Grizzly Time at the Grove
Every student at Piney Grove is placed in a Grizzly Time class which they attend four times per week. Grizzly Time meets on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9:00 to 9:20. In some ways, Grizzly Time may seem like a homeroom class; however, it is much, much more. Grizzly Time is a fantastic opportunity to meet the unique needs of the middle school student.
During Grizzly Time, students are in smaller classes. As a result, this time serves as an advisor/advisee session. Teachers deliver lessons throughout the year to students that will assist them in their middle school adventure. Some of these lessons are related to the Work Habits that students are assessed on and parents will see on the middle school nine week interim reports and report cards at the end of each semester.
In addition to important Work Habit lessons, students may also be in the know by listening to the morning announcements each and every day during Grizzly Time. There are numerous clubs and activities at Piney Grove and the announcements are the main source of communicating this information; therefore, it pays to listen!
Once the announcements are finished, students will have some time to seek help from their teacher(s) or peers, study, or read. Even though the period is only twenty minutes long, it is a wonderful opportunity for students to clarify misunderstandings or receive needed help and support in their academic classes. It may seem like a short amount of time, but when you add up 15 minutes of extra time to seek help with one’s studies from teachers or peers four times a week, that begins to quickly become a good amount of quality learning time over the entire year.
Finally, our teachers lead the students through a series of monthly lessons that support Piney Grove’s Olweus anti-bullying program . . . Character Counts. Students learn to identify bullying and what they can do to both report it and prevent it.
As you can see, Grizzly Time is more than just a homeroom. It is one more opportunity dedicated to making your student’s time at Piney Grove a success!