C-I adds female-only auto maintenance class

By Elizabeth Sias

Starting next fall, Cambridge-Isanti High School students will have the option to enroll in an all-female auto maintenance course.

During the Cambridge-Isanti School Board meeting Nov. 17, board members heard updates and changes to high school courses offered during the 2012-2013 school year.

The one-credit course will be offered to 10th, 11th and 12th grade female students if enough students enroll in the class.

The class is designed for girls who would like to learn more about vehicles, but don’t feel comfortable in the shop with male classmates.

“Here is an opportunity for you to learn with just your female classmates about maintaining your future or present automobile,” the course description reads.

Course aims are learning what to do when brakes squeak, car won’t start or how to change the oil. Activities will include performing basic repairs, changing parts and using mechanics tools and equipment required to perform maintenance.

Another course update for the 2012-2013 school year is that photography moved from the industrial technology department to the art department and is now titled Digital Photography.

Online registration takes place Jan. 12-18.

Cambridge Primary School

Chris Grote updated the school board on happenings at Cambridge Primary School.

At 8:15 every morning, every class has a meeting as a chance for a greeting and as a time for students to share. The goal is to help build community and relationships in the classroom.

The students have high expectations for common language and indoor voices in classrooms, hallways and buses.

Teachers are hoping to have student-led conferences in the spring, allowing students to take part in conferences and share their progress with their parents.

The students recently had their first school-wide assembly, where students sing a school song revised from the high school pep song.

The school also started a leadership team with two teachers from every grade level, one person from every department, and two parents. The group meets monthly to discuss the school and share ideas.

“Our teachers are working really hard on what we’re doing at CPS,” Grote said.

A video highlighted what Cambridge Primary School students like about morning meeting, student assemblies and more.

“I like morning meeting because I get to know my classmates better,” one student said.