CANTON, PA 17724-1698
Superintendent of School…………………………………..………………………Mr. G. Mathew Gordon
Board of Education Secretary……………………………………………………...…………Mark Jannone
Solicitor………………………………………………………………Brann, Williams, Caldwell, & Sheetz
High School Principal…………………………………..……………………………………Craig Coleman
High School Counselor………………………………….…………….…………..…………Jessica Watson
High School Nurse…………………………………………..…………………...…………Debbra Keppler
School Psychologist…………………………………..……………...……………………..…Dave Loomis
Business Manager…………………………………………………..…...……………………Mark Jannone
Elementary School Principal…………………………………………..………………………John Rimmer
English Department Fine and Practical Arts Department Wellness Department
Ms. Stacey Segur Ms. Maureen Martz Mrs. Debbra Keppler
Ms. Susan Rockwell Mr. Denis Manotti Mrs. Kathy Coleman
Ms. Darlene Young Mr. Jeff Cooley Mrs. Jaimee Pequignot
Mr. Jeff Wynne Mrs. Diana Bailey Mr. Timothy Ward
Mrs. Nicole Gordon Mrs. Colleen Kinney
Mathematics Department Social Studies Department Special Education
Mr. Richard Harstead Mrs. Lisa Cole Mrs. Ronda Ayres
Ms. Jennifer Swody Ms. Patsy Baxter Mrs. Sheila Wesneski
Mrs. Pam Larcom Mr. Dave Reynard Mrs. Sheila Jackson
Mr. Gary Gleckner Mrs. Brandy McRoberts Mrs. Shirley Stroup
Mrs. Nichole Bradley Mrs. Mary Thompson
Mr. Adam McCawley
Mrs. Jessica Watson, High School Counselor
The guidance office is provided for the benefit of all students, parents and faculty. Services available through the Guidance Office include and are not limited to career, academic and personal/social issues. Official student records and transcripts can be accessed through the Guidance office. The Guidance department provides a reference room equipped with college catalogs, applications, and scholarship information, military opportunities, trade/technical schools, Internet access and books containing information on different careers. Financial aid information, PSAT’s, ACT’s, SAT’s and Advanced Placement testing applications are available in the Guidance office. Students and parents seeking information or other services are always welcome. However, it is preferable that an appointment be made in advance. 570-673-3000/673-5134
Mr. Eric Briggs, Supervisor/Director
Mrs. Ronda Ayers
Mrs. Sheila Wesneski
Mrs. Sheila Jackson
Mrs. Shirley Stroup
Mrs. Mary Thompson
Special Education and Section 504/ADA programs are offered to those students who have been found to be eligible and/or exceptional through the appropriate process. Programs offered to these students are in the areas of Learning Support, Life Skills Support, Speech/Language Support, Emotional Support, Hearing Support, Vision Support, Multihandicap Support, Physical Support, and Gifted Support as well as Section 504/ADA Accommodation Plans. Students may be referred for these services by their teachers, the high school counselor, administrative personnel, or by their parents. There are guidelines on place for referrals and programming. Please call Mr. Eric Briggs, Learning Support Supervisor, at 673-3983 for information.
Non- Discrimination Policy
Canton Area Jr-Sr High School is an equal opportunity education institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or physical disability in its activities, programs, or employment practices, as required by Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504.
For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact Title IX Coordinator, Matt Gordon at (570) 673-3191, or the Section 504 Coordinator, Eric Briggs at (570) 673-3983
Canton Area Jr-Sr High School will take steps to assure that a lack of English skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs. All activities and courses, including Vo-tech education, family and consumer sciences, and physical education courses are available to all students as required by Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504. Prerequisites are based on students’ ability and aptitude, not on race, color, national origin, sex, or physical disability. If a student is physically or mentally challenged, he or she may qualify for special services and instruction, as well as equipment modification so that he or she may successfully complete the course or participate in any activity.
Senior High School
Each student is required to carry at least 6 & ½ credits per year. Certain recommendations will be made for each student by his/her teachers in their respective subjects concerning courses to be taken the succeeding year. These recommendations will be based on that student’s prior academic performance and demonstrated level of ability.
SUGGESTIONS FOR CHOOSING COURSES
The following are some suggestions when choosing courses. Keep in mind that the curriculum a student selects early in high school should correlate with the career plans and goals he or she will be working toward during high school and beyond.
1) Talk with your parents and others about your future plans. Listen to their ideas.
2) Talk with the High School Counselor about your plans. Review your scores on standardized tests and interest inventories, and have the counselor help you interpret your results. Parents/guardians may also want to meet with the counselor and/or teachers.
3) Learn the requirements for entrance to colleges, trade, business, or technical schools as well as for the kind of career you intend to pursue after graduation from high school.
4) Check your likes and dislikes in courses you have already taken. Also, check how well you have done in previous courses. Did you put forth your best effort?
5) Talk with your teachers about certain courses and how your aptitude and abilities may or may not correlate with course goals and objectives.
6) Always refer to the course description in this guide before selecting a course. Most courses are sequentially structured so that the previous level must have been successfully completed before attempting the next level. Check for prerequisites and any additional requirements when scheduling courses.
7) Do not select courses you believe may be easy. Challenge yourself always.
8) Check the weighing system as explained later in this guide. Remember, Honor Roll and membership in National Honor Society are based on grades, while rank in class is based on the weighted average of your courses.
Student schedules are created based on student request, teacher recommendation and parental acknowledgement. We believe that fewer disruptions in the student’s schedule provide a more successful atmosphere for the student academically and socially. Therefore, minimum changes will occur to the student’s schedule at the beginning of, or during the school year. However, if the student finds it necessary to change his or her schedule, the following timeline will be used (please see the school calendar for specific dates):
First (5) days of school: any major schedule changes may be made including, but not limited to an incomplete schedule, placement in an appropriate course, a class schedule without the proper prerequisite(s), wrong grade level, or failure to pass summer courses. Any request for a schedule change must be legitimate and reasonable (changes will not occur to provide a different teacher or different classmates).
After the first (5) days of each semester: no more schedule changes will occur (please see the deadline in the school calendar). Extenuating circumstances which will be handled by the High School Counselor and approved by the High School Principal, on a case by case basis, will constitute a change in a student’s schedule.
Similar procedures and timeline will be followed for any student wishing to add a course. Requirements of class time may need to be satisfied in addition to academic work for credit depending upon when the student enrolls in the course. Credit will be approved by the High School Principal when the requirements are fulfilled.
Recommendations for major subjects, such as English, Math, Social Studies, and Science will not be changed without a written request from a parent/guardian. A parent/guardian phone or personal conference with that subject area teacher is strongly encouraged before making such a change.
Recommendations made by teachers concerning the selection of electives for a particular student are meant as a suggestions or possible path for that student, based upon prior academic performance in that subject area. Electives should be chosen after careful consideration by both the student and his/her parent/guardian. A contact by the High School Counselor to the parent/guardian will be made before the change is finalized.
PROMOTION POLICY AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AT CANTON JR-SR HIGH SCHOOL
At the junior high level (7th-8th grade), promotion to the next grade level is based on major classes successfully completed. Students must pass all major classes. Credit recovery may be accomplished wit our summer school policy. At the senior high level (9th-12th grades), promotion is based on credits earned toward graduation. Earned credits are based on academic work and required time in the form of attendance. The chart below indicates the major classes and credits needed for a movement from one grade to the next. Students will not be promoted unless credit levels are met.
Credits toward graduation begin in 9th grade
(students will receive 1 credit for 8th grade Algebra I)
9 to 10 6 credits
10 to 11 12 credits
11 to 12 18 credits
Graduate 24 credits
According to Chapter 4 Regulations of the 22 Pa. Code 4.51, all students must meet proficiency on the PSSA Reading, Writing, and Math tests or a local assessment in order to graduate.
In addition all students must complete and pass a senior graduation project.
Students must fulfill a community service requirement.
1. Each student must have 24 credits (required & elective courses) to graduate starting in 2012, as per the following table (Please note that credits may change from one school year to the next):
SCIENCE 3 or 4
MATHEMATICS 3 or 4 (Science and Math total 7)
SOCIAL STUDIES 3
GRAD PROJECT 1
DRIVER EDUCATION .25
COMMUNITY SERVICE .5
2. Failing Grade (Below 70) Options:
A) Summer School: See section entitled “Summer School Policy.”
B) Reschedule: reschedule needed classes for the following year in proper sequence. Failed courses take precedence in scheduling for the following year(s). However, a full academic load (6 & 1/2 credits) will be scheduled.
C) Extended Time: Second year seniors take only required courses.
Since each student is required to carry at least 6 & 1/2 credits per school year, credits not earned in a school year will cause the student to remain in the previous year’s homeroom. For example, if a student only receives 5 1/2 credits in his/her ninth grade year, he/she will remain in that ninth grade homeroom the following school year. Transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated and will be placed accordingly. A student who can schedule credits satisfying graduation requirements to close out his/her school career will be considered a probationary senior, and will be permitted to take part in all senior year activities.
SUMMER SCHOOL POLICY
· Credit recovery opportunities will be offered during the summer to students who do not pass courses during the regular school year.
· Students must have at least a 50% average in order to be eligible for credit recovery.
· There will be a cost of $150.00 per course that will be incurred by the student.
· The venue that will be use will be Advanced Academics through our VLINC program.
· Students may take 2 credit recovery courses per summer, but not more than 4 during their high school career.
· In some cases, students will be permitted to take recovery credits during the regular school year in order to remain with their cohort. This would need to be approved by the guidance office and the high school principal.
· Students that drop courses will not be permitted to take the dropped course during the summer of the academic school year that the course was dropped.
· Students with an IEP or students identified as at-risk may be exempt from the guidelines of this policy.
The time line for summer school registration for 2012 is as follows.
Money and registration will be due to the guidance office by Friday, June 15.
