Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015
PI E R S O N HIGH SCHOOL
COURSE SELECTION BOOKLET 1
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015
Sag Harbor Union Free School District Pierson Middle-High School 200 Jermain Avenue Sag Harbor, New York 11963 (631) 725-5302 Board of Education Ms. Theresa Samot, President Ms. Chris Tice, Vice President Mr. David Diskin Ms. Sandy Kruel Ms. Mary Anne Miller Mr. Dan Hartnett Ms. Susan Kinsella Administration Dr. Carl Bonuso, Superintendent Ms. Barbara Bekermus, Director of Pupil Personnel Services Mr. Jeff Nichols, Principal Mr. Gary Kalish, Assistant Principal Ms. Brittany Miaritis, Assistant Principal Mr. Todd Gulluscio, Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Mr. Scott Fisher, Director of Technology Mr. John Oâ€™Keefe, Business Manager Guidance Counselors Ms. Linda Aydinian Ms. Margaret Motto Mr. Adam Mingione
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Principalâ€™s Message Dear Student: The years that students spend at Pierson Middle-High School can be challenging and rewarding. The faculty and staff provide a comprehensive education to prepare students for the next phase in their lives. Education is a life-long process. This course selection booklet has been produced to better prepare both students and parents for the educational decisions they have to make. Please take the time to carefully read the course descriptions as you construct your schedule. Ask your parents, teachers, counselors and administrators for advice. Try to choose courses that will not only satisfy your graduation requirements, but also open up future possibilities for you once you leave Pierson. We are here to help if you have any questions. I wish you great academic success as you plan for the future. Yours truly, Jeff Nichols Principal
Counselorâ€™s Corner As the 2012-2013 school year approaches, the Pierson Guidance Office would like to welcome all new and returning students. We encourage all students to utilize our facilities as we are prepared to assist you in a variety of ways. Some of the services offered by our department include: personal counseling, academic guidance, career exploration, college planning, and calculation of averages and credits. Support of students and parents throughout the Middle and High School years is our priority. Our office can be reached by calling 725-5302 ext 711. Linda Aydinian High School Counselor Grades 9, 10
Margaret Motto High School College and Career Counselor Grades 11, 12
Adam Mingione Middle School Counselor Grades 6, 7, 8
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 THE SCHEDULING PROCESS Please be advised that every attempt will be made to meet student program requests. However, all students must realize that not all courses contained herein may be offered this year. Various budgetary, enrollment, and personnel factors may prevent some courses from being offered. Requested alternate courses will be used when courses are not offered or when scheduling conflicts occur. Please review the following steps for scheduling: Step 1
You should review the graduation requirements section of this handbook.
Read the course offerings in this book. After you consider the courses you have completed and those you are currently taking make a list of courses you would like to take next year. Discuss them with your parents or guardians.
Your course requests will be processed by the Guidance Office. You will meet with your counselor to finalize your requests.
You will receive your final schedule through the Parent Portal, listing period, room and teacher assignments. Counselors will be available on scheduled days before school opens to make any necessary changes. Please understand that careful thought should go into course selection and that scheduling and staffing needs are based on these choices. No changes will be made solely based on teacher preference, class meeting times, class roster, or other similar reasons.
It should be noted that the diploma and program requirements listed on the next several pages are minimum requirements. Students are encouraged to take the most academically rigorous program possible in order to develop their personal talents to the fullest.
NONDISCRIMINATORY NOTICE The Sag Harbor Union Free School District, in compliance with Federal and State statutes and regulations, does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin or age. Compliance insures that discrimination does not occur in any policies or practices of admission, program or activity, placement or employment.
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Students must meet the basic requirements for graduation and may earn a Pierson High School Regents Diploma or a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. Students may earn either diploma with Honors by achieving an average of 90 in all required Regents examinations.
Course English Social Studies Math Science LOTE Health Art/Music Electives Physical Education Minimum Total:
Course Requirements For Graduation Regents Diploma Advanced Regents Diploma Credits Credits 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 1† 3† .5 .5 1 1 3.5 1.5 2 2 22 22 Required Exams (Passing Score of 65 and above)
Regents Diploma English Language Arts Regents
Advanced Regents Diploma English Language Arts Regents
Algebra Geometry Algebra II and Trigonometry
Global History & Geography Regents
Global History & Geography Regents
U.S. History & Government Regents
U.S. History & Government Regents
2 Science Regents
†LOTE Local Assessment
†Comprehensive LOTE Local Assessment*
All Pierson students must complete a total of 10 hours of Community Service in order to be eligible to graduate. *May substitute 5 units of credit earned in Art, Music or Occupational Education. 5
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Pierson High School offers a variety of IB and AP courses. These are college level courses and require a significant commitment in terms of work and time. Any student enrolled in an IB or AP course must take the corresponding assessments when they are given. In addition, students must also take all of the required New York State Regents Examinations. In order to enroll in an IB/AP course, it is recommended that students have a 90 or higher average in the preceding course along with a teacher recommendation. If a student has been recommended for an IB/AP course, parents will be notified by mail in the spring of each year. Students and parents will be required to sign an agreement that outlines the criteria for enrollment. Although it is encouraged that families strongly consider the recommendation of the faculty and administration, all students have the opportunity to enroll in advanced courses. All IB/AP classes carry an additional weight on a studentâ€™s grade point average.
