HG School Board approves two new science courses

by Steve Ottman Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE.The Howards Grove School Board approved science equivalence credits for two new science courses starting in the fall of the 2017 and also increased the science requirements to three credits.

High School agriculture science teacher Erica Lamers presented the two new course offerings, Large Animal Science and Natural Resources.

Lamers noted that there has been a lot of interest in the two new classes. The classes will now be submitted to the Wisconsin DPI.

The new Science Fusion textbook series to upgrade the school’s current textbook was approved.

Middle school Principal Andy Hansen restated that this new textbook offering would be more appropriate for the fifth- through eighth-grade levels and allow access to online support activities.

“It’s more appealing to the students and connects well to our science curriculum,” said Hansen.

The book is divided into 11 modules and there is a proposal for new books for the next seven years. Hansen said the cost estimated at about $24,000 is pretty inexpensive compared with other science book offerings.

High School Principal Scott Fritz discussed the consideration of an alternative education diploma policy. The board was provided with a rough draft Fritz and Superintendent Chris Peterson have developed so far.

The purpose of the policy is to create a policy to address the future of alternative education. Students would have to show the school district what education standards they are seeking . meeting the school district’s graduation requirements.

Fritz said that language in the policy should be clarified and will be looked at again during the next school board meeting Jan. 18.

The board authorized board member Kim Plass to use her own discretion in considering WASB resolutions for the upcoming delegate WASB convention.

Board President Mark DeAmico thanked the Howards Grove PTO for donations toward the bussing cost for field trips for the high school and refreshments at the parent teacher conferences. DeAmico also thanked the Howards Grove Athletic Association for a donation toward the purchase of updated equipment for the high school weight room.

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