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Physical Education II

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 9

Secondary Physical Education II emphasizes a personal commitment to a lifetime of activity and fitness for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction. This course provides students with opportunities to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness and to increase their knowledge of fitness concepts. It includes at least three different movement forms without repeating those offered in secondary Physical Education I. Movement forms may include: (1) health-related fitness activities (cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition), (2) aerobic exercise, (3) team sports, (4)individual and dual sports, (5) gymnastics, (6) outdoor pursuits, (7) self-defense, (8) aquatics, (9) dance, and (10) recreational games. Ongoing assessment includes both written and performance-based skill evaluations. This course will also include a discussion of related careers.

Alternative Option for Physical Education I/II

Waiver requirements include:

1) Students must complete three different sports in one school year by the end of their junior year.  Otherwise, the student must sign up for PE I/II senior year.

2) The three different sports must be completed during three separate seasons.

3) A grade will be recommended by the coach using the provided rubric to the PE teacher.  The PE teacher will average all three grades to determine the final grade.

4) The final grade will be issued in June of that school year and it will be worth 2 PE credits.

Elective Physical Education - Physical Fitness

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Physical Education I/II.

Elective Physical Education - Physical Fitness is designed to improve fitness levels and knowledge about fitness and training.  This course will use a variety of cardiovascular exercises, resistance exercises (weight lifting, bodyweight), aerobic (fitness routines) and anaerobic activities (individual/team sports) to improve fitness levels of all students.  Students will work toward improving all areas of fitness throughout the semester (flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, and body composition). Ongoing assessments include written and performance-based evaluation.  This class is designed for students who do not receive vigorous physical activity outside the school day and for students of all athletic abilities that want to live a physically fit lifestyle.

Elective Physical Education - Advanced Physical Conditioning

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:  C average in Physical Education I and II

Student must have no physical limitations; Class limit: 25 students

Elective Physical Education - Advanced Physical Conditioning is designed for the competitive athlete or serious weight lifter.  Weight lifting, speed, agility, and quickness training are the primary focuses of the class.  This course requires a very strong work ethic.  Ongoing assessments include written and performance-based evaluation. 

Biology I

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 9, 10

Prerequisite: For incoming 9th graders Reading grade equivalent of at least 8.0 on the High School Placement Test. 

This first-year general Biology course will reflect the entire spectrum of living things.  The student will be able to engage in scientific inquiry, understand the societal roles of science and technology and appreciate the unifying principles of Biology.  Emphasis will be on biological characteristics, methods and tools, chemical and physical organizations of life, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structures and functions, biochemistry, cellular metabolisms, cell divisions, genetics, protein synthesis, evolution, ecology, the biosphere and living biological tissues and organs.  Lectures, laboratories, projects, field trips, technology and/or investigations will be utilized in this course.

Honors Biology I

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 9

Prerequisite: For incoming 9th graders Reading grade equivalent of at least 9.0 on the High School Placement Test. 

This course is an accelerated and more in-depth study of Biology I.  A more advanced text is used in this class.  The material studied will come from a variety of sources.  The student will be able to engage in scientific inquiry, understand the societal roles of science and technology and appreciate the unifying principles of Biology.  Emphasis will be on biological cell structures and functions, biochemistry, cellular metabolisms, cell divisions, Mendelian and molecular genetics, evolution, protein synthesis, ecology, anatomy, and physiology of plants and biological systems.  Lectures, laboratories, projects, field trips, technology and/or investigations will be utilized in this course. Reading a scientific novel may be required during the year.

Earth and Space Science I

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

This course will reflect the spectrum of Earth science including geology, astronomy, and meteorology.  Semesters are independent of each other. The fall semester focuses on geology and ecology, while the spring semester focuses on astronomy and meteorology.  Lectures, projects, presentations, technology, laboratory, and scientific writing will be utilized in this course. Topics addressed include plate tectonics, the rock cycle, energy sources, history of the Earth, galaxies, our solar system, and weather.

Integrated Chemistry-Physics

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in Algebra I or to have taken it previously.

This introductory course will help the student understand the fundamental concepts of matter and energy, mechanics, heat, magnetism, electricity, sound, and light.  The course will also focus on the structures of matter, energy reactions, and society and energy use. This course may be taken to prepare students for general chemistry.  Lectures, projects, presentations, technology and lab work will be utilized in this course. A SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

Chemistry I

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:  C- average in Biology and Algebra I.

This first-year Chemistry course will provide the student with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the nature and composition of matter and its chemical interactions.  The student will be able to engage in scientific inquiry, understand the societal roles of science and technology and appreciate the unifying principles of chemistry and organic chemistry.  The course will emphasize the history of chemistry, chemical bonding, nomenclature, classification of reactions, the behavior of gases, the nature of solutions and laboratory safety. Lectures, projects, presentations, technology, lab work, demonstrations and/or investigations will be utilized in this course. A SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

Honors Chemistry I

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:  B- average in Honors Biology and Honors Algebra I or A- average in Biology and Algebra I.

This course is an accelerated course in Chemistry, which includes introductory chemistry topics such as nomenclature, chemical composition, chemical bonding, balancing chemical reactions, acid/base reactions, and gas laws.  This course also includes more advanced topics such as thermochemistry, equilibrium, electrochemistry, redox reactions and an introduction to organic. This course is required for students wishing to take AP Chemistry in the future. The course is a very interactive course, which uses laboratory to solidify or introduce concepts.  A SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR IS REQUIRED.

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