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      Evans Middle School shifting from 45-minute to 60-minute periods

      A schedule change is coming to Evans Middle School.

      Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, students will shift from seven 48-minute periods and a 15-minute advisory period to six 60-minute periods.

      The school board has been considering the change since winter break and decided to make the switch to help students better meet the Iowa Core.

      Evans Principal Dave Harper said students won't be sitting listening to a lecture for an hour. Rather, they'll have more time for different types of learning.

      "Through our gradual release and responsibility model framework that we use, from productive group work to individual work to centers with the teachers, with individual or small group instruction, it's going to be key," Harper said. "The kids are not just going to be sitting there, they're going to be up and about and engaged in what we're doing in the classrooms."

      Harper said the school has been able to accommodate every student so that they can still take the electives and extra-curricular activities that they want.

      Evans will also be hiring several new staff members to make the transition a smooth one and to even out class sizes.