Course Descriptions and Information

  • June 7th  –  July 9th, 2021

    ***Each course needs a minimum enrollment of 15 for the course to be offered this summer***
    ***Courses are subject to change***
    ***Students who do not attend or login for the first 3 days will be dropped from the class.***

    Business

    20201 Computer Applications Online
    Credit: ½ of Practical Art or Elective                                     
    Open to Grades:  9-12
    Computer Applications is a course aimed to help students learn how to efficiently use the computer and get “hands on” computer experience with Microsoft Office 2016.  Students will have an opportunity to learn word processing concepts, spreadsheet analysis, and presentation usage, which they will find useful now and later in life. Please note:  This course is online but attendance in class on the first day of the summer is required. Students must have email and internet access at home for communication purposes and submission of assignments. Microsoft Office 2016 software will be used for this course. This online course is intended for self-motivated, independent learners who can follow directions, problem-solve and complete assignments by the due dates. This course will be 100% asynchronous

    THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY ONBOARDING MEETING FOR THIS CLASS ON MONDAY, 
    MAY 27, 2021 AT 7:00 am via Zoom.

    2079 Computer Programming with Python Online
    Credit: ½ of Practical Art or Elective Credit
    Prerequisite: Students who earned a “C” or better in Algebra have experienced a challenging yet appropriate placement in this course.
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    This course introduces students with little or no programming experience to the fundamental features and essentials of computer science and object-oriented programming, with an emphasis on helping students develop logical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will be introduced to the multiple stages a programmer works through to take a programming concept and produce a usable Python application. Through engaging activities and graphical programming exercises students will develop skills and knowledge in programming including using mathematical operators; order of operations and error handling, data types and variables; using “if” statements, loops, and arrays; creating menus; and drawing lines and shapes. With the beginning programmer in mind, this course will introduce you to a new career, maybe your own! This course will be 100% asynchronous. Instructor’s office hours will be provided at a later date.

    THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY ONBOARDING MEETING FOR THIS CLASS ON MONDAY, 
    MAY 28, 2021 AT 7:00 am via Zoom.

    Graphic Design Online 
    Credit: ½  of Practical Art or Elective
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    CREATIVITY, CREATIVITY, CREATIVITY! Create your own invitations and graduation announcements, make a calendar with your own personal pictures and design, illustrate and write your own magazine and children’s storybook, make personal business cards and cartoon scripts and MUCH MORE! With your creativity and the computer you will produce masterpieces! These assignments will be done in Microsoft Publisher 2016 and Adobe InDesign CS5. Students can check out a laptop with the necessary software if they don't have access to these programs. Designing, planning, and producing these assignments will allow students to utilize their creativity. This course will be 100% asynchronous. Instructor’s office hours will be provided at a later date.

    THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY ONBOARDING MEETING FOR THIS CLASS ON TUESDAY, 
    MAY 25, 2021 AT 7:00PM VIA Zoom.

    2008 Personal Finance 
    Credit: ½ of Practical Art
    7:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. – 1:00p.m.
    Open to Grades: 10-12 
    While focusing on their role as a citizen, student, family member, consumer, and active participant in the business world, students in this course will explore various financial responsibilities. This course will provide exposure in the areas of income, money management, spending and credit, and savings and investing. It will also provide opportunities for self-awareness, expression, and satisfaction in an ever-changing society. Students will discover new ways to maximize their earning potential, develop strategies for managing their resources, and explore skills for the wise use of credit, and gain insight into the different ways of investing money. This course fulfills the Personal Finance graduation requirement. 

    (This course fulfills the Personal Finance graduation requirement) 

    2008 Personal Finance Online
    Credit: ½ of Practical Art
    Open to Grades: 10-12 
    While focusing on their role as a citizen, student, family member, consumer, and active participant in the business world, students in this course will explore various financial responsibilities. This course will provide exposure in the areas of income, money management, spending and credit, and savings and investing. It will also provide opportunities for self-awareness, expression, and satisfaction in an ever-changing society. Students will discover new ways to maximize their earning potential, develop strategies for managing their resources, and explore skills for the wise use of credit, and gain insight into the different ways of investing money. This course fulfills the Personal Finance graduation requirement. This course will be 100% asynchronous. Instructor’s office hours will be provided at a later date.

    Please note: This course is online but will have a 30-minute required meeting on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:00pm via Zoom to obtain instructions. Students must have email and internet access available to them.  Weekly submission of work will be required in Canvas. Online courses are intended for self-motivated, independent learners who can problem solve.

