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School administrators plan to change the Rhinelander middle school class scheduleSubmitted: 01/17/2018
School administrators plan to change the Rhinelander middle school class schedule
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - Rhinelander middle school students could experience a new class schedule this fall.

School administrators have worked for a year and half to change the 20-year-old master schedule.

James Williams Middle School Principal Richard Gretzinger says the main focus of a new schedule is to give students a 30 minute free or "enrichment" period.

"Sometimes students get caught up in getting to go to one class to the other to the other. If we can break up that day for those students and give them some movement, brain breaks and activities… Studies have shown that they will be effective through the day," said Gretzinger.

Gretzinger invited an expert in making student schedules to help work on the details Wednesday.

Professor Michael Rettig showed slides and videos from other schools using a similar schedule.

"I've been asked to come in and help look at the middle school program and schedule. We are trying to maximize the use of staff and find varied programs for students that are good for them academically but also involves choice," said Rettig.

The administrators also agreed to lengthen math and language arts classes.

The new schedule will go into effect this fall.


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