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Mt. Zion school board hears presentation

Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion School Board met on Tuesday November 16 and heard a presentation from Mt. Zion High School Principal Justin Johnson and went through the first read of the 2022-2023 high school student course planning handbook changes.

Principal Johnson’s presentation was on a new class at the high school level called Physical Education: Peer to Peer. The class is taught by Sarah Major along with a teacher’s aide.

The class was created due to a need for this class with Life Skills and Essential Skills students that came back to Mt. Zion from the other schools and needed to have a P.E. class. The idea of an adaptive P.E. Class was thought of, but ultimately the Physical Education: Peer to Peer class was created.

The Peer to Peer class allows students from Life Skills and Essential Skills to develop athletic skills such as dribbling a basketball or hitting a ball with a racquet for accuracy. The students also interact with peer helpers from general education who help the other students develop their skills and interact with the students.

The class is designed for Mondays to be Yoga with stories. The stories are things such as Frozen or different things like that with sound.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays there are activities that are being played such as basketball, scooter hockey and volleyball.

On Wednesdays it is called wind-down Wednesdays where students take a break and play card games and other kinds of games and interact with each other. On Fridays, there is a dancing activity.

The Board also heard the first reading of the 2022-2023 high school school student course planning handbook changes. Inside of this handbook changes include additional classes that students can take.

One of those classes is the CEO Class. This class is designed for students to engage with Mt. Zion business community and students would learn how to become a CEO or owner of a business.

Another class that is possibly being added is a Film as Literature class. This class will be an English elective that will teach the students to analyze films in different genres like they would a literary text.

Another class that is possibly being added is Algebra 3. This class’s aim is to prepare students for a pre-calculus class.

This document will be read a second time before being voted on and approved.

The next Mt. The Zion School Board meeting will be held on December 21 at 6:30 p.m.

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