• SCIENCE

    SCIENCE
    LIVING ENVIRONMENT
    ACCELERATED LIVING ENVIRONMENT
    This class focuses upon biological processes such as photosynthesis, cellular respiration and protein synthesis.  We will immerse ourselves into the body systems and take an in-depth view on digestion, circulation, excretion, reproduction, skeletal and muscle systems, to name a few.  There will be videos throughout the year that reinforce the class topics. Additional topics of study will include Evolution, as we follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, and Genetics as we look at the findings of the Austrian Monk Gregor Mendel.  We will also look at the interactions of organisms in their food webs with a unit on Ecology.  There will be several projects that allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of the class material in creative ways.  This course features four New York State required labs.  Students will be tested on these four labs on the Regents Exam. 
    Grade: 9
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: None; Accelerated- Criteria listed pg.

    Credit: 1.0
    Level: R


    EARTH SCIENCE
    ACCELERATED EARTH SCIENCE
    Earth Science incorporates four branches of Science including Astronomy, Meteorology, Oceanography and Geology.  Students will explore the Cosmos with a focus on our own Solar System including our neighboring stars, the Sun, planets, the moon and our own Earth.  Students will discover the nature and history of our dynamic planet learning about the forces that influence, affect and create the landscape around us.  We will investigate the forces of gravity, wind, water, plate tectonics, weather systems, and volcanology that help to change our planet in our daily life. Critical thinking skills will prepare you for the ever changing and new technological advances in society.  Earth Science Lab is required and is incorporated into the students schedule to follow the Earth Science Class.  Students will perform experiments that are analogous to the functioning Earth. 

    Grade: 10
    Length: 40 weeks

    Prerequisite: None; Accelerated- Criteria listed pg.
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: R


    ZOOLOGY (BIO 1515/1520/1540/1560 - JCC 1 credit each)
    This College Credit Course is actually four separate 1-credit courses.  1st Quarter: Insects 1540, 2nd Quarter: Reptiles and Amphibians 1515, 3rd Quarter: Mammals 1560, 4th Quarter: Birds 1520. Field Trips are tentatively planned for Owl Banding, Insect Collecting, Niagara Falls Aquarium, Jamestown Audubon Society, and Roger Tory Peterson Institute.  Students that are absent on the day of a test or quiz will get a 0%.  (JCC Policy)

    INSECTS 1540: COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    This course studies insects, the most abundant and diverse group of animals on our planet.  Students will learn about basic anatomy and physiology, evolutionary history, classification and identification, behavior, and ecological and economic importance. Field trips and an insect collection are required. Outdoor fieldwork included (weather permitting).

    MAMMALS 1560: COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    This course studies mammals, a group of animals that include the largest and some of the most intelligent animals on the planet.  Students will learn about basic characteristics, evolutionary history, classification and identification, behavior, and ecological and importance. Field trips and outdoor fieldwork included (weather permitting).

    BIRDS 1520: COURSE DESCRIPTION:
    This course studies birds, one of the most colorful and easily observed groups of animals on the planet.  Students will learn about basic characteristics, evolutionary history, classification, identification by sight and song, behavior, and ecological and importance. There is a mandatory project that will be a part of the School’s Science Fair in May.  Field trips and outdoor fieldwork included (weather permitting).

    REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS 1515:
    This course studies amphibians and reptiles, the first terrestrial vertebrates to evolve.  Although these two groups of organisms tend to be thought of together, they are quite different.  Students will learn about basic anatomy and physiology, evolutionary history, classification and identification, behavior, and ecological and economic importance. A field trip, videos and dissection are all part of this course. 

    GENERAL STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Identify and compare insect, mammal, and bird morphologies to other insects, mammals, and birds.
    2. Utilize scientific classification, organization, and taxonomic nomenclature.
    3. Explain the principle of evolution and its application to the evolutionary history of insects, mammals, and birds.
    4. Identify and explain environmental influences.
    5. Apply a basic knowledge of the evolution of insect, mammals, and bird behaviors.

    Grade: 11, 12
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: Accuplacer Writing 4+, Reading 80+
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: College


    CHEMISTRY
    In this college-preparatory class students will perform in-depth studies about phases of matter, atomic structure and theory, radioactivity, nuclear power, and chemical bonding. Students will unravel the mystery of the periodic table, learn about the formation of compounds, and research several laws of nature.  The fledgling scholars will also learn how to control the rates of chemical reactions, create and classify solutions, and how electricity and many products we use are created.  To help reinforce these concepts, students will see demonstrations that go boom, chemical reactions that go zoom, and experiments that make a smoke plume. This course features New York State required labs.

