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Elkhorn Crossing School

ELKHORN CROSSING SCHOOL

The Scott County School System is excited to announce that Elkhorn Crossing School (ECS) opened its doors to students August 10, 2010.  ECS will serve approximately 432 sophomores and juniors from Scott County High School (SCHS).  The focus of Elkhorn Crossing is curriculum integration across core content and career based disciplines where students will learn critical thinking skills, presentation skills, a strong work ethic, and the ability to collaborate with others.  ECS is an extended campus of SCHS offering students a different methodology of learning.

General School Philosophy
ECS is an inquiry-based school where the lines between technical and academic are deliberately blurred.  All students will use technology to research, produce, and present across disciplines.  Much of the class work will be project based and apply to real world application.  We encourage students with interests in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to apply, and while we offer exciting, cutting edge experiences in the STEM areas, similar excitement and quality are to be found in the Language and Media Arts.

What is curriculum integration?
Curriculum at ECS is framed around answering questions and solving problems.  Integration at ECS means that we address issues as they are found in the real world in teams, studying questions and themes that cut across academic disciplines within a school village.  It means that teachers collaborate within a village to develop an integrated program by intersecting their curriculums wherever possible.  Each course within the village will meet the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) program of study requirements.

What is offered in each village?
ECS has three different learning villages in which the students may choose to enroll.  Each village offers three full year courses/credits.  Students will take one career course and two core academic courses within the same village.  Students will attend for half a day at ECS and the other half a day at SCHS in either the morning session or afternoon session.  The three learning villages being offered for the 2010-11 school year are PLTW Pre-Engineering Village, PLTW Biomedical Science Village, and Media Arts Village.

Teacher Collaboration
The ECS philosophy is that small, personalized learning villages make for better high schools.  Each village consists of three highly skilled teachers collaborating to intersect their respected disciplines.  Each area of concentration is equally important in the students overall educational experience.  We believe in the value of teaching teams and project based learning.  This methodology will provide students a high quality broad-based education that will serve them well in all phases of adult life.

The Report Card
We choose to report our assessment of students through traditional looking grades and traditional looking classes in the same format as SCHS.  Parents also have the opportunity to discuss their student progress with their teachers during parent teacher conferences.  ECS wants each student to be working towards a School to Career thought process. This process requires students to learn what professionals refer to as skills.  These soft skills are the ability to work with others, problem solving, public speaking skills, and maintaining a professional positive attitude.  ECS students will be graded on the following areas:

1. Content
This grade reflects the student mastery of the course content.

2. Work Ethic/Effort
Reflects the student commitment to complete assignments attend class.

3. Collaboration
This grade reflects the student ability to work in a group.

4. Critical Thinking
Reflects the student ability to analyze synthesize information.

 5. Writing Mechanics
Reflects the student mastery of grammar, spelling, literary content.

6. Projects
Reflects student progress/completion of class project with accompanying research.

7. Presentation Skills
Reflects the student ability to present information effectively to audiences.

Schedule for 9th Grade
Students wanting to attend Elkhorn Crossing starting in the 10th grade must enroll and pass the following courses in the 9th grade:

Students should schedule their mathematics class as Traditional Algebra I or Geometry for 9th grade.

Students should schedule their science class as General Science or Honors Science for 9th grade.

Students should schedule their English class as English I or Honors English I for 9th grade.



ENGINEERING SEQUENCE:

Introduction to Engineering Design™ -PLTW
Ninth Grade School
 

The first course in the Project Lead the Way sequence of engineering studies is offered at ScottCountyNinthGrade School. This course teaches problem-solving skills using a design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed, and communicated using solid modeling computer design software. Students who pass the Introduction to Engineering Design course have the option to continue their engineering program by attending the ElkhornCrossingSchool & EngineeringVillage during 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.

Students should schedule their mathematics class as Traditional Algebra I or Geometry for 9th grade.


Students should schedule their English class as English I or Honors English I for 9th grade.

