Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010

One of the most important things about any school is individuality. Looking at some of the plans for Skyview and Soldotna High, I worry that this particular trait may be lacking.

As a sophomore at Skyview looking forward to a junior and senior year with AP (advanced placement) and honors classes, I am concerned with the new plans involving the block schedules and combined classes.

This is not written to get anyone not to come to Skyview. It's an awesome school with great teachers, fun classes, and an amazing arts program; unfortunately I find a few faults with our new schedule.

One of the most unique things about Skyview is clubs. Every Tuesday and Thursday we have an advisory period; on Thursday we spend that time in a club of our choice such as guitar, art, or green club. From what I have heard this advisory time will now be spent bussing to SoHi, this means that students who take classes at SoHi will loose the chance to be in clubs.

Also, because of the change in advisory schedule, extracurricular activities such as student council and national honor society will be conflicting, both competing to have meetings during lunch. This gives less of an incentive to be involved in school (you would have to give up your lunch periods).

Another problem I find is that incoming eighth-graders have less of an incentive to come to a school that has core classes at other schools. The new career based classes are not something that will draw students that don't know what they want to do for the rest of their lives. These students will be left to take only part of their classes at the school of their choice.

Lastly, if Skyview students start taking classes in SoHi's school, where will it end? Do I have to be afraid that in a couple of years Skyview will no longer have a band? A choir? How about language classes?

I wonder how far our administration will go before they realize that Skyview is loosing its identity. To be honest it's not the prospect of doing a class at SoHi that is terrible, but the prospect of loosing Skyview's individuality and opportunities to draw new students.

This article is the opinion of Katie Clonan. Clonan is a sophomore at Skyview High School.

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