Educating the minds and souls of our students in the spirit of the gentleman saint, St. Francis de Sales

Welcome from the Principal

Thank you for selecting Judge as the proper environment for your son’s development. Three items, two proximate and the other remote, are of importance to you and your son as we begin the new school year: 

Middle States Visit: Father Judge High School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Every seven years, a member school undertakes a Self-study in preparation for a reaccreditation visit. The Judge Middle States Visitation is scheduled for March 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2017. Judge is on track for the completion of the Self-study.   More will be shared about the Middle States Visit, as we get closer to the visit. We would like a group of parents to review our Self-study.  Let me know, if you are interested.

HomeroomWith the exception of a few assemblies, the Homeroom period will be the first activity of the school day. This is a change for the returning students and their parents.  All students are to report for Homeroom.  This is the main attendance check, and it will be used by each subsequent period. Those few students without a first period will be able to prepare for the day, as they wait for the second period to begin.

Swap Schedule: Each summer provides the opportunity for physical changes in the school building.   This was true at Judge for the summer 2016. The changes have gone beyond renovations, however. Judge will be moving away from a static eight period day schedule to a Swap Schedule.  Allow me to explain the rationale and the mechanics.

A static eight-period school day has been used at Judge, since our first days in 1954.  The only alteration was the introduction of a letter day to facilitate the assignment of lab periods and to identify testing days. The Static Schedule had many advantages for a time when the student population exceeded the available physical space.  Now, the school size is a comfortable 850 students, so we can join other educational institutions in many areas of the country, which have gotten away from the same day-in day-out routine.  All acknowledge that the attentiveness of the student fluctuates during the school day.  A change in the period of the day a class meets shares the times of greater alertness. Another factor to be considered is the amount of time student athletes lose with dismissals at the last period of the day for travel to a competition. With a static eight period day, the student-athlete misses the same class each game day. 

To address both alertness and the athlete’s absence issues, Judge has moved to a Swap Schedule.  In brief, the six letter days will remain:  A, B, C, D, E and F. Science Labs will be coded with a specific letter day, and testing will divided among the six days to avoid several tests being given on the same day.  The swap occurs every other day.   Days A, C and E will have the same class meetings, and we call these the Standard days.   Days B, D and E will have the same class meetings, and we call these the Swap days.  The swap only impacts two pair of periods.  The second and third periods of A, C and E days will become the seventh and eighth periods of B, D and F days.  The seventh and eighth periods of A, C and E days will become the second and third periods of B, D and F days.  The letter days are printed on the school calendar and will be posted in the Main Office and on the Homeroom TV Show. 

For some, who like a visual, the following chart will help.  “A day” is the identifier.  “A1” means “A” day at the first period.  See the legend under the chart. 

 

A Day

B Day

Swap

C Day

D Day

Swap

E Day

F Day

Swap

Homeroom

Homeroom

Homeroom

Homeroom

Homeroom

Homeroom

Homeroom

First Period

A1

A1

A1

A1

A1

A1

Second Period

#A2#

=A7=

#A2#

=A7=

#A2#

=A7=

Third Period

#A3#

=A8=

#A3#

=A8=

#A3#

=A8=

Fourth Period

A4

A4

A4

A4

A4

A4

Fifth Period

A5

A5

A5

A5

A5

A5

Sixth Period

A6

A6

A6

A6

A6

A6

Seventh Period

=A7=

#A2#

=A7=

#A2#

=A7=

#A2#

Eighth Period

=A8=

#A3#

=A8=

#A3#

=A8=

#A3#

 

A1, the first period is frozen.  It never swaps.

#A2# period meets at second period on A, C and E days, the Standard days.

#A2# period meets at seventh period on B, D and F days, the Swap days.

#A3# period meets at third period on A, C and E days, the Standard days.

#A3# period meets at eighth period on B, D and F days, the Swap days.

A4, the fourth period is frozen.  It never swaps.

A5, the fifth period is frozen. It never swaps.

A6, the sixth period is frozen.  It never swaps.

=A7= period meets at the seventh period on A, C and E days, the Standard days.

=A7= period meets at the second period on B, D and F days, the Swap days.

=A8= period meets at the eighth period on A, C and E days, the Standard days.

=A8= period meets at the third period on B, D and F days, the Swap days.


Every day the first question of students, teachers and staff will be: “Is today a Swap Day?”  The answer determines the flow of the day.
 

Conclusion:      If your son has been admitted to Judge or promoted to the next grade, he has all the talent he needs to succeed.  Remind your son that effort and preparation (study and homework) are essential to success at Judge.  I look forward to sharing the 2016-2017 school-year with you and your son.


Sincerely,


Rev. James E. Dalton, OSFS ‘62
Principal




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