Letters to the Editor: Students, teachers must live with change

Editor’s note: The following letters are from Clovis High School students, reacting to a proposed schedule change. Most have been edited because of space restraints:

I have been pushed through schedule change after schedule change. Though the school and administration are making these changes, or rather attempting to make these changes, for the good of the school system, community, and student body their attempts are ineffective.

The first change from block schedule (four classes each semester) to traditional schedule (six classes all year long) was a stressful time for students and teachers. There is less time in class, more homework (a big complaint made by students) and fewer electives, which I believe is one of the most important aspects of high school. Those are the classes that will influence and enrich our career choices.

So, now that everything is settling down, and the web of high school is finding its rut, another change is thrown our way. Welcome to C+ lunch, a program that will reward students who have Cs or higher in all their classes with an extra 20 minutes for lunch.

This program will shorten classes three minutes, which really doesn’t seem like a big deal, but in the span of an ordinary school day, three minutes could be the extra instruction needed for complete understanding of an assignment.

These changes students and teachers can get used to in time, but we’ve awoken to one more change, hopefully our last. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm has proposed a seven-class period day, making classes an even-shorter 50 minutes.

This change will get rid of C+ lunch, and relieve credit deficiency, but add on to the workload of those with all their credits.

Until all “mistakes” are fixed and the majority is happy with the decision, there’s nothing students, or teachers can do, but live with the change.

Jessica Gordon

Three schedules in as many years illogical
I am a junior at Clovis High School.

My 1-year tenure has been rather short, but long enough for me to know that something isn’t happening right.

When I first began coming to the high school I was so excited at the prospect of having the block schedule.

When I got here I really enjoyed it and it seemed that everyone loved it.
Then with the “cutting back of funds” it was taken away.

As of this year, we are on the “traditional schedule,” which consists of six hour-long classes.

Now it appears the administration can’t seem to make a decision and stick with it — or just doesn’t think out problems before acting on them.
So two changes in three years isn’t that bad right?

Apparently the administration has proposed a seventh period for next year.
Three different schedules in three years?

A huge problem lies in the fact that students are already struggling due to time constraints, and taking 10 minutes away from each class will not make it any better.

Another is that some students have problems with stability in their home lives, and school is often a source of stability in that it will always be the same at the same time for 12 years of their lives.

When the schools cannot make a decision and stick with it, how can they expect to have responsible, good students?

Brynndyn Ratledge

Instability result of too many changes
As a student at Clovis High School I am deeply concerned with the many changes the high school has gone through the past three years.

From block, to traditional, to Wednesday schedules, to lunch changes, enough is enough.

Some might already know the administration has come up with yet another schedule change for 2008, this time the schedule being seven classes instead of six with two separate lunches — one for juniors and seniors only and another for sophomores who will not be able to leave campus.

The change is supposedly due to many students not meeting credit requirements — an issue that would have been prevented if thought through before deciding to go back to traditional scheduling in the first place.

The issue for me is not the proposed change, but the instability that was caused because of so many changes.

As a senior I am not affected by next year’s change, but I am concerned for other students including my little brother who has been and will be affected yet again.

Lara Kennedy

Block scheduling most effective method
I’m a junior and the administration wants to change the schedule to seven classes a day.

Since I have been at the high school I have had two different schedules so far. My sophomore year we had block scheduling and now my junior year we have traditional schedule. Everything was so great with block scheduling; we had only four classes a semester and not a lot of homework.

Now that we have the traditional schedule, we don’t have time for classes and we have so much homework.

I think the administration should just change the schedule back to block or leave it as it is.

Chelsea Grossnicklaus

Isolating freshman during lunch unfair
I just found out about the possible schedule change for next year. Being a sophomore this year I sympathize for the freshmen for next year. This new plan wants to take away their off-campus lunch next year; the plan also secludes the freshmen to a separate lunch.

When I heard about this, I thought about all the friends I had at Gattis Junior High who will be coming to the high school next year. Is it really fair that all those friends from last year will be separated into a separate lunch?

Stacy Foster