Thumbs up to new schedule


T20141120_132222he new eight-class schedule has been a huge change from the old schedule.

Block classes are 15 minutes longer than last year’s longest classes, and 47 minutes longer than last year’s advisory classes. There is no more advisory, but some students have “seminar classes instead.

But there are new classes that are much shorter. The new schedule includes eight 35-minute classes on Wednesdays, which sometimes feels like a waste of a school day.

While the main change to eight periods was a decision made by Principal Emiliano Sanchez and the district, the option to put all eight classes into an already shortened Wednesday was made by teachers.

The Green & Gold believes the new schedule has been an overall improvement from last year’s schedule.

We believe the change is good because the days go by faster. Also, since our classes meet less often (three times instead of four each week), we have more time to do our homework.

Another positive outcome is that lunch is earlier in the day. It starts at 11:24 a.m. instead of 12:30 p.m. Now, if students miss breakfast, they don’t have long to wait so long for lunch.

But perhaps one of the biggest benefits to the new schedule is that you can earn credits really quickly, especially for seniors who are behind on credits and who are taking the Apex online recovery class. But even without Apex, all students can earn up to 80 credits a year during the school day instead of just 65.

However, there are some things that still need to be worked out with the schedule.

Sanchez said last year that another benefit to having eight periods would be that students could take more electives. Many students don’t feel that’s really happened. It is true there are some new electives but many students were forced into electives they didn’t sign up for. That’s not really an elective.

Another complication we see is that not all teachers know how to teach the 35-minute Wednesday periods and if students miss a bus on Wednesday, they can miss the whole first period — especially if they have to stand in line for the new tardy slips.

If the school still decides to go with eight classes next year, we hope that the faculty will spend time developing electives that students really choose.

We would also love to see teachers be trained to use their 35-minute periods wisely.