“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice,” Brian Herbert once said. Muscatine High School has been working to raise their students’ grades and their overall scores in the classroom. Getting students and teachers to work together to raise grades has become a priority at MHS.
Enrichment was a program started at Muscatine High School in the fall of 2014 by Principal Mike McGrory. This program was created to raise the percentage of passing grades and make it easier for students to get caught up when they fall behind in classes. Enrichment is held every day during lunch for students to work on the classes they are having trouble with. Some students are assigned to enrichment if they have an F in a class until their grade is raised.
Science Teacher Michael Bobay has seen many of his students benefit from enrichment.
“I’ve seen students improve because they are getting that one-on-one time with their teachers in a [more] quiet and focused environment than a classroom.”
Enrichment is important for students because overall it raises students’ grades. It is beneficial for teachers because it shows them where students are struggling and it helps the students succeed. During enrichment, students have the opportunity to work on old or current assignments, make up tests and quizzes, or ask questions about something they don’t understand.
“Enrichment has helped me raise my grades so I can participate in all of the activities I’m involved in,” Junior Zach Miller tells The Voice of Muscatine. “I would work on old assignments and ask questions on the things I didn’t understand.”
Muscatine High School has decreased their D and F grades since they started the enrichment program last fall. They hope to make improvements in the program so they can continue to see students grow in the classroom and become more confident in their abilities.