Senior Skip Day
Senior skip day has been a high school tradition for decades. The whole idea of the event is for all the seniors in the school to skip classes altogether on one single day. Some teachers, when they catch wind of rumored dates, choose to assign big tests or essays on the given day in order to fail any students that choose not to come to school. That raises the question; is it worth it to skip?
“I can’t afford to miss class,” Brandon Altermatt ‘16 said.
With the block schedule this year it can be a lot harder to make up missed classes. Many students do not see the point in missing a single day just to uphold a debatably outdated tradition.
“I can’t say that I’ll have any part of senior skip day. That would just be absurd. I’m an IB student. I can’t be apart of senior skip day,” Zari Crier ‘16 said. “I think that all the kids that attend senior skip day really shouldn’t go. I mean, what do you have to gain by skipping a day of school? I have IB testing, and kids have their grades. I mean, how many of us passed the Sbac test? Let’s be honest.”
Others tend to disagree. They think it’s crazy not to skip when it’s such a long upheld tradition.
“Who would I be not to [skip],” Ambrose Philipek ‘16 said, who is currently enrolled in four IB classes here at South. “It seems to be a pretty big tradition. I’ve never really skipped a class before, so I’d do it just for fun.”
The date for the day is never known much in advance. Students usually try to make it a surprise so their teachers will come in to find an empty classroom. That plan does not often work though, since a lot of students choose not to skip. And since the days are picked at random there is usually more than one per year, with different groups of people picking different days. The bigger the group, the more likely it is to catch on. The tradition has been going for years and will probably continue.
“It seems like a good tradition to keep going,” Logan Hall ‘16 said.