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									Newtown High School
 Program of Studies
     2009-2010



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                                                Newtown High School
                                                  12 Berkshire Road
                                           Sandy Hook, Connecticut 06482
                                               phone (203) 426-7646
                                                 fax (203) 426-6573

Administration
Mr.   Charles Dumais, Principal                         426-7646                  dumaisc@newtown.k12.ct.us
Mr.   Scott Clayton, Assistant Principal                426-7648                  claytons@newtown.k12.ct.us
Mr.   Jason Hiruo, Assistant Principal                  426-7648                  hiruoj@newtown.k12.ct.us
Mr.   John Tusch, Assistant Principal                   426-7648                  tuschj@newtown.k12.ct.us

Athletics (203) 426-7655
Mr. Greg Simon, Athletic Director                                          www.nighthawksports.com

Attendance (203) 426-7656

Department Chairs
English                                           Mrs. Jeanetta Miller            millerj@newtown.k12.ct.us
Fine and Applied Arts                             Mr. Jay Daly                    dalyj@newtown.k12.ct.us
History and Social Studies                        Mrs. Candace Dietter            dietterc@newtown.k12.ct.us
Mathematics                                       Mrs. Karen Sherman              shermank@newtown.k12.ct.us
Music                                             Ms. Michelle Hiscavich          hiscavichm@newtown.k12.ct.us
Science                                           Mr. Chris Canfield              atkinsonp@newtown.k12.ct.us
Special Education                                 Dr. Sherry Earle                atkinsonp@newtown.k12.ct.us
World Language                                    Mrs. Paula Greenfield           greenfield@newtown.k12.ct.us

Guidance (203) 426-7651                                                           SSD Code 070-550
Mrs. Cathy Ostar, Director of Guidance                                            ostarc@newtown.k12.ct.us
Ms. Diedre Croce, school counselor                                                croced@newtown.k12.ct.us
Mrs. Jan English, school counselor                                                englishj@newtown.k12.ct.us
Mrs. Ana Mendes, school counselor                                                 mendesa@newtown.k12.ct.us
Mr. Bret Nichols, school counselor                                                nicholsb@newtown.k12.ct.us
Mr. Jeff Tolson, school counselor                                                 tolsonj@newtown.k12.ct.us
Mrs. Gerry Waterbury, school counselor                                            waterburyg@newtown.k12.ct.us
Dr. Jennifer Hoag, school psychologist                                            hoagj@newtown.k12.ct.us
Mr. Tom Brant, school psychologist                                                brantt@newtown.k12.ct.us
Mrs. Suzanne Tyler, school social worker                                          tylers@newtown.k12.ct.us

Career Center (203)426-1915
Mrs. Kitty Latowicki, Career Center Coordinator                                   latowickik@newtown.k12.ct.us
Mrs. Peg Ragaini, School to Career Coordinator                                    pragainip@newtown.k12.ct.us

Naviance Website:                                           www.connection.naviance.com/newtown

Nurses’ Office (203)426-7646

Board of Education
Mrs. Elaine McClure, chair                                                        Mrs. Lisa Schwartz, vice-chair
Mr. David Nanavaty                                                                Mrs. Lillian Bittman
Mrs. Anna Wiedemann                                                               Mrs. Kathryn Fetchick

                                Superintendent of Schools Dr. Janet Robinson
                             Assistant Superintendent of Schools Dr. Linda Gejda
                                        Table of Contents


Success-Oriented School Model ............................................................................ 2
Mission and Learning Expectations ....................................................................... 3
Calendar for Course Scheduling ............................................................................ 4
Requirements for Graduation ................................................................................ 5
Grade Point Average Scales .................................................................................. 6
Promotion .......................................................................................................... 6
Course Change and Drop Policy ........................................................................... 7
Course Levels ...................................................................................................... 7
Early Graduation ................................................................................................. 7
Honor Roll .......................................................................................................... 7
Financial Concerns .............................................................................................. 8
National Honor Society ........................................................................................ 8
Override Policy .................................................................................................... 8
Public School Options for Newtown Residents ........................................................ 8
Report Cards ...................................................................................................... 8
Summer School ................................................................................................... 8
Areas of Study:
       1. English ................................................................................................ 9
       2. History & Social Science ..................................................................... 13
       3. Mathematics ...................................................................................... 16
       4. Science ............................................................................................. 20
       5. World Languages ............................................................................... 23
       6. Fine & Applied Arts ........................................................................... 29
           Art .................................................................................................... 29
           Business ............................................................................................ 31
           Entrepreneurial Programs ................................................................... 35
           Family and Consumer Sciences ........................................................... 36
           Music ................................................................................................ 38
           Technology Education ......................................................................... 40
       7. Physical Education / Health ................................................................ 44
       8. Special Education ............................................................................... 45
  Beyond Newtown High School Borders ............................................................ 49
  Career / College Center .................................................................................. 50
  Junior & Senior Project ................................................................................... 50
  Additional Resources at NHS .......................................................................... 51
  Course Planning Guide .............................................................. Inside Back Cover
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Quality education is possible if we all agree on a common purpose as we work together to
continuously improve the teaching and learning process. We believe that ALL CHILDREN CAN AND
WILL LEARN WELL. The system strives to establish high standards for our students, faculty, and
staff through the curriculum documents. Mastery of this curriculum depends on the effort and persistence
of the learner, the support of the parents, and the knowledge, skills, and persistence of the staff.

In order for our students to reach the goal of cognitive achievement, students must learn how to
use the process skills of decision-making, problem solving, and critical thinking. Students need to
take responsibility for their learning by becoming self-directed, active participants in the educational
process.

We must continuously work to improve the learning environment and the curriculum. To improve,
we must analyze what we believe, what we know, and what we want before we take action to reach
these goals.

It is the responsibility of the staff of the Newtown Public Schools to provide all children with the
opportunity to learn well. We believe that the students and staff will be more productive when
basic human needs are met. These needs include: Belonging, the need for positive relationships;
Competence, the need to be successful; Freedom, the need to have control over decisions; Fun,
the need to enjoy life; and Survival, the need for shelter, food, and good health. Living and
working with others enriches the experiences of students. Positive self-esteem brings productivity
and personal satisfaction to students and to staff. This esteem can be nurtured through opportunities
to self-evaluate constructively and see performance improve as a result of work.


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        NEWTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
         MISSION and LEARNING
             EXPECTATIONS

Newtown High School is committed to building a community that
pursues rigorous academic goals and personal responsibility. We also encourage dignity, civility,
and tolerance. At Newtown High School, students and teachers work together so that all members of
the school community can reach the highest possible level of individual potential. In our partnership
of students, teachers, parents and community members, we work to promote success in a challenging
environment and to cultivate competent, contributing, and productive citizens.




Graduates of Newtown High School will:

      Academic Expectations
          •	 Demonstrate	strategies	to	identify,	locate,	and	interpret	information	
          •	 Relate	and	apply	new	knowledge	using	a	variety	of	resources	including	technology	
          •	 Take	and	support	a	position	on	information	and	ideas	
          •	 Convey	information	and	ideas	in	a	given	written	format	
          •	 Use	inquiry	strategies	and	apply	appropriate	procedures	to	solve	and	communicate	an	
             authentic problem or situation.
          •	 Convey	information	and	ideas	to	others	in	a	presentation	using	spoken	language,	non-
             verbal language and multi-media


      Civic Expectations
          •	 Develop	opinions	on	a	variety	of	issues
          •	 Exhibit	involvement	in	the	classroom,	school,	and	larger	community	through	speech	and	
             action


      Social Expectations
          •	 Value	personal	integrity,	respect	for	others,	and	appreciation	for	diversity
          •	 Share	responsibility	with	others	to	address	and	resolve	issues


SEXUAL	HARASSMENT	IS	PROHIBITED	based	on	Federal	Law	-	Title	IX	of	the	Education	Amendments	
of 1972, and State Law – Sec. 10-15c. Harassment based on sexual orientation is also protected under
State Law – Sec. 10-15c.


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     Calendar for Course Scheduling
Grades 9 - 11
February 2      Distribute Program of Studies in Homeroom
February 3      Report cards/recommendations mailed

February 9      Bubble in homeroom

The month
of February     Counselors review recommendations and meet w/ students

March 3         Letter mailed home with courses requested (include reminder that override forms are
                due 3/31)

March 31        All overrides due to NHS guidance

The month
of May          Counselors review schedules

June 9          Letter listing classes scheduled mailed home

June 20         Last day to make schedule changes (except for changes from summer school classes
                or PPT decisions)

Grade 8
March 18        Guidance Honor Society to visit NMS

March 18        8th Grade Parent Orientation Night (snow date March 19th)
                Distribution of Program of Studies and teacher recommendations

March 26-31     High School counselors at NMS

March 31        All overrides due to NHS guidance

April 3         Letter mailed to 8th grade parents with courses requested (not scheduled)

The month
of May          Counselors review schedules

June 9          Letter listing classes scheduled mailed home

June 20         Last day to make schedule changes (except for changes from summer school classes
                or PPT decisions)



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                                      Requirements for Graduation
Satisfactory completion of a yearlong course earns one credit; a semester course earns one-half credit.
Ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students must carry a minimum of six courses each semester. Twelfth grade students must
carry a minimum of five courses each semester. Only students with a minimum of thirteen credits will be designated a senior.
Beginning with the class of 2011, only students with a minimum of fifteen credits will be designated as seniors.
Students in the class of 2010 must earn a minimum of 20 credits, meet the four graduation standards and satisfying the senior
health requirement. Beginning with the class of 2011, an additional science and elective credit will be required, totaling 22
credits. Also, Western Studies is required (instead of Modern European History).
Credit requirements must be distributed as follows:
                Subject                        Credit       Specific Requirements
                English                           4         1 credit – English I
                                                            1 credit – English II
                                                            1 credit – English III (American Lit)
                                                            1 credit – Senior English Courses
                History & Social Science          3         .5 credit – Modern European History
                                                                               or Western Studies
                                                            .5 credit – Area Studies Course
                	                                     	     1	credit	–	US	History	
                                                            .5 credit – Economics
                                                            .5 credit – American Government
                Mathematics                       3         Any math fulfills the requirement – completion
                                                            through Integrated III is recommendeed
                Science                         2 (+1)      1 physical (earth science or physics), 1 life (biology).
                                                            1 elective – any science class)
                World Language                              World Language is not a requirement for graduation,
                                                            however many colleges prefer a minimum of 2 –3
                                                            years of the same language
                Fine & Applied Arts               1         This requirement can be fulfulled by courses in any of
                                                            the following area: Art, Business, Family & Consumer
                                                            Sciences, Music or Technology
                PE & Health                      1.5 *      PE/Health 9th, PE/Health 10th
                                                            and PE/Health 11th or Weight Training
                Electives                      5.5 (+1)     Any course not required

                Total Required                20 (22)

*No more than two credits of physical education/health credits will count toward graduation

Meeting the graduation standards
Each student will demonstrate competency of the required standards in written and spoken communication, problem-solving,
and information literacy. Through classroom performance, students will successfully complete a task in each of the standards.
The tasks will be scored against a district approved analytical rubric. Students will be given multiple opportunities each year
beginning with the sophomore year to meet each standard through classroom performance until the standards are met.
Students can also meet the standards through performance on identified portions of the Connecticut Academic Performance
Test (CAPT). All standards in the following areas must be met unless waived through a Planning and Placement Team process
which develops an Individual Education Plan or uses 504 procedures:
1. Written Performance
   a. Critical thinking - The student takes and supports a position about information and ideas
   b. Written performance - The student conveys information and ideas in a variety of written formats such as narrative,
      expository, or descriptive.
2. Spoken Communication
   a. Spoken performance - The student conveys information and ideas to others in a presentation using spoken language,
      non-verbal languages and multi-media.
        Note: The alternate method to meet the communication set of standards is to reach state goal on both the reading and
        writing portions of the CAPT.


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3.     Problem Solving
      a. The student uses inquiry strategies and applies appropriate procedures to solve and communicate an authentic problem
         or situation.
          Note: The alternate method to meet the problem solving set of standards is to reach state goal on the math or science
          portions of the CAPT.
4.     Information Literacy
      a. The student demonstrates strategies to identify, locate and interpret information.
      b. The student relates and applies new knowledge using a variety of sources including technology.
          Note: There is no alternate method to meet information literacy.


Grade Point Averages, Numeric Averages and Histograms
The weighted GPA is calculated using all core academic courses (English, Social Studies, Math, Science and World Language)
taken at NHS beginning with grade 9 using the values from the chart below and the credit value of the course. AP Art History
is the only non-academic course included in a weighted GPA.
The unweighted GPA is calculated using all courses taken at NHS beginning with grade 9 using the values from the chart below
and the credit value of the course.
The Numeric Grade Average (NGA) is on a 100-point scale and calculated by averaging all final course grades.
We do not calculate a GPA for transfer students until they have completed four semesters at NHS. After four semesters, a
transfer student will receive a weighted and unweighted GPA based on course work completed at NHS. A transfer student will
receive an NGA based on course work completed at NHS.
The weighted and unweighted GPA’s are reported histograms. The histograms show the students GPA relative to the graduating
class. Class rank is not reported.

                   Weighted   GPA Scale                                                       Unweighted GPA Scale
    Letter   Numeric A.P.     Hon   CP A       CP B      Gen                         Letter     Numeric Unweighted
    A+       97-100 5.50      5.00 4.50        4.00      3.67                         A+         97-100       4.33
    A        93-96   5.17     4.67 4.17        3.67      3.33                         A           93-96       4.00
    A-       90-92   4.83     4.33 3.83        3.33      3.00                         A-          90-92       3.67
    B+       87-89   4.50     4.00 3.50        3.00      2.67                         B+          87-89       3.33
    B        83-86   4.17     3.67 3.17        2.67      2.33                         B           83-86       3.00
    B-       80-82   3.83     3.33 2.83        2.33      2.00                         B-          80-82       2.67
    C+       77-79   3.50     3.00 2.50        2.00      1.67                         C+          77-79       2.33
    C        73-76   3.17     2.67 2.17        1.67      1.33                         C           73-76       2.00
    C-       70-72   2.83     2.33 1.83        1.33      1.00                         C-          70-72       1.67
    D+       67-69   2.50     2.00 1.50        1.00      0.67                         D+          67-69       1.33
    D        65-66   2.17     1.67 1.17        0.67      0.33                         D           65-66       1.00
    F        60-64   1.83     1.33 0.83        0.33      0.00                         F           60-64       0.67
             57-59   1.50     1.00 0.50        0.00      0.00                                     57-59       0.33


Promotion
          For promotion to Grade 10        5 credits
	         •	Conditional	promotion	         4	credits
	         For	promotion	to	Grade	11	       10	credits
	         •	Conditional	promotion	         9	credits
	         For	promotion	to	Grade	12	       15	credits
	         •	Conditional	promotion	         13	credits
	         For	graduation		         	       20	credits*
	         *beginning	with	the	class	of	2011,		22	credits	are	required	for	graduation




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Communications
The Newtown school system will send information it normally sends to the custodial parent and to the non-custodial parent, as
well. Parents who require this service should contact the Guidance Department.


Course Change and Drop Policy
Counselors help students select courses for the following school year. Parents are asked to approve and verify those selections.
Selection of courses for the following year or semester must be done carefully. After June, program and schedule changes may
be made for the following reasons only: computer or human error; January or June failures; PPT decisions; summer school
results. No other reason for course changes will be accepted.
A student may drop a course without penalty providing the course minimum requirement is met (5 for seniors; 6 for all other
grades). The deadline for dropping a course is 5 days after the first quarter progress reports are mailed. The specific dates
will be announced/posted at the start of the school year. This applies to all courses. Students who drop any course after the
deadline will automatically receive a mark of 50 each subsequent marking period, as well as on their permanent record.


Course Levels
All courses at Newtown High School are rigorous, intellectually stimulating, challenging and provide rich experiences and excellent
preparation for college work. While students will see common factors in College Level “B”, College Level “A” and Honors relative
to work, homework, projects, tests, quizzes, etc., the main differences between the levels of challenge are the following: in Honors
and College “A”, the homework assignments will be longer and more comprehensive; the courses are faster-paced, more complex
in material and have more critical and extensive reading and writing assignments. These courses require the student to be a more
independent and self-motivated learner. The differences are in quantity of material and work, not in quality or curriculum content.
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a cooperative education endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and
universities. It gives high school students exposure to college level material. AP level courses follow the guidelines put forth
by the College Board. Students need to be aware that AP level courses are college courses with comparable workloads and
expectations;	the	workload,	depth	of	content	and	acceleration	of	coverage	will	be	intense.	Upon	enrollment	in	an	AP	course,	
students will commit to the following: attend an informational meeting (if required); fully prepare and complete all work within
the designated time frame it is assigned, including summer assignments which are due within the first week of the school year;
and contribute to the learning environment of the class. It is also expected that students enrolled in AP classes will take the AP
exam in May, at their own expense*. Failure to comply with these requirements could result in dismissal from the class, denial
of the credit and/or AP grade status.
*financial assistance is available through the College Board and/or the NHS guidance department.

Early Graduation
Students who wish to complete their coursework a semester or a year early must meet with their guidance counselor to be sure
all graduation requirements will be fulfilled. In addition to this meeting students will be required to complete an application and
have an interview with the Director of Guidance. Students must attend a minimum of six semesters of high school to qualify for
graduation. All graduating students graduate in June, even those who have completed their coursework by January.


Honor Roll
To be named to the High Honor Roll a student must:
    1. Be enrolled in five or more courses for seniors, six or more for all other grades. A minimum of four courses must be
       in areas of study other than independent study and released work experience.
    2. Have an overall average of 90 or higher for the marking period.
    3. Receive a grade of 85 or higher in each course used in determining the overall average and have no incomplete grades.

To be named to the Honor Roll a student must:
    1. Be enrolled in five or more courses for seniors, six or more for all other grades. A minimum of four courses must be
       in areas of study other than independent study and released work experience.
    2. Have an overall average of 90 or higher for the marking period.
    3. Receive a grade of 80 or higher in each course used in determining the overall average and have no incomplete grades.


Identifying and Assisting Students in Financial Need
Newtown High School has a plan to identify and assist students who are unable or unwilling to admit that they cannot afford
to participate in school programs. The social worker is the main contact for this plan but any guidance staff can be contacted
to assist students and families in financial need.

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National Honor Society Eligibility
A student who maintains a cumulative average of 90% for five or more semesters will be notified by mail that s/he is academically
eligible to complete a Student Information Form for membership into the Newtown Chapter of the National Honor Society.
The Student Information Form must indicate exemplary leadership ability and a variety of quality and selfless acts of service to
both the community and to the school. In addition to the Student Information Form, staff will be asked to assess each student’s
character.


Override Policy
A parent may override the teacher’s recommendation if s/he believes it does not meet the student’s evolving needs. In doing
so, parent and student need to be aware that the change in level will place new demands on the student; demands that the
student may not be prepared to meet. Should the student experience difficulty in meeting the demands of the new placement,
s/he must make use of appropriate resources: confer with the teacher, seek extra help, visit the Reading Math center, seek peer
tutoring or arrange for private tutoring (at the family’s expense). No override will be rescinded unless the student has
made regular use of these resources. If the override is rescinded, the student’s grade will stand as earned in the override
placement. Significant changes in the student’s schedule and/or closed classes may make it impossible to move
the student to a different level.
Overrides are due in guidance by March 31, 2009. A change to a level after the course has begun must go through the
teacher.


Public School Options for Newtown Residents
Students	in	the	Newtown	High	School	geographic	area	are	also	eligible	for	admission	at	the	Henry	Abbott	Vocational	Technical	
School	or	the	Nonnewaug	Regional	Vocational	Agricultural	Center.	While	Newtown	High	School	counselors	are	available	to	
discuss these and other options, students interested in these schools should contact the guidance office at the respective school
for an application.


Report Cards
Report cards are mailed home four times each school year. Between report cards, progress reports are sent to all students.
Please see Student Handbook for academic calendar which specifies these dates. Numerical grades may be interpreted as
follows:
         A = 90-100            D = 65-69
         B = 80-89             F = Below 65
         C = 70-79             I = Incomplete


Summer School
Summer school courses are for students who have failed a course with a grade of 55 or higher and have attended a minimum
of 75% of the classes. To discuss summer school options, contact guidance or the Continuing Education Office directly
(426-1787).




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                                                              English
            Offered to Grades:                                            Courses
                    9 .................................................... English	I
                                10 .................................... English	II	
                                              11 ...................... English	III	(American	Literature)
                                              11 ....................... American	Studies
                                              11 ...................... Advanced	Placement	English	Language	&	Composition
                                                                          Senior Courses (select two)
                                                            12 ........ Composition	through	Current	Issues
                                                            12 ........ Creative	Writing
                                                            12 ........ Drama	Studies
                                                            12 ........ Humanities,	Applied
                                                            12 ........ Humanities,	Theoretical
                                                            12 ........ Modernism	and	Mythology
                                                            12 ......... Poetry
                                                            12 ........ Women’s	Studies
                                                            12 ........ World	Literature
                                                            12 ........ Writing	through	Film

                                                    12 ........ Advabnce	Placement	English	Literature	&	Composition	(full	year	-	fulfills	senior	English	
	                                                               requirement)

                                                        Optional Courses
                                10 .........11 .........12 ....... Journalism	(by	application	only	-	counts	for	senior	English)
                                10 .........11 .........12 ....... Public	Speaking	(does	not	fulfill	English	graduation	requirements)	(not	offered	
	           	         	         	           	           	         	         2009-20010)

       The philosophy of the English Department is that all students are entitled to the same rich curriculum and that each student should
    learn in the most rigorous and challenging environment in which he or she can be successful. We offer a variety of academic settings, all
    of which provide content and skills to prepare students to reach the highest possible level of individual potential.
      The suggested activities and assessments for each grade level have been created to support the Newtown High School mission statement
    and learning expectations. In addition to addressing the academic expectations, English I, II, III and our senior electives are designed to
    foster the development of dignity, civility, and tolerance in each student.
       The English curriculum offers students a perspective on the human condition that grows increasingly broad and complex over time,
    in concert with students’ increasing experience and maturity. In the freshman year students focus on the transition from middle to high
    school and develop self-knowledge. In the sophomore year students focus on a variety of cultural groups across time and around the world
    and deepen their understanding of and respect for others. In the junior year, students focus on our American heritage and the importance
    of informed and active citizenship. In the senior year students select courses in areas of particular interest and focus on the emerging issues
    that are relevant to them: Composition through Current Issues, Creative Writing, Drama Studies, Humanities (Applied or Theoretical),
    Modernism and Mythology, Poetry, Women’s Studies, World Literature, and Writing through Film.
      A wide variety of performance assessments are employed to encourage students to develop range and versatility. For major assignments,
    holistic or analytical rubrics are used to provide detailed feedback to students. Skills necessary to meet our graduation standards and to
    achieve success on standardized tests are integral to the curriculum. Placement is by teacher recommendation and successful completion
    of the prerequisite course. Enrollment in Journalism is by application.


