for the  twenty-first century.  Upon successful completion of this course and at least an 80% on the comprehensive assessment at the end of the course, students can earn 3 hours of college credit from many universities nationwide.  A list of these universities is available on the Project Lead the Way website; www.pltw.org.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL029S/FL030S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    Students in this class will explore the culture and civilization of the Roman world by reading Latin authors in the original language.  Students will ready a variety of prose, poetry, or both.  The texts used in this class will highlight grammar, vocabulary, and literary devices commonly used in Latin literature.  In general, the reading sequence will correspond to the AP Latin exam or comparable authors but at a level commensurate with student ability.  Guided independent study outside the classroom is strongly recommended for those students who wish to take the AP exam.  Students should consult their institution of higher learning for specific requirements.  This course may be eligible for the Advanced Credit Course at St. Louis University, 1818 Program.  Consult your teacher for details.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT072S/IT073S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    In this course, the third in the Biomedical Science Program, students investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the life of a fictitious family.  The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body.  Students explore how to prevent and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail.  Through these scenarios, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT041S/IT042S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    This course helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology  Students will explore various technology systems and manufacturing processes, as well as learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people.  The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.  Upon successful completion of this course and at least an 80% on the comprehensive assessment at the end of the course, students can earn 3 hours of college credit from many universities nationwide.  A list of these universities is available on the Project Lead the Way website; www.pltw.org.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    WL.FL037S/FL038S
    Content Area
    World Language
    Description
    This is an elective course for students who have successfully completed Spanish 3, wishing to continue their pursuit of higher levels in Spanish study. The course will focus on the development of communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) and the growth of cultural knowledge.
    • Read, listen, watch, and then discuss a variety of authentic texts, audio selections, and programs about selected topics related to the Spanish-speaking world.
    • Initiate, participate in, and sustain conversations on a variety of topics.
    • Present information in written and spoken form about selected topics.
    • Independently research and study selected topics.
    • Deepen their understanding of how cultural perspectives influence cultural practices and cultural products.
    • Implement different language strategies to strengthen their communication skills.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT015S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Wood Processes 1 is an introductory course in woodworking technology.  It includes the following:  safety in the shop, drawing and planning, use of tools and machines, and the processes which accompany these tools and machines.  Students are required to complete projects which are designed to enhance proper tool and machinery skills and techniques.
     

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    IT.IT016S/IT017S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    The content of this course includes wood and its classifications, forms of construction, machines and tools, machine and tool processes.  Students may work on projects of their own design and choice.  The class work in this course consists of the study of individual machines, materials used in woodworking, and safety in the use of equipment.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    AR.AR025S
    Content Area
    Fine Arts
    Description
    World Art provides a crafts focus for students who want an alternative to traditional drawing and painting.  Students will use techniques of fiber arts, sculpture, and metalworking to create original two- and three-dimensional artworks.  They will be inspired by the artwork from European, African, Pre-Columbian, and Asian cultures.  Students will analyze and critique artworks, discuss aesthetic issues, and understand how art is related to history and culture.  If a student enjoys this course, and wants further study, Art Fundamentals must be taken before proceeding to intermediate level art courses.
    Expected Outcomes:
    • Create artwork that demonstrates the use of Form: Relief (high and low), Freestanding/In-the-round, Organic, Geometric.
    • Create artwork that demonstrates the use of Unity: As created through repetition
    • Create an artwork using a fiber arts process (e.g. weaving, paper-making, paper cutting, book arts, quilting, applique, basketry, knotting, batik)
    • Create artwork that has a functional (utilitarian and/or ceremonial) purpose based on a cultural example.
    • Explain how historical events and social ideas are reflected in artworks from selected cultures or historical time periods

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

  • Course Code
    SS.SS033S/SS034S
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    World History is a survey course focusing on the historical development of people, places and patterns of life from ancient times until the present day. Students will utilize inquiry-based learning to explore the history and characteristics of civilizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. This course will help students develop the historical thinking skills needed to understand the trends and global issues associated with the course content.  Additionally, it will build students’ ability to think and reason through analysis, evaluation and comparison of each historical period. This emphasis on a global perspective will prepare students to be engaged citizens in the twenty-first century.

  • Course Code
    PB.PB004S/PB005S
    Content Area
    Career and Technical Education
    Description
    Yearbook Production is a practical lab class where students produce the school yearbook. This is a co-curricular course that may require work outside of the regular class period.
    • Yearbook Production is a project-based course responsible for the creation of the school yearbook.
    •  Students will learn theme development, journalistic writing, design, marketing, photography and publishing.
    •  Students enrolled in the class will make content, coverage, and design decisions following journalistic standards taught in prerequisite courses.
    • Students are expected to participate in revenue-building activities to support the financial obligations of the production.

    Note: This curriculum was written prior to the 2014-2015 school year. It is scheduled to be rewritten following the Rockwood Curriculum Schedule.

