Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls School District is in the process of structuring its 2013-14 school year calendar to allow for weekly early release days throughout the year.
The School Board on Monday heard a presentation from Superintendent Patricia Greco on the calendar, which proposes that all students be released approximately 1 hour early each Wednesday.
That hour would be used by staff to have weekly conversations around student growth and performance, including analyzing student data, determining progress and planning for intervention and acceleration, Greco said, based on a shift at the state level in performance benchmarks and measurement.
Next month the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will issue an individual report card for each student, showing how they compare to international benchmark standards, Greco said.
"The state metrics are set that every child has to demonstrate growth," Greco said, even higher performing students.
Although it would be feasible at the elementary level to have early release days on Fridays, as opposed to Wednesdays, after-school events at the middle and high school levels would not allow for that option, Greco said.
"We recognize that it's not convenient for families, necessarily," Greco said. "We're trying to ease that to the greatest extent possible with Kids INC opening up the ability to actually use Wednesdays only."
The district will be working with after-school care providers to ensure an effective transition, Greco added.
The proposed 2013-14 calendar also includes an additional four working days for teachers, Greco said, and fewer half days and days off in between for students, as they have been shifted into the early release format.
Because Easter falls late in 2014, the 2013-14 school year calendar proposes having spring break in mid-April, separate from the Easter holiday.
With regard to Easter break, "I believe it's our intention that we'll be able to let parents know at least a year in advance, and possibly two or three years, when those days are, so that they can properly plan vacations," School Board President Ron Bertieri said.
Provided state law does not change the requirement that the school year begin on or after Sept. 1, Greco said she does not anticipate the calendar recommendations would shift much in future years, which could allow the district to set calendar dates as much as three years in advance.
The district has drafted a questions and answers document to address concerns expressed in parent responses to a survey on the proposed calendar. The board will discuss the proposal further at its Feb. 11 meeting, to allow for additional community feedback, with action likely to be taken on Feb. 25.
AT A GLANCE
The proposed early release times for each grade level are:
at the high school level
at the middle school level
at the elementary school level
for morning K4 classes
for afternoon K4 classes
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Menomonee Falls Police report: October 30, 2014
- Why Menomonee Falls and Germantown might be starting to bounce back post-recession
- Taxes to go down for Falls school district residents
- Car salesman allegedly stole dealership vehicle, crashed it while drunk
- Republican Party of Waukesha County calling for election observers
- Wisconsin farmers host Southeast Asia grain and feed buyers
- Menomonee Falls author donates book proceeds to Wounded Warriors
- U.S. Department of Labor fines local company more than $130,000 for violations, endangering employee
- Menomonee Falls Radisson Hotel is officially under new ownership
- Menomonee Falls Police report: October 23, 2014