Rockwood School District
111 East North Street, Eureka, MO 63025
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Revisions to the 2018-2019 High School Calendar

4/12/2018

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Members of the High School Program Design Committee continue to work together as they explore the best possible high school experience for our students. One focus over the last few months has been researching professional development opportunities for high school teachers.

Currently, high schools have 16 late start days, which begin at 9:46 a.m. This provides PLC (professional learning communities) time for teachers to collaborate, share best practices, review data and discuss strategies to help students learn better.

During the April 12 meeting, the School Board approved a revision to next year's high school calendar​​ to include a combination of both late-start days and early dismissal days for professional development of teachers.

According to Dr. Lisa Counts, assistant superintendent supervision of schools, it's about teachers and students. "Research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is an important factor influencing student achievement," she noted. "It's critical to pay close attention to how we train and support our educators because it makes a difference in the classroom."

The committee recommended a combination of 12 late-start dates, and the addition of four early dismissal days. The early dismissal days correspond with those of Rockwood elementary and middle school on the districtwide calendar.

  • ​2018-2019 High School late-start days: Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Jan. 28, Feb. 25,
    ​​March 11, April 8, April 29.

  • ​​2018-2019 High School early dismissal days (as aligned by feeder schools)

           Professional Development Day – Early Dismissal
           Group A plus MHS................................................................... Tuesday, September 11
           Group B plus EHS/LHS.......................................................Wednesday, September 12
           Group C plus RSHS.................................................................Thursday, September 13 

           Professional Development Day – Early Dismissal
           Group A plus MHS......................................................................... Tuesday, October 9
           Group B plus EHS/LHS........................................................... Wednesday, October 10
           Group C plus RSHS.....................................................................Thursday, October 11 

           Professional Development Day – Early Dismissal
           Groups A,B,C plus all HS.................................................................Friday, January 18 

           Professional Development Day – Early Dismissal
           Groups A,B,C plus all HS...............................................................Friday, February 15​ ​

​"We believe it will benefit families if they have the same four early dismissal days - whether they have children in elementary, middle or high school," shared Dr. Counts. "In addition, this revision will benefit our teachers so they may have more options for professional development across the district."

If you have questions about these revisions to the high school calendar, please contact Dr. Lisa Counts, assistant superintendent supervision of schools, via email at countslisa@rsdmo.org or via phone at (636) 733-2103.