Last year during the 4th nine weeks, the school schedule changed. Flex period was introduced and some loved and hated the new period from the start.
Assistant Principal Craig Bruns shared why he added Flex period late last year.
“Last year, too many students were missing required PowerHour. It led to disciplinary issues and poorer grades, and we believed that adding Flex period would help with those problems and improve them,” said Mr. Bruns. “Last year the 4th nine weeks led to better grades and less discipline issues with students. And it is not only flex that helped solve these issues either. The teachers have a huge part of it.”
Some students do enjoy flex period and its benefits.
“I do like Flex period. I think it has good benefits for students. I am sure grades have improved drastically, and for myself, it helps with me getting homework done that I couldn’t at home,” sophomore Brayden Gardner said. “I like the fact that our school implements things like PowerHour and Flex. It helps athletes like me get homework done before I go home. It also leaves time to spend with my family.”
“Flex helps because by sending them to that specific period, where they have a failing grade, they are forced to be in a class they need help in. Most kids decide to skip because they don’t want to go, but flex puts them in a position where they have to and they benefit from it,” senior Kaylor Smith.
Some students do not enjoy and think Flex period helps students.
“I feel like it is pointless, and it could be better used for an added 10 minutes to study and utilize PowerHour,” said sophomore Alex Honeycutt.
Gardner explains what he likes about Flex period, and why it helps him.
“I like the fact that our school implements things like PowerHour and Flex. It helps athletes like me get homework done before I go home. It also leaves time to spend with my family,” said Gardner.
Honeycutt explains why he thinks Flex is a bad idea.
“I think it is a waste of time and it interferes with PowerHour. I think those 10 minutes should be added back to PowerHour,” said Honeycutt.
“I would not change anything really. The concept and ideas behind it are set and the timeframe it takes up is ideal for students throughout,” said Gardner.
Mr. Bruns explained why he changed earlier releases on Fridays to every Friday being 4th period Flex.
“Students just took advantage of it and weren’t doing what they were supposed to. They were just wandering around, not using it for what it was designed for,” said Bruns.
Smith explained why he thinks the change was a good idea.
“I’d like if we did period 4 Flex on Fridays because it is better for athletes in seasons like football, tennis, soccer or volleyball players. Plus, if you’re in those sports, you can’t leave anyway so we just sit in class. Having earlier release doesn’t really benefit anyone,” said Smith.