NEOSHO, MO.--- Starting next school year, students in the Neosho School District will be getting out of class earlier on Fridays. Currently, students get out of school on Fridays at 2:20 p.m. Next school year, the students will leave class at 12:20. The new half day Friday schedule for the Neosho School District will allow the teachers more time to meet and prepare lessons for students without working into their personal time
"The thought process behind it is, we will put a better product in front of our students. Our staff will be able to collaborate and so our instruction will be stronger," said Dan Decker, Neosho School District Superintendent.
Decker says the district will try vertical alignment teaching.
"An example would be- 3rd grade teachers, one Friday will spend the afternoon with second grade teachers looking at where we are," said Decker.
School gets out at 2:20 p.m., teachers in the Neosho School District meet together for an hour to get lesson plans ready for the next week.
"We are trying to be the best possible school and provide our students the best possible education that's out there," said Sabrina Forbes, Neosho High School Math Teacher.
Forbes says an hour sometimes isn't long enough, forcing the teachers to stay longer at school.
"We all spend a lot of our own personal time after school and on weekends," said Forbes.
All teachers in the district will know what the other schools are doing.
"We're going to be able to do a more individualized learning plan for the students. We're going to have a better pulse of where students are in the learning process," said Decker.
Forbes says the new information will better prepare students for college or the workplace
"Being able to work together, to make sure everyone is presenting their material in the best possible way. That's what is gonna help our students," said Forbes.
Another way the Neosho School District is helping their students, starting at the beginning of February, the high school will provide every student with their own Chromebook.
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