The academics haven't slowed down at Catholic Central, and neither has the need for students to collaborate in order to achieve their academic goals.
The Shamrock Study Hall started in the second quarter, and takes place for an hour and a half after school in the Media Center. At first it was targeted only towards students who were facing academic probation, but it soon grew to be available for any student looking for additional help.
Mr. Fras '85 has taken the lead role in running the daily after school program, which runs from 3:00 - 4:30 PM, and loves to see the student engagement.
"On any day we'll have 10-15 NHS members who show up to offer tutoring, and then 3-4 teachers who remain in their rooms to work with students," Mr. Fras said. "Students who show up looking for help check in with me, and I match them up with a tutor who can help."
Even the students who are participating in the LE@D Program (Live Education @ Distance) at home are able to log in for help; Mr. Fras simply pairs them with a tutor in a breakout room on Google Meet.
The student tutors are kept busy, and if more tutors show up than there are students looking for help? Well then Mr. Fras puts them to work in other ways.
"Some of our teachers have been pleasantly surprised to see their whiteboards got an extra cleaning or their recycling was emptied overnight," said Mr. Fras. "That is courtesy of our NHS tutors remaining productive!"
Peer tutoring is a key component of life at CC, whether it is "official" in a program like the Shamrock Study Hall or organic, with students working together on a project or group study for a test.
The program will remain in place through the end of the school year, and looks promising for the upcoming year as well.
As Fr. Fulton, CSB, the Principal of Catholic Central said, "The study hall is one of those things that makes so much sense it is difficult to remember what it was like not to have it in place."
Any students who are interested in helping as a tutor or are in need of some academic assistance simply need to visit the media center after school. Mr. Fras will guide you from there!
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.