Science

Advanced Chemistry (B&D)
Grade Level: 11-12      Materials Needed: Binder, folder, pens/pencils
In this upper-level Chemistry course, students will be exploring the essential question: Are drugs good or bad? Given the current opioid crisis facing the country, we will be discussing the prevalence of both medicines and drugs in our society, and the positive and negative effects they have on our bodies. Students will learn about the chemical structure and synthesis of organic compounds, chemical properties of various compounds, and biochemical interactions that take place in our bodies. Students will be expected to conduct independent research, work collaboratively with peers, and use evidence to participate in discussions focused on our essential question. The goal of this course is to prepare students for college-level chemistry courses.

Introduction to Chemistry (E)
Grade Level: 9     Materials Needed: Binder, loose leaf, folder
Introductory Chemistry will provide students with a solid foundation in the fundamental concepts and content of chemistry and help students develop the skills that are integral to the process of science. The goal of this course is to provide a clear framework for understanding chemistry and prepare students for their Performance Based Assessment Task (PBAT) courses. I hope to encourage in students an intellectual excitement for chemistry and for science in general.

Physics
Grade Level: 9 & 11     Materials Needed: 1-inch binder with loose leaf
In this course, we will explore the principles of classical mechanics, including kinematics, Newton's laws, momentum, and the conservation of energy. We will begin our quest to understand a fundamental phenomenon: the motion of objects and the various forces that cause such motion. Our universe is the sum total of interactions between objects. This course is a first step in understanding these relationships.

Physics PBAT
Grade Level: 11-12      Materials Needed: 1-inch binder with loose leaf, composition notebook
In this course, we will focus on the design and execution of a Science PBAT. The topic students will delve into is projectile motion through student design and construction of a projectile launcher. Students will utilize fundamentals of engineering design to plan, build, test, and revise their prototypes.

AP Environmental Science
Grade Level:12     Materials Needed: 1-inch binder w loose leaf or notebook, Folder for handouts, Pens and Pencils, Highlighter
The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

Intro Biology
Grade Level: 10     Materials Needed: 1-inch binder w loose leaf, Folder for handouts, Pens and Pencils, Highlighter
Introductory Biology will provide students with a solid foundation in the fundamental concepts and content of modern biology and help students develop the skills that are integral to the process of science. This course provides a clear framework for understanding biology and prepares students for their Performance Based Assessment Task (PBAT) courses. I hope to encourage in students an intellectual excitement for biology and for science in general.


Social Studies

Big History (H1)
Grade Level: 11-12      Materials Needed: 1 inch binder
Big History weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical disciplines across 13.7 billion years into a single, cohesive origin story. It explores how we are connected to everything around us, and where we may be heading. Big history provides a foundation for thinking about the future and the changes that are reshaping our world. The course challenges students to think critically and broadly and tries to ignite a passion for inquiry.

Great Debates (H7 PBAT)
Grade Level: 12      Materials Needed:
This course will teach students about the overall framework of American government and how our democracy works (or doesn’t work). Students will debate on pressing Constitutional issues and be able to argue both sides of an issue using logic and good evidence.

U.S. History (H5) 
Grade Level: 11-12      Materials Needed: Binder, pens, pencils, highlighter
U.S. History focuses on what it means to be an American and what events led us to where we are as a country today. We will specifically look at Native American life before Europeans came, colonial life under British rule, the founding values, people and documents of our society, how and why different groups of people came here, and what led to major divisions that still exist in our country today. The United States is on of the greatest countries in the world with a very complicated past that I look forward to exploring with you!

U.S. History(AP) 
Grade Level: 11-12      Materials Needed: Binder, pens, pencils, highlighterAdvanced Placement United States History is a rigorous and intensive course that is meant to be the equivalent of an introductory freshman college course in American History. The scope of the course begins with the emergence of Colonial America (1400s), and continues through the end of the Cold War in the 20th Century. Because the scope of the course is so wide it is worth 6 college credits (the equivalent of potentially thousand(s) of dollars!) if you get at least a 55% on the AP US History test at the end of the year. If you take this course be ready to work hard and learn a lot!

