Scheduling for 9 th Grade HHS Class of 2019 9 th Grade Course Selection Form 2015-2016
Graduation Requirements Class of 2019 Language Arts20 credits History15 credits Math15 credits Science15 credits PE/Health/21 st Century Careers20 credits World Language 5 credits *Visual/Performing Arts 5 credits *Technical/Vocational Arts 5 credits General Electives20 credits Total Credits required for Graduation 120 credits *Required to take one of each in 9 th grade*
Required Academic Courses: English World History Math Science World Language PE/Health/21 st Century Skills
Course Levels Offered CP Level Recommendations – Final Grade of 79 or less CPA Level Recommendations – Final Grade of 80 or above Honors Level Requirements – Final Grade of 95 in subject – Assessment test if necessary for that subject
COLLEGE PREPARATORY (CP) GPA Weight of 1.00 This level is highly recommended for students who received a final grade of 70 to 79 in the previous course. College preparatory courses prepare students for post-secondary academic study and successful completion of state assessments. Students in CP are expected to cover the same curricular content and use the same primary text as CPA. CP is designed for students who may still be developing their skills within a given topic or discipline. As such, the depth, breadth and pace of CP courses may be adapted to meet the ability levels of the students. Teachers will provide more frequent in-class opportunities for students to develop skills, research techniques and analytic abilities. Work done independently is reinforced in class. Teachers will assist students with developing the note-taking techniques, classroom participation and at-home study skills needed for academic success. Students will typically not be required to complete a summer assignment. COLLEGE PREPARATORY ADVANCED (CPA) GPA Weight of 1.00 This level is highly recommended for students who received a final grade of 80 to 94 in the previous course. College preparatory advanced courses prepare students for post-secondary academic study and successful completion of state assessments. Students in CPA are expected to cover the same curricular content and use the same primary text as CP. CPA is designed for students who have demonstrated consistent success within a given topic or discipline. As such, the depth, breadth and pace of CPA courses are more demanding than CP. Students will be expected to go into greater depth as they refine existing skills, research techniques and analytic abilities. CPA has a greater emphasis on independent work done outside of the classroom with minimal subsequent reinforcement. Additional background study of scholarly and ancillary materials will be expected. Students will be expected to consistently practice the note-taking techniques, classroom participation and at-home study skills needed for academic success at the more demanding CPA level. Students may be required to complete a summer assignment. Information gained from the summer assignment will be reviewed and utilized at the start of the course. HONORS GPA Weight of 1.06 Students are required to have a final grade of 95 or better in the prerequisite CP/CPA level course Students are required to have a final grade of 86 or better in the prerequisite HONORS course. Honors courses prepare students for post- secondary academic study and successful completion of state assessments. Students in Honors are expected to cover advanced curricular content and will typically use more challenging texts and ancillary materials than will CP/CPA. Honors is designed for students who have demonstrated exceptional ability within a given topic or discipline. The depth, breadth and pace of Honors courses are rigorous and designed to challenge even the most advanced students. Students are expected to have mastered and be able to apply their skills, research techniques and analytic abilities. Independent work done outside of the classroom focuses on acquiring new information which students must then be prepared to utilize upon their return to the classroom. Extensive study of scholarly and ancillary materials will be required. Students will be expected to consistently and independently practice the note-taking techniques, classroom participation and at- home study skills needed for academic success at the rigorous Honors level. Students should expect to complete an in- depth summer assignment. Information gained from the summer assignment may cover foundational material necessary for student success at the start of the course.
