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IB students double up on night classes

Jana Datteri, Staff Writer

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For the 2017-18 school year at Greeley West, two senior IB students, Jackson Starkey and Kaitlin Gorsline, are taking two night classes per week. Due to the new seven period schedule, Gorsline and Starkey have to take a HL math studies class on Monday nights from 6-9 p.m. and a Theory of Knowledge class on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m.

On Monday nights, Ms. Jane Burke teaches a group of six students for three hours. Gorsline stated, “I really enjoy the class, but it is hard to focus for three hours straight when it is the hardest class I have. It can be really hard to learn math because it is only once a week but everyone in the class really helps each other.”

Theory of Knowledge has been a night class for a while now. Every IB student has to take two semesters of this class, one during second semester of their junior year and the next during first semester of their senior year.

Most of the IB students are involved in so much throughout the school that it gets really busy for some of them to manage all of their school work. A few seniors, including Gorsline and Starkey, brought up the idea about having the IB seniors having one homeroom to themselves. “It would be very beneficial to have a homeroom to ourselves so we could do group projects and to talk about the extended essays,” Gorsline said.

Princpal Jeff Cranson responded to this request stating, “The compromise we landed on for the time being was to have Thursdays where they could go to the IB café and work on projects. Greeley West has some students who are not involved in anything and others who are involved in everything and we would like to build relationships between the students to become less ‘clique-y’ during homeroom,” Cranson said.

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IB students double up on night classes