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Course Descriptions
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If you are looking for a course description please choose the appropriate department and scroll down to find the class.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Vice Principal of Academics at (509) 525 1050 or through email
 

 

Bible

Industrial Technology

 

Business and Computer Education

Mathematics

 

English

Music

 

Family & Consumer Science

Physical Education and Health

 

Foreign Languages

Science

 

History

Electives

 

 

 

Course Descriptions

 

Bible

 

Romans & Doctrines                                                                1 semester, 5 credits

   This course surveys the major doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist church.  It looks into what Adventist’s believe and why.  It also evaluates present church standards and beliefs and encourages students to form their own religious philosophy.

 

Exodus                                                                                            1 semester, 5 credits

   A survey of classic Old Testament stories, particularly the Israelite exodus.  In this class we emphasize God’s radical involvement with them as compared with His workings with us today.  This class seeks for modern applications from yesterday’s stories.

 

Genesis                                                                                           1 semester, 5 credits

   Students explore the stories in this first book of the Bible and apply concepts learned to their knowledge of God, life, and relationships.

 

Epistles                                                                                            1 semester, 5 credits

   The emphasis is on what Paul has to say about how young people should live their lives and relate to others in today’s times though his words of counsel and instruction are centuries old.

 

John/Marriage & Family                                                            1 semester, 5 credits

   With the help of the Gospel of John, students are encouraged to develop a personal experience with Jesus Christ, enhancing their understanding of relationships and marriage.

 

Last Day Events                                                                              1 semester, 5 credits

   Students will learn how to study the Bible and the books of Daniel and Revelation.  Each will result in a better understanding and preparation for Christ’s second coming.

 

Life of Christ                                                                                  1 semester, 5 credits

   This course is a survey of Christ’s major teachings and actions as given in the book of Matthew.

 

Mission 101                                                                                      1 semester, 5 credits

   This class calls for students who want to make a difference at WWVA, in the home, church and community.  Jesus says, “This gospel of the kingdom will preached....then the end will come.”  Prerequisite:  A petition is required to take this class.

 

World Religions                                                                     1 semester, 5 credits

   Nine of the major religions including Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism of the world are surveyed in this class.  Students will then compare Christian beliefs with the beliefs of others.

 

Business Education

Personal Finance                                                                   1 semester, 5 credits

   The fundamentals of basic financial planning: budgeting; career and goal setting; checkbook balancing (manually, and Quicken and/or Excel), and investing principles are covered in this course.

 

 

Computer Education

  

Computer Applications I & II                                                          1 semester, 5 credits each

   Students will develop proficiency in using the basic functions in word processing with Microsoft Word, spreadsheets using Excel, PowerPoint presentations, and experience in Desktop Publishing as used in the classroom.  The second course will introduce desktop publishing and other common applications.

 

English

 

Advanced Placement Language & composition                      2 semesters, 10 credits

   A college-level course designed to enable students to take and pass a national test and receive college credit.  Students are trained to become skilled in careful reading of literary works, writing of well-crafted critical essays, and analysis of various writing styles.  Primary emphasis is placed on prose and non-fiction works.  Prerequisite:  Instructor’s permission

 

Advanced Placement Literature & composition                    2 semesters, 10 credits

   A college-level course designed to enable students to take and pass a national test and receive college credit.  Students are trained to become skilled in careful reading of literary works, writing of well-crafted critical essays, and analysis of various writing styles.  Primary emphasis is placed on poetry, drama and fiction prose-length works. 

Prerequisite:  Instructor’s permission

 

English I (could rename as Foundations of English)             2 semesters, 10 credits

   Reinforces fundamentals of reading, writing, and grammar.

 

Public Speaking                                                                      1 semester, 5 credits

   The purpose of this class is to help students become effective public speakers. Preparation, methods of delivery, speaking to the audience, and evaluating others’ prepared and extemporaneous speeches will be covered.

 

Shakespeare                                                                           1 semester, 5 credits

   During the semester students will study Shakespeare’s life and times, writing style and unique use of vocabulary, his sonnets and at least three of his plays. Elizabethan history and literature will also be explored.