 

The Great War 1914-1917
Grade Level: 10      Materials Needed: Separate section in a loose-leaf binder, folder, pens
 

American Government
Grade Level: 12 Materials Needed: Separate section in a loose-leaf binder, folder, pens


Math

Algebra 2 (A&C)
Grade Level: 11      Materials Needed: Notebook or Binder, calculator
Algebra 2/ Trigonometry is a continuation and extension of Algebra and Geometry. While developing the algebraic techniques that will be required of those students that continue their study of mathematics, this course is also intended to continue developing alternative solution strategies. Students will work closely with the expressions that define the functions and continue to expand and hone their abilities to model situations and to solve equations, including solving quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms. Technology and Social Justice will be used to introduce and expand upon the areas of study listed above.

Math for Social Justice (D)
Grade Level: 11-12      Materials Needed: Notebook or Binder, calculator
This PBAT course focuses on data analytics and visualization.  Data Analytics is the science of analyzing data to convert information to useful knowledge.  Visualizations are graphical depictions of data that can improve comprehension, communication, and decision-making. In this course, students will learn visual representation methods and techniques that increase the understanding of complex data and models. Emphasis is placed on the identification of patterns, trends and differences from data sets across categories, space, and time. Students will deepen their understanding of social and economic issues on local and global scales, understand their own power as active citizens in building a democratic society and become equipped to play a more active role in this society. Throughout the course, students will participate in actual (not just theoretical) community problem-solving projects.

AP Computer Science (A)
Grade Level: 11-12
The AP Computer Science Principles course is designed to be equivalent to a first-semester introductory college computing course. The CS Principles course is called Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC), based on a successful undergraduate course at the University of California, Berkeley.  The course is organized around the investigation of seven big ideas -Creativity, Abstraction, Data and Information, Programming, the Internet, and Global Impact. These fundamental principles are essential to thriving in future college courses and a variety of computing and STEM careers.  More than half of the course involves computer programming practice, including techniques traditionally considered difficult, like recursion and higher order function. Students will create apps and other programs using the Snap! programming language.  The other part of the curriculum emphasizes the connection of computer technology with society.  Students research and write about the social implications of computing and the impacts to their community, society, and the world.

Algebra 1
Grade Level: 9      Materials Needed: Ruler, notebook, pocket folders
Algebra 1: An introductory course to key concepts and theories that provide a foundation for further study in mathematics (Geometry, Algebra II, and beyond). Students will engage in learning tasks aimed to increase math literacy, develop problem solving strategies, and push students to reason abstractly and quantitatively. Students will expand their knowledge of solving equations and be introduced to specialized functions, such as piecewise, absolute value, and step functions.

Geometry
Grade Level: 10      Materials Needed: Ruler, notebook, pocket folders
This year long course is intended to foster and develop students’ problem-solving skills using inductive and deductive reasoning while exploring the properties and relationships of two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometric objects.  We will explore the concepts of congruence, similarity, and symmetry from the perspective of geometric transformation and algebraic calculation.  Students will then apply these ideas in modeling and design problems such as architectural design, urban planning, determining the most profitable packaging in terms of volume and production costs, etc. Throughout the semester, students will complete several projects. They are required to produce written and visual representations demonstrating their understanding of geometric concepts, and problem solving skills. These writings about math are meant to foster the necessary skills needed for the completion of the Math PBAT.


Dystopian literature and Psychology
Grade Level: 11      Materials Needed: Pocket folders, pens, pencils, highlighters, 2 section spiral, index cards
This semester class has been designed to prepare the student for: an exposure to dystopian literature, psychological literary criticism, argumentative and analytical writing in preparation for NYS English Regents exam and the Performance Based Assessments (PBAT) in English, as well as serving as an introduction to a college-level social science course.

