Exams: What to do if we are closed

Exam period starts soon! With Midterms, the concern is always with the weather. What happens if there is a closure for weather – or for anything?

First, the listening exam on Friday. If we are closed on Friday, that part of the exam will be pushed to when we return to classes. If that happens, I will have specifics on this site as soon as I’ve been given them.

Exams during the exam period fall into two different scenarios.

Scenario One: School is closed for half a day. If that’s the case, the exams written on that half day get pushed to the end of exams. So, as an example, if school was closed for the morning when 1201 is being written. The English 1201 exam and any other exams in that time slot would be written the day after the last scheduled day of exams. Barring any other closures, that would be Monday, the 30th. If there are multiple half day closures, the exams would be scheduled in the order in which they were supposed to be written. If this impacts any of the exams for my classes, I will put the new day and time on this site and on twitter.

Scenario Two: School is closed for the full day. If school is closed for a full day, all exams shift one day. So, as an example, if school is closed on Tuesday, the Tuesday exams will be written on Wednesday, the Wednesday exams will be written Thursday, Thursday exams on Friday and Friday exams move to the following Monday.

If you have any questions due to a PWC closure due to weather – or anything – and how it impacts exams, please contact me!

Exams are on their way!

Hi everyone,

A quick update for all my academic classes. Students have been working very hard over the last few days – our Ultimate Deadline for this term is today, Friday the 13th at 3:00! At this point, work we are doing is directed towards helping them on their midterm exams, so they are finding it useful at this time.

On Friday, January 20th, the listening portion of the exam takes place. We will have this portion of the exam, which is worth 10 of the 65 exam marks, during period one. Students will go to an assigned class and write this section with their English class mates. My classes are assigned as follows:

English 1201 F – Writes with Mr Pinksen in room 116
English 2201 A – Writes with Ms. Hiscock in room 115
English 2201 B – Writes with me in my room, 209
English 2201 G – Writes with Ms Winsor in room 207
English 3201 C – Writes with Mr. Veitch in room 206

If they have to miss this part of their exam, we will need a medical note from a doctor to excuse them.

The schedule for the written portion of the exams is as follows:
Monday, January 23rd – AM Session – 8:45 – 10:45 – English 1201
Monday, January 23rd – PM Session – 12:30 – 2:30 – English 2201
Wednesday, January 25th – AM Session – 8:45-10:45 – English 3201

Again, if a student has to miss this exam for medical reasons, we will need a note from a doctor. The exam is worth 20% of their final grade. The content for each of the exams is as follows:

Poetry (a poem we have not done in class) – 19/65 marks
Artistic Visual (one not done in class) – 6/65 marks
Analytical Essay (based on their choice of one of our major works from this term) – 20/65 marks
Personal Response – 10/65 marks

The major works to which they can refer are
1201: ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth or ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, done as a film study
2201: ‘The Fault in our Stars’ by John Green, ‘Oedipus’ by Sophocles and ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel
3201: The novel they chose in the fall (‘Huck Finn’, ‘A Separate Peace’, ‘The Stone Angel’ or ‘Catcher in the Rye’), ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ (done as a film study) or ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles.

Next week, my intern, Ms. Kelsey Gill, and I will be reviewing all of these areas of study, including listening.

Please also note that weather may shift our exam schedule and if this happens, students will be expected to write on the new date regardless of travel or other plans. Should school only be open for a half day for reasons such as weather, the missed exam will be rescheduled to the end of the exam period. Should school be closed full day (ie. weather), exams scheduled for that day will be moved to the next day.

If you have any questions, please email me!