LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEARWednesday, May 09, 2012 By StaggLine Staff
A school year is ending once again. And the discussions that are commonplace at the end of every school year have a tendency to come up again. "What programs are being cut?" "Is there a lack of funds?" "Will this class be here next year?" However, for every bad effect of class cuts, there are also good things to look forward to in the coming year. Despite the bad news, programs are still coming next year to offer a new perspective to the students and a viable interest for their future. Just this year the culinary arts program returned from a temporary hiatus. Next year, the program hopes to move into more of a career pathway with a hands-on component. The music department has also experienced growth this year. Next year, the department is planning to expand with upgrades in the piano and guitar classes that are already expected. In the past, the home economics and music departments have been frequently on the chopping block for cutbacks. Now that they are beginning to move forward, the classes are expecting membership to go up as well. New elective classes are not the only things coming next year, as there are also the serious classes that provide help for students who need it. A major intervention program in both English and Math is planned to arrive next year. "These would count for elective credits," said Chan Sam, head counselor. "This is for the students who need the extra support and will give them the support their first year especially." The program could have an impact on remedial students as well as English language learners; and while these classes may not seem like other elective classes being offered next year, the things they offer can benefit students just as well. The administrators, however, are not only planning for next year. In the wake of the new courses coming next year, the administration anticipates to improve their elective courses in the years to come. "Our main goal is to keep it fun, educational, and increase connections around the school," Sam said. "It can be a place where you can relax your mind, try new things, and have fun at the same time." As of now, these new elective classes are still in the planning stages. Negative news of budget cuts and classes being dropped have filled the air in a rough economy. At times it can be hard to find the best in picking electives among other core classes. But beyond the veil of negativity, there are always new things being offered, and next year is no exception. Given the right knowledge, one can still find the best in the coming school year.