Upper School by yaohongm

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									T      he curriculum of the Birch Wathen Lenox Upper School is
       designed to produce positive learning outcomes in the follow-
       ing areas: knowledge and understanding; critical thinking and
       investigation; creativity and appreciation of aesthetics; personal
and social growth; and development of values.
One way of viewing the Upper School curriculum is to see it as three
                                                                            Curriculum
                                                                            Guidelines

interrelated parts: an academic curriculum; a co-curriculum; and an
extended curriculum. To meet the goals of the academic curriculum
the following minimum graduation requirements have been established:

     English                    4 years as well as required Grammar/
                                Composition and Critical Writing
     History                    3 years including the study of
                                World History (2 year sequence)
                                and American History
     Mathematics                3 years at high school level
                                including 2 years of Algebra
                                and 1 year of Geometry
     Science                    3 years of Laboratory Sciences:
                                Conceptual Physics,
                                Chemistry, and Biology
     Languages                  3 years of one language through
                                level III
     Fine Arts                  2 years Art ninth and tenth grades,
                                which includes Sculpture, Three-
                                Dimensional Design, and Studio Art X;
                                Art History is required for all ninth
                                graders
     Physical Education         4 years including Health Education
                                in the ninth grade
     Elective Credits           Additional courses from academic
                                and non-academic disciplines are to
                                equal a minimum of 5 courses each
                                semester each year. Six courses are
                                strongly recommended.
     Community Service Thirty hours of community service
                                are required during ninth and tenth
                                grade. These may be done at BWL.
                                Thirty hours of community service are
                                required during eleventh and twelfth
                                grade. These must be done in the larger
                                community.                                      1
           The normal program for students in grades nine through twelve is six
           courses per year, plus Physical Education, and certain extra required
           courses that meet once or twice per week, such as Grammar and
           Composition, Art History, Health, Critical Writing, and Freshman
           Seminar. A program of fewer than six courses or more than seven
           courses may be taken only with the approval of the Upper School
           Head. Each student is guided through the course selection process by
           an advisor. At the end of each year, the student's school transcript is
           reviewed in order to be certain that requirements are being fulfilled
           and appropriate electives taken.




 Special
Programs   T      he extended curriculum at the Birch Wathen Lenox Upper
                  School is focused on having our students interact with the
                  community. The extended curriculum contributes to the per-
                  sonal and social growth of our students and increases their
           awareness of the larger community through their involvement in a
           guided program of community service. Included in this aspect of the
           curriculum are:



          1. Community Service Requirements
           (Required) The Birch Wathen Lenox In-School Community Service
           program is designed to provide hands-on work experience for students
           while promoting interaction among students and faculty in the Upper
           and Lower Schools. Students learn valuable skills in their community
           service placements while tutoring children in the lower grades, assist-
           ing in the science lab, or cataloging resources in the library. Each stu-
           dent contributes 30 hours of volunteer work in ninth and tenth
           grades through an In-School Community Service placement of
           his/her choice. Students in these grades may choose to fulfill this part
           of the community service requirement by working with an outside
           volunteer agency.
           Students in eleventh and twelfth grades must serve the community for
           30 hours by working with an agency outside of the Birch Wathen
           Lenox Upper School. Students may also work with the Middle and
           Lower School communities with the approval of the appropriate Divi-
           sion Director.

           2. Senior Project
           This is a career or community service oriented internship program for
           qualified seniors during the last month of their senior year. Participa-
           tion in a senior project is considered to be a privilege. Seniors must
           apply, meet the criteria set by the project committee, and achieve
           appropriate grades through the third quarter of their senior year.
           Once the senior is admitted to the Senior Project Internship, achiev-
   2       ing a passing grade on the project becomes a graduation requirement.
3. Advanced Standing at Marymount*
Seniors who meet the admissions requirements of Marymount Man-
hattan College may choose to take a course in the Advanced Standing
Program. This enables a student to earn college credit while still in
high school. A reduced fee is charged for this program at Marymount;
schedule accommodations at Birch Wathen Lenox are made by the
Director of the Upper School.
*It should be noted that students may not take courses for Advanced Standing to
replace required courses offered at the Birch Wathen Lenox School.

4. Library
Upper School students are encouraged to utilize the resources pro-
vided by the BWL Library. The library collection, consisting of print
and electronic materials, is designed to meet the curricular needs of
students and to promote lifelong interest in reading. Sources required
for research assignments in all subject areas are placed on reserve for
student use. The librarian is available to assist in locating and using
library materials.

5. Electives
Typically, several electives are offered each semester within the various
disciplines. They may be drawn from the electives that appear below
within each department, or they may be new electives that will be
similar in approach to those shown below. For particular requirements,
such as access being limited to seniors, see the individual department
listings.


English IX: Foundations of Literature                         5 periods
(Required, Grade 9) In the first year of English in the Upper School,
students read a range of literary classics including The Odyssey,                 English
Medea, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Mansfield Park as well as
some poetry. Students will sharpen their analytical skills through
discussion and written assignments.


Freshmen Seminar                                         Fall, 2 periods
(Required, Grade 9) Freshmen Seminar serves to smooth the signifi-
cant transition its students make from Middle to Upper School. The
class begins with an overview of BWL fundamentals: required and
elective classes, school clubs, how transcripts work, and how and
when to schedule teacher conferences. It then reinforces key skills                       Chair:
                                                                                   Curtis March
needed for successs with the increasing demands of high school work:
note-taking, preparing for quizzes and tests, time-management, orga-
nization of class materials, group presentations, and research. Finally,
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    the class orients students to the facilities in the building that can assist
    them with their scholarly pursuits: students visit the library and com-
    puter labs, and they learn of the Peer Education program and the
    guidance counselor.

    Grammar and Composition                               Spring, 2 periods
    (Required, Grade 9) The goal of this class is to have students view their
    work with criticism and care. Study begins with a careful review of
    punctuation, and builds toward sentence structure, variety, expansion
    of description, and other elements of style. Students also review, then
    expand upon their notions of thesis sentences, topic sentences, intro-
    ductions, and conclusions. Emphasis is placed upon brainstorming,
    researching, and other organizational stages of pre-writing that lead to
    more informed drafts. Attention is also given toward the proofreading
    and revision of these drafts. The class provides a practical forum to
    stretch and strengthen language skills, particularly as it works in tan-
    dem with the content of students’ concurrent English and history
    classes.

    English X: World Literature                        Full year, 5 periods
    In nine months, this class touches upon the literary contributions of
    five continents and covers the four major genres. Through classroom
    discussions, debates, a healthy amount of writing assignments and
    grammar as needed, the course intends to shape articulate English stu-
    dents, ready for the upper levels of high school. Texts include: Things
    Fall Apart, Othello, Night, Siddhartha, The Devil and Miss Prym, The
    Awaking, Master Harold and the Boys, The Namesake, The Everyday
    Writer, and others.

