Eliminate Panther Time and replace that time block with the AVID program

Eliminate Panther Time and replace that time block with the AVID program

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Dibora Yilma started this petition to Kathryn Madigan

All‌ ‌students‌ ‌attending‌ ‌Glasgow‌ ‌Middle‌ ‌School‌ ‌have‌ ‌to‌ participate in ‌Panther‌ ‌Time‌ ‌which‌ ‌is‌ ‌meant‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌period ‌to‌ ‌complete‌ ‌administrative‌ ‌tasks‌ (such‌ ‌as‌ ‌collecting‌ ‌forms‌), to‌ ‌build‌ ‌our‌ ‌community‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌school‌, ‌and‌ to ‌encourage‌ ‌good‌ ‌behavior‌ ‌through weekly lessons.‌ ‌The‌ ‌problem‌ ‌is‌ ‌that‌ according to a survey we conducted*, 96.9% of students don’t apply any of the Panther Time lessons into their daily lives and only 48.4% of them even pay attention. This shows that Panther Time often ends up being a waste of time and 84.4% of students agree with this statement. Another problem is that 84.4% of students don’t participate in the AVID program even though 51.9% of those students believe that taking AVID would benefit them. In addition to this, only 38.9% of them aren’t taking it because they aren’t interested, and 64.8% of them would be taking it if it didn’t mean giving up an elective. This is an issue because out of the 15.6% of students that are in AVID, 80% of them believe that every student would benefit from taking AVID and that AVID is more beneficial to them than Panther Time is. All of this shows that students are being given a class period that isn’t really a constructive use of their time to do things that could be easily integrated into other classes, but being forced to give up an elective if they want to “receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses”**. 

A‌ ‌solution‌ ‌to‌ ‌these‌ ‌problems‌ ‌would‌ ‌be‌ ‌to‌ ‌eliminate Panther Time and use that time block to provide the AVID program to all students. According to Danitsa, a current AVID student, AVID classes mainly consist of tutorials (a way for students to get help from their classmates in subjects they don’t understand), lessons on different colleges, binder checks, and other tips/lessons to increase productivity and organization. These things can all be done in that 30 minute time block, twice a week, to support students’ learning and potentially even have them be the first in their families to graduate from college.  By getting as many signatures on this petition as possible, we can bring this matter to the attention of acting principal Kathryn Madigan and the rest of the administrative team so that action can be taken.


* We surveyed a total of 64 students

** “What AVID Is / College & Career Readiness - Explore AVID Students by Grade Level.” AVID / Closing the Achievement Gap in Education, www.avid.org/what-avid-is

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