At Rock Creek, there have been many changes this school year, and the ZAP program happens to be one of them.
With the retirement of principal Dennis Post, who used to oversee the ZAP program, Title I teacher Jeremy Lehning and special education teacher Chad Herren were placed in charge of the program, with Lehning overseeing high school and Herren supervising junior high.
Herren said that it helps that teachers are in charge because “the teachers know what the students need to do and make sure that students get their work done.”
In addition to changing who is in charge of the program, the times for the program also changed. Last year, ZAP was during first and second advisor in a separate classroom, but for first semester, ZAP has only been held in Lehning’s and Herren’s rooms during 2S. However, this will be changing at the start of second semester, when ZAP will also be held in these rooms during second advisor. Both Lehning and Herren said they think this is a positive change.
“I like it because I can help and keep a better eye on the students and get to know them better,” Herren said.
Another change that was made is that students now have a time limit in which to get ZAP work done, or else detention will be assigned. Students who have ZAP work now have a seven-day time period to get their work turned in, or else they will get a two-hour detention that needs to be served immediately.
“It speeds up the process of getting their work done, then the detention is added to make sure the work is finished,” Lehning said.
While Lehning and Herren said they feel this will encourage students to get work done, some students are not so fond of the new detention policy.
Freshman Shelby Dennix said, “I feel more pressured to get my work done and rush on it so I don’t get a detention. That’s why I don’t like the change, but I’m sure that everybody will get used to it, like everything else.”
However, junior Matt Pearson said that the policy is nothing that really concerns him.
“I’m not really worried about ZAP at all because I get my work done, and I’m rarely in ZAP,” Pearson said.
Article and photo by Mickenzie Blaise, Staff Member