COURSE OF STUDY HANDBOOK2020 – 2021Scott Will – PrincipalTony Ashbrook – Assistant PrincipalCory Caughlan – Assistant PrincipalJustin Sanford – Activities DirectorJackie Wihl – CounselorEryn Fawcett – CounselorMyrna Kennerly – CounselorEducation is the collaborative responsibility of the staff, students, families, and community atMount Vernon High School. Our vision of excellence .provide educational options for studentsthat will foster meaningful applications to citizenship, career skills, social interactions andlifelong learning to exist in a constantly evolving society.COURSE PLANNINGThe M.V.H.S. curriculum contains many different courses. It is not always an easy task to decide just which coursesshould be chosen and in what order they should be taken. Students are urged to begin the course planning process earlyin the school year and to seek the necessary help from counselors, teachers, and parents. Teacher assignments and classsizes are determined from student course registration figures. We cannot guarantee an opening in the course of yourchoice. It is important to take the time now to plan your schedule. All proposed study programs must be approved bythe student's counselor and parents. Certain elective courses may be closed due to low enrollment or limited teacherresources. The following credits are required for all students graduating from Mount Vernon High School.Class dies3HealthPhysicalEducationBusinessTechnologyFine scriptionMust earn ½ credit of U.S. Literature & ½ credit ofwriting.1 credit Algebra I, Geometry Fundamental orGeometry, and Algebra II or its equivalent, andfourth math.1 credit of Biology, 1 credit of Physical Science,and 1 advanced science credit.U.S. History or KAP American History, WorldHistory or AP European History, AmericanGovernment & Economics or AP ComparativeGovernment.2 Semesters or PE waiver½13 ½ or 420½ Credit Computer Applications1 Credit of Fine or Performing Art* at least 2 semesters anytime grades7 – 12If utilizing PE waiver1

EXPLANATION OF SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION CLASS 2020English - English 9, English 10, English 11, and English 12 or two semesters of English electives are required. (Total, 4credits) (including a minimum of ½ unit of U.S. Literature and ½ credit of writing).Mathematics - One credit of Algebra I, one credit of Geometry Fundamental or Geometry, Algebra II or its equivalent,and a fourth math. (Total 4 credits).Science - One credit of Biology and one credit of Physical Science and an additional credit of science is required.(Total, 3 credits).Social Studies - One credit of World History or AP European History, one of U. S. History or KAP American History,and one of American Government & Economics or AP Comparative Government. (Total, 3 credits).Physical Education - Two semesters of Physical Education must be completed or earn a PE waiver. Each semesterearns one-fourth credit. (Total, ½ credit or PE waiver).Health - One semester of Health is required. (Total, ½ credit).Business Technology – One-half credit of Computer Applications is required. (Total, ½ credit)Art – One credit of fine or performing art is required. (Total, 1 credit) At least 2 semesters anytime grades 7 – 12.Electives - Students may select courses from the various departments according to interest and eligibility.(Minimum, 3 ½ or 4 credits).All students must carry a minimum of five courses per semester. Special consideration and exceptions will be made inthe case of extended illness, transfer of students, and other special cases.NOTE: All students wishing to be eligible for O.H.S.A.A. inter-scholastics must pass the equivalent of five credits in thepreceding grading period.OHIO END OF COURSE TESTSOhio End of Course Tests are administered in the fall and spring in computer format. Students will earn points towardthe 18 points required for graduation by scoring well on the tests. Students will test in the following content areas:English 9 and 10, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, American History and American Government. Of the 18 points, 4points must be in the area of math and 4 must be in the area of English and 6 points across science and social studies.Students will acquire the remaining points by exceeding the minimum required points for each area. Graduation andpathways are changed for the Class of 2023.WEIGHTED CLASSESThe courses that will receive additional weight are those that follow the set AP, KAP, and dual enrollment criterion.Students taking college courses that are outside of the high school will earn additional weight if that course correspondsto a similar AP course within the high school.2

