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​Chun, SubinSubinChun@usd475.org​
​Crews, Kristin​KristinCrews@usd475.org
​Dettmer, Nancy​NancyDettmer@usd475.org
​Glazar, Marilyn​marilynGlazar@usd475.org
​Luedders, Abby​AbbyLuedders@usd475.org
​Miller, Laura
​LauraMiller@usd475.org
Sturges, Brian
BrianSturges@usd475.org
Steiger, Becky

RebeccaSteiger@usd475.org

​Stepherson, Ruth

RuthStepherson@usd475.org

​Sutter, Jennifer

JeniferSutter@usd475.org

​Villamor, Glennrey

GlennreyVillamor@usd475.org

Gorton, Danita

​DanitaGorton@usd475.org

 

 

Physical Sciences

Physical Science 

Year──Grades: 9──Credit: 1

Prerequisite: none

Physical Science is a year-long course focusing on physics and general chemistry.  In physics students will learn about motion, forces, matter, and energy.  In chemistry students will learn about matter, its composition and the changes it undergoes.  Students will explore many different topics pertaining to physics and chemistry including: effects of forces, transformations of energy, structure of matter, behaviors of matter and the properties pertaining to the changes in matter.

Earth and Space Science 

Year──Grades: 10-12──Credit: ½

Prerequisite: none

This course offers a one year exploration of the Earth and its atmosphere as well as the organization and origin of the universe.  Other concepts that will be covered are introductory physics and chemistry.  Although this is not a math intensive course, mathematics will be used as a tool for learning.  This class will include lecture, discussion, demonstration and some lab activities throughout the year.  This course meets the physical science requirement for graduation.                             

Environmental Ecology   

Semester──Grades: 11-12──Credit: ½

Prerequisite: Biology and/or concurrent enrollment in a Chemistry class

This class is designed to examine the root causes of environmental issues, to evaluate the current and potential effects of current environmental legislation, and to investigate the potential of cutting edge technologies designed to reduce our negative impact on the environment. This class will include designed investigation to evaluate resource use within our own homes, the school district, and the community.  Global climate change, use of natural resources, and pollution are just some of the relevant environmental issues that are of increasing importance in a world with a rapidly population.  This course counts as Biological or Physical Science.

General Chemistry 

Year──Grades: 10-12──Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Physical Science

Chemistry requires a large amount of abstract reasoning and is dependent upon topics learned in an introductory physical science class. Freshmen should not be taking the course.

This course will aim to be a tool by which students can learn to understand the methods of scientific inquiry and gain an appreciation and understanding of chemistry concepts.  This course will not stress numerical problem-solving skills.  However, the basic concepts of chemistry including atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, types of reactions and energy of reactions will be addressed in this course.  This course does not qualify as a prerequisite for AP Chemistry. 

Chemistry I 

Year──Grades: 11-12──Credit: 1

Prerequisite: C or better in Physical Science and/or concurrently enrolled in Algebra II or higher

This physical science course will follow a logical, sequential development of major chemistry principals and the relevance of those principals to society. Problem solving skills will include mathematical reasoning. Topics include: Structure of the Atom, Periodic Law, bonds, types of reactions, Stoichiometry and energy involved in chemical reactions. Learning activities will include lecture, laboratory, and general and small group discussions. 

AP Chemistry  

Year──Grades: 11-12──Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry I with a B or better. General Chemistry will NOT satisfy the prerequisite for this course

Advanced Placement Chemistry is a second-year course designed to meet the needs of the advanced science-oriented student.  This course is roughly equivalent to college freshman general chemistry courses. Students are expected to be consistently self-directed in their study - it is expected that students will spend about six hours per week on at home preparation.  Many more labs are performed to illustrate good lab techniques, and apply and underscore chemical knowledge.  Emphasis is on energy, molecular orbital theory, solution chemistry (including acid/base, equilibrium, and rate laws), and chemistry in the world around us.  This course is mostly inorganic, but organic compounds are discussed and the basis of their bonding described.

Physics  

Year──Grades: 11-12──Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II or Teacher Permission.

Physics is a math-oriented course that looks at natural physical science phenomenon.  First semester students will study motion, Newton's Laws, momentum, work and energy. Second semester topics include field theory, electrostatics, magnetism and electromotive forces.  Outside activities such as homework assignments, reports and research in the library are also part of this course.  Students are graded on tests, quizzes, homework and activities.  This class will help students who are planning to go to college.

