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									Farmington Public Schools
Winter 2007 • Volume 8, No. 2

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Farmington Forward

Board approves move to high school trimester schedules
In November 2005, Farmington Public Schools’ internal Budget Work Groups reported their findings to the Board of Education as part of the District’s budget development planning process. The Budget Work Group reports were posted on the District’s web site, disseminated to staff and parents and reviewed at a public forum on January 5, 2006. In the report, the high school schedules and program work group identified potential savings for various types of schedules for the Board’s consideration in its budget development process. Almost simultaneously, the State Board of Education adopted and mandated a new high school curriculum. Thus, given the potential impact on the District’s high school graduation requirements and the need to thoroughly prepare for any changes in the high school schedule, the District’s administrative budget committee recommended that any schedule changes and staff reductions not be implemented until the 2007-2008 school year. At that time a committee was formed to review the possibilities in high school restructuring. This committee is composed of administration, staff, parents, students and community members. The committee researched and discussed various types of high school scheduling including traditional, block, modified block and trimester schedules. Each schedule was compared by number of classes per day for students and staff, minutes per class, classes per year, credits over four years, teacher preparation time per day, percent of teacher time in front of students and the potential dollars saved. Throughout this process, the committee has sought feedback from a number of constituents. Staff members had opportunities to discuss various schedules and highlight the pros and cons of each. Each high school also gained input from their student body. Parent input was received at building level meetings, as well as a parent forum held on

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Preschool and Kindergarten Registration

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Board of Education Election School Closing Information

District embarks on new dynamic planning process
Farmington Public Schools’ current long range strategic plan, “Mission 2007”, is coming to an end. This strategic plan began in 1994 when this year’s senior class was in kindergarten. In the spirit of continuous improvement, the District is about to embark on a new planning process, entitled “Farmington Forward.” “Farmington Forward” will establish ambitious goals to direct the District’s work over the next several years. This dynamic planning process kicked off in January and is expected to be completed by April 2007. More than 40 volunteer members who are representative of the entire community, including staff, parents,

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Upcoming PTA Council and School/Community Forum Meeting
Monday, April 30
6:30 p.m. Maxfield Training Center, 33000 Thomas Street, in downtown Farmington. •••• PTA Council Founders Day Dinner

District embarks on new dynamic planning process “Farmington Forward”
community members, and students are involved in the dynamic planning process. Applications for the steering committee were accepted last December and members were selected as an even representation of all District stakeholders. It is expected that the steering committee’s work will be accomplished in six sessions and will chart the District’s direction and set continuous improvement goals that will guide the District’s work for the next few years.

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Monday, March 5
6 p.m. Grand Celebrations 32305 Grand River Farmington, 48336

Opportunities for the public to share their insight into the District goals will be held through focus group meetings that will be held Thursday, March 29. For more information on how you can participate in one of the focus groups, please check the District’s web site at www.farmington.k12.mi.us. Locations and times for the focus groups will be posted as soon as they become available. For any questions regarding “Farmington Forward,” please call the Superintendent’s Office at 248. 489. 3339.

Board approves trimesters for high schools
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October 4, 2006. There is great support for maintaining the District’s ability to provide electives in addition to maintaining the high number of honors and AP offerings currently provided. The three models that provided a cost savings to the District (traditional, modified block and trimester) were then analyzed as to their strengths and challenges. The trimester model can potentially save the District approximately $2.3 million annually. Although this schedule did not save the District the most amount of money, it preserved the ability for students to take electives yet also meet the increased demands of the new graduation requirements. The community values the ability of our current schedule that allows students to explore their talents and develop their abilities through our strong elective program. Preserving this was very important, and both the traditional and the modified block schedules did not allow for this, despite the fact more money was saved. Under the trimester schedule, students attend each of five classes, each day for 12 weeks. Students do this for each of the three terms. The trimester concept has also increased student achievement in many of the districts where it has been adopted. The main reason is greater contact time with students can provide greater intervention time. Seeing the same students every day for 70 minutes, five days a week enables a teacher to get to know a student quickly. This then helps the teacher know which strategies to use with each child, in order to help all students be successful. Finally, the trimester schedule allows for students to accelerate their learning. Students in a trimester schedule have the ability to take three math courses within two years. The same would hold true for science, world language, social studies or English. Ultimately, it lends flexibility for students with a variety of needs. At their November 7 meeting, the Board of Education was presented with the High School Restructuring Committee’s recommendation to move to the trimester schedule. The Board approved the committee’s recommendation at their Tuesday, November 28 regular meeting. The full report to the board can be found on the District’s web site at: www.farmington.k12.mi.us/district/committees/hs_study/. At this web site there are also many questions and answers that were asked by the stakeholders throughout the research process.

