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Chesterton High School to offer new courses

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The Duneland School Board last night approved the Chesterton High School 2020-2021 course guide, including 12 new entries students can choose from.

Three new classes are for students seeking the International Baccalaureate diploma. They are: Philosophy SL, World Religions SL, and Environmental Systems and Societies SL.

Other new offerings include fashion and textile careers 2, housing and interior design careers 1, human and social services 1, and AP Psychology. Junior and senior students will also have the option of taking level 3 or 4 classes for any of the art disciplines and Project Lead the Way-based classes in Civil Engineering and Architecture and Computer Integrated Manufacturing. Students can also complete a CTE career exploration internship or study special topics in public safety.

Special topics in public safety will be open to all high school students. AP Psychology, CTE career exploration internship, housing and interior design 1, and human and social services 1, are all open to students sophomore-level and up. The remaining new classes are open to only juniors and seniors.

Additionally, the new course guide drops four offerings. For the IB diploma, CHS will no longer offer Economics SL. Also cut from the course guide are Design Fundamentals, Transportation Systems, and Introduction to Transportation. Reasons given for dropping those classes include a lack of student interest in the IB Economic course, the content of the Design Fundamentals course being rolled into the new offerings, and the Transportation classes no longer being approved Indiana courses.

Board President Brandon Kroft commented the new offerings look interesting. Director of Curriculum and Instruction Christy Jarka reported the new classes will help expand graduation pathways that aid in specific career readiness.


The Board reelected Kroft as President, then elected Ron Stone as Vice-president and Alayna Lightfoot Pol as Secretary.

Kroft announced Kristin Kroeger has resigned as a member of the School Board. Kroeger represented Jackson Township on the Board. A temporary replacement must be appointed for Kroeger within 30 days of her notice. Kroft said DSC will release details about finding her temporary replacement later this week.

Kroegerís seat will be up for grabs, along with At-Large Board member John Marshallís seat, in the 2020 general election in November. According to the 2020 Indiana Candidate Guide, candidate filing for local School Board seats opens July 22. Candidates for Kroegerís former seat must be residents of Jacksonís Township.

Winter Card Contest

The winners of the winter card contest were: First Place, Isabelle Orlando and Runner-up, Nolan Brewer for the Elementary level; First Place, Audrey Rudzinski and Runner-up, Crosby Moore for the Intermediate level; and First Place Marie Dandinidis and Runner-up, Ayla Johnson for the Middle School level.


Posted 1/14/2020




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