Seven period stakeholder concerns
Casey Young, attendance supervisor for the Cherokee County School System, discusses more stakeholder concerns during a recent Powerpoint presentation before the Cherokee County Board of Education. Casey is on a committee that is looking at possibly changing from the block schedule back to the traditional seven-period day for teachers and students.
Homework will increase/double
Coursework is for entire year instead of one semester
Classes meeting daily equals more days to cover concepts Chunking Block -First semester: 124.5 hours per class -Second semester:1 41 hours per class
Seven period day: 153.4 hours per class
However, time allowed for homework in class subtracts approximately 30 hours from the block schedule Less time for labs
Classes meeting year- round will have approximately 24 additional days added to the schedule per class, allowing time for labs to be built into the schedule.
Scheduling flexibility can allow for lab electives or double-blocks for labs
The block schedule prepares students for college
Typical college classes meet for 50 minutes three days a week.
Some classes are 75-90 minutes but only meet twice a week. Fewer credit recovery options
Credit recovery time can be built in schedule for students attending the career tech center. Students may rotate through credit recovery class until complete.
Time can be taken from electives to recover credits lost from core classes Grades will get worse - Seven periods will allow for continuous review of content
-Small bites of curriculum reinforcement of content enhances mastery of standards
- More opportunities to assess knowledge Fewer electives will ve offered - All students will have more elective opportunities.
-Students receiving services for special needs will have more elective opportunities. For example, on block- transition classes are through pull out from curriculum courses. On seven periods, transition electives will be an option. AP students will suffer -On the block schedule, you have half the nights and half the week- ends to read and prepare for major projects and end of course tests.
-Seven periods-Lessons will be more rigorous because you have processing time to dig deeper into the standards. Athletics
State football champions 2017. -Seven Period-Hoover, Piedmont, Beauregard, Handley, Ramsay, Rome, Georgia.
-Block: Fyffe, Maplesville.
The Cherokee County Board of Education has declared two public works projects for the Cherokee County School System.
During its Tuesday, March 7 meeting, the board approved declaring the hood and fire suppression system at Gaylesville School as a public works project and also approved declaring the girls softball dugout/ locker room at Cherokee County High School as a public works project.
The board approved the Cenergistic Energy Savings Budget Amendment for Cedar Bluff School.
The board also accepted Lawn Care Service Bid ITB# 17-11 for Centre Elementary School from Four Seasons Lawn Service for $5,300.
In other business, the board:
- Approved minutes from the Feb. 23 meeting of the board.
-Received the January 2017 Bank Reconciliation, Cash Balance and Financial Report.
- Reviewed Accounts Payable for February 2017.
-Approved out of state travel with students for Lisa Burt and the Sand Rock Varsity cheerleaders to attend the Universal Cheerleading Camp July 18-23, 2017 in Destin, Florida, at no expense to the board.
-Approved professional development.
The next meeting of the Cherokee County Board of Education is Tuesday, March 21, at 6 p.m., in the central office.