Middle School Restructuring Parent Forum
Tuesday, February 6 7 p.m.
Maxfield Training Center 33000 Thomas Street, downtown Farmington

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Early childhood and kindergarten registration for 2007-2008
Early Childhood Registration
Early Childhood Registration for the 20072008 school year is just around the corner. Preschool Registration Week will be held January 29 - February 2 and applications will be accepted at Alameda Early Childhood Center and the Farmington Community School. A $60 nonrefundable registration fee is required to register. Non-school district residents may enroll based on space availability and for a $100 conditionally refundable deposit. Early Childhood program options include Parent Tot, 2, 3, and 4-year-old preschool and KinderReady. KinderReady offers both full days and half days of educational programming for four year olds. Center programs, including before and after school care, are offered at Farmington Community School and Alameda Early Childhood Center. More preschool options for 3 and 4-year old children are available at Eagle Elementary, Gill Elementary, Hillside Elementary and Wood Creek Elementary schools. Program hours are 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. depending on which options parents choose for their children. All classes use Farmington Public Schools’ early childhood curriculum. Class placements will be made by lottery following completion of registration. Parents will be notified of placements by mail as soon as possible. for students attending schools South of 11 Mile Road. Both meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at the Maxfield Training Center (MTC), 33000 Thomas Street, Farmington. Complete registration packets include: • Birth Certificate • Current immunization records • Vision test • Three proofs of residency • District forms

Pricing for athletic passes
The Athletic Department staff and the Athletic Advisory Committee (parents, staff and coaches) determined the admission price structure for the 2006-2007 school year. These include: • $150 Adult Family Pass good for all year • $50 Student Pass - good for all year • $60 Adult (one adult only) Second Semester Pass (good 1/16/07 and after) • $30 Student Second Semester Pass (good 1/ 16/07 and after) Ticket Prices (Admission) for Athletic Events • Football, basketball, soccer and volleyball: $5 adults $3 students • Wrestling, gymnastics, swimming, lacrosse and track: $4 adults $3 students

EduCare
Information about registering for EduCare is available at the time of registration and at Information Nights. EduCare is an optional half-day enrichment program for kindergarten students. Students participate in the current half-day kindergarten program and spend an additional half-day in the EduCare program. EduCare is currently available at seven different sites; other sites will be added based on parental interest and space availability. A $260 nonrefundable fee is required to register. This includes a $60 registration fee and a $200 tuition fee.

Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for the 2007-2008 school year will begin on Monday, February 26. Registration is at the students’ home school. Kindergarten Information Night will take place on two separate nights. On Wednesday, February 7 for students attending school buildings located North of 11 Mile Road and on Wednesday, February 14

Various programs are offered for pre-kindergarten students at two early childhood centers and several local elementary schools.

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Two school board seats up for election Tuesday, May 8
School Board Candidate Forum
hosted by the PTA Council Thursday, April 19 7 p.m. Lewis Shulman Administrative Center 32500 Shiawassee, Farmington Voters will be asked to fill two school board seats for the Farmington Board of Education at the regular School Board Election on Tuesday, May 8. One seat is a four-year term and the other is a partial term. The four-year term is currently held by Board President Karen Bolsen, and will expire on June 30, 2011. The partial term is currently held by board member Sheilah Clay, who was appointed last June to replace board member Pam Christian. This term will expire June 30, 2009. Both Bolsen and Clay have announced that they will seek reelection for their respective seats. Those wishing to vote in the May 8 election must be registered no later than Monday, April 9. The polls will be open on Tuesday, May 8 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For those voters needing to vote absentee, applications for absentee ballots will be available at the city clerk offices on Wednesday, April 18. Absentee ballot applications cannot be accepted by the local schools.

Nominating Petitions
Those who wish to run for school board should file nominating petitions by 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 13 at the Oakland County Elections Division, 1200 N. Telegraph in Pontiac. Petitions can be picked up at the local city clerks’ offices in Farmington and Farmington Hills. A minimum of 40 signatures, but no more than 100 signatures, are necessary in order to file. A $100 nonrefundable fee may also be paid in lieu of a petition. The withdrawal deadline is Friday, February 16 by 4 p.m. Candidate packets may be obtained from the local city clerks’ offices. City offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The nominating petitions must be filed with the Oakland County Clerk, these petitions cannot be accepted by local schools or city officials.

Please note new dates!

Highmeadow Common Campus announces opening for 2007-2008
Highmeadow Common Campus offers an alternative educational choice for children in grades 1-5. For the 2007-2008 school year, Highmeadow will have two first grade classes with approximately 52 openings. There may also be limited vacancies in grades 2-5. Applications for the Highmeadow Common Campus lottery will be available the begining Monday, March 5 at the school, located at 30175 Highmeadow Road, Farmington Hills. Applications may only be completed by the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s), photo identifications is required. All interested parents are invited to a Parent Information Meeting on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 7 p.m. Applications will also be available at the parent meeting. The lottery will be held on Thursday, March 15 at 9:30 a.m. at Highmeadow. If you have any questions, please contact Dyanne Sanders, Highmeadow principal, at 248. 785. 2070

School Closing Information
When inclement weather occurs, please tune in to the following media outlets for school closing information:

Radio
WJR (760 AM) WWJ (950 AM) Q95 (95.5 FM) WMGC (105.1 FM)

Just for Parents is a newsletter for Farmington Public Schools’ parents and students. It is published four times during the school year by the School/Community Relations Department. Comments and suggestions are welcome. Please call 248.489.3349. Editors Diane Bauman Director, School/Community Relations diane.bauman@farmington.k12.mi.us Lisa Holmes Communication Specialist lisa.holmes@farmington.k12.mi.us

Television
Channels 2,4,7, and 10

Web Site
www.farmington.k12.mi.us

School Info Line
248. 489. 3337 Parents are discouraged from calling radio or television stations, the police or school officials when weather dictates a cancellation.

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