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Test Scores Increase
As New Stress Placed
On English Courses
This year, Portland Public Schools stressed more
composition writing since the state requirement for
composition is one full year.
'ln English, the junior classes studied computer
software. They were observing how the software works
and how it is put together.
There were a number of tests and essaysavailable to
junior and senior students. Available for example are
the SAT test, the PSAT test, an essay contest on
Drinking and Driving for all students was offered until
February 5, and there were creative writing classes for
juniors and seniors which carried college credit.
Starting in the 'fall of 1985, there was a state
requirement of four years of high school English. Each
applicant for college had to have all four years for
admission. Also needed was an assortment of
language, literature, speaking, listening, and writing
skills through all four years.
Field trips to museums and workshops was included
in the program for all English classes.
Last year Portland Achievement English test scores
went up, overall increased 1O0!o and verbal scores
Teachers are now responsible for two academic
areasg basic skills and discipline in study habits.
Students have as their goal the mastery of English
skills essential in the modern world.
A. Sophomores Tech Show display in rm. 116 of the book, "l Heard
the Owl Call My Name." Room contained other English projects, B.
Mrs. Alma Thompson passes back student book reports on "I Heard
the Owl Call My Name." C. Sitting at her desk Mrs. Virginia Cook,
English department chairwoman, prepares to take roll in her ninth
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Awareness Of History
Important To Goals
"The reason why we study history is to understand
the past. Those who can't remember the past are
condemned to repeat it. We are trying to do a futile
thing if we do not know where we came from or what
we have been about," stated Mr. Dick Hennessy,
As freshmen, students studied Global studies. lt
taught about culture and knowledge that is shared in
common with people and civilizations before us. ltalso
taught geography. ,
Juniors studied a survey of U.S. history from
beginning to end. lt covered from the birth of the U.S.
and the struggles of the settlers and continued through
to the present day interpretation of the constitution by
ln the senior year the focus was on government and
economics. Students had half a year of economics.
Government taught critical thinking, introduction to
political systems, and the introduction of the
Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches.
In economics students studied taxes, economic
systems, and comparative economic systems.
One of the highlights of the year was the close-up
program where some of the students traveled to
Washington, D.C. lt cost about S850 dollars for each
student. The students either paid from their own funds
or were supported by money raised in fund raisers
created by Mr. David Nelson who accompanied the
students on the trip. The students left for one week
starting on March 3. They toured the Smithsonian
Institute, The House of Representatives, the Senate,
and the Lincoln Memorial. They also got to visit with
A. Ship model made for the Tech Show display. B. Mr. John Bergan,
social studies teacher, explains the day's assignment. C. Wendy
Bosworth tlil confers with Mr. Dick Hennessy, social studies
teacher. D. History created by Mr. Simon Benson is on display in
library during the Tech Show.
Freshmen who gave outstanding performances in Global
Studies were named by Mr. Dick Hennessy, Global Studies
teacher. They were Mark Duplessie, Andrew Fung, Scott
Hartell, Dan Zuckerman, Phanmaha Visathep, Winston Woo,
Tim Martin, Steven Masat, Mike Sexton, Paul Kucera, and
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Learned For Future
What do students learn in Personal Finance?
Students learn exciting skills such as owning a
business, how to apply for a job, investments, money
management, learning how the income tax system
works and even filling out sample income tax forms.
Personal Finance also teaches the rights and
responsibilities of our economic system, and how to
balance a checkbook. All students participate in a
classroom job interview. Many films are viewed in class
to teach how personal finance works. Magazines and
booklets also teach useful skills.
Personal Finance can really turn out to be a fun and
A. Mrs. Kris Iverson helps Chris Moore 4101, and Gordon Gillan 4101
as they both work in the Personal Finance workbook. They are
studying how to fill out an income tax form. B. Chris Moore 1107, and
Gordon Gillan 1101 work on Chapter 13 of the Personal Finance
workbook studying income tax forms. C. Mr. Jeff Miller helps Laney
Davis 1111 fill out his income tax form.
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