• Gianna Porco

Is There a Plan Behind Block Scheduling?

Recently, the Edgemont student body was informed that the upcoming school year would not be like previous years. Block scheduling is coming to Edgemont.


Instead of 4 minute passing time between classes, all Edgemont students will have 5 minutes to get to their next class. This might seem positive, but by having one extra minute, the school day has been stretched by 10 minutes: starting at 8:25 and ending at 3:07. To use your extra minute of each in-between period the wisest, I recommend that you make a circle around the A-building before every class. This will energize your mind through the joy of exercise.


To help you get to school earlier without difficulty, I recommend adding a sink to your car so you can brush your teeth on the way to school. If you walk to school, attach a sink to your backpack, or just use gum. You don't need to have good breath; who needs friends now anyway? You won't have time to socialize with them anyway because lunch is only 40 minutes, and you need time to get lunch and find a spot to eat with the newly huge crowds in the cafeteria.


Don’t worry about falling behind in school because of 2 hour labs and 55 minute tests (plus extra homework) because now you will have the opportunity to get to know all of your teachers' likes and dislikes through the school work given by them! If anyone does have suggestions for how to get through double science periods or just regular elongated classes, make sure to let the administration in on your ideas.


Even though the administration is very excited about the new schedule, some details, plans, and problems still need to be worked out. For example, how long will the lunch line be, with added students in the cafeteria? No one really knows, but if it is too long, bring your eraser to the lunch line, so you have something to chew on. Or learn to fly and cut the line; no one will notice because they will be using their time to catch up with friends.


Some dimwitted naysayers still preoccupy themselves with the trivial question of whether there will be room for everyone to eat? Such cretins opine that since cafeteria tables haven't been used since 2020, many don't know if they even exist anymore. The irratingly argue that even if they miraculously re-appear next year, the cafeteria will still be cramped, at least if one follows their “logic.”


In any case, If the gym is going to be used next year for lunch, I doubt many kids will eat there because by the time they get lunch they won't have enough time to make the trek from the admin building. The best place to eat at lunch is probably the single-use restrooms in the admin building; they are private, new, and quiet!


The infamous Facebook group, ‘Edgemont Parents’ has expressed that they feel block scheduling is a good thing. Parents seem to think that the amount of homework their children will have each night is to be decreased. However, they fail to consider that even though students would not have each class every day, they will still likely have the same amount of work to do each night, if not more. Many teachers will feel that because students have an extra day to do work, more should be given.

One common question that many teachers and students have is, “what class will occur for students who don't have lunch when other students (upper or lower-classes) do have lunch?” A few have assumed that students would possibly have a free period before or after their lunch. This would make sense because lunch is fifteen minutes shorter than all other classes. Back-to-back free periods might allow students to have the opportunity to “enjoy being a kid,” (whatever that means). Although, if every Edgemont student is to have two frees during the same two periods, where will everyone go? If you manage to claw your way through the mass of bodies in the library during those periods, please let me in on your secret strategies.


For now, just enjoy whatever normalcy remains in the current school year and try not to worry too much about what the future holds. However, I have taken it upon myself to create a mock schedule for next year, since I’m sure no one knows exactly what to expect.