Class Catalog

Agriculture
Westbrook-Walnut Grove High Schools requires students to successfully complete two of three of the following courses as a graduation requirement: Into Agriculture, Intro Industrial Technology, or Intro Family & Consumer Education.

Agriculture is a part of our every day living. Agriculture provides us with the food on our table, trees in our yard, grass under our feet, and more than likely will provide us with a job either directly or indirectly!!!

Courses in Agriculture will give you hands on experience in plant care, animal care, mechanics, metals, electricity, and outdoor life, book keeping, and small business management.

A requirement to be a member of the FFA is that you take one vocational course for every two years of FFA membership.

Josh Barron is the current Agriculture Instructor at Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School.
Agribusiness Marketing #5
Credits:
0.5
Grade:
11, 12
Required:
Elective
Prerequisites:
Intro to Agriculture
Academic Standard(s):
Agricultural Economic Systems

This course is designed to give students the tools to understand the reason for good record keeping, a marketing plan, and who to have in your corner when making these types of decisions. The class will look at balance sheets determine risk assessment and also have the opportunity to make our own balance sheets on Finpack to aid on our own record keeping skills. During this class we also bring in guest speakers such a farm loan officer, and Agronomist, and a Farm Business management instructor to aid in our learning.

 

Animal Science #3
Credits:
0.5
Grade:
10, 11, 12
Required:
Elective
Prerequisites:
Intro to Agriculture
Academic Standard(s):
None

Objective
This class has two goals. The first is to introduce students to the broad field of animal science. The second is to develop an appreciation of the importance of the livestock in American Agriculture and to the American economy. The student should become acquainted with the basic principles of modern livestock production through discussions of animal anatomy, genetics and breeding, lactation, growth and body composition, and nutrition.

Class overview

1. Domestication and Importance of Livestock
2. Career Opportunities in Animal Science
3. Safety in Livestock Production
4. Livestock and the Environment
5. Anatomy, Physiology, Feeding, and Nutrition
6. Animal Breeding
7. Beef Cattle
8. Swine
9. Sheep and Goats
10. Poultry
11. Dairy
12. Horses
13. Alternative animals


Grading Scale
A 100-95%
A- 94-92%
B+ 91-89%
B 88-86%
B- 85-83%
C+ 82-80%
C 79-77%
C- 76-74%
D+ 73-71%
D 70-68%
D- 67-65%
F 64-00%

 Attendance is graded
i. 3 unexcused absences equals 1 grade deduction
ii. 3 unexcused tardy equals 1 absence
 Grade breakdown
i. Tests/ quizzes  50 %
ii. Homework  25%
iii. Labs/ Field Trips  25%
1. If unexcused absence from a field trip you lose all points for the day but does not count as one of your three
2. If excused you must type a one page paper over the field trip topic to be handed in by the end of the next week.
 If an assignment is not handed in by due date 0 points
 If an assignment is not completed by due date will receive points for finished material but that is all
 Dress appropriately for field trips

Rules
** Be Safe on field trips
** Listen to instructor, sub and each other
** Absent students will have two days to make up missed work
** Stay positive

 

Business
The Business department at WWG High School offers courses that will start the foundation for a career in the business world.

Business Applications is a business entrepreneur class that will use the vinyl and engraving machines to make and sell products for a hands-on experience. Keyboarding is a required course. Courses in accounting, business law, personal finance, computer applications, and word processing are also offered.

Mr. Theisen and Mr. Blahnik make up the Business department staff.
Communications
Westbrook-Walnut Grove High Schools requires students to successfully earn four and a half Language Arts credits in order to graduate, which equates to semester-length English courses in both grades nine and ten, and five additional quarter courses in grades 11 and 12. The courses in grades 11 and 12 must include a half credit (quarter course) in each of four areas: speech, literature, communications, and writing.

Paula Byers and Adrienne Kletscher comprise the Language Arts faculty at Westbrook-Walnut Grove Secondary.
Extracurricular
Westbrook Walnut Grove Schools has a wide variety of activities for students of all ages to compliment the daily school program. These activities include fine arts, athletics, clubs, student government, numerous contests, and field trips.
Family and Consumer Education
Family and Consumer Science, previously known as Home Economics, prepares a student for life on their own. Courses in this department will teach you how to prepare nutritious meals, operate a sewing machine, take care of your children and family, balance your checkbook, and decorate your home. All of the course offerings in this department include hands on projects for the students to apply their newly acquired skills.


