New school year brings class additions, removals

Classes removed due to lack of interest to make room for new course offerings

 

By Marian Siljeholm 

INDEPENDENT STAFF

 

For the new school year, some courses were removed to make way for new classes in nearly every department.

Due to budget allowances, science department chair Erica Everett is once again teaching AP Environmental Science, which was renewed after years of student interest.

Everett is excited about resuming the class. “In previous years, I would discourage students from signing up because I knew there wasn’t enough money for it, which was sad especially because the school building is such a wonderful example of environmentally friendly architecture,” she said.

In the technology department, after successfully applying for a $7,000 grant from the Spaulding Education Trust, physics teacher Steve Cogger was able to purchase the necessary equipment to begin Electronics, a semester based class, which will center around projects and hands-on labs to teach students about electronics from basic to embedded microcontroller levels.

“I was excited to take Electronics because I took Robotics last year and wanted to learn about the electrical side as well,” senior Eric Wright said.

The new Financial Algebra class, taught by DECA teacher Dean Martino, will incorporate geometry, Algebra I, and Algebra II skills to interpret and solve mathematical finance and business models including stocks, banking, debt and investments.

“I wanted to help kids learn how to not only solve the equation but also create an equation based on practical information,” he said.

Despite these additions, a few classes will not be returning this year. Morning gym, which was previously held before school, was removed due to lack of interest.

“It was impossible to follow the curriculum because of small class size. The students were not benefiting from the extensive PE curriculum,” physical education teacher M’Lena Gandolfi said.

History Through Film, a course created by social studies department chair Daniel Jewett and taught for seven years was replaced with honors psychology, taught by U.S. History and AP Psychology teacher Lauren Dubois,

“[The class originated from] interest in the course based on sign-ups for AP Psych in the past. The pace will be different, and we will eliminate a couple of the units. I am hoping it will be a very discussion and project-oriented class once we get things going,” Dubois said.

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