Course Catalog

In consultation with their guidance counselor, students map out a path for successful completion of high school, focusing on preparing for post-secondary school goals. The Course Catalog will assist you in that process by describing all courses, along with any necessary prerequisites or recommendations. Many classes can be taken to earn college credit.

Students are encouraged to review the 2022-23 Course Catalog before meeting with the counselor.

Agriculture | Art | Business/Computers | English Language Arts | Family and Consumer Sciences |Health |Language other than English | Library Media Center | Mathematics | Music | Physical Education | Science | Social Studies | Production and Technology | Vocational Technology


Anatomy and Physiology: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Biology (Highly recommended)

Interested in a career in nursing, veterinary science, physical therapy, or dealing with medicine and the human body? A variety of living species are examined in this course, focusing on the most common animals seen within a veterinary practice. This course also delves into human anatomy and physiology. Explore the wonders of the body; see how and why it works. Perform hands-on activities working with the musculoskeletal system, tissues, the cardiovascular system, senses, nervous system, respiration, reproduction and more. This is a hands-on, lab-based class, so get ready to learn by doing.

Animal Science I: .5 Credit

Domestic & Wildlife Animal Science

Grade level: Any

Animals serve three major purposes – food, work and entertainment. Explore these areas in Animal Science I. Eat steak as we learn the importance of the beef industry. Discover alternative agriculture as we study honey, caviar, and other products. Sample cheeses as we learn about the processes behind animal agriculture products. Students will learn about the diverse areas of livestock production and companion, pleasure, draft, service and wildlife animals. Experience the world of animal science in this class!

General areas of study include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Reproduction and Behavior
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • Animal Growth and Development
  • Issues of Animal Welfare
  • Consumer Concerns

Please do not take this course if you are allergic to animals or are unwilling to handle animals.

Animal Science II: .5 Credit

Small Animal Care

Grade level: Any

Ever see a mouse go through a maze? Do you know why a chinchilla cannot get wet and bathes in dust? Animal Science II explores small animals and other pocket pets in greater depth. During this class, students will work with classroom pets and outside animals on topics of health requirements, care, handling, breeding and sales.

Also included in this course will be:

Environmental Science: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Grade Level 10-12
Introduces and heightens students’ awareness of their environment. Students will participate in a number of indoor and outdoor activities that will emphasize environmental issues and management techniques. The course exposes students to careers and educational opportunities related to the environment and natural resources.

General areas of study include:

  • Importance of the Environment and Natural Resources
  • Science and Technology in the Environment
  • Using Natural Resources
  • Disposing of Wastes and Recycling
  • Living in Harmony with the Environment
  • Future Opportunities in Environmental Science and Technology

Floral Design I: .5 Credit

Grade level: Any

This class is hands-on, lab-based and career-driven in a field that is wide open. If you like working with your hands, enjoy art, and want to learn about the floral design industry, this is the course for you! This course will introduce students to the world of floral design through hands-on creations and real-world experience. Floral arts will be studied and different arrangements will be made using a variety of fresh, dried and silk flowers. This course is a perfect choice for anyone who enjoys working with his or her hands, or anyone interested in a future within the floral industry.

General areas of study include:

  • Floral History
  • Plant Science
  • Elements and Principles of Design
  • Floral Arrangements
  • Floral Industry in the United States and the World

Floral Design II: .5 Credit

Prerequisites: Floral Design I

Grade level: Any

An extension of Floral Design I. Students will learn the growing of floral design plants, care and handling of those plants, construction of container gardens and much more. This class is the science behind floral design and looks at both how the plants get to the florist and long-term responsibilities of florists. Actual growing of plant materials will be involved, and students will be responsible for a long-term floral design project.

Food Science and Technology: .5 Credit

Grade level: Any

Food science is an up-in-coming career area and during this course students will have an opportunity to make food and consume food! This class will include the study of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, and water in food. Examinations of foodborne microbes, enzymology, biotechnology, nutrition, and current concepts in food safety. We will study flavor chemistry, food product creation including the processes of creaming (ice cream), dehydration (jerky, fruit leather), pasta cutting, baking techniques and more.

Students will use their senses and have the opportunity to learn about food from production to consumption. Remember, you should be willing to taste what you produce in class, in order to determine if it is a quality product.
Topics of study include – principles of food technology, food safety and sanitation, food microbiology, issues in meat and food science, food science research, fruit and vegetable processing, food chemistry and more.

Plant Science: 1 Credit

Plant Science introduces students to the plant science section of the agriculture industry. Students will learn principles of plant anatomy and physiology, the role of nutrition, deficiencies, and growing environment on plant production. Additional topics included are soil management, selecting seeds and crops, insects and diseases, irrigation, plant identification, and business management.

Youth Leadership Development: .5 Credit

Examines aspects of positive youth development with an emphasis on how to apply them to “real world” issues facing young people. Through hands-on activities, students explore the theories and practices from a historical and 21st-century perspective. While acknowledging the history of youth development, students explore personal growth, learn to build resilience, perform leadership development task, concentrate on academic success, public policy, financial literacy, and discuss current social changes that impact positive youth development. Students perform community service as well. You do not need to be an FFA member to take this class. This class meets every other day for a full year.

Landscape Design: 1 Credit

Grade level: Any

A project-based experiential learning class. This course provides students an introduction to the fundamentals of landscape design, installation, and management. Instruction and evaluation are based on hands-on labs where attendance and participation are essential for success.

Agricultural Business Foundations: .5 Credit

Grade level: Any

Introduces students to business management in agriculture. Mathematics,
reading, and writing components are woven in the context of agriculture and students will use the introductory skills and knowledge developed in this
course throughout subsequent CASE courses. Throughout this course are practical and engaging activities, projects, and problems to develop and
improve business and employability skills. Additionally, students investigate and develop viable business plans in order to solve local problems. The business plan ideas are communicated to student peers and members of the
professional community.

Introduction to Agriculture, Food Natural Resources: 1 Credit

Grade level: Any

Introduces students to agricultural opportunities and pathways of the study of agriculture. Students will experience hands-on activities, projects and problems. Student experiences involve the study of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. Students explore career and post-secondary opportunities in each area of the course.

Topics of study include:

  • Agricultural Education
  • Communication Methods
  • Science Processes
  • Natural Resources
  • Plants and Animals
  • Agricultural Mechanics

Green House Management: 1 Credit

Grade level: Any

Students will experience many hands-on activities through propagating, testing seeds for germination, transplanting, caring for plants in the greenhouse and community gardens, and researching careers in the green industry. Students learn skills needed to work in a greenhouse and garden center.

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To meet graduation requirements, students are required to earn 1 unit of credit in art or music.

Studio Art Credit: .5 Credit

An introduction to the nature, function, and techniques of the visual arts in the present and past. It is a foundation course designed to introduce a broad range of art techniques and media. Students will examine the elements and principles of art and how they are used to create representational, non-representation and abstract art forms.

This course prepares students for more advanced art classes such as Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Digital Art, Photography and Video.

General areas of study include:

  • The Elements of Art
  • The Principles of Design
  • Perspective
  • Portraiture
  • Color Theory
  • Visualization in 2 Dimensional Media
  • Creation of Form (3 Dimensional Media)

Studio Art (Digital): .5 Credit

Covers the same curriculum as Studio in Art, with an emphasis on learning digital art software from Adobe and Autodesk.

