A New Schedule and Plenty of Free Time - Jasper Mott '20

As Upper School students are well aware, there was a new winter schedule introduced earlier this academic year. With the intention of giving skiers more time to train and be on the mountain, the new layout sticks with the classic 1:30pm release. Still, the fresh arrangement offers 70 minute classes Tuesday-Friday. Are students happy about this newly designed schedule?

Junior Rylee Whorton has mixed feelings about the schedule. She said, “I don’t mind the new schedule, but I miss the rotation of classes. I don’t like how short lunch is, either…”

In addition, we now have 90 spare minutes for Advisory/ Study Hall and Activity, which are unique additions to this year’s winter term.

Current senior Miriam Gilman added to the schedule debate, saying, “I like the schedule, although I don’t do much with all the free time. I like that there is more time to talk to teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I dislike not having advisory in the morning, because sometimes you just need coffee instead.”

It appears that the general consensus about the schedule is that there is either too much, or too little time during certain phases of the day. Over all, I think students are adapting well to the new groove of the winter routine.


Winter Schedule Revealed–Emily Boettger '20

*Disclaimer. This article is an opinion piece by a Cutthroat Underground writer and is not meant to be an objective piece.

For months we have been hearing rumors about a new winter schedule and what it may look like. Teachers and students alike have been anxiously speculating about what it would entail, it was even worked into the musical (huge props to everyone that was involved, the show was fantastic!). Mr. Kevin Campbell has been hard at work on this schedule since he got here in July and finally, after many drafts, he revealed to us the finalized version in last Monday’s assembly. The schedule featured many aspects we have been predicting or rather were told about by our wonderful and at times too transparent teachers, such as the A day/B day format quite opposite to the one we have now in our seven-day schedule and the built-in “study hall” periods throughout the week. As predicted, there has been a variety of responses to these changes and while some are more than on board with testing out this new schedule, others are not so excited about it.

I personally am a fan of the schedule. Hear me out. The new schedule is so much more predictable. Because of the set schedule for each day, it will be 100 times easier to figure out what classes you will miss if you are missing large chunks of school. Along with the predictable daily schedule, it is also going to be easier to schedule meeting with teachers whose classes you have missed. The built-in “advisor/study hall” period will make my world and everyone’s matter so much better. This build in work period provides both the teachers and students the opportunity to get work done at school during the day that usually they would have to do at home. It also provides the option for students to get one-on-one or small group study time with their teachers. As of now, it is very hard to find a time when it works for both the teacher and student to meet one-on-one unless they share a free period, and this dilemma gets even greater when there is more than one student that the teacher needs to meet with. This often results in the students and teacher losing free time outside of the school day that could be spent with family, friends, or outside enjoying our valley.

With the new schedule, you will not have to lose your a free period or a chunk of time outside of school to make up tests or catch up on work you have missed. Even though many of us are seeing this extra amount of free time in our day as a nuisance because it is not an actual class, I believe we may grow to value that part of our day equally to, or more than, a class period because it will allow us to focus on the classes we are worried about with the corresponding teachers and be productive in an environment conducive to learning. Additionally, it will help us free up our time outside of school for non-school related activities , principally winter sports. I do understand that the hour and ten-minute classes may get exhaustive, and having all seven classes on Mondays may make it hard to stay engaged, but I agree with Kevin that at least for the winter term this schedule seems to check more boxes than our old one did. The only way to find out is to test it so let’s see how this goes!

If you disagree with me please feel to write an article of your own! Let Faye or Naia know, or come by a Cutthroat Underground meeting Wednesdays during activity in Aaron’s room to get it published.


Clubs Calendar–Emily Boettger '20

Self Care Club

When: Tuesdays at lunch

Where: Nyras room

What: Come in to have a treat, pet a dog, and just relax!

Student Senate:

When: Mondays at lunch

Where: Upper School conference room

What: “While there is an elected group of student senators always at our meetings, we encourage anyone to come! A lot of what we do in meetings is spitball ideas and plan events for the students. The quality of all the events and decisions we make as a Senate depends on how many people get to weigh in, so we really welcome anyone and everyone regardless of what grade you're in or how much you want to participate!” - Joe Hall, Student Body President


Green Team:

When: Tuesdays at activity

Where: Scott’s room

What: “Green Team is a really fun club! We raise awareness about our environment through our school’s community and we do community service projects around the valley! Come by Scott’s room during activities on Tuesdays if you want to learn more about saving our environment!” - Elle Mann, Green Team member.


Cutthroat Underground (Newspaper):

When: Wednesdays at lunch

Where: Aaron’s room

What: “The Cutthroat Underground is Community School’s student-led newspaper. Each week, our school’s journalists create content for the paper’s website and work on the print paper which is released every six weeks. Being part of the newspaper is an amazing way to hone writing, photography, and graphic design skills. Anyone interested in a fun, student-led creative outlet should join!” - Faye Prekeges, Cutthroat Underground Editor in Chief


OLA:

When: Thursdays during activity

Where: Elliot's room

What: “During meetings we share general announcements, update students about various activities, certification courses, and other ways to become involved in the OLA.  Please contact me, Patrick Graham, for more information about how to join and stay involved.” - Patrick Graham, Outdoor Program Director

CAA:

When: Thursdays during activity

Where: Anne’s room

What: “The CAA is for any student who is interested in the creative arts and wants to pursue that passion more intensely and rigorously.  We do things as a group both inside and outside of school, including painting sets/posters for both US and MS productions, attending SVCA/Company of Fools events and planning fundraisers to support future CAA endeavors.  All are welcome to come be a part of the CAA.” - Anne Aganon, CAA Advisor


Model UN:

When: Fridays during activity

Where: Eric’s room

What: “Model UN is super fun! We go to conferences all around the country to compete. We will be headed to Seattle in the beginning of November for our first conference this year! If you are interested in world relations, politics, the UN, or just learning more about what's going on in the world stop on by one of our meetings!” - Emily Boettger, Model UN member


Business Club:

When: Tuesdays during jobs

Where: Upper School conference room

What: “In the business club, we are currently focusing on the Campus Store; this entails buying new merchandise, learning to use the POS system, and learning the in's and out's of working in retail. Another added bonus - there are always snacks at our meetings!” - Noelle LaFleur, Business Club member