Culinary Students at Newport

Through Career and Technical Education in our district, students explore career opportunities and learn how core school subjects like math, science, reading, and writing are used in real-life by engineers, green technology experts, health care providers, construction workers, and many other professionals. In the Bellevue School District we understand the unique ability of CTE to prepare young people for current jobs as well as careers of the future.

CTE helps prepare students to succeed in high demand occupations within the 21st century’s competitive global economy by promoting quality instructional partnerships with business, industry and the academic community. We are grateful for the relationships we have established with Microsoft TEALS, ACE, Bellevue College, WaNIC, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. Through these partnerships we can prepare students for post-secondary education and employment in a competitive global economy.

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Metals Technology 1

Students will learn how to use the tools, equipment and processes in metal machining, welding and fabrication. The student will learn basic metal working and develop attitudes and habits necessary for working safely and effectively in this environment. Students will also have the opportunity to explore and investigate career and occupational options. Metal sculpting is an important component of this course.

Metals Technology 2

The Metals Technology II student will build on skills they have developed by successfully completing the Metals Technology 1 class. Students will refine welding and metal machining skills. Welding processes will include, but are not limited to, Oxygen-Acetylene welding (OAW) and Metal-Inert Gas welding (MIG). Both ferrous and nonferrous metals such as brass, copper, aluminum and silicone bronze will be used for required machining and metal art sculpturing projects. Students will have the opportunity for individualized, extended learning projects as approved by the instructor.

Welding Technology, Design and Fabrication

Students will design, layout and fabricate projects using processes and procedures found in the metal-working industry. The individual and group projects are modeled after industrial welding operations and are worked in a large, well-equipped classroom laboratory. Students receive instruction, practice and gain experience with: oxy/acetylene welding (OAW) and cutting; wire-feed welding (MIG); shielded metal arc welding (SMAW); tungsten inert gas welding (TIG); and plasma metal cutting. Metal sculpting and individualized projects are an important component of this course.

Woods Technology 1

Students learn a basic level of skill and knowledge in shop and tool safety. Learning to understand working drawings, students will apply their learning on woodworking projects. They will demonstrate hand and machine tool skills, woodworking joinery, gluing and clamping, and finishing techniques while completing their individualized projects. Students will also learn about careers in woodworking construction.

Woods Technology 2

In Woods Technology II, students are expected to refine previously learned woodworking skills and achieve a higher level of competence working with tools and materials. Individualized projects focus skills on furniture making and other projects conducive to custom woodworking. Students will also develop leadership skills by working cooperatively with other students in the class.

Introduction to Construction Management

Interested in the Construction field? This course will focus on career exploration in the field of construction. Students will focus on technical mathematics, framing, construction material and selection, blueprint reading, hand and power tools, communication, employability skills, and safety. Lab Fee.

Automotive

Only at Bellevue High School

Beginning Automotive and Maintenance

This course simplifies the complexities of the automobile into key entry-level units.  Learning through written and hands-on assignments, students will explore basic maintenance and diagnostic procedures that everyone who drives a vehicle should know.  The curriculum also covers working safely in a shop environment as well as rebuilding and running a small gas engine.

This class provides the perfect foundation for drivers, hobbyists and those looking for a basic working level knowledge of automobile repairs.

Automotive Technology

Both Automotive Technology and Automotive Technology 1 cover the same material.  The Automotive Technology 1 students have an extra hour of shop time to complete hands-on competencies.  See description below.

Automotive Technology 1

This STEM course provides the foundation for entry into the automotive industry as a technician, service writer/manager, or future Engineer building cars.  Students will be fast-tracked through the beginning requirements by the end of the first quarter.  By the end of the first year, they will complete 3 of the 8 ASE content areas in a NATEF certified program.    Students will take the ASE certification test at the beginning and end of the course to measure growth.

Students will learn in a state-of-the art automotive shop and classroom.  Daily reading and writing is required.  Leadership through Skills USA and ASB Auto Club is expected.  Students will work on customer, shop owned and student scheduled vehicles.

Automotive Technology 2

At this advanced level of STEM training, students will focus on the intricacies of automotive professionalism.  Successful completion of this class requires a high level of maturity, self-motivation, and a desire to succeed.

This course has a strong STEM correlation with math, science and physics along with dexterity building and meter usage.  Earn up to 15 college credits through Tech Prep.  Leadership through Skills USA, membership in Auto Club, and job shadowing at local shops/dealerships are requirements for this course.  Topics studied revolve around the 8 nationally recognized Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) content areas.  Students will study 2 ASE topics each of their 4 semesters. Students will also take the ASE Certification test at the beginning and end of the course to show growth.  Students will work on customer, shop owned and student scheduled vehicles.

Business, Management & Administration

Middle School

Digital Technology 1

This course will provide students with the appropriate skills to use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and publishing software. Work will emphasize understanding of proper keyboard techniques, computer systems and networks, internet research strategies, data security and safety in the world-wide-web (www). This course provides a foundation of skills that are used in both personal and classroom computer-based activities. The Microsoft Office IT Academy, Digital Literacy curriculum may be used as part of the Digital Technology curriculum. The IT Academy allows students to earn software certification in Microsoft Office applications.


