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, to implement career plans and to assist in their personal and social development. In all three areas, counselors provide information and direction for decision making by the student. Counselors are required by the State Education Department to provide each student with an Annual Review. At this meeting, the student’s academic progress is reviewed; interests and goals are discussed and course selections for the following year are made. The counseling staff is ready to answer questions you and your son or daughter may have about any phase of the academic programming, and what might be needed to achieve educational and career goals. The telephone numbers for the counseling offices are as follows: Cicero-North Syracuse High School – 218-4100 North Syracuse Junior High School – 218-3600 NOTE: Levels of Instruction AP Advanced Placement RH Regents Honors R Regents
EXAM REQUIREMENTS All students must achieve one unit of credit in a foreign language during grades 8–12. If the student has not earned one unit of credit at the end of the 8th grade, the student may acquire that credit by passing the 6-week summer school course, if offered. *Students acquiring five units of credit in specific courses in Art, Music, Business, Technology, or Vocational Education may be exempt from the 3-year Languages Other than English (LOTE) requirement for an Advanced Designation Regents Diploma. They must have one year of LOTE. All students, other than those with IEP’s enrolled in special class, must take the Regents Exam(s) for the course(s) in which they are enrolled. Only the Committee on Special Education (CSE) can approve a student to take an RCT after the student has taken and failed a Regents exam. Starting with all students in the class of 2016, no RCT testing will be available.
REGENTS EXAMINATION SCORES (REQUIRED)
All levels of instruction present content from Regents curricula.
Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12: Pass 5 Regents with grade of 65 or higher. Pass 8 Regents with a grade of 65 or higher for Advanced Designation Diploma. COLLEGE ENTRANCE TESTS
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS A total of 22 units are required for graduation from Cicero-North Syracuse High School. This includes two full units of four years of physical education.
REQUIRED COURSES/CREDITS (22 Total)
Course English Social Studies Math Science Languages Other than English (LOTE) Art/Music Health Physical Education Electives Total Credits 4 4 3 3 1 1 .5 2 3.5 22
ADVANCED DESIGNATION REGENTS DIPLOMA
Course English Social Studies Math Science Languages Other than English (LOTE) Art/Music Health Physical Education Electives Total Credits 4 4 3 3 3 1 .5 2 1.5 22
REQUIRED REGENTS EXAMS
English Language Arts Regents One (1) Math Regents Global Studies Regents U.S. History Regents One (1) Science Regents English Language Arts Regents Three (3) Math Regents Global Studies Regents U.S. History Regents Living Environment Plus One (1) Other Science Regents
Many colleges require the submission of scores from a college admissions exam as part of their admission process. There are two College Board exams produced by different non-profit testing corporations (SAT & ACT). Most colleges will accept scores from either SAT or ACT for admission purposes. Each college’s individual website states admission requirements. Each year’s testing schedule is listed in the counseling (Tips & Tools) and parent newsletters, which are on the CNS website. The testing schedules are available in the high school counseling offices. Online registration is required at www.sat.collegeboard.com and www.actstudent.org. Both the SAT & ACT may be taken more than once. It is recommended that students first take these examinations in the spring of their junior year. SAT and ACT scores have to be sent by the student to all colleges where they apply. We will no longer put scores on transcripts. Students contact SAT/ACT companies directly. SAT I The SAT I is a test that measures verbal, mathematical and writing abilities developed during a student’s years of education. These abilities are related to how well you may be able to do academically in college.
ACT (American College Test) The ACT is a test that measures skills and abilities that are highly related to success in college. The ACT measures the knowledge, understanding, and skills acquired through a student’s years of education in Science, Math, English, Reading and Writing. SAT II Each of the College Board Achievement Tests measures knowledge and skills in a particular subject and a student’s ability to apply that knowledge. Highly competitive colleges require certain tests for admissions and certain colleges use these scores for placement purposes. Colleges list the required tests in their catalogs. It is best to take this type of test soon after completing the highest level course taken in the subject being tested. Typically, if these tests were required, students would take two-three subject tests. PSAT/NMSQT This test is given in the fall of the junior year. The scores are used for competition for National Merit Scholarships. Students hoping to attend college should take this exam for the following reasons: 1. To gain experience in taking a test similar to the College Board exams. 2. To be able to predict your College Board scores from your PSAT/NMSQT scores. 3. To see how you compare with other college-bound juniors. 4. To help estimate your chances of being admitted to and succeeding in the college of your choice. 5. To compete for scholarships. 6. To use PSAT results to study for the SAT.
The following college credit opportunities are available to students: Advanced Placement Program: College credits can be earned in the following courses up to a maximum of 8 hours per course: AP American History AP Biology AP Calculus AP Chemistry AP Computer Science (JAVA) AP Economics/U.S. Government AP English AP European History AP Language and Composition AP Physics AP Psychology AP Spanish AP Statistics AP Studio Art A & B AP U.S. Government/Economics Adelphi/SUNY Oswego A maximum of 6 college credits can be earned in each of the following courses: French – Adelphi and SUNY Oswego Spanish – Adelphi and SUNY Oswego German – Adelphi and SUNY Oswego *NOTE – 3-9 credits possible if you combine SUNY/Onondaga Community College Business Law A and B CADD 2D Computer Systems 2 Digital Electronics English Lit Financial Accounting First Aid Responding to Emergencies Principles of Information Systems Microsoft Word 2 School Age Education Experience Preschool Education Experience Understanding Today’s Business World US Government US History Rochester Institute of Technology Credit College credit from RIT can be obtained through the following Project Lead the Way courses: Computer Integrated Manufacturing Design and Drawing for Production B Digital Electronics Principles of Engineering Civil Engineering & Architecture
COLLEGE PROGRAM OFFERINGS Cicero-North Syracuse High School offers a number of college level course programs in which qualified students can earn credit, allowing them to participate in college level course work while still in high school. The district presently participates in the Advanced Placement program, SU Project Advance, RIT, SUNY Oswego, Cazenovia College, the Adelphi College program in foreign language and course offerings associated with Onondaga Community College. The district is especially proud of this advanced college credit emphasis. Fees are set by the individual college or The College Board for AP tests.
Syracuse University Presentational Speaking Introduction to Computing (C++) Financial Accounting Entrepreneurship Cyber Security Sociology ART Graduation requirements for all students include one credit in Art or Music. The only Art courses that will satisfy this requirement are: Creative Crafts, Media Arts, and Studio Art 1. Studio Art 1 is the only approved class for satisfying the language requirement in an art sequence for an Advanced Regents Diploma. Media Arts 1 Unit Grade 9 40 Weeks Media Arts is an introductory course designed to give students an understanding of the nature of art, the elements and principles of design and art trends through the use of traditional, digital and video photography. Students will experience basic photography techniques, photo manipulation and graphics on the computer. Students should have a 35 mm camera to use. Fee: $25.00 Creative Crafts 1 Unit Grade 9 40 Weeks Creative Crafts is an introductory course designed to give students an understanding of: the nature of art, the elements and principles of art; the history of the arts and crafts movement; how to critique artworks; and an understanding of decorative and functional craft items. Students will work with unique materials to create: silk paintings, wire jewelry, ceramic pieces, hand bound books, polymer clay artwork, copper bracelets, macramé and beaded jewelry. Fee: $15.00 Studio Art 1 1 Unit Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks This beginning art class is an introduction to the fundamentals of visual expression. It is designed to explore many different areas of art. Students will be involved with design, drawing, painting, perspective, collage, printmaking and sculpture. Through the use of a variety of materials, the students will be able to develop their artistic skills. This course is required for those students who are working toward an art major sequence and is also approved for the required art credit for graduation. Fee: $15.00
Studio in Clay/Pottery 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks Students will study both past and current trends in Pottery. They will work with the potter’s wheel and hand building to create both functional and decorative ceramic ware. They will explore slab construction, coil building, and surface decoration to express their own style. This is an exciting class that allows students to acquire some great skills along with taking a look at the past work and techniques from other cultures. Fee: $20.00 Advanced 2-D Studio 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Studio Art 1, Media Arts, or Creative Crafts In this course, students will solve advanced challenges in two-dimensional media. In-depth work with drawing, painting, collage and printmaking will explore various working methods, both representational and abstract. New techniques, color theory and presentation will also be addressed. Students should have prior knowledge from another full year studio art class. Fee: $20.00 Portfolio Prep 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks This class is for those students who wish to develop a quality portfolio for college or art school. Art majors and students interested in architecture, fashion and design schools should consider this course. Although open to everyone, students are strongly encouraged to take this course during their junior year. Students will work independently in order to develop their own particular style. Ample time will be given for students to explore new media and go into depth with their artwork. Although there are no prerequisites, it is suggested that students have some prior experience from taking Studio 1, Media Arts or Creative Crafts. Fee: $20.00
Advanced 3D Studio 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Studio in Clay or Sculpture This class is designed for the student who is interested in developing advanced work with 3D art design. Students will cover sophisticated techniques and processes. Advanced sculptural problems such as timing, gravity and weight will be explored in assignments that research fundamental 3D concepts. Students will be introduced to historic and contemporary examples of sculptural forms and media. Students who are enrolled in the AP 3D course will parallel the requirements of a college level 3D studio class. Fee: $30.00
AP 3D Portfolio Prerequisite - Studio in Clay or Sculpture and Advanced 3D Studio This is an intensive college level art class that is intended for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of working and discovering the three-dimensional form. Students are responsible for creating a compilation of 18-24 works of 3D art that completes the three sections of Quality, Concentration and Breadth in their portfolio. Students are expected to produce work that demonstrates their mastery of concept development, composition, and college level technical execution. Fee: $30.00 Exam Fee: $89.00 AP Studio Art A & B 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Studio Art 1 or any full year Art Class. This is an intensive portfolio prep class open to junior and senior art majors. Students must have taken two successful years of sequential art studio classes. The AP Program in Studio Art is intended for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art. The requirements of the class will parallel that which are equivalent to an introductory college course in studio art. Students may choose to take AP Studio Art in drawing or two-dimensional design. Additional fee required for the AP portfolio review in May. Fee: $30.00 Exam Fee: $89.00 Advanced Graphic Design ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks, 2nd Semester (2014-2015) Prerequisite – Intro to Computer Art and Design This course will provide students with the opportunity to sharpen their Photoshop skills while creating a wide array of projects geared toward client based production. Students will design advertisements, brand and corporate identity, posters and product packaging. Additionally, students will learn the design aspects of the psychology of advertising and the intermediate steps necessary to present work to clients. This course will enable students to progress into college with the advanced knowledge and skillset necessary to make them highly attractive to colleges and the workforce. (Permission to exempt prerequisite may be granted by a CNS Art Teacher only) Fee: $9.50
manipulate photographs, and create graphic design work in Adobe Photoshop using IMAC computers, color scanners, and color printers. Every student will benefit from this course by diversifying their college portfolio, but it is a MUST for anyone pursuing an art or design career. After successful completion of this course, students may also take: Advanced Computer Art, Advanced Graphic Design and Advanced Art and Design for the Web. Fee: $9.50
Advanced Computer Art ½ Unit Grades 10,11,12 20 Weeks, 2nd Semester (2015-2016) Prerequisite – Intro to Computer Art and Design Students will take their computer art skills to the next level by learning how to create computer art for more than just mere enjoyment and appreciation. Students will be given the skills and knowledge to produce stunning projects which can be applied to real world, money making tasks. No matter the artistic skill level they have, students will learn how to create high quality art, including basic yet appealing animation. Some work will have the potential to be exhibited around the school, featured on the WCNS Morning Show and displayed around the community. Upon completion, students will leave with a digital portfolio of their work which they may either submit to perspective colleges or just keep and share. (Permission to exempt prerequisite may be granted by a CNS Art Teacher Only) Fee: $9.50
Introduction to Computer Art and Design ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks 1st Semester The world of computer art and design is growing rapidly and people who possess this talent can be very marketable when it comes to careers. This course will provide students with the skills necessary to draw, paint,
Advanced Art and Design for the Web ½ Unit (2014-2015) 20 Weeks Grades 10, 11, 12 2nd Semester Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Art and Design With the global online population of almost 2.1 billion users, and with the average user spending 35 hours a month online, the Internet has become a frontier rich with commerce and entertainment. Learn how to create visually appealing art and design that will make you stand out in this ever growing industry. Without getting into the technical code and architecture of web development, students will use Photoshop to create visually appealing and profitable website design, animated Gifs for online advertising, mobile interface design, and more. Upon completion of this course, students will leave with an online portfolio of their work. (Permission to exempt prerequisite may be granted by a CNS Art Teacher Only). Fee: $9.50
Color Studies with Drawing & Painting ½ Units Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks This is a 20-week course that is an introduction to the studies of color, value and the development of drawing and painting skills. The course covers hues, tints, complementary color, color wheel structure, and optical mixing. A variety of techniques will be explored through the use of an assortment of media including collage, paint, color pencil, ink, pastel, and watercolor. This course is designed for the needs of beginning art students as well as those majoring in art. Fee: $15.00 Metal – Smithing and Glass Jewelry Design ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks This comprehensive course will involve cold and hot metal work as well as enameling, slumped and stain glass techniques. Students will gain an understanding of traditional and contemporary jewelry construction and assembly. Classes will create original and exciting one of a kind pieces from quality materials. Fee: $20.00 Beginning Photography 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks This is an introductory photography course, with the emphasis on black & white photography. Students enrolled in this course will learn the skills of working with both analog film and digital cameras, black & white negative developing, and darkroom processing, digital editing and re-touching in Photoshop CS5. Additionally, students will learn some of the criteria vital to any photographer: composition, elements, and principles of design, the study of light, how to make prints using a variety of different styles, how to critique a photograph as well as presentation of work. Roughly 50% of the hands-on work will be completed via analog processes and 50% will be completed using digital technology. At the start of the year, students are required to have their own working 35mm analog film camera to be used throughout the year (SLR camera recommended & preferred). Additionally, students should have access to a digital camera for 3rd & 4th quarter. Students who successfully complete this course can advance to Intermediate Photography. Fee: $30.00 Intermediate Photography 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite–Beginning Photography Only The second in our photography course series, this is an intermediate photography course where students will utilize the knowledge and skills obtained in Beginning Photography to further explore the photographic process as an artistic medium. The objective of this course is to gain a better understanding of complex analog and digital camera functions and processes. Students enrolled in this course will learn the skills of working
with high contrast black and white photography as well as color photography via the use of digital cameras. Additionally, students have full access to Apple Imac computers and Photoshop CS5 in the photography lab for advanced photo editing techniques. Students will further explore composition, the study of light, presentation of work, and critique, as well as, advanced photographic themes and styles, the history of photography and photographic careers. Production of a portfolio is required to exhibit the developing photographic style of each student. Roughly 40% of the hands-on work will be completed via analog processes and 60% will be completed using digital technology. At the start of the year, students are required to have their own working 35mm analog film SLR camera, as well as, their own digital camera to be used throughout the year. Students who successfully complete this course can advance to Advanced Photography. Fee: $30.00
Advanced Photography 1 Unit Grades 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Beginning and Intermediate Photography The third in our photography course series, this is an advanced photography course where students will work in the same format as Intermediate classmates while creating more in-depth projects and production. Students are expected to expand upon the existing assignments, working independently and self-directed, utilizing materials with a high level of proficiency. All Advanced students are required to complete two independent proposal projects each marking period, allowing them to streamline their photographic experience based on individual style and preference of medium. Students have full access to Apple Imac computers and Photoshop CS5 in the photography lab for advanced photo editing techniques. Production of two portfolios is required: one in December for the CNY Scholastic Art Competition and one during the 4th marking period that exhibits high quality visual imagery and a strong individual style of photography within their body of work. Roughly 25% of the hands-on work will be completed via analog processes and 75% will be completed using digital technology, however, these numbers can be reversed if the advanced student’s photographic style lends itself to a more traditional photographic medium. At the start of the year, students are required to have their own 35mm analog film SLR camera, as well as, their own digital camera to be used throughout the year. Fee: $30.00
Portrait and Figure Drawing ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks This class is specifically designed for the student who would like to concentrate on the study of the human face and figure. Many different approaches to the idea of drawing the head and figure will be covered. The student will also have an opportunity to use a variety of drawing media. The class will study how other artists have solved the problem of drawing people, including the use of live models; the student will develop their own style of drawing heads and figures. Fee: $9.50
Students will learn video production and how to properly use various pieces of equipment necessary for making television programs. Students will gain knowledge of hardware, pre-production planning, field production and group dynamics. Production teams will work together to plan, design, coordinate, and produce a wide range of projects. Students will gain knowledge in studio production, sound production, field production, camera operations, electronic editing, scene lighting, and electronic graphic design. Fee: $30.00
Sculpture ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks During this course, students will explore and learn a variety of three-dimensional media. Students will incorporate the elements and principles of design through clay, metal, wood, stone, and plaster. This is a fun and exciting course where students will study both contemporary and historical techniques to create Sculptures. Fee: $15.00
Video Production 1 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks This is a basic course in Video Production Techniques used in the design and production for electronic media. This course will be eventually integrated with the English Department to include public speaking skills and broadcast journalism.
