SAHS Supporting Students

10th Grade Academy 

B.A.R.R.

Flex Time

Link Crew

Peer Tutors

WICOR Strategies

College and Career Center
Resources for college and/or career planning.

Counseling Program
Support for students in academic planning, and social/emotional development.

School Nurse

Wellness Center
Support for mental health, chemical health and more.

 

10th Grade Academy
The academy will provide a personalized schedule for a cohort of about 90 students in need of additional support in literacy and executive function skills. This group will spend part of their day in a block schedule, which provides longer class periods in four core academic areas on a rotating, every-other-day basis. Students exprience an additional opportunity in Strategic Reading which boosts their academic performance in other academic areas. The rest of their day is similar to their peers  in which they can explore elective classes. This ensures students get the academic support and remediation they need, without limiting their access to other elective courses.

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Building Assets, Reducing Risks (B.A.R.R.)
The ninth grade academic experience at Stillwater Area High School will be supported by the  “Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR)” model. BARR is a research based transition model with a focus on the “whole” student. BARR consists of eight strategies that provide a comprehensive structure to help educators build safe, strong, trusting relationships with students. One of the strategies is to group students into teams that share common teachers. These teachers meet together on a regular basis to collaborate and ensure student success. Another BARR strategy is “iTime” which further develops the assets of each student. iTime lessons will be delivered by core teachers of the BARR teams to further develop relationships between students and teachers and build essential assets for success in school and life.

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Flex Time
In 2017, the 9th Grade Transition Team proposed implementing a flexible period of time during the school day in order to provide a somewhat flexible period designed to create additional time for students as they pursue their individual passions, post-secondary goals and a sense of belonging within Stillwater Area High School. The objectives of Flex Time are:

  1. Relationship Building: Our students will connect with staff and other students who share common interests and/or goals.
  2. Academic Equity: Our students will have individualized access to teachers and resources to enrich and support learning during school hours.
  3. Social/Emotional Well-Being: Our students’ wellness needs will be supported through flexible time to meet academic and social/emotional demands.

An adult advocate is assigned to each student who will loop each year with the group to further develop student-teacher relationships over the four years.  Students will work with their advocate and assigned counselor to develop their personalized learning plan and help orient 9th grade students to their new school.

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Link Crew
Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, this high school transition program trains mentors from the SAHS  junior and senior classes to be Link Crew Leaders. As positive role models, Link Crew Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to Stillwater Area High School and help facilitate freshman success. More and more studies show that if students have a positive experience their first year in high school, their chance for success increases dramatically. Link Crew provides the structure for freshmen to receive support and guidance from juniors and seniors who have been through the challenges that high school poses, and understand that the transition to a larger school can sometimes be overwhelming.

Link Crew is a year long transition program with four components that contribute to its success:

  • High School Orientation - Link Leaders and freshmen start building the mentor relationship and freshmen receive information about how to be successful in high school
  • Academic Follow Ups - Link Leaders support freshman academic success and character development through structured classroom visits
  • Social Follow Ups - Link Leaders and freshmen connect outside the classroom at social events to increase student engagement, and promote positive school climate
  • Leader Initiated Contacts - Link Leaders connect with their freshmen on a more individual basis

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Peer Tutors
Students interested in receiving academic support from a peer tutor should contact the National Honor Society Advisor. National Honor Society students provide peer tutoring throughout the year.

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WICOR Strategies
Stillwater Area High School is an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) school and we believe in incorporating many AVID strategies across all areas. AVID’s proven learning support structure for middle and high school—and enhanced for higher education—is known as WICOR, which incorporates teaching/learning methodologies in the following critical areas: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading to Learn. WICOR provides a learning model that teachers can use to guide students to comprehend materials and concepts, and articulate ideas, at increasingly complex levels. Furthermore, the WICOR model reflects and promotes the expertise and attitudes that will serve students well in life beyond college graduation. Surveys of employers indicate that they seek college educated employees who have strong interpersonal skills, communicate well, and have the ability to develop creative solutions to new problems in collaborative ways. AVID’s scaffold of social and academic structures instills these qualities, while at the same time improving outcomes in academic performance, building critical reading and thinking skills for rigorous fields of study, using writing as a powerful thinking and communication tool, and fostering collaboration among students, teachers, and other professionals within higher education and the “real” world of working and living.

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