COLLEGE PREPARATORY PROGRAMA college preparatory curriculum as defined by the State Board of Regents recommends:English. 4World Language . 3(one language for three years ortwo years of two languages)Mathematics . 3(Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II)Lab Science . 3Social Studies . 3Fine or Performing Arts . 1CRITERIA FOR DIPLOMA WITH HONORSThe State of Ohio has created several options to receive a Diploma with Honors. Please click here to access theseareas: Academic Honors Diploma, Career Tech Honors Diploma, Arts Honors Diploma (includes dance, drama/theatre,music, and visual art), and Social Science & Civic Engagement Honors Diploma. Portfolio presentations requiredthrough the Honors Diploma are to be student led.SUMMER SCHOOLStudents can receive credit by taking courses in the summer. Examples of courses that may be offered would be Health,Computer Applications, Physical Education, Algebra I, Algebra B, Geometry, and English. Courses offered are basedon enrollment. This is an opportunity to make up credit needed for graduation. Students may also be assigned asummer retest option for End of Course assessments.KNOX COUNTY CAREER CENTER ADMISSIONA. Students planning to attend the K.C.C.C. for 11th and 12th grades (2-year program) are recommended to have thefollowing credits to enter the K.C.C.C.:English. 2Mathematics . 2Science . 2Social Studies. . 1(U. S. History or World History)Health (One Semester) . ½Physical Education (Two Semesters) . ½The two-year courses at the K.C.C.C. are:Landscape Design and Management, Health Technologies, Early Childhood Education, Collision Repair, AutomotiveTechnology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Building Trades, Precision Machining, Hospitality, Metal Fabrication andWelding, Sports Medicine/Exercise Science, Digital Media and Software Development, Computer Network Technology,and College U-Business.B. Students planning to attend the K.C.C.C. for 12th Grade (one-year program) are required to have the followingcredits to enter the K.C.C.C.:English . 3Mathematics . 2Social Studies . 2Science . 2Health (One Semester) . ½Physical Education (Two Semesters) . ½Plus credits to total fourteen units minimum.The one-year courses at K.C.C.C. are: Pre-Professional Mentorship, Teacher Academy and Careers in Construction.3

CRITERIA FOR DIPLOMA WITH HONORS FOR K.C.C.C. STUDENTSThe student who completes an intensive career-technical education curriculum shall meet at least seven of the followingeight criteria:1.Earn four units of English;2.Earn at least four units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, algebra II, geometry and another higher levelcourse or a four-year sequence of courses which contains equivalent content;3.Earn at least four units of science including two units of advanced science.4.Earn four units of social studies;5.Earn four units in a career-technical education program that leads to an industry-recognized credential, results inan apprenticeship or is part of an articulated career pathway, which can lead to post-secondary credit. If thestudent’s program design does not provide for any of these outcomes, then the student must achieve the proficiencybenchmark established for the applicable Ohio career-technical competency assessment or the equivalent;6.Achieve the proficiency benchmark established for the Ohio Career-Technical Competency, or equivalentassessment aligned with state-approved and industry validated technical standards; or7.Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last gradingperiod of the senior year; or8. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American college testing service’s ACT assessment (excludingthe optional writing test) or a combined score of 1210 on the college board’s SAT verbal and mathematicssections (excluding the score obtained on the required writing section).SCHEDULE CHANGESSchedules are the result of careful planning on the part of the student, parents, and counselors. Required courses cannotbe changed and elective courses are chosen by the student and approved by the parents. Due to commitments for staffemployment/assignments and the ordering of textbooks and other supplies, no schedule changes can be made after June1st except for the following reasons:A.B.C.D.E.F.Mechanical error changes.Changes necessitated by failures.Class balancing (guidance and administrative).Subject-level changes (teacher recommendation).Addition of a class in lieu of study hall the same period.Administrative (guidance) recommendation.In order to drop an elective course the student must have a conference with the teacher, parent, and counselor. One-halfunit of “F” will appear on the student’s permanent record for the course dropped.A student passing a year course and wishing to drop it at the end of the first semester must have a conference withparent, teacher, counselor, and administrator. If the course is dropped, the semester average and a symbol signifyingwithdrawal will appear on the record.TEACHER REQUESTSAll teacher requests for the 2020 – 2021 school year must be submitted to the Guidance Office by April 15, 2020. If aparent/guardian desires a specific teacher, the parent/guardian must put the request in writing. The request shouldinclude your child’s name, the name of the teacher, and the course name.MVHS will try to accommodate requests of parents; however, all requests may not be able to be met. There are manyfactors that go into the development of scheduling courses; therefore the final decision for student placement isdetermined by MVHS. Absolutely no requests will be accepted after April 15 th.4

