The good news, as far as kids at Bear River Middle School may be concerned, is that the actual time they spend in a homemaking class, history and physical education will decrease next year by 71/2 minutes. The flip side is that they will be seeing more of their math and science teachers.
Under the northern Box Elder County schools' current format, there are now only five periods. Beginning with the 1992-93 school year, however, the school plans to go to a six-period trimester schedule.The change was proposed by Principal Jim Baty as a means of dealing with increased student enrollment.
The extra period will give students the equivalent of three additional classes during the course of the year. Sixth-graders will take more reading, math and English and seventh- and eighth-graders will utilize the extra time for English, math and science.
"We'd like to try this on a pilot basis for one year," said Baty. "It meets the needs of students and growth."
Baty said the six-period schedule will address concerns over the trimester because there will no longer be a lapse between math, English and science classes during the year, a major concern of some parents.
Start and stop times will remain the same, but time in TLC, P.E. and history will decrease to accommodate the new schedule, with the advisory period to be eliminated.