High School

Accounting 1

Students will be introduced to one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States, which includes a formal system of financial-record management for proprietorships and partnerships. Students will also study accounting vocabulary, the relationship between accounting and business, and the accounting cycle for service business organized as proprietorship. QuickBooks accounting software will be used to enter transactions and create financial reports. A business simulation is used at the end of the semester to aid students in synthesizing and applying their learning.

Accounting 2

In Accounting 2, students will gain experience dealing with specialized accounting applications: special journals, petty cash system, taxes, depreciation, managerial decisions, and interest. Corporate accounting will be introduced. Students will use QuickBooks to complete many accounting problems. They will manually calculate a payroll problem and utilize a computer program to verify the result. Computerized business simulations are used to provide practical experience in handling retail business records. (Students must complete Accounting 1 and 2 to earn college credit with a “B” or better.)

Accounting 3

This course will provide the student with more experience in dealing with advanced problems and procedures in accounting, extensively utilizing the computer. The student will extend the skills learned in Accounting 1 and 2, then continue to gain experience in partnership and departmentalized accounting. A problem-solving approach will be used for unique applications. Intensive investigation of career opportunities will be offered. Automated business simulations will be used to provide practical experience handling corporate records. If time allows, students have the opportunity to take the Microsoft Excel Core and Expert exam.

Accounting 4

Located at Bellevue and Newport
The principal focus for this course will be on corporate accounting, cost accounting, accounting for uncollectible accounts, depreciation, prepaid and accrued items, budgetary planning and control, and automated accounting applications. The student will analyze and prepare financial statements as a resource for management decisions. If time allows, students have the opportunity to take the Microsoft Excel Core and Expert exam. (Students must complete Accounting 3 and 4 to earn college credit with a “B” or better.)

Entrepreneurship

Located at Sammamish
This course is for anyone who is considering owning and operating their own business. Owning your own business can be risky but also very rewarding. The course will include all aspects of beginning a business. Funding, operating, managing and marketing will be included. The course will be project based in which students will be required to produce a viable business plan that will be evaluated by business people in the community. If you want to “live the American dream-and be your own boss” entrepreneurship is for you.

Personal Finance

This class teaches students to manage their personal finances in the context of current economic conditions. Students will increase their financial and economic literacy while learning about vital topics such as preparing for the job market, the economy, taxes and tax forms, consumer rights and responsibilities, budgeting, banking, insurance, credit and credit cards, and investing. This class will help prepare students for financial decisions in college and beyond.

AP Micro Economics / AP Macro Economics

Located at Sammamish and Bellevue
Students will build on their basic understanding of economic principles by investigating crucial social issues that are the basis of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. This will involve developing an understanding of the economic choices made by individual households and firms as they seek to maximize their wellbeing. It will also entail assessing the measurement of the performance of the American economy, evaluating potential policy tools such as taxes, government spending and interest rates, and understanding the role of the US in the global economy.

Business Law

Located at Bellevue and Newport
Business Law is geared toward learning to live in our legal environment. This course will also benefit students considering careers in business, law, or management. Topics included in this class: legal liability, rights, the judicial system, careers in law, contracts, warranties, consumer protection, landlord-tenant relations, personal injuries, and criminal procedure.

Microsoft Office/Business Technology 1

This course is designed to teach students fundamental concepts, terms and functions of Microsoft Office and other commonly used business technologies. Students will be given the opportunity to take the Microsoft Certification exams in Core for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. This course will include many authentic application problems that the students will solve by applying their newly learned computer skills.

Microsoft Word skills include creating letters, reports, newsletters and flyers using various embedded graphics and word processing formats. Students will learn how to create a professional business resume and cover letter. Students will use various themes and styles to enhance the appearance of their documents.

Microsoft Excel skills include creating worksheets that use formulas and functions to solve authentic application problems. Students will use graphs, styles and themes to display information in a professional manner.

Microsoft PowerPoint skills include creating presentations that display information using graphics, charts, transitions and animations and sound.

Microsoft Office/Business Technology 2

Located at Bellevue and Newport
This course will continue students’ knowledge of software applications taught in Microsoft Office IT Academy. Students will continue to have the opportunity to take the MOS certification exams in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access at the Expert/Mastery level for college credit.

IB Business and Management SL

Located at Interlake
The business and management course aims to help students understand the implications of business activity in a global market. Students gain an international perspective of business and appreciation of cultural diversity through topics like business organization and environments, accounts and finance, international marketing, human resources management, growth and operations management. The course encourages the appreciation of ethical concerns and issues of social responsibility in the global business environment.

IB Business and Management HL

Located at Interlake
This advanced business and management class allows for student to gain depth of knowledge in business skills. Students will study business organization and environments, accounts and finance, human resources, business operations, marketing and business strategy. Advanced students will also benefit from management and leadership training as well as a primary research based project.

