Dexter Community Schools adding some unique courses


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Dexter High School has added some new elective courses for the next school year that bring with them unique aspects and goals.

The Dexter Community Schools Board of Education at their May 10 meeting approved seven new high school elective courses – Positive Psychology, Science and Practice of Strength and Conditioning, Spanish Films and Literature, Bearing Witness, Foods & Nutrition Science 2, Makerspace, Musical Theater Workshop.

In follow up after the meeting, DCS school board president Julie Schumaker told The Sun Times News the high school will be moving to a block schedule for the 2021-22 school year, which will enable students to take eight classes per semester rather than six classes currently.

“This will provide students an opportunity to take more elective classes and pursue areas of personal interest,” Schumaker said. “These new elective courses were designed to cultivate student interest, provide real-life application, and help students increase self-awareness of others and the community.”

The course description of Bearing Witness says it will offer “students an opportunity to explore important societal issues by using productive dialogue to communicate ideas effectively. Students will seek and understand multiple perspectives by listening with an empathetic ear and using critical thinking. By the end of the semester, students will feel confident and competent as readers, writers, speakers, thinkers, and listeners. Ultimately, students will have a better understanding of what it means to be human by exploring their place in the world.”

The Makerspace course says it is a “place in which students can experiment and create things in schools, and are a combination between science lab, build shop, computer lab, and craft room. The makerspace will allow students creative ways to design, experiment, build, and invent as they engage in the STEM science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses. The Makerspace is a great way for students to experiment with their school’s curriculum and develop real-world skills at the same time.”

In other school board news, the board also approved salary level placements for administrative staff (principals, assistant principals, special education director, executive directors, and athletic director) for the 2021-22 school year.

Schumaker said every year, “administrators are advanced one level on the salary scale (A-G).”

“We are fortunate in Dexter to have longevity and continuity among our administrative staff with most administrators having served over seven years in their current position,” said Schumaker.

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