April 18, 2019

Greetings Kent Community,

I’d like to inform you about an adjustment we will make to our daily schedule at Kent for the next two weeks. The start time and end time of our day will be the same, but we are exploring how timing changes of periods during the instructional day may enhance the student experience at our school.

There are some elements of our current schedule that have presented challenges for our students and staff, and the draft 2019-2020 bell schedule is an attempt to address those challenges, while maintaining elements of our schedule that work well. Many students and teachers report that 6th and 7th periods can feel quite different than 1st and 2nd periods, as 6th and 7th periods always occur at the end of our instructional day. Students and teachers also report that our 3 minute passing periods between classes feel rushed, with insufficient time to get to and prepare for the following class. Lastly, many in our school community feel that Opportunities and Advisory should switch days, and may be best positioned at the end of the day, so that Opportunities can be fully utilized by students to access support on content studied in any class across that instructional day, rather than only classes held before Opportunities in our current schedule. For these reasons, our draft schedule rotates timing of periods across the week (see Tuesday and Friday), extends our passing period from 3 to 4 minutes, and places the 30 minute Opportunities at the end of the day on Tuesday with Advisory at the end of the day on Wednesday.

The changes to the schedule are subtle, but reflect our efforts to keep the best of what is currently in place while enhancing areas that need improvement. All students and staff will have the chance to provide feedback about the draft schedule following the two-week trial period, and that feedback will be instrumental in determining if and how we commit to changes going forward.

Please know that school staff is ready to support students through navigating the slightly modified days for the next two weeks. I will be announcing this change to our students through the Broadcast this Friday morning, and new draft schedules will be posted around school and in every classroom before the start of school next week. We look forward to learning if these changes can provide for a more uniform experience across instructional periods, as well as lessen the rush and anxiety felt by some between classes.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have about our draft schedule and our trial period.

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal