Oh, those wacky finals

Finals started Wednesday, Jan. 30, for Sandy students and will continue into tomorrow. There are very few after-school activities or games this week due to finals.

There is a music auction at the high school at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, and on Friday, Feb. 1, there is no school.

The first equestrian meet runs Friday through Sunday, Feb. 1-2, at the Mt. Hood Equestrian Center in Boring off Highway 26.

Students and teachers have been preparing for finals since the middle of last week. Teachers devote a lot of their class time to help students review. The finals schedule can be rather confusing for freshmen and parents, but once you have gone through it once, it makes a lot more sense.

Your first four classes have finals all on the first day. First and second period are before lunch, and third and fourth are after. Everyone has lunch at the same time, but it is 45 minutes long instead of 30, and everyone has off-campus privileges - however, freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors without off-campus privileges must get a note signed from their parents or a phone call before finals day to be able to leave.

If you have lunch fourth period, you can either stay in the commons or do as you please, or you can get a note or phone call from your parents excusing you from the rest of the day.

The second day is slightly more confusing. The schedule is fifth period, seventh period, lunch, eighth period, then sixth period. The schedule is like this so juniors and seniors with the last lunch can leave early if they choose, and those with second lunch can come late.

If a student leaves school early, they are not allowed back to catch the bus. They can only come back if they have practice. They also are not allowed to wander the halls while classes are in session, or else they will be sent to the commons.

Passing time is 10 minutes instead of five minutes, so students can use the restroom, go to their lockers, or do anything else because they are not allowed out of their classes during finals.

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