 

Writing 101                                                                              1 semester, 5 credits

   This class is designed to help students find and develop their voice as a writer. It involves both creative and essay writing.  Students develop an experiential and theoretical knowledge of the writing process, including an understanding of its stages from invention to revision. They come to understand the relationship between writer and reader, learn to revise a piece of writing, and learn to read and respond in a constructive manner.  Prerequisite:  English I

 

Foreign Languages

 

German I                                                                                 2 semesters, 10 credits

   An introductory course teaching basic grammar and everyday vocabulary.  A variety of learning methods are used including games, skits, role-playing, and music.  Students will learn to converse in simple German.

 

German II                                                                                2 semesters, 10 credits

   New grammatical topics include the genitive case, dependent clauses, declension of adjectives, narrative past and future tenses, present and past subjunctive, and the comparison of adjectives and adverbs.   Prerequisite:  German I 

 

German III & IV                                                                         2 semesters,10 credits each

   Available by individual arrangement.  Prerequisite:  German II & III

 

Greek                                                                                      2 semesters, 10 credits

   The legacy of the Ancient Greeks is profound and enduring and in this class, both the language of classical Greece as well as its ideas are studied.  Emphasis is given to the use of Greek in English, especially in science and the medical field.  The last month of the course is devoted to reading passages from the New Testament in the original Greek. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission

 

Latin I                                                                                      2 semesters, 10 credits

   An introduction to Latin and the Roman world.  Basic grammar, vocabulary and ancient history are studied with special consideration for their relevance today.  Emphasis is given to the use and influence of Latin, both in the English language and in our culture.  The use of Latin in medical and bioscientific vocabulary is covered as well.  Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission

 

Spanish I                                                                                 2 semesters, 10 credits

   First year includes regular and irregular verbs in the present and preterit tenses, pronouns of all kinds, and various practical vocabulary.

 

Spanish II                                                                                 2 semesters, 10 credits

   The goal is to understand and speak the language with confidence.  Additional topics include commands, the subjunctive and the conditional moods, and most other tenses. (LF)

 

Spanish III & IV                                                                        2 semesters, 10 credits each

   Available by individual arrangement.   Prerequisite:  Spanish II & III

 

History

 

Government                                                                            1 semester, 5 credits

A summary of the foundations of American government.  Students will explore topic like constitutional principles, the three branches of government and civic responsibility.  An emphasis is placed on current political thought and events. 

Economics                                                                               1 semester, 5 credits

Economics is an introduction to fundamental business concepts and their application to decision making and our economy.  Students will study business structures and the market economy as well as global economic issues. 

World history                                                                       2 semesters, 10 credits

An exploration of the events and themes of civilization.  The first semester covers pre-history through the first global ages.  The second semester places emphasis on 20th century events.  Students will place ideas and actions into context and see how these have shaped our world today. 

U.S. History                                                                            2 semesters, 10 credits

   Students examine American history in a chronological and conceptual fashion from its early beginnings to the present day. Emphasis is on the 20th-century and changing current events.

Northwest History                                                                 1 semester, 5 credits

   Students study the transformation of the Northwest wilderness into an area of prosperous farms, industries, and cities and the role people played in this transformation.

 

Industrial Technology

 

CAD Drafting                                                                          1 semester, 5 credits

   An introduction to drafting with an emphasis on drafting fundamentals, visualization, principles and elements of design.  Students learn how to draw house plans, and how to use geometric construction techniques, and the CAD system. 

 

Intorduction to Technology                                                         1 semester, 5 credits

   A course designed to help prepare the student to better deal with objects of a technical nature.  Emphasis is on safety and proper use of tools and

machines.  This course includes an introduction to the following area: sketching, CAD drafting, auto servicing and woodworking.

 

Wood Production                                                                   1 semester, 5 credits

   Students are exposed to the production procedures of manufacturing technology.  This course covers the designing, producing, managing, and marketing of a product. The lab portion of class will be woodworking.

