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  • Let’s rock this block schedule
  • I think block schedule would be a great idea if it got everyone back on to campus at a more normal rate.
  • I love the plan for 2 extra classes because i had a plan to take courses over the summer. combine that with 2 extra classes i have only 4 classes in 11th and 12th grade. and I can then take extra science and math and college courses. as for which schedule. I think the 2 by 8 is the best. this 4 by 4 is too confusing and most useless. the four by four is copy of the 8 by 8 only that the period numbers don't change. it is better to keep the 8 by 8.
  • "The district needs to approve Home periods for students. Students only need 210 credits to graduate and may not need credit recovery or additional credit recovery classes. With the block schedule they would have 320 credits at the end of senior year. Having to take additional, possibly unnecessary, classes could cause more stress for students, especially those with IEP's. Sometimes it takes longer for those students to complete assignments and/or study for exams as it is.
  • I can see the benefits for students wanting to take additional classes or who need credit recovery, but there needs to be an option, like Home period, for the students that do not need or want more classes."
    I am interested in hearing about the benefits of the block schedule.
  • "The district needs to bring back Home period for those students who do not want or need additional classes. There could also be more students who graduate early as by the end of Junior year they will already have 240 credits and may just decide to take Senior English and Government/economics somewhere else.
  • There are benefits to the block schedule for students needing to meet NCAA requirements, those who want to take additional courses, and those needing credit recovery. There just needs to be an option for the middle group of students who don't want or need the additional coursework, like Home period. "
  • I think that an odd-even block schedule would be extremely beneficial especially for students like me who have to sacrifice their summers taking classes just to have graduation requirements.
  • not 2x8 or 7 period because that is too many classes at one time, we have been so used to 5 classes or 6 if you don't do pe or sports so it will be a work overload and we won't be able to handle everything
    I like the schedule, I think it’s good.
  • Yes vote on 4 x 4 block schedule.
  • Is there a possibility to have the 4 semesters but with 4 classes for the first 2 semesters and the other 4 classes for the next 2 semesters? I understand this is a needed change for the district and one that is hard to compromise, but I feel like many students are going to be overwhelmed and stressed. I know the added 2 classes are just extras and are not for challenging classes, but just the idea of 8 classes seems really stressful. The schedule itself isn't helping either. I really hope there's another way to do this next year, but if not we can adapt to it. We still appreciate everything that the board is doing to make the next year organized for the students.

Voting, Link available soon

WE ARE RENEWING OUR FOCUS ON THE STUDENT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

 

CHATSWORTH CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS OF SCHOOLS

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE STATE, DISTRICT and LOCAL DISTRICTS

 

ARE WORKING ON YOUR STUDENTS SCHEDULE

 

STARTING 2021-2022

Proposal is BLOCK SCHEDULE

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED 

FEEDBACK, COMMENTS, CONCERNS, QUESTIONS

 

Calling all Students, Parents, Significant Adults, Administration, Teachers, Staff,

Community Members 

Fill out the feedback form link ↑ and/or the Flipgrid ↓.

Thank you in advance, CCHS appreciates your input!
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There is more attention and focus on strengthening purposeful opportunities for students to achieve. This is great news for all stakeholders, it includes trainings, resources, and expanding support for all families, staff, and community members. As we move further through the pandemic all stakeholders need continued support and/or enrichment.  The Block Schedule allows for more intervention, support, and enrichment for students in the safe framework. The Block schedule time frame is quickly approaching. LAUSD has announced the start date for 2021-2022 school year to begin the week of August 16th, 2021. In order to meet this time frame a Scheduled task timeline is below.

 

Timeline

Schedule Task

May 3-7

Stakeholder Meeting

May 10-16

Vote

May 17-28

Notify to publish matrix

June 25

Teacher notified of tentative assignment

 

Block Schedule  

Referring to students taking 8 courses each semesterStudents take 4 courses a day. This provides more time for engagement between Teachers and Students.  Teachers are provided more time to plan, prepare, evaluate, refine, and transform lessons.  

 

A/B, Odd/Even, Navy /Orange schedule 

Students participate in eight classes every semester, take four courses each day, 'A' days and 'B' days usually 80-90 minutes periods. 

 There are many models and management styles for the “Block” Schedule. 

