2011 - 2012 Course Description Book

2011 - 2012 Course Description Book
2011-2012
MT. VERNON TOWNSHIP
HIGH SCHOOL
Course Description Book
INDEX
Auditing a Class .................................................... 3
Child Abuse and Neglect....................................... 5
College Entrance ................................................. 4
Disclaimer ........................................................... 1
Forwarding of School Records .............................. 4
Freshman Programs ............................................ 4
Graduation Policy for Foreign Exchange Students 3
Graduation Requirements ..................................... 2
Guidance Department .......................................... 1
Inspection of Students’ Written Records .............. 4
Policy Concerning Standardized Achievement
Tests ..................................................................... 1
Rend Lake College - Dual Credits ......................... 3
Safety Education Policy ........................................ 4
Selection of Subjects ............................................ 1
Weighted Grade Policy ......................................... 4
―Write On Illinois‖ Standards ................................ 6
COURSES & DESCRIPTIONS
Agriculture ......................................................... 19
Art ....................................................................... 16
Business Marketing and Management ............... 21
Driver Education ................................................ 18
Family and Consumer Science ........................... 24
Interrelated Cooperative Education ..................... 29
Courses Offered ................................................... 6
Description of Courses ......................................... 9
English ................................................................. 9
Foreign Language ............................................. 15
Health Science Technology ................................ 25
Technical & Engineering Education .................... 26
Mathematics ....................................................... 13
Music ................................................................. 17
Physical Education ............................................. 18
Science ............................................................... 12
Special Education ................................................ 9
Social Studies .................................................... 14
Tech Prep ........................................................... 19
IHSA AND ATHLETIC INFORMATION
Athletic Council .................................................. 33
IHSA Eligibility Rules ......................................... 29
Extracurricular Activities Tryouts and
Participation ........................................................ 33
NCAA Eligibility .................................................. 33
No-pass, No-play Policy ...................................... 29
Policy Governing Conduct & Sportsmanship ...... 32
ORGANIZATIONS, ACTIVITIES, AWARDS
Awards and Point System .................................. 40
Important Honors ............................................... 42
Library ................................................................ 37
Organizations and Activities ............................... 34
Scholarships ...................................................... 37
School Clubs ....................................................... 35
School History ..................................................... 42
School Honors ................................................... 37
Social Events ...................................................... 35
DISCLAIMER
This handbook is not intended to create a
contractual relationship with the student; rather, it is
intended to describe the school, its current practices,
procedures, rules, and regulations [or code of conduct].
Membership or participation in a school-sanctioned activity
is a privilege and not a property right.
THE SELECTION OF SUBJECTS
In spring or summer students select their subjects
for the following year. The choosing of subjects is an
important matter. Certain subjects are required for
graduation from high school; others are elective. It is
much easier to choose the electives if one knows what he
wishes to do after graduation. Those who plan to go to
college should give careful attention to college entrance
requirements.
THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT
A staff of specially trained personnel comprises the
Guidance Department. These professional counselors are
available to assist the students in obtaining vocational
information and scholarship information, in the selection of
courses of study, in the discussion of personal problems,
and in many other areas of concern.
Students may come to the Guidance Office for
conferences before school, after school, during lunch or by
appointment. Appointments should be scheduled during
study hall when possible to eliminate the need to miss
class. The Guidance Department is located in Building A
and is designed to provide service to all who desire.
Parents are encouraged to visit the Guidance
Department and to seek assistance in meeting the needs
of their children.
POLICY CONCERNING STANDARDIZED
ACHIEVEMENT TESTS AND SCHOOL-WIDE
ASSESSMENTS
Findings and Intent of Policy
The Mt. Vernon Township High School District No.
201 is required to administer standardized achievement
tests and school-wide assessments to its students. The
Board of Education finds and determines that results of
those tests are extremely important both to the School
District and to the students taking those tests. Results of
such tests provide critical information concerning the
effectiveness of the School District’s academic program
and assist school personnel in determining the correct
educational placement of students. The Board further finds
and determines that a small number of students have in
the past not put forth proper effort to ensure maximum
achievement on those tests, which has caused a
detrimental effect on those student and on the School
District as a whole. Therefore, it is the intent of this policy
to set forth procedures governing students’ taking
standardized achievement tests and school-wide
assessments and to ensure maximum effort and
achievement by all students taking such tests. Those tests
include but are not limited to: Fall - ACT Explore Freshmen, ACT PLAN - Sophomores, Practice ACT –
Juniors; Spring – ACT PLAN – Freshmen, Practice ACT –
Sophomore, PSAE – Juniors.
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Students Required to Take Standardized Achievement
Tests and School-Wide Assessments
Each student enrolled in Mt. Vernon Township High
School shall be required to take standardized achievement
tests and school-wide assessments for the student’s grade
level on the date(s) scheduled for administration of those
tests, subject to the following exceptions.
1. Students who are absent on the date(s) the tests are
given shall make up the tests on alternative scheduled
date(s), which may include after school hours or
Saturdays.
2. Transfer students who enroll in the School District
after the last available alternative scheduled date(s) shall
not be required to take such tests during the school year of
their initial enrollment.
3. Special education students shall be required to take
standardized achievement tests and school-wide
assessments only if required by the Illinois State Board of
Education, or if the same is part of their Individualized
Educational Program (IEP).
4. The Principal or the Assistant Principal may excuse
a student from taking the tests on an individual basis if
extenuating circumstances warrant the same.
Completion of standardized achievement tests and
school-wide assessments, except as provided
hereinabove, are required. Failure to complete such tests,
except as provided hereinabove, can result in disciplinary
action.
Performance on Tests
All students taking standardized achievement tests
and school-wide assessments are expected to put forth
maximum effort. If a student’s score on a standardized test
falls substantially below the level which the student would
be expected to perform, based on his or her prior
academic performance and prior testing results, the
Assistant Principal and/or the Principal shall conduct an
investigation to determine whether the student deliberately
failed to perform at his or her expected level. If the
investigation reveals the student deliberately failed to
perform at his or her expected level, the administration
may impose discipline upon the student as provided in the
Student and Parent Handbook. Incentives will be offered to
students who perform above the expected performance
level for their grade or demonstrate at least a two point
growth in performance.
To qualify to be a National Merit Scholar, a student must
take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).
Please check with the Guidance Office to sign up for this
exam. These tests are administered in the fall. There is a
fee charged for taking this exam.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
4 credits in Communication Arts
English IA (1/2) and English IB (1/2)
Freshman year
English II (1/2) Sophomore year
English II (1/2) Sophomore year or
Performance Studies
American Literature A (1/2) Junior year
American Literature B (1/2) Junior year
English Electives Senior year
2 credits in Social Studies including
Civics (1/2) Freshman year
American History A (1/2) and American
History B (1/2) Junior or Senior year
Social Studies Elective (1/2)
3 credits in Mathematics
Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year
Comprehensive Algebra 1.1 A and B
(1) and Comprehensive Algebra 1.2 A and B
(1), Algebra IA (1/2) and Algebra IB (1/2),
and Geometry (1), Algebra II (1), Advanced
Algebra/Trigonometry (1). Students must
complete one math sequence in order to gain
one credit. The second year of math depends
upon which class was taken at the first level.
(Comprehensive Algebra 1.1 and 1.2 both
must be taken to meet Algebra I graduation
requirements.)
Students must pass Algebra IA and IB in order to meet the
graduation requirement.
2 credits in Science
2 Credits in Safety Ed./P. E./Health
Freshmen P.E. 1 Credit (includes 1 semester of
Health)
Sophomore P. E. 1 Credit or
1/2 Credit P.E. and 1/2 Credit Safety Ed.
Junior P.E., unless exempted
Senior P.E., unless exempted
PSAE Prep
Consumer Education
Students are required to meet the consumer
education requirement through enrollment in coursework
that meets this requirement. Courses include Business
Technology, Resource Management, and Personal
Finance.
1 credit in Career and Technical Education, Art,
Music, or Foreign Language - Freshman,
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year
Students shall be classified according to the following
requirements.
1. Freshman: Any student who has documented
eligibility from an eighth-grade program.
2. Sophomore: Any student who has earned
5.0 or more credits and is entering his/her
second year of high school.
3. Junior: Any student who has earned 12.0 or
more credits and is entering his/her third year of high
school. Students are required to take the PSAE, a
graduation requirement, taken at junior status.
4. Senior: Any student who has earned 16.0 or
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more credits and is entering his/her fourth year of
high school.
Total graduation requirements shall be: Class of 2015 –
27 credits, Class of 2014 – 26 credits, Class of 2013 – 24
credits, Class of 2012 - 23 credits. In order to receive a
diploma, a student must meet all graduation requirements
and must have earned at least (2) credits while in
attendance as a full-time student at Mt. Vernon Township
High School.
Students must have passed tests covering the State
and Federal Constitutions, as well as having met the state
requirements for Consumer Education. Students must
pass the Federal Constitution exam by end of the
semester of the school year in which the student is
enrolled in Civics. Those students failing the exam will be
required to repeat Civics before receiving credit for the
required course. Students must pass the Illinois
Constitution exam in their Civics class during the current
semester of enrollment.
In the case of a student who must meet special college
or vocational standards and also in the case of a student
entering with advanced standing from another accredited
high school, the Superintendent may waive certain subject
requirements if clearly warranted by circumstances.
All students must be registered for at least seven (7)
classes a semester, including P.E. A student should not
take more than two subjects in any one area during a
semester. A conference with the parent, teacher,
counselor, and student is required for a student to drop
below seven (7) classes.
A limited number of schedule changes may be allowed
at the beginning of a semester based upon availability of
classes. Students will have five days to make schedule
changes at the beginning of each semester. After five
days, they will have an additional ten days to drop a class
and replace it with a study hall. Any drops made after
fifteen days will result in a failing grade placed on the
student’s transcript.
When a student with a passing grade in a required
mathematics or science course withdraws at the end of the
first semester with the recommendation of the teacher and
approval of the administration, that student shall receive
1/2 credit for the semester, and the 1/2 credit shall apply
toward meeting graduation requirements. When a student
withdraws from a required mathematics or science course
without teacher recommendation and administrative
approval, the student shall not receive credit toward
graduation until both semesters of the dropped course or
both semesters of an approved alternative course are
successfully completed.
Although the Board of Education of Mt. Vernon Township
High School District #201 does not recommend that a
student graduate prior to the graduation of his/her class,
an exception may be made by the administration and/or
Board of Education if the following requirements have
been met:
 Student must meet all graduation requirements set
by the State of Illinois and Mt. Vernon Township
High School District #201
 Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher
 Must notify principal in writing on or before May 1 of
student’s junior year
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Written verification of acceptance into baccalaureate
program
A student who has met early graduation
requirements may elect to receive a diploma and graduate
with his/her class provided that the student has met all
District No. 201 graduation requirements. A student
wishing to graduate under the provisions of this policy
must notify the Principal in writing prior to the beginning of
his/her senior year and must contact the Principal’s Office
on or before March 1 prior to the expected date of
graduation to allow time to order diplomas, prepare the
graduation list, order announcements, etc.
Rend Lake College - Dual Credit Courses
Students (depending upon grade level) may receive
college credit through a Dual Credit arrangement with
Rend Lake College upon successful completion of the
requirements in the following courses:
Honors English Seminar
Spanish IV
AVC Drafting/CAD I
AVC Health Care Aide
AVC Child/Day Care/Ed. Services II
Strength & Conditioning
Personal Fitness
Agricultural Business and Management
Accounting II
AVC Culinary Arts
AVC Health Occupation Core Skill
AVC Manufacturing I
Electronics II - Digital
Biology II
College Algebra
Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus
AP Calculus
 Some dual credit classes require testing before
enrollment. Testing may be in the form of ACT,
ASSET or COMPASS. A $15 fee is charged by
Rend Lake College for dual credit classes. This fee
is not covered by school fee waivers.
Graduation Policy for
Foreign Exchange Students
The Foreign Exchange Program at Mt. Vernon Township
High School is a cultural exchange program. Therefore,
foreign exchange students usually are not eligible for a
diploma from Mt. Vernon Township High School. However,
if foreign exchange students are classified as seniors and
complete the academic year at Mt. Vernon Township High
School in good standing, they may participate in the
Commencement Exercises and will receive a certificate of
attendance. They will also be included in the Honors
Program if eligible. Freshman, sophomore, or junior
foreign exchange students will be recognized at the
Honors Program only.
AUDITING A CLASS
A student that has successfully completed a class, but
has not mastered the skills necessary for the next level,
may elect to audit the class. A student electing to audit a
class must be enrolled in six other classes. The grade
earned while auditing a class will not be calculated in the
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student’s accumulative grade point average. A student
may be removed from the class if satisfactory progress
and/or appropriate classroom behavior is not maintained.
The teacher will be notified if a student is auditing his/her
class.
SAFETY EDUCATION POLICY
A student eligible for the Safety Education course at Mt.
Vernon Township High School must receive a passing
grade in at least eight courses during the two semesters
prior to taking Safety Education. The exception to this
procedure is that the Superintendent may waive this
requirement based upon the written appeal or a student
stating the reason for requesting the waiver. Students can
pick up a waiver form in the Guidance Office.
WEIGHTED GRADE POLICY
Students who complete the year long Advanced
Placement courses will receive weighting when their class
rank and GPA are computed. Any student who drops the
class prior to the end of the year will not receive the
intended benefit of the class and therefore will not receive
any grade weighting. One important criterion for receiving
a weighted grade involves taking the AP Exam normally
administered in May. Specifically, any student who takes
any AP class, completes the class, and elects NOT to take
the AP Exam will receive no grade weighting. Additionally,
any student who does NOT take the AP test will have the
first semester weight removed from his/her GPA, which
will result in a lower GPA and class rank at the end of the
school year. There is a fee of approximately $80 to take
each AP exam. This fee is subject to change. Some
students may be eligible for a fee waiver.
Weighted grades and AP classes offered include AP
Calculus, AP Literature and Composition, AP Language
and Composition, AP Biology, and AP American History.
Weighted Grade Computation
Grade Weighted with AP Exam (semester weight)
A
2.5
B
2.0
C
1.5
D
1.0
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Beginning with the Class of 2014, final class rank
and GPA will be calculated as follows for students
who have successfully completed AP courses:
Regular grade points/Total number of credits +
Number of AP Classes/31 (For the classes of 2012
and 2013 divide by 32).
COLLEGE ENTRANCE
The Mt. Vernon Township High School is a member of
the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary
Schools which gives its graduates the privilege of entering
institutions of higher education within the North Central
states, provided they have credits and adequate marks in
the high school subjects required by the college or
university for admission and have attained the specified
college entrance exam score.
Students should understand that mere graduation from
this high school does not admit them to college. For the
benefit of the many who do not go to college some
courses are offered which certain colleges may not accept
for entrance.
It is, therefore, wise for a student, early in his/her high
school career, or before entering high school, if possible,
to decide upon the college he/she wishes to attend and
select his/her high school courses to meet the entrance
requirements of that institution.
The minimum college admission requirements for entry
into Illinois public colleges and universities are as follows:
four units in English (emphasizing written and oral
communications and literature); three units in social
studies (emphasizing history and government); three units
in mathematics (introductory through advanced algebra,
geometry, trigonometry, or fundamentals of computer
programming); three units in science (laboratory sciences);
and two units in foreign language, music, vocational
education, or art. In general, the Mt. Vernon Township
High School will recommend as good candidates for
college those who rank scholastically in the upper half of
their class, provided they meet the entrance requirements
of the colleges of their choice. Since college admission
requirements vary, the student should check with the
college that he wishes to enter to make certain he is
meeting all requirements for admission.
PROGRAMS FOR FRESHMEN
Every freshman must take seven subjects, including
English I, World Geography, Civics, Biology, Mathematics,
Health, and Physical Education. Students may be
permitted to take more than seven subjects in regular
classes.
The required program for freshmen; therefore, will
consist of English I, World Geography, Civics, Biology,
Mathematics, Health, Physical Education, and four other
half subjects approved by the Guidance Director.
Additional subjects may be chosen from the approved list
of freshmen courses.
FORWARDING OF SCHOOL RECORDS
Upon written request Mt. Vernon Township High School
will forward a student’s educational records to a school in
which that student seeks or intends to enroll.
INSPECTION OF STUDENTS’ WRITTEN RECORDS
The student’s written records are in two categories—
permanent and temporary. The permanent record consists
of (a) basic identifying information, including students’ and
parents’ names and addresses, birthdate, and gender; (b)
academic transcript, including grades, class rank,
graduation date, grade level achieved, and scores on
college entrance examinations; (c) attendance record; (d)
accident reports and health record; (e) honors and awards
received; (f) information concerning participation in schoolsponsored activities or athletics, or offices held in schoolsponsored organizations; (g) record of release of
permanent record information.
The temporary record consists of (a) family background
information; (b) intelligence and aptitude test scores, as
well as interest inventories; (c) reports of psychological
evaluations; (d) achievement level test scores; (e) teacher
deficiency and disciplinary referrals.
Students’ written records are kept on file in the Guidance
Office and Administration Office and are available to the
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students, parents, and/or legal guardian for inspection.
They may inspect the written records in any reasonable
manner in consultation with a designated employee of the
school during regular hours of the school day. A student,
parent, and/or legal guardian may contact the
Administrator to gain access to the records. Access will be
granted within a reasonable time but no more than 15 days
after requested.
If information in a pupil’s records is disputed by the
parent, student, and/or legal guardian, the parent, student,
and/or legal guardian may meet with the Principal or
Superintendent within a reasonable time after the review
of the records to provide for the correction, deletion, or
further explanation of such information.
In the absence of any court order to the contrary to
require that, upon the request of either parent of a pupil
whose parents are divorced, copies of the following
reports or records which reflect the pupil’s academic
progress, reports of the pupil’s emotional and physical
health, notices of school-initiated parent-teacher
conference, notices of major school-sponsored events,
such as open houses, which involve pupil-parent
interaction, and copies of the school calendar regarding
the child which are furnished by the school district to one
parent be furnished by mail to the other parent.
The school will review students’ records periodically to
make certain they are accurate. Permanent records will
be maintained for not less than 60 years after a student
has graduated or otherwise permanently withdrawn from
school. Temporary records will be maintained for one year
following graduation and/or permanent withdrawal and will
be destroyed on July 1. The custodian of records is the
Principal. A student, parent, and/or legal guardian has the
right to inspect and copy such records before destruction.
A charge of the actual cost for providing a copy of the
school student records will be made; however, the cost
shall not exceed $0.35 per page.
No individual or agency can force an individual to
release his/her records. A release of students’ written
record will not be made to persons or agencies unless
written consent is given by parents, students, or a court
order is issued. However, a release of records without
parental notice or consent could be made due to an
emergency release of personally identifiable information
from education records...to provide for release of
information in medical health or safety emergency. In
certain instances where consent is not required, then
written notification of such release will be given to the
parents.
The school may release such information concerning a
student as follows: (1) name and address; (2) gender; (3)
date and place of birth; (4) major field of study; (5)
participation in sponsored activities; (6) parents names
and addresses; (7) period of attendance in the school; (8)
degrees and awards received; and (9) grade level.
However, a student, parent, and/or legal guardian has the
right to deny publication of the above mentioned
information by contacting school officials. The contact
must be made by September 15 of each school year or the
information will be released at the appropriate times.
RULES REGULATING THE INSPECTION OF
STUDENTS’ WRITTEN RECORDS
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of
age (―eligible students‖) certain rights with respect to the
student’s education records. They are:
(1) The right to inspect and review the student’s
education records within 45 days of the day the District
receives a request for access.
Parents or eligible students should submit to the
school principal [or appropriate school official] a written
request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.
The principal will make arrangements for access and notify
the parents or eligible students of the time and place
where the records may be inspected.
(2) The right to request the amendment of the
student’s education records that the parents or eligible
student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
The parents or eligible student may ask Mt. Vernon
Township High School District 201 to amend records that
they believe are inaccurate or misleading. They should
write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the
record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate
or misleading.
If the District decides not to amend the record as
requested by the parents or eligible student, the District
will notify the parents or eligible student of the decision
and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the
request for amendment. Additional information regarding
the hearing procedures will be provided to the parents or
eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally
identifiable information contained in the student’s
education records, except to the extent that FERPA
authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception that permits disclosure without consent is
disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational
interests. A school official is a person employed by the
District as an administrator, a supervisor, an instructor, or
a support staff member (including health or medical staff
and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on
the School Board; a person or company with whom the
District has contracted to perform a special task (such as
an attorney, an auditor, a medical consultant, or a
therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official
committee such as a disciplinary or grievance committee
or assisting another school official in performing his or her
tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if
the official needs to review an education record in order to
fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S.
Department of Education concerning alleged failures by
the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office, U. S. Department of
Education, 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington,
D.C. 20202-4605.
CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Since July 1, 1975, certified school employees have
been required to report suspected cases of child abuse.
The 81st General Assembly amended the Illinois School
Code (21-23) to provide a penalty for certified school
employees who fail to report a case of suspected child
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abuse and/or neglect. Hereafter, certified employees who
fail to report suspected child abuse or neglect face the
possibility of having their state teaching certificate
suspended for a period of one year. Suspension is to be
done by the Regional or State Superintendent of
Education, with hearing rights afforded the teacher and
with rights of appeal to the State Certification Board also
available.
SAE (FFA Recordbook
freshman/sophomore) (.25)
BUSINESS, MARKETING AND
COMPUTER EDUCATION
Business & Technology Concepts A (.5)
Business & Technology Concepts B (.5)
(A/B satisfies consumer education requirement)
Keyboarding & Formatting I (.5)
Computer Concepts & Software
App. (.5)
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES
Food & Nutrition I (.5)
Child Growth and Development (.5)
HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY
Health Occupation Exploration (.5)
Principals of Biomedical Sciences - PLTW (1.0)
TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING
Orientation to Manufacturing I (.5)
Orientation to Manufacturing II (.5)
Communication Technology (.5)
Energy Utilization Technology (.5)
Production Technology (.5)
Transportation Technology (.5)
Introduction to Engineering Design-PLTW (1.0)
KEY
*Required Course.
