Schedule Changes

Welcome to the 2021-2022 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 are made on a first-come, first-served basis determined by course availability.

Schedules: We are on a 4×5 Block Schedule.  The 4 means there are 4 quarters per year and the 5 means we have 5 blocks per day.  The 1st 4 blocks of a day are 84 minutes long, and the last block of the day (Block 5) is 42 minutes long.  The block schedule means that a semester’s worth of content is covered in a quarter, and a year’s worth of content is covered in a semester.  So, in an 8 period day, a student would have chemistry every day for 42 minutes per day.  The student would complete 180 days of school, and chemistry would be completed.  180 days of chemistry at 42 minutes per day means that a student had chemistry for 7560 minutes during the school year.  In a block schedule, chemistry will last for 84 minutes per day, and will meet for 90 days so that the same 7560 minutes will be covered.  Students will have 4 classes per quarter.

BK1-Block 1

BK2-Block 2

LNC-Lunch

BK3-Block 3

BK4-Block 4

CAT-Block 5

If a class is listed as 4A and 4B, then that class will meet during the 1st half of the period and a separate class will meet during the 2nd half of the period.

Music Classes- Band will meet during the 1st half of Block 1 for the entire year.  Choir will meet during the 2nd half of Block 1 for the entire year.  Students who are in Band but not Choir will have “study skills” for the 2nd half of Block 1.  Students who are in Choir but not Band will have “study skills” for the 1st half of Block 1.

Study SkillsGrades 7-8 will likely have a study skills course on their schedule.  Study Skills is designed for teachers to assist in making sure that all students have the greatest possibility of being academically successful.  The study skills periods are designed to provide instruction and intervention as needed in order to give students the greatest chance of being successful.  Examples of things that may be covered in study skills-note taking, organizational skills, effective use of study time, etc.  Grades 9-12- will likely not have a study skills listed on the student schedule with the exception of students who are in band but not in choir, or who are in choir but not in band.  Study skills is not taken for credit, but is closer to a structured study hall at the high school level.  Students at the high school level do not have the option of taking a study skills course for an entire block, but may be placed in a study skills class for 1/2 of a block.  Some students will use the study skills period to work on extra courses via APEX, or to prepare for college courses.  Students may also use the study skills portion of the schedule to work on class work from other classes.  Students will work with Mr. Cretin or Mrs. Nesbitt on an as-needed basis to determine if extra courses are to be added during the study skills period.

College Prep Period- Students who are actively enrolled in a college course may elect to take 1 block as a college prep period in order to use that time to work on the college course.  There is no credit given for the college prep period, but students do receive credit for the college course.

College Courses- All college courses operate on the college schedule.  These courses meet for an entire semester, and do not meet everyday.  If a student has a college course on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, then the student needs to work on the college course during Tuesday/Thursday.  Students can work on the course in a classroom, the IMC, or the school counseling office.  Some students will have one college course on Monday/Wednesday/Friday and a different college course on Tuesday/Thursday.  These students should strongly consider utilizing the college prep period.

2021-2022 College Courses Taught On-Site (at Benton Community)

Fall Semester

Time Slots Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:00-7:50 AM Intro to Psychology   Intro to Psychology   Intro to Psychology
7:30-8:57 AM   Intro to Crim. Justice   Intro to Crim, Justice  
8:00-8:50 AM Fund. Of Oral Communication Fund. Of Oral Communication   Fund. Of Oral Communication  
9:00-9:42 AM Fund. Of Oral Communication Fund. Of Oral Communication   Fund. Of Oral Communication  
9:45-11:15 AM   Composition 1   Composition 1  
1:15-2:45 PM Intro to Psychology   Intro to Psychology    
1:30-2:55 PM   Composition 1   Composition 1  
1:12-3:20 PM Patient Care Academy Patient Care Academy Patient Care Academy Patient Care Academy Patient Care Academy

Spring Semester

Time Slots Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:00-7:50 AM          
7:30-8:57 AM   Intro to Crim. Justice   Intro to Crim, Justice  
8:00-8:50 AM Intro to Psychology (Crim Justice) Intro to Psychology (Crim Justice) Intro to Psychology
9:00-9:42 AM Fund. Of Oral Communication Fund. Of Oral Communication   Fund. Of Oral Communication  
9:45-11:15 AM Intro to Soc.

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Fund. Of Oral Communication

Composition 2

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Fund of Oral Communication

Intro to Soc.

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Composition 2

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Fund of Oral Communication

Intro to Soc.

