Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 10, 1974, Page 4

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette March 10, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4A Th* Cedar Rapids Canette: Sun., Mar. IO, 1074 Washington Experiment Attendance Required 5 Hours a Day By Judy Daubenmier Students at Washington high school are finding it harder to skip study hall for two reasons: Scheduled study halls have been nearly eliminated at Washington, and — Report Card A crackdown on attendance is underway. In the process, the Cedar Rapids Community school district may have found a way to save some money. During the final trimester of the school year, attendance at Washington is required for five hours each day, with optional class periods scheduled early in the morning and in the afternoon. The average student’s schedule will include two or three study halls each week instead of seven or eight as under the previous six-hour school day. The required school day now runs from 8:25 a m. until 2 p m. with elective classes offered at 7:25 a m. and at 2 p.m. Students can schedule 22.5 hours of class, or four full courses plus physical education which typically meets two or three times each week. Time not spent in physical education would be spent in study hall. If a student carried 225 hours of class each trimester, the 202.5 hours required for graduation would be satisfied in nine trimesters, or three years. Donald Nau, Washington principal, said about half the students are taking all their courses between 8:25 a.m. and 2 p m , leaving the time after 2 p.m. “basically unstructured.” Those not taking a 2 p.m. class are free to go home, study in the library, or seek individual help from a teacher. The library will remain open until 4 p.m. During the first few days of the new schedule, Nau noticed some students standing around after dismissal time. “They really didn’t know what to do with themselves. It will take some adjustments to Patricia Jones Sets 2 Lectures “Consciousness and Human Evolution” is the topic for two public lectures by Patricia L. Jones, a teacher of the Science of Creative Intelligence, this week The first will be held today at 3 p.m. in room 1507 at Mercy hospital. The second will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at the library. Mrs. Jones recently completed six weeks of advanced training in Interlocked Switzerland. The lectures will be sponsored by the International Meditation society, a non-profit educational organization. Further information is available by calling 366-4554 Practitioners o f transcendental meditation see it as a technique for the development of creative intelligence. Tell Prizes for Soap Box Derby Every participant in the 1974 Soap Box Derby in Cedar Rapids will receive an “entrance trophy”, Jaycee officials said Saturday as they issued a reminder that “Derby Registration and Information Day” is Saturday, Information about the derby will be presented at 1:30 p m. and the registration desk will be open until 4 p.m. Saturday in the Mott room of the Central branch YMCA. All Eastern Iowa boys and girls ll through 15 years of age, inclusive, and their parent? are invited to attend Saturday’s meeting which will be geared to help youngsters who have never participated in the derby. Derby Director Garv Leach announced Saturday that a $500 savings bond will be awarded to the winner with $100 bond to second place. Other awards will be $75 bond for third. $50 for fourth and $25 for fifth and sixth. learn how to use the time,” he said. About half the students, Nau said, have “larger course appetites” and have chosen to take an additional class at either 7:25 a rn. or 2 p.m. “I would say the more self-disciplined students made early or late selections.” Nau said. During the last term, the average high school student carried 24 5 hours of class, while 522 students took 30 hours or more, according to statistics compiled by the school district. Averages for this term are not yet available for comparison. Nau said the major effect of the alternative schedule is to eliminate study halls, noting they have become obsolete for increasing numbers of students. The five-hour required school day replaces the Parent Approved Released Time (PART) privilege granted to students previously, although PART will be retained for seniors. Under PART, parents gave approval for individual students to decide if they would attend study hall or leave campus during their scheduled study halls. The privilege was abused by “individuals caught up in the trap of doing their own thing, who insisted they would make the decision as to whether they should be in class or not,” Nau said. When students left campus during study hall, they frequently decided to cut their next class, which often led to failing the class or dropping out of school. Along with a fewer number of study halls, the attendance crackdown will stop much of the class cutting. The parents of students who have unexcused absences from school will he contacted as soon as possible, and the students will be warned. If the unexcused absence is repeated. school suspension can result. Nau expects parental reaction to be supportive of the tightened attendance procedures. while students’ initial reaction will be negative PART will be retained for seniors because they have “reached a maturation level where they need to handle released time. Many of them in a few short months will be making decisions in colleges, universities, o r vocational schools on how to use their time.” Since the number of study halls has been reduced, some mone\ may be saved by the district When the school day lasted a mandators six periods, three teachers each period, or a total of 18. were needed for study hall supervision. With the new schedule, ten teachers, or two teachers each period, will be needed to supervise study halls. Don Stout, executive director of secondary education, said a small saving may be possible this trimester through reduction of part-time staff hired on a term-by-term basis for study hall supervision. He estimated between $18,000 and $20,000 in teachers’ salaries could be saved next year by not hiring replacements for teachers who leave. Reception of the program by parents and students was initially hesitant. “There was a little reticence on the part of students because the schedule is new, and anything new constitutes a threat. “We tried to communicate through the