Elect your electives

Sofia P.

Staff Writer

With a new year, and increasingly over-crowded classrooms, students may have felt that their choices for electives were limited in terms of classes they would be interested in attending. Students and teachers agree that the modern language, English, science and social studies departments could add some more classes and diversity to the school program.

Foreign languages other than Spanish, French, and Latin may be of great interest to students. Etowah is the only high school in the county who also has German and Madrin, which is a shame considering that these classes are in high demand. Both junior Stephine DeLaCruz and freshman Michelle Belikiva expressed that they would like to take these classes, which are commonly asked for when it comes to foreign language. The possibility of getting into Etowah’s program is low, but if the demand is high enough, perhaps Woodstock could consider offering more diverse foreign language courses. According to Mr. Mike Manzella, assistant principal in charge of curriculum, the demand would have to be large enough, around 90 students, in order to get a class considered for approval. Both German and Mandarin are from countries that lead the economic future of the world. In addition to learning a new language, these classes could give students countless job opportunities around the world. The languages would also provide students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a culture that is not commonly found in this area of the United States.

It is not only in the foreign language department where students would like to see more electives offered at Woodstock High School. The English department only offers two electives for students interested in reading and writing: newspaper and yearbook. This can be a bit disappointing for those who have a passion for words, and especially those who admire words but do not have the capability to produce them. Mr. Tim Morris, English teacher, suggested having a creative writing class and a Bible as Literature class, which was a class that he taught at Woodland High School. The Bible being one of the chief sources of symbols and allusions in literature, the class would be helpful for those who are studying literature with little comprehension of the Bible. The course, which is also taught at Etowah High School, can also be for those who are simply interested in different interpretations that can contain historical and philosophical meaning. While a creative writing class may just seem like another writing class to add on top of the newspaper and yearbook classes, the goal of a creative writing class would be for students to be able to write made up stories of any genre they want. The class would not be a class of formal writing but that of expressions and passion.

Although there are many different elective choices within the science and social studies departments, some specializations feel left out. Both Etowah and Cherokee offer two classes that would add diversity to the science departments. Zoology was recommended by freshman Delaney Caslow, and astronomy was suggested by Dr. Krista Webb, social studies department head, who had the idea proposed to her before by another student. These subjects would allow students interested in going into these field of study to enjoy studying what they appreciate in the natural world, making school more stimulating and exciting academically. These are not uncommon interests and are in high demand among students, animal lovers, and future NASA employees. Dr. Webb would also like Constitutional Theory to be taught at Woodstock, a class that would break down the way the US government works by centering the government study on the one document to which it is shackled. Despite the large amount of classes in each department, some popular classes seem to be missing from these departments.

If anyone has an interest in any of the classes mentioned in this article, below this article will be a poll in which the students can vote which classes they would be interested in taking. It is not a probability that all the classes mentioned will be added to the school agenda, but if enough people are interested in a class, it might be taken into consideration. Dr. Webb said, “The strength of Woodstock High School is that when students request classes, we try to make it happen,” but this can only come true if the students of Woodstock are willing to ask for the new foreign language, English, Science, and Social Studies electives. People have to speak up if they desire to elect a new elective.

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