Tuesday, August 01, 2000

Silver Grove trying year-round classes

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Long summers will be a thing of the past for Silver Grove Independent School's 300 students.

        Year-round school starts this year, and the decision, Principal Isaac Weldon said, was based in part on research that summer breaks longer than six weeks can be a step backward for students.

        “We found through our research it now takes about five weeks to get a child back in the position to where they were before they left (for summer break),” Mr. Weldon said. “So it's kind of wasting five weeks of school.”

        Mr. Weldon said the district's research found that students would need about two weeks of review if they had only six weeks of break.

        The district's new schedule provides breaks of two weeks in October, three weeks for winter break, two weeks in March and about 61/2 weeks beginning in June.

        Mary Mitchell, a first-grade teacher at Silver Grove, says she thinks the scheduling change will cut down the three to six weeks of review she typically spends at the beginning of the school year. Ms. Mitchell also said the frequent breaks should help students stay refreshed throughout the year.

        Second-grade teacher Kim Harden, who has been teaching for four years, said the change will curb the summer learning lag.

        “The shorter time out of school,” Ms. Harden said, “the less students will forget.”


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