Tiger Team Time comes to Hastings High

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Updated: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:31:21 CST

A new class at Hastings high is giving students a leg-up, and it gives students more one on one time with teachers.

On this day, Hastings high students are hard at work, but, over the past few years, studies have shown that their progress has hit a downward slope.

"We were honest with ourselves; part of it is instruction on our end," said Jay Opperman, Principal of Hastings High School.

Class grades and test scores were on the decline.

"We really didn't have a way to systematically be able to get help to students with any teacher at a certain time of the day was really being done on extra time," said Opperman.

Results from recent surveys showed that only half of Hastings students felt optimistic about their future and about 40% felt engaged in education, so tiger team time was born.

"I like T3 because it's the one time I get to visit my teachers when they are busy throughout the day," said Keandre Turner.

All students are required to participate in Tiger time, except for seniors with passing grades.

"It helps out sometimes because I'll have extra time to do homework," said Raven Hill.

For 40 minutes a day 3 times a week students have the opportunity to get extra help from teachers.

"If you're sick it's really nice. You can go and make things up and talk to your teachers and you get a lot more one on one time," said Gretchen Kelly.

Teachers think T3 is exactly what the school has been missing.

"We would lose the before and after school time with students. We would set up appointments and arrange times for students to come in and sometimes they just wouldn't show up so I think this just creates a great opportunity for kids," said Mike Nanfito, social studies teacher at Hastings.

While students do get some extra help with their work, the new program has some students left with too much free time.

"I know I got the bad end of the deal. I have little to no classes the other day with study halls inconvenient and more stressful than having it evenly split up," said Jasmine Dinnell.

But, will students see results? Teachers are optimistic.

"We wanted to do something that would impact our culture and the relationships between the people in the building because in the end we think that brings hope. We think that brings engagement," said Opperman.

The school is in the process of putting together data to evaluate the program. Today, students were given a survey on T3.