FASD

Curriculum

 

2017-2018 SY Scheduling Information

2017-2018 Course Catalog

2017-2018 SY Course Request Forms by Grade

7th Grade         8th Grade       9th Grade         10th Gade       11th Grade         12th Grade

 

 

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The Ferndale Area Jr/Sr High School provides a challenging curriculum to prepare our students for their college and careers.  A comprehensive course selection guide is updated annually and courses will be added and deleted pending their necessity.

**NOTE: Course availability depends upon requests and not all courses will be offered each year.  Speak to your counselor or an administrator to determine course availability for each scheduling year.**

 

 

Ferndale Are Junior Senior High School

2016-2017
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

BUSINESS, COMPUTERS, INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Computers 7                                          Required                                9 Weeks

7th Grade

 

This is a required course for all seventh grade students, and will be automatically scheduled for them.  Computers 7 is a continuation of Computers 5 and 6, which introduced the basics of the Microsoft Office 2007 Suite.  In this course, we will focus on expanding our knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, through a variety of activities and projects.  In Word, our main focus will be “How to Write a Research Paper,” and in Excel, we will focus on “Formulas and Formatting.”  We will supplement the course with a typing review by using Micro Type.

 

Intro to Business                                    Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                                          .5 credit

 

Introduction to Business is a perfect class for any student who is interested in the world of business.  A wide range of topics will be covered including everything from General Business to International Business to Marketing and Leadership.  This class will give students the skills needed to excel in the business world, as well as other business and technology classes.  The course will be geared towards ninth and tenth graders, but is open to anyone in grades 9-12 with an interest in business.

 

Financial Management                           Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

 

This class explores the field of finance and builds a foundation for financial planning.  The course introduces concepts regarding finance, banking systems, and investments.  Financial Management will help students gain an understanding of banking systems and how banks make money.  This course will also cover the importance of financial planning and the different types of investment strategies available.  Lastly, this course will prepare students who are considering a career in a finance related career.

 

Accounting I                                           Elective                                Full Year

9-12th Grade                                                                                           1 credit

 

This is a great course for anyone that is interested in the world of business.  Throughout the duration of the course, we will complete the Accounting Cycle, by gaining basic accounting skills.  The course will focus on accounting practices that are used in sole proprietorships and partnerships.  In addition to learning the manual process of accounting, we will also use a computer program to aid us on various projects.  By studying accounting, you will develop an overall picture of how the business world works.  Such understanding is a good base for further study and career advancement in the world of work. 

  

Evolution of Games                                Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

 

The objective of this class is to develop an understanding of how professional game designers utilize dynamics from ancient games in today’s blockbuster hits by studying and playing the games of Babylon, Egypt, Rome, Europe, and India. Students will identify how games reflect a culture’s political and societal structure.  Students will build game prototypes and will collaborate on quality research and design projects.

 

Game Design                                          Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

 

“Gaming” doesn’t only mean “video games”. Gamers also play board games, card games, simulations, and participate in interactive stories. This course breaks down the design process step by step. You will learn the fundamentals of game mechanics, game art, and game narratives. Your final project will include building, playtesting, and continually improving a team built board game that can be played with friends and added to your game portfolio. 

 

GameMaker Programming I                    Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

 

Learn the concepts taught in a college-level “Programming 101” course, but all of the projects are games! You will receive an introduction to basic programming by building two dimensional (2D) games. GameMaker™, the 2D game engine you’ll be using, is based on a scripting language that builds techniques that can be transferred to any other programming language such as Python, Java and C++. You will complete stand-alone executable games that can be played with friends and added to your digital portfolio.

 

GameMaker Programming II                   Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

 

This course is a continuation from GameMaker Programming I.  The skills learned in the prerequisite will be built upon in a similar fashion. You will receive an introduction to basic programming by building two dimensional (2D) games. GameMaker™, the 2D game engine you’ll be using, is based on a scripting language that builds techniques that can be transferred to any other programming language such as Python, Java and C++. You will complete stand-alone executable games that can be played with friends and added to your digital portfolio.

 

ENGLISH

English 7                                                Required                               Full Year

7th Grade

 

This course is designed to help students understand both the origins of the English language as well as stressing grammar, correct usage, and the mechanics of English.  Students will integrate these language skills into the writing process by producing various writing samples including well-constructed sentences, effective paragraphs, and short essays.  In addition, students will produce written works of various genres as outlined by the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.  Students will also read and analyze at least one longer work of fiction.

 

Advanced English 7                               Required                               Full Year

7th Grade

Prerequisite: Advanced PSSA scores.

 

This course is designed to take an advanced approach to developing proficient communication skills through critical reading, writing, speaking, and listening, with an emphasis on all aspects of writing.  Students will read, respond, analyze, and interpret a variety of literature, including, but not limited to, works of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.  Students will demonstrate their in-depth comprehension and analytical skills through a variety of written genres and oral presentations.

 

This course will help prepare students for the more rigorous literature and writing required of students seeking placement in advanced college preparatory classes.  It will aid in the development of creative and critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and academic responsibility and initiative.

 

Reading 7                                               Required                               Full Year

7th Grade

 

The seventh grade reading course is designed to introduce and reinforce vocabulary and comprehension skills.  The skills presented are universal and apply in varying degrees to all content area reading materials.  Some major areas covered include:  Identifying and applying meaning of vocabulary and word recognition skills (i.e. multiple-meaning words, synonyms, antonyms, using context clues, and affixes).  Students will read to understand fiction and non-fiction texts appropriate to grade level.  Some major areas include: making inferences, drawing conclusions, comparing and contrasting, distinguishing between fact and opinion, identifying main ideas, facts and details, author’s approach,  predicting outcomes, summarizing, and critical thinking skills. Students are exposed to a wide variety of high- interest reading materials, tapes and movies to encourage a love of reading and life-long learning. 

 

English 8                                                Required                               Full Year

8th Grade

 

This course is designed to help students understand grammar, correct usage, and the mechanics of the English language which will build on the previous year’s skills.  Students will then integrate these skills into the writing process by producing various writing samples including well-constructed sentences, effective paragraphs, and short essays.  In addition, students will produce written works of various genres as outlined by the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.  Students will also read and analyze at least one longer work of fiction.

 

Advanced English 8                               Required                               Full Year

8th Grade

Prerequisite: Advanced PSSA scores; final average of 93% in English 7 or final average of 83% in Advanced English 7; teacher recommendation.

 

This course is designed to take an advanced approach to developing proficient communication skills through critical reading, writing, speaking, and listening, with an emphasis on all aspects of writing.  Students will read, respond, analyze, and interpret a variety of literature, including, but not limited to, works of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.  Students will demonstrate their in-depth comprehension and analytical skills through a variety of written genres and oral presentations.

 

This course will help prepare students for the more rigorous literature and writing required of students seeking placement in advanced college preparatory classes.  It will aid in the development of creative and critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and academic responsibility and initiative.

