Hancock HS ELO Center proving worth to students

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette Hancock High Schools Extended Learning Opportunities Center provides students struggling with a subject a relaxing, safe environment in which they can received assistance with better understanding curricular concepts.

HANCOCK — When the high school computer lab re-opened in 2017, it opened as the Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) Center, which was intended for more proficient students wanting more attention, while having more decisions in their own education.

Since January, the ELO has evolved into also helping students who may be struggling with a subject, topic, or concept. However, while the center’s hours of availability have been reduced to just three hours per day in the afternoons, limited hours are not deterring students.

“The ELO Center did a truly amazing job,” Principal Ezekiel Ohan said, “for having just three hours of class periods that were really available for our students to go ahead and take advantage of.” Ohan reported to the Hancock School Board last week.

“Kids that are struggling with math, and struggling with English,” he said, “have the opportunity to go and have their confusions addressed and tended to.”

According to data supplied by Ohan, students are finding the ELO an excellent learning tool.

In September, the lowest number of students visiting the center occurred on the 27th and 28th, when eight students attended on both days.

On the other hand, on the first day of school, Sept. 4, 43 students used the center, and the number sky-rocketed to 87 on Sept. 26, impressive numbers for just three hours per day.

“The ELO Center is just a tremendous asset to those who find themselves challenged with the rigor of our teachers,” said Ohan, who was behind the center’s organization last year.

The ELO is an extended learning opportunity center, he explained.

“It is there to receive our students who are trying very hard and yet, still have some struggles,” he said. “And so, we want to accommodate those struggles. We want to support those struggles. We want to help that student transition into competency, transition into understanding, to go into the classroom with that degree of confidence to say ‘I got this. Let’s move forward.'”