New classes offer students more opportunities

New classes offer students more opportunities

Tommy Virgl, Editor-in-Chief

Many new opportunities are rising for future students at MCHS.

The MCHS 2018-2019 Curriculum Proposal was approved by the board of education at their Nov. 2 meeting.

The most prevalent trend in the proposal is the renaming of current classes, such as “Meteorology and Space” changing to “Physics in the Universe.”

In addition to the name changes, several new classes are starting.

A class is being added to the English curriculum in the realm of journalism: “Sports Media.” The class, pitched by current journalism teacher Mr. Matt Thomas, uses sports as its primary focus to teach students a variety of skills used in the journalistic media.

“There are lots of great stories to tell about MCHS athletics,” Thomas said. “This class will give students the opportunity to tell more of those stories through print, video, and online media at an introductory level.”

Another new class being added is named Street Law 2, this one to the social studies curriculum. Students learned all about the American Judicial System in the original Street Law, but were cut short on the information, being that the class was only a semester long.

In Street Law 2, students get to participate in role play activities, case studies, mock courts, mock trials, and other activities to help increase their understanding of American law.

MCHS has been trying to include more AP courses for students. By adding AP Microeconomics, students have another AP class option and another economics class option. The class focuses on the nature and function of markets, as well as the role of government within the economy.

“The opportunity to earn college credit in a class like this will benefit students. Most students going to a four year university will have to take economics,” Mr. Matt Marino, social studies, said.

Other new courses are appearing as well, including “Introduction to Computer Applications,” and “Spanish V AP Language and Culture,” giving students new opportunities rooting from already existing classes.

This story was originally published in the Nov. 20, 2017, print issue of the PPC.