Plus 1 Blended Learning

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The Plus 1 Program is an opportunity for Zeeland High School students to take an additional class above their six full-time student hours. The benefits of Plus 1 include opening up a student’s schedule for additional elective offerings during the school day or taking additional advanced classes. The Plus 1 classes are presented to students in a blended format, where teachers meet with students 1-2 hours per week, outside of normal school day.

During the scheduled meeting times, students will hand in assignments, complete assessments, participate in labs and have open discussions and lecture periods.  Other activities may be assigned based on the subject covered. Students are assigned tasks on a weekly basis to be complete by the next scheduled meeting time or at various points throughout the semester.

Classes available to students have been chosen based on fit of the subject in the blended format and the availability of students to access the curriculum and content electronically. Though students have limited face-to-face meeting times with instructors, teachers are available to students that want to talk to them by appointment or before and after school. Students may also email their instructors as needed.

Students enrolled in a Plus 1 class will be required to complete similar coursework and the same final exam that is required in the traditional classroom setting. Plus 1 students will be held to the same academic standards as traditional classes and as outlined in the student handbook. Due to the minimal meeting times, students are allowed a maximum of two absences before they are over the attendance CAP. Students who are over CAP will need to get a C+ or higher on the final exam to get credit (not the actual letter grade earned) for the class.

Since these classes are offered to all students during the school day and participation in Plus 1 is an additional option for students beyond their regular school day, a $250 fee for each semester class is required. This fee is due at the time of registration. Students wanting to drop the class must meet with their counselor prior to 3 p.m. on Friday September 5, 2014 to receive a refund, be dropped from the class and have their regular class schedule adjusted.  After September 5, 2014 students may not withdraw from the class and will receive a final grade at the end of the semester for the class.

Plus 1 Courses for Fall 2014

Honors Algebra 1 A STEM      Mr. Wyckoff     LMS= iTunesU    Grades: 9 & 10        swyckoff@zps.org
Meets: Wednesdays 6:45-7:35 a.m. (Flexible for other mornings on group request)     Min: 5 Students

Course OverviewHonors Algebra 1 STEM meets the Algebra 1 graduation requirement. This course will cover the Common Core State Standards for Algebra 1, including all (+) standards that the common core curriculum indicates are for students planning to take higher level math courses in the future. Students taking this course should have an interest in  STEM related careers. Major topics include quantities, creating equations, seeing structure in expressions, reasoning with equations and inequality, the real number system, interpreting and building functions, linear quadratic and expressions. This course will also include the study of Matrices, logarithms, and trigonometry.

Geometry A         Mr. Reinardy    LMS= Moodle    Grade: 9    & 10        mreinard@zps.org
Meets: Thursdays 6:45-7:35 (Flexible for other mornings or after school on group request) Min: 5 Students

Course OverviewThis Geometry class meets the Geometry graduation requirement. This course will cover the Common Core State Standards for Geometry. All students will need to take this course. Major topics include congruence, similarity, right triangles, trigonometry, modeling with geometry, geometric measurements and dimensions, expressing geometric properties with equations and circles.

English 12-2 A (British Literature)    Mrs. Mielke    LMS= Blog  Grade: 12th Coll. Bound        cmielke@zps.org
Meets: Fridays 6:45-7:35 a.m.  (Flexible for other mornings on group request)         Min: 3 Students

Course Overview – British Literature and Composition is a senior English class meant for college-bound students. Prominent works of British authors are studied, including focus on the genres of the novel, poetry, drama, short story, and non-fiction.  Students in this course will focus on recurrent themes within, and historical and cultural influences upon, various works of British literature.  Students will develop a comprehensive understanding and use of vocabulary to enhance both written and verbal communication skills.  Students will review, develop, and improve writing and critical thinking skills through interpretation of a variety of literary selections, literary analysis, formal presentations, and various writing assignments (essay questions, short papers, formal expository writings, and narrative writings). Students will develop speaking skills through formal presentation experiences.  Grammar instruction includes modeling professional writers through the Kilgallon series sentence composing approach.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will have developed important skills to be prepared for freshman-level English at the college level.

English 11-2 A (American Literature)    Mr. Jacob    LMS= iTunesU    Grade: 11th Coll. Bound    sjacob@zps.org
Meets: Wed. 3:00-3:50 p.m.  (Flexible for other afternoons on group request)         Min: 6 Students

Course OverviewAmerican Literature and Composition is a junior English class meant for college-bound students. The genres of the novel, poetry, drama, short story, an non-fiction are covered. Historic context and critical theories are strongly considered and applied. College prep level writing and analysis are stressed, with the skills of close reading and annotation used heavily. In addition, persuasive, analytical, narrative and verse writing are included. Language structure and grammar study are also covered. Grammar instruction includes modeling from professional writers, using the Kilgallon series Grammar for High School. there are several different speaking experiences required, including problem solving group panel work, as well as individual presentations. A great deal of the work hinges on reading and writing outside of class. Presentations and discussions can be reserved for our meeting dates.

Chemistry A    Mrs. Soukhome      LMS= iTunesU & Moodle        Grade: 10 & 11           jsoukhom@zps.org
Meets: Tues. 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. (Some mornings required for labs Tues-Friday at 7:20 a.m.)
    Min: 3 Students

Course Overview – This Chemistry course follows the Michigan Merit Curriculum for students to earn a chemistry credit. This course is intended for the student who is not interested in pursuing further chemistry study. This is not a college chemistry preparatory class. Topics covered will include properties of matter, atomic structure, the Periodic Table, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, acid and base chemistry, nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry.

*LMS = Learning Management System

 Registration

Register by contacting your academic counselor.
Registration form available here.

Contact:

ZEHS 616.748.3137
ZWHS 616.748.4515