 

Reading 8                                               Required                               Full Year

8th Grade

 

The eighth grade reading course is designed to introduce and reinforce vocabulary and comprehension skills.  The skills presented are universal and apply in varying degrees to all content area reading materials.  Some major areas covered include:  Identifying and applying meaning of vocabulary and word recognition skills (i.e., multiple-meaning words, synonyms, antonyms, using context clues, and affixes).  Students will read to understand fiction and non-fiction texts appropriate to grade level.  Some major areas include: making inferences, drawing conclusions, comparing and contrasting, distinguishing between fact and opinion, identifying main ideas, facts and details, author’s approach, predicting outcomes, summarizing, and critical thinking skills.  Students are exposed to a wide variety of high-interest reading materials, tapes and movies to encourage a love of reading and life-long learning.  

 

English 9                                                Required                               Full Year

9th Grade                                                                                                1 credit

 

English 9 builds upon the skills learned in English 8.  Students will study all aspects of the language arts – reading, writing, speaking, and listening—as outlined in the Pennsylvania State Standards.  Effective composition writing is practiced. Literature study will include reading and discussion of both fiction and nonfiction and will feature selected short stories, drama, poetry, and a novel.  Students will begin the process of preparing for the Pennsylvania Keystone Exam for Literature, which will be taken upon the completion of English 10. 

 

Honors English 9                                   Required                               Full Year

9th Grade                                                                                                1 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisites: Advanced PSSA scores; final average of 93% in English 8 or 83% in Honors English 8; teacher recommendation.                                                                                             


Honors English 9 builds upon the skills learned in Honors English 8.  Students will study all aspects of the language arts – reading, writing, speaking, and listening—as outlined in the Pennsylvania State Standards.  Effective composition and research writing is practiced. Literature study will include reading and discussion of both fiction and nonfiction and will feature selected short stories, drama, poetry, and novels.  Students will begin the process of preparing for the Pennsylvania Keystone Exam for Literature, which will be taken upon the completion of English 10. 

This course will help prepare students for the more rigorous literature and writing required of students seeking placement in AP courses.  It will aid in the development of creative and critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and academic responsibility and initiative.  This course will exceed content at a fast pace and will require independent study and completion of assignments regularly.


English 10                                              Required                               Full Year

10th Grade                                                                                              1 credit

 

English 10 builds upon the skills developed in English 9.  Students will study all aspects of the language arts – reading, writing, speaking, and listening—as outlined in the PA state standards.  Students will practice and refine these skills through a variety of activities, assignments, and projects. Effective composition and research writing is practiced and refined.  Literary forms and their characteristics are studied.  These include both fiction and non-fiction selections, poetry, drama, and a novel.  At the end of the course, students will take the Pennsylvania Keystone Exam for Literature.

 

Honors English 10                                 Required                               Full Year

10th Grade                                                                                              1 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisites: Final average of 93% in English 9 or 83% in Honors English 9; teacher recommendation.

 

Honors English 10 builds upon the skills developed in Honors English 9.  Students will study all aspects of the language arts – reading, writing, speaking, and listening—as outlined in the PA state standards.  Students will practice and refine these skills through a variety of activities, assignments, and projects. Advanced composition and research writing is practiced and refined.  Effective public speaking is also refined.  Literary forms and their characteristics are studied.  These include both fiction and non-fiction selections, poetry, drama, and novels.  At the end of the course, students will take the Pennsylvania Keystone Exam for Literature.

This course will help prepare students for the more rigorous literature and writing required of students seeking placement in the AP courses.  It will aid in the development of creative and critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and academic responsibility and initiative.  This course will exceed content at a fast pace and will require independent study and completion of assignments regularly.

 

English 11                                              Required                               Full Year

11th Grade                                                                                              1 credit

 

English 11 is designed to introduce students to American authors, to the many genres of literature, and to the literary conventions used throughout these works.   While studying the literature, students will also respond through journal reflections and through more formal essays.  The course will stress organizational strategies and the necessity of using textual detail to support an argument or opinion. Grammar, usage, and punctuation rules will be reviewed as needed.

 

Honors English 11                                 Required                               Full Year

11th Grade                                                                                              1 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisite:  Final average of 93% in English 10 or 83% in Honors English 10; Teacher Recommendation

 

Students in Honors English 11 will also study American authors, with the first semester focusing on literature from the Puritan period to the Romanticism and the second semester focusing primarily on three 20th century novelists (Betty Smith, John Steinbeck, and F. Scott Fitzgerald).  These students will strive to find deeper meaning in the literature by studying the authors and the historical period in which they lived and by making thematic connections between texts.

 

Because this course is designed for those who are college-bound, students will be expected to read independently each night, complete research responsibly, and write formally. To strengthen their written expression, students will also be exposed to usage and wordiness rules and grammar and punctuation rules as necessary.

 

English 12                                              Required                               Full Year

12th Grade                                                                                              1 credit

 

English 12 will provide students with the opportunity to strengthen their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  Throughout the first semester students will review basic grammar, punctuation and usage rules and work to strengthen their sentence structure and paragraph form.

 

Students will also be expected to read and respond to high-interest literature, both fiction and nonfiction. The class will require students to complete some reading outside the classroom; however, class time will also be provided so that students can listen to selections and seek assistance when necessary.  At times students will be required to complete teacher-guided research assignments that are connected to the literature they are reading.  

 

Honors English 12                                 Required                               Full Year

12th Grade                                                                                              1 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisite: Honors English 11 and Teacher Recommendation

 

Honors English 12 is designed for those who are college-bound.  It involves literature study and is thematic by semester, with the first semester focusing on Holocaust literature, both fiction and nonfiction, and the second semester focusing on British literature (Anglo-Saxon through Renaissance). Throughout the year various forms of writing are also stressed, including the informative research paper, personal reactions to literature, and literary criticisms.  In addition to the increasingly complex literature study, various assignments are given to help the students fine tune their writing skills and develop their own style and voice.

 

AP English Literature &                         Required                                      Year

Composition                                                                                       1.2 credit
12th Grade                                                                                                         

Weighted course

Prerequisite: A final average of 80% or higher in AP English Language and Composition, as well as teacher recommendation.  If a student would like to take AP English Literature & Composition but is not currently on the Honors/AP track, he/she must have a 95% or higher, as well as teacher recommendation.  Satisfactory completion of a summer assignment is required and due on the first day of school for this course.

 

The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course.  The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.
Students who sign up to take the AP Exam but decide not to take it once it is ordered will be required to reimburse the district for the test.  This may include a penalty fee if the student decides not to take the exam once ordered.

 

AP English Language & Composition    Required                                      Year

11th Grade                                                                                           1.2 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisite: A final average of 80% or higher in Honors English, as well as teacher recommendation.  If a student would like to take AP English Language & Composition but is not currently on the Honors/AP track, he/she must have a 95% or higher, as well as teacher recommendation.  Satisfactory completion of a summer assignment is required and due on the first day of school for this course.

 The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods. Students who sign up to take the AP Exam but decide not to take it once it is ordered will be required to reimburse the district for the test. This may include a penalty fee if the student decides not to take the exam once ordered.

 

Creative Writing                                     Elective                               Semester

10-12th Grade                                                                                        .5 credit

 

Creative Writing is designed to further the opportunity for students to expand upon their writing skills. The course is intended to help writers achieve a more advanced level of composition writing skills.  Students will utilize a variety of genres and forms to improve their skills in focus, content, organization, style, and mechanics.  Particular emphasis will be placed on improving content and style. Much of the class will feature a writing workshop format while taking a more creative approach. Students will write both fiction and nonfiction pieces, as well poetry, plays, and independent projects.  Students interested in writing as a profession or students who enjoy writing should schedule this course.