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 Introduction to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP) The IB DP is a challenging two-year curriculum, primarily aimed at students ages 16 to 19. The program leads to a diploma that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities. Students learn more than a collection of facts. The Diploma Program prepares students for university and encourages them to: ● ● ● ●
ask challenging questions learn how to learn develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures
The Curriculum This is illustrated by a hexagon with the three parts of the core at its center. Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Normally three subjects are studied at higher levels and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard levels. All three parts of the core—Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and Creativity, Action, Service—are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Program. Extended Essay: The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. Theory of Knowledge (TOK): The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives. Creativity, Action, Service (CAS): Participation in the school’s CAS program encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena. Choosing International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Subjects The demands of IB DP cannot be underestimated. Higher level courses take students deeply into disciplines, while the overall range of activities guarantee a personal preparation that is valuable for adult life and the demands of university study. The choice of subjects usually requires much advice and guidance. Questions to bear in mind include: ● The difficult academic demands of the subjects at Higher Level. ● The relevance of courses for the student’s possible career. ● Timetable limitations (not all combinations are possible). 7
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 IB DP Subject Groups Students must choose one subject from each group as follows: Group
Language A (Literature) HL
Language B: French SL, Spanish SL
History of the Americas, HL
Biology SL, Chemistry HL
Mathematics SL, Math Studies SL
*Visual Arts HL
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Excelsior Program; Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) Pierson High School offers a dual enrollment program through Suffolk County Community College. Students who choose to enroll in the program can earn college credits for courses taken at Pierson. Credits are offered at the reduced rate of $50 per credit and are to be paid for by the student. Below is a list of Pierson courses included in the Excelsior program. District/Department Contact Person: Jeff Nichols SCCC Equivalent Course #
App. Due Date 10/15 or 2/15
AP English 11 (Comp)
AP English 12 (Lit)
AP US History
AP US History
AP World History
CPR Instructor Course
High School Course Name
# SCCC Credits
Half Year F S (X)
Full Year (X)
X X X X X
X X X
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Course Descriptions by Department ART DEPARTMENT All students must complete 1.0 credit of art or music to be eligible for graduation. Any student wishing to take any of the art department courses must begin with Studio Art. After successful completion of Studio Art, the student may take any combination of art elective courses. Studio Art 1 Credit Grades 9â€“12 Full Year Studio Art is a foundation level high school study in art. This course introduces students to the discovery process that is art. It is a hands-on studio experience that mirrors authentic artistic practice. The course provides a foundation in drawing, painting and three-dimensional designs. Art history is examined from a pragmatic and practical perspective as a resource in art making. Assessment is based on an individualized developmental model which measures studentsâ€™ engagement, effective use of artistic process and achievement based on their art work. Studio Art 2 1 Credit Grades 10-12 Full Year These courses concentrate on the process, materials and techniques common to creating effective art. Beginning where studio art leaves off, the student has the room for personal growth and development in their own creative process. The focus remains on drawing, 10
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 painting and three-dimensional design. An on-going collective sketchbook/journal is a mandatory aspect of each course. An integral part of the advanced art program is the inclusion of special projects. In the past, these have included the design and production of the Pierson literary and art magazine Singularity, landscape and architectural design/development, scenic design, documentary videos, site-specific artwork and special printmaking workshops. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Studio Art Introduction to Art History 1 Credit Grade 10-12 Full Year This course introduces students to Art History, Aesthetics and Art Criticism using as a vehicle a comparison of Renaissance Italy and New York City circa 1900. It includes an overview of twentieth century art and the contemporary art scene. The course also includes field trips to New York City, Artistsâ€™ studios and an optional trip to Italy in February. The course will be a pre-requisite for students who intend to take the New York State Art Regents. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Studio Art
Portfolio 1 Credit Grade 10-12 Full Year This course prepares students who intend to continue in art or are planning to take the New York State Art Regents. A portfolio of their most effective artwork is gathered for evaluation and submission. Exposure to colleges, taking slides, and self-critiquing are just some of the beneficial aspects of this course. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Studio Art Printmaking 1 Credit Grade 10-12 Full Year This art course is directed towards an intensive experience in a variety of printmaking techniques, including block printing, Polaroid transfer, monoprints and solar prints. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Studio Art Painting 1 Credit Grade 10-12 Full Year Painting is a process oriented advanced art course concentrating on giving students a broad experience in a variety of painting mediums including acrylic, oil, watercolor, ink and mixed media. Using a variety of techniques and historical models, students will create both abstract and representational pieces. Assessment of student performance will be by portfolio. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Studio Art 11
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 3D Design/Sculpture 1 Credit Grade 10-12 Full Year This class explores the various materials used to create sculptures, which include wood, plaster, clay, wire, found object and stone. Students learn how to manipulate these materials and use sculpting tools safely. They analyze other works of sculpture through reading, discussion, written self evaluations and class critiques. A sketchbook journal will be kept in order to document the progress of the student’s three dimensional thoughts. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Studio Art Advanced Placement Studio Art 1 Credit Grade 11-12 Full Year Advanced Placement Studio Art is a college level course of study where students select an intensive exploration in either the disciplines of Drawing, 2D design or 3D design/Sculpture. The course requires students to follow a prescribed syllabus and then select a focus for their studies described by The College Board as their Concentration. The AP syllabus can be viewed and downloaded from Mr. Solow’s e-boards on the District’s website. Assessment of student performance is by portfolio. The course requires a significant amount of commitment outside of class time. Only students committed to making art making a priority should enroll. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Studio Art and one Art Elective IB Visual Art HL 2 Credits Grades 11 and 12 Two Years The visual arts course enables students to engage in both practical exploration and artistic production, and in independent contextual, visual and critical investigation. Exhibition & Interview: The students must then exhibit their studio work and workbooks and discuss their development during an interview. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Studio Art and one Art Elective Advanced Photography/2D Design 1 Credit Grade 10-12 Full Year Advanced Photography/2D Design is a rigorous course of study integrating the study of digital photography with two-dimensional design. The course will emphasize both an aesthetic and thematic approach to photography and will incorporate an intensive study of design principles with their application to digital media, particularly Photoshop, In Design, Dream Weaver and Final Cut. Students will be required to produce both a photography and design portfolio. The final project for the course will be the design and production of a photo essay by each student incorporating both disciplines. The course, which requires a significant commitment of time by students outside of class time, is essential for students wishing to continue their education in the fields of photography, photo journalism, 2D design and digital media. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Photography I (see Technology department)
