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Late break burdens student resolve

By Alex Lichtenberg
posted April 18, 2011

Somewhere in between winter break’s holiday-fueled frenzy and summer vacation’s infinite sunny stretch rests the relief of spring break. As students gear up for impending AP tests or stress over graduation parties and prom dates, this one week provides a welcome departure from the daily grind of school. However, the much-needed respite has been nowhere to be found throughout the first few weeks of April. After four months of non-stop school, many students appear irritated at the lateness of their regenerative vacation.

“It just seems like everybody is dragging at this point in time,” said senior Amanda Glish. “It’s been a while since we had some days off.”

Even the staff at West seems to be yearning for the small, early sampling of summer that comes each April.

“We were ready for one two weeks ago,” said Assistant Principal Matt Zimmerman. “Staff does get worn down. They need to be refreshed and a break does that.”

The school-wide yearning for an earlier break has left students and staff alike wondering why school district planners pushed spring break so far back. Determined to be the Sunday after first full moon following the spring equinox, Easter happens to fall very late in April this year. The OASD almost always schedules spring break around the holiday.

“I don’t think it’s fair that our spring break is completely dependent on what time Easter is,” said junior Alex Gibson, “but since the majority of West is Christian and visits family at that time, I guess it makes sense.”

Zimmerman attributed the late scheduling due to the increased amount of absences that would be caused if the spring break were not over Easter.

“It’s not for religious purposes,” he said. “We just want to make sure that students don’t miss more school.”

An additional downside to having break so late this year is that UW Oshkosh’s spring break happened a month ago, meaning any students enrolled in both college and high school courses were forced to juggle between the two school calendars.

“My plans for spring break include driving to Minnesota to take a four hour Spanish placement test and then returning home in order to attend my UWO classes,” said Glish.

The idea of having overlapping spring breaks is also supported by members of school administration.

“I think our break should correspond with the UW one,” said Zimmerman, “or it should be the last week of March each year regardless of when Easter is.”

Some, however, managed to find the silver lining in spring break’s late calendar placement.

“I don’t think it’s too bad,” remarked senior Ashley Tuchscherer, “because at least we are going to have nicer weather than if it was a few weeks ago.”

No matter when spring break occurs, it will without a doubt be a welcome change for everyone.

Said Glish, “It’s going to make the rest of the school year go by really quick.” suppose.”

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