Intervention plan continues to make strides

This school year has brought many changes including the very well-known intervention system, creating more opportunities for students to get help from the teachers throughout the day. The system was broken up into three major parts; academic zone, small study hall and the commons.

With each school day this year having eight periods, each teacher has gained another hour of supervision in which they are able to help students with questions through the use of the intervention system.

The use of the small study hall has been seen to have extreme success this school year, and it’s the teachers that have played the biggest role in the success by having a core class teacher in both the academic zone and in the small study hall during each period, thus allowing students to talk to either teacher when they need assistance in a core class. The success is in the numbers,

“Students are anxious to complete their homework and assignments on time,” assistant principal Dana Deines said. “We looked back at data from the previous semester and saw that there were 34 percent fewer [failures than in the past].”

With the help of referrals and help from the small study hall, students have become better at studying and getting everything turned in and graded. Last semester there were around 500 referrals to the small study halls; however, one student can be referred several times throughout the semester .

“Quite a few [students] are able to get in, use the resources offered and get out [fairly soon],” math teacher Joe Brown said. The system also benefits teachers. The most helpful part is “communications between teachers, [by keeping track of the] assignments between the teachers.”

As of now, the intervention system is making a great impression. So much that the system is set to continue into the school years to come, though there will be a few changes. “Next year, there’ll be an additional five minutes each day, making classes 45 minutes long,” Deines said. “[We also hope to] move small study hall closer to the academic zone.”

With these small changes, the 2014-2015 school year will end each of its school days at 2:50 p.m. and have small study hall closer to the academic zone for students to have a chance to talk to multiple or different teachers in a core class. This way if a student has a question in biology and there’s a chemistry teacher in the small study hall, the student has a quicker route to check in the academic zone for a biology teacher.

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