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ENGLISH DEPARTMENT All students are required to take four credits of High School English in order to meet graduation requirements. The English Department also offers Advanced Placement English Language and Literature. Advanced placement courses may be substituted for required courses in grades 11 and 12. English 9 1 Credit Required Course â€“ Grade 9 Full Year The academic skills emphasized in English 9 help students prepare for their next three years of English. Student work focuses on writing skills such as language usage, organization, grammar and punctuation. Students spend much of their time reading and analyzing literature, with an emphasis on the effect of literary elements and techniques on the works being studied. Students are provided with opportunities to cooperatively learn and partake in project work. English 10 1 Credit Required Course â€“ Grade 10 Full Year The academic skills emphasized in this course assist students in their preparation for the NYS English Regents Exam in eleventh grade. Following the guidelines presented in the NYS Standards, primary emphasis is placed on continued development of writing skills in the structure of the paragraph, the literature essay, and the analysis and interpretation of literature. All grammar and rules of usage are reviewed at the beginning of the year, 13
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 and are reinforced as a grade component in the essays. Vocabulary is reviewed weekly to prepare for the SAT Exam. English 11 1 Credit Required Course – Grade 11 Full Year This course enhances and elevates the skills necessary to develop all of the essential language proficiencies as set forth by the NYS Standards of English. Students study both classic and contemporary American literature on a complex level, responding in both discussion and written work. Emphasis is placed on well–organized and articulate essays. Supplemental work includes weekly vocabulary tests and a review of basic grammar. Students are required to take the NYS English Regents Exam in January or June. English 12 1 Credit Required Course – Grade 12 Full Year The focus of this course is to prepare the graduating senior for the different writing and literary challenges they will face in college. Students write a major research paper that includes college level citations, literary criticism and theme/genre studies. Major literary works by such authors as Anderson, Hawthorne, Wright, Hemingway, Wilde, Chekhov and Shakespeare are read. Advanced Placement English 1 Credit per year May be substituted for English 10, 11 and 12 2 Full Years Each year the English department offers two College Board courses: English Language and English Literature. Students read, discuss and write about all genres and styles of writing, from early Greek to Twentieth Century American. Students are required to take the corresponding AP examination in May. International Baccalaureate Language A, English Literature HL 1 Credit per year Grades 11 and 12 2 Full Years A pure literature course. Language A1 is designed for students who excelled in the traditional English class and are highly motivated aspiring readers and writers. This course will encompass a rich learning environment with a blend of multicultural literature: novels, nonfiction prose, poetry, and plays. Students will not only explore and analyze the text for meaning but appreciate the wealth and subtleties of English. Creative Writing ½ Credit Grades 10-12 Semester The creative writing workshop is designed for students who enjoy English and writing. Students are encouraged to develop their creative writing talents in all genres of literature, including fiction, the short story, non-fiction, memoirs, poetry and drama. Each participant is required to submit works-in-progress. The focus of this course is to avail the student to peer editing, one-on-one conferencing with an instructor and the development of comprehensive writing skills. Film Study
½ Credit 14
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 Grades 10-12 Semester This course will offer an overview of the history of the film industry and genre analysis. Students will develop criteria for evaluating and critiquing a variety of films. This is a writing course. Students will be encouraged to strengthen their persuasive writing skills as they interpret and analyze the methods and devices used by filmmakers to tell a story. Journalism ½ Credit Grades 10-12 Semester This course explores all aspects of journalism and media, from writing newspaper articles to understanding the impact of commercials, to the history of television and the internet. Students will be asked to write for all types of journalism, and some of the work will be used in the new school paper, “The Leviathan.”
English as a Second Language Department The English as a Second Language (ESL), English Language Learner (ELL) Department provides a meaningful language acquisition experience for all program participants. E.S.L. English 1 Credit Required Course – Grades 9-12 Full Year English Language Learners with little or no background in English develop basic English vocabulary, start to interact socially in English through role-playing, and learn basic grammatical structures in order to be able to function in our school environment and our society in general. At the intermediate level, students refine their pronunciation, expand their active and receptive vocabulary, learn more advanced structures in English, work to improve their listening comprehension and spelling, and learn a variety of idiomatic expressions for social interaction. At the advanced level, students work on vocabulary development including using multiple forms of words for different parts of speech, practice using more advanced structures in English, and refine their pronunciation. They work on structuring and editing their writing in order to meet NYS standards in English for their grade level. E.S.L. Reading 1 Credit Required Course – Grades 9-12 Full Year Like all students taking English Language Arts, E.S.L. students gradually learn to read, write, listen and speak for information and understanding in their second language. In our literature-based E.S.L. reading program, the reading selections gradually increase in difficulty as students’ skills increase. Predictions, literary response, and personal 15
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 expression are encouraged through class discussions, journal writing, and creative writing. As students grow in English proficiency, they are expected to communicate more complex ideas orally and in writing. Students are expected to make critical analyses and evaluations of their reading material at all levels. In order to graduate, they must meet NYS standards in reading and writing. E.S.L. Mathematics
1 Credit Full Year This is a basic skills course in mathematics primarily for high school students who are just beginning to learn English. The course is for English Language Learners who need the underlying concepts that students in New York State are expected to have, in addition to learning Basic English vocabulary in this subject area. Basic computation skills are taught as needed. The course is designed to give students the background they need in order to succeed in the regular high school math program.
FAMILY SCIENCES DEPARTMENT Home Economics: Food and Nutrition 1 Credit Available to Grades 10-12 Full Year This course addresses proper ways to handle food in the kitchen as well as safety, nutrition and preparation. Students gain valuable skills and knowledge through the use of cooking utensils while learning and applying various methods and techniques used in the preparation of food. Students are introduced to a variety of food products as they prepare traditional, non-traditional and cultural foods. An emphasis is placed on total product utilization and time management. As a final project, students create a cookbook consisting of recipes that were prepared throughout the year.
