AHS, DCHS Flexible Fridays to offer incentive, intervention, and enrichment
Apollo and Daviess County high schools are implementing new and innovative programs to provide incentive, intervention, and enrichment opportunities for students to be successful in school and beyond. Flexible use of time within the school day on Fridays will allow the schools to offer the variety of services and incentives students need.
An incentive of eight Early Release (ER) days – Sept. 17, Oct. 29, Nov. 19, Dec. 10, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 25, May 6 – will be offered this year for the students of DCHS and AHS. Students who are passing all classes will be allowed to leave at 12:20 p.m. on those days. Students who are failing a class will be required to stay at school to receive needed instruction and to complete assignments.
Students who qualify for the Early Release will be provided bus transportation or a supervised area should their parents prefer they remain at school to read or work on assignments and projects.
“What is exceptional about the new program is that it will allow time within the school day for services typically offered outside of the school day,” said Jennifer Higdon, staff developer at DCHS.
Jennifer Wethington, a Flex Friday coordinator at AHS, said, “At AHS, we have developed a plan to offer weekly intervention and enrichment beyond the Early Release dates planned by the DCPS School Board, known as Eagle Nesting Time. During Eagle Nesting Time, students will report to either intervention or enrichment classes the last 51 minutes of the school day every Friday. These weekly checkpoints, we believe, will enable more of our students to earn the incentive of the early release planned approximately once a month. Our goal is for all students to pass every class.”
Jennifer Higdon said, “DCHS has a committee currently reviewing whether to also implement the weekly intervention and enrichment option. If the usage of the last 51 minutes each Friday for these needs is approved by the DCHS Site-Based Council, it may begin as early as January here and become known as DC1 Time.” Higdon added, “There is a great deal of enthusiasm here for ideas that offer every available opportunity for students to be successful.”
Enrichment opportunities at the two high schools may include areas of interest, talent and skill such as crafts, gaming, intramurals and horticulture. Clubs, such as Future Farmers of America, Spirit Club, Future Business Leaders of America, academic team, and Key Club may meet to allow more students an opportunity to develop leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. Guest speakers, funded programs and school assemblies may also be scheduled during the flexible Friday schedule as part of enrichment.
Students will not attend school on Oct. 1 or Feb. 4 this school year. That is because the DCPS district has planned the two PLC Fridays to give teachers time to work together in developing specific strategies to benefit individual students. These Professional Learning Communities are in place at all DCPS schools.
“ ‘We’re all in this together’ and ‘failure is not an option’ are two statements that rally teachers to support the Flexible Friday programs,” said both Jennifer Higdon and Jennifer Wethington.
“All teachers will be needed to contribute to the tutoring and intervention programs,” said Wethington.
Higdon said, “The programs can lead to reduced failures, increased test scores, and overall success for both schools if an ‘all hands on deck approach’ is adopted.”
Parents also have an important role and responsibility in the success of their students. Parents are asked not to check out students involved in intervention during any of the times set aside on these “Flexible Fridays.”
“Our high schools are committed to identifying what students need to learn and providing the resources and assistance they need to meet academic goals,” said Julie Clark, DCPS director of secondary instruction. “We believe the time and effort invested in the Flexible Friday programs – whether an Early Release Friday, Eagle Nesting Time, or DC1 Time – will yield positive results for participating students.”
For more information:
Apollo High School – (270) 852-7100
Daviess County High School - (270) 852-7300
Central Office - (270) 852-7000