December 22nd is New Haven’s last day of school before winter break, which ends on Monday, January 4th. Many students are excited to get their finals over with and start fresh next semester. The final week of school seems to be the most stressful for students because each of them is trying to get their grades up so they don’t have to take a final. Teachers, on the other hand, are more focused on preparing their kids for finals and setting them up to pass.
Three days after Winter Break starts, it will be Christmas! Many people around the world anticipate this time of year. It is a time to gather around people you love and cherish while eating delicious foods and giving and receiving sentimental gifts. Many people exchange gifts, and some people even participate in secret Santa exchanges with friends and family. A fellow secret Santa, Madeline Fleer, said, “I am looking forward to hanging out with my friends and getting turnt with them...off of jolly good christmas feelings! Like: lip sync battle and gift exchange!”
Not only are presents exciting; food is a very popular high theme of excitement as well. A fellow New Haven High Senior, Jonathan Stone, said, “I’m going to eat stuff. A lot of stuff.”
Winter break isn’t just about the holidays though, it is about taking a breather from school and having time to yourself. “I am going to party harder than ever… With my bed and food,” Blake Gale sarcastically stated. Winter Break is a period between two semesters in which students can relax and start fresh for the new year.
During break, several students showed their excitement for spending special time with family and friends. Knowing that not everyone celebrates holidays, some students expressed their excitement for just having a break from school.
One student mentioned, “I don’t celebrate Christmas, but I do spend a ton of time with my family. I am super excited to not be in school for a week or two!” Many students may agree with this sentiment.
New Haven School District’s Winter Break starts on December 23rd and school will resume on January 4th.
Enjoy the holidays and break! Stay safe!