More class offerings; no extra time to school day

 

IMLAY CITY — On Friday, January 12, the high school students at Imlay City High School attended the district’s first-ever ‘Pitch Day’.

School administration says in the next school year, 2024-25, the high school will be going from a six-period day to a seven-period day.

While no additional formal time will be added to the school day, the time frame for each class will shift slightly to afford this amazing opportunity to our students.

Imlay City High School students listen to a presentation about expanding class offering options. The high school will be adding a seventh hour to their day, but not extending the time in school.

Dr. Dina Tallis, Imlay City Schools Executive Director-Curriculum and Instruction said in a press release, “The addition of another credit-bearing class opens up a world of possibilities for students to add a high-interest class to their schedule.”

Additionally, students who attend Ed Tech, who have historically been unable to fit electives into their courses, will have the option of adding a class of high interest, too.

This course schedule also integrates opportunities for students to have additional AP class options should they elect a more rigorous route.

Dr. Tallis said during ‘Pitch Day,’ the students all gathered in the district’s Performing Arts Center and listened to ICHS teachers pitch their newly designed elective course.

Over the past ten months, teachers have been working alongside the administration to identify a process to add these courses in a manner that excited teachers and students.

As a result of that process, teachers have identified courses that they would be excited to teach or areas of expertise they are interested in sharing with our students.

‘Pitch Day’ gave teachers the chance to personally share their own excitement about the courses they have created.

Immediately following the school-wide ‘Pitch Day’ presentations, students were given surveys to garner feedback on their interest in the courses that were highlighted.

A list of offerings (some current, some newly created) include: Applied Music Lab, Cadet Teaching Advanced Art, Advanced Dance, Advanced Theater, Japanese Culture and Language, French, Spanish, Forensics, Geology, Photography, Broadcasting, Criminal Justice, Digital Media, Multimedia, Publications and Digital Imaging and more.

Advanced Placement options include: AP US History, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Literature, AP Computer Science Principles and others.

Imlay City Schools is also one of only three approved Performing Arts CTE programs in the entire state of Michigan.

This means that students who take classes at ICHS in theatre and/or dance will experience hands-on learning that meets National and State Standards for Visual and Performing Arts and includes built-in leadership opportunities as well as work-based learning opportunities.

In order for a program to receive approval, the teachers must be fully credentialed as professionals in the field of visual and performing arts.

Don Brewer and Rebekah Brewer have professional experience in the visual and performing arts spanning from non-profit youth musical theatre programming to Broadway.

According to Dr. Tallis, this paves the way for students to receive training through a framework that will prepare them to be highly competitive in college admittance and scholarship auditions or for entering the workforce in the visual and performing arts technical field directly out of high school.

Dr. Tallis stated, “As adults, we know that having a choice and enjoying what we do in our day will help us be more productive and learn more.

“We recognize that the Michigan Merit Curriculum is a demanding and rigorous program for students. Our goal is to allow students to have more choices in their day and the freedom to explore classes that may be of interest as a career path.”

She said it is t he district’s hope that by offering these choices, they can increase overall student engagement in their school day and give them more opportunities to have fun learning.