Are you frustrated? Has your schedule changed at least once in the past week? If so, you are probably experiencing the First Week of School Blues. In all seriousness, though, this time of year is probably the most frustrating- for parents, students, teachers, and administrators- mostly because of the chaos that is scheduling. Unfortunately, we have not seen the last of it yet. In an effort to answer some recently asked questions, I decided to post a blog entry about it.
Why is my child's schedule being changed?
As you may have read on The Gifted Cavaliers page, all Virginia Beach high schools use the cluster program to meet the needs of their gifted learners. Studies show that gifted students work best in clusters of like-minded students. At the high school level, we expertly choose teachers who will have those clusters, specifically focusing on the 9th and 10th grade classrooms. As the gifted resource teacher, it is my responsibility to advocate for all of our gifted students, making sure they are placed in the right classes, and working to plan excellent lessons with their teachers. Gone are the days of giving gifted kids 20 extra problems to do because they finish early. My goal, as is the goal of the cluster teachers, is to extend gifted minds by enhancing critical thinking, problem solving, and creative skills. With that being said, it was imperative for them to be placed in the right classes, thus schedule changes had to be made.
Why wasn't this worked out before school?
As is true with anything new, sometimes glitches wait to rear their ugly heads at the most inopportune time. Unforeseen events, like new student registrations, for example, could impact student schedules at the last minute. I assure you our administrators, guidance counselors, and I have been working 'round the clock to fix all of the issues as quickly and efficiently as possible. I am also making notes of how to improve things for next year, so as to avoid being in this predicament.
Have IB schedules changed?
Students taking IB courses will not have a schedule change unless they are in Governor's School for the Arts.
Where can my child get a new schedule?
Our goal is to have all schedule changes completed by Monday, September 14.. Please feel free to visit me or a guidance counselor to see whether your schedule has changed.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to e-mail me or complete a contact form on the CONTACT page and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you very much during your patience. Things should be calm very soon. :)