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Crystal Lake School District 47 approves changes to middle school schedule

The Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 Board approved a new middle school schedule that will go into effect next school year.

The board approved the changes during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The district includes three middle schools: Hannah Beardsley, Richard Bernotas and Lundahl.

Starting in the fall, English language arts and social studies will be taught separately with a dedicated time slot for each course.

District officials said a recommendation was made by the middle school scheduling committee last year to better address the Illinois learning standards in social sciences. These standards aim to promote civic engagement, financial literacy, culture awareness and social responsibilities.

“They also have a strong interdisciplinary connection with reading and writing. The English language arts curriculum will continue to focus on a well-balanced literacy program that prepares students for success in the transition to high school,” District 47 coordinator of community relations Denise Barr said in a statement.

In addition, full band rehearsals will take place during the school day instead of in the morning before school. Band students will arrive at school at the same time as other students.

Full band rehearsal will occur during extended learning time at all three grade levels.

Students who participate in band also will participate in physical education and another encore or elective class of their choice.

“The band program and band teachers are very thankful for all of the hard work the middle school scheduling committee has done to make it possible to move the full band rehearsal into the regular school day,” District 47 music coordinator Scott Sampson, a Hannah Beardsley band teacher, said in a statement. “It is our desire to have more students be able to continue participating in band at the middle school. We believe this change will allow this to happen.”

The schedule change was proposed by the scheduling committee, which includes teachers and district administrators.

“The scheduling committee genuinely worked collaboratively to find solutions in the best interest of our students,” District 47 assistant superintendent of student learning Scott Kubelka said in a statement. “There were a tremendous amount of scheduling complications and nuances that needed to be taken into consideration throughout this process, and we are grateful to the committee for their ability to problem-solve and work together.” 

Individual student schedules for the 2019-20 school year will be posted in mid-August. 

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