CURRICULUM GUIDE - East Aurora Union Free School

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CURRICULUM GUIDE - East Aurora Union Free School

EAST AURORA HIGH SCHOOL

2011 - 2012

CURRICULUM GUIDE


EAST AURORA HIGH SCHOOL

1003 Center Street

East Aurora, New York 14052-3098

716 / 687-2500

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

East Aurora High School will be a positive physical, emotional, and intellectual

environment. The school will offer a variety of experiences (in and out of the classroom)

which foster emotional and intellectual growth. It will also encourage varied teaching

approaches appropriate to students’ needs and teachers’ strengths.

COUNSELING CENTER

Telephone 716 / 687-2509

Facsimile No. 716 / 655-3976

College Board Code 331-685


SCHOOL COUNSELORS FOR GRADES 9-12

Mrs. Deanna Bartolotti-Brown

Ms. Mary Ann Huber

Mrs. Kelly Werdein


Dr. James Hoagland, Principal

Mr. William Roberts, Assistant Principal

Mr. Frederick Thornley, Athletic Director

The staff serving grades 9 - 12 includes 55 teachers, a full-time librarian, school nurse,

school psychologist, social worker and school counselors.

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CONTENTS

General Information .................................................................................... 3

Graduation Requirements ............................................................................ 5

Art................................................................................................................. 6

Business Education ...................................................................................... 10

English ......................................................................................................... 14

Health ........................................................................................................... 18

International Studies .................................................................................... 19

Languages Other Than English ................................................................... 20

Math/Science/ Technology Initiative ………………………………………….. 24

Mathematics ................................................................................................. 25

Music ............................................................................................................ 28

Physical Education ....................................................................................... 30

Science ........................................................................................................ 31

Social Studies .............................................................................................. 33

Technology................................................................................................... 38

Career & Technical Programs @ Ormsby .................................................... 41

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EAST AURORA HIGH SCHOOL

CURRICULUM GUIDE

STUDENT COURSE BOOK FOR COURSE SELECTIONS

Educational planning is important for all students. The Curriculum Guide is to be used

as a resource in addition to the school counselor’s assistance in planning the student’s

high school years. School counselors clarify goals which will help the students gain

basic fundamental knowledge and skills toward future planning. This booklet is a

catalog of all the subjects offered, with sample information such as course prerequisites,

units, and grade levels.

GRADING

At East Aurora High School, a numerical grading system is used (65% - 100%), taking

into consideration preparation, participation, and testing. The transcript indicates this as

a final mark. Letter grades for students transferring to East Aurora are given numerical

equivalents as follows:

A = 90 - 100%

B = 80 - 89

C = 70 - 79

D = 65 - 69

F = Below 65

Class rank is computed at the end of 6 th , 7 th and 8 th

have weighted grades:

semesters. The following classes

College Success Skills

Computer Applications I & II

English 12 Advanced Placement Literature and Composition

English 11 Advanced Placement Language and Composition

European Studies Advanced Placement

American History Advanced Placement

U.S. Government & Politics Advanced Placement

Economics Advanced Placement

Calculus Advanced Placement

Spanish Advanced Placement

French Advanced Placement

Latin IV Advanced Placement

Biology Advanced Placement

Anatomy & Physiology

World History Advanced Placement

Chemistry Advanced Placement

Statistics Advanced Placement

Communicating through Web Page Design

The final average is weighted 1.05 for these courses.

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SUBJECT LOAD

All full-time students are required to complete 6.5 credits including physical education

each semester. A student may complete 7.5 credits including physical education each

semester.

REPORT CARD - PROGRESS REPORT

All grades are posted numerically and reported every ten weeks. A progress report is

mailed home every other five weeks. A mark below 65 in a subject area is a failing

grade. Any time there is a question, parents are requested to contact the teacher or

school counselor by phone to schedule a personal conference.

SENIOR EARLY RELEASE

Seniors may receive permission to have shortened schedules. This privilege is

contingent upon whether or not the student has enough credits, maintains a passing

average, and has approval of his/her parents.

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CLASSES OF 2012 through 2015

Students are required to complete a minimum of 22 credits in order to graduate.

Diploma requirements for the classes of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 are the same.


Class of 2012 – 2015 ADVANCED REGENTS DIPLOMA Course/ Test Requirements

Course Requirements:

Test Requirements:

English 4 units English Regents (65)

Social Studies 4 units Global Studies Regents (65)

Math 3 units Integrated Algebra, Geometry and

Algebra II / Trigonometry (65)

Science * 3 units American History Regents (65)

Health .5 unit Language Regents (65)

Art or Music 1 unit Any 2 Science Regents

Physical Education 2 units

[1 from Living Environment, 1 from

Second Language

3 units

Physical Setting] (65)

Sequences / Electives 1.5 units

Total 22 units

Class of 2012 – 2015 REGENTS DIPLOMA Course / Test Requirements

Course Requirements:

Test Requirements:

English 4 units English Regents (65)

Social Studies 4 units Any Science Regents (65)

Math 3 units Global Studies Regents (65)

Science * 3 units American History Regents (65)

Health .5 unit Integrated Algebra (65)

Art or Music

1 unit

Physical Education 2 units

Second Language or pass 1 unit

the Proficiency exam

Electives

3.5 units

Total 22 units

* One unit of science must be Biology.

What’s the difference To acquire an Advanced Regents diploma, a student must

complete 3 units of a language other than English OR one unit of a language other than

English plus a 5 unit sequence of art, vocational education (Ormsby), business or

technology AND the successful completion of the Algebra II/Trig regents exam and

another science exam.

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ART

Art: The Art Department is proud to offer one of the most well-rounded and

comprehensive course selections in a Western New York high school. Every student

should find at least one class that will appeal to their interests and abilities. Students

should never feel intimidated about taking an art class because they “can’t” draw.

“Talent”, as with other school subjects, is a skill that is developed through practice and

effort. We encourage all students to take some art courses, even if they do not plan to

major in the visual arts after high school. If nothing else, you will learn to appreciate and

understand art and look at the world differently. Employers cite the most desirable trait

of new employees is creative problem solving skills. Our courses challenge this side of

the brain. Students planning to pursue a career in the arts will leave with a professional

portfolio ready for college presentation. The following descriptions will assist you in

choosing which art courses to take. We look forward to your presence in the art room.

Note:

The descriptions below and on the next few pages describe all courses being offered

next year. Several classes are paired and offered every-other year. Here is a list of what

will be offered in the 11/12 school year:

Offered this school year (11/12):

- Animation/Cartooning

- Design & Digital Arts

Offered next year (12/13):

- Video Study & Editing

- Painting & Advanced Painting

- Roycroft Arts

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Studio in Art (0702)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 None

This course is the foundation upon which all art courses are built. A variety of projects,

mediums, and subjects will be explored. In this class, students get to “try on” a different

medium every couple of weeks. Students will work in pencil, clay, paint, printmaking,

pastels, and even Mother Nature. Plus, Studio in Art sets the stage for additional art

classes and provides students with an opportunity to determine what type of medium

they prefer. Finally, this forty-week course provides students with the required ART

credit needed for graduation.

Studio in World Art (0011) Studio in World Art II (0014) - International Studies

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-10 Must be enrolled in

Intern’l Studies Program

This course is designed to compliment the other International components by dovetailing

projects in conjunction with the other units of study. A variety of projects, mediums, and

subjects will be explored in the context of history and cultural views. Students will work in

pencil, clay, paint, printmaking, pastels, and even Mother Nature. This two year course

will fulfill the New York State art elective requirement for graduation.

