2013-2014 S2 Elective Blurbs
Law and Order
In this class, students will have the opportunity to examine the criminal justice system through the lens of the popular television series. The class will begin with an overview of the criminal justice with particular attention to investigations, arrest the prosecutions. After students have learned key concepts of criminal law, they will evaluate their depiction on television with particular attention to the differences between fact and fiction.
Students form working groups to write, plan, storybook, stage, take, and edit short "films" using a theme related to the Annual AE Diversity Day
This course offers students an opportunity to discover the fundamentals, principles and techniques of design with clay. It introduces the student to varied hand building and sculptural aspects of clay medium. It exposes the student to aesthetics of the clay medium and to aesthetic surface treatments, along with glazing procedures. The student also encounters the potter's wheel.
Digital Photography 2
Now that you are able to get the most out of your digital camera, take it to the next level!
Digital Photo 2, Using Picassa and PhotoShop, will show you how to squeeze a better picture out of your digital files. You will earn the basics of cropping, lighting, contrast, color balance and red eye removal in Picassa. Later, you will use the larger tool set found in Photoshop to take an ordinary snap shot and turn it into a extraordinary photo.
Digital Design 1
This course focuses on the development o fthe student's graphic design skills through the use of technology. Students learn how to use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe In-Design to create products such as book covers, CD Jackets, magazine layouts and posters. Students spend class time learning graphic design applications, viewing samples of good design, brainstorming ideas for good design, and designing and sharing designs with class for critique.
Students focus on color theory and create drawings using colored pencils, chalk and oil pastels. Drawing I is a required prerequisite along with basic knowledge of line, value and composition.
Experimental Design Honors
In this course, students use laboratory skills as they design and run their own experiment.
Each student formulates a hypothesis, designs an experiment to test that hypothesis, and runs the experiment. Data collection and a final laboratory report are generated during the trimester. Students choose their own area of interest, and this may include some limited live animal use. Students have an opportunity to enter their project into a science fair competition.
Independent Science Research
Using the skills learned in the prerequisite course, students will identify a research project and then proceed to undertake the independent research under the guidance of a mentor-teacher. Students must meet deadlines for entry into one of the acceptable competitions and be present at the competitions. Students accept the responsibility of providing some financial resources to obtain required materials for the research and to offset travel costs
incurred when attending competitive events.
What constitutes a portrait? Does it have to look like the person you are drawing or painting? Can it be symbolic or abstract? Does it have to be human? Students create a variety of portraits that stretch the boundaries of their imagination. Projects are 2D and 3D and explore a variety of materials like collage, printmaking, sculpture and clay.
Students use watercolors to explore color theory and basic painting techniques. Topics include color mixing, line, texture and composition.
The study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals through dissections and internet investigations.
Create interactive moving graphics that can look like cartoons. Learn to use flash for making presentations and games.
Whether a beginner or more advanced artist, students are given the opportunity to express their creativity in a studio environment. The following concepts are studied through lecture and application: one point perspective, creating effective compositions, proportions, light and shadow, positive and negative space, and volume. Students draw freehand and use tools such as the triangle, t-square, template, and ruler. This course allows students to explore the dynamic ranges of media such as pencil, pen, and ink, charcoal, color pencil, and computer generated images. Students work from still life, photographs, art reproductions, and apporpriate models.
The Mediterranean World: Ancient Greece
The ancient Greek world comprised an area no larger than Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Yet, this relatively small region, made up of a mosaic of tiny states, witnessed an unparalleled revolution in cultural outlook which laid the foundations of Western Civilization. The notion that every citizen has certain rights and obligations under the rule of law is Greek in origin. Western conceptions of beauty were first formulated by Greek artists. Greek thinkers pioneered an analytical approach which gave birth to both science and philosophy. Drama, poetry, and epic enjoyed their first great flowering among Greek authors. Homer, Plato, Pythagoras, Aristotle, Sophocles, Thucydides -- names which evoke the genius of the Greeks.
