July 28, 2014

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Medina high, middle schools expand fall course offerings

Students at Medina High School and the district’s two middle schools will have dozens of new course offerings available next year, officials announced Tuesday.

Thanks to passage of a five-year, 5.9-mill emergency levy in November, school officials are bringing in new teachers and new course offerings to make good on a promise they made to voters to restore cuts made over the past several years.

“One of the highlights of the levy being passed is that the children are going to have more options,” interim Superintendent Dave Knight said. “And with those greater options, I think we’re going to have greater interest on the part of the students.

“They will be more motivated to come to school. They will have classes that speak to them as individuals and that will make their overall education more pertinent to them.

“That’s what learning is all about.”

At the high school, there will be new or restored courses offered to students in a variety of areas:

• Language arts — Film and Fiction, ACT Prep, Social Commentary and Change, British Literature

• Social studies — Honors World History, Blended Economics and Financial Literacy, Advanced Placement Micro/MacroEconomics, American Affairs

• World languages — American Sign Language I, Honors Chinese IV, Advanced Placement Spanish V

• Science — Honors Physics, Advanced Placement Physics C

• Art — Painting II, Ceramics II, Portfolio

• Business/technology — Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Information and Communications Technology

• Industrial tech and engineering — Engineering Drawing II, Electricity/Electronics

• Physical education — Physical Education for Life

• Special education — Vocational Transitions

At the two middle schools, the district will offer foreign language classes for sixth- and eight-graders, introduce a computer programming class for eighth-graders and a digital media course for sixth-graders.

Seventh-graders will have the option to take a course in adolescent psychology to learn about the emotional changes and issues teens face as they enter puberty.

Elementary students will benefit from seven new reading intervention specialists and three gifted intervention specialists.

The school also will hire five teachers in art, music and physical education to restore those classes full-time at the elementary school.

The district also plans on hiring six counselors to provide services at each grade level.

Other programs include a restoration of busing services for students at every grade level who live at least a mile away from the school.

Hours for support staff, including secretaries and paraprofessionals, also will be increased.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.