Animation/Cartooning (0733)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 9-12 None

Most young adults have always wondered how those cartoons and animations they grew

up watching were created and have always wanted to make their own. Animation &

Cartooning class offers students the opportunity to explore conceptualization and

storyboarding through final production using hand rendered techniques and computer

animation software. Students will work on projects such as cartooning basics,

animation, character design and animation, etc.

Art Honors (formerly Portfolio Development) (0729)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11-12 Studio in Art, Another Art

Course, Art Teacher recommendation

The goal of this course is to provide the students with a competitive edge for admission

into a college art program or a career in the arts. Students will learn how to mount and

document their work, assemble a portfolio in several formats, create a resume and artist

statement, prepare for interviews, and may arrange a public showing of their artwork.

Students are allowed more freedom in the production of their in-depth works of art in the

manner of professional artists. Under instructor guidance students will hone their

existing artistic skills, understanding of art, and increase their creativity.

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Design & Digital Arts (0709)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 10-12 Studio in Art or DDP

Design and digital imaging are some of the highest demand professions in the art world.

This course is designed to guide students in developing ideas and creating artwork for a

variety of commercial and marketing needs, from illustration to product and package

design. If students are considering a career in advertising, design, marketing, or

business, they will find this course a wonderful experience. Such projects may include

music CD cover designs, industrial designs, illustration, posters, logos, brochure

designs, advertisements, card design, etc. Students will learn techniques of both hand

rendering and computer layout as they develop with creative solutions to the challenges

presented.

Drawing (0728)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 10-12 Studio in Art

This course develops techniques and skills using a variety of drawing materials.

Activities are designed to enhance students’ self-expression and observational skills.

Various artists and art movements are studied to better understand approaches to

subject matter and techniques. Media may include, but is not limited to pencil, crayon,

charcoal, and pen and ink.

Jewelry Design (0725)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 9-12 None

This course will allow students to express their creativity through the medium of jewelry.

Students will learn the basics of jewelry design and the skills of jewelry making (cutting,

piercing, forming, filing, soldering, surface embellishment, finishing, wax modeling, and

stone setting). Students will use a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials.

Optional minor student expense for casting fee if they choose (Approximately $30.00).

Photography - DIGITAL (0708)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 9-12 None

This is a very popular class for students to consider as they will learn a skill that will last

a lifetime – how to properly use a digital camera and take beautiful photographs. This

course is designed to guide students in developing the basic technical skills and creative

ideas involved in digital photography. Students will learn the functions of a standard

digital camera. They will learn the basic functions of the professional imaging software

Adobe Photoshop for touch up and creative manipulation. It is helpful, but not

mandatory to have your own digital camera for this class. No prior photography or

computer experience is necessary to enroll in this class.

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Photography – Traditional Dark Room (0707)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 9-12 None

This is a very popular class for students to consider as they will learn a skill that will last

a lifetime – how to properly use a 35mm film camera and take beautiful photographs.

This course is designed to guide students in developing the basic technical skills and

creative ideas involved in traditional film photography. Students will explore traditional

35mm black and white photography. Students will learn the functions of a manual 35mm

camera. They will learn the chemical developing process, develop and enlarge

negatives onto paper in the ever-popular dark room. It is helpful, but not mandatory to

have your own 35mm film camera for this class. No prior photography or computer

experience is necessary to enroll in this class.

Roycroft Arts (0731)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 9-12 None

In this course students will create work in the traditional mediums of the Arts & Crafts

period which may include (but are not limited to): stained glass, block printing,

illumination, ceramics, copper work, woodworking and book-making. Exploration of

European and Eastern influences, local connections and the traditional media of the

movement will provide insight into the philosophy of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

Journalism & School Publications / Yearbook Design (9996)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 None

Journalism is the study of the art of reporting and profession of journalists. Beginning

journalism students receive instruction in all areas of journalism needed to pursue staff

positions for the yearbook (The Auroran), the school’s quarterly magazine and the senior

DVD video. Among areas covered are: interviewing, reporting, feature writing, news

stories, layout design, advertising, journalistic ethics and professional standards. This

course includes extensive reading of models of excellent journalistic techniques and

evaluate and analyzes journalistic writing through decisions and critiques. Staff

members write and edit copy, layout pages, take and process photographs, check page

proofs, sell advertising and manage business aspects of yearbook production.

Three Dimensional Studio (0701)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 Studio in Art

This course will help the student to develop skills and techniques using a variety of

three-dimensional art making materials with a concentration on the medium of clay. This

class is an asset to anyone interested in designing or building three-dimensional

constructs. Activities are designed to expose students to the basic approaches to threedimensional

design: carving, modeling, and constructed sculpture. A number of

interesting projects are completed which may include: wire, paper mache, paper, wood,

clay, metal, plaster, and wheel throwing.

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Business Education

Business Education is valuable and, indeed, essential for all students to prepare them to

enter the business world, to continue the pursuit of business careers through higher

education, and preparation for life-long skills.

Career and Personal Financial Management (0524)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 None

Career and Personal Financial Management is the entry-level course for all students, but

required for an occupational sequence and those students planning to study vocational

education at the Ormsby Center. Students will learn study skills, public policy, decision

making, career exploration, and personal finance to become productive working citizens.

Accounting (0515)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 None

The main focus of this course is on the accounting cycle with emphasis on keeping a

journal, posting, and completing financial statements, manually as well as on a

computer.

Business Writing and Communication (0505) [Not Offered in 2011-2012]

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 12 5-Unit Sequence

Business Major

required

Business Writing and Communication focuses on the skills necessary for effective

communication. The course stresses the importance of listening, reading, writing, and

speaking skills. This course may also be used as a fourth year English credit.

Understanding Business and Personal Law (0520) [Not Offered in 2011-2012]

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 None

Emphasis is placed on our rights as citizens, the laws that govern us, and how they play

a part in our everyday lives. Students will have the opportunity to “be the judge” as they

present cases for which they make the ruling.

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International Business (0522)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 Career and

Financial

Management

preferred

The purpose of this course is to give students the opportunity to explore the small

business environment and discover the necessary steps to ensure entrepreneurial

success in a global environment. The lab activity for this class is writing a business and

marketing plan for a business venture.

Sports and Entertainment Marketing (0521)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 None

Sports and Entertainment Marketing takes students on a step-by-step journey through

the world of marketing. Students encounter and learn the key functions of marketing

and how those functions are applied to sports and entertainment.

Computer Applications I (0531)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks (every

day) or

40 weeks (every

other day)

10-12 None

This course gives students the opportunity to learn word processing, spreadsheets, data

base applications, the Internet, and e-mail. Students enrolled in this course may

earn credit at Erie Community College.

Computer Applications II (0532)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks (every

day) or

40 weeks (every

other day)

10-12 Must successfully

complete Computer

Applications I

The course builds upon knowledge gained in Computer Applications I. In addition,

students’ computer skills will be enhanced with advanced levels of word processing,

spreadsheets, database, Internet, e-mail, as well as multimedia presentations. Students

enrolled in this course may earn credit at Erie Community College.

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Communicating Through Web Page Design (0506)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 None

Students will be instructed through tutorial lessons to learn how to create and maintain

their own web-site. Students will be able to have hands-on experience as web masters

for the East Aurora High School Web-Site. Instruction for the class is all web based.

