Clear Creek Amana High School Course Description Guide 2015-2016 Revised 2/2/15 Clear Creek Amana Community School District district office

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Clear Creek Amana High School

Course Description Guide

Revised 2/2/15

Clear Creek Amana Community School District

PO Box 487

327 S. Augusta

Oxford, Iowa 52322


Steve Swenka PRESIDENT





Eileen Schmidt BOARD MEMBER


Mr. Tim Kuehl

Clear Creek Amana High School

551 W. Marengo Road

P.O. Box 199

Tiffin, IA 52340


Mark Moody Principal

Mike Potter................................... Assistant Principal

Kurt Ronnfeldt......................................... Athletic Director


Students, parents, employees and others doing business with or performing services for the Clear Creek Amana Community School District are hereby notified that this school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, SES, disability, religion, or creed in admission or access to, or treatment in, its programs and activities.  The school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, or gender identity in admission or access to, or treatment in, its hiring and employment practices.  Any person having inquiries concerning the school district's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), § 504 or Iowa Code § 280.3 is directed to contact: Brenda Parker, Equity Coordinator, 327 S Augusta Ave, PO Box 487, Oxford IA  52322, 319-828-4510 who has been designated by the school district to coordinate the school district's efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the ADA, § 504 and Iowa Code § 280.3 (2007). 

Inquiries by students regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, may also be directed in writing to the Director of the Region VII office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City, MO.  64114 (816) 268-0550, or Iowa Dept. of Education, Grimes State Office Bldg., Des Moines, IA. (515) 281-5294.  This inquiry or complaint to the federal or state office may be done instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or complaint at the local level.

Table of Contents

General Information

Course Descriptions

District Mission, Beliefs, and Vision 1

Graduation Requirements 2

Career Pathways 3

Course Offerings 10

Digital Course Offerings 34

Admissions Requirements

at Regents Institutions 36

Articulation Credit Through High School Courses 37

Post-Secondary Enrollment Option 37

Career Edge Academies 37

Art 11

Business 12

Family & Consumer Science 13

Engineering 15

Health 16

Industrial Technologies 16

Language Arts 19

Mathematics 22

Music 24

Physical Education 24

Science 25

Social Studies 28

World Languages 30

Clear Creek Amana Mission Statement

The mission of the Clear Creek Amana Community School District is to prepare students to be productive, responsible, community members by providing an environment that inspires quality life-long learning.

Clear Creek Amana Beliefs

  1. We believe students should be first and foremost in everything we do.

  2. We believe quality facilities, staff, and resources are critical to learning.

  3. We believe knowing how to learn and to think creatively are essential in an ever- changing world.

  4. We believe learners must be guided and nurtured.

  5. We believe learning is enhanced in an environment that promotes open communication, mutual respect and teaches responsibility.

  6. We believe that schools and communities supportive of each other provide diverse and balanced opportunities to grow, develop creativity, and learn together.

  7. We believe good organizations and successful people are goal directed.

  8. We believe a safe environment is conducive to learning.

  9. We believe a quality educational program is built upon fundamentals.

  10. We believe quality education and equal opportunity are fundamental rights for all.

  11. We believe everyone can learn.

  12. We believe students learn best when their physical and emotional needs are met.

  13. We believe quality schools make learning a positive experience.

Clear Creek Amana Vision Statement

Stake-holders in Clear Creek Amana expressed a strong desire for an educational experience that would be broad and deep—one that embraces the complexity of human learning and the excitement that comes from intensely personal learning experiences. Further, they want a public school system that serves the community, not just its children. They want a school system that offers choices and exhibits flexibility and openness—a system that can change with the times to keep itself current with technology and social issues. They want a system that capitalizes on individual learner strengths and interests at the same time it conveys social skills and dispositions that lead to strong groups and community integrity.

Graduation Requirements

Graduates need a total of 56 credits. One credit is awarded each semester per successful completion of each course.

