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Course Offering Guide

Introduction

The Course Guide is designed to assist students and parents in understanding graduation requirements and offers a detailed description of the many courses available. The catalog serves as a guide for academic planning and is always available on the high school's website at http://lshs.longwood.k12.ny.us/. The 21st century global market proposes many unique challenges which require your child to have specific skills. They need academic subject knowledge as well as the essential skills of critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration. In order to prepare for the future, it is important to sit down with your child and discuss what is required to graduate, establish educational goals and discuss his/her future beyond high school. It is important to create a plan together to ensure that your child attains these goals. The plan should include an appropriate course sequence and take into account your child’s interests in a particular field to help him/her to be college and career ready. Course selection is a very important process. It is recommended that students and parents review course offerings and consider a four-year plan upon entering the high school. Early planning involving the student, parent, and counselor allows for responsible discussion and decision-making for the student’s ultimate success.

The Course Guide should be reviewed annually and utilized to guide course selection decisions for each academic school year. In addition, your child is encouraged to discuss course selections with his/her counselor and teachers in order to better understand course expectations. The yearly course selection process is significant because it affords students the opportunity to reflect upon their goals and progress in order to plan for the next school year. There are numerous options for building on individual strengths and developing interests. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves and cultivate the added attributes of self-discipline, realistic goals and meaningful values. Above all, the primary focus should be on learning.

 

A Message from the Principal

 

Greetings Future Graduate!

One of the most important questions often pondered by high school students is, “What am I going to do once I graduate from high school?”  With so many opportunities and unexplored possibilities, careful thought, preparation, and planning are extremely important.

 

Rapid innovations in technology and increasing global competition require the 21st century workforce to possess a modern-day skill set that is more complex and diverse than what was required of your parents and grandparents.  In addition to learning the core content knowledge, universities and business leaders require current high school graduates to demonstrate competence in 21st century literacy through the exhibition of strong critical thinking and problem solving skills, the ability to communicate effectively through multiple mediums, collaborate effectively with colleagues, and demonstrate competence in innovation, flexibility and creativity.  Integration and mastery of both content knowledge and essential 21st century skills characterize a college and career ready student.

 

To ensure that Longwood High School students are college and career ready and thoroughly prepared for their post-secondary futures we are re-envisioning the high school experience and re-structuring into college and career academies.

 

The Longwood High School Academies will provide students with the tools, skills, and knowledge necessary to either enter college or the workforce.  As freshman and sophomores students will participate in a guided exploration and in depth study of the myriad of careers available to them.  Through instruction, field trips, guest speakers, and the technology resource, Naviance, students will envision the range of college and career possibilities available to them, and connect their academic life to their long term success.  They will explore and identify their interests and skillsets and create a personalized learning plan to guide their remaining years of study.  

 

Juniors and seniors will choose a course pathway aligned to their college and career goals. By graduation, students will complete their course pathway and have had the opportunity to work with local businesses, earn college credits, and/or earn industry certifications.  Students will graduate with the necessary 21st century skills to become college and career ready.

 

As you begin the course registration process for the upcoming school year, I highly recommend that you take time to review the entire contents of this course description catalog to determine which courses will appropriately align with your post-secondary goals.  The decisions, choices, and actions that you make today will directly influence the options that will be available to you upon graduation from high school.

 

Good luck, and please let us know how we can support you throughout this process.  We look forward to working with you!  

 

Warm Regards,

Scott Schuster

 

Steps to Creating Your College and Career Plan

  • Consider your strengths and interests

     

  • Review the course offerings in the Course Guide to see what courses align with your strengths and areas of interest

     

  • Think about how these courses fit into a four year high school plan

     

  • Discuss options with your school counselor
  • Consider your post-secondary goals
  • Visit the Longwood High School web-based Family Connection/Naviance Program to assist you in determining your career preferences

     

  • Complete an Interest Inventory and Personality Assessment

     

  •  Take advantage of any summer programs, community service and/or internship experiences

     

  • As early as grade nine, investigate post-secondary institutions of interest to determine if your course selections are aligned with institutional admission requirements

     

  • Schedule a meeting in the Longwood High School Post-Secondary Planning Office or with your counselor to discuss individual post-secondary goals

     

  • Conduct a college search using the Family Connection/Naviance website to identify admissions’ criteria as well as to familiarize yourself with your specific schools of interest

     

  • Learn more about scholarship opportunities by visiting the high school’s Counseling Center webpage and by talking with your counselor

     

  • Attend the high school’s local college fair and events hosted by the Counseling Center throughout your high school career

     

  • Take full advantage of all events and school resources prior to your senior year

     

  • Remember, it’s never too early to plan for the future!

 

 

 

High School Administration

Mr. Scott Schuster Principal
Ms. Melissa Conlon Assistant Principal
Mr. Sam Ahmed Assistant Principal
Mr. Lance Lohman Assistant Principal
Ms. Barbara Merkle Assistant Principal
Mr. Scott Reese Assistant Principal

Department Chairpersons

Career and Technology Education Diane Miqueli
Counseling Department Kristin Garrett
English Paulette Renna
Languages other than English Jackie Ammirato
Mathematics Jayson Kiang
Music/Art/Family & Consumer Sciences Kimberly Burns
Physical Education/Health Shawn Dillon
Science Andrew DiDonato
Social Studies Daniel Tapia
Special Education Karen Horn


COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS

Ms. Garrett, Department Chair Post Secondary Planning
Mr. O'Malley BA - CAQ
Mr. Gonzalez CAR- DH
Mr. DelFranco DI - GAQ
Ms. Hawkins GAR - HOO
Ms. Abramowitz HOP - LET
Ms. Sabbatt LEU - MON
Ms. Aliperti MOO - PK
Mr. Gordon PL - SB
Ms. Francois SC - TN
Ms. Montanino TO - Z
Ms. Schoen A, BOCES, Out of District



EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Each student is encouraged to develop and achieve individual educational goals. The district will provide every student with equal educational opportunities regardless of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, religion, age, economic status, marital status, or disability. No student will be excluded on such basis from participating in or having access to any course offerings, student athletics, counseling services, employment assistance, extracurricular activities or other school resources.

Ms. Debra Winter is the designated district compliance officer, who will coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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