Pascack Period Selection

Below, please find 1st Semester selections for the Pascack Period.
 
Please note the following:
  • If a class is full, you will not be able to submit a form
  • Be sure to only register for one course during "Pascack Period A" and for one course for "Pascack Period B" 
  • Registering for more than two courses (one during "A" and one during "B") will result in losing your seat in all registered Pascack Period courses

Pascack Period A

Please register for only ONE course during Pascack Period A, from the below offerings:
  • College Essay Writing - Mrs. McDonald, 1st Marking Period, Room 125 (Limit 25)
    • Most colleges require students to submit an essay or personal statement as part of the application process. It may sound like a chore, but it's actually a unique opportunity to be an individual and distinguish yourself from other applicants with comparable scores and grades. This participatory course will help you through the college essay writing process and help you to “distinguish yourself”. Come prepared to write, read, and share.
  • College Application Readiness - Mrs. Donnelly, 1st Marking Period, Room 111 (Limit 25)
    • This course will tackle a different part of the application puzzle, beginning with student resumes and ending with the applications themselves. During the course, students will learn about the different components of the application and get advice on how to go about obtaining the required supporting documents (recommendations, transcripts, scores, etc.), so that they leave prepared to approach their counselors and teachers early. Use of Naviance will also be discussed.

  • Physical Fitness & Weight Training - Mr. Papa, 1st Semester, Weight Room (Limit 30)
    • Course is designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the fitness center by learning proper lifting techniques, program development, cardiovascular training, and develop an overall increase their fitness level. 
  • Health and Wellness: Finding the Rhythm of Your Overall Well-Being - Mrs. Schwartzman, 1st Semester, Wrestling Room (Limit 25)
    • The purpose of the course is for students to find the rhythm of their overall wellbeing. We will discuss the mental, physical, physiological and emotional wellness.  We will work together on how to obtain a “rhythm” that will work for each individual.
  • Playing Cards: Hearts, Spades, & Euchre - Mr. Field, 1st Semester, Room 243 (Limit 25)
    • Playing cards is not only a fun hobby, but also a chance to engage in a thinking activity.  Playing cards works on logic skills, analyzation of situations, and organization of information.
  • Elements of Design – Print Media - Ms. Pugliese, 1st Semester, Room 168 (Limit 20)
    • We’ll study examples of effectively designed layouts from magazines, newspapers, yearbooks, and ads. You’ll learn the language of publishing and the methods used to catch and keep the viewer’s eye. Then you’ll publish your own work using everything you’ve learned.
  • Ticket to the World - Dr. Mallya, 1st Semester, Room 102 (Limit 25)
    • Is there a country you’ve always wanted to visit or a people you’ve wanted to learn more about? Whether you want to get acquainted with an obscure land or dig deeper into a culture that fascinates you, this is your Ticket to the World! Experiences may include but are not limited to independent, small-group or whole-group explorations of cultures, traditions and natural/historical wonders that involve food, music, art, dance, fashion, film, sports, history and science. Participants’ interests will drive the explorations and when possible, we will interact with natives (either virtually or in-person).
  • A Cappella Group - Ms. Elkin, 1st Semester, Room 204 (Limit 25)
    • This course will be a performance group singing songs from various genres and styles, entirely a cappella. Whether the group will be single-sex or mixed gender will depend on which students sign up. There will be a basic audition process to determine membership. All students with musical inclination are welcome to audition.
  • Nature and Science Photography: The Crossroads of Art and Science - Mr. Shields, 1st Semester, Room 153 (Limit 10)
    • A hands-on workshop to create interesting images of nature and science subjects.  Students will learn how to use their camera to take photos of plants, animals, patterns in nature and other topics of their choice.  Subjects could include leaves, foliage, landscapes, mammals, skulls, types of clouds, insects, birds, plant growth, DNA gels, ice patterns, snowflakes, close-ups (macrophotography), fossils, and anything else we can set up, grow or find! We also will explore ways to create and present galleries of images online.
  • China the Wise/Essential China - Mr. O’Neill, 1st Semester, Room 222 (Limit 25)
    • The birthplace of kungfu and mind-body disciplines, Chinese society always honored balance and calm. Learn simple qigong movements that have kept Chinese healthy for centuries. China led the world in many areas for most of recorded history. In your lifetime, it has risen to global prominence once again. How will the “new world order” affect you?
  • Comparative Linguistics and Analysis of the Romance Languages of Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese - Mr. Priddy, 1st Semester, Room 232 (limit 25)
    • We will delve into the differences and similarities of these four Romance languages-Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.  Students will come away with a very basic knowledge of these four languages and how they compare to each other.  We will also make certain comparisons to English, which came about following the Battle of Hastings in 1066, which William (Guillaume) the conqueror, of Normandy, won.  This brought together the Romance and Germanic languages of old French with Anglo-Saxon, and to officially become the English language in 1362.
  • MOOC Facilitation Lab - Ms. Burns, 1st Semester, Room 144 (Limit 25)
    • A MOOC is the hottest thing in online learning. It stands for “Massive Open Online Course”. Colleges and Universities across the world offer these courses on a rolling basis for free to anyone who wants to take them. You can learn computer programming from Stanford, Physics of Superheroes from Duke, or the Movies of Denzel Washington from the University of Chicago...plus thousands more for any interest. These are actual college courses, but there is no fee and they do not bear college credit. However, with successful completion, completion of the college course can be noted on your transcript! This Lab will give students a space to work on their MOOC courses and a teacher will be available to assist!
  • A Student Perspective on Hills - To Be Determined, 1st Semester, Room 213 (Limit 25)
    • Students who take this course will brainstorm the true meaning of a Pascack Hills education. Together they will develop a framework for a Pascack Hills graduate. The work of this group will directly impact teaching and learning throughout our district.
  • Discussions in Freakanomics - Mr. Koehler, 1st Semester, Room 134 (Limit 25)
    • Students will be able to participate in open discussion loosely based on the Freakanomics series. Examples of discussion topics include tipping and its benefits and problems, different currencies, etc.
  • Ping Pong Tournament - PE Staff, 1st Semester, Back Gym (Limit 12)
    • Students will be able to participate in a round robin style ping pong tournament.

