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Spring of 2004

Spring of 2013

TO ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND PARENTS

All high school students will make many decisions concerning their education. Among the most important of these decisions is the selection of courses to be studied. Whether you plan to attend college, go to a vocational-technical school, or enter the work force, these are extremely important decisions.

Course selections should be made carefully, considering both the students future goals and graduation requirements. College-bound students should immediately map out a course of study that consists of smart core courses. Students should seek the advice of parents, counselors, teachers, mentors and administrators. A close relationship among these groups can help ensure appropriate choices.

The high school master schedules are developed after students make course choices. As a direct result of these decisions, the number of sections available is determined by the choices made by students during their course selection process. Although some conflicts will arise, every effort will be made to enroll students in the courses that they select. Please register accurately and give careful consideration to the selections made.

Rogers has three high school campuses: Rogers High School, Rogers Heritage High School, and Rogers New Technology High School. The information and courses listed within this catalog pertain only to Rogers High School and Rogers Heritage High School. Some courses may only be offered at off-site locations. Students may want to consider this issue in selecting courses.

Graduates who have gone on to postsecondary schools always advise students to take more smart core courses, work harder, and develop a rigorous schedule. Such a plan is likely to improve the students ACT/SAT scores, reduce the need for remedial (non-credit) courses in college, and generally make more options available to the student upon graduation. Do not underestimate the seriousness of choosing these courses.

Best wishes for success.

Robert MooreCharles LeeDr. Lance Arbuckle Ron HighfillKaren Highfill Jeff Hagers

PrincipalAsst. PrincipalAsst. Principal Asst. PrincipalAsst. Principal Adm. Assist/Acad. Chair.

RHSRHSRHS RHSRHS RHS

Karen SteenJerrod Blockburger Darla McGarrah Danya ScheidererCurt Ledbetter Kevin Downing

Prin./Bus. Acad.AP/Pub.Serv. Acad AP/Science AP/Arts&CommAP/Fresh Success Business.Acad. Chair

RHHS RHHS RHHS RHHSRHHS Adm. Assist/RHHS

Dr. Lance Arbuckle

Director

Rogers New Technology High School

ROGERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE

In keeping with guidelines of Title VI, Section 601, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX, Section 901, Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Rogers Public Schools assures that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, or handicap be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program.

Equity Coordinator

Dr. Roger Hill

500 West Walnut

Rogers, Arkansas 72756

479-636-3910

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to insure that information provided in this course catalog is current and accurate at the time of publication.

*Cover created by Hannah Shaffer, a twelfth grade student at Rogers High School.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents2

Selection of Courses3

Rogers Public Schools Student Grade Placement..3

Smart Core/Core Curriculum.4

Graduation Requirements..5-6

Graduation Requirements for English Language Learners...5

Graduation with Honors.6

Class Rank & Grade Point Average ..6-7

Academic Guarantee Policy8

Graduation Requirements Comparison Chart....9

Scholarships.. 10

Grading11

Testing Information11

General Information12-13

Early College Experience (ECE) Concurrent Courses..13

Northwest Technical Institute (NTI) Secondary Career Center ...14-15

Early College Experience Concurrent and Online Courses..16

Early College Experience Articulated Tech Prep Courses .....17-18

Graduate Profile....18-19

Credentialing.20

Graduate Portfolio... .20

Academies.....21

Course Descriptions Core

English22-23

English For Speakers of Other Languages24-26

Mathematics26-29

Science29-31

Social Studies32-34

Course Descriptions Electives

Career and Technical Education

Agriculture Science and Technology35-36

Business/Marketing Technology37-40

Communications Audio/Visual Technology and Film41-42

Family and Consumer Science42-43

Health Science Technology (Medical Professions)43

Skilled & Technical Science43-45

Automotive Technology..43-44

CAD Drafting...44

Manufacturing/Precision Machining . ..45

Fine Arts

Arts45-46

Drama..46-47

Music... 47-49

World Languages

French...49-50

German.50-51

Spanish.51-52

Spanish for Native Speakers52-53

Mandarin Chinese53

Journalism.....53

Physical Education, Health and Athletics

Health53

Physical Education54

Athletics54-55

Special Education..55

Speech and Debate....55-56

Miscellaneous56-57

Alternative Learning Environments..58

Course Index.....59-60

Selection of Courses

The Rogers School District believes that selection of courses is one of the most important things that students and parents do each year. Choices that are made have long-term effects on job opportunities, preparation for college, the development of responsibility and independence, and the ability to work with others (among many other things). We urge you to make your selections seriously and thoughtfully, to consult with your parents/guardians, and to seek additional information from your teachers and counselors. The following sections are intended to give you information about skills needed for success in the workplace and those needed for success in college. The courses you select will contribute to the development of these skills.

Rogers Public Schools Student Grade Placement

The promotion of students and grade placement are based on accumulated credits.

Rationale for promotion by credits earned:

This will help to meet our goal of strengthening the standards of academic excellence.

Any promotion of a student who in fact does not meet minimum credit goals is extremely confusing to parents. Many parents think that the promotion indicates the student is on target to meet graduation requirements and this may not be true.

When students are promoted without having earned appropriate credits, the incentive for improvement is removed. Students are reaping rewards of certain placement without having earned the privileges. This would take away the incentive to meet a standard in order to improve their standing.

The student has a personal responsibility for his/her education.

There is no penalty for lack of effort on the part of the student unless credits are earned.

Parents need to be knowledgeable about graduation requirements. Promotion and retention are keys to help parents understand their students progress.

Rogers Public Schools plan to stay on the cutting edge of the national emphasis to raise educational standards and a clear method of promotion based solely on performance is merited.

Students classified as seniors are given certain privileges. Only those who have earned those privileges should have them granted.

