As we approach the mid-point of the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the variety of resources we offer to support students’ academic success. We fully recognize that students require a variety of support to reach his or her academic potential. Each student is unique, and we aim to provide all students a multitude of opportunities to be successful. To that end, we go to great lengths to provide a variety of resources and opportunities.
One universal support we have for students of all levels are Academic Resource Labs. I am focusing on Academic Resource Labs specifically for two reasons. The first is because of the direct impact the labs have for students. The second reason is the hope that sharing this information with you, it will further increase student utilization of the labs as the semester comes to a close.
First and foremost, the Math Lab and English Lab are available to all students every period, every day, as well as before and after school. The labs are staffed by content area teachers and peer tutors who can help students with all related content. Math and English Labs take priority because of their scope of impact as well as complexity of content. All students are required to take three or four years of content in these areas, and therefore the labs provide opportunities for students throughout their high school years. We strongly encourage all students to take advantage of these resources. Simply put: students who frequent the labs are more successful.
To support all academic areas, the Assessment Lab is also open to all students every period, every day. Assessments from virtually every class in the building can be taken/retaken in this lab. With the increased importance of skill mastery and more classes encouraging or requiring students to retake tests, this lab is heavily utilized. Additionally, for students that have been absent from school, this lab can be invaluable. Instead of having to miss additional instructional time when returning from an absence to take assessments, students can make up the assessments in a convenient and timely manner. Good assessments are at the core of our instruction, and students choosing to utilize the Assessment Lab are certainly making choices that are in their academic best interest.
In addition to Academic Resource Labs that are open all day, every day, there are a number of Academic Resources available during TEAM. TEAM runs every regular-schedule day for 25 minutes. In TEAM, students meet regularly with their TEAM teacher to set goals and monitor their progress. In addition to the support of the TEAM room itself, there are also a variety of Academic Resource Labs available exclusively during TEAM. TEAM labs include: English, Math, Assessment, PE Make-Up, Foreign Language, Science, Art, Choir, and Band. All labs are staffed by content area teachers and peer tutors. Moreover, the library and computer labs are available for any student who needs access to resources. TEAM labs are in their third year of implementation and they have proven to be exceptionally beneficial.Student feedback for the labs continues to be positive. Using data collection from participation, each week these labs provide hundreds of students the opportunity to improve their skills in ways that previously were not available. The philosophy and purpose of all Academic Resource Labs are to be resources for students to get additional support needed to be successful. Labs provide direct instruction and supports while allowing teachers to interact with students on a one-on-one basis. Please encourage your student to take advantage of these phenomenal opportunities. With final exams rapidly approaching, please encourage your student to find time before, during, or after school to visit an Academic Resource Lab and join his or her classmates who, every day, are choosing to improve skills and achieve higher levels of academic success.