Art Courses

    Studio Art (1 year)
    -Open enrollment to all students 9-12. This course is a prerequisite for drawing and painting, advanced studio, and independent study. This course satisfies the NYS graduation requirement for one credit in the arts. Concentration is on the elements of art and the principles of design along with learning the basics of art criticism. In addition to this, students study media, explore the creative process, techniques and art appreciation. Weekly sketch book assignments are required. Enrollment limited to 20 per class.
    Drawing and Painting (1 Year) - This course is for students who have had Studio Art. This course provides a more in depth study of drawing techniques and the painting media. Students are required to draw on a daily basis and are given specific assignments, which allow them to explore the media and process of painting. In addition to this, they study the history of painting from the caveman to present. Weekly sketchbooks are required. Class limited to 20.
    Advanced Studio - * MVCC Dual Credit course FA 101

    For Juniors/Seniors who have had Studio Art and Drawing/Painting. This course is for those who want to continue their study ofthe arts and complete an art sequence. This course focuses on studying the masters along with mastering a chosen media. In the later part of the course, students are encouraged and guided to develop their own personal style and approach to art. The students are able to choose much of their own media and design many of their own projects. Sketchbooks are a requirement and graded. 

    Clay and Ceramics ( ½ year) - Open to all students who have had Studio Art. The course studies clay bodies, glazes/under glazes, methods, and techniques along with throwing on the wheel.
    Photography ( ½ year) -Open to all students who have had Studio Art. This course introduces students to concepts and techniques in creating quality images by manually controlling exposure, focus, and light. Students will learn photography's history by studying photographers and early processes as well as modern digital technologies. Images will be created using digital cameras with emphasis on creating the highest quality with a camera. Projects will range from "real world" assignments to artistic in nature. Students will be encouraged to create photographs with both artistic and technical merit. The class will explore career opportunities for photographers as well. A digital camera with manual settings/controls (M) is recommended, not required. Qualifies for Art Sequence credit.
    Senior Portfolio (1 Year) - Open to all Seniors who have completed Advanced Studio. This course concentrates on creating an Art Portfolio showing a variety of media, refined technique and presentation. Students may use this portfolio for application to college, whether majoring in art or not. It can be taken as an independent study at teacher's discretion if class is not offered.




    English 9

     The English 9 course will emphasize the basic literacy skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, with a concentration on analysis. Literature is studied through genre, including an introduction to the Shakespearean drama, poetry, a variety of short stories, fictional novels, and a research unit involving media technology. The writing process is emphasized, with the steps of planning, drafting, and revising modeled for students. Vocabulary is studied in context, and organization and study skills are integrated into units.

    English 10

    The English 10 course will expand on the work done in the ninth grade.  Improvement in the areas of reading, writing, listening, analysis, and critical thinking will be fostered through the work accomplished in the writing process and literature units, including an introduction to the epic poem, fictional and allegorical novels, Shakespearean drama, poetry, research through the use of media technology, vocabulary in context, and organization and study skills.


    English 11 - This program is designed to develop skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing. An emphasis is also placed on fostering a greater understanding and enjoyment of literature. Vocabulary development and writing clarity are stressed throughout the program. Typical works studied include Death of a Salesman, The Scarlet Letter, The Red Badge of Courage, and The Crucible, plus a variety of short stories, essays, poetry, and plays.

    English 12 - Seniors in English 12 spend the vast portion of the school year sophisticating their writing skills for college and career readiness.  This entails an extensive research project utilizing correct MLA documentation, as well as a focus on varying sentence structure through a variety grammatical constructions.  We also still read an assorted survey of literature, including the American drama A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, portions of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English poetry, and the memoir Tuesdays with Morrie by acclaimed Detroit Free Press journalist Mitch Albom. 


    DC English 12 - EN 101 MVCC-

    *** Students must meet minimum requirement on MVCC Placement Test

    Students may earn the opportunity to join this class based on their MVCC placement test score.  Successful completion of this course and its assignments may earn students 3 college credits and exemption from the traditional freshman Writing Composition course. The curriculum for this optional and elite section is in addition to the requirements from the NYS common core curriculum for English 12.  The Mohawk Valley Community College EN 101 Course Description states: “This course focuses on several kinds of writing- self-expressive, informative, argumentative/ persuasive, and others.  The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.”  A minimum of 5 essay assignments are required, including narrative, description, argumentative, and extended definition, each 3-5 pages long, and an extended research paper (6-10 pages). The course follows MVCC's required text The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings and Handbook by Bullock, Daly-Goggin, and Weinberg.