  • A. Quarters System   
  • B. Odd Even Days 

With either of the above, State and District contractual obligations and Instructional Daily/Yearly minutes must be met. 

 

Are Block Schedules the Stress-Buster Students Need? 

Many experts say a new schedule can take the pressure off the school day and improve student engagement. They acknowledge the transition can be demanding but can be successful for all stakeholders. To accomplish this we must continue and strengthen the ongoing support for Students and Teachers.

 According to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards there  are somebenefits of block schedule: 

  • Students have more time for reflection and less information to process over the course of a school day.
  • Research found students retain information longer.
  • Teachers see fewer students during the day, giving them more time for individualized instruction.
 
  • Health and safety – this schedule limit the “bubble size” (four courses daily instead of 6 -8)
  • Teachers have fewer preparations and more planning time
  • Extended instructional class periods allow for more time to complete in depth activities.
  • Students earn up to 80 credits during the regular school year
  • Provides a pathway for acceleration (Math pathways, English learners, concurrent enrollment, CTE pathways, IB electives…)
  • Allows for the scheduling of elective courses necessary for specialized programs.
  • Provides more periods for supporting students' needs for intervention, credit recovery and enrichment.
  • Time for acceleration and intervention can be built into the schedule more easily.
  • Reduces passing periods.
  • Fewer classes for students/teachers in a day. (Quality not Quantity)
  • Students have less information to process over the course of a school day.
  • Possible Grouping Courses Science / Math,  Social Science / English
  • Possible grade sequence course line: (examples)
    • 9th grade can take a specific course for Study skills, portfolio design, or digital citizenship
    • 10th grade take College and Career Research course
    • 11th grade take College and Career Application course
    • 12th work study, Internship
 

 

Conversations in School Site Council, Leadership Council, Faculty/Staff meetings, After School Meetings, Classroom conversations, Parent meetings, Coffee with the principle. Informal polling and conversations focused on student needs. All stakeholder groups Parents/Guardians, Students, Faculty/ Staff, and Administration show 75% + polling in favor of Block Schedule. Done in non-formal questionnaires (conversations, zoom polls, google forms) 

We spoke of the schedule change because we saw students in need of more between the bell support, intervention, and enrichment. True for pre-pandemic, present, and future. We know students have specific needs, a block schedule can be more conducive to meeting all student needs. 

 

Some Concerns from Stakeholder Groups:

  • Provide “Student skills course”
  • Provide electives for students to explore topics of interest
  • Block some course with Lecture and Lab periods
  • Provide grade level specific courses for student college and career readiness.
  • Address the needs for consistent student to family to teacher communication.
  • Balance time in a course and specific state standards needed to maximize student achievement.
  • Make electives meaningful.
  • Number of students per period.
  • Students have enough stress the courses need to be able to decrease stress.
  • Will home periods be allowed? (Current state law doesn’t allow “home” periods.)

 

 

 
Odd/Even Alternating Course throughout the Semester

EXAMPLE: (Based on traditional student needs, VPA, Elective period could be anything, student specific)

*Ethnic Studies is a new state required  and UC / CSU course 

 

9TH GRADE

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Odd

Even

Odd

Even

ENGLISH 9A

HEALTH

ENGLISH 9B

ETHNIC STUDIES

PE A

ALG 1

PE B

ALG 1

BIO A

VPA

BIO B

VPA

LOTE

ELECTIVE

LOTE

ELECTIVE



1OTH GRADE

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Odd

Even

Odd

Even

ENGLISH 10A

ELECTIVE

ENGLISH 10A

ELECTIVE

VPA

GEOMETRY A

VPA

GEOMETRY B

WLD HISTORY A

PE 2B

WLD HISTORY B

PE 2B

CHEM A

LOTE 2A

CHEM B

LOTE 2B




11TH GRADE

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Odd

Even

Odd

Even

ENGLISH 11A

CTE PATHWAY

ENGLISH 11B

CTE PATHWAY

ENRICHMENT

ALG 2A

ENRICHMENT

ALG 2B

US HIST A

 

US HIST B

 

