Course Information

Art Department

Studio in Art
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11,12
Studio in Art offers an overview of Art History, an introduction to standard art criticism, color theory, principles of the visual arts, line, form color and texture. The principles of art and the elements of design are also incorporated using an experiential approach that employs a variety of media, tools and techniques. Portfolio assessments at mid year and at end of course.

Prerequisite: None         Exam: Final         1 Unit


Drawing
Grade Level: 10, 11,12
Drawing includes various techniques using charcoal, pastels, pencil and pen through the use of basic elements of design and principles of art. Verbal and written proficiency utilizing standard art criticism and criteria will be required. Art history and an overview of drawing techniques will be covered. Students are required to have a sketchbook, pencils and erasers. Portfolio assessments at mid year and at end of course.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art        Exam: Final         1/2 Unit


Design I
Grade Level: 11,12
Design I explores two-dimensional design concepts as they relate to graphic arts. Experiences will include logo design, advertising layout, floor plan development, geometric, composition linoleum cuts, and mono printmaking. Repetitive graphic elements and patterns will be included. Verbal and written proficiency in utilizing standard art criticism criteria will be required. Portfolio assessments at mid year and at end of course.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art         Exam: Final         1/2 Unit


Design II
Grade Level: 11,12
Design II includes introduction to sculpture, product re-design, mask-making, and architectural design. Verbal and written proficiency utilizing standard art criticism criteria will be required. Portfolio assessments at mid year and at end of course.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art, Design 1         Exam: Final         1/2 Unit

Painting
Grade Level: 11, 12
Painting is a half year elective course exploring the fundamentals of painting and color theory. Students will be exposed to a variety of painting processes and materials and will be required to utilize those processes and materials to which they have been exposed. Art history and standard art criticism are included. Portfolio assessments at mid year and at end of course.

Prerequisite: Studio in Art         Exam: Final         1/2 Unit

 

Math Department

Integrated Algebra
Integrated Algebra will expose students to the Algebra process and content performance indicators. The course emphasis will be on the Algebra strand. The Algebra strand guidelines are that the students will be able to represent and analyze algebraically and graphically a wide variety of problem solving situations; that students will be able to perform algebraic procedures accurately; and that students will be able to recognize, use and represent patterns, relations and functions algebraically. Topics include linear equations, data analysis, systems of equations, measurement, right triangle trigonometry, probability, and coordinate geometry. The accompanying Algebra Regents exam will function as a final exam for this course.

1 Unit

Integrated Algebra “A”
This course is designed for the student who finds Mathematics challenging. Students in this course will complete the NYS Integrated Algebra curriculum in two years. Part of the curriculum is devoted to strengthening the students’ foundational skills. The students will complete the Integrated Algebra curriculum in the subsequent course, Integrated Algebra “B”. The students will take the Integrated Algebra Regents exam at the end of the second year.

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Integrated Algebra “B”
Students in this course will complete the Integrated Algebra curriculum. During this year the students will explore such topics as equation solving, solving systems of equations, statistics, area and perimeter, polynomials, right triangle trigonometry and probability. The Integrated Algebra Regents exam will function as a final exam for this course.

1 Unit

Geometry
This Mathematics course is the second in the New York State prescribed Regents program leading to an Advanced Regents Diploma. Students in this course are expected to identify and justify geometric relationships, formally and informally. Students will explore a variety of approaches to verification and/or proof of geometric theorems and principals. The accompanying NYS Geometry Regents exam will function as a final exam for this course.

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Algebra 2 & Trigonometry
This Mathematics course completes the curriculum outlined in the New York State Regents Core Curriculum. This course includes the study of real and complex numbers, quadratic formula, trigonometry, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequence and series, probability and linear regression. The NYS Algebra 2 & Trigonometry Regents examination is administered at the end of the course and will function as a final exam for this course.

1 Unit


Elementary Statistics – The College of Saint Rose
Elementary Statistics course is designed to engage students in an organized and sophisticated investigation of statistics. Its purpose is to encourage students to think and discover concepts for themselves. In addition, this course seeks to instill an appreciation for the value of working with others, discussing mathematical concepts, communicating ideas effectively, and utilizing appropriate technology. The course also endeavors to demonstrate the relevance and pervasiveness of math, and mathematical thinking, in the world today. Topics include the organization of data, elements of probability theory, analysis of data by methods including the
binomial, normal, and chi-square distributions, formation and testing of hypothesis, elements of correlation and regression. This College of Saint Rose course provides students with the academic challenges of college-level curriculum during their high school years. As a “bridging” experience to college this courses can help students begin to develop skills and experience necessary for academic success in higher education. Enrollment in Saint Rose courses may provide future opportunities to students, such as the ability to enroll in higher-level college courses or to complete a four-year degree in a shorter amount of time. Students registered with Saint Rose are encouraged to participate in and to familiarize themselves with the college setting by utilizing the college ID cards that are provided. These ID cards allow students on-site use of Saint Rose’s library resources. Students successful in this course can earn 3 credit hours at The College of Saint Rose. These credits will form the basis if a permanent post-secondary academic record at Saint Rose. Credits obtained at Saint Rose may be eligible for transfer to colleges and universities throughout the country.*