Accumulation of credits should be sequential and easily understood.

The following total credits are required for the following placement at the beginning of the fall semester:

5 credits Sophomore

10 credits Junior

17 credits Senior

24 credits Graduation

Students are not re-classified during the school year. The only exception is 2nd year juniors that will meet graduation requirements and are re-classified for their last semester.

If a student is not promoted, the parent will be notified by phone and/or letter regarding the students status or classification.

Smart Core

4English

4Math: 1 unit of algebra, 1 unit of geometry, 1 unit of Algebra II, 1 unit of math higher than Algebra II. (Smart Core students must be enrolled in a math course their junior OR senior year)

3Science: 1 unit of Biology, 2 units from Physical Science, Chemistry, or Physics

3Social Studies: 1 unit of world history, 1 unit of U.S. History, unit of civics or government and unit of Economics

1Physical Education (1/2 credit is a local requirement)

1/2Oral Communication (Speech)

1/2Health / Safety

1/2Fine Arts

1/2Career and Technical Education (local requirement)

7Career Focus Elective credits*(1 credit is a local requirement. All elective courses fulfill this requirement.)

24 Total Credits Required1

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1May be reduced to no less than 22 credits under compelling extenuating circumstances. A 12th grade student may file a formal request with the principal of the high school the student attends, the executive director of secondary curriculum and instruction, and the superintendent of schools to graduate with less than 24 credits but no less than 22 credits. Those who earn at least 24 credits and at least 48 grade points will receive a silver seal on their diploma; those who earn at least 24 credits but fewer than 48 grade points, and those graduating with fewer than 24 credits, will receive no seal on their diploma.

*According to the Arkansas Department of Educations standards of Accreditation, electives are also known as Career Focus credits. The state requires that six units (credits) must be a Career Focus for the students. All units in the career focus requirement shall be established through guidance and counseling at the local school district based on the students contemplated work aspirations. Career focus courses shall conform to local district policy and reflect state frameworks through course sequencing and career course concentrations where appropriate. Arkansas Department of Education Standards of Accreditation -- 14.03

Core Curriculum

4English

4Math: (1 unit of algebra, 1 unit of geometry, 1 unit of Algebra II) All math units must build on the base of algebra and geometry knowledge and skills.

3Science (at least 1 unit of Biology and 1 unit of a physical science)

3Social Studies (1 unit of world history, 1 unit of U.S. History, unit of civics or government and units of Economics

1Physical Education (1/2 credit is a local requirement)

1/2Oral Communication (Speech)

1/2Health / Safety

1/2Fine Arts

1/2Career and Technical Education (local requirements)

7Career Focus Elective credits*(1 credit is a local requirement. All elective courses fulfill this requirement.)

24 Total Credits Required2

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1All students are required to be enrolled in a math class their junior OR senior year.

2May be reduced to no less than 22 credits under compelling extenuating circumstances. A 12th grade student may file a formal written request with the principal of the high school the student attends, the executive director of secondary curriculum and instruction, and the superintendent of schools to graduate with less than 24 credits but no less than 22 credits. Those who earn at least 24 credits and at least 48 grade points will receive a silver seal on their diploma; those who earn at least 24 credits but fewer than 48 grade points, and those graduating with fewer than 24 credits, will receive no seal on their diploma.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS/HONORSDescriptor Code: IKF

Graduation Requirements

The Rogers Board of Education establishes the following requirements for graduation from a Rogers high school. All courses with an Arkansas Department of Education high school course number will count toward graduation credit.

4 credits English

4 credits1Math (1 unit of Algebra or its equivalent2 and 1 unit of Geometry or its equivalent2) All math units must build on the base of algebra and geometry knowledge and skills.

3 credits Science (at least 1 unit of Biology or its equivalent and 1 unit of a physical science)

3 credits Social Studies3 (1 unit of World History, 1 unit of U.S. History, 1/2 unit of Civics or Government)

1 credit Physical Education

1/2 credit Oral Communication (Speech)

1/2 credit Health / Safety

1/2 credit Fine Arts

1/2 credit Career & Technical

7 credits4 Electives

24Total Credits Required5

1 All students are required to be enrolled in a math class their junior or senior year.

2 A two-year Algebra equivalent or a two-year Geometry equivalent may be counted as two units of the four-unit requirement.

3 Beginning with the class of 2014, the 3 units of Social Studies must include unit of Economics.

4 According to the ADE Standards of Accreditation, electives are also known as Career Focus credits14.02

5 May be reduced to no less than 22 credits under compelling extenuating circumstances. A 12th grade student may file a formal request with the principal of the high school the student attends, the executive director of secondary curriculum and instruction, and the superintendent of schools to graduate with less than 24 credits but no less than 22 credits. Those who earn at least 24 credits and at least 48 grade points will receive a silver seal on the diploma; those who earn at least 24 credits but fewer than 48 grade points, and those graduating with fewer than 24 credits will receive no seal on the diploma.

Graduation Requirements for English Language Learners

All students must fulfill district requirements in order to graduate. In order to accommodate the learning needs of English Language Learners, up to three credits of English may be earned in ESOL I English, ESOL II English, and/or ESOL III English. The remaining English credit must be earned in a mainstream English class. ESOL III English IV may be taken in conjunction with mainstream English for ELL 3 seniors only. English I, II, III or IV may be taken in order to satisfy the mainstream English credit. Successful completion of ESOL III English (or demonstration of appropriate proficiency) is a prerequisite for enrolling in English I, II, III, or IV. English Language Learners will initially be placed in the appropriate ESOL courses based on the results of state-approved language proficiency testing, prior education, and approval of parents. Subsequent placement will be determined by language proficiency testing, successful completion of courses, and teacher recommendation. Parents may decline ESOL services at anytim...

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