Principles of Engineering™ - PLTW
Elkhorn Crossing School
 
The second course in the Project Lead the Way sequence of engineering studies is offered at Elkhorn Crossing School to sophomores.  This course helps students understand various fields of engineering/engineering technology. 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. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change. The Principles of Engineering course is offered only in the Elkhorn Crossing School Pre-Engineering Village. Students must also enroll in a mathematics course and English course in the village (see chart below). PREREQUISITE: Completion of Introduction to Engineering Design or Bypass from instructor.

ECS ENGINEERING VILLAGE FOR SOPHOMORES:

Principles of Engineering Class
English II or Honors English II
Algebra II or Honors Algebra II


Digital Electronics™ - PLTW
Elkhorn Crossing School
 
Juniors coming to Elkhorn Crossing School Engineering Village have the choice between two Project Lead the Way courses. The Digital Electronics course in applied logic encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices. The Digital Electronics course is offered only in the Elkhorn Crossing School Pre-Engineering Village. Students must also enroll in a mathematics course and English course in the village (see chart below). PREREQUISITE: Completion of Principles of Engineering or Bypass from instructor.

ECS ENGINEERING VILLAGE FOR JUNIORS:

Digital Electronics (Electrical Engineering) Class
English III or AP English III
Geometry or Pre-calculus or Honors Pre-calculus

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE SEQUENCE:

Principles of Biomedical Sciences™ - PLTW
Ninth Grade School
 
The first course in the Project Lead the Way sequence of biomedical science studies is offered at Scott County Ninth Grade School. 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, sickle-cell disease, 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  life. Key biological concepts including: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. Engineering principles including: the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics, and the relationship of structure to function are incorporated in the curriculum where appropriate. The course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses. Students who pass the Principles of Biomedical Sciences course have the option to continue their Biomedical Sciences program by attending the Elkhorn Crossing School Biomedical Sciences Village during 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.

Students should schedule their mathematics class as Traditional Algebra I or Geometry for 9th grade.

Students should schedule their science class as General Science or Honors Science for 9th grade.


Human Body Systems™ - PLTW
Elkhorn Crossing School
 
The second course in the Project Lead the Way sequence of biomedical science studies is offered at Elkhorn Crossing School to sophomores. Students engage in the study of the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems. Important concepts in the course include: communication, transport of substances, locomotion, metabolic processes, defense, and protection. The central theme is how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis and good health. The systems are studied as ?parts of a whole,? working together to keep the amazing human machine functioning at an optimal level. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of body systems, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary actions, and respiratory operation. Students work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. The Human Body Systems course is offered only in the Elkhorn Crossing School Biomedical Sciences Village. Students must also enroll in a mathematics course and Science course in the village (see chart below). PREREQUISITE: Principles of Biomedical Science or Bypass from Instructor.

ECS BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE VILLAGE FOR SOPHOMORES:

Human Body System; Class
Biology or Honors Biology
Algebra II or Honors Algebra II


Medical Interventions™ - PLTW
Elkhorn Crossing School
 
The third course in the Project Lead the Way sequence of biomedical science studies is offered at Elkhorn Crossing School to juniors. Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. The course is a ?How-To? manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body as students explore how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in human DNA, how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Each family case scenario introduces multiple types of interventions and reinforces concepts learned in the previous two courses, as well as presenting new content. Interventions may range from simple diagnostic tests to treatment of complex diseases and disorders. These interventions are showcased across the generations of the family and provide a look at the past, present and future of biomedical science. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the important roles scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future. The Medical Intervention course is offered only in the Elkhorn Crossing School Biomedical Sciences Village. Students must also enroll in a mathematics course and Science course in the village (see chart below.  PREREQUISITE: Human Body Systems or Bypass from Instructor.

