Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rotating Schedule Begins Next Week

Beginning with the new school year, a new scheduling format will be implemented. This change will mainly affect students in middle and high school, although elementary students will feel some minor changes.

The rotating schedule offers many benefits. It is being used with positive results in schools all over the country. One of the major advantages is that it recognizes the diversity of peak learning times among students. Here's how it works:

For MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL grades:
  • The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. instead of 7:50 a.m.
  • The schedule follows a seven day cycle. Instead of A & B days, there will be V-O-Y-A-G-E-R days.
  • There will be six 55 minute periods per day.
  • Classes will rotate down one hour each day.
  • Morning and lunch breaks allow for tutoring and meetings.
  • MS/HS will end their day at 3:00 p.m.
For ELEMENTARY grades:
  • Changes are minimal.
  • The school day begins at 8:00 a.m., instead of 7:50 a.m.
  • Morning Circle will be held first thing in the morning, as always.
  • Lunch and afternoon recess times will be longer and end at 1:00 instead of 12:50 p.m. 
  • The school day will end at 2:55, instead of 2:40 p.m.


Here's a peek at the seven-day VOYAGER schedule for grades 6-12:


Students and teachers alike are looking forward to the new, rotating schedule. While some confusion is anticipated at first, most agree that it will bring variety to our days and help students do their best work.