Students enrolled in this course may earn credit at Erie Community College.

Career Exploration Internship Program (0513)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 11-12 None

A school-to-work transition program, the course offers students an opportunity to explore

the world of work through an off campus (unpaid) internship program.

Business Economics (0519)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 12 Business &

Leadership

Academy

This course examines the fundamental concepts of micro-, macro-, and international

economics. Students will apply a problem-solving model to identify economics problems

or issues, generate and test hypotheses, investigate and analyze selected data,

consider alternative solutions, and make decisions about the best solutions. Students

will also present economic information and conclusions using graphs, reports and

presentations. (This course fulfills the required ½ unit of Economics.)

DECA Leadership (0527) / DECA Part Gov’t (0537)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11-12 Business &

Leadership

Academy

The students will be involved in activities that explore the political process. The students

will be involved in community service and develop their leadership skills. The class

integrates academic and occupational education. It gives understanding of how the

community functions and establishes a partnership between the school and community.

Students DO NOT need to participate in DECA competition. (This course fulfills the

required ½ unit of Participation in Government)

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College Success Skills (0528)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 11-12 None

This course provides an opportunity for students to learn and adopt methods and

strategies to promote personal growth and success in college and in life. Topics include:

learning styles, problem-solving and creativity, cultural diversity, time/task management,

methods of inquiry and critical policies and procedures. (College credit may be earned

through ECC.)

Personal Business Finance (0529)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 11-12 None

Students will be involved in activities that explore and develop financial opportunities.

Topics include: financial planning/budgets, consumer credit, investing, tax strategy, and

insurances. The material learned in this class will assist individuals to a healthy financial

life.

BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

“Advanced Studies of Life Skills in a Global Economy”

9 th or 10 th Grade

Career & Finance—1 unit

11 th Grade

DECA Leadership—1 unit

12 th Grade

Microcomputer Applications I & II-

1 unit (college credit)

CEIP—1/2 unit

Business Economics—1/2 unit

Academic Enrichment Courses

Students must take 1 unit:

Accounting

International Business

Sports & Entertainment

Marketing

Business and Personal Law

Web Page Design

College Success Skills

Personal Business Finance

Business Writing &

Communications

Through the Academy students may be able to earn college credit through ECC

5 Unit Sequence – Student must take Career and Financial Management, 1

Management Elective, 1 Computer Elective, and 2 additional electives.

Business Writing & Communication can be taken in place of English 12 if a student has

completed 4 additional business courses.

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English


Courses in 9th, 10th and the first half of 11th grade address the State’s Common

Core Standards for ELA to develop the necessary skills for successfully completing

the New York State Regents Examination in English. Students will take this exam for

the first time in January of their junior year.

The second half of 11th grade and 12th grade continue to address the State’s

Common Core Standards with the goal of preparing students to be college and

career ready by the end of the senior year.


Advance Placement Preparatory course in 9 th and 10 th grade continue to be guided

by the State’s Common Core Standards while also emphasizing activities that will

prepare them for the rigors of the AP Language and Composition Examination (11 th

grade) and the AP Literature and Composition Examination (12 th grade). 11 th grade

students not wishing to take the Language and Composition Exam may elect to

enroll in AP Prep for the Literature and Composition exam. These courses will

expect students to have the skills and knowledge presented in earlier courses well in

place. Students will also be expected to be highly motivated and have excellent

work and study habits. Students enrolled in these classes will work to develop high

level questioning and reasoning skills and will be required to complete long-term

independent work, including reading and writing during July and August. Admission

requirements are discussed in the Department Policies below.

Departmental Policies


Students entering the Advanced Placement program in 9 th grade will be expected to

continue in the Advanced Placement Prep program in 10 th grade. Students already

in the AP Prep program entering 11 th grade may enroll in either the AP Language

and Composition class or the AP Prep class for the AP Literature and Composition

offered in the senior year.

Students entering grades 9-10, or those interested in AP Prep in 11 th grade and new

to the program must complete a skills assessment as part of the admission process.

Transfer students will also follow this admission process.

Summer work will be required of all students.

Elective and Advanced Placement courses may require students to purchase

materials or books.


Plagiarism: To plagiarize means to use another person’s ideas, writing, or work

without attribution, and to pass any of this material off as one’s own. Penalties

imposed are failure of the assignment (0-64%) and parent contact; other

consequences may be imposed when appropriate.

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English 9 (0009)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9 Grade 8 English

English 9 is a survey course designed to provide students the opportunity to write both

creative works and interpretive essays. Significant emphasis will be placed on

developing students’ reading and writing skills. Students will be encouraged to adopt

writing strategies that lead to writing that is both grammatically correct and logically

sound.

English 9 Advanced Placement Prep (0007)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9 Grade 8 English

and approved

application

English 9 AP Prep develops the State Standards covered in English 9 and will present

challenging material and approaches. The course will focus on preparation for the AP

exam in Literature and Composition, and all students in the program will be expected to

take this exam as seniors. Summer work will be required of all students.

English 10 (0010)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10 English 9

English 10 continues the goals of English 9 through an increasingly intensive writing and

reading curriculum. Students will continue to practice revision strategies covered in

class that cause students to be aware of not just questions of grammar, but also of style

and expression of idea. In English 10, students will also study the art of persuasion in

the context of reading, writing and public speaking.

English 10 Advanced Placement Prep (0013)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10 English 9 AP Prep

or Int’l Studies I

or approved

application

English 10 AP Prep develops the state standards of English 10 and will present

challenging material and approaches. The course will focus on preparation for the AP

exam in Literature and Composition, and all students in the program will be expected to

take this exam as seniors. Summer work will be required of all students.

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English 11 (0021)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11 English 10

In the first semester, English 11 refines the scope and sophistication of students’

performance in the English language arts. Activities such as the analysis of complex

information sources, interpretation of a performance of full-length works, and crosscultural

exploration and communication, will continue to focus on preparation for the

January administration of the Regents exam. In the second semester, after successful

completion of the Regents exam, English 11 expands enrichment opportunities by

promoting independent learning. Students will research, teach, and assess a lesson;

compose and perform original poetry, fiction or drama; and complete a major term

paper. The course will end with a term paper project in lieu of an exam.

English 11 Advanced Placement Prep (0022)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11 English 10 AP Prep

or Int’l Studies II

or approved

application

English 11 AP Prep develops the state standards of English 11 and will present

challenging material and approaches. The course will focus on preparation for the AP

exam in Literature and Composition, and all students will be expected to take this exam

as seniors. Students will take the Regents exam in English in January. The course will

end with a major project in lieu of an exam. Summer work will be required of all

students.

English 11 Advanced Placement Language and Composition (0055)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11 English 10 AP Prep

or Int’l Studies II

or approved

application

AP English Language and Composition provides students with practice and

encouragement in becoming skilled readers of prose in diverse contexts, from essays to

political cartoons. In addition, this class focuses students to write for a variety of

audiences and purposes. Writing conventions, language use, voice and research

combine to make effective writing. Students will study rhetorical devices in speech and

print as well as prepare for two exams: the NYS English Regents exam and the

Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam. Ultimately, students will be

prepared to enter a college course with critical analysis, interpretation and

communication skills.

