New Courses Introduced on Scheduling Day

News  /  by Sonia Shah '18  /  February 10, 2017

Vanya Tandon '18/ The Lawrence

This past Wednesday, all underformers participated in Scheduling Day, an annual session in which teachers, college counselors, and advisors are available for about two hours in the Irwin Dining Center to speak with students about the classes they hope to take next year. Students must hand in a final draft of their schedules on Monday, February 20.

According to Dean of Academics David Laws, the benefit of Scheduling Day is “that it gives students a chance to hear about the different options, speak to teachers, and get all of their preliminary questions answered [...]. In the 17 years that I have been at Lawrenceville, we tried to do this multiple ways, and what we currently do seems to work as well or better as anything else we tried.”

IV Formers have the most flexibility in choosing their schedule for the following year, as they have the greatest ability to enroll in the School’s many electives, including a two-term interdisciplinary credit.

There are many new classes being offered for next year, especially electives in the English, History, and Interdisciplinary departments. According to Laws, teachers propose a new course “through their departments and department chairs, who ultimately sign off on the course.”

The updated course catalogue for 2017-2018 on Lawrenceville’s website lists some of the new English electives, including “Texts in Conversation,” “Sovereign Nations, Authentic Narratives: American Indian Literatures,” and “Inventing Truth: The Art of Memoir.”

New interdisciplinary offerings include “Memory, History, and Commemoration,” “Honors French Cinema,” and “The Exploration of the Universe through Theatre.”

History Master Rosalie Uyola will be running the interdisciplinary course called “Memory, History, and Commemoration.” Uyola commented that Memory Studies courses are traditionally found at colleges and universities, so she is “excited to bring this interdisciplinary field to a high school classroom. I believe that this project-based, student-driven class fits in beautifully with Lawrenceville’s mission.”

Her course draws on history and philosophy, and students will explore memory work, which she defines as “the ways in which the past is recorded, invented, used, commemorated, and contested.”

Uyola is one of the many teachers who have worked to create a new course for Lawrentians. She said she is “so thankful that I work at a school that is open to and encourages interdisciplinary scholarship.”