By Jacob Fisher
In the 2019-2020 school year, COVID-19 halted Sheyenne to a standstill. Numerous activities, such as the Boys’ Soccer program, were cancelled entirely. The school went completely online to the detriment of much of the student body, affecting everything from grades to mental health. However, curricular changes, such as those for learning models and distance schooling, might prove to be beneficial. In fact, faultily and leadership are planning to embrace the lessons learned due to COVID-19 as soon as this Wednesday.
Mr. Williams, the new head principal at Sheyenne, along with the rest of the administration team, are spearheading this operation. The plan is to have Wednesdays be more “flexible”, with students coming in to receive help in subjects they are struggling in, to being able to practice with their team for sports and clubs, and even the possibility of staying home for the day.
“The idea with Wednesdays is to provide some intensive interventions for students to help them get caught up, whether that is credit recovery, whether that is getting caught up in some of their classes … and also providing students with the opportunity for enrichment,” Mr. Williams explained the morning of the announcement. Williams plans for the enrichments to be curricular to extracurricular activities students could take part it, such as their own personal projects. “Let’s say we have a student who loves art. Maybe they want to come and work on a sculpture, or they want to work on a painting. I think we should provide them with that opportunity.”
Interventions, Williams elaborated, should be implemented based on grades and teacher recommendations. He wishes for these interventions to be like a doctor’s order – required for the wellbeing of the student, for the benefit of the student.
Williams plans to have every student in the building for the first Wednesday of this program, but after that, if a student is proficient in classes and willing to work from home, he is optimistic that they will be able to do so.
“I think it would be foolish for us to require you to be in the building if you can learn outside of Sheyenne,” Mr. Williams added. “However, the opportunity for all students to come will still be there. You would have autonomy for where you would want to go for either enrichment or intervention.”
The first day of this program is planned to be March 3rd, 2021.
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