by Becky GINOS
FARMINGTON—It’s not often a teenager chooses to change schools his senior year. But when the opportunity came up, Joseph Stahle did just that.
“I’d heard kids there were openly accepting,” said Stahle. “I wanted to make new friends and thought it would be a good place to make that happen.”
Stahle is part of some 200 students that make up the first senior class at Farmington High School.
“Everyone’s friendly and the teachers are great at making sure everyone’s welcome,” he said.
There has been a small learning curve though. “Transferring over it’s different learning all the technology and programs,” said Stahle. “We’re using Summit Learning instead of Canvas to plan out our high school career and beyond.”
Teachers don’t have homerooms anymore but have office hours similar to a college. “If you really need a teacher they’re willing to be pretty much anywhere in the school,” said Stahle. “Classrooms are smaller in size so the teacher can go in depth and students can go at their own pace so they each learn what they need to separately.”
Stahle said the school is heavy on technology but he sees that as an upside since that’s where the future is headed. “The combination of tech, desks and windows you can write on helps with visual learning so you can understand better than before.”
Although school just started, he’s already gotten involved. “I’m the president of the Multicultural Club and part of the stage crew for theater,” said Stahle. “I love musical theater and decided to put my foot forward and give it a shot here. I’m OK being back stage for now but someday I hope to perform a major role.”
The Multicultural Club’s main objective is to learn about cultures around the world in modern day and the past. “I hope it will help everyone be more accepting of others,” he said.
Stahle is also a member of the yearbook/journalism team at Farmington High and hopes to attend Southern Utah University after graduation. “I want to be a high school English teacher,” he said. “SUU has a good program and the Shakespeare Festival which I love. I’ve been in love with it since junior high.”
So far, he is glad he made the move. “I haven’t seen much of a downside yet,” said Stahle. “I’ve heard mostly only positives from students. I think because it’s a new school cliques haven’t formed yet and everybody is trying to find new people to meet.”