The Washoe County School District is hoping to improve achievement with new intersession periods.
You may remember Washoe County School District is now on a balanced calendar which shortened summer break, added a fall break, and added longer breaks to winter and spring.
The district is using that extra break time right now for added instruction. So, we checked in on the winter intersession period at Corbett Elementary School in Reno Thursday.
"The students are really excited to be back, and then really academically, it's a chance for us to really focus on some skills maybe that they weren't able to master the first time," says Principal Denise DuFrene.
About 80 students opted to join in on the extra instruction at Corbett this week. They're brushing up on some math skills that maybe didn't sink in all the way during the normal instruction period.
DuFrene says the intersession period allows teachers to work a little more closely with smaller groups of students.
And although they're sure it has value, it's still the first year so they're hoping to hear some feedback from parents. "We have our student achievement data, but we also know that parents hear from their students if this was something they kids really enjoyed, they found beneficial?"
If you'd like to give feedback on the intersession period, there will be a survey online starting Monday and as soon as that goes live, we will have the link posted at www.ktvn.com.
This intersession period ends Friday. The next one will happen during spring break in April.
Written by Arianna Bennett