Eager for electives


Mr. White

A slide from Mr. White’s electives presentation

Reagan Freeman

The Weber School will be offering many new electives next year. Students reviewed them recently, but how good of an idea did people get? I interviewed students and teachers about what they saw this year and what they are hoping for next year with electives.

Sarah Rosenberg, a freshman, is currently taking Ms. Singleton’s 2D/3D Art Class. “It’s fun being with other kids, they can help me with my art and give me ideas when I need it.” She is excited for Criminal Psychology next year, commenting “it’s a course that’s different, and it relates to my Haskalah which was the prison class. It’s something that I want to learn more about.” When I asked her about what elective she would like to see at Weber in the years coming up, she stated  “a cooking class would be great.” Sarah said, “we had it [a cooking class]  in Haskalah, but I think it should continue to be year round.” 

   Izzy Jacobs, a junior, is taking Rabbi Sokol’s Things that Go Bump in the Night elective course. While it is a semester class, she has been taking it since it started this year. “We talk about Jewish Mysticism,” Izzy says. “Demons, witches, amulets, voodoo. It’s all Jewish so that’s really cool because when you think of demons you don’t really think of Judaism.” The class is really great according to her. Why? “It’s Rabbi Sokol,” she laughs. “I am generally interested in the topic. It’s interesting to learn about the Jewish aspect of this since most of the lure is typically Christianity. But here we learn from the Jewish side, and for each chapter, we do an art project for it. The first semester we did a shrinky dink and polymer clay project and this semester we are working in the ceramics room building a Golem [a being made out of clay] which is pretty cool.”

Why should you take Things that Go Bump in the Night? Well according to Izzy, “If [students] want to enjoy high school and have a fun time, take this class. It’s not really hard, it’s just fun.”  Next year, Izzy is looking forward to Down the Rabbit Hole and Criminal Psychology. She wants to take Criminal Psychology because she’s been interested in that ever since she was a kid. She’s interested in the course History on the Broadway Stage because “Les Mis is the reason I [Izzy] wake up in the morning.” One last elective that she really wants to take next year is American Sign Language. “I used to know ASL,” she said, “and I think it’s really important that it becomes more widespread as a language.”
   Seniors, your time is almost up here.  Seniors have experienced many electives in their time spent at Weber.  Mattie Rosen says that they thought Creative Writing, taught by Mr. Bradford, was a “magical experience.” They also thought that guitar class was pretty interesting.
   Andrew Freedman really liked Mr. Settle’s Wall Street Boot Camp. There the students learned mainly about financial responsibilities. It also gave them a good look how the world worked financially and how to apply their skills to the real world.

“it opens up a new way of thinking about art and history and the way we engage with the world. We take something that is leisure and turn it into an educational moment. That is the best thing a teacher can provide for a student.”

Students who are in grades 9-11, do you like history and acting? Ms. Heyman is offering the History on the Broadway Stage elective for the first time next year. That class is a mix of watching, listening to and reading Broadway plays. Students will be using the musicals themselves as the primary source documents. 
   Ms. Heyman claims she is the type of person when watching a movie or musical, or reading a book that is supposed to be nonfiction, that she goes on a quest to find out if it is real or not. She wanted to create the elective after reading the book, “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown and wondering if it was nonfiction or fiction. 
Ms. Heyman loves Broadway. When asked about it, she says, “it is an understatement how much I love Broadway musicals. I am obsessed with Broadway.” She believes people should take her elective because “it opens up a new way of thinking about art and history and the way we engage with the world. We take something that is leisure and turn it into an educational moment. That is the best thing a teacher can provide for a student.” If she was still in high school, Ms. Heyman would want to take Mr. McQuade’s Criminal Psychology or Mr. Bradford’s Philosophy class. She is also very interested in Mrs. Chesser’s How to Read the News class because it is very important to today’s society.

Whatever students are interested in, they have a variety of electives to choose from. Whether you are a budding criminal psychology, artist, or the next Rabbi at Weber, you have the option to do it all! Remember student interest drives the schedule! If you are interested in taking a specific elective, many teachers encourage students to stop by and speak with them.