Big changes are in the works for students, teachers and administrators after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Penn Manor has been seeking ways to help students improve academically, according to school officials. Penn Manor’s administration considered several options until they came up with a plan they think will work.
But hang on, it may seem a bit complicated at first.
Instead of having homeroom days only Tuesday and Thursday, Penn Manor students would have a homeroom period every day of the week. On Monday, during the homeroom period, students would go back to first block for more instruction in that subject. On Wednesday they would go back to second block during the homeroom period for additional instruction in that subject area. Fridays, students would go to third block during this homeroom time. The following Monday, students would go to fourth block and so on.
On Tuesday and Thursday, students would have their regular homeroom period. On Tuesday, students would either go to their regular homeroom or tutoring. On Thursday, students would either go to homeroom, tutoring or their club.
Not all Penn Manor students are in favor of this idea.
“I’m not going to be able to wait for lunch that long everyday,” complained junior Lauren Anderson.
‘We are 99.9 percent sure that this will happen unless someone has a good reason not to do it,” Penn Manor’s principal Phil Gale said.
“We plan to have the schedule change after Thanksgiving,” he added.
“I don’t want that at all. Seniors should not have to anyways,” Senior Joey Carlyle said.
Gale said the reason Penn Manor is doing this is because of decreasing scores and other academic challenges.
One senior student thinks the idea is a good one and wishes he would have had several years with the changed schedules.
“I heard about it from a couple teachers,” said Patrick Jones, a Penn Manor senior. “It’s not too bad. It’s better for kids to help them understand what they’re learning. I think I would have liked the schedule if they started it earlier. You could work on a lot more stuff for your classes.”
Gale indicated he believes the new schedule will help boost scores, including PSSA scores, PSAT scores and SAT scores.
He said he is not pointing fingers at any particular class or sub group but the changes are aimed at boosting academic achievement across the school.
By Tyler Funk