Earth's Fury


1 credit course #04520

Earth's Fury is a non-laboratory, non-Regents, one-credit science elective for Mahopac high school juniors and seniors. Meeting one period per day, students will engage in learning about natural hazards, evaluate current hazard mitigation techniques and utilize scientifically-oriented articles that address scales such as temporal, scope, magnitude, cost, energy, human interference potential, and rates. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate their own and others’ work, present their knowledge and expertise in topics by putting into practice the necessary ‘interviewing’ skills for success in college and the workplace. This course examines natural systems on Earth, in Earth’ atmosphere, in outer space and the impacts these systems have on the human species. Students will be able to identify and analyze natural hazards and disasters - both natural and human influenced, to evaluate the relative risks associated with them, and to examine alternative solutions to mitigate their influence on our species. Topics for study, application and discussion include hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, drought, floods, landslides, climate change, volcanic eruptions (at various scales), rising sea levels, loss of topsoil, solar storms, supernovae, overpopulation, air quality index, among others. Students will successfully apply 'interviewing skills' (social skills, presentation skills, writing skills, effective communication skills, critical thinking skills, etc.).

Resources & Supplemental Reading

Extra Help & Instructor Contact

Extra Help is available Monday's, and other days by appointment.

Mrs. McArdle’s Mrs. Treanor


Quarterly grades are worth 20% of the grade for the year. The midterm and final exam grades are each worth 10% of the grade for the year. Quarterly grades consist of independent learning through class room activities, class room presentations, classroom groupwork, and independent student assignments in class. As such, absences greatly and immediately impede success. Students are expected to exhibit daily timely arrival to class; active participation in subject matter; appropriate home preparation for class participation and success; constructive, positive criticisms of classmates work in both written and social formats; model appropriate ‘interview skills’.

Attendance = Don’t miss class time

Missed class time (for any reason) directly, and negatively, impacts your grade. Daily timely arrival to class is expected each day. Three tardies/missed class time accumulates to one Absence. After 24 absences, the student will lose course credit. Don’t miss class. If you do miss classtime for any reason, you are to:

    • attend the next entire Per. 9 Extra help with the instructors to have an in depth conversation about your absence, and what opportunities may be available for you to get caught up.
    • Review the accompanying and attached copy of the MHS Attendance Policy - you are responsible for your attendance.
    • contact your Learning Partner from class and get caught up on the material and progress in the course that you missed.
    • use the ‘Absences’ binder in the front of the room to pick up any handouts that you missed.
    • Should you know of absences ahead of time, please let Mrs. McArdle and Mrs. Treanor know so that they can prepare you for what you will miss (perhaps there will be fewer Per. 9 make-ups upon your return, we hope J).
    • Please remind parents to call the high school (845-628-3256) the morning of the absence to report it as ‘legal’.
    • In the event of an illegal absence, credit will not be assigned for the missed class days, and no credit will be apportioned for those assignments/activities that the student was responsible for on the illegal absence.

Communicate effectively with your instructors, and your parents

College and Career-ready individuals are those that regularly exhibit appropriate social skills; demonstrate the desire and ability to work individually and constructively with others, take responsibility for their actions, are supportive to the needs of others, and resolving issues on their own by employing effective communication skills. Effectively communicating with your teachers, employers, and family directly benefits quality of life.

If your parents have questions about your progress, they are strongly encouraged to speak with you first. As high school juniors and seniors working toward becoming college and career-ready, you should be able to effectively communicate what is happening in class, and be able to answer your parents’ questions with factual detail. If you find that you are unable to answer your parents’ questions, please recommend they contact your instructors directly.