Neshannock board approves new humanities class

Feb. 6—The Neshannock Township School Board approved the high school courses of study during its meeting Thursday.

One new course, Humanities, was added for grades 10-12.

According to the course description, the class will focus on the creative spirit of humankind through the study of art, literature, music, history and philosophy.

There will be an emphasis on the interconnected nature of arts and culture and a variety of literacy, historical and philosophical works, a wide array of visual art to view and various musical compositions to listen to to understand those works individually and in comparison to others.

Work will include research, art, music and writing projects. There will be a new student activity club called Principal's Enrichment through the Arts.

The club will be coordinated by senior high Principal Luca Passarelli with substitute teacher and local artist Patty Zona for seniors and juniors.

The club will allow students to explore the artistic and cultural histories of Lawrence County and the surrounding area. It will be field-trip based and seniors will be given first preference.

No course credit will be offered.

The school's business law class will not be offered to Neshannock Online Campus students. Students will be responsible for paying the fee for College in High School classes through Seton Hill and Duquesne universities. Juniors and seniors in the honors pre-calculus class have the option to take the AP pre-calculus exam in the spring.

For the AP economics class, students must have a 90 percent or higher in U.S. History or an 80 percent in AP U.S. History, as well as 90 percent or higher in Algebra II and Geometry or an 80 percent or higher in Honors Algebra II and Honors Geometry.

Another new student activity club, the Gathering Group, will be introduced for grades 7-12.

The Gathering Group is a club that focuses on team building to develop problem-solving and collaboration, as well as sportsmanship skills using games and activities that engage executive functioning skills like planning, organizing and follow through.

In other district news, Pittsburgh-based Huckestein Mechanical Services Inc. was chosen as the vendor for replacing various HVAC equipment on campus. The cost will be determined based on COSTARS pricing.