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1:15-2:45 PM Intro to Psychology   Intro to Psychology    
1:30-2:55 PM   Composition 2   Composition 2  
1:12-3:20 PM Patient Care Academy Patient Care Academy Patient Care Academy Patient Care Academy Patient Care Academy

 

Seniors and OPEN PERIODS- Seniors may have an open 1st block or last block each quarter provided you remain on paced for graduation.  You are not allowed to be a distraction in the school during an open period.  You need to either leave the building, go to the IMC, or spend your open period in a teacher’s classroom.  Do not spend an open period in the hallway or in the student center.

PE/Fitness- 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.. 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 Mr. Arnold. Medical/Academic waivers will require Mr. Arnold’s signature prior to a schedule change being made. Please see the PE waiver form.

PE Waiver Form

Lunch Assignments- Lunch assignments are based on the class that you are enrolled in for 3rd block.  ½ of the high school eats and then goes to 3rd block (A lunch) and the other ½ of the high school goes to 3rd block and then eats (C lunch).  Your schedule will indicate if you eat A lunch or C lunch.

Service Learning Students eat during whatever lunch their supervising teacher eats.

Tentative Lunch Assignments-these are subject to change prior to the start of school. 

Lunch Assignments:

1st Quarter:

A Lunch: 2D Art, PE, Biology, Chemistry, Child Development 1, Computer Apps 1, CORE, Foundations of Science 1, Junior English, Lit and Learning Lab,  Spanish 3.

C Lunch: American History, Calculus, College Prep, Composition 1,   Fitness, Geometry, Spanish 2, Spanish 4, World History.

2nd Quarter:

A Lunch: Biology, Chemistry, Child Development 2, Computer Apps 1, CORE, Drawing, Foundations of Science 2, Junior English, Lit and Learning Lab, Preventative Health, Spanish 3,

C Lunch: American History, Calculus, College Prep, Composition 1, Fitness, Geometry, Spanish 2, Spanish 4, World History,

3rd Quarter:

A Lunch: 3D Art, 9th Honors English, Algebra 2, Computer Apps 1, CORE, Foods 2, Foundations of Science 1, Junior English, Lit and Learning Labs, Physical Health and Safety, Spanish 3.

C Lunch: American History, College Prep, Composition 2, Fitness, Geometry, Government, Sahu Lab, Spanish 1, Spanish 4, World History.

4th Quarter:

A Lunch: 2D Art, PE, 9th Honors English, Algebra 2, CORE, Culinary Arts, Foundations of Science 2, Junior English, Labs, Personal Finance, Spanish 3.

C Lunch: American History, College Prep, Composition 2, Fitness, Geometry, Global, Sahu Lab, Spanish 1, Spanish 4, World History.

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 Quarter:

Block 1-American History (Leave as is).

Block 2-Drop Fitness and Conditioning. Add PE.

Block 3-Freshmen English (Leave as is).

Block 4 -Biology (Leave as is).

2nd Quarter:

Block 1-Drop Intro to Business. Add Computer Tech.

Block 2 -Spanish 1 (Leave as is).

Block 3-Algebra 1 (Leave as is).

Block 4-Drop Foods 1. Add 2D Art.

2021-2022 Classes that have openings: 

1st Quarter:  

Block 1:  Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Band, Biology, Chemistry, Choir, Composition 1, Computer Software Principles (College Course), Fitness, 9th English, Geometry, Global Affairs, Intro to ACE, Intro to Ag, Service Leaning, Spanish 3, Spanish 4, World History.

Block 2:  11th Honors English, 2D Art, Accounting 1, Algebra 2, Global Affairs, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Principles of Ag, Service Learning, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, Spanish 4.

Block 3:  Block 3 has very limited scheduling flexibility due to lunch assignments and middle school exploratory being taught during this period.  Students can make any change to their schedule for Blocks 1, 2, and 4 that they would like to make.  Block 3 cannot be changed by the student without permission from the Building Principal, Mr. Arnold.  Block 3 will only be changed for the following reasons:

  1. The student has already taken the course that they are enrolled into for Block 3.
  2. The student has not completed the necessary pre-requisite for the course that they are enrolled into for Block 3.
  3. Mr. Arnold’s discretion.

Students will work with Mr. Cretin and Mrs. Nesbitt to make changes to Block 3 after permission has been granted by Mr. Arnold. 

Block 4:  10th Honors English, American History, Chemistry, Composition 1, Foods 1, Foundations of Science 1, Government, Human Biology 1, Intro to Business, Intro to Ag, Intro to Psychology (college course), Junior English, Painting, Patient Care Academy (college course), Personal Finance, Physical Health and Safety, Physical Science 1, Service Learning, Sophomore English, Spanish 2, Stats, World History.

