Vergennes Union High School - Commodores Yearbook (Vergennes, VT)

 - Class of 1974

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EYCND THE OBVIOUS Wayne Ganson, Science Department head. Bi . .P.. lm. if-rar-susan sea-svf BBEFSBQQ Biiiihnr in in ii sun ni Qgeiairiii, Eiili- ir If .. .--mf "wil . ..-, T .,..- f- l A 43.1- Earl Weeks, Ronald McKinnon. Formerly, it has been the case that students took some Life Science in the Seventh grade, some Physical Science in the Eighth, perhaps no Science in the Ninth, Biology for all in the Tenth, fewer did Chemistry in the Eleventh, and finally, for the intellectually able, Physics in grade Twelve. This sequence of courses made no logical sense, it simply developed as tradition. Some time ago Biology was a pu rely empirical observational study. One classified things, memorized phyla and species, perhaps performed a few dissections and did some more memorizing of in- ternal organs and systems. The fact that no mathematical ability was required probably was the reason for teaching it in grade 10. Chemistry, which required some math, but no Physics, became a luniorfSenior course. Physics, re- quiring the most math, was usually postponed until the Senior year if it was taken at all. Today the material is much different. Chemistry is no longer a catalog of elements and typical reactions. Chem- istry now bases itself in Physics. One needs to know about atoms, electricity and energy. Biology has increasingly become Bio-Chemistry. As more and more is learned about cells and molecules and their relationship to life processes, the study of Biology requires a knowledge of Chemistry and Physics. Thus it is that we have turned our curriculum around in an attempt to be logical and realis- tic. We need to study things in the order of their com- plexity. When building a house, one doesn't begin with the roof. Currently we have our Seventh graders studying Basic Energy Relationships iPhysicsJ. The Eighth grade builds on this foundation its study of the structure of matter lChem- istryb. The new Ninth grade program, ISCS-Ill, builds on the previous courses. lt deals with several topics in Biolo- gy and Earth!Space science. Beginning with the Tenth grade the new approach repeats this cycle again, but for a deeper level of maturity. For the general student who wishes to become scientifically literate, and move on to college or life with the best possible grounding in Sci- ence, the Department recommends that hefshe take Pro- ject Physics. ln the Eleventh grade, the student should study Chemistry, and finally Biology in grade 12. 65

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As in other schools smaller num- bers of students have elected Latin in the last few years. As a consequ- ence it was dropped from the lan- guage offerings in September. How- ever two freshmen are studying Latl in with a private tutor during schooll hours. To replace the scheduled Lat4 in courses, German was added to the language department as a second modern language. Miss Olson con- ducts the new German course of study. The students study grammar, poetry, and simple literature. They are doing some Brecht poetry which is simple in grammar and vocabu- lary, but very existential in thought. The German students put their German to use in the community by sharing German Christmas Carols. Many of the German students have become interested in baking Ger- man foods which they share with the entire class. A "Wein probe" was also held. This consisted of the class tast- ing wines, which actually were soft drinks since alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the classroom. The French department hopes to continue its travel program through- out the year. One Saturday excur- sion to Montreal took place on No- vember 17. lt included a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, to the French patisserie in Ville Marie and soupe a l'oignon and crepes in the Crepe Bretonne ala Rue Montagne. Plans are developing for a four day trip to Quebec City during April vacation. This voyage will acquaint the students with a city on this side of the Atlantic which is essentially French in its appearance, language, traditions and culture. Mr. jesus Diaz, the seventh teach- er-aide from France will spend nine weeks in the school beginning janu- ary 19. Art classes have continued to ex- pand in enrollment and offerings. Particular interests this year have been in the area of ceramics, lapi- dary work and drawing. This year the band and chorus, under the supervision of Richard Wheeler, have been practicing in- tensely to improve their talent and add culture and entertainment to the school and community. On November 10, the band and chorus of Vergennes, as well as other schools combined their talents and participated in a music festival. They displayed their works and came up with a finely composed concert. ART, Music at LANGUAGE "Allez au bureau! Comprenez-vous?!" ix .js "Why didn't I stick to basketball?" l ,f" .41

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