Dear Danville Community School System Supporter:

In recent years, schools have been investing heavily to improve student achievement results. Given this investment of money, time, and energy, the Danville School Board has been in discussions to best maximize student achievement through the best school calendar. Therefore, one of the discussions is to propose a “balanced calendar”.

A “balanced calendar” is not year around school. But it does shorten the summer vacation time when the majority of our students are failing to maintain what they have gained academically throughout the school year. The trade-off is more “breaks” during the school year. This is also a chance to extend educational opportunities during these breaks for students that are behind and give them more attention and support. 

I have attached two documents that provide data that shows how much students lose in academic achievement during the summer. I also have attached two proposed “balanced calendars” that the Danville Community School District is exploring for the 2014-15 school year. Please review these materials and provide feedback at in the comment section provided.

It is my experience that no school calendar will receive 100% support. However, we need to select a calendar that best meets the needs of our students.



There will be two Community Informational Meetings.   
These meetings will be held in the High School Chorus Room.
The meetings are Thursday, February 13th at 5:30 pm and 
Monday, February 17th at 7:00 pm.

If you have any comments please 
email Mr. DeLacy at gary.delacy@danvillecsd.org.







MEASURES OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS (MAP)
DANVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
SPRING 2013 VS FALL 2013 VS WINTER 2013

READING

51.7% (249 OUT OF 482 STUDENTS) MAINTAINED OR IMPROVED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ON THE MAP ASSESSMENT FROM MAY 2013 TO AUGUST 2013.

77.5% (411 OUT OF 530) MAINTAINED OR IMPROVED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ON THE MAP ASSESSMENT FROM AUGUST 2013 TO DECEMBER 2013.

IF YOU FOCUS STRICTLY ON GRADES 1-6, 48.4% MAINTAINED OR IMPROVED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ON THE MAP ASSESSMENT FROM MAY 2013 TO AUGUST 2013. BY CONTRAST, 83.9% OF THESE STUDENTS MAINTAINED OR IMPROVED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ON THE MAP ASSESSMENT FROM AUGUST 2013 TO DECEMBER 2013.

MATH

45.8% (217 OUT OF 474 STUDENTS) MAINTAINED OR IMPROVED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ON THE MAP ASSESSMENT FROM MAY 2013 TO AUGUST 2013.

77.0% (401 OUT OF 521) MAINTAINED OR IMPROVED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ON THE MAP ASSESSMENT FROM AUGUST 2013 TO DECEMBER 2013.

IF YOU FOCUS STRICTLY ON GRADES 1-6, 47.4% MAINTAINED OR IMPROVED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ON THE MAP ASSESSMENT FROM MAY 2013 TO AUGUST 2013. BY CONTRAST, 91.0% OF THESE STUDENTS MAINTAINED OR IMPROVED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ON THE MAP ASSESSMENT FROM AUGUST 2013 TO DECEMBER 2013.

DANVILLE CURRENTLY RUNS A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL CALENDAR THAT HAS A 12 WEEK SUMMER BREAK.

OUR TEACHERS SPEND ABOUT 6 WEEKS OF RETEACHING EACH FALL TO GET THE STUDENTS BACK TO THE ACADEMIC LEVEL THEY WERE AT IN THE MONTH OF MAY.

OVER A K-12 EXPERIENCE, WE SPEND 2 YEARS RETEACHING FROM THE EFFECTS OF A LONG SUMMER BREAK.




Balanced School Calendar Option 1





Balanced School Calendar Option 2