Multicultural Crafts: .5 Credit

Introduces a wide range of traditional, contemporary, and multicultural craft
projects, such as basketry, sculpture and printmaking.

Drawing & Painting: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Studio Art

Students will explore a variety of drawing and painting techniques, styles, and media as they create unified artistic compositions.

2D Digital Art: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Studio Art (traditional and digital)

An advanced art course covering the terminology, hardware, and software used in two-dimensional, digital art production. Students will create both pixel and vector based projects that involve digital painting, cartooning, animation, graphic design, and digital photo manipulation.

3D Digital Art Credit: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Studio Art (traditional and digital)

An advanced art course covering the terminology, hardware, and software used in three-dimensional, digital art production. Students will create projects that explore the technical aspects of 3D modeling, and the application of 3D models in product design, media production, animation, and game design.

Cartooning Comics & Animation: .5 Credit

Prerequisites: Studio Art (traditional & digital)

Cartooning and Comics is an advanced art class that introduces professional techniques used when creating sequential art for comic strips, comic books, and animation. Students will examine all aspects of the cartooning process including concept and character development, script writing, layout & design principles, penciling, inking, digital coloring, and lettering.

Intro to Web Design: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Studio Art

A project-based introduction to web design. Students will code responsive web pages using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Digital Photography: .5 Credit

Introduces students to fundamental concepts and practices of digital photography. The curriculum covers the mechanical and digital functioning of DSLR, digital file formats, composition, lighting, digital editing, printing, and digital presentation.

Video Production: .5 Credit

Students will explore the process of creating visual media from initial concepts to finished production.

This process includes the following:

  • Pre-production: planning and preparation (includes script writing)
  • Production: filming and sound recording (audio & video) – includes working with actors (talent), props and settings (sets).
  • Post-production: editing audio and video; creating video and audio effects

Set Painting and Mural Design: 1 Credit

Introduces students to large-scale painting techniques. Students will design murals and will work in collaboration with the Theatre Technology class and Theater Club producing sets and backdrops for school plays and musicals.

Art Portfolio: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Two art credits

An advanced class intended for students who have completed Studio Art and have at least one additional art credit. Students will work with the instructor to create an independent program of study while developing a portfolio to submit to art schools. Recommended for any student considering attending an art school after graduation or planning to seek employment in an art-related field.

Studio in Ceramics: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Studio Art

Includes the study and creation of both functional and nonfunctional pottery. Students become familiar with all phases of clay as well as caste, pinch pot, coil, and slab construction.

Art Portfolio II: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Art Portfolio

Continues the work begun in Art Portfolio. Students will plan projects in collaboration with the instructor as they finalize their portfolios. Completed portfolios will be prepared and submitted to art schools.

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To complete the Computer Literacy graduation requirement, all students must take Keyboarding & Computer Applications.

Keyboarding & Computer Applications: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to teach, review, and emphasize proper keyboarding technique in addition to exposing students to technology in order to facilitate classroom projects and prepare for college and careers. Through practice, students will enhance employability and technical skills through the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher) as well as online/web-based programs. Proper research techniques using the Internet will also be emphasized with a focus on digital citizenship. Students will be expected to key at least 30 words per minute.

Entrepreneurship: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Keyboarding & Computer Applications; Completion of Grade 9

This course is an introduction to basic entrepreneurship concepts and skills needed to start and run your own business. Students will spend time learning about marketing, budgeting, economics, product design, inventory, and insurance, specifically how they relate to entrepreneurship, and where they fit into starting your own business. Students will learn terminology and concepts and use what they have learned throughout the course to complete projects that will help them learn what it takes to start and maintain their own successful business.

Career & Financial Management: .5 Credit

Prerequisites: Keyboarding & Computer Applications

This half-unit course provides students the opportunity to explore different occupational subject areas and acquire career and college-ready skills. It is divided into two modules: careers and personal financial management. All components of the career awareness graduation portfolio are completed throughout this course.

Principles of Marketing (3 college credits): .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Completed Grade 10 or Teacher Recommendation

An introduction to the complex marketing process, its functions, institutions and activities. Students complete a comprehensive survey of the marketing mix, consumer behavior, channels of distribution, marketing methods, policies, and organization. This college-level course is offered to our students in conjunction with Sullivan County Community College. Students will receive 3 college credits as well as school credit for this course.

Business Math (3 college credits): .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Passed the Algebra Regents

Covers mathematics used in everyday business and accounting. Among the topics included are: fractions and decimals, the use of algebraic equations, percentages and their applications, sales and trade discounts, markup, payroll, checking accounts, simple and compound interest, discounting of notes, present value, taxes, and business statistics. This college-level course is offered in conjunction with Sullivan County Community College.

Accounting: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Passed the Algebra Regents

Provides an introduction to accounting including the classification and recording of original business transactions, the preparation and evaluation of financial statements, and the application of generally accepted accounting principles. The course will incorporate appropriate technology to include spreadsheets in the instructional process. This course may satisfy one unit of math credit.

Business Law (3 college credits): .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Open to Grade 11 and Grade 12 Students

The first part of this course concerns the legal environment within which business must function. Students explore the structure of existing US laws and court systems and the legal processes by which laws are made and applied to actual controversies. The balance of the course is devoted to the subject of contract law and covers aspects of the rights and responsibilities of the parties to a contract. This college-level course is offered in conjunction with Sullivan County Community College. Students will receive 3 college credits as well as high school credits.

College Accounting (3 college credits): .5 Credit

Prerequisites: Accounting and/or Algebra 2

Covers the role of accounting in the decision-making process and the application of current generally accepted accounting principles for measuring and communicating financial data about a business enterprise to external parties. This college-level course is offered in conjunction with Sullivan County Community College. This course satisfies one unit of math credit.

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English Language Arts

English 9: 1 Credit

Required of all 9th-grade students who are not enrolled in Honors English 9. English 9 provides a comprehensive overview of the major literary genres and focuses on the development of essay writing skills. Grammar, mechanics, usage, and composition skills are reinforced through various writing assignments. Literature study in the various genres and the completion of a research paper written in MLA format is a requirement. This course addresses the NYS Common Core Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking, & Listening. Text analysis is a strategic focus in 9th grade.

English 9 Honors: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Meet Honors Requirements in Grade 8

Covers the same material as the Regents level classes with an emphasis on creative and critical thinking skills and advanced reading and writing techniques. Students will have more in-depth questions and analysis of literature. Students improve their language abilities through the writing process in conjunction with analysis and response to appropriate literary selections. Completion of a research paper written in MLA format is a
requirement. This course addresses the NYS Common Core Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Text analysis is a strategic focus in 9th grade.

English 10: 1 Credit

Provides students with the opportunity to study works of literature that enhance their appreciation of world issues both past and present. At times topics will align with topics covered in Global Studies 10, furthering students’ understanding of their place in a global society. Students will continue to refine writing (including grammar and mechanics) abilities through response and analysis of the literature studied in this course. A research paper written in MLA format is required. This course addresses the NYS Common Core Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Supporting claims with relevant evidence and clear reasoning is a strategic focus in 10th grade.

