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Letter: District values 'all learners of all abilities'

By Sam Goldsmith Becker, Worthington

As a teacher at Worthington High School since 1994, I have seen many changes in our school community. I will, however, speak to the change of which I am most proud — offering challenging courses at WHS, specifically Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

When I began my teaching career here, our school offered two AP courses: AP English Literature and Composition, and AP Psychology. Since that time, we have added AP US History, AP Human Geography, AP World History, AP English Language and Composition, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Environmental Science and AP Music Theory.

As of the 2017-2018 school year, some of the courses have been dropped. However, I strongly believe that our Advanced Placement curriculum is testimony to the support our school board has of all learners. We offer courses at many different levels, for many different abilities — from students with special learning needs to students who are gifted, as well as students with language barriers. Most schools in our area are unable to offer the full range of educational learning opportunities provided by District 518. But we can, and we do. You should feel proud that you live in, and support, a school community that places a value on reaching all learners of all abilities.

Our schools continue to change, and needs change with the times. I am hopeful that you will continue to support all of the students of District 518. When I attend education conferences, or travel, I love to brag about our community. I love my job and students. Worthington is a unique community. I am proud to have my own children educated here, and am proud to live here.

I will continue to support our schools and hope you will, too, as you consider your vote in the upcoming referendum vote on Feb. 13 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. at Lakeside Church, 1000 Linda Lane, Worthington.