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LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOTE) The LOTE department offers courses in French and Spanish. Students must complete 1 credit of LOTE for a Regents Diploma or 3 credits of LOTE and pass a local examination for an Advanced Regents Diploma French II
1 Credit Full Year Students must have completed French I successfully and passed the Proficiency Exam in order to enroll in this course. Vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, auditory comprehension and oral expression are emphasized. The cultural aspect of the language is cultivated and expanded. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of French I French III
1 Credit Full Year Listening, speaking, reading and writing are emphasized in order to prepare for the New York State Regents exam. Students complete the â€œRougeâ€? text. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of French II French IV-V
1 Credit Full Year This is a combined course for French students in grades 11 and 12. Students study a variety of literary, historical and cultural topics using various texts and materials. Students are eligible to participate in the French Club trip to France each spring (pending interest). 17
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 Pre-requisite: Successful completion of French III Spanish I
1 Credit Full Year This course is a beginning level Spanish course that facilitates the implementation of the learning outcomes of first year foreign language instruction. Students develop practical language skills and apply them in communicative situations. This course is suitable for beginning students at any level. Spanish II
1 Credit Full Year This course builds on a successful initial second language experience by emphasizing communicative activities, both oral and written. This course is suitable for students of various abilities, helping them to develop practical language skills applicable to many everyday situations. Students practice speaking with the entire class and in small groups. Written summaries are completed after a reading to reinforce correct grammar usage. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Spanish I
1 Credit Full Year Students learn to organize their writing for the exam. They also engage in dialogues that enable them to function in a wide variety of situations that might arise when traveling in a Spanish speaking country. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Spanish II Spanish IV
1 Credit Full Year Spanish IV is a continuation of the active development of the four communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) within the context of the study of different topics of Hispanic culture. Students will watch an authentic telenovela and read excerpts from several examples of classic Spanish literature. They will complete an intense level of grammatical study and be assigned research projects and papers to write. Spanish is the language of instruction. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Spanish III Spanish V
1 Credit Full Year Students will continue to work with the four skills as in Spanish IV, with emphasis on readings, short compositions, and class discussions. As in Spanish IV, Spanish is the language of instruction. Cultural topics include: Hispanics in the United States, Current Events in the Spanish-Speaking World, and Common Literary Themes in Hispanic Literature. Students are expected to participate actively, and they will be assigned compositions, research projects and make presentations in Spanish incorporating technology. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Spanish IV 18
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International Baccalaureate Language B, Spanish or French SL
Is mainly a language course with elements of literature study (particularly at higher level) suitable for students who have been studying the language for 4-5 years. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Spanish III or French III
MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT All students must complete three credits in mathematics in order to meet graduation requirements. Students must successfully complete Algebra to earn a Regents Diploma. Successful completion of Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II and Trigonometry is required to earn an Advanced Designation Regents Diploma. Algebra
1 Credit Full Year This course will assist students in developing skills and processes to be applied using a variety of techniques to successfully solve problems in a variety of settings. Problem situations may result in all types of linear equations in one variable, quadratic functions with integral coefficients and roots as well as absolute value and exponential functions. Coordinate geometry will be integrated into the investigation of these functions allowing students to make connections between their analytical and geometrical representations. Geometry
1 Credit Full Year 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. Geometry is meant to lead students to an understanding that reasoning and 19
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 proof are fundamental aspects of mathematics and something that sets it apart from the other sciences. Pre-requisite: Completion of Algebra. Algebra II and Trigonometry
1 Credit Full Year This is the capstone course of the three units of credit required for an Advanced Regents Diploma. This course is a continuation and extension of the two courses that preceded it. 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 and algorithms. Pre-requisite: Completion of Geometry Algebra/Trigonometry/Statistics
1 Credit Full Year This course is designed as a fourth year of mathematics for college-bound students providing a less rigorous alternative to pre-calculus. Approximately 20 weeks are spent on strengthening algebra skills. Another 10 weeks are spent on extending knowledge of trigonometry and the last part of the year explores statistics and data analysis. Pre-requisite: Completion of Algebra II/Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus 1 Credit Available to Grades 11-12 Full Year This course is designed to build a strong foundation in pre-calculus using an integrated approach that includes analytical, graphical, numerical and verbal perspectives. This introductory college-level course helps students improve skills, extend understanding, discover and explore mathematical principles, integrate technology and develop consistent problem solving strategies. Many real-life applications from various fields are considered. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II and Trigonometry Advanced Placement Statistics 1 Credit Available to Grades 11-12 Full Year This course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: 1) Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns; 2) Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study; 3) Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation, and 4) Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses. Students take the AP Statistics Exam in May. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Algebra II and Trigonometry
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 Advanced Placement Calculus AB 1 Credit Available to Grades 11-12 Full Year After a short, intense review of pre-calculus topics, Calculus AB introduces three new topics to students: limits, derivatives and integrals. It is a concept-based course in which students explore these topics from an analytical, graphical, numerical and verbal perspective. The course is challenging both in the amount of work done and in the quality of thinking required. Use of a graphing calculator and applications of principles to real-work problems are integral to the coursework. Students take the AP Calculus AB Exam in May. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus Advanced Placement Calculus BC 1 Credit Available to Grade 12 Full Year AP Calculus BC is only offered to students who have successfully completed AP Calculus AB by the end of their junior year. It is a continuation of Calculus AB. Additional topics include calculus involving infinite sequences and series, parametric equations, polar equations, limits to infinity and Lâ€™Hopitalâ€™s Rule. The use of graphing calculators and real-life applications are integral to the coursework. Students take the AP Calculus BC Exam in May. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of AP Calculus AB
International Baccalaureate Mathematics SL 1 Credit Grade 11 or 12 Full Year This course is designed for students who already possess a good knowledge of basic mathematical concepts, and who are equipped with the skills needed to apply simple mathematical techniques correctly. The majority of these students will expect to need a sound mathematical background as they prepare for future studies in subjects such as chemistry, economics, psychology and business administration. The course focuses on introducing important mathematical concepts through the development of mathematical techniques. The intention is to introduce students to these concepts in a comprehensible and coherent way, rather than insisting on mathematical rigor. Students should wherever possible apply the mathematical knowledge they have acquired to solve realistic problems set in an appropriate context. Algebra, Functions and equations, Circular functions and trigonometry, Matrices, Vectors, Statistics and probability, Calculus. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Algebra II and Trigonometry International Baccalaureate Math Studies SL 1 Credit Grade 11 or 12 Full Year The course is designed for students with varied backgrounds and abilities. More specifically, it is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics in students who do not anticipate a need for mathematics in their future studies. However, the course does concentrate on mathematics that can be applied to contexts related as far as possible to other subjects being studied, to common real-world 21
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 occurrences and to topics that relate to every-day situations. Students taking this course need to be already equipped with fundamental skills and a rudimentary knowledge of basic processes (this is not a beginner course). Introduction to the graphic display calculator, Number and algebra, Sets, logic and probability, Functions, Geometry and trigonometry, Statistics, Financial mathematics, Introductory differential calculus. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Algebra II and Trigonometry Math Investigations 1 Credit Grades 10-12 Full Year Math Investigations reinforces basic math in the context of basic life skills. Students learn the importance of math competence in money management, career choices, consumerism, business and everyday living. Pre-requisite: Algebra Consumer Math I 1 Credit Available to Grades 10-12 Full Year This course is an introduction into the most basic concepts used in consumer and career mathematics. Each concept is illustrated through application to real life situations encountered in many occupations. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Algebra Math Exploration 1 Credit Grades 10-12 Full Year This course will cover selected topics in advanced algebra and trigonometry. In addition, there will be weekly S.A.T. review. Pre-requisite: Algebra Personal Finance 1 Credit Grade 10-12 Full Year This course is designed to provide students with a foundation of real-world, practical career and money management skills. Students will develop skills and acquire experiences that will influence them both personally and professionally in the years to come, both before and after graduation. Units will focus on one of two areas. In Personal Finance units, students will learn how to: budget for short and long-term goals, manage savings and debt, implement a diversified investment strategy, maintain credit, apply for loans, and manage risk. In Career Exploration units, students will learn how to: start their own business, get into a college that is well-aligned with their interests and aptitudes, create a resume that will stand out in the crowd, impress employers during a job interview, and identify business trends to take advantage of opportunities in the local and global economy.