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English 12 Advanced Placement Literature and Composition (0062)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 12 Eng. 11 AP Prep,

Eng. 11 AP Lang.

and Composition or

approved application

English 12 AP is a course designed to prepare you for both the AP examination in May

and writing at the college level. We will emphasize the following areas of written

expression: grammar, punctuation, sentence fluency, imprecise language and essay

structure. The readings for the class are those related to introductory literature classes

in college. Core assessments include the AP Literature and Composition exam, a midterm

exam, a portfolio of writing and a senior project.

Drama (0016)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11/12 Must be taken in

addition to required

English course.

Drama is designed to provide the student with basic performance skills. The focus is

upon the student and his or her development of public speaking skills and stage

presence. Time is divided among activities stressing movement, voice projection, roleplaying,

oral interpretation, scene blocking and script analysis as well as composition of

original dramatic pieces. A variety of large-scale on-stage activities are presented for

high school and community audiences.

English 12 - Essentials of English (0045)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 12 Teacher

Recommendation

This class focuses on the use of English in different forms of communication including

literature, media and the workplace. Students can expect to study grammatical

concepts, write in a variety of contexts and read across a range of genres. Major skill

practices include comprehension and understanding of fiction and non-fiction. Core

assessments in this class are a mid-term, a portfolio of writing and a senior project.

English 12 - Language Arts (0046)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 12 English 11

English Language Arts prepares students for the kind of reading and writing they will

encounter in a post-secondary education setting. Students will study grammatical

concepts, readings across a variety of genres and time periods, and various modes of

writing. Analysis and evaluation of literature will be practices throughout the year. Core

assessments include a mid-term exam, a portfolio of writing and a senior project.

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Journalism & School Publications / Yearbook Design (9996)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 Must be taken in

addition to required

English course

Journalism is the study of the art of reporting and profession of journalists. Beginning

journalism students receive instruction in all areas of journalism needed to pursue staff

positions for the yearbook (The Auroran), the school’s quarterly magazine, and the

Senior DVD. Among the areas covered are: interviewing, reporting, feature writing,

news stories, layout design, advertising, journalistic ethics, professional standards. This

course includes extensive reading of models of excellent journalistic techniques and

evaluates and analyzes journalistic writing through discussions and critiques. Staff

members write and edit copy, lay out pages, take and process photographs, check page

proof, sell advertising and manage the business aspects of yearbook production.

Health

Health (0620)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 10-12 None

Health is a required course for graduation. This course covers a variety of topics dealing

with personal health and wellness. Students are encouraged to assess their personal

health and make appropriate behavior changes to enhance wellness.

Lifeguard Training (0622) [NOT OFFERED IN 2011-2012]

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.25 20 weeks 10-12 Successful

Completion of

Health Education

Class

The purpose of the course is to teach lifeguard candidates the skills and knowledge

needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and

activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly to emergencies and

prevent drowning and injuries.

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International Studies

International Studies is a multi-disciplinary approach to education. It links foreign

language study with social studies, language arts and world art. Students in this

program should have an interest in foreign affairs, learning a language other than

English, and are motivated to participate in small group projects.

International Studies I : Japanese I (0252), Studio in World Art I (0011),

World Literature I (0003), World Cultures (0004)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

3.0 40 weeks 9 Social Studies &

English 8 plus

approved

application

International Studies II: Japanese II (0253), Studio in World Art II (0014),

World Literature II (0043), World History AP (0123)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

3.0 40 weeks 10 International

Studies I

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Languages Other Than English

Many colleges now require languages other than English and in a world that is becoming

smaller because of increased air travel and faster communications, and a global

economy, students will find the study of foreign languages to be essential.

Spanish I (0231)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 None

Level I of the Spanish language provides the student with a basic vocabulary, and

introduces the simpler grammatical structures of the language.

Spanish II (0232)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 Spanish I

Level II of the Spanish language gives an overall picture of the structure of the Spanish

language, gives practice with more complicated reading passages, and builds skill in

communicating.

Spanish III (0233)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 Spanish II

Level III of the Spanish language continues to build vocabulary, oral competence, and

understanding of structure and idioms.

Spanish IV (0234)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11-12 Spanish III

Level IV of the Spanish language continues the study in the areas of speaking, listening

comprehension, reading and writing.

Spanish Advanced Placement (0235)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 12 Spanish III & IV w/

85 average in both

Spanish Advanced Placement prepares the student for college level Spanish. Students

enrolled in this course are required to take the A.P. exam in May.

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French I (0201)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 None

The goal in this course is to begin to expose students to the language and cultures of the

French speaking world in order to make them knowledgeable and active participants in a

global society. In level 1, students will begin to learn to use French for meaningful

communication in both spoken and written forms. This level 1 course provides the

student with a basic vocabulary and introduces the simpler grammatical structures of the

language.

French II (0202)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 French I

This course is created for the student who is eager to continue and expand their French

language skills. In level II, basic communication skills acquired in level 1 are expanded

upon with more sophisticated vocabulary and grammar. This course gives an overall

picture of the structure of the French language and gives practice with more complicated

reading passages while building communication skills.

French III (0203)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 French II

In this course students will review grammar and increase their skills in reading, writing,

listening, and speaking. They will converse spontaneously, discuss assigned readings,

and write short essays. The level III course continues to build vocabulary, oral

competence, and the understanding of structure and idioms.

French IV (0204)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11-12 French III

This course is for the French student who wishes to continue the study of French at a

more advanced level. The student will do assigned readings which will include the

culture, history, and literature of France as well as other French speaking countries. As

in previous levels, this level of French continues the study in the areas of speaking,

listening, reading, and writing.

French Advanced Placement (0205)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 12 French IV

This Advanced Placement class is for the student who wants to continue in the

advanced study of the French language. It prepares the student for college level

French. Translations from French to English and English to French will be studied.

Intricate grammar will be examined. There will be an emphasis on listening

comprehension and verbal expression. Students enrolled in this course are required to

take the AP exam in May.

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German I (0249)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 None

German 1 introduces the fundamental elements of the German language. Emphasis is

on the development of basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. We will also

learn aspects of German culture and geography.

German II (0213)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 German I

German II is a continuation of German 1. We will strengthen and expand students’

abilities to speak, write and understand written and spoken German. The course will

also increase students’ knowledge of the culture and geography of the German-speaking

world.

German III (0211)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 German II

German III reviews and refines concepts learned in German I and II. While some new

grammar concepts are learned, this level builds largely on grammar introduced in the

earlier levels of German and strengthens students’ communication skills. In addition to

the standard text book, resources will also include German literature and films,

newspapers, websites and other contemporary sources.

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Latin I (0245)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 None

Latin I will introduce students to the basic vocabulary and grammar of the language.

Heavy emphasis will be placed on the reading of Latin. Topics specific to Latin 1 will

include: the origins of Rome, the Roman Republic, the Punic Wars, Egyptian history, the

Olympian gods, creation myths, Ancient Roman clothing, Roman food, slavery in the

ancient world, Roman entertainment (gladiators, chariot races, and theatre), life in

Pompeii, life in Ancient Britain, the roots of English words, and the use of Latin in

medicine and anatomy.

Latin II (0246)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 Latin I

Latin II will expand on those skills and topics learned in Latin I. Topics specific to Latin II

include: the Roman Revolution, mythical heroes and heroines, the Roman military,

Roman architecture, the Jewish Revolt, Masada, English roots and the use of Latin in

law and government.

