Senior study rooms and privileges

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As you may or may not have noticed, recently there has been some debate about the senior study rooms and the debate about who gets to use them. The discussion involves all grades, but recently it has been narrowed down to just the 11th and 12th graders. The point of the discussion has been mainly focused on the senior study rooms. The seniors started noticing that a couple of non-seniors started using the rooms. After trying to inform them calmly that the rooms are not for them, but are in fact, a senior privilege and only meant for seniors, there was some backlash. The 11th graders (especially AP students) feel like they have just as much work and therefore have the same right to the rooms. However, this is what is upsetting many of the seniors. The senior study rooms are a senior privilege that we have had to wait for.

As you go through high school, there are more and more things that you will eventually be able to do. One of the things that the seniors have access to is the senior study rooms. The reason we have access to these rooms is because the IB year 2 AND AP have a lot more pressure this year in regards to university applications, exams, IA’s, and extended essays. The main argument from the 11th graders has been that the AP year 1 students have just as must pressure as the year 2 students. However, the point is really that those rooms are something that seniors have had to work and wait for. When we were in 9th, 10th and 11th grade we weren’t allowed to use the study room, so we didn’t. Quite simply, you have to wait for your chance to get to use the senior study rooms. There are other places where you can study quietly; such as the library or empty classrooms. The 11th graders especially have been informed of this by Mr. Dalesio himself, and the seniors spent their wellness workshop making posters to re-inform the lower grades of who has access to the study room. If you have any more doubts about who has access to those rooms just check the official labels next to the rooms. 

Another quick reminder is that off-campus privileges are limited to 11th and 12th graders only. That includes the salad bar and the chairs in the grass near the gym. If you want to use those facilities if you’re in 9th or 10th grade, then, unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until you’re in 11th or 12th grade. You’ll get your turn eventually. 

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