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A new eight-period hybrid block schedule will be implemented at Dallas High School next year, principal Jeffrey Shaffer told parents Wednesday night.
Shaffer outlined some of the changes that will go into effect at the start of the 2013-2014 school-year during “Curriculum Night” in the school's auditorium.
The new schedule contains some elements of the current five-period block-schedule, but will allow more time for electives, Shaffer pointed out. Block scheduling is defined as allowing students to have fewer but longer classes per day with each class lasting more than 60 minutes.
This year's inception of the new Keystone Exam prompted the schedule change.
“If we stayed in a four to five period block, Keystone state courses would need to be year-long courses,” Shaffer said.
Another change next year will be a new Career Awareness Program which allows students to explore multiple career possibilities. In January, the school board appointed Matthew Kelly and Nicole Darling as part-time Career Awareness Coordinators to work one-on-one with students.
“The goal is for studetns to have an idea of what they want when they enter into college,” said Kelly.
Students have until March 5 to choose their classes for the next school year. Upcoming freshmen will choose their classes with the help of middle school guidance counselors.
Assistant Principal Brian Bradshaw demonstrated how to navigate the school's Parent Portal on-line program. He encouraged all parents to enroll in the system to keep track of their child's grades and attendance.
“We're a pretty good school district,” Shaffer said as he wrapped up the meeting. “Very rarely does a day go by when we don't think or reflect how we can do things better. We're committed to your child and try to give them the best education. The kids are our number one priority, plain and simple.”

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