Video Production 2 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – 85 or above Video Production 1 Video is changing the way the world communicates. Students that have taken Video Production (1) can now continue their education in this growing field. With a focus on editorial and documentary videos, students will be producing projects that will enhance communication with our school by covering events and broadcasting them via the Internet and quite soon our own broadcasting studio. Students will be responsible for broadcasting the morning announcements to the school and community, creating a video yearbook, recording highlights of sporting events, as well as other personal projects. Video Production 2 is intended for highly motivated students who will meet strict deadlines and represent our school with integrity. Fee $30.00
Business courses are designed to meet the needs of both college-bound students and those seeking entry-level employment.
COMPLETE COURSE OFFERINGS and CREDITS
Digital Communication II** Fashion Marketing** CFM IBM** ½ ½ ½ Business Law A Business Law B ½ ½ 1
Computer Systems ½ Video Game Design and Promotion MS Word 1 App Marketing ½ 1 Financial Analysis Accounting Leadership MS Word 2 Personal Financial Literacy Sports and Entertainment Mkt. UTBW Wall Street SUPA Sport Management ½ ½ ½ ½
MS Word 1
½ 1 1
1 1 ½ 1
Digital Communication I* ½ *Only offered at NSJHS – Grade 8 **Only offered at NSJHS – Grade 9
Students may earn a CTE (Career and Technical Education) Endorsement on their diploma in one of the areas listed below. Five (5) credits are needed including the core requirements. Students can select from the entire business course offerings to fulfill the credit requirements. In addition, students must pass a core exam showing proficiencies in selected areas.
COURSE/CORE REQUIREMENTS FOR CTE ENDORSEMENT MARKETING
Career & Financial Management (1/2) AND Intro to Business Marketing (1/2) OR Understanding Today’s Business World (1) *
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CFM (1/2) AND IBM (1/2) OR UTBW (1)* Microsoft Word (1/2)* App Marketing (1/2) Computer Systems (1/2) ** Video Game Design and Promotion (1/2) 3 Core Credits
FINANCE CFM (1/2) AND IBM (1/2) OR UTBW (1)* Accounting (1)* Wall Street (1/2) Financial Analysis (1/2)
Entrepreneurship (1) Sports and Entertainment (1)
3 Core Credits
3 Core Credits
* Three (3) SUNY/OCC credits available upon completion of course(s). **Four (4) SUNY/OCC credits available upon successful completion of course.
Digital Communications I ½ Unit Grade 8 Only 40 Weeks, Meets Once Every Four Days Digital Communications - the electronic exchange of information. Working, living and learning in the 21st Century will require an expanded skill set. Students will: Prepare for a continuous e-learning and reskilling process. Discover the framework for 21st century skills in a creative and innovative environment. Be introduced to any new district software platforms while combining them with various digital tools. Advance both MAC and PC computer skills. Learn how to work more productively in their classes. Develop skills to effectively communicate personally and professionally in the digital world. Learn the capabilities and operation of hightech hardware, software, as well as web resources to develop proficiency using a variety of computer input and output technologies. Digital Communications II ½ Unit Grade 9 20 Weeks Computers and business – the two constants in today’s work environment. This half-year course is designed to enhance and develop your business communication and presentation skills. Upon completion of course, students will have developed proficiency in both computer software and communication skills. This class will allow students to enter the job market with a competitive edge. Students will: Develop and enhance business communication and technology skills to prepare for a successful transition into college and the workplace. Locate, organize, understand, evaluate and analyze information using PC software, MAC software and online resources. Create projects/presentations using Prezi, IMovie, Pages, Glogster Understand the role of social bookmarking sites and social learning networks. Generate QR Codes and develop an understanding of a QR code reader and how they are used in business. Fashion Marketing ½ Unit Grade 9 20 Weeks Do you have an eye for style? Do you notice the latest trends in fashion? If so, this ½ year course is just for you! You will learn about all of the opportunities available to you in this exciting and growing field. You
will be introduced to the marketing strategies used to showcase today’s fashion. Topics range from buying merchandise, developing sales strategies, organizing and displaying merchandise, and promoting events. This course will teach you how to take fashion from the showroom floor to the sales floor and everything in between. Students will: Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of fashion and fashion marketing. Understand, define and grasp key terms as well as principles, concepts and theories involved in the fashion industry. Describe the steps from development, production, and marketing of textiles and fashion merchandise from concepts to consumer. Identify career opportunities in the fashion industry and appropriate career path credentials. Understand the effect of technology in Fashion Marketing. Introduction to Business Marketing (IBM) ½ Unit Grades 9 20 Weeks This course describes the role of workers and consumers in our economic society; basic concepts of human relations and decision-making are covered. Learned concepts and skills have direct application to the business workplace. Topics include the free enterprise system, economic principles, human relationships, values/ethics, problem solving, dealing with conflict and an introduction to business/marketing occupations. Students will: Learn business and marketing themes throughout the course. Develop a general business vocabulary. Identify core concepts of marketing strategies based on product, price, place and promotion objectives. Demonstrate business problem-solving skills. Business Law A ½ Unit Business Law B ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Are you interested in a career in the legal field? Are you inquisitive about the criminal justice system in the United States? These two half-year courses will allow you to discover how the legal system operates and affects you as a citizen. Once both Business Law A and Business Law B are taken, you will be eligible to earn three SUNY college credit hours at Onondaga Community College.
Business Law A Ethics Origins of Law Civil and Criminal Trial Procedures Contract Law Fraud Warranties and Consumer Protection Business Law B Criminal Law Civil Law Employment Law Negotiable Instruments Marriage and Divorce Laws
Entrepreneurship 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks This course will provide you with an understanding of the vital role played by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the 21st century global economy. Students will: Assess, explore, critique, and celebrate entrepreneurship. Focus on the creation of new ventures, the ways that they come into being, and factors associated with their success. Learn to recognize opportunities in the marketplace. Think creatively to create an innovative business model. Learn about successful entrepreneurs and innovative business models through field trips, school/business partnerships, videos, interviews, articles, and case studies. Analyze how a variety of successful business owners navigated the entrepreneurial process and learn to apply these strategies to create a business. Juniors and Seniors who successfully complete this course have the option of earning three credit hours through Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA).
one’s career plans are, this course offers the skills and knowledge necessary to develop them to their fullest potential. Students will: Explore individual personal skills needed for employment. Learn what it takes to be an effective employee. Learn the skills employers are looking for (from book 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College). Match career exploration with personal skills and qualities. Create a resume and cover letter. Fill out job applications. Participate in interviews. Learn time management skills. Explore major laws and regulations related to employment. Do personal budgeting. Explore checking and savings accounts. Learn how to use credit wisely.
Computer Systems ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Come and explore this “hands-on” computer class. In this half-year course, students are exposed to new and challenging learning opportunities in the information technology field and are actual participants of the Cisco Networking Academy. Students will: Disassemble and assemble computers. Identify internal parts of a computer. Troubleshoot both hardware and software problems. Learn new and exciting software. Learn advanced operating systems. Maintain own computer – load windows, software, etc. Earn four “FREE” SUNY credit hours from Onondaga Community College upon successful completion of course.
Career and Financial Management (CFM) ½ Unit Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Career & Financial Management is for those students interested in knowing more about career exploration and the financial responsibilities that come with it. This course provides students with invaluable employability skills and knowledge of the workplace. No matter what
App Marketing ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Tablets and smart phones are transforming the digital world of business. Industries including law, medicine, auto, travel and tourism, among others, are quickly adopting this technology. This course will teach you the same tools that business executives are currently using to make sales, access customer accounts and financial data, stay organized, and communicate and video conference. Students will: Access the latest business applications and business journals, analyze company applications. Explore digital market opportunities. Create videos using iMovie. Learn Apple iWorks (Numbers, Pages, and Keynote), to create business reports and presentations. Accounting 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks This course is an introduction to accounting as a means of recording business activities, which includes a study of the classification and recording of original business transactions, the preparation and evaluation of financial statements and the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The course will incorporate appropriate computer technology in the instruction process. Accounting knowledge will be used in whatever career you choose and is important in your everyday life. It can be used to get better terms for a loan, to start a business and to make better investment decisions. It is often called the “language of business”. This course is essential for students who plan to pursue a college degree in any business related field, major in accounting, work in management or own/operate a business. Students will learn how to: Record business activities. Classify and record business transactions. Complete the accounting cycle for a service and merchandising business. Prepare financial statements. Analyze financial statements. Students who successfully complete this course may earn three SUNY College credit hours at Onondaga Community College, or four (4) Syracuse University (SUPA) credits. Financial Analysis ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks This advanced class picks up where Wall Street leaves off – but anyone can take – there is no prerequisite. It delves into more complex financial securities and
reinforces Wall Street concepts. It also provides a deeper career exploration piece. Students will: Explore the future and option market Explore a career in finance Study and take practice financial exams. Series 6, 7 and 63 Learn what it takes to become a CFP Create portfolios using advance strategies and securities Leadership 1 Unit Grade 11, 12 40 Weeks Do you want to enroll in a course that makes a difference at CNS and develops skills that will be needed after graduation? This course will have an impact on your life well beyond your days at CNS. Students will: Learn how to effectively lead. any type of group in and out of high school. Develop skills such as time management, communication, community building, and crisis management. Run the “STAR” Leadership Program by organizing the afterschool seminars held for the entire school. Video Game Design and Promotion ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Interested in exploring a career path as a video game programmer, animator or video game designer in one of the fastest growing industries in the world? Students will: Use the innovative 3-D programming software called ALICE. Create and populate virtual worlds with objects and characters. Use animation to create movies, commercials, and simple games. Learn about various careers in the video game industry. Microsoft Word 1 ½ Unit Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Learn some tricks using Microsoft Word while improving your keyboarding and word processing skills. Keyboarding applications are a must have in this fastpaced digital world that we live in. Students will: Learn to key and format documents such as letters, resumes, memos, data tables, bulleted and numbered lists, and reports. Use communication skills and learn how they are incorporated in the 21st century. Increase keyboarding speed by taking timed writings.
Microsoft Word 2 ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Prerequisite: Microsoft Word 1 For those with keyboarding and word processing skills, this course provides the opportunity to learn and communicate using the Microsoft Office Suite. Students will: Use Word, Excel and Access software. Create forms, mail merges, envelopes, tables, columns, newspaper publications, etc. Communicate using email. Learn proper etiquette for workers in the 21st century. Earn three “FREE” SUNY credit hours from Onondaga Community College upon successful completion of course.
Sports and Entertainment Marketing 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks Sports Marketing is one of the fastest growing fields in business. Come and join us as we further explore this industry. Students will gain knowledge in: Basic principles of marketing. Applying principles to the sports and entertainment world. Buying and selling. Managing, advertising and promoting products. Utilize your capacity for imagination and creativity to gain a competitive advantage in this field that is on the rise.
Personal Financial Literacy ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks This hands-on course utilizes the computer to help teach you the financial skills necessary to be successful throughout life. Making informed financial decisions is vital to achieving one’s goals. A variety of scenarios will be presented where you will need to make financial decisions. You will apply financial literacy concepts including minimizing the cost of financing, managing debt, purchasing insurance, and making investment decisions to sustain your desired lifestyle through to retirement by creating a personal financial portfolio. Students will: Select a career and a company in a select city in which to live and work. Calculate gross pay and net pay. Develop a working budget. Learn banking procedures and options. Learn the process of selecting an apartment and purchasing furnishings. Finance a car and learn the necessary steps for operating a vehicle in New York State. Explore the life stages such as marriage and children (if preferred). Understand the process of purchasing a house and the necessary upkeep. Learn the process of purchasing insurance policies that are necessary to protect ones family and assets. Explore scenarios of changing careers and the effects of it on finances. Learn various methods of investing. Plan for retirement. Learn how to make decisions to maintain your chosen lifestyle and stay financially fit.
SUPA Sport Management 1 Unit Grades 11 and 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Sports and Entertainment Marketing Are you looking to work in the sports industry? If so, then this is the course for you! This college-level course is designed for the student who intends to work in the sport industry at the management level. Students will: Identify and describe the unique characteristics and dimensions of sports Examine some of the major problems/issues facing sport managers. Develop a knowledge and understanding of what is involved in the management of sports. To apply the foundation and principles of sport management to various aspects of the sport industry. Understand the social and ethical responsibilities involved in managing sport organizations and events. Identify career opportunities in the sports industry and how to prepare for them. Students who successfully complete this course have the option of earning three credit hours through Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) Program.
Understanding Today’s Business World (UTBW) 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Similar to the first business course a student would take in college, this course is a must for any student interested in a major and/or career in the business field. Students will: Explore topics including current business trends, management, finance, marketing and entrepreneurship. Be introduced to a wide variety of potential business majors in college. Earn three SUNY college credit hours at Onondaga Community College upon successful completion of the course.
Work Experience Cooperative Office ½ - 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20-40 Weeks Cooperative office work experience involves utilizing your study hall/free time to gain real-world work experience within the school community. This is a great opportunity to: Gain additional work-related experience Improve skills Earn future professional recommendations. Students will be matched with school employees in need of a variety of tasks. Successful completion includes achieving the required time and successful evaluation by staff member. (67 class periods = 1/2 credit, 125 class periods = 1 credit)
Wall Street ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Wall Street is an investment class where students explore securities and the concept of investment returns and personal financial strength. Students will: Explore career choices and budgeting. Define and prioritize Risk Capital. Investigate stocks, mutual funds and other securities. Review financial statements. Use chart strategies to identify financial health. Create portfolios using the chart strategies. Work Experience Cooperative Marketing ½ - 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 20-40 Weeks Students enrolled in full year Business courses are eligible to participate in earning work experience cooperative credit towards graduation. Courses Include: Entrepreneurship Leadership Sports and Entertainment Marketing Understanding Today’s Business World The work experience is planned and coordinated with a classroom program of related instruction and matched with the student’s paid, part-time employment. Successful completion of coursework, fulfillment of required work hours and recommendations from employer and instructor are required of each student employee. (150 hours = ½ credit – 300 hours = 1 credit)
ENGLISH Minimum Graduation Requirements: Students must earn 4 units of English and pass the English Comprehensive Regents Exam. English 8H/Humanities This course is designed for students identified as talented and gifted. Students will complete the entire 8RH English curriculum and experience an emphasis on genres within the Humanities. Instruction will include an exploration of the interrelationship among literature, languages, music, art, philosophy, logic, ethics and drama. Class size is small and managed as a seminar, allowing students the opportunity to express their ideas. This will be accomplished through projects in spoken, written, dramatic (theatrical and video), and concrete art forms. Upon completion, students will be awarded ½ unit of credit toward graduation and many continue in the Humanities/TAG 9 course. English 9R 1 Unit Grade 9 40 Weeks This course is designed to focus on writing skills, reading skills, listening/speaking, vocabulary building and spelling. Emphasis will be placed on the skills that should be developed in high school to prepare the student to take the Regents in English/Language Arts and to also prepare the student for beyond high school. Readings will include both classic and modern works at a variety of levels.