Latin III (0248)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 Weeks 10-12 Latin II

Latin III will expand on those skills and topics learned in Latin I and II. In Latin III,

students move from reading adapted Latin passages to the actual works of Catullus,

Cicero, Martial, Ovid, Vergil, Petronius, and others. Topics specific to Latin III also

include: the Roman emperors, Rome’s decline and fall, Christianity in Rome, allegory,

rhetoric, English roots, and the use of Latin in literature, science, the arts, film, and trial

law. Students will be expected to take a comprehensive Regents credit-bearing exam in

June.

Latin IV Advanced Placement (0251)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 Weeks 10-12 Latin III or

85 or higher on Regents

Students will intensively translate Vergil’s Aeneid in accordance with the AP College

Board syllabus. History, culture, mythology, Rhetorical analysis, metrics, and literary

interpretation will all be keyed to this epic work. They will be expected to take the AP

exam in May.

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Math/Science/Technology Initiative

The M/S/T Initiative is a multi-disciplinary approach to education. The program links

mathematics and science with technology. Students in the program should have

completed Algebra I in 8 th grade, have a deep interest in math and science, and be

willing to search for connections between these disciplines.

Math/Science/Technology Initiative ( )

9 th Grade Algebra II (0335) (1 Unit)

Physics (0431)

(1 Unit)

10 th Grade Geometry (0311) (1 Unit)

Chemistry (0433)

(1 Unit)

Principles of Engineering (0806)

(1 Unit)

11 th Grade Precalculus (0326) (1 Unit)

A.P. Biology (0435)

(1 Unit)

Computer Programming (0833)

(1 Unit)

12 th Grade A.P. Calculus (1 Unit)

A.P. Chemistry or Problems in Physics (1 Unit)

Robotics

(1/2 Unit)

CAD I

(1/2 Unit)

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Mathematics

Fundamentals of Math (0315)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 Math 8

This course will develop essential skills needed for algebra and problem-solving strategy

for real world problems.

Algebra I (0327)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 Math 8 or

Fundamentals of

Math

Algebra is the first Regents mathematics course in the high school. 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. This course

requires the use of a graphing calculator and will conclude with a Regents examination

in June.

Fundamentals of Geometry (0316)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-11 Algebra I

This course is a foundational study in Euclidean geometry and Coordinate geometry. It

is designed for students who have experienced some difficulty with mathematics yet

wish to further explore topics in geometry, logic and graphing.

Geometry (0314)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-11 Algebra I

Geometry is the second year of Regents math course work at the high school. It is

expected that students will identify and justify geometric relationships, formally and

informally. Geometry allows a variety of ways for students to acquire and demonstrate

mathematical reasoning ability when solving problems. This course requires the use of a

graphing calculator and will conclude with a Regents examination in June.

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Algebra II Prep (0317)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 Geometry or

Fundamentals of

Geometry

This course includes additional study in algebraic manipulations, algebraic simplification,

functions, probability, statistics, transformational geometry, and trigonometry. It is

designed for students who have experienced some difficulty with mathematics yet wish

to further explore topics in algebra, trigonometry, and graphing.

Algebra II (0328)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 Geometry or

Algebra II Prep

Algebra II is designed to further develop skills in integrated mathematics and

trigonometry and their “real-world” applications. A graphing calculator of the type

recommended by the teacher will be used extensively in this course. Topics that will be

covered include logarithms, trigonometry, exponents, complex and real numbers,

rational expressions, and functions. This course will prepare students for the New York

State Algebra II/Trigonometry Regents exam (June).

Precalculus (0321)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11-12 Algebra II and a

passing grade on

the Algebra II

Regents exam

Precalculus is designed for students who successfully completed Algebra II. Precalculus

is the study of advanced algebra, collegiate geometry, and introduction to elementary

calculus. A graphing calculator of the type recommended by the teacher will be used

extensively in this course.

Advanced Placement Calculus (0323)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 12 Precalculus

AP Calculus is the study of differential and integral calculus. Students enrolled in this

course are required to take the A.P. exam in May.

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Calculators, Computers, Math Applications [CCMA] (0331)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11-12 Algebra II

CCMA is the study of advanced algebraic and geometric concepts using the graphing

calculator and personal computer. A focus of the course will be a better understanding

of applied mathematics through the use of technology.

Advanced Placement Statistics (0333)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 Weeks 11-12 85 or higher in

Algebra II or teacher

recommendation

AP Statistics introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting,

analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students enrolled in this course are

required to take the AP exam in May.

Algebra II MST (0335)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 Weeks 9 85 or higher on

Alg. I Regents exam

Algebra II MST is designed to give freshmen an enriched curriculum to further develop

skills in integrated mathematics and trigonometry. This course includes one extra day of

enrichment, which will allow students the opportunity to connect Algebra II with their

Physics course. The Algebra II MST course will allow students to connect concepts to

physics and other “real world” applications. A graphing calculator of the type

recommended by the teacher will be extensively used in this course. Topics that will be

covered in this course include: logarithms, trigonometry, exponents, complex and real

numbers, rational expressions, functions, probability and statistics. This course will

prepare students for the New York State Algebra II/Trigonometry Regents Exam in June.

Geometry MST (0311)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 Weeks 10 Algebra II MST

Geometry MST is designed to further enrich and develop skills in the areas of previously

learned algebraic techniques to be applied in Geometric problems, and writing both

formal and informal Geometric proofs. This course includes many definitions, postulates

and theorems which must be understood and used in proofs. Other topics which will be

covered are Transformations, Coordinate Geometry, Locus, Constructions, Three

Dimensional figures, Quadrilaterals and Circles. To further develop their mathematical

understanding, an extra day of class will allow them to explore, investigate and complete

cumulative reviews in these areas. A graphing calculator is required for this course and

a Regents exam will be given by New York State in June.

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Music

Concert Band (0761)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 Audition or by

recommendation of

teacher

The concert band is that portion of the Music Department dealing with the study and

performance of the brass, woodwind, and percussion families of instruments.

Chorus (0751)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 Audition or by

recommendation of

teacher

The chorus is that branch of the Music Department dealing with the study and

performance of vocal music.

Orchestra (0771)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 Audition or by

recommendation of

teacher

The orchestra program affords students a wide choice of instruments and a wealth of

musical literature to study.

Jazz Band (0217)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 Recommendation

of teacher

Selected students will practice and rehearse as a Jazz Band.

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Music Performance (0755)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 Permission of

teachers

This course is designed for the student who wishes to participate in more than one

ensemble. Schedule and grades will be determined by all teachers involved.

Music Theory I (0753)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 9-12 None required but a

very basic music

background is

advisable

Theory is a comprehensive course dealing with the elements of musical structure.

Students will study form, melody, harmony, rhythm and instrumentation.

Music Theory II (0754)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 9-12 Music Theory I

Theory II continues and expands the knowledge learned in Theory I.

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Physical Education

Each student is required to complete and receive final passing grades in four years of

physical education in order to graduate from East Aurora High School. The physical

education classes are co-educational and divided by grade levels with 9/10 and 11/12

combined for classes. Students medically excused from physical education, either long

or short term, will be given an alternative activity to perform for a grade. Physical

education classes meet three days of the six-day rotation.

In addition to the required physical education classes, students may choose to

participate in interscholastic athletic programs, but participation in these programs

cannot be used as a substitute for the state required physical education courses.

Physical Education 9 (0612)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 40 weeks 9 None

Physical Education focuses on review of previous team sport experiences and an

introduction to selected individual lifetime activities.

Physical Education 10 (0612)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 40 weeks 10 None

Physical Education focuses on review of previous team sport experiences and an

introduction to selected individual lifetime activities.

