Course Sequence for Class of 2023
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Dear Rising Juniors,

Your teachers introduced themselves and reviewed what you will be learning in the 2021-22 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 25 in your google classroom, “class of 2023.”  Below, you can read about your courses, teachers and course descriptions.

Course Descriptions:

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.

AP Statistics: In AP Statistics, we will follow four conceptual themes: Exploring Data, Planning a Study, Anticipating Patterns, and Making Inferences. This involves deriving methods to collect, summarize, analyze and interpret numerical information that relates to the real world. Probability is applied along with these statistical methods to observe consistent behavior in data and to develop rules such the Central Limit Theorem. This allows us to calculate confidence intervals to approximate results from data and to perform hypothesis tests and chi-square tests to check the validity of results from data. These statistical tools are used to make inferences and draw conclusions about data that go beyond what we are given.

Chemistry: Chemistry is a rigorous, laboratory-based, regents-preparatory class where students will use mathematical analysis and scientific inquiry (as appropriate) to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions. In this course the students will become scientists, following laboratory procedures with peers, using laboratory equipment and many familiar and new chemicals. We are a community of students, parents and educators dedicated to the development of empathetic, enthusiastic and extraordinary life long-learners both inside and outside of the classroom.

AP English Language: AP English Language and Composition is an introductory college-level composition course. Students cultivate their understanding of writing and rhetorical arguments through reading, analyzing, and writing texts as they explore topics like rhetorical situation, claims and evidence, reasoning and organization, and style.

English 11: This course prepares students for the English Regents in January, and students will focus on writing skills, and analysis of non-fiction texts to understand rhetorical devices.

AP US History: In this course, students will study the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that have shaped the United States from c. 1491 to the present. You'll analyze texts, visual sources, and other historical evidence and write essays expressing historical arguments.

US History: Students will study American History, to prepare for the Regents examination. In addition, students will complete a 10 page independent research paper in term 2 on a topic in US History of student’s choice. In 2020-21, we are partnering with Facing HIstory and Ourselves, with a focus on examining how the bigotry and hate that we witness today are the legacy of brutal injustices of the past. Facing our collective history and how it informs our attitudes and behaviors allows us to choose a world of equity and justice.

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.

Computer Science: In partnership with Amazon Future Engineer Program, students will complete an introduction to computer science, using the Edhesive software program. An interactive introductory course for students brand new to programming that teaches the foundations of computer science using the Python language. Not only will this semester- or year-long course prepare students for AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles, but it will teach students how to think computationally and solve complex problems, skills that are important for every student.

Sociology: The essential questions that will guide our work together and which we will seek to answer throughout the year are: How can viewing the world through the sociological imagination help us better understand the problems and trends we see in our communities?  How does society shape the individual and vice versa? What societal factors contribute to inequality? How can greater equality be established?

College Prep:  Students will use Naviance and the Naviance curriculum to begin the college process, including selecting a college, writing college essays, applying for financial aid and more.

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