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Sunnyside High School switching to shorter days during 2013-14 academic year

Sunnyside High School will have a new bell schedule as part of its sustainability plan next year.

Principal Ryan Maxwell said the school had to reduce the number of hours students and teachers were in the classroom because the Merit grant expires at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

A new schedule was drafted, however, that allows the school to maintain its support systems, which includes Grizzly Time, professional learning communities and advisories.

The Sunnyside Education Association and the school board approved the new plan last month.

The high school sustainability team developed a plan that allows each day to start and finish at the same times. Students will start the day at 7:50 a.m. and end the day at 2:25 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Teachers will be available at 7:30 a.m. and will end the day at 3 p.m.

Teachers will be available to students and parents 20 minutes before class each morning, during 20 minutes of Grizzly Time and for 35 minutes at the end of classes Monday, Tuesday and Thursday throughout the school day. Other times can be scheduled.

The school will continue its trimester schedule, as well.

First period will begin at 7:50 a.m. and end at 8:55 a.m. At 9 a.m. the second period bell will sound and the class will end at 10:05 a.m. At 10:10 a.m. students will be expected to be seated for third period, with the class ending at 11:15 a.m. Grizzly time will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 11:35 a.m., and lunch will be scheduled from 11:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

Fourth period classes will begin at 12:10 p.m. and end at 1:15 p.m. From 1:20 to 2:25 p.m. students will receive instruction for the fifth and final period of the day.

The new schedule will be implemented during the 2013-14 academic year.


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