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MUSIC DEPARTMENT All students must take an art or music course to be eligible for graduation. The Pierson Music Department performs at the Sag Harbor Holiday Light Up, High School Graduation, as well as the winter and spring concerts featuring all students enrolled in music classes. High School Chorus 1 Credit Grade 9-12 Full Year High School Chorus is an elective open to all high school students. There is no audition necessary. Emphasis is on the development of good vocal technique and musical skills that enable the students to learn and perform a variety of musical selections. Students attend weekly voice lessons on a rotating basis. The chorus performs at concerts and ceremonies throughout the school year. Additional performance opportunities include the NYSSMA Solo Festival, the SCMEA All-County Chorus Festival, and the HMEA Festival. High School Band 1 Credit Grade 9-12 Full Year High School Band is a class designed for musicians interested in performing advanced concert band literature on brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. The High School Band rehearses every day for one period. Students are required to attend a weekly 23
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 lesson which is scheduled during the school day on a rotating basis. During the lessons, ensemble skills such as tone production, note reading, rhythmic accuracy and proper performance technique are studied and refined. The High School Band performs throughout the school year in formal concerts, parades and other school and community engagements. Students also have the opportunity to audition for and participate in regional, county and state solo and ensemble festivals. AP Music Theory 1 Credit Grade 11-12 Full Year AP Music Theory is an advanced elective offered to serious music students currently enrolled in either of the high school performing groups. Students should possess a prior understanding of scales, key signatures, intervals and chord construction. Emphasis will be placed on composition and part writing, form and analysis, dictation (melodic, rhythmic and harmonic), sight-singing.
OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION Occupational Educational Programs (BOCES) Students interested in pursuing an Occupational Training Program may enroll in one of the following courses which are offered at the BOCES Area Occupational Centers in Riverhead, Mastic, and Bellport. These programs are offered to eleventh and twelfth grade students. Students attend Pierson High School for a half-day and the Occupational Center for the other half-day. There are a possible four (4) credits that can be earned toward graduation for each year of attendance. Most of the following study areas are two year programs. BOCES Programs Advertising Art & Design Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Animal Care Auto Body Repair and Refinishing Auto Accessory Installation Automotive Technology Aviation/Professional Pilot Training Aviation Air Frame Mechanic
Fashion Merchandising Floral Arts Horticulture Law Enforcement Marine/Boat Yard Mechanic Marine, Motorcycle and Outdoor Power Equipment Maintenance Marine Science Oceanography 24
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Nurse Assisting Plumbing and Heating Practical Nursing Professional Photography Technical Electronics Television Production Trade Electricity Travel and Hospitality Welding
Students who complete the BOCES Occupational Program are entitled to a lifetime job placement service which is made available in order to provide continued help in reaching career goals. Note: Programs are offered if registration warrants
PHYSICAL EDUCATION All students are required to take four years of physical education in order to meet graduation requirements. Physical Education ½ Credit Required Course Grade 9-12 Full Year The Physical Education Department curriculum is designed to: promote physical activity, attain and maintain physical fitness throughout a student’s lifetime, demonstrate a degree of competency in a variety of movement skills and physical activities, teach safety practices, develop an understanding that physical activities provide the opportunity for self expression, enjoyment and a link to good communication with fellow human beings. Physical Education exposes students to the good feelings that result from regular participation in physical activity, develops an understanding of the role activities play in the pursuit of health and well-being and provides opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership, accountability and responsibility. High School Health ½ Credit Required Course – Grade 10 Full Year The goal of this course is for students to become more aware of how they define health. This skills based course begins with a focus on the factors which influence physical, mental and emotional health, stress reduction and personality. The health course focuses 25
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 on injury prevention, first aid, and training in the American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR course. The disease unit compares communicable and non-communicable diseases and teaches prevention for a number of life-threatening diseases such as HIV, sexually transmitted infections, cancer, Lyme disease and heart disease. Students evaluate the importance of communications skills in maintaining healthy relationships. The nutrition unit uses the American Cancer Society curriculum and analyzes the relationship of diseases to dietary intake and the importance of exercise. The course explores ways to avoid alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse. Finally, students examine their fragile environment and how some of the choices they make affect their surroundings. Fitness for Life ½ Credit Grade 10-12 This course will focus on the topics that have the greatest influence on an individual’s health and well-being, while at the same time are most often the easiest factors to control or change. Topics will include: healthy nutrition, exercise and fitness, stress management, relationships and communication skills. CPR & First Aid ½ Credit Grade 10-12 This course provides comprehensive training to students in advanced CPR and first aid through the American Heart Association. Students will be certified to instruct these skills to others at the conclusion of this course.
Introduction to Coaching ½ Credit Grade 10-12 Full Year This course provides an opportunity for students to learn the basic principles and practices of coaching. They will develop their own coaching philosophy, as well as cover the basic issues and ideas such as communication with their athletes, motivation, coaching styles, teaching skills, and risk management.