ENV SCIENCE

ELECTIVE

ENV SCIENCE

ELECTIVE



12TH GRADE

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Odd

Even

Odd

Even

ERWC A

CTE PATHWAY

ERWC B

CTE PATHWAY

STATS

GOVERNMENT

STATS

ECONOMICS

PHYSICS

ELECTIVE

PHYSICS

ELECTIVE

WORK STUDY

INTERNSHIP

WORK STUDY

INTERNSHIP

 

 

  

Semesters are split into Two quarters or "Mester". Students take 4 courses each day for the "Mester" then change.
"Mester" - approx. 10 weeks.
Example: (Based on traditional student needs, VPA, Elective period could be anything, student specific)
 

9TH GRADE


MESTER 1

MESTER 2

MESTER 3

MESTER 4

ENGLISH 9A

ENGLISH ELECTIVE

ENGLISH 9B

ENGLISH ELECTIVE

MATH TUTORIAL

ALG 1

MATH TUTORIAL

ALG 1

BIO A

BIO B

PE 1A

PE 1B

HEALTH

ETHNIC STUDIES

LOTE

LOTE



1OTH GRADE


MESTER 1

MESTER 2

MESTER 3

MESTER 4

ENGLISH 10A

ENGLISH ELECTIVE

ENGLISH 10A

ENGLISH ELECTIVE

MATH TUTORIAL

GEOMETRY A

MATH TUTORIAL

GEOMETRY A

LOTE

LOTE

PE 2A

PE 2B

CHEM A

CHEM B

WLD HISTORY A

WLD HISTORY B




11TH GRADE


MESTER 1

MESTER 2

MESTER 3

MESTER 4

AM LIT

ENGLISH ELECTIVE

CON COMP

ENGLISH ELECTIVE

MATH TUTORIAL

ALG 2A

MATH TUTORIAL

ALG 2B

US HIST A

US HIST B

VAPA

VAPA

SCIENCE ELECTIVE

SCIENCE ELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

ELECTIVE



12TH GRADE


MESTER 1

MESTER 2

MESTER 3

MESTER 4

ERWC A

ERWC B

ELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

GOVT

ECON

SCIENCE ELECTIVE

SCIENCE ELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

STATS

STATS

ELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

 

 

4X4

2x8

7 period

2x3

6 period 

Safety: 

Cohort Size

Students and Staff exposed to fewest cohorts 

3 cohorts staff

4 cohorts students

Students and staff exposed to 8 cohorts

6 cohorts staff

8 cohorts students

Students and staff exposed to 7 cohorts 

6 cohorts staff

7 cohorts students

Students and staff exposed to 6 cohorts

5 cohorts staff

6 cohorts students

Students and staff exposed to 6 cohorts

5 cohorts staff

6 cohorts students

Number of Classes

4 classes at a time

(change every 10wk)


16 classes per year

8 classes at a time (rotating 4 each day)


16 classes per year

7 classes at a time



14 classes per year

6 classes at a time

(rotating 3 each day)


12 classes per year

6 classes at a time



12 classes per year

Student Considerations

  • Allows students  to focus on fewer things at a time (4 classes)

  • Allows students to take the most classes throughout the year for enrichment and intervention
  • Allows students to focus on four classes per day

  • Requires rotating days which can be confusing

  • Alternating days of instruction can be challenging for continuity of instruction

  • Allows students to take the most classes throughout the year for enrichment and intervention


  • Allows students to take more classes for enrichment and intervention

  • Alternating days of instruction can be challenging for continuity of instruction
  • Allows students to focus on a few classes per day

  • Provides the fewest classes for students throughout the year

  • Alternating days of instruction can be challenging for continuity of instruction


  • Familiar to students


  • Provides the fewest classes for students throughout the year

The proposal is to vote on 8 period block schedules. This will allow for more academic and social emotional support, intervention, and enrichment for students.  Students take 4 courses per day. There are 8 periods per semester. Each Grade level, student group, and student will have specific needs. 

 
 
The VOTE will include three items:  
 
Block Schedule Model 
8 periods/courses a semester
4x4    or    2x8
 
Let's vote on the plan to start Block Schedule Model Fall 2021-2022.
 
8:30 am start (could be mandated by district anyway)
State Mandated by Fall 2022. State/District could implement Fall 2021.
 
Let's vote on the plan to start at 8:30 am starting for the 2021-2022 school year and not wait.