HOMEWORKHomework enhances classroom learning objectives and is a meaningful, planned activity for students to practice andapply the curriculum. The time commitment will vary depending on the nature of the course.VISION STATEMENT OF MOUNT VERNON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTThe mission of the Mount Vernon City School District is to provide, in cooperation with the larger community, aquality education for all students by upholding a standard of excellence in curriculum, staff, facilities, achievement andconduct, and to graduate individuals empowered to be self-motivated, life-long learners and responsible citizens.MISSION STATEMENT OF MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOLEducation is the collaborative responsibility of the staff, students, families, and community at Mount Vernon HighSchool. Our vision of excellence .provide educational options for students that will foster meaningful applications tocitizenship, career skills, social interactions and lifelong learning to exist in a constantly evolving society.ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)The AP Program is a collaborative effort among motivated students, dedicated teachers and committed high schools,colleges and universities. AP programs allow students to take college-level courses and exams, and to earn collegecredit or placement while still in high school. Mount Vernon offers AP courses in the following areas: Calculus,Biology, Physics, Statistics, Latin, U. S. Government and Politics, U.S. Comparative Government and Politics,European History, English, Spanish and French.Students should meet with school counselors if planning to take more than one AP course during a school year.KENYON ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIP (KAP)The Kenyon Academic Partnership (KAP), which was founded by Kenyon College and six Ohio independent schools in1979, has been dedicated to improving the transition of students from high school to college. KAP is designed toreduce the amount of course duplication some students find in college, to give students an introduction to the rigors ofcollege work in familiar, supportive settings, and to offer students more advanced and varied courses than normallyfound in high school.Participating schools offer one or more courses cooperatively developed by high school and Kenyon faculty members.The courses are fully equivalent to the introductory courses offered in each of Kenyon's participating departments. Theteachers in the secondary schools present these courses to eligible students according to collegiate standardsreproducing as closely as possible a college environment. Kenyon's standards are maintained in a number of ways:college departmental representatives visit and evaluate classes in the schools, and teachers and professors periodicallyexchange papers for cross-grading. At the end of a course, a student's grade is reported on a Kenyon transcript to thecollege he or she has elected to attend.Mount Vernon currently offers KAP courses in History, Art, Chemistry, English, French, and Spanish.CENTRAL OHIO TECHNICAL COLLEGE (COTC)For the Advanced Composition, PreCalculus, and Introduction to Business, high school students may be eligible forCOTC credit through College Credit Plus.NORTH CENTRAL STATE COLLEGE (NCSC)For Human Physiology and PreCalculus, high school students may be eligible for NCSC credit through College CreditPlus.With College Credit Plus, students earn both high school and college credit.College Credit Plus Eligibility Requirements are determined by the college.5

FEESAll fees listed in this handbook are tentative. Fees are annually updated in June when acted upon by the Mount VernonBoard of Education.Ohio Revised Code 3313.642 states that “no board of education of a school district shall charge a fee to a pupil who iseligible for a free lunch .for any materials needed to participate fully in a course of instruction.”CLASS PLACEMENTSophomore: A student is considered to be of Sophomore standing when he/she has received a minimum of five (5)credits, including the following required credits:Biology or Applied Science .1 creditWorld History.1 creditEnglish 9.1 creditAlgebra .1 credit*Others .1 credit (including P.E., Health, Fine Art elective)Junior: A student is considered to be of Junior standing when he/she has received a minimum of ten (10) credits,including the following required credits:English 9.1 creditEnglish 10.1 creditPhysical Education .½ creditHealth .½ creditMathematics .2 creditsSocial Studies .2 creditsScience .2 credits*Fine Art or Elective .1 creditSenior (2021): A student is considered to be of Senior standing when he/she has received a minimum of fifteen (15)credits, including the following required credits:English 9.1 creditEnglish 10.1 creditEnglish 11.1 creditPhysical Education .½ creditHealth .½ creditMathematics .3 creditsScience .2 creditsSocial Studies .2 creditsFine or Performing Art .1 credit*Electives .3 credits6