2nd Quarter:  

Block 1: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Band, Biology, Chemistry, Choir, Composition 1, Computer Software Principles, Fitness, 9th English, Geometry, Government, Intro to Ag, Service Learning, Small Engines, Spanish 3, Spanish 4, World History.

Block 2: 11th Honors, 3D Art, PE, Algebra 2, American History, American Issues, Computer Apps 1, Electricity, Foods 1, Intro to Business, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Principles of AG, Service Learning, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, Spanish 4.

Block 3:  Block 3 has very limited scheduling flexibility due to lunch assignments and middle school exploratory being taught during this period.  Students can make any change to their schedule for Blocks 1, 2, and 4 that they would like to make.  Block 3 cannot be changed by the student without permission from the Building Principal, Mr. Arnold.  Block 3 will only be changed for the following reasons:

  1. The student has already taken the course that they are enrolled into for Block 3.
  2. The student has not completed the necessary pre-requisite for the course that they are enrolled into for Block 3.
  3. Mr. Arnold’s discretion.

Students will work with Mr. Cretin and Mrs. Nesbitt to make changes to Block 3 after permission has been granted by Mr. Arnold. 

Block 4: 10th Honors, American History, Chemistry, Composition 1, Computer Apps 2, Finite Math, Fitness, Foods 1, Foundations of Science 2, Global Affairs, Human Bio 2, Intro to Business, Intro to Ag, Intro to Psychology, Junior English, Patient Care Academy, Photography, Physical Science 2, Preventative Health, Service Learning, Sophomore English, Spanish 2, World History.

3rd Quarter:  

Block 1:  Accounting 1, Algebra 1, Band, Biology, Career and Technical Math (12th Grade), Chemistry, Choir, Composition 2, Fitness, Foundations of Science 1, 9th English, Global Affairs, Intro to Manufacturing, Junior English, Service Learning, Spanish 3, Spanish 4, World History.

Block 2:  2D Art, PE, Accounting 1, Ag Ed 3, Chemistry, Computer Apps 1, Drafting, Foods 2, Foundations of Science 1, Fund of Communication (College level speech), Geometry, Modern America, Pre-Calculus, Self Development in Leadership, Service Learning, Spanish 1, Stats, World History.

Block 3:  Block 3 has very limited scheduling flexibility due to lunch assignments and middle school exploratory being taught during this period.  Students can make any change to their schedule for Blocks 1, 2, and 4 that they would like to make.  Block 3 cannot be changed by the student without permission from the Building Principal, Mr. Arnold.  Block 3 will only be changed for the following reasons:

  1. The student has already taken the course that they are enrolled into for Block 3.
  2. The student has not completed the necessary pre-requisite for the course that they are enrolled into for Block 3.
  3. Mr. Arnold’s discretion.

Students will work with Mr. Cretin and Mrs. Nesbitt to make changes to Block 3 after permission has been granted by Mr. Arnold. 

Block 4: Ag 4, Algebra 2, Chemistry, Composition 2, Film Studies,  Fitness, Foods 1, Intro to ACE, Marketing, Personal Finance, Photography, Physical Health and Safety, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Service Learning, Sophomore English, Spanish 2, Spanish 4, Sports in American Society.

4th Quarter:  

Block 1:  Algebra 1, Biology, Chemistry, Composition 2, Fitness, Foundations of Science 2, 9th English, Government, Intro to Business, Intro to Welding, Junior English, Service Learning, Spanish 3, Spanish 4, World History.

Block 2:  3D Art, PE, Advanced Drafting, Ag 3, Business Law, Chemistry, Economics, Finite Math, Foods 2, Foundations of Science 1, Geometry, Human Bio 2, Personal Finance, Pre-Calculus, Self Development in Leadership, Service Learning, Spanish 1, World History.

Block 3:  Block 3 has very limited scheduling flexibility due to lunch assignments and middle school exploratory being taught during this period.  Students can make any change to their schedule for Blocks 1, 2, and 4 that they would like to make.  Block 3 cannot be changed by the student without permission from the Building Principal, Mr. Arnold.  Block 3 will only be changed for the following reasons:

  1. The student has already taken the course that they are enrolled into for Block 3.
  2. The student has not completed the necessary pre-requisite for the course that they are enrolled into for Block 3.
  3. Mr. Arnold’s discretion.

Students will work with Mr. Cretin and Mrs. Nesbitt to make changes to Block 3 after permission has been granted by Mr. Arnold. 

Block 4:  Accounting 2, Advanced Photography, Ag 4, Algebra 2, American History, Chemistry, Computer Apps 1, Creative Writing, Foods 2, Intro to ACE, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Preventative Health, Service Learning, Sophomore English, Spanish 2, Spanish 4, Sports in American Society.