District to to Seek Input About Schedules
There has been some debate this year regarding our 6-period schedule. During a CSD Board of Education meeting on Jan. 17 the Board listened to input from parents, teachers, and students. The Board voted to approve the schedules put forward by CSD’s middle schools for a one-year trial period. During the 2017-18 school year, DPMS will remain on a 6-period schedule with a slight modification of moving from an A/B day to semesters.
The Board asked that a districtwide survey be sent to parents and teachers to gain feedback and an update be given to the Board in one year.
At this same board meeting, CSD administrator Mike Sirois reminded us that six years ago the Board of Education contracted Dan Jones & Associates to conduct a survey regarding the schools in CSD. The survey came back stating the community was happy with the elementary and high schools but the middle schools needed to strengthen their academics. The Board used these results to have a group of educators look at the priorities that came out of this survey and find a schedule that best supported these priorities. It was decided the 6-period day best supported these priorities. During these past six years, the academics have most definitely improved at the middle school level.
Now six years later the question is, are the priorities the same? I believe strongly in the wisdom of the CSD Board of Education to conduct a survey of parents and teachers to find out where we are now. I have been asked “what are the next steps” following the motion on Jan. 17. At this time, I do not have that information. I know the district administration will be moving forward to conduct a survey but currently there is no firm timeline.
The administration and faculty and staff at DPMS want the very best education for our children. And we know this is exactly what our parents want too. We are all passionate about doing the best for students. As we move forward it is my goal to continue to work collaboratively with parents, teachers, students, and the district to provide the best for our students at Draper Park Middle School. We have a great school, and we cherish the opportunity to live and work in this great community.