By Rachel Lau
Social Media Editor
There have been several new changes this school year, but one that has seemed to gain everyone’s attention is the addition of an “academic prep” period.
Last year, Red Lion had a period called flex, that didn’t exactly work well for students or teachers. Typically, either the period was left with nothing else to do for the extra 20 minutes or students would become bored and couldn’t keep their attention on the class.
“All changes were made to give students extra support,” Principal Mark Shue said. He also brought up the statistics that showed from this year to last year, student failures lowered 16 percent.
By Helen Zeidman
The new school year is well underway, and the times have changed. The Red Lion High School has gotten a new schedule. Since last school year, the administration has implemented a new school schedule with updated class period lengths, the removal of the flex period, and the addition of an Academic Prep period.
Instead of the daily rotating twenty minutes formerly known as Flex Period, a new feature has been added to the schedule: Academic Prep. This 38-minute period will take place in your homeroom and will occur every day between third and fourth period.
According to Principal Mark Shue, “Academic prep will serve all kinds of different functions.” Some of the uses for this new period include classroom remediation, catching up on missed work, club meetings, and special projects.
The period will work on a request system. Either a student can fill out a request form to ask to spend the academic prep period with a certain teacher, or a teacher can request to spend the period with a student. A student is not allowed to leave their homeroom without a request.
With the addition of academic prep, students will not have to memorize a dozen different schedules. “There will be the same bell schedule every day,” Mr. Shue said.
The decision to the switch from flex period to the academic prep period follows a principle of human nature. “Human beings love consistency and structure. Academic prep gives everyone both,” Mr. Shue said.
The consistency can also be helpful to teachers. Ms. Ayres, the librarian and yearbook coordinator, admitted that she enjoys the structure of the new period.
“Personally, I like the consistency in the schedule. I don’t feel like I constantly have to think about what is coming next, so it is one less thing to worry about in a teacher’s busy day,” Ayres said.
Academic prep also gives students the opportunity to finish their work during school hours instead of having to stay after school. If a student misses a class due to a sport, or because of an appointment, they can make up the work in the academic prep period.
Allyson Ayres has her homeroom with the yearbook staff. With the extra time that the academic prep period provides, Ms. Ayres plans to improve the yearbook.
“The time will allow us to complete quality work in a timely fashion,” Ayres said. “It will give students the opportunity to use their creative skills because they will have more time.”
As this school year begins, the high school is saying goodbye to flex and hello to a brand new schedule designed to meet the needs of students and teachers.
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