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SCIENCE DEPARTMENT All students must complete three credits in science in order to meet graduation requirements. While few pre-requisites exist, it is strongly suggested that students follow the Living Environment, Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics Regents sequence for continuity of curriculum and laboratory experience. Living Environment 1 Credit Required Course Available to Grade 8-9 Full Year This course is designed to follow the New York State Regents curriculum for Biology: The Living Environment. There are six major themes covered: matter and energy â€“ organization; maintaining a dynamic equilibrium; reproduction, growth and development; genetics and molecular biology; evolution; and the interaction and interdependence of organisms. The course consists of both lab and lecture portions, requiring students to complete 1200 minutes of lab experience with successful completion of lab reports. Students take the NYS Living Environment Regents in June. Marine Biology 1 Credit Available to Grade 10-12 Full Year This non-regents course is designed to introduce students to all aspects of the marine environment. Students study local flora and fauna through hands-on research, field trips 27
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 and specimen collections. Grading is based on subject tests, laboratory assignments, special projects, and participation. Honors Marine Biology 1 Credit Available to Grades 11-12 Full Year Honors Marine Biology is a class tailored to the surrounding Sag Harbor waterways. The main course of study will focus on the flora and fauna of local beaches. Students will assist in maintaining a Pierson Marine Biology website that catalogs the organisms of each local ecosystem. Each student will keep a field book that describes the local flora and fauna. A strong emphasis will be on current topics in marine ecology. Fridays are devoted to guest lecturers, current topic discussions, critiquing scientific papers, and/or student presentations on a current topic. Advanced Placement Biology 1 Credit Available to Grade 11-12 Full Year This is a college-level course equivalent to a first year introductory biology class. The course includes a lecture component that covers: the chemistry of life, the cell, genetics, evolution, plant form and function, ecology and animal form and function. Topics are extensive and require considerable independent study, including summer and holiday assignments. Students perform a number of laboratory studies including 12 quantitative exercises developed by the College Board. Labs provide an opportunity for students to apply facts and concepts presented in lecture, while learning to apply the scientific method and critical thinking skills. Students take the AP Biology Exam in May. Pre-requisite: Placement criteria for Advanced Placement courses International Baccalaureate Biology SL 1 Credit Available to Grades 11 or 12 Full Year Students explore the concepts, theories, models and techniques that underpin each subject area and through these develop their understanding of the scientific method. A compulsory project encourages students to appreciate the environment, social and ethical implication of science. This exercise is collaborative and interdisciplinary and provides an opportunity for students to explore scientific solutions to global questions.
Earth Science â€“ The Physical Setting 1 Credit Available to Grade 9-12 Full Year This is an introductory course taught through lecture with significant amounts of time devoted to hands-on laboratory exercises. Topics include measurement, motions, geologic change, earth history, astronomy, energy and the rock cycle. Students are required to complete all laboratory assignments in order to be eligible to take the Earth Science Regents Exam in June. This is the only Regents class which has a lab practical held during the last week of regular class. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Living Environment Honors Earth Science (The Physical Setting)
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Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 Available to Grade 9-12 Full Year This class requires all students to take a regents exam at the completion. The class has both a lecture and laboratory component. In addition, the honors class will place additional time on project work. The class meets a total of 7.5 sessions each week. This is the only Regents class which has a lab practical held during the last week of regular class. This introductory course follows the curriculum outlined by the State of New York Learning Standards and Core Curriculum. Significant amounts of enrichment materials will be given to the honors class. The class is taught through lecture and significant amounts of time are devoted to hands on laboratory exercises. Topics include measurement, motions, geologic change, earth history, astronomy, energy budget, and the rock cycle. Students are expected to take notes, complete assigned readings, participate in class discussions, perform laboratory activities, write papers, give short class presentations and complete homework assignments. Students are required to complete all laboratory assignments in order to be eligible to take the Regents Final Examination. Students must score 65 or above on the Regents Final Examination to earn regents credit. Pre-requisite: Recommendation by teacher, and a 90 overall in Living Environment Chemistry 1 Credit Available to Grade 9-12 Full Year This course introduces students to the principles of chemistry. Topics include matter and energy, atomic structure, bonding, acids and bases, electrochemistry, organic, and nuclear chemistry. Students must successfully complete 30 required laboratory assignments to be eligible to sit for the New York State Chemistry Regents Exam in June. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Living Environment, Algebra
Advanced Placement Chemistry 1 Credit Available to Grade 10-12 Full Year This college level course presents a comprehensive study of matter, the kinetic theory of gas, chemical equilibria, chemical kinetics and basic thermodynamics. Laboratory work is given special emphasis. The course focuses on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of those principles involved. This course places a strong emphasis on math and is recommended for students pursuing careers in science, medicine and engineering. Students are required to take the AP Chemistry Exam in May. College credit may be earned. Pre-requisite: Placement criteria for Advanced Placement courses International Baccalaureate Chemistry HL 1 Credit per Year Grades 11 and 12 Two Years Students explore the concepts, theories, models and techniques that underpin each subject area and through these develop their understanding of the scientific method. A compulsory project encourages students to appreciate the environment, social and ethical implication of science. This exercise is collaborative and interdisciplinary and provides an opportunity for students to explore scientific solutions to global questions.
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 Methods of Research: Chemistry Research 1 Credit Available to Grade 10-12 Full Year Students will work on an independent research project. Advanced Organic Chemistry techniques are stressed in this section of Methods of Research. Students are required to organize their data in order to present their research results in several forums, including local and national Science competitions. Pre-requisite: Recommendation by teacher Physics 1 Credit Available to Grade 10-12 Full Year This course presents the principles of physics with an emphasis on intensive study of fundamentals such as the conservation of energy and momentum, the conservation of charge, vectors and scalars, electricity and magnetism, waves, sound and light. This is a rigorous subject and employs algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Students should be able to solve an algebraic equation symbolically, including quadratic equations. Labs are designed to help develop logical thinking and to help students see the connection of theory to the concrete. Students must successfully complete 30 required laboratory assignments to be eligible to sit for the New York State Physics Regents Exam in June. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of two Regents science courses and Algebra II and Trigonometry Regents. Pre-calculus is recommended.