Pascack Period B

Please register for only ONE course during Pascack Period B, from the below offerings:
  • College Application Readiness - Mr. Corso, 1st Marking Period, Room 134 (Limit 25)
    • This course will tackle a different part of the application puzzle, beginning with student resumes and ending with the applications themselves. During the course, students will learn about the different components of the application and get advice on how to go about obtaining the required supporting documents (recommendations, transcripts, scores, etc.), so that they leave prepared to approach their counselors and teachers early. Use of Naviance will also be discussed.
  • Physical Fitness & Weight Training - Mr. Papa, 1st Semester, Weight Room (Limit 30)
    • Course is designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the fitness center by learning proper lifting techniques, program development, cardiovascular training, and develop an overall increase their fitness level.  
  • Introduction to Yoga - Ms. Adams, 1st Semester, Wrestling Room (Limit 25)
    • This course is designed to introduce students, safely and accessibly, to the basic postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation methods of yoga. Students will begin to experience the benefits of stretching, moving, and breathing freely as they reduce stress, and learn to relax. The goals of this course are to promote a healthy lifestyle and increase strength and flexibility. 
  • Fantasy Sports Hero - Mr. Bucco & Mr. Bruh, 1st Semester, Room 243 (Limit 50)
    • This course will be designed to offer strategies and insight into the world of fantasy sports.  Students will focus primarily on the football season as the class creates a league together. Additionally, students will learn about the background of fantasy sports through brief essays, documentaries and class discussion.   
  • News of the Day - Ms. Horn, 1st Semester, Room 168 (Limit 25)
    • Students will discuss all of the top news stories, both locally and globally. This course is intended to be student driven and will focus on the impact current events have our our students and society.
  • Book Club - Mrs. McDonald & Mrs. Goodman, Meets every 6 weeks throughout the school year, Room 125 (Limit 30)
    • Students will collectively choose modern/contemporary, NY Times Bestsellers, and popular young adult fiction and/or nonfiction to read.  Students will then meet to discuss the book without pressure of quizzes or tests.
  • An Introduction to Improv Comedy - Dr. Bachenheimer, 1st Semester, Room 204, (Limit 25)
    • The objectives of this course are to discover the fundamentals of improvisational comedy, improve your storytelling skills, learn techniques to think quickly on your feet and to be more creative.  This spirited, fun course is for anyone who wants to learn the essentials of good scenic improvisation or anyone who wants to improve their teamwork or communication skills.  Discover how to actively listen, to use your own life to create stories, and work on the fundamental principles of improvisation.  Through coaching, warm-up exercises, creative performance games and basic short-form scene-work, you will learn how to be more spontaneous, trusting and cooperative and how to listen in a fun, creative atmosphere.   We will also draw from viewing professional improv media such as “Whose Line is It Anyway” and other shows.