                                                         REQUIRED COURSES
ENGLISH I: MASTERY SPIRAL                                                        ENGLISH II: CULTURAL STUDIES
1015 College Prep B    1 credit                                                  1035 College Prep B    1 credit
1011 College Prep A    Full Year                                                 1031 College Prep A    Full Year
1012 Honors                                                                      1032 Honors
Students in English I read classic and contemporary poetry,                      Students in English II explore a variety of cultural groups
short stories, drama, and novels. Students learn strategies to                   through close reading of classic and contemporary literature.
identify, locate and interpret information. As they transition                   The cultural focus provides opportunities for students to use
to a new school, they have many opportunities to relate and                      inquiry strategies and apply appropriate procedures to solve
apply new knowledge using a variety of resources, including                      and communicate an authentic problem or situation. Students
technology. Students are encouraged to take and support a                        engage in written analysis of theme, context and style. In
position on information and ideas in journal entries and class                   addition, students develop skills as speakers and listeners.
discussions. They gain versatility in conveying information                      They continue to participate in preparation and practice for
and ideas in a variety of written formats. Students participate                  the CAPT.
in preparation and practice for the Connecticut Academic
Performance Test (CAPT), which is administered in 10th                           PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation and successful
grade.                                                                           completion of English I.

PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation.

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ENGLISH III                                                          stories, essays and poems that are written by non-Western
AMERICAN LITERATURE: A MULTICULTURAL                                 authors and philosophers. Students will study how these
PERSPECTIVE                                                          individuals attempt to create a “room of their own,” or “their
1055 College Prep B               1 credit                           own voice,” and engage in a dialog with traditional Western
1051 College Prep A              Full Year                           values. Assessments include analytical essays, research
1052 Honors                                                          projects, seminar discussions and group oral presentations
Students in English III approach American literature with            HUMANITIES (Two	approaches	to	Humanities	are	
the understanding that America is a diverse nation; to truly         offered:	Applied	and	Theoretical)
represent America, the course must embrace a multicultural
perspective. As a result, this course includes the voices of         Applied                                        0.5 credit
many and encourages students to add their own voices to the          1151 College Prep A                  1st or 2nd semester
sound that Whitman described as “America singing”.                   1152 Honors
The primary and supplementary texts introduce students               Theoretical                                    0.5 credit
to authors, historical figures, and fictional characters who         1121 College Prep A                  1st or 2nd semester
express a wide variety of perspectives and come from vastly          1122 Honors
different cultures. Students who have interacted with these
individuals are better prepared to demonstrate respect and           Applied Humanities is taught by an interdisciplinary team
appreciation for diversity in their day-to-day lives.                consisting of an English teacher and an art teacher. Students
                                                                     focus on the way in which we define ourselves as individuals
This course also includes a significant number of texts written      and the way we are perceived by others. Through literature,
by authors who were looking to reform their societies; these         language processes, art, and film, students explore aspects
were individuals who not only identified problems, but who           of their identities and the way these are shaped by culture,
set out to inspire and initiate change through the written           gender, age, and community. Students express themselves
word. We hope that these authors will encourage students to          through creation of visual arts and writing. Course work is
become informed and active citizens.                                 augmented by the creation of partnerships with local museums
                                                                     and field experiences.
AMERICAN STUDIES
1041 College Prep A                                  2 credits       Theoretical Humanities explores the academic disciplines,
           (1 English III: American Literature/ 1 U.S. History)
                                                                     including literature, history, philosophy, and art, that are
1042 Honors                         Full Year/two periods            concerned with human thought and culture. As they read a
                                                                     wide variety of literature, students learn to ask and respond
The interdisciplinary study of American values and institutions.     to the essential questions that mark these different academic
Note: This course will not be offered in the 2009-10 school          disciplines. For example, how does a historian approach The
year.                                                                Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? What questions might
                                                                     a philosopher bring to The Odyssey? As we explore the
PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation and successful                  humanities through the “great books” that have made up
completion of English II.                                            the canon of Western literature, we come to see the ways
                                                                     our culture and, by extension, we ourselves, are constructed
                                                                     by the questions we ask and the language we use. Students
 SENIOR ELECTIVE COURSES                                             enrolling in Theoretical Humanities should be self directed
                                                                     and prepared for extensive reading.
Seniors are required to select two of the
following semester courses.
                                                                     MODERNISM and MYTHOLOGY       0.5 credits
DRAMA STUDIES                                   0.5 credit           1161 College Prep A  1st or 2nd semester
1181 College Prep A                   1st or 2nd semester            1162 Honors
1182 Honors
                                                                     Students examine in depth the fundamental motifs and
In this course, students will explore the language and history of    archetypes that are common to all forms of literature, focusing
drama, as well as techniques of acting as they read, interpret       on Greek myths, short stories, novels, films, poems, and
and perform scenes from dramatic texts spanning various              essays. Students develop the ability to interpret the symbolic
historical time periods and genres. Students will also develop       meaning of literature. Students will be evaluated regularly in
an original script and will perform a scene from either their        essay format and through mini research projects, group oral
original work or one of the many plays studied in class in a         presentations, and seminar discussions.
culminating class performance for the school community.
                                                                     WOMEN’S STUDIES                               0.5 credits
WORLD LITERATURE                               0.5 credits           1171 College Prep A                  1st or 2nd semester
1091 College Prep A                   1st or 2nd semester            1172 Honors
1092 Honors
                                                                     Students analyze the ways in which gender shapes the
Using	 Virginia	 Woolf’s	 essay	 “A Room of One’s Own” as            experiences of both men and women from a multi-cultural
a springboard, students will read and analyze novels, short          and interdisciplinary perspective. Readings include novels,

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poetry, short stories, historical documents, oral histories,       JOURNALISM 1                                            1 credit
essays, and scholarly articles. The readings are selected to       1221 College Prep A                                    Full year
represent universal themes in women’s lives and to map the
changing definition of “woman” at key periods in history.          JOURNALISM 2                                            1 credit
Students learn to apply feminist theory to the readings.           1241 College Prep A                                    Full year

COMPOSITION THROUGH CURRENT ISSUES                                 HONORS JOURNALISM FOR EDITORS                           1credit
1191 College Prep A           0.5 credits                          1242 Honors                                            Full year
1192 Honors          1st or 2nd semester
                                                                   See description on the next page
Students hone their skills in descriptive, expository, and
persuasive writing. Students apply these skills to formats that
are frequently employed in the real world, including letters to          ADVANCED PLACEMENT
the editor, resumes, and newspaper and magazine articles.
Students are encouraged to focus their work on a specific          Important note: To be successful in these college level
contemporary issue.                                                courses, excellent writing skills, enjoyment of challenging texts
                                                                   and a strong work ethic are essential. A grade of 90 or above in
CREATIVE WRITING                              0.5 credits          at least one honors English course is strongly recommended.
1231 College Prep A                  1st or 2nd semester           Students are required to pay for the appropriate Advanced
1232 Honors                                                        Placement Examination in May.
Members of the creative writing class view themselves more         ADVANCED	PLACEMENT	-	Open	to	12th	Grade	Students
as authors than students. The course is designed to increase
                                                                   ENGLISH LITERATURE
students’ versatility through the creation of various forms,
                                                                   AND COMPOSITION                                         1 credit
voices, and themes. Although the focus is on the short story
                                                                   1133 Advanced Placement                                Full Year
form, students explore autobiographical narrative, poetry,
historical fiction, memoir, satire, and other genres. The class    The course includes intensive study of representative works
operates within the “workshop” model, which emphasizes             from various genres and periods, from the 16th to the 21st
sharing of work, feedback, continual revision, and a sense of      centuries, concentrating on works of recognized literary
community.                                                         merit. In addition to considering a work’s literary artistry,
                                                                   students consider the social and historical values it reflects
POETRY                                        0.5 credits          and embodies. As in any college-level course in which serious
1141 College Prep A                  1st or 2nd semester           literature is read and studied, AP English Literature and
1142 Honors                                                        Composition includes opportunities for students to engage in
                                                                   exploratory writing, research that negotiates differing critical
Students explore a wide variety of poetry, from ancient to
                                                                   perspectives, extended discourse in which students develop
modern, through poems clustered either thematically or around
                                                                   an argument or present an analysis at length, and writing
important literary techniques. Students explore themes, such
                                                                   under time constraints. An independent research paper on
as love, death, and relationships alternately with key poetic
                                                                   an approved literary topic is required.
techniques, such as metaphor, sound, and imagery. Students
devote equal time to “learning from the professionals” by
                                                                   ADVANCED	PLACEMENT	- Open to 11th Grade Students
reading, interpreting, discussing, and writing about published
work. Students “learn by doing” through writing their own          ENGLISH LANGUAGE and COMPOSITION 1 credit
poetry and reading it aloud.                                       1143 Advanced Placement         Full Year

WRITING THROUGH FILM                          0.5 credits          The AP English Language and Composition course is
1261 College Prep A                  1st or 2nd semester           designed to help students become skilled readers of prose
1262 Honors                                                        written in a variety of periods, disciplines and rhetorical
                                                                   contexts and to become skilled writers who can compose
Students learn strategies for active viewing of classic and        for a variety of purposes. The college composition course
contemporary films and excerpts of films, read books on            that the AP Language and Composition course is intended
which films are based, and develop analytical and critical         to parallel tends to emphasize the expository, analytical and
writing skills. Students write in a variety of genres and          argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and
formats, including essays, narrations, poetry, screenplays,        professional communication, as well as the personal and
and biographies.                                                   reflective writing that fosters the ability to write in any context.
                                                                   As in the college course, the purpose of the AP Language and
                                                                   Composition course is to enable students to read complex
                                                                   texts with understanding and to write prose that is rich enough
                                                                   and complex enough for mature readers. An independent
                                                                   research paper on an approved topic is required.



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         OPTIONAL COURSES                                          career plans, this course will teach writing, thinking and
                                                                   analytical skills that will certainly be useful in any field.
Open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students
                                                                   Students will learn a variety of journalistic skills, including
JOURNALISM 1                                        1 credit       interviewing, reporting, copyediting, design and time
1221 College Prep A                                Full Year       management. All assignments must be handed in by the
                                                                   deadline and late work will be heavily penalized. This course is
Students who are accepted into the journalism program              writing intensive and students who enroll should be passionate
join the award-winning staff of the school newspaper, The          about their writing.
Hawkeye. Journalism is an interactive, hands-on course that
focuses on building the fundamentals of good news reporting        Admission is by application and teacher placement only. This
and writing. For those who hope to investigate a career in         class counts for a senior English, no matter when it is taken.
journalism, this is a good place to begin. For those with other    PREREQUISITES: Journalism 1.
career plans, this course will teach writing, thinking and
analytical skills that will certainly be useful in any field.      JOURNALISM FOR EDITORS                               1 credit
Students will learn a variety of journalistic skills, including    1242 Honors                                         Full year
interviewing, reporting, copyediting, design and time              PREREQUISITES: Journalism 1.
management. All assignments must be handed in by the
deadline and late work will be heavily penalized. This course      Admission is by application and teacher placement only.
is writing intensive and students who enroll should be             This class counts for senior English.
passionate about their writing.
                                                                   PUBLIC SPEAKING                             0.5 CREDITS
Admission is by application and teacher placement only. This       1481 College Prep A                  1st or 2nd semester
class counts for a senior English, no matter when it is taken.
                                                                   Students master the skills of listening, analyzing, researching,
JOURNALISM 2                                        1 credit       organizing, and delivering a message. Developing these
1241 College Prep A                                Full year       linguistic skills helps sharpen thinking. Students gain
                                                                   confidence from learning to speak confidently, with authority
Students who are accepted into the journalism program              and clarity. Students will be able to transfer these skills to
join the award-winning staff of the school newspaper, The          college and/or career.
Hawkeye. Journalism is an interactive, hands-on course that
focuses on building the fundamentals of good news reporting        Note: Does NOT fulfill English graduation requirements.
and writing. For those who hope to investigate a career in         This course will not be offered in the 2009-2010 school
journalism, this is a good place to begin. For those with other    year




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                  History and Social Science
         Offered to Grades:                                   Courses               Middle	Eastern
                 9 ..........10 ........11 ........12 ........Western	Studies	1		(required)
                 9 ..........10 ........11 ........12 ........Western	Studies	2

                             10   ........11   ........12   ........African	Area	Studies		(not	offered	2009-2010)
                             10   ........11   ........12   ........Asian	Area	Studies
                             10   ........11   ........12   ........Latin	American	Area	Studies		         (one	area	studies	is	required)
                             10   ........11   ........12   ........Middle	Eastern	Area	Studies

                             10 ........11 ........12 ........Conversations	on	Race
                             10 .........11 .........12 .........Multicultural	Perspectives
                             10 ........11 ........12 ........Sociology
                             10 ........11 ........12 ........World	Religions

                                        11 .........12 .........United	States	History:	Colonialism	–	1900	(a	full	year	of	U.S.	/	American	History	is	required)
                                        11 .........12 .........United	States	History:	1900	-	Present	Day
                                        11 .........12 .........AP	American	History		(full	year)
                                        11 ........12 ........American	Studies		(not	offered	2009-2010)

                                                     12 ......... Economics		(a	minimum	of	one	semester	of	Economics	is	required)
                                                     12 ........ AP	Economics		(full	year)

                                                     12 ......... American	Government	and	Political	Issues	(a	minimum	of	one	semester	is	required)	
                                                     12 ......... AP	American	Government	and	Politics		(full	year)

                                                     12 ......... Psychology
                                                     12 ........ AP	Psychology

   The Social Studies program at NHS places great emphasis on students’ capacity to access, organize, analyze, interpret and synthesize
information. Standards based assessments are in place to measure and to guide student achievement. Our students are expected to interact
with others to conduct research and to use technology within the instructional environment of inquiry and discovery. We strive to help
students become independent, life-long learners and responsible citizens.

WESTERN STUDIES 1                                                                  interdependent world, students will propose solutions to
2015 College Prep B                                           0.5 credits          Africa’s development problems.
2011 College Prep A                                         1st Semester
2012 Honors                                                                        Note: This course will not be offered in the 2009-2010
                                                                                   school year
WESTERN STUDIES 2
2025 College Prep B                                 0.5 credits                    ASIAN AREA STUDIES                                  0.5 credits
2021 College Prep A                        1st or 2nd Semester                     2065 College Prep B                        1st or 2nd Semester
2022 Honors                                                                        2061 College Prep A
                                                                                   2062 Honors
Western Studies I & II establish a foundation for freshmen
to continue their studies throughout the history and social                        In Asian Area Studies, students will examine geographic,
science course offerings. While only Western Studies I is                          historic, and cultural influences on modern Asia. With this
required, it is strongly recommended that students take both                       background, students will study contemporary cultures; analyze
semesters to be exposed to a year long program that begins                         regional issues, and evaluate Asia’s role in an interdependent
with the development and influence of the Ancient World;                           world.
continues through the development of Modern Europe
and ends with specific case studies of nations throughout                          LATIN AMERICAN AREA STUDIES
Europe. Students will learn how they have been affected by                         2095 College Prep B             0.5 credits
the changes in government and policy up to and including                           2091 College Prep A    1st or 2nd Semester
present day. These two courses set the stage for students to                       2092 Honors
take a more in depth look at particular areas of the world as
they move to sophomore year and one of our area studies.                           In Latin American Area Studies, students will study the
                                                                                   geography, history, and culture of Latin America and,
AFRICAN AREA STUDIES                                0.5 credits                    through simulated experiences, attempt to understand Latin
2055 College Prep B                        1st or 2nd Semester                     America and its place in an interdependent world from
2051 College Prep A                                                                the Latin American perspective. Students will examine the
2052 Honors                                                                        challenges facing Latin American nations and, taking the role
                                                                                   of Latin American leaders, propose foreign and domestic
Through simulations, videos, role plays, and short stories,                        policies containing potential solutions to those challenges and
students will experience Africa from the perspective of                            problems.
Africans.
Reasons for African poverty and political instability will
be explored. Taking the role of African leaders in an
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MIDDLE EASTERN AREA STUDIES                                          WORLD RELIGIONS
2085 College Prep B            0.5 credits                           2115 College Prep B                           0.5 credits
2081 College Prep A   1st or 2nd Semester                            2111 College Prep A                  1st or 2nd Semester
2082 Honors                                                          2112 Honors
In Middle Eastern Area Studies, students will examine the            In World Religions, students will analyze the beginnings,
historical development of the Middle East. Learning will focus       historical development, sacred literature, beliefs, values, and
on contemporary Middle Eastern cultures, regional issues and         practices of the world’s major religions. Special emphasis
conflicts, the relationship of this area to the Western world,       will be given to the impact of religion on history, culture,
and the concept of global interdependence.                           contemporary affairs and issues, and the arts.

CONVERSATIONS ON RACE                                                UNITED STATES HISTORY: COLONIALISM-1900
2185 College Prep B            0.5 credits                           2205 College Prep B            0.5 credits
2181 College Prep A   1st or 2nd Semester                            2201 College Prep A          1st Semester
2182 Honors                                                          2202 Honors
This course will focus on learning how race shapes a person’s        This survey course is designed to provide students with an
perspective, as well as analyzing what blacks and whites must        understanding	 of	 United	 States	 History	 from	 its	 colonial	
do to create racial healing. This course will be taught in           beginnings to the end of the nineteenth century. Topics will
conjunction with a partner inner city school. The two schools        include the colonial legacy; the formation of our constitutional
will be connected through the use of distance learning.              republic; nationalism; western expansion; sectionalism; the
Students will email and instant message and participate              Civil War, Reconstruction; and industrialization.
in four all day field trips when students in each school will
meet and work together on course material. Students who              UNITED STATES HISTORY: 1900 - Present Day
sign up for this course, along with their parents, must sign a       2225 College Prep B              0.5 credits
statement recognizing that they understand part of the course        2221 College Prep A           2nd Semester
requirements is participation in all course field trips. This form   2222 Honors
must be turned into the Social Studies Department Chair.
                                                                     This course is designed to provide students with an understanding
MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES                                           of significant political, economic, and social developments in
2175 College Prep B             0.5 credits                          American life and institutions since 1900. Study will focus on
2171 College Prep A    1st or 2nd Semester                           those personalities, events, domestic and foreign policy issues,
2172 Honors                                                          and ideas which have shaped contemporary America. An
                                                                     examination of America’s role as a world power will be a major
This course takes an anthropological and historical approach         theme throughout the semester.
to the study of our American ethnic groups (Native, African,
Hispanic, and Asian) in relation to origin, geographic setting,      AMERICAN STUDIES                          2 credits (1 U.S.
culture, and contemporary issues. Content areas represent            1041 College Prep A                   History/1English III:
information provided by and from the perspective of each             1042 Honors                          American Literature)
ethnic cultural group. Classroom instruction will be enhanced                                             full year/two periods
with field experiences.
                                                                     American Studies is the interdisciplinary study of American
SOCIOLOGY                                                            values and institutions, with major emphasis on the 20th
2155 College Prep B                            0.5 credits           century. Students develop skill in critical thinking and gain
2151 College Prep A                   1st or 2nd Semester            increased understanding of themselves and their culture.
2152 Honors                                                          Students read traditional and contemporary literature related
                                                                     to the historical topics. Students write in a variety of genres
Throughout this course students will analyze the ways in             and formats; however, emphasis is on persuasive and
which people interact with one another. They will identify and       analytical writing. Through regular collaborative work and oral
examine the forces that shape their culture and determine the        presentations, students hone listening and speaking skills.
extent to which the social environment influences their lives
and the decisions they make in their lives. Students will also       Note: This course will not be offered in the 2009-2010
investigate their cultural roots; the theories of socialization;     school year
they will survey minority groups within American Society, and        PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation.
learn to act and react without prejudice and discrimination
to people’s ethnic, racial, cultural, sexual, socio-economic,        ADVANCED PLACEMENT
religious, age or gender differences.                                AMERICAN HISTORY                                      1 credit
                                                                     2253 Advanced Placement                              Full year
                                                                      AP American History is a full year course. Most attention
                                                                      is given to examining political, social, and economic issues
                                                                      from the colonial period through the twentieth century.
                                                                      Assignments are geared not merely to the acquisition of
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information, but to the cultivation of each student’s ability to    in role plays and simulations will provide students with an
interpret historical evidence and to think historically.            opportunity to research and debate contemporary political
                                                                    issues as well as experience governmental processes. In
Reading and writing assignments are at a level equivalent to        addition, students will design and participate in a political
an introductory college course.                                     action project.
Important note: To be successful in these college level
courses, excellent writing skills and a strong work ethic are       ADVANCED PLACEMENT AMERICAN
essential. Students are required to pay for the appropriate         GOVERNMENT ANDPOLITICS                              1 credit
Advanced Placement Examination in May.                              2293 Advanced Placement                            Full year

