Oakman students explore school organizations

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/26/17

OAKMAN — Oakman High School students had an opportunity to learn more about the school’s clubs and organizations this past week.

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Oakman students explore school organizations

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OAKMAN — Oakman High School students had an opportunity to learn more about the school’s clubs and organizations this past week.

Oakman’s Student Government Association (SGA) provided display boards for all of the school’s clubs to design and express their mission statements, and the boards were put on display in their lunchroom on Wednesday.

During lunch periods, students had the opportunity to read about each club and find another group of students with similar interests.

Oakman Principal Patrick Gann said increasing student involvement is part of a county-wide initiative under the umbrella of state-wide accountability in education.

“As a county-wide indicator, they’re doing student engagement and involvement. Our focus here is trying to encourage clubs with the club fair,” Gann said.

He said roughly 56 percent of students were involved in extracurricular activities last school year, and rotating club meetings will be held this year during the school day for students who can’t participate in after school activities.

Monica Brown, the school’s librarian, said the club fair that features around 20 groups will be particularly helpful for incoming freshmen.

“It helps promote a sense of involvement in the school,” Brown said.

SGA Sponsor Natalie Carson added, “We think there’s something here for everyone.”

In addition to increasing student involvement, Gann said they are working to improve attendance and career readiness. He said 86 percent of seniors last year had college credit by graduation, had high ACT scores or received a credential from the Walker County Center of Technology.

School officials hope this past week’s club fair will increase student involvement by at least 10 percent.