The purpose of this handbook is to provide students and their parents with information helpful in planning a high school program. Graduation requirements, course descriptions, definitions of terms, policies and procedures are included. Parents and students are encouraged to work closely with their school counselors to plan a program that will help them achieve their educational goals. To download a copy of the Curriculum Guide, click here.
High School Courses
Recognizing that learning is a life-long process and that all students can learn,
The Weedsport Central School Community
is committed to providing and promoting an environment that:
Encourages students to reach their maximum level of achievement;
Guides students to become respectful, resourceful, and responsible learners;
Prepares students for the challenges and demands of our ever-changing world.
The purpose of this handbook is to provide students and their parents with information helpful in planning a high school program. Graduation requirements, course descriptions, definitions of terms, policies and procedures are included. Parents and students are encouraged to work closely with their school counselors to plan a program that will help them achieve their educational goals.
The Counseling Office offers many services. Counselors work to assist students with academics, post-secondary planning/awareness and social/emotional/personal needs and development. These include academic, career, and college planning, as well as assistance with personal development and the transition to adult life. More specifically, school counselors offer the following:
- Individual counseling with students as needed.
- Assistance in placement, scheduling, standardized testing, parent/teacher conferences, and academic counseling.
- Career awareness and exploration.
- Post-graduation planning. This includes the college search, college entrance exams, applications and financial aid.
- Communication with parents regarding their child’s academic progress and planning.
- Referrals to appropriate support services and community agencies.
Academic Support Services
Teachers are available to meet with students. Students are encouraged to make appointments with their teachers.
Teachers are available from 2:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. to meet with students.
Study Hall is a time for students to seek academic support from available teachers.
Academic Intervention Services (AIS)
AIS provides supplemental and focused instruction and support services for students who are at risk of not achieving the Common Core Learning Standards. These services include:
- Additional instruction and/or increased instructional contact time that supplements general curriculum.
- Student support services needed to address barriers to improved academic performance and may include counseling services, services to improve attendance, coordination with outside resources or study skills.
Policies and Procedures
Student schedules are planned during consultations with school counselors. Changes should be requested only after serious consideration by students and with signed schedule change forms. All students requesting changes will need to make appointments by coming into the counseling office during a study hall or lunch (if possible).
Student schedules for the following school year are developed with the school counselors from mid- January and run through mid-April.
The selection of courses is an activity which requires careful thought and long-range planning. Beginning in the eighth grade, students and counselors make an extended, four-year plan for the educational program. As interests and needs change so does the plan, but not without careful consideration by the student, the parents, and the counselor. The student’s primary responsibility is to make the counselor aware of preferences and goals. The parents’ role is to work with the student in the planning stages and to become as familiar as possible with local and state options and requirements as well as elective courses available. Perhaps the greatest responsibility lies with the counselors whose job is to determine the schedule which best fits each student’s abilities and needs. Students are expected to complete full and challenging programs, which are consistent with ability levels and career desires.
All schedule change requests must be submitted to the student’s school counselor on a schedule change form which is available in the counseling office. Signatures of a parent and teacher must be included before the request will be considered. If a teacher wishes to discuss the change with the student or parent(s), the teacher may request a parent/teacher conference before the change is initiated.
- Changes to original requests must be made before June 1 of the current school year.
- Changes made between June 1 and the start of the next school year will only occur as a result of scheduling error or course failure preventing promotion to the next course.
- Courses may be added after the school year begins
- No later than the 5 week mark for half year courses
- No later than the 10 week mark for full year courses
- Course drops will be considered for the following reasons
- Student must have attempted the course for at least the first two weeks of the semester before drop will be considered.
- Parents, counselor and principal agree that the academic load of the student is in need of relief
- Student has demonstrated that despite concerted effort in class, homework assignments and seeking extra help, he/she is unable to improve his/her performance in a course. Teacher evaluation will be of primary consideration for this matter.
- Due to administrative decisions; for example, disciplinary action, over enrollment in the course or elimination of the course.
- Only in extreme circumstances will an elective course be dropped from a student’s schedule after the start of the school year as running electives are based primarily on student interest and commitment to pursue the course during scheduling appointments.
- Deadline to drop a course is 20 school days from the start of each semester.
Weedsport, in collaboration with Cayuga Community College, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY ESF, offers a variety of courses at the college level. Students are able to take the courses at Weedsport and receive 3-6 college credits per-course.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Courses offered at the high school level which may result in college credit. National examinations are given in May at the student’s expense.
Students may choose to attend a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program at the Regional Educational Center to gain skills in a trade area and earn a certificate of proficiency by graduation. A majority of students are ready to go into the work force immediately following graduation as a result of attendance in this program.
Weedsport offers a wide range of online courses. Course instruction and assignments are all provided online through BOCES. Students who choose to take these courses are those who are strong independent learners, work well on the computer and manage their time well. Online courses will be offered to juniors and seniors. Any sophomore wishing to take an online course will need counselor and principal approval. Students are supported throughout the course by an E-Learning Specialist who is accessible to students and will meet with students at the beginning of each semester as well as on an as needed basis. Students and parents will be required to sign a contract to participate in and online course.
Any course which is not required for graduation.
A final examination developed by the New York State Education Department. Passing the Regents examination is required to earn credit toward a Regents diploma. Regents can be retaken if a student did not pass the first time or wants to improve his/her grade.
Unit of Credit
One unit of credit is awarded for the successful completion of a full-year course. Completion of course is passing with a grade of 65 or more.
Language other than English.
Certain courses require that an introductory class is taken and passed before being permitted to participate in the higher level course. Example: Studio in Art is a prerequisite to participation in Drawing/Painting and/or Ceramics/Sculpture.
Rank in Class
Grade point average and rank in class are computed for the first time in junior year (4 semester, unofficial transcript) and again in senior year (six semester, official transcript). A final transcript (demonstrating completion of all graduation requirements) is sent to the college that the student will actually attend. All courses for which a numerical average is recorded are used in the calculation, with the exception of P.E. Class rank is not made public until February of the senior year.
The Weedsport High School transcript will indicate both the weighted and unweighted GPA for a student. Rank in class, however, is weighted and calculated using a seven semester cumulative GPA. When calculating rank, the weighting formula adds 10% to the final average in Advanced Placement (AP) and all college courses.
Advanced Designation Diploma
ELA: 4 credits
Social Studies: 4 credits
Math: 3 credits
Science: 3 credits
Language Other than English: 3 credits
Fine Art: 1 credit
Health: 0.5 credit
PE: 2 credits
Electives: 1.5 credits
Required Regents Exams (Score of 65 or better)
2 Science Exams
ELA: 4 credits
Social Studies: 4 credits
Math: 3 credits
Science: 3 credits
Language Other than English: 1 credit
Fine Art: 1 credit
Health: .5 credit
PE: 2 credits
Electives: 3.5 credits
Total: 22.0 credits
Required Regents Exams (Score of 65 or better)
One Science Exam
- Regents Diploma (see above)
- Regents Diploma with Honors = score of 90% or higher, when average is computed for all Regents required for diploma
- Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation (see above)
- Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors = an average of 90% or higher, when average is computed for all Regents required for diploma
- Art/Music Credit must be fulfilled by one of the following: Music Industry, Studio Art, Design and Drawing for Production, Wind Ensemble, or Concert Choir.
- Students must pass one credit of LOTE by the end of their freshman year.
- Advanced Designation may be achieved through a 5 credit sequence in Art, Music, Business, or CTE program, when a student is unable to meet the LOTE requirement.
