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School Board Approves Schedule Revisions for Next Year

The new schedule will feature an early release every Wednesday for all students.

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.

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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. 

Melissa March 06, 2013 at 10:49 PM
EricaG, I have looked at the information. Adding a few minutes here and there do not equal over an hour of uninterrupted instruction. It's a slight of hand to say there is more classroom hours.
RN4DRG March 06, 2013 at 11:01 PM
You're absolutely right Melissa. It's a complete joke, and I will be very interested to see how the test scores trend in the next several years.
jerry mislang March 07, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Practices can't be led by a team captain for a variety of reasons, with someone getting seriously hurt with no adult supervision at the top of the list; those are lawsuits waiting to happen. I don't think many 9th graders are ready to run a practice. Many of the frosh and JV teams don't have assistant coaches, and in some cases there probably coaches from the same department.
Di Atribe March 07, 2013 at 04:43 PM
This plan was cast years ago. They telegraphed it far enough in advance we had the opportunity to get our boys into a different school with a more level-headed outlook on education, a more disciplined student body, and higher standards. It rhymes with Schmermantown Bligh Schmool.

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