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Ottumwa, IA: New program deals with disruptive students

Oct 27, 2017, Ottumwa (IA) Courier: New program gives disruptive students more structure http://www.ottumwacourier.com/news/new-program-gives-disruptive-students-more-structure/article_31c97870-bb59-11e7-b3a9-83cf1a0f587f.html A pilot program at Ottumwa High School aims to help students who have behavioral, attendance or attitude problems improve their behavior and coping skills so that they can succeed at school, home and in the community.... Students are referred to the program due to attendance or behavioral problems. About twelve students will be the first placed in Bulldog Academy. … Instead of switching classes for each of the seven OHS class periods, students in the alternative program will have one teacher for five periods and another for two periods. This eliminates time between classes when the students might engage in negative behavior, Johnson said. … Johnson and Steve Zimmerman, Evans Middle School principal, researched programs aimed at helping disruptive students. … Johnson said about 80 percent of students do well in the traditional school setting. Another 15 percent may need additional instruction. Bulldog Academy targets the final five percent.