2015-2016 NHS Course Catalog
The 2015-2016 NHS Course Catalog has recently been approved by the Board of Education. Click here to view the 2015-2016 Course Catalog.
Fine Arts Whole Hog Roast is Friday, February 6
2015-2016 NHS New Courses
On December 8 we presented our 2015-16 course catalog to the USD 373
Board of Education. Proposed new courses are Sports Medicine,
Veterinary Science/Animal Health (one course), Electrical II (automotive
technology), Engine Performance II (also Auto), Sports and
Entertainment Marketing, Advanced Placement American Government
and Politics, World Geography, Public Speaking (college speech class)
and Router Basics (computer systems).
The Router Basics course is part of a three-course sequence that will lead
to students potentially obtaining CISCO certification in Integrated
Technology systems. This is a new program that will create outstanding
opportunities for our students in computer networks. We believe there is
economic opportunity and student interest in this program and are
pleased to provide another quality option for Newton students.
In addition to new courses, we have proposed a weighted grade system
that will reward students for pushing themselves to excel in rigorous
academic courses. We also are trying to reduce the number of zero hour
courses at 7 or 7:40 a.m. while allowing students more time to keep up
with their schoolwork during the regular school day.
In late January 8th through 11th grade students will begin the important
task of selecting courses for the 2015-16 school while our Seniors will
continue to plan for post-secondary work or school. It is vitally
important for students to choose courses that interest them and/or
prepare them for their future plans. Freedom is a great blessing we
enjoy, and all Railroaders are encouraged to responsibly choose a
variety of courses to develop their talents, explore interests, and
prepare for the future.
On a personal note, recently a graduate stopped by to say hello to their
favorite teachers. This student was involved in a wide range of
courses in high school: Fine Arts, World Language, Advanced Placement,
and Career and Technical. Following graduation the student attended
and graduated from a prestigious university. At this time the student
has an excellent career that incorporates several of their varied interests
and reported being highly satisfied with their experience at NHS. We
want every student to find their path to happiness and success, and
there is no denying that careful course selection impacts life after high
I strongly believe school is not meant solely to produce workers,
although it is true that preparing for a future career is an important
part of education. School should be fun, and our staff encourages our
students to find fun in numerous and varied areas of interest.
If you are a parent, please visit with your student about potential courses
they would like to take, and please encourage your student to enjoy the
journey. This is a great time to be a Railroader!