2014-15 Middle School Schedule Change
South Milwaukee Middle School is committed to developing adolescent literacy and math skills in our students. This year, the district has implemented the Reader/Writer workshop model at the kindergarten through sixth grade levels to address literacy gaps with our students. We will be introducing a new math program called Engage in grades 6-8 next year as well.
Both the Reader/Writer literacy and Engage math models require an increase in class time to accommodate student learning. In order to provide this additional time, the South Milwaukee School Board approved a 30 minute increase to our student day. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, the student day will be 7:30 am - 3:00 pm. Students will still be allowed to enter the building at 7:05 am and have the opportunity to eat breakfast. First hour will begin at 7:30 am next year, not 7:45 am.
The new schedule creates literacy and math blocks at the 6th grade level of 75 minutes. In addition, we have increased the number of minutes in the core academic areas at the 7th and 8th grade level to 61 minutes. The need for additional instructional time is based on the needs of our literacy and math models and the trend data of our state assessment in reading and mathematics. The administration strongly believes that students will greatly benefit from the increased academic time. It is understood that there will be logistic concerns with some of our families. However, we believe that the need for the additional time is necessary.