Sample student schedules
ELA 9: 1 credit
Global 1: 1 credit
Earth science: 1 credit
Algebra 1: 1 credit
Language other than English: 1 credit
Art or music: 1 credit
PE: 0.5 credit
Health 9: 0.5 credit
ELA 10: 1 credit
Global 2: 1 credit
Living Environment: 1 credit
Geometry: 1 credit
Language other than English: 1 credit
Elective (s): 1 credit
PE: 0.5 credit
ELA 11: 1 credit
U.S. history/college history: 1 credit
Chemistry: 1 credit
Algebra/equivalent: 1 credit
Language other than English: 1 credit
Elective (s): 1 credit
PE: 0.5 credit
ELA 12/college English: 1 credit
Government/economics: 1 credit
College math: 1 credit
Physics/college science: 1 credit
Language other than English: 1 credit
Elective (s): 1 credit
PE: 0.5 credit
- 6.0-8.0 credits is considered a typical course load. A course load outside of this range warrants a discussion with the student’s counselor.
- Students should keep graduation requirements in mind when selecting courses, and all students are encouraged to take challenging courses to maximize their potential.
- Course load can be individualized to an extent to meet student needs.
- Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to attend BOCES for a 1-2 year program.
- There are alternative pathways to a Regents Diploma or an Advanced Designation Diploma. These can be addressed individually in scheduling meetings.
State assessment requirements for graduation
The State Education Department and the State Board of Regents have developed standards of academic achievement which every student in New York State must meet in order to receive a high school diploma. These standards are Measured by the New York State Regents Examinations that assess student abilities in the areas of Math, ELA, Social Studies and Science (see info below). Regardless of what academic average a student has or what credits a student has received for high school courses passed, he or she must still satisfy the state requirements for graduation. Students must pass all required state assessments in order to be eligible for graduation. Where needed, students will have multiple opportunities to pass the assessments. The school will keep thorough, updated records of each student’s status related to passing the state assessments.
Please Note: The Weedsport Central School District requires students to earn at least a score of 65% on all Regents Examinations that are required for graduation.
Minimum Regents exam requirements for graduation
ELA Regents: Comprehensive Regents Exam in ELA: June of Junior Year
Math Regents: Algebra I Regents: June of Freshman Year* or June of Sophomore Year
Global History: Regents Exam in Global History: June of Sophomore Year
US History & Government Regents: Regents Exam in US History & Government: June of Junior Year
Science Regents: Regents exam in Earth Science, Biology, or Chemistry: June of Freshman Year
* NOTE: The above lists minimum requirements to obtain a Regents Diploma. The Advanced Designation Regents Diplomas require passing a second Regents Exam in Science and two additional Regents Exams in Math (total three Math Regents Exams).
Algebra 1 or Algebra 1A
Global History I
Fine Art (Music Industry, Studio Art, Design & Drawing, Band, Chorus)
Global History II
The Living Environment
United States History & Government
Social Studies 12 – Participation in Government
Social Studies 12 – Economics
Elective Courses: Elective courses are dependent on enrollment
College English I & II
Business Computer Applications
Career and Financial Management I
Career and Financial Management II
Sports and Entertainment Marketing
College Algebra & Trigonometry (Math 104)
College Pre-Calculus (Math 106)
College Calculus (Math 108)
Video and Text Publications I
Video and Text Publications II
Video and Text Project Management III, IV
Chemistry in the Community
Advanced French IV
Advanced French V
Spanish I, II, III
Advanced Spanish IV
Advanced Spanish V
College History of the United States I & II
AP U.S. Government
Modern Day America
Health and Human Performance
Health and Fitness Management
Music Industry II
Drone Design and Application
Home and Car Care
Design and Drawing for Productions
Intro to Engineering and Robotics
Studio in Art I
Drawing and Painting
Ceramics and Sculpture
Eastern World Art
Western World Art
Textiles and 2D Surface and Design
Introduction to Graphic Design
College Art 103 Essentials of Art
College Art 104 Painting Studio
A variety of full and half year courses are available to students in an online format. These courses require students to work independently with the support of the E-Learning Specialist from the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. Please contact the school counselor for further information concerning these courses.
Course add/drop administrative procedure for students 9-12
It is the responsibility of the student and the parents to understand that when a student selects an elective course to fill out his/her schedule for a given school year, the school district is committing time, staff, and financial resources to ensure the availability of the course for the student requesting it. Once the student is scheduled for a course generated by the request, the student is expected to fulfill the commitment by completing the course. Requests to drop an elective course will only be honored in extreme situations where teacher, counselor and principal agree that such a request is warranted. Student and parent input will be considered. To ensure that a course is right for a student, the student should investigate the course offerings thoroughly. This investigation should take place during the spring scheduling process. The student can talk with the teacher teaching the course during the current school year. The student can speak with other students who are taking or have taken the course, and a student can review this course curriculum guide for course descriptions (copies are available in the counseling office).
A guideline for requesting courses or changing courses will be as follows:
- Request courses through the normal scheduling process, which takes place from mid-January through mid-April
- Any changes to original requests must be made before June 1 of the current school year.
- Any changes made after June, but before the first day of school in September will only be made if there is an error in scheduling or a failed course prevents a student from taking a specific course the following year.
- To add a course after the school year begins, but no later than 5 weeks for a 20-week course or no later than 10 weeks for a 40-week course, the student must obtain a schedule change request form from the Counseling office. Requests to add a course will be given first priority, followed by requests to drop a course to add a course.
- A course may be dropped from a student’s schedule for the following reasons:
- The school counselor, principal and parent agree the academic load of the student is in need of relief – 6½ credits is the average course load.
- The student has demonstrated, through effort in class, homework assignments and extra help that he/she is unable to be successful in the class. The teacher’s evaluation of the above will be a primary consideration.
- Due to administrative decisions, a student may have to drop a course, i.e. disciplinary, over enrollment, or the elimination of the course.
- Deadline to drop a course is 20 school days from the start of each semester.
Students planning to complete a Regional Educational Sequence through an REC offered program must take Career and Financial Management I.
- Applied Electrical Technology – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. Students will be involved in “live” work on off-campus construction and restoration sites. Students will master the fundamentals of residential wiring and as a second year student, will learn electrical codes and their interpretations and the proper installation of PVC conduit. Students will also be introduced to renewable and alternate energy sources. Students in this program have the opportunity to add to their credentials the NCCER Certification (National Center for Construction Education & Research), an industry-wide accepted certification.
- Auto Body Technology – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. This program will prepare students for employment in the auto body repair field. It focuses on training in the repair and/or replacement of damaged metal and glass in vehicles. While learning these skills, students will get hands-on experience in straightening bent frames, removing dents, welding torn metal, replacing parts and refinishing.
- Automotive Technology – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. This program will provide knowledge and practical experiences that will teach the basic phases of automotive repair, along with related safety procedures. Students will learn to diagnose, troubleshoot, and perform preventive maintenance while repairing automobiles. Students challenge themselves by taking national skill assessments in career areas while completing their high school education. Students in the Automotive Technology Program have the opportunity to add to their credentials the ASE Certification (Automotive Service Excellence Certification), an industry-wide accepted certification.
- Computer Systems and Network Administration – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. Students in the first year of the program will focus on basic PC repair and troubleshooting. They will also learn proper computer help desk and technician skills. During the second year, students will build upon previous experience and gain a solid foundation in network and systems administration, complete with training in the latest technologies used by businesses today. Students have the opportunity to add to their credentials the CompTIA A+ certification in the first year, and Network + in the second year, both industry-wide accepted certifications.
- Construction Building Trades – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. In the Construction & Building Trades Program, students will learn everything from foundation-forming to interior finish. The program includes masonry, which enhances understanding of form work and structural design. Students get hands-on experience in all phases of the construction industry by planning, developing, and building an actual structure. Students in this program have the opportunity to add to their credentials the NCCER Certification (National Center for Construction Education & Research), an industry-wide accepted certification.