I, II, III = Courses taught in sequence.
A=1st semester class only
B=2nd semester class only
Students must be enrolled in at least seven
subjects each semester.
27 credits required for graduation.
NOTE:
Freshmen with birthdays between January 1
and June 30 should sign up for:
Health first semester and Physical Education I
second semester. Freshmen with birthdays
between July 1 and December 31 should sign up
for: Physical Education I first semester and
Health second semester.
―WRITE ON ILLINOIS‖ STANDARDS
All written student work shall be evaluated by the Write
On Illinois standards. These standards shall apply to all
curriculum areas.
1. Integration - the student’s overall writing ability.
2. Focus - the clarity with which a composition presents
a clear main idea, point of view, theme, or unifying
event.
3. Support/Elaboration - the degree to which the main
point or event is elaborated and explained by specific
detail and reasons.
4. Organization - the clarity of the logical flow of ideas
and the explicitness of the text structure or plan.
5. Conventions - the use of standard written English
and correct spelling.
COURSES OFFERED
FRESHMAN COURSES 2011-2012
ENGLISH
*English I (1.0)
Writing for Publication I (.5)
Writing for Publication II (.5)
SCIENCE
Biology I (1.0)
MATH
Comprehensive Algebra 1.1 (1.0)
Algebra I (1.0)
Geometry (1.0)
SOCIAL STUDIES
*Civics (.5)
*World Geography (.5)
World History A (.5)
World History B (.5)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
French I (1.0)
Spanish I (1.0)
ART
Art Appreciation (.5)
Arts and Culture (.5)
Basic Art (1.0)
MUSIC
Beginning Band (1.0)
Cadet Band (1.0)
Percussion Ensemble (1.0)
Varsity Orchestra (1.0)
Varsity Choir (1.0)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
*Physical Education (.5)
*Health (.5)
AGRICULTURE
Basic Ag Mechanics (1.0)
Intro to Ag Industry A (.5)
Intro to Ag Industry B (.5)
SOPHOMORE COURSES 2011-2012
ENGLISH
*English IIA (.5)
*English IIB (.5)
Performance Studies in English (.5) 2nd Semester
Writing for Publication I (.5)
Writing for Publication II (.5)
SCIENCE
Physical Science I (1.0)
Environmental Ecology (1.0)
Earth Science (1.0)
Chemistry I (1.0)
MATH
Comprehensive Algebra 1.2 (1.0)
Algebra I (1.0)
Geometry (1.0)
Algebra II (1.0)
Advanced Algebra II/Trigonometry (1.0)
SOCIAL STUDIES
World History A (.5)
World History B (.5)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
French I (1.0)
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French II (1.0)
Spanish I (1.0)
Spanish II (1.0)
ART
Art Appreciation (.5)
Arts and Culture (.5)
Basic Art (1.0)
Two Dimensional Design A (.5)
Three Dimensional Design B (.5)
Ceramics (.5)
Ceramics II (.5)
Drawing I (.5)
Drawing II (.5)
Painting B (.5)
MUSIC
Beginning Band (1.0)
Cadet Band (1.0)
Percussion and Ensemble (1.0)
Varsity Orchestra I, II (1.0)
Symphonic Band I, II (1.0)
Symphonic Orchestra I, II (1.0)
Varsity Choir (1.0)
Girls Chorus (1.0)
Concert Choir (1.0)
P.E. & DRIVER ED.
*Physical Education II (.5)
Strength & Conditioning (.5)
Personal Fitness (.5)
*Safety Education (.5)
AGRICULTURE
Basic Ag Mechanics (1.0)
Intro to Agriculture Industry A (.5)
Intro to Agriculture Industry B (.5)
Basic Horticulture Science A (.5)
Basic Horticulture Science B (.5)
Basic Agriculture Science A (.5)
Basic Agriculture Science B (.5)
SAE Supervised Agriculture Education
(FFA Recordbook freshman/sophomore)(.25)
BUSINESS, MARKETING AND
COMPUTER EDUCATION
Accounting I (1.0)
Business & Technology Concepts A (.5)
Business & Technology Concepts B (.5)
Computer Concepts & Software App. (.5)
Computer Operations and Programming (1.0)
Information Processing A - offered sem. 1 & 2 (.5)
Information Processing B - offered sem. 1 & 2 (.5)
Keyboarding & Formatting I (.5)
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES
Food & Nutrition I (.5)
Child Growth and Development (.5)
Child, Day Care/Ed. Services I (1.0)
HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY
Health Occupation Exploration (.5)
Principals of Biomedical Sciences-PLTW (1.0)
TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING
Orientation to Manufacturing I (.5)
Orientation to Manufacturing II (.5)
Communication Technology (.5)
Energy Utilization Technology (.5)
Production Technology (.5)
Transportation Technology (.5)
Introduction to Engineering Design-PLTW (1.0)
Principles of Engineering-PLTW (1.0)
KEY
*Required Course.
I, II, III = Courses taught in sequence.
A=1st semester class only
B=2nd semester class only
Students must be enrolled in at least seven
subjects each semester.
26 credits required for graduation.
NOTE:Second year of science requirement
may be fulfilled by completing Horticulture
Science A and B.
JUNIOR COURSES 2011-2012
ENGLISH
*PSAE Prep (.5)
*American Literature (1.0)
AP Language & Composition (1.0)
Writing for Publication I (.5)
Writing for Publication II (.5)
AP Literature & Composition (1.0)
Technical/Creative Writing (.5)
Contemporary Literature (.5)
SCIENCE
Physical Science I (1.0)
Earth Science (1.0)
Chemistry I (1.0)
Chemistry II (1.0)
Environmental Ecology (1.0)
Biology II (1.0)
Human Physiology (1.0)
Physics (1.0)
MATH
Algebra I (1.0)
Geometry (1.0)
Algebra II (1.0)
Advanced Algebra II/Trigonometry (1.0)
Trigonometry (.5)
College Algebra (.5)
Pre-calculus (1.0)
SOCIAL STUDIES
World History A (.5)
World History B (.5)
*American History (1.0)
AP American History (1.0)
Modern History Since 1918 (1.0)
Economics B (.5)
Sociology (.5)
Psychology (.5)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
French I, II, III (1.0)
Spanish I, II, III (1.0)
ART
Art Appreciation (.5)
Arts and Culture (.5)
Basic Art (1.0)
Two Dimensional Design A (.5)
Three Dimensional Design B (.5)
Ceramics (.5)
Ceramics II (.5)
Ceramics III (.5)
Drawing I (.5)
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Drawing II (.5)
Painting B (.5)
MUSIC
Beginning Band (1.0)
Cadet Band (1.0)
Music Appreciation (.5)
Music Theory (.5)
Percussion and Ensemble (1.0)
Varsity Orchestra I, II, III (1.0)
Symphonic Band I, II, III (1.0)
Symphonic Orchestra I, II, III (1.0)
Treble Choir I, II (1.0)
Concert Choir I, II (1.0)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
*Physical Education IIIA (.5)
*Physical Education IIIB (.5)
Strength & Conditioning (.5)
Personal Fitness (.5)
AGRICULTURE
Intro to Agriculture Industry A (.5)
Intro to Agriculture Industry B (.5)
Basic Agriculture Mechanics (1.0)
Basic Horticulture Science A (.5)
Basic Horticulture Science B (.5)
Basic Agriculture Science A (.5)
Basic Agriculture Science B (.5)
Agricultural Mechanics & Tech. (1.0)
Agriculture Business Management (1.0)
SAE Supervised Agriculture Ed. II
(FFA Recordbook junior/senior)(.25)
BUSINESS, MARKETING &
COMPUTER EDUCATION
Accounting I (1.0)
Accounting II (1.0)
Business & Technology Concepts A (.5)
Business & Technology Concepts B (.5)
Computer Concepts & Software (.5)
Computer Operations and Programming (1.0)
Information Processing A - offered sem. 1 & 2 (.5)
Information Processing B - offered sem. 1 & 2 (.5)
Keyboarding & Formatting I (.5)
*Personal Finance (.5)
Web Page and Interactive Media I (1.0)
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES
Food & Nutrition I (.5)
Child Growth and Development (.5)
Child, Day Care/Ed. Services I (1.0)
AVC Culinary Arts I (2.0)
Resource Management (.5)
Parenting (.5)
Adult Living (.5)
AVC Child, Day Care/Ed. Services II (2.0)
HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY
Health Occupation Exploration (.5)
AVC Health Occupations Core Skills (2.0)
AVC Health Care Aide (2.0)
Principals of Biomedical Sciences-PLTW (1.0)
TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING
Orientation to Manufacturing I (.5)
Orientation to Manufacturing II (.5)
Communication Technology (.5)
Energy Utilization Technology (.5)
Production Technology (.5)
Transportation Technology (.5)
Introduction to Engineering Design-PLTW (1.0)
Principles of Engineering-PLTW (1.0)
AVC Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (2.0)
AVC Drafting/CAD I (2.0)
AVC Manufacturing I (2.0)
AVC 3-D Drawing and Animation (1.0)
AVC Electronics II - Digital (1.0)
KEY
*Required Course.
I, II, III = Courses taught in sequence.
A=1st semester class only
B=2nd semester class only
AP Classes = Weighted grade
Students must be enrolled in at least seven
subjects each semester.
24 credits required for graduation.
SENIOR COURSES 2011-2012
ENGLISH
AP Language & Composition (1.0)
Writing for Publication I (.5)
Writing for Publication II (.5)
AP Literature & Composition (1.0)
Technical/Creative Writing (.5)
English Literature (.5)
College Prep Writing (.5)
Contemporary Literature (.5)
Honors English Seminar A (.5)
Honors English Seminar B (.5)
SCIENCE
Earth Science (1.0)
Chemistry I (1.0)
Chemistry II (1.0)
Environmental Ecology (1.0)
Biology II (1.0)
Human Physiology (1.0)
Physics (1.0)
MATH
Algebra I (1.0)
Geometry (1.0)
Algebra II (1.0)
Advanced Algebra II/Trigonometry (1.0)
Trigonometry (.5)
College Algebra (.5)
Pre-calculus (1.0)
AP Calculus (1.0)
SOCIAL STUDIES
World History A (.5)
World History B (.5)
American History (1.0)
AP American History (1.0)
Modern History Since 1918 (1.0)
Economics B (.5)
Sociology (.5)
Psychology (.5)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
French I, II, III, V (1.0)
Spanish I, II, III, IV (1.0)
ART
Art Appreciation (.5)
Arts and Culture (.5)
Basic Art (1.0)
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Two Dimensional Design A (.5)
Three Dimensional Design B (.5)
Ceramics (.5)
Ceramics II (.5)
Ceramics III (.5)
Drawing I (.5)
Drawing II (.5)
Painting B (.5)
MUSIC
Beginning Band (1.0)
Cadet Band (1.0)
Music Appreciation (.5)
Music Theory (.5)
Percussion and Ensemble (1.0)
Varsity Orchestra I, II, III, IV (1.0)
Symphonic Band I, II, III, IV (1.0)
Symphonic Orchestra I, II, III, IV (1.0)
Treble Choir I, II, III (1.0)
Concert Choir I, II, III (1.0)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
*Physical Education IVA (.5)
*Physical Education IVB (.5)
Strength & Conditioning (.5)
Personal Fitness (.5)
AGRICULTURE
Basic Agriculture Mechanics (1.0)
Intro to Ag Industry A (.5)
Intro to Ag Industry B (.5)
Basic Horticulture Science A (.5)
Basic Horticulture Science B (.5)
Basic Agriculture Science A (.5)
Basic Agriculture Science B (.5)
Agricultural Mechanics and Tech (1.0)
Agricultural Business Management
AVC Interrelated Cooperative Ed. (3.0)
See Registration Application
HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY
Health Occupation Exploration (.5)
AVC Health Occupations Core Skills (2.0)
AVC Health Care Aide (2.0)
Principals of Biomedical Sciences-PLTW (1.0)
TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING
Orientation to Manufacturing I (.5)
Orientation to Manufacturing II (.5)
Communication Technology (.5)
Energy Utilization Technology (.5)
Transportation Technology (.5)
Introduction to Engineering Design-PLTW (1.0)
Principles of Engineering-PLTW (1.0)
AVC Vehicle Maintenance & Repair (2.0)
AVC Drafting/CAD I (2.0)
AVC Electronics I - Analog (1.0)
AVC Manufacturing I (2.0)
AVC 3-D Drawing and Animation (1.0)
AVC Electronics II - Digital (1.0)
AVC Vehicle Maintenance & Repair II (2.0)
AVC Manufacturing II (2.0)
AVC Drafting/CAD II (2.0)
AVC Interrelated Cooperative Ed. (3.0)
See Registration Application
KEY
*Required Course.
I, II, III = Courses taught in sequence.
A=1st semester class only
B=2nd semester class only
AP Classes = Weighted grade
Students must be enrolled in at least seven
subjects each semester.
23 credits required for graduation.
If the third year Math class was failed the third year
Math requirement for graduation may be fulfilled by
completing one of the following courses:
AVC Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
AVC Drafting/CAD
AVC Electronics
AVC Manufacturing
Accounting I
Students must be enrolled in at least seven
subjects each semester.
See Registration Application
SAE (FFA Recordbook junior/senior)(.25)
BUSINESS, MARKETING AND
COMPUTER EDUCATION
Accounting I (1.0)
Accounting II (1.0)
Business & Technology Concepts A (.5)
Business & Technology Concepts B (.5)
(A/B – satisfies consumer education requirement)
Computer Concepts and Software (.5)
Computer Operations and Programming (1.0)
Information Processing A - offered sem. 1 & 2 (.5)
Information Processing B - offered sem. 1 & 2 (.5)
Keyboarding & Formatting I (.5)
Web Page and Interactive Media I (1.0)
Web Page and Interactive Media II (1.0)
AVC Interrelated Cooperative Ed. (3.0)
See registration application
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES
Food & Nutrition I (.5)
Child Growth and Development (.5)
Child, Day Care/Ed. Services I (1.0)
AVC Culinary Arts I (2.0)
AVC Culinary Arts II (2.0)
Resource Management (.5)
Adult Living (.5)
Parenting (.5)
AVC Child/Daycare Ed. Services II (2.0)
AVC Interrelated Cooperative Ed. (3.0)
SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
The Cross-Categorical Program provides all
courses required for graduation. The following
courses are provided in this department for those
students that are unable to be mainstreamed into
regular classes: Communications, Geography,
American Problems, Independent Living, Social and
Family Living, Vocational Shop, Special Typing,
Basic Art, and STEP Cooperative.
The Self-Contained EMH and TMH Programs use
a functional/age appropriate curriculum designed to
teach academic skills in a practical and useful
manner. The curriculum consists of the following
five areas:
Community Life
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Domestic Life
Fundamental Skills
Recreation - Leisure
Vocational
A complete course description may be obtained
from the Department Chairman.
number one requires the student to maintain at least a
B average and complete a series of literary
assignments stressing higher level thinking, reading,
and writing. Option number two requires the student to
maintain a 97% average for the semester. The
student will indicate which option he or she is
choosing when completing the application process.
One-half credit.
ENGLISH
Even though textbooks are rented, teachers of
some courses may request supplementary paperback
books besides those rented.
English II B
English IIB combines the study of writing and
literature with a variety of speaking and listening
activities. The literature includes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, novels, and drama. The writing assignments
include expository, narrative, and persuasive
compositions. Teachers may assign additional kinds
of writing. The course will include PSAE preparation,
with an emphasis on grammar skills, reading
comprehension strategies, and logical expression.
Interested students are invited to apply for honors
English II. Honors English II is for students interested
in a more challenging curriculum and who are
interested in Advanced Placement English class their
junior and senior years. Students may get applications
from the English teacher or from the library. Signed
applications must be returned to English teachers
within the first three weeks of the semester. Students
have two options to earn honors credit. Option
number one requires the student to maintain at least a
B average and complete a series of literary
assignments stressing higher level thinking, reading,
and writing. Option number two requires the student to
maintain a 97% average for the semester. The
student will indicate which option he or she is
choosing when completing the application process.
One-half credit.
English I
English I includes the four strands of English
(reading, writing, speaking, and listening). The focus
of the reading is literature including fiction (short
stories and novels), non-fiction, poetry, and drama.
The fall semester features The Odyssey and the
spring semester focuses on Romeo and Juliet.
Students will use the writing process to write essays
(pre-writing strategies, drafting, revising and rewriting,
editing, and final copy). All incoming freshmen are
required to take English 1. The course will include
PSAE preparation, with an emphasis on grammar
skills, reading comprehension strategies, and logical
expression.
Honors English I is for students interested in a more
challenging curriculum and who are interested in
Advanced Placement English classes their junior and
senior years. Students may get an application from
their English teachers or from the library. Signed
applications must be returned to English teachers
within the first three weeks of the year. Students have
two options to earn honors credit. Option number one
requires the student to maintain at least a B average
and complete a series of literary assignments
stressing higher level thinking, reading, and writing.
Option number two requires the student to maintain a
97% average for the semester. The student will
indicate which option he or she is choosing when
completing the application process.
One Credit.
Performance Studies in English
This is a spring semester course elective for
sophomores only. It is designed to give students
opportunities to explore advanced forms of
communication. Through assignments in impromptu,
informative, and persuasive public speaking, students
will improve their abilities to think logically, organize
ideas, and present information effectively.
Performance Studies may be used as a replacement
credit for the English II B graduation requirement.
One-half credit.
English IIA
English IIA combines the study of writing and
literature with a variety of speaking and listening
activities. The literature includes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama. The writing assignments include
expository, narrative, and persuasive compositions.
Teachers may assign additional kinds of writing. The
course will include PSAE preparation, with an
emphasis on grammar skills, reading comprehension
strategies, and logical expression. Interested students
are invited to apply for honors English II. Honors
English II is for students interested in a more
challenging curriculum and who are interested in
Advanced Placement English class their junior and
senior years. Students may get applications from the
English teacher or from the library. Signed
applications must be returned to English teachers
within the first three weeks of the semester. Students
have two options to earn honors credit. Option
PSAE Prep
This course is required for all juniors unless they
are exempted by their Pre-ACT score. A few seniors
may qualify. A one semester course designed to help
juniors prepare for the PSAE.
One half credit.
American Literature A
American Literature A is a first semester course
required for junior students not enrolled in Advanced
Placement Language and Composition that has a
focus the works of American writiers from the 1600’s
through the 1870’s. Short stories, poems, and essays
from the period are featured texts, and Arthur Miller’s
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play The Crucible is the major drama. American
Literature A writing will have an emphasis on
persuasive argument. Students will also write
expressively in notebooks and journals and work
collaboratively in groups on projects and
presentations. The course will include PSAE
preparation, with an emphasis on grammar skills,
reading comprehension strategies, nonfiction texts,
and logical expression.
Interested students are invited to apply for Honors
English American Literature. Honors English
American Literature is for students interested in a
more challenging curriculum and who are interested in
Advanced Placement English class their junior and
senior years. Students may get applications from the
English teacher or from the library. Signed
applications must be returned to English teachers
within the first three weeks of the semester. Students
have two options to earn honors credit. Option
number one requires the student to maintain at least a
B average and complete a series of literary
assignments stressing higher level thinking, reading,
and writing. Option number two requires the student to
maintain a 97% average for the semester. The
student will indicate which option he or she is
choosing when completing the application process.
One-half credit.
American Literature B
American Literature B is a second semester course
required for junior students not enrolled in Advanced
Placement Language and Composition that has as a
focus the works of American writers from the 1870’s
through today. Short stories, poems, and essays from
the period are featured texts. American Literature B
will include the reading of an American novel.
American Literature A will also include a research
paper with instruction on MLA formatting. Students
will write expressively in notebooks and journals and
work collaboratively in groups on projects and
presentations. The course will include PSAE
preparation, with an emphasis on grammar skills,
reading comprehension strategies, nonfiction texts,
and logical expression. One-half credit.
Interested students are invited to apply for Honors
English American Literature. Honors English
American Literature is for students interested in a
more challenging curriculum and who are interested in
Advanced Placement English class their junior and
senior years. Students may get applications from the
English teacher or from the library. Signed
applications must be returned to English teachers
within the first three weeks of the semester. Students
have two options to earn honors credit. Option
number one requires the student to maintain at least a
B average and complete a series of literary
assignments stressing higher level thinking, reading,
and writing. Option number two requires the student to
maintain a 97% average for the semester. The
student will indicate which option he or she is
choosing when completing the application process.
One-half credit.
AP Language and Composition will enable students
to read complex texts with understanding and to write
prose of sufficient richness and complexity to
communicate effectively with mature readers.
Students will write in both informal and formal
contexts in multiple drafts to gain authority and learn
to take risks in writing. In addition, the informed use of
research materials and the ability to synthesize varied
sources (to evaluate, use, and cite sources) are
integral parts of the AP English Language and
Composition course. Students will develop a set of
skills which will allow them to formulate and defend
positions in various contexts, and to read critically,
realizing the validity of the texts presented. Goals of
the AP English Language and Composition class
include development of skills needed to use language
and vocabulary needed to achieve rhetorical
competence, critical reading of non-fiction and fiction
texts to reinforce analytical skills, and development of
an awareness for non-print and visual texts. AP
English Language and Composition students are
expected to take the AP English Language Exam at
the conclusion of the year. The course may be taken
instead of American Literature A and B. Weighted
grade upon completion of the AP English Language
and Composition exam.
One credit.
Writing for Publication I
Students who enroll in Writing for Publication I will
study historical aspects of journalism and basic
journalistic processes, will examine media ethics, will
complete research and interview activities, and will
write monthly news, feature and sports stories,
editorial columns and personal columns intended for
publication in the student newspaper Vernois News.
