Raptor Time

Raptor Time 2018 Testing Phase - January 8-26, 2018



Raptor Time is a 20 minute support period was designed to meet the needs of students during the school day. Each day of the week during this time, students will receive academic support, make up work, study quietly, take a academic break and relax, and participate in a “choice” activity. View RAPTOR Time video for more information.

Why is ERHS running a testing phase of a potential student advisory?

  • To support the District 833 Strategic Plan - Implement a student advisory to focus on skills, techniques and frameworks that will enhance relationships with students, as well as supportive positive student-to-student relationships.

  • To support our East Ridge High School School Improvement Plan (SIP):

    • Question 1: There is at least one adult in the building that knows me well

    • Question 2: My teacher motivates me to want to learn.

    • Question 3: I feel like I belong.

  • To continue making relationships:

    • Students → Students

    • Students → Staff

How was RAPTOR Time designed?  

RAPTOR Time has been developed and a prototype has been created using the Human Centered Design, which is a powerful approach to designing/building new products that currently do not exist in today’s world. During our process/research, we invited staff to participate in the research and designing of RAPTOR Time and we interviewed over 100+ East Ridge High School students and staff members, to hear their stories. Ideally, the HCD process aligns the prototype to what your users want. Its goal is putting human beings at the heart of the design process. Overall, the HCD is about building empathy for every person involved in the product design process so that the final product is tailored to meet their needs. In our case here at East Ridge, we are going to test our first prototype for 3 weeks and then get feedback from our users (students and staff) and potentially redesign/define our RAPTOR Time for implementation for the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

RAPTOR Time has been developed with the idea that focused support time will:

  • Strengthen connections and access between students and teachers and between students and students

  • Increase academic support and homework time

  • Allow students to re-learn and master learning standards

  • Meet the needs of students working, participating in extracurricular activities, or who may be unable to meet with teachers after school

  • Allow students to take a break from academic work and participate in a choice activity

  • Allow students to achieve and strive for post-secondary readiness

When is RAPTOR Time?

During our testing phase, Raptor Time will be a 20 minute period every day, after lunch, between 4th and 5th period. View the RAPTOR Time bell schedule. During the week, we have a RAPTOR Time structure as follows:

How do students know where to attend during RAPTOR Time & what are the expectations?

Student assignments are posted outside the main office and in the Cafeteria, beginning January 3. 

Students are assigned to a RAPTOR Base by grade.  

Expectations of students:

  • Student must arrive to their assigned or self-selected area on time and remain in that area for the entire RAPTOR Time period.

  • Student will engage in positive relationships, demonstrate respect for self and others, take personal responsibility for academic success, engage in ethical decision making, and use their time wisely.

Students report to their RAPTOR Base each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students may use their time to work on schoolwork, read a book, organize their work, or relax. Students must remain in their RAPTOR Base assigned space for the entire RAPTOR Time period.

Students report to their assigned RAPTOR Choice activity each Tuesday. Students must remain in the assigned choice area for the entire RAPTOR Time period.

Students report to their RAPTOR Base each Thursday, unless they have made previously arranged appointments with a teacher. Thursdays is RAPTOR Connect where students can meet with teachers to make up quizzes, relearn material, get extra academic support, etc. This is teacher-driven time, so students are required to pre-arrange their meeting with their teacher(s) prior to each Thursday. On Thursdays, students still report to their RAPTOR Base teacher for attendance, then report to their previously arranged teacher.