Advanced Placement-B Physics 1 Credit Available to Grade 11-12 Full Year This is a college-level course that uses advanced Algebra and Trigonometry as the primary tools for problem solving. The course covers topics on Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Thermodynamics, Waves and Optics, and Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Students will be able to understand and interpret physical information, describe and explain the sequence of steps in the analysis of physical phenomenon, use basic mathematical reasoning in a physical situation or problem, and perform experiments and interpret the results of observations. Students are required to take the AP Physics B Exam in May. Pre-requisite: Placement criteria for Advanced Placement courses Astronomy ½ Credit Available to Grade 10-12 Full Year This is an introductory survey course in astronomy based on Kaufmann and Comin’s Discovering the Universe. Each quarter begins by exploring the history of astronomy, the nature of light, life cycle of stars, and other basic topics. Students then choose an area that they would like to explore. The course utilizes a wealth of websites presenting current astronomical research. The culminating activity each quarter is a 15-minute presentation to the class. Forensic Science Available to Grade 10-12
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Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 This course will explore the history of forensic science, methods of investigating a crime scene, types of evidence, analysis of fingerprints, hair, fibers, drugs, glass, soil and blood. In addition, students will study agencies that offer forensic services, typical forensic labs, careers in forensic science, the DNA molecule, and genetics. There will be an array of assessments, including simulated crime scenes, mock trials, debates, papers, and projects. International Baccalaureate, Environmental Systems & Societies 1 Credit Available to Grade 11-12 Full Year Environmental Systems and Societies Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) is a course that promotes understanding of environmental processes at a variety of scales, from local to global. ESS will provide students a holistic perspective on environmental issues from economic, historical, cultural, socio-political, and scientific viewpoints. ESS is the only IB course that offers two credits upon successful completion of the class. ESS meets the requirements for BOTH a Level 3 (individuals and societies) and Level 4 (the experimental sciences) course in the IB Diploma Program Hexagon. International Baccalaureate, Computer Science Available to Grade 11-12
1 Credit Full Year
IB Computer Science is a course that promotes a better understanding of the operation, function and applications of computers. Offered at SL or HL • • • • • •
Understand the use of computers in a variety of disciplines and applications Use effective methods to analyze problems and plan computer solutions Use technical vocabulary to discuss computer tools and computer systems Develop an awareness of common errors and limitations of computers Appreciate technical and social consequences of developments in technology Acquire skills and understanding which can be transferred to future problems
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SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT All students are required to take four credits of High School Social Studies in order to meet graduation requirements. The Social Studies department also offers a number of advanced placement courses which may be substituted for required courses. Global Studies I 1 Credit Required course â€“ Grade 9 Full Year Global Studies I is the first half of a two year study of our world. The class uses a thematic approach to examine the history, economic systems, political structures, cultures, religions, and geography of the ancient and early modern world. Students gain a general understanding of the historical narrative of World History since the dawn of man until the enlightenment. Significant developments such as the introduction of democracy, sustained agriculture, expanding markets, imperialism and the emergence of religious systems are evaluated from a global perspective. Viewing history as a range of culturespecific answers to universal questions and needs enables students to appreciate the diverse paths that led to the present. Global Studies II 1 Credit Required Course â€“ Grade 10 Full Year This course uses a multidisciplinary approach to engage students in learning about major historical events throughout the world that have had a significant impact on our society. The content begins with the Enlightenment and continues through to the Modern Era. This is accomplished by focusing on change, political systems, revolutions and diversity. There is a special focus on the development of global interdependence in the modern world. Comparisons between modern and traditional cultures show how the values of different cultures are expressed. All students must take the New York State Global Studies Regents Exam. Advanced Placement World History 1 Credit May be substituted for Global Studies II Full Year This course allows students to develop a better understanding of the evolution of global exchange and interaction of the various societies found in recent history. The course is taught at an introductory college level and is based on the last 1,000 years of world history. Study includes international trends and their development in regional studies and in a comparative fashion with other civilizations. Periodization is the basic organizing framework of the course and several major themes include change over time, geography as a tool to shape history, and contact among societies. Students are expected to read analytically, write persuasively, and utilize a tremendous amount of factual knowledge that culminates with the students taking both the New York State Global Studies Regents Exam and the AP World History Exam. Pre-requisite: Placement criteria for Advanced Placement courses.
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U.S. History and Government 1 Credit Required Course – Grade 11 Full Year This course is a chronological survey of United States history from the formation of the country through modern times. There is an emphasis on the United States as a developing industrial and post-industrial nation. This is accomplished through a variety of activities and projects geared to prepare the students for the Regents exam while allowing them to explore and understand the history of the United States in greater detail. The U.S. Constitution is examined in depth with reference to how it has affected the development of our country to date. All students take the New York State Regents Exam in United States History and Government in June. Advanced Placement United States History 1 Credit May be substituted for U.S. History and Government Full Year This course offers students the equivalent of a college introductory course in American History. Students examine the major events, themes and concepts of United States History. Topics include the nature and character of colonial society, the young republic and progressivism, industrialism, imperialism, immigration, the New Deal and America at home and abroad since 1945. The course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual information necessary to view events in American history from different points of view. The course requires extensive reading and essay writing. All students will take the New York State Regents Exam in United States History and Government and the AP United States History Exam. Pre-requisite: Placement criteria for Advanced Placement courses International Baccalaureate History of the Americas HL 1 Credit per Year Grades 11 and 12 Two Years The focus of this course centers on select periods of America, Canadian, and Latin American history. Students will explore and reflect about historical topics through a variety of methods including classroom discussion and instruction, research, and independent reading and writing. Learners will be expected to spend time examining their own culture and history so they are then better able to understand and appreciate global history and culture. Economics ½ Credit Required Course – Grade 12 Spring Semester Students participate in a variety of activities and projects designed to develop an understanding of major economic concepts and systems, the principles of economic decision-making, and the interdependence of economies throughout the world. Some of the major topics are scarcity, productivity, opportunity cost, supply and demand, inflation, profit, interdependence, capital, competition and the market. There is a significant focus on the development and application of the skills needed to make informed and wellreasoned economic decisions in daily life.