English 10 Honors: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Meet Honors requirements in Grade 9

Like the regents level course, English 10 Honors provides students the opportunity to study works of literature that enhance their appreciation of world issues both past and present. The course is writing intensive and relies on active class discussion. At times content will align with topics covered in Global Studies 10, furthering students’ understanding of their place in a global society. This course challenges critical minds, encouraging students to ask sophisticated questions and seek answers using research methods. This course is aligned to the NYS Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts. The focus of this course will include analyzing and evaluating texts and argument. It will also focus on conducting research and evaluating sources on various subjects. It will also include writings and presentations of knowledge with a focus on audience, purpose, and task using multimedia formats. Note taking skills, time management, and study strategies will be developed using collaborative discussions and critical listening. An emphasis will be put on the conventions of language, including vocabulary acquisition and use of the preparation of the SAT. Supporting claims with relevant evidence and clear reasoning is a strategic focus in 10th grade.

English 11: 1 Credit

A Regents level class in which students study the literature of the United States from the country’s inception to the present day. All students enrolled in the class must take and pass the New York State English Regents in June. Much emphasis is placed on students mastering the reading, writing and listening skills they have worked with throughout their English education. Students will critically analyze major literary works as well as delve into rhetorical analysis. A research paper written in MLA format is required. This course addresses the NYS Common Core Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. The reiteration of key concepts and textual and rhetorical analysis are a strategic focus in 11th grade.

English 11 Honors: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Meet Honors requirements in Grade 10

Offers the serious student a sophisticated approach to the reading of literary material and the analytical writing process. It is designed to prepare students for College English. Students will critically analyze major literary works such as: “The Scarlet Letter,” “The Great Gatsby,” “In Cold Blood,” “Our Town,” “The Crucible,” “Death of a Salesman,” and “King Lear.” Students will examine other genres, such as poetry, the short story, and the literary essay. The goal of this course is to challenge enthusiastic and accomplished students and provide them the opportunity to master the skills of critical interpretation and rhetorical analysis. In addition, students will hone their research skills by completing one research project, which will be presented in both written and oral form. All students enrolled in the class will take and pass the New York State English CC Regents in January. This course addresses the NYS Common Core Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. The reiteration of key concepts and textual and rhetorical analysis are a strategic focus in 11th grade.

English 12: Writing for College & Career Readiness: . 5 Credit

Students will produce coherent texts using strategies to prepare them for writing outside of school to be successful in the real world. Students will engage in learning about writing strategies for formal letters, argumentative essays, email, research papers, written job application forms, college essays, and several other practical forms of writing. The skills taught in this course are important to ensuring that every student who graduates has a clear understanding of how to succeed and thrive in college, at work, or both. The goal is to develop students who can write across purposes and audiences.

Creative Nonfiction; Personal Narrative Writing and Memoir Development: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: English 9

Each of us has a stories that are worth telling. Everyone’s life is somehow unique, even extraordinary. You might associate memoirs and personal essays with famous people, but ordinary people too are picking up their pens and trying to recreate their memories on paper. Creative nonfiction has become one of the fastest-growing genres in the world of publishing. This course is for anyone interested in writing personal narrative in any form: creating nonfiction, memoir, or personal essay. This course introduces the fundamentals of nonfiction: developing and shaping story ideas. Class time will include weekly readings and prompts in a variety of styles. The culminating project is a final draft of a personal essay to potential publishers.

Mystery, Suspense and Crime Fiction: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: English 10

Students will be looking at three basic forms of crime literature: detective, mystery, and true crime. Students will distinguish the qualities of classic detective and mystery fiction by analyzing its origin within the Gothic Literary Movement and its evolution through The Golden Age of Detective Fiction. The latter half of the course will focus on creative nonfiction and investigative journalism. The reading list includes: “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841) by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado” (1846) by Edgar Allan Poe, “And Then There Were None” (1939) by Agatha Christie, “The Devil in the White City” (2003) by Erik Larson, and “Serial the Podcast” (2014) hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig.

Fundamentals of Speech CC (SCCC 3 College Credits).5 Credits

Prerequisite: English 11

This is a half-year course, designed to develop and enhance the student’s ability to prepare, interpret, and deliver information orally to an audience utilizing a range of styles and techniques.

General areas of study include:

  • Speaking to Inform
  • Speaking to Persuade
  • Speaking on Special Occasions

ENG 1001: English Composition I (SCCC 3 College Credits): .5 Credit

Prerequisite: English 11

Fall Semester

Teaches students strategies of critical academic writing in various genres, including analysis, argument, and researched writing. The course challenges students to understand that effective communication requires people to be aware of the complex factors that shape every rhetorical context, including issues of power, history, difference, and community; and that writing as a process involves reflection and revision. Students write formal papers for each major unit, in addition to various informal writing assignments and a culminating portfolio. This is a college course offered through Sullivan County Community College, and student will receive a SCCC transcript.

Oulipo: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: English 10

A hands-on revelry in the exploration of the ludic side of language (ludic: spontaneous and undirected playfulness).

The purpose of this course is to:

  • Develop writing fluency and increase both word and sentence usage.
  • Address deficits in both social-emotional and literacy skills that affect writing fluency.
  • Overcome reluctance or inability to engage in the writing process.
  • Never again say: “I don’t know what else to write.”

Psychology in Literature and Film: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: English 10

Psychology in Literature and Film is a course that allows students to study a variety of different mental illnesses and ways to look at mental health through fictional characters as well as nonfiction accounts. Mental illnesses that may be discussed are depression, anxiety, eating disorders, OCD, psychopathy, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Students will also learn the history of early treatment of mental illnesses as well as current treatments and how they can affect mental health overall. Through novels, memoirs, film and more, students will learn about the complexities of the human mind and examine topics of psychology from a literary perspective.

Short Story Writing: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: English 10

Focuses on the art of short story writing. This class includes examining the craft of the short story, which we will explore through reading great short stories, writers speaking about writing, writing exercises and conducting workshops on original stories. Class time will include weekly readings and prompts in a variety of styles. Class readings will expose students to various writing styles and provide examples of the successes and strategies of other writers. In addition to writing their own stories, students will read and examine a variety of published literary short stories. The culminating project is submitting a final draft of a short story to potential publishers. A collection of short story books and Writer’s Digest Magazine articles will provide great examples of what truly makes a good short story to market to magazine and journal publishing companies.

Screenwriting: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: English 10

This hands-on class is structured for people with little or no experience in screenwriting. The course introduces students to the craft and tools of dramatic film writing. Students write original scripts, including a short screenplay for possible digital filmmaking. This course introduces the concepts of writing for the screen from an analytical and creative viewpoint. Students will learn about screenplay structure and format; explore the creation of character, setting, conflict, theme, tone dialogue; and gain an understanding of how to use the tools of the filmmaker to create filmic language and write visually. Students are also given an introduction to some of the professional aspects of screenwriting and resources for the writer. The final project can take the shape of a rough draft of a feature film, a draft of a shootable short, or an outline and treatment of a feature or TV project. This is a half-year course.

Poetry & Storytelling through Music: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: English 9

Music connects us all. It gives artists a chance to share their story in a creative way and listeners the chance to relate and enjoy their music. One connection that the populace fails to make is that the lyrics of music are rhythmic, calculated, and melodious – music is poetry. In this course we will examine, analyze, and listen to music from the beginning of lyricism in the Middle Ages to music on the radio today, covering everything from rap music to spoken word. This course will allow you to gain a new understanding for the trials and tribulations of lyricists and how to create poetry and music yourself. This course if for anyone interested in music and how it connects back to the foundation of poetry. It will include analytical essays about specific songs and lyrics and final project to create a poem/song of your own.