Sally Oltmanns is the Family and Consumer Science teacher.
Fine Arts
Westbrook Walnut Grove Schools place a strong emphasis on the Fine Arts. We encourage students to become involved in both school courses and extracurricular activities. We have a strong Music Department that consistently rates well in large and small group contest and plays to appreciative audiences at their three yearly concerts. The media arts efforts produce short videos and have hosted video professionals to work with students during the year. In the theatre arena there are two to three classes each year in drama and between three and five productions each year including One Act Play Competition and original pieces. In Visual Arts, there is a variety of courses that includes sculpture, painting, drawing, regular and digital photography and computer graphics. In May for the past few years, we have hosted the Region III A Visual Arts Festival in Westbrook. In addition, we host an annual choir festival in October, a Prairie Winds Fine Arts Festival in November and work with the Perpich Center for Arts Education to assist students from the region in developing their artistic potential. Several of the staff have participated in specialized art training through the Best Practices Network , the Dance Education Initiative and Theater Production Seminars.

Adrienne Kletscher, Luke Nelson, Tina Anderson Richards and Tasha Cuff are the WWG High School Fine Arts Faculty
Desktop Publishing #30
Credits:
0.5
Grade:
10,11, 12
Required:
fulfills Communication (C) requirement for English
Prerequisites:
English 10
Academic Standard(s):
none

Desktop publishing is a class in which students learn design elements and principles that are then employed using desktop publishing technologies to create common desktop publishing products. Students will use desktop publishing software such as PhotoShop and Illustrator, , as well as scanning software and digital cameras to combine text and graphics.


Students will be able to use the design elements and principles in original compositions.
Students will be able to scan and take photographs, and process the images for use in original compositions.
Students will be able to use desktop publishing software to create original compositions.
Students will be able to describe the careers common in the desktop publishing business.
Students will be able to design presentations using desktop publishing principles and technologies.
Students will be able to describe the desktop publishing process.

 

Senior High Band #68
Credits:
1.0/yr
Grade:
9, 10, 11, 12
Required:
fulfills Fine Arts requirement
Prerequisites:
prefer lessons or Middle School Band
Academic Standard(s):
Literary Arts Create/Perform

Large group designed to perform music concerts and contests. Music will be of moderate to difficult level with variation in style and taste. Students will participate in contests and parades. Jazz Band and pep band opportunities.

 

Senior High Choir #70
Credits:
1.0/yr
Grade:
9, 10, 11, 12
Required:
fulfills Fine Arts requirement
Prerequisites:
none
Academic Standard(s):
Literary Arts Create/Perform

Senior High Choir participation includes performing in four concerts and one large group contest. Skills that are emphasized include voice skills, music reading and theory, and music analysis, and listening analysis. Grade Standard: "Literary and Arts Creation and Performance" is interwoven into the curriculum. Students may participate in Dynamic Sound, as well as small ensembles, solo work, and voice lessons. We also work to involve interested students in singing opportunities beyond our school. This includes select choirs, events such as the Dorian Festival at Luther, workshops such as the Barbershop event at Jackson among others.

 

Industrial Technology
Library
Mathematics
Junior high math courses are Math 7 and Math 8 (which is the first half of Algebra 1)

High school math courses that are offered are Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, College Algebra, and College Precalculus.

Students are required to take three and a half credits in math in order to graduate at WWG.

We recommend students take Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, in that order and complete the courses by the end of their junior year. In the spring of their junior year, students take the MCA II Math test, of which a passing score is required for graduation.

College Algebra, College Trig, and College Stats are offered at WWG, and credits are earned at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, Minnesota. These courses are offered for both high school and college credit.

Mandy Dibble and Ashley Sandbulte are the mathematics teachers at the high school.
Physical Fitness
Lifetime sport and fitness #503
Credits:
Grade:
10, 11, 12
Required:
no
Prerequisites:
PE 9 & Personal Fitness and Well or equivalent
Academic Standard(s):

Lifetime sport and fitness

Through this one-semester, block class, students are given time to maximize their fitness performance and reach their personal fitness goals by designing and following their own, rigorous fitness plan.

