A preview of all the elective classes, just in time for registration
By: Jessica Baskerville, Staff Writer
When it comes to school, the closest thing to free time during the day is study hall. Unfortunately, only one study hall is recommended, and students can have up to four empty blocks during the day. There are many classes to fill those free blocks, but there are some students who are unaware of all of their options. From performing, to being outdoors, to creating content, there’s something out there for everyone. For the music fanatics, there are three categories of classes: strings, band, and chorus, however, their programs entail much more than just one class.
“My favorite class to each is wind ensemble because of the difficult music we play,” band director Lisa Brininstool said.
There’s another set of performing arts classes for those curious about non-wind instruments.
“Students not only leave my class with a higher level of musicianship, but they also gain a stress-relieving class,” strings teacher Maureen Hawley said.
The final performing arts category is all about being vocal.
Choir director Megan Cartwright said that her choir classes are highly participatory and will create an overall better high school experience.
Since we all seem to want to capture the moment, photography is the ideal class for learning the ins and outs of taking the perfect photo.
“In my photography class, you are the artist with the executive creative decisions from start to finish and students have to be willing to invest the time to create good prints,” art and photography teacher Katie Santmyer said.
Some people would much rather be outdoors than cramped in a classroom for another block and, yes, there are classes for that!
The agriculture program is much more than just farming, however.
“We are a hands-on class, every theoretical concept is followed with a practical hands on application; the concepts learned in my classes are life lessons, even if you do not intend to make a career of what I teach,” Green said.
There are other classes that allow for students to get out of the classroom and into the real world.
“Students leave my [Mass comm. and film] class with being able to collaborate and use teamwork to get things done; all of my classes are making TV or movies. They learn how each of their jobs affect other people and how to make things work,” Dull said.
Another aspect of mass communications involves less of being in front of the camera, and more of being behind the computer.
“All of my classes are both stressful and relaxing, and are based off of a real-world work environment,” publications teacher Rebecca (Weimer) Lovato said.
Before you can be on the announcements or write a front-page story, you have to start off with Mass Comm.
“Mass Comm. is the intro class to anything journalism-related, and it involves a little bit of everything: TV, Yearbook, and Newspaper”, Lovato said.
Certain classes are offered to help some realize and pursue a career field and get used to a workplace environment.
“Teacher Cadet and Marketing are not only beneficial for those who plan on having careers in their field; but are a real world application of what students can use when they graduate from here; these courses provide a chance for students to develop leadership, communications, and problem solving skills that can be used in any career,” CTE Department Chair Donna Roush said.
Since computers play such a huge role in today’s society, it is important to know how they work.
“I teach all levels of computer science and programming; computer science works in many different areas: writing apps for phien, curing diseases, working for social media, and so much more,” computer science teacher Kyle Tower said.
For some, post high school plans consist of joining the military, and there are programs at LD to assist with that as well.
“The Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program is an accredited curriculum with emphasis with citizenship and leadership development,” Master Chief Calvin Lawrence said.
Lawrence said that NJROTC will lead to a more productive life.
“[Students] will have a broader perspective on what it takes to be successful in the work force, military, or college; they will have a higher sense of personal worth from having experience a wider range of opportunities to develop reliance, honor, and discipline,” Lawrence said.
The options are almost limitless; there are even electives to choose from at Hanover High School and the Hanover Center for Trades and Technology. Electives are a way to personalize your high school experience during school hours. It’s a way to get credit for doing things somewhat enjoyable. With three-to-four available blocks, that’s quite a few “fun” blocks, so spend them wisely.