June 6, 2019
Greetings Kent Community,
Our team at Kent completed a process this year to evaluate our daily schedule and to brainstorm changes to address limitations of our current schedule. After gathering feedback and researching many alternatives, we piloted a new schedule for two weeks this April, and collected feedback through surveys and discussions to understand student and staff experiences with the new schedule.
I’m pleased to share that we will be changing our daily schedule for the 2019-2020 school year. The new Kent Bell Schedule extends our passing periods to 4 minutes in length, adjusts the days and times of Opportunities and Advisory, and rotates period sequence on Tuesdays and Fridays. Our objectives with these changes are to lessen student stress while travelling between classes, to increase productivity in Advisory and Opportunities by scheduling these sessions at the most opportune times, and to enhance student focus and attention in all classes by varying the times when periods meet.
On our student survey, Falcons shared a variety of opinions about how the schedule affected their daily experience at school. One eighth grader wrote, "I really enjoyed this new schedule. I felt less stress getting to and from class because I no longer had to run. Overall the new bell schedule in my opinion is very good and helped a lot." A fifth grader reflected, "I loved having opportunities at the end of the day, and it was fun having enrichments in between recess and lunch. Over all I really liked this schedule. It was fun and new." While these sentiments were not universally shared among students and staff, the majority of community members favored this new schedule as an improvement upon our current schedule. A seventh grader summed it up nicely, "I think this new schedule is totally tubular!"
I’m optimistic that with purposeful planning and communication, the new schedule will be a welcomed change that we quickly adjust to in the fall. Thank you to the many people who contributed their ideas and feedback to this process. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this change at Kent.
In closing, please listen to this powerful perspective piece by our very own Sabrina Kizer, which aired on KQED radio in the end of May. Congratulations, Sabrina!
Let’s make the most out of these final days of the 2018-2019 school year!
Grant Althouse, Principal