Sample bell schedule - Tuscaloosa County High School

Report
Board Presentation
October 29, 2012
Tuscaloosa County Schools
1. The Schedule
2. The Process
3. The Rationale
4. The Next Steps
Proposed High School Schedule
Semester 1
Period 1
Period 2
Period 3
Period 4
Period 5
Period 6
Period 7
Period 8
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8 credits each year
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Each period = 45 to 48 minutes in length
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Total of 360 to 384 minutes per day
Semester 2
First Bell
7:40 a.m.
Tardy Bell
7:45 a.m.
Period 1
7:45 – 8:25 a.m.
Period 2
8:29 – 9:14 a.m.
Break
9:14 – 9:22 a.m.
Period 3
9:26 – 10:11 a.m.
Period 4
10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Period 5
11:04 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Lunch A
11:00 – 11:22 a.m.
Lunch B
11:22 a.m. – 11:44 p.m.
Lunch C
11:44 a.m. – 12:06 p.m.
Lunch D
12:02 – 12:28 p.m.
Period 6
12:29 – 1:14 p.m.
Period 7
1:19 – 2:04 p.m.
Period 8
2:08 – 2:53 p.m.
First Bell
7:50 a.m.
Tardy Bell
7:55 a.m.
Period 1
7:55 – 8:43 a.m.
Period 2
8:47 – 9:35 a.m.
Period 3
9:39 – 10:27 a.m.
Period 4
10:31 – 11:19 a.m.
Period 5
11:23 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Lunch A
11:23 – 11:47 a.m.
Lunch B
11:47 a.m. – 12:11 p.m.
Lunch C
12:11 – 12:35 p.m.
Period 6
12:39 – 1:27 p.m.
Period 7
1:31 – 2:19 p.m.
Period 8
2:23 – 3:11 p.m.
First Bell
7:45 a.m.
Tardy Bell
7:50 a.m.
Period 1
7:50 – 8:35 a.m.
Period 2
8:40 – 9:25 a.m.
Period 3
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Period 4
10:20 – 11:05 a.m.
Period 5
11:10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Lunch A
11:10 – 11:32 a.m.
Lunch B
11:34 a.m. – 11:56p.m.
Lunch C
11:56 a.m. – 12:18 p.m.
Lunch D
12:18 – 12:40 p.m.
Period 6
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Period 7
1:35 – 2:20 p.m.
Period 8
2:25 – 3:10 p.m.
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
English 9
English 10
English 11
English 12
World History
US History to
1877
US History since
1877
Gov/Econ
Algebra 1A
Algebra 1B
Geometry
Algebra II
Biology
Physical Science Human Anatomy Chemistry
LIFE/PE
Health
Visual Arts 2
Psychology
BTA
Visual Arts 1
French I
French II
Freshman
Seminar
Multi-Media
Design
Math Seminar
Mythology
Elec
Wiring
I
Elec
Wiring
II
Elec
Wiring
III
Elec
Wiring
IV
Freshman Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
Pre-AP English 9 Pre-AP English
10
AP English 11
AP English 12
Pre-AP World
History
Pre-AP US
History
AP US History
AP Gov/Econ
Pre-AP
Alg I
Pre-AP Alg II
Pre-AP Pre-Cal
AP Calculus
Pre-AP
Chemistry
AP
Biology
AP Chemistry
Pre-AP BIology
Health
LIFE/PE
Health Science
Health Science
for Juniors
Health Science
for Seniors
BTA
Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3
Concert Band
Concert Band
Symphonic Band Symphonic Band
Pre-AP
Geo
Sophomore Year
Semester 1
Semester 2
English 9
English 9
Algebra 1A
Algebra 1A
Biology
Biology
World History
World History
Spanish 1
Spanish 1
LIFE/PE
LIFE/PE
Freshman Seminar
BTA
JV Football
JV Baseball
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Series of meetings from March 2010 to October 2012
reviewed research and discussed scheduling options
for high schools.
Discussions included instructional concerns, elective
offerings, the diversity of school demographics, and
options for serving student needs.
