Power Hour

**On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the SUSD Governing Board approved the recommendation to adjust the bell schedule for Power Hour. Late start Wednesday was not approved at this time but may be considered in the future.**




Data Results from the OHI Survey (additional items for consideration):

Questions posed via the Parent Survey, Facebook, and the SUSD Website: 

1. Currently, there are zero hour classes as SMS that start 7:20. I am wondering what they will be doing with those classes if they don't start until 9 am on Wednesday.
2. The extra $40,000 that would be required for bussing should the late start occur on Wednesdays...where would that money come from? Would it be taken from another program?
3. if you are going to restructure the schedule why not also find a way to offer one more class a semester. An 8-period block schedule would be ideal, but at least get to 7 because 6 periods cuts short kids opportunities, classes may be offered but there are not enough periods to take much with only 6 periods a day.
4. 1/4 of the high school students in SHS have at least one F, similar numbers for Walden. How does that compare to other districts, especially premier districts around the state?
5. How will you ensure that students are participating in tutoring and club activities during Power Hour?
6. How will students who are not participating in tutoring or clubs be supervised during Power Hour?

7. Do students have to “sign-up” for Power Hour?

8. Do students who need tutoring get a shorter lunch than those who do not?

9. What options are available for students who do not participate in clubs or tutoring/reteach?

10. What would a typical power hour schedule look like from the student perspective and the teacher perspective?
11. Will someone monitor the Power Hour to be sure that students are participating in clubs and independent/ structured learning time?
12. How will students who need to go to multiple reteach sessions and club activities be scheduled? Could they potentially miss lunch?

13. Will accountability measures be put in place?

14. How will this impact the classes in which teachers do not accept late work?

15. How will reteach/tutoring be beneficial for students who are failing because they simply do not complete work?

16. How will this impact Continental students? Are they being informed of the changes up for consideration?

17. Will teachers receive compensation for additional reteach/enrich time?

18. Will there be consequences for students who do not attend reteach?

19. What is the impact of a late start on Wednesday to SMS and the busing schedule?

20. How will the late start impact early morning programs such as zero hour and LDS seminary?
21. How many students are staying at school to participate in after school activities? Is this a majority?

22. How would late start impact district-wide collaboration?

23. Would the cost be less to pay for additional supervision after school versus the cost of busing?

24. Would the changes occur together or could they be considered separately?


What is Power Hour?

Power Hour is a positive high school initiative to support student learning and achievement. During Power Hour, students are to eat lunch and participate in various programs: reteach and enrichment sessions, resource centers, tutoring, club meetings, study hall, and more. Teachers, students, and administrators can collaborate in order to create a system tailored to the specific school that benefits every student.  

Power Hour restructures the traditional school day to expand the lunch period increasing student opportunities for academic success. The format is simple – students and teachers have one hour in the middle of the school day to participate in various activities. Teachers would always have 30 minutes for their duty-free lunch, but also maintain 30 minutes for office hours. During this time they will offer academic support, tutoring, take care of make-up work, sponsor clubs and activities, create a time and space for extended learning activities and build relationships. For students who have D’s and/or F’s in classes, they will be required to check into a tutoring location for a minimum of thirty minutes. While the format is simple – developing and nurturing the culture that supports this initiative is a continuous process.

Sahuarita USD high school campuses will have designated locations for students to eat lunch and socialize, engage in club and activity meetings, and attend tutoring or extended learning. 

Power Hour is designed to:

  • Build community
  • Increase student involvement
  • Form stronger student-teacher relationships
  • Decrease the number of failing students
  • Increase motivation and responsibility