Clinton High School students can expect more classroom time come August thanks to a new policy that extends the school day by 15 minutes.
The administrative staff, with approval from the Clinton City Board of Education, has changed the daily schedule for high school students, eliminating a block of time designated for enrichment at the end of the school day, and extending the release time for students.
At last week’s board meeting, members approved releasing all students at 2:30 p.m. rather than 2:15 p.m. The start time for the school, 7:45 a.m., will remain the same.
The change in the schedule was made to allow staff to incorporate enrichment throughout the day and not at a designated time.
A traditional school day in previous years included a fifth block, which allowed students a set time for enrichment, intervention, tutoring or make-up assignments. That block of time will now be incorporated into the normal school day, allowing all students to benefit from the additional minutes spent with their teachers.
“This decision was made to afford students the opportunity of intervention and enrichment during the day, rather than at the end of the day,” Clinton High School principal Dr. Steve Miller explained. “In an effort of continuous improvement, the School Improvement Team and school staff investigated alternative methods of providing intervention and enrichment.”
According to Miller, the move to embed the enrichment time during the instructional day is the most popular method. The idea of intervention through fifth block is not a wash, Miller says it is simply being moved and embedded into the daily schedule and renamed.
“The School Improvement Team and staff agreed that changing up the schedule and embedding intervention and enrichment time is necessary to see improvements in students’ academic success for a larger number of students,” Miller added.
Fifth block was implemented several years ago under Ron Bean, the school’s principal at the time. Its initial intention was to allow students to spend an additional 40 minutes at school, 2:20-3 p.m., for the purpose of receiving help with homework or grasp a better understanding of the day’s lesson. Students who were falling behind on grades could also stay for enrichment or tutoring purposes. Each day of the week was designated to cover a traditional block.
“We at Clinton City School are about continuous improvement for students’ growth through instruction and scheduling,” Miller continued. “The federal mandate of multi-tiered system supports demands a strengthened intervention and typically this type of schedule change has been implemented in other districts with much success. The next school year will be enlightening to see the academic progress students will experience.”
Clinton High School’s detailed schedule is still in the works by school staff and administration.
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