Orientation will occur during the week on June 18th
Starting date will be Monday, June 25th
Ending date will be Friday, August 24th.
An Alternative Education program is available to students through an administrative decision based on a student’s academic, attendance and/or behavior history. A formal application process and interview will be conducted by personnel from Alternative Education. The application is made through the High School Counselor to the High School Principal. The High School Principal or his designee makes the final determination to offer the opportunity to attend.
TRANSFER STUDENT POLICY
Students attending the Canton Area School District will conform to Pennsylvania State statue and code defining various coursework requirements. This school district may not reduce those state requirements. However, the district may impose additional academic requirements upon students.
Since graduation with a diploma is based on total credits earned and attendance, students must plan their four years of study carefully. The promotion policy and graduation requirements at Canton High School are given on page 7 of this Academic Planner.
On-time graduation for transfer students may be jeopardized due to a number of reasons: NO COURSE EQUIVALENCY, INCOMPLETE ACADEMIC RECORDS, UNAVAILABILITY OF ACADEMIC RECORDS, DIFFERENT GRADE LEVEL COURSES RELATIVE TO CANTON’S COURSES, BLOCK SCHEDULING TRANSFER COMPLICATIONS, ATTENDANCE (LACK OF REQUIRED TIME), ETC.
1) Every attempt will be made to award credit for transfer courses of equal or near equal likeness. “Likeness” will be justified by using a written course description and grade scale from the transferring school, and comparing them to the description and scale contained in Canton High School’s Academic Planning Guide.
2) Transfer courses for which there are no similar courses to compare the student’s records will receive elective credit. Elective credit will be measured to, and include, the latest recorded marking period. Fractional elective credit can be expected.
3) A marking period will equal a nine week period. As options for teachers to use to calculate a nine weeks grade, partial grades can be compromised or used with collected scores from this school district’s courses to ascertain a numerical grade. If a teacher chooses to compromise a partial grade, every effort will be given to the student to complete all work. The coursework will be scored and recorded to establish a nine weeks grade within a defined time.
4) Honor roll will be determined for transfer students as it is determined for Canton High School students once a nine weeks grade is computed.
5) Quality points will be assigned to transfer credits from another school. Quality points will be assigned to courses completed at Canton High School in conjunction with transfer courses. Points awarded will be at the discretion of the high school counselor and approved by the high school principal.
Transcripts of transfer students will be evaluated on a case by case basis. At risk students or students with an IEP may be exempt from this Student Transfer Policy.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSE POLICY
Canton High School offers six Advanced Placement (AP) Courses (English Literature, Calculus AB-BC, and Biology. AP is a program of college level courses and exams that gives motivated students the opportunity to earn advanced placement and/or credit for college while they are still in high school. There are many benefits to taking AP courses, such as; improving your chances of being accepted into competitive colleges, preparation for college level work, greater in-depth study, and scholarship opportunities. There is a fee for each AP exam which is the responsibility of the student and parent/guardian. The AP exam grade is reported on a 5-point scale; 5= extremely well qualified, 4= well qualified, 3= qualified, 2= possibly qualified, 1= no recommendation. Registration to take AP exams is done through the Guidance Department.
DUAL ENROLLMENT THROUGH KEYSTONE COLLEGE
A dual enrollment program will be offered to juniors and seniors starting with the 2010/2011 school year. Students who enroll in the following Canton High School courses will have the opportunity to earn credits through Keystone College that will transfer to college credits at most any college of their choice:
Pre-Calculus, Human Anatomy and Physiology, AP Biology, Comp I, Statistics, AP English/Comp II, and AP Calculus.
VOCATIONAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
AT THE NORTHERN TIER CAREER CENTER
All students at Canton Area Jr.-Sr. High School have the option of attending the Northern Tier Career Center (NTCC) in their junior and senior year. The NTCC offers vocational-technical programs that provide students with the training and skills to enter into a career upon graduation from high school or to pursue advanced technical training at an accredited post-secondary institution.
All NTCC programs, as described here, are available to all students. However, please note that enrollment at the NTCC is limited to the district’s annual allotment of openings within each program offered. Openings are reduced on a first come, first served basis. Students who attend the NTCC will receive 4 credits per school year for the program they have chosen there. While attending Canton High School, these students will receive courses in English, Social Studies, Math, and Science. These courses will give them 4 credits toward graduation per year (Total = 8 credits per year).
Individual Education Programs (IEP) for students with disabilities selected to attend the NTCC will reflect the goals and objectives of the respective program for which they are enrolled. NTCC instructors are informed of any modifications or special services addressed in the IEP, and include curricular modifications into the student’s program.
In order for a student to be eligible to attend the NTCC, the following requirements must be met:
9th grade: Communications 9, American History II, one Math credit, Biology I, Computer Applications, Physical Education 9, two or three electives (at least a total of 7 credits).
10th grade: English 10, Modern America, one Math credit, Chemistry, Physical Education 10, Health 10, Driver’s Education, one or two electives (at least a total of 7 credits).
11th grade: Pass all courses 1st semester to remain at Tech.
Programs offered at the Northern Tier Career Center (COURSE # 935/#936)include the following:
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION: Construction and remodeling of buildings including carpentry, masonry, painting, drywall, cabinetry, stairs, and finishes. Students study and practice all phases of building construction, from layout of site, foundation and wall construction, to roof framing and interior trim. Techniques include building partitions, subfloors, millwork (construction and installation of doors, molding and cabinetry), and application of finishing hardware. .Program Length: 2 years. Credit Value: 4 credits per year.
COMPUTER NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY: Problem solving, technical training, and industry certifications are the cornerstones of this program. Students are prepared to take computer technology certifications tests and have the opportunity to study other interest areas in the I.T. profession.
COSMETOLOGY: This is a state licensed course designed to provide the student with the fundamentals needed to prepare for the state board examination. Instruction is provided in cutting, conditioning, tinting, bleaching, and individualized styling of the hair. Make-up analysis, superfluous hair removal, styling eyebrows, and various kinds of manicures are also part of the course. Practical experience is gained by providing services through the operation of a clinic whereby students work on each other's hair or volunteer "customers" from the community.Program Length: 2 years & 2 summers (1,250 hours). Credit Value: 4 credits per year.
DIESEL ENGINE MECHANIC & REPAIRER: Fundamentals of diesel engines with emphasis on light duty diesel equipment (tractors, light duty pick-up trucks, diesel automobiles). Students will be able to transfer and apply this learning to heavy duty diesels engines and equipment. Students study and practice all phases of diesel technology including diagnosis of malfunctions, disassembly of engines and examination of parts, reconditioning and replacement of parts, fuel injection systems, auxiliary power units, governors and transmissions. Program Length: 2 years. Credit Value: 4 credits per year.
ELECTRICAL OCCUPATIONS: Electrical systems including power, heat, light, motor controls, air conditioning, refrigeration, generators, and transformers. Students study and practice all phases of residential, commercial and industrial electricity including layout, assembly, installation, testing and maintenance of electrical systems.
ELECTRONICS/COMPUTER SERVICE TECHNOLOGY: Electronic and electrical systems including: capacitors, resistors, transistors, diodes, digital electronics, power supplies, AC circuitry, DC circuitry, and Micro processors. Students study and practice all phases of basic electronics including parallel and series circuitry, digital and analog electronics, soldering and assembly techniques for manufacturing and repair of electronic components, with emphasis on computer repair technology. Program Length: 2 years. Credit Value: 4 credits per year.
HEALTH ASSISTANT: This course allows the student to advance at their own rate, and allows for their individuality in the choice of a specific career objective. This course provides skills for Nursing Assistant, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant and Physical Therapy Aide careers. After successful completion of the nursing assistant curriculum, students are eligible to take the state exams (written and skill) for placement on the registry for long term nursing assistants. Clinical experiences may accompany all portions of this course. Program Length: 2 years. Credit Value: 4 credits per year.
MACHINE TOOL TECHNOLOGY: Machining fundamentals including layout, sawing, drilling, milling, grinding operations, and inspecting. Student’s study and practice basic machine tool operations including; milling machines to cut parallel and perpendicular surfaces, slots pockets, and arcs. Program length: 2 years. Credit Value: 4 credits per year.
MEDICAL OFFICE TECHNOLOGY: Preparation to assist physicians and other medical personnel by performing functions related to administrative and clerical duties in a medical office. Students study and practice medical terminology, computer operations, applicable laws and regulations (including HIPAA), insurance forms, statistical reporting, medical records, medical transcription and word processing. Program Length: 2 years. Credit Value: 4 credits per year.WELDING: Instruction is provided in the basic principles and skills required in the welding field. Students will be introduced to both welding and cutting. Program Length: 2 years. Credit Value: 4 credits per year.
DIVERSIFIED OCCUPATIONS: Diversified Occupations is a ONE YEAR - SENIOR YEAR ONLY instructional program that operates as an integral part of career and technical education to provide a cooperative arrangement between the Northern Tier Career Center and local employers whereby the student receives career related theory instruction in the school and on-the-job training through part-time employment in business/industry. The area of training may be in any career area where there are needs for trained persons and must relate to the student’s career objective. This program is designed to provide training for those career areas not presently being offered at the Northern Tier Career Center (i.e. HVAC) or to serve students who are unable to gain admission to a NTCC program due to enrollment limitations.
