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      The Central Bucks School District initially engaged our district community in reflecting on the current middle school academic schedule through a survey distributed last October. The survey was developed by the district’s administration and sent via e-mail blast, Facebook, and Twitter to parents and secondary students.

      The feedback from that survey, which was compiled and sorted into seven groups, is posted below. Additionally, student and teacher focus groups were conducted at each of the five middle schools in November. Follow-up questions were posed to each of the groups across the five middle schools in order to help dig deeper into the survey data. The themes from both focus groups are posted below.

      To provide parents with details of the focus group and survey results, and to discuss their thoughts and concerns, the Central Bucks School District held special meetings in January at each of the five middle schools.

      Kickoff Meeting February 7

      From those well-attended meetings, 14 parents were invited to join the Middle School Schedule Committee, along with 10 students (two from each middle school), 13 teachers and guidance counselors, 10 principals, and 12 curriculum supervisors, curriculum coordinators and special education supervisors. The committee’s first meeting, which was held February 7, focused on developing a shared understanding of the Central Bucks District’s philosophy and expectations for our middle schools (see photos here).

      “Our work on the middle school schedule will be grounded in all of the aspects of student life in middle schools,” Scott Davidheiser, Ed.D., assistant superintendent for secondary educations, told the committee. He thanked those attending the kickoff meeting and discussed the plan for the five meetings set for this spring.

      The committee will be reviewing published research and other documents on middle school teaching and learning to inform the discussion on the Central Bucks middle school schedule. Below are links to three articles discussed at the February 7 meeting.

      Developmental Characteristics of Young Adolescents

      Best Practices in Middle School Program Design

      The Middle School Philosophy: Do We Practice What We Preach Or Do We Preach Something Different?

      Comments, questions, and suggestions are invited. Please use MSschedule@cbsd.org.

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