Monday, January 10, 2011

The Semester that Will Not End

Prior to the Christmas break, we had two snow days.  Two snow days right at the end of the semester when we were all finalizing grades and the high school students were taking their final exams.

So, it was decided by The Powers That Decide Such Things that when we returned this past Wednesday, the High School students would review for their exams (because we know they aren't mature enough to study for them over their break) then they would take them on Friday and today.  As a result, it was decided to extend our 2nd nine week grading period by one week so that everyone in the district would be on the same calendar.  Grades were held off for a week, and report cards delayed.

For those of us in the middle school it was more an administrative pain in the butt than anything else.  The kids were annoyed because they didn't get to go to their new elective classes (things like art, music, computers, etc).  We had kids going around with paper schedules because we couldn't make schedule changes in PowerSchool.  Just more of a pain than anything.  And in the midst of all this, we've got Benchmark testing coming up and all the silly scheduling nightmares that entails.

So today, Monday, the day the semester was going to finally freaking end as the High School kids would be taking their snowed.

And we had a snow day.  Our third (and last - from now on we use up holidays).

So the semester is not over.  Still.

They are predicting more snow and ice to come in tonight (oh joy) so we may be closed tomorrow as well.  As it stands we are now just about the only county in the region that is showing as open for tomorrow.  We shall see.

But as of now it feels like this semester will never, ever end.


Linda Fox said...

I sympathize. We've lost 2 days so far, and, as of yesterday, the semester has been extended 1 day. I fear that we will lose our Teacher Workday (for those f us on semester-length schedules, it is the only time that we can clear out the detritus os the last semester before going on to the next).

elysabeth said...

Not sure what it will do to our semester ending since we actually had no snow until Sunday night and we have missed two days so far, and I've just been informed by one of my kids that there will be no school tomorrow either. So that is three days now. Mrs. E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad, 50-state, mystery, trivia series

Where will the adventure take you next? said...

I feel for you. It must seem never-ending at this point.