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Changes coming to Islander Time for juniors and seniors

At Grand Island Senior High, we are constantly evaluating our operations and the experiences we provide our students. 

After gathering feedback from staff and students, and looking into attendance and academic data, we are making some changes to Islander Time starting next semester. This will impact juniors and seniors only. Freshman and sophomore Islander Time will not change.


For juniors, you may have a new Islander Time teacher as we reshuffle to provide a more personalized experience.

A and B days will have two distinct purposes for juniors.

  • A days will be focused on ACT prep, specifically John Baylor. Students will be reassigned Islander Time classrooms based on data, primarily PACT data. Juniors should not be allowed to leave Islander Time classrooms with a pass on A days.
  • B days will be devoted to WIN Time (What I Need). Each Academy is encouraged to organize interventions for students who are failing classes and enrichment activities for students who are on track. These activities may include clubs, activities and athletic leadership opportunities, as well as additional academic experiences. Students who need to meet with a counselor or another teacher will also be able to make those arrangements on B days.


The primary purpose for seniors will be WIN Time. Islander Time will no longer be required for seniors. This will allow students additional time to study and make appointments with teachers and counselors as needed. Students will not be required to check in with any teacher during the 75-minute lunch block.

However, any student who is failing a class at the end of any three-week grading period will be assigned a 50-minute study hall during period 3-4. Any student who is failing a class will not be allowed to have open lunch privileges. Counselors will notify parents and students if students have been assigned a study hall during this time and when they successfully regain senior WIN Time privileges.

Once they are no longer failing any classes at the end of a three-week grading period, they will regain WIN Time privileges.

Seniors may also be included in additional academy activities being developed, which may include clubs, activities and athletic leadership opportunities, as well as additional academic experiences.

Reach out

Again, our ultimate goal is to personalize each student’s schedule to their needs. We will continue to find ways to improve the experiences we provide at the Academies of Grand Island Senior High.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s counselor or academy principal.

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