Collision Repair Technology
Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair
Analysis of basic principles and industry best practices, including issues of human and environmental safety. Theory/overview of removing, repairing, replacing, and adjusting outer body panels; straightening and roughing out of damaged steel panels and preparing them for body filler; and repairing aluminum panels. Study of proper replacement of corrosion protection to the repaired panels and adjustment of panels for proper fit. Introductory theory of cutting and welding of steel. Group interaction/activities; application of assessment tools. 2 Credits (2 Lecture – 0 Lab)
Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications
Application of theory, techniques, principles, and industry best practices, including issues of human and environmental safety. Applied skills include removing, repairing, replacing, and adjusting outer body panels; straightening and roughing out damaged steel panels and preparing them for body filler; repairing aluminum panels for proper replacement of corrosion protection; and adjusting panels for proper fit. Group interaction/activities; application of assessment tools. 3 Credits (0 Lecture – 9 Lab) Corequisite(s): ABC100
Ms. Stacey Segur, Mr. Jeff Wynne
Ms. Susan Rockwell Mrs. Nicole Gordon
Mrs. Darlene Young
Required classes for 9th grade: Required/Elective classes for 10th grade
English 9 English 10
Honors English 9 Honors English 10
Journalism I Public Speaking
Required classes for 11th grade Required/Elective classes for 12th grade:
English 11 AP English
Honors English 11 English 12
Elective classes for 11th grade: Elective Classes for 12th grade
College Composition I (ENGL1010) College Composition I (ENGL 1020)
Journalism I College Composition II (ENGL 1010)
Journalism II Journalism I
Movie Studies Journalism II
Public Speaking I Journalism III
SAT Verbal Movie Studies
World Literature Public Speaking I or II
Public Speaking II SAT Verbal
ENGLISH 7 (COURSE #001): The 7th grade English course is designed to improve students reading, writing, and grammar skills using critical thinking strategies to achieve the goals set forth by the Pennsylvania State Standards and eligible content. They study multiple genres including poetry, short stories, non-fiction, plays, and novels while expressing their creativity and understanding through a variety of assessments aimed at higher level thinking.
ENGLISH ENRICHMENT 7 (COURSE #030): This class meets every other day for one marking period. Emphasis is on appropriate writing techniques for future assignments in high school. This will be accomplished through various activities and assignments.
ENGLISH 8 (COURSE #040): This course is designed with PA Standards/ Assessment Anchors/ and Eligible Content, as well as Patricia Cunningham’s Four Blocks of Literacy Development, including writing, guided reading, independent reading and word work. The units are: Text Features, Text Patterns, Persuasive/Expository Writing, Nonfiction Analysis and Word Exploration.
ENGLISH 9 (COURSE #109): This is yearlong class. Literature and writing are emphasized. Grammar study will be addressed and pursued in more detail as needs arise. Similar types of activities in the form of graphic arts projects and presentations, essays, and group discussions will be completed. Likewise, the English 9 course attempts to address improvements of scores on both the PSSA Writing and Reading Tests through the use of literature and reader response. Credit Value: 1 credit. Required course in 9th grade.
HONORS ENGLISH 9 (COURSE #119): This is a yearlong class devoted to the college bound student Literature and writing are emphasized. It moves at a faster pace than English 9. Grammar will be covered as needed. Other activities or assessments will include graphic arts projects and presentations; essays of description, comparison/contrast, persuasion based on unit themes and/or selections; oral interpretation of selections; and possibly reader’s theater. These activities attempt to address the improvement of both the PSSA Writing and Reading Tests through the use of literature and reader response. Credit Value: 1 credit. Required course in 9th grade.
ENGLISH 10 (COURSE #110): English 10 is a yearlong course. The course emphasizes the continual improvement of reading, writing, thinking and speaking through the study of various genres of literature- short story, novel, poetry, essays, drama, etc. Vocabulary is also highlighted and strengthened in separate units and through the works studied. Some projects/activities include oral presentations, critical papers, creative writing projects, and large and small group discussions. The novel studied during this course is To Kill a Mocking Bird. The drama Julius Caesar will be studied. Credit Value: 1 credit. Required course in 10th grade. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9 or Honors English 9.
HONORS ENGLISH 10 (COURSE #120): Honors English 10 is a yearlong course. The course emphasizes the continual improvement and refinement of reading, writing, thinking, and speaking skills through the study of various genres of literature- short story, novel, poetry, essays, drama, etc. Vocabulary is also highlighted and strengthened in separate units and through the works studied. Critical writing and thinking skills are especially stressed in this course. The course moves at a faster pace than English 10. Some projects and activities include oral presentations, critical papers, creative writing projects, and large and small group discussions. The novel/major work studied in this course is To Kill A Mockingbird. The drama Julius Caesar will be studied. Credit Value: 1 credit. Required course in 10th grade. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9 or Honors English 9.
ENGLISH 11 (COURSE #111): English 11 is a yearlong course, emphasizing the development of reading, writing, thinking, and speaking skills through a survey study of American Literature. This course also focuses on preparation for the PSSA test. Some projects/activities include writing projects, creative projects, The Crucible, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, oral presentations , large and small group discussion, and role playing. *Of Mice and Men and Macbeth may be studied if time permits. Credit Value: 1 credit. Required course in 11th grade. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 10 or Honors English 10.
HONORS ENGLISH 11 (COURSE #121): Honors English 11 is a year-long course. The course is a survey of American Literature. Honors English 11 emphasizes reading, writing, speaking, and thinking skills. The course also focuses on preparation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Critical writing and thinking skills are especially stressed. This course has a faster pace than English 11. Some projects/activities include several critical papers, creative writing papers, The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, Macbeth, oral presentations, large and small group discussion, and role playing. *If time permits, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Of Mice and Men may be studied. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 10 or Honors English 10 and recommendation of instructor.
ENGLISH 12 (COURSE #112): The focus of this class will mainly center around college and job information as well as British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twentieth century. This is a course which will review skills that can be applied during the school year and in college. Some units/projects/activities include a Focus on the Future Unit (the letter of intent, college application essay, letter of decline, job application, resume, cover letter, letter of appreciation, and research from careercruising.com—these will be organized into a portfolio); Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, and Elizabethan Periods (history, culture, people, literature, and authors); Term Paper Unit (about each student’s cultural background); writing (following the writing process), grammar and vocabulary; reading (numerous independent and class novels and Hamlet, all of which are eligible for AR); artistic projects, and speaking (individual and group presentations, discussions, and role plays). Midterm and final exams are required. Credit value: 1 credit. Required course in 12th grade. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 11 or Honors English 11.
AP ENGLISH 12/COMPOSITION II (COURSE #122): This class is offered through Keystone College. Advanced Placement English will focus on many literary genres, such as poetry, drama, novel, short story, and nonfiction works (all of which are eligible for AR). Authors of these genres will be from various cultural backgrounds. Writing skills will focus on applying to college or for a job; the experience, interpretation, and evaluation of literature, along with writing for the AP exam. A term paper and many presentations will be required. Students are expected to work independently, as well as in groups. A portfolio serves as the midterm and final exams. Credit Value: 1 credit (3 credit hours through Keystone College). Satisfies senior year English requirement. Prerequisites: (Composition I is recommended.) Above satisfactory completion of English 11 or Honors English 11. Summer reading assignments are required prior to taking this course.
VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL ENGLISH 12 (COURSE #113): This is a full-year course designed to address those students who are seeking employment or a two-year vocational-technical degree after high school. The following topics will be addressed: technical reading and writing, applying for a job, creating a business, and business presentations. Midterm and final exams are required. Credit value: 1 credit (satisfies English 12 requirement). Prerequisites: Completion of English 11 or Honors English 11
READING AND WRITING ENRICHMENT (LOCAL ASSESSMENT) (COURSE#981, 982): This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for successful completion of the PSSA 11th grade Reading and Writing exam. This assessment has an assignment for each standard. This is a required class for students who are not proficient in reading and writing.
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT ELECTIVES
JOURNALISM I (COURSE #123): This is a course where students begin to learn the procedures to produce a newspaper. Students will learn how to write stories, features, editorials, and sports stories. They will also experience newspaper photography and computer layout. Some projects/activities include interviewing news subjects, writing stories to be featured in issues of the Crimson Echo, taking photos, and field trips to the Canton Independent Sentinel and/or Star Gazette. Credit Value: 1 credit. Teacher Recommendation
JOURNALISM II (COURSE #124): This is a course where students continue to learn procedures of producing a newspaper. Students sell and design advertisements, interview subjects, write articles, type into the computer layout, and design the layout for the Crimson Echo. Some projects/activities include training Journalism I students, posting assignments, writing articles, writing book and movie reviews, meeting deadlines, newspaper sales, collaborative research and promotion. Credit Value: 1 credit.
JOURNALISM III (COURSE #125): This is a course in which students continue to apply the procedures of producing a newspaper. Students take charge of selling and designing ads; assigning article tasks to Journalism I & II students; and writing articles for each of the mediums: news, features, sports, editorials, and columns. In addition to designing, assigning, and writing, students take the photos and scan them to use in the Crimson Echo. Finally, students are in change of newspaper design, headlines, graphics, captions and distribution while meeting deadlines and working collaboratively with peers and staff to produce a quality newspaper for the Canton community. Credit Value: 1 credit.
COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (COURSE #126): This class is through Keystone College. The focus is essay writing that is designed to sharpen the student’s perceptions of the world and to facilitate communications with correctness, clarity, unity, organization and depth. The following units will be taught: narrative/descriptive, comparison/cause-effect, commas, process analysis, classification/division, argument, and term paper. A portfolio serves as the midterm and final exam. Credit Value: 1 credit (3 credit hours through Keystone College).
SAT VERBAL (COURSE #140): This course is designed so that students gain an understanding of how the Scholastic Aptitude Test-Part I Reasoning (SAT-I) is scored, as well as when and where not to guess on questions. A major focus will be on vocabulary. Students will learn and utilize strategies in the word completion, essay, and reading comprehension sections. They should feel comfortable when they take the test as they will have learned what is to be expected. Students will take quizzes on each section as well as sample Verbal SAT I tests. Credit Value: 1 credit.
WORLD LITERATURE (COURSE #128): This is a college prep. course in which students will study major literary selections of the world’s most famous writers. The selections are organized by culture and chronology to present the literature of the world in a culture and historical context. Students will learn to understand literary concepts and to appreciate writer’s techniques, thereby enabling them to respond appropriately to great literature. Credit value: 1 credit. Must be in 11th or 12th grade.
