New Courses and Dual Enrollment for 2016-2017 School Year

By Caitlin Hoeing

There are multiple new course offerings for the next school year, and there are also new dual enrollment options for students. New courses are being offered due to lots of expressed interest in these classes from the students. Some of the new electives being offered next year include: Tolerance and Diversity, Sociology, Street Law, and Government. Both Tolerance and Diversity and Government are on a rotation that switches on and off every other year. For example, Economics was offered instead of Government this year, and next year, Government will be offered instead of Economics. This occurs to allow diverse choices for students each year and so that they have an opportunity to take all of these classes in their four years in high school. There are three new full-year classes that will available next year as well: AP Language and Composition, Spanish V, Introduction to Statistics. These courses are also being offered due to lots of interest from students to further their knowledge in English, Spanish, and math. Many students have expressed excitement about the new opportunities for next year.

Tolerance and Diversity is a half-year elective that studies conflicts and resolutions between different societies. They focus on these conflicts occurring between the 19th and 21st century, emphasizing contemporary problems that have occurred a lot in the past few years.  For example, some topics addressed are the Holocaust, the Civil Rights Movements, hate crimes, and civil liberties. This course is available for 11th and 12th graders.

Sociology is also a half-year elective that focuses on the study of society and how individuals and certain groups interact to make up these modern societies. Students in all grades have the opportunity to learn about sociological perspectives, culture, social structures, and social inequality. It will also include the study of people and the roles they play in society, both as individuals and groups. This will allow students to gain a better understanding of the society they live in and the roles that they play in their society. Mr. Barna will be teaching this class next year and he will be creating his own curriculum based on other high school and college curriculums that he has researched. The course will involve many activities, including the Titanic Exercise, What Would You Do?, Silent Movie Activity, and the Shipwreck Activity.  There will also be studies on toys and gender, conformity, and sociologists.  During the beginning of the class, where students will be introduced to sociology, there will be role play of the sociologists. The course will also include studies of many other topics that are necessary to learning sociology.

Street Law is another half-year elective which is a law course focusing on all of the legal systems in our country. Students will learn about topics that will help them to thrive in our law-based society. The course will emphasize mock trials and case studies in order for students to understand the legal system in a first-hand way.

Government will consist of a study of the institutions of the American government: executive, legislative, and judicial. It also focuses on the political parties and the election process. This class is offered for students in grades 11-12 so that they can understand how our government works.

Spanish V will be taught by Señora Buzdygon, and the course will allow for students to improve their spanish proficiency in multiple areas. The main areas that Spanish V focuses on is communication, reading, and writing, and it will be conducted in mostly spanish.  There are no national requirements that the course has to follow, however, Señora will follow the Pennsylvania state standards. The prerequisite to this course is Spanish I – IV, and many students have expressed interest in the course. Señora expects Spanish V to be around for a long time because of how beneficial spanish is to students.

Introduction to Statistics is a full year course that will introduce students to the fundamentals of probability and statistics. It will also provide them with the tools required to analyze data in various contexts, preparing them for the outside world. Topics will include

independent and conditional probability, normal curves, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation, binomial distribution, sampling and hypotheses testing and confidence intervals. Graphing technology will be used throughout the course. The prerequisite of this course is Algebra II or Algebra/Geometry III.

Dual enrollment allows for 11th and 12th graders to receive college credits through the courses that they opt to take. A student who chooses to take one of these courses will pay tuition to the partnership college of Seton Hall and will receive a college transcript. The courses are taught at the high school by teachers who have been chosen to teach the dual enrollment courses. Students will receive both high school and college credit at the same time. The grade earned in a dual enrollment course is included when finding the student’s NGA and class rank.  The dual enrollment options at SHS include: AP Literature and Composition, AP Language and Composition, AP Calculus, AP US History, AP World History, AP Biology, Public Speaking, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, Media Management, Spanish IV, and German IV.

The new electives will create opportunities for students to learn about things that they have expressed a lot of interest in and that involve a multitude of fun activities. Also, the dual enrollment options allow for students to receive a college-level education in certain classes and receive credit for their hard work. The 2016-2017 school year includes many new courses that will allow for students to better their education and gain knowledge on topics that interest them.  

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