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5/6 Changes PSA

As many of you know, this last year, we were left with two unfilled teaching positions. At the start of the school year, we made scheduling changes, with a middle school model, that allowed us to meet the needs of all students. Although a significant amount of time was spent planning and preparing, as we put theory into practice, we realized that we could do even better. As the school year has gone on, I have noticed areas in which we can improve our scheduling once again. I acknowledge that changing schedules during the semester is never ideal, however, minor changes are once again necessary to best serve our students and offer them the highest quality of education possible.

Overview of Changes-

Mrs. Matkins will be teaching 5th-grade science to the 5th-grade class. This will allow a science specialist to deliver the science curriculum. As opposed to the previous system of offering the prescribed 30 minutes of science, she will be providing 50 minutes of NGSS standards-aligned instruction each day. This will change the classroom time portion of the 5th grade schedule slightly.

Mr. Bianchi will continue to teach the 5th grade math.

During the science and math block, Ms. Buckner will take over teaching the 6th-grade reading and writing curriculum. She specializes in ELA instruction and has experience with the curriculum from previous years. The 6th grade will stay on the same schedule in the same location.

These changes are expected to take place on Wednesday, November 15. However, we will not rush into these changes to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible for the students and staff. Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Davenport with any questions.