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New Curriculum and Text for Public Review and Comment

Advanced Placement French Language and Culture


Newark Memorial High School is proposing a new text for Advanced Placement French Language and Culture. The course was revised in response to significant changes made to the AP French Exam, which was modified to: (a) better align with national standards, and (b) to provide an increased emphasis on interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communication. The primary goal of these changes is to encourage cultural awareness and appreciation of the products, practices, and perspectives of the French culture. In addition, the revisions to the Advanced Placement French Language and Culture allows for a thematic, holistic approach to language instruction that affords exposure to key language concepts in interesting, meaningful, and engaging contexts. The proposed text was designed to address these issues and to afford student success on the French AP Exam.


The text may be viewed by the Board and the public at the receptionist desk located at the district office.  It is on display from May 2nd until May 15th.  Individual comment forms are also available.

Psychology for AP

 This new course will provide NMHS students with a long-desired course in introductory college level Psychology, and will provide college-bound students with an additional set of skills and content knowledge fundamental to many different disciplines and essential to success in many different career paths.  It will provide another opportunity for students to work within the cognitive framework of an established scientific discipline helping to prepare them for the substantially increased rigor of postsecondary work.  This course expands the social science contribution to the AP possibilities at NMHS and establishes a more balanced student understanding of the breadth of rigorous work demanded in the post secondary system. This course qualifies to provide students with CSU/UC a-g credit: it would be an elective and fall under the ‘g’ category.  The course syllabus was already approved by AP and the proposed text is the most recommended and used AP text for Psychology.

The text may be viewed by the Board and the public at the receptionist desk located at the district office.  It is on display from May 2nd until May 15th.  Individual comment forms are also available.

F.L.A.S.H. (Comp Sex Ed.)

NMHS is proposing to add the FLASH Comprehensive Sexuality Education Curriculum as a supplementary curriculum for CP Biology to meet the California State Requirements for HIV/AIDS Education (Education Code [EC] sections 51930-51939) and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (Education Code (EC) 51933) requirements. The HIV/AIDS Education and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education requirements were previously met in the State Requirements Course, which has been eliminated as a required course for graduation. Therefore, adding the FLASH curriculum as a supplement to CP Biology would provide an alternate means for the district to meet these state requirements (HIV/AIDS is required; Comprehensive Sexual Health Education is optional).

This curricula is currently on display in the reception area of the district office at 5715 MusickAve., Newark, CA., and has been available since May 2, for public review and comment. It can be viewed between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Comprehensive sex education programs can help youth delay onset of sexual activity, reduce the frequency of sexual activity, reduce number of sexual partners, and increase condom and contraceptive use. Importantly, the evidence shows youth who receive comprehensive sex education are NOT more likely to become sexually active, increase sexual activity, or experience negative sexual health outcomes.

Research clearly shows that comprehensive sex education programs do not encourage teens to start having sexual intercourse; do not increase the frequency with which teens have intercourse; and do not increase the number of a teen's sexual partners.  At the same time, evaluations of publicly funded abstinence-only programs have repeatedly shown no positive changes in sexual behaviors over time. Young people need honest, effective sex education – not ineffective, shame-based abstinence-only programs.