The Central Curriculum Committee (C.C.C.) met recently to discuss and vote on the changes to the Course Description Booklets for Northview High School and Clay City Junior/Senior High School.
"The purpose of the C.C.C. is to provide a means for staff, students and the community to have input into the curriculum development process and to facilitate the processing of the curriculum proposals," Clay Community Schools Director of Curriculum and Grants Kathy Knust told the group at the meeting.
The committee is composed of one to three faculty representatives from each school and the special education program, one to two community representatives from each school, and one to two students from each of the high schools.
The Clay Community Classroom Teachers Association selects teacher representatives and each principal determines the selection process for parents and students from his or her school.
When a new course is being recommended for addition there are six major steps that are taken, including:
* The academic department members meet with the principal and discuss the courses and the issues with each course that could arise,
* The departments then prepare a Course Proposal sheet with the signature of the possible teacher who will be teaching the course,
* The Course Proposal is sent to the Curriculum Coordinator, it must be in by the end of the first week in November,
* The Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, principals and guidance counselors will meet to discuss, approve, review or reject proposals and discuss all other curricular changes,
* The approved new course proposals are then reviewed at the November meeting by the Central Curriculum Committee, where students and parents as well as the aforementioned look at the available courses and make proposals, suggestions and inquiries,
* The committee then makes recommendations to the course list and votes, and
* The course proposals that are approved by the C.C.C. will then be presented to the School Board of Trustees for final vote.
Proposals are submitted for committee consideration by professional staff, classified employees, students, organized groups and residents of Clay County.
Seven new course proposals were voted on, three for Clay City and four for Northview.
Ceramics 1, Basic Skills Development and Career Information and Exploration were voted and passed by the committee for Clay City, while Northview added (Business, Financial, Management and Accounting Career Pathway) BMF: Personal Finance, Student Publication Newspaper I and II (student requested) and Elective Physical Education: Fitness for Life.
Both school curriculum handbooks will now have the same language for retaking courses:
Students who wish to retake a course need to be aware that both grades will be shown on the transcript and both grades will be included when determining the overall grade point average. A course cannot be counted for credit more than once (a course that received credit cannot be counted for credit again). A course that is being retaken cannot be counted as one of the five credit-generating classes required to maintain athletic eligibility. Note: Academic Honors Diploma requires at least a C in each course and an overall grade point average of B.
Northview has four course changes.
Two of which will be Mathematics Lab A and B, will be used in conjunction with or as a preparatory for Algebra 1. They will not meet the mathematics credit requirements for graduation and though students may take more than two semesters, only two elective credits may be earned.
"These courses will allow students an opportunity for individualized instruction which will help them be successful while taking Algebra 1," Knust said. "Students that need the help to pass in Math will have it."
The other two changes will be English 10 and English 10, Pre-AP.
Four course cancellations occurred for Northview and one at Clay City and they were approved mostly because of lack of enrollment or restructure of classes.
Pre-Algebra, Algebra First Year B will be eliminated and only Algebra will be offered as a one-year course due to the mandatory end of course assessment.
The Cisco Networking Academy Courses 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be eliminated because of lack of enrollment and costs.
Computer Accounting Services is being cancelled because the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) no longer recognizes the course. If students have an interest they will be able to take advanced accounting through the Business Technology Lab courses.
The IDOE is mandating the removal of prerequisite information. Because of the course requirements for the various diploma tracks offered, students cannot be discriminated against for entrance into courses based upon teacher recommendations and/or final grades.
Changes in the titles of classes in the Business Technology Education Dept. were made because the IDOE will provide vocational funding beginning with the 2009-10 with the initials BMF added.
The Science Department will also experience course title changes to align with the standards set by the IDOE.
The School Board of Trustees must vote on the changes, cancellations and proposals, which would take effect for the 2009-10 academic school year. The current date for the meeting is Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the North Clay Middle School Media Center.