2016 Testing days and midterm schedule


Pictured above is the testing and midyear exam schedule for 2016. Midyears will be held one week later than usual.

Thomas Chan

This year, midyears will be held one week later than usual. According to Principal Allyson Mizoguchi, the date was changed due to the number of holidays at the beginning of the school year. This year has the same number of days per quarter as any other year, but midyear exam week has been pushed back as a result.

Pictured above is the schedule for Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. This day will serve as a review day for students.Mizoguchi also mentioned benefits of the scheduling change. The day before exams, Jan. 25, will have a special schedule and serve as a review day. All classes will meet, so students will be able to have time with teachers before exams.

The day will start with period one, follow the normal schedule for an F-day and end with period five. This schedule will allow students to ask their teachers questions before the midyear exams. Each class will be 42 minutes long.

“An unexpected ‘pro’ is that Winter Week, the first week of February, intersects with Black History Month, giving us a way to launch some neat events,” Mizoguchi said.

Every date for the end of the quarter is pushed back roughly a week from its usual time due to the scheduling change.

Many students like the change of schedule. Senior Halle Gold appreciates the schedule change but doesn’t know if it will benefit everyone. Her plans have not been affected by the scheduling change.

“The more time the better, but honestly, even with the extra week of studying I think most people will still procrastinate,” Gold said.

According to sophomore Yaniv Goren, the change gives him more time to study. He explains that anything later in time is “somehow intrinsically better.”

“It’s like the world is procrastinating for me by moving back the midterms,” Goren said. “There are good vibes, and my plans have not changed.”

Goren also mentioned that students don’t seem to be paying much attention to the change.

“I haven’t experienced a lot of reactions. I think people are too caught up in getting back into the swing of things after break to worry about midterms,” Goren said.

Sophomore Julia Hong was initially unaware of the scheduling change because she started studying during winter break. So, the change has not affected her studying plans.

“It doesn’t really make a difference for me; in my opinion, studying is key to performance on midterms, and the specific dates don’t matter as much,” Hong said. “I started studying earlier in order to break up the work needed to be done before midterms, which is better than cramming.”

Some teachers haven’t felt the change. Math teacher Molly Kooshan is indifferent toward the new schedule.

“I feel like we started a week later this year, so it seems right that midterms are a week later than they have been in the past,” Kooshan said. “But I think [the extra week] kept me at the same as last year, so it doesn’t feel different to me at all.”

Other teachers have found issues with the shifted schedule.

“I think it’s a bit disruptive in the sense that it’s Winter Week after that, and then there’s only one week before February break,” French teacher Sara Langelier said. “For me as a teacher, I feel as though it gets in the way of continuity with my classes. Of course I’ll make do, but I do think it’s kind of disruptive.”