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Students Weigh-in on New Class Wish List

Students response to the recent survey sent out about classes.

Students response to the recent survey sent out about classes.

Students response to the recent survey sent out about classes.

Students response to the recent survey sent out about classes.

Lillian Becker, Feature Editor

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New classes at the high school can revitalize and bring more interest to the curriculum. Project Lead The Way classes have changed many students schedules and career goals. However, no new classes have been added over the last few years. Students weighed in on their opinion about what would benefit our school.

A recent survey was sent out to all students asking about what new classes they would like to see offered at Glenwood. Of the 70 students who replied, many students were interested in more language classes, more AP classes, a mechanics class, a music theory class and a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program.

“Glenwood schools should offer new language classes,” said an anonymous student who answered the survey. “I know multiple students who want to take classes such as German, Italian, French and even Japanese. Learning new languages is important and looks appealing on job applications.”

Music is a subject many students at Glenwood enjoy. Students want more classes like teaching music theory, music fundamentals, jazz theory and orchestra.

“I would like to see more fine arts classes offered within our school,” said an anonymous student who replied to the survey. “Fine arts is something you can hold on to and do for the rest of your life. Fine Arts is something we, as a district, need to take more seriously.”

Students also believe a film class should be offered as an elective.

“A film or A/V type class would be a good asset to our schools,” said an anonymous student. “I think it would be a fun and rewarding elective for students interested in film to learn about new things.”

Principal Richard Hutchinson believes many students come up with great new class ideas, but there is a procedure that must be followed.  

“If there is an interest and we have a teacher who is certified to teach that class, then the teacher can meet with the Curriculum Coordinating Council,” said Hutchinson. “Then with each class, the teacher must write and present curriculum, find funds for the course if it applies and prove he/she is certified.”

For many classes that students wished to have, the school does not currently have a teacher certified to teach them. For example, a JROTC program could not be offered as of right now because there is not a teacher certified to teach it.

“For a JROTC program, we would look into partnering with a school that already has this program and look to share with them since there is not a certified teacher at Glenwood,” said Hutchinson.

Out of the 70 responses, 80 percent of students said the class they would like to add to Glenwood would help prepare them better for college and 17 percent of students were unsure if there class would benefit them.

“New classes can definitely be added to Glenwood School District,” said Hutchinson. “There is just a process that needs to be followed.”

About the Writer
Lillian Becker, Features Editor

My name is Lillian Becker.
I am a junior at GCHS.
This is my second year on staff.
I love to cheer, play soccer, and play piano.
I plan to go to Iowa...

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