At St. Pius X, an eighth hour is being considered so that students can take more classes that interest them, while at the same time, getting in their core classes.

By: Erin Balint, Reporter



Mr. Lee is considering adding another class hour next year. This will possibly provide opportunities for more electives each year. Photo by: Meghan Hayden

Furthering education is what St. Pius is all about, and an extra learning opportunity is potentially becoming available to students. This opportunity will allow students to add another class to their coursework, potentially being integrated into the schedule next year.

“Over the years I’ve kind of wondered why our business courses were small when a large majority, I think, of our students end up going into a business major,” says Lee.

Students want to take more courses than they have time for in a regular 7-class day, as noted by Vice Principal Mr. Robert Lee.


Junior Lydia Essig gives her opinion on the possibility of an additional opportunity for classes next year. Photo by: Meghan Hayden

“The other reason why I’m trying to encourage everyone to consider this concept is that we are now going to have additional teaching space with the addition of the Convent as part of our operations, and with that additional space, there’s going to be room for additional broadcasting-type courses, and there’s going to be additional technology, hopefully, that’s going to be available. There’s been recommendation for a possible dance or jazz class, but there’s a lot of different things we would have the option to do with the addition of the new space,” Lee says.

This opportunity could potentially be during the free time in the schedule on Thursday mornings at 8:00 and/or Mass Thursday mornings could be moved up to 7:15,  with the start of school commencing at 8:45 A.M. 

Another option is having the learning opportunity at the end of the day Thursday because school ends earlier compared to other days and teachers are already supposed to be at school until 3:15.

“It sounds like a great idea,” notes Junior Lydia Essig.

Students are excited of the idea of having new potential courses added to their class roster.

Essig voices her opinion; “I would enjoy having a band.”

St. Pius teachers are already thinking of new classes they can add to their schedules.  

“Marketing would be one I’ve thought about [adding]. These are all electives, so the purpose of them is [for the students]  to gain somewhat of an interest so they can explore it further down the line in college,” said Business Teacher Mr. Rhett Parsons.

Head over to our polls section to weigh in your opinion on this addition of an extra learning opportunity.


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