Students will also research and write basic copy,
study basic advertising principles, study graphic
design, and examine basic compositional aspects of
photography and shoot needed photos, all for the
school yearbook, Vernois. Student will also research
and write expressive pieces for possible publication in
the school literary/visual arts magazine, JAVA, as well
as classroom presentation. Writing for Publication I is
an elective course open to freshman, sophomore,
junior, or senior students who wish to become an
active member of the publications program at
MVTHS. One semester; one-half credit.
Writing for Publication II
Students who enroll in Writing for Publication II will
be responsible for completing independent projects of
their choice that relate specifically to one of the
Vernois Publications Group publication areas. This
includes, but is not limited to, research and interviews
for writing monthly news and feature stories, opinions
and columns intended for publication in the student
newspaper, Vernois News; research for advanced
compositional aspects of photography and the
conducting of photo shoots, all for the school
yearbook, Vernois; and writing expressively for
possible publication in the school literary magazine,
JAVA, as well as classroom presentation. Writing for
Publication II is an elective course open to freshman,
Advanced Placement Language & Composition
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sophomore, junior, or senior students, especially
students who wish to lead Vernois News, Vernois
Yearbook and/or JAVA Magazine. Students taking
Writing for Publication II must have successfully
completed Writing for Publication I. Those students
who wish to serve as editor in chief of Vernois News
must successful complete both Writing for Publication
I and II prior to becoming editor in chief. Enrollment in
Independent Study Writing for Publication is also
required to serve as editor in chief. One semester;
one-half credit.
Students may receive high school and an Illinois
college credit for this course (Illinois community
colleges and state universities), provided they earn at
least a C for a final grade. This course will be taught
as a freshman college course. Students will use the
library, learn to read more closely and effectively, and
to write good expository prose based on personal
observations and readings. Students are required to
take the Rend Lake College departmental final
examination. One-half credit.
Honors English Seminar B
Students may receive high school and an Illinois
college credit for this course (Illinois community
colleges and state universities), provided they earn at
least a C for a final grade. This course will be taught
as the second freshman level English class. The
students will read and write a variety of compositions,
including a research paper. Students are required to
take the Rend Lake College departmental final
examination. One-half credit.
Advanced Placement Literature & Composition
This course offers college-bound juniors and
seniors experience in analyzing works of poetry and
literary prose for stylistic elements in the manner of
the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations
in ―English: Literature and Composition.‖ The course
will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement
examinations in English. AP English Literature and
Composition students are expected to take the AP
English Literature Exam at the conclusion of the year.
Weighted grade upon completion of the AP English
Literature and Composition exam.
One credit.
Independent Study Writing for Publication
Students who enroll in Independent Study are
sophomore, junior, or senior students who have
successfully completed Writing for Publication I and II
and who are actively working with one of the Vernois
Publication Group branches, Vernois News, Vernois
Yearbook, and/or JAVA Magazine. Classes are
designated as ISWP – Newspaper, ISWP – Yearbook,
or ISWP – JAVA. Students who wish to enroll must
obtain the recommendation of the teacher advising
the publication and principal approval. Enrollment is
limited. One semester; one-half credit.
Technical/Creative Writing
This is a one semester elective for juniors and
seniors. It provides students with opportunities to write
creatively and to produce workplace and real-world
documents such as brochures, posters, advertising
copy, resumes, letters of application, memos, and
manuals. One-half credit.
Survey of English Literature
Survey of English Literature is a semester course
dealing with the study of the cultural history and the
significant writings and writers of England. Students
enrolled in Survey of English Literature are collegebound seniors who have selected English Literature
as an elective. One-half credit.
SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
Physical Science
Physical Science is a lab science class that
consists of text study, lectures, discussions,
demonstrations, and some laboratory work.
During the first semester of Physical Science,
students will study science skills, properties of matter,
atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonds,
chemical reactions, motion, forces and motion, forces
in liquids, and work/power/machines as time permits.
During the second semester of Physical Science,
students will study Earth’s interior, Earth’s surface,
weather and climate, the solar system, exploring the
universe, mechanical waves and sound, the
electromagnetic spectrum and light, optics, electricity,
and magnetism as time permits. One credit.
College Prep Writing
This semester course is planned as a review and a
learning course especially for college-bound students.
The course will cover techniques of writing for college
with an emphasis on expository writing and research,
critical reviews, answering essay examination
questions and other types of writing. Students
enrolled in College Prep Writing are college-bound
seniors who have elected to take the course.
One-half credit.
Biology I (Freshman Academy)
Biology I is a lab science class involving the studies
of different aspects of living systems. Units of study
include biochemistry, genetics, cell structure,
microbiology, botany, zoology, plus ecology and
human biology as time permits. One credit.
Contemporary Literature
In this English elective, students will read
contemporary literature from the past 15 years, which
supplements their experiences and gives them insight
into other cultures and lives. Students will also
complete writing and speaking assignments
associated with their reading. One-half credit.
Earth Science
Earth Science is the branch of Science which
studies planet Earth and its setting in the universe.
Honors English Seminar A
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Areas to be explored include astronomy, geology, and
meteorology. Course content is presented through
lectures, discussions, video programs,
demonstrations, and some lab experiences.
One credit.
receive high school credit and Illinois college credit.
One credit.
Advanced Placement Biology
AP Biology is a college level, laboratory based
course, with emphasis on problem solving. The
syllabus provided by the Advanced Placement
Program of the College Board will be followed. The
following topics will be covered: (1) Molecules and
Cells with emphasis on Biological Chemistry,
Biosynthesis, and Cytology. (2) Molecular Genetics
and Heredity with emphasis on recombinant DNA
theory. (3) Population Dynamics with emphasis on
intra and inter-relationships among organisms and
their environment. Prerequisite: Biology I and
Chemistry I with a grade of B in both courses and
teacher recommendation. AP Biology students are
expected to take the AP Biology Exam at the
conclusion of the year. One credit. Weighted grade
upon completion of the AP Biology exam. One credit.
Environmental Ecology
This course is designed to engage students in
active investigation of the quality and availability of
environmental factors in their local community. This
course will examine the cultural, social and economic
factors that are vital to the development of solutions to
environmental problems. We will study the Earth as a
single interconnected entity composed of multiple
systems. Examination of changes in natural systems
over time and their ability to recover will be
conducted. The flow of energy through these systems,
the recycling of matter and the impact of technology
and human population growth on the environment will
be analyzed. The focus of this course is to provide
students with the practical and conceptual tools
necessary to make informed decisions. One credit.
Human Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology students study the
structure and the function of the human body. This
course includes a detailed study of the major organ
systems found in the human body—aided by the
dissection of the fetal pig.
Human Anatomy and Physiology is designed for
students interested in becoming a medical doctor,
nurse, medical technician, physical therapist, P. E.
teacher, coach or any student interested in this field of
science. Prerequisite: Biology I. One credit.
Chemistry I
Chemistry is the science which investigates the
structure and properties of matter from the individual
atom to the most complex compound. Through
lecture, class discussion, and much actual laboratory
experience, students are encouraged to wonder,
think, and learn about the ―make up‖ of the interesting
world in which they live. Prerequisite: Physical
Science or Freshman Biology and successful
completion of Algebra I or Comprehensive Algebra
1.1 and 1.2. One credit.
Physics
This is a two-semester college preparatory course
which consists of lectures, demonstrations, and
laboratory work. Students who are interested in
knowing more about the physical world in which they
live will find stimulating discussions and
demonstrations on mechanics, heat, light, sound,
electricity and magnetism, nuclear physics, and high
energy physics. The course will stress problem
solving and the application of physics to modern living
and the workplace. Prerequisite: Physical Science or
Freshman Biology and successful completion of
Algebra I or Comprehensive Algebra 1.1 and 1.2.
One credit.
Chemistry II
Chemistry II explores additional topics not covered
in Chemistry I. Also, some of the topics covered
previously are explored in more depth. In addition to
expanding their knowledge of chemistry, students will
also strengthen both their study skills and their
abilities in logical reasoning. The material is covered
via lecture, class discussion, and laboratory
experiences. Prerequisite: Chemistry I (It is
recommended that the student has attained a grade of
C or better in Chemistry I before enrolling in
Chemistry II.) One credit.
Biology II
Biology II is a college preparatory, laboratory based
course designed to stimulate and challenge those
students with a high interest in the life sciences. The
course will provide a problem-solving approach to
methods and techniques in organic chemical analysis,
cellular chemistry with specific attention given to
energy mechanisms for life and microbiology.
The improvement of reading skills - drawing
inferences, perceiving details, comprehending word
meanings in context and understanding ideas - is a
major goal. Prerequisite: Biology I and a score of 20
on the reading portion of the ACT, or a score of 40 on
the Rend Lake ASSET Test, or exempt via the
COMPASS test taken on campus. Students may
MATHEMATICS
Comprehensive Algebra 1.1
This first semester of Comprehensive Algebra 1.1
includes the study of basic terms and symbols
algebra, real numbers and their properties. Basic
operations of real numbers and their order will be
studied. Also included is the study of equations,
inequalities and problem solving models.
The second semester of Comprehensive Algebra
1.1 includes solving equations by various methods
and graphing linear equations on the coordinate
plane. Students will write equations in standard, pointslope and slope-intercept form. Also, included is the
study of ratios, percents and formulas. One credit.
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Comprehensive Algebra 1.2
This year long course builds on the concepts
presented and taught in Comprehensive Algebra 1.1.
Successful completion of 1.1 is required before
moving into 1.2. One credit.
Trigonometry
Trigonometry is a one-semester course that
includes a study of radian and degree measures,
trigonometric functions and identities and their use in
solving triangles and practical problems. Also
included are graphical methods, graphing calculators,
solving trigonometric equations, and vectors.
Prerequisite: Geometry and Algebra II. Students may
receive high school credit and Illinois college credit.
One-half credit.
Algebra I
The first semester of Algebra I includes the study of
basic terms and symbols of algebra, properties of real
numbers, and operations with the real numbers. Also
included is the study of open sentences, the
properties of order, solutions of equations, linear
equations, linear graphs, and the coordinate plane.
The second semester of Algebra I includes the
study of monomials, polynomials, rational
expressions, and irrational expressions, and how to
perform the four fundamental operations with them.
Also included is the study of relations and functions
with their graphs. Special emphasis is placed on the
use of algebra in problem solving. Prerequisite: PreAlgebra or equivalent. One credit.
College Algebra
College Algebra is a one-semester course that
includes a study of solutions and graphs of linear and
quadratic equations and inequalities, analysis of
functions, and their graphs. Also covered are conic
sections, solution and graphing of systems of
equations and inequalities, matrices and
determinants. Graphing calculators and real-life
applications will be used throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Geometry and Algebra II. Students may
receive high school credit and Illinois college credit.
One-half credit.
Geometry
The first semester of Geometry includes the study
of points, lines and planes, deductive reasoning,
parallel lines, and congruent triangles. Algebra
concepts and skills are also interwoven with the
geometric concepts.
The second semester of Geometry includes the
study of quadrilaterals, similar polygons, right
triangles, and the inequalities in geometry.
Prerequisite: Algebra I. One credit.
Precalculus
Precalculus is a one-year course incorporating
graphing technology to enhance the teaching and
learning of mathematics.
The first semester includes a quick review of basic
algebra and geometry skills, and an in-depth study of
linear and polynomial functions. The second
semester includes the study of exponential,
logarithmic, rational and trigonometric functions.
Specific subtopics include best-fit lines,
applications, absolute value equations and
inequalities, domain, range, composition of functions,
parametric equations, transformations, inverse
functions, quadratic functions, complex numbers,
interest and annuity problems, trigonometric
applications and identities, conic sections, and
matrices. Prerequisite: Advanced Algebra
II/Trigonometry or Trigonometry/College Algebra.
Students may receive high school credit and Illinois
college credit. One credit.
PSAE Prep
This course is required for all juniors unless they
are exempted by their Pre-ACT score. A few seniors
may qualify. A one semester course designed to help
juniors prepare for the PSAE. One-half credit.
Algebra II
Algebra II is a one-year course that includes a
review of Algebra I topics and the study of more
advanced topics in Algebra.
The first semester includes the study of equations
and inequalities, linear equations and functions,
systems of equations and inequalities, and quadratic
functions. The second semester includes the study of
polynomial functions, powers and radicals, and
exponential and logarithmic functions. Prerequisite:
Algebra 1 and Geometry. One credit.
Advanced Placement Calculus AP
The first semester of AP Calculus will include the
study of elementary functions, properties of functions,
and limits. It will also cover the study of differential
calculus including the first and second derivative and
applications of the derivative.
The second semester of AP Calculus will cover the
study of integral calculus. This will include
antiderivatives, applications of antiderivatives,
techniques of integration, the definite integral and
applications of the integral. Prerequisite: Precalculus
or Trigonometry and College Algebra with a grade of
A. Students may receive high school credit and
Illinois college credit. One credit.
Advanced Algebra II/Trigonometry
The first semester of Advanced Algebra
II/Trigonometry will begin with a quick review of all the
topics of Algebra I. The first semester of Advanced
Algebra II/Trigonometry will also include the study of
advanced factoring, systems of linear equations,
graphing linear and quadratic functions, linear
inequalities, exponents, radicals, complex numbers,
absolute values inequalities, and solving word
problems. Prerequisite: Algebra I and Geometry with
a grade of B or above.
SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT
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Civics
Civics, a one-semester course required at the
freshmen level, is a study of national, state and local
government with special emphasis on both the U.S.
and Illinois Constitutions. Underlying the course of
study, there is an attempt to make the student aware
of the rights, duties, and responsibilities of the
individual in a democratic society. Students
completing Civics with a passing grade will have
fulfilled graduation requirements for passage of the
U.S. Constitution and Illinois Constitution tests.
One-half credit.
American History B
This semester course, required of juniors or
seniors, surveys our nation’s history from 1865 to the
present. Special emphasis is given to the settlement
of the west, the economic changes making the United
States a major power, the forces influencing
Americans, and the role of the U.S. in world affairs.
One-half credit.
Advanced Placement American History
This course is important for college bound juniors
and seniors as it replaces American History for
advanced students. While it covers traditional subjects
from the Colonial Era through the Twentieth Century
and satisfies the requirement for proficiency in the U.
S. Constitution, it also exposes students to a variety of
topics, concepts, and issues not ordinarily covered in
the regular curriculum. In addition students are
encouraged to investigate historical problems,
develop opinions, and defend positions – thus
developing critical thinking skills they will use in
college and later careers. AP American History
students are expected to take the AP American
History Exam at the conclusion of the year. One
credit. Weighted grade upon completion of the AP
American History exam.
World Geography A
This first semester course seeks to develop an
awareness of the influence which physical
characteristics of the different areas of the earth have
upon man’s cultural activities in those areas. By
studying these influences, students can better
understand the problems that exist in those areas in
today’s world. Students will apply basic geographic
skills and the five themes of geography to the
following regions of the world: United States and
Canada. One-half credit
World Geography B
This second semester course seeks to develop an
awareness of the influence which physical
characteristics of the different areas of the earth have
upon man’s cultural activities in those areas. A study
of those influences can lead to a better understanding
of the problems that exist in those areas in today’s
world. Students will apply basic geographic skills and
the five themes of geography to the following regions
of the world: Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern
Europe, Northern Eurasia, Southwest Asia, South
Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific World. One-half credit
Modern History Since 1918
This course, available to seniors and those juniors
with a C average or above, is designed to help
develop an understanding of today’s world by the
study of recent history since World War I including the
emerging nations of Africa, developments in Asia, and
current world affairs with emphasis on cause and
effect relationships. One credit.
Economics B
A one-semester course open to juniors and seniors.
A very vital course to a better understanding of the
American free enterprise system as it relates to the
other economic systems of the world. Units of study
include: consumption, production, exchange, money,
credit and banking, distribution of personal income,
the stock market, government and the economy,
major economic problems, and recent trends in
economics. Taught second semester only.
One-half credit.
World History A
World History A—very early times to 1100 A.D.—is s
first semester course which presents a general view of
the development of mankind from early man through
the middle ages. Early Incas and Aztecs in America,
and Civilizations in India and China are included.
One-half credit.
World History B
World History B—after 1500 A.D.—is a second
semester course which presents a general view of
man in modern civilization since the middle ages. This
course includes the time of the French Revolution, the
rise of communism, World War I, the rise of Hitler, and
World War II. If time permits, the post World War II era
is included. One-half credit.
Sociology
A one-semester course, open to juniors and seniors,
which studies the way men behave in their culture
which is usually determined by their relations to each
other and by their membership in groups. Family
problems, marriage and divorce, education, minority
groups, religion, crime, and delinquency are also
studied from a social point of view. Taught first
semester only. One-half credit.
American History A
This semester course, required of juniors or
seniors, surveys our nation’s history from its
beginnings to the end of the Civil War in 1865.
Emphasis is given to the development of democratic
representative government, territorial expansion, and
the development of our nation. One-half credit.
Psychology
A one-semester course, open to juniors and seniors.
A study is made of the activities of the normal adult
and his response to different situations. The
development of personality, how to study effectively,
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and explanation of intelligence testing as well as
situations common to everyday life are studied.
Taught second semester only. One-half credit.
A full year course that offers a review of the
essentials of the first year plus continued study of
more advanced vocabulary, grammar, and
conversational skills, as well as some Spanish history
and geography. Students will engage in more
advanced reading, writing, listening, and speaking
activities. Students planning to further their education,
increase their job options, or travel would benefit from
this course. One credit.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Students who are interested in foreign language in
preparation for college are urged to begin their study
of foreign language no later than their sophomore
year. Students are reminded that two years of the
same foreign language are required for entrance into
many colleges.
Spanish III
A full year course that offers an accelerated review
of basic grammar and vocabulary from the first two
years plus a more intensive study of advanced
vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills.
Students will engage in more complex reading,
writing, listening, and speaking activities, including
hear and speaking primarily Spanish during class
time. Students planning to further their education,
increase their job options, or travel would benefit from
this course. Prerequisite: Spanish II. One credit.
French I
French 1, a full-year course open to freshmen,
sophomores, juniors, seniors, is the rigorous study of
basic, everyday French. Emphasis will be placed on
acquiring practical vocabulary, grammar, and
conversational skills, and achieving a basic
understanding of the French culture and geography.
Students will engage in basic writing, reading,
listening, and speaking activities. Students planning to
go to college need this course (or Spanish I) since
most colleges require a student to have passed at
least two years of the same foreign language. One
credit.
Spanish IV
A full year course that reinforces the basics of the
other three years plus offers an intensive study of
advanced vocabulary, grammar, and conversational
skills. Students will engage in complex reading,
writing, listening, and speaking activities, including
constant use of Spanish in class and exposure to
Hispanic art and literature. Students planning to
further their education, increase their job options, or
travel would benefit from this course. Prerequisite:
Spanish III. Students may receive high school credit
and Illinois college credit. One credit.
French II
The second year of French offers a review of the
essentials of the first year plus a more in-depth study
of grammar which is used to maintain conversational
skills. More emphasis is placed on reading, writing,
vocabulary building and comprehension. Students
who plan to further their education and/or to travel
would benefit from this course. One credit.
ART DEPARTMENT
French III/ French IV
French III/IV completes and refines the study of
French grammar. It is designed for students who are
interested in a more comprehensive study of the
literature and culture of the French people. A wide
variety of poetry and literature is read in the latter part
of this course. Students who appreciate the French
language and who plan to travel or further their
education in the humanities would benefit from this
course. One credit.
Basic Art
Basic Art is a two-semester, introductory course for
freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students
will study the elements and principles of art through a
variety of art media and techniques. Art history is
incorporated into assignments. Students will use art
terms and vocabulary in written assignments,
individuality, creative expression; problem-solving
skills are stressed. No prerequisite. One credit.
Spanish I
Spanish I, a full-year course open to freshmen,
sophomores, juniors, and seniors, is the rigorous
study of basic, everyday Spanish. Emphasis will be
placed on acquiring practical vocabulary, grammar,
and conversational skills, and achieving a basic
understanding of Hispanic culture and geography.
Students will engage in basic writing, reading,
listening, and speaking activities. Students planning to
go to college need this course (or French I) since
most colleges require a student to have passed at
least two years of the same foreign language. One
credit.
Two-Dimensional Design A
A semester course involving the understanding and
use of effective design composition through the
exploration of the elements and principles of art.
Students will work with design concepts using a
variety of media and techniques. Individual problem
solving and creativity is stressed. Students are
encouraged to analyze their own art works and those
of others through written and/or verbal critiques.
Some areas of study are printmaking, graphic design,
cover illustration, lettering, and computer art.
Prerequisite: Basic Art. One-half credit.
Three Dimensional Design B
A semester course using the project method of
instruction to incorporate the elements and principles
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of art into three-dimensional forms. Students are
encouraged to develop the ability to think abstractly
through the use of visualization and creativity. They
explore a variety of media, techniques and styles in
art history as well as contemporary times. Students
may use written and/or verbal critiques to evaluate
their designs. Prerequisite: Basic Art. One-half
credit.
their own choosing. Prerequisite: Basic Art, Drawing
I. Taught second semester only. One-half credit.
Painting B
A semester course in which students to explore
color theory using a variety of painting media.
Students will also study historically significant work of
art by master painters. Students will use art terms and
vocabulary to write critical evaluations of their own
work. Prerequisite: Three semester credits in Art and
written teacher approval. One-half credit.
Ceramics I
A semester course in which students are taught to
incorporate the elements and principles of art into
handbuilt and wheel thrown clay projects. Students
will explore a variety of decorating and glazing
techniques. Students will evaluate their work through
written and/or oral critiques. Prerequisite: Basic Art.
One-half credit.
