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3 schools get new bell schedule and slightly longer days

 

TAVARES – The bell schedule has been revised at Beverly Shores Elementary, Leesburg Elementary and Groveland Elementary for the 2016-17 school year giving students slightly longer days as they work to strengthen their academic performance.

 
The three are among 34 Central Florida public schools on the state’s list of the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools based on the percentage of students who passed the Florida Standards Assessment English Language Arts (ELA) exam. The ranking is not directly related to the preliminary school grades recently announced by the Florida Department of Education. Those statistics show Beverly Shores earned a C, up from a D last year; Leesburg earned a D, up from an F last year; and Groveland earned a C, the same as last year.

                  

All schools on the list are required to provide an additional hour of instructional time to focus on reading.

 

Typically, schools have a 90 minute English Language Arts/Reading block that includes literacy. In addition to that 90-minute block, students at Beverly Shores, Leesburg and Groveland will also have a 60-minute literacy block. Because Leesburg and Beverly Shores elementary schools had been categorized as Differentiated Accountability (DA) schools – part of a statewide network of strategic support provided to schools and districts, differentiated by need -- they already had a literacy block. The literacy block will be new to Groveland. 

 

School hours for Beverly Shores Elementary and Leesburg Elementary will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays. One-hour early release will continue on Wednesdays with school hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

 

School hours for Groveland Elementary will be 8:20 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. One-hour early release will continue on Wednesdays with school hours of 8:20 a.m. to 2:05 p.m.

 

School hours for all other Lake County elementary schools will be 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. One-hour early release will continue on Wednesdays with school hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.