SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: 2019-20 Calendar Adjustments
MARCH 14, 2019 - As part of the implementation of the 4x4 Block Schedule at Shakopee High School for the 2019-2020 school year, some changes needed to be made to the 2019-2020 calendar previously adopted by the school board.
Balancing Days per Quarters | As the high school is moving to a 4x4 traditional block schedule where every class is a quarter in length, balancing the number of days per quarter is very important. This calendar has 171 student contact days.
Elimination of Early Out the Last Week of School for Senior Students | Again, with the implementation of the 4x4 Traditional Block schedule at the HS, Quarter 4 classes need all of the student contact days available to get their coursework in, so the District will need to eliminate its senior early out practice so that 4th quarter classes will have their full complement of days.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | District leadership believes that we should honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by allowing this national holiday to be enjoyed by teachers as well as students. This means the off day currently scheduled for Good Friday (April 10) will be moved to MLK, Jr. Day (Jan 20), and the professional development (PD) day normally held on MLK, Jr. Day will be moved to Friday, May 1.
Moving Early Release Days | The District has 4 Early Release (ER) days in the calendar where students are released 2 hours early to allow teachers time for PD and for their professional learning community (PLC) meetings. The past several years, these days have been held on Wednesdays, one per quarter, spaced relatively evenly between District PD days. Based upon a request from the teacher group and in an effort to create a better experience for families and teachers, these days are being moved to the last student-contact day of quarters 1, 2, and 3. The September ER day will simply move from Wednesday to Thursday of the same week in order to align with the end of quarter ER days (all on Thursdays).
The board approved the adjustments to the 2019-20 School Calendar as presented. Click here to view the updated Shakopee Public Schools 2019-20 calendar.