Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Run Away Train -- The Second Semester

The fact of the matter is that the second semester of school is filled with too many things to do. It is a simple truth that has been made worse this year because of typhoon Soudelor. Yes, I said it! The typhoon from August is still having an impact on the school year. Some activities that were usually in the fall have now found themselves located in the spring semester and the spring semester was already over booked. It is amazing to me that something that happened clear back in August is still lingering in the background of our lives on Saipan. Although some activities got move to a full spring semester, some other things simply got canceled for the year. The MISO Soccer season has apparently fell victim to Soudelor; they have canceled it for the year. Many seasons for sports have been reduced or cut for the year.

Our spring semester at SIS looks like the following list of activities:

  • January: Beginning of the second semester
  • February: Health Heart Walk and NHS/NJHS Induction Ceremony
  • March: End of the 3rd Quarter and Spring Break
  • April: Prance (prom) and the Spring Musical
  • May: AP Exams, SAT10 Exams, Graduation
  • June: Grade 8 Promotion and End of the 4th Quarter.

During these months there is also middle school girls' and boys' basketball, high school girls' and boys' basketball, (usually) soccer, and Track & Field. Also the academic competitions of Mock Trial, NFL/NJFL, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Math Court, and Junior Achievement are happening. And to top it all off, we are heading into an accreditation cycle with WASC.

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