Humanities 1 Unit Grade 9 40 Weeks Instruction will include further exploration of the interrelationship among literature, languages, music, art, philosophy, logic, ethics and drama. A strong emphasis is placed on the Humanities and Contemporary Issues. Class size is small and managed as a seminar, allowing students the opportunity to express their ideas through a variety of individual and group projects. The required final project, the Mentor Project, incorporates individual research, career exploration with a mentor from the professional community and a stage presentation during TAG Mentor Night.
English 10R 1 Unit Grade 10 40 Weeks Literature is the emphasis of this course with these objectives: Students will: Learn to read for insight and idea as well as for information. Develop writing ability in expressing individual reactions to class discussions and assigned readings. Increase vocabulary through a study of works encountered in assigned readings. Learn to express opinions, especially toward literature, by use of specific references from the readings. Learn grammar and usage necessary to write and converse. Learn basic literary terms and figures of speech through the reading of drama, short stories, poetry, non-fiction and novels. Learn research techniques and the correct forms of bibliography and in-text citations necessary to write a research paper.
English 9RH 1 Unit Grade 9 40 Weeks Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation This course has as its core a greater depth of study than that which may be pursued in English 9 Regents. Work will require synthesis, analysis and application as well as higher level/critical thinking skills. Emphasis will be placed on reading and writing skills as well as literary analysis of modern and classical literature. Students should have a 90% overall average in eighth grade English and must pass the final exam with a minimum score of 90%.
English 10RH 1 Unit Grade 10 40 Weeks Prerequisite: English 9RH and/or teacher recommendation This course is for the self-motivated and determined student. Discussion and class activities move beyond surface level understanding. It is a survey course designed to promote critical analysis and knowledge of literary theory. Through the study of multiple genres, students will be expected to perform at the advanced level. This fast paced and rigorous environment prepares students for success at the AP level and beyond. Class requirements will include, but are not limited to, independent research, higher-level thinking and advanced skill in writing.
English 11R 1 Unit Grade 11 40 Weeks The curriculum involves a study of American literature, as well as significant selections from British literature. Short stories, poetry, drama, and novels are studied. Vocabulary is developed through a contextual approach and/or through use of vocabulary books. Composition is a major part of this curriculum, with emphasis on expository and literary essay types. The course encompasses intensive concentration on skills required to pass the Comprehensive English/ Language Arts Regents Examination.
Novels, short stories, poems and drama by great authors of the world will be studied, including at least one play by Shakespeare. Finally, this course will help to improve the student’s vocabulary, sharpen his organizational skills and strengthen skills in grammar, punctuation and usage.
English 11RH 1 Unit Grade 11 40 Weeks Prerequisite: English 10R or 10RH and teacher recommendation The full-length play and the novel are the genres stressed. Students will engage in the writings of weighty authors such as Melville, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman, and others. In addition, students are expected to independently research extra materials and read “outside” critical analyses on the writers and works used. Because this course is intended for the highly motivated student, extensive personal involvement via discussions and class presentations is expected, as is a healthy appreciation for challenging literature.
AP Literature 1 Unit Grade 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite: English 11R or 11RH and teacher recommendation In this literature and composition course, students are engaged in the careful reading of literary works. Through such study, they sharpen their awareness of language and their understanding of the writer’s craft. They develop critical standards for the independent appreciation of any literary work, and they increase their sensitivity to literature as a shared experience. Students will work at advanced placement level and take an AP exam in May. College credit may be available if exam score meets college requirements. A fee is required for the AP examination. Students may concurrently take this course for OCC credit. Exam Fee: $89.00
AP Language and Composition 1 Unit Grade 11 40 Weeks Prerequisite: English 10R or 10RH and teacher recommendation In this advanced placement composition course, students will be introduced to and master various modes of rhetoric such as the narrative, expository, and argumentative essays. With an intensive reading of prose from esteemed authors in a variety of genres, the students will learn the importance of language and appreciate the power of the written word. Students will take an AP exam in May. College credit may be available if exam score meets college requirements. A fee is required for the AP examination. Exam Fee: $89.00
ESL Language Arts 1 Unit Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks This course is a full year English class for ESL students The class is open to English Language Learners in grades 9-12 based on performance on the NYSESLAT exam and on teacher recommendation. ELLS in grade 8 may also be placed in the course by teacher recommendation. Curriculum is based on the New York State Learning Standards for ESL and ELA and on the Common Core Standards. Materials and methodologies are responsive to the lower English Language level of the learners, and instruction is differentiated to accommodate a range of developmental language levels. Students engage in Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing activities centered around literature, academic topics, grammatical structures, and intercultural awareness. Students who successfully complete the course earn one elective English credit.
World Literature 1 Unit Grade 12 40 Weeks In this senior English course, stress is placed on those skills which will be of greatest value to college-bound students. The emphasis in writing is placed on the following forms: argumentative essay, comparison/ contrast essay, and the research/term paper.
American Literature 1 Unit Grade 12 40 Weeks In this time of crisis and global conflict, when the eyes of the world are focused on our country, it is more important than ever for students, especially seniors, to understand how they fit into this grand experiment we call America. Their American roots, no matter the cultural heritage, are intertwined with the novels, plays, poems, music and films of this country’s last century. American Literature will allow seniors to explore this great land through its cultural history. From the poetry of Edgar Lee Masters, to the prose of J. D. Salinger, to the filmmaking of William Wyler and the war driven anguish of Tim O’Brien, students will understand how they fit into the 21st century and why the 20th century really is America’s and theirs. The sincerest compliment any graduating senior can pay his community and country is to become a better citizen. The ultimate goal of the course, then, is to help every senior pay that compliment with pride.
responsible for approximately four creative literary expressions (books, reports, projects) throughout the semester.
Cinema ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks This course affords the student the opportunity to further an appreciation and understanding of film as a special kind of communication. A wide variety of film experiences in both short and full-length movies of acknowledged cinematic value is offered. The student is encouraged to examine not only the narrative value of movies, but the visual and audio aspects as well. In addition to class discussion, the student will be expected to communicate his ideas and apply newly gained knowledge of film analysis via various media such as writing or audio-visual resources.
Teen Leadership ½ Unit Grade 10 20 Weeks Teen Leadership is a unique class designed to help the CNS sophomore begin their high school years with success. Students will learn to develop healthy selfconcepts, maintain positive relationships, negotiate challenges, solve problems, set goals, participate in their communities, reflect on their growth, notice their worlds, and become true leaders. Students in the class become better connected both to their own aspirations as well as to each other as they participate in the class. Students will also develop skills in public speaking and communication. Children’s Literature ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks This course is designed to make students aware of the benefits and pleasures inherent in exposing children to good literature consistently from a very early age. The types of literature appropriate to various age levels, from infancy to teenage years, are examined, discussed, enjoyed, and critiqued. Mother Goose, picture books, concept books, fairy tales, etc. will be read and critically analyzed in regard to vocabulary, illustrations, point of view, characterization, style, tone, themes, and values. Basic skills in spelling, vocabulary, reading, sentence and paragraph writing are stressed within the content of the children’s literature being explored. Each student is
Creative Writing ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks Many genres of writing will be studied and modeled. The genres will include, but are not limited to: journal writing, memoir, personal essay, biography, poetry, T.V./ drama writing and short story.Students will be offered a learning community where they will investigate and develop a preferred voice and style of writing. The main project will be to create a body of work based on students’ interests and submit the work for publication.
Journalism ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks This course is designed for students who wish to learn the skills of writing for publication in local newspapers and on the school website. Students will learn basic techniques of reportage, from researching to writing to editing. The emphasis is on writing for newspapers while learning to foster a habit of reading the newspaper for enjoyment and information. Written assignments may include news stories, book and movie reviews, interviews, human interest stories, feature articles, and editorials.
SAT Prep Course ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks SAT Prep does not provide one of the four units of English required for graduation. This course will enable students to familiarize themselves with the SAT test, develop strategies for taking the test, learn how to handle sentence completion questions, analogy questions, critical reasoning questions, and help them build their vocabulary. Students enrolled in the course will be required to write their college application essay. They will learn what colleges are looking for in an essay, what errors to avoid while writing the essay, and the correct format for the completion of the essay. Students will also be given the opportunity to speak with college admissions officers so that they may become acquainted with the necessary procedures when beginning the application process. This course will receive a grade of pass or fail only. Speech ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks This course provides an opportunity for students to develop those speaking and listening abilities, which are necessary for effective communication. The objectives of the course are to learn that oral expression is important as an occupational and social force; to understand the basic principles of good speech; to provide opportunity to develop skill and confidence in sharing ideas; and to become an intelligent, discriminating listener. SUPA Presentations (CRS 325) ½ Unit Grade 12 20 Weeks This course is directed at teaching speaking skills by breaking down all the skills needed to present a proper image. Hence, many other elements of communication will require study and reflection. This course is designed to build a solid understanding of the
fundamentals of public presentations and competency in employing the required skills flexibility so that a speaker can adjust selected topics to specific audiences. Students who successfully complete this course have the option of earning three credit hours through Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) Program. (Spring Semester only)
Theater ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks Drama is a performance-oriented course in which students are given the opportunity to experience various phases of theatrical productions, especially pantomime, acting and stagecraft. Other aspects, such as lighting, make-up, and costuming are addressed. Along with the practice of these crafts, students will also gain a historical perspective of drama and an awareness of contemporary theater.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE The Family Consumer Science Department offers courses that are designed to assist students in developing “ academics for life”. Our courses prepare students for entry-level job positions, post-secondary education options, and for independent or family living. Students may choose to work toward gaining Cazenovia College & OCC/Tech Prep, SUNY and Cobbleskill credit through several courses. The following are all Family and Consumer Sciences courses offered at the levels indicated below:
CLOTHING AND HOUSING
9th Grade Level: Fashion In Our Lives Housing and Environment Core Grades 10-12: Clothing Production (2014-2015) Fashion Design and Merchandising (1 credit course)** Interior Design and Decorating I Interior Design and Decorating II
FOOD AND NUTRITION
9th Grade Level: Food and Nutrition for Life Culture and Foods Grades 10-12: Food and Nutrition Core Food Preparation and Nutrition Food for Health and Fitness Culture and Foods (2013-2014) Food Science A* Food Science B* Hospitality, Event Planning and Catering (2014-2015) *Successful completion of Food Science A & B can fulfill a student’s 3rd science credit requirement.
HUMAN SERVICE AND FAMILY STUDIES
9th Grade Level: Personal Relationships Grades 10-12: Infant Psychology Preschool Psychology Preschool Education Experience (1 credit course)** School Age Education Experience (1 credit course)** School-Age Psychology Adolescent Psychology Adult Psychology (2013-2014) Independent Living Careers in Health and Human Services (2014-2015)
**College Credit Available
What is Career and Technical Education? Career and Technical Education is a kindergarten through adult area of study that includes rigorous academic content closely aligned with career and technical subjects. In grades nine through twelve, CTE includes the specific subject areas of agriculture education, business and marketing education, family and consumer sciences education, health occupations education, technology education, and trade, technical and industrial education. How can Family and Consumer Sciences coursework help students meet the high school graduation requirements? It can help students fulfill the graduation requirements in science (Food Science A & B = 3rd science credit), fine arts (Housing and Environment Core and Fashion In Our Lives=1 fine arts graduation credit), foreign language (a five-unit sequence in family and consumer sciences including Career & Financial Management can take the place of the additional 2 unit foreign language requirement for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation). How can students be awarded a New York State CTE Endorsement on their Diploma? North Syracuse Central School District has been approved by the New York State Board of Education to grant students a CTE Family and Consumer Sciences designation on their high school diploma by completing the necessary requirements outlined on the next page. Students may choose from one of four different specialty strands based on their interests, skills or future career plans. Can students earn college credits through coursework in Family and Consumer Sciences? Yes, C-NS High School offers college credit through completion of outlined requirements in many different courses. Colleges offering credit include OCC, Cazenovia College, & SUNY Cobleskill. All four CTE strands include opportunities for college credit 17
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Endorsement for Family and Consumer Sciences: All Aspects Of The Industry Requirements (5 Credits)
All CTE FACS endorsements must complete at least one of the following ½ unit credit courses: Career and Financial Management, Careers and Health and Human services, or Independent Living
Students may earn a CTE Endorsement on their diploma in one of the areas listed below. Five (5) credits are needed including the core requirements. Students can select from the course offerings listed below to fulfill the credit requirements. In addition, students must pay for and pass a national proficiency exam in selected areas.
Family and Consumer Sciences All Aspects of Industry
Needs to complete a minimum of one ½ unit credit in each of the following FACS content areas for a total of 2 credits. Food and Nutrition Human development Fashion Housing/Interior design To complete the 5 credits required for the endorsement, students will select courses from all strands of FACS courses including Independent Living.
Food and Nutrition Food and Nutrition for Life (½ credit) Food and Nutrition Core (½ credit) Food Preparation and Nutrition (½ credit) Food for Health and Fitness (½ credit) Culture and Foods (½ credit) Food Science A (½ credit) Food Science B (½ credit) Intro to Hospitality (½ credit)
Fashion/ Interior design
Personal Relationship(½ credit) Infant Psychology(½ credit) Preschool Psychology(½ credit) School-Age Psychology(½ credit) Adolescent Psychology(½ credit)
Adult Psychology (½ credit) Preschool Education Experience (1 credit) School-Age Education Experience (1 credit) Careers in Health and Human Services
Fashion in our lives(½ credit) Housing and Environment Core (½
Interior Design and Decorating 1 (½
credit) Interior Design and Decorating 2 (½ credit) Clothing Production (½ credit) Fashion Design and Merchandising (1 credit)
At least one of the following work-based opportunities must be completed in your 5-unit requirement for endorsement. Credit Bearing Work Experiences Career Experience Internship Program (CEIP) (½ credit) Cooperative Work Experience (½ or 1 credit) Preschool Education Experience (1 credit) School-age Education Experience (1 credit)
College Credit Options Fashion Design and Merchandising (3 credits) Cazenovia College Preschool Education Experience (3 credits) OCC School-age Education Experience (3 credits) OCC Food & Nutrition (up to 7 credits) SUNY Cobleskill
I. CLOTHING AND HOUSING Fashion in Our Lives ½ Unit (Clothing and Textile Core) Grade 9 20 Weeks Explore your own personal clothing style as you select and construct a garment and several accessories. Discover how the past influences the present trends in fashion. If you are creative, fashion conscious, and enjoy constructing items by hand and machine, this is the course for you. Students will: Study contemporary designers. Investigate the cultural, social, and economic influences on clothing uses and styles. Develop basic knowledge of sewing terminology, equipment, and basic clothing construction skills. Demonstrate the ability to read and follow directions while constructing four to five sewing projects. No prior sewing experience required. Completion of this course satisfies ½ unit needed of the art/music requirements. Fee: $7.50 Housing and Environment Core ½ Unit Grade 9 20 Weeks Explore some of the dimensions of architecture and interior decorating in this introductory course. If you are a person who enjoys working with colors, rearranging furniture and choosing accessories for your own space, this is the course for you. Students will: Develop knowledge of housing, roof, and window styles. Identify and create room color schemes. Create a floor plan for a college dorm room. Make accessories for use in their own rooms. Demonstrate skills learned by designing and furnishing a teen’s bedroom. No prior sewing experience required. Completion of this course satisfies ½ unit needed of the art/music requirements. Fee: $7.50 Clothing Production ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 (offered (2014-2015) 20 Weeks Did you ever wonder how clothing is made? How do you make a buttonhole or put in a zipper? By taking this course, students will discover answers to these questions and more. Students will: View patterns, fabric, construction techniques and equipment. Practice and develop construction skills and techniques.
