Archive for Wednesday, June 5, 2002

B-L district prepares for next year

June 5, 2002

With a year of school behind them, students and teachers in the Basehor-Linwood School District filed out of classrooms last week no doubt planning their summer vacations.

But as students checked out lockers and teachers turned in textbooks, school administrators remain busy planning for next year by hiring new teachers and implementing new programs.

At Basehor-Linwood High School, educators will use the summer months to tweak a block scheduling system, which was used this year for the first time.

"I think it worked really well," BLHS Principal Bill Hatfield said. "The feedback we got from students, parents and teachers was all very positive."

Block scheduling is a departure from the previous scheduling at BLHS.

Instead of students going to the same classes every day, the block scheduling system puts students in less classes for a longer period of time.

A seminar period in which students are allowed to study and do homework is also used in block scheduling.

The new scheduling is apparently showing advantages at BLHS.

Student tardiness and hallway fights have decreased while overall student grades showed improvement, Hatfield said.

In coming months, administrators and educators will begin improving the scheduling system by hiring additional teachers for the seminar period.

While improving programs is a goal at BLHS, implementing a new math curriculum and developing a life skill course is occurring at Basehor-Linwood Middle School.

School district officials said the new math curriculum is aimed at improving student test scores and would be used throughout the school district.

BLMS principal Mike Boyd said the transition to the new programs is made easier because the school has retained most of its teachers.

"We're really fortunate in that there wasn't a lot of turnover in staff and we won't have to do a lot of retraining," Boyd said.

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