PUBLIC SPEAKING (COURSE #129): Public speaking engages students in the speech process. They learn about and deliver different types of speeches: informative, persuasive, demonstration as well as specialized speeches. Different types of communication are addressed, as is delivery and the components of a speech. If time permits, students may engage in the aspects of public speaking as it is used in performance. Credit Value: 1 credit.
PUBLIC SPEAKING II (COURSE #130): Public Speaking II is a year-long class. The focus of this class will be on strengthening the skills learned in Public Speaking I and making them more honed. Debate and argumentation will be incorporated into the class. In addition, Oral Interpretation, Readers Theater, and Drama may be explored. This will be open only to juniors and seniors as it has a prerequisite. Students who are going to college or who wish to improve their speaking skills are especially encouraged to enroll in this course. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Public Speaking I
MOVIE STUDIES (COURSE #132): This is a nine weeks course that analyzes various movie genres through movie elements, such as characters, lighting, sound, color, mise en scene, dialogue, camera shots, as well as the movie production process. Students will be writing essays, researching actors and directors, creating group presentations, and discussing various movie-related topics. Credit Value: 1 credit
Ms. Patsy Baxter Mrs. Lisa Cole
Mrs. Brandy McRoberts Mr. Dave Reynard
Required Courses for 9th and 10th grade
9th grade 10th grade
American History II Modern America
Honors American History II Honors Modern America onorsRequired Courses/Elective for 11th and 12th grade (must select one for each grade)
11th grade 12th grade
P.O.D. World Cultures
Honors POD Honors World Cultures
GEOGRAPHY 7 (COURSE # 003): Studies the concepts of map making, features and land surfaces of the earth as well as locations of various places in the world and the culture and history of these areas.
AMERICAN HISTORY I 8 (COURSE #038): This course begins with the Three Discoveries of America and ending with the Reconstruction of the United States following the Civil War. Units studied include Discoveries of America, American Colonial Period, Puritans and the Pilgrims, Colonial Wars and conflicts, American Independence, Governing our new country/United States Constitution, Industrialization of the United States, Sectional Differences, Slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction.
AMERICAN HISTORY II (COURSE #210): This is a one-credit course concentrating on the study of American History since the Civil War. Beginning with the development of the West, students will explore the development of our country’s history. Special emphasis is placed on American Presidents, their leadership and their contributions. Also, emphasis is placed of American involvement in a number of conflicts: Spanish-American War, World War I & II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf Crisis and the current War on Terrorism. The course will conclude with a student of the current President’s administration. Emphasis is also placed on specific time periods, such as the “Roaring Twenties” and the “Great Depression”. A basic understanding of these items is a requirement for this course. Some projects/activities include written reports and group work. Credit Value: 1 credit. Required course in 9th grade.
HONORS AMERICAN HISTORY II (COURSE #220): This course will be encompassing the same topics as Course #210.This course will be a more “in-depth” look at American History. More emphasis will be placed on Presidential studies, which will include more research and written reports by the students. Research on Historic sites within the U.S. will also be included in this course description. Credit Value: 1 credit. Required course in 9th grade.
MODERN AMERICA (COURSE #217): This course will continue student studies of United States History from WWI to present day. Major topics will include WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, the New Deal, and the Cold War. The class will also cover the Civil Rights Movement, Watergate, the Cuban Missile Crisis and other major events in U.S./ World History. Students will also revisit geographic concepts and locations as well as U.S Government, as a part of this course. Credit Value: 1 credit. Required course in 10th grade.
HONORS MODERN AMERICA (COURSE #218): This course will be encompassing the same topics as Course #217.This course will be a more “in-depth” look at Modern America. This course will continue student studies of United States History from WWI to present day. Major topics will include WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, the New Deal, and the Cold War. The class will also cover the Civil Rights Movement, Watergate, the Cuban Missile Crisis and other major events in U.S./ World History. Students will also revisit geographic concepts and locations as well as U.S Government, as a part of this course. Credit Value: 1 credit. Required course in 10th grade.
SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT ELECTIVES
WORLD CULTURES (COURSE #211): This is a one-credit course which begins with an introduction to a study of “Course” and an examination of the development of Civilization. This course is divided into four divisions of study. They include: the Former Soviet Union, Communist China, The Middle East, and the Continent of Africa. In each unit all aspects of people’s culture are explored, from geography and occupations to government and religious values. The purpose of this course is for students to gain an understanding of another regions way of life, which will facilitate a greater appreciation of our own culture. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of American History II.
HONORS WORLD CULTURES (COURSE #214): This is a one-credit course, based on the same topics in World Cultures with some modifications. First, the students who would be taking this course will be chosen by the Social Studies Department. Second, much more is required of these students due to the fact that the material is studied in a more “in-depth” manner. Research projects (3-5 papers) are due for every four and one half week study. Also, a book report is a requirement that must be completed by the conclusion of the course. These are all graded by using a rubric based on writing assessment. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Chosen by selection method.
POD (COURSE #212): This course will explore the foundations of our American Government system, from the documents used to construct our Constitution to the types of powers created by our basic principles. We will also study political behavior within our two-party system, such as voting behavior, impact of the media, and the role of interest groups. A study of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government will show students the responsibilities and duties each branch has within our Federal system. We will also discuss the functions of State and local government, Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Am History II.
HONORS POD (COURSE #224): This is a one-credit course on the same topics as POD with some modifications. First, the students who would be taking this course will be approved by the Social Studies Department. Second, much more is required of these students due to the fact that the material is studied in a more “indepth” manner. Research projects in which the topics and expectations are presented in the beginning of the course are three-five pages long. These are all graded by using a rubric based on writing assessment standards. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Chosen by selection method.
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (COURSE #221): This course gives an overall look at the major components of psychology. The topics include studies on nature vs. nurture as a determinant of behavior, kinds of perception, varied states of altered consciousness, methods of learning, types of memory, cognitive development, difference in intelligence, strategies for motivation and causes and effects of emotion. The life span of human development is also examined. If time, a brief overview of psychological disorders is discussed. Credit Value: 1 credit.
Mr. Richard Harstead, Mrs. Pam Larcom
Mr. Adam McCawley Mr. Gary Gleckner
Ms. Jen Swody Mrs. Nichole Bradley
Honors College Bound Electives:
9th – Honors Geometry 9th – Algebra I Calculus
10th – Honors Algebra II 10th – Geometry Statistics
11th – Honors Pre Calc 11th – Algebra II
12th – Math Elective 12th – Math Electives AP Calculus AB
7th GRADE MATH (COURSE #004): covers the following topics: Decimals and Integers, Equations and Inequalities, Exponents, Factors, and Fractions, Operations with Fractions, Ratios, Rates, and Proportions, Percents, Geometry, Geometry and Measurement, Patterns and Rules, Graphing in the Coordinate Plane, Displaying and Analyzing Data, and Using Probability
7th GRADE PRE-ALGEBRA (COURSE #004): covers the following topics: Algebraic Expression and Integers, Solving One-Step Equations and Inequalities, Decimals and Equations, Factors, Fractions, and Exponents, Operations with Fractions, Ratios, Proportions, and Percents, Solving Equations and Inequalities, Linear Functions and Graphing, Spatial Thinking, Area and Volume, Right Triangles in Algebra, Data Analysis and Probability, and Nonlinear Functions and Polynomials.
7th-GRADE MATH ENRICHMENT (COURSE #032): This class meets every-other-day for one marking period. The emphasis is on learning techniques for solving nonroutine problems using math and logic. This is accomplished through the use of games, puzzles, and manipulatives.
8th GRADE PREALGEBRA (COURSE #043): This course covers the following topics: Foundations of Algebraic Expressions, Equations and Integers, Equations and Rates, Inequalities, Formulas and Percents, Data Analysis and Probability, Geometry (measurement and angles), Measurement, and Function Rules and Patterns.
8th GRADE ALGEBRA 1 (COURSE #042): This course covers the following topics: Foundations of Algebra, Solving Real Number Equations, Linear Functions and Data Organization, Graphing/Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities, Polynomials, Systems of Equations and Inequalities, and Simplifying Rational Algebraic Expressions.
ALGEBRA 1 (COURSE #310): Algebra 1 is an entry level mathematics course for those students entering the academic mathematics sequence (Algebra 1, Plane Geometry, Algebra II). It is designed to introduce the concept of a variable and its relationship to the set of real numbers. A strong emphasis will be placed upon properties of numbers and equalities and carried over into solving linear quadratic and higher degree equations and inequalities. Problem solving skills will be developed throughout the sequence of the course. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra or Math 8.
PLANE GEOMETRY (COURSE#311): This is a comprehensive course in plane and solid geometry emphasizing logical reasoning, spatial visualization skills, measurement, and especially real-world applications. Through the use of definitions, axioms, postulates, theorems, and corollaries the following topics will be covered: 1) Points Lines, Planes, and Angles; 2) Deductive Reasoning; 3) Parallel Lines and Planes; 4) Congruent Triangles; 5) Quadrilaterals; 6) similar Polygons; 7) Right Triangles; 8) Circles; 9) Constructions; 10) Areas of Plane Figures; 11) Areas and Volumes of Solids; and 12) Coordinate Geometry. Some projects/activities include: building periscopes and bridges out of toothpicks. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1.
HONORS PLANE GEOMETRY (COURSE #331): This is a comprehensive course in plane and solid geometry emphasizing logical reasoning spatial visualizations skills, measurement, and especially real-world applications. Through the use of definitions, axioms, postulates, theorems, and corollaries the following topics will be covered: 1) Points Lines, Planes and Angles; 2) Deductive Reasoning; 3) Parallel Lines and Planes; 4) Congruent Triangles; 5) Quadrilaterals; 6) Similar Polygrams; 7) Right Triangles; 8) Circles; 9) Constructions; 10) Areas of Plane Figures; 11) Areas and Volumes of Solids; and 12) Coordinate Geometry. Some projects/activities include building periscopes and bridges out of toothpicks. This class moves at a faster pace and covers more indepth information. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completions of Honors Algebra I.