    AP Literature & Composition - 

    According to the College Board, "An AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers.  As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.  The works taught in the course require careful, deliberate reading and invite and reward rereading.  Students will read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a work's complexity, to absorb its richness of meaning, and to analyze how that meaning is embodied in literature form. Writing is an integral part of the AP English Literature and Composition course and exam.  Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature.  The goal of writing is to explain clearly, even elegantly, what they understand about literary works and why they interpret them as they do."

    We prepare for the AP exam with timed multiple choice reading comprehension questions, vocabulary study in context, and writing essays from past AP exams. Our school's AP English Literature curriculum is organized thematically and includes drama, novels, and poetry. Literature pieces vary slightly from year to year, but one thing that will not vary is the expectation to read carefully and purposefully.


    ELA AIS- Extra individualized instruction in reading and writing is required for students whose standardized scores are below the state reference point.  Students may also be recommended by an ELA teacher for this extra support.  Although students receiving this instruction are being prepared to meet the minimum Regents examination standard required for graduation, English class work is also a focus of this lab. 

    Senior Seminar Seniors who elect to enroll in this seminar will be guided through the college application process, including researching prospective schools, creating a resume, writing the application essay, applying for financial aid and scholarships, practicing interview skills, preparing for adult life responsibilities, and, in general, learning how to navigate the transition from high school to post-secondary education.




       Family & Consumer Science Courses


    Child Psychology (1 credit)  - This course is designed to provide students with the understanding of the following topics: personality development, theories of development, contemporary issues facing children and adolescents, youth and the media, expectations of society on youth, the impact of family and community on development, child development (physical, emotional, social and intellectual)and personal relationships. 

     Foods and Nutrition - (1 credit)  - This course is designed to help students become familiar with nutrition concepts, current trends and research in nutrition. Students will learn how to apply nutrition knowledge to everyday living and to develop skills in menu planning, food purchasing, preparation, and service. Students will also explore careers and employment opportunities in the food and nutrition field.

    Advanced Food Preparation (1 credit)   - This course builds upon the fundamentals presented in Food and Nutrition with emphasis on creativity and professionalism in meal planning, service, entertaining, entrepreneurship, cultural food, and gourmet cooking. This course is offered to students with proven interest in advanced cooking methods leading to a possible career in  food service and/or hospitality. Students will be expected to taste the foods they prepare, as well as taste for adding seasonings. ***Students must have completed Foods and Nutrition as a prerequisite.   



       Health Courses
    Health Education ( ½ year)
    The health course offers a comprehensive study of critical areas of today's health problems. These areas include body systems, mental health, nutrition, problems of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, disease prevention and control, consumer education, family life education, human ecology, public health protection, accident prevention and basic first aid procedures. The intent throughout this course is to stimulate thought and general discussion so health can have a more personal meaning to each student.
    French I  - This course consists of the learning of basic vocabulary and structure of the language. Students also learn to manipulate verbs in the present tense. Aside from the basic structures students also learn the culture patterns of the French people, and how they differ from our lifestyles.


    French II - French II deals with more complex language structures. Students learn the uses of the past and future tenses and become more familiar with the written language. They also learn of the different areas of France and why they are important.


    French III - This course deals with the most complex of the language structures. Students are introduced to compound tenses and subjunctive. They also become involved in long readings. Composition work becomes more important.


    French IV - French IV is very much like a college course. It should actually be called Literature and Composition. Students do a literary survey of French Literature from the Renaissance to Modern Times including poems, essays, stories, and plays.

    Intermediate French 201 and 202  (French V)   *MVCC Dual Credit Course


    The intermediate sequence is designed to continue the development of the students’ ability to communicate in the language through the language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The sequence includes a review and further study of pronunciation  grammar, and vocabulary.  Civilization, literature, contemporary issues, and everyday situations constitute the subject mater for communication.  The second semester is the continuation of the first. Upon successful completion of this course you will earn 6 MVCC college credits.  (There is no fee for these credits.)

