PRHS 11th-Grade

Posted by Dr. Brian Miller on 5/27/2022 2:45:00 PM

Pine-Richland High School (PRHS) 11th Grade

It is a bit of a rainy Friday as we get closer to the end of the 2021 - 2022 school year. In homeroom today, the “Calm App” was used as students arrived with a background mountain scene and peaceful music. This is a daily habit and a relaxing way to begin the day. The homeroom students then enjoyed the  PRTV morning announcements.

History ClassUS History: 20th Century to Present
In Mr. Ervin’s class, students are studying The Red Scare and McCarthyism from the late 1940s and early 1950s. Students analyzed images from publications at that time period. For example, the image in this photo was published in 1947. They were asked to interpret this historical image through a present-day lens. The imagery and propaganda in these publications were used to influence and inform US citizens.

English 11
This class started with a PEAL (Point, Evidence, Analysis and Link) EAL EAL writing assessment for the following prompt, “Using a major theme or motif from the novel Of Mice and Men, explain how this theme or motif is developed through the characters of Candy, Crooks, and Curley’s wife.” Mrs. Spehar and Mrs. Delp co-teach this particular class. Following the assessment, the class discussed the background information for American Playwright August Wilson as preparation for a review of Fences. August Wilson was born and raised in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. He won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for this play. As one of the students shared, “his plays have universal themes” for all people. Students will begin the play next week.

TrigTrigonometry and Analytical Geometry
Students are preparing for the final exam next week. An open-ended item to start the class: “A boat is caught in a storm at Point A. It is sending a distress signal to two Coast Guard Stations at Points B and C that are 50 miles apart on land. If m<ABC = 31 degrees and M<BAC = 54 degrees, find the station closest to the boat.” Mr. Brower encouraged students to use notes, formula sheets and other tools to work through the multi-step solution to this and other practice problems.

Environmental Science
Mr. Myzak prepared a warm-up question for the class and then moved directly into the Microcosm Lab. Student teams have constructed their microcosm and are measuring water quality through a lab activity of their “microcosm.” In the analysis, students are explaining the role of a keystone species in an ecosystem, trends in water quality and potential limitations of the microcosm model ecosystem. As another learning activity, students are creating a children’s book to explain a concept from the environmental science course.


Veterinary Sciences (12:25 - 2:30 p.m.)
The AW Beattie Career Center offers about 20 different programs. I had the opportunity to participate in the Veterinary Sciences program today. This program has students from all nine sending school districts. The program includes classroom training and lab work. For example, there were four canine patients today that received physical exams (e.g., skin, eyes, ears, nose/throat, teeth/gums, legs/paws, cardiovascular, etc.). The patients also received a bath. Students work in teams of three or four to complete the work. Here are two of the “patients” and a view of the lab:


Final “Day in the Life”
With today’s visit, I have finished thirteen days in thirteen grades since the end of April. It has been a remarkable experience to see the progression of educational programs from kindergarten through 12th grade. The staff's focus on students, relationships and content is incredible. The positive environment and culture among students is outstanding. I will prepare and send a brief video summary