K-5 elementary, 6-8 middle school, 9-12 high school
Letter to Parents of current 8th - 11th grade students
January 13, 2017
As many of you know, our district has spent a lot of time developing a plan to move towards a four-year high school model. This year, one-third of the district’s ninth grade students made the shift and have done so quite successfully. The remaining ninth grade students will make the transition in the fall of 2017. Our staff are working hard to make sure the transition is smooth for all involved.
Over the past two years, the High School staff has explored ways to offer students more flexibility, opportunities, and choices in educational courses while providing additional avenues to meet the state’s graduation requirements. After reviewing best practices and schedule options, and in light of the new state graduation requirements, our staff have decided to move to a new schedule.
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, South Kitsap High School students will have an eight-period schedule referred to as a 4x4 or 4x8 schedule. The eight-period schedule consists of four block classes alternating every other day.
The eight-period schedule will provide students greater opportunities to meet state graduation requirements while providing additional offerings for them to explore including more electives. With the current schedule, this was difficult for many of our students.
We are excited for the change and what it will bring to our students and our community. We realize this is going to be an adjustment and we will work tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition. We are firmly committed to providing the best educational experience possible for all of our students.
In February, South Kitsap High School will host several informational events to explain changes in state graduation requirements and new course offerings, and what these changes mean for your student. Details about the events will be sent out closer to time.
- Monthly Parent Advisory Council Meeting February 7 and March 7 at 6:30 p.m.
- Future Freshman Night February 28 at 5:30 p.m.
- Future Sophomore Night March 2 at 5:30 p.m.
(both nights will include Teacher Q&A at 5:30 followed by a presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
We hope to see our families at these events. If you are unable to attend, please contact me with questions at 360-874-5601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grade Reconfiguration Moves Forward
October 6, 2016
On October 5, the South Kitsap School District School Board voted unanimously to move forward with district-wide grade reconfiguration to K-5 elementary schools, 6-8 middle schools, and 9-12 high school. The reconfiguration will happen for the 2017-2018 school year and will apply to the entire district.
The first phase of the grade reconfiguration plan started this school year with Burley Glenwood, Sidney Glen, and Sunnyslope transitioning to K-5 elementary schools. Cedar Heights is now a middle school and ninth grade students from the Cedar Heights service area attend South Kitsap High School. School staff worked hard to get information to parents, welcome and assure incoming students, and train staff for the middle school and four-year high school model.
As South Kitsap moves forward with phase two of grade reconfiguration and K-5 elementary schools, 6-8 middle schools and 9-12 high school model, many of the same transition programs will be used across the district.
In preparing for the first phase of the transition this school year, Cedar Heights and South Kitsap High School held several events for families and students including Incoming Parent Night, Open Houses and Student Orientation Days. At Cedar Heights, School Counselors, the Principal and student leadership visited the elementary schools last spring to get students excited about the transition. Student leaders were trained and assisted with several orientation activities to make students feel welcome. Principal Andrew Cain hosted Coffee at the Curb and a survey about the start of the year experience to gather feedback from parents.
South Kitsap High School relied on Link Crew, a high school transition program that welcomes new students and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first years of the high school experience. Junior and senior students take the lead on welcoming new students and making sure every student feels connected and engaged. Link Crew was hugely successful in starting the year off right for new students at South Kitsap High School.For more information, please contact the Office of Student Success at 360-874-7004.