Physical Education 11 (0611)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 40 weeks 11 None

Physical Education focuses on lifetime sports activities and physical fitness.

Physical Education 12 (0611)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 40 weeks 12 None

Physical Education focuses on lifetime sports activities and physical fitness.

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Science

Science is the study of the physical and biological aspects of the universe. Three or four years

of science are essential for students pursuing higher education.

Laboratory reports are an integral part of science courses and serve as the admission ticket to

the final exam. As department policy, the completed lab reports will be held on file for six (6)

months following successful completion of the exam. Laboratory represents 25% of the course

grade.

Science Regents Prep (0409)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9 - 10 Science 8

This course prepares students for enrollment in Regents Biology and/or Regents Earth Science.

Specifically, it addresses fundamental concepts and develops laboratory and computational

skills.

Earth Science (0407)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 Science 8

Earth Science is the study of the earth’s surface changes, weather, astronomy, geology,

volcanoes, groundwater and topography studies.

Biology (0410)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 Science 8

Biology is the study of life from the following perspectives: biochemistry, human physiology,

reproduction, genetics, evolution, and ecology.

Environmental Science (0411)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11-12 Successful

completion of Earth

Science & Biology

Environmental Science is the study of environmental issues, Western New York ecosystems,

human populations, and natural resources with an outlook on the future.

Chemistry (0415)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 Successful

completion of

Geometry

Chemistry is the study of energy and matter from the perspective of atoms and molecules.

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Anatomy & Physiology (0417)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11-12 Mastery level

completion (85-100)

of Bio. & Chem. or

permission of the

teacher

Students must have mastery level (85 or higher) in biology and chemistry. Students must

complete 5 mandatory dissections, the rat, pig heart, sheep brain, cow eye and sheep kidney

and must be able to participate in all lab activities. Students interested in obtaining college

credit have the option to do so through the Excelsior College testing company, cost of the exam

and related details are discussed during the first day of class.

Physics (0423)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 Successful

completion of

Geometry

Physics is the study of classical mechanics, waves, electromagnetism and modern related

topics.

Biology Advanced Placement (0421)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11-12 Mastery level

completion (85-100)

of Bio. and Chem. or

permission of the

teacher

This course places emphasis on the principal topics covered in a college freshman biology

course. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the A.P. exam in May.

Chemistry Advanced Placement (0427)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11-12 Mastery level

completion of Chem.

and Alg. II. Must take

or have taken Physics

This course follows the recommended course outline published by the College Board.

Advanced Placement Chemistry is a college-level course taken at the high school setting. The

college-level approach differs significantly from the first course in chemistry in the textbook

used, range and depth of topic covered, and the kinds of laboratory work done by students as

well as the time and effort required for a successful experience at the AP level. Lectures and

investigations will involve a higher level of mathematical application. Emphasis will be placed

on development and use of critical thinking skills. Students are expected to take College

Board’s Advanced Placement Exam in Chemistry. For students wishing to pursue a degree in

any physical science or engineering, for example, having taken this course will put them at a

great advantage going into college.

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Social Studies

The social studies curriculum is no longer “history” or “geography” or “civics.” Important

generalizations and concepts from all the social sciences are emphasized throughout the fouryear

sequence of courses.

Global History & Geography I (0109)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9 Grade 8

Social Studies

Students will investigate the cultures and major historical events of western and non-western

peoples from prehistory through the Age of Absolutism.

Global History & Geography II (0110)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10 Global Studies I

Students will investigate the cultures and major historical events of western and non-western

peoples from the Age of Enlightenment through modern times.

American History & Government (0120)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11 Global Studies II

Students investigate and understand the major historical events and people who contributed to

our cultural heritage.

American History & Government Advanced Placement (0121)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 11 Mastery level

(85-100) completion

of Global Studies II or

permission of the

teacher

Students will follow the chronological American History curriculum and will use a college level

textbook. Students enrolled in this course are required to take the A.P. exam in May.

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World Cultures (0004) – International Studies I

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9 Acceptance to

International Studies

Program

This course provides an introduction to history, geography, art, religion and current issues of

various “cultural zones” around the world and provides preparation for Advanced Placement

World History. Course is limited to students in the first year of the International Studies

Program.

World History Advanced Placement (0123) – International Studies II

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10 Successful

completion of

International Studies I

World History Advanced Placement is limited to students in the second year of the International

Studies Program.

European History Advanced Placement (0157)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 Mastery level

(85-100) completion

of Global Studies I or

US History or

permission of the

teacher

The focus of this course is on the major events and trends from approximately 1450 to the

present and some of the principal themes in modern European history. Students enrolled in this

course are required to take the A.P. exam in May.

Economics (0162)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 12 American History &

Government

This course provides students with the economic knowledge and skills that will enable them to

function as informed and economically literate citizens in our society and world. The focus is on

both micro and macro economics.

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Economics Advanced Placement (0111)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 12 85 average in

American History or

teacher

recommendation.

This course provides students with an introduction to macroeconomics. Students will study

such topics as fiscal and monetary policy, factor markets, international trade, and the

measurement of economic performance. Students enrolled in this course are required to take

the A.P. exam in May.

Participation in Government (0159)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 12 American History &

Government

This course is an overview of our government and political process in theory and practice. The

course provides knowledge of public policy issues and develops communication skills to be an

informed and effective citizen in American Society. Community service hours are required to

successfully complete this course.

U.S. Government & Politics Advanced Placement (0216)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 40 weeks 12 Mastery level

(85-100) completion

of US History or

permission of the

teacher

U. S. Government and Politics provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in

the United States and involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics

and the analysis of specific case studies. Students enrolled in this course are required to take

the A.P. exam in May.

Introduction to Sociology (0165)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 11-12 American History &

Government

Sociology is the study of society, social institutions, and social relationships. This course

provides an introductory overview of this field of study.

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Introduction to Psychology (0151)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 11-12 American History &

Government

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental process. This course is for students

wishing to gain a better understanding of why people act as they do, learning about their

thoughts and feelings on looking for new ways to interpret the world and the people who inhabit

it. Students will be given opportunities to explore topics of individual interest, create

presentations, participate in psychological demonstrations and experiments, and lead class

discussions.

Terror, Trade, and Foreign Policy (0112)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 11-12 Global Studies II

The events on September 11 th created a dramatic shift in American foreign policy. This course

will examine the change in American foreign policy that occurred after these events. We will

begin the class with a brief history of American foreign policy, followed by the events 9/11, and

the “War on Terror.” Other areas that will be examined are the evolving relationship between

business and politics, along with the growth of supra-national institutions such as the United

Nations, European Union and the World Trade Organization. Current events and international

relations will also dominate the class. Participation in class discussions is a key component of

the class.

Military History - Modern [1776- Present] (0125)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 11-12 Global Studies II

This course explores warfare from the American Revolution to present, with emphasis on

technology, and strategies. By focusing on these selected wars, this course will illustrate the

causes and results of wars, while examining the weapons of each period. The military

leadership, strategies, tactics, equipment, human and natural resources will be analyzed in

determining the outcome of the military operation. Videos, films, readings, and class trips will

aid in discussion.

Military History - Ancient [Development of Civilization to 1776] (0113)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 11-12 Global Studies II

This course explores warfare from the development of civilization, to the Greeks and the

Romans, European feudalism, Asian Martial Arts, the Japanese Samurai, and through to the

American Revolution. By focusing on these selected wars, this course will illustrate the causes

and results of war, while examining the weapons of each period. The resources will be

analyzed in determining the outcome of the military operation. Videos, films, readings, and

class will aid in discussing these wars.