CURRICULUM OFFERINGS AND CODESCourseGrades(s)CreditCodes9, 1010, 11, 121.251.2553053310, 11, 1210, 11, 1210, 11,, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 1210, 11, 1211, 12129, 10, 11, 1210, 11, 041409, 10, 11, 1210, 11, 129, 10, 11, 1210, 11, 1210, 11, 129, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 1210, 11, 1211, 3204205206207208209210AGRICULTUREAgriscience IBusiness Mgmt. for Ag. & Envir.(not offered 2020-21)Natural ResourcesVet ScienceLivestock Selection, Nut. And Mgmt.(not offered 2020-21)ARTFoundations of Art 1Foundations of Art 2Studio ArtAdvanced StudioArt PortfolioDigital ArtKAP Digital ImagingBUSINESS & TECHNOLOGYComputer Applications for BusinessComputer Applications IIComputer Science EssentialsAP Computer Science PrinciplesIntroduction to AccountingConsumer Economics/Personal FinancesCoding BasicsComputer Science InternshipVideo Game DesignIntroduction to Business7

CourseGrades(s)CreditCodes9910101111121212121210, 11, 1211, 1211, 1211, 1211, 1211, 3153163183223243253279, 1010, 11, 121210, 11, 1210, 11, 1210, 11, 129, 10, 11, 121.250.500.500.500.500.500.505005035045055065079, 10, 11, 1210, 11, 1210, 11,, 11911, 1211, 121211, 1211121211, English 9Honors English 9English 10Honors English 10English 11AP English 11English 12KAP EnglishExpository WritingCompositionAdvanced CompositionCreative WritingPage to StageContemporary ReadingWorld Literature: Film StudiesClassical Mythology-Hercules to SupermanGrammarFAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCESkills for Life: Intro to FCSChild DevelopmentGlobal FoodsPersonal WellnessCareer & College ReadinessIntro to Textiles & Interior DesignGRADS: Graduation Reality andDual-Role SkillsINDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGYIndustrial Technology IIndustrial Technology IIIntro to CNC MachiningMATHEMATICSAlgebra IAlgebra II HonorsGeometry FundamentalGeometryGeometry HonorsAlgebra II FundamentalAlgebra IICollege Prep/Algebra ReviewPre-CalculusPre-Calculus HonorsCalculusAP CalculusAP Statistics8

CourseGrades(s)CreditCodes9, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 1211, 129, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 506516526536546556566596626639, 109, 1010, 11, 120.250.500.2569069269199, 101011, 1210, 11, 1210, 11, 1210, 11, 1210, 11, 1210, 11, 1210, 11, 1210, 11, 1210, 11, 1210, 11, 1211, 1210, 11, 1211, 13714715716717991010, 11, 12111., 1210, 11, 1211, 1211, 1210, 11, aleChoraleWomen’s ChorusWomen’s ChorusMusic TheoryOrchestra (Concert)Orchestra (Symphonic)Band (Concert)Band (Symphonic)Piano LabTrends in Popular MusicPHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTHPhysical EducationHealthLifetime Sport & FitnessSCIENCEApplied ScienceBiologyPhysical ScienceEarth ScienceGeologyAP BiologyForensic Science 1Forensic Science 2Environmental Studies (not offered 2020-21)Human PhysiologyChemistryKAP ChemistryPhysicsAP Physics IRoboticsDrone TechnologySOCIAL STUDIESWorld HistoryAP European HistoryU.S. HistoryKAP American HistoryAmerican Government & EconomicsAP U.S. Gov’t & Politics/ APComparative Gov’t & PoliticsPsychology – Exploring BehaviorCOTC Introduction to PsychologySports in the American SocietyRegional & Cultural Geography9

