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Do you feel that HHS and our city are inclusive environments for all cultures/ethnicities?

  • Yes, I do (60%, 67 Votes)
  • We can improve (30%, 34 Votes)
  • No, I do not (10%, 11 Votes)

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Do you feel that HHS and our city are inclusive environments for all cultures/ethnicities?

  • Yes, I do (60%, 67 Votes)
  • We can improve (30%, 34 Votes)
  • No, I do not (10%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 112

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School split could impact language offerings

Correction to the original article in the Newsstreak print issue “A New Era” published May 9th, 2024: 

****Italian 2 and 3 and ASL are being offered at Rocktown next year, while the article indicates they are not. Gian Frongia is assigned to RHS, but will be teaching an Italian section of 2/3 at HHS, while the article indicates he is assigned to HHS and as a result Italian will not be offered at RHS. He will be teaching a section of Italian 2/3 at RHS as well. Additionally, ASL will be offered at both schools.****
The school split next year comes with many changes, one of those being in the language department. Most languages like Spanish, French, and Arabic will be taught at both Rocktown and Harrisonburg High School. Other languages like Italian and ASL can only be taught at one school due to the lack of teachers.

Gian Frongia is the current Italian teacher and the Spanish teacher at Harrisonburg High School. Frongia is going to be teaching at Harrisonburg High School. This means Rocktown will not be able to teach students Italian in the future.

“I’m very sad because I like Italian and the Italian teacher and the class is really cool,” Nate Curtis said. 

Curtis is taking Italian 2 this year. Since Curtis is going to Rocktown, he is unable to take Italian 3 next year and will have to take Spanish in his junior year. Curtis talks about Italian class and the new environment Rocktown will bring in the fall.  

“I’m pretty excited to go to Rocktown. It will be a cool experience to learn at a new school in my junior year,” Curtis said.

Most students are excited about the new environment at Rocktown and the advanced technology it will have.

Many student’s schedules will change because of the school split, causing many students to worry about their schedule. Mayyah Ogundipe talks about going to Rocktown next year and the worries she has about her schedule.

“It’s nice to have a new change of scenery but I’m also worried about not having all the classes I need,” Ogundipe said.

She is in French 2 this school year and is hoping to take French 3 in the fall. 

Harrisonburg High School’s current French teacher, Eleanor Dupal, talks about the school split and the relationship between students and teachers.

“The students build relationships with either your admin your teachers or counselors, and then some of them are leaving and if you’re a student you have to rebuild that, it’s just unfortunate in that way, especially for a kid who doesn’t open up form these relations or you need that support,” Dupal said. 

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