G-A School Board learns of proposed program of studies changes

Shawn Hardy

Proposed changes to the Greencastle-Antrim High School program of studies were presented to the school board during a work session last week with adoption planned at the regular meeting on Feb. 2.

The program of studies is a comprehensive look at what's offered at the high school and is used as a scheduling resource for students and parents.

Principal Ed Rife talked about the changes involving music, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and German.

n A new ninth-grade band course is proposed to help students transition to high school. Ninth-, 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders in band currently meet before the school day. Band director Robert Bennett said having a regular first semester course with the ninth-graders would allow him to develop a relationship with the new students before they join the symphonic band in the second semester.

n Technology education and art were totally overhauled into STEAM last year. The move was very successful and it will be an ever-changing program, Rife said.

Proposed for 2017-18 is the addition of a media studio course to build on skills learned in multi-media communications and photography and digital design. It would include in depth videography, photography, animation and digital design.

Two course name changes also are planned: digital citizenship to digital foundations; and applied technology to materials and processes.

n German I was added to the curriculum this year and about 50 students studied the language so it is proposed to add German II next year.