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LHS Drops in New Schedule for Fall

LHS Principal Mark Stern sits with the summer custodial staff after assembling the tables in the auxiliary gym.

When school begins on Sept. 6th, Livingston High School will move to a rotating drop schedule which will benefit faculty, administrators and students.

The new rotating drop schedule means that there will be longer periods for more-differentiated instruction, according to Livingston High School Principal Mark Stern. Periods will be extended from 40 minutes to 55 minutes of classroom instruction or 7,425 minutes of classroom interaction per section per year, up from 7,200.

“The rotating drop schedule promises to bring a positive cultural change to Livingston High School,” Stern said Tuesday. “Longer, rotating periods allow classes to meet at varying times during the day with more opportunity for in-class survey of course content.

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“The new schedule assures everyone has time to relax and eat lunch every day and students will be preparing for six classes as opposed to eight classes the following day,” Stern said.  “This schedule change comes as the culmination of five years of research and preparation by the high school teachers and district administration.

It will also mean less pressure on students and faculty as well as a decrease in potential discipline problems due to passing periods and rotating class timeslots, Stern said. The new schedule will also result in more common time for teachers and students to meet informally and a decrease in student pull-out from courses for science labs, guidance, nurse visits etc.

As part of the plan, every student at the high school will eat lunch together from 10:50 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and the high school will convert the auxiliary gymnasium into a lunch room.

“I am so excited to see what it looks like,” said Livingston High School Principal Mark Stern as he helped custodians set up the auxiliary gym for lunch for the first time a few days ago. “We have been talking about it for five years.”

Stern said that the custodial staff will roll out four 10-foot by 100-foot Gym Guard Vinyl floor coverings across the gym floor and then assemble 36 double-lunch tables and several food kiosks for students. The gym will be able to accommodate about 500 students sitting at the tables and on the bleachers.

The custodians have been rehearsing the setup and breakdown of the unit lunch in the auxiliary gym over the past week. Stern said he is confident that his staff will be able to set up and break down the auxiliary gym for lunch within 10 minutes when school opens to students Sept. 6th.

The new drop scheduling will help the District address the unique learning styles of each student and help teachers develop strategies to address daily classroom challenges. The results will be reviewed this winter.

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