 

Biological Sciences    

Introduction to Health Sciences

Semester──Grades: 9-10──Credit: ½

Prerequisite: This class will be open to students who earned a "C" or better in 8th grade English and 8th grade Science.  While the reading of the medical text will likely be new to students, in-class scaffolding and support will gradually help build the skills needed to read these texts independently.  In addition, the writing is intensive.  Therefore, students must have strong writing skills.

This class is an introduction to the Health Science Pathway. Students will explore the foundations of the United States health care system.  Through a variety of interactive activities students will be introduced to key components of health care history, the Health Science Pathway Clusters, system theories and communication within the health care system.  Students will research a variety of opportunities available within the health care industry (e.g., such as nursing, therapy, dental care, administrative services and lab technology). This course is a prerequisite for Health Sciences I-III.  Juniors must have instructor permission to enroll.

Health

Semester──Grades: 9-12──Credit: ½

Prerequisite: None

Health is the study of the general condition of the human body.  The class is designed to give students an overview of the wellness, managing stress, health related fitness, exercise, nutrition, alcohol, drugs, human sexuality and HIV/AIDS education. 

Health Sciences I

Semester──Grades: 10-11──Credit: ½

Prerequisite: Students wanting to enroll in this class must have earned a "C" or better in English 9 and Introduction to Health Sciences. In addition, students must be concurrently enrolled in Biology. The medical vocabulary is intensive in this course.  Strong reading and writing skills are a necessity.

This course builds upon introduction to Health Sciences.  Students will be introduced to legal and ethical responsibilities of health care.  Students will be introduced to the academic foundations of health care as they relate to the basic human structure and function as well as being introduced to basic medical terminology.  This course does not replace the anatomy and physiology courses offered by JCHS Science Department.  This class is a prerequisite for Health Science II-III.

Health Sciences II

Semester──Grades: 10-12──Credit: ½

Prerequisite: To enroll in Health Science II, students must have earned a "C" or better in English (9-11), Biology and Health Sciences I.

This course builds upon Health Science I. Students will be introduced to information about blood borne pathogens, infectious and non-infectious diseases, the disease process, health care safety practices and other skills necessary to further their education and employment opportunities in a variety of health care professions.  Students will also learn the technical skills for first aid and CPR.  This class is a prerequisite for Health Sciences III.

Biology 

Year──Grades: 10-12──Credit: 1

Prerequisite: a physical science

This course is designed to help students learn the principles of biology through active involvement. The students will focus on the following unifying themes of biology: Evolution, Homeostasis, Cellular Function, Genetics, and Ecology. The instructional model used will incorporate activities designed to engage students, while encouraging them to explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate. Students will be given opportunities to conduct laboratory investigations designed to foster scientific thinking. There will be an emphasis on the connections between biological concepts and real life applications. 

Care of Athletes

Semester──Grades: 11-12──Credit: ½

Prerequisite:  Health Science I

This course will prepare students with the knowledge and skills to understand and perform therapeutic tasks that would be designated by an athletic or fitness trainer.  Course content may include but will not be limited to taping and bandaging, proper use of protective padding, treatment modalities, anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology.  Students will learn to measure cardio-respiratory endurance, flexibility, body composition and blood pressure.

Environmental Ecology 

Semester──Grades: 11-12──Credit: ½

Prerequisite: Biology and/or concurrent enrollment in a Chemistry class

This class is designed to examine the root causes of environmental issues, to evaluate the current and potential effects of current environmental legislation, and to investigate the potential of cutting edge technologies designed to reduce our negative impact on the environment. This class will include designed investigation to evaluate resource use within our own homes, the school district, and the community.  Global climate change, use of natural resources, and pollution are just some of the relevant environmental issues that are of increasing importance in a world with a rapidly population.  This course counts as Biological or Physical Science.

Field Biology 

Year──Grades: 11-12──Credit: 1

Prerequisite: This course is actually a combination of 2 courses we have been offering: Aquatic Biology and Field Ecology.  Students that have taken either or both of these courses should NOT consider enrollment in this class

The Prairie is the dominant ecosystem in the Midwest, but it is in danger of being replaced with other ecosystems. This course will investigate the relationship between the soil, plants, animals and the environment within the context of the prairie ecosystem. We will also investigate the human impact on this ecosystem. This is designed as a field biology course that will work outdoors on site, in the community, and at Konza Prairie Biological Station near Manhattan, KS.

