8 Period Modified Block Schedule
Over the past two years, we've been forced to adapt and try new things in order to navigate the challenges of Covid. In many ways, the pandemic has accelerated our learning and the change process in education. One of the more significant changes we adapted to last year was the block schedule. As the year progressed, many middle school teachers liked the 90-minute classes and expressed an interest in developing such a schedule for next year. After much research, committee input, and collaboration, we decided to move forward with an 8-period modified block schedule. This schedule allows for teachers and students to get more in-depth in their learning and take on more project-based learning activities that both increase engagement and also challenge. We are also better able to instill essential skills such as critical analysis, communication, collaboration, citizenship, and character in these longer class periods. Finally, the modified block schedule reduces transitions and increases learning time. Here is what you need to know:
1) There will be four classes per day plus a short advisory period.
2) Students will have the same classes on Monday and Wednesday. These classes will be 95 minutes long with a short activity break within each period.
3) Students will have the same classes on Tuesday and Thursday. These classes will be 95 minutes long with a short activity break within each period.
3) On Friday, students will attend each of their core classes for 50 min.
Mock Student Schedule:
|Period 1 - Math||Period 1 - Social Studies (SS)||Period 1 - Math|
|Period 2 - Science||Period 2 - English||Period 2 - Science|
|Lunch (30 minutes)||Lunch (30 minutes)||Period 3 - PE/Health|
|Advisory (30 minutes)||Advisory (30 minutes)||Lunch (30 minutes)|
|Period 3 - Exploratory||Period 3 - Exploratory||Period 4 - SS|
|Period 4 - PE/Health||Period 4 - Plus (Reading/Math)||Period 5 - English|
|Period 6 - Plus (Reading/Math)|
Our middle school staff constantly strives to improve learning and problem solving to prepare our students to navigate the future. We are excited to offer more elective opportunities with some laying the foundation for high school courses that focus on post-secondary career opportunities.
The middle school staff takes great pride in offering a diverse set of nine-week exploratory classes that serve to promote the well-rounded development of our students. We are working to expand more exploratory opportunities with some laying the foundation for high school courses that focus on post-secondary career opportunities. Students get to choose from the classes below while others may be assigned to academic support classes should they need it.