Article: The Vanishing After School Activities

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Article by Ashlee Bayles - SJHS Student Staff Writer

Math, makeup, help, understanding, knowledge, fun.  After-school at Springville Junior High looks a lot like the previous sentence.  While Mr. Rencher is the man in charge of after school detention for the students, Mr. Anderson is the man to go to for help on math.  The teachers love what they do, and love helping the children improve and help make up tardies and work. More people taking advantage of the opportunity of math lab and detention makes a better future.

Math lab is held after school until 3:30 for the students who want to go and get a better understanding, makeup prior assignments, or upgrade past assignments to know what they did wrong.  Mr. Anderson’s theory is that people should be allowed to correct assignments, because if they don’t how are they supposed to know what they are doing wrong? Math lab was “created’ to help those that need extra help, (Anderson).  He also says that the teachers are there before and after school, but “the math lab was formed as another resource to help”.

He talks about what happens in math lab by saying, “Some students attend the math lab to work on their daily assignments, to make certain their questions are answered quickly. Other students go to math lab to work on past assignments. The extra time working problems and having questions answered seems beneficial for most students who attend.”  Math lab is truly there for help and almost always has a pretty good turnout.

The other after school activity is detention and as Mrs. Davenport, a secretary for Springville Junior High, says that one reason students would have to go to detention is that they have sluffed one or more of their classes.  She goes on to say, “If a student has excessive tardies, they will need to serve detention, to make that time up.”  According to Mrs. Davenport, if someone has had behavioral issues during school, they may need to serve detention time, as a punishment for their behavior.  

Mr. Rencher explains what goes on in detention by saying, “What mostly happens in detention is the students put in their time. The students should bring school work, but few do, so they just sit there.”  Mr. Rencher says that the main thing he hopes the students get out of detention is that they are reminded of attendance policies before their attendance becomes a problem or their lack of attendance becomes regular.  He goes on to say that going to school is a law and that learning at the Junior High stage will help prepare you for college, and by so doing prepare you for your entire future. He explains the future issues by giving an example of someone who had attendance issues; “I know people who were not bad employees, but were late for work a lot”.  He says that this factor is not good in an employers eyes.

After-school math lab and detention is help that you can’t overuse.  The purpose of the two is to help the students of Springville Junior High to get their attendance up and to provide fortuity for the students.  No one was ever harmed by going to get extra help and understanding from a teacher, nor was man ever harmed by making up their lack of attendance.  You can definitely suffer from not using help, but it is not physically possible to suffer from being too cautious when it come to the subject of learning.