HUB pro­grams helps atrisk stu­dents grad­u­ate

El Dorado News-Times - - Front Page - By Jan­ice McIn­tyre City Edi­tor

Some of the stu­dents are home­less – drift­ing from one friend’s or rel­a­tive’s home to an­other. Oth­ers are teenage moth­ers. Some may be strug­gling with emo­tional, phys­i­cal and men­tal is­sues or cat­a­strophic life changes, such as a di­vorce, a move from one town and school to an­other or the death of a loved one.

What­ever the is­sues, stu­dents with high rates of ab­sen­teeism and those not sure whether or not they can grad­u­ate from high school, are now en­rolling in Hub pro­grams, com­plet­ing cour­ses and are on the path to high school grad­u­a­tion.

With a goal to “try to make ev­ery stu­dent suc­cess­ful,” and in­crease grad­u­a­tion rates, the Hub pro­gram at El Do­rado High School is de­signed to in­crease the grad­u­a­tion rate, help stu­dents who may have got­ten be­hind in their course­work or those with home and health is­sues.

Alva Reibe, prin­ci­pal at El Do­rado High School, re­ported to the El Do­rado School Board on Mon­day night that 29 stu­dents at EHS are now en­rolled in the Hub pro­gram. Through the pro­gram, flex­i­ble sched­ules are fo­cused on in­di­vid­ual stu­dents to help them achieve grad­u­a­tion. “Stu­dents who are be­hind

in their classes can catch up to grad­u­ate,” Reibe said, ex­plain­ing the Hub is a non-tra­di­tional pro­gram that al­lows for cus­tom­ized stu­dent sched­ules. In or­der to en­roll and con­tinue in the pro­gram, stu­dents “have to show com­mit­ment.”

This school year, most stu­dents in the pro­gram at­tend classes a half-day for two days a week and many have part-time jobs. Reibe said the HUB cur­ricu­lum is ap­proved by the Arkansas Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and the “Jobs for Arkansas Grad­u­ates,” pro­gram is in­cluded with HUB plans. Over 35 school dis­tricts in the state have Hub pro­grams for their stu­dents.

“Se­niors re­al­ize this is an op­por­tu­nity to catch up with their class,” Reibe told board mem­bers. “With­out this pro­gram, most of th­ese 29 stu­dents would not be in school.” Cur­rently there are 16 boys and 13 girls in the pro­gram – 19 se­niors, nine ju­niors and one sopho­more. “Two of those stu­dents have health rea­sons for not com­ing to school and sev­eral of the girls have chil­dren.” Oth­ers en­rolled in the pro­gram “have po­ten­tial, but have had dis­ci­pline problems,” the prin­ci­pal said.

“Four stu­dents, who have not been com­ing to school, will grad­u­ate in De­cem­ber” thanks to the Hub pro­gram. “Lots of stu­dents are want­ing to be in Hub and the end re­sult – I think it will be great. Stu­dents who have never liked school be­fore are ex­cited about Hub,” Reibe said.

Hub schools are al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams cre­ated to meet the needs of stu­dents who have had chal­lenges suc­ceed­ing at tra­di­tional high schools. The pro­gram is de­signed for stu­dents ages 13 - 19 years who have dropped out of the reg­u­lar school sys­tem or who have very high lev­els of non-at­ten­dance, even though they have not of­fi­cially with­drawn.

To­gether with the teach­ers, stu­dents de­sign their own unique pro­gram based on their per­sonal needs and avail­abil­ity. The ma­jor­ity of classes of­fered at the Hub are self-paced, mean­ing a stu­dent can com­plete cour­ses at their own rate. Class sizes are kept small, so stu­dents can re­ceive the at­ten­tion and sup­port they need.

Also dur­ing Mon­day night’s meet­ing, An­dria Gleghorn, Bar­ton Ju­nior

High teacher, was hon­ored as teacher of the month. She has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Oua­chita Bap­tist Univer­sity and is cer­ti­fied in ele­men­tary one through six and mid­dle school so­cial stud­ies. She has 21 hours to­ward her master’s de­gree in ad­min­is­tra­tion and su­per­vi­sion and plans to grad­u­ate with that cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in May 2018.

In ad­di­tion to her teach­ing du­ties, “Miss G” as most stu­dents call her, drives a school bus, is cheer coach (which in­cludes go­ing to camp, com­pe­ti­tions, games and pep ral­lies) and “plans, pre­pares and per­forms” the stu­dent mu­si­cal at Bar­ton each year. She also works with Bar­ton’s Stu­dent Coun­cil and teaches pre-AP so­cial stud­ies to sev­enth graders. Co-work­ers said Gleghorn

has “school-wide stu­dent re­spect” and is al­ways will­ing to help other teach­ers.

“I can al­ways count on Miss G to go above and beyond for her stu­dents. I love that she en­cour­ages teach­ers to par­tic­i­pate in pep ral­lies. She rarely misses school and has taken stu­dents to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Bos­ton and New York City. I of­ten think she is the En­er­gizer Bunny in dis­guise,” her prin­ci­pal, Sherry Hill, said.

Brooke McCoy, daugh­ter of Cliff and Donna McCoy, an eighth-grader at Bar­ton, was hon­ored as stu­dent of the month. She is a straight “A” stu­dent, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Ju­nior Honor So­ci­ety, pres­i­dent of the Fu­ture Busi­ness Lead­ers of Amer­ica, vice pres­i­dent of the Stu­dent Coun­cil, a cheer­leader and com­pe­ti­tion

team mem­ber.

She is an ac­tive mem­ber and pres­i­dent of her 4-H Club and this year, she won sev­eral ti­tles at the Union County Fair show­ing live­stock. She is a mem­ber of Camp Fire USA, is an ac­tive mem­ber of Knowles Bap­tist Church and Wy­att Bap­tist Church Youth Group.

Teach­ers said McCoy is “a model stu­dent,” works hard in class, is kind and en­cour­ag­ing to ev­ery­one and has a “will­ing­ness to per­se­vere,” never com­plains and is a “sweet, po­lite, happy child and help­ful to oth­ers.”

Karen Lut­man and Bar­bara Holly were hon­ored as clas­si­fied em­ploy­ees of the month. Lut­man be­gan work­ing for the district as Yocum Ele­men­tary sec­re­tary in De­cem­ber 1996 and moved to the

ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice in 2015 as pur­chas­ing clerk. She also works with Eschool data en­try.

Shel­ley Pruitt, trea­surer for the district, said Lut­man is “will­ing to try to help any­one with any is­sue they may have. She has a gen­uine ser­vant’s heart.” Fel­low em­ploy­ees said Lut­man is “never too busy to help” oth­ers and is a “master at iden­ti­fy­ing and col­lect­ing Eschool data. She is a “pos­i­tive work part­ner” drives a school bus, en­roll stu­dents and “solves Eschool mys­ter­ies.”

Holly has worked in the ESD for three years in the Food Ser­vices Depart­ment. She is a team player and does what­ever is asked of her. She works to main­tain a clean and safe en­vi­ron­ment in the cafe­te­ria and kitchen. She is known for her “fun, charis­matic per­son­al­ity. She make sure the EHS staff is ready for all dress-up days and holidays.”

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