Distance Learning (Online) Opportunities

Spring Term, 2018-2019 School Year

The Distance Learning Program plans to offer the following classes during the Spring Term of the 2018-2019 school year. All classes are taught by appropriately highly qualified KPBSD teachers. Classes are delivered via the Internet (some classes require a textbook) and can be taken at any time of the day.

This list may not include all classes offered by the Workforce Development Center.

Classes that are not linked are still being offered.

(Last updated: November 9, 2018)

Science (Kim Leslie)

Math (Gabe Evins)

Social Studies

Language Arts

 World Languages (Emanuela Pokryfki)

  • Spanish 1 A (WL 765B)
  • Spanish 2 A (WL770B)
  • Spanish 3 A
  • French 1 A (WL705B)
  • French 2 A (WL710B)
  • French 3 A
  • Italian 1 A
  • Italian 2 A

Electives

  • Health* (JJ705)  (Michelle Graves)
  • Early Childhood Development I (Emanuela Pokryfki)
  • Keyboarding* (Darren Jones)
  • Introduction to Art (TBA)
  • Introduction to Justice - Forensics (Gabe Evins)
  • Justice 1 (Gabe Evins)
  • Financial Literacy* (TT773) (Michelle Graves)
  • Introduction to Education (HH840)- Jeff Ambrosier

Workforce Development Center

*One semester classes.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Algebra A & B (MM735A & MM735B)

Building on their work with linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, students extend their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions.  Students work closely with the expressions that define the functions, and continue to expand and hone their abilities to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms. The Standards for Mathematical Practice apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. The critical areas for this course, organized into four units.

Advanced Algebra A Topics Include: Review of Algebra, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, Factoring, Radical Expressions, Solving Quadratic Equations, Advanced Algebra B Topic Include:

Advanced Algebra B Topics Include:  Polynomial Functions, Rational Expression, Exponents and Logarithms, Sequences and Series

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Alaska Studies

A comprehensive introduction into the geography, culture, and history of the state of Alaska.  Key topics include how the state’s physical geography affects human communities; the culture, traditions, and history of Alaskan Native communities; the history and influence of Russian colonization; key events in transforming the state after purchase; the statehood movement and resulting state constitution and government; and the economic and cultural landscape of modern Alaska.  In addition the course focuses on developing critical thinking, research and presentation skills, and an understanding of historiography through a project based curriculum.

Algebra I A & B (MM725A & MM725B)

Algebra I is the foundation!  The skills you’ll acquire in this course contain the basic knowledge you’ll need for all your high school math courses.  Relax!  This stuff is important, but everyone can do it.  Everyone can have a good time solving the hundreds of real-world problems that are answered with algebra.

Each module in this course is presented in a step-by-step way right on your computer screen.  You won’t have to stare at the board from the back of a classroom.  

This course is designed to give you the skills and strategies for solving all kinds of mathematical problems.  It will also give you the confidence that you can handle everything that high school math has in store for you.

Algebra I A Includes: Integers, Distributive Property, Translations, Solving Equations, Word Problems, Inequalities, Slope, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines, Union and Intersection

Algebra I B Includes: System of Equations, Polynomials, Factoring, Quadratic Equations

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Biology A (SS710A)

This science course is an in depth look at the fundamental characteristics of living organisms. It is designed to promote scientific inquiry and discovery. Students will be introduced to the structure, function, diversity, and evolution of living matter. Engaging in the study of biological science broadens the picture of the world around us.

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Computer Applications 1 (BB765)

Computer Applications is designed to be a self-paced. You will focus on Google Docs, Windows 10, Computer Basics and Microsoft Word. You will need access to a windows based computer with the capacity to run the full Microsoft Office 2016 software package. The main focus of this course will be to prepare students to become Microsoft Certified in Word. To get an A in this course students must pass the Word Certification Exam.

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Computer Applications 2 (BB770)

Computer Applications 2 is designed to be a self-paced. You will focus on Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. You will need access to a windows based computer with the capacity to run the full Microsoft Office 2016 software package. The main focus of this course will be to prepare students to become Microsoft Certified in Excel and PowerPoint. To get an A in this course students must pass the Excel and PowerPoint Certification Exams. Upon successful competition of Computer Applications 1 and 2, up to 6 college credits can be earned.

