MARBLE FALLS — Though the date wasn’t on the academic calendar, students at Marble Falls school district campuses get an early release Nov. 6.
Colt, Highland Lakes, Marble Falls and Spicewood elementary campuses get out at 11:45 a.m., followed by Marble Falls Middle School at 12:20 p.m. and Marble Falls High School at 12:30 p.m.
The School Board approved the early release on Oct. 30 to give teachers a common planning day to better prepare students for future testing and lessons, officials said.
But Marble Falls Independent School District staffers also realize this is short notice for parents and guardians.
“Our students will benefit from teachers being better prepared for instruction,” said Superintendent Rob O’Connor. “This is our ongoing commitment to allow common planning time for our teachers. I do want to apologize for the quick notice.”
The teachers and staff will use the additional time to plan for the next nine weeks, analyze how well students understand the material they learned the first nine weeks and develop plans to address any educational gaps, officials said.
“For our students’ success, it is imperative that teachers and administrators have the time to collaborate after analyzing student data so they can make instructional adjustments that will impact student learning,” said Eric Penrod, director of secondary programs. “The data does have about a two-week life span before its usefulness is limited, so it’s extremely valuable for the teachers to have this time to plan targeted lessons.”
The aim, he added, is to help our students get ready for the state’s rigorous standardized tests.