Curriculum NightJanuary 13, 2011 WELCOME!
Agenda Mrs. Sell, Guidance Counselor Ms. Lardieri, Career Pathways Chairperson Ms. Swales and Mrs. Taneyhill, GACTC Mrs. Craig, Mathematics Dept. Chairperson Mrs. Hurd, Social Studies Dept. Chairperson Mrs. Shaffer, Foreign Language Dept. Mrs. Campbell, English Dept. Chairperson
Scheduling Timeline • Counselor gave scheduling presentations to students • Scheduling Sheets and applications due to Guidance Office by February 1 • Transition to HS Conferences • Individual selections entered in system • Master schedule for entire building is completed • Course Request Verifications mailed home • Students receive schedule in June
Transition to High School Conferences • Career and Educational Planning Session • Individual conference with a guidance counselor • Preparation for 9th grade
Dates To Remember Transition to HS Conference Request: Available After Tonight’s Presentation or by calling the Guidance Office at 695-4426 ext. 6520. Scheduling Sheets: Due to Mrs. Sell, in the Guidance Office, by February 1
Scheduling Musts • Schedule no less than 7 units/credits per year • Students must schedule a humanities class • Must accumulate 27 units/credits to graduate • Foreign Language is not a graduation requirement, but is highly recommended. It counts also as your Humanities credit.
Curriculum Information Three Levels: Honors College Bound Level 9
Weighted Grading Grade * .05 / total units attempted
Criteria for Course Enrollment Students are scheduled for classes based on prior performance/grades, PSSA scores, screenings, and prerequisites including teacher recommendations. See scheduling sheet and Course Description Booklet for more details.
Special Entrance Requirements Certain 9th grade electives have entrance requirements
Examples Intro to Art: Portfolio Due: February 1 to Mrs. Wertz-Leiden (Room 132) Tiger TV: Application Due: February 1 to the Guidance Office
Examples Continued Anatomy/Physiology: Essay Due: February 1 to the Guidance Office
HollidaysburgArea SchoolDistrict Education with a purpose
Career Pathways. . . A process designed to allow students the opportunity to examine their personal information and then use this information to make informed, career related post-secondary decisions.
Career Pathways will NOT • Teach students specific job skills relating to different jobs/careers • “Lock” students into a career decision
The Plan . .. • Five pathway curriculum options • Business • Communications • Engineering and Industrial • Human Services • Science
The Plan . .. Each pathway option contains two cluster areas – these clusters will represent careers containing similar job/skill attributes
Pathway Option with Cluster Areas Business Computer Information Systems Business Administration, Marketing, Mathematics, Sales
Pathway Option with Cluster Areas • Communications • Journalism, Language Arts, Media, Public Relations • The Arts – Music, Theater, Visual
Pathway Option with Cluster Areas • Engineering and Industrial • - Architecture, Construction, Manufacturing • - Material Sciences and Nanofabrication
Pathway Option with Cluster Areas • Human Services • Consumer Services and Human Development • Education, Government, Law
Pathway Option with Cluster Areas Science Biomedical, Physical, Earth Science Environmental
Junior/Senior HighCareer Activities • 7th grade • Introduction to the pathway options • 8th grade • Formal classroom pathway lessons – research on all pathways, guidance activities • 9th grade • Formal classroom pathway lessons – research on a specific pathway, guidance activities
10th-12th grades • Selection of a pathway and cluster (this can be changed each year if desired) • Enrollment in an elective subject related to the pathway choice • Participation in career related activities that are directly related to the career pathway through elective and required courses and individual activities • Completion of a career focused graduation project completed in the senior year
Questions????Please contact: • Mrs. Veronica Sell, Guidance Counselor • Mrs. Debbie Lardieri, Pathways Coordinator
Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center Gayle Swales and Nicole Taneyhill
MathematicsMrs. Craig Curriculum Criteria Expectations
8th to 9th Grade Transition EIGHTH GRADE % REQUIREMENT NINTH GRADE Algebra II Honors Geometry Algebra I Geometry Algebra I: Part 1 Algebra IB Algebra IA Algebra IB Pre-Algebra Algebra IA 70% ↑ 69% ↓ 95% ↑ 70%-94% 69%↓ 70% ↑ 69%↓ 70% ↑ 69%↓ ALL STUDENTS
Honors Geometry Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 2 or a 95% or higher in Algebra 1 Topics to be covered: Interrelationships Between Points, Lines, and Planes, Angle Relationships, Parallel Lines, Polygons and Similarity, Conditionals and Logic, Triangle Relationships and Right Triangle Properties, Perimeter, Area, Surface Area, and Volume, Circles, Introductory Trigonometry Direct and indirect proofs are done in a manner which follows rigid mathematical procedure.
