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Guidance Plans to Release Schedules for the 2011-12 School Year

Unlike past years when students have attended arena to design their own schedules, this year the guidance department has created student’s schedules using a schedule generator on the computer.

The guidance department sent out a letter informing students that during the first week in June students will meet in their homerooms to receive their schedules for the upcoming year. These schedules will not only have student’s classes but the period and teacher as well.

Schedules were generated based on the requests that students made when they met with their guidance counselors and the plan is that students will be in every class they chose said Elaine Schwartz, Director of the Guidance Department.

However, the system is still not perfect and Schwartz acknowledges that while the majority of students will have every class they requested there will be some conflicts or issues, but Schwartz predicts that they be easily resolved.

While this new system may be easier and more efficient then arena, a number of students, especially juniors, feel that it is unfair to make the switch when they have participated in arena for three years.

“We used to have so much freedom and they just took away all of that,” Caroline Perry ’12 said.

Perry feels that “grandfathering” arena out would be more fair to the juniors who have grown accustom to arena.

Augustine Gradoux-Matt ’12 agrees with that arena should still be in affect for those who have had it before. Gradoux-Matt said is nice to be able to pick teachers especially due to the fact that students grow to love certain teachers and with arena they are able to choose those same teachers.

On the other hand, students who have never had arena don’t feel the effects as heavily.

Kevin Xiang ’14 said that the elimination of arena does not really affect him because he has never experienced arena and he acknowledged that if he were a senior he would feel much differently.

Despite student beliefs, Schwartz said that the generated schedules are supposed to actually relieve stress and allow students to leave in June with a schedule that’s perfect for them in the fall.


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