2016-2017 Calendar

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Meridian School
2016 - 2017 Calendar:  New Hours Decision
 
 
Dear Meridian Teachers and Parents,
 
We would like to thank all teachers and parents for participating in a survey to find the best place in the day to add 30 minutes to next year's schedule.
 
Parents overwhelmingly chose Option A, which would add all 30 minutes to the end of Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (MTTF). (No additional minutes are needed for Wednesdays.)
 
Poll Results
 
 
Teachers
Parents
Option A:  Add 30 minutes to the end of the day
54%  (37)
63%  (345)
Option B:  15/15-minute split
46%  (31)
37%  (201)
 
While there were several reasons noted for choosing A or B, the most compelling reason for choosing Option A was that hundreds of primary students participate in morning tutorials.  The earlier start time would be a burden on parents/students and teachers.  The most compelling reason for choosing Option B was that ending school at 4:15 PM for secondary students would prevent or make it very difficult for many students to participate in out-of-school extracurricular activities.
 
Decision
The K - 5 MTTF schedule will be 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM.  (Since there is no change to the start time, morning tutorials for the hundreds of primary students may continue as usual.)
 
The 6 - 12 MTTF schedule will be 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.  (Secondary students currently are attending school 15 minutes longer than primary students.  Only 15 minutes will need to be added to the end of the day.  This will help those students with out-of-school, extracurricular activities.)
 
2016-2017 Time Change from Previous Years Designated in RED
 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Hours
 
                        K - 5   8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
                        6 - 12  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
 
Wednesday Hours (No Change)
 
K - 5   8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
6 - 12  8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
 
Please click here for the approved 2016-2017 school calendar for Meridan. 
 
Warm wishes,
 
Rick Fernández
Head of School
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