A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker
It’s hard to believe we’re already in December! As we look forward to winter break and the holidays, I know some of our staff, students and families are looking further ahead to next school year and our new high school schedule that will begin this August.
You may remember we announced in April that our high schools would be moving forward with an eight-period schedule for the 2017-18 school year at the same time our new start and end times go into effect. The eight period schedule is also known as a 4 x 8 schedule, which consists of an eight-class schedule with four block classes alternating every other day.
Our High School Schedule Implementation Advisory Group has been meeting all fall to plan for a successful transition and implementation. I expect to see more details from them in the coming weeks, and I will keep you all posted on implications of their work, including graduation requirements, guidelines for waivers and more.
In the meantime, there are some questions we can help answer, which can be seen in our latest edition of “What’s Up Doc?” (two parts: Part I and Part II) featuring two of our high school students interviewing our assistant superintendent Steve Clarke and me.
In Part I, you can learn more about the following:
- General rationale for changing from six to eight periods
- How students will benefit from the new schedule
- How the new schedule will impact homework expectations
- How teachers will prepare students for Advanced Placement (AP) tests
In Part II: you can learn more about the following:
- Student support time (like Anchor, THOR, RtI/SSR)
- The future of “zero hour” (before school) course offerings
- How elementary and middle schools are impacted by new start times
- Physical education waivers
To jump directly to any of those topics/questions listed above, go to the video link and click on the menu icon on the bottom right or you can simply hover over the white dots at the bottom of the screen and click on the topics that are of interest to you.
You can ask questions or comment on my blog, which features these videos. As always, I welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you!