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New Elective Classes Added at Roosevelt High School

Students can now learn about individual sports, digital imaging and Vietnam history and literature.

With the addition of a seventh-hour period at Roosevelt High School this year, staffers have had to develop new courses to offer during that classroom time.

Seven new courses were offered during the first semester and now an additional six new classes have been added to the curriculum for the second semester, which began this month.

All are electives and are available to interested students.

The new courses, and their teachers, are:

  • Advanced Individual Sports (Colleen Minor)
  • Digital Imaging (Susi Stiles)
  • Vietnam History & Literature (Warren Baker)
  • American History Through Film (Melissa Becker)
  • U.S. Military History (Pat Hickey)
  • Pop Culture Through Heroes, Myths & Legends of Literature (Kelly Lomas)

School Superintendent Carla Harting said students have reacted positively to the extra class period being weaved into the school day.

"With the state's increased graduation requirements, we never really had time for students to take other classes they wanted to," Harting said. "The students are really enjoying being able to have electives, where before they weren't."

While the new classes have already began, Board of Education members are set to officially sign off on the entire list at tonight's meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the new City Hall.

Read more about each class by checking out the course descriptions.

Claire Leskiw February 19, 2013 at 04:23 PM
That Vietnam class sounds wonderful! There is some great literature out there about it and no high school level class I ever had really spent too much time teaching about Vietnam. Also, Warren Baker was the best and most influential teacher I have ever had. He really gave me the confidence to grow as a writer!
david s February 20, 2013 at 02:22 AM
They should have add more shop classes. I had heard something a while back about how shop classes were going to be cut. I sure hope they didn't because these classes are actually valuable. Wyandotte public schools made many large investments in equipment for these shop classes, it's a shame that they would even think of cutting these classes. On another note, it is nice to see the 'Digital Imaging' class. Hopefully they will invest in more computer classes instead of cutting them (Cisco Networking was cut which is really a shame).
Kathy Bedikian February 20, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Shop classes previously cut were reinstated - including wood shop and metal shop. They didn't have to come before the board of education because they were previously approved classes. The ones listed here are new for the district and required board approval. We are so happy to offer such diverse selections!

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