Spartan Shield

Staff plays vital role in admin decision

Sunset+captured+on+the+recent+Nov.+26+snow+day.
Back to Article
Back to Article

Staff plays vital role in admin decision

Sunset captured on the recent Nov. 26 snow day.

Sunset captured on the recent Nov. 26 snow day.

Libby Staver

Sunset captured on the recent Nov. 26 snow day.

Libby Staver

Libby Staver

Sunset captured on the recent Nov. 26 snow day.

Danielle Nauman, News Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Despite the rumors of pushing back first semester finals in the event of another snow day, it will not happen. The idea was initially proposed because of the current imbalance of the semesters. First semester originally had 88 days and second had 92 days. Due to the snow day on Nov. 26, the semesters became even more imbalanced: first having 87 days and second 93.

Principal Mike Zimmer relied on staff opinions to make the final call regarding the decision. Staff responded that if there was not another snow day by Thanksgiving, the schedule should be left alone. Zimmer stated, “This is what I think is valuable about how we work in this building and that is I don’t give an edict. Rarely do I give an edict. I want some input on what’s going on.”

Although staff input was greatly valued in making the final decision, Zimmer considered what is fair to the students. Pleasant Valley offers many semester long classes which are very affected by the imbalanced semester. Currently, the same course in second semester will have an entire week of extra instruction when compared to the same class in first semester.

“The bottom line is what is the fairness to a student?” Zimmer said. “So I wanted to make sure that whatever the expectations were for learning in the two courses that you’re still okay even though one is a week longer than another.”

After discussing with the department heads, Zimmer determined that the best decision- for staff and students alike- was to stick to the original schedule.

However, this may not be the only difficult decision Zimmer has to make regarding first semester finals. There is the looming possibility of a snow day on the Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of finals week.

“If that happens then I’m going to have to think about that because I do not want to have one semester ending in the middle of the week then the next day you come back new semester. That’s what I’m trying to avoid. Staff needs to get their grade books done, seating charts, they have a lot to do.”

 

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Staff plays vital role in admin decision

    PV News

    Beyond the plaque

  • Staff plays vital role in admin decision

    PV News

    Make-up madness in March

  • Staff plays vital role in admin decision

    PV News

    Momo challenge: another internet hoax

  • Staff plays vital role in admin decision

    PV News

    French students celebrate Mardi Gras

  • Staff plays vital role in admin decision

    PV News

    PV’s finest nominated to be Governor’s Scholars

  • Staff plays vital role in admin decision

    PV News

    Enrollment and expansion

  • Staff plays vital role in admin decision

    PV News

    Gaming design grows in the PV community

  • Staff plays vital role in admin decision

    PV News

    Students prepare for Iowa assessments

  • Staff plays vital role in admin decision

    PV News

    Zimmer named new Director of Secondary Education

  • Staff plays vital role in admin decision

    PV News

    Snowed in schools experience scheduling struggle

Navigate Right

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The student news site of Pleasant Valley High School
Staff plays vital role in admin decision