Year-round schooling- By Darius Skillen
Year-round schooling is an apparatus that many states utilize to help students learn. It has many positive and negative effects.
Numerous schools have a 180-day school year, but they stretch it out to use up the entire year. The schools allow breaks between terms. Most of these schools use the 45-15 plan. This lets students go to school for forty-five days then have a three week break, not including weekends. The normal holiday breaks are still taken off from school.
Many positive effects support year-round schooling. Students benefit from year-round schooling because they tend to forget the curriculum during the long summer break. It’s more resourceful to use the school buildings all year round instead of only eight to nine months. If students don’t get discipline at home, it occurs at school. Year-round school can correct kids’ behavior.
Some negative effects of year-round schooling include struggling to find free time with extracurricular activities, neighboring districts failing to adopt year-round schooling, and the studies not being able to prove the academic benefits to be true. Schools struggle to find time to schedule extracurricular activity practices and competitions. Neighboring districts sometimes don’t all use year-round schooling, so parents could have different students at different events scheduled at the same time. Studies fail to show and prove claims of academic benefits.
Many students at Rock Port use the summers to work, saving enough money to get them through to the next summer; year-round schooling would make this financial plan impossible.
Personally, I would not like or enjoy going to a year-round school. I like the two and a half month break we get for summer. Even though we only get a one and a half week break for Christmas and New Year’s, I still run out of activities to occupy my freetime during that break. It would be frustrating to have games or competitions during one of the breaks in year-round schooling. I enjoy Rock Port High School and wouldn’t want to go to any other school.

The Backcourt Violation Rule- The backcourt rule seems to be a simple rule; however,we’ve all been at one of those basketball games when the crowd goes crazy because they think the officials have missed a backcourt call.
If the ball is in Team A’s possession, their entire body plus the ball must be in the frontcourt for a backcourt violation to be called. So if player X is heading across midcourt and both of her feet get onto her team’s half but the ball is still being dribbled behind her in the backcourt, she can reenter the backcourt.
If a player on Team B tips a ball into Team A’s backcourt, a player from either team can retrieve it.
The next time you’re at a basketball game and think the officials have missed a backcourt call, remember how complex the rule can actually be; and even if the refs did miss a call, cut them a break: they’re only human too.