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Page 70 text:
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-
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?!"
"Why didn't I stick to basketball?"
Page 69 text:
EYCND THE OBVIOUS
Wayne Ganson, Science Department head.
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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
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.
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