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Beyond the Bell tolls in district

OESJ afterschool program to help students

December 8, 2013
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

ST. JOHNSVILLE - Oppenhiem-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School will include a new program designed to assist students after school who may be falling behind in certain classes.

Ronald Smith, principal of the high school, announced at the recent Board of Education meeting that a new program is set to assist students.

According to Smith, the program was needed to help struggling students with some of their academics.

The program, called Beyond the Bell, is a block of time set aside every Tuesday and Thursday after school for high school and middle school students.

According to Smith, the program is being funded with rural school funds already set aside in the budget.

"Basically, the vision is to provide academic improvement opportunities, but also an opportunity to enrich those students who are already in advanced placement [classes] who are looking for an opportunity to grow a little bit deeper," Smith said.

The program, which was approved Wednesday, started Thursday, according to OESJ District Clerk Anna O'Connell.

Smith said, from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., students will be instructed by OSEJ teachers in two blocks of 40 minutes each. Smith said students could then split between English in the first block and then social studies in the second, if need be.

According to Smith, the first marking period data revealed 39 percent of the student body is on some form of honor roll. Smith also said the student body in the high school has 48 students in Level 3; that level has students with grade point averages between 0 and 74 percent. He said 13 students are in the high average, with 70 percent to 74 percent, while 22 are in the low average, 0 percent to 65 percent.

Smith said Level 2 - students with averages from 74 to 88 - has 115 students, while Level 1 - students with averages from 88 to 100 - has 62 students.



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