    English XI: American Literature                            4 periods
    (Required, Grade 11) This course will examine the development of the
    American identity from the Puritan era to the present. We will ask
    three central questions: What is the American Dream as opposed to
    the reality? What does it mean to be an insider/outsider? How do we
    relate to the land? Authors include Albee, Dickinson, Emerson,
    Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Frost, Hawthorne, Hemingway, Miller, Morrison,
    Poe, and Wright, many of whose themes coincide with the students’
    American History class.

    Critical Writing                                           Fall, 2 periods
    (Required, Grade 11) This fall semester course meets twice weekly and
    focuses on advanced strategies for writing more clearly, easily, and per-
    suasively. A major component of the course prepares students for the
    writing required of them to apply to colleges and then to write effec-
    tively in their humanities courses at a collegiate level. This includes
    work on the SAT writing section and the college admissions essay. In
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addition, Critical Writing acts as a supplement to their American Liter-
ature course; students “workshop” drafts and revise essays from their
major English course, and then perform further research and sec-
ondary source work so that their own analytical writing incorporates
the scholarship or other esteemed writers and texts. At the least, our
goal will be to raise students’ ability to articulate what they want to say
in a written form, a skill always in demand but seldom exhibited in
any line of work or study.


Electives are one-semester courses. Different electives are offered each year and
students will be informed of specific elective offerings during registration
period.

AP English                                               Full year, 1 period
(Non-credit) This class meets once weekly with those senior Honors
English students who have been nominated by the Department to take
the demanding AP English Literature and Composition exam. Class time
is given to discussion of test strategies, be it answering multiple-choice
questions, deciphering complex poems and passages, or organizing essays
from abstract questions to precise responses. Short essay assignments and
supplemental reading of Romantic poets and Victorian literature famil-
iarize students with literary influences that reach beyond the Depart-
ment’s standard curriculum.


Honors Shakespeare                                            4 periods
(Fall Semester, Elective) With its unique focus on the works of Shake-
speare, this class intends to spend its semester unpacking the many
rich threads that compose his major works. This will be accomplished
through daily discussions, reflective essays, occasional quizzes, and vis-
iting scholars. Students are also encouraged to memorize and deliver
monologues, use literary criticism, and openly debate interpretations
of continually evolving works that include: The Merchant of Venice,
Macbeth, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, and King Lear.


Creative Writing                                              4 periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This course will be devoted to the study
and writing of the short story and poetry. Key elements in the story
such as character, incident, conflict, and suspense will be explored.
Poems will be read and analyzed for meter, imagery, and figurative
language as well as meaning. Students will write both short stories and
poetry and their work will be discussed and commented on in a work-
shop format.

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    Contemporary Poetry                                            4 periods
    (Elective, Juniors and Seniors) When the poet William Stafford was
    asked when he started writing poetry, he responded, “How old were
    you when you stopped?” The poetry students’ first challenge this
    semester is to tap into that childlike source of wonder and beauty and
    discovery that poetry has always preserved in every culture. There are
    three interrelated aspects of that endeavor. The first is and in-depth
    and rigorous exploration of the foundational premises of reading and
    writing about poetry analytically, including an understanding of the
    techniques and terminology that have sustained its study for at least
    2,500 years. Secondly, in order to discuss, explore, analyze, and indeed
    experience poetry, there is no better way than to try one’s hand at writ-
    ing it. Students will learn about and experiment with a variety of
    poetic forms in their own creative work. The third aspect is to read
    many contemporarily poets and to situate their work in the historial
    context of the cultural trends and literary influences shaping the
    poetry being written today. Taken together, students will have gained a
    large survey of the contemporary scene in poetry.


    Journalism                                                      4 periods
    (Elective, Juniors and Seniors) In this course, students will gain the
    immediate satisfaction of seeing their words in print. Writing in a
    range of journalistic styles including news, sports, features, reviews,
    and editorials, students will be exposed to the importance and flexibil-
    ity of language. Upon revision and layout, many class articles will be
    published in the school newspaper, The Clarion.


    Darwin and the Evolution of the Novel
    (Honors optional)                                              4 periods
    (Elective, Juniors and Seniors) A significant majority of Americans still
    do not believe in evolution, but the entire framework of modern biology
    and medicine depends upon the fundamental premise and ramifications
    of Darwin’s evolutionary theory. With the political reemergence of Cre-
    ationism, it is an opportune time to take a fresh look at what inspires so
    much furor and interest. For the generation of writers coming of age
    after Darwin, nothing could be more momentous; it seemed that the
    very foundations of culture were coming undone. This course of study
    will explore some of the great literary works most imaginatively respon-
    sive to Darwin’s impact upon our ways of thinking. We will begin by
    reading excerpts of Darwin’s own writing and other contemporary
    accounts of evolutionary theory. The literature to follow will include
    such classics as Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, Thomas Hardy’s Return
    of the Native, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and other stories, Franz
    Kafka’s and D.H. Lawrence’s bestial short works, and some of Virginia
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Woolf’s short fiction. Students should expect to read these works closely
and actively, as seminar-style discussions and their own written assign-
ments will be generated from our texts.


Modern American Drama                                    Spring, 4 periods
This course explores currents of 20 century American Drama that
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flow from different concepts of identity. Plays are taught in the order
of their stagings and are accompanied by concurrent remarks on the-
ater history. As the works are meant to be played, students should also
look forward to learning the variety of analytical approaches that come
with understanding characters multi-dimensionally. A steady medley
of quizzes, essays (both short and long) and presentations will ensure
that students have ample practice for their growing repertoires. Visits
from local actors and to local theater will help. Texts include: Long
Day’s Journey into Night, A Raisin in the Sun, A Streetcar Named Desire,
Glengarry Glen Ross, Golden Child, and others.


Modernism (Honors)                                       Spring, 4 periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) The first half of the twentieth century
contains upheaval and catastrophe on an unprecedented scale. For
many writers spanning this timeframe, conventional stories and poems
were no longer adequate representations of the new and sometimes
terrible realities of their world. They began to experiment with radi-
cally new forms of expression, as did a wide range of artists, architects,
and musicians; their work is referred to collectively as Modernism.
The art critic Peter Schjeldahl recently described the “modernist
adventure” as a bet on the adequacy of sheer form, in the right hands,
to compensate for the lost faith in established orders of civilization.”
Ezra Pound’s now-classic imperative to originality – “Make it new!” –
conveys the urgency of the Modernist project. Behind it is a new
found dilemma regarding how to represent a fragmented world, and
perhaps, in so doing, a way to reassemble it. Their creations are your
inquiries this semester, which will include great literature from this era
but also art (two visits to MoMA are required), music, dance, photog-
raphy, architecture, and other forms aesthetic expression.

