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Half days evaluate standards

On half-day schedule, teachers squeeze lesson plans into 30-minutes. Half days force teachers to limit their teaching load, often leaving students with less homework, but an exasperated faculty.

?Some teachers act more rushed, because they are trying to fit everything in,? Courtney Franz, ?10, said. ?On half days, I think that we should start late rather than get out early, so that we can get more sleep.?

While many of the students have extra time, with eighth period ending at 12 P.M., it can also be viewed as a break for teachers and faculty.

?I love half days because they are extremely valuable, ? Scott Falk, campus pastor, said. ?We are able to talk about everything that is changing and needs to be changed. Half days are perfect, because nobody wants to come after school or at night.?

The faculty will hold a total of 13 in-service days during this school year, up to two half days per month.

After the students leave, teachers have a meeting with all faculty K-12. Superintendent Tim Wilkins leads the meetings.

The staffs often break into smaller groups to discuss the standards for teaching and for the campus.

?During the in-service meetings our main topics are discussing standards,? Jon Endicott, associate principal, said. ?We always converse about what the most important standards are and how to prioritize everything.?

Falk has taught Bible on campus for 15 years and been through three accreditation processes and countless half-day schedules.

?Accreditation improves the Bible department because we are able to communicate with other schools that teach Bible,? Falk said. ?When people from outside come and evaluate us, they give us a new perspective.?

The next half days are scheduled for Oct. 10 and Oct. 31. Students are released by noon each half day.

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    Bree AinleyDec 12, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Duh! That’s Reyma Whitford! CR’s (coach Robin) youngest daughter. 🙂

    I win Lisa.

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    Lisa LumeyaDec 12, 2009 at 6:45 am

    thats cheer coach robins kid!! lol do i get a priizee??

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