Art & Culture
This class appeals to a variety of students. Art
students as well as students who enjoy sociology,
geography, and history will enjoy learning about
multiple cultures through the arts. We will study a vast
range of cultures from African, Southeast Asian,
Aboriginal, South Indian, and more. Alongside each
culture in focus, students will create an art and/or craft
from that culture. This class is meant to build
appreciation for ethnic societies and cultures through
their artistic traditions. No prerequisite required. Onehalf credit.
Ceramics II
Ceramics II give the advanced art student a
perspective of what type of art careers are available to
the three-dimensionally inclined student. In this class
students use different medias of clay to explore
different careers in industrial ceramics, environmental
design, industrial design, and film animation and
special effects. Prerequisite: Basic Art, an A or B in
Ceramics I and written teacher approval. One-half
credit.
Art Appreciation
This class learns to look at both artists and artworks
in order to better appreciate and understand the value
such artists and artworks hold in society both
yesterday and today. Sources of study include
selective readings, slide lectures, and class
discussions. The most important purpose of this
course is for students to further enhance an interest
and an aesthetic development in the visual arts. A
broad range of artistic movements and styles will
range from great masters like Leonardo Da Vinci to
pop culture street artist Keith Haring. One-half credit.
Ceramics III
This advanced ceramics course is designed for
serious art, specifically ceramic art students. Students
will expand upon their knowledge from Ceramics I and
II by choosing their building methods in order to fulfill
thematic assignments. Assignments are Problem
Based and open to interpretation. Students will also
participate in fund-raiser activities as part of the
course. Research on ceramic artists and ceramic
history is practiced in this course. Students will also
have first hand studio maintenance by mixing clay,
unloading kilns, and helping to mix glazes.
Prerequisite: C or higher in Ceramics II. One-half
credit.
MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Beginning Band
Beginning Band is a course designed for students
who wish to learn a woodwind or brass instrument,
who have little or no previous instrumental training.
Basic playing skills as well as music literacy will be
covered in this course. The student and instructor will
select an appropriate instrument on which to begin.
The instruments offered for beginning instruction
include flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone,
or baritone. Concert performance will not be
emphasized in Beginning Band. After successful
completion of Beginning Band and with the approval
of the instructor, students may enroll in Cadet Band
the following year. One credit.
Drawing I
A semester course dealing with the development of
representational drawing skills and the use of basic
drawing media. Students will explore how line, value,
shape, and texture are used to create visually
interesting drawings. Students will be expected to
participate in the assessment of their own work.
Prerequisite: Basic Art. Taught first semester only.
One-half credit.
Drawing II
A semester course which deals with the further
development of representational drawing skills.
Students will study color and color drawing media
such as colored pencils and oil pastels. Projects will
have an art historical basis. Students will be expected
to participate in the assessment of their own works.
Students will be encouraged to develop good working
practices and to work independently on projects of
Cadet Band
Cadet Band is designed for students who have
previous experience reading music and playing in
band on a woodwind or brass instrument. All incoming
freshman wind students with previous experience are
to enroll in this course. In Cadet Band, students will
receive continuing and enhanced instruction on
playing techniques in their instruments, enhance their
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music reading abilities, and increase their overall
performance skill. Members of the Cadet Band will
perform in several extra-curricular concerts during the
year. Members will also participate in marching band
and pep band performances. Upon successful
completion of the Cadet Band Course and with the
approval of the director, students may progress into
the Symphonic Band. One credit.
Varsity Choir
The Varsity Choir is a choir that emphasizes vocal
technique, music reading, and the basic elements of
choral music. This is a mixed SATB choir and is
designed for all students who like to sing and want to
improve their voices and musical skills. The choir
participates in the Fall Concert, Christmas Musicale,
and D201F Concert. Rehearsals are almost all on
school time. One credit.
Percussion Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble is designed for students who
have previous experience reading music and playing
in band on a percussion instrument. All incoming
freshman percussion students with previous
experience are to enroll in this course. In Percussion
Ensemble, students will receive continuing and
enhanced instruction on playing techniques for all the
percussion instruments used in the high school band,
enhance their music reading abilities, and increase
their overall performance skill. Members of the
Percussion Ensemble will perform in several extracurricular concerts during the year. Members will also
participate in marching band and pep band
performances. Upon successful completion of the
Percussion Ensemble course and with the approval of
the director, student may progress into the Symphonic
Band. One Credit.
Treble Choir
The Treble Choir is the second step in the vocal
music sequence for girls. Continuation of the work
started in the Varsity Choir (in basic fundamentals of
the vocal technique and music reading) is the
objective. A greater emphasis on public performance
includes participation in the Christmas Musicale,
concerts, solos and/or ensembles, Contest Girls
Chorus, and other community performances. One
credit.
Concert Choir
The Concert Choir is the top mixed choir at Mt.
Vernon High School. Admission to the choir is on an
audition basis. Students must demonstrate proficiency
in vocal technique and music reading skills during
their audition. This choir is for advanced sophomore,
junior, and senior singers.
The Concert Choir will continue to develop
advanced vocal technique and music reading skills,
there will be a great emphasis on performance
including: Fall Concert, Christmas Musicale, solos and
ensembles, State Contest, commencement, Operetta,
and All-State Festivals (selected members) and other
public appearances designated by the director with
the approval of the school. One credit.
Symphonic Band
Symphonic Band is a select group of woodwind,
brass, and percussion players whose performance
and ability warrant an opportunity for top performance.
Prerequisites for this group (by audition) are usually
one year in the Percussion Ensemble and/or Cadet
Band. Hence, membership is largely from the junior
and senior classes except where instrumentation
necessitates to the contrary. All the activities of the
Cadet Band and such others as the director might
designate are the activities of this performance group.
Meets daily for one full credit per year.
Music Appreciation
Music Literature is a one-semester course for
juniors and seniors meeting daily for ½ credit. The
study of music as aural communication and the
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International Language in the 20 Century will be
stressed. No previous experience as a performer is
required. Study of form and structure of music will be
covered. Major emphasis will be on the study of
composers and their compositions, both as they relate
to periods of history and as to how they can affect our
lives today. One-half credit.
Varsity Orchestra
Varsity Strings (Orchestra) is composed of first
year students. Emphasis is placed on the
fundamentals of music and string playing. Students
will participate in a variety of concerts, for example,
the Fall Concert, the Christmas Musicale, the Music in
Our Schools Concert, D201F Concert, as well as soloensemble contest. One credit.
Symphonic Orchestra
Symphonic Orchestra memberships are those
strings which have completed the curricular
requirements of the Varsity group. Membership is
usually sophomores, juniors, and seniors (and wind
and percussion players are select members of the top
chairs of the Symphonic Band). The operetta,
Christmas program concerts, tours, solos and
ensembles, all state activities, the honors program,
and other activities constitute the opportunities for
performance of this group. This group meets daily for
one unit of credit for strings and service points for
wind-percussion players. One credit.
Music Theory
Music Theory is a one-semester course primarily for
juniors and seniors and any other students with a solid
musical background. Fundamentals such as notation,
scales, clefs, intervals, rhythm, dictation, keyboard,
sight-reading, etc. will be discussed and drilled. The
skills required to write, arrange, and compose
instrumental or vocal music will be learned.
One-half credit.
DRIVER EDUCATION
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To meet State legal requirements, eligible
sophomores will be required to enroll in one semester
of Safety Education. A student eligible for the Safety
Education course at Mt. Vernon Township High
School must receive a passing grade in at least eight
courses during the two semesters prior to taking
Safety Education. The exception to this procedure is
that the Superintendent may waive this requirement
based upon the written appeal of a student stating the
reason for requesting the waiver. Students can pick
up a waiver form in the Guidance Office. This course
will include instruction in Driver Education, Driver
Training Simulation, and behind-the-wheel Driver
Training. In order to obtain a driver’s license at
sixteen years of age, a student must complete this
course. One-half credit.
plus lifetime activities. Class will focus on fitness
concepts and developing personal fitness goals
addressing the health-related fitness components of
flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance,
cardiovascular endurance, and body composition.
This class will concentrate on lifetime activities,
strategy, problem solving, and team building. One-half
credit.
Strength and Conditioning
Grade 10 – Sophomores, grade 11 – juniors, grade
12 – seniors. This section is a specialized course for,
but not limited to, the high school athlete. The
students will develop and implement an individualized
weight-training program. This class emphasizes
physical development and improvement through
weight training, aerobic exercise, plyometric exercise,
and a wide variety of sport-specific training
techniques. Classes will concentrate on fitness
concepts and developing personal fitness goals
addressing the health-related fitness components of
flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance,
cardiovascular endurance, and body composition. In
addition to the physical training aspect students will
learn team-building skills, basic nutrition, anatomy,
and physiology of exercise. One-half credit.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
I.Philosophy. Throughout the history of education, it
has been an accepted principle that the development
of a healthy body is an integral part of the total
educational program. Mt. Vernon Township High
School adheres to this principle. It is the philosophy
of this high school that every student will be
―physically educated‖ to the best of his/her ability.
II.Objectives. The major objective of the physical
education program is the development and
maintenance of:
A. Physical fitness and motor skills. Students will be
expected to develop a level of fitness and motor skill
with the limits being only the individual student’s
ability.
B. Social Efficiency. Simply stated, this is the ability
to get along with others and exhibit desirable
standards of conduct.
C. Recreational Competency. Recreational skills
should be mastered early so that the individual can
participate in and learn to enjoy the various activities
well enough to carry them on throughout a lifetime.
D. Intellectual Competency. To insure continued
participation in physical activities, the student should
develop an adequate knowledge and understanding
of the values inherent in the activities.
E. Health. One semester of Health will be included
in Freshman Physical Education. This required
course provides teaching and learning experiences for
the purpose of influencing knowledge, habits, and
attitudes pertaining to the students’ own health.
Personal Fitness
Grade 10 – Sophomores, grade 11 – juniors, grade
12 – seniors. Personal fitness is designed for the
individual who wants to improve his or her total all
around fitness. The class is designed to engage the
student in anaerobic and aerobic activities through
circuit training techniques. The class emphasizes total
body training to decrease total body fat percentage
while increasing muscle mass and flexibility along with
improving overall fitness and wellbeing. One-half
credit.
RDS/AREA VOCATIONAL CENTER PROGRAMS
Tech Prep Definition
What is Tech Prep? Tech Prep is a program of study
which begins in high school, continues at a
postsecondary institution and culminates in an
associate of applied science degree, two-year
certificate or two-year apprenticeship in one of the
Career Interest Areas (Agriculture and Natural
Resources, Arts and Communications, Business and
Administrative Services, Health Care, Human and
Family Services, Industrial and Engineering
Technology) and leads to related meaningful
employment.
Who is a Tech Prep Student? A Tech Prep students
is one who is seeking further education after high
school and has a written career plan that identifies a
sequence of courses that leads to a Tech Prep
occupation as a career goal. Students may begin as
early as 9th grade and no later than 11th grade to
select a Tech Prep sequence of courses. Students
may revise their program of study as they move
toward their career goal.
Physical Education I
Grade 9 - freshmen. Introduction to team and
individual sports. Class will focus on motor skill
development and movement patterns needed to
perform a variety of physical activities. Students will
be introduced to fitness concepts and the healthrelated fitness components of flexibility, muscular
strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular
endurance, and body composition. One-half credit.
Physical Education II
Grade 10 – Sophomores, grade 11 – juniors, grade
12 – seniors. Advanced team and individual sports,
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What is a Tech Prep Sequence of courses? A Tech
Prep sequence of courses consists of programspecific core academic and technical courses taught
at a minimum during the two years of secondary
school preceding graduation and at least the
following:
a. two years of postsecondary education in a no
duplicative course of study leading to an associate of
applied science degree or two-year certificate in a
specific career field, or
b.two years of an apprenticeship following high
school.
The sequence must include integrated academic
and technical content, workplace skills, and instruction
delivered both at the worksite and in the
school/college setting. Programs may begin as early
as the 9th grade and may also articulate from a
community college to a four-year baccalaureate
degree.
What courses of study are available for Tech Prep?
1. Industrial Technicians
2.Engineer Technicians
3. Business Management
4. Nurses
5. Health Information (Medical Records Technician)
6. Radiology Technologist
7. Respiratory Therapist
8. Biomedical Technicians
9. Automotive Technicians
10.Child Care Admin./Dir.
11.Agribusiness Management
12.Manufacturing Technician
13.Culinary Art Management
14.Horticulture
Make an appointment with your counselor to get
more information on how to enroll in a Tech Prep
course of study.
opportunities in the agricultural field. Basic concepts
in forestry, plant science, wildlife management,
natural resources, food science, food science
technology, environmental science and parliamentary
procedures will be presented. Improving computer
and workplace skills will be a focus. Participation in
FFA student organization activities and Supervised
Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral
course component for leadership development, career
exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.
Offered to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and
seniors. One-half credit.
Introduction to Agriculture Industry B
This orientation course provides an opportunity for
students to learn how the agricultural industry is
organized; its major components; the economic
influence of agriculture at state, national and
international levels; and the scope and types of job
opportunities in the agricultural field. Basic concepts
in animal science including small and large animal
production, animal wellness and management, and
agricultural science and technology will be presented.
Improving computer and workplace skills will be a
focus. Participation in FFA student organization
activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience
(SAE) projects is an integral course component for
leadership development, career exploration and
reinforcement of academic concepts. Offered to
freshmen, sophomores, juniors and senior. One-half
credit.
Basic Horticultural Science A
This course is designed to develop knowledge and
skills in the following areas: plant identification; floral
design; using soil and other plant growing media;
propagating horticultural plants; basics of growing
horticultural plants in greenhouse and nursery
settings; constructing, maintaining and using plantgrowing structures; operating, repairing and
maintaining equipment used in the horticultural field.
Improving computer and workplace skills will be a
focus. Participation in FFA student organization
activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience
(SAE) projects is an integral course component for
leadership development, career exploration and
reinforcement of academic concepts. Offered to
sophomore, juniors and seniors. One-half credit.
Students may receive high school credit and Illinois
college credit.
AGRICULTURE EDUCATION
Basic Agriculture Mechanics
In this course, theory and hands-on experiences
provide opportunities for students to develop basic
knowledge and skills in agricultural mechanics.
Instructional areas include the basic fundamentals of
maintaining and repairing small gasoline engines,
basic electricity, welding, construction, cold metal
work, and operating agricultural equipment safely.
Improving workplace and computer skills will be a
focus. Participation in FFA student organization
activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience
(SAE) projects is an integral course component for
leadership development, career exploration and
reinforcement of academic concepts. Offered to
freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. One
credit.
Basic Horticultural Science B
This course is designed to develop knowledge and
skills in the following areas: plant identification; floral
design; landscape design and maintenance; fruit and
nut production; vegetable production; crop science;
gardening; basics of growing horticultural plants in
greenhouse and nursery settings; constructing,
maintaining and using plant-growing structures;
operating, repairing and maintaining equipment used
in the horticultural field. Improving computer and
workplace skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA
student organization activities and Supervised
Introduction to Agriculture Industry A
This orientation course provides an opportunity for
students to learn how the agricultural industry is
organized; its major components; the economic
influence of agriculture at state, national and
international levels; and the scope and types of job
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Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral
course component for leadership development, career
exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.
Offered to sophomore, juniors and seniors. One-half
credit.
should be evaluated at least once per month. In
addition, SAE lessons are integrated in each
agricultural course. SAE participation can lead to
fulltime employment, scholarships, and awards
through the FFA. Offered to freshman and
sophomores. 1/4 credit each year (1.0 credit
maximum)
Basic Agriculture Science A
This orientation course builds on basic skills and
knowledge gained in the Introduction to the
Agricultural Industry course. Major units of instruction
include agricultural research, soil science, plant
science on many plant characteristics, health care
and fertilizers to help plants in the fields and gardens
also, biotechnology, advanced animal science. Many
applied science and math skills and concepts will be
stressed throughout the course as they relate to each
area of soil and plants. Improving computer and
workplace skills will be a focus in this course for many
of the 300 agriculture careers. Participation in FFA
student organization activities and Supervised
Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral
course component for leadership development, career
exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts
to teach careers and pay for college. Offered to
sophomores, juniors, and seniors. One-half credit.
Agricultural Mechanics and Technology
This course will concentrate on expanding student’s
knowledge and experiences with agricultural
mechanics technologies utilized in the agricultural
industry. Units of instruction included are: design,
construction, fabrication, maintenance, welding,
electricity/electronics, internal combustion engines,
hydraulics, and employability skills. Careers of
agricultural construction engineer, electrician,
plumber, welder, equipment designer, parts manager,
safety inspector, welder, and other related
occupations will be examined. Improving workplace
and computer skills will be a focus. Participation in
FFA student organization activities and Supervised
Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral
course component for leadership development, career
exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.
Offered to juniors and seniors. One credit.
Basic Agriculture Science B
This orientation course builds on basic skills and
knowledge gained in the Introduction to the
Agricultural Industry course. Major units of instruction
include animal sciences in cattle, swine, sheep,
horses, meat science, advanced plant science,
biotechnology, advanced animal science. Many
applied science and math skills and concepts will be
stressed throughout the course as they relate to each
area. Improving computer and workplace skills will be
a focus in this course. Your participation in the FFA
student organization activities and Supervised
Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral
course component for leadership development, career
exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts
to prepare you for over 300 agriculture careers. The
first semester of Agriculture Science is recommended
before entering this course unless an agreement is
made by the Agriculture Department. Offered to
sophomores, juniors, and seniors. One-half credit.
Agricultural Business and Management
This course will develop students' understanding of
the agricultural industry relating to the United States
and World marketplace. Instructional units include:
marketing and trading of agricultural products,
international agriculture, imports and exports,
agricultural law, taxes, governmental regulations and
policies, and advanced computerized record keeping.
Student skills will be enhanced in math, reading
comprehension, and writing through agribusiness
applications. Employability skills will be developed
with resume writing and interviewing techniques to
gain employment. Post-secondary education will be
explored at agricultural colleges and universities.
Improving computer and workplace skills will be a
focus. Participation in FFA student organization
activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience
(SAE) projects is an integral course component for
leadership development, career exploration and
reinforcement of academic concepts. Offered to
juniors and seniors. One credit. Students may
receive high school credit and Illinois college credit.
Supervised Agriculture Education (SAE) I
This course is designed to establish knowledge and
skills in various agricultural careers. Students will
gain credit by establishing a project at their home, at a
local business, or at their school usually after normal
school hours. Example projects may include, but are
not limited to: working at a garden center, raising
vegetables/grain/livestock, conducting agriscience
experiments in a greenhouse, and training horses at a
stable. Students will be required to verify their
experiences by keeping written or computerized
records including: business agreements, budgets,
inventories, daily activities, hours worked, income and
expenses, total earnings, depreciation, and net worth.
Instructor supervision will be conducted to the
student’s home or place of employment. SAE records
Supervised Agriculture Education (SAE) II
This course is designed to improve and expand
knowledge and skills in various agricultural careers.
Students will gain credit by continuing a project at
their home, at a local business, or at their school
usually after normal school hours. Students are
encouraged to add additional projects, experiences,
scope, and growth involving managerial and decision
making skills. Students will be required to verify their
experiences by keeping written or computerized
records including: business agreements, budgets,
inventories, daily activities, hours worked, income and
expenses, total earnings, depreciation, and net worth.
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Instructor supervision will be conducted to the
student’s home or place of employment. SAE
records should be evaluated at least once per month.
In addition, SAE lessons are integrated into each
agricultural course. SAE participation can lead to
fulltime employment, scholarships, and awards
through the FFA. Offered to juniors and seniors. Onefourth credit.
Keyboarding and Formatting I
Keyboarding and Formatting I is a course designed
to develop basic skills in touch keyboarding
techniques for entering alphabetic, numeric, and
symbol information found on computers. Students will
learn to edit and format text and paragraphs, change
fonts, work with headers and footers, cut and paste
text, create and use tab keys, create labels, and work
with multiple windows. Students will format
documents such as letters, envelopes,
memorandums, reports, and tables for personal,
educational, and business uses. During the second
half of the course, major emphasis is placed on
formatting documents, improving proofreading skills,
and increasing speed and accuracy. Offered to
freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. One-half
credit.
Interrelated Cooperative Education
This course is designed for senior students
interested in pursuing careers in occupations related
to agricultural education. Students are released from
school for their paid cooperative education work
experience and participate in 200 minutes per week of
related classroom instruction. Classroom instruction
focuses on providing students with job survival skills,
career exploration skills related to the job, as well as
improving students' abilities to interact positively with
others. For skills related to the job, refer to the skill
development course outlines and the task list of the
desired occupational program.
Computer Concepts and Software Applications
Computer Concepts and Software Applications is a
course designed to develop awareness and
understanding of application software and equipment
used by employees to perform tasks in business,
marketing and management. Students will apply
problem-solving skills to hands-on, real-life situations
using a variety of software applications, such as word
processing, spreadsheets, database management,
presentation software, and desktop publishing.
Students will learn to conduct research on the
Internet, explore topics related to computer concepts,
operating systems, telecommunications and emerging
technologies. The development of employability skills,
as well as transition skills, will be included in the
course as well as an understanding of the ethical
considerations that arise in using information
processing equipment and gaining access to available
databases. A two week keyboarding refresher unit will
be included in this course. Prerequisite: Keyboarding
and Formatting I or keyboarding proficiency of at least
35 net words per minute recommended. Offered to
freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. One-half
credit.
The course content includes the following broad
areas of emphasis: further career education
opportunities, planning for the future, job-seeking
skills, personal development, human relationships,
legal protection and responsibilities, economics and
the job, organizations, and job termination. Classroom
and worksite instruction is based on the tasks in an
occupation. Prerequisite: Completion of one credit of
skill-specific training in an approved CTE program
recommended. Offered to seniors. Three credits.
