Anchor Time is a 40-minute time block backed up to
each grade level’s lunch. For students in grades 5, 6, and 7, Anchor time
alternates each day between enrichment classes and Content Area Writing. In grade 8,
students also have Content Area writing every other day for 40 minutes, but Spanish
is a full academic course. Therefore, the Content Area writing program
alternates with Silent Sustained Reading and an extra Physical Education
class. Spanish continues to be a
required course in our district, from grade K – 8, with the exception of
special education students whose Individual Education Plans exempt them from
Spanish because of their learning needs.
Anchor Time is also one of
our primary intervention blocks.
Students who are below grade level proficiency in reading or math may be
assigned an academic intervention in lieu of Spanish and/or content
writing. Although every part of
our day is important, some students need additional time and intensive
instruction in order to catch up with basic skills. This has to be our priority since success in every subject
ultimately depends on a students’ ability to read, write, and do math.
“What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.”