Graphic Novels: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: English 10

Combine literary, artistic, and historical approaches to analyzing an important and rapidly growing form of literature: the graphic novel. Graphic novels are works of literature presented in comic book format and published as a book. Studying the depth and artistry of graphic novels reinforces the literary analysis skills students are developing and offers a different perspective about what it means to be a reader and writer.

Poetry: .5 Credit

While lost in thought beneath old oak trees
If thou doest think of poetry,
Then surely, friend, you’ll be remiss,
If poetry’s class you miss.
Ashbury, Dickinson, Millay and Hughes
Are a handful of whose poetic views
We shall examine in the half-year course
Before, muse invoked as art, perforce
Flows to pen from heart, thence finger,
Whereon our paper, our art will linger
And warm the hearts of friend and foe
For, to the world, poetry you’ll bestow

In this course:

  • Students will read and understand the various forms and will be able to demonstrate their knowledge through writing.
  • Students will understand the various forms and structures of poetry – including rhyme, meter, verses, stanzas, free form, etc. – and will be able to demonstrate their understanding through writing.
  • Students will know the difference between classical and modern poetry as well as how poetry relates to current popular music and artistic expression.
  • Students will be proficient in analyzing and interpreting poetry by looking at imagery, figurative language and author’s purpose.
  • Students will participate in a “Poetry Event” in which they will read or recite original creations.

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Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences courses will help you become competent, confident, and caring in managing your personal, family, and work life. Enjoy “hands-on” learning as you think for yourself, work as a team member, solve problems, and develop survival skills to meet the challenges of a changing world.

Foods & Nutrition I

Sequence: FCS
.5 Credit: 20 weeks
1 Credit: 40 weeks
Grade Level 9-12

Provides a solid background in food preparation while improving knowledge of nutrition. It is designed for first-time cooking experiences incorporating basic preparation techniques.

Foods & Nutrition II

Sequence: FCS Credit
.5 Credit: 20 weeks
1 Credit: 40 weeks

Prerequisite: Foods & Nutrition 1, preferred

Plan, prepare, and serve delicious and nutritious meals. They improve their kitchen techniques, learn new skills, and examine current issues affecting food and health.

International Foods

Sequence: FCS
.5 Credit: 20 weeks
1 Credit: 40 weeks

Prerequisite: Foods & Nutrition 1, preferred

Study various countries from around the world and allow students to explore how the culture and traditions of these countries relate to their food choices. In addition to learning the background information, the students must also identify and prepare foods from these countries.

Gourmet Foods

Sequence: FCS Credit
.5 Credit: 20 weeks
1 Credit: 40 weeks

Prerequisite: Foods & Nutrition 1, preferred

Identify, explain, and apply advanced culinary skills while learning to use special equipment and explore food styling. They will improve their preparation and presentation techniques.

Fashion Creations 1

Sequence: FCS
.5 Credit: 20 weeks
1 Credit: 40 weeks

Learn the basic sewing machine techniques. Students will use their own creative ideas plus class ideas to recycle items into a new use and design. Students will learn more about the clothes we wear. They will understand how clothes are created, manufactured, and sold. They will improve your ability to choose and care for their wardrobe and learn to operate a sewing machine. This course is accepted by NYSED for Art credit.

Fashion Creations II

Sequence: FCS
.5 Credit: 20 weeks
1 Credit: 40 weeks

Prerequisites Fashion Creation I, preferred

A laboratory production course offering students the opportunity to expand their skills in clothing construction. Projects may include handling special fabrics, lining a garment, making a design adaptation to a commercial pattern, and altering, repairing or adapting clothing. This course is accepted by NYSED for Art credit

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Health: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Complete Grade 9

Satisfies the NYS Education Department’s requirement for high school health education. All students must successfully complete health to graduate.

Areas of study include:

  • Growth and Development
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  •  Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
  • Communicable and Chronic Diseases
  • Mental and Emotional Health
  • A Healthy Foundation

Guest presenters, displays, and an assortment of audiovisual materials are used to supplement the information found in the textbook. Students are encouraged to utilize health-related materials from community sources and the media.

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Language other than English

Spanish 1: 1 Credit

In the 8th grade students begin their study of Spanish. It is a one-year program. At the end of 8th grade, students will take the Spanish proficiency-level exam. Students passing the course and the proficiency exam will receive one high school credit in Spanish. A minimum of 80 percent is recommended for students to continue to Spanish 2.

Spanish 1: 1 Credit

An introductory level course for students in high school to learn Spanish. A final examination will be given at the end of the school year.

Spanish 2: 1 Credit

A continuation of the Spanish 1 program. Speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills will be more advanced. More complex grammatical structures will be introduced. Cultural lessons from Spanish-speaking countries will also be taught. A final exam will be given at the end of the year.

Spanish 3: 1 Credit

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 2

A continuation of the Spanish 2 program. Prepares students for the Regents-level exam by emphasizing reading, listening, speaking, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills. May not be taken for credit by native or heritage speakers of Spanish.

Spanish 4-CC (4 College Credits): 1 Credit

Prerequisites: 85+ final average in Spanish 3, Pass Regents level exam, and teacher recommendation (through SUNY Albany ASPN 200).

ASPN 200 is the active development of student communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and the study of Hispanic culture. More advanced grammar will be taught. The course includes short compositions. Students are expected to participate in all class activities. Spanish is the language of instruction. May not be taken for credit by native or heritage speakers of Spanish.

Spanish 5-CC (4 College Credits): 1 Credit

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish 4 CC and teacher recommendation.

This course (ASPN 201) focuses on perfecting the ability to communicate in Spanish by helping to master several important language functions. These skills will help the student to write in the language, participate in conversations, ask and answer questions and handle everyday topics and social situations. We will review the major grammar points. Most of the grammar, however, will not be new. The purpose of the course is not to learn new rules and forms, but rather to learn to apply the rules in communicative situations. Class time will be devoted primarily to speaking, listening, new vocabulary practice, and discussing readings and other aspects of Hispanic culture. Emphasis is on active student participation. Spanish is the instructional language.

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Library Media Center

While “Library” may not be a required course, it provides students with the skills necessary to be successful in high school, college and beyond. The primary role of the library media center is to support the curriculum of Tri-Valley Secondary School. Library information skills are introduced or reinforced through class assignments. Throughout the school year, students are taught in groups or individually, how to quickly and accurately locate information in the library. This includes developing an organized research strategy, finding print and video resources using the online public access catalog (OPAC), performing searches for magazine and newspaper articles using print and electronic periodical indexes, accessing databases, utilizing the reference collection, and conducting fruitful Internet searches. Resources not available in our library can be acquired from neighboring libraries through inter-library loan as well as learning to use open source materials from a variety of library and organizational sources.

The Library has a growing collection of adult and young adult fiction for students to enjoy. Reading is a fundamental skill that transcends all curriculum. All students are encouraged to read for pleasure. Our fiction collection is now categorized by genre, making it even easier to find books.

The goal of our library program is to ensure that students become life-long readers and users of libraries and proficient in using inquiry skills, information literacy and accessing critical information to support learning!

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Algebra R: 1 Credit

This course will cover the following topics:

  •  Functions
  •  Linear Equations/Inequalities and Systems of
  • Linear Equations/Inequalities
  • Exponents and Exponential Functions
  • Data Analysis
  • Radicals and Rational Exponents
  • Polynomials and Factoring
  • Solving Quadratic Equations
  • Graphing Quadratic Functions
  • Special Functions

This class ends with the Common Core Algebra Regents exam which is currently required for graduation.