 

Small Engines                                                                        1 semester, 5 credits

   This course is an introduction to small engine theory and operation. Includes safety practices, two and four stroke cycle engines, fuel systems, ignition systems, engine cooling, and use of basic tools, troubleshooting, service and maintenance. Students study the components of engines through disassembly, inspection, measurement and reassembly of actual engines.

 

Welding                                                                                   1 semester, 5 credits

   An introduction to gas and arc welding with emphasis on safety, metallurgy, joint design, preparation, equipment setup and operation.  The instructional activities include welding theory and hands-on experience using both gas and arc (stick and wire feed) welding.  (LF)

 

Mathematics

 

Algebra I                                                                                2 semesters, 10 credits

   This course supplies the foundation necessary for further study in mathematics and science. It involves a study of  the processes used in the solution of real-world problems by algebraic methods. Prerequisite:  Algebra readiness as indicated by pretesting and teacher evaluations.

 

Algebra II                                                                               2 semesters, 10 credits

   A transitional course preparing the student for more advanced mathematics.  Topics from Algebra I are further developed.  New topics include matrices, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometry. Prerequisite: Algebra I; Required: a graphing calculator

 

Calculus                                                                                 2 semesters, 10 credits

   A continuation of the concepts presented in Pre-Calculus furthering preparing students for College Calculus. Required: graphing calculator

 

Consumer Math                                                                       2 semesters, 10 credits

   This class applies the fundamentals of math to basic life skills. Learn how to make a budget, compare prices, and plan an affordable vacation.  Study about loans and interests, credit cards and insurance. This class will help you make good decisions for your life.

 

Geometry                                                                                2 semesters, 10 credits

   An elective course but required for entrance to many colleges. The course stresses logical approaches to problem solving and the understanding of geometric figures. Recommended: Algebra I

 

Pre-Algebra                                                                           2 semesters, 10 credits

   Offers a more gradual approach to learning algebraic concepts for students who need more preparation before enrolling in Algebra I.         

 

Pre-Calculus                                                                          2 semesters, 10 credits

   This course  gives a thorough  grounding  for calculus.  Topics covered: polynomial and rational functions, general systems of equations and inequalities, sequences and series, and the binomial theorem. Prerequisite: Algebra II Required: a graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-83 Plus)
 

Pre-Calc II                                                         2 semesters, 10 credits

   This course explores the power of technology and its connections to mathematics. A graphing calculator is used to explore arithmetic and geometric sequences and series; single variable statistics and histograms; mathematical models using linear regression; residuals, coefficients of correlation, accuracy; transformations of functions; parametric equations with trigonometry; and other topics. Prerequisite:  Algebra II Required: a graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-83 Plus)

 

 

Music

 

Choir                                                                                       2 semesters, 6 credits

   A general singing group open to interested students. All aspects of proper vocal technique are emphasized, particularly those dealing with group singing. The choir may perform at local churches, service clubs, and other special events.

 

Concert Band                                                                         2 semesters, 10 credits

   Band is offered to those who have some proficiency with a musical instrument.  Varied styles of secular and religious music may be performed at schools, churches, and special events.  An audition is required.

 

Praise Ringers                                                                                    2 semesters, 10 credits

   A group of experienced bell ringers utilizing five octaves of handbells. An audition is required.  Prerequisite:  At least two years experience of handbell ringing.

 

Private Lessons                                                                      2 semesters, 2.5 credits

   Emphasis in lessons is placed on technique, tone control and sight reading. The goal is to develop the ability to perform both as a soloist and in a group. Off-campus lessons available. (Monthly Lesson Fee)

 

String Orchestra                                                                   2 semesters, 10 credits

   The string orchestra performs a repertoire of sacred, secular, and popular music from the Baroque period to the present. Emphasis is on service to churches, service clubs, school programs and other special events.  Private study is the norm and recommended.

 

Physical Education & Health

 

Acro Sports                                                                          2 semesters, 10 credits

   Build pyramids, learn ground tumbling, springboard and circus type activities to be used in  public performances. This group performs at various schools and special events throughout the year. All students are welcome. Class size will be limited. Tryouts required.
 

Health & Fitness                                                                     1 semester, 5 credits

   Designed to introduce students to basic health principles needed to make intelligent decisions about how they conduct their lives. The curriculum includes current advances in health knowledge, healthful living and counsels from the Spirit of Prophecy.

