High School Weekly Update
Now, some of you may have noticed that our school year is a little shorter this year than it has been traditionally. By law, all public school units (PSUs), which includes charter schools, must go to school for either 185 days or have 1,025 contact hours. To be clear, a contact hour means you have to be in a class of some sort. In past years, we have used the 185-day calendar, but this year we are using a 1,025 contact hour calendar, which is what is predominately used by both traditional public and charter schools. Mathematically speaking, if you have fewer than six contact hours on a typical day, you might as well use the 185-day calendar. For example, if our current school day had only five contact hours instead of six, then you have to go to school for 205 days in order to meet the 1,025 hour threshold. I'm guessing this would not have been a very popular calendar. In putting together the daily schedule we have this year, teacher input was sought and the daily schedules of several other like-minded (i.e. college preparatory) charter schools were examined.
We have certainly received a great deal of feedback on this year's daily schedule, and, based on that feedback, the decision was made to once again revamp our daily schedule and return to a 185-day calendar. Thus, you may have already noticed that we finish after Memorial Day next year instead of before it like we do this year, but our daily contact hours are less than they are currently. This has been a month's long process that has included working with both a Teacher and Student Advisory Committee. I know that it is far from a perfect schedule, but it represents our best effort to meet the needs of the majority of staff and students. The schedule is posted below and will be posted on our website soon. If you have questions regarding the daily schedule, please feel free to ask them here, and I will post a FAQ in my next Principal Thoughts. We certainly appreciate your patience and support as we have worked through this process.
Daily Schedule 2023-2024
Knight of the Week
"Addy G is one of the most responsible students I have taught. She is very conscientious about doing her work and always lets me know when she is going to be out. She completes all assignments on time and goes above and beyond in her assignments. Addy G is one of the hardest workers I have seen as a student, and she is also dependable and respectful."
Way to go, Addy G!
Quiz Bowl Finishes in the Top 10 in the State
Backrow: Miriam Mata, Max Foote, Kensi Bell, Connor Conforti, Andy McLeod, Colby Vullo
Front Row: Lucas Starnes, Connor Towns
Congratulations to all, and a special recognition for Connor Conforti, who was selected to the All-State Team!
Mock Trial Has a Strong Showing at States
Great job, everyone, and a special recognition to Ritika Ravikumar who was selected as Best Attorney and Best Witness!
Extended Period Days Next Thursday and Friday
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