Lunch at BHS is getting SMARTer...
"The purpose of SMART lunch is to provide enrichment for students offering opportunities for advancing academic performance and encouraging personal interests."
During the week of October 24th, we will be altering our school's daily bell schedule to change to one lunch block for all students. This new approach is called SMART lunch which stands for: Students, Maximizing, Achievement, Relationships, and Time. Students will have the opportunity to make choices about how to use their time during this block. The lunch time (11:05-12:00) is split in halves (Tutorial A and Tutorial B) and can be used with some flexibility. Each teacher will be available at a minimum of twice each week to provide academic support or enrichment for his/her students. Students will be able to choose which tutorials or sessions they wish to attend. In addition to academic support and enrichment, the media center will be open daily for computer use, study groups, or just a place to get some schoolwork done. Our gym will be open 3 days each week for some intramural sport and physical activity opportunities. As SMART lunch grows we hope to incorporate some club meetings, guest speakers, and other opportunities that might not always fit into the regular school day. Our hope is that students no longer have to choose between sports, clubs, academics, arts but can participate across the whole spectrum of activities here at the school. We also know that the need to ride the bus to and from school will no longer prevent students from getting extra help or from being a participant in extra-curricular activities.
There is a structure for SMART lunch with expectations that students make choices and be only in approved areas during both tutorial sessions. Students may not wander the campus or leave the campus during SMART lunch. Students may not leave the cafeteria/courtyard area of the school during SMART lunch unless they go during either the transition at the beginning of lunch or at 11:33 (beginning of Tutorial B or the second part of lunch). Students may not come and go from the cafeteria/courtyard area as they please during lunch--they may only circulate on the campus as described during approved transitions or if they have a SMART lunch pass signed by a teacher.
Our cafeteria will serve food for the entire block of time so it is perfectly fine to go to a tutorial or some other session for Tutorial A (first half) and then go to the cafeteria to eat during Tutorial B (second half). Our student media organization has begun a publicity campaign to start teaching our students and staff about SMART lunch and those videos (as they become available) are linked below. Additionally, the weekly schedule for tutorials is linked below so that students can see what is offered by academic subject and plan to use their time effectively.
SMART Lunch Schedule (revised for Jan. 2012)
1. What is SMART Lunch? Video
2. A Day With SMART Lunch Video
3. Are You Ready to Get SMART? Video
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