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Teacher Handbook » 2.2 Operational Policies

2.2 Operational Policies

2. Operational Policies

 
Acceleration Policies

Mathematics: Student who passed the Integrated Algebra course and NYSED Regents Examination will be placed in Geometry. Students who passed the Integrated Algebra course and NYSED Regents Examination as well as the geometry course and corresponding NYSED Regents Examination will be placed in Algebra II & Trigonometry.

 
World Languages: Students who complete Checkpoint A in grade eight or below must take and pass the Second Language Proficiency Exam (SLP) as well as the course in order to earn one year of high school credit. Students will automatically be programmed to for Level I of the language unless proof of performance is submitted via computer data entry from the middle school or a letter on middle school letterhead is faxed directly to Brooklyn Tech. Students who pass the Second Language Proficiency Exam (SLP) as well as the course in middle school will automatically be programmed for Level II of the target language and will not have the option to start a different language.
 

Science: Students who complete a commencement level science course in 8th grade, including the minimum requirement of 1200 minutes of laboratory experiences with supporting documentation are eligible to take a NYSED Regents Examination and upon achieving a grade of 65 or higher in both the class and the exam, the student will be awarded 1 full year of credit. Students who pass the Living Environment Regents will be placed in Chemistry I. Earth Science is not offered at Brooklyn Technical High School and will have no bearing on course placement.  Credit will be awarded as outlined above.

Required Documentation

It is the responsibility of the student and parent to provide a copy of the last report card where the final grade for the course is indicated as well as the passing grade of the corresponding exam OR a letter on school stationery signed by an authorized school official indicating the final course grade as well as the passing grade of the examination.
 
Honors / AP Eligibility Policies
 

Mathematics
 
Geometry Honors requires 2 of the following 3 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 on the Algebra Regents
  • Minimum of 85 math average
  • Teacher recommendation

Math 5/6 - 7/8 requires 2 of the following 3 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 average on the Algebra & Geometry Regents
  • Minimum of 85 math average in Geometry Honors or Summer Supplemental Course
  • Teacher recommendation

AP Calculus AB requires 2 of the following 3 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 Regents average on Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry or Math A/Math B Sequence
  • Minimum of 85 math average
  • Teacher recommendation

AP Calculus BC requires 2 of the following 3 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 90 Regents Average on Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry or Math A/Math B Sequence
  • Minimum of 90 math average
  • Teacher recommendation

Majors that require these courses will grant automatic placement.


Biology & Chemistry

Chemistry Honors requires 2 of the following 3 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 Regents average on Living Environment Regents
  • Minimum of 85 science average
  • Teacher recommendation


AP Biology and AP Chemistry requires 2 of the following 3 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 Regents average on Living Environment, Chemistry, and Physics.
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative science average
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Power Index is used for placement into Honors Chemistry, elective AP Biology and elective AP Chemistry for students in majors that do not require the courses. The Power Index for placement = Overall Average + Math Average + 2*Science Average with students being ranked in order based on number of available seats.

Majors that require these courses will grant automatic placement.


Physics

AP Physics B in lieu of Regents Physics requires 2 of the following 3 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 Regents average on Living Environment, Chemistry & Algebra.
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative science average
  • Teacher recommendation

AP Physics B as an elective after Regents Physics requires 2 of the following 3 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 Regents average on Algebra, Living Environment, Chemistry, and Physics.
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative science average
  • Teacher recommendation

AP Physics C* as an elective after Regents Physics requires 2 of the following 3 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 Regents average on all Math and Science Regents.
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative science average
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Power Index is used for placement into AP Physics B and AP Physics C for students in majors that do not require the courses. The Power Index for placement = Overall Average + Math Average + 2*Science Average with students being ranked in order based on number of available seats.

Majors that require these courses will grant automatic placement.


English

Sophomore English Honors requires 2 of the following 3 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative English average
  • Minimum of 85 overall grade point average
  • Teacher recommendation

AP English Language & Composition (11th Grade) requires 2 of the following 4 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative English average
  • Minimum of 85 on the English Regents exam
  • A satisfactory writing sample (essay) using the assigned writing prompt
    Teacher recommendation

AP Literature & Composition (12th Grade) requires 2 of the following 4 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative English average
  • Minimum of 85 on the English Regents exam
  • Teacher recommendation
  • A satisfactory writing sample (essay) using the assigned writing prompt [Not required for students in AP Language & Composition]

Majors that require these courses will grant automatic placement.