Prerequisite: At least 95 or higher in Honors sophomore             AP Government is a full year course examining the structure
elective and/or teacher recommendation and attendance at            and function of the American government system. Assignments
an informational meeting.                                           and tests are at least equivalent to an introductory college
                                                                    course. Students will take the AP exam in May.
ECONOMICS: CONCEPTS                                                 Important note: To be successful in these college level
2275 College Prep B                           0.5 credits           courses, excellent writing skills and a strong work ethic are
2271 College Prep A                  1st or 2nd Semester            essential. Students are required to pay for the appropriate
2272 Honors                                                         Advanced Placement Examination in May.
In this course, students will study fundamental economic
concepts, such as economic systems; structure of the economy;       PSYCHOLOGY
the function of the market in the allocation of resources, and      2331 College Prep A                          0.5 credits
the role of government in our economy. Emphasis will be             2332 Honors                         1st or 2nd Semester
placed upon the “real world” economic problems of inflation,        Why do people behave as they do? What effects does their
deficits, and taxation.                                             behavior have upon the lives of others, as well as upon
                                                                    themselves? This course will explore these two basic questions
ADVANCED PLACEMENT ECONOMICS                         1 credit       through several units of study including human development;
2273 Advanced Placement                             Full year       fundamental human processes; interpersonal relationships,
The purpose of this AP course in macroeconomics is to               and mental health and self-realization. The language and
give students a thorough understanding of the principles of         techniques of psychological study will be emphasized as tools
economics that apply to an economic system as a whole.              available to the student for further inquiry in the field.
Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of
national income and price determination, and also develops          ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY
students’ familiarity with economic performance measures;           2333 Advanced Placement        1 credit
economic growth, and international economics.                                                     Full year

AP Economics is a full year course. Assignments and tests are       The purpose of the Advanced Placement course in Psychology
equivalent to an introductory college course.                       is to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study
                                                                    of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and
Important note: To be successful in these college level             other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological
courses, excellent writing skills and a strong work ethic are       facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the
essential. Students are required to pay for the appropriate         major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the
Advanced Placement Examination in May.                              methods that psychologists use in their science and practice.
                                                                    AP Psychology is a full year course. Assignments and tests
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS                                    are equivalent to an introductory college course.
2295 College Prep B           0.5 credits
2291 College Prep A  1st or 2nd Semester                            Important note: To be successful in these college level
2292 Honors                                                         courses, excellent writing skills and a strong work ethic are
                                                                    essential. Students are required to pay for the appropriate
In this course, students will examine the structure, function       Advanced Placement Examination in May.
and operation of our system of government. Participation




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                                                    Mathematics
         Offered to Grades:                                                 Courses
                 9..........................................................Integrated Mathematics Course I
                 9.............10.........................................Integrated Mathematics Course II
                 9.............10 ........................................Honors Integrated Mathematics Course II
                               10.........................................Math/Science Connections
                                              11 .........................Integrated Mathematics Course III
                               10 ..........11..........................Honors Integrated Mathematics Course III
                                              11 ..........12...........Honors Precalculus BC
                                              11 ..........12...........Honors Precalculus AB
                                              11 ..........12...........Precalculus
                                                             12...........Math Applications
                                                             12...........Advanced Placement Calculus BC
                                                             12...........Advanced Placement Calculus AB
                                                             12...........Honors Calculus
                                                             12...........Advanced Placement Statustics (pending approval)
                                                             12...........Honors Statistics
                                                             12 ..........Statistics
                                                             12 ..........Integrated	Mathematics	Course	IV
                               10 ....….... 11 .....…12 ..........Honors	JAVA	1
                               10 …........ 11 ........12...........Honors	JAVA	2

   Young people are impacted by data and technology; the work force demands mathematically literate individuals, and lifelong learners
are needed for an informed society. To this end, the Mathematics Department expects students to acquire and to demonstrate necessary
concepts of numerical, algebraic, geometric and statistical skills. Instruction will help students develop and apply abstract concepts; collaborate
to problem solve; increase reasoning capabilities; access information; use technology, and communicate confidently.
   Course offerings provide for a variety of interests and ability levels. Students will be challenged to explore real-world phenomena and
encouraged to continue the development of mathematical thinking.


INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS                                                                INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS
Course I                                                          1 credit            Course II                                         1 credit
3051 College Prep A                                              Full year            3061 College Prep A                              Full year
This course is the first of three integrated mathematics courses                      This course accommodates those students who have
to be taken at the high school. These courses should not                              completed Integrated Mathematics Course I at the CPA or
be viewed as separate, unrelated topics. Topics in Algebra                            CPB level in the high school and those who have completed
and Geometry are taught each year with topics in Logical                              Course I in Grade 8. See prerequisites. It is a continuation
Reasoning, Probability, Statistics, Discrete Mathematics,                             of those topics in Course I. There is an emphasis on
Functions and Trigonometry interwoven throughout. The                                 Geometry; a continuous review of Algebra; an investigation
investigation and graphing components of this course are                              of Special Right Triangles, and Probability. As in Course I,
based upon the graphing calculator* with a table option. This                         the investigation and graphing components of this course are
program is designed to prepare students for college, careers,                         based upon the use of a graphing calculator* with a table
and daily life by developing the ability to explore and solve                         option. Regular and frequent access to a graphing calculator
problems mathematically; think critically; work cooperatively                         for class activities, as well as homework, is recommended.
with others, and communicate ideas clearly. This course
accommodates those students who have average or above                                 * A TI-84 graphing calculator is strongly recommended.
average mathematical and organizational skills.                                       PREREQUISITES: Integrated Mathematics Course I in
* A TI-84 graphing calculator is strongly recommended.                                Grade 8 or in Grade 9 or Integrated Math ICPB (with an
                                                                                      average of 90 or above) and departmental approval.
INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS
Course I                                                          1credit             INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS
3055 College Prep B                                              Full year            Course II                                         1 credit
                                                                                      3065 College Prep B                              Full year
This course presents the same topics as Integrated
Mathematics Course I at the CPA level, however, the detail                          This course accommodates those students who have completed
to which each topic is presented is not as great. This course                       Integrated Mathematics Course I at the CPA or CPB level in
accommodates those students whose organizational skills and                         the high school. See prerequisites. It is a continuation of the
basic mathematical skills need reinforcement.                                       topics listed in Course I. There is an emphasis on Geometry; a
                                                                                    continuous review of Algebra; an investigation of Special Right
* A TI-84 graphing calculator is strongly recommended.                              Triangles, and Probability. This course accommodates those
                                                                                    students whose organization skills and basic mathematical
                                                                                    skills continue to need reinforcement. The investigation and
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graphing components of this course are based on the use of            of a graphing calculator* with a table option.
a graphing calculator* with a table option.
                                                                      * A TI-84 graphing calculator is strongly recommended.
* A TI-84 graphing calculator is strongly recommended.
                                                                      PREREQUISITES: Integrated Mathematics Course II CPA
PREREQUISITES: Integrated Mathematics Course I CPA                    or CPB with departmental approval.
or CPB with departmental approval.
                                                                      HONORS INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS
HONORS INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS                                         Course III                     1 credit
Course II                      1 credit                               3082                          Full year
3062 Honors                   Full year
                                                                      This course accommodates those students who have completed
This course accommodates those students who have successfully         Honors Integrated Mathematics Course II or Integrated
completed Integrated Mathematics Course I at the CPA in               Mathematics Course II. It is a continuation of those topics in
Grade 8 or Grade 9. See prerequisites. It is a continuation of the    Course II. New topics presented include Linear Systems &
topics listed in Course I There is an emphasis on Geometry; a         Matrices, Polynomials, Radicals, Rational, Exponential and
continuous review of Algebra; an investigation of Special Right       Logarithmic Functions, Sequences and Series, Conic Sections
Triangles, and Probability. As in Course I, the investigation and     and Circular Trigonometry. The investigation and graphing
graphing components of this course are based upon the use of          components of this course are based on the use of a graphing
a graphing calculator* with a table option. Regular or frequent       calculator* with a table option. Regular and frequent access to
access to a graphing calculator for class activities, as well as      a graphing calculator for class activities, as well as homework,
homework, is required.                                                is required.
* A TI-84 graphing calculator is strongly recommended.                * A TI-84 graphing calculator is strongly recommended.
                                                                      (TI-89s are not permitted on tests.)
PREREQUISITES: Integrated Mathematics Course I CPA
in grade 8 (final average of 93) or grade 9 with departmental         PREREQUISITES: Honors Integrated Mathematics Course
approval.                                                             II (with a final average above 85) or Integrated Mathematics
                                                                      Course II CPA (with a final average above 90) and departmental
INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS                                                approval.
Course III          `                                  1 credit
3081 College Prep A                                   Full year       INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS
                                                                      Course IV                      0.5 credits
This course accommodates those students who have completed            3095 College Prep B   1st or 2nd Semester
Integrated Mathematics Course II at the CPA or CPB level. See
prerequisites. It is a continuation of those topics introduced        This course accommodates those students who have
in Course II. New topics presented include Linear Systems &           completed Integrated Mathematics Course III CPB.
Matrices, Polynomials, Radicals, Rational, Exponential and
Logarithmic Functions, Sequences and Series, Conic Sections           Through the application of the topics learned in the first three
and Circular Trigonometry. The investigation and graphing             years to real world situations, students will practice skills and
components of this course are based upon the use of a graphing        problem-solving techniques. This course is for students whose
calculator* with a table option.                                      basic skills continue to need reinforcement.

* A TI-84 graphing calculator is strongly recommended.                PREREQUISITES: Integrated Mathematics Course III CPB
                                                                      and departmental approval.
PREREQUISITES: Honors Integrated Mathematics Course
II, Integrated Mathematics Course II or Integrated Mathematics        INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS
Course IICPB (with a final average in CPB above 90 and                Course IV (pending	BOE	approval)                        1 credit
departmental approval).                                               3091 College Prep A                                    Full year

INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS                                                Through the application of the topics learned in the first
Course III                                             1 credit       three years to real world situations, students will practice skills
3085 College Prep B                                   Full year       and problem-solving techniques. This course is for students
                                                                      who would like to strengthen their basic skills before taking
This course accommodates those students who have                      a college placement exam. Students taking CPB integrated
completed Integrated Mathematics Course II at the CPA or              III and expecting to apply to competitive colleges should take
CPB level. See Prerequisites. It is a continuation on the topics      this course.
introduced in Integrated Mathematics Course II. New topics
presented include Linear Systems & Matrices, Polynomials,             PREREQUISITES: Integrated Mathematics Course III and
Radicals, Rational, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions,            departmental approval.
Sequences and Series, Conic Sections and Circular                     Note:	 This	 course	 articulates	 with	 Naugatuck	 Valley	
Trigonometry. This course is for those students whose basic           Community College and is open to students who have earned
skills continue to need reinforcement. The investigation and          an 80 or better in Integrated Math I and a 75 or better in
graphing components of this course are based upon the use             Integrated Math 2 and 3.

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HONORS PRECALCULUS BC                                  1 credit       ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS BC 1 credit
3332 Honors                                           Full year       3363 Advanced Placement        Full year
This course will provide the essential mathematical background        This course is a rigorous and theoretical study of Calculus.
needed to take Advanced Placement Calculus BC. Theoretical            It follows the syllabus for the BC level of the Advanced
work with linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential,       Placement Program. This syllabus includes the curriculum
logarithmic, and trigonometric functions will be extended             from the AB syllabus plus additional topics, including: more
beyond the scope of the honors integrated math courses. The           integration techniques and applications, sequences, series,
calculus topics of limits, continuity and derivatives will also be    parametric equations, and polar coordinates. It is expected
studied. Students in Honors Integrated Math III are invited to        that all members of the class will take the Advanced Placement
sign up for the course. Acceptance is dependent upon criteria         Examination in Calculus in May. The problem solving and
described in the application which may be obtained from the           investigation components of this course are based upon the
Honors Integrated Math III teacher or the department chair.           use of a graphing calculator with a table option. Regular and
                                                                      frequent access to a graphing calculator for class activities as
PREREQUISITE: Honors Integrated Math III (with an                     well as homework is required.
average over 90) and department approval.
                                                                      Important note: To be successful in these college level
HONORS PRECALCULUS AB                                  1 credit       courses, excellent skills and a strong work ethic are essential.
3342 Honors                                           Full year       Students are required to pay for the appropriate Advanced
                                                                      Placement Examination in May.
This course will provide the essential mathematical background
needed to take Advanced Placement Calculus AB. Theoretical            PREREQUISITE: Honors Precalculus BC (with a final
work with linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential,       average of 85 or higher) and department approval.
logarithmic, and trigonometric functions will be extended
beyond the scope of the honors integrated math courses.               ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS AB 1 credit
                                                                      3373 Advanced Placement        Full year
PREREQUISITE: Honors Integrated Math III (with a final
average in the 80s) and department approval.                          This course is a rigorous and theoretical study of the Calculus.
                                                                      It follows the syllabus for the AB level of the Advanced
PRECALCULUS                                            1 credit       Placement Program. Students in Honors Precalculus AB are
3331 College Prep A                                   Full year       invited to sign up for the course. It is expected that all members
                                                                      of the class take the Advanced Placement Examination
This course will provide the essential mathematical background        in Calculus (AB level) in May. The problem solving and
needed to take calculus in college. Theoretical work with linear,     investigation components of this course are based upon the
quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and        use of a graphing calculator with a table option. Regular and
trigonometric functions will be extended beyond the scope             frequent access to a graphing calculator for class activities as
of the college prep integrated math courses. The problem              well as homework is required.
solving and investigation components of this course are based
upon the use of a graphing calculator with a table option.            Important note: To be successful in these college level
Regular and frequent access to a graphing calculator for class        courses, excellent skills and a strong work ethic are essential.
activities as well as homework is required.                           Students are required to pay for the appropriate Advanced
                                                                      Placement Examination in May.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Integrated Math
III CPA with an 85 or better and department approval.                 PREREQUISITE: Honors Precalculus AB and department
                                                                      approval.
MATH APPLICATIONS                                      1 credit
3241 College Prep A                                   Full year       HONORS CALCULUS                                        1 credit
                                                                      3352 Honors                                           Full year
This course will provide the essential mathematical
background needed for students interested in the fields of            This course introduces differential and integral calculus using
business management, social science and natural science.              polynomials, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric
Students will study data analysis, mathematics of finance,            functions. Applications to real world problems involving
matrix algebra, linear programming, and discrete math topics          business, economics, the behavioral sciences, the social
such as critical paths, Euler circuits, election theory and fair      sciences, biology, and medicine are stressed more than theory.
division. The data analysis, problem solving and exploration          The problem solving and investigation components of this
components of this course are based upon the use of a                 course are based upon the use of a graphing calculator with
graphing calculator with a table option. Regular and frequent         a table option. Regular and frequent access to a graphing
access to a graphing calculator for class activities as well as       calculator for class activities as well as homework is required.
homework is required.
                                                                      PREREQUISITE: Honors Precalculus AB or BC, Precalculus
PREREQUISITE: Honors Integrated Math III, Integrated                  (with a final average in the 90s) and department approval.
Math III CPA, or Integrated Math III CPB with teacher
recommendation.


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ADVANCED PLACEMENT STATISTICS                                        connections with other subjects and with the world outside
(pending	BOE	and	College	Board	approval)              1 credit       of school.
3203                                                 Full year
                                                                     * A TI-84graphing calculator is strongly recommended.
This course is a rigorous and theoretical study of statistics.
It follows the Advanced Placement syllabus accepted by the           PREREQUISITE: Honors or CPA Integrated Math III or
College Board. Students in Honors or CPA Integrated Math III         departmental approval.
are invited to sign up for the courts. Acceptance is dependent
upon criteria described in the application (which may be             HONORS JAVA 1                                      0.5 credits
obtained from a math teacher or department chair). Students          3272Honors                                       1st Semester
in this course are expected to take the AP Statistics Exam in        This course is designed to develop structured programming
May. The data analysis and investigation components of this          skills	 in	 JAVA.	 Learning	 to	 program	 offers	 the	 student	 an	
course are bases on the use of a graphing calculator with a table    invaluable opportunity to develop problem solving skills. The
option. Regular and frequent access to a graphing calculator         process of defining a problem, breaking it down into a series
for class activities as well as homework is required.                of smaller problems and finally writing a computer program to
Important note: To be successful in these college level              solve it, is an exercise in learning to think logically. Topics will
courses, excellent skills and a strong work ethic are essential.     include:	JAVA	program	structure,	using	variables,	controlling	
Students are required to pay for the appropriate Advanced            program flow (loops), functions and arrays.
Placement Examination in May.                                        PREREQUISITE: Integrated Mathematics Course I (with a
PREREQUISITES: Honors or CPA Integrated Math III and                 final average of 90) and department approval.
Departmental Approval
                                                                     HONORS JAVA 2                                     0.5 credits
HONORS STATISTICS                                     1 credit       3282 Honors                                     2nd Semester
3202 Honors                                          Full year       This	course	is	a	continuation	of	JAVA	1.	Programming	skills	
This course offers advanced students an in-depth look at             will be used to solve problems and projects drawn from
the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and           mathematics, business and students’ interests. The course
drawing conclusions from data. Students will explore the four        will	involve	advanced	application	of	skills	learned	in	JAVA	1	
broad conceptual themes: exploring data, planning a study,           as well as new material covering classes and objects, streams
probability and statistical inference. Students will make use of     and files, sorting, graphics and data structures.
appropriate software and/or graphing calculators* in and out         PREREQUISITE:	JAVA	1
of the classroom.
* A TI-84 graphing calculator is strongly recommended.               MATH and SCIENCE CONNECTION             2 Credits
                                                                                          (1	Mathematics	and	1	Science)
PREREQUISITE: Honors Integrated Math III.                            3401 - College Prep A      Full year/two periods

STATISTICS                                            1 credit       This course will combine the major content areas of
3201 College Prep A                                  Full year       mathematics and the primary science fields. The content will
                                                                     be presented in an integrated, theme-based way. The course
The topics for this course are divided into four major themes:       will provide students with the opportunity to explore these
exploratory analysis of data, planning and data production,          major concepts through real-life, hands-on activities and
probability, and statistical inference. Important components         assessments in order to strengthen their reasoning, process
of the course include the use of technology, projects and            and organization skills, and to increase their ability to produce
laboratories, cooperative group problem solving, and writing         high quality work.
as a part of concept-oriented instruction and assessment.
This approach will allow students to build interdisciplinary         PREREQUISITE: Integrated Mathematics Course I; 1 year
                                                                     of Laboratory Science




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                                                               Science
          Offered to Grades:                                               Courses
                  9.............10.........................................Integrated Earth Science
                  9.............10 ......... 11 ........................ Biology
                                10 ..........11...........12...........Chemistry
                                             11...........12...........Astronomy
                                             11...........12...........Biotechnology
                                             11...........12...........Oceanography
                                             11...........12...........Human Anatomy & Physiology
                                10...........11...........12...........Conceptual Physics
                                10 ..........11...........12...........Physics
                  9 ............10...........11...........12...........Applied Science Research
                                10 ..........11..........................Math/Science Connections
                                             11...........12...........Advanced Placement Physics
                                             11...........12...........Advanced Placement Chemistry
                                             11...........12...........Advanced Placement Biology
                                             11 ..........12...........Advanced Placement Environmental Science
                                 *	Upon	compoletion	of	required	prerequisites,	students	may	take	twp	sciences	concurrently

    The Newtown High School Science Program consists of a variety of courses covering all the major scientific fields of study including Earth
Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In addition to these core classes, there is an excellent selection of elective and Advanced Placement
offerings that allow students to pursue areas of particular interest to them.
    All courses include laboratory activities that are tied directly to classroom instructional objectives and provide students with the opportunity to
strengthen their understanding of scientific concepts through hands-on experiences. All courses are designed to provide students with the necessary
skills to become scientifically literate, confident, problem solvers who are able to apply what they learn in the classroom to the real world.
    Successful completion of 9th grade Integrated Earth Science is expected before enrollment in any other high school science courses.