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American History Through Film (0114)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 11 & 12 American History

The purpose of this class will be to trace American history through film. Students will discuss

the historical events concerning major historical themes. Students will view a variety of movies

from early American history to the modern era. Students will be introduced to how views of

history change over time (historiography) and how people interpret historical events differently.

Students will comparatively analyze films from different time periods and different perspectives.

Students will examine films from a historical and personal vantage point. Finally, students will

assess the historical validity of these films.

Books, Speeches and Events that Change the World (0116)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 Weeks 11 &12 American History

Global Studies II

This course will analyze how speeches, events and particularly books have altered and continue

to exert a profound influence on history, culture, civilization and scientific thought. Students

enrolled will be expected to read from and discuss these major works.

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TECHNOLOGY

Provided below are the courses offered in the High School Technology Department. The

courses provide students with the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics that involve

technological, vocational, math, and scientific concepts and skills. Our curriculum is designed to

suit all levels of student ability in a hands-on, project-based format with courses broken up into

one semester and full year outlines. Students have the option to earn a three-year sequence in

Technology following two different paths.

Architectural Design and Applications (0713)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 Design & Drawing for

Production

This is a course that teaches students about the history of architecture, construction

terminology, building techniques, and how to produce a set of working drawings including a

typical wall section, foundation plan, site plan, elevations, floor plans, and a perspective

drawing. Students are provided with a large scaled model home to construct and reinforce the

concepts learned. In the final project, the students will create a set of working drawings and a

model of a structure that they design.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) I (0824)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 10-12 Design & Drawing for

Production

Computer Aided Design I is a course designed to teach the students how to use the

Pro/Engineer CAD software program as a tool for three-dimensional modeling. The course

applies the technical drawing knowledge and skills learned in the DDP class through a hands-on

approach to product development, problem-solving, teamwork, and creativity. Students have

the opportunity to build their knowledge and understanding of key engineering and

manufacturing concepts. The activities, tutorials, and projects are focused on developing the

students’ skills with creating part models, part assemblies, technical drawings.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) II (0825)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 10-12 CAD I

Computer Aided Design II is a course designed to be an extension of the CAD I course to teach

the students how to use the advanced features of the Pro/Engineer CAD software program as a

tool for three-dimensional modeling. The course applies the computer aided design skills

learned in the CAD I class through a hands-on approach to product development, problemsolving,

teamwork, and creativity. Students have the opportunity to build their knowledge and

understanding of key engineering, manufacturing and marketing concepts. The activities,

tutorials, and projects are focused on developing the students’ skills with creating part models,

part assemblies, technical drawings, photographic renderings, and mechanical analysis.

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Design & Drawing for Production (0711)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 9-12 None

Students learn the basics of technical drawing using traditional drafting techniques and tools as

well as an introduction to Computer-Aided-Drafting (CAD). Throughout the course, students will

have the opportunity to complete a variety of hands-on projects. The final project includes the

design and modeling of a vacation home. Design & Drawing for Production fulfills the State

requirement for one (1) unit of art or music.

Digital Electronics (0820)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 9-12 None

This course explains how digital circuits are designed and applied in systems to execute specific

tasks. The integrated circuit or the IC chip is the focus of the class and its experiments.

Laboratory projects include a logic probe meter to test IC chips, a nerve tester, and a lie

detector. Digital multimeters are used in the troubleshooting portion of the class in addition to

old computers that are disassembled for student investigations of circuitry and parts.

Electricity / Electronics (0811)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 9-12 None

This course teaches students identification of electronic components, schematic symbols,

soldering, electron theory, and digital meter reading. The students can identify career

opportunities and understand the basic concepts of electricity and electronics through “hands

on” experiments. Laboratory projects include a variable power supply, burglar alarm, and

student designed plexiglas bases for support, display and safety.

Energy Systems (0814)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 9-12 None

In this course students learn about the various forms of energy, such as mechanical, thermal,

sound, electrical, light, nuclear and chemical. The major focus for this course is how energy is

developed and used in four-stroke, two-stroke, and diesel engines, hybrid technology and solid

fuel engines in a hands-on, project-based format. The projects completed in the course are four

and two-stroke engine investigation, solid-fuel rocketry, and a hybrid car display.

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Graphic Communications (0808)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 9-12 None

This course exposes students to the world of graphic communication by working individually and

cooperatively on a variety of hands-on projects. Using our state-of-the-art computer lab,

students research, design, and construct a hallway bulletin board on a topic of their choice. For

the second quarter, students use computer- generated images to be incorporated into traditional

silk screen printing. The students learn the use of several wood working machines in the

construction of the silk screen frames. Students will explore established logos and create their

own logos using wood burning tools and silk screen printing.

Principles of Engineering (0715)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

1.0 40 weeks 10-12 Design & Drawing for

Production

The goal of this course is to provide a one-year experience in various aspects of engineering for

tenth to twelfth grade students. The course is taught in a laboratory setting providing access to

computers, machines, tools, and materials. Students will model activities an engineer would do

through the completion of a variety of individual, small group, and large group projects. The

major projects completed throughout the year are: Earthquake Tower, West Point Bridge

Builder, Popsicle Stick Truss, Roller Coaster Design, Lego Tractor Pull, and Airplane

Construction. The final project involves a competition with the students solving a creative

design problem.

Production Systems (0809)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 9-12 None

This course involves the processing of materials and knowledge to make new products. The

construction part of the class involves the research, design, and construction of a solid or

laminate canoe paddle. The manufacturing part of the class involves basic new AC/DC arc

welding equipment, procedures, different welds, strategies for better welds, careers in the

welding field, and the progression to current MIG welding techniques. Students also have the

opportunity to investigate the operation of our TIG welder and plasma cutter.

Transportation Systems (0813)

Units of Credit Duration Grade Level Prerequisite

.5 20 weeks 9-12 None

This course focuses on transportation systems of the world in a hands-on, project-based format.

This course is taught in a laboratory setting providing access to computers, machines, tools,

and materials. Students will learn about a variety of concepts, design, build, and test a map

course, egg safety vehicle and CO2 car.

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Ormsby Educational Center

2011-2012 Career and Technical Program Offerings



All programs (except CTE Exploratory/Multi-Occupations) are two year programs with

the first year students attending in the PM session and the second year students

attending the AM session.

All programs (except CTE Exploratory/Multi-Occupations) are state approved for the

following integrated academics: CTE Math (third credit), CTE Science (third credit)

Composition and Communication (fourth credit ELA) and Career and Financial

Management.

Animal Care

Students taking this program develop entry level employable skills in the following areas:

veterinary assistant, dog grooming, kennel assistant, pet shop assistant and doggie day care.

Safety consciousness and patience with animals are required for student and animal safety in

this classroom setting.

Automotive Body Repair

Instruction is given in non-structural and structural repair, refinishing, estimating, and

mechanical and electrical repair. Students in this class acquire job related skills and techniques

through the use of specialized tools and equipment in the auto collision repair field.

Automotive Technology

Instruction in this program is based on ASE (college level industry standards) guided diagnosis

and repair curriculum. Students receive hands-on experience on modern automobiles covering

the most common high tech systems. Students in this class have the opportunity to complete 4

of the 8 areas of ASE certification.

