Course Catalog

2014-15

Lincoln County Ninth Grade Academy (NGA) is committed to offering the very best in educational opportunities to all freshmen.  The courses included in this program of study are offered to students as choices to meet the prerequisites for entrance into Lincoln County High School.  NGA serves as a "transition" from middle school to high school.  These course offerings meet the requirements for high school graduation, preparation for post secondary training at any level, and preparation for the challenges of living in the twenty-first century.

 

Freshmen must register for one English, math, science, and social studies class; Freshman Focus; Lifetime Wellness; and an elective. Counselors and classroom teachers are available to assist students in making wise educational and career choices.

 

            Students and parents are advised to select courses with great care. All registration forms require the name of the student and the student's parent.  Notice that some courses have additional prerequisites.  Students are expected to choose courses at the appropriate levels in subjects that have different ability groupings. The school administration reserves the right to place students in course levels which will best meet their needs.  All courses are open equally to both males and females.

 

 

Student  Classifications

Sophomore 4 Credits

(Must be Eng. 9 and Algebra 1)

Junior 10 Credits

Senior 18 Credits

 

Types of Diplomas

Graduation with Honors

Students will graduate with honors who meet at least one of the following:

  • score at or above all of the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT.

 

Graduation with Distinction

Students will graduate with distinction who attain a B average and complete at least one of the following:

  • earn a nationally recognized industry certification
  • participate in at least one of the Governor's Schools
  • participate in one of the state's All State musical organizations
  • are selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
  • attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
  • attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exams.
  • successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs
  • earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit

 

 

 

Graduation Requirements

 

     The Tennessee Department of Education passed new graduation standards on January 25, 2008, to become effective at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year.  Under the Tennessee Diploma Project, students will develop one focused program of study preparing them for postsecondary study.  While all students may not enter postsecondary training immediately following high school, they must be prepared for lifelong learning.  The focused plan of study will be developed with the student, parent/guardian(s), and faculty advisor or guidance counselor.

 

Graduation Requirements:

Credits

Courses

 

4

English

English 9, 10, 11, 12

4

Math

Must include Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and a fourth higher-level course determined by the ACT Math score.

3

Science

Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab course

3

Social Studies

World History and Geography, U.S. History, U.S. Government ½, and Economics 1/2

1

Wellness

 

0.5

Physical Education

 

0.5

Personal Finance

 

2

Foreign Language

2 in same foreign language (May be waived for students not planning to attend college.  Credits must be used to explore their elective focus of study.)

1

Fine Arts

(May be waived for students not planning to attend college.  Credits must be used to explore their elective focus of study.

3

Elective Focus

 

4

Elective Credits

Do not have to be in focus area.

 

 

 

26

Total Credits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Grading Scale

Grade            Percentage Range           

     A............................... 93-100

     B................................ 85-92

     C................................ 75-84

     D................................ 70-74

     F.................................0-69

 

GPA

     GPA (Grade Point Average) is figured on semester grades with calculations based on A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0, F = 0. 

 

Class Rank

Class Rank will be computed on a weighted 4- point scale with additional weight of .5 for Dual and Honors Classes and 1-point for Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  Students will be ranked for the first time after completion of fall semester of their sophomore year.

 

Rigor points (3 for Honors) will be assigned and will be added by the teacher of record to the final grade in each honors courses. These are as follow:

Honors English 1

Honors Algebra I

Honors Geometry

Honors Physical Science

Honors World History and Geography

 

Schedule Changes

Students register in the spring for the next academic year's courses. Students and parents are advised to select courses with great care. A student will not be permitted to make a schedule change unless a critical need is documented. The decision of the principal will be considered final with respect to schedule changes.

 

Four Year Plan/ Focus Area

At the end of the eighth grade each student should have completed a four year plan. A 4-year plan is a guide that aids the student and the parent/s in ensuring graduation. Each year this plan will be reviewed and updated as necessary. Each student is required to have a Focus Area either in a Career Technical Education or in an academic area.

Transfer Student Information

Pupils transferring from schools which are not accredited by the Tennessee State Board of Education or by comparable state agencies shall be allowed credit only when they have passed comprehensive written examinations approved, administered, and graded by the principal or his designated representative. No transfer course will be awarded Honors or Advanced Placement credit unless so designated on the transcript. Honors and Advanced Placement transfer credit will be accepted only from schools accredited by the State Department of Education or those accredited by agencies approved by the State Department of Education.

