A new school year means new faces, new scheduling, new tests, and new teachers. For the 2014-2015 school year Brownstown Jr/Sr High now has more to offer students. This includes musical education from Mr. Brough, a move from the eight hour schedule to a nine class period day. Also, the PARCC test is now in place for the first time ever, aligning the Common Core Standards to assessments.
Band and choir students are taught by Mr. Brough who comes to us from Naperville, Illinois. He is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana and has a great knowledge in his content area of choir and band. Student seem really excited to be taking part in the courses that he has to offer.
For many years the BHS staff and students followed an eight hour schedule, but now have nine. With the loss of five faculty members over the last few years the periods of the day have been affected. Nine periods allows students to keep attending important classes and have a variety of options to choose from. The students even have a study hall now that allows one to complete any homework.
New state test with the PARCC exam will take place for the first time this spring in Illinois and across the country. This test is in conjunction with the new Common Core standards. Common Core has a goal of "fundamentally changing the way students learn." "We want students to be thinkers and doers as a result of the lessons we teach," says Mr. Shackleford. PARCC tests students’ skills in how well they are receiving the information they are being taught. It is going to be tough for students who only know the non common core learning way, but there is hope to see changes in the assessments this year.
By Caitlyn Reeter
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