We were very intentional in our approach to this year’s course selections process, with our goal being to provide a small setting where students can get help throughout each step of the process. Advisory time will be designed to encourage discussion and provide planning time for students in a small setting. Students will have the opportunity to hear about each course that is offered at Pioneer by the teacher that teaches the class. Students will explore the Program of Studies booklet with a scavenger hunt in their advisory groups. They will discuss the reasons for their course requests based upon their future plans, and students will learn how to count class credits to ensure that they have requested the correct number of classes. Students will also list other class options they would entertain should their original class requests not be available.
It is extremely important for students to take this process seriously as the interest shown on these forms will dictate what courses will be offered next year. We aim to have course requests completed for all grades, and entered into the computer by early April. At that time, we will print out a course request verification form for each student to bring home for a parent/guardian to sign. This is the last opportunity to make course request changes before the master schedule is built. So then, the courses PVRS offers and when these classes are offered is based on the completed, signed and returned verification forms. Please be thoughtful in the process and responsible with the timeline.
If you have questions or concerns about this process, please don’t hesitate to contact our Guidance Department, (413) 498-2931 x506.