The Student News Site of Hazelwood West High School

Wildcat Post

Wildcat Post

The Student News Site of Hazelwood West High School

Wildcat Post

Student Panel Overview: Time Out to Talk Initiative


On March 6, 2024, ELA Department Chair, Jana Poos, organized the first student-teacher panel to discuss the district implemented: ‘Time Out To Talk’ Initiative. The panel comprised around 12 students with varying backgrounds and academic performance, including athletes, high achievers, and regular students. The panel lasted for the entire 9th period, and here’s a summary of what happened.

Due to limited space, only a select few students were allowed to join the panel. Poos and the administration team had to pre-approve the participants, making it a point to choose specific students in an attempt to allow diverse perspectives.

“I feel like it gave people who don’t get to talk about the school a chance to speak up.” He added, “For the first trial run, it was a good selection of people,” Jalen Davis Smith, 12, said in satisfaction for the panel. 

At the beginning of the panel, students spoke about various topics such as sports, ACT testing, the upcoming panel’s expectations but most importantly, they shared many differing statistics and observations on school fights. Students agreed on the general idea that the adults and home life of the students were going to be one of the most important factors in fights at school. 

“If you have parents that don’t care, you have more students that are willing to do whatever they want.” Arwa Abed, 11, said while expressing her opinions on the influence of home life at school. 

Most people agreed that home life was a variable factor for how students will behave in other social situations, such as school. Poos did an excellent job of presenting facts and infographic charts while also respecting the students’ opinions and responding to them without being condescending. 

“I wrote four full pages on what the students said.” Poos said in response to the progress of the student panel.

Overall, the panel was a unique opportunity to hear student voices while also being extensively helpful for the administrative and faculty team. Poos organized and planned for months to make this happen and was able to put on an amazing panel that challenged students’ ideas and thoughts and brought new concepts into the district implemented: ‘Time Out To Talk’ Initiative.  

Leave a Comment
Donate to Wildcat Post

Your donation will support the student journalists of Hazelwood West High School. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Logan James
Logan James, Staff Writer
What's up! My name is Logan. I'm an 18-year-old senior born in O’Fallon. I used to attend Marquette High School in Clarkson Valley. I moved out to Hazelwood in January of 2022 and started my senior year of high school at Hazelwood West. I am a sponsored-skateboarder and I ride for the shop “Earthsurf” located in Chesterfield. I play electric guitar and drums and am a huge music geek. You can find me at every record store in the vinyl section looking for Punk or Nu Metal usually. Writing for me is a way to express the candor I have but can’t use daily. I hope to do concert/album reviews, interviews, opinionated-pieces or, something of that nature. I also love clothes and old skate shoes. I always have a studded belt on and a studded bracelet. If you see me, say what’s up! I'd love to meet people and make more friends.  
Donate to Wildcat Post

Comments (0)

All Wildcat Post Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *