School year kicks off with assembly to announce new rules and regs

The second day of the 2015-16 school year brought a weightiness that was conspicuously absent on day one. Syllabuses having been distributed, class policies having been explained, learning was to begin. Fortunately for the weary students, a brief respite came in the morning for an assembly: one for freshman and sophomores, another for juniors and seniors. As loud students filed into the Performing Arts Center, phone screens' illumination coincided with the commencement of the presentation.

Assistant Principal Mr. Benjamin Feeney -- whom fellow assistant principal Dr. Scott Rimmer announced would soon earn a doctorate himself -- opened the assembly, conversations largely dissipated. Mrs. Lefever, the cafeteria manager, drew raucous applause after her introduction; applause's vigor faded with each new presenter -- in fairness, food does generally interest students more than, say, policies on illegal absences.

The final presenter was Dr. Rimmer, who gave a dissertation on updates to school policies, including, much to the delight of the audience, a provision to allow students to wear yoga pants. He reminded students that seven were now allowed at each lunch table (even acknowledging previous coverage), also drawing some applause. Conversely, an announcement that -- ostensibly for safety reasons in the event of an accident -- seats on the school bus would now be assigned drew a chorus of "No!" and "What?" from the perplexed bus riders of the junior and senior classes. However, the disturbance soon ended when juniors and seniors remembered that they drive to and from school.

The assembly concluded with Dr. Rimmer reminding students of lunch protocol, especially the restriction on cell phone usage; he told students the school is constrained by a School Board policy that prohibits their use except when under the auspices of the BYOD program. Teachers and administrators will now be watching closer for the trademark craned necks and heads down on tables. The ruckus from prior announcements remained a dull roar, and students were hastily dismissed back to class, thus ending the often maligned, but undoubtedly necessary reading of the rules.

Now back to class.

--Lillian Murr, School News Editor

Edited: BP

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