1 Unit

* With successful completion of the class and the payment of St. Rose's $120.00 fee, students will be awarded 3 college credits through The College of St. Rose.


Advanced Placement Calculus AB
Advanced Placement Calculus AB is intended for students who have a through knowledge of analytic geometry and elementary functions in addition to college preparatory algebra, geometry and trigonometry. These standards incorporate the current College Board Advanced Placement Course Description Syllabus. The primary objective of this course is to give substantial training in differential and integral calculus with sufficient application to bring out the meaning and importance of the subject. This course will parallel the year course in the subject now given by colleges and will include the following topics: Analytic Geometry review and extension, limits, differential and integral calculus of algebraic and transcendental functions and application of differential and integral calculus. Students in this course are expected to commit themselves to consistent, rigorous study throughout the year. The AP exam must be taken in order to earn the AP designation on the transcript. As mandated by The College Board, graphing calculators will be required for this course.

1 Unit

 

Science Department

Living Environment
Grade 9
The Living Environment follows the New York State Core Curriculum for Living Environment. It covers the seven major areas required by NYS: study of life, maintenance of animals, maintenance of plants, reproduction and development, genetics, evolution and ecology. Students will participate in lab classes. Students will collect and organize data and complete different lab activities. The Regents will function as the final. Students must fulfill the requirement of 1200 lab minutes to be able to take the NYS Regents Exam.

Prerequisite: None         1 Unit


Earth Science
Grade 10
Earth Science follows the New York State Core Physical Setting, Earth Science Curriculum. Topics covered include Astronomy, Meteorology and Geology. Students will participate in lab classes. Students will collect and organize data and complete different lab activities. The Regents will function as the final. Students must fulfill the requirement of 1200 lab minutes to be able to take the NYS Regents Exam.

Prerequisite: Living Environment        1 Unit


Chemistry
Grade 11
Chemistry follows the New York State Core Physical setting, Chemistry Curriculum. Topics covered include matter, energy, atomic and molecular structure, periodic table, bonding, kinetics, equilibrium, acid/base theories, organic and nuclear chemistry. Students will participate in lab classes. Students will collect and organize data and complete different lab activities. The Regents will function as the final. Students must fulfill the requirement of 1200 lab minutes to be able to take the NYS Regents Exam.

Prerequisite: Living Environment, Earth Science         1 Unit


Anatomy & Physiology
Grade 12
Anotomy & Physiology is a course through the college of St. Rose. In this class, we will examine basic biological and chemical processes, the function of cells, human organ systems, homeostasis, and current topics that are of interest to human biology. You will also be introduced to the scientific method and scientific writing and how these are applied to human biology. With successful completion of the class, and paying the St. Rose fee, the student will be awarded 3 college credits through the College of St. Rose.*

Prerequisite: Living Environment, Earth Science, Chemistry, recommendation from teacher

* With successful completion of the class and the payment of St. Rose's $120.00 fee, students will be awarded 3 college credits through The College of St. Rose.

 

Topics in Science

Grades 11, 12

*Course description coming soon!

Prerequisite: Living Environment, Earth Science 1/2 Unit

 

 

English Department

Bishop Maginn High School adheres to the learning standards set forth by The New York State Department of Education and to the Diocesan Curriculum guidelines for Language Arts. Students are required to master a set of skills in each of the core areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The mastery of these skills will enable students to successfully complete the Comprehensive English Examination and ultimately be prepared for the rigors of college study.


ELA I CC 
Grade Level: 9
ELA I CC includes an introduction to the various literary genres, such as poetry, the novel, the short story, drama, and essays drawn from various sources and cultures. Primary objectives for the course are building a strong vocabulary, understanding the fundamentals of grammar and composition, and improving reading comprehension. Emphasis is placed upon proper sentence structure, writing effective paragraphs, and critical lens essay construction in working toward the English Regents exam administered in 11th grade. Additionally, students will be introduced to analytical reading approaches, the application of the major literary elements to both writing and discussion, and techniques for effective listening and speaking. ELA I CC will also serve as an introduction to the processes of scholarly research according to Modern Language Association Style Manual that will continue throughout the student’s high school career.

