Welcome 2019!

Posted by Christi Whiteside on 1/5/2019 4:10:00 PM

Welcome to second semester, ECS families!  It’s hard for me to believe that we are already at the mid-point of the year, but here we are!  As I look ahead through the quarter, I am reminded of our odd spring track out and wanted to take a minute to explain the calendar.  At the end of this third quarter, we will have a ONE week track out.  We will then start fourth quarter and have three weeks of classes.  We will then have another ONE week break.  When we return we will have approximately five weeks of classes before End of Grade testing begins, and our year will end. 


This is an odd calendar.  We had a similar calendar two years ago. To be honest, none of us love it.  However, this calendar is important for a couple of reasons. 
 
1.  When ECS opened we committed to trying to match WCPSS holidays as much as possible to support our families who also had children in those schools.  Having a common spring break is an important part of matching those calendars.  Wake County’s spring break always aligns with Easter, so in years like this one where Easter is late, their spring break will also be late.  
 
2. One option we considered was delaying our entire two week track out to align with this late Easter.  However, this would create a very long third quarter which would be exhausting for students and staff alike. Even more problematic is that it would also create a very short fourth quarter.  For our upper grades, it would be very difficult to have a good balance of grades during an extremely short quarter.  With too few days and too few grades, each grade would become very heavily weighted and report card grades could be negatively impacted. 
 
For these reasons, we opted to compromise.  One week off acknowledges the end of third quarter, provides everyone a well deserved break, and supports our academic calendar. The other week supports our families with children in Wake County schools and allows them a chance to spend time together as a family. 
 
We are excited to start the second half of our year.  We have much to teach and many great experiences to share! Thank you for being a part of our adventure!
 
Christi Whiteside
Director, Endeavor Charter School