Tomorrow at 7:00 pm, Algonquin Regional High School Principal Tom Meade will address parent concerns about curriculum changes. Northborough in the Know is asking concerned parents of current and future students to attend.
Last week, I shared the news from ARHS about their curriculum changes for next year. The school now plans to require one semester of physical education for each grade, where previously only provided in Freshman and Sophomore year.
In the comments, some parents were appalled by the news.
I expected residents to be happy that there would now be “adequate” physical education. I didn’t understand the impact it had on students’ narrowed course choices.
Wondering what’s the hullabaloo about? Here’s an explanation by “Northborough in the Know” on Facebook:
It is a half year elective but if Junior Year you wanted to take choir or band ( which is a full year course) and then an AP Biology (full year) you couldn’t because the fitness/health would be mandatory 1/2 of the year. You would have to drop the band/chorus, AP biology or maybe your language selection….
This week, Algonquin Principal Tom Meade attended the Northborough Southborough Music Association to answer questions. I’ve been told by some involved that most were still concerned.
Questions purportedly asked included:
- Why would you start this now with upperclassman?
- Why make this change without consulting parents?
- Is there an alernative? (One suggestion was to add an additional slot in the schedule by taking 5 minutes away from existing classes.)
Now, Northborough in the Know shares that Mead will address this issue again at a wider parent forum tomorrow night.
The meeting is the monthly gathering for the APTO (Algonquin Parent Teacher Organization). But, the Facebook post encourages parents of future students to also take notice:
Attention Parents of current Sophomores, Juniors and future ARHS Students. There is a change taking place next year at ARHS that adds a Health and Fitness class to Junior and Senior year (currently it is only Freshman and Sophomore year). This change could be especially difficult for current Sophomores and Juniors in the music/arts/language program who are on track to take certain electives. Mr. Mead met with parents on Feb 3rd and will continue the dialogue tomorrow ~Thursday February 6th at 7PM
If you feel this may have an impact on your child or if you would just like to learn more about the changes taking place please consider attending this meeting.
The meeting will be held in ARHS’ Library.
Update (2/6/14 8:54 am) A notice in the comments last night from APTO spokesperson says that the meeting will be in the library. I made the change above.