- Cosmetology – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. Cosmetology is a demanding career that requires a wide range of skills. Students attend the Cosmetology program for two years, including a 20-day summer session, to satisfy the 1000 hour requirement. Students will focus on mastering professional techniques for hair, skin and nails in a salon environment, with hands on instruction and training, as well as developing interpersonal communication skills. A clinic open to members of the community provides students with real life experience in their field. This program prepares students for the New York State Licensing Exam.
- Criminal Justice – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. The Criminal Justice program is a 2 year program which prepares students for careers in security, law enforcement and the legal fields. The curriculum includes extensive preparation in all aspects of law enforcement, including corrections, social services, probation, police investigative work and pre-law studies. In addition to academics, students will engage in hands-on learning such as fingerprinting, handcuffing, criminal take-down tactical training, self-defense, investigating crime scenes, crowd and traffic control. Students will also have the opportunity to receive college credits through Cayuga Community College in Criminal Justice, CPR/First Aid for First Responders, and participate in an assigned counsel program.
- Culinary Art – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. In this program students will learn everything from cooking to catering. In addition, students will gain management skills needed to succeed in the food service industry. This industry is one of the largest employers in the country. There are many opportunities for people with all levels of food preparation skills. The Culinary Arts program teaches skills in menu planning, cooking, baking and catering techniques, as well as restaurant management. Students learn in a commercial kitchen where they prepare lunches, buffets and banquets during the year. Students also use the program as a path to college.
- Early Childhood Education – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. The focus of Early Childhood Education is to prepare students for careers working with children from birth to eight years of age. The emphasis of the first year of the program is prenatal development, birth through middle childhood, child nutrition, and techniques for effective guidance. The second year will focus on developing curriculum and internships in area schools. Students will also be able to work hands-on in our campus day care facility. The ECE program implements the wholistic approach to education, recognizing the importance of a parent’s role in the education of their child, as well as the development of children. ECE students establish networks with the Office of Children and Family Services; the Department of Health and the Department of Mental Health through their experiences and course study. This program prepares students for post-secondary study for many professions in education such as a teacher, guidance counselor, speech therapist, case worker, and principal.
- Emerging Careers in Commerce: Fashion, Music, Gaming, and Entertainment I and II 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. Students in this program will have the opportunity to explore the fashion, music, gaming and entertainment industries while developing the knowledge and understanding of commerce, communications, and developing the technical skills necessary to work within them. This program offers students a broad-based instruction in multi-media/web, marketing, advertising, retail management, public/human relations, and digital/technical communications. Students will experience a variety of applied instructional activities such as advertising with animation and interactive media, developing marketing campaigns, utilizing web animation and gaming software, participating in virtual and traditional field trips, and going through the process of starting a small business.
- Graphic Design & New Media – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. The Graphic Design and New Media program has been developed to offer high school juniors and seniors broad based instruction and intensive applied learning experiences in visual communications field. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter college or begin entry-level employment in their chosen field. Students gain experiential knowledge and skills with emerging media technologies that apply to graphic design, illustration, digital photography, marketing, computer animation, web design, and video production. Students are encouraged to pursue continued education and will graduate our program with a portfolio that demonstrates artistic and technical competency. This portfolio will have a web and video component that displays each student’s skills.
- Health Related Occupations I & II (Nurse Assistant) – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. The Health Related Occupations program will provide a broad foundation of theory and clinical skills enabling students to pursue entry-level employment or continuing education. Students learn the theoretical base for skills in the classroom. Students then acquire practical skills in the lab before going to clinical agencies. Permanent certification for Homemaker Home Health Aide can be obtained after successful completion of the junior year of study and the completion of supervised clinical experience. Certification as a Nursing Assistant requires successful completion of the senior year of study and completion of the State Certification examination. These courses prepare the students to provide basic care to clients in their homes, long term care facilities, residential facilities and hospitals. Students in their senior year also take a unit on phlebotomy, which provides knowledge and skills necessary to draw blood specimens from veins.
- Heavy Equipment Repair and Operation – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. In the Heavy Equipment Repair and Operation Program, students will learn entry-level skills needed in today’s construction industry. Instruction and experience are provided in shop management, equipment repair and operation, and Class A & B truck driving. Students will also learn to operate and repair loaders, dozers, graders and backhoes. Additional information about transit work, road and foundation layouts and measurements are included. Students in this program have the opportunity to add to their credentials the ASE Certification (Automotive Service Excellence Certification) and NCCER Certification (National Center for Construction Education & Research); both industry-wide accepted certifications.
- Machining & Welding – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. This program is a unique blend of two professions. The goal of this program is to help students develop job readiness skills relative to the welding and machining occupations. During the first year, students learn the basic theory and skills of both welding and machining. Measurement, blue print reading, layout, machine setup and operation of various types of welders and machines are all studied and applied. Second year students have the opportunity to specialize in either the machining or welding portion of the program. In welding, students will focus on different types of welding procedures, as well as basic design and fabrication skills using pipe benders, rollers, brakes and shears. In machining, students will expand on their current machine operations and setup skills, along with CNC programming and operation using “Mastercam” software, Haas CNC lathes and vertical machining centers.
- Outdoor Power Equipment and Powersports Technology – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. In the Outdoor Power Equipment and Powersports Technology Program, students will learn the skills necessary to work on a variety of equipment ranging from small 2-cycle chain saws to large V-8 marine engines. Students perform live work on customer equipment and learn all engine parts and procedures from tear-down to reassembly. Students in this program have the opportunity to add to their credentials the EETC Certification (Equipment & Engine Training Council Technician Certification), an industry-wide accepted certification.
- Plant, Animal, Life Sciences – 1st year P.M./2nd year A.M. Students who are enrolled in the Plant, Animal & Life Sciences Program will have the opportunity to integrate scientific principles, math and English. Students will also be exposed to a number of topics which will include: animal science, biotechnology, food science, plant/soil science, environmental science, and agricultural engineering, as well as agri-business and production agriculture. These students have the opportunity to explore a variety of careers, develop leadership skills, as well as presentation and public speaking skills through membership in the National FFA organization. Modern day trends and issues will be discussed. This program is designed for the development of critical thinking and shared decision making skills.
New Visions program
(See Program Brochure for Detailed Information)
Today, students are entering a world where professional knowledge is changing more rapidly than any other time in our history. Learning how to learn and access current professional information has become a skill in itself. To rise to this challenge, our educational settings are beginning a transformation that focuses on relevancy while attaining real world standards. Through the development of the Professional Careers Program at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, authentic professional settings take the place of traditional classrooms creating exciting learning environments while providing lessons in career specific areas. This New Vision redefines the teaching-learning process and broadens instructional resources. While enrolled in the New Visions Program, students will spend the morning at their component high school attending chosen classes. Students will then attend their New Visions Program from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Students also have the opportunity to earn a total of (9) nine college credits. This results in an actual college transcript that the students may apply toward his/her college choice. Students enrolled in these programs may also receive high school credits from their component high schools that will be part of their graduation requirements.
The New Visions Medical Professions Program is a challenging option for high school seniors who are interested medicine and related life sciences, and who would like to learn the fundamentals about health care professions. Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, in cooperation with Auburn Memorial Hospital, will provide an inside look at medical professions found in hospitals and ancillary health care facilities. Through daily involvement with various departments in these facilities, students will learn what is required of health care professionals and the application of their education to real-life situations on the job. Students will gain better understanding of the responsibilities and professional demands of a busy technical environment and will see how working together as a team can provide quality patient care.