    Grade: 10, 11
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: must have earned a 90 class average in Regents Living Environment and scored an 85 on the Regents Living Environment Examination or have completed Consumer Chemistry with a teacher’s recommendation.
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: R+


    AP CHEMISTRY
    The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. The course centers around six big ideas and seven science practices:

    Big Ideas

    Science Practices

    1. Structure of Matter

    1. Drawing, explaining, and interpreting representations

    2. Bonding and Intermolecular Forces

    2. Using mathematics and logical routines appropriately

    3. Chemical Reactions

    3. Asking and refining scientific questions

    4. Kinetics

    4. Designing and implementing data collection strategies

    5. Thermodynamics

    5. Analyzing and evaluating data

    6. Chemical Equilibrium

    6. Making predictions and justifying claims with evidence

     

    7. Connecting chemistry concepts across the big ideas.

    Students who take the AP Chemistry course, designed with this curriculum framework as its foundation will develop a deep understanding of the concepts within the big ideas through the application of the science practices in the required laboratory component of the course. Students must complete a minimum of 16, hands-on lab investigations to support the learning objectives in the curriculum framework. At least six of the lab investigations must be guided inquiry-based labs. The result will be readiness for the study of advanced topics in subsequent college courses
    Students must pass their Chemistry Regents final exam with an 85% or better or must get instructors approval before entering the course.

    Grade: 11, 12
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: Pass Regents Chemistry exam with 85+ or instructor permission
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: Advanced Placement

    PHYSICS
    Students will use various laboratory experiments to learn the fundamental phenomena, principles, and laws of physics. They will study motion, Newton’s Laws, torque and the principles of work and energy using algebra and trigonometry. Student will also study applications of these concepts in various fields of manufacturing.

    Grade: 11, 12
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: See instructor for requirements
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: R+


    FORENSICS
    This third year of science will explore evidence collected by investigators at a crime scene. The course will start with learning the proper way to collect evidence at a crime scene, along with the roles of police, investigators, and CSI and lab technicians. Students will primarily study class evidence including fingerprints, hair, fiber, handwriting, tool marks and impressions. Additionally, students will study the Innocence Project along with high profile cases such as the OJ Simpson case, Casey Anthony and Jon Benet Ramsey.  Grades will be collected through guided notes, group projects and discussions, videos, lab work and regular assessments.

    Grade: 11, 12
    Length: 20 weeks
    Prerequisite: None
    Credit: 0.5
    Level: G


    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    Environmental Science incorporates more of the social science for understanding human relationships, perceptions and policies towards the environment.  Students will study our Environment and our role in it. We will explore the Earth’s processes, both natural and human related.  Students will explore the problems of the Environment and possible solutions. Students will study endangered animals across the globe and provide research for an animal of their choice.  Human related disasters will be explored with a concentration on the close proximity of the Love Canal located in Niagara Falls. The course will provide awareness of a need for action in addressing environmental problems. Events that spurred this development included the publication of Silent Spring, written by the late Rachel Carson. Alternative energy and other forms of energy will be reviewed with an overlook of the nuclear fallout of Chernobyl.  Lab activities will include decomposition, global warming, and alternative energy.

    Grade: 11, 12
    Length: 20 weeks
    Prerequisite: None
    Credit: 0.5
    Level: G


    EMERGENCY MEDICAL/SEARCH & RESCUE
    This science course is an elective for students interested in personal and community safety and basic emergency response.  This course is modeled after the TEEN CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) program and will include basic first aid, emergency preparedness and response, incident command structures, community engagement.
    This course is teamed with Computer Science A, & Robotics, Drones and Rovers

    Grade: 11, 12
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: None
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: G


    INTRODUCTION TO DRONES
    This course will guide students through a web-based LMS where students will learn about the structure, function, rules and regulation of drones as well as practical application and hands on skills practice using a variety of different drones.  The students’ final exam will be the FAA Part 107 exam to become a certified remote pilot (must be 16 years old when taking the exam).  This license will be required to take the advanced drones course.

    Grade: 11, 12
    Length: 20 weeks
    Prerequisite: None
    Credit: .5
    Level: G


    ADVANCED DRONES
    Students will use their skills, knowledge and pilot license learned from Intro to Drones and apply them to real-world scenarios and will take part in numerous school and community projects that will put students’ skills to the test.  Students will work with a variety of different software programs and will use them with the drone to accomplish many different objectives.  This course will give students the skills and knowledge necessary to become gainfully employed as a remote pilot.  Successful completion of Intro to Drones, minimum age of 16 and receiving the pilot’s license is required to gain entry into this course.

    Grade: 11, 12
    Length: 20 weeks
    Prerequisite: Introduction to Drones
    Credit: .5
    Level: G


    ROBOTICS
    This course will integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills in the study of devices that fly, move, and transport materials.  Students will study the evolution of mechanical automation, computer programming, sensors and probes, and the engineering of materials. 
    This course is teamed with Computer Science A & Emergency Medical/Search & Rescue.

    Grade: 11, 12
    Length: 40 weeks
    Prerequisite: None
    Credit: 1.0
    Level: G