- Special Sections
- Public Notices
One school district initiative in recent years is the creation of professional learning teams. These instructional teams provide a structure within each school that allows a team of teaching colleagues to focus on the individual learning needs of students. Long gone are the days when teachers closed their doors and worked in isolation.
Oldham teachers meet regularly in professional learning teams to design units of instruction, assess student work, observe one another in a teaching setting and analyze individual students’ learning results. We’ve witnessed positive change in student learning across the district as a result of these teacher teams working together in these ways. In spite of our success, teachers have made it very clear during the past two years that they need more time to work together to address the needs of their students. To provide additional collaboration time for teachers, the 2009-10 calendar includes six early release days. On six different occasions throughout the school year all students will be released from school two hours early. We understand early release days may inconvenience some families. In order to minimize inconvenience, each of the elementary after-school programs will provide care for students already registered in the program immediately after school is dismissed on the six early release days at no additional charge. Children who are not in the after school program may participate in the program during any or all of the six early release days for a reasonable fee. In addition, elementary parents who have difficulty making after-school arrangements should contact the principal. Accommodations for a few students will be available on a first come, first serve basis. For middle and high school students, each school will provide supervision for those students who need to stay for extracurricular activities. Those students may choose to remain at school in a supervised study hall or go home and return for their activity. The six early release dates are Aug. 26, Sept. 30, Nov. 11, Jan. 27, Feb. 24 and March 24. Elementary students will be released at 12:25 p.m. Middle and high school students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. Bus transportation after school will be available only at the early release times listed above. If you make arrangements to leave your child at the school beyond these times you are responsible for transporting them home. The new calendar includes each of the vacation breaks that we have had in recent years such as a week-long fall break, the day prior to Thanksgiving, a two-week Christmas break, and a week-long spring break. Please contact your school principal if you have questions. The views expressed in this column are those of the writer.