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February 1, 2012
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Incline public schools: Town hall meeting next week on proposed calendar changes

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Washoe County School District is inviting parents to attend a town hall meeting next week that will discuss proposed changes for future school year calendars.

According to recent press releases and reports, the Washoe County School District’s strategic plan — “Envision WCSD 2015 – Investing in Our Future” — calls for important reforms to the district’s school calendar to ensure educators are meeting the needs of all students.

To meet this goal, a calendar focus group assembled months ago identified four goals that a new district-wide calendar must meet to best serve students:

• Add an intersession (break period) that will help struggling students make up credits or instructional time and provide higher achieving students with opportunities to enrich their learning.

• Shorten the summer break to reduce learning loss.

• End the fall semester before the winter break begins to reduce learning loss that occurs when finals are scheduled for January (like they are now).

• Maximize resources and support for schools by starting all schools on the same day.

An Incline focus group made up of parents, teachers and administrators from the three schools, as well as community representatives from both the Hyatt and IVGID, then was convened to align with the goals of the calendar committee.

As a result, according to the district, the following two calendar options were developed, both of which would meet the district’s goals; both calendars add professional development for teachers in the first week of November:

Option 1

• Starts and ends just like the current calendar.

• Aligns the October break with the entire district to take advantage of resources.

• Additional instruction/credit recovery four weeks after the end of the first semester.

• Spring Break is the first full week of April.

Option 2

• Starts a week later in August/Ends a week later in June.

• Aligns the October break with the entire district to take advantage of resources.

• Additional instruction/credit recovery three weeks after the end of the first semester.

• Criterion Referenced Testing (CRTs) occur later in the year, allowing more instruction to take place prior to testing.

• Spring Break is the second full week of April.


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