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New Courses In Works At WCS

Students at Waterville Junior-Senior High School will choose classes from a new course catalog next semester.

J-S High Principal Jennifer Dainotto told members of the WCS Board of Education during their meeting last week that the catalog will include programs of study and graduation requirements. Dainotto gave a presentation called ‘WCS Junior-Senior High School by the Numbers.’

As of early November the building has 342 students, up from the first day enrollment. Two administrators, two counselors, 21 teachers and three therapy dogs work in the building.

Dainotto said students are offered a little over 90 courses in total in the building, including four Advanced Placement classes and 19 with dual credit with a community college.

The new course catalog will add AP and dual credit courses, she said. This year’s graduating seniors are taking a combined 22 AP classes.

Board members added their wish for more AP and dual credit classes, which can be applied toward a student’s college requirements.

Dainotto said the push will also be on having more students take the PSAT and SAT even though some colleges no longer require the SAT for admission. She said it helps students better understand their strengths when choosing a college area of study.

This year’s dual credit Spanish class has formed a friendship with a class in Argentina, Dainotto said. Students in the Food and Consumer Science class recently held a contest to design a meal with a pound of hamburger and $10 budget.

The Class of 2022, with 51 graduates, had 22 with a Regents diploma, 13 with an Advanced Regents diploma and 16 with an Advanced Regents diploma with Honors. Forty-five percent of the class said they would attend a four-year college, 37 percent a community college and 16 percent entered the workforce.

Dainotto also discussed discipline and attendance by students in the first two months of the school year. While unexcused absences - those without an explanation provided - are down, excused ones are up, she said.

As of Nov. 2, 226 discipline referrals had been made, up 21 from the same time last year. There have been four out-of-school suspensions and 18 in-school ones.

Failure to Follow Instructions resulted in 48 referrals, with Inappropriate Use…


The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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