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Teachers Tailor Homework Policies for Upcoming Holidays and Vacations

Caroline Cohen
Although students look forward to holidays and breaks, many will still have homework to do over Hanukah and vacation.

As the calendar year comes to a close and schedules are packed with everything from sports to holidays to loads of homework, many students are counting down the days until the December break.

Most picture vacation soaking up the sun, hitting the ski slopes, touring a foreign place, or simply relaxing and spending time with family and friends; most definitely, homework and anything school related is never factored into the equation.

However, even before school gets let out on recess for a week, many students celebrate Hanukah in the height of the cramming before winter break. Many hope for an eight night reprieve from homework or tests, so that they can enjoy Hanukah to the fullest with friends and family.

“[For holidays] there are certain policies that have already been established over religious holidays, those are basically set in stone and teachers know they can’t do some things,” said Frank Corbo, the head of the math department.

Julie Heller, head of the English department shared similar information. “Teachers are asked to be respectful of religious holidays,” said Heller “I think its important for families to have their holiday time and educators need to be sensitive to that need and not infringe on quality time.”

With the end of eight nights of holiday, there still however leaves time before break for teachers to buckle down before midterms in mid-January.

Corbo explained how in certain courses that are under incredible time pressure, summer work is given to provide a head start during the vacation, and the same thinking would apply to some of the other vacations.

“We could not give homework [during breaks] and have to race [through material] or we could give a reasonable amount [during vacations] to finish the curriculum,” Corbo said.

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Caroline Cohen, Managing Editor
Caroline Cohen ’15 is a team player. And in true MVP fashion, she has made a name for herself on Inklings with her pep and strong work ethic. Since taking Intro to Journalism freshman year, she has put in countless hours of hard work and, this year, even snatched up the coveted position of Blue Staff managing editor. Cohen’s dedication stems from her passion. She loves writing, especially thoughtful opinion pieces and interesting feature stories. And the more daunting the challenge, the more willing she is to tackle it. The story she is most proud of is an investigative piece about snow day policies, for which she interviewed Superintendent Elliott Landon. Cohen’s favorite part of Inklings is, naturally, the team spirit. “I never really played sports, so Inklings is my team,” said Cohen. “It’s a way to be more involved in our school and form close bonds with lots of people.” Cohen’s love of teamwork is especially evident when she talks about her goals for her final year of Inklings. Number one on the list is writing a “twofer,” or working with another writer on a story with a challenging topic. And like any other great sportswoman, Cohen is always looking out for the other members of her team. Her “claim to fame,” as she puts it, was coming up with the idea to have editors chip in for a refrigerator for the Inklings room to store snacks in after school. Cohen especially loves the support and positive feedback from her Inklings-reading fans. “I had a copy of the graduation issue at my house, and my friends saw it and were amazed,” she said. It’s sure to be another great season for Caroline Cohen.

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