Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts | 501 S. Sapodilla Ave, WPB, FL 33401

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  • April 15Spring into College Series on April 19th at 11:19 a.m. in the Media Center
  • April 15Incent to Run Info Meeting on April 18th at 11:19 a.m. in Meyer Hall
  • April 15Nutrition Club Meeting on April 18th at 11:10 a.m. in the Media Center
  • April 15VA/DM Senior Show on April 17th at 5 p.m. in Buildings 2 and 9
  • April 15Students Against Human Trafficking Event on April 17th at 11:19 a.m. in the Media Center
  • April 15Ring Ceremony on April 17th at 9:00 a.m. in Meyer Hall
  • April 15SAC on April 16th at 5:30 p.m. in the Media Center
  • April 15Arts Club Meeting on April 16th at 11:19 a.m. in the Gym
  • April 15Career Fair on April 15th at 11:19 a.m. in the Media Center
Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts | 501 S. Sapodilla Ave, WPB, FL 33401

THE MUSE

Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts | 501 S. Sapodilla Ave, WPB, FL 33401

THE MUSE

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Hola, Nihao, Hello, Shalom
March 16, 2024
Lining the bleachers in the gymnasium, sophomores cheer on performers during the Battle of the Bands competition.
Battle of the Genres
March 14, 2024
Vocal sophomore Levi Cowen plays the drums during the sophomores’ Battle of the Bands rehearsal. The sophomores had to perform songs from the techno genre.
Jamming to Win
March 14, 2024

Is there such thing as too many LTMs?

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Graphic by Jack Yan

Students know LTMs as days where they can get a few extra hours of sleep, or a morning where they can go to CityPlace with their friends. However, teachers know them as mornings full of meetings and Marzano madness.

Learning Team Meetings, or LTMs, have taken place twice within nine school days, on Oct. 8 and Oct. 20. LTMs are typically monthly for Palm Beach County high school students, allowing for teachers to meet with administrators during the morning and to teach their classes in the afternoon. During LTMs, students arrive to school three hours later than they would on a regular school day.

The LTM on Oct. 8 was extended, meaning that classes did not begin until 2:30 p.m. and various assemblies took place beforehand. The LTM on Oct. 20 was a normal length, as classes began at noon. Until the bell rang, teachers and administration were in the Media Center in meetings concerning Marzano, the scale method, and other teaching instructions. The increased frequency of LTMs is having mixed effects.

According to the Palm Beach County School District’s website, “the focus of [LTMs] is the exploration of knowledge and/or strategies that address curriculum, instruction, assignments, and assessments and their relation to improving student achievement.”

Yet, in practice, LTMs have been taking away teaching time. Third period has been kept off of the schedule for LTM days, and when it is on the schedule, the period is kept short.

“Third period probably has more homework and less teaching time because of LTMs,” english teacher Valerie Bauer said. “I don’t see [those students] as much. They have to finish some classwork at home, whereas with my block classes, they get more time to explore certain areas.”

The next LTM is on Nov. 5 and will be a normal length.

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Alex Gordon
Alex Gordon, Managing Editor
Communications junior Alex Gordon is a Cover Editor and second-year staffer on The Muse. Aside from journalism, Gordon is a member of the Dreyfoos Speech and Debate Team, where he is the president, and was ranked last year as one of the top sophomores in Florida. He is also the vice president of ThinkPINK, and is an attorney for the Palm Beach County Youth Court program. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, watching Netflix, and reading. In the future, Gordon aspires to have a career in law, politics, or sports management. He looks forward to advancing his journalistic abilities with The Muse for the next two years.
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