The students will be introduced to different modes of cardiorespiratory fitness including but not limited to, kickboxing, hip-hop dance, fitness walking, Pilates, cycling, yoga and breathing exercises that help promote physical and emotional wellness. They will have use of machines and programs to develop muscular strength and endurance and improve or maintain flexibility, stamina, power, speed, coordination, agility and balance.

The students will also continue developing skills in a variety of lifetime activities including but not limited to; golf, racquetball, volleyball, frisbee, bowling, badminton, and table tennis.

Prerequisite PE/Health 9 and Personal Fitness and Wellness 10 or equivalents.

 

Science
Westbrook-Walnut Grove High Schools requires students to successfully earn three and half Science credits in order to graduate. This includes a semester of Biology, a semester of Physical Science or Chemistry, and 1.5 semesters of electives .

Nancy Zollner and Patrick Merrick comprise the Science faculty at Westbrook-Walnut Grove Secondary.
Chemistry #121
Credits:
1.0
Grade:
10, 11, 12
Required:
either this course or Physical Science is required
Prerequisites:
none
Academic Standard(s):
Concepts in Chemistry & History of Science

CHEMISTRY
CLASS SYLLABUS
GENERAL INFORMATION:
Teacher -- Mr. Patrick Merrick Room -- 120 New Building
length -- 1 semester textbook -- CHEMISTRY

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course provides the learner with the opportunity to gain more knowledge on the very structure of nature itself. As this knowledge is gained, the learner will increase their appreciation of the structure and behavior of the world around them. Once this appreciation is instilled, the learner will be better equipped to evaluate the mass of science sound bites that are constantly being thrown at them in the name of public policy or advertising.
Chemistry is also a study on the ability of think logically and to see connections in the information that is all around us. Finally, it also impresses friends and dates to no end. Trust me.

OUTCOMES and COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1. The learner will be able to understand the tools of chemistry. This includes the mathematical scales and relationships, as well as the theories about matter and energy.

2. The learner will recognize the ability for science to both help and harm.
This will also include the ability for the learner to judge the benefits of proposed science and technology.

3. The learner will master the basic structure of the atom and the composing forces of the molecule. This will include the formation of both inorganic and organic matter, as well as the compositions of mixtures.

4. The learner will be able to employ the knowledge gained in class to a laboratory setting.

5. The learner will be secure and mature enough to suggest and follow through with any other ideas on areas of chemistry that is of interest.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
1. attendance and participation -- A/P will be graded each day by the following means: Attendance means being in your seat with the appropriate materials and staying in class all period. Participation means having your work completed and paying attention -- in other words attitude. ( smiles and waves are good bonuses)

2. Assignments and Labs -- This class will try and evolve into a project and discussion orientated class. (This means the more you talk the less I do.) Every section will contain a lab/project of some degree that will measure your mastery of the material. Assignments and labs will have time lines and due dates to follow for full credit.

3. Tests and quizzes-- they will be there, good luck?!

4. Grading -- All assignments and tests are graded on a point basis. Points are totaled at the end of each quarter to determine final grades. Grades are calculated on the following percentages:
91 - 100 %= A 82 - 90 %= B 73- 81 %= C 64- 72 %= D

GENERAL MUSINGS:
1. books  When books are given out, go over them carefully and take care of them. I will expect it back in the same condition. You will be expected to read all chapters. Some questions on assignments will be from the book and not from class discussion.

2. labs  I will try to have one lab a week (usually on Thursdays). These labs serve a twofold purpose, first they allow you to move around in the classroom and enjoy hands-on science. Second they are a great way to understand the concept. They are not a day off! Lab reports will be due on each lab and the quality of the answers will be judged.

3. needs  You will need a notebook, writing utensil (no red or pink ), a calculator, and a folder for handouts, labs, etc.

4. Homework - is do on the date assigned. It is worth full points if handed in when asked for. It is worth 75% of possible if handed in before the next time we meet. It is worth 50% on third day. It is worth 25% on the forth, etc. You will be expected to have everything necessary with you. You will not be allowed to go to your locker during class. I give out assignments because I feel that the information covered is valuable. Therefore, if you have 2 or more missing grades you will receive a failing grade for that midterm.