    Spanish I - Spanish I is an introduction to learning the fundamentals of the Spanish language. A basic vocabulary is learned, including an ability to utilize verbs in the present tense. Both oral and written communications are stressed. In addition, students become aware of the various Spanish speaking cultures.


    Spanish II - Spanish II further enriches students written and oral ability, including the introduction to other indicative verb tenses, formal commands, and advanced grammatical structures. Utilizing Spanish, the student speaks and writes about Spanish America and Spain.


    Spanish III - Spanish III offers students a more complex study of the language structure, including an exposure to all very tenses (indicative and subjunctive) and idioms. Students read, write and speak from a variety of sources. Stress is placed on the ability to be understood by a native speaker.


    Spanish IV - This course is an in-depth study of all forms of Spanish literature and history. Much of the study is individualized. Strong emphasis is placed on fluent oral as well as written communication. Grammatical structure and vocabulary are constantly reviewed and enriched.


    Chinese Level 2A

    Pre-requisite: Chinese 1C

    This is the first of a two-year sequence that will progress through the second level of traditional language study. This is a sequential course that continues the teaching of Chinese beginning at the Checkpoint B of the New York State standards. The student enters the course with basic concepts of Chinese. Students build upon vocabulary, grammar and character writing. Students will begin to express themselves with some degree of fluency and fluidity in all four language skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading.

    Chinese Level 2B

    Pre-requisite: Chinese 2A

    This is the second of a two-year sequence that progresses through the second level of traditional language study. It is available only to students who have successfully completed the Mandarin Chinese sequence of courses through Level 2a. The student enters the course will solid skills and concepts of second language learning. The student also shows advancement progression of skills particularly in the writing and speaking of Chinese. In the sequential course Mandarin Chinese 2b, the student will continue to build vocabulary, grammar and character writing to show extended knowledge of the language to where the student is able to sustain lengthier conversations in the target language and write in Chinese with an element of fluidity and continuity. This is approached through all four areas of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The student advances in ability of expression with an increased degree of fluency and fluidity from the Mandarin Chinese 2a course.

    Chinese Level 3

    Prerequisite: Chinese Level 2A & 2B

    This course focuses on the advancement of the four skills of language learning: speaking, listening, reading and writing. It is designed to increase proficiency so that students are capable of communicating with a native speaker in such areas as socializing, obtaining information and expressing personal feelings. Grammar and vocabulary are studied through a variety of activities that deal with these areas. Increased emphasis will be placed on the writing of Chinese characters to expand the student’s ability to write in Chinese. Students at this level are preparing for the Checkpoint B exam in June. Successful completion of this exam will provide students with a World Language sequence thus fulfilling one of the Advanced Regents Diploma requirements.

      Mathematics Courses

    Pre-Algebra-     A first year high school mathematics course covering a review of fundamental arithmetic skills; operations with decimals; percents and fractions; ratio and proportion; introduction to probability and statistics; operations with integers; and an introduction to geometry. In addition, students will learn to work with algebraic expressions and equations. This course is designed to improve basic skills before beginning Algebra.      

    Integrated Algebra  - is the first mathematics course in the high school. The integrated algebra course set forth here is not the algebra of 30 years ago.  The focal point of this course is the algebra content strand. Algebra provides tools and ways of thinking that are necessary for solving problems in a wide variety of disciplines, such as science, business, social sciences, fine arts, and technology.  This course will assist students in developing skills and processes to be applied using a variety of techniques to successfully solve problems in a variety of settings.

    Problem situations may result in all types of linear equations in one variable, quadratic functions with integral coefficients and roots as well as absolute value and exponential functions.  Coordinate geometry will be integrated into the investigation of these functions allowing students to make connections between their analytical and geometrical representations.  Problem situations resulting in systems of equations will also be presented. Alternative solution methods should be given equal value within the strategies used for problem solving.  For example, a matrix solution to a system of equations is just as valid as a graphical solution or an algebraic algorithm such as elimination.  Measurement within a problem-solving context will include calculating rates using appropriate units and converting within measurement systems.  Data analysis including measures of central tendency and visual representations of data will be studied.  An understanding of correlation and causation will be developed and reasonable lines of best fit will be used to make predictions.  Students will solve problem situations requiring right triangle trigonometry.  Elementary probability theory will be used  to determine the probability of events including independent, dependent and mutually exclusive events. Students will sit for a NYS Regents Examination at the end of this course


