School board OKs electives for B-P students

BROADALBIN- Broadalbin-Perth High School students will have the opportunity to take two new electives related to literature and science.

The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District Board of Education unanimously approved the new classes on Monday.

The administration at the high school reviews curriculum matters on a regular basis, and suggested revisions to meet state standards and offer advanced study opportunities for students.

The English department requested the board add modern literature, which will be taught by Kristina Russo.

According to meeting documents, the full-year course will engage students in critical thinking through a variety of tasks, assignments and activities by connecting various fiction and nonfiction texts written in the 21st century.

Some of the possible reading material includes “The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green; “Divergent,” by Veronica Roth and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky.

According to meeting documents, throughout the course, students will be required to write essays, weekly journal entries and use evidence from the texts to express ideas, thoughts and opinions.

The literature course will be made available to interested students in grades 10 through 12.

The other new class, which was requested by the Science Department, is anatomy and physiology.

The college-preparatory science course will include the study of many human body systems and the relationships between the structures and functions of each system.

According to school officials, the course was created to benefit students who are interested in a health-related career in the study of medicine, nursing, physical therapy, athletic training or physical education.

The course does have pre-requisites, which includes the students being juniors or seniors and having previously passed the biology and living environment Regents.

The anatomy and physiology course will be taught by Julee Hart.

Tomlinson said neither of the courses will have a state Regents assessment and both count as high school credit.

“These are classes students can choose to take to fill their schedules and prepare them for the type of courses offered at the college level,” Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said.

He said teachers already within the district will be teaching the course because there was time available in their daily schedule to provide students with more opportunity.

Tomlinson also said other than the associated text, the courses will be provided at little cost and are covered within the budget.

Each of the courses will be available to students for 2014-15 and subsequent school years.