at Clinton High School and Sumner Hill ninth grade school will see a
change in their schedules this fall.
Tuesday, Clinton school board members implementing a hybrid version of block scheduling for these two schools. The changes will go into
effect for the 2014-15 school year.
currently use a system where our high school students can get seven possible
credits per year on the seven-period day," said Tim Martin, assistant
superintendent of the Clinton Public School District. "When we switch to the
block scheduling system, it will give our students an opportunity for eight
credits each year."
Martin says that many
area school districts already use block schedules which gives
their students a chance to take four extra classes over the course of their
high school career.
scheduling usually means you take four classes one day and four classes the
next day," Martin said. "What we want to do is a modified version of that."
and teachers support a hybrid mix of block and traditional scheduling, he said,
which will mean a mixture of 50-minute and 90-minute periods.
will be a 50-minute block for first and second period, then two 90-minute block
periods, then back to the regular 50-minute fifth and sixth periods," Martin
said. "This will allow our students to take an eighth course during the block
scheduling periods. They can take one block course in the first semester and a
second block course the second semester and get credit for both."
who need more time in required courses — English, U.S. History, biology and
algebra — can devote the entire year to these areas during the block periods.
format allows for intense remediation for the lowest quartile of students in
these subject areas," Martin said. "It also creates tremendous flexibility in
students' schedules who want to do it all, and add sports and extracurricular
programs during the day."
the future, this format will also allow greater flexibility in offering dual
credit and dual enrollment courses, he said.
teachers wanted to switch to block scheduling," said Dr. Phil Burchfield,
superintendent. "The shift from 50-minute to 90-minute periods will allow more
time for labs, group work and hands-on activities in these block classes. It
also gives students and parents more flexibility to schedule the courses and
activities they want."
proposed for Clinton High School and Sumner Hill ninth-grade school:
– 8:15 a.m.: Early period
8:25 – 9:15 a.m.: 1st period
9:20 – 10:10 a.m.: 2nd period
10:15 - 10:25 a.m.: Homeroom
10:30 a.m. – noon: 3rd/Block
12:05 – 1:50 p.m.: 4th/Block
1:55 – 2:45 p.m.: 5th period
2:50 – 3:40 p.m.: 6th period
– 8:15 a.m.: Early period
8:25 – 9:25 a.m.: Meeting/Activity/Tutorial
9:30 – 10:10 a.m.: 1st period
10:15 - 10:55 a.m.: 2nd period
11 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.: 3rd/Block
12:15 – 2:05 p.m.: 4th/Block
2:10 – 2:50 p.m.: 5th period
2:55 – 3:40 p.m.: 6th period
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