As you may know, there is a proposal afoot to move to a new, block schedule next year. The purpose is two-fold; first, students would take fewer classes at a time, reducing the amount of juggling of courses, assignments, and so on. Second, this block schedule allows more time for deeper and more concentrated studies.
Some, but not all classes would be taught in double block periods. Because these block classes would meet each day, students could complete a semester course in a quarter, or a year-long class in a semester.
These are big changes, to be sure. A group of Polaris teachers has given this proposal a great deal of thought, from the arrangement of classes, to researching best practices elsewhere, to holding meetings and collecting feedback from both parents and students.
Soon we will have to decide whether to move forward or not. The current choices are to move to a block schedule next school year or to continue with the current schedule.
I urge all of you to educate yourselves on this matter. Your first resource is our Polaris website, where you'll find more detailed information from the scheduling committee, links to further reading, and a sample block schedule. All of this is undergoing revision as these ideas firm up. Check it out from the homepage www.polarisk-12.org or go directly to the link:
I am also attaching the same PDF to this email that you will find on the website. Your feedback is needed, encouraged and welcomed. You may reply to this email and I will forward your comments to our scheduling committee or comment directly online. You have a voice in this important decision.
We will be creating mock schedules in Advisory tomorrow to see how it would work for individual students. Students will have also have an opportunity to provide their feedback and questions.
Thank you for you continued efforts in supporting Polaris and our community,