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Computer Applications 3 (BB775)

Computer Applications 3 is designed to be a self-paced course. You will focus on Advanced Microsoft Word and Excel. You will need access to a windows based computer with the capacity to run the full Microsoft Office 2016 software package. The main focus of this course will be to prepare students to become Microsoft Certified in  Advanced Word and Excel. To get an A in this course students must pass the Advanced Excel and Word Certification Exams. Upon successful competition of Computer Applications 1, 2 and 3 students may earn up to 5 additional college credits to those already earned in Comp 2.

Computer Applications 4 (BB780)

Computer Applications 4 is designed to be a self-paced course. You will focus on Microsoft Outlook and Access. You will need access to a windows based computer with the capacity to run the full Microsoft Office 2016 software package. The main focus of this course will be to prepare students to become Microsoft Certified in Outlook and Access. To get an A in this course students must pass the Outlook Certification exam. Upon successful competition of Computer Applications 1, 2, 3 and 4 students may earn 1 additional college credit to those already earned in Comp 2 and 3.

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Creative Writing (LL750A & LL750B)

This course, based on a writer’s workshop model, is designed to get students working together to perfect their pieces and get them published. Students will critically read and analyze select exemplar texts and create their own works by following the writing process (including revising with peers--each student must stay on pace with coursework, as classmates will be depending on each other). By the end of the year, students will have portfolios they can be proud of, including pieces of poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, plays, and screenplays. Because the course does include critical reading, writing, and speaking, any student in grades 10,11, or 12 should get a full English language arts credit for taking it. This course is not open to 9th grade students.

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Digital Photo (BB865)

In this class you will using Digital photography and Photoshop Elements 11 and learn the basics of Photoshop for the purpose of editing digital photos. 1st qtr. Students will learn all about the tools and tricks in Photoshop by following online tutorials, 2nd qtr. will be full of projects editing your own pictures taken by their own digital cameras or smartphones. Students will create an online portfolio that will display all of their own assignments. A few licenses for Photoshop Elements 11 are available for each school. This is a 1 semester class.

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Employability Skills (II930)

Employability Skills  is designed to be a self-paced course that you can work at your own speed. Each of the 210 interactive lessons from the 5 units is formatted in an easy-to-understand three-part structure: Overview, Learning and Practice. The Overview presents the main idea of the topic lesson and lists 10 tips for using the skill at work. Each tip is explained in more detail in the Learning section of the lesson. Finally, the Practice section provides an opportunity to answer True/False questions on the topic and respond to an activity question. This course has 2 parts 210 online lessons  and 5 video writing assignments.

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Earth Science A (SS750A)

Earth/Space Science is a laboratory course focusing on the study of the geologic and atmospheric forces that shape our world. Through experimentation and investigation, students will explore the various earth cycles.  Students will use web 2.0 tools, interactive experiences, higher order thinking, collaborative projects, and real world application through labs and a variety of assessments. Upon completion of the course, students will have a clear understanding of the dynamic forces at work in the world around them, becoming better caretakers of our planet, Earth.

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Economics (TT740)

This course presents both macro- and microeconomic concepts with an emphasis on the American Free Enterprise System and its benefits. You will examine the rights and responsibilities of consumers and businesses. You will study concepts such as economic systems and their characteristics, supply and demand and their impact on prices, and scarcity. You will also learn about many significant economic philosophers such as Adam Smith and Karl Marx and their impact on ideologies today.

You will be challenged to apply the new economic principles you are learning to real-life situations. Can you think of places you see economics principles being applied around you?After taking this course, you will be able to recognize that economics is an integral part of your everyday decisions

This course includes online readings, practice activities, animations, and interactive activities. There are quizzes at the end of every section and exams at the end of every unit. Exams, quizzes, writing assignments, discussion assignments, and other projects will all be used as evaluation materials.

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French 1 A & B (WL705A and WL705B)

Students receive a thorough grounding in the basics of the French language in this introductory, two-semester course.

In this course, students will first begin to develop aural and oral skills, then read and write what they can say familiar words, commands, phrases, short sentences, and basic questions. They will learn to use predictable language in familiar settings. They will start to develop cultural awareness and the ability to recognize the products, practices and perspectives of the culture. They will also use the language to expand their knowledge in all content areas.

