The Edwards Agency


Late start for WHS

WHS late starts Woodinville High School began a once-monthly one-hour late start earlier this month. Students will not be required to begin classes on late-start days until 8:30 a.m. School bus transportation to WHS will remain on its normal a.m. schedule and those students who arrive on campus before the 8:30 a.m. start of classes will be supervised.
   Although the school day will still feature six periods, faculty will arrive at 7 a.m. and meet in study groups until 8:15 a.m. The purpose of the study groups is to develop improved teaching strategies, which the district says is driven by the need to accomplish school learning goals, school district and state goals, and to better utilize expanding technology changes.
   W.H.S. is a member of a new partnership model called ATLAS (Authentic Teaching and Learning for All Students), linking teachers in grades one through 12. ATLAS has been funded by a $20,000 grant from The Boeing Company. A key feature of this partnership is faculty study groups: thus the need for the late start.
   The monthly late start has been approved for the 1996-97 school year and is formally supported by the Woodinville HIgh P.T.S.A., hundreds of parents (via Open House ballot), the school's A.S.B. officers, and the Northshore School District's Strategic Plan Committee.
   Seven more monthly dates for the 8:30 a.m. late-start are scheduled: Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, Mar. 4, Apr. 1, and May 6.