Develop textile construction skills using faux, fur, denim, lycra, nylon, polar fleece. Investigate textile crafts. Use construction skills and techniques to produce clothing items. Develop a portfolio. No prior sewing experience required. Fee: $10.00 Fashion Design and Merchandising 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks Are you interested in fashion trends and the fashion industry? Do you know what color looks best on you? What styles looks best on you? Take this course to discover your own personal style and how to look your best. Students will: Discover how fashion history is related to contemporary fashion. Research the fashion industry (designers and companies). Design fashion-related items from inspiration to creation. Investigate textile technology (use a computerized sewing machine, serger machine, print fabric). Develop a portfolio. Student’s successful completion of this course may earn them 3 college credits from Cazenovia College. No prior sewing experience required. Fee: $15.00 Interior Decorating and Design I ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Do you like “HGTV?” Are you interested in arranging furniture, working with different colors and fabrics? Take this course to discover your talents and creativity. Students will: Investigate interior design styles & theory. Explore and work with elements & principals of design. Design home interiors, room by room (bedroom, bath, kitchen, living room, etc.). Create floor plans, wall elevations and color plans. Create home accessory projects that may include (soap, candles, coasters, pillows, etc.). Develop a portfolio. No prior experience required. Fee: $10.00
Interior Decorating and Design II ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Preferred Prerequisite: Interior Decorating & Design 1 or Housing and Environment Are you considering a career related to Interior Decorating and Design? This studio design class will provide technical knowledge as well as technical skills of design processes. Students will investigate: Furniture styles, construction & history. Systems (HVAC, lighting, electrical, plumbing, communications). Landscape and architectural design. Residential & commercial appliances. Projects may include accessories & design techniques. Portfolio development Fee: $10.00 II. FOOD AND NUTRITION Food and Nutrition for Life ½ Unit Grade 9 20 Weeks Do you enjoy cooking for your friends and family? Are you thinking of a career in the always growing food service industry? This course provides students with basic food preparation skills and nutrition awareness. Students will: Study the nutrients and various diet and healthy living strategies. Learn basic meal planning and meal management principles. Develop skills in basic food preparation techniques. Learn proper table setting, types of meal service and table manners. Explore units in general baking, pastry construction, and bread making. Prepare and serve several complete meals including techniques for meat and dairy cookery. Fee: $10.00 Culture and Foods ½ Unit Grades 9- 12 (2013-2014) 20 Weeks Do you enjoy tasting new types of foods? Do you plan on traveling the globe? This course offers you the opportunity to experience preparing and tasting foods from other countries. Students will: Investigate the historical, geographical, and cultural influences on foods from several countries. Prepare and taste foods from a variety of places around the world. Learn how other cultures have influenced regional foods found in America.
Participate in several hands-on and computer activities relating to the countries studied. Experience a celebration of ethnic backgrounds in this exciting course. Fee: $10.00
Food for Health and Fitness ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Students interested in feeling good and looking great for a lifetime, including those especially interested in sports, will find this course exciting. Careers related to health care, human services, recreation, sports medicine, dietetics, nutrition and fitness will be explored. This course is a must for life long health and fitness in the 21st century! Students will: Practice baking and cooking skills while preparing breakfast, lunch and “fast foods” Plan menus and read recipes Learn how to modify or change recipes for better health Analyze diets for weight gain/loss or other health needs Participate in walking, stretching, yoga and Pilates No previous cooking experience required. Fee: $10.00 Food and Nutrition Core ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks A food class for all students, which provides the basic skills needed for professional and personal life. Students will: Make baked items: pies, yeast breads, muffins, biscuits, etc. Prepare soups, sauces, fruits, vegetables, meat and milk recipes Learn how to select meat and the best cooking methods Practice food safety and sanitation procedures used in food service Fee: $10.00
Food Preparation and Nutrition ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Preferred Prerequisite: Food and Nutrition Core This class builds on basic food preparation skills previously learned. A large emphasis of this class is learning to work as a group in order to “run a restaurant” and developing special skills related to the food industry as well as home use; such as food presentation, display, catering, meal service, restaurant cuisine. Students will: Prepare and decorate your own cake Make pastries, salads, sandwiches, fish and meat Practice vegetable carving Learn and practice food presentation and styles of meal service Students interested in the culinary arts, nutrition and the food industry are encouraged enroll. Fee $10.00 Food Science A ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 (1/2 Science Credit) 20 Weeks Do you like to play with your food? Do you like to experiment and create new foods? Do you need a third science credit? Food Science may be just the class for you. This class encourages students to use their scientific knowledge, food knowledge, and creativity to develop food experiments and discover how science affects the food that we eat. Students will: Prepare foods that change their state (gelatin, candy) Experiment with the fat content of food Use the microwave to cook foods Learn the effects of “ph” Discover the flavors that spices have and can add to foods 3rd Science credit may be available for eligible students. (Eligible students must take and pass this course and Food Science B to receive the credit.) Fee: $10.00 Food Science B ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 (1/2 Science Credit) 20 Weeks This course is a continuation of Food Science A. It focuses on equipment and includes a study of new cooking methods, food preservation, space and military meals. Guest speakers and field trips are part of the class activities. Students will: Investigate careers related to food, recipes, product testing and development Dehydrate foods Prepare foods using yeast (bagels, English muffins)
Experiment with food cultures used to make food products (yogurt, cheese) Preserve foods (salsa, jam) 3rd Science credit may be available for eligible students. (Eligible students must take and pass this course and Food Science A to receive the credit.) Fee: $10.00 Hospitality, Event Planning & Catering ½ Unit (2014-2015) Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Are you interested in having a career in one of the fastest growing segments of our society? If you want to work for an established company or run your own business, like to work with people, love food, are interested in event planning and preparing food for a crowd, then this course could help you find your future. Guest speakers, real event preparation and planning are part of the class activities. Students will gain skills in the following areas: Quantity food production Inventory, cost controls, and product pricing Operating and working in a variety of types of food service organizations and institutions Food production systems Operate a curriculum-based food service business Planning and preparing themed events Fee: $5.00
III. HUMAN SERVICE AND FAMILY STUDIES Adolescent Psychology ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks What makes a teen tick? What makes you, you? What is adolescence? Take this course to discover the answers to these and other questions teens often have. Students will: Study the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the adolescent Improve communication skills by participating in Friday “Discussion Days” and focus on issues important to teens. Complete a “Teens Through the Decades” project. Investigate their own personality and characteristics. Fee: $5.00
Adult Psychology ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 (2013-2014) 20 Weeks Why are more people living to be 100 years old? Do you know anyone 90 years of age? What will your life be like 10 years from now? Who is the “X generation”? Take this course to understand your parents and grandparents or explore careers related to working with the elderly. Students will: Participate in panel discussion with adults from each age group. Examine the developmental changes that occur as we all age. Create projects that may include stress balls, hot/cold packs, etc. Develop cognitive, social and communication skills in “game day” activities on Fridays. Fee: $5.00 Careers in Health and Human Services ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 (2014-2015) 20 Weeks This course introduces students to careers in the helping professions. If you like working with people, helping people, get along well with people, this course can introduce you to the variety of careers available in the medical and related fields. Students will: Prepare a resume and cover letter. Practice interviewing techniques. Participate in simulated activities for the learning disabled and physically challenged. Become aware of a variety of Health and Human Service professions from guest speaker presentations. and research. Develop communication, listening and selfassessment activities skills. Preschool Education Experience 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks Required Prerequisite: Preschool Psychology with a passing grade. Students may also be required to have a TB test which is required by law for all childcare workers. OCC Credit will be available for successful completion of Preschool Psychology and Preschool Education Experience. Do you like working with children ages 3-5 years? Are you considering a career in childcare or early childhood education? Find out if you have the personality and energy level needed to supervise and teach young children through hands-on experience as you work under the direction of a classroom teacher. Students will: Practice observation skills by observing preschool age children. Identify qualities and skills needed by early childhood professionals and compare to your own .
Review growth and development of children ages 3-5. Intern as a “student assistant” in a child care center, nursery school, or Pre-K classroom. Plan, prepare and present a variety of developmentally appropriate activities under the direction of a classroom teacher. Fee: $5.00
School Age Education Experience 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks Required Prerequisite: School-Age Psychology, with a passing grade. OCC credit will be available for successful completion of School Age Psychology and School Age Education Experience. Interested in children ages 6 through 12? Is your career goal to become an elementary teacher or work in a human service career with children? Take this course to learn if you have the qualities necessary to work with children of school age. Students will: Practice observation skills by observing children in an elementary classroom. Identify qualities and skills needed by teachers and other human service workers and compare to their own. Review growth and development of children ages 612. Intern as a “student assistant” in an elementary school classroom. Plan, prepare and present a variety of activities and lessons that meet the NYS Learning Standards under the direction of a classroom teacher. Fee: $5.00 Infant Psychology ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks This course explores the many factors related to the health and welfare of children from conception to one year. Recommended for males and females who are interested in a career in the fields of psychology, social work, health care, medicine, education, childcare or wish to develop parenting skills for the future. Students will: Discuss issues in parenting, teen pregnancy, preventing birth defects, prenatal care, newborn care, infant development, etc. Prepare a parenting project that may include a baby simulator. Participate in classroom observations of infants. Research and present information on a birth defect. Fee: $5.00
Independent Living ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Students planning to live on their own, seek immediate employment after graduation, or go on to college will benefit from this life skills course. Students will: Learn how to budget their money, use a checkbook and credit through class activities. Discuss the importance of retirement planning and options. Complete a “First Apartment” activity that includes budgeting. Fee $5.00
Participate in the planning and presenting a “play day” for toddlers and a “story day” for preschool age children. Complete several projects related to the development of preschoolers. Fee: $5.00 This class is prerequisite to Preschool Education Experience.
Personal Relationships ½ Unit Grade 9 20 Weeks If you have an interest in working in people-oriented careers, becoming an informed parent, or are currently struggling with your relationships with others, this is the course for you. A positive relationship with others plays a major role in an individual’s happiness throughout life. By exploring the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development that occurs over a lifespan, you will have a better understanding of how to relate to people of any age. Students will: Study the human life span from birth through old age. Explore the effects of heredity and environment on various stages of development. Examine the diverse forms of the family unit and its functions. Experience parenting an infant using a baby simulator. Research current adolescent issues.
School-Age Psychology ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Explore the many factors related to the health, welfare, and development of children from ages 6-12. Recommended for males and females who are interested in a career in the fields of psychology, social work, health care, medicine, counseling, education, childcare or wish to develop parenting skills for the future. Students will: Discuss psychological theories and current issues as they apply to the school-age child. Participate in a “Writing Partners” project with an elementary classroom. Create age appropriate activities and games for children. Fee: $5.00 This class is prerequisite to School-Age Education Experience. Family & Consumer Science Work Experience Cooperative (CO-OP) ½ - 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 20-40 Weeks Cooperative paid work experience in connection with Family & Consumer Sciences courses, provides the opportunity to gain real-world experience and apply it to specific learning within the classroom. Students who are concurrently enrolled in classes are eligible for this course. The work experience is planned and coordinated with an instructor while completing any Family & Consumer Sciences course. Students who are enrolled must successfully complete required documentation, including submitting time sheets, employer evaluation, necessary paperwork, instructor worksite visits, and prepare a final work summary paper, as outlined by the course guidelines. Students must have prior approval by classroom teacher and employer. Minimum hours (plus successful completion of cooperative and classroom coursework) required for credit (150 hours = ½ credit & 300 hours = 1 credit).
Preschool Psychology ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Study the child from 1 to 5 years of age. Skills in working with preschoolers are developed through discussions, films and experiences with children in the classroom. Recommended for males and females interested in a career in the fields of psychology, social work, health care, medicine, education, childcare or wish to develop parenting skills for the future. Students will: Learn how children grow and develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually . Write and illustrate a children’s book. Design and plan preschool environment. Prepare and present healthy snacks for preschoolers.
The course content and activities will prepare participants to recognize emergencies and make appropriate decisions for first aid care. The course teaches the first aid skills the citizen responder will need in order to act as the first link in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system. The course includes hands on CPR skills, AED skills and basic first aid skills. The American Red Cross requires a $27.00 fee for certification in CPR, AED and First Aid. Students can receive one credit from OCC, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, if all the certification requirements are met. *Please note there is no fee if a student is only interested in receiving school credit for this course. *To take this course at one of the local American Red Cross chapters a participant would have to pay $125.00.
Health ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks This course is required for graduation. It is based on the dimensions of wellness, which include the components of social, intellectual, physical, spiritual (connectedness) and emotional health. Some of the key components in the curriculum include alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, HIV/AIDS, parenting, healthy relationships, violence awareness and prevention, grief and coping strategies, disease prevention/nutrition, leading causes of death and pregnancy and childbirth. This skills-based curriculum encourages students to apply their knowledge to life situations requiring decisions that could result in health enhancing behaviors. The course provides the students with knowledge of the available health resources and agencies in their community. The importance of a positive self-concept, confidence in one’s own judgment regarding risk-taking behaviors and responsibility for the consequences concerning choices are also stressed in this course. Tools for Change ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks The focus of this course is to create a greater awareness and understanding of self and others, as well as enhancing the art of decision-making and problem solving. It is based upon the ideas and concepts presented in the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey. Tools for Change includes activities that have been shown to help motivate teens to look at their own behaviors and take responsibility for their choices that continue to shape their future. This class empowers young people to take a greater leadership role in the school and community. First Aid – Responding to Emergencies ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks The purpose of the American Red Cross First AidResponding to Emergencies course is to provide the citizen responder with the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life and minimize pain and the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives.
LOTE (Languages Other than English/Foreign Language)
Spanish Culture 1 Unit Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks ¡Hola! In this terminal course, students will begin to develop the basic communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. Emphasis will be placed on the vocabulary and culture of the Spanishspeaking world. This course meets the minimum graduation requirement in LOTE. Level 2, Grades 10, 11 1 Unit (Spanish only) 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Level 1 In this course, students continue to develop the basic communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. Topics that students discussed in Level 1B are expanded upon. At the end of this course a local exam is administered to all students.
Graduation Requirements: Students graduating in 2013 must earn one high school credit. The LOTE requirement for a Regents with Advanced Designation diploma is satisfied by the successful completion of Levels 1, 2, and 3 and passing the NSCSD Comprehensive Exam.
Level 2, Grade 9 1 Unit (French, German, Spanish) 40 Weeks Prerequisite –Level 1 In this course, students continue to develop the basic communication skills of listening, speaking, and writing in French, German and Spanish. Topics that students discussed in Level 1B are expanded upon. At the end of this course a local exam is administered to all students. Note: In grades 10, 11, 12, only Level I Spanish is offered. There is no French I, II or German I, II at CNS High School. Level 1, Grade 10 1 Unit (Spanish only) 40 Weeks In this course, students will begin to develop the basic communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. This is the first course in a three year sequence, ending with the NSCSD Comprehensive Exam at the end of Spanish 3.
Level 3, Grades 10, 11, 12 1 Unit (French, German, Spanish) 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Level 2 In this course, students improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiencies in French, German or Spanish. They learn to discuss the topics covered in Level 2 in more depth. The situations in which you will learn to function include listening to short presentations given in person, on radio or on television, speaking in group conversations and discussions with peers and adults, and reading and reacting to short stories from various texts. Students in French, German and Spanish will take the NSCSD Comprehensive Exam at the end of this course. Level 3 Honors, Grade 10 1 Unit (Spanish) 40 weeks Prerequisite – Level 2 Final Average of at least a 94 and/or teacher recommendation. In the first semester of this course, there will be a substantial enrichment of the Level 3 Regents curriculum with review for the NSCSD Comprehensive Exam. Students who are highly motivated will have the opportunity to practice listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in greater depth. In the second semester, they will be exposed to more challenging grammatical structures as well as some Hispanic literature in preparation for the AP Exam, which is taken in May of their 12th grade year. The expectation will be that Spanish will be the language spoken in class throughout the second semester to help with proficiency and mastery. STUDENTS WILL TAKE THE NSCSD COMPREHENSIVE EXAM IN JUNE.
Level 3Honors, Grades 10, 11, 12 1 Unit (French) 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Level 2 Final Average of at least 94 and/or teacher recommendation. In this course, there will be substantial enrichment of the Level 3Regents curriculum. Students who are highly motivated will have the opportunity to display listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in greater depth. They will also be exposed to more challenging grammatical structures as well as the culture of the target country. STUDENTS WILL TAKE THE NSCSD COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION AT THE END OF THIS COURSE. Level 4, Grades 11, 12 1 Unit (French, German, Spanish) 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Level 3 or teacher recommendation In this course, students continue to refine their listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiencies in French, German or Spanish. The situations in which students learn how to function include listening to feature programs on television and in the movies, making informal oral presentations, reading excerpts from poetry and prose for cultural appreciation, and composing short samples of expository or creative writing.
