Some Dublin schools extend hours to achieve academic success

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DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/ WMGT) – In Dublin, the first bell for the new school year rings tomorrow. And there are a few changes for student schedules.

“It’s not really changing a lot in their children’s schedule being that their kids were already here,” Hillcrest Elementary School Principal Dr. Sherrell Edmond said.

The time has come for kids to go back to school. But for students at Hillcrest and Susie Dasher Elementary Schools in Dublin, their time in a classroom is extending

“To make sure that we maximize the instructional time for our students, with doing that we have changed our instructional model this year with both of our elementary schools. Where we will now have 120 minute block of instruction for ELA. Being that literacy is our number one goal, that we are trying to build and increase our Lexile levels,” she said.

In the past, school hours would be from 8:15 a.m. until 3 p.m. Edmond says by adding 15 minutes to the end of the day, students will now get out at 3:15. With the focus to improve their Lexile levels, they’ve cut some time from other subjects.

“We’re actually moving from a 90 minute block of instructional math to 60 minute, so we’re losing some minutes, but in math we have noticed our students are continuing to excel in that area. We’ve shown growth in the past few years with the area of math,” she said.

Hillcrest 3rd grade math teacher Victoria Walker says even though math block minutes are subtracted, they’ve added other math learning tools.

“Our math time will carry over into our new actual math lab so we’ll be working alongside with the math lab teacher and just collaborating with her and she’ll be incorporating the skills that we’re teaching in the classroom,” Walker said.

By improving the Lexile levels, Walker says it’ll also help with math instructions.

“When you put it all together, it’s going to make for a good year good plan and help with building our Lexile scores,” Walker said.

Dr. Edmond says before students would wait until almost 3:30 for buses. Bus drivers drop off middle and high school students first.

So now, Hillcrest students will be in class instead of waiting for the bus.


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