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The Homewood-Flossmoor High School board agreed to reorganize several class offerings for the coming school year to give students greater advantages based on their previous experiences.

At its Nov. 17 meeting, the board agreed to split the dance classes. H-F will now offer Dance I, II and III, or beginner, intermediate and advanced. This change allows the district to offer an intermediate class. Curriculum Director Nancy Spaniak said all students have been starting at Dance I, but some come in with experience that puts them ahead of those new to dance. Inserting Dance II will allow students to audition to move up to the intermediate or even advanced level class.

Spaniak said the class also will be expanding the range to include ballet, jazz, modern, Broadway and tap.


The board also approved the same change for Viking Guitar. Students now will have multiple levels so that students with some skill can audition into an intermediate or advanced class.

A new Unified PE class will have general education students partnering with special education students to give them the experience of physical education with their peers.

H-F had a great student response to the start of the Chinese language classes this semester. Enrollment is at 100 and the board agreed to offer five courses in Chinese as it builds the program. It will be at a full complement of classes—Chinese 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 for advanced placement and international baccalaureate students—by the 2019-2020 school year, Spaniak explained.

This first year, eighth grade students from Parker Junior High in Flossmoor and James Hart Junior High in Homewood were included in the first classes offered at H-F.

H-F offers Spanish and French in its World Language program.  Latin remains in the curriculum, but it won’t be listed in the 2016-2017 course description book “because we currently do not have a Latin teacher, nor are any students currently enrolled in Latin,” Spaniak said.


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