HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN – Due to requests from staff members, the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District is exploring the possibility of a new class scheduling system.
“We put out a survey last year within the high school, and 80 percent of staff said they’d like to look into a 4×4 block schedule or a 3×5 trimester,” HLWW High School Principal Jason Mix said at the Jan. 25 school board meeting.
Superintendent Brad Sellner stated that exploring the idea doesn’t mean it will be implemented.
“We haven’t said this is the way to do it,” he explained. “We have to constantly look to improve, and to adapt to our world.”
Currently, HLWW has a seven-period day, with four quarters in a school year. Many students take six classes and one study hall.
In a 4×4 block schedule, students would have four classes per day, and there would still be four quarters in the school year.
A 3×5 schedule splits the year into trimesters, and students take five classes per day.
“We’re just looking at it,” Mix said. “In the end, it’s about what’s the best thing for our kids.”
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