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What is Eagle Halftime?
It is 50 minutes in the middle of the day for students to use for tutoring, clubs, lunch, socializing, studying, academic review sessions and more.
There are two 25 minute blocks. Teachers have a 25 minute lunch and 25 minutes of office hours to work with students.
Why Eagle Halftime?
Academic Support (Goal 1)
ART is only 1x/week and limited in its impact. Eagle Halftime provides daily academic support for students within the confines of the school day.
(125 additional minutes of support/week)
Emotional Well-Being (Goal 2)
Eagle Halftime provides an opportunity for students to decompress, and for staff and students to connect.
College & Career Readiness
Most high school schedules are compartmentalized and leave little or no room for students to develop the soft skills necessary for being college and/or career ready. Eagle Halftime provides the opportunity for students to develop these skills while still in high school.
Eagle Halftime can fit into our current schedule with only minor adjustments. All classes in a given day are 48/88 minutes in length with no disruptions. This new schedule results in an additional 125 min/week contact time with students without changing our start or end time.
What would it look like at ONHS?
Eagle Halftime would begin August 17 and January 4.
High School Bell Schedule 2017-2018:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday
1st Hour 8:00-8:48
2nd Hour 8:53-9:41
3rd Hour 9:46-10:34
4th Hour 10:39-11:29
Lunch/E.H. A = 11:32-11:57
B = 11:57-12:22
5th Hour 12:26-1:14
6th Hour 1:19-2:07
7th Hour 2:12-3:00
1st Hour 8:00-9:28
3rd Hour 9:33-11:01
Lunch/E.H. A = 11:05-11:30
B = 11:30-11:55
5th Hour 11:59-1:27
7th Hour 1:32-3:00
2nd Hour 8:15-9:43
4th Hour 10:18-11:46
Lunch/E.H. A = 11:49-12:14
B = 12:14-12:39
6th Hour 12:42-2:10
Mon/Tues/Fri – 48 min. classes, Wed. – 88 min., Thur. 88 min. classes. 5 minute passing periods.
A/B Office hours
During Eagle Halftime, teachers will have office hours for 25 minutes and a 25 minute duty free lunch. Office hours will be assigned by department. Students will have the opportunity to visit teachers for academic support during this time. A bell will ring at the 25-minute interval signaling a change from A office hours to B office hours. A bell will ring at the end of Eagle Halftime signaling to students that they need to move to their next class destination.
Locations where students MAY and MAY NOT eat their lunch:
Students MAY eat their lunch in the commons, hallways, classrooms with teachers present (designated by a sign) and courtyards (main hall, 400 hall, 800 hall).
Students will NOT be allowed to eat their lunch in the computer labs, restrooms or library media center.
Students will NOT be allowed to congregate on steps or ramps, no blocking of easements.
Students will NOT be able to access gyms, locker rooms, auditorium, weight room and wrestling room during Eagle Halftime.
*There will be “peanut/tree nut free” signs on 2 tables in the lunch room and in all of the classrooms that students with allergies have on their schedule.
Advisory and Seminar will occur each week on Thursday. Advisory is 25 minutes, with designated lessons for each grade level. No movement is allowed during this time. Seminar is 45 minutes and will be used for assemblies and other special events that occur during the school day, so as not to interrupt instructional time.
What will students do during Eagle Halftime?
Initially, students will have the freedom to choose how they use their time. It starts as “their” time. Students will be required to remain on campus, but may choose when to eat their lunch and where to eat their lunch. Students will also have the opportunity to spend time in acceleration, enrichment and/or involvement activities of their choice, based on individual need or interest. Students who have a D or an F will be assigned a 25 minute office hour by their teachers, during Eagle Halftime. Students will only have ONE 25 minute office hour assigned per day. Teachers will have that assigned by 8:00 a.m. that day and students will be reminded to access that, through StudentVue, during 4th hour announcements.
ACCELERATION, ENRICHMENT, and INVOLVEMENT
It is important that we help students to use their time responsibly. Students develop that skill by being given the freedom to make decisions about how to best manage their time. Staff cannot mandate student time. The only mandatory sessions will be for students with Ds and Fs. If a student has a D or F in a course, the student will be required to meet with that teacher once a week until the grade improves to a C or higher.
What are the consequences for a student who does not use Eagle Halftime appropriately?
If a student uses Eagle Halftime inappropriately (fails to report to assigned location, creates a disruption to others, leaves campus, etc.) he/she will be assigned to a mandatory study hall during Eagle Halftime, known as a “Sideline”. The privilege of Eagle Halftime may be suspended indefinitely if there are repeated incidents. The student will eat his/her lunch in the mandatory study hall and complete class assignments.
Can Eagle Halftime be taken away?
Yes, it can be taken away, if responsibility is not taken for trash pick-up or there are behavioral issues. Eagle Halftime may be suspended for a day or multiple days.
Computers in the library will be available to students. We will work to also have another computer lab available. By second semester, all students will have laptops and North will be one-to-one.
Library Media Center
The library will serve as a quiet work area where students can study and have availability for printing student class work.
Clubs can meet once every two weeks during Eagle Halftime. There are no restrictions on meeting after school. We will create a google.doc, displaying the club meetings for the two week period. All sports and co-curricular activities cannot mandate a rehearsal or practice, or schedule a “voluntary” practice.
There is a five minute overlap of Eagle Halftime and the start of OATC on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. There is no overlap on Wednesday and Thursday. This will give PM OATC students an opportunity to stay for the first half of Eagle Halftime on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. PM OATC students would be available for both sessions of Eagle Halftime on Wednesday and Thursday.
Students will be expected to exit at the nearest exit and move to the curb away from the building. Teachers will encourage students to exit the building using the route indicated on the fire maps posted in their classrooms.
Students should proceed to the nearest designated tornado shelter. Teachers will prompt students in their area at that time to the nearest designated tornado shelter using the tornado maps located in their room.
Students will report to the nearest available classroom/secured space. Teachers will follow protocol used throughout the day to admit students into their rooms as they secure their doors and wait for further instructions.
If students and staff need to evacuate the building, the practice football and soccer fields will be the congregation area. Students should locate their Advisory teacher and check in with that teacher. Teachers will have an assigned location on the field and will communicate that with students at the beginning of the year.
Parent Excusing During Eagle Halftime
If students have a doctor’s appointment, Eagle Halftime will be a good time to sign your student out. Requests must be submitted at the beginning of the school day. Last minute requests will not be possible since passes CANNOT be delivered once Eagle Halftime is under way.
Outside Food and Drink
Students are expected to remain on campus and eat from the cafeteria or bring food from home. Outside fast food and drink CANNOT be dropped off for students.
Honor societies MAY decide to offer tutoring on certain days. This will be organized by the honor society supervisors and officers. Students who provide this service may receive community service credit for it. This is currently a work in progress.
We will have three food serving areas. We will utilize the cafeteria in the Commons and the 2 kiosks, which are located in the South Commons and the main hall/200 hall intersection. Students will NOT be allowed to charge any food items, if their lunch account is in the negative.
We will use the first week of school, during advisory, to teach students the procedures related to Eagle Halftime.