To be honest, though, there's really only one thing that would make a night as this really interesting: actual choices. This isn't Baldwin's fault, or Pennsylvania's fault, or anyone's "fault" really, but simply the result of the education norms. A typical student will have seven classes (eight if they skip lunch), which are already pre-filled with the required English, Social Studies, Science, and Math courses. Add in a required gym or health course for underclassmen, a mandatory technology course for freshmen, a very-highly-recommended 2-3 years of a foreign language for college-bound students, and a possible lab/study hall combo for upper-level science classes and suddenly...you're down to very few options. Students are left to ask 'Do I take band or...not? Do I take chorus or art? Do I take newspaper or video production?' Lots of great options out there...but very little space to put them. Seniors definitely have more flexibility, but its a shame it takes three years before that happens.
The good news? There's already talks about finding solutions. Some districts have added an extra period in the day. Others have begun offering semester versions of courses. Baldwin, for example, is toying with the idea of converting all Junior/Senior English courses to semester-long electives to give students more choice and ownership in the schedule-making process. It's all still way down the tunnel, but it's a step in the right direction.
I suppose for me, I think the best solution would be to reconsider the whole "subjects" nature of school. Is it possible to design courses that address English..and Math...and Social Studies at the same time? Is it possible to set up school as a series of projects, challenges, and scenarios in which students are immersed in multiple disciplines all day...without being aware of it? Would such a scenario allow the course subjects to be more selectable...and the electives to feel more legitimate? Would such a scenario ever be possible in a mainstream public school, not just an "independent", or "private" or "charter" or "experimental" school but something for the masses?
But those questions are ones I can't 4C. For now, it's just a matter of making the best of the current situation. The redesign will have to wait for another day.