Building time in
the school day
for teachers to
work with small
Why the need? Why now?
Our current initiatives have yielded a very low failure
rate. However, we have not started to build interventions
based on TAKS need.
Feedback from students and teachers indicate that
having “flexible non-instructional time” is something that
can be maximized…if done well.
Getting groups of students to work with teachers before
school, after school, or during lunch puts us in direct
Studied the need with a team of eight, including teachers
Site Visit: Georgetown ISD
Refined the idea with site team
Refined the idea with entire campus within small groups
In a Nutshell: Plan and Vision
The “Catapult” period will be moved to the end
of the day.
Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday
At the end of the day on Catapult Days, students
take part in clubs,
work in the cafeteria (TCB),
and receive tutoring or homework help in a specific
core area teacher’s classroom
Logistics: Campus Organization
Each instructional period will lose 3 minutes to build
“Catapult” period. Just as on our Tuesday advisory days.
8th Grade Athletics will continue through Catapult Period.
Athletes will only be pulled based on tutorial need,
Each week, teachers will designate students that are
“Taking Care of Business” (TCB) to work in the cafeteria in
a more relaxed atmosphere.
100 for 6th grade
100 for 7th Grade
20 for 8th grade
50 empty seats on each level
Logistics: Student Clubs / Extension Activities
These will run simultaneously with Catapult time.
However, tutorial / homework needs will override activity
Ms. Hejl: Science Olympiad
Moede/Mixon: Miscellaneous Band Group
Mr. Leach: Karate Group
Mr. Taylor-Homfeld: Theatre Group
Mr. Browns: Choir Group
Ms. Greer: AVID Group
Ms. Hello: Binder Organization Center
Ms. Whitmire: Robotics Club
Ms. Courington: 7th Grade / Yearbook Group
Ms. Robinson: Student Council (minus 8th pd. athletes at times)
Ms. More: GT Group
Logistics: Tutoring / Homework Rooms
Students assigned for
tutoring or homework
10-15 students for
15-18 students for
Rosters Posted in Each
Hallway to Designate
Example: Roster Snapshot
Student Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Padavil, Holub – Holub – 309 Shuman -
Devin 309 322
Karacz, Athletics Athletics Athletics
Vigil, Tidwell – Tidwell – Tidwell -
Sherri 304 304 304
Develop a viable proposal
Ratify with site team
Ratify with elective teachers
Spot check with students
Ratify with core academic teachers
Publicize / Problem Solve with Parents
Communicate to students through advisory
Build activity through 1st period on January 6th to
allow complete understanding for students.
Questions and Credit
Please contact Mr. Padavil with any questions.