Chemistry is a lab-oriented course that explores matter and related topics. It helps students explain what makes up the world around them. Goals of this class include:

  • strengthening problem-solving skills that will help students succeed past their high school experience.
  • understanding atoms and matter
  • preparing for the NYS Chemistry Regents exam

Earth Science is a lab-oriented course that explores our planet's traits from earthquakes to raindrops, and floods to fossils. Goals of this class include:

  • strengthening problem-solving skills that will help students succeed past their high school experience
  • understanding the Earth’s features and systems
  • preparing for the NYS Earth Science Regents exam

Ecology:

This course explores many topics that are important to society today. It includes what are natural resources and how do we manage them. Students explore actual case studies and conduct hands-on research.

Living Environment:

This class introduces biology to our students. Topics explored in this course are:

  • scientific inquiry
  • cells
  • nutrition
  • photosynthesis
  • genetics
  • evolution
  • and more

This course ends with the Living Environment Regents.

Sports Anatomy:

Sports Anatomy is a course that will enable scholars to develop an understanding of the relationship between the structures and functions of the human body. It focuses on the study of human movement of systems, factors, and principles involved in human development. Scholars will learn about the effects of physical activity on health and performance, and how it influences athletes in society today. This course will prepare scholars for programs in physical education, kinesiology, and health.

Grading Policy

The grading policy is how students are graded based on the weight of different types of work that students do in their classrooms.  All teachers use the grading policies listed.  The word "assessment" can be quizzes, tests/exams, essays or any major work that teacher’s use to test student learning.

Grading Policy

Daily/Weekly Assignments: 35%

Any work that tests student understanding within a unit of study, or on a daily/weekly basis:

  • Do Nows/ Warm-Ups
  • Quizzes
  • Exit Slips
  • Performances of Understanding (classwork)
  • Homework

 

Summative Assessments: 35%

Any work        that tests student understanding at the end of learning. These require students to apply skills and content acquired over time. A minimum of 2 per marking period:

  • Unit Exams
  • Finals
  • Midterms
  • Projects
  • Performance Tasks
  • Research Papers
  • Essays

 

Scholarship: 20%

This area takes into tests student performance in non-academic areas. Grades issued based on marking period data.

  • Attendance (90% + in the individual class)
  • Timeliness (On-time 90 %+)
  • Behavior (no more than 3 demerits in a marking period)
  • Organization (maintains notes)
  • Respect for property (handles school property with care)
  • Class participation (Contributes to class and small-group discussion)

 

Student Self-Assessments: 10%

This area tests students’ effort to improve themselves. There will be a minimum of two opportunities for reflection and/or revision.

  • End of unit reflections
  • Test or paper revisions