Class Scheduling for Next Year’s Freshmen (Class of ’24)

The following is a transcript of information contained in Mrs. Davidson’s informational video. The registration Google Form she mentions is linked below…

  1. This video is ONLY for freshmen at RCHS next year.  In order to minimize confusion, please do not fill out scheduling information if you are not an upcoming 9th grader.
  1. Before you begin to schedule for your freshman year, you need to know our class schedule for next year. We will be on what is called a “modified block.” This means that you will have 5 period classes that last all year.  You will also have one block class at the end of the day that changes after Christmas to a different class, giving you 7 classes total.  Of those 7 classes, 5 of them are required (English, math, science, social studies, and VP arts/technology competency.  You will be responsible for choosing your two electives (and alternate classes in case the ones you want are full).
  1. We are giving you a link here to a Google Form. This Google Form is very important. The information you submit will be used in order to create your schedule. Let me go over what is on the Google Form.
    1. First, you will see a list of Course Offerings. This has course names and numbers you will need to use later when filling out your form.
    2. Next, you will see the master schedule.  This is VERY important, because it is where you will find your options for elective classes each semester.
    3. Third is the registration sheet. This is the paper that we normally give you to fill out and bring back to us. You are still welcome to print or write this out on your own paper so that you plan your schedule BEFORE filling out the form and submitting it.  
    4. Lastly, will be the actual survey/form that you submit to us electronically.  Important things to remember: Use your full name please, so we know who you are; provide at least TWO phone numbers so that we can reach you if we have questions or a class fills up, choose 1 class per time frame, list alternates (again, in case something fills up).
    5. As a freshman, please don’t forget that you MUST take all four core courses (English, math, science, and social studies) to fulfill graduation requirements.  All freshmen will also take VP arts/technology competency. 
    6. For English and math you will have the option to take regular or CP classes.  CP are college prep classes, and they will be more rigorous.
    7. IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT CLASSES: Please do not choose a class you do not see listed on the master schedule.  Many classes have filled with upperclassmen, so there may be some classes you do not see listed, and this is why.  Please only write down classes that you see listed on the master schedule.
    8. The following classes are your choices for electives. Below are descriptions of each of the classes. You will choose TWO of these options (one each semester):
      1. Band — If you are in band, you will actually take band for both of your electives. You will choose BAND for first semester and CONCERT BAND for second semester.
      2. ROTC — If you plan to join our NJROTC program, you will also sign up for one each semester.  First semester you will choose Naval Science I, and second semester you will choose Formation and Drill.  This pathway introduces students to the theory and practice of naval science and life in the U.S. Navy.  This program teaches about leadership and citizenship as well.
      3. Health/PE — If you aren’t in band or ROTC, we would like for each freshman to sign up for health/PE. This is a graduation requirement, and it is best to get this completed your freshman year if possible.
      4. Digital Literacy — Digital Literacy is the first class in the Web Development & Administration pathway. Other classes in the pathway are Web Page Design, Web Site Design & Production, Computational Thinking, and AP Computer Science Principles. Digital Literacy is our focus as it is the only one without a prerequisite. It begins with a look at number systems and the development of computers. Then we examine the parts of a computer, a network, and the Internet. At each step, some simple troubleshooting is explained. Finally, email and Internet safety is examined. The second part of the class looks at presenting information in a way both making it obvious what is important and making it easy to access for your reader, viewer, and/or listener. We do this through word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Databases and programming via Scratch and JavaScript will be introduced. This is all at an introductory level. The other classes in the pathway step this up a level focusing on one or more of these areas.  
      5. Principles of Agriculture — This is the introductory course for all of our agriculture pathways.  You will learn the foundations of various parts of the agriculture industry, including career opportunities, and introductions to animal, plant and land, and agricultural mechanics.  In addition, if you want to join the FFA (Future Farmers of America) club, you must be enrolled in an agriculture class at some point during the school year.  FFA is a dynamic youth organization within agricultural education that changes lives and prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.
      6. Principles of Marketing — The Marketing pathway explores how businesses use different strategies in advertising to promote their business and products or services they sell. It also looks at how business designs and labels, sets prices, sets up displays and makes its products to sell. In the business and marketing world there are several industries that we look at and how marketing, economics and good customer service works to make them successful. The industries we look at through different courses are Travel and Tourism, Sports and Events, Fashion and Entrepreneurship. The Principles of Marketing course introduces a little of all of these topics. 
      7. Engineering I — Project Lead the Way is a national program designed to encourage and prepare students for the fields of engineering and technology. Through this curriculum, students are exposed to a rigorous, hands-on learning experience. Students learn theory which allows them to solve technological problems in an innovative way. Students learn to use the design process to develop new and innovated ways to solve challenges; and students develop prototypes to learn materials processes and test their designs.  Students can take a variety of engineering classes including: Introduction to Engineering Design, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, and Robotics. Students who are interested in the Project Lead the Way program are encouraged to take as many of the courses as possible. What will my classes be like? Ever wondered how to design something new or draw out an idea to show your friends? Stop wondering and do it, using Autodesk Inventor, the industry-leading 3D design software! Discover the role of an engineer in taking an idea from the design process to manufacturing or production. Produce an incredible, working prototype of your project. You will work on projects, activities, and problems not only of interest to you, but that have global and human impacts. Work in teams to design and improve products, document your solutions, and communicate them to others. Where to start? Engineering I: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school level course that is appropriate for students who are interested in design and engineering. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. IED gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APPB) learning. Used in combination with a teaming approach, APPB-learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and understanding of the design process. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.
      8. Art I — Students are introduced to the basic fundamentals of artistic expression. The course includes experiences in drawing, painting, two-and three-dimensional design, sculpture, and other art forms. 
      9. Drama — Mr. Flatt, our drama teacher, shared the following about the drama class: The drama program is a great place to discover yourself. You will experience and learn all things associated with the theatre, but more than that you will gain skills that will help you in all walks of life. Teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and creativity are just a few aspects you will experience with students from all backgrounds. The theatre is a family and you will learn, grow, and have fun in this program. 
      10. AP Psychology — This is the only AP course freshmen are able to take.  It is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals.  They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.  The course is very rigorous, and there is an opportunity to earn college credit if a student takes and passes the AP exam at the end of the year.
      11. Kentucky Studies — In this course, students will journey through the history of our Commonwealth.
      12. Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center pathways: 
        1. Auto 
        2. Carpentry 
        3. CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) 
        4. Electricity 
        5. Health Science 
        6. Industrial Maintenance
        7. Welding 

          There are just a few spots in each of these LCATC pathways, but more classes will be available for you as a sophomore, junior, and senior.
  1. We will complete schedules in the order that we receive them, and we will reach out to you if we have any questions, which is why having contact numbers is so important.
  1. We know that this is a completely new way of scheduling, but we are here for you, and we will make the best of the situation to get you what you need (and hopefully most of what you want) for next year.

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