Social Studies

AP European History OR AP World History requires 2 of the following 3 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative Social Studies average
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative English average
  • Teacher recommendation.

AP American History requires 2 of the following 4 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative Social Studies average
  • Minimum of 85 on the Global History Regents
  • Minimum of 3 on AP World History or AP European History
  • Teacher recommendation

Honors Economics OR Honors Government requires 2 of the following 3 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative Social Studies average
  • Minimum of 85 average on the Global History and American History Regents
  • Minimum of 3 on AP World History or AP European History or AP American History
    Teacher recommendation

AP Economics or AP Government (either) requires 2 of the following 4 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative Social Studies average
  • Minimum of 85 average on the Global History and American History Regents
  • Minimum of 3 on AP World History or AP European History or AP American History
    Teacher recommendation

AP Psychology requires 2 of the following 4 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative Social Studies average
  • Minimum of 85 average on the Global History and American History Regents
  • Minimum of 3 on AP World History or AP European History or AP American History
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Power Index is used for placement into AP Psychology for students in majors that do not require the course. The Power Index for placement = Overall Average + English Average+ 2*Social Studies Average with students being ranked in order based on number of available seats.

Majors that require these courses will grant automatic placement.


Languages Other Than English
Placement into AP classes requires 2 of the following 3 criteria be satisfied:
 
  • Minimum of 85 on Regents exam prior to AP course desired
  • Minimum of 85 cumulative LOTE average
  • Teacher recommendation.

Majors that require these courses will grant automatic placement.


Textbook Distribution
 
  • Each semester, the Assistant Principal will issue you a list of book delinquents. Please check this list carefully and during the first few days of the semester advise all students on this list to clear their books accounts so that you may issue them a book.
  • Students who owe books have already been issued books by the school – books they have not returned. Once these books are returned, they will be issued new books. We must follow this procedure in order to minimize our book loss and have enough funds to purchase replacement and new texts. In general, book delinquents have the books at home and do return them when teachers follow these procedures.
  • Finally, you can help prevent book loss. Collect texts and return receipts during major examinations and make the return of the text a 5 or 10 point part of the test (or bonus on the test). You will find that you will get a 90% return, making everyone’s job easier.


Duplication of Materials

Room 1W5 is the Copy Center where the large volume copier is located. Each Department Office has copy machines and Risographs for duplicating materials. Please prepare your instructional materials in advance. If a machine is not functioning correctly you should be able to minimize loss of instruction if you are well prepared. The Copy Center is available for large volume print runs (5 class sets, comprehensive documents, or grade level or larger). The copy request forms are available on the faculty section of the school website as well as in the main office (1W6). Please give specific instructions as well as a minimum of 24 to 48 hours lead time.


Computer Use Policies

Availability: Computers are available for faculty use in each departmental office (not restricted to departmental use – any faculty member may use equipment in any office). The UFT Teacher Center as well as the Teacher Preparation Room adjacent to the library are also available.

Parameters:
 
  • Computing resources are not to be used for personal commercial purposes or for personal, financial or other gain.
  • Any attempt to circumvent individual computer system protection or general building-wide computing security may result in actions that violate the user's right to privacy, the property rights of the file owner or a third party (such as a software supplier), and therefore can be grounds for the imposition of severe penalties, including suspension, financial reparations, and loss of computer privileges.
  • All users are prohibited (1) from installing unlicensed software or peripherals on equipment and (2) from removing preinstalled files without proper authorization.
  • The Department of Education of the City of New York reserves the right to terminate any user’s access to the Internet and to monitor all Internet access including e-mail.
  • The Department has installed filtering software in an attempt to block access to inappropriate and/or harmful text on the Internet.
  • As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”), the Department will monitor students’ online activities.
  • Users will not use the Department’s system to access material that is profane or obscene (e.g.,
    pornography), that advocates illegal or dangerous acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (e.g., hate literature).
  • System users have no privacy expectation in the contents of their personal files and records of their online activity while on the Department’s system.
  • Web Pages shall not contain or display:

    • Personal contact information about students beyond that permitted by the school, district and parent.
    • Photographs, videos or other images of any identifiable individual, other than a historical or public figure, without a signed release. Releases for students under the age of 18 must be signed by their parent or lawful guardian.
    • Copyrighted or trademarked material belonging to others unless written permission to display such material has been obtained from the owner. There will be no assumption that the publication of copyrighted material on a web site is within the fair use exemption.