*Course credits for the Regional Educational Center:
4 Credits for the first year (11th grade)
3.5 Credits for the second year (12th grade)
4 Credits for New Visions Program
12 College Credits
Weedsport High School course descriptions
English is required each year in grades 9 through 12. All students pursue the Regents level course sequence and take the Regents exam at the conclusion of English 11. All courses include the development and refinement of writing (composition/grammar), literature, speaking, and listening skills, which vary in emphasis and complexity over the four-year course of study. All students entering 9th grade in September 2013 or after must pass the Common Core English Language Arts Regents Exam to receive a High School Diploma.
- ELA 9 – At this level, students are introduced to Regents essay tasks, specifically Tasks I and IV, in preparation for the Common Core English Language Arts Regents Examination. The study of literature involves analyzing short stories, novels, and plays using common literary elements. (1 year, 1 credit)
- ELA 10 – This course is taught in conjunction with Global History II. A primary objective of ELA 10 is for students to gain an understanding of historical context within the frame of the novel. The focus of the course is also upper level literary analysis, with an emphasis on the student’s ability to support personal interpretation of text. The tenth grade year is important in connecting the reading process to the writing process in order to successfully prepare for the Common Core English Language Arts Regents exam at the end of the 11th grade year. (1 year, 1 credit)
- ELA 11 – This course offers experience in close reading and analytical writing. Students will read fiction and non-fiction pieces, including novels, plays, memoirs, speeches, essay, and non-fiction articles. Reading instruction focuses on effective annotation practice and analysis of authors’ techniques and purposes. Writing instruction includes appropriate organization and development of textual evidence in analyzing literature and creating an argument. In addition to a final exam for the course, students must also take the Regents Examination in English Language Arts (Common Core) which is a comprehensive exam for trades 9-12. Passing this exam is a graduation requirement. (1 year, 1 credit)
- College English 101, 102 – Any student wishing to enroll in College English, must take the appropriate placement test and meet the minimum score to qualify for enrollment in these courses. Students will not be able to register for these courses unless the minimum scores, as set by CCC, have been achieved. College English is a full year program where students may earn up to six (6) units of college credit, three for each semester. The first semester focuses on refining writing skills (composition and research paper) and on expository prose and short stories. The second semester focuses more on the introduction to literature (novel, drama, and poetry). It is recommended that students have a 90% average in Regents ELA 11 and teacher recommendation. In order to receive credit, students may not exceed 15 absences each semester. (1 year, 1 credit)
- ELA 12 – This course provides the necessary opportunities for students who need further instruction in all basic language arts areas, focusing on skill development in writing and reading comprehension. Reading modern literature (including memoirs, novels, and plays) is the basis for student discussion and writing. The completion of a MLA-style documented research paper is a course requirement. Students will also collaborate in small groups to complete a “Legacy Project” utilizing the principles of Project-Based Learning (PBL) resulting in the creation of a plan that will have a positive impact on the Weedsport Central School or the surrounding community. PBL is a teaching method in which complex, real-world problems are used as the vehicle to promote student learning of concepts and principles as opposed to more traditional teacher-lead presentation of facts and concepts. This project will require students to seek deeper understanding of concepts as well as make and defend reasoned decisions. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Communications – Communications is a full-year elective course designed to improve interpersonal and group communication skills. This course is offered to students in grades 11 and 12 and is a good preparation for both college and the workplace. The focuses of the course are written and oral communication. Topics include group, interpersonal, non-verbal communication, and public speaking. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Journalism – This course is designed for students in grades 10 through 12 to equip learners with a basic understanding of journalism and newspaper writing techniques, offering students the role of the journalist through a variety of opportunities. Included are activities which encourage reading, listening, and viewing techniques of major and minor media sources. Extensive writing practices for both newspaper and (potentially) blogging online in order to produce digital and hard copy newspapers. Included in the required genres of writing are informational/explanatory essays (expository) and argumentative essays (oratorical). Speaking standards are exhibited via presentation of research, experience with interviewing techniques, and class discussions. An additional requirement is the production of the school paper The Johnny Green online. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Broadcast Journalism – This one year course is broadcasting class designed to help students develop a groundwork in different forms of media, including, writing, videography, broadcasting, and editing/graphic design. The course will have two main focuses. The first is to help students learn how to write and report well-balanced, comprehensive, and visually compelling broadcasts by learning how to interview, write, shoot, report, and edit stories. After students have the foundational skills to complete a broadcast, they will transition to running WarriorTV, our twice-monthly broadcast. Students will learn how to operate different jobs during newscasts, such as running the camera, mics, Teleprompter, on-camera interviews, and even anchoring. The students’ work and newscasts (WarriorTV) will be aired for the school to see. (1 year, 1 credit)
Social Studies 9/Global History I and Social Studies 10/Global History II – The syllabus for grades 9-10 provides for the opportunity to study other nations and their cultures within a framework that is designed to develop a global perspective. This approach aims to cultivate students’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to function effectively in a world characterized by ethnic diversity, cultural pluralism, international and domestic violence, and increasing interdependence. The two-year syllabus is a chronological and thematic study of the people of the world from the earliest civilizations to the present. The course is a focus on the global connections and interactions of civilizations in the following themes and concepts and during these areas of study:
Justice and Human Rights
Culture and Intellectual Life
Movement of Peoples and Goods
Science and Technology
Areas of Study:
- Introduction to Global History
- Ancient World: Civilizations and Religion (4000 BC-500 AD)
- Expanding Zones of Exchange and Encounter (500-1200)
- Global Interactions (1200-1650)
- The First Global Age (1450-1770)
- An Age of Revolutions (1750-1914)
- A Half Century of Crisis and Achievement (1900-1945)
- The 20th Century Since 1945 (Diversity)
- Global Connections and Interactions (2 years, 2 credits)
- Social Studies 11–United States History and Government – The course discusses the basic principles and cultural heritage upon which our Nation is founded. Seven historical units from our Nation’s foundation through present day America will be covered. A study of the Constitution and the structure and function of government is also included. A Regents Examination is required at the course’s conclusion for Regents credit. (Passing a Regents Exam or a Regents Competency Test in United States History and Government is a requirement for Graduation). (1 year, 1 credit)
- Social Studies 12-Economics – Economics 12 is a Board of Regents mandated course designed to provide students with the economic knowledge and skills that will enable them to function as informed and economic literate citizens in our society and in the world. The content will include basic economic concepts of scarcity, supply and demand, markets, productivity, opportunity costs, specialization, productive resources, interdependence, growth and economic system. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to analyze, evaluate, and make generalizations about economic information based on relevant data. Students will also be able to demonstrate a rational attitude toward economic issues and problems with which they are concerned, as both individuals and citizens. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Social Studies 12-Participation in Government – Participation in Government is a Board of Regents mandated course that emphasizes the interaction between citizens and government at all levels. Students are required to learn about the structure, function and who their elected officials are at the federal, state, county, town, village and school district level. Students also study our national and state legal system and learn the basic facts of how our legal system works. Students are required to participate in two class projects each semester. The fall semester required projects are the annual Patriot Day observance (requiring attendance and participation at the event) and the annual Veterans Day observance (requiring attendance and participation at the event and 10 hours of “outside class community service work”). Spring semester required projects are the annual Memorial Day Parade (requiring attendance and participation at the event and 10 hours of “outside class work”) and the Watch Fire Ceremony (requiring attendance and participation at the event). The primary goal of this course is to facilitate and encourage the development of civic-minded individuals capable of effectively fulfilling the “office of citizen”. (½ year, ½ credit)
