The Move to Career Paths
This article was written by student Summer Rogers in response to Mr. Stack's long-term plan to develop junior and senior small learning community career pathways. The article appeared in the December 2012 edition of The Sanborn Voice, the student newspaper at SRHS.
Proposed Schedule Changes
Written by Summer Rogers
As of now, a schedule change for next year is undecided. However, a change for both juniors and seniors of Sanborn Regional High School is to be seen within the next few years.
“Every year a schedule change is requested,” said principal of Sanborn Regional High School Brian Stack. “In order for a change, we need a good plan first.”
It was determined that there needed to be three requirements for the change. Students needed a time that they could use to get help. Administration didn’t like how upperclassmen had yearlong classes unlike lower classmen. Staff also found semester long blocks to be too long for students and their attention span.
“We want to move to a model where juniors and seniors can choose a career path, so that when they go to college they know what they want to do and are prepared,” said Stack.
The main plan that is being considered involves students taking certain courses that would reflect the career path they chose. Students would still be taking the regular required classes, but as an extra, they would also have to take certain classes for their career choice.
“It’d be a good idea if we had had the chance to do that,” said senior Leoni Kirby.
Like the National Honors Society distinction on a student’s diploma, the student would have a distinction for the career path they chose. Colleges have become interested in this idea, because students are prepared and they already have begun the college process.
“I think it will help us because when I watched my sister apply to colleges she didn’t know what she wanted to do,” said Freshman Jillian Spero. “It will help us understand what we want to do.”
Although this plan for a new system isn’t set in stone, it is strongly being looked into. Mr. Stack and the rest of the administration are working with teachers to find a plan to benefit the students and make their high school experience a real stepping stone to college.