 

Tennessee HOPE Scholarship eligibility requires a Minimum 21 ACT OR Final cumulative 3.0 GPA for entering college freshmen graduating from eligible public high schools.  For additional information on the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program go to www.TN.gov/collegepays

 

Grading and Reporting

     Grades will be reported officially to parents and students after each 45 days of instruction (9 weeks).  The 45-day marking periods will stand alone. Progress Reports will be sent home to parents at mid-point (23rd day) of each 45-day marking period. 

 

Semester Exams

     In each class, all students will take a semester exam which will count as 15% of the semester average. 

 

PARCC (New 2014-2015)

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

The PARCC assessments will be administered for the first time during the 2014-45 school year.  These assessments will replace the state mandated English I End of Course and Algebra I End of Course tests.  State mandated tests count 25% of the second semester grade for high school students.

 

 

 Course Descriptions

 

 

ENGLISH

 

 

3001 College and Career Ready English I

Grade Level: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: English Grade 8

NGA Administration determines English placement.

Description: English I is a course that seeks to integrate the standards of language, communication, writing, research, logic, informational text, media, and literature.  Students will work to comprehend and produce a wide variety of texts, including traditional works of literature, practical and persuasive forms of communication that involve speaking and listening skills, and the use of appropriate technology and media forms.  The course will emphasize the communication and critical thinking skills that empower students to function effectively in a rapidly changing world.  This course has a state mandated test which will count as 25% of the second semester grade.

 

30011 Honors English I

Grade Level: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Prerequisite Recommendation:  Grade of 90 or above in 8th Grade English; Placement Test Results

*Student progress will be monitored and evaluated during the first six weeks to determine continued placement in the honors course.

NGA Administration determines English placement.

Description: English I is a course that seeks to integrate the standards of language, communication, writing, research, logic, informational text, media, and literature.  Students will work to comprehend and produce a wide variety of texts, including traditional works of literature, practical and persuasive forms of communication that involve speaking and listening skills, and the use of appropriate technology and media forms.  The course will emphasize the communication and critical thinking skills that empower students to function effectively in a rapidly changing world.

     Honors English I is an advanced class for college-bound students.  Course content includes a cumulative vocabulary study and a survey of literature by genre.  Additional areas covered are mythology, composition, and research techniques.  Extensive outside reading including summer reading is required.  The following will be included in this course: 1.) Extended reading assignments that connect with the specified curriculum.  2.) Research-based writing assignments that address and extend the course curriculum. 3.) Projects that apply course curriculum to relevant real-world situations.  These may include, but are not limited to, oral presentations, power point presentations, or other modes of sharing findings.  Connection of the project to the community is encouraged.  4.) Integration of appropriate technology into the course of study.  5.) Writing assignments that demonstrate a variety of modes, purposes, and styles.  This course has a state mandated test which will count as 25% of the second semester grade.

 

3008 Journalism

Grade Level: 9

Credit: 1 (Elective Credit Only)

Term Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of 90 in 8th Grade English, Score of 5 or above on the most recent State Writing Assessment

Description:  The primary goal of the journalism program is for student improvement in oral and written communication skills.  This course also offers the opportunity to explore career possibilities in the media.  A variety of publishing tools will be explored.  The school's student yearbook and student newspaper will be published through this class. As part of the career exploration component of this course, all students will be required to sell advertisements for the yearbook that will be reflected as a project grade.

 

 

 

MATHEMATICS

 

 

     The Tennessee Department of Education's new graduation standards adopted on January 25, 2008, require students to take a math course each year.  Students must earn a credit in each of the following: Algebra I; Geometry; Algebra II; and an Upper Level Math. 

 

 3102 College and Career Ready Algebra I

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

NGA Administration determines math placement.

Description: Algebra I is a course that uses problem situations, physical models, and appropriate technology to extend algebraic thinking and engage student reasoning.  Problem solving situations will provide all students an environment which promotes communication and fosters connections within mathematics to other disciplines and to the real world.  Students will use physical models to represent, explore, and develop abstract concepts.  The use of appropriate technology will help students apply mathematics in an increasingly technological world.  The concepts emphasized in the course include functions, solving equations, slope as rates of change, and proportionality.   This course has a state mandated test which will count as 25% of the second semester grade.

