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MHS Media Poll Finds Upperclassmen Prefer Rotating Schedule

Throughout the years Marist has gone through many different schedules. Our seniors have gone through a different schedule each year. Our juniors and seniors were polled and 85 percent have stated they felt less stressed out with the 2021-2022 school year schedule. 

That schedule was six periods a day and had only two lunch periods that never rotated. The last two classes of the day would be dropped and the next, students would start with classes they didn’t have the day before. This is how it looked:

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3a

Class 3b 

Class 4 

Class 5

Class 6 

Your next day schedule would be:

Class 7

Class 8 

Class 1a

Class 1b 

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

Students preferred this schedule because it helps them balance school, sports, jobs, homework, and other activities they have going on. It allowed more time to fit homework in instead of staying up late to do it. Classes would start at 8:15 and end at 2:50, which also gave students more time to sleep in or extra time to get to school. 

Senior Cyla McNamara says, “With this schedule I was able to do dance, lacrosse, homework, and a job. It made my life easier knowing not all my work was due the next day.”

Another reason students loved this schedule is because they would push themselves to take harder classes due to the extra time to do homework or get help. This showed how students would motivate themselves to better their education by moving up in classes. With only 6 classes a day teachers were able to have more time to make lesson plans and help students out. 

Junior Maisy Konrath says, “I felt like my teachers were able to help me out more freshman year because they had more time to teach and didn’t feel rushed to get lessons in.”

In the 2021-2022 school year the amount of students who were in the Dean’s list/ honor roll was above 1,200 students. In the following year, with a full schedule, this number dropped to only around 1,000 students according to Marist website. 

There is a social  advantage for underclassmen as well. Lunch with all year freshmen and sophomores gave them the ability to branch out and meet people instead of possibly being in an upperclassmen lunch period and knowing no one. 

Lastly, the biggest reason students loved this schedule was because of Hawk Hall. This was a built-in study period for you to get your work done. This allowed students time to focus on their work and catch up on assignments. Hawk hall also created bonds with counselors because every Thursday they would be the supervisor of the period. They would bring lesson plans or just talk to their students about what stresses them out. 

Junior, Micaela Borjas says, “I loved Hawk Hall because it is were I got close with Ms. McNaughton and made new friends at Marist.” 

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Drew Blackburn
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Hi, my name is Drew Blackburn. I am currently a junior here at Marist. This year I hope to make the varisty lacrosse team and dean’s list. I enjoy watching Gilmore Girls and going out to eat with my friends. In journalism, I hope to improve my writing skills and be able to minor in journalism.
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