AP, Grade 12 1 Unit Spanish 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Spanish 4H or teacher recommendation. This course is a university-level course, taught in Spanish, that will provide students with the necessary background to take the Advanced Placement Exam in May. Spanish language and civilization will be studied using a college textbook along with supplementary authentic materials including literary selections, periodicals, videos, popular music, podcasts, and cinema. Students will be expected to use Spanish in the classroom at all times. Grammatical accuracy will be stressed in oral and written communication along with emphasis in cultural proficiency. College credit may be received depending upon the student’s score obtained on the AP Exam and individual college requirements. A fee is required for the AP Examination. Exam Fee $89.00 At Levels 4 and 5, students have the option of registering for a college-level program for a possible total of 3- 9 credits from Adelphi University and/or SUNY Oswego in French, Spanish, and German.
Level 4 Honors, Grade 11 1 Unit (Spanish) 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Successful completion of Spanish 3H and/or teacher recommendation. Spanish 4H is an advanced language course that continues with a more in depth study of Spanish in multiple areas. Student proficiency is increased through an intense approach involving listening, grammar, reading, vocabulary (including idiomatic expressions and traditional Spanish language), speaking and writing skills. Students are required to use more sophisticated vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures. Reading and writing assignments are more challenging as they include more authentic literature and essays. Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected to enroll in the Spanish AP course. Level 5, Grade 12 1 Unit (French, German, Spanish) 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Level 4 or teacher recommendation This course is an extension of the Level 4 course. Students will learn more about the French, German or Hispanic culture and literature.
MATHEMATICS The New York State Education Department has approved new math standards for high school that provide for three years of math in courses entitled, Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. Students enrolled in each of these courses will be expected to pass a Regents examination in June. Students will need to pass all three of the Regents examinations and earn three credits of math to receive an Advanced Regents diploma. These course offerings provide each student a variety of courses to enhance their abilities and interests in math. The goal of our course offerings is to ensure that all students meet or exceed the New York State Standards in Mathematics. All students are expected to successfully complete a minimum of 3 credits of math and score at least 65 on the Regents examinations. In order to meet that goal, all students are expected to have a graphing calculator beginning in Math 9. The Texas Instrument TI 84 or TI-Nspire is the recommended calculator for all classes.
Algebra 1 Unit Grades 9, 10 40 Weeks This is the first of the one-year courses being offered for high school credit in math. This course focuses primarily on Algebra concepts and will also include critical knowledge in geometry, measurement, statistics, and probability. 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. These problems will include all types of linear equations in one variable, system of equations, quadratic functions as well as absolute value and exponential functions. A TI84+ or TI-Nspire graphing calculator is necessary. All students will be required to take a Regents exam in June. Passing this exam is required for a NYS Regents diploma. Geometry 1 Unit Grades 9, 10, 11 40 Weeks Geometry is the second course in mathematics for high school students. This course is meant to employ an integrated approach to the study of geometric relationships. Integrating synthetic, transformational, and coordinate approaches to geometry, 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 and coordinate geometry will be used to establish and verify geometric relationships. A major emphasis of this course is to allow students to investigate geometric situations. Properties of triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles will also be explored. Students will use both traditional and digital tools to assist in their investigations. A TI84+ or TI-Nspire graphing calculator is necessary. Students will sit for a NYS Regents Examination in June. Geometry Honors 1 Unit Grade 10 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Teacher recommendation Geometry Honors will cover the curriculum outlined for Geometry with increased emphasis on investigation and problem solving. Geometry concepts will be explored in depth and the course will include critical thinking skills and a major emphasis will be placed on conjecture and hypothesis testing. Students will develop a strong sense of all kinds of proof techniques and their application to other sciences. A TI84+ or TI-Nspire graphing calculator is necessary. Students will sit for a NYS Regents Examination in June.
Intermediate Algebra 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks This course involves real life problem solving through topics included but not limited to 1st and 2nd degree algebra, trigonometry, functions, and complex numbers. A TI84+ or TI-Nspire graphing calculator is necessary. Students should have successfully completed Algebra and currently be enrolled in Geometry or beyond. Trigonometry 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks The content of this course includes, but is not restricted to exponential and logarithmic functions, geometric and algebraic transformations of functions, trigonometry, probability and statistics, and their applications. A TI 84+ or TI-Nspire graphing calculator is necessary. Students will sit for a New York State Regents Examination in June. Trigonometry Honors 1 Unit Grades 10, 11 40 Weeks Prerequisite – 85 or better in Geometry and Algebra Algebra 2/Trig Honors will cover the curriculum outlined for Algebra2/Trigonometry with increased emphasis on investigation and problem solving. Advanced algebra concepts will be explored in depth and the course will include critical thinking skills and a major emphasis will be placed on conjecture and hypothesis testing. Students will develop a strong understanding of Trigonometry and its applications in real life settings. A TI-Nspire graphing calculator is necessary. Students will sit for a New York State Regents Examination in June.
College Algebra 1 Unit Grade 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite - Trigonometry This course involves real life problem solving through topics included but not limited to, linear regression, early college level statistics, matrix algebra, and exponential activities. This course is highly recommended for the college bound student. A TI84+ or TI-Nspire graphing calculator is necessary. Pre-Calculus 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks This is a comprehensive course in math for the student planning for college math. The course emphasizes functions – including linear, polynomial, exponential, rational, and trigonometric. Position and rate graphs, sequences and series, limits and derivatives are included. All topics are studied through problem solving, experimentation and lab writing. A TI84+ or TI-Nspire graphing calculator is necessary.
Pre-Calculus Honors 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – 85 or better in Trigonometry Honors. Math 12H is a rigorous pre-calculus course with emphasis on functions and mathematical models, graphing techniques, trigonometric identities and graphs, fitting functions to data, matrix algebra, conics, series and sequences, polynomial and rational functions, limits and derivatives. A TI-Nspire graphing calculator is necessary.
receive advanced placement for a one-semester introductory college statistics course. College credit may be available if exam score meets college requirements. A fee is required for the AP examination. Exam Fee: $89.00
AP Calculus 1 Unit Grade 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Pre-calculus or Pre-calculus Honors This Advanced Placement course in calculus consists of a full high school academic year of work that is comparable to calculus courses in colleges and universities. The course is primarily concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus – specifically functions, limits, derivatives, and integrals – and providing experience with its methods and applications. It is required that students taking this course, take the AP Calculus AB exam in May. College credit may be available if exam score meets college requirements. A fee is required for the AP examination. Exam Fee: $89.00
Project Math 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 weeks This is a project oriented math elective course in which students will develop a strong understanding of Algebra, Trigonometry, and Statistics. Students will apply their understanding to real life settings with opportunities to explore the stock market, real-estate, sports entertainment, NASA, and Google Earth! Students will visit Web sites that enable them to collect and analyze data and learn high-tech strategies that allow them to record and analyze information, investigate the results, and share findings. Students should have successfully completed Algebra and currently be enrolled in Geometry or beyond.
AP Statistics 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite–Students should have successfully completed Algebra and Geometry with an 80 or higher and be enrolled in Trigonometry or higher The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collection, analysis, and drawing conclusions about data. The course is built around four main topics, exploring data, planning a study, understanding probability theory, and acquiring critical inferential reasoning skills. Since the emphasis in the course is on conceptually understanding fundamental ideas, the memorization of formulas is not a desired outcome. Consequently, students writing the AP exam will be given an extensive list of formulas and tables. Computation is not ignored but the emphasis is on writing about statistics, analyzing data the student has gathered, and communicating the analysis in both written and graphical forms. Students who successfully complete the course and the AP exam may receive credit and/or advanced placement for a one-semester introductory college statistics course. A TI84+ or TINspire graphing calculator is necessary. Students are required to take the AP exam in May. Students who successfully complete the course and the AP exam may
Technology Applications in Math 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 weeks This is a project oriented math elective course in which students will work with several computer programming applications such as, SCRATCH, ALICE, SMART notebook, PowerPoint and programming of graphing calculators. Students will apply new strategies to develop their problem-solving skills. They will also discover how technology can enhance one’s ability to state problems, pose questions, find answers, and, ultimately, approach learning as a continuous interaction with the real world. Students should have successfully completed Algebra and currently be enrolled in Geometry or beyond. Consumer Math – Fall ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks Prerequisite –Two credits of Math and successful completion of a Math Regents exam. Recommendation of the Special Education Referral Team and administrative approval only. Consumer Math will extend the math developed in previous courses through problem-solving situations. The topics will include finding net wages, budgeting for food and other consumer goods, and savings and checking accounts. A calculator is required.
Consumer Math – Spring ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks Prerequisite – Two credits of Math and successful completion of a Math Regents exam. Recommendation of the Special Education Referral Team and administrative approval only. Consumer Math Spring will extend the math developed in previous courses through problem-solving situations. The topics will include consumer credit, buying and leasing a car, renting and buying a home, paying income taxes, and health and life insurance. A calculator is required. MATHEMATICS ELECTIVES
Visual Basic and Object Oriented Design 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks This is a project-oriented class for students with minimal computer experience. This course will introduce object oriented, event-driven programming and will equip students with a full range of programming skills in Visual Basic and provide an introduction to Java. Students will develop their own original, working applications that they incorporate through real-world problems from business, math, science, and other disciplines. Concepts and skills include algorithm development, methods, objects, classes, control statements, and program writing.
The following courses do not provide one of the units required for graduation. SUPA Web Design ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks This is a course that teaches website development. Combining entrepreneurial methods with real world projects, the course covers the construction and publication of websites for the Internet. Students study and utilize a user-based approach to planning, design, implementation, and management of the websites. Students will become proficient in HTML, CSS, and PHP. After taking the course, every student should have the ability and confidence to design and program a website for a small to medium-sized business or organization. Students who successfully complete this course have the option of earning credit hours through the Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) program. AP Computer Science (JAVA) 1 Credit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Successful completion of Geometry, Trigonometry or higher. AP Computer Science relies on Java as its main programming language and will be projected-oriented. It emphasizes object-oriented programming in which students will be required to solve problems by constructing algorithms and selecting appropriate data structures. Students must read, interpret, and construct classes, methods, and objects. The course incorporates mathematical concepts such as composition of functions and functional notation. Students will be required to provide a rewritable CD. This course will prepare students for programming courses in college. Students will take an AP exam in May. College credit may be available if exam score meets college requirements. A fee is required for the AP examination. Exam Fee: $89.00
SUPA Computing in C++ 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks The course covers computing concepts, principles of programming, applications of computing concepts, and problem solving in engineering and computer science. Laboratory topics will include problem solving projects from various engineering disciplines. Students who successfully complete this course have the option of earning credit hours through Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) Program.
SAT Math Prep ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks This course will enable students to familiarize themselves with the SAT test, develop general strategies for taking the test, and practice the two different types of SAT math questions. There will be emphasis placed on introduction and practice of the specific math topics covered by the test. A TI84+ or TI-Nspire graphing calculator is necessary. This course will receive a grade of pass/fail only.
SUPA Cyber Security 1 Unit Grade 11, 12 40 Weeks Cyber Security is a course that presents fundamental concepts of security, network organization and operation. It will introduce mechanisms and the history of software, hardware, and OS security. Students will differentiate between physical, organizational and personal security. By the end of the course, students will be able to understand how a network functions, monitor a network’s functions and performance, control a network’s configuration, determine what security is and how it relates to a network, detect and respond to an attack on a network, determine if a network is vulnerable to an attack, identify the threats to a network, prevent harm to a network, and analyze the impact of the protection. Students who successfully complete this course have the option of earning three to four credit hours through Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) Program. MUSIC
participation in the curricular ensemble, chorus students are required to participate in co-curricular music ensembles, audition for honors ensembles, perform in the department’s recital program, and participate in solo evaluation festivals (ex. NYSSMA). Advanced Chorus 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks This group is an advanced level chorus. Membership is by teacher recommendation and audition. Proper balanced voicing and individual performance abilities will determine advanced chorus enrollment. In addition to chorus rehearsals, students are required to prepare and attend weekly group lessons. Advanced chorus sings traditional and contemporary choral literature from all periods and styles of music. Grades are influenced by the quality of lesson performances and attendance, rehearsal preparation, and concert participation and performance. Concert Band 1 Unit Grades 10, 11 40 Weeks Membership in Concert Band is by teacher recommendation or audition. (This band may be appropriate for some 12th grade students.) In addition to band rehearsals, students are required to prepare and attend a weekly lesson. Concert Band plays traditional and contemporary band literature from all periods and styles of music. Grades are influenced by the quality of lesson performance and attendance, rehearsal preparation and concert participation and performance. Orchestra 1 Unit Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks Orchestra students study and perform a variety of musical styles from Baroque to Classical to Romantic to Contemporary to Popular. In addition to orchestra rehearsals, students are required to prepare and attend a weekly lesson. Grades are influenced by the quality of lesson preparation and performance as well as attendance. Grades are also influenced by rehearsal, preparation and participation, concert participation, and performance as well as test performance.
Graduation requirements for all students include 1 credit in Music or Art. Chorus 1 Unit Grade 9 40 Weeks This is a choral group for mixed voices (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) which emphasize performance of works from the pop and classical repertoire. Related cocurricular activities include a Select Ensemble. Attendance at all concerts is mandatory. Concert Chorus 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks Concert Chorus is open to all high school students who are interested in singing. Rehearsals occur every other day, and regularly include listening to vocal music and a strong sight-reading program. Half hour lessons are given weekly. Members of the Concert Chorus perform a variety of styles, from popular to classical, several times during the year. Grades are influenced by the quality of the lesson preparation and attendance, rehearsal participation and attendance at scheduled concerts. Honors Chorus 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Successful completion of audition, written test, and teacher recommendation. The Honors Chorus option is designed for highly motivated student musicians who strive to achieve at the highest levels of music performance. In addition to full
Honors Orchestra 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Successful completion of audition, written test, and teacher recommendation. The Honors Orchestra option is designed for highly motivated student musicians who strive to achieve at the highest levels of music performance. In addition to full participation in the curricular ensemble, orchestra students are required to participate in co-curricular music ensembles, audition for honors ensembles, perform in the department’s recital program and participate in solo evaluation festivals (ex. NYSSMA).
“tools.” Students will work as a class, in small groups, and independently. This course will satisfy the New York State unit for art and/or music. Basic Musicianship 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks This music course will teach music notation, construction, terminology, and ear training. It is open to all students interested in learning how to read and write music. There are no prerequisites for this class. Successful completion of this course will advance the student to Music Theory 1. Students cannot enroll in both Basic Musicianship and Music Theory 1 simultaneously.
Symphonic Band 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Symphonic Band is an advanced level band. (Some accelerated 10th grade students may be accepted in this band.) Membership in Symphonic Band is by teacher recommendation and audition. Proper balanced instrumentation and individual performance abilities will determine band enrollment. In addition to band rehearsals, students are required to prepare and attend a weekly lesson. Symphonic Band plays traditional and contemporary band literature from all periods and styles of music. Grades are influenced by the quality of lesson performances and attendance, rehearsal preparation, and concert participation and performance.
Music Theory 1 1 unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Successful completion of Basic Musicianship or teacher recommendation. This course is designed to provide knowledge and experiences for students who are majoring in music or intend to pursue it as an avocation. It provides an understanding of the rules and principles of music. The student increases his/her ability to analyze music aurally and visually and to develop skills in composing, arranging, harmonizing, sight singing and improvising. This course is highly recommended for all collegebound music students.
Honors Symphonic Band 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Successful completion of audition, written test, and teacher recommendation. The Honors Symphonic Band option is designed for highly motivated student musicians who strive to achieve at the highest levels of music performance. In addition to full participation in the curricular ensemble, Symphonic Band students are required to participate in co-curricular music ensembles, audition for honors ensembles, perform in the department’s recital program, and participate in solo evaluation festivals (ex. NYSSMA).
Music Theory 2 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite-Successful completion of Music Theory 1 A continuation of the Music Theory 1 course wherein an understanding of the rules and principles of music is pursued. The second year is devoted to increasing the skills associated with composition, arrangement, harmonization, sight singing and improvisation.