Catering & Hospitality

Only at Newport High School

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts is a comprehensive, career focused introduction to the fundamentals of culinary arts and the professional kitchen in a commercial kitchen. Students will learn French cooking techniques, culinary terminology, knife skills, aesthetics of food presentation, baking and pastry techniques, and explore a wide variety of foods and cuisines. In addition, students will have the opportunity to practice safety and sanitation procedures, restaurant management, customer relations, build team and leadership skills and catering and table service. There are also, industry related field trip to observe professionals and explore career possibilities. An out of class externship is required, see instructor for details.

Advanced Culinary Arts

Students who wish to have a second year experience allowing them to specialize in refining their culinary expertise may enroll in the Advanced Culinary Arts class. Students are prepared with broad and transferable planning, management, communication and food production skills for employment and postsecondary education. An out of class externship is required, see instructor for details.

Education & Training

Only at Newport & Sammamish High School

Teaching Academy 1

Explore and experience the educational system from teaching to administration. In addition to instruction and seminars at the high school, students will intern with a mentor teacher at a preschool, elementary, middle or high school of their choice. Throughout the year, students participate in the inner-workings of the classroom, school and district. They will gain knowledge and experience in teamwork, time management, communication, leadership, and current issues in the school system. This course is a must for students interested in a professional career in education.

Teaching Academy 2

Students will continue to increase their knowledge about teaching and learning through daily internship experiences. Students will work closely with the Teaching Academy instructor and mentor teacher to complete independent assignments and projects.

Middle School

Digital Technology

This course provides a foundation of skills used in both personal and classroom computer-based activities. Students will learn proper keyboarding techniques, computer systems, and understanding file management. Students will also learn to produce professional looking documents, presentations, and spreadsheets using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students will learn how to work with images using a photo editor to develop images for games and web pages. Programming and web development (html) will also be introduced. Students will have the option of taking the Microsoft certification exams if they choose.


High School

Graphic Arts 1

Located at Sammamish
Students learn a variety of methods used in the visual communications field: graphic design, computer graphics, vinyl sign cutting, offset printing, screen process printing, laser engraving and digital printing. These skills are developed through a series of student-designed projects completed with state-of-the-art equipment and the most current software. Students learn not only the graphic design process but also go through the steps in order to create final products. Projects include: business cards, greeting cards, T-shirts, posters and others. (This class may be used as either a Fine Arts credit or an Occupational Education requirement.)

Graphic Arts 2

Located at Sammamish
Students will continue with their skill development introduced in Graphic Arts 1. This course will allow them to study more in depth topics with an emphasis on color image reproduction. Students will work wide format digital printing, laser engraving, and heat transfers. This course requires significant individual work and emphasizes higher-level problem-solving skills.

Graphic Design & Production Studio

Located at Sammamish (available to students from all schools)
If you are interested in running your own business or the field of Graphic Arts this might be the class for you. This class is designed to provide students who are either seeking entry-level employment or post-secondary training with the skills needed to enter the field of graphic arts. Graphic Design and Production Studio is run as an actual graphics business including offset printing, electronic pre-press, screen-printing, sign making and digital printing. Students are responsible for all aspects of this business including customer relations, inventory and quality control, and time management. Class members have the opportunity to participate in SkillsUSA, a national student organization that provides the opportunity to develop additional leadership skills and to enter competitions with other graphics students from around the state and country.

Computer Graphics 1

Located at Bellevue, Interlake and Sammamish
Students not only work with the software most commonly found in the Graphic Arts industry, they also learn the major aspects of graphic design including design principles, product and packaging design, branding and other aspects of graphic design. The course will also focus on electronic image manipulation, page layout and web page design. Students will learn how to create some of the assets that are found in web pages. The software used in the class, including Adobe’s Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, and Acrobat Pro meet current industry standards. Introduction to Graphics and/or familiarity with computer operation is recommend.

Computer Graphics 2

Located at Bellevue, Interlake and Sammamish
Students further their skill development from Computer Graphics 1 through a series of independent projects using the most current software. Programs used in this class may include vector-image software such as Illustrator, raster-image software such as Photoshop, and animation software such as Flash. This may vary from school to school and student to student. Students at Sammamish will also be exposed to much more sophisticated methods of image reproduction and asset management including dye sublimation, digital printing, and laser engraving.

Introduction to Health Care

Located at Sammamish
Interested in a career in the health care industry? If so, this course is for you! Study the history of health care and explore different careers. Become familiar with anatomy and physiology, disease processes and hand-on health care skills like handwashing and body mechanics. An introduction to vital signs and anatomy and physiology will also be included. You will also have the opportunity to receive an American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Card.

Health Science Careers (2 Hour)

Located at Sammamish
Explore the challenging and exciting career possibilities in health care. Students learn about health care topics such as patient care skills, CPR and First Aid, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, disease pathology, and career paths. Starting in January students train as nursing assistants through internships at health care facilities and hospitals. Areas of rotation have included long-term care settings, emergency room, cardiac catheterization, the mother-baby unit and rehabilitation units such as OT, PT, and speech therapy. Great clinical sites and leadership activities make this course invaluable for students considering careers in health settings.

