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Lewis County students head back to school with changes

As Lewis County C-1 kids head back to school Thursday, they will see some big changes.
A few of the things students can expect to see at school are shorter classes and more of them.
Officials say one of their first things to do is heading to the school assembly.
There, they listen to the new bell tones and learn the difference between the junior high and high school bell.
Officials say they hope it will give students a better grasp on the new eight-block system the school is moving to for the first time in 20 years.
But the change doesn't come without challenges.
Principal Alan Koch says the biggest will be the homework load on students.
"We have things that are built into the schedule to kind of help alleviate that for the students," said Koch. "But we feel like the biggest advantage of making the switch from the block to the eight-period day is it allows our teachers and our students to interact on an everyday basis."
While Koch says it's going to be an adjustment, he says he thinks it's going to be a better learning environment for the students.
He says eight classes a day -  every day - makes it easier for students to hold their attention and retain information.
Teacher Kendra Scifres says students will get more lessons in, too.
"When we have them for an hour and a half, block was designed to teach two lessons a day but most of the time you didn't because of them retaining everything. It was too much information," said Scifres.
Students in seventh and eighth grade will also see the addition of a homeroom class.
Its main focus is reading, but the structure also focuses on homework and transitions them from elementary school into that junior high and high school phase.
"We've got an academic lab built in to the schedule. Fourth period," said Koch. "The seventh and eighth-graders will have a reading intervention class. I'm really looking forward to seeing how that improves our reading scores throughout the course of the year."
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