Helping to keep the student in student-athlete

Published 2:57 am Wednesday, October 22, 2008

By Staff
The Dowagiac Schools and the Athletic Department have always tried to make sure that our students participating in athletics understand that our number-one priority is to get an education while they are in school.
Athletics is a great extra-curricular tool to aid in furthering their education.
One way that the school district has chosen to help both the high school and middle school students is to provide a study table.
The study table is a set-aside room that students can go to where it is monitored by a teacher and it is a quiet environment in which the students can work and complete their homework.
If needed, they can also receive help with their work from the teacher who is monitoring the room.
At the high school, study table is offered two days a week before school and two days a week after school, while at Dowagiac Middle School it is offered Monday through Thursday right after school for one hour.
Having the study table in the mornings at the high school allows the students more time after school to get help directly from their teachers if needed and still be able to make it to practice on time as well.
Another way coaches and teachers are working together at the high school is that high school practices do not start until 3 p.m.
This start time is advantageous for our athletes as well because school is dismissed at 2:16 p.m.
This gives students roughly 40 minutes after school to go and visit with a teacher to ask questions or to get help on their assignments as needed.
Each day teachers are available after school during this time to mentor students and to provide additional support.
High school and middle school athletics play a big role in the educational process and these are just a few examples of how the Dowagiac Schools are trying to keep the "student" in student-athlete.