The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana) 1964-current, October 28, 1982, Image 1

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the Hellgate A Hellgate High School Missoula, Montana 59801 Volume 20, Issue 4 October 28, 1982 (USPS 585-840) Kraft creates curriculum model By Andrew Dayton News Editor A curriculum model has been proposed by superintendent Dr. Dennis Kraft. The model is a means to study the current cur ­ riculum system at the Missoula County High Schools in order to decide whether changes need to be made for improvement. The purpose for the change (if any need to be made) Kraft said is to, “ determine if it is up to date, if what we are doing is ap ­ propriate to the present time in society, whether what we are teaching is what we want to teach, and if our teaching relates to what is modern. ” The plan of the curriculum model is to study one field or area for a full year, then recom ­ end changes or additions in Jan. to the board to approve or dis­ prove. From there, if passed, it would be adopted in the spring and used in the fall. The follow ­ ing spring it would be revaluated on the changes made. In the model, major subjects would be rotated as follows: Kraft said this system is simi ­ lar to the Northwest evaluation but it takes a different form. In­ stead of studying school by school it looks at one separate area in each of the MCHS at once. In a news release Kraft said, “ it is anticipated that an evalua ­ tion team would assist us each year to study our self-evaluation data. ” “ The assumption by some folks is that they will automatic ­ ally do the same thing, they will all walk down the same path. ” This is not the case Kraft went on to say. It does not mean the evaluation would recomend the same things for each school be ­ cause students from each school needs different things. The first problem Kraft fors- ees is the danger of people get- ing the wrong impression (nega ­ tive or positive) of a new idea and making decisions before they hear the full story and its merits instead of someones “ preconceived ideas. ” An advantage of this is that fi ­ nances can be consentrated into one area, unlike the Northwest evaluations which groups every ­ thing together. Hellgate Principal Don Harb ­ augh doubts, however, if Kraft ’ s plan will be used in its exact form, as Kraft hoped it would be. Bob LaCasse photo A group of youngsters near Hellgate find a good use for the golden autumn leaves. Leave it to kids MCHS trustees initiate a variety of ideas By Ed Ingersoll Assistant News Editor Missoula County High School Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting Oc ­ tober 14 at Seeley-Swan High School. During the meeting sev ­ eral items involving Hellgate were discussed, including the proposal of the curriculum model. MCHS Superintendent Dennis Kraft said that the model he will be suggesting in visiting with the staffs from the different schools, with the Office of Public In ­ struction and the Northwest Ac ­ creditation Association, is de ­ signed essentially over a three- year probational system as a means to take a curriculum field and use it in the school attend ­ ance centers “ to share informa ­ tion of what we ’ re doing and how we ’ re doing it and what ought to be done in a particular broad field such as social stud ­ ies, science, etc. ” According to Kraft, the curric ­ ulum model is a plan to study any given field, such as social studies, during one school year. The administration would pre ­ pare recomendations to the com­ mittees, involving outside perso- nell composed of the Northwest Association and the four schools that studied that particular area. Their report and recommenda ­ tions would come to the board sometime in the spring. The ad ­ ministration would then budget to satisfy those needs. “ We need to start some ­ where, ” Kraft said, “ so I pro ­ pose this as kind of a kick off. ” Kraft added that he presents this program “ merely as a model, it needs to be developed and adapted to fit the Missoula County High School system. “ One of the problems I see with our current form is that we do our studies by individual schools, ” Kraft said, “ we do not share as much as I think we could. I think we have great ex ­ pertise within our district that could make this all work very well in the MCHS system. ” Another item which was fo ­ cused on was the development of Hellgate land next to the Clark Fork River. (continued on page 16) more . . . News ..... Editorials Fine Arts. Features. Sports .... 1,15-16 ....... 2-4 ....... 5-7 ....... 8-9 ....10-14 How does search and rescue find missing people? Ron Milam and a registered blood ­ hound, Eli, seek for Junior David Woodbury in Bonner Park. Eli located Woodbury in a tree from the smell of a sock/. ............................. page 9 Knights followed their 14-13 homecoming victory over the Kalispell Braves with a defeat by the Spartans 18-15. .page 11 V

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