New Classes, First Impressions

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Hannah Ni'Shuilleabhain

Courtesy of EDI Weekly and Medieval Histories

Hannah Ni'Shuilleabhain

Hannah Ni'Shuilleabhain

Courtesy of EDI Weekly and Medieval Histories

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Ursuline Academy’s 2016-2017 school year introduced an abundance of changes for the student body: doors in main hall updated to the fob security system, 16 new members of faculty, and the introduction of subject-crossing courses. These courses strayed from the usual with a new format of leadership by two teachers, with each teacher covering differing subjects such as science, computer science, English, or history. New classes provided this semester included Engineering Design Innovation, taught by Mr. Pollett and Mrs. Clark, and Portrait of the Medieval World, taught by Mrs. Ide and Mrs. Schott.

A year-long class, Engineering Design Innovation crosses both Science and Computer Science, with Mrs. Clark instructing on the former and Mr. Pollett instructing on the latter. The course is available for all upperclassmen, with a majority being seniors, and can count on a student’s transcript as a science or computer science credit.

Rachel M. ‘17, the co-president of Ursuline’s Engineering Club and student of the course, said of the class, “I think it’s a really good idea, it’s a way for girls with busy schedules to learn more about engineering or about the more science side of computer science. It’s a really unique experience to have two teachers there with different backgrounds that really complement each other.”

Portrait of the Medieval World, offered to juniors and seniors, is passed between the history department chair Mrs. Ide and the English department member Mrs. Schott throughout the course. Promises for students further down the year include guest lecturers who will cover the theology, science, and theater of the time period. The semester-long elective was introduced this year along with a course called The Age of Enlightenment.

“Having two teachers is really cool because they both have different skill sets and bring different backgrounds to class,” says Derrian T. ’17 of Portrait of the Medieval World . “Learning about history and English during the same time period really puts into perspective how interconnected our world is and will always be.”

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