This course will survey the remarkable achievements of these ancient Greeks, placing them within the historical context of that great hothouse of civilization, the Greek city-state or polis. After a brief look at the cultures of the ancient Near East, we will turn our attention to Homer and the "Heroic Age" of Greece. We will then follow the story through the Greek Dark Ages, the rise of the polis and the expansion of the Greek world, until we come to the 5th and 4th centuries -- the "Golden Age" of Greek civilization. We will conclude by examining the rise of the Macedonian kingdom under Philip II and Alexander the Great, and its eventual partition following his premature death at the age of 33.
Introduction to Databases and SQL
Use Microsoft Access to learn about databases and their uses. Create a data-driven interactive game using a database. Learn how websites use databases.
Pharmacology has two objectives: to introduce students to major concepts related to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and how the body defends itself, and to familiarize students with the modern pharmaceuticals Ė drugs engineered to improve our lives. The improvement of personal and public health is the central mission of the National Institutes of Health, the world's largest organization devoted to biomedical research, and a major contributor to the curriculum of this course.
This elective begins with training in deducitve reasoning of crime scene evidence. The types of evidence available at a crime scene can be biological or physical. Tissue and bone samples, bodily fluids, fingerprints, footprints, and DNA are examples of some biological samples. Other forms of physical anyalysis are fibers and hair, soil analysis, tool marks, ballistic data, and chemical content. The study of Forensic Anthropology uses science and math to determine the identity of a missing person. Students investigate famous crimes in history, and review the forensic evidence to determine, using 21st century techniques, whether or not the original jury findings were correct.
Digital Photography 1
This elective provides what you need to do more than take snapshots with your camera. Using simple rules and ideas your pictures will improve. Students will learn about the history of photography, the features of their camera, rules about composition, rules about lighting and simple lighting techniques, and put this all together to make every picture a better picture. Course uses self guided technique and pictures are taken outside and at home. Requirements are that you have a digital camera.
The goal of this introductory art course is to develop the studentís understanding of color, drawing and idea development. Through lectures, visuals, music, theories and techniques, students demonstrate an ability to identify and critique elements within works of art and work in different media. Students create a portfolio of work exemplifying their understanding of specific skills and maintain sketchbooks and journals for idea building.
Modern Chinese Society
The Chinese language is one of the oldest languages on the planet, and it continues to be used by millions of people in China, Taiwan, and around the world. In this course, students learn the basics of Mandarin Chinese using the pinyin Romanization system along with traditional Chinese characters. Basic vocabulary is introduced as well as simple sentence structure and grammar. The course focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The culture of Chinese society is also introduced through videos, songs, and food.
Law, Literature and Society
In this course students examine the nature of law and social justice through the lens of
literature. Students read works such as Antigone, A Lesson Before Dying, The Trial and
Chronicle of a Death Foretold.
This course involves the reading, analysis, discussion and critiquing of fiction. Using the vehicle of the short novel, students will build a comprehensive vocabulary of literary terminology while developing the ability to intelligently dissect fiction as to its elements, themes and structure. In addition to traditional essays, students will write creative responses to the novels studied.
The goal of this course is to further develop the studentís understanding of painting. Through lectures, visuals and demonstrations, the student will be able to master color mixing and conversion as well as the use of various paints and tools. The students will be given a variety of exercises focusing on the different techniques demonstrated in class which will then be applied in long term projects.
Engineering consists in finding creative solutions to technical problems. Come and learn the basic skills needed to build a robot out of popsicle sticks and Lego pieces. The class
will culminate with the strongest teams participating in the Panasonic Creative Design Challenge, an enjoyable and potentially financially rewarding competition. Please visit www.panasonic.com/cdc for additional information about the competition.
This course represents an opportunity for students who desire to further explore two-dimensional art and the exploration of color. Students experiment with various painting materials including poster, acrylic and watercolor paints. A major emphasis is placed on the recognition, appreciation and development of a personal style
HIP CHORD Ensemble (S)
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The study of music through performance in chorus is designed to develop studentsí understanding and appreciation of music through practical skills and creative work. Students discover music as a source of enjoyment and personal satisfaction. Classical, Popular, Renaissance, Broadway, and Folk music are covered. Students learn music theory and history and how to balance and blend voices.