Prerequisite: None         Exam: Midterm, Final        1 Unit


ELA II CC 
Grade Level: 10
ELA II CC covers a broad spectrum of literature, not only from around the world but also from a wide variety of literary forms. In the process of exploring these different types of literature, students will continue to practice and improve writing, speaking, reading, and listening skills by applying analytical and critical methods of discourse. The interdependence of these skills will be further explored. Students will continue to build vocabulary and apply the fundamentals of grammar, usage, and composition. The processes of conducting and recording scholarly research according to Modern Language Association Style Manual will be enhanced.

Prerequisite: ELA I CC         Exam: Midterm, Final        1 Unit


ELA III CC 
Grade Level: 11
ELA III CC continues to develop the skills mastered by students in ninth and tenth grades. Students will continue to perform activities related to the further acquisition and refinement of composition skills. Students will read with greater appreciation and comprehension works of recognized literary merit in various genres from American literature, by applying more advanced analytical and critical strategies. Students will be engaged in challenging speaking activities that also promote and incorporate thoughtful listening. Students will continue to master the techniques of performing, recording, and presenting scholarly research using The Modern Language Association Style Manual. The course also provides students with strategies for taking standardized tests including the Comprehensive Regents Examination in English. Successful completion of the Regents Examination is a requirement for graduation.

Prerequisite: ELA I CC and ELA II CC        Exam: Midterm, NYS Regents         1 Unit


ELA 12
Grade Level: 12
English 12 offers a comprehensive approach to the study of language, composition, and literature through an examination of the British literary tradition. Primarily designed as a preparation for the rigors of undergraduate study, this course works toward an enhanced study of literary texts through the lenses of societal influence and impact. Students will be held to exacting standards and will be required to demonstrate mastery of the material through essays, presentations, interpersonal cooperation, and numerous research opportunities adhering to the Modern Languages Association Style Manual. Completion of this course will provide students with a solid background in the literature of the English speaking world, the writing capabilities necessary for a successful college career, and the critical thinking skills essential to a rewarding, thoughtful future.

Prerequisite: ELA I CC, ELA II CC, and ELA III CC        Exam: Midterm, Final        1 Unit


Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
Grade Level: 12
Advanced Placement English is conducted as a college level course of study and is open to seniors who have demonstrated a superior aptitude and proficiency in English by maintaining an outstanding academic average in the discipline and scoring above mastery level on the Regents Examination. Students closely read, discuss, analyze, and write about classic works of Western Literature, as well as from contemporary works of literary merit. Literary theory and formal literary criticism are introduced and applied. Students are required to perform advanced scholarly research in literature, which conforms to the Modern Language Association Style Manual. Students are also required to make presentations to the class and to respond thoughtfully and critically during open discussions. Students may earn college credit after successfully completing the Advanced Placement Examination.

Prerequisite: ELA I CC, ELA II CC, ELA III CC, and Dept. Approval       Exam: Midterm, Final       1 Unit 

 

Theology Department

Theology 9: Understanding Scripture
Grade Level: 9
Theology 9 is designed to familiarize students with Catholicism through a course of study, which includes both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture and a study of the Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery). Students will grow to appreciate the tradition and role of Scripture as a guide for the development of a vital relationship with God. Through Christian Service projects, students will be presented with opportunities to live as true disciples of Jesus.

Prerequisite: None        Exam: Mid-term         Final 1 Unit


Theology 10: The History and Sacraments of the Catholic Church

Grade Level: 10
Theology 10 is designed to educate students the history of the Church and provide an in depth understanding of the Sacraments as Privileged encounters with Jesus Christ. Students will learn of the rich history behind the symbols and rituals associated with each of the seven sacraments. The history of the Church will be presented as an instrument of not only communion with God but also the call to unify the human race. Many forms of prayer will be studied as well following the traditions of Sacraments within the Church. Participation in Christian service will present students with the opportunity to live as a true disciple of Jesus.

Prerequisite: None        Exam: Mid-term        Final 1 Unit


Theology 11: Living a Moral Life and Ecumenical Issues
Grade Level: 11
Theology 11 is designed to help students understand that it is only through Christ that they can fully live out God’s plans for their lives. Students will learn the moral concepts that will assist them with the tough moral choices they are faced with on a daily basis. There are a large percentage of current events in the presentation of this course to allow students to put moral decision-making skills into practice. The course will help students understand the manner in which the Catholic Church relates to other religions of the world in an effort to both embrace and discern ecumenical differences. Participation in Christian service will present students with the opportunity to live as a true disciple of Jesus.

