High school course offerings 2010-2011, First trimester

The following are our course offerings by grade for the first trimester of the 2010-2011 school year.  Please note that our periods will be 54 minutes long, meeting either every day, or every other day for 12 week sessions.  At the end of 12 weeks, your child’s courses will change to reflect a new trimester.

In transitioning to a trimester, high school students now have the opportunity to earn up to 18 credits per school year (as opposed to 14 in a semester model).  This will allow students to accelerate, leaving room for college courses through CUNY College Now or College Board’s Advanced Placement courses.

English:

  • Writing with Purpose: In the first trimester, all high school students will be taking an English course that addresses writing with purpose.  Students will be learning to analyze their audience and to adjust their written and spoken remarks to meet their audience’s needs.  This course will prepare high school students for research, writing research papers with a strong thesis and supporting arguments, debating with each other both online and in-person, and online communication styles that are necessary for success in high school and college courses (i.e. blogging, discussion board posts, etc.)  This course is 1 credit, and will run every day.  Students only need 2 English credits per year, and this is a required course.  Teachers for this course are: Ms. Micillo (grades 9/10), Ms. Kaufman & Ms. White (grades 9/10/11), and Ms. Silverstein (grades 9/10).
  • During the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, students will have options to take literature, drama and more in-depth nonfiction/research courses.  Juniors should plan to take English courses each trimester, in preparation for the Regents in June 2011.  Eight credits in English and the Regents exam are required for a Regents diploma.

Social Studies:

  • Global I: 9th grade students begin their high school social studies with Global History & Geography.  Students learn geographic concepts, critical thinking and historical details for ancient civilizations through the Age of Encounters (circa 1200).  Mr. Chickrie & Ms. Ciarniello will be teaching this course.  66% of the 9th grade cohort will have Global I the first trimester.  If you do not have Global in the 1st trimester, you will take it during the 2nd trimester.  This course builds to the Global History & Geography Regents exam that most students take in June of their sophomore year

  • Global II: 10th grade students continue their study of Global History & Geography.  Students learn geographic concepts, critical thinking and historical details for the Age of Revolution to Post WWII (1750-1950).  Ms. Levien, Mr. Chickrie & Ms. Ciarniello will be teaching this course.  100% of the 10th grade cohort will have Global II the first trimester.  This course builds to the Global History & Geography Regents exam that most students take in June of their sophomore year.  This course and the Regents exam are required for a Regents diploma.

  • US History:  Juniors will be learning the history of the United States from it’s Native American roots to the Progressive Era (1900).  Students will be reviewing the historical concepts and critically thinking about those concepts in effect today.  Ms. Levein & Ms. Ciarniello will teach this course.  All juniors will have this course during the first trimester.  This course culminates in the Regents exam in June 2011.  This course and the Regents exam are required for a Regents diploma.
  • AP US History: Same as US History above, but on a college level.  Students will be preparing for both the Regents in June and the AP US History exam in May 2011.  More details on AP US can be found here.  Ms. Levein will be teaching this course to students who are prepared and excited for a rigorous course with high reading, writing and critical thinking demands.

  • Conspiracy Code: As part of the iZone pilot, 25 juniors will be selected to take Conspiracy Code, an online video game that teaches US History.  This course is taught by Ms. Levein in conjunction with Florida Virtual School.  This course will not be offered for credit, rather will supplement the instruction they receive in their US History course.

Mathematics:

  • Integrated Algebra:  The integrated algebra Regents course includes the fundamental concepts of algebra like simple expressions , linear equations, rational and radical expresssions. Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry are included in the parts of integrated algebra regents examination. The integrated algebra regents exam gives the clear idea of  solving  different types of questions. This course will go for 3 trimesters, leading to the Regents in June 2011.  Ms. Jackson, Mr. Crump & Ms. Ungar will be teaching Integrated Algebra.  This course is required for any student who has not yet passed the Integrated Algebra Regents.  This course and the Regents exam are required for a Regents diploma.
  • Geometry:  Students who have passed the Integrated Algebra Regents and course will progress to Geometry to learn about planes, lines, line segments, radii, tangents, secants, etc.  Ms. Wang & Ms. Ungar will be teaching this course, and it is anticipated to run for 3 trimesters to adequately prepare your child for the Regents exam in June 2011.  This course and the Regents exam are required for an Advanced Regents diploma.
  • Algebra II/Trigonometry: Students who have passed the Geometry Regents and course will progress to Algebra II/Trig to enhance their mathematical knowledge and reasoning.  Ms. Wang will be teaching this course, which is anticipated to run for 2 trimesters + 1 trimester of precalculus to adequately prepare your child for the Regents in June 2011.  This course and the Regents exam are required for an Advanced Regents diploma.
  • Pre-calculus:  Students who have passed Algebra II/Trig will progress to Pre-calculus to prepare for AP Calculus AB in their senior year.  This course is not required for an Advanced Regents, but is highly recommended for students who desire entrance into elite colleges or those who want to pursue further studies in scientific, engineering or mathematical fields.  Ms. Wang will be teaching this course.

Science:

A Regents diploma requires 1 laboratory science Regents exam, while an Advanced Regents diploma requires 2 laboratory sciences (1 in Living Environment + 1 in a physical science– either chemistry, physics or earth) Regents exams.  All diplomas require 6 credits in science, consisting of 3 two-credit sequences.

Elite colleges tend to request at least 3 years of laboratory science, with Ivy League institutions requiring biology (living environment), chemistry, physics + 1 advanced course in either bio, chem or physics.

