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Bozeman High School to offer new classes

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: Dec 11 2012 03:19:10 PM MST
Updated On: Dec 11 2012 06:20:48 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Bozeman High School students will have the chance to sign up for some new classes next year and they're not your typical reading, writing and arithmetic.

New courses include project-based learning media and marketing, technology and leadership where students learn leadership skills while creating webinars, video conferences and presentation software and GATE Geometry, for students who want a more in-depth and challenging course.

Student Josh Powell says the new classes take the school in a cool, new direction.

"I think it allows them to branch out to what really interests them.  There's going to be a psychology class and some more music classes so, they're able to find what their passion is in life," says Powell.

His friend Courtney Yovich agrees.

"I think it's really great that they're offering new things for kids to kind of figure out where they want to take their career, going into college even.  It's nice that there's options," says Yovich.

Yet, for Yovich, there's a catch.  She's a senior this year.

"If you weren't graduating, would you sign up for a couple of these classes?" I asked.

"Oh, absolutely," says Yovich.

Aunica McCullough says she's excited about the new opportunities.

"I want to work kind of on a TV network, preferably sports...So, definitely some of the technical ones are the ones that would help me get there and be more prepared for later," says McCullough.

Folks with Bozeman Schools say the new classes will help to ensure students are college and career ready.

"I think it's going to prepare them better for life outside of high school, whether that's going to college or whether it's stepping out of the doors and being competitive in the work force," says Bozeman High School Principal Ken Gibson.

Gibson says he hopes the new opportunities will help students to become more engaged in what they're really passionate about.

"Kids seem to want to do things more if the can engage in it and if it's something that they really want to do," says Gibson.
    
Gibson tells us they will also require an English U.S. History combination course for all juniors.
    
The class has been around for several years but this is the first time it will be a requirement.

Folks with the school say, once students sign up, the budget will be shifted to accommodate students' selections.  All courses are dependent on sufficient number of student requesting the course and for course materials.