Honors English
Students may choose to do Honors work in any elective that is not
formally designated as an Honors course. Honors credit will require a
formal proposal submitted by the student outlining a specific project
of significant proportions relating to and in addition to the course.
This must then meet with the approval of the course instructor and
the Department Chair. Honors work will prepare students for the
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                History IX: World I                                         5 periods
                (Required, Grade 9) World History is part of a two-year sequence, with
   History      the ninth grade covering material from early man up to England's
                Glorious Revolution. The course will cover both Eastern and Western
                civilizations and cultures, and will emphasize comparative political,
                economic, social, and intellectual developments and interactions.


                History X: World II                                         5 periods
                (Required, Grade 10) This course is a continuation of the ninth grade
                program. Major topics to be treated in depth will include the Indus-
                trial Revolution, Nazism, and Communism, World Wars I and II, and
                the evolving relationships between Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Chair:
Dr. Lee Jones
                History XI: American                                        5 periods
                (Required, Grade 11) This course is designed to introduce students to
                the major events, topics, themes, and people of American history. It is
                organized chronologically, moving from the Age of Exploration to the
                upheavals of the 1960s. Within this framework, emphasis is placed on
                developing an interdisciplinary understanding of each period. Besides
                political history, the course stresses economic development and culture
                and the relationships among them.


                History XI: Honors American/AP American                      5-6 periods
                (Grade 11) This course is an in-depth survey of American history that
                combines a study of political, economic, intellectual, and social his-
                tory with training in the techniques of historical analysis. A textbook
                will supply a basic framework, but most of the reading will be drawn
                from primary sources and the work of historians. The aim of this
                course is to broaden the students’ understanding of the nature of his-
                tory, with particular attention to those groups whose lives and con-
                cerns are often omitted from traditional history courses. Discussion is
                an essential element of the course, and students will be expected to
                deliver seminar reports in addition to weekly essays; writing assign-
                ments will develop the student’s ability to select evidence, to analyze
                sources, and to organize ideas. Students who successfully complete
                additional requirements will be prepared to take the Advanced Place-
                ment examination in American History. This course, and AP Ameri-
                can History, require intensive writing and enrollment is by permission
                only.




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Electives are one-semester courses. Different electives are offered each year and
students will be informed of specific elective offerings during registration
period.


Constitutional Law:
An Introduction to the Bill of Rights                         Fall, 2 periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This course will provide an introduction
to the meaning of and legal precedents interpreting the U.S. Bill of
Rights, which are the first ten amendments to the United States Con-
stitution. The focus will be the key decisions of the U.S. Supreme
Court respecting the following Amendments: First (freedom of speech,
press, religion and assembly); Second (right to bear arms); Fourth (no
unreasonable searches or seizures); Fifth (protection against double
jeopardy, compelled self-incrimination and deprivation of life, liberty
or property without due process); Sixth (right to a speedy trial before
an impartial jury, to be represented by an attorney and to cross-examine
witnesses); and Eighth (no cruel or unusual punishments or excessive
bail). The course will also include a review of the basis of the right of
judicial review – a court’s right to review and find unconstitutional the
laws and actions of the federal and state governments.


Model United Nations                                            2 periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) As a class we will intensively research the
nation we represent, studying not only its history but also its economy,
its ethnic and social make-up, military concerns, and global role. We
will contact the country’s embassy as well as make use of a variety of
research tools. Each student will sit on a committee such as Disarma-
ment, Human Rights, etc.; the writing of a position paper for each
delegate's committee is the central piece of work for the class. Learn-
ing and replicating the procedures and the dynamics of the United
Nations demands a good deal of effort. This course will meet twice a
week, and it requires a considerable amount of reading and research
outside of class. It does not replace any other curricular requirements.


History and Film                                                4 periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This course will focus on various events,
periods and people in history and will analyze how both historians and
filmmakers treat their subjects. Such films, for example, as Glory, Birth
of a Nation, Sands of Iwo Jima, Patton, Hester Street, Dr. Strangelove, and
Nixon, will be viewed after in-depth study units on the periods covered
in these films. The course will require research and critical work.



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     Identity and Society                                             1 period
     (Elective, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors) This non-credit course will
     provide a comfortable, supportive forum for the discussion of contro-
     versial topics, particularly providing a have for the free expression of
     ideas leading to increased knowledge, understanding, tolerance and
     acceptance. We will explore multiculturalism and identity, examining
     both the emergence of and dynamic patterns of interaction between
     cultural groups as well as how a person self-identifies or is identified by
     others. The most obvious groups are racial and/or ethnic groups, but
     difference can be examined in regards to religion, socioeconomic class,
     age, regional variation, gender, physical appearance and ability, and
     sexual preference. The aim of the class is to encourage students to
     think in more informed ways about all kinds of difference, to become
     more sophisticated in examining the way race and culture are used as
     terms in every day speech, to gain insight into their own attitudes and
     to develop greater awareness of and curiosity about multiculturalism.


     Environmental Politics and Policy                           4 periods
     This course is an introduction to the study of environmental change,
     its causes and consequences in America and world history. Focusing on
     the past one hundred years, we will seek to understand how demo-
     graphic, technological, and economic developments have led to dra-
     matic alterations of our natural environment. In the process, we will
     review scientific explanations of some recent environmental phenom-
     ena, such as ozone depletion, climate change, and ocean acidification.
     We will study the politics of the environment – the competition among
     actors – and the making of environmental policy – the official articula-
     tion of goals, often backed by financial commitments and legislative or
     executive acts. We will analyze what factors hinder or promote effec-
     tive environmental policy in the U.S. and globally.


     Middle East History                                           4 periods
     (Senior Elective) Through lectures, documentaries and films, web-
     based research that students present in a seminar setting, power point
     presentations of Islamic art, and a museum visit, this spring semester
     course examines the history and art of the Arab peoples across the
     massive geographical area that stretched from North Africa to the
     South Asian subcontinent. Students listen to examples of Jewish music
     of Al-Andalus, the Ottoman Empire, and consider trance dance music
     in its relationship to Sufi ecstatic dance. Lecture-based topics include
     the development of Islam; differences between early tribal and urban
     society, especially in relation to women; expansion of the Ottoman
     Empire, and European countries’ responses to that; the rise of the
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House of Sa’ud and Wahhabism; reformist thinkers within Islam and
the rise of Arab nationalism; the emergence of the new independent
state of Turkey, and British control of Egypt.


Japanese History/Culture                                     4 periods
(Senior elective) This class meets four times a week. While history will
remain the baseline the class will include consideration of art, litera-
ture and landscape to gain an understanding of past and present cul-
tural attitudes and affinities. Films, museum visits and web-based
work will support this endeavor.


