The work on the calendar is a move towards crafting something specifically for our school community. The suggestion is divided into two sections that are independent from each other. One is the change in the annual calendar. The other is a regular early release time. The discussion is important as are the ideas and questions shared. It will be from this dialogue that we craft a final recommendation. Below are some of the questions and responses from online and person to person dialogues.
You may click on the questions below to read the responses.
development. The week of Thanksgiving has been a high absent day for several years. If we
adapted our calendar to allow time off for students the week of Thanksgiving, it would provide time for teachers to reflect and refine learning from the summer.
Is Friday the best time for teachers to plan/prep? Does it give them enough time to get materials ready for Monday if they are just planning the lessons on Friday?
- Nov. 11th would be a school day.
- Nov. 23-24 would be student holidays.
- March 25th would be a school day.
- May 27th would be a school day.
Last day for students would be June 1st.
Parent Suggestion: Can we choose one or the other? Either choose a new calendar or the early release. Try it and then propose the second phase the following year?
Is there research that supports this idea of early release leads to better developed plansand student learning?
supposed to make learning more focused and efficient due to the level of teacher planning. One point to evidence the benefit of the early release to support teacher planning is to look at the schools that use this. Two examples are Manor New-Tech H.S. and all of Manor ISD, as well as
every Expeditionary Learning school.
Feedback from School Wide Meetings:
Can we examine late start at 8:30 with school opening at 7:45 to let students in for working families?
What does planning time mean and how will it be honored? What is the accountability for the planning times? What is our evaluation system to determine effectiveness?
Other thoughts and questions:
This is more feedback gathered from the school-wide meetings. Some are comments and ideas that need to be researched and others are questions that will get answered as we move forward with this project and flesh out the details. If you would like to submit comments or questions you may use the contact form to send use your thoughts.
Will an early Friday release cause a higher absenteeism?
Can we have early release for a trial period and plan to review to determine if this is effective?
Can we shift Prime Time to offer a program for those who need it?
Can parent volunteers create a program for those who need it?
Having students in different schools makes having a different calendar difficult.
We are ok with a calendar change.
We are ok with the early release