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WHS’s New Schedule a Boon to Those with Internships, but a Cause of Confusion for Others

Jill Ferraro, Staff Reporter

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The new schedule put in place at Westerly High School this year is meeting with mixed reviews.  The general consensus seems to be there are positive aspects of the schedule, especially for internships, but there are many drawbacks to the schedule as well.

To accommodate internships, two fixed rotations where built into the new schedule in the morning and afternoon instead of the all day rotation of the old schedule.  Three of the seven classes taken by any given student will always meet in the morning while two of the student’s seven classes will always meet in the afternoon.

Special education teacher, Ms. Welch, who teaches the career exploration class and coordinates most of the school’s internships is excited by the opportunities provided by the new schedule.  “It’s wonderful!” she said, “It’s allowing my students to attend internships four out of the seven days instead of three out of the seven days.  That’s 80 more hours a school year!”

Welch also said, “More businesses are willing to participate because the schedule is more predictable.”  With more businesses participating, WHS students have more opportunities to explore their career interests through internships.

English department chair, Mrs. Devoe, said, “ I miss having classes at different times of the day and the rotation of the schedule.”  When asked about the old schedule in comparison to the present one being followed, she said “It was easier to remember and there were different times of the day where I was able to see different students.” This was a quality which she particularly liked about the past schedule.

Junior Morgan Rizzo voiced her perspective toward the recent changes as well. “The schedule is very confusing, I never know what classes I have.” She felt the modifications only help students who do internships not the rest of the students who were also impacted by the changes.  “With the old schedule I always knew what classes dropped.”

Sophomore Sebastian Reisch added, “The schedule is only beneficial to the students involved in the cosmetology and culinary programs.” After being asked his overall thoughts about it he stated, “It’s different, I don’t know how I feel about it. I like the old one more because this new schedule is very confusing.” He added about the new schedule that “beginning and end blocks are always at the same time during the day,” which he was not too fond of.

English teacher Miss Pucci also isn’t fond of the confusing order of classes. “ Aahhh” was the first thing that came to mind when she was asked to reflect upon the schedule. She feels there is not enough time to have an accurate collection of data. “I’m confused all of the time now.”  she said when asked about her general perspective of the new adjustments. Pucci expressed her feelings about the old schedule and said “ I think it’s less confusing and there is an easily recognizable pattern than the ones that exist.”

Sophomore Liz Silvestri expressed her regards as well. When questioned about her feelings towards the schedule Silvestri said, “It’s very hard to get into a routine and know what class I’m going to.” When asked if she felt the new alterations were beneficial to teachers and students she stated, “Not really because I always have the same classes in the morning, so I’m always tired in certain classes.” Silvestri mentioned that if considered, she would revert back to the old ways of the daily routine. “It was easier to follow, and I had all my classes at different times of the day throughput the rotation.” Being a freshman and new to the school last year Silvestri was able to experience and compare both the old and new schedules.

According to Italian teacher Mrs. Magliari, the new schedule changes were not that difficult to adjust to. “I like it for the most part, I do miss the rotation but I’m starting to get used to it.” She felt this new schedule is beneficial to the WHS community. “It is more consistent for internships that are taking place in the community, but I do miss the old rotation.” Magliari also added that she is very flexible when referring to the new procedures. “I like both of the schedules, If we had to go back to the old rotation I would, but I’m also fine with the new changes as well.”

Overall, although there are differences in opinions concerning the new schedule.  WHS is just starting to familiarize themselves with the new school year and schedule, so it will take some time to fully adjust and feel comfortable with the alterations.

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