 

 

 

 

31021 Honors Algebra I

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Prerequisite Recommendation:  Grade of 90 or above in 8th Grade Pre-Algebra, Placement Test Results, Advanced TCAP score.

*Student progress will be monitored and evaluated during the first six weeks to determine continued placement in the honors course.

NGA Administration makes the final determination of math placement.

Description: Honors Algebra I is a course that uses problem situations, physical models, and appropriate technology to extend algebraic thinking and engage student reasoning.  Problem-solving situations will provide all students an environment that promotes communication and fosters connections within mathematics to other disciplines and to the real world.  Students will use physical models to represent, explore, and develop abstract concepts.  The use of appropriate technology will help students apply mathematics in an increasingly technological world.  The concepts emphasized in the course include functions, solving equations, slope as rates of change, and proportionality.

     Honors Algebra I is an advanced class for college-bound students.  Course content offers a more specialized approach to sophisticated math concepts.  The following will be included in this course: 1.) Research-based writing assignments that address and extend the course curriculum. 3.) Projects that apply course curriculum to relevant real-world situations.  These may include, but are not limited to, oral presentations, power point presentations, or other modes of sharing findings.  Connection of the project to the community is encouraged.  4.) Integration of appropriate technology into the course of study.  5.) Extensive opportunities for problem solving experiences through imagination, critical analysis, and application.  6.) Open-ended investigations in which the student selects the questions and designs the research.  This course has a state mandated test which will count as 25% of the second semester grade. 

 

 

31023 College and Career Ready Algebra I-A (AB Block)

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 semester

NGA Administration determines math placement.

Description: Algebra I-A is an elective math course that uses problem situations, physical models, and appropriate technology to extend algebraic thinking and engage student reasoning.  Problem solving situations will provide all students an environment which promotes communication and fosters connections within mathematics to other disciplines and to the real world.  Algebra I-A is a block class that is completed during the 1st Semester.  Students taking Algebra I-A must take Algebra I-B during the 2nd Semester.

 

31024 College and Career Ready Algebra I-B (AB Block)

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 semester

NGA Administration determines math placement.

Description: Algebra I-B is a math course that uses problem situations, physical models, and appropriate technology to extend algebraic thinking and engage student reasoning.  Problem solving situations will provide all students an environment which promotes communication and fosters connections within mathematics to other disciplines and to the real world.  Algebra I-B is a block class that is completed during the 2nd Semester. This course has a state mandated test which will count as 25% of the second semester grade.

 

3108 Honors Geometry

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Algebra I

NGA Administration determines math placement.

Description: Geometry is the study of basic fundamental geometric relationships, parallel lines, congruent triangles, similar polygons, right triangles, circles, constructions, areas, volumes, coordinate geometry, and transformations. Emphasis will be placed on the recognition of and construction of logical arguments.  The following will be included in this course: 1.) Extended reading assignments that connect with the specified curriculum.  2.) Research-based writing assignments that address and extend the course curriculum. 3.) Projects that apply course curriculum to relevant real-world situations.  These may include, but are not limited to, oral presentations, power point presentations, or other modes of sharing findings.  Connection of the project to the community is encouraged.  4.) Integration of appropriate technology into the course of study.  5.) Extensive opportunities for problem solving experiences through imagination, critical analysis, and application.  This course has a state mandated test which will count as 25% of the second semester grade.

 

 

 

SCIENCE

 

 

3202 Physical Science

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Description: Physical Science is a laboratory course that explores the relationship between matter and energy.  Students explore physical science concepts through and inquiry approach integrated with appropriate algebra-based mathematics.  Physical Science students investigate:  Inquiry; Mathematics; Technology and Engineering; Energy; Matter; Motion; and Forces.

 

32021 Honors Physical Science

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1

Prerequisite:  Grade of 90 or above in 8th Grade Science, teacher recommendation, and advanced TCAP score.

Description: Physical Science is a laboratory course that explores the relationship between matter and energy.  Students explore physical science concepts through and inquiry approach integrated with appropriate algebra-based mathematics.  Physical Science students investigate:  Inquiry; Mathematics; Technology and Engineering; Energy; Matter; Motion; and Forces. 

