Sequoyah High School implementing ‘Late-Start Fridays’ for teacher training



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Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Sequoyah High School students returning to class in August will begin some Friday mornings an hour later to allow teachers time for professional development.
Principal Jolyn Choate said this will be the first year for SHS teachers to have professional development on select Friday mornings throughout the year.
“Many schools are moving toward regular professional development,” Choate said. “In Oklahoma, we have to have 180 teaching days each school year with six of those days allowed for professional development. Schools have decided it’s better for teachers to meet on a regular basis, so instead of taking six days throughout the school year, we’ve decided to divide up those opportunities into hour-long trainings on some Friday mornings.”
During the Late-Start Fridays, school will begin at 9:05 a.m. for students. Morning bus routes will run an hour later to accommodate the late starts.
Not all Fridays are affected by the change. Late-Start Fridays include Aug. 17, Aug. 24, Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22 and May 17.
Classes begin Aug. 6 for freshman students and Aug. 7 for all other grades. 

The schedule change does not affect the Cherokee Immersion School class schedule.
A complete 2018-19 SHS calendar is available online at 
For more information, call Sequoyah High School at 918-453-5400 or 888-467-4746.

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