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Nancy Tucker

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education has scheduled a Board Workshop Meeting on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 4:00 PM in the IMC/Library located on campus. Action may be taken.

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Special BOE Meeting - May 3, 2023
Nancy Tucker

The Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education has scheduled a Special Meeting on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 7:00 PM in the IMC for the purpose of awarding contracts for summer 2023 construction projects, as a result of bid opening on May 2, 2023. Action will be taken.

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BOE Meeting
Nancy Tucker

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education has scheduled a Special Meeting on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 7:00 PM in the Little Theater located on the 11/12 campus of Hunterdon Central Regional High School, 84 Route 31, Flemington, NJ. No action will be taken.

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2023-2024 HCRHS Budget Presentation
Nancy Tucker

Click on the video for a presentation of the proposed 2023-2024 HCRHS Budget:

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BOE Workshop
Nancy Tucker

The Hunterdon Central Regional High School Board of Education has scheduled a Board Workshop Meeting on January 21, 2023, at 8:00 AM in the IMC/Library. No action will be taken.

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Magnet Programs: Biomedical Science Academy, Computer Science Academy, Technology, Engineering & Design Academy

Hunterdon Central offers its students opportunities to pursue specialized programs that empower them to focus on a particular passion or career area. HC has magnet programs in Architectural Design, Biomedical Sciences, Computer Science, and Robotics. Each program consists of a cohesive series of three of four courses and includes opportunities for dual enrollment or articulated college credit, an industry-valued credential, or both.

Magnet program students engage in capstone-type experiences, which can include an independent research project, an internship or mentorship experience, and/or an independent student experience such as a college course or a credential.

Magnet program course descriptions, listed by department, appear in the course listings below. If you have any questions about these specialized programs, please contact your counselor.

Click on the link to view a video on Specialized Curricular Programs at Hunterdon Central:




2024-2025 Biomedical Science Academy

Supervisor: Matthew Hall, Ed.D., 908-284-7134 matthew.hall@hcrhs.org

Click to view a video of Dr. Hall describing courses in the Biomedical Science Academy:


Biomedical Science Academy Course Descriptions

#481 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 9

This course serves as the introductory course of the Hunterdon Central Biomedical Science Academy. Students will explore concepts of biology and medicine as they relate to a medical case study of a fictitious person. While investigating the case, students examine medical reports, review medical history, become familiar with medical terminology and different fields of medicine and to explore medical treatments that might have improved the patient’s state of health. The activities and projects introduce students to the US healthcare system, medical professions, human physiology, basic biology, medicine, public health issues and research processes while allowing them to investigate realistic medical case studies.

#482 BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES 2 - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 10
Prerequisite: Successful completion of #481 Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences 1.

This course serves as the second course in the Hunterdon Central Biomedical Science Academy sequence. Students will continue their exploration of medical professions while further developing their familiarity with medical terminology. The first part of this course will focus on the role of medical research in healthcare, as well as methods of medical research and experimentation. During the second part of the course students will engage in hands-on investigation of human body systems with a focus on the muscular, skeletal and integumentary systems.

#483 BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES 3 - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: Successful completion of #482 I Biomedical Sciences 2.

This course serves as the third course in the Hunterdon Central Biomedical Science Academy sequence. Students will continue an exploration of basic medical terminology as well as engage in hands-on investigation of the digestive, excretory system (including urinary and respiratory), circulatory (including lymphatic, immune, and cardiovascular), nervous, reproductive and endocrine systems using realistic anatomical models, case studies, as well as dissection. In each unit, students will explore pathophysiology and medical career pathways to make connections in the community preparation of the year 4 seminar. This course has dual enrollment agreements with Raritan Valley Community College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Eligible students can earn 4 credits for RVCC’s course, BIOL 120, Human Biology, and 3 credits for FDU’s course, BI 112, Medical Terminology. Visit the HCRHS dual enrollment webpage for more information.


#484 BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES 4 - 5 CREDITS
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of #483 Biomedical Sciences 3.

This course serves as the fourth course and culminating capstone experience in the Hunterdon Central Biomedical Science Academy sequence. In this course students will engage in a personal exploration of a career of interest in the biomedical sciences. In doing so students will investigate the educational pathways to such a career, as well as discover what “a day in the life” of the career is like. Through a series of seminars and the development of a portfolio, students will engage in a structured reflection of how their career of interest connects to the concepts of individual health, community health and national and international healthcare systems relate to the work these practitioners do.


2024-2025 COMPUTER SCIENCE ACADEMY

Supervisor: Robert Cole, 908-284-7190,rcole@hcrhs.org

Hunterdon Central's Computer Science Academy is an option for students who have a passion for the subject and who are interested in an in-depth exploration that leads to a Computer Science Academy Endorsement on their high school transcript.

Students must earn at least 12.5 credits among the courses offered, with a concentration in programming, design, or a combination of both. Students may enter the academy in 9th grade, if prerequisites are met.

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COMPUTER SCIENCE ACADEMY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Required Course:
All students in the Computer Science Academy must take this course. Students may take other Computer Science courses before AP Computer Science Principles, provided they meet the course prerequisites.

