COLTON - Colton-Pierrepont Central School officials are planning to soon change the way some students utilize study halls by enabling staff to more closely monitor what they are working on.
Over the summer we had some discussions on how we could increase the number of students that would meet the high honor roll requirements, and we thought we could better utilize our study hall time with our students (by) teaching them about time management and organization, Principal James Nee told board of education members this week.
The staff was willing and accepting to basically pilot a program where they would be tracked on what type of work they would be doing every day in study hall, they being the students. The study hall teacher would keep track of that daily. We set up through a shared document where the study hall teacher, the administration and all the staff can see what various kids will be doing in their study halls, he added.
Mr. Nee emphasized that this new method should help in cases where students are struggling at the 10-week mark when they receive their grades. Teachers will be able to look back and see what the particular student was working on in their study halls.
When you walk by a study hall now it appears that all the students, to the best of their ability, are engaged and theyre doing work. During attendance (teachers) will ask, What are you working on? And the student will respond, Im working on my math. When they switch subjects or when they switch to a different topic, theyll let the study hall instructor know.
The five-week marking period will be coming up shortly, so staff will be able to see the effect of the changes, according to the first year principal.