 

Public Speaking/Research             Grad. Requirement             Semester

9th Grade                                                                                               .5 credit

 

As students progress through high school and into their lives beyond, public speaking and research skills will become more important.  Research skills and public speaking skills are essential for the post-secondary driven student.  Students in this class will learn how to properly research and deliver speeches.  This course will be very helpful for students when applying for a job, preparing for college, or wanting a career in communications.  Skills such as MLA format, citations, and quotations will be explored.

 

SAT Prep                                                Elective                               Semester

10-12th Grade                                                                                        .5 credit

 

Students wanting to better their scores on the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) are encouraged to take this course before taking the SAT.  Topics include test-taking strategies and content knowledge review.

 

College Writing                                       Elective                               Semester

11th-12th grade                                                                                       .5 credit

The goal of this course is to ensure that students have control of their writing by understanding and adhering to the rules that govern writing. In this class, students will learn to strengthen their sentences by learning to vary their sentence patterns. While learning to subordinate, they will also learn to punctuate the sentences correctly and avoid the errors frowned upon in college writing: dangling and misplaced modifiers, faulty parallelism, unnecessary use of passive voice, and generally used pronouns. Students will use the college textbook English Fundamentals and its corresponding website.

 

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES

Family & Consumer Sciences      Required                                           Quarter

7th-8th Grade

 

This hands-on course introduces students to the Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum. The areas of concentration include: family life skills, caring for young children, and sewing basics. Cooperative learning and practical life skills are an integral part of this course.

 

Basic Foods and Nutrition                      Elective                               Semester

9th-12th Grade                                                                                        .5 credit

 

In this class students will become more self-sufficient in the kitchen.  They will understand the body’s nutritional needs and acquire a foundation of good general food preparation skills so that they can read a recipe, measure accurately, and follow directions while working safely and efficiently in the kitchen.  Food labs are the supplement to classroom lessons, discussions, and demonstrations. Students will then research a different region of the United States and complete a written paper and oral presentation on the region.  Students will plan a meal and experiment cooking foods from that region.

 

Advanced Foods and Nutrition                    Elective                                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

Prerequisite: Basic Foods and Nutrition

 

In this class, students will add to the basic concepts and skills learned in the beginning basic foods course.  In addition to advanced techniques while working in the kitchen, students will also learn the more technical and scientific methods of food science technology.  Students will also be exposed to various types of ethnic and foreign foods in this class.

 

Child Development                                 Elective                               Semester

10th-12th Grade                                                                                      .5 credit

 

In this class students will learn how a child grows and develops from conception through age five.  Classes will examine the development that occurs during each month of pregnancy and what a mother needs to do to ensure the baby’s health.  Parenting means providing care, support, and love in a way that leads to a child’s total development.  This includes being responsible for the child’s physical needs and creating a nurturing environment.  Students taking Child Development will be involved in “Baby Think It Over” and creating a thematic unit of activities.

 

Independent Living                        Grad. Requirement                      Semester

10th-12th Grade                                                                                      .5 credit

 

Independent Living is a required course for all students.  In this class students learn how to make the transition into their adult lives.  This class offers the opportunity to develop the essential skills necessary to meet the challenging demands of life now and beyond.  Topics studied include personal development and building relationships, consumer practices, budgeting, career goals, and daily living skills.  Students will also devote a portion of their time creating a resume and cover letter and preparing for their future careers.

 

Interior Design                                        Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

 

In this class students will learn the principles and elements of design when planning interior living spaces.  Students will identify the factors in selecting a place to live, analyze floor plans, and draw interiors to scale.  Students will design a room and complete a design board to display their selections.

 

Baking                                                    Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

 

In this class students will learn the classic methods and techniques that are used in the preparation of finished baked goods, and understand the various mixing methods that effects batters and doughs. Students will learn to accurately measure ingredients and understand recipe conversions.  

 

FINE ARTS

Art 7                                                       Required                                 Quarter

7th Grade

 

This class is an introduction course to the elements of art. Explore different mediums including paint, clay, and drawing. Students create and utilize sketchbooks for designing and brainstorming projects.  Some of the big ideas that will be studied are sketchbook, string art project, color wheel, painting color scheme and shape, clay textured house, op art and watercolor.

 

 

Art 8                                                       Required                                 Quarter

8th Grade

 

Students build upon their prior knowledge of the elements of art by focusing on the principles of design. This class also adds a three-dimension factor to students’ fundamentals, while expressing themselves through artistic exploration.  Some of the big ideas that will be studied are sketchbook, grid drawing/cartoon painting, metal tooling, clay coil pot, pointillism, watercolor, and paper sculpture.

 

Intro to Art (Art I)                                    Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

 

This is a basic art class for students of all levels, skills and varied interests.  Students will be introduced to various art processes, such as: drawing, painting, and printmaking.  Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of Art & Design: color theory and mixing, texture, line, shape, value, balance and composition basics.  Students will be introduced to various artists and study cultural influences of art through history. Students will also be responsible for sketchbook work and several projects each marking period. There will be continued discussion and exploration of the Pennsylvania Art Standards.

 

Ceramics                                                Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                                                                                         .5 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro Art with a grade of 70% or better                                                                                                                

In Ceramics, students will be introduced to the world of clay through hands on exploration.  They will be taught the basic techniques of clay construction, glazing and throwing on the potter’s wheel! An understanding of the rich history of ceramics as well as an understanding of the elements and principals of design will also be included in the course.

 

Painting                                                  Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro Art with a grade of 70% or better  

           

In this studio painting course you will be introduced to the fundamentals of painting. Class will start with the basics: color wheel, color mixing, and composition. Students will explore the many subjects and styles of paintings, famous artists, as well as create their own style along the way. 

 

Crafts                                                      Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

 

In this course students will explore the many different mediums of art including, but not limited to, glass, weaving, batik, leather tooling, and jewelry/metals.  This course is a hands-on and project based program with emphasis placed on creativity.

 

Drawing                                                  Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro Art with a grade of 70% or better  

           

In this drawing course you will discover that you can draw, once you learn different techniques and tricks. You will practice drawing with mediums such as charcoal, pastels, drawing pencils and more. This class is not only creating and expressing yourself through drawing, but also exploring artistic concepts and famous artists.

 

Sculpture                                                Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Intro Art with a grade of 70% or better  

           

This course is an introduction to the basics of sculpture. Here you explore many traditional and non-traditional mediums and methods of sculpture. Students will discuss and interpret famous sculpture and sculptors.

 

Foreign Languages

French I                                                                                               Full Year

9th Grade                                                                                                1 credit

 

The objective of French I is for the student to achieve basic proficiency in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Language is presented within context to the contemporary French-speaking world and its culture.  Basic grammar skills and vocabulary are taught.  Videos, depicting the youth of France, and audio CDs of native speakers are used.  Conversation and instruction in French will increase as the year progresses.  Advanced eighth graders may schedule French I with teacher recommendation and administrative approval.

 

French II                                                                                              Full Year

9-12th Grade                                                                                          1 Credit

Prerequisite:  French I and C or better average in French I

 

French II continues the work started in French I.  Vocabulary is greatly expanded, and more difficult grammar structures are introduced. The video and audio programs support the text content.  Games, written and oral activities, and dialogues are used for practice.  French is used for conversation and instruction as much as possible.