    Geometry - Geometry is the second course in mathematics.  Students will make conjectures about geometric situations and prove that their conclusion follows logically from their hypothesis.  This course will integrate synthetic, transformational and coordinate approaches to geometry where students will justify geometric relationships and properties of geometric figures.  Congruence and similarity of triangles will be established using appropriate theorems.  Transformations including rotations, reflections, translations and glide reflections will be covered. A major emphasis of this course is to investigate geometric situations with a focus on properties of triangles, quadrilaterals and circles.  Students will learn to use traditional tools of compass and straightedge as well as technology to assist in the investigations. Students will sit for a NYS Regents Examination at the end of this course.   

    Algebra 2/Trigonometry is the final course in the Regents Mathematics curriculum and is required for a Advanced Regents Diploma. This course is a continuation and extension of the two courses that preceded it, with an emphasis on advanced algebraic techniques.  Integration of technology is an important facet of this course and students will become very familiar with the TI-83 graphing calculator and its application to problem solving.

    Within this course, the number system will be extended to include imaginary and complex numbers and we will study families of functions including polynomials, absolute value, radical, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic.  Problems resulting in systems of equations will be solved graphically and algebraically.  Within each unit, practical applications will be explored and modeled.  Data analysis and statistics will also be explored to include measures of dispersion, regression models, and correlation coefficients. Arithmetic and geometric sequences will be discussed and binomial experiments will provide a basis for the study of probability theory.  The study of trigonometry will be expanded to include the investigation of periodic functions and the reciprocal trigonometric functions.  This will include both analytic and graphic representations.  Multiple problem situations including real world applications of trigonometry will be explored.  This will involve the further exploration of trigonometric equations, formulas and identities. Students will sit for a NYS Regents Examination at the end of this course.   

    Pre-Calculus-This course is a very comprehensive course including topics such as: advanced algebra, finding roots of an equation, advanced trigonometry, natural logarithms, and data collection. The course constantly integrates the graphing calculator. The prerequisite for this course would be the successful completion of Algebra2/Trig.


    AP Calculus AB -This curriculum is a course sponsored by the College Board. Topics include: limits, derivatives, curve sketching, related rates, integrals, area under a curve, volume of a solid, differential equations, and rectilinear motion. The course covers the entire first semester of college calculus and approximately two-thirds of the second semester of college calculus. The students will be prepared to take an advanced placement exam offered by the College Board and may receive college credit for calculus.


    An acceleration program in mathematics will enable the student who is pursuing a Regents diploma with distinction, the opportunity to pursue a 5 unit sequence in mathematics.

     The 5 units in mathematics sequence will begin with Algebra in Grade 8.


    Accounting   - This is a full year course that concentrates on the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)applied to a service business set up as a proprietorship and a merchandising business set up as a partnership.  Topics include: analyzing,journalizing and posting transactions, adjusting entries, completion of the work sheet, financial statements, and the closing process, accounting for cash, payroll accounting and the special journals are also covered.

      Music Courses

    Concert Choir ( ½ credit or 1 credit) - Concert choir is open to any student in grades 9-12.The student must be willing to actively participate in rehearsals and performances. No audition is required. The choir presents three concerts a year, with trips outside the school for additional performances. A  smaller group, the Chamber Choir, is selected by audition from the full choir. Chamber Choir rehearsals are held after school. Students who are scheduled for choir rehearsals every day receive 1 academic credit per year. Students scheduled for rehearsal 3 days per week receive ½ credit. In certain cases, with permission of the instructor, a student may audit the course if he or she wishes to participate but cannot schedule the course.

    Band (1/2 credit or 1 credit)
    Concert band is open to any student in grades 9-12 who plays a band instrument. Students coming from the middle school must have been members of the Junior Band in order to sign up for Concert Band.  Students are required to attend band lessons throughout the year in order to receive credit.  The Concert Band performs in four concerts throughout the year (Winter, Pops, Spring & Graduation).  Other performances, assemblies and field trips may be arranged. 