INTEGRATED EARTH SCIENCE                                         1 credit          society while examining the earth. Rocks and minerals,
4055 College Prep B                                             Full year          weather and climate, the ocean, and stars will be examined.
                                                                                   Appropriate laboratory activities will be included during the
This Earth Science course is designed for those students                           once-a-week double lab period. The ability to use mathematical
who may have difficulty in College Prep A Earth Science.                           relationships will be relied upon as will the ability to problem-
The course content will include the study of the earth’s                           solve and to communicate ideas effectively both verbally and
environment and chemical structure. Additional areas studied                       in written form. Scientific literacy is emphasized.
include astronomy, geology and meteorology. The impact of
humans on the environment will also be studied. Throughout                         BIOLOGY                                                 1 credit
the entire course the nature of the earth and how human                            4095 College Prep B                                    Full year
activities have affected it will be stressed. This course includes
at least one double lab each cycle.                                                This course treats the same concepts as Biology 4091;
                                                                                   however, this course incorporates basic skill development.
INTEGRATED EARTH SCIENCE                                         1 credit          Emphasis is placed on reading, writing, study and test-taking
4051 College Prep A                                             Full year          techniques. This course includes at least one double lab each
                                                                                   cycle.
The changing earth is studied from an interdisciplinary
viewpoint. Problem-solving and the scientific method are                           BIOLOGY                                                 1 credit
used to investigate physical science concepts such as energy                       4091 College Prep A                                    Full year
transformations and chemical structures by studying the earth.
Rocks and minerals, the ocean weather and climate, and the                         This course will follow the levels-of-organization approach
universe will be investigated as will the relationship between                     from the sub cellular to the cellular to the organism. It will
humans and their environment. Throughout this course,                              include an examination of the interactions within and between
students will further their lab and technical writing skills by                    these levels. The topics we explore include Biochemistry, Cell
completing various investigations. This course includes at                         Structure and Function, Genetics, Evolution, Science and
least at least one double lab period each cycle.                                   Society. This course includes at least one double lab each
                                                                                   cycle.
INTEGRATED EARTH SCIENCE                                         1 credit
4052 Honors                                                     Full year          HONORS BIOLOGY                                          1 credit
                                                                                   4092                                                   Full year
An in-depth study of important physical and earth science
concepts will be made during this course. Emphasis will be                         This course will follow the levels-of-organization approach
placed on the study of energy (including alternate energy                          from the sub cellular to the cellular to the organism. It will
sources), chemical structures and technology, and the                              include an examination of the interactions within and between
interdependence between humans, their environment and                              these levels. The topics we explore include Biochemistry, Cell

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Structure and Function, Genetics, Evolution, Science and            PHYSICS                                          0.5 credits
Society. This course includes at least one double lab each          4315 College Prep B                            1st Semester
cycle.
                                                                    PHYSICS 2                                       0.5 credits
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Math Integrated              4325 College Prep B                           2nd Semester
I and Honors Integrated Earth Science or department
approval.                                                           This course is based on major physics topics and their
                                                                    connection to the real world. Topics to be covered during
PRACTICAL CHEMISTRY 1                           0.5 credits         the year will include: Newton’s Laws of Motion, velocity and
4175 College Prep B                           1st Semester          acceleration, conservation of energy and momentum, gravity,
                                                                    thermodynamics, waves and sound, optics, electrostatics,
This semester course is offered to students who will not be         electricity, magnetism, and modem physics. The course will
interested in taking rigorous college science classes. The class    be based on “challenges” that students will have to take.
will investigate how bridges are damaged through chemistry,         Some challenges include: “Invent a Sport that Would Work
how to take care of and troubleshoot swimming pools and             on	 the	 Moon”,	 “Design	 a	 Universal	 Dwelling”,	 “Should	 a	
hot tubs, the study of matter, and the periodic table. This         Rock Concert be Allowed in School”, and “Design a Track
course includes at least one double lab each cycle.                 and Field Manual”. This course will involve basic algebra for
                                                                    minimal problem solving. This course includes at least one
PRACTICAL CHEMISTRY 2                           0.5 credits         double lab each cycle.
4185 College Prep B                           2nd Semester
                                                                    PREREQUISITE: Integrated Math I
This course is a continuation of part I with this semester
covering nuclear chemistry, how nuclear chemistry changed           CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS                                    1 credit
U.S.	History,	gases,	and	the	chemistry	of	food	research	paper	      4311 College Prep A                                  Full year
along with power point presentation. This course includes at
least one double lab each cycle.                                    This course focuses on the central concepts of physics with
                                                                    an emphasis on the relationship to events in the everyday
CHEMISTRY                                            1 credit       environments. Comprehension of familiar phenomena
4171 College Prep A                                 Full year       is accomplished using “down to earth” language with
                                                                    minimum use of computation. Topics to be covered during
Topics discussed during the first semester include atomic           the year will include: Newton’s Laws of Motion, velocity and
theory, periodic law, chemical bonding and chemical                 acceleration, conservation of energy and momentum, gravity,
reactions. The course incorporates laboratory experiences           thermodynamics, waves and sound, optics, electrostatics,
with scientific theory for the solution of problems related to      electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. In order to
the study of matter. Solids, liquids and gases are investigated     provide appropriate lab experiences, this course includes at
for underlying regularity. The gas laws, ionization, and acid-      least one double lab each cycle.
base theory are among the topics studied during second
semester. In order to provide appropriate lab experiences,          PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of CPA Integrated
this course includes at least one double lab each cycle.            Math II, Biology or Chemistry, and Integrated Earth Science.
                                                                    Priority will be given to upper classmen.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of CPA Integrated
Math I, Biology, and Integrated Earth Science.                      PHYSICS                                               1 credit
                                                                    4332 Honors                                          Full year
CHEMISTRY                                            1 credit
4172 HONORS                                         Full year       This course is designed to give the student a solid understanding
                                                                    of the principles of physics. This course is particularly
This course provides the essential chemistry background for         helpful to those students who will be taking science and
all AP sciences. A strong background in Honors mathematics          engineering courses at the university level. Extensive use will
is required for this quantitative science. Topics include           be made of demonstrations, problem-solving techniques, and
quantitative and qualitative aspects of reactions, driving          mathematics. Topics to be covered during the year will include:
forces for reactions, bonding, molecular geometry, nuclear          Newton’s Laws of Motion, resolution of forces, velocity and
chemistry, oxidation-reduction reactions, and behavior of           acceleration, conservation of energy and momentum, gravity,
solids, liquids and gases on the molecular level. This course       thermodynamics, waves and sound, nature of light, optics,
includes at least one double lab each cycle to perform              electrostatics, electricity and electronic devices, magnetism,
experiments that demonstrate classroom concepts.                    electromagnetism, and modern physics. In order to provide
                                                                    appropriate lab experiences, this course includes at least one
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Honors                       double lab each cycle.
Integrated Math I, acceptance into Honors Integrated Math
III, Honors Biology (completed or taken concurrently), and          PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Honors
Honors Integrated Earth Science.                                    Integrated Math II, or Math/Science Department approval.
                                                                    Honors Chemistry (completion or taken concurrently).
                                                                    Priority will be given to upper classmen.


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BIOTECHNOLOGY/FORENSIC SCIENCE                                         OCEANOGRAPHY                                   0.5 credist
4125 College Prep B             1 credit                               4221 College Prep A                          2nd Semester
4121 College Prep A            Full year
4122 Honors                                                            A history of the explorers of the “seven seas”, oceanographic
                                                                       equipment, Plate Tectonics, waves, tides, currents, the
This is a challenging full year elective open to juniors and           nature of the ocean floor and the coastal zones, the realm
seniors who have completed at least two years of a laboratory          of marine life from the depths of the sea to the salt marshes
science, including biology. It will be a heterogeneously grouped       are among the topics examined. A term paper is required in
course open to all levels of students. The first semester              this course.
will focus on biotechnology. Topics covered will include
bioethics; heredity; molecular genetics; DNA analysis; genetic         PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of two years of
engineering; genetic diseases; immunology; environmental               Lab Science.
biotechnology, and the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.
                                                                       HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY                        1 credit
The second semester will focus on Forensic Science.                    4231 College Prep A                                Full year
Topics covered will include the history of forensics; crime
scene investigation, and the analysis of blood, fingerprints,          This course is designed for students who would like to
drugs, hair, fibers and documents. This course places heavy            learn more about the structure and function of the human
emphasis on laboratory work. Students will use authentic               body. It will cover all the basic information necessary for a
research equipment and techniques to perform experiments               general understanding of the different organ systems and
and solve biotechnology and forensic science problems.                 how they work together within the human body. The depth
The course will provide training in laboratory skills that can         of information is designed for students who have a genuine
be used in a molecular biology lab. For some students, the             interest in the way the body works and may be considering a
course will provide a taste of possible career in a science            career in a health related field. Labs will include microscopic
research field, and for others it will provide an opportunity to       investigations of human tissue, dissection of organs related
acquire proficiency in laboratory skills that can be applied to        to specific systems and activities that emphasize the unique
any laboratory setting.                                                physiology of these tissues and organ systems. Students will
                                                                       be asked to apply their knowledge of each system to known
PREREQUISITE        (HONORS    BIOTECHNOLOGY):                         medical problems and related current events within the
Successful completion of Honors Biology and honors                     medical field.
Chemistry.
                                                                       PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of two years of lab
PREREQUISITE (CPA and CPB BIOTECHNOLOGY):                              science (including Biology). Priority to seniors will be given.
Successful completion of two years of lab science including,
Biology, consistent with the level applied for.                        HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY                        1 credit
                                                                       4232 Honors                                        Full year
FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH SCIENCE AND
TECHNOLOGY (FHST)                1credit                               This course is designed to serve as a foundation for students
4201 College Prep A             Full year                              pursuing health-related careers in fields such as medicine,
                                                                       nursing, physician assistant, chiropractic, medical technology,
This course is an introduction to healthcare careers. The              physical therapy, and other health related professions. The
course is designed as an overview of healthcare occupations            focus of the course is to provide applicable knowledge of the
and the skills required for success in the health service industry.    structure of the human body and foundation information for
It examines the medical needs of a culturally diverse society          understanding how the systems in the body work together to
and the legal responsibilities of health care providers. The           provide a stable homeostatic internal environment. Students
course includes academics in healthcare, ethics, teamwork,             will be examining all the major systems of the body in terms
employability skills, health maintenance and safety practices,         of both their intricate structure and function down to” the
technology applications, and a basic overview of biology               cellular and molecular level. Labs include both a histological
and math in medicine. It also touches upon the impact of               and gross anatomical investigation of tissue and major organs
technology on the quality of healthcare services. It is a blended      in each individual system. Emphasis will be placed on the
course that employs online instruction to support learning.            important role each system plays in maintaining a healthy
                                                                       human organism. Students will be asked to apply their
ASTRONOMY                                          0.5 credits         knowledge of each system to known medical problems within
4211 College Prep A                              1st Semester          that system along with current medical breakthroughs. This
                                                                       course includes at least one double lab each cycle.
In this course, the history, instruments of astronomers earth
in space, the moon, and our solar system are examined                  PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Honors
along with stellar constellations, myths and the life cycles of        Chemistry and Honors Biology or Department approval.
the stars. A term paper or major project is required in the            Priority will be given to upper classmen.
course.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of two years of
Lab Science.

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APPLIED SCIENCE RESEARCH I                         credits vary         PREREQUISITE: Exemplary performance in Honors
4971 - College Prep A                                 Full year         Physics and Honors Precalculus BC or math department chair
4972 - Honors                                                           approval. Acceptance is dependent upon criteria available
                                                                        from the department chair.
APPLIED SCIENCE RESEARCH II
4981 - College Prep A                                                   ADVANCED PLACEMENT CHEMISTRY                            1 credit
4982 - Honors                                                           4393                                                   Full year
This course is intended for freshman, sophomore, junior or              The topics examined during the first semester include: mass
senior students who have demonstrated interest in pursuing              and mole relationships in chemical reactions, atomic theory
research in biological, physical, medical and/or engineering            and periodic relationships of atoms, molecular geometry,
sciences. Students will conduct a year-long or multi-year               nature of the chemical bond and the nature of the solid, liquid,
independent science experimental research project under the             and gaseous state. During the second semester, the nature of
mentorship of the instructor and field scientist(s). Students are       solutions, rates of chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium,
expected to present the results of their research at local, state,      acids and bases and electrochemistry are examined. In order
or national fairs, symposia, or competitions. The course is             to provide appropriate lab experiences, this course includes
designed to provide students with the opportunity to: 1, Interact       at least one double lab each cycle.
with practicing scientists; 2. Participate in a significant research
experience; 3. Select, develop and conduct an independent               PREREQUISITE: Exemplary performance in Honors
research project; and 4. Develop the skills of reporting and            Chemistry and Department approval. Honors Physics
presenting research results. The course may be repeated with            (completed or taken concurrently). Acceptance is dependent
a change in content or continuation of project.                         upon criteria available from Department chair.

                                                                        ADVANCED PLACEMENT BIOLOGY                              1 credit
      ADVANCED PLACEMENT                                                4413                                                   Full year
        SCIENCE COURSES                                                 The AP syllabus is the basis for this course. The material is a
Important note: To be successful in these colleges level                biochemical analysis of living organisms. Structural and functional
courses, excellent skills and a strong work ethic are essential.        relationships are stressed as well as adaptive and homeostatic
Students are expected to take and required to pay for the               mechanisms. Students are required to present seminar classes
appropriate Advanced Placement Examination in May. If                   as well as complete extra reading assignments each marking
necessary, scheduling priority will be given to seniors.                period. In order to provide appropriate lab experiences, this
                                                                        course includes at least one double lab each cycle.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS B                            1 credit
4373                                                   Full year        PREREQUISITE: Department approval and exemplary
                                                                        performance in Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry.
This is a second year course and the AP syllabus from                   Acceptance is dependent upon criteria available from the
the College Board will be used. The topics that will be                 department chair.
examined throughout the year include: mechanics, fluids,
thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics,            ADVANCED PLACEMENT
and modem physics. There is no calculus in this curriculum.             ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE                                   1 credit
Candidates must have completed a year of Honors Physics and             4423                                                   Full year
must have completed or concurrently be enrolled in Honors
Chemistry. In order to provide appropriate lab experiences,             The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the
this course includes at least one double lab each cycle.                equivalent of a one semester, introductory college course
                                                                        in environmental science. The goal of this course is to
PREREQUISITE: Exemplary performance in Honors                           provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and
Physics and Honors Precalculus or math department chair                 methodologies required to understand the interrelationships
approval. Acceptance is dependent upon criteria available               of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental
from the department chair.                                              problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate to
                                                                        relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS C                            1 credit        alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.
4383                                                   Full year        There are several major themes that cut across many units
                                                                        within the curriculum such as ecology, biomes, pollution,
This is a second year course and the AP syllabus from the
                                                                        population, environmental laws, and climate change. Students
College Board will be used. Only Mechanics and Electricity
                                                                        will be expected to recognize connections between the different
and Magnetism will be covered throughout the year. These
                                                                        sciences as they work together to learn about the myriad of
topics will be covered in more detail and calculus will be used
                                                                        problems facing humans and their environment. There is a
to derive many equations. Candidates must have completed
                                                                        strong lab component to this course.
a year of Honors Physics and must have completed or
concurrently be enrolled in Honors Chemistry. In order to               PREREQUISITE: Two years of Laboratory Science
provide appropriate lab experiences, this course includes at
least one double lab each cycle.

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                                          World Languages
         Offered to Grades:                                        Courses

                   9 ............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... French I
                   9.............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... French II
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Honors French II
                                 10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... French III
                                 10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Honors French III
                                              11 ...........12.......... French	IV
                                              11 ...........12.......... Honors	French	IV
                                                            12.......... UCONN	French	V
                   9 ............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Italian I
                                 10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Italian II
                                 10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Honors Italian II
                                 10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Italian III
                                 10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Honors Italian III
                                                            12.......... Honors	Italian	IV
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Latin I
                                 10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Latin II
                                 10...........11...........12.......... Honors Latin II
                                              11 ..........12 ......... Latin III
                                              11...........12.......... Honors Latin III
                                                            12.......... Honors	Latin	IV
                   9.............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Mandarin Chinese
                   9.............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Spanish I
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Spanish II
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Honors Spanish II
                                 10...........11...........12.......... Spanish III
                                 10...........11...........12.......... Honors Spanish III
                                              11...........12.......... Spanish	IV
                                              11...........12.......... Honors	Spanish	IV
                                                            12.......... UCONN	Spanish	V

    We live in a constantly changing, multi-national world which is becoming smaller every day; isolation of any kind is no longer desirable
or possible. The need to cultivate international understanding through effective communication is urgent. To this end, the World Language
Department expects students to communicate in at least one language other than English, to demonstrate an understanding of other cultures,
and to understand the nature of language through comparisons with their own language. Instruction will help students develop the four skills
of listening, speaking, reading and writing within a cultural context.
    Course offerings provide students the choice of learning a classical (Latin) or modern (French, Italian, Spanish) language. Students will be
challenged to explore the real-world application of the language studied and to continue the development of their language skills.

FRENCH I                                                            1 credit            to describe people, things and places, make vacation plans,
5011 College Prep A                                                Full year            describe the past, talk about their daily routine, understand
                                                                                        texts, ads, and guides written in French, and plan a trip in
The student will be introduced to and will develop the four                             France.	Video	and	audio	materials	are	coordinated	with	the	
language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), the                         basic text to afford practice in pronunciation and to provide
necessary vocabulary and grammatical structures in order to                             students with the opportunity to hear a variety of native
use French to meet and greet people, order something to eat                             voices.
and drink, talk about their family and possessions, identify
places in a city, make future plans, talk about the past,                               PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of French I
present, and future events and talk about things to see and
do	in	Paris,	Poitiers,	Quebec	and	the	Ivory	Coast.	Video	and	                           FRENCH II                                            1 credit
audio materials are coordinated with the basic text to afford                           5022 Honors                                         Full year
practice in pronunciation and to provide students with the
opportunity to hear a variety of native voices.                                         The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing)
                                                                                        will be further developed and additional grammatical structures
FRENCH II                                                             credit            and vocabulary introduced in order for students to use French
5021 College Prep A                                                Full year            to describe people, places and things, make vacation plans,
                                                                                        describe the past, talk about their daily routine, understand
The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing)                        texts, ads, and guides written in French, and plan a trip in
will be further developed and additional grammatical structures                         France.	Video	and	audio	materials	are	coordinated	with	the	
and vocabulary introduced in order for students to use French                           basic text to afford practice in pronunciation and to provide

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students with the opportunity to hear a variety of native           readings. This course also provides a thorough review of
voices. Greater stress is placed on reading and writing. Long       grammar as well as practice in creative writing situations.
and short term projects will be required at the discretion of       More advanced skills are introduced allowing for greater
the instructor.                                                     flexibility in conversing. Activities are designed to promote
                                                                    communicative competence and self-expression. The
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of French I                     development of conversational skills is stressed and French
                                                                    is the language of the class. Listening skills are reinforced
FRENCH III                                           1 credit       through the use of CDs which accompany the text.
5031 College Prep A                                 Full year
                                                                    PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Honors French III
The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading,
writing) will be further developed and additional grammatical       FRENCH V - UCONN ECE                        1 credit and/or 6
structures and vocabulary introduced in order for students to       5053 AP level                                  college credits
use French to purchase clothing, organize a trip, write thank                                                            Full year
you notes and invitations and understand a variety of texts
about	the	French-speaking	world.	Video	and	audio	materials	         This	course	is	a	cooperative	program	with	the	University	of	
are coordinated with the basic text to afford practice in           Connecticut	called	UCONN	Early	College	Experience	(ECE).	        	
pronunciation and to provide students with the opportunity          It is designed for superior students studying French at the high
to hear a variety of native voices.                                 school	level.		UCONN	ECE	provides	academically	motivated	
                                                                    students with the opportunity to take a university course
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of French II                    while still in high school. This challenging course allows
                                                                    students to preview college work, build confidence in their
FRENCH III                                           1 credit       readiness for college, and earn college credits that provide
5032 Honors                                         Full year       both an academic and financial head-start on a college degree.
The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading,             UCONN	ECE	instructors	are	high	school	teachers	certified	as	
writing) will be further developed and additional grammatical       adjunct	 professors	 by	 the	 University.	 UCONN	 ECE	 faculty	
structures and vocabulary introduced in order for students to       fosters independent learning, creativity, and critical thinking
use French to purchase clothing, organize a trip, write thank       -- all important for success in college.
you notes and invitations and understand a variety of texts         Students admitted to the program will follow a university-
about	the	French-speaking	world.	Video	and	audio	materials	         approved course of study for which they will receive college
are coordinated with the basic text to afford practice in           and high school credit. Students must successfully complete
pronunciation and to provide students with the opportunity          the course with a grade of C or above and pay a $25 per
to hear a variety of native voices. Greater stress is placed        credit	 fee	 in	 order	 to	 receive	 University	 credits.	 UCONN	
on reading and writing. Long and short-term projects will be        credits are transferable to many colleges and universities.
required at the discretion of the instructor.
                                                                    PREREQUISITE: Department approval (acceptance by
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Honors French II             UCONN	for	college	credits).
FRENCH IV                                            1 credit       ITALIAN I                                                1 credit
5041 College Prep A                                 Full year       5411 College Prep A                                     Full year
The objective of the course is to have students develop practical   The student will be introduced to and will develop the four
communicative skills while exposing them to Francophone             language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), the
culture	through	authentic	readings.	Vocabulary	building,	writing	   necessary vocabulary and grammatical structures in order
and class discussions are based on these readings. This course      to use Italian to meet and greet people, order something
also provides a thorough review of grammar as well as practice      to eat and drink, talk about their family and possessions,
in creative writing. More advanced skills are introduced allowing   identify places in a city, ask and give directions, make future
for greater flexibility in conversing. Activities are designed to   plans, talk about past, present and future events and discuss
promote communicative competence and self-expression. The           various	 cultural	 aspects	 of	 Italy.	 Video	 and	 audio	 materials	
development of conversational skills is stressed and the student    are coordinated with the basic text to afford practice in
is expected to participate in French.                               pronunciation and to provide students with the opportunity
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of French III                   to hear a variety of native voices.

