Students at Joplin High School could have several new subjects of study available to them next year if the school board approves a list of proposed course additions.
The list will be reviewed for approval by the board on Tuesday. The courses offered, according to the documentation provided to the council, are:
• Hospitality and Tourism. The semester-long elective would “give students the chance to learn the professional skills needed for any job or career they plan to work with the public” and “focus on an area not yet covered by our department ( family and consumer sciences).”
• Fundamentals of design. The one-year elective course “will give (students) the opportunity to deepen what is already taught in the field of housing and interior and fashion design”.
• Introduction to early childhood and education. The semester-long elective “would be an entry-level course for any student interested in the Early Childhood and Education pathway.”
• Career path to the Level II teaching profession. This course would replace the program previously known as Cadet Instruction. The Level II course would be for seniors.
• Principles of AP computing. This one-year elective course for advanced placement “would cover a wide range of computing topics with a particular focus on the impact of technology and computing on students’ lives.”
• The world at war. The semester-long course would combine academic standards related to world and American history to teach the “lasting impact” of WWI and WWII and how wars can help “understand positions.” and current global relations”.
• Ancient civilizations (Early Man in Rome). The one-semester elective course would “explore the origins, evolution, and varieties of world civilizations from their origins (c. 3000 BCE) to the early Middle Ages (c. 1000 CE) .. All of these civilizations developed ideas, philosophies, religions, social values and techniques that we can still learn from.”
• History of women. The semester-long elective course “would examine the experiences and contributions of diverse groups of women in society in early world history and modern American history. This course will provide knowledge about the social role of women and their involvement in areas such as health, history and political activism and will also provide insight into gender stereotypes and how this affects the learning process.”
Several electives are also offered to be offered virtually: Network Systems Design, Introduction to STEM, Introduction to Human Services, Introduction to Coding, Introduction to Communications and Speech, Fundamentals of Digital Media, Economics, Information Systems business computing and agribusiness systems.
The courses were suggested by teachers and administrators following a review of current offerings and programs “to ensure that all Joplin Schools programs meet state requirements and best meet individual needs and interests.” of our students,” the administrators said in documents provided to the board. .
Costs associated with implementing the new courses would be minimal and consist primarily of textbooks and other resources, the district said. All courses would be taught by the current faculty, with the possibility of hiring an additional teacher in the division of family and consumer sciences.
In other business on Tuesday, counsel:
• Review the 2021-22 audit report, which was prepared by Westbrook and Co.
• Consider change orders for the Dover Hill Elementary School project in the amount of $19,586.80 for sidewalk drains, paint, sod and window bars.
• Review the graduation rate at Joplin High School and plans for improvement.