WUHS approves three new courses
By Amy C. Witt
woodlake – On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the Woodlake Unified School District presented and discussed the addition of three new elective courses, removes two and updates a course at the district’s curriculum and instruction subcommittee for approval by the governing board.
The new courses approved were personal finance, agriculture soil and chemistry and AP computer science fundamentals. Personal finance is a course geared for high school juniors and seniors, designed to empower students with knowledge and application of basic financial principles in hopes of providing smarter financial decisions in the future.
WHS states, “Personal finance is 80% behavior and 20% head knowledge. We believe that teaching teens to take control of their money can help them avoid huge money mistakes down the road. They need to know that their financial decisions have long-term consequences. Students must learn how to budget, save, spend wisely, avoid debt and give.”
AP Computer Science Fundaments is available for sophomore, juniors and seniors who have completed Computer Applications I, or received a C or higher in Integrated Math I or Integrated Math II. This one-year course will introduce students to the approach of underlying principles of computation, introduction of creative aspects of programming, abstractions, data, Internet, cybersecurity, algorithms and various computing concerns and impacts.
Juniors who have completed Ag Physical/Earth Science and Sustainable Ag Biology can take the new elective, Agriculture Soil and Chemistry, a college level academic course that will explore the physical and chemical nature of soils and the interactions between soil, plants, animals and agriculture practices.
Small revisions were made to AP US History for juniors and seniors but will continue to be a college-level introductory course that examines the nation’s political, diplomatic, intellectual, cultural, social and economic history from 1491 to present. Honors US History and Veterinary Science were removed.
For more information, contact the Woodlake Union High School at 559-564-3307 or visit www.whstigers.org.