TECHNICAL ALGEBRA (COURSE #327): Study of intermediate algebra and trigonometry, designed to prepare students for the technical fields. Topics include algebraic expressions, linear equations, systems of equations, right triangle trigonometry, functions, graphs, geometry, ratio and proportion, and variation. Not designed to prepare students for pre-calculus. Prerequisites successful completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry as well as enrolled in Northern Tier Career Center.
ALGEBRA II (COURSE #312): Algebra II the third course offered in the academic mathematics sequence. A review of all the Algebra I skills, but with a greater degree of difficulty enables students to grasp in-depth studies of the following: Functions, Linear Systems, Determinants, Polynomial Equations, Radicals and Irrational Numbers, Quadratic Relations and Systems and their applications to graphics calculators, computers, and the workplace. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra I, Informal Geometry or Plane Geometry.
HONORS ALGEBRA II (COURSE #322): This course is taken only by students in the 10-1 section. Algebra II is the third course offered in the academic mathematics sequence. A review of all the Algebra I skills, but with greater degree of difficulty, enables students to grasp in-depth of the following: functions, linear systems, determinants, polynomial equations, radicals and irrational numbers, quadratic relations and systems, and their applications to graphic calculators, computers and the work place. This class moves at a faster pace and covers more indepth information. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra I, Plane Geometry or Honors Plane Geometry, and recommendations of instructor.
STATISTICS (COURSE #317): This is a mathematics course incorporating the latest technological advances including the TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator, Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets, and Internet Projects. This course is designed to cover the following topics: 1) Data Exploration; 2) Probability; 3) Normal Distributions; 4) Samples; and 5) Hypothesis Testing. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra II.
PRE-CALCULUS (COURSE #313): This is a course designed to provide the essential mathematical background needed in Calculus. Topics to be covered include Linear relations and functions, theory of equations, matrices and vectors, circular functions, trigonometric functions, trigonometric applications, and Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II.
HONORS PRE-CALCULUS (COURSE #323): This is a course designed to challenge and prepare students for the AP Calculus courses for college credit. Topics covered: relations, functions and graphics; trigonometry; advanced functions and graphs; discrete mathematics; and an introduction to calculus. A major emphasis will be placed on mathematical theory, the use of the scientific and graphic calculator, and applications to use in the real world. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisites: successful completion of Honors Algebra II and recommendation of instructor.
CALCULUS (COURSE #314): This mathematics course introduces higher mathematics by examining the fundamental concepts and skills of calculus: functions, graphs, limits, derivatives, and antiderivatives. Importance is placed on applications and problem-solving. Credit value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Calculus or Honors Pre-Calculus and recommendation of instructor.
AP CALCULUS (COURSE #315): Advanced Placement Calculus is a college level mathematics course offered to those students who have demonstrated the ability to handle college level material. This course is geared toward students wishing to take the AP Calculus exam. NOTE: Students are NOT required to take the AP Exam. This course is designed to cover: 1) a review of all Pre-Calculus topics; 2) Limits of Functions; 3) Differential Calculus and its applications; 4) Integral Calculus and its applications up to and including Exponential and Logarithmic Functions. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: successful completion of Calculus and recommendation of instructor.
Mr. Thomas Hojnowski Mr. John Bowman
Mr. Donald Cron Mr. Miller Moyer
Mrs. Laura Heller
Required classes for 9th grade: Required/Elective classes for 10th grade
Biology I Chemistry I
Honors Biology I Honors Chemistry I
Electives for 11th and 12th
Astronomy Environmental Science
Human Anatomy and Physiology Agricultural Science
AP Biology Agricultural Biology
Chemistry II Physics I
7TH GRADE SCIENCE (COURSE # 005): Minerals, Rocks, Weathering and Soil Formation, Erosion and Deposition, Introduction to Matter, Properties of Matter, Energy, Temperature and Heat, Waves, and Sound.
8TH GRADE EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE (COURSE # 047): The Earth and Space Science course provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the relationship of the earth and its systems along with its relationship to space and other bodies in our solar system and universe. The general content outlined by the Academic Standards for Science and Technology and Environment and Ecology is followed in this course. Students are encouraged to consult this outline during the year and to note the weights of various content areas for the upcoming PSSA Exam in Science. The content includes: Views of Earth,Climate, Weathering and Soil,Oceanography, Erosional Forces,Our impact on the Environment, Plate Tectonics,Exploring Space, Earthquakes,The Sun-Earth-Moon System,Volcanoes,The Solar System, Geologic Time,Stars and Galaxies,Weather,Clues to Earths Past
BIOLOGY 1 (Course #410): Biology, or the study of life, begins by exploring the characteristics of life and the scientific method. Topics of further study include cells, heredity, natural selection, taxonomy, plants, vertebrates, fungi, bacteria, viruses and ecology. The many applications of biology to students daily lives are emphasized. Some labs/activities include the scientific method, pH, organic molecules, microscopy, genetics, gel electrophoresis, classification, plant and vertebrate dissection and water quality analysis. Credit Value: 1 credit.
HONORS BIOLOGY 1 (COURSE #420): Biology, or the study of life begins by exploring the characteristics of life and the scientific method. Topics of further study include cells, heredity, natural selection, taxonomy, plants, vertebrates, fungi, bacteria, viruses and ecology. The many applications of biology to students daily lives are emphasized. Some labs/activities include the scientific method, pH, organic molecules, microscopy, genetics, gel electrophoresis, classification, plant and vertebrate dissection and water quality analysis. Students enrolled in the Honors Biology will be required to complete additional lab activities to deepen their understanding of biological concepts. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite :87% or higher in Earth & Space Science, recommendation of the instructor and a score of Proficient or better on the PSSA Math Test.
CHEMISTRY I (COURSE #411): Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that it undergoes. Matter can be considered to be anything in our universe no matter how large or small. Students will be required to build a reference text, a notebook, for this course from the information presented through the year. Students will explore a variety of subjects, such as The Language of Chemistry, Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding, Gases, Solutions, Chemical Reactions and Acid/Bases and Salts. Students will experience hands on laboratory experiences to enhance classroom material. Students will be required to use the internet for research as well as homework, quizzes and tests. Students taking this course will be required to take a written as well as a practical lab final exam the last week of the course. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the combination of Biology I and Algebra I.
HONORS CHEMISTRY I (COURSE #425): Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that it undergoes. Matter can be considered to be anything in our universe no matter how large or small. This course is designed to prepare students for the academic rigors that will be introduced in a college Chemistry I course. Students will be required to build a reference text, a notebook, for this course from the information presented through the year. Students will explore a variety of subjects, such as Understanding Scientific Measurement, Matter and Energy, The Atom, Chemical and Physical Changes, Chemical and Physical Properties, Chemical Equations, Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis, Stoichiometric Relationships based on Chemical Equations, Laboratory Techniques (gas collection, filtration, titration, determination of a product, etc….). Students will be required to use the internet for research as well as homework assignments, quizzes and tests. Students taking this course will be required to take a written as well as a practical lab final exam the last week of the course. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Proficient or better on the PSSA mathematics assessment, B or better in Honors Biology I, and the recommendation of your preceding science teacher.
CHEMISTRY II (COURSE #413C): This is an intense study of matter on a college level with an emphasis on the use of mathematics, analytical thinking, and prior knowledge of the Chemistry. Topics include Stoichiometry, Chemical Kinetics, Acids and Bases, Redox Reaction, Organic Chemistry, and Nuclear Chemistry. Credit Value: 1 credit.Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physics I, Chemistry I with an 87% or better in Chemistry 1.
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (COURSE #421): This is a college level course in which students will study the principles of anatomy and physiology. Included will be the topics of life processes, homeostasis, anatomical terms, medical imaging, skeletal systems, muscular systems, nervous systems, circulatory systems, digestive systems and reproductive systems. Dissections will occur within the units of study. Dissection of a fetal pig will occur as the culminating dissection. It is assumed that the student will spend at least five hours a week in unsupervised individual study. This course is being offered through Keystone College as dual enrollment. Credit value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Biology I with a final grade of at least 89% and permission of instructor.
AP BIOLOGY I(COURSE #426) (CELLS AND GENETICS, ORGANISMS AND POPULATIONS): The AP Biology curriculum will be divided into two semester courses studying science as a process, cellular biology, heredity and evolution, evolutionary biology, molecular genetics, diversity of organisms, structure and function of plants and animals and ecology. The purpose of this course is to prepare college-bound students interested in pursuing a degree in a science related field for the rigors of college science curricula. AP Biology is designed to be equivalent to a freshman biology class at the collegiate level. This course will follow the College Board’s Advanced Placement guidelines and prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam given annually in May. Time allocations: It is assumed that the student will spend at least five hours a week in unsupervised individual study. This course is being offered through Keystone College as dual enrollment. Credit Value: 1. Prerequisite: 90% or higher in Biology and Chemistry I and the permission of the instructor.
PHYSICS I (COURSE #412): This is course in which students will study the following topics: Motion in a Straight Line, Graphical Analysis of Motion, Forces, Vectors; Motion in Two Dimensions, Universal Gravitation, Momentum and its Conservation, Work, Power, and Simple Machines, Energy, and Waves. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry I.
PHYSICS II (COURSE #413P): This is a semester course in which students will study the following topics: Reflection and Refraction, Mirrors and Lenses, Diffraction, Static electricity, Electric Field, and Electric Currents. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physics I.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE(COURSE #432): This is a science course that explores man’s role in the environment and the social, political, and economic, implications of this interaction. Natural history of local fauna will also be examined. Field work involving mark and recapture techniques, collection of fishes and aquatic invertebrates, and plant identification will be completed. Periodic readings from Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac will introduce students to the most famous book ever written about nature. Note: students are not required to take the AP exam. Students in this class must bring their love of nature, the spirit of debate, and pair of boots in order to be successful. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Earth Science with an 87% or better and recommendation of instructor.
