Failing Grades Around Winter Break
The week before the winter break is chaotic for high school students. To the point some teachers do not take in school work due to how many students cram into the classroom to do last minute work. Especially, if the work for IB classes, in some of these classes there are only two test retakes per semester and a strict late homework rule. With Finals week creeping up, every decision becomes even more crucial.
“A lot of people believe that IB are in more, much harder classes than regular course. That’s not necessarily the case, IB classes are actually classes that explain a certain topic in more depth,” Ethan Lampe ‘17 said. “But, I will admit of having my fair share of all-nighters to keep my GPA up to par.”
Even in regular core classes, students seem to flunk their grade.
“Teachers are just becoming more strict by the school year,” Adrian Ordonez ‘17 said. “If you miss barely half of a day, you’re A goes automatically to a D.”
Leaving students in a large pile of homework to do over during the winter break, causing students to procrastinate even more. Some teachers have started to make rewards for turning in homework early, such as extra credit points on certain assignments. One teacher at South High, Dawn Sarni, greatly encourages this due to students like Ordonez and athletes.
“The one issue I see in my class is that kids rarely have time to do any homework or seem to not take homework as seriously as they should,” Sarni said, “Damaging their grades for Finals week.”