This course teaches students the basic techniques of writing for publication. The emphasis is on writing as the direct result of careful planning, interviewing, and competent reporting. Students will practice skills as reporters of the Departments section of the school newspaper. Attention will also be given to the issue of journalistic responsibility, ethic, libel, copyright law, and restrictions on the student press. Once students have passed this class they may join the staff of the school newspaper by enrolling in the Advanced News Writing classes.
Film and Literature 2
Film & Lit II examines dysfunctional characters and how they impact a readerís perception of how a character is portrayed in a movie. It will allow the student to make judgments on characters and directorís interpretation of them.
Problems from NUMBERS
This course is based primarily on lesson plans published by Texas Instrument on the website of the NUMB3RS television show. Students are introduced to a broad selection of mathematical topics and applications. None are pursued in great depth, but broad exposure is the intent.
This class is reserved for students planning to attend art school. An art portfolio is developed based on the specific requirements of the colleges the student is applying to. Art supplies are provided however the student is required to work on their portfolio outside of school as well. Learn how to present and discuss your artwork in an interview, write and artistís statement and build a portfolio of your best work so you can be confident and successful at achieving your dreams.
Career Focused Management Seminar
This course is open to students from all five academies. The course curriculum is cross-disceplinary; it addresses business management issues relevant to BioMedicine, Finance,
Technology, Law/Public Safety, and Pre-engineering.
Digital Design 2
Learn more advanced features of Photoshop - how to use masks and channels, the painting and editing tools, the pen and shapes tools and special effects. Students create advanced projects using Adobe Illustrator for drawing on the computer and Adobe In-Design for page layout.
As an introduction to the career track of the chemical engineer, this course will utilize the background knowledge students have gained from chemistry and combine it with the fundamentals of engineering. What does a chemical engineer do? This career can have many applications in industry such as designing chemical plant equipment and devising processes for manufacturing products. The three major areas that will be addressed during this semester course are the thermodynamics of reactions (such as fuels), the separation of materials by distillation/adsorption/ chromatography, and biochemical
processes that are related to the development of pharmaceuticals. This course pulls together the related areas of science, technology, and engineering.
We live surrounded by the last great unknown: the world underneath the oceanís surface. Under the waves live the great pelagics of the deep like whales, tiger sharks, and Manta Rays. The ocean is where you can explore the diversity of a coral reef, and a walk along a beach may expose you to the great power of a wave, the lethality of a blue octopus, or the oddities of a horseshoe crab. Marine biology will teach you about the complexity and diversity of life found in the oceans and how humans impact that environment as well as how the oceans impact us.
The Ancient World: Rome
Ancient Rome focuses on the rise of Rome in Italy and its birth as a republic to its fall to the Goths in 476 AD. Major topics of examination are the consolidation of the Itailian peninsula. Rome as a Republic, Julius Caesar, the Pax Romana, the rise of Christianity and the fall of the Roman State.
This creative writing course focuses on the development of the students individual voice within the context of writing fiction and artistic expression. Students will study various fiction writing techniques, spend class time brainstorming, and work on creative design projects. Students will write their own pieces, share them with classmates, revise their work and conference with the teacher.
During this performance based class, students will study some of the following: improvisation, pantomime, mime, voice and diction, characterizations, and the techniques of preparing to act.
Virology is an in depth study of viruses in terms of structure, mechanish, and the diseases associated with them
Pen and Ink
Students practice and apply a variety of pen and ink techniques like hatching, cross hatching, scribble, stippling and wash. Projects are designed to introduce students to concepts like value, composition, line quality and texture. Students create unique works of art while gaining inspiration from the variety of artists and styles that are introduced throughout the semester.
Explore the scientific and engineering principles involved in flight. Learn from various sources and then put the information to test in a series of
experiments from building a simple wing to designing your own flying model.
What makes me different from you? Is it our age? Our race? Could it be that your family is rich and mine isnít? Or maybe itís that my dad works in a lumberyard and yours works in a fancy office? Or maybe itís that I live with my dad and youíve never seen yours? Do you think my religion is weird? Why do so many people live in your house? If weíre such good friends, how come I never realized how different we are?
When people think about diversity, they usually just think about race. This class will explore diversity in all its forms Ė racial, religious, social, economic, political, and gender-related. Weíll look at examples of diversity in our community as well as the world-at-large. Weíll examine the ways in which we, our families, our friends, and our leaders respond to diversity, and weíll struggle with the inherent positives and negatives that come with a diverse society.