Music in Our Lives 1 Unit Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks Music in Our Lives will provide practical knowledge in four main functions of music. The student should be able to listen intelligently to music in a variety of musical idioms, perform at a recreational level on a “social” accompaniment instruments, compose music in some medium, and be proficient in using basic musical
In order to qualify to take a Regents exam in any of the sciences a student must complete 1200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated) laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports.
Physical Education (1/4 blocks) ½ Unit Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks The Physical Education program is a compilation of lifetime sport and movement activities designed to instill a belief in the value of physical activity in all of our students. Our intent is to expose students to a large variety of activities and have them develop basic knowledge and skills, thereby promoting participation in them during their post-high school lives. Instructional units and activities that are offered include physical fitness test, boys touch football, girls games, project adventure, tennis, basketball, life fitness (weight training), table tennis, square, line, swing, and social dance, badminton, cross-country skiing, volleyball, pickleball, aerobics, softball, archery, CPR/AED certification, ultimate Frisbee, lawn games, and indoor court games. Students are presented with as many as five different activities to choose from every five weeks. Seniors are given first choice, followed by juniors and sophomores. The more popular activities are offered more than one time during the school year to ensure that students eventually get their “first” choice. The Physical Education staff feels that a student who spends three years at C-NS will have experienced a very well rounded program and in turn have a solid base from which to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle.
Regents Living Environment 1 Unit Grades 9, 10 40 Weeks Prerequisite: Students selected for this course, in grade 9, should be recommended by their grade 8 science teacher or guidance counselor. The course will provide essential requirements to meet the New York State core syllabus in Living Environment. The Living Environment Regents examinations will be administered as the final assessment. A minimum of 1200 minutes of satisfactory laboratory reports is required for admittance to the examination. This course includes process and application skills to provide experiences in the field of biology. Topics include ecology, genetics, patterns of evaluation, continuity of life, and the interdependence of all living things.
The following are the minimum science requirements for receiving a Regents diploma: Three units of science. At least one course of life science At least one course is a physical science The third may be either life sciences or physical sciences. An approved alternative, pursuant to section 100.2(f), of NYS education law, may be substituted for one of the physical science course. One NYS Science Regents exam must be taken and passed.
Regents Earth Science 1 Unit Grades 9, 10 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Students taking this course in Grade 10 should have a final course average of 75 in or better in Living Environment and a 75 or better on the respective Regents exam. This course is designed to cover the fundamental principles of how our plant operates. Have you ever wondered why Syracuse gets so much snow? How is an earthquake produced and why does it cause so much damage? Is global warming inevitable, and what should we be doing about it? How do scientists theorize the earth and universe were formed? What is a fossil and where do they come from? How and why do hurricanes develop? Sharpen your critical thinking skills and learn all about the theories associated with these phenomena and more. The final exam for this course will be the New York State Regents Exam in Earth Science. In order to gain entrance into this exam, students must complete 1200 minutes of passing laboratory work.
RH Earth Science 1 Unit Grade 9 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Final average of 90 or better in 8th grade science and enrolled in Algebra or Geometry. This course is designed for those 9th grade students who exhibit high achievement in science or are considering science as a major field of emphasis in their academic careers. Based on the NYS Earth Science Core Guide, it offers freshman an option for a more enriched and challenging curricula. Through various assessments, honor students will be expected to demonstrate a deeper understanding of content and activities as compared to the Regent’s Earth Science course. These will include advanced lab data analysis and content-based projects. The final examination for this course will be the NYS Regents in Earth Science Examination. Graphing calculators are not permitted for use on the Earth Science Regents examination. RH Physics 1 Unit Grade 9 40 Weeks This is an academically oriented course designed specifically for those students participating in the Accelerated/Honors program of high school Regents science course sequencing. The student develops understandings of the basic unifying concepts of conservation in three core areas: energy, momentum and change. Four separate content areas (mechanics, waves, electricity and nuclear physics) provide the framework for laboratory activities and class discussions. The exam for this course will be the NYS Regents in Physics. RH Living Environment 1 Unit Grade 10 40 Weeks Prerequisite – 85 or better in either RH Earth Science or RH Physics. 95 or better in Regents Earth Science. 85 or better on either the Earth Science or Physics Regents Exam and teacher recommendation. The honors Living Environment course is academically oriented and rigorous in nature. It follows the same scheme as The Living Environment curriculum. It will, however, offer a more in-depth examination of the main themes as well as the most recent biological findings, which do not appear in current texts. The laboratory investigations are of a more complex nature than those used in The Living Environment program. The final exam will be the NYS Regents exam in Living Environment. Community Chemistry 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks The approach to chemistry in this course will enable students to apply chemical principles to societal and personal issues with a reduced emphasis on the mathematics of chemistry. The relationship of science
to our everyday life will be stressed. This course is recommended for students with a curiosity for science who does not plan on a science major in college.
Regents Chemistry 1 Unit Grade 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Successful completion (65 or higher on Regents Exams) of Earth Science, Living Environment, Algebra and Geometry*. Early in this course, the elements of scientific activity are displayed, including the role of uncertainty. The atomic theory, the nature of matter and the mole concept are developed. Additional principles discussed in the program are energy, rate and equilibrium characteristics of chemical reactions, chemical periodicity and chemical bonding. This course differs from traditional chemistry in its reduced emphasis on descriptive chemistry, and a greater emphasis on the quantitative aspect of chemistry and in linking the laboratory to the classroom. The final exam for Regents Chemistry will be the NYS Regents in Chemistry. Students will not be permitted to use a graphing calculator when taking this Regents Exam. Regents Honors Chemistry 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Mastery level attainment (85 or higher on Regents Exams) in Earth Science, Living Environment, Algebra and Geometry*. This course is designed for academically oriented students who have consistently exhibited high achievement in previous courses in their science sequence. Students are challenged to develop abstract mental models representing the unique but changing structures of the various chemical systems involved in chemical reactions. Some additional topics covered are energetic of reactions, the mole concept, reaction kinetics, chemical equilibrium and chemical periodicity. Several models of the atom are developed and each is evaluated according to its ability to explain what is and to predict what will be. Successful participation in Regents Honors Chemistry will prepare students for the challenges of freshman college chemistry. The final exam for this course will be the NYS Regents exam in Chemistry. Students will not be permitted to use a graphing calculator when taking this Regents Exam.
Practical Physics 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Students must have earned at least 2 units of science credit (1 in Life Science and 1 in the Physical Setting) and have passed 1 NYS Science Regents Exam. Practical Physics investigates the same topics and laboratory exercises as in Regents Physics but with less mathematical rigor. The students are expected to complete a variety of hands-on laboratory activities throughout the school year. The main topics of the course include kinematics, mechanics, light, waves, heat, energy and electricity, and magnetism. In addition to these traditional areas of study, students will learn about modern scientific developments such as a laser, pneumatics tracks to study motion and computer assisted data collection and analysis. Regents Physics 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Successful completion (65 or higher on Regents Exams and courses) of Earth Science, Living Environment, Algebra and Geometry.* Regents Physics is a mathematically-oriented course, which is integral to the understanding of the concepts. Various physical concepts are treated to be meaningful in everyday life situations with laboratory applications. The core areas of mechanics, waves, electricity and modern physics provide the framework for laboratory activities and class discussion. The final exam will be the NYS Regents Physics exam. Regents Honors Physics 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Mastery level attainment (85 or higher on Regents Exams and courses) in Earth Science, Living Environment, Algebra and Geometry.* Honors Physics is a course for students who have demonstrated a high aptitude for and interest in science and math. The course is similar in content to Regents Physics in the core areas, but treats each with extended coverage in greater depth and at a more rapid pace. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of the course. The final exam will be the NYS Regents Physics exam.
Students being placed in the Accelerated Science Program after grade 7 will be expected to take the following courses and examinations: Grade 8: Honors Earth Science (Earth Science Regents) Grade 9: Honors Physics (Physics Regents) Grade 10: Honors Chemistry (Chemistry Regents) Grade 11: Advance Placement Biology (Living Environment Regents and AP Biology Exam) Grade 12: Advance Placement Chemistry or Advance Placement Physics (AP exam in respective course) Students who do not meet the prerequisite requirements from Honors Physics into Honors Chemistry and Honors Chemistry into AP Biology will be placed into Honors Living Environment instead of AP Biology. Prerequisites below: Acc. ES (Gr. 8) – Acc. Physics (Gr. 9) – H Chem (Gr. 10) – AP Biology (Gr. 11) – AP Science Course (Chem or Physics) (Gr. 12) Criteria to continue in above sequence towards AP Biology: 90 or above in previous course, and 85 or above on previous Regents Exams Students not meeting above criteria would follow course sequence below: H Liv. Envir. (10) – H Chem. (11) – AP Science Course (Bio, Chem or Physics) (Gr. 12) Special Topics in Earth Science ½ Credit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks Prerequisite – Successful completion of Regents Earth Science and 1 credit of (or present enrollment in) Physics or Chemistry. This is a one semester, introductory course in astronomy and meteorology. A survey of the basic topics in astronomy will be done in a seminar format. Topics will include: Astronomy through the ages, the Solar System, our Galaxy, with a laboratory portion covering the solar system, properties of stars, spectral classification, stellar evolution, and variable stars. Design and use of the portable planetarium is included. The meteorology portion is designed to explain local weather phenomena. It will introduce students to important phenomena and physical processes that occur in earth’s atmosphere, as well as to the basic concepts and tools that are used to study atmospheric problems with special emphasis on developing information technology skills. This course includes atmospheric dynamics, wind systems, and severe storms. Other topics include climate, climate change, boundary layer meteorology, air pollution, forecasting, and weather modification.
The Advanced Sciences
Advanced Science courses are designed for high school juniors and seniors with an above average interest in science and an academic background in these sciences. A distinguishing characteristic of the Advanced Science program is that the student accepts a significantly large measure of responsibility for the achievement of his or her own academic goals in these courses.
Anatomy/Physiology ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks Prerequisite – Successful completion of Living Environment (grade of 85 or better). An introductory college-level course designed for students whose career or academic direction requires more detailed treatment of human body functions beyond that already covered in Biology or Health. This course is most appropriate for those planning to enter a health-related career field or follow any major course of study in college related to medical or human health services. Fee: $20.00 AP Biology 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – 85 or better in Living Environment and Chemistry and 85 or better on the Regents Exams. The AP Biology course is one which is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course which is usually taken by biology majors during their first year of college. Students are exposed to higher level biological principles, concepts, and skills and are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real life applications. The concepts of the course are organized around biological principles called big ideas that are studied throughout the entire course and focus on the following topics: evolution, biological systems using energy to maintain homeostasis for survival, passing heritable information to provide continuity of life, and the interaction of biological systems with biotic and abiotic factors. The course aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to deal with the rapidly changing science of biology. Students will take the Advanced Placement exam in May. College credit may be available if exam score meets college requirements. A fee is required for this examination. Fee: $20.00 Exam Fee: $89.00 Environmental Science (Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions) ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks Prerequisite – Students must have earned at least 2 units of science credit and have passed 1 NYS Science Regents Exam. It’s all connected! Climate Change, Human Population Growth, Poverty, Environmental Degradation, Natural Resources Depletion, Food and Water Scarcity, Energy, Increased Waste and Pollution, Conflict, Economy, Governance, and SUSTAINABILITY. This course aims to educate students about local, national, and global environmental issues and engage them in thinking critically about real and sustainable
solutions to these problems. Students will explore environmental issues from scientific, social, political, and economic points of view while developing the skills to create and maintain positive, healthy, and sustainable communities. In short, this course focuses on Critical Thinking, Global Perspectives, Informed Actions, and Sustainable Solutions. Introduction to Forensics ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks Prerequisite – Completion of 2 Regents Units in Science. CSI at CNS! Come explore the integrated world of science. Use Biology, Chemistry, and Physics to investigate real life. In this course students will learn how to use these disciplines to analyze a crime scene and report their findings. Students will learn how to collect and identify fingerprints, cast footprints, and draw a crime scene. Topics also include Forensic Anthropology (bones), Forensic Serology (blood), DNA Fingerprinting, Ballistics, Forgery, hair and fiber analysis, and other trace evidence. Welcome to the world of Forensics!
AP Chemistry 1 Unit Grade 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Mastery level attainment (85 or higher on Regents Exams and courses) in Earth Science, RH Living Environment, Algebra and Honors Geometry* The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of a freshman college chemistry course taught at most major universities. Because of its rigor, abstract nature and emphasis on the quantitative aspects of chemistry, it is recommended that students have a strong mathematical background. The following general chemical principles will be introduced at the collegiate level: stoichiometry, redox, atomic theory and structure, chemical bonds, states of matter, solutions, acids and bases, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electro-chemistry, organic chemistry and descriptive chemistry. Students will take the Advanced Placement exam in May. College credit may be available if exam score meets college requirements. A fee is required for the AP examination. Fee: $20.00 Exam Fee: $89.00
AP Physics 1 Unit Grade 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Mastery level attainment (85 or higher on Regents Exam and course) in Algebra2/Trigonometry and a teacher recommendation.* This course is an introduction to general physics principles at the college freshman level. The students will investigate kinematics and dynamics, work and energy, momentum, rotational mechanics, periodic motion, gravity, electricity, fluid mechanics, magnetism, and nuclear physics. Students will take the Advanced Placement exam in May. College credit may be available if exam score meets college requirements. A fee is required for the AP examination. Lab fee: $25.00 Exam Fee: $89.00 Science Explorations 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite - Students must have earned at least 2 units of science credit (1 in Life Science and 1 in the Physical Setting), and have passed 1 NYS Science Regents Exam. Science Explorations is a full year integrated science elective course. This course curriculum will provide students with a challenging, activity centered, standards based course that will serve as an alternative option in addition to the traditional sequence of Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry, and Physics. This course will give students the opportunity to explore and become engaged in varying and relevant science topics, creating lifelong learners with interests and achievements in science. This course will also encourage students to research problems and apply the skills they have already learned in a curious, creative, systematic, and scientific way. Students will be able to design and pursue investigations ethically and safely, generate, validate, and critique evidence, analyze and interpret ideas, and link them with existing understandings. Students who successfully complete the course earn 1 unit of science elective credit. *Failure to meet the prerequisite does not eliminate (preclude) admittance into courses. To challenge the prerequisite requirement: 1. Guidance Counselor/House Principal meeting with student and parent. Parent letter with signature noting: a. Student acceptance of higher challenge b. Parental support and encouragement
Requirements for Graduation: A student must complete four (4) units of social studies to successfully meet requirements for graduation for a local or Regents diploma. These four (4) units include Global 9, Global 10, US History 11 (American History since 1865 and Government), Participation in Government (1/2 Unit) and Economics (1/2 Unit). Students may substitute AP U.S. Government and Politics/Economics or AP Economics/U.S. Government and Politics for Participation in Government and Economics. Students must also pass BOTH the 10th and 11th grade Social Studies Regents exams to fulfill state requirements for graduation. Elective courses are offered for students who wish to take five (5) units in social studies. Also, a student may wish to experience a course as a prelude to a particular college course or career.
9R Global History & Geography 1 Unit Grade 9 40 Weeks Prerequisite – 8th grade teacher recommendation and placement in English 9R Global History and Geography 9 is the first part of a two-year 9-10 course. Each student will be required to pass a New York State Regents Exam on 9-10 Social Studies at the end of the 10th grade. Through a study of geography, history, and political and economic systems, students will be taken chronologically across time from the period of Early Humans to the Age of Revolution. After a review unit, a school Final Exam in the format of a Regents Exam will be administered at the end of 9th grade. Concepts related to geography, history, sociology, political science and economics will be taught through skill development focused on critical thinking; essay writing, using library resources, reading, map and chart interpretation, oral presentation and cooperative learning. Topics include Ancient and Classical Civilizations, Beliefs Systems, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Exploration, Reformation, and Absolutism.
