Today at around 4pm, the announcement came over the intercom that the district agreed to extend the end of the six weeks by a week.
Simultaneously, I heard a faint chorus of angels singing “Hallelujah”.
Now instead of frantically trying to figure out how to make up for 3 ice days between now and Valentine’s Day,12 we now have until the end of next week to fit in our 2nd major exam of the six weeks. 3
While it was great to finally catch a break, in a way it’s analogous to raising the debt ceiling4 — great in the interim, but something that we will have to “pay back” eventually. By that, I mean:
- Spring Break still begins on March 7, and…
- the Statistics AP Exam is still May 9.
It’s not like either of those “hard deadlines” is getting pushed back.
This morning when it became obvious that school would start 2 hours late today,5 I was fearing that I would have to toss two of my favorite activities overboard: Globe-tossing and flying frogs,6 but it looks as though I’ll at least be able to save the latter.
- which is, by the way, in 3 calendar days. In other words: Impossible. [↩]
- also something which, by the way, I had to explain to students is something that I do not celebrate -_- [↩]
- If you’re not familiar with “the system” and are wondering why we need to fit in 2 major exams each six weeks, that is a whole other discussion that perhaps I’ll tackle another day. [↩]
- oh did that happen today? [↩]
- which made it 3-and-a-half “A-days” in 3 weeks [↩]
- which, by the way, would really really suck — let’s face it, any student remembers those activities a lot longer than any textbook concept. [↩]