Use the following link to view Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School operating calendar proposals for 2018-2019. The main updates to Revision 2 make changes to April 22nd and February 18th as our big districts are giving off April 22 because it is the day after Easter and necessitated because Spring Break is moving to the first week of April. To compensate for that extra day, students will be in session on Presidents day.
New this year is an early start proposal in addition to a standard September start proposal. Community feedback may determine which proposal will be brought forward to the Regional School Board for calendar adoption.
A public town hall will be held Thursday, January 11th at 4:30 pm in Room 153 for your input. In addition, the public may provide their feedback via Google form located here.
Rationale for Early Start:
The rationale behind the early start proposal is threefold. Each feature reflects a core goal of the leadership team at MLWGS.
First, two weeks at the beginning of the year in class is far more useful than at the end of the year. This is true because of AP testing primarily, and SOL testing secondarily. The pacing of material and preparations for the exams can be done much more effectively for students and teachers. Increasing student achievement is central to our program.
Second, stress and anxiety would be reduced significantly. AP Days would no longer be needed. Summer assignments could be reduced or eliminated. The early start schedule also better aligns with the Walker Athletics schedule. Student health and well being are very important to us.
Third, midterm exams could feasibly be given before Winter Break. This would provide clearer end and beginning points to the materials taught in class. Specific recall of detailed content would become less of a concern. Less class time would be spent on review. January would be a fresh start for our community of learners.
Cumulatively, these facets allow students to have more authentic downtime in the calendar by reducing the need to schedule into breaks or assignments over breaks. At the same time, we can improve student well being and achievement.