With the ending of another year and enrollment starting for the 2015-2016 school year, students are finding new classes that are being offered and are discovering the pressure to find the “perfect” schedule.
In the 2014-15 school year, many new classes were offered, like Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship, which were both taught by new business teacher, Shelly Kemper. Intro. to Business was designed to give students an overview of the business, marketing and finance career occupations, while Entrepreneurship was a class that taught students the skills they need to own and operate their own businesses.
“I think the Entrepreneurship class went well,” Kemper said. “It was a learning year for both the students and myself. We worked a lot with [N Zone Sportswear owner] Patrick Lee, and that was awesome to have that business connection, and the kids really enjoyed having him out here. We learned a lot on how to tweak it for next year and how to tweak it for students.”
Sophomore Dylan Vidana took both of the new classes this year.
“Ms. Kemper is an awesome teacher,” Vidana said. “That’s one of the reasons I went from Intro. to Business to Entrepreneurship. She makes the class a lot of fun.”
Kemper will be teaching two different new classes in the 2015-2016 year. They will be geared more towards money and finances and will be required to graduate starting with the current freshman class.
“The Investing class will be focused on how to save money for your future and how to invest in the future,” Kemper said. “The Banking and Finance class will be about how banks run your money and the financing side of that. Also, with the Investing class, I think it will be very interesting for the kids because it is something you can start at a young age. It’s never too early to start investing in your future.”
Along with the classes Kemper will be teaching, there will be three other new classes that will be offered at Rock Creek starting in the 2015-2016 school year, including a Current Issues class with Kansas State University professor Brad Burenheide, and two others.
“Interior Design will be taught by Mrs. Davidson’s replacement, and Algebra Concepts, which will be combining Algebra Concepts 1A and 1B, will be taught by Mrs. [Kristen] Portenier,” counselor Kevin Sullivan said.
Enrollment takes place in the month of April and can be very stressful for some students. Classes including Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Journalism, Advanced Math, Band, Choir, College Algebra, Introduction to Journalism, Junior/Senior Leadership and Physics are all offered only once. This makes it very difficult to take some classes, as they are offered opposite from one another.
Class sizes are also getting very difficult to handle, too, because of increasing enrollment, Sullivan said.
“I’m still balancing the numbers,” Sullivan said. “We are pressed with that threshold now, and with the size of the school, it does cause some problems. Some classes, like World History, sophomore English, Chemistry, AP Bio and Anatomy will be full next year.”
Article and photo by Olivia Lee, yearbook photography editor