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School system offering new, redefined classes

January 11, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Whether animal lovers, artists or budding linguists, Washington County high school students should find plenty of offerings in the program of studies for next year.

Japanese-language, ceramics and composition are some of the new courses schools plan to offer, said Boyd Michael, executive director for secondary education.

The Board of Education approved a slate of new and redefined courses at its meeting Tuesday night. Though the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, has not yet approved the school system's application to start an International Baccalaureate Programme for high school students, the board's action included curriculum for the proposed magnet school.

"We're assuming that our application will be approved, yes," Michael said.

The school system still is awaiting approval from the international organization to begin an IB program at North Hagerstown High School that eventually could be a magnet for juniors and seniors from across the county.

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Other courses approved by the board for next year's program of studies include Japanese, upper-level Russian, advanced placement human geography and composition, which are new classes, Michael said. An introductory craft skills could be the start of reintroducing construction trades offerings to students, he said.

Other classes, including environmental agricultural science academy offerings and upper-level French, German and Latin classes, have been redefined, Michael told the board.

Students will begin scheduling classes for next year in February, Michael said.

The board had approved in July the initial offerings of the IB program. At that time, Roger Giles, director of funded and special programs, told the board approval of the rigorous program could come in the spring.

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