SALEM – Salem educators have created a new after-school program that combines homework, book club, socializing, fun activities, and meal time to help students at risk in grades 7, 8, and 9.

Called Quaker Club 2.0, the program meets twice a week and is one of the ways in which Senior Director Matt Ziegler said they are trying to achieve the goal of increasing intervention support for high school students.

“We are very excited about this,” said seventh grader Amie Cochran.

Cochran and high school intervention specialist Nicole Rothbauer presented the idea for the Superintendent program to Sean Kirkland and Ziegler as a way to focus on the population at risk, deciding to start with students in grades 7, 8 and 9. They decided leaflets and spoke to students who had difficulty meeting the requirements to spend their classes. Attendance started slowly, but now they have had 10 to 15 children show up regularly.

Each session begins with snacks, a welcome, and discussion of activities for the day, followed by homework check-ups and the completion of an online check-in book, followed by nearly an hour of work for missing / delayed or current tasks. or in small groups activities for those students who have been caught. The last half hour is spent reading the book club, diary, discussion and Maker Space activities.

Rothbauer said a set schedule works best with children and information about homework control and progress is shared with their teachers. Cochran said so far students are making strides and gains.

“We are looking at books that will motivate students.” tha Rothbauer.

The first book was “Choose your bed.”

Salem grad Kasey Jamison, a senior psychology graduate on the campus of Kent State University in Salem, focusing on adolescent or child psychology, is working with the program on aspects of mental health.

They all explained that some of the children have a lot to do with the outside of the school walls, which can affect their performance at school. Cochran said they have a major mental health problem with many children in school. This program can give them a structure that can be used throughout their lives. There is also the possibility of counseling assistance.

Other changes Ziegler said were introduced this year included an orientation camp for 7th graders before the start of the school year, regular planning schedules with staff to implement team meetings, and implementation of rewards for students who do the right things. With the points they earn, they can use them to buy items in a school store or in teacher stores.

In personnel matters, the board approved: Teachers rising in salary scale Nicole Rothbauer, MA plus 15 in MA plus 30, and Matthew Mowery, MA in MA plus 15; giving trade union bids to Kathy Arsena as a caretaker at Buckeye Elementary and to Serena Hawkins as a caretaker at Reilly Elementary; and certified replacements Linda Jordan, Rebecca Segetti and Tonyea Kellison.

The board approved a new three-and-a-half year contract for Hannah E. Mullins’s School of Practical Nursing Director Christina Devlin $ 37,500 for January 1 through June 30, $ 67,500 for July 1 through June 30, 2023, $ 68,850 for July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024 and $ 70,227 for July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025.

Supplementary athletic contacts approved were: baseball university head coach Mike DeBarr, university assistant coach Andy Clutter, JV head coach Jake Career and JV assistant coach Ryan Powell; track boys assistant coach Teddy Yuhaniak, assistant coaches Tom Rumsey and Lex Murray and girls head coach Bethany Glasser.

The board gratefully accepted a $ 3,889 donation from Chad and Krista Rhodes for the baseball sound system and extended the natural gas purchase contract with IGS for three years.

The next meeting will be held on February 28 at 19.00.

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