District explores options for adding new science option
Curriculum coordinator Brian Cohen and middle school principal talked about options for adding Regents Earth Science as an option for eight graders without disrupting the period dedicated to optional music classes.
Harmon noted that the middle school currently teaches more specials than is required by the state. All eighth graders take one marking period each of general music and art, which could be eliminated or made elective, he said.
Room could be opened up in the schedule for eight graders if the school started teaching health in sixth and seventh grade rather than seventh and eight. The middle school also teaches an introduction to foreign languages class to seventh graders that is not required and gives a study hall every other day to sixth graders.
Harmon said they would keep exploring options and would meet with teachers from each department before making a recommendation to the board.
In response to a previous presentation, several community members had spoken at the board’s previous meeting about how the district shouldn’t make eight graders chose between an accelerated science tract and taking two performing music classes.
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