Rising Senior Parents,
As we begin the registration process for your child’s senior year, we wanted to share some clarifying information with you about senior schedules. Until the 2020-2021 school year, seniors were always required to have full schedules. In response to the pandemic, the state gave schools some flexibility to not have to complete full schedules for each senior – allowing seniors to take only classes necessary to graduate.
The pandemic created the need for social distancing, and allowing seniors to not have full schedules did provide open space in our buildings, but this practice also had some unintended negative impacts. The past two school years have shown us that even though our seniors are on the cusp of adulthood, they still need guidance, direction, and accountability at school. It is our job as a school system to prepare our students for college, careers, and civic responsibilities. The best way to do this is to be consistently engaged with them. For this reason, the MHHS class of 2023 will go back to having full course schedules for seniors as we did prior to the pandemic.
Does this change mean that your child will be required to be in a seated class all day long on campus? Absolutely not. We will continue to offer robust instructional opportunities in the classroom as well as outside the classroom. Seniors will still be eligible to take courses at ASUMH during the school day, to participate in multiple sections of the work study program, to take advantage of a multitude of service learning opportunities, and to serve as interns or apprentices with local business and industry partners.
Each of these off-campus learning opportunities will continue to have accountability measures in place that will ensure we are providing the education our seniors need and deserve. Senior year will be a special time at Mountain Home High School that will be full of memorable experiences, and we look forward to all the new, exciting learning opportunities in store for the class of 2023!
Mary Beth Russell
Mountain Home High School