Students at Metro Nashville Public Schools are just two weeks away from something that is completely new this year.
When Metro decided to adopt a balanced school calendar this year, it added longer fall and spring breaks. But with those longer breaks, school leaders also decided to offer intersessions during which kids could get remedial help or just have a hands-on educational experience.
Now, the upcoming fall intersession will give kids a chance to explore things they can't always find in a textbook.
Trevonda Dye said she likes to keep her kids active and engaged, and she supports the idea of Metro schools offering educational and active options during the fall break intersession.
"I think it's amazing that they give kids the opportunity to be more active and to do things like that," Dye said.
Metro staff spent Wednesday preparing information to let parents know about the upcoming three-day intersession, from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, the first of its kind in the district.
"The point of intersession is really to give more time for instruction, enrichment and hands-on learning for our students," said MNPS spokeswoman Olivia Brown.
Students will have the chance to participate in school-based and also community-based activities. Some are free, while others have fees, and all are voluntary.
"We've been planning for quite some time, but it's a monumental task to do this on a district level as large as our district is," Brown said.
The programs will vary across the district, but most high schools will offer some kind ACT preparation courses.
Others include Antioch High courses on filmmaking, cooking classes at DuPont Tyler Middle, crocheting and knitting at Head Middle Magnet and Stratford STEM Magnet High students can take an engineering tour of Nashville Electric Service.
The plans are finally in place and the date is drawing near, so school leaders said now it's about getting the word out.
"All of our schools have already been communicating with their parents and their families what they have available at their schools," Brown said.
While the first intersession is only three days, the spring intersession is scheduled to last a whole week.
After the fall intersession is complete, Metro leaders will look at what worked and what didn't before planning for spring.
For more on the programs offered during the fall intersession period, visit: http://www.mnps.org/Page89103.aspx.
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