Students around region return to class

Last updated: January 09. 2014 9:35PM - 895 Views
WILLIAM LANEY wlaney@civitasmedia.com

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LIMA — The cancellation of classes earlier this week resulted in exams being delayed for some area students.

Principals at two area high schools have postponed high school exams from this week to next week to provide the students a chance to review the material before taking the first semester tests.

Lima Senior High School students are now taking exams on Monday and Tuesday, Prinicpal Doug Kent said, after being originally scheduled to take exams Thursday and today.

“Exams are important, and we want to make sure that we did get them in,” Kent said. “We typically take two days to prep and review and to give the students an opportunity to make sure all their work is in so we just backed it up to Monday and Tuesday of next week. We will then get our grades posted.”

He said this should not affect their school calendar for the rest of the year since they had a few extra days built into the third nine weeks, or the third quarter, which starts Wednesday.

With the calamity days due to inclement weather after the holiday break concerns Kent, but he said he is always worried about that.

“Our teachers do a good job and our students do a good job of adapting to the new schedule,” Kent said. “I was in every classroom this morning (Thursday) and every teacher was prepping and reviewing and going over material. I am confident our students will step up to the plate and do fine.”

The original school calendar at Ottawa-Glandorf High School had exams being administered this past Wednesday and Thursday, but school officials moved exams to Monday and Tuesday. This provided students an opportunity to review and prepare for exams due to the inclement weather and school cancellations on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Columbus Grove High School, also in Putnam County, sent out a reminder on Thursday that exams will be administered on Friday and Monday. Putnam County fell under a Level 3 advisory for most of the week.

Wapakoneta schools, which typically schedules first semester exams on Wednesday and Thursday the week prior to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is still taking the issue under advisement, Superintendent Keith Horner said.

“There was some conversation on that issue today,” Horner said, explaining it really affects Wapakoneta Middle School and Wapakoneta High School students. “Whatever they do there will be what the entire district does in regard to when the semester ends.

“At this moment, we did not want to change, but we wanted feedback from the teachers and the staff regarding what we should do,” he said. “With this being Thursday, I am sure the principals have talked with their staff about possibly moving exams. When you take a week out of a semester, especially this late, it really affects the schedule of what teachers wanted to cover and review.”

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