Easton Middle School has notified parents and staff of changes to the school schedule that will be effective beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.
In response to academic data, TCPS began reviewing the master schedules of all secondary schools two years ago with a scheduling committee comprised of teachers, counselors, administration, curriculum supervisors and a consultant. At that time, it was recommended that the middle school schedule be revised to mirror the high school schedule. This would provide more opportunities for advanced students to access high school courses if needed, and provide additional time for enrichments and interventions throughout the school day.
As a result, next year Easton Middle will transition to a 5-period day, during which students will have 70 minutes in each class. Related Arts classes class periods will also be 70 minutes, however after receiving feedback from the staff and the community, the schedule is being adjusted to accommodate more course options for students.
The new schedule will also incorporate the following:
- For the first time ever, students will have the ability to select their related arts courses.
- Band and Chorus will have additional pull-out lesson time throughout the schedule as well as after school opportunities with transportation (requested in the FY 20 budget).
- The additional time for content areas will be structured for differentiated instruction and flexible grouping. Teachers will attend a professional development summit to enhance teaching strategies, develop engaging lessons, and incorporate classroom management techniques.
- Teachers will be able to offer specialized courses in their area of expertise, such as Creative Painting in addition to General Art, or Dance in addition to General Music.
- This schedule will prepare students with more of the prerequisites they need to be successful in their selection of high school courses and new graduation requirements.
- Additional staff will be required to support the schedule changes, which is included in the FY20 budget request.
“As a school district, we must be responsive to the needs of all of our students,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent. “We must work collaboratively to provide the best learning environment, as well as ample opportunities for our students to meet the rigorous challenges set forth in the new graduation requirements. This change in the schedule, professional development for staff, and the additional teaching staff being provided for middle school next year will make a difference!”