Do not implement the extra-hour reading initiative proposed for Holiday Hill Elementary School, which would change the dismissal time from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.
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The list that follows represents our objections to the extra-hour reading initiative proposed for Holiday Hill Elementary School.
1. Holiday Hill Elementary is not in the 300 lowest-performing schools targeted by the State mandate to expand the extra-hour reading initiative.
2. A clear action plan is not present. Less than four weeks is simply not adequate for proper preparation and buy-in of all involved.
3. The rationale for implementing this program is not evidence-based. The program was authored by a politician whose qualifications to recommend teaching strategies are nonexistent and whose motive to appease his constituency in this election year is obvious.
4. It’s a solution to the wrong problem. HHE’s ongoing problem has been the endless changes and disruption in leadership over the last several years, not a lack of time spent on reading instruction.
5. It undermines your message that our new principal, Tammy Haberman, has what it takes to improve the school’s performance.
6. The local track record for this program is poor: (1) S.P. Livingston’s grade went from D to F. (2) Windy Hill, from C to D. (3) R.L. Brown remained at F. (4) Hyde Grove, F. (5) Justina Road, F. (6) A. Robinson, F. (7) Sadie Tillis, F. (8) W. Jax, F.
7. Not every student needs or will benefit from additional classroom time. This program has harm and failure built into it because of its generalized nature.
8. It can negatively affect every student’s work-life balance, diminishing time available for completing homework, bonding with family, getting adequate physical activity, and pursuing other beneficial extracurricular activities.
9. Students reach a point of fatigue at midafternoon. Many need physical activity, a mental break, and a healthy snack at that hour.
10. Traffic on Altama Road is already dangerous at 3:00 with no traffic officer and only one crossing guard. Dismissing at 4:00 would be a logistical nightmare with even more commuters on the road.
11. Under the current contract, teachers’ scheduled work hours are 7:50 am – 3:10 pm. This does not include time for preparation and grading. It’s not just an additional 60 minutes of work for the teachers. This program has great potential to cause fatigue and low morale.
12. If students are going to be instructed via computer during this hour, please realize that the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends limiting children’s screen time, which includes televisions, video games, AND COMPUTERS, to no more than two hours per day. “Young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.” (aap.org)
Please join this campaign if you object to adding an hour. Sign only if you have a child in your family who attends Holiday Hill Elementary School, are a staff member, or are otherwise part of the Holiday Hill school community, as other signatures dilute the message we are sending to the school board.
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