10th Grade Team

Mr. John Hill (hillj001@hartfordschools.org)

Modern Mythology
Information on the the course

In Modern Mythology we appreciate “modern" literature in the light of timeless universal themes and archetypes. We apply the ideas of mythologist Joseph Campbell and the Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung. Brain-based teaching strategies are employed to help students “learn how to learn"  by using the natural tendencies of the brain. 

Overview of features and benefits of this course

    • Brain-based teaching (What do recent discoveries in neuroscience tell us about your teenage brain and how you learn? Plus: discover how you can nurture your brain)
    • Learn how to learn
    • Neuroplasticity: You can change your brain for improved grades and more happiness
    • Develop the ars memorativa
    • Student teaching opportunities (you teach and assess the class!)
    • Explore levels of questioning and the dimensions of thinking & reading
    • Immersion in Literature: become the author and write in his/her style; create a skit and become/interpret a character in a play
    • Develop the ability to think like a Modern Mythologist
    • Discover your personal mythology: What myths & archetypes are you living?
    • Interdisciplinary Coached Projects
    • Student-led Paideia seminars
    • Read interesting literature and actively participate in the “Great Conversation"
    • Guidance & support to prepare you for CAPT/standardized testing
    • Learn how to eliminate “writer’s block" & other impediments to good writing

Kate Bernoski (alquk001@hartfordschools.org)

Latin IICambridge Latin Course: Unit 3 Students learn to read increasingly more complex Latin prose through expanded vocabulary and grammar study. Students continue with their study of the culture and social history of Roman Britain and the city of Rome itself.,

Latin IVCambridge Latin Course: Unit 4 Students complete the study of Latin grammar and make the transition to reading real Latin authors, both prose and poetry. Students read selections from the writings of Pliny, Martial, Vergil, Ovid, Catullus, and Tacitus. A significant part of the course is devoted to the study of the cultural and social history of the early Roman Empire.

Jim Hochdorfer (HOCHJ001@hartfordschools.org)

Textbook Used: Prentice Hall Geometry
Additional Items: Graphing Calculator Ti 84 plus or Ti 84 plus silver edition. Geometry tool which includes a protractor, compass and ruler.

 Students start their study of geometry with the basics of Euclidean geometry. Students will study triangle, polygonal, and circle properties. Students will also study right triangle geometry with a more in depth study of Pythagoras to include 45-45-90 and 30-60-90 right triangles. Students study the in depth area, surface area and volume of regularly shaped objects and irregularly shaped objects both two dimensional and three dimensional.

Algebra 2
Textbook Used: Prentice Hall Algebra 2
Additional Items: Graphing Calculator Ti 84 plus or Ti 84 plus silver edition.

 Students start the year by studying functions and relations. Students then begin their study of non-linear functions to include: quadratics, polynomials, exponential, logarithmic and rational functions. Students will be able to analyze data and describe the shape of the data points as they relate to any type of function that they have studied in the year.

Dr. Avi Ornstein (ornsa001@hartfordschools.org)

10th Grade: Chemistry
Teacher Website

In Chemistry, Classical Magnet students will inquire about chemical phenomena through substantial laboratory work. Students will come to know and understand the nature of interactions with properties of matter, atomic structure, states of matter, chemical bonding, chemical reactions and stoichiometry. Unlike a traditional science course, Classical Magnet students will use Classical readings and seminars to provide a venue for discussion of scientific findings and understandings and how the concepts relate to broader topics.

Mr. Troy Stair (stait001@hartfordschools.org)

10th Grade World History


Here are some pictures of the 10th grade coached project, The Rennaisance Faire