9 TH Grade Course Selection Form 2015 – 2016 School ________ Last Name, First Name: ____________________________________________ Phone: ____________________Email Address: _______________________ ___ Check here if you are currently receiving Special Education Services through an IEP ___ Check here if you currently have a 504 Plan ___ Check here if you are Limited English Proficient Is it your intention to attend Hackettstown High School? YES or NO If NO, your course requests will NOT be entered into our computer system Which school do you plan to attend? _________________________________________
REQUIRED COURSEWORK Reference Course Level Descriptions for course level recommendations and prerequisites. Select ONE from each category: English Current Grades: ______ ______ Final Grade:_____ _____ English I CP _____ English I CPA _____ English I Honors (Requires a final grade of 95 in English and qualifying score on HHS Assessment) Social Studies Current Grades: ______ ______ Final Grade:_____ _____ World History CP _____ World History CPA _____ World History Honors (Requires a final grade of 95 in History and qualifying score on HHS Assessment) Math Current Grades: ______ ______ Final Grade:_____ ______ Algebra I Double Block CP (Takes 2 periods instead of the normal one period) _____ Algebra I CPA _____ Algebra 1 Honors (Requires a final grade of 95 in 8 th Grade Math and qualifying score on HHS Assessment) _____ Geometry CPA (Recommendation of final grade of 90+ in 8 th Grade Algebra and qualifying score on HHS Assessment) _____ Geometry Honors (Requires a final grade of 95 in 8 th Grade Algebra and qualifying score on HHS Assessment) Science Current Grades: ______ ______ Final Grade:_____ _____ Environmental Science CP _____ Environmental Science CPA _____ Environmental Science Honors (Requires a final grade of 95 in Science) _____ Chemistry CPA (Requires a final grade of 95 in Science and enrollment in CPA Geometry) _____ Chemistry Honors (Requires a final grade of 95 in Science and enrollment in Honors Geometry) World Language Current Grades: ______ ______ Final Grade:_____ _____ Conversational Spanish Language and Culture (This course does not count for college admission but does meet graduation requirement) _____ Spanish I _____ Spanish II (Requires a final grade of 95 in 8 th Grade Spanish and a qualifying score on the World Language Assessment) _____ French I Physical Education __X__ 9 th Grade PE/Health/Freshman Careers & 21 st Century Life Skills Seminar
*Honors Level Courses Grade of 95 in current 8 th grade coursework Qualifying score on Assessment given by HHS at the end of the year. Spanish II Grade of 95 or above in 9 th Grade Spanish Qualifying score on the STAMP Assessment given by HHS at the end of the year. Conversational Spanish Language and Culture Does not count for College Admissions, but does count toward graduation requirements.
ELECTIVE COURSEWORK Make Five (5) or Six (6) choices numbered 1 st through 6 th in order of preference. Must choose TWO (2) from Visual & Performing Arts Category and TWO (2) from Vocational and Technical Arts Category Visual and Performing Arts: Must choose 1 from this category __3__Introduction to Studio Arts ___1 Piano Fundamentals _____ Concert Choir (Male Voices) _____ Treble Choir( Female Voices) _____Concert Band ___2 A Look at Theater Vocational and Technical Arts: Must choose 1 from this category _____Video Production 1 __1 Fundamentals of Business _____ Marketing __2 Introduction to Accounting _____Digital Imaging _____Intro to Wood Technology __3___Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) _____ Robotics _____ Introduction to Engineering _____ Introduction to Agricultural Science _____ Floral Design
Introduction to Studio Arts 5 credits Studio Art is an introductory course designed for entry-level art students who plan to further their artistic talents. Students will explore a variety of media from among the following: graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, acrylic paint, tempera paint, watercolor paint, oil pastels, soft pastels, photography, cut paper, collage, clay, print making, and relief. A strong emphasis will be placed on the development of basic drawing skills, and students will be required to demonstrate their ability to produce quality drawings illustrating a range of subjects (still life, fi gure, landscape, and/or portrait). In addition, students will build an understanding of the following aesthetic concepts: basic art vocabulary, principles of design and composition, color theory, selected art movements, and the critique writing process. (THIS COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR FURTHER ART ELECTIVE STUDIES) Prerequisites: None A strong interest/ background in art/drawing is suggested
Piano Fundamentals 5 credits This course is open to all students in grades 9-12 without audition and regardless of experience. Piano lab meets every day for a full semester. Students will learn the basics of music theory and piano playing. Work is individualized for the student to improve over the course of the semester, and students will show mastery in reading and analyzing music, playing scales, chord progressions, and performing pieces for class on a weekly basis. Students perform in a private final recital at the end of the semester.
