District 911 schools all moving to trimester schedule next year

District 911 School Board
All of the schools in the Cambridge-Isanti School District will follow a trimester schedule next year.

Rachel Kytonen
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All of the schools in the Cambridge-Isanti School District will follow a trimester schedule next year.

During the school board meeting Thursday, Jan. 20, the board voted approve putting all the schools on a trimester schedule. The board took action Dec. 16 putting just the high school on the trimester schedule.

As a result of the trimester schedule, CIHS Acting Principal Pam Austed noted the 2011-12 registration guide for the high school includes four dropped courses: Art, Computer, Introduction to Art and Cisco Networking 1.

Courses added to the registration guide include: Family Consumer Science, Health Occupations, Quilting Arts 2 (every other year) and Exploring Health Careers. There were other course changes within Industrial Technology, Math and Science.

“This was a good opportunity for the different departments to take a look at their courses,” Austed noted. “Students will still be excited about the electives we will be offering.”

The fall, winter and spring trimester will consist of 12 weeks, and each school will tailor the schedule to fit its needs.

At the high school level, Austed noted at the Dec. 16 meeting, that the trimester schedule will consist of five, 65 minute classes, and year-long classes are considered two trimesters.

Superintendent Bruce Novak noted the middle schools were already following a trimester schedule with their “specials.” He said dialogue with all the principals showed they felt it would be best if all schools followed a trimester schedule.

Both middle school principals Tim Truebenbach and Charlie Burroughs said changing to a trimester schedule won’t impact their schools that much.

Isanti Primary School Principal Kris Stueve said the district has been talking about going to a trimester schedule for a number of years.

“The 12-week trimester will allow us to get to know the kids better,” Stueve said. “I talked to my staff about it and a lot of work needs to be done, but we are ready to do that and move forward.”

Mark Ziebarth, principal of Isanti Intermediate and School for All Seasons, said his school is pretty flexible, and from a parent perspective it will be nice for all the students to be on the same schedule in regard to report cards, etc.

Board Member Mark Becker commended all the principals.

“It’s very impressive to hear you all are willing to take this on, and work together on this,” Becker said. “It’s very impressive to see.”

Susan Burris, director of teaching and learning, said all the principals are prepared for this transition.

“I feel all the principals are ready for this,” Burris said. “I know it’s a lot of work, but we’re ready to work on it.”