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Career Education and curriculum updates were given at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Bement School Board.
Bement Middle School will offer new math courses to seventh and eight graders. Seventh graders will now be offered a Pre-Algebra class and eighth graders Algebra I class. Students will have to either test into the new classes or be recommended by the math teacher.
“We want to make sure students who are going to take these classes will succeed,” said Doug Kepley, Bement middle and high school principal.
The high school will offer four new science courses and a senior math class.
One science class is in an agreement with Cerro Gordo High School. The CGHS agriculture teacher currently teaches Intro to Agriculture at BHS and will teach the sequence class next year.
The other three courses will be Biology II, Chemistry II and Physiology /Anatomy. These courses will be offered every other year and will give each student the opportunity to take all three.
Kepley said the district has ordered and has started to receive sample textbooks for the courses.
Career Education, Cathy Flood, gave a presentation on the school’s Career Education program.
One of the opportunities that Bement offers to junior and seniors is dual-credit classes. Students who participate in dual-credit classes take classes at Parkland College during high school.
“It gives them a start on their college career,” said Flood.
Bement currently has eight students who are enrolled in Parkland College and BHS. They combine for 57 credit hours.
Bement also offers work-based learning for all students.
Sophomores take a day or half a day to job shadow a person in their career pathway. Junior and seniors are eligible to leave school early and do internships.
Flood is thankful for the support she gets from the community.
“We have had tremendous community support from local business,” she said. “They allow students to come and job shadowing or do an internship."
In other action
• ISAT testing will begin March 7.
• Bement SOS will hold it’s Basket Binga on Feb. 23
• The sophomore class will sponsor “MORP”, which is a school dance. The dance is the opposite of PROM.