By Alan Sorensen
by Alan Sorensen
The Havre Daily news
Wednesday, May 12
The Havre school board Monday approved a district application to use performance-based accreditation at Havre High School.
Superintendent Kirk Miller explained that the performance-based accreditation is just an extension of Havre Improving Schools Through Accreditation (HISTA) process already employed at the school.
By making application and presenting our plan to the Office of Public Instruction, we hope to gain a possible 5-year accreditation following an on-site review, Miller wrote in his recommendation to the board.
Havre High won recognition from the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges for its HISTA program last December. That was the result, in part, to a performance-based accreditation plan submitted by Havre High in June 1996.
Miller said the Havre High students are already producing course work that complies with performance-based accreditation.
In other action involving the high school, trustees unanimously approved the creation of a one-semester elective course titled Historical Presentations for next year. The class would would be limited to a maximum of 10 students.
Students must have successfully have completed local history, Indian culture, survey of social science or history of wars as prerequisites to taking historical presentations.
The course will require students to learn how to use multimedia to make a presentation using historical knowledge and information acquired through reading, interviewing, and gathering information from other multimedia sources.
Corel Presentations will be the computer format for the class. The students will be able to scan pictures, add audio, use a digital camera, use a word processing program, manufacture a CD and complete a 5-minute presentation each nine weeks.
At the completion of the course, the students will each have a CD that they can take with them as examples of work they completed in high school.