    (This course fulfills the Personal Finance graduation requirement)

    Chelsea Center & Summer Experiential Learning

    Given that the location of the experiential program is outside of the control of the School District, the student and their parents assume the risk of any injury or illness that may occur by registering for experiential learning courses. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, participants are encouraged to comply with all recommendations of the local health department and the Center for Disease Control. 

    9140 Experiential Learning -(Internships, Service Learning & Passion Pursuits) 
    Credit:  ¼ or ½ unit
    Prerequisites: None
    Open to grades: 9-12
    Are you a hands-on learner?  Would you like to explore an interest of yours with the guidance of an expert mentor? Experiential Learning (ExL) helps you do both! ExL students make meaning and create knowledge from reflecting on direct experience out in the real world. Let the Chelsea Center help you personalize your learning and gain hands-on experience while also tapping into the power of our community partnerships through internships, service learning or passion pursuits.

    Please note: Before the end of the 2020-2021 school year, students will attend ONE synchronous 30-minute meeting to engage in goal-setting and designing their learning plan for the term. Once these plans are completed, there will be TWO additional mandatory synchronous meetings, times and dates to be determined based on student availability, where students will have reflective conversations and share their learning. The synchronous/asynchronous nature of this coursework is based on the student’s selected experience and agreement with a community mentor.  

    6860 Geocaching Online
    Credit: ½ of Physical Education
    Open to Grades: 11 – 12
    Enrollment: Minimum 15 – Maximum 25
    (May only be taken one time during your high school career)
    Geocaching is an exciting sport in which the participants use various apps (provided for course participants) to locate hidden "treasures." Students will take extensive hikes through forests and parks and use map coordinates and problem-solving skills to locate geocaches throughout the St. Louis area. 

    Session I: June 7th-June 30th
    Please note: Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis and applying online does not guarantee a placement in the course. If you are enrolled, you will then be notified of a mandatory onboarding meeting to go over requirements for Geocaching and to receive the necessary paperwork to participate in the course. There are assignments involved, and we want to make sure you know what will be expected of you over the summer to make sure you are ready to undertake this fun class!

    The Great Statesmen Bake-off Online
    Credit: ¼ unit
    Prerequisite: None
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Join your fellow Statesmen bakers and take your skills to a new level. Each day will present a baking challenge where students have the choice to take their culinary skills to the next step. Baking challenges will include scones, a cake, a bread, a pastry, and a chocolate confection. Get preheating your ovens because this term will be sweet! (Baking will be done at home and some ingredients will be provided.)

    Please note: This course will run from June 7 through June 19, with students engaging in 30 hours of learning, baking & reflection during that time frame. Students need to make arrangements with the instructors to pick up ingredients from WGHS prior to the start of class on 6.7.21.

    Personal Employment 
    Credit: .5 for 60 hours+ of work & reflection; .25 for 30 hours of work & reflection
    Prerequisite:  Must be currently employed; approval of counselor and Personal Employment teacher
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    This Experiential Learning class helps students reflect on and articulate what they are learning during their real-world work experience. Students earn elective credit based on the experiential learning process of setting goals, co-designing their reflection process, hours worked, and sharing their learning with community stakeholders. 

    Please note: Before the end of the 2020-2021 school year, students will attend ONE synchronous 30-minute meeting to engage in goal-setting and designing their learning plan for the term. Once these plans are completed, there will be TWO additional mandatory synchronous meetings, times and dates to be determined based on student availability, where students will have reflective conversations and share their learning.

    Communication Arts

    3750 Literature and Composition 
    Credit: 1/2 of English
    7:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. – 1:00p.m.
    Open to Grades: 10 - 12
    This course includes the principles of literary analysis through a variety of texts, a review of the basic skills of composition and language, a strong focus on vocabulary development, and an overview of study skills including taking notes, active listening, and contributing to class discussion.

    (This is a credit recovery course only)

    Math 

    9310 Algebra I (Second Semester) 
    Credit: ½  of unit of Math
    7:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m
    Open to Grades: 10 - 12
    This course is available to current students in need of Algebra credit.
    This course covers the topics taught second semester in Algebra I. 
    Topics include linear functions, linear systems, and polynomials.