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Unit Description
Details
1Creating: Improvisation
This unit focuses on using the creation process.
Students will use knowledge of music to create original solos.
1Creating: Improvisation
This unit focuses on using the use of chords in guitar music.
Students will learn shapes of chords and how to apply those to musical selections.


1Creating: Improvisation
This unit focuses on using the development of improvised musical ideas.
Students will use knowledge of scales to create original improvised solos.


1Equations and Inequalities
Students will solve multi-step linear equations and inequalities.  They will identify the solution set for an inequality and if an equation has one solution, infinitely-many solutions or no solution.
1Equations and Inequalities
Students will solve multi-step linear equations and inequalities.  They will identify the solution set for an inequality and if an equation has one solution, infinitely-many solutions or no solution.
1Journalistic Practices Principles of Journalism
This unit focuses on learning legal precedent and ethical standards and how those affect student First Amendment rights.
1Journalistic Practices Principles of Journalism
This unit focuses on applying legal precedent and ethical standards and defending student First Amendment rights.
1Journalistic Practices Principles of Journalism
This unit focuses on learning legal precedent and ethical standards and how those affect student First Amendment rights.
1Journalistic Practices Principles of Journalism
This unit focuses on learning legal precedent and ethical standards and how those affect student First Amendment rights.
1Journalistic Practices Principles of Journalism
This unit focuses on learning legal precedent and ethical standards and how those affect student First Amendment rights.
1Number Systems
Students will find the prime factorization of a number and the GCF and LCM of two whole numbers.  They will perform operations involving rational numbers in mathematical problems and real world context.
1Number Systems
Students will solve problems involving the four operations with integers.

1Number Systems
Students will find the prime factorization of a number and the GCF and LCM of two whole numbers.  They will perform operations involving rational numbers in mathematical problems and real world context.
1Sample Proportions
Students will construct, analyze and apply confidence intervals and significance test for sample proportions.
1Sequences and Series
Students will identify, analyze, and represent patterns. They will write explicit and recursive forms of sequences, find sums of sequences and apply the Binomial Theorem to expanding binomials. 

1Systems of Linear Equations and Matrices
Students will construct matrices, use them to perform operations and to solve a system of linear equations.
1Team/Individual Sports and Lifetime Activities
Students will focus on using the fundamental movement skills for a variety of sports and activities, allowing students to participate in and develop an appreciation for physical activity. Students will find opportunities to develop their character through collaboration with peers and general social interactions within the physical education setting. Lead up games will be utilized to help develop skills and define the strategies incorporated with each activity/sport.
1Team/Individual Sports and Lifetime Activities
Students will focus on using the fundamental movement skills for a variety of sports and activities, allowing students to participate in and develop an appreciation for physical activity. Students will find opportunities to develop their character through collaboration with peers and general social interactions within the physical education setting. Lead up game will be utilized to help develop skills and define the strategies incorporated with each activity/sport. 
1Team/Individual/Lifetime Sports
Students will define, develop and demonstrate sport and activity skills in a variety of team, individual, and lifetime sports.
1Trigonometric Functions
The student will analyze, apply and demonstrate the properties of the 6 trigonometric functions along with the special right triangles and pythagorean theorem. (degrees only)

10Exponents and Scientific Notation
Students will use properties of integer exponents to simplify numerical and algebraic expressions.  They will write very large or very small numbers in scientific notation and perform operations with numbers expressed in this form.
10Transformations, Similarity and Congruence
Students will find missing side lengths and angle measures for congruent and similar polygons.  They will identify and perform transforms on polygons in the coordinate plane.
11Exponents
Students will use properties of integer exponents to simplify numerical and algebraic expressions. 

1MA01Numbers and Number Bonds to 10
Students will learn to read and write numbers to 10. Students are introduced to number bonds to show part-whole relationships.
1MA02Addition and Subtraction to 10
Students will learn strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems and use problem solving skills to solve simple real world problems.
1MA03Shapes and Patterns Ordinal Numbers and Positions
Students will compare how shapes are alike and different by describing their attributes and properties. They will be able to recognize them from different perspectives and orientations.
Students will compose and decompose plane and solid shapes.
Students will be able to create patterns. Students will use ordinal numbers to describe the positions of specific objects or persons in a row.

1MA04Numbers to 20, Addition/Subtraction Facts to 20
Students will learn to count, read, and write numbers within 20.
Students will learn more strategies for addition and subtraction as they solve problems that include numbers between 10 and 20.
1MA05Length and Weight
Students will compare lengths of two objects directly and indirectly and they will order several objects according to length.
Students will use non-standard units to measure length. Students will use a balance to compare the weight of objects. Students will use non-standard units to measure weight.
1MA06Graphs
Students use counting skills to collect data. Students use the data to compile a variety of graphs. Students will interpret information from the graphs.
1MA07Numbers to 40, Addition and Subtraction to 40
Students will count, compare, and order numbers to 40. Students will learn more strategies for addition and subtraction as they solve problems that include numbers up to 40.
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