Schedule change would be tough on students

As Associated Student Body President at Forest Grove High School, I recently got together with Vice President Colleen McNeely and Treasurer Rian Haworth to discuss the upcoming schedule changes at the high school next year.

Recently the school turned down a schedule that included a break, so now there is discussion about a straight seven-period class schedule everyday.

It was a hard adjustment to the new 'skinny block' schedule in effect this year, which is 60 minutes long. Therefore, transitioning to a seven-period schedule would be a drastic change and it would take a lot of effort for the students to acclimate.There just isn't enough time to learn everything we need to in a seven-period schedule.

It would be a hard adjustment on students to get used to doing homework everyday for every class. In the end it would just make things more difficult on teachers because they would be more pressed for time and students would be coming to class more and more stressed about the workload of having each class every single day.

With a seven-period schedule, each class would only be around 45 minutes long and this just is not enough time for teachers to cover all of the material in order for their students to be successful in that course. This is even more difficult for those of us enrolled in advanced placement classes.

The seven-period schedule would be a very dramatic change within the high school and it would take a lot of time for the students to adjust. This schedule proposal definitely has its negatives, but as students at Forest Grove High School, we have already been exposed to change and being flexible in return.

So no matter what happens, our student body will step up and be flexible to whatever change is thrown our way.Keeping an optimistic outlook on next year is what is going to allow us to be successful. We are just going to roll with the punches and do our best to succeed under these hard times.

Ellie Holscher

Forest Grove High School

Habitat for Humanity seeks home hunters and volunteers

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity ( recently broke ground on its most complex building project to date. The first of five homes located at 19th Avenue and Oak Street in Forest Grove is well under way.

Applications for owner/partners for the first home are available at Columbia Community Bank in Forest Grove.

The affiliate ReStore ( located at 3731 Pacific Ave. (across from Ace Hardware) is a major funding source for our homebuilding efforts. 100 percent the ReStore profits go to Habitat's local building projects.

Volunteer help is always welcome and needed at the ReStore. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This requires a minimum of four volunteers at all times.

Volunteers are asked to work either a morning or afternoon shift of four hours, but we are very flexible. Volunteer jobs include cashiers, showroom staff, warehouse work, donation intake and repair as well as pickup and delivery.

Our current volunteers range in age from 16 to 85 years of age. If you would like to work at the ReStore - 'the store that builds homes' - please stop in and see Diane Wiley our manager or call her at 503 357-1201. We will put you to work and it will feel good.

Randall J. Roedl

President West Tuality Habitat for Humanity

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