Revising the SHS Schedule
Jan 2007-Jan 2008
SHS scheduling committee explores how best to change schedule as SHS shifts from a 7-period to an 8-period schedule. The committee includes members of the SHS faculty, SHS administration, and Central Office.
SHS decides to adopt its current hybrid schedule (3 days: all 8 periods meet; 2 block days only 4 periods meet). The schedule includes an advisory meeting on the Wednesday block day, and a late start (8:30) on the Thursday block day to provide a one-hour block of time (7:30-8:30) for teachers to meet in their PLC’s. The new schedule will be first used in the 2008-2009 school year.
The late start on Thursday and the morning PLC meeting on Thursday are scrapped, and a second advisory meeting is added. Each block day now includes an advisory period. PLC’s are shifted to a common non-teaching period for teachers in the PLC.
2013 School Year
Through the Faculty Advisory Committee, teachers request the opportunity to review and discuss the current hybrid schedule. However, due to the impending NEASC visit, such a review is tabled until a more convenient time.
Through the Faculty Advisory Committee, teachers again request the opportunity to review and discuss the current schedule. Teachers are given the green light to conduct a review with the understanding that the Administration would make the final decision regarding any schedule changes. Teachers are also informed that a change to the high school daily schedule would be an independent decision from the late start discussion.
Sept 2017-Jan 2018
SHS teachers form a Scheduling Committee, which is comprised of faculty members from each academic department. The committee identifies the strengths and weaknesses in the current hybrid schedule and explore other possible schedules.
|CURRENT SCHEDULE: 42 minute periods plus A/B Block (-83 minute periods)|
For the next step, the committee interviews individuals from other Connecticut high schools (Schools selected: all schools from DRG A and DRG B, the top 15 schools in The Next Generation CT Accountability Index, and the top 15 schools in CAPT Grade 10 Science Scores).
After completing the interviews and analyzing the data, the Scheduling Committee organizes the information and presents it to the faculty. Each academic department discusses SHS’s daily schedule for the future.
Each academic department votes for the Drop-2 Schedule with a rotation (one for four classes in the morning, and one for four classes in the afternoon) as the best schedule for SHS in the future.
|SHS Teacher Recommendation|
|SHS||Straight I-8||Drop 2||A/B Block|
Length of Periods
|Number of Meetings/Year||
|Total Yearly Hours/Class||
|Total Overall Contact Hours||1,032 Contact Hours||1,008 Contact Hours||1,044 Contact Hours||1,068 Contact Hours|
The consensus is that the classes on the current all-8-periods-meet days are far too short at 42 minutes and that the classes on the 2 block days are too long at 83 minutes. The committee believes that the 58-minute periods of the Drop 2 schedule allow teachers to continue to use a variety of instructional methods, reduce the amount of transitions during the school day, and lower student stress by reducing the number of classes students have each day and the number of assessments students currently have on block days.
The Scheduling Committee presents its final decision to the SHS Administration.
The head of the Scheduling Committee and the Principal of SHS present these findings to the Superintendent and the Assistant Superintendent.
The SHS Leadership Committee explores how a Drop-2 schedule would impact specific aspects of SHS. The topics for discussion include a schedule rotation, an advisory period, and a possible change in science labs.
Presentations are made to the BOE Curriculum Committee and the greater BOE. View BOE Presentation (pdf from PowerPoint presentation)
The process of engaging students in conversations about this work begins. Via this webpage, information will be shared with students. Open meetings will be conducted with administrators and counselors during lunch periods, where we can discuss our work and gather their input.
The teachers and administrators of Simsbury High School have invested a significant amount of time and energy in order to develop a schedule that is more fully aligned with our core values and beliefs of preparation, passion, and personal growth. The schedule that we have proposed will allow us to maximize our instructional time, reduce stress, and provide greater access to the entire program of studies by reducing conflicts for our students. The change would be budget neutral while presenting potential opportunities for greater efficiencies in some areas. The schedule allows for shared staffing with our middle school, and the rotating structure provides versatility regarding starting and ending times that can be beneficial to our students. In the event that our district opts to pursue a later start time at some point in the future, this schedule will work very well to reduce impacts due to early dismissals for extra-curricular activities.
In closing I would like to thank the members of our faculty committee for their professionalism and dedication throughout the process. While there is no single “ideal schedule,” I believe that the schedule that we are building is a solid step closer to perfection.