Start of school year shows little has changed by Ashley Anderson Starting off a brand new year again for Wakonda School comes a new enrollment. A total count of 149 students are enrolled at Wakonda School K-12. Last May, 154 students ended the 2003-04 school year. High school has 52 students compared to 54 last year.
Four years ago, WHS started taking classes over the Vtel system, hooked up in the library with no cost to the school. The classes that are taken by students are French I, which has two students, AP English Comp, with four students, and Spanish I, with six students.
WHS students also have the opportunity to take classes from another teacher in another town. This is through SDLDL, South Dakota Long Distance Learning. One student is taking Math 101, and one is taking English 101.
Five students are studying anatomy taught by Mrs. Knodel in Irene. Two students are in Applied Math which is also taught over in Irene by Mr. Kotaska.
Along with new classes, students and teachers come new rules for the new year at WHS. Some of these rules involve semester tests and cheating punishments.
At the end of each semester students are required to take a test to show what they have learned. This year students may not have to take the tests if they don't want to.
Students with a 4.0 grade point average must take two tests. Those with a D or below are required to take the test in the course they have the D grade in
Students with 3.5 to a 3.99 grade point average must take three tests. Students with a 3.25 to 3.49 grade point average must take four tests. Students with a 3.0 to 3.24 grade point average must take five tests. Any students with a 2.99 grade point average must take all of the tests.
Another new rule is the academic dishonesty system. If students are caught cheating they have an immediate Saturday detention and the teachers will decide if they want to give that student credit.
With only about 150 days left, the school year is already going fast.