ASTRONOMY 11-12 (COURSE #433): Astronomy is designed for the student who is interested in space exploration; planetary characteristics, mythology, and stars. It is the intent of the course to discuss and discover astronomical concepts and discover how they relate to the world around us and to potential jobs in the field of Astronomy. The course may require a few trips outside of the normal class time or setting order to demonstrate classroom concepts in the “real world”. Experiences may include the utilization of a planetarium. Evaluation will be based on participation in class activities, lab work, discussion, textbook assignments, tests, quizzes, and a final exam. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Earth and Space Science, Biology and Chemistry.
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE (COURSE #423): Fundamentals and Applications: Agriscience focuses on the fundamentals and basic applications of agriculture today. A central focus will be on the next generation’s quest to feed the projected 10 billion people that will live on the earth at that time. Some of the basics in agriculture that will be necessary to succeed in this task will be highlighted in this course. Such topics may include natural resource management, integrated pest management, plant science, animal science, food science and technology, and communications and management in agriscience. Every student taking agriscience is encouraged to become an
AGRICULTURAL BIOLOGY (COURSE #422): Ag Biology focuses on a biological approach to agriscience. Ag biology concentrates on the scientific principles of the central components of the agricultural industry. These components include plant and animal science, genetic engineering, aquaculture, environmental science, food science and technology. Ag Bio assists students in learning the essential information needed to continue their exploration into the field of agriscience. Every student taking Ag biology is encouraged to become an FFA member. Credit Value: Credit 1. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology. Chemistry must also be taken during the 10th grade year.
AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE (COURSE #477): Ag Experience is a course designed to discuss and research various areas in the agricultural field. The course is intended to allow for many field experiences in the local school setting. The students will also do a variety of research projects and reports exhibiting their knowledge of the topics that are discussed. Leadership skills will be expected of each student. Every student taking Ag Experience must be an
AG TEACHING/LAB ASSISTANT 12 (COURSE #424): The student is recommended and requires approval from the Ag Science teacher in order to take this course. This is an independent study course where one senior student that has exhibited an extreme interest in Ag Sciences acts as a Teaching/Lab Assistant (TLA). This course includes the managing of science labs and experiments and conducting demonstrations in an area of Ag Science specialty. The student will also assist in the paperwork and activities of the FFA and its operations. This course is designed to allow a student to be an attractive candidate for a lab assistant job at the university level. The student is required to be an FFA member. Credit Value: ½ credit to 1 credit, depending on schedule. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and FFA membership.
Ms. Maryann Mannick
Mr. Robert Rockwell
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (COURSE #509): This course provides an introduction to business and personal computer applications. Hardware and software components of computer systems are examined along with current issues and trends in the area of computer technology. The fundamentals of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop publishing, and presentation graphics will be emphasized through the use of Microsoft Office’s Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Publisher Applications. Credit Value: 1 credit. Required course for graduation.
BUSINESS DEPARTMENT ELECTIVES
KEYBOARDING (COURSE #028): Seventh grade Keyboarding is a course that puts emphasis on a thorough knowledge of the keyboard with the development of speed and accuracy. Students learn to key the alphabetic and numeric keys "by touch" using the proper technique. Exercises are provided for learning basic word processing features. Students will format personal business letters with envelopes and reports using Microsoft Word. They learn to apply proofreader's marks and revise text, apply capitalization and other basic language arts skills, and apply number usage rules. Basic spreadsheet and presentation graphics features will be introduced as time permits.
BUSINESS EXPORATIONS (COURSE #068): This course is offered to 8th grade students to give them the opportunity to briefly see what is offered in the Business Curriculum. Brief sections in Accounting, Business Law, and Everyday Business are taught. All of these give the student the foundation for what “Business” is all about.
ADVANCED COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (COURSE #510): This course builds upon a student’s understanding of the basic features and options in Microsoft Office applications. The course focuses on the more complex and advanced capabilities of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher. Students will learn to create integrated documents. A final project will utilize all applications. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Computer Applications with a minimum grade of 82%.
ACCOUNTING I (COURSE #521): A class for junior and seniors. Accounting I provides complete coverage of three types of businesses – proprietorship, partnership, and corporation. Each type of business is presented in a complete accounting cycle covering analyzing transactions, journalizing, posting, petty cash, financial statements, and adjusting and closing entries. This class is recommended for those students planning on majoring in business in college. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th and 10th grades.
ACCOUNTING II (ADVANCED ACCOUNTING) (COURSE #522): A class for those students who have successfully completed the Accounting I class. Accounting II covers departmentalized accounting, accounting control systems, accounting adjustments, management and cost accounting, and not-for-profit accounting. This class is recommended for those students planning on majoring in business in college. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Accounting I.
BUSINESS LAW (COURSE #524): Business Law is a course in which students will be taught enough about law to guard themselves in ordinary everyday transactions. It is an attempt to aid the student in carrying out his/her daily business. Topics to be covered include law enforcement and the courts, crimes and torts, civil and criminal law, protection for the owner and consumer, the law of contracts, legal and illegal agreements, all forms of insurance, and bailments of personal property. This course is a requirement for any business major in college. Activities include two mock trials to be held in class. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th and 10th grades.
BUSINESS MATH (COURSE #525): This is a course which will help students prepare for today’s careers in business and for life’s everyday mathematical operations. The course is divided into five parts: Part I will develop basic skills in Business Math; Part II will deal with income, benefits, and payroll; Part III will cover borrowing and investing; Part IV will present the costs of home and automobile ownership; and Part V will cover business management and the cycle of manufactured goods. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 9th and 10th grades. Does satisfy 1 of 4 required math credits.
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (COURSE #529): An elective for 9th & 10th grade students. You’ll probably have several jobs during your lifetime. The more education you have, the better your income. So you’re very smart to choose to study Introduction to Business. This course features careers and business opportunities that are available to you. The business world has all types of jobs, and you’ll learn about those jobs and the businesses that furnish employment to the millions of workers in the economy. Credit Value: 1 credit.
YEARBOOK I (COURSE #540) Students in this year-long course are responsible for the design and publication of the Minnequan, our high school yearbook. Students should have a background or interest in one of the following areas: photography, desktop publishing, art/design, written language, or marketing/finance. Students must produce quality work, work together in groups, must be able to handle deadline pressure and should expect to spend additional time outside of the class working on the publication. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Teacher permission; see Mrs. Mannick.
YEARBOOK II (COURSE #541) This class is for the student who has completed Yearbook I and desires a leadership role in the yearbook class. The class is designed to develop leadership and design skills, accuracy and accountability. This class will meet at the same time as the Yearbook I class. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Yearbook Layout I.
FINE & PRACTICAL ARTS DEPARTMENT
Mr. Richard Harstead Mrs. Diana Bailey
Mr. Denis Manotti Mrs. Colleen Kinney
Mr. Jeff Cooley Ms. Maureen Martz
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE 7 (COURSE #026): This is a 9-week course designed as an overview of all aspects of the Family and Consumer Science Standards set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students will focus on the following units of study: Balancing Family, Work and Community Responsibility, Food Science and Nutrition, Housing and Textiles, Child Development, and Financial Resource Management. (There will be a class fee charged at the beginning of the course to cover all supplies needed for this class.)
CAREER DEVELOPEMENT 8 (COURSE #070): This is a 9-week course designed to provide an orientation to the world of work. Lessons are designed to introduce students to the technical nature of today's world and the role of productive workers. Activities enable students to increase self-awareness and make wise educational and occupational decisions as they plan for careers.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE 9 (COURSE #739): This is a 9-week course designed as an overview of all aspects of the Family and Consumer Science Standards set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students will focus on the following units of study: Balancing Family, Work and Community Responsibility, Food Science and Nutrition, Housing and Textiles, Child Development, and Financial Resource Management. (There will be a class fee charged at the beginning of the course to cover all supplies needed for this class.) Credit Value: 1/4 credit.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE I (10-12) (COURSE #740): This is a yearlong course designed to emphasize the Family and Consumer Science Standards set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The first half of the course is a specialized child development course that prepares students to understand the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth and development of children. The course is designed to help young people acquire knowledge and skills essential to the care and guidance of children as a parent or caregiver. Emphasis is on helping students create an environment for children that will promote optimum development. The second half of the course is a specially designed course with emphasis on helping students understand the significance of food, principles of nutrition, and the relationship of nutrition to health and well-being. This course offers students opportunities to develop skills in the selection, preparation, storing, and serving of food, meal management to meet individual and family nutritional needs across the life span, and optimal use of food resources. (There will be a class fee charged at the beginning of the course to cover all supplies needed for this class.)
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE II (11-12) (COURSE #741): This is a yearlong course designed to emphasize the Family and Consumer Science Standards set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The first half of the course is designed to identify the association between history, geography, culture, native foods, diet, and nutrition of people around the world. Students will plan, prepare, serve, and evaluate a wide variety of dishes typical to many cultures or regions. Written reports will identify the relationship between cultures and their food. The second half of the course is designed to give students practical learning experiences and skills necessary for living on their own. Budgeting and personal finances, housing selection and legal responsibilities, transportation and insurance, food purchasing, clothing selection and care are all topics covered in this course. (There will be a class fee charged at the beginning of the course to cover all supplies need for this class.) Prerequisite: FACS I
WOODSHOP 8 (COURSE #053): In this class students learn how to make several small wood projects, along with learning how to operate safely the woodworking machines to build these projects.
WOODSHOP 9 (COURSE #729): This is one semester course in which students will learn the basic construction methods as well as machine operation and safety. Some projects/activities include cutting, gluing, assembling, sanding, finishing, case construction, drawer construction, and door construction as well as individual projects. Credit Value: 1/4 credit.
