Seniors stress about Saturday make-up day

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Seniors stress about Saturday make-up day

Many seniors decorate their graduation caps to celebrate their special day.

Many seniors decorate their graduation caps to celebrate their special day.

Mr. Mark Marietta

Many seniors decorate their graduation caps to celebrate their special day.

Mr. Mark Marietta

Mr. Mark Marietta

Many seniors decorate their graduation caps to celebrate their special day.

On an early Saturday morning after a long, stressful week at school, the typical high school student would usually opt to sleep in, get breakfast with their friends or even take an early shift at their job.  However, on Saturday, May 25, seniors will have to free up their busy Saturday morning to attend a make-up day.

While most seniors would dread going to their AP Calculus class at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday, students should not fret because this make-up day will not resemble a typical school day.

Students will begin practicing for graduation while also hearing from speakers who will discuss some very important topics on what to do after high school.  Presenters include Mr. Jeffrey Nobili of the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board who will present on a variety of career and college readiness topics and a lawyer from the Washington County Bar Association who will present on “Turning 18 and Preparing for Adulthood.”   Both presentations will give insight on how seniors should go about moving into their adult life.

Seniors have their own opinions, both positive and negative, on the Saturday make-up day.

Senior Mya Quarture stated, “I know that the make-up day will probably be beneficial, especially when it comes to graduation, but I still dread getting up early on a Saturday when I could be sleeping in.”

Having school on a Saturday is not exactly new to students who attend NMSI AP Saturday Study Sessions.  These students spend four hours at math, science, or English related lectures on Saturdays throughout the school year.

Senior Anna Poach commented, “I feel like this make-up day will definitely not be as mentally demanding as the NMSI Saturday sessions.  We will not be doing nearly as much work.”

Even though school work will not actually be completed at the make-up session, seniors are required to show up because attendance is mandatory.  

High School Principal Mr. Somasky wrote, “Although I recognize a Saturday session as inconvenient, it is necessary that we hold the day to comply with state regulations.”

Most students can agree that even though coming to school on a Saturday is not ideal, they would rather not push graduation back a day.