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    An Explanation of Mornings and Wednesdays

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

    The academic day for middle school students begins at 8:30am. In the morning on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, students will use their time to learn, practice, and review concepts, and to complete assignments for the classes that are not being held in the afternoon.

    Teachers will use Schoology to provide specific independent learning activities and/or lessons for students to complete during the morning. Teachers also have the option to schedule differentiated instruction for small groups or individual students. This may be a time to re-teach a concept, go over an assignment or assessment, or to provide structure for a group of students to collaborate on a project.

    At 10:45am, all students will join their Advisory class for live instruction and class meetings on Teams. Each day of the week, our Advisory classes have a different theme and there are distinct lessons for students to participate in each day. 

    The following schedule is used for morning work:

    Catharine Blaine 2020-2021 Middle School Schedule


    Start

    End

    Monday & Thursday

    Tuesday & Friday

    Independent
    Work Time
    &
    Small Groups
    (Teacher Led)

    8:30

    9:10

    Period 4
    Independent & small group

    Period 1
    Independent & small group

    9:15

    9:55

    Period 5
    Independent & small group

    Period 2
    Independent & small group

    10:00

    10:40

    Period 6
    Independent & small group

    Period 3
    Independent & small group

    10:45

    11:25

    Advisory

    Advisory

    Lunch Break

    11:30

    12:30

    Lunch pick-up available at Blaine


    Wednesdays

    Wednesdays are a day for middle school teachers to provide live, differentiated instruction for small groups of students. Plans and schedules for this instruction will be communicated by each teacher to their classes and students through Schoology prior to Wednesday morning. Teachers will use their professional judgment in determining which students they will schedule time with and how they will use this time.

    Teachers might hold time open on some Wednesdays for any student to check in with them on assignment information, academic concepts, or workflow planning, rather than conduct small group live learning sessions.

    It is expected that most students will not have required/scheduled live instruction time on Wednesdays, but all students are expected to engage in academic work during the day.

    The following schedule is used to avoid overlap between classes:

    Catharine Blaine 2020-2021 Middle School Schedule (Wednesday)


    Start

    End

    Early Release Days

    Check-in, Independent, & Small Group
    (Teacher Led)

    8:30

    9:05

    1st Period Check-In/Small Group

    9:05

    9:40

    2nd Period Check-In/Small Group

    9:40

    10:15

    3rd Period Check-In/Small Group

    10:20

    10:50

    Middle School Assembly

    10:55

    11:30

    4th Period Check-In/Small Group

    Lunch Break

    11:30

    12:30

    Lunch pick-up available at Blaine

    Check-in, Independent, & Small Group (Teacher Led)

    12:30

    1:05

    5th Period Check-In/Small Group

    1:05

    1:40

    6th Period Check-In/Small Group

    Teachers will provide specific independent learning activities and/or lessons for all students to complete on Wednesdays. Information regarding this independent work will be communicated to students through Schoology. To be clear, Wednesdays are not a ‘day off’ for students or teachers.

    Middle School Assemblies will take place on some Wednesdays and 30 minutes for these assemblies is reserved in the schedule. For days when there is not an assembly, this time is for independent student work or a stretch/snack break.