CourseGrades(s)CreditCodes9, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 1210, 11, 1211, 12129, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 1210, 11, 1211, 1211, 129, 10, 1110, 11, 1211, 121211, 24134149, 10, 11, 1211, 129, 10, 11, 12120. LANGUAGEFrench IFrench IIFrench IIIAP FrenchKAP FrenchSpanish ISpanish IISpanish IIIAP SpanishKAP SpanishLatin ILatin IILatin IIILatin IVAP LatinEDUCATIONAL OPTIONSMentorship for Leadership ProgramCareer Based Intervention (CBI)EmployabilityAriel Co-op1091909191

EDUCATIONAL OPTIONSThe Board of Education recognizes differences in abilities, interests, and extenuating circumstances. The Boardencourages student initiative and self-direction in approved learning experiences.The use of educational options represents one method by which learning opportunities can be provided. Educationaloptions may permit expanded community involvement in the educational process, increasing the opportunities forstudents to match the pace of technological developments and provide a broader base for earning promotion and creditsnecessary for graduation.The following are approved forms of educational options for pupils in grades 9 – 12: (Applications are availablethrough the Guidance Office.)Credit Flexibility (Web Courses) (See page 58)College Credit Plus (See pages 63 – 66)11

ART DEPARTMENTback to topMount Vernon High School art courses are required to meet criteria established by the Ohio Department of Education.These standards are known as essential understandings. Students will: Construct and solve problems of personal relevance and interest when expressing themselves through visualart. Combine and apply artistic and reasoning skills to imagine, create, realize and refine artworks in conventionaland innovative ways. Work individually and in groups to focus ideas and create artworks that address genuine local and globalcommunity needs. Valuation of the arts and aesthetic reflection. As consumers, critics, and creators, students will evaluate and understand artworks and other texts produced inthe media forms of the day. CourseCode #CourseTitleOpen toGradesCreditPrerequisites(s) 100-1100-2101102103104140Foundations of Art 1Foundations of Art 2Studio ArtAdvanced StudioArt PortfolioDigital ArtKAP Digital Imaging9, 10, 11, 129, 10, 11, 1210, 11, 1211, 12129, 10, 11, 1210, 11, 120.500.501. course descriptionSee course descriptionSee course descriptionSee course descriptionSee course descriptionSee course descriptionSee course description 100-1FOUNDATIONS OF ART 1100-1Grades 9, 10, 11, 12Foundations of Art 1 is a prerequisite to Foundations of Art 2, Studio Art, Advanced Studio, and Art Portfolio.½ Credit. One Semester.Foundations of Art 1 and Foundations of Art 2 may be taken in the same school year or subsequent years. To take bothin the same year you would sign up for Foundations of Art 1 during first semester and Foundations of Art 2 for secondsemester.This course is an analysis and application of the elements of art and principles of design and their possibilities in twodimensional and three-dimensional media. This course offers studio experiences with concentration on basic drawing,color mixing, and care of materials. Students will work in a variety of techniques and media that may include pencil,colored pencil, charcoal, pastel, oil pastel, paint, ink, and clay. Written and oral critiques are a required component ofthe course.Fee: 30.00 (consumable supplies) 100-2FOUNDATIONS OF ART 2100-2Grades 9, 10, 11, 12Prerequisites: Foundations of Art 1 with a “C’ or better.½ Credit. One Semester.This course is a continuation of Foundations of Art 1. Students will expand their knowledge and skills as they analyzeand apply the elements of art and principles of design and their possibilities in two-dimensional and three-dimensionalmedia. Students will work in a variety of techniques and media including pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, oil pastel,scratch board, paint, linoleum block, and clay. Written and oral critiques are a required component of the course.Fee: 30.00 (consumable supplies)12

