Kids are taking aim with archery, among other enrichment offerings during advisory periods at Bonham Middle School.
When Ector County Independent School District adopted the concept of flex time for middle schools several years ago, it was up to each campus to decide what activities to offer during advisory periods.
“Over the last two years, we’ve done leadership, character building activities, lots of community service projects and we’ve also used the time for tutorials. This year, we decided to kind of encompass all of that together into what we call flex time,” said Assistant Principal Shannon Griffith. “We have some students that are in need of intervention … and some students who did very well on STAAR testing and unit assessments … so they didn’t necessarily need tutoring or interventions. They are in what we call the enrichment classes, so all of it together is flex time,” she added. STAAR testing stands for State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing.
Some students do English, science or math activities. Others create art projects, and other practice archery.
“We’ve got one teacher doing mythological tales. We’ve got one teacher doing origami. Then coach (Pete) Mauro and coach (Katherine) Roberts teamed up together to do archery,” Griffith said.
Most of the intervention classes have 15 students, and enrichment classes include between 20 to 25 students. The school conducts a draft where each student is available to teachers. The teachers draft students who are in need for intervention, and each teacher has a specific day when they can draft their students.