David J. Doyle Kendall Jr/Sr High School Administration
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16887 Roosevelt Hwy ~ Kendall, NY 14476 ~ (585) 659-2706

Jr/Sr High Principal
Mrs. D'Agostino
Jr/Sr High Assistant Principal
Mr. Watson

November 2015

Dear Parents and Community Members:

It is my personal mission to provide Kendall's students with 21st century skills so they are prepared to compete in our evolving world. It has been said that the term “21st century skills” refers to a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits that are believed to be critically important to success in today's world, particularly in collegiate programs and contemporary careers and workplaces. Generally speaking, 21st century skills can be applied in all academic subject areas, and in all educational, career, and civic settings throughout a student's career. Kendall offers numerous electives for our students to take to gain these important skills. In an effort to respond to the ever evolving world, additional electives have been designed so that students have opportunities to expand their skill set. The new electives for the 2016-2017 school year approved by the Board of Education are:
  • World History on Film - Social Studies:
    Students will explore historical events in a creative format which will allow them to develop and improve their ability to read historical texts and apply knowledge from historians to modern media. This course will allow motivated students to read, analyze, discuss, and interpret crucial literary pieces, as well as primary sources from World History.
  • Cooking Around the World – Family and Consumer Sciences:
    Students will prepare recipes from various countries and cultures from around the world. This course is “hands-on” food preparation. Students will be exposed to the history of food preparation and current food issues that are prevalent in the world.
  • Video Game Design – Technology:
    Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of video game design and programming. Video game programming is one of the most challenging disciplines in computer science because it attempts to combine, in real time, concepts in computer graphics, human-computer interaction, networking, artificial intelligence, computer aided instruction, computer architecture, and databases. Students will engage in project based learning.
  • Robotics - Technology:
    Students will explore the fundamentals of robots and the field of robotics. This course will consist of a variety of hands-on projects. Students will learn how to program a robot and work in engineering teams to design and build a custom remote control robot. These types of experiences will utilize prior knowledge learned in the fields of technology, science, mathematics, and engineering.
  • Woodworking – Technology:
    Students will be exposed to reading project drawings, gain a knowledge of woods and uses, compute calculations of materials, complete numerous joinery designs, work with wood lamination and master project procedures.
  • Statistics - Math:
    Students will be exposed to a math course designed to introduce students to the logic and procedures of statistics. The course will cover methods for gathering unbiased and accurate data, analysis of the data, probability models, and as well as statistical inference. All learning is in the context of everyday issues and problems that use statistics to guide decision making.
  • 21st Century Computer Skills – English:
    Students will be provided with knowledge regarding 21st century computer skills that they will be able to use to compete in our dynamic world of technology. These skills will provide students the necessary skills that a college/career ready individual is required to have to be successful including but not limited to: Microsoft software, Google software, research skills, research formatting, web-based software, keyboarding, etc.
  • Genocide – Social Studies:
    Students will learn about various genocides and mass violence events from history. They will explore the stages of genocide, the build-up to the act of genocide/violence, the perpetuation of violence, and the end of the violence. Students will analyze the United Nation's human rights violations to help form a definition of genocide. They will expand their knowledge, through readings, Socratic seminars, assignments, presentations, projects and videos.
  • AP Physics – Science:
    Students will engage in an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics courses. Students will cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics, work, energy, poser, mechanical waves and sound, and introductory to simple circuits.
  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation Biology – Science:
    Students will learn concepts in the following topics: wildlife biology, conservation, laws, history, management/conservation of representative species. In addition students will be exposed to anatomy and ecology of fish including foraging/predator-prey relationships, local fish identification, water quality analysis, invasive species, and sampling techniques.
Please encourage your child to sign-up to take one of our existing electives or one of these new courses. If you have any questions please contact me at 659-2706 or email me at cdagostino@kendallschools.org.

Carol D'Agostino
Kendall Junior/Senior High School Principal

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