Civilization Honors                                    Full year, 4 periods




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(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) Civilization focuses on a country or




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region from many different perspectives: historical, political, geo-
graphical, the arts, folklore, religion, etc. Past years have been devoted




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to the Caribbean, South Africa, China and India. For the year 2010-




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2011, we will be concentrating on Russia. This vast region has been




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home to many peoples, has seen the rise of the imperialist Tsars, their




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downfall in 1917 during the Russian Revolution, the establishment of
the Soviet Union, and its disintegration. Russia is in the news on a


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daily basis, as are the states the became independent during the last ten
years. Russian literature and films are as vast and complex as the coun-
try. The music, dance, art and food are exciting, and we will partake of
them all.                                                                                  Chair:
                                                                                 Frank Carnabuci,
                                                                                      Headmaster
Cultural Anthropology: Conflict and Conformity 4 periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) During this one-semester course, stu-
dents will be introduced to the vocabulary and core concepts of cul-
tural anthropology. We will study the economic, religious, and kinship
systems that form a wide variety of cultures and societies. Using case
studies from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Melanesia, stu-
dents will explore indigenous peoples’ relationship to their lands and
its resources, the effects of migration, tourism, and globalization on
local populations – especially as they relate to women and children –
and the issue of human rights. Particular attention will be paid to
diversity in America. Ethnographic films will be shown. There will be
extensive and challenging readings and numerous writing assignments,
including a web-based research paper examining a current cultural
conflict.




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                  Algebra I                                                      5 periods
                  (Required) This course is designed to secure the basic skills of algebra.
    Math          Topics include: evaluation of expressions and formulas, properties of
                  numbers, solving linear and quadratic equations, real numbers, factor-
                  ing, inequalities, relations and functions, graphing, radicals and poly-
                  nomials, and problem solving. Students also apply algebraic concepts
                  to geometry, statistics, and probability where appropriate. The TI-83
                  graphing calculator is used not only as an aid in calculation but also to
                  help teach functions and graphing. (Students who have taken Algebra
                  I in eighth grade will take Algebra II in ninth grade.)


Chair:            Algebra II                                                      5 periods
Andrea Huguenin   (Required) Algebra II is an intensive course where practice in the funda-
                  mentals of algebra is continued and extended to include introductions
                  to the more advanced concepts. Topics covered include: linear and
                  higher degree equations in one, two and three variables, inequalities,
                  the quadratic formula, functions, conic sections and complex numbers.
                  A wide range of word problems help students integrate the basic ideas
                  of algebra into their everyday lives as well as other school subjects. The
                  TI-83 graphing calculator is used extensively, not only as an aid in cal-
                  culating, but also to teach concepts about functions and their graphs.


                  Geometry                                                         5 periods
                  (Required, Grade 10) This course is a study of Euclidean geometry in
                  the plane with some work in three dimensions. Emphasis is given to
                  the logic of geometry and to developing an appreciation of deductive
                  reasoning. Topics covered include parallel lines, congruent triangles,
                  quadrilaterals, similar triangles, the Pythagorean Theorem, circles, and
                  area. Emphasis is also given to problems that apply geometric concepts
                  to real-life situations in areas such as sports, space, biology, health,
                  architecture, geography, history, art, and literature.


                  The Foundations of Mathematics                                  4 periods
                  (Elective for Juniors, Fall Semester) This course is intended for students
                  who wish to gain perspective on their work in traditional math courses
                  by studying mathematics as an emergent topic in human history, and a
                  fundamental part of our understanding of the world. We will explore
                  the development of mathematics through the centuries and across cul-
                  tural boundaries, and discuss its practical origins, its applications, and
                  its relationship to the sciences and other fields of learning. Students
                  are expected to engage in mathematical work and problem solving, but
                  also to complete reading and written assignments about mathematics.
                  Enrollment in this course is by permission only.
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Precalculus                                                   5 periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This course begins with both a review
and an extension of advanced algebraic concepts. The two major top-
ics emphasized are exponential and logarithmic functions and rational
functions with asymptotes. The second semester consists of a thor-
ough study of trigonometric functions, graphs, identities, and equa-
tions. The course concludes with an intensive unit on conics. The
TI-83 calculator is incorporated into the curriculum and is used daily
during class. The course is demanding, and equally stresses applica-
tions and skills together with the capacity to develop clear mathemati-
cal thinking.


Introduction to Calculus                                      5 periods
(Elective, Seniors) This course is offered to students who wish to have a
basic introduction to the elements of calculus. It begins with a review
and extension of the advanced precalculus concepts necessary for cal-
culus. The class will cover as many topics of calculus as time permits.
These topics include limits, rules of differentiation, and integration, as
well as practical applications. The TI-83 graphing calculator is used
extensively throughout the course.


Calculus AP                                                     6 periods
(Elective, Seniors) This course will cover the syllabus for the Advanced
Placement Calculus AP Examination. Topics covered include limits,
rules of differentiation, practical applications of differentiation, Rolles’
Theorem, Mean Value theorem, extrema, methods of integration, and
practical applications of integration. The TI-83 graphing calculator is
used extensively throughout the course.


Finite Mathematics                                              4 periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This course is a combination of two
courses formerly taught at BWL; Finite Mathematics and Probability
and Statistics. During the first half of the year, students learn about
probability and statistics and their real world applications. Focus is on
learning basic definitions, formulas, and distributions of statistics as
well as applying that knowledge to different types of experiments and
projects. The second semester exposes students to practical mathematics
focusing on applications to business. Topics included are free market
economics, balance sheets, income statements, and investments in stocks
and bonds. The class participates in the annual stock market game.



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              Science IX: Conceptual Physics                                5 periods
              (Required, Grade 9) This is a full year lab-based course that will focus
  Science     on the Laws and Principles connected to the concepts of matter, force,
              and energy. A strong emphasis will be placed on developing an under-
              standing of the physics associated with our daily lives. Set within this
              context, this course will explore traditional topics such as mechanics,
              light, sound, and electricity. We will also extend our inquiry into
              advances being made in the most current lines of research and will
              probe even further into what scientists believe lies in our future.


              Science X: Chemistry                                           6 periods
Chair:        (Required, Grade 10) This full-year survey course is designed to meet a
Ben DiNardo   variety of student needs. It offers the student sufficient elementary the-
              ory and descriptive material for a complete and thorough program. It
              prepares the student for future science courses both at the high school
              level and at the college level. The lab work stresses understanding of
              chemical concepts, basic lab techniques, and the development of
              scientific accuracy. Material covered includes stoichiometry, electronic
              structure, gas laws, chemical bonding, organic chemistry, kinetics,
              equilibrium and acid-base theory, redox reactions, and nuclear
              chemistry.


