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High School Schedule Advisory Work & Parent Meeting


In the spring of 2016, the Snoqualmie Valley School District launched a High School Schedule Advisory Committee (HSSCA) to explore possible changes to the daily bell schedule at Mount Si High School. The group is exploring alternatives to the current six-period schedule, in order to provide greater flexibility in meeting the diverse needs of students and ensure students are better prepared for career, college and citizenship.

Many high schools in the region are engaged in a similar process of re-examining their student schedules due to a change in state law concerning graduation requirements. The Washington State Legislature passed E2SSB 6552 in 2014, which directed the State Board of Education to implement the 24-credit graduation requirement for students, starting with the Class of 2019. Previously, the state requirement has been 22 credits. In addition to the increased number of credits/requirements to graduate, other emerging needs make this an opportune time to review the current high school daily schedule at Mount Si High School.
 
The High School Schedule Advisory Committee is comprised of approximately 30 students, parents, high school staff, and district administrators. They have been given the charge to review research, investigate various schedule options used in other high schools, gather feedback from stakeholders, and provide a recommendation with a potential timeline for implementation to the superintendent. This committee has been meeting regularly to study this complex issue. They initiated a survey in September to high school students, parents, and staff to understand priorities and preferences. They have also met with the MSHS staff, are conducting student focus groups, and are inviting principals from other schools in to discuss how different kinds of schedule models are working effectively in their schools.
Opportunity for parents to learn more… The High School Schedule Advisory Committee is hosting a Parent Information Meeting, Wednesday, November 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mount Si High School library. The committee will explain their research and activity to date, share details about the various high school schedule options under consideration, and seek input from the community. Please join this important discussion.
For context on how graduation requirements are changing, the table below compares the current District credit requirements for the classes of 2017/2018 (current juniors and seniors) with the new credit requirements that will apply to the class of 2019 (current sophomores) and younger grades.
 
Changes in Graduation Requirements
 
Changes in Graduation Requirements
* Exceeds Washington State requirements for class of 2017, 2018.
** One credit of Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1, one credit of Geometry or Integrated Math 2, and one credit of Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3. A career-oriented math elective may be substituted for Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3 based on Personal Pathway requirement and district approved alternatives.
*** Personalized Pathway Requirements are courses determined by the District that prepare students for a particular career and education goal chosen by the student/family and specified in their High School and Beyond Plan.
More information regarding the work of the High School Schedule Advisory Committee explore the new High School Schedule Update webpage. This can be accessed through the Quick Links sections of the District website at www.svsd410.org and will be updated throughout the process.

 
 
 



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