By: Mikayla Karkos
Officer Jeff Upton is the school resource officer at Marshwood. He was approached by YCCC and Marshwood administration asking if he would teach a 16 week long crime and justice class on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:30 here at the school.
Although he’s been a South Berwick police officer for 17 years, this is Upton’s first time teaching a class. “I decided to say yes to teaching this class because it won’t conflict with my day job. I met the requirements to teach the class because it’s a college course and to teach at a college level is based off of years of experience” stated Officer Upton.
A student taking the course, Lily Baker, said “the class is pretty easy so far. Our only homework is to read.” She also said that the class covers the overall justice system, as in more broad of a topic, talking about laws and the backing, and does not necessarily get into specific police work and day to day operations, added Office Upton. Both the midterm and the final are going to be written papers.
Mr. Mike Zamarchi, a social studies teacher at Marshwood, teaches a crime and justice class during the school day and compared the class to officer Upton’s. YCCC class for college credit “My class is at a high school level, so we do more interactive things and less material based” said Mr. Zamarchi. His class also goes on field trips and has guest speakers, while Officer Upton’s class does not.
The class taught by Mr. Zamarchi is graded 50% tests and projects, 25% quizzes, 15% homework, and 10% class participation. The class taught by officer upton is graded 30 % quizzes, 20% attendance and participation, 25% midterm, and 25% final. The major difference is high school versus college level.
If you want to take crime and justice at Marshwood, course selection is coming up. You can see your guidance counselor about what YCCC dual enrollment classes are coming up or in the making for next school year.