Year Round School
The Sparta Board of Education is considering the adoption of a 45-15 balanced calendar as a Year Round School pilot program at Maplewood Elementary School for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. This is part of the School Board’s Strategic Plan: “Expand learning environments to meet the diverse needs of students and their families.” Students who will be in kindergarten through grade two for the 2017-18 school year area are being sought for the voluntary pilot program. The enrollment form can be found at the bottom of this page along with additional handouts of information. Students will need to be able to provide transportation during the 45 day summer quarter. The calendar would be a “multi-track” – one section of Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade on the balanced calendar, all other sections of Kindergarten through 3rd Grade would be on the traditional calendar.
The Maplewood pilot program calls for a rotation of 45 days of school, followed by 15 intersession school days off. By shortening the breaks between sessions, students should retain skills and information better and less time is spent on review – stopping the “summer slide.” In addition, during the 15-day intersession, there will be five consecutive days of opportunities for remedial and enrichment classes. A student would not need to wait until Camp Sparta summer school to receive the immediate interventions or extensions needed. With a balanced calendar, we can be responsive to students’ needs in a more timely manner.
With a balanced 45-15 calendar, students do not have to go to school any more days than they would with a traditional calendar – traditional and balanced school calendars each have 180 days of school. Students still have the same amount of days off only there would be four breaks throughout the year rather than one long summer break. Students follow the same curriculum and are provided with the same educational programs.
We understand a balanced calendar may not be an option for your family for a number of reasons. However, all students could benefit from a balanced calendar, and it may be a great option for some families. If a year round or balanced calendar is recommended to the School Board, it will be another voluntary option for families, and not a district-wide initiative.
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