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1 Update: Block Scheduling

2 Positive Impact Since the implementation of the Block scheduling in September 2012 to the present, November 2013, both high schools have reported an overall increase in staff and student attendance which has resulted in more effective teaching and learning.

3 Attendance Rate Comparison Attendance rates have increased resulting in improved academics – – 2013 Grade % Actual Days Attended Level % % % % Grand Total89.71% Grade % Actual Days Attended Level % % % % Grand Total96.19%

4 School Environment Students now have the opportunity to access their cell phones and iPods during the 52 minute Unit Lunch and Advisory/Tutorial Blocks. We have created a student friendly environment for socialization, the facilitation of focus groups, opportunities for extra help and make-up work and more time to become involved in co- curricular activities. There is a direct correlation with student engagement and positive behavior.

5 Suspension Rate Comparison Month September3113 October48 November4917 December4127 January44 February6842 March5127 April3151 May3253 June621 Totals: Since the implementation of the block schedule, there has been a decline in the number of discipline problems reported at both high schools.

6 EVVRS

7 Survey Feedback Based on the feedback from staff and student surveys and our monthly School Improvement Committee Meetings (Principals Advisory Committee Meetings), we made some modifications to the schedule in

8 Updates of Block Scheduling at HS North Grades 10 and 12 are assigned to the first lunch, and Grades 9 and 11 have the second lunch. This change evenly distributes the number of students having lunch during Blocks 3 and 4. There is a new food service, Aramark which provides our students with hot and cold lunches in two eating venues in our schools. Grades 9, 10 and 11 are assigned to Transition Rooms. Attendance is taken by the A/B Day Transition teachers. Any student may be excused from Transition with a pass to a designated location. Each grade level has a color-coded pass, signed by the Transition teacher and the staff member, coach or club advisor supervising the intended location. Season passes are issued to students excused from Transition: for example, A Capella Choir, Weight Room, Student Government and Yearbook.

9 Updates of Block Scheduling at HS North Continued AP Laboratory Sciences have been scheduled in Blocks 2 or 5, providing 26 extra minutes of advisory before the AP class or 26 minutes of advisory after the AP class. A 52 minute Lunch Detention replaces the After School Office Detention. Guidance Counselors and SACs use Blocks 3 or 4 for student forums. Monthly assembly programs for each grade level are also scheduled during Blocks 3 and 4. Students have more opportunities to participate in both co- curricular activities and sports, as meetings are held during the Advisory Block.

10 Advanced Placement Addition of AP Italian & AP Probability and Statistics Students have been named to the AP Honor Roll by College Board 3 out of the last 4 years 382 students took a total of 899 AP examinations AP Scholar 44 AP Scholar with Honors35 AP Scholar with Distinction35 National AP Scholar10

11 New Advanced Placement Classes For the school year, there are plans to offer three more Advanced Placement courses: AP World History AP Human Geography AP US Government and Politics

12 Second Year of Implementation The first year of Block scheduling required teachers to make adjustments to the planning and pacing of their courses from 48 minutes to 80 minutes of instruction. Many teachers have websites with their instructional materials, study guides and resources readily available to their students. They have created unit plans and interdisciplinary activities to reinforce the concepts presented in their classes. This year the teachers collaborated with their North/South counterparts to develop quarterly assessments to measure student proficiency of the material presented in each of the four marking periods. There were opportunities for staff Professional Development in September, October, November and during our monthly Professional Learning Communities.

13 Benefits of Block Scheduling Alumni from the Class of 2013 who are attending local and out of state schools have informed us that they are confident and comfortable in their college courses this year, as a result of having experienced longer instructional blocks and an alternating schedule of classes. Within our 80 minute Blocks, we provide our students with technological supports to enhance instruction, varied learning activities to engage all levels of students and opportunities for academic and social growth and improvement across all grade levels.


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