Prerequisite: None        Exam: Mid-term        Final 1 Unit


Theology 12: Living as a Disciple of Christ in our Homes, Neighborhoods, and the World
Grade Level: 12
The purpose of this class is to introduce students to Catholic social teaching. Through the study of past and present world events students will be encouraged to understand that their mission as Catholics transcends their immediate surroundings. Students will be called to participate in a number of projects designed to respect and preserve the dignity of all human life through service to others. The course will also help students understand the vocations of life and how they differ. Married life, single-life, religious-life and ordained life will all be presented. There will be a large project based on the respect for family life at the end of the course. Students will be presented and given tools to work through many issues that face parents and young couples today.

Prerequisite: None       Exam; Mid-term, Final        1 Unit

 

World Religions

Grade Level: 12

This course enables students to discover what others believe and how they live, and to appreciate their own unique heritage. Students will learn about the teachings and traditions of a variety of religions, the connections between religion and the development of civilizations, the place and function of religion in human experience, and the influence of a broad range of religions on contemporary society. This course also introduces students to skills used in researching and investigating world religions.

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Language Department

Spanish One
Grade Level: 9, 10
Spanish One serves as the foundation for second language acquisition as presented by the State Education Department. The goal of Spanish One is to bring the student to the Checkpoint A Proficiency level as outlined by the New York State Learning Standards for Languages Other Than English (LOTE). Spanish One is the beginning level of the foreign language curriculum and the course, or its’ equivalent, is a graduation requirement for all students. Assessment is based on a communicative approach in which the primary goal is meaningful communication using basic Spanish vocabulary, phrases and verb conjugations.

Prerequisite: None      Exam: Mid-term        Final 1 Unit


Spanish Two
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
Spanish Two serves as the passageway from the required Checkpoint A Proficiency Level of foreign language to the Checkpoint B Level of the third year of study. This course builds upon the fundamentals mastered at level one and further develops the student’s fluency, complexity and accuracy of communication. Again, all skills of communication are studied (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and an understanding of different cultures is fostered.

Prerequisite: Spanish 1        Exam: Mid-term        Final 1 Unit


Spanish Three
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
At the third level of Spanish, students are expected to take the New York State Regents examination. The goal is Checkpoint B Proficiency Level, as outlined by the State Board of Regents and the New York State Learning Standards. Students acquire a more comprehensive understanding of culture other than one’s own. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1) Express written and oral thoughts comprehensibly 2) Read authentic materials for specific comprehension. 3) Comprehend short conversations on simple topics in everyday situations. This course and regents exam is a requirement for students who plan to obtain an advanced Regents diploma.

Prerequisite: Spanish 2        Exam: Mid-term        Final 1 Unit

 

Physical Education Department

Physical Education
Physical Education is a class each student must take each of their four years at Bishop Maginn High School. Students will be taught many different locomotive and fundamental skills. Students will be taught certain life skills such as cooperation, leadership, tolerance, and communication. Each class is taught in a safe and healthy environment. Students will be taught units such as cross country, soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, weight training, badminton, softball, wiffleball, and ultimate frisbee. The overall objective of the Bishop Maginn physical education program is for students to find an activity/activities and incorporate them into their lives after high school.


Health Education
Health Education is a class each student must take for one year at Bishop Maginn. In health education students will be taught various different content areas such as you and your health, physical fitness and nutrition, mental and emotional health, family and social health, body systems, growth and development, medicines and drugs, diseases and disorders, consumer and environmental health and injury prevention and safety. Besides content there are many different skill areas that are taught such as goal-setting decision-making, accessing technology, communication, and advocacy. The overall goal of health education is for each student to take the content and skills they have learned and apply it to their everyday lives.

 

Social Studies Department 

GLOBAL HISTORY 9 - Global History to 1603
Prerequisite: none
Grade Level: 9
Final Examination: departmental exam


This course studies the development and relationships of societies from the world’s
prehistoric beginnings to the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603. Students will study the culture, people, events, geographical, and religious influences, as well as the technological advances in certain historical periods. The course will introduce students to Document Based and Thematic Essays similar to those seen on the Global History Regents Exam they take following Global History 10. By the end of this course, the student will understand the development of societies throughout history. Also, the skills and knowledge they will develop and acquire will benefit them in preparation for the Global History Regents Examination at the end of their sophomore year.

