DEAR vs FLEX
Ten years ago, DEAR began as a period at the end of the day where the students dropped everything and read for 14 minutes, but over time DEAR evolved into a study hall where no one basically dropped everything and read. Ten years later, the 27 minute FLEX was implemented, replacing DEAR. FLEX was added at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year acting as a study hall that's flexible for the staff.
Principal Mr. Engleman says that the acronym for DEAR once stood for Drop Everything and Read, but due to several factors, the title did not accurately describe that time of the students' day. The students did not, and were not required, to drop everything and read. FLEX, however, is short for flexibility which is what the end of the day truly allows. The students can use it predominantly as a study hall, but this time also allows the staff to host student/program meetings, it allows the students the ability to get assistance or complete makeup work with the staff, leave early for extracurricular events, schedule an appointment with our athletic trainer, participate in a band or choir lesson, and participate in scheduled clubs.
FLEX and DEAR are not much different other than the changes in the title. With the name change came clearer expectations for the students and staff. They also added a few extra minutes to make this time more meaningful for the students. The ultimate goal was to be more intentional with how they use this end of the day time. The name change alone will not allow the students to get more done, but by redefining the expectations for the period the staff can create a better focus for what they want the students to achieve during that time. Their goal was for students to use this time, first and foremost, to get work completed, complete makeup work, and take advantage of the ability to get assistance from the staff. It didn't make much sense to keep the name DEAR when we weren't Dropping Everything and Reading. This period is designed to promote flexibility amongst staff and students so the name change was necessary to start changing the habits of students and staff.
Junior Colton VS says that he can get more work done during FLEX than he could in DEAR, thanks to the extended time. He thinks that FLEX is perfect just the way it is and is in no way needs improvement. He believes that FLEX is better than DEAR, and many students agree. FLEXibility is the name of the game!