This past Thursday was the Richmond Senior High School open house. Open houses can be described only in one word: chaos. Chaos for teachers and counselors, especially, but also for parents and students.
The first issue of open house is timing. Every year it feels more and more hectic. Meeting teachers is worse than speed dating. Parents tell there concerns, kids try their best to be friendly and teachers try to give as much information out as they can in the shortest amount of time.
Classes are far apart and tracking them down is even harder. How unfortunate it must be to be a school counselor. Schedules must be adjusted for any corrections made manually or by computers and lines last outside of offices.
Whenever open houses are held, it feels as though my mother has the hardest time trying to fit her work around the time chosen. In fact, it almost never seems to work out for the better or be on a day that she is off.
Though I know teachers have no desire to work long hours on an otherwise free and much calmer day, I imagine it would be a lot more relaxing if open houses were a bit less jammed, rushed and confusing. But, needless to say, it is nice to know that it is taken care of for another time this school year.
Annie Blakeley is a rising sophomore at Richmond Senior High School, is a band and chorus student and a member of First United Methodist Church in Hamlet.