    Jazz Ensemble I - New members of Jazz I are chosen by audition. All members of the Jazz Ensemble must be involved in one of the other instrumental concert bands.(Exceptions will be made only in the case of guitar, bass or piano as these are instruments not normally found in concert band.)Jazz I rehearses once a week at a time to be determined. They perform in several concerts, assemblies, etc. throughout the year.

    Jazz Ensemble II - Any instrumental music student may be a member of Jazz II. All prerequisites which apply to Jazz I also apply to Jazz II.

    Drama (.5 credit) - This course will contain a variety of drama related topics including history, set design,and costumes. Students will work on their improvisation skills as well as general acting skills. This will be an active class and will work toward performances of monologues, duo, and small group scenes.The class enrollment is limited to 20 students.

    Music Theory I (.5 credit)-  Music theory is a half year, 1/2 credit course that aims to develop and mature students' understanding of the way music works. This curriculum was designed to follow the state requirements for Regents designation and will help students develop their music skills through, critical listening, analysis, and composition. The course will focus on the principles of Western Tonal Harmony (European and American) and will help develop students' creative and critical thinking skills through recognizing the themes and various patterns that exist in all Western music (i.e., Classical, Romantic, 20th Century ,Modern Rock). Students will be expected to complete course work, as well as unit exams. Instruction will be assisted by use of Textbook and various listening exercises.  Although, there are no requirements to enroll in the course as we will begin at the beginning, students should posses a basic understanding of the musical staff and basic rhythms from elementary and middle music classes (i.e., music, choir, band). 

    Music Appreciation (.5 HS credit)    ***MVCC Dual Credit HU 186

    Students may receive college credit and/or local Sauquoit credit. This course develops musical perception, understanding, and appreciation.  It is appropriate for those with no formal musical training. This course provides an introduction to musical styles and forms through listening.  It is based on the premise that repeated listening leads to a greater understanding and a more rewarding experience of music.  Through use of the listening charts in the text, discussion in class, and additional readings, students will develop a deeper appreciation and awareness of the similarities and differences that make-up the music of our cultural identity both locally and globally.

     Science Courses

    Laboratory Requirements:

    The student must complete a minimum of 1200minutes of laboratory activities and shall prepare a written report verifying this work for admittance into the Regents Examination. The instructor may require more laboratory time than the minimum for better preparation for the Regents Exam. 

    High School Science Course Policy

    The high school science department feels very strongly that all 4 core regents sciences are essential as a base for all future college or AP science courses.  Therefore, we require that the four regents sequence courses (Earth Science, LivingEnvironment, Chemistry, and Physics) must be completed before taking any AP science classes at Sauquoit.  Students upto the challenge may take their 4th regents science in conjunction with an AP science course with departmental consent.

     Physical Setting - Earth Science - Through lecture, demonstration, and laboratory activities, this course provides the student with an understanding of geology which is the processes which occur on the Earth. These processes include: weathering, erosion, deposition, rock formation, mountain building, etc. Also, an introduction to mineral identification, astronomy, meteorology, climatology, and oceanography are included.


    Natural Science -Living Environment - This course is designed to provide students with an awareness of the natural world, basic biological concepts, and understandings of the biological processes. This course includes biochemistry, maintenance of plants and animals, human anatomy and physiology, heredity, evolution, and ecology.

    Physical Setting - Chemistry - Chemistry is concerned with the structure and composition of matter and the changes it undergoes. Specific areas covered are atomic structure, types of reactions, ionization and acid-base theory, bonding, chemical kinetics and equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, and organic chemistry.

    Recommended Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra, Earth Science, and Living Environment
     Physical Setting - Physics - Physics is the study of motion and energy, along with their transformations.  The general areas of study include mechanics, work and energy, electricity, wave motion, and modern theory.  The lab component will provide a hands on emphasis of these concepts, and a working understanding of algebra is essential.  This class will provide a very solid base for any typical future college physics course. 

    Recommended Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra, Earth Science, and Living Environment.


    Advanced Placement Physics - This course provides a strong foundation in physics for students in the life sciences, pre-medicine, and applied sciences. The class will cover classical mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and modern physics. The class is non-calculus based, but includes more rigorous math than standard physics. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the four Regents Science courses.