 

French III                                                Elective                                Full Year

10-12th Grade                                                                                         1 credit

Prerequisite:  C or better average in French II

Recommendation:  C or better average in English

 

French III is an advanced course which increases the communication skills of the student, and builds the ease and confidence with which he or she uses French for self-expression.  French novels are used to introduce more complex grammatical structures.  Conversational situations and grammatical points will be based on previous years and build on past knowledge. 

 

French IV/V                                               Elective                                Full Year

11-12h Grade                                                                                          1 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisite:  C or better average in French III

Recommendation:  C or better average in English

 French IV is an advanced course which increases the communication skills of the student, and builds the ease and confidence with which he or she uses French for self-expression.  French novels are used to introduce more complex grammatical structures.  Conversational situations and grammatical points will be based on previous years and build on past knowledge. 

 

Spanish I                                                                                             Full Year

9th Grade                                                                                                1 credit

 

The study of a foreign language may be taken by anyone who wishes to broaden his or her knowledge of another culture. In this course, the student learns the correct pronunciation of Spanish vowels and consonants so that he or she may obtain the ability to speak with good pronunciation and to listen with comprehension. Students learn to converse about subjects of everyday interest thus practicing basic grammatical structure as well as acquiring a basic vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on listening, speaking with correct pronunciation, and understanding the spoken language.  Advanced eighth graders may schedule Spanish I with teacher recommendation and administrative approval.

 

Spanish II                                                                                            Full Year

9-12th Grade                                                                                          1 Credit

Prerequisite:  Spanish I and C or better average in Spanish I

 

This course continues the progress made by the student in the first year of language study. Additional advanced grammatical structures are covered, and it is expected that the spoken vocabulary will be substantially increased. Emphasis is placed on speaking and reading in addition to the student learning to write in the language. A variety of activities are used to give the student practice.

 

Spanish III                                              Elective                                Full Year

10-12th Grade                                                                                         1 credit

Prerequisite:  C or better average in Spanish II

Recommendation:  C or better average in English

 

Students who wish to develop further oral competence may select this advanced course. More cultural material is provided through the use of articles and literary works in the Spanish language. Students are given more opportunities to improve their writing and reading skills.

 

Spanish IV/V                                            Elective                                Full Year

11-12th Grade                                                                                         1 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisite:  C or better average in Spanish III

Recommendation:  C or better average in English

 

Students who wish to develop further oral competence and read literary selections may select this advanced course. More cultural materials and grammar are provided throughout the year. Further writing skills are developed by keeping a journal.

The class is generally taught in Spanish.

 

Health, Physical Education AND DRIVER’S EDUCATION

Health 7                                                 Required                                9 Weeks

7th Grade                                                      

 

The seventh grade health program is designed to allow students the opportunity to learn and practice aspects of overall health.  Total health includes mental, emotional, social, and physical health.  Students study the body and how it functions.  They discuss issues regarding values, positive attitudes, acceptance, and tolerance, and apply these to daily situations.  Students are challenged to think independently and to take responsibility for their health.  They learn to identify good health habits and are encouraged to promote healthy lifestyle choices. 

 

Health 9                                                 Required                              Semester

9th Grade                                                                                               .5 credit

 

The ninth grade health program is designed to allow students the opportunity to learn information in such a way that it influences them to take positive actions regarding their own health.  The students will be exposed to various health topics throughout the program including overall wellness, character building, health and your body, health and your mind, protecting your health in a drug-oriented society, family life, sexuality and social health, diseases and disorders, and safety and emergency issues.

 

Physical Education                                Required                                            

7-8th Grade                                             Semester

9-12th Grade                                           Semester                                .5 credit

 

The physical education program is designed to assist students in developing the following physical qualities:  strength, endurance, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility.  Other characteristics such as respect, sportsmanship, cooperation, and acceptance of different abilities will be demonstrated daily in a positive instructional environment.  Students will understand the importance of being both mentally and physically fit and will be encouraged to make healthy choices and maintain an active lifestyle.

 

Competitive Team Sports                       Elective                               Semester

10-12th Grade                                                                                                        .5 credit                                                        

The physical education program is designed to assist students in developing the following physical qualities:  strength, endurance, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility.  Other characteristics such as respect, sportsmanship, cooperation, and acceptance of different abilities will be demonstrated daily in a positive instructional environment.  Students will understand the importance of being both mentally and physically fit and will be encouraged to make healthy choices and maintain an active lifestyle.  Additionally, this course is designed to emphasize teamwork and cooperation as well as hone advanced level athletic skills and talents.

 

National Archery in the School’s Program                                         Semester

9th-12th Grade                                          Elective                                 .5 credit

 

This is a basic archery course that focuses on beginning archery safety, skills, and drills.  Participants learn about archery form, range rules and etiquette.  Form training and fun games are introduced in this class.  This class also focuses on a continued education towards tournament styles of shooting used by many archery tournament associations from around the world. Along with the tournament lesson, participants receive continued knowledge around their shooting form and advice on personal equipment selections.

 

Driver’s Education                                Suggested                             Semester

10th Grade                                                                                             .5 credit

 

Tenth grade students are encouraged to partake in the Driver’s Education course. Emphasis will be placed on traffic laws and safety, principles of automobile management and driver responsibilities. Instruction includes care and upkeep of the automobile. Content and performance expectations for driver education include: PA laws and regulations, knowledge of vehicle operations, perceptual skills development, decision making and risk reduction, driving conditions and the influences upon driver performance.

 

Mathematics

Math 7                                                    Required                               Full Year

7th Grade

 

Math 7 is designed to continue to build upon the math concepts/ideas taught at the elementary level.  Students are first exposed to integers.  They will apply their prior knowledge of algebraic properties and numbers as they compare and order integers.  Students use this information to evaluate, write and solve algebraic expressions and one-step and two-step equations.  Next the students extend their knowledge of order of operations to include exponents, simplifying fractions, comparing and ordering fractions and mixed numbers.  Also, students will express fractions as decimals and vice versa.  With these concepts, students learn to solve equations involving fractions.  Students are then exposed to equal ratios and ratios that form proportions.  Students will solve proportions to find lengths of similar figures and problems involving scales.  Students then work with percents and apply these concepts to real-world applications.  Time permitting, students will be introduced to different concepts involving geometry, measurements, patterns and rules, graphing, displaying and analyzing data and

probability.

 

Pre-Algebra                                            Required                               Full Year

7-8th Grade

Prerequisite:  Advanced 6th Grade Math or Math 7

 

Pre-Algebra reintroduces the students to previously learned concepts/ideas on an algebraic level.  Students begin with evaluating and writing algebraic expressions using integers.  Using integer sets, students will find measures of central tendencies.  They are also exposed to powers and exponents using the properties of numbers.  Students continue working with expressions by writing and solving one-step and two-step equations and inequalities.  Students then work with graphing points and equations in the coordinate plane.  With these graphs, students will solve problems and linear systems.  Next, the students expand their knowledge of fractions by comparing, ordering and simplifying fractions.  Students will then explore square roots and irrational numbers.  The students are then reintroduced to ratios, rates and proportions.  Students will use these concepts to solve problems involving similar polygons, scale models and indirect measurements.  Students apply their knowledge of percents to solve proportions and estimation problems.  Also, they will apply these concepts to real-world applications.  Time permitting; students will be introduced to different concepts involving exponents and powers, geometry, using graphs to analyze data, probability and algebraic relationships. 