Literature Through the Sociological Lens
Grade Level: 12      Materials Needed: Pocket folders, pens, pencils, highlighters, 2 section spiral
This semester class is designed to introduce students to a college level introduction to sociology course. Using sociological thinking, the kinds of questions sociologists ask, why they ask the questions they do, and how they answer the questions they ask, students will analyze literature and consequently the world around them.

American Dreams
Grade Level: 9      Materials Needed: loose leaf paper

International Literature
Grade Level: 11-12      Materials Needed: pocket folders

Voices of the African Diaspora
Grade Level: 10Materials Needed: Pocket folders, pens, binder or 1 subject notebook, highlighters, post its, At a Glance Agenda for organization, loose leaf paper if using a binder, index cards, dividers
This course is designed to learn about the history of the African Diaspora. Students learn about the cultural connections and contributions between the African continent and the African diaspora in the Americas, the product of the transatlantic slave trade. Students are going to explore the African diaspora through literature, art, and primary sources.

Senior English
Grade Level: 12th      Materials Needed:

Book Worms & The Author Series
Grade Level: All       Materials Needed:
Students will meet weekly to discuss books in Bookworms, the after school book club. Joining the Bookworms is by invitation, but the student group is comprised of readers representing all levels and interests. It is limited to 10 students per semester. The Author Series gives a larger group of students that opportunity to read a selected book and meet with the author to discuss author's craft, characters and the writing process. Last year’s celebrated author was Jacqueline Woodson, and this year promises her return along with the introduction of a few others.

English


Visual Arts and Language

Prep Film
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French 1
Grade Level: 11, 12      Materials Needed: Folders, post-its, stapler, scissors, glue sticks, loose-leaf paper, bins/baskets, pens and pencils, notebooks, colored markers, colored pencils, rulers, colored paper, construction paper
This course offers an introduction to French language and the French and Francophone world. It will examine French pronunciation, grammar, and culture through enhancing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Communication, cultural awareness, and current events related to the French and Francophone world (parts of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Carribbean) will be explored and emphasized by employing group/pair activities, discussion and debate, audio-visual aids, media, film, global guest speakers, and field trips.  

Arabic 1
Grade Level: 11, 12      Materials Needed:
This course offers an introduction to the Arabic language and the Arab world. Time will be spent on learning the Arabic alphabet and the structure of the Arabic written language. This course will also focus on pronunciation and studying new Arabic sounds while enhancing listening, reading, and writing skills. Communication, cultural awareness, and current events related to the Arab world and the Arab people will be explored and emphasized by employing group/pair activities, discussion and debate,  audio-visual aids, media, film, global guest speakers, and field trips.

Art Happenings
Grade Level: 9-12      Materials Needed:
Art Happenings will help students be creative. Students do not need to know how to paint or draw. They will make Art using different materials such as paints and clay. They will use Art History to learn about different artists and for reference and inspiration towards their work. We will visit near by galleries and museums to learn, discuss, and understand vocabulary around Art. Art Happenings will also be used to explore our school’s Core Values and to make positive changes in our school through the arts.

Coffeehouse
Grade Level: 9-12      Materials Needed:

Music Literacy
Grade Level: 9-12      Materials Needed:
Music theory and personal instrument instruction

Advanced Music
Grade Level: 10-12      Materials Needed:
Intensive music study for advancing music students


Physical Education

Physical Education
Grade Level: 9-12     Materials Needed: Folder, Athletic sneakers
Class is designed to introduce students to Physical Education. Students will learn NY State and National Standards to promote more desirable life choices and gain a better understanding of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Students will further participate in a myriad of activities that will help them understand the rules and skills of certain sports and other activities for lifelong fitness.

Yoga & Mindfulness
Grade Level: 9-12      Materials Needed: 
Our yoga program aims to help adolescents learn tools to develop a calm, centered mind and a healthy body. In partnership with The Lineage Project, our yoga class teaches various asanas designed to build strength, flexibility and overall health. Students also learn meditative techniques to reduce stress, increase concentration, and manage difficult emotions.