My Schedule Sharer Hits the Web
Mon June 4 was filled with anxiety, curiosity, and excitement as students watched the clock, eager for homeroom time. As soon as the anticipated schedules were passed out, cell phones were buzzing, with friends sharing periods and teachers. The process of finding peers in classes can be difficult and confusing, which is why Parker Stakoff ’14 created the My Schedule Sharer database.
In late May 2011 My Schedule Sharer started as a simple schedule generator, where students could input their classes and get a reformatted schedule instantly. After about a week of having that website Stakoff, made it, “a sort of networking site,” so that students could share schedules with each other as well.
According to Stakoff, the best features of the Schedule Sharer are:
1. Generating a pretty, reformatted schedule (to print out, and/or save to your computer)
2. Viewing other students’ schedules
3. Many search features (a general search to find a specific student’s schedule, a search to find students who have a specific teacher, a search to see who is in a specific class period with a specific teacher or class name, and more)
4. The search abilities to compare classes with two specific people, and find common lunch waves between two specific people.
5. The ability to see who is in each lunch wave
6. A page to view a list of present/future classmates in each period (the user must be logged in to access this page)
A wiz who has always had a passion for technology, Stakoff enlisted the advice of physics teacher David Scrofani for her unique idea. Scrofani advised her in web programming. Through experimentation and research, Stakoff honed her programming skills. “I was always making mini programs at home. It started getting me thinking in the mind of a programmer before I even knew that I wanted to be a programmer,” Stakoff said.
Students in grades 9-12 have utilized this helpful tool and Stakoff has received positive feedback. “ I actually have people that I don’t know come up to me and ask if I am the one who made My Schedule Sharer, and then they comment on it, and sometimes have suggestions. I am most ecstatic that students find the website helpful to them, and think that it makes their scheduling easier,” Stakoff said.