Health Science Careers (3 Hour)

Located at Sammamish
Students will have an increased health care internship experience in nursing assistant training and career exploration and a more in-depth study of human anatomy and physiology, which distinguishes this class from the two-period Health Science Career course. Explore the challenging, exciting career possibilities in health care. Students learn about health care topics such as patient care skills, CPR and First Aid, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, disease pathology, and career paths. Starting in January students have internships at health care facilities and hospitals and specialty sites. Areas of rotation have included the emergency room, cardiac catheterization, and mother-baby unit, rehabilitation units including OT, PT, and speech therapy. Great clinical sites, guest speakers, field trips and leadership activities make this course invaluable for students considering careers in health settings.

Anatomy & Physiology

Located at Bellevue and Newport
In this introductory human anatomy and physiology course, students investigate the intricate machinery that makes the body work, relating the functional anatomy and physical geography of organs and organ systems to the physiological functions which they perform. Students will also explore the delicate web of interaction among body systems, the importance of maintaining homeostatic balance within this web, and the medical implications of disturbing this balance.

Biotechnology

Located at Newport
Biotechnology is a course designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the scientific concepts and laboratory research techniques currently used in the field of biotechnology. Students attain knowledge about the field of biotechnology and deeper understanding of the biological concepts used. In addition, students develop the laboratory, critical thinking, and communication skills currently used in the biotechnology industry. Furthermore, students will explore and evaluate career opportunities in the field of biotechnology through extensive readings, laboratory experiments, class discussions, research projects, guest speakers, and workplace visits. The objectives covered in this course are both academic and technical in nature and are presented in a progressively rigorous manner.

Horticulture and Floral Design

Only at Interlake High School

Introduction to Horticulture

This class is designed for students interested in the environment and the green industry. Through classroom learning, students will propagate and maintain plants for small-scale gardens and other urban spaces. Students will learn the fundamentals of plant growth; explore greenhouse growing, landscape design, pruning, plant propagation and identification. Take an active stance on environmental change and contribute to improving it. Gain leadership and career skills through hands-on, individual and group projects. Learn about the business and career aspects of the horticulture industry by growing, planning, publicizing and staffing the two yearly plant sales.

Nursery and Greenhouse Operations

Students can begin or continue their study of horticulture and the green industry through extensive industry related experience. Students will maintain and operate state-of-the-art greenhouses as they extend their knowledge of the horticulture industry, plant production and sales through the student-run yearly plants sales. Students will develop the sales from the ground up by selecting plants, propagation, planning and managing the sales. Take extensive horticultural field trips, use community resources and develop projects that take an in-depth look at the horticulture industry. Students participate in maintaining the school arboretum and partner with the community to improve green spaces. Through hands-on learning, students will gain entry-level job skills and possible opportunities for summer work. Students will be prepared for further study in Environmental Science, Urban Forestry, Ecology, Green Environments, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

Environmental Sustainability

Students in Environmental Sustainability will investigate the complex relationships of the environment, and learn how these connections are utilized in the growing field of Sustainable Agricultural. Through lab science and discussions on the implications of modern agriculture, students will explore the importance of sustainability in global ecological systems. Students will spend time learning about the interactions of plants and animals in the environment, and then apply this information to design sustainable agricultural systems. This course asks students how careers in Agriculture and Horticulture can be improved through sustainable practices.

Floral Design and Marketing

Express your artistic ability while experiencing the world of floriculture. This course includes theory, a blend of floral design, floral handling and retail marketing. Students will create arrangements for the yearly plant sales as well as for fun. Topics studied will include floral identification, post-harvest physiology and processes, principles and elements of art, developing customer estimates and designing a floral industry business. Students will experience the growing trends in floriculture from slow flowers to contemporary design while gaining entry-level experience in floral design.

Culinary Essentials 1

Located at Bellevue and Newport
This class is an introduction to nutrition and food preparation. Students will learn about healthy food choices and demonstrate skills in fundamental food preparation methods. Units covered will include basic preparation techniques for breads, eggs, dairy, fruits, vegetables and meats. Students will learn to identify and use culinary tools and equipment, including knives, hand tools, and small appliances. Whether you are interested in culinary arts and healthy food choices for yourself or in pursuing a career in the food service industry, this course will provide you with the foundation.

Culinary Essentials 2

Located at Bellevue
This course continues to develop a student’s knowledge and skills in food preparation and service. After learning the basics in Culinary Essentials 1, it is time to explore the world of foods. Units covered will include more advanced preparation techniques for grains, stocks, sauces, soups, eggs, dairy, fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and pastries. Incorporating menu planning, nutritional analysis and some basic catering projects are also included. This course requires the student to acquire a Washington State Public Health Card. Continue your journey while developing your culinary skills.

Independent Living

Located at Newport
Students gain essential life skills in this extremely important and fun course through a variety of learning experiences. Curriculum explored include: personal finance, credit and consumerism; nutrition and basic cooking; clothing care and repair; basic home maintenance and easy repairs; resumes, careers and goal setting. Classroom activities assist the student in making informed decisions in all areas of everyday life now and in the future.