Sequence through Grade 12 9 Honors Geometry 10 Honors Trigonometry & Pre-calculus Trigonometry & Pre-calculus, Honors Algebra 2 11 AP Calc AB Calculus, Honors Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus AP Statistics Honors Probability & Statistics 12 AP Calc BC AP Calc AB AP Statistics Honors Probability & Statistics
Geometry Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1 Topics to be covered: Interrelationships Between Points, Lines, and Planes, Angle Relationships, Parallel Lines, Polygons and Similarity, Conditionals and Logic, Triangle Relationships and Right Triangle Properties, Perimeter, Area, Surface Area, and Volume, Circles, Introductory Trigonometry Course includes some, but not an extensive amount of proofs and deals mainly with geometric concepts.
Sequence through Grade 12 9 Geometry 10 Algebra 2, Honors Algebra 2 11 Honors Trigonometry & Pre-calculus Trigonometry & Pre-calculus AP Statistics Honors Probability & Statistics 12 AP Calc AB Calculus AP Statistics Honors Probability & Statistics
ALGEBRA 1B Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1A or Algebra 1 Part 1 Topics to be Covered: Review of Algebra 1A, Solving Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities, Working with Polynomials, Factoring Polynomials, Quadratic Functions, Exponents, Rational Expressions and Equations, Radical Expressions and Equations Strong emphasis is be put on writing mathematical descriptions geared toward the PSSA Open-Ended situations and preparing for the 11th grade PSSA exam.
Sequence through Grade 12 9 Algebra 1B 10 Geometry 11 Algebra 2 12 Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus
Algebra 1A Prerequisite: Completion of Pre-Algebra Topics to be Covered: Data and Graphs, Real Numbers, Variables, and Expressions, Solving Linear Equations and Inequalities, Functions and Graphs, Graphing Linear Equations and Inequalities, Systems of Linear Equations
Sequence through Grade 12 9 Algebra 1A 10 Algebra 1B 11 Integrated Math 1 12 Integrated Math 2
ScienceMr. Tinker Curriculum Criteria Expectations
9th Grade Science Courses • Honors Biology 1 • College Bound Science 9 • Science 9 • Anatomy/Physiology (elective)
Honors Biology 1 • Course Description: Honors Biology 1 is designed for academically accelerated ninth grade students who are motivated in their studies and have a strong interest and aptitude in the science field. • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Pre-Honors Science 8 or a 95% in CB Science 8
College Bound Science 9 • Course Description: This course is for academic students whose career path will follow a curriculum revolving around college preparatory classes. The course covers the four main topics of Chemical Interactions, Sound, Light & Electricity, Astronomy, and Environment & Ecology. • Prerequisite: Successful completion of College Bound Science 8 or, for Science 8, 95% average and teacher recommendation.
Science 9 • Course Description: This course, for general students, is broken into four 9-week courses. The four courses of Chemical Interactions, Sound Light & Electricity, Astronomy and Environment & Ecology use an approach designed to meet the needs of the non-academic student. • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Science 8.
Anatomy/Physiology • A one-semester ninth grade elective • An introduction to the structure and function of the human body • Each body system is studied beginning at the cellular level. • Students are introduced to various occupations within the medical field through in-class visits from medical professionals and field trips.
Anatomy/Physiology Prerequisites: • Students are expected to write a one-page essay explaining their reasons for requesting the class. • Class size is limited.
CivicsMrs. Hurd Curriculum
College Bound VS. Honors Course Content Is the Same Increased Expectations for Honors Classes Quality of Work Amount of Work Pacing Reading and Writing Skills Summer research assignment
Which level is best for my child? • Considerations • Work ethic • Interest in subject matter • Extracurricular activities • Independence in learning • Academic and career goals • Grades vs. challenge
Prerequisites for Honors Level • Successful completion of 8th grade Pre-Honors class AND 88% on screener test • 95% in 8th grade CB class AND 88% on screener test • Screener test – objective and essay • All Students: Advanced/Proficient level in PSSA reading
Long-term planning - FYI • 10th Grade AP European History • Prerequisites • Honors Civics • Honors English • 92% average in both • Screener test
Foreign LanguagesMrs. Stern Curriculum Criteria Expectations
World Language Options French German Latin Spanish