Updated November 4, 2014
Project teams and individual schools are continuing to plan for a smooth transition to new grade spans (PreK/K-5, 6-8, 9-12), beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.
Five project teams are addressing transition issues in the following areas: middle level programming, high school programming, high school facilities, technology, and human resources. You can read previous updates here, and view questions and answers about grade configuration here.
Middle Level Programming
The Middle Level Programming team is continuing its detailed planning in two key areas:
- Grade-level interdisciplinary teams (grade 6, grade 7 and grade 8) for instruction in math, science, social studies, and language arts (“house model” in which a team of teachers works with the same group of students), and
- Daily advisory with structured curriculum around college/career planning, social/emotional learning, and academic oversight.
High School Programming
The High School Programming team has determined that each of the three comprehensive high schools will offer four lunch periods, which will accommodate the addition of 9th graders to each building. Osseo Senior High will continue to offer a 6-period schedule; Maple Grove Senior High will continue to offer a 6-period modified block schedule; and Park Center is still considering the type of schedule that will work best for the International Baccalaureate Middle Year Programme. All high schools will have the same start times as this year.
The High School Programming team is also considering potential changes to the science course sequence. The team has solicited feedback from teachers and is considering conversations at the state level that could affect the science course sequence. The team will make a recommendation in time for the 2015-2016 registration process.
The team has determined (and administration has approved) that all 9th graders will have access to all high school electives as long as the prerequisite for each course has been met.
The 9th grade advisory program will be aligned with the program for 10th-12th graders.
Facilities Project Team
The focus of the Facilities Project Team is on completing all projects on time.
On October 21, 2014, the School Board approved the financing plan for construction (additions and remodeling/repurposing space) at the three comprehensive high schools so they can accommodate the addition of 9th graders to their buildings.
On November 13, 2014, bids for construction (including utilities) will be opened, with the Board awarding the winning bid at its November 18 meeting. The objective is to get construction started approximately December 1.
One of the key considerations for the Facilities Project Team is determining how to get mechanical work done without interfering substantially with summer facility use. It’s important to ensure that facilities will be available for summer programs that help students stay engaged in learning.
Technology, Human Resources
These project teams are continuing to work on their respective areas. A logistics team is already meeting to plan for the moves of teachers from one building to another.
Junior Highs to become Middle Schools
On October 21, 2014, the School Board approved name changes that would align the junior highs to their new middle school programs. Therefore, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, school names will be as follows (senior highs will not change names):
- Brooklyn Junior High, a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math School will become Brooklyn Middle School, a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math School
- Maple Grove Junior High will become Maple Grove Middle School
- North View Junior High, an IB World School will become North View Middle School, an IB World School
- Osseo Junior High will become Osseo Middle School