Dear Families and Students,
I’m writing you all so you have the end of year schedule in an easily digestible and referenceable form. I know the end is coming quickly for us so I hope this is a helpful tool to help with your preparations.
May-June Calendar 18-19 (PDF)
As a reminder, this is what I mailed home to families this past September.
The Plan for 2019
1. We are continuing forward with where we were SY17-18 with more discretion/flexibility for departments because we believe that what works for one discipline doesn’t necessarily work for all of them. All the disciplines are continuing with End of Year exams, papers, or projects like they used last spring and making improvements based on their learning.
2. Term weights: 25%x4 (with CML allowed to continue with progressive weights). We intend for this to help decrease the intensity some classes felt last May. In the past final exams were worth 16% of the entire years’ grade. Now the final will be a part of the fourth quarter grade. This will also allow for semester courses to operate the same way year long courses do.
3. The regular class schedule will run right to the end with no special EOY schedule other than makeup day as our last day. This time can look just like homework during the year. The teachers had a desire to gain back curriculum time. For the disciplines working on projects, it will allow for more continuity than the old finals schedule. Projects will continue to be designed so that the vast majority of the work can be done in class. Teachers will continue with the same homework expectations we have throughout the year. Exams, where applicable, will be given during class.
4. Final exams/experiences will not end on the last class meeting. Time for feedback/reflection is built in.
The teachers will be talking to their classes about the specifics of their courses as they always have. We will continue to work as a faculty to make sure we are helping protect kids from being overwhelmed by having too many experiences at the same time. Courses are continuing to give the same end of year experience to their classes regardless of teacher.
We’re hopeful this is going to be an even better learning experience for kids that helps them prepare for what we know is a complex college landscape by giving them projects, papers, and exams. We also hope it prepares kids for life by asking them to learn rigorous content, to reflect on it, collaborate with it, and think creatively with their own voices about it.
- We will run a regular class schedule, with regular class attendance taken, until June 13th.
- Friday, June 14th will be our Makeup day. That will run the same as it does in the winter and the same as it has in the past.
- The lone exception to the schedule running as normal will be on the MCAS days. These will run as intervention blocks during the testing, just as we did for the March MCAS. These days are noted in the schedule. Students need to check in with their teachers about their requirements for intervention on those days. Students can also choose to come in for extra support during this time.
The calendar version is attached.
May-June Calendar 18-19 (PDF)