Career Math: 1 Credit

Prerequisites: Students must have passed Algebra 1 and the Algebra 1 Regents exam.

Designed for the non-college-bound junior student to meet the requirement for a third credit of math. Juniors or seniors may choose to take this class as an extra math elective credit. The curriculum will include topics that students will encounter as part of their world as adults. Personal finance topics that were introduced in Career and Finance Management will be expanded upon and additional topics such as taxes, credit cards, bank loans, investments and interest will be addressed. Geometry topics such as area, volume, surface area that are used and applied in real-life situations will also be taught. This course will engage students in authentic, real-world learning through application of mathematics principles.

Geometry Credit: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and passing the Algebra 1 Regents exam

This is a one-year course for the student who has passed the Algebra I Regents exam. The topics include fundamental of congruence, analytic proof and constructions and connecting Algebra and Geometry through coordinates and circles, with and without coordinates. The course ends with the Common Core Geometry Regents Exam.

Covers the following major topics:

  • Circle Geometry
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Transformational Geometry
  • Constructions
  • Geometric Solids – Volume
  • Triangle Theorems
  • Quadrilateral Theorems
  • Euclidean Triangle Proofs
  • Right Triangles Trigonometry

Intermediate Algebra: 1 Credit

Prerequisites: Algebra I and Geometry

Designed for students who have passed Algebra I and Geometry but need to strengthen their algebra skills before taking Algebra II. This course will cover some of the same topics as Algebra II but at a slower pace, and will reinforce Algebra I topics. Students will take a local final exam.

Algebra II (SCCC 4 college credits): 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Geometry, pass CC Geometry Regents Exam.

General topics of study include:

  • Sequences and Series
  • Operations with polynomials
  • Polynomial Functions – their properties, graphs and practical applications
  • Exponents Functions and Practical Applications
  • Logarithms and practical applications
  •  Statistics and Probability
  • Rational Expressions
  • Trigonometric Functions – their properties and graphs
  • Techniques for Solving Trigonometric Equations and Identities
    This class ends with the Common Core Algebra II Regents exam.

Statistics (SCCC 3 college credits): .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Algebra

Students learn about probability, frequency distributions, mean and standard deviation, the binomial distribution, normal distribution, hypothesis testing, samples from a finite population, regression and correlation, confidence intervals, and chi-square tests.

Intro to Programming & Computer Science: 1 Credit

CMU CS Academy CS1

Provided in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, Computer Science Academy. Computer Science and computational problem solving are fundamental skills for engaging the 21st-century marketplace of ideas and economies. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to learn these skills as they will use them in whatever career they are likely to enter. The course features Python programming is predicated on the notion that learning about programming (coding) and computer science should be fun and engaging. This requires interesting problems to solve, as computational problem-solving is the core of computer science. As students progress, the course alternates between graphics and non-graphics contexts to ensure students have a wide exposure to the richness of computational domains in which to solve problems.

At the end of the course, students will have engaged in a substantial learning experience and should be able to computationally solve a wide range of problems.

Pre-Calculus CC (SCCC 4 college credits): 1 Credit

Prerequisites: 80 percent or better on Algebra 2 Regents

A college-level course offered in conjunction with Sullivan County Community College, designed to prepare students for the study of higher-level mathematics. Concepts and skills necessary for entrance into Calculus I are studied. Technical writing skills are introduced and extensively developed. General topics of study include:

  • Polynomial Functions and their Graphs
  • Rational Functions
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Trigonometric Functions
  • Practical Applications of Functions
  • Series, Sequences, Induction
  • Limits and Area under a Curve
  • Probability
  • Matrices
  • Polar Coordinates

Calculus CC (SCCC 4 college credits): 1 Credit

Prerequisites – Pre-calculus, (80+ average), Teacher Recommendation

A college-level course offered in conjunction with Sullivan County Community College. Technical writing skills continue to be developed and strengthened. General topics of study include:

  • Review of graphing and modeling
  • Limits and continuity
  • Differentiation and practical applications
  • Integration and practical applications

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Symphonic Band: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Grade 7/8 band or at conductor’s discretion.

A performance class studying a broad spectrum of music for wind and percussion instruments. Students perform in concerts and must attend a weekly group lesson.

Other ensemble opportunities for band members include: Jazz Band, Pep Band, Theatre Orchestra (Musical), Woodwind Ensembles, and Brass Ensembles. Students will have the opportunity to attend NYSSMA Solo Festival, and County and Area-All-State Music Festivals. Participation in all public performances is a requirement.

Concert Choir: .5 Credit

A performance class studying a variety of music including popular music, folk songs, and standards from various historical periods. Students perform in three or four major concerts each year and must attend a weekly group lesson. During the year, singers will develop music reading skills, improve vocal production and singing diction, and explore artistic means of self-expression. Students will have the opportunity to participate in select chorus, a musical theatre production, All-County and Area All-State Festivals, and NYSSMA Solo Festival. Participation in all public performances is a requirement of this course. This course is open to all high school students interested in further development of their singing voices.

Music Theory I: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Grade 11 and 12 (Grade 10 with instructor permission)

The fundamentals of Music Theory: Rhythm, intervals, cord formation, simple functional harmony, and basic rhythmic & melodic dictation. The course will also involve the introduction to Composition and Aural skills. Students need not be in musical ensembles to take this class, but having previous or current experience with High School Chorus or High School band will be a plus.

Music Theory II: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Music Theory I

We will continue to master and memorize the basics of music: intervals (Major, Minor, Diminished, Augmented), Chords (Major, Minor, Diminished, Augmented), 7th Chords (Dominanant, Half-Diminished, Full Diminished), Secondary Dominance, SATB part writing, non-chord tones, Analysis, Composition, Ear Training (rhythmic and aural), as well as become familiar with the basics of major compositional periods of music (Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern).

Music Technology and Production: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Grade 11 and 12 (Grade 10 with instructor permission)

Students will learn how to use music hardware and software to compose, record, mix, edit and produce performances. Areas of study and exploration will include: choosing and setting-up equipment for a recording session, use of analog and digital mixers, digital effects, editing, recording, MIDI, and post-production software.

This course is not only technical in nature (hooking things up and pushing buttons). We will focus on using technology to produce recordings of your individual and collaborative performances. Please speak to Mr. Weyant if you have any questions to determine if this class is right for you at this time. Requirements: Students should have at least one year of High School Band or Chorus, read music notation, and feel comfortable performing on an instrument or singing (contact Mr. Weyant if you have guitar or piano experience, but are not in Band or Chorus).

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Physical Education

Students must earn 2 credits of Physical Education during High School. Physical Education must be taken annually with a half credit earned when taken every other day. New York State requires 5th-year seniors to take physical education. Potential concepts and genres of activity include but are not limited to – cooperative games, team sports, individual sports, personal fitness, and lifetime activities. The goal of Physical Education is for each student to meet the following NYS Standards by commencement.

Standard 1 | Personal Health and Fitness

Students will have the necessary knowledge and skills to establish and maintain physical fitness, participate in physical activity, and maintain personal health.

Standard 2 | A Safe and Healthy Environment

Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.

Standard 3 | Resource Management

Students will understand and be able to manage their personal and community resources.


Students must earn two credits of Physical Education during High School. Physical Education must be taken annually with a half credit earned when taken every other day.