Eligibility for the Regents exam is contingent upon successful completion of 1200 minutes of laboratory work, including all mandated NYS labs in that science discipline.  Students who fail to turn in laboratory reports will not be eligible for the Regents exam.  Labs are not open in summer school, thus an entire year’s work is lost if a child does not complete labs.

  • Living Environment students explore the biosphere, ecosystem, and life sciences in our world.  Students will have the opportunity to explore biological phenomena, and dissect at least one animal in the laboratory.  Ms. King & Ms. White, another teacher and Ms. Ungar will be teaching this course.  This course requires strong ability to read and write on a 9th grade level, along with an ability to memorize vocabulary terms and ideas.

  • Earth Science studies the earth’s crust, rocks, minerals, astronomy and weather phenomenon.  Students who have a strong mathematical background will do well in this course, provided they maintain their classwork and laboratory reports.  Mr. Diaz & Ms. Ungar will be teaching this course.

  • Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that occur within that matter.  Topics included in this course include the Periodic Table, acids and bases, covalent and ionic bonds, leading up to nuclear chemistry.  This course requires a strong mathematical background, along with a strong reading and writing ability.  Most elite colleges desire at least 3 years of scientific study, and some prefer biology, chemistry and physics as that progression.  Ms. King will be teaching this course utilizing Apex online for three trimesters, leading up to the Regents exam in June 2011.

  • Physics–The goal of physics is to describe the physical world using a small number of basic assumptions, concepts, and equations. In this course, emphasis is placed on relating physics to the everyday world. Students explore the concepts involved with motion in one- and two-dimensions, forces, work and energy, momentum and collisions, circular motion and gravitation.  Ms. King will be teaching this 3 trimester long course utilizing Aventa Learning’s online curriculum.  Prerequisites:  successful completion of Integrated Algebra, Living Environment and Chemistry

  • Forensics is the science that is relative to the courts and criminal justice system.  This course will include criminalistics (footprint, fingerprint analysis, etc), forensics chemistry (analysis for substances ingested) amongst other topics.  This course is only 2 trimesters long and does not lead to a Regents exam, thus is recommended for students who have passed at least 1 science Regents, or for those who have been unsuccessful in science and need to rejuvenate before going back to a Regents course.  Ms. King will be teaching this course.

World Languages:

All students at Queens Collegiate are strongly encouraged to pursue an Advanced Regents diploma, which requires 3 years of world language study in addition to successfully passing the Regents in that target language.  We are currently offering Spanish & French.

Students who speak languages other than English, Spanish, French, Chinese at home and have attended school in that language for a significant period of time past the age of 10, may petition to take the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) exam in that language, if it is offered.  Students who speak Hindi at home have the option of attending a summer Hindi institute at Thomas Edison HS, which makes them eligible for the LOTE exam, and eligible for college credit with NYU.

  • French I, II, & III
  • Spanish I, II

(Image from http://www.wuhsd.k12.ca.us/whittieruhsd/site/default.asp)

  • Physical Education: Active children are healthy children.  Students will be learning healthy life choices and engaging in physical activity in our large gym and outdoor field.  Possible units in this course may be football, soccer, baseball, kickball, etc.  Mr. Sklar will be teaching all PE courses using the NYCDOE curriculum and Fitnessgram. All PE courses meet every other day.

  • Advisory:  Advisory is a small group (12-15 students) who will meet with their advisor every other day to discuss skills that will help them to be successful in their courses and in transitioning into middle school.  This is the place where we teach organization, study skills, notetaking skills, and skills related to interpersonal relations (i.e. resolving conflicts).  Advisory generally does not require supplies beyond the notebook, but the advisor will be in contact with you if they feel your child would benefit from supplies that help them to better organize themselves.
  • Clubs/Tutoring--Each child will have clubs or tutoring every other day.  This is a time for them to participate in extra-curricular or enrichment activities or receive additional academic support.

Electives for the HS:

  • Music:  This course will be a general music course with elements of choral work, musical theory and composition, appreciation of musical styles, and ensemble.  Student interest will be used to determine future course projections.  Ms. Wingate will be teaching this course, using the NYCDOE Blueprint for Teaching & Learning in Music, working towards the standards students need to meet by the 12th grade.

  • RoadTrip Nation— Last year, we piloted the RoadTrip Nation in our advisories.  This year, students who select to explore their career options and paths in life will take RoadTrip Nation.  For more info on this program, see here, here and here. Mr. Diaz will be teaching this course, and it will be a daily course for 1 credit in the first trimester.

  • Swimming–50 lucky students each trimester will have the opportunity to learn to swim, dive and rescue those in the water.  Mr. Sklar & Ms. Nancy teach this course that meets every other day.

(this image is from http://www.berry.edu/alumni/admissionsprogram2005.asp)

  • College Process:  Juniors who are getting ready to select and apply to colleges will take this online course designed by Mrs. Dubei and Mrs. Macaluso.  This course will meet every other day, online, as it guides students through the process of creating a resume, exploring interests and desires, career exploration, and college selection.

Some students will take additional courses online to meet their individual needs not met by the school’s offerings.  Those courses will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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2 Responses to High school course offerings 2010-2011, First trimester

  1. Ro-Jean Binda says:

    Hii Mrs. Dubei you sent me an email about my upcoming classes and I would love to take this offer but I’m still undecided and would like to talk about it. I will be coming to orientation again this year is it possible for us to talk then?

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