Middleton High School Administration: Do not change the MHS class schedule
The proposed changes to the MHS schedule would negatively impact the education and academic success of MHS students.
- MHS Principal
- MCPASD Superintendent
- MCPASD School Board President
With only five days left in the school year, Middleton High School (MHS) students were told that the administration was making major changes to our class schedule for the third time in four years.
Every time a scheduling change is made, we’re told it is designed to benefit students. This latest change will not benefit a single student. To the contrary, MHS students at every level will suffer.
Students and parents were skeptical two years ago when MHS changed from a traditional class schedule, with students attending 7 fifty -minute classes every day, to block scheduling, where students take 7 classes but attend only 4 ninety- five minute classes on A & C days and three ninety minute class periods on B & D days. One of the biggest selling points of the block schedule was the 95 minute late school start on B days and the 95 minute all school resource period on D days.
Students have adapted to the block schedule and have taken advantage of B days to study, work on group projects or make up tests and labs they missed due to illness, field trips, music, club or athletic events. Some students use the time to catch up on sleep or attend medical and dental appointments, rather than miss class time or after school activities to do so.
Students use all school resource time to complete homework, get extra help from teachers, make up tests and receive peer tutoring, and band, orchestra and choir teachers hold small group lessons during this time.
Students with attention deficit and other learning challenges benefit from making fewer transitions every day and resource time makes it easier for them to receive extra help with class work and to stay on top of their homework.
The block schedule also makes it possible for students to attend advanced math and other classes at UW Madison and MATC.
But after only two years, and without explanation or student input, the administration plans to cut our late start and all school resource periods in half.
The change will mean that students who are struggling will have less time to get extra help, and all students will have a harder time making up tests and labs. Many will end up missing critical class time for medical and dental appointments.
The Class of 2014 was slated to have more students attending advanced classes at UW Madison next year than ever before, but the proposed schedule change will make it much more difficult, and in some cases impossible, for students to participate in the program.
MHS students were required to complete class requests several weeks ago. We researched options with our counselors and made difficult choices to accommodate our academic priorities. Now, in the middle of final exam week, hundreds of students are being told they must make new class choices to accommodate the administration’s latest scheduling change.
The current schedule system works for students. It’s not fair or practical for the administration to make last minute changes that will negatively impact our academic future.
If the administration’s top priority is to help MHS students achieve academic and personal success, they will not change our class schedule again.
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