5. No hats or food are allowed in class unless a special situation arises.

6. The goal of this class is also to reinforce effort and responsibility. To this end, each assignment turned in on time and at a minimum level has the ability to be corrected. These corrections will be graded and returned. It is my hope that we will keep working on the assignment until the concept is mastered. Finally, most assignments will be handed back for your corrections. If an assignment is a learning tool, then the first time the assignment is turned in should not be the last time you look at it.

 

Physical Science #119
Credits:
1.0
Grade:
10
Required:
required
Prerequisites:
none
Academic Standard(s):
Research Process & Concepts in Physics.

CLASS SYLLABUS
GENERAL INFORMATION:
Teacher -- Mr. Patrick Merrick Room -- 120
Textbook -- Physical Science-Glencoe Length -- 1 credit

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course provides the learner with the opportunity to gain more knowledge on the very structure of nature itself. As this knowledge is gained, the learner will increase their appreciation of the structure and behavior of the world around them. Once this appreciation is instilled, the learner will be better equipped to evaluate the mass of science sound bites that are constantly being thrown at them in the name of public policy or advertising.
Physical Science is broken down into two sections, chemistry and physics. In the chemistry section we will discuss the micro-atomic world and how properties change when different atoms combine. In the physics section we will apply the basic laws of nature to understand the motion of objects around us. Not only is this information useful in everyday life, but it also impresses friends and dates to no end. Trust me.

OUTCOMES and COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1. To introduce the student to the nature of the physical world.
2. To allow the student to understand and use the scientific method in solving all problems
3. To show the student that an understanding of science is necessary in everyday life and all people can understand science.
4. The learner will be secure and mature enough to suggest and follow through with any other ideas in areas of physical science that is of interest.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
1. attendance and participation -- Because of school policy , students are required to attend class. Because of the teacher, students are required to participate in class. A/P will be graded each day by the following means: Attendance means being in your seat with the appropriate materials and staying in class all period. Participation means having your work completed and paying attention, in other words attitude. (smiles and waves are good bonuses)

2. Assignments and Projects -- This class will try and evolve into a project and discussion orientated class. (This means the more you talk the less I do.) Each section will contain a project of some degree that will measure your mastery of the material. Assignment and projects will have time lines and due dates to follow for full credit.

3. Tests and quizzes-- they will be there; good luck?!

4. Grading -- all assignments and tests are graded on a point basis. Points are totaled at the end of each quarter to determine final grades. Grades are calculated on the following percentages:
91 - 100 % = A
82 - 90 = B
73- 81 = C
64- 72 = D

GENERAL MUSINGS:

1. books  when books are given out, go over them carefully, note these are not new books, so take care of them. I will expect them back in the same condition. The only reason for you to have a book is to use / read it. Make sure you take advantage of the resource, because I will expect you to read all assignments.

2. labs  I will try to have one lab a week (usually on Thursdays). These labs serve a twofold purpose, first they allow you to move around in the classroom and enjoy hands-on science. Second they are a great way to understand the concept. They are not a day off! Lab reports will be due on each lab and the quality of the answers will be judged.

3. needs  You will need a notebook, writing utensil (no red or pink ), a calculator, and a folder for handouts, labs, etc. These things plus your book should be brought everyday. If you need to borrow, there will be a fine assessed.

4. Homework - is do on the date assigned. It is worth full points if handed in when asked for. It is worth 75% of possible if handed in before the next time we meet. It is worth 50% on the third day, and 0% after that. You will be expected to have everything necessary with you. You will not be allowed to go to your locker during class. I give out assignments because I feel that the information covered is valuable. Therefore, if you have 2 or more missing grades you will receive a failing grade for that quarter.

5. No hats or food is allowed in class unless a special situation arises.

6. The goal of this class is also to reinforce effort and responsibility. To this end, each assignment turned in on time and at a minimum level has the ability to be corrected. These corrections will be graded and returned. It is my hope that we will keep working on the assignment until the concept is mastered. Finally, most assignments will be handed back for your corrections. If an assignment is a learning tool, then the first time the assignment is turned in should not be the last time you look at it.

