HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SCHOOL 2018
ACADEMIC COURSE OFFERINGS AND DESCRIPTIONS
D203 SUMMER SCHOOL
Directors: Heather Schild and Tom Gebbie
NCHS Dates: Monday thru Friday, beginning June 4, 2018-June 22, June 25- July 18 (no school July 2 – 4)
Session 1: 7:30-9:50
Session 2: 10:00-12:20
Transportation fee: $25 for families selecting transportation per semester. There is not a transportation option for non-residents.
*Please visit http://www.naperville203.org/domain/1054 for further information regarding Naperville Community Unit School District’s summer school.
eLo SUMMER SCHOOL
eLo Online Director: Kip Pygman
Session 1: June 11-July 3
Session 2: July 5-Jul 27
*eLo Course offerings for summer learning are listed through the eLo Consortium. Please visit http://www.eloconsortium.org/summer.html for further information.
This course is an introduction to the application of the elements and principles of art and design via a variety of 2d and 3d media. This studio course is designed to be of interest to the beginning as well as the more advanced art student who would like to explore many different media within one class.
Intro to Print Making
This class offers the opportunity to explore an art medium not offered in our current
curriculum. Students would be exposed to the history of printmaking, print artists and a
number of printmaking techniques. Techniques covered would be, but not limited to,
monoprinting, collographs, block printing, and serigraphy. This course will also allow a student
who is considering taking AP Studio Art the experience of working with varied media that will
have a beneficial impact on the portfolio exam.
COMMUNICATION ARTS COURSES:
This course is a laboratory study of the basic principles and techniques of acting.
This course is designed to improve reading as it relates to complex texts that students encounter at the high school level. The course addresses specific understandings, skills, and strategies needed to expand reading proficiency and improve achievement.
This full-year, freshman course is designed to begin the reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing strategies for the Communication Arts curriculum. This course is designed for students to meet the 9th grade Common Core State Standards. This course is designed for students who have not met the standards during the regular school year.
This full-year, sophomore course is designed to continue the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing strategies begun in English 1. This course is designed for students to meet the 10th grade Common Core State Standards. This course is designed for students who have not met the standards during the regular school year.
This full-year, junior course is designed to continue the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing strategies begun in English 2. This class is designed for students to meet the 11th grade Common Core State Standards. This course is designed for students who have not met the standards during the regular school year.
This course begins with students studying the components of communication including
elements such as verbal and nonverbal communication, active listening, and perception. In the
public speaking units (narrative, group, informative, and persuasive), students begin by drawing
information from their own experiences to connect to their audience. Next, students learn and
practice skills that impact communication in small group decision-making and problem-solving
situations. Finally, students progress to researching and organizing information from outside
sources to develop a cohesive focus and persuasive approaches. Students’ work is assessed on
the basis of both oral and written performance in the course, and students will participate in
self-assessment of their speeches as well as provide formal, written feedback for peers, with a
focus on rhetorical analysis.
EL Speech and Communication
This course gives students the opportunity to develop speaking, communication, and
presentation skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of presentational styles and speaking
scenarios. Techniques and skills covered may include exercises to develop oral fluency, formal
and informal interpersonal conversations, and spontaneous and polished presentations.
This course allows readers to design, with the advice and consent of the instructor, their individual course of literature study. The instructor evaluates students’ reading skills and literary analysis in a variety of assessments, both written and oral. Students who take this course should be prepared to work independently in a self-directed manner.
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION COURSES:
This course will help students develop skills to navigate and adjust to changing technology that
is integral for college and career success. In addition, students will develop 21st Century
technology skills by incorporating real-world situations requiring professional documents.
Through the use of integrated projects, Microsoft Office, social media, trends in web
applications and various design programs, students will build essential technology skills.
This course builds on the essential skills taught in Tech Edge. In a project-based learning
environment, students will learn how to collaborate to become problem solvers. Students will
increase their technology skills and their digital wherewithal. They will learn how to access valid
and timely information. Students will become that “go-to” person for technology solutions in a
school or work environment.
