By Phoenix Ashman
The Red Lion Area High School brings a new schedule to the 2013-2014 school year. However, not all students think changing the schedule again is a good idea.
Senior Lindzy Bixler said, “I think that we should just keep it how it was our freshman and sophomore year because everything worked fine. Why change it? If I need help with a class or make up a test, I can only do it during a study hall which, in most of the times, [the teachers] have a class anyways so I can’t really get help like I need.”
This year’s schedule has no morning homeroom. Instead of reporting to homeroom every morning, it is straight to first period for morning announcements and attendance. There may not be homeroom in the morning, but the assigned homeroom is where students are to report to when the schedule calls for an activity period.
Activity periods will be designated for PRIDE days and club days.
The new schedule also brings a flex period.
At the end of every week, fourth period teachers have gotten about five hours to teach, while other classes don’t have nearly as much time. Flex periods are extra periods for the other classes to get more learning in. The bell schedule names have been changed to Flex 1, Flex 2, Flex 3, Flex 5, Flex 6, and Flex 7. Each bell schedule number corresponds with the period that will receive extra class time.
“The schedule was changed for two reasons. One reason is because of the difference in time for the class periods,” assisstant principal Grant Gouker said. “While fourth period had lots of time for class, other periods were suffering.
The second reason for the schedule change is that the time we implemented for lit block to increase test scores wasn’t helping with the time.”
When asked what he thought of the new schedule, sophomore Tyler Dettinger said, “It’s stupid and it takes too long.” Dettinger prefers last year’s schedule saying, “It’s easier to follow.”
Some students, like Tyler Dettinger, do not care for the new schedule. But not all students share his opinion. Junior Misty Montgomery said, “I think it’s hard to adjust to but it’s probably best for us. It’ll probably help with grades.” When asked about last year’s schedule, Montgomery said, “This year is better. Last year was confusing. Once I get the hang of this year’s it’ll be better.”