Welcome to Change,
Yes folks, change is in the air! On Monday, January 26, 2015, the Junior/Senior High will change their instructional schedule. Prior to January 26, students at the Junior/Senior High had a 7 period day, and attended each of their classes each day. Beginning on January 26, we will switch to a block schedule. In this new schedule, students will not attend each class every day. Instead, they will attend each class every other day. The block schedule provides us with several options for students that the standard 7 period day does not provide.
In the old schedule, classes were 50 minutes long. Classes in the new schedule will be 90 minutes long. Teachers will be provided with an extended period of time, without interruption, for instruction. In addition, we will be adding an 8th period to our schedule for two reasons: Those students who are not on track in English and Math will be assigned to a Reteach period in the area they are needing assistance.
Additionally, students who are on track and who have demonstrated success in the classroom and hand in all assignments in a timely manner will be provided with some activities in areas we do not presently serve, such as Intramural Sports, enhanced science lessons, and preparation designed to improve scores on the ACT test, which is a test used by many colleges as part of their admissions requirements. ACT test prep will allow college bound students, assistance in better understanding the types of questions asked on the test, and an opportunity to improve their score after they take the test the first time.
The design of the new schedule is called an A/B Block Schedule. What this means to students and teachers is that there will be different classes provided each day. On the “A” days, students will attend their 1st – 3rd – 5th and 7th period classes. On the “B” days, students will attend their 2nd – 4th – EOC class and 6th period. EOC is an acronym for End of Course.
Beginning this year, 7th, 8th, and 10th grade students will no longer be required to take the AIMS test. This year, these students will take a test at the end of each course. These tests are being called “End of Course” tests. They will be provided in English and Math.
On Monday, January 26, students will report to their regularly scheduled 1st period. Monday will be an “A” day meaning students will have periods 1, 3, 5, and 7. Each period will be 90 minutes long. Tuesday will be the first “B” day. On “B” days students will have periods 2, 4, EOC Period, and 6th period.
The reason we went with the odd/even format is to accommodate seniors who have a job. When we developed the original 7 period day, we intentionally placed all required senior classes early in the day, so that working seniors could leave at noon and maintain a job. By switching to the odd/even format, we keep all required senior classes early in the day so seniors can keep their jobs.
We anticipate there may be some confusion in the first week or two of our new schedule. However we are confident that we are improving and enhancing the educational experiences for our students.
The bottom line is that we are making every effort to find ways to help students who are at risk of doing poorly in school and need extra help. We believe our new schedule will allow our teachers a greater opportunity to help those students who are behind and provide opportunities designed to reward those students who are doing well, and would benefit from enhanced educational opportunities.
It should be noted that our new schedule will result in some teachers losing their preparation period each day. Because teachers will not be teaching all of the classes they have been assigned every day, it also means that teachers will not get their preparation period every day. Our teachers gladly sacrificed preparation time to do what they believe is in the best interest of our students. The final result is that students will actually gain instructional time through our new schedule.
Parents who have questions should feel free to give me a call. I will be happy to answer questions and address any concerns.
Current Board Members :
Rena' Moerman - President
Patricia Schoppmann - Member
Sonny Graham - Member
Jenny Reber - Member