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Schedule Changes and Course Information Schedule Changes and Course Information
Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!  Our scheduling software completes all student schedules based on classes that students have requested.  As counselors, we do have the ability to adjust those schedules on a limited basis.  We have two equal responsibilities when it comes to making schedule adjustments: 1.  To place students into the classes that they requested (as much as possible) and 2. To ensure safe and equitable class sizes (as much as possible).  As all classes at the high school level are designed to be rigorous, we do not take into account where a student's class falls in relation to his or her chosen activities.  Students do have the ability to request changes to a schedule based upon sections that have open seats.  A request is not a guarantee of enrollment.  Any changes that are made will be reflected within PowerSchool. High School students do have the ability to change courses without parental permission, however, it is strongly encouraged by the School Counseling Office that all schedule changes are discussed with parents prior to a change being made.  School Counselor's will ensure that schedule changes are not made that will be a detriment towards high school graduation.  When the master schedule is developed, priority in scheduling is given to 12th graders first, and then 11th, 10th, and 9th based on the classes that students signed up for during the previous year's registration. Schedule changes that are requested after the master schedule has been developed and released are made on a first-come, first-served basis determined by course availability.  

Seniors- Open periods are determined by Dr. Bieschke and are in your current schedule.  Discuss any potential open period changes with him prior to communication with the school counseling office.  Dr. Bieschke can be reached at jbieschke@benton.k12.ia.us.  

PE- The state of Iowa requires that all students are enrolled in at least one PE or Fitness class each year that they are in school.  A student can enroll in a maximum of 2 PE's/Fitness's per year (one per semester). A student may not have both a fitness and a PE class in the same semester.  Any questions or concerns (including medical/academic waivers) should be directed to Dr. Bieschke.  Medical/Academic waivers will require Dr. Bieschke's signature prior to a schedule change being made.  Please see the PE waiver form at the bottom of this page.

Study Hall- You may have a maximum of 2 Study Hall periods per year in order to stay on pace for graduation.  

Lunch Assignments- Your schedule will indicate if you eat A lunch or C lunch.  If you eat A lunch, you go to lunch after 4th hour and then you go to 5th hour.  If you eat C lunch, you go to 5th hour first and then you go to lunch at the end of 5th hour.  The assignments are as follows:

1st Semester:

A lunch: 2D Art, American History, Biology, Foods 2, Junior English, Lit Lab, CORE, Metals, POE, Service Learning, Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Stats, Study Hall.

C Lunch: Mixed Choir, Ag 4, Chemistry, Composition, Fitness, Government, Senior English.

2nd Semester

A Lunch: 3D Art, American History, Biology, Creative Foods, Junior English, Literacy Lab, Metals, POE, Service Learning, Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Study Hall.

C Lunch: Ag 4, Mixed Choir, Chemistry, Composition, Fitness, Modern America, Senior English.  

All Schedule Change Requests must be submitted to Mr. Cretin (grades 10-12) or Mrs. Nesbitt (grade 9) electronically by emailing Mr. Cretin at acretin@benton.k12.ia.us or Mrs. Nesbitt at nnesbitt@benton.k12.ia.us.  Electronic submission allows for your request to be time-stamped, and we will process requests in the order that they are received.  As courses do have a limited number of seats, classes sometimes "fill up" prior to your request being processed.  If your request is granted, it will be reflected within PowerSchool.  

So-I want to change my schedule.  What should I do?
You need to look at the list of classes that have openings below, and then look at your schedule and determine what class you would like to add in place of a class that is currently listed on your schedule.  We encourage you to write out your current schedule on a sheet of paper, and then to the right of that schedule figure out what classes you can move around in order to make your schedule work for you.  Once you have determined what to "drop and add," then you need to send an email to either Mr. Cretin (grades 10-12) or Mrs. Nesbitt (grade 9).  Your email should look something like this:
Mr. Cretin, 
I want to try and change my schedule. 
1st Semester:
1-American History (Leave as is).
2-Drop Fitness and Conditioning.  Add PE.
3-Freshmen English (Leave as is).
4-Biology (Leave as is).
5-Drop Intro to Business.  Add Computer Tech.
6-Spanish 1 (Leave as is).
7-Algebra 1 (Leave as is).
8-Drop Foods 1.  Add 2D Art.

Make sure you look at both semesters when you are making a schedule change.  

Courses With Openings-Review the Course Book for Prerequisites

***Under Construction-will be updated on August 7, 2017, when Mr. Cretin and Mrs. Nesbitt return to school.***


Please click on the PDF below to see the most current course book.  

 



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