 

Algebra IA                                              Required                               Full Year

8-9th Grade                                                                                              1credit

Prerequisite:  Pre-Algebra

 

Algebra I begins with a discussion on variables and variable expressions, order of operations, equations and inequalities, and an introduction to functions.  We move on to discuss properties of real numbers and their usefulness.  Then we learn how to solve various types of linear equations and how to rearrange formulas and equations.  We also discuss different methods of graphing linear equations and how to find the equation of a line given different properties of the graph of an equation.  At this point, we shift our attention to solving quadratic equations a variety of ways including using square roots, quadratic formula, and factoring.  Time permitting, we will also discuss topics such as solving inequalities, stem-and-leaf plots, box-and-whisker plots, systems of equations, and properties of exponents.  Scientific and graphic calculator usage is introduced along the way.

 

Algebra IB                                              Required                               Full Year

8-11 Grade                                                                                              1 credit

Required for students who have not scored Proficient or Advanced on Keystone Algebra I or who have not scores better than 90% on CDTs

 

The purpose of this course is to give students an opportunity to practice and develop all Mathematical skills.  This development will help students to prepare for successfully taking the Keystone Algebra Math Assessment.  Course content is determined by the unique and individual needs of the students enrolled in the class

 

Geometry                                               Required                               Full Year

9-11th Grade                                                                                           1 credit

Prerequisite: Algebra I

 

Geometry is a formal mathematical system based on definitions and assumptions.  Its purpose is to build the system through proven theorems and to show how the system is applied to specific problems.  It develops the students’ ideas of plane and spatial relations, their knowledge of various geometric figures, their concepts of formal mathematical proofs, and their ability to reason deductively.  The course begins with basic definitions, parallel and perpendicular lines, and triangles, with an emphasis on congruency and proof.  Next, students study polygons with an emphasis on quadrilaterals, followed by transformations in the plane, followed by similar figures, right triangles, and circles.  The course concludes with area of plane figures and area/volume of solids.

 

Honors Geometry                                  Required                               Full Year

9-11th Grade                                                                                           1 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisite: Algebra I with 90% average and Proficient or Advanced on Keystone Algebra I

 

Geometry is a formal mathematical system based on definitions and assumptions.  Its purpose is to build the system through proven theorems and to show how the system is applied to specific problems.  It develops the students’ ideas of plane and spatial relations, their knowledge of various geometric figures, their concepts of formal mathematical proofs, and their ability to reason deductively.  The course begins with basic definitions, parallel and perpendicular lines, and triangles, with an emphasis on congruency and proof.  Next, students study polygons with an emphasis on quadrilaterals, followed by transformations in the plane, followed by similar figures, right triangles, and circles.  The course concludes with area of plane figures and area/volume of solids.

 

Algebra II                                               Required                               Full Year

10-11th Grade                                                                                         1 credit

Prerequisite:  Algebra I and Geometry

We begin the year with order of operations, solving equations and inequalities, and rewriting equations and formulas. We then discuss slope, graphing lines, and writing equations of lines. Solving systems of equations and inequalities is the next topic.  We also discuss methods to graph and solve quadratic functions. The next topic will discuss simplifying polynomials and solving polynomial equations. Powers, roots, and solving radical equations is followed by simplifying rational expressions and complex fractions. Some extra topics are covered if time permits to further prepare the students for Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry.

 

Algebra II Honors                                   Required                               Full Year

10-11th Grade                                                                                         1 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisite:  Algebra I and Geometry average grade of 90% or better and Proficient or Advanced score on Keystone Algebra I

 

We begin the year with order of operations, solving equations and inequalities, and rewriting equations and formulas. We then discuss slope, graphing lines, and writing equations of lines. Solving systems of equations and inequalities is the next topic. Then we briefly discuss operations with matrices. We also discuss methods to graph and solve quadratic functions. The next topic will discuss simplifying polynomials and solving polynomial equations. Powers, roots, and solving radical equations is followed by simplifying rational expressions and complex fractions. Some extra topics are covered if time permits to further prepare the students for Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry.

 

Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry   Elective                                Full Year

11-12th Grade                                                                                         1 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisite:  Algebra II

 

This is a course for college-bound juniors and seniors.  It begins with a review of some topics in algebra including linear equations and functions, quadratic equations and functions, conic sections, and graphs of other polynomial and rational functions.  The course continues with a study of rational exponents, exponential functions and logarithms.  The algebra portion of the course concludes with a study of arithmetic and geometric sequences and series, Pascal’s triangle, and the binomial theorem.  The second half of the year contains a thorough study of the traditional topics in trigonometry including triangulation, the trigonometric identities, the unit circle, graphs, inverse trigonometric functions, trigonometric equations, word problems, and polar graphing.

 

Calculus                                                 Elective                                Full Year

12th Grade                                                                                              1 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisite:  Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry and Teacher Recommendation

 

This is a course for college-bound seniors who are planning to major in mathematics, engineering, business, computer science, or other fields requiring calculus at the college level.  All of the traditional topics of differential calculus including limits, derivatives, optimization, related rates, and graphing are covered during the first half of the year.  The second half of the year is devoted to integral calculus and includes several methods of integration, methods for finding area under a curve, and methods for finding the volume of a solid of revolution.

 

Personal Finance                           Grad. Requirement                      Semester

12th Grade                                                                                             .5 credit

 

This course is geared for seniors and is designed to better equip the student to confront problems he or she will face when he or she is no longer in school. Students taking personal finance should progress to this course after Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry.  Personal finance will review basic math skills and concepts and apply them to everyday mathematical situations.  Some of the topics discussed are wages, making consumer decisions, housing, budgets, taxes, credit, banking, transportation, and insurance.

 

Music

General Music                                       Required                                9 Weeks

7th Grade                                                      

 

Music 7 is a cycle general music course. The approach is both sociological and historical. The main goal is to teach students to value music in their own lives and as an essential ingredient in the lives of all humans. The course encourages students to view music in a social context rather than as abstract information to be learned for its own sake. The course includes knowing the Star Spangled Banner and the Ferndale Area Alma Mater from memory, recognizing the instruments of the orchestra by sight and sound, the history of sound reproduction and how a stereo and its components work.  The cycle is concluded with a brief history of American folk music and the history, styles, and contemporary developments of Jazz. 

 

Band (Marching and Concert)                 Elective                                Full Year

7-12th Grade                                                                                           1 credit 

Marching Band is an elective course for students in grades 7-12. This course formally begins with summer band camp in August. Additional time beyond the five periods per week is required of students electing this course, including football games and parades and rehearsals. In compromise with marching band activity, good music performed will give the participating band member practical experience in cooperation, discipline, and pride of membership in the organization. Active participation in the marching band will develop physical, mental, emotional, and social attributes. In addition to the educational values of the program, we cannot forget that it is one of the most influential public relations outreaches of the music program and the school.