BUSINESS, MARKETING AND COMPUTER
EDUCATION
Business and Technology Concepts A
In this first semester course, students will be
provided with an overview of all aspects of business,
marketing and management, including the concepts,
functions, and skills required for meeting the
challenges of operating a business in a global
economy. Topics covered will include the various
forms of business ownership, including
entrepreneurship, as well as the basic functional
areas of business (finance, management, marketing,
administration and production). Offered to freshmen,
sophomores, juniors, and seniors. One-half credit.
Accounting I
Accounting I is a skill level course that is of value to
all students pursuing a strong background in
business, marketing, and management. This course
includes planned learning experiences that develop
initial and basic skills used in systematically
computing, classifying, recording, verifying and
maintaining numerical data involved in financial and
product control records including the paying and
receiving of money. Instruction includes information
on keeping financial records, summarizing them for
convenient interpretation, and analyzing them to
provide assistance to management for decision
making. Accounting computer applications should be
integrated throughout the course where applicable. In
addition to stressing basic fundamentals and
terminology of accounting, instruction should provide
initial understanding of the preparation of budgets and
financial reports, operation of related business
machines and equipment, and career opportunities in
Business and Technology Concepts B
In this second semester course, students will be
introduced to a wide range of careers in fields such as
accounting, financial services, information technology,
marketing, and management. Emphasis will be placed
on using the computer while studying applications in
these careers along with communication skills
(thinking, listening, composing, revising, editing, and
speaking), math and problem solving. Business
ethics, as well as other workplace skills, will be taught
and integrated within this course. Offered to
freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. One-half
credit. (A/B -- Satisfies Consumer Education Requirement)
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the accounting field. Processing employee benefits
may also be included. Practice sets with business
papers will be used to emphasize actual business
records management. Offered to sophomores, juniors,
and seniors. One credit.
equipment. You will learn to use spreadsheets for
applications in accounting, budgeting, expense
tracking, what-if analysis and many other applications.
Topics include fundamental spreadsheet commands
such as copying, moving, erasing, saving, loading,
editing cells, and printing. You will be able to create
powerful graphic presentations, including bar graphs,
pie charts, exploded pies, and three-dimensional
graphs. You will also learn to use the database
system to keep track of inventory, update mailing lists,
manage information, change and delete information,
and query/search a table to find and display data.
Offered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. One-half
credit.
Computer Operations and Programming
Computer Operations and Programming is a skilllevel course designed to develop computer
programming and program design skills through the
use of various programming languages such as Visual
Basic, C+, Java, and other object-oriented languages.
Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of
system analysis and design (e.g. flowcharting,
diagramming, system design and planning), and the
systems development life cycle. Instruction will
include basic programming tools that are common to
many programming languages. These may include
items such as input/output statements, constants,
assignment statements, string and numeric variable
types, conditional processing, and branching and
looping control structures. Students will learn
programming techniques such as counting, averaging,
rounding, and generation of random numbers to
develop a good programming technique. Students will
apply what they learn to create programs and
applications that solve real world business related
problems. Students will create programs to store,
locate and retrieve data. Offered to sophomores,
juniors, and seniors. One credit.
Accounting II
Accounting II is a skill-level course that builds upon
the foundation established in Accounting I. This
course is planned to help students develop a deeper
knowledge of the principles of accounting. More
emphasis will be placed on cost accounting, tax
accounting, accounting for corporations, and
computer automated accounting. The student gains
practical knowledge of accounting through the use of
computerized practice sets. This course will provide
additional background for the college bound business
student as well as the student who desires to go
directly into the business world. Prerequisite:
Completion of Accounting I with a grade of "C" or
better. Offered juniors, and seniors. One credit.
Students may receive high school credit and Illinois
college credit.
Info Processing I--Word/PPoint/Publisher
Instruction in this course reinforces and builds upon
career information, typing, keyboarding and
transcription skills. Hands-on experiences are
provided on information processing equipment. You
will create, save, and edit documents including
utilizing block moves, deletes, and copies. As your
skills grow, you will learn centering, data insertion, the
find and replace feature, and how to properly set
paragraph indents and tabs. Proper formatting of your
documents is emphasized including setting margins,
changing line spacing, numbering pages, and creating
headers and footers. You will be able to create
personalized form letters using the mail merge
feature. You will also learn to create effective
business graphic presentations. Imagine being able to
outline and organize your ideas into a presentation
that can be rearranged and manipulated. The drawing
tools will be employed to make attractive art or logos,
and also you will be able to import clip art to add
impact to your slides. As your skills progress, you will
learn to create effective charts and graphs using the
built-in data sheet capability and to add impact to your
charts using color and three-dimensional formats.
Offered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. One-half
credit.
Product Oriented Marketing & Marketing
Fundamentals
Product Marketing/Marketing Fundamentals is a
year course offered to juniors and seniors who are
interested in the field of selling as a vocation. Juniors
who are interested in taking the Work Experience
Program during their senior year should take this
course to confirm their interest in the field. Product
Marketing emphasizes the marketing functions of
retailing and wholesaling. The student will complete a
computer simulation for a retail business. In addition,
importance is placed on job values, sales
presentations, display, advertising, entrepreneurship,
and other areas of distribution. Offered to juniors and
seniors. One credit
Web Page and Interactive Media
Development I
Web Page and Interactive Media Development I is a
skill-level course designed to prepare students to
plan, design, create and maintain web pages and
sites. Students will learn the fundamentals of web
page design using HTML, HTML editors, and graphic
editors as well as programming tools such as
JavaScript. Students will work in a project-based
environment to create a working website. Students
will learn to create pages, add hyperlinks, make tables
and frames, create forms, integrate images, and set
styles. Students will use image-editing programs to
manipulate scanned images, computer graphics, and
Info Processing II--Excel/Access
The contents of this course include the concepts
and terminology related to the people, equipment and
procedures of information processing as well as skill
development in the use of information processing
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original artwork. Instruction will include creating
graphical headers, interactive menus and buttons,
and visually appealing backgrounds. Students will use
hardware and software to capture, edit, create, and
compress audio and video clips. Prerequisite:
Keyboarding and Formatting I recommended. Offered
to juniors and seniors. One credit
and worksite instruction is based on the tasks in an
occupation. Prerequisite: Completion of one credit of
skill-specific training in an approved CTE program
recommended. Offered to seniors. Three credits.
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES
Foods and Nutrition I
This course includes the basic classroom and
laboratory experiences needed to develop a
knowledge and understanding of basic food principles
and nutrition for people of all ages. Course content
centers around: food service and preparation
management using the decision-making process;
meeting basic needs by applying nutrition concepts;
meeting health and safety needs in planning,
preparing and serving food; maximizing resources
when planning/preparing/serving food; promoting
hospitality in food practices; and analyzing individual
and family nutritional needs in relation to change.
Information related to careers in foods and nutrition is
incorporated throughout the course. Offered to
freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. One-half
credit.
Web Page and Graphic Media
Development II
Web Page and Interactive Media Development II is
a skill-level course for students who have completed
Web Page and Interactive Media Development I.
Instruction will include using multimedia authoring
applications and programming tools such as
JavaScript to create a web site that combines text,
hyperlinks, images, video, and sound. Instruction will
include using hardware and software to capture, edit,
create, and compress audio and video clips as well as
create animated text, graphics, and images. Other
topics will include using tables to align images with
text, creating newspaper-style columns, and inserting
side menus and call-outs. Students will learn how to
use templates, cascading style sheets and interactive
elements to enhance web pages. Students will learn
to create dynamic forms that include multiple-choice
questions, comment boxes, and buttons. Students will
learn how to connect to a database and retrieve and
write data.
Child Growth and Development
This non-laboratory orientation level course
emphasizes knowledge and understanding of the
intellectual, physical, social and emotional
development of children from conception through
adolescence. The content should center around the
following duty areas: managing and organizing child
development by applying decision-making and goalsetting skills; promoting child development by
applying physical, social, intellectual and emotional
principles; practicing health and safety standards for
children; providing experiences encouraging children
to maximize resources; encouraging human relations
skills in children; and evaluating family and career
changes in relation to impact on children. Information
related to careers in child, day care and educational
services is incorporated throughout the course.
Offered to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and
seniors. One-half credit.
Students are encouraged to develop a portfolio
project that demonstrates their expertise in areas
such as multimedia authoring, web development,
audio and video editing, and advanced JavaScript
applications to create interactive web pages. This
course is conducted as an Independent Study–
developing and updating the MVTHS Web Page,
creating brochures, handouts, schedules for the high
school as needed. Prerequisite: Web Page and
Interactive Media Development I. Offered to seniors.
One credit.
Interrelated Cooperative Education
This course is designed for senior students
interested in pursuing careers in occupations related
to business, marketing and computer education.
Students are released from school for their paid
cooperative education work experience and
participate in 200 minutes per week of related
classroom instruction. Classroom instruction focuses
on providing students with job survival skills, career
exploration skills related to the job, as well as
improving students' abilities to interact positively with
others. For skills related to the job, refer to the skill
development course outlines and the task list of the
desired occupational program.
Clothing and Textiles I
This course provides knowledge and understanding
of textiles, fashions and fabrics in meeting the clothing
and fabric (fashion) product needs of individuals,
families and the general public. The course content
centers around developing competencies in the
following duty areas: selecting clothing and textile
products using goal-making skills; meeting social,
physical, psychological and economic needs in
evaluating, selecting and caring for clothing and
textiles; maximizing resources in selecting,
constructing, altering, repairing and remodeling
clothing/textile products; communicating intended
clothing image to others; and approving decisions
necessary for clothing and textile needs. Information
and experiences provide an understanding of the
psychological aspects of fabric products as related to
the needs of people, and the jobs and careers using
The course content includes the following broad
areas of emphasis: further career education
opportunities, planning for the future, job-seeking
skills, personal development, human relationships,
legal protection and responsibilities, economics and
the job, organizations, and job termination. Classroom
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competencies related to textiles and fabrics and
fashion are included throughout the course. Offered to
freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. One-half
credit.
Students may receive high school credit and Illinois
college credit.
Resource Management
This course focuses on the understandings and
skills needed to make decisions about the use of
resources and prevention strategies which contribute
to an improved quality of life. The course content
includes the following duty areas: utilizing resources
and consumer information by applying goal-setting
and decision-making skills; evaluating use of
resources to meet social, physical and psychological
needs; maintaining health standards by applying
safety information; applying consumer rights and
responsibilities in the marketplace; accomplishing
mutual goals by utilizing human resources; and
analyzing resource/consumer management skills
necessary to make decisions. This course meets the
content requirements (installment purchasing,
budgeting, comparison of prices and an
understanding of the roles of consumers interacting
with agriculture, business labor unions and
government in formulating and achieving the goals of
the mixed free enterprise system) for consumer
education instruction as required by the School Code
of Illinois (Section 27-12.1). Offered to juniors and
seniors. One-half credit.
Child, Day Care and
Educational Services Occupations I
This course provides students with information and
practical experiences needed for the development of
competencies related to child, day care and education
services occupations. Laboratory experiences, either
in a school-based or worksite learning facility, are
included throughout the class. Students meet
standards in developing programs and assisting with
children's and/or adult's activities. Classroom study
includes the philosophy and management of care
centers and the state and local regulations governing
care-giving operations. The main learning
experiences will involve actual work with
children/adults simulating those found in business and
industry, as well as preparation for developing and
facilitating these activities. Offered to sophomores,
juniors and seniors. One credit.
Culinary Arts I
This introductory course provides students
interested in a career in food service with practical
knowledge and theory as well as introducing and
mastering appropriate culinary skills needed for the
food service industry. Students will receive instruction
through classroom and laboratory experiences by
using commercial equipment for preparing food in
small and large quantities. Study will include:
orientation to all aspects of the food industry, food
preparation, quantity production, quality control of
food preparation, safety and sanitation, and planning
and budgeting. The course provides students with the
necessary information and experience to prepare
them for the Department of Public Health sanitation
examination. Training experiences involve equipment
and facilities that simulate those found in business
and industry. Student will be introduced and
encouraged to participate in FCCLA leadership
Activities. Prerequisite: Food and Nutrition I. Offered
to juniors and seniors. Two credits. Students may
receive high school credit and Illinois college credit.
Parenting
This course helps students understand the
responsibilities, satisfactions and stresses of
parenthood. Many types of parenting situations are
examined. Stress prevention and management are
emphasized. Community agencies that help parents
deal with various types of parenting situations are
identified. Course content includes the following duty
areas: managing and organizing parenting by
applying decision-making and goal-setting skills;
applying the basic principles of the parenting process;
practicing health and safety standards as related to
parenting; providing experiences which encourage
parents and children to maximize resources;
encouraging human relations skills in
children/adolescents; and evaluating impact on
parenting of family and career changes. Special
attention is given to the needs of teenage parents and
to the importance of readiness for parenthood.
Offered to juniors and seniors. One-half credit.
Culinary Arts II
This advanced course is a continuation of Culinary
Arts I using classroom and laboratory instruction
appropriate for the food service industry. Culinary
skills will be further developed and reinforced in the
areas of: selecting food, food preparation, planning
menus, catering, quantity cooking, using commercial
equipment, planning and decision making. More
emphasis is placed on management/budgeting skills,
human relations, and personnel selection and
supervision. Training experiences involve equipment
and facilities that simulate those found in business
and industry. Student will be introduced and
encouraged to participate in FCCLA leadership
Activities. Offered to juniors and seniors. Two credits.
Adult Living
This course is designed to assist individuals and
families in achieving life satisfaction through
responsible participation as adults in the home,
community and workplace. Emphasis is placed on the
development of prevention strategies which will assist
individuals in responding to situations in terms of their
identified values and goals. The course content
includes: developing short and long-range plans,
demonstrating goal-setting and decision-making skills;
evaluating and adapting basic needs to assume roles
and responsibilities; recognizing and following health
practices that assist in coping, selecting and using
resources to enhance individual growth and
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development; developing effective relationships to
promote communication with others; and evaluating
family and career changes The course helps students
identify resources that will assist them in managing
life situations. Offered to juniors and seniors. One-half
credit.
in-depth information about health careers, along with
the occupational, educational, and attitudinal
requirements needed to be successful. Basic first aid
and CPR are also taught. The course is offered to
freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. One-half
credit.
Child, Day Care and Educational
Services Occupations II
This course emphasizes the skills associated with
the administration of the infant, child and adult care
facilities and with education facilities. Skills, strategies
and issues related to caring for infants and special
needs children and adults, where applicable, are
included. Emphasis is placed on career opportunities,
communication skills, human relations and the service
needs of clients in the occupational area. The major
learning experiences will involve actual work with
children and/or adults in facilities simulating those
found in education and industry, and discussion of the
situations and problems that arise during the learning
experiences. The morning class major learning
experiences will consist of practicum in the on-site
preschool at Mt. Vernon Township High School. The
afternoon class will be off-site at St. Marys Grade
School and Mt. Vernon Primary Center. State
licensing regulation related to all aspects of caregiving are stressed throughout the course. Offered to
juniors and seniors. Two credits. Students may
receive high school credit and Illinois college credit.
Principles of Biomedical Sciences
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Principles of the
Biomedical Sciences provides an introduction to this
field through ―hands-on‖ projects and problems.
Student work involves the study of human medicine,
research processes and an introduction to
bioinformatics. Students investigate the human body
systems and various health conditions including heart
disease, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and
infectious diseases. A theme through the course is to
determine the factors that led to the death of a
fictional person. After determining the factors
responsible for the death, the students investigate
lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might
have prolonged the person’s life.
Key biological concepts included in the curriculum
are: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits,
feedback systems, and defense against disease.
Engineering principles such as the design process,
feedback loops, fluid dynamics, and the relationship of
structure to function will be included where
appropriate. The course is designed to provide an
overview of all courses in the Biomedical Sciences
program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary
for student success in the subsequent courses.
Offered to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and
seniors. – certain prerequisites must be met before
enrollment. One credit.
Interrelated Cooperative Education
This course is designed for senior students
interested in pursuing careers in occupations related
to family and consumer sciences. Students are
released from school for their paid cooperative
education work experience and participate in 200
minutes per week of related classroom instruction.
Classroom instruction focuses on providing students
with job survival skills, career exploration skills related
to the job, as well as improving students' abilities to
interact positively with others. For skills related to the
job, refer to the skill development course outlines and
the task list of the desired occupational program.
Health Occupation Core Skill
This Health Occupations Core Skill class is open to
junior and senior students who have an interest in the
health field. The course includes affective, cognitive,
and psychomotor skills which are common to most
Health Occupations. Students spend time in the
classroom learning basic medical terminology, body
structure and function, and mastering tasks for various
medical occupations. Second semester students will
be certified in CPR/First Aid/AED as well as complete
the 40-Hour First Responder course. Once
completed, students will be eligible to sit for the Illinois
state test for licensure. Students will also be rotated
through clinical departments such as; x-ray,
occupational therapy, physical therapy, laboratory,
respiratory therapy, surgery, dietary. Medical offices,
which include veterinarian, dental, physical medicine,
and other related health departments, are also
included in the rotation. Student performance, in the
clinical setting, is evaluated by the department
supervisors and the regular classroom teacher. Final
grades are determined by the classroom teacher. It is
recommended that the Health Occupations Core
Skills course be taken before the Health Care Aide.
Students are responsible for a uniform and white
The course content includes the following broad
areas of emphasis: further career education
opportunities, planning for the future, job-seeking
skills, personal development, human relationships,
legal protection and responsibilities, economics and
the job, organizations, and job termination. Classroom
and worksite instruction is based on the tasks in an
occupation. Prerequisite: Completion of one credit of
skill-specific training in an approved CTE program
recommended. Offered to seniors. Three credits.
HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY
Health Occupation Exploration
The purpose of this course is to introduce students
to various types of occupations in the health field and
to assist students in matching personal abilities to a
tentative career choice. The course content provides
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shoes as well as a watch with second hand and black
EMS pants. Offered to juniors and seniors. Two
credits. Students may receive high school credit and
Illinois college credit.
Communications Technology is a course designed
to foster an awareness and understanding of the
technologies used to communicate in our modern
society. Students will gain experience in the areas of
design and drafting, radio and television broadcasting,
computers in communication, photography, graphic
arts, and telecommunications.Offered to freshmen &
sophomores. One-half credit.
Health Care Aide
Health Care Aide is open to juniors and seniors who
have the desire to go into some phase of the nursing
profession. Conditions of illness, nursing tasks, and
advanced medical terminology make up the
classroom work. Students are given the opportunity to
work with patients in local nursing homes and
hospitals. Grades are achieved according to the
mastery of nursing skill, application of theory, and
adaptation to work. Students will receive a certificate
of completion in Basic Nurse Assistant Training upon
successful completion of the course. Students may
then apply to take the Nurse Assistant Training
examination for certification. Passing this exam is
necessary in order to be placed on the registry for the
Illinois Department of Public Health as a Certified
Nurse Assistant (C.N.A.). The cost of the C.N.A.
examination is to be paid by the student. Supplies
needed for this course are a watch with second hand,
transfer belt, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff,
uniform, and white shoes. Students are also required
to submit to medical screening and criminal
background check. Offered to juniors and seniors.
Two credits. Students may receive high school credit
and Illinois college credit.
Energy Utilization Technology (Electricity)
Energy Utilization Technology is a course designed
to foster an awareness and understanding of how we
use energy in our industrial technological society.
Areas of study will include conversion of energy;
electrical fundamentals; solar energy resources;
alternate energy resources such as wind, water, and
geothermal; fossil fuels; nuclear power; energy
conservation; and computer uses in energy
technology. Students will use laboratory experiences
to become familiar with current energy
technologies.Offered to freshmen, sophomores,
juniors and seniors. One-half credit.
Production Technology (Construction)
Production Technology is a course designed to
foster an awareness and understanding of
manufacturing and construction technology. Through
a variety of learning activities, students are exposed
to many career opportunities in the production field.
Experiences in manufacturing include product design,
materials and processes, tools and equipment,
including computers, safety procedures, corporate
structure, management, research and development,
production planning, mass production, marketing and
servicing. In construction, students will be exposed to
site preparation, foundations, building structures,
installing utilities, and finishing and servicing
structures. Offered to freshmen, sophomores, juniors
and seniors. One-half credit.
TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING EDUCATION
Orientation to Manufacturing I
This introductory course is designed to allow
students to develop a knowledge of concepts in
manufacturing in a global society and its impact on
our lives and our environment. This course will
emphasize the laboratory approach. Class activities
will include demonstrations and applications of
manufacturing systems, materials, tools, and
machines. Students will apply mathematics and
technical knowledge to problem solving. Offered to
freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. One-half
credit.
Transportation Technology (Small Engines)
Transportation Technology is a course designed to
foster an awareness and understanding of the various
transportation customs that make up our mobile
society. Through laboratory activities the student will
be exposed to the technologies of and career
opportunities involved in material handling,
atmospheric and space transportation, marine
transportation, terrestrial transportation, and computer
uses in transportation technology. Offered to
freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. One-half
credit.
Orientation to Manufacturing II
This introductory course is designed to allow
students to become aware of the role that welding and
cutting of materials play in manufacturing technology.
General knowledge and understanding will be
developed in arc and wire feed welding, oxyacetylene
welding and cutting, manual, semi-automatic, and
plasma cutting, air-arc metal removal, T.I.G. welding,
and the use of computers and robotics as they relate
to these processes.The laboratory approach will be
emphasized. Students will apply mathematics and
technical knowledge to problem solving.
Offered to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and
seniors. One-half credit.
Introduction to Engineering Design
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Introduction to
Engineering Design is for students interested in
Engineering and/or Architecture related fields. Units of
study include sketching, Multi-Views, Pictorial and
3DDrawing, Sections, Dimensioning, Auxiliary, and
Architectural drawings. Portfolios are developed by
the students, containing different mediums, such as
drawing, sketching, digital pictures, film clips, and
computer files, to record and illustrate their design
Communications Technology (Drafting)
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process. Concepts of careers, design, techniques,
forms and shapes, geometry, graphing, adaptations,
quality control, packaging, and cost analysis are
taught in a logical fashion and applied in this handson curriculum. Students will be expected to use 2D
and 3D CAD software to solve problems and present
designs. Powerful Autodesk software such as AutoCAD
and Inventor will be utilized. Technical reading and math
skills are needed. This course is part of a nationally
recognized program called Project Lead The Way (PLTW).
