Christmas break?

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Christmas break?
Mon, 12-05-2011 - 10:01am

Do your kids get the week between Christmas and New Years off school? Does your local high school have finals the week before Christmas?

Our local high school has finals (I believe) that Monday-Thursday before Christmas and their Christmas break starts on Friday the 23rd. They return to school either the 2nd or 3rd. Back when my boys were in high school they'd get off for Christmas break, come back for a week of finals prep and then have finals 2 weeks after Christmas break - even back then they were talking about changing it and I believe it finally got changed about 2 years ago. Jason has his last final up at med school on Dec. 16 but is staying over as he's volunteering in a Chicago clinic the morning of hte 17th before coming home. Classes resume for him on Jan. 2. Justin is still working at the same call center but started a new account last week so he's in training Mon-Fri 8:30-5 until the end of the year. Not sure if they'll get an extra day or two off near Christmas since Christmas and New Years are both on a Sunday this year. Hope you all had a great weekend!



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Fri, 12-09-2011 - 11:13am

Hope his first semester went well!

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Fri, 12-09-2011 - 9:25am

Connor is a freshman in college.

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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 11:03pm
Both kids have the wednesday before Christmas off and then go back the Wednesday after New Years, so two weeks. The semesters end a week later, both middle and high school have finals.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 9:15pm

Around here they usually have HS finals the week before Christmas Break.

If I recall correctly, back in the dark ages when I was in HS, I think finals were in

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 7:03pm

Its funny you should ask this, because our school district literally just this year changed from always having finals/ending the semester end of Jan - to ending it before Christmas break. The biggest treat for us all though, is that we now also get 3 weeks off -(also for the first time ever)

mom_uk2socal - Mom to DS22, DS19, DD16

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 1:43pm

DS has exams Dec.13-15 and goes back to school on the 9th of Jan.

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 1:32pm

My kids have mid-year exams in the middle of January, as did the public schools they previously attended. I think all the schools around here do it this way. Everyone hates it because it makes the Christmas break less of a break. They don't spread out the exams, though--that would be torture!--so once you sit for your exam, you take the whole thing for that subject

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 12:52pm
Ugh is right - ds got lucky; the year he started HS they changed it so they'd end before winter break (no finals in middle school). Sounds like you guys are going backwards from that - I can't imagine the teachers would like that either?!

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 12:40pm

The end of the grading period for DD 14 is this Friday. She had some tests last week and the rest this week. She gets the week before and the week after Christmas off (plus an extra day off after New Years.) DD doesn't know if she's working

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Mon, 12-05-2011 - 11:16am

My girls have exams between the 14th and the 20th.