FISHER — The Fisher school board approved curriculum changes in English, science and math for the senior/junior high school after teachers there met as professional learning committees to improve the curriculum.
The district will contract with Parkland College for an instructor to teach Parkland English classes 101 and 102. The classes will be open to seniors who achieve at least a 20 on the reading portion of the ACT or a similar score on Parkland's Compass entrance exams. The district will pay Parkland $6,000, and Superintendent Barb Thompson said that, by charging students for the classes, it should be no problem to break even financially.
The board also approved eliminating speech as a separate class and instead allowing it to be incorporated into English classes. That will free up instructor time to add classes on ethics and philosophy and young-adult literature. The board also concurred with adding broadcasting to a multi-media journalism class and allowing students to take it twice if so motivated.
In science, the board approved all freshmen being offered physical science and sophomores, biology.
In math, the board agreed to allow teacher Olivia Klaus to teach a statistics and probability class for juniors and seniors. She said the current fourth-year class offered, calculus, is not appropriate for all seniors and many don't take any math their fourth year.
Another math change will be that there will be just one section of eighth-grade algebra. The other section will be a general math class with some algebra included.