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Students Select Classes for 2019-20 School Year

By Mickaela Del Pozo
Staff Writer | The Pacific Times

NP3 students are currently choosing their classes for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.

Course selection forms were provided to NP3 High students in the first two weeks of February. Students will later submit their selected schedule through a Google Form in March. 

Course selection forms were turned in today, Feb. 28 in preparation for the Google Form.

“Choosing new classes has always been exciting,” said junior Simerjit Kaur. “This year is a bit difficult because I have gotten through most of my requirements, so now I must decide which electives I am most interested in taking.”

Students in the upcoming school year have a larger variety of classes to choose from compared to previous years. Several new classes were added to the course selection form including Multimedia Art and Design, Innovations in Green Technology and Journalism.

Multimedia Art and Design is a brand-new addition to NP3’s elective courses. The course focuses on three-dimensional media such as stained glass, fabric, ceramics and paper sculptures. This course is open to students who have passed Art I.

The Innovations in Green Technology class joined the list of physical science courses this upcoming school year. The class will be taught by Kim Knestrick. Students taking this course will become more aware of career opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Students will also learn how to create sustainable energy systems.

Journalism joined NP3’s list of elective courses during the 2018-2019 school year. The class was not officially announced until late August in 2018. Journalism is a weekly class held after school where students discuss current events and analyze factors of news articles and journalism skills. Students in this class also manage the school’s news website, The Pacific Times.

AP Psychology is also a brand-new class for NP3 students.

This year’s course selection form also has a new policy for students planning to take Advanced Placement classes. Students must now complete a “2019-2020 AP Course Agreement” form for each class they plan to take. Signatures from a parent, adviser and Advanced Placement teacher are required. Students are also required to attend meetings for each class they plan to take.

“Although I understand certain policies such as getting signatures from teachers and making sure you attend the meetings, I don’t get some others such as the rigid contract they make you agree on,” said junior Kelechi.

Kelechi added, “I especially don’t think it would be a good idea for people such as sophomores or juniors who have never experienced AP classes and therefore don’t understand the amount of time which needs to go into the classes.”

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