              Science XI: Biology                                           6 periods
              (Required, Grade 11) This is an introductory course that covers the
              basic principles of biological science. Biology is presented both histori-
              cally and conceptually, wherever possible relating the material to every-
              day life. In the laboratory, students have the opportunity to gain expe-
              rience in scientific methods and to observe biological processes in
              action. The basic goal is to give students a broad exposure to biological
              concepts. In specific cases where students are interested in taking the
              SAT II Biology exam, they should make their interest known to the
              instructor early in the year so additional instruction can be provided.
              Electives are one-semester courses, unless otherwise indicated. Different elec-
              tives are offered each year and students will be informed of specific elective
              offerings during registration period.


              The Foundations of Science                                     4 periods
              (Elective, Juniors, Spring Semester) This course will explore the histori-
              cal development and philosophical foundations of the sciences, with
              the purpose of giving students a broader perspective of the goals,
              advantages, and limits of the scientific worldview. With readings from
              modern scientists like Stephen Jay Gould and Carl Sagan, and philoso-
              phers like Plato and Francis Bacon, we will explore the origins of the
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scientific method, the tension between different schools of thought
within the philosophy of science, and the implications of modern sci-
entific and technological advances for classical philosophical questions.
We will also discuss the relationship between science and other fields
of study, including religion, literature, and art. The Foundations of
Mathematics course is a prerequisite for this course.


Integrated Earth Systems                                       5 periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This course utilizes engineering concepts
to analyze global issues related to energy, ecology and the environ-
ment. A systems approach involving input, output relationships,
dynamic feedback, stability concepts and graphical models will be pre-
sented as the tools utilized to gain a better understanding of these
complex, interdependent issues. Assessment of student performance in
this course will be based on research papers, lab reports, summaries of
assigned readings from scientific journals and tests.
Global Issues that will be confronted:
 1. Development and use of alternative energy sources
 2. Depletion of fossil fuels
 3. Air Quality
 4. Water Quality
 5. Land Use Management and Agricultural Productivity
 6. Global Warming
 7. Noise-Environment System
 8. Efficiency of mass transportation systems


Physics II Pre-calculus strongly recommended.                  6 periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) An introductory, full-year survey course
designed to present the basic principles of physics and how they relate
to everyday experiences. The course involves conceptual understand-
ing, problem-solving techniques, and, where possible, the application
of physics to other disciplines as well. Audio-visual aids are used when
appropriate, and a laboratory component is incorporated to give stu-
dents concrete experience with the concepts studied. Areas to be cov-
ered include such topics as mechanics, thermodynamics, sound and
light, electricity, magnetism, relativity, atomic structure, and nuclear
physics. Enrollment in this course is by permission only.


Human Anatomy and Physiology                                   5 periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This full year science course will enable
students to learn about the structure and function of the various
human organ systems. A primary focus throughout the course will be
understanding the concept of homeostasis, or how the human body is
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     able to maintain a state of healthy balance despite external changes.
     This will be a lab-based course and there will be a number of lab activ-
     ities designed to enable students to understand the inner workings of
     their own physiological mechanisms. Enrollment by permission only.


     Meteorology                                                    5 periods
     (Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This full-year course aims to establish the
     fundamentals of meteorology with an emphasis on the basic physics
     that governs the behavior of the atmosphere. The class will cover his-
     tory of catastrophic weather events, role of the sun, cause of winds,
     storms and fronts, cloud dynamics, thunderstorms and tornadoes,
     hurricanes, and weather prediction. We are fortunate to have a weather
     station on the roof of BWL which records real-time data on a lab com-
     puter. This is a key component in understanding applications of the
     principles to which the students are introduced throughout the course.
     Enrollment in this course is by permission only.


     Astronomy                                                        5 periods
     (Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This full-year survey course is designed to
     introduce the students to the fundamental principles of the study of the
     heavens. The course will look at an array of topics from prehistoric star
     gazing to modern ground and space based studies of the sky. Although
     basic characteristics of our solar system are always covered, the course is
     tailored each year to the interests of the students and advances based on
     continuing research in this field. Assessment is partially based on tradi-
     tional methods such as homework, quizzes, and tests, but there are also
     more student driven assignments such as summaries of Astronomical
     articles in the news and group projects and presentations. The students
     also benefit from a visit to the Rose Center at the American Museum of
     Natural History. Enrollment in this course is by permission only.


     Biology AP                                                       7 periods
     (Elective, Seniors) This is a college-level full-year biology course. The
     content of this course closely follows the syllabus outline of the CEEB
     Advanced Placement Course Description, and each student has the
     option to take the Advanced Placement exam. Through this course
     students receive an in-depth understanding of biological processes and
     principles. Students will be introduced to such things as biostatistical
     tools used in research, appropriate computer applications, gel elec-
     trophoresis, and other advanced laboratory techniques. Students will
     also be made aware of the controversial aspects of modern biology and
     of the professional opportunities available to them. Enrollment in this
     course is by permission only. Prerequisite Chemistry and Biology I.
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French I                                                        5 periods
Covering basic structure and vocabulary, this course provides a strong
foundation in speaking, listening, and comprehension for beginning             Languages
French students. Elementary grammatical and idiomatic structures are
introduced, as well as appropriate reading material. Students learn to          Bonjour!
communicate about a variety of topics, and engage in conversations to
develop their self-expression. Students also gain an understanding of
the Francophone culture.                                                       ¡Hola!
                                                                                           iwa
                                                                                    konnich
French II                                                       5 periods
This course enables students to develop their confidence and ability to
use French in a broader range of situations by building upon vocabu-
                                                                                           Chair:
lary and grammar learned in French I. Short stories, newspaper arti-            Sylvie Kunstenaar
cles, various media and cultural lessons broaden their knowledge and
understanding of the French culture and serve as a basis for discussions
and writing assignments.

French III                                                      5 periods
This course continues to feature a review of basic and intermediate gram-
mar concepts in order to create a strong foundation for more abstract and
advanced elements of the language. Students further develop their vocab-
ulary and acquire an ever-expanding communicative ability, as well as an
increasingly detailed understanding of the Francophone culture. Discus-
sions are conducted in French, and students are expected to ask ques-
tions, respond, and discuss in basic French. In addition to written and
oral assessments, students are evaluated through personal compositions,
reading comprehension assignments, and individual projects.

French IV                                                       5 periods
Intensive study of grammar continues in this course, as students
strengthen their language skills by reading short stories, newspaper arti-
cles, and poetry. The class is conducted primarily in French to develop
fluency. All aspects of language study (reading, writing, speaking, and
listening) are addressed. The course includes conversation and discus-
sion, composition, and reading of literary and non-literary texts such as
current periodicals. The study of relevant cultural topics continues.


French V: Theatre                                     Full year, 5 periods
(Elective) This course will be a year long study of a classical or contem-
porary French play, which will provide students with an overview of
the cultural, social, political and literary history of France as related to
the specific work. Through readings of the play and supplementary
materials, students will expand their vocabulary and perfect their
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     grammar. Emphasis will be placed on developing oral fluency through
     rehearsals and discussions focusing on pronunciation and rhythmic
     delivery of lines. The course will culminate in a public performance.
     (Availability based on enrollment.)