101STUDIO ART101Grades 10, 11, 12Prerequisites: Foundations of Art 1 and 2 with “B-” or better.1 Credit. One Year.This intermediate art course focuses on drawing from observation, exploration of materials and processes and the use ofcolor in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art. Written and oral critiques are a required component of the course.Students will work in a variety of mediums such as pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, pastels, watercolor, clayboard, watermiscible oil paint, acrylic paint, and clay. Emphasis will be given to advanced drawing, composition, and colortheory. The student is required to purchase a 9 x 12 sketchpad and an art portfolio (the portfolio must be 24” x 36”).Fee: 70.00 (consumable supplies) 102ADVANCED STUDIO102Grades 11, 12Prerequisites: Foundations of Art 1 and 2 and Studio Art with “B ” or better.1 Credit. One Year.This course is an advanced course for art students wishing to work in two-dimensional media. Students will bechallenged to write artist statements, project proposals, and most projects will be self-directed based on students choiceof 2-dimensional mediums. Written and oral critiques are a required component of the course. Complex artwork will beproduced with a sharp focus on dynamic composition, exemplary technique and conceptual process. The student isrequired to have a 9 x 12 sketchpad and an art portfolio (the portfolio must be 24” x 36”).Fee: 70 (consumable supplies). 103ART PORTFOLIO103Grade 12Prerequisites: Foundations of Art 1 and 2, Studio Art, and Advanced Studio with “B ” or better1 Credit. One Year.This course will challenge students’ creativity, technique, personal style, and expression through a concise body of workwith an overall theme suitable for college/art school entrance portfolio. Students will write artist statements, projectproposals, and all projects will be self-directed based on students’ choice of 2-dimensional mediums. Written and oralcritiques are a required component of the course. Students will investigate college portfolio requirements and willcreate a digital portfolio based on their body of work. The student is required to have a 9 x 12 sketchpad and an artportfolio (the portfolio must be 24” x 36”)Fee: 70.00 (consumable supplies)Due to student choice of mediums, some supplies may need to be supplemented by the student.13

104DIGITAL ART104Grades 9, 10, 11, 12Prerequisites: Algebra 1 with a “C” or better. Must be able to execute multi-step sequences.Digital Art is a prerequisite to KAP Digital Imaging1 Credit. One Year.Digital Art is a course that develops communication skills in print production, graphic design, and video. Students willlearn and apply the elements of art and principles of design as they create dynamic compositions for still and movingimages. Students will use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro for projects. Students will be introduced to thebasis of video as they learn to shoot, capture, edit and export a video. Photoshop projects include designing a logo,business card, album cover, Surrealism collage, and GIF. Students will apply advanced keyframing to create a varietyof projects that include parallax, an artist micro-documentary, a commercial, a film production animated sequence, anda stop motion animation. Written project proposals, oral critiques, and written critiques are a required component of thecourse. The course fee covers access to Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop and Premiere Pro) for the length of thecourse, a 32 GB flash drive, photographic paper and ink, and headphones.Fee: 70.00 140KAP DIGITAL IMAGING140Grades 10, 11, 12Prerequisites: Student must complete and submit a KAP application and be accepted by Kenyon College. Digital Artwith an “A”.1 Credit. One Year. Four college semester hours.KAP Digital Imaging is a college level studio art course. Students will utilize digital tools to engage in aesthetic andconceptual practices in contemporary art with an emphasis on experimentation. Personal studio projects will investigatea variety of subjects such as: the role of digital media in the history of artistic practice, the relationship of the arts topopular culture, the aesthetics of abstraction, the development of metaphor, new versions of magic-realism, and theeffects of social issues on the creation and interpretation of artwork. Students will come to understand the fundamentalsof composition and develop technical skills with a variety of computer tools including Photoshop for still-images andPremiere Pro for video-editing. Through theory and practice, effective art criticism skills will be developed allowingfor creative group interactions and defining personal aesthetic vision. Some presentations by the professor will besupplemented by student research on contemporary artists and issues. This course requires a minimum of two hours ofwork per week outside of class. Students are required to have headphones/earbuds. The course fee covers access toAdobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop and Premiere Pro) for the length of the c

English 4 Must earn ½ credit of U.S. Literature & ½ credit of writing. Math 4 1 credit Algebra I, Geometry Fundamental or Geometry, and Algebra II or its equivalent, and fourth math. Science 3 1 credit of Biology, 1 credit of Physical Science, and 1 advanced science credit. Social Studies 3 U.S. History or KAP American History, World