Clear Creek Amana High School’s Specific Graduation Requirements:

Language Arts 8 credits

Social Studies 6 credits

Financial Literacy 1 credit

Math 6 credits

Science 6 credits

Health 2 credit

Fine Arts 1 credit

Physical Education 4 credits [Students must take a minimum of at least 1 each year or submit a physical education waiver]

Language Arts (8 credits) including:

English 9, year (2 credits)

English 10, year (2 credits)

English 11 or AP Language and Composition, (2 credits)

English 12 or AP English Literature and Composition,(2 credits)

(or 2 approved credits offered through Kirkwood Community College Arts and Sciences Academy)

Social Studies (6 credits) including:

Survey of Social Studies, year (2 credits)

American History, year (2 credits) or AP American History (2 credits)

American Government, semester (1 credit) or AP American Government (2 credits)

One additional Social Studies elective (1 semester)

We strongly encourage more than the required 6 credits.

Science (6 credits)

Physical Science, year (2 credits)

Biology, year (2 credits)

Two additional Science electives, 2 semesters (2 credits)

We strongly encourage more than the required 6 credits.
Mathematics (6 credits)
We strongly encourage more than the required 6.
Fine Arts, (1 credit)
Health, year (2 credits)
Financial Literacy (1 credit)
Physical Education, (4 credits-1 credit per year) or the submission of the physical education waiver.

Course Descriptions

Photography: Black and White Course number: 100

Sem/ 1 Credit (10-12) Prerequisite: None

This is an introduction to basic photography using the 35mm camera. Students will focus on black and white film photography, using the camera for proper exposure and understanding the elements of composition. Students will also learn to develop film and print in the darkroom. Alternative darkroom projects will be introduced. Critiques and Art History will be an important aspect of the class with a summative exam given at the end of the semester. There will be a materials fee for this class.

Photography: Digital Course number: 699PHDI

Sem/ 1 Credit (10-12) Prerequisite: None

An introduction to producing imagery with a digital camera. Focus will be on building a basic knowledge of the elements of composition and utilizing them in their photographs. Students will be introduced to the basic image manipulation and enhancement in Adobe Photoshop. Critiques and Art History will be an important aspect of the class. Students must have a digital camera to use.

Glassworks Course Numbers: 103

Sem/ 1 credit (9-12) Prerequisite: None

This class will introduce students to the medium of stained glass and mosaics. Students will learn glass-cutting techniques, design and build their own glass projects. The history of stained glass will be covered as well as well as contemporary artists working with glass. Students will also get the opportunity to incorporate glass into an alternative project. A material fee is required.
Glassworks II Course Number: 103B

Sem/ 1 Credit (9-12) Prerequisite: See below

This class is a second level course in stained glass. Students must have successfully passed Glassworks I with a B or above to take this class. Artists will have an opportunity to hone their glass skills with bigger projects including a 3-D piece and possibly some glass fusing. Students will be required to buy their own glass and pay a minimal materials feel.

Drawing I: Course number: 101D

Sem./ 1 credit (9-12) Prerequisite: None

Introductory experiences with a variety of drawing exercises. Problems in perspective, shading and structural problems in still-life, landscapes and figure drawing. Other studies in value and textures include printmaking, scratchboard, and basic design. Students will be viewing other artists’ work to see how style has developed over time. There will be a material fee.

Painting I: Course number: 101P

Sem./ 1 credit (9-12) Prerequisite: None

Introductory experiences with a variety of painting exercises. Problems in color theory, color mixing will be explored in both acrylics and watercolors. A variety of techniques and tools will be used to help the students develop their personal style. Elements and principles of art will be applied as well as historical references to a variety of painters over the past centuries. There will be a material fee.

Drawing/Painting II: Course number: 101

Sem./ 1 credit Prerequisite: Drawing I and/or Painting I along with instructor approval

In this class students will be able to continue their studies in drawing and/or painting at a higher level. Painters will be shown to stretch and prime canvas. All students will be expected to be self-motivated, passionate in developing their own creative style and  become secure in self and peer reflection. All students will be required to participate in a semester show and either provide their own materials or pay a material fee.

Ceramics I Course number: 105

Semester/ 1 credit (9-12)

Students will have hands-on experience with different clay mediums. Hand building and wheel throwing techniques will be incorporated into a variety of projects. The students will learn to create finished pieces using different clay building techniques, the origins of clayworks and how a kiln  operates. There is a material fee.

