2018-19 School Calendars and HS Schedule Update

School Calendars and Key Dates for 2018-19

To allow parents, staff and the community the ability to plan ahead with key calendar dates, the Corvallis School Board approved school year calendars in April 2017 for the 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 school years. Many considerations are taken into account when developing school calendars: feedback from staff and parents, contractual obligations and required instructional time.

First day of school, September 5, 2018
Winter Break, December 24 – January 4, 2019
Spring Break, March 25 – 29, 2019
High School Graduation, June 7, 2019
Last day of school, June 14, 2019

High School Instructional Schedule

ODD/EVEN Instructional Calendar

High school administrators are finalizing the instructional calendar that includes ODD/EVEN/ALL days and reviewing to ensure adequate instructional minutes for all class periods. The calendar will be shared later this month.

High School Schedule Change

Next fall our high schools will transition from a 7-period schedule to an 8-period schedule. The change to an 8-period schedule will provide a regular daily schedule of 8:00 am to 3:05 pm for both high schools and will equalize the ODD/EVEN day rotating block schedule.

A team of school staff and district administrators spent the last several months researching and evaluating parent input from last year and student data related to the high school instructional schedule. Our goal is to increase student flexibility for additional academic opportunities and to foster an improved school climate that allows students equitable access to teachers and elective classes.

How will this schedule change impact students?

  • Freshman Success, a yearlong freshman class coupled with freshman health will be required for all incoming freshmen. This class will give new high school students a strong foundation for their high school career and will also include a mental health focus.
  • Most sophomores through seniors will register for seven classes, and will have an open period. All will be able to choose an 8th class from a select group of courses outlined by each school, such as credit recovery, intervention services, and teacher assistant/peer tutor.
  • Students taking classes at LBCC/OSU will continue to have that option. We will do our best to give matching off-blocks (1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, etc) during times when students are taking an off-site class.
  • In the event of weather closure days, the scheduling between ODD/EVEN days will more easily be balanced.

Implementation of this change will primarily be funded by the High School Success grant (Measure 98). We believe that this will result in greater success for our incoming freshmen, a decrease in failure rates in core classes, and an increase in opportunities for active and engaged learning for all students.