By: Beth Jennings
Crossett High School implemented a new mandatory elective this year ― E.A.G.L.E. Time.
The acronym stands for Everyone Achieves Growth Leading to Excellence.
E.A.G.L.E. Time is a mandatory class held during every student's third period. This class was created due to the growing need of enrichment and academic support that couldn't be provided in the normal school day. Principal Alicia Brown stated, “This period will help remediate and enrich students in these needed areas. For example, students pulled for Science classes will receive extra instruction on reading graphs and charts and analyzing those.”
During the first semester, on Mondays and Wednesdays, students are expected to work on math, whether it be with any work handed out by the classroom teacher, or in their math class, summoned by their teacher. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the same applies, only for English class.
Students can be requested by other teachers during this time (teachers are expected to request around 15 students a day), but if one of them is an English teacher on Tuesday, that teacher will get priority over the student.
The core subjects switch at term, from math and English to Science and History. On Fridays, the students have no priority teacher, so any teacher has even ground at getting them.
Once a month, the students meet with their CAPS teachers ― basically, teachers to help them through the wild ride of high school.
E.A.G.L.E. Time is a requirement for all students. This is so each student receives either Tier I Enrichment or Tier II Intervention. The structured learning environment gives each student time to progress through individual and group learning, teacher feedback, guided practices, and peer tutoring. Brown believes that adding this course to the schedule will benefit the teachers. She said, “All teachers in all subjects are reading teachers. This extra guidance will teach and aide in comprehension as well as guide students to become competent readers with informational text.”