Parent-Teaeher-Student Assn. and through the student forum what was coming off. I expect some criticism,” Nau said. “Some parents are a bit suspicious of it, especially those who feel that the school should be a custodian of a student’s time. They think we’re not meeting our obligation to be a custodian of his time.” Reaction on the part of teachers remains cautious, also. John Charlson, a Washington science teacher, said the new schedule seems to be going pretty well and that the crackdown on attendance was welcomed by teachers. Teachers fear the new schedule could mean fewer elective courses offered at Washington. Nau disagreed, saying. “There is no way in which the breadth of course offerings could be limited.” Students should have no problem fulfilling their graduation requirements or taking as many electives as they choose because of the optional early and late periods, he said. Charlson suggested although as many courses may still be offered at Washington, a student will have more difficulty fitting them into his schedule. Kenneth Pfile, a Kennedy “Trieste lassie” — Since 1892 Florsheim Shoes have stood for the finest of workmanship and materials. Imperial Shoes are simply the finest of the time. Whether you are a long time Imperial wearer, or have never experienced their quality, our new selection is ample reason for your visit. The “Trieste Tassle” is available in gold or black cavello kid. ARMSTRONG MEN'S SHOES—STREET FLOOR Judy Daubenmier teacher and president-elect of the Cedar Rapids Education Assn., does not think students will he able to take as many courses as in the longer day. His organization had not been in favor of the five-hour day “except as a last-ditch measure to cut costs.” Norman Hanson, also a Kennedy teacher and president of the Cedar Rapids Federation of Teachers, said if the schedule is adopted at all three high schools next fall, he will be watching it closely to see what effect it has on teachers. If the number of students enrolling in elective courses decreases, teachers may be transferred, their schedules changed, or a surplus may develop, leading to staff reduction, he said. He said it is still too early to tell what effect the schedule will have on teachers. Stout suggested elimination of study hall supervision will actually make the teachers more productive. Most teachers will teach from 8:25 am. until 2 p.m. leaving the time after school until 4 p m for class preparation time. With most teachers having class preparation periods at the same time of the day, Nail said cooperative planning and more interaction between teachers will be possible. Nau was willing to experiment with the schedule because he thought the Idea had merit. Reaction of students, faculty, and parents will be tested by a small survey later, and the schedule evaluated on that basis. Both Jefferson and Kennedy officials will be watching the five-hour schedule, but Stout said success of the experiment at Washington will not mean automatic adoption of the program at the other two schools. Other alternative schedules may be devised for use at the other schools next year, alter- ’ natives which would eliminate study halls without reducing the number of course options for students. “We don’t believe we should reduce program until there is no other way.” Stout said. Real-Time Topic For C.R. Meeting Gene Laguban Gene Laguhan, manager of systems and data processing at Allen-Bradley Co., Milwaukee, will speak at a meeting of the Cedar Y’alley chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control society Tuesday. Social hour begins at fi p.m. at the Longbranch with dinner at 7 p.m. His topic will be “On Line Systems— Vision or Reality” His appearance is being spon sored jointly by the APICS and the Collins Radio Co. Laguban started as a unit record machine operator 17 years ago. The Allen-Bradley Co. was the first in the nation to get IBM’s 2790 data collection system and has installed the J BM system 370, model 155 using on-line, real-time systems. He has discussed the systems as main speaker at many seminars in the U.S. and at two in-) ternational conferences. Service Club Olympics Preliminaries Are Today Entrants from 15 Cedar) The Tuesday Noon Optimist Rapids service clubs will com- ciub is the defending champion, pele today in preliminaries in IO ^.,vjng won ff1P Olympics the events as a prelude to the>Tu<-s    Thc    Kivc ,Soa. day night finals rn the YMCA    * Service Club Olympics.    snns Ktwania club Is cnlerini; The Olympics Tuesday will tb*‘ Olympics lins year for the start at 5:15 p.m., will include first time, dinner and will be highlighted other clubs competing are by the Liars contest at 7 p rn. Cedmar Sertoma, Sertoma, Ex and the barbershop quartet c|upf Kiwanis, Metro Kiwanis, singing competition at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Noon and Monday Both today’s preliminaries Kveiling Lions, Y’s Men’s, Bota-and the finals will be held in the rv and three Optimist clubs — Contral branch YMCA with the f u c s day Evening, Thursday Conopus club serving as host. Noon and Sunrise. Today’s preliminaries will Richard Ransom is serving as start at 1:30 p.m. with handball, genera! chairman for the host cribbage, checkers, partner Conopus club and Gary Vangen, pitch, eight-ball and squash, adult physical director at the The 25-yard swim competition Central Y, is heading the corps will be at 2 p.m.    of Y staff members who will Other competition today will supervise event? . have table tennis and volleyball    ------------------------ at 3 p.m.; and racquetball at 20 YEARS AGO — President 3:30 p.m.    Eisenhower labeled nonsense Semi-finals and finals in most Adlai Stevenson’s assertion that events will be Tuesday night, the Republican [lai ty was divid-Preliminaries in some other ed against itself - - “half Mc-events were held last Sunday. earthy and half Eisenhower. Distance Flyer The monarch butterfly, weighing about l/70th of an ounce, can fly at 30 miles per hour and covers great distances cruising at IO m ph. 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  • Adlai Stevenson
  • Don Stout
  • Donald Nau
  • Garv Leach
  • Gary Vangen
  • John Charlson
  • Judy Daubenmier
  • Kenneth Pfile
  • Metro Kiwanis
  • Norman Hanson
  • Patricia Jones
  • Patricia L. Jones
  • Richard Ransom

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: March 10, 1974

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