"It's a little bit of a sudoku puzzle right now," said THS Principal
The west gym, which most
The wooden bleachers peering down courtside will remain, overseeing a redone gym floor and new scoreboards. A half-story elevator will rise from the locker room to the gym floor. The showers will remain, but new lockers and accessible restrooms are coming. Less visible will be an all-new electrical system.
"We're basically tearing out every wire there is," said
One building over, demolition crews were ripping the 1980s-era performing arts building's interior down to the studs, led by
Gone are folding, movable walls and a drama teacher's office. The new plan will add a ticket desk to the lobby and cutting-edge sound and lighting systems to the theater, Peterson said. In deference to the building's districtwide use, the old blue-and-gold
The main walkway fronting the performing arts building and the L wing will be planted with trees this summer thanks to a
In other changes, the campus will add computer programming and have 19 Advanced Placement classes for 2014-15, including physics, chemistry, macroeconomics, music theory, studio art and human geography.
The switch to Common Core-integrated math will wait a year at high schools.
A switch to early-day Wednesdays at all district schools next year will help coordinate the rollout, and
"We have worked hard to have near-similar release times at the (seventh- through 12th-grade) sites in order to provide collaboration time for staff in their professional learning communities at their respective sites, as well as opportunity to meet with colleagues across the district," said
Bell schedules for all schools are listed on the district website, www.turlockusd-ca.schoolloop.com. Buses will adapt schedules to match.
The everybody-out plan for Wednesdays will give teachers time to work and train together by schools, by grades and by subjects as they put Common Core lessons in practice, Trevethan said.
Across all grades, the more hands-on style and real-world examples of Common Core homework should be more familiar to parents after years of worksheets that stressed rote memorization to fit state tests.
Under the district's plan to address community concerns in its spending, early-grade students will get some music instruction and parents will get more classes, workshops and information nights.
Ag students will have more hands-on activities thanks to a district farm getting major expansion.
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