BLUE Day sessions information will be posted on the Friday prior.
(Balanced Learning = Undeniable Excellence)
B.L.U.E. Days & The PLC Model
Balanced Learning = Undeniable Excellence (B.L.U.E.) days exist to provide quality time for faculty and students to meet academic needs through group and individual opportunities. These opportunities may be one-on-one tutoring, group experiences to strengthen student skills, or enrichment activities to enhance the students’ Providence experience. The Professional Learning Community (PLC) model is a researched-based school improvement model that merges research and the professional practice of educators to transform schools through learning communities. In order to accomplish the specific recommendations of PLCs so that students may learn at higher levels, it is necessary for faculty to meet on a regular basis to focus on PLC initiatives. With a focus on student performance, the accompanying B.L.U.E. days provide built-in time for students to meet with teachers on their learning needs as well. While faculty may also remediate or provide enrichment for students at other times or on other days, we strongly encourage the use of B.L.U.E. day sessions when possible.
Every Monday and Tuesday morning from 7:30 – 8:20 sessions are held for student academic remediation and enrichment and for academic departments to meet in PLCs. Two 25-minute sessions are held each day from 7:30 – 7:55 and 7:55 – 8:20. A schedule is designed so that four academic departments meet on either Monday or Tuesday morning while the other four academic departments offer remedial and enrichment opportunities for students. In this way, students may be offered up to four sessions per week to work individually or in groups with teachers, counselors, and learning support to help them in their academic preparation. Because teachers teach several classes, some B.L.U.E. days focus on particular classes and/or activities in a particular week, so a calendar of B.L.U.E. activities is posted weekly so that students and parents know the B.L.U.E. Day focus for the next week. The only exceptions where B.L.U.E. Days and PLCs would not meet is the first Monday and Tuesday of the year, during final exam periods, when school is not in session, or when school is delayed due to weather. If school is canceled on a Monday, Tuesday B.L.U.E. sessions are still offered.
B.L.U.E. Days are reserved for academic sessions – activities related to classroom instruction or other enrichment opportunities that are connected to academic endeavors. While these are optional sessions, teachers may mandate students to attend a particular session if the students have been unable to demonstrate mastery of classroom or standardized testing learning targets. Students and parents are contacted when students are being mandated for a particular session. Failure to attend results in a detention as well as extracurricular ineligibility that week, extending through the weekend. Students are required to scan their badges when attending B.L.U.E. Day sessions so that an accurate record is kept of student participation.