Microbiology 

Semester──Grades: level: 11-12──Credit: ½

Prerequisite: Biology

This course will focus on all aspects of microscopic life.  If you have wanted to learn more about the "bug" that has you feeling sick or the tiny living organisms that produce oxygen, then microbiology might be the course for you.  Topics will include not only bacterial studies, but also viruses, algae, protozoa, and fungi.  Characteristics of each type of microbe will be studied.  Health and environmental effects from these microbes will also be a focal point.  Anyone interested in a health related field would benefit from this class.

Zoology 

Semester──Grades: 11-12──Credit: ½

Prerequisite: Biology

This course will focus on 9 different animal phyla (categories). We will begin with simple invertebrates and proceed to complex vertebrates.  There will be several dissections throughout the semester.  Comparing morphology (structures) and physiology (functions) of different animals will be the focus.  Dissection of a fetal pig will conclude studies of mammalian organ systems.

Human Anatomy and Physiology   

Year ──Grades: 11-12──Credit: 1

Prerequisites: Biology and/or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry

This is a weighted course for students who have a sincere interest in understanding the complex workings of the human body.  Human Anatomy and Physiology is a fast paced and detailed study of the structures and functions of the human body.  In this course, principles of anatomy and physiology are introduced, and concepts in biochemistry, cytology, and histology are studied and applied to systems of the body. Cat dissection is an important part of the teaching/learning process during this course.  *This course will be especially helpful to students planning post-secondary work toward careers related to science and health.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)    

Semester──Grades: 12──Credit: 1

(2 Period Block)

Prerequisites: C or Better in Anatomy and Physiology, Instructor Permission with an interview; *additional fees will apply

This program is designed for individuals interested in providing medical care to patients in the pre-hospital setting. It will provide the participants with opportunities

to gain information, skills and attitudes necessary for certification and practice as an emergency medical technician (EMT) in the state of Kansas. This program has been approved by the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services (BEMS). It addresses information and techniques currently considered the responsibility of the EMT according to the United States Department of Transportation, National Standard Curriculum. The program consists of didactic instruction, practical skill training and clinical experience. Classroom instruction includes anatomy, physiology, recognition and care of medical emergencies, and trauma-related injuries. CPR, bandaging, splinting, childbirth techniques and airway management are among the skills taught.

Students in this course must provide their own transportation between the school and the Junction City Fire Department.

Students completing this course will be prepared to obtain certification as an EMT in Kansas.

Biotechnology I  

Year──Grades: 11-12──Credit: 1

Prerequisite: C or better in Biology

Biotechnology 1 is the first-year course of the Junction City High School Biotechnology Program. Biotechnology 1 is designed to give students an introduction to the scientific concepts and laboratory research techniques currently used in the field of biotechnology. Students will develop laboratory skills, critical thinking, and communication skills currently used in the biotechnology industry. Through extensive reading, laboratory work, and workplace experiences, students will evaluate career opportunities in the field of biotechnology.

Biotechnology II 

Year──Grades: 12──Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Completion of Biotechnology I with a B or better

Biotechnology II is designed to give students knowledge of advanced scientific concepts and laboratory research techniques currently used in the field of biotechnology; specifically in the areas of pharmaceutical. Agricultural, genomics.  Students will develop laboratory skills, critical thinking, and communication skills currently used in the biotechnology industry. Students will also evaluate career opportunities in the field of biotechnology.

AP Biology 

Year──Grades: 11-12──Credit: 1

Prerequisite: B or better in Chemistry I and Biology

AP Biology is designed to be the equivalent of a year-long college introductory biology course.  Enrolling in AP

Bio means that you have undertaken a personal responsibility to work hard by taking notes, reading and studying materials in and outside of class and completing meticulous laboratory work while managing your time to keep up with a rigorous curriculum. 

The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process.  Primary emphasis in an AP Biology course should be on developing an understanding of concepts rather than on memorizing terms and technical details. Essential to this conceptual understanding are the following units: Science as a Process; Evolution; Energy Transfer; Continuity and Change; Relationship of Structure to Function; Regulation; Interdependence in Nature; Science and Technology and Society. This is a fast paced course that requires Chemistry and Biology knowledge.

Health Science Internship

Year──Grades: 12──Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Health Science I, Anatomy and Physiology

This course content will provide students with professional learning experience in the five career pathways.  The course will include classroom activities involving research of the various careers in the health profession and one rotation within each of the five pathways for Health Science Education cluster.  The rotational clinical/shadowing professional learning experience for students may occur at a variety of settings (i.e., dentist office, Therapeutic; occupational therapy, diagnostic; social worker, Health Informatics; interpreter, Support Services; pharmacy, Biotechnology).  The professional learning experience may be paid or unpaid.

 

  
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