Class Objectives

As a result of this class, you will be able to:

  • Perform specific “core lifts” while utilizing proper form.
  • Demonstrate proper communication and spotting techniques for all core lifts.
  • Develop a personalized and appropriate strength and/or conditioning program.
  • Engage in specific activities for building both muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
  • Chart your workouts to monitor progress.
  • Demonstrate proper Weight Room etiquette in regard to care and proper use of equipment.
  • Value and respect the role that exercise and physical activity play in a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the proper techniques and cognitive cues in regard to specific lifts.
  • Exhibit improved muscular strength and endurance.
  • Exhibit improved cardiovascular fitness.
  • Have knowledge of a variety of ways to lead a physically active lifestyle regardless of access fitness facilities or specific equipment.
  • Know and understand the implications and benefits of regular physical activity and exercise.
  • Demonstrate the ability to “spot” a partner when utilizing free weights

Students in grades 10-12 may earn credit for Physical Education through participation in three sports during the school year. Permission for PE Sport must be obtained in writing from the Physical Education Department, Guidance Counselor, and parent. Students must remain academically eligible to remain in sports and earn credit.

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Students must pass at least one Regents’ Science exam and earn three science credits (at least one life science and one physical science) to fulfill NYS graduation requirements.

Living Environment: 1 Credit

Regents Biology will provide students with an awareness of the natural world, basic scientific concepts, stimulation of inductive reasoning, and a basic understanding of biological processes and generalizations. This course can be used in a three-course science sequence.

General areas of study include:

  • Unity and Diversity Among Living Things
  • Maintenance in Living Things
  • Human Physiology
  • Reproduction and Development
  • Heredity
  • Evolution
  • Ecology

Earth Science: 1 Credit

Earth Science provides students with knowledge of the physical Earth. A lab period will be used to investigate the course topics. A lab performance test at the end of the course is part of the Regents’ Exam grade. State-mandated lab requirements must be met before the Regents’ exam may be taken.

General areas of study include:

  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Earth Processes
  • Earth History
  • Weather
  • Astronomy

Chemistry: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Algebra Regents

Regents chemistry may be used as a course in a three-course science sequence and includes lab requirements to be completed prior to taking the Chemistry Regents’ exam.

General areas of study include:

  • Matter and Energy
  • Phases of Matter
  • Formulas and Equations
  • Atomic Structure and Bonding
  • Solutions
  • Kinetics and Equilibrium
  • Acids, Bases and Salts
  •  Organic and Nuclear Chemistry

Physics: 1 Credit

Prerequisite- Geometry Regents

Regents Physics can be one course in a three-course Regents sequence in science. State-mandated lab requirements must be met before the Regents exam may be taken.

General areas of study include:

  • Mechanics
  • Energy
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Light and Sound Waves
  • Modern Physics
  • Solid State Physic

Advanced Physics, Chemistry & Electronics: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Alg. II Regents, Physics or Chemistry

If you want to become an engineer, doctor, veterinarian, physical therapist, nurse, scientist, or major in physics, chemistry, or biology, or become a science or math teacher this course is a must!

Regents Chemistry and Regents Physics are good foundation classes but are not rigorous enough. This honors-level class contains the rigor to prepare you for college-level physics and chemistry.

Topics of study for physics: vector analysis, mechanics, oscillatory motion, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, rotational kinematics, electricity and magnetism. A significant portion of physics is calculus-based problem solving, which, if you don’t have a calculus background, you will be taught.

Topics of study in chemistry: atomic structure, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction and electrochemistry, acids and bases.

In the middle of the school year, one month is also focused on building approximately 25 electronics experiments, along with an introduction to robotics.

Forensics: 1 Credit

Prerequisite: 2 Science credits

Focuses on the application of science to the criminal and civil laws that are enforced by police agencies in the criminal justice system. The course will study evidence of cases and the techniques used to collect and analyze the evidence. Group work will emphasize these techniques to solve fictional cases and to look at famous past non-fictional cases.

Topics of study include:

  • Trace Evidence, Hairs and Fibers
  • History of Forensic Science
  • Trace Evidence, Metals, Paint, and Soil
  • The Crime Scene
  • Forensic Aspects of Fire Investigation
  • Physical Evidence
  • Forensic Investigation of Explosions
  • Properties of Matter and the Analysis of Glass
  • Fingerprints
  • Drugs
  • Firearms, Toolmarks, and Impressions
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Document Examination
  • The Microscope
  • Computer Forensics
  • Forensic Serology
  • Forensic Science and the Internet
  • DNA
  • Careers in Forensic Science

Astronomy: 1 Credit

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Earth Science

Astronomy is the study of the motions and properties of objects in space. In this course we will study Earth’s place in outer space, the other celestial bodies of our solar system and beyond, and distances in space. We will also study the history of the NASA space program and learn about instruments used in the exploration of outer space.

Marine Science I & II Credit: .5 Credit per semester

Prerequisites: 2 Science credits

A study of Marine Biology in the fall semester and Oceanography in the spring semester. Marine Biology will focus on the living organisms in and around the oceans. Oceanography will focus on the non-living portion in and around the ocean environment such as waves, tides, geologic structures and the properties of seawater.

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Social Studies

Global History & Geography 9: 1 Credit

The first of a two-year global studies course. Students will study the historic and cultural development of each world region from the beginning of civilization chronologically to the Industrial Revolution.

General areas of study include:

  • Ancient World: Civilizations and Religions (4000 B.C. – A.D. 500)
  • Expanding Zones of Exchange (500-1200)
  • Global Interactions (100-1650)
  • The First Global Age (1450-1750)
  • Read and decipher primary source material and political cartoons
  • Emphasis will be placed on data-based questions and thematic writing

Global History & Geography 10: 1 Credit

The second half of the Global History course. Students study information from 1750 to present-day world issues. At the end of this course, students will take an all-encompassing Regents exam covering 10th-grade material, as required by New York State. Areas of study include:

  • Asia
  • Middle East
  • Europe
  • Reading and deciphering primary source material.
  • Emphasis placed on writing, a requirement of the state exam, and analysis

Global History 9 & 10 Honors: 1 Credit

Prerequisites: Meets honors requirements.

For students who wish to excel in this subject. Honors will cover information taught in the Regents, with an emphasis on analytical reading and writing. The course will examine complex and challenging interpretations of world history. Coursework includes independent reading, student presentations, and commentary on relevant world issues.

  • An Age of Revolutions (1750-1914)
  • Crises and Achievements (1900-1945)
  • The Twentieth Century and Beyond (1945-Present)
  • The World Today: Connections and Interactions
  • Read and decipher primary source material and political cartoons
  • Emphasis will be taking place on data-based questions and thematic writing

U.S. History & Government: 1 Credit

Covers the United States history and government with an emphasis on the post-Civil War years. Students will take the comprehensive social studies regents at the end of the year.

General areas of study include:

  • European Colonization in America
  • The Revolutionary Era
  • The Constitutional and U.S. Government
  • The Early Republic and Manifest Destiny
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Industrialization, Reform, and the U.S. as a World Power
  • Roosevelt To Roosevelt (WWI and The 1920s)
  • Crash and Burn (The Great Depression and WWII)
  • Cold War and Civil Rights
  • The 1960’s
  • Contemporary America

U.S. History & Government Honors: 1 Credit (6 college credits)

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation, 90% or higher in previous Social Studies and English grades.

The college-level American History course will examine the history of the United States from 1776 to the present. The course is demanding as it is reading and writing intensive. Students who successfully complete the course earn 3 college credits from SUNY Albany for each semester.

