WHS prepares for the academic yearWORTHINGTON — As most students are probably well aware, summer is almost over. In less than a week, the regular hustle and bustle will resume as the new school year begins.
WORTHINGTON — As most students are probably well aware, summer is almost over. In less than a week, the regular hustle and bustle will resume as the new school year begins.
A major change WHS students will notice is that they will no longer proceed to classes based on their teachers’ classrooms. Instead, they will have to pay attention to room numbers.
Due to an increase in enrollment figures this year, WHS administration has created a “hub” with a two-fold goal in mind.
“As of this morning (Monday), we’re at 774 students,” WHS assistant principal David Rezny said.
Last year, the academic year ended with 694 students. What this means is limited space to accommodate both teachers and students.
Previously, the building would have three to four empty classrooms available each hour. This year, with 80 new students, free classrooms will be scarce.
“It’s a problem, but it’s a good problem,” Rezny added.
The “hub” is a result of one classroom that has been divided into 10 cubicles for teachers during their prep time.
The plan is to achieve more collaboration among teachers as well as create an available classroom when they are in between classes.
“When you put teachers together, they automatically talk about curriculum, assignments, tests and things like that,” Rezny said.
In terms of policy changes, students should note that they will not receive class credits for seven or more absences, excused or unexcused, in a quarter. Prior to this year, the cutoff point for not receiving credits was 10 absences.
WHS classes run on a four-block schedule. Students have fewer classes a day, but each period lasts 90 minutes.
“Ten days is like 20 days in a lot of other schools,” Rezny explained. “That’s a lot of days to miss.”
Additionally, a no-pass list was implemented last year, and the high school is working to make it a policy after this year if results are favorable.
The list bars students who are habitually tardy or “can’t use their hall pass time wisely” from leaving their classes for any reason.
“The idea is to prevent tardiness and keep kids in class,” Rezny said. “We might be more strict in this building because we’re preparing them for college.”
Although college does not share some of the stringent rules that high schools have, he said that students should realize these policies are in play to get them accustomed to discipline.
“The habits that you start now will continue with you all the way through college and also through life,” Rezny advised.