WOODSHOP 10-12 (COURSE #730): Students will demonstrate the proper and safe operation of all tools and power machines. Students will be learning more advanced techniques of the construction of wood projects, such as drawer construction, door construction, mortise and tenon joints, and the making of raised panel doors. students will work on their individual projects demonstrating several or all of these different types of project construction Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Woodshop 9.
ART 7 (COURSE #024) is a survey course designed to develop good fundamental art skills through discussion, demonstration and practice. Our goal is to build a strong foundation that includes basic perceptual skills and design principles, while we explore different methods and mediums used in art production. We will study the historical and cultural context of art history and learn to develop an artistic vocabulary when discussing works of art.
ART 8 (COURSE #064) is a course that focuses on 3D art, specifically, the creation of ceramics. Students will learn the techniques of hand built pottery. They will study pottery from a historical and cultural perspective. Learn about kiln operation and decoration of ceramic pottery. Opportunity will be provided to experiment with the pottery wheel, as well, as ceramic sculpture.
ART 9 (COURSE #749): Art 9 is a general survey course designed to acquaint the student with the visual arts. We will introduce the building blocks of design and visual literacy through various art projects in drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. Credit Value: ¼ credit
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ADVANCED ART I (COURSE #751): Advanced Art I will be a continuation of technique and exploration of medial with a shift toward the most important aspect of art, creative expression and visual communication. Students will be expected to problem solve. Visual communication will be the goal with class projects oriented toward exploring self, family and community, in a variety of media including: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, jewelry making and crafts. Prerequisite: Successful completion of intro to art, with 77% or better.
ADVANCED ART II (COURSE #752): Independent study is offered to the student interested in a concentrated, intensive study of a specialized area of art. The student must have completed the last offered course in a series to be eligible for an independent study. Students are accepted into the course with teacher recommendation and will be under the direction and advisory of the art teacher. The course is intended for students with a desire to study art after high school. Students will learn to express an inner voice and communicate through visual arts. The emphasis is on quality and craftsmanship. The final outcome will be a developed portfolio suitable for college admission. Community exhibition is required. Entrance to the course is by teacher recommendation and or portfolio review. Course is open only to upperclassmen. Pottery, Photography, Crafts: Metal, Fiber and Stained Glass.
INFORMATION RESOURCES 7 (COURSE #029): This course introduces 7th graders to the high school library. Students will review library skills learned in elementary school and build on those skills, particularly in the areas of research, available resources, and the use of databases. Ethical concerns related to the use of computers and the internet will also be addressed.
COMPUTER ETHICS 8 (COURSE #072): This course will challenge 8th graders to use information, both print and electronic, responsibly and ethically. Students will learn how to cite their resources using the MLA style. They will also learn how to evaluate the information they find on the web and judge for themselves its authority, bias, currency, and design. Plagiarism will be defined and examined, as will copyright laws and internet safety.
INTERACTIVE MEDIA PRESENTATION I (COURSE #789): This is a full year course designed to give students experience in the following areas: Camcorder Techniques-taping slow/fast action in assemblies, musicals, dramas, sporting events; using multiple microphones and combiners, and computer graphics and PowerPoint presentations. A brief unit on using digital still cameras will also be part of this course. Students will have the opportunity to learn fundamental skills in editing their work. Credit Value: 1 credit.
INTERACTIVE MEDIA PRESENTATION II (COURSE #790): This is a course designed to give students advanced techniques in: Camcorder and AV equipment usage, digital photography techniques; and digital editing using the Casablanca editing system. Students will assume the responsibility for developing segments for the monthly INTERACT TV program. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Interactive Media I.
INTERACTIVE MEDIA PRESENTATION III (COURSE #791): This is a course in which students will learn the fundamentals of web design using the software package, Frontpage. Students will design and maintain the INTERACT page which is linked to the CASD web page. Students will also take responsibility for planning and directing an INTERACT show. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Interactive Media II.
INTERACTIVE MEDIA PRESENTATION IV (COURSE #792): This is a course for seniors who have completed levels 1-2-3 of Interactive Media. Students will have all the components of Video Technology III and additional requirements in assisting the high school faculty with their classroom video needs. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Interactive Media 3.
7th GRADE GENERAL MUSIC (COURSE # 020): This course is designed to educate students about the Renaissance era, the Baroque era, basic guitar and basic music literacy. It is aligned to the PA music standards and will use various forms of assessment; projects, compositions, menu format tests, listening quizzes and playing tests.
8th GRADE GENERAL MUSIC (COURSE #060): This course is designed to educate students about the Classical era, the Romantic era, and guitar and music literacy. It is aligned to the PA music standards and will use various forms of assessment; projects, compositions, menu format tests, listening quizzes and playing tests.
VOICE CLASS I (COURSE #763): This course is designed to improve vocal technique through knowledge of vocal pedagogy, breathing techniques, and solo singing techniques. An emphasis will be placed on the solo singer as opposed to the choral singer and solo literature from various time periods, languages, styles and genres will be used. Students will be required to learn the International Phonetic System, various terminology, different styles, and techniques. Grades will be based on in-class performances, homework, and exams (singing and written). Students will be responsible for purchasing the most recent edition of 24 Italian songs. Credit Value: 1 credit.
VOICE CLASS II (COURSE # 764): This course is a continuation of Voice Class II. An emphasis will be placed on vocal pedagogy, breathing techniques, and solo singing through the use of more advanced solo literature. Grades will be based on in-class performances, homework, and exams (singing and written). Students will be responsible for purchasing the most recent edition of 24 Italian songs if they did not receive it in Voice Class I. Prerequisite: Successful completion of voice class I, with 86.5% or better. Credit Value: 1 credit
MUSIC THEORY I and II (COURSE #760,761): These courses are designed to help students develop an understanding of music theory. The objectives are to learn the musical language and grammar, harmonic analysis and part writing which will lead to a more thorough understanding of music composition and theory. There will also be a focus on ear training and skills necessary for sight reading music literature. Music Theory II will follow the same concepts but increase in difficulty. Credit Value: 1credit. Prerequisite: Students must have participated in a music ensemble, taken private lessons or should be considering a career in the field of music.
SENIOR HIGH CHORUS (COURSE #769): This is a course that is divided into three areas: rehearsals including in-class evaluations, voice tests, and performances. At the beginning of each year students will receive a syllabus explaining each area and giving concert dates and performance expectations. The chorus rehearsals and voice tests are during school hours. Performances are 2-4 times per year and are mandatory for successful completion of the course. Chorus may be taken every day, or every other day if combined with Senior High Band. Credit Value: 1 credit/year if taken every day, or 1/2 credit/year if combined with Senior High Band and/ or Orchestra.
SENIOR HIGH CONCERT BAND (COURSE #779): This is a course, which is divided into three areas: rehearsals, lessons, and performances. At the beginning of each school year, students will receive a packet that explains lessons procedures and gives a list of concerts. Rehearsals are during school hours, as are lessons. Performances are 2-3 times a year and are mandatory for successful completion of the course. Concert Band may be taken every day, or every other day if combined with Senior High Chorus. Prerequisite: Previous lessons taken on a band instrument or commitment to take lessons on a band instrument Credit Value: 1 credit per year if taken 5 days per week, or 1/2 credit per year if combined with Senior High Chorus.
SENIOR HIGH ORCHESTRA (COURSE #768): This is a course which is divided into three areas: rehearsals, lessons, and performances. The orchestra rehearsals and lessons are scheduled during school hours. At the beginning of each year students will receive a packet that explains lesson procedures and gives a list of concerts. Performances are 2-3 times per year and are mandatory for successful completion of the course. Credit Value: 1 credit or ½ credit per year if combined with Senior High Band and/or Senior High Chorus. Prerequisite: Previous lessons taken on a string instrument or commitment to take lessons on a string instrument.
Mrs. Kathy Coleman Mr. Tim Ward
Mrs. Jaimee Pequignot
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 9/10 (COURSE #809): Activities throughout the year include Soccer, Aerobics, Volleyball, Obstacle Matball, Basketball, Fitness Testing, Softball, Badminton, and Track and Field. Credit Value: 1/2 credit. Required course in 9th grade. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Education 8.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 9/10 (COURSE #810): Activities throughout the year include Badminton, Aerobics, Volleyball, Obstacle Matball, Fitness Testing, Soccer, Track and Field, and Softball. Credit Value: 1/2 credit. Required course in 10th grade. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Education 9.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 11/12 (COURSE #811): Activities throughout the year include Archery, Golf, Flying Disc, Bowling, Badminton, Lacrosse, Aerobics, Volleyball, Pickle Ball, Weight Lifting, Indoor Soccer, Obstacle Matball, Basketball, Fitness Testing, Softball, and Adventure Activities. Credit Value: 1/2 credit. Required course in the 11th grade. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Education 10.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 11/12 (COURSE #812): Activities throughout the year include Archery, Golf, Flying Disc, Bowling, Badminton , Lacrosse, Aerobics, Volleyball, Pickle Ball, Weight Lifting, Indoor Soccer, Obstacle Matball, Basketball, Fitness Testing, Softball, and Adventure Activities. Credit Value: 1/2 credit. Required course in the 12th grade. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Education 11.
7th GRADE HEALTH (COURSE #022): This course provides an overview of reasons why we need medications, dangers of prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs, ways to use drugs responsibly and dangers of drugs. It also discusses the different types of alcohol, the effects on the body, diseases caused by alcohol and consequences involved with alcohol use. Types of tobacco and their effects on the body are also included in this course. Finally, we do an overview of the systems of the body.
8th GRADE HEALTH (COURSE #062): This course provides information on the male and female reproductive systems and their functions. It also provides information on pregnancy, child birth, birth defects, sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS.
HEALTH 10 (COURSE #813): This course is designed to address the state academic standards for Health in grade 10. It covers the topics of mental and emotional health, human growth, development, and nutritional choices. Credit Value: 1/4 credit. Required course in 10th grade.