FRENCH IV                                            1 credit       ITALIAN II                                               1 credit
5042 Honors                                         Full year       5421 College Prep A                                     Full year

The objective of the course is to help students develop             The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing)
practical communicative skills while exposing them to a true        will be further developed and additional grammatical structures
Francophone	culture	through	authentic	readings.	Vocabulary	         and vocabulary introduced in order for students to use Italian
building, writing and class discussions are based on these          to describe people, places and things, make vacation plans,
                                                                    describe the past, talk about their daily routine, understand


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texts, ads, and guides written in Italian, and plan a trip to Italy.      a variety of supplemental materials. This course continues
Video	and	audio	materials	are	coordinated	with	the	basic	text	            to develop the oral as well as the grammatical skills with
to afford practice in pronunciation and to provide students               the continued appreciation of the study of culture and an
with the opportunity to hear a variety of native voices.                  introduction to literature, opera and film. Readings, short
                                                                          stories, the opera, and classic Italian films are introduced and
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Italian I and                      studied as an enhancement to the understanding of language
Department approval.                                                      and appreciation of cultural differences in order to achieve
                                                                          functional communication.
ITALIAN II                                                1 credit
5422 Honors                                              Full year        PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Italian III
The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing)          LATIN I                                              1 credit
will be further developed and additional grammatical structures           5111 College Prep A                                 Full year
and vocabulary introduced in order for students to use Italian
to describe people, places and things, make vacation plans,               An introduction to Latin grammar and vocabulary, the basis
describe the past, talk about their daily routine, understand             for many Western languages; and an introduction to Roman
texts, ads, and guides written in Italian, and plan a trip to             civilization from which Western culture and civilization
Italy.	 Video	 and	 audio	 materials	 are	 coordinated	 with	 the	        developed. The detailed study of Latin vocabulary and
basic text to afford practice in pronunciation and to provide             grammar should give the student a better understanding of
students with the opportunity to hear a variety of native                 English words and structure.
voices. Greater stress is placed on speaking, reading and
writing. Long and short term projects will be required at the
discretion of the instructor.                                             LATIN II                                             1 credit
                                                                          5121 College Prep A                                 Full year
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Italian I
                                                                          A review and extension of basic Latin grammar and vocabulary
ITALIAN III                                               1 credit        with an emphasis on the finer intricacies of the language.
5431 College Prep A                                      Full year        Continuation of the study of Roman history and culture as
                                                                          it spread to other civilizations which came into contact with
The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing)          the Roman model. Readings from Livy, Caesar, and other
will be further developed and additional grammatical structures           ancient authors are presented.
and vocabulary introduced in order for students to use Italian
to purchase clothing, organize a trip, write thank-you notes              PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Latin I
and invitations and understand a variety of texts about Italy and
the	Italian	culture.	Video	and	audio	materials	are	coordinated	           LATIN II                                             1 credit
with the basic text to afford practice in pronunciation and               5122 Honors                                         Full year
to provide students with the opportunity to hear a variety of
native voices.                                                            A review and extension of basic Latin grammar and vocabulary
                                                                          with an emphasis on the finer intricacies of the language.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Italian II                         Continuation of the study of Roman history and culture as
                                                                          it spread to other civilizations which came into contact with
ITALIAN III                                               1 credit        the Roman model. Readings from Livy, Caesar, and other
5432 Honors                                              Full year        ancient authors are presented.
The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing)          PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Latin I and
will be further developed and additional grammatical structures           Department approval.
and vocabulary introduced in order for students to use Italian
to purchase clothing, organize a trip, write thank-you notes              LATIN III                                            1 credit
and invitations and understand a variety of texts about Italy and         5131 College Prep A                                 Full year
the	Italian	culture.	Video	and	audio	materials	are	coordinated	
with the basic text to afford practice in pronunciation and               The skills of translating and writing will be further developed
to provide students with the opportunity to hear a variety                in this course. Students will focus on readings from the
of native voices. A cultural reader is an integral part of the            following authors: Pliny, Cicero, Catullus, and Ovid. More
course and greater stress in placed on reading and writing.               complex grammatical forms will be reviewed and skills in
                                                                          recognizing and using these forms will be strengthened.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Honors Italian II                  Roman government and the history of the Roman Empire
                                                                          will be studied in depth.
ITALIAN IV                                                1 credit
5442 Honors                                              Full year        PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Latin II and
                                                                          Department approval.
In	 Italian	 IV,	 students’	 creativity	 is	 piqued	 as	 they	 perfect	
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LATIN III                                             1 credit       SPANISH II                                           1 credit
5132 Honors                                          Full year       5221 College Prep A                                 Full year
The skills of translating and writing will be further developed in   The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading,
this course. Students will focus on readings from the following      writing) will be further developed and additional grammatical
authors:	Pliny,	Cicero,	Horace,	Virgil	and	Ovid.	More	complex	       structures and vocabulary introduced in order for students to
forms will be reviewed and skills in recognizing and using           use Spanish to describe people, make vacation plans, describe
these forms will be strengthened. Roman government and               the past, talk about their daily routine, understand texts, ads,
the history of the Roman Empire will be studied in depth.            and guides written in Spanish, and understand descriptions of
                                                                     various places in Mexico and other Latin American countries.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Honors Latin II               Video	and	audio	materials	are	coordinated	with	the	basic	text	
and Department approval.                                             to afford practice in pronunciation and to provide students
                                                                     with the opportunity to hear a variety of native voices.
LATIN IV                                              1 credit
5142 Honors                                          Full year       PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Spanish I
A	selection	of	readings	from	Plautus,	Virgil,	Martial,	Tacitus	      SPANISH II                                           1 credit
and Catullus is studied. Advanced grammar is reviewed and            5222 Honors                                         Full year
continued as an aid to translation. Projects are required in
this class in conjunction with the readings and the studies in       Greater stress is placed on developing the four language
Roman culture, history, geography, and customs.                      skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) and additional
                                                                     grammatical structures and vocabulary introduced in order for
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Latin III and                 students to use Spanish to describe people, make vacation
Department approval.                                                 plans, describe the past and talk about their daily routine.
                                                                     Students will use higher order thinking skills in order to
MANDARIN CHINESE		                                     1	credit      understand texts, ads, and guides written in Spanish, and
(pending	BOE	approval)	                              Full year       understand descriptions of various places in Mexico and
5311 College Prep A                                                  other	 Latin	 American	 countries.	 Video	 and	 audio	 materials	
Students develop the ability to communicate in Chinese               are coordinated with the basic text to afford practice in
about themselves and their immediate environment using               pronunciation and to provide students with the opportunity
simple sentences containing basic language structures.               to hear a variety of native voices.
This communication is evidenced in all four language skills          PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Spanish I
(listening, speaking, reading and writing) with emphasis on
the ability to communicate orally and in writing. Students           SPANISH III                                          1 credit
begin to explore and study the themes of personal and Family         5231 College Prep A                                 Full year
Life, Social Life, and Community Life.
                                                                     The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading,
SPANISH I                                             1 credit       writing) will be further developed and additional grammatical
5211 College Prep A                                  Full year       structures and vocabulary introduced in order for students to
                                                                     use Spanish to order a meal at a restaurant, give advice and
The student will be introduced to and will develop the four          recommendations, and write thank you notes. Myths, legends
language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), the      and artists from the Spanish-speaking world are studied.
necessary vocabulary and grammatical structures in order to          Video	and	audio	materials	are	coordinated	with	the	basic	text	
use Spanish to meet and greet people, order something to             to afford practice in pronunciation and to provide students
eat and drink, talk about their family and possessions, identify     with the opportunity to hear a variety of native voices.
places in the city, make future plans, talk about present and
future events and discuss various cultural aspects of the Hispanic   PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Spanish II
world.	Video	and	audio	materials	are	coordinated	with	the	basic	
text to afford practice in pronunciation and to provide students     SPANISH III                                          1 credit
with the opportunity to hear a variety of native voices.             5232 Honors                                         Full year

SPANISH II                                            1 credit       Lessons are expanded in order to provide more in-depth
5225 College Prep B                                  Full year       development of the four language skills (listening, speaking,
                                                                     reading, writing). Additional grammatical structures and
This course accommodates those students who have completed           vocabulary are introduced in order for students to use
Spanish I at the High School or the Middle School. This              Spanish to order a meal at a restaurant, give advice and
course is designed for those students whose organizational           recommendations, and write thank you notes. Myths, legends
skills and basic Spanish skills need reinforcement. The course       and artists from the Spanish-speaking world are studied.
presents the same topics as Spanish II CPA, but the detail to        Video	and	audio	materials	are	coordinated	with	the	basic	text	
which each topic is presented is not as great.                       to afford practice in pronunciation and to provide students
                                                                     with the opportunity to hear a variety of native voices.
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Spanish I.


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PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Honors Spanish II            SPANISH V UCONN ECE                       1 credit and/or 6
                                                                    5253 AP level                                college credits
SPANISH IV                                           1 credit                                                          Full year
5241 College Prep A                                 Full year
                                                                    This	 course	 is	 a	 cooperative	 program	 with	 the	 University	
This course follows the adventures of Raquel and the Castillo       of	 Connecticut	 called	 UCONN	 Early	 College	 Experience	
family in their search for the long lost son. The students will     (ECE). It is designed for superior students studying Spanish
follow her travels throughout the world following the video         at	the	high	school	level.	UCONN	ECE	provides	academically	
program, Destinos. The course has a thematic approach               motivated students with the opportunity to take a university
which incorporates Spanish art, history, films and literature.      course while still in high school. This challenging course allows
Basic grammar skills are reviewed in order for students to          students to preview college work, build confidence in their
write and talk about the themes of the course. Spanish is the       readiness for college, and earn college credits that provide
language of the course.                                             both an academic and financial head start on a college degree.
                                                                    UCONN	 ECE	 instructors	 are	 high	 school	 teachers	 certified	
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Spanish III and              professors	 adjunct	 by	 the	 University.	 UCONN	 ECE	 faculty	
Department approval.                                                foster independent learning, creativity and critical thinking
                                                                    -- all important for success in college. Students admitted to
SPANISH IV                                           1 credit       the program will follow a university-approved course of study
5242 Honors                                         Full year       for which they will receive college and high school credit.
This course provides an increased stress on all four language       Students must successfully complete the course with a grade
skills with an emphasis on the study and review of the specifics    of C or above and pay a $25 per credit fee in order to receive
of Spanish grammar and the development of advanced                  University	credits.		UCONN	credits	are	transferable	to	many	
conversational skills. Original short stories by Hispanic           colleges and universities.
writers, poetry, film, art history and geography are examined       PREREQUISITE: Department approval (acceptance by
and analyzed. Class discussion in Spanish is a must!                UCONN	for	college	credits).
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Honors Spanish
III and Department approval.




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                               Fine and Appied Arts
       All students graduating from Newtown High School must earn a minimum of 1 credit in the area of Fine and Applied Arts.
    This requirement may be fulfilled by passing courses in any of following departments: Art, Business, Family & Consumer Science,
                                                     Music or Technology Education.




                                                                         Art
         Offered to Grades:                                           Courses
                 9 ............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Two Dimensional Art
                 9 ............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Sculpture
                 9.............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Drawing 1 and 2
                               10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Painting 1 and 2
                 9.............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Ceramics 1 and 2
                               10...........11...........12.......... Ceramics 3
                                            11...........12.......... Ceramics 4
                                            11 ..........12 ......... Advanced Placement Art History
                                            11...........12.......... Art Portfolio

   The goal of the Art Education Program at NHS is to provide students with a lifelong appreciation of art, in part, by enhancing their self-
expression through the use of a variety of media art techniques. Students can meld subject matter, symbols and ideas to make connections
between art and other disciplines. They also develop an understanding that art is a core element of life that reflects, records and shapes the
history and development of culture while they respond to works of art through analysis and interpretation.

TWO DIMENSIONAL ART                                   0.5 credits                   and technical skills using a variety of media and compositional
6000                                         1st or 2nd Semester                    approaches. There will be a strong emphasis on portraits and
                                                                                    the human form. Art history, art criticism and analysis will be
This is a two-dimensional oriented course that introduces                           integrated into this course. A sketchbook and written work
the student to the basic language of art. The elements and                          are required.
principles of design will be emphasized. Drawing, painting,
collage and printmaking will be explored through a variety of                       PREREQUISITE: Drawing 1
media and techniques. Art history, art criticism and analysis
will be integrated into this course.                                                PAINTING 1                                     0.5 credits
                                                                                    6030                                  1st or 2nd Semester
SCULPTURE                                             0.5 credits
6001                                         1st or 2nd Semester                    Students will be introduced to painting through a variety
                                                                                    of lessons in color theory, media, materials and painting
This is an introduction of the art of sculpture. Students will                      techniques. Lessons in composition and rendering of form
be introduced to the fundamentals of sculpture by creating art                      will provide the student a means for self-expression. Tempera,
using a variety of media and tools. There will be an emphasis                       acrylic, inks and watercolor will be some of the media used to
on historical, cultural and contemporary sculpture. Paper,                          solve problems in realism and abstraction.
wood, clay, plaster, wire and found objects are some of the
media used.                                                                         PREREQUISITE: Two Dimensional Art and Drawing 1

DRAWING 1                                             0.5 credits                   PAINTING 2                                     0.5 credits
6020                                         1st or 2nd Semester                    6031                                  1st or 2nd Semester

This course will introduce the student to drawing using a                           This course emphasizes the use of painting as a means of self-
variety of drawing media and techniques. The student will                           expression. Students will continue to develop technical skills
explore line quality, the effects of light and shadow, and                          in the areas of drawing, watercolor, acrylics, oils, and collage.
expressive uses of value and perspective. Lessons will involve                      Art history, art criticism and analysis will be integrated into
observational drawings as well as inventive techniques.                             this course. A sketchbook and written papers are required.
Reference to art history and contemporary approaches to                             PREREQUISITE: Painting 1
drawing will be explored.
                                                                                    CERAMICS 1                                     0.5 credits
DRAWING 2                                             0.5 credits                   6040                                  1st or 2nd Semester
6021                                         1st or 2nd Semester
                                                                                    This course is an introduction to the basic construction
This course builds upon the skills and concepts developed in                        techniques in handbuilding, potters wheel and surface
Drawing 1. Students will continue to refine their observational                     decoration in ceramics. Students will learn the basic language

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of clay including vocabulary history, geology and cultural           decoration. A variety of mid-range stoneware and porcelain
applications of clay. Students will explore the works of             clay bodies will be used. A research workbook and journal are
contemporary potters and begin to build an appreciation for          required for this course.
ceramics as an art form. Students will analyze their work and
the work of professionals.                                           PREREQUISITE: Ceramics 3

CERAMICS 2                                     0.5 credits           ART PORTFOLIO                                   0.5 credits
6041                                  1st or 2nd Semester            6060                                          1st Semester

This course is a continuation of Ceramics 1, but with more           This is an intensive and individualized art program for college-
emphasis on quality and workmanship. Students will continue          bound art students. Students will produce a comprehensive
to develop their skills in handbuilding and by using a variety of    portfolio of artwork that is targeted for college admissions
ceramics equipment. Students will have the opportunity to mix        and/or a job related field. Guest speakers and visiting
their own clays, slips and glazes. The work of contemporary          representatives will also introduce students to college and
artists will be discussed, explored and analyzed.                    career choices. Sketchbooks are required as well as an
                                                                     individual art display within the community. Students are also
PREREQUISITE: Ceramics 1                                             expected to work outside the studio to complete required
                                                                     assignments.
CERAMICS 3                                     0.5 credits
6042                                  1st or 2nd Semester            PREREQUISITE: Two Dimensional Art, Drawing I, Painting
                                                                     I, plus two additional art courses and/or teacher approval
Students in Ceramics 3 will independently focus on clay as           required.
a means of creative self-expression through advanced form
construction and decorating techniques. Students will have           ADVANCED PLACEMENT
the opportunity to formulate their own glazes and work with          ART HISTORY                                          1 credit
mid-range clay bodies.                                               6073                                                Full year
PREREQUISITE: Ceramics 2                                             This is an introductory college course in art history. This
                                                                     course focuses on an understanding and knowledge of
CERAMICS 4                                     0.5 credits           architecture, sculpture, painting and other art forms within
6043                                  1st or 2nd Semester            diverse historical and cultural contexts. Students will have the
                                                                     opportunity to examine major forms of artistic expression
This is a continuation of Ceramics 3. Students at this advanced      from the past and present from a variety of cultures. Many
level will continue to refine their technical skills both on the     colleges and universities offer advanced placement and/or
wheel and in hand building. Students will create larger, more        college credit to students who have performed successfully
complex functional and sculptural forms. Emphasis will be on         on the AP Art History Examination.
the quality of the work, aesthetics, and individual expression.
Students will continue to experiment with glazes and surface         PREREQUISITE: None. Grades 11 or 12 only.




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                                                           Business
         Offered to Grades:                                           Courses
                 9 ............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Business Education 1
                 9.............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Business Education 2
                 9 ............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Computer Applications
                 9.............10...........11...........12.......... Connecticut Technology Innovation Academy (CTIA)
                 9.............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Financial Management 1
                 9.............10...........11...........12.......... Financial Management 2
                 9.............10...........11...........12.......... Keyboarding
                 9.............10...........11...........12.......... Word Processing
                 9.............10...........11...........12.......... Desktop Publishing
                 9.............10...........11...........12.......... Web Design
                               10...........11...........12.......... Accounting 1
                               10...........11...........12.......... Accounting 2
                               10...........11...........12.......... Accounting 3
                               10...........11...........12.......... Accounting 4
                               10...........11...........12.......... Personal and Business Law 1
                               10...........11...........12.......... Personal and Business Law 2
                                            11...........12.......... Business Communications 1
                                            11...........12.......... Business Communications 2
                                            11...........12.......... Travel and Tourism
                                            11...........12.......... Marketing 1
                                            11...........12.......... Marketing 2
                                            11...........12.......... Personal Finance
                                            11...........12.......... Banking and Investments

   The primary mission of the Business Education Program at NHS is to provide instruction for and about business. The business education
discipline prepares students to become contributing citizens who are capable of making successful personal economic decisions as they
learn the basics of personal finance; develop techniques for making wise consumer decisions; master economic principles, and learn how
businesses operate.
   The Business Education Program offers a wide variety of courses to serve the needs of the college-bound student while providing skill
development for students who choose the workforce.

NOTE:	 The	 Business	 Department	 offers	 college	 credits	 for	 selected	 business	 courses	 in	 cooperation	 with	 Naugatuck	 Valley	 Community	
       College. The program is called College Career Pathways. Students enrolled in this program will receive high school credit and
       college credit simultaneously. Students begin earning credits in their junior and senior years. As courses are approved, they will be
       added to the existing course offerings.
	                                   Keyboarding/Word	Processing	                        =1cr.	NHS	–	3cr.	NVCC
	                                   Marketing	1,	2	                                     =1cr.	NHS	–	3cr.	NVCC
	                                   Personal	and	Business	Law	1and	2	                   =1cr.	NHS	–	3cr.	NVCC
	                                   Business	Education	1	and	2	                         =1cr.	NHS	–	3cr.	NVCC
	                                   Computer	Applications	                              =.5cr.	NHS	–	3cr.	NVCC
	                                   Personal	Finance	                                   =.5cr.	NHS	–	3cr.	NVCC
  Students must meet Career Pathways criteria and pass a competency test with a minimum grade of 70 to qualify for college credit.


BUSINESS EDUCATION 1                                 0.5 credits                  and investment strategies; consumer credit, and types of
6100                                        1st or 2nd Semester                   insurance are integral parts of this course.
This Introductory course involves students in a problem                           College credit may be earned upon successful completion of
solving approach to the world of business. Students will                          both Business Education 1 and 2 as a junior or senior.
explore economics and our free enterprise society, consumer
activities, marketing functions, personal finance, International                  COMPUTER APPLICATIONS          0.5 credits
business and entrepreneurship.                                                    6140                  1st or 2nd Semester

BUSINESS EDUCATION 2                                 0.5 credits                  This one semester course presents an overview of basic office
6101                                        1st or 2nd Semester                   applications and develops the necessary skills so students
                                                                                  can utilize various software titles to solve problems and be
This course continues to explore the operation of business                        productive. Throughout the course, the following topics
in our free enterprise system to aid students in becoming                         will be explored: operating systems, computer hardware,
wise and informed consumers. Management concepts; social                          computer purchasing, the Internet, word processing,
responsibility; business ethics; career exploration; savings                      spreadsheets, multi-media presentations, and databases.


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This course is not to be applied toward math requirements           WORD PROCESSING                               0.5 credits
for graduation.                                                     6121                                 1st or 2nd Semester

CONNECTICUT TECHNOLOGY                                              This course is designed primarily to develop keyboarding
INNOVATION ACADEMY                                   1 credit       skills for entry level employment in business and to provide
6130                                                Full year       a foundation for the student planning to major in business
                                                                    in a post-secondary school. Fundamentals of keyboarding
The Connecticut Technology Innovation Academy blends                using the touch method will allow students to improve
online curriculum and hands-on learning to foster 21st              accuracy, speed, and the production of reports and business
century skills. Through this course, students compete               forms. Word Processing concepts and technology, as well as
in a statewide competition that requires students to                language arts development, will be addressed throughout the
design, create and present a viable solution to the year’s          course.
challenge at the CT Innovation Expo in Hartford. In the
past, challenges have included designing nanotechnology             College credit may be earned for successful completion of
products; web 2.0 applications and educational video                both Keyboarding and Word Processing.
games. As part of the challenge, students assume a role             PREREQUISITE: Keyboarding.
in a mock company and perform tasks, such as research,
marketing and prototyping. While working in a team,                 ACCOUNTING 1                                     0.5 credits
CTIA allows students to focus on their area of interest/            6150                                           1st Semester
expertise. Whether you specialize in web design, digital
media, music, art or programming, joining the CTIA will             Accounting is an essential aspect of every business institution
hone your skills and provide you with the tools you will            and organization. This course enables students to use
need to succeed in the business world.                              accounting concepts in personal and business related areas.
                                                                    This course provides basic accounting principles as applied
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 1          0.5 credits                         to a service business organized as a proprietorship and a
6110                   1st or 2nd Semester                          business organized as a corporation. Students will create
                                                                    financial statements, as well as utilize Microsoft Excel to apply
Almost every person keeps records - whether you are in the          various concepts.
work force or as part of your personal life. Students taking
this course will develop basic record keeping skills in areas,      ACCOUNTING 2                                    0.5 credits
such as budgeting; credit card management; maintaining a            6151                                          2nd Semester
checking account; maintaining petty cash and keeping sales
and inventory records. This course relies heavily on a step-        This course expands on the accounting principles learned In
by-step approach for presenting new concepts in an easy to          Accounting 1. It includes payroll accounting; updating accounts
understand manner.                                                  by adjustments (depreciation, uncollectible accounts, notes
                                                                    payable, prepaid expenses, accrued expenses); inventory
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 2          0.5 credits                         planning, and Microsoft Excel.
6111                   1st or 2nd Semester
                                                                    PREREQUISITE: Accounting 1
Students will develop basic recordkeeping skills in such areas
as processing time cards; computing salaries and taxes;             ACCOUNTING 3                                     0.5 credits
preparing financial statement; processing sales and purchase        6152                                           1st Semester
orders. The concepts and skills are organized into common
                                                                    PREREQUISITE: Accounting 2
entry-level record keeping jobs currently found in the job
market, such as sales clerk, order clerk, accounts payable/
                                                                    ACCOUNTING 4                                    0.5 credits
receivable clerks. Essential skills, such as problem solving;
                                                                    6153                                          2nd Semester
decision making; time management; human relations;
work attitudes and review of basic math are included in this        PREREQUISITE: Accounting 3
course.
                                                                    These courses provide students with an opportunity to
KEYBOARDING                                   0.5 credits           develop a deeper knowledge of accounting procedures and
6120                                 1st or 2nd Semester            techniques needed to maintain and interpret financial records
                                                                    necessary for efficient business management. These courses
The touch method is used and is strictly adhered to in learning     are recommended for students who plan to continue studies
the alphabetic keyboard in developing correct keyboarding           in business-related areas as well as for those who plan to
technique. In addition to increasing keyboard speed, students       enter the business community after graduation.
taking this invaluable course will learn how to correctly format
and produce personal and business documents; term papers;           Students may earn three (3) college credits after successfully
title/cover pages; reference lists, and tables. The course is       completing two years of Accounting.
taught using current word processing software, as well as a
computerized typing program.