General areas of study include:

  •  The Revolutionary Era
  • The Constitutional and U.S. Government
  • The Early Republic and Manifest Destiny
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Industrialization, Reform, and the U.S. as a World Power
  • Roosevelt to Roosevelt (WWI and the 1920s)
  • Crash and Burn (The Great Depression and WWII)
  • Cold War and Civil Rights
  • The 1960s
  • Contemporary America – Watergate to Present

Economics: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: U.S. History & Government

Explores the issue of scarcity and current economic problems on the national and micro-economic level. An emphasis is placed on understanding the practical and applied aspects of economics.

General areas of study include:

  • Theories of Supply and Demand
  • Comparative Economic Systems-3 Economic Questions
  • Factors of Production
  • Investments – Stock Market
  • Business Organizations
  • Government Spending
  • Banking
  • Consumer economics
  • Taxation

American Government Credit: .5 Credit

Prerequisite: US History & Government

The main objective of this course is to assure media and political literacy. Students should be able to evaluate and comprehend virtually any media presentation involving the political process. This course is reading and writing intensive and the students will be expected to come to class prepared to participate by watching the news and/or reading the paper or internet. As participation is a fundamental part of government, this course requires the students to write two persuasive essays and to present a speech based upon one of these essays. Students are encouraged to attend a board meeting or a town meeting in order to get the feel of government in action.

General areas of study include:

  • Origins of American Government, Political Parties and Behavior
  • The Legislative Branch
  • The Executive Branch
  • The Supreme Court

American Government CC Credit (SCCC 3 college credits. May not be available for the 2022 – 2023 school year): .5 Credit

Prerequisite: US History & Government

The main objective of this course is to assure media and political literacy. Students should be able to evaluate and comprehend virtually any media presentation involving the political process. This course is reading and writing intensive and the students will be expected to come to class prepared to participate by watching the news and/or reading the paper or internet. Individual participation is a fundamental part of government, students will be required to attend at least ONE board meeting, make an oral presentation, perform community service and write a persuasive essay.

General areas of study include:

  • Political Parties and Behavior
  • Congress
  • The Executive Branch
  • The Supreme Court

American History through Film: .5 Credit (3 college credits)

Grade Level 11-12

In this elective course, students will examine major events and movements throughout History. Students will use film, primary and secondary sources to understand and evaluate political, social and cultural movements that have shaped history. In addition to viewing films, students will be expected to complete readings and assigned topics and multiple writing activities. Students will develop skills such as identifying bias, evaluating information presented in multiple formats, presenting information informally and writing and defending their position(s). Students will build on their knowledge of history to focus on a deeper analysis of the material. Topics of study will focus on the late 19th century to early 21st century American History.

Psychology CC: .5 Credit

(SCCC 3 college credits. May not be available for the 2022 – 2023 school year)

Grade Level 11-12

The main objective of this course is to improve each student’s self-concept, awareness of self, and to expose each pupil to basic vocabulary, concepts, and research associated with the discipline. General areas of study include:

  • Criminal Psychology
  • Freudian Theory
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Intelligence and learning
  • Dream analysis
  • Social Psychology
  • Gender Psychology

As the course is taken for college credit, a research paper is assigned.

US History and the Paranormal

Grade Level 11-12

Students will study the connection between United States History and a wide range of beliefs—commonly referred to as paranormal – that do not fit within accepted scientific, cultural or social boundaries. Students will analyze how these phenomena can be understood with the context of changes in American society.

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Production and Technology

Materials & Processes: 1 Credit

A course in basic woodworking. First and foremost the students will learn about wood science as it relates to the woodworking industry. After, they will be introduced to hand tools and machinery, then the safety of each. Safety is a huge part of woodshop success and will be taught extensively throughout the year. Students will learn many basic woodworking techniques including but not limited to milling, reading and following plans, sanding, finishing and assembly. Grading of projects will be based upon quality not quantity.

Building Design & Construction: 1 Credit

A course in general construction as it relates to residential homes. Students will be introduced to the history of construction as well as today’s construction, which includes careers in the field. Emphasis will be placed on the different phases of building such as foundations, plans and codes, wall and floor framing, stair construction, insulation, and roof construction. Projects for the class include model home construction, stair stringer layout, truss layout and class hands-on project that will be announced.

Architectural Drawing: 1 Credit

Sequence: Technology

Prerequisites: Design & Drawing, Instructor’s Approval

Focuses on drafting as it relates to building construction. Students will learn to draw a complete set of house plans for a single-family residence. General areas of study include residential drawings, home design, room design, basic construction techniques, buying a home, and model building. Students will be introduced to CorelCad in order to design will current technology. This is a course in drafting as it relates to building construction. Students will learn to draw a complete set of house plans for a single-family residence.

General areas of study include:

  • Residential drawings
  • Home design
  • Room design
  • Basic construction techniques
  • Buying a home
  • Presentation models

Power & Energy: 1 Credit

Designed to introduce students to different types of energy such as renewable and non-renewable sources. The course will touch upon the supply and demand of the nation’s resources, and what society can do to help lower our carbon footprint. Emphasis will be placed upon solar energy as an alternative. Students will be required to build and analyze solar cars, wind turbines, solar collectors, and more.

Practical Engineering: 1 Credit

This full-year course will provide students with an overview of the fundamentals of engineering, the engineering design process, and problem-solving activates. Students will gain an understanding of the major fields within engineering such as Biomechanical, Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Environmental, Manufacturing, and Mechanical. Within this course, students will gain hands-on experience into the types of engineering, innovate and design, and present their solutions. Students will apply learning in Art, Math, Science, and Technology, as well as be able to effectively present solutions to their peers.

Aerospace: 1 Credit

Focuses on the various aspects of rocket theory and flight theory including the history of each. They will be challenged with flight simulators, custom-built gliders and rockets as well as an electric-powered plane that they will fly. Students will identify, understand, and implement flight controls and surfaces, learn basic vocabulary, identify and classify various aircraft’s and their components, learn and apply Newton’s third law, Pascal’s law, and Bernoulli’s principle, and much more.

Design and Drawing for Production: 1 Credit

This is a course in visual problem-solving and design. Emphasis will be placed on designing solutions to realistic problems and the development of creative design skills.

This course will provide students with technical drawing experiences in the following areas:

  • Orthographic Projection
  • Pictorial Drawing
  • Sectional Views
  • Auxiliary Views
  • Transitions/Developments
  • Revolution Drawings

Advanced Woodworking: 1 Credit

Prerequisites: Materials & Processes, Teacher Recommendation.

This advanced course in woodworking gives students the opportunity to further refine their machine tool skills and craftsmanship in the production of cabinets and furniture projects. Students who exhibit a high level of skill and consistent work ethic in materials and processes will be recommended for this class.

General areas of study will include the following:

  • Shop and Machine Safety
  • Joinery
  • Tool And Machine Maintenance
  • Cabinet Construction
  • Furniture Construction
  • Design
  • Wood Turning

Technical Theatre and Construction: 1 Credit

This course will cover all aspects of theatre design and technology. Students will learn set design, stage set carpentry, lighting technology, lighting design, sound technology, rigging technology, stage management, and theatre engineering. Students will be involved in building sets and props and managing sound and lighting for school productions and other activities held in the theatre during the year.

