On the first day of school, students and teachers were expecting a change. As we all know sophomores, juniors, seniors and especially teachers have had to adjust to having eight classes a day instead of four. Last year, the district had A/B schedule, where each class had an hour and a half; whereas now, we have 50 min. This may not seem like much of a difference, but to students it can mean more information packed into a shorter time. For teachers, it means having to adjust assignments and activities to the change.
Students that have AP classes that require a lot of reading and homework, are stressed out with this new schedule seeing as last year they had two days to do homework, and now they only have one. Furthermore, this is especially hard on students who are in after school activities.
“With my busy drill team schedule, sometimes I fall behind,” sophomore Kenna Salinas said.
She also mentions how having five minutes for passing periods raises annoyance as well.
“When I have to go from the second floor of the old building to the second floor of the new building, I pretty much never make it on time”, says Salinas.
Many students have a very hard time getting to class with such a short amount of time to get there. While the 50 minute lunches are relaxing, some students find them too long. However, as we progress further into the year these things are slowly becoming easier.
Teachers also have had to adapt to the changes in the schedule. Most were accustomed to a lot of class time, so now teachers try to fit more material into only 50 minutes. It’s difficult for teachers to teach with only a limited amount of class time. The odd/even day rule only adds to this stress.
“My problem is planning too many activities”, freshman English teacher Ms. Steitle said “I had to slow down.
While Ms. Steitle says that she tries to pay attention to the every other day rule, it is rather hard for teachers to adjust. Ms. Steitle also says that she loves the 50 minute lunches, as most Chargers do. Overall, though, she doesn’t notice the difference because she come in early and leaves late anyways.
Until this year, the school has had an A/B schedule that took awhile to get used to at first. So I imagine that it will take many years for the school to get used to this new schedule.