    (This is a credit recovery course only)

    98053 Geometry (Second Semester)
    Credit: ½ of Math
    10:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
    Open to Grades: 10 -12
    This is the second course in a sequence of courses preparing a student for college admission eligibility. In this course students will have informal hands on experiences which will deepen their understanding of the properties of shapes in two and three dimensions, and the application of those properties to real world situations. In addition, they will use formal deductive reasoning to generalize and prove their discoveries. Topics covered include properties of a triangle, congruent triangles, properties of parallel lines, polygons, and introduction to logic and formal deductive proof. Similarity, properties of right triangles, polygons and circles, perimeter, area, and volume will also be studied.

    (This is a credit recovery course only)

    Physical Education AND Health 

    6500 Health
    Credit: 1/2 of Physical Education 
    7:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. - 1:00p.m.
    Open to Grades: 9 - 12
    Health is a graduation requirement for all WGHS students. The course could be thought of as a life management class in that an emphasis will be placed on how decisions, actions, and lifestyle choices during teen years can affect a person’s adult life. Topics to be covered include physical fitness, nutrition and weight management, tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs; disease prevention and control, including STD’s and HIV; and healthy relationships, including family, dating and peers. This is normally a one semester course that will be condensed into five weeks.

    6500 Health Online 
    Credit: ½  of Physical Education 
    Open to Grades: 9 - 12
    Health is a graduation requirement for all WGHS students. The course could be thought of as a life management class in that an emphasis will be placed on how decisions, actions, and lifestyle choices during teen years can affect a person’s adult life. Topics to be covered include physical fitness, nutrition and weight management, tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs; disease prevention and control, including STD’s and HIV; and healthy relationships, including family, dating and peers. This is normally a one semester course that will be condensed into five weeks. This course will be 100% asynchronous. Instructor’s office hours will be provided at a later date. 

    THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY ONBOARDING MEETING FOR THIS CLASS VIA ZOOM (TBD). 

    9300 Physical Education
    Credit: 1/2 of  Physical Education
    7:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Open to Grades: 9 - 12
    Physical Education for summer school is a combination of three courses offered during the regular school year: Team Sports, Personal Fitness, and Weight Training. Students should come dressed for the weather and the activity. T- shirts, shorts, athletic shoes and socks are required. Locker rooms will not be provided. A water bottle is highly recommended. Students will be graded on attendance and participation. Due to the length of summer school classes, please note that if a student sustains an injury while enrolled in PE and needs to miss more than 3 days of class participation due to the injury the student will need to be withdrawn from the summer PE course.

    Personal Fitness Online
    Credit: 1/2 of  Physical Education
    Open to Grades: 9 - 12

    Students in this physical  education online class will gain an understanding and appreciation of the lifetime need for fitness. Students will participate in individual activities and exercises to develop all aspects of health related fitness. This course will use the Canvas online platform and will include a combination of traditional assignments and logging exercise hours. Students will be required to complete at least 5hrs of workouts per week. This course will be 100% asynchronous. Instructor’s office hours will be provided at a later date.

    THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY ONBOARDING MEETING FOR THIS CLASS VIA ZOOM (TBD).

    SCIENCE

    ACC Introduction to Oceanography 
    Credit: ½ of Science
    7:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “C” or better in Biology and Chemistry will experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.  
    Open to grades: 11-12
    This course will provide an introduction to the study of the ocean’s basic composition, physical movement, interaction of land and ocean in coastal environments, marine biology and ocean resources. Students will understand the formation of the oceans, the chemical and physical processes the oceans undergo, why organisms live in their environments, and how humans interact and impact these different environments. Note: This course counts as a weighted grade and may be taken for advanced college credit with SLU. Students seeking college credit can expect at least an hour of homework per class period.

    ACC Introduction to Oceanography Online
    Credit: ½ of Science
    Recommendation: Students who have earned a grade of “C” or better in Biology and Chemistry will experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course.  
    Open to grades: 11-12
    This course will provide an introduction to the study of the ocean’s basic composition, physical movement, interaction of land and ocean in coastal environments, marine biology and ocean resources. Students will understand the formation of the oceans, the chemical and physical processes the oceans undergo, why organisms live in their environments, and how humans interact and impact these different environments. This course will be 100% asynchronous. Note: This course counts as a weighted grade and may be taken for advanced college credit with SLU. Students seeking college credit can expect to spend at least two to three hours per day working on class work.

    THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY ONBOARDING MEETING FOR THIS CLASS VIA ZOOM (TBD).

    Rev. 2/17/2021