 

Social Studies
The social sciences program follows Minnesota state standards to prepare our students for responsible citizenship in an increasingly global society. The social sciences are essential to individual growth in a democratic society. Initially, disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge is used to understand powerful ideas drawn from history, law, geography, government, economics, psychology and sociology. When the students construct meaning by understanding important ideas, their perspectives as responsible citizens grow.

Critical thinking skills for lifelong involvement in public affairs are improved through the social sciences. Students use social science methods, aided by appropriate technologies, to gather, interpret and analyze information. They engage in civic discourse through improved oral and written expression. Alternative viewpoints are evaluated and weighed, individually and collectively, when making decisions about public policies and other issues. Understanding and respect for important, shared values of democratic society are developed through the social studies.
-some excerpts taken from the Wylie E. Groves High School website
American Government #131
Credits:
1.0
Grade:
11/12
Required:
required
Prerequisites:
American History 9, World History 10
Academic Standard(s):
US Citizenship & Economic Systems

Text: United States Government: Our Democracy, McGraw Hill, 2016

Necessary Materials:
Notebook, notebook for current events, pens/pencils, highlighters, & a three ring binder, you will be putting class materials in this binder throughout the quarter


Course description:
This course will help students discover the fundamentals of the government on the national, state, and local levels. The course will also explore the three branches of government, and the development and role of political parties.

Course goals:
Understand the process involved in the creation of laws and public policy, and analyze the purposes in promoting the general welfare and provide order in the United States.
Understand the principles of the legislative, executive, and judicial branch, and how each helps of the U.S. government function effectively.
Realize that DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT! Our government needs the majority of people getting involved to make it work. This class will help you learn how to do your part.

Topics covered:
Unit 1: Foundations of government
Unit 2: The Constitution and Bill of Rights
Unit 3: Legislative Branch
Unit 4: Executive Branch
Unit 5: Judicial Branch
Unit 6: Understanding Elections and the Political Process

 

Human Geography #136
Credits:
1
Grade:
11/12
Required:
Graduation requirement
Prerequisites:
American History 9, World History 10
Academic Standard(s):
Human Geography

Course objectives:
Geography is a quarter long course that focuses on the distribution, processes and effects of human population on the planet. Units of study include landforms and water bodies, population, movement, culture, language, religion, ethnicity, political geography, land usage, and urban development.

Topics covered:

Unit 1: Geospatial Skills
This unit will explore how maps and other visual representations can be used to learn about our world as well as to solve problems and plan for the future. Areas of study will include topics such as types of maps, map projections, satellite imagery, political geography and geography of cities.
Unit 2: Places and Regions
This unit will explore what makes place unique using physical and human characteristics. Areas of study will include topics such as landforms, language, culture, ecosystems, climate change, and types of regions.
Unit 3: Population
This unit will explore the characteristics, distribution, and migration of people on the Earths surface.
Unit 4: Race and Ethnicity
This unit explores the influence race and ethnicity has on human populations, specifically ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Unit 5: Religion
This unit focuses on the characteristics of the worlds major religions, how religions are distributed on the earths surface and how they impact human interactions. Specific attention will be paid to the Middle East.
Unit 6: Human Environment Interactions
This unit will explore how humans interact with their natural environment as well as patterns and networks of economic interdependence that can be seen on the Earths surface. Areas of study will include topics such as agriculture, industry, resource issues, and fossil fuels.

 

Social Studies 7 #460
Credits:
1
Grade:
7
Required:
Yes
Prerequisites:
Academic Standard(s):

MN Social Studies Standards for Grade 7 summary and class goals:

Necessary Materials:
Notebook, pens/pencils, highlighters, & a binder/folder, handouts
Text: Discovering our Past: A history of the United States, McGraw Hill, 2016

Welcome to 7th Grade American History! American History is designed to examine American History from the 1789 to present. Emphasis will be put on relating past historical facts with present day occurrences. Citizenship and government will be further enhanced with economic and geographic content that round out the study of United States History. Students will learn about people issues, and events of our nations history including events and their lasting impact on the American people, economy, and government structure.

 

World Languages
Westbrook-Walnut Grove offers High School students three Spanish courses. Those courses are Beginning Spanish, Intermediate Spanish and Advanced Spanish.

World Language classes are not a requirement for high school graduation, but most 4 year colleges in the state of Minnesota require at least 2 years of a World Language for college entrance (some colleges encourage 3 or 4 years).