This course meets the requirement for Consumer Economics. The areas of consumer concerns to be addressed in this course involve a study of contracts and consumer protection, personal income taxes, banking and finance, budgeting, insurance, auto, housing, and the wise use of credit.
Algebra is the area of mathematics in which operations of arithmetic are generalized by the use of letters to represent quantities. Mathematical topics include systems of equations, quadratics, families of functions, and elementary data analysis. This is a beginning course in Algebra, which is fundamental in developing skills essential for further study of mathematics as well as basic entrance requirement for the study of many other courses.
Blended Algebra 1
This course is designed to emphasize the operations of arithmetic through the generalized use
of variables to represent quantities. Topics include solving and graphing linear equations and
inequalities, systems of linear equations, quadratics, sequences, exponential functions, families
of functions, and elementary data analysis. This is a beginning course in algebra and is
fundamental in developing skills essential for further study of mathematics as well as being a
basic entrance requirement for the study of many other courses. A graphing calculator is
required. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online
independent learning components.
This course provides students with the fundamental vocabulary, properties, language, content and procedures of geometry. Topics include triangles, circles, polygons, parallel lines, and inequalities, with an introduction to coordinate and solid geometry. Emphasis is placed on construction of formal proof, the analysis of the nature and structure of a logical system and on problem solving skills.
All content from Plane Geometry is covered with additional topics added. The main thrust is to offer students the opportunity to learn a variety of problem solving techniques and how to apply those to challenging problems. A major emphasis is placed on construction of a formal proof. An exceptional grasp of Algebra 1 concepts is assumed as a prerequisite.
Algebra 2 Core
This course will reinforce Algebra 1 topics such as linear equations, linear graphing, and systems of linear equations. Other topics include factoring, exponents, radicals, properties of graphs, matrices, exponential and logarithmic functions, probability and statistics.
This course is a continuation of the principles learned in Algebra 1 with added emphasis on
abstract reasoning. Topics to be covered include factoring, exponents, radicals, properties of
graphs, matrices, irrational numbers, imaginary numbers, exponential and logarithmic
functions, probability, and statistics.
This course is for exiting 8th graders who demonstrate a need for additional time and practice with algebra concepts to prepare for Algebra 1.
Space exploration is an advanced one semester course designed for the student who wants to
investigate the inner-working of the universe. This inquiry based laboratory course will take
advantage of and utilize the latest technological advances in space exploration. Topics will
include, but are not limited to, space navigation, planets, galaxies, stars, comets and asteroids.
Students are required to attend night observations.
Students will evaluate evidence from experiments and technology used by scientists to understand the nature of the chemistry. They will also explore how basic interactions of matter and energy control global activity in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere.
SOCIAL STUDIES COURSES:
How is Democracy reflected in the three branches of the American system of government? In this course, students will study the fundamental concepts of the American political system, including its foundations, structures and political behavior. Emphasis is also placed on the role of the citizen in a democratic society.
United States History
What is an American? The United States History course provides an investigation of the political, social, economic and diplomatic trends involved with the development of the American nation.
Special Topics in History: The American President
This course examines the development of the Executive Branch and the specific role of the
President in American Political Culture. Individual US presidents and their impact on American
culture and society will be examined. The course will enable students to pursue an in-depth
study of the American Presidency and incorporate current topics of national importance.
WELLNESS EDUCATION COURSES:
Prerequisite: Student must be 15 years old by June 4, 2018
Entrance into Drivers Education for the summer of 2018 will be based on a lottery system. Lottery entries will be collected at the NNHS and NCHS front desks in January. Names will be pulled the first week of February and all entrants will be informed of results at that time. Payment will be collected and registration finalized for those whose names were pulled in the first weeks of February.
