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February 27, 2014

New courses added

FULTON, Ill. — Fulton High School will offer four new courses next school year.

The River Bend Board of Education approved a proposal for the addition of four classes to the 2014-15 course descriptions during a meeting this week. An advanced placement language, advanced placement chemistry, alternate Spanish and sports weight training have been added to the curriculum choices.

Fulton High School Principal Chris Tennyson said the two advanced placement classes will be taught and conducted like college courses. The language class would stress writing, speaking, evaluating and rhetoric skills and the chemistry class would center around structure of matter, bonding and intermolecular forces, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium.

Of the four courses, Board President Dan Portz expressed concerns about the weight training class. He said many parents might say the class is just a blow-off class for athletes to lift weights.

Tennyson and Athletic Director Joshua Knuth explained the class will actually be more of a health class. The course will teach students primary muscle movement, chief muscle groups, the physiological and psychological benefits of training, as well as information on steroid abuse and supplements. Knuth added athletes need to know what is safe and legal and what is not.

“It’s not about going in a weight room for an hour,” Board memer Eric Fish said.

Fish took a similar course in college and told the board it was a great class. Tennyson also addressed concerns that students could take both this class and physical education within the same semester. He said that scenario would only happen if the student was a senior and had met all of his or her credit requirements.

The final course would offer students who have not met all the requirements of Spanish II a chance to complete two years of foreign language. This class would operate at a different pace than the normal Spanish class and would only be held if enough students needed it. Tennyson said there should be at least 10 students for the class to be available.

Tennyson does foresee some start-up costs for the courses, especially the AP classes, which will require the teachers to have additional certifications.

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