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Participation in Government ½ Credit Required Course – Grade 12 Fall Semester This course emphasizes the interaction between citizens and government at all levels: local, state and federal. Through the use of a variety of intellectual skills and activities, students develop an understanding of the necessity for establishing governments, the governmental system of the United States and other nations, the United States Constitution, the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy, and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship including avenues of participation. Advanced Placement American Government and Politics ½ Credit May be substituted for Participation in Government Fall Semester This college level course is designed to give students an introduction to the American political system. Students will have extensive reading assignments, challenging research projects as well as class activities designed to allow students to explore our governing system with a focus on constitutional underpinnings, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest groups, mass media, institutions, congress, presidency, bureaucracy, courts, public policy, civil rights and civil liberties. The student will be required to take the AP American Government and Politics Exam given in May. Pre-requisite: Placement criteria for Advanced Placement courses. Introduction to Psychology ½ Credit Elective: Available to Grades 11 and 12 Fall Semester The course is designed to introduce major topics in the field of psychology. Topics of study include approaches to psychology, mental disorders, personality, development, brain/body relationship to behavior, consciousness, stress and research and statistics. The course will provide a survey of the psychology discipline so that students may become familiar with psychological topics prior to entering college. The course runs for one semester with students enrolling in Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies for the second semester. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Global studies I and II. Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies ½ Credit Elective: Available to Grades 11 and 12 Spring Semester The course runs during the second semester following completion of Introduction to Psychology. The course provides an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics covered are crime in America, policy, adjudication (the court system), and corrections. Through successful completion of the coursework, students will be prepared to continue criminal justice studies in the college setting. Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Global Studies I and II. Business Law 1 Credit Elective: Available to Grades 11 and 12 Full Year This course is designed to provide interesting and practical information about the legal principles to guide students as they navigate real-life situations such as becoming employed, obtaining credit, renting an apartment, entering into a contract, purchasing insurance, or even starting a business or pursuing litigation. Illustrative case studies will 34
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 be examined and analyzed throughout the course, and each student will have the opportunity to participate in a mock trial. IB Theory of Knowledge 1 Credit IB Diploma Candidate Required Course The overarching goal of Theory of Knolwedge is not to give students answers. Instead, it seeks to provide students with the means to ask the questions themselves. While a student may gain significant insight from a more traditional approach, it can ultimately leave them inflexible and averse to change. Theory of Knowledge will challenge students to strip away preexisting modes of thinking and replace them with a more innovative and independent approach. As a required course for all IB Diploma candidates, students will take this course for two semesters over their 11th and 12th grade year. The course also requires students to take internal and external IB exams.
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT Design & Drawing for Production 1 Credit(Art Credit) Grade 10-12 Full Year This course can be applied to the art/music requirement for graduation. Students explore the design and drawing process of a complete set of plans for a residential structure. They learn about zoning laws and health and building department requirements to obtain a building permit for their house. Students make the following drawings throughout the year: plot, landscape, floor, elevations, electrical & plumbing, kitchen details and HVAC plans. Photography 1 Credit(Art Credit) Grade 10-12 Full Year This course covers black and white photography in the following areas: basic introduction to functions of the 35mm camera, different types of lenses, printing, composition and digital techniques. Students explore the visual basics; close-up, landscape, still, portraiture and model photography. Students finish the year with a presentation in the Pierson art show. All students are required to keep an archival file of their prints and negatives for the year. Documentary Film Studies 1Credit (Art Credit) Grade 10-12 Semester Students will be introduced and practice the three phases of film production: preproduction planning, scripting, cinematography and editing. Besides learning the basics of camera operation, students will become familiar with videoâ€™s unique technical and aesthetic qualities. The course looks into the history, analysis, and production of the documentary. Students will explore the documentary as a personnel essay, autobiography, journalism, political propaganda, and social advocacy. Students will be required to do extensive research and film production in order to produce short documentary films. Production work outside of class is required. Consumer Technology Â˝ Credit Elective: Available to Grades 10-12 Semester This technology course is designed to help students learn the basics of home repair. Topics will include; basic wiring, plumbing and general construction. Production and Manufacturing Systems 1 Credit (Math Credit) Available to Grades 10-12 This course provides instruction in the systems of manufacturing and construction technology; their resources, processes, products, and quality assurance. Impacts on society, the economy, and the environment are also covered. Instruction in the manufacturing aspects of production is organized around five topics that correlate very closely to the universal systems model: manufacturing inputs, resources, processes, outputs, and control. Students are taught in a traditional shop setting where intensive 36
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 “hands on” involvement is required. In order for this class to meet the 1 credit math requirement, it has been adapted to include: ● ● ● ● ●
Increased emphasis on underlying math principles appropriate to this technology area Less emphasis on construction skills Increased focus on geometry, material science and environmental impacts More emphasis on transferable skill development Experiences that build on the students previous knowledge in math
Pierson Course Selection Booklet 2014-2015 FRESHMAN STUDIES Freshman Seminar Mandatory for all 9th graders
1 Credit Full Year
Freshman seminar is a mandatory course of study for all ninth grade students. The curriculum focuses on the skills required for a successful transition into high school. Each marking period, students will rotate through the following courses: Research Skills: The purpose of this course is to provide students entering the ninth grade with the fundamental tools necessary to achieve a greater level of success with their high school research projects, while preparing them for the demands and expectations of higher education. Renaissance Studies: The goal for this course is to bring a humanities based learning experience to all ninth graders. The curriculum will focus around human nature, history, economics, gender, age, race and sports. Freshman Composition: This course will serve as an intensive writing workshop that focuses specifically on writing structure and mechanics. Grammar, essay writing, thesis development and effective utilization of word processing software will be addressed. Wellness Promotion: This course will focus on wellness in terms of physical fitness, stress reduction, adolescent development, proper nutrition and team-building activities. These courses will be one quarter in length and will culminate in one full credit at the end of the year.
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The goal of the Senior Project is to give senior students the opportunity to choose a focus of study based on their particular passions or interests. Once chosen, students will immerse themselves in their subject in an intensive and meaningful way, demonstrating their learning in a final product that includes a public presentation. By its nature, the Senior Project may reflect a variety of interests from scientific research, photography or filmmaking, genealogy and oral history, writing, cooking, performing or even making sailboats. It is also important to note that Senior Project by its nature will require commitment and the ability to work independently. Students must complete the application packet, available in the Guidance Office, and return materials by May 13th. Applicants are reviewed by the principal and advisory board. Enrollment is limited.