MCHS offers new classes for 2020-21

New 21-22 courses include broadcast journalism, introduction to technical theatre, and new blended options


Becky Arendarczyk

When students register for their courses for the 2021-22 school year, they will be able to choose blended options for many of their core classes.

Narcizo Mancilla, Staff Writer

Starting in the fall of 2021, MCHS will have new classes available to the students. There will be many options and opportunities including courses in English, social science, math, science, physical education (PE), and career technical education (CTE).

The English department will be getting a new course, Broadcast Journalism.

“[It] is a semester-long course that students can take more than once. These students will create video announcements for the school,” said Gina Nomikoudis, division chair of English. “Mr. Stengel will most likely be teaching this course in the new wing next fall.”

Stagecraft: An Introduction to Technical Theatre will also be offered starting in the fall of 2021. This course will be a non-departmental elective. According to Nomikoudis, Andrew Hillier, foregin language instructor, or Heidie Dunn, English and theater instructor, will be teaching the class.

Social science will also have a new course opportunity that will be offered to seniors interested in a career on the social science pathway.

“In the Social Science Division we have a really exciting new class called Social Science Internship. This is a senior level, capstone course that is blended during 8th period.  Students have the opportunity to engage in internship hours with local organizations that fit under the Social Science Pathways,” said Sean Sterner, district division chair of social science.

In the math department, several new blended courses will be offered. Nicholas Custodio, division chair of mathematics, lists these new courses as Algebra II – Blended, College Algebra with Trigonometry – Blended, Honors Pre-Calculus – Blended, Intermediate Algebra – Blended, AP Calculus AB  only offered in Blended, and AP Calculus BC only offered in Blended.

In the science department, a new dual credit course will be offered to students. This course will allow them to get college credit while taking a required course.

“Dual Credit Honors Chemistry 164 is a course in partnership with MCC that sophomores who qualify can receive college credit for their Honors Chemistry course,” said Tim Beagle, division chair of science.

PE will also be getting a number of new courses.

“The new courses that we will be offering are Adventure Education, Swimming Basics, Sophomore PE, and Team Sports (this class replaces the 10-12 PE),” said Jennifer Beattie, district division chair of PE, Health, and Driver Ed mentioned.

Karyn Burmeister, district division chair of CTE, is excited for next year’s new CTE course, Drones and Unmanned Flight.

“CTE will be offering one new course next year, Drones and Unmanned Flight.  It is a year-long course offered to juniors and seniors who have taken 1 year of PLTW Engineering or Computer Science,” said Burmeister. “In the class, students will learn the rules and regulations for flying drones which will prepare them to take the FAA Part 107 certification exam.  Students will learn about careers involving unmanned aircrafts as well as get experience flying drones a few times per week.”

Students begin the process of selecting their classes starting second semester.