Teaching and Learning
- Social Studies
- Health and Physical Education
- Study Skills
- Mechanical Technologies
- Information Technology
- Instrumentation and Control Technologies
Students in ELA 9 complete an intensive study of grammar, sentence and paragraph structures while following the standards set within NY's Common Core. Through a variety of short stories, novels and plays, students will learn how to comprehend complex ideas and craft well-thought responses around central ideas. Students will complete reflective journals each marking period showing progress towards goals set at the beginning of each marking period. Students will also engage in corporate challenges designed to reinforce the writing skills needed in each pathway.
Adhering to NY's Common Core, students in ELA 10 continue crafting their writing practices begun in 9th grade. Through a variety of novels, short stories, plays and poems, students continue to perfect their comprehension skills and expressive writing skills. Students in ELA 10 craft reflective assessments at the end of each marking period and also engage in corporate challenges designed to give them real-world writing situations. Students also begin preparing to take the NYS Regents Exam the following year.
Students in ELA 11 continue to follow NY's Common Core standards while taking the skills learned in 9th and 10th and refining them for writing at a college level in FLCC's ENG 101. Through a variety of short stories, novels, plays and poems, students continue to hone their comprehension and expressive skills. The students will also spend time preparing to take the NYS Regents exam in January, with a chance to take it again in June if needed.
Students who earn a cumulative average of at least an 80% are eligible to take FLCC's ENG 101 Composition 1 their senior year. Those students who do not maintain at least an 80% will take NYS ELA 12 their senior year and then will take ENG 101 Composition their first year at FLCC.
For students who did not maintain an 80% in ELA 11, students in ELA 12 will follow the NYS Common Core standards. They will continue to refine their ELA skills and prepare for college-level reading and writing when they enter FLCC. The students will engage in brief units on Psychology, Sociology, and Philosophy as well as reading a variety of short stories, plays, novels, and poems. The students will complete self-reflective assessments at the end of each marking period. They will also complete a thesis paper, choosing their own topic, throughout the year. This assignment will be used to reinforce research skills as well as comprehension and writing skills. The students will begin this assignment in September and finish in June.
ENG 101: Composition I. The goals of Composition 101 are to develop students' abilities to write at a college level and to think critically. Students will learn to make decisions based on rhetorical concerns of a writer's purpose, the readers' needs, and the context in which documents are read. As using sources effectively is one of the goals in the course, research will be interwoven into documents as a way to support ideas and connect with the audience. The course emphasizes process-based writing, student reflection of their learning progress, and it culminates in a learning portfolio. Pre-requisite: students must have an 80% or higher in English 11. Completion of this course awards the student 1.0 HS credit and 3.0 FLCC credits. (Information taken from FLCC's website, used with permission.)
- W-FL Media Library
- GALE Professional
- TED Talks
- Celtx (Script Writing)
This course reviews and deepens understanding of Algebra 1 concepts. Topics include: relations and functions, quadratic equations, exponents and radicals, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions and series and sequences. An emphasis is placed on mathematical modeling and applying skills to solve problems using tools such as Excel and LabVIEW.
This course reviews and deepens understanding of Algebra 2 concepts and covers the more advanced topics of Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. Topics include: relations and functions, quadratic equations, exponents and radicals, complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions and trigonometry. An emphasis is placed on mathematical modeling and applying skills to solve problems using tools such as Excel and LabVIEW.
- NI LabVIEW
- Kuta Software
- Kahn Academy
Key topics covered include: Characteristics of Living Systems, Human Structure and Function, Genetics and Mechanism of Inheritance, Genetic Engineering, Variation Adaptation Evolution, Reproduction and Development, Energy Pathways, Disease and Homeostasis, Interdependence, Biotic and Abiotic Interactions, and Technology and the Environment. In order to be eligible to take the Living Environment Regents examination, each student must complete 1200 minutes of documented lab time.
Key topics covered include: Atomic Concepts, Periodic Table, Moles/Stoichiometry, Bonding, Physical Behavior of Matter, Kinetics/Equilibrium, Organic Chemistry, Oxidation-Reduction, Acids, Bases and Salts, and Nuclear Chemistry. In addition, the material on the Chemistry Reference Tables is considered part of the core curriculum and is testable. In order to be eligible to take the Chemistry Regents examination, each student must complete 1200 minutes of documented lab time.
- Castle Learning
- Khan Academy
- NI LabVIEW
- Lego Mindstorms (EV 3)
- Vernier Logger Pro
"Global History and Geography I" is the first unit of study in the two-year course of study. Grade 9 is divided into several major time sections. The course begins with the Paleolithic Era and the established of early civilizations. Next in our study is the classical societies such as the Greeks, Romans, and Han empires and the expanding zones of exchange between these societies through elaborate and extensive trade routes. The course ends with Global Interactions from 1400-1750 ranging from the spread of Islam by the Ottoman Empire to the First Encounter in the "New World." The course concludes with a local final examination.