Offered to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
– certain prerequisites must be met before enrollment.
One credit.
and most powerful software. No previous experience with
computers or drafting is needed. The main requirement for
enrollment in the course is a sincere desire to learn the
"language of industry"....drafting. Success in college
(technology, architecture, and engineering) or technical
school and success on industrial jobs can be improved by
completion of this course. College credit can be received by
students who complete this course and achieve a minimum
score on a Proficiency Test. Open to juniors and seniors.
Two credits. Students may receive high school credit and
Illinois college credit.
Electronics I– Analog
A lab based course that utilizes hands-on activities to
provide learning experiences in basic electronics. Students
will learn the fundamental theories, formulas and concepts
of modern electronics. An emphasis is placed on electronic
components as they pertain to industrial and commercial
circuits. Topics include power supplies, relays, transistor
switching, motor controls, robotics and sensors, alarm
systems and computer interfacing. Students will design,
construct and troubleshoot projects and printed circuit
boards throughout the course. This course would provide
excellent background for future technicians, electrical
engineers, or anyone interested in the field of electronics
and computers. Open to juniors and seniors. Two credits.
Principles of Engineering
This Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course helps students
understand the field of engineering/engineering technology
by exploring various technology systems and
manufacturing processes help students learn how engineers
and technicians use math, science and technology in an
engineering problem solving process to benefit people.
Topics include the design process, CAD usage, material
strength testing, structural analysis, and other engineering
topics. Furthermore, the course includes concerns about
social and political consequences of technological change.
Unit topics include defining types of engineering,
communication and documentation, engineering systems,
statics and strength of materials, materials and materials
testing, engineering for reliability, and dynamic/kinematics.
This course is part of a nationally recognized program
called Project Lead The Way. More information can be
found at the web site www.PLTW.org Offered to
sophomores, juniors and seniors – certain
prerequisites must be met before enrollment. One
credit.
Manufacturing I
This course offers a planned sequence of learning
experiences which provide students with the opportunities
to develop competencies needed for employment in a
variety of manufacturing-related occupations. Course
content will emphasize competencies common to many
occupations such as applying safety practices, selecting
materials, metal fabrication, performing benchwork
operations, performing precision measurement, performing
layouts, performing housekeeping activities and setting and
operating a variety of tools used for separating, machining,
forming and combining materials, blueprint reading and
related math. Offered to juniors and seniors. Two credits.
Students may receive high school and Illinois college
credit.
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair I
This course is a full year course that offers both
theory and practical experience in servicing and
repairing transportation and utility vehicles (auto,
diesel, gasoline engine and mower units). Some of
the popular learning activities include tune-ups, brake
repair, wheel balancing and adjustment, fuel system
service and electrical system repair. Constant
attention is given to shop safety and techniques in the
use of hand tools, service manuals, special tools and
diagnostic equipment. This course offers the student
an opportunity to establish basic skills and knowledge
essential to more advanced training in the
transportation field. Offered to juniors and seniors.
Two credits.
3-D Drawing and Animation
The 3-D computer drawing and animation course is
designed to provide students with the skills needed for a
career in the fields of advertising, commercial art, graphic
design, web site development, and graphic illustrator.
Students will learn to apply artistic, design, and layout
principles, along with text, graphics, drawing, rendering,
sound, video, and 2D/3D animation integration to develop
various print, video and digital products. Students will use
hardware and software programs to create, manipulate,
color, paint and layer scanned images, computer graphics,
and original artwork. Students will use hardware and
software to capture, edit, create, and compress audio and
video clips. Students will use animation and 2D/3D
hardware and software to create animated text, graphics
and images. Students will apply artistic techniques to
design and create advertisements, displays, publications,
technical illustrations, marketing brochures, logos,
trademarks, packaging, video graphics, and computer-
Drafting/CAD I
This course is for students who are interested in
careers in drafting, design, architecture, construction
management, interior design, graphic arts, engineering and
other related professions. Students will learn to make
drawings and read blueprints in the same manner as
professionals in the careers listed above. Students will learn
to use drafting tools to make drawings by hand. They will
also learn to use computer aided drafting (CAD) to make
drawings by computer. The classroom is equipped with
professional CAD systems which include some of the latest
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generated media. Offered to juniors and seniors. One
credit.
heat treatment of metal, advanced machine set-up and
operation, numerical control/computer, numerical control
machining, performing supervisory functions and
installation, and maintenance and repair of machinery,
blueprint reading and related math. Prerequisite:
Manufacturing I. Offered to seniors. Two credits.
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair II
This course provides learning experiences related to
maintenance, repair and servicing of a variety of
transportation and maintenance equipment. Planned
learning activities should emphasize the development of
more advanced knowledge and skill than those provided in
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair I. Student technical skill
experiences should include instruction and activities in
safety principles and practices, as well as continued
development of skills associated with aircraft mechanics,
auto mechanics, diesel mechanics, motorboat mechanics,
and gasoline engine/mower repair. All learning experiences
are designed to allow the student to acquire job-entry skills
and knowledge. Prerequisite is AVC Transportation I.
Offered to seniors. Two credits.
Interrelated Cooperative Education
This course is designed for senior students
interested in pursuing careers in occupations related
to agricultural education. Students are released from
school for their paid cooperative education work
experience and participate in 200 minutes per week of
related classroom instruction. Classroom instruction
focuses on providing students with job survival skills,
career exploration skills related to the job, as well as
improving students' abilities to interact positively with
others. For skills related to the job, refer to the skill
development course outlines and the task list of the
desired occupational program.
Drafting/CAD II
This course builds on the skills developed in
Drafting/CAD I and allows the student to begin learning to
perform tasks in a selected specialty. Students who like
architecture will learn the skills necessary to draw a set of
house plans. Students who like machines will learn skills
necessary to complete drawings for manufactured parts for
automobiles and other consumer products. Students will
learn to plan, research materials, determine requirements,
and organize activities to complete a drawing. Students will
continue to develop skills and complete drawings with
professional computer aided drafting (CAD) systems.
Students who successfully complete this course will be
prepared for beginning employment and (or) greater
success in college or technical school programs.
Prerequisite: Drafting/CAD I. Offered to seniors. Two
credits.
The course content includes the following broad
areas of emphasis: further career education
opportunities, planning for the future, job-seeking
skills, personal development, human relationships,
legal protection and responsibilities, economics and
the job, organizations, and job termination. Classroom
and worksite instruction is based on the tasks in an
occupation. Prerequisite: Completion of one credit of
skill-specific training in an approved CTE program
recommended. Offered to seniors. Three credits.
NO-PASS, NO-PLAY POLICY
Selection of members or participants is at the
discretion of the teachers, sponsors, or coaches,
provided that the selection criteria conform to the
District’s Policies. Participation in co-curricular
activities is dependent upon course selection and
successful progress in those courses. In order to be
eligible to participate in any school-sponsored or
school-supported athletic or extracurricular activity, a
student must be passing a minimum of five (5)
classes. Students shall, unless they are entering high
school for the first time, have credit on the school
records for twenty-five (25) credit hours (5 classes) of
high school work for the previous semester. Such
work shall have been completed in the semester for
which credit is granted or in a recognized summer
school program which has been approved by the
Board of Education and for which graduation credit is
received. Any student participant failing to meet these
academic criteria shall be suspended from the activity
for seven (7) calendar days or until the specified
academic criteria are met, whichever is longer.
Electronics II – Digital
Designed to meet the needs of students primarily
interested in computer electronics and interfacing. Students
will design, construct, and evaluate digital circuits and
projects. Techniques for computer interfacing and controls
will be explored through hands-on activities and
programming projects. Students will learn the basics of
programming and interfacing single-chip microcontrollers.
Topics include digital schematics, truth tables, logic gates,
circuit simplification, analog interfacing, digital interfacing,
computer number systems, and Boolean Algebra. This
course would provide excellent background for future
technicians, electrical engineers, or anyone interested in the
field of electronics and computers. Offered to juniors and
seniors. One credit.
Manufacturing II
This second training level course should offer
experiences, which expand upon competencies achieved
during Manufacturing Occupations I. This course will
begin to offer students the opportunity to specialize in
specific areas of manufacturing such as machine tool set-up
and operation, welding, quality control, automated machine
set-up and operation and sheet metal fabrication. Course
content might include the following areas: metallurgy and
IHSA ELIGIBILITY RULES
When you become a member of an interscholastic
athletic team at your high school, you will find that
both your school and the IHSA will have rules you
must follow in order to be eligible for interscholastic
sports participation. The IHSA’s rules have been
adopted by the high schools which are members of
IHSA as part of the Association’s constitution and by-
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laws. They must be followed as minimum standards
for all interscholastic athletic competition in any
member high school. Your high school may have
additional requirements, but they may not be less
stringent than these statewide minimums.
The principal of your school is responsible to see
that only eligible students represent the school in
interscholastic athletics. Any question concerning your
athletic eligibility should be referred to your principal,
who has a complete copy of all IHSA eligibility rules,
including the Association’s due process procedure.
Only the IHSA Executive Director is authorized to
make formal rulings on eligibility, so if your principal
has questions or wishes assistance in answering your
questions, the principal should contact the IHSA
Office.
Information contained here highlights only the most
important features of the IHSA by-laws regarding
interscholastic athletic eligibility. It is designed to
make you aware of major requirements you must
meet to be eligible to compete in interscholastic
athletics. The information here is only a general
description of major by-law provisions and does not
contain the statement of the by-laws in their entirety.
You will lose eligibility for interscholastic athletics if
you violate IHSA by-laws. Therefore, it is extremely
important that you review this material with your
parents, your coaches, your athletic director, and your
principal to thoroughly understand the IHSA eligibility
by-laws and how they relate to you.
or court appointed legal guardian. (If you do not reside
with both of your biological parents, your eligibility
may be subject to special provisions. Check with your
principal to be sure you are eligible before you
participate.)
You may be eligible if you are entering high school
as a freshman and:
1. You attend the public high school in the district in
which you live full time with both of your parents; or
2. You have paid tuition to attend a public school for
a minimum of 7th and 8th grades in a district other
than the one where you live with your parents, and
you continue to pay tuition as a high school student in
that same district; or
3.You attend a private/parochial school located
within the boundaries of the public school district
where you live with your parents or court appointed
legal guardian; or
4.You attend a private/parochial high school and
have attended a private/parochial school for 7th and
8th grades, or for any four (4) grades from
kindergarten through eighth grades; or
5.You attended the private/parochial high school
which one or both of your birth parents attended or
where one of your parents’ current spouse attended;
or
6.You attend a private/parochial high school located
within a thirty (30) mile radius of the residence where
you live with your parents.
TRANSFER
1.In all transfer cases, both the principal of the
school from which you transfer and the principal of the
school into which you transfer must concur with the
transfer in writing on a form provided by the IHSA
Office. You cannot be eligible when you transfer until
this form is fully executed and on file in the school
office.
2. If you transfer after classes begin for the current
school term, you will definitely be ineligible for thirty
days from the date you start attending classes at the
new high school. In addition, you will be ineligible for
that entire school term in any sport in which you
engage in any team activity, including but not limited
to try-outs, drills, physical practice sessions, team
meetings, playing in a contest, etc., at the school from
which you transferred. For example, if you were out
for cross country at the school from which you transfer
and transfer after classes have started for the school
term, you will be ineligible for cross country that entire
school term at the new school.
3. If you transfer attendance from one high school to
another high school, you will be ineligible unless:
a.Your transfer is in conjunction with a change in
residence by both you and your parents, custodial
parent, or court appointed guardian from one public
school district to a different public school district;
b.Your transfer is between high schools within a
public school district and both you and your parents,
custodial parent, or court appointed guardian change
residence to the district attendance area for the school
to which you transfer;
ATTENDANCE
1.You may represent only the school you attend.
Participation on a cooperative team of which your
school is a member is acceptable.
2. You must be enrolled and attending classes in
your high school no later than the beginning of the
11th school day of the semester.
3. If you attend school for ten (10) or more days
during any one semester, it will count as one of the
eight (8) semesters of high school attendance during
which you may possibly have athletic eligibility.
4.If you have a lapse in school connection for ten
(10) or more consecutive school days during a
semester, you are subject to ineligibility for the rest of
the semester. The specific terms of your extended
absence must be reviewed by the Executive Director
to determine if it is ―lapse in school connection or not.‖
SCHOLASTIC STANDING
1. You must pass twenty-five (25) credit hours of
high school work per week. Generally, twenty-five
(25) credit hours is the equivalent of five (5) ―full
credit‖ courses.
2.You must have passed and received credit
toward graduation for twenty-five (25) (credit hours of
high school work for the entire previous semester to
be eligible at all during the ensuing semester.
RESIDENCE
Your eligibility is dependent on the location of the
residence where you live full time with your parents,
parent who has been assigned custody by the court,
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c.Your transfer is from a private/parochial school to
your home public high school, you are entering a
public high school for the first time, and the principals
of both your former and the new school approve your
transfer;
d.Your transfer is from one private/parochial school
to another private/parochial school located within a
thirty (30) mile radius of the residence where you live
with your parents, custodial parent, or court appointed
guardian, you are changing high schools for the first
time, and the principals of both your former and the
new school approve your transfer;
e.Your parents are divorced or legally separated;
you transfer to a new school in conjunction with a
modification or other change in legal custody between
your parents by action of a judge; and required court
documents are on file at the school into which you
transfer.
4.If you transfer in conjunction with a change in legal
guardianship, a ruling on your eligibility must be
obtained from the IHSA Office.
5. If you transfer attendance from one school to
another while you are ineligible for any season, the
period of ineligibility imposed prior to your transfer will
be enforced at the school to which you transfer, even
if you are otherwise in compliance with the by-laws.
6.Any questions about your eligibility in any of these
instances must be resolved by a formal ruling from the
IHSA Executive Director.
7.In all other transfer situations, a ruling by the IHSA
Executive Director is necessary to determine your
eligibility. This ruling must be obtained in writing by
the principal of the school into which you transfer
before you participate in an interscholastic athletic
contest.
You may not appear at a contest in the uniform of
your school while you are ineligible. This means that
you may not dress or sit on the bench in uniform if you
are not eligible to play. Also, you may not compete as
an ―exhibition‖ contestant if you are not eligible.
PARTICIPATING UNDER A FALSE NAME
If you compete under a name other than your own,
your principal will immediately suspend you from
further competition and you and any other person(s)
who contributed to the violation of this by-law will be
subject to penalties.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION
You must annually have placed on file with your
principal a certificate of physical fitness, signed by a
licensed physician, in order to practice or participate.
Your physical examination each year is good for only
one (1) year from the date of the exam. The
physician’s report must be on file with your high
school principal.
AMATEUR STATUS
1. If you win or place in actual competition, you may
accept a medal or trophy for that accomplishment,
without limit to its cost.
2. For participating in competition in an
interscholastic sport, or for athletic honors or
recognition in a sport, you may receive any type of
award (except cash, check, or legal tender) that does
not exceed $20 fair market value. There is no
limitation on the value of your school letter.
3. The amateur rule does not prohibit you from
being paid to referee, receiving pay for teaching
lessons or coaching in a little kids league, etc. It only
applies to your own competition in an athletic contest.
4. If you violate the amateur rule, you become
ineligible in the sport in which you violate. You must
be reinstated by the Executive Director before you
may compete again.
PARTICIPATION LIMITATIONS
1. After you enroll in ninth (9th) grade, you may be
eligible for no more than the first eight (8) semesters
you attend school. If you attend school for ten (10) or
more days in a semester, that counts as a semester of
attendance. You are not guaranteed eight semesters
of eligibility, but that is the maximum number of
semesters of high school attendance during which
you may possibly have eligibility.
2. Your 7th and 8th semesters of high school
attendance must be consecutive.
3. After you enroll in ninth (9th) grade, you will not
be eligible for more than four (4) years of competition
in any sport. You are not guaranteed four (4) years of
competition, but that is the maximum amount of
competition you may have.
RECRUITING OF ATHLETES
1. The by-laws prohibit recruiting of high school
students for athletics. If you are solicited to enroll in or
transfer to a school to participate in athletics, you are
being illegally recruited and your eligibility is in
jeopardy.
2. You will lose your eligibility if you enroll in or
transfer to a school in response to recruiting efforts by
any persons or group of persons, connected with or
not connected with the school, related to athletic
participation.
3. You will lose your eligibility if you receive special
benefits or privileges as a prospective student-athlete
which are not uniformly made available to all students
who attend your school.
4. You may not receive an ―athletic scholarship‖ or
any other special benefit from your school, provided
because you participate in athletics.
5. It is a violation for any student-athlete to receive
or be offered remuneration or any special inducement
which is not made available to all applicants who
apply to or enroll in the school.
AGE
You will become ineligible on the date you become
twenty (20) years of age, unless your twentieth (20th)
birthday occurs during a sport season. In that case,
you will become ineligible in regard to age at the
beginning of the sport season during which which
your twentieth (20th) birthday occurs.
USE OF PLAYERS
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Special inducement includes, but is not limited to:
a.Offer or acceptance of money or other valuable
consideration such as free or reduced tuition during
the regular year or summer school by anyone
connected with the school.
b.Offer or acceptance of room, board, or clothing or
financial allotment for clothing.
c.Offer or acceptance of pay for work that is not
performed or that is in excess of the amount regularly
paid for such service.
d.Offer or acceptance of free transportation by any
school connected person.
e.Offer or acceptance of a residence with any
school connected person.
f.Offer or acceptance of any privilege not afforded to
non-athletes.
g.Offer or acceptance of free or reduced rent for
parents.
h.Offer or acceptance of payment of moving
expenses of parents or assistance with the moving of
parents.
i.Offer or acceptance of employment of parent(s) in
order to entice the family to move to a certain
community if someone connected with the school
makes the offer.
j. Offer or acceptance of help in securing a college
athletic scholarship.
6. It is also a violation to induce or attempt to induce
or encourage any prospective student to attend any
member school for the purpose of participating in
athletics, even when special remuneration or
inducement is not given. Please remember that you
may not be offered or receive any benefit, service,
privilege, or opportunity which is not also provided or
made available to all prospective students at that
school.
2. If you participate in non-school competition during
a sport season and subsequently wish to join the
school team in the same sport, you will not be eligible.
3. If you wish to participate in a competition
sponsored and conducted by the National Governing
Body for the sport, you principal must request
approval in writing from the IHSA Office prior to any
such participation.
4. You may try out for a non-school team while you
are on your school’s team in that same sport, but you
may not practice, receive instruction, participate in
workouts, or participate in competition with a nonschool team in that same sport until you cease being
a member of your school’s team. You cease being a
member of your school’s team when the team(s) of
which you are a member terminates for the school
term.
5. You will become ineligible if you play on any
junior college, college, or university team during your
high school career.
ALL-STAR PARTICIPATION
1. After you have completed your high school
eligibility for football, basketball, soccer, or volleyball,
you may participate in one (1) all-star contest in any of
these sports and still play for other school teams,
provided:
a. the high school season in that sport has been
completed;
b. the all-star contest has been approved by the
IHSA. You may lose your eligibility for other
interscholastic sports if you play in all-star competition
in any of these sports under any other conditions.
2. You are not restricted from participating in all-star
competition in sports other than football, basketball,
soccer, or volleyball, except that you may not do so
during the school season for the sport.
SCHOOL TEAM SPORTS SEASON
1. Each sport conducted by IHSA member schools
has a starting and ending date. Your school may not
organize a team, begin practice, or participate in
contests in a given sport until the authorized starting
date. Your school may not continue to practice or
participate in contests after the authorized ending
date. This means that:
a. During the school year, you may not participate
on a non-school team coached by any member of
your school’s coaching staff unless it meets specific
criteria established by the by-laws.
b. No school coach may require you to participate
in an out-of-season sport program as a
requirement for being a member of a school team.
2. Violation of the sport season by-laws will result in
penalty to you and/or to your school’s coaching
personnel.
COACHING SCHOOLS
1. A coaching school, camp or clinic is defined as
any program, sponsored by an organization or
individual, which provides instruction in sports theory
and/or skills; which does not culminate in competition,
and which is attend by more than two (2) persons
from the school which the student attends.
2. During the school term, you may not attend a
coaching school or clinic for any interscholastic sport.
3. You may attend a coaching school, camp, or
clinic during the summer (that period between the
close of school in the spring and the opening of school
in the fall) within the following criteria:
a. You may not attend a coaching school, camp or
clinic for any sport after Saturday of Week No. 4 in the
IHSA Standardized Calendar.
MISBEHAVIOR DURING CONTESTS
1. If you violate the ethics of competition or the
principles of good sportsmanship, you may be barred
from interscholastic athletic contests, either as a
participant or spectator or both.
2. If you are ejected from a contest for
unsportsmanlike conduct, you will be ineligible for
PLAYING IN NON-SCHOOL COMPETITION
1. During the time you are participating on a school
team in a sport at your high school, you may neither
play on a non-school team nor compete in non-school
competition as an individual in that same sport or in
any skill of that sport.
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your team’s next contest. You are also subject to
other penalties.
3. Any other person(s) found to be in violation of the
ethics of competition or principles of good
sportsmanship may also be barred from
interscholastic athletic contests.
B.Removed from or ordered evicted from any
building, grounds or place at which any schoolsponsored or related activities, functions and
meetings, extracurricular activities, and athletic events
are held by the Board President, Superintendent,
Building Principal, or their designees.
C.Prohibited from further attendance at any schoolsponsored or related activities, functions and
meetings, extracurricular activities, and athletic events
for up to one (1) year.