#366 – ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: Algebra 1

This course is intended for students as an introduction to computer science aspects needed for our ever-growing, technology-based world. It is designed to give students foundational computing skills, an understanding of the real-world impact of computing applications, and programming literacy. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP Exam. In addition, students enrolled in an AP course who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for the course. Otherwise, Honors weight will apply. This course has a dual enrollment agreement with Raritan Valley Community College. Eligible students can earn 4 credits for RVCC’s course, CSIT 103, Computer Concepts and Programming. Visit the HCRHS dual enrollment webpage for more information.

Introductory Courses:

#362 - INTERNET OF THINGS - 2.5 CREDITS
Prerequisites: Algebra 1

This course is intended to provide students with a fundamental understanding of three big concepts: 1) “Internet of Things”, 2) “Cloud Computing” and 3) “Web Services”. This will be achieved by hands on design and building of a network that integrates home devices such as lights, outlets and motion detectors. The student will integrate and manage devices through Home Automation Software, Cloud Computing on Amazon Web Services. Solutions will be developed to interact and control these devices through Alexa, web interfaces and mobile devices across the internet. Prior programming experience is not required for this course

#364 – COMPUTER SCIENCE 1– JAVA - 2.5 CREDITS

Co-requisite: Algebra 2 (any level)

This is an in-depth course designed to teach the fundamentals of computer science and program design. The programming language used in the course to teach these concepts is Java. The course covers classes; operators; input and output; control statements and functions. It is recommended for the serious minded problem solver who is interested in a career in a computer-related field. Students should have good study skills and a strong interest in computers. Since this is a lab-oriented problem-solving course, good attendance and the ability to focus and stay on task is important. Students are expected to complete programming assignments outside of class.

#636 - COMPUTER SCIENCE DISCOVERIES - 5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

Computer Science Discoveries is an introductory computer science course that empowers students to create authentic artifacts and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem-solving, and fun. Areas of study include problem-solving, animation and games, the design process, data and society and physical computing. Students will also be exposed to the fundamentals of web development.

#365 - CYBERSECURITY I - 2.5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Algebra 1

This course is designed for students who are interested in exploring careers in Cybersecurity. The focus of instruction will include the implementation and monitoring of security on network and computer systems. Students will investigate strategies to identify and protect against security threats such as hackers, eavesdropping and network attacks. The basics of cryptography and logic reasoning will be explored. Hands-on labs in a cyber range provide practice in the configuration and mitigation of system vulnerabilities. Each unit integrates current events and related cyber ethics and law. *Ethics agreement must be signed by all students and parents during the first 2 weeks of class.

#ET35 - INTRO TO HTML & WEB PAGE DESIGN - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

This course is designed as a basic introduction to HTML and creating web pages. The students read, write, and edit HTML coding. The students learn how to create, edit, and manage webpages. The course also explores the basics of WYSIWYG programs, as well as basic picture editing. This course has a dual enrollment agreement with Raritan Valley Community College. Eligible students can earn 3 credits for RVCC’s course, IDMX 225, Web Page Development I. Visit the HCRHS dual enrollment webpage for more information.

#653 - DIGITAL Multimedia DESIGN - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-12

This course provides students the opportunity to create dynamic presentations that incorporate text, digital images, audio and video. Students learn to use a combination of hardware and software to plan, design, create and deliver multimedia presentations through graphics, print and video. Students demonstrate their mastery by creating multimedia presentations for content areas throughout the school and for their own visual expression of a specified topic.

Advanced Courses: A minimum of 5 credits must be earned from the following courses:

#368 ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER SCIENCE - 5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: #364 Computer Science 1 Java or #366 AP Computer Science Principles

This course continues the study of Computer Science topics started with Computer Science 1. This is a lab course that gives extensive practice and emphasis on good programming design and technique. Students are expected to complete programming assignments outside of class. This is an AP course that follows the suggested course of studies for the Computer Science exam. It provides the students with the knowledge and the practice to help them with the AP exam and/or a career in Computer Science. Students enrolled in an AP course are expected to take the AP Exam. In addition, students enrolled in an AP course who take the AP Exam will receive full AP weight for the course. Otherwise, Honors weight will apply. This course has a dual enrollment agreement with Raritan Valley Community College. Eligible students can earn 4 credits for RVCC’s course, CSIT 105, Foundations of Computer Science. Visit the HCRHS dual enrollment webpage for more information.

#ET40 - ADVANCED WEBPAGE DESIGN – 2.5 CREDITS

Grades: 9-12
Prerequisite: #ET35 Introduction to HTML & Web Page Design

This course provides students the opportunity to create dynamic presentations that incorporate text, digital images, audio and video. Students learn to use a combination of hardware and software to plan, design, create and deliver multimedia presentations through graphics, print and video. Students demonstrate their mastery by creating multimedia presentations for content areas throughout the school and for their own visual expression of a specified topic.

