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Course Sequence for Class of 2023
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Dear Rising Sophomores,

Your teachers introduced themselves and reviewed what you will be learning in the 2020-21 school year. While we still don’t know exactly what school will look like, we do know what subjects you will be learning. Students will receive their programs by the first day of school in September (TBD).

The summer assignment is a school-wide assignment. This will be posted on Friday, June 26 in your google classroom, “class of 2023.”  Below, you can read about your courses, teachers and course descriptions.

10th grade Courses











Course Name & Teachers

Global Literature II

Ms. Di Rico & Ms. Marenghi

Geometry or Algebra II/Trigonometry

Ms. Cogan & Ms. Mistretta

Earth Science or AP Environmental Science

Ms. Grey & Ms. Mistretta

Global History II

Mr. Blackman & Ms. Marenghi

Studio Art

Ms. Hawrylewicz

Physical Education or external PE

Mr. Breman

Spanish 2 or Spanish 3

Ms. Nardacci (Spanish 2, 3)

Ms. Kwan (Spanish 2)

Mr. Blackman, Mr. Jonas, Ms. Benowitz, Ms. Biggs, Mr. Zimmerman

Study skills course fall

(more info coming soon)

Social action course spring


2 credits (fall & spring)

Students who were in Algebra in grade 9 will take Geometry in grade 10. Students who were in Geometry in grade 9 will take Alg 2/Trig in grade 10.

Students who took Earth Science in 8th grade will take AP Environmental Science. Students who took Living Environment in 8th grade, will take AP Environmental Science.

2 credits (fall & spring). This course ends in a Regents exam.

All students earn 2 credits of art in grade 10.This is a graduation requirement.

External PE is for students on sports teams, who earn PE credit for that season (fall or spring term.) A form to apply for External PE will come out in the fall.

Students who took Spanish 1 will take Spanish 2. Students who took Spanish 2 will take Spanish 3. Spanish 3 ends in the LOTE exam, which is required for the Advanced Regents Diploma.

Students will see their advisors regularly. Advisories remain together for all 4 years of high school. Advisory provides socio-emotional support, and guides students through school.

Electives are one term. The whole 10th grade takes the same course. This count toward required ‘elective credits’ for graduation.

Course Descriptions:

Global Literature II: In this class the principle goal is to strengthen our literacy skills while thinking critically about the nature of individuality and society. What shapes an individual? Is it age, race, religion, sex, gender, orientation, class, culture, values and/or ability? Or is it something more undefined, like the psyche or the soul, or one’s values? Together we will examine ourselves and others, real and fictional, and what happens when individuals form groups. Ideally when individuals unite, harmonious society follows; but all too often we know conflict results. So what unites or divides us? We will learn about  unfortunate injustices too common in our world, and, throughout the year, each of you will work to fight an injustice. Students will read a variety of texts, including poetry, historical fiction, and study literary critical theory.

Global History II:  Global History in its entire 9th and 10th grade sequence is an exploration of the development of global society from its primitive early civilizations to the highly complex society that we live in today. The contemporary world is one that is characterized by interconnection between all, however this was not always the case and in this course we will examine these changes (commencing in 1750) over time. The road towards the globalized society that we live in today was not always smooth and we will see the various challenges that society has faced (and is some respects has yet to solve) in its development. The expectation is that by the end of the course, students will be informed global citizens who can articulate the connections between past and present and effectively examine the current direction of our world.

Geometry: Students will explore the Essential QUestions: How do you know what you know? How does Geometry impact the city we know well and love? How can we develop a well organized argument?  How do transformations inform our understanding of other Geometry topics? The content covered will be Foundations of Geometry, -Parallel & Perpendicular Lines/Planes-Transformations

-Congruence-Similarity-Right Triangle Trig-Quadrilaterals-Spatial Reasoning-Circles/Properties of Triangles

Algebra II/Trigonometry: You will study the Essential QUestions: - How do we effectively identify and use evidence to prove mathematical suppositions?- How can we use our different perspectives of mathematics to help us make sound economic decisions?- How can we use mathematics to interpret literature?- What will happen to our world if we change the assumptions upon which different areas of mathematics are based?- How do we use mathematics and other areas of study?- How do we use mathematics to find things that seemingly unrelated objects have in common?- Why do we learn mathematics? The content areas you will learn are: Series/Sequences Complex numbers, Polynomials , Equations, Exponents, Logarithms, Trigonometry, Compositions/Inverses, Transformations, Statistics, Probability.

Earth Science: Course Essential Questions: Where did the universe come from and how do we fit into it? How does studying the history of our planet help us to predict earthquakes, volcanoes, and weather? What powerful forces make, shape and destroy features on Earth?  How do people get useful materials from the Earth? How do I impact the Earth & its environment?  Units studied: Astronomy, Meteorology, Our Dynamic Earth (Plate Tectonics), Rocks & Minerals, Earthquakes, Landscapes, Hydrology.

AP Environmental Science: You will explore the Essential Questions: 1. How do ecological footprints affect the principles of sustainability? 2. Why is matter recycled in Earth’s spheres? How does climate affect other systems? 3. How does the interaction of species affect the flow of energy in an ecosystem? How does the interaction of species with each other and the interaction of species and the environment drive evolution and support biodiversity? 4. Why is a stable human population essential to achieve sustainability? How do reproductive strategies and the interactions of species with the Earth’s systems 5. How does the lithosphere naturally change over time? How are humans impacting the natural change of the lithosphere?  affect their population size? 6. How do humans benefit from the ecological services provided by Earth’s sphere and systems? How will sustainable use of land and water protect the Earth’s systems?  7. Why has the need for energy been the impetus for all human advancement? Why is there a need to transition to renewable energy sources and how could the transition to renewable energy sources impact Earth’s spheres and systems, which changing the way we think about policy making? You will study the content:  The Living World – Ecosystems, The Living World – Biodiversity, Populations, Earth Systems and Resources, Land and Water Use, Energy, Atmospheric Pollution, Aquatic and Terrestrial Pollution, Global Change

Studio Art: In Studio Art we will examine the role of art and design in society and consider the responsibilities and power of an artist within our social, cultural and political landscape.  Our art studio will be an innovative, open and safe space.  We will embrace Baruch’s 3 E’s: Empathy, Enthusiasm and being Extraordinary! We will explore with different art materials and, most importantly, we will have a lot of fun doing it. We will also consider many essential questions, such as: Does art have power? Can art influence change? What can a visual image communicate and what it cannot? How are you and your community impacted by globalization? How does media imagery affect our perceptions of identity in today’s world?

Spanish 2: In Spanish 2, you will learn How is learning Spanish and understanding Hispanic culture relevant to our lives? What are the similarities and differences between English and Spanish grammar? What strategies can I use to communicate more effectively in Spanish? How can I express facts, preferences, feelings, opinions, and ideas in Spanish?

Spanish 3:As we progress through Spanish III, we will be discussing these essential questions: How is learning Spanish and understanding Hispanic culture relevant to our lives?

What strategies can I use to communicate more effectively in Spanish?  What are the similarities and differences between English and Spanish grammar?  How can I express facts, preferences, feelings, opinions, and ideas in Spanish? The objective of Spanish III is to build on the skills developed in the first two years while developing proficiency in interpretative, interpersonal and presentation skills. Thematic vocabulary provides the basis for developing practical communication skills. Various aspects of Hispanic life and culture are explored. Emphasis is on continued development of past and future narration. Daily conversation and composition are an integral part of the course.