In the case of the imposition of Penalty C of this
Policy, the following procedure shall apply:
Within ten (10) days from the commission of any act
prohibited by this Policy, the Board President,
Superintendent, Building Principal, or their designees,
may in writing, deliver to the Board of Education or
Superintendent, as applicable, a complaint against
any person alleging the commission of any act
prohibited by this Policy; that Penalty C of this Policy
shall be sought to be imposed; and for what length of
time Penalty C should be in effect if imposed. A copy
of the complaint shall be delivered by mail or in
person to the person alleged to have committed the
act, together with a copy of this Policy.
If the person alleged to have committed the act
prohibited so requests, a hearing shall be held as
soon as is practicable before the Board of Education
or Superintendent, or their designees, as applicable,
except that the persons designated may not be the
person who was the complainant. The complainant
and the person alleged to have violated this Policy
may appear at the hearing. No formal rules of
procedure or evidence will apply. At the hearing it
shall be determined i) whether the person did, in fact,
commit the alleged act; ii) whether Penalty C is
appropriate; and iii) if Penalty C is appropriate, for
what length of time it should be imposed.
For determining ii) and iii) above, the following shall
be taken into account:
A.The nature and severity of the act.
B.Whether or not the person who committed the act
prohibited under this Policy has committed other acts
prohibited under this Policy, either before or after the
act which is the subject of the hearing.
C.The age, intelligence, and maturity of the person
who committed the prohibited act.
D.Whether the person’s presence at any schoolsponsored or related activities, functions and
meetings, extracurricular activities, and athletic events
constitutes a threat to any other persons, property, or
the events.
Upon the completion of the hearing, the Board of
Education or Superintendent, or their designees, as
the case may be, shall determine whether the
prohibited act was committed; whether Penalty C is
appropriate; and if Penalty C is appropriate, for what
length of time it should be imposed.
The person accused of the act shall be notified in
writing of said determination. If the complainant or the
person who committed the prohibited act is
dissatisfied with the decision of the Superintendent or
his designee, that person may file a written notice of
appeal of the decision with the Secretary of the Board
POLICY GOVERNING THE CONDUCT AND
SPORTSMANSHIP FOR PERSONS AND
SPECTATORS IN ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOLSPONSORED OR RELATED ACTIVITIES,
FUNCTIONS AND MEETINGS,
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, AND ATHLETIC
EVENTS
Any person may attend school-sponsored or related
activities, functions and meetings, extracurricular
activities, and athletic events held upon grounds of
Mt. Vernon Township High School District No. 201 to
which the student is otherwise permitted or entitled to
attend.
No person shall do any of the following acts while in
attendance at school-sponsored or related activities,
functions and meetings, extracurricular activities, and
athletic events held upon grounds of or sponsored by
Mt. Vernon Township High School District No. 201:
1. Do any act which is insulting or provoking in
nature against any official, employee, or agent of the
District.
2. Do any act which causes personal injury or which
is intended to cause personal injury or which the
person knows or should know created a substantial
risk of injury to any person.
3. Do any act which causes damage to property or
which is intended to cause damage to property or
which the person knows or should know creates a
substantial risk of damage to property of any person.
4. Do any act which is intended to disrupt the
performance or continuance of any school-sponsored
or related activities, functions and meetings,
extracurricular activities, and athletic events.
5. Do any act which is intended to impede or disrupt
the proper observance of or participation in any
school-sponsored or related activities, functions and
meetings, extracurricular activities, and athletic
events.
6. Enter upon or remain in any area not reserved for
spectators or persons otherwise in attendance at
school-sponsored or related activities, functions and
meetings, extracurricular activities, and athletic events
or enter or remain in any area which serves as proper
ingress or egress to any school-sponsored or related
activities, functions and meetings, extracurricular
activities, and athletic events.
PENALTY: Any person who violates Paragraphs 1,
2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 of this Policy, may be:
A. Restricted by the Board President,
Superintendent, Building Principal, or their designees,
to observance of or attendance at any schoolsponsored or related activities, functions and
meetings, extracurricular activities, and athletic events
from a particular place or area.
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of Education. Upon receipt of such a notice, the
Secretary shall cause the matter to be placed upon
the agenda of the next regularly scheduled meeting
of the Board of Education; at which time the Board of
Education shall consider the matter de novo
according to the same rules and procedure as set
forth in this Policy for the initial hearing before the
Superintendent or his designee.
Nothing in this Policy shall prevent the application of
other disciplinary rules of the Board, including, but not
limited to, those rules relating to detentions,
suspensions, or expulsions and criminal sanctions.
1 year of additional English, math or natural/physical
science
2 years of social science
4 years of additional courses (from any area above,
foreign language or nondoctrinal
religion/philosophy)
Division II
Qualifier – if you enroll in a Division II college
and want to participate in athletics or receive
an athletics scholarship, you must meet the
following academic standards:

Graduate from high school

Complete the 14 core courses listed below

Present a 2.00 GPA in core courses

Achieve a combined SAT score of 820 or a
sum score of 68 on the ACT. Test scores
must be sent directly by the testing agency.
Division II – 14 Core Courses
3 years of English
2 years of math (Algebra I or higher)
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if
offered by high school)
2 years of social science
3 years of additional courses (from any area above,
foreign language or nondoctrinal
religion/philosophy)
Beginning August 1, 2013, students planning
to attend a NCAA Division II institution will
be required to complete 16 core courses.
Athletic Council
The purpose of the Athletic Council is to review and
make recommendations when students are involved
in controversial issues that jeopardize the integrity of
the Mt. Vernon Township High School Athletic
Department. The Council shall consist of the Athletic
Director, Assistant Principal, three coaches not
directly involved with the athlete or sport in question,
and two non-coaching faculty members. The Athletic
Director will serve as the chairperson of the Council.
The Council will not review cases involving
disciplinary action against student athletes that are
already covered in the Student and Parent Handbook
or Athletic Policy Manual.
The Board of Education or Administration can ask
the Council to review and make recommendations on
any issue they feel is in the best interest of Mt. Vernon
Township High School and/or the student athlete.
ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Student Council
The Student Council serves as the guiding
organization for all student organizations. Students
may run for four representative-at-large positions
elected by the entire student body. Students may also
run for class officer positions of president, vicepresident, secretary and treasurer, and two
representative positions. Students who run for
Student Council who are unsuccessful may also
petition onto Student Council to serve as a
probationary representative-at-large. Sophomore,
junior and senior members are elected in the spring,
freshmen are elected, and petitioners at large are
selected in the fall.
Student Council serves as the link between
Administration and the student body, and each
member is subject to the Student Conduct Code.
Student Council executes Homecoming Week, Spring
Fling Week and other social and service events
throughout the school year. Two faculty members
advise the group.
Extracurricular Activities
Tryouts and Participation
Individuals must be enrolled and attending Mt.
Vernon Township High School in order to participate
in the school’s activities. Eighth grade students may
participate in pom pon and cheerleading tryouts in
their eighth grade year providing they reside in District
201 at the time of tryouts.
NCAA Academic Eligibility for Student Athletes
Division I
Qualifier – if you enroll in a Division I college
and want to participate in athletics or receive
an athletics scholarship, you must meet the
following academic standards:

Graduate from high school

Complete the 16 core courses listed below

Present a minimum required GPA in core
courses

Achieve a combined ACT or SAT sum
score that matches your core-course GPA in
the GPA and test score index (see
www.ncaaclearinghouse.net for more
information). Test scores must be sent
directly by the testing agency.
Division I - 16 Core Courses
4 years of English
3 years of math (Algebra I or higher)
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if
offered by high school)
Hi-Tri League
Hi-Tri is an organization for girls, founded at Mt.
Vernon Township High School in 1925. Hi-Tri
activities include a picnic at the beginning of each
school year, membership drive, induction ceremony,
Christmas charitable project, sweetheart dance, and
Mother-Daughter/Senior Farewell Tea. An elected
council of officers representing each class plans the
activities. A freshman council election is held at the
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beginning of each school year. Council members from
each of the other classes are elected in the spring for
the following year.
Since 1976, JAVA is a literary/creative arts
magazine that showcases student poetry, prose,
artwork and photography. Participation is open, but
interested student should speak with the JAVA
editorial staff mid-first semester; magazine editing and
formatting begin second semester. Staff positions are
limited to 8-10 students. Successful completion of
Writing for Publications I and II is encouraged.
Musical Events
The high school band plays for football and
basketball games, marches in parades, and appears
on other programs. The orchestra, chorus, and
Concert Choir furnish music for plays, honors
program, commencement, and make other
appearances.
However, the greater musical events of the year are
the annual operetta, the Christmas musicale, the alldepartment concerts, and the district and state music
contests.
Athletic Sports
The sports in which the high school competes with
other schools are football, wrestling, basketball, track,
baseball, volleyball, softball, golf, tennis, and cross
country.
Anyone interested in these sports should contact the
coaches and appear when the coaches call meetings
for those interested.
Dramatics
The drama department joins with the music
department in producing an operetta. The most
recently added program is a presentation by
Children’s Theatre.
School Trips
Musical organizations, clubs, publication staffs, and
other groups sometimes make trips to other schools
or towns. It is a regulation of the school that such
trips be approved by the Principal and that a teacher
or other adult chaperone go in each car or bus.
Students on trips are expected to conduct themselves
properly, to avoid rowdyism or other misbehavior, and
to cooperate with the teacher in charge. They should
be suitably attired.
The Speech and Acting Team
The Speech and Acting Team is a competitive
organization which fosters individual growth and
creativity through the spoken arts. Team members
compete in local, regional, and state tournaments for
awards in the following areas: Serious and Humorous
Acting Events; Radio Speaking; Original Comedy;
Prose and Poetry Reading; and other speech-related
events. Highlights of the season will be acting
workshops, weekend tournaments, and overnight
trips. Team members will be announced after allschool auditions are held in early September.
SOCIAL EVENTS
Junior-Senior Prom
One of the traditions of the school is the JuniorSenior Prom, which is the social activity planned
primarily for the pleasure of the juniors and seniors of
the high school. The Student Council has set up
certain rules concerning attendance. Any junior or
senior of the Mt. Vernon Township High School in
good standing may attend as a date companion.
However, any student who has been suspended
from school and has not been readmitted cannot
attend the Prom, nor can any student attend who has
been expelled during the current school year. Any
junior or senior of our high school who is married may
bring the spouse. Being engaged does not qualify.
Any junior, senior, or graduate of a high school who
is 20 years of age or younger may attend as a date
companion of a junior or senior of the Mt. Vernon
Township High School, provided that the student of
our high school will assume full responsibility for the
behavior of the date. Any student who falsifies a
request for a guest ticket in order to attend the JuniorSenior Prom is subject to discipline which may
include, but not be limited to, barring from future
Proms. Also, if the one involved is noticed by a
faculty member during the Junior-Senior Prom
activities, that student will be asked to leave and not
appear at the remaining activities. Any student
attending the Prom or any of the related activities who
is suspected of gross misconduct will be placed in the
custody of the local authorities. The parents will be
notified immediately.
In the event that excessive cases of gross
misconduct are observed during the course of the
The Vernois - School Yearbook
The Vernois yearbook is designed entirely by
students. Vernois yearbook is the official historical
record each school year. Vernois yearbook prides
itself on providing outstanding photography and
quality journalism. Editorial Staff positions include
editor-in-chief, managing editor, photography editor,
business manager, copy editor, as well as several
section leadership positions. Participation is open,
however, sophomore, junior or senior students who
have successfully completed Writing for Publication I
and II are encouraged to apply for staff positions. Staff
is limited to a total of 10-15 students.
The Vernois News - School Newspaper
The Vernois News is the student newspaper at
MVTHS. Monthly issues of 16-20 pages from August
through May. Editorial Staff positions include
executive editor-in-chief, managing editor,
communications director, news/feature editor,
opinions editor, arts/entertainment editor, sports editor
and Blue Print editor. Participation is open, however,
sophomore, junior or seniors students who have
successfully completed Writing for Publication I and II
are encouraged to apply for staff positions.
JAVA
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Prom and the activities, attendance at the Prom for
the following year will be restricted to juniors and
seniors only of the Mt. Vernon Township High School.
If the gross misconduct persists after the attendance
has been restricted to juniors and seniors of our high
school only, then the annual Junior-Senior Prom will
be removed from the calendar of events of this high
school.
A Prom attendant must be a junior in good standing.
the first Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday night of each
month. The club does over 30 community service
activities and attends the State FFA convention and
the National FFA convention. Many social and team
building skills are learned for many skills in life.
FCCLA - Family, Career, & Community Leaders of
America
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
is an organization for all high school students who are
in or have successfully completed one semester of
Consumer & Family Sciences. FCCLA programs and
activities encourage and support skill development for
careers, individual growth, leadership, character, and
family and community involvement. These skills are
used in the home, community and workplace.
Competitive events, peer education projects, service
learning projects and other activities provide a variety
of ways for students to put learning into action. See
one of the family and consumer science teachers to
join FCCLA.
Hi-Tri Picnic
A picnic is scheduled at the beginning of the school
year for all girls attending Mt. Vernon High School.
Hi-Tri Sweetheart Dance
This event is sponsored and planned by Hi-Tri
members and is open to all high school students.
There is a sweetheart queen and king from each
class.
Hi-Tri Mother-Daughter Senior Farewell Tea
Hi-Tri members invite their mothers to this end-ofthe-year event. A special program is planned
including entertainment and recognition of seniors.
French Club
The French Club is an extracurricular organization
whose aims are to give students the opportunity to
use some of the French they have learned and to give
them a chance to have fun while learning about
French culture. Any student who has completed one
year of French may join the club, whether or not he is
currently enrolled in a French class. Throughout the
year there are parties and projects celebrating various
French holidays and special occasions.
SCHOOL CLUBS
Fun, fellowship, and education may be derived from
membership in school clubs. If you are seriously
interested, attend meetings regularly and take active
part in the programs. You will profit from membership.
FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America
FBLA is an organization whose purpose is to bring
business and education together in a positive way
through activities and competitions. The following are
some of the goals that have been established for
FBLA chapters: develop competent, aggressive
business leadership, strengthen the confidence of
students in themselves and their work, assist students
in the establishment of occupational goals, and
facilitate the transition from school to work. Any
student that is currently enrolled in a business class or
has previously taken any business class is eligible to
join. Membership dues are approximately $10 per
year. FBLA is sponsored by the business department
of MVTHS. See any business teacher for more
information or to join the club.
Creative Writing Club
The Creative Writing Club, open to all students
interested in creative writing of any kind, meets every
three block Thursday from 2:30-3:30 in the library.
Participants may come to as many or as few meetings
as they wish. Activities include reading, critiquing, and
writing. Students are welcome to participate actively
or to listen only. Check in the library for details. This
organization is an extension of the library’s activities.
Thespian Society
Troop 804 of the National Thespian Society is an
honor society for students who perform meritorious
work in dramatic arts. Membership is obtained by
earning points as established by the national office.
Membership is open to all students desiring to
participate in dramatic activities. Meetings are
called by the president or sponsor.
FFA
The Mt. Vernon FFA stands for the National FFA
Organization which is an agriculture club that goes
along with the agriculture classes at Mt. Vernon High
School. The young men and women at Mt. Vernon
High School are encouraged to be members of the
FFA to learn about the 250 careers in the field of
agriculture. The students participate against other
high school students in career development events in
meat science, ag sales, ag computer, poultry science,
dairy and livestock genetics, mechanics, agriculture
business management, parliamentary procedures,
public speaking, land use and crop judging, forestry,
horticulture, and writing career events. The students
have monthly meetings at 6:30 p.m. in 115 H during
Youth & Government
Youth & Government is a YMCA sponsored activity
which stresses that ―democracy must be learned by
each generation.‖ Youth & Government activities
during the school year lead to participation in a mock
state legislative session and/or a model supreme
court in Springfield at the State Capitol. The program
is open to sophomore, junior, and senior students on
an invitation and interest basis. All meetings are after
school hours. A registration/participation fee is
charged.
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motivated students. Competition begins at the local
level, proceeding to state and national levels.
HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
HOSA is an integral part of the Health Occupations
classroom program. The organization strives to
develop leadership skills and involvement in
community health activities. Every student involved
with the Health Occupations Program becomes a
member and has the opportunity to compete in state
and national competition in the spring. HOSA dues
are paid from fund-raising efforts. Meetings are part
of classroom schedule.
THE LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER
The library, located on the third floor of Building C,
provides materials for personal reading, research, and
class assignments. Books, magazines, newspapers,
vertical files, video cassettes, CD roms, computers,
software, and Internet access make up the collection.
Interlibrary loan requests, which allow students to
borrow materials from other libraries in the Shawnee
Library System, are available by request.
Materials may be checked out and renewed for
short periods of time. Failure to return materials will
result in fines. Students must pay for materials lost.
Student assistants help the staff with the many tasks
of the library’s busy schedule. Students interested in
being assistants should pick up an application in the
library. Students may be assistants before school,
during lunch periods, during study hall periods, and
after school.
Besides regular school hours, the library is open
before school from 8:00-8:25 a.m., during the lunch
periods, and during ELO.
Skills USA
Skills USA is a national organization for students
enrolled in trade, industrial technical, and health
occupations programs. Skills USA strives to
complement the program in which the students are
enrolled. Skills USA students are involved with
leadership, school, and community projects and
career initiative activity. The club offers state and
national competition for the students who want to
strive to be the best in their field of study.
Science Club
Science Club is an extracurricular organization
designed to provide enrichment and interest in the
various science related fields. This club is open to all
high school students with an interest in science. The
group’s activities include presenters, field trips, and
films to acquaint members with socially relevant
science topics.
SCHOOL HONORS
National Honor Society
The highest honor that can be attained by a student
of Mt. Vernon Township High School is election to
membership in the National Honor Society for
Secondary Schools. It corresponds in importance to
Phi Beta Kappa in colleges.
Scholarship, leadership, character, and service shall
be the criteria for selection. In this school
sophomores and juniors are chosen for membership.
Students must have a 3.75 grade point average and
make application and be chosen to be considered for
membership in the National Honor Society.
All National Honor Society members must maintain
a minimum 3.65 grade point average in order to
remain in good membership standing.
A transfer student shall not be considered for
membership until he/she has completed a minimum of
one semester in this high school. However, if the
transfer student has proof of an existing membership
in the National Honor Society, he/she will become a
member immediately.
Lifesavers
Lifesavers is a group of skilled student listeners who
are trained to help their peers deal with the personal
problems normal teenagers face.
Math Team
Math Team is for all academically talented and
motivated students. Competition starts at the local
level and advances to the state level.
Chess Team
The chess team/club is open to anyone interested in
chess. The club is for those who would like to learn
how to play or just play for fun. The team is for those
who like the competitive aspect of chess. We have
meets, travel to other schools for competition, and
participate in the State Chess Tournament in Peoria.
Scholarships
Silas and Mary Kate Echols Scholarship–established
in 1955 in honor of Mr. Silas Echols, principal of Mt.
Vernon High, 1915-1947. A monetary award
presented to the graduating senior who ranks highest
scholastically. Recipient chooses college.
Student Council Scholarship–established in 1967 by
the members of the Mt. Vernon Township High School
Student Council. A monetary award presented to the
graduating senior with the highest academic average
in the curriculum (academic or vocational) opposite
the Silas Echols Scholarship winner. No restrictions
placed on selection of institution for advanced
training.
Scholar Bowl
Students interested in competing in a trivia game
involving general academic questions may want to try
out for Scholar Bowl. The team competes in five
meets, and possibly ―Scholastic Hi-Q,‖ a televised
event through WSIU.
World-Wide Youth in Science & Engineering
(WYSE)
WYSE Academic Challenge is an academic
competition sponsored by U of I. Competition is in
Biology, Chemistry, Computers, English, Engineering,
Graphics, Mathematics, and Physics. WYSE
participation is for all academically talented and
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Mt. Vernon Business & Professional Women’s Club
Scholarships–established in 1968. Two monetary
awards presented to graduating seniors planning to
enroll in Rend Lake College or Kaskaskia College.
Wilma K. Harpole Scholarship is presented to one of
the top ranking seniors entering the field of business.
Dora M. Brydon Scholarship is presented to a senior
with high scholastic rank, planning to major in the
medical field. Students cannot be recipients of
another scholarship.
Lloyd R. DeWitt Journalism Scholarship–each year
a graduating senior staff member will be chosen by
the Journalism teacher, the Guidance Director, and
the Principal to receive the Lloyd R. DeWitt
Journalism Scholarship. This monetary scholarship
will be awarded to the outstanding senior staff
member who has completed a course in journalism,
ranks in the upper one-third of the class, is a major
staff member of the school newspaper, plans to enroll
in an academic curriculum in college, has been a
good school citizen, has made a significant
contribution to the school newspaper, and has
completed the application for the award.
Rotary’s Lumbattis Memorial Scholarship Award–
established in 1970 by the Mt. Vernon Rotary Club in
memory of Dr. M. M. Lumbattis. The award is to be
given to a graduating senior of the Mt. Vernon
Township High School. The award is based on
scholarship ability plus service (above self).
Preceptor Chi’s Donna Bryant Memorial
Scholarship–established in 1971 and will be given to a
graduating senior who plans to attend Rend Lake
College and who will need the award in order to
continue his/her education.
Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Club Randy Smith Memorial
Scholarship–established in 1973 by the Kiwanis Club
in memory of Randy Smith. The scholarship is to be
given to a graduating senior of Mt. Vernon Township
High School who plans to attend Rend Lake College.
Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship–
established in 1972 by the Good Samaritan Auxiliary
for the purpose of rewarding a Good Samaritan candy
striper who is a graduating senior in good academic
standing and who intends to pursue a career in the
health field at an accredited school or college offering
technical training in the health area.
National Honor Society Salutatorian Scholarship–
established in 1973 by the Mt. Vernon Township High
School National Honor Society for purpose of
honoring the second highest graduating senior
academically.
Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Club Pete Harp Memorial
Scholarship–established in 1974 for the purpose of
rewarding a graduating senior who plans to attend
Rend Lake College. There is no restriction on the
individual’s choice of curriculum. The award is based
on scholastic ability and financial need.
