What Classes Should Be Added at KSS?

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Junior Josh Tyson works on the manipulator for his robot during his independent robotics class on Jan. 21. Tyson has been working on it since the start of the second trimester of the 2018-19 school year to try to get it done by his competition, which happened on Jan. 25, 2020.

Aaron Farthing, Staff Writer

In a five-period day, Kittitas Secondary Students have a choice regarding which classes to take. While they do have graduation requirements, there is still room for them to pick and choose some courses. Even though KSS often does add new courses, the students want more options because they believe that there are many potential classes would help them in their adult life.

Many students at Kittitas Secondary School think the school should have more classes to teach real life situations so that students are able to learn important skills that are needed to simply survive the day-to-day tasks of being an adult.

“[It would be] like core math but taxes, so basic taxes,” sophomore Jack Waters said. “[We could] hire a new teacher for this class. 10th through 12th graders would be offered this class.”

Other students want to have classes to teach them more hobbies not taught at school. While there are some clubs that do concentrate on hobbies, students want more specific instruction within a classroom setting.

“[I would] make a fishing [class],” junior Ava Smith said. “Mr. Mohn would teach it, [and] it would be for all grades. We will learn about fish and about what lures to use for each kind, how to prepare fish, the environment, and the jobs that go with fishing.”

Surviving in the world is about more than earning a college degree or working a full-time job; some people lack the basic skills of survival. Students at KHS would like to see more extreme and unique classes.

“[A survival class would be taught by] Coach Wood, Mr Mohn, or Mr. Farthing,” freshman Hunter Smith said. “It would teach you how to survive in the wild, it would be offered to all grades, and it should be like any period.”

Some students want a fine arts class, but with more trade-related concepts that would help them with future trade jobs because not all students plan on attending a 4-year university post-high school.

“[I would] make a metal working class where you weld,” senior Jacob Jackson said. “Gibson would teach this class. This class would be an option for 11th and 12th graders.” 

Counselor Lance Hyatt would like to see a more advanced social studies class with basic materials. The class could be taught by either history teachers Joe Mohn or James Farthing. 

“[It would be an] upper level social studies elective,” Hyatt said. “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. It would be taught like a lecture or seminar. [The class] would be named human geography [and] would give a social studies credit.”

KSS principal Heather Burfeind is pleased that students are giving some new ideas for classes and thinking outside of the box. She welcomes new ideas and student input.

“I think these are great ideas and I would be excited to implement these in the future,” Burfeind said.