Julianne Glebus of Crown Point and Joe Gonyeau of Ticonderoga work on a physics experiment. Crown Point students are coming to Ti High each day to take the physics class.
Photo by Nancy Frasier.
Ticonderoga Julianne Glebus can be seen in the halls at Ticonderoga High School this fall. That wouldn’t be unusual, except that Glebus is a Crown Point Central School student.
Glebus is one of six Crown Point students coming to Ti High daily to take a physics class — a class not available in Crown Point.
“Crown Point had some students interested in physics and asked about the possibility of them taking the class here,” John McDonald, Ti school superintendent, said. “We checked our enrollment and had space, so we agreed.
“It’s working out very well,” he continued. “It’s a good opportunity for these kids to get a class normally not available to them. We’re happy to provide it.”
Shari Brannock, Crown Point superintendent, appreciates Ticonderoga’s willingness to help her students.
“The state requires three sciences for graduation,” Brannock said. “Normally we offer earth science and biology and rotate between chemistry and physics. This year we had a large group that wanted to take forensics and we decided to offer that.
“That meant no physics, but we had some students who wanted the course,” she said. “We’re pleased they can get physics at Ticonderoga. It’s working out very well.”
The six Crown Point students join 16 Ti High students in the class and labs. McDonald said the Crown Point district will pay Ti for the class, but the amount is still being negotiated.
Paul Jebb, Ti High physics teacher, is pleased to have the Crown Point contingent in his class.
“Physics is a foundation science,” he said. “It’s important for students to have it. I’m pleased we can help.”
Jebb believes the combined class is motivating students.
“I think kids from both schools have picked up their game,” he said. “Everyone wants to look good in front the new kids.”
Mike Graney, Ti High principal, sees another advantage to the joint class.