- College History of the United States I and II – This course is open to juniors and seniors who have successfully completed Global I and Global II with a minimum of a 90% average and a 90% on the Regents Exam. The first semester will be a survey of the growth and development of the U.S. from colonial times to 1865, focusing on the formation of the Federal Government, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian Democracy, Westward Expansion and the Civil War. The second semester surveys the growth and development of the U.S. from 1865 to the present with emphasis on economic growth after 1880 and emergence as a world power during World War I; also, the Great Depression, U.S. role in World War II, the Cold War and America’s role in today’s world. At successful completion of this course, students will earn up to six transferable college credits in History 201 and History 202 through Cayuga Community College. Students must achieve a minimum of an 80% in the first semester to remain in the course for the second semester. In order to receive credit, students may not exceed 15 absences each semester. (1 year, 6 college credits)
- AP United States Government and Politics – This course is open to seniors who have successfully completed Global I (sophomores), Global II (juniors), and US History and Government (seniors) with a minimum of a 90% average and a 90% on the Regents Exam, where applicable. The first semester will cover the Constitutional underpinnings of the U.S. Government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest groups and mass media. During the second semester the class will focus on the institutions of national government: the Congress, the Presidency, the Bureaucracy, and the Federal Courts. AP U.S. Government and Politics is a year-long course that is equivalent to a one semester introductory college course in US Government and Politics. Students who successfully score a 3, 4, or 5 will earn three credit hours which will be transferable college credits. The cost per student to take the AP U.S. Government course is $90.00. In order to receive credit, the student may not exceed 15 absences each semester. (1 year, 3 college credits)
- Modern Day America – This elective will provide students with a general overview of the events, trends, people, politics, and culture of present day America. This course will focus on political and social events, particularly the relationship of state and society and will help students place their experiences, their interests, and other history courses in context. The class will progress from basic, to intermediate, and finally advance skills in current events studies. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Earth Science/Physical Setting – Earth Science is a combination of Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography, Astronomy, and Environmental Science. By studying each of these sciences, students should develop a better understanding of earth processes and events that can affect their daily lives. 1200 minutes of laboratory work are required. The Regents Examination is the final examination for the course. (1 year, 1 credit)
- The Living Environment – The goal of the Living Environment is to prepare students to explain, accurately and with appropriate depth, the most important ideas about our living environment. These key ideas include: the development of explanations for natural phenomena, using scientific inquiry to test proposed explanations, basic functions of human physiology, modern genetics, evolution, reproduction and development, maintenance of biochemical processes, and ecology – including man’s impact on our living environment. Laboratory experiences and satisfactory written reports totaling at least 1200 minutes are required for entrance to the final examination. A major scientific inquiry project and dissection of plant and animal specimens are included in the curriculum. All students will complete the State developed Regents Examination. The course is necessary to meet New York State Graduation requirements. (1 year, 1 credit)
Chemistry – Chemistry is the branch of science that is concerned with the structure, properties, composition and changes in all forms of matter. 1200 minutes of laboratory work are required. The Regents Examination is the final examination for the course. The basic units to be studied are:
- Physical Behavior of Matter
- Atomic Structure
- Chemical Bonding
- Periodic Table
- Stoichiometry (math problem solving)
- Kinetics and Equilibrium
- Acid-base Theories
- Redox and Electro-Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Nuclear Chemistry
Students need to have successfully completed Algebra 1, Geometry and Living Environment with a minimum course average of 70% to enroll in this course. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Regents Physics –
Physics is the study of matter, energy, and their interactions in our universe. In this course, students will learn to explain flights of projectiles, orbits of satellites, static shocks, radio transmissions, and many more physical phenomena. Students will also complete over 1200 minutes of laboratory activities that will prepare them for the rigors of college science coursework. The Regents Examination is the final examination for the course. 1200 minutes of laboratory work are required.
Course topics may include (but are not limited to):
- Experimental Design & Data Analysis
- Forces & Motion
- Energy & Momentum
- Electricity & Magnesium
- Waves & Light
- Modern Physics
This course is intended for students who pass the chemistry regents exam and have either passed the algebra 2 regents exam, or are taking algebra 2. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Astronomy – Astronomy is the study of the planets, stars, galaxies, and other objects in our universe. While studying the cosmos, students will learn principles from physics, chemistry, earth science, mathematics, and technology. Above all, students will gain a clearer understanding of the universe, current scientific endeavors in astronomy, and future missions in space exploration.
Course topics may include (but are not limited to):
- Physics of our Universe
- Space Observation & Exploration
- Our Solar System
- Classification & Evolution of Stars
- Exoplanets & Astrobiology
- Black Holes
- Dark Matter & Dark Energy
Astronomy is a non-Regents elective for students who have successfully completed Algebra 1, Earth Science, and Living Environment. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Health 9 – This course offers current information in the following areas: wellness (the five dimensions of health, suicide, peer pressure, self-esteem), stress management, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, chronic diseases, communicable diseases (STD’s, AIDS), human reproduction, teen pregnancy, abstinence, birth control, parenting, violence, nutrition, CPR, first aid and safety, environmental health, consumer health, and community health. Throughout the entire course the emphasis is placed on promoting positive health behaviors. Responsibility and decision-making skills are reinforced within the curricula to increase the wanted outcome of health enhancing behaviors. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Health 12 – During this class students are encouraged to question and seek their own answers to many complex and sometimes controversial health topics. The course will debate and discuss issues such as abortion, medicinal marijuana, hazing, and life in prison. Other topics that will be covered include (but are not limited to): drug studies, mental illness, chronic and communicable disease, human reproduction, teen pregnancy, parenting issues, other sexuality studies, and international health studies, as well as health care in the United States. Throughout these topics individual responsibility is emphasized to promote health-enhancing behaviors and quality decision making. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Health and Human Performance – This course will provide instruction in a wide variety of individual, team, recreational, and fitness activities. The major goals of this course are to help students develop motor performance skills that facilitate regular and continuous participation in physical activity, and sports and develop the “inner athlete” who continually strives to reach optimal potential through involvement in challenging endeavors. The course will have units of study and participation in the areas of weight training, plyometric, yoga, and agility training. There is a heavy emphasis on sport specific aspects of fitness including anaerobic capacity, flexibility, balance, speed, power, strength, and agility. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Health and Fitness Management – This class is designed to be an introduction to fitness principles, exercise, and nutrition that could be included as part of a life-long health and fitness program. This class will introduce all aspects of fitness including aerobic and anaerobic capacity, flexibility, weight loss management, and nutritional planning. There is a heavy emphasis on life-long fitness and nutrition planning that students can use throughout their lives. (½ year, ½ credit)
Students must complete three (3) years of high school math to fulfill their graduation requirements. The State Education Department requires students to pass the Algebra 1 Mathematics Regents Exam before they can graduate.