  • Nature and Science Photography: The Crossroads of Art and Science - Mr. Shields, 1st Semester, Room 153 (Limit 10)
    • A hands-on workshop to create interesting images of nature and science subjects.  Students will learn how to use their camera to take photos of plants, animals, patterns in nature and other topics of their choice.  Subjects could include leaves, foliage, landscapes, mammals, skulls, types of clouds, insects, birds, plant growth, DNA gels, ice patterns, snowflakes, close-ups (macrophotography), fossils, and anything else we can set up, grow or find! We also will explore ways to create and present galleries of images online.
  • Topics in Oceanography - Ms. Macke, 1st Semester, Room 153 (Limit 25)
    • This is a survey course covering the basics of physical oceanography and marine biology. Week by week students will explore a different aspect of the ocean as they travel on a virtual trip around the world to learn the basics of ocean science.  Students will perform scientific experiments and collect data that will teach them about the geology, chemistry, and physics of the ocean. From the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia to the Caribbean and the coasts of Peru and Alaska, from the coral reefs to the hydrothermal vent communities deep in the ocean, students will make observations about the sea’s ecosystems and the sometimes-unexpected life within them.
  • What’s Going on in the Art World? - Mr. Saxon, 1st Semester, Room 222 (Limit 25)
    • Let’s look at, watch, discuss, compare, and enjoy the contemporary art world. There is no prior-knowledge needed, as we will explore different artists each week who work with varied mediums – paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, film, mixed-media, and more.
  • The Pathology of Disease - Dr. Whitfield, 1st Semester, Room 164 (Limit 25)
    • We have all been touched directly or indirectly by such diseases as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, strokes, lupus, etc. We will discuss the pathology of these diseases ad the underlying genetics and possible genetic predisposition for these diseases.
  • Ping Pong Tournament - PE Staff, 1st Semester, Back Gym (Limit 12)
    • Students will be able to participate in a round robin style ping pong tournament.
  • SAT Mathematics Prep - Mr. Kirkby, 1st Semester, Room 254 (Limit 25)
    • This course will offer review the necessary math skills assessed on the SAT. Students will be offered the opportunity to take practice tests to ensure they are familiar with the format and to identify areas of weakness where instruction will be provided. In addition, students will learn test-taking strategies tailored around this unique assessment. Students will be ample time to work through practice problems to help students improve their scores. 
  • Organizational Skills - Ms. Burns, 1st Marking Period, Room 144 (Limit 25)
    • Do you feel like you are completely unorganized? Do you forget things? Do you miss deadlines? Do you feel like you don’t have a system to conquer workloads? If the answer to any of these classes is “yes”, then take this course to learn organizational skills including calendars, prioritizing, work flow, technology hints and tricks, and more!
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