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GLOBAL HISTORY 10 – (from 1603 to the present)
Prerequisite: successful completion of Global History 9
Grade Level: 10
Final Examination: NYS Regents Exam in Global History and Geography in June


This course in follows Global History 9 with the European Enlightenment and continues to the end of the Cold War and into modern current society. Interactions with other nonwestern cultures are covered during the same time period. Geography and map skills are empathized. This course concludes with the NYS Regents Exam in Global History and Geography in June, which covers material from both Global History 9 &10.

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US HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT
Prerequisite: successful completion of Global History 10
Grade Level: 11
Final Examination: NYS Regents Exam in US History & Government

This course of study involves the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the study of modern America from the pre-colonial era to the present. The students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the various political, economic and social events that have shaped this country. This course concludes with the NYS Regents Exam in US History & Government.


AP US HISTORY (AND GOVERNMENT) (AP exam required)

Prerequisite: 90+ in Global Studies 10 and/or teacher recommendation.
Grade Level: 11
Final Examination: AP Exam in US History in May AND NYS Regents Exam in US History
and Government in June


This course surveys U.S. history from the beginning of the Colonial Period to the present day. Students will explore the various economic, political, and social aspects of American History and how those aspects have changed over time from a variety of perspectives. A substantial amount of time is spent understanding the domestic and international development of the U.S. as well as our constitutional and legal foundations as a democracy. Also, students will play an active and vital role during discussion presentations, and debates in order to understand and make more meaningful the major ideas, eras, figures, themes, developments, and turning points associated with the history of the United States. Students taking this course in 11th grade will take the Regents Exam in US History and Government in June as required by New York State for graduation.


Introduction to Economics
Prerequisite: successful completion of US History & Government.
Duration: ½ year-taken in conjunction with Introduction to Government
Grade Level: 12
Final Examination: teacher-developed final at the conclusion of each course.


For scheduling purposes, the courses are listed together. However, each semester course is distinct and students must pass BOTH courses in order to graduate on time. The study of economics will provide students with the economic knowledge and skills that will enable them to function as informed and economically literate citizens in the world today. Introduction to Economics will cover both MacroEconomics & MicroEconomics. The course is designed to introduce the topics of Economic Concepts, Economic Systems, Business Organizations, Supply & Demand & Personal Economics. Students will develop an understanding of Economic Systems and their role in the economy. Additionally, students will learn about credit cards and loans, helping them to develop a strong understanding of the economic realities of life.

1/2 unit


Introduction to Government

Prerequisite: successful completion of US History & Government.
Duration: ½ year-taken in conjunction with Introduction to Economics
Grade Level: 12
Final Examination: teacher-developed final at the conclusion of each course.

This course introduces the foundations of government systems and examines the origins of different types of government. It also examines the foundations of constitutional government and democracy, helping students understand American government and their role in society as citizens. Students are also encouraged to get involved with local government and community service projects to see how they personally can make a difference in their local areas.

1/2 Unit


Business Department 

Business Mathematics
Prerequisite: none
Duration: ½ year course
Grade Level: 11 & 12
Final Examination: teacher-developed final at the conclusion of course.


This Business Mathematics course is designed to help students understand the fundamental importance of financial literacy, and prepare them for making sound personal and business/economic decisions. Students learn to appreciate how business impacts their lives at local, state, national, and world levels. The course focuses on basic business concepts as well as exploring careers related to business, marketing, and finance. Topics will include managing personal financial resources, becoming a wise and knowledgeable consumer, using banking and credit services, making effective decisions in personal and career areas, and understanding the importance of working with others.

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Marketing
Prerequisite: none
Duration: ½ year course
Grade Level: 11 & 12
Final Examination: teacher-developed final at the conclusion of course.


Marketing is everything that happens to place a product or service in the hands of potential customers. Students will explore in depth how marketing impacts the lives of consumers and producers. Students will develop an understanding of how products are produced, distributed and consumed in the marketplace. This project based course includes the development of a television commercial and creating a new product or business.

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Technology Department 

Technology Applications 
Prerequisite: none
Grade Level: 11 & 12
Final Examination: Project at the conclusion of course.

The use of technology has expanded greatly in the last decade and the aim of this course will introduce students to the practical and responsible use of technology in an educational setting. This course will prepare students to use the programs necessary for their future in college or the “real world”.  Focusing primarily on Chrome's web based programs, this course will endeavour to troubleshoot technological issues that arise in the school, maintain a responsible social media presence, share information through the website, create tech based how-to videos for student/faculty use, and explore the possibilities of today's ever evolving technology.

1 Unit