#369 - CYBERSECURITY 2 - 2.5 CREDITS
Prerequisite: Cybersecurity 1

This course is designed for students who are interested in exploring careers in Cybersecurity. The focus of instruction will include the implementation and monitoring of security on network and computer systems. Students will investigate strategies to identify and protect against security threats such as hackers, eavesdropping and network attacks. The basics of cryptography and logic reasoning will be explored. Hands-on labs in a cyber range provide practice in the configuration and mitigation of system vulnerabilities. Each unit integrates current events and related cyber ethics and law. *Ethics agreement must be signed by all students and parents during the first 2 weeks of class.

2024-2025 Technology, Engineering & Design Academy

Supervisor: Jane Armellino, 908-284-7178 jarmelli@hcrhs.org

Hunterdon Central's Design & Applied Technology Department offers concentrated educational pathways in two areas: Robotics and Architectural Design. These pathways are recommended for students who have a passion for the subjects and who are interested in in-depth explorations of the material. Students may enter the academy in 9th grade if prerequisites are met.

Click to view a video of Mrs. Armellino describing courses in the TED Magnet Program:


TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & DESIGN ACADEMY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Robotics Pathway - Courses must be taken in the following sequence.

#806 - TED: INTRO TO TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND DESIGN - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-10

This course provides a general introduction to course offerings in the Technology, Engineering and Design (TED) department. It is required for students pursuing subsequent courses in Robotics, Architecture or Engineering. It is also an elective for students which fulfills the 21st Century Life and Career Skills graduation requirement. It will provide students with hands-on experience in technical drawing, design, fabrication, and engineering through project based units. Students will use problem-solving techniques to brainstorm and create solutions, and will develop an understanding of the design process, technical drawing, basic tool usage, and safety skills. Course #806 TED is required for students interested in further study in Robotics or Architecture as well as those students who plan to pursue the Magnet Program in either of those areas.


#815 - INTRODUCTION TO ROBOTICS - 2.5 CREDITS
Grades: 9-10
Prerequisite: #806 TED: Technology, Engineering & Design
This course is not open to students who previously completed #812 Robotics.

This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn fundamental robotic skills and programming essentials. Using a VEX platform robot, students work collaboratively to develop a robot to complete specific tasks. Students will have the opportunity to complete projects involving guided research, problem-solving, and design documentation by means of an Engineer’s Notebook.

#817 – ROBOTICS 1 – 5 CREDITS

Grades: 10-12
Prerequisite: #815 Introduction to Robotics

This course is designed to challenge students in the operations of the VEX Robot platform as it teaches science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students will learn how to use feedback from sensors, applied mathematics and measurement to program their robot to navigate in its environment. Students will have the opportunity to complete multiple challenges involving guided research, problem-solving, collaboration, and design documentation by means of an Engineer’s Notebook. Students interested in participating on the Robotics Team are encouraged to consider this course.

#818 – ROBOTICS 2 – 5 CREDITS
Grades: 11-12
Prerequisite: #812 Robotics 1

This is the culminating course for the Robotics Curriculum and is focused on Advanced Manufacturing and Automation. It is designed to challenge students in the operations of the VEX Robot platform as it teaches science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students will learn how to use feedback from sensors, applied mathematics and measurement to program their robot to navigate in its environment. Students will have the opportunity to complete multiple challenges involving guided research, problem-solving, collaboration, and design documentation by means of an Engineer’s Notebook. Robotics 2 is required for students pursuing the Magnet Program of study in TE Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering.

Architectural Design - Courses must be taken in the following sequence:

#830 - RESIDENTIAL DESIGN - 2.5 Credits

Grades: 9-10
Prerequisite: #806 - TED: Technology, Engineering & Design

This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Architectural Design. Students will explore residential architectural styles, basic building codes and structural requirements. Students will progress through creating residential floor plans and developing interior designs using drafting tools then expanding their ideas into computer design. Students will make decisions based on personal needs, desires and available resources to design living spaces. Residential Design is required for students interested in further study in Architecture as well as those students who plan to pursue the Magnet Program in Architecture.

#832 ARCHITECTURE – 5 CREDITS
Grades:10-12
Prerequisite: #830 Residential Design

Architecture is a project based STEM course for students who are considering careers in architecture, civil engineering, planning, and construction. Students will draw, design and build architectural structures. Students will use AutoCAD to draw a block plan of their own neighborhood. They will design and draw floor plans. They will design, build, and test a tall structure and model a small sustainable house. Students will use an advanced professional CAD system to model a final house design and produce plans and images of their virtual model. It is recommended that students have an understanding of problem-solving and the engineering design process.

#834 SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE DESIGN - 5 CREDITS
Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite: #832 Architecture

Students will learn the fundamentals of the sustainable side of Architecture. Students will explore the reuse, renew and recycle side of design, along with an element of alternative design. Students will design structures that are sustainable and green. Emphasis will be on repurposing an existing structure, developing recreational areas, and ADA (American Disability Act). LEED Certification will be introduced and used as a basis for eco-friendly designs. Sustainable Design is required for students interested in further study in Architecture as well as those students who plan to pursue the Magnet Program in Architecture.