Northwest NEWS

April 15, 2002

School

State approves 175-day calendar for NSD

The Washington State Office of Public Instruction has approved Northshore School District's (NSD) request for a 175-day calendar for the 2002-2003 school year. While the calendar reduces the total number of days of instruction from 180 to 175, it will actually increase the number of student contact minutes as compared to this year. This was accomplished by reducing the number of early release days for elementary students from 16 to six and for secondary students from 11 to one.
   "As a staff, we believe this calendar change will have a positive impact on the quality of education delivered and received," says Superintendent Dr. Karen Forys. "The instructional value of a full day of school far outweighs that of two half-days."
   The calendar change will allow the district to focus on staff training in performance-based learning and assessment; establish time for grade-level and cross-grade level planning; train classified employees to meet professional competencies; address the need for staff to coordinate P-12 curriculum alignment; and design strategies for continuity throughout the curricula, instructional programs, and extended learning activities.
   Northshore's School Board approved the calendar change on February 12 before submitting the request to OSPL.