     French V: Conversation & Composition               Full year, 4 periods,
     Intended to improve an active command of French through an explo-
     ration of social, political and literary issues, this course will emphasis
     the development of writing and speaking skills. Students will discuss
     magazine and newspaper articles, essays, short stories, films and read-
     ing passages. Frequent compositions of varying lengths will include
     creative writing, journal entries and essays. Classroom emphasis will be
     placed on speaking skills and vocabulary building.


     Advanced Placement French Language                              5 periods
     (Elective) Designed to meet the requirements of the Advanced Place-
     ment examination in French language, this course is open to qualified
     students who have completed French IV. Students work intensely to
     strengthen their skills in all aspects of the language: aural/oral skills,
     reading comprehension, grammar, and composition. Students will be
     given assignments over the summer, and they will take several practice
     AP exams throughout the year. This advanced study of French deepens
     the students’ understanding of the structure and semantics of French
     through their own writing, speaking, discussion, and analysis of
     advanced literary and journalistic texts. Students in this course are
     expected to take the Advanced Placement examination administered at
     the end of the year.


     Spanish I                                                       5 periods
     This course presents students with thematically integrated vocabulary,
     grammar, and culture leading to communication on a wide variety of
     topics. Students develop the ability to understand, write, and speak Span-
     ish. In partner and group activities, they engage in conversations to pro-
     vide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and commu-
     nicate opinions. Students gain an understanding of Latin American and
     Spanish cultures through making comparisons with their own cultures.


     Spanish II                                                     5 periods
     This course enables students to develop their confidence and ability to
     use Spanish in a broader range of situations. They become more profi-
     cient communicators by building upon vocabulary and structures
     learned in Spanish I. Varied activities and special projects encourage
     oral and written expression. Students continue gaining an appreciation
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of Spanish and Latin American cultures through more advanced read-
ings and research.


Spanish III                                                 5 periods
This course develops the ability to communicate at a more advanced
level of Spanish. Students expand their vocabulary base, grammar
skills, and knowledge of Spanish and Latin American cultures by
reading, writing, and discussing.


Spanish IV                                                     5 periods
The class is conducted primarily in Spanish to foster fluency. Students
make presentations based upon their research, hone their composition
skills, and analyze literary texts. An emphasis is placed on idiomatic
phrases, as well as cultural and semantic differences across Spanish-
speaking countries.


Spanish V: Theatre                                               5 periods
This course will be a year long study of a classical or contemporary
Spanish play, which will provide students with an overview of the cul-
tural, social, political and literary history of Spain as related to the spe-
cific work. Through readings of the play and supplementary materials,
students will expand their vocabulary and perfect their grammar.
Emphasis will be placed on developing oral fluency through rehearsals
and discussions focusing on pronunciation and rhythmic delivery of
lines. The course will culminate in a public performance.
(Availability based on enrollment.)

Spanish V: Advanced Conversation                      Full year, 5 periods
This is an advanced conversation course whose subject for discussion
is Spanish culture. A wide range of cultural, political and current social
topics will be discussed. Students use newspapers, films, magazines,
the Internet and other “authentic” materials to engage in informed dis-
cussion, and produce skits, oral presentations, video and audiotapes,
and power point presentations. The study of grammar will focus on
particular difficulties, such as the distinction between por and para, ser
and estar, and the preterite and imperfect tenses to advance the stu-
dents’ oral and writing proficiency. Students will write compositions
relating to topics of discussion.


Advanced Placement Spanish Language                            5 periods
AP Spanish Language is intended for students who wish to develop
proficiency and integrate their language skills, using authentic materi-
als and sources. Students who enroll should have a basic knowledge of           19
     the language and cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples and should have
     attained a reasonable proficiency in using the language. The AP Lan-
     guage course will help prepare students to demonstrate their level of
     Spanish communicative proficiency. The course is meant to be
     comparable to third year (fifth or sixth semester) college or university
     courses that focuses on speaking and writing in the target language at
     an advanced level.

     Japanese – I                                                3-4 periods
     (Elective) This course introduces the Japanese counting vocabulary.
     Students learn how to read a calendar, tell time, and express age. Stu-
     dents become familiar with basic Japanese sentence structure. The ele-
     ments of the phonetic alphabet of Hiragana and, subsequently,
     Katakana, are introduced.


     Japanese – II                                                 3-4 periods
     (Elective) This course continues to build on the skills acquired in Level
     I. By learning such verbs as to go, to come, and to return, students
     develop their ability to compose more informative sentences and to
     communicate about a wider range of topics. As they improve their
     knowledge of the layered use of Hiragana and Katakana, students
     become more proficient at writing and reading Japanese.


     Japanese III                                               3-4 periods
     This course presents vocabulary to express ownership, preferences and
     suggestions while also building upon the skills acquired in Japanese II.
     The use and formation of adjectives and the Kanji writing system are
     introduced.


     Japanese IV                                                  3-4 periods
     (Elective) This course reinforces and builds upon the vocabulary and
     structures acquired in Japanese III. Students are better able to talk
     about their daily lives in simple conversation. They develop their abil-
     ity to write words in Kanji, using the appropriate strokes and shapes.
     Students will be able to write letters and give a speech in Japanese by
     the completion of the course.


     *Advanced classes meet five periods per week.




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Art IX:
Sculpture and Three-Dimensional Design                  1 double period
(Required, Grade 9) This course will focus on three-dimensional pro-          Art
jects using wood, plaster, and clay. Students will learn to use drawing
as a plan for their pieces. Museum visits will be incorporated into the
course. It will meet one double period per week for the entire school
year.


Studio Art X                                          2 double periods
(Required, Grade 10) All students take a full year of Studio Art that
includes introductory drawing and collage, painting and composition.
Perspective drawing and printmaking are also included.                              Chair:
                                                                            Maryann Gelula

Studio Art XI                                          2 double periods
(Elective, Juniors ) Studio Art XI stresses continued exploration of
media and development of skills. The various drawing media are used
realistically and abstractly. The second semester focuses exclusively on
oil and acrylic painting techniques. All students complete a final paint-
ing project. A private sketchbook journal is kept. Prerequisite: Depart-
mental approval required.


Art: Advanced Ceramics/Sculpture                      2 double periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) Advanced Ceramics concentrates on
wheelwork and hand building techniques. There is emphasis on fin-
ishes, lustres, underglazes, china paints, and more traditional glazing.
During the second semester, each student will complete an individual
project. Prerequisite: Departmental approval required.