Ceramics 2 Course number:126

Semester/ 1 credit Prerequisite: (10-12 graders and instructor approval required)

This course is designed as a follow-up course to Ceramics I with emphasis on the student working independently to further develop skills in creating finished ceramic pieces. The course will offer the student opportunities to complete 6 unique pieces, along with preparing a personal exhibit and a written artist statement. There is a material fee.

Art Forms II Course number: 104

Sem. /1 credit (9-12) Prerequisite: None

Students will be introduced to a variety of mediums such as collage, bookmaking, mask-making and assemblage sculpture. Work will be based on student’s personal experiences and the world around them. There will be studies of artists and cultures whose work applies directly to the projects in this class. Students will be asked to bring in supplies of their own to contribute to their projects. Art Forms is NOT required to take this course.

Graphic Design Course number: 107

Sem. /1 credit (9-12) Prerequisite: None

Students will work with the principles and elements of design and apply them to related projects which include design exercises and more formal graphic designs such a as posters and logos. A brief preview into Adobe Illustrator will be provided. There is a class fee which includes color printing and graphic markers. Graphic Design is a prerequisite for the Kirkwood Academy class Digital Design (Adobe Illustrator) which is offered here at CCA.

Advanced Art I Course number: 108

Sem. /1 credit (11-12)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of 3 art courses and teacher recommendation.

In this class students will be able to continue studies in drawing, painting and ceramics at a more advanced level. Students will learn to stretch their own canvases, get more opportunity to work on the ceramics wheel and expand their artwork with more independent ideas. Students MUST have successfully completed a minimum of three art classes AND have teacher approval before taking this class. Student will be asked to provide many of their own materials for their projects.

Digital Imaging [Photoshop] Course number: 529

Sem. /1 credit (11-12) Prerequisites: Photography and/or Graphic Design

This course is for juniors and seniors only and is part of the Kirkwood Graphics and Communication Academy. Student will learn the basic functions of Adobe Photoshop, practice skills and learned and apply them to photo based projects. Reinforcement of the elements and principles of art are emphasized. Students will receive high school credit, Kirkwood credit and be exempt from this course when enrolling in the Graphics Academy at Kirkwood. There will be a color printing and textbook fee.

Illustrator Course number: 528

Sem. /1 credit (11-12) Prerequisites: Graphic Arts

This course is for juniors and seniors only and is part of the Kirkwood Graphics and Communication Academy. Student will learn the basic functions of Adobe Illustrator, practice skills and learned and apply them to graphic based projects. Reinforcement of the elements and principles of art are emphasized. Students will receive high school credit, Kirkwood credit and be exempt from this course when enrolling in the Graphics Academy at Kirkwood. There will be a color printing and textbook fee.

Accounting I Course number: 109

Year/2 credits (10-12) Prerequisite: None

Presentation of basic concepts (e.g., debits, credits, transactions, journals, ledgers) and use of a contemporary practice set. The course gives an overall picture of the total process of accounting business systems, which is a good base for further study in business areas and career advancement in the business world. This course can be used for articulation at Kirkwood Community College.

Accounting II Course number: 110

Year/2 credits (11-12) Prerequisite: Accounting I

This class is a continuation of the concepts of Accounting I with additional emphasis given to corporate and cost accounting. Will also complete one contemporary practice set. Especially recommended for anyone pursuing a career in accounting. This course can be used for articulation at Kirkwood Community College.

Business Law Course number: 080

Sem/1 credit (10-12) Prerequisite: None

For better or worse, we have become a law oriented and litigation-prone society. People are more conscious than ever of their rights. Business, along with other areas, has felt this public pressure. Business law, therefore, is the study of laws that will benefit students by allowing them to better understand the world in which they live. Students will be better equipped than most citizens to recognize legal problems and to utilize professional counsel. This class counts as a social studies credit.