     Advanced Placement Biology - The AP Biology course emphasizes two major goals:1) to enable students to develop a real understanding of the principal concepts in Biology, and 2) to experience science as a process of problem solving and discovery. The course is divided into eight major themes; 1) science as a process, 2) evolution, 3) energy transfer, 4) continuity and change, 5)relationship of structure to function, 6) regulation, 7) interdependence in nature, 8) science, technology, and society. Also there are 12 required labs based on the course work. The AP Examination in Biology is offered in May for this course. The test emphasizes both lecture material and the 12 labs. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the four Regents Science courses.

     Advanced Placement Chemistry - is the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. Students will attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. This course should contribute to the development of the students' abilities to think clearly and to express ideas with clarity and logic. An emphasis is placed on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of chemical principles. A laboratory experience equivalent to that of a typical college course is provided. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the four Regents Science courses.

    Chemistry in the Community

    - In this course you will learn how the chemicals around us interact with the environment and humans. Topics will include: chemicals in our everyday lives, conserving our chemical resources, chemistry of the air and climate, water quality, and health risks and choices. Lab experiences will accompany the lecture material.(½ year course) 

      Forensic Science - The class introduces students to the fundamental scientific aspects in the field of forensics and focuses on the activities of the crime lab. Students will become actively involved in crime scene investigations and evidence collection. They will explore the methods used by scientists to link suspects and victims to crimes. The course will emphasize scientific inquiry, and students will be required to come up with their own conclusions.

      Social Studies Courses

    Global History and Geography 9 and 10   - The global history and geography core curriculum is designed to focus on the five social studies standards, common themes that recur across time and place, and eight historical units. This course is divided between grades 9 and 10 with a Comprehensive Regents Examination covering both years in the curriculum.  

    Global 9 Honors  - Global 9 Honors is rooted in the Regents Global 9curriculum and will address the same themes, standards, and units as the Regents course.  Additionally, Global 9 Honors will introduce skills, concepts, and methods to prepare students for success in future AP courses.  Students taking Global 9 Honors should be prepared for additional reading and writing assignments as well as a higher expected level of performance.

    AP World History  - The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriated analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences as well as comparisons among major societies.


    AP European History -

    AP® European history is a college-level survey course using a college-level text. It covers the political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and artistic heritage of Europe. It spans the period from 1450 to the beginning of the 21st century. It expects students to analyze historical evidence and read the analysis of both the primary textbook and of others to recognize trends and patterns over the last 600 years:


    • the rise of nation-states and the competition among them

    • the impact of economic innovation on states and individuals

    • the interaction between forces of progress and tradition

    • the struggle by women, peasants, workers, and ethnic and religious minorities for


    • the advantages and destruction brought about by the European search for dominion

    over new lands and peoples


    This will be an extremely challenging course that will involve a great deal of time management.  You will be required to take the AP European History exam (in early May) as well as the New York State Global History and Geography Regents exam in June, that all tenth grade students must take to meet graduation requirements.  This course will be treated as a college-level course and one of the most important skills that you will need to develop is the ability to take effective notes.  We will spend time, especially at the beginning of the year, on note-taking.  Through this, you will be able to find the best form of note taking for you.  Next is the completion of assigned tasks. This, of course, is expected. Work assigned is work that must be completed. Exceptions are illness and emergencies. Completion of tasks is a “real world” concern since it has implications in your own personal values and abilities to complete tasks in a work place. Good work habits are essential in a highly competitive world.

    United States History and Government - One major goal of the State social studies curriculum,K-11, calls for students to learn about the structure and function of governments and to learn how to take on their roles as citizens. Students should understand those basic principles and the cultural heritage that support our democracy so that they can become informed, committed participants in our democracy. This core curriculum focuses on how individuals and groups throughout history have challenged and influenced public policy and constitutional change. These examples and this course of study should help students understand how ordinary citizens and groups of people interacted with lawmakers and policymakers and made a difference. This course will end with a Regents Examination.

     AP United States History  -  * MVCC Dual Credit Course HI 111 & 112

    The AP program is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in US history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials-their relevance to a given interpretive problem, the irreliability, and their importance-and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP US history course thus develops the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.


