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Lowei Neiion School Bistiict

Su1 East Nontgomeiy Ave. Aiumoie, PA 19uuS-SS99


Phone: 61u-64S-19Su Fax: 61u-64S-u7uS www.lmsu.oig
ChristopherMcGinley,Ed.D.SuperintendentofSchools

June3,2013

DearParents/Guardians:

Earliertoday,theCurriculumCommitteeoftheBoardconcludeditsfinalmeetingoftheschoolyear.Atthe
meeting,theCommitteecontinueditsdiscussionoftheadministration'sproposaltomoveelementary
schedulestoasixdaycyclebeginninginSeptember.Afteragreatdealofthoughtfuldialogueandafter
expressingappreciationtotheindividualsinvolvedindevelopingtheproposal,theCommittee
recommendedaperiodofadditionalstudyanddeliberation.

Specifically,theCommitteerequestedthattheadministrationfacilitateabroadercommittee,including
parentsandteachers,toreviewtheelementaryschedule.InSeptember,theadministrationwilldevelopa
formalproposalforthisprocessinconsultationwithourCurriculum,InstructionandProfessional
DevelopmentCouncil.WehopetobeginworkonformingthebroadercommitteeinNovemberwithagoal
ofmakingarecommendationtotheCurriculumCommitteeinFebruary.

Wearereviewingtheelementaryscheduleaspartofanefforttoaddressfundamentalissuesimpactingour
instructionalprogram.Amoreeffectiveschedulecanhelpprovidegreatercontinuityintheschoolday,
limitinterruptionsforclassroomteachers,andenablebetterdeliveryofcoresubjectareas.Thegoalisto
enhancetheeducationalexperienceinourschoolsandimproveachievementforallstudents.

Fortheupcomingschoolyear,allelementaryschoolswillcontinuewithafivedaycycle.SpecialsandFLES
willcontinueunderourcurrentmodel.Theadministrationwillworktomovethestarttimeofthe
elementarydayto9:00AM.Theadministrationwillprovideguidancetolimitthetimespenteachdayin
morningmeeting.Eachschoolprincipalwillworktocreatededicatedblocksoftimeforstudentstoreceive
enrichmentandsupportservicesthatdonotinterferewithcoreinstructionaltime,consistentwiththe
goalsofthe"WIN"(WhatINeed)timemodel.

Iwanttoclosebythankingeveryonewhohascontributedtotheconversationabouthowwecanbest
supportourelementarychildrenthroughourinstructionalprogram.Theconversationhasattimesbeen
difficultbecauseweallcaredeeplyabouttheseissuesandwanttheverybestforthechildren.Iappreciate
thetimethattheBoardhasgiventothisissuebyschedulingadditionalmeetingssothatallvoicescouldbe
heard.

Fornowourfocusturnstoconcludingthisschoolyearsuccessfullyandpreparingourschoolsforagreat
startinSeptember.Wewillalsospendtimereviewingtheinputthatwehavereceivedtodateandwewill
provideanupdateinthefallregardingthismatter.

Sincerely,

ChristopherMcGinley,Ed.D.
Superintendent