Snow disrupts mid-quarters, ineligibility

Meg Kirchner, Reporter

Due to school closing yet again on Tuesday, Feb. 22, the administration decided to cut mid-quarters from the third quarter.

“Our feeling was that the issued class time did not give teachers time to provide an adequate number of assignments for a grade which determines eligibility,” Vice Principal Garry Scholl said.

“We did only have a few grades in for mid-quarters so I think it’s good that they canceled,” English teacher and department head Susan Fisher said.

“We were not confident in the validity of the mid-quarter grades, and publishing them wouldn’t be fair to the students,” Scholl said.

Even students with failing grades are now able to keep participating in their activities, whether it be for sports, the musical, or other extra-curricular activities.

“I love that there were no mid-quarters because now I get to be in set crew for the play.  I would have hated missing that,” freshman Emily Goheen said.

“Eligibility works,” Scholl said.  “It makes students strive for better grades to keep participating in the school activities.  Eligibility is all the mid-quarters are for. They used to be used to keep the parents informed, but now we have PowerSchool.”

Senior Jake Wrzesien was also happy that mid-quarters were canceled.  “I was a little worried about senior project for a while, but now I definitely have time to do everything I need to,” Wrzesien said.

The snowfall also meant that days will have to be made up one way or another.

“Going into a new week at the end of June is just ‘ahh,’” Principal Paul Barker said. “No one has a whole lot of appetite for going beyond June 10 or whatever day for the last day of underclassman exams.”

“I just don’t want them to take away from spring break because I’m going Italy and Switzerland then,” junior Nick Henninger said.

With groups going on trips to Ireland and Scotland, Italy and Switzerland, China, and France, over 10 percent of JC’s students and faculty will be gone over spring break.

In an e-mail sent Wednesday March 3, Barker  informed the faculty saying that snow days will not be made up.  “All bets are off if we get snowed on again, it would start to take away options in a pretty significant manner” Barker said.

Meg Kirchner is a reporter for “The Patriot” and jcpatriot.com.