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Technology Unit - Grade 9


How can technology enhance/improve my life and work?

How can I be a responsible and safe user of technology and media?

Combined with the teaching of other technology skills in academic and career technical programs, this unit satisfies Strand Six of the Massachusetts Vocational Technical Education Frameworks.


Grades 9 - 12

Gobierno y política de EE. UU. AP® es un curso de un año de nivel universitario que no solo busca preparar a los estudiantes para tener éxito en el examen AP en mayo, sino también brindar a los estudiantes el conocimiento político y los procesos de razonamiento para participar de manera significativa y reflexiva en debates y debates. debates que actualmente están dando forma a la política y la sociedad estadounidense.




Spanish at SVAHS is taught with an emphasis on learning how to communicate in the language. From the very beginning, Spanish is the language of instruction. Class material is made comprehensible through visual context clues, gestures, and some English translation, so that even students who are new to Spanish will find the class accessible. Students begin acquiring the language through listening and reading; two forms of input that are part of every lesson, every day. After many hours of listening and reading, students begin to speak in short sentences.

This approach is similar to how young children learn their first language. They listen, while the adults around them talk and make gestures. After some time, the child understands what is happening, even though they can’t speak yet. (This happens when learning a second language too!) If the child is lucky enough to have someone read to them, they begin to see the words on paper. Finally, they start speaking. Studies show that this is how all language is acquired.

In addition to language learning, students in the program gain knowledge about the cultures of countries where Spanish is spoken. Cultural connections with communities around the world are an ongoing part of each course


Spanish 1

Spanish 1 is an introduction to basic conversational Spanish, and is offered to Sophomores and Juniors.  Students will learn how to describe themselves and other people, talk about their daily activities, and  narrate the events of a story. Students will know the colors, numbers, days of the week, how to tell time, etc. Class activities include creating stories, acting them out, drawing, interviewing classmates, reading a short novel, playing games, and listening to a LOT of Spanish.


Spanish 2

Spanish 2 is offered for Juniors and Seniors. This class re-enforces some of the basic interpersonal communication skills learned in Spanish 1. Conversation about students’ daily life and interests continues to be a focus, as they acquire more of the language. Students will study agriculture and farming in Latin America, Latin American foods, and the relation between food and health. The later part of the year focuses on another short novel, this time written in the past tense. 


Spanish 3

Spanish 3 is offered to Seniors who have already completed Spanish 2 or who have already developed proficiency in Spanish because it is their home language.  Spanish 3 continues to develop students’ basic interpersonal communication skills, but also explores the history and culture of Spanish speaking countries. The course takes an in-depth look at the history and culture of Puerto Rico and Cuba. Students are expected to read novels and news articles, and engage in discussion about them.


Heritage Spanish

Heritage Spanish is offered for students who already have a background in the language from their home environment. The class is for students who are bilingual, but not necessarily biliterate. Heritage Spanish focuses on developing literacy through activities and assignments comparable to those of a language arts class. Students learn reading strategies, develop reading habits, write essays on various topics, and work to develop critical thinking skills. 


Courses are aligned with standards for language learning that are defined by the American Council for Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Diversified class activities and assessments will reflect different learning styles, with a fair amount of classroom movement, visual learning, drawing, acting, and competitive games.

In addition to language learning, the Spanish classroom is a place where students will gain knowledge and understanding of the cultures in 21 countries where Spanish is the official language (or widely spoken). Cultural connections with communities around the world, as well as the Latino community here in Western Massachusetts, are an ongoing part of each course.




Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School's art curriculum is aligned to the Massachusetts Core Arts Standards with a focus on creating, presenting, responding, and connecting. The art courses follow the Visual Arts discipline.


Art courses are required for 9th and 10th grade while in 12th grade they can take art as an elective. Instruction in these courses are created with artistic literacy in mind. Students are offered opportunities in artistic investigation and experimentation with materials, techniques, and concepts. While delving into their own creativity, students learn how to convey meaning and communicate through their art works.


9th Grade Art

This project-based course that develops a student's visual art skills. Students will develop art skills based on the elements of art, principles of design and composition, and typography.


10th Grade Art

Art Two is a more advanced study of art for the 10th grade. Students work in an expanded range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media. There will be concentration in areas of more advanced drawing, watercolor, acrylic painting, sculpture, as well as work in the artist’s own personal sketchbook.


12th Grade Art Electives


Cobertura in situ las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana en las salas de emergencia de Baystate Health y Holyoke Medical Center

Trimester 1: Drawing



Trimester 2: Painting



Trimester 3: Sculpture

This course develops basic skills in the creation of 3-D forms in a variety of mediums. This course is designed to develop higher level thinking and technical skills, and aesthetics. This class requires a sketchbook.

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