Friday, June 08, 2001
New calendar gets positive response
By Amanda York
The Cincinnati Enquirer
SILVER GROVE Surprisingly and overwhelmingly positive.
That's how teachers, administrators and even most students at Silver Grove School view the end of their first year using an alternative or year-round school calendar, which generated some resentment and concern when proposed two years ago.
I knew it would be positive, but I didn't think it would be this positive, said Bill Brown, Silver Grove superintendent.
Today, the small K-12 school on Third Street in Silver Grove in Campbell County, circled by houses and mom-and-pop stores, will close on what many say is one of their most successful school years ever.
Silver Grove is the smallest and first school in Northern Kentucky to implement the alternative calendar. The success of Silver Grove's first year with the alternative calendar will likely prompt other schools to look more closely at it.
Richard Fillhardt a fourth grader, answers questions about a science project he did.|
(Patrick Reddy photos)
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Unlike traditional school calendars, which are based on agrarian societies that required students to be off for longer summer periods to farm, the alternative calendar shortens the summer break. Instead of being off for nearly three months, Silver Grove students get seven weeks summer vacation. After each nine-week grading period, students get two weeks off. This suits A.J. Smith just fine.
It gives you a break to relax, the 15-year-old freshman said. A.J. said he was initially apprehensive about the schedule becaus would interfere job. Now, he sai ompletely.
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