Students will also help to organize this year's June 11 Diversity Day, including the Multicultural Breakfast, Diversity Day Assembly, World Cultures Festival & Carnivale.
Introduction to Programming using C++
C++ is a widely used prgramming language that is the underlying structure for most operating systems. For example Microsoft Windows, most flavors of Linux, and the MAC OSx are programmed in it. Students will explore simple C++ programming projects while learning the concepts of Object Oriented Programming languages.
Crime and Criminals
SAT Math Prep
Concert Band (S)
Open to students who have had experience in band in middle school, this elective requires students to perform music of all types including contemporary band repertoire and arrangements of music by the masters. Pianists are welcome. The course requires students to participate in performances.
The course focuses on the development and sophistication of journalistic technique. Students learn requirements and proper organization of writing news stories, feature articles, sports sections, and editorials through reporters' assignments. Students produce writing suitable for publication in the school newspaper and manage all duties necessary to publish an edition of the newspaper each trimester.
Conversational Spanish course provides a great way for beginners to learn Spanish, while enabling intermediate and advanced Spanish learners to enhance Spanish Conversation skills. You will acquire new vocabulary and learn how to use it in conversation.
Literary Magazine Editing and Production
This course is designed to provide students who are interested in working on producing the literary magazine an opportunity to do so while learning new skills, such as reading, editing, and evaluating written works for publication. Students will be afforded time in a two-day per week elective to assemble works, both written and artistic, and utilize technology to digitally assemble all aspects of the publication. Students will also coordinate fundraising efforts and outreach to peers to generate interest in writing and the literary magazine.
This course is devoted to popular works which have made the Best Sellers list. Student will read and discuss a variety of Best Sellers books.
The course is designed to introduce students to the world of microbes. Attention is given to the great diversity of microorganisms, beneficial as well as pathogenic bacteria. Students explore how bacteria and viruses multiply causing disease in the process. Current issues in microbiology are also investigated such as emerging viruses, bio-terror, and the problems our healthcare system faces in light of these events.
John Grieco Scholarship Fund
Learn about the power of the non-profit right on this campus. This trimester, the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund will be focusing on the June 11 World Cultures Festival & Carnivale, Blue Moon Community Night, and a car wash. Students will also work with the Gardening Club on landscaping the Dr. John Grieco Outdoor Classroom. In addition, students will promote, distribute and organize the review of this year's scholarship applications.
"The merging of Medicine, Robotics, and Information Technology"
This course is taught under the direction of NJIT and uses Lego Mindstorm Robot Kits to perform simulated surgeries, such as reattaching the amputated top of a hot dog, surgically removing the eye from a potato, installing an artificial joint between two arthritic sausage links, and recognizing bumps representing skin abnormalities. No prior experience is necessary and all surgical food items will be supplied for you.
DMAE en espanol
"DMAE en espanol" is the newspaper written in Spanish. "DMAE en espanol" encourages students to read in Spanish. The Spanish newspaper is vital for the parents of our Hispanic students to keep them informed about activities and events at DMAE High School, making them more aware and involved in the Englewood School District.
Must be in Spanish Honors 3 or higher or in a heritage class
Solving Unusual Math Problems
In Holocaust and Genocide Studies students will consider one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century in order to better understand how it occurred and how it can be prevented in the future. The main focus of the course is the persecution and mass murder of European Jews and various other groups between the years 1933-45. Students will learn that the Holocaust was not an accident, but occurred when choices were made which allowed, legalized, and institutionalized hate, prejudice, and murder. Students will study the rise of Nazism and analyze its appeal, and evaluate the responses of perpetrators, victims, bystanders, and rescuers. Finally, students will compare and contrast the Holocaust with other genocides that have taken place in the past or are presently occurring
National Math Review
This course is offered to improve performance on the SAT and ACT aptitude and achievement examinations in mathematics. Focus is on changes in the SAT and ACT including the addition of advanced algebraic concepts. The coursework involves work in numbers and operations, algebra, geometry/measurement and statistics/probability.