New Middle School Schedule for 2019-2020 School Year
At the regular board meeting on March 18, 2019, the Board of Education approved a proposal to change the middle school schedule effective with the 2019-20 school year.
Starting next fall, English language arts and social studies will be taught separately, resulting in a dedicated time slot for each area of study. This recommendation was made by the middle school scheduling committee last year to better address the Illinois Social Science Learning Standards. These standards promote civic engagement, financial literacy, culture awareness, and social responsibilities. They also have a strong interdisciplinary connection with reading and writing. The English language arts curriculum will continue to focus on a well-balanced literacy program that prepares students for success in the transition to high school.
In addition, full band rehearsals will take place during the instructional day rather than early in the morning prior to the start of school. The new schedule will allow band students to arrive at school at the same time as their peers. Full band rehearsal will occur during XLT (extended learning time) at all three grade levels. Students who participate in band will also participate in physical education and another encore or elective class of their choice, such as Art, FACS, Spanish, Music or STEM.
“The band program and band teachers are very thankful for all of the hard work the middle school scheduling committee has done to make it possible to move the full band rehearsal into the regular school day,” said Scott Sampson, Hannah Beardsley band teacher and District 47 music coordinator. “It is our desire to have more students be able to continue participating in band at the middle school. We believe this change will allow this to happen.”
The middle school schedule change was the result of a collaborative effort by a scheduling committee consisting of teachers, and school and district administrators. The plan supports the district’s goals related to ensuring maximum development, growth, and achievement for all students as well as cultivating a supportive learning environment.
“The scheduling committee genuinely worked collaboratively to find solutions in the best interest of our students,” said Scott Kubelka, Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning. “There were a tremendous amount of scheduling complications and nuances that needed to be taken into consideration throughout this process and we are grateful to the committee for their ability to problem-solve and work together.”
Individual student schedules for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted in ParentVue in mid-August.