9RH Global History and Geography 1 Unit Grade 9 40 Weeks Prerequisite – 8th grade teacher recommendation and placement in English 9RH The concepts of change, choice, citizenship, culture, diversity, human rights, interdependence, justice and scarcity are some of those which will be studied in depth to teach the areas of Ancient and Classical Civilizations, Beliefs Systems, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Exploration, Reformation, and Absolutism. To take this course the student must be reading above grade level, writing good essays, and have exceptional social studies skills, such as library research, critical thinking, map, chart and graph interpretation, and independent learning. Each student will have to pass the Global Studies Regents on 9-10 grade content at the end of the 10th grade social studies. Since this includes writing essays, writing skills are critical and will be emphasized. Students should have a 90% overall average in eighth grade Social Studies and must pass the final exam with a minimum score of 90%. 10R Global History & Geography 1 Unit Grade 10 40 Weeks Using political, social, economic, and geographic concepts, students will study history from the period of the Age of Revolutions (1750s) to present day. Students will study the areas of Europe, the Middle East, and the Third World. Students should be reading on grade level or above. Students are expected to apply a conceptual approach to factual material and further develop skills such as evaluating primary sources, writing DBQ and thematic essays, and interpreting maps, graphs, and charts. 10RH Global History & Geography 1 Unit Grade 10 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Global History 9RH and/or teacher recommendation. Students enrolling in this course are expected to be highly motivated. This is an intensive academic course that entails extensive reading, writing, and discussion. This course will be used to identify candidates for 11th and 12th grade AP and/or OCC courses and prepare them for college level expectations. Among the major concepts followed through the year in the study of world history from the Age of Revolutions through Today are: choice, scarcity, citizenship, human rights, interdependence, culture, and technology. The Regents Honor student should demonstrate exceptional social studies skills and interests and be reading above grade level. Skills such as reading comprehension, developing a hypothesis from evidence, critical thinking, interpreting primary sources, historiography, essay writing (of multiple essays per quarter), note taking and
term paper organization and research, and oral presentation skills will be stressed. Students will be subjected to rigorous reading and writing assignments that require them to analyze and synthesize complex material. Students take a Regents exam in June which tests 9th and 10th grade Social Studies skills, information, and concepts. AP European History 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Global Studies 9RH and teacher recommendation for sophomores and 10R or 10RH for juniors and seniors. This is a college/high school co-credit course for the serious student to introduce him/her to college level material in European history. Sophomores will also fulfill the Global Studies requirement and take the Regents exam. Since this is a course in which college credit may be earned, emphasis is placed on college skills such as reading comprehension, interpreting primary and secondary documents, developing a hypothesis from evidence, essay analysis and writing, critical thinking and research paper preparation and organization. Students will take the Advanced Placement exam in European History in early May. College credit and the amount will depend on scores on this exam. Exam Fee: $87.00 11R U.S. History and Government 1 Unit Grade 11 40 Weeks In government this academic course emphasizes the Constitution and the three branches of American government. This history component focuses on United States History since 1865. Historic, economic, political, social and cultural aspects of this period to the present will be examined. This course will build upon previously learned skills such as reading comprehension, writing, and geography. Some independent study will also be expected and essay writing will be a major focus. The final exam is the 11th grade US History and Government Regents exam that is required for graduation.
OCC/AP US History 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Successfully pass the course in AP European History or Global Honors with an 80 average or an average of 85 in Global Regents. This is a challenging course designed to introduce high school students to college level material in American history. Students who pass this course and achieve a sufficient exam score can receive both high school and college level credit transferable to most undergraduate institutions. This is a course for the serious student who plans to attend college. College level skills such as essay writing, interpreting documents and analyzing different historical interpretations of American history are stressed. Students will take the Advance Placement exam in May for college credit. The amount of credit will be determined by the scores on this exam. Juniors will also take the Social Studies 11 Regents exam, which is required for graduation. A fee is required for the AP exam. Students may concurrently take this course for OCC Credit. Exam Fee: $89.00 OCC/AP U.S. Government and Politics 1 Unit Grades 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Successfully passes U.S. History Regents and course with an 85 average or an 80 average for AP and honors classes. This college-credit course is a challenging option for students to elect instead of Participation in Government and Economics. It offers college level material in American Government and Politics in preparation for the Advanced Placement exam. Research, writing, oral presentation, and critical thinking skills are emphasized. College credit is earned based on student performance on the AP exam, through OCC, at no cost. Topics covered include Presidents, Congress, Courts, Bureaucracy, Elections, Parties, Interests Groups and Political behavior. Students may concurrently take this course for OCC credit. Exam Fee: $89.00 AP Economics 1 Unit Grades 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite – Successfully passes US History Regents and course with an 85 average or an 80 average for AP. From the College Board: “The purpose of the AP course in macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization
policies, economic economics.”
This course fulfills the local and state requirements for credit in Economics and Participation in Government. Students will take an AP exam. A fee is required to take the AP exam in May. Exam Fee: $89.00 Participation in Government ½ Unit Grade 12 20 Weeks This exciting course will broaden students’ understanding of local, county, state and national governments as well as the issues confronting them as new voters. This will prepare them to be informed, involved, and responsible citizens. Students will be expected to attend two government meetings and complete 10 hours of volunteer service. Economics ½ Unit Grade 12 20 Weeks This required course of study is patterned after the new state mandate for 12th grade social studies. Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of how the United States and other societies develop economic systems and associated institutions to allocate scarce resources, how major decision-making units function in the U.S. and other national economies, and how an economy solves the scarcity problem through market and nonmarket mechanisms. Units covered in this subject area will include economics and economic systems, marketplace economics, components of economic systems, international trade, the stock market and the major variations of world trade. Academic “macro” economics is the primary curriculum core for this subject.
SOCIAL STUDIES ELECTIVES Crucible of Change: America 1960 – 1975 ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks This one semester elective course will view the time period of 1960-1975 in American History through the dual lenses of American political and cultural history. Using primary source documents as well as cultural resources, students will investigate the major political events of the time period (Bay of Pigs Invasion, Cuban Missile Crisis, J.F.K.’s Assassination, The Vietnam War, The Civil Rights Movement, Watergate) as well as many of the cultural changes (music, fashion, youth culture) of this engaging period. Students will analyze the changes of this period and will hypothesize about the long-term effects of this turbulent time in American history. A final project (e.g. research paper, oral presentation, etc.) will be expected.
Geography ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks The main focus of this half-year course will be the five themes of Geography: location, place, human environmental interaction, regions and movement. Geography will include the study of the earth, its natural phenomena and its weather patterns. Students will also involve themselves in analyzing the culture in which they live and compare this to other cultures around the world. Many different facets of World Culture will be studied and explored through the use of National Geographic materials. Students will add significantly to their understanding of the world they live in. Multiculturalism and Diversity ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks The purpose of this course is to teach young people about the wide array of people in this country, the history of their experiences, and to appreciate the significance of being perceived differently in our society. The fundamental goal is to help young people become better citizens. Topics covered will be multiculturalism, oppression, discrimination, racism, sexism, ableism, asexism, immigration, poverty, gays and lesbians, and American voting behavior. Most importantly, we learn how to be better people and how to make the United States a better place. Modern European History (1900-present) ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks The course is designed to show modern European history through key historical writings and as it is portrayed in cinema. While students have previously studied European history in global, this course is designed to go more in depth and to look at the cultural aspects of the many different European countries. Students will also gain more insight into lesser studied but significant European events such as the Conflict in Northern Ireland and the Bosnian genocide. Psychology ½ Unit Grade 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks The four goals of psychology are the description, explanation, prediction and influence of behavior. This course is designed to provide students with greater understanding of their own behavior and that of those around them. Topics covered may include personality, conditioning, the brain, motivation and emotion, states of consciousness, and psychological disorders. Students will also examine the role of the popular media in the public’s perceptions (and misperceptions) of psychology and those diagnosed with disorders.
AP Psychology 1 Unit Grades 11, 12 40 Weeks The prerequisite for this course is an 80% or higher on either the Global History or US History regents exam. The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. This is a college freshman level course. Students will work at an advanced AP Level and will take an Advanced Placement exam in May. College credit may be available if exam score meets college requirements. A fee is required for the AP examination. Exam Fee: $89.00
Sociology ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks An understanding of human relationships can help you understand who you are and how you fit into society. This course represents an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the basic principles of group life and social organization. Major topics of the course include the basic principles and techniques of sociology, the nature and importance of values, norms and sanctions, the structure and functions of social institutions, including domestic, educational and religious, the influences of group life upon the individual personality, and sociology applied to social problems. SUPA Sociology ½ Unit Grade 12 20 Weeks Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. This course will investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these situations. Since human behavior is shaped by social factors, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. Students who successfully complete this course have the option of earning credit hours through Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) Program.
construction & repair) Production Systems Computer Technology Computer Aided Technologies 1 Computer Aided Technologies 2 Communication Systems Drafting Architectural Drawing (pencil drafting) CADD 3Dimensional (solid modeling) CADD 2Dimensional (computer drafting)
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Technology requires basic skills such as problem solving, face-to-face communication, public relations, teamwork, listening to others, creative thinking, selfesteem, goal setting, motivation, negotiation, leadership, and computer literacy. These courses provide a window for students to view how technology is developed, used and monitored; how it meets needs and wants; and how it originates from knowledge. Technology attempts to bring together the workplace and the academic world. Students are given the opportunity to discover and experiment with their abilities. Most importantly, Technology Education attempts to provide students with a realistic selfappraisal of their goals and aspirations. Our goal is to help students learn how to learn. Students who do not choose to major in technology are still encouraged to select individual courses.
Electronics/Electricity Electricity ½ Year Digital Electronics 1 Year College Credit – 3 Hrs. /Third year of HS Math Credit
PROJECT LEAD THE WAY COURSES PRE-ENGINEERING
Digital Electronics College Credit – 3 Hrs. / HS Math Credit Principles of Engineering Science/Math Credit College Credit – 3 Hrs Computer Integrated Manufacturing College Credit – 3 Hrs. Engineering Design and Development College Credit – 3 Hrs. Civil Engineering & Architecture College Credit – 3 Hrs. Design and Drawing for Production B College Credit – 3 Hrs.
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TECHNOLOGY COURSE OFFERINGS Transportation Transportation (cars, boats & planes) Consumer Auto (car maintenance & repair) Metal Working Build IT with Metals (basic metalworking) Welding
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Wood Working Build IT with Wood (basic woodworking) Residential Technology (house
Communication ½ Unit Grade 9 20 Weeks Students will be introduced to the three broad areas of communications technology - visual, audio, and “multimedia” communications systems. In visual communications, students will study such areas as building their own cameras, creating photographs in a darkroom, experiencing with portrait and commercial product photography, creating digital photographic images with digital cameras and image “scanners”. In audio communications, you will study such areas as operating sophisticated sound production equipment to create their own “sound mixes” for cassette and CD recordings. Students will use video cameras as well as a “digital” video camera to create their own “multi-media” productions of commercials, instructional videos, or documentaries. Computer use will be a vital part of the course. Fee: $9.50
Computer Aided Technologies 1 1/2 Unit Grade 9 20 Weeks This course (CAT) is designed to provide the students with an innovative and challenging experience in the field of technology. Students will work together, with the aid of computers, multimedia, and hands-on activities exploring technology, their related careers and developing skills in the following areas: research and design, alternate energy, graphics and animation, video production, construction, basic electricity, industrial control, CAD, robotics and automation. Fee: $9.50
Computer Aided Technologies 2 ½ Unit Grade 9 20 Weeks Prerequisite: Passing CAT 1 This course is designed to allow students that successfully completed Computer Aided Technology 1 (CAT 1) and wish to explore the remaining modules of study a chance to do so. The modules of study may include research and design, alternate energy, video production, graphics and animation, construction, basic electricity, CAD, industrial control, robotics and automation, publishing, mechanisms, and pneumatics. Students would only be able to study the modules that they didn’t study during the first CAT course. Fee: $5.00
Architectural Drawing ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Architectural Drawing is an introductory course in residential architectural drafting and design using traditional and computer techniques. The goal of the course is to explore in depth the techniques and conventions used in architectural drafting, to make familiar the basic types of drawings used in architectural drafting, and to sharpen architectural planning skills. Fee: $9.50
Build IT with Metals ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks This course is a project oriented course offered to students who are interested in the metalworking area, such as machinist, industrial fabricator, and metal worker. Students will use sheet metal, band iron, steel, and aluminum to complete several metal projects. Fee: $15.00 Build IT with Wood 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks This course is designed to explore woodworking technology. It is a very “hands –on” course with students introduced to hand tools, machine tools, and power tools that are used in woodworking. Students will have the opportunity to make a variety of projects centered around different types of wood materials. Fee: $20.00 Residential Technology ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks This course teaches the systems and related skills involved in construction and remodeling of residential buildings. Laboratory activities center around many facets of carpentry, plumbing, insulation, electrical wiring, masonry, interior wall coverings and roofing. Students will utilize these skills in the production of a shed. Fee: $9.50
Design and Drawing for Production and 1 Unit Technology A 40 Weeks Grade 9 (This course meets the requirements for 1 unit of Art for all students and can be used in either a 5-unit Art or Technology sequence.) The purpose of this course is to provide students with a practical experience in creative problem solving. Students use both freehand sketching and technical drafting techniques to analyze and describe construction objects and shapes. Students learn how to technically reproduce and present drawings used within mechanical and architectural industries. AutoCad software will be used as a media for maximizing student designer's skill and knowledge. Students taking this course should not take the 20-week Technical Drawing course because it is a repeat of the first half of the DDP course. Fee: $15.00
Computer Aided Design and Drawing 2D ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks This course is a 2 dimensional presentation of technical drafting, utilizing state of the art computer software (AutoCAD 2002). Hands on topics include basic technical drafting skills, using ANSI STANDARDS that are used in the real world exploring many applications. Fee: $9.50 Computer Aided Design and Drawing 3D ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks This is an introductory course, which develops student problem solving skills, with emphasis placed upon the concept of developing a 3 dimensional or solid rendering of an object. This course emphasizes the design process using state of the art computer software. Students enrolled in the Project Lead The Way curriculum must have taken Design & Drawing for Production and Technology in grade 9. This course will give the basic skills needed for Project Lead the Way Courses. Fee: $9.50 Consumer Auto ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Do you like working on cars? Do you like working with your hands? This is a basic course that every young student, male or female should take if they ever plan on driving. This course will provide you with a thorough understanding of the design, construction, and operation of automotive systems. Students will develop an understanding of small engine repair, automotive maintenance, tool and equipment use and the impact of automobiles in our lives. Students will also learn about various alternate fuel vehicles. Activities include: oil changes, brake maintenance, tire rotations, engine diagnostics, electrical and suspension system maintenance. Fee: $9.50
As a class, we explore the many stages and aspects of building a residential structure in sequential order. Students will experience both theory and hands-on applications of excavation, foundations, rough framing, roofing, plumbing, electrical, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). The second half of the course is devoted to a simulated manufacturing or production system. In this unit students will select and design a product that they wish to mass-produce. Students will work in small groups to create “tooling” that can mass produce one part or perform one assembly procedure on the student’s chosen product. In this unit students have the opportunity to understand how almost all of the products that we purchase and use on a daily basis are developed and created. Transportation ½ Unit Grades 9 20 Weeks This course explores the basic systems of marine, land and aerospace transportation technology and related careers. Activities have included: rocket design and launching, maintenance and repair of lawn mowers, small engines and other yard equipment, racing of a magnetically levitated vehicle, building a hovercraft and riding it, and other projects related to the transportation industry. Fee: $9.50 Transportation B ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks This course explores the basic technological systems of Land, Air, Sea and Space. In addition to activities, projects and problem solving exercises, students will learn about related career and job opportunities. Activities include: rocket design and launching, automotive engine basics, small engine care and maintenance, alternative fueled vehicles, vehicle design and safety, boat building and sailing. Fee: $9.50 Welding Technology ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks Students are introduced to the basic welding processes including gas, arc and MIG welding. They begin by learning the safety and setup procedures connected with welding. They develop their ability with each type of welding, as well as the various positions that welders work in. Other machines and tools that welders commonly use will also be demonstrated. As a result of this course, students will be able to read a drawing, measure accurately and have a foundation of welding skills that will prepare them for additional technology courses, BOCES, job entry level work and engineering schools. Fee: $15.00
Electricity ½ Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 20 Weeks The technology of electronics is common to all technical occupations. Basic electronics explores basic systems of electronics including theory, devices, tools, materials, processes and related careers. Student activities involve circuit applications, drawings, basic test equipment, integrated circuits, and residential wiring. Fee: $9.50 Production Systems ½ Unit Grade 9 20 Weeks Production systems is a 20-week technology elective course that is divided into two major units. The first half of the course deals with residential (home) construction.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Electives Pre-Engineering Design and Drawing for Production and Technology B 1 Unit Grade 9 40 Weeks Prerequisite: Students should have an 80 or better in Honors Algebra or an 85 or better grade 8 Math. This course meets the requirements for 1 unit of Art for all students and can be used in either a 5-unit Art or Technology sequences. This is a broad based survey course designed to help students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology and its career possibilities. Students will develop engineering problem solving skills that are involved in post-secondary education programs and engineering careers. They will explore various engineering systems and manufacturing processes. The main purpose of this course is to experience through theory and hands-on problem-solving activities what engineering is all about and to answer the question, “Is a career in engineering or engineering technology for me?” Fee: $15.00
development of a piece of property close to school to be used as a skate park or youth activity center. This course covers topics such as: The Roles of Civil Engineers and Architects; Project Planning; Site Planning; and Building Design. Fee: $15.00
Computer Integrated Manufacturing 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks Concurrent enrollment in Geometry CIM is a course that applies principles of rapid prototyping, robotics and automation. This course builds upon the computer solid modeling skills developed in Introduction to Engineering Design. Students will use computer controlled rapid prototyping and CNC equipment to solve problems by constructing actual models of their three-dimensional designs. Students will also be introduced to the fundamentals of robotics and how this equipment is used in an automated manufacturing environment. Students will evaluate their design solutions using various techniques of analysis, and make appropriate modifications before producing their prototype. RIT College credit is available for this course. Fee: $15.00 Civil Engineering and Architecture 1 Unit Grades 10-12 40 Weeks PLTW Course – College Credit (R.I.T.) This course provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. Students will design and test 3D models using the latest architectural software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities. One such activity includes planning the
Digital Electronics 1 Unit Grades 10, 11, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Geometry Digital Electronics is a course of study in applied digital logic. The course is patterned after the first semester course in Digital Electronics taught in two and four year colleges. Students will study the application of electronic logic circuits and devices and apply Boolean logic to the solution of problems. Such circuits are found in watches, calculators, video games, computers and thousands of other devices. The use of smart circuits is present in virtually all aspects of our lives and its use is increasing rapidly, making digital electronics an important course of study for a student exploring a career in engineering/engineering technology. Using, Circuit Maker, the industry standard, students will test and analyze simple and complex digital circuitry. Students will design circuits, using a computer generated circuit maker program. They export their design to a printed circuit auto routing program that generates printed circuit boards and construct the design using chips and other components. Course may also be used for 3rd year of Math credit. RIT College credit is available for this course. Fee: $15.00
Engineering Design and Development 1 Unit Grade, 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite: Design and Drawing for Production and Technology B, Digital Electronics, Principles of Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing In this course, students will work in teams of two to four to design and construct the solution to an engineering problem, applying the principles developed in the four preceding courses. The problem may be selected from a database of engineering problems, be a recognized national challenge or be an original engineering problem identified by the team and approved by the teacher. The problems will involve a wide-range of engineering applications (e.g., a school robo-mascot, automated solar water heater, and remote control hovercraft). Students will maintain a journal as part of a portfolio of their work. Each team will be responsible for delivering progress reports and making final presentations of their project to an outside review panel. The completed portfolio will be an invaluable asset as students apply to college.
