Night owls of NUHS

Night owls of NUHS

The man, the myth, the legend: Mr. Bute.  Students at NUHS hold high respect for Mr. Bute, and why not – he was in the army, has taught for many years, and teaches the coolest classes.

Two particular classes that are offered at NUHS are Psych 101 and Psych of Learning. This class is taken through MSU and offered to Juniors and Seniors. This course is from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday night for a semester.

To qualify for this course kids need to be in the top 1/3 percentile of their class, while also having a 3.0 or above GPA.

“I love teaching the night class, it’s very much like a college atmosphere. It’s a little more relaxed because I can control when to take breaks versus a bell and that’s very nice. And the students that come in are starting to get focused on college and getting ready. The Psychology of Learning class is a two-college credit course – it gets kids ready for college and they learn how the brain actually learns and how our memories work. They learn study techniques and then they get to apply them to their other classes. There’s not a lot of testing but more of taking what they are learning and applying it to their other classes.”

Students in the first semester of Psych 101 even did an activity blindfolded while a partner guided them throughout the school. This activity helped students understand and adapt to one of their five senses being taken away and learn about how the brain uses that to direct through skills.

Calyn Glasner, a senior at NUHS, has taken this course for both semesters. “I like that Night Psych frees up an hour in my schedule for study time,” she said. “I’m interested in it too which is why I like it so much. This semester, I took Psych of Learning which is the second part of Psych 101 and this class teaches you ways to study and you can apply them to your classes. I think everyone should take this class because it has already helped me even five weeks into the second semester.“