“Global History and Geography II” is the second unit of study in the two‐year course of study. Grade 10 is divided into three major time sections. Within the first section, which ranges from 1750‐1914, the course begins with the Enlightenment and examines the role of Enlightenment ideals in inspiring widespread political and social change. Next, the course addresses the origins and spread of the Industrial Revolution, tracing the changes brought about by industrialization, including the rise of the Age of Imperialism. The second section, which ranges from 1914‐1990, addresses global crises of the 20th century including World War I, global depression, World War II, and the Cold War. Within this era, colonial independence movements are also addressed. The third section of the course is dedicated to the examination of four major contemporary global issues: human rights, globalization, environmental concerns, and population challenges. Each key idea expresses an essential pattern or concept that unifies the content understandings. While the course emphasizes the importance of historical thinking, all of the social studies practices and standards are included in the study of global history.( –NYS Common Core Social Studies Framework) This course concludes with a NYS Regents Examination on ONLY the second year of study.
In this course, students examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States beginning in the colonial era and continuing to the present day. They learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War and have continued to influence the country to this day. Students also study the central ideas of the United States Constitution, the basic concepts of American democracy, and the basic framework of American government. Students learn about America’s westward expansion, the establishment and evolution of the country’s political parties and traditions, and economic and social changes. Students also examine the origins, conflicts, resolution, and impact of the Civil War. Additionally, students analyze the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution, America’s emergence as a world power, and the two world wars of the 20th century. Students explore the expansion of the federal government, evolving social beliefs and behaviors, and the Cold War and its aftermath. Finally, students study recent events and trends that have shaped modern‐day America and its place in an increasingly globalized and interconnected world. (– NYS Common Core Social Studies Framework) This course concludes with a NYS Regents Examination.
POL 100: American Government. This course explores the nature and dynamics of the American political system, including the basic structure, functions, and processes of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, the roles of political parties and special interest groups, the mechanics of political campaigns and elections, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and prominent issues in U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Completion of this course awards the student .5 HS credit and 3.0 FLCC credits.
ECO 210: Principles of Macroeconomics. This is an introductory course dealing with the principles of economics and how they are applied at the domestic economy and global level. Students will examine the public and private sectors, national income accounts, unemployment, inflation, income distribution, and fiscal and monetary policies as they relate to the U.S. and global economy. Completion of this course awards the student .5 HS credit and 3.0 FLCC credits.
- Castle Learning
- National Constitution Center
- Kahn Academy
- SHEG- Stanford History Education Group
- Scholastic UpFront
- The Glider Lehrman Institute
- W-FL Media Library
ART 115: Computer Imaging. An introduction to techniques for creating computer generated imagery for application in commercial and fine art. Hands-on experience with drawing and design packages for the non-programmer. This course carries SUNY General Education credit.
Information taken from FLCC's website, used with permission.
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Premiere
- Adobe Illustrator
The P-TECH Physical Education program is based upon the acquisition of knowledge and skills that are the foundation for engaging in physical activity. Our mission is to empower all students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life. Our program is based on physical activities undertaken in an active, caring, supportive and nonthreatening atmosphere in which every student is challenged and successful. We aim to provide every student with a wide variety of physical activities and challenges that will contribute to the development and maintenance of their physical, cognitive, and affective well being. Ultimately students will be provided with the foundation for making informed decisions that will empower them to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The students will be receiving a Polar A300 watch that will record their activity level in class and can be use a tool for outside school activities.
P-TECH views the health education class as an environment which gives us the opportunity to promote a healthier, safer, more productive and responsible life style in our children. Our health curriculum is continually updated in light of new developments in public health. At times, this requires that controversial health issues and concerns of young people have to be considered in class. As professional educators we realize that an understanding of topics such as Human Growth and Development and AIDS prevention are critical to promoting a healthy lifestyle. To meet our educational responsibility, we believe that students must have a realistic understanding of these vital areas. At the same time, we want you to be aware when we present sensitive material in these areas. In accordance with New York State regulations, your child will receive instruction in the health curriculum as established by the Department of Education.
- Polar Watches
- Polar Flow App
- Polar Flow Diary
- TED Talks
- W-FL Media Library
L.O.T.E.- Languages other than English, all student are to complete one credit of study in a foreign language. Most middle school students accomplish this during 7th and 8th grades by passing the 2-year course and proficiency assessment. Students who do not obtain the one credit of study, as required by New York State Education Department High School Diploma requirements, are scheduled to take a foreign language of their choice during their 9th grade year. Students complete their studies using AccelerateU and support provided by a P-TECH faculty member.
This course will prepare first-year learners for success in secondary and post-secondary courses. Course topics include study skills and employability skills. Students will learn and practice explicit skills and strategies necessary for academic success. Areas of focus include: Engagement and ownership of learning, personal management skills, interpersonal skills, group process skills, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills.
- SOAR Study Skills
- TED Talks