Shifting schedules

The new changes from homeroom to advisory

The new schedule for the 2016-2017 school year

Photo courtesy of Joe Ruggiero

The new schedule for the 2016-2017 school year

Starting next year, the school schedule will change. The administration has chosen to begin school at 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM, respectively. This will give students ten extra minutes of sleep or meeting time. Most of the student body believes that a 5-minute homeroom is more of a nuisance than a productive period. This lead to the abolition of homeroom first thing in the morning, except on Monday and Friday.

Joe Ruggiero aims to transform homeroom into a more productive time by increasing it by 5 more minutes and placing it after assembly. He states, “there wasn’t any time to decompress after any of the powerful assembly speeches.” In addition to complaints from students, Ruggiero mentioned that “other faculty members said that advisory was not really used well.”

Advisory time will now be used to discuss senior speeches or other assembly announcements on Tuesday through Thursday, rather than simply a “check-in time.” Advisories will be provided with “guiding questions” to indulge in, while also having the chance for “free form” conversation.

There wasn’t any time to decompress after any of the powerful assembly speeches.

— Joe Ruggiero

In addition to the removal of advisory in the morning on Tuesday through Thursday, there have also been some rearrangements to the order of blocks. Ruggiero said that “the way it was working, through some classes off… [The teachers] figured out where the blocks would be placed best, so that their was a better rhythm between teachers that taught different blocks of the same class.” This should decrease the “lag between sections” that teachers have been consistently struggling with.

There is also the possibility of more radical improvements to the already revamped schedule. Ruggiero states, “we’ve made some minor tweaks, but the faculty is interested in thinking even more broadly if we want to make any more major changes.”