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COURSE OFFERINGS & ELECTIVES 2011-12 All of life is a journey; which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine.

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1 COURSE OFFERINGS & ELECTIVES All of life is a journey; which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there. From A Little Book of Happiness

2 VCHS Science Program: The Core 4 Regents Program Accelerated Program 9 Living Environment (Regents/AD) Earth Science (AD) Block LE/ES 10 Earth Science (Regents/AD) Chemistry (Regents/AD) 11 Regents Chemistry and/or Science Elective Regents Physics 12 Regents Physics and/or Science Elective

3 VC Science Electives Program College Electives Science Research AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Physics High School Electives Elements of Science Basic Physics Forensics- Pending BOE Approval Speak to your science teacher/guidance counselor about ways for motivated students to take the Core 4 Science courses and access science electives!

4 Elements of Science 1.Alternative to Regents Chemistry 2.Basic concepts of chemistry and physics 3.No scheduled lab period (labs incorporated in class) 4.Fulfills NYS mandated 3rd credit of science VC Science Electives

5 Forensics- Pending BOE Approval 1.Major goal: gain an understanding of the science of criminal investigation 2.Major areas of study: crime scene analysis, trace evidence (hair, blood, prints, DNA), determining cause/time of death, witness reliability 3.No scheduled lab period (labs incorporated in class) 4.Fulfills NYS mandated 3rd credit of science 5.Prerequisite: Successful completion of two (2) Regents science classes VC Science Electives

6 Basics Physics 1.Alternative to Regents Physics 2.Basic concepts of physics 3.No scheduled lab period (labs incorporated in class) 4.4th credit of science 5.Prerequisite: Elements of Science or Regents Chemistry VC Science Electives

7 Science Research I, II, III 1. 3-year SUNY Albany course starting in grade college credits & 3 Regents elective credits 3. Motivated students looking to do research in any field Design, conduct, report on an original experiment Present at science competitions like Intel or Siemens Attempt to have research paper published

8 Advanced Placement(AP)Science Courses 1.Motivated students looking to go beyond the basics learned in Regents science classes (equivalent of a first year college science course) 2.Extensive lab experiences with formal written lab reports 3.Students take the AP exam at the end of the course and may be eligible for college credit 4.Prerequisite: Mastery (minimum 85 or higher) of corresponding Regents science course or a science teacher recommendation

9 Advanced Placement Biology 1.Major areas of study: molecules and cells, genetics and evolution, organisms and populations 2.Prerequisite: Mastery of Regents Living Environment and successful completion of (or concurrent enrollment in ) Regents Chemistry VC Science Electives

10 Advanced Placement Chemistry 1.Major goal: attain depth of understanding of chemical problems, with emphasis on the mathematical formulation of the principles of chemistry 2.Major areas of study: structure and states of matter, chemical reactions, descriptive chemistry and extensive lab experiences 3.Prerequisites: Mastery of Regents Chemistry & Math 11 VC Science Electives

11 Advanced Placement Physics (C) 1.Major goal: develop an understanding of principles of physics and the ability to apply them in the solution of problems. 2.Major areas of study: calculus-based Newtonian mechanics (2 dimensional motion, work and energy) 3.Prerequisites: Mastery of Regents Physics and Math 11 VC Science Electives

12 For more information stop by the Science Office: Mr. Fracalossi, Science Supervisor OR speak with your science teacher or guidance counselor Welcome to the High School Science Department PhysicsChemistryEarth ScienceBiology

13 English choices

14 College Credit Options This course is a college-level course based on the careful reading and analysis of imaginative literature. AP- English Language and Comp.AP- English Literature and Comp. All students in AP will be expected to sit for the AP Examination in May. Valley Central grade and credit will be awarded in June, however, students may be eligible for college credit depending on their AP Examination score in July -subject to the policy of their selected college or university. This course is a college-level course based on helping students to become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of contexts and to become skilled writers. This course is a college-level course based on helping students to become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of contexts and to become skilled writers.

15 College Credit Options This course is a college-level course that emphasizes student practice in expository writing and library skills. Reading and class discussion center on the formal and informal essay and the research paper. Valley Central grade and credit will be awarded in January and June, however, students may be eligible for up to 6 college credits depending on the policy of their selected college or university. FEE REQUIRED and textbooks must be purchased. College English 101/102- SUNY

16 Elective Choices- Shakespeare-The Shakespeare elective is designed to provide extensive reading and analysis of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. The course is created to stimulate the student's enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare. Public Speaking- This course is offered to those students wishing to better participate in public speaking. It will provide the necessary training to enable the student to speak in public with positive self-adequacy. The course requires active participation and provides excellent preparation for successful adult-world communication.

17 Contemporary Issues in Literature- This is a course for students who want to read compelling literature and discuss how it relates to real life. Students will examine contemporary novels, short stories and poetry that express voices from various cultures and social backgrounds. Journalism-Journalism introduces students to the many styles and principles of responsible journalism. Students learn several types of news and are required to produce, edit and publish the school newspaper. The course provides hands- on experience with the world of communications and allows students to work under deadline conditions.