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Vocational Technology

In cooperation with Sullivan County BOCES, each occupational course represents 3 credits per year toward graduation requirements. Students will attend their vocational program at SC BOCES for a half day. Students must be a junior or senior in order to attend. Most programs span two years. Occupational students are required to provide and/or purchase personal equipment such as uniforms, cosmetology kits, locks, coveralls, work shoes, safety glasses, electrician’s kits, and a spelling dictionary. Upon completion, vocational students can choose to enter the workforce or enroll in a post-secondary institution continuing their training. Students are encouraged to consider all programs regardless of gender.

Animal Science

1 or 2 Year Program

Prepares students for career options and/or college admissions in the large and small animal science majors. Provides instruction and work experience related to the student’s interests. Through hands-on experience, students are trained in livestock production, animal card, and business aspects of the industry. Includes the study of horses, dairy, beef, swine, poultry, and small animals.

Auto Body

1 or 2 Year Program

Students become skilled in the use of hand, power, and special auto body tools and equipment and receive practical experience in minor and major collision repairs including:

  • Panel Replacement
  • Body Alignments
  • Paint Preparation
  • Frame Repairs
  • Use of the Mig Welder and Oxy-Acetylene Torch

Automotive Technology

1 or 2 Year Program

General areas of study include:

  • Lubrication Systems
  • Brake System
  • Front-End Alignment
  • Fuel and Ignition Systems
  • Engine Tune-Up
  • Minor Transmission Repair Work

Broadcasting/Music Production

1 or 2 Year Program

Provides hands-on training to learn industry basics, including how to operate and maintain audio equipment used in the field.

Audio Production

  • Terminology
  • Techniques
  • Use of instruments
  • Microphones
  • Digital audio workstations

Topics: history of broadcasting, laws & regulations, ethics, news/PSA announcements, weather/traffic announcements, music, sports, and different broadcasting styles.

Commercial Drone Aviation

1 or 2 Year Program

Prepares students to enter an expanding industry. Drone Pilot curriculum takes high school juniors and seniors from being a drone novice to FAA Certified Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle pilots. Topics of study: intro to small unmanned aircraft systems, preparation for FAA Remote Pilot Knowledge Exam, hands-on DJI Phantom training, training on Drone-based Photo and Video production, using Autonomous Flight and real-world applications, and training on Data Collection and Pix4Dmapper.

Construction Technology

1 or 2 Year Program

Offers basic building practices in the fields of carpentry, plumbing, and electric. Green building, industry innovation and safe setup and operation of portable power tools, in addition to shop equipment.

Cosmetology I & II

1 or 2 Year Program

A background in cosmetology theory and practical work is provided for each student. Chemistry, anatomy, and physiology are included as part of this two year program. Students are required to complete 1,000 hours of instruction to be eligible to take the NYS License Exam, which consists of practical and written components. Students completing this course will have a variety of exciting career opportunities.

Culinary Arts & Sciences I & II

1 or 2 Year Program

Includes instruction in the preparation and serving of food and practical application in numerous cooking skills. Students learn the importance of quality customer service. Second-year students learn more about cuisines of the world and operate Serendipity, a restaurant on Main Street, Liberty.

General areas of study include:

  • Safe Food Handling and Sanitation
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Menu Planning
  • Preparation and Serving of Quantity Foods
  • Short-Order Cooking
  • Purchasing, Pricing, and Cost Control of Food
  • Dining Room Management

Early Childhood Education

1 or 2 Year Program

Provides an in-depth study of early childhood education. Students will work extensively with children, develop programs, and participate in internships.

General areas of study include:

  • Managerial, curricular, and developmental theory
  • Special education
  • Education law and regulations
  • Behavior management

Health Occupations I

1 or 2 Year Program

Prepares students with basic health theory and clinical skills in the healthcare professions. Acquaints students with a variety of health occupation careers. Receive CPR certification and optional first aid certification

Health Occupation II

1 or 2 Year Program

Students will receive training to obtain NYS Nurse Aide Certification. Hands-on clinical experience pertaining to the duties of a nursing assistant in New York State study of basic anatomy, nutrition, and other fundamental healthcare theory.

Allied Health Occupations

The Allied Health Program is an exploration program for high school seniors that provides students who are exploring health career options, as well as students who are focused on a particular health career area, with the opportunity to gain basic knowledge essential to all healthcare workers in their jobs.

Through project-based learning, students will have the opportunity to concentrate their studies on a specific field or career area if they choose. Clinical rotations/ internships allow students to observe health professionals at work in a variety of settings. In addition, students will learn critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills important in post-secondary education in the health professions. Students may choose from Basic Allied Health or Advanced Allied Health.

New Vision Health

New Vision Health is an academically rigorous program for college-bound high school seniors who plan to major in a health-related field at a two-year or four-year college program.

Some of the college degrees pursued by New Vision Health students include Alternative Medicine, Anesthesiology, Biology, Chemistry, Counseling, Dental, Dietary, Exercise Physiology, Health Care Administration, Lab Technician, Nursing, Pathology, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Pre-Med, Psychology, Radiology, Sports Medicine, Therapy & Rehabilitation, and Veterinary Science. This program affords students the opportunity to work with and observe health professionals in action. In addition to classroom work, students participate in competency-based internships that allow them to observe healthcare workers in a variety of settings. Students also learn critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills important in the health professions. This educational experience provides students with the necessary information to make a career choice.

Hospitality and Tourism

1 or 2 Year Program
For college-bound students who plan to major in a Hospitality and Tourism related field at a two-year or four-year college. Students work with and observe industry professionals in action. In addition to classroom work the students will go on-site to various hospitality establishments.
Topics of study: intro to the hospitality & tourism industry, intro to leadership and management, hospitality management, lodging ownership and management. managing food & beverage operations, recreations, and leisure.

Innovative Design Program

For students who are looking to enter the digital manufacturing and gaming industries to become architects, designers, builders, gamers, landscapers, makers, and engineers. Using modeling software and working with the latest technology, students learn to explore ideas, create plans, and bring their ideas and drawings from two-dimensional documents to 3D models.

Areas of study include:

  • Sketchup
  • Game Design
  • Project Design
  • Auto Design
  • Building and Landscape Design
  • 3D Printing

Natural Resources

1 or 2 Year Program

Provides basic knowledge and skills in the areas of equipment operation and maintenance and a variety of allied outdoor careers. Students work outdoors throughout the school year. Topics of study include:

  • Heavy equipment operations
  • Forestry and logging
  • Site engineering
  • Equipment service & repair
  • Landscaping and conservation practices

Precision Machinery Technology

Prepares students with the skills and experience to enter a variety of machining fields. Students will learn to safely set up and operate machine shop equipment. Equipment such as lathes, mills, drill presses, grinders. Also students will learn computer software programs to design and create parts and products.

Public Safety Services

1 or 2 Year Program

Combines criminal justice theory with practical training and experience. Students are prepared for careers as police officers, correctional officers, security officers and other public service occupations.

General areas of study include:

  • Law
  • Crime Prevention
  • Police Science
  • Radio Communication
  • Patrol Methods


1 year Program

Introduces students to the basics of welding principles. Students will learn, in addition to basic metal fabrication:

  • Welding safety and theory
  • Metal preparation
  • Measuring
  • Cutting
  • Project layout
  • Blueprint reading

This hands-on class will give students the opportunity to learn different types of welding including:

  • Oxyfuel
  • Gas/metal arc welding
  • Basic TIB welding
  • Shielded metal arc welding
  • Plasma cutting

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