GLOVERSVILLE - Students at Gloversville Middle School and Gloversville High School will have a new bell schedule - and some additional instructional time - this school year, according to a news release from district officials.
Homeroom at the high school will begin at 7:50 a.m., with a first bell ringing at 7:40 a.m. signaling that students should proceed to their homerooms.
Homeroom at the middle school will begin at 7:55 a.m.
At both schools, first period will begin at 8:05 a.m., instructional periods will be 40 minutes long and the final bell will ring signaling the end of eighth period at 2:29 p.m.
The middle school will not open its doors until 7:40 a.m. - 10 minutes later than last year. Breakfast will be served as soon as the doors open. Before 7:40 a.m., no one will be admitted into the building.
The high school will open its doors at 7:15 a.m., as it has in years past.
The changes are part of an initiative to align schedules with all the secondary schools in the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES region. Aligning schedules will make sharing services and staff members easier and opens the possibility for distance learning across schools.
"Our district priority is ensuring that we give every student the best possible chance to succeed. The new bell schedule will help us achieve that," Superintendent Michael Vanyo said in the release.
The middle and high schools share Spanish, business, art and language arts teachers. With the bell schedules identical, those teachers can more easily move between buildings.
At both the high school and middle school, students will have three minutes to move between classes.
High school students will have a 30-minute lunch period and, either before or after lunch, a 45-minute instructional period.
Gloversville High School Principal Richard DeMallie hopes to use those pre- and post-lunch periods to provide additional English language arts and math support to some students.
"With everyone in the district focused on raising the graduation rate, every additional minute of instructional time we can provide students will help," DeMallie said.
Middle school students will have 20-minute lunch periods, along with an additional 20-minute session either before or after lunch, during which they can read independently or use an iPad app called eSpark for customized lessons and activities.
"Every single kid is going to have access to apps that are individualized to their needs," said Gloversville Middle School Assistant Principal Nicole Lent. "By splitting our lunch periods this way, we can give students more time to improve their ELA skills."
The middle and high school day will end at 2:29 p.m., nine minutes later than last year.
Students in the district's five elementary schools will begin school at 8:55 a.m. and end at 2:55 p.m. The elementary school buildings open at 8:25 a.m. for breakfast.