The snow day has made me think about a potential new schedule for schools. Let me know what you think. It's basically the tri-semester that many colleges and some schools use today. It would be something like this.
First Week in September: Teachers work together on a number of planning and prep events. Students attend a one-week community building, hands-on camp experience.
Mid September to Mid December: Learning Semester One.
December Break - Two Week vacataion
First Week in January: Students attend another one-week camp experience focused on specific learning needs while teachers have another one-week of planning.
Mid January - Mid March: Semester Two
Spring Break - Two Week Vacation
April - Students attend a one-week camp focused on project/problem based learning, teachers spend a week on intense curriculum prep and planning.
Mid April - end of June: Semester Three
July and August - Break for all with summer camp/learning opportunities available for all students and teachers.