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BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS 1      0 .5 credits                         on marketing, and market research. As you progress through
6181                  1st or 2nd Semester                           this course, you will be able to analyze what businesses do to
                                                                    influence consumers’ buying decisions.
This course will emphasize the communication skills needed
for success in post-secondary schools and prepare students for      MARKETING 2                                     0.5 credits
jobs in the workplace. Areas covered are techniques in writing      6171                                          2nd Semester
resumes; letters of application; business correspondence;
development of grammar and spelling skills; listening for           Are commercials the only way to sell a product? What
information, and speaking skills. Small group work and video        makes you buy an item in your favorite store? Is it the
taping exercises are encouraged.                                    price, the display, or the way the product is packaged? This
                                                                    marketing course will help you understand how products
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS 2                       0 .5 credits        are developed and sold. It will explore various advertising,
6182                                          2nd Semester          packaging, pricing, and distribution methods through video,
                                                                    radio, and display. You will also have an opportunity to
PREREQUISITE: Business Communications 1                             discover exciting career choices in marketing, management
                                                                    and merchandising. Hands-on applications will consist
WEB DESIGN                                    0.5 credits           of marketing, research; product design and packaging –
6191                                 1st or 2nd Semester            including layouts, charts, prototypes, displays; advertising
With the ever-growing influence of the Internet, students need      layout and design, and presenting the completed project in a
to prepare themselves for a web-based future. Through this          classroom demonstration.
course, students learn how to design, create, and manipulate        College credit may be earned upon successful completion of
web sites for personal and professional application. In addition    Marketing 1 and 2.
to basic HTML code, this course will include site design and
management using Adobe Dreamweaver.                                 PREREQUISITE: Marketing 1

PERSONAL AND BUSINESS LAW 1   0.5 credits                           TRAVEL AND TOURISM                             0.5 credits
6160                        1st Semester                            6112                                  1st or 2nd Semester
This course provides students with an understanding of              Trains, planes and automobiles – Hop on board and explore
legal principles essential to living in our democracy. Topics       today’s business and leisure travel industry. Learn about the
of study include our judicial system; citizen’s legal rights        transportation and accommodations industries; destination
and duties; criminal and tort law; juvenile law; correctional       development, and the characteristics of the travel market
institutions; legal problems in our society, and introduction to    through a unique understanding of world geography and the
contract law. These areas are studied through the use of case       relationship it has within a political, cultural and economic
problems, lectures, current event discussions and audiovisual       setting. The role of a travel agent; the function of a travel
materials. Speakers and field trips are also important parts of     agency, and related career opportunities will also be
this course.                                                        explored.

PERSONAL AND BUSINESS LAW 2   0.5 credits                           DESKTOP PUBLISHING                             0.5 credits
6161                        2nd Semester                            6180                                  1st or 2nd Semester
This course continues to expand on the legal principles             This one semester course allows students in grades 9-12 to
learned in Law 1. It includes consumer law; personal property       learn skills in the growing field of desktop publishing. Specific
law; contract law; banking and negotiable instruments;              topics include development of web pages, digital imagery,
credit protection, law and the workplace; employment                flyers, newsletters, brochures, posters, letterheads, business
law; starting a business; cyber law, and family law.                cards, etc. Students will manipulate text and images imported
                                                                    from a variety of sources, including disks, CD-ROM, scanners,
College credit may be earned upon successful completion of          video and the web, and will produce work ready for print,
both Personal Law1 and 2.                                           presentation and the Internet. Programs include, but are not
PREREQUISITE: Personal and Business Law 1                           limited to Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver,
                                                                    or others. Students may have the opportunity to work on
                                                                    projects from the community and from the school system. A
MARKETING 1                                     0.5 credits         digital portfolio will be developed for publication on the class
6170                                          1st Semester          web site.

You already know a lot about marketing because it is all            PERSONAL FINANCE                               0.5 credits
around you. You have bee a consumer for many years and              6113                                  1st or 2nd Semester
you have made decisions about the products you liked and
did not like. This course will provide to juniors and seniors       Focusing on students’ roles as citizens, students, family
an overview of marketing and business concepts including            members, consumers and active participants in the business
market planning; market segmentation; the economic effects          world, this course will provide information on various


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financial responsibilities and provides opportunities for self-    the	principles	of	banking	and	credit	in	the	United	States	with	
awareness, expression and satisfaction in a highly-technical       this banking and investments course. This exciting course
and competitive society. Students discover new ways to             will guide you through an overview of financial services,
maximize their earning potential; develop strategies for           including information on human resources, marketing and
managing their resources; explore skills for wise use of           ethics. Students will learn the strategies for saving; investing
credit, and gain insight into the different ways of investing      in the stock market – both common and preferred stocks;
money.                                                             mutual funds; bonds, real estates, etc., and will learn income
                                                                   tax fundamentals. Students will also learn the mechanics of
This course is offered to students in grades 11 and 12.            receiving, distributing and accounting for money in a financial
Students may earn (3) college credits upon successful              institution setting – specifically, direct deposits, automatic
completion of Personal Finance. (approval pending)                 bill payments, debit cards, on-line banking, automatic
                                                                   withdrawals, etc.
BANKING AND INVESTMENTS        0 .5 credits                        This course is offered to students in grades 11 and 12.
6114                  1st or 2nd Semester
Got money? Want to keep it safe? Want it to increase its           Enrollment in this course will afford students real banking
worth? If you answered yes to all three questions, then explore    work experience through our in-house bank.




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                 Entrepreneurial Programs
         Offered to Grades:                                 Newtown Nighthawk Enterprise Experience

                                         11 ..........12 ......... “Checks” - Advanced Culinary Arts
                                         11 ..........12.......... “Nutury” - Child Development 2/Early Childhood Education 1, 2
                            10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... “The Company“ - Newtown Graphics
                            10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... “Newtek” - Computer Repair II
                                         11 ...........12.......... “Newtown Greenery” - Newtown Greenery 1, 2, 3, 4

   Work Education is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to earn credit while working in an enterprise or related position. Work Education
at Newtown High School centers around the NEWTOWN NIGHTHAWK ENTERPRISES.
   A school-based enterprise involves students producing goods and services as part of their educational program of study. School-based
enterprises assist students in developing the competencies needed to own and manage enterprises. Students plan, implement, conduct and
evaluate the operation of the business, including the production and distribution of goods and/or services. The enterprise system currently
operating out of NHS is centered around the areas of graphics, horticulture, computer repair, food service and child care.




                                                                               Although students are encouraged to participate in all four
NEWTOWN NIGHTHAWK ENTERPRISE                                                   semesters, students are able to take any or all of the courses, as
EXPERIENCE                                                                     there are no prerequisites. The focus of each curriculum will be
6212             credits to be determined                                      on creating new business opportunities; making sound business
                                                                               decisions; meeting consumer demand, and ensuring customer
The position must be approved by the enterprise instructor and                 satisfaction. Depending on the season, students will produce
the student must work in a field related to the enterprise. Each               and market a variety of products while considering supply and
student who works 90 hours during the school year will receive                 demand principles. In addition to fall mums and spring bedding
.25 credits. Students receive 0.5 full credit for working 180                  plants, holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah,
hours.                                                                         Valentine’s	 Day,	 St.	 Patrick’s	 Day,	 Easter	 and	 Mother’s	 Day	
To obtain this credit, the student must be enrolled in or have                 will serve as focal points for sales. In between these holidays,
completed one of the following courses:                                        students will learn basic landscape and gardening techniques,
                                                                               as well as be responsible for growing and maintaining plants in
ADVANCED CULINARY ARTS – “Checks” See page 37                                  the greenhouse, designing gardens and maintaining the school
                                                                               grounds. This entails some physical exertion while working
CHILD DEVELOPMENT 2/EARLY CHILDHOOD                                            in various weather conditions. In addition, students will learn
EDUCATION 1, 2 – “Nurtury” See page 36                                         a variety of computer skills necessary to ensure a successful
                                                                               business. Internet research, word processing, desktop publishing
NEWTOWN GRAPHICS 1, 2 – “THE COMPANY” See                                      and accounting constitute this course’s technology component.
page 41                                                                        NOTE: These courses require students to sign up and sell
                                                                               during free periods, as well as dedicate some time to sell in the
COMPUTER REPAIR II OR III - “NEWTEK” See page                                  greenhouse outside of the regular school day.
42-43
                                                                               “NEWTOWN GREENERY” 1, 2, 3, 4
NEWTOWN GREENERY 1 – 4                                -“NEWTOWN                (An Enterprise Experience)
GREENERY” – See below                                                          6210                                                  0.5 credits
Note: Students can receive work credit in only one (1) enterprise                                                                  1st Semester
area per semester.                                                             6211                                                  0.5 credits
                                                                                                                                   2nd Semester
NEWTOWN GREENERY 1                                     0.5 credits
6200                                                 1st Semester              To obtain credit for work experience in Newtown Greenery,
                                                                               students must be enrolled in any of the Newtown Greenery 1-4
NEWTOWN GREENERY 2                                    0.5 credits              courses and work in a related or non-related, paid position. The
6201                                                2nd Semester               student is required to work ten (10) hours per week during 18
NEWTOWN GREENERY 3                                     0.5 credits             weeks of the semester in order to earn one (1) credit. The student
6202                                                 1st Semester              is responsible for maintaining his/her job in the community
                                                                               and following the state employment laws. Students must pass
NEWTOWN GREENERY 4                                    0.5 credits              Newtown Greenery to receive credit for this course.
6203                                                2nd Semester
These courses are part of a four semester continuum designed for
juniors and seniors interested in learning how to run a business.

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             Family & Consumer Sciences
         Offered to Grades:                                    Courses

                  9 ............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Child Development 1, 2 – Nurtury - An Enterprise
                                             11 ..........12 ......... Life Choices 1
                                             11 ..........12 ......... Life Choices 2
                                10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Early Childhood Education 1, 2 – Nurtury - An Enterprise
                                10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Introduction to Culinary Arts 1, 2
                                             11...........12.......... Advanced Culinary Arts
                                                          12.......... Culinary Apprenticeship

   Family and Consumer Sciences is an educational discipline based on the family and on the relationship between work and the family.
Participation in the program enables students to develop skills to manage their own personal, family and career lives and develop insights
into the interaction within families and the relationship of work and family. Family Consumer Sciences is comprised of the Early Childhood
Development, Culinary and Life Choices areas.

NOTE: The Family and Consumer Science Department offers college credits for selected courses in cooperation with Johnson and Wales
                                                                                                                                       	
University.	The	program	is	called	College	Career	Pathways.	Students	enrolled	in	the	program	will	receive	high	school	credit	and	college	
credit simultaneously. Students begin earning credits in the junior and senior years.


Note: Only students who are committed to acting as                                  fieldwork. Students will also construct authentic assessments
responsible role models by following all the rules                                  to determine how preschool students are progressing in
stated in the student handbook should enroll in                                     concept and skill acquisition.
ANY of the courses in the child development/early
childhood education sequence.                                                       PREREQUISITE: Child Development 1 & 2 and instructor
                                                                                    approval.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT 1                                0.5 credits
6310                                     1st and 2nd Semester                       EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 2 0.5 credits
                                                                                    6321                2nd Semester
Students will study the principles of child development
from birth to preschool age via discussions, readings and                           Students are responsible for creating multiple educational
cooperative group work. Areas of study include physical,                            activities and developmentally appropriate lesson plans
cognitive and social-emotional development; the roles and                           for our laboratory preschool. Each student will teach their
responsibilities of parenting; health and safety; guidance, and                     own lessons in a large group setting and self-assess their
discipline.                                                                         effectiveness. Other topics of study include parent involvement
                                                                                    and communication; learning styles and multiple intelligences;
CHILD DEVELOPMENT 2                                0.5 credits                      using technology in early education, and guiding children with
6311                                     1st and 2nd Semester                       special needs.
Students will spend three classes per rotation studying                             Students may earn three (3) college credits through the College
preschool policies, procedures and planning. The remaining                          Career Pathways Program after successfully completing Early
three classes will be spent applying these concepts in a                            Childhood Education 2.
laboratory	preschool	for	three	and	four	year	old	children.	Units	
of study include blocks, art, active play, computers, cooking,                      PREREQUISITE: Child Development 1 and 2, Early
literacy, dramatic play, math, music and science. Student                           Childhood education 1 and instructor approval required.
will develop learning materials and activities for the various
centers in addition to maintaining anecdotal records of one                         LIFE CHOICES 1                                     0.5 credits
child’s developmental progress throughout the semester.                             6300                                             1st Semester

PREREQUISITE: Child Development 1                       and      instructor         This course helps students acknowledge, reflect and assess
approval.                                                                           their individual “world”. “Theories of Maslow and Glasser”
                                                                                    will be highlighted as students learn more about their basic
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 1   0.5 credits                                           human needs and how the behaviors they choose influence
6320                        1st Semester                                            their life and the lives of those around them. Interpersonal
                                                                                    exploration; topical discussions, and creative projects are the
Students are responsible for creating multiple educational                          foundations of this course.
activities and developmentally appropriate lesson plans for our
laboratory preschool. Each student will teach their own lessons                     This course is offered to juniors and seniors.
in a large group setting and self-assess their effectiveness.
Students make use of their creativity to complete projects in                       LIFE CHOICES 2                                  0.5 credits
storytelling; science experiments; dramatic play prop boxes                         6301                                          2nd Semester
and/or bulletin boards. A study of various types of childhood                       Students who want to make sound choices and are ready to
programs and philosophies will be conducted via individual                          embark on their life’s career path will be interested in this

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course. This course focuses on post-high school choices and          enterprises. They will be responsible for all aspects of these
the impact they have on one’s future. Students will participate      operations, including menu design; food costs; preparation;
in interest inventories; research education options, and             garnishing; customer relations, and sanitation and safety.
explore career opportunities. Financial planning will also be        Because of their integral role in these two enterprises, it
introduced.                                                          is expected that all students will work at catering functions
                                                                     outside of regular school hours.
PREREQUISITE: Life Choices 1
                                                                     Students may earn 10.5 credits through the College Career
INTRODUCTION TO CULINARY ARTS 1                                      Pathways	Program	with	Johnson	and	Wales	University	after	
6400                          0 .5 credits                           successfully completing Advanced Culinary Arts.
                            1st Semester
                                                                     PREREQUISITE: Completion of Introduction to Culinary
Introduces 10th, 11th and 12th grade students to the basic           Arts 1 and 2. Students must have earned a 90 average in
techniques and procedures required to prepare a variety of           these two courses and complete an application process
food products. The introductory program is a combination             demonstrating their interest in the food-service industry.
of theory and hands-on experience. Emphasis is placed
on fundamental principles in food service preparation;
the importance of developing sanitary working habits;                CULINARY APPRENTICESHIP 1                     0.5-1 Credit
identification of quality products, and basic food service           6420                                         1st Semester
procedures. Students also will have the opportunity to work
with the student-run restaurant and catering enterprises.            CULINARY APPRENTICESHIP 2                    0.5- 1 credit
                                                                     6421                                        2nd Semester
This course is not available for 9th graders or 12th graders.
                                                                     This independent study will accept students for one to
INTRODUCTION TO CULINARY ARTS 2                                      four credits. The apprenticeship program enables students
6401                          0.5 credits                            who have completed the first two years of the program to
                            2nd Semester                             continue to develop their food industry skills and knowledge
                                                                     by assuming a leadership role in the program. Responsibilities
PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Culinary Arts 1.                       include menu design; preparation of food products for
                                                                     catering functions and restaurant service, and assisting the
ADVANCED CULINARY ARTS                                               instructor in the teaching of the introduction and advanced
“Checks” - An Enterprise                           2 Credits         level courses.
6410                                               Full year
                                                                     This course is for Seniors only.
A two period lecture/production course focusing on food
preparation and catering techniques. Students will continue          PREREQUISITE: Completion of Advanced Culinary and
to manage both the student-run restaurant and catering               Instructor approval.




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                                                                   Music
         Offered to Grades:                                    Courses

                  9 ............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Concert Band
                  9.............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Honors Symphonic Band
                                10...........11...........12.......... Honors Wind Ensemble
                  9 .......................................... ............. Freshman Choir
                                10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Honors Concert Choir
                                10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Honors Chamber Choir
                  9.............10...........11...........12.......... String Ensemble
                                10...........11...........12.......... Honors Symphony Orchestra
                                10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Harmony and Composition I
                                               11 ..........12 ......... AP Music Theory
                  9.............10...........11...........12.......... Jazz Improvisation 1
                  9.............10...........11...........12.......... Jazz Improvisation 2
                  9 ............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Music Technology 1
                  9.............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Music Technology 2
                  9.............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Music Technology 3

   The Music Department offers both performing and non-performing students the opportunity to further develop their technical musicianship
and skills. A wide variety of courses are offered to prepare students for collegiate music and careers in the field of music. All students use
creating, performing and responding to develop an understanding and appreciation of music as a form of expression and communication.
   Courses include Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Freshman Choir, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, String Ensemble,
Symphony Orchestra, Harmony and Composition I, AP Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation and Music Technology.


