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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                4A The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mar. 10, 1974 Washington Experiment Attendance Required 5 Hours a Day By Judy Daubtnmier Students at Washington high school are finding it harder to skip study hall for two rea- sons: Scheduled study halls have been nearly eliminated at Washington, and A crackdown on attendance is underway. In the process, the Cedar Rapids Community school dis- trict 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 af- ternoon. 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 a.m. until 2 p.m. with elective classes of- fered at a.m. and at 2 p.m. Students can schedule 22.5 hours of class, or four full courses plus physical educa- tion which typically meets two or three times each week. Time not spent in physical ed- ucation would be spent in study hall. If a student carried 22.5 hours 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 a.m. and 2 p.m., leaving the time after 2 p.m. "basically unstruc- tured." Those not taking a 2 p.m. class are free to go home, study in the library, or seek Individual help from a teach- er. The library will remain open until 4 p.m. During the first few days of the new schedule, Nau noticed some students standing around 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 p.m. Wednesday in the au- ditorium at the library. Mrs. Jones recently complet- ed six weeks of advanced train- ing in Interlocken, Switzerland. The lectures will be sponsored by the International Meditation society, a non-profit educational organization. Further informa- tion is available by calling 366- 4554. Practitioners o f transcen- dental 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 "en- trance Jaycee officials said Saturday as they issued a reminder that "Derby Registra- tion and Information Day" is Saturday. Information about the derby will be presented at 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 11 through 15 years of age, inclusive, and their parents are invited to attend Saturday's meeting which will be geared to help youngsters who have never participated in the derby. Derby Director Gary Leach announced Saturday that a savings bond will be awarded to the winner with bond to second place. Other awards will be bond for third, for fourth and for fifth and sixth. For the in Points learn how to use the he said. About half the students, Nau said, have "larger course ap- petites" and have chosen to take an additional class at ei- ther a.m. or 2 p.m. "I would say the more self- disciplined students made early or late Nau said. During the last term, the averaga 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 stu- dents. The five-hour required school day replaces the Parent Approved Released Time (PART) privilege grant- ed to students previously, al- though PART will be retained for seniors. Under PART, parents gave approval for individual stu- dents to decide if they would attend study hall or leave campus during their sche- duled 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 Nau said. When students left campus during study hall, they fre- quently 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 h a v e unexcused absences from school will be contacted as soon as possible, and the students will be warned. If the uneicused absence is repeat- ed, school suspension can re- sult. Nau expects parental reac- tion to be supportive of the tightened attendance proce- diires, 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 money may be saved by the district. When the school day lasted a mandatory six periods, three teachers each period, or a total of 18, were needed for study hall super- vision. With the new schedule, ten teachers, or two teachers each period, will be needed to su- pervise study halls. Don Stout, executive direc- tor 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 super- vision. He estimated between and in teachers' salaries could be saved next year by not hiring replace- ments 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 con- stitutes a threat. "We tried to communicate through the Parent-Teacher- Student Assn. and through the student forum what was com- ing off. I expect some criti- 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 obliga- tion to be a custodian of his time." Reaction on the part of teachers remains cautious, also. John Charlson, a Wash- ington 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 gradu- ation 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 stu- dent will have more difficulty fitting them into his schedule. 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If the number of students enrolling in elective courses decreases, teachers may be transferred, their schedules changed, or a surplus may de- velop, leading to staff reduc- tion, 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 a.m. until 2 p.m. leaving the time after school until 4 p.m. for class prepara- tion time. With most teachers having class preparation periods at the same time of the day, Nau said cooperative planning and more interaction between teachers will be pos- sible. Nau was willing to experi- ment with the schedule be- cause he thought the Idea had merit. Reaction of students, faculty, and parents will be tested by a small survey later, and the schedule eva- luated oii 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 pro- gram 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 Stout said. Real-Time Topic For C.R. Meeting Gene Laguban Sewce Club Olympics Preliminaries Are Today Entrants from 15 Cedar Rapids service clubs will com- pete today in preliminaries in 10 events as a prelude to Hie Tues- day niglit finals in the YMCA Service Club Olympics. The Olympics Tuesday will start at p.m., will include dinner and will be highlighted by the Liars contest at 7 p.m. Gene Laguban, manager ,he barbershop quartet systems and data processing at Allen-Bradley Co., Milwaukee, singing competition at p.m. Both today's preliminaries will speak at a meeting of the and ,he wm be heid in tnc Cedar Valley chapter of branch YMCA wilh the American Production and Con chlb scrving ventory day. Control society Tues- Social hour begins at 6 p.m. at the Longbranch with dinner at 7 p.m. His topic will be "On Line Vision or 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 IBM system 370, model 155 using on-line, real-time systems. He has discussed the systems as main speaker at many semi- nars in the U.S. and at two in- ternational conferences. Today's preliminaries will start at p.m. with handball, cribbage, checkers, partner pitch, eight-ball and squash. The 25-yard swim competition will be at 2 pirn. The Tuesday Noon Optimist dub is the defending champion, having won the Olympics the last two years. The Five Sea- sons Kiwanis club is entering (he Olympics this year for the first time. Other clubs competing are Cedmar Sertoma, Sertoma, Ex club, Kiwanis, Metro Kiwanis, Thursday Noon and Monday Evening Lions, Y's Men's, Rota- ry and three Optimist clubs f u c s d a y Evening, Thursday Noon and Sunrise. 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