 

Concert Band is an elective course for students in grades 7-12. Additional time beyond the five periods per week is required of students electing this course, including concerts and rehearsals. The concert band is judged by the audience through its performance; however, the time spent in preparing the concert would be wasted if all the action was spent on audience appeal and nothing else. In the concert band, as in the marching band, music is the justification. The concert band is not segregated from the marching band but a continuation of music experiences is gained through it. Students sign up to participate for the year.  Band rehearsals give the member a chance to continue to develop his/her understanding of music through participation.

 

Chorus                                                    Elective                                Full Year

7th, 8th Grade                                                                                                     

 

This is an elective course for students in grades 7-8 and is scheduled for the year.  The course consists of the study and performance of various styles of chorale music.  Sight reading, pitch matching and vocal production will be focused on.  The course is a performance based class as those students enrolled will perform for school and/or community functions.

 

Chorus                                                    Elective                               Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                          .5 credit

 

This is an elective course for students in grades 9-12 and is scheduled for the year.  The course consists of the study and performance of various styles of chorale music.  Sight reading, pitch matching and vocal production will be focused on.  The course is a performance based class as those students enrolled will perform for school and/or community functions.

 

Science

General Science                                    Required                               Full Year

7th Grade

 

General Science is a continuation of the science modules studied in sixth grade science.  General Science is composed of 5 modules, each lasting approximately 6-9 weeks.  The five modules are: (1) Geology, (2) Astronomy, (3) Meteorology, (4) Environmental Science, and (5) Biology.

 

Advanced General Science                     Elective                                Full Year

7th Grade

Prerequisites: 90% average or better in 6th Grade Science AND Proficient or Advanced on 6th Grade Science CDT

 

Advanced General Science is a faster-paced version of General Science that includes a significant amount of student collaboration on technology-centered and/or inquiry-based lessons.  It is composed of 5 modules: (1) Geology, (2) Astronomy, (3) Meteorology, (4) Environmental Science, and (5) Biology.

 

Physical Science                                   Required                               Full Year

8th Grade                                                                                                           

 

Physical Science 8 is a combination of physics, chemistry, and nature of science. The physics topics include motion, forces, simple machines, energy, and heat. The chemistry topics include, matter, properties of matter, classification of matter, and chemical reactions. The nature of science focuses on the scientific method, measurement, laboratory skills, and laboratory tools. The course also prepares the students to take the Science 8 PSSA in the spring.

 

Advanced Physical Science                   Required                               Full Year

8th Grade

Prerequisites: 85% average or better in 7th Grade Advanced Science

                                                                                                                         

Students will learn the same concepts as physical science with the addition of more Chemistry and some Earth and Space topics. They will use more mathematical applications in this course as well. Students will also complete a science research project.

 

Life Science                                           Required                               Full Year

9th Grade                                                                                                1 credit

 

Life science is an introduction-level course on basic biological and ecological principles.  Life Science focuses on the fundamentals of cell biology, cellular processes & energy, genetics, biological evolution, ecosystem dynamics, and the human impact on the biosphere.

 

Biology                                                  Required                               Full Year

10th Grade                                                                                              1 credit

 

Biology is the study of living things.  This course is designed to address the fundamentals of scientific methods as they relate to the study of biology.  The course focuses on basic biological principles, the chemical basis for life, bioenergetics, homeostasis and cell transport, cell growth and reproduction, genetics, the theory of biological evolution, and ecology.

 

Environmental Science                           Elective                                Full Year

11-12th Grade                                                                                         1 credit

 

Environmental Science is the study of the Earth and how living things (including humans) interact with each other and with the Earth.  Units covered include: Studying Earth, Ecological Interactions, Biomes, People in the Global Ecosystem, Energy Resources, Resources in the Biosphere, Managing Human Impact, and Natural Disasters.  This course is highly structured and relies heavily on project work done in a group or partner setting.

 

Chemistry                                               Elective                                Full Year

11-12th Grade                                                                                         1 credit

Prerequisite:  Biology and a final average of 75% or better in Algebra I

 

Chemistry is designed to give an overview of all chemistry concepts. The content covered includes the scientific method, scientific measurement, matter, atomic theory, bonding, and chemical reactions. To be successful in chemistry, students must take the concepts learned in class and apply them in lab. Therefore, students will be required to properly identify and use laboratory equipment to conduct numerous experiments relating to the concepts. Some topics covered require extensive mathematical problem solving skills. A basic knowledge of algebra is a necessity.

 

Advanced Chemistry                              Elective                                Full Year

12th Grade                                                                                           1.4 credit

Weighted course                                                                                              

Prerequisite:  85% or better in Chemistry, previously passed or concurrent with Trigonometry, and Teacher Recommendation

 

The Advanced Chemistry course is designed to provide students with the foundation of chemistry content and laboratory skills necessary for a general chemistry college course. The concepts learned in chemistry are reexamined in greater detail. There is also a more intensive use of math with advanced chemistry. Some of the concepts that are covered are bonding theories, stoichiometry, molecular geometry, thermochemistry, reaction rates, nuclear reactions, organic chemistry, and electrochemistry. The advanced chemistry laboratory section will prepare students to use similar procedures in college. Therefore, students will be required to write college-level lab reports for this course. 

 

 

Human Anatomy and Physiology         Elective                               Full Year

11-12th Grade                                                                                     1.4 credit

Weighted course                                                                                                

Prerequisite:  75% average or better in Biology and Teacher Recommendation

 

Human Anatomy and Physiology is an advanced biology course specifically designed for students who plan on attending an institution of higher learning to become health-related professionals.  The course studies the structure, function, and location of human body tissues and human body systems.  Dissections include the cow eye, sheep brain, mammalian heart, mammalian kidney, Southern Leopard frog, and the fetal pig.

 

Physics                                                   Elective                                Full Year

11-12th Grade                                                                                         1 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisites:  70% in Algebra II and Teacher Recommendation

 

Physics offers students a general preparation in physics. While the appropriate use of mathematics is employed to most efficiently describe natural phenomena, a considerable effort is made to apply physical principles to everyday phenomena. In this way, the course serves a dual role in that it will prepare students for a more mathematically intensive college physics course while making the principles learned more meaningful and useful in everyday life.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

World Cultures and Geography             Required                               Full Year

7th Grade

 

This course will provide students with knowledge about the physical, cultural, and human geography of the world.  Through this course, students will enhance their understanding of the locations of the world’s regions.  This course will provide instruction and practice to students in order to improve their basic map skills.

collaborate on projects, and use higher-order thinking skills.

 

Colonial History / Civics                        Required                               Full Year

8th Grade

In Colonial History, students will study the beginnings of colonial life up to the end of the Revolutionary War.  In this course we will focus on the development of the 13 English colonies and beginning of an American Identity.

 

For the second semester, we will pick up with our founding fathers creating a government for the Americans as they gain their independence from England.  Topics covered will include:  What does it mean to be an American citizen; the foundations of American government; The Constitution (including amendments); and the 3 branches of our federal government.

 

World History                                        Required                               Full Year

9thGrade                                                                                                  1 credit

World History focuses on the people, places, governments and technologies from 1500 to the present.  Topics covered include: Religions of the World, the Formation of Western Europe, Renaissance and Reformation, Absolute Monarchs, The Enlightenment, Nationalist Revolution Movements, World War II and the Restructuring of the Post War World.