January 2011 - High School Curriculum Committee
and Block Scheduling Committee recommended
modification of 4x4 block for 2011-2012 to allow
flexibility to modify master schedules to meet the
specific instructional needs of schools and students
and to promote innovative practices.
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2011-2012 HS schedule modifications:
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HCHS and TCHS split blocks to offer AP courses
throughout the academic year
NSHS, SVHS, and HHS modified schedules to
accommodate/provide opportunities for enrichment
and remediation; added bonus period
2012-2013 HS schedule modifications:
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BWHS created Ninth Grade Academy with twosemester courses
All high schools offering two-semester math courses
for freshmen, some with English also
HHS offering two-semester core courses
March 2012: BOE directive to move completely
from 4x4 Block
 New bell schedule committee met summer/fall
2012 to prepare recommendation
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Researched a variety of schedules from across the
U.S.
Consulted with other systems that had changed
schedules
Brainstormed benefits, challenges, and next steps
Came to a consensus on recommendation
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March 2010 – Block Schedule
Committee
Nov. 29, 2010 – HS Curriculum and
Block Scheduling Committee
Dec. 8, 2010 – Block Scheduling
Committee
December 13, 2010 – HS Curriculum
Committee
January 5, 2011 – HS Curriculum
Committee
January 31, 2011 - BOE Meeting
February 14, 2011 – BOE Meeting
October 27, 2011 – HS Curriculum
Committee
November 2, 2011 - HS and MS
Curriculum Committee
November 15, 2011 – HS Curriculum
Committee
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March 5, 2012 – BOE Meeting –
Directive from BOE to Change Bell
Schedules
June 13, 2012 – HS Curriculum
Committee
July 26, 2012 – Bell Schedule
Committee
August 2, 2012 – Bell Schedule
Committee
Sept. 6, 2012 – HS Principals’
Meeting
Sept. 24, 2012 – Bell Schedule
Committee
Oct. 3, 2012 – Bell Schedule
Committee
Oct. 17, 2012 – HS Principal’s
Meeting
Oct. 29, 2012 – BOE Meeting
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October 29, 2012 – BOE Action
November 2012 – Implementation Planning
December 2012 – Action Plan Created for Implementation
January 2013 – Begin Professional Development for Faculty
and Staff
February 2013 – Orientation for Students; Registration for
2013-2014
March/April 2013 – Master Schedule Development
June 2013 – Complete Initial Professional Development for
Faculty and Staff
June/July 2013 – Summer School for TCSS Students Who will
Need Courses Unavailable with New Schedule
July/August 2013 – Schedule Pick Up for HS
August 2013 – New Schedule Begins
October 2013 – Evaluation of Implementation; discussion of
needs for 2014-2015
 Flexibility
of two-semester courses for core,
one semester courses for electives, and
hybrid periods for labs, TCT, and other
extended courses
 Time for job-embedded collaboration
 No major changes needed in credit
requirements for graduation
 Recommendations from National Science and
Math Foundation and Alabama Commission on
Higher Learning
New pacing guides for all courses
 New IEP goals and development
 Alteration of delivery of special education
services
 Alteration of science lab lesson design
 Modification of AMSTI/SIM lessons
 Addition of Credit Acceleration
 Addition of Summer School
 Delivery of ACCESS courses to other schools
 Differentiation of needs for various courses
 Increased flexibility of delivery of credit
recovery
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 Credits
for courses (half and full)
 Number of credits and types for promotion
 Math sequencing
 Removal of mid-year graduation option
Time management and planning for teachers
moving to shorter period of delivery
 Training in Differentiated Instruction
 Training to help students adapt from 4 to 8
periods per day
 Training on Common Core Curriculum and its
implementation within the 8-period day
 Training on formative assessment piece (Global
Scholar)
 Training on new state assessments in regards to
preparing for 8-period day
 Training on Increased Use of Technology in the
Classroom
 Training on use of Intranet Toolbox
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Estimated Expenditure
Textbooks (based on estimated cost of
$70/book)
$208,420 – additional textbooks for
teachers to have class sets
Supplies (copier leases, printing
overages, paper, instructional materials)
$112,780
Professional Development (training to
prepare teachers and students for
different schedule)
$115,500 – substitute pay at $70 for
minimum of 6 days training for 275
faculty members
Technology (Odysseyware)
$70,000 – additional licenses for online
program (additional technological needs
not included)
Facilities (modifications of cafeteria,
computer labs, etc.)
