by Jack Moriarty
Now that we are back to school from summer vacation, students and staff must get organized and settled for the upcoming year. One big component of this process is a students’ revising schedule. Students go to the principal and their guidance counselor for an assortment of different problems, but schedule changes top the list, creating a stressful time for students and administration.
Mrs. Kirk, guidance counselor for BHS, states while showing a large stack of request forms, “I have exactly 40 completed schedule change request forms to date out of my approximately 260 students. That is not including the 23 e-mails I received from parents and students requesting changes.” When asked to compare the amount of requests to previous years Mrs. Kirk responds, “This is pretty typical.” With eighty students needing schedule changes, a new system should be used to prevent this typical amount.
Brooke Smith, a junior at Bethel High School, when talking about her need to get a schedule change explains, “I guess you could say I had a hard time with my schedule. I went to the principal’s office and he said I couldn’t change it. Then, I got it changed by the guidance counselor after begging and pleading.” Smith was not pleased about what she went through for her schedule changes, neither were the other large group of students requiring schedule changes. Smith also comments, “I think (the schedule policy) should be improved. If someone has a problem with their schedule, they should be able to get it fixed.” Smith strongly believes in a new system, and hopefully the process can be easier for students in the future.
Overall, schedule changes are a part of school that comes at the beginning of every year and must be dealt with. Mr. Lawlor, assistant principal of Bethel High School, has a suggestion for students in the future to avoid while making schedules. “Too many students fill out the course selection sheet at the last minute and by September they always want to change their schedule,” Lawlor explains. “My suggestion is to think it through and to not put down random electives.”
While students find a solution and bring awareness to their schedule problems in the future, Mrs. Kirk and Mr. Lawlor hope the new addition of power school last year will help with problems for teachers and staff members. With everything the new program is bringing online, changing and monitoring a schedule can be done more efficiently. Now that the first couple of weeks have passed by of school, “We are all done with schedule changes, and it is a relief. Now we can move on to college applications,” sighs Mrs. Kirk.