Ramsey High School

2017-2018

Curriculum Guide

Thank you for choosing Ramsey High School

This Curriculum Guide is designed to show you what courses Ramsey High School has to offer and much of what we expect from our students. It is a comprehensive summary, which provides basic descriptions of the courses offered.

The Guide does not convey all of the information you need to make the most beneficial course selections and to develop an academic plan. Self-knowledge and input from others provide critical information in making decisions and in planning. Students should consider their interests, talents, and goals as courses are selected. Consultation with parents, counselors, and teachers, each of whom can help provide insight and guidance in developing an academic plan, is also imperative.

In addition to making every attempt to properly place students, care is taken to schedule students and the school in an effective and efficient manner. We attempt to make optimal use of the facilities and human resources that are available. To this end, we set out to design a schedule that maximizes our resources to accommodate what our students need as well as what they want. Students must sign up for a minimum of 35 credits each year made up of required and elective choices (120 credit minimum for an RHS diploma). They must also choose 5 credits of alternate electives. We will automatically attempt to schedule alternate choices if first choices cannot be accommodated. Please give careful thought to your initial selections and adhere to all deadlines communicated to you. It is imperative that you choose carefully since course offerings, and even the number of sections, are based on your selections. Sometimes irrevocable decisions are made in accordance with the number of students who have elected a course or even a level of a course.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We look forward to working with you to maximize the learning opportunities available to you.

Contact Information

Board of Education

Mrs. Laura Behrmann, President

Mr. David Rockefeller, Vice President

Mrs. Jennifer Burns Mrs. Mae Fine Mr. Anthony Gasparovich

Ms. Andrea F. Lamendola Mr. James H. Meiman Mr. Anthony Socci Mrs. Keri Walsh

Administration

Telephone: 785-2300 ........................................................................................Extension

Dr. Matthew Murphy, Superintendent of Schools .................................................20416

Mr. Thomas W. O’Hern, Asst. Superintendent-Business/Board Secretary ..........20402

Dr. Kevin Brentnall, Director of Personnel & Staff Development...........................20414

Mr. Andrew Matteo, Director of Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction.............20414

Mr. Gregory Acocella, Director of Special Services ...............................................25473

Dr. Michael J. Thumm, High School Principal .......................................................21503

Mr. Ryan Esdale, High School Assistant Principal .................................................21501

Mr. Michael Biggan, Director of Guidance..............................................................21551

Mr. James Grasso, Athletic Director & Supervisor of Physical Education...........21570

Guidance Department

Mrs. Claire Beslow, Counselor................................................................................21551

Mrs. Christine Bradley, Counselor .........................................................................21528

Mrs. Virginia Clark, Counselor ...............................................................................21551

Mrs. Teresa Kilday, Counselor................................................................................21551

Mr. Kevin McGuire, Counselor.................................................................................21551

Mrs. Eileen Corvelli, Social Worker.........................................................................21557

Supervisory Staff

Mrs. Ruthanne Cairoli, World Languages Department .........................................21576

Ms. Holly Falcone, Science & Technical Education Departments .......................21865

Mr. Carmen Lacherza, English Department ..........................................................21572

Mr. Thomas Santulli, Mathematics & Business Education Departments ............21569

Mrs. Karen Vander Leest, Social Studies Department .........................................21580

Mr. Kenneth Veit, Fine Arts Department ................................................................21574