“Huddle” brings teachers and students together

A new program called “Huddle” is introduced this school year, after second period for 30 minutes each day that helps develop relationships between students and teachers. 

Assistant Principal Mr. Molsbee influenced the addition of “Huddle” into the school’s daily schedule. Mr. Molsbee stresses that this is about more than just academics, but instead about connection. 

Science teacher Alicia Slavens takes a selfie with her Huddle. (Alicia Slavens)

“I wanted to find a way to help the teachers build relationships,” Molsbee said. “I want students to feel like we as teachers, as faculty of this campus, care about you more than just your academics.” 

Previously this time was called advisory, but Molsbee named it “Huddle” because he says it takes more than one person to form a huddle. 

“I wanted something where it was more personal,” Molsbee said. “More personal for teachers and students.” 

“Huddle” consists of academic and social involvement goals on Monday and social emotional learning provided by counselors on Tuesday. Wednesday features “circle” which is a social activity in which a group of students come together to form a circle and share interesting things about each other with a series of questions prompted by the “Huddle” leader. Clubs and organizations take place on Thursday and study hall is on Friday. 

Shannon Garfield is a family and consumer science teacher. She leads her huddle group, and sees huddle as an opportunity and the lessons as valuable. 

“I think it is a good opportunity for me to get to know a small group of students,” Garfield said. “It’s just going to take a little time for us to get to know each other.”

Zoe Arceneaux is a student that participates in “Huddle.” She likes how it gives her a break on core classes and school work. She also enjoys the relationship that she has with her Huddle teacher Lori Bakke. 

“Ms. Bakke makes me feel like I can tell her anything,” Arceneaux said.

Lily Peck is another student that is in huddle. She believes that extra work time would be more helpful because people don’t always have time for it at home.

“I think it [huddle] can be used for more productive things for students,” Peck said. “I feel like it’s just repeating stuff we already know.”

Overall, “Huddle” is a program designed to help students and teachers learn more about each other and grow together not only from an academic standpoint but from a personal one. Molsbee wants the faculty and staff to know and care about the students on a personal level. 

English teacher Wendy Curran Meyer takes a selfie with her Huddle (Wendy Curran Meyer )

“The more you know about somebody the more you respect them, the more you care for them, the more you try for them,” Molsbee said.