As the 2017-2018 school year dwindles down to a close, students are preparing for finals on May 14th and 15th.
At New Haven, students are given the opportunity, in most classes, to be exempt and not attend school on the two half-days on which their finals take place. The standard requirements include a 95% test and quiz average, fewer than 2 days of absence, and no disciplinary action or unexcused absences in that particular class. If they fail to meet any of the above guidelines, they will have to come to school the scheduled day of their final and take it.
When questioned about their finals, students had a unanimous answer: they’re stressful!
Emily Knoppe, senior, stated, “They're super stressful! I feel like if your grade is high enough, you should be exempt. Not every class does that, unfortunately.”
Sam Knoppe, also a senior, said, “Sometimes, they really only feel like a formality. It doesn't feel like they're completely necessary for the class, but it does bring everything together in a way.
Some finals may be state-mandated, like EOCs and so on. The course material is simply a way to prepare students for taking them. Taking them seems daunting, but it isn't too bad. Just don't panic.”
Another group of students thinks that finals aren’t that bad.
Alex Trentmann, a junior, mentioned that finals are a way to get your grade up in the last few days of school.
Callie Weatherly, junior, commented, “I do not like them, but they are good for students to take. It shows the teacher how well the students grasped the information and the things the majority of the students didn't get. The teacher may be able to use that information to teach the next class better. Also, it better prepares the students for the sort of tests they'd have to take in college-- keep in mind you won't be able to be exempt out of college finals!”
Students were also asked about how they feel about the school year coming to a close. Many said that this year, no matter how special, has been rough and they’re ready for the end. Others say that they aren’t ready for it to pass them by.
Elizabeth Hughes, senior, commented, “I am of course ready for it to end, especially being a senior, because then I will graduate and move on in life, which is pretty cool. I would also say that I don't want the time to go too fast though too, because I have a lot of work to do before the end of the year.”
Michelle Bahena, senior, said, “It's crazy to think it's almost over! I'm ready to graduate but it's also making me nervous to start somewhere new.”
I also inquired about the things that students will miss about this school year. Students answered unanimously again: being able to see their friends every day.
The end of each school year is always bittersweet, with the senior class graduating and fresh, new faces brightening up the halls, but for now, the year isn’t over yet. We still have finals to take! Good luck to all of the students that are taking finals this year!