Business and Professional Women’s Club Florence
Kane Scholarship – This scholarship was established
in 2006 by the Business and Professional Women’s
Club. The award will be given to a student going to
Rend Lake or Kaskaskia College and planning on
entering the field of business.
Sons Of The American Legion Scholarship – Several
$500 scholarships will be awarded to residents of
Jefferson County who are members of, or whose
parents or grandparents are members of the
American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons
of the American Legion. The scholarships are based
on career and educational goals, grades achieved in
high school or in post-secondary work, and
involvement in extra curricular and community
activities.
Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association
Scholarship - Seniors who plan to attend college and
major in the field of education may apply for this
scholarship. Applicants should have a high ACT
composite score and/or a grade point average of 3.0
or higher. Applications must be accompanied by two
letters of recommendation.
Livingston Pharmacy Scholarship–This award
established in 1975 by J. C. and Mary Livingston is to
be given to a graduating senior who plans to enroll in
a recognized institution of higher education, preferably
a School of Pharmacy. The student must have
displayed satisfactory academic aptitude as well as
demonstrated leadership abilities in curricular and
extracurricular activities. The student must also have
been enrolled in secondary school programs that will
entitle that student to entrance to a recognized
institution of higher education in the field of medicine.
Wendell J. McReynolds Memorial Scholarship–This
award was established in 1976 by the Mt. Vernon
Jaycees in memory of Wendell J. McReynolds. This
award will be given to a graduating senior who plans
to enroll in an institution of Vocational Education or an
institution of higher learning. The student must need
the award in order to continue his education.
Rams Booster Club Athletic Scholarships–
established in 1978 by members of the Rams Booster
Club. A girl athlete and boy athlete, as selected by a
vote of the coaches and administrators, will each
receive a $1,000 scholarship. Qualifications for this
award are as follows: must be a graduating senior,
must carry at least a ―C‖ average, must have
completed two sport seasons his/her senior year, and
must be accepted by a 2-year or 4-year college of
his/her choice by May 15th of his/her senior year.
Frederick Oehm, Sr., Educational Foundation Fund
Award–This award was established in 1979 by
Katherine Oehm Jarrell in memory of her father,
Frederick Oehm, Sr. Graduating students who plan to
enroll in a university, college, or specialized institution
of training in the fall semester after graduation are
eligible to apply. A student must submit an
application, high school transcript, and complete an
essay, project, or experiment as designated by the Mt.
Vernon Township High School Board of Education.
The award will be given to those students who best
meet the criteria established by the Board. The
children of employees of US Bank, of members of the
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Board of Education, and of the school administration
are not eligible for this award.
Mt. Vernon West Rotary Club Award–This award
was established in 1983 to be given to a graduating
senior who plans to enroll in a college or a university
and major in the field of Fine and/or Performing Arts.
The student must rank in the top 25% of the
graduating class and have participated in the various
high school Fine and/or Performing Arts activities.
D. Clarence Wilson Memorial Award–This award
was established in 1981 and is given to a graduating
student who plans to enroll in an institution of higher
education in the field of architecture, engineering, or
related area of study. Award will be won by the
applicant who has for seven semesters the highest
scholastic average, plus highest percentage of
attendance.
Mt. Vernon High School Education Association
Scholarship–This scholarship was established in
1984-85 school year by the Mt. Vernon High School
Education Association. This award is to be given to a
senior who intends to enter the teaching profession.
To be eligible to apply, graduating seniors must (a)
plan to become a teacher, (b) hold a 3.0 or better
grade point average, (c) enroll in a college or
university the fall semester after graduation. A
student must submit an application, high school
transcript, and a complete essay as designated by the
Mt. Vernon High School Education Association. The
scholarship will be given to the student who best
meets the criteria established by the selection
committee of the MHEA.
Delta Rho’s Thelma Latta Music Scholarship–
established in 1987 by Delta Rho Sorority. This
award is to be given to a graduating senior planning to
enroll in the field of music. The award is based on
rank in class, grade point average, participation in
music organizations, and reason for entering the
music field.
Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge Hubert Payne Memorial
Scholarship Award–established in 1988. This
monetary award is to be given to a graduating senior
planning to enroll in a college, university, or vocational
school. The student must have a 3.000 GPA or better
based on seven semesters and have participated in
various high school and community activities. The
student must indicate there is a financial need in order
to continue his/her education.
J. D. Shields Memorial Scholarship Award - This
award was established in 1989 by the Mt. Vernon
Township High School Board of Education. This
award is to be given to a Mt. Vernon High School
graduating senior who plans to enroll in a university,
college, or specialized institution of training. The
recipient of the award shall be chosen from those
students nominated by the faculty, who made
applications, and submitted all designated materials
on the application form. The award is based on a
student’s career goals, leadership, service, and
scholarship.
Dr. G. L. Taylor Memorial Scholarship Award - This
award was established in 1990 to be awarded to a
graduating senior who plans to enroll in a medical
field. The award is based on rank in class, grade point
average, community service, and reasons for entering
the medical field. The student must indicate a financial
need in order to continue his/her education.
C. E. Brehm Foundation Scholarship - This
scholarship was established in 1991 by the C. E.
Brehm Foundation. The award is to be given to a
deserving graduating Mt. Vernon Township High
School senior who ranks in the top 25% of the class,
has shown leadership abilities in curricular and
extracurricular and/or community activities, and can
show there is a financial need in order to continue
his/her education.
Archie E. Woodrome Memorial Scholarship-This
scholarship award was established in 1993 by the
Woodrome family. This monetary award is to be given
to a Mt. Vernon High graduating senior who plans to
enter the teaching profession. The student must have
a GPA of 3.00 or better based on seven semesters
and must have participated in various high school
activities. The recipient cannot receive another local
monetary award.
The Anne R. Beveridge Memorial Scholarship
Award - This award was established in 1994. The
recipient of the award will be chosen from those Mt.
Vernon Township High School graduating seniors
who have participated three years in the Mt. Vernon
High School YMCA Youth & Government Program
and who have a 3.500 GPA or better. The recipient
may attend the college, university, or vocational
school of his/her choice.
Peggy K. Simmons Memorial Scholarship – This
scholarship was established in 1998 by the family of
Peggy K. Simmons. The recipient of this scholarship
will be chosen from those seniors who have
completed the application and submitted the
designated materials. Applicants must have at least a
3.8 GPA and plan to major in the humanities, liberal
arts, fine arts, or education. The recipient may attend
the college or university of his/her choice.
Hi-Tri League Scholarship – This scholarship was
established in 2000 by the Mt. Vernon Twp. High
School Hi-Tri League. The recipient of this scholarship
will be chosen from those senior Hi-Tri members who
have completed the application and submitted the
designated materials. Applicants must have at least a
2.5 GPA and must have participated in Hi-Tri
activities. The recipient may attend the college,
university, or vocational school of her choice.
Hi-Tri League Ashlee L. Bailey Memorial
Scholarship – This scholarship was established in
2002 by the Mt. Vernon Twp. High School Hi-Tri
League. The recipient of this scholarship will be
chosen from senior Hi-Tri members who have
participated in Hi-Tri activities and the Mt. Vernon
Twp. High School Music Department. Applicants must
have at least a 2.5 GPA. The recipient may attend the
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college or university, or vocational school of her
choice.
Ray & Lorena Tibbs Art Scholarship–This
scholarship was established in 2000 by the Tibbs
family. The recipient must be a graduating senior who
plans to attend college and pursue a career in the field
or art. Applicants must show financial need. The
recipient may attend the college, university, or
vocational school of their choice.
Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Club Charles Rohlfing Memorial
Scholarship–established in 2001 by the Kiwanis Club
in memory of Charles Rohlfing. The scholarship is to
be given to a graduating senior of Mt. Vernon
Township High School who plans to attend Rend Lake
College.
Mt. Vernon Jaycee’s Joe Torregrossa Memorial
Scholarship-This scholarship was established in 2002
by the Mt. Vernon Jaycee’s in memory of Joe
Torregrossa. This award will be given to a graduating
senior who plans to enroll in an institution of higher
learning. Applicants must need the award in order to
continue their education.
Peoples National Bank Scholarship-This scholarship
was established in 2002 by Peoples National Bank.
The recipient will be chosen on the basis of positive
leadership and character exhibited in academic and
extracurricular school activities, and in community
and/or religious activities. The student must have
maintained at least a B average for seven semesters
and the student or at least one parent or guardian
must be a customer of Peoples National Bank.
Coaches Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship
was established in 2008. It is to be awarded to a
graduating senior who has participated in athletics at
Mt. Vernon Township High School for at least one
year. The recipient must attend Rend Lake College.
Everett D. and Nola V. Greer Scholarship – This
scholarship was established in 2009 by Nola V.
Greer. In odd-numbered graduating years the
recipient must be a graduating senior who has a 3.00
GPA or better based on seven semesters and has
been accepted into a four-year college or university.
In even-numbered years the recipient will be a
graduating senior with a 2.5 or higher GPA and
accepted into a junior college or vocational school.
The student may major in the field of their choice. The
applicant must have participated in various high
school and community activities and indicate there is
a financial need to continue their education.
James J. McMillan Scholarship – This scholarship is
awarded annually to a senior who has endured some
form of health difficulties during his/her high school
career.
Darlene Franscavitch Scholarship - This
scholarship was formed in 2010 to honor the
outstanding service of Mrs. Darlene Franscavitch, the
first teacher in the health service aide program.
Students applying for this scholarship must have been
active in Health Occupation Students of America
(HOSA) for two years, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, plan
on majoring in a health care field, and complete an
application process.
Maintenance-Culinary Arts Scholarship: This
scholarship was established in 2010 by the
Maintenance and Cafeteria Workers Union.
Applicants must be planning to pursue a 2-year
degree in either Industrial Maintenance or Culinary
Arts. The recipient may attend the college, university,
or vocational school of their choice.
District 80 Scholarship: This award was established
in 2011 by the Mount Vernon City Schools Foundation
and is funded by a gift from Dr. Kevin and Mrs. Cheryl
Settle. The District 80 Scholarship will be awarded to
a graduating senior who is the child or grandchild of a
current or retired District 80 employee or Board
member. Applicants will be judged on scholarship,
attendance, participation in extracurricular activities,
community service, and career goals.
Bob Troutt Memorial Foundation Art Scholarship:
The Bob Troutt Memorial Foundation established this
award during the 2010-11 school year. The
scholarship will be given to a student planning to
major in fine or performing arts. Applications must be
accompanied by a piece of artwork or film/video of
performing arts. The artwork becomes the property of
the Foundation.
Community First Bank Fellowship of Christian
Athletes Scholarship: Established in 2011, Community
First Bank will be awarding an annual scholarship of
$500 to MVTHS Seniors. Applicants must be a
member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and
have a GPA of 3.25 to be considered for this award.
Recipients will be chosen based on academic
achievement, community service initiatives, letters of
reference and response to an essay question.
MVTHS Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship:
Established in 2011, the MVTHS Sports Hall of Fame
will annually present to one male and one female
graduate a monetary award at the conclusion of each
school year. The dollar amount of the award might
vary, but the first year it will be $500 each. The award
winners must be graduating seniors who plan on
furthering their post-high school education (trade
school, junior college, four-year college, etc.) The
award will be paid to the educational institution of the
recipients’ choice. The Sports Hall of Fame
Committee will select the award recipients after
talking with the coaching staff near the completion of
each school year. The recipients will be athletes that
have been ―team players‖, worked hard at their
respective sports, were positive representatives of
MVTHS, have been solid citizens in the community,
and tended to be over-achievers. Special
consideration will be given to multi-sport, four-year
athletes. The awards will be presented annually at
the end-of-the-year Spring awards banquet by a
member of the Hall of Fame committee.
AWARDS AND POINT SYSTEM
Scholastic Honor Roll
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At the end of each quarter a scholastic honor roll is
announced by the office and published in the Mt.
Vernon Register News and the Mt. Vernon Sentinel.
In determining scholastic averages, a grade of A is
counted as 4, B as 3, C as 2, and D as 1.
Students qualifying for the Honor Roll are those
taking four or more subjects for credit toward
graduation and making a total of 3.5 GPA or more
points, provided that they have no grade lower than C.
2. Abide by the school’s rules on conduct and
attendance.
3. Be recommended by one or more members of the
faculty.
Specific requirements for each type of letter shall be
established by the faculty member or members
responsible for the activity in which the award is
earned.
Letters for Art
Letters for art are awarded to senior students who
have excelled in art. The recipients must meet the
following requirements:
1. Have completed six semesters of art.
2. Have won an award in a regional, state, or
national art contest.
3. Have participated in a school-sponsored art
activity for at least three semesters.
4. Have a least a 3.5 grade point average in art.
Students receiving the art letter must also meet the
general requirements for the awarding of letters
established by the Board of Education.
Perfect Attendance
The Perfect Attendance Award was instituted to
recognize students who have perfect attendance as
verified in the official attendance register. Students
are eligible for this award if they are not marked
absent any half or full day of school. Missing one
block in any one school day is considered a half day
absence. Any student missing 2 or more blocks in a
given day will be marked absent for a full day. Senior
students who have perfect attendance during any year
of high school will be recognized during the Honors
Program. Seniors must apply for perfect attendance
recognition by May 10. The attendance policy used by
Mt. Vernon High School is in compliance with the
Illinois School Code.
Letters for Athletics
Each year a student wins honors in athletics, he is
awarded a seven-inch block M with suitable
designation thereon to indicate the sport and the
amount of service rendered. Athletic honors are
awarded by the faculty on the basis of the
recommendations of coaches, provided that no honor
shall be awarded to one who does not carry twenty
hours’ work during the semester of final service for
which the honor is awarded. A seven inch block M
with MGR on one side on the M may be given athletic
managers.
Scholastic Honors
Calculations for honors shall be based on grades
earned at the end of eight semesters of grades. Only
the final grade in a course shall be counted. The point
values and the rounding off to three decimal places
shall be used in the determination of grade point
average.
Grade point average is determined by dividing the
number of credits into the number of points earned.
For example, a student earning 21 credits with 20
―A’s‖ and 1 ―B‖ would have a higher G.P.A. (3.952)
than a student earning 20 credits with 19 ―A’s‖ and 1
―B‖ (3.950). Any credit allowed to apply toward
graduation by Mt. Vernon High School shall be
counted in computing honors.
3.900 - 4.000 summa cum laude
3.750 - 3.899 magna cum laude
3.500 - 3.749 cum laude
Class Rankings and Grade Point Average
Final ranking of students will be made on the basis
of eight semesters of course work being defined as
those earned credits which are counted toward
graduation.
In determining current grade point average and
class rank, the school officials will count courses
completed. Rank will be determined by a numeric
listing of grade point average.
Letters for WYSE
Letters for performance in the World-wide Youth in
Science and Engineering academic competition are
awarded to any student whose team and/or individual
performance meet(s) the established criteria. These
criteria include:
1. Be a member of the team which advances to the
state competition, or
2. Place first or second as an individual at the
sectional competition, thereby advancing to the state
competition as an individual, or
3. Place first, second, or third in at least one
subject at both the regional and state competition in
the same year, or
4. Place first, second, or third in at least one
subject in two different years at either the regional or
sectional competition, and
5. Have the recommendation of the sponsor(s).
Competition subject areas are: biology, chemistry,
computer fundamentals, engineering graphics,
English, mathematics, and physics. Students may
compete in any two or more of these areas.
Policy for Awarding of Letters
Mt. Vernon Township High School shall award
letters for Art, Athletics, WYSE, Math Team, Music,
Publications, Scholarship, Speech & Acting, Student
Council and Service. In order to be eligible for these
awards, the student must meet the following general
requirements:
1. Be enrolled as a full-time student during the
semester in which the honor is earned.
Letters for Math Team
School letters will be awarded to members of the
Math Team who meet the following criteria: (1) meet
the general requirements as listed in the
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Student/Parent Handbook; (2) attend and participate
in the ICTM Regional; (3) attend and participate in the
SIU Math Field Day; (4) attend and participate in the
ICTM State Final, if qualified. A written excuse from a
parent or guardian approved by the sponsor(s) is the
only exception; (5) be recommended by a sponsor. A
student who is disrespectful or shows lack of integrity
will not be eligible to receive a letter. Senior plaques
will be awarded to seniors who have qualified for a
Math Team letter each of their four years of high
school.
students who participate in broadcasting and/or
publishing outside class in nongraded activities.
Students must complete a log detailing their hours
and accomplishments and/or tasks completed outside
class. Final sponsor approval is required.
Letters for Service
Service letters are awarded to seniors who earn 16
or more points in various activities provided the
service is rendered in more than one type of activity
and under the supervision of more than one teacher.
Points allowed for various services are given below.
In order to earn service points, the student must
render at least one semester of service in a given
activity unless the nature of the activity makes this
impossible. Only whole numbers are used to record
service points.
Any activity requiring an hour of time each day of the
school year is worth four (4) points. Thus an activity
requiring 40 hours of time is worth one (1) point. This
standard should be followed by sponsors in evaluating
any activity for which service points are granted
except for those listed below.
Of these sixteen (16) service points, not more than
twelve (12) can be obtained from one department; the
other four (4) must be obtained from another
department.
Letters for Music
Fourth year students who have rendered special
service in music are awarded an emblem consisting of
a five-inch lyre with an M in the center. To win this
emblem one must meet the standards set by the
faculty, among which are proficiency, satisfactory
conduct, regular attendance, punctuality, and faithful
cooperation. The emblem is awarded by the faculty
on the basis of the recommendations of the Director of
Music.
Letters for Scholarship
Letters for scholarship will be awarded to seniors
whose average for seven semesters is 3.50.
However, transfer students who do only their last
year’s work in this school are required to make an
average of 3.50 for the first semester of this year.
Scholarship honors may be awarded to members of
academic teams provided such honors have been
approved by the Board of Education.
Recording Service Points
Service points must be recorded for the activity for
which they are awarded. Service points must be
recorded in the Main Office the year they are earned.
It is the responsibility of the student to pick up Service
Points form, to have teachers/sponsors verify points,
and to return form to the Main Office. The student
may, upon request, check the number of points
earned by going to the Main Office and consulting with
the office staff. The student is charged with the
responsibility of seeing that he receives credit for
service points during the year earned. Service points
will not be accepted for previous years.
One service point may be given for each 40 hours of
the students’ free time expended in service to the
school.
Letters for Student Council
Letters of participation for Student Council will be
awarded to students based on the following criteria:
1.
Student must remain in good standing all four
quarters.
2.
Student must have participated in a variety of
functions during the school year.
Letters for Speech and Acting
Letters of participation and achievement in the
Speech and Acting Team will be awarded to students
based on the following criteria:
1. The students must attend at least 5 Egyptian
Forensics League tournaments over the course of the
season.
2. The student must be an active participant within
the team and contribute to the development of other
competitors.
3. The student will attend scheduled rehearsals.
4. Every novice competitor is required to attend the
EFL Workshop for New Members.
Recommendations for awarding a letter of
participation and achievement will be made by the
faculty sponsors.
4 Points Per Semester
President and Secretary of Executive Student
Council
Major part in play; minor parts to be ranked in
proportion
3 Points Per Semester
Executive Student Council Vice President
Executive Student Council Treasurer
2 Points Per Semester
Flag Line - Pom Pon Squad
Band members wind and percussion playing in
Symphonic Orchestra
Club/Organization President
Jazz Band
Staff Assistants
State or National Contest Winner
Letters for Publication
To letter in newspaper, yearbook, broadcasting, or
the school’s literary magazine, students must
successfully complete four semesters of service as
outlined by the sponsors. Letters shall be awarded to
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Student Council Members
Peer Helpers
1 Point Per Semester
Perfect Attendance
Children’s Theatre
Other Club/Organization Officers
Illinois Student Historians 1995, 1996
National Council of Teachers of English
Achievement Awards in Writing 1995, 1997.
Illinois English Bulletin; Best Student Poetry and
Prose 1998.
Golden Apple Scholar of Illinois 1999.
International Special Olympics Student Athlete
2007.
1 Point Per Year
Life Savers
Academic Club/Organization
Honors Night
A special program is presented near the end of the
school year for recognition of all senior students who
have won honors during the year. At this time certain
awards are made and several scholarships are given.
SCHOOL HISTORY
The Mt. Vernon Township High School is the
successor to the high school formerly maintained by
the city of Mt. Vernon (District 80) in the old Franklin
School Building which was razed in 1949. The High
School was maintained in this building from
September, 1880, until May, 1905, and its first
graduating class in 1884 had 14 members.
Mt. Vernon Township High School began work in
what is now known as Building B in 1905 with a
teaching staff of 7 members and an enrollment of 162.
In 1906 the first graduating class from this building
had 13 graduates.
Building C was added to the school in 1921,
Building A, the auditorium and the gymnasium in
1936-37, and the Vocational Building in 1950. The
school celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in October
1955. In 1963-64 Building G was completed, a new
heating plant was installed, and Buildings B and C
were remodeled. In the fall of 1964 the Community
College moved into Building B.
In 1967 the Community College became Rend Lake
College under a separate board of education and is
now housed in its new campus located near Ina,
Illinois.
The Career Education Center, Building H, was
completed and occupied in 1979.
IMPORTANT HONORS
State Basketball Champions 1920, 1949, 1950,
1954.
State Music Sweepstakes Champions 1949, 1951,
1956, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, all time high point
record 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973,
1974, 1975 (867 points), 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984,
1985, 1986, 1987, and 1997 (second)
Vernois News - NSPA All-American 1947, 1948,
1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1969. SISPA
Blue Banner Award 2010, 2011.
Vernois Yearbook - SISPA Golden Dozen Award
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010,
2011.
Automotive Troubleshooting (Plymouth - AAA) National Finalist - 1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979 (4th
place), 1986 (4th place), 1987 (4th place)
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