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Freshmen Review on New Schedule for Next Year

Lauren Bruno, Staff Writer

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New Milford High School‘s Principal, Louis Manuppelli, visited Pascask Valley Regional High School at the beginning of this school year. The district runs a modified schedule, called a block schedule, for students. As the idea of having a block schedule started spreading throughout New Milford High School, many people were in an uproar about how things were going to change for students and specifically for the upcoming seniors for the 2018 school year.

Rumors are spreading that senior privileges, that every student looks forward to in their senior year, are being taken away and changed. The “senior lounge” this year will be known as a “student lounge” next year. Instead of just seniors leaving for lunch, juniors will be able to, as well, and many other changes will be set that will upset students even further. As a freshman, you’re new to high school and you look forward to the senior privileges that you always hear about, so I think many students are more disappointed that the privileges we’ve always wanted to have, are disappearing.

I’ve interviewed many different freshmen about their opinions for this new schedule that is being imposed, and asked how they feel about the senior lounge being taken away and turned into a student lounge.

In an interview with Megan Johnson (’20), she said, “I like that we are getting a new schedule next school year because the schedule allows us to have many more opportunities, but there are going to be many problems like lunch with the new schedule, as well.”

Johnson also stated she “doesn’t mind that the senior lounge is being turned into a student lounge because it was just somewhere for seniors to sit. I like how they are changing and making the lounge better so that everybody can sit there during lunch.”

John Pratts (’20) stated that at first he was bummed, if he was going to be honest — “Spending more time in classes you don’t like stinks.” Pratts said he decided to be optimistic about the situation and look at the good in it, later realizing “this new schedule gave students like me a better opportunity to graduate early.” His favorite part of it will probably be having lunch with all his friends. Pratts isn’t a senior, but he said having a senior lounge in our senior year was something good to look forward to. A privilege only seniors have and only they can go and chill there. There are plenty of other things to look forward to senior year, though. It’s not like it’s going to be taken away for good, just somewhere everyone can go.

Melissa Kocak (’20) stated that she thinks that the new schedule is going to be very bad with the new way things are going to be set up. “With one combined lunch the cafeteria line is going to be very long and no one is going to have time to eat lunch if you spend the whole period on line waiting for food.” Other than that, she said she likes the new schedule “because the whole school is trying something different.” She stated she feels like it is a good idea because it will help out with lunch time so everyone will have somewhere to go and enjoy their lunch or free time that they have.

Aneesha Malla (’20) disagreed with the new schedule when it was first introduced. She said she “disliked the idea of block periods due to the fact that students lose focus very easily and staying in a seat in the same class for 90 minutes seemed a little ridiculous.”

However, she spoke to students from schools that use the block schedule, and they actually like it, so she is open to the idea. But, she concedes, “the new schedule also means that all students would have lunch during the same period which I believe will be hectic and it will take very long to simply get lunch.”

Additionally, she felt like there are situations that haven’t been thought out as of yet or at least haven’t been discussed with the students or teachers. An idea that was mentioned was that students could eat in the hallways and classrooms, which Malla says she “believe(s) is both a safety hazard and a health hazard. It is a safety hazard because no planner is needed so students would easily roam around in the hallways and other classes, plus they can leave the building. If there is a fire drill or something related to danger or a lock down drill, there may be students in rooms where they should not be. In addition, food should not be consumed in rooms that are not always cleaned especially when students eat in classrooms.”

The senior lounge was one of the privileges of being a senior that will be taken away next year due to the changes. However, a point that was brought up was how students from other grades use the area and the seniors allow them to. In addition, the senior lounge does not seem to be very special. For that reason, Malla said she isn’t against the idea of turning the senior lounge into a student lounge.

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