Three Mount Si High School juniors, Lydia Petroske, Ali (Alexandra) Raphael and Maile Young, addressed the Snoqualmie Valley School Board Thursday, April 18, 2013, with concerns over the scheduling of year-long courses, which they stated was making it impossible to get the schedules needed for their senior year.
They explained to the board that because many year-long (some core) courses were being split into different periods during each semester, they could not achieve their optimal schedules, along with multiple other students whom they were representing. The students said most of the scheduling conflicts were with AP math, AP science and 4th year world language courses.
In closing, the young women said that the scheduling issues weren’t only affecting AP courses. They said band students were also impacted by the scheduling splits. The Mount Si master schedule shows about 43 year-long courses being split to different classes periods each semester, six of which are AP courses.
The ladies stated that affected students had “reached a road block” and so were requesting that the school board delay registration by one week in order for them to collectively work with counselors to see if changes could be made to help achieve desired schedules.
Principal John Belcher made a public announcement address to Mount Si students last Friday, asking those with scheduling problems see himself and/or counselors, as staff would help ensure students’ schedules would work. He stated for many students, scheduling conflicts could be alleviated by simply requesting a different teacher for a particular class or choosing the course during a different period. He said, though, that in some cases, tough elective choices would have to be made; like in the case of AP Spanish where many students wishing to take the course were having conflicts.
No mention was made on Friday to delay the impending online registration process as requested by the three students.
Today, though, Principal Belcher announced that registration would be delayed by one week. Via email Belcher said, “Due to concerns and questions raised at last Thursday’s Board meeting, and subsequent conversations thereafter, the decision has been made to postpone registration for one week for current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. The current 8th grade registration process will continue as planned on Wednesday of this week, since the concerns raised do not affect incoming freshmen courses.”
Principal Belcher went on to comment that “creating a schedule for 1600+ students is a significant undertaking, and every year there are conflicts in courses that emerge.” He explained that in the past they worked with students who had schedule conflicts, and they will do so again this year to the best of their ability.
Belcher said, “While this year’s schedule works for a strong majority of students, the additional time will allow us to further review concerns and questions that have surfaced recently.”
Revised scheduling dates and times will be forwarded to families through district E-news and announcements on the Mount Si High School website.