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Changes in store for MHS students
In order to enhance college and career readiness for Mandan High School students, the Mandan School Board passed the following changes at its Feb. 1 meeting.
- Two new teachers will be hired - one in science and one in math - to allow for a new high school schedule. The new schedule will allow for common planning time for teachers who teach the same course so that MHS can be consistent in what is taught, how learning is assessed, and how grades are given.
- Minimum attendance requirements for MHS students will be phased in over the next two years. In 2016-17, freshmen and sophomores will be required to take 7 classes, juniors will be required to take 6 classes, and seniors will need to take 5 classes. The following year (2017-18), the senior requirement will move to 6 classes.
-The physical education graduation requirement will be changed from 2.0 credits to 1.5 credits. This change will allow students more flexibility in choosing elective courses in their junior and senior years.
- The grade scale for all dual credit and AP courses taken at MHS will be changed to a 5.0 scale. In other words, students enrolled in dual credit or AP courses will receive a 5.0 for an A (instead of a 4.0) and a 4.0 for a B (instead of a 3.0) and so on. All students with a GPA of 4.0 and above will be recognized as co-valedictorians at graduation.
- An adjustment in the high school schedule will be instituted. School will start at the same time for all students. The school day will be made up of 7 periods, and will include a 20-25 minute period where students can receive extra support from teachers, work together on group projects, or spend time studying or working on homework. The exact start time will not be determined until student schedules begin to be formulated in the next few months.
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