Trimester Schedule

Communication

Parent meetings were held on November 9, 13 and 27 at East High School to answer parents' questions about the change to trimester schedule.

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At the November 21st Board of Education meeting, the Board approved modifying the current semester schedule to a trimester schedule for the 2018-19 school year. Over the past five years, the District has been exploring scheduling options for the purpose of identifying a schedule that provides the best learning opportunities for ALL students. 

The District’s efforts included working closely with Dr. Michael Redding, a national expert in scheduling, and creating a task force of administrators and educators who studied a wide range of alternative schedules, including a block schedule, a trimester schedule, a modular schedule, as well as variations of all of these schedules. The task force also investigated the trimester schedule at three surrounding school districts: West De Pere, Kaukauna and Kewaunee. It concluded that a trimester schedule offered more opportunities and flexibility to meet the wide range of learning needs of our students. 

Starting last summer a committee made up of East High School staff closely examined the potential benefits and pitfalls of the trimester schedule. The identified pitfalls were discussed at length and responses were developed to address the challenges. The group concluded that the advantages of moving to a trimester schedule far outweighed any disadvantages. 

After thorough analysis of research, and qualitative and quantitative site visit data he East High School Trimester Schedule Exploratory Team unanimously voted to recommend the implementation of trimester scheduling in the 2018-2019 school year. 

Benefits of a Trimester Schedule

Benefits of a trimester schedule include:

  • Improvement in school climate and culture.
  • Fewer courses for students and teachers per trimester, allowing greater depth in each subject area.
  • Student opportunities in the schedule for enrichment, acceleration and remediation.
  • Additional instructional time for labs, hands-on coursework, and inquiry-based collaborative learning activities.
  • Expanded secondary course opportunities.
  • AP students have built in test-prep.
  • Opportunities for students to take additional elective courses.

A trimester schedule would provide students an opportunity to register for 7½ credits, which will allow them to earn an additional 1½ credits during their East High School career. Students will have four or five, seventy-five minute classes for twelve weeks each trimester. Many of our music classes will be year-long, and some of our technical education courses will have modified schedules. 

Proposed Trimester Schedule

The “3x5 Trimester Schedule” is three 12-week-long trimesters consisting of five 75-minute class periods, and two 45-minute staggered lunch periods.

7:35-8:50 Period 1 (75 minutes)

8:50-8:55 Passing (5 minutes)

8:55-10:10 Period 2 (75 minutes)

 10:10-10:15 Passing (5 minutes)

 10:15-11:00 Lunch A (45 minutes)

10:15-11:30 Period 3B (75 minutes)

 11:00-11:05 Passing (5 minutes)

11:30-11:35 Passing (5 minutes)

 11:05-12:20 Period 3A (75 minutes)

11:35-12:20 Lunch B (45 minutes)

12:20-12:25 Passing (5 minutes)

12:25-1:40 Period 4 (75 minutes)

 1:40-1:45 Passing (5 minutes)

1:45-3:00 Period 5 (75 minutes)


Trimester Schedule Impact on Traveling Students


Most courses with traveling students are typically scheduled to be during period 1 or period 8.  Students currently have periods 2 or 7 to travel. Based on this proposal, there would be no significant impact on traveling students who would have a shared enrollment with two schools using two different schedules (semester with 8 periods and trimester with 5 periods) as illustrated below:

Current Reality, Period 1:  Student is in class at guest school 7:30-8:21
Students travels to home school 8:21-9:17
Student starts class at home school 9:22

(56 minutes)
If proposal approved: Student is in class at guest school 7:30-8:50
Student travels to home school 8:50-9:17
Student starts class at home school 9:22

(27 minutes)
Current Reality, Period 8: Student ends class at home school 1:06
Student travels to guest school 1:06-2:02
Student starts class at guest school 2:07

(56 minutes)
 If proposal approved: Student ends class at  home school 1:06
Student travels to guest school 1:06-1:40
Student starts class at guest school 1:45
(34 minutes)


Travel time is adequate and overall instructional minutes are actually increased for the student. 

For East students traveling to/from other schools, they would have 34 minutes to get back to East from another school after period 1 in order to start period 2 at East on time (8:21-8:55) and 27 minutes to get from East to another school after period 4 in order to start period 8 at the other school (1:40-2:07).

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