Interior Design & Housing

Located at Newport
Students will use traditional methods and computer programs to create and analyze floor plans and interior schematics. Principles of design, colors and textures will be implemented to create design projects and sample boards with many practical applications. There will also be a focus on the behavioral, social, economic, functional and aesthetic aspects of housing, interiors and furnishings. Careers in and design will be explored. Five college credits available for course completion.

Child Development

Located at Newport
A course that builds a functional understanding of the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of children from conception to adolescence. Students will study the science and research behind the concepts while also having fun learning practical applications. The class will also explore cross cultural and global perspectives. Careers in pediatrics and education will be explored.

Middle School

CS101 – Coding in Python 1

This course is an introduction to computer science and coding in Python, a professional programming language widely used in the software industry.

Python is an excellent first programming language for students new to line-based coding in that it provides simpler syntax and semantics and higher code readability than other programming languages (such as Java and C++). This minimizes complexity and allows students to focus on core computer science concepts, problem-solving, design and programming.

Students learn fundamental computer science concepts including data- statements, expressions, variables, values & errors, control structures – conditionals, while loops, indentation & function call, drawing- coordinate system, colors, animation, key & mouse input, lists, for each loops, for-in-range loops, sprite-based graphics- sprites, program structure, collision detection, functions – definition, parameters & arguments, return values & types.

CS102 – Coding in Python 2

Students learn to make professional-looking visual programs and games with sprite-based graphics, sounds, and animation. Coding in Python 2 will introduce students to the key coding techniques of functions, dictionaries, multidimensional lists, and sprite-based graphics, as well as expanding their knowledge of loops, lists, conditionals, libraries, and input by using them all in exciting new contexts.

Students will have access to professional-quality characters, backgrounds, animations and sounds to create their programs. After learning how to create and manipulate these sprites in Python, students will use proper product development processes to make more advanced and impressive programming projects than in previous Python courses.

The new concepts introduced will include: Functions, Parameters and Arguments, Return Values, Dictionaries, Two-Dimensional Lists, Sprites, Sprite sheet Animation, Collision, JSON, Product Development Lifecycle, Kanban Board.


High School

CISCO Networking Academy

Located at Newport
This course provides students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging network technology. The student will learn how to design, build, and manage corporate enterprise networks. This knowledge will empower them to enter employment, and/or further their education at college or other post-secondary educational schools. Instruction includes, but is not limited to: safety, networking, network terminology and protocols, LANs, WANs, OSI model, cabling, router programming, Ethernet, Fiber Optics, TCP/IP, and network standards.

Second semester introduces switches and Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) design, configuration and maintenance. Particular emphasis is given to the use of decision-making and problem-solving techniques while applying science, mathematics, communication, and social studies concepts to solve networking problems. Students will be prepared to take the CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Exam at the completion of the course.

Advanced CISCO – CCNP

Located at Newport
This advanced curriculum trains students to install, configure and operate local and wide area networks using protocols and technologies such as TCP/IP, OSPF, EIGRP, BGP, AAA, IPv6, MPLS, STP, DSL, VTP, Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. This course makes extensive use of labs to focus on developing skills to build campus networks using multilayer switching technologies, creating and deploying a global intranet, and troubleshooting. Be prepared to take the CISCO Certified Networking Associate (CCNP) exams at the completion of the course. Aspects of Voice-over-IP (VoIP) and CISCO Call Manager will be covered as well as aspects of VMWare and Microsoft virtualization of servers. Students also gain experience in setting up and configuring Microsoft Server products. Prerequisite: Successful completion of CISCO Networking Academy Course.

Advanced CISCO – Cybersecurity

Located at Newport
There has never been a greater need for professionals trained in cybersecurity. In today’s world everything is a target – from servers, computers, phones and routers to refrigerators and light bulbs. This course is designed to prepare students for certification in this field. Students learn how to select appropriate hardware and software to provide protection against known security threats. They perform advanced installation, configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting of CISCO IOS routers and ASA firewalls as well as generic network and server equipment. Intrusion detection and intrusion prevention features of Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA firewalls), switches and routers are discussed. Students learn how to set up site-to-site VPNs between CISCO and non- CISCO devices as well as remote access VPNs between CISCO devices and clients. Encryption algorithms such as AES, IPSEC, 3DES and MD5 are discussed and implemented. This course prepares students for the following industry standard exams: Implementing CISCO IOS Network Security (IINS); Implementing CISCO Secure Access Solutions (SISAS); Implementing CISCO Edge Network Security Solutions (SENSS); Implementing CISCO Secure Mobility Solutions (SIMOS); and Implementing CISCO Threat Control Solutions (SITCS). Completion of these exams earns a student the CISCO Certified Security Professional certification.

Computer Technology

Located at Newport
While learning basic computer maintenance and simple management of operating systems in this exploratory class, students will investigate various computer topics based on individual knowledge and interest. These topics may include computer hardware and software, simple networking, graphics, HTML, computer programming, management of computers and Information Technology career areas. Students may pursue certifications such as A+ and Microsoft Certified Desktop Professional. After taking this class, students will be better prepared to take classes such as Web Publishing, CISCO, Coding in Python 1, Video Game and Simulation, and AP Computer Science.