Principles of Engineering 1 Unit Grades 10, 11 and 12 40 Weeks Prerequisite: Completed Geometry Principles of Engineering is a broad-based survey course designed to help students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology and its career possibilities. Students will develop engineering problem solving skills that are involved in post-secondary education programs and engineering careers. They will explore various engineering systems and manufacturing processes. They will also learn how an engineer addresses concerns about the social and political consequences of technological change. The main purpose of this course is to experience through theory and hands-on problem solving activities what engineering is all about and to answer the questions, “Is a career in engineering or engineering technology for me?” Course may also be used for 3rd year of Math or Science credit. RIT college credit is available for this course. Fee: $15.00 CAREER EXPLORATION INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP) ½ Unit Grades 11, 12 20 Weeks CEIP applications are available from your Counselor or in the Career Center. Are you looking for an opportunity to take a closer look at an interesting career? Unsure of your career path? CEIP will assist you in developing the knowledge and skills needed to help you make an informed career decision. Students will: Complete a CEIP application and interview with the CEIP Coordinator for admission to the program (required) Complete a skills based resume, cover letter and reference list, and practice job interviewing techniques through the Career Center Investigate a career of interest through research and completion a 10-week internship at a worksite Prepare and deliver a final presentation of the knowledge and skills learned at the work site Create a portfolio on the internship experience NEW VISION New Vision 5 Units* Grade 12 40 Weeks The New Vision program was devised for seniors in good academic standing who have an interest in a particular vocational area. Transportation will be provided if enrollment is sufficient. Students spend the majority of their school day in one of the following situations:
*Seniors earn 1.0 credits in English and 1.0 credits in Social Studies and 3.0 credits in the New Vision Program. Criminal Justice Program – Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office New Vision is an interdisciplinary immersion program. The Criminal Justice Program is the comprehensive study of the Criminal Justice system and subordinate systems. The curriculum includes extensive exposure to law enforcement, the judiciary, and corrections (institutional and community based). Also covered are the causes and prevention of crime along with a variety of special topics such as gun control, the War on Drugs, and capital punishment to name but a few. In addition to class discussions, based on the collegiate seminar approach, more than sixty professional guest speakers visit the classroom to share their expertise and wisdom with the class. The list includes judges, the FBI, Secret Service, corrections personnel, county, state, and federal prosecutors, and a variety of law enforcement specialists and generalists from CNY police agencies. Students have over thirty out of class learning opportunities through internships and job shadowing. Medical Professions at Marshall Square on SU Campus The New Vision Health Careers Program is tailored to the highly motivated, academically successful student. It offers the opportunity to channel interest in the health care field into senior year studies while serving as a transition to the next level of professional development. The Syracuse VA Medical Center location provides students an immersion into the health care industry while providing them with many job shadowing and field trip opportunities. On average, students participate in 19 clinical rotations at the VA Medical Center, Upstate Medical Center and Crouse Hospital. Students utilize the Upstate Medical Center Library for research projects.
BOCES Students considering specializing in occupational training during their junior and senior years of high school should carefully assess many factors: Do I have a strong desire to specialize in this occupational field? Do I have the prerequisite courses? Am I willing to leave my home school for a half-day and mix with students from many different schools? Am I mature enough to discipline myself in specialized shops, handling expensive equipment machinery? Am I ready to begin specializing now, or should I wait until after graduation from high school? Have I talked this through very thoroughly with my parents and school counselor? As part of a BOCES Occupational Education Programs, students will be required to complete an occupationally related math or science course. Students will receive one credit for this math or science course, in addition to the 3 credits for the BOCES Occupational course. NOTE: Juniors attend 1st year classes in PM session; Seniors attend 2nd year class in AM session. Criteria to Enroll in BOCES: Participation in BOCES is evaluated on an individual student basis and in accordance with New York State and District graduation standards. All classes are at the Thompson Road Campus. Automotive Collision Technology 3 Units Grades 11, 12 Thompson Rd. Campus This is a one or two-year course that prepares students for occupations in the modern auto body collision repair industry, technical college, and repair occupations requiring exacting standards. Students learn the basic skills and techniques using equipment and products that are up to date and currently used in the repair field today. Student’s advance into frame straightening, custom colors in painting and estimating. As students progress they are allowed to work on cars brought into class. A two-week internship program provides students with additional on-the-job training to reinforce the principles taught in the classroom. Automotive Technology 3 Units Grades 11, 12 Thompson Rd. Campus The auto technology program is designed to provide students with basic mechanical knowledge and skills. Students gain the knowledge and skills by doing repair work on customer's cars, which are brought into the shop. The shop operates as a service garage in a large dealership. The students do all repair work. The jobs
range from a simple oil change to complex on-board computer systems. This one or two-year program is the first step in preparing an individual for a job in the automotive field. It prepares the student for entry-level employment as service maintenance persons, technician assistants, full technicians, service station attendants and New York State inspectors. A two-week internship program provides students with additional on-the-job training to reinforce the principles taught in the classroom. Can become credit bearing at SUNY Canton, Morrisville, and Onondaga Community College. Computer Technology 3 Units Grades 11, 12 Thompson Rd Campus The computer technology program is designed to bring students into the exciting and lucrative world of the Information Technology professional. The first year of the program is an introduction to PC hardware, software, and network operating systems. It prepares students from small home and home offices to more complex business models. Students learn the basics of network routing and switching. The computer technology program maps to both the COMP TIA A+ certified repair technician and CISCO industry certifications. Students will be taught skills for entry level jobs and transition to college level Information Technology Programs. Construction Technology 3 Units Grades 11, 12 Thompson Rd Campus The construction technology course trains students in the fundamentals needed to enter the carpentry trade. Students build a new house each year and are involved in all building phases including satisfying stringent NYS ERDA standards. They are also involved in many other classroom activities that develop proficient carpentry skills. Graduates may earn credit toward SUNY colleges or special consideration for apprentice programs. Cosmetology 3 Units Grades 11, 12 Thompson Rd Campus This course exposes students to theory and practical skill training to prepare them for careers in cosmetology, which includes nail technician, spa, front desk, marketing and sales representatives. Satisfactory completion of the course and its 1000 hours of instruction are required to make a student eligible to take the New York State licensing exams. The Cosmetology program offers students the unique opportunity to develop and practice their skills during a regular weekly clinic when the public is invited to make appointments for beauty services.
Culinary Arts 3 Units Grades 11, 12 Thompson Rd. Campus This is one of the finest food preparation courses offered to high school students in New York State. Students begin the course by learning the fundamentals of kitchen safety and sanitation. They develop skills in all aspects of food preparation since they are responsible for the successful operation of two restaurants on campus, The Class Act and The Electric Apple. Everyday they gain experience in preparing gourmet soups, sauces, salads, meat, poultry and seafood entrees, and desserts. The art of buffet preparation, garnishing and plate composition are important aspects of the program. Students are exposed to an entire range of the restaurant experiences through a weekly rotation system. Their modules include hot and cold food preparation, dining room set up, sanitation, baking and a la carte cooking. They are given the opportunity to develop both front-ofthe-house and back-of-the-house expertise. There is also a great deal of emphasis placed upon building social skills, working as team members, following directions and exhibiting positive work attitudes. A two-week internship program provides students with additional on-the-job training to reinforce the principles taught in the classroom. This course prepares students for entry-level positions in the local job market as well as for many post secondary situations. Several graduates have attended SUNY Cobleskill, Johnson & Wales University and the Culinary Institute of America.
Graduates may find employment in day care centers, nursery schools and parks and recreation departments. Graduates continue their education in nursery and elementary education at 2 and 4-year colleges.
Graphic Communications 3 Units Grades 11, 12 Thompson Rd. Campus This program prepares the student to create artwork to meet the requirements of an employer or client. The artwork might be in the form of advertisements for newspapers, television ads, posters, graphs or direct mail ads. Students in this program develop skills by producing artwork using Macintosh computers. Projects may include logo design, business cards, computer illustration, digital imaging, multi-media and web page design. Field trips to advertising agencies, printing companies and colleges may be included. *OCC credit is available or you may transfer credits to other SUNY colleges.
Health Occupations Technology 3 Units Grades 11, 12 Thompson Rd. Campus This program offers multiple entry and exit points for students interested in learning and applying sciences in the health care field. PM students will complete requirements for "Health Care"; the NYS Introduction to Health Occupations Proficiency exam AND receive training which enables them to sit for the NYS exam for Nurse Aide certification. Students in the AM session will complete the “Health Tech Prep” portion of the course which will include Anatomy and Physiology, Applied Biology, Communication and Medical Ethics, and on site shadowing at Community General Hospital in 20 different departments. * Onondaga Community College credit is available or you may transfer credits to other SUNY colleges. Laboratory Technician 3 Units Grades 11, 12 Thompson Rd. Campus The Laboratory Technician program is designed for students who enjoy practical hands on Science. In this program, you will learn how to collect data and help conduct research studies. Students will work on complex instrumentation and laboratory equipment conducting experiments that may monitor product quality, test for immune response for patients, or solve a criminal case. Internships are part of the program and business partners are from a wide variety of local firms and hospitals.
Early Childhood Education 3 Units Grades 11, 12 Thompson Rd. Campus This course is offered to students who want to work with young children. Students learn about the characteristics, needs and behavior of three and four year olds and learn how to care for them in a nursery school setting. After learning basic skills, students operate a nursery school for 20 children three days a week. Each high school student in the course is expected to participate in all phases of running the nursery school. On Fridays, students plan activities for the following week and study child development through lectures, discussions, observations, films, speakers and occasional field trips.
Pastry Arts 3 Units Grades 11, 12 Thompson Rd. Campus This course is offered to high school students for the purpose of preparing them for work in a bakery. After proper instruction in the areas of measurement, recipe reading, equipment operation and safe sanitary operation of a bakery, the students will operate a full service bakery for the student population. In the second year of this program, students will be exposed to advance care decorating and pastry work. The Upper Crust Bakery provided the Irwin E. Henry Education Campus with a variety of fresh baked items Monday-Friday. Students work in all areas of the bakery learning production and management, as well as marketing and serving skills. Graduates of this program are offered a variety of jobs depending on their skills. Some students will work in the in-store supermarket bakeries, private bakeries and restaurants providing specialty-baked goods to their customers.
SUMMARY OF COLLEGE COURSE OFFERINGS – OCC, NO COST
ART AP Studio Art BUSINESS Microsoft Word 2 Understand Today’s Business World Business Law A/B SUPA Financial Accounting SUPA Entrepreneurship Computer Systems Accounting SUPA Sport Management ENGLISH AP Language and Composition AP Literature SUPA Presentations (CRS 325) FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE (FACS) Preschool Education Experience School Age Education Experience Fashion Design and Merchandising Food/Hospitality Classes (6 total) HEALTH First Aid Responding to Emergencies LOTE French 4/5 German 4/5 Spanish 4/5 MATH AP Calculus AP Computer Science (JAVA) AP Statistics SUPA Introduction to Computing (C++) SUPA Cyber Security SUPA Web Design SCIENCE AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Physics SOCIAL STUDIES AP European History O.C.C./AP US History O.C.C./AP US Government and Politics AP Economics AP Psychology SUPA Sociology TECHNOLOGY CIM CADD 2D Civil Engineering and Architecture Computer Systems 2 Design & Drawing for Production B Digital Electronics Principles of Engineering COLLEGE COST 2012-2013
SUNY/O.C.C. SUNY/O.C.C. SUNY/O.C.C. Syracuse University Syracuse University SUNY/O.C.C. SUNY/O.C.C. Syracuse University
No fee required No fee required No fee required $330/3credits; $440/4 credits $330/3 credits; $440/4 credits No fee required No fee required $330/3 credits; $440/4 credits
SUNY/O.C.C. Syracuse University
No fee required $330/3 credits; $440/4 credits
SUNY/O.C.C. SUNY/O.C.C. Cazenovia College SUNY Cobleskill
No fee required No fee required $250/3 credits 7 credits
SUNY/O.C.C. (through American Red Cross)
No fee required
Adelphi University or SUNY Oswego Adelphi University or SUNY Oswego Adelphi University or SUNY Oswego
$860/6 credits; $175/3 credits $860/6 credits; $175/3 credits $860/6 credits; $175/3 credits
Syracuse University Syracuse University Syracuse University
$330/3 credits; $440/4 credits $330/3 credits; $440/4 credits $330/3 credits; $440/4 credits
No fee required
No fee required No fee required
$330/3 credits; $440/4 credits
R.I.T. SUNY/O.C.C. R.I.T. SUNY/O.C.C. R.I.T. R.I.T. and O.C.C. R.I.T.
$200 per course No fee required $200 per course No fee required $200 per course $200 per course; /no fee required for OCC $200 per course
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