 

Intro to Acro Sports                                                             1 semester, 5 credits

   Introduces students to the sport of acrobatics.  Emphasis will be placed on preparing students for a higher level of acrobatic skills as well as an increased level of fitness.

 

Lifetime Activities                                                                   1 semester, 5 credits

   Activities and sports leading students toward a lifetime of activity are presented.  This includes but is not limited to; golf, tennis, orienteering, international games, badminton, rock climbing, self defense,  bowling, and ice skating.  A moderate level of fitness is required and maintained throughout the course.

 

Rock Climbing                                                                         1 quarter, 2.5 credits

   This class is designed to challenge a student’s physical and mental capabilities through the medium of rock climbing. Students will learn the proper use of equipment and participate in indoor and outdoor sport climbing.  All levels of ability welcome.

 

Physical Education I                                                              1 semester, 5 credits

   In this freshman class emphasis is placed on fitness development while using a variety of activities, which students can then pursue for a lifetime of recreation and fitness.

 

Weight Training &Fitness                                                      1 semester, 5 credits

   Students will develop and set up a individualized weight training program. These programs will be used during the semester giving students an opportunity to achieve and maintain muscular fitness.

 

Winter Sports                                                                                    1 quarter, 2.5 credits

   Learn to ski and snowboard on the slopes at Bluewood.  Class dates to be arranged once the season starts. 

 

Science

 

Anatomy & Physiology                                                                       2 semesters, 10 credits

   This course is designed to give students an understanding of both form and function to the systems of the human body.

 

Biology                                                                                   2 semesters, 10 credits

   A lab course emphasizing hands-on science through microscope analysis, anatomical dissection and numerous experimental investigation. The class focuses on the cell concept as it relates to all life forms. The concepts of plant and animal organs and body systems are studied, along with major study in environmental science and modern hereditary trends.

 

Chemistry                                                                                2 semesters, 10 credits

   A laboratory class covering the concepts of elementary inorganic chemistry. Emphasis is on problem solving and hands-on learning experiences.  Prerequisite:  Algebra II

 

Earth Science                                                                         2 semesters, 10 credits

   A basic level science class using laboratory and problem solving approaches. Among topics covered will be geology, astronomy, and meteorology. Graphing and simple algebra equations are used to interpret observations of the environment. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission

 

Environmental Science                                                          2 semesters, 10 credits

   The study of community and  population ecology, natural resources, conservation, energy, pollution, natural disasters, the environmental movement and government environmental agencies, laws and policies.

 

Honors Chemistry                                                                   2 semesters, 10 credits

   This honors course is available for students ready for this level. Prerequisite:  Algebra II

 

Physical Science                                                                     2 semesters, 10 credits

   A basic level science class studying the relationship between matter and energy. It introduces the student to the concepts of physics and chemistry through demonstration and lab experience. Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission.

 

Conceptual Physics                                                                2 semesters, 10 credits

   An introduction to energy, motion, waves, electricity, and magnetism with an emphasis on the conceptual foundations of Physics. Prerequisite: Algebra I or concurrent enrollment

 

Other Electives

 

Drawing I and II                                                                       2 semesters, 10 credits each

   Drawing I introduces the student to drawing skills. Drawing II enhances and strengthens skills learned in previous course. The goal for each course is to see the way an artist sees.

 

Painting I and II                                                                       2 semesters, 10 credits each

   Painting I introduces color theory and basic steps in painting still-life, landscapes, and sea-scapes. Painting II enhances and strengthens skills learned in previous course. The goal for each course is to see the way an artist sees.

 

Publications Class                                                                 2 semesters, 10 credits

  Students in this class learn the process of putting together a weekly student newspaper as well as producing the school’s yearbook.  The class will work on layout, photography, writing, meeting deadlines, working with InDesign, and other publishing programs.  (Non-English credit)         Prerequisite:  Instructor’s permission

 

Digital Photography                                                              1 semester, 5 credits

   This class will introduce students to the techniques of digital photography, videography, and the graphic arts.  Corel software will be used.  Students will need to supply their own cameras.

