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Student Success (Directed Studies) 7845/7846

This course is offered as elective credit to Special Eduaction students who are enrolled in at least one regular education course (not including PE) and who require the assistance of resource personnel to complete assignments. In addition to mainstream support for regular education course(s), the following areas will be covered as appropriate: study skills, organizational skills, mainstream classroom notebooks, use of a daily planner. Students will be expected to bring to class all appropriate mainstream course material (e.g. textbook, assignment sheets, in-progress assignments, progress reports, returned homework, class work, and tests).

Foundations In Algebra 7769/7770

This course is for the first, second, or third year high school Special Education student and may be repeated twice for credit (total 3 credits). It is designed to assist in the transition to Algebra 1. The curriculum will focus on a review of basic math skills with an emphasis on algebra and whole numbers; decimals, number theory, rational numbers, and fractions; basic operations and rational expression; ratios, proportions, and percents; integers, exponents; square roots and the Pythagorean Theorem; and may include a brief introduction to geometry, data, statistics and probability.

Foundations In Geometry 7771/7772

This course is designed for Special Education students who have the skills to complete Geometry, but need to be in a smaller class environment. This is a one-year course that will cover the following topics with an emphasis of axioms, postulates and theorems introduced through student exploration activities: plane geometric figures; right triangles; constructions; congruence and similarity; geometric formulas; three-dimensional geometry; converting between metric and customary systems; circles; coordinate and transformational geometry; inductive and deductive reasoning; precision and error; and probability applied to geometry. Development of deductive reasoning skills will be emphasized. Students will also review algebraic techniques, work on realistic problems, and use technology as much as possible. Students planning careers in any occupation will benefit from this class. At the completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the district final for Geometry and the Math II End of Course exam.

Foundations In English 1-2 7749/7750

This course is designed for Special Education students who have the skills to complete English 1-2, but need to be in a smaller class environment. This one-year course will provide the fundamentals of communication skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening-- necessary for college and career readiness in a twenty-first century, globally competitive society. Through close reading of a variety of high-quality contemporary works, classical literature, and literary nonfiction, students will continue to develop the reading comprehension skills and reading strategies required to be highly literate individuals. Students will engage in both short and long-term writing assignments in three main genres--argument, informative/explanatory, and narrative--as well as using writing as a way to comprehend text. Language instruction will focus on the balance between rules and manipulating language for the purpose of craft. Research and technology will be embedded throughout the course. The course will be taught using a variety of teaching techniques from direct instruction to small group work with a focus on meaningful student discussion.

Foundations In English 3-4 7755/7756

This course is designed for Special Education students who have the skills to complete English 3-4, but need to be in a smaller class environment. This one-year course will continue to develop the fundamentals of communication skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening-- necessary for college and career readiness in a twenty-first century, globally competitive society. Through close reading of a variety of grade-appropriate, high-quality contemporary works, classical literature, and literary nonfiction, students will continue to develop the reading comprehension skills and reading strategies required to be highly literate individuals. Students will engage in both short and long-term writing assignments in three main genres--argument, informative/explanatory, and narrative--as well as using writing as a way to comprehend text. Language instruction will focus on the balance between rules and manipulating language for the purpose of craft as well as building an extensive vocabulary. Research and technology will be embedded throughout the course. The course will be taught using a variety of teaching techniques from direct instruction to small group work with a focus on meaningful student discussion. Students who take and pass English 3-4 will be eligible to take the English EOC which is required to graduate from high school.

Transitions English 7745/7746

This course is for the third and fourth year high school Special Education student and may be repeated once for credit (total 2 credits). A fifth year Special Education student may be enrolled in Transition English for a third year of credit (total 3 credits). Transition English will review skills taught in previous grades and will teach life skills; job readiness skills; and the rights and responsibilities, and uses of technology. First semester will focus on preparation for the workforce and self-advocacy. Second semester will focus on practical skills, career and life planning, and workplace reading and writing.

Transitions Math 7765/7766

This course is for the third and/or fourth year high school Special Education student and may be repeated once for credit (total 2 credits). A fifth year Special Education student may be enrolled in Transition Math for a third year for credit (total 3 credits). This course is designed to cover a wide number of mathematical topics/concepts over a two-year period. The curriculum will focus on consumer applications, including earning money, buying food, shopping, household budgeting, car maintenance/repair costs, home improvement, travel, personal budgeting, banking and investing, paying taxes, and career preparation. The curriculum will also focus on the world of work, including skills students need on the job such as wages, benefits, kinds of businesses, human resource departments, business travel, corporate banking, operating expenses, business management, casualty insurance, government regulations, risks for business owners, sales and marketing, and mail-order businesses.

ELL Mainstream Support 7661/7662

This class is for 9th grade ELL students who are enrolled in math and science. This class utilizes peer tutors, small groups and tutoring to help ELL students pass core content classes. English grammar, reading and writing skills are also emphasized.

Student Leadership 7201/7202

  • Prerequisite: Junior or senior class standing and teacher approval. Students must pick up application packet and submit completed packet to the instructor before registration.
  • Materials needed: Pencil, paper, and notebook; students will occasionally have to provide their own transportation to district-wide student leadership meetings.