CONCERT BAND                                                    1 credit           represents Newtown High School at various local and regional
6500                                                           Full year           festivals. All rehearsals and concerts are mandatory. All brass
                                                                                   players are required to have mutes. All percussionists are
Open to all wind, percussion, and bass violin instrumentalists.                    required to have a stick bag with full compliment of mallets
A wide variety of concert band literature is studied. Emphasis                     and sticks.
is placed on development of technique, performance skills,
interpretation and mature musical expression. All first year                       PREREQUISITE: Symphonic and/or Concert Bands or
students and freshmen play in the Concert Band unless                              consent of the director.
given special permission by the director through the audition
process. All rehearsals and concerts are mandatory. All                            FRESHMAN CHOIR                                       1 credit
woodwind players are required to have at least five workable                       6520                                                Full year
reeds on hand. All brass players are required to have mutes.
All percussionists are required to have a stick bag with full                      Freshman Choir is open to all students in the 9th grade. In
compliment of mallets and sticks.                                                  this course, students will further their development of the
                                                                                   voice, music reading skills, and overall musicianship. Choral
PREREQUISITE: 8th grade band or consent of director.                               music of all nationalities and time periods are studied to
                                                                                   foster an intrinsic love of music and the arts. Freshman Choir
HONORS SYMPHONIC BAND                                           1 credit           performs at least three concerts a year. All rehearsals and
6501                                                           Full year           concerts are mandatory. Freshman Choir may be asked to
                                                                                   perform in the community and surrounding areas, in addition
Open to wind, percussion, and bass violin instrumentalists.                        to school concerts. All freshmen sing in Freshman Choir. A
Membership is determined through audition and consent                              fee is required for concert attire.
of the director. Level 4-5 band literature is performed.
Developing and refining higher level performance skills is a                       HONORS CONCERT CHOIR                                 1 credit
major focus of this group. All rehearsals and concerts are                         6521                                                Full year
mandatory. All brass players are required to have mutes.
All percussionists are required to have a stick bag with full                      Honors Concert Choir is open to all students in the 10th,
compliment of mallets and sticks.                                                  11th and 12th grades. In this course, students will further
                                                                                   their development of the voice, music reading skills, and
PREREQUISITE: Concert Band or consent of director.                                 overall musicianship. Choral music of all nationalities and time
                                                                                   periods are studied to foster an intrinsic love of music and the
HONORS WIND ENSEMBLE                                            1 credit           arts. Concert Choir performs at least three concerts a year.
6504                                                           Full year           All rehearsals and concerts are mandatory. Concert Choir
Open to wind, percussion, and bass violin instrumentalists.                        may be asked to perform in the community and surrounding
This group performs music scored at the collegiate and                             areas, in addition to school concerts. A fee is required for
professional level, providing students with the opportunity to                     concert attire.
develop their musical abilities to the fullest extent. This group                  PREREQUISITE: Freshman Choir
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HONORS CHAMBER CHOIR                                 1 credit       JAZZ IMPROVISATION 1 (Intro	Level) 0.5 credits
6524                                                Full year       6540                              1st Semester
Chamber Choir is a small group of musicians who have                Students will learn to improvise in the jazz idiom by learning
advanced vocal ability and music reading skills. In this course,    basic music theory, history and scales. Blues and jazz standards
students further their vocal development, music reading skills      will be primarily used in improvisation, with crossovers into
and overall musicianship. Chamber Choir performs choral             fusion. Instrumentalists in all grade levels are eligible, but
music of many different styles, nationalities and time periods      must have above average proficiency on their instrument and
at the highest level possible in a high school setting. Chamber     be able to read music fluently.
Choir performs at least three concerts a year. All rehearsals
and concerts are mandatory. Chamber Choir may be asked to           PREREQUISITE: All students must audition/interview with
perform in the community and surrounding areas, in addition         instructor before enrolling.
to school concerts. A fee is required for concert attire.
                                                                    JAZZ IMPROVISATION 2                            0.5 credits
PREREQUISITE: Freshman and/or Concert Choir and                     6541                                          2nd Semester
consent of director. All members must audition.
                                                                    Students will analyze harmonic and melodic structures of jazz
STRING ENSEMBLE                                      1 credit       compositions	and	perform	them	with	improvisation.	Various	
6512                                                Full year       jazz artists will be presented and studied through extensive
                                                                    listening. Instrumentalists in all grade levels are eligible, but
Open to all string players (violin, viola, cello, bass violin).     must have excellent proficiency on their instrument and
Special attention will be given to strengthening and developing     extensive knowledge of scales, harmony and theory.
advanced string technique, as well as interpretation and
performance skills. All freshmen play in the String Ensemble        PREREQUISITE: Jazz Improvisation 1 or an audition/
unless given special permission by the director. All rehearsals     interview with instructor.
and concerts are mandatory.
                                                                    MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 1                            0.5 credits
HONORS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA                            1 credit       6530                                 1st or 2nd Semester
6511                                                Full year       This is the entry-level course for students who took Band,
This is an auditioned group of string, wind, brass, and             Chorus or Orchestra in 8th grade. This course will introduce
percussion players who show advanced playing skills. This           the process of creating music through the use of technology.
group will study and perform repertoire at the collegiate and       Students will use MIDI sequencing, loop-based composition,
professional level, providing students with the opportunity         digital audio and electronic musical instruments to create
to develop their musical abilities to the fullest extent. All       various music projects. This course is open to students in all
rehearsals and concerts are mandatory.                              grade levels. Enrollment limited to 14 students. We have 14
                                                                    computer/keyboard stations.
HARMONY and COMPOSITION I                        0.5 credits
6551                                               Full year        MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 2                            0.5 credits
                                                                    6531                                 1st or 2nd Semester
Students will gain an understanding of the basic language of
music, as well as an appreciation for music as expression.          This is an entry-level course for students who took Music Lab
The fundamentals of music theory will be taught in a                in 8th grade. The course will continue the computer-assisted
progressive sequence. This knowledge will be reinforced             composition process begun in Music Technology 1. Students
and applied through the creation of original music. Included        will use more advanced digital audio and MIDI software to
will be instruction utilizing computer technology and piano         create original musical works. This course is open to students
keyboarding. This course is open to students in grades 10,          in all grade levels. Enrollment limited to 14 students. We have
11 and 12.                                                          14 computer/keyboard stations.
                                                                    PREREQUISITE: Music Technology 1 or 8th grade Music Lab.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT MUSIC THEORY
6553                           1 credit                             MUSIC TECHNOLOGY 3                            0.5 credits
                              Full year                             6532                                 1st or 2nd Semester
While preparing students for the AP exam, this course               This course will focus on multimedia and film scoring
expands student appreciation for music as an expressive             projects. Students will combine the elements of audio, video
language. Music theory is taught in a progressive sequence          and musical composition to create original pieces. Students
leading to complex musical structures. This knowledge is            will bring video clips to life with their musical creations. This
applied through the creation, arranging, and orchestration          course is open to students in all grade levels. Enrollment is
of original music. This course is open to students in grades        limited to 14 students, since there are only 14 computer/
11 and 12.                                                          keyboard stations.
PREREQUISITE: Harmony              and    Composition     I   or    PREREQUISITE: Music Technology 2
department approval.

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                           Technology Education
         Offered to Grades:                                    Courses
                   9 ............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Graphic Arts 1
                   9.............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Graphic Arts 2
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Drafting / Engineering Design 1
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Drafting / Engineering Design 2
                                 10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Power Technology 1
                                 10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Power Technology 2
                                 10...........11...........12.......... Newtown Graphics – The Company 1 - An Enterprise
                                 10...........11...........12.......... Newtown Graphics – The Company 2 - An Enterprise
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Yearbook Publications 1
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Yearbook Publications 2
                                 10...........11...........12.......... Yearbook Publications 3
                                              11 ..........12 ......... Honors Yearbook Editor
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Desktop Publishing
                                              11 ..........12 ......... Automotive Mechanics 1
                                              11...........12.......... Automotive Mechanics 2
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Architectural Design 1
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Architectural Design 2
                                 10...........11...........12.......... Photography
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Video	Production	1
                   9 ............10...........11...........12.......... Video	Production	2
                                 10...........11...........12.......... Video	Production	3	 	          	        	     	    	
                                 10...........11...........12.......... Computer Repair - Hardware
                                 10...........11...........12.......... Computer Repair - Operating Systems
                                 10...........11...........12.......... Computer Repair II – Newtek - An Enterprise
                                              11 ..........12 ......... Computer Repair III - Newtek - An Enterprise
                   9.............10 ..........11...........12.......... Theatre Production 1
                   9.............10 ..........11...........12.......... Theatre Production 2

   The Technology Education Program offers general technical and pre-vocational experiences to NHS students. Skills and technical
knowledge are acquired through the practical applications of tools, machines, materials and processes. Students develop an understanding of
the influences that technology has on consumer and career choices while safely and effectively using resources, tools of technology, creativity
and concepts of design and technology.


GRAPHIC ARTS INDUSTRIES 1                                0.5 credits              and software used “industry wide” for creating scalable
6600                                                   1st Semester               graphics.
This introductory course focuses on design and layout; image                      PREREQUISITE: Graphic Arts 1
generation; pre-production and production, and bindery and
finishing operations found in the Graphic Arts industries.                        DRAFTING/ENGINEERING DESIGN 1 0.5 credits
Students will be introduced to a wide variety of technical                        6610                         1st Semester
concepts and detail related to applications; digital and
traditional photography, and career opportunities. Students                       This one semester course will introduce students in grades
will use computers, digital cameras, internet resources                           9-12 to manual and computer-based drafting instruments and
and their own creative talents to produce colorful printed                        use them to produce scaled drawings. Manual skills will include
products, such as T-shirts and other printed textiles; memo                       multi-view drawings, scaling, dimensioning, production
pads, business cards, and simple display graphics. The skills                     layout and problem-solving. Computer skills will include use
gained in this class have a direct relationship to the student’s                  of CADD software to produce 2-D and 3-D pictorials; an
need to prepare graphically rich documents in their academic                      introduction to 3-D modeling, and use of the computer to
classes.                                                                          solve real-world problems.

GRAPHIC ARTS INDUSTRIES 2                               0.5 credits               DRAFTING/ENGINEERING DESIGN 2 0.5 credits
6601                                                  2nd Semester                6611                         2nd Semester

This course is a continuation of Graphic Arts 1. The                              Students will continue to develop CADD skills in 3-D modeling,
students will be involved with advanced techniques with                           advanced pictorial representation, virtual reality and reverse
screen printing; offset lithography; digital printing; desktop                    engineering. A comprehensive, interactive digital portfolio of
publishing, and photo manipulation. Additional activities                         CADD projects will be created. Careers will be researched
take advantage of computer controlled sign making systems                         that utilize the skills developed in this course.
                                                                                  PREREQUISITE: Drafting 1

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POWER TECHNOLOGY 1                              0.5 credits         PREREQUISITE: Seniors must obtain written permission
6700                                          1st Semester          from the advisor to take this course.
An introductory course to energy and power. Basic electrical        YEARBOOK PUBLICATIONS 2                          0.5 credits
and mechanical principles are covered, as well as the use of all    6641                                           1st Semester
hand tools and machinery. Such topics as the two-and four-
stroke cycle engines; chain saws; engine overhaul; engine           The production course with direct focus on the publication
parts, and principles of operation are covered. Laboratory          of the Newtown High School Yearbook, The Nighthawk.
work is included. Students must bring in a small engine (lawn       All elements of production learned in Yearbook Publication
mower type) for an overhaul project.                                1 are highlighted, developed, and utilized in this course,
                                                                    with a concentrated focus on daily production and business
Open to Grades 10 - 12.                                             management. A concentrated team effort builds project
                                                                    management skills and infinite memories of the community
POWER TECHNOLOGY 2                              0.5 credits         in this publication. Students are required to put in extended
6701                                          2nd Semester          time beyond the class period.
A continuing course of energy and power, building on                The course is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and
previously learned material. Included will be the study of such     seniors.
power plants as the Diesel, Wankel Rotary, and Motorcycles.
In order to give the student an opportunity to apply what has       NOTE: It is expected that students who take Yearbook
been learned, an outdoor power equipment repair program             Publications 1 will take Yearbook Publications 2 and 3. The
is included as a working part of the course.                        courses run over two school years: January - June (Yrbk. Publ.
                                                                    1) and the following September - January (Yrbk. Publ. 2).
PREREQUISITE: Power Technology 1
                                                                    PREREQUISITE: Yearbook Publications 1 or written
NEWTOWN GRAPHICS –                                                  permission from the advisor
The Company 1                                   0.5 credits
6620                                          1st Semester          YEARBOOK PUBLICATIONS 3                         0.5 credits
                                                                    6642                                          2nd Semester
PREREQUISITE: Graphic Arts Industries 2
                                                                    In this production course, students hone the teamwork,
The Company 2 - An Enterprise                   0.5 credits         management and production skills learned in Yearbook
6621                                          2nd Semester          Publication 1 and 2 as they create and execute a plan for
                                                                    the next volume of the Newtown high School Yearbook,
Newtown Graphics – The Company is a student-run                     The Nighthawk, while mentoring and training students in
enterprise for those interested in expanding their knowledge        Yearbook Publications 1 in aspects of computer design of
in the graphics and business field. Included is desktop             publication layouts, proofing and editing, writing and time
publishing - using such programs as Adobe InDesign and              management. Students are required to put in extended time
Adobe Photoshop. Newsletters, brochures, business cards,            beyond the class period.
concert/play programs, letterheads, logo designs and more
are produced for the Newtown Public Schools and the                 This course is open to juniors and seniors.
business community using computers, scanners, laser and
inkjet printers, offset press, process camera, screen printing      PREREQUISITE: Yearbook Publications 1 and 2 or written
press and more.                                                     permission from the advisor.

This course is designed for the advanced graphic arts               HONORS YEARBOOK EDITOR                                1 credit
student.                                                            6643                                                 Full year
PREREQUISITE: Newtown Graphics - The Company 1 or                   PREREQUISITE: Yearbook Publications 1 and 2. Written
teacher approval.                                                   permission from advisor based upon publication experience
                                                                    and interview.
YEARBOOK PUBLICATIONS 1                         0.5 credits
6640                                          2nd Semester          DESKTOP PUBLISHING                            0.5 credits
                                                                    6180                                 1st or 2nd Semester
An introductory course that prepares the student for the fall
semester’s publication of the Newtown High School Yearbook,         This one semester course allows students in grades 9-12 to
The Nighthawk. Students direct their focus to photography           learn skills in the growing field of desktop publishing. Specific
and its techniques; computer design of publication layouts;         topics include: development of web pages, digital imagery,
proofing and editing; writing; interview and investigation; and     flyers, newsletters, brochures, posters, letterheads, business
deadline scheduling. It is recommended that each student be         cards, etc. Students will manipulate text and images imported
familiar with computer technology and using a digital camera.       from a variety of sources including disks, CD-ROM, scanners,
                                                                    video and the web, and will produce work ready for print,
The course is open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and            presentation and the Internet. Programs include but are not
seniors.

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limited to: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Macromedia            VIDEO PRODUCTION 1                              0.5 credits
Dreamweaver, or others. Students may have the opportunity          6740                                   1st or 2nd Semester
to work on projects from the community and from the school
system. A digital portfolio will be developed for publication      This course is for those who want to learn basic video
on the class web site.                                             production techniques. Hands-on experience is emphasized
                                                                   in workshop style classes. Areas to be covered include
AUTOMOTIVE MECHANICS 1                          0.5 credits        shooting, editing, lighting and sound. In groups, students will
6710                                          1st Semester         participate	in	writing	and	producing	several	short	videos.	TV	
                                                                   studio work will be introduced.
Basic maintenance and repair of the automobile. Included
will be auto body and painting, engine service, tire work, and     This course is open to students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.
gas welding. Students are not required to have their own car;
however, they are required to supply their own automotive-         VIDEO PRODUCTION 2/
related project work for labs.                                     BROADCAST JOURNALISM          0.5 credits
                                                                   6741                 1st or 2nd Semester
PREREQUISITE: Power Technology 2
                                                                   For	 students	 who	 have	 completed	 Video	 Production	 I.	 The	
AUTOMOTIVE MECHANICS 2                         0.5 credits         focus	 of	 this	 course	 is	 on	 TV	 news.	 Students	 will	 produce	
6711                                         2nd Semester          videos for Fox 61 student news and a news show for Channel
                                                                   17. News reporting, anchoring, multi-camera studio shows
Major overhaul and repair of all automotive systems will be        and advanced video techniques will be covered. Digital editing
continued. Included will be complete engine and driveline          will be used.
overhaul or tune-up, brake service, and onboard computers
will be introduced. Automotive fuel and emission systems will      This course is open to students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.
also be covered.                                                   PREREQUISITE:	Video	Production	1
PREREQUISITE: Automotive Mechanics 1
                                                                   VIDEO PRODUCTION 3                              0.5 credits
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 1                          0.5 credits        6742                                   1st or 2nd Semester
6720                                          1st Semester         An advanced production class for students who have
This is a one semester course to introduce students to basic       completed	 Video	 Production	 2.	 Group	 projects	 will	 be	
architectural principles and concepts. A variety of structures     written, produced, shot and edited. Individual projects will
will be studied and modeled. Residential construction planning     also be required. Emphasis on video shooting techniques.
will be a focus. Students will learn basic skills necessary        This course is limited to 10th, 11th and 12th graders.
to convey their ideas through traditional manual drafting
methods as well as computer assisted design methods.               PREREQUISITE:	Video	Production	1	&	2

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 2                         0.5 credits         COMPUTER REPAIR - Hardware                         0.5 credits
6721                                         2nd Semester          6771                                             1st Semester

This course builds on skills and concepts learned in               Students interested in troubleshooting hardware problems
Architectural Design 1. Students will take on advanced design      on the PC computer should take this course. In this hands-
challenges and create solutions through the use of manual,         on course students build and repair computers and their
CAD, and modeling skills. Working drawings for a buildable         peripherals, design computer systems and learn the latest
structure will be produced. In-depth consideration of building     techniques in researching PC hardware.
costs, maintenance, and energy costs will be included. Building
                                                                   This course is limited to 10th, 11th and 12th graders.
ordinances and other regulations will be covered as well.
PREREQUISITE: Architectural Design 1                               COMPUTER REPAIR
                                                                   –Operating System                                 0.5 credits
PHOTOGRAPHY                                  0.5 credits           6772                                            2nd Semester
6730                                1st or 2nd Semester
                                                                   This course is designed for students who want to keep their
This course offers the understanding and history of                computer in perfect running order. The latest Windows-
photography including camera operation, composition, film          based operating system is used as a platform to learn tricks,
and darkroom procedures. Also covered are the processes of         maintenance tools and methods to keep your desktop or
pinhole photography, portraiture, action and special effects       laptop in perfect running order. This course is limited to
photography. Basic digital photography will be introduced.         10th, 11th and 12th graders.

Note: Students must have available to them an adjustable
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COMPUTER REPAIR II                                                 PREREQUISITE: Completion of Computer Repair II with
NEWTEK - THE ENTERPRISE                             1 credit       a 75 or better.
6780                                               Full year
                                                                   THEATRE PRODUCTION 1           0.5 credits
Students will operate a computer business that will concentrate    6800                 1st and 2nd Semester
on new computer systems, upgrades and customer service.
The course will also include researching new hardware and          This introductory course immediately involves the student in
software, keeping the company books and marketing.                 team role playing activities which help the student become
                                                                   comfortable before their peers. Acting, playwriting, set
Students may be eligible for an additional credit (See Work        construction, early theatre history, sound and advertising
Education section).                                                are introduced. Students are required to view two live
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Computer Repair 1A and                 performances during the run of the course. This course may
1B with a 75 or better.                                            be taken more than once with instructor’s permission.

COMPUTER REPAIR III –                                              THEATRE PRODUCTION 2                          0.5 credits
NEWTEK - THE ENTERPRISE                             1 credit       6801                                        2nd Semester
6790                                               Full year       This introductory course to live theatre allows the student to
A continuation of Computer Repair II except that year              explore individual talents on and off the stage. Acting, set
three students are the managers of the repair business.            design, painting and contemporary theatre history are covered
Students choose an area of specialization which may include        during the semester. Students are required to view two live
customer support, repair technician, new computer research,        performances during the run of the course. This course may
accounting or consulting.                                          be taken more than once with instructor’s permission.




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               Physical Education / Health
         Offered to Grades:                                      Courses

                   9 ............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Physical Education / Health 9 - (Required)
                                 10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Physical Education / Health 10 - (Required)
                                              11 ..........12 ......... Physical Education / Health 11 - Juniors (either PE/H II or weight training is required)
                                              11...........12.......... Individual Weight Training and Body Building / Health
                                              11...........12.......... Physical Education Leadership Program
                                                           12.......... Health - Seniors (Required)

    The physical education program provides developmentally appropriate opportunities for students to further advance their knowledge,
confidence, and skills in promoting a healthy lifestyle. The design of the program is to have students engage in physical fitness, aquatics, and
lifetime fitness activities. Health classes for students in grades 9-11 are within each physical education course. Health topics include: safety;
social/emotional health; substance use/abuse; healthy body; disease prevention/management, and growth and development.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH 9 -                                                        analyzing personal risk for and developing plans cope with
Freshmen (Required)            0.5 credits                                           situations now and in the future that include unplanned or
9009                  1st or 2nd Semester                                            unprotected sexual behavior; teen pregnancy; birth control;
                                                                                     depression and suicide; substance abuse; nutrition, and stress
The freshmen level course of Physical Education/Health is                            management. Emphasis is on developing a personal plan for
geared toward building a foundation of life-long activities,                         health and wellness to carry them through high school and
strategies, and fitness components. Physical Education                               beyond. Global health issues are examined. This course may
activities include concepts in fitness, net games, team                              be taken more than once with instructor’s permission.
games, and cooperative/ultimate games. Health objectives
include analyzing personal risk in areas that include Internet                       PREREQUISITE: PE 10
use; dating, bullying; substance use; sexual activity; stress
management; depression, and nutrition. Resources within                              WEIGHT TRAINING                                           0.5 credits
the school and community are identified with emphasis on                             9012                                             1st or 2nd Semester
school resources.
                                                                                     The Weight Training course offers further training and
PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH 10 -                                                       refinement of the health fitness components of muscular
Sophomore (Required)           0.5 credits                                           endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and aerobic
9010                  1st or 2nd Semester                                            endurance. Students’ further develop the knowledge,
                                                                                     confidence and skills in the use of fitness equipment and
The sophomore level course of Physical Education/Health                              free weights. Health activities include concepts in Nutrition,
encompasses the development of muscular strength; muscular                           Community Resources, Global Health, Health Relationships,
endurance; flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. All                            and Growth and Development. This course may be taken
sophomore PE students participate in the Connecticut                                 more than once with instructor’s permission.
Physical Fitness Test measuring student’s health related fitness
components to assess current fitness level. Health objectives                        PREREQUISITE: PE 10
include analyzing personal risk for and developing plans to
cope with situations, including driving; potentially violent                         PE LEADERSHIP                                 Non- Credit
situations; depression and suicide; prejudice and stereotypes;                                                          1st or 2nd semester
substance	 abuse;	 stress;	 HIV;	 STIs;	 Lyme	 disease,	 and	                        Sign up in the Career Center as an Internship.
sexual behavior. Emphasis is placed on available community                           PREREQUISITE: PE 9, 10, 11 and Department approval
resources.
PREREQUISITE: PE 9                                                                   SENIOR HEALTH (required)                                                   Non-
                                                                                                                                                               credit
                                                                                     The senior health requirement is earned by attending a series
PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH 11-                                                        of health related workshops designed to help seniors make
Junior                         0.5 credits                                           responsible choices now and in the future. Emphasis is placed
9011                  1st or 2nd Semester                                            on preparing for college and/or independent living. Topics
The junior level course of Physical Education/Health                                 include substance use and abuse; personal stress management;
instills the importance and participation in lifelong fitness                        violence prevention; sexual and non-sexual relationships, and
activities. Physical Education activities refine the knowledge,                      maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Students unable to attend
confidence and skills necessary to participate successfully and                      these programs are given an alternate assignment. This is a
independently in lifetime activities. Health objectives include                      pass/fail course.