- Algebra 1 – This is a one-year course leading to the Common Core Algebra 1 Regents Exam in June. The focus is on algebra, functions, and modeling standards. Students will explore linear, quadratic and exponential functions. Through real-world problems, students will experience the application of algebra properties. Students must earn an average of 80% or better in the previous year of Math to enter this class. Teacher recommendation and assessment results may also be considered in course placement. The Regents exam is the final exam for this course. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Algebra 1A – Common Core Algebra 1A is the first year of a two year program. The focus of this course is on the algebra and functions standards. During the two years, students will develop the skills and processes needed to successfully solve problems in a variety of settings. Students will explore linear and quadratic functions. Placement in this course will be based on previous school year recommendation and assessments as applicable. Students will take a local final exam at the conclusion of the course. Successful students will take Common Core Algebra 1B the following year and take the Common Core Algebra I Regents Exam in June of the second year. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Algebra 1B – This is the second year of a two year program leading to the Common Core Algebra 1 Regents Exam in June. Students will explore topics from the Algebra I curriculum not addressed in the prerequisite Algebra 1A course. Placement in this course is based on successful completion of Algebra 1A or teacher recommendation. Students will take both a local final exam and the common core Algebra 1 Regents exam at the conclusion of the course. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Geometry – This is a one year course leading to the Common Core Geometry Regents Exam in June. The focus is on the Geometry standards. Topics will include Quadratic Equations, Coordinate Geometry, Deductive Proofs, Quadrilaterals, Transformations, Volume, and Circle Theorems. Students must earn an average of 80% or better in Algebra 1 and a score of 80% or better on the Common Core Algebra I Regents Exam. A teacher recommendation may also be considered in course placement. The Regents Exam is the final exam for the course. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Algebra 2 – This is a one year course leading to the Common Core Algebra 2 Regents exam in June. This course is designed for students who have successfully completed the Geometry course. The focus is on algebra, functions, and modeling standards. Topics include Algebra, Complex Numbers, Exponential Functions, Logarithmic Functions, Rational Functions, Probability, Statistics, Sequences and Series. Students must earn an average of 80% or better in Geometry and a score of 80% or better on the Common Core Geometry Regents Exam. A teacher recommendation may also be considered in course placement. The Regents Exam is the final exam for the course. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Applied Mathematics – This course is designed as an alternative for the required third credit in Mathematics. Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry topics are studied in the context of real-life applications using a variety of software and technology. A combination of teacher prepared materials and textbooks will be used. Entrance into this course is based on teacher recommendation. (1 year, 1 credit)
College Algebra & Trigonometry (Math 104), College Pre-Calculus (Math 106), or College Calculus (Math 108) placement policy
- Determine the average of the student’s final grade in Algebra 2 and Algebra 2 Regents Exam score.
- Placement into Math 104 (College Algebra & Trig) if the average is 70 to 79.
- Placement into Math 106 (Pre-Calc) if the average is 80 or higher.
- Placement into Math 108 (Calculus) is contingent upon successful completion of Math 106 (Pre-Calc).
- Students who believe they are placed too low may attempt the placement exam to achieve a high math placement (student would contact CCC over the summer and arrange to go to the campus and take the placement test).
- College Algebra & Trigonometry (Math 104) – This course completes the study of algebraic and trigonometric skills necessary for the successful study of pre-calculus. The basic properties of the complex number system are first reviewed. The concept of function is reviewed and applied to algebraic, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Applications of the right triangle are emphasized. Students can earn up to three (3) college credits for this course. The cost is waived for Weedsport students.
- College Pre-Calculus (Math 106) – This course completes the study of algebraic and trigonometric skills necessary for the successful study of calculus. Trigonometric functions and identities are applied to analytical geometry. Applications of oblique triangle trigonometry and vectors are emphasized. Systems of equations and inequalities are solved using algebraic, graphical and matrix/determinant methods. Students who are accelerated in mathematics will be eligible to take College Pre-Calculus during their junior year. Seniors who have earned an 80% or higher in Algebra 2 will also be eligible for this course. Teacher recommendation and assessment results may also be considered in course placement. Students can earn up to three college credits for this course. The cost of this course is waived for Weedsport students.
- College Calculus (Math 108) – College Calculus is a fifth year course and focuses on Calculus. Students can earn up to four (4) college credits for this course. This course covers the topics of a one semester Calculus class, such as: limits, derivatives, applications of derivatives, integrals and some applications of integrals. Successful completion of College Pre-Calculus is a prerequisite. The cost is waived for Weedsport students.
Languages other than English (LOTE)
- French III – This intermediate course is designed for students who have successfully completed French II. The organizing principle of this course is to acquire the ability to communicate in meaningful and appropriate ways with Francophones; whether this communication takes place face-to-face, in a telephone call or text, in note and/or letter-writing or through the reading and group discussion of literature. Through comparisons and contrasts between the French and English languages, students develop insight into the nature of language and the concept of culture and realize that there are multiple ways of viewing the world. Students are expected to understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics and to speak only in the target language as the course is taught almost entirely in French. Level III is an intensive expansion of the four core skills where students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions. Students read short stories and excerpts from authentic French pieces of literature, such as Le Médecin Malgré Lui, Le Mystère du Château, C’est Papa qui Décide, La Bonne Surprise, Le Bouillon et Arsène Lupin. Students also complete a 12-episode listening unit entitled Poursuite Inattendue to fine-tune their ability to comprehend native speakers of the French language. Students concentrate on improving their writing skills by regularly writing well-organized, thematic compositions. Students who will have completed this intermediate course at 85% mastery or higher are encouraged to take the Advanced French IV course (FR where college credit can be earned. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Advanced French IV – This college-level course is designed for all students who have successfully completed the French III course at 85% mastery or higher, or have teacher recommendation. It is an advanced course covering the four foreign language skill areas in depth. The goal of this course is to facilitate communication and comprehension at a more authentic pace and is taught entirely in French. Students will be exposed to their first foreign work of literature in its entirety, Le Petit Prince. The novel will provide a basis for review of major grammar points, idiomatic expressions, a plethora of vocabulary and advanced sentence constructions. Students will also complete a listening program and view a number of classic films to gain a better appreciation of different Francophone cultures and to fine-tune their listening skills. It is highly recommended that students take advantage of every possible opportunity to be exposed to the language outside the classroom. As students become more proficient in the language, they will be able to seek out materials and opportunities of interest to them as life-long learners. At the successful completion of this course, students will earn transferable college credit at the 201 course level through SUNY Oswego. A reduced college tuition is required for this course. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Advanced French V – This college-level course is intended for highly-motivated students who have completed the Advanced French IV/201 class and are interested in completing studies comparable in content and in difficulty to a course in French Composition and Conversation at the university level. This course emphasizes the use of French for active and effective communication and the review and mastery of linguistics through the use of contextual excerpts taken from authentic French literary works. Students who enroll at this level should already have a good command of culturally-appropriate vocabulary, idioms, grammar points, tenses, registers and nuances; and have a significant competence in all four core skills in the target language. Research projects and class discussions explore Francophone cultures around the world to increase global awareness and appreciation of diversity. At the successful completion of this course, students will earn transferable college credit at the 202 course level through SUNY Oswego. A reduced college tuition is required for this course. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Spanish I – This course concentrates on Checkpoint A topics. The focus is on listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with particular attention being given to the speaking skill. Relevant vocabulary and grammar points are taught in order to facilitate the speaking and writing skills. Class activities include cooperative learning groups and exercises which include video and audio presentations. By the end of the year, students are able to discuss a variety of topics as set forth in the New York State Modern Language for Communication guidelines. The students increase their global awareness by exploring the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. They are exposed to the culture of music, art, poetry, and special holiday events. They understand cultural customs by creating their own projects. After successful completion of a locally developed final exam in June, students will have reached Checkpoint A of their foreign language sequence. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Spanish II – This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish 1. The focus is on the four core skills. The students cover a variety of topics using different learning techniques. In addition, students are exposed to cultural aspects such as music, art, poetry, and special holiday events of many Spanish- speaking countries. The curriculum is supplemented with authentic videos and listening CD’s which go along with the text. Students will be expected to implement their new vocabulary and grammar points via speaking and writing activities. After successful completion of this course, students are enrolled in the Spanish III course for the following year. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Spanish III – This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish II. In this course students will further expand upon the vocabulary learned in Spanish II with a special emphasis on communication in the past tense. Content is taught thematically and grammar generally learned lexically. Students will strive to speak Spanish as much as possible throughout the course. This course is an intensive expansion of speaking, reading, understanding and writing the Spanish language. Students are exposed to multiple native speakers through podcasts, popular songs, CDs and video. Students hone their writing skills as they write paragraphs and essays in the target language. It is expected that students have a high-quality Spanish to English dictionary at home. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Advanced Spanish IV – This college-level course is designed for highly motivated students who have successfully completed the Spanish Regents course with an 85% or better, or have teacher recommendation. The goal of this course is to facilitate communication at a more authentic pace. This advanced course will allow students to significantly improve their ability to read, write, understand and speak Spanish. The majority of the course is taught in Spanish and students are expected to speak in Spanish at all times. Activities include reading authentic materials such as magazine articles, books, and newspaper articles; listening to podcasts of native Spanish speakers as well as popular Spanish music; speaking with a partner, the instructor, and guest speakers; and writing a variety of genres. A video component is interwoven throughout the course which may include native television shows as well as different cultural aspects for the many different Spanish-speaking countries. Students will need to have a high-quality Spanish-English dictionary as well as 501 Spanish Verbs. Upon successful completion of this course, students may earn transferable college credit at the 201 course level through SUNY Oswego. A reduced college tuition is required for this course. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Advanced Spanish V – This college-level course is designed for highly motivated students who have successfully completed the Advanced Spanish IV course and are interested in pursuing a rigorous study of Spanish comparable in scope and difficulty to a second-year university course. The goal of this course is to strengthen and enhance each student’s command of Spanish. Communicative competence is stressed as students at this level possess the ability to express themselves effectively, based on a good command of Spanish vocabulary as well as considerable competence in reading, writing, and understanding Spanish. Students are expected to have a high-quality Spanish-English dictionary as well as 501 Spanish Verbs. Upon the successful completion of this course, students may earn transferable college credit at the 202 course level through SUNY Oswego. A reduced college tuition is required for this course. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Video and Text Publication I – The goal of this introductory course is to teach students various aspects of producing both the district’s yearbook publication and various types of videos highlighting events from throughout the school year. Students learn to write letters, conduct interviews, create pages, operate within a budget, edit and merge music with photos and video clips, and how to complete everything necessary to produce these annual publications. Classroom work includes word processing, photo scanning, desktop publishing, music selection, and computer generated page designs. Although traditional homework assignments are not given, students are required to complete projects outside the regular class period. Some examples include, but are not limited to, conducting interviews, attending extracurricular events, writing summary articles, recording narration and commentary, and selling advertisements. This course is offered to juniors and seniors first, with sophomores and freshmen having an opportunity if enrollment space exists. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Video and Text Publication II – This advanced course is offered to select students who excelled while taking Video and Text Publication I. These course offerings will be taught simultaneously, with students who return for the second year acting as project leaders and helping first year students to learn the inner workings of our production capabilities. Advanced students will explore higher levels of computer-generated production and work to develop additional course projects. Once again, traditional homework assignments are not given; however, a high level of independent, additional class work is expected. Instructor approval is required to enroll in this course. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Video and Text Project Management III and IV – These advanced course are offered to select students who excelled while taking Video and Text Publication I, II, or III. These course offerings are taught simultaneously, with students who return for the second, third and/or fourth year acting as project leaders and helping first year students to learn the inner working of our production capabilities. Advanced students will explore increasingly higher levels of computer-generated production and work to develop additional course projects. Once again, traditional homework assignments are not given; however, a high level of independent, additional class work is expected. Instructor approval is required to enroll in this course. (1 year, 1 credit)
Physical Education is required each year. The focus of the program is to emphasize lifetime sport and fitness activities. Participation is aimed towards encouraging students to continue to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle after graduation. A change of clothes is required for PE. The dress code includes shorts, sweats or wind pants, t-shirt or sweatshirt (no inappropriate comments on t-shirts/sweatshirts) and sneakers that tie or Velcro. (1 year, ½ credit)
9th-10th Grade Philosophy: To focus on game concepts, rules, and strategies of sports while incorporating personal fitness/wellness plans.
11th-12th Grade Philosophy: To focus on lifetime activities, personal fitness, and being proficient in select movement skills.
List of Potential Activities:
- Water Safety
- Self Defense
- Weight Lifting/Fitness
- X-Country Skiing
- Floor Hockey
- Weight Lifting
- Disc Golf
- Floor Hockey
- Ping Pong
- X-Country Skiing
Students interested in pursuing a 5-unit Career and Technical Education Sequence in Business/Marketing may receive a 5-unit sequence according to the schedule below:
Career & Financial Management I – ½ Unit R
Career & Financial Management II – ½ Unit R
Students must choose two units from the following courses to complete five-unit sequences:
Business Computer Applications: 1 Unit R
Business Law: 1 Unit
Entrepreneurship: 1 Unit
Sports and Entertainment Marketing: 1 Unit
Total: 5 Units
- Career and Financial Management I – This course is a ½ year course and is intended for 9th graders. The purpose of this course is to provide students the opportunity to learn about the features of our economy, explore a variety of careers, develop skills and competencies needed for success in the workplace, investigate clusters of occupations, and become financially literate. This is accomplished through the five main units: Business Systems and Economics, Career Planning, The Career Selection Process, Career Success, and Financial Literacy. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Career and Financial Management II – This course is required for Business students due to the emphasis on Business. The course consists of two main units. The first unit enables students to understand the fundamental elements of human relations and their importance both in personal living and on the job. Students also learn to apply decision-making techniques to day-to-day living situations. The second unit is designed to make students aware of the role of the citizen as an owner, worker, consumer, and community member in our economic system. Students will see lots of examples and be given the opportunity to apply those concepts using “real life” scenarios. Projects (individual and small group) will be an integral part of this course. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Business Computer Applications – This course is designed to give the students knowledge of everyday business functions. Through activities using the computer, the students will develop an understanding of business operations using different types of software such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Also, students will work with desktop publishing, presentation and web page design software. This course is required for the 5-unit sequence in Business. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Business Law – This course provides the student with a basic knowledge of law and how it relates to our daily lives. Topics covered include a detailed study of contracts, consumer law, insurance, buying and selling property, landlord-tenant situations, and a study of how the law affects minors. A major emphasis will be placed on solving case problems in a logical manner as it relates to the topics under discussion. This course is recommended for juniors and seniors. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Sports and Entertainment Marketing – Do you love sports and entertainment? Would you love to learn more about these industries including potential careers? Then this class is for you! Sports and entertainment are big businesses in our current economy. The focus of this course is to learn the fundamental marketing concepts as they are applied within the sports and entertainment industries; specifically the 4 P’s of marketing (product, place, price, and promotion). Students will see lots of examples and be given the opportunity to put those concepts into play. Projects (individual and small group) will be an integral part of this course. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Entrepreneurship – How do you turn an idea into a business? Experience just that in this course! Entrepreneurship focuses on recognizing a business opportunity, starting a business, and understanding the operations and maintenance of a business. Students will be exposed to the development of critical thinking skills, problem solving, and innovation in this course. This course encourages students to engage in the creation and management of a business and affords them the opportunity to learn about the challenges a small business owner faces. