As we move back to the semester system for the 2021-22 school year, we have made some adjustments to our student class meeting schedule. After consultation with staff, parents and district leaders we have moved our Collaboration/Connections block to Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:00pm. You can see the new class meeting schedule here:
What is Collaboration?
Every Tuesday afternoon there is a 60 minute collaboration/connections block. During this time all students are dismissed to go home, unless there are additional educational supports needed to help them find success in their current studies.
Why are we doing this?
The purpose is to increase our effectiveness in helping all students learn, and to provide structured time for them to either collaborate with other students or to catch up on homework, study for tests, etc. It is commonly assumed that the primary purpose of school is to ensure that children are taught, but Learning Communities go beyond this to ensure that all students are learning and are given the skills to “learn how to learn.” This remains our goal.
Teachers planning and collaborating together on a regular basis within school hours leads to improved teaching strategies and assessment, smoother transitions between courses, and more effective programs. By adjusting the timetable to allow for greater collaboration among staff, our school can better meet the challenge of continual improvement as we transition to the new curriculum.