Please note, since District 203 has open enrollment into summer learning classes through the month of May, rest assured that should you try to get into Drivers Education and not have your name pulled, you will still have the remaining classes available for registration at that time. Please do not register for classes to “hold” a spot – doing this and requiring a refund will incur a $25
WORLD and CLASSICAL LANGUAGE COURSES:
This course is designed to build Spanish language proficiency for students who have completed
8th grade Spanish, but would benefit from additional instruction in order to be fully prepared
for Spanish 2. This blended-learning course reinforces high frequency vocabulary and
fundamental Spanish language structures from the 7th and 8th grade Spanish courses through a
project-based approach. This course does not replace Spanish 2.
This course is designed to build French language proficiency for students who have completed
8th grade French, but would benefit from additional instruction in order to be fully prepared for
French 2. This blended-learning course reinforces high frequency vocabulary and fundamental
Spanish language structures from the 7th and 8th grade Spanish courses through a projectbased
approach. This course does not replace French 2.
Online Summer School (eLo) Course Offerings
Department: Social Studies
Description: How is democracy reflected in the three branches of the American system of government? In this course, students will study the primary concepts of the American political system, including its foundations, structures, and political behavior. This course does not simply look at the institutions of the federal government but also examines the parties’ issues, candidates, and power pressure groups and their roles in American politics at the national level. Emphasis is also placed on the role of the citizen in a democratic society. Successful completion of this course satisfies the American Government graduation requirement.
Department: Business Education
Description: This course offers students an alternative to a traditional classroom setting while meeting the State of Illinois graduation requirement. The course will integrate economic concepts in combination with the development of financial literacy and consumer responsibility. Instruction centers on the role of individuals in the economy – as citizens, workers, and consumers. Students develop skills related to money management; decision-making, use of credit, insurance, savings, investing, taxation, and consumer protection. A deeper understanding of the free enterprise system and laws of supply and demand are developed through real-life consumer simulations.
Description: This course provides students with the fundamental vocabulary, properties, language, content and procedures of geometry. Topics include triangles, circles, polygons, parallel lines, and inequalities, with an introduction to coordinate and solid geometry. Emphasis is placed on construction of formal proof, the analysis of the nature and structure of a logical system and problem-solving skills. This course includes applications of the students’ algebraic skills.
Department: Physical Education
Description: This course will provide students the opportunity to develop an understanding of health issues and wellness concepts while enhancing communication skills via online technology. Students receive knowledge and skills that empower ownership of learning and health. Topics include but stress management, body systems, nutrition, prevention of risk behaviors, wellness, and mental health. Learning opportunities, experiences, and the environment promote positive attitudes, favorable health behaviors and a personal responsibility for lifelong wellness.
Important Note: Students who complete Health during the summer must participate in two consecutive semesters of Physical Education during the academic school year. Students may not substitute an elective or another course in place of Health during the academic school year.
Intro to Music Theory
Department: Fine Arts
Description: This music class is an introductory course to the basic building blocks of music. The content includes the following areas of concentration: scales, intervals, chord structure and progressions, beginning harmony, and elementary ear training. This course is especially useful for all serious music students who plan to continue music beyond high school.
Department: Social Studies
What determines behavior? This one-semester course is designed to expose students to the
world of normal psychology. This course will provide students with an understanding of their
own behavior as well as the behavior of other individuals. Attention is paid to the biology and
chemistry of the human brain. Emphasis is placed on the psychological research regarding
sleep, dreams, emotions, mental health, and motivation. This course requires reading, oral and
written communication, and research skills.
United States History
Department: Social Studies
Description: This online eLo course is a comprehensive study focusing on major themes and concepts essential to understanding American economic, political, and social institutions. Learning emphasizes analytical writing, interpreting historical documents, developing both written and oral communication skills, understanding cause and effect relationships, discovering the significance of people, places, and events impacting U.S. history, and applying historical principles in today’s world. This course satisfies the American History graduation requirement.