ECS BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE VILLAGE FOR JUNIORS:

Medical Intervention Class
Chemistry or Honors Chemistry
Geometry or Pre-calculus or Honors Pre-calculus




MEDIA ARTS SEQUENCE:

Introduction to Media Arts
Ninth Grade School
 
The first course in the sequence of media arts studies is offered at Scott County Ninth Grade School. The Introduction to Media Arts is a class for students who are creative, imaginative, detail oriented, and ready to learn technical skills. Students will intersect their creative ability with today technology. The Introductory class is for 9th grade students who plan to attend the Elkhorn Crossing School Media Arts Village in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. Our goal is for students in our Media Arts program to learn to use their designs to communicate ideas to the world. Areas to explore are: Photographic Imaging, Video Production, Podcasting, Web Design Interactive Media, Digital Filmmaking, Video and News Production, Flash Animation, Visual Effects, Motion Graphics and Commercial Photography. Integration of two co-curricular organizations will further the leadership opportunities and learning in the Media Arts program. These include: DECA, An Association of Marketing Students and Future Business Leaders of America. The Intro to Media Arts class is offered only at Scott County High School. Successful completion of the program will serve as the prerequisite for Media Arts in the Elkhorn Crossing School Media Arts Village.

Students should schedule their science class as General Science or Honors Science for 9th grade.

Students should schedule their English class as English I or Honors English I for 9th grade.



Media Arts
Elkhorn Crossing School
 
The second course in the sequence of media arts studies is offered at Elkhorn Crossing School to sophomores. Media Arts course is designed for students who are creative, excellent problem-solvers who thrive in a team-oriented approach to learning. Students will be immersed into an oasis of technology with industry-standard software and equipment to produce high-level, professional print publications and electronic media.  Our goal is for students in the Media Arts program to learn to use their designs to communicate ideas to the world, therefore presentation skills will be a key focus in all areas of the curriculum. Major areas of exploration include: Photographic Imaging, Commercial Photography, Video Production, Web Design, Interactive Media, Audio Production, Digital Filmmaking, Media Arts, Animation and Visual Effects Motion Graphics. Media Arts students will participate in a year-end Cinemania Film Festival to showcase technical and design skills. Integration of two co-curricular organizations will further the leadership opportunities and learning in the Media Arts program. These include: DECA, An Association of Marketing Students and Future Business Leaders of America. The Intro to Media Arts class is offered only at Scott County High School. The Media Arts course is offered only in the Elkhorn Crossing School Media Arts Village. Students must also enroll in an English course and Science course in the village (see chart below). PREREQUISITE: Introduction of Media Arts or Bypass from Instructor.

ECS MEDIA ARTS VILLAGE FOR SOPHOMORES:

Media Arts Class
Biology or Honors Biology
English II or Honors English II


Advanced Media Arts
Elkhorn Crossing School

The third course in the sequence of media arts studies is offered at Elkhorn Crossing School to juniors.  The Advanced Media Arts is a class for students who are creative, imaginative, and ready to learn and apply technical skills in real-world setting with real-world clients. Students learn about media arts and animation in a hands-on environment, using industry-related technology and software. Our goal is for students in our Media Arts program to learn to use their designs to communicate ideas to the world through professional presentations. Areas to explore are: Commercial photography, Photographic Imaging and Animation, including design, illustration, compositing, and 3-D computer modeling. Students will learn story development, background design, scenic layout, cinematography, directing, screenwriting and special effects in Video Production as they produce documentaries and short films. Additional areas of study include: Web Design, Interactive Media and Audio Production where students will produce and edit personal soundtracks. Integration of two co-curricular organizations will further the leadership opportunities and learning in the Media Arts program. These include: DECA, An Association of Marketing Students and Future Business Leaders of America. The Advanced Media Arts course is offered only in the Elkhorn Crossing School Media Arts Village. Students must also enroll in a English course and Science course in the village (see chart below).  PREREQUISITE: Media Arts or Bypass from Instructor.

ECS MEDIA ARTS VILLAGE FOR JUNIORS:

Advanced Media Arts Class
Chemistry or Honors Chemistry
English III or AP English II






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