From the Washoe County School District:
The Washoe County School District (WCSD) will hold its third intersession of the 2013-14 school year beginning Monday, March 31. As part of the new balanced calendar, students at more than three dozen schools in the District will attend intersession classes and activities between March 31 and Friday, April 11.
Schools in Incline Village will observe a different calendar. Incline students who require extra assistance will be invited to attend intersession classes during a one-week spring break from Monday, April 14 to Friday, April 18. All Incline students will return to a regular class schedule on Monday, April 21.
During these intersessions, high school students will prepare for High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE) and Advanced Placement (AP) tests and will work toward credit recovery. Middle School students will work toward credit recovery and improving their math and reading skills. Students at the elementary school level will attend classes and activities involving reading, math, and language skills.
"In order to ensure that students are making progress toward their academic goals, we use our intersessions to provide extra support for students at each level," said Paul LaMarca, chief school performance officer for WCSD. "Intersessions offer a great opportunity for teachers and staff members to work with students who need extra help and to ensure that they stay on track to graduation, college, and highly-skilled careers."
Under the balanced calendar introduced during the 2013-14 school year, WCSD scheduled three intersessions. The first was held for one week in October, while the second was offered at the end of the winter break in January. Follow-up surveys of parents and the community showed positive feedback, and statistics on absence rates, the number of credits earned by students, and the effectiveness of the intersessions also indicated the balanced calendar was a positive change for the District. As a result, the WCSD Board of Trustees has directed staff to begin work on the 2015-16 calendar using the current balanced calendar format. Trustees have also asked staff to establish a calendar committee whose members will continue to provide input.
"Early surveys showed 78 percent of the people who responded indicated that they enjoyed the break," said Bryn LaPenta, senior director of student accounting. "More than 65 percent of parents whose children attended classes or activities during the break felt it was a positive experience for their child."
From the Washoe County School District