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Vote this week on the 2020-2021 GO'K School Calendar
Posted 1/22/20

Each school is making their own decision on which calendar is best for their community.  The vote consists of a staff vote and a community vote.  When the votes are counted, the majority of the staff and community vote will determine which calendar we will move forward with for the next school year. 


Your vote:

 

Voting will take place in the office on January 21-24 from 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., except on January 24th when voting will end at 2:00 p.m.

 

Only one vote is allowed per household.  Please decide in your household which guardian will be voting.  We will collect your signature on our family roster.  Once a guardian has voted, any remaining guardians from the list will not be allowed to cast their vote.

 

Late ballots will not be counted.

 

Please bring your driver’s license when you are ready to vote.

 

Ballots will be tallied and the results will be shared on January 27th

 

Calendar Options

One is a Traditional Calendar that looks a lot like this year's traditional calendar.

The other two are extended learning plans that add 10 days to the school year as well as additional hours for staff professional development:

  1. Extended Learning Plan A adds 5 days to the beginning and 5 days to the end of the school year.
  2. Extended Learning Plan B is a year-round calendar with several breaks throughout the year (not an option for the 13 comprehensive high schools).

Why Extend the School Year? 

When lawmakers passed and the governor signed a bill earlier this year providing more public education funding, they specifically earmarked two initiatives for the state’s 89 school districts. One of those initiatives, the Extended Learning Time Program, adds 10 days of learning to the school year. 

 

Listen to the APS Open Book Podcast on Extended School Year

 

This school year, about a dozen APS schools took advantage of the Extended Learning Time Program, adding 10 days to the beginning of the school year for some, if not all, of their students. Early results have been positive. The district's three former MRI schools, which added 10 days to their school year a couple of years ago, are seeing improved test scores, better attendance, and more engaged students and families. They are especially excited about the Genius Hour that allows students to explore their passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. 

 

Now, APS wants to provide more of its schools this opportunity to help improve academic success for students, including some of its most vulnerable.

 

"The bottom line is New Mexico lags behind the rest of the nation in education, and we now have a unique opportunity to contemplate ways to help our students be more successful," said APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy. "Imagine what we might be able to do if we had more time with our students. How might we better their lives while working to improve education for students in APS and across the state?"  

 

How Does Extended Learning Help Students?

  • Research shows that more time in the classroom can boost student achievement and help students retain more of what they learn over the summer.
  • More time in school means more access to resources including hot meals, counselors, nurses, social and community services. 
  • Schools can personalize the school day to meet the needs of their students, incorporating innovation, enrichment, and extra help.
  • Extended learning plans include after-school programs for students.
  • Extended learning plans include 80-hours of professional development for staff. 
  • Some of the professional development for teachers and staff will be embedded in the calendar.
  • Some time for professional development may be added to the school day.

All employees who work at schools on an extended learning plan calendar are compensated for the additional hours. The increase in pay is subject to union negotiations.

 

NEA Closing the Gap article

Review of Research on Extended Learning article

 

PowerPoint presentation from the community meeting.