    Participation in Government (.5 credit)-   *MVCC Dual Credit Course PS101

    This course introduces the discipline of political science through the study of American government. Topics include  the concept of the Constitution, Federalism, and the role of the Supreme Courtin civil rights. It stresses these aspects of the American political system, public opinion, voting behavior. American government, and political science, has a significant effect on your daily life on even the smallest scale. While taking this course, you are expected to keep abreast of current events as they apply to the topics we cover and be able to apply your knowledge of these news events to class discussions and writing. I highly recommend reading the NewYork Times (online or in print) to get a good idea of current national issues. Emphasis in this course will be placed on understanding the actors, conflicts, and processes in the American government system and your ability to analyze and evaluate divergent theories and perspectives on what government should be. Major Topics include the historical development of the Constitution and Federalism, the American political economy, political culture, and mass media, voting, campaigns, political parties and interest groups, legislative,executive, and judicial branches of the government, and civil rights, social, economic, and foreign policy.

     Economics (.5 credit)-

    Economics, the Enterprise System, and Finance” examines the principles of the United States free market economy in a global context. Students will examine their individual responsibility for managing their personal finances. Students will analyze the role of supply and demand in determining the prices individuals and businesses face in the product and factor markets, and the global nature of these markets. Students will study changes to the workforce in the United States and the role of entrepreneurs in our economy, as well as the impact of globalization. Students will explore the challenges facing the United States free market economy in a global environment and various policy-making opportunities available to government to address these challenges.


      Technology Education Courses

    Architectural Drawing


    Prerequisite: DDP, or permission of instructor






    This one unit course is designed for studying the planning and design considerations needed for a one family dwelling. A good deal of time is spent understanding our present homes, materials used, and construction techniques. Also, different types of architectural techniques will be studied. Students will draw a set of plans on the computer for a home of their own, as well as other dwellings, using AutoCAD and D.C.A. engineering software. This course will also include a civil engineering section as well to learn if what you design will actually work in the real world.


    DDP- Design and Drawing for Production

    Note: Fulfills one unit Art/Music requirement

    Numerous commands and command sequences are learned and applied in competing simple one, two, and three view technical drawings. Three-dimensional modeling is covered once the basics of two-dimensional drawing are mastered. Various elements of design are discussed and then utilized as well as assorted 3-D modeling exercises.






    This new curriculum starts from the concept of developing a 3-D model of an object-first by hand then using other tools such as computers.. Once the model is created, the object, whether a teapot or a space shuttle, can be observed from many different viewpoints: animated,textured, rendered, highlighted or re-proportioned. This 3-D model representation has become the industry standard.








    Possible Projects/Activities:

    -Bridge Building (West Point bridge builder), Reverse Engineering: Students will measure an object and produce a 3-D CAD model of the part. Quality Control: Students will evaluate the quality of man-made objects, 3-D Modeling. Students will select a consumer product and trace the design changes over the history of the product and suggest future innovations. Students will design a model of an object made from "4x8" sheet of plywood (4x8 inch gray cardboard) using only six cuts(no waste allowed). Students will produce a computer generated model, set of working drawings, and a cardboard model.

    Digital Electronics  **MVCC Dual Credit ET 235

    Digital Electronics is a full year course designed to expose students to the terms and conditions of electronics in today's digital world.  It begins with an overview of analog and digital fundamentals and terminology, binary number Systems and Boolean algebra, gates and digital logic circuits, and digital circuit design and fabrication. Students will use “Livewire” software to design and test digital circuitry, then set up, wire, and troubleshoot these circuits using breadboards and test equipment. This course is designed as a foundation course in a sequence of pre-engineering.  

    -This course can also be used as a substitute for the third year of math or science required of all students provided they have passed all required exams needed for graduation purposes.  

    -This course is a dual credit course with MVCC, fulfilling the course requirements for ET 235 (4 credits).

    ET 235 Course Description (from MVCC.edu):  This course provides an overview of the basic logic circuits inherent in all digital electronics applications. Topics include the various numbering systems, encoders and decoders used in digital systems, binary logic gates, flip-flops, counters, and shift registers with arithmetic circuits. Memories and interfacing of digital and analog devices are also investigated. Experiments supporting related information are designed to provide maximum hands-on experience for students with no prior training in electronics.


