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Schalmont Central School District
Imran Abbasi, Principal
 
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2017-18 Course Guide

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School Policies Related to Curriculum

Scheduling Timetable and Guidelines

Counselors will meet with students to review their High School plan to help develop the coming school years’ schedule. Counselors will take into consideration classroom teacher requests, students and parent requests as well as students’ post-secondary goals to help the student create an appropriate schedule for students. A course selection sheet will be finalized and must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the guidance and counseling office in order to assure that requests are in place in selected courses. After the master schedule is created a student’s schedule will be developed. Where classes are canceled or a conflict arises in a student’s schedule, different courses will need to be selected.

In most cases students will be notified before the end of the current school year of the classes that will be on their schedule for the fall. Students have until the end of their current school year to make any adjustments to those classes before the master schedule is finalized over the summer. In those cases where students request changes, parents will again be asked to sign off on those changes in a request sheet.

Dropping/Adding a Course

Schedules will not be altered to accommodate teacher requests, early dismissal or late arrival. The official add/drop period is five weeks after the beginning of a full-year course and 2.5 weeks after the beginning of a half-year course. Students dropping courses after these deadlines will receive a Drop/Failed (DF) grade on their report card. This will carry the numerical equivalent of 50.
All requests for dropping courses must be accompanied by a special schedule change form and contact from parent/ guardian either by note or phone call. Students may not drop a course that is a requirement for graduation. In all cases, students must retain five courses plus physical education as a minimum course load.

A schedule change due to academic difficulty may be considered prior to the drop period deadlines provided:

  • A request from a parent or guardian is made.
  • Student is carrying the required number of courses.
  • Student has made a sincere effort to succeed.
  • The student, parent, teacher and guidance counselor are in agreement regarding the change.
  • Class balance is not disrupted by the change.

Such student may then have to add a course in its place during second semester.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

AP courses prepare students to take the CollegeBoard AP exams in May. Colleges may give credit and/or advanced course placement to students who take and score well on their AP exams.

Honors (H) Courses

These courses are enriched beyond the curriculum subscribed by the NYS Regents syllabus. Students are recommended for the honors level through the use of criteria developed by each department. Criteria used will include student performance on standardized tests and locally prepared exams.

Distance Learning

Schalmont High School offers distance learning courses in French, Italian, Spanish Culture, sociology, psychology and sports history. The class format allows students to interact with teachers and students from other schools by way of TV monitors, video cameras and computers in the distance learning lab. Students are able to raise their hands to ask a teacher a question no matter where they are located. Schalmont is the provider of some courses and the recipient of others.

College in the High School (CHS)

The College in the High School program through Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) is set up to allow students to earn credits toward their college education while still in high school. Courses and teachers must be approved by the college. The courses at the high school are matched with the courses at the college to be sure that the same curriculum is taught. What the college covers in one semester, the high school will cover in two semesters. In order to earn credits for the course at SCCC, participants must receive a grade of at least a “C,” while a transfer to a four-year college may require at least a “B.”

By taking these courses in high school through the CHS Program, students:

  • Will pay about one third of the cost of taking the same course at the college, plus the books are provided at no charge.
  •  Can reduce their college load by taking fewer credits during one or more of their college semesters.
  • Show college admissions officials that they are serious students.

For more information, contact Schalmont High School program coordinator Janet Cetnar at (518) 355-6110.

University in the High School: UAlbany

The University in the High School Program at the University at Albany provide students with the academic challenges of college-level curricula during their final year(s) of high school. Courses are regular offerings in the UAlbany catalog and are taught by carefully selected high school faculty. Once qualified, the high school faculty member becomes an adjunct professor through the UAlbany UHS program. UHS students who successfully complete the course will receive a UAlbany transcript for the college credits earned.

Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA)

Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) is a cooperative program between Syracuse University and participating school districts that allows high school seniors to take regular college courses in their own schools at low cost.

The program enables students to rise to the challenge of college work through enrollment in introductory freshman-level courses prior to full-time college study. SUPA also serves other important purposes: it provides in-service training for high school instructors and a continuing forum for communication between educators from high school and university settings. As an agency of the University’s Center for Instructional Development, Project Advance conducts extensive ongoing research and evaluation as part of its efforts to improve instruction.

The courses are regular offerings in the schools and colleges of Syracuse University, and are taught by carefully selected high school faculty who are trained in special workshops by SU faculty members.

Grades for course work taken through Project Advance are earned in one or two semesters of class assignments and tests. As a result of their experience, Project Advance students earn a Syracuse University transcript for college credits successfully completed.

NCAA Eligibility

The NCAA has strict academic eligibility requirements for prospective student-athletes to participate in Division I and II intercollegiate athletics. Students and parents should visit www.eligibilitycenter.org to review these requirements.

Determination of Class Rank

Class rank is calculated at the end of the first semester of grade 12. The student with the highest average of credits earned (courses completed) will be named valedictorian of the graduating class, and the student with the second highest average will be designated as salutatorian. There is no special weight given to any particular course or track level. Final grades in all subjects are counted except physical education semester courses. When a course is failed and later passed, the higher grade is given for passing the course with the higher average. Dropped/failed courses are given a value of 50.

College Planning

Students interested in attending a four-year college should plan to take at least three to four years of Regents math and Regents science, three years of a second language, and four years of Regents English and social studies.

Graduation Ceremony Participation

Only students who have met all graduation requirements, and are eligible for a high school diploma at the June graduation exercises will be permitted to participate in the graduation program. August or January graduates are not permitted to participate in June exercises.

Accelerated Graduation

Students who wish to complete their graduation requirements in less than four years must plan their program accordingly. The request to accelerate graduation should be made in writing, early in the high school program to the student’s guidance counselor and will need approval from the building principal.

Student Support Services

School counselors provide an organized program of counseling, instruction and consultation to all students, including: an annual review of each student’s progress, college and career guidance and planning, advisement and counseling services, and opportunities for parental involvement. A social worker and a school psychologist are also available to assist students and parents with issues that may interfere with a student’s education.

Special Education Services

Students with disabilities work toward attaining a Regents diploma, a local diploma, an IEP diploma, or, in some cases, a GED. Schalmont’s continuum of services enables them to be educated with non-disabled students to the maximum extent appropriate. This continuum is comprised of the provision of specially designed instruction and supplementary services in a variety of settings as determined appropriate by the Committee on Special Education. For more information, visit: schalmont.org/pps.

Transcripts

Transcripts are an official record of a student’s academic record as a high school student. Transcripts include all standardized test scores and will not be modified or changed. All scores from SAT and ACT will be reported, we cannot modify or eliminate any of the scores.

More Information

Counselors

Department Coordinators

  • English, 9-12:
    Kevin Curtin x3510
  • Math, 9-12:
    Natalie Casalinuovo x3504
  • Music, K-12"
    Mike Christy x3021
  • Science, 9-12:
    Becky Remis x3560
  • Social Studies:
    9-12 Adam Dolan x3521
  • Foreign Language 7-12:
    Fred Orlando x3529

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