Course strategies include warm-up activities, vocabulary study, reading, threaded discussions, multimedia presentations, self-checks, practice activities and games, oral and written assignments, projects, quizzes, and exams.

For a more detailed course description click on French 1A or French 1B.

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Geography A & B (TT745A and TT745B)

These courses examine a broad range of geographical perspectives covering all of  the major regions of the world.  Each region is reviewed in a similar structure in order for students to more clearly see the similarities and differences between each region.  Specifically, the courses explore where each region is located along with its physical characteristics, including absolute and relative location, climate, and significant geographical features.  The exploration then continues on to look at each region from a cultural, economic, and political perspective, closely examining the human impact on each region from  these perspectives as well as how human activities impact the environments of the region.

Students engage in multi-media projects, writing assignments, online discussions, quizzes, and tests.

Geography A contains an introduction to geography unit and units on North America, Central America, South America, and Western Europe.

Geography B contains units on Eastern Europe, Eastern Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and India and the Middle East.

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Geometry A & B (MM730A & MM730B)

One day in 2580 B.C., a very serious architect stood on a dusty desert with a set of plans.  His plans called for creating a structure 480 high, with a square base and triangular sides, using stone blocks weighing two tons each.  The Pharaoh wanted the job done right.  The better our architect understood geometry, the better were his chances for staying alive.

Geometry is everywhere, not just in pyramids.  Engineers use geometry to bank highways and build bridges.  Artists use geometry to create perspective in their paintings, and mapmakers help travelers find things using the points located on a geometric grid.  Throughout this course, we’ll take you on a mathematical highway illuminated by spatial relationships, reasoning, connections, and problem solving.

This course is all about points, lines and planes.  Just as importantly, this course is about acquiring a basic tool for understanding and manipulating the real world around you.

Geometry A Includes: Basic Building Blocks of Geometry,  Lines and Angles, Properties of Parallel Lines, Slope, Linear equations, Algebraic Proofs, Triangles, Pythagorean Theorem.

Geometry B Includes: Polygons and Quadrilaterals, Area, Surface Area, Volume, Circles, Tessellations

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Health  (JJ705)

This course will help students develop the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions that allow them to stay active, safe and informed. The lessons and activities are designed to introduce the student to important aspects of the main types of health: emotional and mental, social and consumer, and physical. Among other topics, students will explore nutrition, understanding and avoiding disease, first aid and CPR, and human sexuality. Students will find out about the components of a healthy lifestyle and ways to approach making healthy choices and decisions.

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Language Arts 9A & 9B  (LL705A and LL705B)

This highly-personalized course guides students through classic pieces of literature (short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and novels) while also giving choice as to what students will read, what they will write about, and how they might be assessed on their learning. Apart from literary analysis, students will study language and vocabulary, speaking/presenting, and writing essays (expository and persuasive), narratives, and research papers. Students will also collaborate in discussions and in peer revision activities.

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Justice 1 (Forensics) (HH825)

Although the crime scene represents the first step in solving crimes through forensic science, the crime laboratory plays a critical role in the analysis of evidence. This course focuses on the analysis of evidence and testing that takes place within this setting. We will examine some of the basic scientific principles and knowledge that guides forensic laboratory processes, such as those testing DNA, toxicology, and material analysis. Techniques such as microscopy, chromatography, odontology, entomology, mineralogy, and spectroscopy will be examined.

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Language Arts 10A & 10B  (LL710A and LL710B)

As a survey of world literature, this course features some of the best literary works from Latin America, Asia, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa. Students get to take control by choosing what they read, listen to, and view as they explore worldviews from a variety of cultures. Students will also write critically, research, present, and collaborate with their classmates as they discuss social and historical issues from around the world.

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Language Arts 11A & 11B (LL715A and LL715B)

“Extra, extra, read all about it!” It’s all right here in black and white, in the pages of The Virtual Times newspaper. Published at key periods in American history, The Virtual Times takes us right into the action. The writing is clear and concise. The stories and opinions give us perspective. The sports and entertainment sections give us the color and flavor of the times.

In Language Arts 11, the writing and insights of authors throughout our history are collected in the fast-paced pages of The Virtual Times. Students gain an appreciation of American literature and the ways it reflects the times in which it was written. They discover how people thought and lived and wrote about their experiences. Students are also asked to observe, investigate, and report on stories of today. The goal is for students to be thorough, accurate, and compelling in their writing.

