High school not yet committed to running program next year
Cedar Grove-Belgium High School will be doing a trial run of a block schedule next month.
Principal Josh Ketterhagen told the School Board last week the school will try the block schedule from May 9-12.
“The main goal is really to have teachers get into a classroom for that length of time and prepare for that,” Ketterhagen said.
Staff will discuss how the week went at the May 18 early release day, he said.
School staff developed a block schedule of alternating days with four classes on Day A and four different classes on Day B.
Teachers are meeting with area colleagues teaching in block schedules. English teachers were scheduled to meet with Oostburg High School on April 20, and social studies teachers are in contact with Ozaukee High School.
Ketterhagen said he hopes to take a couple of teachers to Kettle Moraine and Mishicot high schools within the next few weeks to see how their block schedules work.
Last month, Ketterhagen showed his research on block schedules to the School Board. He said staff was supportive but somewhat afraid of not being ready to switch next year.
“I do have a passion for it because I think it’s what’s right,” Ketterhagen told the board.
Similarly sized schools in the area running block schedules include Oostburg, Ozaukee, Random Lake, Howards Grove, Mishicot and Reedsville.
Ketterhagen said much work has to be done before the school could commit to holding a block schedule next year.