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                                       Special Education
         Offered to Grades:                                        Courses

                   9......................................................... Math 1A, 1B
                   9......................................................... Criminal Law 1 / Civil Law 1
                   9 ........................................................ Tools For Learning
                   9............. 10....................................... English Survey 1, 2
                   9............. 10....................................... Reading 1, 2
                   9.............10........................................ Writing Workshop 1, 2
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Science Survey 1, 2, 3, 4
                                 10........................................ Math 2A & 2B
                                                11 ........................ English Literature Survey 1, 2
                                                11......................... Consumer Math 1, 2
                                                11......................... United	States	History:	Colonialism	-	1900
                                                11......................... United	States	History:	1900	-	Present	Day
                                                11 ..........12.......... Marketing Yourself for Success
                                                11...........12.......... Psychology Survey 1, 2
                                                               12.......... English Literature Survey 3, 4
                                                               12.......... American Government Principles
                                                               12.......... Economic Principles
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Developmental English 1, 2
                   9.............10 ..........11 ..........12 ......... Developmental Math 1, 2
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Developmental Social Studies / Science
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Developmental Life Skills 1, 2
                   9.............10...........11...........12.......... Pre-Vocational	Training	1,	2
                   Minimum age of 16 .............................. Alternative Employment 1, 2
                                                11...........12.......... Vocational	Exploration	1,	2

   The Special Education Department offers a variety of courses to fulfill student credit requirements for graduation, as well as assist students
in meeting the mandated graduation requirements. Programs are individually designed and approved through the PPT process. Courses are
offered in the major content areas for students unable to function successfully in the general education environment. Instruction is modified
and tailored to meet the individual learning needs and achievement of each student through support systems of accommodations. The Special
Education program offers courses designed to prepare students for adult life. These courses provide instruction not only in academics, but
also involvement with community services and employability skills.

MATH 1A                                                       0.5 credit                ENGLISH SURVEY 1                                 0.5 credits
8528                                                       1st Semester                 8448                                           1st Semester
MATH 1B                                                      0.5 credit                 ENGLISH SURVEY 2                                0.5 credits
8538                                                      2nd Semester                  8458                                          2nd Semester
The main goal of this course is to develop each student’s                               In English Survey, students study literature beginning with the
maximum potential in basic math skills needed to solve real-                            genre of the short story, and moving on to plays and novels.
life, math-related problems and choose an appropriate method                            Through this study, the class will learn how to identify literary
of computation. Mathematics topics are presented in an                                  elements such as setting, plot and character. The goals of
integrated format with emphasis on efficient calculator use.                            this class are to improve reading comprehension, develop
                                                                                        vocabulary and develop written expression skills.
CRIMINAL LAW 1                                               0.5 credits
8468                                                       1st Semester                 READING 1                                        0.5 credits
                                                                                        8428                                           1st Semester
CIVIL LAW 2                                                 0.5 credits
8478                                                      2nd Semester                  READING 2                                       0.5 credits
                                                                                        8438                                          2nd Semester
The Criminal / Civil Law class is a course of study that offers
students knowledge of the law, awareness of correct social                              Reading is a literature-based class that incorporates written
behaviors, and the consequences if laws are not respected.                              expression, decoding methods and comprehensive skills.
Students study materials concerning the laws of society,                                Opportunities to build vocabulary, develop written response
crimes, the psychology of criminal behavior, due process,                               and engage in discussion are integrated into each unit.
prisons and theories of prison rehabilitation and reforms.
Field trips and guest lecturers are an integral part of the
course to help put theory into reality.



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WRITING WORKSHOP 1                                0.5 credits         U.S. HISTORY:
8408                                            1st Semester          COLONIALISM - 1900                               0.5 credits
                                                                      8484                                           1st Semester
WRITING WORKSHOP 2                               0.5 credits
8418                                           2nd Semester           This	course	provides	an	understanding	of	United	States	history	
                                                                      concepts.	The	class	mirrors	the	mainstream	U.S.	History	class	
This course presents a method of teaching and organizing              curriculum. Students utilize research skills in order to complete
basic writing skills. It is a step-by-step instruction on teaching    project-based work. The course covers topics from Colonial
various forms of writing. These visual organizers will help the       Time to Western Expansion.
student conceptualize, understand and structure a piece of
written work successfully. Also, the reading of various forms         U. S. HISTORY:
of literature will utilize these writing skills during the second     1900 - PRESENT DAY                              0.5 credits
semester of this course.                                              8485                                          2nd Semester
SCIENCE SURVEY 1                      0.5 credits                     This course provides an understanding of significant events
SCIENCE SURVEY 2                               0.5 credits            of the twentieth century. The class will focus on the political,
8188                                1st Semester                      economic and historical development of American society in
8198                                        2nd Semester              the twentieth century. The students will enhance their written
                                                                      expression skills and research skills through various class-
SCIENCE SURVEY 3                      0.5 credits                     based projects.
SCIENCE SURVEY 4                              0.5 credits
8199                                1st Semester                      MARKETING YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS
8204                                        2nd Semester              8308                         0.5 credits
Science Survey parallels the mainstream curriculum. The                                          2nd Semester
courses integrate Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry and               Students will develop communication and computer skills
Environmental Science. Basic skill development in areas of            to enhance job-searching techniques. A professional
problem-solving and relationships between science, society            employment portfolio including a cover letter, resume and
and technology are covered over a two-year period.                    references will be created by each student. Students will also
                                                                      develop an understanding of banking and demonstrate money
MATH 2A                                           0.5 credits         management skills for independent living.
8558                                            1st Semester
MATH 2B                                          0.5 credits          PSYCHOLOGY SURVEY 1                              0.5 credits
8459                                           2nd Semester           8588                                           1st Semester

The course covers basic math skills, geometry and workplace           PSYCHOLOGY SURVEY 2                             0.5 credits
related math with an integrated approach. Students utilize            8598                                          2nd Semester
computation skills to complete classwork and hands-on                 The study of psychology provides a useful insight into
projects. Students access a calculator for class activities and       behaviors and the effects of these behaviors on individuals.
homework.                                                             It explores such topics as the mind, personality, human
                                                                      development, interpersonal relationships and mental health.
ENGLISH LITERATURE SURVEY 1                       0.5 credits         It is the intent of the course to provide students with diverse
8459                                            1st Semester          theories on human development and the application of these
ENGLISH LITERATURE SURVEY 2                      0.5 credits          perspectives to the individual and society. The course is an
8460                                           2nd Semester           invaluable tool for the student who wants to understand and
                                                                      apply strategies to life situations in order to make positive
The class will focus on American Literature and the                   changes.
contemporary issues related to this time period. The course
will begin in 1900 and use books, films, short stories, plays,        ENGLISH LITERATURE SURVEY 3                      0.5 credits
poetry and music to take us into the 21st century.                    8461                                           1st Semester

CONSUMER MATH 1                                   0.5 credits         ENGLISH LITERATURE SURVEY 4                     0.5 credits
8568                                            1st Semester          8462                                          2nd Semester

CONSUMER MATH 2                                  0.5 credits          The students explore themes in mythology, women’s studies,
8578                                           2nd Semester           writing through film and world literature. The focus of the class
                                                                      is to develop the ability to interpret text and to communicate
This course is designed to help students mathematically literate      understanding through written and oral expression.
with the emphasis on consumer skills. Students will improve
their mathematical problem-solving skills while giving them
insight as to their role as consumers in real life situations.


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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT PRINCIPLES                                        DEVELOPMENTAL SOCIAL STUDIES
8508                          0.5 credits                             8128                          0.5 credits
                            1st Semester                                                         1st Semester
In this course, students will examine the structure, function         DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCE
and operation of our system of government. They will                  8178                                             0.5 credits
participate in assignments and activities which will introduce                                                      2nd Semester
them to local, state and federal government. Students will
discuss current political issues. The goal is for students to look    These courses will include a variety of social studies and
at themselves as contributing members to their community,             science topics that apply to everyday life. Social studies
state and nation.                                                     topics may include community services, transportation, safety,
                                                                      mapping, multiculturism, American government, states and
ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES                              0.5 credits          landmarks. Science topics may include weather, technology,
8518                                           2nd Semester           health, plants and animals in the solar system.

In this course, students will be applying economic principles         DEVELPOMENTAL LIFE SKILLS 1                     0.5 credits
to situations and experiences from their everyday lives. The          8210                                          1st Semester
students will be looking at supply and demand, how prices are
determined, how the American economy works, and the role              DEVELOPEMNTAL LIFE SKILLS 2                     0.5 credits
of the consumer and our government in the economy. The                8211                                          2nd Semester
goal is for students to understand how they can participate in        This course will develop skills needed for personal independence
our nation’s economy as workers and consumers.                        in the home and community. Job skills will be integrated
                                                                      through a satellite dry cleaning business in conjunction with
DEVELOPMENTAL ENGLISH 1                           0.5 credits         Nutmeg Cleaners. Students will develop a job portfolio with
8108                                            1st Semester          a resume and cover letter. Skills such as grocery shopping,
DEVELOPMENTAL ENGLISH 2                          0.5 credits          cooking, cleaning and household management will be taught.
8118                                           2nd Semester           A section of the course will focus on money management and
                                                                      personal hygiene. Self-advocacy skills will be incorporated in
Developmental English includes an individualized reading              all components of the course.
program to include decoding, vocabulary development and
reading comprehension. Writing skills will be developed               ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION                      0.5 credits
around their reading program. Students will be able to define         8220                                               Full year
the topic being addressed, present information that is relevant
to the topic, and produce a document that uses vocabulary             The purpose of Adaptive P.E. is to provide specially designed
appropriate to the topic in grammatically correct sentence and        instruction to meet the needs of students. The various physical
paragraph format. Technology skills are ongoing. Students             education activities incorporate motor development, physical
use word processing for writing assignments and Power Point           fitness and game/motor skills.
for oral presentations.

DEVELOPMENTAL MATH 1                              0.5 credits         PRE-VOCATIONAL TRAINING 1                     Credits to be
8148                                            1st Semester                                                          determined
                                                                      8248                                          1st Semester
DEVELOPMENTAL MATH 2                             0.5 credits
8158                                           2nd Semester           PRE-VOCATIONAL TRAINING2                       Credits to be
                                                                                                                      determined
This course covers all the basic math topics and uses them            8258                                          2nd Semester
in a way that will help solve everyday problems. Some areas
covered include: measurement, time, money, addition,                  A vocational internship, within the school day, which
subtraction, multiplication, division, graphing, place value,         provides students an opportunity for career exploration
etc. Many hands-on activities are incorporated in lessons to          and development of job skills in the school and in the
reinforce math skills in the context of everyday life experiences     community.
such as shopping, cooking, word problems and banking.




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ALTERNATIVE EMPLOYMENT 1                    Credits to be           VOCATIONAL TRAINING                          Credits to be
                                              determined                                                           determined
8608                                        1st Semester            8246                                         1st semester
                                                                    8247                                         2nd semester
ALTERNATIVE EMPLOYMENT 2                    Credits to be
                                             determined             This program provides three vocational options. Each student
8618                                       2nd Semester             is given an opportunity to gain employment (at least twenty
                                                                    hours a week), some of these hours take place during the school
An opportunity for students to earn credit while gaining            day and/or after school; experience a non-paid internship
experience in the community workplace. The student                  at a local business in a vocational/career interest; and/or
is required to work 10 hours per week for 18 weeks of               participate in community service. A student may have various
the semester in order to earn one credit. The student is            employment/internship/community service opportunities in
responsible for maintaining his/her job in the community,           one year depending on the length of each one.
meeting weekly with the transition coordinator and following
state employment laws.




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                         Beyond Newtown High School Borders
For further information on the programs listed below, please stop by the Career Center or call 426-1915.

CT Virtual Learning
The State Department of Education is offering on-line course in a variety of areas for high school students across the state. For
details of the program, contact guidance or the Career Center at NHS.

Individual College Courses
Any college-level, three or more credit course offered by an accredited institution of higher education at its campus or through
its on-line services, may be reviewed for half a credit per semester. Students may not use the college course to meet high school
graduation requirements or receive high school credit for any course that is currently offered at the high school. To apply for
this program, students should pick up an application in the Career Center and schedule an appointment with their guidance
counselor. Appointments must be completed before applications are submitted. Students must submit a completed application
form, including all required signatures and supporting materials to Mrs. Ragaini in the Career Center prior to the start of the
course.
Students and their families are responsible for identifying the appropriate college course as well as the cost of the course. Any
program information sent to the Career Center is available for student and parent use. Students who enroll in the program and
decide to withdraw from the college course need to follow the procedures for both the high school and the institution of higher
education. Students who withdraw from the high school credit program prior to the NHS drop deadline for the appropriate
semester will have the course removed from their high school transcript. College courses receive a P/F grade on the high school
transcript. A pass is not calculated into GPA; however, a fail may impact GPA since GPA is calculated on credits attempted.

College Career Pathways
These are courses that students can take at the high school and earn college credit without paying for the tuition, fees, and
books.		Students	may	receive	3	credits	from	Naugatuck	Valley	Community	College	if	they	take	one	of	the	following	combinations	
during their junior and/or senior year and pass the final with a 70 or above: Business Education 1 and 2; Personal and Business
Law 1 and 2; Computer Applications, and Marketing 1 and 2.
NHS	is	also	articulated	with	NVCC	in	mathematics.	Student	who	have	earned	an	80	or	better	in	Integrated	Math	I	,	a	75	or	
better	in	Integrated	Math	II	and	III	and	are	enrolled	in	CPA	Integrated	Math	IV	their	senior	year	may	apply	for	College	Career	
Pathways	in	Mathematics.	Students	who	have	met	this	criterion,	applied,	earned	an	80	or	better	in	Integrated	Math	IV	and	take	
the	Accuplacer*	at	NVCC	will	receive	college	credit.	(*	free	of	charge)

Credits through Johnson & Wales University
Students	may	earn	10.5	credits	through	Johnson	&	Wales	University	after	successfully	completing	Advanced	Culinary	Arts.		

Naugatuck Valley Community College High School Partnership Program
This program is open to juniors and seniors with a GPA of 80 or above. Students accepted into this program may take a
course	 at	 Naugatuck	 Valley	 Community	 College	 tuition-free.	 Students	 are	 only	 responsible	 for	 books,	 lab	 fees,	 and	
transportation.	This	program	is	funded	through	Naugatuck	Valley	Community	College	on	a	year-to-year	basis,	so	there	is	no	
assurance it will be available every year. During the 2008-2009 year, classes were offered in science, technology, engineering,
math, and allied health.

Career Shadowing
This program allows sophomores, juniors and seniors one excused day per semester to spend time in a career field of their
interest with a community volunteer. If we do not have a volunteer in a student’s field of interest, we will attempt to find one.
Deadline is March 31, 2009.

Internships
Junior and senior students work for an employer usually one or more semesters to gain knowledge about a career. Internships
occur outside of the school day and may be paid or unpaid. Deadline is December 15th for the current year. Students interested
in medical careers should apply for Education Connection’s Regional Medical Internship Program by March 15th for the
following year.

Newtown Student Police Academy
Open to all high school students. The Newtown Police Department sponsors the program. The program runs from February
to April. This is a wonderful introduction to law enforcement careers. Applications and additional information is available in
the Career Center.


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                                          Career/College Center
The Career/College Center is located in the rear of the Guidance Office. The hours are from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday
through Friday. The telephone number is (203) 426-1915. Mrs. Latowicki, the Career Center Coordinator, and Mrs. Ragaini,
the School to Career Coordinator, staff the Center.
The Career Center is equipped with the most up-to-date information on colleges and careers. We have the latest college and
career software on our computers, scholarship, and resume programs. The “Choices” program is used for college searches,
career interest inventories, and career exploration. This program is available on the Internet and may be accessed at home.
Since we are on the Internet, students can access college, financial aid and/or career websites during their free periods or after
school. The Career Center has current college catalogs and viewbooks that may be borrowed. We have a substantial collection
of career/ college resources, scholarship information, financial aid books, and the common applications.
Scholarship information is kept on file in the Career Center. Students may come in at any time and look at (or take home) a list
of scholarships that are currently available. In addition, scholarship updates are available through The Newtown Bee, Channel
17, and Naviance (www.connection.naviance.com/newtown).
Please check “Beyond High School Borders” in this Program of Studies for information on existing programs. Students and
parents are encouraged to check Naviance for information on upcoming programs and visit the Career Center.

Career Interest Inventories
   •	 The	Interest	Inventory,	through	Naviance,	is	administered	to	all	freshmen.
   •	 The	CHOICES	Cluster	finder	is	administered	to	all	sophomores.
   •	 The	Do	What	You	Are	Indicator	is	administered	to	all	juniors.	The	Career	Center	staff	provides	career	information	as	
      it relates to the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory.

College Search
The first step in the college search is to begin to look at colleges. Students and parents may schedule an appointment in the
Career Center. Working with Choices or Naviance, students answer questions about majors, geographic region, size of school,
competitiveness, etc. to try and get a manageable list of colleges to research. After the initial college search meeting, students
are advised to look up information on these schools. Students should also make an appointment with their guidance counselor
to review their choices and discuss making a plan of colleges to apply to based on their educational record. To schedule an
appointment to do a college search, contact Mrs. Latowicki.

College Visits
Last year, over 100 colleges and technical schools visited the Career Center. This is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to
learn about the colleges, as well as to meet admission representatives. Often, these are the people that read the applications.
Students can ask questions and receive current information. In order to attend these visits, students can sign up on Naviance
or in the Career Center. They must have permission from their teacher if they are missing a class.

Junior & Senior Project                                                                               0.5 credits- Pass/Fail
7000                                                                                                   1st or 2nd semester
The Junior and Senior Project class provides the motivated and responsible senior learner an opportunity to develop a career-
oriented relationship with a community professional in the student’s area of chosen interest. The honors designation indicates
the degree of motivation and self-direction that participants are expected to apply to their work in the course. The program
requires that the senior project be an experience unavailable in the traditional classroom. Examples of projects from past years
include:
    •	 Debris	Flow	and	the	Centrifuge
    •	 Autism:	Imagine	That	You	Couldn’t	Imagine
    •	 The	Effects	of	Feminine	Stereotypes	on	My	Personal	Experiences
    •	 Techniques	for	Teaching	a	Second	Language	to	Children
    •	 Polycystic	Kidney	Disease
    •	 Father	of	Lies,	a	short	story
    •	 Women’s	Lives	During	the	Downfall	of	the	Soviet	Union
    •	 THE	SCULPTURE:	A	Play	of	Monologues	in	One	Act
    •	 Graphic	Design	Product
    •	 Student	Elections	Reform
PREREQUISITE: Completed sophomore year.
Coordinator: Peg Ragaini, School to Career Coordinator

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                                   Additional Resources at NHS
The Library Media Center
The NHS Library Media Center is open daily to give students a place to research, read and think. Instruction or demonstrations
are given by library staff to support information literacy habits of mind and skills as they relate to curriculum topics. It is a
meeting place for several student clubs and can house various exhibits. Over 75 computers are available for use by students and
staff. The library has extensive print materials to support all research, with over 27,000 volumes and copies, and it provides
access to a robust selection of database subscriptions for research and instruction, including video streaming – from home or at
school. We purchase new books all year for independent reading and we subscribe to several newspapers and 77 magazines.
The library strives to remain current and responsive to the needs and interests among nearly 2000 patrons. Say hello to a
librarian and tell them what your library needs!

The Tutoring Center
The Tutoring Center (formerly known as the Reading and Math Center) is a facility at Newtown High School where students
of all course levels can receive one-to-one help with their questions on homework assignments; study and organizational skills;
test preparation, and college application essays. To access the center, sophomores on the High Honor Roll, juniors and seniors
may drop in The Tutoring Center during their free periods. Freshmen and sophomores need to stop by the center to request a
pass so they may return during their assigned study halls. Students who use this resource consistently have the option of being
assigned to the tutoring center for one period in their class schedule, as space permits.

Computer Rooms
Newtown High School has several computer rooms available for students for academic use. When the computer rooms are not
being used for class instruction or if room is available, students may use these recourses to complete homework assignments,
work on group projects or access recourses. Two teaching assistants provide coverage for five of the computer rooms between
the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. To access a computer room, sophomores on the High Honor Roll, juniors and seniors
may drop in during their free periods. Freshmen and sophomores need to gat a pass form a classroom teacher or a study hall
proctor to use the rooms during a study hall period.

The Guidance Office
Each student at Newtown High School is assigned a school counselor for their time at NHS. Counselors work with students on
a variety of topics including but not limited to academic success; course selection; career exploration; post-secondary planning;
the college application process, and personal/social issues. In addition to small group, classroom, assembly and evening
programs, counselors meet with students on an individual basis. Sophomores on the High Honor Roll, juniors and seniors who
wish to see their counselors may drop in during their free periods. Freshmen and sophomores need to obtain a pass so they
may return during their study halls. The best way to ensure a counselor is available to meet with a student is for the student
to schedule an appointment with their counselor through any one of the secretaries in the Guidance Office. Email is another
common mode of communication between the counselors and students/parents (see the inside cover of this book or the NHS
website for email addresses). With the exception of a crisis situation, students should not meet with their counselor during class
time.
The guidance department is working toward 100% use of the Naviance program to disseminate information and facilitate
communication. If a parent and student have not yet signed on to Naviance go to www.connection.naviance.con/newtown
and enter your access code. If you do not have a code, any staff member in the guidance office or career center can provide
you with one. If computer access is limited and you would like to discuss another mode of communication, please contact your
guidance counselor.

TOOLS FOR LEARNING …A course for 9th graders                                                                     0.5 credits
8818                                                                                                    1st or 2nd semester
The course is designed for students who have gaps in their learning. Tools for Learning emphasizes cultural literacy, learning
skills and concepts and vocabulary needed for success in the ninth grade. This half credit, one semester course is only open to
freshmen who have been recommended by a teacher.




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                                                                                               Name:____________________

                                 Newtown High School
                                               Course Planning Guide


Subject Area         Grade 9           Grade 10              Grade 11               Grade 12              Total Credit
                     Courses           Courses               Courses                Courses
English              English I         English II            American Literature    2 senior electives
(4 credits)

History and          Western Studies   Area Studies          U.S. History           American Government
                                                                                    Economics
Social Studies
(3 credits)


Mathematics
(3 credits)

Science
(3 credits)

World
Language

Fine and
Applied Arts
(1 credit)
                      th                  th                   th
Physical             9 grade P.E.      10 Grade P.E.         11 Grade P.E. or
                                                             Weight Training
Education
(1.5 credits)


Total Credits
(22 credits)


                                Thoughts for the future…
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