LETTERS: Nine periods offer more opportunity

— I’m writing this letter because of the suggestion by the superintendent, Jeanne Dangle, to move the high school to an eight-period day. I was part of both a nine-period day and an eight-period day and worked on the committee that studied the advantages and disadvantages of an eight-period day verses a nine-period day. Moving to the nine-period day allowed many students in the arts and other non-academic areas the opportunity to explore courses and areas of study that would possibly be their future career.

The nine-period day opened many opportunities to students. Those who were driven filled all nine periods with everything they could absorb. Those who needed a study hall had that opportunity. But still the music students were carrying nine periods of classes in order to get a three credit sequence in music theory and continue taking band/orchestra and chorus. The nine-period day afforded this to those students.

It also gave time for students who needed to be in resource an opportunity to be able to do this, as well as more flexibility in the schedule for singletons.

So, while our superintendent does not see the many negatives, I can. I lived through it. We are not only effecting music students, but also the majority of the student body. We are effecting students who need resource time, students who are trying to get a three year sequence in art, music, business, technology, language, and students who are taking AP classes and college level classes. All these students will be affected by eliminating one period from the day.

I urge the board of education to reconsider how the eight-period day effects the education of students. It does have a negative effect.

I urge the board of education to create several students’ schedules and see how the eight-period day eliminates many of the classes that are now being offered.

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