Later Monday start approved for ERHS starting Aug. 29

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 14:23

Start time for Monday mornings at Eagle River High School this coming school year will be delayed by 45 minutes beginning Aug. 29.

The schedule changes allow teachers to participate in Professional Learning Communities.

It is a move school officials have planned for a year, Martin Lang, school principal, said.

ERHS faculty visited Dimond and East high schools during the last school year to observe programs there. ERHS gave the program a two-week trial in March.

Lang said PLCs have been demonstrated to improve student and teacher performance as well as prevent professional isolation for teachers who spend their work day in classrooms.

“I’m excited to implement PLCs because they provide a weekly structure for on-going, relevant professional development for teachers. Anyone who’s ever taught knows it is a dynamic job with lots of variables that influence student learning.  PLCs provide teachers the professional space to work together on those challenges, to share best practices, and to design the best possible learning experience for students,” Lang told The Star in an email.

A PLC for ERHS was presented to the Anchorage School Board at its Aug.1 meeting.

In other school-related news, Bobby Jefts, Gruening Middle School principal, announced a series of new classes are available for the school’s seventh and eighth grade students to select from during registration.

“We are continually looking to expand the elective offerings to our students, and I am particularly excited about these,” Jefts said in an email sent out by the school to parents.

New options for seventh grade include a freshwater biology course slated to cover basic concepts, terms and theories as related to ecological factors that impact freshwater habitats including those of South Central Alaska salmon.

Eighth grade students have two new elective options: Recreational Reading and Strategies for Success.

The first focuses on the literary debate: which is better – the book or the film.

Students will read a book and then watch the corresponding film as well as create their own critique of written materials as short as comic books to lengthy novels and everything in between.

The second course is being described as a “study hall” that offers additional academic strategies to help students needing extra academic support or time to get caught up on homework from other classes.

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