HCES Schedule Highlights

HOMER-CENTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Schedule Highlights

UPDATES FOR 2013-2014

·         6-Day Rotation replaces 4-Day Rotation

o    Provides opportunity to extend Health/Science concepts

o    Creates grade-level common planning time reserved for data teaming, student progress review, formative assessment review, benchmarking, and team planning

o    Embeds instrumental music lessons in Grades 4, 5, 6 Specials schedule reduces/eliminates need for HS music teacher support at elementary

o    Increases Physical Education (PE) classes to twice per 6-day cycle (Existing schedule provides two PE classes every 8 days)

o    Provides increased physical activity for students

·         Morning start time adjusted to 8:50am from 9:00-9:05am

o    Increase of in-class time

o    Minimize morning announcements, supervise/streamline breakfast movement

·         Lunch and Recess Schedule (Start times listed. Recess follows lunch for Grades K-3)

o    Kindergarten 10:45am

o    1st Grade 10:50am

o    6th Grade 11:30

o    2nd Grade 11:40

o    3rd Grade 11:50

o    4th Grade 11:50

o    5th Grade 12:35

o    Recess for Grades 4, 5, and 6 is 2:30-3:10pm to accommodate end-of-day workroom opportunity, instrumental music lessons, whole group band practice (formerly scheduled before school), and whole group choral practice

·         Library added as a Special Class to Grades 3, 4, 5

o    Upper elementary teachers indicated a need for research skills for Grades 3-6

o    Elementary Library is attended by an aide from 8am-12:30pm (no teacher/librarian is available)

o   Mrs. DeVivo teaches Library Special classes from 12:30-3:05 each day

o   K-2 students access library during Language Arts with their homeroom teachers for book exchange and other literacy projects and activities (Accelerated Reader, Book-It)

·         Computer/Keyboarding time will be scheduled one time each week for Grades K-2 by teachers for co-teaching and cross-curricular implementation of PA Core Standards including but not limited to:

o   PA Common Core Standards in English Language Arts

§  1.4 Writing (CC1.4.K.U-CC 1.4.2.U)With guidance and support, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing or in collaboration with peers

§  1.5 Speaking and Listening

(CC.1.5.3.B-CC 1.5.5.B) Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally

(CC 1.5.3.D-CC 1.5.5.D) Students present appropriately informal speaking situations, listen critically, and respond intelligently as individuals or in group discussions