Web Publishing

Students will learn how web pages are produced and published on the Internet. HTML, java script, and simple java will be covered. Macromedia software will be used. Topics will include development of web pages, tags, links, forms, frames, style sheets, simple programming, and dynamic routines. Students develop their own web pages during the lab exercises. Certifications may be available.

Video Game Design/Computer Programming

Located at Bellevue and Newport
In this project-based course students will learn the fundamentals and theory of game and simulation design. Students will plan and design a series of animated games and simulations. The fundamentals of working with sprites, backgrounds, animation objects, game logic and scripting will be covered. This course provides fundamentals that would prepare students for greater success in WANIC’s DigiPen Video Game Programming course.

Video Game and Simulation Design

In this project-based course students will learn the fundamentals and theory of game and simulation design. Students will plan and design a series of animated games and simulations. The fundamentals of working with sprites, backgrounds, animation objects, game logic and scripting will be covered. This course provides fundamentals that would prepare students for greater success in WaNIC’s DigiPen Video Game Programming course.

Introduction to Computer Programming

This course will give students a broad understanding of computer and Object-Oriented programming geared towards a foundation for AP Computer Science. Students will learn to write, compile and execute programming using Game Maker, understanding fundamentals such as its keyword, data types, strings, variables and arithmetic operators. The focus is on fundamental principles of problem solving and basic concepts of Game Maker. Students will learn various control structures in and how to use them, i.e. if/then, including Boolean operator and truth tables using tools expressing design such as a flowchart.

Introduction to Mobile Application Development

Located at Bellevue and Newport
Mobile Application Development provides students the opportunity to learn the basic skills necessary to build and deploy a mobile application. The course will focus on the Android platform and students will learn the structure of the Android framework, the basics of building a touch screen based user interface, and the components necessary to build a functional application. No programming experience is necessary. Students with programming experience will be given the opportunity to apply those skills in building their applications. Students will design, build and deploy their own application for an Android device in this project-based course.

Coding in Python 1

This course is an introduction to computer science and coding in Python, a professional programming language widely used in the software industry.

Python is an excellent first programming language for students new to line-based coding in that it provides simpler syntax and semantics and higher code readability than other programming languages (such as Java and C++). This minimizes complexity and allows students to focus on core computer science concepts, problem-solving, design and programming.

Students learn fundamental computer science concepts including data- statements, expressions, variables, values & errors, control structures – conditionals, while loops, indentation & function call, drawing- coordinate system, colors, animation, key & mouse input, lists, for each loops, for-in-range loops, sprite-based graphics- sprites, program structure, collision detection, functions – definition, parameters & arguments, return values & types.

Coding in Python 2

Students learn to make professional-looking visual programs and games with sprite-based graphics, sounds, and animation. Coding in Python 2 will introduce students to the key coding techniques of functions, dictionaries, multidimensional lists, and sprite-based graphics, as well as expanding their knowledge of loops, lists, conditionals, libraries, and input by using them all in exciting new contexts.

Students will have access to professional-quality characters, backgrounds, animations and sounds to create their programs. After learning how to create and manipulate these sprites in Python, students will use proper product development processes to make more advanced and impressive programming projects than in previous Python courses.

The new concepts introduced will include: Functions, Parameters and Arguments, Return Values, Dictionaries, Two-Dimensional Lists, Sprites, Sprite sheet Animation, Collision, JSON, Product Development Lifecycle, Kanban Board.

AP Computer Science

This class is designed for students who plan to pursue a career that relies on computer technology. No computer programming experience is necessary; however, completion of Introduction to Computer Science and a strong math background will help assure success. Students will be learning Java, a widely used programming language that is the current standard for AP Computer Science. Topics include: program development cycle, program syntax, writing code techniques, variables, conditionals, iteration, methods, classes and recursion. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of how computers execute programs. Since the software is free, students will also be able to work at home and/or use district provided equipment. Students will have the opportunity to write original programs in their area of interest such as a GUI, game programming, or data management.

Special Topics in Computer Science

While AP Computer Science focused on control issues (loops, conditionals, methods, parameter passing, etc.), Special Topics in Computer Science focuses on data issues. Topics include: ADTs (abstract data types), stacks, queues, linked lists, binary trees, hashing, recursion, interfaces, inheritance and encapsulation. The course also introduces the notion of complexity and performance tradeoffs in examining classic algorithms such as sorting and searching and classic data structures such as lists, sets and maps. The course will include a mixture of data structure implementation as well as using off-the-shelf components from the Java Collections Framework and Microsoft Visual Studio C#.

Marketing, Sales & Services

Introduction to Marketing

Students will be introduced to business practices with an emphasis on day-to-day operations. Topics include: business concepts, psychology and sociology of marketing and promotion, human relations, sales and advertising. DECA is the national association for business and marketing students. As a member of DECA students will have the opportunity to attend conferences, compete and travel. Through DECA students may earn scholarships and gain state and national recognition.

Advanced Marketing and Entrepreneurship

This class provides a more in-depth study of topics introduced in the Marketing and Business class. New topics are introduced including: basic economics; business and marketing research; operations and human relations. DECA is a major part of this class and projects developed will be used in DECA competitions.