Computer Business Applications Course number: 111

Sem. /1 credit (9-12) Prerequisite: None

This course introduces Microsoft Office, using Work and Excel. We will create and edit documents, worksheets, and charts. All students will benefit for this class because it provides a basic understanding of Word and Excel, which will be used in most high school classes and beyond high school. The class will work on various projects daily.
Introduction to Business Course number: 112

Semester/1 credit (9-12) Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to provide an overall look at the key components in the business world. Subjects covered include: banking, management, ethics, workers and the law, international trade, operations and organizational structures. You will use a computer simulation to design and operate your own retail store.
Sports & Entertainment Marketing Course number: 113

Sem/1 credit (9-12) Prerequisite: None

This class will provide a broad overview of the marketing process. Students will learn the ways products progress through the channels of distribution to the promotional phase of the marketing strategy. Marketing includes all the activities and functions required in business and organization to get goods, services, or ideas from where they are produced to where they are consumed. Knowledge of marketing is indispensable to a person who plans a business career. A computer simulation will be used to reinforce the concepts of this class.
ENGINEERING (Project Lead the Way)

Engineering Academy (EA)

Project Lead the Way is a nationally recognized, high school pre-engineering curriculum designed to help 

students develop better problem solving skills by immersing them in real-world engineering challenges. The 

courses all use project-based, hands-on experiences to teach students the key elements and skills of engineering 

and technology-based careers. By completing a series of Project Lead the Way courses, students will be 

preparing themselves for the demanding rigor of two year engineering technology and four year engineering 

programs.  By completing any course with a passing grade students will earn EGT credit from Kirkwood.  To earn regent-accepted transferrable engineering credit EGR students must pass a End of Course Assessment with a stanine score of at least 6. This score equates to a slightly above average performance over the national sample.  

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) Course number: 529

Year/2 credits and 3 college credit hours (9-12) Prerequisite: Currently in or above Algebra 1

This is the first course offering in the high school pre-engineering curriculum Project Lead the Way. It is a perfect class for students considering a career in engineering or even for those who just want to find out more about it. The focus of the class will revolve around learning and using the design process. Many skills and concepts such as sketching, measurement, geometry, drafting, statistics and 3-D Modeling with Autodesk Inventor are tools used by student while working through a variety of individual and cooperative design projects.
Principles of Engineering (POE) Course numbers: 530

Year/2 credits and 3 college credit hours

Prerequisites: Intro to Engineering Design and completion of Algebra I enrollment in Algebra II or higher.

A wide variety of engineering and technology careers will be explored in this class that teaches students firsthand how engineers use math, science, and technology to solve problems and benefit people. Topics and activities will be centered on mechanisms, thermodynamics, kinematics, control, fluid and electrical systems, statics and strengths of materials. We will continue the study of engineering communications and documentation as well as the design process that was begun in the Introduction to Engineering Design class.

Digital Electronics (DE) Course number: 303

Year/2 credits, 3 college credit hours

Prerequisites: Principles of Engineering (PLTW), Co-requisite: Approved college-prep math course.

Teaches applied logic through work with electronic circuitry, which students also construct and test for functionality.  

Computer Science Engineering Course number: 537

Year/2 credits PrerequisiteIED, Intro to engineering and design. 

This course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. CSE helps students develop programming expertise and explore the workings of the Internet. Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cybersecurity, robotics, and simulation. 
Civil Engineering and Architecture Course number: 531
Year/2 credits and 3 college credit hours

Introduces students to the interdependent fields of civil engineering and architecture; students learn project planning, site planning, and building design.  Prerequisite:  NONE, Co-requisite:  Approved college-prep math course (This class or your high schools CEA class can be Part of Kirkwood’s ACE Academy Program- see counselor for more information)

Technology Internship Course number:

Sem. /1 credit (9-12) Prerequisite: Approval from Instructor If you love technology and want to be part of a crew to help fix devices, troubleshoot problems, offer assistance, and develop instructional "how-to's", this is a great course to consider.  This is a wonderful way to extend your middle school Creek Squad experience within the high school environment.  You will be expected to man a service desk in the library and help with technology needs throughout the school and with both teachers and students.  


FCS Foundations Course number: 091

Sem. /1 credit (9-10) Prerequisite: None

If you loved your middle school Family & Consumer Science exploratory and/or are looking at a career in FCS, this may be the perfect course for you!  This class will teach you how to take care of yourself and to make plans for the future. Included in this course are units on financial literacy, nutrition basics, time management skills, character education, technology skills and career exploration…all skills you can really use at school and in life!.

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