Cougar Time

Cougar Time is an intervention time at the end of the end of each school day.  Last year, it was in the middle of they day and split into two 30 minute halves. This year it is at the end of the day, in an effort to keep it uninterrupted and also any students involved in extracurricular activities are not missing any academic classes. During Cougar Time, students are able to see teachers or Mrs. Marquis (guidance)  for any help they need with classes.


Here is how it works:


On Monday, students check in with their advisor and advisors check on grades, do lessons on many different topics such note taking skills, how to use technology responsibly, interpersonal skills, college essays, etc.  This time is dedicated to helping students stay on track with their academics.


Tuesday thru Thursday is a guided study hall and all teachers are available for all students. If students need help this is a good time for them to  see teachers.  Also during this time,  teachers are able to request students to come see them if they need to reteach or help them with work. 


The last addition to Cougar Time is USSR. USSR stands for Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Reading. This is 20 minutes of time dedicated to reading for the whole school.  Everyone chooses a good book or article and we ALL just quietly read ...students and staff.  


Why USSR?? Here is some of the research.......


Percentile Rank

Minutes of Text Reading per day

Estimated Number of words read per year

98

90.7

4,733,000

90

40.4

2,357,000

70

21.7

1,168,000

50

12.9

601,000

20

3.1

134,000

10

1.6

51,000

(Anderson, Wilson, Fielding, 1988)


  1. The average amount of time spent for all grades is 7.1 minutes a day in public schools around the nation.  

  2. The peak reading years are the fourth and fifth grades.  By the time students reach high school, they are spending as much time on literature-based reading as kindergartners.  

  3. Students in the top 5 percent of national reading scores read 144 times more than students in the bottom 5 percent.

  4. Students in the highest performing states in the NAEP reading study engaged in 59 percent more reading than those states in the bottom quartile.    (Terrance Paul)



And here is what Kelly Gallagher says about reading from his book Reading Reasons


Reasons for Reading  (Kelly Gallagher)


1.  Reading is Rewarding

2.  Reading Builds a Mature Vocabulary

3.  Reading Makes you a Better Writer

4.  Reading is Hard, and Hard is Necessary

5.  Reading Makes you Smarter

6.  Reading Prepares you for the World

7.  Reading Well Is Financially Rewarding

8.  Reading Opens the Door to College and Beyond

9.  Reading Arms You Against Oppression