Concert Choir (Male Voices) 5 credits Treble Choir (Female Voices) Freshmen Choir sings a variety of literatures, including secular, sacred, popular, world, and show music. This course is designed to introduce students to the art of choral singing, while concentrating on proper breathing techniques, foreign language, and vocal production. As choir encompasses theory, history, and aesthetic values, you will have more obligations and deeper sense of engagement through singing. Opportunities exist for the students who are highly motivated to audition for a number of extra-curricular vocal groups in the high school, the school musical, Region I and All-State or other honors choruses. Freshmen Chorus presents a variety of musical performances with the Concert Choir in the Winter Concert.
Concert Band 5 credits The Concert Band is the intermediate level of band at Hackettstown High School. In this ensemble, we focus on improving basic techniques such as tone quality, intonation, major scales, and arpeggios. Through challenging music at any given level, we share the same goals – the creation of a composition through performance. It is through this ensemble that members have the opportunity to move up into the Wind Ensemble through their performance during fall semester mid- terms/auditions. All Concert Band members are required to have six (6) lessons per marking period during unit lunch and counts as 25% of their grade. Instrumentation is unlimited. Concert Band is the advanced level instrumental ensemble of the band program. All woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments are able to participate. To participate in Concert Band, you must audition at the end of the previous school year with the teacher. Students will play advanced band literature and perform at all scheduled concert events. Concert Band students are eligible to audition for membership in Area, Region, and all State Bands. This course may be repeated for additional credit. Prerequisites: Middle School Band
A Look at Theater 5 credits Students will actively read and perform scenes from plays and musicals to obtain a deeper understanding of the dramatic arts and dramatic interpretation. Students will explore stage direction, character development, technical theatre, improvisation, auditioning techniques, developing the voice and body for the stage, production preparation and performance opportunities. Students will study selected scenes from both plays and musicals. Dramatic interpretation of these pieces will enable the students to understand these plays on deeper levels. Students also write, direct, and perform their own plays or scripts. Areas of Focus: Theatre warm up activities Theatrical career options Theatrical terms Script writing Pantomime Improvisation Vocal delivery Characterization Audition prep Musical theatre
Video Production I 5 credits Students will explore basic elements of television broadcasting and be actively involved in producing our weekly morning announcement program “Tiger TV”. Additionally students will work in a lab style setting on video production projects. Students will develop ideas individually and within a group, compose an outline/proposal, and write scripts from their outlines. The processes involved in creating the video will be as heavily emphasized as the final product itself. Students will learn that a film is the product of creativity, writing, collaboration, and mastery of technical skills. Students will apply the knowledge they gain in video composition, video continuity, audio quality and story contents to complete digital editing projects. Students interested in a career in film, television, animation, graphic design, broadcast journalism, advertising or creative writing will enjoy this class. Prerequisite: None - Strong skills in computer operation are highly recommended
Fundamentals of Business 5 credits This is a one year, five-credit course designed for students in grades 9 through 12 who have an interest in exploring various business operations of a global economy in the 21st Century. The goals of this course are to teach the fundamentals that are needed to succeed in the world of business, to teach about business and the global economic world in which today’s business exists, and to make students aware of the countless opportunities for personal success and achievement available in the 21st century. This course will provide the students with an opportunity to learn how the American free enterprise system operates in the 21st century’s global economy. Students will explore the following: American and International economic changes and effects Ethical decision making and the law Forms of business ownership Business career awareness and planning in a global economy Marketing and advertising in today’s world Integrating cultural diversity in the work place Managing financial and technological resources Consumer rights and responsibilities Credit, and risk management Individual and business money management Topics to be covered: The Economy and You - Effects on you and your business Owning and Operating a Business- Hows & Whys Influences on Business- Globalization, Financial Institutions, Economic Factors Marketing your Business- You need customers! Human Resources- Why is this important? How Technology Impacts Business- What we are familiar with, and what is on the horizon
Digital Imaging 5 credits Photoshop Projects Logo project Pick an organization of your choice and create a unique logo for that company Have fun with filters Design a magazine cover that represents you Bumper Sticker-Create a bumper sticker that expresses your views New techniques and Tricks Create a Scrapbook page using selection tools Copy a Masterpiece Using the art tools, create a copy of a masterpiece of your choice Make your own room (or scene) Create a local ad Designing t-shirts for the school store Typography WordArt with Filters Designing your own project Recreate an ad from a magazine (midterm exam)
Introduction to Wood Technology 5 credits This course is designed to give the students a comprehensive look at wood working tools, equipment, manufacturing products, and safety. With the emphasis of safety in the work place, we spend a large portion of our time going over safe work habits. It is taught as if the student has no previous wood working experience. The basic idea of the class is to teach correct usage and safety of most hand tools and many power tools. Areas of study include woodworking, planning, finishing and shop safety. After the required projects are completed, the students will choose a project of their own with the guidance of the instructor.
Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) 5 credits Welcome to Introduction to CAD 2013-14 I would like to welcome you to Intro to CAD. CAD is an acronym for Computer Aided Design/or/Drafting. This class will introduce you to fields of engineering and architectural design. You will have access to some of the latest software technology used in industry today. You will use the AutoDesk Education Design 2013-14 package and Solidworks 2013-14 software to explore all the tools engineers and architects utilize in the 21st century to design and create the world we live in. You will develop simple engineering sketches concentrating on isometric and perspective techniques, create simple components in 2D (using the AutoCAD software), you will develop simple 2D floor plans (again using AutoCAD), and as you increase your knowledge and become more comfortable with the software you will create complex 3D models (using the Inventor software and Solidworks software) and 3D home plans (using AutoCAD's Revit software). I welcome you and I know I am excited to get started. You will soon be as well ~ Mr. Filus
Robotics 5 credits Welcome to the world of Robotics I would like to welcome many of you to a fully dedicated class to Robotics. I know this class will be fun and exciting. We will be working on projects both individually and as a team. Teams will be required and graded and involvement and level of active participation. We will be using the VEX robotic packages and curriculum as we understand, design, build, and test our robots. The class will be a combination of design, CAD, programming, and hands-on building. You need not be an expert CAD user. The teams will be organized so each will have a wide range of skill levels. We will be utilizing the C-13 room for our lessons, brainstorming, and design while BC-4 will be considered our ROBOTICS LAB. Here is where the building will begin. There will be a few days in the beginning to organize our kits, setup and clean the lab, and assign lockable areas to teams. YOU will be responsible for this LAB. A portion of everyone’s grade will be based on this lab. Its organization, to its utilization, to it cleanliness. Mr. Filus
Introduction to Agricultural Science 5 credits This course is designed to introduce students to the world of agriculture, the career pathways they may pursue, and the science, mathematics, reading, and writing components they will use throughout the course of the year and beyond. Woven throughout the course are activities, projects and problems designed to develop and improve employability skills of students through practical applications. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in local, state and national activities of the National FFA Organization. (Preference given to Freshman/Sophomores first)
Introduction to Engineering 5 credits The purpose of Introduction to Engineering is to let students explore their opportunities in the fields of Industrial Design and Engineering. The class acts as a portal to all the opportunities students are offered at Hackettstown High School. Various topics are covered that allow students to think about further study in Construction, Engineering, Computers, and/or Woodworking. Students will work on different activities and case studies to introduce them to real-world events, products, and ideas that are happening. Students will use various technologies and engineering principles throughout the course.
A Day at HHS Period 1 – 8:05 – 9:04 Period 2 – 9:09 – 10:02 Period 3 – 10:07 – 11:00 Unit Lunch – 11:00 – 11:35 Period 4 – 11:40 – 12:33 Period 5 – 12:38 – 1:31 Period 6 – 1:36 – 2:29
Unit Lunch 11:00 – 11:35 Each day during lunch there is time to: Join a club Visit your teacher for extra help and tutoring Library is open for research and computer work
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