University High School Adopts a 7 Period Day and Homeroom!
University High School votes to adopt a new bell schedule that would include a zero period and a homeroom embedded on Fridays. The vote passed with overwhelming support with 79% of the faculty voting for a new bell schedule and almost 65% voting for a homeroom.
The new bell schedule will allow those students that currently have to come back to school in the evenings to take performing arts classes, like choir, orchestra, band and drama, the opportunity to take those classes during the regular school day. In addition, students wishing to take courses that are of service to the school, like ASB, Journalism, and Yearbook, could experience those courses without having to sacrifice other electives, athletics, or required coursework.
The homeroom is designed to provide another means by which faculty and staff could connect to students outside the context of the academic classroom. The idea is that a student would have the same homeroom teacher for the entirety of their high school career. Assistant Principal Pate states that “we understand this is not a perfect method to connect students and teachers, nor do we believe that connections can’t be ‘forced’, but for a large portion of our student body, this will be a great place to not only create connections with teachers, but fellow classmates that they would otherwise not have an opportunity to meet and get to know. As a teacher, it is special to get to know your homeroom students and watch them cross the stage at graduation. I am confident this will be a great thing for the culture at University High School.”If you have questions you can see our FAQs.