            Honors Physical Science offers a more specialized approach to the study of the relationship between matter and energy for preparation of college-bound students who are especially interested in science.  The following will be included in this course: 1.) Extended reading assignments that connect with the specified curriculum.  2.) Research-based writing assignments that address and extend the course curriculum. 3.) Projects that apply course curriculum to relevant real-world situations.  These may include, but are not limited to, oral presentations, power point presentations, or other modes of sharing findings.  Connection of the project to the community is encouraged.  4.) Integration of appropriate technology into the course of study.  5.) Extensive opportunities for problem solving experiences through imagination, critical analysis, and application.  6.) Open-ended investigations in which the student selects the questions and designs the research.

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

3401 World History and Geography: The Industrial Revolution to the Contemporary World

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Description: Students will study the Age of Revolution 1750-1850; Industrial Revolution 1750-1914; Unification and Imperialism 1850-1914; World Wars 1914-1945; Cold War 1945-1989; and the Contemporary World Since 1989.

 

3401 Honors World History and Geography: The Industrial Revolution to the Contemporary World

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Grade of 90 or above in 8th Grade Social Studies, teacher recommendation and advanced TCAP score.

Description: Students will study the Age of Revolution 1750-1850; Industrial Revolution 1750-1914; Unification and Imperialism 1850-1914; World Wars 1914-1945; Cold War 1945-1989; and the Contemporary World Since 1989.

The following will be included in this course: 1.) Extended reading assignments that connect with the specified curriculum.  2.) Research-based writing assignments that address and extend the course curriculum. 3.) Projects that apply course curriculum to relevant real-world situations.  These may include, but are not limited to, oral presentations, power point presentations, or other modes of sharing findings.  Connection of the project to the community is encouraged.  4.) Integration of appropriate technology into the course of study.  5.) Deeper exploration of the culture, values, and history of the discipline.

 

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

 

 

3021 Spanish I

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Minimum average of 85 in 8th grade English

NGA Administration determines placement.

Description: Students will use Spanish to engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.  They will interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.  Information, concepts, and ideas will be presented by students to an audience of listeners or readers. The daily life, traditional ideas and perspectives, institutions, literary and artistic expressions, and other components and aspects of the cultures of Spanish speaking countries will be included in this study. Students will compare the Spanish language and culture with their own language and culture.  Students will use the language in an interdisciplinary approach, in speaking with members of the Spanish culture, and for leisure. 

 

3022 Spanish II

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish I

NGA Administration determines placement.

Description: Students will use Spanish to engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.  They will interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.  Information, concepts, and ideas will be presented by students to an audience of listeners or readers. The daily life, traditional ideas and perspectives, institutions, literary and artistic expressions, and other components and aspects of the cultures of Spanish speaking countries will be included in this study. Students will compare the Spanish language and culture with their own language and culture.  Students will use the language in an interdisciplinary approach, in speaking with members of the Spanish culture, and for leisure. 

 

3021/3022 Spanish I and II Block

Spanish I and Spanish II are also being offered in a modified block.  Spanish I will be completed during the first semester, and Spanish II will commence at the beginning of the second semester. 

Prerequisite: Students enrolling in Spanish I/Spanish II modified block must have a 90 or above final grade in 8th Grade English and must be enrolled in 9th Grade Honors English.

 

 

 

FINE ARTS

 

 

3530 Instrumental Music (Marching and Non-Marching Band)

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Description: Instrumental Music is a course that provides musical performance and study for students.  Through the mediums of band and orchestra, the course is designed to develop proficiency in musical performance, an understanding of the art of music, and an appreciation of the creative and intrinsic values of music which can result in a life-long avocation. This class will satisfy the Fine Arts credit required by the State Board of Regents Colleges & Universities.

       

Marching Option:   The marching band activity is very popular among band students.  The students will perform during half-time at football games and compete against other high schools on a few Saturdays.  Attendance to camp and all rehearsals is required.  Band students who choose to march band will be transported by bus to LCHS the last class period of the day during marching season.  

 

Non-Marching Option:   Marching Band is not required in order to participate in Band at Ninth Grade Academy.  Therefore, a student may participate in other activities (fall sports, etc.) that will have scheduling conflicts.  If one chooses to not participate in marching band, he or she may choose to perform at LCHS football & basketball games.  They will be required to participate in 3 concerts throughout the school year.  

