Parents, students encouraged to apply for high school schedule committee

May 10, 2012

By Christina Lords

NEW — 3:30 p.m. May 10, 2012

As the next major step to align each of the three high schools schedules in the Issaquah School District, administrators encourage parents and students to become involved with the Liberty High School Schedule Committee that will be formed this month.

The parent and student application and a timeline of the project are available online now.

Applications are due to Kathy Schroeder in Liberty’s main office by May 18, and parents of Maywood Middle School and Liberty students are especially encouraged to apply.

The school will continue with the same eight-period schedule for the 2012-13 school year. Issaquah and Skyline high schools have a six-period daily schedule in place, while Liberty has eight.

ISD Superintendent Steve Rasmussen required action on the topic after a high school scheduling committee was formed last year to take on and rectify problems associated with the schedules.

In the scheduling committee’s final report, two main issues emerged: the need to increase student and teacher interaction time at Liberty and provide student access to more courses throughout the school year, especially at Issaquah and Skyline.

Because of Liberty’s eight?period block schedule, it is approximately 24 hours under the requirement and approximately 36 hours below Issaquah and Skyline High Schools, which have six period schedules, Rasmussen wrote in a statement to students, staff and parents in January.

Rasmussen outlined the beginning of the 2013-14 school year as the final date for implementation on a new schedule. The Liberty schedule committee will meet between September and November and submit a new schedule proposal to Rasmussen on Nov. 7.

“The goal of a common schedule is important because it will allow sharing of resources, an improved educational experience, standardized professional development and comparable expectations around pacing and instruction, and potential for increased opportunities for all students to access courses and programs that do not exist in a student’s home school,” he stated.

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