LIFETIME HEALTH (COURSE #815): It is an advanced health class with extra time spent on dealing with health issues that most people will come across in their lifetime. We discuss and research different physical and mental diseases and disorders, environmental health, First Aid and CPR, personalities and relationships between the different types, ethics in the workplace, character, health careers, stress and stress relief activities, prescription drugs and common fitness trends.
DRIVER EDUCATION (COURSE #814): The purpose of this course is to serve as a learning aid so students can be safer and more responsible drivers. Students will gain knowledge of PENNDOT driving laws. Also, students will be taught the dangers of drinking and driving and the importance of seat belt usage. This course will help prepare the student to become a licensed driver. Credit Value: 1/4 credit. Required course in 10th grade.
Mrs. Danielle Gallagher Mrs. Kay Homer
SPANISH 1 (COURSE#609): All Spanish courses are based on the PA standards. This course is designed at the novice level. Students first respond at the word level using memorized words and expressions but by the end of the course they respond using simple sentences in Spanish. Students apply knowledge of cultures through foods, landmarks, holidays, social patterns, and perspectives. Students use Spanish to connect with other subject areas to acquire information. There will be a shift from traditional to performance based assessments as students progress through this course. Credit Value : 1 credit.
SPANISH 2 (COURSE#610): This course is designed at the intermediate low level. Students create sentences and ask questions. They function in simple survival situations. Students will now be able to maintain simple face to face conversations in highly predictable settings. Students apply knowledge of cultures through artifacts, social interactions, and perspectives. They use Spanish to communicate and create in the second language. This course will be a combination of traditional and performance based assessments. Credit Value : 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 1
SPANISH 3 (COURSE#611): The communication skills that deal with topics related to everyday situations and solving daily problems through conversational exchange, are emphasized. Vocabulary is extensive. Grammar is advanced and applied through spoken language and reading; writing is used to reinforce the spoken language. Culture and geography of the Spanish-speaking countries are also reviewed. Credit Value : 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 2 and an 84% average.
SPANISH 4 (COURSE# 612): This course will be performance based through the use of portfolios, presentations, interviews, journals, and demonstrations. Student will use language at the intermediate high level and low advanced level. Emphasis will be on demonstration of active knowledge in complex cognitive skills. Students will become more independent learners in this course. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 3and an 84% average.
SPANISH 5 (COURSE#613): Designed to follow successful completion of level 4 Spanish. This course will be performance based. Students will use language at the advanced level and focus will be on conversation and composition in Spanish. Students will be able to narrate and describe in the present, past, and future. They will converse in a clearly participatory fashion; initiate, sustain, and bring to a close a wide variety of communicative tasks, including those that require an increased ability to convey meaning with diverse language strategies. Students may choose to complete the ACTFL OPI test for college credit at the completion of this course. Credit Value : 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish 4.
FRENCH I (COURSE #619): This course is an introduction to French conversation and culture. It will provide students with the basic grammatical and vocabulary skills needed to speak and write in simple French. Students will learn about French culture and the francophone world. They will celebrate French holidays, cook French food, examine French geography and history, and develop an appreciation for a culture outside their own. Conversational skills will be emphasized. Credit Value: 1 credit.
FRENCH II (COURSE #620): This course will build upon the skills and vocabulary learned in French I. Students will continue to advance their oral and writing skills. Cultural aspects of France and French-speaking countries will also be studied. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of French I.
FRENCH III (COURSE #621): Students will be expected to express themselves in an increasingly precise and more detailed use of the French language. Students will study grammar and literature in addition to French culture. Abundant writing and translation practice will be encouraged. There will be a progressive introduction into a variety of literature of the French-speaking world. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of French II an 84% average in French II.
FRENCH IV (COURSE #622): This is a course in advanced French conversation. Grammar texts will be used to help further the student’s comprehension of the finer grammatical skills necessary to write in a more analytical style. A cultural text will be used to develop further reading comprehension and conversational skills. Credit Value: 1 credit. Prerequisite: Successful completion of French III an 84% average.
ONLINE FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSES: Guidelines for Online Languages at Canton High School:
Online language programs at Canton High School, such as Rosetta Stone, are designed primarily for enrichment students and those who would like to learn a third language in addition to English and Spanish/French.
Short referrals about the student’s independent study ability from 2 classroom teachers.
Parental and student signatures on a learning contract
Deadline dates must be added by the student to the class syllabus during the first week of the class. Students not meeting these mutually agreed-upon deadlines shall be issued 1 verbal warning followed by one written warning during the first 4 ½ weeks of the class. After that period, although written warnings will be given, a student must accept lowered grades.
Students not in the enrichment program may take an online language course in cases of valid scheduling conflicts provided they meet the above requirements.
Students are encouraged to take a third language to enhance their curricular goals.
Credit Value: 1 credit.
GIFTED SUPPORT PROGRAM
GIFTED SUPPORT 7-12: The gifted support program at Canton Area Junior/Senior High School is centered on exposing students to a variety of topics and creative and real-life problem solving. It is designed to build the gifted student’s critical and creative thinking skills through various challenges and activities while collaborating with gifted peers. Additional opportunities include possible acceleration in subjects or whole grade, honors level courses and AP or Dual enrollment courses. Gifted students in 9th through 12th grade have the additional opportunity of choosing an on line course in their area of interest.
TUTORING (COURSE #920): The elementary school staff is looking for responsible high school students with a good school attendance record to work closely with a teacher in providing extra help to elementary students. Depending upon where the high school student is assigned, the tutor may be helping students with drilling their basic math facts, learning their sight words, helping with organization, providing encouragement to a student who is struggling in school, or performing an assortment of duties as assigned by the teacher. The student will be graded on their attendance, reliability, adherence to school rules, and completion of assigned tasks. Tutors will participate in some training sessions at the beginning of the marking period so that they know what will be expected from them. Tutors also will keep a journal of their experience. This is an excellent opportunity for those students to escape the boredom of study hall, while at the same time making a positive difference in another person’s life. Tutoring opportunities may be limited during the first part of the school year, but are anticipated to increase in the second part of the year.
A student is given First Honor Roll status when all grades in major subjects are 87 or higher and all grades in elective subjects are 77 or higher.
A student is given Second Honor Roll status when all grades in major subjects are 87 or higher, with one grade in a major subject being 82 or higher; and all grades in elective subjects are 77 or higher.
CALCULATING GRADE POINT AVERAGE
When calculating grade point average at the end of the year, the following process is utilized:
1) Only major subjects are used to calculate GPA. These are subjects which students are scheduled to have every day for at least two marking periods (courses with ½ credit or more). Please note that Driver Ed, & Health 10 are not included when calculating GPA.
2) Semester average is calculated by multiplying the sum of the two marking period averages by two, adding the semester exam grade, and dividing this total by five.
3) Final average is calculated by determining the average of both semester grades.
A=94-100 B=87-93 C=77-86 D=70-76 F=69 and below
4.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 0
INCOMPLETE COURSE REQUIREMENTS
A student whose required work for any marking period is not complete at the end of the marking period, may, depending upon the circumstances and at the discretion of the teacher and High School Principal, be given an Incomplete (I) for the course grade on his or her report card.
A student with an Incomplete (I) will be given a specific deadline by the teacher to complete the outstanding work not to exceed two weeks past the report card issue date, unless there are extenuating circumstances as permitted by the High School Principal. Failure to satisfy the deadline will result in the grade being calculated, which would include lack of scores for assignments, quizzes and exams. More than likely, the grade will be failing (below 70). The incomplete grade will be changed by the teacher and reported to the Guidance Office by the determined deadline.
Following the completion of the Incomplete (I) grade(s), publication deadlines for Honor Roll, GPA, and Class Rank will be missed opportunities. Publications include but are not limited to: report card, transcripts, newspaper articles, etc.
Course Weighted Value
American History I
American History II
Advanced Computer Applications
Introduction to Business
Family Consumer Science 10-12 I
Family Consumer Science 11-12 II
Advanced Art I
Advanced Art II
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Voice Class I
Voice Class II
Interactive Media Presentation I
Interactive Media Presentation II
Interactive Media Presentation
Interactive Media Presentation IV
Current Health Issues
NTCC Major Sr.
NTCC Major Jr.
Honors English 9
Honors English 10
Honors English II
Honors World Cultures
Honors American History I
Honors American History II
Honors Algebra II
Honors Algebra I
Honors Plane Geometry
Honors Chemistry I
AP English 12/Composition II
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
COURSE WEIGHTING SYSTEM FOR CLASS OF 2008
It is important for students at Canton Jr.-Sr. High School to understand the weighting system for courses which is used in determining class rank. This system has nothing to do with National Honor Society (N.H.S.) selection or Honor Roll. It is very possible for a student to be a member of the National Honor Society and/or the Honor Roll and still rank lower in his or her class than students who are not selected for N.H.S. or Honor Roll, due to the fact that class rank is based on weighted average.
The following are examples of three students’ grades and weighted averages:
Grade Weight Quality Point
English 11 88 2 6.28
World Cultures 90 2 6.84
C.O.P./Doc. Prep. III 87 2.5 7.50
Accounting I 92 2 7.40
Business Math 95 1 4.10
Grade Average: 90.4 Total Quality Points: 36.22
Total quality points (36.22) divided by credits (5) gives a weighted average of 7.244.
Grade Weight Quality Point
English 11 88 2 6.28
World Cultures 90 2 6.84
Algebra II 87 2 6.00
Chemistry I 84 2 5.40
Spanish III 82 2.5 6.25
Grade Average: 86.2 Total Quality Points: 30.77
Total quality points (30.77) divided by credits (5) gives a weighted average of 6.154.
Grade Weight Quality Point
Honors English 11 88 2.5 7.85
World Cultures 90 2 6.84
Algebra II 78 2 4.20
Composition I 87 2 6.00
Family & Consumer Science I 92 2 7.40
Grade Average: 87.0 Total Quality Points: 32.29
Total quality points (32.29) divided by credits (5) gives a weighted average of 6.458.