A committee of teachers, students and parents led by Verona High School Assistant Principal David Galbierczyk met regularly this past semester to investigate modifications to summer assignments. The administration was responding to feedback from parents regarding the quality and quantity of summer work. Some felt the summer workload was unnecessarily burdensome for students in honors and Advanced Placement classes; others were concerned that, last summer, students who were not enrolled in honors or AP classes had no assigned summer work at all. Members of the committee cited studies showing that math skills, for instance, can slip quickly during the summer months.
The result is that “on-level’ students have both math and English assignments to complete this summer, while AP and honors students will have a slightly scaled-back workload. In addition, assignments, which now have to be approved by the administration, are to focus on “enduring questions” rather than rote lists that might be considered “busy work.”
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