News and Tribune

October 2, 2013

MELIN and BOJORQUEZ: Benefits of a balanced calendar

Local guest columnist

— This school year, Greater Clark implemented a new balanced calendar. Schools will be closed for two weeks both in the fall and the spring. However, Greater Clark is the only school district in the Southern Indiana area to offer remediation to students in need and enrichment classes to all students during Intersession week [the first week of each break].


Identified students will attend Intersession during the first week of each break to receive twenty additional hours of instruction to help them achieve reading proficiency. It is important for parents to understand that Intersession is not a punishment for their child, but rather an opportunity for students to receive additional academic support to help their child succeed.

The district’s goal is for all students to graduate accepted to a post-secondary opportunity, i.e. four-year college, two-year college, apprenticeship, military, workforce, etc. In order for that to occur, we must make sure all students develop the academic and behavioral skills needed to succeed beyond our school system. Students learn differently, so it is vital that the district differentiates instructional practice to the greatest extent possible to meet student needs. With that in mind, we have implemented a program called IMPACT in which students who have identified academic and/or behavioral skill deficiencies receive additional enrichment during the school day. The IMPACT process includes the development of a written intervention plan for the student which is shared with their parent[s]. The plan provides for academic intervention both during the school year and during scheduled Intersession breaks. During Intersession, instruction for students in grades 1-8 will be focused on reading proficiency. Intersession for high school students will focus on credit recovery and state required End-of-Course Assessment [ECA] remediation.

Greater Clark County Schools will provide transportation for students required to attend Intersession. Charlestown and New Washington area students will be transported to and from their home or a designated bus stop dependent on the number of students attending from specific subdivisions/areas. Jeffersonville area students will need to report to the elementary school closest to their home. There will be supervision at the elementary schools beginning at 7:15 a.m. The bus will arrive at the school around 7:20 a.m. and depart for Jeffersonville High School at 7:30 a.m. At the end of the day, transportation will be provided from Jeffersonville High School back to the elementary school, with supervision until 12:30 p.m. Parents/guardians may also drop off their child at their assigned high school. If this option is chosen, please drop off your child at the main entrance of the high school. High schools will be open to students at 7:45 a.m.

Greater Clark County Schools and Aramark will operate the Food Service Program during Intersession at Charlestown High School, Jeffersonville High School, and New Washington High School from Monday, October 7 through Friday, October 11. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Meals will be made available to all children attending Intersession, any children 18 years of age and under, and to persons over 18 years old who are enrolled in a state approved educational program for the mentally and physically disabled. Free meals will be provided to all children.

Greater Clark County Schools has also partnered with Communities in Schools to offer childcare services to parents needing childcare during Fall Break. Parents need to contact Communities in Schools at [812] 280-0028 or email to register your child. Cost is $125 per week and breakfast and lunch will be included. Intersession students may also attend Communities in Schools childcare after class. Please contact Communities in Schools to discuss your needs and the rates that will apply. Communities in Schools will offer services at Jeffersonville High School during both weeks of Fall Break [October 7-11 and October 14-18] from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Services will also be available at Charlestown High School during Intersession week [October 7-11] from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please contact Communities in School if you have questions pertaining to Fall Break childcare services.

If you have questions about Enrichment courses or Intersession, please contact the GCCS Administration Building at [812] 283-0701.

— Andrew Melin is superintendent of Greater Clark County Schools. Erin Bojorquez is supervisor of communications/public relations at Greater Clark County Schools.