Retail Management – Student Store

Students will learn how to run a small business by operating the student store. Students will take the role of employees and managers and will be responsible for all aspects of store operation, including staffing, supervision, store maintenance, cash register and money handling procedures, customer service, purchasing, and inventory management and accounting. DECA is a part of this class and skills developed can be used in DECA competition.

Middle School

Media Technology

Located at Tyee, Tillicum, Chinook and Odle
This class is for students interested in exploring production techniques associated with graphic arts, web, photography, animation and videography. Media Technology students will explore aspects of image manipulation, non-linear video editing, graphic design, game design, and basic photography skills in incorporating technology for use with a variety of products and academic areas. The students will work individually and in groups to create a wide variety of projects demonstrating their achievements in understanding processes of the media used and creative techniques for future application in school, business or personal use.

Video Production 1

This class introduces the basics of video production utilizing camcorders, video editing software and digital workflows. Students study video technologies, basic equipment operation, video composition, audio production and visual storytelling. Students learn and practice pre-production, production and post-production skills to produce videos. Students work in groups to create projects for a variety of purposes and audiences. The student will become aware of assorted multimedia tools that can be used to enhance future educational or work-related projects and presentations. Oral or written evaluations of work will be expected on a regular basis.

Video Production 2

Located at Odle and Tyee
The students will work as a team to increase their communication, videography, editing, storytelling and computer skills for a variety of audiences and purposes. Students film an assortment of school events and topics to be shared with their school/community. Technical skills focus on advanced techniques with camera work, audio, lighting, digital workflows and storytelling techniques. Students practice 3 steps to making movies using pre-production, production and post-production skills. Students build on their foundation from Video Production 1 to tell visual stories, communicate and develop voice for school and community purposes.


High School

Radio Broadcasting

Located at Bellevue (available to students from all schools)
Radio Broadcasting covers the ins and outs of working in a real radio station. Students learn how to run a radio station as they participate in the operation and management of KASB 89.9 FM, broadcasting from Bellevue High School. The class is hands on, providing experience on professional audio equipment. This class prepares you for advanced college courses and/or for work in the industry.

Television Broadcasting

Located at Bellevue
This class produces the morning bulletin with the Radio/TV class. Use a professional news studio to produce a weekly newscast to the rest of the school. Students take part in producing and performing studio television programming in a professional television studio. Course also covers on-screen and vocal presentation. The class is hands on, providing experience on professional audio and studio video equipment. This class prepares you for advanced college courses and/or for work in the industry.

Digital Video & Audio Production 1

Are you ready for the world of Video Production? The Digital Video & Audio course is an exciting introduction into the world of video editing, filming, script writing and studio production. Students learn the various ins and outs of the media industry. Commercial, television and film production are all included. With state-of-the-art equipment, DVA students will produce commercials, public service announcements, music videos, and news stories. In addition, students will learn the production process, including concept brainstorming, storyboarding and filming, and audio recording, acting and video editing.

Digital Video & Audio Production 2

Take the next step into the exciting world of multi-media with cutting edge technology making movies and recording audio. Students will work individually and on teams producing video and audio projects for school assemblies, student activities and sports, special community events, and non-profit organizations. There will be opportunities to produce a daily TV news show for the schools closed circuit TV. Additionally, students will write and produce a short movie, animated video or CD, or music recording.

Cinematography & Cinema Production

Located at Newport
Film is an in-depth study of the nature of film as a powerful medium of communication and entertainment, and as an art form in its own right. The course is divided into three compulsory sections – textual analysis, film theory and history, and creative process — these are inextricably interwoven throughout the processes of teaching this course. Through a textual analysis of films and a study of film history students will enhance the development of their creative, analytic and production skills. Students will be required to create scripts for documentaries that study specific film styles and techniques, develop oral presentations that critically analyze short film passages, and produce short films. Film is a serious, academic approach to the study of history and film production.

Media Production (Video Production)

Located at Bellevue and Newport (available to students from all schools)
Are you interested in learning about television production, making movies, and Professional Videos? Media Production Technology covers Professional Video and Film Production. Students work in a modern video and film postproduction facility with industry standard, state-of-the-art equipment. Students get hands on experience planning, writing, directing, shooting, editing and producing video, using digital video cameras, and professional computer editors, audio and lighting equipment. Student projects are entered in local and national video and film festivals. Students explore career opportunities in this exciting and rapidly expanding industry through visits to local studios and video production facilities, and through meeting industry professionals who visit as guest speakers. This class prepares students for advanced college courses and/or for work in the industry. (Newport students will also take part in working on a student produced bi-weekly news magazine program that is shown to the entire school as well as the community.)

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Middle School

Applied Technology

This semester-long, hands-on, project-oriented class introduces STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles, concepts and guidelines so that the students engage in current topics related to industry standards and practices. It will incorporate an understanding of materials, machines and equipment as an important strategy to solve problems. Students will engage in a variety of technology problems individually and in cooperative groups focusing on collaboration, problem solving and presenting to a group. Students will use a design cycle to solve problems and challenges using the current equipment and facilities available to them in each school. Students will learn how to utilize a clean room for design and a fabrication room for model/prototype development. Participation and completion of Applied Engineering prepares students to solve open-ended problems with an engineering mindset.