Studio Art XII                                        2 double periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This course continues the activities and
emphasis of Studio Art XI and offers specific preparation of a college
entrance portfolio. There is a focus on painting with the completion
of a Senior project by each student. Finding one’s own personal state-
ment is the goal of this advanced studio course. Prerequisite: Studio Art
XI; Departmental approval required.


Photography I                                          2 double periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This year-long course is structured
around the students learning both technical and aesthetic skills. Cam-
era assignments are given and darkroom techniques are taught. During
the second semester, the students are encouraged to choose a theme or
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              style of photography to explore more fully. The culmination of the
              class is the making of a book to display the student’s best work. Prereq-
              uisite: Departmental approval required.


              Photography II                                         2 double periods
              (Elective, Seniors) This year-long course focuses on the development of
              a personal style. Slide lectures and discussions revolve around analyz-
              ing work by master photographers and the students’ own work. The
              final project involves the making of 11” x 14” enlargements and a
              hand-made portfolio in which to present their work.
              Prerequisite: Departmental approval required.

              Art History                                                    1 period
              (Required) This one-semester ninth-grade survey course combines slide
              lectures, discussions, assigned readings and museum and gallery visits.
              The course encourages students to develop an appreciation of various
              art forms, to place art in an historical context, and to become knowl-
              edgeable about different theories of aesthetics.


              Introduction to Computer Science I                              2 periods
Computer      (Fall Semester, Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This course is an introduc-
 Science      tion to programming. Students will be working in two visual program-
              ming environments: Scratch and Alice. They will be learning about
              the programming lifecycle and fundamental elements of programming
              such as variables, iteration, decision making, boolean logic, algorithms
              and will also be introduced to objet oriented programming. The appli-
              cations used in this course are open source. Students will be required
              to download, install and explore these applications outside of normal
              class periods. This course meets for two periods, a classroom period
              and a computer lab period.

Director of
Technology:   Introduction to Computer Science 2                            2 periods
Richard Pan   (Spring Semester, Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This course continues
              where introduction to Computer Science 1 ends. Students will be
              refining the skills learned in Computer Science 1 but in a much more
              abstract programming environment using Python. Students will
              become familiar with the Unix command line environment in order to
              complete their projects. We will explore topics such as Binary repre-
              sentations, Searching and Sorting and continue to refine the skills
              need to build algorithms. If time allows we will explore other topics
              such as networking, robotics, user interface design or we will select a
              computer related topic that the class finds interesting. Computer Sci-
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ence 1 is not a strict prerequire but it is highly suggested that students
take Intro to CS1. This class meets for two periods, a classroom period
and a computer label period.


Web I – Introduction to Web Development                         2 periods
(Elective, Juniors and Seniors) This class will explore the basic concepts
and procedures behind web development and design. Using a combi-
nation of Google Sites, Text Wrangler, Hyper Text Markup Language
and Cascading Style Sheets students will learn basic development pro-
cedures and terms.
Regular development assignments will accompany in-class lectures,
“worksheets” and homework assignments.
The first semester will familiarize students with web development ter-
minology, concepts and procedures. Second semester will build upon
the previous semester’s skill set and comfort level.


Web II – Introduction to Flash                              2 periods
The Flash class will be broken into two separate components: anima-
tion and game design. The first semester will focus on the design
aspect of the Flash software, focusing on graphic design and anima-
tion. Students will learn how to draw and explore animation concepts
and procedure.
The second semester will explore the development aspects of the Flash
software. Students will learn basic ActionScript concepts and proce-
dures to enhance their designs with interactivity. The semester will
culminate in a group, game development project. Prerequisite: Web I


Acting I                                                     2 periods
This class will concentrate on the basics of acting and character devel-      Music &
opment, with students working on the physical embodiment of a char-
acter, gestures and voice. Each student will work individually on
                                                                             Performing
monologues as well as participate in two-person scenes. Grading will            Arts
be based on preparedness for class and a final performance in front of
a small audience.
The Acting elective will meet two periods per week for one semester,
and be awarded 1 credit. Students may take a second semester, called
Acting II, during which he/she will tackle more difficult material,
specifically acting Shakespeare other verse material.
The course is open to all students.
                                                                                       Chair:
                                                                               Andrea Roberts

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     Chorus                                              Full year, 1 period
     (Elective) Open to all students in Grades VIII-XII. The Upper School
     chorus performs twice a year and is taught by Michael Roberts.


     Vocal Ensemble                                      Full year, 1 period
     (Elective) This performance-oriented full-year class is open to a select
     group of Middle and Upper School students. Taught by Andrea
     Roberts, this ensemble performs three times a year. Students select
     their own music and sing in two and three part harmony.


     Instrumental Ensemble                                 Full year, 1 period
     (Elective) This ensemble studies violin, viola, and cello. Like Vocal
     Ensemble, this full-year class is open to a select group of Middle and
     Upper School students and is geared toward performance.


     Music Workshop (Pop Co-op)                        Full year, 1 period
     (Elective) Music Workshop is a combination class, workshop, and per-
     formance ensemble concentrating on instrumental and vocal interpre-
     tation of rock, pop, and jazz music.


     Theatrical Productions
     There are two opportunities for students who are interested in theatre
     arts. In the Fall, a dramatic production is performed for which stu-
     dents audition in September. In early winter, students audition again
     for the combined Middle/Upper School musical. Both productions
     need both technical and stage crews and students who are not in the
     plays and musicals are encouraged to volunteer for these positions.
     Casting for the fall play is based on talent, but everyone is welcomed
     into the musical, even if it is only as members of the chorus.


     Music: History                                      Full year, 1 period
     (Elective) This course covers the basics of musicology in the Western
     Tradition. The year focuses on European and American music history.
     Emphasis is placed on relating the changes in music style to larger
     social, political and cultural movements and events.


     Music Theory                                        Full year, 1 period
     (Elective) This course covers the rudiments of music, including
     rhythm, intervals, chord theory and harmonic relationships. Melodic
     and rhythmic dictation and reading are stressed, as is the basics of
24   musical form. This course alternates each year with Music History.
Peer Leadership                                       Full year, 1 period
Topics to be covered in this course, open to students by invitation          Other
only, include listening skills, assertiveness training, anger management,
and introductory counseling skills, among others. Students will
                                                                            Electives
demonstrate mastery of these subjects through discussion, role-plays,
assemblies, and other activities.


Yearbook                                           Full year, 1 period
This not-for-credit course will offer students a range of skills in the
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publishing field that has as its primary objective the completion of the
2010-2011 Yearbook, Passages Vol. 19. Students will acquire journalis-
tic experience in writing and editing, as well as practical real world
experience in meeting deadlines and attending to business matters.
The class is organized in three sections:
 1) The planning of our yearbook’s theme and design, as well as the
   teaching and learning of yearbook fundamentals (desktop publish-
   ing programs, design, photography, copywriting and business man-
   agement).
 2) The production and application of all these learned skills, from the
   planning and designing of every page to the distribution and col-
   lection of all assignments. The yearbook staff will learn the fine art
   of coordinating and delegating responsibilities, which requires
   working as a cohesive whole towards a common endeavor.
 3) The assembling, editing, and revising of the yearbook as it nears
   completion.