 

 

 

Courses that have not been offered recently

 

WWVA Singers                                                                        2 semesters, 4 credits

   A group of selected singers from the choir who focuses on more difficult music and various styles.  Previous choral or instrumental background is helpful.  Students must be enrolled in choir to join. WWVA Singers may perform at local churches,   service clubs, and other special events.  An audition is required.

 

Music History                                                                          1 semester, 5 credits

  Students will be given an introduction to the major periods of music, the composers, forms, styles and instruments used. Prerequisite: Music Theory

 

Music Theory                                                                           1 semester, 5 credits

   Learn ear training, sight singing, key signatures, time signature, analysis of chord progressions and basic part-writing. Music Theory is strongly recommended for anyone interested in participating in musical groups in college.

 

Current World History                                                         2 semesters, 10 credits

   In CW History students examine selected current national and international problems. In addition,   students study the origins, development and the fundamental principles on which the democratic American system of government is built and the citizen’s role and responsibility in this system. Prerequisite:  U.S. History

 

Global Studies                                                                       1 semester, 5 credits

   A study of the physical earth and how it affects the human world.

 

FAST Freshman and Science Training                                     1 semester, 5 credits

   This class introduces the freshmen students to the process of the scientific method through experimentation and projects.

 

Your Kitchen &You                                                               1 semester, 5 credits

  Basic survey class of cooking and kitchen familiarity.

 

Advanced Sewing                                                                    1 semester, 5 credits

   The student who is truly an advanced sewer will enlarge his/her sewing terminology, knowledge and expertise in this elective course.

 

World Literature                                                                   1 semester, 5 credits

   This class is an introduction to the literature of the world.  Students will be introduced to many genres of literature, i.e. poetry, short story, non-fiction, drama, and the novel.  In addition students will learn to understand literature and respond critically, both orally in class and in writing.  They will become familiar with representative pieces of literature from throughout the world.   Prerequisite:  English I

 

Young Adult literature                                                         1 semester, 5 credits

   This course focuses on writing done for or about young adults covering a wide range of topics. Students will respond and strengthen their grasp of literary concepts by expressing themselves personally and creatively in various forms (essays, oral presentations and writing the first chapter of a novel.) (LF)

 

Themes in Literature                                                               1 semester, 5 credits

   Students will study a specific theme through the use of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, short story and film sources to explore the selected theme. Examples of themes could be: women writers,

 

European Literature                                                              1 semester, 5 credits

   This class is about experience. Students will prepare by reading the literature and history of the European countries to be visited. Projects will be done on places and people studied in this class.

 

American Literature                                                               2 semesters, 10 credits

   A language arts class emphasizing creative and formal writing, a study of American literature, poetry, essay, short story, drama, and introduction to speech.

 

Northwest Authors                                                               1 semester, 5 credits

   This is a survey of literature class as told by Pacific Northwest authors, poets, and filmmakers. Issues surrounding life in the Northwest will be looked at through works of poetry, short story, fiction and nonfiction, and film, music, and art.

 

American Literature                                                               2 semesters, 10 credits

   A language arts class emphasizing creative and formal writing, a study of American literature, poetry, essay, short story, drama, and introduction to speech. Prerequisite: Two years of English

 

Bible as Literature                                                                 1 semesters, 5 credits

   Students examine portions of the Bible as works of literature reinforcing their familiarity with central stories of the Bible. Students will deepen their personal experience with the Bible as they write personal, creative and analytical responses.

 

British Literature                                                                  2 semesters, 10 credits

   A senior language arts class emphasizing creative and formal writing, British literature, poetry, essay, short story, drama, and instruction in speech.

 

Drama Literature                                                                   1 semester, 5 credits

            The purpose of this class is to help each student develop his/her comfort, talent, and overall presence on a stage of performance. In addition, students study some of the best drama literature from throughout the ages, and learn about the history of theatre. Students learn the proper methods of delivery, improve stage presence, and understand the process of altering existing material for the stage.   They are involved in the process of producing a play for public performance.  Prerequisite: English I 
 
 
 
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