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Studio in Art – This is a pre-requisite for all advanced courses in Art. As a comprehensive foundation course, Studio in Art emphasizes the concepts of art techniques, expression in various media, and the appreciation and understandings of the work of artists and art movements from many cultures and time periods. This survey course also introduces and teaches drawing skills, fundamentals of color and painting, design theory, and sculpture assignments. Students will each have a sketchbook that they will use throughout the course and in future art courses, if they so choose. Students will also learn how to discuss and evaluate their own art and others by participating in critiques throughout the year. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Drawing and Painting – This is a full year course exploring 2-D drawing and painting media. Students will strengthen their drawing and painting skills through observation and creative imagery. Materials that will be used are; graphite pencil, pen and ink, acrylic paint, watercolor paint and oil or chalk pastel. Students need to have successfully completed Studio Art I. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Ceramic and Sculpture – This is a full year course based on 3-D media. Students will create ceramic art using a variety of techniques such as underglaze, sgraffito, and traditional low-fire glaze. Each student will learn how to work on the potter’s wheel. Clay will be used to create functional pottery, sculpture and tile work. Students will also create sculptures using wire and non-traditional materials such as burlap and found objects. Students need to have successfully completed Studio in Art. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Eastern World Art – This is a half year course based on the art and culture of Asia, The Middle East, Africa, and Russia. Students will create projects inspired by artists and cultures from antiquity to the modern age. Along with the art of each culture students will explore the music, food and traditions that exist within it. Projects will be based on 2-D and 3-D media. (½ year, ½ credit)(available 2024-2025)
- Western World Art – This is a half year course based on art and culture of Europe, The Americas and Island Nations. Students will create projects inspired by artists’ antiquity to the modern age. Along with the art of each culture students will explore the music, food and tradition that exist within it. Projects will be based on 2- D and 3-D media. (½ year, ½ credit) (available 2023-24)
- Mixed Media – This is a half year course where students will combine both 2-D and 3-D media to create new forms of art. Techniques that will be covered are collage, printmaking, bookmaking, and drawing using multiple materials. Artwork will be highly creative and individual. Students need to have successfully completed Studio in Art. (½ year, ½ credit) (available 2023-24)
- Textiles and 2-D Surface Design – This is a half year course where students use textile and fiber materials to create art. Students will experience Serti silk painting, batik, and non-traditional fiber application. Students will also use 2-D media to create surface designs used in real-world applications. Students need to have successfully completed Studio in Art. (½ year, ½ credit) (available 2024-25)
- Digital Photography – In this course students will learn the history of photography, how the camera works, how the camera is similar to a human eye, light theory, and how to execute proper photography techniques to capture the perfect picture. Photopea, a free web based editing program, will be used to help students become proficient in basic photo editing. Students will be learning, sharing and receiving their notes from Google Classroom. This class is open to all students who would like to learn about the basics of photography. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Information and Graphic Design– Graphic design is everywhere. It is impossible to go through a day without seeing countless combinations of words and images on DVD covers, books, on billboards, and online. In this class students will learn about graphic design principles and theories, creative and expressive typography, page layout, and digital image manipulation through the completion of real world, multimedia based assignments using programs provided in the Adobe Creative Suite. (½ year, ½ credit)
- College Art 103 Essentials of Art – This course will introduce the foundational art techniques employed by 2-D artists. We will focus on; basic design, color theory and elements of composition as well as the application of various drawing and painting techniques. Students will be encouraged to develop individualized forms of self-expression and creativity. This course will meet daily for 40 min. for half a school year. (½ year, ½ credit)
- College Art 104 Painting Studio – For students with basic media and composition background, covers the fundamentals of watercolor and acrylic painting, color theory and color mixing, working from models, landscape and personal experience. The art of the past is discussed, assessed, and often utilized while encouraging new approaches to expression. This course will meet daily for 40 min. for half a school year. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Concert Choir – This course aims to provide a fun and inclusive musical experience for those wanting to sing. Over the year, the chorus will sing a variety of repertoire, including current pop songs, multicultural songs, holiday songs, and more. Students in this course will work together mindfully to create beautiful performances. Any high school student is welcome in this group. Each student must take a voice lesson each week to improve vocal skills. (1 year, ½ credit)
- Wind Ensemble – Wind Ensemble is open to any senior high school student who has studied at least three (3) years on a musical instrument. Placement in the ensemble is based on audition. During the course of the year, members of the band will study and perform music from many diverse styles including concert marches, show tunes, and transcriptions of classical music. All members of the band are required to also receive a weekly lesson where students will increase their technical facility and perform solos. Students will be encouraged to perform these solos at the All-County and All-State Solo Festivals. (1 year, ½ credit)
- Music Industry – This course serves as a prerequisite for all other courses in the Music Industry track. In Music Industry, students learn about the fundamental skills necessary to successfully perform, create and record popular music. If you’ve ever wanted to learn guitar, bass, drums, and piano, learn how to play your favorite songs on these instruments, write your own original music, run a recording session and perform with a band in a live setting, then this course is for you. Over the course of the year, four quarter projects (Music Video, TV Theme Song, Original Song, and Live Performance) serve as the catalyst for learning the basic skills to becoming a successful popular musician. The year culminates in our annual music festival, MAYFEST, which takes place across three stages at Auburn Public Theater. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Music Industry II – This is a continuation of Music Industry. In this class, the students will work more on songwriting/performing and will be in charge of planning a concert at the end of the year. The student who are looking to take this course need to have taken Music Industry. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Introduction to Engineering and Robotics – This STEM course is a basic introduction to engineering and robotics for all students. Students who complete this course will learn the concepts needed to develop their ideas into solutions that will improve our lives. Exciting hands-on learning activities like data comparison of heart rates, rating consumer products, destructive testing and 3D solid modeling will be used. Students will also build a variety of robots using Lego, Vex and Tetrix kits. experience. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Home and Car Care – This course has been designed to suit the needs of everyone. The emphasis is on how to care for your home and car using basic hand and power tools. The course is broken down into two ten-week units, the first dealing with basic maintenance techniques used for small engines (lawn mowers) and automobiles. Part two deals with the repair of everyday household problems. Examples would be the repair of torn window screens, replacement of a broken window glass and how to install a faucet. This course is a half- year introductory level elective that can be taken any time during a high school student’s career. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Design and Drawing for Productions – This course encourages visual problem solving through technical drawings. Students will explore the basic concepts of pictorials, working drawings, revolutions developments and dimensioning. Using these drawing techniques, students will then be asked to develop answers to industrial design problems and create drawings depicting their solutions. This is a recommended course for those entering an engineering profession or industry. *This course will fulfill the current 1-year Art/Music requirement for high school graduation. (1 year, 1 credit)
- Construction Systems – Construction Systems is a course designed to investigate the methods and techniques of modern day construction and on site building. Students will examine the construction of residential homes and commercial buildings. Students will receive instruction and an overview of some of today’s most up to date techniques being used in present day construction, including but not limited to, solar heating, computer aided design, pre-fab homes, earthen homes and many other related topics. Overall, the student will acquire a thorough understanding of what is involved in constructing an object from start to finish and the impacts and opportunities the construction industry has to offer. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Small Engines – This course looks at the principles of 2- and 4-cycle engines and is geared toward small engine repair and maintenance. A study in theory and practical experience, students identify parts, analyze and diagnose engine problems. The purpose of this course is to develop a better understanding of internal combustion, its systems and its application in the world of power. Students are able to work on individual engines such as lawnmowers, outboards, snow blowers, mini-bikes, go-karts, and even some basic automotive work. Students must have their own engine to work on. (½ year, ½ credit)
- Drone Design and Application –The purpose of this course is to give students a better understanding of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, their importance, and use in the world. Students will learn about the history of UAS’s and design characteristics. During the year students will develop and enhance general and specific skills related to the use of drones. The lessons and activities provide opportunities to apply the design and problem solving process as they work together to design and build their own drone. Students will learn about safe and responsible use of UAS’s according to FAA regulations. Students will have an opportunity to fly their own drone on campus in a safe location under the supervision of the teacher. (½ year, ½ credit)
E-LEARNING (on-line courses): Available in collaboration with the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. Please see the School Counselor for information about these courses.