12th Grade Team


Ms. Shakira Perez (peres001@hartfordschools.org)

British Literature


Dr. Russ Sirman (sirmr001@hartfordschools.org)

12th Grade Philosophy

Is the unexamined life worth living? Are there such things as universal moral norms and values? What do we know and how do we know it? What is the nature of reality? Does God exist? What do we mean by freedom? Does freedom exist, or is there only necessity? If we are free, then is there any moral code that can be binding on us? Are we naturally political, or is the body politic a mere artifice? Is there a real distinction between legitimate and illegitimate authority? Do political bodies naturally produce justice? What is the value of aesthetic beauty? These are the questions that reflect the major themes and values of the 12 th Grade Philosophy course at Classical Magnet School. In this culminating social studies course students will utilize and refine all of the critical thinking, writing and research skills that they have practiced throughout their academic careers at Classical. Specifically, this course expects students to work at the upper end of Bloom’s taxonomy, focusing upon analysis, synthesis & evaluation of the ideas and values presented in the curriculum. Students will practice: writing properly formatted college style essays; conducting primary and secondary source research for research papers. In addition, students will participate in weekly or biweekly Paideia seminars as well as in daily class discussions that utilize the Socratic method of questioning and response.


Jim Pezzulo (pezzj001@hartfordschools.org)

Latin IVReadings in Latin Literature: Students complete their transition to authentic Latin prose and poetry. Students begin with selected readings from Caesar’s De bello Gallico, “Invasion of Britain", selected poems of Catullus, and begin book I of Vergil’s Aeneid.

Latin V:Vergil’s Aeneid: Students do an extensive reading of Vergil’s Aeneid. Students learn to scan epic hexameter, parse vocabulary, and interpret literature. Students will also analyze figurative language and write well organized essays.

Greek I: Athenaze I: Students begin to learn ancient Greek by writing the Greek alphabet, by pronouncing Greek letters, and by building basic vocabulary. Students will make cultural connections through literature. Students will also develop their reading comprehension through reading increasingly complex prose.


John Lacy (lacyj001@hartfordschools.org)


Algebra II

Textbook Used

Advanced Algebra Tools for a Changing World : Prentice Hall

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.

Pre – Calculus

Textbook Used


Additional Items

Graphing Calculator Ti 84 plus or Ti 84 plus silver edition.

Students start the year with the study of polynomials and the various methods needed to find all the solutions to polynomials. Students then start their study of trigonometry from the basic functions sine, cosine, and tangent. They will then study the inverse functions secant, cosecant, and cotangent. They end the year with the study of trigonometric identities which will get them ready for the concepts in calculus.

AP Calculus

Textbook Used


Additional Items

Graphing Calculator Ti 84 plus or Ti 84 plus silver edition.

Students start the year with the study of limits both finite an infinite. They will then study derivatives and anti-derivatives and apply these concepts to solve real world applications. They will then study definite integrals and the applications of integration to real world problems. They will finish the year with the study of improper integration.


Dr. Renata Kaluzny-Blaszcyk

12th Grade: Anatomy and Physiology

Classical Magnet’s Anatomy and Physiology course centers its instructional focus on the organizational relationship between cells, tissue and organs. Students use inquiry based to learning to examine normal functions and body systems. In addition to lab work, students use coached projects to frame their learning and Socratic seminars to enhance their understanding and higher order thinking.

Senior Date of Events

October 1st – SAT Testing Day

October 3rd – Picture Day ( X- Day Schedule) not seniors

October 5th – ½ day ( C- Day Schedule)

Senior work day

Accuplacer Test (English/ Math)

Capstone / College

October 19th – Senior Hike (X- Day Schedule)

October 22nd – ACT Testing Day

October 27th – Senior Portraits

October 28th – Haunted House (in house only)

November 5th – SAT Testing Day

November 12th – Act Testing Day

November 10th – Homecoming

November 23rd – Alumni Day