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1 Lakewood Public Schools Lakewood High School Trimester Scheduling Presentation Brian Williams, Principal

2 Introduction Lakewood Public Schools The concept of Trimesters is not new, but is one that is being considered by many high schools now with the new state graduation requirements. In a trimester schedule, the school year would be divided into three terms instead of two semesters.

3 Lakewood Public Schools Trimester Rationale The new Michigan Merit Curriculum is forcing schools to find ways to reach all students. The trimester format appears to meet the needs of all students. 1.Students who seek advanced courses will have more opportunities to take advanced courses. 2.Students who wish to take advantage of the Career Technological Centers will have more options available. 3.Students who struggle in school will have more remediation opportunities. (Referred to as recycling)

4 School Year Calendar Comparison Lakewood Public Schools SEMESTER: Aug [---18 wks---] [ wks---] June January TRIMESTER: Aug [--12 wks--] [ --12 wks--] [--12 wks--] June November March

5 Advantages of Trimester Scheduling Lakewood Public Schools Students will have more time to devote to in-depth and quality study time in a fewer number of subjects per trimester. Students show a willingness to take a challenging 12 week course than they are in a semester structure. (Reported by other schools) Students can take more electives, including advanced courses. Students can take different types of classes than they might have ordinarily taken.

6 More Advantages Lakewood Public Schools More time for comprehensive instruction and strategies. Curriculum is reevaluated and realigned to what is considered important for the students to know. Creation of new courses. Teachers have more daily planning time of minutes. (Planning should strengthen) There are fewer class changes, which makes for fewer potential disruptions and discipline problems that often arise from students moving around a facility. If a student fails a class, there are more opportunities to repeat it and still graduate on time. (Recycling) Meets the rigor required by the MMC.

7 Questions and Answers Lakewood Public Schools 1.Will Lakewood be able to meet all the MMC requirements? We believe this is possible with realignment of state standards. Other schools are reporting success and we believe we will achieve the same success. 2. Which courses will be year-long courses? All Advanced Placement Courses, band and choir are typical for most schools. 3. What is the length of all other courses? Typically a year-long course will run two trimesters and a semester course will run one trimester.

8 Questions and Answers Lakewood Public Schools 4.Will trimesters have a negative impact on college admissions? NO – Surveys conducted of U-M, MSU, WMU, CMU, Kalamazoo, Albion and Alma Colleges have reported no negative impact. 5. Will the longer class periods go beyond a student’s attention span? Learning from other school districts that have implemented a trimester schedule stress the importance of instructional design strategies – such as, every minutes there should be a classroom transition.

9 Lakewood Public Schools Questions and Answers 6.Is there a concern for the potential gap in instruction that will occur if a student has a first trimester and second trimester course, and then does not have the next sequential course until the next trimester of the following year? Studies (Semb, Ellis, & Araujo (1993), Kamuch & Ledman (1995), and Bahrick & Hall (1991)) show that “gapping” did not result in loss of retention. Schools who have implemented the trimester schedule have reported similar findings. Furthermore, these same schools indicate that the GPA’s of the students have remained consistent.

10 School Day (Tentative) Lakewood Public Schools StartEndMinutesLunch 1st Hour7:308:4272 2nd Hour8:479:5972 Meeting/Reading9:5910:1415 3rd (A Lunch)10:4912:017210:14-10:44 3rd (B Lunch)10:1912:017210:55-11:55 3rd (C Lunch)10:1911:317211:51-12:01 4th Hour12:061:1872 5th Hour1:232:3572

11 Providing a World Class Education Sample Freshman Schedule Taking Algebra (Colored Slides are all Electives) Lakewood Public Schools Hour Trimester 1Trimester 2Trimester 3 1 English 9 AMicroEnglish 9 B 2 Algebra I AAlgebra I B Elective 3 Freshman Academy Biology ABiology B 4 PE APE BHealth 5 U.S HistoryU.S. History Elective

12 Providing a World Class Education Sample Sophomore Schedule With Band (Colored Slides are all Electives) Lakewood Public Schools Hour Trimester 1Trimester 2Trimester 3 1 English 10 A Elective English 10B 2 Geometry AGeometry BGovernment 3 Economics Physical Science APhysical Science B 4 Spanish I ASpanish I B Elective 5 Band

13 Providing a World Class Education Sample Junior Schedule – LCC Class 2011 & Beyond (Colored Slides are all Electives) Lakewood Public Schools Hour Trimester 1Trimester 2Trimester 3 1 English 11 A ACT PREP English 11 B 2 U.S History Chemistry or PhysicsU.S. History 3 ALGEBRA II Chemistry or Physics 4 LCC 5

14 Providing a World Class Education Sample Junior Schedule – LCC (Colored Slides are all Electives) Lakewood Public Schools Hour Trimester 1Trimester 2Trimester 3 1 English 11 A ACT PREP English 11 B 2 U.S HistoryElectiveU.S. History 3 ALGEBRA II Elective 4 LCC 5

15 Providing a World Class Education Sample Senior Schedule- Class of 2011& Beyond AP Courses (Colored Slides are all Electives) Lakewood Public Schools Hour Trimester 1Trimester 2Trimester 3 1 Senior Social StudiesElective 2AP English 3AP Calculus 4AP Biology 5Elective

16 Providing a World Class Education Research Lakewood Public Schools Trimesters result in greater scheduling flexibility. Miller (1998) reports that students were able to enroll in classes that would not fit in their schedules under the semester model. Trimesters result in a decrease in behavioral problems. All studies note that students are more engaged and perhaps due to fewer passing times, less involved in behavioral disturbances.

17 Schools Using or Moving To Trimester Scheduling Lakewood Public Schools SaranacBeldingGrayling CaledoniaMaple ValleyConstantine IoniaHoltPlymouth TK (Middleville)Eaton RapidsHarrison West OttawaEast KentwoodTri-County ZeelandWayland-UnionBoyne Falls

18 Schools Using or Moving To Trimester Scheduling Lakewood Public Schools HamiltonQuincyNapoleon HudsonvilleOvid-ElsieMorenci Cedar SpringsSpring LakeEssexville-Garber Farmington HillsHollandComstock St. JohnsAllendaleLeslie Godfrey LeeNewaygoRockford

19 Schools Using or Moving To Trimester Scheduling Lakewood Public Schools Reed CityManisteeBedford North BranchOrchard ViewMonroe BathLapeerDundee HollyClarkstonCheboygan St. LouisReed CityFennville Whitmore LakeTraverse CityGrand Ledge

20 Schools Using or Moving To Trimester Scheduling Lakewood Public Schools Ann Arbor SkylineSouthgateImlay City Big RapidsHoltonJonesville ShelbyFerndaleHesperia SalineLake FentonFarwell CadillacShepardBirmingham

21 Schools Using or Moving To Trimester Scheduling Lakewood Public Schools Walled LakeSturgisColdwater GrantClarencevilleMontague AlleganFremontLowell New BuffaloMontabellaHarbor Springs North HuronWarren FitzgeraldLudington CassopolisFruitportMona Shores

22 Why Trimesters Lakewood Public Schools We believe this schedule provides ALL students with the opportunity to meet new state required graduation requirements, maintain rigorous academic pursuits, and explore opportunities they may otherwise be denied.

23 Additional Information Lakewood Public Schools Created by Mark Westerburg – Spring Lake Westfield High School - Indiana A copy of this PowerPoint can be found on the Lakewood website

24 One Final Note Lakewood Public Schools Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. Pauline R. Kezer

25 Lakewood Public Schools Lakewood High School Trimester Scheduling Presentation Brian Williams, Principal


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