    Photoshop (1/2 credit)

    Photoshop is a course where students study different parts of design and printing. This course will use a variety of projects, which allows the student to explore web and graphic design with a hands-on approach. Students will use computers and other digital medium to design and create projects using Adobe Photoshop. The world of printing will also be explored and the different methods of printing of materials that the students are familiar with such mediums as magazines, newspaper, etc. Students will be able to construct eye pleasing visual displays either for the print media or web. Note: This course is taught entirely online.


    Video Production 2 (½ credit)

    Prerequisite: Video Production 1

    In this course, we will continue developing the techniques in filming and editing that we did in Video Production 1.  Students will experiment more with live video production as well as camera techniques, editing, and other areas of production that are involved with video.  More collaborations with larger groups of students will take place to develop longer, more detailed films.









    Principles of Engineering


    Credit: 1


    Prerequisite: DDP or approval by course instructor









    Note: This course can be used as a substitute for the third year of math or science required of all students provided they have passed all required exams needed for graduation purposes. 









    Principles of Engineering is a full year course designed to introduce students to the concepts and principles, skills and techniques, and attitudes common to the engineering field. Through short learning activities and a series of real world case studies, students develop concepts in engineering design, modeling, systems, optimization, technology/society interaction, and engineering ethics. This course also develops a relationship between mathematics concepts, scientific principles, and technological practices in the completion of assigned tasks.




    Possible Projects/Activities:


    -Automobile Crash Test Study, Egg Crash Vehicle Activity, Real-world Problem Solving, Fuel Cells, Solar Powered Products






    Residential Structures


    Credit: 1


    Prerequisite: None






    Course Description:


    This course is designed to provide students with a general understanding of the materials and processes used in constructing and designing residential structures. This course was created predominately as a hands on course where students will gain knowledge through direct contact with materials and processes commonly used in the construction of new homes. Students will work on projects such as; constructing scale models of house framing, constructing a storage shed, and working on mock wall sections where students will utilize techniques for installing, plumbing, insulation, electrical work, sheet-rock, hanging doors and windows, and installing cabinetry. Students will also explore the history of residential structures, and investigate job opportunities and career training options that are available in the field of residential construction.





    Possible Projects/Activities:


    -Safely use power tools, Build small project to to take home (bird house, picture frame, etc...), Learn to estimate building material cost, Blueprint Reading, Basic electrical work (outlets, lights, ceiling fans, etc...), Residential plumbing (copper, plastic, valves, sink repair, etc...), Roofing, Deck and porch construction, Culminating project: Build a small building









    Video Production


    Credit: ½


    Prerequisite: None





    Course Description:




    Students will create short video clips by editing sound and video from multiple sources. The goal of this course is to teach students a wide variety of aspects that are involved with video production. By the end of this course, students will be familiar with various kinds of production formats such as biography, news story, short movie, and more. Students will also learn how to operate video production equipment such as cameras and editing software.




    Possible Projects/Activities:




    -Editing, Sound, Careers in Video Production, Software and Equipment Tutorial, Story Design, Script Writing, Commercials, Weekly News-Local Coverage, Current Events-National Coverage, Public Service Announcement, People at Work, Mini-Drama, Campus Story, Mood Piece, Music Video


    Communication Systems: ½  unit-Systems Course

    Communication Systems is a course designed to study the application of technical means to extend the ability to communicate with others, using such devices as radio, television, satellites and computers.  Students will learn desktop publishing, photo manipulation, graphic design, basic radio and television production skills, use digital cameras, and learn how to create effective presentations.  These skills are essential to many career fields in today's world.  Prerequisite - None

    Web Development: ½ unit-Elective

    Web development is a course that will delve into the world of computer programming.  Students will learn the basics of different programming languages, as well as mobile app development. Prerequisite-None

    Energy 1⁄2 unit-Foundation Course

    This on-line course involves an in-depth study of energy technology as a resource of society. Emphasis will be placed upon the most recent technological developments related to each energy source.  In this class, students explore alternate energy sources such as wind power, hydro-power,and solar energy, comparing them with exhaustible resources such as nuclear and traditional fossil fuels, including hydrofracking and natural gas.  Students take a global perspective on energy sources by comparing economic, efficiency, political and environmental impacts of using different energy sources.