At its May 3 meeting, the board of education heard an update about the district's blended learning initiative and plans for implementation at Barrington High School next year.
Blended learning is commonly used in high schools nationwide. It provides students with a flexible classroom environment where they can choose the path, place, time and place of their learning. Click here to learn more.
For the last year, Barrington 220 staff members have researched ways of implementing blended learning in our schools. Nine Barrington High School teachers have volunteered to teach blended learning courses in the 2016-17 school year, in courses ranging from computer science to physical education. Students enrolled in these classes will be invited to attend an information night in August to learn more.
The blended learning program will be closely evaluated next school year before determining next steps and possible expansion.
Public input session planned on start time discussion
The board continued discussing the possibilities for changing school start times at its May 3 meeting. The board has explored several options to allow for later start times at the middle and high school levels. The ideas of staggering start times for middle and elementary schools, allowing high school students to choose between a late-start or early-start schedule, and purchasing more comprehensive bus routing software to gain transportation efficiencies have all been discussed.
A public input session will be held during the May 17 board meeting, inviting community members to bring ideas and questions on this complex issue to the board.
The board will continue the conversation on start times through the fall of 2016 before making a final decision by Nov. 1.When approved, a change in start- and end- times will likely go into effect for the 2017-18 school year.
Social media and electronic communications staff policy reviewed
At its May 3 meeting, the board heard proposed revisions to the staff social media use and electronic communications policy. The board of education policy sets parameters for staff when using social media, especially for instructional purposes or communicating with students. The policy committee has been carefully reviewing and revising all board policies over the last several months. Recommended policy updates will be presented to the board for approval through early fall, with final approvals occurring on Sept. 20.
Last week for summer school registration discounts
This is the last week to register for summer school courses at discounted rates. Fees increase by $25 per class/camp for anyone registering their child beginning next week. Learn more about course offerings and sign-up online by visiting the summer school website.
Board shows appreciation for Parent Teacher Organizations
The Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) at each of our 12 schools contribute a great deal to the success of the district. Melissa Buckley, Chairperson of the PTO Presidents' Council, addressed the board at its May 3 meeting to highlight the ways PTOs collaborate with school staff, fundraise, organize events and generate volunteers for school and community functions. Learn more about the PTOs work in Barrington 220 here.
Learn about new middle school math curriculum at Parent Univ.
Parents of middle school-aged students are invited to a parent university Wednesday, May 18 from 7-8 p.m. in the BHS Guidance Resource Center to learn more about Connected Mathematics 3, the new math curriculum to be implemented next year in grade 7. New material for grade 8 will be introduced in the 2017-18 school year. Connected Mathematics was developed at Michigan State University and published by Pearson Education. It is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation. Those in attendance will hear from Pearson Mathematics Educational Consultant Thomas Bowman. To learn more about Connected Mathematics 3, click here.
Family Fun Night: Assistive technology and core vocabulary
Parents of students in all grade levels are invited to attend a family fun night to learn more about core vocabulary and communication devices. The event will be held at the Early Learning Center on Thursday, May 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. Attendees will learn tips for supporting their children communicate using assistive technology, and will experience hands-on practice with communication devices. Learn more and RSVP here.