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East Newton Schools Opt for Long Weekends, No Spring Break

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  Many school districts are on spring break,  but not East Newton and a few others in Southwest Missouri.

     For many years, the rural district has opted for long weekends instead of a week away.

Students see more pros then cons.

Ross Nagle reads from “A Tale of Two Cities.” While Bobby Clark graphs points in math.

East Newton high school students are in class while others are on spring break.

Clark, a senior says, “Sometimes  it can be (frustrating). You see on  facebook, instagram all these other kids  in Florida, enjoying  the beach. You're like Tuesday saying, I wish I was there.”

Junior Alison Rawlins says, “Other kids are out vacationing  and we don't really have enough time to go anywhere, so it’s kind of sad.

Instead of spring break the district gives three  extended four day weekends in February, March and April.

 Ross Nagle a senior says, “It’s nice not to have school Fridays, look forward to the weekend, Thursdays like yes we're done. It  kind of catches you off guard a little bit, I forgot, we  don’t have school on Friday. All right,  sweet!”

Students and teachers agree there are academic benefits to not having a week away from school.

Nagle says, “I feel like, if we had a spring  break, we’d just be zombies when we'd come back.”

English teacher Jake Holt says, “Sometimes it’s hard to get kids back on task after taking a whole week off. Four day weekends give them a little break, but it also doesn’t take so much time away from that, that they don’t forget everything we're trying to teach them. Especially this time of year, where end of course examinations are around the corner.”

Students felt that happen when they missed full weeks of school for snow days. The district had  total of 17 this year.

 Clark says, “Your mindset isn’t here on math. You forget everything you learned the  week before. When you  come back, you  pretty much have to relearn it.”

These students see an upside to not having a long break now, which can lead to a longer school year later.

Rawlins says, “We get out of school earlier than most other schools. And um, then we get more one days off school throughout the year  than other schools so I liked having them spaced apart.”

With seventeen days lost the district is stealing back some of the Mondays of the long weekends to make up for snow days.  But administrators are only adding three extra days to the end of the school year so final dismissal will be May 22nd which is earlier than most districts.

The high school principal says adding to the end of the year doesn’t work as well. Steve Charlton says, “The problem with that  is, especially with the kids, is that nobody notices when the weather is miserbale miserableike ten degrees outside. But attendance starts to slip when it gets above 70. They don’t want to be here any longer than they have to. We don’t want to come back after holidays like Memorial Day. So, if we had a locked in spring break, right now we’re getting out the 22nd.  If we had a locked in spring break, we have to push that back another week and the kids are gonna have to come back after Memorial Day we don’t want to do that.”

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