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Over the last two years, following a design thinking approach, the M-A Bell Schedule committee gathered input from students, staff and parents to come up with possible changes to our schedule that reflect our school values, instructional priorities, and social / emotional health. Are you ready to try something new? You’re going to get the opportunity when we pilot two bell schedule prototypes during the Spring 2018 semester:

Schedule N: Modified block schedule (similar to what we have now) from Monday January 29th-Friday February 16th, 2018

Schedule H: A 1 and 4 block (1 regular day followed by 4 block days) from February 26th through March 16th, 2018

Both schedules include the innovation that came out of the process: FLEX TIME. See schedules in PDF attachment.

What is Flex Time?

“Flex time” is like built in office hours during the school day. You will have two- thirty minute time periods a week to make appointments using the Teach More app so you can:

  • ●  Make up work

  • ●  Get extra help

  • ●  Work independently or with peers on class projects / assignments

  • ●  See counselors, college advisor, and support staff

  • ●   Study in the library or go to our homework center

  • ●  And much more to manage your time and advocate for your learning

Flex Time Expectations:

During the two bell schedule pilots, there will be 12 flex time opportunities. During SS & R periods in January, we will teach you how to use flex time and the Teach More app.  

During flex time, it is mandatory that all students are:

  • ●  Present in one classroom or other space used for flex time for the duration of the 30 minutes.

    ●  On Time. Attendance is taken and consequences for truancy apply; just like any other class

    ●   Following all school rules in all school spaces

Please note you will need your student id card to sign in to flex time!

If you have lost your student ID, please get a replacement card for $2.00 in the AVP office no later than Friday January 12th. Replacement ID cards will cost the usual $5.00 after January 12th. Fee will be waived for students who receive free or reduced lunch.

Time management, planning ahead to make appointments and using flex time to your benefit will be your responsibility and will prepare you for the self advocacy and organizational skills necessary for college / career opportunities.

When the second bell schedule pilot is complete on March 16th, we will follow up with surveys to students, staff and parents to gather input before staff will finalize the bell schedule for the 2018-19 school year.

M-A is excited to try out these schedules and we thank you for your support in advance! 

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