The Duneland School
Board last night approved the Chesterton High School 2020-2021 course guide,
including 12 new entries students can choose from.
Three new classes
are for students seeking the International Baccalaureate diploma. They are:
Philosophy SL, World Religions SL, and Environmental Systems and Societies
Other new offerings
include fashion and textile careers 2, housing and interior design careers
1, human and social services 1, and AP Psychology. Junior and senior
students will also have the option of taking level 3 or 4 classes for any of
the art disciplines and Project Lead the Way-based classes in Civil
Engineering and Architecture and Computer Integrated Manufacturing. Students
can also complete a CTE career exploration internship or study special
topics in public safety.
Special topics in
public safety will be open to all high school students. AP Psychology, CTE
career exploration internship, housing and interior design 1, and human and
social services 1, are all open to students sophomore-level and up. The
remaining new classes are open to only juniors and seniors.
new course guide drops four offerings. For the IB diploma, CHS will no
longer offer Economics SL. Also cut from the course guide are Design
Fundamentals, Transportation Systems, and Introduction to Transportation.
Reasons given for dropping those classes include a lack of student interest
in the IB Economic course, the content of the Design Fundamentals course
being rolled into the new offerings, and the Transportation classes no
longer being approved Indiana courses.
Brandon Kroft commented the new offerings look interesting. Director of
Curriculum and Instruction Christy Jarka reported the new classes will help
expand graduation pathways that aid in specific career readiness.
The Board reelected
Kroft as President, then elected Ron Stone as Vice-president and Alayna
Lightfoot Pol as Secretary.
Kristin Kroeger has resigned as a member of the School Board. Kroeger
represented Jackson Township on the Board. A temporary replacement must be
appointed for Kroeger within 30 days of her notice. Kroft said DSC will
release details about finding her temporary replacement later this week.
Kroeger’s seat will
be up for grabs, along with At-Large Board member John Marshall’s seat, in
the 2020 general election in November. According to the 2020 Indiana
Candidate Guide, candidate filing for local School Board seats opens July
22. Candidates for Kroeger’s former seat must be residents of Jackson’s
Winter Card Contest
The winners of the
winter card contest were: First Place, Isabelle Orlando and Runner-up, Nolan
Brewer for the Elementary level; First Place, Audrey Rudzinski and
Runner-up, Crosby Moore for the Intermediate level; and First Place Marie
Dandinidis and Runner-up, Ayla Johnson for the Middle School level.