PUBLISHED: 4:59 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Steps set in planning for new high school, program model
Staff at Juneau-Douglas High School will be meeting for three hours every Monday afternoon throughout the first semester for what the Juneau School District is calling "Next Generation Staff Planning." Starting Sept. 10, high school students will be released from school one hour early - at 1 p.m. - every Monday only to allow for staff planning.

"One of the most exciting changes for the Juneau School District this year will be the culmination of the construction of the new Thunder Mountain High School and the planning process for a new learning model for high school students," said Juneau School District Superintendent Peggy Cowan.

"I am asking for parent, student and community cooperation and support to enable teachers to take the next important step in that process."

Juneau-Douglas High School Principal Bernie Sorensen, along with Thunder Mountain High School's new principal, Patti Bippus, will lead staff through the planning and transition process, Cowan said.

To make sure that no classroom learning time is lost on Mondays, the high school will be holding classes through the lunch hour and will allow students to eat lunches they bring in class.

The school is also planning to make healthy snacks available.

"We are also asking parents to mark their calendars for 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, for a "Next Generation" parent update, to be held at the JDHS commons." Cowan said. "At that time, the District will provide parents and community members more information that results from staff planning about the new school and new high school program model."