Chemistry is a lab-oriented course that follows the New York State Standards for Regents Chemistry designed to facilitate scholars in their exploration of the most important ideas about matter and the processes of matter and related topics as well as aid them in formulating explanations about what they see around them. Goals of this class include:

  • enhancing problem-solving skills that will help students succeed past their high school experience.
  • gaining a better understanding of the atoms and matter and systems through conducting labs, group interaction, research projects, homework assignments, lecture, and assessment.
  • preparing for the NYS Earth Science Regents exam that will be taken in June 2018 at the conclusion of the school year.

Earth Science is a lab-oriented course that follows the New York State Standards for Regents Earth Science designed to facilitate scholars in their exploration of the most important ideas about our earth, earth processes and related topics as well as aid them in formulating explanations about what they see around them. Goals of this class include:

  • enhancing problem-solving skills that will help students succeed past their high school experience.
  • gaining a better understanding of the Earth’s features and systems through conducting labs, group interaction, research projects, homework assignments, lecture, and assessment.
  • preparing for the NYS Earth Science Regents exam that will be taken in June 2018 at the conclusion of the school year.

Ecology:

This course surveys key topic areas including the application of scientific process to environmental analysis; ecology; energy flow; ecological structures; earth systems; and atmospheric, land, and water science. Topics also include the management of natural resources and analysis of private and governmental decisions involving the environment.  Students explore actual case studies and conduct hands-on, unit-long research activities, learning that political and private decisions about the environment and the use of resources require accurate application of scientific processes, including proper data collection and responsible conclusions.

Living Environment:

The Living Environment is an introductory biology course that includes 1200- minute laboratory component. The curriculum follows New York State Living Environment Core Curriculum. Areas of concentration include scientific inquiry, cell structure/function, basic biochemistry, nutrition, photosynthesis, respiration, mitosis, meiosis, genetics, protein synthesis, evolution, classification, plants, animals, body systems, ecology, and human impacts on the environment.  The course is expected to prepare students to explain the most important ideas about our living environment. It is accomplished through lectures, large and small group discussions, text readings and lab activities. Laboratory experiences provide the opportunity for students to develop the scientific inquiry techniques, the use of information systems, the interconnectedness of content and skills and the problem-solving approaches. Scholars will be prepared for the NYS Living Environment Regents exam that will be taken in June at the conclusion of the school year.

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

A department's grading policy is the way in which the members of that department have chosen to weigh the different types of works that students do in their classrooms.  Grading policies are used across the board by all teachers in that department.  Please note that anywhere the word "assessment" appears can be meant to refer to quizzes, tests/exams, essays or any major work that is used to measure a students knowledge.

Sciences Grading Policy

Homework: 5%

Classwork: 30%

Participation :10%

Labs: 15%

Quizzes: 10%

Tests: 20%

Projects: 10%