J-Term talks

Jorth informs board about upcoming school project

Webster City High School Principal Brent Jorth gave an update to the Webster City School Board on the upcoming J-Term at Webster City High School Monday evening.

J-Term, in its second year at WCHS, is an outside the lines learning approach designed to give teachers and students more critical thinking and real-world skills. J-Term will begin at the start of second semester on Jan. 2 and run through Jan. 12.

“We want to have students immersed in a project that is two-fold,” Jorth said. “They’ve got a teacher-led course that teachers have designed that is around a project or real-world content and students also have to develop their own passion project.”

The purpose of the passion project is to connect each students with a potential future career or training. Students will be working with a variety of external connections around the community in a subject they are interested in to see if they want to continue to work in that subject after high school.

This year, students and faculty hope to improve their means of communication, structure of the term and specialize planning for each individual student’s success.

“We’re taking these three steps to make this year better for everybody,” said Jorth.

Jorth went on to explain that a series of TED Talks will be given by members of the community towards the end of the term. These 20-minute talks will feature a variety of topics including entrepreneurs, career and personal passions. Anyone

“We’re looking for folks that want to come and talk about their personal passions or careers and gives kids some insight into what their lives have been like and how they got to the point where they are in their lives,” said Jorth.

The two week term, set for the beginning of January, will conclude with presentations that will be open to students and the public.

The board was given an update on the Curriculum Adoption Cycle by Dr. Adam Zellmer.

“It’s been a few years since we’ve done a full K-12 curriculum cycle and that’s been for a number of reasons,” said Zellmer. “Ultimately one of them is budget.”

The three main contributing factors to the lack of new curriculum adoption are budget, federal legislation, and new education standards.

The last new curriculum adoption was for math and occurred in the 2015-2016 school year.

A resolution to accept a gift of land from Van Diest Medical Center was approved.

The board approved a contract signature resolution.

The next school board meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at the school administration office board room.