$25,000 - modifications to HCHS
cafeteria; $106,815 - summer school
utilities for 5-week program at three
buildings
Personnel (summer school instructors, 1
foreign language unit for 2013-14)
$70,000 - FL unit to deal with additional
doubled courses for 2013-14 juniors and
seniors (HCHS and BWHS shared);
$36,000 - summer school personnel
($3,000/teacher, 4 teachers/site);
(additional SPE teachers not included)
Estimated Minimum Total Expenditure
$744,515
Reduction of credit recovery opportunities
during school year
 Loss of December graduation option
 Coordination of MS and HS lunch schedules at
SVMS/SVHS
 Extension of the school day but decreased
instructional hours for some high schools (384 to
360 minutes)
 Purchase of more textbooks for class sets
 Increased use of technology for delivery of
instruction
 Making sure rising juniors and seniors have
opportunities to earn needed credits and take
desired courses during transition
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Providing for increased use of paper and copiers
as a result of reduction of textbooks
 Funding summer school program
 Reduction of service hours for SPE students (not
enough inclusion SPE teachers to meet student
needs with more classes per day)
 Development of credit advancement program
and policy
 Planning and implementing new schedule
concurrent with implementation of College and
Career Readiness, Quality Core (end of course
tests), new accountability requirements, Global
Scholar (formative assessment)
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Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
English 9 (fail)
English 9
English 11
English 12
World History
US History to
1877 (fail)
US History to
1877
US History since
1877
Algebra 1A (fail) Algebra 1A
Algebra 1B (fail) Algebra 1B
Biology
Physical Science Human Anatomy Marine Biology
LIFE/PE
Health
Visual Arts 2
Visual Arts 3
Reading
Seminar
Visual Arts 1
French I
French II
Freshman
Seminar
English 10
Math Seminar
BTA
Auto
Auto
Gov/Econ
Service Service
Tech I Tech II Geometry (also
needs Alg II but
hasn’t finished
Alg yet)
Creating Action Plan for Implementation
 Changing spring schedules of current juniors,
when possible, to ensure availability of courses
needed for graduation
 Determining how to flex course schedules for
2013-14 rising juniors and seniors, when
necessary, to allow completion of graduation
requirements
 Scheduling of PD for teachers throughout the
spring, beginning in January
 Scheduling Summer School for students for TCSS
students who will need courses unavailable with
new schedule
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Laura McBride – Principal,
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BWHS
John Hooper – Fine
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Arts/Athletics, BWHS
Leah Armstrong – English, HCHS 
LaTonya Jemison – Counselor,
HCHS
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LaDonna Beck – Career Tech, 
HHS
Isreal Eady – Social Studies,
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HHS
Milton Powell – Band, NSHS
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Emily Woodroof – Counselor,
NSHS
Deborah Cameron – Math, SVHS
Diana Yessick – Science, SVHS
Tracy Clark – Science/Athletic
Director, TCHS
Cynthia Simpson – Assistant
Principal, TCHS
Mark Nelson – Chair of Board
Curriculum Committee
Dan Butler – Superintendent
Walter Davie – Deputy
Superintendent
Amanda Cassity – Director of
Secondary Instruction
Ruth Graves – Director of
Special Education
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Dennis Alvarez, SVHS
Reba Caldwell, TCHS
Neal Guy, HHS
Allison Mays, HCHS
David Patrick, NSHS
Gwen Harper, Coordinator
of Accountability
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Cheryl Wallace, Coordinator
of Assessment
Diane Jones, BWHS
Steven Yager, SVHS
Julia Fox, TCHS
Lindsey Thompson, TCHS

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