Offered at The Metropolitan Soundview High School
The Metropolitan Soundview High School English Department prepares students to become independent learners who are proficient in writing, speaking, critical reading, listening, thinking, and viewing. Our ELA curriculum is aligned to the New York State Common Core Learning Standards to provide our students with the critical reading, writing, and speaking skills required to become College and Career Ready and lifelong learners. It offers students a wide range of rigorous texts that span the classical to the contemporary. Students develop strategies for reading a rich “variety of texts, make informed judgments that are grounded in evidence and communicate their thinking through oral, written, and artistic expressions.” Students at every grade level should expect to read literature that will challenge and engage them, to listen to and participate in class discussions and activities that will deepen their understanding of the texts, and to complete assignments designed to improve their writing skills and provide new insights into the works and topics they address. With teacher guidance, students become responsible for their own learning; they increasingly assume leadership roles and make decisions in the classroom in order to develop interpretative and evaluative skills and make connections among their reading, their writing, and their lives.
As a mathematics department, we will provide instruction and content materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. We will have a focus on boosting student fluency as well as literacy in the language of mathematics.
We will support and encourage students as they seek to take on the challenge of mastering the more rigorous standards. We want our students to be challenged while developing autonomy when tackling real life applications both in and out of the classroom.
Moreover, the department will contribute to the development of students as mathematical thinkers, enabling them to become life-long learners, to grow in their chosen professions, and to function as productive citizens.
Science provides students the opportunity to explore, discuss, think critically and work independently by exposing them to rigorous instruction that would incorporate real world application, hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning. To get students ready for college by forging a comprehension of concepts and ideas they will apply to real world situations on their quest towards becoming productive, global citizens.
Global Studies and U.S. History
Global Studies is a two-year course that focus on the study of world cultures from ancient history to modern day. Students are exposed to a variety of media, sources, and activities that foster their analytical and critical thinking about the world. This course culminates in the Regents Exam in Global History and Geography which is required for graduation.
U.S. History course focuses on the study of the United States from colonial era to present day. Students engage in analysis of primary and secondary sources as well as mastering higher level critical thinking skills. Students will learn the the foundation of American history and connect it to current events. This course culminated in the Regents Exam in United States History and Government which is required for graduation.
Language and communication are at the center of the human experience. Metropolitan Soundview High School offers foreign language study in Italian and Spanish. Students typically begin the study of a modern language with an introductory level course where they are exposed to a variety of activities, projects, and writing assignments that foster development of interpretive, interpersonal and presentational communicative skills.
Students who wish to continue studying language will move on to second and third level courses, which dive deeper into the study of both grammar and culture. All students who complete three years, or six semesters, of a foreign language are then eligible to take the Regents.
The Multimedia Art program is designed into semester curriculum's so students can learn a variety of the many forms of artistic styles and expression. The program introduces students to the foundation and principals of web design, symbolism in payout design and reflective art composition while incorporating advertising & social media marketing, business management and professional portfolio development. All students need two credits of art in order to graduate.
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Physical education (PE) is an important academic subject that teaches students to be physically active, work as a team, and set fitness goals that can last a lifetime. The fitness-based skills that students learn in PE is what emerging research shows is essential to learning.
NYC FITNESSGRAM is an annual fitness assessment for students in grade K—12 that helps students and their families develop personal goals for lifelong fitness. The NYC FITNESSGRAM reports spark conversations about eating habits and levels of physical activity needed for good health. Each year, MSHS PE teachers will provide students with individual fitness assessments that enable them to track their physical fitness levels and progress over time.