High school to start an hour later in Columbus County

Published: Aug. 13, 2012 at 6:08 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2012 at 6:09 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The school day will be an hour shorter for students in Columbus County this fall.

Starting this fall, the school day will be an hour shorter for some students in Columbus County. Monday, freshmen students attend STEM camps at East Columbus and West Columbus High Schools.

Columbus County is one of nearly 20 school systems in the state that will use the STEM model. STEM is aimed at helping students solve problems on their own.

Because of the new program, school will start one hour later for high school students and students won't have to make up the hour they're losing.

Administrators said high schools will their own buses so the bus schedule for other students will not be affected.

The change is in response to a new STEM program the county high schools will be adopting this fall. This school year East Columbus, West Columbus and South Columbus High Schools will use the STEM method to teach students. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The hope is to provide students with more hands-on engagement in the classroom. The new style of teaching means students will have the opportunity to use more technology like mobile labs and iPads in their learning.

This year, only ninth graders at the three traditional schools will participate in the project.

Here are the traditional high school bell schedules for the 2012-13 school year, according to Columbus County schools:

East Columbus High School
Regular Schedule

7:35 – Teachers arrive
7:40-8:40 – Collaborative Session
8:40-9:00 – Breakfast/Duty
9:00-10:15 – 1st Period
10:20- 11:35 – 2nd Period
11:35-12:05 – 1st Lunch
11:40-12:55 – Class for 1st Lunch(3rd Period)
12:10-1:25 – 3rd Period(2nd Lunch Group)
12:55-1:25 – 2nd Lunch
1:30 -2:45 – 4th Period

South Columbus High School
Regular Schedule

7:35 – Teachers Arrive
7:40 – 8:40 – Collaborative Session (Teachers)
8:40-9:00- Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 – 1st Period
10:20 – 11:35 – 2nd Period
11:35 – 12:05– 1st Lunch
11:40 – 12:55 – Class for 1st Lunch (3rd Period)
12:10 – 1:25 – 3rd Period (2nd Lunch Group)
12:55–   1:25 – 2nd Lunch
 1:30 –   2:45 – 4th Period

West Columbus High Bell Schedule
Regular Schedule

Teachers arrive 7:35
Common planning 7:40-8:40
Duty 8:40-9:00
1st period 9:00-10:15
2nd period 10:21-11:36
1st lunch 11:42-12:07 3rd period 11:42-12:57
3rd period 12:12-1:27 2nd lunch 1:02-1:27
Homeroom/break 1:27-1:37
4th period 1:42-2:57

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