Computer Assisted Design & Drafting (CADD)

This program is for Mechanical, Architectural and Art/Design students who wish to explore

graphic language. The first year focuses on forming a base knowledge of Architectural and

Mechanical Technical Drawing with exploration in web design, art, animation, game creation

and design. The second year is a continuation of technical drawing concepts with a focus on

students exploring specific trade areas of art, design, web design, game creation and animation

using two and three-dimensional media.

Construction Technology

Students receive an overview of the construction industry and learn the fundamentals of

carpentry, basic house wiring, plumbing, masonry, blueprint reading, interior/exterior finishing

and estimating. Students work in teams and also on their own individual projects.

Cosmetology

This program offers instruction and practical experience in hair styling, hair cutting, coloring,

permanent waving, skin and facial care and cosmetic application and manicuring. Students are

prepared for the New York State licensing exam which requires 1,000 practicum hours.

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Criminal Justice

The first year curriculum topics cover information in the areas of: security guards, loss

prevention, community policing, plant protection, risk management and facility/plant security.

Students learn to prepare reports, keep daily logs and compile information. Second year topics

cover the study of our legal system and criminal investigation. Guest lecturers give students a

first hand perspective of this field.

Culinary Arts

This is a comprehensive introductory program covering all the basic skills to be employed as an

entry level cook/baker. Students work in groups rotating through culinary, baking, salad prep,

dining room and dish washing stations. Course work includes a combination of hands-on

practical experience as well as theory that is relevant in the restaurant/hospitality industry. The

curriculum is aligned with the restaurant industry based ProStart program.

Diesel Mechanics

Students learn to perform engine overhauls, tune-ups and diagnosis. Drive line repairs include

clutch, transmissions and differentials. Hydraulic and air brake system repairs are performed

according to NYS Inspection Procedures. Gas, Arc, MIG and TIG welding are also taught in the

program. Understanding of basic concepts in math and science are important for success in

this program.

Health Careers

The curriculum covered in this course includes: basic nursing procedures, CPR, nutrition and

diet therapy, mother and child care, anatomy and physiology, introduction to pharmacology and

care of the elderly. Students apply what they learn through clinical experiences in hospitals,

nursery schools and nursing homes. Students are prepared for the New York State Certified

Nurse Aide exam.

Information Technology/Computer Systems *

The first year curriculum is based on training for A+ Computer Technician certification.

Students will troubleshoot and repair computer problems. The second year of this program is

based on training for Network+. Students learn employment skills involved in maintaining

computers, running computer networks, developing and maintaining web pages, email sites and

overseeing computer virus and computer security issues.

Landscape/Greenhouse Management *

Students receive instruction in the areas of landscape principles and design, tree and shrub

identification, lawn maintenance and installation, heavy equipment operation and

maintenance/safety, shrub and tree propagation, greenhouse operations, golf course

maintenance, nursery operations and hydroponics. Students will also receive instruction in

forestry with chain saw safety and operation, basic wildlife management, basic surveying and

construction of outdoor fountains and water gardens.

Motor Sport Fabrication/Precision Machining

Students will be introduced to the field of precision machining and welding fabrication through a

hands-on approach. A student completing the course will be able to safely setup and operate

various machines such as: lathes, mills, grinders, drill presses, band saws, MIG welders, ARC

welders, tube bender, oxy-fuel torches, plasma cutters, and Computer Numerical Controlled

(CNC) mills and lathes. Also, included will be instruction on measuring tools, CAD-CAM

(MasterCam and CADkey), blueprint reading, and related technical math.

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Motor Sport Fabrication/Precision Machining (continued)

Students will be given challenging projects that will strengthen their knowledge of machining

and welding fundamentals. Students will have the opportunity to design and build items of their

own interests with instructor approval. This course is recommended for students interested in

pursuing a career in the field of industrial or mechanical engineering. Students may also be

eligible to receive articulated college credit upon successful completion of this program.

Small Animal Science

This is a technical course that will prepare you to go on to veterinary science technology at the

college level. Instruction is provided in basic, advanced and specialized skills in areas such as

animal husbandry, dog grooming, dog training, surgical nursing, veterinary assisting and animal

handling. College credit may be earned from Medaille, Alfred, and NCC is specific requirements

are met. Understanding of basic math and science concepts are important to be successful in

this course. Students may have the opportunity to participate in internships with businesses

relating to the animal field.

Pre Engineering Technology *

This course covers an overview of career opportunities in engineering. Students will explore the

design process (CADD), problem solving, manufacturing, materials, technology, communication,

and engineering systems in a curriculum aligned with National Industry Standards. Specific

content areas include: principles of electricity, hydraulic & pneumatic systems, thermal & heat

transfer problems, analog & digital signals and their applications. Students will have an

opportunity to participate in internships with business, industry and education partners.

CTE Exploratory/Occ Foundations

This half-day program instructs students in a series of basic skills as they relate to a variety of

occupations. This hands-on class explores the basic areas of culinary, building trades, screen

printing, vinyl graphics, automotive, and computers. Students participate in a series of

monitored visitations to Career & Technical programs. Other topics of study include: exploring

careers, career assessment, shop safety, getting along with others (teamwork), securing

employment, work habits and ethics.

* Depending on enrollment, these programs may run first and second year students in the same session.

Session selected is based on whether there are more first or second year students.

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ORMSBY EDUCATIONAL CENTER

2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR

MAJOR ITEMS RECOMMENDED

PROGRAM DO NOT BUY BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS APPROX. COST

Animal Care Scrubs, 4” 3- ring binder, safety glasses $35

Auto Technology Steel Toe Safety boots, blue work shirt and pants, safety glasses $100

Auto Body Work boots, coveralls, 3-ring notebook, safety glasses $107

Paint respirator and cartridge

OPTIONAL: calculator (cost varies)

Construction Tech.

Work boots, appropriate work clothing, tape measure,

Safety glasses, hammer, 4-in-1 screwdriver $65

CADD Triangles, compass, pencils, scales (per instructor) $45

Cosmetology Black Slacks or skirt, black closed toe shoes, uniform jacket Cost varies

Highly recommended:

1 textbook, 2 workbooks $125

1 Implement kit $79.42

Criminal Justice Explorer dues, uniform (includes boots) $185

Culinary Arts Juniors: chef uniforms (4 full uniform sets) $140

Seniors: 1 culinary workbook, pastry kit, optional uniform $50-$75

Internal Temperature thermometer, spiral notebook, calculator,

USB stick, page protectors for recipes and assignments, hairnets cost varies

Diesel Work boots, coveralls, notebook, safety glasses, calculator, pens $80

EMS Uniform shirts $40

Uniform pants optional ($55 - $60)

Health Careers Uniform, white shoes, wristwatch w/second hand, physical, $80

white crew socks (separate letter sent to Health Career students)

Info Tech/CS Scientific calculator, safety glasses $30

Pre-Engineering Scientific calculator, safety glasses $30

Landscape/

Greenhouse Mgmt Work shoes, appropriate work clothing, safety glasses, and textbook $21

Motor Sport Fab. Three ring notebook, scientific calculator, safety glasses $20

Small Animal Scrubs, safety glasses, two - 3" three-ring notebooks $35

Do not buy any of the items listed before school starts. (Wait for teacher advisement)

Note: Uniforms will be purchased as per information given to you by your instructor

Safety glasses may be purchased through the Career-Tech center for $2/pair

“Work boot” is a generic term describing footwear appropriate for trade area.

Arrangements can be made for students with financial hardships.

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