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Start-time Study Groupphoto of high school girls working in science lab

The research is compelling: adolescents have a different sleep cycle than the rest of us. This study group explored the connections between mind, body, and schedules for school-age children and developed recommendations about how to better support these connections as a district. The recommendations were accepted by the board in August 2018, and we started our new schedule in September 2019. Now our start times for elementary schools are 7:50 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. (Plank North and Klem North are 7:40 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.) and 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. for secondary schools (middle and high schools).

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FAQs     Research     Work 2017-2018     Work 2018-2019

Mission and Vision

Words matter. In 2016, it had been almost a decade since we checked in on our mission and vision statements to ensure they still reflected (and directed) our priorities. People from across the district came together to examine and revise them, and the results are here.

Follow this link for more information on the process we used to reset our mission and vision statements, as well as current efforts.

Core Beliefs

During the first, formal round of strategic planning in 2010, as subcommittees began their work and stakeholders from across the district provided feedback through surveys (see additional sections below), it became clear that there were a few things of deep importance guiding all the conversations -- but that no one had captured these beliefs in one spot. A writing group did, and the results are here.

Essential Skills

College, career, and community readiness guided strategic planning efforts during 2014 and 2015. Surprisingly, as parents, teachers, and administrators dug into all three types of readiness, some common needs emerged -- things like self-advocacy, flexibility, and persistence. Often called "soft skills" or just "21st Century skills", we chose to call them Essential Skills, and made a commitment to helping our students learn about and practice them throughout their time with us.

Follow this link for more information on the process we used to the define the Essential Skills, as well as current efforts.

Initial Task Forces

The first three areas we worked on as a district were communications, technology, and family engagement. We have since added the Equity and Diversity Task Force.

Surveys and Metrics

If we don't ask, how will we know? And what is it that we need to know? Two key outcomes from the first round of strategic planning that continue to serve the district well are surveys and metrics. Since 2010, we have regularly surveyed parents, secondary students, and all district employees on a wide range of topics -- from how well we communicate as a district to how connected students feel in school. We use those survey results and other sources of information to help define ways to imrpove weak spots and to celebrate strengths, keeping track of our progress through a single metrics document.

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