November Message

Dear Parents,

Now is an interesting time for education at Central Elementary. We would like to survey our stakeholders about moving our school from a traditional to an extended day schedule.  Prior to sending out the survey, we have received the support of the Faculty, Community Council, and the PTA to gather your feedback. The earliest this change would happen would be the 2019-2020 school year.What would a typical day on an extended schedule model look like?

8-9:15 A-track (Early Bird) students would come for 1 hr. 15 min. of intensive literacy instruction.

9:15 B-track (Later Gators) would join their early morning classmates for all other subjects.

2:15 A-track students are dismissed from school.

2:15-3:30 Later Gators would stay in their classroom for intensive literacy instruction.

3:30 B-track students are dismissed from school.

*There would be no impact on the kindergarten schedule.

What are the advantages to moving to an extended day schedule from a traditional schedule?

  • By having two start times and two release times it would significantly reduce the number of cars and people in the parking lot at arrival and dismissal times.
  • Each student 1-6 would receive two hours of specialty instruction per week (e.g. computer, music, PE).
  • Smaller groups of students for intensive literacy instruction with greater opportunity for teachers to work with small groups of students in targeted instruction.
  • Parent choice of times- some parent/student schedules work better for early morning, some work better for later morning.  We now have students being dropped off very early for school because parents have to go to work. We also have several students being checked out early for lessons or team practices/games. This would accommodate those needs.
  • Teacher contracts would be extended an hour so teachers would get paid more. While some teachers are not in favor of this, ultimately it would help Central attract and retain more teachers.

If you have further questions please feel free to come in and talk with me. Thank you for your help in completing the following short survey by clicking here.

Thank You,

Ryan Wells