 

United States History I                           Required                               Full Year

10thGrade                                                                                                  1 credit

United States History I explores American history from the signing of the Constitution to the Industrial Revolution of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  In addition to historical events, there will be an emphasis on economics which includes the study of interest rates, the value of money, inflation, deflation, bottlenecks in production, as well as basic supply and demand relationships.

 

United States History 2                          Required                               Full Year

11thGrade                                                                                                  1 credit

United States History 2 will focus on the people, places, conflicts and changes from the Progressive Era to the Present Day.  Topics covered will include: Progressive Movement, Imperialism, World War I, The Depression, the New Deal, World War II, The Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the Fall of Communism, and Terrorism.

 

 

American Government                           Required                               Full Year

12th Grade                                                                                                  1 credit

Weighted course (with Dual Enrollment)

In American Government students will complete an in depth study of the structure of government in the United States while comparing and contrasting this structure with other systems.  This will include a detailed study of the Constitution.  Time will be spent on how a bill becomes law, taxation on the federal and state level, interest groups, political parties, voting behavior, political labels, and the discussion of Supreme Court rulings.  Current events will also be discussed with an emphasis on recognizing bias and propaganda.  As a requirement for graduation, each student will attend a school board and township meeting.  Through the completion of the course, students will gain an awareness of their personal politics along with their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

 

Psychology                                             Elective                               Semester

12th Grade                                                                                             .5 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisite:  3.0 or above in Social Studies classes

 

Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behavior.  Topics covered in class will include: psychology, its relation to other social sciences, research methods, composition of the brain, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, thought and language, intelligence, motivation and emotion, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging, stress and health, personality, abnormal psychology, and therapies for mental health.

 

Sociology                                               Elective                               Semester

12th Grade                                                                                             .5 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisite:  3.0 or above in Social Studies classes

 

Sociology is the science or study of the origin, development, organization, and functioning of human society.  Topics covered will include: culture; social structure and group behavior; socialization; deviance and crime; social stratification and class; race and ethnicity; gender, age and health; the family; education and religion; politics and the economy; sports and entertainment; population and the environment; cities and urban life; collective behavior and social movements; and social change.

 

AP US History                                         Elective                                Full Year

11th-12th Grade                                                                                       1.2 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisite:  3.0 or above in Social Studies classes

 

The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP U.S. History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. Students who plan on taking the Advanced Placement exam in May are responsible for all costs related to taking the exam. This includes a penalty fee if the student decides not to take the exam once ordered.

 

AP European History                              Elective                                Full Year

11th- 12th Grade                                                                                       1.2 credit

Weighted course

Prerequisite:  3.0 or above in Social Studies classes

                                                                                                                         

The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of AP European History are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.  Students who plan on taking the Advanced Placement exam in May are responsible for all costs related to taking the exam. This includes a penalty fee if the student decides not to take the exam once ordered.

 

TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

Introduction to Technology                   Required                                9 Weeks

7th Grade

 

This course offers the student an opportunity to identify technology through a variety of hands on, experience based activities. Students will gain a basic understanding of the nature of technology and its impact on the individual, society, and the environment. Students will be exposed to a variety of technological systems and participate in product construction through problem solving activities.

 

Exploring Technology                           Required                                9 Weeks

8th Grade                                                      

 

This course provides the student with the opportunity to explore, in more depth, the technological systems; construction, manufacturing, and transportation.  Students will engage in design and problem-solving activities to develop, produce, test and analyze the different technological systems. The construction component of this course will consist of a basic understanding of the design and behavior of structures. The student will gain an understanding of land, water, air, and space transportation systems.  Manufacturing applications will be used to develop a product. These activities will closely parallel the functions of a manufacturing corporation.  This is a laboratory-based course; most coursework is hands-on and will require individual and/or group work.

                           

Drafting and Design                                Elective                                Full Year

9-12th Grade                                                                                          1 Credit

 

This course is designed to provide students with basic drafting skills, such as interpreting technical drawings, sketching, and technical drawings applications. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on the understanding and use of geometric constructions, sketching and shapes description, isometric and orthographic multi-view projection. Students will use both English and Metric measuring/dimensioning methods. This course also involves the use of computer software and hardware as applied to mechanical design and drafting.  Students learn to manipulate basic geometric entities (points, lines, and arcs) to create 2-D models.  In addition, this course is designed to prepare students for advanced technical drawing and Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) courses.

 

Engineering Drawing and Design           Elective                                Full Year

10-12th Grade                                                                                        1 Credit

Prerequisite: C or better in Drafting and Design 

 

This course is designed to advance the students’ knowledge in technical drawing and the use of Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD). Coursework will build upon knowledge from Drafting and Design to apply more complex drafting skills. This course will expand on 2-D and 3-D models as well as sectional and auxiliary views.   

 

Architectural Drafting and Design          Elective                                Full Year

11-12th Grade                                                                                        1 Credit

Prerequisite: C or better in Engineering Drawing and Design

 

This course provides students with knowledge in basic residential design.  Students will experience the roots of different types of architecture throughout history, while creating their own projects for current and future homes. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on all aspects of design for a residential dwelling, including designing the structure, site preparation, building specifications, and floor plans.  Students will be applying architectural drafting skills to create working plans.

 

3D Solids & Parametric Modeling           Elective                                Full Year

11-12th Grade                                                                                       1 Credit

Prerequisite:  C or better in Engineering Drawing and Design

 

This course allows students to be able to construct "intelligent" 3D parametric parts, to arrange parts in assemblies, and to create a 2D drawing from the 3D model. Students will learn the procedure for transforming a solid model into a parametric model and the procedures for changing and maintaining the parameters for an instance of an item. The students will build each individual part(s) for the item and create an animation to show assembly procedures. The projects can range from a simple square block with holes to a multiple part item such as a small gas engine.

 

Expanding Technology                           Elective                                Full Year

9-12th Grade                                                                                          1 Credit

 

This course is focuses on developing a better understanding of the technological systems; construction, manufacturing, communication, transportation, energy and power technologies.  Students will engage in design and problem solving activities to develop, produce, test and analyze the different areas of technology. The construction component of this course will consist of a basic understanding of the design and behavior of structures.  Students will use tools, material and machines to create products using the manufacturing process.  Communication technologies allow students to utilize many different types of media, such as technical drawing, digital photography, video and audio production.  The students will gain an understanding of land, water, air and space transportation systems.  Power and Energy technology explores electricity, electronics and robotics.  This is a laboratory-based course; most of coursework is hands-on and will require individual and/or group work.  

 

Advanced Technology                            Elective                                Full Year

10-12th Grade                                                                                        1 Credit

Prerequisite: C or better in Expanding Technology

 

This is an advanced course that helps students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. It integrates the technological problem solving method with knowledge of science and mathematics.  Students will have the opportunity to research, design, develop, build, test and evaluate solutions to real life problems.  Content is based upon construction, communication, manufacturing, transportation, and power and energy technologies. This is a laboratory-based course; most coursework is hands-on and will require individual and/or group work.