This class is designed to promote a positive school experience for the students and faculty of Reno High School by planning diverse activities that will be of interest to both groups. The course is also designed to develop leadership skills and community service participation. The Junior Class President, Senior Class President and ALL Student Body officers are required to take this class.

Student Evaluation:

  • Student commitment is a crucial factor in this course. When the student is given an assignment, he/she is expected to follow through with 100% of his/her ability because that student represents not only himself/herself but also the class. Hence, participation, follow through on assignments, and timely completion of assignments is important.
  • Students will research, write and deliver various types of speeches, as part of learning leadership skills.
  • A final exam with essay test will be given as the semester exam.
  • Students in this program are expected to attend various school events and should be aware that a significant time commitment, outside of regular class time, is necessary and required for this class.

Honors/Gifted & Talented Internships 7106/7107

  • Prerequisite: Eligible students are juniors and seniors who are certified Gifted and Talented by the school district, honors students with a 3.0 GPA or above, students who have approval of the WCSD Gifted and Talented program coordinator. Students must make application through their counselors.
  • Materials needed: Own transportation, notebook, and project materials

Gifted and talented students are those whose potential abilities are typically advanced beyond their grade level. Because these students are multi-talented, making career choices can be difficult. These students need the exploration and clarification that a program based on community involvement provides. The Honors/Gifted and Talented Internship Program is designed to meet these needs through one-to-one student/mentor interaction. In order to remain in this class, students must follow the "Honors Class Guidelines" listed elsewhere in this book. The student will complete at least six hours a week with a professional person in the business, political, health-medical service, or university setting. The student will acquire knowledge of a career field through observations and projects, such as personally designing blueprints for a building or a room interior; doing a research project in a university lab; demonstrating written and oral use with nationals of a foreign language; and writing and operating equipment for radio and TV.

Frosh Mentor 7197/7198

  • Full Year only - .50 credit per semester (elective credit)
  • Prerequisites: This course is open to 10-12 students on an approval basis only and requires completion of an application as well as teacher recommendations.
  • Materials needed: Pencil, paper, and notebook; students will occasionally have to provide their own transportation to district-wide student leadership meetings.

As a Frosh Mentor you will meet with “your” freshmen daily during their Freshmen Seminar class and your responsibilities will include:

  • Checking their grades/assignment completion daily
  • Assisting with homework when necessary
  • Assisting students in getting work made up or extra assistance with a particular teacher.
  • Teaching study skills/organization
  • Helping them get to know the school culture

Peer Tutor 8162/8163

  • Full Year only - .50 credit per semester (elective credit)
  • Prerequisites: Peer tutors must complete an application, be interviewed by the VP Curriculum and be approved for peer tutoring. Peer tutors must attend a one-hour training prior to tutoring.
  • Materials needed: Pencil, paper, and notebook; students will occasionally have to provide their own transportation to district-wide student leadership meetings.

Reno High School Peer tutors work one on one with students or in a whole class situation in core academic subjects. Reno High School Peer tutors work one on one with students or in a whole class situation in core academic subjects.

Student Evaluation:

  • Peer tutor grade is based on participation and willingness to tutor.
  • Supervising teacher issues grade.
  • An essay test will be given as the final semester exam.

Office Experience 8121/8122

  • Full Year only - Limited to (1) credit total. .50 credit per semester (elective credit)
  • Prerequisites: Approval of Asst. Principal; 3.0 GPA

This course is designed to cover all areas of a large office by on-the-job training in the school’s central office. The student will learn effective office skills, office procedures, appropriate work attitudes, and use of various office machines as well as the school switchboard.

Students will be expected to perform duties related to:

  • switchboard, alphabetizing, delivering, messages/packages, filing, shredding, proper message taking, mail, comp time, parent/student interaction, fax machines, copy machines, general office procedures

Evaluation and Grading:

  • Attendance, cooperation, individual improvement, participation and effort and adherence to school policies.

Library Assistant 8095/8096

  • Full Year only - .50 credit per semester (elective credit)
  • Prerequisites: Librarian's approval

The goal of this course is to make students aware of the services a library offers and to give them hands-on experience in the processing and circulation of library materials. Students will work at the circulation desk, learn how to process and shelve books, perform book repair and other clerical services, laminate material, create and maintain bulletin boards, and use the Internet for research purposes, including subscription databases.

College & Career Center Assistant 8135/8136

  • Full Year only - .50 credit per semester (elective credit)
  • Prerequisites: College and Career Center Coordinator approval, some computer knowledge, and the ability to keep information confidential.

The goal of this course is to make students aware of the services available in the College and Career Center and to give hands-on experience with college and career materials. Assistant is responsible for scholarship filing and copying, aiding students with word processing and career software programs, maintaining scholarship, career and college files, the job board, and bulletin boards, answering phones, and cleaning the center.

Student Aide 8171/8172

  • Full year or fall/spring = .25 credit may be earned each semester. A student cannot earn more than one (1) credit in his/her high school years as a student aide.
  • Prerequisites: This class will not be allowed for students who are not in good standing and on track for graduation.

A student cannot be an aide for more than one teacher during a given semester. This course is not offered for 9th grade students. Teacher permission is required to enroll as an aide, and a teacher may drop a student as an aide if he/she is not performing his/her assigned tasks at the expected level. Petitions may be picked up from a counselor.

Grading is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.