Community Service                                  Full year, 1 period
This not-for-credit course offers students an opportunity to both fol-
low their own service and share it with others and initiate and sustain
ongoing projects both within and outside the BWL community. While
any student can join the after-school Community Service Club, this
class is designed for students who have an interest in the organization
of the community service projects in which our students, as a group,
participate.




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                      The College Counseling Team is comprised of the Director of
  College             College Counseling, the Upper School Head and the Headmaster of
 Counseling           the school. This team is committed to helping the students of Birch
                      Wathen Lenox find appropriate college and university matches. While
                      many of our graduates attend the most selective colleges in the coun-
                      try, we believe it is much more important that they find schools that
                      "fit" them, schools where they are most likely to meet their full poten-
                      tial academically and personally. Through an individualized, support-
                      ive process, students are guided toward potential matches, taught how
                      to differentiate colleges and universities, and encouraged to fully
                      research each of their prospects. The support and guidance of the Col-
                      lege Counselor continues through the application stage and beyond, to
Director              when students make their final decisions.
College Counseling:   While the College Counselor provides information and guidance dur-
Brad Battaglia        ing several meetings in students' freshman and sophomore years, the
                      College Counseling process begins in earnest in the Junior year. Stu-
Co Director:          dents take the PSAT in October of that year and receive their results
Curtis March          during a one-on-one meeting with the College Counselor. During that
Director,             meeting, the student's transcript performance to date is also discussed.
Upper School          Junior Seminar begins in the second semester. In this once-weekly
                      class, students are introduced to tools and strategies to use during their
                      college searches. As well, topics such as interviews, college visits, and
                      the essay are covered in depth. At our Junior College Night in early
                      spring, students and parents are invited to hear from two Directors of
                      Admissions, listen to their advice regarding college admissions, and ask
                      questions of them. Then, at the Manhattan College Fair, where Birch
                      Wathen Lenox along with ten other Manhattan private schools host
                      representatives from over one hundred and thirty colleges and univer-
                      sities, students can ask questions and request information from schools
                      which interest them.
                      During the spring of their Junior year, students meet individually with
                      the College Counselor, who provides college and university suggestions
                      based on input from the student as well as the student's academic
                      record and standardized testing. By the start of their Senior year, stu-
                      dents are encouraged to have preliminarily narrowed their lists to
                      approximately twelve to fifteen schools. Students meet with the College
                      Counselor in early fall, first one-on-one and then along with their par-
                      ents, to further refine their lists. During the months of September,
                      October and November, representatives from over fifty colleges and
                      universities visit Birch Wathen Lenox to meet with interested students,
                      providing valuable opportunities for students to learn about their insti-
                      tutions, and at our Senior College Night, Seniors and their parents
                      review the application process, along with in-house procedures.
                      Students are free to meet with the College Counselor as often as they
                      wish during the college process.
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Physical Education
Physical Education, as outlined by the New York State Department of
Education, is one of the six ‘core’ requirements for graduation. The          Physical
Physical Education Department takes this responsibility seriously and
strives to help each student successfully complete varied Physical Edu-
                                                                             Education
cation activities. Our philosophy is one of allowing students to partici-
pate actively in class and on teams, so as to fully recognize their poten-
tial both as students and as athletes. All students are encouraged to
reach their highest levels of achievement.
The development of basic fitness concepts for both immediate needs
and the future demands encountered throughout life are emphasized.
Students participate in a variety of activities that will help to satisfy
their need for leisure-time activities with a life-long enjoyment and                 Chair:
appreciation of the value of physical activities.                             Todd DiVittorio
Students are given the opportunity to practice and learn a variety of
fundamental motor skills through individual and group activities such
as: fitness and conditioning, badminton, cricket, basketball, touch
football, softball, volleyball, soccer, and team handball.
Students in ninth through twelfth grades who are on varsity teams are
exempted from Physical Education during their sport season to enable
them to study during the school day.


Health
Students in the ninth grade must complete a course in Health Educa-
tion required by the State of New York. The health class is a forum for
the discussion of extremely relevant information. It provides students
with an opportunity to identify their own attitudes and beliefs con-
cerning critical health issues, as well as an opportunity to listen to the
beliefs and attitudes of others.


Outdoor Education
In October of each year, students in the ninth grade participate in an
overnight class trip that have academic components as well as a bond-
ing effect on the class.
The ninth grade visits the Frost Valley YMCA Environmental Center
for three days. Extensive work is done in high-ropes courses, confi-
dence building, and group challenges.
The twelfth grade participates in a three-day program run by the New
York City Outward Bound. This trip occurs in the Spring and is
intended to ease the transition from High School to College and acts
as a closure activity for the high school experience. These experiences
are part of the unique opportunities that Birch Wathen Lenox affords
its students and advisors to build class spirit throughout the Upper              27
School years.
   Co-
Curriculum   W             ith regard to the Co-curriculum, the following sports and
                           activities are offered in the Birch Wathen Lenox Upper
                           School. Students are encouraged to suggest new activities
                           where appropriate and where a sizable group is interested.
             A meeting time is provided in the school schedule for most non-ath-
             letic activities.
             Interscholastic Teams
             Fall                     Varsity Soccer
                                      Girls’ Varsity Volleyball
                                      Girls’ Junior Varsity Volleyball
                                      Girls’ Cross Country
                                      Boys’ Cross Country
             Winter                   Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball
                                      Varsity Swim Team, Co-ed
                                      Boys’ Ice Hockey Team
                                      Boys’ Varsity Basketball
                                      Girls’ Varsity Basketball
             Spring                   Girls’ Varsity Tennis
                                      Boys’ Varsity Tennis
                                      Girls’ Track and Field
                                      Boys’ Track and Field
                                      Varsity Golf Team
                                      Boys’ Varsity Baseball
                                      Girls’ Varsity Softball
                                      Badminton Club, Co-ed

             BWL Student Activities
             Yearbook                              Community Service Club
             Literary Magazine                     Film Club
             Drama Club                            Spanish Club
             (2 productions – Fall/Spring)         Debate Club
             Student Council                       Investment Club
             Prom Committee                        Math Club
             Gay/Straight Alliance                 Anti-Substance Abuse Club
             U.T.O.P.I.A. C.A.F.E.                 Girls’ Badminton Club
             Newspaper
             Model UN                              Students with special interests and
             Senior Calendar                       demonstrated commitment may
             Poetry Magazine                       form additional clubs by speaking
    28                                             with the Head of the Upper School.

								
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