 

      Band students who choose to march with Lincoln County High School's band will be transported by bus to LCHS the last class period of the day during marching season.

 

3501 Visual Arts I (Art)

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Description: Students will create, evaluate, and research the historical context of works of art.  Students will apply various media, techniques, and processes in the creation and analysis of artworks.  Through practice and sequential study, students will strive to achieve technical mastery in the areas of art production, art criticism, aesthetics, and art history. They will develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills from the study of ideas, concepts, issues, and knowledge related to the visual arts.  This class will satisfy the Fine Arts credit required by the State Board of Regents Colleges & Universities.

 

3531 Vocal/Choral Music

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Description:  Vocal music is a course that seeks to give students experience in the study and performance of a diverse repertoire of vocal/choral music.  The course will include instruction in proper vocal technique, musicianship skills, and the cultural and historical context of choral literature.  The course will encourage self-expression through performance and creation of music.  Participation in performances and competitions are part of the grade for this course.  This class will satisfy the Fine Arts credit required by the State Board of Regents Colleges & Universities.

 

 

 

Career and Technical Education

 

 

5793 Introduction to Engineering Design

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Prerequisite: Requires concurrent enrollment in Algebra I or Algebra I credit

Description: Introduction to Engineering Design is the first course in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program.  PTLW's approach - using activities-, project-, and problem-based learning (or

APPB learning) - centers on hands-on projects that have real-world applications.

The curriculum makes mathematics and science relevant and strives to help

students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom may be

applied in everyday life. 

In this course, students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation.

 

5957 Agri Sciences

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Description: Principles of Agricultural Sciences is designed to develop the basic theories and principles involved in animal science, agribusiness, agricultural mechanics, and natural resource management.  The standards prepare students to choose among agricultural careers for the twenty-first century.  

 

5526 Health Science Education

Grade 9

Term Length: 1 year

Description: This course will include basic health care information on services/products related to the health of people or animals.  Subject matter will include career choices, skill development, and application of health concepts relative to becoming a health care professional.

 

 

 

PE and WELLNESS

 

 

3303Lifetime Wellness

Grade: 9

Credit: 1

Term Length: 1 year

Description: This course incorporates standards in the study of disease prevention control, mental health, nutrition, personal fitness and related skills, safety and first aid, and human sexuality and family life.  This course is required for all students earning a Tennessee Diploma.  All NGA students must take this course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER

 

 

9310 Freshman Focus

Grade: 9

Credit: 0 (Pass or Fail Class)

Term Length: 1 year

Description: This class is geared toward the uniqueness of the freshman student.  Activities, books, interactive studies, etc.  are aimed at bridging the gap from elementary to high school.  Students will be introduced to and study the school's handbook as well as learn the purpose for and how to use their student planner. Much of this time will also be focused on assessing individual student academic needs in the classroom as well as preparation for the Tennessee End-of-Course Exams.  As individual student needs are identified, this time will be tailored and a plan implemented to address those specific needs.

     Students and their academic advisors will monitor their academic progress and career aptitudes and interests throughout the year and make adjustments to their four-year planners as needed.  During the year, grades will be assessed in specific units of study employed in this class.  This course is required for all NGA students and is designed to assist in the successful transition of our freshmen to LCHS.

 

 

 

ATHLETICS

 

 

Cheerleading, Football, Girls' Basketball, Boys' Basketball, and Girls' Volleyball are offered at NGA after school.  Try-outs are required for these athletic activities.  Students may also participate in sports offered at Lincoln County High School which are not offered at NGA.  These sports are:  Girls' Soccer; Boys' Soccer; Golf; Tennis; Wrestling; Baseball; Softball; Track, Swimming, Cross Country.  Participants must maintain a good standing in academics.

The grades of Freshmen Athletes will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis during the competitive season.  When a failing grade is identified in a core course the student will be given 2 weeks to improve the grade.  If the grade has improved but is not passing the student will be given two additional weeks to bring the grade up to passing.  If a student fails to show improvement at the end of the initial two week period or does not bring the grade up to passing at the end of four weeks they will be removed from competition until the grade returns to passing for two consecutive weeks.