Online Scheduling Qualms

Online Scheduling Qualms

By Alyssa Lyons

 

Instead of meeting with my counselor to register for next year’s courses, this year I was asked to schedule online via Netclassroom.

Seton’s Administration chose this route to make the process more efficient for counselors. In the past, course requests were a long drawn out process that took a lot of extra work on the counselor’s part. The main goal of scheduling online was to relieve some of the work required while ensuring that the requests reflect the student’s wants and needs. Although this was supposed to be easy access for the students, some had trouble selecting certain classes.

For instance, if a student chose SH-1(Study Hall-Semester 1) twice, they received an error when saving their request. This prevented students and parents from seeing the course request. Students and parents needed to change this request to SH-2 (Study Hall-Semester 2). It was an easy fix, but only someone with access to Education Edge was able to make the correct changes. According to our Educational Technology Director, Keith Schaeper, about 25 students had this problem.

Another issue was that parents had not activated their accounts in order to approve their daughter’s courses, another time consuming process. The result was that  some students and parents did not submit their request in the allotted time that was given.

When asked if she could change anything about the request process, junior Sarah Mellott said, “It would have been helpful to have a brief overview of each course on Netclassroom to help us make our decision.”

Scheduling online was not intended to prevent students from meeting with their counselors. The intent was to let students make their own choices, while providing the counselors more time to work with students who need guidance with their selections.

Schaeper commented, “There are improvements that need to be made for future years.” There were problems to be expected with this new process; after all it was our first time using the technologically advanced program to select classes.

New Schedule: A Change for Better?

New Schedule: A Change for Better?

A Benefit?:

By Sydney Schultz

The 2013-2014 school year at Seton is changing drastically. For the first time since 1854 (so it seems) Seton is revising the daily class schedule.  The new schedule offers a better learning environment where teachers are able to collaborate each morning in order to enhance the learning of the students.  I believe that this new schedule could potentially be a great idea. There will be more time for learning, a more in depth learning experience, and a more concentrated experience of subjects.

What’s funny to me is how people view the concept of change. Throughout the halls and in classrooms I only hear negative conversations about the new schedule. My question to the students of Seton is- how can you have so much hate for something you’ve never tried? Change can be a great thing! Truthfully, we won’t know if we like the new schedule until we try it and complaining about it all day won’t change the fact that it’s still going to happen.

Mrs. Mary Ritter believes that change can be hard but that it can also be a good thing. She said, “Classes at Seton used to be from 8:00am to 2:15pm. In 1990 when the schedule changed to 7:45am to 2:34pm, everyone thought the world was ending. That was 23 years ago. We’re all still here and Seton is still a great school.”

My advice for everyone is to forget about the 12 minute time difference from 2:34 to 2:42, the Elder boys,  the longer classes, and have a more positive and spirited attitude to make your 2013-2014 school year one of the best.

The schedule change is being implemented for us, the students of Seton High School. There have been a lot of changes in the last century (remote control, the computer, video games). Because of these changes, we learn very differently from our parents and our grandparents. The new schedule reflects the change that is needed. Education is also changing and we need to accept the change and give it a try.

Or a Pain?:

By Ashley O’Brien

The 2013-2014 school year is full of surprises. However, for people like me, the surprises aren’t exactly what I had in mind for my senior year. The schedule change for next year has many students and parents arguing about it. [INCONVENIENCE seems to be a good word to describe it!]

Many of us, including myself, carpool with guys from Elder. The 12 minute difference at the end of the school day and 10 minute difference in the morning is enough to make us all blow up! We can’t seem to wrap our minds around the fact that there is a possibility of us getting left behind by our carpools. Nevertheless, our poor relatives and neighbors might have to stand outside in the cold, harsh weather conditions for this 12 minute difference at the end of the school day next year.

And the lunches…all I can think is, “THERE IS NO WAY.” How are we supposed to fit about 500 students into two 30-minute lunch bells? Many students are already scrambling to make it to the microwaves, the Panini bar, or the lunch line so they don’t have to wait for a solid 15 minutes. Even then, they only have 15 minutes left to eat, go to the bathroom, relax, and talk with their friends, or meet with a teacher. It’s hard to imagine almost doubling the amount of students in a lunch period in the same amount of time without complete pandemonium in the lunchroom.

Another benefit of the new schedule—minutes in class? Even though we may have more time to participate in science labs, most students will struggle to pay attention in the longer span of classes. Junior Rice Klauke states “I feel as if extra class time for labs will go to waste considering we only do 3-5 labs a year in some classes.” Also, could this mean that we will have longer tests and more homework? We won’t know until we experience this change next year.

Some may argue that I’m closed-minded, but I’m just happy with how my classes are now. However, we must trust the administration and faculty who believe in the fact that this will work. I’m sure they are open to suggestions and comments about the new schedule.

Despising the change isn’t going to make your senior, junior, or sophomore year any better. Some of us might not be too fond of it, but sadly we have no influence to change this matter besides accepting the change, and hoping to see the positivity in the new reforms. Change can be good, but people like me might have to search a little harder.