I write to follow up to Dr. Hunter’s communication last week regarding the end-of-year calendar and planning for Concord Carlisle High School. A large number of snow days necessitates adjustments to our schedule for June 2018. An overview calendar is available here. Please note the adjustments to the final exam schedule and Q5 schedule.
Final assessments are organized by department as opposed to the traditional block model. For example, all students will complete their mathematics assessment at the same time as opposed to all students simultaneously completing their C block exam. Also, the Science Department Exam is scheduled on day two of the Science MCAS (June 8).
Students participating in the science MCAS will not complete a traditional final assessment for their science class. Furthermore, if a student takes two courses in one department (e.g., the student takes two social studies classes), he/she should make arrangements with the classroom teacher to complete one of the exams during the conflict block (afternoon of June 7). Finally, students who are participating in school trips in June may need to work with their classroom teachers to reschedule final exams they will miss when traveling. More information will be shared directly with students involved in these trips.
The original Q5 schedule outlined in September had contingencies for five snow days. With our current snow day count at seven days (fingers crossed), we need to make an adjustment. To account for snow days, MCAS Exams, and final exams, we decided the best course of action is two weeks and eight days of Q5. This change affords a smooth exam schedule, takes into consideration MCAS Exams, and allows a complete Q5 experience.
A copy of the bell Q5 bell schedule can be found here. We are very excited for the end of the school year and eagerly anticipate the new Q5 initiative. Staff members have worked hard developing exciting opportunities for students while simultaneously working to engage students in the classroom each day. I want to thank Dr. Vela and the Q5 Committee for their word on this initiative. A special thank you to Laurie Fortunato and Brian Miller for their tireless efforts on this project. Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not thank the Parents Association and the Concord Education Fund for their generous support for our schools.
Please review the Q5 Attendance Guidelines. We will share student Q5 schedules soon via Aspen. Please note, once schedules are released we are unable to make any changes for a number of reasons including, but not limited to, the complexity of the scheduling process and the need to "book" many of the experiences.
Looking forward to a wonderful spring ahead.
Michael J. Mastrullo