KAILAND BEGAY | STAFF WRITER
It’s typically the week that every student dreads and hopes never comes…FINALS WEEK! However, this year LCHS has a new finals schedule that offers students more time to prep, snack, and hang out.
“[The schedule] gives us time to drink a coffee,” senior Cisco Garcia said, but that’s just one of several benefits. Garcia and friends “Izzy” and Josiah Fuentes also like the relaxed time to study, finish assignments and projects, and take care of business.
“It’s just a break, instead of a seven minute passing period,” Mr.Rimer Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction said. The benefits to students are built into the longer blocks of time for each final, study time at the beginning of the day, and 15 minute snack break mid-morning. “It’s really just a time for people to hang out in the concourse, talk to your friends,” Rimer said.
Seniors with late arrival or early release especially benefit on Friday, when only 1st and 7th period take final exams. Rimer hopes on Friday “there will be fewer students and a less stressful environment.”
Teachers also benefit from having two hour blocks of time to administer a final, or assess student work and record grades during their prep period. “We don’t want to get in a situation where finals becomes a default loss week. We want those days to be meaningful. That’s why we have review on Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday through Friday used for finals.” Teachers with AP subjects now have the time to administer both a multiple-choice and a constructed response assessment with a twenty-minute break in between, similar to those students will take for their AP scores.
Rimer also said the schedule is “portable,” allowing shifting class periods because of blocks of time that can move throughout the schedule. This will hopefully make planning for finals easier from year to year as students master the concept of the blocks of time instead of unique schedules with ever-changing time structures.
Overall, the new schedule is all about student success. Rimer said, “Gives flexibility for students to meet their needs.”
STARLA OSTERHOLT | STAFF WRITER
Snackbar: one word, seven letters, but a lot of work and effort put behind it. Managed by four students, Marissa Mathias, Sergio Pena, Becca Luten, and me, and supervised by Jensen Baca, we keep a very clean and well managed snackbar.
Every day Becca, Marissa and I go in ten minutes before lunch to meet the Popeyes, Subway and pizza people and also to make brownies and cookies.
After lunch the managers stay to do inventory, restock everything, file paperwork, count registers, count the vault and clean. It goes by pretty fast because we all know our jobs and what has to be done. It is a lot easier on days when we have 7th period because snack bar is our class, so we have the rest of the day to clean, restock, count money and file paperwork.
Most days two of the special needs students will come in and help us restock. Not only does it help us, but it teaches them some skills and behind the scenes of a store and doing inventory. The help is much appreciated especially when we have two days worth of paperwork and money.
AUSTIN DENTON | SPORTS
UPDATE 12/7/17: Albuquerque Journal’s James Yodice reported late Wednesday night that Albuquerque High and Rio Grande’s football programs have decided to go independent and will not participate in Class 6A, District 2 competition. That paragraph from the story is corrected below.
The New Mexico Activities Association announced the new class and district realignments for all athletic sports that will take effect the 2018-19 year.
It features football programs across the state sticking with six classifications and newly reformed districts, and the rest of the sports across the state dropping down to five classifications and also newly reformed districts. So how does this affect La Cueva athletics?
Class 6A, which is the class that the Bears are currently in for football and all other sports, will cut down from four districts to three in football. As for all of the other sports, the Bears will be dropped to Class 5A, but that will still be the highest class that any program can be in and will also have a newly formed district.
In football, the Bears will still be competing in Class 6A, District 2 with the same teams this season that were in the district last season, which are the Clovis Wildcats, Eldorado Eagles, Manzano Monarchs and the Sandia Matadors.
La Cueva’s athletic director LeeAnn Moores said that with these new districts moving out and combining into the new districts, the weaker districts no longer have an automatic bid in to the state tournament, creating a greater chance for top 10 teams to be in state. “With these districts dissolving and the teams being dispersed among other districts, I would argue that there is a greater chance that the true top 10 teams will be in the state bracket,” Moores said.
In basketball, volleyball, track & field, baseball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and wrestling, the Bears will be in Class 5A, District 2. Only one other team from this year’s district stays, that team being Eldorado. Jumping into District 2 for these sports will be the Farmington Scorpions, the Piedra Vista Panthers and the West Mesa Mustangs.
Swimming and diving has a much larger district when it comes to their district and how they compete against each other in district meets, just because it is a rarity that swimming and diving ever directly compete against a team in a meet. The only thing that is added onto the district is all the members of the new district in the other sports.
“Geography is a key element,” Moores said about the changes. “Even though we have outliers, in a less populated state like ours, we are going to have several hours to travel at times.”
Moores also explained that with the new changes, she believes there is more equal competition amongst the members. She said, “I would argue that the districts are more balanced competition wise. Different sports have their own stronger and weaker schools in some regions but on the whole, the districts to me seem pretty balanced.”