Each unit, or “module,” contains (mainly short) writing assignments, vocabulary studies, and quizzes.

Language Arts 11A covers Puritan New England through the Civil War.

Language Arts 11B covers Reconstruction through the 1960s.

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Language Arts 12A & 12B (LL790A and LL790B)

Students explore the world of big ideas in Language Arts 12, where they experience highly engaging thematic units. Each path guides students through a series of literary pieces, allowing students to analyze the political, social, economic, and cultural messages of the time as well as the relevance of the literary works to the world students live in today.

Each path revolves around a central theme. The works in the course span a period of over 1000 years and have been written by authors who share common ideas but use a variety of literary genres to express their views. Whether it is the dramatic ending of a play or the colorful images in a verse of poetry, the words of these authors give students a new understanding of the world around them.

As students travel down each path, they create authentic pieces that engage them in higher-level learning and provide them with a greater understanding of literature and its connection to the world.

Language Arts 12A surveys British literature from Beowulf to Shakespeare’s sonnets and then leaps into the early twentieth century with Pygmalion.

Language Arts 12B focuses on two Shakespeare plays, Much Ado about Nothing and Macbeth but also samples thematically related literature, including poetry, from other eras and locations.

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Physical Science A (SS755A)

This course is designed as an interactive, 21st century course focusing on basic physics and chemistry. Topics include forces and motion, energy through waves, electricity and magnetism, the matter around us, chemical bonding and reactions.

This course is designed to serve as a foundation for the study of the physical sciences. The utilization of scientific inquiry, web 2.0 tools, interactive experiences, higher order thinking, collaborative projects, real world application through labs and a variety of assessments all aid the student in ultimately demonstrating a vast understanding of the importance of the physical and chemical properties of the world around them; student are then enabled to apply these properties to their everyday lives.

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Pre-Calculus (MM745A)

This course is designed to go through the major topics of Pre-Calculus and to prepare students to move on to Calculus. After completing this course, students will understand polynomial functions, polar coordinates, complex numbers, conic sections, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, sequences and series.

After completing the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the major topics in Pre-Calculus.
  2. Identify how the major Pre-Calculus topics relate to real world situations.
  3. Apply the topics in Pre-Calculus to various problems.
  4. Explain how Pre-Calculus is used within the greater context of mathematics.

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Spanish 1A and  1B (WL765A & WL765B)
Spanish 2A and 2B (WL770A & WL770B)

The World Language courses offered by Distance Learning Program incorporates the audio-visual  exposure to the language offered by Rosetta Stone™ online program, together with written exercises, quizzes and tests based on Moodle website, and two cultural projects meant to increase the students’ awareness of the social value of the language they are studying.

For a more detailed course description click on Spanish 1A, Spanish 1B, Spanish 2A or Spanish 2B.

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Trigonometry (MM745B)

This course introduces students to the concepts of trigonometry. Students will learn about the basic trigonometric functions and how to graph these functions. Students will learn how to solve right triangles and how to use Law of Sines and Law of Cosines. Students will also link these concepts to real world applications.

After completing the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify properties of and perform operations on polynomial and rational functons.
  2. Analyze graphs, determine inverse functions, and solve systems of inequalities.
  3. Graph, analyze, and apply trigonometric functions.
  4. Identify and apply trigonometric identities to solve equations and inequalities.

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U.S. Government  (TT720)

This course is a comprehensive exploration of the government of our nation, centered around a project based curriculum designed to foster critical thinking and problem-solving, develop inquiry-based research skills, and establish real-world connections.  Key topics include the historical foundations of American democracy; the power, roles, and functioning of the institutions of government; important political processes such as elections, parties, and political socialization; and civil rights and liberties.  A primary goal of the course is for students to become educated and savvy citizens, who not only understand how government works, but who also have the knowledge and skills to actively participate in shaping the government for the betterment of themselves and their communities. 

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World History (TT705A & TT705B)

A comprehensive introduction to world history from the beginning of human history to modern times.   Students will examine the significant cultural, political, and economic trends and events that have occurred across world regions.  Special topics of focus include examining the nature and process of forming historical knowledge and interpretation; exploring the historical patterns and themes which span across time and place; and the essential role of history in understanding our contemporary world.  

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*Indicates one semester class.