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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Mcracker
Sat, 9 Jan 1999 11:41:40 EST
Thank you, thank you to all who responded for my request for help in dealing
with having kids pulled from exploratory classes (we call them REACH classes)
for academic assistance. Thanks in part to your info and comments, I had
plenty of ammunition at the meeting with principal and guidance counselor.
(Both are new to our school this year.) They were very interested and
understanding and are very open to look at other methods for providing support
for those not doing well in math, etc. To start with, we are going to try
pulling kids from study hall first, then electives, then other classes. This
is a big improvement as right now 95% of them are pulled from the REACh
classes (Spanish, Health, Art, Tech Ed and Computers.) The really neat thing
is that this discussion sparked a huge discussion of how our school day is
divided and how we should look at other ways of delivering our
curriculums....one idea was even to make art (or tech ed, etc.) a full year
every day subject equal with the "core" areas for one of the three years.
Anyway, it was a very positive meeting and I thank you for your responses.
If any of your middle or high schools have innovative ways to deliver academic
support to kids who don't qualify for special ed, but just aren't making it,
please let me kno\w. I'd also like to hear from any middle schools trying
innovative schedules, like a 4 or 5 block day. Thanks.