In addition to traditional multiple choice tests, many students will also be presenting projects or assembling their portfolios as part of the first semester exam week.
“I’ve been prepping myself for the exams ever since the beginning of this school year,” sophomore Andrew Bui said.
In recent years, many teachers have been opting out of the traditional written test. World History teacher Rebekah Holloway’s class is taking their final exam in the form of a presentation.
“Using our presentation as the semester exam is going to be a lot easier for our class because it will relieve the students from having to worry about taking an actual exam,” sophomore Meaude Mohammed said.
Another teacher who is giving her students a non-traditional exam is Freshman Studies teacher Laura Penrod.
“In my class I focus a lot on communication skills, and part of that is presentations,” Penrod said. “I feel that a presentation is a better representation of what they’ve learned in how to be an effective communicator.”
For all students, there will be no school on Monday, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The first day of exams will be a full school day with an adjusted schedule for testing.
“It’s a pretty big advantage, actually, having an extra half day of school,” sophomore Robert Murizzaj said. “It gives us an extra few classes to cram in some more studying information.”
|January 17||January 18||January 19||January 20|
|7 – 8:40 a.m.||Period 2||Period 1||Period 6||Period 5|
|8:50 – 10:30/10:40 a.m.||Period 4||Period 3||Period 8||Period 7|
|10:30 – 11:15 a.m.||One lunch||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.||Period 6||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|12:25 – 1:25/12 – 1:45 p.m.||Period 8||Make up exams||Make up exams||Make up exams|
During exam week, there will be no late buses for students. However, school will remain open for students who need to make up an exam and teachers will be at school until 2 p.m.
“Hopefully, I will do good in the upcoming semester exams,” Bui said. “If I study long and hard, I should be able to pull it all off with good grades.”