Blended schedule implemented next year
(May 24, 2017)
Junior high and high school students and staff prepare themselves for the new schedule change that will be taking place next year. Many different opinions have been discussed among the students ever since they were informed by the school administration about the change.
The new schedule will consist of seven blocks instead of eight. It will be a blended schedule with seven block days on Monday, Thursday, and Friday, and block days on Tuesday and Wednesday. (see schedule below)
Students will no longer have seminar but will now have an advisory time on Wednesdays. Advisory time will be for club meetings, time with teachers, testing, meeting with college reps, and study time.
Kimberlynn Uhl, high school science teacher, explained how she was looking forward to the new schedule.
“I do believe that the schedule change will be a productive change, and that we are able to see students more and instead of every other day, now seeing them every day. I think that it will definitely be beneficial for everybody,” Uhl said.
On the other hand, Eighth-Grader Bailey McCollum shared how she personally feels about the block schedule being taken away.
“Everyone is already used to the block scheduling, and I didn’t see anything wrong with it in the first place, so I don’t know why we have to change it.
“Overall, I am against this change,” McCollum shared.
Brad Womack, principal, responded to McCollum, along with many other students, about their concerns with the new schedule.
“There has been a lot of questions about the two block days in the week, and I will admit part of it is a compromise because I know that the high school students are really super stressed about not having block schedules,” he said.
Womack also mentioned the purpose of shorter classes.
“It is just really difficult for middle school students to stay focused on one thing for 90 minutes.
“I know that for the most part the students have a lot of stresses as they think about transitioning into this schedule, but for the most part I do believe that it will be better for everyone in the long run,” Womack said.
Ninth-Grader Josie Martin works on her science lab worksheet. (Photo by Reagan Money)
Eighth-Graders Jacob Wegner and Andrew Osterhaus complete an online objective in social studies. (Photo by Chelbe Johnson)
Sophomore Ryan Slechta works on homework in the library. (Photo by Reagan Money)