The Menomonee Falls School Board on Tuesday approved a revised schedule for next school year, which includes an early release day on Wednesday for all students.
After several months of discussion and soliciting feedback from parents, the board unanimously passed a school schedule, which will be an adjustment next year for many Falls families.
Here’s a look at the proposed schedules for next year:
- Menomonee Falls High School: 7:50 a.m. to 3:05 p.m., 7:50 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. Wednesdays
- North Middle School: 7:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 7:15 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Wednesdays
- Elementary Schools: 8:50 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., 8:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays
- Kindergarten: 8:50-11:30 a.m. and 12:50-3:30 p.m., 8:50-10:50 a.m. and 12:15-2:15 p.m. on Wednesdays
In 2014-15, Wisconsin will shift its assessment standards to a more rigorous, computer-based testing system that measures different competencies in students. Teachers at all levels throughout the state are now rebuilding their curriculum and testing systems to adequately prepare students for higher academic expectations.
Teachers would use the hour each Wednesday to meet as a collective unit, which is difficult to do with so many teachers leading extracurricular activities after school. Before school, elementary school teachers are often in individual meetings with students and parents.
During these Wednesday meetings, teachers would compose revised tests and curriculum, monitor student growth through data-driven approaches, discuss individual student performance, and train for the assessment changes. The district has also invested significantly in its best teachers and training them to prepare the rest of the staff for the transition.
The calendar also features a Spring Break that falls before Easter Sunday rather than after. Spring Break was placed on that particular week to give students more time to prepare for placement exams, which are administered in May.