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WEST SHAMOKIN: Students welcome spring with various activities, changes

by VINCENT PASSERINI, Gazette Student News Reporter on April 04, 2014 10:40 AM

RURAL VALLEY — Now that the winter weather seems to have finally moved on, the students and staff members of West Shamokin High School are looking forward to a warm and productive end of the school year.

To continue to encourage this warm weather, the student council has planted hundreds of flowers in the school lobby. No, not literal flowers, but tulip cutouts on which students, teachers and staff wrote their favorite spring/summer activity. They did a great job in sprucing up the school for the spring.

West Shamokin has also introduced a change in the daily schedule in order to try and increase the school’s productivity. West Shamokin is currently operating on a nine-period day schedule, as opposed to the eight-period day we were previously operating on. The new period acts as a flex period which students can use for a variety of things. The period is used for all club meetings; AP classes can meet to prep for the AP tests; tutoring for PSSA and Keystone exams can take place; and students can make up missed work and gym classes.

The new period allows students some extra time to get their work done and offers clubs the extra time to have more productive meetings.

The other clubs at West Shamokin are also preparing their spring activities as well: Leo Club is beginning to fill some 2,000 eggs with candy for their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday; SADD is beginning to prep for its annual Safe Driving Day, which is a day full of educational resources for students to learn about becoming a safe driver; and the Student Ambassador Program is beginning to put together its program for next year.

The Student Ambassadors have begun selecting new senior and junior ambassadors and are preparing for a visit from the incoming seventh-grade classes later this month.

The National Honor Society will make its annual trip to Washington, D.C., next week and the cross country team is excited for its annual Great Shamokin Path 5K, which is Saturday, April 12.

With only one nine-week period left, the seniors at West Shamokin are excited for graduation and their upcoming senior class trip at the end of May to New York City. The seniors are seeing how their final year is beginning to fly by, and these last nine weeks are going to be no exception. Graduation will be here before they know it and the seniors of West Shamokin will be off to begin a new and exciting chapter of their lives.

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