The Patriot Guide Article

The following article was originally published on The Patriot Guide website, Owen Valley High School’s online newspaper. Its original publish date was November 1, 2019, and was updated on February 11, 2020. The newspaper page can be found at https://sites.google.com/s/0Bw3wGHwQw4fTVGFKQ2xHeTdxcnM/p/1Rp7uerHWpMDhYOwfOEWxZdO8QQBEyDk2/

Patriot Student Center: New Addition to OVHS

By: Michelle Hall

The Patriot Student Center is an alternative school provided here at Owen Valley. This school is to help students stay on track and graduate. There are three teachers involved in running this school, Mrs. Rhonda Schafer, Mr. Trace Temples, and Mr. Justin Lowry.

The Patriot Student Center is another way for students to graduate, but one that utilizes a more relaxed environment. The Patriot Student Center was created to help students graduate who may have been behind on credits or for any other reasons.

Students in the Patriot Center are still required to meet the same graduation requirements, according to Temples.

“Depending on which diploma type they are on, they must meet that criteria in order to be able to graduate. That's our goal. This is just a different type of setting for students in the Patriot Center to take classes,”  Temples explained.

It is located in room C124 in the hallway off the commons. The Patriot Student Center can have a maximum of 15 students per session. The Patriot Center expanded to include an afternoon session beginning in January of 2020. 

There is an application process that all students must go through. To begin, students can meet with their guidance counselor or an administrative staff to get an application. 

“The application consists of why the student feels this is a good idea, why he or she is interested in alternative school. It also goes into detail about what classes they need and so forth,” according to Schafer.

After a student’s application is complete, there is an interview process that involves the student and his or her parents. It is conducted with Schafer, Temples, and Lowry, but sometimes it might consist of one of them and a guidance counselor. At least two adults are involved in the interview. After the interview is complete, it is reviewed to see if the student qualifies.

School at the Patriot Center starts at 8:30 am for the first session and 12:35 pm for the second. There is alternate seating; students can sit alone, with groups, or on a couch. The teachers walk around the room helping students complete their work.

Students learning in the Patriot Center room complete the Plato curriculum. The teachers monitor progress and make sure that students are going at the right pace.

Many students are involved in the ICE program, but other students do have the option of taking elective classes when not involved in the Patriot Center. The schedule is tailored to meet a student's individual needs.

The Student Patriot Center has been a great help for students so far this year. One student, senior Kris Oswell, said, “Being able to work at your own pace is a bonus. Knowing that there isn’t strict deadlines makes things more relaxed.”

The Student Center is a great learning environment for the students there. Many feel comfortable working at their own pace to get their work finished.

The Student Center is a comfortable place where students can feel like a family.

Schafer stated, “One of the students commented that it’s like we’re a family here, so I really feel that they feel a part now and are seeing success because of the setting, and they wouldn't have had that in the larger setting where they kind of got lost.”


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