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Food Science

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Spring semester

This semester-long course examines the biology and chemistry of food We will look at foods and food systems in scientific terms and investigate how basic scientific principles explain the processing, preparing, and storage of foods for human consumption. Included will be the production of fermented foods, the chemistry of baking reactions and the properties of proteins that are important for food function. The course will also examine food safety and the risks posed by toxins to our food supply. Practical exercises will include bread-making and fermented food production.

French V Honors

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Full year
This course challenges students to communicate with more accuracy, at a more refined level, and with a greater lexical repertoire.
Using a variety of authentic materials such as poetry, novels, films, and articles from the current press, the class explores topics of modern Francophone literature, historical and cultural interest.
Student productions include leading discussions, interviewing guests and creating a presentation for another French class, relating the literature to cultural elements of its era or our own.   Student interests guide the selection of the novels to be read during the second part of the academic year.
Independent work.
Analytical assignments or compositions, résumés, poems, biographies are given over the course of the year. French composition writing is expected to be perfect in terms of formatting, structure, grammar, and presentation.
Promoting rational and critical thinking skills, the language is discussed and used from all perspectives, literary, cultural, social, and political.
It is based on participation, oral, and writing skills, readiness, and contribution to the discussions, debates and, individual book review.

Au delà des mots: A textbook to provide the student with an immediate and first-hand acquaintance with literary styles, achieving a truly objective and exhaustive comprehension and appreciation of both the content and style of a literary work. The questions offered, beginning with the reading of Jean Giono’s work, will discover not only the obvious meaning, but also the deeper, and sometimes hidden, intentions of the author. The student’s imagination and intuition been stimulated orally, he may then be ready to produce original and interesting compositions.
A review of grammatical materials is introduced as needed.
Littèrama XXe: gives a panorama of the literary production from the century stated in the title, linked to the social, historical and contemporary artistic contexts. Attention to the cultural aspects is combined with numerous activities, which summarize the criteria for the systematic analysis of texts. The volume is accompanied by an audio CD with some of the anthological extracts from the book.
·      “L’homme qui plantait des arbres.“Jean Giono
·       Excerpt from ‘Le désert” J M G Le Clézio, 2008 Nobel Prize
·      ‘Le pont Mirabeau” and “L’adieu” poems. Guillaume Apollinaire.
·      Auguste Rodin. Camille Claudel. Cultural studies
·      ‘La Civilisation, ma Mère!...”Driss Chraïbi.
·      ‘La grammaire est une chanson douce” Erik Orsenna
Excerpts from:

                  Marcel Proust. Colette. Simone de Beauvoir. Albert Camus.Tahar Ben Jelloun. Samuel Beckett. Jacques Brel 


·      Camille Claudel
·      L’enfant noir
·      Si le vent soulève les sables
·      TBD

Library & Research Skills 11

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Full year

Essential Questions

What are the elements of ethical research?  What are the range of materials available on a topic?  What are the differences between academic databases and search engines?  What are the conventions of literary research?


Students learn the basics of research on a defined topic.  The librarian works closely with the content of the course providing the research need.


  • Junior English students encounter literary research using secondary sources in the Huckleberry Finn NARP project.
  • Science Research class

Skills and Processes

Student learns how to:

  • define a research question
  • work with a set of selected secondary sources to obtain
  • develop an effective search strategy
  • choose appropriate academic databases, books, and websites
  • locate and examine literary criticism on a defined topic
  • broaden or narrow search results
  • evaluate search results
  • credential sources
  • cite sources



  • Library collections, including books placed on reserve
  • Research databases
  • Librarian’s handouts

Multicultural Dimension

Students encounter a broad range of material addressing gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation in their research questions.   The Huckleberry Finn assignment in particular places students in the middle of the political, cultural and literary controversies surrounding the text.  The Librarian teaches students to closely evaluate bias, language, author's credentials and agenda of materials. 


Science Research

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Full year

Instead of a preset curriculum for this course, students create a personalized course of study for the year by researching, designing, and executing a unique science research project.  At the beginning of the year, students choose a novel research question to investigate and then do an extensive search of scientific literature to learn about their topic. Next, they develop methodology and protocols to address the topic and conduct an experiment.  Students examine their collected data using statistical analysis.  Students write an in-depth research paper describing their work and present their research at a local science fair. 


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This year-long, advanced media production course is intended as a companion course to various senior offerings in the English department. Students will learn about various documentary and narrative film genres and will produce short, scripted films based on content developed in their English classes. Prerequisite: successful completion of Media Arts or equivalent. Juniors may enroll with consent of the instructor. This class will meet two times per week for the entire year; upon completion, students will receive one full credit.

Media Arts

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In this year-long course, students will learn the fundamentals of video production, including lighting, cinematography, sound recording, and editing. Although the class is intended for the novice filmmaker, experienced students are welcome, and projects will be adapted to challenge their individual skill levels. Class time will be primarily devoted to student- and instructor-designed projects that may include video poetry, music videos, public-service announcements, short features, and documentary projects. Our emphasis will be on developing projects from concept (preproduction) through construction (production and postproduction) to culmination (screening).


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Join the staff of the of the Garrulous Pine yearbook. Fundamentals of layout and design, typography, and photography will be intertwined with understanding different forms of journalistic writing. Experience is required for editorial staff. All others are welcome, and we’ll gladly put you to work! This class will meet two times per week for the entire year; upon completion, students will receive a half-credit.

Drawing & Painting

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Full year

Students in this course have the opportunity to express themselves in drawing, painting, and printmaking techniques. Emphasis is placed on acquiring a wide range of skills. In print-making, students will produce block prints, mono prints, embossings and etchings. Using the campus, we will draw and paint outdoors.  Studio work will include portraiture and life drawing from professional models. Projects include both assigned and independent, student-initiated pieces in traditional and contemporary formats. The class provides time for skill development, which supports students’ independent work.

Beginning Tennis

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This course teaches students who are new to the game the fundamentals of tennis. Instruction will include the proper technique and key mechanical components to successfully hit forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, and overheads. Drills and team match play, rules, and etiquette are included.

Rock Climbing

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Students learn the basics of climbing and belay techniques, equipment maintenance, climbing safety, and risk assessment.

Music Composition

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This course is open to advanced music students who wish to explore composition.

Music of Western Civilization

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Fall semester

This course is a combination of music history and music appreciation and is designed for the non-musician, but will appeal to skilled musicians as well. Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras of classical music are covered as we examine the lives of great composers such as J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Copland. Extensive listening is involved. Videos and documentaries on related topics augment the great music that forms the core of the course. A student may expect to acquire a good understanding of music history (European and American) and master composers, and be able to listen to a piece of music and determine its time period, style, and possible composer. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.