 

Manufacturing Enterprise                       Elective                                Full Year

11-12th Grade                                                                                        1 Credit

Prerequisite:  C or better in Advanced Technology

                                     

This course is a more in depth look into technology.  Students will examine the organization and management of manufacturing endeavors. The class combines the design and production of a product in a manufacturing enterprise situation, which closely relates to a manufacturing setting. This course is set up as a company in which each student has a “job” to maintain within the manufacturing setting.  The class will design their own product, create fixtures that enable mass production, market and sell it with the main goal of earning a profit.  This is a laboratory-based course; most coursework is hands-on, focuses on problem solving and critical thinking skills, and will require individual and/or group work.

 

Engineering Design and Development          Elective                          Full Year

12th Grade                                                                                            1 Credit

Prerequisite:  C or better in Manufacturing Enterprise

 

This course is the most intensive course within the S.T.E.M. academy, as it is the capstone and gateway for high school students into higher education. This course provides individual and/or small groups of students within a laboratory class the opportunity to conduct a focused investigation of a particular technological system or subsystem. The nature of this investigation requires direct contact by the student with corporate, university, and governmental libraries, laboratories, and associations. The scope of the research and development problem could relate to local, national, as well as international topics. The time frame of the research could be historical, contemporary, or futuristic. Each student and/or group is required to design, build, operate, and analyze some type of technological model, prototype, or simulation that demonstrates with precision the essence of the research problem. Portfolio documentation of the progress of the research and development problem is required.

 

3D Modeling I                                     Elective                                  Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                         .5 Credit

Prerequisite:  Evolution of Games

 

In this course students will learn about and practice the highly skilled art of 3D modeling using 3DS Max technology.  Students will learn techniques used in movies, visual effects, cartoons, commercials, and animation.  Student will learn how to make use of 3D space, transform objects in 3D space and use navigation tools to effectively design primitive objects.

 

3D Modeling II                                    Elective                                  Semester

9-12th Grade                                                                                         .5 Credit

Prerequisite:  Evolution of Games, 3D Modeling I

 

In this course students will continue learn about and practice the highly skilled art of 3D modeling using 3DS Max technology.  Students will learn techniques used in movies, visual effects, cartoons, commercials, and animation.  Student will learn how to make use of 3D space, transform objects in 3D space and use navigation tools to effectively design primitive objects.

 

CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER EDUCATION

 

GREATER JOHNSTOWN CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER COURSE SELECTION GUIDE

 

Career success and postsecondary education success require the same level of college prep coursework. The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) focus is to ensure that every student is prepared for college and a career.  Therefore, PDE has mandated that all Career and Technical schools adopt Programs of Study (POS).   Programs of Study incorporate secondary education and postsecondary education elements; include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant career and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses that align secondary education with postsecondary education to adequately prepare students to succeed in postsecondary education; may include the opportunity for secondary education students to participate in dual or concurrent enrollment programs or other ways to acquire postsecondary education credits and lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level or an associate or baccalaureate degree.  The Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center (GJCTC) supports this initiative and offers the following areas as Programs of Study:  Auto Body/Detailing, Automotive Technology, Biotechnology, Component Engineering, Culinary Arts, Diesel Mechanics, Early Childhood Education, Graphic Design/Multimedia, Health Assistant, and Welding.  Please visit the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology website at www.gjctc.org for more information.  Also, you may view statewide articulations by visiting the following website: www.collegetransfer.net. 

 

The Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center offers the following Programs:

 

Auto Body / Detailing* (CIP 47.0603)

  • Use advanced equipment and techniques found in professional auto collision repair companies
  • Design, prepare, paint, and refinish vehicle surfaces
  • Apply professional techniques of metal fabrication, adhesive repair, and creative airbrushing
  • Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for ICAR Certification, immediate employment, and further education

 

Automotive Technology* (CIP 47.0604)

  • Work on vehicles and advanced mechanical systems in a modern automotive environment
  • Utilize advanced diagnostic equipment to troubleshoot and repair complex automotive systems
  • Diagnose and fine-tune today’s computerized automotive electrical systems
  • Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for ASE Certification and PA State Inspection License, immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education

 

Biotechnology* (CIP 26.1201)

  • Investigate Forensic Science, Genetic Engineering, and Medical Technology
  • Perform DNA Fingerprinting, Genetic Transformations, and Protein Analysis in a state of the art lab facility
  • Partner with experts to manipulate laboratory-grown molecules, cells, tissues, and organs
  • Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for immediate employment as a laboratory/research assistant or further education in the biological/medical sciences

Component Engineering* (CIP 48.0501)

  • Experience a fast-paced, high performance manufacturing environment
  • Use advanced computer controlled technology (CNC machines) to manufacture precise steel, aluminum, and plastic components
  • Read blueprints to meet critical design specifications
  • Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for NIMS Certifications, immediate employment, and further education

 

Construction Technology (CIP 46.9999)

  • Construct building projects from blueprints to completion
  • Explore and develop techniques in Carpentry, Masonry, Plumbing, HVAC, and Electric
  • Operate a wide range of professional hand, power, and air tools
  • Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for Builders Association Certification, apprenticeship, immediate employment, and further education

 

Cosmetology (CIP 12.0401)

  • Experience a full-service interactive salon environment
  • Use professional salon techniques to provide a full range of hair, nail, and skincare services
  • Create and develop unique styles to exceed client expectations
  • Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for State Licensure, immediate employment, and further education

 

Culinary Arts* (CIP 12.0508)

  • Work side-by-side with a professional chef to create gourmet meals and deserts for catering events
  • Plan, prepare, and serve meals for upscale events and casual dining
  • Create and produce foods with an artistic presentation
  • Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for ServSafe Certification, immediate employment, and further education

 

Diesel Mechanics* (CIP 47.0613)

  • Analyze and repair complex electric, hydraulic, and diesel fuel systems for a variety of heavy equipment
  • Troubleshoot, repair, and assemble diesel and gas powered engines and machinery
  • Use equipment and techniques found in professional heavy equipment facilities
  • Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for ASE Certification and PA State Inspection License, immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education

 

Early Childhood Education* (CIP 19.0708)

  • Have fun preparing young children for educational success
  • Create, research, and provide developmentally appropriate learning material and activities for children
  • Interact daily in an on-site certified preschool
  • Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for CDA-Ready Certification, immediate employment as an Assistant Group Supervisor and further education

 

Graphic Design / Multimedia* (CIP 50.0402)

  • Produce a full range of creative client projects
  • Create illustrations, drawings, animations, logos, and typography for dynamic visual communications
  • Use the same advanced equipment, software, and techniques as professional graphic designers
  • Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for Adobe Certification, immediate employment, and further education

 

Health Assistant* (CIP 51.0899)

  • Develop medical and dental assisting skills using high-tech equipment found in today’s healthcare facilities
  • Experience live clinical instruction at long-term and acute care facilities
  • Practice medical and dental assistant skills in a high tech SIM lab
  • Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for Nurse Aide Certification, advanced certifications, immediate employment, and further education

 

Welding* (CIP 48.0508)

  • Use advanced fabrication equipment and welding techniques to build, assemble, and repair metal components
  • Read blueprints to meet critical design specifications
  • Develop the confidence, work ethic, and team cooperation necessary for a career in fabrication
  • Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for AWS Certifications, immediate employment, apprenticeship, and further education

 

* Indicates Program of Study

 

Upon the successful completion of a Program of Study at Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center for a full year, the Ferndale Area student will be awarded 4.0 elective credits towards their graduation requirements.