The schedule at CHS and CV is going through a major : the “all” day, where all 7 periods take place, is going to be removed. Instead, the schools will be on a alternating schedule, where odd/even Fridays are cycled through. This means that each Friday will either be even or odd. The first four days of the week will remain the same. The new schedule is meant to help students who take classes at both schools and need a shuttle bus to take them there. This year, 106 people travel between CHS and CV, for a variety of classes, including language, music and math classes. Emma Womack is in one of the orchestras, which meets at CV during 6th period. On “all” days, she has to leave ten minutes before the end of gym (not including dressing down), and misses more than a third of her science class. On “mini-all” days, where each class is just thirty minutes and the shuttle buses don’t run at all, she isn’t even able to get to CV for her class. Ella Rose, a freshman in concert orchestra isn’t as lucky. On normal “all” days where she has quizzes in biology, she says, “Sometimes I don’t go to orchestra. If I do, I end up being so late that the rest of the class has already taken the quiz. I have to take it while they are all learning new material.”
Another issue with all classes on one day is that students have to carry all of their notebooks and papers around. They also don’t have as much time to learn. While 45 minutes is enough to get a quick lesson in, a longer, more intensive class period makes it easier to power through confusing subjects. And on Thursday nights, some students may find themselves scrambling to finish both their homework from Wednesday and Thursday in time for all classes on Friday. Additionally, Lifeskills students aren’t able to get to their classes quick enough, and end up having to miss classes every Friday.
There are many problems being solved with this new schedule, but teachers be warned: students might not be happy about tests and quizzes on Fridays. For example, if a third period class has an exam on a Friday that is odd, the fourth period class will have until the next Tuesday to study. However, the majority of students agree that this new schedule is better than the last proposal (a rolling schedule, where each week begins where the last left off) and it’s better than what we have now. But perhaps it isn’t as big as a deal as it has been made out to be. In the words of Cameron Montagne, a freshman: “Who cares? School sucks either way.” Kari Gottfried