Over the past several weeks, our students and their parents have had discussions regarding course selections for the next school year. There are many factors to consider, including: which levels to take, electives, extracurriculars, after-school jobs, internships, and social interests. The right balance is important in order to create what we often refer to as the well-rounded student. With this in mind, I started to give thought to what a well-rounded school should look like.
I’m often asked, What is the right balance for a high school student? This varies from student-to-student (and it should!). We want our kids to have a schedule that meets their individual needs and interests. At Medfield High School, we review our course offerings each year. This process starts with meetings I have with each content specialist (department head) to review the courses offered. We look at course sign-up data, identify trends and discuss possible new courses that might be of interest to our students. At times, we have removed courses which we’ve determined to be no longer relevant or those that students have shown little interest in. These courses have included Keyboarding, Desktop Publishing, Introduction to Drama, and Television/Video Production, among others. With that in mind, we’ve replaced some of the above-mentioned courses with new electives, courses such as Ballroom Dance, Introduction to Guitar, Video Production, Clay Art Studio, Activities for Life, and App Development. This does not represent the entire list of courses removed or new courses offered in the MHS Program of Studies. What it does represent is our concerted effort to develop a range of courses that meets the needs of all learners AND to provide opportunities for students to blend core academic courses with other areas of interest. MHS Guidance Content Specialist Stephanie Worthley said, “We are pleased to offer a variety of classes for students to explore interests outside of their requirements. We also want students to take courses that are fun and can provide some stress relief during the day.”
Many of our students take an array of Honors and AP courses. The AP courses in particular can help develop skills and be good preparation for the amount of work (and time management) expected at the college level. We monitor the number of AP’s our students take because we believe finding the right balance in what we offer is important. In addition to a schedule that is both challenging and exciting, we want students at MHS to have time to participate in theatre, music, athletics and clubs. These programs all play a vital role in providing our students with different ways to demonstrate their many talents. It’s important that we continue to keep the well-rounded school in mind as move forward.
The weekend of March 19-20 proved to be exciting for Medfield High School. Our Jazz Band won the Gold Medal at the All-State finals and earned a spot in the big concert that will take place on May 15th at the Hatch Shell. And congrats to our Boys Hockey team for winning the state championship for the first time in school history! The game took place at TD Garden and junior Faith Samson delivered an amazing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. #warriorpride