18 Creative Writing – This course is designed to motivate students who would like to write fearlessly and with confidence. Students will try their hands at poetry, short stories, playwriting and other genres to give each student a taste of the world of writing. Video Production- In this project-based course, students will learn the basics of concept development, scriptwriting, production planning, photographic composition, camera techniques, lighting design, sound design, and digital editing. Quality work from the class will be shown at VCs annual film festival and on VCs emerging television station.

19 Why take Math? Which course is for me? December, 2010

20 In order to graduate high school in New York State… You MUST earn at least 3 credits in Math –Algebra –Geometry –Mathematics in Action –Algebra II and Trigonometry

21 If you are planning to go to college… DONT go without math in your senior year! You will have to take a placement test when you get to college. If you dont do well, you will have to take a remedial math class that you pay for but does not get you any credit.

22 College Prep Math –for non-Math or Science majors Pre Calculus College Algebra – 3 OCCC credits & College Trigonometry – 3 OCCC credits AP Calculus AB

23 Other Math Electives

24 Survivor Math (Math in Action 2) This course is designed to give students a firm problem-solving foundation as required in many current professions. It teaches students to think and work together, present solutions orally to the whole class, and write detailed solutions to real-life problems – all using technology.

25 Survivor Math (Math in Action 2) Potential projects include: modeling mathematics found in different career fields using websites, such as, education.nasa.gov and smithsonianeducation.org; geometry design ; and a math problem solving video where students create a video of everyday math they observe in the real-world.

26 Probability & Statistics This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the persuasiveness of probability and statistics in todays society and the means to use the concepts and formulas to problem solve. Topics included are data collection techniques, calculating probabilities, data distributions, hypothesis testing, regression and analysis, expected values, conditional probability, binomial and normal distribution, data analysis (random sampling and sampling distribution), and measures of association.

27 VCHS Social Studies Department Electives College Course Offerings & AP Courses

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29 Many of the questions that fascinate us are questions about peoples behavior in groups. Sociology is a one semester elective on the study of group life and provides a perspective on the world – a lens in which to examine the link between personal experience, families, friendships and society at large. This course provides an excellent foundation for Sociology classes in college. What makes for a stable family? What causes racism? Why is it more likely that one person will help another when there are less people around and less likely when there are more people around? How does gender influence your decisions? What makes for a stable family? What causes racism? Why is it more likely that one person will help another when there are less people around and less likely when there are more people around? How does gender influence your decisions?

30 If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. -Abraham Maslow If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. -Abraham Maslow Why do you make the choices you do? How does your brain influence your personality? Why do you dream? Why do you have reflexes? How can you tell when people are lying? Are criminals born or made? Why do you make the choices you do? How does your brain influence your personality? Why do you dream? Why do you have reflexes? How can you tell when people are lying? Are criminals born or made? Psychology is a one semester elective on the study of the human mind and behavior. Major topics include: the brain, abnormal psychology, psychological theories and experimentation, sleep and consciousness, perception, emotion, intelligence, memory, defense mechanisms, child psychology, stress and more. Psychology teaches us to help understand ourselves and others and provides an excellent foundation for the study of Psychology in college.

31 What are your rights if youre pulled over? What happens at a crime scene? American Law is a one semester elective. It is the study of criminal law, juvenile law and your rights and responsibilities as a citizen. Meet and discuss issues with police officers and other law enforcement personnel. American Law

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33 The Holocaust in History Albany State University: 3 credits …In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart --Anne Frank The Holocaust stands out as perhaps the greatest example of evil, or of human inhumanity in history. The Holocaust is History is a one semester college course. Students explore the many aspects of the Holocaust. At the completion of this college course students will receive three (3) credits from Albany State University.

34 Medieval & Renaissance Europe SUNY Orange: 3 credits Medieval & Renaissance Europe is a one semester college course that deals with the Medieval and Renaissance periods in European History. The course begins with the post-Roman world and ends with the Protestant Reformation. At the completion of this course students will receive three (3) college credits from SUNY Orange.

35 Modern Europe SUNY Orange: 3 credits Modern Europe is a one semester college course that emphasizes the social, economic, cultural and political development in Europe from the 19 th century to current day. At the completion of this course students will receive three (3) college credits from SUNY Orange.

36 National Government SUNY Orange: 3 credits A survey of the U.S. political system at the national level the constitutional framework, examination of the presidency, congress, federal bureaucracy, judicial structure, political parties, interest groups, the media, and current public issues. At the completion of this one semester course students will receive three (3) college credits from SUNY Orange. A survey of the U.S. political system at the national level the constitutional framework, examination of the presidency, congress, federal bureaucracy, judicial structure, political parties, interest groups, the media, and current public issues. At the completion of this one semester course students will receive three (3) college credits from SUNY Orange.

37 Advanced Placement (AP) Courses Gain the edge in college preparation. Stand out in the college admission process! You can gain as much as six (6) college credits to transfer into college. AP US History offers a course and exam in US History to qualified students who wish to complete studies in high school equivalent to an introductory college course in US History. AP US History is a full year course. You can gain as much as six (6) college credits to transfer into college. AP US History offers a course and exam in US History to qualified students who wish to complete studies in high school equivalent to an introductory college course in US History. AP US History is a full year course. You can gain as much as six (6) college credits to transfer into college.


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