From Shark Tank presentations to ACT prep, ‘J Term’ challenges Clear Lake High School students

by Katie Behr

Clear Lake High School students got to hit the refresh button on their curriculum when they headed back to classes this month. In an effort to “do something different” during the school year, Clear Lake High School Principal Chris Murphy said  a January term, or “J term,” is underway.

The idea of dedicating two weeks for separate curriculum came from attending regular conference leadership meetings where other schools in the North Central Conference were considering, or had already started, a January term.   This year the term spans seven school days, Jan. 3 -14, filling the lull between the start of high school classes and when the NIACC schedule resumes.

According to Murphy, J term “stops the day to day happenings” of classes and is meant to be “fun, engaging and interesting.” Teachers are challenged to design a lesson plan for the seven days of classes that is separate from the regular curriculum. Courses range from ACT prep courses to bowling, and even media inspired themes such as “monsters inside me” taught by an anatomy and physiology teacher, to “Shark Tank” style challenges.

Last year, over 60 kids signed up for the debate class, according to Murphy.

Each class lasts 80 to 90-minutes each day and students choose four different mini-cour-

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