Design and Production – PLTW

This activity-oriented, cutting-edge program shows students how technology is used in engineering to solve everyday problems. Students will gain the skills they need to develop, produce, and use products and services. In this course, students will use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to display their creative solutions. Students will take their designs to the shop and build a product and or prototype and will begin to recognize the value of capturing and documenting their ideas. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Robotics – PLTW

This activity-oriented, cutting-edge program shows students how technology is used in engineering to solve everyday problems. Robotics currently consists of two instructional units Automation and Robotics that motivate students to become creative innovators. Students will gain the skills they need to develop, produce, and build innovative products and prototypes through problem solving and working in collaborative groups. They will face a variety of challenges that help them apply mechanical principals and programming skills.

Flight and Space – PLTW

Located at Odle and Tyee
This semester-long, hands-on, project-oriented class introduces the exciting world of aerospace. Students explore the science and history behind aeronautics and use their knowledge to design, build, and test different projects throughout the semester. Simulation software will be used to test and design ideas prior to building and testing prototypes. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Space, Science and Technology

Located at Highland
Space, Science and Technology (SST) is a class that applies STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles. SST uses activity-based space training stations (STS). Students work in cooperative learning groups as they rotate through a variety of STS stations including Robotics, Aerodynamics, Electronics, Final Frontier, Geodesics, Lasers, Computer Aided Design, Space Stations, Venus Topography, Solar System, Artificial Satellites and Observing the Sun. Students will build and launch solid fuel model rockets and solder together electronic kits. New stations are added as the exciting world of space exploration evolves. NASA materials are used extensively.


High School

Introduction to Robotics

Located at Sammamish
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore the basics of robotics and build skills necessary for success in STEM careers. Students will complete a variety of hands on challenges that will require the design, construction and programming of robots to learn the basics of robots including hardware, motors, controls, and sensors. Students will also be introduced to the basics of programming with ROBOTC. In addition, this course will provide opportunities for students to develop collaboration, problem-solving, and communication skills.

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

Located at Sammamish
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Principles of Engineering (POE)

Located at Sammamish
Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Special Topics in Engineering

Located at Sammamish
This course builds on the skills developed in the previous course. Students serve as the project engineer, as they run their own large scale projects for community partners with more independence than in previous courses; student will research, design, test and ultimately present their final solution to a real stakeholder, solving a real world problem for a member of the community. Additional design elements introduced include cost, quality, scheduling and manufacturing considerations.

Nanotechnology

Located at Newport
Nanotechnology is rapidly developing as the promising technology of the future. There are a growing number undergraduate and graduate programs focused in nanotechnology (including Nanotechnology Ph.D. program at the University of Washington). The ability to fabricate material structures on the nanometer scale will greatly influence future developments in biology, chemistry, and physics. At the same time, practical applications of nanotechnology are expected to revolutionize fields like computer engineering, electronics, communications, medicine, transportation and space exploration by making new materials, sensors, and devices.

Middle School

Media Technology

Located at Tyee, Tillicum, Chinook and Odle
This class is for students interested in exploring production techniques associated with graphic arts, web, photography, animation and videography. Media Technology students will explore aspects of image manipulation, non-linear video editing, graphic design, game design, and basic photography skills in incorporating technology for use with a variety of products and academic areas. The students will work individually and in groups to create a wide variety of projects demonstrating their achievements in understanding processes of the media used and creative techniques for future application in school, business or personal use.


High School

Photography 1

Students learn to capture and compose images with a camera and to develop compositional skills with a photographic eye. Students will also learn the history and development of photographic technology while exploring its importance in journalism, advertising, fine art, and commercial applications for possible career choices. The emphasis will be on digital photography. Postproduction including Photoshop will also be a major focus of the class.

Photography 2

Under guidance of the instructor the advanced student of photography will extend and refine the skills and techniques introduced in Photography, including creating and manipulating digital images in Photoshop. Advanced photography students will develop their portfolio in breadth (variety of photographic approaches) or concentration (theme for a body of work) as part of this class. Portfolio development is applicable for the student’s future AP 2-D Design Portfolio.

AP Photography Portfolio/2-D Design

In this two-semester course, AP Photography students will work on a 2-D Design Portfolio as defined by the Advanced Placement Studio Art criteria. The 2D Design Portfolio includes (but is not limited to): graphic design, typography, digital imaging, collage & photography. Students will continue their advanced exploration of photography, including camera work and digital editing.

Technical Theater

Students will concentrate on the major areas of theatre technology including, production, design, construction, and performance. Students will learn how to design sets, scenery, lights, sound, and learn about the responsibilities and roles for Stage Manager, Production Manager and House Manager. Students will learn about all areas of Technical Theatre and specialize in one or two areas. Some afternoon and evening work is required in addition to in-class production work. Students will acquire behind-the-scenes stage experience through the production of 2-3 shows during the year. Students who complete the course can pass an operations test with the district and can become employed by the district to work in the Performing Arts Centers.