Area Schools Resume After Weather-extended Holiday Break
January 9, 2014 by Denise Turner
Many area school districts returned to classes today for the first time in nearly three weeks, when they recessed for a holiday break that expanded by three days for this week’s winter storm. MerrillvilleHigh School is one of those schools, where students and teachers expressed some mixed reactions to the extended holiday break.
Sophomore DJ Hinton said, “It’s exhilarating because you kind of got to get back into the process of waking up at 6 in the morning and coming to school and learning to pay attention.”
Hinton says he is happy his school re-opened, and fellow student Sydney Sheppard agreed, “Spending almost 3 weeks in the house gets you stir crazy, but I am ready to get back and get focused back on my work and work to bring these grades up.”
Sophomore Erika McClinton said, “Our trimester ends this week, and my grades weren’t bad, and I want to raise some B’s to A’s. and now I only have one more day so it’s not that easy.”
English teacher Teresa Procter says even though she passed her time reading an interesting novel, she is glad classes are finally resuming. She wants her students to finish projects they started before Christmas break, “The kids were generally glad to get back. I didn’t see a lot mopey faces this morning in both of my English classes. The kids were engaged so they were ready to get back.”
Most of the students, like Riayn Greene, say they are happy to be back in classes because they miss the rituals and predictability, “I didn’t really want to go back at first, but now I’m back in the routine, and it’s refreshing and better than being at home.”
Students also say they are now able to see friends they were not able to speak with during the break.
Procter says, “As much as school is academics for kids, as much as we try to teach them and prepare them for life, school is very, very social for them.”
Greene is living proof, “I broke my phone so I didn’t get to talk to any of them, and they didn’t know where I was, and I didn’t know about them, and so seeing them today was refreshing.”
Merrillville School Corporation plans to join other school districts in requesting a waiver from the state which would prevent them from being required to make up the missed days.