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Neosho Schools to Have Half-Day Fridays Next Year

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  Neosho students will have a half day of school, every Friday, beginning next school year.
     It's a change some teachers and even principals questioned at first.  But now many believe the training time will be put to good use. 
 

English students are now  getting a lesson in putting new chrome book laptops to use.  Its new technology for Neosho high school. 
And its just one reason why school officials are making more time on Fridays for teacher development. 

Principal Darren Cook says, "With the new chrome books,  a lot comes into place that we're not used to, not all our staff our young like our kids and technology is challenging to them."

Cook admits he was first skeptical of the half day Friday. 
"We had some pretty frank discussions about it, but after discussions we had teachers  somewhat negative who  are no longer negative."  Cook believes the brainstorming of ideas on how to positively use the extra collaboration time turned the tide. 
 
 Teachers were concerned about losing face to face time  with students but an elementary principal says they are excited about more time for sharing ideas.

Carver Elementary principal Satotha Burr says, "The teachers, by collaborating and working on these assignments,  the kids are gonna benefit  from work teachers put in with better lessons um technology incorporated to their lessons. For kids its a win win situation."

The superintendent says  the extra time is needed to gauge student progress sharing data and assessing mastery.

Superintendent Dan Decker says, "The goal will be to give students an individual learning plan, if you will, maybe not spelled out on paper but the goal will be to know where are students are in the learning process."

While the superintendent  knows there's concern about after school care, it does already exist at elementary schools provided by the YMCA but  beginning at 2:30  now on Fridays, so  they'll have to arrange for care that's starts a little earlier.  Decker says options include adding an employee to supervise children or using a 21st century grant due for renewal to cover the cost of added day care for parents who need help. 

Older students like the idea of the half day Friday saying they could use the time in a variety of ways. 

Derke McCarty says, "I think it would be pretty beneficial, get home earlier,  get homework done earlier and  have a lot more me time."

Carter Hickman says, "I  think its a great idea I'm involved in cross country  and track seems like I'm always doing something right after school and I'm all  wore out for homework and stuff." This would give him time to rest.  

 High school principal Cook says the superintendent and he  allowed high school  department heads and teachers to make the Friday schedule. 
     They chose to have every subject with students on  Friday, even if for just 29 minutes.
     The superintendent says he instituted  half day Fridays in the Aurora school district which still uses them.

 

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