The good ole days!

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The good ole days!
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Sun, 09-03-2006 - 11:54pm

Does anyone remember when Labor Day was the last great week-end and holiday of the summer?

Sherry

 

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Mon, 09-04-2006 - 12:42am

I like going back in early August because we get out in mid-May (May 17, I think, this year). We have a week before the Memorial Day weekend off, so it makes for easy vacations before it gets too, too hot.

I hope everybody does change back to after Labor Day...except us...lol.

We get 11 weeks off for summer. When I was growing up (and Aly's first summer) it was usually 12 weeks. I remember when they changed the school year to be 180 days (I was in 8th or 9th grade) and that's where we still are now. We just have more days off during the year (when we're NOT dealing with 100% humidity and highs in the high 90s). (They DID cut our Christmas holidays to give us more days elsewhere this year, though...YUCK!)

ETA: I don't remember Kindergarten, but in 1st grade, I know for a fact school started BEFORE Labor Day when I was in 1st grade because my mom was pregnant with my brother and I thought she was going to have the baby that weekend (she wasn't due until November). I thought we were getting the day off for her to have the baby.

Alysha




Edited 9/4/2006 12:45 am ET by alygator

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Mon, 09-04-2006 - 8:59am

We always started after Labor Day as well - but no more.

I'm mixed on it. Kids do better in sweltering heat at the beginning of the year when they are fresh and excited and still new to those around them than they do at the end of the year. So, if it is a choice between starting the end of August and going later in June - - I'd probably pick the early start.

But - - I honestly believe that until we air condition all schools (NOT just the office!) no one should be forced to be there in August OR June. (and of course July).

I find the day requirements rather artificial. Some kids don't learn what they need to learn in 180 days. Others could do it in 20 if it were simply presented to them in that accellerated pace.

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Mon, 09-04-2006 - 9:21am

Around here we

Sherry

 

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Mon, 09-04-2006 - 9:37am

Well the teachers had to come back in August, but someone told me that the law in Michigan has gone back to starting school after Labor Day, which I did all through my school years....

Even in college, the classes didn't start until after Labor day so I do understand. I don't know if Michigan went back to the old law or not but all the kids in a public school in Michigan start after Labor Day.....

There are some charter school and private school exceptions!! Besides, when we did start in August only half the kids would return, so those days never counted in the first place...

Of course with the population I deal with, they never return right after a holiday anyway so it doesn't matter when you start....

I can promise you all my students won't be in my class until Monday of next week. Oh well such is life....

GT35

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Mon, 09-04-2006 - 11:02am

It's still like that in New York State and some other states too. I grew up in NY and I remember watching the Jerry Lewis telethon and being so sad that summer was over and school started the next day. However, since school starts after Labor Day it also runs until the second to the last week in June. I graduated on June 24th. The schedule cannot change because all HS kids in NY must take Regents exams in order to graduate and they are always given the second and third week in June.

I now live and teach in CT and we start the week before Labor Day and we end in mid-June. I would hate to start in early August. It's definitely warmer in August than it is in June so it's better for us to go into June than to start in Aug. In fact this year we had a couple of days in June when the temp was well into the 90's (a rarity) and some schools had to close because it was unbarably hot in the buildings.

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Mon, 09-04-2006 - 11:14am

I don't know when we started when I was a wee little one. I do remember going to a Girl Scout Camp in Wyoming as a junior in HS (say August 7-21) and missing the first couple of days of school (and going to school the day after I got back).

This year we started on August 16. I'd rather have June off than August. It's so hot in August, that we might as well sit around inside a building somewhere using someone else's A/C. Unlike Alysha, we will go until the very last day of May. But it could get ugly if we have to go into June.

Karen

 


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Mon, 09-04-2006 - 11:34am

But, see the thing is....I don't WANT to be outside around here in August. It's too darn hot! It's just miserable. You can only stay inside in the air conditioning.

But, then again, I started school in the 70s and we have NEVER been without air conditioning in schools I've been in (unless the AC was BROKEN). I've actually never been in a classroom with a broken AC, but this year the library's AC and one teacher's AC were broken and it was miserable to go into those areas. (The teacher had a bunch of fans for the morning and floated classrooms in the afternoon for a week until it was fixed.)

Like Karen stated, it just makes more sense for us (not the school system) to use their AC instead of our own.

So, everybody else can go later and stay through June...I'm quite content starting in early August & getting out in mid-May.

Alysha


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Mon, 09-04-2006 - 12:13pm

Well, I've got a few years on you, and I remember the un-air-conditioned days. We were in 5th grade when we got A/C. Before that, I remember that the skirt on the geeky uniform jumpers we had to wear made good towels for wiping the sweat off of your face after recess. Very dainty, wasn't I? And we were probably constantly dehydrated. If we were REALLY good, the teachers might let us get a SIP of water during class time. Never mind that you could have probably drank the fountain dry.

But yes, I'd rather have off June than August.

Karen

 


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